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Amarjit Singh founder, CEO of India Business Group honoured with…

In a notable recognition of his contributions to fostering UK-India relations, Amarjit Singh, the founder, and CEO of the India Business Group (IBG), has been honoured with the Hind Rattan 2024 Award by the NRI Welfare Society of India, in New Delhi. This award, translating to "Jewel of India," celebrates…

BAFTA issues statement after prankster crashes ‘Oppenheimer’ team’s speech

A BAFTA official said they are taking the security breach "very seriously" which saw a prankster crash the award stage while the Oppenheimer team was accepting their award. On Sunday, a prankster walked up to the stage and stood behind filmmaker Christopher Nolan and other Oppenheimer team members as they…

Indian delegation heads to London for FTA talks

With the negotiations for the proposed India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) reaching its last leg, a high-level Indian official delegation is heading for London to iron out differences on remaining issues, sources said on Tuesday. The chief negotiators of both countries would hold negotiations on different issues such as goods,…

Barclays focuses on Britain, cost cuts, buybacks to woo investors

Barclays laid out a three-year plan to revive its flagging share price on Tuesday, including axing £2 billion of costs, returning £10 billion to shareholders and investing in its high-returning UK retail bank. Shares in the British bank rose by as much as 7% after the announcement of the plan…

Sohm Kapila: ‘Bhangra Nation-A New Musical’ explores life of three…

Sohm Kapila, an internationally renowned actress (Aquaman 2, Never Have I Ever, Greys Anatomy, Small Town Big Story), born in India and raised in Nottingham, is back in the Midlands from her home of Los Angeles and spoke to Eastern Eye about her latest role on stage as Rekha in…

BAFTA 2024: Prince William calls himself ‘big fan’ of Christopher…

Prince William, who attended the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on Sunday, said that he is a "big fan" of Christopher Nolan and he liked Oppenheimer. "I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan so I'll be pleased if he wins ... I loved Oppenheimer," Prince William said. He made…

Prime Video hosts screening of ‘Poacher’ in London

Prime Video on Sunday hosted a special screening of its much-awaited crime series Poacher in London. Written, created, and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Richie Mehta and produced by QC Entertainment, Poacher features an accomplished ensemble cast including Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya. The series is a riveting…

BAFTA 2024: ‘Oppenheimer’ dominates – see full winners list

Director Christopher Nolan's biopic film Oppenheimer dominated the BAFTA Film Awards 2024 with seven wins including Best Director, Best Film, and Best Leading Actor awards. The ceremony was held on Sunday at London's Royal Festival Hall. Poor Things had a rich showing with five BAFTAs including Leading Actress for Emma…

Policemen face misconduct charges in Grace O’Malley-Kumar stabbing case

AN unnamed British policeman underwent a misconduct hearing after it emerged that he had shared details of injuries via WhatsApp following a stabbing attack on a British Indian teenager and her friend in Nottingham last year. According to a report in The Sun newspaper on Monday (19), a misconduct hearing…

NHS doctor suspended for treating private patients during pandemic

A physician responsible for managing several coronavirus admissions has been suspended for secretly attending to private patients during NHS hours at the peak of the pandemic. Dr Enson Thomas, 58, a consultant for nearly 21 years, from Bromham, near Bedford, was appointed as the Covid-19 Lead by Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS…

Mechanic running child sexual abuse site gets 16 years jail

A Cheshire-based mechanic has been jailed for 16 years for creating sites dedicated to child sexual abuse on the dark web, according to media reports. Nathan Bake, 28, was the second in command of the now-defunct site ‘The Annex’, which had 90,000 global members and they discussed extreme sexual abuse…

Woman gets seven years jail for assisting in genital mutilation

A woman was sentenced to seven years in jail by a judge on Friday (16) for aiding in the genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl while on a trip to Kenya. Amina Noor, 40, was found guilty last year at the Old Bailey of assisting a non-UK person to carry…

Gardening club cultivates hope for Bangladeshi women in London’s East…

Vulnerable women in the East End's Bangladeshi communities now have the opportunity to unite and cultivate their food in a nurturing environment, thanks to a generous grant from the independent charity donor, City Bridge Foundation. The grant, amounting to £35,760, has been awarded to the St Peter’s Community Wellbeing Projects…

ECB rejects Lalit Modi’s offer to revamp The Hundred

English cricket has turned down a billion-dollar offer from Lalit Modi to revamp The Hundred tournament, The Telegraph reports. Modi had earlier founded the hugely popular Indian Premier League but is currently at loggerheads with the Indian cricket board. His representatives met with the top officials of the England and…

Asian-origin man convicted for murder committed 30 years ago

An Asian-origin man was convicted for the gruesome murder of a Colombia-born woman almost 30 years after the crime, thanks to advances made in forensic science investigation methods, according to media reports. Interestingly, the crime took place near the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes - Baker Street, and a bloody…

England witnessing surge in tuberculosis cases, says UKHSA report

The most recent TB annual report from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), published on Thursday (15), indicates a rise in tuberculosis (TB) cases in England. While the figures for 2022 were stable, with 4,380 reported incidents nearly mirroring the 2021 count of 4,411, provisional data for 2023 paints a…

London Fashion Week marks 40th anniversary amid economic gloom

Creators, influencers, buyers, and celebrities are set to gather in London on Friday (16) to mark the 40th anniversary of the UK capital's Fashion Week with a five-day extravaganza. Organisers aim for the event to offer some cheer to young designers who have been affected by the gloomy economy. Around…

Ethnic minority areas in England face poor GP access: report

ACCESS to GPs in England is worse in areas where more ethnic minorities live, according to a recent analysis by The Guardian. The highest proportion of ethnic minority neighbourhoods have significantly fewer GPs per 100,000 patients compared to areas with a predominantly white British population, the report said. Experts attribute…

Former Goldman Sachs analyst convicted for insider trading

A former Goldman Sachs analyst was convicted in a London court of using inside information to buy shares in listed companies and make more than £140,000, a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) spokesperson said. Mohammed Zina, 35, was employed by Goldman Sachs International in its conflicts resolution group in London. Prosecutors…

FCA orders banks, insurers to report sexism, bullying cases

BRITAIN's markets watchdog has ordered more than 1,000 banks, insurers and brokerages to report how many sexual harassment, discrimination and other non-financial misconduct cases they have recorded since 2021 and how they have dealt with them. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promised lawmakers in January it would investigate how financial…

Bangladeshi families most affected by cramped housing

BRITISH Bangladeshis have told Eastern Eye of the “trauma” they face living in cramped housing, as data shows that more people from this community live in social housing compared to other south Asian communities. British Asians were overall least likely to live in social housing, but there were significant variations…

Shreela Flather best known for Memorial Gates

LADY SHREELA FLATHER, who has died, aged 89, came into her own when she entered the House of Lords in 1990, the first ethnic minority woman to be given a peerage. Her passing last week was announced by the Lord Speaker, Lord McFall of Alcluith, who said: “My Lords, I…

More female environment has changed me for better: Sadiq Khan

London's mayor Sadiq Khan, 53, known for his political achievements and as a figure of historical significance being the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital, reveals a more personal side, in a special Valentine’s Day episode of the new dating podcast called London Love Stories with Katie Strick, by…

Alom Shaha sparks the imagination of young minds with new…

BALANCING creativity with his roles as a secondary school science teacher and parent, Alom Shaha was inspired to write his new children’s picture book, How to Find a Rainbow. The Bangladesh-born British Asian writer, who was raised in London, has crafted a captivating tale set in the Himalayan mountains, blending…

British Pakistani girl credits mother for instilling ‘deep passion’ for…

A British Pakistani girl, studying for 28 A-levels, has credited her mother with instilling in her a 'deep passion' for learning and books. Mahnoor Cheema, 17, from Slough, with an IQ as high as Einstein’s, is currently undertaking 28 A-levels after completing 34 GCSEs. She is studying four A-levels at…

Indian legal battle drives UK appetite for butter chicken

WHO really invented butter chicken? The competing claims of two rival restaurants in Delhi – Moti Mahal and Daryaganj – have now gone global. The dispute has ended up in the courts with the owners of Moti Mahal also demanding £200,000 in damages. Foreign correspondents based in the Indian capital…

Harmony in stone

IN the dynamic landscape of international relations, the influence of non-state actors, including transnational religious organisations, plays a crucial role in shaping a nation’s global standing. India, with its rich tapestry of religious diversity, has witnessed the emergence and growth of various such organisations that contribute significantly to the country’s…

Man extradited from Pakistan for 2005 armed robbery in Bradford

The mastermind of an armed robbery that took place in Bradford in 2005 has been captured and extradited from Pakistan, according to media reports. A police officer was killed and another seriously injured when they responded to reports of a robbery at the Universal Express travel agency in Bradford, West…

London mugging spree alarms Indian business community

INDIANS are becoming victims of frequent muggings in London, especially for Rolex watches in Mayfair, with police allegedly doing little to respond to their appeals for help. The traumatic experience of senior lawyer Vijay Goel, founder of the Indo-European Business Forum, as relayed to Eastern Eye, appears to be fairly…

EXCLUSIVE – Swami Brahmavihari: ‘Harmony is the way forward’

SWAMI BRAHMAVIHARIDAS is one of the most respected and admired of Swaminarayan figures who lead the global organisation that is BAPS today. He has led the project to build the spectacular Akshardham Temple in Abu Dhabi since its conception. In this exclusive and very special interview with Shailesh R Solanki,…

Labour will lose Muslim vote, say party MPs

LABOUR is “haemorrhaging” the Muslim vote, which will have a negative impact when Britain holds the general election, expected later this year, party MPs have told Eastern Eye. Late on Monday (12), Labour withdrew its support and suspended for its candidate for Rochdale, Azhar Ali, following criticism of remarks he…

English test scandal: Students seek to clear their names

THOUSANDS of international students are campaigning to clear their names over an English-language test scandal after fresh evidence was presented to the Home Office. The issue dates to 2014 when a BBC Panorama investigation revealed cheating on a compulsory language test that was required for a visa at two London…

Javed Ali: Versatile voice of Bollywood

POPULAR Indian singer Javed Ali has consistently showcased his impressive range through songs in diverse genres, languages and styles. The marvellous musical numbers delivered by the naturally gifted singer have included Bollywood hits Nagada Nagada, Jashn-E-Bahaara, Guzarish, Araziyan, Kun Faya Kun and Tu Jo Mila. Having beautifully balanced top tracks…

Tesco drivers benefitted from ‘stage-managed’ crashes

Supermarket giant Tesco has said it has unearthed a 'cash for crash' scam wherein some of its delivery drivers were staging accidents to help fraudsters claim hefty damages. A dozen drivers working out of Tesco’s depot in Greenford, west London, allegedly conspired with people outside the company to carry out…

Ukraine war spurs India to boost domestic defence production: report

THE UKRAINE war has forced India to focus its military spending more on fostering domestic industry - as Russia, its largest supplier - prioritised its domestic needs, a new report said on Tuesday (13). As a result of the conflict, New Delhi set aside a record 75 per cent of…

Deepika Padukone to present honour at BAFTA Awards

Actress Deepika Padukone will present an award at the upcoming BAFTA Film Awards, set to be held on Sunday evening. Padukone, 38, shared the list of confirmed presenters issued by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on her Instagram Story on Tuesday. "Gratitude," she captioned the post.…

Labour set to weather storm of dwindling Muslim support

Labour's Sir Keir Starmer finds himself navigating a challenging political landscape, marked by a noticeable shift in support from Muslim constituents due to his stance on the Gaza conflict. But despite this, analyses suggest that Labour's robust lead may mitigate the potential impact on election outcomes, sparing the party from…

British American Tobacco to cut stake in ITC amid losses

Tobacco major British American Tobacco is looking to trim its £15 billion stake in the Indian cigarettes-to-hotel conglomerate ITC, according to media reports. The maker of Lucky Strike and Dunhill cigarettes announced this alongside a large annual loss of over £17 bn and a mixed outlook. BAT currently holds over…

Twinkle Khanna recalls relocating to London for Master’s degree in…

Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna recently added a new feather to her cap when she completed her master’s programme in fiction writing from the prestigious Goldsmiths, University of London. Sharing insights into her experience of moving to London with her daughter Nitara, she said that she ‘had to create a bio, stand…

King Charles thanks supporters in first statement after cancer news

King Charles III expressed his "heartfelt thanks" to well-wishers on Saturday (10), in his first statement following his shock announcement that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Buckingham Palace said Monday that Charles had begun treatment, but did not specify what type of cancer he has. "I would like to…

Sadiq Khan urges government to prevent Eurostar travel ‘chaos’

LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan called on Britain's government to take steps to prevent "chaos" on the Eurostar rail link with France when the European Union is expected to introduce a new system of biometric border controls later this year. The EU's checks mean that travellers from countries outside the bloc…

London police failing over exploitation of kids: watchdog

London's police force is leaving children at risk of exploitation and should implement nearly a dozen reforms to improve, a damning report by Britain's law enforcement watchdog said on Friday. The Metropolitan Police's response to the criminal and sexual exploitation of children is "not currently effective", His Majesty's Inspectorate of…

Consultant’s lost diamond ring makes 100-mile journey back to owner

A diamond ring journeyed nearly 100 miles from Suffolk to the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) in London, where it was “miraculously” found in a set of scrubs, much to the relief of its owner, Radhika Ramasamy, a consultant anaesthetist at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Bury St Edmunds.…

Barclays buys Tesco’s retail banking unit

British bank Barclays on Friday said it had agreed to buy the retail banking operations of Tesco, as the supermarket giant concentrates on its core food business. Barclays will pay up to £700 million for Tesco Bank -- handing it a portfolio of credit cards, other loans and deposits, according…

Tony Matharu’s Integrity International acquires two London landmarks

THE Integrity International Group, led by British Asian hotelier Tony Matharu, has acquired two properties in London - Atlas House and Crescent buildings for an undisclosed amount. Atlas House, a Grade II-listed building, is situated at the junction of King Street, Queen Street, and Cheapside, while the Crescent is located…

Oxford University friends to receive $100m from start-up sale

THREE former students of Oxford are anticipating a substantial windfall, potentially reaching $100 million ( £79m), following the acquisition of their start-up, Onfido, by a US competitor, reports said. Husayn Kassai, Eamon Jubbawy, and Ruhul Amin founded Onfido, which makes it easy for people to access services through digital verification,…

Asian-origin waste plant boss fined for obstructing Environment Agency officers

An Asian-origin owner of a waste treatment plant in east London was fined after she barred UK Environment Agency inspectors from entering the site unless they handed over thousands of pounds in bogus fees. Gurjit Athwal, director of Keep Green Ltd, has been fined £3,000 with more than double that…

Asians rally round King

THE British Asian community, which has long been supported by King Charles from the days he was a young Prince of Wales, is now rallying round the 75-year old monarch following his cancer diagnosis on Monday (5). Since the King is also head of the Commonwealth, just as Queen Elizabeth…

Pakistan suspends mobile services due to security threats

Mobile services in Pakistan have been suspended due to the "deteriorating security situation", the caretaker government said on Thursday (8) as the people were voting to elect a new administration, a day after twin terror attacks killed at least 30 people. The interior ministry said it has decided to “temporarily…

Indian businesses raise theft concerns with Lammy

INDIAN travellers feel they have to “look over their shoulder” in posh London areas as several businesspersons have had their expensive watches and bags mugged, according to a Delhi-based entrepreneur. The issue featured during discussions with UK shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who is in New Delhi for talks on…

Purab Kohli: Regrets can be converted into learning

With a career spanning a remarkable 25 years, Purab Kohli stands as a testament to perseverance, versatility, and undeniable talent. From gripping dramas to rib-tickling comedies, the seasoned actor has graced screens both big and small, leaving an indelible mark on audiences. Eastern Eye recently spoke to Kohli about his…

Football clubs fall short of diversity code target

ENGLISH football clubs have been shown a yellow card by campaigners over a lack of progress after failing to meet their hiring targets for south Asian coaches. Recent data from the Football Association (FA) showed the 53 clubs signed up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code (FLDC) collectively failed to…

Azan Ahmed: ‘10 Nights has charm and heart which transcend…

THE acclaimed theatre play, 10 Nights, has returned for a UK tour, which runs at the Omnibus Theatre in London until February 21 before moving to Bristol, Hayes and Leicester. The story of a spiritual sleepover in a mosque revolves around topics of faith, friendships, forgiveness and the future. Azan…

Oxford, India biotech firm’s new malaria jab ready for rollout

A MALARIA vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India (SII) prevented around three-quarters of symptomatic malaria cases in young children the first year after they got the shots, results from a large trial showed last Thursday (1). The vaccine, which has already been approved…

Ugandan Asians invited to ‘invest in their motherland’

UGANDA’S president, Yoweri Museveni, has appealed to British Asians expelled by Idi Amin more than half a century ago to “build a living bridge between their newfound homes in the United Kingdom and the cherished homeland of their forefathers”. His emotional message was aimed at some 30,000 refugees – and…

Tom Holland to make theatre comeback with new version of…

Hollywood star Tom Holland is set to return to the stage with a new iteration of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Holland, the star of multiple Marvel movies where he plays Spider-Man, will take on the role of the Bard's tragic hero Romeo in the West End production, to be…

British Indian peer Baroness Shreela Flather passes away

PROMINENT British Indian peer Shreela Flather passed away after a short illness in the UK on Tuesday (6), her sons Marcus and Paul Flather said in a statement. She was 89. Known for her elegant sarees in the House of Lords, the teacher and politician was a life peer as…

King Charles’ charity patronage ‘shows commitment to south Asia’

KING CHARLES’S cancer diagnosis has shocked the whole country, but will be felt especially keenly by the British Asian community, for whom he has cared as long as anyone can remember. He said as much when his private secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, attended the Hinduja Diwali party in October 2022…

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

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

Truss launches grouping to take Tories more rightward

Despite her shortcomings as the prime minister, Liz Truss continues to maintain her presence on the political stage. On Tuesday (6) she launched a new movement dedicated to steering the ruling Tories in a more rightward direction. Truss spent just 49 days in office before she was ousted by her…

UK patients first to participate in Moderna cancer vaccine trial

In a new development in the realm of cancer treatment, the UK has embarked on a pioneering journey by incorporating cancer patients into an international trial of an experimental mRNA therapy, known as mRNA-4359. This innovative approach, which is currently under evaluation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is at…

Sunak relieved over early detection of King Charles’ cancer

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

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

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

King Charles diagnosed with cancer

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

Cost-cutting Vodafone reports sliding revenues

British mobile phone giant Vodafone, which is slashing thousands of jobs, revealed Monday (5) that revenues fell in its third quarter on poor performance across Italy and Spain. Total revenues dropped 2.3 percent to 11.4 billion euros (£9.76 billion) in the three months to the end of December, compared with…

‘Turbans can lessen head trauma’

MORE research is needed to develop an advanced fabric for turbans, a scientist has said, as a new study last week revealed that such headgear can greatly reduce the risk of skull fractures. Researchers from the Imperial College, London and Sikh Scientists Network said last week that wearing Sikh turbans…

Court dismisses case against Greta Thunberg and protesters

A public order case against climate activist Greta Thunberg and four other protesters was dismissed by a London court on Friday (2), with the judge criticising the "unlawful" conditions imposed by police at the time of their arrest. District judge John Law dismissed the cases against the 21-year-old Swedish campaigner…

Student cancer survivor aims to raise awareness of the disease…

Faaiza Bashir, a 22-year-old student from Barking, has shared her journey of battling cancer at 18 to mark World Cancer Day on February 4. Her collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust aims to spotlight the critical signs of cancer in adolescents and young adults, particularly in the south Asian communities…

Labour will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if…

LABOUR will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if it wins the next election and will look to cut that rate if needed, the party's finance policy chief Rachel Reeves told business leaders on Thursday (1). Businesses have long complained about a lack of visibility on everything from tax…

Korean artists to showcase their work at India Art Fair…

Korean artists are set to showcase their work at the world's largest art fair, The India Art Fair, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Korean Cultural Centre India participates in the Institutions section of the India Art Fair 2024. Korean Cultural Centre India will represent world-renowned media artist Lee…

EXCLUSIVE: Sadiq Khan: ‘I won’t let extremists stop me’

LONDON’S MAYOR, Sadiq Khan, has warned of dirty tricks to spread lies and misinformation about him during May’s mayoral race. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Khan said that those who do not like him will use deep fake artificial intelligence to try to discredit him. Last year (November),…

Leeds sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun shortlisted for two Royal Philharmonic…

Leeds-born sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun has been shortlisted for two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Awards: The Instrumentalist Award and the Large-Scale Composition Award. The RPS Awards, recognised as a significant event in UK classical music by The Sunday Times, highlight outstanding musical talents and initiatives that inspire…

UK and India pledge ‘futuristic relationship’ on Republic Day

THE UK and Indian governments are striving to establish a modern relationship, Alex Chalk, the lord chancellor and justice secretary, said last Friday (26). He was speaking at the Guildhall in the City of London where the Indian High Commissioner, Vikram Doraiswami, hosted a reception to mark the 75th anniversary…

Fans select their top Shreya Ghoshal track ahead of UK…

BOLLYWOOD queen Shreya Ghoshal excels in captivating live audiences, evident in the sold-out tours she has performed worldwide. The superb singer with a bank of brilliant songs returns to the UK in February for big arena shows in London (9) and Manchester (11). Ahead of the tour, Eastern Eye asked…

Indian national forfeits £118m from sale of drugs in Britain…

AN INDIAN national extradited from the UK pleaded guilty to operating a global dark web enterprise to sell “deadly and dangerous drugs to communities across America” and agreed to forfeit approximately $150 million (£118m) in cryptocurrency. According to court documents, Banmeet Singh – originally from Haldwani in India’s Uttarakhand state,…

Did pandemic restrictions affect Asian students’ degree results?

THE number of students of Asian origin who achieved a first-class degree in the UK has fallen for the first time, new figures show. The percentage getting top honours was 27.5 per cent in 2021-2022 compared to 33.3 per cent the previous year, with experts highlighting the devastating impact the…

Jasdeep Singh Degun: British star of Indian classical music

BRILLIANT British talent Jasdeep Singh Degun has been flying the flag for classical Indian music with world-class live performances, an acclaimed album, and global collaborations. The young sitar maestro has broken down boundaries with his artistry and new approach to composition without losing touch with his cultural roots. His impressive…

Comment: Tory flirtation with fascism is historic

THE far-right section of the Conservative party is plotting to get rid of Rishi Sunak. But, then, no one should be surprised. Fascism has always appealed to a section of the Conservative Party and indeed to many in English aristocracy. Here is a summary of a seriously regarded book, Hitler’s…

British Asian families suffer as poverty increases in UK: Report

MANY British Asian families are badly affected as poverty has increased in the UK to around pre-pandemic levels, a new report said. The UK poverty 2024 report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation published last Tuesday (23) said Asian households also have higher rates of child poverty, very deep poverty and persistent…

Ealing couple jailed for 33 years for smuggling cocaine worth…

A COUPLE in the UK, whose extradition was sought by India, has been sentenced for 33 years in jail for exporting more than half a tonne of cocaine to Australia. Arti Dhir, 59, and Kavaljitsinh Raijada, 35, from Hanwell in Ealing, west London, were identified by the National Crime Agency…

Sunak has not ruled out public inquiry into Nottingham attacks:…

FAMILIES of the victims of last June’s Nottingham attacks said prime minister has not ruled out a public inquiry into the incident after they met Rishi Sunak at Downing Street on Monday (29) evening. Barnaby Webber's father, whose son was fatally stabbed alongside Grace O'Malley Kumar, 19, and school caretaker…

South Asian Sounds Festival attracts megastars for inaugural festival

South Asia's finest musical stars are set to perform at the first South Asian Sounds Festival at London's Southbank Centre. From the 7th to the 10th March, a stunning programme of both classical and contemporary South Asian music features some mega stars of the South Asian music scene such as…

King Charles discharged from hospital, Catherine recuperating at home

King Charles and his daughter-in-law, the Princess of Wales, Catherine, were both discharged from the hospital and returned home on Monday (29), following their respective planned medical treatments. Charles, 75, who had spent three nights in hospital after undergoing a corrective procedure for an enlarged prostate, smiled and waved to…

Westcombe Group opens Hampton by Hilton Hotel in London

A leading UK property developer owned by the Pankhania family and specialising in Grade I and II listed buildings, announced on Monday (29) the completion of a Hampton by Hilton Hotel in London. Acre Hotels, the hospitality arm of the Westcombe Group, was behind the £13 million property in Old…

Comment: India v England is a test of sporting brilliance…

NOBODY expected this first India versus England Test match to turn into an all-time cricket classic. Having not set a 4am alarm on the first day, I woke to hear India already taking their sixth English wicket. That first batting collapse came just after lunch in Hyderabad, but well before…

Teacher who showed Muhammad cartoon lives in hiding three years…

THE former head of religious studies at Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire remains in hiding, nearly three years after sparking protests for displaying a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad to students, reported The Times. The incident, which occurred in March 2021, led to several days of demonstrations outside the…

Spanish judge clears Aditya Verma of Menorca flight bomb hoax…

A Spanish judge on Thursday (25) cleared a 19-year-old Briton of all charges in a trial over a Taliban bomb hoax he shared with five friends before boarding a 2022 flight that prompted the scrambling of a fighter jet to escort the plane. Aditya Verma, who was 18 at the…

Cambridge targets Silicon Valley status

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

Nadia Nadarajah cast as Cleopatra in bilingual production

The popular Globe Theater in London is putting on a play called Antony and Cleopatra, with non-white actress Nadia Nadarajah being cast in the leading role. Nadarajah, who has labelled herself as an English South Asian woman with dark skin and uses British Sign Language, has been cast to play…

‘Doctor Who’ reveals first look at Varada Sethu

Varada Sethu is set to be a part of Doctor Who, a popular British science fiction television series broadcast by the BBC since 1963. She will star in season 15, which is scheduled to hit the airwaves in 2024, alongside Ncuti Gatwa (the Fifteenth Doctor), taking over from Millie Gibson.…

NHS suspends leader of banned Islamist terror group

THE NHS has suspended a GP in Harrow and a prominent figure in the recently banned Islamist terror group Hizb ut-Tahrir. The action was taken against Dr Wahid Asif Shaida after the Home Office proscribed Hizb ut-Tahrir, leading to potential prison sentences for its supporters. Dr. Shaida, also known as…

Nikhil Rathi urges balanced approach to consumer tech in finance

THE chief of UK financial watchdog has emphasised the critical need for regulatory adaptation in the face of evolving consumer technology in financial services. Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has outlined key points and scenarios, urging a wider debate between policymakers, industry stakeholders, and consumers in…

Court accepts manslaughter plea in Nottingham stabbing case

The family of 19-year-old Grace O'Malley-Kumar, who was stabbed to death last June in Nottingham while heroically defending her friend from a knife attack by killer Valdo Calocane heard on Tuesday (23) that the court has accepted Calocane’s pleas of manslaughter based on diminished responsibility. While the court's decision to…

Lakshmi Persaud leaves behind shining legacy

PSYCHIATRISTS have developed a reputation for seeking to blame patients’ mums for psychological problems during therapy. So, what then of the psychiatrist’s own mother? In fact, it was she who encouraged me to consider psychiatry, then a deeply unpopular speciality, while I was at medical school. Our beloved mum, Dr…

Lava chasers boost volcano tourism

AS THE glowing river of lava from a volcano that erupted recently in Iceland ebbed, not everyone was happy. Iceland boasts more than 30 active volcanoes, making the north European island a prime destination for volcano tourism – a niche segment that attracts thousands of thrill seekers every year to…

Anirban Dasgupta dissects Indian society with sharp wit

IT WAS quite apt that acclaimed Indian stand-up comedian Anirban Dasgupta spoke about strict censorship and the danger of telling jokes in his country at the beginning of his show at Soho Theatre in London earlier this month. That is because the first half of his show was filled with…

Neasden Temple participates in worldwide BAPS celebrations for Ayodhya’s Ram…

Guided by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, commonly known as 'Neasden Temple,' united with nearly 60 BAPS mandirs and centres across the UK and Europe in a global BAPS homage to honour the inauguration of the new Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, a press release…

Atri Banerjee: ‘Theatre is the medium for exploring moral ambiguity’

THEATRE director Atri Banerjee said he “embraced” the challenge of helming back-to-back plays: Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie and Phoebe EclairPowell’s Shed: Exploded View. Banerjee is currently working on Shed: Exploded View which runs at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from February to March, following which he will revisit…

Measles outbreak concern after falling vaccine rates

THE UK’s public health protection agency last Friday (19) sounded a “national call to action” for more measles jabs for children because of falling vaccination rates and fears that a current outbreak could spread. Jenny Harries, head of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), warned that measles was spreading among…

Chand Ali Khan: ‘Qawwalis are spiritual conversations’

DESPITE being centuries old, qawwali music remains massively popular with live audiences around the world. One of its top British exponents, Chand Ali Khan Qawwal and Party, is set to embark on another UK tour in February. The Midlands-based group has already sold out some shows, and their Dillagi tour…

Gang convicted for £1m Ponzi scheme in investment fraud case

A gang that used aliases from films and TV shows have been jailed for orchestrating a cold-calling Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of £1 million. Scammers Sujanthan Sotheeswaran, 35, Darren Peck, 43 and Denis Deegan, 49, have employed fake identities inspired by TV series like Suits, The Riot Club, and…

Katharine Birbalsingh defends ‘prayer ban’ at school

THE headteacher of a London school, which has implemented a ban on prayers, emphasised that the decision was unrelated to any "disapproval of Islam." Katharine Birbalsingh, the headmistress of Michaela Community School in Wembley, northwest London, said the prayer ban restored calm and order to the school. The school is…

Sunak suffers defeat in vote to delay Rwanda asylum treaty

THE unelected upper house of parliament inflicted a blow Monday (22) to the government's controversial plan to send migrants to Rwanda, by voting to delay ratification of the treaty with Kigali. The move is a blow for prime minister Rishi Runak, who had urged the House of Lords to pass…

Three Indian scientists win prize in UK

THREE Indian scientists are among the winners of the 2024 Blavatnik awards for young scientists in the UK. Prof Rahul R Nair, Prof Mehul Malik and Dr Tanmay Bharat are among the nine winners of award instituted by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and The New York Academy of Sciences. The…

Katherine Birbalsingh’s school faces legal challenge over ‘prayer ban’

A school, headed by the former government social mobility tsar Katharine Birbalsingh, is facing a legal challenge in the High Court regarding a policy allegedly amounting to a 'prayer ban'. Michaela School in Brent, north London, faced legal scrutiny in the court over allegations of implementing a "prayer ban." The…

Indira Varma and Rami Malek to lead a new project

The Old Vic Theatre in London will present the world premiere of a new adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus, adapted by Ella Hickson. The production, which is set to launch in January 2025, will feature Oscar winner Rami Malek and former Game of Thrones star Indira Varma in lead roles. This…

Sadiq Khan extends free holiday meals programme

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday (18) announced the extension of the free holiday meals programme for another year. Khan would spend £4 million in his 2024/25 budget to continue the programme that provides free meals to families during schools holidays and at weekends, a statement said. Under the initiative,…

Google to invest $1bn in UK data centre

GOOGLE will invest $1 billion on building a data centre just outside of London, the US technology giant said on Thursday (18), in its latest investment in Britain as it meets growing demand for internet services in the region. The data centre, located on a 33-acre (13-hectare) site bought by…

Sadiq Khan freezes public transport fares to ease cost-of-living pressures

In a bid to alleviate cost-of-living pressures and support the retail and hospitality sectors, London's mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Friday (19) that the majority of public transport fares in the city will remain unchanged this year. In London and across Britain, households have tightened their purse strings due to…

‘Oppenheimer’ leads nominations at BAFTA Awards

The nominations for the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards have been announced. And as expected, Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer led nominations, securing 13 nods. Yorgos Lanthimos' black-comedy science fantasy Poor Things also grabbed the top spot in the list as it earned 11 nods. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Oppenheimer, which had…

Michelin-starred restaurant owner arrested for spiking woman’s drink

A 61-year-old Londoner has been charged under the sexual offences act after a report of spiking a femake guest's drink. Metropolitan Police officers responded to staff concerns about an attempt to drug a female guest at a central London venue in the early hours of Tuesday (15). Vikas Nath, of…

Sunak’s Rwanda bill clears Commons

In a crucial test of his leadership, prime minister Rishi Sunak successfully navigated a key parliamentary vote on Wednesday (17), overcoming opposition from right-wing rebels for his controversial plan to send migrants to Rwanda. Sunak, in power since October 2022, has staked his political future on the scheme, as Britain…

Sabita Thanwani murder: Man gets indefinite hospital order

A Tunisian man who stabbed and killed his 19-year-old British Indian girlfriend in 2022 has been given an indefinite hospital order by a UK court. Sabita Thanwani, an aspiring psychologist, was stabbed in the neck by 24-year-old Maher Maaroufe at her student accommodation in Clerkenwell, east London, on March 19,…

Shah Rukh likely to make a three-film announcement soon

2023 turned out to be an excellent year for superstar Shah Rukh Khan as all his three releases – Pathaan, Jawan, and Dunki – emerged as massive blockbusters at the box office in India and abroad. The latest we hear is that after delivering three blockbusters in 2023, he is…

Report highlights London’s vulnerability to climate change

LONDON is underprepared for the heatwaves, flooding and rising sea levels it is forecast to experience in coming years, a report commissioned by Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday (17). The report, which was ordered after soaring temperatures, wildfires and floods all hit the capital in recent years, said a…

Diageo and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs settle racism lawsuit

US rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs has agreed to withdraw allegations of racism against drinks giant Diageo, the company said Tuesday (16) six months after ending their business link-up. In a statement, Diageo said Combs has withdrawn his lawsuit as part of a settlement with the London-based spirits firm and both…

Story of grief, racism and relationships has relatable emotions

AN ACCOMPLISHED novel from 2023 was published in paperback last Thursday (11). Born in Paris and brought up in London, the assured author offers up an interesting debut novel about a young man, from a mixed heritage background, overcome by the death of his beloved grandfather and preparing for a…

Manoj Gupta: Essence of conscious leadership

THE rise in popularity of self-help books has been illustrated by bestsellers such as New York to NEW YOU. Author Manoj Gupta has followed up that popular debut book for corporate leaders and entrepreneurs with The Consciouspreneur. His latest book is a more universal self-actualisation manual to help readers live…

‘Hidden’ south Asian poverty overlooked, study finds

URGENT action is needed to help the large number of south Asian households living in hidden poverty, anti-poverty campaigners have urged. New research reveals that ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by severe hardship in areas not accounted for in government measures targeting antideprivation funding. The study by Queen’s University in…

Twinkle graduates from UK’s Goldsmith College; Akshay reacts

Former Bollywood actress Twinkle Khanna has completed a master's programme in fiction writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and the actress-turned-author has said her graduation ceremony was "even more perfect" than she ever imagined. Khanna, who recently came out with the novel Welcome To Paradise, shared a video from the…

Post Office’s Watergate approach

JUST before Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in Westminster Abbey, on April 29, 2011, I went to see Hasmukh and Chandrika Shingadia in the Berkshire village of Upper Bucklebury, where they ran the local Peach’s grocery store cum sub-post office. They had been invited to the royal wedding…

Musical aims to decipher the Enigma of brilliant Turing

JOEL GOODMAN, a lyricist and composer, wanted to write a musical “about someone who changed the world. I brainstormed different people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and also Alan Turing. In the end we decided on Alan Turing.” The result is Alan Turing: A Musical Biography at the…

‘They picked on the wrong woman’, says former sub-postmistress

SEEMA MISRA, who was pregnant when she was maliciously and wrongly jailed for stealing from the Post Office, has told Eastern Eye that more than a decade later she still gets flashbacks about her time in prison and being tagged. The former Surrey sub-postmistress revealed that she was prepared to…

Veronica Mehta’s phoenix moment after intense cancer battle

AT THE end of the video for her new song, Gone, British Asian music pioneer Veronica Mehta transforms into a phoenix rising from the ashes – a symbol, she said, of her “second chance at life” after a gruelling battle with cancer. Mehta was riding high in her career after…

Low-note campaigning begins in Pakistan polls

THE frontrunner party for Pakistan’s delayed elections began campaigning on Monday (15), after a weekend court decision effectively pushed the opposition party of ex-prime minister Imran Khan out of the race. Pakistan’s vote next month has been marred by claims of pre-poll rigging, with analysts saying that the army establishment…

REVEALED: Asian subpostmasters faced racist abuse and injustice

ASIAN sub postmasters have described the devastating impact of the Post Office Horizon scandal as they revealed the consequences of the injustice on their families as well as their health and finances. In interviews with Eastern Eye, some post masters recalled the fallout of discriminatory and racist behaviour by Post…

‘Our beloved Lata Didi will be missed on Jan 22’,…

Ahead of the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony at Ayodhya Ram Temple on January 22, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country will miss the beloved legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. PM Modi took to social media platform X to state "As the nation awaits January 22 with great enthusiasm,…

Sikhs in UK receive ‘threat-to-life’ notices amid growing tensions

MANY Sikhs in the UK have received "threat-to-life" notices from the police, intensifying concerns over rising tensions related to the separatist movement in India, reported The Times. The threat-to-life warnings, known as Osman notices, issued by West Midlands police have fuelled apprehensions among recipients who fear potential connections to alleged…

Vir Das fires back as netizen suggests economy travel

The award-winning comedian-actor Vir Das, who is known for his witty responses to social media users, recently praised an IndiGo cabin crew member for standing up alone in front of a passenger who assaulted a pilot because the aircraft was delayed for 13 hours. However, his praise did not go…

Bromley couple sentenced for gym thefts to fund their lavish…

A couple's criminal scheme to fund their extravagant lifestyle has come to an end with their recent conviction. Ashley Singh, 39, and Sophie Bruyea, 20, of Widmore Road, Bromley, have been found guilty of stealing bank and SIM cards from gym-goers' lockers. Singh and Bruyea executed their crimes with precision,…

Blue Peter announces Shini as new presenter

The world’s longest-running children's TV show has today unveiled Shini Muthukrishnan as its newest Blue Peter presenter. Shini will co-host alongside Abby Cook, Joel Mawhinney, and Henry the dog on her first live show airing Friday 19th January on CBBC and BBC iPlayer at 5.00 pm. Shini is a content…

Edwardian Group sells 10 hotels to Starwood Capital

A LEADING British Asian hotelier has sold 10 properties to Starwood Capital in a deal said to be worth around £800 million. Jasminder Singh OBE sold his properties, including Radisson Blu Edwardian properties in central London, to the US private investment firm, a statement said on Friday (12) The group…

Rajnath Singh meets Sunak, concludes successful UK trip

INDIAN Defence Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his visit to the UK on Thursday (11) after a “warm meeting” with prime minister Rishi Sunak and interacting with members of the Indian diaspora at a community reception. Singh called on Sunak at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (10) evening for discussions on…

Zee TV to air highlights of Asian Business Awards on…

All the glitz and glamour from the 25th anniversary of the Asian Business Awards will be aired on Zee TV on Sunday, January 28th, at 7 pm. A total of nine awards were handed out at the glittering ceremony, held at the Park Plaza Hotel in central London and attended…

British Asian entrepreneurs call for more diversity in venture capital…

BRITISH Asian entrepreneurs have called for more action to improve diversity in the venture capital investment market after it was branded “unacceptable” and “woeful” by a powerful committee of MPs. The business leaders called for funds dedicated to ethnic minorities or female founders to make the system fairer. Venture capital…

New legislation to overturn wrongful Post Office convictions

BRITAIN will seek to use new legislation to overturn the wrongful convictions of hundreds of Post Office managers, prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday (10) in the wake of renewed national outrage over the scandal. Between 1999 and 2015, hundreds of self-employed sub-postmasters at branches of the state-owned Post…

‘Growing sector’ offers options for fruitful horticulture career

ASIAN parents traditionally want their children to become doctors, lawyers or engineers and, if all else fails, prime ministers and home secretaries. But now there are excellent career opportunities in horticulture, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which is offering free online tips with talks by experts from January…

Mayoral candidate outlines plans to bring back ‘London’s mojo’

AN INDEPENDENT mayoral candidate has promised to “bring back the smile” to Londoners’ faces, arguing that the capital has “lost its mojo”. Investment banker Tarun Ghulati said he was entering the race in order to “get London moving again”, while strengthening community cohesion and improving policing. Ghulati, who lives in…

Concern over higher risk of sepsis among south Asians

BRITISH Asians have a higher rate of catching the life-threatening condition sepsis compared to other population groups, a study found. The illness, which kills around 48,000 people every year in the UK, occurs when the body overreacts to an infection and starts attacking its own tissues and organs. Leading doctors…

Storms cause winter flooding devastation

AT SCHOOL in India, we were taught Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in the heat and dust of Patna in the central eastern state of Bihar. In the last few days, as Britain struggled with yet another winter of flooding, I have been thinking of…

Priya Hall: The new Welsh comedy wonder

AN exciting star lighting up the UK comedy sky is sparkling new talent Priya Hall. The fabulously talented stand-up comic from Wales is fast making a name for herself on the live circuit with laughter-filled performances. Having also appeared on radio and television, the one-to-watch comic will hit a higher gear this…

Ahmed Kaysher: Merging traditions to define modern sensuality

MUSIC DIRECTOR Ahmed Kaysher has brought together artists from around the world to create “a new meaning of sensuality” through his show, Songs of Sringar and Seduction – Thumri to Troubadour. Produced by Saudha, the Society of Poetry and Indian Music, the concert features fresh interpretations of erotic and sensual…

‘India’s coffee exports likely to surge 10 per cent’

INDIA’S coffee exports are likely to rise by as much as 10 per cent in 2024 as a rally in global prices prompts European buyers to pay premiums in order to increase purchases from the country, industry officials told Reuters. The country - famous as a tea producer - is…

Rajnath Singh starts UK tour with visit to Gandhi memorial

INDIA’s defence minister Rajnath Singh arrived in London on Monday (8) for a three-day visit focusing on the India-UK defence partnership as well as security and industrial cooperation. Singh has been accompanied by a Ministry of Defence delegation comprising officials from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Service Headquarters,…

India’s Rajnath Singh to discuss defence, security issues with Shapps

INDIAN defence minister Rajnath Singh will discuss bilateral issues with his UK counterpart Grant Shapps during his official visit, the ministry of defence said in a statement. Singh arrived in UK on Monday (8) night. Notably, this marks the first visit of a sitting Indian defence minister to the UK…

2024 election set to deliver UK’s ‘Most diverse parliament ever’

THE General Election is unlikely to be held until close to the end of this year, with the Prime Minister saying his ‘working assumption’ is the election in the second half of 2024. Despite Labour’s large poll lead, the results will depend on the campaigns to come. One thing we…

‘Ethnic minorities unfairly assigned to dance-off in ‘Strictly,’ says academic

Contestants on the popular BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing, who are most likely to be assigned to repeated dance-offs are racial minority celebrities paired with racial minority professional dancers and who achieved high scores from the judges, an academic has said. Professor Keon West from Goldsmiths, University of London, analysed…

UK police probe fraud in Post Office IT scandal

UK police have announced they are investigating possible fraud offences committed during Britain's Post Office scandal, described as one of the worst miscarriages of justice in British legal history. More than 700 people running small local post offices received criminal convictions between 1999 and 2005 after faulty accounting software made…

Election day in Bangladesh amid opposition boycott

BANGLADESH was voting Sunday (7) in an election guaranteed to give a fifth term in office to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, after a boycott led by an opposition party she branded a "terrorist organisation". Hasina has presided over breakneck economic growth in a country once beset by grinding poverty, but…

BAFTA unveils longlists for 2024 film awards

The 2024 BAFTA Film Awards announced on Friday 24 categories worth of longlists of films that will advance to final round voting. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, and Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon are leading with 15 longlist spots each, while other films appearing in various categories…

Labour seeks clarity on closure of Akshata Murty’s investment firm

LABOUR has raised concerns over the closure of Catamaran Ventures UK, a start-up investment firm owned by Rishi Sunak's wife, reported the BBC. The company was wound up by Akshata Murty in December, prompting questions about its impact on government-backed businesses and other companies it holds stakes in. The establishment…

Killer of Muslim family in Canada to be sentenced

A sentencing hearing started on Thursday (4) for the man found guilty of using his truck to murder four members of a Muslim family over two years ago in Canada. Nathanial Veltman, a 23-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist, was found guilty of murder in November. He has denied the claims. On…

Election in second half of 2024, signals Sunak

RISHI SUNAK fired the starting gun on Britain's next election on Thursday (4), saying his "working assumption" was it would take place in the second half of the year, all but ruling out an earlier vote opposition parties had called for. The prime minister and Labour leader Keir Starmer both…

Probe into prison worker’s alleged sexual relationship with Zara Aleena’s…

A female prison worker is under investigation after being accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with Jordan McSweeney, the convicted killer of Zara Aleena, inside the high-security Belmarsh jail, reported The Telegraph. McSweeney, 30, was sentenced to life in December 2022 for stalking, sexually assaulting, and murdering the 35-year-old…

British Indian man gets jail term for masturbating on train

A British Indian man has been sentenced to nine months in prison after being found guilty of masturbating on board a London underground train in front of a lone woman in the carriage. Mukesh Shah, 43, from Wembley in north London, was found guilty of indecent exposure at London inner…

Alleged fraudsters of Indian origin face trial in Scotland court

A group of alleged fraudsters of Indian origin, among them a woman, who was arrested and charged concerning a high-value fraud, are set to face trial in a Scotland court in the upcoming weeks after they declined to enter a plea. According to Police Scotland, the arrests took place as…

Right-wing upstarts threaten Tories with ‘Make Britain Great’ vision

Ahead of the upcoming general election this year, the ruling Conservatives find themselves once again challenged by a fringe right-wing political party, originally founded by the eurosceptic populist Nigel Farage. Reform UK -- formerly called the Brexit Party and whose current leader admires former US president Donald Trump -- rails…

Movies that stood out in an action-packed 2023

WHETHER it was in cinemas, streaming sites or at festivals around the world, audiences were offered an interesting variety of films from diverse genres and languages. From artistic gems and groundbreaking narratives to huge blockbusters, they entertained film fans from different backgrounds. Eastern Eye revisited 2023 to reveal 21 entertaining…

Camden council names housing block after British Indian spy

A COUNCIL housing block in north London has been named after British Indian spy and descendant of Tipu Sultan, Noor Inayat Khan, following a ballot of local residents to choose from a shortlist of the area’s historic inhabitants. Camden Council unveiled the “Noor Inayat Khan House” at a ceremony on…

24 entertaining things to look forward to in 2024

WITH so many great-looking concerts, theatre productions, films, comebacks of popular stars and more already in the pipeline, 2024 looks set to be a thrilling and action-packed year. There will also be new talent, surprises, horizon-expanding moments, great music, free shows, and events celebrating the best in south Asian popular…

British Indian girl’s chess triumph

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD British Indian schoolgirl made history after being named the “super talented” best female player at a European chess event. Bodhana Sivanandan, from Harrow in London, won the European Blitz chess championship in Zagreb, Croatia, last month. During the event, she went head-tohead with some of the best players…

Determined to have big dreams

AFTER a terrific television career, Jasmine Bhasin made her film debut as a lead in the hit Punjabi comedy, Honeymoon . She is set to follow up her 2022 success with two major Punja - bi movies due to be released in 2024. The first is a sequel to a…

Mumbai exhibits art of sharing great treasures

SOME of the great art treasures of India are on display in the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai. Like the city itself, which was called Bombay until 1996, the museum was renamed something a lot simpler in 1998 in an upsurge of nationalism – it is now called the…

Nuria Sajjad’s parents still waiting for crash answers

THE parents of a girl killed in an accident in south London last summer have blamed the police for dragging their investigation into the crash which left another student and around 20 other people injured. A gold and black Land Rover crashed through the fence into the playground at The…

‘Mind Fool’ by Vir Das: Exhilarating blend of humour and…

INDIA’S most successful English-language standup comedian continues to showcase his unstoppable prowess, evident in his recent triumph at the International Emmy awards. He is also in the middle of another mammoth world tour and recently delivered sold-out shows for UK audiences, including at the iconic Hammersmith Apollo in London. The…

Stafford Arima: Exploring cultural identity through new dance moves

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

Comment: Elections around the world will shape politics in 2024

DEMOCRACY is the theme of 2024. Around half of the world’s population has the chance to go to the polls. This weekend’s vote in Bangladesh, boycotted by the opposition to Shekih Hasina, is an inauspicious start. Pakistan in February holds its first elections since 2018. More than 600 million will…

Tories shocked by ‘secret deal’ between Sunak and Cummings

Tories have expressed strong disapproval and concern over allegations that Rishi Sunak offered Dominic Cummings a secret deal to assist him in winning the election. One Tory MP said that Boris Johnson's former chief aide should have no role in the political sphere, following these claims. Within WhatsApp groups, other…

London welcomes 2024 with Mayor’s biggest ever fireworks, lights, and…

London’s skyline was lit up as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve 2024, with the grandest fireworks, lights, and drone spectacle ever seen over the River Thames. With over 100,000 attendees and millions watching worldwide, London commenced the year with a stunning exhibition of fireworks, lights, and drones,…

Sunak aims for Free Trade Agreement with India by April

According to a UK media report, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aims to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) with India by Easter, which falls at the end of March 2024. The India-UK FTA talks began in January last year, aimed at significantly enhancing the £36-billion bilateral trading partnership. A new…

Rail worker Rizwan Javed honoured with MBE for saving 29…

Rizwan Javed, a rail worker from east London employed by the MTR Elizabeth line at Ealing Broadway station, has been honoured with an MBE for saving 29 people from taking their own lives, the BBC reported. Since 2015, Javed has intervened to save the lives of these individuals contemplating suicide,…

Big Ben celebrates 100 years of New Year ‘bongs’

On Sunday (31), London's Big Ben commemorates the 100th anniversary of its New Year's "bongs" being broadcast worldwide. Ever since New Year's Eve 1923 when BBC engineer A.G. Dryland clambered onto a roof opposite the British parliament to record the strikes, live transmission has become an annual tradition. The unmistakable…

Flooded tunnels strand thousands before New Year

AT LEAST 14 Eurostar trains were cancelled on Saturday (30) after flooding in tunnels in southern England, stranding thousands of passengers just ahead of New Year's Eve. The tunnels near Ebbsfleet International station in Kent were inundated as the Met Office issued weather warnings for rain, snow and ice across…

Knighthood for Sajid Javid in New Year’s Honours List

Former chancellor and home secretary Sajid Javid described his knighthood as a “tremendous honour” after he was recognised for his achievements in the New Year’s Honours List announced last Friday (29). Javid, who represents Bromsgrove, served under three different prime ministers in six different Cabinet posts, including as culture secretary,…

British Indian doctor’s Indie band gains popularity

A British Indian doctor with the NHS decided to get musical during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, but what started as a one-man bedroom project has been gaining popularity with booked out shows. Gulzar (Gulz) Singh Dhanoya, 25, started the indie-rock band named Gulz during his university days as a medical…

Cow protectors turn politicians ahead of elections in India

SCORES of cow protectors in recent years have been accused of using violence to carry out extra-judicial activities in India, often finding themselves at odds with law enforcement, even as many won acclaim for defending the Hindu faith. Now some of these operatives are transferring their clout into grassroots political…

India to become world’s top economic power by 2100: report

India will emerge as the largest economic superpower by the end of the century, with gross domestic product (GDP) 90 per cent larger than China’s and 30 per cent larger than the US, a new report has revealed. The World Economic League Table report by London-based Centre for Economics and…

Robert Vadra linked to London property under money laundering probe

Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of former Congress president, Sonia Gandhi was accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday (26), of renovating and staying in a London property that is considered as “proceeds of crime” in a money laundering case involving alleged middleman Sanjay Bhandari. Bhandari fled to the UK…

Homelessness rises 40 per cent in rural England as living…

Homelessness in rural England has risen by 40 percent in five years with many sleeping in the open air, tents or makeshift shelters, a British rural charity said on Tuesday. A cost-of-living crisis in the G7 nation and the world's sixth-biggest economy, fuelled by high inflation, has left many Britons…

Ranbir and Alia reveal daughter Raha’s face on Christmas

Power couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt gave a Christmas surprise to their fans by making their first public appearance with their daughter Raha. The star couple, who has been protective of their daughter so far, finally posed with her for the paparazzi. Ranbir was seen carrying his little princess…

Kareena, Saif in London to celebrate Christmas

After celebrating their son Taimur's 7th birthday at the Pataudi Palace in Haryana, star couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan landed in London to ring in Christmas. On Sunday, Kareena shared stunning images of her hubby Saif and son Taimur from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The images show Taimur…

Cameron brands Iran ‘malign influence’ after shipping attacks

UK foreign secretary David Cameron has branded Iran "a thoroughly malign influence in the region and in the world" in an interview published Sunday in which he also pledged stepped-up deterrence towards Tehran. The former British prime minister's warning echoes accusations by the United States Friday that Iran is involved…

Romesh Ranganathan reveals how much weight he lost from ‘diet…

Romesh Ranganathan, who will be appearing in the upcoming Christmas special episode on The Jonathan Ross Show alongside Willem Dafoe, Ariana Debose, Katherine Jenkins, Kevin Bridges, Boy George, and Claudia Schiffer, opened up about how much weight he has lost. He revealed that he has lost three stone in weight…

Concerns mount over UK’s preparedness for deepfake-affected general elections

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been utilised globally to interfere with elections, sparking concerns among senior politicians and security services about potential risks in the UK. Former Justice Secretary Sir Robert Buckland is advocating for stronger governmental action against what he perceives as a pressing threat to UK democracy. As chair…

Family of Sikh activist urges fresh investigation into his death

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

British Indian prodigy creates history in European chess championship

AN eight-year-old British Indian schoolgirl has made history after being named the “super talented” best female player at a European chess championship. Bodhana Sivanandan, from Harrow in north-west London, won the European blitz chess Championship in Zagreb, Croatia, over the weekend. During the event, she went head-to-head with some of…

Met Police appeal for information after Indian student’s death

THE Metropolitan Police on Thursday (21) appealed for information to piece together the last movements of a missing Indian student whose body was found by divers in a lake in Canary Wharf, east London. The force said Gurashman Singh Bhatia, 23, had been reported missing after a night out with…

Anirban Dasgupta: Polite provocation is a fairly good description of…

TRADING in a career as a corporate salesman for stand-up comedy proved to be a smart decision for Anirban Dasgupta. The Indian funnyman has since headlined comedy clubs and festivals, along with writing for leading streaming sites. After several popular YouTube videos, he released his first stand-up special, Take It…

Two men jailed for smuggling illegal drugs worth £29 million

TWO men have been sentenced to a total of 34 years’ imprisonment after a London trial found them guilty of smuggling drugs hidden among farm produce from Africa and South America. Anand Tripathi, 61, and Varun Bhardwaj, 39, were also convicted of evading import duty payable on cigarettes, hidden alongside…

Garden of Unity donated to school ‘with similar ethos’

EASTERN EYE’S colourful “Garden of Unity”, which caught the attention of King Charles and Queen Camilla at the Chelsea Flower Show in May this year, has been donated by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to a multicultural school in a deprived area of south London. Children at the Sacred Heart…

DJ Shai Guy selects the biggest dance anthems of a…

WITH the party season being upon us, it is the perfect time to reflect on the power-packed dance anthems that were released in 2023. Eastern Eye requested DJ Shai Guy from one of the UK’s leading club night promoters, Bombay Funkadelic, to select the most upbeat songs from this year…

Junior doctors intensify strike over ongoing pay dispute

JUNIOR doctors in England ramped up their industrial action on Wednesday (20), beginning the first walk-out of their biggest strike yet, which hospitals warn could threaten emergency care provision at one of the busiest times of the year. The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents around 50,000 junior doctors, said…

London retains appeal among Indian tech investors

INDIA emerged as a “key market” for technology investments into London this year, according to the city’s business growth agency. In an analysis released last week, London & Partners said among the 100 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects for the year, India leads with a 29 per cent share of…

Slough home to one of largest Sikh populations, census shows

FIGURES from the 2021 census showed Slough hosted 3.4 per cent of England and Wales’ Sikh population, writes James Moules. Around 11.3 per cent of people in the borough listed Sikhism as their religion, the census report confirmed. It also had the largest proportion of the country’s Sikh population outside…

Best British Asian moments of 2023 in music

A THRILLING year for British Asian music saw everything from much-awaited single releases to world-class performances by international artists in sold-out arenas. Newcomers breaking through, the rise of devotional music, established names making headlines, melas, music festivals and an interesting comeback were among the noteworthy events. Eastern Eye decided to…

Imperial College, Tata Steels join hands for green steel

A NEW £10-million design and manufacturing centre has been created in partnership between Imperial College London and Indian multinational, Tata Steel, as part of efforts to help decarbonise steel production. The Centre for Innovation in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing is expected to enable the development of high-performing and sustainable products…

Boxer’s ADHD news can help ‘break down stigma’

THE boxer Adam Azim has been praised for drawing attention to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as experts warned about the stigma against the condition in the Asian community. Azim, 21, has spoken of being diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and his father taking him to a boxing…

February deadline for India-UK FTA talks to allow for election…

A NEW round of discussions in the ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK will begin in the New Year after the 13th round was completed last week, a joint outcome statement issued by the British government said on Monday (18). The Department for Business and Trade…

City of London Freedom honours for leading Indian bankers

THE City of London Corporation has honoured eight senior figures from Indian banks based in the Square Mile to mark 75 years of India’s independence. The award recognises the trade relationship between the UK and India’s financial services sectors. The leaders who received the Freedom of the City honours on…

The best of 2023

AN ACTION-PACKED year saw everything from stunning live performances to delightful drama serials, marvellous music and fabulous films. There was also perfectly pitched comedy, new talent, path-breaking projects and plenty of entertainment. Eastern Eye celebrated the many creative moments of 2023 with the annual Eye Spy awards which include extra…

Immersive play explores refugees’ notion of home

A DESIRE to give a “voice to the unheard” led director Sue Buckmaster to create the play, Journey of a Refugee. Inspired by true stories of refugees and displacement, the play explores the journey of a migrant to the UK and the universal theme of people searching for a place…

UK extradites Indian man arrested in terror funding case to…

British authorities announced on Tuesday (19) that an Indian man, arrested in London under a provisional American warrant amid a US-UK coordinated operation targeting terrorism financing, has been extradited to the US after consenting to face trial in America. Madurai-born Sundar Nagarajan, 65, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police's National…

King’s charity faces repayment demand over unfulfilled NHS clinic

THE King's charity, formerly the Prince's Foundation, is under scrutiny as it is compelled to return £110,000 to the Indian government. The funds were earmarked for an NHS alternative medicine clinic championed by Charles, which never materialised. The proposed clinic, aimed at integrating Indian traditional medicine into the UK's healthcare…

Special screening of documentary honours India-Bangladesh bond since 1971 war

The India-Bangladesh link was honoured by the British Bengali diaspora in London with the special screening of a documentary chronicling the history of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The event served as a commemoration of the enduring bonds of friendship between the two countries, dating back to the conflict. ‘Bay…

Woman wins over £15,000 in discrimination case after being forced…

Fathimath Athif, who worked late-night shifts at Spice E17, an unlicensed takeaway restaurant in east London, has won a discrimination case against her male boss. Despite having worked only four shifts, she was awarded over £15,000, The Times reported. During the employment tribunal, Athif asserted that she should have been…

Statistics reveal a one in four drop-out rate among students…

International students should pay their tuition fees upfront to curb potential misuse of the visa system, former universities minister Lord Johnson of Marylebone has proposed. This suggestion arises as statistics reveal a one in four drop-out rate among students from India and Bangladesh. Lord Johnson emphasised the need for overseas…

Survey warns of escalating tensions among Asian nuclear powers

TENSIONS among nuclear powers, mainly in Asia, carry the risk of escalating into major conventional wars, a new survey cautioned. Significant Asian conflicts, such as in Kashmir and Afghanistan, have seen reduced violence since a ceasefire began in February 2021, said the Armed Conflict Survey 2023 by the London-based geopolitics…

Ranveer Singh launches new figures at Madame Tussauds

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, known for box-office-breaking performances, unapologetic personal style, and magnetic personality, visited the world-famous attraction Madame Tussauds in London to welcome his two new figures. He was accompanied by his mother, who, as a child, first introduced the would-be megastar to the world of Madame Tussauds London…

Cameron demands release of Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai

Foreign minister David Cameron called upon Hong Kong authorities on Sunday (17) to cease the "politically-motivated" prosecution of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who faced trial on Monday (18) on charges of national security crimes. British citizen Lai, 76, is charged with several counts of "colluding with foreign forces", a…

CHD Living, Surrey care group commends exceptional care with ‘Superhero…

CHD Living, a luxury care group with residences throughout Surrey recently hosted its annual 'Superhero Awards,' an event recognising the exceptional efforts of its staff across various care facilities. Creating Happiness Daily (CHD) Living, a family-owned entity offering care homes, rehabilitation, and home care services in Surrey and South London,…

Sara Sharif’s family members plead not guilty to her murder

THE father of a 10-year-old Woking girl whose death sparked an international manhunt pleaded not guilty to her murder in a UK court on Thursday (14), as did two other members of her family. Sara Sharif's body was discovered at her family home on August 10. A post-mortem examination found…

Vir Das to perform at Apollo Theatre in London

Comedian-actor Vir Das is set to perform at the iconic Apollo Theatre in London on 16th December. The Apollo Theatre is a venue steeped in musical history having witnessed performances from iconic acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Iron Maiden, and contemporary music royalties such as Selena…

Tata Steel ties up with Imperial College in decarbonisation efforts

A NEW £10-million design and manufacturing centre has been created in partnership between Imperial College London and India’s Tata Steel as part of efforts to develop innovative processes to decarbonise steel production. The Centre for Innovation in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing is expected to enable the development of sustainable products…

Shah Rukh performs pooja at Sai Baba temple in Shirdi

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday performed a pooja and sought the blessing of Sai Baba in Shirdi, Maharashtra, along with his daughter Suhana Khan. Ahead of the release of his comedy-drama Dunki, several videos and pictures of the Jawan actor surfaced on social media in which he can be…

Migrant boat with over 60 capsizes in Channel, one dead

A BOAT carrying more than 60 migrants capsized in the Channel off France overnight on Thursday (14) to Friday (15) while attempting to reach Britain, with one person dead and another in critical condition, French maritime authorities said. Among the 66 people recovered, "one unconscious victim, in critical condition, was…

Mindy Kaling among two Indian-Americans in Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100…

Actress, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling has made it to The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘2023 Women in Entertainment Power 100’ list. Netflix Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria also earned a spot on the list. Both women have been picked for 'setting box office records, filling arenas, and putting Hollywood back to…

Indian Mission embraces Christmas with carols and millets

The festivity of the Christmas season was brought to life at India House, adorned with radiant decorations and trees. The renowned Choir of King's College orchestrated the carol singing, filling Gandhi Hall with the spirit of the season. The celebration at the Indian High Commission on Tuesday (12) evening, which…

New Tory visa rules lead to anger and outrage

Public discontent surged on Saturday (9) night, over the new Tory visa rules and the government's perceived love only toward the rich, which could compel numerous British families to face the tough choice of separation or leaving the country. The announcement by home secretary James Cleverly last week outlined that…

The Ugandan Asian Expulsion: Role of the Aga Khan family…

THE year 2022 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Ugandan Asian expulsion which saw the uprooting and resettlement of some 80,000 Ugandan Asians when Idi Amin Dada, the self-styled dictator of Uganda, declared on 4 August 1972 that he had had a dream in which he was enjoined by God…

Vir Das: Making a Mind Fool of himself

A PATH-BREAKING journey in live comedy led Vir Das towards winning an International Emmy award in November. That glittering honour for his Netflix special, Vir Das: Landing, added to global acclaim for India’s most popular English-language stand-up star. Instead of basking in that glory, the cool comic has been busy…

FT prize for Amy Edmondson’s book on how to deal…

THE Financial Times business book of the year for 2023 has gone to Right Kind of Wrong: Why Learning to Fail Can Teach Us to Thrive by Amy Edmondson, a Harvard professor who has been called “the world’s most influential organisational psychologist”. The prize, worth £30,000, was announced last Tuesday…

Top 50 Asian stars of 2023

A GROUND-BREAKING year in entertainment saw glass ceilings shattered, greater heights conquered, creative horizons expanded, and new paths carved globally. There was also ground-breaking work, international crossovers, and exciting new talent announcing their arrival. Top south Asian talent from diverse fields were at the forefront of the marvellous moves being…

Comedian Sukh Ojla on her upcoming show ‘Hot Aunty Summer’

Stand-up comedian Sukh Ojla, who has performed on such TV shows as The Big Asian Stand-Up Show (BBC Two), Comedy Guide to Life (Dave), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Comedy Central Live, and features in Sky’s Dating No Filter, is gearing up for her next show Hot Aunty Summer. When…

Asian groups missing from labour market in UK

AROUND a third of individuals from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities broadly have no one earning any income through work, the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed. Almost half of all women in both these ethnic groups are not economically active either – meaning they are…

Indhu Rubasingham becomes first woman to lead National Theatre

ONE of the top jobs in the arts has gone to Indhu Rubasingham, who has been appointed director and joint chief executive of the National Theatre in London. She will succeed Rufus Norris who will be stepping down from the post in spring 2025, when his second term ends. Rubasingham,…

Author Sheela Banerjee chronicles changing cultural identity in diverse Britain

IN HER book, What’s in a Name? Friendship, Identity and History in Modern Multicultural Britain, the author Sheela Banerjee deals with the question which confronts all British Asian parents. What should they call their newborn? Most want the name to reflect the child’s ethnic and cultural heritage, but at the…

Campaign aims to ‘secure legacy of Windrush story’

A NETWORK and website have been launched to “deepen public conversation about race in Britain and press for future change”. Dozens of race and equality campaigners, community organisations and politicians gathered in parliament last Thursday (7) at an event to acknowledge the efforts of the 75th Windrush anniversary this year.…

Foreign policy matters to Labour’s Muslim voters

POLITICAL analysts said the impact on Muslim voters of Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer’s stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict will only become clear over the next decade. Many Labour councillors and MPs have criticised Sir Kier for refusing to call for a ceasefire in the region. Dozens of councillors…

Biswa Kalyan Rath: ‘There is a thin line between honesty…

INDIAN comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath has been unstoppable ever since he came to prominence with the hit YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews. Although he has appeared on various streaming site shows in India, the talented stand-up comedian has perhaps been at his best when performing in front of a live…

Ashwini Ponnappa sets sights on Olympics

A SENSATIONAL run over the last two weeks has given wings to Ashwini Ponnappa’s Olympics dreams, and the ace Indian shuttler now wants to continue her fine run in the upcoming bigger tournaments to stay on course for a trip to Paris next year. Ponnappa, 34, and 20-year-old Tanisha Crasto,…

Educated minorities ‘now more likely to vote Tory’

GRADUATE ethnic minority voters are more likely to vote for the Conservative party, a new survey has found. Lead researcher James Kanagasooriam, from FocalData, said the voting intentions of ethnic minority graduates is in contrast to their white counterparts. They are more left-leaning and more likely to vote Labour, although…

‘Bridgerton 3’ to release in May 2024

The third season of steamy Regency-era romance Bridgerton will be back on Netflix in May 2024. The drama will be split in two parts -- the first part will premiere on May 16 followed by the second part on June 13. The new season will have eight episodes, reported Deadline.…

Mercure London Paddington gets planning approval

A leading Asian entrepreneur’s company has secured planning approval for Mercure London’s Paddington hotel in central London. Koolesh Shah’s London Town Group, a hotels and residential property company, said the project would “redefine the concept of hospitality”. The four-star hotel is close to Paddington Station which serves as a hub…

Jury convicts trio in brutal murder of Shakira Spencer

THREE people have been convicted for the brutal murder of 35-year-old Shakira Spencer, who suffered prolonged torment and abuse leading to her death. Ashana Studholme, 38, Shaun Pendlebury, 26, and Lisa Richardson, 44, were found guilty of murder and preventing the lawful burial of Spencer after a 12-week trial at…

Nicola Thorp speaks out after her stalker is jailed

TV presenter Nicola Thorp spoke for the first time after saying that the person who stalked her for two years has been jailed for 30 months. The 34-year-old, who played Pat Phelan’s daughter Nicola Rubinstein on the successful ITV soap Coronation Street, revealed that she had been subjected to rape…

Crunch time (again) for Rishi Sunak on Rwanda policy

RISHI SUNAK did not imagine that his premiership would end up like this. His intention was to lead an economy-first government, rebuild trust in politics and deliver on many fronts. Sunak has become the embattled leader of a single-issue government and mutinous party. Every week seems to be immigration week…

Yousaf says ‘dark day for devolution’ as court rules against…

THE UK government's blocking of a controversial Scottish gender recognition law was ruled lawful by Scotland's highest civil court. The legislation, passed by the Scottish parliament in December, would have made it easier and faster for people to officially change their gender, dropping the requirement for a gender dysphoria medical…

Sadiq Khan condemns attack on Ulez camera, calls it ‘grotesquely…

The London mayor's office strongly condemned a "grotesquely irresponsible" attack on a camera responsible for enforcing the city's ultra-low emission zone (Ulez). The incident involved damaging the camera with what seemed to be a homemade bomb, posing a risk to lives, The Guardian reported. No immediate response regarding the incident…

Eating within 10-hour window is good for health: Study

Recent findings from the largest UK community research project suggest that eating within a 10-hour window enhances mood, and energy levels, and diminishes hunger. The outcomes of this trial were presented at the European Nutrition Conference by a team of researchers from King's College London. Intermittent fasting (IF), or restricting…

Maoist cult leader Comrade Bala’s daughter says she has forgiven…

Katy Morgan-Davies, the daughter of a Maoist cult leader who held her captive and kept her as a slave for 30 years, revealed on Thursday (7), that she has forgiven her father despite enduring psychological and physical mistreatment. Morgan-Davies spent years effectively imprisoned in the peculiar cult's residence in Herne…

‘Stolen’ to premiere at 28th Int Film Fest of Kerala

After a grand India premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Stolen starring Abhishek Banerjee is now gearing up for a special premiere at the upcoming 28th International Film Festival of Kerala. Stolen narrates the tale of a five-month-old baby who has been abducted from her mother. The incident…

Greenwich event brings together SS Tilawa tragedy survivors, descendants

Survivors of a sunken ship and their descendants came together for a commemoration at London’s National Maritime Museum in Greenwich last month. It has been 81 years since the passenger-cargo ship, SS Tilawa, sank after it was torpedoed twice by the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Indian ocean during the…

Issa brothers attribute remote work to mounting losses at Leon

THE billionaire Issa brothers blame the surge in remote working for hindering the post-Covid recovery of their fast-food chain, Leon. Zuber Issa cited the combination of hybrid work models and rail strikes as significant factors contributing to Leon's recent struggles, reported The Telegraph. According to the report, Leon faced challenges…

Selection of Samir Shah as new BBC chair brings joy…

THE UK government’s choice of Samir Shah as the next BBC chairman has brought joy in India, his country of birth. "We are proud of him and this is a well-deserved achievement," his cousin Sujata Kango said in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly Aurangabad) in the Maharashtra state where the media veteran…

Court sentences former London police officers for racist messages

SIX former London police officers on Thursday (7) were given suspended prison sentences for sharing offensive and racist messages on WhatsApp, including references to Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the royal family. In a statement after the sentencing hearing Commander James Harman, who leads the Metropolitan…

Queen Camilla supports domestic violence victim at women’s refuge

During her visit to a refuge, the Queen offered solace to a young victim of domestic violence who had been brought to the UK through a forced marriage. Camilla, 76, listened attentively to the woman in her early 20s, offering comfort by gently reaching out her hand as the woman…

Amol Rajan reveals considering suicide after father’s death

BBC presenter Amol Rajan has revealed that he contemplated suicide after the death of his father, P Varadarajan. Rajan, 40, told the Mid Point podcast that the grief over his father's passing led him to consider the idea of ending his life to be reunited with his dad. The University…

UAE extradites British trader accused of fraud to Denmark

THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday (6) extradited a British hedge fund trader accused of massive fraud and money laundering to Denmark to face charges, the official WAM news agency reported. Sanjay Shah, who was arrested in Dubai in June 2022, is wanted over an alleged £1.44 billion ($1.8…

Ankur Khajuria reveals if ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ is rigged

Netflix’s Squid Game: The Challenge has been the talk of the town ever since it premiered late last month. The reality show, which is based on the streamer’s globally successful South Korean survival series Squid Game, features 456 contestants playing to win a lump sum cash prize of approximately £3.50…

Hong Kong migrants face challenges despite support

NEW government figures published last month show that 47,000 Hong Kongers moved to the UK in the year to June 2023. They arrived under the government’s British National (Overseas) visa programme, set up after Hong Kong’s National Security law restricted its citizens’ democratic freedoms. In total, around 120,000 have arrived…

Nalini Jaywant: Rise, romance and tragedy of a movie legend

THE fabulous 1950s delivered more Bollywood movie icons than any other decade is why it’s regarded as the golden age of Hindi cinema. When leading ladies from that era are mentioned, names like Nargis, Meena Kumari, Madbubala, Waheeda Rehman, Geeta Bali and Vyjayanthimala come to mind, but another who made…

Kissinger’s south Asia policies a ‘strategic fiasco’

DR HENRY KISSINGER, who died last Wednesday (29), aged 100, was an American diplomat of Jewish-German extraction who served as national security adviser and secretary of state to US presidents Richard Nixon and his successor, Gerald Ford. Kissinger’s long life was proof of the old adage, “You can fool all…

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

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

Kavi Pau: Combining contrasting music cultures

ONE of the best kept secrets in British music is Third Culture Collective. The orchestra founded by London based composer, singer and producer Kavi Pau brings together Indian and western classical music, with commercial sounds to create a genre that attempts to go beyond fusion. The talented musicians and great…

Best books of 2023

A STRONG literary year was filled with stunning stories written by skilled south Asian authors from around the world. They explored diverse themes, ideas, emotions, time periods, characters, and journeys in a marvellous melting pot of books that opened windows into new worlds. Eastern Eye decided to celebrate some of…

British artist Jesse Darling wins 2023 Turner Prize

British artist Jesse Darling was awarded the famous Turner Prize on Tuesday (5) for his impactful sculptures and installations, which evoke themes of societal breakdown. The 41-year-old -- who now lives in Berlin -- pipped Ghislaine Leung, Rory Pilgrim, and Barbara Walker to the £25,000 ($30,000) award. Darling was announced…

Amid rising costs, Asian small businesses fear a bleak future

ASIAN small business owners have accused council leaders of a lack of support to help them deal with rising costs and bills. Entrepreneurs said energy prices, the cost of goods they sell, and local regeneration projects were among the biggest challenges they have faced in 2023 as Small Business Day…

EXCLUSIVE: Government ‘failed whole generation’ of Asians

THE government continues to fail south Asian women, girls and boys who are suffering domestic abuse, and it has not learnt lessons from the pandemic, campaigners have told Eastern Eye. They said they remain concerned that should there be another pandemic, south Asians and minority groups would be in unnecessary…

Discussed migration plan with Rwanda’s Kagame, says Sunak

Rishi Sunak said on Friday (1) that he had conversations with President Paul Kagame concerning plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda as he finalises his response to the block on the policy in the London Supreme Court. Sunak's government has said it is working on a new treaty with…

Police discover body of missing Indian student in Thames

A 23-year-old Indian student who went missing in the UK last month has been found dead in the River Thames. Mitkumar Patel arrived in the UK for higher studies in September and was reported missing on November 17. The Metropolitan Police discovered his body in the River Thames near the…

Important to choose films based on merit of script: Katrina

Bollywood star Katrina Kaif says rather than falling into a trap of repeating herself, she goes by her instinct when choosing a script. In her two-decade-long journey in the movies, Katrina has cemented her position as one of the most successful female stars in the Hindi film industry. Some of…

Deepika holidays with friends in London

Leading Bollywood star Deepika Padukone is on holiday with her friends Sneha Ramachander and Divya Narayan in London. Sneha took to her Instagram Stories and wrote, "Getting hair done by the one and only Deepika Padukone, assisted by Divya Narayan." Deepika can be seen fixing her friend's hair in the…

‘Migration curbs will damage UK’

ANY “drastic” measures to cut immigration to the UK have the potential to “kill the economy”, a leading businessman has told Eastern Eye. Annual net migration hit a record of 745,000 last year and has stayed at elevated levels since, data showed last Thursday (23). Prime minister Rishi Sunak came…

Lilly Singh, Charithra Chandran join hands for new series

YouTuber, television host, comedian, actress, and writer Lilly Singh has joined hands with actress Charithra Chandran, who played one of the leads in Bridgerton 2, for a new series. Singh is developing the series based on the novel Arzu, written by Mumbai-based author Riva Razdan. Writer Geetika Lizardi, whose writing…

Arthanayake raises concerns about lack of diversity in BBC leadership

BRITISH ASIAN BBC presenter Nihal Arthanayake expressed concerns about the overwhelming lack of diversity in the network's newsroom, highlighting its impact on his mental health. Addressing a journalism diversity conference on Wednesday (29) at Media City in Salford, he expressed concern about the absence of Muslim employees in the "senior…

Irish music legend Shane MacGowan dies

Singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan, the legendary frontman of the Irish band, the Pogues, died early Thursday, his family announced online. He was 65, reported the New York Post. The songwriter of 'Fairytale of New York' died at 3 a.m. with his wife and family by his side, his band reported online.…

Sadiq Khan activates emergency measures as snowfall threat looms

MAYOR Sadiq Khan has declared the 'severe weather emergency protocol' for London as the possibility of snowfall looms over the city later this week. He is also implementing measures aimed at protecting rough sleepers amidst freezing temperatures. Khan explained that the procedure involves activating emergency shelters throughout the city to…

Rubicon Drinks founder Naresh Nagrecha dies at 73

Naresh Nagrecha, who founded the exotic soft drinks brand Rubicon four decades ago, died peacefully in London on Tuesday (28), after a courageous battle with illness, the family said. He was 73. Nagrecha has been a pioneer in the exotic food and beverage industry as co-founder of Rubicon Exotic Drinks…

The Bhavan UK celebrates Diwali

The Bhavan hosted its annual Diwali Gala on November 25, 2023, at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, attended by patrons, supporters, and artists. The event commenced with a warm and receptive audience. Vikram Doraiswami, the High Commissioner of India to the UK, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest,…

Landlords of London flat in fire tragedy plead guilty to…

During a brief hearing at Thames Magistrates' Court in east London, Sofina Begum, 50, and Aminur Rahman, 53, the landlords of an east London flat where a deadly fire occurred in March, pleaded guilty to a total of nine criminal charges. The fire at 18 Maddocks House in Shadwell led…

UK’s heading in the right direction, says Swati Dhingra

A MEMBER of the Bank of England’s (BoE) monetary policy committee said UK businesses have reasons to be “optimistic” over future growth. Dr Swati Dhingra said she believes the UK has “come out of the worst of the inflation and cost of living crisis” and the country will return to…

Sirat Taneja: Dynamics of a dual identity

PERHAPS the most unique creative partnership of the year has seen Canadian Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta teaming up with India-based transgender woman Sirat Taneja. They have collaborated on I Am Sirat, which has delighted audiences at major film festivals like London and Toronto. The acclaimed documentary film follows Delhi-based Sirat…

Capital comes together to raise awareness about changes to the…

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has launched a campaign to help all eligible Londoners access their right to vote, in collaboration with Shout Out UK, London borough electoral services and a coalition of civil society organisations South Asian faith leaders, public figures and community groups are supporting the campaign which…

‘Asian Rich List is about so much more than just…

THE British Asian business community clearly has done well, as the Eastern Eye Asian Rich List 2024 shows. The entry point to get onto the list 13 years ago was £25 million. Last year it was £120m, and this year the figure has gone up to £125m. Even allowing for…

Saudi wealth fund acquires stake in Heathrow

SAUDI ARABIA's sovereign wealth fund is to buy ten per cent of London's Heathrow airport from Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial, whose departure from the hub after almost two decades leaves Qatar as its biggest shareholder. Ferrovial late Tuesday (28) said it was offloading its 25 per cent stake for nearly…

Khushalii Kumar: Deep dive into an underwater drama

TALENTED newcomer Khushalii Kumar has followed up an impactful film debut in 2022 psychological thriller Dhokha: Round D Corner with the newly released Starfish. The daughter of late music baron Gulshan Kumar plays a professional diver in her new ocean-set action-romance. Based on author Bina Nayak’s book Starfish Pickle: A Goan…

Uber to partner with London’s iconic black cabs

The ride-hailing firm Uber, identified as UBER.N, announced on Wednesday (29), its plans to open up its platform to London's black cabs early next year. This move signifies a notable shift in its relationship with drivers of London’s iconic taxis. In recent years, London's black cab drivers - who have…

Sanjeev Bhaskar’s father dies

Well-known actor Sanjeev Bhaskar lost his father, Inderjit Bhaskar, on November 18. He was 93. The Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42 star took to X to share the news with his fans and well-wishers. Sharing his father’s great lesson for life, he wrote, “Work hard. Don’t…

Nottingham attacks: Man admits to killing three

A man, identified as Valdo Calocane, 32 and also known as Adam Mendes has admitted to killing three people in a series of attacks that occurred in Nottingham in June. Though Calocane has denied murder, he has admitted to charges of manslaughter and attempted murder on grounds of diminished responsibility.…

Crohn’s and Colitis: Spot the signs of bowel disease

Stomach pain, blood in your poo and urgently needing the toilet can be embarrassing, scary and not easy to talk about.   But these are some of the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Although these conditions stay with you…

Finance executive wins discrimination case over ‘menopause’ jibe

A senior executive at a financial technology firm has emerged victorious in a discrimination claim against her boss who allegedly attributed her concerns about the company's finances to the menopause. Debbie Thomas, chief financial officer and director at London's Bibimoney since 2016, upset CEO Shiraz Jessa by warning about the…

Zambian business magnate sues Atlas Mara over bank sale deal

A ZAMBIAN business magnate has sued Atlas Mara accusing the Virgin Islands-based banking group of failing to honour its payment commitment over an eight-year-old deal. Rajan Mahtani who set up the Finance Bank of Zambia in 1986, agreed to sell the lender to Atlas Mara in 2015 for $215 million…

Rajesh Agrawal steps down as London’s deputy mayor

RAJESH AGRAWAL, the deputy mayor of London for business, is stepping down from the role to focus on Leicester East, where he is the Labour candidate for the next general election. The 46-year-old India-born entrepreneur-politician announced his departure on social media on Monday (27) after serving two terms in mayor…

I was ‘kept in the dark’ about early response to…

LONDON’S mayor Sadiq Khan has accused the government of keeping him “in the dark” about its early response to the coronavirus pandemic and claimed many “lives could have been saved” had he been in the loop then. He told the UK Covid-19 Inquiry on Monday (27) that Downing Street ignored…

‘Om Shanti Om’ one of my favourite films: Catherine Zeta-Jones

She has seen it multiple times, her son has watched it, and his school friends too... Catherine Zeta-Jones says Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Om Shanti Om is one of her favourite films along with The Lunch Box. The Hollywood star on Monday attended the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in…

Sunak lauds ‘huge vote of confidence’ at Global Investment Summit

Prime minister Rishi Sunak unveiled on Monday (27) that the world's top investors have pledged £29.5 billion in new projects and capital, as a “huge vote of confidence” in the UK economy. Sunak, who welcomed CEOs of some of the world's leading businesses for a Global Investment Summit at Hampton…

Sunak announces £29.5 billion private sector investments

Prime minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a £29.5 billion ($36.76 billion) influx of private-sector investments in Britain. Following this announcement, he convened with global executives as part of his initiative to re-establish the country as the primary destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe Australian funds IFM Investors and Aware…

Anuradha Juju on creating UN COP28 concert theme

Indian-American singer Anuradha Juju Palakurthi says music has always been a powerful tool for social change and with "Chal Phir Sajaayein", the theme song for the upcoming UN COP 28 concert in Dubai, she is trying to draw the world's attention towards the issue of climate change. The musical event,…

Massive London protest demands permanent ceasefire in Gaza

TENS of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through central London on Saturday (25) to call for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the latest in a series of weekend demonstrations in the capital since the seven-week war began. Saturday's rally, which involved 45,000 campaigners according to police estimates, took…

Arora Group buys London’s Heythrop site

ARORA GROUP, one of the UK’s largest private operators of hotels, has bought the Heythrop site in London from Zenprop. The 2.7-acre site, just off Kensington High Street, is currently consented for a 320,000 square foot, 142-apartment senior living scheme, React News reported. Arora Group, which controls more than 7,000…

Oliver Dowden praises Asian businesses for ‘unwavering ambition, perseverance’

Oliver Dowden invoked the example of prime minister Rishi Sunak as the deputy prime minister paid tribute to the success and resilience of the British Asian community. Addressing the 25th annual Asian Business Awards last Wednesday (22), Dowden praised the Asian community for rebuilding post-war Britain and laying the foundation…

10 Nights’ UK tour announced

Phizzical Productions has announced the UK tour of Shahid Iqbal Khan's Olivier-nominated play, 10 Nights! Audiences will get to experience one man's spiritual journey of self-discovery after he decides to participate in Iʿtikāf - the Islamic practice of staying in a mosque and fasting for the last ten nights of…

Sadiq Khan: Immigrants are not invaders; they are innovators and…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has stated that he will stand with the British Asian community in lobbying the government for more flexible immigration policies. He emphasised that immigrants are not invaders; instead, they are innovators and wealth creators.  Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Asian Business Awards in London…

TSC Bačka Topola: The Serbian Underdogs Playing West Ham in…

West Ham United is back in the UEFA Europa League for 2023/24, courtesy of winning the Europa Conference League last season. The Hammers join Olympiacos Piraeus FC of Greece, Germany's SC Freiburg, and little-known Serbian side FK TSC Bačka Topola in Europa's Group A this season. Freiburg reached the Europa…

Katrina Kaif on her 20 years journey

As someone who started acting when she was just a teenager, actress Katrina Kaif says she is very driven and competitive but over the years, she has learned to enjoy the "wonderful journey" she has had in Hindi cinema. There are many films that helped her grow, says Katrina, who…

Leading entrepreneurs celebrated at historic 25th anniversary of the Asian…

AN INSPIRATIONAL businessman whose company has donated over a billion pounds to charitable causes was crowned the Business of the Year at the 25th anniversary of the prestigious Asian Business Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Wednesday (22). Nirmal Sethia is an internationally renowned entrepreneur whose business empire…

Asians grow their wealth, reveals Asian Rich List 2024

ASIAN entrepreneurs in the UK have increased their wealth by a staggering £6.8 billion in the past year, despite worldwide economic challenges, analysis by the Asian Rich List 2024 has found. Published by Eastern Eye, the list profiles the 101 richest Asian people in Britain. It was released on Wednesday…

‘News of ODIs’ demise has been exaggerated’

INDIA played the tournament’s best cricket for nearly six weeks but it was the familiar sight of Australia celebrating with the trophy when the 13th edition of the ICC World Cup came to a close last Sunday (19). Just five months after beating India in the World Test Championship final…

‘I hope more Asians will engage with the National Trust’

BRITISH ASIANS are being encouraged to visit National Trust properties as the organisation is striving to improve diversity among its members, volunteers and staff, its director general Hilary McGrady told Eastern Eye in an exclusive interview. As Europe’s premier conservation charity, the trust safeguards more than 500 historic houses, castles,…

South Asia presenting investment opportunities: diplomat

INDIA’S high commissioner to the UK has called on British businesses to make good of the opportunities south Asian economies are presenting. Vikram Doraiswami said India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal were moving forward through regional integration to drive growth which the UK “is poised to benefit from”. “It’s well…

ICE’s first Indian-origin chief

THE Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), an independent professional association for civil engineers and a charitable body in the UK representing 95,000 members, has elected the first Indian-origin president in its 205-year history in professor Anusha Shah (top). As the institution’s 159th president, Shah took charge of her new role…

Braverman ‘confused’ by sacking

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman said she was “confused” at the manner of her sacking, claiming that prime minister Rishi Sunak had agreed for her to write a newspaper column which he then pointed to as the reason for her removal from cabinet. In an opinion piece published in the…

My Top 10 by Muzz Khan

WHETHER it is on stage, television, film or in a popular ASDA commercial, Muzz Khan has consistently shown off his impressive range as an actor and worked with many established names. The versatile British Asian, who is also an accomplished DJ, rcently joined the cast of West End show, The…

India’s Russia oil policy helped global economy: Jaishankar

INDIA’S purchase policies “softened” the oil and gas markets by its decision to continue transactions with Russia, and New Dehi should be “thanked for managing global inflation” as a consequence, the country’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar said last week. His remarks came in response to a question of India…

South Asians warned of hefty inheritance tax

SOUTH Asian families have been warned about potential hefty inheritance tax bills over their property portfolios. Ahead of the chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday (22), experts highlighted a lack of awareness among some first-generation British Asians about the tax rules on real estate. The average property wealth of…

Unicef ambassador Beckham encouraged by India’s changes

DAVID BECKHAM, who was in India last week as a global ambassador for the United Nations children’s charity Unicef, has expressed confidence that positive social change is taking place in India, especially as young girls are demanding greater gender equality. The 48-year-old former football star met children at schools in…

Disabled people must fulfill ‘their duty’ by working from home,…

Individuals facing mobility and mental health challenges will encounter a new policy requiring them to work from home or risk losing their benefits, a government minister said on Tuesday (21), underlining the concept of fulfilling "their duty." This initiative, to be unveiled during Wednesday's (22) autumn statement, forms part of…

Indian students rush to secure UK visas before dependents ban

THERE is a surge in Indian students accelerating visa applications to bring their dependents to the UK ahead of the government-imposed ban in January, The Telegraph reported. Education agents are capitalising on this trend, charging inflated prices to secure spots at UK universities before the impending Home Office deadline, which…

Norwich officer urges South Asians to join prison service

A Muslim officer has encouraged individuals from various communities, especially South Asians, to consider pursuing roles as prison officers. Hammad Butt, prison officer at HMP Norwich in Norfolk, has asked people to consider joining the service, as applications for the role of prison officer are currently open. The Lammy Review…

NMC Health censured for misleading market

THE Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has censured the hospital operator NMC Health for misleading the market by understating its debt. However, the watchdog stopped short of imposing a financial penalty on the collapsed firm, saying no funds were anticipated to remain after creditors had been paid. The UAE-based firm, founded…

Sunak vows to cut taxes ahead of Autumn budget

Rishi Sunak pledged on Monday (20) his readiness to "responsibly" reduce taxes after achieving his goal of halving inflation by year-end. However, he tempered expectations for the upcoming Autumn Statement budget scheduled this week, indicating that the government would not execute “everything at once.” Amid mounting pressure from sections of…

Comment: Cleverly balances pragmatism and promises on immigration

James Cleverly is the first-ever Black British home secretary, though no national newspaper noticed enough to devote even a sentence or two to that fact. It would surely have made headlines five years ago. No Black or Asian politician had held any great office of state before 2018. Yet Cleverly’s…

London’s deputy mayor is Labour candidate for Leicester East

LONDON’S deputy mayor for business has been chosen as the Labour candidate for the Leicester East parliamentary constituency which has one of the largest south Asian populations in the UK. Rajesh Agrawal was chosen at a hustings held in Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday (18) to succeed incumbent MP Claudia…

Tobacco-related cancers kill 1.3 million annually across seven nations: Study

According to a study published in The Lancet's eClinicalMedicine journal, over 1.3 million lives are lost annually due to tobacco-induced cancers across seven countries, including India. The researchers observed that the collective contribution of India, China, the UK, Brazil, Russia, the US, and South Africa accounted for over half of…

Award-winning UK author A S Byatt dies in London

A S Byatt, one of the most ambitious writers of her generation, died on Thursday at her home in London. Her novel Possession won the Booker Prize and gained her international acclaim as a novelist. She was 87 years old, The New York Times reported. Chatto & Windus, her longtime…

Police charge four men over murder of British Sikh in…

FOUR men have been charged with the murder of a British Sikh teenager in Hounslow this week, a statement said. The Metropolitan Police charged Amandeep Singh, 21, Manjit Singh, 27, Ajmeer Singh, 31, and Poran Singh, 71, over the murder of 17-year-old Simarjeet Singh Nangpal. They will appear at Westminster…

Nirav Modi may remain in UK for ‘years’, court hears

Nirav Modi, the fugitive diamond merchant wanted in India to stand trial on fraud and money laundering charges, told a UK court on Thursday (16) that he could be in England for years as some ongoing proceedings prevent his extradition. The 52-year-old former billionaire appeared for a hearing at Barkingside…

Aga Khan Development Network presents ‘Delhi and Hyderabad: A Green…

The High Commission of India in collaboration with the Ismaili Centre, and the Nehru Centre, London are jointly hosting an exhibition entitled “Delhi and Hyderabad: A Green Renaissance” from 18 to 25 November 2023. This exhibition will highlight projects in India by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a press…

Innovative gene therapy gets approval for two blood disorders

The UK's medicines regulator has given approval for a groundbreaking gene therapy, Casgevy, to potentially treat two hereditary blood disorders. This innovative treatment, designed for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia, marks a significant milestone as the first licensed therapy using the CRISPR gene-editing tool, pioneered by Nobel Prize-winning inventors…

Government to present new migrants treaty with Rwanda in ‘days’

The government on Thursday (16) said a fresh treaty for transferring migrants to Rwanda might be prepared for ratification within a matter of "days". This comes after a court deemed the previous agreement unlawful. The new treaty, which would then take at least three weeks to be approved by lawmakers,…

Police identify British Sikh teen victim in Hounslow stabbing

A teenager who died of stab injuries in a street fight in south-west London has been identified by the Metropolitan Police on Friday (17) as Simarjeet Singh Nangpal, a British Sikh. The Met Police said four men, aged 21, 27, 31, and 71, remain in custody after being arrested on…

Canadian white nationalist found guilty of murdering Muslim family in…

A 22-year-old self-confessed Canadian white nationalist, who intentionally drove his truck into a Muslim family in 2021, was convicted of first-degree murder on Thursday (16). The killings shocked Canada, a country that encourages mass immigration and takes pride in its multiculturalism. The jury took around six hours to convict Nathaniel…

Jaishankar seeks evidence on Canada’s allegations over Nijjar murder

INDIAN external affairs minister S Jaishankar has said that India is not ruling out an investigation into Canada’s allegations about the involvement of the government’s agents in the killing of a Khalistani separatist in that country but wants it to provide evidence to back its claims. Jaishankar made the comments…

EXCLUSIVE: Prime minister right to sack Suella Braverman

The prime minister has shown that “he has a backbone” by sacking his controversial home secretary, south Asian Conservative parliamentarians and grassroots members have told Eastern Eye. Rishi Sunak fired Suella Braverman on Monday (13), five days after she wrote a Times newspaper article in which she criticised the Met…

Akshay, Twinkle, and Preity celebrate Diwali with Sunak

Bollywood couple Akshay Kumar, his wife Twinkle Khanna, and actress Preity Zinta celebrated Diwali this year with the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at his official residence in London. Zinta took to social media to share a set of pictures from the celebration. In the pictures, the trio is seen…

Jaishankar urges UK vigilance against Khalistani extremism

INDIAN external affairs minister S Jaishankar has raised the country's long-standing concerns about pro-Khalistan extremism in the UK during his meetings with the country's leaders. He stressed that they should be on guard against the misuse of freedom of expression and speech. Jaishankar concluded his five-day visit to the UK…

King Charles hosts special 75th birthday reception to meet Indian…

To mark his 75th birthday, King Charles III hosted a special reception at Buckingham Palace to honour Indian nurses, midwives, and global medical professionals dedicated to the NHS. Indians lead the estimated 150,000 international nurses and midwives currently working in the NHS, which is also celebrating its 75th anniversary year.…

Bestway Foundation donates £100,000 to charity

THE charity arm of Bestway Group has donated £100,000 to The National Brain Appeal. The Group CEO of Bestway Group, Lord Zameer Choudrey CBE SI Pk, has handed over the amount to the CEO of The National Brain Appeal, Claire Wood Hill, at a function held in Park Royal, London.…

Anushka calls Virat ‘God’s child’ on his 50th century record

Actress-producer Anushka Sharma on Thursday said she is grateful to watch her husband, ‘God's child’ Virat Kohli grow from strength to strength while being honest to himself and to the sport of cricket. Virat became the first batter in the history of the game to score 50 ODI centuries, going…

Kumar Sanu: A special kind of music romance

MAGNIFICENT songs, multiple awards and amazing musical achievements mean Kumar Sanu needs no introduction. The massively popular music star ranks among the most celebrated Indian playback singers of all time and is the voice behind songs that defined a generation. The once-undisputed ‘king of romance’ is currently judging the 14th…

V Shantaram: Life and times of a cinema giant

THERE is enough compelling evidence to suggest that V Shantaram was perhaps the most important Indian filmmaker of the 20th century. Whether it was technical innovations, pathbreaking work, expanding the horizons of Indian cinema or an incredibly fearless approach, he left behind an impressive body of work and countless magic…

Cameron faces pressure from India over protests at London High…

The UK is facing increased pressure to contribute additional evidence against individuals linked to the protests outside the Indian High Commission in London in March. This urging coincides with a meeting between the new foreign secretary, David Cameron, and the Indian external affairs minister, S Jaishankar. Jaishankar is supporting the…

Nazrin Choudhury short film sheds light on abortion issues in…

ABORTION laws in America taking away women’s fundamental rights over their own bodies has turned it into a hot topic and inspired Nazrin Choudhury to make an important short film inspired by the subject. Her directorial debut Red, White and Blue tells the moving story of a young mother forced…

Britain’s Sikh community appeals for support on long-term issues

BRITAIN's Sikh population, whose ancestors first migrated from the Punjab more than a century ago, have long been admired as a model of integration and for maintaining a strong identity. Lauded in their country of origin and beyond for their valour, industriousness and charity, Sikhs took those values to Britain,…

Varun Thakur: ‘Indian stand-up is only getting bigger’

A DEEP desire to put a smile on people’s faces prompted Varun Thakur to pursue stand-up comedy and the adrenaline of being on stage consolidated that career choice. Falling in love with laughter has resulted in many memorable moments, including being a part of a pioneering group that helped to…

‘Asian elites launder drug money in London’

CORRUPT Asian elites are exploiting Britain’s property market and the City of London to launder the proceeds of drugs smuggling, a new report warned. The report published last Friday (10) by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) underscored the UK’s failure to prosecute money laundering crimes and emphasised its involvement in…

‘The Reel to Real’ review: Skilled duo make audience part…

MOST stand-up comedians start off their set by interacting with the audience for a relatively brief period, before commencing on their preprepared set. Some have turned that interaction into a full show, with mixed results. Indian act Abhishek and Nirmal have injected a high dose of energy, originality, and fun…

UK cancer care crisis can lead to fatal outcomes warn…

In the UK, the state of cancer care has reached a critical point, and experts in the field are warning that patients may face fatal consequences due to the government's decision to eliminate a dedicated plan aimed at addressing the disease. With waiting times for NHS cancer treatment hitting a…

Politics of identity

A MOLE has been kind enough to send Eastern Eye a transcript of Monday’s (13) telephone conversation between Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman. Rishi: Morning Suella, I have something to say to you… Suella: Who’s that? Rishi: Rishi…. Suella: Which Rishi? Rishi: Rishi Sunak, prime minister….. Suella: Oh, that Rishi.…

Sport fails to inspire Asian women

CAMPAIGNERS have expressed disappointment over new research showing that one in four women feel they cannot progress in sport due to a lack of role models. The study, by the London Lions basketball team, found that 25 per cent of females believe becoming a professional player or at management level…

‘Berlin’ review: Period espionage drama delivers lots of surprises

THE early 1990s set Indian spy thriller had its European premiere at the recent London Indian Film Festival. A sign language expert is brought into interview a deaf man, who is accused of spying, under the watchful gaze of competing Indian security factions, ahead of the Russian president’s visit. All…

‘Sunak’s reset could cause rifts as Tories face election nightmare’

TO HER party, Suella Braverman was able to say things which the prime minister thought but could not voice. To his critics, Rishi Sunak was the man who stabbed Boris Johnson in the back and someone whose party did not elect him as its leader. Braverman gave him a shield…

The Rite of Spring: Art of combining Bharatnatyam and Russian…

BRITISH audiences are set to witness a unique experience through a never-seen-before amalgamation of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet with Bharatnatyam, created by award-winning dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. Russian composer Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is being revisited this week, this time through the lens of an Indian classical dance…

India’s Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy dies at 75

EMBATTLED Sahara conglomerate chief Subrata Roy died on Tuesday (14) due to cardiorespiratory arrest, the company said in a statement. He was 75. Roy was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday (12) and died following complications arising from metastatic malignancy, hypertension and diabetes, according to the company. "It…

Charting the roadmap for UK foreign policy in India

DAVID CAMERON has replaced James Cleverly as Britain’s foreign secretary, but just how the job is done at the coal face is explained by Andrew Fleming, who took over last week as the new British deputy high commissioner in Kolkata. Just before leaving for India, Fleming sat in the Page…

Tragedy as mother and children die in house fire

FIVE members of a family, including a woman and her three children, were killed in a house fire in west London last Sunday (12) evening. The woman has been identified as Seema Ratra, but the three children have not been named. Their father, Aroen Kishen, who survived the fire, was…

NHS England’s Dr Nikki Kanani to step down next month

PROMINENT British Asian GP, Dr Nikki Kanani, has announced that she will step down from her current role at NHS England next month after serving six years. She worked as the medical director for primary care overseeing the establishment of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and the formulation of a fresh…

London’s big screens to light up for community festivals

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has formed a new partnership to celebrate the capital’s major cultural and community festivals, a statement said. Khan announced a tie-up with digital exhibition space, Outernet London, to showcase and celebrate key moments in the year on giant screens. The campaign started with Diwali celebrations last…

Starmer visits Neasden Temple to celebrate Diwali

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) in North West London to partake in the Diwali festival on Monday (13). During this busy period, the Labour Leader received a guided tour from senior swamis and trustees, interacting with volunteers supporting the temple as…

Sadiq Khan celebrates Diwali at Neasden Temple

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan celebrated Diwali at Neasden Temple with thousands of others from the local community. Khan inaugurated the fireworks display on Sunday (12) evening, which brought a fusion of light and sound into the night skies, a statement said. Inspired by the selfless service and charity of His…

Jaishankar hopeful the two sides will find ‘landing point’ beneficial…

India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Monday (13) that India and the UK are presently concentrating on a free trade agreement and expressed optimism that the two parties will identify a "landing point" that benefits both. Jaishankar, who is in London on a five-day official visit to the…

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

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

Royal Mail faces £5.6m fine from Ofcom for missing delivery…

Communications regulator Ofcom has imposed a £5.6 million fine on Royal Mail for significant and unexplained deviations from its first- and second-class delivery targets. The regulator highlighted that this failure caused considerable harm to customers, The Guardian reported. In the 2022-23 financial year, Royal Mail delivered only 74% of first-class…

Indhu Rubasingham announces her final season as artistic director of…

As Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) opens, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham announces her final season for the company, completing her 12-year tenure at the helm of the North West London powerhouse. Talking about the same, Indhu Rubasingham said, “Tinged with many emotions, I am…

Homeless tents demolished in Met operation

In a recent Met Police operation, homeless people's tents in central London were destroyed on Huntley Street, Camden on Friday (10). Refuse workers, reportedly working with the police, threw the tents into a lorry. Elodie Berland, a volunteer with the outreach organisation Streets Kitchen, recorded the scene after being called…

Sunak, Jaishankar celebrate Diwali at Downing Street

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty on Sunday (12) hosted Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his wife Kyoko Jaishankar for Diwali tea at Downing Street. “Delighted to call on prime minister @RishiSunak on #Diwali Day. Conveyed the best wishes of PM @narendramodi. India and UK…

Story of Diwali is a source of lasting inspiration: Sadiq…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the story of Diwali is a source of lasting inspiration for all. He added that the festival teaches us that 'good will always prevail over evil'. “I would like to wish all Londoners and everyone celebrating around the world a very happy Diwali.…

Massive pro-Palestinian march in London, over 120 people arrested

MORE THAN 300,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through central London on Saturday (11), with police arresting over 120 people as they sought to stop far-right counter-protesters from ambushing the main rally. Skirmishes broke out between police and the far-right groups gathered to protest against the demonstration taking place on Armistice Day,…

King Charles to feature on cover of Big Issue for…

King Charles will grace the cover of the Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless and vulnerable individuals, to mark his 75th birthday on November 14. His appearance on the cover aims to draw attention to the pressing issues of food insecurity and wastage. Charles has also authored an article…

Police gear for ‘serious disorder’ as large crowds expected for…

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are anticipated to participate in a pro-Palestinian march in London on Saturday (11). The event, criticised by prime minister Rishi Sunak as disrespectful, raises concerns about potential violence on the day dedicated to the remembrance for war veterans. The "National March for Palestine" is the…

Police probe fake London mayor video on pro-Palestinian marches

A POST shared on social media purporting to show the mayor of London saying pro-Palestinian marches should take priority over Armistice Day events is fake and police are investigating, a spokesman for the mayor said. The social media clip could further inflame tensions in the capital, in light of a…

Priti Patel acknowledges £10,000 Covid fines were excessive

During the Covid inquiry, Priti Patel, the former home secretary said that the £10,000 fines for violating Covid laws on large gatherings were excessively high. She said that the penalty, introduced before the August bank holiday in 2020, was not proportionate. Patel, along with her officials at the Home Office,…

Asian elites launder drug money in London, report warns

CORRUPT Asian elites are exploiting Britain's property market and the City of London to launder the proceeds of drugs smuggling, a new report warned. The report published on Friday (10) by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) underscored the UK's failure to prosecute money laundering crimes and emphasised its involvement in…

Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine challenged in High Court

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, recognised as Vaxzevria in Europe and licensed as Covishield in India, is confronting a legal challenge in the High Court in London, a media report said on Thursday (9). According to ‘The Daily Telegraph', UK-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca could face a number of further claims based…

Supreme Court to rule on controversial Rwanda plan next week

THE Supreme Court said on Thursday (9) it would deliver its ruling next week on whether the government can go ahead with its controversial plan to deport migrants to Rwanda. In April, London's Court of Appeal said the scheme was unlawful because the east African country was not a safe…

Sunak faces pressure to sack Braverman over Met accusation

Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure to dismiss Suella Braverman over her comments about the Metropolitan Police which were made without the approval of the prime minister. Opposition parties are demanding removal of the home secretary as investigations are launched into her article on the pro-Palestine march. Braverman had suggested…

Pro-Palestinian protesters block entrances to BAE defence plant

DOZENS of pro-Palestinian protesters blocked the entrances to a BAE Systems factory on Friday (10), targeting Britain's biggest military supplier to call for an end to arms sales to Israel. Holding up a sign saying "Stop Arming Israel" and waving Palestinian flags, about 50 people stood in front of one…

London Eye to glow with dazzling lights for Diwali

Online travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com's London Eye will transform the night sky with a burst of colour on Sunday, November 12, 2023, to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. From 4 pm on Sunday, the London Eye will be illuminated with a special display of dazzling lights and colourful…

Braverman accuses Met of bias in handling pro-Palestinian protests

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has sparked controversy with accusations that the Metropolitan Police are "playing favourites" in their handling of pro-Palestinian protests. In an article published in The Times, Braverman alleged that while right-wing protests that turned aggressive were often stopped, "pro-Palestinian mobs" were allowed to continue. The Met Police…

Joshua Bethania: Being in front of an audience feels a…

HAILING from India originally, Joshua Bethania has been making a big impact on the UK stand-up comedy scene in the past few years with winning performances, great acclaim and recognition for his talent. The young London-based funny man is joining an impressive line-up of comedians on The Indians Are Coming…

Hansal Mehta: High of making great cinema

WHETHER it is web serials or films, Hansal Mehta has been daring to do things differently as a director and producer. He continued that run of unique projects with his latest movie The Buckingham Murders, which had its world premiere at the recent BFI London Film Festival and marks the…

Becoming the Badshah of Indian rap

A HIP HOP revolution in the past decade transformed all areas of commercial Indian music. A new wave of rappers has impacted everything, from single releases and film soundtracks to live shows, with their cutting-edge beats, lyrical flow and intense live performances. One of those leading the way has been…

Rishi Sunak calls on pro-Palestinian groups to cancel Armistice Day…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has urged pro-Palestinian groups to call off a march against the Israel-Hamas war scheduled to take place in London on Armistice Day. The organisers of the rally have so far defied pleas from the British capital's Metropolitan police force to postpone the demonstration planned for this…

Salman, Arijit and a Tiger 3 table turn

THERE is one fascinating aspect about this week’s big Bollywood release Tiger 3 you may not have realised and revolves around fortunes changing over time. Back in 2014, Arijit Singh was a newcomer, who had suddenly found fame after his fabulous Aashiqui 2 song Tum Hi Ho became a worldwide…

Amish Tripathi: ‘India becoming more influential’

BESTSELLING author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

Comment: Remembrance Day tension ignores UK’s shared history

CULTURE clashes over Remembrance Day date back to its beginning. There was a protest rally on the eve of the first anniversary of the Armistice in 1919, demanding the government bring home the bodies of the million soldiers who had died abroad. The devastating scale of death demanded new rituals…

Met Police cuts ties with adviser over anti-Semitic chant

THE Metropolitan Police has ended its relationship with an adviser after the revelation of a two-year old video of him leading a pro-Palestine chant. The recording, first reported by The Telegraph, shows London Muslim Communities Forum chair Attiq Malik instigating chants of “from the river to the sea, Palestine will…

Deepa Mehta signs Freida Pinto for her next

Filmmaker Deepa Mehta, who is presently in the news for her multiple award-winning documentary film I Am Sirat, is set to begin work on her next project. The renowned filmmaker has teamed up with actress Freida Pinto for her next, which is the film adaptation of author Avni Doshi’s novel…

Police ask protesters not to demonstrate during Armistice weekend

METROPOLITAN Police on Monday (6) urged organisers not to go ahead with any protests planned this weekend when Armistice Day will be marked after prime minister Rishi Sunak slammed plans for a pro-Palestinian march. Authorities asked unidentified organisers to consider postponing any demonstrations in London over the weekend, including Saturday's…

British Sikh pensioner gets 15-year jail term for murdering wife

A British Sikh retired postmaster has been jailed for at least 15 years for murdering his wife with a rounders bat. Tarsame Singh, 79, was sentenced on last Wednesday (1) at Snaresbrook Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Maya Devi, 77, in May. The incident took…

Government evacuates 100 Britons from Gaza: Minister

AROUND 100 British nationals have left Gaza for Egypt via the Rafah border crossing and 14 UK citizens have died in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a minister said on Monday (6). There were also "three British nationals who are unaccounted for", said energy security secretary Claire Coutinho, adding…

Author Amish Tripathi concludes term as director of Nehru Centre

Bestselling author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

4 police officers injured and 29 people arrested during pro-Palestinian…

Four police officers sustained injuries when pro-Palestinian demonstrators launched fireworks into crowds in central London. Law enforcement made 29 arrests on suspicion of racially motivated crimes in connection with the incident. The Metropolitan Police said more than 1,300 officers were on duty on Saturday (4) as tens of thousands of…

Man who set fire to mosque worshippers found guilty of…

A MAN who set alight two men who were walking home from mosques in two British cities earlier this year was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, police said on Tuesday (7). Police said they found no evidence that Mohammed Abbkr, 27, was motivated by a particular ideology…

Protesters rally across major cities, demanding Gaza ceasefire

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators held protests in multiple cities, including London, Berlin, Paris, Ankara, Istanbul, and Washington on Saturday (4), demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and criticising Israel following an escalation of its military actions against Hamas. In London, television footage showed large crowds holding sit-down protests blocking parts of the city…

KBC Arts celebrates Indian poets Kabir/Tulsi/ Surdas through various art…

Kaza Business Consultants, operating under the banner of KBC Arts, organised an event at the East Ham Mahalakshmi Temple on October 29 2023 dedicated to exploring and acknowledging the works of 15/16th Century poets Kabir/Tulsi/ Surdas, highly-respected Indian saints/poets/composers. KBC organises two annual events at the Mahalakshmi temple in London,…

Zara Aleena’s aunt calls for law change after killer wins…

ZARA ALEENA's aunt is advocating for legal reform following her niece's killer succeeding in his appeal to decrease the minimum term of his life sentence. Farah Naz said that the court order conveys a signal to women that 'their pain will not be considered'. Jordan McSweeney, the man who stalked…

Police charge two women with terrorism offences over pro-Palestinian protest

TWO women have been charged with terrorism offences after allegedly displaying pro-Hamas imagery at a London demonstration, police said, as they warned about possible radicalisation as a result of the Israel-Gaza conflict. There have been growing tensions in Britain and elsewhere since a deadly Hamas attack on Israel last month…

Tories face demands to return Lycamobile donation post fraud ruling:…

THE Tories are facing mounting pressure to return donations received from Lycamobile after its French entities were convicted of fraud in a Paris court, reported the Financial Times. The UK-based global mobile network operator had gifted £2.15 million to the Tories between 2011 and 2016, as per records from the…

Tory lawmaker fined for racially abusing activist

A British lawmaker who once commanded UN peacekeeping troops in Bosnia was fined after being found guilty of racial abuse. Tory MP Bob Stewart, 74, was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence on Friday (3) and ordered to pay £600 ($743) plus costs after a one-day trial at…

NHS launches campaign to tell patients about the support available…

The support on offer for patients at their GP practice is expanding, thanks to thousands more healthcare staff working in local communities. NHS England is raising awareness of the support available, following a survey that reveals that almost one third (31%) of South Asian people in England are unaware of…

London Assembly urges Met to encourage Hindus to report hate…

THE London Assembly has called on the Metropolitan Police to work with local Hindu communities to encourage them to report hate crimes targeting them. Hindus are the second most likely group to have been victims of religiously motivated hate crime, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. However,…

Dementia cases expected to double by 2040

The prevalence of dementia in England and Wales is anticipated to nearly double, reaching 1.7 million by 2040, according to a study by University College London. This rise is occurring at a much faster rate than previously expected and is linked to widening social inequalities, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyles, The…

Lepra launches exhibition to commemorate its centenary

Lepra, a charity providing vital support to vulnerable communities affected by neglected tropical diseases, notably leprosy, is marking its nearly 100-year legacy with the launch of a significant touring photographic exhibition, 'A New Face for Leprosy.' The exhibition was inaugurated on October 26 at The Athenaeum, London, in the presence of…

Kamala Harris urges action against AI dangers

US vice president Kamala Harris on Wednesday (1) called for urgent action to protect the public and democracy from the dangers posed by artificial intelligence, announcing a series of initiatives to address safety concerns about the technology. In a speech at the US embassy in London, Harris spoke of the…

Why Don’t We Have Direct Flights from India to UK?

Traveling between India and the United Kingdom is an experience that many people look forward to, whether it's for business, leisure, or visiting family and friends. However, there's a notable absence of direct flights connecting these two nations. If you've ever wondered why we don't have this convenient option, you're…

Ends by Ahir Shah review: Marvellous mixture of comedy and…

AHIR SHAH performed his Edinburgh Fringe-winning show Ends in front of a packed crowd at Soho Theatre in central London. Most didn’t realise that the comedian was walking among them and pumping himself up to perform, with a classic qawwali from Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan playing loudly in the…

Boom Shack Apache Indian

AN INCREDIBLE career has seen Apache Indian become a great British music icon. Whether it has been creating a new musical genre, monster hits like Boom Shak-A-Lak, world-class collaborations, trailblazing moments or setting up an academy for new talent, he has had three decades of brilliance. The singer, songwriter and…

‘Dear Jassi’ review: Powerful drama inspired by real-life events packs…

THIS powerful drama based on real life events had an award-winning world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and then screened at the recent London Film Festival. The story revolves around a Canadian girl from an affluent family, who, while on a trip to Punjab, falls in love with…

UK, US and China call for ‘international action’ on AI…

Countries including the UK, United States and China on Wednesday agreed the "need for international action" as political and tech leaders gathered for the world's first summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety. The UK government kicked off the two-day event at Bletchley Park, north of London, by publishing the "Bletchley…

Fawzia Mirza: Queer identity and ‘The Queen Of My Dreams’

BEAUTIFULLY described as a Bollywood-infused tribute to queer Muslim joy, The Queen Of My Dreams has had successful premieres at major movie festivals in Toronto and London recently, and great acclaim. The feature directorial debut of Fawzia Mirza tells the story of Canadian queer woman Azra, who reconnects with her…

Going green with home gardens

THE Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has an upbeat Diwali message for Eastern Eye readers – they, too, can be part of the fight against climate change in Britain if each one plants a tree and strives for a greater diversity of plants, vegetables, flowers and wildflowers as well as creepers…

‘Pett Kata Shaw’ review: Ghostly anthology rooted in folk culture…

WITH his award-winning short film Moshari, Nuhash Humayun announced himself as a writer-director from Bangladesh to look out for. That has been confirmed with his feature debut Pett Kata Shaw, which had its UK premiere at the recent Raindance Film Festival in London. Like Moshari, his Bangla feature film too…

Protesters pack out London station demanding Gaza ceasefire

MORE than a hundred pro-Palestinian protesters gathered at London's Liverpool Street station on Tuesday (31), hanging banners from balconies and occupying the main concourse while demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Videos posted online by the "Sisters Uncut" protest group showed a large group of demonstrators inside the station…

Summit to confront ‘frontier’ AI concerns

THE UK government will welcome foreign political leaders, tech industry figures, academics and others this week for a two-day summit billed as the first of its kind on artificial intelligence (AI). The gathering, set to be attended by prime minister Rishi Sunak, US vice-president Kamala Harris, EU chief Ursula von…

Joy and benefits of gardening

AS A SPECIAL treat in time for Diwali, the Royal Horticultural Society has given Kalpesh and Shailesh Solanki, Eastern Eye’s group managing editor and executive editor respectively, an exclusive guided tour of its famed garden at Wisley in Surrey. The idea is to encourage more British Asians to discover the…

Asian artists hit the high notes with social media

TIKTOK can help make the next generation of British Asian musicians popular and the scene more ethnically diverse, according to leading industry figures. Highlighting the lack of support for south Asian artists, record label bosses believe social media can allow upcoming musicians to gain audiences and therefore become mainstream. New…

Britain’s domestic dilemma over Israel-Palestine conflict

VERY few people in the Middle East will be familiar with Sir Keir Starmer, so whether or not the Labour leader calls for a ceasefire in Israel’s military action on Hamas in the Gaza strip is pretty much irrelevant. Even prime minister Rishi Sunak is not really a player. Starmer’s…

Keir Starmer hits back at critics over Israel-Hamas stance

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer on Tuesday (31) sought to defuse an internal row about his stance on Israel's war with Hamas, after he refused to call for a permanent ceasefire. Starmer, whose party looks set to win the next general election, has come under pressure to demand an end to…

‘Diwali celebrates best of Britain’

DIWALI – the story of good triumphing over evil – shows how multiculturalism is not failing but instead enhancing community relations in today’s Britain, prominent politicians and business leaders have told Eastern Eye. The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, and the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, added their voices to the…

King says ‘no excuse’ for colonial abuses during Kenya visit

KING CHARLES said on Tuesday (31) that there could be "no excuse" for British colonial atrocities against Kenyans as he visited the country, but did not offer the apology demanded by some in the East African nation. "There were abhorrent and unjustifiable acts of violence committed against Kenyans as they…

Former MPs may run independently in Leicester East, warns mayor

FORMER Labour MPs, Keith Vaz and Claudia Webbe, may stand as independent candidates in the next general election for the Leicester East constituency, warned the city's mayor. Labour mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said that such a move could split the vote and potentially hand the seat to the Tories, reported…

Polluting vehicles fall by almost half as Ulez expansion takes…

Following the expansion of London's ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), the volume of highly polluting vehicles in the city has drastically reduced by nearly half. This decline has resulted in the removal of 80,000 older cars from the roads. The expanded zone, operational since September, resulted in approximately 77,000 fewer non-compliant…

Braverman condemns pro-Palestine demonstrations, calls them ‘hate marches’

Suella Braverman has described the individuals participating in street demonstrations advocating for a Gaza ceasefire as participants in "hate marches." Braverman expressed her dismay at the large gatherings, involving "tens of thousands of people," where chants advocating for the elimination of Israel were heard. Speaking after a Cobra meeting chaired…

‘Bridgerton’ star says she suffered from ‘psychotic breaks’

Bridgerton actress Ruby Barker has revealed that she suffered from "psychotic breaks" in the wake of the success that came with the Netflix show. During an appearance on the Oxford University's LOAF Podcast, Barker called out Netflix and Shondaland for not being supportive towards her. "Not a single person from…

Comment: How the Middle East conflict impacts UK domestic politics

WITH the Israel-Palestine conflict escalating so dangerously, its impact on British politics seems a rather local difficulty. When prime minister Rishi Sunak flew to Israel to tell prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu “we want you to win”, he could not really claim to be speaking for his much more ambivalent country.…

Dev Patel’s first look from ‘Rabbit Trap’ out

The first look of Dev Patel from his upcoming film Rabbit Trap is out. The film also stars Rosy McEwen in the lead role. Set in 1973, the film follows a married couple who are both musicians, Daphne and Darcy Davenport. The duo has decided to move from London to…

Met commissioner urges clarity on extremism amid criticism

BRITAIN's most senior police officer said he would support a review into the legal definition of extremism in response to criticism of the way his officers handled pro-Palestinian protests in London. Antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents have surged in Britain since a deadly rampage by Hamas gunmen in Israel on Oct.…

Met launches new support services for victims of crime

In an effort to bolster support for crime victims across London, the Metropolitan Police Service has introduced innovative measures, marking a significant step towards enhancing victim care. Therefore, three new services have been launched to facilitate improved communication with the public and provide essential information. 'My Met Service' allows victims…

Sculptor Anish Kapoor to debut new collection of Vantablack paintings…

British Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor is set to reveal a fresh collection of Vantablack paintings at New York’s Lisson Gallery. The exhibition, showcased from November 2 to December 16, will represent the New York City debut of Kapoor’s paintings created with Vantablack nano-technology—a substance that absorbs 99.965% of visible light. Alongside…

Humza Yousaf connects with family in Gaza amid communication blackout

Scotland's first minister, Humza Yousaf, has finally established contact with his family in Gaza after a period of communication blackout. His in-laws have been stranded in the region since the attacks by Hamas in Israel. He said they managed to get in touch after two days without communication, reporting a…

Ex-Met officer ‘breached professional standards with inappropriate behaviour’

A GROSS misconduct hearing has found that a former Scotland Yard sergeant would have been dismissed without notice were he still in his post after being found to have breached professional standards with "inappropriate behaviour" as a police officer. Former Metropolitan Police Sergeant Anish Sharma, who was based on the…

Five charged after pro-Palestinian protests in London

FIVE people were charged on Sunday (29) after their arrest during pro-Palestinian protests in London a day earlier, which saw tens of thousands march for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The Metropolitan Police arrested nine people - two on suspicion of assaulting police officers and seven for public order offences.…

Imperial College launches India Connect Fund for joint research

A NEW seed fund aimed at awarding grants for joint projects between scientists in India and the UK has been launched by Imperial College London. The India Connect Fund, to be formally announced at events in New Delhi and Bengaluru next week, is designed to back projects that have the…

Hate crimes rise in London again over Middle East conflict

ANTISEMITIC and Islamaphobic incidents have almost doubled in just over a week in London, police data showed on Friday (27), in the wake of the attack by Hamas militants on southern Israel nearly three weeks ago and subsequent bombardment by Israel of Gaza. There have been growing tensions in Britain…

Gaza: Sarwar, Khan pressure Starmer over ceasefire

TWO senior Muslim politicians in Labour have urged party leader Sir Keir Starmer to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Revealing the growing unrest within the opposition party over its position on the conflict, London mayor Sadiq Khan called on Friday (27) for a ceasefire in the conflict.…

GSF Car Parts names Sukhpal Ahluwalia as chair

ONE of Britain’s most successful Asian entrepreneurs has been named the executive chairman of GSF CAR PARTS, the UK’s second largest car parts retailer. Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia is best known for founding Euro Car Parts in 1978; he scaled it from a single car accessories store in London into the…

Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK overall winner of RHS’s Britain in Bloom Competition…

Newcastle-under-Lyme has clinched the RHS gold award and the title of Overall Winner in the UK finals of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition 2023 which stands as the largest community gardening competition in the UK. Out of 44 community gardening groups nominated to represent their region…

Starmer under pressure over stance on Israel-Hamas war

OPPOSITION leader Keir Starmer is facing increasing pressure over his stance on the Israel-Hamas war, testing the leadership mettle of the favourite to become Britain's next prime minister. The 61-year-old is battling to dampen tensions within Labour's ranks over remarks he made about the Israeli response to Hamas's October 7…

Beyonce to hold premiere of her concert film in London,…

American singer Beyonce is holding two premieres for her highly anticipated concert film Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The world premiere will take place in London on November 30 and the U.S. premiere will be held in Los Angeles on November 25. Days before Beyonce's Parkwood…

Faith leaders say Britons should champion unity amid Middle East…

FAITH and community leaders, activists and MPs have urged Britons not to let their anger and frustrations over the Israel-Palestine conflict to spill over into violence on the streets of the UK. On October 7, Hamas militants stormed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on killing at least 1,400 people…

Sharlin Jahan: People come to the show to see something…

MONTHLY stand-up comedy night Brown Sauce is a spicy mix of tasty new talent, established names and raising money for good causes. The laughter-filled shows in central London, founded, hosted and curated by Sharlin Jahan, regularly light up the Bill Murray comedy club in Angel. The Bangladeshi, Canadian comedian based…

Urooj Ashfaq: New crown princess of laughter

WHEN Urooj Ashfaq delivered shows in London followed by a month-long run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, she didn’t expect to create history. The young stand-up talent became the first Indian to win a prestigious best comedy newcomer award at the world famous festival. Her ac - claimed show Oh…

Nuhash Humayun: Frights inspired by Bangladeshi folklore

LAST year talented filmmaker Nuhash Humayun made history when his award-winning short film Moshari became the first from Bangladesh to officially qualify for the Oscars. He has followed up the critically acclaimed horror drama with his feature debut Pett Kata Shaw, which has its UK premiere at the Raindance Film…

Qawwali Flamenco: Powerful musical fusion provides a unique live experience

LATE great maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan connected qawwali music to contemporary audiences in a way no artist had done before and took it across new horizons. Like much of the pathbreaking work he did, this unique collaboration has done just that since it first premiered and returned to…

Goldy Notay: ‘Life of Pi is a beast of a…

SHE may have acted across diverse mediums, but Goldy Notay is arguably at her best on stage and has an impressive body of work to back that up. She recently starred in an epic production of Mahabharata and is currently on a year-long UK tour with the multiaward winning show…

Families split by war

BORIS JOHNSON’S sister, Rachel Johnson, who has a weekend slot on LBC, spent an hour last Sunday (22) discussing how families can be split by politics. She revealed that when Boris came to dinner, Brexit was off the menu. Boris’s siblings didn’t agree with him. One man rang LBC to…

South Asian students in the UK struggle for accommodation

MORE students from south Asia are living in overcrowded housing in the UK due to a rising demand for beds, which campaigners criticised as a “shameful indictment of our education system”. In one case, a student from Bangladesh was sharing a two-bedroom flat with 20 other men in London. On…

Ireland eyes enhanced trade ties with India

WHAT is the most important difference between Ireland and the United Kingdom? The answer is Brexit. Ireland is taking full advantage of its continued membership of the European Union – and seeking to attract new investment from India. This is why Ireland has opened a consulate in Mumbai, India’s commercial…

Anas Sarwar calls himself ‘Glasgow nationalist’

ANAS SARWAR said the Scotland Office in London would promote Scottish interests more effectively if a Labour government is formed after the next general election in the UK. The Scottish Labour leader said the office responsible for Scottish affairs would be “draped in a Saltire" in the event of Labour…

New play explores the power of girls to make a…

IN We Could All Be Perfect, actress Anshula Bain has taken on the mammoth task of playing 15 different characters. Based on a book by Hannah Morley, the play explores the experiences of girls through history – from the 1800s to an apocalyptic future – and featuring the likes of…

South Asian academics win UK’s £3-million 2023 Leverhulme Trust award

INDIAN-ORIGIN academics from the University of Oxford and a south Asian historian from King’s College London are among 30 winners of the UK’s £3-million 2023 Leverhulme Trust award, which recognises exceptional research across different fields. Professor Amia Srinivasan from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford has been…

HS2 ‘ballooning cost’ being investigated, says transport secretary

AN INVESTIGATION is on into the ballooning cost of building HS2, the highspeed railway between London and the north of England, the transport secretary said on Monday (23), after a newspaper report alleged that managers had covered up multi-billion pound budget overruns. HS2 (High Speed 2), the publicly funded company…

Sadiq Khan says ‘Diwali on the Square’ will be held…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the annual Diwali on the Square festivities will be held in Trafalgar Square on Sunday (29). This festival of lights will bring together Londoners and visitors in the heart of the city, offering dance, music, cultural activities and food. The event will kick off…

Migrant hotels to start closing by early next year: Government

TORY government announced that it will start reducing the number of hotels housing asylum seekers following a drop in arrivals of migrants. The accommodation is politically sensitive due to the high price of the hotel contracts, which costs taxpayers about £8 million per day, according to official figures. Immigration minister…

Shamima Begum challenges UK citizenship revocation

SHAMIMA BEGUM, who left Britain to marry a Daesh (Islamic State group) jihadist fighter when she was a teenager began her appeal against the revocation of her citizenship in a UK court on Tuesday (24). A lawyer for Shamima Begum, 24, told the Court of Appeal in London that the…

‘The Hunger Games’ stage adaptation set to open in London…

The first-ever stage version of The Hunger Games, a drama based on Suzan Collins' best-selling books and the Jennifer Lawrence-starring blockbuster film franchise, will be performed in London as a mark of respect, reported Variety. Matthew Dunster is directing and playwright Conor McPherson is adapting the live theatrical production. It…

Dev Patel to headline horror film ‘Rabbit Trap’

Dev Patel has signed on to star alongside Rosy McEwen in an upcoming horror film, titled Rabbit Trap. If reports are to be believed, Rabbit Trap is set in 1973 and will star Patel and McEwen as Darcy and Daphne Davenport, married musicians who relocate from London to an isolated…

Zara Aleena’s killer to appeal ‘manifestly excessive’ life sentence

A man convicted of murdering aspiring lawyer, Zara Aleena, wants to appeal his life sentence, which he claimed was “manifestly excessive”. Jordan McSweeney had targeted at least five women before he attacked Aleena on the night of June 26, 2022, as she made her way home from a night out…

Aditi Mangaldas’ dance show on female sexual desire is pathbreaking

ADITI MANGALDAS may be known for boundary breaking work, but with Forbidden she has gone a step further and thrown dynamite at the rulebooks with an explosive dance production that can best be described as pure sexual fire from start to finish. The globally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer delivered…

Use facial recognition to arrest shoplifters, retailers tell the Met

Police forces need to ensure that the implementation of facial recognition technology leads to arrests and convictions of shoplifters, the head of independent retailers has told Eastern Eye. The Metropolitan Police last Thursday (19) announced that it will use facial recognition technology to tackle London's worst shoplifters by matching CCTV…

Barclays veteran Ashok Vaswani set to head Kotak Mahindra Bank

FORMER Barclays UK CEO Ashok Vaswani is set to take over the reins of India’s Kotak Mahindra Bank. The Indian banking regulator has cleared his appointment as the next managing director and chief executive of the country's fourth largest bank by market capitalisation. Vaswani will succeed Uday Kotak who resigned…

UK musician Tanya Wells, named Bhakti as a child, feels…

The earliest memory that UK musician Tanya Wells has is as a five-year-old in the foothills of the Himalayas where she and her sisters would start the day with meditation at a school, with Hindustani classical music at the heart of its Sahaja Yoga meditation practice. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi,…

Sunak nears first anniversary as prime minister

A first anniversary in office is normally a moment for a leader to celebrate, but Rishi Sunak hits the milestone this week with a mountain to climb to retain power in a general election expected next year. Two by-election losses to the main opposition Labour on Thursday (19) underscored how…

Nawaz Sharif arrives home in political comeback bid

THREE-TIME Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif ended four years of self-imposed exile on Saturday (21), launching his political comeback at a rally attended by thousands of rapturous supporters ahead of elections due next year. Fireworks marked his arrival at the event in a park in his power base of Lahore,…

About 100,000 join pro-Palestinian march in London

ABOUT 100,000 people joined a pro-Palestinian demonstration in central London on Saturday (21), marching through the British capital to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza following the Hamas attack on Israel two weeks ago. Chanting "Free Palestine", holding banners and waving Palestinian flags, the protesters moved through London before massing…

UK and US strongly support Canada in diplomatic dispute with…

THE US and Britain urged New Delhi not to insist Canada reduce its diplomatic presence in India and expressed concern after Ottawa pulled out 41 diplomats amid a dispute over the murder of a Sikh separatist. Canada has alleged Indian involvement in the June murder in a Vancouver suburb of…

Akshay Kumar begins shooting for ‘Khel Khel Mein’ in London

Actor Akshay Kumar-starrer Khel Khel Mein went on floors in London on Saturday. Taking to Instagram, Akshay took to Instagram and shared the particular update with his fans and followers. "Can't help but smile when the camera rolls! Day 1 in London for #KhelKhelMein, shooting begins Need your love and…

Rise in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic hate crimes in London, say Police

ANTI-SEMITIC and Islamophobic hate crimes in London have soared amid the Israel-Hamas war, the Metropolitan Police force said. Hamas militants stormed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, and killed at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and took more than 200 hostages. More than 4,130 Palestinians, mainly civilians,…

Artist Subhash Viman Gorania unveils debut exhibition ‘Marvel at My…

Leicester artist Subhash Viman Gorania, who is also a choreographer and dancer recently unveiled his debut exhibition, 'Marvel at My World', at the Watermans Arts Centre in London. The art exhibition which is open from October 13 to November 8, showcases Gorania’s profound connection to dance and the movement of…

Zara Aleena’s killer challenges ‘excessive’ life sentence

THE man convicted of stalking and brutally murdering aspiring lawyer, Zara Aleena, is poised to appeal his life sentence, which he deems 'manifestly excessive'. Sexual predator Jordan McSweeney had targeted at least five women before he attacked Aleena on the night of June 26, 2022, as she made her way…

Bright future for India-UK business

THE outlook is very bright for British Indian businessmen (and women) if a UK-India Free Trade Agreement is signed – as prime ministers Rishi Sunak and Narendra Modi hope to do by the end of 2023 or at the latest by early next year. A senior Indian government source has…

Sadiq Khan announces Diwali in the Square celebrations for London

Sadiq Khan has announced that the annual Diwali on the Square festivities will be held in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, 29 October, offering a plethora of family-friendly entertainment. This celebration of the Festival of Lights will bring together Londoners and individuals from across the globe in the heart of the…

Sunak faces ‘test of support’ as voting starts in two…

VOTERS went to the polls in elections to fill two vacant parliamentary seats on Thursday (19) that will be a test of how prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories are faring in his party's heartlands before a national election expected next year. The by-elections were triggered by high-profile resignations of two…

British mother gets death sentence for killing husband in India

A WOMAN who murdered her husband in a plot with her lover has been sentenced to death in India. Ramandeep Kaur Mann, 38, from Derby, found guilty of the murder of Sukhjit Singh whiile on a family holiday at his mother's house in north India in September 2016. Mann is…

‘The Merchant of Venice 1936’ review: A timely take on…

Not since 1945 have anti-Semitism, Zionism, and the Israeli/Palestine conflict been so predominant and divisive as they are today. As such, The Merchant of Venice 1936 is deeply apt and timely. Directed by Brigid Larmour, the production encapsulates the dangers of global fascism whilst at the same time providing a…

Jaivant Patel: New spiritual worlds and spaces

BRITISH arts organisation the Jaivant Patel Company has consistently broken new ground with dance productions that combine eye-catching performances with thought provoking narratives. One of the UK’s leading voices in the south Asian LGBTQIA+ space commences a tour of their new production Waltzing The Blue Gods, at Arena Theatre in…

Victoria is ‘anti-racist’ in Tanika Gupta’s ‘The Empress’ revival

LET’S allow ourselves a bit of artistic licence and imagine Queen Victoria has slipped into the Hammersmith Lyric to take a peek at Tanika Gupta’s play, The Empress, a retelling of the story of her relationship with Abdul Karim and her Indian subjects in general. “We are amused,” the Queen…

UK and US agencies warn about domestic terror threats amid…

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

‘Play on Words’ will celebrate Wodehouse’s legacy in India

PG WODEHOUSE’S step-great-grandson, Hal Cazalet, is going to India at the end of October for a month with a oneman show, Play on Words. Wodehouse’s brand of humour has special appeal for Indians. The show is meant to be “an evening of music, laughter, romance and glamour” to highlight Wodehouse’s…

Manushi Chhillar: Beauty queen to Bollywood’s next big hope

IT MAY have been a smooth transition from winning prestigious beauty pageants Miss India and Miss World to becoming an actress, fashion icon and humanitari - an, but Manushi Chhillar didn’t plan anything. By combining hard work with following her instincts, the 26-year-old has made a big impact in a…

Jailed Imran Khan ‘stronger and fitter than ever before’

FORMER Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said he is “stronger and fitter than ever” since being jailed two months ago, according to a statement released by his family last Thursday (12). Khan was convicted of graft in August and jailed for three years, with the election commission subsequently banning him…

Carmakers raise concerns over customs duties

The UK automakers industry on Wednesday (18) warned that they would soon face a detrimental 10-per cent increase in customs duties on electric cars crossing the Channel. Britain left the European Union in early 2021 after clinching a last-gasp free trade agreement that removed tariffs on cars. But under the…

Quantexa boss says NHS data should be managed by UK…

QUANTEXA founder and chief executive Vishal Marria advocated that a domestic company with the “right intentions” should be hired to manage NHS data instead of awarding the contract to an American company. His London-based data analytics firm is attempting to strike a deal to link up hospital data where Palantir,…

Play shows struggles and resilience of Asian youth

YOUNG actors Kashif Ghole and Ibraheem Hussain dive straight into the deep end in their debut roles in the coming-of-age play, Brown Boys Swim. The pair play the lead roles of Mohsen and Kash, teenagers ready for university; but, before that, they’re desperate to get into the biggest pool party…

‘Racism can affect mental health across generations’

RESEARCHERS have called on the government to prioritise funding towards analysing the impact of racism on mental health, saying countries such as the US were “way further ahead” in this area. A study by the Centre for Mental Health and King’s College London found that both past and present experiences…

Asians root for ‘grow your own’ amid scarcity of plots

AMARJIT SINGH GUDAIL, who is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), agrees there is now a shortage of allotments in the country. Last Sunday (15), he showed Eastern Eye around the Bixley Fields Allotments in Southall in west London, from where it is possible to see “up to…

Mum pushing baby in pram faces ‘life-changing’ injuries after hit-and-run

The police are on the hunt for a driver in Hounslow who severely injured a woman, leaving her unable to fully care for her child following a hit and run case. Rajdeep Kaur, 37, was pushing her 13-month-old daughter in a pram on North Hyde Lane and Raleigh Road in…

COMMENT: Challenging prejudice in the UK as war rages in…

POWERLESS. That is how many people feel seeing tragedy unfold in Israel and in Palestine. Our sense of impotence is nothing compared to the powerlessness of those slaughtered in the Hamas massacre of civilians in Israel, or now the powerlessness of so many people in Gaza in the face of…

Grand Union Orchestra to present musical event ‘From Bengal to…

As part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2023, Conway Hall is gearing up to host a musical event on Friday, 20 October, featuring the Grand Union Orchestra which is known for celebrating the diversity of global musical traditions. The show, titled "From Bengal to Bloomsbury," commissioned by the festival, is directed…

‘EastEnders’: Nina Wadia teases potential return as Zainab Masood

British actress and comedian Nina Wadia has teased a possible return as Zainab Masood on the popular BBC One soap opera EastEnders. The said character was last seen on the show in 2013 when she left Walford with her young son Kamil, who she shares with ex-husband Masood Ahmed, played…

Kareena’s ‘The Buckingham Murders’ to open Jio MAMI Mumbai Film…

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (October 27 to November 5) has announced that this year’s Opening Night film will be The Buckingham Murders, directed by Hansal Mehta, produced by Ektaa R Kapoor, and co-produced by Indian actress and star Kareena Kapoor Khan, who will all attend the film’s red-carpet…

Hundreds rally outside BBC over Hamas coverage

Around 250 protesters gathered outside the BBC's main headquarters in London on Monday (16) to express their dissatisfaction with the British broadcaster's refusal to label Hamas as terrorists. Demonstrators at the event, organised by Jewish groups, chanted "Hamas, terrorists" and "Shame on You" at the broadcaster for making the editorial…

Fatal crash: Car driver’s sentence enhanced to 15 years

A LANCASHIRE man, jailed for killing a pregnant woman in a road accident in May this year, has had his prison term increased to 15 years. Adil Iqbal was sentenced by Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown in July to a 12-year jail term after he was found guilty of driving a…

Sadiq Khan increases security measures and support to protect places…

With the aim to bolster security measures and foster unity, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has affirmed the continuation of increased security for places of worship in response to recent terrorist attacks by Hamas in Israel. The tragic events in Israel and Gaza have deeply affected London communities, prompting…

Kareena’s ‘The Buckingham Murders’ premieres at BFI London Film Festival

Kareena Kapoor Khan says she has always been a fan of detective stories and her upcoming film The Buckingham Murders fulfilled her wish of starring in one. Directed by Hansal Mehta, The Buckingham Murders is billed as an "atmospheric thriller". The film had its world premiere at the 67th BFI…

Thousands rally in solidarity with Palestinians

TENS of thousands of people rallied on Saturday (14) in London and other UK cities at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, amid police warnings that anyone showing support for the militant group Hamas could face arrest. Protesters marching through the heart of the British capital were shadowed by a heavy police presence of…

Asthmatic solicitor wins £1.1m payout after dismissal

AN asthmatic attorney who lost her high-paying banking position due to illness-related absences and requests to work from home, has received a £1.1 million settlement. Gulnaz Raja, 37, successfully filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, Starling Bank, reported MailOnline. She faced criticism from her demanding supervisor, Matt…

Punjabi emerges as highest-paying foreign language in London: study

PUNJABI is the best-paying foreign language in London, boasting an average salary of £43,415, a recent study has revealed. Conducted by researchers at the language learning platform Preply, the study, however, said that Punjabi falls outside the top 10 languages in demand by London employers, with just 30 job openings.…

Woman arrested in Brighton for supporting Hamas

POLICE have arrested a 22-year-old woman in England suspected of having made a speech backing Hamas, despite laws forbidding explicit support for banned organisations, the local force said Friday (13). The woman was detained under the terrorism act Thursday (12) following an investigation into a speech given at a protest…

Dementia risk factors have greater impact on ethnic minorities: Study

Researchers have discovered that common risk factors for dementia, like high blood pressure and diabetes, have a more significant impact on black and Asian individuals, according to a recent study. This finding has led to calls for increased efforts to address health disparities. The global number of adults affected by…

Impact of high interest rates will be felt more ‘next…

THE Bank of England’s actions to tame inflation have just begun to impact households and the effects will be felt to a greater extent next year, a policymaker has said. Last month, the central bank froze interest rates at 5.25 per cent following a surprise slowdown in inflation. Its decision…

Sunak increases funds to safeguard local Jewish institutions

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Thursday (12) boosted funding to protect local Jewish institutions amid a spike in reports of antisemitism, while two Jewish schools said they would close until Monday (16) for children's safety. The Community Security Trust (CST), a Jewish charity that provides security at Jewish institutions including…

635 UK companies employ over 660,000 in India: Report

THERE are 635 UK companies operating in India with a combined turnover of approximately £51 billion and employing around 666,992 people, according to the 2023 edition of ‘Britain Meets India’ (BMI) report. The third edition of the report, launched by Grant Thornton Bharat in partnership with the Confederation of Indian…

The world’s legendary casinos: success stories and scandals

A casino is a place where dreams can come true in an instant and where passions boil on the edge of excitement. The history of american slots in the UK is littered with successes and scandals that have created wealth and fame, but have also drawn attention to the downside…

Indian students receive guidance and support for life in UK

The High Commission of India in London hosted a welcome event for newly arrived Indian students, aiming to provide them with guidance and counsel regarding life in the UK. The event aimed to extend support to the students as their “home away from home.” After completing a registration drive supported…

Pakistan Supreme Court upholds law curtailing chief justice’s powers

PAKISTAN’S Supreme Court has upheld a controversial law seeking to curtail the powers of the chief justice but barred its retrospective application. The law upheld by the majority of judges, including the sitting chief justice, deprived the chief justice of forming benches for different cases as the new law provided…

MY TOP 10 with Gubzy Singh Lackhanpal

MASTER percussionist Gubzy Singh Lackhanpal has had a magnificent career filled with magical moments. The dynamite dhol player and tabla maestro has performed in over 46 countries, with leading artists that include Malkit Singh, DCS, Apache Indian, Beverly Knight, AS Kang, Sukshinder Shinda, Hans Raj Hans, Surinder Shinda, Balwinder Safri,…

UK and Ireland to host Euro 2028

THE UK and Ireland will co-host Euro 2028, while Italy and Turkey will be joint hosts of the 2032 tournament, UEFA announced. Both bids ran unopposed but still needed official approval from European football's governing body, which they received at a meeting in Switzerland. Turkey last week withdrew from the…

‘Accused’ review: Implausible British thriller fails to deliver on initial…

THERE have been a lot of home invasion thrillers across the decades. This particular British film premiered on Netflix recently and attempts to tell the story of an innocent man, who is falsely targeted after a social media storm. Harri goes to stay at his parents’ house in the countryside,…