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Community leader Vinod Thakrar celebrates 70th birthday

Vinod Thakrar, a distinguished community leader, celebrated his 70th birthday on 31 May 2024, at the Dhamecha Lohana Centre, South Harrow. The event drew an impressive gathering of friends, family, dignitaries, and leaders from various organisations, underscoring Thakrar's extensive influence and network. Thakrar currently serves as a trustee at The…

Labour promises to fix a million potholes in England every…

Labour has announced plans to fund councils to repair up to a million potholes a year in England, aiming to provide multi-year funding settlements to local leaders to address broken roads. This initiative seeks to move away from the "sticking plaster approach" to road repairs, as reported by BBC. The…

Former trader sues Deutsche Bank for unpaid £2.6m bonus

A former Deutsche Bank trader is suing the bank in a London court for just over £2.6 million after she was not paid an individual bonus nearly a decade ago, though Germany's largest lender says it simply could not afford it. Shikha Gupta worked until 2017 for Deutsche Bank's non-core…

American parent drops London listing plan for Boots

The American owner of Boots has dropped plans for a London float for the chemist and is reportedly scouting for potential buyers, according to media reports. The move has robbed the UK's ailing stock market of an anticipated listing. In recent years there has been a dearth of initial public…

Tata says £500m subsidy delay puts south Wales steelmaking at…

Tata Steel has said that steelmaking in south Wales could be at "significant risk" if a £500 million subsidy is delayed. This follows shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds' call for Tata to engage with a potential Labour government. Tata expressed concern in a statement to the London stock market that…

Record number of candidates standing in general election

AN unprecedented number of candidates are running in this year's general election on 4 July. Over 4,500 people are vying for positions across the 650 constituencies in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, the BBC reported. This represents a 35.7 per cent increase from the 2019 election. The surge in…

Passengers of turbulence-hit London-Singapore flight offered compensation

Singapore Airlines has extended compensation offers to passengers aboard a flight from London to Singapore that faced severe turbulence last month. The incident resulted in numerous injuries and a fatality. Passengers with minor injuries have been offered £7,874, while those with serious injuries can discuss offers tailored to their specific…

Comment: Election will see biggest-ever rise in minority representation

SMETHWICK was once notorious in British politics, after the 1964 election saw an overtly racist campaign succeed there at the ballot box. Smethwick’s reputation as a hotbed of racism went around the world. Even Malcolm X visited the West Midlands town, just days before his assassination back in America. Yet…

Zara Aleena’s killer accused of prison attacks

THE inquest into Zara Aleena's death revealed that her killer, Jordan McSweeney, had been accused of multiple offences during his imprisonment the previous year. McSweeney, a sexual predator with 28 prior convictions, murdered the 35-year-old law graduate as she walked home in Ilford, east London, in June 2022. He had…

Oxford University to return 500-year-old sculpture to India

OXFORD UNIVERSITY will return a 500-year-old bronze statue of the Hindu saint Tirumankai Alvar to India, following a claim by the Indian high commission that the sculpture might have been looted from an Indian temple. This 16th-century artifact, previously displayed at the Ashmolean Museum, depicts the Tamil poet and saint…

East London man strangled wife, threw body in river, trial…

Aminan Rahman is on trial for allegedly strangling his wife, Suma Begum, before disposing of her body in a suitcase and throwing it into the River Lea. The body of 24-year-old Suma Begum was found in the River Lea on May 8, 2023. The Old Bailey heard that on the…

My deselection was cruel: Faiza Shaheen

Former Labour candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green Faiza Shaheen said she decided to contest as an independent following an outpouring of support from her followers. Faiza announced her new campaign on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday (5) afternoon. She quit the Labour Party the previous day following her deselection…

EXCLUSIVE: Modi secures historic win

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi’s historic third term in power should be celebrated, analysts told Eastern Eye on Tuesday (4) as the results from the country’s mammoth general election showed his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the largest party, but was denied an outright majority. For the first time…

Air India announces non-stop flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick

Air India will start non-stop flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick from August 18. The airline will operate five weekly flights on this route, except on Tuesdays and Saturdays, using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner features 18 business class flat beds and 238 economy class seats. The flight (AI…

EXCLUSIVE: VAZ returns to fight for Leicester East

THE first post-war south Asian MP to be elected to parliament, Keith Vaz, is to run for his old seat, Leicester East – as an independent. The move will come as a big surprise to many in the world of politics, and it will cause fear among Labour ranks, sources…

Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri retires with Kuwait draw

Sunil Chhetri's final match for India ended in a 0-0 draw against Kuwait in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as thousands of fans gathered to bid farewell to the football legend. Nearly 59,000 spectators filled the stadium in Kolkata to witness the captain's swan song, a significant turnout in…

Indian firms created 8,384 jobs in UK: Report

Companies based out of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Delhi were the top Indian investors in the UK in 2023, says a joint report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian High Commission. In 2023, India was the second largest source market for the UK, bringing in 118 new…

Asif Kapadia, Al Rasheed among winners at inaugural Muslim Intl…

The first Muslim International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from May 30 to June 2 in London, saw Amjad Al Rasheed’s debut feature Inshallah A Boy taking the best feature award while veteran documentarian Asif Kapadia walked away with the festival’s honorary Trailblazer Award. The festival was launched by producer…

Gurinder Chadha, Pan Nalin projects part of Civic Studios’ global…

Gurinder Chadha’s Christmas Karma and an untitled English-language feature by Pan Nalin are part of Civic Studios’ slate as the production house continues global expansion from its bases in Mumbai and London. Founded by Anushka Shah and incubated at the MIT Media Lab, Civic Studios works with the mission of…

‘Boys from the Blackstuff’ explores joblessness

BOYS from the Blackstuff is a play set in Liverpool in 1982 about five unemployed men who are desperate to find work, but who cannot find any.  Directed by Kate Wasserberg, it is an adaptation by James Graham of the 1982 BBC TV drama by Alan Bleasdale, a playwright from…

How Rajasthan’s tent industry is blossoming again

TENTS made by skilled workers in Rajasthan have been shown at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. They have been imported from India by the Raj Tent Club, a company co-founded in the 1990s by Nicola Marks. One of the company’s employees, Davina, told Eastern Eye: “Nicky adores India. She is…

Inquest reveals ‘delays in paperwork’ to recall Zara Aleena’s killer

DOCUMENTATION delays postponed the recall of Zara Aleena's murderer to prison, just days before he fatally attacked her, an inquest disclosed. Jordan McSweeney, who fatally assaulted the 35-year-old law graduate in June 2022, had breached the terms of his release from prison. The paperwork for his recall was initiated on…

Security concerns fuel ‘ongoing hostility’ in India-China ties

INDIA-CHINA relations are expected to remain antagonistic for the foreseeable future, a new report has said, citing a lack of trust as well as engagement. According to the 11th edition of the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment by the London-based thinktank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), New Delhi’s expanding…

Meera Syal, Toby Jones, Fiona Shaw to Star in ‘ECHO’

The Royal Court and London’s International Festival of Theatre have revealed the first five names to appear in the world premiere of ECHO (Every Cold-Hearted Oxygen). Meera Syal, Toby Jones, Fiona Shaw, Kathryn Hunter, and Rebecca Lucy Taylor are the first five artists who have been confirmed to perform in…

Royal reward for driving change

A TEENAGE rickshaw driver from an Indian village expressed her delight after meeting King Charles at Buckingham Palace last month, when she collected a prestigious women’s empowerment award. Arti, 18, from Bahraich in the country’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, won the Amal Clooney women’s empowerment award, named after the high-profile…

Universities struggle with funding cuts, fewer foreign students

SEVERAL top British universities may become less attractive due to reduced funding and stricter regulations on overseas students, according to the annual QS 2025 university rankings. Despite these challenges, four British universities maintained their positions in the top 10 of over 1,000 institutions ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a key…

Tories instigating ‘culture wars’, Labour will deliver on pledges: Reynolds

THE Labour MP and shadow secretary of state for business and trade, Jonathan Reynolds, has accused the Conservative party of instigating “culture wars” to deflect from their failings as he insisted his party will deliver on its pledges. Ahead of the general election on July 4, Reynolds believes voters will…

FCA to scale back ‘naming and shaming’ plan amid backlash

THE Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is expected to scale back its plans to publicly name companies under investigation, following criticism from four lawyers who said that a government and industry backlash has labelled the proposals as misjudged and harmful to London's competitive standing. The anticipated decision by the markets regulator…

India elections: Meet four of the youngest MPs

Four candidates, all 25, are set to become the youngest Members of Parliament (MPs) after winning in the India elections. Pushpendra Saroj, Priya Saroj, Shambhavi Choudhary, and Sanjana Jatav emerged victorious, representing the Samajwadi Party, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), and Congress, respectively. The Election Commission of India has declared results…

Najma Akhtar: The river of dreams

FUSION music perhaps played one of the biggest parts in shaping British Asian culture and one of the early pioneers was Najma Akhtar. Blending south Asian music rooted in centuries of rich culture with modern western contemporary sounds and performing on the biggest global stages enabled the path-breaking singer to…

Will Britain’s India policy be shaped by poll results?

ONE of Britain’s leading foreign policy experts said he would urge the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to show “magnanimity” in the light of the results of the general election, in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not done as well as it had expected. Lord Simon McDonald,…

Police officer sentenced for sharing pro-Hamas images

A POLICE officer from Bradford was on Tuesday (4) sentenced to 18 months of community service for sharing messages on WhatsApp supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Mohammed Adil, 26, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Terrorism Act for sending the messages in October and November last year. He…

Cyber attack forces hospitals to delay surgeries

SOME of the major London hospitals cancelled some operations on Tuesday after a cyber-attack on a key service supplier had a "major impact", particularly on blood transfusions, according to internal memos to NHS staff. The attack on pathology partner Synnovis hit King's College Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' (including…

India a ‘thriving’ democracy: UK experts

As the results of India's mammoth general election trickled in on Tuesday, UK-based strategic experts and poll watchers were all praise for the country's “thriving and flourishing” democratic process. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is on course for a historic third term, the strong performance of the…

Artists urge Starmer to halt arms sales to Israel if…

More than 100 British celebrities, including actors Riz Ahmed and Steve Coogan, have urged Labour leader Keir Starmer to “take a stand against the ongoing atrocities committed by Israel” in Gaza, The Guardian reported on Sunday. In a letter coordinated by Artists for Palestine UK, Starmer was urged to “demonstrate…

Justice system contributed to Zara Aleena’s death, aunt alleges

ZARA ALEENA's family has expressed their anguish over her "preventable" death, as revealed in an ongoing inquest. Aleena, a 35-year-old law graduate, was killed by Jordan McSweeney while walking home in Ilford, east London, in June 2022. McSweeney received a life sentence with a minimum of 38 years in December…

FIH Pro League hockey: India men’s and women’s teams lose…

India faced defeats in both men's and women's hockey against Great Britain in the FIH Pro League matches held in London. India's men's hockey team suffered a 1-3 loss against hosts Great Britain in their second match of the FIH Pro League in London on Sunday. Bandurak Nicholas scored two…

Labour volunteers approached me for votes: Faiza Shaheen

Faiza Shaheen, who was disallowed by the Labour party to contest the general election, has accused party activists of knocking at her door while campaigning for the candidate who replaced her. She wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “Wow, the Labour Party just had the gall to knock on my door.…

Hackney shooting: Intended target wishes girl was spared

THE INTENDED target for the gangland shooting in Hackeny, which left a schoolgirl fighting for her life, wishes the bullet had hit him rather than the innocent child, The Times reports. Beytullah Gunduz (37), who has been linked to the Turkish underworld, was with friends outside a restaurant in Dalston…

Though based on a novel, it’s a universal story: Ishana…

Ishana Night Shyamalan, the daughter of acclaimed filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, is stepping into the spotlight with her debut film, The Watchers. Ahead of its release on June 7, the debutant filmmaker is busy promoting the film on various platforms. She recently spoke to an Indian entertainment portal and said…

Nick Clegg funds Lib Dems in Sheffield Hallam fight

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

Diane Abbott to run for Labour in July election

DIANE ABBOTT, the first black woman to become a British MP and a left-wing figurehead, on Sunday (2) said she would run for Labour in July's election after days of confusion. The internal ruckus over her situation exposed long-standing factional splits within the main opposition party, which is widely expected…

Hackney shooting: Nine-year-old Indian girl still in critical condition

A nine-year-old girl, identified as a schoolgirl from Indian state of Kerala on a day out in London with her Birmingham-based family, remains in critical condition after being shot in a drive-by incident by a motorbike assailant in east London. The city's Malayali community has named the victim as Lissel…

Paris Hilton announces her second album

American media personality Paris Hilton has finally announced her new album Infinite Icon, which will be released on September 6, reported People. The album is releasing nearly two decades after her 2006 debut album Paris, which featured the hit single “Stars Are Blind”. The DJ also shared that the first…

Adil Rashid confident as England aims to retain T20 World…

ADIL RASHID is optimistic about England's position before their T20 World Cup defence, following a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan at The Oval on Thursday (30). This win, securing a 2-0 victory in a rain-interrupted four-match Twenty20 series, has bolstered their confidence. Their journey to retain the title starts against Scotland…

London road fatalities last year second lowest on record, shows…

THE number of people killed on London’s roads last year was the second lowest on record, according to the latest data. Fatalities fell from 102 last year to 95. The lowest figure was seen in 2021, when 75 deaths were recorded – though that year was affected by the lower…

Man sent to hospital sentence for killing Indian student

A 24-YEAR-OLD man of Brazilian heritage, who admitted to the manslaughter of Indian student Tejaswini Kontham and the attempted murder of her friend in London last year, has been sentenced to detention in a mental institution. Keven Antonio Lourenco De Morais appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday where he…

Ishana Shyamalan kick-starts ‘The Watchers’ press tour in London

Ishana Shyamalan started promoting her directorial debut The Watchers with a press tour in London. She attended a special preview screening of the film on Tuesday at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, England. Joining her were the cast members Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell, and Oliver Finnegan and her father,…

Labour confirms Abbott ‘free’ to run in July 4 election

THE LABOUR Party has confirmed that Diane Abbott, Britain's first Black woman lawmaker, will be able to run in the July 4 election following confusion over her candidacy. Labour leader Keir Starmer told reporters that Abbott is "free to go forward" to contest her seat in northeast London. Abbott, MP…

India–China relations likely to remain ‘antagonistic’ amid ongoing distrust: report

INDO-CHINESE relations are expected to remain antagonistic for the foreseeable future, a new report has said, citing a lack of distrust as well as engagement. New Delhi’s expanding defence role and partnerships will likely further contribute to the increasingly competitive nature of India–China relations, according to the 11th edition of…

Abbott should be allowed to contest: Anas Sarwar

SCOTTISH Labour leader Anas Sarwar has said Diane Abbott should be allowed to contest the election and agrees with Angela Rayner on the issue. His comment came amid a divide among senior Labour leaders over Abbott's candidature and puts pressure on Sir Keir Starmer. Sarwar told BBC that Abbott was…

Hackney shooting: Nine-year-old Asian girl ‘fighting for life’

A nine-year-old girl, believed to be from the southern Indian state of Kerala, is in critical condition in the hospital, 'fighting for her life,' after suffering a gunshot wound in a drive-by shooting from a motorbike in east London. She has yet to be formally identified The Metropolitan Police said…

Paul Chowdhry to perform at humanitarian event ‘Gala for Gaza’

Comedian Paul Chowdhary will be part of an inter-faith unique special black-tie humanitarian event, Gala for Gaza. Presented by Simple PR & Events in collaboration with Human Appeal, the event will place on Saturday 1st June 2024 at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. The evening will feature a…

Families struggle as visa fee waiver backlog hits record high

FAMILIES across the country are trapped in a state of uncertainty as the Home Office grapples with a massive backlog in handling their requests for visa fee waivers, reported the Guardian. The backlog, the largest ever recorded, has left around 33,000 applications pending, causing distress and instability among vulnerable families,…

London shooting: Nine-year-old in critical condition

A nine-year-old girl was in a critical condition on Thursday (30), police in London said, after a shooting the previous night at a restaurant in the east of the capital. Three men were also shot in the attack, which took place around 9.00 pm (2000 GMT) on Wednesday (29) when…

Experts warn of heat risks in India

Extreme temperatures across India are having their worst impact in the country's teeming megacities, experts said Thursday, warning that the heat is fast becoming a public health crisis. India is enduring a crushing heatwave with temperatures in several cities sizzling well above 45 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperature readings…

Faiza Shaheen alleges Labour has ‘problem with black and brown…

BLOCKED Labour candidate Faiza Shaheen plans to challenge her deselection in court, saying that the party has “a problem with black and brown people” after a panel prevented her from running in in Chingford and Woodford Green. Shaheen, who has accused the party of racism, Islamophobia, and bullying, claimed she…

First Muslim International Film Festival begins in London

The first Muslim International Film Festival kick-started today in London. Actor-producer Sajid Varda, who launched the festival, said that it will “showcase stories we don’t usually see”. Varda told BBC News that too often there is a “negative portrayal” of Muslims in the mainstream media, “so this festival is largely…

Jhumpa Lahiri: Obsession with origin is a global danger

PULITZER PRIZE-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has said that people's obsession with origin is a global danger, reported the Guardian. The author frequently encounters inquiries about her true origins, with people often asking her, "Where are you really from?" According to Lahiri, the question arises so regularly that it has become…

JK Rowling criticizes colleagues for denouncing her transgender rights views

In a recent revelation, JK Rowling, the renowned author of the beloved Harry Potter series, has lashed out at the double standards exhibited by colleagues who publicly criticized her views on transgender rights while privately seeking to maintain their friendship. The acclaimed writer shared her sentiments in an extract from…

EXCLUSIVE: “Don’t take Asian voters for granted”

POLITICAL PARTIES must go after the south Asian vote in this general election or face a backlash in future polls, parliamentarians and experts have told Eastern Eye. They are warning candidates in every party that they ignore brown voters “at their peril”. With Labour currently 20 points ahead in the…

Tribunal allows Scotland Yard detective to work from home

An employment tribunal has reprimanded the Scotland Yard for not allowing an Asian-origin detective to work from home despite his serious heart condition, The Times reports. The detective, Tarik Ahmed (57), told the London employment tribunal that senior officers were aware of his ischaemic heart disease and the multiple heart…

‘Hunger Burns’ exhibition exposes Bengal Famine

UK BROADCASTERS do not want to make programmes on the Bengal Famine of 1943 for fear it might tarnish Sir Winston Churchill’s reputation, a British Asian museum curator has told Eastern Eye. Sona Datta said that Kavita Puri had made a “remarkable breakthrough” by getting BBC Radio 4 to commission…

Popular singer Bhavik Haria on his new bhajan album and…

PERFORMING live has had a huge impact on Bhavik Haria as an artist and shaped him as a person. Apart from filling him with joy, feeding off the energy of audiences has motivated the British bhajan maestro to create a unique sense of unity through live spiritual music. That special…

TOP 10 memorable moments of Rekha

BRITISH singer Rekha has consistently shown her brilliant best on stage. The versatile artist with a magnificent voice adds to her many musical projects with new show Bollywood Time Machine, which embarks on a UK tour in June. She performs alongside singing talent Chirag Rao at a concert filled with…

Komal Shahani: Styling a successful career

A DYNAMIC approach to fashion design and styling has taken Komal Shahani on a transformative journey filled with magical moments. Having started as a designer for fashion brand Mischief Boutique, the cool creative commenced her celebrity journey by styling Preity Zinta for a leading magazine cover. She has since then…

Archana Kumar: Married to a hit theatre comedy

HIT comedy play Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding 2: Mauritius has been playing to packed houses during another successful UK tour. The current tour will conclude with a historymaking performance in London’s West End with a show at Adelphi Theatre on July 16. With nearly 100,000 tickets sold, it’s a great…

Kedleston ‘can connect Asians with their history’

THE National Trust is encouraging British Asian visitors – especially Eastern Eye readers – to engage with their own history at Kedleston Hall, a magnificent estate in Derbyshire. This was once the home of the imperial ruler whose influence on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh lives on to this day. George…

Starmer denies Diane Abbott barred from running for Labour

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer denied on Wednesday that his party had barred Diane Abbott, the first black woman to become an MP, from standing as its candidate in the general election. Abbott, MP for a northeast London constituency since 1987, was suspended by Labour in April last year over…

Diverse crowd blooms at London flower show

THE Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be delighted that its Chelsea Flower Show, which has had an exclusively white, middle-class audience since it began in 1913, attracted a much more diverse group of people last week. It is reckoned to be the most prestigious show of its kind in the…

Kerala garden takes gold at Chelsea

A BRITISH Asian woman, whose balcony and container garden has recreated the lush woods of her parents’ native Kerala in south India, has won a gold medal in her first appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show. Being told she had won gold was an especially emotional moment for Jewlsy Mathews…

Royal Mail owner accepts Czech billionaire’s offer

The owner of Britain's struggling Royal Mail said Wednesday it had accepted a takeover proposal from Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky worth £3.6 billion. It comes after Kretinsky's conglomerate EP Group formalised an improved offer for International Distribution Services. "The IDS board believes that the offer from EP is fair and…

MPs want more scrutiny of Shein ahead of London listing

Senior British lawmakers, including the chairs of three parliamentary committees, have questioned fast-fashion giant Shein's suitability for a London stock market listing and called for greater scrutiny of the Chinese-founded firm. Shein is stepping up preparations for a London listing after its attempt to float in New York faced regulatory…

Sadiq Khan’s call for Israel arms ban fuels rift with…

Sadiq Khan sparked a fresh dispute with Keir Starmer on Monday by urging a ban on arms sales to Israel. The mayor of London insisted on halting weapons shipments after Israeli strikes in Rafah, which reportedly caused multiple casualties, as reported by The Telegraph. Khan said, "Devastating and heartbreaking scenes…

Hackney Labour black socialists criticise treatment of Abbott

A representative from Hackney black Labour socialists has condemned Keir Starmer’s treatment of Diane Abbott after he announced that her reinstatement will be decided by 4 June. “It’s a vicious, fractional act that he [Keir Starmer] thinks he can get away with,” said Lucie Scott, who has been at the…

Sarwar admits he was wrong about family firm not paying…

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has admitted he was wrong in saying his family's business doesn't pay the real living wage. This revelation came after criticism following his interview on BBC's The Sunday Show. The trade union representing workers at United Wholesale confirmed that they are paid above the real…

Sunak stands by national service plan during election campaign

Rishi Sunak has reaffirmed his commitment to introducing mandatory national service if he is re-elected, despite facing criticism from within his own party. Sunak described the initiative as "bold action" necessary for ensuring a secure future for the country. On the campaign trail on Monday at Chesham Football Club, north…

Judi Dench hints on retirement from acting

In what may be a poignant close to one of the most celebrated careers in cinema and theatre, Judi Dench has suggested that her time on film could be over. The 89-year-old Oscar winner, known for her powerful performances and commanding presence, made the revelation during her appearance at the…

Fewer top women earners since pandemic: Report

Women make up a smaller proportion of top earners in British financial and professional services than before the COVID-19 pandemic, research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) showed on Monday. Women made up 19.4 per cent of the top 1 per cent of earners in the…

Veteran Pakistani actor Talat Hussain dies at 83

Talat Hussain, one of Pakistan's most accomplished and celebrated actors, died on Sunday at a private hospital here following a prolonged illness. He was 83. A radio, TV, theatre, and cinema veteran, Hussain was known for serials such as Bandish, Karwaan, Hawain, and Parchaiyan as well as movies Chiragh Jalta…

Asylum seeker ran people-smuggling ring from chicken shop

Sathasivam Sivagankan, a refugee from Sri Lanka, who was granted asylum in the UK, managed a people-smuggling ring while employed at a chicken shop. The 58-year-old organised illegal Channel crossings from his rented home, reported The Sun quoting the court documents. A judge has now ordered him to be extradited…

Five-year-old boy dies after falling from flat window in London

A five-year-old boy, Aalim Ahmed, died after falling from a kitchen window on the 15th floor of a tower block in east London, an inquest heard. Aalim, also known locally as Aalim Makail, fell and landed on a railing at the bottom of the residential block in Plaistow on May…

Arti, rickshaw driver from Indian village, wins UK’s royal award

An 18-year-old rickshaw driver from a village in India met King Charles at Buckingham Palace after receiving a prestigious women's empowerment award in London this week. Arti, from Bahraich district in India's Uttar Pradesh state, was awarded the Amal Clooney Women's Empowerment Award at the Prince's Trust Awards in London.…

Singapore Airlines turbulence: 22 suffer spinal cord injuries

Twenty-two passengers from a Singapore Airlines flight that was hit by severe turbulence on Tuesday have spinal cord injuries and six others, including a two-year-old child, have brain and skull injuries, according to media reports on Friday. Geoffrey Kitchen, a 73-year-old British passenger, died likely due to a heart attack…

Sunak’s snap poll move puts trade pact with India on…

The prospect of an India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) has been kicked into the long grass after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak surprised many this week with a snap summer poll on July 4, exactly a month after India's election results on June 4. While political analysts and strategic experts…

Farage won’t stand in election, Corbyn set to run against…

Reform UK founder and leading Brexit campaigner, Nigel Farage, announced on Thursday that he will not stand in the upcoming UK general election after months of speculation about his potential run. "I will do my bit to help in the campaign, but it is not the right time for me…

When to Seek Dermatological Care: Signs It’s Time to Consult…

Introduction In the fast-paced world we live in, our skin often bears the brunt of environmental, lifestyle, and health-related factors, which can manifest in various ways. Understanding when to address these issues with a professional can make a significant difference to your health and well-being. This blog explores the key…

Anisa Butt: Portraying a role that resonates with reality

ANISA BUTT has shown off her impressive range as a performer across theatre, film, TV and spoken word.   The versatile actress is looking forward to taking on the lead role in new theatre play Permission, which premieres at The Space Theatre in London next Tuesday (28). The feminist story…

No charges yet in 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that killed…

Criminal charges related to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, which killed 72 people, remain years away. British police and prosecutors stated on Wednesday that 58 individuals and 19 firms and organisations are under investigation. The fire, Britain's deadliest in a residential building since World War Two, sparked national…

Citigroup fined £61m for system breach

UK regulators fined Citigroup £61.6 million for controls failings in its trading operations, one of the biggest sanctions for systems breaches, which in one case saw the Wall Street firm cause a sudden fall in European stocks. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the markets watchdog,…

‘Hamlet’: From cast to plot, everything we know about Riz…

Riz Ahmed, the multi-talented actor and rapper who won an Academy Award for The Long Goodbye, is set to take on one of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles in an upcoming film adaptation of Hamlet. Directed by Aneil Karia, Hamlet promises to bring a fresh and contemporary perspective to the classic…

Woman dies in attack by her XL bully dogs

A woman was killed by her American XL bully dogs at her house in east London. She has been identified as Angeline Mahal, aged around 50. She was attacked by her two dogs at the semi-detached home in Cornwall Close in Hornchurch on Monday aftenoon. Mahal's two sons found her…

India among embassies owing millions in London congestion charge

Transport for London (TfL) is actively pursuing several foreign embassies, including the High Commission of India in London, for not paying the city's congestion charge spanning two decades. The congestion charge, a daily £15 fee for vehicles within central London, is part of the city's measures to combat pollution. According…

Sbba Siddique: Finding strength and courage in dark times

LIFE was going great for Sbba Siddique until her world turned upside down in March 2022.  The devoted mother of three, wife, and host of a popular radio show was 53 years old when she received an ovarian cancer diagnosis. After surgeries and chemotherapy, she received an all clear and…

Migrant graduates to face annual English tests to stay in…

Migrant graduates on the Graduate Route visa in the UK may soon face annual English tests under a new proposal by the government. This scheme permits international students to work in the UK for two years post-graduation. Pending Cabinet approval, this policy aims to bolster the Graduate Route's criteria. Institutions…

New stage version of novel remains relevant

THE theatre adaptation of Hanif Kureshi's My Beautiful Launderette has shown that many of the writer’s themes still resonate today. That is perhaps why his acclaimed 1990 debut novel The Buddha of Suburbia has returned for another stage adaptation at Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The…

Actors, authors, academics and artists win big at annual ACTAs

SOME of the brightest talents from the British Asian community were recognised for their achievements in the arts at the annual Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs) at the Mayfair Hotel in central London last Friday (17). One of Britain’s most accomplished and versatile artists, Osman Yousefzada, won…

Amina Khayyam: Tackling taboos through dance

WHETHER it is tackling taboos, finding new ways of telling stories or breaking existing rules, Amina Khayyam has always found innovative ways to present live dance performances.  Her leading dance company will present acclaimed shows You&Me and Bird in a Kathak double bill at The Place in London on June…

ACTA awards 2024: ‘We must tell Asian stories’

TRAILBLAZING playwright Tanika Gupta believes there is an “invisibility cloak around British Asians” on getting community stories commissioned in the arts. In a career spanning more than three decades, Gupta has written award-winning plays such as The Waiting Room and Sanctuary at the National Theatre, The Empress at the Royal…

Who is Paula Vennells?

FORMER Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells, who headed the Post Office from 2012 to 2019, apologised for the wrongful convictions of postmasters on Wednesday (22) during a public inquiry into the Horizon scandal. Hundreds of postmasters, who ran community post offices, were convicted after a faulty IT system from…

Orchestral Qawwali Project: Finding the soul of Sufi music

PERHAPS the most path-breaking British Asian music act of recent years has been the brilliant Orchestral Qawwali Project. The culturally rich group, combining Sufi poetry with grand orchestral arrangements and a music rooted in centuries old tradition, have drawn in cross-cultural audiences of all ages with their performances.   A giant…

A time to reflect on Buddhist ideals

AROUND 40 years ago, under the shadow of nuclear war, a Japanese Buddhist order gifted Londoners a Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park to promote world harmony. Built by monks, nuns, and volunteers, this shrine to world peace, overlooking the Thames, became an instant talking point. Britain has been home to…

Passengers land in Singapore after deadly turbulence

Rattled travellers and crew landed in Singapore on Wednesday after a terrifying high-altitude plunge on a flight from London during which an elderly British passenger, identified as Geoffrey Kitchen (73), died and more than 80 were injured. Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 hit "sudden extreme turbulence" over Myanmar 10 hours into…

Manisha Koirala meets Rishi Sunak

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala met Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at his residence to celebrate 100 years of United Kingdom-Nepal's friendship treaty. The Heeramandi star took to her Instagram to share a series of photographs from the celebrations at Sunak's official residence 10 Downing Street in London. "It was an honour…

Nadia Fall named new artistic director of Young Vic Theatre

The Young Vic Theatre has appointed Nadia Fall as its new Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive. She will join the organisation in January 2025, succeeding current artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who announced in February that he was stepping down. Nadia, who is currently the Artistic Director of Stratford East,…

London-Singapore flight hit by turbulence, one dead

A 73-year-old British man died and more than 30 others were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore was hit by severe turbulence near Thailand on Tuesday. The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft was diverted to Bangkok, where it made an emergency landing at 15:45 local time. Passengers said…

Sadiq Khan joins police patrols, vows to fight crime

Sadiq Khan joined Met officers on patrol in Westminster today to see how targeted policing is reducing robbery and theft in the West End. This effort is part of the New Met for London plan to improve frontline policing and rebuild public trust. The London mayor observed officers using data…

Universities, Indian students urge Sunak to keep the post-study visa

Universities and Indian students group have urged prime minister Rishi Sunak to retain the country's post-study visa offer. This visa, primarily utilised by Indian graduates, allows them to gain work experience for about two years after their degree. Reports indicate that Sunak may restrict or end the Graduate Route to…

Shein approaches Sajid Javid ahead of London listing: Report

AS online fashion giant Shein finalises its plans for an initial public offering at London Stock Exchange (LSE), it has approached former chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid to take up a role in the company, Sky News reports. Apart from Javid, some other senior city figures have also held…

Gaza war: British Asian prosecutor in limelight

THE British Asian lawyer and prosecutor who helped end a US policy against the International Criminal Court on Monday (20) requested an arrest warrant for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, putting his office back on a collision course with Washington. Karim Khan, who became chief prosecutor of the world's first…

Zayn Malik performs first concert since leaving One Direction

After years of speculation and growing excitement, former One Direction star Zayn Malik finally performed his first concert, marking a significant milestone in his journey as an independent artist. The sold-out concert was held on Friday, May 17, at London’s Shepherd's Bush Empire. It was not only the singer’s first-ever…

Focus Features buys international rights to Riz Ahmed’s ‘Hamlet’

Focus Features has bought international rights to Hamlet, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play of the same name. The film stars Riz Ahmed in the lead role, alongside Morfydd and Joe Alwyn. WME Independent and CAA are co-repping North American rights, while WME handles international sales. Hamlet reunites Ahmed…

Sindhi community campaigns for stronger knife laws

A NEW petition has been launched on Change.org calling for stronger legislation on knife crime following the fatal stabbing of Anita Mukhey (66) at a bus stop in London last week. The petition, started by Sanjeev Bhavnani, a member of the Sindhi Association of UK community, also calls for more…

Climate change likely to impact people with brain conditions, study…

Climate change is likely to negatively affect the health of people suffering from brain conditions such as migraine and Alzheimer's, new research published in The Lancet Neurology journal has found. Extreme temperatures, both low and high, and greater changes over the course of the day -- driven by climate change…

Migration Museum’s exhibition wins award

THE Migration Museum’s exhibition which features dozens of personal stories by migrant NHS workers has won the ‘Oscars of the Museum World’ last week, a statement said. The Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS national touring exhibition has won the temporary or touring exhibition of…

India, UK reaffirm commitment to free trade agreement

India and the UK have reaffirmed their commitment to finalising a free trade agreement (FTA) during the annual UK-India Strategic Dialogue. Both sides noted the "good progress" on the 2030 Roadmap since the last review. India's foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra, visiting the UK, held discussions with Sir Philip Barton, permanent…

‘Christmas Karma questions people like Rishi Sunak,’ says producer

Producer Anushka Shah, whose production house Civic Studios focuses on creating civic entertainment content for Indian audiences, is next attached as the executive producer to Gurinder Chadha's much-anticipated directorial venture Christmas Karma. She said that being a producer is a big responsibility as each project involves a lot of capital,…

Fast-track deportation deal for failed Bangladeshi asylum seekers

The UK has signed a fast-track returns deal with Bangladesh to streamline the deportation of failed asylum seekers, foreign national offenders, and visa overstayers, The Telegraph reported. The agreement signed by illegal migration minister, Michael Tomlinson, will streamline the returns process by removing a mandatory interview for cases where there…

Tory peer resigns whip after code of conduct breach report

PARLIAMENT's conduct committee on Friday (17) released its report into the conduct of British Sikh peer Lord Kulveer Ranger and found him in breach of the code of conduct on bullying and harassment following a drunken incident in the House of Lords. The 49-year-old parliamentarian, who has apologised for his…

Sadiq Khan meets Pope Francis during Vatican visit

Sadiq Khan presented Pope Francis with London tea during their meeting at the Vatican on Thursday. The mayor of London visited the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis on Thursday morning, before delivering a speech on his efforts to position London as a leader in tackling climate change. Khan…

Private schools face crisis amid fee hike: report

FEES for private schools have gone up by eight per cent this year making it unaffordable for numerous middle-income families, with some schools increasingly depending on China, a new report said. The cost for day-school is around £18,060, and in London, it's about £22,000. Boarding fees have gone up by…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji reflects on her journey

ONE of India’s leading spiritual leaders, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, the international director of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, was the keynote speaker at London’s One Woman Conference last weekend at the Victoria Park Plaza. Sadhviji was in discussion with the founder of the conference, Dr Joanna Martin, as an audience of hundreds…

Banita Sandhu debuts in ‘Bridgerton 3’ as Miss Malhotra

In an exciting development for Bridgerton fans, British-Indian actress Banita Sandhu has made her debut in the third season of Netflix’s hit period drama. Sandhu portrays Miss Malhotra, a character introduced to the Bridgerton universe in this season, based on Julia Quinn's beloved book series. Banita Sandhu, known for her…

Commonwealth chief lauds India’s technical assistance

India's technical assistance is critically important to the Commonwealth as it gives hope to many of the developing states, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has said. She said this on Thursday (16) while hosting the two-day 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers meeting in London on the theme of “Driving Resilience, Equity,…

Man charged after anti-Muslim incidents in London

A man has been charged by UK police following a series of anti-Muslim incidents in London. Jonathan Katan, aged 61, from Ealing in west London, faces multiple counts of racially aggravated criminal damage. These incidents took place between October and November last year at various locations, including the office serving…

Taylor Swift tour hands UK economy £1bn boost: study

Taylor Swift's worldwide Eras Tour will boost the UK economy by almost £1 billion as fans splash the cash to see the US music star, Barclays bank estimated Wednesday. A study entitled "Swiftonomics" said almost 1.2 million fans would each shell out about £848 on tickets, travel, accommodation, and merchandise…

Greggs to increase ties with Issa-owned franchisees

Baker and fast food retailer Greggs will deepen ties with its major franchise partners, including those owned  by Issa brothers, as it plans to open 150 new outlets in 2024. The London-listed firm said it has already opened 64 new outlets this year, of which around a quarter were with…

Woman injured after getting caught in crossfire

A woman bystander was shot in the leg after getting caught in crossfire between cars on a north London street, according to media reports. The woman said to be in her 30s, was hit by a stray bullet after getting caught between two vehicles whose occupants were firing guns at…

Shabana Azmi’s work in films recognised at UK Asian Film…

CELEBRATED actress Shabana Azmi has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her prolific contribution to Indian cinema and as a campaigner for women’s rights. The 73-year-old actress, who was in London for a celebration of her 50 years in cinema at the annual UK…

Akshata Murty: Keeping life as routine as possible

While prime minister Rishi Sunak may be going through a politically turbulent period with the Conservative party facing a defeat in the recent local election and opinion polls favouring Labour in the forthcoming general elections, his wife Akshata Murty appears unperturbed and focused on the smooth running of the house.…

Nine out of ten artists in arts curriculum are white

TEACHERS and campaigners have expressed their disappointment at new research showing the lack of south Asian artists mentioned in the school curriculum compared to their white counterparts. Only 2.3 per cent of stand-alone artists referenced in GCSE art and design exam papers are from black or south Asian backgrounds. And…

Bally Gill: ‘Theatre offers better roles for south Asians’

BALLY GILL has spent the last few years starring in the critically acclaimed shows Sherwood and Slow Horses, as well as the hit movie, Allelujah. Having made his name playing Romeo in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) production of Romeo and Juliet in 2018, Gill told Eastern Eye he is…

‘It’s a cut off from Princess Diana’s dress’: Florence Hunt…

Actress Florence Hunt, who is known for her role as Hyacinth Bridgerton in the period drama Bridgerton, opened up about the royal connection to one of her looks at the premiere of season 3 of the show, reported People. Bridgerton’s current season's outfit draws inspiration from true royal history. Speaking…

Evolution of Asian miniature art

EXHIBITIONS mixing south Asian art from the past and present are like buses, it seems. There are none for ages and then two come along at the same time. At the Royal Academy, there has been Entangled Pasts 1768-Now: Art, Colonialism and Change, which displayed the work of 34 great…

Anas Sarwar backs England-based candidates for Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has defended the party's decision to select candidates residing in England for upcoming elections in Scotland. Sarwar said that while these candidates are based in London and Kent, their affinity for Scotland is what matters most, reported The Times. The candidates in question include Melanie…

Sri Lanka persecuted Tamils after war, claims new report

SRI LANKA’S security forces abducted men and women from the ethnic Tamil minority and tortured them in custody long after the end of civil war in the island nation, a human rights group said in a new report. The 26-year civil war between separatist Tamil insurgents and government forces ended…

Vaughan Gething: Racism resurging in Wales

WHEN he took office as First Minister of Wales in March, Vaughan Gething became the first Black head of government in Europe - yet he believes UK society is more overtly racist than a decade ago. "On virtually every piece of social media that went out for my campaign, there'd…

Obesity drug could reduce heart attack risk, study finds

An obesity drug has been found to decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes, or heart failure in obese individuals regardless of the amount of weight they lose while on the medication, according to researchers. The study of the drug, Wegovy, revealed that participants maintained significant weight loss over four…

Vodafone annual net tumbles 90 per cent

UK mobile phone giant Vodafone reported a drop in annual profit on Tuesday but shares leapt as the group's ongoing overhaul takes shape. Net profit tumbled 90 per cent to € 1.14 billion (£980 million) in the financial year to the end of March, Vodafone said in a results statement.…

Asda to build ‘town centre’ with 1,500 homes in London

SUPERMARKET chain Asda, co-owned by billionaire Issa brothers, has announced plans to develop a 'town centre' in north-west London, which will include 1,500 homes, the Financial Times reported on Monday (13). This move marks Asda's entry into the residential property market, positioning it as the latest retailer to diversify into…

Arjun Mathur, Anshuman Jha win big at UK-Asian Film Fest

Actor Anshuman Jha bagged the Best Director award for his directorial debut Lord Curzon Ki Haveli at the prestigious UK-Asian Film Festival 2024. Also, Arjun Mathur won the Best Actor award for his performance in the black comedy thriller. The film, which has been having a wonderful festival run over…

Nottingham victims’ families disappointed by ruling on killer’s sentence

THE families of Nottingham attack victims have expressed their 'deep disappointment' following the court’s decision to uphold Valdo Calocane's sentence. Criticising the criminal justice system, they said they now face a lifelong mission to ensure he is never released, media reports said. Three senior judges at the Court of Appeal…

Immersive Competition in Cannes to showcase a South Asian female…

A superhero film at the Cannes Film Festival? It is not what you think. Maya: The Birth of a Superhero, a staunchly feminist playable artwork with a pronounced South Asian accent, is a 30-minute virtual reality (VR) piece. It is in contention for the Best Immersive Work prize in a…

Glamour Galore: A fashion recap of BAFTA TV Awards 2024

London's Royal Festival Hall was adorned with glamour and excitement on Sunday night as British television’s finest gathered for the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The star-studded red carpet was a sight to behold, with renowned artists and emerging talents alike gracing the occasion with…

70 per cent of UK port stops under terror laws…

Recent data from police logs reveals that approximately 70 per cent of individuals stopped at UK ports since 2021 under anti-terrorism laws were from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Figures show that fewer than one in five individuals stopped during this period were recorded as white, reported The…

India’s indies poised on the cusp of a new era…

With an entry in almost every major section of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on Tuesday evening with French musician-filmmaker Quentin Dupieux's Le Deuxieme Acte (The Second Act), India will have no dearth of action during the 12-day event. Never before in history have Cannes and its…

Tributes paid to woman killed in London stabbing

Anita Mukhey, a 66-year-old medical secretary in the NHS, was stabbed to death by a man attempting to steal her handbag near a bus stop in Edgware, north London. In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police, her family said: “Anita Mukhey, 66 years old, was a married mother and…

Alia Bhatt to attend Gucci Cruise Show in London

After stealing the spotlight at Met Gala 2024 in Sabyasachi sari, actress Alia Bhatt is now set to catch eyeballs with her presence at the Gucci Cruise show 2025 in London. Before boarding the flight to London, the Gangubai Kathiawadi star happily posed for the shutterbugs at the Mumbai airport…

Man convicted for trying to mislead FCA investigators

An Asian-origin man has been convicted for providing a forged document to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigators while they were probing a £1.3-million boiler room fraud. Taheer Sardar (46) was on Friday (10) sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court. He pleaded…

Prince Harry, Meghan visit Nigeria for Invictus drive

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle visited Nigeria on Friday as part of his promotion of the Invictus Games, the sporting event he founded for wounded military veterans. The couple arrived Friday in the Nigerian capital Abuja and visited a school run by a local non-profit linked to their…

Anuvab Pal: Modi is looming over all art and culture…

Comedian Anuvab Pal has said he is careful about what he posts on social media for fear of censorship in India. Pal, who is on tour in the UK with his new show this month, conceded that self-expression is “tricky” in an interview with the Telegraph. Referring to India’s prime…

Fiji prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka meets King Charles in London

Fiji’s prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, met with King Charles at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. He was in the country at the invitation of the King. He also met with the Fijian diaspora community at the Fiji High Commission to the United Kingdom in London. Rabuka acknowledged the historical links between…

Asian schoolboy, 11, joins Mensa

An 11-year-old boy from south London has recently joined Mensa, the high-IQ society, after achieving a score of 162. Dhruv, a student at Robin Hood Junior School in Sutton, earned membership in April, reported the BBC. His father, Praveen Kumar, expressed his joy, stating, "As a family, we are very…

Hina Bokhari to lead Liberal Democrats in London assembly

HINA BOKHARI is the new leader of Liberal Democrats in the London assembly, it was announced on Thursday (9). She becomes the first ethnic minority woman to lead a group at City Hall since its establishment in 2000, and also the first ethnic minority woman to lead a group in…

Monty Panesar quits Galloway’s party

Just eight days after announcing he was standing for parliament election, former England cricketer Monty Panesar has withdrawn as a candidate for George Galloway's Workers Party of Britain. The former left-arm spinner had intended to stand in Ealing Southall, held by the main opposition Labour party. Panesar, 42, who played…

UK’s first Asian mayor, Jagdish Sharma, completes 50 years of…

JAGDISH SHARMA, the councillor for Hounslow Council, completes a milestone this month as it was 50 years ago in May that he was elected as a councillor for the first time. The veteran has held several responsible positions since then, including cabinet member, chief whip, deputy leader, leader of the…

Mohit Ramchandani accused of being abusive racist in a lawsuit

Filmmaker Mohit Ramchandani, who has worked in films with stars such as Paul Rudd and Anne Hathaway and is known for directing indie feature Dreamer and City of Dreams, has been accused of being an abusive racist in a lawsuit filed by the mother of his child, Mexican citizen Patricia…

How writer Hunia Chawla found freedom in her play ‘Permission’

NEW theatre play Permission follows a newly arrived Pakistani woman in London as she wrestles the expectations of being ‘respectable’, while being torn between a love for community and rebellion in a foreign land.  The fiercely feminist production leaping between different worlds, looks at themes that include freedom and identity.…

Boohoo’s net loss almost doubles

FAST-FASHION retailer Boohoo, whose brands include Karen Millen and PrettyLittleThing, reported Wednesday (8) a near-doubling of annual net losses caused by high inflation and weak demand. The online retailer announced a loss after tax of £140.9 million ($176m) in its financial year to the end of February. That compared with…

How Hindutva became popular among India’s diaspora

WITH Narendra Modi tipped to win a third term as India’s prime minister, there will probably be even greater interest in a new book, Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Diaspora: Transnational Politics and British Multiculturalism. This is because the assertive Hindu nationalism – labelled as ‘Hinduvta’ – is associated with…

What’s holding up UK-India FTA?

RESEARCHERS have described the prospect of the UK and India concluding a free trade agreement as “prolonged optimistic caution”, adding that issues the ongoing general election and immigration visas will play a major part in how any deal is concluded. Last month, a delegation led by a senior UK government…

How Nehru set a precedent to curb individual freedom

IN HIS decade in power, prime minister Narendra Modi stands accused of eroding Indian democracy down to its bones – suppressing dissent and freedom of expression, taking India into the grip of unbridled authoritarianism, and earning the country the tag of an ‘electoral autocracy’ from Freedom House. [caption id="attachment_294146" align="alignright"…

UK engineer and Whirlpool aim to plug the ‘laundry gap’

THE ASIAN founder of a start-up has revealed his ambition to bridge the “global washing divide” as he announced a collaboration with Whirlpool Foundation to help families in low-income and displaced communities. Navjot (also known as Nav) Sawhney is the founder of the Washing Machine Project, which aims to alleviate…

RHS conference tackles water challenges in British gardens

WATER conservation at homes and gardens and tackling the cost of living crisis were key themes at the RHS spring conference in London last week, when speakers discussed adapting to the UK’s wetter winters and drier summers. At a day-long seminar, the Royal Horticultural Society also unveiled its plans for…

London rejected politics of hate, says Sadiq Khan

RE-ELECTED London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the rest of the country to follow the lead of Londoners and reject the Conservative Party’s “racist” and “fear-mongering” politics at the next general election. Khan, 53, last Saturday (4) secured a historic third term in office, the first London mayor to…

Meera Syal, David Oyelowo and others to front U.K. National…

Meera Syal, David Oyelowo, Emma D’Arcy, and Tobias Menzies are among the actors leading a trio of fall productions at the U.K.’s National Theatre in London. At the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theater, Syal will lead the world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s A Tupperware of Ashes, a family drama about life,…

Court rejects Nirav Modi’s fresh bail plea

FUGITIVE businessman Nirav Modi, who has been in prison in London for over five years, on Tuesday (7) had his new bail application rejected by a UK judge who ruled that he continued to pose a “substantial risk" of absconding justice. Diamond merchant Modi, 52, lost his extradition battle to…

Sunak interacts with Go Dharmic volunteers

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday (7) helped prepare meals in a community kitchen along with volunteers as visited the charity Go Dharmic in London. Sunak helped make vegan kichari, a nutritious and affordable meal that is part of Go Dharmic’s “feed everyone” initiative. The prime minister spoke to Go…

Comment: Sunak has to offer a competitive election to avoid…

MY DAD still plans to vote for Rishi Sunak at the general election. He mostly feels that somebody should. He sees the prime minister as a decent man, trying his best in difficult times. Because dad arrived in Britain during the week after Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech,…

RSC’s The Buddha of Suburbia a relatively faithful interpretation

A day before I saw the RSC production of The Buddha of Suburbia, a private school principal and I were chatting in his office about some of author Hanif Kureishi’s themes – whether they still resonate with readers and audiences today. Kureishi’s debut and seminal The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) is loosely semi-autobiographical and…

Academic courses on race and colonialism ‘threatened by cuts’

ACADEMICS have warned that cuts to arts and humanities courses in UK universities could lead to a poorer understanding of race and colonialism. Petitions are being circulated to keep anthropology alive at Kent University, where it's at risk of shutting down. Also, Oxford Brookes has already closed its music programme…

BP sees sharp profit decline as gas prices fall

British energy giant BP reported a significant downturn in its net profit for the first quarter, attributing the decline to a drop in gas prices compared to the corresponding period last year. According to BP's latest financial statement released on Tuesday, profit after tax plummeted by a staggering 72 per…

AI is assisting England Women’s cricket coach in team selection

England Women's cricket coach Jon Lewis is utilising artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the team's performance, particularly in team selection and match strategy. "I can send multiple different line-ups to the PSi in London and they run, I think, about 250,000 simulations per team that I send, with all different…

Labour leader calls for reclaiming Muslim voters’ trust

While Labour party sounds upbeat about its performance in the just-concluded local elections, its disappointing show in areas with a sizeable Muslim population is worrying its leaders. The latest to express concern is deputy campaign coordinator Ellie Reeves who admitted the party had "a lot of work to do" to…

Karim Zeroual and others join Beck Theatre Hayes’ pantomime ‘Aladdin’

Casting is announced for this year’s ‘genie-us’ pantomime as Aladdin flies into town to the Beck Theatre Hayes 13 December 2024– 05 January 2025. Cast includes popular TV presenter, theatre performer, and Strictly finalist Karim Zeroual alongside Hayes’ favourite panto comedian Joe Pollard, returning for his third consecutive year. They…

EXCLUSIVE: Street calls on Tories to unite

THE West Midlands mayor Andy Street has called on the Conservative Party to come together and back prime minister Rishi Sunak despite admitting the pair previously “fell out”. Sunak’s position has been under scrutiny in recent months, with former home secretary Suella Braverman on Monday (22) refusing to rule out…

Sunak promises to work ‘as hard as ever’

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday promised to work "as hard as ever" after a disastrous set of election results saw his Conservative Party being unseated across several local authorities. The British Indian leader admitted his disappointment after Andy Street, the party's popular Mayor of West Midlands, narrowly lost to…

Labour’s Richard Parker defeats Andy Street in West Midlands mayoral…

LABOUR capped off the local elections on Saturday evening (4) with a narrow win for Richard Parker in the West Midlands mayoral race, defeating Conservative incumbent Andy Street by just 1,508 votes. Earlier this evening, Labour's Sadiq Khan was re-elected as London mayor for the third consecutive term, after he…

Sadiq Khan wins London mayor race

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has won a third term at City Hall, it was reported on Saturday (4). Khan polled 106,861 votes, while the Conservative candidate, Susan Hall, received 26,347. The son of Pakistani migrants and the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital when first elected in 2016, Khan,…

London mayoral turnout dips compared to last election

A total of 40.5 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the London mayoral election, it has been revealed. The figure is down slightly from the 42 per cent of Londoners who voted in the last contest in 2021. The counting of how many votes each mayoral candidate…

Labour pushes for general election after Tory losses

Labour called for a general election announcement by Rishi Sunak after significant gains in the local elections, and also securing a seat in the parliament in the bypoll. Party leader Keir Starmer said the party's parliament seat win in Blackpool South in northwest England sent a clear message to Sunak.…

Saba Azad’s ‘Minimum’ opens 26th UK Asian Film Festival

Belgium-set Indian immigrant drama Minimum opened the 26th UK Asian Film Festival at the BFI IMAX in London on May 2. The film stars Saba Azad, Naseeruddin Shah, Moushumi Chatterjee, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Namit Das, Tasneem Ali, and Vansh Luthra in lead roles and is directed by Rumana Molla. Indian origin,…

Indian conservationist wins top UK wildlife award

An Indian wildlife biologist has been honoured with a top UK wildlife charity award for her work in conserving the endangered Greater Adjutant Stork and its wetland habitat. Dr Purnima Devi Barman won the GBP 100,000 Whitley Gold Award from the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), which supports grassroots conservation…

Boris Johnson forgets voter ID, gets turned away from polling…

Boris Johnson, the former prime minister who implemented a rule requiring voters to show photo ID, was denied entry to a polling station on Thursday because he forgot to bring his own ID. Johnson, who resigned in 2022 amid scandals, was initially turned away from a polling station in Oxfordshire,…

Zayn Malik announces his first ever concert in 8 years

Zayn Malik has announced that he is set to perform at O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire for his first-ever solo London show. Former One Direction member will play his first ever live solo show “ZAYN Room Under The Stairs” after a long gap of eight years. The 31-year-old set the internet…

Labour wins Blackpool South as Tories trail in local elections

THE Conservatives lost a parliamentary seat to Labour on Friday (3), as Britain awaited local election results likely to pile more pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak. Labour seized the constituency of Blackpool South, in the northwest of England, in the latest by-election defeat for the Tories as it appears…

John Swinney to be Scotland’s new first minister

Scotland's John Swinney was poised Thursday to take over as first minister and return as leader of the governing Scottish National Party (SNP) after his main rival decided against running for the top job. Swinney, 60, who last led the pro-independence SNP from 2000 to 2004 when they were in…

Anita Rani says she ‘loves’ new life after splitting from…

Eight months on from her divorce, BBC presenter Anita Rani has said that she “loves being a single Asian woman with no children”. The 46-year-old split from Bhupi Rehal, her husband of 14 years, in 2023. The couple first met at a rave in East London before getting hitched in…

How Manoj Kerai made Mrs Kapoor a firm family favourite

HIT theatre comedy Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding 2: Mauritius recently returned for another successful UK tour.  The story of a dysfunctional family planning a destination wedding has been delighting audiences nationwide and gearing up for a history-making performance in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre on July 16.  …

JLF London returns to the British Library with an exciting…

Teamwork Arts has announced an inspirational line-up for JLF London at the British Library, scheduled to be held from 7th to 9th June 2024. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the festival and the programme promises an array of sessions that span diverse genres and themes, including conversations on…

Casting an eye over ethical investments

Whether it’s saving up to buy a home, putting money aside for a comfortable retirement or just building a nest egg, the urge to save is strong and universal. People have always saved, even if the growth of the financial services industry means savers now have a bewildering array of…

‘Khushwant Singh Literary Festival promoted closer ties between India and…

KHUSHWANT SINGH was my father. One of the best-known writers of the post-Partition generation (Train to Pakistan, A History of the Sikhs, Delhi, a Novel), he was also an editor (Illustrated Weekly of India), and the most widely read Indian columnist. His weekly column, With Malice Towards One and All,…

London has become ‘unrecognisable’ after it opened doors to ‘jihad’:…

Donald Trump has said that British “culture” had been eroded by jihadis and pledged not to let that happen in the United States. Speaking at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday (1), the Republican presidential candidate remarked that London has become “unrecognisable” because it has “opened its doors to…

Vedanta plans to invest £16bn in India

THE Vedanta Group is planning to invest $20 billion (£16bn) across all its businesses in India over the next four years, its chairman Anil Agarwal has said. The group will sell the steel business only at the right price, and is committed to continue running it if it does not…

Community pharmacists praised at annual conference

THE chief pharmaceutical officer for England, David Webb, has welcomed the expansion of clinical services offered by community pharmacies as he addressed the annual Pharmacy Business Conference last weekend. With “pharmacies providing 93,000 consultations in the inaugural month of the groundbreaking launch of the Pharmacy First service,” Webb praised the…

Tanya Katyal: History told as joke in ‘Testmatch’ cuts deeper

ONE of last year’s British theatre success stories was a winning lead performance from newcomer Tanya Katyal in big budget play, The Empress. The Indian actress overcame nerves of it being her first job after drama school, and working with an experienced creative team on a large-scaled production, to make…

Pro-Palestinian protests spread to UK universities

Pro-Palestinian groups are establishing protest camps at universities across Britain, drawing inspiration from similar actions in the United States. As reported by The Times, on Wednesday, students at several Russell Group universities including Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Sheffield, and Newcastle erected tents and anti-Israel signs. Organisers cited inspiration from US demonstrations…

‘Harry Potter’ star Tom Felton joins Hansal Mehta’s series ‘Gandhi’

Harry Potter star Tom Felton has joined the cast of Hansal Mehta's much-anticipated series Gandhi, the filmmaker announced on Thursday. Felton, who became an international star with his performance as Drako Malfoy in eight Harry Potter movies based on author J K Rowling's best-selling book series, joined the show's cast…

Eye screening for diabetes: Experts call to remove barriers for…

MORE needs to be done to tackle barriers stopping south Asians attending eye screenings that prevent diabetic-related blindness, according to researchers. People from south Asian communities are known to be up to six times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication…

Polls open for key local elections

Polling stations opened across England early Thursday for a host of crunch local elections likely to increase the pressure on embattled Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The polls - a mix of council, mayoral and other local contests as well as a parliamentary by-election - are the last major electoral…

London sword attack suspect charged with killing teen

Police named a 14-year-old boy killed in a sword attack in London this week as Daniel Anjorin and said the suspect will face murder and other charges over the violent rampage. The teenager died on Tuesday morning as he walked to school in Hainault, in the east of London, when…

London mayoral hopeful Tarun Ghulati vows to tackle crime

Tarun Ghulati, an Indian-origin contender for London's mayoral position in the local elections on Thursday, has expressed determination to combat crime in the wake of a recent fatal sword attack on the city's streets. The incident, resulting in the death of a 14-year-old boy, has reinforced Ghulati's belief that London…

Accused in Salman Khan firing case dies by suicide in…

One of the arms suppliers in the firing case outside actor Salman Khan's house, Anuj Thapan, died by suicide on Wednesday, while in Mumbai Police custody. As per Mumbai Police, Anuj Thapan allegedly attempted suicide and hung himself inside the lock-up. He was taken to the nearest hospital, where he…

Salman poses with Barry Gardiner; latter says ‘Tiger is alive…

Superstar Salman Khan recently visited London and it seemed he had a lot of fun meeting UK MP from Brent North constituency Barry Gardiner. Several images from his trip are going viral, garnering his fans' attention. Taking to X on Monday, Barry Gardiner treated fans with a series of pictures…

Korea Creative Content Agency to set up liaison office in…

India has a "treasure box" of stories and many Korean companies are looking to back good content, says Dragon Park, the general manager of Korea Creative Content Agency India (KOCCA) ahead of the agency's plan to establish a liaison office in the country. KOCCA, a non-profit organisation working under South…

Local elections could determine fate of Conservative party

THE ruling Conservative party is expected to suffer heavy losses in crunch local elections this week that are likely to increase pressure on beleaguered Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The polls are the last major electoral test before a general election that Sunak's party, in power since 2010, seems destined to…

First asylum seeker sent to Rwanda

BRITAIN has sent its first asylum seeker to Rwanda under a voluntary scheme, The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday, saying the unnamed migrant was flown out of the country on Monday (29). The voluntary scheme is separate from a forced deportation programme that Britain is about to embark on in…

EXCLUSIVE: “Institutionally racist” police losing public’s trust

THE police are losing the trust of their communities because of weak leadership, “wilful blindness”, and politicians “bullying” chief constables, the country’s former top south Asian cop has told Eastern Eye. In a wide-ranging interview for this paper, Neil Basu, former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner and head of counter terrorism,…

Hope for Sunak as poll shows Tory momentum in mayoral…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak received encouraging news ahead of local elections, with polls indicating that Tory mayors in Tees Valley and the West Midlands could cling on in two crucial mayoral contests. According to a YouGov survey, Ben Houchen is currently leading by seven points in his bid for a…

King Charles resumes public duties; visits cancer centre

A smiling and healthy-looking King Charles returned to public duties on Tuesday for the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer in February, telling patients at a treatment centre for the disease in London that he was "alright". Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that doctors were sufficiently pleased with…

SNP begins search for Yousaf’s successor

The Scottish National Party (SNP) opened nominations on Tuesday (30) for a new leader, setting up a fractious fight, after first minister Humza Yousaf said he was quitting. Yousaf, 39, announced on Monday (29) that he would resign once a successor has been chosen to lead the SNP and Scotland.…

Ex-England cricketer Panesar to contest election for Workers party

Monty Panesar, the former England cricketer, is gearing up for a new challenge, as he prepares to stand as a candidate for the Workers Party of Britain in the upcoming general election. This announcement was made by party leader George Galloway on Tuesday. Galloway, a prominent figure known for his…

Shortlist announced for inaugural Rose International Dance Prize

Sadler's Wells has unveiled the inaugural shortlist of the Rose International Dance Prize, with seven nominated pieces from Brazil, Israel, Portugal, Greece, France, Taiwan, and the USA. The Rose International Dance Prize is a biennial prize for new dance creations in any style, showcasing some of the most inventive and…

Hanif Kureishi: Racism was more overt in the past than…

BRITISH PAKISTANI playwright and novelist, Hanif Kureishi, has said that racism was more overt in the past in the UK than it is today. "The racism was definitely more overt than it is today, but there was still a terrific sense of optimism - in fact, it was the last…

India denies official’s involvement in Pannun murder plot

INDIA on Tuesday (30) denied a media report which alleged involvement of a spy agency official in the assassination plot of Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the US, stating it makes 'unwarranted and unsubstantiated imputations on a serious matter'." The Washington Post newspaper on Monday (29) reported that…

Sword-wielding man arrested in London, five in hospital

POLICE have arrested a man armed with a sword following reports of people having been stabbed during a serious incident in northeast London on Tuesday. The 36-year-old man was arrested after police were called to reports of a vehicle being driven into a house in the area close to Hainault…

King Charles resumes public duties

King Charles III on Tuesday makes his first official public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer, after doctors said they were "very encouraged" by the progress of his treatment. The British head of state and his wife, Queen Camilla, were expected to tour a cancer treatment facility to meet medical…

Comment: Scots shock kicks off a febrile week in UK…

THE local elections were bound to make this a febrile week for political leadership. Mayors and councillors across England will discover their fate at the hands of the voters on Friday (3). Prime minister Rishi Sunak’s team in Downing Street will wait anxiously to find out how his MPs at…

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

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

Scotland’s first minister to resign: Media

HUMZA YOUSAF is poised to resign as Scotland's first minister before he faces two confidence votes this week, British media reported on Monday. He is due to address a news conference at noon (1100 GMT). The BBC, The Times and other outlets said the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader was…

Ireland to send asylum seekers back to UK: Harris

Ireland's prime minister Simon Harris has warned that Dublin would take action to stem an influx of asylum seekers from Northern Ireland, the British territory across the border. Ireland would not, he said, let other countries use it as a "loophole" for their own immigration policy. His comments on Sunday…

Asian gets 16 years jail for bid to murder ex-girlfriend

A 25-year-old Asian-origin man charged with attempted murder of a female student, also an Asian, in an east London restaurant two years ago has been sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment by a court here. Sriram Ambarla, who was arrested at the crime scene, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey court…

King Charles to resume public duties following cancer treatment

King Charles is set to resume his public duties next week after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday. In February, it was disclosed that the 75-year-old monarch had been diagnosed with cancer following a medical procedure for an enlarged prostate. Despite continuing with official…

Nawaz Sharif to retake party helm amid strife

PAKISTAN'S three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is all set to retake the helm of the ruling PML-N next month to guide the party as it battles internal strife. Sharif (74) relinquished the post seven years ago after being disqualified by the apex court over corruption allegations. He will be…

UK celebrates vaccine partnership with India to combat malaria

THE government hailed its vaccine partnership with India which will help combat malaria as one of the biggest killers of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Collaboration between British scientists and Indian manufacturers has resulted in two essential life-saving malaria vaccines – RTS,S and R21 -- being developed. These have been used…

Home secretary criticises Sadiq Khan

The home secretary James Cleverly criticised Sadiq Khan on Thursday, stating that the mayor of London prioritises discussions on Gaza over addressing knife crime affecting Black youths in southeast London. However, with just a week remaining until the mayoral election, he refrained from offering praise to Conservative candidate Susan Hall,…

Khan apologises to chief rabbi for hinting at Islamophobia

SADIQ KHAN has apologised to the chief rabbi after appearing to imply that his criticism of the mayor’s call for an immediate Gaza ceasefire was motivated by him being Muslim. Chief rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis had said in a post on X on October 31, that after meeting Khan, he…

Hansal Mehta meets Shekhar Kapur during ‘Gandhi’ shoot in London

Acclaimed director Hansal Mehta met celebrated filmmaker Shekhar Kapur during the filming of his much-anticipated streaming show Gandhi in London. Based on the writings of notable historian and author, Ramachandra Guha, the series is adapted from his two books Gandhi Before India and Gandhi-The Years that Changed the World, 1914-1948.…

Life saving skin cancer vaccine being tested in UK

A clinical trial testing a novel cancer immunotherapy, which may prevent skin cancer from recurring, is currently on in Britain. The "personalised" mRNA vaccine is being tested against the deadliest form of skin cancer - melanoma. One of the first patients to sign up for the trial is Steve Young,…

First Sikh court opens in UK to resolve family issues…

British Sikh lawyers have come together to establish a new court aimed at resolving family and civil disputes within the Sikh community in the United Kingdom (UK). The inauguration ceremony for the Sikh court took place last weekend at the Old Hall at Lincoln's Inn in London, accompanied by religious…

Goldman Sachs hires top bankers for India dealmaking roles: Report

Goldman Sachs has recruited two senior bankers in India to capitalise on increasing dealmaking and investor interest in the country, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Sunil Khaitan will serve as Goldman's India head of financing, and Kamna Sahni as India head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) in…

Father and daughter complete London marathon

Redbridge resident Manjit Singh (50), showcased his endurance by completing this year's London Marathon on April 21 along with his 24-year-old daughter Gursharan Kaur. This marks Gursharan's first marathon, while Manjit has so far finished seven full marathons. Manjit has participated in numerous half marathons across various countries and even…

Man arrested in India ‘linked to London mission attack’

A man arrested by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) for illegal acts in connection to the Indian High Commission attack in London in March 2023 was earlier held at the Attari border while crossing from Pakistan into India last year. Inderpal Singh Gaba, a resident of Hounslow in west London,…

Former Post Office executive forgets key email on remote access,…

FORMER Post Office executive Angela van den Bogerd has said that she had forgotten about an email from 2010 which mentioned the possibility of remotely accessing cash balances in subpostmasters' branch accounts. Van den Bogerd had previously said during the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry in central London that she…

Sigma pharma helps raise funds for charities at London marathon

Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc played a key part in raising over £52,000 for 'Team George' during the London Marathon Charity run. The money raised will support Great Ormond Street Hospital's care for young George Bracey, who has been fighting rhabdomyosarcoma since 3 August 2023. Sigma's financial director, Bhavin Shah, completed the…

Labour plans to renationalise railways within five years

Labour has announced its intention to nationalise the country's rail network within five years without compensating private operators, as part of its strategy to address issues within the railway system. Since the privatisation of Britain's train services in the 1990s, several operators have been brought back under public ownership due…

Two horses serious after London rampage: Minister

Two of the five military horses that rampaged through central London on Wednesday (24) are reaportedly in serious condition, according to media reports. The horses belong to the Household Cavalry, which acts as the British monarch's official bodyguard and takes part in ceremonial duties. The horses broke loose during a…

Tory mayor keeps distance from Sunak to avoid election wipeout

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak faces heavy losses in a swathe of local votes next week, and one of the best hopes for success for his Tories is a prominent mayor who is loath to even mention his party or its leader in his campaign. Andy Street has been mayor of…

‘Mehek’ a perfect exploration of cross-generational love

WITH both having consistently crossed new creative frontiers, it was perhaps always going to be inevitable that Indian kathak legend Aditi Mangaldas would team up with world-renowned British dancer Aakash Odedra. That dynamic meeting of minds, phenomenal dance ability, and daring to be different came together for mesmerising new show…

Asian artist makes it to Turner Prize shortlist

JASLEEN KAUR, a Glasgow-born Asian-origin artist is among the four shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Turner Prize. Her works reflect her life growing up in the Sikh community in Scotland. The 37-year-old has been nominated for her solo exhibition entitled ‘Alter Altar' at Tramway contemporary arts venue in Glasgow. Jasleen uses…

Laila Zaidi: Passion and powerful intention

WATCHING films, combined with a deep love for performing from a very young age, first connected Laila Zaidi to acting.  She went from performing in front of her family with mini concerts at home to carving out a successful career as an actress, which has seen her combine winning work…

Frank Field, former Labour minister, dies aged 81

Former Labour minister Frank Field has passed away at the age of 81, confirmed his family on Wednesday. "He will be mourned by admirers across politics but above all he will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to have enjoyed his laughter and friendship," a statement from his family…

Hinduja Group, King’s College London form healthcare partnership

THE Hinduja Group and King's College London on Wednesday (24) unveiled a fresh collaboration with the goal of enhancing healthcare results in both India and the UK. This partnership focuses on bolstering training and research capabilities, alongside offering scholarships to Indian students. King's College London, along with Guy's and St.…

Muslim leaders stress unity as Gaza war exposes faultlines among…

WITH overseas conflicts causing divisions between communities, Muslim leaders have urged people to remember Britain’s rich history of allowing the “freedom to practise faith and the appreciation of diversity”. At an event hosted by The Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life (IIFL), panellist Taher Jiwanji, a civil engineer…

Shalina Patel’s book aims to bridge the gap in British…

AUTHOR Shalina Patel said her own experience of not learning about the history she was interested in at school led her to write her new book, The History Lessons. “I was really interested in Indian history. I was really interested in learning about empire, about different groups, women, for example.…

King Charles elevates British Indian medic among top personal honours

KING CHARLES III on Tuesday (23) unveiled a set of top royal honours, elevating senior medic Lord Ajay Kumar Kakkar and musician Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as his new Knight Companions of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Lord Kakkar, 59, has been chosen for one of the country's…

Shortage of officers delays fatal school crash investigation

PARENTS of Nuria Sajjad and Selena Lau have expressed frustration over the slow pace of the investigation into their daughters' tragic deaths at The Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner cites a lack of forensic officers as the primary reason for the delay, promising improvements. Nuria and…

Suri Cruise celebrates her 18th birthday in NYC

Suri Cruise, the daughter of Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is legally an adult now. On Thursday, Suri celebrated her 18th birthday in New York City while her estranged father, Tom Cruise, 61, was busy on a film set in London. Suri was spotted walking around New York…

New study finds 80 women were part of team that…

During World War II, a group of unsung heroes worked tirelessly in complete secrecy to crack Nazi codes, a story that is only now coming to light. At least 77 women from Newnham College, a women-only institution at Cambridge University, were drafted to Bletchley Park, the renowned code-breaking centre north…

Regent group to acquire TClarke for £90.56m

BRITISH INDIAN entrepreneur Deep Valecha-owned Regent Group will acquire building services group, TClarke, for £90.56 million, subject to regulatory approvals, a statement said. Regent is currently an existing shareholder in TClarke, holding approximately 21.5 percent of the stake. Established in 1889, TClarke provided electricity to Windsor Castle and lit up…

Journey through time and wilderness: Longleat’s enchanting charm

Longleat is a magnificent stately home that epitomises Elizabethan architecture, set amidst sprawling parkland and woodlands. It's not just a historic residence but also houses a renowned safari park, making it a unique destination that blends history and wildlife. Originally an Augustinian priory, Longleat was rebuilt as a grand residence…

Romesh Ranganathan finishes London Marathon in six hours

BAFTA award winner Romesh Ranganathan took six and a half hours to finish the 2024 London Marathon after saying his only aim was to complete the course before the roads reopened. Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of the event, he said, “My target time is to finish while the roads…

Christ’s College Cambridge to host 1st edition of Khushwant Singh…

Khushwant Singh Literary Festival (KSLF) is set to return to London in its 6th edition and to Cambridge for the first time. The festival includes 15 sessions of discussions on books that matter and an evening of music. The theme of the festival is Heal the World. “The theme, Heal…

Ambani’s youngest son to tie the knot in Stoke Park…

Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani's youngest son, Anant Ambani, is set to wed his childhood friend Radhika Merchant at Stoke Park Estate in London this July, according to sources. The extravagant affair is expected to host Bollywood celebrities, adding to the grandeur of the event. The lavish wedding, organised by…

Nottingham attacks: Killer’s sentence review date set for 8 May

The review date for the sentence of Valdo Calocane, the perpetrator of the Nottingham attacks, has been scheduled. Emma Webber, the mother of victim Barnaby Webber, disclosed that the families were informed on Friday (19 April) about the hearing set for 8 May, as reported by BBC. The Royal Courts…

Victoria Beckham dances with fellow Spice Girls on 50th birthday…

Victoria Beckham reunited with her former Spice Girls bandmates Mel B, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm, and Emma Bunton and danced to their hit 'Spice Girls-Stop' at her 50th birthday party on Saturday. Victoria's husband, David Beckham captured the moment and treated fans with the video on his Instagram handle. Sharing…

Swifties swarmed at this pub in London, know why

Taylor Swift is popular amongst all generations of all nations. While, Swift recently dropped her new album, The Tortured Poets Department. Her album's 17th track gives a reference to a  pub in London named 'The Black Dog.' The lyrics of the song called 'The Black Dog' are: "I am someone…

Mayoral candidate wants to run London like a ‘seasoned CEO’

The contender challenging Sadiq Khan for London mayor, Tarun Ghulati, aims to lead the city with a business mindset. Ghulati, originally from Delhi, believes his experience as a businessman is what London needs to attract investment and prioritise safety. Standing as an independent candidate among 13 contestants, Ghulati vows to…

Glastonbury’s Shangri-La announces festival’s first dedicated South Asian space

Glastonbury’s Shangri-La has announced its 2024 line-ups and unveiled a brand-new stage, Arrivals, due to feature in the South East corner field for the first time this year. The new area will be programmed, designed, and built by an entirely South Asian team, as a collaboration between Dialled In, Going…

Mysteries unearthed: Explore the enigmatic history and timeless allure of…

Located on the historic Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is a prehistoric marvel that enchants visitors with its towering stones and enigmatic history. The monument, a stunning example of ancient architecture, consists of an outer ring of vertical sarsen standing stones, each around 13 feet high, connected by horizontal…

Sadiq Khan plans another Superloop network if re-elected

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans for a second Superloop network of express bus services as he prepares for the May 2 mayoral election. If granted a third term at City Hall, Khan proposes to double the number of Superloop services from 10 to 20, The Standard reports. Khan…

India seeks carbon tax exemption in trade talks: report

INDIA is pressing for an exemption from the UK's proposed carbon tax as negotiations progress towards finalising a free trade agreement, The Guardian reported on Friday (19). A British government official, briefed on the negotiations, revealed that India is seeking exemption from the proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), citing…

Two Indian students drown in Scotland’s Tummel River

Two Indian students studying at a university in the UK tragically lost their lives in a drowning incident at a picturesque waterfall in Scotland. The incident occurred at the Linn of Tummel near Blair Atholl in Perthshire on Wednesday night, when two young men from a group of friends fell…

Sunak vows to scrap ‘sick note’ culture

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak wants to eliminate the “sick-note culture” which he claims has become a lifestyle choice for some and was taking a heavy toll on the country's welfare bill. Sunak wants to strip GPs of their power to sign people off work and said that if the Tories…

Taylor Swift’s London connection: A timeline of her dramatic relationships

Taylor Swift has often referenced London in her music, making it clear that the city holds a special place in her life. She has spent significant time in England, recording music and engaging in several romantic relationships based in the city. Here's a timeline of Taylor Swift's relationships in and…

Wiltshire council approves new Asda for Salisbury

PLANS for a new Asda in Salisbury have been approved by the strategic planning committee in Trowbridge county hall. The proposal was discussed on Wednesday (17) and councillors voted unanimously in favour of the application. The proposal was submitted to Wiltshire council almost two years ago, in June 2022, and…

Rediscover ancient luxury: Dive into the timeless allure of Roman…

The heritage of every country is different, sometimes there are multiple heritage sites of different cultures in one country. But these Roman Baths in England have their significance. As one of England's most cherished historical landmarks, the Roman Baths in Bath offer an immersive journey back in time. Visitors to…

Prince Harry declares US as his new home, renounces British…

Prince Harry has officially declared the United States as his primary residence, marking a significant step in his separation from the British royal family. According to documents obtained by Page Six, the Duke of Sussex listed the US as his "new country/state usually resident," a notable change from his previous…

‘London school prayer ban was supported by senior Muslim figures,…

A ban on lunchtime prayers at Michaela Community School in London, which prompted a legal challenge from a student, received backing from notable Muslim leaders, according to the school's headteacher, Katharine Birbalsingh. This week, the school successfully defended its policy of prohibiting pupils from praying during lunchtime in the playground…

Khan promises to set up ‘baby banks’ if re-elected

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday (18) announced plans to introduce "baby banks" across every borough in the capital for families to access free essentials for children. These facilities, like food banks, would offer essential childcare items such as nappies, toiletries, bedding and feeding equipment to families in need, reported…

Eight Indians on Time’s 100 most influential list

EIGHT people from India have been honoured in Time magazine's prestigious list of the 100 most influential people of 2024. World Bank president Ajay Banga, Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Olympian wrestler Sakshi Malik and actor-director Dev Patel are among the Indians on the list. It also…

First major Muslim film festival of UK announces lineup

The United Kingdom is set to host its inaugural Muslim Film Festival, a groundbreaking event poised to celebrate the diverse narratives and talents within the Muslim community. Scheduled to take place from May 30th to June 2nd at the prestigious Odeon West End in London, this festival promises to showcase…

Greensill administrators threaten to seize Sanjeev Gupta’s assets

Steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta is now facing the heat over the collapse of the supply chain finance firm Greensill Capital, as his GFG Alliance was one of its biggest customers. Greensill's administrators Grant Thronton have warned they could try to seize assets from Gupta to recover £472 million in unpaid…

TOP 10 theatre plays of Pravesh Kumar

A LONG list of acclaimed plays has turned Rifco into one of the UK’s most successful touring theatre companies. Led admirably by talented artistic director Pravesh Kumar MBE, the pioneering London-based creative collective adds to its impressive roster with Frankie Goes To Bollywood, which premieres at Watford Palace Theatre next…

Aiyana Bartlett: Clash of cricket and colonial history in new…

HAVING done a lot of musical theatre growing up, it was always going to be inevitable that Aiyana Bartlett would pursue a professional acting career. The young talent has used that natural flair for performance to take on challenges, such as playing two contrasting roles in new theatre production, Testmatch.…

Exclusive: Asians still fear “dangerous racism”

BRITAIN is as racist as it was in the 1970s, and some politicians of colour are making matters worse, anti-racism campaigners have told Eastern Eye. Their comments follow a landmark series on Channel 4, Defiance, which tells the story of how south Asian and black people fought right-wing extremists in…

Manoj Malde on a mission to infuse UK gardens with…

HOW do Eastern Eye readers bring a touch of “back home” into their gardens in Southall or Wembley, or indeed, any other part of the UK? Near his home in the village of Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire, landscape designer Manoj Malde talked about his new book, Your Outdoor Garden: How…

Romesh Ranganathan to run London Marathon for suicide prevention charity

COMEDIAN Romesh Ranganathan, who is patron of the suicide prevention charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm), said there have been times in his life where he’s felt suicidal. The 46-year-old revealed he struggled with certain events in his life such as when he did badly in his A-Levels and when…

BBC restructures in India to comply with local rules

The BBC’s restructuring of its India operations to comply with the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) rules was completed last Wednesday (10) with the launch of Collective Newsroom, an independent entity with the public broadcaster as its first client. The Indian-owned company replaces BBC World Service India and will continue…

Rasika Dugal’s ‘Lord Curzon Ki Haveli’ to close UK Asian…

Actors Rasika Dugal and Arjun Mathur’s Lord Curzon Ki Haveli will serve as the closing film at the prestigious UK Asian Film Festival, the makers said on Wednesday. Anshuman Jha, who makes his directorial debut with the movie, and Dugal are expected to walk the festival's red carpet on May…

UK pursues ‘ambitious’ trade deal with India as talks resume

THE government has said that it continues to work towards striking an “ambitious” trade deal with India as a negotiating team from Delhi resumed talks with their British counterparts in London this week. The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) reiterated its stance of only signing a free trade agreement…

Sanjay Shah behind £1.44bn Danish tax fraud, UK court told

BRITISH trader Sanjay Shah and his Solo Capital hedge fund orchestrated the bulk of an alleged £1.44 billion fraud against Danish taxpayers, a lawyer for the Copenhagen tax authority told a London court on Monday (15). Laurence Rabinowitz said most of the 17 sets of co-defendants in the complex case…

Muslim school student in London loses court challenge over prayer…

A Muslim student's legal challenge against a ban on prayer rituals at a leading London school was dismissed by a court on Tuesday. The case, centering on religious freedoms within schools, attracted nationwide interest. The student, whose identity remains confidential, had filed a lawsuit against Michaela Community School in northwest…

‘I feel very lucky’: Johnny Depp on playing Louis XV…

Actor Johnny Depp shared his experience of being part of Jeanne du Barry and said he felt "strangely, oddly, perversely lucky" to have been offered the role of French King Louis XV at the U.K. premiere of his film, reported Variety. Jeanne du Barry is a historical drama film written,…

Need more research on inaccurate diabetes tests on south Asians:…

A COMMON type 2 diabetes test may be inaccurate for tens of thousands of south Asians in the UK, a new study has shown, prompting calls for more research. A genetic variant almost exclusive to people with south Asian heritage affects the accuracy of the diabetes haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test,…

Sunak calls for restraint in Middle East following Iran’s attack…

In an address to the parliament, prime minister Rishi Sunak strongly criticised Iran for launching an attack that sent 300 missiles and drones towards Israel, describing Iran as a nation "intent on creating disorder" in the Middle East. On Monday, he commended the Royal Air Force pilots who, in collaboration…

Delhi airport is tenth busiest in world

DELHI airport has been named among the world's top 10 busiest airports for 2023, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) World. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital is ranked tenth while Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport tops the list, followed by Dubai and Dallas airports. Among the…

Google unveils popular destinations for summer vacation 2024

Google recently revealed its top 20 destinations for summer vacations in 2024, showcasing both popular favourites and new additions. Based on flight booking data and search trends from Google Flights for travel between June 1 and August 31, 2024, the list offers insights into the destinations attracting the most interest…

Sadiq Khan pledges to end rough sleeping in London

Sadiq Khan has pledged to eliminate rough sleeping in London which is now at the highest level in a decade. Announcing his latest manifesto commitment on Monday ahead of the mayoral election on May 2, Khan said he plans to spend an extra £10 million to tackle the growing humanitarian…

Google Doodle celebrates Lebanese-American visionary Etel Adnan

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

Baggage handler avoids jail after stealing jewellery

HEATHROW baggage handler has spared prison after stealing £29,000 worth of jewellery from a misplaced suitcase, reported MyLondon. Priti Sthankiya moved the bag from Terminal 2 and concealed beneath a carousel in January last year, the Old Bailey heard on Thursday (11). Subsequently, she retrieved designer handbags containing £500 in…

Why Expansion Might be Profitable During an Economic Downturn

The Asian business community has always been a boon to the British economy. Indeed, when you look back over the years, there has long been a strong entrepreneurial spirit within the community. For example, in a 2007 report by the Mayor of London’s office, 13% of all businesses in the…

Smartphones, social media main culprits in poor mental health of…

Young people today are facing a mental health crisis. Across the globe, reports paint a concerning picture of a significant rise in mental health issues among adolescents. While the reasons are complex and multifaceted, social media and smartphones frequently take the brunt of the blame. However, a closer look reveals…

My personality and the way I am is very Northern:…

Zayn Malik, who shot to fame when he auditioned for The X Factor in 2010 and became a member of One Direction, was initially driven by a desire to help his family have a better quality of living, but as his ambitions grew, he wanted to be able to see…

Dina Begum’s tribute to Bangladeshi cuisine

A PASSION for highlighting the recipes and food traditions of Bangladesh has led Dina Begum towards becoming an author of two widely acclaimed cookbooks. The British culinary expert has followed up Brick Lane Cookbook with the recently published Made in Bangladesh, which has also received a great response. The new…

Indian B-school among world’s top 25 for management studies: QS…

Indian B-school IIM-Ahmedabad has secured a spot among the top 25 global institutions for business and management studies, as revealed by the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta have also been ranked among the top 50 management institutes worldwide. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has been recognised…

Asian man gets Points of Light award

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has awarded an Asian-origin London resident for promoting cricket and making a positive change within the south Asian community. Himanshu Jain, who co-founded a charity cricket community for south Asian men, got the daily Points of Light award on April 10. The Prime Minister makes daily…

Darasing Khurana’s focus is to make therapy accessible and affordable

ACTOR Darasing Khurana said the death of his close friend, fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2020, led him to become a mental health campaigner. Khurana, 32, has been named the Commonwealth Year of Youth Champion, with his role focusing on mental health initiatives. He founded the Pause. Breathe.Talk…

Green energy powers exhibits at Science Museum’s Adani Gallery

THE Science Museum has inaugurated an “Adani Green Energy Gallery” that was funded by an Indian business house. The gallery, which has been three years in the making, explores how mankind could combat the effects of climate change. One exhibit from India shows how water funnelled through terracotta pots can…

‘Zombie drug’ xylazine linked to 11 deaths in UK

The potent animal tranquiliser xylazine, commonly referred to as the 'zombie drug,' has emerged as a significant concern in the United States and is now associated with 11 deaths in Britain, caution researchers. Xylazine, also known as "tranq" or "tranq dope," induces a dangerously slow heart rate and severe skin…

NHS review urges caution on gender identity healthcare

Healthcare for children and young people grappling with gender identity issues should be "holistic" and providers should exercise "extreme caution" around prescribing hormone treatments to older teens, an eagerly-awaited independent UK review said on Wednesday. The four-year probe of gender identity services for the cohort, led by retired paediatrician Hilary…

London Zoo welcomes three endangered Asiatic lion cubs

LONDON ZOO has recently welcomed three Asiatic lion cubs from an endangered subspecies. Born to seven-year-old mum, Arya, and 14-year-old dad Bhanu, these lion cubs arrived on 13 March. Their parents are residents of the zoo and integral members of its international conservation breeding programme, according to a statement. Asiatic…

Tickets for Tom Holland’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ sold out in…

Tickets for the upcoming stage adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, starring Tom Holland, sold out within a mere two hours of going on sale. The production, presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, features the Spider-Man star as the iconic male lead and is set to run from May 11 to…

UK and Rwanda anticipate first deportation flights by spring

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame reiterated Tuesday (9) that they expect Britain to soon start sending undocumented migrants to the African country, despite fresh questions over the controversial scheme. Sunak hosted Kagame at his official residence in London just as a British newspaper reported that properties…

Indian tech experts embrace AI for development goals

TWO Indian sports tech innovators joined academics and other experts for the annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development in London, which concluded that artificial intelligence (AI) in sports can be harnessed and leveraged to meet the UN development goals faster. Rohn Malhotra, co-founder and managing director of Sports…

King Charles receives first UK banknotes featuring his portrait

King Charles III was presented with the inaugural set of banknotes featuring his portrait by representatives from the Bank of England at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday. The 75-year-old monarch, currently undergoing cancer treatment, was photographed alongside Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and Chief Cashier and Executive Director…

Kolkata graduate’s team wins ‘University Challenge’ quiz

The Imperial College London quiz team, which included computational science graduate from Kolkata Sourajit Debnath, has emerged as the winner of the champion’s trophy of ‘University Challenge’. The win in Monday night’s final aired on BBC makes the London-based university one of the most successful in the show’s history, winning…

Six novels shortlisted for International Booker Prize

Six novels, described as "implicitly optimistic" by the judging panel, have been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. The selected titles delve into a range of themes, from disintegrating relationships to societal divisions, offering insights into the current realities of racism, oppression, global violence, and ecological disasters. [caption id="attachment_288930" align="alignleft"…

Sunder Katwala: Middle east conflict puts faith and society in…

FROM one perspective, it could seem difficult to find another major democracy that is quite as relaxed about the role of religious faith in public life as Britain is today. As Eid this week brought the month of Ramadan to a close for several million British Muslims, it will provide…

DeepMind cofounder to lead Microsoft’s London AI hub

Microsoft has unveiled its plans to establish a new artificial intelligence (AI) hub in London, with a focus on both product development and research. Mustafa Suleyman, the London-born cofounder of Google DeepMind who recently joined Microsoft, will lead the unit. "Microsoft AI London will drive pioneering work to advance state-of-the-art…

I had times in my life when I was suicidal…

Romesh Ranganathan, who is patron of the suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm), said that he had times in his life when he was suicidal. For those not in the know, the actor and comedian struggled badly after his father’s prison sentence, and when he did badly in…

Safety concern over Spire hospitals

Private hospital chain Spire Healthcare, which often treats NHS-funded patients, is under scrutiny following the recent deaths of some patients under its watch, reports BBC. In one such case, Nafisa Khan was referred to Spire East London by NHS for a gallbladder operation in September 2021. The morning after her…

Ranjit Singh exhibition will open in London museum

LONDON’S Wallace Collection will unveil its latest exhibition dedicated to Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who emerged as the undisputed king of Punjab by the turn of the 19th century. His rapid ascent to power in an era marked by instability following Afghan invasions heralded the birth of the Sikh…

Obituary: Former Pakistan Cricket chairman and diplomat Shaharyar Khan

Shaharyar Khan, the former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman and esteemed diplomat, passed away at the age of 89 on March 23. A pivotal figure in the restoration of cricket ties with India in the early 2000s, Khan, born in Bhopal, was also a cousin of former India captain Mansur Ali…

‘Widow of postmaster who committed suicide denied compensation’

POST OFFICE has denied compensation to the widow of a postmaster, who took his own life hours after Post Office investigators raided his branch, despite admitting that the audit resulted in his suicide. Government’s compensation advisory board is now calling for the case to be reopened. The father of two…

Sunak urges end to Israel-Hamas war

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak said the "terrible" war between Israel and Hamas "must end", six months on from the start of the conflict. "We continue to stand by Israel's right to defeat the threat from Hamas terrorists and defend their security. But the whole of the UK is shocked by…

Alia Bhatt not headlining Disney’s Indian princess musical, clarifies Gurinder…

Social media was abuzz following reports of actress Alia Bhatt headlining Disney's Indian princess musical. However, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has now dismissed the rumours. Taking to X, Gurinder wrote, "This is not true. Not sure where this started. The script is still in the works. Alia and I had a…

UK rail services hit as train drivers go on strike

Train drivers in the United Kingdom (UK) have gone on strike, affecting rail services across the country, including routes to key tourist destinations and airports. The strike, organised by the Aslef (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen) union, is due to cost-of-living pressures and high inflation. Union chief Mick…

New UK documentary examines racist attacks on British Indians

Driving around with hockey sticks in the boot of the car and stockpiling petrol bombs to defend themselves are among some of the gripping accounts that make up a new UK documentary chronicling racist attacks faced by British Indians in the 1970s and 80s. Defiance: Fighting the Far Right, a…

Asian neurologist’s UK study to revolutionise dementia diagnosis

An Asian-origin neurologist Dr Ashvini Keshavan is part of a research team in the UK that has been awarded a major grant this week for dementia research. The team will build on recent breakthroughs in potential dementia blood tests and generate the evidence needed for them to be used more…

Prabhas, Deepika’s ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ postponed due to India polls

It looks like fans have to wait a little longer to watch Prabhas and Deepika Padukone-starrer Kalki 2898 AD on the big screen, as the film's release has been postponed because of the Lok Sabha polls 2024. As per a source, the film, which was supposed to be out on…

Burial with dictionaries, pets: Weird requests appall London’s funeral services

The act of burial dates back thousands of years, offering a final resting place for the departed. Even in the excavations of the Indus Valley civilisation, the burials used to take place, where a dead person was buried with pots of grains and necessary items that would help the person…

Sadiq Khan pledges to build ‘rent control homes’ across London

LONDON mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has pledged to build 6,000 new affordable homes with capped rents linked to keyworker incomes. Khan also called for a revolution in renters’ rights, with far-reaching reforms to improve the position of those renting their home in the city. He proposed a new funding of…

British billionaire Joe Lewis avoids jail in insider trading case,…

British billionaire Joe Lewis was fined $5 million (£4m) by a US judge for insider trading. The judge also ordered him to serve three years of probation. Lewis, founder of the Tavistock Group, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud. He admitted passing inside information on his portfolio companies to…

Virgin Atlantic announces fifth direct flight to India

WITNESSING "infinite demand" in the strong Indian aviation market, British carrier Virgin Atlantic said it will start an additional daily flight connecting Mumbai and London from October. The airline added that it will look to expand its codeshare partnership with IndiGo. Currently, Virgin Atlantic operates two daily flights to London…

Kolkata graduate among finalists in BBC quiz contest

A London-based computational science graduate from Kolkata is part of the Imperial College London team that has entered the finals of BBC's 'University Challenge' quiz competition. Sourajit Debnath, 31, will join his four-member team as they go head-to-head with University College London (UCL) in the grand final to be telecast…

Oxford, UCL conduct trial tests to study Alzheimer’s and dementia

The University College London and the University of Oxford are conducting research on Alzheimer's and dementia-oriented diseases in the UK, with a total of 5000 volunteers participating. The five-year project will take blood samples for the test of dementia, which will raise the hope that there will be better facilities…

Spaces for prayers multiply across football stadiums and motorways

FROM Selfridges to motorway service stations, the number of prayer spaces in the UK has grown.  More rooms to worship or contemplate for men and women have opened in shopping centres, universities and football stadiums across the country.   Multi-faith prayer spaces include the fourth floor of Selfridges department store…

Dee Ahluwalia: ‘Flawed Asians in Buddha of Suburbia spoke to…

ACTOR Dee Ahluwalia’s said his desire to play a character that breaks the stereotype of south Asians drew him to the stage adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s iconic novel, The Buddha of Suburbia. Ahluwalia plays Karim Amir, a dreamy teenager desperate to escape suburban south London and experience the “forbidden fruits”…

Charithra Chandran attends premiere of ‘How to Date Billy Walsh’…

Charithra Chandran attended the premiere of her new rom-com How to Date Billy Walsh held at Conway Hall on Tuesday (April 2) in London. The 27-year-old actress was seen with her co-star Sebastian Croft. They were also joined at the premiere by other co-stars Daisy Jelley and Tim Downie. Tanner…

Finding peace at Ramadan’s end

AKTAR HUSSAIN, an accountant from Rochdale, has come to East London Mosque in Whitechapel, where he will spend the last ten days of Ramadan. It is known as itikaf, which in the Arabic language means to adhere or commit oneself to something. In Islam, it marks a particular person taking…

‘I put people at the centre of everything,’ says Chanel…

CHANEL CEO Leena Nair has said she “really, really cares about people and puts them at the centre of everything” she does, adding that it isn’t about lip service for her. Nair, who became CEO of the luxury fashion house in 2021, also described how she has been a “champion…

Arsenal CEO proud of restoring Gunners’ glory and faith of…

ARSENAL chief executive officer Vinai Venkatesham took the decision to leave the club after feeling a sense of fulfilment as the team returned as one of the top sides in Europe.  Venkatesham, 42, has been with the north London club for 14 years, during which it experienced a number of…

Mohsin Naveed Ranjha: Combining heritage with style statements

WHETHER it’s womenswear, menswear or wedding couture, Mohsin Naveed Ranjha has made a name for himself globally with his chic and stylish creations. The celebrated Pakistani fashion designer recently opened a standalone design studio in the heart of London, next to Regent’s Street. The London studio includes ready-to-wear, luxury capsule…

Paintings at Royal Academy exhibition hold mirror up to race…

EASTERN EYE readers who want to discover how British artists have depicted colonialism and slavery over the centuries should visit the Royal Academy’s (RA) latest exhibition.   Entangled Pasts 1768-Now: Art, Colonialism and Change is the RA’s “brave” response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling of slave…

‘Role models and equal pay can drive more Asian women…

THE multi-billion pound technology industry needs to do far more to tackle the lack of Asian woman in the sector, experts have urged. Some 18 per cent of tech roles are filled by women and only a third of those are of Asian origin, according to research by jobs website…

Sonia Mehta on why she’s back with Salaam & Funk

LISTENING to music played on tape decks and vinyl as a youngster first connected Sonia Mehta to music. It enabled her to find safety, happiness, and a way to express emotions through the compositions and poetry of Indian film songs. Later, while pursuing her studies in London, she bonded with…

Pakistan seeks bids for majority stake in airline

PAKISTAN is putting on the block a stake ranging from 51 per cent to 100 per cent of lossmaking national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the privatisation panel said on Tuesday (2), as part of reforms urged by the IMF. The disposal of the flag carrier represents a departure from…

Debt restructure deal imminent, says Colombo

SRI LANKA is optimistic about reaching an agreement soon with bondholders to restructure about $12 billion (£9.54bn) in debt, a top official said on Monday (1), a big step that will help the island nation emerge from its worst financial crisis in decades.   China, the world’s and Sri Lanka’s…

Sunak calls for probe into Gaza strike killing charity workers

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (2) spoke with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to demand a probe into a strike that killed charity workers in Gaza, including British citizens, a Downing Street spokesperson said. The UK also summoned Israel's ambassador in London to hear its "unequivocal condemnation" of the killing…

UK house prices see biggest rise since December 2022, says…

House prices in the United Kingdom (UK) surged in March, marking the fastest annual increase since December 2022, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Nationwide Building Society, the UK's second-largest mortgage lender, reported that house prices were up by 1.6 per cent compared to the previous year, reaching an…

BAPS volunteers participate in community cleanup campaign over Easter weekend

As many as 216 volunteers from 13 BAPS Swaminarayan mandirs (temples) and centres across the UK participated in the Great British Spring Clean, the nation's largest environmental cleanup campaign, over the Easter bank holiday weekend. These volunteers managed to collect an impressive total of 138 bags of litter, contributing to…

VAT relief for small businesses comes into effect

Small businesses will receive a boost as the VAT registration threshold has been raised to £90,000 from £85,000, which would free 28,000 businesses from paying the tax. This is part of chancellor Jeremy Hunt's host of incentives announced during his spring budget that came into effect from April 1. The…

‘I want to create an India in UK,’ says veteran…

“I want to create an India in the UK,” veteran producer Vashu Bhagnani's words efficiently sum up his dream of leaving a global footprint of the illustrious Indian cinema with his film studio in the UK. Touted as a "one-stop-shop", Bhagnani's Pooja Studios emerged as one of the most film-friendly…

King Charles attends Easter Sunday service

King Charles attended the annual Easter church service in Windsor on Sunday, his first appearance at a public royal event since his cancer diagnosis was announced in February. Charles, 75, waved as he and Queen Camilla arrived by car at St George's Chapel, the resting place of his late mother…

British Indian teen first to receive NHS’ innovative cancer treatment

YUVAN THAKKAR,  a British Indian teenager diagnosed with cancer, says he is now able to enjoy the things he loves after life-changing treatment thanks to a fund set up by the NHS to make innovative therapies accessible to thousands of patients. According to NHS England, 16-year-old Thakkar from Watford near…

Counter-terrorism police probe stabbing of journalist

COUNTER-TERRORISM detectives are investigating after a journalist working for a Persian language media organisation was stabbed in London on Friday (29) amid fears he had been targeted because of his job, police said. Police said the man, aged in his 30s, was attacked and sustained an injury to his leg…

Alia Bhatt sings ‘Ikk Kuddi’ at her charity gala dinner…

As reported earlier, Alia Bhatt recently hosted her first charity gala in London. The actress organised the Hope Gala on Thursday evening to raise funds for underprivileged adolescents in India through the Salaam Bombay Foundation. The event was attended by many renowned personalities. Musician Harshdeep Kaur, comedian Rohan Joshi, and…

Alia Bhatt hosts Hope Gala in London; Gurinder Chadha joins…

Actress, producer, and entrepreneur Alia Bhatt hosted her first charity event Hope Gala on March 28 in partnership with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. At the event, she raised money for underprivileged adolescents in India, to help the Salaam Bombay Foundation. “I am…

Sunak’s surprise honours list angers opposition

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak is being criticised by Opposition parties for a surprise honours list which confers a knighthood on an Egyptian-born businessman who is a major donor to the Conservative Party. The list, announced late on Thursday just before the long Easter weekend, honours Mohamed Mansour, a senior treasurer…

Espionage drama ‘Berlin’ to be screened at Red Lorry Film…

After a well-received performance at International Film Festivals across the globe, Atul Sabharwal's espionage drama Berlin will be screened at the Red Lorry Film Festival. This espionage drama unravels a tale of deception, betrayal, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Cold War era. It stars Ishwak Singh, Rahul…

AR Rahman to set-up a Broadway in Chennai; says, ‘I’m…

Celebrated music composer AR Rahman has unveiled his plans to establish a Broadway-style theatre in Chennai, and his team is already in the process of making it happen. Speaking at the ongoing Times Now Summit 2024 in Mumbai, Rahman said, “I don't see myself only in the movie world strangely,…

Blue Orchid Hospitality wins LUXlife magazine award

Luxury hotels and residences promoter Blue Orchid Hospitality has been declared the winner of the Best Business Travel Arrangements Company by LUXlife magazine. LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards are given in recognition of the excellence of the sector’s best enterprises from across the globe. Blue Orchid has been recognised for…

Exclusive: Asians need better cancer services

CANCER screening services must be more culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of south Asians - especially women, a leading doctor has told Eastern Eye. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the first person of colour to lead the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA), said south Asian women were less…

Trafalgar Square to host Vaisakhi celebrations

Trafalgar Square will host this year's Vaisakhi celebrations in London on 6 April, a statement said. The free family event, organised by the mayor of London and supported by the Vaisakhi community advisory group, will be co-hosted by DJ and presenter Tommy Sandhu and entrepreneur, disability specialist and speaker Shani…

‘NHS waiting times can be slashed by getting surgeries done…

NHS waiting times for operations could be slashed drastically if patients had their elective surgeries done at worldclass hospitals in India. This was one of the radical ideas put forward last Tuesday (19) by senior Indian corporate leaders at a business conference in London. Another was for undergraduates and postgraduates…

National Trust’s role is to spark debates, says Beard

THE National Trust, which has come under sustained attacks from the far-right of British politics, has been defended strongly by the classical historian Dame Mary Beard, who last week delivered the Octavia Hill Lecture. Her theme was, “Who owns the past?”   The trust, founded in 1895 by three people…

KFC outlet fined £25,000 for poor hygiene

A KFC outlet in London was fined around £25,000 for posing a risk to public health, after rats were found in the kitchen during a surprise inspection. The Waltham Forest Council inspected a KFC outlet in High Road, Leytonstone, East London, in August 2022 and ordered its closure with immediate…

Fans select their favourite Sonu Nigam hits ahead of UK…

SONU NIGAM, one of the greatest Indian singers of all time, is renowned for his wonderful voice, huge catalogue of hit songs, numerous accolades, and millions of fans globally. He is also an exceptional live performer who delivers sold-out arena shows around the world. Nigam returns for another UK tour,…

Bridgerton star shines in solo coming-of-age drama

THE solo show earlier performed by its writer, Rosie Day, returned recently with a new production in central London, headlined by Charithra Chandran. The Bridgerton star makes her West End debut in a coming-of-age play about a young teenage girl named Eileen, dealing with the death of her elder sister,…

Pratibha Singh Baghel headlines a perfect concert

THE recent South Asian Sounds festival at the Southbank Centre in London included a stunning concert headlined by the superb Indian singer Pratibha Singh Baghel. The sensational talent teamed up with the brilliant British act Chineke! Orchestra and top Indian musicians for a grand, sold-out concert at the Royal Festival…

Aditi Mangaldas’ bold dance duet defies age taboo

WHEN Aditi Mangaldas headlines a show, it is certain to be dynamically, artistically and creatively different from anything that has come before. She continues that path-breaking journey with the new production Mehek, which embarks on a hotly anticipated UK tour in April. The Indian Kathak legend has teamed up with…

Great celebrity wedding debate

LEGENDARY singer Asha Bhosle sparked an intriguing debate when she disclosed her iconic elder sister, Lata Mangeshkar, had turned down over a million dollars to sing at a wedding. Speaking on a dance reality show, Bhosle said, “She was offered one million dollars to sing at a wedding. They said,…

Alia Bhatt to host ‘Hope Gala’ in London

Actress, producer, and entrepreneur Alia Bhatt is set to host her first 'Hope Gala' in London. As per a source close to the actress' team, Alia will host Hope Gala on March 28 in partnership with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. This is…

OakNorth completes £232m loan to Splendid Hospitality Group

OAKNORTH BANK has partnered with HSBC to provide a £232 million club loan to Splendid Hospitality Group to support its future expansion plans, a statement said. Founded three decades ago, Splendid Hospitality Group is one of the UK’s fastest growing privately-owned hotel groups, with a portfolio of 24 hotels from…

Cheistha wanted to change lives, says family of Indian girl…

THE family of a cyclist who died following a road accident said the London School of Economics (LSE) student wanted to "bring all her expertise back to India to change lives". Cheistha Kochhar, who was pursuing her PhD in behavioural research, died following a collision involving a refuse lorry on…

Stephen Lawrence’s legacy remembered

London Police partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to host an event for people aged 15-18 from diverse backgrounds. As part of the event, careers fair and panel discussions were held on March 23 at the City of London Corporation’s headquarters ahead of Stephen Lawrence Day. It is observed…

Microsoft AI head Mustafa Suleyman’s is a success story of…

Mustafa Suleyman, a prominent figure in Artificial Intelligence (AI), recently took the helm of Microsoft's newly formed consumer AI division, Microsoft AI. Suleyman's background is far from that of a typical tech CEO. Mustafa Suleyman's upbringing was shaped by his family in London. His father, a Syrian taxi driver, instilled…

China accused of hacking MPs’ emails, electoral watchdog

Britain on Monday accused Chinese hackers of trying to break into email accounts of British lawmakers who were critical of China and said a separate Chinese entity was behind a hack of its electoral watchdog that compromised millions of people's data. In response to the attempted hack in 2021 of…

Indian student dies in London road accident

An Indian student pursuing her PhD at the London School of Economics died while cycling to her apartment last week. The victim, Cheistha Kochhar (33), died on the spot after being hit by a garbage truck on March 19. The accident took place on Clerkenwell Road, near the junction with…

Pakistan keen to restore trade ties with India: Minister

Pakistan will “seriously” consider restoring trade ties with India that remained suspended since August 2019, Foreign Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar has said, indicating a potential shift in the country's diplomatic stance. Dar made these remarks during a press conference in London following his participation in the Nuclear Energy Summit in…

Sunak on new England football kit row: ‘Don’t mess with…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak waded into a row over a new England football shirt designed by Nike that changes the colours of the St George's Cross, saying "we shouldn't mess" with national flags. The US sportswear giant altered the appearance of the Cross -- the flag of England -- using…

Country in shock after Princess of Wales’ cancer announcement

AFTER weeks of wild speculation, the country was on Saturday (23) digesting the shock news that the Princess of Wales has cancer, with many praising her courage and others criticising those who spread conspiracies. The Princess revealed the news on Friday (22) in a highly personal video, which came just…

Princess of Wales undergoing chemotherapy after cancer diagnosis

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

Police probing Tory donor’s alleged comments about Abbott

British police said on Friday they were investigating possibly racist comments allegedly made by the biggest donor to the ruling Conservative party at a meeting in 2019. The Guardian newspaper reported on March 11 that businessman Frank Hester - who gave £10 million to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's party in…

Simone Ashley to lead romantic-comedy ‘Picture This’

Bridgerton star Simone Ashley is set to lead Picture This, a new romantic-comedy movie from streamer Prime Video. Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin will play the male lead. To be directed by filmmaker Prarthana Mohan of The Miseducation of Bindu fame, the UK original movie is based on the recently-released Australian…

‘The Crown’, ‘Black Mirror’ lead nominations for BAFTA Television Awards…

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled the nominations for their 2024 Television Awards on Wednesday. Leading the pack are The Crown with 8 nominations and Black Mirror with 7 nominations. Both dramas are up for the prestigious "Best Drama Series" award, alongside Happy Valley, Slow Horses,…

British researchers develop first vaccine for lung cancer

British researchers are making a breakthrough in lung cancer treatment by developing the world's first vaccine for the disease. This vaccine, called LungVax, is being created by a team of scientists from the University of Oxford, the Francis Crick Institute, and University College London (UCL). It uses similar technology to…

Easter eggs are now expensive due to climate change

This Easter, you might be surprised by the price hike on your favourite chocolate eggs. There's a culprit behind this sugary situation: climate change. The majority of cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate, comes from West Africa. Unfortunately, this region has been ravaged by a brutal heatwave, significantly reducing cocoa…

Nirav Modi ordered to pay £6.3m to Bank of India

LONDON High Court has ordered fugitive Indian businessman, Nirav Modi, to repay a hefty sum of $8 million (£6.3m) to the Bank of India (BOI). The ruling was issued early this month after Modi's Dubai-based firm, Firestar Diamond FZE, failed to repay the loan it had received from the bank,…

Pro-Khalistan activist jailed for stabbings

A 26-year-old pro-Khalistan Sikh activist who pleaded guilty to causing injury to two Asian-origin men and a female police officer at an Indian Independence Day event in London last year has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment. Gurpreet Singh appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty in…

Asian donors put faith in Sunak ahead of elections

BRITISH Asian donors made significant contributions to political parties in what is shaping up to be the highest-spending general election contest expected to be held later this year. Political parties accepted £93 million in donations last year, nearly double the £52m from the previous year, according to the Electoral Commission…

Sharp drop in recruitment of women, ethnic minorities in fire…

THERE was a sharp drop in the recruitment of women and ethnic minorities by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) last year, new data released last Thursday (14) revealed. In 2023, just 11 per cent of new recruits were female and only 13 per cent from black, Asian and under-represented communities,…

Charithra Chandran sparkles in first solo West End play

THERE was a sense of occasion at the Garrick Theatre in London last Sunday (17) when Charithra Chandran made her West End debut in a solo show, Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon. You had the feeling many young Asians had been drawn by the show’s lead, billed as “Bridgerton’s Charithra…

10 Indian cities screening films showcasing LGBTQIA+ narratives

Five short films from India, Spain, the Philippines, the UK, and the US showcasing LGBTQIA+ narratives that resonate with resilience and authenticity are being screened in 10 cities across India. British Council in partnership with British BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival launched the 10th edition of the 'Five Films…

French academic’s book examines Gujarat’s role in Modi’s political strategy

NOW that it has been announced that the Indian general election will be held between April 19 and June 1, many books and articles both for and against Narendra Modi will be written about the country’s prime minister. Firmly in the latter category is Christophe Jaffrelot’s Gujarat Under Modi: Laboratory…

How ‘global curiosity’ can make Indian books part of the…

THE world needs books from India because they reflect the spiritual values of Indian culture and civilisation.   “Books are important for mental health,” said Yuvraj Malik, director of the National Book Trust (NBT) of India, which took a pavilion for the first time at the 2024 London Book Fair.…

Top 25 comedy heroes from India

WHILE it’s true that stand-up comedy first gained prominence in western culture, India’s comedy scene has emerged as one of the fastest-growing in the past decade. In recent years, there has been an influx of top talents who have presented humour in a unique way and risen to prominence with…

Geeta Pendse: ‘Words can prompt new ways of thinking’

THE TV presenter and journalist, Geeta Pendse, chaired the opening sessions of the London Book Fair (LBF) which analysed the issue of diversity in the publishing world. The LBF – held over three days last week at Kensington Olympia – also looked at what might constitute enjoyable literature for ethnic…

February inflation eases to 3.4 per cent; lowest in 2.5…

Britain's annual inflation rate fell more than expected in February, official data showed Wednesday, fuelling speculation that the Bank of England may cut interest rates in coming months. Inflation reached 3.4 per cent last month - the lowest level since September 2021 - after hitting 4.0 per cent in January,…

London population hits record high amid migration surge

LONDON's population has reached a new peak driven by a surge in migration, reversing the trend of people leaving the city during the Covid-19 pandemic, The Telegraph reported. According to recent research from the Centre for Cities think tank, the capital's population has likely surpassed its pre-pandemic level of 10.1…

Pharma firm former official sentenced for falsifying data

A Harrow-based pharmaceutical company and its former director were sentenced by a London court after pleading guilty to two charges of falsifying data regarding the shelf life of a medicine for treating hypothyroidism. Southwark Crown Court, London sentenced Kamlesh Vaghjiani, former director of Kappin Ltd, to eight and seven months…

Hate crime charges drop in London over last five years,…

FEWER racist and religious hate crimes in London have led to criminal charges over the past five years, new data has revealed. The percentage of cases resulting in a charge for hate crime has dropped by 16 per cent from 2,037 to 1,691 over the last five years in the…

UK-India trade talks on hold until after election

THE latest round of trade talks between Britain and India has concluded without a deal, with a British official saying an agreement could not be finalised ahead of the upcoming Indian elections. The two countries have held stop-start talks over a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for two years and both…

Conservatives are ‘institutionally Islamophobic’: Yousaf

Scotland's first minister Humza Yousaf hit out at the Conservative Party for being "institutionally Islamophobic", according to media reports. He said this in reaction to the comments reportedly made by Conservative party donor Frank Hester (57) about Labour MP Diane Abbott. According to The Guardian newspaper, Hester had reportedly said…

Sadiq Khan pledges 40,000 council homes if re-elected

London mayor Sadiq Khan launched the campaign for his third term on Monday by pledging to double his council homes target to 40,000 in six years to ease London's housing woes, according to media reports Khan had earlier set himself a target of 23,000 homes between 2018 and 2024 which…

New mural near Finsbury Park: Is Banksy back?

A new mural that mysteriously appeared overnight on the side of a building near Finsbury Park in London has sparked speculation that it may be the work of the elusive street artist Banksy. The artwork features a mass of green paint behind a trimmed-back mature tree, creating the illusion of…

Vaughan Gething becomes first black leader of Wales

VAUGHAN GETHING won the Welsh Labour party leadership contest on Saturday (16), marking a historic moment as he is set to become the first black leader of the country's semi-autonomous government. Gething, 50, will succeed Mark Drakeford, 69, who announced in December that he was stepping down. The new leader…

One in three black women don’t expect to retire

Black and Asian women are facing significant challenges throughout their financial journey, from employment opportunities to retirement savings, says a study by pension provider Scottish Widows. In a research conducted online by YouGov, it was found that nearly one in three black women (30 per cent) are most likely to…

Khan unveils £100m fund to revive stalled housing projects

London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £100m Housing Kickstart Fund that will provide grants to housing firms to convert market-rate homes stalled due to economic downturn into affordable homes. The new money will be made available from recycled capital grant funding, which is money returned to the Greater London…

Victoria Beckham swears by apple cider vinegar to help her…

A recent study seemed to support Beckham's claim, suggesting that apple cider vinegar could indeed help with weight loss. The study found that people who drank diluted apple cider vinegar daily lost around 6 kilograms in 12 weeks, compared to less than 1 kilogram of weight loss in the placebo…

Three Indians among winners of Diana Award

A New Delhi-based innovator whose low-cost electric invention helps overcome power cuts, a mental health campaigner from Haryana and a student from Dubai who helps to empower girls across the developing world are the Indian winners of the Diana Legacy Awards this year. Uday Bhatia, founder of Uday Electric, Manasi…

Zubin Varla, Pyiyanga Burford among nominees at Olivier Awards 2024

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

Vodafone sells Italian unit to Swisscom

British mobile phone operator Vodafone said Friday it has agreed to sell its Italian unit to Swisscom for eight billion euros (£6.83 billion) in cash, completing efforts to overhaul its European operations. Vodafone has been on a cost-cutting campaign that has included layoffs and the offloading of divisions abroad. The…

Aisha Desai wins Points of Light award for Ramadan Lights…

A London woman who started an initiative to design light installations to celebrate Ramadan has received prime minister Rishi Sunak’s daily Points of Light award this week. Aisha Desai received the award on Tuesday (12) for her Ramadan Lights UK initiative, which was inspired by her childhood joy of seeing…

Sharp fall in women and minority recruits to London Fire…

THERE was a sharp drop in the recruitment of women and ethnic minorities by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) last year, new data released on Thursday (14) revealed, despite calls for greater diversity within the service. In 2023, just 11 per cent of new recruits were female and only 13…

Threefold increase in anti-Muslim incidents since Hamas attack, finds charity

ANTI-MUSLIM hate incidents have increased threefold in the UK since Hamas attack on Israel last year, a charity has found. Tell Mama has documented 2,247 anti-Muslim hate incidents, 1,001 offline and 1,246 online, in the four months between 7 October and 7 March. There were 721 incidents, 401 offline and…

‘Succession,’ ‘Beckham’ feature in BAFTA’s ‘Memorable TV Moment’ award nominees…

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has unveiled its nominees for the Memorable TV Moment Award, a category that celebrates standout scenes from television across all genres. Among the nominees are moments from acclaimed shows like Succession, Happy Valley, and Doctor Who, as well as unexpected highlights…

NHS to stop prescription of puberty blockers following safety concerns

National Health Services (NHS) England has recently announced a significant shift in its approach to gender identity services, confirming that children will no longer be routinely prescribed puberty blockers. This decision follows a review that highlighted a lack of sufficient evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of these treatments. Previously,…

Property dispute: Woman sues mother, brother

A 43-year-old Asian-origin woman is suing her mother and brother over a property empire that she claims was built using her gold coins, according to media reports. Tajleena Islam, a mother of two, claims her parents used gold coins, family treasures, and jewellery in creating their £2.6 million London-based property…

Glastonbury 2024 lineup: Dua Lipa, SZA, Coldplay top the big…

Get ready for a history-making Glastonbury this year! The festival lineup is finally here, and it's packed with big names and a record-breaking female presence. Dua Lipa, SZA, and Coldplay are topping the bill, with Shania Twain taking the coveted Legends slot on Sunday. This marks the first time Glastonbury…

New definition of extremism unveiled

The UK government on Thursday unveiled a new definition of extremism, as church leaders warned it risked disproportionately affecting Muslim communities. The new definition comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned earlier this month of a "shocking increase in extremist disruption and criminality" that risked the country tipping into "mob…

Starling Bank names Raman Bhatia as group CEO

LONDON-based digital lender, Starling Bank, has appointed Raman Bhatia as the new group CEO. Bhatia is currently the chief executive of OVO, a technology-enabled energy retailer in the UK. He is set to replace interim chief executive John Mountain in early summer, pending regulatory approval. Bhatia joined OVO in January…

Review decision to revoke citizenship of Shamima Begum, say UN…

A GROUP of United Nations experts last Wednesday (6) urged Britain to repatriate Shamima Begum, who was stripped of her citizenship after leaving the country aged 15 to marry a Daesh (Islamic State group) fighter. Begum, now 24 and living in a refugee camp in northern Syria, lost an appeal…

Frankfurt and New York mark start of Ramadan

THE German city of Frankfurt switched on festive lights Sunday to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in what local media said was a nationwide first. A large sign reading “Happy Ramadan” and a display of lights in the shape of stars, lanterns and crescent moons were formally unveiled…

Indigo Giant: New play exposes colonial atrocities in undivided India

THE story of Bengal farmers rising up against British colonial rule in the subcontinent is revisited in a new play, Indigo Giant, currently touring the UK.   In the late 19th century, vast swathes of the Bengali countryside were given over to the cultivation of the indigo plant as the…

Study to explore ways to boost sales of healthy products…

A new study aiming to find workable solutions to boost the sales of healthy products in convenience stores across England has been launched. The study will also examine how the UK government’s new law to reduce impulse buying of products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) is affecting shoppers…

Showcasing the best of a diverse Britain at the GG2…

IT was a great privilege for Westcombe Group to have the opportunity to support and attend GG2’s Diversity and Leadership Awards on 5th March. It was so inspiring to hear from so many inspiring speakers and see so many leaders win recognition of their success. Amazing Awards The evening celebrated…

GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards 2024: ‘This evening recognises ethnic…

LEADING public and private sector organisations need to do more attract ethnic minorities to their boardrooms, Kalpesh Solanki, managing director at Asian Media Group (AMG), told attendees at the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards. In December 2023, only 44 per cent of the UK’s top 50 largest private companies had…

Kaushik Ray’s short film tells story of an immigrant mother…

KAUSHIK RAY has been drawn to creativity from a young age, a passion he finally pursued last year by quitting a full-time job as a lawyer to focus on filmmaking. This bold step led him to direct the short film, The Lime Green Shirt, which is being screened as part…

Sunak pays tribute as government moves to overturn Post Office…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak paid tribute to hundreds of Post Office branch managers, including several British Asians, as a new law to quash their wrongful convictions was introduced on Wednesday (13). Sunak had pledged action in the historic Post Office scandal involving a faulty accounting software named Horizon, which wrongly…

Aakash Odedra: Story of love and longing

BRITISH dance maestro Aakash Odedra consistently leads boundary-breaking projects and Mehek adds to his impressive repertoire. He has teamed up with Indian kathak legend Aditi Mangaldas in this magnificent dance drama that narrates the love story of an older woman and a younger man. The world-renowned performers will embark on…

Onir: Rebel with a human cause

A FEARLESS approach to filmmaking has endowed Onir with a remarkable body of work filled with stories from forgotten corners of society. He has overcome the challenges of being an openly gay writer, director and producer in India to deliver award-winning films such as My Brother…Nikhil, and I Am. His…

India plays vital role in shaping Commonwealth’s work: Baroness Scotland

INDIA not only shaped the birth of the Commonwealth, but will also continue to play a vital role in shaping its work, the organisation’s secretary general, Baroness Patricia Scotland, said on Monday (11) on the occasion of Commonwealth Day. Baroness Scotland, who was scheduled to visit India later this week,…

Comment: Politicising counter-extremism puts us all at risk

FRIDAY marks the fifth anniversary of the Christchurch mosque massacre in New Zealand. Some 51 people were murdered, at two mosques, where they had gone to pray. That is a stark reminder of the deadly threat posed by hateful extremism. Keeping citizens safe is the first responsibility of governments. Extremism…

Anderson’s defection to Reform UK a setback to Tories

Embattled UK leader Rishi Sunak suffered a fresh blow Monday when a former ally defected to a right-wing populist party that is worrying the ruling Conservatives ahead of this year's general election. Lee Anderson announced that he was joining Reform UK, weeks after he was suspended from Sunak's Conservative party…

Integration in Britain is failing, says Baroness Falkner

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) chair Baroness Kishwer Falkner has said integration appears to be failing in Britain following a decade of increased migration, The Telegraph reports. The 68-year-old Baroness of Margravine expressed concern over the “complacency” among politicians regarding increased immigration. The former Liberal Democrat said in the…

Hunt’s budget seeks to facilitate much-needed long-term growth for UK

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last week delivered a well-measured performance in the House of Commons, despite rowdy parliamentary theatrics from the opposition benches. With little fiscal room for manoeuvre, Hunt announced a plethora of measures impacting key policy areas including taxation, public debt and spending, housing, transport and energy. The package…

British hedge fund trader Sanjay Shah on trial in Denmark

A British hedge fund trader accused of defrauding Danish tax authorities in a billion-dollar scam goes on trial in Copenhagen on Monday, just days after his associate was handed an eight-year sentence. Sanjay Shah, who was arrested in June 2022 in Dubai where he was living, is accused of running…

UK pledges extra cash for Muslims’ security

The British government on Monday pledged £117 million towards protecting Muslim communities amid a rise in Islamophobia as it promises more action to tackle extremism. The new funding, announced just over a week after extra cash was promised to enhance security for Jewish groups amid soaring anti-Semitism, will be used…

UK terror attack survivors: ‘Don’t equate Islam with extremism’

More than 50 survivors of terrorist attacks in the UK have signed a joint letter against politicians conflating British Muslims with extremism, according to media reports. Survivors and relatives of those killed during attacks in London, Manchester, and Brussels are among the signatories. The open letter, coordinated by Survivors Against…

Former prime minister Theresa May not to seek re-election

FORMER prime minister Theresa May announced on Friday she will stand down as an MP at the next election, adding to a growing list from the UK's ruling Conservatives to abandon leader Rishi Sunak. May, 67, is the most high-profile of scores of Tory lawmakers to say they will not…

Badenoch: India’s election not a deadline for trade deal

TRADE secretary Kemi Badenoch on Thursday (7) said she did not see a forthcoming election in India as a deadline for securing a trade agreement between the countries, saying it would be "challenging" to secure a deal by then but possible. Britain and India have held stop-start talks over a…

TOP 10 British Asian women entertainers

We are often fascinated when we spot a person of colour in British entertainment, be it cinema, series or any other source of entertainment. On this International Women's Day, we made a list of women who have brought colours to the British entertainment sector and have not only won the…

Comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli appears in court on sex offence…

Scottish comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli has appeared in court accused of sex offences, according to media reports. The 55-year-old Glasgow resident is accused of three charges of indecent assault, one charge of sexual assault and two charges of breach of the peace. Kohli has appeared on TV shows including Celebrity…

Former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto didn’t get a fair…

PAKISTAN's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (6) that former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged 44 year ago after being convicted of murder, didn't get a fair trial. Bhutto, the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) now run by his grandson and former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto…

Festival short film ‘Halfway’ makes a towering statement about love

THE strong south Asian contingent at this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival includes Halfway. Kumar Chheda has delivered an English-language short film about a young queer couple in India going through a turbulent phase in their relationship, who need to make an important decision during a phone conversation.…

New theatre version of My Beautiful Launderette retains its power

THE enduring power of Hanif Kureishi’s writing was showcased by the successful stage adaptation of his brilliantly written 1985 film, My Beautiful Launderette. Staged in 2019 at The Curve in Leicester, the play proved its continued relevance in contemporary times. A new version of the play returned to the same…

Javed Ali delivers a spectacular performance

JAVED ALI’S extensive repertoire spanning diverse languages makes him one of the most versatile singers of this generation. From emotive love ballads to soul-stirring Sufi compositions and lively dance numbers, his voice exudes sheer power. While his contributions to hit songs in numerous Indian films are remarkable, it’s on the…

Nitin Sawhney says he suffered heart attack recently

The Award-winning British Indian musician Nitin Sawhney, who had to withdraw from Australia’s premier world music festival WOMADelaide due to a medical emergency, has revealed that he ‘had a heart attack’ a few days ago. Known for musical scores in over 70 films, including for a screen adaptation of Salman…

Photojournalist says Rohingya women in Bangladeshi camps are ‘inspiring’

A PHOTOGRAPHER has spoken of how she has charted the journey of Rohingya women “reclaiming their lives” in the refugee camps of Cox Bazaar in Bangladesh. Fabeha Monir is among five women whose work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Oxo Tower Wharf gallery in London’s SouthBank. The…

Charles Crowson: ‘Valuing time and spending it well is really…

TIME is money”, but what does the expression really mean, especially to British Asians? This is the question finance guru Charles Crowson is eminently qualified to answer. Speaking to Eastern Eye, the author of Jam Tomorrow? Why Time Really Matters In Economics recalled the Indian boys who had studied with…

Birmingham approves service cuts, tax hikes to avoid bankruptcy

COUNCILLORS in the UK's second-largest city Birmingham on Tuesday (5) approved tax hikes and deep cuts to public services including arts funding and rubbish collection, as the city fights to avoid bankruptcy. The city council, which needs to save £300 million over two years to survive, voted to increase local…

Lord Gadhia scoops top honour at GG2 Leadership Awards

Lord Jitesh Gadhia, chairman of the British Asian Trust, was recognised for over three decades of public and community service with the GG2 Hammer Award at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Tuesday (5). After coming to Britain as a refugee from…

Wales first minister visits India to strengthen ‘close collaboration’

THE First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, was at the Indian High Commission in London last Thursday (29) to announce that 2024 would be a year of close collaboration between his country and India. “Wales in India”, his government said in a formal statement, “is a 12-month series of events…

‘Virdee’: Bradford-set drama set to make Asian casting history

THE BBC has announced a “truly diverse” cast for Virdee, a six-part television series adapted from AA Dhand’s crime novel, City of Sinners. Having a mainly Asian cast playing both heroes and villains is regarded as being a groundbreaking first for British TV. The tale has a characteristically grim opening:…

Rochdale by-election result reflects Gaza anger

BRITAIN has more than three million Muslims from many cultural backgrounds. It has become customary for politicians to say, “the vast majority of Muslims are hardworking, decent and law-abiding, but there a small extremist fringe”. My guess is most Muslims in Britain are pleased George Galloway won the Rochdale by-election.…

Babita Sharma’s new book celebrates ‘sassy sleuth’ and corner shop…

YOUNG Asian girls can be fun, sassy, adventurous and intelligent and should be celebrated, journalist and author Babita Sharma said, ahead of her new children’s book being published next week. Priya Mistry and the Paw Prints Puzzle tells the story of a young girl who loves to solve mysteries, such…

Accelerate reforms to stop violence against women, says Priti Patel

FORMER home secretary Dame Priti Patel has called for an “acceleration” in reforms to support those affected by violence against women in memory of the late Sarah Everard and other women. Findings of an inquiry into the rape and murder of Everard by a British police officer three years ago…

Judge who declined to jail terrorism offence trio to be…

A senior judge who spared jail terms for three women protesters, accused of displaying pro-Hamas images during a pro-Palestinian march in London, will now be investigated over his alleged bias, The Times reports. Heba Alhayek (29), Pauline Ankunda (26), and Noimutu Olayinka Taiwo (27) were found guilty of a terror…

Visas for healthcare workers and dependants put pressure on Sunak

BRITAIN almost doubled the number of visas given to foreign health and care workers last year, government data showed, adding to pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak over immigration ahead of an election expected later this year. Data released last Thursday (29) by the Home Office showed that Britain granted…

Banknotes with King Charles’ image go on display

VISITORS to the Bank of England’s “The Future of Money” exhibition got their first glimpse of banknotes bearing King Charles’ image last week. The four new banknotes with the King Charles’ portrait – £5, £10, £20 and £50 – went on display at the central bank’s in-house museum at its…

GG2 Power List 2024: ‘Sunak’s changed Asian aspiration’

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak has retained the top spot on the 2024 GG2 Power List for the third year in a row, along with his wife Akshata Murty. The power couple were recognised for their growing influence in the UK, with Sunak in the top job and Murty playing an…

Fashion Brunch’s show returns with Asian cancer patients and survivors

In a remarkable annual return on International Women's Day, the Fashion Brunch, curated by Creative Director Anisha Vasani, has once again defied conventional norms, celebrating women with diverse backgrounds and challenges. Departing from traditional fashion shows, this event has become a beacon of empowerment, uniting women from various walks of…

UK’s competition regulator appoints two Asian-origin executives

Asian-origin executives with years of experience in the field of law and finance have been appointed to the board of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a non-ministerial department responsible for strengthening business competition and curbing anti-competitive practices. Dharmash Mistry, a venture capitalist specialising in technology, new business models,…

London Underground holds auditions for buskers to improve commuter experience

Imagine you are travelling to work and see some artists preparing their musical instruments to play for you, the song which you will hum all day at work seems interesting. One such event took place in London's underground network. In the heart of London's Southwark train station, amid the hustle…

George Galloway: Next election will be about Muslims

THE new Rochdale MP has said that the upcoming election would be about Muslims and the taking away of civil liberties in this country. After sworn into the Commons as the new lawmaker for Rochdale on Monday (4), George Galloway highlighted prime minister Rishi Sunak's focus on "Muslims and Gaza"…

UK to block entry of hate preachers, extremists: Report

Hate preachers with extremist Islamist views from countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia will be blocked from entering Britain under new plans being drafted by the government, according to a UK media report on Sunday. ‘The Daily Telegraph' reports that the British government is concerned about a “shocking increase”…

Princess of Wales captured on camera for first time after…

The Princess of Wales has recently been spotted for the first time since December, marking her emergence into public view after undergoing abdominal surgery in January. The photos, captured and released by Backgrid, show her riding as a passenger in a vehicle near Windsor Castle, driven by her mother, Carole…

Guinea pig found in East London station with note saying…

A very interesting image has been circulating in London, where a guinea pig named DiscoPig was discovered abandoned in a cage outside Canning Town station in East London, accompanied by a note reading, 'I need a new owner.' Although it is sad to see people abandoning their pets at public…

‘She Creates Change’: Charithra Chandran, Freida Pinto among narrators of…

Charithra Chandran, who rose to fame with her role in Bridgerton, and Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto are among the narrators who lend their voices to She Creates Change, a gender equality film series launched on International Women's Day. Warner Bros. Discovery and Room to Read have partnered on She…

UK awaits voter-friendly budget before election

Britain's Conservative government unveils a pre-election budget Wednesday that could feature voter-friendly measures as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's party badly trails main opposition Labour in polls. Huge giveaways are not expected, however, as stubbornly-high inflation hikes repayments on state borrowing, undermining the ability to stimulate the recession-hit UK economy. Finance…

At the age 102, Iris Apfel had 3 million followers…

Renowned for her eclectic style and infectious personality, Iris Apfel, the fashion maven, has passed away at the age of 102 in her Palm Beach home in Florida. The news was confirmed by Stu Loeser, a spokesperson for her estate, marking the end of a remarkable life that spanned fashion,…

Extremists undermining UK’s democracy: Sunak

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Friday said Britain's multi-ethnic democracy was being deliberately undermined by Islamist and far-right extremists, calling for a tougher approach to policing protests in light of an increase in hate speech and criminality. British lawmakers this week have been given funding for new security provisions after…

Princess of Wales ‘doing well’ after abdominal surgery

The Princess of Wales has temporarily stepped back from her royal duties to undergo scheduled abdominal surgery, the spokesperson for the Princess informed. The spokesperson added she is "doing well". The anticipated return is set for post-Easter, contingent upon her health. Since the announcement on January 17, the public and…

Police failings led to officer’s rape and murder, inquiry finds

A public inquiry into a British police officer whose rape and murder of a woman horrified the nation concluded on Thursday (29) that without a sweeping overhaul of failed vetting procedures, there was nothing to stop another similar case arising. Wayne Couzens, 51, whose job was to guard diplomatic premises…

Barbican appoints Devyani Saltzman as Director for Arts and Participation

Devyani Saltzman, who is a Canadian writer and curator, has been appointed the new Director for Arts and Participation at Barbican, London. She will take up the post in July, replacing Will Gompertz, who was artistic director but left to join Sir John Soane’s Museum. In a statement, Devyani Saltzman…

Police assessing hate speech report against Anderson

The Metropolitan Police is "assessing" a report of hate speech made against MP Lee Anderson after he accused London mayor Sadiq Khan of being controlled by Islamists, according to media reports. The police said an unknown complainant approached them a day after Anderson made the controversial remark on a TV…

Labour launches outreach to connect with Indian diaspora

The UK's opposition Labour Party has launched a new diaspora outreach organisation to connect with British Indians and also to strengthen its interactions with India in a year when both countries are preparing for general elections. The party's shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, marked the launch of “Labour Indians” in…

Braverman labels Tory Islamophobia row as ‘hysteria’, demands action

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman has denounced the ongoing controversy surrounding Islamophobia within the Tory party as "hysteria," urging prime minister Rishi Sunak to address Islamist extremism promptly, reported The Telegraph. Braverman believes stripping Lee Anderson, the former Tory party deputy chairman, of his party privileges was an overreaction to…

Triumph for North London eateries at the 12th British Kebab…

North London's vibrant kebab scene took centre stage at the recent 12th British Kebab Awards, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel on February 27. Sponsored by Just Eat, the prestigious event recognized outstanding contributions to the UK's kebab industry, with notable winners hailing from various corners of North London.…

Jay Visvadeva celebrates cultural harmony through music

LEGENDARY concert organiser Jay Visvadeva has been delighting live music fans across generations in the UK since the 1970s, bringing together the biggest artists. His SAMA arts organisation continues to produce exciting concerts, including the South Asian Sounds festival at Southbank Centre in London from next Thursday (7) to next…

Canadian white nationalist given life sentence for Muslim family’s murder

A SELF-CONFESSED Canadian white nationalist who deliberately ran over and killed four members of a Muslim family with his pickup truck in 2021 was given a life sentence last Thursday (22) with no chance of parole for 25 years. Nathaniel Veltman, 23, had been found guilty of first-degree murder last…

Javid wants to tackle illegal immigration with empathy

BAS JAVID, who has been tasked with policing illegal immigration, has said his immigrant background enables him to bring compassion to the role. Javid was appointed director general for immigration enforcement at the Home Office in November last year. With a budget exceeding £779 million and a staff of more…

Why Sadiq Khan needs to thank Lee Anderson

THE London mayoral election is on May 2, so it’s not that far away. If I were Sadiq Khan, I would be pleased privately by Lee Anderson’s comments about him on GB News: “I don’t actually believe that the Islamists have got control of our country, but what I do…

India’s Bharti Enterprises chief Sunil Mittal knighted

Bharti Enterprises founder and chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal on Wednesday became the first Indian citizen to be conferred an honorary Knighthood by Britain's King Charles III “for services to UK and India business relations”. In a list of honorary British awards unveiled by the UK Cabinet Office, Mittal receives a…

Unite to end race hatred, says Sadiq Khan

THE mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has told Eastern Eye he believes communities will come together to stand up against “politics of extremism, division and blame”. His comments came amid an escalating row after Lee Anderson, the former deputy chairman of the Conservative party, last Saturday (24) claimed “Islamists had…

NHS Talking Therapies: Using your voice for good

HARMEET grew up in a vibrant multicultural corner of east London, with her parents, sister and grandparents. And from an early age, she was always encouraged to use her voice to help others. “This ranged from translating information from English to Punjabi for older relatives and supporting my mother to…

Tower Hamlets residents reject Scully’s ‘no-go’ area comment

Conservative party MP Paul Scully's remark that parts of the London borough have become a “no-go” zone has upset the residents and businesses in Tower Hamlets. The former London minister, who represents Sutton and Cheam, on Tuesday said he regrets sparking a controversy by claiming that parts of Tower Hamlets…

Comment: Keeping politics and prejudice apart

Keeping prejudice out of politics is becoming increasingly fraught in polarised times. Taking to the streets to protest must be part of free speech – within decent democratic boundaries. That deal is broken if prejudiced placards, chants and slogans go unchecked – but undermined too when politicians declare every protestor…

Maryam Nawaz takes over as first-ever woman chief minister in…

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, made history by becoming the first-ever woman chief minister of Pakistan's most populous Punjab province, a development described by her party as a "giant leap" for the country. The 50-year-old senior vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)…

I am a living proof that UK is not racist,…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has declared he is “living proof” that Britain is not a racist country as he sought to douse the Islamophobia row, The Times reports. He warned that all politicians had an obligation to be “careful” and not “unnecessarily inflame” tensions after the former deputy Tory chairman,…

Sunak warns of toxic political culture amid security threats to…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has issued a warning about the increasing toxicity in political culture, in light of reports that members of Parliament are encountering security threats due to their voting intentions in the House of Commons concerning the Israel-Gaza conflict. He issued a statement on Saturday (24) to condemn…

India denies entry to Asian origin UK academic

A UK-based professor of Asian origin was denied entry by the immigration authorities at Bangalore airport in India on Friday (23) despite being an invitee for a function organised by the Karnataka state, according to multiple reports. Nitasha Kaul, who teaches at the University of Westminster, recounted her ordeal on…

Conservative party not Islamophobic, says Sunak

British prime minister Rishi Sunak denied on Monday that his governing party has Islamophobic tendencies, saying comments by Conservative lawmaker Lee Anderson were unacceptable and that was why he had been suspended. Anderson said on Friday the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was under the control of Islamists in widely…

Tories suspend MP Anderson over ‘Islamophobic’ comments

The Tories on Saturday (24) suspended their former deputy chairman Lee Anderson from the parliamentary party after he refused to apologise for claiming that London's Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, was controlled by Islamists. Pressure had been growing on prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories to act following lawmaker Anderson's contentious remarks…

British Indian doctor’s rock band embarks on nationwide tour

A 25-year-old British Indian doctor, who combined his passion for music with his medical career by forming a band with fellow healthcare professionals, has kicked off his first nationwide tour in the UK with the launch show in London recently proving a sell-out. Gulzar (Gulz) Singh Dhanoya started the indie-rock…

V&A Museum London seeks Taylor Swift superfan for advisory role

London's prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has announced its search for a dedicated Taylor Swift superfan to join its advisory team. The museum is on a mission to tap into the insights of passionate fans, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of specific cultural trends and expand its connection…

Labour’s shadow minister criticised for lack of policy detail

SMALL business owners who attended an event in London were unimpressed by the lack of policy detail provided by Labour’s shadow small business minister. Rushanara Ali, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, primarily discussed the entrepreneurial spirit of her constituency and emphasised the importance of immigrant founders during…

BBC confirms a spin-off for hit legal drama ‘The Split’

The BBC has confirmed a spin-off series for its hit legal drama, The Split, nearly two years since the series came to a close with its third season in 2022. Starring Nicola Walker, The Split delved into the intricate world of family law, focusing on the lives and relationships of…

Church of England mulls asylum seeker change amidst conversion debate

THE Church of England (CoE) is considering updating its guidance to clergy on supporting and ministering to asylum seekers, amid concerns that religious conversions are being exploited by people seeking to stay in Britain. The Church's role in the asylum system has been in the spotlight since media reports that…

UK to access EU intelligence on gangs trafficking migrants

BRITAIN will gain access to the EU's intelligence on criminal gangs involved in human trafficking as part of a deal with the bloc's border protection agency, Frontex, in another sign of closer cooperation between the two sides after Brexit. The deal between Britain and the European Union will allow both…

Onir’s ‘Pine Cone’ to be screened at BFI Flare: London…

Filmmaker Onir’s movie Pine Cone is set to be screened at the 38th British Film Institute Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival next month. The director said he is honored to have his movie selected for the festival, which is known as one of the world's most significant queer film events. It…

Islamophobia in UK tripled since Hamas attacks: report

ANTI-MUSLIM hate incidents in the UK more than tripled following the outbreak of the war between Israel and Hamas, a monitoring group said. Tell MAMA recorded 2,010 such cases in the four months since Hamas's deadly attack against Israel on October 7 sparked the conflict. That was the largest recorded…

Gopi Hinduja and the Reuben Brothers Continue to Dominate the…

Once again, the UK Rich List has a distinctly Indian feel to it. The Sunday Times newspaper has published their list of the wealthiest people in the UK, with Gopi Hinduja coming out on top with a whopping £35 billion fortune. The 84-year-old oversees the Hinduja Group, an international conglomerate…

Shamima Begum loses appeal over citizenship removal

A woman stripped of her British citizenship after leaving the country as a teenager to marry a Daesh (Islamic State group) fighter lost her appeal against the decision on Friday (23). London's Court of Appeal rejected all five arguments presented by Shamima Begum, 24, although she can still take the…

Restaurant owner denies trying to spike woman’s drink

A man who operates two Michelin-starred restaurants has denied attempting to spike a woman's drink at an upscale club in Mayfair, London. Vikas Nath, 61, hailing from Kensington, faces allegations of trying to administer a substance with the intent of rendering a woman unconscious or incapacitated to facilitate sexual activity.…

Bas Javid: My background helps bring compassion to tackling illegal…

BAS JAVID, who has been tasked with policing illegal immigration, has said his immigrant background enables him to bring compassion to the role. Javid was appointed director general for immigration enforcement at the Home Office in November last year. With a budget exceeding £779 million and a staff of more…

King Charles ‘reduced to tears’ by support after cancer diagnosis

KING CHARLES said during a meeting with prime minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (21) he had been reduced to tears by messages of good will following his cancer diagnosis. King met Sunak in person for their weekly audience for the first time since announcing his diagnosis. The palace announced earlier…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop condemning us for fighting racism

VICTIMS of racism are being attacked for speaking out and highlighting the problem, former chief crown prosecutor, Nazir Afzal, has told Eastern Eye. His comments come as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has asked Afzal to head a panel to investigate its internal culture. The 61-year-old is no stranger…

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