Road less travelled: Take a bus from London to Delhi

  By Nadeem Badshah IT IS the world’s longest bus route, spanning 12,000 miles to link the UK with Delhi in India. And the 70-day trip through 18 countries, set to be launched in May 2021, has been met with ap­proval by leading Indians in Britain. Passengers will be able to hop on in London […]

Experts flag risks to victims of emotional abuse in lockdown

  By Nadeem Badshah URGENT action is needed to support victims whose relatives pretend to have an illness in order to control them, ac­cording to charities and experts. With schools reopening for the first time since March, they have called for teachers to be on alert for “emotional abuse” being used to force people to […]

Yoga ‘vital lockdown health tool’

  By Nadeem Badshah YOGA can be used to treat anxiety and has been a vital tool for thousands of people in the UK during lockdown, ac­cording to experts. A study found that doing the ancient Indian practice regularly was almost as effective as talking therapies, which are offered by the NHS for generalised anxi­ety […]

Debt fears ‘keeping Asians out of British universities’

By Nadeem Badshah FEWER British Asian teenagers are going to university, with opposition MPs and business leaders warning that students are being put off by ris­ing debt levels. The tradition in many Asian families of children getting a degree appears to be changing, with new government figures showing that 73 per cent of peo­ple of […]

Entertainers explore new career paths in lockdown

By Nadeem Badshah TOP actors and comedians have revealed how the lock­down has led to them pur­suing different career paths and skills. With filming for TV shows and films suspended over the pandemic, performers have been using their time to complete courses, learn new skills and earn a living in other industries. And after indoor […]

Study finds ethnic minority businesses struggle to access loans, grants, and investment 

By Nadeem Badshah AN URGENT investigation is needed on why ethnic mi­nority entrepreneurs often struggle to secure financial support to grow their firm, according to business lead­ers and experts. They have expressed disap­pointment at the findings of a report which found that some BAME business owners are disproportionately unable to access loans, grants or invest­ment. […]

Eateries seek long-term help

By Nadeem Badshah LEADING chefs and restaurant bosses have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide further financial support to save the industry from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They have welcomed Sunak’s package of measures, which in­cludes slashing VAT from 20 per cent to five per cent for food and non-alcoholic drinks for six […]

Changes to Sunday trading hours ‘will hit small stores’

By Nadeem Badshah EXTENDING Sunday trading hours would boost supermarket sales but devastate smaller com­munity stores, some Asian shop owners and MPs believe. Retailers and politicians are split over the latest plan to relax trading rules, which is believed to have been part of the govern­ment’s coronavirus recovery bill. The proposal is now being kept […]

Experts call for action to end racist abuse once schools reopen

By Nadeem Badshah SCHOOLS and the government have been urged to do more to tackle racist bullying suffered by pupils as classes resume. Charity Kidscape said it has been in contact with children dur­ing lockdown who were “relieved” to be taught at home because of name-calling from classmates. With the government aiming for all pupils […]

‘The NHS owes a debt of gratitude to its Asian staff’

  By Nadeem Badshah THE NHS marks its 72nd birthday on Sunday (5), a welcome celebration after the most challenging year it has endured in its history due to the coronavirus crisis. For the estimated 118,000 doctors, nurses and staff from south Asia working on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19, it will be […]

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