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India’s Adani mulls independent review after short-seller’s criticism

India's Adani Group is considering an independent evaluation of issues relating to legal compliance, related party transactions and internal controls following a U.S. short-sellers critical report on its businesses, disclosures showed on Tuesday. The group, led by billionaire Gautam Adani, has been roiled by days of market turmoil after Hindenburg…

Adani group stocks surge after $113 bln market wipeout

Shares in India's Adani Group rallied on Tuesday a day after it prepaid some loans, bringing relief to investors that have seen $113.6 billion wiped off the conglomerate's market value since a U.S. short-seller published a critical report two weeks ago. The group, led by billionaire Gautam Adani, has been…

Indians can now get US visa appointment at American embassies…

The US Embassy in India has said that Indians who are travelling abroad can get a visa appointment at the US Embassy or consulate of their destination. It cited the example of Thailand, saying that the country has opened appointment capacity for B1 and B2 visas (business and travel) for…

UK industry body leads first-ever India delegation to unlock FTA…

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has sent its first-ever business delegation to India on Monday aimed at unlocking opportunities from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) being negotiated between London and New Delhi. The industry body, which speaks on behalf of 190,000 UK businesses of all sizes and sectors, began…

Doctors back British Indian medic’s call for Covishield vaccine safety…

A number of Indian medical experts on Monday supported calls from an eminent British Indian cardiologist for a full safety review into the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, administered in India as Covishield, over feared serious side effects such as heart attack and stroke. Dr Aseem Malhotra, a National…

How Indo-Pak cricket thrived in Musharraf’s rule

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, the architect of the Kargil War in 1999, loved his cricket. Musharraf, who passed away in a Dubai hospital on Sunday, used cricket as a strong diplomatic tool to improve relations between the two countries when he led Pakistan first as Chief Executive and…

Special flight to repatriate Musharraf’s mortal remains from Dubai gets…

The special flight to repatriate the mortal remains of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was delayed, media reports said on Monday. Musharraf, the architect of the Kargil War in 1999, died on Sunday in Dubai after a prolonged illness. The 79-year-old former military ruler, who had been in the…

Adani crisis sparks protests and arrests; sell-off losses top $110…

The crisis engulfing the Adani group intensified on Monday as dozens of members of India's main opposition party were detained by police during protests, and parliament was suspended again due to disruptions over the saga. Adani shares continued their freefall, with the conglomerate's cumulative market value loss topping $110 billion.…

Indian ministry reviews Adani Group financial statements – government sources

India's ministry of corporate affairs has started a preliminary review of Adani Group's financial statements and other regulatory submissions made over the years, two senior government officials told Reuters on Friday (3). Adani Group has denied allegations by U.S.-based short-seller Hindenburg Research of improper use of offshore tax havens and…

India, U.S. discuss Narendra Modi White House visit

The Biden administration is in talks with Indian officials over a possible White House visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year, according to a U.S. official aware of the discussions and another person briefed on the matter. U.S. President Joe Biden is eager to deepen ties with the…

Shah Rukh Khan: Indian heartthrob and King of Bollywood

Shah Rukh Khan is Bollywood's most popular star and at 57 still its biggest sex symbol, whose silver-screen repertoire of dance, romance and shoot-em-up heroics made him the cinematic avatar of a changing India. "King Khan" -- whose moniker reflects decades of box office dominance -- is a rare unifying…

Women, here’s why you keep peeing your pants or have…

The pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in daily activities. They provide support to the bladder, urethra, rectum, anus, prostate, uterus, cervix, vagina, and intestines. Experts inform that these muscles also affect sexual health, including sexual arousal and orgasm. Additionally, they aid in stabilising the hips and trunk during…

Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist clergy opposes full implementation of 13A…

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe's plan to fully implement India-backed 13th Amendment to grant political autonomy to the minority Tamils received a blow on Thursday as the powerful Buddhist clergy expressed strong opposition to the move, claiming it challenges the unitary nature of the country. The four chief prelates of…

Adani’s market losses top $100bn as shelved share sale spooks…

India's Adani group shares sank on Thursday (2) after it abandoned its flagship company's $2.5 billion stock offering, swelling the conglomerate's market losses to more than $100bn and sparking worries about the potential systemic impact. The withdrawal of Adani Enterprises' share sale caps a dramatic setback for Gautam Adani, the…

India ramps up spending, cuts deficit in last budget ahead…

Since taking office in 2014, Modi has ramped up capital spending including on roads and energy, while wooing investors through lower tax rates and labour reforms, and offering subsidies to poor households to clinch their political support. Here's what experts said about the budget: B GOPKUMAR, MD AND CEO, AXIS…

Heritage Hindu temple defaced with anti-India graffiti in Canada

A prominent Hindu temple in Brampton, Canada has been targeted with anti-India graffiti, causing outrage among the Indian community. Condemning the act of vandalism at Gauri Shankar Mandir, the Indian Consulate General in Toronto said the defacing of the temple has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Indian community in…

Rajinikanth follows Amitabh Bachchan; issues notice against unauthorised use of…

Rajinikanth, one of the biggest superstars that Indian cinema has ever produced, has entertained the audience for over five decades. He is known worldwide for his charismatic personality, superstardom, and unmatched onscreen aura. Though fans love him to the moon and back, his over-the-top style in films has been fodder…

ASER education report 2022, largest citizen-led rural survey, released

Ajay Piramal, chairman of the Piramal Group and Pratham Education Foundation, on January 18 released the 17th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022 in New Delhi, India. ASER is an annual survey which aims to give reliable estimates of children’s enrolment and basic learning levels for each district and…

‘Ideology of hate’ consuming India, says Gandhi’s great-grandson

India's rising tide of Hindu nationalism is an affront to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, his great-grandson says, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the revered independence hero's assassination. Gandhi was shot dead at a multi-faith prayer meeting on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse, a religious zealot angered by…

India’s Gautam Adani: Asia’s richest man in the eye of…

India's Gautam Adani, the school drop-out turned billionaire who rose to become Asia's richest man, faces possibly the biggest challenge of his career after a U.S. short-seller cast doubts on his business practices, hammering shares in his companies and his reputation. Adani, whose home state is Gujarat in western India,…

India wants to keep third parties out of water treaty…

India has asked Pakistan to change a decades-old water-sharing agreement by barring third parties from intervening in disputes, an Indian government source said, a suggestion likely to rile Islamabad. The nuclear-armed neighbours and foes have been arguing over hydroelectric projects on the shared Indus river and its tributaries for many…

Indian envoy celebrates ‘remarkable’ Indian Constitution on Republic Day

The Indian High Commission in London hosted its annual Republic Day celebrations at the historic Guildhall with music, dance and glimpses from the Kartavya Path parade in New Delhi. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami addressed the gathering of British parliamentarians, community leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and members of…

Adani slammed by $48bn stock rout, clouding record share sale

Shares of India's Adani Enterprises sank nearly 20 per cent on Friday (27) as a scathing report by a US short seller triggered a rout in the conglomerate's listed firms, casting doubts on how investors will respond to the company's record $2.45 billion secondary sale. Seven listed companies of the…

‘We support the importance of free press around the world’:…

Describing India banning the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a matter of press freedom, the US State Department said that it is high time to highlight the importance of democratic principles like freedom of expression and make it a point around the world as well as in…

India slams vandalisation of three Hindu temples in Australia; glorification…

India on Thursday strongly condemned the recent vandalisation of three Hindu temples here and the graffiti on them which included the glorification of anti-India terrorists in Australia. Earlier, this month, the Swaminarayan temple in Melbourne, the historic Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, Victoria and the ISKCON temple in…

High-quality FTA with India a priority, says trade minister

Britain's trade minister in charge of negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with India says clinching a high-quality deal is among her top priorities for the year, while admitting the talks had hit a "bit of an impasse” which she broke by flying to New Delhi last month. In a…

Defiant Indian students to hold more screenings of BBC documentary…

Indian students said they would show again a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the government has dismissed as propaganda after a Tuesday campus screening was disrupted by a power cut and intimidation by rivals. The Students' Federation of India (SFI) plans to show the documentary, "India: The…

India invites Pakistan’s foreign minister for May meeting – reports

India has invited Pakistan's foreign minister to a meeting of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) that it is hosting in May, Indian media reported on Wednesday, signalling a possible thaw in relations between the nuclear-armed rivals. The invitation came days after Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif called for talks with…

Pompeo claims India informed him Pakistan was preparing for nuclear…

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that he was awakened to speak to his then-Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj who told him that Pakistan was preparing for a nuclear attack in the wake of the Balakot surgical strike in February 2019 and India is preparing its own escalatory…

Indian university warns against screening of BBC documentary on Modi

A top Indian university has warned its students' union of strict disciplinary action if it goes ahead with a planned screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, saying it might disturb the peace and harmony of the campus. Modi's government has dismissed the documentary, which…

Not familiar with BBC documentary, very familiar with shared ‘democratic…

The US is not familiar with the BBC documentary, but it is familiar with the shared “democratic values” that connect Washington and New Delhi, a US State Department spokesperson has said. The two-part BBC series, titled "India: The Modi Question" claimed it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat…

PM Sharif travelling around the world with ‘begging bowl’, says…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is travelling to different countries around the world with a "begging bowl" but none of them is giving him a penny, ousted premier Imran Khan said on Sunday. "See what this imported government has done to Pakistan," Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chairman, said in…

India FTA can be clinched this year, but no more…

The India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) is expected to be clinched this year but it won't involve any boost of free movement visa offers for Indians, British trade minister in charge of the negotiations has said. Kemi Badenoch, who was in New Delhi last month to kick off the sixth…

Eminent Indians slam BBC documentary on PM Modi, say it’s…

In a strong rebuttal to the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, more than 300 eminent Indians including retired judges, retired bureaucrats, and retired armed forces veterans signed a statement slamming the British national broadcaster for showing "unrelenting prejudice" toward India and its leader. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired…

BBC defends Modi documentary as ‘rigorously researched’

The BBC on Friday (20) defended its controversial series on prime minister Narendra Modi as a “rigorously researched” documentary that sought to highlight important issues, a day after the Indian government condemned the programme as a “propaganda piece” lacking objectivity. “The documentary was rigorously researched according to the highest editorial…

‘We have been shocked at vandalism of two Hindu temples…

Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell AO on Friday said that Australia is shocked at the vandalism of two Hindu temples in Melbourne, and authorities are investigating the same. India on Thursday condemned the vandalization of Hindu temples in Australia and said that the matter has been raised with…

India considers full implementation of 13A in Sri Lanka ‘critical’…

India considers the full implementation of the 13th Amendment in Sri Lanka “critical” for achieving reconciliation with the minority Tamil community, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday, underlining that New Delhi has always supported both the political and economic stability in the island nation. India has been pressing…

India foreign minister visits Sri Lanka with stronger ties, China…

India's foreign minister arrives in Colombo on Thursday following his country's backing of Sri Lanka for a $2.9 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan, leaving China as the island's last remaining major creditor which has yet to agree to the debt restructuring plan. India has told global lender IMF that…

Rishi Sunak defends Modi in Parliament over controversial BBC documentary

Defending Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the British Parliament, Rishi Sunak distanced himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he "doesn't agree with the characterization" of his Indian counterpart. Sunak made these remarks on the controversial documentary that was raised in the Parliament by Pakistan-origin MP Imran Hussain. "The UK…

India raised vandalization of Hindu temples with the Australian govt,…

India condemned the vandalization of Hindu temples in Australia and said that the matter has been raised with the Australian government in Canberra and asked for expeditious investigation against the perpetrators. Responding to a media query regarding the vandalization and graffiti being written on Hindu temples, Ministry of External Affairs…

UK home secretary orders extradition of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari…

British Home Secretary Suella Braverman has ordered the extradition of Sanjay Bhandari, an accused middleman and consultant in arms deals, to India to face charges of tax evasion and money laundering. According to Home Office sources, the extradition was ordered last week and Bhandari now has 14 days until the…

Pakistan-based LeT’s deputy leader Abdul Rehman Makki designated global terrorist…

In a major diplomatic victory for India, Abdul Rehman Makki was designated a global terrorist by the UN after China lifted its hold on a joint India-US proposal to blacklist the deputy chief of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. The UN Security Council’s 1267 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee…

Pak PM Sharif seeks ‘sincere’ talks with India to resolve…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sought "serious" and "sincere" talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the resolution of the "burning" issues, including on Kashmir, and said the UAE could play an important role in facilitating the resumption of dialogue between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Prime Minister Sharif…

Twist in Air India urination case: Woman urinated on her…

Shankar Mishra, accused of urinating on a woman on board an Air India Flight from New York to New Delhi flight on Friday )13) told a Delhi Court that he did not commit the offence and submitted that the complainant herself could have peed on her own seat. The accused…

India-China trade climbs to $135.98 billion in 2022, trade deficit…

The trade between India and China has touched an all-time high of $135.98 billion in 2022 while New Delhi's trade deficit with Beijing crossed for the first time a $100 billion mark despite frosty bilateral relations, according to data released by Chinese customs on Friday. The total India-China trade for…

Pak says looking into case of Indian woman’s allegations; expresses…

While expressing "zero tolerance" for misbehaviour at its foreign missions, Pakistan said on Thursday that it was looking into the case of a woman visitor who has alleged indecent behaviour by some senior staff members of the country's high commission in New Delhi. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Spokesperson of the Ministry…

Nutritionist shares foods with ‘miraculous powers’ that help ‘slow down’…

As we begin to age, the foods we consume on a regular basis can greatly affect our overall fitness, appearance, quality of life, and risk of contracting diseases. Various nutrients help to support the natural ageing process and according to some experts, certain nutrients may even help to slow down…

Imperial College London welcomes India high commissioner Vikram Doraiswami to…

The Imperial College London on Tuesday (10) welcomed the Indian high commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami, to discuss deepening ties between the UK and India. The College has been growing research connections with the South Asian nation in fields such as sustainability, public health, and water management.…

Washington lawmakers seek removal of tariffs on American apples imported…

The lawmakers from the US State of Washington have urged the Biden administration to help remove or reduce the tariffs on American apples imported to India as the country's fruit industry has incurred significant losses due to New Delhi's retaliatory measures. In a letter to US Trade Representative Katherine Tai…

Air India Urinating incident: Co-passenger says it was triggering to…

It was triggering to hear the father of an inebriated man who urinated on a female passenger in an Air India flight claim that the incident did not happen, a co-passenger has said, as he noted that the accused was incoherent and blamed the pilot for the inaction in dealing…

Couple who went viral for grand Hindu wedding, now expect…

The two had taken the internet by storm with their grand Hindu marriage held in New Jersey, US, in 2019. And now, the couple -- Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju, are set to welcome their first baby in May. The partners also had a paternity shoot and its photographs were…

Air India peeing row: Flight pilot made traumatised woman passenger…

The pilot of the November 26 Air India flight from New York to Delhi that witnessed the unsavoury event of an inebriated man urinating on an elderly female co-passenger, made the traumatised flyer wait for nearly two hours before allotting her a fresh seat, a co-flyer has said in his…

Covid infection may impact semen quality in men: Study

Infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus may negatively impact semen quality, according to a study on 30 males conducted by researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The team led by researchers at AIIMS Patna, Bihar noted that COVID-19 can lead to multiorgan damage through the angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 receptor…

Asian cinema gems that sparkled last year

LAST year may have been a bad one for Bollywood, but that didn’t stop it from being an interesting 12 months for films with a strong south Asian connection. There were marvellous movies made across different languages and genres, which delighted audiences on multiple platforms, from streaming sites to cinemas…

Woman complains of ‘traumatic’ experience of being peed on by…

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an investigation into an incident aboard an Air India flight in which a co-passenger urinated over a senior citizen travelling in business class and exposed his private parts to her on a flight from New York to Delhi. The incident reportedly…

Modi speaks with King Charles III, discusses climate action

Prime minister Narendra Modi spoke with King Charles III of UK on the telephone on Tuesday (3) and discussed several subjects including climate change, biodiversity conservation, and solutions for the financing energy transition. As this was PM Modi's first conversation with King Charles III after he assumed the Office of…

‘They dragged her body for 1.5 hours’: Eyewitness on Delhi…

An eyewitness of the gruesome incident in India's capital New Delhi where a 20-year-old woman was killed after her scooty was allegedly hit by a car and dragged for a few kilometres on Sunday, narrated the horrific ordeal. Deepak Dahiya runs a confectionery shop on Kanjhawala Road in Ladpur village.…

Afghan Hindu family endlessly waits for India visa to immerse…

A Hindu couple had fled Afghanistan nearly three 30 years ago when the first Taliban regime in that country was ready to take control. Three decades later, the duo have found their fate linked to the religious fundamentalist group again as it has returned to power in Kabul again in…

UK cricket exports eye boost with India free trade deal

Cricket bat and pad exports from the UK to India could be in line for a big boost if a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries gets finalised, the UK government has said. The Department for International Trade (DIT) issued the update on Saturday following the sixth round…

Round 6 of India-UK FTA ends with detailed draft treaty…

The sixth round of negotiations between India and the UK to finalise a free trade agreement (FTA) concluded last week with detailed draft treaty discussions across 11 policy areas over 28 separate sessions, the British government said on Thursday. The UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) issued a joint outcome…

Waiting time for Indian visas eased considerably to facilitate travel…

The post-pandemic travel demand spike resulting in long delays for travellers seeking Indian visas has considerably eased in time for the busy Christmas travel period, visa facilitation service VFS Global said here this week. The restoration of the electronic visa (e-visa) facility for UK travellers earlier this month is expected…

Sudeep Sen declared joint-winner of the Rabindranath Tagore literary award

Indian author Sudeep Sen has won the Rabindranath Tagore literary award 2021-22 along with Shobhana Kumar and Sanjoy K Roy. Sen's book Anthropocene: Climate Change, Contagion, Consolation, was published by Pippa Rann Books, UK, has been selected for the award. The winners were selected from a shortlist of 11 authors.…

Subhrakant Panda formally takes over as FICCI President

Industrialist Subhrakant Panda on Saturday formally took over as President of the leading industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). In a Tweet on Saturday, Panda said, “Humbled to take charge of FICCI at a crucial juncture; it was made more special by the presence of…

‘Technology is cold comfort for parents who need a hug’

“MY FATHER died on Sunday, November 20, at 5:55 pm at home, in his own bed, in New Delhi. “At the end, death came to him like a mother and lifted him up gently, tenderly, to carry him through the exit to the other side. It was sandhya, dusk, when…

Modi hails Pramukh Swami Maharaj as reformer as he launches…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) hailed BAPS leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj as a reformer who devoted his life to selfless service of others and recalled his long association with the late saint, who he said, treated him like a son. Recalling his conversation with Pramukh Swami Maharaj when…

Influential US Senator Grassley opposes Garcetti’s nomination as envoy to…

Influential American Senator Chuck Grassley has opposed the nomination of Eric Garcetti as the US envoy to India because of "serious allegations" of sexual harassment by one of his staffers and urged his senatorial colleagues to do the same. Grassley’s remarks on the Senate floor on Tuesday come amidst the…

India, UK in pole position to do the trade deal,…

Indian minister of commerce and industry Piyush Goyal, held a meeting with UK secretary of state for international trade, Kemi Badenoch in New Delhi on Tuesday (13). Badenoch, who began her official India visit on Monday (12), is scheduled to address both teams of negotiators before the sixth round of…

James Cleverly reiterates backing for India UNSC seat, praises PM…

The UK wants India to be among the new permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, alongside Brazil, Japan, Germany and African representation, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Monday. In his first major foreign policy speech since taking charge in the Rishi Sunak-led government, Cleverly praised Prime…

Sino-India border situation ‘generally stable’: China silent on troops clash

China on Tuesday said the situation was "generally stable" along its border with India, days after the troops of the two countries clashed in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, resulting in minor injuries to some soldiers on both sides. At a media briefing here, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang…

Kemi Badenoch in India to ‘kickstart’ new round of FTA…

UK Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch arrives in New Delhi on Monday to “kickstart” the sixth round of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations and hold bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal. The new round marks the first formal meeting between the India-UK negotiating teams since July and the first…

What could precipitate heart attacks in the young? Experts give…

Widely conceived to occur in 'obese' and 'high-on-cholesterol' people, recent instances of young people 'collapsing' from heart attacks may tell a different, alarming story. Many videos have emerged showing people doing everyday activities such as walking on the street, working out at gyms and dancing at weddings before seemingly 'dropping'…

Visa delay issue raised with US, UK: India’s foreign minister

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday admitted that there is a delay in the issuing of foreign visas and said that at the ministerial level he had raised the matter with the Western countries including the US, UK, and Germany. While addressing the Agenda Aaj Tak 2022 in New…

Indian High Commissioner presents credentials to King Charles

Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami presented his credentials to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday (8), marking the formal start of his UK posting. Doraiswami is the first Indian envoy to be received at the palace by the King since the death of…

Do you use baby skincare products? Here’s why you shouldn’t

It’s important to pay attention to the kind of products you apply on your skin, especially those with sensitive skin, need to be more cautious as any product that doesn’t suit the skin could lead to itchiness, redness, inflammation, acne, and so on. You’ve probably heard that those with sensitive…

BJP heads for historic win in Gujarat; Congress posts worst…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday headed for a record victory in Gujarat as the counting of votes entered the last leg, giving the ruling party a lead in 100 seats and a win in another 57 seats in the 182-member state assembly. The Congress party was…

My playlist – Akhil Sahni

Great music continues to be produced by talented independent artists like Akhil Sahni. The singer, songwriter, and musician based between London and New Delhi recently released his fabulous fourth single Let Us Be Apart. The soulful song about trying to stay away from someone that isn’t good for you mixes…

India could see over 34 million job losses due to…

Severe heat waves, responsible for thousands of deaths across India over the last few decades, are increasing with alarming frequency and soon the country could become one of the first places in the world to experience heat waves that break the human survivability limit, according to a new report. The…

India is home to a great diversity of faiths: US

India, the world's largest democracy, is home to a great diversity of faiths, the United States said Tuesday noting that it will continue to encourage New Delhi to uphold its commitments to protect religious freedom for all. The United States has designated 12 countries, including China, Pakistan and Myanmar, as…

Hailey Bieber recently revealed she has ovarian cyst – Should…

Twenty-six-year-old Hailey Baldwin Bieber, model and wife of singer Justin Bieber recently revealed on her Instagram account that she has a large ovarian cyst. Posting a picture of herself with her shirt pulled up to reveal her stomach, the model wrote, "I have a cyst on my ovary, the size…

India will resume work in at least 20 stalled projects…

The Taliban dispensation in Afghanistan has said that India will resume work on at least 20 stalled projects in several provinces across the war-torn country. In June, India re-established its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a "technical team" in its embassy in the Afghan capital. India withdrew its officials…

‘Didn’t expect this from you’: Prakash Raj condemns Akshay Kumar…

South actor Prakash Raj, on Friday, confronted actor Akshay Kumar for calling out Richa Chadha over her comment about the 2020 Galwan clash, in which several Indian Army soldiers died. Taking to Twitter, Prakash Raj reacted to Akshay's tweet and wrote, "Didn't expect this from you @akshaykumar..having said that @RichaChadha…

Indian with $1 million bounty on his head for murdering…

The Delhi Police on Friday arrested a person accused of killing an Australian woman in Queensland in 2018. The Australian Police had offered 1 million Australian dollars to exchange information about the accused Rajwinder Singh who killed Toyah Cordingley in 2018. Accused Rajwinder Singh was arrested after a joint operation…

Richa Chadha apologizes after being trolled over ‘Galwan says hi’…

Bollywood actor Richa Chadha has issued an apology statement through a tweet after being slammed on social media for posting a tweet on the 2020 Galwan clash, in which several Indian Army soldiers died. Taking to Twitter, Richa wrote, "Even though it can never be my intention in the least,…

UK-India culture season is a chance to celebrate ‘living bridge’…

LAST week, I had the privilege of visiting India on behalf of the British Council, an experience which has prompted much reflection on the changing relationship between India and the UK. India, the world’s fifth biggest economy, is destined to be its most populous country – with a median age…

Fugitive diamantaire Jatin Mehta faces heat from London High Court

Diamantaire Jatin Mehta and his family continue to feel the heat of financial squeeze as the High Court in London has refused to discharge them from the Worldwide Freezing Order (WFO) for $932.5 million for now.Mehta, his wife Sonia and sons Vishal and Suraj have been accused of defrauding banks…

Deepak Chopra joins Vikas Khanna’s documentary ‘Barefoot Empress’ as executive…

World-renowned speaker and author Dr Deepak Chopra has joined Vikas Khanna's award-winning short documentary 'Barefoot Empress'  as the executive producer. Directed by Khanna, a Michelin-starred chef and social impact filmmaker, and produced by Academy Award-nominated Doug Roland, the film talks about 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma as she realises her life-long dream…

India-UK trade pact a high priority, next round of talks…

The proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK is a high priority for both countries and the next round of negotiations is slated to happen next month, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday. He said that things are progressing well and it will yield…

Sunak approves 3,000 visas for Indians after meeting Modi

Britain to offer 3,000 places annually to 18–30 year-old degree-educated Indians to come to the UK to live and work for up to two years. The reciprocal route will open in early 2023. It is reported that India will be the first visa-national country to benefit from the new visa…

Time to confirm ambassador to India, says top Indian-American Congressman

It is time to confirm a US Ambassador to India, a top Indian-American Congressman said noting that for nearly two years now there has been no American envoy in New Delhi. "The US needs a strong defense and strategic partnership with India, especially in the face of escalating aggression from…

US Treasury removes India from its Currency Monitoring List

The US Department of Treasury on Friday (11) removed India along with Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam from its Currency Monitoring List of major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies. India had been on the list for the last two years. The move…

UK, India need each other now more than ever: Boris…

Ties between the United Kingdom and India will remain on a “phenomenal upward trajectory” under Indian-origin UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, that country’s former premier Boris Johnson said on Saturday. The two countries need each other now more than ever as “we live in dangerous and turbulent times”, he said.…

India to overtake China in number of US Visas issued…

India is expected to surpass China in getting the number of US visas by 2023 and will be ranked two in the issuance of visas after Mexico, a Senior US Embassy official said. "We expect that India will surpass China in getting the number of US visas by next year's…

Court approves extradition of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari to India…

A London court on Monday ruled that Sanjay Bhandari, an accused middleman and consultant in arms deals, can be extradited to India to face charges of tax evasion and money laundering. The 60-year-old faced two extradition requests from the Indian authorities, the first related to money laundering and the second…

India says working ‘sincerely’ with UK on free trade agreement

India on Thursday said it is working “sincerely” with the UK for finalisation of the proposed free trade agreement, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Rishi Sunak agreed on the “early conclusion” of the deal. “Both sides are working sincerely on the free trade agreement,” External…

India asks Canada to prevent anti-India activities by individuals, and…

India on Thursday reiterated its concern over certain forces planning a so-called referendum in Canada on their demand for Khalistan and called upon that country to prevent anti-India activities by individuals and groups based there. It also urged Canada to designate as terrorists under its laws those individuals and entities…

EXCLUSIVE: Starmer tells Asians: “Thank you for making Britain better”

LABOUR does not take the British south Asian vote for granted, party leader Sir Keir Starmer told Eastern Eye. He also revealed his determination to work as “grown up” partners with the communities and his ambition to be the next prime minister. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview prior to…

Britain prioritising India trade deal but can’t give timeline, says…

Britain is prioritising reaching a free-trade agreement with India, its foreign minister told Reuters on Saturday in his first visit to the country, but declined to give a new deadline after missing one this month.James Cleverly said after a meeting with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar in New Delhi that…

‘Excited’ about what UK, India can achieve as they deepen…

Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday (27) thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for congratulating him on his new role, saying he was "excited" about what the two great democracies can achieve as they deepen their security, defence and economic partnership. His comment came soon after Prime Minister…

Kashmir issue should be resolved by India, Pakistan through dialogue,…

China on Thursday said India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue and consultations and avoid taking “unilateral actions” that could further complicate the situation. Replying to a question on the Kashmir issue raised by a Pakistani journalist, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning during a media briefing…

‘All faiths welcome in Canada…’ Canadian High Commissioner to India,…

"All faiths are welcome in Canada", said Canadian High Commissioner to India, Cameron MacKay on Thursday in response to how Canada was dealing with increasing anti-India elements in his country. "In Canada, we love people of all faiths," he responded to a question by ANI. The envoy who was visiting…

Cough-syrup scandal: How did it end up killing 70 children…

The director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said earlier this month that ingredients in four cough syrups manufactured in India may have been linked to acute kidney injuries and deaths of 66 kids in the west African country of The Gambia and that the products might have also been…

Deal more important than date: Trade Secretary on India trade…

The free trade agreement (FTA) talks between India and the UK are "progressing well" and a deal that works for both sides is more important than the date when it is signed, Britain’s Trade Policy Minister Greg Hands said with reference to the now abandoned Diwali deadline for a draft…

Indian student stabbed 11 times in Australia in alleged racial…

The Indian mission in Australia is providing consular assistance to a 28-year-old student from the north-western city of Agra who was stabbed multiple times in Sydney and is under "serious but stable" condition after undergoing surgery at a local hospital. "The Indian Consulate in Sydney has provided consular assistance to…

UK to honour 75 Indian students, alumni to mark South…

The UK is set to honour 75 Indian students and alumni for excellence in fields such as education, professional achievement, and making contributions to society, on the occasion of India's 75 years of Independence. On Wednesday (12), the nomination process for India's 75 achievers -- the Achievers Honours was declared…

India-UK trade deal on verge of ‘collapse’ over visa comments:…

The India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) is reportedly on the verge of collapse after the Indian government was angered by comments made by UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman questioning action over visa overstayers from the country, a UK media report claimed on Wednesday. The Times' newspaper quoted government sources to…

‘West didn’t supply weapons for decades’: India’s foreign minister defends…

India has a substantial inventory of Soviet and Russian-origin weapons because the Western countries opted for a military dictatorship in the region as its preferred partner and did not supply weapons to New Delhi for decades, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.…

68th National Film Awards: Ajay Devgn receives Best Actor honour…

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn on Friday was conferred with the National Award for Best Actor and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior' at the 68th National Film Awards. For the award ceremony, the actor donned a black suit as he received the award from President…

Truly a moment I’ll never forget: Suriya after winning National…

Actor Suriya won the National Award for Best Actor for 'Soorarai Pottru' on Friday. President Draupadi Murmu presented him with the award in New Delhi. Upon receiving the honour, Suriya, while speaking to ANI, expressed his elation and said, "Huge honour. Truly grateful to the National Film Award jury and…

UK ‘working intensly’ with India for FTAs: UK Foreign Secy

The UK is "working intensely" with India to achieve the Free Trade Agreements soon, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said. This comes after Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal had said the UK is keen to stick to the Diwali deadline for free trade agreements. "We have signed Free Trade Agreements…

Will prefer to die in free democracy of India, rather…

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Thursday said that he would prefer to breathe his last surrounded by the genuine and loving people of India, a free and open democracy, rather than among "artificial" Chinese officials. He made these remarks during a two-day dialogue with youth leaders at his residence…

India conveys concerns to Canada about activities of extremist elements;…

Terming the so-called Khalistan referendum conducted by separatist groups as a "farcical exercise", India on Thursday said it had conveyed concerns to Canada about the use of its territory by politically motivated "extremist elements". Some Canadian groups had participated in the separatist event in Brampton city of Canada on September…

India, UK working to meet Diwali deadline for FTA: Piyush…

Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said the UK is keen to stick to the Diwali deadline for India-UK free trade agreement and both countries are working towards it. He referred to the passing away of Queen Elizabeth II and said "as we are expanding our engagements, the UK…

India will overtake the UK to become 3rd largest economy…

India will overtake the United Kingdom to become the third largest economy by the end of the decade and thus New Delhi and London need to work together, British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis said on Tuesday. "For two economies roughly the same size, India will grow fast overtaking…

Indian President Murmu arrives in London to attend funeral of…

President Droupadi Murmu arrived in London on Saturday (17) evening to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and to offer condolences on behalf of the Indian government. Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 at her summer residence of Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, is lying-in-state…

Raj Aggarwal: My recollections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It was my great privilege be appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to serve as her representative in South Glamorgan as Deputy Lord Lieutenant and also as Honorary Captain in the Royal Navy. During that time I was incredibly lucky to have met her on a number of occasions,…

Justin Bieber’s India tour gets cancelled due to singer’s health…

Singer Justin Bieber, who was supposed to perform in India in October 2022, has called off his concert due to his health issues. BookMyShow, on Thursday, confirmed the update by issuing an official statement. "We are extremely disappointed to share that the 'Justin Bieber Justice World Tour - India' scheduled…

‘She was our family’s Shakti, guru and guide’

HOW do you begin to write about someone so deeply loved and to whom you owe your very existence? It is impossible to sum up in words what my mother meant to us as a family, but the extraordinary story of her life needs to be told, however inadequate mere…

King Charles’ wife Camilla to get Kohinoor diamond crown, suggests…

With Charles succeeding his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the British monarch, his wife Camilla is set to get the crown which holds the famous Indian-origin Kohinoor diamond.The Queen Concert will receive the crown when the formal coronation of the new king takes place after the mourning of Elizabeth who…

Movement for Bangla language gave us Independence from Pakistan, says…

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while expressing her love for her mother tongue Bangla, said it was the large-scale language movement that gave Bangladesh its Independence from Pakistan five decades back. "When Pakistan was formed, Urdu language was imposed upon us. A language movement started across our country and we…

Foundation Ceremony of Architectural Masterpiece for Cultural Harmony in France

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) – an international socio-spiritual organisation affiliated to the UN and with major centres in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Delhi, Nairobi, Abu Dhabi and Sydney – is beginning work on its next major project, in Paris.  The foundation stone-laying ceremony for what has been…

Vikram Doraiswami appointed India’s High Commissioner to the UK

Vikram Doraiswami, presently Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the UK, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Tuesday. "Shri Vikram K. Doraiswami (IFS: 1992), presently High Commissioner of India to the People's Republic of Bangladesh, has been appointed…

Modi outlines vision for self-reliant India

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi said India will aim to become a developed nation within 25 years as the country marked 75 years of independence on Monday (15), with the leaders of Britain, the US and France sending congratulatory messages. In his traditional address to the nation from Delhi’s historic Red…

‘We are all praying for you, waiting for you’: Rajpal…

Bollywood actor and comedian Rajpal Yadav has sent his best wishes to Raju Srivastava, who is admitted to the intensive care unit at AIIMS, New Delhi. Rajpal took to his Instagram handle and posted a video in which he was heard saying that he is eagerly waiting for him to…

India has never been defensive about its stand on buying…

The US and other nations in the world may not appreciate India buying Russian oil, but they have accepted it as New Delhi has not been defensive about its stand but made them realise the obligation the government has to its people amidst "unreasonably high" oil and gas prices, External…

Uganda envoy Madhvani to focus on trade with UK

NIMISHA MADHVANI, whose appointment as Uganda’s high commissioner in London was reported in Eastern Eye last December, took up her post last week. She does so at an important phase in Uganda-UK relations. First, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Idi Amin’s expulsion of 90,000 Uganda Asians, nearly 30,000 of…

UK PM Johnson hails ‘thriving Living Bridge’ on India’s 76th…

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led India's 75th Independence Day celebrations in the UK on Monday with a throwback image from Sabarmati Ashram during his visit to Gujarat earlier this year. Congratulations to the people of India on 75 years of independence, he said. "During my recent visit to Gujarat and…

PM Modi gives 5 pledges ‘Panch Prans’ to fulfil dreams…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on the people of India to take "panch pran" (five pledges) for a developed nation and aim to fulfil the dreams of the freedom fighters by the year 2047- the 100th year of India's Independence. The Prime Minister while addressing the nation on…

Deutsche Bank’s former India-born co-CEO Anshu Jain dies after long…

Anshu Jain, Deutsche Bank's former India-born co-CEO, who played a crucial role in the development of the German bank, has died after a nearly five-year battle with cancer.Deutsche Bank said in a statement Saturday that it "mourns the death of its former Co-CEO Anshu Jain, who passed away in the…

India, UK conclude fifth round of talks for FTA

India and the United Kingdom concluded the fifth round of talks for an India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) last month, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Thursday. The ministry said that negotiation officials undertook these technical talks in a hybrid fashion - with some of the teams meeting…

Genevieve Sabherwal: Speed Dial for mystery, puzzles, and physical comedy

High energy stage play Speed Dial has been delighting audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. The 1970s-set physical comedy thriller, filled with puzzles, a mystery and funny moments, has a talented cast that includes Genevieve Sabherwal. The talented British actress is enjoying being on stage with fellow cast members and…

Is Pakistan going the Sri Lanka way?

Seventy-five years of the independent polity have been tumultuous and turbulent for the state of Pakistan. Oscillating between military rule and civilian governments, the country to date has failed to witness even one complete five-year tenure of any of its Prime Ministers. This offbeat political tug of war has raised…

Justin Beiber issues apology to an Instagram user; read why

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

Justin Beiber locks lips with Hailey as he tours Norway…

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

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

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

China says its massive loans, projects did not push Sri…

China on Thursday defended its massive infrastructure ventures and investments in crisis-hit Sri Lanka and said that they have "boosted" its economic development, amid criticism from the US of Beijing's unproductive projects and opaque loan deals among the reasons for the country's bankruptcy. The China-Sri Lanka practical cooperation has always…

Ajay Devgn and Suriya share Best Actor at India’s 68th…

The winners of India’s 68th National Film Awards were announced on July 22, 2022, in New Delhi. Established in 1954, the prestigious National Film Awards are administered by the Government of India’s Directorate of Film Festivals. What made the 68th National Film Awards special was the fact that the ceremony…

Justin Beiber set to perform in India in October; ticket…

Rejoice all Justin Beiber fans! Justi is back on his 'Justice' world tour and will soon be performing in India. Justin had earlier cancelled a lot of his shows in North America after being diagnosed with partial face paralysis, leaving millions of fans concerned. Now, as a part of the…

Pesticide storm in teacup: Excessive chemicals make brew ‘unfit for…

CONSIGNMENTS of Indian tea are being sent back because of the presence of excessive chemicals, amidst fears they are unfit for human consumption.Media reports last month said Taiwan and Iran sent back three containers of Indian tea, clouding New Delhi’s efforts to fill up the gap caused by the short…

Kaali poster showing Goddess smoking draws New Delhi’s ire; India…

The Indian High Commission in Canada on Monday urged the Canadian authorities to withdraw the ‘disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods’ in the poster of Kaali, a film showcased as part of the 'Under the Tent' project at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The poster that was tweeted last Saturday…

Vikram Doraiswami: Here’s all you need to know about the…

VIKRAM DORAISWAMI, the current Indian Ambassador to Bangladesh, will become the Indian envoy to the UK. A 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Doraiswami is a Chinese speaker who has served as Indian ambassador to Uzbekistan, South Korea and served in US as well as private secretary to prime minister.…

India FTA by Diwali absolutely achievable’, says UK trade minister

Confirming that both sides are now getting on with the market access aspects of a trade deal, the minister in-charge of the negotiations on the UK government side said that some compromise and cooperation will be required on both sides to get a deal over the line. A free trade…

New India-UK free trade treaty text advances at close of…

Detailed draft treaty text for a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK has been advanced across the majority of chapters at the conclusion of the fourth round of negotiations in London, the UK government said in a joint outcome statement on Monday. The Department for International…

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji meets vice president Venkaiah Naidu

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati has met Indian vice president Venkaiah Naidu at his residence in New Delhi. Pujya Swamiji invited him to the Ganga Aarti and presented him with a Rudraksha plant and angavastram, a statement said. He also shared details about the recent International Yoga Day celebrations held at…

Tata-owned Air India’s biggest aircraft purchase in history on cards

INDIA's Tata Group-owned Air India may order as many as 300 narrowbody jets in one of the largest orders in commercial aviation history as the airline plans to overhaul its fleet, the Bloomberg reported.  The carrier may order Airbus SE’s A320neo family jets or Boeing Co.’s 737 Max models, or…

R Madhavan reveals SRK and Suriya did not charge single…

Shah Rukh Khan, the king of hearts for many due to his ability to make feel special, has smitten actor R Madhavan too who is completely awed by the superstar's humility. While promoting his upcoming film 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' in New Delhi on Monday, Madhavan revealed that SRK did…

Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal makes pitch for re-engagement with India

PAKISTAN's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday (16) made a strong pitch for re-engaging with India, saying cutting ties with New Delhi would not serve the country's interests as Islamabad was already internationally isolated and disengaged. Addressing the Founding Day ceremony at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Bilawal…

‘If Prophet Muhammad was alive today…’: Author Taslima Nasreen amid…

Several incidents of violence were reported from different parts of the country over the controversial remarks of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma. Wading into the ongoing controversy, renowned Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen tweeted if "Prophet Muhammad was alive today, he would have been shocked to see the…

Iran satisfied with India’s stance over Prophet remark row

Iran is satisfied with the efforts made by the Indian government in dealing with those responsible for comments on Prophet Muhammed, the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.Abdollahian, who is on his first visit to India since he assumed office last year, raised the issue of the controversial…

Pledge to end violence against women at Pujya Swami Chidanand…

A NUMBER of distinguished guests came together at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh in the northern Indian state if Uttarakhand on Tuesday (7) – the fifth day of the week-long celebrations that are underway in the honour of the 70th birth anniversary of His Holiness (HH) Pujya Swami Chidanand…

Pakistan summons Indian charge d’affaires over controversial remarks by BJP…

Pakistan said on Monday that it has summoned the Indian charge d'affaires to convey its categorical rejection and condemnation of the controversial remarks by two BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed.The Indian diplomat was told that these remarks are totally unacceptable and have not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the…

Prophet Muhammad remarks row: Islamic nations at odds with India

India on Monday hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its criticism of the country in the wake of the alleged derogatory remarks made against Prophet Mohammed by two BJP functionaries.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India categorically rejects the OIC Secretariat's "unwarranted and narrow-minded comments"…

Europe has to grow out of mindset that its problems…

INDIA has a difficult relationship with China but it is perfectly capable of managing it, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday (3). He rejected the European construct that New Delhi's position on Ukraine could impact global support to it if its problems with Beijing increases. In an interactive…

First time since Taliban takeover, Indian diplomats visit Kabul

For the first time since the Taliban's capture of power in Kabul, India has sent a team led by a senior diplomat to Afghanistan to oversee the delivery of its humanitarian aid and meet with senior members of the Taliban. The team, led by JP Singh, the external affairs ministry's…

Decoded: What is the Indus Water Treaty signed between India,…

The treatyUnder the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, all the waters of the eastern rivers -- Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi -- amounting to around 33 million acre feet (MAF) annually is allocated to India for unrestricted use.The waters of western rivers - Indus, Jhelum,…

Thank You, Your Majesty

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

Who is India’s top trade partner? Is it China or…

China on Tuesday (31) insisted that it is still India's biggest trade partner in 2021-22 as per its figures and attributed the "disparity" to different methods of calculating the trade volume by New Delhi and Beijing while referring to reports that the US has unseated it to take the top…

Ban advertisement of tobacco products: Health experts to Indian govt

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, they also asked the Centre to ensure that tobacco control laws and policies are made stronger and implemented effectively. Noted epidemiologist and public health expert Chandrakant Lahariya pointed out that children and non-tobacco users too visit the point of sale (POS) and…

Inside an assassin’s mind: Why Godse killed Gandhi

THE National Theatre’s new play, The Father and the Assassin, examines why Nathuram Godse, initially a supporter of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, turned against the Mahatma and shot him dead at a prayer meeting in New Delhi on January 30, 1948. Eastern Eye readers will appreciate this is a multi-layered play,…

‘Don’t justify terror’: India slams Islamic nations remark on JKLF…

India on Friday described as "unacceptable" the comments made by OIC-IPHRC (Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission) criticising New Delhi for the court ruling against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the world seeks "zero tolerance" against terrorism and urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)…

‘Olympics is my ultimate goal’, says India’s Nikhat Zareen

Since winning a gold medal in flyweight division at the Women's Junior and Youth World Boxing Championship in Turkey in 2011, it has been a difficult journey for Zareen. Fresh from her exploits at the World Boxing Championship, Nikhat Zareen has now firmly set her sights on being the first…

Pakistanis flood Twitter with memes and jokes after highest-ever hike…

Pakistan on Thursday (26) announced it would hike fuel prices so that it could resume receiving aid from a $6 billion (£4.75 bn) package signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2019.Fuel prices rose by 20 per cent from Friday (27) - petrol now costs Rs 179.86 (72p) per…

The special relationship with the people of Afghanistan over centuries…

India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said today and called for enhancing the capability of the war-torn country to counter-terrorism and terrorist groups which pose a threat regional peace and security. Speaking at the 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Tajikistan's…

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

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

Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment: Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif…

AN INDIAN court on Wednesday (25) ordered life in jail for Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik for funding "terrorist" activities and many other charges, prompting street protests outside his residence and condemnation from Pakistan's prime minister.Malik, head of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), had pleaded guilty to the…

Situation going from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as…

THE World Bank said it is not planning to provide any new financing to cash-strapped Sri Lanka until an adequate economic policy framework has been put in place. In a statement, the multilateral development bank said it was repurposing resources from previously approved projects to help the Sri Lankan government…

Great news for all Beliebers! Singer Justin Bieber set to…

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is set to bring his World Tour to India after a long gap of 5 years. The singer, known for such globally popular tracks as ‘Baby’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Lonely’, and ‘Sorry’, will perform in the national capital, New Delhi, in the month of October. Bieber, whose…

I beg India to reconsider its decision to ban wheat…

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) managing director Kristalina Georgieva has exhorted India to consider reversing its ban on the exports of wheat, even as New Delhi capped sugar shipments in its latest bid to tame domestic inflation.As the Russian invasion of Ukraine has disrupted the food supply chain, Georgieva said in…

PM in Japan for Quad summit: Here’s all you need…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and other Quad leaders are set to demonstrate that the grouping is a "force for global good" and has a unifying commitment to a rules-based international order amid China's increasingly intimidatory behaviour.What is QUAD?The loosely organised Quad - comprising India, the United States, Australia and…

Now, Imran Khan praises India for this reason…

WHEN India refused to succumb to the Western pressure to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, the praise for New Delhi’s diplomatic tightrope walk came from unexpected quarters.Pakistan’s then prime minister Imran Khan found merit in India’s “independent foreign policy” and even said his government was also…

Ukraine war puts Indian diamond polishers out of work

INDIA'S huge diamond-polishing industry has furloughed around 250,000 of its roughly two million workers because of sanctions on Russia hitting supplies, a trade union said Thursday (19).The South Asian nation cuts and polishes 90 per cent of the world's diamonds, with Russian diamond miners such as Alrosa traditionally accounting for…

Vistara starts daily flights from London to New Delhi

INDIA's Vistara has started daily direct flights from London to New Delhi as part of its plans to focus more on Europe, the company said.  The airline celebrated the flight from London Heathrow Airport to New Delhi on Tuesday (17). Vistara, a joint venture of ​​Tata Group and Singapore Airlines,…

US urges India to reverse ban as wheat-laden trucks, ships…

HUNDREDS of thousands of tonnes of wheat were stranded at a major port in India on Tuesday (17) after New Delhi's surprise ban on exports over inflation and food security worries. India, the world's second-largest grower of wheat, last week ordered that traders could not enter into new export deals…

27 killed in fire in New Delhi

At least 27 people died and dozens more were injured in a massive fire in a building in the Indian capital New Delhi on Friday, emergency services said. "The fire has been put out now. The total number of dead is 27. Search operation is on," a fire department official…

India bans wheat exports as domestic prices soar

INDIA banned wheat exports on Saturday (14), just days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year, as a scorching heat wave curtailed output and domestic prices soared to an all-time high.The government said it would still allow exports backed by already issued letters of credit and to countries…

Supreme Court suspends India’s British-era sedition law

INDIA's Supreme Court on Wednesday (11) suspended a colonial-era sedition law that activists say is often used by prime minister Narendra Modi's government to target free speech and dissent. Modi's critics say that the law, which was once used by Britain to target independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, has been abused…

UK-India task force launched to facilitate free trade deal

A NEW UK-India Industry Task Force, a joint commission to increase cross-industry collaboration and push the UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) over the line, was launched on Monday (9).The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have created the new task force as part of…

Policeman arrested in India for raping alleged gang-rape victim

AN Indian police officer has been arrested after being accused of raping a 13-year-old girl who went to his station to report she had been gang-raped. The alleged incident is the latest to spotlight the high levels of sexual violence in the world's largest democracy, where a woman is raped…

More flights likely between India and Canada

INDIA and Canada on Wednesday (4) discussed expansion of a bilateral air service agreement that will allow more flights between the two countries. Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is on a nine-day visit to the US and Canada, met Canadian transport minister Omar Alghabra on Wednesday. “I personally thanked…

India defends Covid death numbers by releasing 2020 mortality data

INDIA registered about 475,000 more total deaths in 2020 than the previous year, government data released months ahead of schedule on Tuesday (3) showed, as the World Health Organization readies its estimates of excess Covid-19 deaths whose methodology New Delhi has opposed. Some experts estimate India's actual Covid death toll…

Narendra Modi calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (3) appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, even as his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen hoped New Delhi will use its influence over Russia to end the war. The two leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis and several regional and global issues including increasing…

Modi pledges prosperity and jobs on Kashmir visit

INDIA’S prime minister promised peace and development for Jammu and Kashmir last Sunday (24), during his first public event in the region since it imposed a sweeping security clampdown nearly three years ago. Narendra Modi’s bharatiya Janata Party-led government has sought to quell a long-running insurgency in Indian Kashmir and…

Indira valued Rahul’s “grit and determination”, new book reveals

INDIA's former prime minister Indira Gandhi valued Rahul Gandhi’s “grit and determination”, according to a new book. It added that she often considered him mature enough to be taken into confidence on subjects she avoided discussing even with his parents when he was barely 14. The book Leaders, Politicians, Citizens…

Johnson thrilled with posters

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson landed in Gujarat last Thursday (21) as he began his two-day India visit. He said he felt like Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar, as hundreds of people lined the streets and dozens of billboards depicted his image. “I had an amazing reception,” he said. “My face…

Power cuts, forest fires in South Asia heatwave

Power outages compounded the misery of millions of people wilting in a heatwave across India and Pakistan on Friday, with experts blaming climate change for an early onset of roasting summer temperatures. In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh hundreds of forest fires have broken out in recent weeks,…

India-EU to form trade and technology council

THE European Union (EU) and India agreed on Monday (25) to set up a trade and technology council (TTC) to step up cooperation, as the bloc’s chief held talks with officials in New Delhi. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen concluded a two-day trip to India’s capital, part of…

Ukraine conflict will impact Indo-Pacific region: EU chief

EUROPE will make sure that Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

India ‘Trade Deal by Diwali’

AN Indo-British bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October, prime minister Boris Johnson said in New Delhi last week, as he concluded his much-delayed visit to India. Britain and India also agreed to step up defence and business cooperation, Johnson said, adding that London would support Delhi’s goal…

India says talks with Pakistan only after ‘terror’ stops

New Delhi on Thursday ruled out any formal talks with Pakistan unless India's neighbour stops supporting "cross-border terrorism", as a new government comes to power in Islamabad. The recent appointment of Shehbaz Sharif as Pakistan's new prime minister has raised hopes of an easing of tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals,…

India on Ukraine: Focus should be to stop fighting

INDIA said the best solution to the Ukraine conflict is to “stop the fighting” and get the warring sides to the negotiation table.“The best way forward is to focus on stopping the fighting, getting the talking and finding ways of moving forward. We think our choices, our positions are best…

UK wants to grow ties with India ‘for Network of…

BRITAIN wants to keep growing its ties with India as part of efforts to work more closely with allies to create a so-called Network of Liberty, foreign secretary Liz Truss said.She used her keynote address at the Lord Mayor's Easter banquet in London on Wednesday (27) to issue a stark…

India, EU announce trade and technology council

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Monday (25) announced the setting up of an India-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), a strategic mechanism to tackle key trade, economic and technological challenges.India is the second country after the US to have such a…

What happens in Ukraine will have impact on Indo-Pacific: EU…

EUROPE will make sure that Russia's “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

US panel says India’s religious freedom worsens ‘significantly’

RELIGIOUS freedom has deteriorated "significantly" in India under the Hindu nationalist government, a US commission said Monday (25) as it again recommended targeted sanctions over abuses.It was the third straight year that the US Commission on International Religious Freedom asked that India be placed on a list of "countries of…

India, EU to set up council to broaden ties

INDIAN and the European Union (EU) agreed on Monday (25) to set up a trade and technology council to step up cooperation between them, the two sides said in a joint statement as the EU chief met government officials in New Delhi.European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is on…

Modi to attend first Kashmir public event since clampdown on…

INDIA's prime minister will on Sunday (24) hold his first public event in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir since New Delhi imposed a sweeping security clampdown there more than two years ago. Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government has sought to quell a long-running insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir and…

Skilled Indians can ‘make a difference’ to UK, says Johnson

British prime minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that skilled workers from India could plug labour shortages in sectors such as information technology in the UK, even as he reiterated that immigration would continue to be controlled. Britain has made getting a trade deal with India one of its post-Brexit…

UK-India free-trade deal likely by Diwali this year

BRITAIN and India agreed on Friday (22) to step up defence and business cooperation during a visit to New Delhi by Boris Johnson, who said a bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October. On his first visit to the Indian capital as UK prime minister, Johnson discussed with…

Britain and India agree new defence and security deal: Johnson

Britain and India agreed a "new and expanded" defence and security partnership on Friday, British prime minister Boris Johnson said in New Delhi. Johnson is visiting India just as he faces criticism from his own Conservative MPs and the embarrassing prospect of a probe into whether he lied to parliament…

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar visits Pakistan-administered Kashmir

CONGRESSWOMAN Ilhan Omar made a rare visit by a US lawmaker to the Pakistan-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday (21) and said the issue should get more attention from the United States, prompting an angry response from India.The Muslim-majority Kashmir region has long been the…

No pomp or grandeur as Johnson visits India

BORIS JOHNSON was accorded a cordial welcome when he landed in Gujarat on Thursday (21) as the British prime minister began his two-day trip to India. But the pomp and publicity that generally marks top world leaders’ visits to the south Asian country was conspicuously missing.Johnson was received at the…

Johnson to urge Modi to back Western action against Russia

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson arrived in India Thursday (21) touting job-creating investment but facing long odds to get his reluctant counterpart Narendra Modi to back Western action against Russia. Johnson arrived in Gujarat -- Modi's home state and the ancestral home to half of the United Kingdom's British Indians…

Johnson faces calls to apologise for Pal-Dadhvav massacre

British prime minister Boris Johnson faces calls to apologise for a colonial-era massacre during his visit to Gujarat on Thursday, 100 years after as many as 1,200 people were killed protesting against imperial rule. Last month saw the centenary of the Pal-Dadhvav massacre, when Indian historians say around 2,000 tribal…

Johnson not to ‘lecture’ Modi about Russia ties during India…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will offer to help India cut reliance on Russian oil and defence equipment when he begins a two-day visit this week that will test his diplomatic skills and provide brief respite from a row raging at home. On his first trip to India as prime…

India slams WHO over report claiming four million Covid deaths

India has sharply criticised a forthcoming World Health Organization study which reportedly claims coronavirus killed four million people nationally, the latest analysis suggesting a significant undercount of the pandemic's death toll. The New York Times reported last week that New Delhi had stalled the study's release after disputing that India's…

BAPS spiritual leaders meet Narendra Modi

TWO spiritual leaders of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sanstha met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently. The trio prayed for the welfare of Indians worldwide. HH Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami honoured Modi with a garland, while Brahmavihari Swami updated the prime minister on Sanstha’s Covid-19 pandemic…

Johnson to visit New Delhi via Gujarat

BORIS JOHNSON will become the first British prime minister to visit Gujarat when he lands in Ahmedabad this week for a two-day visit to India for “in-depth” talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.Johnson's visit will begin on Thursday (21) with a trip to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, which is Modi's…

If harmed, India will not spare anyone: Rajnath Singh

IN A strong message to China, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh has said that if harmed, his country “will not spare anyone”.He asserted that India under prime minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a powerful country and is headed to be among the top three economies of the world.Singh, in…

Boris Johnson’s India visit likely to propel free trade talks

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to arrive in India next week with a wide-ranging schedule in New Delhi, according to Indian government sources.The visit, which is yet to be formally announced by Downing Street, follows the successful completion of four out of 26 chapters in the ongoing India-UK…

India’s weather office predicts normal monsoon rains this year

INDIA is likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year, the state-run weather office said on Thursday (14), raising prospects of higher farm and general growth in Asia's third-biggest economy. The rains, which usually lash the southern tip of Kerala state around June 1 and retreat by September, are expected…

India ‘open to additional $2bn aid for Sri Lanka’

INDIA is willing to commit up to another $2 billion (£1.54 bn) in financial assistance to Sri Lanka while also supporting the island nation with food and fuel, five sources said, as New Delhi tries to regain ground lost to China in recent years.Sri Lanka, hit by its worst economic…

India, UK discuss Enhanced Cyber Security Partnership

INDIA and the UK on Tuesday (12) reiterated their commitment to a joint programme of action in implementing the Enhanced Cyber Security Partnership, agreed upon by the prime ministers of the two countries last year.The two countries held their Annual Cyber Dialogue in London on Monday (11) and Tuesday (12),…

Blinken: India-Russia ties developed when ‘US was not a partner’

INDIA's relationship with Russia was developed over decades at a time when the US was not able to be a partner, secretary of state Antony Blinken.  Top officials of the Biden administration on Monday (11) showed an understanding of New Delhi's position on Ukraine war. "India's relationship with Russia was…

Biden, Modi discuss Ukraine war as India raises concern

AMERICAN president Joe Biden and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held a virtual summit on Monday (11), clouded by US frustration over New Delhi's neutral stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.The South Asian nation has tried to walk a tightrope between maintaining relations with the West and avoiding alienating Russia…

Scott Morrison celebrates India-Australia trade deal in kitchen

AUSTRALIAN prime minister Scott Morrison posted a picture on social media showing him preparing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's favourite dish to celebrate a new trade deal with India.On April 2, India and Australia signed an economic cooperation and trade agreement under which Canberra would provide duty-free access to its…

India rejects global firms’ demand to exempt some plastic straws…

INDIA has rejected demands from large global and domestic beverage firms to exempt some plastic straws from a ban that takes effect on July 1, fanning fears of disruption in a multi-billion-dollar industry. The ban on items such as straws packaged with small packs of juices and dairy products that…

India to deliver more medicines to Ukraine: Jaishankar

INDIA has said it will “soon” begin the delivery of more medicines requested by Ukraine, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said as the situation in the war-torn country calls for urgent humanitarian relief.He also asserted that Russia remains “an important partner” for India, amid calls from Western countries to scale…

Kashmir attracts record number of tourists post-Covid

INDIA's Kashmir region is attracting record tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses. Tourist arrivals are set to touch a ten-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said,…

Bucha killings: India’s Jaishankar backs ‘independent’ probe

INDIA's foreign minister said he was "deeply disturbed" by civilian deaths in the Ukrainian city of Bucha but stopped short of blaming Russia, calling for an independent probe. New Delhi has historically close ties with Moscow and has refrained from condemning its invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbour, abstaining in several…

India ‘trying to stabilise economic transactions with Russia’

INDIA'S foreign minister said on Wednesday (6) the government is working to stabilise economic transactions with Russia, a day after New Delhi condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine and called for an independent probe.S Jaishankar told lawmakers in Parliament that Russia continues to be a critical economic partner and…

India condemns killings in Ukraine’s Bucha in apparent hardening of…

India on Tuesday condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine's Bucha and called for an independent investigation, having earlier declined to explicitly criticise the invasion of Ukraine by its long-time partner Russia. A Ukrainian human rights ombudswoman said on Tuesday that between 150 and 300 bodies may be in a…

India starts supplying rice to Sri Lanka

INDIAN traders are exporting 40,000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka in the first major food aid since Colombo secured a credit line from New Delhi.The Indian Ocean island nation of 22 million people is struggling to pay for essential imports after a 70 per cent drop in foreign exchange…

Massive tariff cuts likely as India, Australia sign trade deal

INDIA and Australia inked an interim free trade deal on Saturday (2) that cuts tariffs on billions of dollars of commerce as the two Quad partners bolster their economic ties. Both signatories are members of the Quad alliance with the US and Japan, which is seen as a counterweight to…

Russia is ‘unreliable’, US warns India; no ‘red line’ for…

THE US will not set any "red line" for India on its energy imports from Russia but does not want to see a "rapid acceleration" in purchases, a top US official said during a visit to New Delhi. However, Daleep Singh, Washington's chief sanctions strategist, was quoted by local media…

Russia praises ‘friend’ India, hopes to bypass sanctions

RUSSIA will increase its use of non-Western currencies for trade with countries such as India, its foreign minister said on Friday (1), as he hailed India as a friend that was not taking a "one-sided view" on the Ukraine war.Sergei Lavrov visited India on a mission to shore up support…

Ukraine seeks India’s mediation to end Russian aggression

UKRAINE has sought India’s intervention to stop Russian aggression on the eastern European country as peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv have not made any meaningful headway.Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said India should leverage its friendly ties with Russia and prevail upon its president Vladimir Putin to stop the…

Truss presses India on Ukraine ahead of Lavrov visit

Britain's foreign secretary was in India on Thursday (31) to press for tougher action on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ahead of a visit by Moscow's top diplomat likely aimed at urging Delhi to do the opposite. India has abstained from UN resolutions censuring Russia, calling only for a cessation of…

US deputy NSA Daleep Singh to visit India

US president Joe Biden's deputy national security adviser for economics Daleep Singh will be in New Delhi on March 30 and 31 to meet government officials to discuss Russia's war against Ukraine and develop an economic framework for the Indo-Pacific, the White House said. “Singh will consult closely with counterparts…

Russian foreign minister’s India visit coincides with Liz Truss’ trip

RUSSIA'S foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will visit India for a two-day visit beginning on Thursday (31), officials said.He is likely to press New Delhi to resist Western pressure to condemn the Ukraine invasion.India has abstained from UN resolutions censuring Russia and continues to buy Russian oil and other goods. Lavrov's…

India turns to satellite broadband to bridge rural digital divide

INDIA's digital inclusion might get momentum due to recent policy moves including easier approvals for satellite broadband network rollouts, and the imminent launch of satellite broadband from India's Bharti Airtel and Jio Platforms, Elon Musk's Starlink, and others. There are currently more than 800 million internet subscribers in the nation…

India stands by trade with Russia as Lavrov set to…

RUSSIAN foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is set to fly to India this week, sources said, finding time to visit one of the biggest buyers of Russian commodities since the international community began isolating Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.There is little sign that buying will slow down any time soon,…

Liz Truss and Russian foreign minister Lavrov set to visit…

BRITISH foreign secretary Elizabeth Truss will visit India on Thursday (31) against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Ukraine.India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Monday (28) said Truss will hold consultations with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.Russian foreign minister…

Infosys plays down Russia ties

INDIA's Infosys played down its business ties in Russia after British chancellor Rishi Sunak came under fire over his wife's stake in the IT giant. Infosys, with a market value of some $100 billion, was co-founded by Sunak's father-in-law NR Narayana Murthy. His daughter Akshata Murty, Sunak's wife, owns a…

Former Maldives president launches ‘India Out’ campaign

A former Maldives president jailed on corruption charges has returned to politics with a campaign against Indian influence in the country, worrying New Delhi, which is battling China for supremacy in its own back yard. Abdulla Yameen wants to cancel defence deals signed with India, with which Maldives shares decades…

India to Chinese minister: Ease border tension first

INDIA said on Friday (25) ties with China could not be normal until their troops pulled back from each other on the disputed border, but Beijing struck a conciliatory note during a meeting of their foreign ministers in New Delhi. Both nations have deployed thousands of troops on the high-altitude…

Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma to topline Gulmohar

Actor Suraj Sharma, who exploded onto the scene with the Oscar-winning film Life of Pi (2012), has bagged an exciting Bollywood project. The actor has signed on to star alongside veteran actor Sharmila Tagore, Manoj Bajpayee, and Kaveri Seth in an upcoming film, titled Gulmohar. Filming for the upcoming family…

India abstains from UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine

INDIA on Thursday (24) abstained in the UN General Assembly on a resolution by Ukraine and its allies on the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn eastern European country.India said the focus should be on cessation of hostilities and on urgent humanitarian assistance and the draft did not fully reflect New…

Next round of UK-India trade talks in April amid Ukraine…

THE THIRD round of the ongoing India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations will be hosted by India next month, Britain's Department for International Trade (DIT) said on Thursday (24).A joint “outcome statement” released by the DIT confirmed that a draft treaty text of chapters that will make up the new…

IPL starts on Saturday with limited crowds

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

India’s Russian arms explain its ‘shaky’ Ukraine stance

WHEN 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a 2020 border clash with China, the military hardware New Delhi sent to bolster its Himalayan frontier was mostly Russian-origin, showing not for the first time its closeness to "longstanding and time-tested friend" Moscow.Facing an increasingly assertive China closer to home, these ties…

Kashmir remarks: India rebukes China’s foreign minister

CHINA's foreign minister Wang Yi drew a rebuke from the Indian government ahead of his expected but unconfirmed visit to New Delhi on Friday (25), upsetting his hosts with remarks made in Pakistan this week concerning the disputed Kashmir region. Relations between the two nuclear-armed Asian powers turned chilly two…

Chinese foreign minister to make first visit to India since…

CHINA's foreign minister will visit New Delhi for talks on Friday (25), an Indian official said, though neither side has formally announced what would be the purpose of the highest-level visit since border clashes soured relations two years ago. Foreign minister Wang Yi attended a conference of the Organization of…

Parents of slain photojournalist start legal action against Taliban

THE PARENTS of Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan last year, have begun legal action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Islamist group, a lawyer for the family said on Tuesday (22).Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was embedded with Afghan special…

Sadhguru sets off on 30,000-km Save Soil road trip from…

LONDON'S Parliament Square was the flag-off point for Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru's 30,000-km motorbike tour on Monday (21), as he set off on his Save Soil awareness campaign across Europe and the Middle East en route to India.The yoga guru, 64, donned his biking gear for the 100-day tour, which…

Japan prime minister’s meeting with Modi to focus on Ukraine

JAPANESE prime minister Fumio Kishida will encourage a unified approach on Ukraine when he meets Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday (19), while aiming to strengthen security ties across the Indo-Pacific region. "Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine coincides with this trip, I'd like to emphasise…

India’s oil imports from US to rise this year

INDIA's oil imports from the US will rise by 11 per cent this year, officials said on Saturday (19), as the severely energy-deficient country looks to secure supplies from producers around the world, including heavily sanctioned Russia. The surge in oil prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine last month threatens…

Covid vaccine IP waiver text: Key countries reach consensus

THE US, European Union, India and South Africa have reached a consensus on key elements of a long-sought intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines, according to a proposed text.  Sources familiar with the talks described the text as a tentative agreement among the four World Trade Organization members that still…

India ‘reviewing’ procedures after accidental firing of missile

INDIA is reviewing its standard operating procedures for weapons systems and will immediately fix any shortcomings after accidentally launching a missile into Pakistan last week, its defence minister said on Tuesday (15).Pakistan said it was not satisfied and reiterated a demand for a joint investigation into the incident by the…

UK issues advisory on Sri Lanka travel amid supply concerns

SRI LANKA'S ongoing forex crisis may further hit its tourism industry as the UK and Canada have warned their travellers to be aware of the current economic situation in the island nation.According to the latest advisory issued by the British government, the economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka with…

Paytm shares nosedive after regulatory ban, CEO arrest

Paytm shares nosedived 13 per cent Monday after Indian regulators banned the beleaguered payments platform from enrolling new customers and reports its founder was arrested for crashing into a police car. The firm enjoyed India's biggest-ever initial public offering four months ago, with the backing of Chinese tycoon Jack Ma's…

India ‘considers’ buying discounted Russian oil

INDIA is considering taking up a Russian offer to buy its crude oil and other commodities at discounted prices with payment via a rupee-rouble transaction, two Indian officials said, amid tough Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.India, which imports 80 per cent of its oil needs, usually…

US to continue to support India with equipment

THE US will continue to support India with the equipment it needs along its border with China, a top American admiral has told lawmakers, asserting that Washington and New Delhi share a "tremendous partnership."Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on ‘Military Posture in the Indo-Pacific Region' this week, Admiral…

India says it accidentally fired missile into Pakistan

INDIA has said it had accidentally fired a missile into Pakistan this week because of a "technical malfunction" during routine maintenance, giving its version of events after Pakistan summoned India's envoy to protest.Military experts have in the past warned of the risk of accidents or miscalculations by the nuclear-armed neighbours,…

Hindi novel makes to International Booker Prize longlist

AUTHOR Geetanjali Shree's novel ‘Tomb of Sand' is among 13 books from across the world longlisted for the International Booker Prize, the first Hindi language work of fiction to make the cut for the prestigious literary prize, unveiled in London on Thursday (10).Shree's book, translated into English by Daisy Rockwell…

Pakistan warns India over mystery flying object

PAKISTAN on Friday (11) warned New Delhi of "unpleasant consequences" over what it said was an Indian-originated, but unidentified high-altitude supersonic object that crashed in Pakistani territory.Pakistan foreign office said in a statement it summoned India's charge d'affaires in Islamabad to lodge a protest over what it said was the…

Hugs and tears as families reunite with students evacuated from…

EMOTIONS ran high as Indian students, evacuated from the embattled Ukrainian city of Sumy, came out of the Delhi airport on Friday (11) and hugged their waiting parents.Some of the parents distributed sweets and garlanded their children while others welcomed them with bouquets and hugs as they arrived at the…

Dr. Reddy’s plans ‘business continuity’ in Russia

INDIAN pharmaceutical major Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said on Wednesday (9) it was focused on employee safety and business continuity in and around Russia, despite many Western companies pulling out from Russia in recent days.No Indian company has publicly withdrawn from Russia and New Delhi has declined to condemn Moscow's…

Future Retail: Reliance stuns Amazon

AT a large Future Retail supermarket in Mumbai last week, workers were unloading hundreds of bright blue grocery crates belonging to India's biggest retailer Reliance. Prospective customers were turned back by security, disappointed at the closed state of the store that still carries the signage of Future's biggest brand, Big…

Indian students in Sumy board buses to safer zone

SEVERAL Indian students stranded in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy hoped that they would be in a safe zone soon as their evacuation process started on Tuesday (8)."The evacuation from Sumy has started. There was finally some good news. All Indian students will be evacuated from Sumy on Tuesday…

Putin to Modi: Russia ‘doing everything’ to evacuate Indians from…

RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin on Monday (7) assured Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that his forces are “doing everything” to evacuate stranded Indian citizens from the war-torn eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy, according to his office.During a 50-minute telephonic conversation with Putin, Modi conveyed his "deep concern" over the safety…

Ukraine: No joint condemnation at Quad summit

US president Joe Biden on Thursday (3) met virtually with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India over Ukraine, but the "Quad" group failed to agree on condemning Russia's invasion, with New Delhi hesitant to censure Moscow. The impromptu meeting was held shortly after it was announced by Delhi.  Washington…

Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 to release on Eid 2023

Salman Khan on Friday announced that his much-awaited film Tiger 3 will release in cinemas on April 21, 2023, on the auspicious occasion of Eid. The superstar also shared the first teaser for the upcoming film, which also stars Katrina Kaif in the lead role. Tiger 3 is the third…

Students as ‘human shield’ in Ukraine: India denies Moscow claims

INDIA denied on Thursday (3) Russian claims that Ukraine was holding Indian students hostage in Kharkiv, instead of thanking Ukraine for its help in evacuations from the embattled city. "We note that with the cooperation of the Ukrainian authorities, many students have left Kharkiv yesterday," said Indian foreign ministry spokesman…

Jaguar Land Rover ‘pauses’ Russia deliveries, ArcelorMittal ‘slows’ in Ukraine

JAGUAR LAND ROVER has said it is pausing deliveries of its cars to Russia due to “trading challenges”, while leading steelmaker ArcelorMittal announced a reduction in its production in Ukraine.A statement from Britain-based JLR, owned by India's Tata Motors said on Tuesday (1), “the current global context... presents us with…

Condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion, urges India’s opposition

INDIA's opposition on Wednesday (2) stepped up pressure on the government to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a day after an Indian student died during shelling in the eastern city of Kharkiv. India is yet to criticise long-standing arms supplier Russia publicly, instead urging both sides to cease hostilities,…

India steps up evacuation of its nationals from Ukraine

INDIA has stepped up efforts to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine as new Delhi confirmed on Tuesday (1) that a student had died in shelling in Ukraine.Prime minister Narendra Modi has directed the Indian Air Force to bring back stranded citizens, most of whom are students pursuing medicine in Ukraine’s…

Indian student killed in Ukraine shelling

AN INDIAN student was killed on Tuesday (1) in shelling in Ukraine, New Delhi said as it urged Moscow and Kyiv to secure safe passage for around 12,000 of its stranded nationals."With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning," Indian…

Ayci declines Air India CEO role after opposition in India

TURKEY's Ilker Ayci said on Tuesday (1) he will not take on the role of chief executive of Tata Group's Air India, days after the announcement of his appointment led to opposition in India over his previous political links. Tata last month announced Ayci's appointment as CEO of previously state-run…

Ukraine crisis stretches Indian ‘neutrality’ to the limit

RUSSIA'S invasion of Ukraine has left India's traditional balancing act between Moscow and the West looking wobblier than ever, with experts saying New Delhi has few good diplomatic options.Last week India abstained on a UN Security Council resolution deploring Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine, winning praise from Moscow for its "independent…

India abstains on vote to call emergency UN General Assembly…

FOR the second time, India abstained on a UN Security Council resolution to convene a rare emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on Russia's aggression against Ukraine, even as New Delhi asserted that there is no other choice but to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue…

Stranded Indians in Kyiv asked to move to railway station…

THE Indian embassy in Ukraine on Monday (28) advised all Indian students stranded in Kyiv to reach the railway station in the Ukrainian capital for their onward journey to the western parts of the war-torn country. It said the weekend curfew in Kyiv has been lifted and they can go…

Ukraine: Russia praises India’s stand

RUSSIA has praised India's "independent and balanced" position after Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow's "aggression" against Ukraine. India, along with China and the UAE, did not vote on the resolution Friday (25), a move in line with the fine balance Delhi has sought to…

Indian students make desperate appeal for evacuation from Ukraine

A GROUP of students stuck in Ukraine has made a desperate appeal to the Indian government to evacuate them from the eastern European country “as fast as possible”. The students have been stranded in Ukraine as the nation closed its airspace because of the ongoing military action by Russia on…

India abstains from UNSC resolution on Russia’s ‘aggression’ against Ukraine

INDIA abstained on a US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution that condemned Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine and demanded "immediate, complete and unconditional" withdrawal of Russian forces from the neighbouring country. The UN Security Council voted on Friday (25) on the draft resolution sponsored by the US and Albania and supported by…

I tell my family I’m fine, but I’m not: Indian…

INDIAN students in Ukraine have spoken of their despair as they hope to make their way out of the country following the military attack by Russia. It is estimated that some 16,000 Indians are currently stuck in Ukraine; New Delhi is making arrangements to evacuate them from the border regions…

India to Ukraine: Dialogue is the way out

UKRAINE’S foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday (25) spoke to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to discuss the situation in Ukraine, ahead of a vote at the UN Security Council on the Russian attack. Jaishankar said he emphasised that India supports diplomacy and dialogue as the "way out". "Received call…

Imran Khan, Putin discuss Ukraine and south Asia

RUSSIA'S president Vladimir Putin met Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in Moscow on Thursday (24) in his first face-to-face talks since the start of a special military operation in eastern Ukraine. During their meeting in the Kremlin, the leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and current regional topics, including developments in south…

Ukraine crisis: India calls for immediate de-escalation

INDIA on Thursday (24) called for an immediate de-escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine as president Vladimir Putin launched a 'military operation' in eastern Ukraine. India also warned that the situation is in danger of spiralling into a major crisis. Russian forces fired missiles at several cities in Ukraine…

Social media abuzz as British diplomat marries ‘love of her…

SOCIAL media went abuzz following the wedding of a British diplomat with an Indian filmmaker last week.As Rhiannon Harries, the UK’s deputy trade commissioner for South Asia, posted a photo of her wedding with “the love of my life”, congratulatory messages flooded on Twitter. As a smiling Harries is seen…

LIC IPO: Investors fret over govt control of insurer

PROSPECTIVE investors in Life Insurance Corp of India's (LIC) $8 billion IPO are seeking assurances from company management that it will not sacrifice their interests to meet the goals set out by the government, its controlling shareholder, sources said. In virtual roadshows for India's biggest-ever public listing, LIC management and…

Ahmedabad blasts: Indian court sentences 38 to death

AN Indian court sentenced 38 people to death on Friday (18) over a string of bomb blasts in 2008 that killed dozens in the city of Ahmedabad, in one of the country's biggest mass death sentences. Coordinated attacks in western Gujarat state's commercial hub in 2008 killed 56, launching shrapnel…

India’s tax officials search Huawei offices

INDIAN tax officials on Wednesday (16) conducted searches at the offices of Chinese tech giant Huawei, the firm said, days after New Delhi banned a host of Chinese apps over national security concerns.Tensions between New Delhi and Beijing have been running high since a deadly 2020 clash involving their militaries…

Harpreet Bansal hits new musical peaks with Parvat

NORWEGIAN GRAMMY NOMINATED VIOLINIST DISCUSSES HER LATEST CLASSICAL ALBUM EARLY indications are that the newly released Parvat will be one of the most unique albums of the year. Virtuoso violinist Harpreet Bansal has created an epic three-piece movement that cleverly combines an array of world music influences, including classical Indian,…

India’s hijab dispute reaches its most populous state

A dispute over restrictions on the wearing of the hijab by female students in a southern Indian state has now reached India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with a group of youngsters asking a college to ban the head covering. Authorities closed colleges in Karnataka in India's south last…

Stolen Buddha statue returned to Indian officials in Italy

THE Indian consulate in Milan received a Buddha statue that was looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Bihar, India in early 2000.  The stone sculpture, a nearly 1,200-year-old relic, was voluntarily surrendered by an Italian collector to the Consulate General of India in Milan on Thursday (10), The New…

Tiger 3: Fresh details emerge on the last schedule of…

Starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in their popular roles as Avinash Singh ‘Tiger’ Rathore and Zoya Rathore, Tiger 3 is one of the most-awaited films of 2022. It also stars Emraan Hashmi in the lead role. The Murder (2004) actor will be seen playing the lead antagonist in the…

Indian industrialist Rahul Bajaj dies at 83

VETERAN industrialist Rahul Bajaj, whose name was synonymous with road transport in India, died Saturday (12) aged 83, his company said.He "had not been keeping well", the Bajaj Group said in a statement, adding he would be cremated on Sunday in Pune, western India.Bajaj was born into the Indian elite…

Toyota, Domino’s apologise over Kashmir tweet as fracas entangles more…

GLOBAL automaker Toyota Motor and fast food chain Domino's Pizza are among half a dozen companies that have apologised to India for social media posts from their Pakistani partners expressing support for disputed Kashmir, as more companies got caught up in the diplomatic fracas. The apology comes after a rare…

India’s biggest state holds election in key test of Modi’s…

INDIA's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh began voting on Thursday (10) in the first of a series of local elections that will be a key test of the popularity of prime minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party. With a population almost as big as that of Brazil, keeping…

49 convicted in India over deadly 2008 bomb attacks

INDIA convicted 49 people over a 2008 attack in the western city of Ahmedabad that left dozens dead, in what perpetrators said was retaliation for earlier deadly communal violence. The string of bombings killed 56 people and wounded more than 200 others as shrapnel ripped through markets, buses and other…

India summons South Korean envoy over Hyundai’s Kashmir tweet

INDIA said on Tuesday (8) it had summoned South Korea's ambassador to express displeasure over a social media post by a Pakistan partner of Hyundai Motor over disputed Kashmir.The foreign ministers of India and South Korea also spoke over the telephone as the car company faced a backlash in India…

India to settle most retro-tax cases this month

INDIA will settle almost all the retrospective tax cases this month, closing a chapter that plagued India's reputation as an investment-friendly destination, a top official said on Friday (4).A 2012 amendment gave taxmen powers to go back 50 years and slap capital gains levies wherever ownership had changed hands overseas…

Indian coal giant plans bulk exports for first time

COAL INDIA LTD, the world's largest coal miner, plans to directly export output to neighbouring countries after decades of exclusively supplying domestic consumers, according to sources and documents.  The state-run company plans to export to Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, according to a draft policy sent to the secretary of India's…

UK-India trade deal: There has to be give and take,…

SENIOR cabinet members from Boris Johnson’s team, including the prime minister, are expected to travel to India this year as both countries step up their bilateral engagements, India’s high commissioner to the UK has revealed. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Gaitri Issar Kumar also said New Delhi was…

Italy dismisses case against marines over India murder

A Rome judge on Monday (31) dismissed a murder investigation into two Italian marines who killed two fishermen in Kerala in 2012, months after the case was dropped by India's top court. In a statement, Italian defence minister Lorenzo Guerini welcomed the "positive outcome" for Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre.…

11 arrested after Delhi woman ‘gang-raped, paraded in streets’

ELEVEN people including several women have been arrested after a young mother was allegedly abducted, gang-raped and then paraded through the lanes of Delhi in broad daylight, Indian police said. The incident, the latest to spotlight sexual violence in India, drew widespread condemnation including from the Delhi Commission for Women…

US accuses Russia of playing ‘destabilising role’

RUSSIA selling S-400 air defence missile system to India puts spotlight on the "destabilising role" that Moscow is playing in the region and potentially beyond as well, the United States has said. In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the…

China returns Indian citizen at disputed border

CHINA has returned an Indian citizen who "illegally" entered into Chinese territory at the disputed border between the two Asian giants, a military official said.  The announcement from China on Thursday (27) came after India's defence ministry said last week it had contacted China to request that it locate and…

India probes illegal immigration after tragedy near Canada border

INDIAN police have detained six people in a crackdown on illegal immigration after four Indians were found frozen to death near the border between the US and Canada last week, officials said on Thursday (27). Hundreds of Indians, mostly from the western states of Punjab and Gujarat, attempt to cross…

Air India sold to Tata after 69 years in government…

INDIA'S beleaguered national carrier landed back in the hands of its founders on Thursday (27), decades after it was nationalised and following years as a monumental burden on the public purse.Tata, a sprawling family-owned conglomerate with interests ranging from tea to software, is back in charge of Air India after…

Stage set for Air India handover to Tata Group

INDIA'S government has notified the agreement between Air India and the special purpose vehicle AIAHL for the transfer of non-core assets, ahead of the national airline's takeover by the Tata Group.The government had in October last year, inked an agreement with the Tata Group for the sale of national carrier…

India showcases military might in Republic Day parade

Lumbering tanks and the deafening roar of fighter planes echoed through New Delhi on Wednesday as India's military showcased its might on Republic Day. The annual January 26 event marks the adoption of India's constitution with missile launchers, jet flyovers, motorcycle stunts and the brass band of the camel-mounted Border…

Delivery race among Indian grocery startups brings road safety risks

INDIAN grocery startups are luring tech-savvy customers with the promise of deliveries within 10 minutes, sparking a boom in "quick commerce", but heating up concerns about road safety as bike riders scramble to meet tight deadlines. Competition is already intense in India's $600-billion grocery retailing industry, populated by the likes…

Delhi to stay under weekend, overnight Covid curfew

INDIA's capital Delhi will remain under curfew over the weekend and overnight to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the city's disaster management authority said, rejecting calls from businesses to ease restrictions. The authorities, however, said private offices will be allowed to be partially staffed but…

Indian ‘eternal flame’ in memory of war dead is extinguished

An "eternal flame" in memory of soldiers killed during the India-Pakistan War of 1971 at one of Delhi's most symbolic landmarks was put out Friday, 50 years after it was first lit. The Amar Jawan Jyoti or flame of the immortal soldier was installed at the India Gate in New…

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

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

Air India cancels flights over US 5G deployment

TRAVEL plans for thousands of passengers, including those heading to India, were disrupted after airlines cancelled or curtailed some flights to and from the US over deployment of the new 5G service, which began on Wednesday (19). Air India was among several international airlines which cancelled flights to the US,…

Omicron surge spoils India’s huge wedding season

INDIA’s Omicron-driven third wave has become a huge blow to the country's traditional wedding season, which runs from November to March, reported the Guardian. Recently, the New Delhi government, along with other restrictions, limited wedding guests to 20. According to the report, thousands of families are in the same agony of…

Britain returns stolen 10-century idol to India

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

Celebs pay homage to Birju Maharaj: Tremendous loss to the…

Actors-political personalities Kamal Haasan and Hema Malini, as well as Hindi film stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Madhuri Dixit-Nene on Monday mourned the loss of legendary Kathak exponent Birju Maharaj, calling his passing away the “end of an era” for Indian classical dance. Maharajji, as he was popularly known, died…

Tahir Raj Bhasin on how outsiders like him have drawn…

Bollywood actor Tahir Raj Bhasin, who is a die-hard fan of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, admits that Khan’s struggle to reach the top of the Bollywood ladder has been a source of inspiration and courage for him. Bhasin, like SRK, hails from New Delhi and he credits the talismanic superstar…

Indian Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj passes away

RICH TRIBUTES have been paid to renowned Indian classical dancer Brijmohan Nath Mishra Maharaj, popularly known as Birju Maharaj, who died late last Sunday (16) night, his family said on Monday (17). In a career spanning nearly six decades, Maharaj performed and taught Kathak, one of India's eight major classical…

Lakshya Sen wins Covid-hit India Open finals

LAKSHYA SEN beat reigning men's world champion Loh Kean Yew to salvage some home side glory at the India Open after a tournament plagued by a Covid outbreak. Third seed Sen triumphed 24-22, 21-17 in less than an hour after breaking ahead of the Singaporean early in the second game,…

India’s main cities record sharp fall in Covid infections

INDIA'S capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai have reported a big fall in Covid-19 infections in the past two days and most of those who contracted the virus have recovered at home, authorities said on Monday (17). Mumbai's daily new infections fell below 10,000 on Sunday (16) for the first…

India defence chief’s pilot ‘disoriented by weather’: inquiry

A pilot disoriented by a sudden change in weather conditions crashed the helicopter carrying India's defence chief General Bipin Rawat last month, killing all 14 people on board, an official inquiry found Friday. The 63-year-old Rawat was travelling with his wife and other senior officers in the Russian-made Mi-17 chopper,…

Kidambi, six others out of India Open with Covid

TOP SEED Kidambi Srikanth and six other players have withdrawn from the India Open badminton championship in New Delhi after testing positive for Covid-19, organisers said on Thursday (13). The event was originally meant to feature more than 200 players from 19 countries but is being held behind closed doors…

India’s big cities could see Covid cases peak next week

NEW Covid-19 infections in Indian cities such as capital New Delhi and Mumbai could peak next week after rising rapidly, experts said on Thursday (13), as the country reported the highest number of daily cases since late May. The 247,417 new infections were more than 30 times higher daily cases…

UK launches free trade talks with India

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

Actor Siddharth apologises to Saina Nehwal

INDIAN actor Siddharth on Tuesday (11) issued an apology to ace badminton player Saina Nehwal after being accused of making sexist remarks against the latter in response to her observation on the recent controversy around the alleged compromise of the security of prime minister Narendra Modi in Punjab. Taking to…

UK trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan arrives in India for talks

BRITISH trade minister arrived in India on Wednesday (12) to begin talks as part of its efforts to sign its own trade deals following its departure from the European Union.Anne-Marie Trevelyan is due to meet officials in New Delhi before formally launching negotiations with her counterpart Piyush Goyal on Thursday…

In a first, India allows imports of US pork

THE US has announced that India would allow imports of US pork and pork products for the first time, welcoming the removal of an old block on US farm trade.US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and trade representative Katherine Tai made the announcement on Monday (10)."This new opportunity marks the culmination…

India begins booster campaign as Omicron cases soar

India began a Covid-19 booster shot campaign for frontline workers and vulnerable people aged 60 and above on Monday as authorities grapple with a rapidly escalating outbreak driven by the Omicron variant. Daily case numbers are approaching the enormous figures seen last year, when thousands died each day and workers…

Indian diaspora a living bridge connecting India to world: minister

THE Indian diaspora acts as a living bridge connecting the country and the world, India’s junior minister for external affairs V Muraleedharan on Sunday (9) said on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) or Non-Resident Indian Day. The day is observed to mark the contribution made by the overseas…

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier begins new sea-trial phase

INDIA'S first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant started another set of sea trials on Sunday (9) to carry out complex manoeuvres in high seas ahead of its induction scheduled in August. The 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, the largest and most complex warship to be manufactured in India, successfully completed a five-day…

UK-India trade talks to begin in Delhi on Wednesday

BRITAIN'S secretary of state for international trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan will launch Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations during a visit to New Delhi starting on Wednesday (12), the UK government has said.The schedule for the two-day visit to India will include bilateral talks between Trevelyan and the south Asian nation’s commerce…

Omicron surge: India cancels election rallies

ELECTION rallies were cancelled in India's heartland Thursday (6) as authorities fret over a sudden Covid surge, driven by the Omicron variant, which has seen confirmed infections nearly triple in two days. Teeming crowds have thronged campaign events for next month's poll in Uttar Pradesh -- the country's most populous…

Sri Lanka to procure 750 jeeps, 500 buses from India

SRI LANKA has decided to procure 750 jeeps and 500 buses from India under the credit line it received from New Delhi, the island nation's government announced in Colombo on Tuesday (4). The decision to purchase the 750 jeeps from Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra was taken during a…

Covid-hit cruise halted in Indian waters

MORE THAN 2,000 people travelling on a cruise ship in Indian waters have been prevented from disembarking after a Covid outbreak on board, authorities said.  The Empress set sail from Mumbai to the former Portuguese colony of Goa but was stopped by port authorities near its destination at the city…

Stampede at India religious shrine kills 12

TWELVE people were crushed to death in a stampede at an Indian religious shrine in the early hours of Saturday (1) as tens of thousands of pilgrims massed to offer prayers, officials said. The disaster unfolded in darkness at around 3:00 am (2130 GMT) on the packed route to the…

UK plans visa deal to lure India into trade negotiations

BRITISH ministers are eager to ease immigration rules to make it easier for Indians to live and work in the UK as part of trade talks that are due to start between the two nations within weeks. According to a report by The Times, international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan is…

Omicron: India’s daily Covid-19 cases rise by 22,775

INDIA on Saturday (1) reported 22,775 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, health ministry data shows, adding to concerns for authorities around the country about the rising number of cases. The data indicates that thickly populated metros, such as the national capital New Delhi, financial centre Mumbai and…

Destitute ‘heir’ of India’s emperors demands royal residence

A destitute Indian woman who claims she is heir to the dynasty that built the Taj Mahal has demanded ownership of an imposing palace once home to the Mughal emperors. Sultana Begum lives in a cramped two-room hut nestled within a slum on the outskirts of Kolkata, surviving on a…

Seven killed in Kashmir fighting: Indian police

SIX suspected rebels and a soldier were killed during two separate clashes in Indian-administered Kashmir overnight, police said Thursday (30), rounding off another bloody year in the disputed territory. Indian police said the six killed in two villages belonged to the Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, claiming two of them were…

India to start Covid-19 vaccines for ages 15 and up…

INDIA will open its Covid vaccination drive for adolescents and start administering booster doses to its at-risk adult population, prime minister Narendra Modi said. The highly-infectious Omicron variant has gained a foothold in the country, and the health ministry has raised concerns about its onward spread. "Omicron is a matter…

Modi tells states to ramp up health facilities amid Omicron…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (23) asked chief minister of states to ramp up oxygen supplies and strengthen health infrastructure to contain a possible surge of Omicron cases ahead of the festive season, as gatherings in public spaces and markets grow in size. India has recorded 236 Omicron…

Two dead after blast in Indian court building

Two people were killed and two others injured after a powerful explosion ripped through an Indian court building on Thursday, police said. Footage showed police officers carrying the injured out of the building and asking others to leave the premises after the explosion near a restroom of the judicial complex…

Indian-origin Uzra Zeya is US special coordinator for Tibetan Issues

THE US has designated Indian-origin diplomat Uzra Zeya as its Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and she has been tasked with promoting "substantive dialogue" between China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives in support of a negotiated agreement on Tibet. Zeya, who was once posted in New Delhi during…

India reports 200 Omicron cases

INDIA has recorded 200 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant across 12 states, mostly in the western state of Maharashtra and New Delhi, the health ministry said on Tuesday (21). The country's tally of Omicron cases has nearly doubled within a week, but there have been no deaths reported so…

Man beaten to death in India for attempted ‘sacrilege’ at…

A man was beaten to death in India for allegedly trying to commit an act of sacrilege at the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh faith. Local media reported that the unidentified man jumped over a railing into the temple's inner sanctum during Saturday (18) evening prayers in…

France offers more Rafale fighter planes to India

FRENCH defence minister Florence Parly on Friday (17) said her country is willing to give more Rafale fighter planes to India. Responding to a query in New Delhi, she said, “France is ready to answer any additional needs or request that can be made by India….we are open and ready…

Fixing Indo-UK defence ties

CURRENTLY, an unprecedented, politically driven commitment towards the transformation of the India-UK relationship is taking place. This began with the virtual summit between the two prime ministers Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi on May 4, 2021. The new UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, visited New Delhi and Mumbai in late…

India’s top court wants sex workers included in welfare schemes

IN a relief to India’s sex workers, the country’s supreme court has said that the government must enroll them into digital systems that give access to opportunities like voting and benefits of social welfare. Several thousands of people in India have lived long without having any of the two benefits.…

Ranbir Kapoor says he wants to make a biopic on…

Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor on Tuesday said he is interested in making a biographical feature film on the life of his grandfather and Hindi cinema veteran Raj Kapoor. The actor, who belongs to the fourth generation of the prestigious Kapoor film family, was speaking at a panel discussion following the…

Biden nominee for India envoy says will raise rights, Russia

ERIC GARCETTI, the nominee for US ambassador to India, promised on Tuesday (15) to raise human rights and arms purchases from Russia as lawmakers said the concerns clouded the growing relationship with New Delhi. The Los Angeles mayor told his Senate confirmation hearing that he will "actively raise" human rights…

Delhi indoor air pollution is worse than outside: study

WORSENING air quality of Delhi has remained a consistent threat to its residents and even though the authorities have asked people to remain indoors to avoid the toxic air outside, a study has revealed that lives are not safe even behind closed doors. The research has in fact shown that…

Two dead as militants ambush Indian police bus in Kashmir

SUSPECTED rebels ambushed a police bus in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday (13), leaving two officers dead and a dozen others wounded, officials said -- just hours after government forces killed a pair of militants in a shootout. Shortly after darkness fell, gunmen sprayed the bus -- which was transporting an…

India’s top syringe maker asks Modi to lift factory shutdown…

INDIA's largest syringe and needle manufacturer has urged prime minister Narendra Modi to revoke an order to suspend production, part of a broader factory shutdown imposed by a state regulator to curb heavy pollution in the region. Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices (HMD) has shuttered its factories on the outskirts…

Indian farmers end year-long mass protests against Modi reforms

Indian farmers formally ended year-long mass protests on Thursday (9) after prime minister Narendra Modi abandoned his push for agricultural reforms, defusing one of the biggest challenges faced by his government. Thousands of people have been camped on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi since last year to campaign…

Jacqueline Fernandez appears before probing agency for the second consecutive…

Popular Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on Thursday for the second consecutive day in connection with a money-laundering investigation involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others. The 36-year-old actor had spent about eight hours at the agency's office on Wednesday as she was…

Last respects paid to India’s defence chief

THE bodies of India's defence chief and 12 others who died in a helicopter crash laid draped in the Indian flag at a defence cantonment on Thursday (9), before being flown to New Delhi, where the general will be laid to rest with full military honours. General Bipin Rawat, his…

Student stand-up comedian Jijeesh K Jaimon brings the laughter with…

THE UK live comedy scene has been red-hot in recent years, with more stand-up talent than ever delivering hilarious shows. While most of the established stars are filling out big venues, interesting newcomers are kickstarting their journeys at the grassroots level, and one of these talents is Jijeesh K Jaimon.…

Demand still strong for India-made AstraZeneca vaccine: Gavi

GLOBAL vaccine-sharing network Covax is still seeing strong demand for India-made doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot, its co-lead Gavi said, following comments from producer Serum Institute of India (SII) that uptake had slowed sharply. The SII, the world's biggest vaccine maker, told India's CNBC-TV18 this week it would temporarily…

India signs deal to make 600,000 Kalashnikov rifles as Putin…

Russian president Vladimir Putin lauded India as "a great power" in New Delhi on Monday as the traditional allies bolstered their military and energy ties, despite Washington's increasing courtship of the world's largest democracy. India confirmed that Russia this month began deliveries of its long-range S-400 ground-to-air missile defence system,…

India’s hockey teams to compete at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

INDIA's hockey teams will compete at next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said, reversing their decision to skip the 2022 event. In October, India had withdrawn its hockey teams from next year's Games citing Covid-19 concerns and Hockey India's decision to prioritise the…

Vodafone offers to settle multi-billion-dollar India tax row

British telecommunications giant Vodafone said Friday it had offered to settle a multi-billion-dollar tax dispute with India, after the government scrapped a law that saw it claim huge sums from multinational firms. The legislation, introduced in 2012, allowed New Delhi to claim back taxes from foreign companies that had bought…

Delhi shuts schools again after court warning to curb pollution

India's polluted capital again ordered schools closed on Thursday over dangerous smog levels, as the country's top court demanded officials take action to address the toxic haze. New Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities and home to about 20 million people, is cloaked in a thick blanket of…

Model’s ‘bareheaded’ photoshoot at Kartarpur is stray incident: Pakistan

PAKISTAN on Thursday (2) summoned a senior diplomat of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to convey its view that a model's “bareheaded” photoshoot at the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib was an "isolated incident". On Tuesday (30), India had summoned the charge d'affaires at the Pakistan high commission in New…

India promises more Covid-19 shots to Omicron-hit Africa

INDIA stands ready to "expeditiously" send more Covid-19 vaccine to Africa to help fight the Omicron variant, New Delhi said late on Monday (29) after China pledged 1 billion doses to the continent. India and China have close ties with many African countries but Beijing has pumped much more money…

Indian president concludes visit to Rishikesh’s Parmarth Niketan Ashram

INDIA’S president Ramnath Kovind, his wife Savita and their daughter Swati concluded a two-day visit to the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, north India, on Monday (29). Spiritual leader His Holiness (HH) Pujya Chidanand Saraswatiji (HH Pujya Muniji), the head of the ashram, presented the president and his family with…

India parliament votes to scrap farm reform laws

INDIA'S parliament voted on Monday (29) to scrap agricultural reform laws that sparked a year of huge protests by farmers, after a surprise U-turn by prime minister Narendra Modi. Thousands of farmers have been camped out on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi since last year - one of…

US says deal reached with India on digital tax

The United States on Wednesday said it had reached a deal to lift never-implemented levies on India in exchange for the easing of its tax targeting international tech firms. India is among countries that had imposed a tax on foreign digital services, which earned Washington's ire since it considers such…

My playlist – Kahani

NEW YORK-BASED music producer, DJ and entrepreneur, Kahani, has built a career around catchy music. Real name Armaan Gupta, he balances his time between crafting beats with live percussion and melodic instruments from India, and helping artists grow with his label and collective, Nonresident. He went through his mammoth music…

Fears grow over dengue outbreak in India

THOUSANDS of people in India’s capital and hundreds of thousands across the nation are currently battling dengue fever, The Telegraph reported. As a result, beds hastily converted for Covid-19 earlier this year are now being repurposed for dengue, the report added. In India’s ongoing outbreak, which first erupted in late…

UN criticises ‘disturbing’ arrest of rights activist in Indian Kashmir

RIGHTS groups including the UN have criticised the arrest of a prominent activist in Indian-administered Kashmir on terror funding charges. Khurram Parvez was arrested late on Monday (22) by India's federal National Investigation Agency (NIA), an Indian official briefed on the situation said. . His residence and office were searched…

Indian air force pilot and 2019 surgical airstrike hero gets…

INDIAN Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was on Monday (22) accorded the Vir Chakra by president Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony in New Delhi. He was honoured for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during an aerial combat on February 27, 2019, a day after the airstrikes…

Modi repeals farm laws after mass protests by farmers

INDIA will scrap three agricultural reform laws that sparked almost a year of huge protests by farmers, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Friday (19) in a stunning and rare U-turn by his government. Thousands of farmers have been camped out on the borders of the capital New Delhi since…

American Airlines resumes India flights

AMERICAN AIRLINES relaunched flights to India this week, nearly a decade after stopping them, looking to capitalise on the growing demand for non-stop travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, a senior executive of the airline said. With travel demand bouncing back at home, American Airlines wants to expand its international network…

India’s top court orders ‘work from home’ over pollution in…

INDIA'S Supreme Court told authorities on Monday (15) to shut offices in the capital and nearby cities, allowing millions to work from home as officials seek ways to reduce hazardous air pollution that led to the closure of schools. Its action came after city authorities in New Delhi, which has…

Indian trash-tackling brothers win global children’s prize

TWO teenage brothers from India urged world leaders to act against climate change after winning a prestigious global children's award on Saturday (13) for tackling pollution from household waste in New Delhi. Vihaan and Nav Agarwal, aged 17 and 14, received the 2021 KidsRights International Children's Peace Prize for developing…

India’s top court demands emergency plan from the government to…

THE Chief Justice of India on Saturday (13) asked the central government to come up with an emergency plan to tackle New Delhi's toxic air quality and dangerous smog conditions, calling the situation "very serious". On Friday (12), India's federal pollution control board ordered states and local bodies to be…

India says WTO fishing proposal favours rich nations

THE latest World Trade Organization proposals on ending fishing subsidies are unfair, weak and favour rich nations, an Indian official said on Friday (12). Governments spend billions of dollars every year subsidising fishing industries that provide a livelihood to millions of people. But the subsidies contribute to overfishing, which is…

Indian WWII veteran, 97, wins pension battle

A 97-year-old Indian veteran whose leg was blown off in Italy in World War II has won a battle for a bigger pension that was previously denied to soldiers injured before independence in 1947. Sepoy Balwant Singh was one of more than 2.5 million soldiers from British India who took…

India sends thousands more troops to restive Kashmir

INDIA has sent thousands more paramilitary troops into its section of Kashmir, already one of the world's most militarised zones, after a string of targeted killings by suspected rebels in recent weeks, officials said. New Delhi has for decades stationed at least 500,000 soldiers in the divided Himalayan territory, which…

Kangana Ranaut: Padma Shri honour will shut down those who…

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented the Padma awards at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Among the awardees were Kangana Ranaut, Adnan Sami, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, and late singer SP Balasubramaniam. After receiving the honour, actor Kangana Ranaut said that she feels her Padma Shri win…

Padma Awards: Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor receive…

In January 2020, it was announced that Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor will be honoured with Padma Shri award, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India. However, due to the pandemic, the award ceremony was delayed, and took place on Monday (8) at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New…

Delhi still trapped under blanket of toxic air two days…

INDIA'S capital was blanketed by toxic air on Saturday (6) as pollution levels remained dangerously high for a second day after revellers defied a fireworks ban during a major Hindu festival and farmers in nearby states burnt stubble. New Delhi's overall Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 456 on a…

Diwali leaves Delhi wheezing in dangerously unhealthy air

THE morning after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, residents of New Delhi woke up under a blanket of toxic smog and breathed in the most dangerously polluted air of the year so far, after revellers, as usual, defied a fireworks ban. New Delhi has the worst air quality of…

‘Digital tools will play key role in India’s climate prediction’

THE demand for weather prediction will increase from various sectors in the future and artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a key role in this transition, the head of India’s premier weather agency has said. Dr M Mohapatra is the director-general of meteorology at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).…

Cairn Energy ends billion-dollar tax dispute with India

SCOTTISH oil and gas producer Cairn Energy will drop legal claims against India in return for a $1 billion government refund after lawmakers ditched a tax rule allowing massive retroactive claims. New Delhi introduced a law in 2012 that gave authorities power to claim back taxes from enterprises that acquired…

India ramps up Himalayan border defences after clashes with China

A year after deadly high-altitude clashes with Chinese soldiers, India is ramping up its border defences along a treacherous mountain range that has long been a flashpoint between the two countries. Arunachal Pradesh straddles the other side of the Himalayas from Tibet and shares a common Buddhist cultural heritage with…

Air quality in India’s capital likely to drop sharply, authorities…

INTERMITTENT rain and winds led to a rare drop in pollution in India's capital last month, with residents breathing the cleanest air in at least four years, but authorities warn that air quality is set to drop sharply in November. A delayed end to the monsoon and a sharp pick-up…

President Kovind visits spiritual leader Morari Bapu in Gujarat

INDIAN president Ram Nath Kovind on Friday (29) paid a visit to spiritual leader Morari Bapu at his native Talgajarda in Bhavnagar district of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Bapu, 75, received the president after he landed at the helipad near a high school in his village. Bapu then…

Modi’s visit marks threshold of new era for India-UK ties,…

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK comes at a time when India-UK bilateral relations are on a positive trajectory and potentially at the threshold of a new era, India’s High Commissioner to the UK Gaitri Issar Kumar has said. Modi will attend the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) of…

Dozens detained in India for disrupting Muslim prayers

Dozens of people, many from Hindu right-wing groups, were arrested Friday in India for disrupting Muslim prayer gatherings, local media reported, in the latest sign of growing sectarian tensions in the country. Hindu groups have been pressuring authorities for weeks in the northern city of Gurgaon on the outskirts of…

India tests Agni-5 ballistic missile with 5,000 km range

INDIA has tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), the defence ministry said, in what media called a "stern signal" to China as the two remain locked in a border spat. The Agni-5 missile blasted off from Abdul Kalam Island off…

India probes Kashmir students for cheering Pakistan cricket win

Police have launched an investigation after several hundred students in Indian-administered Kashmir celebrated India's recent defeat to Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, officials said on Wednesday. Anti-India sentiment is widespread and deep in the Muslim-majority territory where an armed rebellion has raged for decades by Kashmiris wanting independence or…

India’s record rice crop brings problem of plenty for farmers…

Farmers in India are gathering in the largest rice crop in history, which promises record exports, while making sure to keep up their longest-running protest, set to turn a year old next month. The sit-in against controversial agriculture reforms is taking place in the capital, miles away from the five…

Indian farmers’ protest continue despite producing largest rice crop in…

FARMERS in India are gathering in the largest rice crop in history, which promises record exports, while making sure to keep up their longest-running protest, set to turn a year old next month. The sit-in against controversial agriculture reforms is taking place in New Delhi. "We'll not budge until the…

67th National Film Awards announced; here is the complete list…

At the 67th National Film Awards event held on Monday in New Delhi, Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu honoured Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth with 51th Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The event is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Rajinikanth, whose…

Six Indian naval ships arrive in Sri Lanka to boost…

FOR the first time, six ships of the Indian Navy's first training squadron have arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit to bolster the defence cooperation between the two countries, officials said. They arrived in the ports of Colombo and Trincomalee on Sunday (24) to conduct training with their…

India administers 1bn Covid jabs; 100 monuments to be lit…

INDIA administered its one billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose on Thursday (21) as it fights its way back from a devastating surge in cases that brought the health system close to collapse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the feat as a "triumph of Indian science", but authorities remain on guard for…

Heavy rainfall: Onion prices soar in India

AFTER the cost of fuel and edible oils hit record highs, Indian consumers are likely to be further squeezed by a rally in onion prices after heavy rainfall in the country's key growing regions damaged the summer-sown crop and delayed winter crop planting. Onions are also a politically-sensitive commodity, with…

India’s Vidyut Mohan wins inaugural Earthshot Prize

INDIAN Vidyut Mohan is among the winners of the inaugural Earthshot Prize created by Prince William. Mohan, co-founder and CEO of Takachar, which developed a machine that converts crop residues into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizer, has won the award with projects from Costa Rica, Italy and the Bahamas.…

EXCLUSIVE: “Challenge company culture or lose war on talent”

Don’t get hung up on racism says former PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi Chief executives must challenge bad behaviour which stops women and minorities from progressing, according to the former CEO and chair of global company PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi. Speaking at the GG2 Leadership Series (12) the first Asian woman to…

Indian actor Anupam Tripathi on his breakout role in Korean…

Netflix’s South Korean survival drama Squid Game has been watched by a whopping 111 million users in its first 28 days, dethroning Bridgerton (82 million) off the top spot. The earth-shattering global success of the nine-episode series has changed the life of every actor on the cast. Indian actor Anupam…

India allows power plants to blend imported coal with local…

INDIA has allowed power producers to expedite imports of coal to use for up to 10 per cent of blends with the domestic grade to meet increased power demand in a move that could push up already high global prices. Asia's third-largest economy is facing large-scale outages as several power…

China, India lash out after no progress in border talks

CHINA and India on Monday (11) blamed each other for the failure of high-level talks to ease tensions along a disputed Himalayan border between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The strategically important Galwan river valley between Tibet and India's Ladakh region became a high-altitude flashpoint last year after one of the deadliest…

Police arrest Indian minister’s son accused of killing farmers

ASHISH MISHRA, son of junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations he ran over and killed four protesting farmers last week, a senior police official said. The farmers, killed on Oct. 3 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, were part of India's longest-running agricultural protest,…

Angry Sikhs march in Indian Kashmir after teachers shot

Hundreds of Sikhs in Indian-administered Kashmir marched on Friday at the funeral of a teacher from the minority group killed by suspected anti-Indian militants along with a member of the region's Hindu community. Supinder Kour, 46, was shot dead with colleague Deepak Chand in their school on Thursday, the third…

Air India sold to Tatas

INDIA’S tea-to-software giant Tata is buying back Air India, 89 years after founding it as Tata Air and half a century following its nationalisation, the government said on Friday (8). The Rs 180-billion (£1.76 bn) deal marks the end of a lengthy effort to privatise the heavily indebted flag carrier that according to…

Regional security, economic cooperation figure in US-Pakistan talks

PAKISTAN and the US discussed regional security issues and bilateral economic cooperation as American deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman visited Islamabad. She held talks with Pakistan's national security advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf on Friday (8) but no official statement was issued after the meeting. According to Radio Pakistan, both…

Pakistan is ‘biggest perpetrator of terrorism’, India tells UN

PAKISTAN is the biggest perpetrator and supporter of terrorism while the country masquerades as its victim, India said at the UN. Islamabad should also stop "cleansing its own minorities including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists", India added. New Delhi's assertion came at the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee (Legal) meeting on measures to eliminate international terrorism after Islamabad raised Kashmir at the global…

Rice sacks to runway: India’s battle to rebrand jute

From the boutiques of Christian Dior to royal wedding favours, jute is growing in popularity worldwide as demand for alternatives to plastic soars, with experts predicting the bag industry alone will be worth more than $3 billion by 2024. India is desperate to capitalise on this consumer shift and seize…

Indian farmers step up protests after eight killed in clashes

FARMERS in India have vowed to intensify their months-long protest against laws aimed at liberalising agriculture as tension flared a day after eight people were killed in clashes between growers and ruling party supporters. Four of the eight were killed when a car linked to a senior ruling party official…

US deputy state secretary Wendy Sherman reaches India

WENDY Sherman, the US deputy secretary of state, on Tuesday (5) arrived in New Delhi to review her country's bilateral agenda with India and discuss regional and global issues with the Narendra Modi government During her visit till Thursday (7), Sherman will hold talks with India’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam…

Covid-19: India’s Supreme Court orders to pay £494 compensation for…

INDIA’S top court has ordered state authorities to pay Rs 50,000 (£494) as compensation for each death caused by Covid-19, as a way to help families cope with the loss, according to its order reviewed on Tuesday (5). India has recorded 449,260 deaths overall, a tally experts say is a…

Devas Multimedia hires Jay Newman to fight the Indian government

AN Indian satellite and telecoms company has hired a former US hedge fund executive to fight against the Indian government in connection with $1.3 billion arbitration ruling, The Financial Times reported. Jay Newman, 69, who led Elliott Management’s 15-year battle to force the Argentine government to pay out on its…

Pandora papers: UK, India and Pakistan vow to probe ‘hidden…

BRITAIN, India and Pakistan have all said they will investigate a leak of financial documents published by news organisations that allegedly tie world leaders to concealed wealth. “Pandora Papers”, the dump of more than 11.9 million records, amounting to about 2.94 terabytes of data, came five years after the leak…

I got Covishield from India: UN General Assembly president

PRESIDENT of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid has said he had received his two doses of the Covishield vaccine manufactured in India, as have a “large portion” of other countries around the world. The Covishield vaccine, which has been developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca,…

India ‘slaps reciprocal travel curbs’ on Britons

BRITONS visiting India this month will have to undergo mandatory quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in retaliation for the UK’s curbs on Indian citizens, a senior government source in New Delhi said on Friday (1). The new rules, which take effect from Monday (4), follow the…

India-Australia to reach trade deal by end 2022

Australia and India hope to reach a long-pending landmark trade deal by the end of 2022, according to a joint statement released on Friday (1) announcing the formal relaunch of stalled negotiations. Bilateral trade was around Aus$24 billion (US$17 billion) last year, with India exporting its key services sector and…

India counters China in Sri Lanka with $700 million port…

An Indian company entered into a $700 million deal Thursday (30) to build a strategic deep-sea container terminal in Sri Lanka, officials said, in a move seen as countering China's rising influence in the region. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said it signed an agreement with India's Adani Group…

Bad hair day: India salon told to pay £200,000 for…

AN Indian salon has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in damages to a model for a botched haircut which she claimed caused a "severe mental breakdown". Aashna Roy went to the salon at a top New Delhi hotel in 2018 and asked staff to trim a conservative four…

Indian caught with gold paste worth $57,000 in rectum

A smuggler who stashed nearly one kilo of gold paste in his rectum to get the precious metal past Indian customs has been arrested, officials said Wednesday (29). India is the world's second-largest gold consumer and experts say smuggling has increased in recent years, including by converting the precious metal…

US deputy secretary of state Sherman to visit India, Pakistan

US Deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman will travel in October to Pakistan and India, who have clashed on the way forward in Afghanistan, the State Department announced Monday (27). Sherman, after CIA chief Bill Burns, will be one of the first high-level officials under president Joe Biden to visit…

India to export 8m Covid-19 jabs in October

INDIA will export eight million coronavirus vaccine jabs by the end of October after ending its ban on sending doses abroad, a top foreign ministry official has said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to resume exports at a meeting of leaders from the so-called Quad in Washington as India, Japan,…

New security treaty win-win for India

THE new security treaty, signed last week by the US, the UK and Australia and aimed at confronting the menace of China’s growing naval fleet in the Indo-Pacific region, is a “welcome development” for India, influential political, foreign policy and defence experts have told Eastern Eye. AUKUS, an acronym denoting…

Indian man on bail must wash women’s clothes for six…

An Indian man accused of attempted rape has been given bail on condition that he wash and iron the clothes of all women in his village for six months. Lalan Kumar, 20, will have to buy detergent and other items needed to provide six months of free laundry services to…

Submarine dispute: India, France to deepen partnership in Indo-Pacific region

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have vowed to "act jointly" in the Indo-Pacific region, as a row intensified with Australia and the US over a ditched submarine contract. Macron's telephone talks with Modi were timed conspicuously as French anger over an Australian cancellation of a…

UK recognises Covishield vaccine

THE UK government on Wednesday (22) added Covishield, the India-manufactured Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, to an updated international travel advisory. The move comes a day after the Indian government warned of “reciprocal measures” over “discriminatory” action against a UK-licensed product. There was widespread condemnation of the Serum Institute of India-manufactured vaccines…

India urges UK to remove fresh vaccine-linked travel curbs

INDIA’S foreign minister on Tuesday (21) urged Britain to remove a rule requiring Indians visiting there to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated. India's Covishield vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by Pune-based Serum Institute, is not recognised by Britain under new rules despite being identical to…

‘Troop pullback from border will better India-China relations’

INDIA has given a message to China that their bilateral relations will only get better when both pull back their troops from a confrontation point on their disputed Himalayan border, the country’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has said. Jaishankar, who is in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan for the…

‘No other work’: Indian villagers cling to coal despite damaged…

The reopening of a coal mine this year near the central Indian village of Chichordi rekindled farmer Dilip Madre's hopes he would finally be compensated for the ruin of his once-bountiful turmeric field and be able to buy a bigger farm further away. A decade after mining began in his…

Tata Group bids for debt-stricken Air India

India's tea-to-steel conglomerate Tata Group confirmed on Wednesday (15) it has submitted a bid to buy debt-crippled national carrier Air India, which it owned decades ago before the airline was nationalised. The Indian government has sought to sell its entire stake in the ailing company, setting a deadline for bids…

India, UK moving towards ‘early harvest trade’ agreement: New Delhi

INDIA’S commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal has confirmed that New Delhi and the UK are moving towards an “early harvest trade” agreement, with a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) as the next step. Goyal held a virtual meeting with the UK's international trade secretary Liz Truss, on Monday (13)…

CIA director meets Pakistan Army chief, ISI head

AMERICA'S Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns on Thursday (9) met Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI head Lt Gen Faiz Hamid. They discussed regional security issues and the current situation in Afghanistan, the Pakistan Army's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.…

Ants in business class! Delhi-London Air India flight hit

An Air India flight headed to London from New Delhi on Monday (6) had to abort take-off after a swarm of ants was found in the business-class section, Asian News International reported. The flight, AI-111, had among its passengers Jigme Namgyel Wangchuk, the son and heir apparent of Bhutanese King…

Young Indian women write to Modi to raise age for…

Facing pressure from their own families to marry before completing education, several young women in India have started writing letters to prime minister Narendra Modi to raise the marriage age for girls to 21 from 18, as it is in case of the country's men. One such woman is Sonam…

India to launch plastics pact as first Asian country

THE Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has come together with the World-Wide Fund for Nature – India (WWF India) to develop the ‘India Plastic Pact’ -- a platform to promote a circular system for plastics. It was launched on Friday (3) by British High Commissioner to India Alexander Ellis in…

India restores mobile services in Kashmir two days after death…

Mobile services in Indian Kashmir were restored late on Friday, two days after they were suspended following the death of a veteran secessionist leader in the disputed Himalayan region, a police official told Reuters. However, curbs on mobile internet and restrictions on the movement of people in the Kashmir valley…

Kashmir separatist leader Geelani laid to rest in Srinagar

PRO-PAKISTAN separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani was buried in Srinagar overnight (1-2) in a quiet funeral organised by Indian authorities. There was tight security with mobile connectivity by and large snapped in Indian Kashmir. Geelani, 91, was buried at a mosque near his home, according to his wishes, his close…

The top 10 Mammootty movies

MALAYALAM mega-star Mammootty has had a 50-year cinema career filled with more than 400 movies in multiple languages. Born in 1951, he has entertained fans across decades, and they will celebrate him turning a year older on September 7. To mark his milestone 70th birthday, Eastern Eye put together his…

Pollution likely to cut nine years of life expectancy of…

AIR POLLUTION is likely to reduce the life expectancy of about 40 per cent of Indians by more than nine years, according to a report released by a US research group on Wednesday (1). More than 480 million people living in the vast swathes of central, eastern and northern India,…

India hits record 20.1 per cent growth in April-June quarter

INDIA's economy expanded by a record 20.1 per cent between April and June, official data showed Tuesday (31), boosted by the manufacturing and construction sectors as growth rebounded from last year's strict months-long pandemic lockdown. It was the biggest growth on record since New Delhi started publishing quarterly statistics in…

Taliban opens diplomatic channels with India

INDIA’S ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader on Tuesday (31), the Indian foreign ministry said, the first formal diplomatic engagement since the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan. The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha,…

Airtel to raise $2.86 bn through rights issue

India's telecom giant Bharti Airtel said Sunday it plans to raise 210 billion rupees ($2.86 billion) by selling shares to existing shareholders ahead of the rollout of its 5G network. "The board of directors... comprehensively reviewed the industry scenario, business environment, financial/business strategy of the company and approved the company's…

Paralympics: Jhajharia, Gurjar win silver and bronze in javelin

TWO-TIME gold-winning javelin throw veteran Devendra Jhajharia clinched a stupendous third Paralympic medal, a silver this time, while discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya also finished second as India surpassed its best ever medal tally at the Games on Monday (30). Sundar Singh Gurjar also chipped in with a bronze, finishing behind…

Delhi rape case: Four men including a priest charged

A priest and three other men have been charged with the gang rape and murder of a low-caste nine-year-old girl, Indian police said, in a case that sparked days of protests in New Delhi. The girl was allegedly assaulted by the priest, 53, and three workers on August 1 after…

How the Taliban’s actions affect India and Pakistan

WHEN I flew into Kabul, I was told there was intelligence that there would be a suicide car bomb attack against an Indian embassy car that week. Nine months earlier the Haqqani network, the most feared terror group affiliated to the Taliban, had carried out the deadliest attack against the…

India alarm as Pakistan and China woo Taliban

THE Russian and British empires battled over Afghanistan in the 19th century, and the United States and the Soviet Union in the 20th. As the Taliban takes over in the strategic, landlocked nation, the new Great Game has Pakistan in control, with its ally China looking to cement its grip…

Kerala’s Covid-19 lessons for India and Modi’s government

Vilified by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's party for its high COVID-19 cases, Kerala's apparent poor record may actually hold crucial lessons for the country in containing the outbreak as authorities brace for a possible third wave of infections. The opposition-ruled, densely populated southern state is currently reporting the most…

India flights to Papua New Guinea banned in diplomatic spat…

Papua New Guinea banned flights from India indefinitely on Tuesday (24) and accused the South Asian country's diplomats of "deception" over apparent breaches to Covid-19 travel rules. The Melanesian nation's top Covid-19 official said in an act of deliberate "deception" India's High Commission helped dozens of unauthorised travellers -- some…

Indian woman, who self-immolated accusing MP of rape, dies

THE death of a 24-year-old woman, who had set herself ablaze last week in Indian capital New Delhi after alleging harassment by police and law at the behest of a parliamentarian she had accused of raping her, has brought the focus back on the country’s treatment of its girls. On…

An Indian’s tale of Afghanistan escape

WHEN the New Delhi-bound Kam Airlines flight finally took off from Kabul airport hours before the Taliban entered the city on August 15, Subrata, an Indian working in a senior position with an international NGO (INGO) posted in Afghanistan, sent up a silent prayer of thanks. Subrata had been able…

Bangladesh vaccinates hundreds of sex workers at largest brothel

Hundreds of sex workers at Bangladesh's largest brothel have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a one-day inoculation drive the participants hope will revive an industry devastated by the pandemic. Bangladesh, one of the few Muslim nations where prostitution is legal, has at least 11 brothels operational across the country of…

In Indian Kashmir, few now dare to speak out

Public protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir were once an almost weekly occurrence but two years after New Delhi imposed direct rule on the region, locals say arbitrary arrests and intimidation by security forces wielding batons and snatching phones have left many too scared to voice dissent. A week before the region's…

India and UK agree to work together on Afghanistan crisis

INDIA'S external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his British counterpart Dominic Raab have exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan and agreed to work together to tackle shared security threats, support refugees and ease the humanitarian plight of Afghans. Jaishankar arrived in New York on Monday (16) to chair meetings…

Escorted by Taliban, India pulls off midnight evacuation from Afghanistan

OUTSIDE the main iron gate of the Indian embassy in Kabul, a group of Taliban fighters waited - armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Inside the compound were 150 Indian diplomats and nationals - growing increasingly nervous as they watched news of the Taliban tightening their grip on…

India airlifts ambassador and staff from Afghanistan

INDIA on Tuesday (17) brought back its ambassador and staff at the embassy in Kabul in an Indian Air Force's C-17 aircraft, after the situation became fluid with the Afghan capital falling to the Taliban insurgents. Earlier in the day, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi confirmed the news in…

New $1.35tn infrastructure plan will create jobs and help attain…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (15) said that the country will launch a Rs 100 trillion ($1.35tn) national infrastructure plan that will help generate jobs and expand the use of cleaner fuels to achieve the country's climate goals. During his speech at the Independence Day celebrations in New…

Pakistan says won’t accept India’s denial of role in bus…

A DAY after India dismissed as "lies" Pakistan's allegations of Indian intelligence support to a deadly bus bombing in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad on Saturday (14) said it will not accept New Delhi's denial of its role in the attack. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese…

Pakistan questions ‘discrepancies’ in UK’s decision to keep it on…

Pakistan’s top health official has written to the UK’s health secretary highlighting the 'discrepancies' in the British government’s policy to retain Pakistan on the COVID-19 travel red list while moving India to the amber list. Pakistan was placed on the red list in early April and India on April 19…

ASEAN, India should boost digital connectivity, says Singapore minister

INDIA and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should explore new ways to enhance the digital connectivity and boost economic cooperation between the two regions, Singapore's deputy prime minister and coordinating minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat. Both the nations should facilitate sharing of data and avoid data…

Modi government says Twitter now in compliance with the new…

MODI government on Tuesday (10) told the Delhi High Court that Twitter was prima facie in compliance with the new IT rules in the country. The social media giant has recently appointed a chief compliance officer (CCO), resident grievance officer (RGO) and nodal contact person on a permanent basis. Twitter…

Indian hockey captain hits out at racist abuse

India's hockey captain Rani Rampal on Saturday (7) criticised the "shameful" racist abuse of a team member's family that she said was damaging the country's quest to boost its sporting image. New Delhi saw a hockey renaissance at the Tokyo Games with the men taking third place -- their first…

India expects to refund £720 m to Cairn after scrapping…

AFTER scrapping the retrospective tax law, India expects to refund $1billion (£720 million) to British company Cairn Energy, the Financial Times reported. On Friday, the lower house of parliament approved a draft law, cancelling a 2012 policy that enabled the Indian government to tax some foreign investments retrospectively. The upper…

50 arrested for attack on Hindu temple in Pakistan

PAKISTAN’S law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 50 people, including the main suspects, allegedly involved in an attack on a Hindu temple in a remote town of the country's Punjab province. The arrests were made a day after the Supreme Court admonished the authorities for their failure to protect…

Shops shut in Kashmir to mark ‘black day’ anniversary

HUNDREDS of extra police and troops were deployed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday as separatist groups called for a shutdown to mark a "black day" on the second anniversary of New Delhi ending its special status. Prime minister Narendra Modi's government scrapped the Muslim-majority region's partial autonomy on August 5,…

‘Over expectations’ likely cause of India’s poor performance at Tokyo…

THE Indian government has overhauled an athletic system that was once underfunded and corrupt ahead of the Tokyo Games, but the pressure to perform weighs on competitors and the country again failed to win a gold medal, according to The New York Times. India had sent a 127-member Olympic delegation…

Protests as low-caste girl raped, killed in India’s capital

The alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old, low-caste girl sparked a third day of protests in India's capital on Tuesday (3), in the latest case to spotlight the country's high levels of sexual violence. Hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets in New Delhi, holding banners reading "give…

Afghanistan will become ‘pariah state’ if Taliban seize power, says…

Afghanistan would become a "pariah state" if the Taliban take control by force, US secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (27), as a top-level delegation from the insurgent group visited China to assure officials of their international obligations. "An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its…

US, India must stand together to fight ‘democratic recession’, says…

IN his first official visit to India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday (28) issued a veiled warning about Indian democracy backsliding. Blinken told civil society groups -- his first appointment before meeting Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Modi -- that the US and India are "connected by…

India confirms French court order to freeze assets in Paris

THE Indian government has confirmed a French court order for freezing certain state-owned assets in Paris following a petition filed by Britain's Cairn Energy to recover an arbitration award of $1.72 billion (£1.2 bn) from New Delhi. The sum was awarded to Cairn Energy last year by an international tribunal…

Pakistan’s opposition leader slams Imran Khan over Kashmir referendum remark

PAKISTAN'S opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday (24) rejected prime minister Imran Khan's remarks that Islamabad would let the people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an "independent state". He said Khan was deviating from the country's "historical and constitutional position" by proposing a second…

Blinken to meet Modi, Jaishankar next week

US state department on Friday (23) said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India next week. It will be Blinken's first visit to the world's largest democracy and an important US ally in Asia. Blinken will also visit Kuwait and meet senior officials there at the end of…

Inspiring journey of a pioneering spirit

KAMLESH BAJAJ AND HER SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH STORY OF HOPE THE 2021 South Asian Heritage Month runs from July 18 to August 17. The month-long celebration of south Asian history and culture is not complete without the pioneering stories of first-generation immigrants, who overcame incredible odds and went on…

Exclusive: Pandemic has helped us enter UK market: Cuemath CEO…

THE Covid pandemic was a challenging time for people and businesses, but for one Indian company, the lockdown restrictions proved to be a blessing in disguise. Online maths tutorial site Cuemath launched in the UK at the end of June, prompted by a surge in enquiries by families whose children…

Body of photojournalist returns to India, hundreds attend funeral

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was buried in India's capital on Sunday (18), two days after he was killed covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban near a border crossing with Pakistan. Siddiqui, an Indian national with the Reuters news agency, was embedded with Afghan special forces in…

Indian Kashmir bans animal slaughter during Muslim festival

The Indian government has ordered authorities in Kashmir to ban the slaughter of all animals in the Muslim majority region for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. The order by the Hindu nationalist government, released late on Thursday, is likely to heighten tensions in Indian Kashmir where anxiety has deepened…

Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui captured the people behind the story

Danish Siddiqui, the Reuters journalist killed in crossfire on Friday (16) covering the war in Afghanistan, was a largely self-taught photographer who scaled the heights of his profession while documenting wars, riots and human suffering. A native of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two…

Indians had to pick cricket bats in self defence: South…

SHAMEEN Thakur-Rajbanshi, the chief of South Africa’s Minority Front, which has a major support in the country’s Indian community which has faced a considerable attack during the ongoing violence, has said that the “Indian community is devastated” by the riots. She said the situation turned so bad for them that…

Exclusive: ‘We are treated like second-class citizens,’ say Muslim women…

MUSLIM women in India, who found themselves listed for “auction” on a controversial site earlier this month, have spoken out how the incident has taken a toll on their mental health as they constantly fear for their safety.    Dozens of Muslim women were being offered for sale in fake…

Virus strikes twice for India’s first Covid patient

India's first coronavirus patient, a student who was in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has tested positive for a second time, a medical official told AFP on Wednesday (14). The 21-year-old woman from the southern state of Kerala has no symptoms but is in isolation at her home, Thrissur district…

UK minister lauds British apple exports to India for first…

UK INTERNATIONAL trade secretary Liz Truss has lauded exports of apples from England to India, for the first time in half a century, as a sign of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership in action. Truss said on Twitter over the weekend that the exports of the fruits from a farm…

Biden picks Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India

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

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

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

Is New York Times anti-Modi?

Recruitment ad for India-based journalist sparks anger and support in equal measure THE New York Times, one of the world’s most influential newspapers whose motto since 1896 has been to publish “all the news that’s fit to print”, itself made headlines last week when it was accused of being biased…

Cairn secures French court order to seize Indian properties in…

BRITAIN’S Cairn Energy Plc secured a French court order to seize some 20 Indian state-owned properties in Paris to recover a part of the $1.72 billion (£1.2bn) arbitration award from New Delhi. The sum was awarded to Cairn Energy last year by an international tribunal over a tax dispute with…

India prime minister Narendra Modi expands cabinet: 43 ministers take…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi effected a major cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday (7) whereby some prominent names were brought into the government at the expense of some big names. Former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and heavyweight leader from the central Indian state of…

Dilip Kumar: Life and times of Hindi cinema’s greatest actor

Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar passed away at a Mumbai hospital aged 98, after a prolonged battle with illness. An extraordinary journey saw him rise from very humble beginnings to become Hindi cinema’s greatest and most influential actor. It all began in the Kissa Khwani Bazaar area of Peshawar in British…

From Yusuf Khan to the ‘Tragedy King’ of Bollywood, here’s…

Dilip Kumar was born on 11th December 1922 as Mohammed Yusuf Khan at his family home in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of Peshawar, British India. He had 11 siblings, and his father Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan was a fruit merchant. Kumar did his schooling at Barnes School, Deolali, Nashik,…

Narendra Modi cabinet reshuffle soon? All eyes on new faces

PRIME minister Narendra Modi is likely to make the first cabinet reshuffle in his second term in office soon and the exercise could see the induction of more ministers, sources said on Monday (5). According to the sources, the central cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place keeping in mind…

India ends the tradition of ‘government-shifting’ in Jammu & Kashmir

INDIA ended a 149-year-old tradition of moving the government of Jammu & Kashmir state between the winter capital in Jammu, to its summer base in Srinagar last week, according to a report in The Times.  The 'office shifting', with an expense of £20 million per move, involved the difficulty of…

Severe heatwave in Delhi as temperature hits a nine-year high

TENS of millions of people in India were suffering Friday (2) under a severe heatwave that has pushed the temperature to a nine-year high in Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Heatwaves have killed over 6,500 people in the world's second-most populous nation since 2010, and scientists say climate change…

Pakistan sends India list of 609 Indian prisoners

PAKISTAN and India on Thursday (1) exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s custody. It is in accordance with an existing agreement on consular access between Pakistan and India, signed on May 21, 2008, the Pakistan foreign office said. Under the deal, both countries are required to exchange…

Akriti Singh’s Toofan Mail is a fabulous first film is…

A BIG triumph from the recent UK Asian Film Festival was the world premiere of Toofan Mail and that was largely thanks to the remarkable effort of actress Akriti Singh. She has written, directed, produced, edited, and played the lead role in the film based on an extraordinary real incident…

India’s Covid crisis reveals signs of internal dissent against Modi

MORE THAN a dozen ground and mid-level members of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have said that they are disillusioned with the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the country.  Besides, six state lawmakers in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, have written letters criticising the…

US appoints Atul Keshap as interim envoy to India

THE US has appointed Indian American diplomat Atul Keshap as Chargé d’Affaires, interim envoy, to India. Keshap, 50, a career member of the senior foreign service, will be departing for New Delhi following the retirement of Ambassador Daniel Smith, the US State Department said in a statement on Tuesday (29).  “Keshap’s…

India probes suspected drone attack at Jammu air base

IN what was called a drone attack by Pakistan-based terrorists for the first time, two bombs were dropped at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday (June 27), officials said. The airport where the blasts took place is used for VVIP movements…

Pakistan seeks ‘even-handed’ relationship with US: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN is seeking a "civilised" and "even-handed" relationship with Washington like the one that existed between the US and the UK or with India "right now", prime minister Imran Khan has said, underlining the role Islamabad could play in the region, including in Afghanistan after America leaves the war-torn country.…

Modi discusses Kashmir elections in first talks since autonomy revoked

INDIA prime minister Narendra Modi told leaders from Jammu & Kashmir that elections would be held there after the region's constituencies were reconfigured following the revocation of its semi-autonomous statehood, meeting participants said. The talks on Thursday (24) were the first between Modi and Kashmiri leaders since the government scrapped…

‘Cooped up’ Indians throng malls and markets weeks after Covid…

A few weeks ago, New Delhi's crematoriums were operating around the clock dealing with Covid-19 victims. Now the Indian capital's shopping malls and markets are buzzing again. But doctors are worried that India is letting its guard down again, just like in January and February before a devastating coronavirus surge…

India ‘misrepresenting’ ICJ verdict in Jadhav case: Pakistan

PAKISTAN accused India ‘misrepresenting’ the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. On Saturday (19), it asserted that it is ready to fulfil all obligations under the international law. India had asked Pakistan on Thursday (17) to address the "shortcomings" in a bill brought…

India’s presence in Afghanistan is larger than it ought to…

WITH India stepping up its diplomatic activities in Afghanistan's peace process as the US prepares for withdrawal of its troops, Pakistan has said “at times” it feels that New Delhi's presence in the war-torn country “is perhaps larger than it ought to be". Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's remarks…

India likely to witness third Covid-19 wave by October, say…

HEALTH OFFICIALS in India's richest state have urged authorities to step up preparations against a possible third wave of coronavirus infections, they said on Friday (18), as lockdowns eased less than a month after a surge that killed thousands. India's second most populous state of Maharashtra lifted many curbs this…

Covid-19: Youth in the ‘high thousands’ purchase life insurance in…

THERE has been a sharp increase in buying life cover in recent months as young Indians rush to purchase life insurance, data shows. When a devastating second wave of the pandemic peaked in India during April and May, the numbers of people aged between 25 and 35 buying term insurance…

India, Pakistan basmati rice exporters ‘agree to share ownership?’

PAKISTANI and Indian exporters of basmati rice believe that joint ownership is the "only viable solution" to reach EU markets, according to a media report. India has applied for an exclusive trademark that would grant it sole ownership of the basmati title in the European Union, setting off a dispute…

Indian Prime Minister Modi calls for reducing pressure on land…

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (14) said the country is on the right track to achieve its target of land-degradation neutrality. The leader said this while delivering a keynote address at the United Nations’ “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” via a video call. “We are…

Everything is out of my system now: Neena Gupta on…

Over the past few years, Neena Gupta has mostly grabbed headlines for her riveting performances in a number of commercially and critically successful films, including Badhaai Ho (2018), Mulk (2018), and Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan (2019). She is back in news again, but this time around for a completely different…

BAPS Charities join relief efforts during Covid second wave in…

A leading charity has joined efforts in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and alleviating the suffering in India during the second wave. BAPS Charities, through its global network and partner hospitals, has so far supported the treatment of over 3,800 victims to full recovery from Covid-19 in the country, a statement…

Congress needs big organisational reforms to show it’s still a…

WITH problems multiplying for India’s century-old Congress party, senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal has said that the party must bring widespread reforms across all levels of its organisation to prove that it is still a viable political alternative to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sibal has…