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Betting on politics: everything you didn’t know

When most people think about betting, they think about sports. This is, after all, the field where most bets are placed with millions of punters around the world betting on various outcomes of different sporting contests every day. Indeed, from the IPL to the Premier League, there is no end…

UK leadership candidates seek to undermine new push for Scottish…

The two candidates battling to be Britain's next prime minister will vie to present themselves as defenders of Scotland's place in the UK on Tuesday (16) by promising more scrutiny of Scotland's government to undermine a new push for independence. The Scottish National Party, which heads Scotland's semi-autonomous government, wants…

UK faces the danger of running out of monkeypox vaccine…

Britain will run out of monkeypox vaccines in about two to three weeks as the country has little more than 8,300 doses of vaccine left, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Shipments of a new order of 100,000 doses will not resume until late September, the report added citing an…

Desperate patients in the UK pulling out their own TEETH…

NHS dentistry has been in a crisis situation for many years now. Additionally, many dental surgeries say it is no longer financially viable to offer NHS procedures, leading to an 'exodus' of dentists into the private sector, the Daily Mail reports. According to a new survey it has been found…

Post Office Cash Tracker: Post offices witness record high in…

New figures on Monday (8) revealed that post offices handled a record £801 million in personal cash withdrawals in July. In total, over £3.3 billion in cash was deposited and withdrawn over post office counters, the first time when the figures have crossed the £3.3 billion threshold in Post Office’s…

Former health secretary Sajid Javid backs Liz Truss to be…

Former Conservative health minister Sajid Javid announced Wednesday (3) his support for Liz Truss as the UK's next Conservative prime minister, adding to the roster of senior Tories backing her leadership bid. Javid resigned as health secretary in Boris Johnson's government in early July at the same time as Truss's…

In final two, Britain’s foreign minister Liz Truss burnishes her…

If it's not the pictures of her standing atop a tank in a nod to Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, it's the meme-defining moment when she vented her anger over cheese imports into Britain that made Liz Truss something of a household name.For many, she was a figure of fun, but…

Policy views of final two candidates in race to succeed…

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister was on Wednesday (20) reduced to the final two candidates, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, who will go forward for a summer of campaigning to win over the around 200,000 Conservative Party members who make the final decision. Below is…

Race to become UK PM down to final two, Rishi…

FORMER finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss will battle it out to become Britain's next prime minister after they won the final lawmaker vote, setting up the last stage of the contest to replace Boris Johnson. Sunak has led in all rounds of the voting among Conservative…

What do the frontrunners to succeed Boris Johnson think about…

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister has begun, with 11 candidates so far putting themselves forward for a contest which will ultimately be decided by around 200,000 Conservative Party members.Below is what the bookmakers' top three favourites have said on key issues:RISHI SUNAK - Current favouriteOn…

EXCLUSIVE: Leadership race shows how diversity is the ‘new normal’…

Prime minister Boris Johnson certainly went down fighting. Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak had decided that enough was enough, resigning last week from the Cabinet over Downing Street’s inability to tell the truth. Fifty ministerial resignations later, the refusal of the prime minister to accept that the game was up…

Shailesh Vara vows to work ‘tirelessly’ to restore Northern Ireland’s…

Shailesh Vara, the UK’s new secretary of state for Northern Ireland, has vowed to work “tirelessly” to restore the Stormont institutions.The Uganda-born Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire succeeds Brandon Lewis who quit the Boris Johnson government in a mass resignation of ministers.His appointment comes at a time when the…

Bereaved mum’s mission to make British roads safe

DEV’S LAW is a legislation that Meera Naran would rather have not been associated with, but tragic circumstances have made it an important part of her life and one that she is proud of. From Wednesday (6), all cars all new cars across mainland Europe and Northern Ireland will have…

Contest to replace Boris Johnson begins, opponents demand he goes…

As many as a dozen candidates were on Friday eyeing up replacing Boris Johnson as British prime minister who is quitting after his Conservative Party turned on him, as opponents said they wanted him out of Downing Street immediately. Johnson said on Thursday that he would step down as Conservative…

World reacts to Boris Johnson’s downfall

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision on Thursday to step down as leader of his Conservative Party, paving the way for a new premier to take over, drew a spectrum of reactions from leaders worldwide. Johnson, who quit as Tory leader following a series of scandals and an exodus of…

His resignation was inevitable. As a Party we must quickly…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to resign on Thursday.Below are some reactions:KEIR STARMER, LEADER OF OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY"It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister."But it should have happened long ago. He was always unfit for office. He has been responsible…

If UK PM Boris Johnson is ousted, who could replace…

Britain's finance and health ministers resigned in quick succession on Tuesday, in moves that put the future of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in peril after a series of scandals that have damaged his administration.Below is a summary of some of those who could be in the frame to replace him…

Record number of disadvantaged students set to work or study…

AROUND 20,000 disadvantaged students from schools, colleges and universities are set to travel all over the world for work and study as the Turing Scheme continued to deliver on the government’s commitment to levelling-up opportunity across the UK. Now entering its second year, 38,000 students -- learners and pupils in…

Monkeypox cases in Britain pass 1,000

The latest data released Tuesday by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Britain has reached 1,076. According to UKHSA, up to June 26, 2022, there were 1,076 laboratory-confirmed cases in Britain. Of these, 27 were in Scotland, five in Northern Ireland, nine…

Explainer: The issues surrounding a Scottish independence vote

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans on Tuesday for a second referendum to be held on Scottish independence in October 2023.  In a referendum in 2014, Scots voted 55%-45% to remain in the United Kingdom, but both Brexit and the British government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis have bolstered…

UK bill to override N.Ireland Brexit deal back in parliament,…

A UK government bill proposing an overhaul to a post-Brexit deal in Northern Ireland returns to parliament on Monday, despite EU warnings it is illegal and could spark a trade war. Brussels threatened legal action after the UK government earlier this month introduced the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to unilaterally…

Indian High Commission celebrates International Day of Yoga at BAPS…

THE Indian High Commission in London on Tuesday (21) celebrated the eighth International Day of Yoga at BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden. Besides Indian high commissioner HE Gaitri Issar Kumar, Lord Rami Ranger and East Harrow member of parliament Bob Blackman addressed the gathering. Yoga enthusiasts from all over London…

Number of women having an abortion reaches record high in…

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

‘It’s not acceptable, it represents unilateralism of the worst kind’:…

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Sunday a new British law to change part of a Brexit deal to try to ease trade with Northern Ireland was "unilateralism of the worst kind" and urged the government to resume talks.The European Commission launched two new legal proceedings against Britain this…

EU takes legal action against UK for breaching N.Ireland agreement

The European Commission launched new legal action against Britain on Wednesday, accusing London of putting peace in Northern Ireland at risk by trying to overhaul the post-Brexit trade deal."The UK government tabled legislation confirming its intention to unilaterally break international law," EU commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said."More precisely to break…

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

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

‘Bureaucratic simplifications’, Britain to defy EU with new N.Ireland law

Britain will set out plans on Monday to override some of the post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, changes that will inflame tensions with the European Union but were dubbed mere "bureaucratic simplifications" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Britain has been threatening for months to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol,…

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

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

Toxic cocktail of sluggish growth and high inflation darkens outlook…

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

AR Rahman named ambassador of Indo-UK culture platform

MUSIC great A R Rahman has been named the ambassador of the British Council's 'India-UK Together Season of Culture', which aims to boost collaboration among emerging artists. The 'Season of Culture' marks the 75th anniversary of India's independence. It was officially launched on Tuesday (7) by Britain's deputy high commissioner…

Cheers and some jeers as Prince Harry and Meghan return…

CHEERS greeted Prince Harry and his wife Meghan outside St Paul's Cathedral on Friday (3) as they made their first public appearance in Britain for two years. But opinions were split among the throng of fans waiting at the London landmark to catch a glimpse of the royals, reflecting a…

World leaders pay tribute to Britain’s Queen

AS thousands converged on central London to mark the historic milestone, messages of congratulation poured in for the 96-year-old queen. The US  "Jill and I wish Your Majesty a joyful Platinum Jubilee celebration. On behalf of the United States, congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on an unprecedented 70 years of…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

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

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

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

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

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

Rising student debt: Young Britons in deep crisis

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

Queer Britain museum opens in London

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

Sinn Fein urges to start united Ireland debate after historic…

SINN FEIN, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), hailed its first victory in a Northern Ireland Assembly election as a "defining moment" for the British-controlled region and called for a debate on a united Ireland. Sinn Fein was ahead of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)…

Sterling falls to fresh lows against dollar

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

Johnson loses ‘crown jewels’ in UK vote

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

Sinn Fein eyes watershed win in N Ireland

SINN FEIN sought to become the first Irish nationalists party to win the most seats in Northern Ireland at an election on Thursday (5) set to test the stability of the British region's power-sharing governance and talks on post-Brexit trading rules. Victory for a party wanting Northern Ireland to leave…

UK local elections facts

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

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

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

Local polls: Embattled Johnson faces mid-term test

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

Minimum age for marriage raised to 18 in England, Wales

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

Neil Basu frontrunner to head National Crime Agency

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

600,000 more catch Covid in UK in a week

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

Tata Steel UK uses bacteria technology to recycle emissions

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

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

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

‘Ukraine’s refugee crisis replays the journeys of Ugandan Asians’

FACED with a bombed-out House of Commons after the Second World War, Winston Churchill could have had the heavily damaged, long-outgrown Victorian-era chamber rebuilt to accommodate the correct number of MPs. Instead, it remained the same size – seating just 420 out of 650 to retain the cosy atmosphere. I…

Britain outlines inquiry terms as Covid-19 prevalence rises

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

No compulsory vaccination for health staff in England

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

Johnson scraps Covid restrictions in England

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

NHS race observatory welcomes plan to revoke mandatory jabs for…

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

Trade minister bats for reduced tariffs on British car exports

Britain-India pact will open doors in every nation of the UK, Jayawardena says A BRITISH minister has made it clear for the first time that all parts of Britain will benefit from a UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Ranil Jayawardena, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of International…

Most Covid rules in England to be scrapped as infections…

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

Johnson gives Commons grilling over No10 parties a miss

GRIEF-STRICKEN MPs branded Boris Johnson a "liar" as the prime minister on Tuesday (11) gave a Commons grilling over No10 parties a miss. Instead he sent Paymaster General Michael Ellis to answer an important question on an email inviting staff to a "BYOB" lockdown party. Labour's Angela Rayner said the…

UK still ready to trigger Article 16 in EU-Northern Ireland…

THE United Kingdom is ready to take unilateral action that would suspend customs checks on goods moving to Northern Ireland, foreign secretary Liz Truss said ahead of talks with the European Union. Truss is due to hold talks with EU vice president Maros Sefcovic this week to resolve disagreements over…

Britain reports record Covid-19 prevalence as Omicron surges

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

UK eases curbs for travel into England

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

NHS trusts declare “critical incidents” amid Covid staff crisis

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

England hospital staff absences double as virus surges

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

As virus surges, England builds temporary hospitals

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

England builds temporary hospitals to tackle potential overspill of inpatients

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

Over 10,000 people hospitalised with Covid in England

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

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

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

UK seeks to mitigate workforce disruption from Omicron

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

No new Covid curbs for England this year

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

Johnson to examine hospital data before imposing additional Covid measures

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

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

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

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

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

London declares ‘major incident’ over Omicron spread

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a "major incident" in the British capital due to the spread of the Omicron variant. More than 65,000 new Covid cases were confirmed in London over the past seven days, and 26,418 cases reported in the last 24 hours -– the highest number since…

UK reports record 93,045 Covid-19 cases as Omicron surges

BRITAIN reported record Covid-19 infections for the third consecutive day on Friday (17), with a rise to 93,045 new cases fuelled by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus. The government will hold an emergency committee meeting on Omicron at the weekend with the devolved administrations in…

Brexit negotiator David Frost quits UK government

BRITISH cabinet minister David Frost, who led Brexit negotiations, resigned from the government with immediate effect on Saturday (18), topping a torrid week for British prime minister Boris Johnson after a party rebellion on new coronavirus curbs and by-election humiliation. Frost, a trusted ally of the prime minister, sent his…

EXCLUSIVE: BBC radio unlikely to hit leadership targets

“Systemic and cultural barriers” stop progress of people of colour finds new report Senior BBC leaders in radio news have warned that the corporation will never hit the director-general’s 20 per cent target for people of colour to climb to the top their profession. Nina Robinson, an experienced former BBC…

UK extends Covid vaccine booster programme to all adults

ALL adults in Britain will now be eligible for a third Covid jab, the government said, as concern mounted about the spread of the new Omicron variant. The move, backed by a scientific advisory body and health secretary Sajid Javid, comes as ministers scramble to react swiftly to the new…

New bill proposes to make all marriages, civil partnerships under…

MPs have backed Tory MP Pauline Latham's Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) bill to raise the legal age of marriage to 18 to stop vulnerable children from being forced to wed, the BBC reported. In England and Wales, parental consent is needed for 16 and 17-year-olds. But there is…

Britain starts cheaper lateral flow test for passengers from non-red…

THE UK on Sunday (24) started a cheaper lateral flow test instead of a PCR for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from countries not on the red list. Passengers and most under 18s can use the test on or before day 2 of their arrival in England, a statement said.  Bookings…

Pelosi hints at a possible UK-US trade pact

BRITAIN and the US will "probably end up" striking a bilateral trade deal, but agreement is "very unlikely" if the terms of the Ireland peace deal are broken, Nancy Pelosi said. "This is not said as any threat, it's a prediction, if there's destruction of the Good Friday accords, we're…

NHS staff receive first Covid booster jabs

THE booster doses have been rolled out in England and with the first shot been given to an NHS staff. The booster jab will be given to the over 50s, health and care workers and younger adults with certain health conditions. Those eligible should receive a booster at least six…

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka out of England travel red list

PAKISTAN, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are among eight countries which will come out of the red list next week as the British government on Friday (17) relaxed pandemic restrictions on travel into England. The UK government overhauled its complicated "traffic light" watchlist with a simpler regime for fully vaccinated arrivals. …

England to offer Covid vaccine to all 12- to 15-year-olds

ALL 12- to 15-year-olds in England will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine after top medical advisers said on Monday (13) that children would benefit from reduced disruption to their education. The British government confirmed that the offer would be extended to all children aged 12-15 after a unanimous recommendation by…

UK panel says it ‘would not recommend’ jabbing healthy teens

THE UK government's independent advisory body on vaccines has said that it would not recommend jabbing all 12- to 15-year-olds against coronavirus, arguing the benefits were "too small". The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), a panel of experts that advises ministers, has been weighing the issue after numerous…

England gets ready for mass Covid vaccinations for 12- to…

THE government said on Saturday (28) it had told England's health service to get ready for a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme for children aged between 12 and 15 starting in September, if vaccination experts give the green light. A first vaccine dose has already been offered to all 16- and…

UK rolls out new antibody test programme for COVID positives

The UK government on Sunday (22) announced the rollout of a new nationwide antibody surveillance programme, which will make free home antibody tests available for up to 8,000 COVID-positive people a day. The UK Health Security Agency will offer these finger-prick tests to help improve the understanding of immunity against…

UK to offer Covid-19 antibody tests to Britons soon as…

BRITAIN is set to offer Covid-19 antibody testing to the general public in the coming week for the first time, state media reports today (22)  as a top expert has claimed that Covid anytime may "come roaring back" as long as it is not wiped completely from every part of…

Self-isolation not needed for double-jabbed Britons

PEOPLE in England and Northern Ireland who have had two Covid vaccine doses need not have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive. They no more have to quarantine for 10 days, but have been advised to take PCR test, which is also not…

Abusive behaviour towards NHS staff increased during Covid, reveals survey

A NEW survey has revealed that more than a third of NHS doctors have recently experienced verbal abuse including threats, The Guardian reported. Treatment delays and changes to the health service during Covid have increased abusive behaviour towards staff, it added. The British Medical Association (BMA) survey said that half…

£22bn funding boost to place UK at the front of…

THE UK launched an innovation strategy on Thursday (22) with annual public investment in R&D to a record £22 billion to put the country at the front of the global innovation. The new strategy unveiled by business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng aims to boost private sector investment in R&D and to…

Campaign for safer streets

THE kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard in London on March 3 this year has been a landmark tragedy, similar in some ways to the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi on December 16, 2012. Both cases triggered national vigils by women and demands for safer…

Britain achieves vaccine milestone ahead of July 19 unlocking

TWO-THIRDS of UK adults have now been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday (14), arguing that the breakthrough justified its contentious move to drop most pandemic curbs next week. A total of 35,155,767 second doses have now been administered since the Western world's first mass vaccination…

Zahawi confident plans to lift Covid restrictions will go ahead…

THE UK government is confident that plans to lift a range of Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on July 19 in England but mask-wearing in indoor enclosed places will be expected, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday (11). Prime minister Boris Johnson detailed proposals earlier this week to eliminate…

Heathrow airport to fast-track vaccinated passengers

LONDON'S Heathrow airport said on Wednesday (6) it plans to offer fast-track lanes for fully-vaccinated arriving passengers, as the UK government winds down its pandemic curbs. The government is expected on Thursday (8) to announce that travellers coming to England from "amber" countries - the middle ranking for Covid incidence,…

Tories’ Elections Bill will make it harder for minority ethnic…

LABOUR’s shadow minister for democracy, Cat Smith, has slammed the UK government’s Elections Bill, brought before parliament on Monday (5), saying that the proposal to make photo identification mandatory for voting will make it harder for Asian and minority ethnic Britons to vote and will lock them out of democracy, media…

Career in the UK for international graduates as new immigration…

A new immigration route opened on Thursday (1), allowing international graduates to kick-start their careers in the UK after they have finished their studies at a UK university. The Graduate route provides an opportunity to talented international graduates who have been awarded their degree from a UK university to stay…

UK announces £64 million funding for clinical research

THE UK government today (23) announced an investment of £64 million to strengthen clinical research delivery and to ‘save lives across the country.’ The move is in line with the government’s vision ‘Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research delivery’ published in March. The funding will be…

Seven takeaways from G7

By Lord Jitesh Gadhia IN THE run-up to last weekend’s G7 meeting in Cornwall, expectations were running high. The first physical gathering of world leaders since the start of the pandemic provided an opportunity to address a whole series of pressing policy issues, ranging from vaccines and post-pandemic recovery to…

West Midlands small businesses encouraged to avail Brexit Support Fund

SMALL and medium sized businesses in the West Midlands are being encouraged to apply for financial support as the deadline nears for a £20 million Brexit Support Fund. The fund, which closes on June 30, allows businesses who trade with the EU to avail funding of up to £2,000 for…

British Army: ‘A world of opportunities’

IT’S coming up to 23 years since a sprightly 22-year-old Warrant Officer (Grade 2) Saheed Khan joined the ranks of the British Army, wide-eyed and eager to see what adventures Army life had in store for him. After holding a variety of different positions, which he describes as “one of…

UK on track to offer over 50s second jab by…

BRITAIN'S vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the country was on track to offer all those aged over 50 a second dose of a vaccine by June 21. "We are on track for offering all over 50s who have had the first jab their second jab by the 21st," Zahawi…

University students in England propose Covid discount on tuition fees

UNIVERSITY students in England have proposed an offer to accept higher interest rates on their loans in exchange for an immediate £2,700 discount on their tuition fees. This is an offer being made my students to compensate for the disruption to their education caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group…

Tributes paid after death of former DUP and Alliance councillor…

By Shaun Keenan TRIBUTES have been paid to former DUP and Alliance Party councillor Vasundhara Kamble who died suddenly. Kamble, who came to Northern Ireland from India, in 1995, had been an Alliance councillor for six years. The former councillor served on the former Castlereagh Borough Council before it became…

Germany to impose quarantine on UK travelers

GERMANY has declared Britain and Northern Ireland a virus-variant region, requiring anyone entering the country from the United Kingdom to quarantine for two weeks on arrival. The move comes amidst Britain reporting a rise in the spread of the coronavirus variant first found in India. The new rule takes effect…

Britain’s daily Covid-19 cases fall by 16 per cent in…

THE daily coronavirus cases in Britain have seen a dip by 16 per cent in a week. According to the official record as of Monday (17) there were 1,979 new infections in the past 24 hours. While the mortality rate remained the same as last week, a further five fatalities…

UK lockdown restrictions ease amid Covid-19 variant concerns

DESPITE concerns over the spread of a more infectious Covid-19 variant, most of the UK took a step towards normality on Monday (17) with lockdown restrictions being eased. Across England, Wales and most of Scotland, full indoor hospitality in pubs, restaurants and cafes returned, and cinemas, theatres and sports venues…

Vaccines saved nearly 12,000 lives in England, shows PHE analysis

AN analysis by government agency Public Health England (PHE) on Friday (14) revealed that the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in England has prevented nearly 12,000 deaths and more than 30,000 hospitalisations in older people. Britain has given two-thirds of its adult population at least one shot of Covid-19 vaccine, helping…

England’s Covid-19 infections halved since March, study finds

THE prevalence of coronavirus infections in England has halved since March helped by the swift rollout of vaccines, but new variants remain a threat, according to the findings of a closely watched survey released on Thursday (13). British prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (10) gave green light to hugging…

Covid-19 public inquiry in UK to be held in spring…

Johnson announces Covid-19 public inquiry Public inquiry to begin spring 2022 Britain has world's fifth highest death toll Opponents say inquiry must win public confidence UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (12) announced an inquiry next year into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic that is likely to focus…

Sunak pledges to support recovery as Britain’s GDP jumps in…

BRITAIN's economy began to recover strongly at the end of the first quarter despite lockdown restrictions, official data revealed on Wednesday (12). Gross domestic product jumped 2.1 per cent in March, the Office for National Statistics said, although by not enough for the UK economy to avoid contracting overall in…

England reports no Covid deaths for first time in 14…

UK's vaccine programme received a shot in the arm as England reported zero deaths due to Covid-19, according to its latest daily update. Since the pandemic broke out in March last year, Sunday (9) was the first day that had no deaths from Covid-19. More than 112,000 people have died…

Boris Johnson to set out next phase of lockdown easing…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will set out on Monday (10) the next phase of lockdown easing in England. The green light would then allow pubs to serve customers pints inside after months of strict measures. Aided by one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world, Britain's daily case…

UK sends life-saving support for India, again

THE UK sent three 18-tonne oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators on Friday (7) as part of the UK’s latest response to India’s Covid-19 crisis. Airport staff at Belfast worked through the night to load the life-saving kit, funded by the foreign, commonwealth & development Office, aboard the massive Antonov 124…

Demanding More: Sheree Atcheson shares lessons in workplace diversity

by LAUREN CODLING AN AWARD-WINNING diversity and inclusion expert has revealed insights into her personal and professional experience in the field, sharing stories of failure and success in her new book. Sheree Atcheson is a recognised expert in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). Currently the global director of DE&I at…

Johnson hails Philip’s ‘extraordinary life’; says country would mourn with…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to Prince Philip, who died on Friday (9), saying the country would mourn with the royal family and Queen Elizabeth, who had lost her 'strength and stay of more than 70 years'. "We remember the duke ... above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty…

New drive allows people in England to take a Covid-19…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (5) everyone in England will be able to take a Covid-19 test twice a week in a new drive to track the pandemic as society reopens and the vaccine rollout continues at its rapid rate. Johnson, who is expected to confirm plans…

Britons now worry less about Covid and Brexit, says poll

BRITONS are now much less worried about the coronavirus pandemic than they were a month ago with an aggressive vaccination programme in place, according to an opinion poll. However, it still remained the single biggest concern, with the proportion of respondents dropping to 49 per cent from 72 per cent…

Southern Health and Social Care Trust looks to ensure Covid…

By Adam Morton The Southern Health and Social Care Trust accepts it has “work to do” to ensure the area’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities know how to access the Covid-19 vaccine. The issue was raised at a meeting of the Trust’s Board by Upper Bann MLA, John…

England resumes outdoor gatherings; Johnson says he hopes to avoid…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (29) he hoped that England would not need to go into another lockdown if the public obey the rules and coronavirus vaccines continue to be effective. People in England rushed outside Monday to enjoy sports, picnics and other previously prohibited activities, as…

EXCLUSIVE: BREXIT HURTING ASIAN BUSINESS

Revealed: Entrepreneurs say EU bureaucracy a ‘nightmare’ By: Barnie Choudhury SOUTH ASIAN entrepreneurs have revealed how European Union ‘red tape’ is causing a ‘nightmare’ for their businesses. They have told Eastern Eye how projects are being delayed because of uncertainty over what paperwork is needed. “We didn't have clarity on…

British far-right emerged into a ‘digitally networked threat’ during lockdown,…

A NEW report released on Monday (22) revealed that Covid-19 lockdown has boosted the evolution of the British far-right into a digitally networked threat last year. The 'State of Hate 2021' report launched by shadow justice minister David Lammy MP discusses how civil society and institutions must respond to the burgeoning…

Children back in school in England after Covid-19 lockdown

CHILDREN return to school in England on Monday (8) for the first time since January, as the government begins to ease tough restrictions, thanks to a mass vaccination drive against the coronavirus. Throughout the latest lockdown since the start of the new year, schools have remained open to children of…

Sunak extends Covid rescue plan but moves to bring in…

Sunak announces continuation of emergency support UK economy to recover pre-pandemic size mid-2022 Borrowing forecasts revised up sharply for 2021/22 Corporation tax to rise from 2023 Sunak freezes income tax thresholds UK finance minister Rishi Sunak extended costly emergency programmes to see Britain's economy through the Covid-19 crisis but announced…

Boris Johnson lays out 4-step ‘cautious’ roadmap for easing UK…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (22) tabled a four-step “cautious” roadmap in Parliament for the country to be eased out of its strict stay-at-home lockdown, with a tentative June 21 timeline for most limits on social contact to be lifted if the coronavirus infection rates remain under check.…

Johnson eyes end to England’s third lockdown as inoculation drive…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is set Monday(22) to start unwinding England's third and potentially final coronavirus lockdown, as a quickening UK-wide inoculation drive relieves pressure on overstretched hospitals. In a statement to parliament, Johnson will confirm the reopening of all English schools on March 8 in the first big…

UK accelerates vaccine rollout with end of lockdown in sight

The UK government on Sunday (21) vowed to offer a first coronavirus vaccine dose to every adult by the end of July, as it readied to announce a gradual easing of its third lockdown in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will outline the lockdown review in parliament on Monday,…

UK may ease lockdown as the country nears vaccination target

BRITAIN closed in Friday(12) on a mid-February target to offer coronavirus vaccinations to 15 million of its most vulnerable people, raising hopes that a grinding lockdown could be eased. More than 13.5 million people have been given a jab since the world-first immunisation programme began in early December, with a…

NHS Covid-19 app alerts 1.7m users; prevents 600,000 cases

THE NHS Covid-19 app has been breaking chains of transmission to protect users and their communities since its launch in September, a statement said. Over 1.7 million app users across England and Wales have been advised to isolate by the app following a close contact with someone who goes on…

‘Army Adventurous Training helps develop skills for life’

By Sarwar Alam and Pramod Thomas WITH being in lockdown, on and off for almost a year, the one thing every­one is dreaming of is being able to go on adventures again. That feeling of your heart thumping faster, the adren­aline pulsing through your veins, the instant impact of a…

Johnson tells EU chief of ‘grave concerns’ over vaccine move

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson told EU chief Ursula von der Leyen of his "grave concerns" after Brussels partially suspended terms of the Brexit deal as part of a vaccine export control scheme. Johnson talked to the EU head on the phone and "expressed his grave concerns about the potential…

The Army’s Adventurous Training offers experiences that last a lifetime

By Sarwar Alam & Pramod Thomas With being in lockdown, on and off for almost a year, the one thing everyone is dreaming of is being able to go on adventures again. That feeling of your heart thumping faster, the adrenaline pulsing through your veins, the instant impact of a…

Britain to discuss tighter travel restrictions -BBC

BRITISH ministers will discuss further tightening travel restrictions on Monday(25), the BBC reported on Saturday(23), adding that people arriving in the country could be required to quarantine in hotels. Prime minister Boris Johnson told a news conference on Friday(22) that the UK may need to implement further measures to protect…

UK hails India’s religious diversity, inclusive tradition in Parliament debate

The UK government on Tuesday (12) praised India’s religious diversity and its "rich tapestry of religious minorities alongside its sizable Hindu majority" during a debate in the House of Commons complex and highlighted the important work being done to promote UK-India interfaith dialogue on tackling shared global challenges. Foreign, Commonwealth…

Johnson says England’s lockdown will be ‘slowly unwrapped’ as it…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson warned parliament on Wednesday(6) that ending England's latest lockdown would require a 'gradual unwrapping' over time, pledging that schools would be the 'very first things to reopen'. England's third national lockdown has legally come into force, with MPs set to vote retrospectively on it later.…

New Year, new rules: UK begins post-Brexit future

Britain on Friday (1) began a new year and life outside the European Union's single market, with the first trucks crossing the Channel by ferry and rail largely reporting few difficulties despite new customs rules. Brexit, an all-consuming issue in Britain since it voted in 2016 to quit the bloc,…

Prominent British Asians recognised in New Year’s Honours List

A LEADING musician, community leaders, campaigners and choreographers are among Asians honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, announced this evening (30). This year’s is the most ethnically diverse list yet, with 14.2 per cent of recipients coming from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background. In total,…

Vaccinators line up as Oxford/AstraZeneca jab on brink of approval…

The UK’s National Health Service is lining up thousands of medics and volunteers on Monday (28) to be ready to deliver jabs up and down the country as the Oxford University vaccine against COVID-19 is on the brink of getting regulatory approval. The vaccine, which is being produced by bio-pharmaceutical…

After EU, what’s next for ‘Global Britain’?

A brave new world or a dangerous leap into the unknown? After nearly 50 years of integration with Europe, Britain starts an uncertain new chapter on January 1. - What changes on January 1? - Britain formally quit the European Union in January this year but has continued to observe…

EU and Britain seal post-Brexit trade deal

Britain and the European Union struck a trade deal on Thursday (24) after 10 months of intense negotiation allowed them to soften the economic shock of Brexit. When the UK leaves the EU single market at the New Year it will not now face tariffs on cross-Channel commerce, despite breaking…

Country not ready for Brexit, warn British lawmakers

BRITAIN has not yet installed all the complex IT systems and port infrastructure needed to ensure Brexit runs smoothly, a group of British MPs warned in a report released Saturday(19). The Committee on the Future Relationship with the EU, a cross-party group of lawmakers, released the report after meeting Thursday(17)…

Minister hints at new English lockdown after Christmas

A NEW national lockdown in England cannot be ruled out after Christmas, British schools minister Nick Gibb said on Friday(18), although he emphasised the regional 'tiered' system of Covid restrictions was effective. Northern Ireland and Wales have both outlined plans to head back into lockdown after Christmas to control infection…

Bangor to lead international fight against plastic pollution in the…

By Michael Kenwood, Local Democracy Reporting Service BANGOR in North Down has been chosen as the Northern Ireland base for an international project looking at plastic pollution in the sea. The project is a joint enterprise between the UK and Indian governments, with each chosen location in the four parts…

Businesses embrace Job Retention Scheme to keep winter blues away

THE EXTENSION OF FURLOUGH SCHEME PROVIDES A SAFETY NET FOR COMPANIES WHICH CAN RETAIN AND PAY STAFF UNTIL SPRING BEAN + BREW, LONDON 'CONTINUED SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL TO HOSPITALITY’ [caption id="attachment_122265" align="aligncenter" width="361"] (Photo: beanandbrewlondon.com)[/caption] IN MANY ways, coffee and winter go hand-inhand: its throat-warming alchemy the perfect balm for…

Amid fears of a chaotic end to Brexit, Johnson heads…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson heads to Brussels on Wednesday(9) for talks with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in a push to secure a trade deal and avoid a turbulent breakup in three weeks. With growing fears of a chaotic no-deal finale to the five-year Brexit crisis when…

‘Best early birthday present I could wish for’, says Margaret…

A 90-year-old British grandmother became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 jab following its clinical approval. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said it was "the best early birthday present" and added: "My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it. If…

England moves to new system of regional Covid-19 restrictions

MORE THAN 40 per cent of people in England will be subject to the toughest tier of restrictions on their daily life from Wednesday(3), when the government shifts to its new approach after a month of national lockdown, with just 1 per cent in the lowest band. Parliament approved a…

‘Time is running out’, Britain, EU caution each other on…

BRITAIN and the EU cautioned each other on Monday(30) that time was running out for a Brexit trade deal as negotiators sparred over state aid, enforcement and fishing in a bid to avoid a tumultuous exit in just a month's time. The UK finally leaves the EU's orbit on December…

‘We want a referendum soon’, says Scotland’s Sturgeon

SCOTTISH leader Nicola Sturgeon said an independence referendum that could wrench apart the UK after Brexit should take place in the earlier part of the devolved parliament's next term, which begins next year. If there was another referendum and if Scots voted out, it would mark the biggest shock to…

‘It’s time to say goodbye’

By Lord Meghnad Desai I ARRIVED in London in September 1965 to teach at the London School of Economics (LSE). I had left India in 1961 and gone to the United States, thanks to Ford Foundation Fellowship to do my PhD. While there, I became aware of the racial discrimination…

Britain may allow families to gather for Christmas as Covid…

BRITAIN could ease stringent Covid-19 rules to allow families to gather for Christmas as signs indicate that coronavirus cases are starting to flatten as a result of current lockdowns, health secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday(20). The UK has the worst official Covid-19 death toll in Europe and prime minister…

National Trust chief defends report on properties’ historic ties with…

By Amit Roy THE National Trust’s 115-page report, Addressing our histories of colonialism and historic slavery, was defended by the organisation’s director-general, Hi­lary McGrady, when she appeared on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs last week. There is a lobby which believes that the job of the National Trust is mainly…

Rishi Sunak extends furlough wage support scheme until March 2021

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak on Thursday (5) extended the furlough, or taxpayer-funded wage support scheme, until the end of March next year as England entered its second coronavirus lockdown to last at least until December 2. Sunak, who has been leading the UK's economic response to the pandemic, made a…

New lockdown could last longer than month, government says

A new four-week coronavirus lockdown in England will be extended if it fails to reduce infection rates, the government said on Sunday (1), as it faced criticism over the abrupt decision to shut down again. The second national lockdown, hastily announced late Saturday following warnings hospitals could be overwhelmed within…

NHS Covid-19 app upgrade increases ‘accuracy’ in identifying close contacts

THE NHS Covid-19 app has been upgraded to detect close contacts more accurately and users can now expect more high-risk notifications to be issued. Due to the app's improved accuracy, users who are notified to self-isolate should take warnings even more seriously, said a statement from the department of health…

UK to depend only on ‘local measures’ despite reporting 25,000…

THE UK government on Thursday(29) vowed to persist with localised coronavirus restrictions, despite registering nearly 25,000 Covid-19 cases on a daily basis. Communities secretary Robert Jenrick conceded statistics showed Britain was in a "bad place", with nearly 25,000 new cases registered on Wednesday(28). However, he indicated that ministers were still…

UK to EU: ‘Treat Britain as a sovereign state’

UK on Tuesday(20) said that there is no point in talking with the EU on a Brexit trade deal until the bloc starts to treat Britain as a 'sovereign state'. A junior business minister in the UK government has asked the EU to 'get serious'. "We are trying to get…

Penning a portrait of Pakistan

By Amit Roy DECLAN WALSH hopes his new book will give British Pakistanis, especially the younger generation, a deeper understanding of a troubled country that has, at times, been bracketed in the interna­tional media with North Korea or Iran. Walsh was based in Islamabad for the Guardian from 2004 to…

What if Biden Trumps Donald in November?

By Amit Roy OVER the last few months I have noticed a spate of articles arguing that US president Donald Trump would be a better bet for Britain. Here are two from the Daily Tele­graph, for example. “Why the Tories should fear a Biden presidency,” was by Freddy Gray, who…

New UK lockdown would be disaster but all options open:…

Prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (14) said a new UK-wide lockdown would be a "disaster" but refused to rule it out as demands grew for a temporary shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. Labour leader Keir Starmer has thrown his weight behind a two-week "circuit break" to stop…

UK lawmakers to vote on the tiered system of further…

LAWMAKERS will vote on the new three-tiered system of further restrictions on parts of England to curb an increase in Covid-19 cases on Tuesday(13). British prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday(12) announced a new three-tiered system in an attempt to standardise a patchwork of often complicated and confusing restrictions imposed…

UK mobilises field hospitals as virus cases surge

Staff at three field hospitals in northern England are being mobilised to prepare for a surge in coronavirus admissions, health authorities said Monday, as prime minister Boris Johnson prepared to unveil a new three-tiered system of localised restrictions. A string of temporary "Nightingale" hospitals were built across the UK in…

Sunak provides ‘reassurance’ and ‘safety net’ for people and businesses…

BRITISH finance minister Rishi Sunak extended help on Friday(9) for businesses and workers who are forced to stop work during local coronavirus lockdowns. The new scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. Sunak said the government would pay…

Life sentence for Whitemoor prison attack convicts

Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and Baz Macaulay Hockton, 26, convicted of trying to murder a prison officer in Whitemoor prison in eastern England were handed life sentences. The two wore fake suicide belts and shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greater) as they launched the attack in January this year. The pair targeted…

‘Johnson plans to visit India in 2021’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to meet India’s leader Narendra Modi in early 2021, it was suggested during the annual Conservative Friends of India conference on Monday (6). According to India’s high commissioner to the UK, Gaitri Issar Kumar, Johnson is planning to travel to India next year…

UK postboxes painted black to celebrate Black History Month

FOUR of Britain's distinctive red postboxes have been painted black and gold and adorned with images by or of illustrious Black Britons, in a novel way of celebrating Black History Month. The Royal Mail said it had selected one postbox in each of the four constituent parts of the UK…

Gareth Thomas MP urges the govt to support young people…

LABOUR MP Gareth Thomas has urged the UK government to offer financial support to temples and Saturday clubs to support young people learn minority languages as latest data shows a sharp fall in obtaining qualifications in languages such as Gujarati and Urdu. Figures sourced by the MP from the House…

Boost for vaccine doses planned for poor as virus rages…

Up to 100 million additional doses of any eventual Covid-19 vaccines will be secured for delivery to poorer countries in 2021, health groups announced on Tuesday (29), as the virus showed no sign of receding after claiming more than one million lives around the world. The announcement doubles the number…

‘Second Covid spike will hit Asians again’

by LAUREN CODLING DOCTORS in the UK have warned of the impact a second coronavirus wave would have on the BAME community, claiming the population “remains at higher risk of serious ill health and dying from Covid-19.” [caption id="attachment_96950" align="alignleft" width="231"] Dr Chaand Nagpaul[/caption] Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the…

Professor Sunetra Gupta leads criticism of UK’s COVID-19 lockdown approach

A prominent Oxford University academic leads a group of over 30 academics who have expressed their doubts over the UK government's localised and national lockdown approach to tackling a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Sunetra Gupta, professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, co-authored a letter…

‘Get through winter together’: Johnson announces curbs that could last…

BORIS JOHNSON told the British people on Tuesday (22) to work from home where possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close early to tackle a swelling second coronavirus wave. "This is the moment we must act," the prime minister said, noting the new measures -- which could last up…

Study finds alarming levels of racism, bullying in UK schools

By S Neeraj Krishna MORE than half of children entering teenage in the UK have come across racism in schools, according to a new study. Research by an anti-bullying campaign found that 32 per cent of children aged six to 15 had heard racist comments. The figure shot up to…

Amal Clooney quits UK media envoy role over ‘lamentable’ Brexit…

HUMAN RIGHTS advocate Amal Clooney has resigned from her role as a UK envoy for media freedom in protest at the government's "lamentable" decision to breach its Brexit treaty. Clooney became the third lawyer to part ways with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, after it introduced legislation that would rewrite…

‘Weed out’ imperial ‘war criminals’, set up ‘museum of colonialism’:…

By S Neeraj Krishna HISTORIAN Willian Dalrymple has urged the UK to acknowledge the “really terrible things that happened in our past” and set up a “museum of colonialism”. He said the monuments of “war criminals” from Britain’s colonial past should be taken down and displayed at a public venue,…

Alok Sharma announces £1mn funding for projects to tackle ‘space…

BUSINESS SECRETARY Alok Sharma on Wednesday (16) announced a £1-million government investment to tackle the dangers presented by space debris to satellites of everyday importance. Seven companies will get funds to develop separate projects on new sensor technology or artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor hazardous space debris. As part of…

Sajid Javid rebels, Rehman Chishti quits as No.10 envoy over…

SAJID JAVID on Monday (14) said “respect for the rule of law” was sacrosanct as he rebelled against Boris Johnson’s legislative bill that would override parts of the Brexit treaty struck with the European Union last year. The former chancellor was joined by top Tory figures such as former attorney-generals…

Suella Braverman accused of ‘sacrificing’ the ‘UK’s reputation’ by top…

IN A curious incident, top lawyers in the UK have accused attorney general Suella Braverman of sacrificing the UK’s reputation. The lawyers confronted her during the annual general meeting of the Bar Council on Saturday (12) for 'sidelining' legal advisers and bypassing the ministerial code, reported The Guardian. Braverman, attorney…

Sharma lands rare albatross, but cards 74, lies 93rd in…

A rare albatross on the penultimate hole of the opening round brought Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma to par in one swoop but the double bogey on the last one spoilt the effort at the 2020 Portugal Masters. Sharma experienced ecstasy and agony on successive holes as he closed with two-over…

UK stands by new European Union law despite ‘rogue state’…

BORIS JOHNSON was accused on Wednesday (9) of presiding over a "rogue state" as his government introduced legislation that intentionally breaches its EU withdrawal treaty in the messy countdown to a full Brexit divorce. Johnson, however, defended the government's approach after its extraordinary admission that the new bill governing post-Brexit…

Scotland and Wales say British government’s bill threatens UK unity

SCOTLAND AND WALES said the British government's internal market bill, which a minister admitted breaks international law over Brexit, will undermine the UK by stealing powers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The bill, a blueprint for life outside the European Union, will be published on Wednesday(9). A government minister…

UK under fire as Brexit trade talks resume with EU

UK and EU negotiators on Tuesday(8) resumed Brexit talks, after warnings last-minute changes to domestic legislation risked derailing the process, threatened peace in Northern Ireland and even a showcase UK-US trade deal. Prime minister Boris Johnson has angered EU officials by insisting there was now an "unforeseen" risk that Northern…

Johnson sets October 15 deadline for Brexit deal, says ‘no…

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given an October 15 deadline for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, brushing off fears about "no-deal" chaos if talks fail. The eighth round of negotiations resume in London this week, with both sides talking increasingly tough, amid accusations of intransigence and…

Exclusive Investigation: We lay bare the toxic life for Asians…

By Barnie Choudhury  SENIOR South Asian staff, with more than 200 years of combined experience working for the BBC, have accused the corporation of decades of “systemic, structural and institutional racism”. Eastern Eye has spent the past week speaking to about 20 current and former south Asian reporters, correspondents, producers…

NCA recovers properties worth £17 million after busting West Midlands…

THE National Crime Agency (NCA) on Wednesday (26) released details of the recovery of 59 properties worth about £17 million following an eight-year investigation that busted a drugs gang operating out of the West Midlands region. NCA investigators had earlier uncovered a criminal conspiracy to import heroin from Pakistan, and…

‘Far more damaging for a child’s well-being to be away…

BORIS JOHNSON has urged parents to set aside their fears and send their children back to school next month when schools in Britain fully reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut then down more than five months ago. The prime minister said it was the government’s “moral…

Government U-turns on school exam grades system after huge uproar

THE British government bowed to public pressure over its school exam grading system, ditching an algorithm that downgraded the results awarded to students in England after their tests were cancelled due to Covid-19. The government had faced days of criticism after the mathematical model used to assess grade predictions made…

Angry students challenge government over ‘unfair’ results of virus-hit exams

AFTER months of criticism over its response to coronavirus, the British government is facing a new battle -- from students in revolt over the grading of cancelled exams. Media reports on Monday (17) said the government was working with regulators on how to resolve the escalating row, suggesting a change…

Getting kids back in schools is country”s ”moral duty” after…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday said it is the country's “moral duty” to get children back into schools after the COVID-19 lockdown as a matter of priority to safeguard their health and mental wellbeing. During a visit to a school in east London, he sent out a message…

Peerages for two British Asians

TWO British Asian men have featured on the list of 36 nominees elevated to the House of Lords. While Aamer A. Sarfraz, is a social entrepreneur and treasurer of the Conservative Party, was part of the dissolution peerages list, academic Prem Sikka was nominated by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Sarfraz…

Face coverings mandatory in England from Friday; up to £100…

ENGLAND has released the full guidance on wearing face coverings as it will be mandatory in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices in England from Friday (24). Under the new regulations, public should also practice frequent hand washing and careful social distancing. Those…

UK signs deal for 90 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

The UK government has signed deals for access to around 90 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccines under development, bsiness secretary Alok Sharma announced on Monday (20). The senior Cabinet minister said the government has agreed significant partnerships with leading pharmaceutical and vaccine companies BioNTech/Pfizer and Valneva that are developing…

India becomes second-largest source of foreign investment in the UK

India invested in 120 projects and created 5,429 new jobs in the UK to become the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) after the US in 2019, according to new UK government figures released on Friday. The Department for International Trade (DIT) inward investment statistics for 2019-2020 found India…

Government’s funding can “revitalise” UK arts and culture sector

The UK government’s £1.57 billion emergency support package for the arts and culture sector has been described as a lifeline for an industry “brought to its knees” by the coronavirus pandemic. The package covers funding for Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues. It includes a…

UK’s Sunak plans tax cuts to boost Covid-19 recovery: report

BRITISH finance minister Rishi Sunak will try to restart the country's economy by giving homebuyers a tax break and cutting value-added tax for pubs, restaurants and other hospitality firms, The Times newspaper reported. Sunak is due to announce on Wednesday (8) the next stage of his attempt to steer the…

Boris Johnson calls for “safe and sensible” behaviour as bars,…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Friday urged people to act "safely and sensibly" as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are set to further ease up in England to allow bars, pubs and restaurants to reopen from Saturday. Nearly 35,000 pubs and bars trading in England are set to finally welcome…

England lifts quarantine rules for passengers from ‘reduced risk’ countries

BRITAIN will lift its Covid-19 quarantine requirement for people arriving in England from countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy from July 10. A full list of "50-plus countries" posing a "reduced risk" would be announced on Friday (3), the country’s transport ministry said. Under the existing rules, travellers must…

UK coronavirus alert downgraded from Level 4 to 3

The UK's coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three on Friday, a move hailed by the government as a “big moment” in its pandemic fight. Under level three of a five-level alert system, the virus is now considered to be "in general circulation" and therefore allow for…

UK unveils £1 billion ‘catch-up plan’ for schools to tackle…

BORIS JOHNSON on Friday (18) said English schools would receive £1 billion in funding to help pupils catch up after missing months of classes due to the coronavirus. The financial boost comes as his government faces withering criticism over its broken pledge to have all primary school children back for…

Rishi Sunak hopes for quick recovery amid record economy shrinkage

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday said Britain's economy was well-placed to make a quick recovery as new statistics revealed a shrinkage of a record 20.4 per cent as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. The finance minister said the "lifeline" measures he had put in place, such as a…

Covid fight is ‘like a cricket match’, says Dr Neeraj…

NHS CONSULTANT SOUGHT SOLACE IN SPIRITUALITY AS HE BATTLED LIFE-THREATENING VIRUS by S NEERAJ KRISHNA DR NEERAJ PATIL has had his hands full since recovering from Covid-19 in April. He was back at the frontline as an A&E consultant with Causeway Hospital in Northern Ireland as soon as he completed…

UK’s ‘suspected and confirmed’ Covid-19 death toll nears 50,000

The UK's Covid-19 death toll neared 50,000 on Tuesday (2), confirming its place as one of the worst-hit countries in the world. The toll now stands at 49,646, including death certificate data for England and Wales released on Tuesday up to May 22, previously published figures for Scotland and Northern…

Sadiq Khan ‘deeply concerned’ as UK advisers caution against early…

SENIOR ADVISERS to Boris Johnson's government have warned it was too early to lift the lockdown, ahead of further relaxing of restrictions. As people revelled in soaring temperatures by flocking to beaches and parks, several members of the government's own Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) told ministers they risked…

Lockdown easing: groups of six can meet outdoors, retailers to…

THE coronavirus lockdown will ease next week for most of Britain's population, Boris Johnson announced on Thursday (29), as a row persisted over the prime minister's closest adviser taking a long-distance journey during lockdown. In England, up to six people will be able to meet outside and schools will gradually…

England’s primary schools will reopen on June 1, says Boris…

PRIMARY SCHOOLS in England are to reopen to some pupils from June 1, Boris Johnson announced on Sunday (24). Only reception pupils aged 4-5 in the first year of school, those aged 5-6 in year one, and those aged 10-11 in their final primary year will return initially, the prime…

UK teaching unions challenge government’s June 1 school reopening plans

BRITISH teaching unions on Friday (22) urged the government to reconsider plans to reopen schools on June 1, after the government released scientific advice on easing the coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month announced plans to begin a phased return of the youngest pupils as part of…

UK to impose 14-day quarantine for international arrivals from June…

Travellers arriving in Britain will face 14 days in quarantine from next month to prevent a second coronavirus outbreak, the government announced on Friday, warning that anyone breaking the rules faced a fine or prosecution. The new rules will apply to all international arrivals except Ireland from June 8 and…

India supports move at WHO to seek origin of COVID-19

INDIA joined nearly 120 countries at a crucial conference of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in pushing for an impartial and comprehensive evaluation of the global response into the COVID-19 crisis as well as to examine the origin of the deadly infection on Monday (18). The two-day 73rd session of…

Boris Johnson says lockdown easing is a ‘complex problem’, people…

BORIS JOHNSON admitted on Sunday (17) that there was public frustration with his government's measures to ease the coronavirus lockdown following widespread criticism of the new rules, which he admitted were more complex. As a poll for the Observer newspaper indicated growing dissatisfaction with Johnson's handling of the crisis, the…

England slowly springs back to life as lockdown restrictions are…

PEOPLE living in England have more freedom to leave their homes and to go to work if necessary in the first stage of an easing of the coronavirus lockdown. The worst-hit country in Europe with more than 40,000 deaths from Covid-19 according to official data, Britain has been in extensive…

UK’s Covid-19 death toll crosses 40,000 as hospital fatalities rise…

THE UK's coronavirus death toll has crossed 40,000, by far the worst yet reported in Europe. As per official figures released on Tuesday (12), the hospital death toll went up by 425 to 27,194 over the past 24 hours -- a steep rise from yesterday's 222. The latest data from…

Over 130,000 people in England are currently carrying coronavirus, says…

ABOUT 136,000 people in England are currently infected with Covid-19, according to early results from the first large-scale study in Britain into the spread of the disease. Britain's Office for National Statistics said it estimated that about 0.24 per cent, or one in 400, of England's population were carrying the…

No end to lockdown yet but ‘careful’ easing begins, says…

British prime minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday (10) the coronavirus lockdown will not end yet, urging people to "stay alert" to the risks as he outlined plans to begin slowly easing measures that have closed down much of the economy for nearly seven weeks. While his government was giving…

UK to maintain ‘maximum caution’ in easing lockdown as ‘it…

BORIS JOHNSON told senior ministers on Thursday (7) the government would adopt "maximum caution" as he prepared to outline how lockdown measures imposed to combat the coronavirus outbreak could be eased. The prime minister will address the nation on Sunday evening to set out a "roadmap" for relaxing social distancing…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We owe the inquiry to BAME victims,’ says Hancock

Hancock vows action as ethnic communities bear brunt of Covid infections. By Shailesh Solanki HEALTH SECRETARY Matt Hancock has promised to urgently deliver “ro­bust findings” from the inquiry into why black, Asian and minority eth­nic communities appear to have disproportionately suffered from the coronavirus pandemic. In an exclusive interview with…

Care home owners explain the challenges of dealing with Covid-19

by LAUREN CODLING CARE providers have spoken of the “tragic” impact the Covid-19 outbreak has had on the sector, as new data showed a third of all coronavirus deaths in the UK are now happening in care homes. A leading Asian entrepreneur, Dr Chai Patel CBE, founder of HC-One, the…

UK’s death toll crosses 32,000, highest in Europe: ONS

MORE than 32,000 people in the UK have died with suspected Covid-19, the highest official toll yet reported in Europe, according to data published on Tuesday. The Office for National Statistics said 29,648 deaths had taken place as of April 24 in England and Wales with Covid-19 mentioned in death…

Boots pharmacies provide safe space for domestic abuse victims

Domestic abuse charity Hestia has launched an initiative through which victims of domestic abuse can now contact support services from the multiple’s consultation rooms across 2,400 Boots pharmacies in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown. The service was launched as part of its ‘UK Says No More’ campaign on Friday…

UK death toll 27,241, says Labour leader Starmer

The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll is probably higher than 27,241, making it one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said on Wednesday (29) as he questioned the government's response to the outbreak. Prime minister Boris Johnson's government is facing growing criticism for its response…

As UK economy crumbles, questions mount over lockdown exit

The UK's economy is crumbling under the strain of the coronavirus lockdown and government borrowing is soaring to the highest levels in peacetime history, increasing pressure on the government to set out an exit strategy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recuperating at his country residence after being seriously ill with Covid-19,…

Government comes under fire as UK hospital death toll crosses…

THE number of people who have died in hospitals in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus rose to 18,100 by 1600 GMT on Tuesday (21), an increase of 763 on the figures published 24 hours earlier. The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 had risen to 133,495 by 0800…

UK’s hospital death toll rises by 761 to 12,868

The UK's hospital death toll from COVID-19 rose by 761 to 12,868 as of 1600 on April 14, the health ministry said. The 761 rise is down from 778 in the previous period and a high of 980 on April 10. The ministry said 313,769 people have been tested of…

Rishi Sunak grants more public service funds in Covid-19 fightback

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak on Monday (13) announced more than £14 billion from Britain’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund for the country’s public services, including the NHS and local authorities involved in the fight against the pandemic. The funding unveiled by Sunak includes more than £6 billion to support the NHS,…

Criminal justice systems struggle to deal with COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an "unprecedented crisis" for some European criminal justice systems as officials try to deal with a host of unforeseen problems. Courts, lawyers and prison officials from Belfast to Warsaw are trying to adapt systems that protect society but are cracking under the strain of the…

Lockdown helps slow pandemic in UK as death toll rises…

THE UK's death toll rose by 938 to 7,097, marking the biggest daily spike so far—higher than Italy’s deadliest day with 919 fatalities. England's toll went up by 828 to 6,483, the health service said on Wednesday (8). It added that 46 of the 828 patients, aged between 35 and…

BREAKING NEWS: UK death toll jumps to a record high…

A record 854 people have died of COVID-19 in the UK on Tuesday (7), taking the total to 6,227. NHS England has confirmed 758 deaths, with authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland announcing a further 96 between them. Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old, and 29…

BREAKING NEWS: Record 381 deaths; 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in…

A record 381 COVID-19 deaths have been announced in UK on Tuesday (31) in the past 24 hours, taking the total fatalities to 1,789. A 19-year-old with no underlying health conditions has also died. The total number of positive cases passed 25,000 with 3,000 more positive tests in 24 hours.…

UK cheers NHS in an emotional show of solidarity

THOUSANDS of people across the UK took to their balconies and door steps on Thursday (26) evening to applaud health workers who are battling the spread of coronavirus - an emotional show of solidarity during the nation's worst crisis since World War Two. Clapping, banging pots and pans, cheering and…

Devolved administrations to get £1.5bn for Covid-19

THE UK government will provide at least £1.5 billion to the devolved administrations for their Covid-19 response, Her Majesty's (HM) Treasury has said. The devolved administrations will receive the sum to make sure that they have the resources they need to support people and businesses through Covid-19. With this, they…

Marginal increase in LGB people in UK

THE proportion of the UK population aged 16+identifying as heterosexual or straight decreased from 95.3% in 2014 to 94.6% in 2018, stated the latest Sexual Orientation UK report from the office for National Statistics released on Friday (6). The proportion identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) increased from 1.6%…

“I have seen most of this world through the eyes…

By Sarwar Alam When your grandfather, father, uncles, and 22 cousins either served or are currently serving in the Army, it seems like a no brainer that Sergeant Shiv Chand would follow suit and put on military uniform. Whilst his family have had a decorated history in the Indian Army,…

Johnson asserts control over UK government with cabinet reshuffle

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson forced the resignation of his finance minister on Thursday (13) for refusing to toe the line, a sign he was tightening his control in a government reshuffle designed to deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit. Johnson, who had wanted to minimise any disruption from his…

‘Freeports’ may find a place on Rishi Sunak’s agenda

The launch of Freeports Consultation was the latest engagement of the new UK finance minister Rishi Sunak when he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury. On February 10, he launched the Freeports consultation. "Excited to launch a Freeports consultation. As a proud, independent, outward-looking country we champion global free trade.…

Indians are ‘putting Great back into Great Britain’: Report

  By Amit Roy THE QUIP by former prime minister David Cameron that Indians living in the UK have helped to put the “Great” back into “Great Britain” may not be so far-fetched, judging by the findings of a report which focuses on some of the impressive achievements of the…

MPs Bob Blackman and Barry Gardiner awarded Padma Shri

British politicians Bob Blackman and Barry Gardiner have been awarded the Padma Shri – India's fourth highest civilian award. Blackman, the Conservative Party MP Harrow East, is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Hindus and long-time supporter of India and prime minister Narendra Modi. He said…

UK tech sector ‘attracting record US and Asian investment interest’

  By Nadeem Badshah THE “bullish drive and optimism” of entrepreneurs has led to record investment in the UK technology sector, according to leading businessmen. Tech firms have attracted over $11.1 billion (£8.6bn) so far in 2019, with the UK ahead of Germany on $5.4bn (£4.1bn) and France ($4.8bn/£3.6bn). It…

General Election: Record number of ethnic minority MPs elected

A RECORD number of ethnic minority MPs have been elected in the general election, figures revealed on Friday morning (13). One in ten representatives are now from an ethnic minority background, an increase from a decade ago when the figure was one in 40. There will be 65 BAME MPs…

Smaller parties could hold keys to power at UK election

If British prime minister Boris Johnson fails to win an absolute majority in parliament on Thursday, smaller parties may find themselves holding the trump cards in negotiations to form an alliance. Here are the parties who could hold the keys to power. - Lib-Dems, voice of Remain pain - Under…

Britain goes to polls to decide fate of Brexit

BRITAIN went to the polls on Thursday (12) to decide the future of Brexit in a snap pre-Christmas election aimed at ending years of political deadlock and bitter divisions over the country's  European Union membership. A decisive victory for prime minister Boris Johnson would most likely end Britain's 46-year involvement…

UK general election: what could happen?

BRITAIN votes in a crucial general election on Thursday (12), with latest opinion polls showing prime minister Boris Johnson locked in a tight battle to win a majority and deliver his Brexit plans. Here is an outline of the possible outcomes: A Johnson victory, regaining the Conservative majority lost in…

Artist who grew up in India is among four joint…

THIS year's prestigious Turner Prize is shared by all four shortlisted artists after they formed a collective to show solidarity at a time of global "political crisis", in a shock win announced on Tuesday (3). Tai Shani, who grew up in India, as well as Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan…

Johnson makes case for scientists from India

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Friday made a specific plug for Indian scientists as part of what he says would be the Conservative Party's controlled immigration policy for the UK if voted to power in the December 12 election. During one of his first election campaign public question and…

Activists call for legal asylum routes to end people smuggling

by NADEEM BADSHAH TOUGHER punishments are needed for people trafficking gangs after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated trailer, lawyers and charities have urged. They have called for a fresh clampdown on criminals convicted of making a fortune from smuggling migrants to the UK, and more investment towards…

Pharma boss jailed in UK for heading ‘world’s biggest’ steroids…

  A SMUGGLING ring led by the CEO of an India-based pharmaceutical company has been busted by British security forces, following an investigation across 26 countries over six years, officials said on Thursday (14). The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said its investigation had identified around 42 tons of illegal…

Farage withdraws Brexit threat to prime minister Johnson

Populist Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Monday (11) withdrew his threat to challenge the governing Conservatives at every seat in next month's general election, in a boost for prime minister Boris Johnson. Farage, a leading force behind the movement to leave the EU, had faced growing criticism that his…

UK panel calls for India-Pakistan dialogue

THE international community does have a role in diffusing tension in Kashmir and an India-Pakistan dialogue could help arrive at a solution akin to the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, which allows a level of free exchange on both sides of the border, opined strategic experts in London over…

British universities ‘oblivious’ to racism on campus

British universities have been accused of being "oblivious" to the "alarmingly high rate" of racial harassment on their campuses. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found that nearly a quarter of ethnic minority students faced racial harassment at a university since starting their course. Black students reported the highest…

Brexit: Deal put on pause as MPs vote against Oct…

  MEMBERS of parliament tonight (22) rejected prime minister Boris Johnson's plans to approve his Brexit deal by October 31, minutes after giving preliminary approval to the agreement. MPs voted by a majority of 14 to reject his timetable to push through the legislation this week, making it almost inevitable…

Brexit: Johnson agrees “great” new deal with EU

  BRITAIN and the European Union reached a last-ditch Brexit deal on Thursday (17), just hours before an EU summit that is expected to give it a seal of approval. But prime minister Boris Johnson will still have to take the accord to a sceptical British parliament for its backing…

Labour politicians and groups call out Kashmir motion

SENIOR Labour MPs are said to be working to refer the party’s controversial Kashmir motion, which alleged “state-endorsed sexual violence of women by armed forces”, back to its National Executive Committee (NEC). At its annual party conference in Brighton last month, Labour passed a resolution which said: “The enforced disappearance…

Barry Gardiner: Politicians should not use Kashmir issue to divide…

by Barry Gardiner Over the past few weeks many people have contacted me about the situation in Kashmir and the events that have taken place since the Indian Parliament revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Let me start by saying that I would not expect any Indian politician to…

Johnson promises ‘compromise’ Brexit offer to Brussels

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson said he would submit "compromise" plans for a Brexit agreement to Brussels on Wednesday (2) but again warned that Britain was prepared to leave the European Union later this month without a deal, despite fears it could herald an economic slump. In his closing speech to…

Universities unveil plans to address unconscious bias and lack of…

By Nadeem Badshah STUDENTS and activists have welcomed pledges by top universities to “decolonise” courses and increase diversity among staff members, as undergraduates return to their studies in September and October. At least 41 institutions have unveiled five-year plans to tackle diversity, including an “anti-racist” curriculum and workshops in “unconscious…

Judges reject challenge to UK parliament suspension

THE High Court in London on Friday (6) rejected a legal challenge against prime minister Boris Johnson's decision to order the suspension of parliament from next week. The "claim is dismissed," Ian Burnett, the most senior judge in England and Wales, told the court after the challenge supported by former…

Study the student living sector before investing: Experts

  By Howard Robin BRITAIN’s university population has risen dramatically in recent years and, with it, the level of interest shown by investors in the student accommodation sector. Many are attracted by promises of high yields and assured returns. However, the reality behind putting hard-earned cash into this sector is…

UK opposition agrees plan to prevent no-deal Brexit

IN an important breakthrough, the UK's opposition parties on Tuesday (27) agreed on a strategy to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal in place by the October 31 deadline. After a meeting in London called by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, senior MPs of the country's…

British Asian students celebrate as GCSE results released

BY LAUREN CODLING BRITISH ASIAN school leavers celebrated their GCSE results today (22), as it was revealed the pass rate and the percentage of top grades had increased this year. The pass rate rose to 67.3 per cent in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has increased up by 0.4…

Javid announces plans to spend an extra $2.6 billion on…

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced the UK is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by spending an extra £2.1 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns. Prime minister Boris Johnson, who took power last week, has…

Boris Johnson’s Cabinet – Full List

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service and Minister for the Union Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP HM Treasury Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP*&** Financial Secretary to the Treasury…

New British prime minister promises Brexit with “no ifs or…

BORIS JOHNSON took office as British prime minister on Wednesday (24), vowing to implement the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and lead Britain out of the European Union on October 31 with "no ifs or buts". Johnson enters Downing Street at one of the most perilous junctures in post-World…

Incoming British prime minister faces daunting problems from outset

INCOMING British prime minister Boris Johnson takes power Wednesday (24) with an array of issues looming large from resolving Brexit amid growing uncertainty to managing an unfolding geopolitical crisis with Iran. Here are the top challenges confronting the new British leader as he enters Downing Street: Brexit Britain's stalled departure…

Britain’s new leader Boris Johnson says: “We are going to…

THE Brexiteer, Boris Johnson, who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday (23). His convincing victory catapults the UK towards…

Boris Johnson wins race to become next British prime minister

BORIS Johnson, the ebullient Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by Halloween, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday (23). His victory catapults the United Kingdom towards a Brexit…

BT and Indian Institute of Science open new collaborative research…

BT and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), today (4) kicked off a new phase of UK-India joint research with the opening of a new collaborative research centre in Bengaluru. The new centre is focused on the development of the next generation of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), mobility, and software…

‘Fire chiefs need to feel the heat over lack of…

by NADEEM BADSHAH FIRE service chiefs have been urged to investigate the lack of diversity after figures showed only 0.6 per cent of firefighters in England are of Asian origin. Home Office data showed there were 203 British Asians in 2018, which makes up less than one per cent, compared…

Indian-origin man faces jail in UK as ‘world’s most prolific’…

AN Indian-origin man in the UK has been found guilty of being part of a criminal gang believed to be one of the world's most prolific smugglers of anabolic steroids. Gurjaipal Dhillon acted as a fixer for the group, arranging dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs from India into Europe,…

Game of Thrones boosts Asian tourism to Northern Ireland

by NADEEM BADSHAH MORE Indians are visiting Northern Ireland as they travel to their favourite locations from hit TV show Game of Thrones, tourism bosses have revealed. The country enjoyed visits from a record number of 350,000 fans from all over the world last year to see the Haunted Forest…

May offers “new deal” to try to break Brexit deadlock

Prime minister Theresa May set out on Tuesday (21) a "new deal" for Britain's departure from the European Union, offering parliament sweeteners including the chance to vote on whether to hold a second referendum to try to break the impasse over Brexit. Three years since Britain voted to leave the…

JLR hits bumpy road amid rumours of Peugeot sale

by Amit Roy NOT so long ago, the Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was held up as the showpiece of British automotive manufacturing. But in the past few days, there have been credible reports that JLR might be sold or merge with the French group, PSA, owners of the Peugeot,…

Local elections: It’s a difficult time for Tories, says May

  BRITAIN’S two main parties suffered a drubbing today (3) in English local elections as voters vented their frustration with the prolonged Brexit deadlock. Prime minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives lost control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats - but Labour also lost ground, with voters instead turning…

Local elections: Tories and Labour lose to Lib Dems and…

  THE ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour took a drubbing this morning (3) in English local elections as voters vented their frustration with the Brexit deadlock. Prime minister Theresa May's Conservatives lost control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats, but Labour failed to capitalise, with votes going instead…

Message of love and tolerance is needed now more than…

by BARRY GARDINER MP “THE tree does not deny its shade even to the one who comes to cut it down.” Many Hindus know this verse from the Mahabharata (12.374). It is part of the teaching about hospitality and is set beside the instruction that even an enemy must be…

Of Jallianwala Bagh and Bloody Sunday

by Amit Roy IF THE British government can offer a formal apology for ‘Bloody Sunday’, why can’t it do the same for Jallianwala Bagh? On the face of it, there are similarities between the two atrocities – British troops shooting dead unarmed civilians. On June 15, 2010, the then prime…

Brexit: Police ask MPs to tone down rhetoric

BRITISH police today (4) warned politicians and campaigners to tone down their rhetoric to avoid inflaming the "febrile" atmosphere around Brexit. Martin Hewitt, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), said public figures should be wary. "This is highly emotive as an issue as we all know and clearly…

May seeks further delay to Brexit deadline as she reaches…

  BRITISH prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday (2) called for a further extension to Brexit as she offered to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree on a plan that could overcome resistance from MPs to leave the EU. After a seven-hour meeting with her cabinet, the prime minister…

May mulls solution to Brexit deadlock as EU warns of…

THE prime minister Theresa May chairs a crucial meeting of senior ministers on Tuesday (2) to seek a way out of a months-long Brexit deadlock, as the EU warned a no-deal departure from the bloc is growing more likely by the day. The cabinet will discuss the next steps after…

May offer to quit fails to move key opponents of…

BRITISH prime minister Theresa May offered on Wednesday (27) to quit in a bid to get her Brexit deal passed, but the Northern Irish party crucial to getting the agreement through parliament were unmoved and said they would reject it again. If the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had swung behind…

Mind the language

by Amit Roy WHAT are the lessons from the Christchurch massacre? Could it happen here? And what do we do to prevent another horror? The questions people ask of Shamima Begum are also ones that need to be put to Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian who allegedly carried out the…

Speaker deals blow to May’s bid to revive Brexit deal

BRITISH prime minister Theresa May's bid to get her EU divorce deal through parliament was hit Monday (18) with a bombshell announcement by the speaker, ruling MPs could not vote again on the same proposal they had already rejected. With less than two weeks to go until a potentially chaotic…

Parliament to vote on May’s Brexit plan

BRITAIN faces a moment of truth Tuesday (12) when parliament votes on prime minister Theresa May's ill-loved Brexit plan -- a day after she said she secured last-minute changes to the deal from the EU. May huddled late Monday (11) with EU leaders in Strasbourg in a bid to salvage…

Home Office say drop in Asians arrested on suspicion of…

THE number of Asians arrested on suspicion of terrorism last year decreased, official figures show. Of the 273 people arrested on suspicion of terror-related activity in Britain last year, 32 per cent were of Asian origin and 43 per cent were white. The overall number of white suspects held, 118,…

“The Army is like an Asian family, we stick together”

by Sarwar Alam THE laughs come easily in a conversation with Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar Chauhan. With a sparkle in his eye and a mischievous grin, he says Hollywood star Tom Cruise should play him in the movie of his life. Cruise could do well to be tempted. Behind Chauhan’s…

British prime minister May opens way to three-month Brexit delay

BRITISH prime minister Theresa May promised today (26) to allow parliament to delay Brexit by up to three months so that Britain would not crash out of the European Union without a deal on March 29. The dramatic reversal in May's steadfast strategy came after threats of mass resignations from…

Three MPs abandon May over Brexit as UK political sands…

Three MPs quit Britain's governing Conservative Party on Wednesday in protest at its "disastrous" hard line on Brexit, joining a rebellion in parliament that is redrawing the country's political landscape just weeks before it leaves the EU. The resignations by the pro-European trio posed a fresh and embarrassing headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she headed…

Female victims ‘conned out of twice as much money as…

by LAUREN CODLING WOMEN have been warned to be wary of “internet romance scams”, as it was revealed that female victims lost an estimated £39 million last year after being duped by criminals. “Romance fraud” is defined as feigning romantic interest in a victim to manipulate them into sending money…

May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit talks

PRIME minister Theresa May on Tuesday (12) will plead with MPs to give her more time for talks with EU officials on her Brexit deal, telling them they must hold their nerve. May is set to update parliament on her latest meetings in Brussels and Dublin aimed at securing a…

Exit strategy deadlock

by SEEMA MALHOTRA Member of the select committee for Exiting the EU and Labour MP for Feltham and Heston IN A recent blog in the Huffington Post, I laid out the urgency of ruling out ‘no deal’ because of the economic and social damage it will do as our country…

Brexit vote: MPs tell May to reopen backstop clause

BRITISH MPs on Tuesday (29) instructed prime minister Theresa May to demand that Brussels replace the Irish border arrangement known as the "backstop", in a last-ditch attempt to renegotiate an exit treaty that the European Union says it will not change. The amendment, put forward by influential Conservative MP Graham…

Breaking the deadlock

by LORD JITESH GADHIA IT IS virtually certain that the prime minister will lose this Tuesday’s (15) Brexit vote in parliament by a large majority. So the question everyone is asking – but which nobody can answer – is where next? What is plan B? The immediate response from opposition…

What’s next for Brexit Britain?

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH ASIAN peers and politicians have spoken of their concerns for the future of the United Kingdom and its economy as parliament defeated the prime minister’s Brexit deal by 230 votes on Tuesday evening (15). Theresa May had lost MPs’ votes on the deal by 432 votes…

Most Indian-origin MPs voted against May’s Brexit deal

A majority of Indian-origin MPs voted against prime minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on Tuesday (15). There are 12 Indian-origin MPs in the current House of Commons and all seven from the Labour MPs and three from the Conservative party voted against May’s withdrawal agreement. The two who voted in…

May faces vote of no confidence: How will it work?

The confidence vote in prime minister Theresa May's government taking place on Wednesday, which she is expected to win, is the first in nearly 26 years. The vote was called by main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following the government's historic defeat over May's Brexit deal with the European Union.…

UK India ties moved forward smoothly in 2018

The UK and India pledged to work closely post-Brexit as the bilateral ties moved forward smoothly in 2018, a year in which India scored a major diplomatic victory when a British court ordered the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya wanted back home for alleged bank fraud. The year 2018…

Tributes to former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown

POLITICIANS, led by British prime minister Theresa May, have paid tribute to Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats who died last evening (22) at the age of 77. He revealed in November that he was being treated for bladder cancer. "I have the best of people and…

When Remain means Remain

by Amit Roy WHAT’S there not to understand? After all, remain means Remain. By all means, let’s enforce the democratic will of the people as expressed in the June 2016 referendum. What really matters is how London voted, the engine of the British economy. And the capital voted to Remain…

Indian Actor Anupam Kher Has Key Role In New BBC…

by Amit Roy ACTING isn’t just acting. The Bollywood school of (over)acting, for example, requires very different skills from those required for the more understated style adopted in Britain. But Anupam Kher, with 514 films, mostly Hindi, behind him, has made the successful transition from the former to the role…

Theresa May To Let MPs To Vote On Brexit Deal…

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May will let MPs vote on her Brexit deal before January 21, her spokesman said on Tuesday (11), after the initial vote was pulled the previous day due to lack of support. “The government will ensure the matter is brought back to the Commons before January 21,”…

BT And IISc To Establish Collaborative Research Centre In India’s…

UK’s multinational telecommunications holding firm, British Telecommunications Plc (BT) is partnering with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), one of India’s leading research institutions, to launch a new collaborative research centre in Bengaluru, according to an announcement on Wednesday (12). The new BT India Research Centre (BTIRC) will join BT’s…

Priti Patel comes under fire for no-deal Brexit comments

Priti Patel MP, a prominent Brexiteer, has come under pressure over her suggestion that potential food shortages between borders could be used as leverage to secure a better deal from the EU, ahead of a crucial vote in the UK Parliament next week over prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.…

Scottish Parties Unite To Slate Theresa May’s Brexit Deal In…

Scotland's political parties will unite in their opposition to British prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal next week, joining together to show their anger at her plan to leave the European Union. The initiative underlines the ire felt in Scotland, which voted to remain in the EU at a 2016…

As MPs In Revolt, Prime Minister May Tours UK To…

British prime minister Theresa May began a tour of the United Kingdom to drum up support for her Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, while her deputy said on Tuesday (27) parliament might reject it if asked to vote on it now. May has warned sceptical lawmakers that if…

Britain Will Head Into Unknown If Brexit Deal Is Rejected:…

UK prime minister Theresa May warned on Monday (26) that Britain would be thrust into the unknown if parliament rejects the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the European Union, as lawmakers from all sides lined up to criticise the agreement. Under the deal secured with EU leaders on Sunday…

Point of departure

by Amit Roy SO FAR no one has pointed out that Theresa May’s government looks a lot less diverse after the departure last week of no fewer than four Asians from their respective jobs. Perhaps the resignation that disappointed me most was that of Shailesh Vara as minister of state…

Another fine mess May has left us in

by BARRY GARDINER Labour MP for Brent North TWO years of chaos and incompetence – and still no certainty! The Withdrawal Agreement was supposed to be concluded this time last year and we had been told that by now there would be clarity on the future Free Trade Agreement between…

European Union, UK Agree Brexit Text, But Gaps Remain Before…

Britain and the European Union agreed a draft text setting out a close post-Brexit relationship, officials said, though wrangles over fish and the future of Gibraltar must still be settled before leaders meet on Sunday (25). Thursday's (22) news sent the pound nearly one per cent higher on relief among…

British Prime Minister Battles To Sell Brexit Deal Amid Rumours…

British prime minister Theresa May was fighting for survival on Friday (16) after a draft divorce deal with the European Union provoked the resignations of senior ministers and calls for a vote of no confidence in her leadership. More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the…

British Prime Minister Vows To Fight For Her Brexit Deal…

UK prime minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her draft divorce deal with the European Union on Thursday (15) after the resignation of her Brexit secretary and other ministers put her strategy and her job in peril. Just over 12 hours after May announced that her cabinet had agreed…

Conservative Party Vice Chairman Rehman Chishti Quits Over Brexit Deal,…

Mounting further pressure on British prime minister Theresa May, Gillingham and Rainham MP, Rehman Chishti has resigned on Thursday (15) as Conservative party junior vice chairman and prime minister’s trade envoy to Pakistan. Two reasons -  the draft agreement prepared for leaving the EU as well as the UK's handling…

UK Prime Minister Battles To Save Brexit Deal As Ministers…

British prime minister Theresa May battled on Thursday (15) to save a draft divorce deal with the European Union after her Brexit secretary and other ministers quit in protest at an agreement they say will trap Britain in the bloc's orbit for years. Just over 12 hours after May announced…

Crisis deepens for May as Suella Braverman latest to quit…

British leader Theresa May suffered a huge blow on Thursday (15) when a series of ministers including her Brexit secretary quit as she tried to sell her proposed EU withdrawal agreement to a divided parliament. Dominic Raab resigned from his role at the Brexit ministry while a second cabinet minister and two junior…

UK Prime Minister May Loses Four More Ministers After A…

British prime minister Theresa May has suffered 18 resignations from her government since last November, ten of which have been related to her approach to Brexit. Here is the list: Michael Fallon - Resigned as defence minister in November 2017 after a journalist accused him of sexual harassment. Priti Patel…

British Prime Minister Suffers Severe Blow Over Brexit As Ministers…

British prime minister Theresa May's Brexit secretary and other ministers quit one by one on Thursday (15), striking at the heart of a draft divorce deal with the European Union she is struggling to save. Just over 12 hours after May announced that her team of top ministers had agreed…

Theresa May’s Cabinet In Chaos As Brexit Minister Quits

British prime minister Theresa May suffered a huge blow on Thursday (15) as Dominic Raab quit as her Brexit secretary over a proposed EU withdrawal agreement. May was preparing to start selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off…

Breaking News: Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara resigns over Brexit

Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara, who backed remain in the EU referendum, has quit prime minister Theresa May's government, highlighting the challenge she faces in winning parliament's backing for her draft Brexit deal. He is the first member of May's government to resign since she won the backing of her…

British Economy Picks Up But Slowdown Looms Prior To Brexit

Britain's economy has grown at the fastest pace in nearly two years as strong exports and solid household spending offset slumping business investment, data showed Friday (9) awaiting a Brexit deal. Gross domestic product climbed by 0.6 per cent in the third quarter, in line with analysts' expectations and up…

UK Offers Second Edition Of Scholarship Programme For Indian Women…

British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, has announced the second edition of its 70th Anniversary Scholarship programme for Indian Women pursuing a master’s in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the UK. In the second year, the British Council and some of the universities…

UK, Irish Ministers Say ‘Very Close’ To Brexit Deal

British and Irish ministers said Friday (2) they were "very close" to agreeing how to keep open the land border between them after Brexit, which is holding up a divorce deal with the EU. "I think we're very close to resolving it, I certainly hope we are," Irish Foreign minister…

Britain Eyes Brexit Deal By November 21: Minister

Britain hopes to finalise a deal on its withdrawal from the European Union by November 21, the Brexit minister told MPs in a letter published on Wednesday (31). "I would be happy to give evidence to the committee when a deal is finalised, and currently expect 21 November to be…

National holidays for Eid and Diwali discussed in House of…

British MPs have made a renewed attempt to raise the profile of a long-standing campaign for declaring the festivals of Diwali and Eid public holidays in the UK with a debate in the House of Commons. The debate on Monday was in response to e-petitions on the Parliament's official website calling for such a move, with the…

UK Prime Minister Reassures Business Leaders Over Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May took pains on Friday (19) to reassure more than 130 British business leaders that her government would deliver frictionless trade with the European Union after Brexit. May's conference call with representatives of firms ranging from the accounting firm EY to the retailer Tesco came after…

UK Wage Growth At Its Fastest Pace Since 2008

Wage growth in the UK recorded its fastest pace in nearly a decade as wages moved up by 3.1 per cent in the three months to August this year when compared with last year. Inflation was seen at 2.5 per cent for the same period, according to official data on Tuesday…

Priti Patel Joins Rebels As Theresa May’s Brexit Challenge Mounts

Priti Patel MP, one of the most outspoken British politicians in favour of Brexit, joined fellow Brexiteers on Sunday (14) to mount a further challenge to prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a future trading arrangement with the European Union (EU). Patel is among 63 Conservative Party MPs to sign…

UK Visa Charges to Rise for Indians, Non-EU Immigrants from…

UK visa fee for the non-European Union (EU) countries including India is set to rise as the British government is on its way to double the immigration health surcharge (IHS) from December this year. IHS introduced in April 2015, will move up from £200 to £400 a year with the…

UK and Ireland suggest Brexit talks will go to November

British and Irish ministers on Tuesday (9) played down hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations at an EU summit next week, suggesting it would take until November to clinch a divorce deal. European Union leaders have demanded real progress by the October 18 meeting, to allow time for any deal to be…

Chequers will lead to loss of ‘democratic control’, warns Priti…

Priti Patel, one of the most outspoken British politicians in favour of Brexit, on Monday (1) called on prime minister Theresa May to be less defensive in her strategy for the UK's exit from the European Union. The former Cabinet member and senior Conservative party leader spoke out at the…

House Prices in London Decline Amid Brexit Uncertainties

For the fifth quarter in a row, house prices in London fell annually, though the decline remains modest at just 0.7 per cent amid Brexit uncertainties. Indeed, prices in the capital are only three per cent below the all-time-high recorded in the first quarter of 2017 and are still more…

Trade expert Shanker Singham calls for India focus in UK’s…

A leading trade expert has called on the British government to look at Brexit as more of a global event and make trade talks with countries like India central to the UK's post-Brexit strategy. Shanker Singham, the director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the London-based Institute of…

May vows low taxes in post-Brexit business pitch

Prime minister Theresa May sought Wednesday (26) to reassure business leaders that Britain after Brexit would be "unequivocally pro-business" and have the G20's lowest corporate tax rate. In a speech to the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, May expressed confidence that Britain would secure a deal with the…

BRITAIN AND INDIA ‘TIED BY TIME’

by Amit Roy CONGRESS party president Rahul Gandhi laid down the battle grounds in next year’s general election in India during a two-day visit to Britain last week. It would be between Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the “hatred-filled ideology of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)” on…

UK’s house prices climb up in July: RICS

House prices in UK moved up in July as prices in London fell weighed on gains further north, while smaller landlords decided not move ahead with small rental sector amid unfavourable tax system, according to a survey on Thursday (9). The Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors’ (RICS) monthly house price…

England FA consider bid for World Cup 2030

THE Football Association is considering putting England forward as a potential host for the 2030 World Cup, confirming on Wednesday (1) it has approved a feasibility study into becoming Europe's only bid. England, the home of the globally dominant Premier League, won the only World Cup the nation has ever…

Brexit’s latest drama

DAVID DAVIS’ RESIGNATION AND WHAT COULD FOLLOW [caption id="attachment_43165" align="alignleft" width="137"] by ANAND MENONDirector of The UK ina Changing Europe[/caption] THE David is gone, long live the Dominic. There’s nothing the media likes better than a good resig­nation. Especially one over the biggest issue of our times. All of which is…

MPs to hold debate on Northern Ireland abortion laws

BRITISH MPs will hold an emergency debate on reforming abortion laws on Tuesday (5) amid increasing pressure to lift the ban in Northern Ireland. The House of Commons will discuss the repeal of an 1861 law that makes abortion illegal, but from which England, Wales and Scotland have long been…

PRIME MINISTER VOWS TO WORK ON DEAL

BRITISH prime minister Theresa May has told of­ficials to do more work on future EU customs ar­rangements after foreign secretary Boris Johnson attacked one of her Brexit proposals as “crazy”. Johnson’s broadside against what some say is May’s preferred option for ensuring Britain’s new border with the European Union is…

Lord Kilclooney admits ‘typical Indian’ tweet was a mistake

Lord Kilclooney has finally deleted the tweet where he called Ireland's Indian-origin prime minister Leo Varadkar a "typical Indian" and admitted it was a mistake.   Lord Kilclooney said he could "understand people reaching the conclusion the tweet was racist," reported BBC. "And that's why I removed it. I am…

Leo Varadkar thought British peer’s ‘a typical Indian’ tweet was…

A former Ulster unionist has sparked a racism row after referring to Ireland's Indian-origin prime minister Leo Varadkar as a "typical Indian" in a tweet. John Taylor (Lord Kilclooney) wrote the comment in response to a report that quoted Democratic Unionist Party MP Jeffrey Donaldson as saying that Varadkar's visit on…

Lord Kilclooney accused of racism towards Irish prime minister Varadkar

A British parliamentarian was accused of racism on Tuesday (1) after branding Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar a "typical Indian". John Taylor, 80, known as Lord Kilclooney, was reacting to a news report about criticism of Varadkar's visit to Northern Ireland on Monday. In the article, a member of parliament…

Home secretary Sajid promises immigration reforms after scandals

Britain's new home secretary pledged to create a "fair and humane immigration" system hours after being appointed as he tried to move beyond a scandal over moves to deport elderly legal immigrants that has rocked the government. Prime minister Theresa May yesterday appointed Sajid Javid to replace Amber Rudd, who…

Indian trail-blazer Kom finally bags Commonwealth gold

Indian boxing star Mary Kom opened up on the heartache she faced returning to competition after having children as she captured her first Commonwealth Games title on Saturday at the age of 35. Mother-of-three Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won a unanimous points decision over Northern…

Indian policeman wants revenge over boxing world champion Spence

An aggrieved Indian policeman and amateur boxer wants a rematch with world champion Errol Spence and says he will beat the American star all over again. Spence may be the undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion with a perfect 23-0 record, 20 of them knock-outs, but he appeared to…

Theresa May tours UK to mark one-year countdown to Brexit

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May will mark the one-year countdown to Brexit on Thursday (29) with a fast-paced national tour, aiming to unite the UK's four nations. She will take in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales during her day-long tour, aiming to rally support ahead of Britain's EU departure…

Brexit transition deal in seven weeks: May

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that a Brexit transition period will be agreed with the European Union in the next seven weeks as she tries to ease concerns that a deal could take longer to reach. "In seven weeks time, we will have an agreement with the European…

Heavy Snow in UK Hits Transport; London Braces for Strong…

Heavy snowfall in several parts of UK has disrupted normal life, with public transport cancelled and more than 280 schools in Northern Ireland closed. Tuesday evening saw The Moffat Mountain Rescue Team being called in to help drivers in Lanarkshire, who were stuck in their cars on the M74 for…

Breaking news: Sajid and Alok take up new positions in…

By Lauren Codling and Rithika Siddhartha PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has unveiled Britain’s most diverse government yet following a two-day reshuffle that began on Monday (8). Sajid Javid is the most senior Asian in the cabinet and will keep his current post, but with a renamed department, as the secretary…

Indians abroad tops 17 million

by LAUREN CODLING INDIA’S diaspora is the largest in the world, a United Nations (UN) report revealed on Monday (18). It is estimated there are 17 million Indians living abroad, with the report also showing that the umber of migrants from the south Asian country has doubled from 7.98 million…

Blue plaque for Sister Nivedita unveiled in Wimbledon

  By Amit Roy SISTER Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble in Northern Ireland on October 28, 1867 and gave her life to the service of India, was honoured with a Blue Plaque on Sunday (12) to mark the 150 anniversary of her birth. The unveiling was done by…

UK considers visa-free travel post-Brexit

The UK government is planning to keep travel visa-free to Britain for EU visitors after Brexit, a media report said today. Under proposals being considered, if visitors from European Union (EU) countries wanted to work, study or settle in the UK they would have to apply for permission under the…

UK service apologies for Indian blood donation confusion

A UK blood transfusion service has today issued an apology for turning away hundreds of Indian-origin donors during a blood donation drive organised by the Indian community in Northern Ireland last year. The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) claimed confusion and a “communications” error over the travel criteria for…

Chennaiyin FC names new coaching staff

Chennaiyin FC today (11) appointed Englishmen Mark Lillis and Niall Clark as assistant coach and sports scientist respectively, ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season. In addition to newly appointed head coach John Gregory, Chennaiyin FC already had local favourite and former India international Syed Sabir Pasha as assistant…

Ireland’s Leo Varadkar reassured by talks with Theresa May over…

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said he had been reassured by British prime minister Theresa May that her plan to form a government with support from a Northern Irish party would not destabilise power in the province. May, who lost her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election, is seeking…

Medic Parveen June Kumar leads British Asians in Queen’s Birthday…

A leading gastroenterologist, academics and several professionals across different fields are among the various Indian-origin achievers in the UK named in the Queen's annual Birthday Honours list released today. Parveen June Kumar has been conferred the prestigious Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to…

Theresa May’s two closest aides quit after election debacle

Prime minister Theresa May's two closest advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, resigned today after taking responsibility for the poll debacle for the Conservative Party which lost its majority in the House of Commons. Timothy and Hill, considered part of May's inner circle of confidants as her joint chiefs of…

London doctor warned against UK health service cyber hack

An doctor based in London had warned against the cyber-hack of the NHS just days before it crippled the country's network. Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, had said an increasing number of hospitals could be shut down by ransomeware attacks in an article…

Prime minister Theresa May triggers Britain’s exit from the EU

Prime minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, saying there was "no turning back" from a decision pitching her country into the unknown and triggering years of fraught negotiations. Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in…

Adil Ray recognised in Honours List

Writer-comedian Adil Ray and a professor of opthalmology are among Asians who have been recognised for their contribution to British life in the Queen’s birthday honours list out today (10). Recipients from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) made up 8.2 per cent (90 people) of the list, the highest…

May to launch Brexit proceedings on March 29

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's divorce proceedings with the European Union on March 29, launching two years of negotiations that will reshape the future of the country and Europe. May's government said her permanent envoy to the EU had informed European Council president Donald Tusk of the date…

Sajid Javid: Discrimination based on race, religion or culture is…

The newly appointed communities minister Sajid Javid has vowed to make it as easy as possible for victims of hate crime to report incidents following a surge in attacks post Brexit. The politician, who was recently appointed into Theresa May’s cabinet, made the comments on Thursday (July 21) during his…

Doctors suffer visa bar

TWO Indian doctors scheduled to visit the UK on Gandhi fellowships have had their visa applications rejected by the British High Commission in India. Professor Narinder Kapur, who played a leading role in setting up 10 Gandhi fellowships to allow senior and junior Indian clinicians to attend important UK conferences,…

Lib Dem leader Farron to conduct review into barriers facing…

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron has announced an independent review on barriers faced by members of ethnic minority communities in the party as he spoke out against the divisive rhetoric by politicians during and after the June referendum. In a speech at the Runnymede Trust on Monday (24), Farron, who…

‘New leader must focus on economy and saving jobs’

BUSINESS LEADERS AND POLITICIANS TELL SAV D’SOUZA THEIR THOUGHTS ON WHAT THE REFERENDUM RESULT WILL MEAN FOR ASIANS IN BRITAIN AND FOR BUSINESSES TOO Dr Rami Ranger, CBE, Sun Mark Ltd BREXIT has stunned the world, including those who voted to leave the European Union. They took an emotional, rather…

Asians who worried about economy and migration voted to leave

LABOUR MP Seema Malhotra has spoken of her surprise at the voting pattern among Asian com- munities at the EU referendum vote last Thursday (23), writes Rithika Siddhartha and Reena Kumar. With the exception of London, large swathes of England, including west and east Midlands and Yorkshire and the north…

Khan wants London input at EU

LONDON MAYOR DISMISSES CALLS FOR CAPITAL TO GO IT ALONE LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan has rejected calls for the Remain-dominated capital to secede from the rest of UK after the referendum voted to leave the European Union (EU) but said he wanted a “full seat” at any Brexit negotiations. Khan…

What’s the real message of the EU referendum?

THE losers must accept the verdict of the people: that the UK voted by 17,410,742, votes to 16,141,241 – by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent for Brexit. The essence of democracy is that the losers accept the message from the electorate with good grace. But then what is…

Right to Rent housing scheme ‘racist’

A scheme requiring British landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants discriminates against foreign nationals and Britons from ethnic minorities, a charity said on Monday (13). The Right to Rent scheme, part of wider measures by the British government to tackle illegal immigration, threatens landlords and letting agents…

General Sir Nick Carter: On a mission to build a…

It’s an unexpected and almost jolting statement when the top man in the British Army refers to himself quite bluntly as an “Oxbridge failure”. General Sir Nick Carter is Chief of General Staff (CGS), to give him his official title, but to you and me, he’s the most powerful soldier…

Britain to leave EU single market as May sets course…

Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, prime minister Theresa May said on Tuesday (17), in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world’s largest trading bloc. Setting out a vision that could determine Britain’s future for generations…