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Rwanda asylum plan: Ministers warned over ‘torture and killings’ in…

UK High Court heard that Foreign Office officials have tried to block the Rwanda asylum plan over alleged 'torture and killings' in the African nation, media reports said. A government adviser raised concerns about Rwanda's human rights record weeks before the British government tried to send asylum seekers to the country, The…

Uganda envoy Madhvani to focus on trade with UK

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

Navy backs out of migrant patrols as over 20,000 migrants…

The Royal Navy will stop migrant patrols on January 31 next year and will hand over operational control to Border Force, according to a media report. The Ministry of Defence has conveyed its plans in this regard to ministers, The Telegraph reported. Currently, the Navy coordinates Border Force and Coastguard…

UK pushes ahead with Rwanda migrant scheme as small boats…

Housed in a detention centre in southern England, Aladeen says he risked his life to travel thousands of miles from his homeland of Syria to escape being forced to fight in the military of President Bashar al-Assad. Now the 21-year-old is battling to stay in Britain and avoid being sent…

20,000 small boat crossings of the English Channel in 2022:…

At least 20,000 people have illegally crossed the English Channel in small boats this year, almost double the amount that had made the crossing last year at this point, government figures showed Sunday. Another 607 people were detected crossing the busy shipping lane between the UK and continental Europe on…

Braverman urges to take ‘radical action’ to counter influence of…

British attorney general has voiced her concerns against the European court of human rights, saying that extricating the UK from the influence of the court should be a ‘national priority’. Suella Braverman has also urged ministers to take 'radical action' to counter the influence of the ECHR, an international convention to…

UK government U-turns on plan to house asylum seekers in…

The UK government will no longer try to house asylum seekers in a disused air force base in northern England following a backlash from local residents, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Tuesday (9). The home ministry had planned to place up to 1,500 asylum seekers at the site in the…

Smuggler gangs’ TikTok ‘summer sale’ boosts migrant crossings

TRAFFICKERS are offering a TikTok 'summer sale' for a journey across the English Channel for migrants as the rate has been reduced to £3,500 per person from £5,000 earlier, it has emerged. This has resulted in an increase in channel crossings in recent weeks as another estimated 300 migrants reached…

Starting anew: UK city marks 50 years since Ugandan Asians…

Fifty years ago, dictator Idi Amin announced his intention to expel Uganda's thriving community of British South Asians. They were given 90 days to leave, or be rounded up in concentration camps. More than 27,000 ethnic Indian and Pakistani holders of UK passports made their way to Britain, which reluctantly…

Nearly 700 migrants crossed Channel on Monday in 2022 record:…

Almost 700 migrants and asylum seekers crossed the Channel to Britain in a single day this week, a new record for the year, the UK government said Tuesday. The latest arrivals suggest the government's controversial policy to deport those attempting the dangerous crossing to Rwanda has so far failed to…

Braverman tells lawyers to refrain from dismissing policies as unlawful

The Attorney General has warned government lawyers against dismissing policies as unlawful, according to a report. Last week, Suella Braverman asked lawyers to give a percentage chance that some policies may be challenged instead of rejecting them in full, The Telegraph revealed. The latest guidance is in the wake of…

Sunak vows to double number of foreign criminals deported even…

Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has pledged that he would double the number of foreign criminals deported each year if he becomes prime minister, even as the former chancellor admitted that he is trailing Truss in the leadership race, media reports said. Under his proposed 'three strikes and you’re out'…

An Asian prime minister is ‘now just a matter of…

LIZ TRUSS or Rishi Sunak will become Britain’s next prime minister in September. A fierce ‘blue on blue’ contest is underway, though the two candidates actually have much in common. As Boris Johnson’s foreign secretary and chancellor, respectively, they were the more experienced leadership candidates against insurgent rivals. Both are…

Sunak pledges to fix ‘broken’ UK immigration system; would cap…

TORY leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has pledged to fix the 'broken' immigration system in the UK and added that he will make tackling Channel crossings a priority in his first 100 days if he becomes the prime minister, reports said. He also declared plans to introduce an annual cap on…

Rwanda admits it can accommodate just 200 migrants from UK

Rwanda can accommodate up to 200 migrants from the UK, Kigali said, in contrast to the British government’s claim that thousands of asylum seekers illegally crossing the English Channel would be deported to the east African nation.Rwandan government spokesperson Yolande Makolo said Hope Hostel in Kigali was the only facility…

Dutch moots ‘absurd’ plan to house refugees on cruise ships

EXPERTS described the Dutch plan to house refugees arriving in the country on cruise ships as 'absurd and illegal', according to reports. The UNHCR Netherlands has also condemned the move as 'unacceptable'. In a controversial move, three large ships were commissioned by the Netherlands government commissioned for refugees. Reports revealed that…

Home Office response to Channel crossings ‘unacceptable’ says damning report

An independent border inspection has slammed Britain's handling of migrants who arrive by small boats from France, calling it unacceptable, ineffective and inefficient.The number of people attempting the dangerous crossing over the Channel to enter Britain has risen sharply. The government is facing criticism from some quarters that border controls…

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…

UK officials warned government not to pursue Rwanda deportation plan,…

BRITISH officials repeatedly warned the government not to pursue its plan to send migrants to Rwanda and the country was initially excluded from the shortlist of partner countries because of human rights concerns, London's High Court was told. Under an agreement struck in April, Britain will send tens of thousands…

Rwanda policy has failed to deter asylum seekers from illegally…

The UK government’s headline-making Rwanda plan to relocate migrants has not stemmed the illegal movement of asylum-seekers across the English Channel, a parliamentary report has said, calling for greater clarity in the policy. The report, titled ‘Channel Crossings, Migration and Asylum’, has come up with figures to substantiate its observation…

EXCLUSIVE: Is the UK ready for an Asian PM?

Senior Conservative parliamentarians have told Eastern Eye the country is ready for its first south Asian prime minister. They believe the days of the Tories being considered as the “nasty and racist” party are over. Four candidates of colour were among the eight nominated in the leadership race as Eastern…

Priti Patel skips Home Affairs Committee hearing over Rwanda plan

Home secretary Priti Patel declined to attend a hearing of the Home Affairs Committee on Wednesday, citing the “recent changes in Government”.She was expected to face tough questions on the UK’s controversial policy on asylum seekers from the cross-party parliamentary committee which scrutinises the work of the Home Office and…

Mo Farah: Would a child be deported if trafficked to…

BRITISH athlete Sir Mo Farah has revealed that he was a victim of human trafficking as a child. The six-time world outdoor champion said even the name that appears in the record books is wrong. He is Hussein Abdi Kahin. It will be interesting to know what will happen to…

‘No action against Mo Farah’: UK after former Olympic champion’s…

Olympic great Mo Farah won praise from across Britain's political spectrum Tuesday after the shock revelation that he was illegally trafficked as a child to the country and forced to work in domestic servitude.The 39-year-old distance runner, one of Britain's best-loved and most successful athletes, told a BBC documentary that…

New UK prime minister to be announced on Sept. 5…

Britain's new prime minister will be announced on Sept. 5, with the first votes to begin eliminating candidates in a crowded and increasingly unpredictable and divisive contest to replace Boris Johnson coming this week. So far 11 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to succeed Johnson as leader…

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…

British trade envoy to Rwanda thanks African nation for hosting…

LORD Popat, the British prime minister’s trade envoy to the African nations of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has thanked Rwanda for playing host to 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that concluded last week. He was also a participant at the event. Lord Popat,…

Will Priti Patel succeed Oliver Dowden as Conservatives chair after…

Priti Patel may be moved “sideways” from Home Office to being Conservatives Party chief to replace Oliver Dowden whose resignation has taken the Tories by surprise.Dowden put in his papers as the Conservatives chair earlier this week after the ruling party suffered crushing defeats in the by-elections to two parliamentary…

Tory rebels plot next move to oust British PM Boris…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing another brewing rebellion against his leadership of the Conservative Party after the governing party faced two crushing by-election defeats. In a triple blow, Johnson not only lost a Tory stronghold in the southern England constituency of Tiverton & Honiton and an important seat…

Commonwealth Summit: Prince Charles expresses ‘personal sorrow’ over suffering caused…

Prince Charles told Commonwealth leaders Friday that the choice to become a republic or abandon the queen as head of state was theirs alone, and expressed "personal sorrow" at Britain's legacy of slavery. The British heir to the throne addressed the opening of a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)…

Baroness Scotland reelected Commonwealth secretary-general despite Boris Jonshon’s support to…

Baroness Scotland of Asthal has won a second term as the secretary-general of the Commonwealth despite British prime minister Boris Johnson’s support for her challenger from Jamaica.Her re-election at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda on Friday came amid her allies’ allegation that the UK government was “sowing…

Decoded: Is Dominic Raab’s Bill of Rights an attack on…

THE UK government introduced legislation allowing it to override rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), after a judge in Strasbourg blocked flights removing asylum seekers to Rwanda. Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab said the new 'Bill of Rights' would 'restore a healthy dose of common sense' to…

‘We cannot carry on with business as usual’: Britain’s Conservative…

Oliver Dowden, the chairman of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party, resigned on Friday, saying it could not carry on with business as usual after two crushing by-election defeats and someone had to take responsibility."Yesterday's parliamentary by-elections are the latest in a run of very poor results for our…

‘The critics need to keep an open mind about the…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday defended his controversial deal to expel migrants to Rwanda, telling critics to "keep an open mind". On the first day of a trip to Kigali -- which is hosting a Commonwealth summit this week -- he also heaped praise on Rwandan President Paul…

Why Britain must rethink its Rwanda refugees plan

FOLLOWING high drama last week, a group of frightened, traumatised men seeking asylum in the UK received a last-minute reprieve from being shipped thousands of miles across the globe to Rwanda. But even with a legal injunction from the European Court of Human Rights, the UK government still hopes to…

Boris Johnson to meet Prince Charles in Rwanda amid sharp…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said he was looking forward to visiting Rwanda on Thursday (23) to help people shed their "condescending attitudes" to Rwanda after criticism of the government's plans to deport asylum seekers to the country. Johnson will meet with Prince Charles in Kigali on Friday (24) on…

As Rwanda hosts Commonwealth, here all you need to know…

ESTABLISHED more than 70 years ago, it has the stated aim of upholding democracy, rule of law and good governance around the world. Here are a few key things to know about it: Key facts Full name: Commonwealth of Nations Member states: 54 Head of the Commonwealth: Queen Elizabeth II…

UK to bring in new Bill of Rights to sidestep…

Britain will begin legislating on Wednesday for a new Bill of Rights to give the government the power to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which last week blocked ministers' plans to send migrants to Rwanda.Last Tuesday, the ECHR issued last minute injunctions to prevent a…

Tiverton and Honiton by-election: UK PM Johnson faces prospect of…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could this week lose two parliamentary seats that once illustrated his broad appeal, showing his declining popularity that could spur his party to try to find a way to oust him.His Conservative Party are contesting two by-elections on Thursday: one in Tiverton and Honiton, a…

52,000 people tried to cross the English Channel in 2021:…

THE number of migrants seeking to cross the Channel from France to England rose 68 per cent in the first half of 2022, the French interior ministry said Monday (20). From January 1 to June 13, there were 777 attempted crossings involving 20,132 people, up 68 percent on the same…

‘I couldn’t be party to potential law-breaking’ – Boris Johnson’s…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson's former ethics adviser said that he resigned his post because he "could not be a party to advising on any potential law-breaking". In a letter published by Sky News, Christopher Geidt, the second ethics adviser to quit under Johnson in two years, said he wanted…

‘Asylum seekers can’t just vanish’: Boris Johnson supports Home Office…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has defended government plans to electronically tag some asylum seekers who arrive in the UK in small boats or lorries, reports said.  Earlier this week, the Home Office published guidance on a 12-month pilot using electronic tagging to monitor individuals who arrive in the country…

Once darling of UK right, Patel’s future on line in…

BY her own admission, home secretary Priti Patel's hard line on immigration would have stopped her own parents coming to Britain but it has made her a darling of the right. However, she is now in danger of alienating her conservative base after her plan to deter illegal crossings of…

‘We do not consider living in Rwanda a punishment’ –…

Rwanda insisted Wednesday it was still ready to take in asylum seekers being deported by the UK under a controversial deal after a first flight was cancelled following a court injunction."We are not deterred by these developments. Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work," government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo…

No fixed date for when UK will send first migrants…

Britain's government cannot give a fixed date for when it will first be able to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, deputy prime minister and justice secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday.Britain's initial attempt to deport asylum seekers - part of a policy designed to deter dangerous sea crossings of the…

How did a European court halt Britain’s Rwanda deportation flight?

A European court ruling sparked an embarrassing climbdown for the British government by forcing the cancellation of Britain's first deportation flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda. The British government expressed fury at the decision. But it is legally obliged to implement rulings by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights…

EXCLUSIVE: Fight to save Commonwealth

Commonwealth leaders have told Eastern Eye that the UK government is “hell bent on destroying the Commonwealth in pursuit of a colonial agenda”. This newspaper has previously reported on the campaign by Boris Johnson’s administration to oust the current boss of the organisation’s administrative arm, Patricia Scotland. But now her…

UK confident it can overturn legal ban on Rwanda plan

Britain is confident it can overcome legal challenges to its bid to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda following a last minute intervention by European judges that grounded the first flight minutes before it was due to depart late on Tuesday.The government had been forced to fight a series of legal…

We will not be deterred from Rwanda asylum plan: Boris…

THE UK government on Tuesday (14) defended its controversial policy to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, even as the entire senior leadership of the Church of England branded it shameful and immoral. According to Daily Mail, opening Cabinet this morning, prime minister Boris Johnson said, "What is happening with the…

‘An immoral policy that shames Britain’: Church of England leaders…

SENIOR leaders at the Church of England have called the Home Office's plan to deport migrants to Rwanda 'immoral'.  The Most Rev Justin Welby and the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, the senior leaders, alongside 23 bishops criticised the plan. "Whether or not the first deportation flight leaves Britain today for…

Foreign secretary Liz Truss expects first migrant deportation flight to…

BRITAIN expects the first flight of asylum seekers to depart for Rwanda on Tuesday (14) and any person who avoids that flight due to legal proceedings will be put on a later one, foreign secretary Liz Truss said.  London's High Court is due to hear final legal challenges against the…

Rishi Sunak speaks on April GDP statistics, says world seeing…

NATIONS around the world are witnessing a sluggish growth and the UK is no exception. This is what Rishi Sunak, the chancellor to the exchequer, said in response to the official revelation that the British economy shrank unexpectedly in April which added to the fears of an acute slowdown just…

UK courts to hear last-minute appeals to stop first Rwanda…

London's courts will hear two last-minute legal challenges on Monday to block the British government's controversial policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda before the first removal flight scheduled to leave on Tuesday.Britain has agreed a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda in return for an…

Prince Charles slams UK’s Rwanda plan: Report

Britain's Prince Charles has called the government's plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda "appalling", a report said Saturday after it cleared a legal challenge. The UK government intends to fly the first planeload of 31 claimants to Rwanda on Tuesday -- shortly before Charles is due to represent his mother…

UK’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda ‘unsafe,’ court told

The British government's controversial plan to send migrants arriving illegally in Britain to Rwanda is unsafe and irrational, lawyers seeking an injunction to stop the first planned deportations told the High Court in London on Friday. The government announced in April it had struck a deal to send potentially tens…

UK’s first flight taking migrants to Rwanda can go ahead,…

Britain's government overcame a legal challenge to its controversial policy to begin deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda as the High Court dismissed campaigners' attempts to win an injunction and said the first flight could leave next week.Charities and a trade union had launched a challenge earlier this week against the…

In Britain, LGBTQ migrants fear being sent to Rwanda

As Britain pushes ahead with plans to send migrants to Rwanda, Hadi, a gay asylum-seeker who fled Iraq, said he would rather be sentenced to death.Under a controversial law passed in April, the UK plans to send asylum-seekers deemed to have arrived illegally on British soil to Rwanda, an East…

Campaigners launch court bid to prevent UK-Rwanda asylum flights

CAMPAIGNERS on Wednesday (8) launched a court bid to block the UK government's plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as it attempts to stop migrant boat crossings from France. The government in London said last month that it intends to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda on…

Nandita Dinesh: Gripping story of conflict, people and places

WRITER REVEALS HOW WORKING IN CONFLICT ZONES GLOBALLY INSPIRED HER DEBUT NOVEL IT WAS perhaps always going to be inevitable that Nandita Dinesh would write her newly published debut novel This Place/That Place. Hailing from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and now living in San Francisco, she spent years working on…

UK PM Johnson vows to ‘get on with the job’…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson convened his cabinet on Tuesday (7), vowing to "get on with the job" after surviving a confidence vote of Conservative MPs that has left him severely weakened. The beleaguered leader has claimed that Monday (6) evening's dramatic ballot, which saw 211 Tory party lawmakers support…

Asylum seekers go on hunger strike as UK prepares to…

More than a dozen asylum seekers detained in southeast England reportedly went on a hunger strike after it was revealed that they would be sent to Rwanda as part of the UK government’s border control measure.Britain last week said it intended to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda…

How the Queen’s vision has shaped the Commonwealth

THE platinum jubilee of the Queen offers a unique and valuable opportunity for us to express our gratitude for her unparalleled service. Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has been the epitome of duty, stability and wisdom, inspiring profound global admiration and affection. The modern, connected Commonwealth of 2022 reflects the…

The Queen the Jubilee and the Commonwealth

June 2nd 2022 marked the 70th Anniversary since Queen Elizabeth II became the Queen. This occasion was marked with the Jubilee celebration across the United Kingdom and her other realms and territories including the British Commonwealth from Australia to Zimbabwe, from the Global South to the Global North and from…

Thank You, Your Majesty

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

UK aims to send the first group of asylum seekers…

BRITAIN aims to send a first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda in two weeks' time as part of a policy which the government says is designed to break people-smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel.In April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government announced plans to send…

Exclusive: George Alagiah – “I’m lucky to be alive”

SOUTH ASIAN men and women owe it to their families to get tested for cancer. That is the stark message from Britain’s top south Asian newsreader, George Alagiah. The BBC journalist, who was born in Sri Lanka, has lived with bowel cancer for nine years, and he told Eastern Eye…

UK asylum seekers to arrive in Rwanda soon

THE first batch of asylum seekers sent to Rwanda from the UK under a controversial new deal will likely arrive in the East African nation "in the next few weeks", officials in Kigali said.  Since being announced last month, the agreement enabling Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to…

Right-wing terror group co-founder convicted

THE CO-FOUNDER of the fascist group National Action has been convicted of being a member of a proscribed organisation.Alex Davies, 28, had advocated the deportation of ethnic minorities to establish an “overwhelmingly white Briton”. National Action was jointly founded by Davies in 2013 and it joined the list of extremist…

Charities say UK’s Rwanda plans impact health of asylum seekers

TWO major charities have raised red flags over Britain’s controversial plans to deport unauthorised immigrants reaching its shores to Rwanda.Under the new scheme announced by prime minister Boris Johnson, people claiming asylum in the UK are to be relocated to Rwanda, where their cases will be processed. If they are…

Five Indian startups join Tech Pioneers Community

THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM said 100 new startups, including five from India, have joined its Technology Pioneers Community and these include entities from healthcare and financial services to the metaverse.Among the five Indian entities, Vahan is building a full-stack labour marketplace for blue-collar workers; SmartCoin Financials is a tech-driven financial…

Fascist group founder Alex Davies aims for ‘white Britain’

A FASCIST group co-founder has said he wants to see a pre-World War era Britain when it was “overwhelmingly white”. Alex Davies, who set up the now-proscribed outfit NS131, told Winchester Crown Court that his goal can be achieved by "compulsorily deporting" ethnic minorities from the UK “along the lines…

Survey: Majority of asylum seekers are not afraid of UK’s…

THREE-QUARTERS of asylum seekers in northern France said that they would still try to cross the Channel in small boats, according to a survey.  The survey of more than 60 asylum seekers in Calais and Dunkirk was carried out by the charity Care4Calais, which provides practical support to asylum seekers…

Why are barristers on ‘strike’?

BARRISTERS who do criminal legal aid work in court were designated “front-line workers” during Covid lockdown periods. Like doctors and nurses who helped to ensure the NHS continued to function, legal aid lawyers ensured our justice system continued to function. These are not the “fat cat” lawyers of the civil…

UK asylum reform bill set to become law

An asylum reform bill proposed by the British government is set to become law after overcoming a final hurdle in parliament on Wednesday. The House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, passed the bill and rejected a last-minute amendment to the text, meaning it will now become…

Priti Patel accuses BBC of xenophobia

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel has slammed the critics of her government’s controversial immigration deal with Rwanda and the BBC’s “xenophobic” overtones in reporting the matter.She was "taken aback" by the tone of BBC journalists' references to Rwanda after the agreement with the African country was announced, she told The…

Rwanda president says UK migrant deal ‘not trading in humans’

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Kigali was not "trading in human beings" when it agreed to a controversial deal allowing Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to his country. The agreement announced last week has attracted a chorus of criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda…

Ministers ‘playing to racist tropes’ with Rwanda plan

IT HAS been called illegal, immoral, and unworkable. So what does the UK government’s Memorandum of Agreement with Rwanda actually say, what are its stated objectives and what is the politics behind it? The agreement is about “the prevention and combating of illegally facilitated and unlawful cross-border migration by establishing…

Johnson gives Partygate apology, Starmer calls him ‘a man without…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Tuesday (19) apologised to MPs after he became the first British leader fined for breaking the law, but faced opposition calls to quit for the sake of integrity in politics. Addressing parliament for the first time since the April 12 fine, he reiterated that he…

Johnson to face MPs’ fury over ‘Partygate’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will face angry lawmakers on Tuesday (19) for the first time since being fined for breaking his own coronavirus laws by attending a party at his Downing Street office.An embattled Johnson last week became the first modern British leader to be fined for breaking the…

Johnson backs decision to send migrants to Rwanda despite outcry…

Britain's prime minister said Rwanda is well-equipped to 'resettle' migrants and asylum-seekers to the UK despite some human rights groups describing the project as 'inhumane'. The controversial deal, announced on Thursday, is part of the government's strategy to clamp down on record numbers of people making the perilous journey across…

Rwanda to host migrants and asylum seekers headed to the…

Rwanda has inked a multi-million-dollar deal with Britain to host asylum-seekers and migrants to the UK, the East African country announced on Thursday, as part of the British government's bid to crack down on illegal migration. "Rwanda welcomes this partnership with the United Kingdom to host asylum seekers and migrants,…

Queen urges the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times

QUEEN Elizabeth II has called on the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times, as she sat out a major event for the organisation after a period of fragile health. The event on Monday (14) with some 1,500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London had been due to be…

Peer outlines how UK Asian firms can boost exports

'UK export finance provides attractive funding terms to companies' POST Brexit, we are now in a new sovereign United Kingdom with enormous opportunities for free trade, which we must realise to jump start our economic recovery. In doing so, the government has announced an ambitious target for UK exports to…

South African anti-apartheid veteran Ebrahim dies aged 84

Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, a veteran of the fight against apartheid who spent years imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, died Monday (6) aged 84, South Africa's ruling party announced. Ebrahim passed away at his Johannesburg home after a long illness, the African National Congress (ANC) said in a statement.…

Israeli spyware used to target Indian activists, journalists, political leaders:…

SPYWARE Pegasus, which is sold by the NSO Group of Israel, may have been used to conduct surveillance on about 300 Indians, including 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, two cabinet ministers along with several prominent officials and businessmen, reports claim.   As per Paris-based outlet Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International,…

Saudi Arabians happier than Pakistanis and Indians

  By Amit Roy INDIA is one of the unhappi­est countries in the world, according to the World Hap­piness Report 2021, which was compiled by the Sustain­able Development Solutions Network and the Centre for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Finland is said to be the world’s happiest country, with the…

Giving women a voice to drive change in society

By Rupa Popat and Rupal Sachdev Kantaria WHEN we were both due to speak as part of an International Women’s Day (IWD) debate at the House of Lords in March 2017 hosted by Lord and Lady Popat, we arrived not really knowing what to expect. We had not previously attended…

Trading on Indo-UK ties

By Lord Dolar Popat I WAS delighted to read the joint statement on the enhanced trade partnership made during our international trade secretary Liz Truss’s re­cent visit to New Delhi. India is a country with which we have a huge amount in common, and deepening ties with vast and attractive…

Virus boosts Indo-UK ties

THE bilateral relationship between India and the UK has been further strengthened by the collaboration to help fight the Covid-19 virus, a Foreign Office minister has said. Speaking ahead of India’s 72nd Republic Day on Tuesday (26), Lord Tariq Ahmad, the minister for south Asia, said he was “absolutely delighted”…

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…

UK launches £6.85m aid to protect supply chains including in…

The UK has launched a £6.85 million aid to protect high street supply chains in developing countries. The funding will focus primarily on supply chains and workers in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana. These countries provide huge proportions of the world’s food, flowers and clothes. Ghana…

World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases, WHO warns against despair

THE coronavirus pandemic chalked up another horrific milestone Monday as the world surpassed 20 million recorded cases of infection from the tiny killer that has upended life just about everywhere. The number as on Tuesday (11) was 20,002,577 cases, with 733,842 deaths recorded, according to official sources. In yet another…

Over 580,000 surgeries in India may be cancelled due to…

More than 580,000 planned surgeries in India might be cancelled or delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study conducted by an international consortium. The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, has projected that, based on a 12-week period of peak disruption to hospital…

India says 276 nationals infected with coronavirus abroad

INDIA on Wednesday (18) said that a total of 276 Indians are infected with coronavirus abroad. This includes 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, 5 in Italy, and 1 each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka, external affairs ministry said. Those who have tested positive for coronavirus are not…

Reena Ranger, Ameet Jogia named co-chairs of CF India

THE Conservative Party has appointed councillors Reena Ranger OBE and Ameet Jogia as co-chairs of Conservative Friends of India (CF India). Ranger was elected a district councillor for Moor Park & Eastbury in 2014, and re-elected in 2018. She had also contested as a parliamentary candidate in 2017. She had…

EXCLUSIVE: Alleged dispute over extending Baroness Scotland’s term

A NUMBER of angry high commissioners have turned on Australia, Britain and Canada for trying to get rid of Commonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland, it can be revealed. Commonwealth insiders told Eastern Eye that in a “fractious” meeting at the secretariat’s headquarters in London last Thursday (6), one envoy after another…

Commonwealth Secretariat funds withheld amid concerns

The UK government on Wednesday (12) confirmed that it has withheld its estimated £4.7 million voluntary contribution to a key Commonwealth fund amid concerns over procurement policies within the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that funding to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC)…

Why an imam is remembering the Holocaust

  By Imam Qari Asim, MBE  Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board MONDAY (27) marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Germany concentration camp Auschwitz, where millions of Jews were systematically murdered because of their faith and identity. I recall the unforgettable experience of visiting Auschwitz…

Sharma assures new UK aid to build green cities across…

BRITISH international development secretary Alok Sharma has pledged new UK aid to help build green cities across Africa with quality infrastructure. Sharma, who is on a visit to Kenya, announced he would set up a UK Centre for Cities and Infrastructure, which will turbo-charge investment in fast growing cities across…

Dhawan’s adventures in space and time

  By Amit Roy THE actor Sacha Dhawan has been ubiquitous on BBC TV in the past week, playing a baddie in Dr Who, and a goodie, Dr Sharma, in Dracula. In Spyfall – sounds a little like the 23rd Bond film Skyfall – which is the two-part opener to…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at top UN court

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide against Myanmar in the UN's top court Wednesday, despite admitting the army may have used excessive force against Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi denied "misleading and incomplete" claims by The Gambia that a 2017 military operation had attempted to exterminate…

Myanmar faces genocide lawsuit at top UN court

Myanmar faced accusations of genocide in a landmark lawsuit filed by Gambia at the UN's top court on Monday (11) over the Southeast Asian nation's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, Gambia's government said. Gambia said it was acting on behalf of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in bringing the case…

Holocaust memorial will reflect ‘the lows that humanity can sink…

by ZAKI COOPER and DR PETER CHADHA EARLIER this month [on October 2], we marked the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. One of the interesting things about the Mahatma was the special connection he had with the Jewish community. He had a number of Jewish friends from the two…

Pakistan warns of genocide in Kashmir, expects no talks with…

Pakistan's foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday (11) that India's military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. India, which stripped Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5th, in response accused Pakistan of "offensive rhetoric..of false allegations and concocted…

India threatens to boycott Birmingham Commonwealth Games if shooting scrapped

India's threat to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham over shooting's absence in the programme has intensified after the country's Olympic association sought approval from the sports ministry for such a move. Media reports have cited a lack of suitable facilities as the reason behind Birmingham's decision to axe…

Barnie Choudhury: ‘We must challenge and confront dog-whistle politics’

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist NO MATTER how old your son or daughter, you don’t want to see or hear them cry in pain. It’s absolutely heart-breaking, and worse when you cannot physically comfort them. So, when Olivia, our Leicester-born, Cambridge-educated and absolutely resilient 22-year-old rang in tears, we…

England on verge of World Cup greatness, says Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh says England could go down as one of the greatest teams in one-day cricket history if they beat New Zealand to clinch their first World Cup on Sunday. Eoin Morgan's side are firm favourites to win the Lord's showpiece after thumping Australia by eight wickets in Birmingham on…

Indian experts in UK University’s Dubai campus help to finalise surgical guidelines

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM research experts gathered medical professionals from India and around the world in Dubai to finalise international surgical guidelines that will help to save thousands of lives in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) countries. The National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery (NIHR…

Trump in new Twitter attack on Sadiq Khan

US president Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on Saturday (15) on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, backing a right-wing British columnist who has been widely accused of Islamophobia and once called migrants "cockroaches." Trump attached his latest denunciation of the mayor to a retweet by Katie Hopkins about crime in…

Top 10 things that lift my spirit – Shareefa Energy

Muay Thai: I do muay thai and boxing. Muay thai and boxing clear my mind of any debris that weighs heavy and allow my energy to express itself, while learning an art form that improves my physical and mental health. Martial arts encourage me to be present, demanding focus and…

India has ‘cheapest mobile data packs than UK’

MOBILE PHONE users in India pay less for the data they use when compared to the UK, which has some of the most expensive prices in Europe, a report said .   The research, from price comparison site Cable.co.uk, said that mobile users in India can have one gigabyte (GB) data at just £0.20, while…

PM Modi Inaugurates Ninth Edition Of Vibrant Gujarat Summit In…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ninth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit on Friday (18) at Gandhinagar, a city located in India’s westernmost state, Gujarat. Five heads of countries from Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Malta along with the industry leaders from various sectors and over 30,000 delegates…

Football is the new cricket, says India coach Constantine

A nomadic English coach whose colourful career has taken him from Millwall to Malawi has got cricket-mad India dreaming of Asian Cup football glory. India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years and despite losing 2-0…

Chhetri passes Messi as India shock Thailand 4-1 at Asian…

Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1 at the Asian Cup football tournament on Sunday, the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A opener to surpass the Barcelona superstar. Watched by the 12 Thai schoolboys rescued from a flooded jungle cave last year after…

ACTAs aim to ‘dissolve cultural barriers’

GEORGE ALAGIAH RECEIVES TOP AWARD AT CEREMONY HONOURING ASIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARTS BBC BROADCASTER George Alagiah was the top winner at the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs) last Friday (22), where he received the prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. Meera Syal, Anoushka Shankar, Naughty Boy,…

BBC icon Alagiah scoops top prize at star-studded ACTAs

The British Asian community’s incredible contribution to creative arts and culture industries were honoured on Friday, June 22, at the annual Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs). BBC broadcaster George Alagiah won the top award at the third edition of the glittering event that showcases the best of Asian talent and their achievements in the artistic fields, including film, TV, theatre, …

Malala receives highest UN honor to promote girls education

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday (10)  to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus in 2012. At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace,…

British Asians defend Cameron legacy

British Asians have vowed they will protect David Cameron’s legacy as “Britain’s greatest prime minister” of recent decades. They made this pledge as political malcontents and the former prime minister’s enemies inside the Conservative party and far right lobbies sought to disparage his achievements. But the view that is likely…

Malala: Refugee girls need education

NOBEL laureate Malala Yousafzai called on world leaders on Tuesday (September 13) to provide education to girls in refugee camps so they avoid being forced into early marriage or child labour. Yousafzai’s statement comes a week before US president Barack Obama hosts the first UN summit on refugees in New…

‘Cameron was a great leader’

CONSERVATIVE PEER PAYS HIS PERSONAL TRIBUTE by LORD DOLAR POPAT THE referendum decision last week has had pro- found political consequences. The fallout is, at the time of writing, being felt in the Labour Party and the attempts to oust Jeremy Corbyn. Similarly the first minister of Scotland has started…

Entrepreneur Rikki Verma has a vision for success

One of Britain’s rising entrepreneurs has signed a $10 million (£8m) agreement with the Ugandan government to provide its military facilities with off the-grid solar energy infrastructure. The contract marks the inaugural project of Nexus Green, which was founded in 2015 by Rikki Verma to facilitate green energy projects in…