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Half of adults in England and Wales receive ‘phishing’ messages,…

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that half of adults in England and Wales received a 'phishing' message for the year ending March 2022. According to results from the Telephone-operated Crime Survey of England and Wales (TCSEW), those aged 25 to 44 years are most likely…

Met Police boss vows to ‘ruthlessly’ root out racists from…

New Metropolitan Police boss Sir Mark Rowley has vowed to “ruthlessly” root out racists and misogynists from the organisation. He admitted Scotland Yard had been “far too weak” in taking on those who undermined the honest and dedicated majority. But he said he was determined to “get the culture right”…

University of Cambridge says it gained from slave trade

Britain's University of Cambridge said on Thursday it had benefited from the proceeds of slavery over its history, and promised to expand scholarships for Black students and fund more research into the murderous trade. The acknowledgement comes as a string of leading institutions - from the bank of england to…

Met Police not properly recording grounds for strip and search:…

The Metropolitan Police needs to improve its recording of the grounds for stop and search, a watchdog has found. His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) estimated in its report that close to 76 per cent of all stop and searches conducted by Scotland Yard during…

UK elections watchdog calls for action to prevent abuse and…

Many candidates at the May elections reported experiencing abuse, threatening behaviour and intimidation, the UK’s elections watchdog revealed.The Electoral Commission’s reports found that while 40 per cent of candidates in England and Wales reported intimidation in elections, the proportion went up to 44 per cent in Scotland. But it was…

About 250,000 attended Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state, UK minister says

Some 250,000 mourners filed past Queen Elizabeth's coffin at Westminster Hall in London during her lying-in-state, Britain's culture minister Michelle Donelan said on Tuesday. "It's approximately around the 250,000 mark. We're just crunching those final numbers," Donelan told Times radio. The full figures would be released in due course, she…

Indian President Murmu arrives in London to attend funeral of…

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

King Charles pledges ‘additional duty’ to protect faith diversity of…

King Charles III has pledged to uphold the “additional duty” as a new monarch of protecting the diversity of the UK and be a sovereign of all communities around the Commonwealth. Addressing a group of faith leaders on Friday evening in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace, where just days…

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in numbers

Here are a few numbers related to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday. 1,500 The number of miles (2,414 kilometres) travelled by the new King Charles III in his first week on the throne. Charles began his reign with visits to Scotland, where he was at the…

Prince William ‘cyber-dated’ Britney Spears before he met Kate Middleton

American singer-songwriter Britney Spears has claimed that she and Prince William had a 'cyber relationship' during their teenage years before he met Kate Middleton. Spears revealed that she and Prince William had an email interaction while they were teenagers in an interview with talk show host Frank Skinner in 2002.…

Biden allowed to use Beast for Queen’s funeral but lesser…

American president Joe Biden is among the few foreign dignitaries allowed to use their own cars to the venue of the Queen’s funeral while other world leaders would have to use a shared bus, media reports said. The funeral for Elizabeth II who died in Scotland last week will be…

Anti-monarchy protester who was holding sign reading ‘f*** imperialism, abolish…

A Mexican student arrested in Edinburgh over the weekend after an anti-monarchy demonstration claimed the “wrongful” police action against her was “a violation of freedom of speech.” Mariángela, who did not wish to reveal her last name, was holding a sign reading “f*** imperialism, abolish monarchy” during a ceremony for…

Free-speech campaigners slam police for arresting anti-monarchy protesters in UK

Rights groups have deplored the arrests of anti-monarchy protesters in the UK during events following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Two young people have been arrested in Scotland since Sunday over breach of peace and public order while a man was rounded up in England for similar reasons. The…

Darling late mother set example of selfless duty: Britain’s King…

King Charles III on Monday (12) addressed Parliament for the first time as Britain's monarch during which he pledged to follow the example of selfless duty set by his "darling late mother" Queen Elizabeth II in upholding "the precious principles of constitutional governance. Responding to the condolences offered by the…

Queen’s love for India shared by new King: British Indians…

Queen Elizabeth II’s love for India and the Commonwealth, shared by her son and successor King Charles III, were the recurring themes as Indian-origin members of Parliament, peers and diaspora groups paid tribute to the late monarch. In special sittings of the Houses of Parliament over the past few days…

Queen Elizabeth to remain on Canadian currency

The face of Queen Elizabeth II will continue to appear on its currency, the Bloomberg reported. Queen was the head of state of Canada, a former British colony. In 2011, Canada decided to feature Queen Elizabeth's image on the backs of coins and on plastic-based C$20 ($15.28) bank notes. According…

FACTBOX-How King Charles’ accession to the throne is formalised

Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history, died on Thursday (8) aged 96, and her son Charles succeeded to the throne immediately. Here is an explanation of the protocol surrounding the official accession of a new monarch and Saturday's ceremony formally proclaiming Charles as king. An Accession Council has…

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

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

American university professor slammed for wishing Queen ‘excruciating’ death

An American university professor created a flutter on social media by wishing Queen Elizabeth II would die an intensely painful death. Her comment drew immediate condemnation from Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.Uju Anya, an associate professor of second language acquisition at the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University, wrote on Twitter, “I heard…

Queen Elizabeth II death: India declares one-day mourning on Sept…

India on Friday declared one-day mourning on September 11 on the passing away of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, passed away on Thursday. "As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there…

Queen Elizabeth dies at 96, ending an era for Britain

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, died at her home in Scotland aged 96 on Thursday. "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," Buckingham Palace said in a statement. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will…

Queen Elizabeth’s family rushes to side of ailing monarch

Britain's royal family rushed to be with Queen Elizabeth after doctors said they were concerned about the health of the 96-year-old monarch on Thursday and said she should remain under medical supervision. The queen, Britain's longest-reigning sovereign and the world's oldest monarch, has been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has…

Veteran journalist slammed for racist ‘coconut cabinet’ jibe on Liz…

A veteran political commentator and former BBC journalist has apologised for a “unacceptable” racist remark on the diverse cabinet of new prime minister Liz Truss. Iain Macwhirter’s “coconut cabinet” jibe on the appointment of people of colour to the three great offices of the government, sparked outrage on social media…

Scotland’s first ever period dignity officer role scrapped after appointment…

Local authorities in a Scottish region have discontinued a period dignity officer role within weeks of controversially appointing a man for the job.A group of colleges and local councils in Tayside had last month announced that Jason Grant had been hired to handle the distribution of free period products to…

Truss to meet cabinet, face MPs on first full day…

Britain's new prime minister Liz Truss convenes her senior ministers for an inaugural cabinet meeting on Wednesday on her first full day in office, before she faces a barrage of questions in parliament. Truss, who officially became leader Tuesday at an audience with the head of state Queen Elizabeth II…

Rishi Sunak: We must unite behind Liz Truss as difficult…

Britain's Rishi Sunak, who lost the race to become Britain's prime minister on Monday, said the party must now unite behind winner Liz Truss. "It's right we now unite behind the new PM, Liz Truss, as she steers the country through difficult times," Sunak said on Twitter. Truss, 47, will…

Incoming UK prime minister Truss faces a country in crisis

The UK's new prime minister, Liz Truss, takes power following a "summer of discontent" and as Britons tighten their belts in response to double-digit inflation and soaring energy costs. "We have a historically huge shock to the cost of living and incomes," said James Smith, research director of the Resolution…

Liz Truss vows tax cuts after winning vote to be…

Liz Truss will become Britain's next prime minister after winning a leadership race for the governing Conservative party on Monday, vowing to press ahead with promises of tax cuts and to deal with a growing energy crisis. After weeks of an often bad-tempered and divisive leadership contest, Truss, currently the…

Fears of ‘massive’ bills as energy crisis hits UK schools

Rachael Warwick, who oversees three schools in southeast England, has had to sign a new contract to heat and light their buildings at tariffs that she describes as "eye-watering". The executive head teacher of Ridgeway Education Trust in Oxfordshire calculates that if the schools she runs use the same amount…

The Crown casts its Prince William and Kate Middleton for…

The makers of the hit Netflix series 'The Crown' have revealed who is set to play Prince William and Kate Middleton in Season 6. According to Variety, the young prince will be played by 16-year-old Rufus Kampa and 21-year-old Ed McVey, respectively. Meg Bellamy will portray Kate Middleton in the…

JK Rowling’s new book features a character murdered after being…

Author JK Rowling, who made headlines for sharing her controversial views on transgender rights lately, has come up with a new novel that involves a storyline about a woman who is killed after being accused of transphobia. In conversation with Graham Norton, Rowling told that her new novel, "The Ink…

Anas Sarwar slams UK’s ‘zombie government’ for failing to rein…

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar slammed the UK’s “zombie government” for its failure to reign in household energy bills, saying the “inaction” by Westminster angered him. He also reminded the devolved administration of Scotland of its “moral duty” to help people whose savings were squeezed by the high cost of…

Older, white and male: Tory members choosing UK’s PM

Just under 200,000 people will decide who becomes the new leader of Britain's ruling Conservative party and prime minister. The following on the Tory electorate is largely based on a research initiative -- the Party Members Project (PMP) -- by Queen Mary University of London and Sussex University, published in…

JK Rowling on her decision to skip Harry Potter reunion…

Author JK Rowling has finally opened up about her absence from the "Harry Potter" reunion special, saying she made a conscious decision to skip it. In an interview Saturday as part of Graham Norton's Radio Show Podcast, Rowling addressed the rumours claiming she wasn't invited for the 20th anniversary reunion…

Warner Bros. to organise funeral screening for shelved Batgirl

At the beginning of this month, Warner Bros. decided to scrap a number of high-profile projects, including the much-awaited Batgirl. While fans are still busy requesting the studio to reconsider its decision, a leading publication reports that funeral screenings of Batgirl will be taking place soon for a select group…

Crowdfunding for three Indian students who died in car crash…

The Indian National Students Association, UK has launched a fundraiser for Indian students who died in an accident in Scotland on August 19. Three Indian students, including two Leicester University students and a graduate from the institute, died in a car-lorry collision while on a holiday in the Appin area…

Golf and Cricket connected to ‘imperial exploitation’, academics say

The University of St Andrews has said that Golf and Cricket were ‘imposed’ around the world by the British Empire, according to a report in The Telegraph. A new exhibition by the University examined the sport’s contentious links and found out that Golf balls were the product of colonial exploitation. …

London bus drivers latest UK workers to strike over pay

Bus drivers in London are set to strike over pay for two days this weekend, their union announced on Wednesday, as decades-high inflation prompts walkouts across Britain's ailing economy. Around 1,600 drivers from the London United bus company will stage the stoppage on Sunday and Monday over the traditional end-of-summer…

Alba member Farah Hamid investigated over journalist abuse at Tory…

A charity in Scotland is investigating an incident in which an Alba party member posted a video of the BBC Scotland editor James Cook being abused as a 'traitor' outside the Tory leadership hustings, according to a report. Farah Hamid, 53, published a film of Cook facing an angry crowd…

UK intelligence agencies tipped off India about Jagtar Singh Johal…

A rights group has accused the UK’s intelligence agencies of sharing information with Indian authorities about a Sikh campaigner before his “unlawful arrest”. Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton in Scotland, was detained in the north Indian state of Punjab while he was shopping with his wife in November 2017. In…

Met Police apologises for racially stereotyping people of Turkish heritage

The Metropolitan Police has apologised over its training material which appeared to "racially stereotype" people of Turkish heritage.Scotland Yard said it “misjudged the wider impact” of a case study in the material, which had been “designed by educational professionals”. A Turkish Muslim man was the subject of the case study…

Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation to host panel talks on…

The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation is hosting a panel discussion with distinguished guests on September 1 to examine the expulsion of the Asian community from Uganda by then president Idi Amin Dada in 1972, the experiences of those who came to Britain and the contribution they have made to…

Scotland museum signs deal to return seven Indian artefacts including…

A Glasgow-based museum has signed a historic agreement with the Indian government to repatriate seven artefacts including a 14th-century Indo-Persian sword, a first such move by the UK museums service. The transfer of ownership took place in the presence of the Indian High Commission officials on Friday, according to the…

Police blasted for ‘lazy gimmick’ as they deploy cardboard officers…

A police force in England has deployed cardboard cut-outs of officers to deter car crime and speeding drivers, according to reports. But locals called the move a 'lazy gimmick' and a 'joke'. West Mercia Police will position two lifesize figures of police officers, known as Bob, in Shropshire with high-vis…

Jerry Sadowitz show axed over ‘extreme racism and misogyny’; comedian…

The Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh cancelled comedian Jerry Sadowitz's show as the content was 'extreme in its racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny'. Sadowitz hit back saying that he was 'cheapened and simplified' by the decision, media reports said. Many authors and comedians including JK Rowling have slammed the decision to…

Appointment of male ‘period dignity officer’ in Scotland sparks outrage

A council in Scotland has been accused of 'mansplaining' after appointing a man as 'period dignity officer'. Many on social media termed the move 'peak gender idiocy', according to a media report. Mansplaining is a pejorative term meaning "to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending,…

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…

JK Rowling receives death threat after condemning attack on Salman…

Renowned writer JK Rowling received an online death threat after condemning the attack on Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie, prompting Police Scotland to investigate the matter. Soon after the news broke of the attempt on Rushdie’s life in New York on Friday, the Harry Potter author tweeted, “Feeling very sick right…

‘Too cold, they don’t speak English’: Afghan refugees don’t want…

Afghan refugees have rejected the plan to relocate them to Scotland and Wales citing cold weather and limited English language skills as reasons, according to a report. Currently, they are housed in hotels and the UK is spending about £1 million a day for 9,500 Afghans who fled the country in…

Former New Zealand cricket great Ross Taylor says he faced…

New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday that they are looking into allegations by former skipper Ross Taylor that he suffered racism. The 38-year-old, who is of New Zealand-Samoan descent, retired from international cricket in April after a glorious career spanning 16 years. Taylor's comments are the latest accusation of racism…

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…

First UK help service set up for east and south-east…

The UK on Tuesday (9) launched a free nationwide 24-hour helpline to support east and south-east Asian victims of racism and other forms of hate. The service can be accessed at www.onyoursideuk.org or by calling 0808 801 0393. The On Your Side helpline will provide tailored and culturally sensitive support…

UK’s political vacuum threatens deeper economic crisis, government warned

Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under heavy criticism on Monday for allowing a political vacuum at the heart of his government to threaten an even deeper economic crisis in Britain before his successor takes office in September. Britain is bracing for a long recession as energy prices surge to unprecedented…

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…

Prosecuting women for ending their pregnancy will never be in…

Although the 1967 Abortion Act legalises terminations in England, Wales and Scotland (up to 23 weeks), neither the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act nor the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 have been repealed. This means those women who have unregulated abortions or try to end their pregnancy without medical…

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…

Revenge porn cases hit record levels in Scotland in five…

The number of revenge porn cases in Scotland has more than doubled in the past five years, according to the latest figures. Police recorded 912 incidents in 2021, up from 421 in 2017/18, revealed an analysis by Scotland's justice and social affairs magazine 1919. In 2018, there were 407 reports,…

Liz Truss: Tory frontrunner for PM claiming to be Thatcher’s…

As a seven-year-old in 1983, Liz Truss played the role of Britain's then prime minister Margaret Thatcher in her school's mock elections but failed to get a single vote. Four decades on, the foreign secretary is again bidding to emulate the Iron Lady to become Conservative party leader and prime…

It’s official – exposure to air pollution linked to dementia

It is estimated that about 900,000 people in the UK suffer with dementia. Also, a study in The Lancet in 2018 suggested that about 60,000 of the 209,600 new cases of dementia diagnosed in the country each year could be due to poor air quality, The Times reports. Dementia is a disabling,…

Paediatrician who falsely diagnosed cancer in children to scare parents…

A Glasgow paediatrician has been struck off the medical register for misdiagnosing children with cancer to scare parents into paying for expensive private treatment, media reports said. Mina Chowdhury, 45, who owned Meras clinic in Glasgow, was found guilty of misconduct by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services, upon referral from…

Haq calls out Scotland players for ‘deafening silence’ after racism…

Majid Haq scorned the failure of Scotland players to speak out following the publication of a report on racism in Cricket Scotland, saying it showed that the team taking a knee before games to protest racism was little more than tokenism. The report, published on Monday, found the governance and…

Rafiq ‘incredibly proud’ of Haq, Sheikh for speaking up on…

Azeem Rafiq said he was "incredibly proud" of former Scotland cricketers Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh for speaking out about the racist abuse they had suffered in their careers, which led to a damning review into Cricket Scotland. The review, which was backed by SportScotland, was published on Monday and…

The governance and leadership practices of Cricket Scotland have been…

The governance and leadership practices of Cricket Scotland have been found to be "institutionally racist", the organisation leading the independent review of the governing body said on Monday. The study confirmed there were 448 examples that demonstrated institutional racism, with 62% of survey respondents saying they had experienced, seen or…

Cricket Scotland board resigns ahead of report into racism

The board of Cricket Scotland resigned with immediate effect on Sunday, a day before an independent report into racism in the sport is published.The review was commissioned after allegations were made by one of the country's all-time leading wicket-takers, Majid Haq, who said Cricket Scotland was "institutionally racist".Haq's former team…

‘Finding a way to disagree without causing division’

ELECTIONS divide – and the race to determine the next leader of the Conservative party is no different. Every candidate for prime minister has reminded the Tories they will need to unite around whoever emerges as leader. But calls for a clean contest have been honoured more in the breach…

Dr Raisah Sawati, who was struck off for taking a…

A medical tribunal has ordered to restore the licence of a doctor, who was struck off for leaving a busy A&E ward to take a nap, according to reports. It ordered to suspend her for six months instead. Dr Raisah Sawati, 33, from Glasgow, Scotland, was removed from service by…

Make alcohol packaging bland, put cigarette-style graphic health warning, say…

Despite a significant increase in alcohol-specific deaths in the UK in 2020, not much research has been conducted on consumer perceptions of alcohol packaging as a versatile marketing tool, states a study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. This study was recently conducted with the objective of…

EXCLUSIVE: We will need to build bridges in politics and…

ELECTIONS divide – and the race to determine the next leader of the Conservative party is no different. Every candidate for prime minister has reminded the Conservatives that they will need to unite around whoever emerges as leader. But calls for a clean contest have been honoured more in the…

‘Forced adoption’: what does the law say?

Thousands of parents in Britain have had their children removed and adopted without their consent since the turn of the century -- many more than in any of its European neighbours. This is largely due to the UK legal system's focus on the well-being of the child, and the requirement…

UK weekly Covid-19 infections rise, over 50s to be offered…

AN estimated 3.5 million people in Britain had Covid-19 in the latest week of available data, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday (15), up nearly 30 per cent from the 2.7 million recorded in the previous week. Separately, the government announced that a new Covid booster jab…

UK owes apology to 185,000 victims of forced adoption: Inquiry

Britain should formally apologise to unmarried mothers who were forced to give up their babies for adoption, according to an official report Friday that gave harrowing detail of the anguish suffered by the women.Some 185,000 children were taken away for adoption between 1949 and 1976 in England and Wales, the…

I am naturally disappointed, says Vijay Mallya on India’s Supreme…

Former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya, who is based in Britain for over five years, Monday, expressed his disappointment at the Supreme Court verdict sentencing him to four months in a contempt case. The 66-year-old UK-based businessman did not comment further on the verdict handed down by a top court…

Met officer’s bragging of ‘Asian assault cover-up’ points to ‘corrupt…

A Scotland Yard officer, jailed for misconduct, claimed he had covered up an assault on Asian men.Deniz Jaffer said in a WhatsApp group that the attackers were let off after his “off the record” chat. The disgraced officer also used racist language to describe the Asians.Jaffer said the incident involved…

I’m gonna blow this plane up: Brit teenager Aditya Verma…

A British teenager appeared in court in the Spanish island Menorca on Tuesday (5) over a bomb hoax on an EasyJet flight from the UK. He was identified as Aditya Verma, 18, a chess-playing prodigy who has been offered a place at Cambridge University, the MailOnline reported. Verma was released…

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…

UK’s Labour rules out pact with Scottish independence party at…

The leader of the Labour Party in Scotland on Monday ruled out any deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the next British election, dismissing the idea that such a pact could lead to a new independence referendum. Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon last week said…

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…

UK bird reserves closed after suspected avian flu outbreak

Seabird reserves in northeast England and Scotland have been closed to visitors after a suspected outbreak of bird flu, officials said on Friday. The decision to close the Farne Islands, a popular draw for tourists who come to see puffins close up, was made after several hundred seabirds died on…

Touch: Sama Blake releases brand new single with Rameet Sandhu

Sama Blake is back with a brand new single called Touch. The song, accompanied by British-Asian singer and actress Rameet Sandhu, tells the story of a couple unknowingly falling in love. The man is hesitant to make a move fearing rejection. Together they created a music video to beautifully visualize…

Madhavan: Rocketry and role

R MADHAVAN TAKES ON HIS GREATEST FILM CHALLENGE What R Madhavan has done with this week’s big cinema release Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is perhaps the most remarkable challenge undertaken by any Indian actor. He has written, produced, directed, and played the demanding lead role in the big budget biopic,…

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…

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…

Grandson charged with murdering his 89-year-old grandmother in Croydon

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his 89-year-old grandmother in south London, Scotland Yard said.Verushan Manoharan, 31, was charged by detectives investigating the murder of Sakunthala Francis in Croydon earlier this week.He was arrested at the scene a short time after Francis was found dead with…

Scottish MP launches consultation on bill to pardon thousands of…

Scottish MP Natalie Don has sought speedy legal pardons for all people executed over witchcraft under a historic law.The Scottish National Party politician said on Thursday that failures to administer justice posthumously to the victims of Witchcraft Act 1563 and thereby create awareness would “prolong misogyny”.Don, who spoke before the…

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…

Disused Shetland convenience store to become Britain’s most northerly mosque

Lerwick on the Shetland Islands is likely to get a mosque if a businessman’s application to convert his disused convenience store into a place of worship for Muslims gets approval from the local authority.If the plan fructifies, the structure in the main town of the Shetland archipelago in Scotland will…

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…

Scottish cricketer John Blain ‘charged’ in Yorkshire racism case: Report

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is believed to have charged prolific Scottish cricketer John Blain in its investigation into the allegations of racism surrounding Yorkshire County Cricket Club.The board had said last week that Yorkshire and a "number of individuals" were charged but had not named anyone.During his…

Married doctor jailed for raping woman after luring her on…

A married doctor in Scotland has been handed down a four-year jail term for raping a woman who he first met on a dating app.The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Manesh Gill, 39, posed as "Mike" on Tinder and arranged to meet her at a hotel in Stirling, where…

Network Rail to passengers: Plan ahead as there is no…

NETWORK Rail has urged passengers to plan ahead and travel only if necessary as there was 'no real hope' of avoiding the biggest railway strike in 30 years next week, according to a report.  Network Rail confirmed that large parts of Great Britain will have no passenger services on strike days.…

This YouTuber says beggars in London could be making £35k…

A YouTube star said some of the beggars on London’s streets could be “secret millionaires” as they could earn “up to £35,000” a year despite living rough.Tọ́ba Courage, who runs the YouTube channel The Hack with some 854,000 subscribers, said some of the beggars he interacted with earned up to…

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…

Now is not the time to talk about Scottish independence…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not believe now is the time to be talking about another referendum on Scottish independence, his spokesman said on Tuesday.Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier said she was nearly ready to give more details on how the nation's devolved parliament could move ahead with…

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…

Pandemic-time health and social care ‘heroes’ faced abuse, investigation finds

FRONTLINE low-paid health and care workers who were branded heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic suffered racism, harassment and bullying, Britain’s top equality body has uncovered. According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), *It may have underestimated the extent of the abuse because employers were not collecting relevant data.…

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…

UK banks no longer ‘too big to fail’: Bank of…

BRITAIN's biggest banks are no longer "too big to fail" in any future financial shocks, with shareholders rather than taxpayers ready to bear the cost, the Bank of England said Friday (10). Following a major review of eight lenders -- including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and NatWest -- the BoE concluded…

Pharmacists and nurses at GP clinics will be allowed to…

PHARMACISTS and nurses in UK can issue sick notes starting from July 1 as part of a new law that wants to unclog the appointments crisis, a media report has said. With the change in law, patients will no longer need to see their family doctor and GPs will get…

Age to buy cigarettes in England should rise every year,…

The legal age of sale for cigarettes in England should be raised by one year every year until eventually no one can buy tobacco products, a government-commissioned review recommended on Thursday.Progressively increasing the minimum age from 18 was one of 15 interventions recommended in the review ordered by health minister…

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…

From Brexit highs to ‘Partygate’ lows: Boris Johnson’s woes

Little more than two years after winning a landslide election victory, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a no-confidence vote among Conservative MPs following months of growing pressure. Here are key questions around the crisis confronting the UK leader: Where did it go wrong?  Brexit cheerleader Johnson joined other Tory…

Did Basu’s views on race cost him top police job?

SCOTLAND YARD’S head of counter-terrorism policing, Neil Basu, said he was “disappointed” with the way the process for a new appointment which involved a promotion has been handled, and plans to seek an explanation from the Home Office, a UK media report has claimed. Basu, a Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner…

Queen Elizabeth thanked for being ‘still in the saddle’ after…

Horse-loving Queen Elizabeth was thanked for being "in the saddle" for 70 years as head of state at a service on Friday to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, an event she missed due to her "mobility issues". Other senior members of the royal family joined a congregation of politicians, charity figures…

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…

‘We didn’t show up’: Scotland’s Robertson apologises after Ukraine defeat

Scotland captain Andy Robertson rued his side's limp display in Wednesday's World Cup playoff against Ukraine and apologised to fans after the defeat in Glasgow ended their hopes of a first appearance at the global soccer showpiece in 24 years. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk fired…

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…

Britain wants to revive imperial measurements – pound, ounce- in…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce a return to imperial measurements of pounds and ounces as a post-Brexit move away from the European metric system to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this week. As part of a series of announcements to celebrate the 96-year-old monarch's 70…

Illinois player Fahad Babar at the ICC Cricket World Cup…

Based out of Chicago, Illinois, Fahad Babar is one player that had managed to earn a reputation for his ability on the cricket pitch with Team USA once upon a time. He has not been seen for a while in regard to representing his country, however with the team looking…

‘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…

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…

Imran Ahmad Khan: Disgraced former Tory MP jailed for 18…

A JUDGE jailed a disgraced MP from UK prime minister Boris Johnson's ruling Conservative party for 18 months on Monday (23) for sexually assaulting a teenage boy.The Tories expelled Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, and he resigned from his seat in parliament in the wake of his conviction after a trial…

BMA review: UK failed to protect health staff during the…

A review by a doctors' union has revealed that the UK government failed to protect doctors and the wider healthcare staff at the start of the pandemic, according to a media report. The British Medical Association review said staff were desperately let down by the lack of protective equipment, the…

Why Britain needs to reflect and bridge divides

THE Queen’s platinum Jubilee, marking the longest reign in history, is a chance to reflect on how Britain has changed over the last seven decades. A more diverse Britain is a society of more faiths but is felt to be a less religious place too. The somewhat disunited Kingdom is…

Met officer dismissed for ‘gross misconduct’

A Met Police constable has been dismissed for failing to safeguard a woman who was later killed by her partner.Sandeep Khunkhun, attached to London’s North West Command Unit, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour, following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.The Scotland Yard…

Iain Livingstone: Police Scotland should become “anti-racist”

THE chief constable of Police Scotland has said that the force should become "anti-racist", according to a report.  Iain Livingstone's statement on racism and policing in Scotland was heard during opening statements at the public inquiry in Edinburgh into the death of Sheku Bayoh. Bayoh, 31, died in police custody…

‘Find Music in Art’ exhibition to be displayed at the…

An exhibition of paintings in ink titled 'Find Music in Art' by Preeti Rana will be on display from the 17th of May till the 20th of May at the Consulate General of India in Edinburgh, Scotland. An architect and published poet, Preeti Rana, is showcasing her latest art collection…

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…

Queen to miss UK parliament opening

QUEEN Elizabeth II will miss Tuesday's (10) ceremonial opening of Britain's parliament, as prime minister Boris Johnson tries to reinvigorate his faltering government by unveiling its plans for the coming year. The 96-year-old monarch, who usually presides over the pomp-filled event and reads out her government's legislative programme from a…

UN panel says British Sikh man’s detention in India ‘arbitrary’

A UNITED NATIONS working group’s ruling on the “arbitrary detention” of a British Sikh man in India is expected to mount pressure on the UK government to do more to secure his release.Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton in Scotland, was arrested by plain-clothes officers in the north Indian state of…

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…

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…

Local elections: Johnson suffers heavy losses in London

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party lost control of traditional strongholds in London and suffered losses elsewhere in local elections, early results on Friday (6) showed, as voters punished his government over a raft of scandals. Johnson's party was ousted in Wandsworth, a low-tax Conservative stronghold since 1978, part…

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…

Johnson faces major test in local elections on May 5

IN 2019, Johnson upended conventional British politics by winning in both the traditional Conservative southern heartlands and more industrial areas in central and northern England. But his support has waned as the government grapples with a cost-of-living crisis and revelations about his conduct. Now many Conservative lawmakers are wondering if…

Fraud investigators raid GFG Alliance offices

BRITAIN'S Serious Fraud Office has raided the offices of metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's UK operations of GFG Alliance, in a probe into its links with the collapsed financier Greensill.The raids come almost one year after the SFO launched an investigation into suspected fraud and money laundering by the Indian-British giant…

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…

Johnson to urge Modi to back Western action against Russia

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

Russia bans entry to Boris Johnson

MOSCOW on Saturday (16) announced it was banning entry to UK prime minister Boris Johnson and several other top UK officials after London imposed sanctions on Russia over its military operation in Ukraine."This step was taken as a response to London's unbridled information and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia…

North Lanarkshire: Doctor convicted of sex crimes against 48 female…

AN Indian-origin doctor practising in Scotland was on Thursday (14) found guilty of sex offences against 48 female patients over 35 years.Krishna Singh, 72, a general practitioner (GP), was accused of kissing, groping, giving inappropriate examinations and making sleazy comments, charges that he had denied during a trial at the…

Valneva’s Covid vaccine gets UK approval

BRITAIN has approved a new coronavirus vaccine by the Austrian-French drugmaker Valneva, the UK regulatory authority MHRA said on Thursday (14). "An approval has been granted after the Valneva Covid-19 vaccine was found to meet the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards," the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said…

Glasgow to return seven ‘stolen’ artefacts to India

GLASGOW will send seven ‘stolen’ artefacts back to India as city councillors have backed a proposal in this regard, according to a report.  Officials from the High Commission of India lodged a request in January for the return of six artefacts “stolen” from Hindu temples and shrines in the 19th…

Met police officer pleads guilty to voyeurism

A POLICE officer has admitted to offences including voyeurism after he was caught filming a woman when she was trying on clothes in a London shop.Met Police constable Swaleh Chaudhry, 36, attached to the Met Police Taskforce has been suspended from duty following his arrest at South Side Shopping Centre,…

Law set to end child marriage in England and Wales

AT 16, Payzee Mahmod was coerced by her Iraqi-Kurdish family in London into marrying a man around twice her age.Two years later her elder sister Banaz, who had left a marriage she was forced into aged 17, was murdered by members of her family in a so-called honour killing.Laws in…

Massive tariff cuts likely as India, Australia sign trade deal

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

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…

Citi exits Indian retail banking operations

CITIBANK has joined the list of foreign banks that have exited their retail banking business in India.The US-based lender announced the sale of its consumer banking portfolio to Axis Bank for an estimated Rs 123.25 billion (£1.24 bn).Global banking majors such as ANZ Grindlays, RBS, Commonwealth Bank of Australia have…

UK to continue free Covid tests for healthcare workers, vulnerable

BRITAIN said that healthcare workers, social care staff and the most vulnerable will still get Covid-19 tests without any charge when it ends free testing for the general public next month. When he announced all coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped in February, prime minister Boris Johnson said free tests would…

Queen pays tribute to Prince Philip

THE Queen on Tuesday (29) made her first major public appearance in months, at a thanksgiving service for her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99. The monarch, who turns 96 next month, has not attended a high-profile event outside her homes since she spent a night…

East London murder: Man charged with Yasmin Begum’s death

DETECTIVES investigating the death of Yasmin Begum in East London have charged a man with murder.Quyum Miah, 40, of High Street, Homerton, who was arrested on Sunday (27) has also been charged with burglary and two counts of fraud by false representation, Met Police said in a statement on Monday…

UK Covid cases ‘record high’ with 4.2m infected last week

CORONAVIRUS levels reached all-time highs in Scotland and Wales and are nearing record levels in England, with around 4.2 million people infected across the UK last week, official figures showed Friday (25).The steep rise in infections is due to Omicron BA.2, a more transmissible variant of Omicron, said the Office…

British Indian teenager murdered in London’s student flat

SCOTLAND YARD have arrested a Tunisian national on suspicion of the murder and assault of a British woman of Indian origin in her student accommodation in London.Sabita Thanwani, 19, was found with serious injuries to her neck at Arbour House student flats in the Clerkenwell area of London on Saturday…

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…

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…

Shane Warne, the man who made spin sexy again

SHANE WARNE was not only one of the greatest cricketers ever to play the game but he can also probably be credited with saving the art of spin bowling in a sport that had become dominated by relentless pace. His extraordinary figures tell the first half of the story and…

Sachin, Kohli hail Warne ‘the greatest’

INDIAN cricketers past and present from Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar led tributes Friday (4) to Shane Warne after the Australian spin maestro died suddenly of a heart attack at 52. "Life is so fickle and unpredictable. I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport and also…

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…

Storm Eunice: 150,000 British homes still without power

AROUND 155,000 British homes were still without power late on Saturday (19) after Storm Eunice knocked more than 1.3 million households off the grid the day before, energy companies said.The fierce Atlantic storm brought record winds of up to 122 mph (196 kph) to Britain, killing three people and causing…

Storm Eunice batters Britain, knocks out power

STORM EUNICE battered Britain and Ireland on Friday (18) with record winds of up to 122 miles per hour, killing at least one person, knocking out power for tens of thousands and shredding the roof of London's O2 arena.The storm, which brewed in the central Atlantic and was spun up…

London gets first red weather warning as ‘Storm Eunice’ surges

BRITAIN'S meteorological service issued its first-ever "danger to life" weather warning for London and the army was placed on standby as Storm Eunice made landfall on Friday (18).Hundreds of homes were reported to have been left without power in Cornwall, southwest England, which Eunice hit overnight, bringing gusts of 90…

UK annual inflation hits fresh 30-year high

BRITAIN’S annual inflation has hit the highest level since 1992, data showed on Wednesday (16), adding pressure to the cost of living and on the Bank of England to keep raising rates.The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) edged up to 5.5 per cent in January from 5.4 per cent in December,…

India’s top court gives ‘final opportunity’ to Mallya to appear…

INDIA’S Supreme Court has given a “final opportunity” to fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to appear before it personally or through his lawyer in a contempt case where he has been found guilty.Mallya, who is currently living in the UK, is accused of bank loan defaults of more than Rs 90…

Met chief’s resignation sparks row between Sadiq Khan and Priti…

THE dramatic resignation of the London Met Police chief has sparked a row between mayor Sadiq Khan and home secretary Priti Patel as Khan did not warn the Home Office or Queen he was going to get rid of the commissioner, according to a media report.  The MailOnline reported that…

Met Police chief Cressida Dick resigns after scandals rock force

CRESSIDA DICK announced her resignation last night (10) after a string of scandals rocked London's Metropolitan Police, including racism, sexism and a serving officer murdering a young woman. Dame Cressida, who became the first woman to head the force in 2017, said she had "no choice but to step aside" after London…

Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19 for a second time

PRINCE CHARLES has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Thursday (10), the second time he has contracted the disease. "This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating," Clarence House said, adding he had cancelled his planned engagements for later in the…

Johnson safe for now, but future in jeopardy over ‘partygate’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will probably hold onto his job for now despite a scathing report about government coronavirus lockdown parties, but his long-term future is out of his hands as police probe claims of rule breaking, analysts said on Tuesday (1). Johnson on Monday (31) apologised after his…

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…

Johnson sorry for ‘partygate’ but vows to stay on

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (31) apologised after his government was criticised for "failures of leadership and judgment" in allowing lockdown-breaching parties at his offices. Johnson's position has been hanging by a thread because of the steady drip of revelations since late last year, but he has in…

UK ‘partygate’ report slams ‘failures of leadership’

A long-awaited report into claims of lockdown-breaking parties at British prime minister Boris Johnson's offices was published in part on Monday (31), criticising "failures of leadership" that allowed events to go ahead. Political and public anger at the revelations put Johnson's position as leader under threat, but senior civil servant…

Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff in England under review

NHS workers and staff who work on the frontline in England have been asked to get fully vaccinated by April 1 or will be redeployed or dismissed. However, on Monday (31) the ministers will be meeting to decide whether or not to scrap mandatory Covid jabs for NHS workers in…

England revives Plan A: living with Covid

ENGLAND on Thursday (27) lifted coronavirus restrictions imposed to tackle the Omicron variant, with masks no longer required in enclosed places and vaccine passports shelved. The number of positive Covid-19 cases has fallen sharply over the past two weeks, and although still at high levels, have plateaued in recent days.…

Sir Geoff Palmer accuses fellow academics of racism

SCOTLAND’s first black professor has accused fellow academics of discrimination, the Guardian reported. Recently, an explosive row over Edinburgh’s links with slavery prompted calls for Sir Geoff Palmer to quit as chair of two groups re-examining the city’s history. Sir Geoff criticised the Edinburgh professors Jonathan Hearn and Sir Tom…

Johnson denies blackmailing Tory rebels

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has dismissed new allegations that his aides had tried to "blackmail" and threaten Conservative rebels, in a potentially criminal twist to Downing Street's "partygate" scandal. Senior Tory William Wragg disclosed the alleged intimidation campaign as Downing Street battles to shore up Johnson against calls from…

India, Pakistan to clash on Oct 23 in 2022 T20…

INDIA and Pakistan will lock horns in a blockbuster T20 World Cup group clash for the second year running after the fixtures for the October-November 2022 tournament in Australia were announced on Friday. The arch-rivals will lock horns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23, a day after…

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…

Retired GP tweets breaking Covid rules to hug bereaved woman

A FORMER GP has revealed how he broke Covid restriction rules at the height of the pandemic to hug a woman at a vaccine clinic. Dr Prit Buttar, who is retired, chose to volunteer to administer Covid jabs and last week took to Twitter to share a tweet which went…

Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open

ANDY MURRAY battled to his first win at the Australian Open since 2017 with an epic five-set victory over 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday (18). The three-time Grand Slam champion, playing with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019, wrestled with the Georgian for almost four hours before…

UK points to lifting of Covid curbs

BRITAIN said Sunday (16) it hopes to lift its latest Covid restrictions for England later this month with the Omicron surge of infections apparently fading.Last month, England switched to "Plan B" restrictions, re-imposing guidance to work from home and a requirement for attendees to show vaccination passports on entry to…

EXCLUSIVE: The outsider who became an insider

Aaqil Ahmed should not have succeeded. Working class. A northerner. Brown. A Muslim. Definitely an outsider. Definitely a maverick. When you look at his 30-year career, which he celebrates this year, you know that sheer hard work, determination and bloody-mindedness – the south Asian way – were just some of…

Liberty Aluminium Lochaber’s value up 108m since 2016

THE BUSINESS value of the Lochaber-based Liberty Aluminium smelter acquired by GFG Alliance in 2016 has appreciated by a third since the takeover.GFG Alliance - led by metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta - bought the smelter along with a nearby hydroelectric plant at Fort William for £330 million in a deal…

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…

‘Polar Preet’ always wanted to break stereotype

CONGRATULATORY messages have continued to pour in for British Army captain Harpreet Chandi as she became the first woman of colour to cross Antarctica unsupported earlier this week. She has won accolades not only because of her courage, determination and endurance, but also because she achieved the feat earlier than expected. Initially, she…

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…

Man charged over anti-vaccine protest outside Javid’s home

A man responsible for allegedly staging an anti-vaccine protest outside health secretary's home, has been charged. In a video footage, posted online, shows someone delivering a letter with an anti-Covid vaccine message outside Sajid Javid's London address in Fulham. The man addresses the camera, claiming the letter puts the health…

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…

New Year honours: Kamlesh Khunti, Sara Khan and Nitin Ganatra…

By Nylah Salam Human rights campaigner and counter-terrorism commissioner Sara Khan, paediatric cardiology professor Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi, Leicester academic professor Kamlesh Khunti and actor Nitin Ganatra are among several British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List published tonight (31). Khan has been recognised with a…

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 extends visa scheme for seasonal farm workers

THE UK government has announced it is extending a temporary visa scheme for foreign seasonal workers until the end of 2024, while it will gradually reduce the quota from 2023. The government on Friday (24) said it will next year offer 30,000 visas for workers to come to the UK…

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…

British data indicate lower hospitalisation rate for Omicron

TWO studies from Britain published Wednesday (22) showed Covid infections with Omicron are less likely to result in hospitalisation compared to the Delta variant, the latest research confirming a trend first identified in South Africa. The preliminary studies - one paper from Scotland and the other from England - were…

UK economy grew more slowly than thought before Omicron hit

BRITAIN'S economy grew more slowly than previously thought in the July-September period, before the Omicron variant of the coronavirus posed a further threat to the recovery later in the year, official data showed on Wednesday (22). Gross domestic product in the world's fifth-biggest economy increased by 1.1 per cent in…

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…

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…

Deal to sell steelworks to Sanjeev Gupta comes under scrutiny

MINISTERS have admitted that Nicola Sturgeon's government may have broken state aid rules in a deal to sell steelworks to Sanjeev Gupta, reported The Telegraph. There is growing scrutiny of the SNP's ties to the industrialist as he fights to keep his empire afloat, it was reported. The Scottish business…

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 virus cases highest since January

BRITAIN on Friday (10) saw the highest number of Covid infections since January as the government seeks to slow the spread of the new variant. Communities secretary Michael Gove said the country faces a "deeply concerning situation" as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly, with case numbers doubling every two to three days in England.…

EXCLUSIVE: As the Omicron variant spreads, front line doctors warn…

A senior emergency doctor has warned that NHS staff are dealing with the worst health crisis in 20 years. They are under so much pressure more health workers than ever are quitting front line medicine for other hospital jobs. Dr Joydeep Grover, a consultant who has worked in emergency medicine…

Omicron surge: Johnson announces home-working, Covid passports in England

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has announced the tightening of virus restrictions in England as Omicron variant cases surge, including guidance to work from home and mandatory Covid passports. Johnson said at a briefing that the rate of Omicron cases was doubling every two to three days, risking a "big…

Javid confirms community transmission of Omicron variant in England

BRITAIN's health minister has said that there is now community transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across regions of England but it is too early to say if this will "knock us off our road to recovery". Defending the introduction of stricter rules to slow the spread of…

‘Applying the brakes now will give us a better festive…

Bharat Pankhania discusses Omicron and what control measures may be needed Q: You have said previously that Omicron may not have come from South Africa. What did you mean by that? A: It’s very important to be aware that variants can arise from any part of the world. It’s just…

Saina pulls out of World Championships due to multiple injuries

Former world No 1 Saina Nehwal will miss the World Championships for the first time in her international career due to multiple injuries that derailed her season. The London Olympics bronze-medallist, who has won a silver and bronze besides eight quarterfinal finishes in the World Championships over the years, is…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Act now to save lives’

As a new variant hits Britain, infections’ expert warns of surge in pandemic deaths A leading infections’ expert has launched a scathing attack on the prime minister for not doing enough to protect lives after the discovery of a new Covid virus variant. The World Health Organization named the variant…

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…

Police issue public appeal in British Sikh teenager’s murder

THE SCOTLAND YARD on Sunday (28) issued a public appeal for information related to the murder of a British Sikh teenager, stabbed to death in a fight involving a group of people on a west London street. The Metropolitan Police officially named the victim as Rishmeet Singh, earlier named locally…

4 new Ganga Connect chapters launched in UK

INDIA’S National Mission for Clean Ganga (NCMG) and the country’s high commission in London have unveiled a new India-UK collaboration effort as part of the Namami Gange river rejuvenation agenda with the launch of four new chapters in Britain. The Ganga Connect exhibition, which was touring the UK earlier this…

Glasgow looks to hire more school staff from BAME communities

COUNCIL bosses have been trying to hire more school staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to reflect Glasgow’s population better. A meeting heard there has been success in recruiting more diverse workers and efforts are being made to improve their chances of promotion. Most higher earning roles…

Former players allege ‘institutional racism’ at Cricket Scotland

CRICKET SCOTLAND is "institutionally racist", Scotland's all-time highest wicket-taker Majid Haq has claimed. His former teammate Qasim Sheikh has also alleged the cricket body of racism during his career. Both the former players have called for an independent inquiry as the duo was treated differently to their teammates of the…

British Army officer Preet is in Pole position to break…

DERBY-BORN Captain Preet Chandi, nicknamed Polar Preet, is set to become the first woman of colour to do a solo unsupported trek to the South Pole. A physiotherapist by profession, the British Army officer flew to Chile on November 7 to begin her onward journey to Antarctica. Last week, she…

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…

Climate of change at COP26

I ATTENDED COP26 as the shadow business minister to meet businesses and representatives of other nations to discuss where we are making progress and what more needs to change. COP26 has been an important and historic event in Glasgow to “keep 1.5 alive” – the Paris Agreement ambition of limiting…

A penchant for detective work

NO BRITISH ASIAN author in recent years has had as much success as Abir Mukherjee, who began in 2013 by submitting 5,000 words to a Daily Telegraph novel writing competition – and has just published his fifth detective thriller, The Shadows of Men. Mukherjee’s books, which have been translated into…

USA to co-host T20 World Cup in 2024

THE United States will co-host its first major cricket tournament in 2024 when it stages part of the men's T20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday (16). The baseball-loving country, which has never appeared at either a T20 or a 50-over World Cup, will host the…

Sharma says China and India will need to explain coal…

CHINA and India will need to explain to developing nations why they pushed to water down language on efforts to phase out coal at the COP26 conference, the event's president Alok Sharma said on Sunday (14). UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, ended on Saturday (13) with a deal that…

India criticises fossil fuel language in COP26 draft deal

INDIA'S environment and climate minister, Bhupender Yadav, took aim at a draft deal at the United Nations climate summit on Saturday (13), saying he disagreed with the language on fossil fuel subsidies and that the draft lacked balance. In one of the strongest criticisms of the COP26 draft deal, Yadav…

Pakistan ’emperor’ Babar ready to conquer world

He was the fresh-faced 15-year-old who stared down Shoaib Akhtar in the nets, became the highest-ranked T20 batsman in the world before being elevated to national hero after masterminding a rare Pakistan victory over India. In the breathless aftermath of that 10-wicket win over their fiercest rivals at the World…

Kapil Dev says India stars put IPL before country

Indian legend Kapil Dev accused the country's cricket players of prioritising the cash-rich Indian Premier League over national duty, after the pre-tournament favourites were dumped out of the T20 World Cup. "When the players prefer to play IPL over playing for the country, what can we say? I believe that…

T20 World Cup: India blitz Scotland to keep alive slender…

FORMER Twenty20 World Cup champions India kept alive their slim chances of making the semifinals with an eight-wicket rout of Scotland in their Super 12 Group II match on Friday (5). Virat Kohli elected to field after winning his first toss of the tournament and the 2007 title holders bundled…

Sikh police officer, who spent lockdown at home to protect…

A Sikh police officer who shielded to protect his family during lockdown has died following a month-long battle with Covid in hospital, The Daily Mail reported. Met Police officer Amar Kalirai, 30, passed away on October 21 and showed 'no fear' during his five-year service, his colleagues revealed. He had spent his…

Diaspora delight as Modi meets Indians in Glasgow

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (1) interacted with members of the diaspora in Scotland who gathered in Glasgow to honour him and also unveil a bust of him. Modi, who arrived in the Scottish city last Sunday (31) night to cheers from a group of diaspora delegates, met…

India can help save the planet

CLIMATE finance to fund technology innovations will be key to India delivering its goal of ‘net zero’ emissions by 2070, academics, policy experts, business leaders and politicians have said. They were speaking as they welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s announcement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow this week. India…

UK, India plan to connect world’s green power grids

BRITAIN and India introduced a plan on Tuesday (2) to improve connections between the world's electricity power grids to accelerate the transition to greener energy. Linking the grids would allow parts of the world with excess renewable power to send it to areas with deficits. For instance, countries where the…

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

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

15-year-old boy charged with murder in east London

A 15-year-old who cannot be named due to his age has been charged with the murder of an 18-year-old man after the victim was found stabbed to death on the street in east London. On Monday (1), the boy was due to be presented before the magistrates in Barkingside, Scotland…

Sheikh Hasina urges major polluters to fulfil climate obligations

BANGLADESH prime minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon major emitting countries to fulfil their obligations to support vulnerable nations in their efforts to cope with the effects of climate change. Addressing the Commonwealth and Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) leaders at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow on Monday (1), Hasina urged…

Johnson warns on COP26: ‘If Glasgow fails, the whole thing…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday (31) urged world leaders attending the UN climate change conference in Glasgow to commit to cutting carbon emissions, warning efforts to halt runaway global warming will fail if they do not. "If Glasgow fails, then the whole thing fails," he told a news…

Kohli admits India ‘not brave enough’ as World Cup hopes…

India captain Virat Kohli admitted his team was "not brave enough" after an eight-wicket rout by New Zealand left their Twenty20 World Cup hopes hanging by a thread on Sunday. Fast bowler Trent Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared five wickets to restrict India to 110 for seven after being…

Modi to arrive in UK for COP26, to meet Johnson

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi was set to arrive in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday (31) for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). He will also hold bilateral talks with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the climate summit. Modi will reach the UK from Italy where he…

Diwali celebrates positive triumphs, inclusion

By Pam Gosal MSP LIGHT overcoming the darkness is not something we Scots have the luxury of experiencing at this time of year; rather, we’re used to the darkness dominating our autumn days. The festival of Diwali however, which falls on November 4, celebrates the idea that light will eventually…

Greta Thunberg joins London climate protest ahead of COP26

TEENAGE climate activist Greta Thunberg attended a small protest in London on Friday (29) against global banks' role in the fossil fuel industry, ahead of travelling to the upcoming COP26 summit in Scotland. The 18-year-old environmental icon joined a few dozen young protesters demanding banks stop financing polluting projects, such…

Asif Ali smashes Pakistan to World Cup win over Afghanistan

Asif Ali smashed four sixes in the penultimate over to help Pakistan achieve a hard-fought five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai on Friday. With Pakistan needing 24 runs off the final two overs, Asif lifted paceman Karim Janat's first, third, fifth and sixth balls over…

Rashid pleads for peaceful Afghanistan, Pakistan clash after 2019 violence

Rashid Khan has pleaded with Afghanistan and Pakistan fans to behave when the two neighbours meet in the T20 World Cup on Friday (28) after a match in England two years ago was scarred by fighting and a pitch invasion. Afghanistan's star spinner Rashid played in that 50-over World Cup…

Bullish Pakistan have ‘mindset of T20 champions’ says coach

Pakistan's interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq declared that his team have "the mindset of champions" as they play Afghanistan in the Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai on Friday. The 2009 champions thumped arch rivals India by 10 wickets in their opening match followed by a nervy five-wicket win over New…

India rejects net zero carbon emissions target

INDIA on Wednesday (27) rejected calls to announce a net zero carbon emissions target and said it was more important for the world to lay out a pathway to reduce such emissions and avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures. India, the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China…

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…

Scotland, Bangladesh make T20 World Cup Super 12

SCOTLAND thumped Twenty20 World Cup co-hosts Oman to storm into the tournament's Super 12 stage, along with Bangladesh who thrashed Papua New Guinea in Muscat on Thursday (21). Scotland's eight-wicket victory was their third win in three preliminary-round matches as Kyle Coetzer's side topped Group B ahead of the team…

T20 World Cup: Scotland on brink of Super 12, Bangladesh…

SCOTLAND moved to the brink of reaching the Super 12 stage of the Twenty20 World Cup with a victory over Papua New Guinea on Tuesday (19), while Bangladesh kept their hopes alive with a convincing win over hosts Oman. Richie Berrington smashed 70 off 49 balls while Josh Davey took…

Children fuel UK’s Covid rise after slow vaccine start

THE spread of Covid-19 among children in England is fuelling a recent rise in cases nationally and causing concern among some scientists that vaccines are being rolled out in schools too slowly, risking the welfare of children and adults alike. Covid-19 cases in Britain as a whole are much higher…

Scotland humble Bangladesh, Oman thrash PNG as T20 World Cup…

SCOTLAND stunned Bangladesh after a brilliant all-round performance from Chris Greaves helped to secure a thrilling six-run victory in a preliminary round match of the Twenty20 World Cup, which got underway in Muscat on Sunday (17). Kyle Coetzer's team recovered from a precarious 53 for 6 after a horror start…

Shakib overtakes Malinga as leading T20 wicket-taker

BANGLADESH star Shakib Al Hasan on Sunday (17) became the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with his second scalp against Scotland on day one of the World Cup. Shakib sent back Scotland's Michael Leask for nought with his left-arm spin in Muscat to surpass former Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith…

British MP’s murder suspect held under Terrorism Act

THE attacker who fatally stabbed British lawmaker David Amess was referred to an official counter-terrorist scheme for those thought to be at risk of radicalisation, according to media reports. Police said late Saturday (16) that detectives had until Friday, October 22, to question the suspect after he was detained under…

Ex-Met police officer gets suspended jail term for harassing colleagues

A FORMER Scotland Yard officer has been handed an 11-month suspended prison sentence for harassing a number of colleagues, the Metropolitan Police said on Thursday (14). Ajay Singh, 24, was attached to the North Area Basic Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police in London and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown…

Asian hillwalking group featured in BBC documentary

AN Asian hillwalking group which encourages people from ethnic minority backgrounds to explore nature has been featured in a new BBC documentary. Boots & Beards is the focus of an episode in the Our Lives series, which aired earlier this month on BBC One. Founded by Glasgow-based cousins Naveed Baksh…

UK nightlife sector lost 86,000 jobs during Covid: study

SOME 86,000 jobs have been lost in the UK's nightlife sector since 2019, an industry body said on Monday (11), blaming coronavirus closures. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said the sector accounted for 1.6 per cent of GDP in 2019, the equivalent of £36.4 billion and employed 425,000. But…

Engaging story is multi-layered and tackles important themes

WITH critical acclaim, nominations and awards, Kiran Millwood Hargrave has shown us quite comprehensively that she knows how to write an engrossing book for younger readers. But what has made her books extra special is that they have that cross-generational appeal to reach out to older readers and that is…

Johnson vows ‘long overdue’ revamp of UK’s post-Brexit economy

British prime minister Boris Johnson rallied his Conservative party faithful on Wednesday (6), vowing a far-reaching overhaul to wean the UK economy off cheap foreign labour after Brexit. Shrugging off panic buying at petrol stations, bare supermarket shelves and retailers' warnings of a bleak Christmas to come, the Tory leader…

Priti Patel vows to crack down on crime, disruptive protests

BRITAIN'S home secretary Priti Patel on Tuesday (5) set out a series of crime-fighting measures, including stringent action on crimes against women, and tougher penalties for protesters disrupting highways. In her speech at the ongoing annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the senior Indian-origin politician also highlighted the progress of…

Britain’s drug laws are racist, alleges Simon Woolley

A former No 10 race adviser has said that Britain’s drug laws are racist and harms the mental health of black people. Simon Woolley said drugs legislation introduced 50 years ago had failed to cut the use, supply and harms associated with illegal drugs, reported The Guardian.  Woolley also alleged…

Why did Sabina’s murder not spark more outrage?

ON SEPTEMBER 17, Sabina Nessa was murdered as she walked across Cator Park in Kidbrooke, South East London: the 28-year-old’s remains were found there the next day. Nessa’s murder is part of a familiar pattern: in the UK, a woman is killed by a man every three days. Indeed, 1,425…

EXCLUSIVE: Caribbean fights for Scotland

Antigua’s prime minister urges leaders to unite against “triple threat” facing Commonwealth The prime minister of Antigua has warned Commonwealth countries not to “fall into the trap” of being pitted against one another, Eastern Eye can reveal. It follows a concerted campaign by the UK government to oust incumbent secretary-general,…

‘Details are important in assisted dying bill debate’

THIS week, a public consultation on a proposed law to legalise assisted dying in Scotland will be launched in the Scottish parliament. As presented, the law would allow terminally ill people to access medication to end their own lives. Two doctors would be required to confirm that all safeguards were…

Singh brothers to sell Whisky Exchange to Pernod Ricard

BRITISH Indian brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh have agreed to sell their whisky retail business to French alcohol major Pernod Ricard. The sale includes The Whisky Exchange, an online whisky store the siblings founded 22 years ago and three physical stores in London. Speciality Drinks, ABV Global and a whisky…

Submarine drama Vigil ‘reflects Britain’s diversity’

Cast member Lolita Chakrabarti says there is nothing 'Asian' about her role LOLITA CHAKRABARTI has spoken to Eastern Eye about her character, Lieutenant Commander Erin Branning, in the six-part BBC drama, Vigil, which tells of a police investigation after the suspicious death of a crew member on the nuclear submarine…

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. …

Winners and losers from UK government reshuffle

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has carried out a major reshuffle of his government, replacing his foreign secretary and giving his former nemesis a key role. Here are winners and losers from a day of drama in Westminster: Liz Truss Truss, 46, had been earmarked for promotion after presiding over a…

Afghan security risk

THERE is, of course, a risk that some of the violent politics of Afghanistan will spill over on to the streets of Britain. Those refugees coming to Britain from Afghanistan will include people strongly opposed to the Taliban. If they set up opposition groups in Britain, supporters of the Taliban,…

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…

Anjana Vasan, Anita Rani and Romesh Ranganathan among 2021 Edinburgh…

Presented by YouTube and Screen Scotland, the Edinburgh TV Awards are back for their 20th year and organizers have just announced the shortlist for the prestigious TV Awards. Winners will be announced digitally on October 21, 2021. Actress and singer-songwriter Anjana Vasan has been nominated for Best TV Actor (Comedy)…

Bangladesh retain current team for T20 World Cup

BANGLADESH on Thursday (9) named all the players who completed a series win over New Zealand in their squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup. Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the side that took a 3-1 lead in the New Zealand series on Wednesday (8) with one match still to play.…

Man charged with murder over wife’s death at Arthur’s Seat

A MAN from West Yorkshire has been charged with murder after his wife fell to her death at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Kashif Anwar, 27, who appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday (6) was remanded in custody. He is expected to appear in court again within eight days. Fawziyah…

EXCLUSIVE: “UK destroying Commonwealth family”

Senior Commonwealth sources have accused the UK government of “destroying the family because of a vendetta against the secretary-general”, Patricia Scotland. In exclusive interviews on the condition of anonymity, non-British Commonwealth insiders outside the UK have alleged that the UK government “has put pressure” on poorer and developing nations to…

Police investigating woman’s fatal fall from Arthur’s Seat

SCOTLAND police arrested a man as part of their investigation into the death of a newlywed woman at Arthur's Seat in Edinburg. Fawziyah Javed fell from the landmark in the Scottish capital on late Thursday (2) evening and died at the scene, police said. “We received a report that a…

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…

Tamim does not want to be in Bangladesh World Cup…

Bangladesh batter Tamim Iqbal said on Wednesday he did not want to be in the national squad for the Twenty20 World Cup to give other players a chance. The 32-year-old opener said he had told the Bangladesh Cricket Board and chief selector Minhajul Abedin of his decision on Wednesday. "I…

Asians can be racist too, says Yousaf

SCOTLAND health secretary Humza Yousaf has claimed that Asians can be racist on “religious grounds”. Yousaf’s observation comes after allegations that a Dundee nursery refused admission for his two-year-old daughter, while it was apparently "more open" to children with white Scottish sounding names. Little Scholars Nursery in Broughty Ferry, which…

UK says more can be done for Afghans who have…

THE British government acknowledged that more can be done to help and assist Afghan nationals and their families settle in Britain as they escape from Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban. Britain earlier announced plans to welcome up to 5,000 Afghans fleeing the Taliban during the first year of…

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…

Ben Maruthappu’s firm to recruit 500 Afghan refugees

ONE of Britain's largest providers of care for people in their homes on Thursday (26) committed to training 500 Afghanistan refugees to work as carers. Cera, which currently employs over 6,000 staff across more than 70 offices in England, Scotland and Wales, hopes to recruit the refugees arriving under Britain's…

2021 international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup

Hungarian football fans have been relying on the foci fogadások from the Mightytips, a site that provides reliable and trustworthy online sports betting predictions. Mightytips is not only into football, but it also covers other sports, and in this article, we explore the 2021 international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup.…

Supply issues: McDonald’s halts UK milkshake, bottled drinks sales

McDonald's has stopped selling milkshakes and bottled drinks in most UK regions due to supply chain problems, the US fast-food giant has said. The company in a statement said that "like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues" and "bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable" at…

Exclusive: Afghanistan ‘will become terror base’

BRITAIN’S top counter-terrorism police officer has warned that Afghanistan will again become a base for exporting terrorism, and predicted lone-wolf attacks “probably within two years”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan earlier this month will…

5-year-old British boy Jacob Smith plays the role of Kriti…

Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi started streaming on Netflix and Jio Cinema last month. The movie has received a great response, and apart from Kriti, child actor Jacob Smith has grabbed everyone’s attention with his performance in it. Jacob is a five-year-old British boy from Aberdeen who plays the role of…

Sturgeon seeks Raab help for Scottish Sikh held in India

SCOTLAND first minister Nicola Sturgeon has asked foreign secretary Dominic Raab to meet the family of Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish Sikh man from Dumbarton who is being held under anti-terror laws in India and imprisoned there for almost four years. Johal, who was held in the northern Indian state…

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…

Bangladesh confident of Tamim’s recovery before T20 World Cup

BANGLADESH have expressed confidence that opener Tamim Iqbal will recover fully from a knee injury in time for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October and November. Tamim hurt his knee during the April-May tour of Sri Lanka and returned midway through the team's subsequent…

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…

Humza Yousaf accused of favouritism

A SENIOR solicitor advocate has accused Scottish health secretary Humza Yousaf of being selective in meeting families whose relatives died of the coronavirus. Professor Peter Watson said his invitation to Yousaf more than a month ago to meet the bereaved families he represented was turned down citing that the health…

Scotland urged to halt training till Sri Lankan police reform

HUMAN rights groups have urged the Scottish government to “halt” its police training programme in Sri Lanka until authorities in the Indian Ocean nation “demonstrate a genuine willingness to reform.” In a joint letter to Scottish justice secretary Keith Brown, Human Rights Watch, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice,…

India-Pakistan set for October 24 clash in T20 World Cup

ARCH-RIVALS India and Pakistan will clash on October 24 at this year's Twenty20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday (17) as the delayed tournament's fixtures were announced. The 16-nation tournament - to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman - will begin on October 17…

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…

Scotland’s minister faces scrutiny over £55m unpaid Gupta debt

SCOTLAND’S first minister Nicola Sturgeon is under a fresh scrutiny over her dealings with the steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta after he failed to set aside the pledged amount of £55 million for Britain’s last aluminium smelter, The Telegraph reported. In 2016, Gupta’s GFG Alliance had struck a taxpayer-backed deal with…

UK Universities open own vaccination centres to make campuses safer

TO BOOST uptake among students, UK Universities are setting up their own vaccination centres as they want to make campuses as safe as possible for the autumn term, The Guardian reported. As millions of students arriving in September, some universities are already warning freshers to get fully vaccinated, the report…

Police Scotland halts training in Sri Lanka

POLICE Scotland has paused its training programme in Sri Lanka “for the time being” as the force’s activity in the south Asian country is being reviewed. Its engagement with Sri Lanka where it worked to develop community policing has been halted since May, months after reports that it renewed its…

Scottish lawyer Aamer Anwar faces probe over ‘professional misconduct’

SENIOR Scottish lawyer Aamer Anwar is set to appear before a disciplinary body next month over the allegations of professional misconduct. The case is related to the wording of a former firm’s terms of business and the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal will decide whether it constituted professional misconduct. According to…

‘UN climate summit last chance for action’

THE COP26 climate summit talks in Glasgow in November are the last chance for the world to get a grip on climate change, Alok Sharma, the British minister in charge of the conference, has said. Sharma also defended his recent travels, after he was criticised for being exempt from Covid-19…

India ranks 122nd on Global Youth Development Index

INDIA ranked 122nd on a new Global Youth Development Index that measures the condition of young people across 181 countries. "The top five risers from 2010 to 2018 were Afghanistan, India, Russia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso,” says the ‘2020 Global Youth Development Index' released by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London…

Humza Yousaf begins legal action against Dundee nursery over ‘bias’

SCOTLAND health secretary Humza Yousaf and his wife have commenced legal action against a Dundee nursery which “discriminated” against their two-year-old daughter. Yousaf and Nadia El-Nakla went public last week claiming that Little Scholars in Broughty Ferry refused a place for Amal twice, but alleged it responded positively when enquiries…

Muslim police officer under investigation for racist tweets

A FEMALE police officer, hailed as a hero for tackling anti-lockdown protesters last year, is under investigation for allegedly posting a series of racist tweets. Ruby Begum mocked the 9/11 terror attacks and called for a retribution for Israel during its conflict with Palestine in 2014. “Must be stupid if you…

Retail workers seek tougher laws against verbal abuse and assault

Survey shows violent incidents in shops increased during the pandemic TOUGHER laws are needed to tackle rising levels of abuse and violence against shop workers, according to business owners and retail chiefs. Around 85.5 per cent of employees surveyed said they suffered verbal abuse in 2020, with 56.8 per cent…

Lubna Kerr: Ticking all the right boxes

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN DISCUSSES HER NEW ONE-WOMAN PLAY THE  Edinburgh Festival Fringe returns from August 6-30 with another actionpacked line-up of shows and great multicultural talent from diverse disciplines. The largest arts festival in the world will also give many performers a chance to get back in front of an audience after…

Drug-related deaths in UK at highest-ever level, says ONS

DRUG-related deaths in England and Wales have risen to their highest level in more than 25 years, say recent government figures released on Tuesday (3), which also stated that cocaine-related deaths among women have spiked by more than 800 per cent. Men and teenage boys accounted for more than two-thirds…

Finance firms working to close coal plants in Asia

SOME of the world's major financial companies and institutions are working on a plan to speed-up the closure of coal-fired power plants in Asia to reduce carbon emissions. The initiative driven by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and developed by the British insurer Prudential, is also being followed by key…

UK to offer Covid vaccines for 16 and 17-year-olds soon

ABOUT 1.4 million teenagers, aged 16 and 17, in England will soon be offered Covid-19 vaccines, as per media reports on Wednesday (4), which claimed that Joint  Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will update the advice “imminently”.   It is not yet known when the jabs will start though…

Humza Yousaf’s wife says family received abuse, threats

SCOTLAND health secretary Humza Yousaf’s wife Nadia El-Nakla said he received a volley of abuse and threats after the couple went public about a Dundee nursery refusing a place for their daughter. She said the “sickening” abuse her family received on social media only showed Scotland’s “underbelly of racism” which…

Sunak warns working from home may harm career

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has urged Britons to go back to the office as he warned home working may harm careers, reports said on Tuesday (3), amid claims that people are still being cautious over returning to offices despite the end of all restrictions on July 19.   Speaking during an…

Humza Yousaf claims bias as nursery denies his daughter a…

SCOTLAND health secretary Humza Yousaf has accused a nursery in Dundee of refusing a space for his two-year-old daughter and approached watchdogs seeking an explanation on whether there was a discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or religion. After Little Scholars Nursery in Broughty Ferry rejected the application of Yousaf’s…

‘One in three Britons has multiple chronic health issues’

MORE than one in three middle-aged British adults are suffering from at least two chronic health conditions, including recurrent back problems, poor mental health, high blood pressure, diabetes and high-risk drinking, stated a long-running study on Wednesday (28).     About 34 per cent of middle-aged people in the UK…

Missing Wolverhampton girl, 12, found safe after days of search

A 12-year-old girl, who had been missing since Thursday afternoon, has been found safe and well, police have confirmed on Monday (26).   A search was launched for Mannat Mann, from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands,  after she went missing on Thursday (22). She was last seen near Wanstead Park…

Loch Lomond tragedy: Tributes pour in as mum, son and…

TRIBUTES are pouring in for the woman, her son and a family friend, who died in Loch Lomond on Saturday (24). Waris Ali, who lost his family and a good friend, revealed how he tried in vain to save his drowning wife.   Edina Olahova, 29, and Rana Haris Ali,…

£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…

Medic unions condemn Tories over ‘paltry’ pay rise to health…

Nurses and other medics unions have slammed the UK government's three per cent pay rise offer to National Health Services (NHS), calling it “grossly inadequate” and “paltry”.   The pay rise, announced on Wednesday (21) evening, is three times higher than the government's initial one per cent offer, though nurses…

Freedom Day: ‘People still want to be careful’

HEALTHCARE workers, pharmacists, faith leaders, restaurateurs and retailers have expressed concern over rising Covid-19 infection rates, as experts predicted the UK will soon have more new cases each day than it did at the height of a second wave of the pandemic earlier this year. Laws requiring masks to be…

US envoy Kerry on climate change action: We cannot wait…

US envoy John Kerry on Tuesday (20) said that the world cannot wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to end before dealing with climate change. He stressed how "pivotal" this year's UN climate conference was to press ahead with action. Addressing an audience at London's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kerry said nations must…

England lifts Covid curbs as experts warn of surge in…

THE government on Monday (19) lifted Covid restrictions on daily life in England, scrapping all social distancing in a step slammed by scientists and opposition parties as a dangerous leap into the unknown. From Sunday midnight, nightclubs were able to reopen and other indoor venues allowed to run at full…

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…

India, Pakistan drawn in same group in T20 World Cup

HOSTS India were placed in the same group as arch-rivals Pakistan on Friday (16) in the Super 12 stage of the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman later this year. The arch-rivals, who play each other only in International Cricket Council (ICC) events,…

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…

Government changes stance on masks in public places

“Mixed messaging” has been coming from the UK government over the use of masks and social distancing as the country is headed towards its Freedom Day on July 19, as per media reports. While UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday (11) urged Britons to remain “cautious”, vaccine minister Nadhim…

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,…

Kim Johnson MP accuses Met Police of racism

LABOUR MP Kim Johnson has accused the Metropolitan police of institutional racism after she and her family were stopped by officers in central London last month, reported The Guardian. The MP said they had arrived in Covent Garden near the end of the England v Scotland Euro 2020 match when…

‘Learn to live with’ the virus Johnson tells Britons

BRITISH prime minister will on Monday (5) unveil a plan to lift coronavirus restrictions from July 19, while urging the population to "learn to live with" the virus. Johnson had initially aimed for a full reopening on June 21 but was forced to push back the date because of a…

No more masks from July 19 as UK set to…

ENGLAND is all set to go mask-free as latest media reports claim that wearing face masks will become a matter-of-choice everywhere – including on public transport- under a raft of measures that are set to come into force from July 19 which will “make Britain the most open country in…

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…

Islamophobia on rise in Scotland: Inquiry

MUSLIMS feel Islamophobia is on the rise in Scotland and it is more serious in Glasgow than in the rest of the country, according to a survey. An inquiry by the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia reveals that the abuse of Muslims is a “regular issue” in Scottish society. It…

Call to withdraw Hindu play from Edinburgh International Festival

THE Edinburgh International Festival has been urged to withdraw a play because of alleged sacrilege, where it shows rebirth of hindu gods as Dundee wideboys. Rajan Zed, founder of the Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Hindu Times has trivialised the deities Brahma, Vishnu and Lakshmi. In a report…

T20 World Cup from Oct 17 to Nov 14 in…

THE Twenty20 World Cup will be staged in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14 due to the coronavirus situation in India, the cricket's world body said on Tuesday (29). "Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full…

Elderly couple cut neighbours’ fir tree in half

SOCIAL MEDIA has branded them as 'pettiest neighbours ever' after retired Irene and Graham Lee chopped their neighbour's fir tree in half in a boundary row. The elderly neighbours chopped the 15ft fir tree outside their home in a south Yorkshire suburb last week and said they would "do it…

Indian Mughal art collection helps Swintons pay off £2 million…

THE UK government accepted a collection of 18th-century art from the estate of Tilda Swinton’s father in lieu of £2,267,370 owed in inheritance tax, The Times reported. This follows the death of actress’s father, major-general Sir John Swinton, in 2018. As per government rules, such debt can be written off…

Businesswoman spared jail after stalking and threatening to kill 27-year-old…

A muslim businesswoman has been spared jail after she stalked and threatened to kill her son and also held a kitchen knife to her own throat when she found that he was seeing a 'white girl'. Naveed Raza, 52, from Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland, stalked her pharmacist son Mohsin…

H.H Shree Raj Rajeshwar Guruji visits Leicestershire Police to bolster…

INTERNATIONALLY renowned spiritual leader H.H Shree Raj Rajeshwar Guruji during his visit to Leicester had a meeting with chief inspector Kam Mistry of the Leicestershire Police. Shree Raj Rajeshwar Guruji as part of his mission to build better engagement between the Hindu/Indian faith community and Police, will continue to meet…

Scotland’s health secretary urged to reveal full details of watchdog…

THE health secretary of Scotland has been urged to reveal the full details of a deal between the health watchdog and the government. Humza Yousaf is facing the demand after it was revealed the watchdog's duties include shielding ministers from criticism, reported The Times. In a letter to Yousaf, Jackie…

Met Police is still systemically racist, says former chief superintendent

THE former highest-ranking Asian female police in the Metropolitan Police has claimed the force is still institutionally racist, recalling her experiences of discrimination as recently as 2019. Chief superintendent Parm Sandhu was the most senior BAME woman in the capital’s police force, prior to her retirement two years ago. She…

Patel says fans have right to boo England team for…

FOOTBALL fans have a right to boo and jeer the England team for taking the knee in protest of racism, home secretary Priti Patel said on Monday (14). Speaking with GB News, Patel said that the anti-racism protest associated with the Black Lives Matter movement has now amounted to “gesture…

Sterling strikes as England start Euro campaign with 1-0 win…

RAHEEM STERLING'S 61st-minute goal gave England a 1-0 win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday (13) as they began a European Championship with a victory for the first time in nine attempts. Sterling, something of a surprise starter after a flat end to the domestic season but a favourite 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…

Fans booing players taking a knee shows racism still a…

MIDFIELDER Jordan Henderson said England will continue taking a knee during the upcoming European Championship. Henderson said fans who booed the players for taking a knee before matches have proved that racism is still an issue. A small section of the crowd at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough booed when…

Hasan Ali, Jayawickrama, Mushfiqur shortlisted for ICC ‘Player of the…

PAKISTAN pacer Hasan Ali, Sri Lankan spinner Praveen Jayawickrama and Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim were on Tuesday (8) nominated for the ICC men's Player of the Month award for May. Kathryn Bryce of Scotland and the Irish duo of Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul were nominated for the Women's…

Dundee University principal apologises after survey shows rampant racism

THE principal of Dundee University has formally apologised after a report into racism found “prominent concerns” over discrimination.    Professor Iain Gillespie said sorry for the bigotry faced by the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community in a video released on Monday (7). He said he was apologising “on behalf…

Experts call to delay June 21 reopening as cases rise…

BRITAIN should delay the June 21 reopening date by a few weeks in light of rising Covid-19 cases across the UK and also start vaccinating over-12s, the chair of Independent SAGE, Sir David King, has said. He warned that the latest numbers are “evidence of another wave appearing”. “It will…

NHS ‘denies extra jabs for surge vaccination in Blackburn’ as…

THE NHS has denied extra Covid-19 jabs to Blackburn with Darwen borough for surge vaccination, a media report claims, as “more transmissible” Delta variant cases continue to rise rapidly in the area.   Despite witnessing the highest infection rate, Blackburn’s repeated pleas to continue surge vaccination have been turned down…

Scotland health secretary regrets ‘undue alarm’ over hospital admissions

SCOTLAND'S health secretary said he regrets for causing "undue alarm" by saying there is a rise in hospital admission of children with Covid-19. Humza Yousaf said on Wednesday (3) that ten children up to the age of nine had been admitted to hospital last week “because of Covid”. John Swinney,…

Lingard among six dropped from England’s final Euro squad

ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate named four right backs including Trent Alexander-Arnold in his final 26-man squad for the European championship on Tuesday (1) after dropping in-form attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard and five other players. Defenders Ben Godfrey and Ben White, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, forward Ollie Watkins and midfielder James Ward-Prowse…

Pressure mounts on Johnson to ‘get on with’ June 21…

  SENIOR Tory MPs are urging prime minister Boris Johnson to lift restrictions as planned this month while Scotland opts for a slower pace of reopening.   Senior MPs have reportedly urged the UK prime minister to “get on with” relaxing restrictions on June 21 after Scotland’s first minister Nicola…

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…

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make ‘chapatis’ on Scotland visit

PRINCE William and his wife, Catherine, tried their hands at making chapatis and serving curry as they joined a Sikh community group preparing meals for vulnerable people in Edinburgh on Monday (24). The royal couple, who are visiting Scotland, was guided by women from the Sikh Sanjog group as they…

India to play extra games in Sri Lanka to ease…

INDIA has agreed to play more games on its tour of Sri Lanka in July to help overcome the national board's financial losses from the coronavirus, a top official said Thursday (20). Sri Lanka will also ask other visiting teams to play extra games to boost television revenues, said Shammi…

Glasgow’s overstaying Indian migrants ‘will still be deported’, says Home…

THE HOME Office is going ahead with the deportation of the two overstaying Indian migrants despite them being released from a police van in Glasgow during a highly-publicized protest last week. The Home Office sources have recently said that the protest has only delayed the inevitable removal of the two…

Justice secretary Yousaf wants to hold clubs to account for…

THE justice secretary has said that parliament may have to take action if clubs are failing to deal behaviour of fans, also suggesting for the need of an independent regulator. Following the violence from Rangers fans in Glasgow city centre, Humza Yousaf said strict liability for football clubs is “on…

Debate continues over trans woman heading Scotland’s rape crisis center

APPOINTMENT of a transgender woman as the head of a rape crisis centre in Scotland has triggered a debate on inclusiveness. Mridul Wadhwa, a former Holyrood SNP candidate, has been recently made chief executive of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC). However, the appointment is not taken well by some feminists…

Johnson unveils urban renewal plan as ‘levelling up’ begins

REFOCUSING attention on his “leveling up” plans, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a series of urban renewal projects worth 830 million pounds in towns and cities away from London. "As the country gets back on its feet, the government has renewed its commitment to leveling up and tackling the…

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…

Vaccines work on Indian variant, says Matt Hancock as cases…

THE INDIAN variant does spread more easily, but early data suggests vaccines still work. Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock told MPs that 2,323 cases of the B.1.617.2 variant have been confirmed in the country with 483 of those in Bolton and Blackburn. There are now 86 local authorities with five…

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…

Indians favour Tories despite voting Labour in 2019, study reveals

A NEW study has revealed that voting pattern of British Indians in 2021 has now been shifted towards the Conversative Party from Labour in 2019. The study by the 1928 Institute, a University of Oxford backed think-tank, also said that only 8 per cent of British Indians feel accurately represented…

UK confident vaccines protect against Indian variant

Britain is confident that existing vaccines will provide protection from a more transmissible Indian coronavirus variant now spreading across the country, heath secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday. And hours later, he was able to announce that the country had passed the milestone of 20 million adults vaccinated with two…

Anum Qaisar-Javed becomes Scotland’s second female Muslim MP

Anum Qaisar-Javed, 28, has become Scotland’s second female Muslim MP after she held the Westminster seat of Airdrie and Shotts for the Scottish National party (SNP). A modern studies teacher, Qaisar-Javed's victory has brought the number of SNP MPs in the Commons back to 45, reported The Guardian.  The byelection…

UK defends by Eid immigration raid in Glasgow

THE UK government has defended an immigration raid that inflamed tensions in Glasgow's Muslim community at the start of Eid al-Fitr on Friday (14). The government clarified that there was no connection to the Islamic festival. Thursday's deportation raid targeted a property housing two illegal immigrants from India, who were…

Labour suspends union leadership hopeful after calling Priti Patel to…

A leadership hopeful for one of Britain’s biggest unions has been reportedly suspended by Labour after suggesting Priti Patel was ‘disgusting’ and should be deported. It has been learnt that Howard Beckett has apologised for his comment and said it was "never meant to be literal". Beckett, a Unite leadership…

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…

‘Polls showed importance of geography and identity in politics’

  By Sunder Katwala ‘CARRY on governing’ seemed to be the key message of the ‘Super Thursday’ elections across the UK last week. That this did not seem a ‘time for a change’ was the common thread linking the renewed mandate to govern of Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP)…

Seema Malhotra MP: Why Labour must offer voters a viable…

  By Seema Malhotra MP THIS week saw a very mixed set of results in the elections, with positive news in different areas for the main parties. There was a strong draw towards the incumbent, whoever that may be. In London, we saw Labour’s Sadiq Khan elected with a historic…

‘It’s a sad day’, say protesters on Glasgow immigration raid…

AROUND 200 protesters in a largely Muslim part of Scotland's biggest city demonstrated as immigration officials raided a property on Thursday (13), the start of the festival of Eid al-Fitr. The raid occurred in the Glasgow constituency of Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said she was "deeply concerned by…

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…

Ethnic minorities elected to Scottish Parliament

The 2021 Scottish Parliament election has witnessed the victory of some ethnic minorities, elected as the Member of Scottish Parliament. Read about them below: FOYSOL CHOUDHURY: First Bangladeshi origin to mark presence in Scottish Parliament Scottish Labour’s Foysol Choudhury becomes the first ethnic minority MSP in the Lothians. He is a…

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…

Scottish independence party’s majority hopes hang in balance

THE Scottish National Party hoped a second day of vote-counting Saturday (8) would bring it a slim majority in the devolved parliament while prime minister Boris Johnson decried its plan for an independence referendum. The UK voted in a series of local and regional polls on "Super Thursday" in its…

Sanjeev Gupta may save Liberty Steel with £200m loan from…

BRITAIN’s third largest steel business may avoid collapse as owner Sanjeev Gupta is close to securing a £200 million loan from a private firm. Gupta, who is currently in Dubai,  has agreed on financing terms for Liberty Steel UK with White Oak Global Advisers, which is also providing fresh funding…

John Swinney holds Perthshire North seat

By Kathryn Anderson DEPUTY first minister John Swinney has held his Perthshire North seat with a majority of 4053 votes. The Perthshire North MSP now becomes Scotland’s longest serving parliamentarian following the retirement of Roseanna Cunningham. He said representing the people of Perthshire North was the “privilege of my life”.…

Conservatives score crushing win in Labour stronghold

Prime minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives scored a stunning election victory in a Labour stronghold on Friday, after Britain held its first major ballot box test since Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. The "Super Thursday" regional and local elections could reshape the UK as pro-independence forces in Scotland, where voting for…

Under-18 marriages should be banned in UK, say charities

CAMPAIGNERS want a ban on under-18s marrying in England and Wales as they claim it contributes to sexual violence and domestic abuse. In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, charities have warned of the "invisible but thriving issue" of marriage by parental consent in the UK. The 16 and…

Three awards in Scotland named after race relations activist Saroj…

THREE new educational awards/scholarships were launched in Scotland in the name of Saroj Lal, a prominent Scottish race relations activist, to promote equality/diversity across education. Lal, a former director of the Lothian Racial Equality Council, passed away on March 12,2020. She was involved with race relations in Scotland since the…

Anas Sarwar: ‘The fight for equality is not over’

by LAUREN CODLING SCOTTISH Labour leader Anas Sarwar has revealed that racist abuse targeting him has increased since he was elected head of his party, but said he no longer pays attention to it. In an exclusive interview on Monday (26) with Eastern Eye, the Asian politician also said that…

Jay Singh: Meet the 13-year-old DJ mixing it up with…

ONE of the youngest music stars to have emerged during lockdown is a 13-year-old Scottish DJ named Beats By Jay. Real name Jay Singh, the talented teenager, who was born and raised in Glasgow, has been delighting online audiences with his dynamite DJing skills on explosive musical sets. “I was…

Dulmial and the British Army’s forgotten soldiers

  By Dr Irfan Malik GROWING up in the Meadows area of Notting­ham, we were told stories about our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. I was aware they were soldiers and had descend­ed from a celebrated military village. My parents arrived in the UK from Pakistan in the early 1960s. My father…

UK government clears Nirav Modi’s extradition to India

The UK government has cleared the extradition of jeweller Nirav Modi to India. Home secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition of the diamond merchant who is accused of bank fraud in India. Modi is being investigated by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for money…

Kamara’s lawyer says UK police seeking to prosecute Kudela

GLEN KAMARA'S lawyer said on Thursday (15) that Police Scotland is seeking to prosecute Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela for racially abusing the Rangers midfielder in a Europa League match last month. Europe's football governing body UEFA on Wednesday (14) banned Kudela for 10 games after Kamara complained of being…

“A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT”

As tributes pour in for Prince Philip, we reveal his legacy on British Asians By Barnie Choudhury Prince Philip crossed generational divides and helped south Asians to transform Britain, according to politicians, business, global and Commonwealth leaders. They also told Eastern Eye that the duke was wrongly characterised as racist,…

Johnson tells public ‘to behave responsibly’ as England reopens

IN a "major step" towards freedom from the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, Britain has allowed its shops including hairdressers, gyms and pub gardens to reopen on Monday (12). Pubs and restaurants will only be able to serve outdoors, although early rules requiring meals to be served with drinks and…

Ten key dates in the life of Prince Philip

HERE are 10 key dates in the life of Britain's Prince Philip, who died Friday (9) at age 99: Birth June 10, 1921: Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark is born on a kitchen table in Corfu. Aged 18 months, he was spirited out of Greece in an orange box…

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…

Kamara says racially abused every day after Kudela incident

RANGERS midfielder Glen Kamara said he has been subjected to online racial abuse every day since his confrontation with Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela in the Europa League last month. Kamara complained of being racially abused by Kudela in their last-16 match, with the incident sparking a furious response from his…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘RACIST JUDICIARY’ CULTURE OF DENIAL

After last year’s exposé, we challenge the judiciary to prove it is not institutionally racist By Barnie Choudhury The judiciary is 20 years behind the Met Police in accepting it is institutionally racist. That is the damning accusation from named and anonymous south Asian, black and white judges. In a…

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…

UK ticket-holder wins £122m EuroMillions jackpot

UK got its fifth biggest ever National Lottery winner, when a ticket-holder on Friday (2) won £122m EuroMillions jackpot. The full amount being £122,550,350.80, will put the lucky winner onto the top 1,000 on the Sunday Times rich list 2020. It is the second UK EuroMillions jackpot winner this year,…

‘Careful study’ urged in giving foreign pupils vaccine priority

  By Nadeem Badshah LEADING doctors, academics and stu­dent groups are divided on whether overseas students in the UK should be a priority group for Covid-19 vaccines. Some teachers have backed the move for both home and international under­graduates, with data showing that 17.8 per cent of university students between…

Politics of flying Union flags

By Amit Roy NAGA MUNCHETTY, who giggled and said, “Always a flag”, when her BBC Breakfast co-presenter, Char­lie Stayt, poked fun at the size of the Union flag in Robert Jenrick’s office when they were interview­ing the housing and communities secretary, can claim credit for changing government policy. The Union…

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…

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…

BAME doctors in UK say Covid risk assessment is yet…

DOCTORS from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds say key risk assessments have still not taken place, or have not been acted on. Of 2,000 doctors who responded to the BBC News poll, 328 said their risks hadn't been assessed at all, while 519 said they had had a…

Johnson says government will do everything to save jobs at…

BRITAIN prime minister Boris Johnson said the government will do everything to save jobs at Sanjeev Gupta's Liberty Steel, which is struggling after the collapse of Greensill Capital. The steelmaker's future is in doubt after the collapse of Greensill, the major financial provider to Gupta’s GFG Alliance, which owns Liberty.…

Man charged with murder of law student in Walthamstow stabbing

DETECTIVES from the Metropolitan Police investigating the fatal stabbing last week of 18-year-old Hussain Chaudhry in Walthamstow, have charged a man with murder yesterday (21) and arrested another two 18-year-olds on Monday (22). Marvin Ward, 18, of Westwood Road, Ilford, is scheduled to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday…

Ed Miliband urges to consider nationalising Liberty Steel ‘if necessary’

SHADOW business secretary Ed Miliband has said that the UK government should consider nationalising Liberty Steel if necessary to save thousands of jobs. He added that the government 'cannot afford' to let Liberty Steel collapse. "The government needed to explore every option to keep the company afloat, including nationalisation," Miliband…

Focus on women’s safety

By Amit Roy THE Sarah Everard case is doing untold damage to the reputation of the Metropolitan Police. There is the obvious point that it is a police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, a member of Scotland Yard’s armed parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, who has been charged with the kidnap…

Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance stops some UK operations

INDIAN-BRITISH billionaire Sanjeev Gupta-owned steelmaker GFG Alliance on Monday (15) said it will pause some UK activities to preserve cash following the collapse of corporate finance firm Greensill. Gupta's sprawling steel empire, which had been Greensill's biggest customer, has 35,000 staff worldwide, including 5,000 in Britain where its Liberty Steel division…

Slave wealth of nations

  By Amit Roy THE Scottish economist and moral philosopher, Adam Smith, author of the classic The Wealth of Nations, is a particular hero of mine. Indeed, on a visit to Edin­burgh in 2014, I made a spe­cial point of paying homage to his imposing 10ft bronze statue which stands on…

Scotland Yard issues new appeal in murder of Satnam Singh…

Scotland Yard on Monday (8) issued a new appeal for information in connection with the killing of an Indian-origin man in west London in 2017 to mark the four-year anniversary of his death. Satnam Singh, 45, was killed four years ago and a reward of £10,000 remains on offer for…

Sanjeev Gupta owes £4bn to troubled firm Greensill: report

THE likely collapse of Australian finance house Greensill is trouble for Indian-born British businessman Sanjeev Gupta as he owes around £4 billion to it and some of the world’s biggest lenders, reported The Times. Reports said that Gupta’s acquisition spree has been fuelled by Greensill’s supply chain finance funds, enabling…

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…

‘Our chance to reconnect’

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future SPRING begins with a tangible sense of hope. March will surely be a month when we look both back and forward. When lockdown began in 2020, few of us antici­pated being still caught in its grip a year later. That anniversary will provide a…

Anas Sarwar becomes first non-white leader of of major UK…

Scottish Labour named Anas Sarwar as their new leader on Saturday, ahead of an election for the country's devolved parliament in May. Sarwar, a Glasgow member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), succeeds Richard Leonard who resigned in January. Labour's fortunes have flagged in Scotland with the Scottish National Party (SNP)…

Studies in UK reveal vaccines are effective in cutting Covid-19…

TWO separate studies published in the UK, one in England and another in Scotland, have shown vaccines against Covid-19 are effective in cutting disease transmission and hospitalisations from the first dose. Analysis from Public Health England has shown the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech reduces the risk of catching infection by…

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 launches largest survey to document the impact of Covid-19…

THE UK on Tuesday(16) launched its first and largest survey to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of 17,000 ethnic and religious minority people. The Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS), ,which will run for three months until May 2021, aims to transform the policy…

UK starts hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 ‘red list’…

The UK government on Monday(15) introduced mandatory hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from dozens of countries deemed 'high risk' for coronavirus variants, as it tries to stop new strains spreading. The new policy requires all UK citizens and permanent residents entering England from 33 countries on a wider travel ban…

It’s a wrap for Sonam Kapoor starrer Blind

By Murtuza Iqbal In 2020, there were multiple reports that Sonam Kapoor will be seen in a Sujoy Ghosh production venture which will be a remake of the Korean movie Blind. Finally, in December, the movie went on the floors. While announcing the film, Sujoy Ghosh had tweeted, “my brother…

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…

‘I want to change things for the better in Scotland’

  By Anas Sarwar MSP Scottish Labour leadership candidate GROWING up, I saw both the ugly and the inspiring side of politics. I was born in Glas­gow – it is a city where diverse communities are made to feel incred­ibly welcome and where I am proud to bring up my…

Health Secretary praises community pharmacists at Pharmacy Business Awards

  By Priyankur Mandav COMMUNITY pharmacy is the “front door to the NHS”, health and social care secretary Matt Han­cock said in his remarks at the 20th annual Phar­macy Business Awards last Thursday (21). In a video message as chief guest at the virtual event, Hancock expressed his support to…

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…

Mallya’s extradition from UK delayed due to legal issues, India…

INDIAN government has informed the Supreme Court that the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya from the UK is being delayed due to some legal issues. The government added that it is making all efforts to extradite Mallya, accused in bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore (over…

Heathrow passenger numbers plunged 73 per cent in 2020

HEATHROW AIRPORT, the busiest in Britain, said that passenger numbers slumped 73 per cent during 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions wiped out travel. The airport said on Monday(11) that its annual cargo volumes also fell 28 per cent as fewer passenger planes meant there was less space available for goods. For…

Indian High Commission in the UK suspends services till February…

DUE TO tier 5 Covid-19 restrictions in London, the consular services have been suspended until February 20, the Indian High Commission in the UK informed on Wednesday(6). The restrictions were imposed by the British government to contain the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus. "As a health safety…

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.…

UK witnesses biggest annual drop in new car sales since…

BRITISH new car sales fell nearly 30 per cent last year in their biggest annual drop since 1943 as lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus hit the sector, a trade industry body said on Wednesday(6). Demand stood at 1.63 million cars in 2020, preliminary data from the…

Britain announces third national lockdown

SCHOOLS and colleges across Britain closed on Tuesday(5) ahead of a national lockdown as the country battled to control surging coronavirus cases that are threatening to overwhelm its healthcare system. The tough new measures were announced Monday(4) even as Britain began rolling out the Oxford-AstraZeneca shots, a possible game-changer in…

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,…

Sonam Kapoor starts shooting for her next Blind in Scotland

By: Mohnish Singh Sonam Kapoor, who was last seen in Abhishek Sharma’s The Zoya Factor (2019), has started shooting for her next film, titled Blind. The Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) actress has taken up any new project after a gap of almost two years. Kapoor, who…

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…

Virat Kohli named cricketer of the decade

India captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC's male cricketer of the decade on Monday as Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry swept the top women's awards. Kohli and Perry were the big winners in the International Cricket Council's Awards of the Decade, while Australian batsman Steve Smith was crowned the best…

Britain says it will end the transition period with the…

BRITAIN will end a transition period with the EU on December 31, a spokesman for prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday(21), after Scotland's first minister called on the leader to extend it because of complications from the new Covid strain. "Our position on the transition period is clear ...…

UK cut off from Europe over fears about new Covid…

THE UK was on Monday(21) shut off from much of Europe after its closest allies cut transport ties due to fears about a new strain of the coronavirus, sowing chaos for families and companies just days before it exits the EU's orbit. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland,…

Hurdles of citizenship

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future HOW do people become us? This could be the key question of our age. Questions of identity have reshaped democratic politics around the world, threatening to make “us versus them” the key political and social dividing line. To challenge that polarising trend will require…

French firm to start clinical trials of Covid vaccine candidate…

FRENCH pharmaceutical firm Valneva will start the first clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate at four sites in England, Britain's business ministry said on Wednesday(16). The Phase I and Phase II trials involve 150 volunteers in Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton and Newcastle, and will be designed to show whether the…

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…

Nirav Modi’s remand extended in the UK; final proceedings in…

FUGITIVE Indian jeweller Nirav Modi was further remanded in custody on Tuesday (1) by a court in London hearing India's extradition request for the diamond merchant. The 49-year-old is wanted in India over his alleged involvement in a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) fraud at India’s state-run Punjab National Bank. Modi…

New lockdowns amid a second wave of COVID-19

The UK is grappling with another wave of infection and lockdowns. All non-essential businesses will remain shut till December 2. In his address to the media Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hopeful that the lockdown will help the nation control the spread of infection. Here is a look at the…

‘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…

Rishi Sunak allocates funds for UK’s new Counter Terrorism Operations…

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced to set aside millions of pounds to establish a “world-leading” Counter Terrorism Operations Centre (CTOC) based in London. As part of a Spending Review for the next year’s budgetary plans tabled in Parliament on Wednesday (25), the Sunak said he would allocate an additional…

Vaani Kapoor on her Bell Bottom co-star Akshay Kumar: He…

Murtuza Iqbal Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor will be seen together on the big screen for the first time in Bell Bottom. The shooting of the film took place in Scotland and London, and it was wrapped up a few weeks ago. Recently, while talking about Akshay, Vaani told the…

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…

Joelle Charan’s musical message of love and diversity

MUSICIAN ON HER MIXED HERITAGE AND UNIQUE JOURNEY by ASJAD NAZIR PERHAPS, the most interesting aspect of many new stars lighting up the musical skies has been diverse influences triggered by their cross-cultural heritage, which add new layers to songs. One rising star who is quickly carving out her own…

UK PM Johnson under fire over Scottish parliament criticism

SCOTTISH independence campaigners have seized on comments by British prime minister Boris Johnson in which he said the creation of a devolved parliament in Edinburgh had been "a disaster". Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, who is first minister in the devolved parliament, tweeted late Monday that it was "worth…

Britain’s ‘megalabs’ for Covid-19 tests to be ready by early…

BRITAIN will open two new laboratories in early 2021 that will more than double the country's capacity for carrying out Covid-19 tests, the government said on Monday(16). The new "megalabs", one in Leamington Spa near the central English city of Birmingham, and the other in Scotland, will boost daily testing…

Rishi Sunak encourages families to meet up ‘virtually’ for Diwali…

BRITISH finance minister Rishi Sunak has said that celebrating Diwali this year will be difficult and encouraged families to meet up virtually this weekend. Sunak lit candles outside 11 Downing Street on Thursday(13) to mark the festival. "Faith is important to me, I'm a practising Hindu, I pray with my kids,…

HSBC UK launches BBC Children in Need initiative to ‘add…

It has been a year of unprecedented challenges and change for many people across the UK and beyond. HSBC UK has launched its latest campaign, The New Different, aiming to spark conversation about what long-term positive change can look like, encouraging communities to stop waiting for “normal” to return and…

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…

UK’s human rights watchdog to probe ‘racial inequalities’ in healthcare

THE human rights watchdog in the UK will examine racial inequalities in healthcare sector in the country to find out why lower-paid health and social care workers from ethnic minorities are at greater risk from coronavirus. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will look at the experiences of health…

Vaani Kapoor: I want to do so much more

By: Mohnish Singh Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor has signed a few exciting projects after the riotous success of her last release WAR (2019) alongside Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. She recently wrapped up her next film Bell Bottom in Scotland and is currently shooting for Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui with Ayushmann…

Nirav Modi extradition case to enter final stages in UK…

The extradition case of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering, is expected to enter its final stages at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Tuesday (2). The 49-year-old jeweller, fighting extradition in the estimated $2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case,…

Prince William had Covid-19 in April, says media report

BRITAIN's Prince William contracted Covid-19 in April but he kept his diagnosis a secret because he did not want to 'alarm the country', media reports said. William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and second-in-line to the British throne, caught the virus at a similar time his father Prince Charles also contracted…

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…

Britain likely to impose national lockdown next week: report

AS Covid-19 cases surge in the country Britain likely to impose a new national lockdown next week. According to a report in The Times newspaper, prime minister Boris Johnson is considering imposing new national lockdown, amid concerns that hospitals across the country are overwhelmed by a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.…

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…

Lara Dutta on wrapping up Bell Bottom amid the pandemic

While several actors and filmmakers are still skeptical about getting back to work, Bollywood actress Lara Dutta has completed shooting for an entire film amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The former Miss Universe essays a pivotal role in the forthcoming Hindi film Bell Bottom, co-starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, and…

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…

New Asda owners, the Issa brothers, among prominent businessmen recognised…

Businessmen, frontline healthcare staff as well as charity workers and volunteers are among Asians in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List, whose publication in June was delayed in order to recognise “unsung heroes” of the coronavirus pandemic. Billionaire brothers Zuber Vali Issa and Mohsin Issa, who last week acquired Asda…

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…

UK expects ‘magic’ from Sunak’s new plan as economy grows…

BRITAIN's gross domestic product rose by 2.1 per cent in August, official data shows, much lesser than expected. Finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce later on Friday(9) a plan to support jobs in businesses that may be ordered to close to slow a resurgence of Covid-19 infections. "The sharp slowdown…

Tikka Masala, Korma, Rogan Josh are the top 3 favourite…

BRITS start eating Indian food at a much younger age as one in five enjoys their first 'curry' before their 10th birthday, survey shows. The survey by online takeaway platform Foodhub has found out that Tikka Masala is the favourite UK curry followed by Korma and Rogan Josh. The other 'hot'…

‘Very serious tipping point’: Sadiq Khan raises alarm over rapid…

TOUGHER lockdown measures may be on the way for London as the Sadiq Khan issued a stark warning on Tuesday (6) about rapid spread of the coronavirus, with hospitalisations tripling in the last month. The London mayor urged people to continue following norms and adhering anti-virus measures such as regular…

BellBottom: Akshay Kumar’s swag is the highlight of the teaser

A few days ago, Akshay Kumar wrapped up the shooting of his movie BellBottom in Scotland. He had shared a post on Instagram and informed his fans about it. The actor had written, “Mission accomplished! After a long but fruitful schedule, grateful to have shot and completed #Bellbottom during the…

Akshay Kumar opens up about the reports of Bollywood celebs…

From the past few weeks, we have been hearing a lot of news about Bollywood celebs being involved in drugs. NCB has probed in Sushant Singh Rajput’s case and actresses like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, and Rakul Preet Singh were also called for an investigation. Akshay Kumar,…

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…

Akshay Kumar wraps up the first schedule of Bell Bottom

Akshay Kumar started the shooting of his movie Bell Bottom in Scotland last month. The actor was accompanied by actresses Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, and Lara Dutta. Well, the team of the film has now wrapped a schedule and Akshay took to Instagram to inform his fans about it. He…

Akshay Kumar to resume the shooting of Prithviraj in October?

Akshay Kumar is the first superstar to start shooting for a movie amid the pandemic. The actor is currently in Scotland shooting for his film Bell Bottom. And now, according to a report in Mid-day, after Bell Bottom, the actor will resume the shooting of Prithviraj in October. The shooting…

‘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…

Akshay Kumar works in double shift for Bell Bottom

Akshay Kumar is one of the most disciplined actors in Bollywood. We have always heard that he starts his day early in the morning and wraps up the shoot of his movies by afternoon so he can spend the evening with his family. However, Akshay recently broke a rule for…

‘Revenge porn’ on the rise as one in seven women…

By Pramod Thomas RECENT figures published by various charities suggest that the so-called 'revenge porn' is on the rise in the UK during the lockdown. Campaigners against this 'humiliation' said that around 2,050 reports were made to a government-funded helpline during lockdown, up by 22 per cent in the same…

People unable to get tests even in worst-hit Covid-19 hotspots…

AS the UK government’s Lighthouse laboratories are trying to clear a backlog of 185,000 tests, people in England's worst-hit Covid-19 hotspots, including regions which have significant BAME presence, find it 'too difficult' to get tests. Unavailability of manpower t walk-in centres, drive-through facilities or for home delivery was cited as…

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…

Keir Starmer goes into isolation after household member shows virus…

KEIR STARMER on Monday (14) went into self-isolation after a member of his household displayed Covid-19 symptoms. The Labour leader’s office said the household member had undergone virus test, and "in line with NHS guidelines, Keir will self isolate while awaiting the results of the test and further advice from…

‘This isn’t a game’: Experts warn of second wave, national…

SCIENTISTS have warned of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and another complete nation-wide lockdown in the UK unless stricter measures are adhered to amid a rising number of infections. The UK reported 3,330 confirmed new cases, according to government data published on Sunday (13), compared with 3,497 a…

Akshay Kumar thanks his fans for celebrating his birthday amid…

Akshay Kumar is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood. He has a huge fan following and on social media, there are multiple fan clubs of the actor. His fans call themselves Akkians. The actor celebrated his birthday on 9th September, and today, shared a video in which he…

Expert tells court Nirav Modi suffers from depression, has family…

EXPERTS told a UK court hearing arguments in the extradition case of Nirav Modi on Thursday (10) that the fugitive diamantaire had a family history of suicide, and that his mental health in prison would deteriorate in solitary confinement. Justice Samuel Goozee at London's Westminster Magistrate’s Court was presented with…

Team Bell Bottom unveils Akshay Kumar’s RAW agent look on…

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar turned a year older and had a working birthday on Wednesday. The Good Newwz (2019) star is currently shooting for his upcoming espionage thriller Bellbottom in Scotland. On the occasion of his 53rd birthday, the makers gave a surprise to his fans by unveiling his new…

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…

Racist bullying ‘turned me into a living zombie’

by LAUREN CODLING AN ACTIVIST has spoken of the negative impact racial bullying has had on her mental and physical health, as statistics showed an increase in children reaching out to counselling services following the Black Lives Matter movement in May. Childline delivered 174 counselling sessions to children and young…

Birthday Special: Akshay Kumar is the busiest actor, not 2…

Akshay Kumar is the only superstar of Bollywood who has multiple releases every year. In 2019, he had four releases Kesari, Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, and Good Newwz. All four films were blockbusters at the box office. This year too he was supposed to have three releases but pandemic played…

Nirav Modi faces biased trial and ‘high risk of suicide’…

FUGITIVE diamantaire Nirav Modi's legal team told a UK court on Tuesday (8) that he was unlikely to get a fair trial in India due to the politicisation of his case, and that he faced a "high risk of suicide" in Indian prisons. Modi, 49, has been fighting extradition on…

Nikkhil Advani on continuously working throughout the lockdown

There is no denying the fact that Coronavirus brought the entire world to its knees. All institutions and establishments across the globe remained shuttered for months in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic. But there were some people who continued to work throughout the lockdown, if not completely,…

Akshay Kumar to resume work on Prithviraj in October

Akshay Kumar is perhaps the first Bollywood star who has resumed shooting for his forthcoming film after staying at home for close to five months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He recently started shooting for Bell Bottom, co-starring Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, and Lara Dutta. While the shoot for the…

Hancock terms situation ‘concerning’ as UK sees nearly 3,000 new…

THE United Kingdom registered almost 3,000 new coronavirus cases over 24 hours, a level not seen since late May, health ministry figures showed on Sunday (6). The government said two more people had died after testing positive over the past 28 days, bringing the overall UK toll to 41,551, Europe's…

Nirav Modi extradition trial to resume in UK court on…

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged at a prison in London since his arrest in March last year, is set to appear via videolink for the second leg of his extradition trial at a UK court on Monday. The 49-year-old jeweller is fighting extradition charges related to…

Akshay Kumar’s look from Bell Bottom unveiled

Akshay Kumar is the first superstar who has started shooting for a film in the current situation of the pandemic. The actor a few days ago flew down to Scotland along with the team of the film, Bell Bottom, and started shooting for it on 20th August 2020. And now,…

Akshay Kumar: An A to Z of the self-made Bollywood…

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL ON THE LIFE AND CAREER OF HINDI CINEMA’S GREATEST ‘KHILADI’ by ASJAD NAZIR ON SEPTEMBER 9, Akshay Kumar celebrates his 53rd birthday and will receive warm wishes from fans around the world. The hardworking actor has been in the heart of Bollywood for 29 years and delivered many…

Twinkle Khanna watches mother Dimple Kapadia’s Hollywood debut Tenet

Veteran Bollywood actress Dimple Kapadia at the age of 63 has made her Hollywood debut with Christopher Nolan's spy thriller Tenet. While the film is yet to get a theatrical release in India, it has hit the big screen in some other countries. Recently, Dimple Kapadia's daughter, Twinkle Khanna watched…

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…

‘Parents should be reassured’: study says children less likely to…

CHILDREN are less likely than adults to develop coronavirus complications, according to a new study that has found they made up "only a fraction of a percent of all Covid-19 admissions across the UK". However, the report noted that obesity, black ethnicity and being under one month old increased the…

‘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…

Haberdashers heads denounce A-level results, say grades ‘do not do…

THE heads at the Haberdashers schools have decried the current A-level grading process, saying they “feel strongly that the vagaries of the system have let pupils in England down”. In a letter sent to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Gus Lock, headmaster at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, and Rose Hardy, headmistress…

Independent group of UK scientists questions government’s pandemic response

AS Britain navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic, the government insists that science is guiding its decisions. But a self-appointed group of independent experts says it sees little in Britain's response that is evidence-based, especially after an upturn in new cases forced a delay in lifting more lockdown restrictions.…

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…

Vijay Mallya case document ‘missing’ in Indian supreme court

A certain document connected with the Vijay Mallya case in the Indian supreme court has gone missing from the files, reports said on Wednesday (6). A court bench comprising justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan said it would hear the petition filed by Mallya, who has sought review of…

Johnnie Walker launches new products to mark 200th anniversary

Johnnie Walker has launched four exclusive limited edition products to celebrate 200th anniversary of the iconic Scotch whisky. The new releases-Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th anniversary limited edition design, Johnnie Walker Blue Label legendary eight, John Walker & Sons celebratory blend, John Walker & Sons bicentenary blend-will be available from…

No timeline set for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India: UK…

The UK government cannot set a timeline for extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya though it is determined to ensure that criminals can''t escape justice by crossing national borders, British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton said on Thursday. Asked during an online media briefing whether Mallya has sought asylum in…

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…

Eastern Encounters: Indo-UK royal history captured in new exhibition

by LAUREN CODLING A NEW exhibition featuring four centuries of paintings and manuscripts gifted to the British monarchy from the Indian subcontinent is a “once in a generation experience,” its curator has said. Eastern Encounters showcases a number of artworks, including vivid depictions of the Mughal court, royal portraits and…

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…

Businessmen took on different day jobs to help heroes tackle…

Produced in partnership with UK Government KEY FRONTLINE WORKERS SERVED FRESH FOOD THANKS TO SULEMAN RAZA’S ONE MILLION MEALS CAMPAIGN AND SHAMIL THAKRAR’S FEEDNHS INITIATIVE SHOPS, pubs, restaurants and other businesses stayed shut during the UK Government-imposed lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus earlier this year. However, some of…

UK makes face coverings in shops mandatory with fines up…

PEOPLE who fail to cover their face in public will risk a fine of up to £100 as the government has made use of facemasks compulsory in shops across England from next week. The new legislation will come into force in England on July 24, after weeks of wrangling from…