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Bangladesh secures $4.7 bln from IMF as other South Asian…

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved loans of $4.7 billion to Bangladesh for disbursal starting immediately, making it the first to secure such funds out of three South Asian countries that applied last year amid economic trouble. The loans are a win for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ahead of…

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

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

Get ready for feet-tapping South Asian dance show by Sampad

Sampad is a highly respected cultural organisation that has been at the forefront of promoting South Asian arts in mainstream culture in Birmingham and the United Kingdom since 1990. Through various initiatives such as production, promotion, performances, advocacy, education, and outreach activities, Sampad supports and nurtures British Asian arts and…

Yami Gautam Dhar starrer Lost premiere on ZEE5 Global on…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, announced the release date of its next direct-to-digital original film, Lost. Produced by Zee Studios and Namah Pictures, the film is an investigative thriller starring Yami Gautam Dhar, Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpiee, and Tushar Pandey…

Derby man who shot dead businessman in botched Birmingham robbery…

A Derby man who fled to Pakistan after killing a business owner in Birmingham in a botched robbery has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being extradited to the UK to face justice.In February 2016, Tahir Zarif, and three other members of his gang raided the Direct Source 3 warehouse…

Pakistani rupee’s fall slows as PM Sharif’s hopes for IMF…

The Pakistani rupee's decline slowed on Friday after its value plunged over the previous two days, with hopes raised by an International Monetary Fund team visiting Islamabad next week to discuss unlocking a suspended bail-out package. Left with only $3.68bn in foreign exchange reserves, Pakistan barely has enough to cover…

President Biden re-nominates Indian American attorney Arun Subramanian to US…

US President Joe Biden has re-nominated Indian American attorney Arun Subramanian to be district judge for the Southern District of New York. A communication on Subramanian's nomination was sent to the Senate by the White House along with other judicial nominations. He was first nominated by the president last September…

Top 30 under 30 Asians from the world of entertainment

THE future in the world of arts belonging to the young is perfectly illustrated by a new generation of south Asians who stood out in diverse fields. These exciting talents are breaking boundaries, expanding horizons, shattering glass ceilings, and delighting audiences with their amazing performances. They are inspiring other youngsters…

Photo artist puts focus on Asian female identity and heritage

IN HER quest to carve a space for Asians in UK’s art world, photographic artist Arpita Shah hopes to elicit and celebrate the country’s multicultural history, with a focus on south Asian female identity. Commissioned by Birmingham-based arts organisation GRAIN Projects and funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City…

South Asian food group Vibrant Foods appoints Damian Guha as…

Vibrant Foods, Europe's biggest south Asian food group, has announced the appointment of Damian Guha as its new chief executive officer (CEO) and Nish Kankiwala as non-executive chair. Guha will replace Umesh Parmer, the current CEO who moves to the role of managing director (MD) and will oversee operations, supply…

Indian-origin man shot dead during armed robbery in US: Report

A 66-year-old Indian-origin gas station employee was shot dead during an armed robbery in the US city of Philadelphia and police are searching for three men in connection with the murder, according to media reports.Philadelphia police on Thursday released a surveillance video showing the three suspects wanted for killing the…

Foreign pupils ‘win-win’

EARLIER in the autumn, briefings from the Home Office appeared to indicate that the UK government was seriously considering limiting the number of international students to help reduce net migration. At that time one of us, along with 13 other vice-chancellors, joined with the former education secretary, Justine Greening, to…

Prez Biden understands how much Indian-Americans have to offer: Cincinnati…

US President Joe Biden, whose administration has the largest number of India-Americans, understands how much the community has to offer in public service to the country and how special it is, Cincinnati City Mayor Aftab Pureval said. He was speaking on the sidelines of the US Conference of Mayors Winter…

‘Asian women are silent in situations where they need to…

Neelu Kaur is a facilitator, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Executive Coach, and Burnout Management Specialist. She has fifteen years of experience specializing in adult learning and leadership development in large organizations ranging from financial services and consulting to the tech industry. Putting all her expertise to work, Neelu has written a…

‘As Asian girls, we often are encouraged to stick to…

Anita Saha, who is the reigning Miss England Manchester 2022/23 and Miss World England finalist, recently finished her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Manchester and has now begun a master’s of research degree this year to pursue her career aspirations in Medical Research and Development. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, the 21-year-old speaks about her…

As India debates demographics, a small mountain state wants more…

India is set to overtake China as the world's most populous country this year, but a small state in the South Asian nation's mountainous northeast is worried about its shrinking indigenous communities and urging them to have more babies. Sikkim, a state with fewer than 700,000 people, has India's lowest…

Multi-award-winning RRR streaming exclusively on ZEE5 Global in original language…

The RRRoar gets louder. Days after the coveted Golden Globe win, the SS Rajamouli creation continues to script history with its latest wins at the prestigious Critics Choice Awards (CCA), winning Best Song, for M.M. Keeravani’s Naatu Naatu and Best Foreign Language film at CCA. This follows its recent win…

India set to overtake China as world’s most populous nation

India is expected to overtake China as the world's most populous country this year even though its population growth has been slowing down, United Nations says. Following are some key points about India's demography, according to government data: - India estimates its population at 1.38 billion, compared to China's 1.4…

ZEE5 Global announces new crime thriller Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke starring…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, set a benchmark for thrillers in 2022. From hit releases like Abhay 3 to Rangbaaz – Darr Ki Rajneeti and Duranga, the platform saw a successful year and is now ready to bring its next original, Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke,…

Indian-American attorney becomes first LGBTQ woman of colour to take…

Janani Ramachandran, a 30-year-old Indian-American attorney, has emerged as the youngest and the first queer woman of colour to take oath as the Oakland City Council member in the US state of California. Ramachandran took the ceremonial oath wearing a saree as the Oakland City Council member for District 4…

UK got richer at India’s expense, Russia says, rubbishes British…

Amid its growing confrontation with the West, particularly in the wake of the intervention in Ukraine, Russia has slammed the UK saying the latter caused "real damage to the people of India" with its colonial policies and caused millions of deaths. Russia's foreign ministry said this on Saturday (14) while…

Taste with a twist could be the real deal in…

TWISTS on classic dishes and a renewed effort to tackle waste are set to be among the trends in 2023 to give fans of south Asian cuisine food for thought. Leading chefs have predicted what they believe will be popular this year – with experimentation leading the way and a…

‘Asian pensioners need help to avoid slipping into poverty’

URGENT action needs to be taken to prevent more Asian elderly people being plunged into poverty, charities and MPs have urged. They have also backed calls to raise the state pension amount further, to lower the threshold for auto-enrolment in workplace pension schemes and for more education for workers of…

What’s On: Sufi Rock and Bollywood with Irfan Ahmed

LIVE PERFORMANCE RAISE THE ROOF When: Saturday January 14 Where: Opera House, 3 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HP What: A live concert promoting mental health and wellbeing, headlined by popular British Asian singers Malkit Singh, Navin Kundra, and Arjun, who will be performing bhangra, Bollywood and r’n’b hits. www.atgtickets.com ATTAULLAH…

Australia pull out from Afghanistan ODI series, Rashid threatens BBL…

Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday decided to withdraw from the upcoming ODI series against Afghanistan due to Taliban's growing restrictions on women and girls in that country and in retaliation, ACB and star player Rashid Khan threatened to boycott the Big Bash League. While Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) described CA's…

Imperial College London welcomes India high commissioner Vikram Doraiswami to…

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

Alzheimer’s Research UK seeks volunteers to boost dementia awareness in…

Alzheimer’s Research UK, a leading charity specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia, is helping people from south Asian communities in Leicester with the opportunity to sign up to become Dementia Community Champions and contribute towards spreading awareness and understanding around the condition. In a press release,…

‘Samosa Caucus’ welcomes new Indian-American Congressman Thanedar to group

The Indian-American lawmakers of the 'Samosa Caucus' have welcomed Shri Thanedar's addition to the exclusive group of Democratic leaders representing the community in the US House of Representatives. Entrepreneur-turned-politician and Democrat Thanedar became the fifth Indian-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives in November last year. His…

This is why Prince Harry urged wife Meghan Markle not…

The new memoir of Prince Harry has made the headlines, thanks to a series of explosive accusations he has brought against members of his family, including private confrontations with other senior royals, but the book also has details about some witty incidents. For example, the Duke of Sussex has revealed…

First female Sikh judge in US swears in

Indian-origin Manpreet Monica Singh has been sworn in as a Harris county judge, becoming the first female Sikh judge in the US. Singh was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Bellaire with her husband and two children. She was sworn in as a judge of the Harris…

UK pledges extra support to help Pakistan rebuild after 2022…

The UK and its international partners were set to join forces on Monday (9) to support Pakistan rebuild and recover from the unprecedented floods that devastated the country last summer and affected tens of thousands of people and destroyed property worth billions. Currently, Pakistan and the United Nations are jointly…

Indian American body celebrates Biden’s nomination of Richard Verma for…

An Indian-American body has welcomed the nomination of lawyer diplomat Richard Verma for Deputy Secretary of State, a top diplomatic position in the State Department. In December, the White House in a statement said that Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 54-year-old Verma to be Deputy Secretary of State…

Cryptocurrencies gain trust of charities as giving goes digital

MORE charities doing life-saving work in south Asia have revealed that they are ready to accept donations via virtual cryptocurrencies. A crypto currency is a digital form of payment that can be used as a currency and a virtual accounting system. On GivingTuesday in 2021, crypto donating increased by 839…

New study lauds digital apps’ potential to tackle health inequalities

A new analysis of National Health Service (NHS) data has revealed a lack of coordination which is limiting insight into how online healthcare services and apps are used by ethnicity and to tackle health inequalities. A new report published on Friday (6) by the NHS Race and Health Observatory reviews…

EYE SPY: Predicting entertainment highs and lows in 2023

LIKE every year, 2023 will likely be a rollercoaster ride for the entertainment industry, filled with highs, lows, excitement and unexpected twists. There will be artistic excellence, celebrity surprises, path-breaking moments, bad times, things that shouldn’t happen and so much more. With that in mind, Eastern Eye looked ahead to…

What’s On: New Year Live Punjabi Concert at Beck Theatre

LIVE PERFORMANCE NEW YEAR LIVE PUNJABI CONCERT When: Sunday January 8 Where: Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2UE What: A live Punjabi music concert to celebrate the new year, which will be headlined by popular artists Jenny Johal, Jigar, Jang Dhillon, and Baldev Aujla Bullet. www.becktheatre.org.uk RAISE THE…

Asian cinema gems that sparkled last year

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

Bhupinder Singh Gill set to become first-ever Sikh assistant referee…

A match official will make history when Southampton take on Nottingham Forest in a relegation match on Wednesday evening.Bhupinder Singh Gill will become the first ever Sikh-Punjabi assistant referee in the English Premier League. He, along with Marc Perry, will assist Thomas Bramall, who will be the referee in the…

Pakistan: Hindu woman raped & brutally murdered in Sindh province,…

In a horrific case of sexual violence, a Hindu woman in Pakistan has reportedly been gang-raped by a group of men who allegedly mutilated her body after the crime, The Mirror reported. The victim, Diya Bheel, was a 42-year-old widow and a mother of five. She belonged to the South…

New Year honours: Professor Partha Dasgupta leads British Asian recognition…

A Cambridge professor who is a leading global figure in the economics of the natural environment, Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta; COP-26 president Alok Sharma and drinks company Diageo’s CEO Ivan Menezes are among prominent Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List published late last Friday…

When Priyanka Chopra said she would ‘probably beat the sh*t…

Over the past few years, Priyanka Chopra has established herself as a force to reckon with globally. After carving a niche for herself in Bollywood, she is now dominating Hollywood. The actress first garnered the attention of the world when she won the Miss World pageant in 2000. Years later,…

Plans for British Indian Army memorial in Glasgow get go-ahead

Plans to set up a memorial to the British Indian Army in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow have been given a go-ahead. The plans for the structure, which will be erected near Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, were submitted on behalf of Colourful Heritage, which records first-hand accounts from first-generation members…

NHS wants interview panels to explain the selection of white…

NHS bosses want interview panels to prepare a report explaining why they hired a white person over someone from an ethnic minority background, according to a report. Staff at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in north London are told to prepare reports justifying why the successful candidate was 'suitable’…

US willing to provide Pakistan with funds to enhance border…

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the United States is willing to provide funds to Islamabad to enhance border security for preventing cross-border attacks from Afghanistan, according to a media report on Sunday.Bhutto, who was in Washington from December 14 to 21 where he met various top…

Asian artists hit high notes this year

AN ACTION-PACKED year for Asian music in the UK had everything from new talent, stunning songs and awesome albums to unforgettable live performances from big-name international stars. The musical melting pot of genres, languages and diverse artists illustrated everything that is great about Britain, and why the past 12 months…

Chapter and verse

A WONDERFUL variety of books turned 2022 into another strong year powered by British Asian writers, with everything from gripping novels to perfectly crafted poetry collections. There were also great new literary voices who had their first books published this year, and stories for children featuring south Asian protagonists. Eastern…

EXCLUSIVE: “Tackle mental health Tsunami”

THE bosses of 20 mental health organisation have written an open letter to the prime minister to step in and stop suicides which are being caused by the cost-of-living crisis. The message, seen by Eastern Eye, warns Rishi Sunak that “people living in the most deprived 10 per cent of…

Game plan for Asians to play top-level cricket and football

REHAN AHMED’S journey to becoming England’s youngest-ever male Test cricketer is amazing. He is, no doubt, an inspiration. The support he has received from his family, his immediate community and in particular, from Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has been immense. What he has achieved is just reward for the hard…

EYE SPY: The best of 2022

THE world of performing arts quickly moved on from Covid-19 with an amazing array of wonderful work. Whether it was films, songs, live performances, web serials, stage shows and everything else, top talents made up for lost time and entertained audiences with boundary-breaking projects that offered something new and cool…

Mindy Kaling’s Velma set to premiere in January on HBO…

Mindy Kaling’s Velma adaptation has locked an official date for its premiere. A spinoff of the family-friendly Scooby-Doo series, Velma will officially land on HBO Max on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Kaling serves as both the creator and star of the series which follows the origin story of Velma Dinkley…

Mervin Noronha: ‘I want children to see someone like them…

ACTOR Mervin Noronha said he is determined to break the stereotypical representation of south Asian characters through his work so the younger generation can identify with someone on stage and screen, something which he didn’t get to see much in his childhood. Noronha is part of Curve theatre this Christmas,…

Supervisors close ranks to defend colleagues facing racism allegations: former…

A retired Met Police detective of south Asian heritage has said officers close ranks to defend their colleagues facing allegations of racism.Shabnam Chaudhri, who previously claimed an officer had held a weapon to her head while calling her a ‘P**i, said racism is disguised as banter in the police force.She…

Top 50 Asian stars of 2022

A GROUND-BREAKING year saw glass ceilings being shattered, greater heights reached, horizons expanded, and new paths created globally. There was also fresh creative work, international crossovers and exciting new artists announcing their arrival. Top south Asian talent from diverse fields were at the forefront of the moves being made and…

South Asians urged to get life saving GP checks as…

An NHS campaign backed by South Asian healthcare professionals is encouraging people with potential cancer symptoms to come forward for life saving checks. Despite abdominal and urological cancers making up nearly half of all cancer diagnoses in England, as well as two in five cancer deaths, new data reveals that…

Mindy Kaling, Russell Peters, and Lily Singh criticised for perpetuating…

Though Mindy Kaling’s teen comedy-drama The Sex Lives of College Girls on HBO Max is a hit among the majority of the audience, some South Asian TikTok users do not seem very impressed with how certain things are portrayed in the series furthering harmful South Asian stereotypes. A video clip…

JR NTR AND RAM CHARAN TOP GLOBAL ASIAN CELEBRITY LIST…

Popular actors Jr NTR and Ram Charan have jointly topped the 2022 list of the Top 50 Asian Celebrities In The World. The Pan-Indian stars beat off tough global competition to top the latest edition of the list, published annually by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper. The Telugu cinema icons…

Protect yourself from Covid-19 & flu this winter with the…

As the weather gets colder, more of us naturally take to gather indoors, especially as the festive celebrations get underway. However, the reality is that with Covid-19 and flu around, the most vulnerable amongst us, including those with long-term health conditions, are still at risk of getting seriously ill from…

Mian Abdul Haq, Pakistan cleric accused of converting Hindu girls…

The UK on Friday (9) came up with sanctions against 30 people across the world, including Mian Abdul Haq, a Muslim cleric from Pakistan, in a bid to target those it thinks are responsible for violation and abuse of human rights and perpetrate sexual violence in conflict. Mian Abdul Haq…

VR play recreates experiences of women in Bangladesh war

THERE should be a “home” in the UK for south Asian stories, feels director Abdul Shayek whose latest creation is bringing to life what it was for Bangladeshi women to survive 1971 war and restart in a strange new land. Tara Theatre is presenting Virtual Reality (VR) play titled AMMA…

Cricket made more inclusive and diverse post Azeem Rafiq racism…

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it has taken key steps to review and improve its policies to become more inclusive, establishing game-wide communities for under-represented groups and ensuring fair recruitment to strengthen its inclusion and diversity strategy.It said the game came together to commit to faster actions…

Why art matters

The great Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” And that is a great purpose, which can only be pursued through the arts. Any art form, be it painting, drawing, sculpting, singing, or dancing, has a way of connecting us to a…

India could see over 34 million job losses due to…

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

EXCLUSIVE: Shame of ‘All-White’ BBC newsrooms

THE BBC should be ashamed that it has radio and television stations where newsrooms are entirely white and not representing the communities they serve. That is the feeling of current staff and former employees who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They said they warned the BBC that it would not…

Netizens in south Asia ‘disgusted’ with viral British version of…

A viral video showing the recipe for one-pot chicken korma has sparked outrage on Twitter as netizens called it a 'westernised version of a desi dish'. The video was shared by popular online Food channel, Tasty UK, with the caption 'One-pot chicken korma' on the official Twitter handle of the…

UK universities to woo Indian students with ‘bring your family’…

Britain’s universities have tied up with consultancy organisations which recruit Indian students with an offer that they can bring their families to the UK, a media report said. The universities pay commissions to the agents who market “graduate visas” and help potential Indian students get visas for their dependents, according…

Top politicians, diplomats grace Conservative Friends of India’s annual Diwali…

Conservative Friends of India (CF India) hosted its annual Diwali reception on November 28 and the flagship event, which represents the body's Diwali celebrations, witnessed the presence of a number of dignitaries, including the Indian high commissioner to the UK HE Vikram Doraiswami and his deputy Sujit Ghosh. The guests…

French cheesemaker Bel enters joint venture with Britannia; to acquire…

India's Britannia Industries Limited announced on Tuesday (29) that it has entered into a joint venture (JV) with French cheesemaker Bel to help consumers in the South Asian nation get nutritious and accessible cheese products. As per the agreement, Bel will acquire a 49 per cent stake in Britannia's wholly…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on becoming a role model for young South…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan became a household name after the global success of her Netflix show Never Have I Ever. Created by Mindy Kaling, the teen comedy-drama has seen the premiere of two seasons so far, with a third season expected to hit TV screens in 2023. 20-year-old Ramakrishnan witnessed an exponential…

Fashioning dreams into a stylish reality

ANJALI PHOUGAT DISCUSSES HER DESIGNS AND INSPIRING JOURNEY A close connection to creativity has enabled Anjali Phougat to become a successful designer, stylist, and business entrepreneur. The acclaimed America-based founder of popular brand Designer Dream Collection has won a dedicated following for her south Asian outfits, wedding styling, and customised…

Preet Singh: The high of writing a joke and delivering…

The fast-growing British Asian comedy scene continues to add exciting new voices such as Preet Singh to the stand-up circuit. The naturally gifted funny man has been making audiences laugh with his unique brand of humour and recently joined other comedians on The Indians Are Coming show, currently touring the…

EXCLUSIVE: “My thoughts are, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to…

A new Asian author, and her first work of fiction of roller-coaster emotions I don’t like fictional books which use a first-person singular voice. You know, that’s when someone writes a work of fiction through the eyes of one person. “I did this…I did that…For me, it was…” Yuck. Where’s…

Work in curry house best training: Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has shared memories of his time doing shifts at an Indian food restaurant in Southampton in his student days as the “best training” he had for the top job. In a video message to the annual Curry Awards in London celebrating South Asian cuisine across…

EXCLUSIVE: “Ticking time of disparities”

Civic leaders, MPs, experts and senior doctors have warned that the UK is sitting on a “ticking time bomb of disparities” among south Asian and black communities. They told Eastern Eye that the 2021 census figures, released on Tuesday (29 November) should raise concerns among government. They urged ministers to…

Revisiting ‘Enough’ campaign to safely help abuse victims on International…

The United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which falls on Friday (25), coincides with the second phase of the UK government's 'Enough' campaign that speaks out against violence against women and encourages people to take simple steps to safely take action when they witness various…

Pakistani actor Saba Qamar bags an award at Indian film…

Well-known Pakistani actress Saba Qamar has impressed fans beyond borders with her craft. She has once again garnered international recognition for her impeccable performance in the critically acclaimed film Kamli (2022). The award ceremony took place in the Indian city of Chandigarh where a number of Pakistani stars were awarded…

Indo-British artist Saloni on her latest bilingual single ‘Chali Mein’:…

Based in the UK, Indo-British artist Saloni Boyina is charting her own path with her unique music style. After receiving a great response for her previous release Legacy, which is the first English and Telugu original of the UK, she has now come up with her new song, titled Chali…

Pakistan floods: High time South Asia come together to combat…

The devastating floods that affected lives and economy in the South Asian nation of Pakistan this year have rung the warning bells across the globe. Environmentalists and conservationists have raised serious concerns over the deadly disaster that has killed nearly 1,700 people and displaced almost eight million people. The extreme…

Ameet Chana: ‘I’m focused on giving a voice and platform…

NOT enough of “our stories are being told and told correctly”, feels actor Ameet Chana, who is on a mission to offer voice to British south Asian artists by developing more authentic and relevant stories that portray “the real us”. Chana, best known for his roles in Bend It Like…

Dance maestro Parambir Samrai discusses his Ultimate Bhangra classes and…

Ultimate Bhangra recently beat off tough competition from acts representing different south Asian dance disciplines to win the Just Naach Wolverhampton contest. The dynamic young group delivered a high energy Punjabi dance performance that dazzled audiences and judges. The wonderful win adds to the achievements of Ultimate Bhangra founder Parambir…

This London Chef aims to feed 5,000 nurses and raise…

With the cost of living crisis forcing the NHS nurses to visit food banks and take strike action, one young chef Niaz Caan, from London’s Brick Lane has taken it upon himself to bring a nutritious hot meal to weary hospital staff members this winter and to also appeal to…

Two death row convicts in Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy’s murder…

Two Islamist militants, who were sentenced to death for killing prominent Bangladeshi-American secular blogger Avijit Roy and his publisher, escaped dramatically from the premises of a crowded court in Dhaka on Sunday with the help of unidentified bikers who sprayed some chemicals on police and created a smoke screen before…

Indian entrepreneur invited by US Vice President, discusses cyber security

Indian tech entrepreneur Trishneet Arora has shared his vision to deal with the growing menace of cyber security with US Vice President Kamala Harris during a special gathering of young business leaders. Trishneet Arora, the CEO of TAC Security, was invited by Kamala Harris to the gathering in Albuquerque, New…

Women, girls in Pakistan flood zone suffer from urinary-tract infections…

For 45-year-old Rasheeda, a resident from Dadu district of Sindh province in Pakistan, the country's recent floods have not only taken everything that man needs for a minimal survival but also posed a serious danger to her health in the form of urinary tract infection (UTI). The condition is turning…

Award winning chef completes trek up Kilimanjaro to raise over…

AN award-winning chef has raised over £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support as she completed a trek to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in August. Lorna Nanda Gangotra of Lorna’s Indian Kitchen at Addlestone in Surrey has described he experience of reaching Uhuru summit, the roof of Africa, truly ‘lifechanging’.…

Workplace bias ‘hinders Asians’

ETHNIC minorities are being held back by “structural racism” and “discriminatory attitudes” in the workplace, according to trade unions and charities, after a damning report found minorities continue to lag in wages and wealth despite making sharp progress in education. The study, published by London’s Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS),…

Rakhee Thakrar: ‘We need to see Asian actors in more…

THERE should be more meaningful roles – not just for south Asian actors but also for people with disabilities – so that we get to see true reflection of our society on screen, feels actress Rakhee Thakrar, adding that things are now moving in right direction, yet it needs to…

Inspiring a new generation

WHATEVER your politics, it is undeniably a remarkable moment in history that the UK has appointed Rishi Sunak as the first British Asian prime minister. My younger self would never have imagined seeing a brown man of Indian heritage in the highest political office in this lifetime. Growing up in…

Odisha Tourism takes part in World Travel Market 2022; receives…

A delegation of Odisha Tourism led by Ashwini Kumar Patra, the eastern Indian state's tourism minister; and Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, its chief secretary, on Tuesday (8) took part in the World Travel Market (WTM) which is currently underway in London. The three-day global travel show which kicked off on Monday…

EXCLUSIVE: MPs urge ministers stop demonising immigrants

The government must embrace immigrants who take risks setting up businesses, create jobs, and contribute billions of pounds to Britain’s economy. That is the call from MPs and business leaders who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They have told this newspaper that the home secretary, Suella Braverman, should be ashamed…

Five prominent Indian-American politicians in the race for US Congress…

Five prominent Indian-American politicians are in the race for the US House of Representatives when the country goes for its midterm polls on November 8. If the pollsters and opinions of political pundits are to be believed, Indian-Americans are likely to have a 100 per cent strike rate for the…

Bradford pharmacist Dr Mahendra Patel collects OBE from Princess Royal

Dr Mahendra Patel, a pharmacist from Btradford, collected on October 12 his OBE at a historic investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the first to take place since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. Anne, Princess Royal, the ceremony's host, honoured Patel. The renowned pharmacist was awarded the…

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

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

India-UK cooperation in sunrise sectors green economy, fintech

India and UK on Wednesday (2) held an All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) inaugural meeting and discussed cooperation in sunrise sectors such as green economy, fintech, etc. The meeting was attended by Greg Hands, UK's trade minister; Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow secretary of state for international trade and Welsh Labour MP for…

Time to invest in South Asian languages in UK: Gareth…

Gareth Thomas MP has called for investment in teaching South Asian languages in the UK to strengthen the country's ties with the Indian subcontinent. The Labour-Cooperative Party parliamentarian for the Greater London constituency of Harrow West said south Asian languages should receive the same state financial support as given to…

Oldest Guantanamo Bay prisoner released to Pakistan: foreign ministry

A Pakistani known for being the oldest detainee at the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba was released to his home country on Saturday, the South Asian country's foreign ministry said. The secretive US military prison once housed hundreds of suspected militants captured by US forces during America's so-called…

Based on his track record, it is clear Rishi is…

Being the first ethnic minority in any job brings a lot of pressure and becoming Prime Minister, particularly in the current climate, is no easy feat. As the first woman of colour in the Welsh Parliament, I have no qualm in saying that any role where a person bears the…

Festival frames the changing shades in south Asian cinema

THE recently concluded BFI London Film Festival returned in its “new normal” form with brilliant venue partners extending to 10 cities around the UK. Along with a vibrant selection of features, documentaries and shorts, the series and immersive programming have become an integral part of the festival. The films from…

Film Review: Four Samosas

THIS comedy from British actor turned writer-director Ravi Kapoor has its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival on October 29. It adds to the entertaining low-budget character-driven America set films with south Asian protagonists that have regularly come out across the years. The story revolves around an underachieving rapper,…

NYC mayor urges people to ‘live in the spirit’ of…

As communities grapple with hate crimes and darkness, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has urged people to live in the spirit of Lord Ram, Sita, and Diwali and be the beacon of light and hope each day of the year. There's too much darkness. We have been engulfed in…

Lilly Singh, Kal Penn, Suraj Sharma, and others attend the…

People are celebrating the “Festival of Lights,” which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, in several parts of the world, including the United States where it has been announced as a federal holiday in the country. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden on Monday hosted…

Ledley King predicts bright future for ‘standout talent’ Markanday

Legendary footballer Ledley King has predicted a bright future for Blackburn Rovers winger Dilan Markanday. He described Markanday, who made his debut for Spurs in a Europa Conference League match against Vitesse a year ago, as a "standout" talent”. The “very good young player” of Indian heritage became the first…

“Succeed or fail, Sunak will be held to a higher…

I’m a patriot, I’m proud to be British, but I’m also realistic, writes Barnie Choudhury. It pains me to have to justify myself. Yet I feel I must. Why? Because I am a brown man, who was not born in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. I am an immigrant,…

Rishi Sunak, the Diwali PM who answered his country’s call

Rishi Sunak is already a marmite prime minister, writes Barnie Choudhury. Feted by his MP colleagues but rejected by the Conservative grass roots just six weeks ago (September 5). They accuse Sunak of causing Johnson’s downfall, rather than accept that it was the fault of his once next-door Downing Street…

EXCLUSIVE: “The best Diwali present ever” say Tory Parliamentarians

In a momentous day, Britain’s first south Asian prime minister, who became the Conservative Party leader on Diwali day [24], has vowed to unite the country and his riven party. Speaking on the steps of Number 10, Rishi Sunak, a practising Hindu, told the country that he would be a…

Bidens thanks Asian Americans for reflecting the soul of ‘who…

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have thanked Asian Americans in the US for contributing to every part of American life and reflecting the soul of "who we are as a nation", as they hosted the largest-ever Diwali reception at the White House. More than 200 eminent Indian…

Indians delight in Rishi Sunak’s rise to UK PM on…

Many Indians are delighted at the prospect of Rishi Sunak becoming the first person of Indian origin to become British prime minister, just as Hindus like him celebrated Diwali across the world on Monday. Sunak was set to take the top job after his rivals Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt withdrew…

New NHS campaign urges South Asians to consider nursing as…

The NHS has launched a new campaign to encourage South Asian community to consider nursing as a career, the health service said in a statement. The ‘We Are The NHS’ campaign by NHS England, now in its fifth year, has been revamped to champion the extraordinary work of South Asian…

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

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

British Pakistani doctor reunites with acid attack victim he helped…

A British Pakistani hair transplant surgeon flew to Karachi to meet an acid attack victim he helped recover.Asim Shahmalak, who works at Crown Clinic in Manchester, teamed up with other doctors to remodel the disfigured face of Kanwal Qayyum. The Pakistani woman, who had dreamt of becoming an air steward,…

When TRS brought the taste of Diwali, to Trafalgar Square!

Each year, the Mayor of London's free annual family event is delivered in partnership with Diwali in London, at Trafalgar square. This year, TRS participated in the event as a proud sponsor bringing flavours, emotions, and the special tastes of Diwali to the event. TRS has been a household name…

Six in 10 South Asians worry about week ahead, says…

New research released this week reveals almost 6 in 10 South Asians regularly experience anxiety (57%). Despite Sunday being the traditional day of rest and recreation for most, as the weekend draws to a close, many begin to worry about the week ahead with lack of sleep (57%), juggling family…

Diwali will be public school holiday in New York City…

In a significant decision, Diwali will be a public school holiday in New York City starting 2023, with Mayor Eric Adams saying this sends a message about the significance of the city's inclusiveness and this “long overdue” step will encourage children to learn about the festival of lights. Adams, joined…

Joginder Sanger praised for Bhavan’s growth

The Bhavan UK’s outgoing chairman Joginder Sanger was felicitated in recognition of the businessman's contribution to its growth.Sanger headed the largest Indian cultural and education institute outside the south Asian country since 2011. He was its vice-chairman from 1993 till he was elevated to the top role.In their facilitation speeches,…

Huge drop in students studying Gujarati in UK; other South…

A number of South Asian languages, including Gujarati, have seen a steady decline in their appeal in the UK as students entering the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) levels in languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Persian, Punjabi, and Urdu have gone down drastically between 2015 and 2021. A press…

“It was quite empowering”, says Britain’s first hijab-wearing police officer

BRITAIN’S first hijab wearing police officer is hoping she can inspire more people from the south Asian community to join a “very diverse” force. Khadeejah Mansur joined the Leicestershire Police force in October 2020 because she wanted to “represent our diverse communities, especially here in Leicester”. “The message I want…

EXCLUSIVE: “Happy Diwali one and all”

Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has wished all Eastern Eye readers a happy Diwali. In a specially arranged visit to the newspaper’s offices, Sir Kier met the Solanki family which owns and runs the biggest portfolio of south Asian publications in the UK, and some of the newspaper’s journalists. It…

Jubin Nautiyal concert in London and Leicester

LIVE PERFORMANCE THE BOLLYWOOD BRASS BAND When: Saturday October 22 Where: Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ What: The legendary Bollywood brass band continue their UK tour to celebrate 30 years of performing film songs in a unique way. Check the website for further dates. www.bollywoodbrassband.co.uk BOTOWN: THE…

Indians largest group that overstays UK visas? Lord Karan Bilimoria…

British-Indian businessman Karan Bilimoria has disagreed with UK home secretary Suella Braverman that Indians are the "largest group of people who overstay" their visas in the UK. Speaking with Economic Times Online over phone, Lord Bilimoria, a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, said he was surprised because the…

US: Indian-American Chandru Acharya among 25 faith leaders in advisory…

Indian-American Chandru Acharya from Michigan has been appointed to the Faith-Based Security Advisory Council of Homeland Security. Acharya is the lone Hindu voice in this committee of 25 distinguished faith leaders from the United States, a media release said on Monday. He is widely acknowledged in the Hindu American community…

‘Pandemic has taught us how valuable, and indeed precious, live…

Shruti Rajasekar, an Indian-American composer and vocalist, is in news for her new work 'Light Eternal’ which premiered in the final concert of the prestigious Hatfield House World of Music Festival on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. What made the occasion even more special for her was…

Premiere of Fawad Khan’s The Legend of Maula Jatt a…

The star-studded red carpet premiere for The Legend of Maula Jatt made South Asian film history last night, at the Novo Cinema — Mall of Qatar in Qatar. FAB Entertainment, a Qatar-based entertainment company partnered with Qatar Tourism for the world premiere of the anticipated release with a glittering celebrity…

UK extends additional aid worth £10 million for Pakistan flood…

The UK has decided to provide further humanitarian support to Pakistan following devastating floods that have killed more than 1,600 people and injured over 12,000. More than 33 million people have been affected by the disaster. As part of his visit to the South Asian nation on Friday (14), UK…

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

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

Marvellous Mimmi and music with a meaning

SINGER RITVIZ DISCUSSES HIS RAPID RISE AND DEBUT ALBUM There is impressive momentum behind multi-talented music star Ritviz. He has followed up having the songs Sage, Thandi Hawa and Aavegi featured on globally successful Disney serial Ms Marvel with his newly released debut album Mimmi, which is a gripping nine-track…

From the pain of baby loss to finding hope

How Madhuri Bedi is providing support to affected families This month marks 20 years of Baby Loss Awareness Week in the UK. From October 9-15, everyone connected to the baby loss community comes together to commemorate much-loved and missed babies while raising awareness about the support that is available all-year…

Great expectations

Conditioning over generations has led society to believe that women only deserve second, third and fourth best, and sometimes nothing at all. Even today, this outdated mindset is still prevalent and more magnified within the south Asian community. Despite all the campaigning, activism, and spotlights on the issues, we are…

King Charles keen on ‘brokering peace’ in Leicester

King Charles III is keen on fostering community harmony and brokering peace in Leicester where violent group clashes have intermittently taken place in recent months, a media report said.Having worked to bring together people of various faiths both in the UK and abroad previously, the new monarch is believed to…

Hundreds gather for Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square

Thousands gathered at Trafalgar Square in London on Sunday (9) to celebrate Diwali and to enjoy dance, music, activities and food. The celebrations started with 200 dancers in the main square followed by artistic performances from London’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. As part of the event, Neasden Temple’s Diwali…

California man charged with hate crimes after targeting saree-clad Hindu…

At least 14 Hindu women in the US state of California have been attacked by a man who also ripped their jewellery in a spate of hate crimes, authorities said. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, 37-year-old Lathan Johnson reportedly targeted older Hindu women and tore necklaces…

Yami Gautam’s LOST is the closing film at the Atlanta…

After receiving a long standing ovation and overwhelming response at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) recently, Yami Gautam Dhar starrer ‘LOST’ has concluded the Atlanta Indian Film Festival. ‘LOST’ is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.…

Big B turns 80: Journey of a film icon

Magic moments from Amitabh Bachchan’s amazing movie career Being the greatest Bollywood star of all time has given Amitabh Bachchan many landmark moments throughout his distinguished career. Although he has had many achievements apart from acting including national honours, helping to eradicate polio in India, hosting a popular TV quiz…

TRS adds a festive tadka to Diwali on the Square

Diwali brings with it the spirit of togetherness, family bonding and several occasions to savour the family’s favourite recipes. The Indian diaspora in the UK has gone through decades of evolution and that has led to the transformation of people’s food habits and how they celebrate festivals. Whether your cuisine…

Bestway Group CEO thanks donors for helping raise $2.3m for…

The Bestway Group on September 23 organised a fund-raising event at London's Intercontinental on Park Lane to raise money for the devastating floods that rocked Pakistan recently and the money which was raised eventually far exceeded the target. The event was attended by more than 650 guests, including the Lord…

EXCLUSIVE: Asian Tory verdict: “Incompetence risks damaging party”

Prime minister, Liz Truss, and chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, have “risked” the Conservative Party’s election chances because of their “incompetent handling” of the mini budget, Asian parliamentarians have told Eastern Eye.   In a so-called mini budget on September 23, Kwarteng abolished the 45p higher tax rate. However, on Monday (3) the…

Charles hosts first South Asian diaspora event as King in…

Britain’s King Charles III hosted his first major event in Scotland for the South Asian diaspora since becoming monarch last month as a celebration of charity initiatives geared towards the region. The event for the British Asian Trust, founded by him as the Prince of Wales in 2007 to tackle…

Manisha Tailor: First female Assistant Head of Coaching in English…

Manisha Tailor been named as QPR’s Community Captain in recognition of her incredible work in becoming Assistant Head of Coaching at the club. Manisha is the first woman of South Asian heritage to hold such a role in the English game. The Community Captain accolade is being given to more…

Navinder, who couldn’t even run to front door, is set…

At one point of time, she could not even run to the front door but now, she is all geared up to run in a marathon, thanks to a special cause. Navinder Molyneux, a mother of two from Surrey, is all set to take part in the TCS London Marathon…

Coach Manisha Tailor calls for greater diversity in football

Football coach and author Manisha Tailor has called for action to bring more British Asian women to the top division of the game.Despite making up the largest single ethnic minority female group, South Asian women account for just 0.3 per cent in the top division of football.Tailor, who trained as…

England cricket board reports more progress to promote equity across…

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday (29) set out the continued progress that cricket is making in its commitment to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, at all levels of the game. Since the announcement of cricket’s game-wide action plan in November 2021, the ECB has continued to…

“WE MUST REMAIN A BEACON OF UNITY”

MPs, peers, religious and civic leaders are urging Hindus and Muslims to stand together after disturbances and protests in Leicester and the West Midlands. They are also calling on the police to communicate and better engage with south Asian communities to stop religious tensions from rising. Last week [20], hundreds…

Sadiq Khan announces London’s Diwali on the Square celebrations on…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that Diwali on the Square will take place on October 9, which is a Sunday, with a host of entertainment on offer suitable for all ages. The capital’s celebration of the festival of lights will see Londoners and people from around the world come…

How to cope with baby loss trauma

THOSE impacted by the devastating loss of a baby often have nowhere to turn when dealing with the trauma and complex challenges. This silent pain is perhaps more amplified within the south Asian community. One of those affected was Amneet Kaur Graham, when she fell pregnant with daughter Willow and…

‘Chorni, Chorni’: Pakistan minister Marriyum Aurangzeb heckled at a cafe…

Pakistan’s information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has blamed the “hate and divisive politics” of previous prime minister Imran Khan for her heckling in London. In a widely shared video, a group of people, believed to be supporters of Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), can be seen harassing the minister at a…

British Asian women of Leicester condemn ‘senseless violence’, say troublemakers…

British South Asian women living in Leicester have come together to denounce the recent “senseless violence” in the city and call for peaceful coexistence of communities. Tensions between Hindu and Muslim groups, apparently triggered by an India-Pakistan cricket match in last August, escalated to disorder earlier this month leading to…

Greater cultural awareness, better support key for South Asian families…

Bliss, the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature and sick, has published a new research which highlights the largely unexplored experiences of South Asian communities in neonatal care. In a new report, Bliss has shared the outcomes of research which shows a greater cultural awareness and better support is…

Pak spy agency ISI considers me its ‘enemy’, says Indian-American…

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has said that Pakistan's spy agency ISI considers him an "enemy" because of his stand against the radicals in the South Asian country. The Democratic Party lawmaker from Illinois said this while addressing community members during a fundraiser hosted by him in Boston at the residence…

“We won’t tolerate unrest in our city”

Outsiders are coming to Leicester to cause tensions among the city’s south Asian communities, sources have told Eastern Eye. In the past three weeks, police arrested 47 people following violence in the city. Last weekend (16-17), they arrested 18 suspects, and some of those were from outside the city, sources…

Finding freedom from an unhappy marriage

WHY SONIA GUPTA THREW A DIVORCE PARTY AFTER SPLIT Only those who have gone through a divorce know how painful it is and, perhaps, more so within the south Asian community because of outdated attitudes. But now an empowered generation is changing that and taking control of their lives, which…

Fabulous south Asian features and shorts at this year’s London…

This year’s London Film Festival runs from October 5-16 and once again has a strong south Asian line-up, which touch upon diverse genres and have interesting storylines. There will be cinema screenings, and some films will be available online. Eastern Eye looked ahead to the annual event, with a preview…

Lincolnshire celebrates India Day

LIVE PERFORMANCE Lincolnshire India Day When: Saturday September 24 Where: The Engine Shed, Lincoln, LN67TS What: Free event by the Indian Cultural Organisation of Lincolnshire, which will present a day of live classical, Bollywood, and Bhangra performances, along with offering delicious Indian food. There will be free and exciting workshops…

Leicester violence: Hindus and Muslims make joint appeal for harmony

Leaders of the Hindu and Muslim communities in the eastern England city of Leicester presented a united front on Tuesday as they appealed for harmony in the wake of violent clashes following an India-Pakistan cricket match, which has led to 47 arrests. Pradyumna Das, President of the city’s ISKCON Temple,…

The King’s duty to protect diversity depends on our finding…

IF this was the end of an era - the Elizabethan age - what an ending it was. The scale of global attention for the Queen’s funeral renewed the sense that nobody does tradition quite like the British. It was broadcast magnificently too. Sweeping shots of Westminster Abbey combined with…

South Asians with dementia die younger than white British counterparts:…

British South Asians with dementia are at higher risk of early death than their white British counterparts, new research has revealed. According to the findings of the study, South Asian people with dementia die 2.97 years younger and black people 2.66 years younger than white Britons with similar conditions. The…

My playlist – MR.Slade

One of the most interesting cover versions of the year has seen Canadian-south Asian rock artist MR.Slade reinterpret Blondie song Call Me. The singer, determined to break down doors across the globe relating to culture rights through to LGBT+ issues, put his own edgy spin on a much-loved classic, which…

EXCLUSIVE: “King Charles be defender of all faiths” 

SENIOR SOUTH ASIAN and Black leaders have urged King Charles to make sure their communities continue to have a strong influence on Britain’s future. While he was a prince, the new monarch was outspoken on issues which concerned him. They included highlighting the dangers of climate change, the benefits of…

British Muslims reduced to ‘second class’ due to racist citizenship…

Citizenship-stripping powers introduced in the UK since 2002 have enshrined a “second-class citizenship”, mainly affecting Muslims, a London-based think tank said. Institute of Race Relations said in a report that the powers that allowed citizenship to be removed without notice led to the creation of a lesser form of citizenship.…

Nikita Gill’s poetic words of wisdom

ACCLAIMED BRITISH WRITER SPEAKS ABOUT HER WORK AND INSPIRING NEW BOOK An incredible ability to tell a human story through poetry and connect with readers on an emotional level has turned Nikita Gill into an important literary voice. The acclaimed British writer has mixed up brilliant books such as The…

Finding support for Social Anxiety

Author Mita Mistry discusses her new self-help book Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life and that feeling of worry, fear or deep unease can be crippling. In some severe cases, it can lead to panic disorders, phobias and being unable to cope in social situations. Feeling socially…

Liz Truss’s cabinet is Britain’s first without white man in…

The new British Prime Minister Liz Truss has selected a cabinet where for the first time a white man will not hold one of the country's four most important ministerial positions. Truss appointed Kwasi Kwarteng – whose parents came from Ghana in the 1960s – as Britain's first Black finance…

EXCLUSIVE: Embrace south Asian communities prime minister

SENIOR TORIES have urged the new prime minister, Liz Truss, to continue “engaging, consulting, and listening to” south Asian communities. They have told Eastern Eye that they are concerned the new PM will undo the progress made by her predecessors. “The problem with Liz is that she doesn’t listen,” said…

Sheikh Hasina lauds PM Modi for evacuating Bangladeshi students from…

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi led initiative towards rescuing students of her country who were stuck in eastern Europe following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a free-wheeling television interaction with ANI, Prime Minister Hasina, who is set to visit India on Monday, also…

Dr Karan Jutlla appointed new Alzheimer’s Society ambassador; says ‘outdated’…

Dr Karan Juttla, author of a report which has claimed that South Asian people living with dementia in the UK and their families are being failed by a culturally inclusive support after their diagnoses, has been appointed as the new ambassador of Alzheimer's Society. Her appointment came on the occasion…

Congressman Krishnamoorthi seeks action against woman for hate crime against…

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has asked the police in Dallas to prosecute to the full extent of the law the woman responsible for the hate-motivated harassment and assault on four women of Indian descent last week, saying such bigoted attacks victimise not only those targeted by them but also broader…

Racist leaflets distributed in Oldham say white Britons could be…

Racist leaflets “aimed at dividing” communities have been distributed in the Greater Manchester town of Oldham, prompting the local council to report the incident to the police.One of the leaflets posted through doors warns that the change in the demographics could reduce white Britons to a minority by the 2060s.…

‘I wanted to challenge people’s assumptions with The P Word’

EXPLORING the struggles of a gay Asian Muslim asylum seeker in modern Britain is the central theme in the Bush Theatre’s new work, The P Word, the playwright has said. It charts the parallel lives of two gay Pakistani men – Zafar, who flees homophobic persecution in Pakistan to seek…

Prianca RA sings an empowering tune

British artist discusses her meaningful music Independent artist Prianca RA showed she is bringing something different to the music industry with her recently released single One Time In Lebanon. The Leicester born singer-songwriter has created an interesting new sound by blending influences ranging from r’n’b to Arabic. Eastern Eye caught…

Bookings at Indian restaurant in Cheshire go off the charts…

Owners of an Indian restaurant in UK were pleasantly surprised when they saw bookings surged during this week. The Light of India in Ellesmere Port has received overnight popularity after Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds described the food there as the ‘best Indian food in Europe', media reports said. Reynolds, who owns…

Glorious Greek classic gets a great British Asian twist

ZAINAB HASAN TAKES ON THE TITLE ROLE IN NEW ANTIGONE STAGE ADAPTATION Versatile British actress Zainab Hasan has consistently shown how great she is on stage, with a wide array of characters. Her latest is the clever contemporary adaptation of Greek classic Antigone and could perhaps be the most interesting…

Rishi enthrals Asian Tories

RISHI SUNAK, former chancellor and a candidate to be the next prime minister, received a hero’s welcome with loud cheering and Indian drums at a hustings event in north London on Monday (22). Sunak’s popularity in the community was evident as more than 650 British Asians from across the country…

Sri Lanka among 10 countries with highest food price inflation:…

Sri Lanka is ranked fifth among the 10 countries with the highest food price inflation in the world, according to the latest World Bank assessment. In its Food Security update, the World Bank said trade policy actions on food and fertilizers have surged since the beginning of the war in…

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…

Vikram Doraiswami appointed India’s High Commissioner to the UK

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

Review: Tongues and Bellies – Unique anthology explores diverse south…

The Whole Kahani (The Co­mplete Story), is a collective of Bri­tish fiction writers of south Asian origin, formed in 2011, to provide a creative perspective that straddles cultures and bo­u­n­daries. Eight of the authors in the literary group teamed up for this unique anthology of 14 short stories. The third…

We’ve served 35,000 samosas to date, raised around £40,000 to…

The number of people from a South Asian background living with dementia is set to increase by 600 per cent within the next three decades. However, families in this community are less likely to access treatment and support when diagnosed due to a lack of culturally appropriate diagnostic tools and…

Sadiq Khan receives Sitara-i-Pakistan at Independence Day celebrations at Pakistan…

The Independence Day of Pakistan was marked by a flag-hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London on Sunday (14) as the South Asian nation turned 75. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, was also felicitated at the event. Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Pakistani High commissioner to the UK, hoisted the…

Artist explores What is Seen and What is Not in…

MIGRATION, capitalism and climate change are among the themes explored by British Asian artist Osman Yousefzada in his new work at the V&A in south London. A tripartite of site-specific installations, the works draw upon Yousefzada’s Pakistani heritage and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the country this weekend. What is…

‘I’d like Nayanthara to narrate Devi Vishwakumar’s life in Never…

After the huge success of Season 1 and Season 2, Netflix dropped Never Have I Ever Season 3 on August 12. The show has a solid fanbase across the globe and fans had been waiting for Season 3 with bated breath. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays an Indian-American teenager, Devi Vishwakumar,…

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Tribute to the king…

NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN REMEMBERED BY THE LEGEND WHO DISCOVERED HIM Late great maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is regarded as the greatest qawwali artist of all time and one of the most important musical voices of the 20th century. After an incredible career, the supremely gifted Sufi star…

Life and signs of an Asian deaf artist

Comedian Rinkoo Barpaga discusses his new one-man show Being a deaf British Asian isn’t highlighted in popular culture, and it is rarely discussed in everyday life. Rinkoo Barpaga is hoping to change that with his unique new one-man comedy show Made in India Britain, which recently premiered at the Edinburgh…

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

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

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t let racism stop Sunak winning

A minority of racists among Conservative grassroots members could stop Rishi Sunak from becoming the first non-white prime minister. That is the concern among some south Asian Tories who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They are concerned that Britain is “not ready to take orders from a brown boy”. They…

Tata Motors to acquire Ford India’s plant in Gujarat

Automotive giant Tata Motors said its subsidiary will acquire Ford India's Gujarat-based manufacturing facility for Rs 7.25 billion (£75 million). Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd (TPEML) and Ford India Pvt Ltd (FIPL) have signed a unit transfer Agreement (UTA) for the acquisition of the plant in Sanand. Tata Motors will…

Marking 50 years since the arrival of the Ugandan Asians…

The Ugandan South Asian community came together at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, in the heart of northwest London, on Saturday 6th August, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their expulsion from Uganda in 1972, and to celebrate the positive contribution they have made to Britain since arriving as refugees. The…

Adnan Miakhel, the Afghan teen who stays in hunt for…

Cricket comes easy to South Asian blood and Adnan Miakhel is no exception. The teen, who is obsessed with the sport, played on the dusty backstreets of his country Afghanistan with whatever he could get. As he bowled with a tennis ball for hours and made a bat out of…

Third member of Cardiff family, woman, 20, dies from ‘poisoning’…

A woman from a British family has died from suspected poisoning in Sylhet, Bangladesh, media reports said. Samira Islam, 20, is the third and latest victim from a family of five who were on a two-month holiday visiting relatives in the south Asian country. They were from the Riverside area…

We have a very good friendship, we are like one…

Pakistan javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem says he will miss competing against India's Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra at the Commonwealth Games here as they are part of 'one' family. Neeraj won a historic silver at the World Championships last month with a throw of 88.13m as Arshad finished fifth after becoming…

Play explores the political legacy of migrant families

PLAYWRIGHT Sonali Bhattacharyya has taken inspiration from her own family to tell the story of a political activist who arrived in Leicester from Kolkata in the early 2000s for her play Chasing Hares, currently wowing audiences packed at London’s Young Vic. She wanted to tell the story of political engagement…

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…

A perfectly fine literary journey

British Bengali author discusses her relatable debut novel The Covid-19 lockdown saw Tasneem Abdur-Rashid brilliantly balance working full-time, raising small children and doing a master’s part time with writing her newly published debut novel Finding Mr Perfectly Fine. Born and raised in London, she has delivered an engaging story about…

England to tour Pakistan in September for T20s and tests

England will tour Pakistan in September for the first time in 17 years to play seven Twenty20 and three test matches in two spells, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday. England pulled out of their Pakistan tour last year soon after New Zealand had abandoned their tour of…

EXCLUSIVE: Breast cancer warning for Asian women

ASIAN women are being urged to carry out regular checks of their breasts and attend screenings after a study found they were delaying in presenting with breast cancer symptoms – which means they are more likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts. A study commissioned by the…

Sahib Singh makes history by becoming Burberry Children’s first Sikh…

A four-year-old British Sikh boy has won hearts when he created history by becoming the first Sikh model for British luxury brand Burberry Children. Londoner Sahib Singh was recently featured in Burberry's Children Autumn-Winter 2022 collection advertisement, sporting a patka, a head covering which is worn by many Sikh children…

Karim Khan makes a splash with his new show Brown…

Conversations with south Asian friends and family members about them not being able to swim (or learning later in life) inspired Karim Khan to write brand new theatre production Brown Boys Swim. Being intrigued by why so many from the south Asian community are not able to swim led him…

Hounslow to host ANHAD, an outdoor South Asian contemporary arts…

COME August 13 and the Hounslow Town Centre will be transformed as it celebrates South Asian Heritage Month and hosts ANHAD, a new and exciting outdoor multi-arts festival featuring exceptional, cutting-edge contemporary work by South Asian artists based in the UK. The festival will be directed by Mira Kaushik, OBE,…

‘Stop dividing Asian communities’

A SENIOR Conservative peer, who has given more than a million pounds to the Tories, has accused its treasurer of “disgracing” his office. In a letter to Malik Karim, seen by Eastern Eye, Lord Rami Ranger said that the party’s first south Asian treasurer had been “rude” towards him and…

Johnson says his successor should decide on inquiry into Nusrat…

Outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson has washed his hands of an inquiry into MP Nusrat Ghani’s claims of religious bias for her being sacked as the transport minister, saying his successor would have to look into the matter.Ghani, 49, who was sacked as the transport minister in 2020, alleged that…

Author aims to record Partition Voices before they ‘fall silent’

PARTITION, for so many people from south Asia, evokes the horrors of the violent and brutal separation of India and the creation of Pakistan. Less mentioned, however, is life before 1947, when people from different cultures and religions lived side by side largely in harmony for many years. Author Kavita…

Legal professionals celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

SOLICITORS in England and Wales on Monday (18) marked the beginning of the South Asian Heritage Month, which this year is focusing on celebrating and commemorating South Asian culture and educating the public. Law Society vice president Lubna Shuja said, “I am delighted to mark the start of South Asian…

Where is Home? Leicester exhibition explores answers

ALNOOR MITHA had an idyllic childhood, spending his days climbing hills, swimming in lakes and listening to the sounds of lions roaring in his home town of Ngora in Uganda. Then, when he was nine, it was all snatched away in a heartbeat. He and his family were among the…

EXCLUSIVE: Is the UK ready for an Asian PM?

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

Emmy nominations 2022: Here’s what you need to know about…

The Emmy Awards nominations for the year 2022 have been announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, with the HBO drama Succession leading the pack with 25 nominations. It was followed by Ted Lasso and The White Lotus with 20 nods apiece. Comedy series Hacks and Only Murders…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: India’s global superstar

Forty magical moments from the life and career of Priyanka Chopra Jonas A path-breaking global career has turned Priyanka Chopra Jonas into perhaps the most famous Indian celebrity on the planet. From her stunning Miss World win to becoming a frontline Bollywood star and then cracking Hollywood, she has blazed…

Ancestral ties: India avidly watching British leadership race

HALF a world away from the political drama in London, many Indians are closely following the twists and turns of who replaces Boris Johnson as British prime minister, curious to see how two candidates with Indian ancestry fare. Rishi Sunak, the bookmakers' favourite to prevail, and Suella Braverman are campaigning…

Simran Jhamat can inspire next generation of British South Asian…

BRITISH INDIAN footballer Simran Jhamat is a 'role model' and can inspire the next generation of British South Asian female footballers, her former manager Vicky Jepson has said. At the junior level, Jhamat, 20, from Walsall played for the local club Sporting Khalsa. Later, she joined Aston Villa's Girls' Centre of…

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…

Asian Inclusion Mentoring Scheme is only going to get bigger…

Former Wales defender Neil Taylor said the Asian Inclusion Mentoring Scheme of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is getting better in its efforts to help aspirational footballers of Asian origin.The professional player of mixed Welsh-Indian descent, who is working as a mentor for the scheme, said he regularly attends training…

He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and…

Prominent South Asian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday expressed shock and anguish over the assassination of Shinzo Abe, hailing the former Japanese prime minister for his contributions towards bolstering bilateral ties and regional economic development. Abe, 67, one of his nation's…

Priyanka Chopra teams up with Mindy Kaling to play her…

Priyanka Chopra has joined forces with Mindy Kaling to headline an upcoming Hollywood rom-com, marking their first collaboration together. The Quantico actress will play Kaling’s Punjabi cousin in the yet-to-be-titled film. Apart from playing one of the female leads, the Late Night actress has also co-written the film. She will…

With players like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, you’ll see more…

ENGLAND cricketer Moeen Ali has said that the participation of British Asians in football at the professional level is minuscule in the country, according to a report. Asian involvement in UK cricket is healthy even in the backdrop of allegations by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq in which he claimed…

UK warns against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka

THE UK government warned Tuesday (5) against routine travel to Sri Lanka as the South Asian country, a popular destination for British tourists, battles economic collapse. The updated advice from the foreign ministry could invalidate travel insurance for any Britons still heading to Sri Lanka. The ministry said it "advises…

Asians ‘failed by dementia care’

HEALTH authorities need to overcome misconceptions about British Asian communities in order to change an “outdated” dementia care service, according to the researcher whose review found that the system had been “designed for white British patients”. Dr Karan Jutlla’s research highlighted that the system was “totally inadequate” to support dementia…

Dilan Markanday to British south Asian players: If you’re good…

THE first British south Asian to play for Tottenham Hotspur, Dilan Markanday has urged south Asian players to believe that it’s possible to reach the top and create their own opportunities with their abilities, according to a report. He was speaking to 70 local schoolchildren and their families at the Rovers…

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

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

Who is Brandon Khela? The first British South Asian who…

BRANDON KHELA became the first British South Asian footballer ever to sign professional terms at Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City, according to a report. The Punjabi midfielder played for Birmingham's U18s last season, before establishing himself at the U23 level in Premier League 2, and turns professional after completing…

Farhan Akhtar reveals he agreed to appear in Ms Marvel…

Farhan Akhtar, who is mostly in news for his high-profile films or streaming shows that he produces under Excel Entertainment, is presently in the spotlight for his appearance in Marvel Studios’ streaming show Ms Marvel, which recently debuted on Disney+ Hotstar. The show marked the debut of a Muslim superhero…

UK health services are failing to provide right treatment to…

According to an alarming review that has come to light – thousands of south Asian people with dementia are not provided with the right treatment for this disease due to an outdated system that favours white British patients. The report by the Alzheimer’s Society consists of 55 pages and is…

British South Asian midfielder Zidane Iqbal signs long-term deal with…

Young British South Asian midfielder Zidane Iqbal has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United.The son of a Pakistani father and an Iraqi mother, made his debut for the club in a Champions League match against the Swiss team Young Boys at Old Trafford in December last year.The new…

Black and South Asian women wait two months longer than…

NEW research has revealed that black and South Asian women should wait at least two months longer than their white colleagues to find their first job. As part of the study,Totaljobs and The Diversity Trust surveyed more than 3,500 people across the UK to assess the career journeys of black…

Mehrwan Irani: The owner of America’s best restaurant ‘Chai Pani’…

Mehrwan Irani, whose Chai Pani has been declared America’s ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ in the 2022 James Beard Awards, is inspired by Indian street food.According to the chef and restaurateur, colourful and delicious Indian street food represent the culinary ethos of the South Asian nation.“The food is much more diverse and interesting…

Pandemic of Asian mental illness

SOUTH ASIAN mental health experts and survivors are urging the government to provide care specifically to meet their needs. They warned that the Covid pandemic has highlighted the lack of “culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive” services, and people are “suffering in silence”. As part of its 10-year mental health strategy,…

Despite its roots in India, yoga is pretty much whitewashed:…

Diversity has eluded the UK’s yoga sector despite the practice having its roots in India, even as black and minority ethnic practitioners are challenging racism in yoga organisations. While the British Medical Journal found in 2020 that 91 per cent of British yoga practitioners were white, there are also reports…

Ahmed Khan: Bilingual brilliance from Belgium

ONE of the most interesting and unique music acts to emerge in recent years is amazingly talented artist Ahmed Khan. The independent singer-songwriter from Belgium has combined multiple languages, musical influences, and cool collaborations to create unique tracks that have connected with music fans from different cultural backgrounds. That includes…

The Little English movie treasure

A BIG highlight of this year’s London Indian Film Festival is the world premiere of Little English. The British Asian comedy based on hit play There’s Something About Simmy marks the directorial debut of acclaimed theatre maestro Pravesh Kumar and sees rising star Rameet Rauli take on the challenging lead…

Dishoom’s founder among guests of YouTube series Dialogues of Diaspora

MEMBERS of India’s diaspora are being brought together in conversation through a new YouTube series that discusses important issues affecting their lives. Dialogues of Diaspora is a project created by Ramneet Baidwan from Los Angeles and Sanvir Singh Chana from London and it’s named after the company they run. In…

Ten most stunningly popular songs of singing star Jubin Nautiyal…

THE last few years have been truly incredible for Jubin Nautiyal. The Indian sensation has become one of the most popular south Asian singers globally by mixing up monster solo hits with huge Bollywood numbers and sell-out live performances. This month the popular star embarks on his hotly anticipated debut…

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…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We don’t have enough donors from Asian backgrounds, I…

Fewer than five per cent of blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Yet 1,000 people in England – mostly people from Asian backgrounds – suffer from a disease called thalassaemia that affects red blood cells, requiring regular blood transfusions…

‘Why would I want to do that to the Pakistani…

Marvel Studios’ latest superhero offering Ms. Marvel started streaming on Disney+ Hotstar last week and has been receiving a positive response from the audience. What has grabbed everyone’s attention is the fact how brilliantly the entire cast has pulled off their characters. Iman Vellani essays the character of the first…

New Bollywood musical Bombay Superstar announces UK tour

Award-winning Phizzical Productions have announced the world premiere of Bombay Superstar, a dazzling new Bollywood musical set in the sizzling disco era of the 1970s. The show features some of the most-loved songs from the golden age of Bollywood, telling a passionate tale of star-crossed romance between a fiery rising…

Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month with Manchester Museum

MANCHESTER Museum, part of The University of Manchester, is celebrating South Asian Heritage Month or SAHM (July 18 – August 17) with an unmissable two-day festival featuring film, music, workshops and more. The SAHM, which is an annual awareness month, begins on July 18, when the Indian Independence Act 1947…

‘Representation matters,’ says Priyanka Chopra as she wishes ‘luck and…

Global icon Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram Stories to give Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new streaming show Ms Marvel a big shout-out. The Disney+ Hotstar series, which premiered on June 8, stars Iman Vellani as MCU’s newest superhero. Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who has collaborated with Chopra on multiple projects, features…

Exclusive: Asians need to “Step Up” when it comes to…

His cancer came without notice, and for three months Keyur Patel – known as Kiwi – was planning his own funeral. Now, 10 years on, Kiwi is “grateful” that he can tell his story and live the life he thought would end prematurely. The Met police sergeant remembers vividly the…

Marvel-lous way to ‘change how Muslims are viewed in real…

WITH great power comes great responsibility,’ are words etched in Marvel folklore, thanks to Spiderman. But now, these words are just as important to Iman Vellani, Marvel’s first-ever Muslim superhero. The 19-year-old plays Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel, in the new Disney+ series of the same name. “We’re really shifting…

For the first time, NHS recruits more doctors from outside…

International medical graduates (IMG) hired by the NHS outnumbered the doctors recruited from within the UK last year, calling into question the ethics of “poaching” medical professionals from developing countries.Many recruits were from countries like India and Pakistan which have been facing a severe shortage of doctors.According to General Medical…

Styles notes with Neelam: East meets West

HOW WOMEN ARE CONFIDENTLY EMBRACING A BLEND OF BOTH STYLES HAVE you ever mixed and matched western styles with traditional eastern pieces? If you follow any big influencers on social media, you will have seen it has become a huge trend to restyle items across your wardrobe for different occasions.…

The Emma Project: Clever Jane Austen inspired romance rounds off…

AMERICAN author Sonali Dev has carved out a niche for herself with contemporary novels that cleverly combines a Jane Austen style romance with a Bollywood flavour. The superb Incense and Sensibility is perhaps a standout in the series. The books that follow a large Indian family have a connectivity. This…

Cary Rajinder Sawhney: London Indian Film Festival connects people to…

THE past 12 years has seen the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) become a leading celebration of south Asian cinema globally. Europe’s largest Indian and south Asian festival now spans across multiple cities in the UK. Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE has continually powered the fabulous annual film feast forward, as…

‘Just on hearing their names, audience goes to buy tickets:’…

Plenty of surprises are in store for South Asian fans of Marvel as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going a little desi. Ms Marvel, the upcoming streaming show from the home of Marvel Studios, is introducing its first-ever Pakistani female superhero- Kamala Khan, played by Pakistani-Canadian actor Iman Vellani. In…

How a dance studio is helping disabled people find their…

DANCE is being used to break stigmas and help disabled people to become more active at a studio in London. Dr Rashmi Becker founded Dance Dosti, with Metro Blind Sport and Vision Foundation, during the Covid-19 pandemic, after seeing the disproportionate impact that Covid had on both the south-Asian community…

Bangladesh battles to douse blaze at container depot that killed…

Firefighters in Bangladesh battled for a third day on Monday to stamp out a massive fire that killed 41 people at a container depot in an incident that spotlights the South Asian nation's poor safety record. Drone footage showed thick columns of smoke and rows of burnt-out containers as Saturday's…

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…

Chann Pardesi makes a masterful return

SIMRAN SIDHU ON THE PUNJABI CLASSIC AND HIS PLANNED SEQUEL PUNJABI cinema has enjoyed an incredible resurgence in recent years with contemporary films clocking up huge box office numbers, but perhaps the most interesting release of 2022 has been a remastered version of all-time classic Chann Pardesi. Widely regarded by…

‘Difficult but not impossible’: Pakistan seeks $5 billion bilateral trade…

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has invited Turkish businesses to invest in his country, saying Islamabad “sincerely” seeks to strengthen bilateral ties with Ankara.Promising that his government would provide “all facilities” to investors, he said alternative energy, automobile industry and agriculture sectors of Pakistan offered ample business opportunities.Sharif told the…

British Indian actor in Bollywood-themed Wedding Party homage for Queen’s…

A British Indian actor is all set with a special Bollywood-themed Wedding Party, complete with a six-metre-high four-tiered cake and a specially designed sari, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace in London. Ajay Chhabra and his Nutkhut performance company have been chosen to represent the Commonwealth…

Marvel newest superhero, Ms Marvel, is a bona fide fan…

The first reactions to Ms Marvel, the upcoming Disney+ series, are in and social media users are over the moon to find out that Marvel Studio's newest superhero is a bona fide fan of Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Critics from select international publications were given access to the first…

Hinduja Group set to redevelop heritage structure in India for…

Having demonstrated its expertise after redeveloping the iconic Old War Office (OWO) in London, the Hinduja Group has similar projects in the pipeline across the world including India, according to its co-chairman Gopichand Hinduja.He said announcements on redeveloping another heritage structure in the British capital and a similar one in…

Bangladesh has the fourth highest number of Leprosy cases: Time…

TWO noted charities have continued their leprosy management initiative in Bangladesh which accounts for the fourth-highest number of people affected by the disease.Phase four of the “Proyash” project, launched by Lepra UK and the Canadian global health organisation Effect Hope, aims to deepen the government’s commitment to providing health, education…

Bridgerton 2: Yet another distorted depiction of South Asian characters…

Though a lot still needs to be done, it is no longer a rare sight to see South Asians creating their own space in showbiz. Talking about South Asian actors, in particular, they are getting meatier roles to play in movies as well as TV series and are no longer…

‘Police service must acknowledge its institutional, structural and systemic racism’…

IN JULY 2020, the Metropolitan Police stopped and searched the car of two athletes, Bianca Williams, and her partner, Ricardo dos Santos. The shocking bodycam and mobile phone footage went viral. It was shown by the TV news channels, and shared on social media. The incident brought shame, once again,…

Situation going from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as…

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

‘I don’t believe that dementia is an inevitable part of…

Speaking at Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022 in central London last Tuesday (18), he confirmed that the plan will focus on how new medicines and emerging science and technology can be harnessed to improve outcomes for dementia patients across the UK. Javid said he wanted the initiative, which would be published…

Why Asians need culturally sensitive mental health support

The Mind mental health charity said mainstream services often fail to provide therapies that meet a person’s cultural or language needs and they are not referred to the right support. It comes after a study in May by the Mental Health Foundation found that people from a black, Asian or…

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…

Eateries desperate to hire Chefs from outside of the UK

They have revealed the shortage of talent has led to “rampant poaching” and bigger eateries offering salaries of around £85,000 salaries, £5,000 sign-on bonuses and family holidays. On the Indeed job website in May, an Indian restaurant in London was looking for a Sous Chef offering £45,000 annually while another…

Ukraine war puts Indian diamond polishers out of work

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

UK Tamils seek justice for civil war victims

TAMILS who resettled in Britain after fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war held a vigil in London on Wednesday (18), with some likening the island nation's current economic crisis to the conditions they faced during the decades-long conflict.The gathering of Tamils seeking justice for those from their community who were…

Britain ready for Asian PM

THE vast majority of Britons say they are comfortable with having a south Asian as their prime minister. A survey by the think-tank, British Future, found that a third of the British public would see an Asian prime minister as a good thing for our country. At least eight in…

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu grooves to bhangra beats – watch…

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu proved that even Marvel superheroes are not immune to the charm of bhangra as the actor joined Indian-Canadian rapper Tesher for a high-octane performance on "Jalebi Baby" at an event in Toronto.    Liu, who attained global popularity following the success of Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the…

‘More Asians stay back in family homes amid cost of…

THE cost of living crisis is leading to more British Asians from poorer backgrounds being unable to own a home and living with their parents for longer, say experts. They have also noted many from middle class backgrounds are staying in the family home after marriage to look after their…

South Asians predisposed to type 2 diabetes at younger age:…

ASIAN INDIANS are up to four times more likely than white Europeans to develop young-onset type 2 diabetes while having a normal body mass index (BMI), partly due to a genetic predisposition to poorer insulin secretion.Research carried out by the University of Dundee and Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centres, the…

Buffalo gunman’s manifesto names ‘Sadiq Khan as enemy’

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan was on the hit list of a teenager who gunned down 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo in the US state of New York on Saturday (14), according to media reports.A 180-page “manifesto” of Payton Gendron, who surrendered after the racist rampage, named Khan as…

Counting and Cracking: Staging a Sri Lanka migrant story

PLAYWRIGHT S Shakthidharan (Shakthi) is bringing his debut play, centred around the story of Sri Lankan migrants to Australia, to the UK as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Counting and Cracking follows the lives of Radha and her son Siddhartha as they release the ashes of her mother into…

Jasdeep Singh Degun: Shining new sitar of British classical music

NEWLY released album Anomaly is an amazing introduction to awesomely talented British Asian artist Jasdeep Singh Degun. The award-winning sitar virtuoso’s dynamic debut combines classical compositions rooted in Indian tradition with a contemporary flair, which showcase his exceptional musicality and ability to effortlessly connect with cross-generational listeners. The 12-track release…

How Sri Lanka’s economy went into a tailspin

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948. Months of lengthy blackouts and acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines have infuriated the public, with huge protests demanding the government's resignation turning violent this week. Eastern Eye reviews the origins of the snowballing…

Oscar Winners Riz Ahmed & Aneil Karia reunite for modern…

Actor Riz Ahmed and filmmaker Aneil Karia, who won the 2022 best live-action short film Oscar for The Long Goodbye, have joined forces again to give a modern spin to William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Hamlet. Deadline reports that Ahmed will star as the titular Prince of Denmark in a script…

Peaceophobia: Having conversations about cars, car culture and Islam

ACCLAIMED play Peaceophobia makes a return after a sell-out premiere in 2021, with immersive shows at Norfolk & Norwich Festival from May 18–21, and at Brighton Festival, May 25-29. The unique experience staged in a carpark brings together motor vehicles, theatre, cinematic lighting, and an original electronic sound score. The…

Anurag Kashyap’s Dobaaraa to open London Indian Film Festival

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming thriller Dobaaraa, which stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, was on Tuesday confirmed as the opening night movie at the 2022 London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) on June 23, ahead of its Indian release on July 1. Female filmmakers will be at the forefront of…

Mentoring for young South Asians with music skills

MANCHESTER MUSEUM has invited young British south Asians passionate about music to join a mentoring programme with an opportunity to travel to India.The collaborative project between Manchester Museum and the Indian Music Experience Museum seeks to explore “rhythm” as a shared language between east and west.“We are inviting two young…

Hussain Manawer: Sad and Beautiful story

A REMARKABLE rise has seen Hussain Manawer impact the British cultural landscape with perfectly written poetry. This has not only drawn attention to the power of words, but broken new ground for creative talent, including him becoming the first poet to open Soccer Aid, the FA Cup and BAFTA awards.…

Ranjah’s Playlist

AMERICAN newcomer Ranjah teamed up with established British talent Raxstar for recently released debut song Nakhre. The top tune has several musical influences and that was also apparent when Eastern Eye got the singer to select 10 songs he loves. Before choosing, he said: “This is a hard question to…

EXCLUSIVE: Did judge ‘bully’ Asian interpreter?

This is a story the judiciary tried to dismiss. It is one which those in power hoped they would pressure Eastern Eye into not publishing. But after a four-month investigation we can reveal that South Asian and white judges have demanded a detailed investigation into one of their colleagues whom…

Focus UK aid to Pakistan on addressing blasphemy laws, militancy:…

BRITISH aid needs to be better targeted towards addressing “controversial” blasphemy laws and militant activities which have a “disproportionate impact” on religious minorities in the south Asian country, a UK parliamentary panel said in a review last Friday (29). The House of Commons International Development Committee unveiled its report, ‘UK…

Johnson thrilled with posters

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

Comedy cancel-culture has Pal second guessing

A LEADING Indian comedian has criticised the country’s alleged “censorship of comedy” ahead of the launch of his Amazon Prime show. Anuvab Pal, 45, has become popular in the UK since his first performance in this country five years ago. His most recent show, Empire, which debuted at the Edinburgh…

The Age of Russell Peters

BEING arguably the greatest and most successful south Asian stand-up comedian of all time hasn’t made Russell Peters rest on his laurels. The Canadian trailblazer continues to power on with sellout shows, including the world tour of his brand-new offering Act Your Age, which stops over in the UK for…

Suba Subramaniam: Fantastic connection to south Asian dance

A DANCE filled life has gifted Suba Subramaniam many magical moments, from her Bharatanatyam training to creating eye-catching shows and being artistic director of pioneering companies. This has resulted in her being integral in dynamic productions, which have received great acclaim and expanded the horizons of dance. She continued her…

Vijay Bhola: Audiences want great entertainment by brilliant performers

THE live south Asian music scene has thrived in recent years with singing superstars filling up major arenas around the UK and London based promoter Vijay Bhola has been at the forefront. His Rock On Music events company has produced huge live shows with the biggest names in music, including…

‘We need diversity heroes rather than mentors’

The BBC’s looking for a new diversity boss because June Sarpong is leaving the corporation. In his third and final essay, one of its former correspondents, Barnie Choudhury, suggests ways to tackle the antipathy, apparent apathy and accelerate a win in the diversity war in the corporation.  One of my…

Indian finance minister meets heads of FedEx, Mastercard

INDIA’S finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday (21) met CEOs of large American firms like FedEx and Mastercard and discussed various opportunities for investment in the south Asian country.She is in the US to attend International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings 2022.FedEx president and CEO-elect Raj Subramaniam, during the meeting…

Sri Lanka’s inflation leaps to 21 per cent

CRISIS-HIT Sri Lanka's inflation hit a record high for the sixth consecutive month, official data showed on Friday (22) as the government asked the IMF for an urgent bailout.The broad-based National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose 21.5 per cent year-on-year in March, more than four times the 5.1 per cent…

EXCLUSIVE: Ram Charan – The history making star

MASSIVELY popular movie star Ram Charan has had some remarkable landmarks in his distinguished career. Perhaps the biggest so far has been his recently released 1920’s-set period action drama RRR becoming one of the highest grossing Indian films in history, since it released in multiple languages on March 25. The…

Falguni Shah: Music-filled world of Grammy greatness

A MARVELLOUS musical achievement of 2022 has been Falguni Shah magnificently winning a Grammy award for her second children’s album A Colorful World. It follows on from her debut album Falu’s Bazaar getting a Grammy nomination in 2019 and adds to an impressive song-filled journey that took her from India…

No pomp or grandeur as Johnson visits India

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

Indian start-ups tap sex toys sector worth $91m by challenging…

THE couple behind a new start-up using adult toys and cheeky adverts to challenge long-held taboos say they want to take the "shame, guilt and fear" out of sex in India. Despite its heritage as the land of the Kama Sutra, open discussions around sexuality and intimacy are often regarded…

‘BBC is not able to move the dial on diversity’

In 1999, a court found a brother and mother guilty of murdering a 19-year-old Muslim woman. While he strangled her, their mother sat on her legs. Her crime was to be carrying the baby of her childhood sweetheart while her husband, by forced marriage, was in Pakistan. The story of…

Protestor shot dead and others injured as Sri Lanka unrest…

Sri Lanka police shot dead a protester and wounded 24 others on Tuesday in the first fatal clash with residents demonstrating against the government over the island nation's crippling economic crisis. The South Asian country is in the grip of its most painful economic downturn since independence in 1948, with…

Did race, ethnicity, or honour play a part in Will…

ON ITS news website, the BBC, in an article entitled Why did Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars? discusses various theories, including ‘There were elements of performative alphamale behaviour at play here. An instinctiveness for a man to harm another man who insults his partner’. In fact, this particular…

Jonita Gandhi: A voice for all seasons

IT IS near impossible for overseas artists to make it big in Indian music, but that is exactly what singer Jonita Gandhi has done. The superb singing sensation grew up in Canada but made a stunning leap into the strongly competitive industry with hit songs across a wide array of…

Shan Masood hits maiden double century for Derbyshire

Pakistan opening batsman Shan Masood hit a maiden double century on Thursday playing for Derbyshire in the English county championship. The stylish 32-year-old left-hander was 201 not out in a total of 327-2 at stumps on the first day of the match against Sussex at Derby. His runs came off…

Pakistan’s Rizwan and India’s Pujara team up for Sussex

Mohammad Rizwan and Cheteshwar Pujara played for Sussex in the English County Championship on Thursday -- a rare example of Pakistani and Indian cricketers turning out for the same team. India cut bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan after attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that authorities blamed on Pakistani militants and…

Landmark moment as Sunny Singh Gill and Sam Allison officiate…

IN a landmark moment for refereeing in English football, the highest-ranked Black referee along with the top referee from Britain's South Asian community will preside over Swindon vs Leyton Orient game on Easter Monday, reported Sky Sports.  Sam Allison and Sunny Singh Gill will "break down barriers" when they officiate…

Neither Army nor foreign country can safeguard Pakistan’s democracy: Imran…

PAKISTAN’S former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday (12) called for early general elections and emphasised that neither the Army nor any foreign country could safeguard democracy in the south Asian nation.In a video message posted on his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party's official Twitter handle, days after he lost a…

‘Why is the BBC failing when it comes to diversity?’

As the BBC’s diversity chief, June Sarpong, quits the corporation, former correspondent, Barnie Choudhury, asks what the corporation has achieved in almost two generations. A journalist famously asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought about western civilisation. Quick as a flash he responded, “I think it would be a good idea.”…

REVEALED: Judges’ Anger at “Whitewash” Hiring Review

An experienced south Asian Crown court judge has called on the body which appoints and promotes justices to investigate the culture of bullying and racism which exist in the profession. Judge Kaly Kaul QC’s comments coincide with a so called “independent review” of the recruitment process by the Judicial Appointments…

Plan to convert former Co-op into Hindu temple

AN application has been submitted to convert a former Co-op in Wroughton into a Hindu temple.  It comes after Swindon Borough Council ended the lease on the previous temple in Darby Close with immediate effect in October following a fifth break-in. It said that due to the level of damage…

Biden, Modi discuss Ukraine war as India raises concern

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

Asma Khan’s Ammu takes Indian cooking back to its roots

Book: Ammu Publisher: Eburry Press Review by: Mita Mistry COOKING in the confines of your own home became one of the most popular pastimes during the pandemic. For some, self-isolating meant they were unable to fill their bellies with home-cooked food they craved, and others lost elderly loved ones, which…

Kamlesh Patel: Yorkshire aspires to be a “beacon of hope”…

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club (YCCC) aspires to be a "beacon of hope" for diversity in English cricket, its chairman Kamlesh Patel has said. The club was rocked by a racism scandal last year after Azeem Rafiq, a former England under-19 captain of Pakistani descent, alleged that he had been a…

UK launches Vitamin D review for south Asians

THE UK’s health service has launched a new review to promote the importance of Vitamin D and identify ways to improve intake across the population, especially among South Asians. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to rickets in children and bone pain and muscle weakness in adults. A call for evidence…

Sri Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa offers to share power after ministers…

SRI LANKA'S president offered to share power with the opposition on Monday (4) as protests escalated across the country demanding his resignation over worsening shortages of food, fuel and medicines.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's appeal to legislators came as heavily armed security forces looked to quell more demonstrations over what the government…

Sri Lanka protesters defy curfew after social media shutdown

ARMED troops in Sri Lanka blocked an opposition march staged on Sunday (3) in defiance of an emergency curfew to protest the island nation's worsening economic crisis after authorities imposed a social media blackout to contain public dissent.The south Asian island nation is facing severe shortages of food, fuel and…

Banned Pakistani film Javed Iqbal to premiere at UK Asian…

Banned, Pakistani film, Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story Of A Serial Killer, will receive its World Premiere as the Opening Gala at the 24th, UK Asian Film Festival – the world’s longest-running South Asian film festival outside India. The ‘Dare To Dream’ theme of this year’s festival commemorates 75 years…

Gina Miller: ‘Tories and Labour are both failing UK Asians’

BOTH main parties in the UK have traditionally had loyal supporters from different parts of the Asian diaspora, but there is growing unease that neither can be trusted or represent the values and aspirations of the Asian community. Prime minister Boris Johnson has a long history of making racist and…

Simone Ashley: Confirms return with Bridgerton Season 3 and praised…

After receiving glowing reviews and terrific response from the audience world over for season 2, Netflix’s Regency-era romance Bridgerton is set to return with a season 3. Actress Simone Ashley, who plays Viscountess Kate Bridgerton in season 2, confirmed the development to a leading publication at a dinner celebrating South…

Agam Darshi: Kicking the doors down

HOW AGAM DARSHI DID IT ALL WITH HER FILM DONKEYHEAD ONE of the best reviewed and most unique film releases of 2022 featuring south Asian protagonists has been Donkeyhead. The Canadian comedy-drama on Netflix has surprised audiences globally with unapologetic storytelling that mixes up humour and deep emotions. The heartbeat…

Ukraine seeks India’s mediation to end Russian aggression

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

Diverse casting has given Bridgerton global success

THE Netflix series Bridgerton with two British Asian actresses in lead roles – Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran play sisters Kate and Edwina Sharma, newly arrived from India – have upended the claims that English period dramas such as Downton Abbey cannot have multicultural casting because this would not be…

Growing up with an autistic brother

AUTISM affects many around the world, including carers who selflessly look after loved ones, and is something that isn’t spoken about enough within the Asian community. To mark World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Eastern Eye got Jusna Begum to speak about her experience of growing up with an…

US denies role in Pakistan’s politics

THE US has asserted that it did not send any letter to Pakistan on the current political situation in the south Asian country, a media report said on Thursday (31).  Pakistan's embattled prime minister Imran Khan has recently claimed the opposition's no-confidence motion against his government is the result of a…

Sri Lanka faces 13-hour blackouts, hospitals stop surgery as crisis…

Sri Lanka announced nationwide 13-hour daily power cuts from Thursday and more hospitals suspended routine surgeries after running out of life-saving medicines, as the cash-strapped island's economic crisis deepened. The South Asian nation of 22 million people is in its worst economic spiral since independence in 1948, sparked by an…

US deputy NSA Daleep Singh to visit India

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

Exclusive: Asians must get tested for cancer

Getting screened and tested early for cancer is a personal battle, Sajid Javid revealed. Speaking to Eastern Eye, the health secretary, disclosed how his late father was diagnosed too late for the illness. “My father died from cancer, but he died from, firstly, lung cancer, then it spread everywhere,” Javid…

Tough action likely on south Asian chewed tobacco products

THE department of health and social care (DHSC) told the Parliament that it plans to regulate 'most harmful tobacco products' used by half a million British south Asians, a statement said. The cancer-causing chewed tobacco products are facing a clampdown 16 years after scientists warned of their dangerous contents, it…

Riz Ahmed rejects ‘us versus them’ in Oscar speech for…

British Asian star and musician Riz Ahmed stressed the unity of humanity in his acceptance speech as he won his first Oscar for the live-action short film, The Long Goodbye, at the 94th Academy Awards, last Sunday (27).  Ahmed and director Aneil Karia were presented the award as the glitzy…

Oscars 2022: Riz Ahmed wins his first Academy Award for…

British Pakistani actor and musician Riz Ahmed added yet another feather to his cap by winning his first Oscar for Aneil Karia’s live-action short film The Long Goodbye at the 94th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. During his acceptance speech, Ahmed, 39, talked about…

After Covid, India tries to get on top of tuberculosis

When Covid-19 ripped through India in 2020-21, several million people are thought to have died. Desperate efforts to stem the pandemic hurt the battle against another huge killer: tuberculosis. India is the home to a quarter of the world's TB infections and an estimated half a million people died of…

Priyanka Chopra tinsel black saree won hearts at pre-Oscars event

Global icon Priyanka Chopra stole the show at the pre-Oscars celebration on Wednesday in an embroidered black sequin saree and strapless blouse from the brand JADE by Monica and Karishma. The Quantico star took to Instagram today to share glimpses from the pre-Oscars party that she attended with several high-profile…

Restaurateur’s Asma Khan: Women Chefs are a ‘recipe for success’

ONE OF Britain’s leading restaurateurs (Asma Khan) has urged Asian women to consider a career in the industry, saying that the skills needed in a professional kitchen were “intuitive” to south Asian females. Asma Khan runs the popular Darjeeling Express in Covent Garden, having moved to the bigger site in…

Sri Lanka papers run out of newsprint

TWO major Sri Lanka newspapers are suspending their print editions because of a lack of paper, their owner said Friday (25), the latest casualties in the island's economic crisis. The South Asian nation of 22 million people is facing its worst economic meltdown since independence from Britain in 1948 after…

Bestway announces strong trading results

Bestway Wholesale has seen a 10 percent growth in revenues during 2021 to £2.66 billion – an increase of £220 million, returning an operating pre-tax profit of £37.2 million. The strong performance has been attributed to the agility of the business in responding fast to changing customer behaviours.  Bestway Wholesale…

Pravesh Kumar: Bringing great theatre to audiences

ACE DIRECTOR DISCUSSES HIS NEW PLAY ABIGAIL’S PARTY TALENTED director Pravesh Kumar has breathed new life into classic Mike Leigh play Abigail’s Party with a recently premiered production at Watford Palace Theatre, which runs until April 2. He has added to his long list of stage accomplishments that have included…

Imran Khan faces toughest test as no-trust move looms

PAKISTAN'S parliament will convene on Friday (25) to take up a no-confidence motion against prime minister Imran Khan, the lower house speaker's office has said, in what is shaping up to be his toughest test since coming to power in 2018.An alliance of opposition parties filed the motion against Khan…

Puppet show on Lord Krishna, Indian dance workshop to mark…

A New York-based cultural organisation will host a special Holi celebration on Saturday (19) special festivities including a puppet show, art activities, Indian dance workshops to commemorate the Indian festival of colours.  The Culture Tree, which promotes cultural literacy about South Asia, in partnership with New York City’s cultural epicentre…

Sri Lanka offers cash to families of civil war dead

Sri Lanka will pay small sums to the families of people who were killed or went missing in the carnage of the island nation's decade-long civil war, authorities announced Tuesday. Successive Sri Lankan governments have faced international censure over the conflict, which ended in 2009 after the collapse of the…

Angry crowd tries to storm Sri Lanka president’s office

A huge crowd tried to storm the Sri Lankan president's seaside office Tuesday as anger flared over runaway prices brought about by the worst financial crisis in the island's modern history. The cost of food, medicine and other essential goods have risen dramatically across the South Asian nation, with long…

Indian kabaddi player shot dead during tournament

A prominent Indian athlete has been shot and killed after returning to the country from his home in Britain to organise a kabaddi tournament, police told AFP Tuesday. Kabaddi -- which roughly translates to "holding hands" -- is a tag-meets-rugby contact sport widely believed to have originated in the South…

India ‘reviewing’ procedures after accidental firing of missile

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

Exclusive: Eastern Eye’s two-year campaign finally results in decision to…

A SURVEY of judges has revealed bullying, harassment and discrimination in the judiciary. The Justice Office has also admitted it is investigating further the “issues relating to” these claims. This about-face comes two years after the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, denied bullying existed when asked by a journalist at…

IMF officials in Sri Lanka to discuss economic crisis

AN IMF delegation was in Sri Lanka Monday (14) for talks on the island's worsening economic crisis, with the public suffering through months of food, fuel and medicine shortages.A lack of foreign currency has left traders unable to pay for vital imports in what authorities concede is the south Asian…

India says it accidentally fired missile into Pakistan

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

Prices spike as local currency plummets in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA's largest private fuel retailer raised diesel prices by more than 50 per cent on Friday (11), sparking a wave of sharp increases in food, medicine and transport costs to add to consumers' woes.The south Asian nation of 22 million is facing its worst financial crisis since independence from…

New film ‘life – saving conversations’ features South Asian women…

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with the support of NHS England and NHS Improvement, has launched a major new national campaign, to increase the number of those eligible attending their cervical screening in England. The new Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Saves Lives campaign urges…

Indian Consulate in New York honours six trailblazing women

THE Consulate General of India in New York has honoured Six trailblazing women on International Women's Day for their leadership and pioneering contribution to various fields.  The Consulate General and the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) in various states honoured the women leaders at a special event on Tuesday (8). Entrepreneur…

Sri Lanka currency falls sharply as economic crisis deepens

THE SRI LANKAN rupee fell sharply against the dollar on Thursday (10), after the country's central bank ordered a 15 per cent depreciation in a bid to stave off a looming economic collapse sparked by a shortage of foreign currency.The country's worst economic crisis since independence has led to fuel…

Sri Lanka restricts ‘luxuries’ as forex crisis worsens

SRI LANKA on Wednesday tightened restrictions on a wide range of imports from whisky to kitchen appliances as a foreign exchange shortage pushed the economy to the brink of collapse.An import ban was already introduced in March 2020 on big-ticket items such as cars in an effort by the government…

India ranks second for global investment in digital shopping

INDIA is the second-largest global venture capital investment hub for digital shopping companies, according to an official analysis released in London on Wednesday (9).Such investments in the south Asian country grew by a whopping 175 per cent from $8 billion (£6.08 bn) in 2020 to $22 bn (£16.71 bn) in…

REVEALED : “I’m looking forward to the point where we…

The best thing about Adeel Akhtar, apart from his charisma, his ability to give life to ‘ordinary people’, his brilliant acting, must be that he thinks about your question, and then he answers it without spin or trying to sell his latest film Ali & Ava. He is, by the…

GG2 Power List shows rise of Asian female high-fliers

WOMEN are very much on the move – rising to roles not previously seen before and smashing glass ceilings in the process. The GG2 Power List was unveiled on Tuesday (8) evening at Eastern Eye publisher AMG’s high-profile and glittering GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards, where the role of highflying women…

The South Asian community needs International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 in many countries around the world as an occasion to globally recognise women’s achievements, as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues. But, sadly, some people question this day or take no notice of it. As a south…

Hearing loss, epilepsy are early features of Parkinson’s, research reveals

THE most diverse UK study published on Monday (7) revealed that hearing loss and epilepsy are early features of Parkinson’s disease.  The research from the Queen Mary University of London, funded by Bart’s Charity, used data from a diverse population and was published on JAMA Neurology, a statement said. Researchers used…

London’s Camden celebrates ‘Bangladesh at 50’

LONDON’S Camden Council in partnership with the Bangladesh High Commission celebrated the 50th year of the south Asian country’s independence.At the event - Bangladesh at 50 - held at the British Museum on Wednesday (2), mayor Sadiq Khan highlighted the contribution Bangladeshi Londoners have been making to the culture and…

Imran Khan slams Western envoys’ letter on Russia

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan has hit out at Islamabad-based Western envoys who last week urged the south Asian country to condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine, asking them if they thought Pakistan was their "slave".The heads of 22 diplomatic missions, including those of European Union member states, released a joint…

Lilly Singh: Hollywood still struggles with diversity in true sense

Indian-Canadian star Lilly Singh, who recently revealed in an Instagram video that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cysts and had to be taken to the hospital, says that she wants to use her position in highlighting South Asian talent. Speaking on the inaugural day of the Jaipur Literature Festival…

Sri Lanka sacks energy minister as economic crisis deepens

Sri Lanka's president sacked his energy minister on Thursday as fuel shortages left the near-bankrupt island facing its worst blackouts in 26 years and the nation's buses largely sidelined. Udaya Gammanpila was booted from the cabinet a day after publicly criticising the government's monetary policy, saying it had worsened the…

Sri Lanka hikes rates as economy risks collapse

SRI LANKA'S central bank hiked interest rates by one percentage point on Friday (4) and urged the government to increase taxes as the country skirts economic collapse.The troubled south Asian island nation is in the grip of a severe foreign exchange crisis that has led to acute shortages of food,…

The Balloon Thief: Tackling realities of identity and friendship in…

NEWLY RELEASED novel The Balloon Thief cleverly combines a fantasy world and real life to tell an intriguing story of a girl’s literal and metaphorical journey towards friendship, freedom and finding a safe place in the world. The dynamic debut book from Aneesa Marufu also tackles important themes that include…

Exclusive: Captain Polar Preet and the misogyny of south Asian…

Much has been written about “Polar Preet” over the past few months. How she became the first woman of colour to trek solo in the Antarctic, reaching the South Pole. How she beat the -50-degree weather, suffering from sickness and diarrhoea, to complete her mission. But until now we do…

Modern love driven by Good Intentions

A dynamic new debut book that dares to be different and is set to delight readers is Good Intentions by Kasim Ali. The engaging story of love in modern Britain revolves around a young man torn between obligation to his Pakistani family and a future he wants with his secret…

Saba Qamar and Nauman Ijaz to lead Zindagi original Mrs…

Renowned Pakistani actors Saba Qamar and Nauman Ijaz are set to topline an upcoming Zindagi original series, titled Mrs & Mr Shameem. The series is scheduled to premiere globally on 11th March on ZEE5 Global, the largest platform for South Asian Content. Mrs & Mr Shameem paints a real picture…

ICICI Bank’s UK arm facilitates home loans in India for…

ICICI BANK UK said it is facilitating home loans in India through its parent ICICI Bank for the Indian diaspora based in Britain.According to it, non-resident Indians (NRIs), overseas citizens of India (OCIs) or persons of Indian origin (PIO) based in the UK, can avail home loans to buy residential…

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t stop Covid tests

Business and doctors’ leaders have criticised the government’s decision to stop free lateral flow tests in April. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the decision in his “living with Covid” statement to parliament on Monday (21). He told MPs that all Covid restrictions would end in England on Thursday (24)…

New campaign encourages South Asians experiencing mental health problems to…

A new NHS campaign is encouraging people struggling with their mental health to seek confidential help from NHS talking therapies. Research shows that nearly half of South Asians put off seeking professional help and the NHS is encouraging them to make use of a range of free services available for anxiety,…

India set to tax cryptocurrency income in the same way…

India is known to be one of the countries to have the highest rate of adoption when it comes to cryptocurrency and its population, and it seems the nation is set to try and take advantage of that as it looks to introduce a new form of taxation. It has…

Bhups, Sunny Singh Gill are doing the community proud, says…

FORMER football referee Jarnail Singh says his sons Bhups and Sunny Singh Gill are making themselves and their community proud by doing well in their careers. In the history of English league football, Jarnail is the first turbaned referee, who took charge of more than 150 games across divisions from…

Mutated Neanderthal genes doubled the risk of severe Covid in…

A NEW study has revealed that mutated genes inherited from Neanderthals doubled the risk of severe Covid in South Asians, The Telegraph reported.  The report added that these genes, which protected people from smallpox,  could be the reason some ethnic groups are more at risk from Covid. South Asians in…

India-made drugs dominate illegal imports in Switzerland

A LARGE number of illegally imported drugs in Switzerland are found to have been sent from India, a Swiss government agency said on Monday (21).They included medicines connected with Covid-19, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as also erectile stimulants.In its annual update, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (Swissmedic) said it, along…

Manchester Museum to reopen next year

A POPULAR Manchester attraction reopens in a year’s time, following a £15-million refurbishment.Manchester Museum, a part of Manchester University, will reopen in February 2023 after completion of the final phase of its multimillion-pound “Hello Future” project.It will see the addition of a two-storey extension and reconfiguration of the building’s internal…

Getting Leicester’s Ugandan Asians to tell their own stories

The Curve Theatre in Leicester is putting on three plays this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Ugandan Asian refugees in Britain.The plays are being written by three people – Chandni Mistry, Ashok Patel and Dilan Raithatha – whose families and friends were caught up in…

BBC Studios adapts British series Guilt for ZEE5

The six-part streaming is produced by Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India and directed by Shaad Ali. ZEE5, which collaborated with Applause Entertainment on a multi-show partnership at the end of last year, has now announced its hat-trick project with the premier production house. After Kaun Banegi Shikharwati…

Police force apologises for racial abuse of former investigator

AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE has apologised to a former investigator of south Asian heritage for racial abuse and discrimination he faced when he was in the force.The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, complained that his colleagues made fun of his accent but they were later promoted. He said he…

Exclusive: “STOP CULTURE OF POLICE COVER UP”

There must be a root and branch investigation into the culture of racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia in every police service in England and Wales. That is the demand from south Asian and black MPs, as well as serving and past police officers. They have told Eastern Eye that they do…

Soulful Asian sounds of a Scandinavian music star

NORWAY-BASED SINGER SYED ALI DISCUSSES HIS UNIQUE MODERN-CLASSICAL STYLE NORWAY is famously associated with fantastic fjords, mountains, skiing, phenomenal footballers, and winning loads of medals at the winter Olympics, but it also has a talented singer connected to his south Asian roots, who is producing popular songs. Syed Ali learned…

Police arrest three who targeted men on gay dating app…

INDIAN police said that they had arrested three members of a gang they accused of beating up and robbing men contacted through the use of a gay dating app. Gay sex is no longer a criminal offence in India, but the fear of being ostracised or ridiculed prompts several among…

Bangladeshi photojournalist appointed National Geographic Explorer at Large

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY has appointed veteran Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam as a National Geographic Explorer at Large.   Along with Alam, American artist Maya Lin has also been conferred the title; both will be ambassadors for the organisation and support its work.  “Throughout their careers, Maya and Shahidul have clearly…

Why is India’s largest insurer being listed?

INDIA is embarking on the listing of the country's largest insurer as part of a wider privatisation drive to bolster public coffers drained by the coronavirus pandemic and fund new infrastructure.While the pricing has not yet been set, analysts expect the IPO of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)…

‘Sisters of the Moon’ highlights how adversities limit potential of…

AN ARTIST and activist has highlighted how the lack of clean water and toilets limits the potential of women of colour for WaterAid. Poulomi Basu’s photo series, Sisters of the Moon, depicts the impact of sanitation on women and girls across south Asia. She has created a fictional, “dystopian world”…

Lata will live for ever

I DON’T think I would have the courage to do it now, but back in 1998 – when I was even more foolish – I said yes when the BBC asked if I would talk about Lata Mangeshkar for a Radio 4 show called Distant Divas. What eased my nervousness…

Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya’s Bangarraju to premier on ZEE5 Global

The Telugu-language supernatural drama film Bangarraju, which hit theatres on January 14, 2022, on the auspicious occasion of Sankranthi, is now set to stream on the largest streaming platform for South Asian content, ZEE5 Global. Directed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala, Bangarraju stars Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya in lead roles. The…

‘Lataji’s voice and soul are timeless’

FROM across the south Asian diaspora, the refrain was the same: Lata Mangeshkar, who died in Mumbai last Sunday (6), aged 92, may have gone, but her songs will live on forever. She had a special connection with the UK, where her first concert in 1974 was in a packed…

INCOMPARABLE LATA, INDIA’S NIGHTINGALE STILL SINGS

Health secretary, Sajid Javid and London mayor, Sadiq Khan, have led tributes to Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on Sunday (6). The Bollywood legend and playback singer died after a long illness caused by contracting Covid. She was afforded the sobriquet of the “Nightingale of India”, and the popularity of…

Empowering brown women

A THOUGHT-PROVOKING book filled with power was always going to be inevitable from teacher and award-winning spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur. Her debut book Brown Girl Like Me is a terrific toolkit that tackles taboo subjects in a way perhaps not done before, gives space to differing viewpoints and offers…

Tesla ‘can’t have market in India but jobs in China’

INDIA has made it clear that relaxations will not be provided to US-based electric vehicles major Tesla unless it participates in manufacturing activities in the south Asian country.Heavy industries minister Krishan Pal Gurjar on Tuesday (8) said there cannot be a situation where the market is India but jobs are…

Oscars 2022: Riz Ahmed’s short film “The Long Goodbye” earns…

British Asian actor and filmmaker Riz Ahmed, who last year became the first Muslim actor to be nominated for a Best Actor at the Academy Awards, has received a nomination for his short live-action film The Long Goodbye.  Directed by filmmaker Aneil Karia, The Long Goodbye describes a dystopian future…

South Asian leaders pay tribute to Lata Mangeshkar

TOP leaders of south Asian countries paid their tribute to veteran Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away in Mumbai on Sunday (6).Mangeshkar is counted as one of India's greats with an estimated 25,000 songs in an almost eight-decade career.In a message of condolence, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said…

Actor-turned-director Kash Arshad takes theatre audiences on An Adventure

ACE writer Vinay Patel’s critically acclaimed theatre play An Adventure makes a welcome return with a brand-new production at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton this month, from February 4 until February 26. A talented cast of four bring the epic global story spanning seven decades, about a couple who leaves…

EXCLUSIVE: Senior judiciary figure admits…ASIANS STILL FAILING TO BECOME JUDGES

Representation of south Asian and black judges “remains unacceptably low”, according to the man who heads the UK’s tribunal courts. Writing on the judiciary’s internal website, the senior president of tribunals, Sir Keith Lindblom said ethnic minorities do less well than white candidates being considered to join the judiciary. In…

How Coventry’s Masterji captured immigrant life

Exhibition showcases seven decades of pioneer Asian photographer's work AN EXHIBITION dedicated to the work of a local Asian photographer in Coventry is a record of immigrants’ lives in the region and also a tribute to the partnership with his wife, his daughter has said. Photographs taken over a span…

Polar Preet: My pride in being a woman of colour

What British Army captain Harpreet Chandi would tell her younger self about dealing with racism AN ASIAN Army officer who became the first ‘woman of colour’ to complete a solo trek across Antarctica last month, has revealed it took her many years to feel comfortable with the term. Captain Harpreet…

Riz Ahmed takes viewers on a disturbing dystopian journey in…

Actor, musician, and activist Riz Ahmed is known for delivering performances that leave an indelible mark on viewers’ minds. Continuing the same, the Oscar-nominated actor Riz Ahmed takes viewers on a disturbing dystopian journey in the short film 'The Long Goodbye', inspired by personal fears about rising intolerance and discrimination…

Ex-Hampshire player blasts Middlesex chief’s comment to racism inquiry

FORMER Hampshire cricketer has slammed the chairman of Middlesex for his south Asians prefer studies comment. John Holder, who is only non-white British umpire, said Mike O'Farrell's testimony to a racism inquiry by Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, was "utter horse muck". O'Farrell later apologised after commenting that black…

Huma Qureshi and Avantika Dassani to headline ZEE5’s Mithya

Produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Rose Audio Visual Production, Mithya is a 6-episode series, set to be directed by Rohan Sippy. After garnering a positive response for their maiden collaboration, Kaun Banegi Shikharwati, ZEE5 Global and Applause Entertainment are back to bankroll yet another streaming show. Titled Mithya,…

Fighting mistrust, Pakistan marks one year polio-free

BATHED in crisp morning light, Sidra Hussain grips a cooler stacked with glistening vials of polio vaccine in northwest Pakistan.Watching over Hussain and her partner, a policeman unslings his rifle and eyes the horizon.In concert they begin their task - going door-to-door on the outskirts of Mardan city, dripping bitter…

LORD PAUL: THE SHREWD ANGEL WITH UNFINISHED BUSINESS

One of the richest south Asian industrialists in the UK has told Eastern Eye that at least 30 companies have approached him for financial investment. They did so after Lord Swraj Paul revealed exclusively to the Asian Rich List, published by this paper’s parent company, Asian Media Group, that at…

English cricket comes under fresh fire over racism

English cricket is back in the firing line over racism in the game after "stereotypical" and "outdated" views were expressed about the reasons for a lack of interest in the game among Britain's ethnic-minority communities. Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq delivered harrowing testimony to lawmakers in November in which he…

Middlesex chair apologises after lack of diversity comments

FORMER England player Ebony Rainford-Brent has called Middlesex chairman comments on black and south Asian interest in cricket as "painful" and "outdated". Mike O'Farrell said football and rugby become "much more attractive to the Afro-Caribbean community" and cricket for south Asian players was sometimes "secondary" to education. O'Farrell was speaking…

OneWeb ties up with Hughes for India operations

BRITAIN’S satellite communications company OneWeb and Hughes Communications India Pvt Ltd (HCIPL) have come together to provide low orbit connectivity services across the south Asian country for six years.However, the financial details of the satellite broadband distribution deal are not disclosed. HCIPL is a joint venture between America’s Hughes Network…

US university faculty opposes caste inclusion in anti-discriminatory policy

MORE than 80 faculty members of the California State University (CSU), the US, have opposed a recent announcement of the institute to include caste in its non-discriminatory policy. In a strongly worded letter to the CSU board of trustees opposing the move, the faculty members wrote that the new policy…

Asian men seek ‘culturally sensitive’ accessible therapy

Mental health stigma in community leads to delay in diagnosis, say experts ASIAN men suffering from mental health issues have said they would like to see more Asian therapists and counsellors so they “can empathise with their problems”. There is a stigma around mental health among south Asians and this…

Inclusive approach needed for cricket’s equality drive

FEW Commons inquiries have had so dramatic an impact as the Culture Select Committee’s probe into racism in cricket published last week. Just announcing the hearings had proved a crucial tipping point towards regime change at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC), once the chair and chief executive has been invited…

Shining bright: Top 30 under 30 global Asian stars

OUTSTANDING YOUNG TALENTS FROM VARIOUS FIELDS WHO ARE ACCOMPLISHING GREAT THINGS AND INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION WITH THEIR IMPRESSIVE WORK A NEW wave of young south Asian talent is lighting up different areas of popular culture globally and showing us all how bright the future looks. They are at different…

EXCLUSIVE: “WE’LL END RACISM IN YORKSHIRE”

The chair of Yorkshire cricket has urged south Asian communities to trust that his team and he will stamp out racism at the club. Lord Patel of Bradford was speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye after the culture, media and sport select committee concluded there was “deep-seated racism in cricket”. The…

Novel Asian cafes whet appetite for fusion food

Lockdown sparks rise in demand for ethnic-inspired British treats SOUTH ASIAN cafes which have opened since the lockdown have seen a boom in trade. Owners said the trend is down to more people working away from offices during the pandemic, and people reuniting with relatives and friends after restrictions were…

ZEE5 Global drops the trailer of Season 2 of Ankita…

The 8-episode series, created by Ekta Kapoor, will premiere on ZEE5 Global on 28th January, 2022. In 2009, ZEE TV and Ekta Kapoor curated a show titled Pavitra Rishta which ran for 5 long years on the channel and made Archana Deshmukh and Manav Deshmukh an iconic couple everyone looked…

Texas hostage-taker named as British citizen as UK police arrest…

THE MAN who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was on Sunday (16) identified by US authorities as a British citizen while UK police later arrested two teens over an attack that president Joe Biden called an "act of terror."The captor, who died in the 10-hour siege in…

Bright looking books set to make a major mark in…

PREVIEW OF READING LIST RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE YEAR AHEAD A WONDERFUL array of brilliant books turned 2021 into a great year for south Asian writers and early indications are that this impressive momentum will continue in 2022. Eastern Eye has compiled a list of interesting books that are on the…

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…

Metz and Trix: The right state of flow

TRAILBLAZING DUO DISCUSS THEIR LATEST SONG AND PODCAST TODAY there are a lot of rap talents sparking up south Asian songs around the world and most have followed in the giant footsteps of Metz and Trix. The dynamic Manchester-based duo have been lighting up tracks since their terrific 2001 album…

Health benefits of weight loss, south Asians focus group

THE Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) this January launched a new Better Health campaign revealing six major health benefits of losing excess weight and encourage south Asian adults to live a healthier lifestyle. It is estimated that over 56 per cent of south Asian adults in the UK…

UK-India trade talks to begin in Delhi on Wednesday

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

UK drilling down on charity licences in India

THE UK government said it is drilling down on India’s refusal to renew foreign funding licences of a large number of charities. Peers in the House of Lords of the UK Parliament debated the issue following a question raised by crossbench peer Lord Harries of Pentregarth on Thursday (6), asking…

Karachi launches door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination for women

Pakistan’s largest city Karachi is launching a door-to-door campaign to vaccinate women, who are lagging behind men in rates of coronavirus inoculation as the country enters a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official said on Friday. Pakistan on Friday reported nearly 1,300 cases in a single day,…

Pakistan on course to appoint first female Supreme Court judge

PAKISTAN'S judicial commission has confirmed the nomination of the first female Supreme Court judge in the Muslim-majority nation's history, an action that ruling party members and legal experts said all but ensures her appointment. The commission that decides on the promotion of judges voted to make Justice Ayesha Malik, 55,…

Sri Lanka enters strategic oil deal with India

Sri Lanka and India launched a joint venture on Thursday to revive a strategic British colonial-era oil storage facility and strengthen energy security in the region, a senior minister said. The deal is seen as countering China's rising influence in the region and comes two days ahead of a visit…

22 things to look forward to in 2022

EXPECT AN ACTION-PACKED YEAR FILLED WITH ENTERTAINMENT AND TALENT THE world slowly opening back up again after the awful pandemic means there will be plenty to look forward to this year. From great live events and delayed movies finally releasing to emerging talent, boundary breaking artists and unexpected surprises, it…

Indian restaurant’s recipe for success despite Covid hurdles

Dishoom boss's pride at feeding millions of children and NHS staff during pandemic IT IS probable that the hospitality trade will be grateful this Christmas and New Year for the chancellor’s £1 billion fund. According to global consultants Alix-Partners, one in 10 restaurants has been forced to shut permanently during…

At least 37 dead in Bangladesh ferry fire

AT LEAST 37 people died when an overcrowded night ferry caught fire in Bangladesh on Friday (24), police said, as terrified passengers leaped overboard to escape the blaze. The latest maritime tragedy to hit the nation happened in the early hours in a river near Jhalokathi, 250 kilometres (160 miles)…

UK donates 4 million vaccine doses to Bangladesh

THE UK donated more than four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh through the Covax mechanism. Bangladesh’s fight against the pandemic and its economic recovery will be reinforced by the donation, the British government said in a statement on Thursday (23). At the G7 meeting this year, the…

The best of 2021

THIS YEAR’S MEMORABLE MOMENTS INCLUDING ON FILM, TV, MUSIC, ONLINE AND THE LIVE ARENA  THE last few years have seen creative boundaries being expanded around the world and south Asians crossing new frontiers. This has resulted in interesting work right across the board and offered beautiful  rays of light during the…

Nia Shah, 9, wins organ donation Diwali arts competition

NINE-YEAR-OLD Nia Shah has won a national arts competition – ‘Bringing Light Into Life’ – which was organised during Diwali celebrations to raise awareness about organ donation. The innovative contest was held by The Jain and Hindu Organ Donation Steering Group (JHOD), the UK, in partnership with NHS Blood and…

EXCLUSIVE: As Omicron surge continues doctors’ leaders warn…NHS ON BRINK…

Senior Tories urge PM not to “exacerbate and aggravate” pandemic fallout One in 10 health workers could be forced to stop working because of Covid come the New Year, according to the chair of the British Medical Association (BMA). The warning comes as senior Conservatives urged the prime minister to…

Yorkshire link up with Pakistan Super League team after racism…

Yorkshire announced on Tuesday they had formed a partnership with Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars that includes a player exchange programme following a damaging racism scandal at the English club. Pakistan-born former player Azeem Rafiq accused Yorkshire of failing to deal adequately with his allegations of abuse while at…

EXCLUSIVE: Alarm as Asians shun booster jabs

Revealed: Fewer than one in four has had third vaccination Health experts are urging south Asians to get their booster jab after Eastern Eye revealed that fewer than one in four has taken a third vaccine. Analysis by this newspaper suggests that as of 5 December, only 22.6 per cent…

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…

Bangladesh bans air rifles to protect vulnerable birds

Bangladesh banned air rifles on Wednesday (15) to stop poachers killing vulnerable wildlife, including flocks of migratory birds that fly all the way from Siberia seeking warmer winter climates. Wildlife hunting was outlawed in Bangladesh more than three decades ago but the pneumatic weapons, which use compressed air to fire…

Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed to reunite for Zindagi’s new…

Pakistani stars Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed are set to reunite for Zindagi’s upcoming series, eight years after their hit show Zindagi Gulzar Hai. The yet-to-be-titled show, to be streamed on ZEE5, will be helmed by acclaimed director Asim Abbasi, known for Cake and the hit Zindagi Original Churails. According…

A glimpse into a fascinating culture, society, politics and their…

AUTHOR JS Rajput writes under a pen name and is based at an unspecified location in Europe. That air of mystery has breathed life into his new Lahore-set novel Dreams Of Another Tomorrow, which is a multilayered story of decadence, a seditious affair, mystery and an unexpected journey of self-discovery.…

End of year reflection

AND just like that, another year has flown by. As we bid farewell to 2021, we can look back at a year of challenges, progress, new discoveries, unity, and change. Although ongoing difficulties posed by the Covid pandemic remained for many, progress on the vaccine rollout enabled us to live…

British Asian wellness coach Lavina Mehta awarded MBE

PERSONAL trainer and wellness coach Lavina Mehta was on Tuesday (14) awarded an MBE at the Windsor Castle for services to health and fitness during Covid-19 pandemic with a special focus on the Asian community and elderly people. The 43-year-old Mehta from Watford, who is also a noted speaker, has…

EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton leads charge for a more diverse F1

A NEW drive by motorsport bosses to make the sport more racially diverse led by Lewis Hamilton has been backed by campaigners. The Motorsport UK governing body held a conference in November in Bicester, Oxfordshire, to discuss the lack of BAME people employed in the sport. Its Racial Diversity Sub…

Sri Lanka puts ‘world’s largest’ natural corundum on show

SRI LANKAN authorities last Sunday (12) put on show what they said was the world's largest natural corundum blue sapphire, weighing 310 kg, which was found in a gem pit about three months ago. Local gemologists, who have examined the sapphire, said it was one of the rarest gems in…

With a name like Zidane, Iqbal was destined for greatness

Young starlet Zidane Iqbal made history when he became the first British Asian footballer to represent Manchester United. The 18-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in the Red Devils Champions League match against Swiss side Young Boys on Wednesday (8). Iqbal joined United at nine. Having come through the…

Zidane Iqbal makes history as first British south Asian to…

HISTORY was created in English football when Manchester United was playing against Swiss team Young Boys this week. As Zidane Iqbal, 18, took the field as a substitute, he became the first-ever British south Asian to play for the top English club. Iqbal’s feat came weeks after Dilan Markandey, another…

UN urges full reopening of south Asia schools amid learning…

India and its neighbours should fully reopen schools to address the interrupted education of more than 400 million children whose classrooms were shut by the coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF said on Thursday (9), with a top official warning the consequences could last decades. Schools in Bangladesh were closed for almost 18…

Aladdin star says diversity is taken more seriously in the…

A BRITISH Asian star of a new Aladdin play, believes diversity is being taken more seriously in the theatre industry. Minal Patel, from north-west London, is delighting audiences at the Mercury Theatre, in Colchester, playing Emperor of Colchestaria, an original character adapted from the Aladdin movie. He told Eastern Eye,…

New Zealand vs Australia, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final

Australia won their first T20 World Cup title with an eight-wicket victory against New Zealand in a title match that was dominated by Mitchell Marsh's blazing 77-run innings. After Australia slotted them in to take the first strike, Kane Williamson top-scored for the Black Caps with an 85-run performance, while starter…

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…

Collaborative music by Baig, Saeed and Leo Twins

BOTOWN – THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday December 11 Where: The Slade Rooms, Broad Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HP What: A concert featuring the acclaimed multicultural soul band that reboots Bollywood classics with a shot of late 1960s soul and funk, taking audiences on a musical trip from Memphis to…

EXCLUSIVE: Prabhas crowned top global Asian celebrity for 2021

Indian actor Prabhas has been named as the number one Asian celebrity on the planet for 2021. The biggest Pan-Indian movie star beat off tough global competition to top the latest edition of the 50 Asian Celebrities In The World list, published by the UK based Eastern Eye newspaper. The…

New health inequalities report urges to do survival analysis among…

A new report on Covid-19 health inequalities in the UK has urged the government to measure the survival analysis among minorities over time and to oversee youth vaccine uptake. The report published last week was prepared by equalities minister Kemi Badenoch, with support from the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Unit…

Asian cricketers feel like ‘outsiders’ in English game

South Asians feel "like outsiders" even in grassroots cricket, a senior figure in a Yorkshire league told MPs on Tuesday (7) as the English game grapples with a racism scandal. Former Yorkshire county player Azeem Rafiq gave harrowing testimony to the same committee of MPs last month, saying his career…

What’s On: Queen of Hearts at Midlands Arts Centre

LIVE PERFORMANCE JUBIN NAUTIYAL When: Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11 Where: SSE Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London HA9 0AA & Morningside Arena, 31 Charter Street, Leicester LE1 3UD What: The popular Indian singer behind songs like Lut Gaye, which has been viewed over a billion times on…

Doctors urge black and south Asians in UK to get…

Black and south Asian people in the UK urged to get jabs to cut higher Covid death rates DOCTORS have urged unvaccinated black and south Asian people to get their Covid jabs as new data revealed that hospitalisations and deaths are higher in those groups, reported The Guardian. Infections were…

Survey: British Indians are defecting in sizeable numbers from Labour…

NEW research has revealed that British Indians, who, along with most other ethnic minorities, have long been core Labour party voters, are defecting in sizeable numbers, reported The Guardian. The report, based on a recent survey, added that a shift in the diaspora’s voting patterns would be significant in UK.…

‘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…

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 secretary concerned over ‘Indian food safety standards’ ahead of…

DIFFERENCES have cropped within the UK government ahead of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India, according to a media report. Britain’s environment secretary George Eustice raised concerns over food safety standards in India, City A.M. reported, citing Whitehall sources. “George is certainly in favour of free trade, but he…

EXCLUSIVE: “Widen race health disparities investigation”

Praise for Sajid Javid’s inquiry, but more action needed say doctors Doctors’ leaders and hospital chiefs want ministers to widen their investigation into health disparities among south Asian and black communities. The leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) and a senior health authority boss have told Eastern Eye that…

My playlist – Kahani

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

Sukh Ojla continues her solo tour

LIVE PERFORMANCE OUTWITTING THE DEVIL When: Until Saturday November 27 Where: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN What: The Akram Khan Company presents an epic dance piece about ritual and remembering in the midst of our ever-changing planet. www.sadlerswells.com SEVENS When: Saturday November 27 Where: Harrow Arts Centre, 171…

Silent sufferers: Report reveals domestic, sexual abuse of Sikh women

DOMESTIC and sexual abuse in the Sikh community has become a challenge for women, thanks to “toxic cultural practices” and a lack of culturally sensitive services which leaves them suffer in silence, The Observer has reported citing a comprehensive report. The report made by Sikh Women’s Aid (SWA), the only…

Research shows British cricketers more likely to play elite level…

A new research has found how class and ethnic disparities are rife in English cricket. This comes after when Yorkshire's racism scandal has rocked the sport. It said privately educated British players are 34 times more likely to become professional cricketers than state-educated British south Asians. The research, done by…

IMF to revive £4.4 billion Pakistan funding programme

THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday (22) it has reached an agreement with Pakistan that will help revive a stalled $6 billion (£4.4 bn) funding programme for the south Asian country, which faces growing economic challenges. Pakistan’s authorities and IMF staff have reached a staff-level agreement on “policies…

Czech model acquitted in drug case leaves Pakistan prison

A CZECH model sentenced to more than eight years in prison for drug trafficking in Pakistan in 2019 was released Saturday (20) after her acquittal this month, the Czech foreign minister said. Tereza Hluskova, 25, was arrested at the airport in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore for allegedly trafficking…

Asian Business Awards: Bestway Group named Asian Business of the…

ONE OF BRITAIN’S leading wholesale companies won the coveted top award at the Asian Business Awards, hosted by Eastern Eye, on Friday (19). Bestway Group was named Asian Business of the Year at a gala event held at the newly opened Londoner in Leicester Square. Founded by Sir Anwar Pervez…

Fears for Bangladesh elephants after spate of killings

At least four Asian elephants have been killed in Bangladesh over the past week, officials said, putting the dwindling population of the endangered creatures at further risk. Fewer than 100 elephants remain in the South Asian country, where they come into regular conflict with humans as their territory shrinks. "Four…

My Playlist – DJ Redlox

THE path-breaking DJ Redlox (aka Siri Adi Singh) is one of the original architects of the vibrant Chicago Bollywood, bhangra and dancehall scene. He has performed with world-famous artists and lit up explosive live sets for multicultural audiences. He is also co-founder of a Chicago-based meditation and yoga school, along…

Light-hearted rom-com Serena Singh Flips The Script offers insights into…

TALENTED Canadian author Sonya Lalli has shown that she can write strong female characters, which includes the people in her excellent third novel Serena Singh Flips The Script. For her recently released fourth novel, A Holly Jolly Diwali, she once again offers a strong-minded south Asian female protagonist, who goes…

Parle Patel: We’ve rebooted Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding so it…

ONE of the big British theatre successes before the pandemic sent everyone into lockdown was hit play Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding. The masterful mix of songs, comedy, dance, and colourful characters played to packed houses around the UK before theatres went dark due to Covid restriactions. Now the musical stage…

Hollywood success stories of south Asian stars

THE movie everyone has been talking about is November’s biggest blockbuster release The Eternals, and a major highlight is the presence of Kumail Nanjiani playing a path-breaking superhero. This is another major step forward for south Asians in Hollywood, after almost exclusively appearing as stereotypical caricatures, including ones where a…

Rafiq says racism rife in English cricket, his life made…

FORMER Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq broke down in tears on Tuesday (16) as he told a British parliamentary committee of "inhuman" treatment at the cricket club and described the sport in England as riddled with racism. In more than an hour of questioning by members of parliament, Rafiq, 30, an…

Climate experts support India’s stand on ‘phase down’ of coal

EXPERTS have come in support of India after several nations criticised the south Asian country for using the term "phase down" instead of "phase out" of coal at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. They said India’s stand should not be seen as a diversion from its commitment to global…

Kamala Harris still searching for her role

THE first woman and first person of colour to become US vice president, Kamala Harris made history on November 3, 2020. But a year later, she is still trying to figure out what part to play in a role that is by definition thankless. President Joe Biden, by teaming up…

South Asians among 10 dead in Texas concert tragedy

TRIBUTES have been paid to two Asian Americans who were among the 10 dead from a lethal crowd surge at a rap concert in Texas last week. Indian-origin Bharti Shahani,22, and Pakistani-origin Danish Baig, 27, were caught up in the crowd that rushed the stage during a performance by hip-hop…

‘Broadcast research shows why regulator is not fit for purpose’

EVERY Sunday, we had a ritual in our family. It was 1969, and like tens of thousands of new arrivals from India, we would sit in front of our black and white televisions to watch Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan. Translated, it means ‘New Life, New Life’ but we can take…

Ofcom study of Asian viewers ‘does not reveal true picture’

Diaspora watch ethnic content but UK channels 'do not cater to diverse audiences' entertainment ETHNIC MINORITY viewers in the UK have said watching Asian channels helps them keep in touch with their culture, according to a survey for Ofcom, but the regulator was criticised for not acknowledging that British TV…

Pakistan ‘warrior’ Rizwan went from hospital to half-century

PAKISTAN hailed wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan as a "warrior" after revealing he was in hospital with a severe chest infection before taking the field to score a half-century against Australia in the T20 World Cup. Rizwan top-scored for Pakistan with 67 from 52 balls in Thursday's (11) semi-final in Dubai to…

English cricket racism row pains Yorkshire’s Asians

A hilly landscape dotted with serried terraced housing, mill chimneys, church spires and mosque minarets reflects the industrial past and multicultural present of Bradford. But a racism row at local county cricket team Yorkshire has shattered trust between the club and its diverse fanbase in the northern English city. Yorkshire…

Vijay Iyer showcases new album UnEasy

LIVE PERFORMANCE YUVA NARTAN When: Saturday November 13 Where: Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB What: An exhilarating evening of vibrant Indian classical and contemporary dance, featuring several emerging and established artists, performing Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance styles. www.curveonline.co.uk SONU NIGAM: RAFI, KISHORE AUR MAIN When: Saturday…

EVERY DAY 11 ASIANS DIE FROM COVID

Sadiq Khan: Bring back police enforcement on mask wearing More south Asians will catch and die from Covid during the traditional winter health crisis unless the government toughens its stance on vaccinations and mask wearing in public places. That is the warning from the British Medical Association, the London mayor,…

EXCLUSIVE: Asian MP demands ECB investigates all racist counties

Cricket’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), must immediately investigate racism at all levels of the sport. That is the demand from Bradford West MP, Naz Shah. Speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye, Shah said that the game was institutionally, structurally and systemically racist, and the problem went…

Dilan Markanday a new sensation in English football

LONDONER Dilan Markanday has become a sensation among Asian football fans in the UK. When he took the field for Tottenham Hotspurs in a Europa Conference League match against Vitesse, social media went abuzz about the young midfielder. At 20, Markanday became the first British Asian of Indian heritage to…

Sunder Katwala: Yorkshire may need a Truth and Reconciliation model

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future thinktank ‘That word – the ‘P**i’ word – has real meaning for me. I don’t need to be told it’s not banter’, said Lord Kamlesh Patel, after becoming the new chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club because the county’s leadership lost all confidence in…

Yorkshire racism response ‘totally unacceptable’, says Leeds council leader

THE leader of Leeds City Council has condemned the response from Yorkshire County Cricket Club as “totally unacceptable” following racism allegations from a former player. It follows claims this week that the club had dismissed racial taunts from former teammates of Azeem Rafiq as “banter”, which drew condemnation this week…

Sonu Nigam mixes up his own hits with classic songs

LIVE PERFORMANCE DEEPAVALI: THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT When: Saturday, November 6 Where: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH What: Uplifting family-friendly performances in celebration of Diwali, which showcase Bollywood, Kathak, Bharatanatyam and bhangra by some of the best British south Asian dance artists, companies, and community groups.…

Australia postpones Afghanistan Test until ‘situation is clearer’

CRICKET AUSTRALIA (CA) confirmed on Friday (5) it has postponed the Afghanistan Test in Hobart scheduled for Nov. 27 until the situation regarding the women's game in the South Asian nation becomes clearer. CA had said in September it would scrap the Test if the Taliban government, which took power…

West Indies to tour Pakistan in December

PAKISTAN has confirmed the West Indies cricket team will tour the south Asian nation next month as international play resumes there following cancellations by New Zealand and England over safety and player welfare concerns. New Zealand abandoned a tour last month minutes before the start of their first one-day international…

South Asians at higher risk of death from Covid, Oxford…

SCIENTISTS at the University of Oxford have identified a gene that may double the risk of lung failure and death from Covid-19, and could explain why people of south Asian origin have a higher risk of severe disease. The LZTFL1 gene changes the way the lungs respond to viral infection,…

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…

Czech model imprisoned in Pakistan over drugs is acquitted

A CZECH model sentenced to over eight years in prison for drug trafficking in Pakistan has been acquitted, her lawyer said on Monday (1). Tereza Hluskova, 25, was arrested at the airport in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore for trafficking nine kilograms of heroin in January 2018. "The prosecution…

Kal Penn comes out as gay, says “I discovered my…

Indian-American actor Kal Penn is known for his performances in Harold & Kumar film series, House (TV series), Designated Survivor (TV Series), and others. He was also a former White House staff member in the Barack Obama administration. Penn is all set to launch his book, You Can't Be Serious,…

US senators seek exemption for India from sanctions over Russia…

THREE Republican senators in the US on Friday (29) said they filed a legislation to exempt India from sanctions for purchasing the S-400 missile-defence system from Russia, Washington’s old foe, citing the importance of working with allies to tackle China. The bill from Texas senator Ted Cruz, Indiana senator Todd…

What’s On: Indian classical and contemporary dance performance

Live Performance SEVENS When: Friday, November 5 Where: Pavilion Dance South West Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU What: An ensemble cast of UK-based Indian classical dancers and musicians will be sharing the stage in this triple bill show conceptualised and choreographed by award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Nina Rajarani MBE.…

Sajid Javid: How AI can help provide better health outcomes…

EVEN though my family didn’t celebrate it, I learned a lot about Diwali growing up and saw how much it means to people. From the kids bringing halwa and jalebi to the playground, to the decorations at Dr Gandhi’s clinic on Bristol’s Stapleton Road, it was always a point of…

Ahir Shah on all that’s significant

LIVE PERFORMANCE SEVENS When: Friday, November 5 Where: Pavilion Dance South West Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU What: An ensemble cast of UK-based Indian classical dancers and musicians will be sharing the stage in this triple bill show conceptualised and choreographed by award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Nina Rajarani MBE.…

Priyanshu’s new challenge

PSYCHOLOGICAL horror Barun Rai and the House on the Cliff is being released this Halloween. The chilling tale set in a coastal town in England tells the story of Harmesh and Soumili, who turn to a paranormal investigator after moving into their dream house and being confronted by a spate…

UK South Asians five times more prone to diabetes, experts…

Type 2 diabetes is up to five times more predominant in South Asian populations living in the UK as compared with their white European counterparts, health experts have said. Managing diabetes is now a global issue mainly because those seen at higher risk of the disease are people of South…

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

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

ZEE5 Global announces the premiere date for Punjabi film Qismat…

ZEE5 Global, the world’s largest OTT platform for South Asian content, is aggressively ramping up its Punjabi content offering for the audience. The platform has stayed true to its promise of premiering power-packed, straight-from-the-theatre titles from ZEE Studios. Puaada (2021) saw great success on the platform followed by Jinne Jamme…

Mural artwork pays tribute to Grunwick dispute leader

A mural of the leader of a landmark workers’ strike in the 1970s has been unveiled in north west London. Brent Council announced the unveiling of the artwork in Ealing Road depicting Jayaben Desai, a key figure in what became known as the Grunwick dispute. Jayaben led workers – many…

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

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

Owners savour relaxed rules for restaurants

Return of outdoor dining and food festivals 'lifeline' for industry RESTAURANT bosses and foodies have described the relaxing of outdoor dining rules and the return of festivals as a “lifeline” for the industry as they noted the financial impact of diners not turning up after making reservations. In parts of…

Exclusive: ‘Challenge biased workplace culture or lose war on talent’

CHIEF EXECUTIVES must challenge bad behaviour which stops women and minorities from progressing, Indra Nooyi, the former CEO and chair of global company PepsiCo, has said. Speaking at the GG2 Leadership Series last Tuesday (12), the first Asian woman to lead a Fortune 500 company warned that firms would lose…

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…

Navin Kundra performs timeless Bollywood songs

LIVE PERFORMANCE SEVENS When: Thursday, October 21 Where: Kala Sangam, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY What: An ensemble cast of UK-based Indian classical dancers and musicians will be sharing the stage in this triple bill show conceptualised and choreographed by award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Nina Rajarani MBE. www.kalasangam.org…

Role of culture in dealing with Covid-related illness

A FEW days ago, I spoke to a colleague in India about the situation there related to the pandemic, and her observation was that the situation was “pretty well back to normal”. As the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali are round the corner, there appeared to be a general sense…

US to ship 2.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to…

The US government will ship 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan on Thursday, bringing the total number of doses sent to the South Asian country to about 18.3 million, more than any other country, a White House official said. The latest shipments of the vaccine lots made by…

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

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

Experts warn of Asian mental health crisis

ALMOST two-thirds of south Asians said the Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on their mental wellbeing, with the data prompting community leaders to call for culturally sensitive mental health services. Adults from the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities reported struggling the most, with 60 per cent saying their mental wellbeing…

‘South Asians least likely to check for breast cancer signs’

SOUTH Asian women are the least likely to check their breasts for signs of cancer, new research revealed this week. Around 40 per cent never check their breasts at all, compared to 27 per cent of black women and 13 per cent for other ethnicities, according to the Estée Lauder…

Sri Lanka’s wrestling chief dumps team, vanishes in Oslo

SRI Lanka's wrestling manager dumped his team and disappeared in Norway during the United World Wrestling championships and may be trying to remain in Europe illegally, officials said Monday (11). Donald Indrawansa vanished from the team hotel three days into the tournament in Oslo and failed to join the group…

OneWeb collaborates with ISRO to launch satellites from India

BHARTI Enterprises-backed OneWeb on Monday (11) said it has entered an arrangement with Indian space agency ISRO to launch its satellite from the south Asian country from 2022. A statement said the arrangement has been made through a letter of intent (LOI) with ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL)…

Forging a British Bengali bond

Two-day cultural diaspora event in Cambridge celebrates community's legacy in the UK HOW do we measure or track our long British Bengali legacy? This actually started a long time ago and holds many illustrious names in its trajectory. We have grown up with stories of famous Bengalis who travelled and…

India asks Tesla to make cars in India, assures full…

INDIAN transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said that US electric car-maker Tesla had been asked not to sell its China-make vehicles in India and instead make them in the South Asian country. He also reportedly asked Elon Musk’s firm to export its cars made in India product. The minister said:…

ZEE5 Global to stream Break Point and Rashmi Rocket among…

ZEE5 Global, which prides itself on being the largest streaming platform for South Asian content in the world, will be streaming a slew of Originals, films, webseries and popular TV shows across different languages this month. From Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari’s first-ever co-directed sports docudrama series Break Point…

England cricket chairman steps down after Pakistan criticism

THE England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday (7) that chairman Ian Watmore was stepping down with immediate effect, following criticism of the decision to cancel a tour of Pakistan. Watmore, 63, has reached a "mutual agreement" with the board to leave his role following the end of the…

Riz Ahmed reveals a specific mantra he follows when it…

Riz Ahmed has always made distinctive choices in his career, which have helped him cement his position as a creative force to reckon with. But do you know that Ahmed, who is the first Muslim and the first South Asian actor to win a lead acting Emmy Award, has long…

Deepa Mehta to mentor South Asian Screenwriters at Hollywood Inclusion…

Filmmaker and screenwriter Deepa Mehta, best known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005), has come onboard to mentor another class of underrepresented South Asian screenwriters for the second edition of 1497 Writers Lab. Joining her as mentors are The High Note (2020) helmer Nisha Ganatra…

New mental health campaign in England focuses on adults, South…

A new mental health campaign has been launched in England to improve the mental health of adults and South Asians. The Every Mind Matters (EMM) initiative started after half of all adults and almost two-thirds of South Asians have said that the pandemic had negatively impacted their mental health, a statement…

EXCLUSIVE: “Please get vaccinated,” says Javid

Figures reveal four in 10 British-Pakistanis still unprotected The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has told Eastern Eye that he is “very concerned” that three in 10 south Asians remained unprotected against Covid. During a meeting of specially invited non-white press and broadcasters, Javid revealed that among British-Pakistanis the take up…

‘My dad’s philosophy was to help selflessly and give plenty’

MY FATHER, Om Parkash Shabi, a stalwart of the UK’s south Asian community, unexpectedly passed away on September 22, after nine days in intensive care, unable to recover from significant injuries after a hit and run incident. While nowadays it’s quite easy to quickly amass hundreds of so-called “friends” on…