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Resolution in US Congress condemns hate crimes targeting Hindus

Indian-American Congressman Shri Thanedar has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives in the US that condemns Hinduphobia, anti-Hindu bigotry, hate, and intolerance. The resolution was presented on Wednesday and has since been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. The resolution reads that despite their positive…

Asian man gets Points of Light award

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has awarded an Asian-origin London resident for promoting cricket and making a positive change within the south Asian community. Himanshu Jain, who co-founded a charity cricket community for south Asian men, got the daily Points of Light award on April 10. The Prime Minister makes daily…

New UK documentary examines racist attacks on British Indians

Driving around with hockey sticks in the boot of the car and stockpiling petrol bombs to defend themselves are among some of the gripping accounts that make up a new UK documentary chronicling racist attacks faced by British Indians in the 1970s and 80s. Defiance: Fighting the Far Right, a…

How Cambodia’s ‘cyber slave’ industry exploits south Asians

Thousands are lured to Cambodia with promises of data entry jobs, only to find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world of forced labour. These "cyber slaves" are forced to run online scams that target people worldwide. These victims are held captive in high-security complexes, guarded by armed men. Their passports…

Stop scaring the public, says Lord Bilimoria on visa restrictions

THE government’s decision to impose visa restrictions on international students to cut immigration figures is “anti-universities” and “economic illiteracy”, according to a peer and university chancellor. From January, the Home Office stopped postgraduate students from bringing their families with them when studying in the UK. When he announced the restriction,…

Mindy Kaling’s ‘Velma’ Season 2 announces premiere date

Max has announced the premiere date for Season 2 of its adult animated comedy series, Velma, which stars Mindy Kaling. The second season is set to premiere on April 25, 2025. Max announced on X that “all the new movies, series, and shows coming your way this April,” including Velma…

Arsenal CEO proud of restoring Gunners’ glory and faith of…

ARSENAL chief executive officer Vinai Venkatesham took the decision to leave the club after feeling a sense of fulfilment as the team returned as one of the top sides in Europe.  Venkatesham, 42, has been with the north London club for 14 years, during which it experienced a number of…

Mohsin Naveed Ranjha: Combining heritage with style statements

WHETHER it’s womenswear, menswear or wedding couture, Mohsin Naveed Ranjha has made a name for himself globally with his chic and stylish creations. The celebrated Pakistani fashion designer recently opened a standalone design studio in the heart of London, next to Regent’s Street. The London studio includes ready-to-wear, luxury capsule…

Paintings at Royal Academy exhibition hold mirror up to race…

EASTERN EYE readers who want to discover how British artists have depicted colonialism and slavery over the centuries should visit the Royal Academy’s (RA) latest exhibition.   Entangled Pasts 1768-Now: Art, Colonialism and Change is the RA’s “brave” response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling of slave…

‘Role models and equal pay can drive more Asian women…

THE multi-billion pound technology industry needs to do far more to tackle the lack of Asian woman in the sector, experts have urged. Some 18 per cent of tech roles are filled by women and only a third of those are of Asian origin, according to research by jobs website…

Pakistan beefs up security for Chinese workers after attack

Pakistan has intensified security measures to protect Chinese engineers engaged in Beijing-backed projects in the nation's northwest following a deadly suicide bombing that claimed the lives of five workers, an official announced on Wednesday (27). China stands as one of Islamabad's closest regional allies, investing billions of dollars in various…

Exclusive: Asians need better cancer services

CANCER screening services must be more culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of south Asians - especially women, a leading doctor has told Eastern Eye. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the first person of colour to lead the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA), said south Asian women were less…

Iqbal Khan: Partition play ‘Silence’ should anger audiences

AWARD-WINNING director Iqbal Khan decided to take on the new adaptation of the Partition-based play Silence as he wished to build on the legacy of his late friend, former Tara Arts artistic director Abdul Shayek. Shayek directed the original production at the Donmar Warehouse in 2022 and had developed this…

Pratibha Singh Baghel headlines a perfect concert

THE recent South Asian Sounds festival at the Southbank Centre in London included a stunning concert headlined by the superb Indian singer Pratibha Singh Baghel. The sensational talent teamed up with the brilliant British act Chineke! Orchestra and top Indian musicians for a grand, sold-out concert at the Royal Festival…

UK’s Tate Modern Museum inducts Sonam Kapoor in its South…

Actress Sonam Kapoor feels honoured as global art museum Tate Modern inducted her as a member of their South Asia Acquisition Committee. In a statement shared by the actress' team, Sonam said, "I'm deeply honoured to join the prestigious Tate Modern as a member of their South Asia Acquisition Committee.…

Pakistan seeking yet another bailout: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed that cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking a 24th medium-term bailout package for a permanent push towards longstanding structural reforms. In its end-of-mission statement on Wednesday (20), the global lender said that Pakistan has “expressed interest in a successor medium-term Fund-supported programme to permanently resolve…

Humera Malik: Bridging cultures with books

BORN and raised in England, Humera Malik admired the power of words from an early age. The US-based elementary school teacher has turned that love for reading into a writing passion that has led to her writing a newly published children’s book, The Great Henna Party. The beautifully illustrated book,…

Charithra Chandran sparkles in first solo West End play

THERE was a sense of occasion at the Garrick Theatre in London last Sunday (17) when Charithra Chandran made her West End debut in a solo show, Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon. You had the feeling many young Asians had been drawn by the show’s lead, billed as “Bridgerton’s Charithra…

Geeta Pendse: ‘Words can prompt new ways of thinking’

THE TV presenter and journalist, Geeta Pendse, chaired the opening sessions of the London Book Fair (LBF) which analysed the issue of diversity in the publishing world. The LBF – held over three days last week at Kensington Olympia – also looked at what might constitute enjoyable literature for ethnic…

Free online NHS support can help you live well with…

DR CHIRAG BAKHAI is a GP in Luton, as well as a primary care advisor to the NHS Diabetes programme. He says: “If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, it’s important to know what you can do to stay well and avoid potential complications. “The Healthy Living programme offers evidence-based…

Nitin Sawhney, Arooj Aftab part of Glastonbury Festival lineup

Nitin Sawhney and Arooj Aftab are among the leading South Asian talents at this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival. The popular British festival returns to Somerset’s Worthy Farm from June 26-30. Nitin, an award-winning musician, producer, and composer, will be one of the performers for the West Holts Stage. Singer-songwriter, producer,…

Charithra Chandran: I see myself as a failure

Charithra Chandran, who rose to fame with the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, says she is still “really hard” on herself and sees herself “as a failure”. “I feel like I am really hard on myself. I see myself as a failure and I am constantly failing and trying to dig…

Three Indians among winners of Diana Award

A New Delhi-based innovator whose low-cost electric invention helps overcome power cuts, a mental health campaigner from Haryana and a student from Dubai who helps to empower girls across the developing world are the Indian winners of the Diana Legacy Awards this year. Uday Bhatia, founder of Uday Electric, Manasi…

Kamala Harris makes historic abortion clinic visit

US vice president Kamala Harris toured an abortion clinic Thursday (14), highlighting the key election issue of reproductive rights in what is believed to be the first such visit by a president or vice president. "We have to be a nation that trusts women," the Democrat said as she met…

Explore five delectable Ramadan dishes to make Iftar delicious

Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, community, and of course, delicious food! After a day of fasting, families and friends come together to break their fast with a special meal called Iftar. This year, why not embark on a global culinary adventure with these top 5 dishes, all perfect…

Indigo Giant: New play exposes colonial atrocities in undivided India

THE story of Bengal farmers rising up against British colonial rule in the subcontinent is revisited in a new play, Indigo Giant, currently touring the UK.   In the late 19th century, vast swathes of the Bengali countryside were given over to the cultivation of the indigo plant as the…

Top 10 moments of Atma Ahir

BRITISH Asian music veteran Atma Ahir has been lighting up the bhangra scene ever since the early 1990s. His interesting career has seen him go from founding the award-winning act Geet The Mega Band to carving out a solo career. The singer recently released his catchy Punjabi track, Morni, written…

Onir: Rebel with a human cause

A FEARLESS approach to filmmaking has endowed Onir with a remarkable body of work filled with stories from forgotten corners of society. He has overcome the challenges of being an openly gay writer, director and producer in India to deliver award-winning films such as My Brother…Nikhil, and I Am. His…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan to Riz Ahmed, see every South Asian celebrity…

The 96th annual Academy Awards concluded on March 10, 2024, at Los Angeles’s Dolby Theater, with Oppenheimer dominating the award ceremony with seven wins. On the fashion front, the Oscars 2024 once again served as a platform for South Asian celebrities to showcase their impeccable fashion sense and leave an…

Sporadic protests in India over contentious citizenship law

Sporadic protests have erupted in India against a citizenship law that has been criticised for discriminating against Muslims, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government implemented the legislation just days before a general election is announced. Protests broke out in the eastern state of Assam and the southern state of Tamil…

Indian troops exit Maldives following quit order

INDIA has begun withdrawing military personnel operating surveillance aircraft in the Maldives after the new pro-China president ordered them to leave, local media reported Tuesday (12). The Mihaaru newspaper reported that 25 Indian troops deployed in the southernmost atoll of Addu had left the archipelago ahead of March 10, the…

Sunny Singh Gill becomes first British Indian referee in Premier…

SUNNY SINGH GILL was standing at the proverbial career crossroads one year ago. He had the option to continue as a prison officer or concentrate on carrying forward his family’s rich footballing legacy by chasing his refereeing dream. Cut to 2024, the 39-year-old will script history at Selhurst Park on…

Sunak’s mother-in-law appointed to Indian parliament

The mother-in-law of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was on Friday appointed to serve in India's parliament, capping a career working for the philanthropic arm of her billionaire husband's tech firm. Sudha Murty, 73, is the former chair of the Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global tech behemoth…

Six members of South Asian family stabbed to death in…

SIX people from Sri Lanka, including a mother and four young children, were knifed to death in the Canadian capital Ottawa late on Wednesday (6), police said on Thursday (7), rocking a country where mass murders are rare. Prime minister Justin Trudeau said he was horrified by what he called…

TOP 10 British Asian women entertainers

We are often fascinated when we spot a person of colour in British entertainment, be it cinema, series or any other source of entertainment. On this International Women's Day, we made a list of women who have brought colours to the British entertainment sector and have not only won the…

Sunak hails impact of British Asians on country’s economy and…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak paid tribute to the “incredible contribution of south Asian people to our economy and our society” as he congratulated winners at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity awards. Sunak also witnessed the unveiling of the GG2 Power List which profiles the country’s 101 most influential and…

Jasdeep Singh Degun becomes first sitar player to win Royal…

Leeds-born sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun has become the first sitar player to win a Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Award, winning in the Instrumentalist category. The award ceremony took place yesterday evening at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. Billed as 'the biggest night in UK classical music’, the…

Festival short film ‘Halfway’ makes a towering statement about love

THE strong south Asian contingent at this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival includes Halfway. Kumar Chheda has delivered an English-language short film about a young queer couple in India going through a turbulent phase in their relationship, who need to make an important decision during a phone conversation.…

‘Bhangra Nation’: Exploring the clash of cultures and identity

EASTERN EYE readers had better hurry if they want to catch Bhangra Nation: A New Musical at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where it is on only until next Saturday (16). I went last week and I’m glad I did, as the evening turned out to be very enjoyable. The Rep…

Lord Gadhia scoops top honour at GG2 Leadership Awards

Lord Jitesh Gadhia, chairman of the British Asian Trust, was recognised for over three decades of public and community service with the GG2 Hammer Award at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Tuesday (5). After coming to Britain as a refugee from…

Babita Sharma’s new book celebrates ‘sassy sleuth’ and corner shop…

YOUNG Asian girls can be fun, sassy, adventurous and intelligent and should be celebrated, journalist and author Babita Sharma said, ahead of her new children’s book being published next week. Priya Mistry and the Paw Prints Puzzle tells the story of a young girl who loves to solve mysteries, such…

Avantika says she’s proud of her Indian heritage

SOUTH Asian women taking centre stage in series such as Bridgerton and One Day was long overdue, Indian American actress Avantika, who plays Karen Shetty in the new iteration of the popular teen comedy, Mean Girls, has said. This is not the first acting gig for the 19-year-old, born to…

GG2 Power List 2024: ‘Sunak’s changed Asian aspiration’

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak has retained the top spot on the 2024 GG2 Power List for the third year in a row, along with his wife Akshata Murty. The power couple were recognised for their growing influence in the UK, with Sunak in the top job and Murty playing an…

Fashion Brunch’s show returns with Asian cancer patients and survivors

In a remarkable annual return on International Women's Day, the Fashion Brunch, curated by Creative Director Anisha Vasani, has once again defied conventional norms, celebrating women with diverse backgrounds and challenges. Departing from traditional fashion shows, this event has become a beacon of empowerment, uniting women from various walks of…

British Asian Trust extends support for acid and burn violence…

THE British Asian Trust has extended help for acid and burn violence survivors in Bangladesh, addressing a critical shortage of mental health services, the UK-based charity said in a statement. There are around 4,000 acid attack survivors in Bangladesh, nearly two-thirds of them are women. According to the charity, emotional…

Know all about Rice and Three, the unique south Asian…

In the heart of Greater Manchester, a hidden gem beckons the taste buds of locals and curious visitors alike – the legendary 'Rice and Three' cafes. Nestled in the Northern Quarter, these unassuming eateries offer a uniquely Mancunian twist to south Asian cuisine. In the 1980s, the concept of 'Rice…

Jay Visvadeva celebrates cultural harmony through music

LEGENDARY concert organiser Jay Visvadeva has been delighting live music fans across generations in the UK since the 1970s, bringing together the biggest artists. His SAMA arts organisation continues to produce exciting concerts, including the South Asian Sounds festival at Southbank Centre in London from next Thursday (7) to next…

Tony Jayawardena who plays Churchill hails inclusion progress in theatre

PLAYING Winston Churchill in a play at the National Theatre is another step towards inclusivity in the arts, actor Tony Jayawardena told Eastern Eye. The 45-year-old will be seen playing the iconic former British prime minister in the play, Nye, which is based on the life of Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan…

Tributes paid to Mike Allbut who presented Asian content on…

MIKE ALLBUT was a broadcasting pioneer who played a major role in the transition of Asian programmes on BBC local radio in England from targeting first generation immigrant communities to reaching out to young British Asians. Born in Scotland and raised in Suffolk, Allbut moved to Leicester in the 1970s…

NHS Talking Therapies: Using your voice for good

HARMEET grew up in a vibrant multicultural corner of east London, with her parents, sister and grandparents. And from an early age, she was always encouraged to use her voice to help others. “This ranged from translating information from English to Punjabi for older relatives and supporting my mother to…

Everything we know about Anant Ambani’s wedding preps

One of the world’s richest men, Mukesh Ambani is gearing up for the big fat Indian wedding of his younger son Anant Ambani with Radhika Merchant. The pre-wedding ceremonies are set to start on March 1-3 in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the home of Ambani’s massive oil refineries. Several high-profile personalities from…

Onir’s ‘Pine Cone’ to be screened at BFI Flare: London…

Filmmaker Onir’s movie Pine Cone is set to be screened at the 38th British Film Institute Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival next month. The director said he is honored to have his movie selected for the festival, which is known as one of the world's most significant queer film events. It…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop condemning us for fighting racism

VICTIMS of racism are being attacked for speaking out and highlighting the problem, former chief crown prosecutor, Nazir Afzal, has told Eastern Eye. His comments come as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has asked Afzal to head a panel to investigate its internal culture. The 61-year-old is no stranger…

Services working on “culturally competent” strategies to support Asians struggling…

RESEARCHERS have called for more equitable access to drug treatment and support for people in minority ethnic groups after a study found they faced barriers such as stigma and lack of culturally competent services or ones they have no faith in them. Funded by the Department of Health and Social…

Farhan Sattar: Life-saving urgency of organ donation

THE life-saving issue of organ donation, which is rarely discussed, has directly affected many within the south Asian community due to a shortage of donors and subsequent lack of matches. Farhan Sattar was one of those affected, who didn’t get a lifesaving heart donation in time and sadly passed away…

Arrival of south Asian migrants on board boat sparks row…

DOZENS of migrants reportedly landed by boat in a remote part of Western Australia, igniting a political row over the country’s zero-tolerance border protection regime. About three dozen foreign nationals were found by locals last Friday (16) as they walked in separate groups by the coast in northwestern Australia’s Dampier…

Oldham Temple to host mental health awareness event for south…

The Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Oldham is preparing to host a pivotal well-being event aimed at combating mental health stigmas in south Asian communities. Organised by the temple's youth group, Yuvak Mandal, known for their dedication to community service, this event aims to address the importance of mental health awareness…

Sohm Kapila: ‘Bhangra Nation-A New Musical’ explores life of three…

Sohm Kapila, an internationally renowned actress (Aquaman 2, Never Have I Ever, Greys Anatomy, Small Town Big Story), born in India and raised in Nottingham, is back in the Midlands from her home of Los Angeles and spoke to Eastern Eye about her latest role on stage as Rekha in…

Pakistan’s majority parties struggle to form coalition government

Pakistan's two major parties are set to meet on Monday to try and bridge differences over forming a minority coalition government after an inconclusive election, a top party official said, underscoring its political and economic instability. Analysts say the nuclear-armed nation of 241 million, which has been grappling with an…

India biggest US partner in South Asia: Afreen Akhter

DESCRIBING India as its biggest partner in South Asia, the Biden administration has said it is working with New Delhi to deploy a multi-billion-dollar climate infrastructure and a new fund that will include a $500 million investment contribution from its development finance institution. “With India, which of course is our…

Bangladeshi families most affected by cramped housing

BRITISH Bangladeshis have told Eastern Eye of the “trauma” they face living in cramped housing, as data shows that more people from this community live in social housing compared to other south Asian communities. British Asians were overall least likely to live in social housing, but there were significant variations…

Alom Shaha sparks the imagination of young minds with new…

BALANCING creativity with his roles as a secondary school science teacher and parent, Alom Shaha was inspired to write his new children’s picture book, How to Find a Rainbow. The Bangladesh-born British Asian writer, who was raised in London, has crafted a captivating tale set in the Himalayan mountains, blending…

‘Asian talent at forefront of Cambridge tech-hub growth’

CAMBRIDGE does not need to become Britain’s Silicon Valley to be successful – as more talent from south Asia are being attracted to the city, according to experts. They highlighted Indian-origin entrepreneurs – such as Dr Sai Shivareddy, founder of battery firm Nyobolt – who are at the forefront of…

Ready to serve as leader, says Kamala Harris

US Vice President Kamala Harris said she was ready to serve as leader, in a Wall Street Journal interview published on Monday (12), as voter concerns mount about president Joe Biden’s age in an election year. Harris, 59, has faced growing scrutiny about her own abilities as the first in…

Asians rally round King

THE British Asian community, which has long been supported by King Charles from the days he was a young Prince of Wales, is now rallying round the 75-year old monarch following his cancer diagnosis on Monday (5). Since the King is also head of the Commonwealth, just as Queen Elizabeth…

G-Eazy excited about his India tour

Rapper G-Eazy is super excited to perform in India. In a statement, he said, "I can't wait to come and perform for all my amazing Indian fans and take some time off to explore the sights and sounds of a country I have heard so much about! See you soon…

Football clubs fall short of diversity code target

ENGLISH football clubs have been shown a yellow card by campaigners over a lack of progress after failing to meet their hiring targets for south Asian coaches. Recent data from the Football Association (FA) showed the 53 clubs signed up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code (FLDC) collectively failed to…

Differing identities of Haley and Harris

WALT WHITMAN wrote “I am large. I contain multitudes,” anticipating a multicultural America at its founding. Two of our politicians speak to the psychology of their multicultural identity in contemporary times. As the race for the 2024 US presidential election heats up, former South Carolina governor Nimarata ‘Nikki’ Randhawa Haley…

British Indian peer Baroness Shreela Flather passes away

PROMINENT British Indian peer Shreela Flather passed away after a short illness in the UK on Tuesday (6), her sons Marcus and Paul Flather said in a statement. She was 89. Known for her elegant sarees in the House of Lords, the teacher and politician was a life peer as…

Bhangra Nation: Musical moves to its own beat in exploring…

THIS may seem a little ironic, but the Birmingham Rep’s new bhangra musical is an American import. Bhangra, a joyous harvest festival, first came to Britain from the Punjab with the first generation of Indian immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s, and developed British roots in and around Birmingham. And…

South Asian businesses in Canada hit by extortion threats

There has been a rash of extortion attempts on businesses run by the south Asian community across Canada and the police suspect the involvement of an organised crime racket located abroad, CTV news reports. The modus operandi of extortionists is as follows: make phone calls or send text messages demanding…

Student cancer survivor aims to raise awareness of the disease…

Faaiza Bashir, a 22-year-old student from Barking, has shared her journey of battling cancer at 18 to mark World Cancer Day on February 4. Her collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust aims to spotlight the critical signs of cancer in adolescents and young adults, particularly in the south Asian communities…

India budget focuses on fiscal consolidation in election year

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's government resisted the temptation of spending trillions of rupees on schemes for the poor in its last budget before an election and instead stuck to the path of fiscal consolidation to attract investors. The lack of social spending largesse is indicative of Modi's confidence in…

Leeds sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun shortlisted for two Royal Philharmonic…

Leeds-born sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun has been shortlisted for two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Awards: The Instrumentalist Award and the Large-Scale Composition Award. The RPS Awards, recognised as a significant event in UK classical music by The Sunday Times, highlight outstanding musical talents and initiatives that inspire…

Jasdeep Singh Degun: British star of Indian classical music

BRILLIANT British talent Jasdeep Singh Degun has been flying the flag for classical Indian music with world-class live performances, an acclaimed album, and global collaborations. The young sitar maestro has broken down boundaries with his artistry and new approach to composition without losing touch with his cultural roots. His impressive…

Avantika: Indian ‘films and stories feel very hero-centric’

Avantika Vandanapu, who plays the role of “bimbo” Karen Shetty in the 2024 revival of the comedy/drama Mean Girls, hopes that her being cast in the role is a chance to shut down prejudices for the South Asian community. In a recent interview with BBC Asian Network, the actress behind…

South Asian Sounds Festival attracts megastars for inaugural festival

South Asia's finest musical stars are set to perform at the first South Asian Sounds Festival at London's Southbank Centre. From the 7th to the 10th March, a stunning programme of both classical and contemporary South Asian music features some mega stars of the South Asian music scene such as…

Saaj Raja: I instantly related to Sanjay in ‘A Game…

Indo-British actor Saaj Raja best known for his work was recently onstage in a play in the West End in Best of Enemies with David Harewood and Zachary Quinto and has been part of projects such as Marvel's Eternals and BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought series, is set to…

MP calls for government support for south Asian language teaching

Gareth Thomas MP has urged the government to allocate resources for the development and teaching of south Asian languages, including Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, and Hindi. Thomas pointed out that the lack of widespread understanding of south Asian languages within the UK hampers the full potential of cultural and…

New poll reveals 3 in 5 south Asians concerned about…

A new NHS England survey has revealed that a significant number of south Asians, 64% to be precise, are experiencing mental health concerns. Among those surveyed, 42% reported experiencing depression, while 29% faced generalised anxiety disorder. The silver lining, however, is that 65% of those who sought professional help for…

Comment: India v England is a test of sporting brilliance…

NOBODY expected this first India versus England Test match to turn into an all-time cricket classic. Having not set a 4am alarm on the first day, I woke to hear India already taking their sixth English wicket. That first batting collapse came just after lunch in Hyderabad, but well before…

Nadia Nadarajah cast as Cleopatra in bilingual production

The popular Globe Theater in London is putting on a play called Antony and Cleopatra, with non-white actress Nadia Nadarajah being cast in the leading role. Nadarajah, who has labelled herself as an English South Asian woman with dark skin and uses British Sign Language, has been cast to play…

Balraj Samrai, Satnam Galsian awarded Opera North Resonance residencies

Opera North has announced the five artists chosen to take part in its Resonance Residencies programme, including two Asian artists. Working in genres from folk, jazz, and soul to electronic club and improvisation, and rooted in traditional music from across Africa and Asia, Balraj Samrai, Satnam Galsian, Rory A Green,…

Top 30 under 30 to watch in 2024

AN EXCITING young generation of south Asian creative talent is continuing to add new elements to popular culture with a cool approach. While some have already made an impressive mark with a brilliant body of work, others are showing real potential to be future gamechangers. They are all making themselves…

‘Sam Bahadur’ to premiere on ZEE5 Global on Jan 26

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, has announced the exclusive digital premiere of Vicky Kaushal starrer, Sam Bahadur, on January 26th. Directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films, the war biopic chronicles the extraordinary life of Sam Manekshaw, from his early…

Congressman Krishnamoorthi slams Trump over alleged ‘birther’ claims against Haley

Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has criticised former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his alleged 'birther' claims against his primary challenger Nikki Haley. Last week, Trump reposted a post from conservative The Gateway Pundit, which claimed that Haley might be ineligible to be the US president…

Alberta extortion ring: Canadian police trace Indian crime network

POLICE in Canada are investigating a series of extortions and related crimes that they believe are orchestrated by a suspect in India and involve criminals in Edmonton, Alberta, targeting the region's affluent South Asian people. In what Edmonton Police described as a new trend in Canada, victims typically receive a…

Foxconn to set up chip testing plant in India

TAIWAN'S Foxconn will partner with tech firm HCL Group for a semiconductor assembly and testing facility in India, the companies said on Thursday (18). The firms will set up an outsourced assembly and testing (OSAT) unit in the south Asian nation. An OSAT plant packages, assembles and tests foundry-made silicon…

Pranutan to make Hollywood debut with ‘Coco & Nut’

Actress Pranutan Bahl on Thursday said she is set to feature in her maiden Hollywood feature Coco & Nut, opposite American actor-filmmaker Rahsaan Noor. Billed as a "spirit-lifting romance", the love story is directed by Rahsaan, best known for his 2018 critically acclaimed movie Bengali Beauty. It is slated to…

Indian Americans rise in US politics amid community fissures

Among the myriad clashes involving this year's US presidential candidates, some of the harshest have featured Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley. Ramaswamy went so far as to hold up a sign at a debate calling Haley, the South Carolina former governor and UN ambassador, corrupt over her corporate work. She…

‘Hidden’ south Asian poverty overlooked, study finds

URGENT action is needed to help the large number of south Asian households living in hidden poverty, anti-poverty campaigners have urged. New research reveals that ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by severe hardship in areas not accounted for in government measures targeting antideprivation funding. The study by Queen’s University in…

‘They picked on the wrong woman’, says former sub-postmistress

SEEMA MISRA, who was pregnant when she was maliciously and wrongly jailed for stealing from the Post Office, has told Eastern Eye that more than a decade later she still gets flashbacks about her time in prison and being tagged. The former Surrey sub-postmistress revealed that she was prepared to…

Veronica Mehta’s phoenix moment after intense cancer battle

AT THE end of the video for her new song, Gone, British Asian music pioneer Veronica Mehta transforms into a phoenix rising from the ashes – a symbol, she said, of her “second chance at life” after a gruelling battle with cancer. Mehta was riding high in her career after…

Imran Khan’s party loses election symbol in Pakistan

The political party of Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Imran Khan faced a setback on Saturday (13) when the country's top court ruled against allowing the retention of its cricket bat symbol for the polls next month. The South Asian nation of more than 240 million people votes on February…

Rafiq faces racism after Yorkshire approves Graves-led loan

FORMER Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq said he has received racist messages on social media following the club's approval of a loan offer from a consortium headed by ex-chairman Colin Graves. Yorkshire were fined £400,000 ($510,560) and handed a 48-point deduction in the County Championship last year after an investigation into…

Avantika on her ‘liberating’ role in ‘Mean Girls’ reboot

Actress Avantika Vandanapu, who is best known for starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Spin and the comedy film Senior Year, now headlines the reboot of the beloved classic Mean Girls. The musical teen comedy film directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. in their feature film directorial…

Zee TV to air highlights of Asian Business Awards on…

All the glitz and glamour from the 25th anniversary of the Asian Business Awards will be aired on Zee TV on Sunday, January 28th, at 7 pm. A total of nine awards were handed out at the glittering ceremony, held at the Park Plaza Hotel in central London and attended…

Military-backed Nawaz Sharif to launch campaign for a fourth term

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, whose party is considered a front-runner to win general elections in February, will kick off his campaign next week, aides said, days after the Supreme Court cleared him to run for a fourth term. The campaign for the Feb 8 poll, delayed since November,…

British Asian entrepreneurs call for more diversity in venture capital…

BRITISH Asian entrepreneurs have called for more action to improve diversity in the venture capital investment market after it was branded “unacceptable” and “woeful” by a powerful committee of MPs. The business leaders called for funds dedicated to ethnic minorities or female founders to make the system fairer. Venture capital…

Domestic violence linked to drug abuse among Asians

DRUG abuse is fuelling cases of domestic violence in the Asian community in Britain, experts and support services have told Eastern Eye. Recent data showed that 59 per cent of domestic abuse suspects arrested in seven police force areas in the UK tested positive for cocaine or opiates. In one…

Chinese newspaper praises Modi’s economic strides, growing global clout

In an unusual acknowledgment, the prominent Beijing-based Chinese media outlet, Global Times, has published an article praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership for India's remarkable progress in economic development, social governance, and foreign policy. Penned by Zhang Jiadong, the director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Fudan University,…

Concern over higher risk of sepsis among south Asians

BRITISH Asians have a higher rate of catching the life-threatening condition sepsis compared to other population groups, a study found. The illness, which kills around 48,000 people every year in the UK, occurs when the body overreacts to an infection and starts attacking its own tissues and organs. Leading doctors…

Ahmed Kaysher: Merging traditions to define modern sensuality

MUSIC DIRECTOR Ahmed Kaysher has brought together artists from around the world to create “a new meaning of sensuality” through his show, Songs of Sringar and Seduction – Thumri to Troubadour. Produced by Saudha, the Society of Poetry and Indian Music, the concert features fresh interpretations of erotic and sensual…

Celebrities promote ‘Indian Islands’ amid Maldives controversy

Several renowned personalities, including the Hind movie actors Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, alongside cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, have urged people to discover "Indian islands" and coastal getaways. Their appeal emerged during a controversy sparked by derogatory comments made by Maldivian ministers against Narendra Modi following the prime minister’s recent…

Election day in Bangladesh amid opposition boycott

BANGLADESH was voting Sunday (7) in an election guaranteed to give a fifth term in office to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, after a boycott led by an opposition party she branded a "terrorist organisation". Hasina has presided over breakneck economic growth in a country once beset by grinding poverty, but…

ArcelorMittal JV, others to invest £68bn in Gujarat

GUJARAT state on Wednesday (3) said it has signed initial investment agreements worth $86 billion (£68bn) with 58 companies including steelmaker ArcelorMittal's joint venture and others operating in sectors such as energy, oil and gas, and chemicals. Gujarat, the home state of prime minister Narendra Modi, has been signing these…

Movies that stood out in an action-packed 2023

WHETHER it was in cinemas, streaming sites or at festivals around the world, audiences were offered an interesting variety of films from diverse genres and languages. From artistic gems and groundbreaking narratives to huge blockbusters, they entertained film fans from different backgrounds. Eastern Eye revisited 2023 to reveal 21 entertaining…

24 entertaining things to look forward to in 2024

WITH so many great-looking concerts, theatre productions, films, comebacks of popular stars and more already in the pipeline, 2024 looks set to be a thrilling and action-packed year. There will also be new talent, surprises, horizon-expanding moments, great music, free shows, and events celebrating the best in south Asian popular…

Stafford Arima: Exploring cultural identity through new dance moves

THE glitz and glamour of American dance competitions will hit the Birmingham Rep theatre next month in the form of Bhangra Nation – A New Musical. Director Stafford Arima told Eastern Eye that bhangra groups are “not just in a couple of states, but spread across America”. “The writers felt…

Richa Moorjani on playing a cop in ‘Fargo 5’

Richa Moorjani, who shot to fame after playing the role of Kamala in Mindy Kaling’s global hit series Never Have I Ever, surprised audiences with a completely different character in her next project. She essays the role of Indira Olmstead, a cop in the new season of the Golden Globe-winning…

Knighthood for Sajid Javid in New Year’s Honours List

Former chancellor and home secretary Sajid Javid described his knighthood as a “tremendous honour” after he was recognised for his achievements in the New Year’s Honours List announced last Friday (29). Javid, who represents Bromsgrove, served under three different prime ministers in six different Cabinet posts, including as culture secretary,…

British Asian man alleges racial bias by Liverpool FC

A British Asian man has taken legal action against Liverpool FC, accusing the club of racial discrimination in the handling of his job application, The Guardian reported. The lawsuit alleged that Liverpool rejected Asad Farooq's (25) application, favouring a less experienced candidate for the position. According to Farooq, he has…

ZEE5 Global announces world digital premiere of ‘Tejas’

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, today announced the world digital premiere of Tejas, starring actor Kangana Ranaut. Premiering on 5th January, the film showcases Kangana Ranaut in a never-seen-before avatar, portraying the role of a fearless Indian Air Force pilot. Crafted as an action-packed…

ZEE5 Global docuseries ‘Koose Munisamy Veerappan’ earns 9.1 IMDb rating

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, has captured the hearts of viewers across the globe with its latest docuseries Koose Munisamy Veerappan. Within 2 weeks of its release, the six-episode-long series has recorded an impressive 9.1 rating on IMDb. Through an interesting blend of real-life…

‘Asians pay high price for love’

MPs and immigration experts have criticised ministers for “deliberately targeting” British Asian families in their quest to get immigration figures down. Home secretary, James Cleverly, announced last week (13) that from April 2024, the minimum salary threshold for UK nationals and permanent residents applying to bring family members to join…

Asian movie stars and women ‘likely to be deepfakes targets’

THERE was the Bollywood star in skin-tight lycra, the Bangladeshi politician filmed in a bikini and the young Pakistani woman snapped with a man. None was real, but all three images were credible enough to unleash lust, vitriol – and even allegedly a murder – underlining the sophistication of generative…

Best British Asian moments of 2023 in music

A THRILLING year for British Asian music saw everything from much-awaited single releases to world-class performances by international artists in sold-out arenas. Newcomers breaking through, the rise of devotional music, established names making headlines, melas, music festivals and an interesting comeback were among the noteworthy events. Eastern Eye decided to…

Boxer’s ADHD news can help ‘break down stigma’

THE boxer Adam Azim has been praised for drawing attention to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as experts warned about the stigma against the condition in the Asian community. Azim, 21, has spoken of being diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and his father taking him to a boxing…

The best of 2023

AN ACTION-PACKED year saw everything from stunning live performances to delightful drama serials, marvellous music and fabulous films. There was also perfectly pitched comedy, new talent, path-breaking projects and plenty of entertainment. Eastern Eye celebrated the many creative moments of 2023 with the annual Eye Spy awards which include extra…

Leicester health plan for south Asians ‘a success’

AN EDUCATION and physical activity programme targeted towards people suffering with type 2 diabetes among south Asians in Leicester has proved to have a “lasting impact” on long-term health of participants. Since the development of the 12-week Healthy Goals programme in 2018, the evidence-based lifestyle initiative has helped 84 individuals…

Pakistan politics: Imran Khan uses AI-crafted speech to call for…

PAKISTAN'S jailed former prime minister, Imran Khan, used an audio clip generated by artificial intelligence (AI) to address supporters in the first event of its kind in the politics of the south Asian nation, though marred by internet disruptions. The audio, played over a photograph of Khan during an internet…

Pakistan uses artificial rain to combat smog for first time

The provincial government of Lahore on Saturday (16), announced the use of artificial rain for the first time in Pakistan as a measure to tackle the perilous smog levels in the megacity. In the first experiment of its kind in the South Asian country, planes equipped with cloud seeding equipment…

‘Healthy Goals’ initiative enhances lifestyles in Leicester’s South Asian communities

An educational physical activity initiative, Healthy Goals, designed to combat rising type 2 diabetes rates within the South Asian community, has demonstrated enduring positive effects on participants' health. Notably, 100% of those who participated adopted healthier dietary habits after completing the programme, reflecting significant lifestyle changes, a press release by…

Shah Rukh Khan tops Global Asian Celebrity List 2023

Shah Rukh Khan has added to a year of stunning achievements by topping the Top 50 Asian Celebrities In The World list for 2023. The Bollywood superstar beat off strong competition from around the world in this year’s edition of the popular list, published annually by UK based Eastern Eye…

Top 50 Asian stars of 2023

A GROUND-BREAKING year in entertainment saw glass ceilings shattered, greater heights conquered, creative horizons expanded, and new paths carved globally. There was also ground-breaking work, international crossovers, and exciting new talent announcing their arrival. Top south Asian talent from diverse fields were at the forefront of the marvellous moves being…

EXCLUSIVE: Tory party told to “unite or die”

A LEADING Conservative parliamentarian has warned fellow Tory politicians they face a decision to either “unify or die” as party infighting threatens to derail the leadership of prime minister, Rishi Sunak. On Tuesday (12) Sunak narrowly won in his latest plans to send migrants to Rwanda. The way in which…

Know the signs of a heart attack

HEART ATTACKS account for approximately 80,000 hospital admissions in England each year, and at least seven out of 10 people survive them. This number rises to nearly nine out of 10 (94 per cent) for those who get to the hospital and get the right care. Although chest discomfort is…

Essex cricketers faced racist abuse: report

SEVERAL cricketers who played for English county side Essex were subject to racist abuse and discriminatory treatment, according to an independent report released on Friday (8). References to players' ethnic, racial and religious origins were "entirely normalised and tolerated behaviour" within the dressing-room culture between the mid-1990s and around 2013,…

Queen Camilla supports domestic violence victim at women’s refuge

During her visit to a refuge, the Queen offered solace to a young victim of domestic violence who had been brought to the UK through a forced marriage. Camilla, 76, listened attentively to the woman in her early 20s, offering comfort by gently reaching out her hand as the woman…

Hybrid exhibition to address racial injustice and inequalities in mental…

The announcement of a new 12-month hybrid programme and exhibition took place in Leeds, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, aiming to address the overrepresentation of black and South Asian men detained under the Mental Health Act. The initiative, called Remembering What’s Forgotten is co-founded by Synergi-Leeds, which seeks to redress…

Hong Kong migrants face challenges despite support

NEW government figures published last month show that 47,000 Hong Kongers moved to the UK in the year to June 2023. They arrived under the government’s British National (Overseas) visa programme, set up after Hong Kong’s National Security law restricted its citizens’ democratic freedoms. In total, around 120,000 have arrived…

Indian American with Kashmir roots running for US Congress

KRYSTLE KAUL, an Indian-origin foreign policy and national security expert with roots in Kashmir, has announced that she will run for the US House of Representatives from Virginia with a focus on core issues like public safety, education and healthcare. Kaul, if elected in 2024, would be only the second…

Best books of 2023

A STRONG literary year was filled with stunning stories written by skilled south Asian authors from around the world. They explored diverse themes, ideas, emotions, time periods, characters, and journeys in a marvellous melting pot of books that opened windows into new worlds. Eastern Eye decided to celebrate some of…

Amid rising costs, Asian small businesses fear a bleak future

ASIAN small business owners have accused council leaders of a lack of support to help them deal with rising costs and bills. Entrepreneurs said energy prices, the cost of goods they sell, and local regeneration projects were among the biggest challenges they have faced in 2023 as Small Business Day…

EXCLUSIVE: Government ‘failed whole generation’ of Asians

THE government continues to fail south Asian women, girls and boys who are suffering domestic abuse, and it has not learnt lessons from the pandemic, campaigners have told Eastern Eye. They said they remain concerned that should there be another pandemic, south Asians and minority groups would be in unnecessary…

Lilly Singh, Charithra Chandran join hands for new series

YouTuber, television host, comedian, actress, and writer Lilly Singh has joined hands with actress Charithra Chandran, who played one of the leads in Bridgerton 2, for a new series. Singh is developing the series based on the novel Arzu, written by Mumbai-based author Riva Razdan. Writer Geetika Lizardi, whose writing…

Sirat Taneja: Dynamics of a dual identity

PERHAPS the most unique creative partnership of the year has seen Canadian Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta teaming up with India-based transgender woman Sirat Taneja. They have collaborated on I Am Sirat, which has delighted audiences at major film festivals like London and Toronto. The acclaimed documentary film follows Delhi-based Sirat…

Capital comes together to raise awareness about changes to the…

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has launched a campaign to help all eligible Londoners access their right to vote, in collaboration with Shout Out UK, London borough electoral services and a coalition of civil society organisations South Asian faith leaders, public figures and community groups are supporting the campaign which…

ZEE5 Global fortifies US leadership with aggregation of South Asian…

ZEE5 Global, the world’s largest streaming service for South Asian content, today announced a strategic move to aggregate multiple South Asian streaming platforms within the ZEE5 Global platform with the launch of Add-ons in the US. ZEE5 Global Add-ons will offer subscribers in the US a single window to access…

Experts seek more funds to help south Asian pupils hit…

AN URGENT “education recovery” programme is needed to help pupils from south Asian backgrounds catch up at school due to the impact of the pandemic, experts have urged. They have sought extra funding and resources in order to close the gap after new government figures showed a sharp drop in…

Abby V: ‘I would love to keep on making relatable…

SEEING his father listen to top tunes and sing around the house first connected Abby V to music. That interest turned into a passion after being exposed to its deeper aspects and led the terrific talent towards a singing career. After gaining popularity on social media, he teamed up with…

Rajesh Agrawal steps down as London’s deputy mayor

RAJESH AGRAWAL, the deputy mayor of London for business, is stepping down from the role to focus on Leicester East, where he is the Labour candidate for the next general election. The 46-year-old India-born entrepreneur-politician announced his departure on social media on Monday (27) after serving two terms in mayor…

10 Nights’ UK tour announced

Phizzical Productions has announced the UK tour of Shahid Iqbal Khan's Olivier-nominated play, 10 Nights! Audiences will get to experience one man's spiritual journey of self-discovery after he decides to participate in Iʿtikāf - the Islamic practice of staying in a mosque and fasting for the last ten nights of…

Imran Khan’s party directed to hold leadership poll

PAKISTAN'S election commission on Thursday (23) ordered jailed former prime minister Imran Khan's party to hold leadership polls to retain its voting symbol in next year's general election. Since being ousted in 2022, Khan has been tangled in a slew of legal cases he says are designed to stop him…

Sadiq Khan: Immigrants are not invaders; they are innovators and…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has stated that he will stand with the British Asian community in lobbying the government for more flexible immigration policies. He emphasised that immigrants are not invaders; instead, they are innovators and wealth creators.  Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Asian Business Awards in London…

Leading entrepreneurs celebrated at historic 25th anniversary of the Asian…

AN INSPIRATIONAL businessman whose company has donated over a billion pounds to charitable causes was crowned the Business of the Year at the 25th anniversary of the prestigious Asian Business Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Wednesday (22). Nirmal Sethia is an internationally renowned entrepreneur whose business empire…

‘I hope more Asians will engage with the National Trust’

BRITISH ASIANS are being encouraged to visit National Trust properties as the organisation is striving to improve diversity among its members, volunteers and staff, its director general Hilary McGrady told Eastern Eye in an exclusive interview. As Europe’s premier conservation charity, the trust safeguards more than 500 historic houses, castles,…

Shakib eyes Bangladesh elections

BANGLADESHI cricket superstar Shakib Al Hasan has formally entered politics, seeking a nomination from the ruling Bangladesh Awami League to run in the upcoming general election on January 7. Awami League joint secretary general Bahauddin Nasim told AFP that Shakib took nomination forms last Saturday (18) from the party to…

South Asia presenting investment opportunities: diplomat

INDIA’S high commissioner to the UK has called on British businesses to make good of the opportunities south Asian economies are presenting. Vikram Doraiswami said India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal were moving forward through regional integration to drive growth which the UK “is poised to benefit from”. “It’s well…

My Top 10 by Muzz Khan

WHETHER it is on stage, television, film or in a popular ASDA commercial, Muzz Khan has consistently shown off his impressive range as an actor and worked with many established names. The versatile British Asian, who is also an accomplished DJ, rcently joined the cast of West End show, The…

Aladdin and the winds of change in diversity

UP-AND-COMING actors Rishi Manuel and Zaynah Ahmed make their panto debut with Aladdin, a story they said holds a “special place” in the hearts of south Asian communities. In recent years, Disney has been on a mission to venture into new cultures with films such as Wish, Encanto, Raya and…

South Asians warned of hefty inheritance tax

SOUTH Asian families have been warned about potential hefty inheritance tax bills over their property portfolios. Ahead of the chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday (22), experts highlighted a lack of awareness among some first-generation British Asians about the tax rules on real estate. The average property wealth of…

Norwich officer urges South Asians to join prison service

A Muslim officer has encouraged individuals from various communities, especially South Asians, to consider pursuing roles as prison officers. Hammad Butt, prison officer at HMP Norwich in Norfolk, has asked people to consider joining the service, as applications for the role of prison officer are currently open. The Lammy Review…

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard celebrates Diwali

DIWALI celebrations at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard last Thursday (16) were attended by members of the public who got the chance to explore the shared maritime heritage of Indian communities and the Royal Navy. Military personnel, including the Royal Navy Race Diversity Network and the Defence Hindu Network, as well…

London’s deputy mayor is Labour candidate for Leicester East

LONDON’S deputy mayor for business has been chosen as the Labour candidate for the Leicester East parliamentary constituency which has one of the largest south Asian populations in the UK. Rajesh Agrawal was chosen at a hustings held in Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday (18) to succeed incumbent MP Claudia…

Aga Khan Development Network presents ‘Delhi and Hyderabad: A Green…

The High Commission of India in collaboration with the Ismaili Centre, and the Nehru Centre, London are jointly hosting an exhibition entitled “Delhi and Hyderabad: A Green Renaissance” from 18 to 25 November 2023. This exhibition will highlight projects in India by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a press…

Innovative gene therapy gets approval for two blood disorders

The UK's medicines regulator has given approval for a groundbreaking gene therapy, Casgevy, to potentially treat two hereditary blood disorders. This innovative treatment, designed for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia, marks a significant milestone as the first licensed therapy using the CRISPR gene-editing tool, pioneered by Nobel Prize-winning inventors…

EXCLUSIVE: Prime minister right to sack Suella Braverman

The prime minister has shown that “he has a backbone” by sacking his controversial home secretary, south Asian Conservative parliamentarians and grassroots members have told Eastern Eye. Rishi Sunak fired Suella Braverman on Monday (13), five days after she wrote a Times newspaper article in which she criticised the Met…

Giant lung roadshow tours England to encourage South Asian community…

The NHS will visit thousands of people in England’s lung cancer hotspots with giant inflatable lungs this month, to raise awareness of potential cancer symptoms and help catch cancer earlier. The Let’s Talk Lung Cancer roadshow, run between NHS England and Roy Castle Lung Foundation, kicks off as new survey…

New York governor signs legislation declaring Diwali a holiday in…

In a historic move, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation making Diwali a school holiday for New York City public schools. “New York City is rich in different religions and cultures, and we're taking an important step to recognise and celebrate this diversity in the school calendar,” Hochul…

Muhammad Yunus says corruption claims are ‘media fabrications’

THE Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus has condemned what he says is a smear campaign driven by “powerful quarters”, saying news outlets in Bangladesh have falsely accused him of corruption. Yunus, 83, is credited with lifting millions out of poverty with his pioneering micro-credit bank. However, he has fallen afoul…

Sport fails to inspire Asian women

CAMPAIGNERS have expressed disappointment over new research showing that one in four women feel they cannot progress in sport due to a lack of role models. The study, by the London Lions basketball team, found that 25 per cent of females believe becoming a professional player or at management level…

‘Sunak’s reset could cause rifts as Tories face election nightmare’

TO HER party, Suella Braverman was able to say things which the prime minister thought but could not voice. To his critics, Rishi Sunak was the man who stabbed Boris Johnson in the back and someone whose party did not elect him as its leader. Braverman gave him a shield…

The Rite of Spring: Art of combining Bharatnatyam and Russian…

BRITISH audiences are set to witness a unique experience through a never-seen-before amalgamation of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet with Bharatnatyam, created by award-winning dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. Russian composer Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is being revisited this week, this time through the lens of an Indian classical dance…

Bangladesh rejects further pay hike after garment worker protests

BANGLADESH'S prime minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected any further pay hikes for protesting garment workers demanding a nearly tripled wage increase, after violent clashes with police and factories were ransacked. Bangladesh's 3,500 garment factories account for around 85 per cent of its $55 billion in annual exports, supplying many of…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘More Asians will die in future pandemics’

NOTHING has been done to protect south Asian and black medical staff or patients, despite their disproportionate number of deaths during Covid, doctors have told Eastern Eye. They have warned that if a pandemic were to happen tomorrow, more people of colour would die unnecessarily. Medical experts have previously told…

Pankaj Tripathi’s ‘Kadak Singh’ to premiere on ZEE5 Global

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, announced its next direct-to-digital film, Kadak Singh today. This will mark the second collaboration between national award-winning director, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, and ZEE5 Global after the success of Yami Gautam starrer Lost and the third direct-to-digital collaboration between national…

Bangladesh police fire tear gas at protesting garment workers

BANGLADESH police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Thursday (9), officials and witnesses said, as violence broke out at a protest by garment workers who rejected a government-offered pay rise. A government-appointed panel raised wages on Tuesday (7) by 56.25 per cent for the south Asian nation's 4 million…

Rupi Kaur declines White House’s Diwali invite over Gaza crisis

India-born Canadian poet Rupi Kaur has turned down the White House’s invitation to attend Diwali celebrations in protest of US President Joe Biden’s response to the Israel-Hamas war. She took to X and released a politically charged statement, criticising the United States for supporting Israel in the wake of the…

Joshua Bethania: Being in front of an audience feels a…

HAILING from India originally, Joshua Bethania has been making a big impact on the UK stand-up comedy scene in the past few years with winning performances, great acclaim and recognition for his talent. The young London-based funny man is joining an impressive line-up of comedians on The Indians Are Coming…

Becoming the Badshah of Indian rap

A HIP HOP revolution in the past decade transformed all areas of commercial Indian music. A new wave of rappers has impacted everything, from single releases and film soundtracks to live shows, with their cutting-edge beats, lyrical flow and intense live performances. One of those leading the way has been…

Inhaling polluted air increases type 2 diabetes risk: Study

A landmark study conducted in India has revealed that breathing polluted air elevates the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers in Delhi and Chennai observed that exposure to high levels of PM2.5 particles in the air is linked to elevated blood sugar levels and a higher incidence of type 2…

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham a tribute to ethos of service

“SEE, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will never be shaken” (Isaiah 28:16). What compels humans to see god in stone and to build majestic stone abodes for the divine? If marble stones could speak, they would…

Nikhil Singh Rai: ‘In theatre, Asians are still so heavily…

PLAYING the lead character in Jack in the Beanstalk, actor Nikhil Singh Rai hopes he can “light a spark” in young south Asians to think about acting as a career path. The panto will be staged at the Stratford East Theatre, an area with a large ethnic minority population which…

Bangladesh garment worker shot dead in new wage protests

A WOMAN was shot dead on Wednesday (8) when police in Bangladesh opened fire on protesting garment workers who had returned to the streets after rejecting a new pay increase, authorities and the victim's family said. The south Asian country's 3,500 garment factories account for around 85 per cent of…

NHS launches campaign to tell patients about the support available…

The support on offer for patients at their GP practice is expanding, thanks to thousands more healthcare staff working in local communities. NHS England is raising awareness of the support available, following a survey that reveals that almost one third (31%) of South Asian people in England are unaware of…

India won’t risk committing to costly cooling at COP28

INDIA is unlikely to sign onto a global pledge to reduce cooling-related emissions at the COP 28 climate meeting, citing the need for the world’s most populous country to have affordable cooling, two government officials told Reuters. The pledge to cut coolingrelated carbon dioxide emissions by at least 68 per…

NHS review finds accessing care tougher for BAME persons

In a landmark independent review of services provided by NHS Talking Therapies it has been identified that psychotherapy services must be better tailored to meet the specific needs of Black and minoritised ethnic groups. Over a decade of anonymised patient data has revealed historical disparities in access and outcomes for…

Pakistan starts rounding up undocumented foreigners

PAKISTANI authorities began rounding up undocumented foreigners, most of them Afghans, on Wednesday (1), ahead of a midnight deadline for them to leave or face expulsion. The removal of people to temporary holding centres began a day earlier than previously announced. The interior ministry said 140,322 people had already voluntarily…

How to make this Diwali a memorable celebration

WHETHER it is the food, fireworks, fabulous outfits or family gatherings, there is a lot to consider during Diwali. Making the right decisions will usually mean the difference between having a delightful time or something not so memorable. With that in mind, Eastern Eye prepared a quick A to Z…

‘Pett Kata Shaw’ review: Ghostly anthology rooted in folk culture…

WITH his award-winning short film Moshari, Nuhash Humayun announced himself as a writer-director from Bangladesh to look out for. That has been confirmed with his feature debut Pett Kata Shaw, which had its UK premiere at the recent Raindance Film Festival in London. Like Moshari, his Bangla feature film too…

Bangladesh garment workers block roads in fair wage protest

THOUSANDS of Bangladeshi garment workers barricaded roads in Dhaka on Wednesday (1) demanding fair wages for clothing they make for major Western brands, with at least two killed during days of protests. Sabina Begum, a 22-year-old seamstress, said she joined the protests because she was "struggling to ensure bread and…

Asian artists hit the high notes with social media

TIKTOK can help make the next generation of British Asian musicians popular and the scene more ethnically diverse, according to leading industry figures. Highlighting the lack of support for south Asian artists, record label bosses believe social media can allow upcoming musicians to gain audiences and therefore become mainstream. New…

‘Diwali celebrates best of Britain’

DIWALI – the story of good triumphing over evil – shows how multiculturalism is not failing but instead enhancing community relations in today’s Britain, prominent politicians and business leaders have told Eastern Eye. The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, and the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, added their voices to the…

Former MPs may run independently in Leicester East, warns mayor

FORMER Labour MPs, Keith Vaz and Claudia Webbe, may stand as independent candidates in the next general election for the Leicester East constituency, warned the city's mayor. Labour mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said that such a move could split the vote and potentially hand the seat to the Tories, reported…

Sunak’s father-in-law suggests youngsters should work for 70 hours a…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak’s entrepreneur father-in-law has suggested Indian youngsters should work for 70 hours a week to help the south Asian nation compete with bigger economies.NR Narayana Murthy said India should emulate Japan and Germany which made rapid progress after World War II by “working a certain number of…

Fresh clashes as Bangladesh garment workers protest low wage

BANGLADESHI police clashed on Tuesday (31) with thousands of garment workers demanding fair wages for the clothing they make for major Western brands, a day after similar protests left at least two people dead. Police said tens of thousands of workers at dozens of factories had launched strikes in Ashulia…

England faces India amidst echoes of history in Lucknow battle

Facing a formidable opponent on foreign soil, England's war-weary cricket team gears up for their World Cup challenge against India at a venue historically significant for intense battles, adding to the pressure of the already tense tournament. The past and present cricket powerhouses meet Sunday (29) in Lucknow not far…

Gadar 2 on ZEE5 Global shatters records with worldwide streaming…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, is celebrating the raging success of Gadar 2 as it became the biggest streaming blockbuster on the platform. It was watched in 180+ countries and trended across multiple countries including the US, UK, Australia, UAE, and Canada. The movie…

Pakistan gives last warning to undocumented immigrants to leave

PAKISTAN on Thursday (26) gave a last warning to all immigrants staying in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of Afghan nationals, to leave voluntarily before a November 1 deadline. Interim interior minister Sarfraz Bugti told a news conference in Islamabad that Pakistan was determined to go ahead with…

Sharlin Jahan: People come to the show to see something…

MONTHLY stand-up comedy night Brown Sauce is a spicy mix of tasty new talent, established names and raising money for good causes. The laughter-filled shows in central London, founded, hosted and curated by Sharlin Jahan, regularly light up the Bill Murray comedy club in Angel. The Bangladeshi, Canadian comedian based…

Nuhash Humayun: Frights inspired by Bangladeshi folklore

LAST year talented filmmaker Nuhash Humayun made history when his award-winning short film Moshari became the first from Bangladesh to officially qualify for the Oscars. He has followed up the critically acclaimed horror drama with his feature debut Pett Kata Shaw, which has its UK premiere at the Raindance Film…

British lawyers weigh pros and cons of extradition treaty with…

LEADING lawyers are split on whether Britain should have an extradition treaty with Pakistan so suspects can be questioned by police quicker. The two countries do not currently have any formal agreement, but there have been cases of people being brought back to the UK to be quizzed. Last year,…

South Asian students in the UK struggle for accommodation

MORE students from south Asia are living in overcrowded housing in the UK due to a rising demand for beds, which campaigners criticised as a “shameful indictment of our education system”. In one case, a student from Bangladesh was sharing a two-bedroom flat with 20 other men in London. On…

New play explores the power of girls to make a…

IN We Could All Be Perfect, actress Anshula Bain has taken on the mammoth task of playing 15 different characters. Based on a book by Hannah Morley, the play explores the experiences of girls through history – from the 1800s to an apocalyptic future – and featuring the likes of…

South Asian academics win UK’s £3-million 2023 Leverhulme Trust award

INDIAN-ORIGIN academics from the University of Oxford and a south Asian historian from King’s College London are among 30 winners of the UK’s £3-million 2023 Leverhulme Trust award, which recognises exceptional research across different fields. Professor Amia Srinivasan from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford has been…

IMF team to visit Pakistan to review standby arrangement

AN International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission will visit Pakistan on November 2 to discuss the first review of the country's current $3 billion standby arrangement (SBA), the lender's resident representative said on Tuesday (24). The south Asian nation is trying to navigate a tricky path to economic recovery under the…

Two killed, nearly 275,000 flee Bangladesh cyclone

NEARLY 275,000 people in Bangladesh fled to shelters on Wednesday (25) as Cyclone Hamoon barrelled into the southeastern coast, killing at least two people, officials said. Hamoon is the latest major storm to batter Bangladesh's coast, with the low-lying south Asian nation witnessing an increasing number of severe weather events…

New multilingual resources aim to bridge menopause information gap for…

In an effort to bridge the information gap surrounding menopause experiences for ethnic minority women in the UK, Besins Healthcare has launched new multi-language resources, “Language of Menopause” aimed at fostering better conversations about menopause within diverse communities. Launched on World Menopause Day 2023, (18 October) these digital resources including…

Artist Subhash Viman Gorania unveils debut exhibition ‘Marvel at My…

Leicester artist Subhash Viman Gorania, who is also a choreographer and dancer recently unveiled his debut exhibition, 'Marvel at My World', at the Watermans Arts Centre in London. The art exhibition which is open from October 13 to November 8, showcases Gorania’s profound connection to dance and the movement of…

‘The Great British Bake Off’: Saku Chandrasekara survives elimination

The Great British Bake Off participant Saku Chandrasekara is safe. The 50-year-old intelligence analyst, who works for Herefordshire Council, was in danger of leaving the show after struggling during chocolate week. She survived as judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decided that no one would face elimination this week because…

Sadiq Khan announces Diwali in the Square celebrations for London

Sadiq Khan has announced that the annual Diwali on the Square festivities will be held in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, 29 October, offering a plethora of family-friendly entertainment. This celebration of the Festival of Lights will bring together Londoners and individuals from across the globe in the heart of the…

Google bets on India with Pixel smartphone manufacturing

GOOGLE will start manufacturing smartphones in India and its flagship Pixel 8 will be available next year, an executive said on Thursday (19), as the tech giant joins global companies setting up facilities in the South Asian nation. At a Google for India event, Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of…

Childhood obesity among British Asians a growing concern

A HIGHER proportion of British Asian children are classed as overweight compared to other groups, according to government data. Experts have expressed concerns over the disproportionate number of youngsters of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin who are having weight problems when they turn 10 or 11. Some 36.2 per cent…

Jaivant Patel: New spiritual worlds and spaces

BRITISH arts organisation the Jaivant Patel Company has consistently broken new ground with dance productions that combine eye-catching performances with thought provoking narratives. One of the UK’s leading voices in the south Asian LGBTQIA+ space commences a tour of their new production Waltzing The Blue Gods, at Arena Theatre in…

‘It Lives Inside’ review: Horror film cleverly incorporates Indian cultural…

AFTER a solid round of acclaimed screenings on the festival circuit, the Hollywood horror film has a UK cinema release on Friday (20). The story revolves around a high school student, Sam, who tries to push away her Indian heritage, including a very traditional mother, to fit in with the…

Tentative Beijing debt deal is a relief for Colombo

SRI LANKA last Wednesday (11) welcomed China’s tentative agreement to a debt restructure, as the island nation works to restore its finances after suffering its worst-ever economic crisis. The government defaulted on its $46 billion (£37.7bn) debt last year at a time when months of food and fuel shortages were…

‘Racism can affect mental health across generations’

RESEARCHERS have called on the government to prioritise funding towards analysing the impact of racism on mental health, saying countries such as the US were “way further ahead” in this area. A study by the Centre for Mental Health and King’s College London found that both past and present experiences…

Ahad Raza Mir becomes first South Asian to play Hamlet

Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir, who is known for his work in several successful Pakistani shows including Yeh Dil Mera and Hum Tum, is now experimenting with live theatre in Toronto. The actor is presently in the news for his take on William Shakespeare’s classic novel Hamlet. He plays the…

Pakistan looks to tame high inflation with fuel price cuts

PAKISTAN is looking to tame inflation with fuel price cuts and a price-control mechanism, caretaker prime minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar said on Monday (16). The South Asian country is embarking on a tricky path to economic recovery under a caretaker government after a $3 billion loan programme approved by…

Kareena’s ‘The Buckingham Murders’ to open Jio MAMI Mumbai Film…

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (October 27 to November 5) has announced that this year’s Opening Night film will be The Buckingham Murders, directed by Hansal Mehta, produced by Ektaa R Kapoor, and co-produced by Indian actress and star Kareena Kapoor Khan, who will all attend the film’s red-carpet…

India to monitor high-risk glacial lakes from next year

INDIA aims to install the first part of an early warning system at some high-risk glacial lakes in the Himalayas next year, a senior official said on Monday (16), as the country responds to deadly floods this month that killed at least 60 people. There are 56 at-risk glacial lakes…

Cannes winner ‘The Buriti Flower’ to be screened at film…

Indi(r)a's Emergency, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Achal Mishra's third film Ri, and Cannes 2023 winner The Buriti Flower are part of the Dharmashala International Film Festival (DIFF) line-up this year. The festival on Saturday announced the first eleven titles, part of its on-ground special programming, to be screened from November…

‘Sahela’ to have South Asia premiere at Mumbai International Film…

Filmmaker Raghuvir Joshi's feature Sahela is set to have its South Asia premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival in the Focus South Asia section. An Australian production, the English-Hindi language film is set within the vibrant Indian community of Western Sydney. Shot in Australia, the movie is…

Dementia risk factors have greater impact on ethnic minorities: Study

Researchers have discovered that common risk factors for dementia, like high blood pressure and diabetes, have a more significant impact on black and Asian individuals, according to a recent study. This finding has led to calls for increased efforts to address health disparities. The global number of adults affected by…

Cricket moves closer to inclusion in 2028 Olympics

CRICKET'S more than 100-year Olympic exile moved closer to ending after the sport was approved for inclusion at the 2028 Los Angeles Games by the International Olympic Committee's executive board on Friday (13). IOC president Thomas Bach, speaking after the second day of an executive board meeting in Mumbai, said…

New pregnancy app designed for south Asian women in Leicester

The local hospital trust and the University of Leicester have collaborated to create a new pregnancy app tailored for south Asian women in Leicestershire. Named Janam, the app which was launched on Thursday (12) is available for free and offers pregnancy-related information in six languages. It features visual aids such…

Hasina hails Putin’s help in nuclear ‘day of pride’

BANGLADESH received the first uranium delivery last Thursday (5) for its Russia-backed nuclear plant, a project aimed at bolstering its overstretched energy grid, but complicated by sanctions on Moscow. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has courted Russian ties with renewed vigour amid Western criticism over her government’s rights record. Moscow is…

Saloni: The language of making magical music

A WIDE array of songs in different languages and genres has demonstrated that Saloni is an exciting young British Asian music talent. The versatile singer has shown off her impressive range on stunning cover versions, superb solo singles and cool collaborations in a relatively short space of time. With more…

Why British Indians find life worthwhile

BRITISH Indians are among the happiest people in the country, who feel they have worthwhile lives, according to government research. They scored 7.67 in their average happiness score which was the second highest after the Asian Other category - compared to 7.64 for those of Bangladeshi origin, 7.57 for people…

Megan Suri: Making of a monster hit

MEGAN SURI has made an impressive impact in Hollywood with a great variety of roles in projects, including the hit Netflix series Never Have I Ever. The fast-rising star has taken on her most challenging role in the new horror movie It Lives Inside, which will be released in cinemas…

Exclusive: “Stop demonising muslims” say community leaders

MINISTERS and the media are contributing to hate crime against British Muslims, according to politicians and community leaders. Last week (5) saw a nine per cent year-on-year increase in reported religious hate crime figures. Politicians, religious leaders and campaigning groups are urging them to stop demonising Muslims. Of the almost…

Mira Nair to head jury at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film…

Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair is welcomed to the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival this year to preside over the jury of the South Asian Competition. Anupama Chopra, Festival Director at Jio MAMI, says, “We are thrilled to welcome Mira as the head of our festival jury. We have collaborated with…

Cricket to feature in 2028 Olympics after more than a…

Cricket could feature in the Olympics for the first time since 1900 after organisers of the 2028 Los Angeles Games on Monday (9) recommended its inclusion. In a statement, LA28 listed the Twenty20 version of cricket as one of the proposed 'new' sports alongside baseball/softball, flag football - a non-contact…

Pakistani film ‘In Flames’ bags Best Feature at film festival…

Pakistani film In Flames won the Best Feature award at the International South Asian Film Festival Canada. In partnership with Zarrar Kahn and Mohammad Ali Hashmi, the official Instagram account of the film shared the news with fans. The caption on the post read, “We won Best Feature! Thank you…

California governor vetoes bill to ban caste discrimination

CALIFORNIA governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday (7) vetoed a bill passed recently by the state legislature to explicitly ban caste discrimination, citing existing laws that already prohibit ancestry discrimination, which made the bill "unnecessary." Had Newsom signed the bill, officially called Senate Bill 403 or SB 403, California would have…

Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar 2’ premieres on ZEE5 Global

Blockbuster Bollywood film Gadar 2 is now available on ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content. After a successful theatrical run in India and still counting, the film is set for another successful innings on the digital platform. Produced by Zee Studios and directed by Anil…

Reliance buys Superdry’s licence for south Asia

INDIA’S largest retailer has formed a joint venture with Superdry to acquire the struggling British clothing company’s intellectual property assets for three south Asian countries. Reliance Retail Ventures, through the UK arm of its subsidiary Reliance Brands, signed the £40 million licensing deal which will see the Indian firm own…

Suella betrayed her own culture, says Tory parliamentarian

A LEADING Tory parliamentarian has accused home secretary Suella Braverman of “betraying” her own culture and background with her claim that multiculturalism in Britain has “failed”. Braverman, in a speech last week at the American Enterprise Institute, in Washington DC, described multiculturalism as a “misguided dogma” that had allowed people…

Sajal Aly’s ‘The Pink Shirt’ to premiere at South by…

Applause Entertainment and Zindagi, which had earlier announced their maiden series Farar with Joyland star Sarwat Gilani, have teamed up for a new project. Titled The Pink Shirt, the eight-episode series stars well-known Pakistani actors Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali in lead roles. Directed by Kashif Nisar and written by…

Blue Mist explores shisha culture and Asian identity

ACCLAIMED theatre director Milli Bhatia said the theme of how “empowering” representation is for marginalised groups is what drew her to debutant writer Mohamed-Zain Dada’s play Blue Mist. Set in the shisha lounges of northwest London, Blue Mist follows three south Asian Muslim men navigating a system that “isn’t built…

Championing support for bereaved dads

AT A ROUTINE scan, we found out that Aum was going to be very poorly. They spoke the words, “I’m really sorry, this is not good news”. That moment is forever etched in my innermost parts. Aum had a condition called Fetal Akinesia Syndrome, a life-limiting, rare genetic disorder. We…

Asian author AA Dhand’s crime detective series gets BBC treatment

AA DHAND is making history as the first British Asian crime writer whose work is being adapted for a six-part BBC TV series. His tales are set in the dark, mean streets of Bradford and his main protagonist is a Sikh police officer, Detective Chief Inspector Hardeep Virdee. He doesn’t…

Top 10 theatre moments of Raj Ghatak

DIVERSE work across multiple platforms has established Raj Ghatak as one of the best British Asian actors. The versatile performer, with a chameleonlike ability to transform himself, is currently in the cast of The Father and the Assassin, which has returned for another successful run at the National Theatre in…

European firms ‘profiting’ at expense of ship-breaking workers in Bangladesh

MARITIME companies in Europe are ditching their old ships for scrap on Bangladeshi beaches in dangerous conditions that have killed those working on them, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said last Thursday (28). Bangladesh’s southeastern Sitakunda beaches have emerged as one of the world’s largest shipbreaking yards. It has fuelled the…

‘Mrs Sidhu Investigates’: Everything we know about Meera Syal’s mystery…

A new original mystery series Mrs Sidhu Investigates, starring multiple award-winning actress and one of the best-known South Asian TV personalities on British TV, Meera Syal, is set to begin on Wednesday 4 October at 8 pm on UKTV Drama. Before the new drama series begins its run, here is…

‘Accused’: Chaneil Kular on his first lead role and growing…

Actor Chaneil Kular, who rose to fame after playing a gay man named Anwar Bakshi in Netflix’s worldwide hit Sex Education, is excited about his first lead role in a new film, titled Accused. In the pulse-pounding thriller on Netflix, the actor essays the powerful role of a young man…

Mira Nair, Geeta Malik, Minhal Baig join 1497 Features Lab…

1497, the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to supporting South Asian filmmakers, has announced Mira Nair, Geeta Malik, and Minhal Baig as mentors for its third Features Lab. The Lab’s first year was held virtually, while the second year was hybrid, held virtually and in-person. For its third year, 1497…

Seattle police officer who joked after Jaahnavi Kandula’s death taken…

A Seattle Police officer, who joked about the tragic death of a 23-year-old Indian student earlier this year, has been removed from patrol duty. This action comes weeks following demands from the local south Asian community in Seattle for appropriate measures against the officer. Jaahnavi Kandula was killed by an…

Boohoo ‘keen to up investment in Pakistan’

FAST-FASHION brand Boohoo is believed to have evinced an interest in stepping up its investment in Pakistan. Caretaker prime minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar met Boohoo Group chairman Mahmud Kamani last week and asked the British entrepreneur to augment his firm’s presence in the south Asian country, according to a Radio Pakistan…

Rasika Dugal receives SAFA Award at Chicago South Asian Film…

Making waves with her work internationally, Rasika Dugal received a special honour at The Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2023 (CSAFF) for her performance in Lord Curzon Ki Haveli. A global platform promoting South Asian culture, talent and perspectives through films, art and discussions, the CSAFF bestowed Rasika Dugal with…

We want cricket to be our most inclusive team sport:…

AN INDEPENDENT regulator and investment in talent pathways for children from disadvantaged backgrounds are among the initiatives that will be implemented by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in its efforts to make cricket more inclusive, after a report found widespread discrimination across the sport. The ECB published its…

Doctor prescribes positive treatment of Asian culture

AMIR KHAN, the TV doctor, admits that he delved into parts of his own life in writing his first novel, How (Not) To Have An Arranged Marriage. Khan is a familiar figure to audiences, with regular appearances on Lorraine, This Morning and Good Morning Britain. He has also been in…

Strong Asian presence at BFI London Film Festival

THE annual BFI London Film Festival celebrates cinema from around the world and like every year there is strong south Asian representation, from diverse backgrounds. Eastern Eye decided to get you ready for the marvellous movie feast, which runs from next Wednesday (4) until October15, with a preview of south…

Prayer ceremony organised for Jaahnavi Kandula killed by overspeeding police…

Members of the Hindu community in Seattle came together to organise a prayer ceremony in memory of Jaahnavi Kandula, the 23-year-old Indian student who tragically lost her life when struck by an overspeeding police car while crossing a street. About 25 people gathered under a cloudy sky at Denny Park…

South Asians among migrants most likely to have religious affiliation

MIGRANTS from Bangladesh are more likely to report a religious affiliation than any other group living in England and Wales, according official figures. Analysis of the 2021 Census data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that 94.9 per cent migrants from the south Asian country reported a…

Pakistan sets national election for January

PAKISTAN has announced a general election for January, almost three months later than scheduled, removing political uncertainty over the timing to help salvage a falling economy. Elections in the politically and economically troubled south Asian nation were due to be held in November but were delayed due to fresh demarcation…

Seema Malhotra MP encourages South Asians to become organ donors

SEEMA MALHOTRA MP and healthcare workers have urged South Asians to sign up to become organ and stem cell donors at an event held in the House of Commons, a statement said. The awards ceremony was hosted by the MP to recognise the work of volunteers for Upahaar, a charity…

My Precious: New Lord of the Rings musical is ‘immersive…

A NEW musical production of The Lord of the Rings is “completely opposite” to the otherwise “humongous” adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s classic trilogy, a cast member has said, describing it as a more intimate, yet intense piece of work. Featuring music by India’s Oscar and Bafta award-winner AR Rahman, Värttinä…

‘I See Her’ nominated for BAFTA qualifying film festival

I See Her, a powerful short film highlighting the plight of women at risk of abuse is officially selected for a BAFTA qualifying film festival award and is causing excitement following a series of Oscar-winning collaborators. This film was created to raise awareness of the shocking rise of abuse in…

Community members demand justice for Jaahnavi Kandula

MEMBERS of the south Asian community in Seattle held a rally on the site where Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula was fatally hit by a speeding police patrol car, demanding jail for police officers responsible for her death. Kandula, 23, was struck by a police vehicle driven by Officer Kevin Dave…

Sara Sharif murder: Father and two others remanded in custody

THE father, stepmother and uncle of a 10-year-old girl whose death sparked an international manhunt in Pakistan have appeared in court in the UK charged with her murder. The court hearing came after the three were arrested on Wednesday (13) after disembarking a flight from Dubai after spending a month…

Zee One Channel returns to television screens via Samsung TV…

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced the relaunch of Zee One, a Bollywood-centric channel uniquely tailored for German viewers through a strategic partnership with Samsung TV Plus. India's media conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises launched Zee One in 2016 and offered movies across all genres such as romance, comedy, and…

Rasika Dugal’s ‘Lord Curzon Ki Haveli’ to be screened at…

After its triumphant world premiere at the esteemed Melbourne Film Festival, Lord Curzon Ki Haveli starring Rasika Dugal is set to captivate audiences at the prestigious Chicago South Asian International Film Festival 2023. Lord Curzon Ki Haveli is a black comedy thriller that has been capturing attention and earning acclaim…

‘Jawan’ review: Action entertainer has Shah Rukh Khan back to…

AFTER enjoying massive success in south Indian cinema, ace director Atlee makes his foray into Bollywood with this commercial entertainer, which was also made available in Tamil and Telugu. Although action is very much at the forefront of this big budget film, there are plenty of surprises and unexpected turns…

Bangladesh prosecutor seeks asylum after losing job over support to…

BANGLADESH authorities sacked a senior prosecutor after he condemned court cases against Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus as “judicial harassment”, officials said Friday – prompting him to reportedly seek asylum at the US embassy with his family. Yunus, 83, is credited with lifting millions out of poverty but has fallen out…

Experts concerned as India rolls out AI tools without safeguards

AFTER communal clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area last year, police said they used facial recognition technology to identify and arrest dozens of men, the second such instance after a more violent riot in the Indian capital in 2020. In both cases, most of those charged were Muslims, leading human rights…

Nvidia strikes AI deals with Reliance and Tata

US CHIP firm Nvidia on Friday (8) announced AI partnerships with Indian conglomerates Reliance Industries and Tata Group to develop cloud infrastructure and language models, as well as generative applications. The deals with two of India’s largest business houses will help the US chip firm deepen inroads to the emerging…

Bangladesh commits to order 10 Airbus aircraft: Macron

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (11) that Bangladesh had committed to ordering 10 aircraft from Airbus, marking the south Asian country's first deal with the European planemaker in a shift from its Boeing dominated fleet. French officials said the deal for the A350 widebody airplanes, which is still…

Raised Jagtar Singh Johal’s case with Modi: Sunak

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak said he had spoken with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi about the continued detention of a British Sikh human rights campaigner in the south Asian country. Jagtar Singh Johal was arrested in the northern state of Punjab when he was shopping with his wife in November…

Macron in Bangladesh to ‘consolidate’ France’s Indo-Pacific push

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron was in Bangladesh on Monday (11) in a bid to "consolidate" his country’s Indo-Pacific strategy and counterbalance a "new imperialism" in a region where China's influence is increasingly being extended. "Based on democratic principles and the rule of law, in a region facing new imperialism, we…

‘Joyland’ star Sarwat Gilani to headline streaming show ‘Farar’

Content studio Applause Entertainment and production company Zindagi on Monday said Joyland star Sarwat Gilani will headline their maiden project Farar, a web series directed by Mehreen Jabbar. The show marks the first collaboration under the partnership of Applause Entertainment and Zindagi, which was announced last week. According to the…

Modi uses ‘Bharat’ for G20 nameplate, not India

PRIME minister Narendra Modi's placard at the opening of the G20 summit on Saturday (9) referred to India as "Bharat", raising speculation of a change of name for the south Asian nation. India is also called Bharat, Bharata, Hindustan - its pre-colonial names - in Indian languages and these are…

What is G20 and who is attending the summit in…

LEADERS of the world's wealthiest and most influential nations are set to convene at the two-day G20 Summit in India's capital, New Delhi, commencing on Saturday (9). This marks India's inaugural hosting of this prestigious assembly of global leaders. The capital city has been adorned with ornate flowers and fountains…

South Asians not confident they could spot the signs of…

A new survey published last week by NHS England has revealed a lack of confidence among south Asians in recognising the symptoms of a heart attack, with nearly half (44%) in the community saying they were not confident that they could recognise the signs. Furthermore, almost half (48%) claimed they…

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap-starrer ‘Haddi’ premieres on ZEE5 Global

Nawazuddin Siddiqui's much-awaited revenge drama Haddi premiered on Thursday on ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content. Alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the hard-hitting noir revenge drama also features Anurag Kashyap in the lead role along with Ila Arun, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Sachdeva, Shridhar Dubey, Rajesh Kumar,…

‘Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese share striking similarity’

SRI LANKA’S two largest ethnic groups, the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Tamils, are genetically more similar to each other than any other south Asian population group, according to a study. The research, published last Friday (1) in the journal iScience and conducted jointly by Indian and Sri Lankan DNA…

Applause Entertainment, Zindagi announce strategic partnership for South Asian content…

Production companies Applause Entertainment and Zindagi on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with the aim to create a diverse slate of South Asian stories across various genres. Applause Entertainment, owned by the Aditya Birla Group, is led by managing director Sameer Nair. The banner has some of the most critically…

Gita takes opera form in Mahabharata adaptation at Barbican

LONDON’S Barbican Theatre will soon reverberate to the sounds of “operatic telling” and dramatic, ancient Indian dances as it is set to host a fresh two-part adaptation of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, on October 1. Canada-based Why Not Theatre has adapted this ancient work into a “more accessible form…

EXCLUSIVE: Parliament must probe judiciary

THE union which represents judges has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the way the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) uses taxpayers’ money to fight legal cases. For three months, Eastern Eye has used freedom of information requests to investigate court action against the JAC from unsuccessful candidates. South Asian judges…

The Royal Court Theatre announces cast for Milli Bhatia’s ‘Blue…

The Royal Court Theatre today announced Salman Akhtar, Omar Bynon, and Arian Nik as the cast for Mohamed-Zain Dada’s debut play Blue Mist. It is directed by Royal Court Associate Director Milli Bhatia, who has previously directed such successful plays as Baghdaddy, Maryland, Living Newspaper, My White Best Friend (and…

From ‘Dear Jassi’ to ‘Stolen’: South Asian titles on BFI…

The 67th BFI London Film Festival commences on Wednesday, October 4 with Emerald Fennell’s new thriller Saltburn at the Royal Festival Hall. From there, the prestigious film festival will continue its post-pandemic revival with 11 days and nights of galas, screenings, and events. BFI London Film Festival recently announced its…

India vs Pakistan: Cricketers bonhomie ease the edge

VIRAT KOHLI walked up to Haris Rauf and they hugged each other and exchanged a few words and laughter. Perhaps, they were having a bit of a joke about those two sixes on a starry Melbourne night last year. It wasn't a mere put on. There was a touching genuineness…

EXCLUSIVE: Mighty Indian moon mission

THE successful Chandrayaan-3 moon mission last week elevates the country’s status as a space power and has geopolitical implications in the region, science and security experts said, as the country’s space organisation revealed its next project – to study the sun. Days after becoming the first nation to land a…

Ugandan Asian tale of exile, context and homecoming

LUCY FULFORD, a 34-year-old freelance journalist and filmmaker, has written a personal book, The Exiled: Empire, Immigration and the Ugandan Asian Exodus, about the Asian expulsions from Uganda. What is different about her account is how she has woven her own story and that of her family into the larger…

Hampton Court exhibition to uncover history of forgotten Indian Army…

THE forgotten history of the Indian Army soldiers who camped in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, southwest of London, in the early 20th century is set to be uncovered in a new exhibition opening this month. The Indian Army at the Palace will explore the story of the encampments…

Asian eateries turn to fusion cuisine as recipe for success

VARIETY is the spice of life, as the saying goes, and the restaurant sector is embracing this with new fusion cuisines and combinations. Palmito, an Ecuadorean-Indian restaurant in Brighton, Sussex, is among the businesses earning rave reviews with dishes such as grilled squid in a Keralan roast style sauce, and…

Asians Ahir Shah and Urooj Ashfaq win top prizes at…

BRITISH Asian stand-up Ahir Shah won the best show award at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Ends. Shah, who was previously nominated for the top comedy prize at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2017 and 2018, dedicated the prize to his wife-tobe, and to his late director…

Brassic FM: ‘A love letter to working class culture and…

GATE Theatre’s Brassic FM, which opens next Monday (4), will showcase an “unfiltered and unique” take on the working class, as seen through the lens of a pirate radio station. Co-created by poet Zia Ahmed and artistic director Stef O’Driscoll, Brassic FM is described as a love letter to working…

Rising air pollution can cut south Asians’ life expectancy by…

Rising air pollution can cut life expectancy by more than five years per person in south Asia, one of the world's most polluted regions, according to a report published on Tuesday (29) which flagged the growing burden of hazardous air on health. The region, which includes the world's most polluted…

Common heart disease blood-thinner ineffective for numerous south Asian patients:…

A commonly prescribed blood-thinner, clopidogrel (Plavix), may not be effective for individuals of South Asian descent due to a genetic mutation, a study suggests. The research reveals that over half of those with Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage have a genetic mutation that hinders the proper function of clopidogrel, the Daily…

Ahir Shah, Urooj Ashfaq win top honours at Edinburgh Comedy…

British Asian stand-up Ahir Shah has won the Best Show award at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Ends. Shah, who had previously been nominated for the top comedy prize at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2017 and 2018, dedicated the prize to his wife-to-be, and to his…

Dutch to return six colonial treasures to Sri Lanka

The Netherlands returned formal ownership to Sri Lanka of six colonial-era treasures on Monday, including a more than 275-year-old cannon inlaid with gold, silver, bronze and rubies. At a ceremony at the cultural ministry in Colombo, Dutch deputy minister for culture, education and science, Gunay Uslu, signed over the ownership…

Labour MP calls for inquiry into ‘horrifying’ chapati study on…

A LABOUR MP has called for an inquiry into a “horrifying” chapati study using south Asian women in Coventry. Chapatis laced with a radioactive substance were fed to 20 south Asian women in 1969 to study iron absorption. Although the research was aimed at tracking down how iron was absorbed…

Saphron: I found my voice through writing

AFTER working as a successful songwriter for other artists and clocking up over 20 million Spotify streams, Saphron recently ventured out as a solo artist with her debut single Nice Try. The British Asian talent has followed up the terrific track with her newly released debut EP Identity Crisis, which…

Pujya Morari Bapu: ‘Ram Rajya possible all over the world’

REVERED Indian spiritual leader and preacher Pujya Morari Bapu has told Eastern Eye that Ram Rajya (utopia) can be realised by bringing into practice the essence of truth, love and compassion as envisioned in the the holy scripture, the Ramayana. Ram Rajya is a concept of an ideal state where…

‘Why ending the stigma around periods matters’

PERIODS are a natural, biological process experienced by billions of women around the world and yet, despite this universality, they remain hidden behind a veil of secrecy, shame, and stigma. This stigma is pervasive and deep-rooted, nowhere more so than within south Asian communities. I draw on my own experience…

Lionesses’ legacy in women’s World Cup ‘will help Asian girls’

ENGLAND’S performance in the just concluded football women’s World Cup final will help create a “really rich pipeline” of future talent, an influential Asian leader said, as others predicted a positive legacy despite the Lionesses’ defeat last Sunday (20). Spain beat European champions England 1-0 in the final match in…

Trailer out for ZEE5 original ‘Haddi’ starring Nawazuddin and Anurag…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, just dropped the trailer of its much-awaited direct-to-digital film, Haddi. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap in lead roles along with Ila Arun, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Sachdeva, Shridhar Dubey, Rajesh Kumar, Vipin Sharma, and Saharsh Shukla in supporting…

New play adapts Dicken’s novel to explore empire’s impact on…

CHARLES DICKEN’S classic work, Great Expectations, has been adapted to an Asian setting in a new production to be staged next month at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Pooja Ghai, Tamasha Theatre’s artistic director, will helm a fresh adaptation of playwright Tanika Gupta MBE’s 2011 take on the 19th…

Anuvab Pal and department of clever comedy

A STAND-OUT show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe is The Department of Britishness. The latest offering from acclaimed Indian stand-up comedian Anuvab Pal is a laughter-filled look at embracing Britishness and continues his strong run of live UK performances.  It also adds to an impressive body of work that has…

Global Gaming Trends and South Asian Gamers: Exploring the Rise…

Southeast Asian nations offer valuable insights for mobile gaming developers in the Western market. Each market presents unique characteristics, such as greater female engagement, rich history in online gaming, or superior English proficiency compared to other ASEAN markets. With the rapid growth of mobile internet connectivity and a large youth…

Exclusive: Health secretary says NHS has ‘zero tolerance for racism’

RACISM has no place in the National Health Service, the health secretary has told Eastern Eye. His comments come after doctors’ leaders made clear that medics of colour were more likely to face complaints and disciplinary hearings than their white colleagues. Two years ago (August 2021) this newspaper revealed that…

Over a third of south Asians projected to have a…

Over a third of south Asian communities in the UK are projected to achieve a comfortable retirement, a Scottish Widows' latest Retirement Report revealed. The report's National Retirement Forecast offers a comprehensive perspective on the nation's retirement landscape, presenting a particularly positive outlook for Indian communities. Released on Monday, August…

South Asians help cricket expand in Europe

CRICKET, tapas and a TV advert featuring footballer Lionel Messi may seem like a strange combination, but it has been a winning one in helping to grow the sport in Spain and across Europe, thanks to the south Asian expatriate community. In Malaga, the Cartama Oval has become the new…

Heart of Stone Review: Big budget thriller is let down…

THE big budget thriller, which marks Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt’s entry into Hollywood had a premiere on Netflix recently. The story revolves around a secret agent (Gal Gadot) working for a mysterious organisation designed to keep order globally. She then crosses paths with a young Indian hacker (Alia Bhatt) and…

How Life of Pi has done the impossible

WHEN Life Of Pi was first published in 2001, it became a literary phenomenon, selling millions of copies in many different languages and winning multiple awards, including the prestigious Man Booker Prize.  The global success of Canadian author Yann Martel’s novel immediately led towards thoughts of a live adaptation. Aside…

Author Joya Chatterji explores the deadly price of love in…

THOSE who pursue romantic love across boundaries of caste, religion or class in India are even today “just asking to be murdered”, says the historian Joya Chatterji, emeritus professor of South Asian History at Cambridge University. She has given several examples of love leading to murder in her new book,…

‘Bradford is a rough diamond that’s beginning to be polished’

A CITY which has one of the country’s largest and youngest south Asian communities has become a hotspot for Hollywood producers and music chiefs. Bradford in Yorkshire, famous for its textile mills and the setting for Riz Ahmed film Four Lions, was named the UK’s City of Culture in 2025…

London mayor announces additional £3m fund to address violence against…

Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a fresh addition of £3 million in funding aimed at supporting grassroots initiatives combatting violence against women and girls in London. This funding boost seeks to bolster projects offering essential services to women and girls dealing with domestic abuse and sexual violence, a press release…

Bangladesh seeks extradition treaty with Britain

BANGLADESH has sought an extradition treaty with the UK, weeks after a court in the south Asian nation sentenced its exiled opposition leader in a money laundering case. Earlier this month, Tarique Rahman, 55, acting chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was handed a nine-year prison term and his…

‘Tongues and Bellies’: Anthology turns the page on Asian narrative…

HOW do you write about sex? This was the question put to Reshma Ruia, the co-founder of a south Asian women’s writing collective, The Whole Kahani (the complete story), when the group of eight authors launched their third anthology in London last week. Tongues and Bellies, a short story collection,…

Luton’s Asian businesses set to cash in on football boom

ASIAN businesses in Luton are ready to reap the benefits of the local football club’s first ever season in the Premier League, according to locals. Luton Town’s ground is in The Bury Park area of the town, home to a large south Asian community which moved there in the 1970s…

‘Asians must admit our caste and colour biases’

“RAISE your hand if you are a racist.” This is a question Saira Rao, an Indian American campaigner, poses at the start of the documentary, Deconstructing Karen. It features the work of Race2Dinner, an initiative by co-founders Rao and Regina Jackson, a black American, whose aim is to ultimately dismantle…

Referee Surekha Griffiths says volunteering and diversity important for sport

MIDDLESEX-BASED referee Surekha Griffiths was recognised as a community champion at the Grassroots Football Awards held at Wembley Stadium last Sunday (6). Griffiths, who has just completed her first season of refereeing for Middlesex Football Association (FA), was the recipient of the match official award. The 45-year-old takes charge of…

India-Pakistan clash among nine World Cup fixture changes

INDIA'S clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in this year's ODI World Cup has been brought forward a day to October 14 among eight other fixture changes, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Wednesday (9). The world's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad will host the hotly anticipated match, originally set for October…

DJ Lady G: A full dance floor shows you’re playing…

A VIBRANT personality mixed with a superb selection of songs and an ability to spin multiple genres has enabled DJ Lady G to entertain cross-cultural audiences. Whether it is explosive live sets or getting listeners on Solar radio to choose their favourite song, she beautifully balances DJing and presenting. Next…

Ministers urged to act on lack of diversity among school…

SOUTH Asian-origin teachers continue to be under-represented in schools in England, government figures show. People of Indian origin make up 3.6 percent of the working age population, but only two per cent of teachers in state schools. Individuals of Pakistani heritage account for 2.8 per cent of working population compared…

Why the ECB is not fit for purpose despite damning…

IN FEBRUARY 1999, Sir William Macpherson released a devastating report into the racist murder of the black teenager, Stephen Lawrence. The term ‘institutional racism’ started to prick the conscience of our wonderfully tolerant country. I say this without any hint of sarcasm or irony because I can’t imagine living in…

Chef’s Kilimanjaro climb raises £7,000 in gratitude to Macmillan Cancer…

Lorna Nanda Gangotra, an award-winning chef from Woking, embarked on a challenging trek to Mount Kilimanjaro raising over £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Her motivation was to express gratitude for the care her mother received during her cancer journey at a Birmingham hospital. Lorna's mother was diagnosed with cancer, and…

Card payments in India expected to jump threefold by 2027:…

RISING consumer spending is expected to drive card payments in India to Rs 60.2 trillion ($728.2 billion) in 2027, about a threefold jump from Rs 21.7 trillion ($262.1 bn) in 2022, according to GlobalData.The analytics company predicted that the value of card payments, which registered a 26.2 per cent rise…

Vinay Patel, Milli Bhatia pay heartfelt tribute to Abdul Shayek

Writer Vinay Patel, theatre director Milli Bhatia, and actress Zainab Hasan expressed their sorrow and paid tribute to Abdul Shayek, the artistic director and joint CEO of Tara Theatre, who passed away unexpectedly of natural causes. He was 39. Vinay took to Twitter and remembered Abdul as a “sharp” and “driven”…

Tara Theatre artistic director Abdul Shayek dies

Abdul Shayek, the artistic director and joint CEO of Tara Theatre, has passed away. He was 39. Tara Theatre shared the news of his death on social media. “It is with immense sadness that we are announcing the death of Abdul Shayek, beloved Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Tara…

Chahat and Mahmood Ali: ‘Qawwali helps audiences connect to a…

WHETHER it is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan selling out big arenas, iconic festivals like Womad featuring qawwali concerts or compositions from major names like AR Rahman, Sufi music has been red hot in recent years. The next big breakout act in the devotional genre, rooted in over 700 years of…

Exclusive: ECB “too scared” to confront Ian Botham

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has failed to step up and investigate why Lord Ian Botham trashed an independent report which found cricket to be racist and misogynist, according to those close to the sport. Eastern Eye has spoken to several prominent cricket sources who have accused the…

Heat takes unequal toll on Britain’s ethnic minorities

GROWING UP, Dominique DeLeon spent many hot summers in a built-up neighbourhood in the city of Birmingham, in central England, where she lived through deprivation and had little access to nature or green spaces to help her cool down. Though she has moved to a different part of town, ever…

George Alagiah and the story of who we are today

WHO were the first Asian faces that you remember featuring regularly on television? Beyond the specialist Asian community programmes on a Sunday morning, there were pretty slim pickings across the ‘eighties. The Eastenders portrayal of everyday East London life would depict one Asian family at a time in Albert Square,…

Chip makers commit investments in India after Modi’s assistance offer

GLOBAL semiconductor majors have committed investments in India as prime minister Narendra Modi offered 50 per cent financial assistance for chip makers setting up plants in the country. It comes after Modi’s ambitions to promote semiconductor manufacturing suffered a setback last month when Taiwanese tech major Foxconn pulled out of…

China will always stand with Pakistan, says President Xi

CHINA will continue to work with its all-weather ally Pakistan to take their strategic ties to new heights, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said as the two countries celebrated the 10th anniversary of the launch of the ambitious CPEC infrastructure projects in the South Asian country for regional connectivity. In…

“Get tested, get treated, get fit” urges former star cricketer…

“IT ALL started with an invite to go and watch the Middlesex over 50s cricket team,” said the former England, Middlesex and Surrey cricketer, Mark Ramprakash. He spoke to Eastern Eye over Zoom and is looking fit and relaxed and unbelievably younger than his 53 years. “I went along and…

Thieves target Indian and South Asian families in this US…

INDIAN and South Asian families in various Massachusetts communities have fallen victim to a series of jewelry thefts, according to reports. Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are now actively investigating these incidents, CBS News reported. The thieves appear to be deliberately targeting these families, seeking valuable jewelry items often…

‘Mahabharata’ adaptation to premiere at London’s Barbican Theatre

Cast of 20 has been announced for Mahabharata, a spectacular retelling of the ancient Sanskrit epic, by Canada’s Why Not Theatre, which follows a devastating family feud and explores profound philosophical and spiritual ideas. Its stories are more than four thousand years old and foundational to Indian culture. The new,…

Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejects Imran Khan’s plea to halt trial

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday (26) dismissed a plea by former prime minister Imran Khan, in which he sought to halt his trial on charges of unlawfully selling state gifts. Khan had expressed concerns over the merits of the trial and alleged bias from the judge presiding over the case.…

Political unconscious bias or fair cop, guv? The Asda case…

WHEN Rishi Sunak became prime minister, TV and radio programmes asked for my thoughts. In almost every interview, I said this was our Barak Obama moment, but Sunak would be seen through a different lens from any of his prime ministerial predecessors. He was the first person of colour in…

Campaign urges men to call out sexist behaviour

COMEDIAN Romesh Ranganathan has urged men to become women’s allies by standing up against misogyny and sexism. Ranganathan has partnered with London mayor Sadiq Khan for a campaign that aims to give men and boys the confidence to challenge sexist behaviour and misogynistic attitudes, in a bid to tackle violence…

‘Your Love’: Hidden truth about homosexuality inspired by a woman…

THERE perhaps won’t be a more unique and enlightening South Asian short film than Your Love this year. The powerful romantic drama had its North American premiere at the recent OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Festival and is based on a South Asian woman who came out of the closet in her…

‘The Centre’: Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi makes strong statement with debut…

A LOT of stories with South Asian protagonists will usually tread on tried and tested paths that lead towards story troupes that would have been covered before in some way. But this boundarybreaking book steers away down an unknown road filled with surprises, interesting twists and unexpected pitstops. London-based Anisa…

George Alagiah tribute: ‘We’ve lost one of our own, a…

EARLIER this year, George called me. “Barnie, I need a favour,” he began, “I’m involved with a migration charity, and we’re telling the story of how migrants have helped Britain. “We want an exhibition in Leicester, use my name, I’ll turn up and do what I need to do, can…

Asia Cup schedule out: India vs Pakistan match on this…

FIERCE rivals Pakistan and India will meet in Sri Lanka on September 2 for their first one-day international clash in four years, according to the Asia Cup schedule announced Wednesday (19). The six-nation tournament starts on August 30 with four matches in Pakistan and the remaining nine in Sri Lanka…

Celebration of diversity in Newham

NEWHAM is a London borough renowned for its diversity and rich cultural heritage, home to people from around the world. One of the most significant communities are those from across South Asia and this month brings a chance to celebrate their contribution in Newham. South Asian Heritage Month is an…

How music shaped British Asian identity

THE annual celebration of South Asian Heritage Month explores the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia, with a range of activities from film screenings and concerts to workshops, discussions and events bringing diverse communities together. To mark the important month, being held in 2023 from Tuesday…

Dadaji’s Paintbrush: Beautiful children’s book of love, loss and hope

A BEAUTIFUL literary trend in recent years has been the growing number of children’s books with South Asian protagonists. This particular book, first published in hardback last year and recently made available in paperback, covers a unique theme perfectly. The story revolves around a young boy from a humble background,…

India finish third in Asian Athletics meet

THE Indian mixed 4x400m relay quartet won gold in the mixed relay event at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, last Saturday (15). The quartet of Rajesh Ramesh, Aishwarya Mishra, Amoj Jacob and Subha Venkatesan clinched top spot in 3 minutes and 14.70 seconds. Meanwhile, star Indian long jumper…

‘Leaving issues around integration unaddressed can worsen community relations’

ISSUES around integration, if left unchallenged, could lead to deepening divide in community relations such as those witnessed in Leicester last year, according to the thinktank British Future. In September last year, places of worship and other properties in Leicester came under attack after community tensions rose between Hindu and…

Brown Sauce partners with Tara Theatre Present: The Comedy Lab

Brown Sauce, the leading London-based monthly comedy club for South Asian comedy, is excited to announce its partnership with Tara Theatre for an exclusive comedy lab and showcase event: The inaugural Comedy Lab will be on Friday 29th September, as part of the brand-new Tara Specials series. This collaboration aims…

Artists collaborate with 700-year-old venue to celebrate south Asian Heritage…

St Mary's Guildhall, a 700-year-old Grade-1 listed heritage venue, has collaborated with leading south Asian artists to celebrate the rich culture intertwined with Britain's history. The Guildhall, which survived World War II Luftwaffe bombing raids and underwent a £5.5m restoration last summer, will mark south Asian Heritage Month by hosting…

India makes ‘considerable progress’ in FTA talks with UK

INDIA said it made “considerable” progress on “difficult issues” in its Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the UK this week. An official statement issued in New Delhi on Wednesday (12) said commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal’s visit to London helped in moving forward the discussions during their critical stage.…

Pakistan receives $1.2 billion first tranche from IMF bailout

PAKISTAN'S central bank has received $1.2 billion from the IMF as the first tranche of a $3 bn bailout to stabilise the economy, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Thursday (13), a day after the global lender's board approved the package. Having teetered on the brink of a sovereign debt…

Exclusive: UK university accused of racism against Indian students

A former MP has called on a British university to investigate claims of racism made by 75 south Asian students. Eastern Eye has seen a letter to the vice-chancellor of Leicester’s De Montfort University which makes serious allegations of discrimination and racism against the Indian learners. The communiqué is from…

‘More champions needed to dispel dementia stigma among Asians’

MORE champions are needed to talk about dementia and raise awareness among south Asian communities in the UK, Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, Dr Karan Jutlla, has said. A survey in May to mark Dementia Action Week showed that one in three people (33 per cent) who noticed symptoms of dementia in…

How BBC local radio is failing diversity challenge

ONE of the key public purposes of the BBC is ‘to reflect, represent and serve the diverse communities’ of the United Kingdom. The broadcaster’s operating licence from Ofcom goes further – ‘the BBC should accurately and authentically represent and portray the lives of the people of the United Kingdom today…

‘Lack of funding leaves south Asian domestic abuse survivors vulnerable’

CHARITIES supporting Asian domestic abuse survivors are in a funding crisis with a lack of space in refuges and a shortage of trained frontline workers, experts have cautioned. They said further services are at risk of shrinking or closing due to a dearth of financial support. Research by the Refuge…

Digital series captures tumultuous tales of Ugandan Asian expulsion

RIFCO Theatre’s creative director Pravesh Kumar said his family’s expulsion from Uganda, in 1973, prompted a digital series on south Asians fleeing the dictatorship of Idi Amin. Titled GenerAsians – The Ugandan Expulsion, the production charts the story of seven families who left Uganda 50 years ago under tumultuous circumstances,…

Exclusive: Meera Syal wants more Asians in creative boardrooms

ACTING must put more people of colour in creative boardrooms to stop unconscious bias, colonialism and complacency which exist in the profession. That is the call from one of the industry’s biggest south Asian stars. Meera Syal told the Raminklal Pioneers Project, a partnership of the Asian Media Group [the…

South Asian dance companies to take centre stage at east…

Dance performances by two south Asian companies are among the highlights at east London’s Ensemble Festival next week. Amina Khayyam Dance Company will present You&Me, created from women’s stories, while the Sonia Sabri Company’s Mughal Miniatures - The Awakening is inspired by traditional Indian and Persian miniature paintings. They will…

Indus Water Treaty: Hague court rejects India’s objections over arbitration

THE Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague rejected on Thursday (6) India's objections to a Pakistan-initiated procedure over water use in the Indus River basin, reopening a procedure that had been blocked for many years. India called the arbitration proceeding illegal as a neutral expert was also looking…

Beant: ‘Punjabi history is a massive artistic inspiration for me’

HE MAY be a talented MC, but Beant first got connected to music at a more spiritual place. He learned Sikh music from a young age at the Gurdwara, surrounded by accomplished musicians and vocalists. The 22-year-old, born and raised in Leamington Spa, also grew up listening to eighties songs…

Angela Rideau: ‘Each poem is a part of my soul’

SPOKEN word poet, author and podcaster Angela Rideau has used the power of words to form different connections with diverse audiences. She continued that creative journey with her debut poetry collection Honey Bee, which is a beautiful book that explores trauma, identity, growing up within the South-Asian diaspora, healing, and…

Cost of living crisis makes kitchens in Asian restaurants go…

SOUTH ASIAN cuisine is going more green during the cost of living crisis, with restaurants turning away from charcoal and gas ovens. More eateries are using large combination electric cookers, rather than a tandoor oven, which can cook chicken, lamb and naan together, according to owners. The industry has largely…

Ethnic minorities have been under-represented in health research

MOST of us know someone in our family who has suffered from diabetes, or cancer, or had a heart attack or stroke. Doctors have known for a long time that south Asians are more susceptible to certain diseases. For example, we’re five times more likely than white people to develop…

Ace Bhatti on The Effects of Lying: We Asians have…

ACTOR Ace Bhatti said his new film, about unravelling family secrets, reflects the universal appeal of good drama, with audiences drawn to the plotline and not the characters’ ethnicity. In The Effects of Lying, Bhatti plays Naveen, a “dutiful husband and loving father” whose life falls apart over a series…

Exclusive: Church of England victimises whistle blowers

THE Church of England stands accused of failing survivors of child abuse and punishing whistle blowers who give them a voice, a former independent advocate has told Eastern Eye. The church sacked Jasvinder Sanghera, who founded Karma Nirvana, a charity for mainly south Asian survivors of domestic abuse, forced marriage…

Indian-Americans back Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

MANY Indian-Americans have voiced their support for the US Supreme Court ruling which struck down race based affirmative action policies in college admissions last week. East and South Asian Americans have been at the forefront of activism against these policies as they see it as creating disadvantages for Asian American…

US condemns Khalistani arson attempt at Indian Consulate in San…

The Consulate of India in San Francisco experienced an attack perpetrated by Khalistan supporters, who attempted to set ablaze the diplomatic facility. This marked the second occurrence of such violence within a few months, eliciting a firm rebuke from the US government, which categorised it as a "criminal offense." A…

Pakistan secures critical $3 billion IMF bailout

In a much-needed relief for the Pakistani economy, the country successfully obtained a crucial $3 billion short-term financial package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday (30). The agreement between Pakistan and the IMF has been reached, and it is now awaiting approval by the IMF board in July.…

Canada’s response to Khalistan issue looks driven by politics: India

CANADA'S response to the Khalistan issue appears to be constrained by its electoral considerations, India said and warned it will have to respond if the activities impinge on its national security. Khalistan refers to the demand for independent statehood for the Sikh majority areas in north-western India. External affairs minister…

Holland & Barrett’s campaign puts focus on the ethnicity gap…

New research commissioned by leading UK health and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett (H&B) with YouGov reveals inequalities in menopause support for women from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds. It was found that a significant proportion (51 per cent) of these women feel that current advice focuses too much…

Live performances and tours to look forward to in the…

WITH huge concerts headlined by superb singers like The Nooran Sisters, Gurdas Maan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Ali Azmat and Atif Aslam already staged, it has been an action packed year for live music in the UK. There are a lot more concerts on the way in the remaining six months of…

Simran Balar Jain: Tackling taboos like a social media boss

BELIEVING that open communication is essential for women to take charge of their health and well-being inspired Simran Balar Jain to create content around uncomfortable conversations. Many topics being considered taboo or uncomfortable in Indian society, especially women’s health and sexuality, drove her towards breaking the stigma and creating a…

English cricket on a sticky wicket

THE head of English cricket has admitted to Eastern Eye that the game is in an “appalling position” after a damning report found the sport was beset with racism and misogyny. Cricket boards were accused of failing to prevent “structural and institutional racism, sexism and class-based discrimination,” in a report…

White House condemns abuse of journalist who questioned Modi

The harassment of a US journalist on social media for asking prime minister Narendra Modi a question at his joint press conference in Washington with President Joe Biden has been strongly condemned by the White House, which deemed it "totally unacceptable." During the press conference, Sabrina Siddiqui, a reporter from…

With Sunak at helm, UK should ‘up the game’ for…

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak should leverage his Indian heritage for forging stronger ties between the UK and India in trade and defence, former foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. “Britain remains uniquely placed to reap the dividends of a deeper friendship with India” with Sunak as the prime minister but…

Exclusive: Apologise to Azeem

CRICKET owes Azeem Rafiq and Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford an apology for the way they were treated in exposing and trying to overcome racism in cricket, the chair of an independent inquiry has told Eastern Eye. After a two-and-a-half-year review of the sport, the Independent Commission for Equity in…

Pakistan approves revised budget to secure IMF deal

PAKISTAN'S parliament on Sunday (25) approved the government's 2023-24 budget which was revised to meet International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions in a last ditch effort to secure the release of more bailout funds. The IMF in mid-June expressed dissatisfaction with the country's initial budget, saying it was a missed opportunity…

Google, Amazon announce major investments in India

BLUE chip companies Google and Amazon have announced major investments in India during prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States. Amazon.com Inc will invest an additional $15 billion in the south Asian country, the company's chief executive Andy Jassy told Modi in his meeting on Friday (23). The…

Charities raise dementia awareness in Leicester’s south Asian community

Alzheimer's Research UK, the leading dementia research charity in the UK, has joined forces with South Asian Health Action, a prominent British Asian health charity, to raise awareness about dementia in the south Asian community in Leicester. They are hosting a free event at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday…

Unravel the magic of Salman Khan with these family entertainers…

Movies are one of the best ways to spend time with family. Spending quality time over bowls of popcorn and a story that makes everyone across the ages laugh, cry and feel happy can be the key to quality family time. South Asian movies, particularly with their largely family-oriented stories,…

Pakistan evaluating World Cup participation in India

PAKISTAN'S foreign ministry said it is "evaluating all aspects" of the country's participation in this year's 50-overs World Cup in India with bilateral cricket stalled between the south Asian neighbours due to soured political relations. The two countries have played each other only in multi-team events at neutral venues over…

A cappella group Penn Masala perform Bollywood songs at White…

Prominent a cappella group Penn Masala, comprising students of the University of Pennsylvania, on Thursday, performed a rendition of popular Bollywood tracks "Chaiyya Chaiyya" and "Jashn-e-Bahaaraa" at the White House ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival. The group of South Asian students performed for the large crowd, ranging between…

Modi’s US visit may encourage more American firms to invest…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States may encourage more American companies to consider investing in the South Asian country as they look to reduce their reliance on China for manufacturing-related activities. The United States is the third largest source of foreign investment for India, with over…

Modi meets eminent Indian Americans during US visit

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has been marked by several key moments that will further strengthen bilateral relations and showcase India’s global influence. Modi is visiting the US from June 21-24 at the invitation of US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden. Modi’s…

US state dinner for Modi: Peacock and eagle themes dominate…

WHITE House social secretary Carlos Elizondo said first lady Jill Biden was involved in every step of planning for the state dinner in honour of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Thursday (22). During a preview of the dinner on Wednesday, Elizondo said every element of…

Nazneen Ahmed Pathak: Telling ‘stories of a history we need…

A LOVE for reading and seeing books as a dream-like escape inspired Nazneen Ahmed Pathak to write, but that stopped in her twenties because there wasn’t a story she wanted to tell. Things changed after her son Roshan was born in 2013. She was reading a children’s book to him…

Dalit student in India begins crowdfunding campaign for MPhil at…

A Dalit student from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, has launched a crowdfunding initiative to support his MPhil programme in Law at Oxford University. In November 2022, Bhimraj M, a former doctoral student at the South Asian University (SAU) in New Delhi, faced disciplinary action for participating in…

Tanvi Virmani: ‘I’m grateful things are changing for Asians’

YOUNG actress Tanvi Virmani, who will be part of the play, The Crown Jewels, at the Garrick Theatre, believes her taking up a leading role in a restoration period play is a sign of progress for ethnic minority actors in theatre. The play is based on the true story of…

Experts caution against impact of inflation on Asian businesses

RISING food prices during the cost of living crisis have had a bigger impact on south Asian families and businesses, according to experts. They have highlighted that the inflation of products – including rice, cooking oil and spices – has disproportionately affected Asian households. The Runnymede Trust think-tank said the…

Root out “racist corruption” in picking judges

SERVING and retired judges have told Eastern Eye that the selection process by which they are appointed is “racist and corrupt to the core”. It comes after an Asian solicitor won the unprecedented legal right to see how the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) chooses successful candidates. Ashok Ghosh claims that…

Adil Rashid among British Asians recognised in King’s Birthday Honours…

ENGLAND’S world cup winning cricketer Adil Rashid is among the British Asian names recognised in King Charles’s inaugural Birthday Honours List announced today. With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 11 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, the list showcases the immense…

A map in India’s new parliament building makes country’s neighbours…

A mural in India’s new parliament building has been a talking point since the inauguration of the structure last month.At the centre of the controversy is a map in the mural depicting ancient India as one geographical entity which also includes today’s Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.While the mural has caught…

Indian and British writers draw book lovers to London’s Jaipur…

If you are fond of books – and Eastern Eye readers seem to love them – then attending an event like the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) at the British Library is a little like a child being let loose in a chocolate factory. There were a total of 35 sessions…

F1 or KR15HNA? Steep price tags put brakes on custom…

For motorists wanting to put “Singh” or “Krishna” on a personalised number-plate, the price tag could put the brakes on such ambitions. The most expensive registrations sold at auction were revealed by the government’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). And “51 NGH” made the top 10 after being bought…

Pakistan paid in Chinese currency for discounted Russian oil

PAKISTAN paid for its first government-to-government import of discounted Russian crude oil in Chinese currency, the South Asian country's petroleum minister has said, a significant shift in its US dollar-dominated export payments policy. Discounted crude offers a respite as Pakistan faces an economic crisis with an acute balance of payments…

Asian business leaders ‘back Tories more than Labour’

The Conservative party has attracted more funding from Asian business leaders and companies than Labour, latest data shows, with one prominent industrialist donating £2 million to the ruling party. [caption id="attachment_236898" align="alignright" width="300"] Sanjay (left) and Vipul Vadera[/caption] Amit Lohia, 48, a director at Indorama Ventures, emerged as one of…

India, US need to have much stronger relationship: Shri Thanedar

India and the US must work on making bilateral ties stronger and focus on collaboration on education and cultural fronts, Indian-American Congressman Shri Thanedar has said. He expressed hope that the two sides will talk about cooperation in the education and business sectors and find ways to strengthen the bilateral…

India holds interest rates as inflation eases

INDIA'S central bank on Thursday (8) kept interest rates on hold for its second-straight meeting, citing easing inflation pressures, but warned about an uncertain global outlook. The benchmark repurchase rate was left at 6.50 per cent by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), bank governor Shaktikanta Das announced in a…

Poorna Jagannathan on how ‘Never Have I Ever’ smashes Asian…

Actress Poorna Jagannathan is presently busy promoting her new show Never Have I Ever, which premieres its fourth and final season today June 8. Jagannathan plays the character of an Indian immigrant mother Nalini who is singlehandedly raising her teenage daughter Devi Vishwakumar, played beautifully by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. The actress…

Thyssenkrupp could bid to supply six submarines to Indian Navy

GERMANY's Thyssenkrupp AG is likely to bid for a project to supply six submarines for the Indian Navy, German defence minister Boris Pistorius said on Tuesday (6), during a visit to New Delhi. Earlier, Pistorius met his counterpart Rajnath Singh, at a time when the south Asian nation is looking…

India train crash: King Charles sends condolence message

KING CHARLES III on Monday (5) sent a condolence message to Indian President Droupadi Murmu, expressing his shock over Friday’s (3) deadly train accident in the south Asian country. The monarch also recalled his memories of a visit to the Odisha state 43 years ago. The accident, involving three trains,…

ZEE5 Global announces world digital Premiere of Hatyapuri

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, announced the world digital premiere of its latest film, Hatyapuri. Starring popular actor Indraneil Sengupta as the famous sleuth Feluda, the upcoming mystery thriller is based on legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s novel Hatyapuri. With the launch of this title,…

US to allow GE to make engines for military jets…

THE Biden administration is poised to sign off on a deal that would allow General Electric (GE) to produce jet engines powering Indian military aircraft in that country, according to three people briefed on the decision. A deal finalising the joint production of the engines is expected to be inked…

Poppy Jaman highlights mental health issues at Chelsea flower show

The Centre for Mental Health found an innovative way to attract Asian communities to London’s famous Chelsea Flower Show (CFS). The national charity’s trustee Poppy Jaman and two other women wore sarees to “visibly make CFS a place that Asian women should go to”, considering that they often don’t see…

How to beat the fitness blues

Have you ever been in a rut with your health and fitness? Perhaps you’ve lost the zest for life and don’t feel like yourself. Or maybe you don’t have time to get to the gym, but you’d like to feel fitter, healthier, and more energised? Most of us have been…

Diabetes UK, Tesco urge men under 40 to get tested…

Diabetes UK and Tesco recently launched a campaign during Diabetes Prevention Week (22-28 May 2023), urging men aged 40 and under to take a free and simple check to assess their risk of type 2 diabetes. The campaign emphasised the importance of proactive measures and not waiting for symptoms to…

Sri Lanka gets $350m loan boost from Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday (29) approved a $350 million special policy-based loan to provide budget support to Sri Lanka for economic stabilisation, the regional lender said in a statement. The programme is part of a broader package of financial assistance anchored by the International Monetary Fund's (IMF)…

Pakistan to share budget details with IMF to unlock funds

Pakistan will share its upcoming budget details with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to unlock stalled funds, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Sunday (28). Hopes for a resumption of an IMF deal are diminishing, analysts say, with a bailout programme agreed in 2019 due to expire on…

Father-son duo elected to Hertsmere borough council

An Indian-origin father-son duo has been elected to the Hertsmere borough council in southern England. Prabhakar Kaza was elected from the Borehamwood Kenilworth ward as a Labour and Cooperative candidate in the May 4 election while his son Aaditya of the Labour Party emerged victorious from the Borehamwood Hillside seat.…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan says THIS show helped Never Have I Ever…

After the astounding success of two seasons, Netflix is set to launch season 3 of Mindy Kaling’s hit series Never Have I Ever. The show sees Maitreyi Ramakrishnan return to reprise her popular role as Devi. As the successful Netflix series, which follows a group of three best friends during…

Manoj Bajpayee’s Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai receives thunderous response

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, released their most anticipated and talked about film Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai on May 23. Starring Padma Shri and National Award recipient Manoj Bajpayee, the film received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. From calling it Manoj…

Imran Khan’s arrest: Lawyer says 16 suspects to face military…

A PAKISTANI court in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday (25) handed 16 civilians over to the military for trial over their suspected involvement in violent protests following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan this month. The military said after the violence that the suspects would be…

Bangladesh vows fair elections in response to US visa restrictions

Bangladesh will take steps to tackle and prevent unlawful practices or interference in its elections, authorities said on Thursday (25), a day after the US threatened curbs on citizens of the South Asian nation who undermine them. Concern flared after accusations of vote-rigging and the targeting of the political opposition…

Cyclists help save the lives of 60 Tanzanian children with…

Members of a London-based cycling club, who cycled from Makkah to Madinah in February to raise money to provide life-saving surgery for children with congenital heart defects, travelled to Tanzania last week to meet some of the families and children they supported. H&K Cycle Club raised an incredible £128,000 as…

Mindy Kaling joins picket line to support striking writers in…

Ever since the writers’ strike began in Hollywood, a number of celebrities have come out to show their support and solidarity, with some of them even joining the picket lines in New York and California. Well-known actress, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling also joined the picket line of striking writers…

Fearless producers are making all the difference, says Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap, whose neo-noir thriller Kennedy is set to premiere at midnight on Wednesday at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, believes that the current upswing in independent cinema on the subcontinent is being fuelled by fearless young producers willing to put their money where their mouth is. "It is a new…

ZEE5 Global unveils a line-up of 111 titles

Celebrating five glorious years of creating exclusive streaming content, ZEE5 Global at a star-studded event in Mumbai, titled Hooked to 5, revealed an expansive line-up of titles featuring originals in Hindi and regional languages, sequels to cult-favourite series, big-ticket direct-to-digital releases, blockbuster post-theatrical launches, and intriguing docu-series. For the slate,…

Pakistan police talk ‘terms and conditions’ for search of Imran…

Pakistani police and government officials arrived at the Lahore home of former prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (19) to discuss a possible search for suspects involved in this month's attacks on state and army buildings, authorities said. Police would only start the search after agreeing on terms and conditions,…

Ugandan Asian exhibition in Leicester wins Museums + Heritage Awards

A groundbreaking exhibition that commemorated the arrival of thousands of Ugandan Asians in Leicester back in 1972 has been awarded joint best 'Temporary or Touring Exhibition' at the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards in London, sharing the honour with English Heritage, a press release said. At the highly anticipated award…

Pakistan’s anti-graft agency summons Imran Khan for questioning

Pakistan's powerful anti-corruption agency has summoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan for questioning on Thursday (18) into the graft charges that led to his arrest on May 9. A spokesman for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which has in the past investigated, put on trial and jailed all those who…

Late diagnosis of autism among British Indians ‘linked to stigma’

British Indian children are being diagnosed with autism nearly two years later on average than white British youngsters, according to a new study. Toddlers of Indian origin in the UK were diagnosed at 68 months, compared to 48 months for their white counterparts. Researchers also found that British Indian parents…

Imran Khan says police surround his house, fears re-arrest

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday (17) that police had surrounded his house and that he expected to be rearrested soon, after the government warned him to hand over supporters who it blamed for attacks on the army. Khan was arrested by the army on May 9…

Sundaram Tagore opens new gallery in London

Sundaram Tagore, one of America’s most important art dealers, last week opened a new gallery in London to add to the ones he already owns in New York and Singapore. The “Sundaram Tagore Gallery” in Cromwell Place in South Kensington attracted hundreds of art lovers and collectors at its formal…

Here’s what to expect from MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023

Get ready to witness an array of films at the upcoming edition of MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image). MAMI has confirmed that the Film Festival is returning as a physical event this October. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the best of South Asian, South Asian Diaspora, and international…

Pakistan needs significantly more financing for bailout review: IMF

Pakistan needs significant additional financing for a successful completion of the long-stalled ninth review of the International Monetary Fund's bailout package, the IMF said on Thursday (11). Obtaining commitments of "significant additional financing" is essential before the IMF approves the release of pending bailout funds that are crucial for Pakistan…

Dr Fharat Raja: Addressing breast cancer screening challenges among south…

As a breast cancer specialist and advocate for women's health, consultant medical oncologist Dr Fharat Raja has dedicated her life to educating and empowering women about breast cancer. In her latest charitable initiative, she has developed a bespoke programme of activities for the Asian community along with Future Dreams, Breast…

Happy Birthday Sunita: Rifco play sees Asian women take centrestage

Actress Harvey Virdi, known for her role as Dr Misbah Maalik on Hollyoaks, said she relished the chance to write about “strong Asian women” in the play Happy Birthday Sunita, despite her packed schedule. Having first played at The Rifco in 2014, Happy Birthday Sunita has been revived at the same…

Pakistan’s deepening political crisis douses hopes for IMF relief

The political crisis engulfing Pakistan is eroding hopes that the south Asian country can get its much needed programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) back on track soon and escape a full-blown debt crunch, analysts said. Deadly clashes between supporters of Imran Khan and police spread across the country…

Pakistan arrests Imran Khan’s aides; army deployed to quell unrest

Pakistani authorities took senior functionaries of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party into custody as the government called out the army to help end widespread and deadly protests sparked by Khan's arrest. At least three senior functionaries of the party have been arrested so far, one from outside the Supreme…

iPhone maker Foxconn buys large site in Bengaluru

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn has bought a huge tract of land on the outskirts of Indian tech hub Bengaluru, the key Apple supplier said in a filing Tuesday (9). Also known by its official name, Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn is the world's biggest contract electronics manufacturer and a principal…

Coachella 2023: Pakistani actor feels his country didn’t cheer for…

Indian singer Diljit Dosanjh created history when he rocked the stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2023, becoming the first Punjabi singer to ever perform at the music festival in Indio, California. In addition to Dosanjh, there were a couple more South Asian artists who spellbound the audience…

Historian Starkey says Sunak ‘not fully grounded’ in British culture

A controversial historian has claimed the prime minister was “not fully grounded” in British culture, as he accused Rishi Sunak of being "detached" in the build-up to the King’s Coronation ceremony. David Starkey said the government led by Sunak - the first Hindu and non-white prime minister - was “not…

Asian woman describes her disappointing experience at Muslim speed dating…

A woman's experience at an Asian dating event has gone viral on social media, as she described how disorganised it was, with other attendees waiting in an overheated marquee for over two hours. Twitter user Zainab said on the social media platform the speed dating part of the event was…

King Charles wants to visit India ‘at the earliest opportunity’

King Charles III would like to visit India “at the earliest opportunity”, a prominent British Indian businessman has said. Lord Karan Bilimoria who met the King at a reception in parliament ahead of Saturday’s coronation ceremony, said the monarch “genuinely” wants to make a state visit to India which he…

ZEE5 Global announces Bengali original Shabash Feluda

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, has made interesting Bengali titles available at our fingertips. The library gets bigger and better ramping up its presence in the digital space. After the stupendous success of Byomkesh Bakshi, the ace director Arindam Sil is all set to…

First batch of Punjabi men complete peer mentor facilitators course…

The first batch have completed their peer mentor facilitators course, designed to upskill the Punjabi community and support it around mental health, a statement said. The Social Connections challenge was developed in partnership by Taraki, who work with Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health and leading men’s health…

“Labour is institutionally racist”

LABOUR is "institutionally, structurally and systematically racist” and taking south Asian voters for granted, councillors and party members have told Eastern Eye. They are urging the Labour leadership at national level to investigate why Hindus and Muslims have been barred from standing in next week’s [4 May] local elections. Labour’s…

Nida Manzoor: Kicking down barriers in cinema

Director Nida Manzoor is aiming to change the way Asian women are viewed on the screen with her new action comedy Polite Society. The London-set film follows Ria Khan (Priya Kansara), a bolshy schoolgirl and martial artist-in-training who dreams of becoming a world-renowned stunt woman. When she witnesses her big sister…

UK Asian Film Festival: Breaking barriers with cinema

The annual UK Asian Film Festival returns for another action-packed line-up in May. The longest running celebration of south Asian cinema globally, previously known as Tongues On Fire, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with film premieres and special events. [caption id="attachment_229610" align="alignleft" width="297"] Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry[/caption] Festival director and…

ZEE5 Global announces world digital premiere of Malayalam film Pakalum…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, announced the world digital premiere of Pakalum Paathiravum on 28th April 2023. After bringing forth blockbuster Malayalam movies like Paappan and Mei Hoon Moosa, ZEE5 Global is set to bring forth another entertaining and compelling content with Pakalum Paathiravum.…

‘Representation is a huge reason why I even got into…

Actress Ritu Arya is presently gearing up for the release of her next film Polite Society. Written and directed by We Are Lady Parts creator Nida Manzoor, the film presents the actress in a very different avatar. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release this Friday, Arya is leaving no stone…

Mohammed Shahabuddin sworn in as Bangladesh president

Mohammed Shahabuddin, a former judge and a ruling party official, was sworn in as the president of Bangladesh on Monday (24), just months before a general election. Shahabuddin, 73, was an anti-corruption commissioner and fought in the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan, the presidential palace said. "He was…

Countdown of every movie Dev Patel has ever acted in

The stunning cinema success of Dev Patel has largely been due to the film choices he has made. With major Hollywood movies on the way like Monkey Man and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, the British Asian actor will continue to be unstoppable internationally. This week he turns a…

Sustainable new period of change for women

Although more conversations are being had, periods remain a taboo topic within the South Asian community, despite the physical, emotional, and practical impact on women during the monthly cycle. But there have been huge developments in the menstrual products available. From pads and tampons to menstrual cups and period pants,…

Judge: “Failures endemic” at Judicial Appointments Commission

JUDGES are sharing so-called “live questions” used in recruitment exercises with consultants offering to coach candidates to get top judicial appointments, a tribunal has heard from a senior south Asian judge.  On the second day of the online hearing, Judge Abbas Mithani KC, suggested the current process could be open…

Our job is to hold power to account, and we…

SINCE July 2020, Eastern Eye has proudly gone to battle for south Asian and black judges. Over the course of more than a dozen articles, we have exposed institutional, systemic and structural racism, bullying and misogyny. Other mainstream newspapers have followed in our footsteps. Unlike some nationals, we don’t think…

Ramadan: ‘Eid in the Square’ returns to Trafalgar Square

London is gearing up for a spectacular celebration as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has officially announced the return of Eid in the Square on Saturday 29 April, a press release stated. The free annual event, marking the end of Ramadan, promises to be bigger and better than ever…

Judicial head “guilty of gross negligence and deliberate recklessness”

THE body which appoints judges is “avoiding public scrutiny” and one of its heads is “guilty of gross negligence and deliberate recklessness”, a senior south Asian judge has told a tribunal. Abbas Mithani KC, a designated civil judge for the West Midlands and Warwickshire, is asking the General Regulatory Chamber…

South Asian artists take over Coachella 2023

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which takes place over two consecutive weekends every April in Indio, California, had some major attractions for South Asian music fans during its first weekend as it saw some breathtaking performances from popular South Asian artists. If you missed their performance, don’t worry.…

Malala Yousafzai joins cast and crew of Polite Society at…

Last night acclaimed British writer & director Nida Manzoor, and cast Priya Kansara, Seraphina Beh, Shona Babayemi, Shobu Kapoor, Jeff Mirza, Nimra Bucha, Akshay Khanna, alongside producers Tim Bevan, Olivier Kaempfer, John Pocock attended the UK Premiere of POLITE SOCIETY in Central London to celebrate its UK release. A special…

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets Modi, commits to investment in…

Apple Inc chief executive officer Tim Cook has committed to growth and investment across India in meeting with the country's prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Cook is on a visit to India this week and inaugurated the iPhone maker's first retail store in the country on Tuesday (18)…

Baroness Warsi wants politicians to end ‘divisive and racist rhetoric’

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called on politicians to stop “spiralling down gutter politics” which she said was leading to hate and division in communities. The former chairperson of the Conservative party said the problem was widespread, pointing to home secretary Suella Braverman’s recent inflammatory rhetoric on immigration and child sexual…

India to become world’s most populous country by June

India is projected to become the world's most populous country by the end of June, surpassing China, according to the UN Population Fund's State of World Population report released on Wednesday (19). This significant change will result in India having a population of 1.4286 billion, which is about three million…

Black and Asian people with darker skin suffer insults from…

A new research has revealed that black and Asian people with darker skin in UK can suffer prejudice and insults from family members with lighter skin. It added that family members with darker skin were sometimes stigmatised by their parents, siblings and other relatives. As part of the research Dr…

India, Russia to address trade deficit, market access issues

India and Russia on Tuesday (18) agreed to address trade deficit and market access issues, the Indian foreign ministry said, as New Delhi seeks to narrow trade imbalance after a more than four-fold rise in imports from Russia since the war in Ukraine. The two nations are discussing a free…

Pakistani singer Ali Sethi’s song ‘Pasoori’ huge hit at Coachella

Ali Sethi's song "Pasoori" whose title roughly translates to "difficult mess" has taken the world by storm, blending traditional poetry with contemporary beats to elevate the Pakistani singer's stardom. The Punjabi track, which explores the complexities of forbidden love, became the most-searched song on Google in 2022 and has amassed…

Maternal healthcare: MPs slam ‘appalling’ racial disparities among blacks and…

Ministers have been asked to set a definitive target to eliminate “appalling” disparities in maternal deaths as research has shown that black women are almost four times more likely to die from childbirth than white women. The Women and Equalities Committee also said on Tuesday (18) the government and NHS…

Apple opens first India store in Mumbai

Apple opened its first retail store in India on Tuesday (18), underscoring the US tech titan's increasing focus on the South Asian nation as a key sales market and alternative manufacturing hub to China. Apple CEO Tim Cook personally opened the doors to welcome customers as staff cheered. Hundreds of…

Imperial College London calls on South Asian women scientists to…

Imperial College London has invited applications for a unique fellowship programme to help nurture the next generation of leading women scientists from India and other South Asian nations. In partnership with the British Council, the fully funded Early Academic Fellowships are being offered to women from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan,…

Coachella 2023: From Diljit Dosanjh to Ali Sethi, the south…

The Coachella Festival, which is also known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, began with a bang at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, on April 14, 2023. The first of its 2023 weekends is being held from April 14-16, with headliners Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank…

1497 Features Lab enlists Mira Nair, Geeta Malik, and Minhal…

1497, the non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting South Asian filmmakers, has put together a team of acclaimed filmmakers including Mira Nair, Geeta Malik, and Minhal Baig as mentors for its third Features Lab. 1497 co-founders Adeel Ahmed, Kamran Khan, and Lipica Shah said in a joint statement, “We are excited…

South Asian kidney patients receive unequal mental health support in…

A new research has underscored the disparities in mental health support for South Asian patients with kidney disease, a statement said. The study from the University of Hertfordshire recommended specialist, culturally-adapted approaches for patients who face barriers in accessing mental health screening and care. According to the research, South Asians…

Indian high commission hosts fintech event in London

India's High Commission in London and the India Partnership Forum (IPF) hosted a virtual roundtable on fintech to discuss opportunities for collaboration between India and the UK. Attended by more than 100 participants, the event focussed on regulation, investment and innovation. They also discussed the challenges faced by the fintech…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop putting Asians in danger

THE home secretary is pandering to right-wing racists and putting south Asian lives in danger, MPs and experts have told Eastern Eye. It follows Suella Braverman’s comments over the weekend (2) that “vulnerable white girls living in troubled circumstances have been abused, drugged, raped, and exploited”. She highlighted cases in…

EXCLUSIVE: Tata is not in this business to be second,…

WALK into St James’ Court Hotel in central London or the world famous Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, and you know you are entering an establishment to rival the very best on the planet. Imagine now that this experience of walking into a cocoon of splendour, fine service and opulence…

Soaring prices dampen UK Ramadan celebrations

Despite the enticing produce in their windows, Muslim-owned retailers on east London's Brick Lane are unusually quiet as a cost-of-living crisis bites into Ramadan earnings. The historic street is the hub of London's Bangladeshi community, and normally a vibrant destination for shoppers during the Islamic holy month, which in Britain…

Humza Yousaf’s journey to political success began during school days

Humza Yousaf set new records last month. He became the only Muslim leader of a major UK political party and the first person with an ethnic minority background to lead Scotland’s government. But his journey to political success started during his school days when he inculcated a solid work culture…

KSI apologises for using P word against South Asians, to…

Influencer KSI has apologised for using the racist slur P**i in a YouTube video and has said he will be taking a break from social media. The 29-year-old used the derogatory term aimed at people of south Asian heritage while he was involved in a Countdown challenge with the group,…

Sunak, Yousaf have ‘big responsibility’ to leave behind a positive…

Humza Yousaf on Monday (27) became the first Muslim to be elected as a national leader in any western democracy, five months after Sunak walked into Downing Street as the UK’s first Asian and Hindu prime minister. A prominent Asian parliamentarian told Eastern Eye on Tuesday (28) that both appointments…

South Asians in UK rely financially on support networks upon…

People from Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian ethnic backgrounds were more likely to rely financially on support networks, such as friends and family, upon retirement, than white British people, a research has revealed. Pension participation among ethnic minorities in UK is lower than average, and non-pension sources are expected to play…

Humza Yousaf, the history-maker

“IT is hard for me to find the words”. Humza Yousaf’s emotional response to the news that he has been elected as the Scottish National Party (SNP)’s new leader captures his role as a history-maker. Yousaf’s victory in a bruising leadership contest heralds an unpredictable new era, where the future…

Australia beat India for 21 runs in third ODI, clinch…

Australian spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar turned the match to hand India their first one-day international series defeat at home since 2019 in a thrilling third and final match in Chennai on Wednesday. Left-arm spinner Agar removed in-form Virat Kohli (54) and the world's top-rated Twenty20 batter Suryakumar Yadav…

EXCLUSIVE:- Basu: I don’t trust police chiefs to reverse institutional…

THE current crop of Britain’s chief constables cannot be trusted to reverse institutional racism in their forces, according to the country’s former top south Asian cop, and the National Black Police Association [NBPA]. Ex-assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, made his comments during a wide-ranging interview for the Ramniklal Solanki Pioneers Project…

Author Patrick French, biographer of VS Naipaul, passes away in…

Patrick French, a renowned British author, historian, and academic, passed away in London on Thursday after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 57 years old and is best known for his acclaimed biographies, "The World Is What It Is" and "India: A Portrait", which chronicled the lives of VS…

UK financial analyst found guilty of terror offences

A BRITISH financial analyst has been found guilty of multiple terrorism offences after his laptop led police to dangerous bomb-making plans. Asad Bhatti, from Redhill in Surrey, south-east England, was arrested and charged in January 2021. A search was carried out at an address in the area which revealed a…

Stage adaptation of Life of Pi opens in New York…

The stage adaptation of Canadian author Yann Martel's Booker-prize winning novel, Life of Pi, shines a spotlight on messages of faith, perseverance and immigration, and brings south Asian talent to the centre stage in Broadway, the team behind the production said. Renowned British Asian playwright Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of…

Lilly Singh applauds South Asian representation after India’s glorious wins…

Lilly Singh had a gala time at the recently concluded 95th Academy Awards where she met a host of celebrities including Ram Charan, Guneet Monga, Chandrabose, and Malala Yousafzai, among others. The Canadian YouTuber and host even clicked pictures with a few of them and dropped them on her Instagram…

Little English makes big impact with relatable British Asian story

Acclaimed British Asian film Little English will release in UK cinemas this week, after delighting audiences on the festival circuit. The heart-warming Pravesh Kumar directed comedy-drama features a great cast that includes talented young lead Viraj Juneja. He stars opposite Rameet Rauli in the story of a Punjabi girl with…

Law Society hails India for opening up legal services sector

A TOP association of solicitors in the UK has welcomed India’s decision to open up its legal services sector.The Bar Council of India has decided to allow overseas lawyers and law firms to practise foreign laws and international arbitration matters in the south Asian country.The statutory body which regulates law…

‘RRR’s historic win at Oscars marks a significant milestone for…

South Asian entertainment witnessed a new dawn at the 95th Academy Awards as mega-blockbuster RRR, currently streaming on ZEE5 Global across the globe, etched a historic win for Best Original Song for Naatu Naatu. Naatu Naatu, composed by MM Keeravani, didn't just win the Oscar, the largest and most prestigious…

How Naatu Naatu and The Elephant Whisperers big win at…

India and Indians are in a celebratory mood today. Two films from the country registered a thunderous triumph at the 95th Academy Awards and made every Indian proud. While the chartbuster song “Naatu Naatu” from SS Rajamouli’s epic action-drama film RRR won an Oscar for Best Original Song, making history…

Oscars 2023: Deepika to the RRR team, here’s what the…

As the “champagne” carpet was rolled out, the 2023 Oscars saw the latest trends in fashion as showcased by A-list stars and celebrities. India had a successful run at the awards, with SS Rajamouli’s movie, RRR, winning Best Original Song for 'Naatu Naatu,' and The Elephant Whisperers taking home the…

Pakistani migrants play deadly ‘game’ chasing future abroad

WHEN Muhammad Nadeem left home in eastern Pakistan, he asked his mother to pray for his safe passage to Europe then slipped away before she could object. Ali Hasnain showed off the new clothes he would wear as he prepared for the long journey west to a better life. Both…

Priyanka Chopra celebrates South Asian Excellence ahead of Oscars: ‘This…

Priyanka Chopra along with her husband Nick Jonas on Thursday night attended the South Asian Excellence pre-Oscars celebration, where she talked about the importance of celebrating South Asian culture. Chopra co-hosted the event with Mindy Kaling. Highlighting the importance of celebrating South Asian culture, she said, “I am so grateful…

Now, Toronto school board recognises caste discrimination

TORONTO'S school board has become the first in Canada to recognise that caste discrimination exists in the city's schools and has asked a provincial human rights body to help in creating a framework to address the issue. The Toronto District School Board on Wednesday (8) voted in favour of a…

Call to reduce pension scheme threshold to help Asian women

CAMPAIGNERS have called on the government to lower the figure for auto-enrolment on to pension schemes after research revealed that nearly half of south Asian women in the UK have no savings for retirement. An estimated 17 per cent of south Asian women in employment do not currently meet the…

ZEE5 Global announces Mrs Undercover – a spy comedy with…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content announced its upcoming original film, Mrs. Undercover on Women’s Day. Headlined by Radhika Apte in and as Mrs. Undercover, this is another woman-fronted story from ZEE5 Global after the success of Chhatriwali and Lost. Produced by B4U Motion Pictures…

Senior NHS staff encourage South Asians to consider a career…

THIS National Careers Week, the 'We Are the NHS' campaign is highlighting the inspiring stories of senior South Asian staff and the exciting and varied nursing roles available across the NHS. When Asha Day’s younger siblings were born prematurely, she knew she had to step up to help her mother.…

GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards: Rishi Sunak wins top award

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak, Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham and pathbreaking lawyer Ayesha Vardag were among the winners at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Tuesday (7). Sunak took home the coveted GG2 Hammer Award for smashing through the ultimate glass ceiling by…

Rishi Sunak tops 2023 GG2 Power List for second consecutive…

RISHI SUNAK paid tribute to his family as his elevation to become Britain’s first Asian prime minister kept him on top of the 2023 GG2 Power List for the second consecutive year and was also recognised with a coveted award in London on Tuesday (7). Sunak tops the ranking of…

Muslims had lowest rates of suicide in England and Wales,…

MEMBERS of the Muslim community had the lowest rates of suicide in England and Wales in the past decade, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. A survey published on Monday (6) also found that the rates of suicide were lower across the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish,…

In third England ODI, Bangladesh wins toss, chooses to bat

On Monday (06), Bangladesh's captain Tamim Iqbal won the toss and opted to bat first in the third and final one-day international against England in Chittagong. Despite leading the series 2-0, England made a few changes to their squad, bringing back all-rounder Chris Woakes and fast bowler Jofra Archer, while…

Coming soon to a screen near you

WE MAY be into the third month of 2023, but there are still plenty of films from around the world to look forward to this year that feature top south Asian talent. These interesting looking movies span different genres, continents and cultures. Eastern Eye looked ahead to find 21 film…

‘We’re just as capable of being athletes too’

THE thought of running a long distance may raise the stress levels of most people, but others like Rahema Mamodo have turned that into an inspiring passion. The Birmingham-based mother of three turned a casual five-kilometre park run into a regular habit, before taking on a half and then a…

‘We must stop abusers from using the courts to attack…

ASIAN survivors of domestic violence are being denied justice by the family courts system and, in some cases, are being intimidated by their abusers, support groups have said. Ahead of International Women’s Day next Wednesday (8), leading women’s charities, solicitors and campaigners have written to the government to call for…

‘I drew on my personal loss for Marjorie Prime’

ACTOR Tony Jayawardena said memories of his late mother helped him connect with his role in the upcoming play Marjorie Prime, which explores how people deal with the grief of losing a loved one. Set in the year 2062, the play tells the story of Marjorie, an 85-year-old woman suffering…

Rise of the Asian CEO

A DIVERSITY and inclusivity specialist has urged the UK to learn from the boom in the number of Indian-origin CEOs of major organisations and cultivate talent from ethnic minority communities. Last week, US president Joe Biden nominated the former CEO of Mastercard, Ajay Banga, as a preferred candidate to lead…

Sri Lanka workers defy strike ban to protest rescue plan

SRI LANKAN workers went on strike Wednesday (1) in defiance of a government ban to protest a rescue plan for the bankrupt island nation, forcing the closure of hospitals, banks and ports. President Ranil Wickremesinghe is facing a public backlash over steep tax hikes and spending cuts imposed to secure…

Deadpool actor Karan Soni to voice Spider-Man India in Spider-Man:…

Indian-American actor Karan Soni, who rose to prominence for playing Dopinder in the Deadpool film series, is set to essay the role of Spider-Man India in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the sequel to the blockbuster animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It will hit the…

India continues to lead world in cutting internet access: watchdog

INDIA imposed by far the highest number of internet shutdowns in the world in 2022, internet advocacy watchdog Access Now has said, as the country topped the list for the fifth successive year. Out of 187 internet shutdowns globally recorded by Access Now, 84 took place in India, including 49…

ZEE5 Global announces world digital premiere of critically acclaimed Marathi…

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, has announced the world digital premiere of the highly acclaimed Marathi film Vaalvi. After bringing forth blockbuster Marathi films like Pandu, Zombivali, Har Har Mahadev, and Timepass 3, ZEE5 Global is set to premiere Vaalvi on 24th February. Directed…

Sri Lanka outlaws strikes as anti-tax protests spread

SRI LANKA's government said Tuesday (28) it was banning strikes in several key sectors, a day ahead of a planned one-day national stoppage called by unions to protest against painfully high taxes and utility bills. Anger towards president Ranil Wickremesinghe is growing as his government slashes spending and hikes taxes…

Apoorva Charan excited about Joyland’s India, UK release

LOS ANGELES-based Indian producer Apoorva Charan is thrilled about her critically-acclaimed debut feature film Joyland coming out in the UK this week and is looking forward to its India release next month. Charan, born in Hyderabad, was drawn to the very simple characters of the film set within a South…

Joyland producer Apoorva Charan excited about film’s India, UK release

Los Angeles-based Indian producer Apoorva Charan is thrilled about her critically-acclaimed debut feature film "Joyland" coming out in the UK this week and is looking forward to its India release next month. Charan, born in Hyderabad, was drawn to the very simple characters of the film set within a South…

What’s love got to do with it? Lead stars reveal…

LONDON-BORN actor Shazad Latif stressed the importance of representation in mainstream cinema as he took on his first leading role on the big screen in this week’s new release What’s Love Got to Do with It? Latif said the film, which is centred around the British Pakistani community, is of…

Chancellor Hunt in India for G20 finance meet

CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt on Thursday (23) reached Bengaluru in India at take part in the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting scheduled for Friday (24) and Saturday (25) and bilateral talks with the host nation to enhance the UK-India economic partnership. In what is his first foreign visit…

Tackling taboos with Joyland

THE south Asian movie that was most adored by the international film festival circuit in 2022 was Joyland. Although the path-breaking drama did not receive an Academy Award nomination, it became the first Pakistani movie in history to be shortlisted for an international feature Oscar. But more importantly, it expanded…

Seattle becomes first US city to outlaw caste discrimination

SEATTLE has become the first US city to outlaw caste discrimination, after its local council voted to add caste to the city's anti-discrimination laws. The move addresses an issue important to the area's South Asian diaspora, particularly the Indian and Hindu communities. India's caste system is among the world's oldest…

‘Transgender people have been a very established part of South…

British-Pakistani actor and Oscar winner Riz Ahmed recently joined the team of the much-talked-about Pakistani film Joyland (2022) as the executive producer. The film is Pakistan’s official entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming 95th Academy Awards. Ahmed joins the ranks of Malala Yousafzai, who also…

Seattle City resolution seeking ban on caste discrimination sparks debate

A resolution moved by an upper-caste Hindu official in the Seattle City Council to bring in an ordinance banning caste-based discrimination in the city has generated intense debates among members of the Indian-American community. The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution moved by Council member Kshama…

Londoner who murdered father with champagne bottle jailed

A Londoner man who was found guilty of the murder of his father by smashing a champagne bottle over his head in north London has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Deekan Paul Singh Vig, 54, was convicted following a trial at the Old Bailey last month and was sentenced to…

SNP MPs with south Asian links among contenders to succeed…

Two SNP MPs who have south Asian connections are among the possible contenders to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as the first minister of Scotland.Sturgeon announced her resignation dramatically Wednesday after more than eight eventful years in office, setting off the race for a new leader to deliver on her party's faltering…

Punjabi chef creates culinary roadmap of UK with new cookbook

A Punjabi chef’s new cookbook that creates a culinary roadmap of food from the Indian subcontinent in the UK was released in London on Thursday (16), as a chronicle of recipes that are an ode to the unique twists on South Asian cuisine in the form of dishes like Chicken…