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Rohingya teacher, student killed for refusing to return to Myanmar

GUNMEN in Bangladesh killed a teacher and a student in a Rohingya refugee camp for refusing to return to Myanmar to fight alongside militants, their parents said last Thursday (30). Hundreds of Rohingya boys and young men have been seized from refugee camps in Bangladesh, where they had sought safety…

Priyanka, Alia and many Bollywood celebrities stand in solidarity with…

Prominent Indian celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, and Kareena Kapoor Khan, have shown solidarity with Palestine after an Israeli airstrike on a camp in Rafah killed 45 people. Israel has faced condemnation for the strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah that local health officials said killed at…

Rohingya flee Myanmar amid rising violence

THE United Nations warned last Friday (24) that escalating fights in conflict torn Myanmar’s Rakhine state had forced around 45,000 minority Rohingya to flee, amid allegations of killings and burnings of property. “Thousands of civilians have been displaced in recent days by the fighting in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships,” UN…

I will vote for Trump, says Nikki Haley

Indian-American former presidential hopeful Nikki Haley has said that she will vote for her ex-opponent and boss Donald Trump in the November US election, breaking her silence on the matter since exiting the Republican presidential primary more than two months ago. Haley, 52, however, stopped short of an official endorsement.…

India among embassies owing millions in London congestion charge

Transport for London (TfL) is actively pursuing several foreign embassies, including the High Commission of India in London, for not paying the city's congestion charge spanning two decades. The congestion charge, a daily £15 fee for vehicles within central London, is part of the city's measures to combat pollution. According…

Greek court drops charges in migrant shipwreck case

A GREEK court on Tuesday (21) threw out charges against nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants off Greece last year, ruling it had no jurisdiction over the case as the disaster was in international waters.  Up to 700 migrants from Pakistan, Syria and…

Gaza war: British Asian prosecutor in limelight

THE British Asian lawyer and prosecutor who helped end a US policy against the International Criminal Court on Monday (20) requested an arrest warrant for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, putting his office back on a collision course with Washington. Karim Khan, who became chief prosecutor of the world's first…

First Muslim mayor for Solihull ‘wants to spread unity’

A councillor who has become Solihull’s first Muslim mayor says she is hoping her appointment will spread unity. Shahin Ashraf, the first person from an ethnic minority group to become mayor of the borough, received overwhelming support from councillors as she was appointed to the position on Tuesday (14). “I…

Sri Lanka persecuted Tamils after war, claims new report

SRI LANKA’S security forces abducted men and women from the ethnic Tamil minority and tortured them in custody long after the end of civil war in the island nation, a human rights group said in a new report. The 26-year civil war between separatist Tamil insurgents and government forces ended…

India, EU pledge joint efforts for Indo-Pacific stability

India and the European Union (EU) have pledged to expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific to tackle shared security challenges and foster peace and stability in the region. This commitment was discussed during a security and defence dialogue held in Delhi on Monday. Co-chaired by Vishvesh Negi from India's defence ministry…

UK engineer and Whirlpool aim to plug the ‘laundry gap’

THE ASIAN founder of a start-up has revealed his ambition to bridge the “global washing divide” as he announced a collaboration with Whirlpool Foundation to help families in low-income and displaced communities. Navjot (also known as Nav) Sawhney is the founder of the Washing Machine Project, which aims to alleviate…

First asylum seeker sent to Rwanda

BRITAIN has sent its first asylum seeker to Rwanda under a voluntary scheme, The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday, saying the unnamed migrant was flown out of the country on Monday (29). The voluntary scheme is separate from a forced deportation programme that Britain is about to embark on in…

Muslim leaders stress unity as Gaza war exposes faultlines among…

WITH overseas conflicts causing divisions between communities, Muslim leaders have urged people to remember Britain’s rich history of allowing the “freedom to practise faith and the appreciation of diversity”. At an event hosted by The Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life (IIFL), panellist Taher Jiwanji, a civil engineer…

Asia still most-disaster hit region during 2023, says UN

ASIA was the world’s most disaster-hit region from climate and weather hazards in 2023, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday (23), with floods and storms the chief cause of casualties and economic losses.  Global temperatures hit record highs last year, and the UN’s weather and climate agency said Asia…

UN calls for justice for Sri Lanka’s Easter bombing victims

THE United Nations last Sunday (21) urged Sri Lanka to bridge its “accountability deficit” and ensure justice as the country commemorated the 279 victims of its worst-ever attack against civilians five years ago.  The UN’s top envoy to the country, Marc-Andre Franche, told a remembrance service in Colombo that there…

Tories probe ‘islamophobic’ tweets allegedly made by local candidate

ANTI-ISLAMIC tweets which appear to have been posted by a Tory local election candidate in Trafford have been taken down along with her profile on X, formerly known as Twitter. The posts and retweets allegedly made by Natalie Shalom who is standing in the Hale ward have come to light…

Women’s bodies have become political battlegrounds: UN

The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday said that women's bodies have become political battlegrounds, putting risk 30 years of progress on sexual and reproductive health for women and girls. Thirty years ago, at a conference in Cairo, 179 countries agreed to put reproductive health at the heart of sustainable development,…

Wine farmers in South Africa ‘fight back’ to adapt to…

At a wine farm in South Africa, dry and uprooted grapevines are piled at the base of a sloping stretch of brown fallow land. Much of the vineyard is undergoing replanting to adapt to climate change, which is expected to bring rarer yet more intense rainfall to this wine-producing region.…

India’s population estimated at 1.44 billion, 24 per cent under…

India's population has reached an estimated 1.44 billion, with 24 per cent of individuals under the age of 14, according to the latest UNFPA report. The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) 2024 State of World Population report, titled "Interwoven Lives, Threads of Hope: Ending Inequalities in Sexual and Reproductive Health…

Nikki Haley joins Hudson Institute think tank

INDIAN AMERICAN politician and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has joined the Hudson Institute, the think tank announced. “Nikki is a proven, effective leader on both foreign and domestic policy,” Hudson president and CEO John P Walters said in a statement. “In an era of worldwide political upheaval, she…

Biden boosts election chest as he woos Haley supporters to…

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is appealing directly to supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who was the last major opponent to Donald Trump before she withdrew from the race last month. “Nikki Haley voters, Donald Trump doesn’t want your vote,” Biden said in a social media…

Sunak praises Muslims as Gaza casts shadow on Eid

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak paid tribute to British Muslims as Eid was celebrated on Tuesday (9) at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In his festive message, the prime minister also said Britain was making efforts to end the conflict in Gaza. Protests have been held for weeks…

India wins big at UN, Jagjit Pavadia re-elected to key…

India secured multiple victories at the United Nations, including the re-election of Jagjit Pavadia to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for her third term. Pavadia's re-election, running from March 2025 to 2030, marked a significant win with the highest number of votes. India also earned seats in other UN…

Obituary: Former Pakistan Cricket chairman and diplomat Shaharyar Khan

Shaharyar Khan, the former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman and esteemed diplomat, passed away at the age of 89 on March 23. A pivotal figure in the restoration of cricket ties with India in the early 2000s, Khan, born in Bhopal, was also a cousin of former India captain Mansur Ali…

Akshaya Patra feted at UN for its four billionth meal

The Akshaya Patra Foundation's historic milestone of serving four billion meals was celebrated at the United Nations headquarters on Tuesday (2). Founded in 2000, this Indian non-profit runs 72 kitchens, and feeds 2.1 million children every day in 24,000 schools. The Permanent Mission of India to the UN hosted a…

India’s opposition parties hold joint protest rally

Indian opposition parties united on Sunday to hold a 'Loktantra Bachao' (save democracy) rally against the arrest of a prominent leader weeks before a national election, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party of rigging the vote and harassing them with large tax demands. "Narendra Modi is trying match-fixing…

Hope people are able to vote freely in India: UN…

A SPOKESPERSON for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he hopes that in India people's "political and civil rights are protected" and everyone can vote freely during the forthcoming general elections that will kick off from April 19. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric made these remarks on Thursday (28) while he was…

India, Pakistan spar at UN over Ayodhya

INDIA has slammed Pakistan after Islamabad's envoy at the United Nations made references to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the Citizenship Amendment Act at the general assembly. Pakistan's Ambassador Munir Akram raised these issues during the plenary meeting on Friday while introducing the resolution ‘Measures to combat Islamophobia', in…

Review decision to revoke citizenship of Shamima Begum, say UN…

A GROUP of United Nations experts last Wednesday (6) urged Britain to repatriate Shamima Begum, who was stripped of her citizenship after leaving the country aged 15 to marry a Daesh (Islamic State group) fighter. Begum, now 24 and living in a refugee camp in northern Syria, lost an appeal…

Haley backers see ‘last shot’ on Super Tuesday

BACKERS of Nikki Haley’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination are pouring money into states that hold early March nominating contests in a bid to keep her candidacy alive, regulatory filings and pro-Haley political operatives said. Those efforts have ramped up in recent days and reflect a growing belief that…

UN raises human rights concerns about Sunak’s Rwanda policy

Britain's new legislation regarding its controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing was criticised by the UN human rights chief, Volker Turk, on Monday (19), for undermining fundamental principles of rights. Turk said the moves to facilitate removals to Rwanda ran contrary to the basic principles of…

US voices concern to Sri Lanka president regarding new social…

The US on Tuesday (13), urged Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the issues raised by a new, strict internet censorship law, which has caused concern and alarmed tech companies. Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), raised the issue during a virtual meeting with…

Arafat Jamal: ‘Book about expulsion was my father’s labour of…

ARAFAT JAMAL, a senior diplomat with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has called on Ugandan Asians not to lose their collective memories or their history. Speaking at the ceremony last week to wind down the India Overseas Trust, he referred to the work done by his late…

Two killed in Bangladesh as fighting rages on Myanmar border:…

At least two people were killed in Bangladesh Monday after mortar shells fired from Myanmar during clashes there landed across the border, as terrified residents reported heavy fighting and medics treated several with gunshot wounds. Parts of Myanmar near the 270-kilometre (167-mile) border with Bangladesh have seen frequent clashes since…

Haley coins new slogan – ‘Make America Normal Again’

REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Tuesday(30) coined a new slogan - Make America Normal Again - ahead of the GOP's South Carolina Primary on February 23. "Our campaign has been flooded with notes and emails from folks across the country who want to make America normal again. They know that…

Sadhguru: Raising human Conscionsness

TODAY, there is much talk about water scarcity and other ecological challenges that humanity is facing. Human beings are at the root of all these issues. If any other species had perpetrated the kind of damage we have done to the planet, we would have found a way to deal…

Pakistan holds emergency security meeting following air strikes with Iran

The prime minister of Pakistan is scheduled to convene an emergency security meeting on Friday (19), bringing together military and intelligence chiefs. This comes in the aftermath of deadly air strikes this week, exchanged between Pakistan and Iran, on militant targets. The rare military actions in the porous border region…

UN, US, UK say Bangladesh polls were ‘not free or…

Though several nations from Asia, Africa, and South America, alongside India, Russia, and China, congratulated Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina on her historic fourth term as prime minister, the United Nations, the US, and the UK voiced their reservations, terming the polls as "not free or fair." Hasina's Awami League (AL) won…

Nicola Thorp welcomes first child with fiancé Nikesh Patel

Former Coronation Street actress and This Morning star Nicola Thorp announced that she has given birth to her first child. The actress, 34, took to her Instagram handle to announce that she and her fiancé Nikesh Patel had welcomed a baby daughter. Nikesh is a British actor best known for…

Afghans deported by Pakistan ‘at risk’

PAKISTAN’S huge deportation drive has forcibly repatriated scores of Afghans awaiting resettlement in the United States, an advocacy group and Afghan applicants said, adding that Pakistani authorities often ignored the US embassy’s letters of protection given to the repatriates. That complicates the efforts of such Afghans, as the US has…

Tony Blair denies link to role in ‘resettlement’ of Gazans

Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair has strongly denied an Israeli media report linking him to talks last week about the resettlement of Palestinians from Gaza in other countries. Channel 12 claimed on Sunday that Blair, who left office in 2007 and was a Middle East envoy charged with building…

2024 commences with fireworks, war, and quakes across the globe

Fireworks illuminated skies worldwide to usher in 2024, yet airstrikes marred the year's earliest hours in Gaza, Israel, and Ukraine. Additionally, a significant earthquake struck Japan, prompting tsunami warnings. Many around the world may wish to shake off high living costs, global tumult and extreme weather in 2024, which heralds…

Study shows stagnation in ending child marriage in India: 1…

In India, one in five girls and approximately one in six boys are married, as per a study published in 'The Lancet Global Health' journal. The research highlights stagnation in the progress aimed at completely eradicating the practice of child marriage in recent years. Between 2016 and 2021, the practice…

The Ugandan Asian Expulsion: Role of the Aga Khan family…

THE year 2022 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Ugandan Asian expulsion which saw the uprooting and resettlement of some 80,000 Ugandan Asians when Idi Amin Dada, the self-styled dictator of Uganda, declared on 4 August 1972 that he had had a dream in which he was enjoined by God…

Indonesia struggles to cope with influx of Rohingyas

SOME of the more than 300 Rohingya refugees who arrived on the western coasts of Indonesia last Sunday (10) were transferred to a temporary shelter during the visit of a UN representative. A group of 135 refugees, mostly women and children, were relocated from a beach in Aceh Besar regency…

Nikki Haley still facing uphill task in taking on Trump

THERE is Trump, there are wannabe Trumps, and then there is Nikki Haley, the sole woman in the Republican presidential field and now on the cusp of consolidating second place after showing there may be another way than simply aping the main man. Former president Donald Trump leads the US…

Al Pacino, Diego Boneta star in ‘Killing Castro’

Actors Al Pacino, Diego Boneta, and Xolo Mariduena will be seen sharing screen space in Killing Castro thriller. KiKi Layne, Alexander Ludwig, Ron Livingston, Kendrick Sampson, Nicole Beharie, Logan Marshall, and Titus Welliver will also feature in Eif Rivera's directorial. Killing Castro, written by Leon Hendrix, Thomas DeGrezia, and Colin…

Parmarth Niketan’s Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati speaks at first ‘Faith Pavilion’…

At the COP28 this week, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati from Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh participated in two, panel discussions focusing on faith’s role in environmental conservation. This year’s COP Climate Summit marked the first-ever establishment of an official "Faith Pavilion" within the high-security blue-zone area, highlighting the pivotal role of faith…

Cleverly arrives in Rwanda to sign new asylum treaty

Home Secretary James Cleverly arrived in Rwanda on Tuesday (5), to finalise a new treaty aimed at deporting asylum seekers to the African nation, following the UK's highest court ruling that declared the previous deportation scheme unlawful. The Rwanda plan is at the centre of the government's strategy to cut…

Anuradha Juju on creating UN COP28 concert theme

Indian-American singer Anuradha Juju Palakurthi says music has always been a powerful tool for social change and with "Chal Phir Sajaayein", the theme song for the upcoming UN COP 28 concert in Dubai, she is trying to draw the world's attention towards the issue of climate change. The musical event,…

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees set sail from Bangladesh

AT LEAST two more boats carrying hundreds of Rohingya refugees set sail from Bangladesh this week, refugees and a monitoring group said, the latest in a wave of migrations that has seen more than 1,000 asylum seekers arrive on Indonesian shores. Bangladesh is home to around one million Rohingya refugees,…

Dia Mirza among 4 Indians in BBC 100 Women list

Four Indian women, including Bollywood actress Dia Mirza, made it to the BBC 100 Women List 2023. BBC released the 11th edition of the list on November 21, 2023. In addition to Mirza, captain of India’s national women’s cricket team Harmanpreet Kaur, National Geographic photographer Arati Kumar-Rao, and Tibetan Buddhist…

Unicef ambassador Beckham encouraged by India’s changes

DAVID BECKHAM, who was in India last week as a global ambassador for the United Nations children’s charity Unicef, has expressed confidence that positive social change is taking place in India, especially as young girls are demanding greater gender equality. The 48-year-old former football star met children at schools in…

Sonam hosts welcome party for David Beckham

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor and her husband Anand Ahuja hosted a lavish welcome party at their Mumbai home for football icon David Beckham. The Wednesday night bash was attended by well-known faces in the entertainment industry including Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput, Shibani Dandekar, Farhan Akhtar, Karisma…

Starmer attempts to put Labour’s stance on Gaza conflict to…

Sir Keir Starmer is making efforts to subject Labour's stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict to a vote, aiming to preserve party unity. The party has introduced a Commons amendment expressing apprehensions about the civilian death toll and advocating for extended pauses in the fighting to aid delivery. However, it aligns…

Working on new Rwanda treaty: Sunak

BRITAIN's government has already been working on a new treaty with Rwanda and could change the country's laws after the Supreme Court ruled that the plan to send migrants there was unlawful, prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday (15). "The government has already been working in advance on a…

Sunak faces pressure to sack Braverman over Met accusation

Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure to dismiss Suella Braverman over her comments about the Metropolitan Police which were made without the approval of the prime minister. Opposition parties are demanding removal of the home secretary as investigations are launched into her article on the pro-Palestine march. Braverman had suggested…

Tory lawmaker fined for racially abusing activist

A British lawmaker who once commanded UN peacekeeping troops in Bosnia was fined after being found guilty of racial abuse. Tory MP Bob Stewart, 74, was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence on Friday (3) and ordered to pay £600 ($743) plus costs after a one-day trial at…

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…

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…

India, EU carry out joint naval drills in Gulf of…

INDIA and the European Union carried out their first joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Guinea this week, reflecting growing maritime security cooperation between the two sides. The exercise took place on Tuesday (24), around three weeks after the EU-India Maritime Security Dialogue in Brussels deliberated on ways to…

UN in fresh appeal for Rohingya aid amid fund crunch

THE United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday (17) urged the international community to keep focus on the plight of the Rohingya refugees amid a funding crunch and the lack of long-term solution for their safe return to Myanmar. Nearly one million Rohingya Muslims fled a military-led crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar…

Pakistan Army backs decision to deport illegal foreigners

PAKISTAN'S powerful army on Tuesday extended its full support to the government's decision to deport all illegal foreigners, including Afghan refugees, from November 1. The caretaker government has set October 31 as the deadline for undocumented immigrants, including around 1.7 million Afghan refugees, to leave the country or risk imprisonment,…

Labour councillor ‘disappointed and alarmed’ at Starmer’s Middle East comments

A FORMER Labour councillor has told Eastern Eye he decided to quit the party over leader Sir Keir Starmer’s “grotesque” comments over the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Gaza-based Hamas fighters broke through Israel’s heavily fortified border on October 7, killing more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians. [caption id="attachment_256205" align="alignleft"…

UK allocates £10m aid for Palestinians affected by conflict

Rishi Sunak announced a humanitarian aid funding of  £10 million on Monday (16) for civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) in response to the escalating Israel-Gaza conflict. During the announcement, he confirmed that six British nationals had lost their lives, and 10 others were still missing in the region.…

Nikki Haley criticises Islamic nations for restricting entry to Gaza…

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley criticised Islamic countries on Sunday (15), for not providing refuge to civilians from Gaza fleeing their homes due to the imminent ground invasion by Israel. She also hit out at former US president Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the incumbent, over the Iranian nuclear deal…

Top court suggests months until it gives Rwanda plan decision

THE Supreme Court said on Wednesday (11) it would be a couple of months before it gives its decision on whether the government could go ahead with its plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. Lawyers for the government have been arguing over three days this week that the court…

Nikki Haley raises £21.2m for her campaign

INDIAN American Republican politician Nikki Haley has raised $11 million (£8.99m) in the third quarter, bringing her total fundraising for her US presidential campaign to $26m (£21.2m), her campaign said on Monday (9). Releasing the latest fundraising figures, the Haley campaign, known as “Nikki Haley for President”, said the amount…

‘India attractive market for condom makers’

GLOBAL contraceptive makers are betting on condom-shy India becoming their biggest growth market, following the blockbuster IPO of a domestic prophylactic maker just weeks after the UN said the country would become the most populous by mid-year. With population decline and ageing societies in major markets such as Europe, Japan…

‘New Akshardham temple will bring communities together’

ONE of the largest Hindu temples in the world was inaugurated at the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Jersey, Robbinsville. Spread over 185 acres, it is said to represent India’s heritage and culture in modern America. Revered saint, His Holiness Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj, led the dedication ceremony of Akshardham…

Manchester Cathedral holds interfaith service, celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings

An interfaith service was held at Manchester Cathedral in celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's 154th Birth Anniversary on October 2, uniting people from diverse backgrounds in the spirit of love, peace, and unity. More than 350 delegates from various faith-based organisations including Afro-Caribbean, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities…

New Jersey Akshardham hosts United Nations delegation

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham hosted a distinguished delegation comprising ambassadors and representatives from the United Nations on October 7, 2023, a gathering that took place in anticipation of the grand dedication ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2023. As part of the week-long celebrations, this significant event brought together leaders from…

Globally SDGs way off-track, India’s progress holds significant impact on…

UNICEF chief Catherine M. Russell has emphasised that globally, two-thirds of child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are off-track, and India's progress is crucial in achieving these goals. In an interview with PTI, Russell highlighted that India's large population and scale make its potential for progress particularly significant on the global…

India’s elderly population to double by 2050: report

India is set to witness a significant demographic shift, as its elderly population is expected to double by 2050, surpassing the number of children in the country, according to a UN report. The number of individuals aged 60 and above in India will surge from 149 million in 2022 to…

Canada’s Aga Khan Museum gets multi-million-dollar donation from Nanji Family…

The Gulshan & Pyarali Gulamali Nanji Family Foundation has recently gifted a multi-million-dollar donation to the Aga Khan Museum which will help expand its global impact on people around the world and deepen their understanding of Muslim arts and cultures. According to the Museum, this significant contribution will enhance onsite…

Blinken urges India’s full cooperation in Canadian investigation

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on India to "cooperate fully" with the ongoing Canadian investigation into the killing of a Khalistani separatist, a senior State Department official said on Friday (29). This statement came a day after external affairs minister S Jaishankar met with the top American…

India’s Jaishankar to meet US secretary Blinken amid diplomatic tensions…

India's external affairs minister, S. Jaishankar, is set to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Thursday (28), amidst the ongoing diplomatic tension between India and Canada following the killing of a Khalistani separatist. Although officials from both sides are tight-lipped about the agenda of the…

Vivek Ramaswamy moves closer to Trump’s politics as other Republican…

During the second 2024 presidential primary debate on Wednesday (27) for the Republican party, the seven participating candidates sought to persuade voters that they could serve as a credible alternative to the frontrunner, Donald Trump, who opted not to attend the event. Here are some key takeaways from the sometimes-disorderly…

MS Swaminathan, Father of India’s Green Revolution, dies at 98

VETERAN agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan passed away in Chennai on Thursday (28). He was 98.Swaminathan is regarded as the Father of India’s Green Revolution, a period which saw the country adopt the modern farming system, including machinery and high-yielding varieties of crops.He headed the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai…

About 70% of premature cancer deaths in 2020 preventable, 30%…

According to new research published in The Lancet Global Health, approximately 70 per cent of the 5.3 million premature cancer-related deaths worldwide in 2020 were preventable, while the remaining 30 per cent were treatable. Of the total deaths, 2.9 million were in men, while 2.3 million were in women, the…

Upcoming election casts shadow as Sunak nears one-year mark in…

Almost a year into his role as prime minister, Rishi Sunak faces a shrinking timeframe to achieve an increasingly challenging endeavour: securing the Conservatives' continuation in power during the upcoming election. He will conclude the party's annual conference with a keynote address next Wednesday, aiming to galvanise the ruling Tories…

Pakistan urges donors to release funds for flood relief

PAKISTAN is striving to get donors to release $10 billion (£8.22bn) in pledges to help it recover from devastating floods by launching rebuilding projects that hinge on the funding, care taker prime minister Anwaar-ul-haq Kakar said last Friday (22). Donors from around the world stepped up after Pakistan was hammered…

India willing to review Canadian evidence in Sikh separatist murder…

India expressed on Tuesday (26), its willingness to review the evidence provided by Canada regarding New Delhi's alleged role in the killing of a Sikh separatist near Vancouver. However, India reiterated its criticism of Ottawa in the matter. Relations between the two countries plunged last week as prime minister Justin…

Braverman to call for changes to UN refugee rules

HOME SECRETARY Suella Braverman will call on Tuesday (26) for governments to consider rewriting global refugee rules so they are "fit for the modern age" and do not deem being gay, or a woman, enough of a reason to qualify for asylum. Addressing the American Enterprise Institute think-tank in Washington,…

Anti-Muslim hate speech incidents increase in India during elections: report

ANTI-MUSLIM hate speech incidents in India averaged more than one a day in the first half of 2023 and were seen most in states with upcoming elections, according to a report by Hindutva Watch, a Washington-based group monitoring attacks on minorities. There were 255 documented incidents of hate speech gatherings…

WHO calls for national hypertension programmes to control BP in…

A recent report by WHO reveals that approximately 4 out of every 5 individuals with hypertension receive inadequate treatment. The report on the dire consequences of hypertension suggests that if countries scaled up treatment coverage, approximately 76 million hypertension-related deaths could be prevented between now and 2050. The improved coverage…

Global contraceptive firms target India’s growing market

GLOBAL contraceptive makers are betting on condom-shy India becoming their biggest growth market, following the blockbuster IPO of a domestic prophylactic maker just weeks after the UN said the country would become the most populous by mid-year. With population decline and aging societies in major markets such as Europe, Japan…

Growth patterns in the first 1,000 days can shape child’s…

Trends of wasting and stunted growth observed during the initial 1,000 days of a child's life can have lasting impacts on their future health and growth, according to studies newly published in Nature journal's Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Collection. The authors of these studies related to SDG…

UN criticises Myanmar at regional meet

HOPES of a return to democracy in juntaruled Myanmar are being crushed by “systematic repression”, United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said last Thursday (7) at a summit in Indonesia with the United States, China and regional leaders. Myanmar has been ravaged by deadly violence since a 2021 military coup ousted…

Retired judges urge G20 leaders to discuss repatriation of Indian…

As India prepares to host the G20 Summit, a group of nine retired judges has reached out to the leaders of G20 nations, urging them to seek a compassionate resolution by repatriating Indian children who have been separated from their parents by state child agencies in Western Europe, the UK,…

Perception of India has changed: Modi

PRIME minister Narendra Modi has said the perception of India has changed as the country prepares to host world leaders at the G20 summit this weekend. In an interview with the Press Trust of India news agency, Modi also called on the United Nations to reform in line with 21st…

New study highlights adverse effects of the cost-of-living crisis on…

British development and relief NGO based in Manchester, Human Appeal, has unveiled new research, shedding light on the substantial contributions of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) individuals to the UK's volunteer community. The research was released on August 28, 2023. This research highlights the adverse effects of the cost-of-living…

James Cleverly raises human rights on China visit

BRITISH foreign secretary James Cleverly said he had raised human rights concerns at "every single one" of his meetings with top Chinese officials, as he made a state visit to Beijing on Wednesday (30). Cleverly, the first UK foreign minister to visit China in five years, held talks with Chinese…

Praful Patel: Pioneer paved the way for Ugandan Asians

PRAFUL PATEL, who has died in Mumbai, aged 84, made a startling claim about the Ugandan Asian crisis in his last interview with Eastern Eye. He revealed that the British government was aware that Idi Amin was planning to expel Uganda’s entire Asian population before the African dictator made his…

‘Anti-lawyer rhetoric risks damaging justice system’

THE government’s recent anti-lawyer rhetoric is not new. It has used this in the past, unfairly describing lawyers as “lefty” and “activist.” This loose language is damaging to the vast majority of lawyers who work hard to uphold the rule of law and act in the best interests of their…

17 dead as Rohingya boat breaks up off Myanmar

AT LEAST 17 people drowned when a boat carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar's Rakhine state broke up at sea this week, rescuers said Thursday (10). Thousands of Rohingya risk their lives each year making perilous sea journeys from camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar to try to reach Muslim-majority Malaysia and…

Fines for employing unauthorised migrants hiked

THE UK government on Sunday (6) announced increased fines for employers and landlords who allow migrants without papers to work for them or rent their properties, as part of measures to deter migrant arrivals. The Conservative government, languishing in the polls ahead of a general election due next year, wants…

UN calls on Bangladesh police to refrain from mass arrests,…

The United Nations on Friday (04) called on Bangladeshi police to refrain from excessive use of force amid recurring violence and mass arrests ahead of general elections. The UN human rights office on Monday lamented the violence that has erupted at opposition rallies in recent months, with police using rubber…

Mystery object found on Australian beach is ‘most likely’ from…

A MYSTERIOUS object that washed up on an Australian beach has been identified as debris from an Indian rocket, officials said Monday. The bulky barnacle-encrusted cylinder was first spotted in mid-July near remote Jurien Bay, a coastal region two hours' drive north of Perth in Western Australia. Amateur sleuths speculated…

Millions in India out of poverty, says official report

AROUND 10 per cent of India’s population or nearly 135 million people, escaped poverty in the five years to March 2021, a government report found on Monday (17). Rural areas saw the strongest fall in poverty, according to the study. It used the United Nations’ Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), based…

Malala condemns Taliban’s reversal of Afghanistan women’s right to education

Nobel Prize-winning education activist Malala Yousafzai has criticised the Taliban for their recent actions that have rolled back women's rights and access to education in Afghanistan, Khaama Press, an online news service dedicated to providing information about Afghanistan reported. She expressed her profound dismay at the "complete reversal" of women’s…

G20 meeting to end without communique as Ukraine war divides…

TWO days of talks between economic and finance policymakers from the Group of 20 nations will wrap up on Tuesday without a joint statement due to differences between major powers over the war in Ukraine, according to Indian officials hosting the meeting. During its presidency of the G20, India is…

UN rights council condemns Koran burnings despite splits

THE UN Human Rights Council voted on Wednesday (12) to condemn recent Koran burning incidents, but many countries declined to back the measure, fearing it encroached too much on free speech. Despite overwhelming condemnation of the Muslim holy book being desecrated, the vote brought more division than unity as Western…

Six Rohingya killed as prosecutor visits Bangladesh camps

SIX Rohingya refugees were killed in Bangladesh relief camp clashes that broke out hours after an International Criminal Court prosecutor visited the settlements to gather testimony, police said last Friday (7). Bangladesh is home to around a million members of the stateless minority, most of whom fled a 2017 military…

UN rights council split after debate called over Koran burnings

THE UN Human Rights Council is heading towards a divisive vote on Wednesday (12) on religious hatred following recent Koran burnings, with some Western nations reluctantly feeling the draft resolution encroaches too far on free speech. Pakistan and other Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries secured an urgent debate at the…

Elephant deaths prompt Sri Lanka to toughen law to tackle…

HEART-WRENCHING images of revered elephants and cattle eating plastic in Sri Lanka have prompted politicians to toughen pollution laws, but sceptical conservationists warn past bans were repeatedly ignored. After an estimated 20 elephant deaths and countless other wild animals perishing due to singleuse plastics in the past decade, officials said…

Fashion brands take the lead in green shipping

FASHION brands are a key driver of demand for green shipping fuels, according to shipping group Maersk, as the sector faces pressure from consumers and regulators to reduce their climate footprint. Retailers ship huge volumes of clothes from production centres in countries such as Bangladesh, China and Vietnam to consumers…

Mary Millben to perform at concluding event of PM Modi’s…

Mary Millben, a prominent African-American Hollywood actress and singer will perform here on Friday at the concluding event for the Official State Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Highly popular in India for her singing of the National Anthem Jan Gana Mana and Om Jai Jagdiseh Hare, Millben, 38, will…

‘Profound grief’ for family of British-Pakistani father and son on…

THE family of the British-Pakistani father and son among the five people who died on the Titanic tourist submersible expressed "profound grief" at their loss Friday (23). Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19, are members of the Dawood dynasty, owners of an industrial empire that is one of…

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…

Father and son on Titanic tourist sub from influential Pakistan…

THE FATHER and son aboard the missing Titanic tourist submersible hail from one of Pakistan's most prominent and wealthiest families, who are known for their philanthropic contributions to the country. Dual British-Pakistani nationals Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19 - who together spent half a million dollars on…

International Yoga Day: Modi’s vision to promote global collaboration

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the visionary behind several initiatives aimed at fostering unity in a fragmented world. However, it is International Yoga Day, being observed on Wednesday (21), that has left an indelible mark globally with its universal acceptance. Modi’s visit to the US will commence in New York,…

Modi’s first US state visit: Top 5 highlights

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to the United States is expected to be 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…

Mary Millben to perform at diaspora event to be attended…

African American singer and actress Mary Millben, known for her moving rendition of ‘Om Jai Jagadish Hare' and ‘Jana Gana Mana', will perform at a diaspora event to be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on June 23. Millben, 41, will also attend the 9th International Day of…

Renowned elephant conservationist to speak at UK parliament on Asian…

Indian/Canadian elephant conservationist Sangita Iyer, in collaboration with Tory MP Henry Smith, is set to address the UK Parliament on Monday (19) regarding the pressing crisis faced by Asian elephants in India. With a focus on their last remaining stronghold, Iyer and Smith aim to engage other Members of Parliament…

Rohingya refugees want to return to Myanmar

Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protested last Thursday (8), demanding to be repatriated to Myanmar, so that they could leave the squalid camps they have lived in since fleeing a brutal military crackdown in their homeland in 2017. More than a million Rohingya have been crammed into…

Russia-Pakistan relations are advanced and based on trust: Lavrov

Russia is keen to expand bilateral ties with Pakistan as the first shipment carrying discounted Russian oil reached Karachi Port last weekend, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov made these remarks in a video message on the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Islamabad,…

Bradford Literature Festival presents ‘Good Innings’ featuring Shashi Tharoor &…

The Bradford Literature Festival will present a special gathering on Sunday (June 25) of the Tharoor siblings, who will reunite from India, California, and London to engage in a profound conversation about their mother's extraordinary life. This exclusive event, called “Good Innings” will take place at Bradford College between 14:00…

UN report says biases against women remain unchanged over past…

There has been no improvement in the data tracking biases against women over the past decade, indicating that societal prejudices remain “deeply imbedded” despite initiatives like MeToo, a UN report said Monday (12). The report, conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), analysed seven biases and found that nearly…

BTS: Seoul landmarks lit up to celebrate K-pop band’s 10th…

Skyscrapers, bridges, and other landmarks in South Korea's capital lit up in purple on Monday as the country begins celebrating the 10th anniversary of K-pop band BTS, whose global popularity is a source of national pride. The lights will provide the backdrop for various social media-driven events marking the 2013…

How Britain is helping India with UN goals

Many childhood memories for me are filled with yearly trips to see family in Bangalore and Mumbai, spending time with relatives and accompanying my mum to go shopping so we could bring back Indian treats to the UK. But the visit I made to India earlier this year was different.…

We cannot believe the mass murderers, Rohingyas tell Myanmar team

A Myanmar government team visited Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh last Thursday (25) as part of a mooted pilot repatriation scheme. Most of the refugees have been stuck in ramshackle camps in southeastern Bangladesh since fleeing a 2017 crackdown by the Myanmar military that is now subject to a United…

Cinema is instrument of social change: Dia Mirza 

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza who is in Abu Dhabi for IIFA 2023 on Saturday discussed the role of cinema and IIFA as a platform in raising awareness and driving action for sustainable development. Dia who is also a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development…

Further UN food aid cuts compound misery of Rohingya refugees…

The United Nations food agency said on Monday (22) that lack of funding has forced it to cut food aid for around one million Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh for the second time in three months. Rations would be cut from $10 (£8.05) per person per month to…

Biden to discuss Ukraine with Modi: White House

US President Joe Biden aims to speak this weekend with Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Ukraine and the "sacrosanct" issue of sovereignty and territorial integrity, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday (20). Lula and Modi are attending a…

Relief as Bangladesh refugees escape fury of Cyclone Mocha

Cyclone Mocha crashed through Myanmar and southeastern Bangladesh last Sunday (14), sparing sprawling refugee camps, but bringing a storm surge to swathes of western Myanmar where communications were largely cut off. Mocha made landfall between Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and Myanmar’s Sittwe packing winds of up to 195 kilometres (120…

UN Report: India dominates maternal and newborn mortality rates

India is among 10 countries that combined account for 60 per cent of global maternal deaths, stillbirths, and newborn deaths, a United Nations report released on Tuesday (9) said. Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia are regions where the largest number of deaths are recorded, the survey said. Global…

Modi to join Macron for France’s national day

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join President Emmanuel Macron in Paris for France's Bastille Day military parade on July 14, the two countries said in a joint statement Friday (5). Following in the footsteps of other world leaders wooed by Macron such as former US president Donald Trump, the…

Architect Yasmeen Lari delivers affordable homes in flood-hit Pakistan

In flood-hit southeastern Pakistan, villagers are trading tents and tarpaulins provided by aid agencies for local materials such as lime, mud and bamboo to build their own low-cost and water-resistant homes as part of a post-disaster recovery rethink. They have been designed by Yasmeen Lari – Pakistan’s first certified female…

Singapore hangs prisoner for smuggling 1 kg of cannabis

Singapore hanged a prisoner on Wednesday (26) after he was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle one kilogram of cannabis. Tangaraju Suppiah was hanged in defiance of a plea by the United Nations Human Rights Office for Singapore to "urgently reconsider" and calls by British tycoon Richard Branson to halt it.…

UN reports South Asia has highest number of child brides

UNICEF estimates on Wednesday (19) show that South Asia has the highest number of child brides globally, with 290 million child brides accounting for 45% of the total, due to increased financial pressures and school closures resulting from COVID-19. The children's Agency of the United Nations has called for more…

India, Uganda discuss cooperation in trade, energy and defence

India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar has called on Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and discussed possible cooperation in the areas of trade, infrastructure, energy and defence. Jaishankar, who arrived in Uganda on Monday (10), met Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura and conveyed to him the personal greetings of prime…

Dia Mirza joins Hollywood actor Edward Norton for UNEP documentary…

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has teamed up with Hollywood star Edward Norton for a documentary series Restore: Films From the Frontiers of Hope for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The actress, who is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP, and the UN Secretary General's Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals, has narrated…

India has ‘significant human rights issues’, states US report

The US state department in its yearly report on human rights practices stated that India had "significant human rights issues" and instances of abuse, which included the targeting of dissidents, journalists, and religious minorities. This report was released almost a year following secretary of state Antony Blinken's statement that the…

Kantara wins praise at UNHCR meet

Indian film Kantara, starring Rishab Shetty in the lead role, was screened at the Pathe Balexert theatre Geneva on March 17. An audience of about 220 people including the UN representatives, Heads of International Organisations from Germany, Brazil, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), ITU (International Telecommunication Union)…

Mayor of Newark signs agreement with non-existent Hindu nation, retracts…

The city of Newark, New Jersey, was hoodwinked for five days in January when Mayor Ras Baraka invited what he thought was a delegation from the Hindu nation of Kailasa to enter into a sister city partnership, according to official confirmation. A signing ceremony took place during which Baraka expressed…

BAPS celebrates International Women’s Day with ‘Save, Sustain & Shine’…

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, based at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, also popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’ in London, observed International Women's Day (IWD) by hosting an inspiring conference on Sunday (12). The organisation's celebration of IWD (celebrated on 8th March every year) demonstrates its ongoing commitment to women…

Taking up Kashmir issue in UN an ‘uphill task’, says…

During a press conference on Friday (10), Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, acknowledged the difficulty of getting the Kashmir issue to the forefront of the United Nations' agenda, calling it an "uphill task." Zardari also stumbled when referring to India, initially describing it as "our friend" before correcting himself…

Lineker row: BBC boss will not step down

TIM DAVIE, the BBC's director general, has said he will not resign after the public broadcaster's sport service was decimated on Saturday (11) by a backlash over Gary Lineker's removal as Match of the Day host. "Everyone wants to resolve the situation calmly," Davie said in an interview with the…

UK announces £5m package for Rohingya refugees

BRITAIN has announced a new £5.26-million humanitarian funding to support Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said £4.26 million out of the package will be distributed through the World Food Programme and the remaining £1m will go through the UNHCR for pressure cookers. London’s gesture…

Art of Living announces venue, dates of World Culture Festival

THE FOURTH World Cultural Festival will be held in Washington DC this fall, organiser Art of Living has announced. Several world leaders and hundreds and thousands of people from across the globe are expected to attend the three-day event from September 29 to October 1 at the historic National Mall.…

Modi invites Italian defence companies under the Make in India…

On Thursday (02), Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni discussed the potential for the co-development and co-production of defense equipment in India. Modi invited Italian defense companies to participate actively in the Make in India initiative. The two leaders welcomed the deepening of defense cooperation between the two…

If Nikki Haley wins, ‘US won’t be world’s ATM’

INDIAN-AMERICAN Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Tuesday (28) made it clear that if she is voted to power in 2024, the US will not be the "world's ATM" and pay "bad guys" like Pakistan hundreds of millions of dollars. In the op-ed in the New York Post, Haley wrote…

“Changes seen in India are amazing,” Danish crown prince on…

Crown Prince of Denmark, Frederik Andre Henrik Christian on Tuesday highlighted India's progress towards a greener future and said, "Changes seen in India are amazing." Speaking at India-Denmark: Partners for green and sustainable progress conference, he said, "Changes seen in India are amazing. Despite the changes people had gone through,…

Two Pakistan men among three arrested over boat tragedy off…

ITALY arrested three men who they believe trafficked up to 200 people aboard a wooden boat that smashed apart on rocks off southern Italy last Sunday (26), killing at least 64 people, police said on Tuesday (28). Lieutenant colonel Alberto Lippolis said a Turkish man and two Pakistani nationals had…

Islamabad fears two dozen Pakistanis drowned off Italian coast

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday (27) said more than two dozen Pakistanis were believed to be among 59 people who drowned when a boat carrying migrants to Europe crashed against rocks near the southern Italian coast. At least 81 people survived last Sunday's (26) accident, with 20 hospitalised…

Legal age rises to 18 in England and Wales to…

A NEW law raising the legal age for marriage in England and Wales to 18 years came into force on Monday (27), aimed at protecting vulnerable young people from being forced into weddings against their will. Until now, those aged 16 or 17 could get married with parental consent as…

‘A strong America doesn’t pay off the bad guys’: Nikki…

INDIAN-AMERICAN Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley has vowed to cut foreign aid for countries like China, Pakistan and Iraq which “hate” America, if she is voted to power. The 51-year-old two-term governor of South Carolina and the former US ambassador to the United Nations formally launched her 2024 presidential bid…

Haley should not be criticised or praised for her gender…

INDIAN-AMERICAN Bobby Jindal, the former governor of Louisiana state, came out in defence of White House hopeful Nikki Haley, saying she should not be criticised or praised for her gender or ethnicity. Jindal was the first Indian-American to have entered the race for US presidency in 2016. He dropped out…

India’s G20 presidency comes at ‘incredibly important time’: UK

INDIA'S G20 presidency comes at an “incredibly important time” when the world confronts challenges like the Ukraine conflict, global food supply disruptions and China's increasingly assertive actions on the world stage, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has said. He also announced that he will travel to New Delhi next week…

Ukraine war 1st anniversary: India abstains from UN vote, asks…

India on Thursday (23) abstained in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a resolution that underscored the need to secure “comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in war-ravaged Ukraine, as it questioned whether the world was “anywhere near a possible solution” acceptable to both Moscow and Kyiv a year into…

Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy announces US presidential bid

INDIAN-AMERICAN tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has launched his 2024 presidential bid, becoming the second community member to enter the Republican Party's presidential primary after Nikki Haley. Ramaswamy, 37, whose parents migrated to the US from Kerala and worked at a General Electric plant in Ohio, announced his presidential bid on…

‘As a brown girl, I saw the promise of America…

Republican leader Nikki Haley has said that as a "brown girl" growing up in a black-and-white world, she saw the "promise of America" unfold before her, as she proudly flaunted her Indian heritage in her first public appearance as a White House hopeful. Haley, 51, is the two-term Governor of…

FS Kwatra calls on PM Hasina, reaffirms India’s support for…

Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra on Wednesday (15) called on Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina during which he reaffirmed India’s support for wider and deeper development and economic partnership with her country. Kwatra arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday (14) evening from Kathmandu, Nepal, on a two-day visit. “Foreign Secretary @AmbVMKwatra paid…

Nikki Haley takes on Donald Trump for 2024 US Republican…

Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday (14) kicked off her campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, a tough challenge as her former boss Donald Trump holds a strong lead in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. "I'm Nikki Haley and I'm running for president," Haley said in…

Health justice lawyer Priti Krishtel, 4 other US experts named…

Health justice lawyer Priti Krishtel was named along with four other US-based experts last week to the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health. The three-year commission, the secretariat of which is based out of the O'Neill Institute at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, includes almost 20…

Narendra Modi emerges most popular global leader with approval rating…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pegged as the world's most popular leader with an approval rating of 78 per cent as per a survey by a US-based consulting firm 'Morning Consult.'As per the rating PM Modi's ratings trump those of other leaders including US President Joe Biden, French President…

Consumption of ultra-processed food linked to Cancer

According to an observational study done by Imperial College London, a higher intake of ultra-processed foods may be associated with an increased risk of getting and dying from cancer.Researchers at Imperial's School of Public Health have produced the most thorough assessment of the link between ultra-processed meals and cancer risk…

Indian police arrest 1,800 men in crackdown on underage marriage

Police in Assam has arrested more than 1,800 men for marrying or arranging marriages to underage girls, launching what the eastern Indian state's chief minister said on Friday was the start of a sustained crackdown on the practice. Police began the arrests on Thursday night, and more were likely, including…

Nikki Haley planning to launch for 2024 White House bid…

Haley, 51, is the two-term Governor of South Carolina and the former US Ambassador to the United Nations. When she enters the race, Haley will be the first contender to join the contest against her former boss, who is currently the sole Republican seeking his party's 2024 nomination. Trump, 76,…

UN designates ISIL in South-East Asia as global terrorist organisation

The dreaded terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in South-East Asia (ISIL-SEA) has been designated as a global terrorist organisation by the United Nations Security Council. The Security Council's 1267 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee added the Islamic State in Iraq and…

Racism ‘systemic’ in Britain: UN experts

Racism is "structural, institutional and systemic" in Britain, a group of United Nations experts concluded on Friday, warning that people of African descent were witnessing the "erosion of their fundamental rights". Public spending cuts have exacerbated racial discrimination and intolerance, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African…

India invites Pakistan’s foreign minister for May meeting – reports

India has invited Pakistan's foreign minister to a meeting of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) that it is hosting in May, Indian media reported on Wednesday, signalling a possible thaw in relations between the nuclear-armed rivals. The invitation came days after Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif called for talks with…

‘Strong trade deal with India could boost UK economy by…

The Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Lord Tariq Ahmad said that a strong trade deal with India could boost the economy by billions of pounds over the long term. "A strong trade…

Sikh Army officer Preet Chandi sets new polar expedition world…

A British Sikh Army officer and physiotherapist has set a new world record for the longest solo, unsupported, and unassisted polar expedition by a woman. Captain Harpreet Chandi, known as Polar Preet having already completed a trekking challenge to become the first Indian-origin woman to set the record of a…

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

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

Indian Americans celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr

The Indian-American community, including Vice President Kamala Harris, celebrated the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, asserting that the country must continue to fight for the freedom to vote and freedom for all. King, a champion of civil rights for Blacks, was born on January 15, 1929,…

UK pledges extra support to help Pakistan rebuild after 2022…

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

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

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

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

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

‘I count on India’s participation in peace formula implementation’: Zelenskyy…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought India's help in the implementation of a peace formula with Russia. "I had a phone call with PM Modi & wished him a successful G20 presidency. It was on this platform that I announced…

Afghan women banned from university ‘for not following dress code’:…

Taliban-appointed Education Minister in Afghanistan on Thursday said Afghan women were banned from university 'for not following dress code' which has sparked a global backlash. The continuation of co-education and lack of observation of hijab by students were among the reason cited by Taliban minister Neda Mohammad Nadim for banning…

Female students turned away from Afghan universities after Taliban ban

Female university students in Afghanistan have turned away from campuses on Wednesday after the Taliban-run administration said women would be suspended from tertiary education. The decision to bar women was announced on Tuesday evening in a letter to universities from the higher education ministry, drawing condemnation from foreign governments and…

Tributes pour in as Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centennial birth anniversary…

The centennial birth anniversary of His Holiness (HH) Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016) was observed at a special commemorative event in the UK parliament on Monday (19). The occasion saw the presence of a number of dignitaries, including the virtual presence of prime minister Rishi Sunak. At the centennial celebration, special…

Bhutto’s comments reflect pain of losing to India in ’71…

The BJP on Friday slammed Pakistan’s Bilawal Bhutto for his objectionable comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the foreign affairs minister of the neighbouring country represents a “morally, intellectually and financially bankrupt” nation which has no credibility due to its support to terrorism. Union minister Anurag Thakur said Bhutto’s…

James Cleverly reiterates backing for India UNSC seat, praises PM…

The UK wants India to be among the new permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, alongside Brazil, Japan, Germany and African representation, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Monday. In his first major foreign policy speech since taking charge in the Rishi Sunak-led government, Cleverly praised Prime…

Health for all: disease elimination on a warming planet

On 12 December 2012, the UN General Assembly unanimously endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care. To recognise this historic resolution, the world celebrates UHC Day every year on 12…

World Sindhi Congress thanks UK for sanctions on Pak cleric…

World Sindhi Congress (WSC) thanked the government of the UK for putting sanctions on Mian Mithu, who has been involved with the forced conversions of Sindhi Hindu girls in Sindh. An influential cleric and a Pakistani politician, Mian Mithu was accused of forced conversions and is among the list of…

Taliban defends public execution, says it’s Afghanistan’s ‘internal matters’

Following criticism over the public execution of a man, the Taliban on Thursday defended its actions. The Taliban on Thursday termed the international criticism over its public execution "reprehensible" and "interference" in Afghanistan's internal matters, Voice of America (VOA) News reported. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said that…

Asian People’s Disability Alliance holds special event to mark UN…

More than 60 people took part in the celebration organised by Asian People's Disability Alliance (APDA) to mark the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who passed away in September, at its Harlesden Day Care and Development Resource…

UN criticises ‘factual errors’ in asylum report backed by Suella…

The United Nations refugee agency has criticised a centre-right think tank’s hardline report supported by Home Secretary Suella Braverman that proposed permanent detention of asylum seekers entering the UK illegally. The Centre for Policy Studies paper with the home secretary’s foreword called for barring migrants arriving in Britain illegally from…

Taliban’s treatment of women may be a crime against humanity:…

The Taliban's treatment of Afghan women and girls, including their exclusion from parks and gyms as well as schools and universities, may amount to a crime against humanity, a group of U.N. experts said on Friday. The assessment by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan Richard Bennett and nine other…

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

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

UK backs India’s case for permanent UN Security Council seat

The United Kingdom has reiterated its support for the creation of new permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil and also called for the expansion of the council in both permanent and non-permanent categories. Addressing the UNSC's annual debate on Security Council…

World crossing 8 billion population must be seen as opportunity…

The global population reaching eight billion should be seen as an opportunity with people as creators of resources, experts said on Tuesday (15) but stressed that focus should be on equity and equality as well as caring for the aging populace. The world population touched eight billion on Tuesday and…

Bollywood singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan to receive honorary doctorate from Birmingham…

Noted Bollywood singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan, who is a member of the celebrated Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy songwriting trio, has been chosen to receive honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU) for his outstanding contribution to music and the arts. West Midlands Mayor Andy Street made the announcement on behalf of the…

India-based hacking gang targeted Qatar World Cup critics: Report

An India-based computer hacking gang targeted critics of the Qatar World Cup, an investigation by British journalists said on Sunday, as the Qatari government furiously denied it had played any part in commissioning the eavesdropping. A database leaked to Britain's Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed the…

‘Live up to your climate promises,’ Sunak will say at…

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will on Monday use a speech at the United Nations climate summit in Egypt to tell world leaders to deliver on their promises to tackle global warming. Sunak, who became prime minister late last month, had initially said he would be too busy coming up…

India says working ‘sincerely’ with UK on free trade agreement

India on Thursday said it is working “sincerely” with the UK for finalisation of the proposed free trade agreement, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Rishi Sunak agreed on the “early conclusion” of the deal. “Both sides are working sincerely on the free trade agreement,” External…

Sunak reverses decision on COP27, says will attend climate summit

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday (2) that he will attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt next week, reversing his previous decision to skip the meeting in Sharm El Sheikh to focus on domestic issues and the economic crisis in the UK. Sunak took to Twitter to…

Pakistan out of FATF grey list after four years

Pakistan is out of Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) 'grey list' with the global watchdog stating that Islamabad would continue to work with the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering to further improve its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) system. FATF said it welcomes Pakistan's significant progress in improving its…

From market chaos to ministerial exits, UK leader Truss’s time…

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is fighting for her political survival after only six weeks in the job. Below is a timeline: SEPT. 5 - TRUSS WINS LEADERSHIP CONTEST Truss is elected Conservative Party leader by the party's membership, winning 57% of the vote to succeed Boris Johnson. SEPT. 6…

‘Emphasize what PM Modi said, not an era of war’:…

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday (local time) emphasized the remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand, and said that he "could not agree more" with PM Modi's advice. On the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand on September 16,…

Religion at its core is meant to connect us God,…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh and Co-President, Religions for Peace was an esteemed speaker at the historic International Conference on Cohesive Societies from September 06 - 08 in Singapore. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, the Government of…

Suella Braverman vows full force of law against Leicester ‘thuggery’

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has met with local police officers and Hindu and Muslim community leaders in Leicester and assured them that thugs behind recent violent clashes would face the full force of the law. During a visit to the eastern England city on Thursday, the Indian-origin Cabinet minister…

Never seen anything like this, says Angelina Jolie after meeting…

Hollywood star and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has said the flood disaster in Pakistan should be a "wake-up call" for the world regarding climate change, calling for more international aid after meeting with victims. Pakistan has been lashed by unprecedented monsoon downpours that flooded a third of the country -- an…

Six reported killed as Iran protests spread over woman’s death

Protests have spread across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini after the young woman was arrested by the morality police, as a rights group said Wednesday (20) two more protesters were killed overnight, raising the toll to six. Public anger has flared since Iranian authorities on Friday announced the…

Nikki Haley blasts ‘racist’ talk show host for claiming she…

Indian American politician and diplomat Nikki Haley has called TV host Sunny Hostin a 'racist' for claiming that the former hides her Indian name to appease Republican voters, media reports said. Slamming the former governor of South Carolina as a “chameleon" on Tuesday’s (20) episode of The View talk show,…

PM Narendra Modi was right, time is not for war:…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was right when he said that the time is not for war, France President Emmanuel Macron said at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. "Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India was right when he said the time…

Eleven schoolchildren killed in Myanmar air strike: UNICEF

At least 11 schoolchildren died in an air strike and firing on a Myanmar village, according to the United Nations children's agency, an attack the country's junta said targeted rebels hiding in the area. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday condemned the strike, according to his office, which stated at…

Priyanka Chopra shares pictures from her first trip with daughter…

Global icon Priyanka Chopra, on Tuesday, shared pictures from her first trip with her daughter Malti Marie to New York. Taking to Instagram, the 'Don' actor shared a couple of pictures which she captioned, "Our first trip to the big apple." In the first picture, Priyanka could be seen seated…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas at United Nations SDG Moment: Global solidarity…

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said “all is not well with our world”. With just under eight years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas said "a just, safe and healthy world" is the right of every individual which can become a reality with global solidarity.…

Queen’s funeral: King Charles III thanks Bangladesh PM Hasina for…

King Charles III, the new British monarch who has succeeded Queen Elizabeth II after her death, on Saturday (17) dialed Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka to express gratitude to her for personally attending his mother's funeral in London on Monday (19). The King also thanked the president of…

Sri Lanka president says government won’t oppose Bill to decriminalise…

Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday (11) said that the government will not oppose the private member's Bill presented to parliament to decriminalise homosexuality, however, the Bill will require the support of individual members of parliament. "We are for it, but you have to get the support of individual…

Queen Elizabeth’s death: Reaction from politicians and officials

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. Here is some reaction to the news: U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES "As the United Kingdom's longest-lived and longest-reigning Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II was widely admired for her…

Preet Kaur Gill MP urges to urgently increase flood aid…

Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill has urged the UK government to increase aid to Pakistan following unprecedented flooding which has left thousands dead. "It was a matter of huge concern that the government has only pledged £1.5m in financial assistance to Pakistan in response to the immediate humanitarian crisis. I…

Dr S Jaishankar appreciates BAPS Hindu Mandir: ‘Symbol of peace,…

On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, India's external affairs minister Dr S. Jaishankar visited the BAPS Hindu Mandir site in Abu Dhabi. He was accompanied by an esteemed delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, including the Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador Sanjay Sudhir, Joint…

Death toll from Pakistan floods reaches near 1,200

The death toll from floods in Pakistan has reached near 1,200 as 19 more people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. At least 1,186 people have died since June 14 from the rains and floods, Geo News report citing National Disaster Management Authority's (NDMA's) statement. According to the…

Myanmar junta sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to jail for…

Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday was sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour after a court found her guilty of electoral fraud. Zabuthiri Township judge Maung Maung Khin handed down the sentence at a junta-controlled closed court in the Naypyitaw Detention Centre, News Agency,…

Daniel Craig calls for an end of ‘barbaric’ cluster bombs…

Former James Bond actor Daniel Craig has called for an end of the use of cluster bombs and ammunitions worldwide, specifically referencing the use of the weapons in Ukraine. Cluster bombs release a series of smaller explosions, posing risks to civilians. They can be costly to locate and remove. The…

Vikram Doraiswami appointed India’s High Commissioner to the UK

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

UK pushes ahead with Rwanda migrant scheme as small boats…

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

Is Pakistan going the Sri Lanka way?

Seventy-five years of the independent polity have been tumultuous and turbulent for the state of Pakistan. Oscillating between military rule and civilian governments, the country to date has failed to witness even one complete five-year tenure of any of its Prime Ministers. This offbeat political tug of war has raised…

UK court rules to end 12-year-old Archie Battersbee’s life support

A UK court on Monday ruled to end life support for a 12-year-old boy despite opposition from his parents and a last-minute intervention by the United Nations. The Court of Appeal in London decided doctors can switch off life support for Archie Battersbee from 12 pm (1100 GMT) on Tuesday.…

Taliban not to accept international favours if ‘against Islam’

Taliban on Sunday said that it is ready for engagement with the international community, but if "they are against Islam, are not acceptable." "We just follow Allah, Prophet Mohammad, the Caliph of Rashidun and Companions in implementation of our law. We don't accept anything from anyone which is against Islam,"…

Criminal complaint filed against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Singapore for ‘war…

A South Africa-based rights group has submitted a criminal complaint to the Attorney General of Singapore requesting the arrest of former Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for alleged war crimes. Lawyers from the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) submitted a 63-page complaint that argues that Rajapaksa committed grave breaches…

Sanjay and Raakhi: All you need to know about Rishi…

TORY leadership battle is heating up and Rishi Sunak remains a strong contestant in the race for the top job in the country. Sunak, 42, is just one step away to become the first prime minister of Indian origin in the UK. According to a report in the MailOnline, his…

Fire engulfs homes near London as temperatures hit record 40C

BRITAIN recorded its highest ever temperature of 40C (104F) on Tuesday (19) as a heatwave gripping Europe intensified, forcing train tracks to buckle and fuelling a spate of fires across London. The Met Office said the provisional record, which still needs to be confirmed, was recorded at 12.50 pm (1150…

Prince Harry shares the moment he realised Meghan was ‘soulmate’

Prince Harry is in New York to deliver a keynote speech at the United Nations headquarters on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day on Monday. In his speech, he revealed that he realised Meghan Markle was his "soulmate" during one of their trips to Africa. According to Page Six,…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: India’s global superstar

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

Global voices respond to UN population projections

THE United Nations (UN) World Population Prospects report released on the occasion of the World Population Day on Monday (11) projects a further two-and-a-half billion people to be added to the global population. The world population is projected to peak 10.4 billion in the 2080s. The population of the world…

UK hosts International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or…

THE UK government is hosting the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) on July 5 and 6 in London. The conference brings together faith and belief leaders, governments, parliamentarians, and civil society organisations from 100 countries to take global action to promote freedom of religion or…

‘In April, the Taliban killed a midwife, amputating her legs,…

Amid the plummeting humanitarian and economic conditions, women and girls in Afghanistan are being deprived of their most basic human rights -- employment and education, speakers told the Security Council on Thursday, as they examined the restrictive policies of the Taliban who took control of that country in August last…

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

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

Ruchira Kamboj appointed as India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations

India's envoy to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer on Tuesday appointed as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Kamboj will succeed TS Tirumurti as the Indian ambassador to the UN. "Ms. Ruchira Kamboj (IFS: 1987), presently Ambassador of India to Bhutan,…

Today yoga is becoming a mutual basis for global cooperation:…

ON the occasion of International Day of Yoga, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (21) said that yoga is becoming a way of life and has become a source of inspiration for health, balance and cooperation. The Prime Minister remarked that India is celebrating Yoga Day at a time when…

There can’t be ‘double standards’ on ‘religiophobia’: India at UN

There cannot be 'double standards' on 'relegiophobia' and combating the issue should not be a "selective exercise" involving only one or two religions but apply equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions, India said at the United Nations.Addressing the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti said, "As we have emphasized, combating religiophobia should…

No fixed date for when UK will send first migrants…

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

EXCLUSIVE: Fight to save Commonwealth

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

UK confident it can overturn legal ban on Rwanda plan

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

‘Nearly half Sri Lankan kids need aid’: UNICEF appeals for…

The debilitating crisis in Sri Lanka has left nearly half of the children in the country in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The UN has launched an appeal to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable population within the next four…

Britain, U.N. official condemn Donbas death sentences against British soldiers

Britain on Friday condemned Russian proxy authorities in Donbas for what it called an "egregious breach" of the Geneva convention in sentencing to death two British nationals captured in the separatist region while fighting for Ukraine.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said he was talking to Ukraine rather than Russia about…

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

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

Britain says talking to Ukraine, not Russia, about jailed soldiers

Britain is prioritising talking to Ukraine rather than Russia on the situation of two jailed British men who have been sentenced to death in one of Russia's proxies in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Friday. Two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for…

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

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

India among top 10 global economies for FDI in 2021…

The United Nations on Thursday said foreign direct investment (FDI) in India declined by $19 billion to $45 billion in 2021. However, despite this, the country remains in the top 10 global economies in terms of FDI. According to the World Investment Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade…

Developing countries need much longer beyond 2050 to reach Net-Zero…

On the occasion of World Environment Day, India on Tuesday asserted that developing countries need to be given an additional time frame beyond 2050 to reach net-zero emissions and for this developed nations should do a net-negative by the middle of the century and vacate the carbon space for developing…

Pledge to end violence against women at Pujya Swami Chidanand…

A NUMBER of distinguished guests came together at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh in the northern Indian state if Uttarakhand on Tuesday (7) – the fifth day of the week-long celebrations that are underway in the honour of the 70th birth anniversary of His Holiness (HH) Pujya Swami Chidanand…

Amid looming food shortage, Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructs…

SRI LANKAN president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to stockpile adequate essentials and warned against organised efforts of traders from creating an artificial scarcity amidst an impending food shortage facing the island nation in the next three months, media reports said on Friday (3). Sri Lanka is going through the…

India cautions over ‘heightened’ threat of misuse of biological agents…

India has cautioned over the “heightened” threat of misuse of biological agents and chemicals as weapons against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on the international community to address the rapid evolution of proliferation risks. It said new and emerging technologies may increase the risk of Weapons of…

UK Tamils seek justice for civil war victims

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

Adani in £8.58 billion deal for Holcim India cement business

INDIAN billionaire Gautam Adani struck a $10.5 billion (£8.58 bn) deal to buy Swiss cement giant Holcim's local business, the companies said, betting on a construction boom predicted in coming decades.In his biggest acquisition to date, the deal will give coal-to-ports magnate Adani - who vies with fellow Indian Mukesh…

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

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

France and India call for immediate end to Ukraine hostilities

INDIA and France on Wednesday (4) called for "an immediate cessation of hostilities" in Ukraine, with prime minister Narendra Modi again stopping short of condemning Russia's invasion of its neighbour. India, which imports much of its military hardware from Russia, has long walked a diplomatic tightrope between the West and…

Johnson thrilled with posters

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

UK asylum reform bill set to become law

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

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

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

UK-India free-trade deal likely by Diwali this year

BRITAIN and India agreed on Friday (22) to step up defence and business cooperation during a visit to New Delhi by Boris Johnson, who said a bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October. On his first visit to the Indian capital as UK prime minister, Johnson discussed with…

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

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

Johnson backs decision to send migrants to Rwanda despite outcry…

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

India immensely dependent on Russia for defence, fertiliser: US diplomat

INDIA'S dependence on Russia for major defence equipment and other items like fertiliser is immense, a top American diplomat said.US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman, during her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, dwelt on India's position on Russia and its repeated abstention from the United Nations on…

India abstains from UN vote to suspend Russia from Rights…

RUSSIA was suspended from the UN Human Rights Council after the 193-member General Assembly on Thursday (7) voted to adopt a resolution moved by the US while India abstained.The resolution titled ‘Suspension of the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council' was adopted with 93…

India ‘trying to stabilise economic transactions with Russia’

INDIA'S foreign minister said on Wednesday (6) the government is working to stabilise economic transactions with Russia, a day after New Delhi condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine and called for an independent probe.S Jaishankar told lawmakers in Parliament that Russia continues to be a critical economic partner and…

India condemns killings in Ukraine’s Bucha in apparent hardening of…

India on Tuesday condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine's Bucha and called for an independent investigation, having earlier declined to explicitly criticise the invasion of Ukraine by its long-time partner Russia. A Ukrainian human rights ombudswoman said on Tuesday that between 150 and 300 bodies may be in a…

Law set to end child marriage in England and Wales

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

US denies role in Pakistan’s politics

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

Infosys plays down Russia ties

INDIA's Infosys played down its business ties in Russia after British chancellor Rishi Sunak came under fire over his wife's stake in the IT giant. Infosys, with a market value of some $100 billion, was co-founded by Sunak's father-in-law NR Narayana Murthy. His daughter Akshata Murty, Sunak's wife, owns a…

Mass rally in London in solidarity with Ukraine

THOUSANDS of people rallied in the UK capital in solidarity with Ukraine following Russia's invasion, as London's mayor stepped up criticism of the government's response to the refugee crisis. Following a call from the mayor Sadiq Khan for a demonstration of "solidarity with Ukraine", crowds marched through the city centre…

US: India’s stand on Ukraine war ‘unsatisfactory’ but ‘not surprising’

A SENIOR White House (USA) official said on Friday (25) India's position at the United Nations over the crisis in Ukraine has been "unsatisfactory" but was also unsurprising given its historical relationship with Russia.Mira Rapp-Hooper, director for the Indo-Pacific on the White House National Security Council, told an online forum…

India abstains from UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine

INDIA on Thursday (24) abstained in the UN General Assembly on a resolution by Ukraine and its allies on the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn eastern European country.India said the focus should be on cessation of hostilities and on urgent humanitarian assistance and the draft did not fully reflect New…

Next round of UK-India trade talks in April amid Ukraine…

THE THIRD round of the ongoing India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations will be hosted by India next month, Britain's Department for International Trade (DIT) said on Thursday (24).A joint “outcome statement” released by the DIT confirmed that a draft treaty text of chapters that will make up the new…

Imran Khan faces toughest challenge to his rule in four…

FOREIGN ministers of Muslim nations began meeting in Pakistan on Tuesday (22) as the country's leader trumpets his Islamic credentials while at the same time battling the most serious challenge to his rule in four years.The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is meeting in Islamabad with an ambitious agenda that…

Sadhguru sets off on 30,000-km Save Soil road trip from…

LONDON'S Parliament Square was the flag-off point for Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru's 30,000-km motorbike tour on Monday (21), as he set off on his Save Soil awareness campaign across Europe and the Middle East en route to India.The yoga guru, 64, donned his biking gear for the 100-day tour, which…

UK trade minister says ‘very disappointed’ with India’s stance on…

BRITAIN is very disappointed with India's stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said ahead of the conclusion of the second round of trade talks. India has avoided condemning Russian actions since it invaded Ukraine three weeks ago, to the frustration of allies including the US, and…

India ‘considers’ buying discounted Russian oil

INDIA is considering taking up a Russian offer to buy its crude oil and other commodities at discounted prices with payment via a rupee-rouble transaction, two Indian officials said, amid tough Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.India, which imports 80 per cent of its oil needs, usually…

US congressional hearing questions India’s UN vote on Ukraine issue

US lawmakers have questioned India's UN vote on the Ukraine issue during a Congressional hearing on the Indo-Pacific on Wednesday (9). India, a non-permanent member of the powerful United Nations Security Council for a two-year term ending December this year, has repeatedly abstained on resolutions against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.…

Imran Khan slams Western envoys’ letter on Russia

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

India’s largest bank stops transactions of Russian entities under sanctions

STATE BANK OF INDIA (SBI) has stopped processing transactions of Russian entities sanctioned by the West over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, sources said.India’s largest lender has issued a circular as it fears that any transaction with entities or sectors under sanction will invite sanction on it as well, the sources…

Condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion, urges India’s opposition

INDIA's opposition on Wednesday (2) stepped up pressure on the government to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a day after an Indian student died during shelling in the eastern city of Kharkiv. India is yet to criticise long-standing arms supplier Russia publicly, instead urging both sides to cease hostilities,…

Biden: US-India talks on Russia ‘unresolved’

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden said Washington is in unresolved "consultations" with India over Ukraine. He was asked on Thursday (24) if Washington and Delhi were "fully in sync" over Russia's attack on Ukraine ahead of an expected UN Security Council vote. Biden did not elaborate, but his short response to a question…

UN experts slam online attacks on Indian journalist

UN rights experts have called for an end to "misogynistic and sectarian" online attacks against a female Muslim Indian journalist, asking the authorities to investigate the harassment. Rana Ayyub, a fierce critic of prime minister Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist government of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been…

Air India wins nod to appeal against seizure ruling in…

AIR INDIA has won a nod of an appeals court in Quebec to challenge a Canadian court order that allowed foreign investors in Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia to seize the airline’s funds.Three Mauritius investors and the German major Deutsche Telekom had sought the seizure to recover compensation for a failed 2005…

US sanctions have stopped Bangladesh killings: rights activists

From Russia to North Korea to Zimbabwe, the impact of diplomatic sanctions has long been questioned. But Bangladeshi activists have no doubts: extrajudicial killings have suddenly stopped since punitive US measures were imposed two months ago, they say. Around 2,500 Bangladeshis have allegedly been killed by security forces since prime…

Pakistan court orders golf course shut in rare ruling against…

A golf club belonging to Pakistan's military was closed on Wednesday after a court ruled it encroached on national park land in the capital and breached environment regulations. In a rare ruling against the country's powerful armed forces, judge Athar Minallah said Tuesday that the navy had "illegally" established Margalla…

British Army Captain Harpreet Chandi creates history in Antarctica

BRITISH Army Captain Harpreet Chandi has made history by becoming the first woman of colour to cross Antarctica unsupported. A message from the Sikh officer’s Twitter account said on Monday (3), “#polarpreet has just made #history becoming the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition in Antarctica. She…

UN Security Council condemns Myanmar massacre

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned last week's massacre in Myanmar of more than 30 people, including two Save the Children staff, that was blamed on junta troops. The killings took place on Christmas Eve in eastern Kayah state, where pro-democracy rebels have been fighting the military, which…

Tackling climate change must be a whole government effort: Alok…

BRITISH minister who chaired the Cop26 climate summit has said that tackling the climate crisis must be a whole government effort or risk becoming “just a bunch of meaningless promises”, reported The Guardian.  Alok Sharma has added that all of his colleagues must bear joint responsibility for the UK’s net-zero…

UN envoy ‘deeply concerned’ over Rohingya school closures

The decision by Bangladesh to close schools for Rohingya refugees risks leaving a generation of children "practically uneducated", a United Nations human rights envoy warned on Sunday (19). Authorities this week ordered the closure of "unauthorised" education centres in border camps hosting around 850,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority,…

Daesh has 66 known Indian-origin fighters: US report

There are 66 known Indian-origin fighters affiliated with Daesh (Islamic State), says a US report. IN a report that would leave the Indian security establishment worried, the United States state department has said that there are 66 known Indian-origin fighters affiliated with global terror outfit Daesh as of November. The…

UNESCO adds India’s Durga Puja to ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added Durga Puja, one of India’s major festivals, to its ‘Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ in a first of its kind move in Asia. In a tweet, the world body wrote, “Celebrations of city of joy -…

US threatens new measures against Myanmar junta

The United States is considering new measures to pressure the Myanmar junta to return to a "democratic trajectory", secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, as alarm grows over an escalating crackdown on dissent. Myanmar has been in chaos since February when Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government was…

Bangladesh authorities bulldoze 1,000 Rohingya shops

Bangladesh authorities demolished about 1,000 shops belonging to Rohingya in camps, an official said on Friday (10), with a rights worker saying the move would have a "huge impact" on refugees' livelihoods. About 850,000 Rohingya are packed into 34 camps across the country, most of whom fled a 2017 military…

India seeks to build digital identity systems across world

INDIA is looking to collaborate with foreign countries and international organisations to build digital identity systems across the world, a top official said on Friday (3). Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Saurabh Garg said that the agency is also exploring emerging technology to enhance security and increase the…

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

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

Bangladesh allows relocated Rohingya refugees to visit families

DOZENS of Rohingya refugees sent to a remote and flood-prone Bangladesh island have been allowed to visit their relatives for the first time since their relocations began two years ago. Nearly 20,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority, who fled neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 after a brutal military crackdown, have…

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

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

Climate of change at COP26

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

India criticises fossil fuel language in COP26 draft deal

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

India-led International Solar Alliance signs pact with UN

THE India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed a memorandum of understanding at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Friday (12). They agreed to collaborate and support countries in the implementation of ambitious national climate action in line with global efforts.…

‘India decoupling growth from emissions’

INDIA on Sunday (7) told the UN climate summit in Glasgow that its solar energy capacity was about 45 gigawatts and reiterated that although the country represents 17 per cent of the global population, its historical cumulative emissions are only four per cent of the total. Making a statement on…

British Army’s Sikh female officer sets off for South Pole…

A SIKH officer of the British Army and physiotherapist is on a mission to become the first Indian-origin female to complete a solo, unsupported trek to the South Pole. Captain Harpreet Chandi, known as Polar Preet, will be travelling 700 miles while pulling a pulk or sledge, battling temperatures of…

COP26: US backs India-UK led solar Green Grids Initiative

US has partnered with the UK and India-led Green Grids Initiative of a global energy grid launched by prime minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. At a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Green Grids Initiative – ‘One Sun One World One Grid' (GGI-OSOWOG) earlier…

We’ll lead even if you don’t: Indian schoolgirl to world…

AN INDIAN schoolgirl, whose solar-powered ironing cart project was a finalist of Prince William's inaugural Earthshot Prize, addressed the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 conference in Glasgow with a clarion call for them to act and save the planet. Vinisha Umashankar, 15, from Tamil Nadu, was part of the…

Johnson hails Modi’s net zero climate commitment

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has welcomed Narendra Modi's climate commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions and for half of India's energy to come from renewables by 2030. Delivering India's national statement at the World Leaders' Summit in Glasgow on Monday (1), prime minister Modi for the first time…

Modi to present India’s climate action agenda at COP26

INDIA prime minister will be presenting the formal position on India's climate action agenda and lay out the best practices and achievements in the sector at the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday (1). During the high-profile segment of the World Leaders' Summit, Narendra Modi is scheduled to deliver a…

India administers 1bn Covid jabs; 100 monuments to be lit…

INDIA administered its one billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose on Thursday (21) as it fights its way back from a devastating surge in cases that brought the health system close to collapse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the feat as a "triumph of Indian science", but authorities remain on guard for…

Bangladesh’s ruling party rallies for Hindus after deadly clashes

BANGLADESH'S ruling party rallied on Tuesday (19) in support of the nation's besieged minority Hindus after one of the worst bouts of communal violence in the Muslim-majority nation in over a decade. According to local media, the wave of clashes left at least six people dead and dozens of homes…

Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel concludes Parmarth Niketan Ashram visit

ANANDIBEN Patel, the governor of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday (17) concluded her three-day visit to Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand. The visit coincided with Navratri, the nine-day Hindu festival that celebrates the divine feminine energy. Patel observed Navami and…

Oxford-UNDP poverty index reveals stark inequalities among ethnic groups

DISPARITIES in multidimensional poverty among ethnic groups are consistently high across many countries, a new analysis on global multidimensional poverty has found. In nine ethnic groups more than 90 per cent of the population is trapped in poverty, it added. The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) produced by the United…

Why investing in children’s mental health is important

THE statistical rise in children and young people’s mental health problems is staggering. According to a Royal College of Psychiatrists study, since the pandemic began 18 months ago, the number of children and young people developing mental health issues has risen by 134 per cent compared to last year. Nearly…

India ‘slaps reciprocal travel curbs’ on Britons

BRITONS visiting India this month will have to undergo mandatory quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in retaliation for the UK’s curbs on Indian citizens, a senior government source in New Delhi said on Friday (1). The new rules, which take effect from Monday (4), follow the…

Dr Rukmini Banerji, Professor Eric Hanushek win 2021 Yidan Prize

PRATHAM Education Foundation chief executive Dr Rukmini Banerji and eminent economist Professor Eric A Hanushek have been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize, the world’s highest education accolade, in recognition of their ground-breaking work in addressing a key aspect of education: improving quality of education and outcomes for learners at scale.…

Tata Steel first steelmaker to sign Sea Cargo Charter

TATA Steel has signed the Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) as the world's first steel-manufacturer, re-emphasising that it's committed to sustainable operations and reducing impact on climate. The SCC, which was launched in October 2020, seeks to reduce environmental impacts of global seaborne cargo. It sets up a common, global baseline…

Modi meets Biden; discusses Indo-Pacific, climate and Covid

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Friday (24) described as "outstanding" his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden who said the Indo-US relationship is destined to be "stronger, closer and tighter" as the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including combating Covid-19, climate change, trade and the…

Malala pleads with world to protect Afghan girls’ right to…

NOBEL Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as she left school in 2012, has pleaded with the world not to compromise on the protection of Afghan women's rights following the Taliban takeover. As countries and organisations take the first steps to engage…

Biden hosts India, Australia, Japan for Quad summit

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Friday (24) would look to deepen his bid to strengthen the American leadership of the Indo-Pacific against a rising China by hosting the maiden in-person summit of the regional Quad summit. Biden will be joined by the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia for…

US sending another 2.5 million vaccine doses to Bangladesh

THE United States is shipping another 2.5 million Covid vaccine doses to hard-hit Bangladesh, a White House official said on Thursday (24), after the Biden administration announced a ramping up of global donations. The latest shipment - 2,508,480 Pfizer doses - brings the total of US shots to the country…

Rajapaksa calls for protection of Buddhist heritage in Afghanistan

SRI Lanka has called on the world to safeguard the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan under the Taliban, who provoked outrage by destroying giant Buddha statues when they were in power earlier. "I request the United Nations and the international community to ensure the protection of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan,"…

Massive heroin shipment seized at Indian port

INDIA'S anti-smuggling intelligence officials have seized almost three tonnes of heroin, reportedly worth around £1.9billion, in a major bust at Mundra Port in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Officials told BBC that forensic testing was underway to determine the exact value of the seized drugs. According to one statement,…

BAPS launches educational video to observe Organ Donation Week

ON the occasion of Organ Donation Week that kicked off on Monday (20), BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has launched a new educational video about organ donation and the importance of having a conversation with the family about one’s wish to donate organs. Organ Donation Week is an annual campaign held in…

Bhumi Pednekar invited to speak at Climate Week in New…

Well-known Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar has been invited to speak at the prestigious Climate Week in New York. Apart from being a notable actress in Hindi films, Pednekar is also a climate change advocate who spearheads the hugely successful social media initiative Climate Warrior, which is aimed at raising awareness…

India urges UK to remove fresh vaccine-linked travel curbs

INDIA’S foreign minister on Tuesday (21) urged Britain to remove a rule requiring Indians visiting there to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated. India's Covishield vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by Pune-based Serum Institute, is not recognised by Britain under new rules despite being identical to…

Sri Lankan president discusses reconciliation with Guterres

SRI Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday (20) said he held a “fruitful discussion” with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on ways to jointly promote "reconciliation" in the country as the only way to move towards a prosperous future. Rajapaksa, who is in the US for the United Nations General Assembly…

Pakistan calls for unfreezing of Afghan assets

PAKISTAN has called on world powers to unblock billions of dollars in Afghan assets frozen after the Taliban takeover but said it did not expect recognition of the new government soon. Ahead of talks on Afghanistan at the UN General Assembly, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday…

UK’s COP26 chief says ball in China’s court on making…

THE ball is in China's court when it comes to making the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in November a success, Britain's Alok Sharma, the summit's president, said on Sunday (19). Sharma, who said he had "constructive and very frank discussions" during a visit to China earlier this month,…

Sri Lankan minister resigns after threatening to kill Tamil prisoners

SRI Lanka's minister of state for prisons management Lohan Ratwatte tendered his resignation on Wednesday (15), days after he allegedly threatened to kill Tamil prisoners during his visit to the country's north-central region, a senior official said. Ratwatte's resignation came as pressure mounted on him after Tamil political parties sought…

New York India consulate general honours Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati memoir

THE consulate general of India in New York, the US, recently organised an event to honour 'Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation', the memoir of Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, secretary-general of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Parmarth Niketan Ashram located in Rishikesh in the northern Indian state of…

EXCLUSIVE: “UK destroying Commonwealth family”

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

Biden defends US pullout from Afghanistan as Taliban celebrate

President Joe Biden on Tuesday (31) mounted a fierce defense of his exit from Afghanistan as the "best decision for America," the day after the US military withdrawal celebrated by the Taliban as a major victory. "This is the right decision. A wise decision. And the best decision for America,"…

Britain criticised for ‘haphazard and chaotic’ Afghan exit

THE UK government on Sunday (29) faced criticism after its hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan ended, leaving hundreds eligible for relocation behind. Prime minister Boris Johnson hailed a mission "unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes" after the UK airlifted over 15,000 people in the last two weeks. Troops landed…

More people cross Pakistan border as crisis deepens in Afghanistan

THE number of Afghans crossing over to Pakistan has soared since the twin suicide bombings in Kabul on Thursday (26), despite Islamabad’s position that it won’t accept any refugees from its western neighbour. Some 6,000 Afghans would normally move across the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing and the number went up…

What is the Daesh threat in Afghanistan?

The carnage from twin suicide bombings at Kabul airport will fuel fears that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan could prove an increasingly powerful magnet for terror groups like Daesh (Islamic State). The bombings, claimed by the regionally based Islamic State-Khorosan or IS-K, killed scores of people including 13 US soldiers, and were…

Imran Khan calls for positive engagement with Afghanistan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and asked the international community for positive engagement with Kabul. Khan made the comments during his meeting with the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, in Islamabad on…

Exclusive: Afghanistan ‘will become terror base’

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

‘Afghan authorities’ told to control Pakistan Taliban: Islamabad

PAKISTAN on Monday (23) said the Afghan Taliban have assured that they would not allow their soil to be used against Islamabad by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, amidst reports that several hardcore terrorists have been released in Afghanistan after the insurgents seized Kabul. The TTP, commonly known as the Pakistani…

Anjem Choudary advocates stringent sharia in Afghanistan

RADICAL preacher Anjem Choudary has advocated a stringent implementation of sharia in a “fledgling” Afghanistan”. The British cleric from East London also called upon the Taliban to declare Afghanistan a caliphate and enforce punishments like stoning for adultery, chopping off hands for thefts and lashing for drinking alcohol. Choudary, who…

Seven died near Kabul airport as UK races against time…

SEVEN people died near Kabul airport amid chaos, reports stated on Sunday (22), citing Britain's Ministry of Defence. Meanwhile, the UK, US and other allies continue to struggle to evacuate thousands of foreign nationals and Afghans who are trying to flee Afghanistan after Taliban Islamists took control a week ago.…

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Court discharges Shashi Tharoor

INDIAN National Congress parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor was on Wednesday (18) cleared by a court in Delhi of charges linked to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. The body of Pushkar, 51, was found in a suite of a luxury hotel in the Indian capital on the night…

EXCLUSIVE: UK-Asian engineer hopes to empower women with off-grid, low…

AN ENGINEER’S initiative to help his Indian friend with her tedious chore of handwashing clothes has now transformed into a mission to change the lives of millions of such women in developing countries. London-based Navjot Sawhney set up Washing Machine Project in 2018 when he came up with the idea…

Rights watchdog calls for UN probe into ‘enforced disappearances’ in…

HUMAN Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday (16) called for a United Nations probe into alleged enforced disappearances of Bangladesh opposition activists, demanding sanctions on the officials found responsible. The rights watchdog released a report identifying 86 political activists, businessmen and student members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who…

Charity investor sues Indian cricket tycoon Lalit Modi

LALIT Modi, the Indian cricket administrator who is sought for questioning in India over money-laundering allegations, is facing a legal challenge worth about £5 million in the high court in the UK. The 55-year-old, who is known to be the founder of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament,…

UN calls for unity against ‘global terrorist threat’ in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council said on Monday (16) the international community must ensure Afghanistan does not become a breeding ground for terrorism under the Taliban, following an emergency meeting in New York. The 15-member council issued a joint statement after UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told the meeting that the…

MPs write to Raab to protect Afghanistan refugees

WITH the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating fast, British parliamentarian Navendu Mishra and 49 of his colleagues from across political parties have written a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab for extending urgent help to the refugees in the violence-ravaged nation who are at threat of persecution by the Taliban. In…

Police Scotland halts training in Sri Lanka

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

Sharma urges world to act fast to stop climate change…

BRITAIN'S climate chief has warned that the world is running out of time to stop a climate change catastrophe. Alok Sharma, who will be leading COP26, the climate summit hosted by the UK this year - said the effects are already there with floods, wildfires and heatwaves. "We can't afford…

Taliban close border crossing with Pakistan, call for visa-free travel

THE Taliban closed a key border crossing with Pakistan on Friday (6), saying no one would be allowed through it until Islamabad dropped or relaxed its visa requirements for Afghans. The Taliban, wresting control of a large part of Afghanistan in the wake of the withdrawal of US and other…

Sharma draws flak for trips to 30 countries in seven…

THE president of the UK's upcoming climate change conference is taking flak for having travelled to more than 30 countries in seven months. The Daily Mail reports that Alok Sharma travelled to seven of the countries in the red list, and by using exemption available for ministers he did not…

Six-year-old raises climate awareness

A SIX-YEAR-OLD who has written letters to world leaders on climate change has urged action as she warned our planet “needed looking after”. Aleesha Gadhia reached out to numerous politicians and corporations during the national lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, to find out what they were doing to tackle…

Britain already undergoing climate change

BRITAIN'S climate is already undergoing change as experts warn that extreme weather events, such as floods, heatwaves and droughts, will increase across the world due to the effects of global warming. Recent decades in Britain have been warmer, wetter and sunnier than in the last century, with last year the…

India skipped key London climate meet, says UK

INDIA, said to be the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, skipped a key climate meeting of more than 50 countries, the UK environment ministry said on Wednesday (28).   The recent two-day conference held in London was the first face-to-face talk among governments in more than 18 months. The…

Bangladesh evacuates 10,000 Rohingya refugees from landslide-hit camps

BANGLADESH has evacuated 10,000 Rohingyas from around refugee camps on the Myanmar border after monsoon landslides and flash floods killed at least 14 people, officials said on Wednesday (28). After three days of torrential rain, the refugees, most of whom fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017, were moved…

India improves score in UN trade facilitation survey 2021

INDIA’S score has improved substantially on a trade facilitation survey conducted by the United Nations for 143 countries. The country scored 90.32 per cent in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (UNESCAP) latest Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation, up from 78.49…

Pakistan’s opposition leader slams Imran Khan over Kashmir referendum remark

PAKISTAN'S opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday (24) rejected prime minister Imran Khan's remarks that Islamabad would let the people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an "independent state". He said Khan was deviating from the country's "historical and constitutional position" by proposing a second…

Sharma: Man of the moment

LAST week’s horrifying floods in Germany make Alok Sharma, president of COP26, just about the most important man in Britain – possibly even in the world. It’s his job to bring competing nations together as mankind confronts climate change at the conference due to be held in Glasgow from November…

Bangladesh to vaccinate Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh is to start giving coronavirus vaccinations to some of the 850,000 Rohingya refugees who fled across the border from Myanmar, officials said on Thursday. With infections rising across the country, refugee commissioner Shah Rezwan Hayat said about 48,000 Rohingya aged over 55 would start receiving jabs from next month…

Jamaica to seek reparations from Britain over slavery

JAMAICA plans to ask Britain for compensation for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony, a senior government official said, under a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations. Jamaica was a centre of the slave trade, with the Spanish, then the British, forcibly transporting Africans…

Pakistan forces use tear gas as mob attempts to cross…

PAKISTAN security forces used tear gas on Thursday (15) to disperse hundreds of people who tried to force their way across the border from Chaman to Spin Boldak in Afghanistan. Pakistan officials closed the border on Wednesday (14) after the Taliban seized Spin Boldak and raised insurgent flags above the…

‘Racism is systemic in England, UK government breaching UN’s anti-racism…

ENGLAND is "systemically racist" and the UK government is in breach of a United Nations (UN) treaty designed to eradicate racial discrimination, a recent report claimed on Wednesday (14), adding that minority ethnic groups in the country face sustained disparities across health, the criminal justice system, education, employment, immigration and…

Mary Akrami, fighting to keep Afghan women’s shelters open

Gathered around a tandoori oven in the kitchen of a small Kabul restaurant, a group of Afghan women prepare naan for their lunchtime customers. They are all survivors of domestic violence, and many will never be able to return to their families. Mary Akrami, the founder of the shelter where…

Bangladesh spends £1.4 billion annually to mitigate climate change

BANGLADESH has been spending about $2 billion (£1.4bn) every year since 2010 on its efforts to mitigate climate change, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said on Wednesday (7). The government has also made an allocation of about $2.9bn (£2.1bn) in the current budget, he said, while addressing a virtual press…

Pakistan establishes anti-money laundering cell

PAKISTAN'S anti-corruption watchdog has established an anti-money laundering and terror financing cell to check financial crimes and illegal transfer of resources. Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and…

US appoints Atul Keshap as interim envoy to India

THE US has appointed Indian American diplomat Atul Keshap as Chargé d’Affaires, interim envoy, to India. Keshap, 50, a career member of the senior foreign service, will be departing for New Delhi following the retirement of Ambassador Daniel Smith, the US State Department said in a statement on Tuesday (29).  “Keshap’s…

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-fired power plants

BANGLADESH announced on Sunday (27) that it has scrapped at least 10 major coal-fired power plants as it seeks to scale up its power generation from renewable energy sources. Nasrul Hamid, the state minister for power and energy, said the decision was taken in view of technological changes and as…

Sri Lanka pardons suspected Tamil Tigers convicted under terrorism law

Sri Lanka's president on Thursday pardoned 16 minority Tamils imprisoned for over a decade, as the country faces renewed United Nations pressure over detentions without charge under draconian anti-terrorism laws. The amnesty is a first for people linked to the Tamil Tigers since Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a member of the majority…

MV X-Press Pearl caused ‘significant damage to the planet’, says…

THE burnt-out MV X-Press Pearl has caused "significant damage to the planet by the release of hazardous substances", the United Nations (UN) said on Sunday (20) as it announced a team of experts to determine the full extent of the disaster and necessary follow-up action. A team of oil spill and chemical…

Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan faces trial for alleged sexual…

A British MP faces trial over accusations he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in 2008, it was revealed on Friday after reporting restrictions on the case were partially lifted. Imran Ahmad Khan, 47, the Conservative MP for Wakefield, West Yorkshire, faces a single count of sexual assault against the individual,…

Bangladesh seeks UN’s guidance for Rohingya repatriation

BANGLADESH’S foreign minister, AK Abdul Momen, has sought a ‘clear roadmap’ from the United Nations (UN) on the early repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar. Authorities in Bangladesh set up 34 camps in the country's southeastern district of Cox's Bazar for nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who fled persecution and violence in…

Sri Lanka court frees top detective ‘probing Rajapaksas’

A SRI LANKA court freed on bail the country's top detective after 10 months behind bars on Wednesday (16), in a case that attracted the international condemnation of Colombo's human rights record. The Court of Appeal asked a lower court to free Shani Abeysekara and another detective accused of falsifying…

MV X-Press Pearl may take months to salvage amid monsoon:…

THE SINKING fire-damaged container ship MV X-Press Pearl could take months to salvage because of rough monsoon seas, Sri Lanka said on Tuesday (15), as authorities investigated whether the deaths of dozens of turtles and dolphins were caused by the disaster. Part of the Singapore-registered vessel submerged in early June…

UN urged to probe sharing of Rohingya data in Bangladesh

THE UN improperly collected and shared data from more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, passing it on to Myanmar, the country they fled, Human Rights Watch claimed on Tuesday (15), urging an investigation. Over the past three years, the United Nations refugee agency has registered hundreds of thousands of…

Indian Prime Minister Modi calls for reducing pressure on land…

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (14) said the country is on the right track to achieve its target of land-degradation neutrality. The leader said this while delivering a keynote address at the United Nations’ “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” via a video call. “We are…

UK and India to work closely on global issues including…

ACTING British High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson on Monday (14) expressed pleasure over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually joining the recently held G7 Summit in the UK and said the host nation will continue to work closely with the Asian power on global issues, including on the path…

Bangladesh prepares action plan to help businesses

BANGLADESH is preparing an action plan to help the businesses become more competitive in exports and face the new challenges, after its graduation to a developing economy. The plan, being prepared by the Economic Relations Division, will include the strategies in the Eighth Five Year Plan. According to the United…

India joins UN Economic and Social Council for 2022-24 term

INDIA has been elected to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six main arms of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term. The country was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman in the elections held on Monday (7). The council having…

Rishi Sunak Hails ‘historic’ G7 Global Tax Agreement

UK chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak on Saturday (5) welcomed “seismic tax reforms” agreed by the world’s richest economies at the G7 finance ministers meeting, chaired by Britain. Finance ministers meeting in London agreed to battle tax avoidance through measures to make companies pay in the countries where they…

Despite its economic means, Pakistan has done enough for the…

PAKISTAN had done more than any other countries in the world to combat global warming relative to its economic means, said prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (4). Pakistan, this year's host of the United Nations' annual World Environment Day on June 5, is among the countries worst affected by…

Prosperity in South Asia hinges on India-Pakistan relations: Top UN…

PEACE, stability and prosperity in south Asia depend on the "normalisation of relations" between Pakistan and India, a top UN official said as he urged the neighbours to work for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. UN General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir, a former Turkish diplomat and politician, is…

‘Technology has made the old world order obsolete’

By Amit Roy AUTHOR Sam Pitroda is calling for a rad­ical reform of major global institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, NATO and the World Health Organization due to “stagnation in their functioning”. “These institutions have made significant contributions to keep peace alive,…

Bangladeshi journalist gets bail over stealing govt document on Covid-jabs…

A BANGLADESHI woman journalist was granted bail on Sunday (23) against the charges of stealing government documents related to negotiations on the purchase of coronavirus vaccines. Rozina Islam, a senior reporter of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, was arrested last Monday (17) for allegedly stealing important government documents from the health…

Pakistan demands protection force in Palestine

PAKISTAN has sought the deployment of an international protection force in Palestine territories, echoing a similar suggestion made by Turkey. At a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly held on Thursday (20) to discuss the situation in the Middle East, Pakistan’s foreign affairs minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi suggested…

Court order on Bangladesh journalist’s bail on Sunday

A DHAKA court said it will pass its order on Sunday (23) on the bail application of a Bangladesh journalist arrested earlier this week on charges of “stealing information” from the country’s health ministry. The court of the chief metropolitan magistrate which conducted a virtual hearing on Thursday (20) permitted…

Pakistan seeks united stance in UN against Israel

PAKISTAN'S foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held extensive consultations with his counterparts from other Muslim countries in New York in the run-up to a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled for Thursday (20). Entrusted by Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to build a "united stance" of…

Pakistan to send emergency medical relief to Palestine

PAKISTAN said it will supply medical emergency relief to Palestine which has been locked in a violent cross-border conflict with Israel for more than a week. Information and broadcasting minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said in Islamabad the federal cabinet also decided to send Covid-19 medicines to Palestine on humanitarian grounds.…

EXCLUSIVE: Top Asian cop Neil Basu slams race report

“Unedifying” row over despatch box “puts back equality, diversity and inclusion” by Barnie Choudhury Britain top south Asian police officer has told a global audience that institutional racism does exist in Britain – contrary to the government’s latest report on racism. The Met’s assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, was speaking during…

India, UN express concern over Palestinian- Israel conflicts

INDIA and UN have expressed deep concern at clashes and violence in Jerusalem's Temple Mount as well as over evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods. Indian has called on both sides to avoid changing the status-quo on the ground. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti…

Pakistan receives Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

PAKISTAN received its first shipment of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility on Saturday (8). The consignment of 1,238,400 doses of vaccines, which will be followed by another of 1,236,000 in a few days, will support the Government of Pakistan’s ongoing historic drive to bring the pandemic to an…

Johnson to unveil tougher emission goal ahead of US climate…

IN one of the most ambitious environmental targets, British prime minister Boris Johnson will commit to cut carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035, almost 15 years earlier than previously planned. Johnson will make the commitment this week ahead of a US climate summit that will be hosted by…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan battles fallout in France blasphemy…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan had hoped a fight over cartoons of the prophet Mohammed would result in an easy win -- placating the ultra-conservative quarters at home while being hailed as a defender of Islam abroad. The gamble seems to have backfired spectacularly. For the past week, riots have…

US sails into Indian territorial claims row

By Amit Roy THE US navy did something strange last Wednesday (7). It sailed through a section of the Arabian Sea near the Lak­shadweep Islands without prior notice to challenge India’s asser­tion that the waters were part of its exclusive economic zone. Afterwards, the US made a point of humiliating…

Pakistan slum dwellers map flood risks to stop evictions

Slum dwellers in the Pakistani city of Karachi have stopped the demolition of thousands of homes by mapping flood risks from clogged drains, offering a feasible solution to other informal settlements facing climate change impacts, urban experts said. After unexpectedly heavy rains flooded much of Karachi last year, authorities said…

India’s top court paves way for Rohingya deportations to Myanmar

India's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting to Myanmar some 150 Rohingya Muslims police detained last month, paving the way for them to be sent to a country where hundreds have been killed following a military coup. Prime minister Narendra Modi's government has…

How a Pakistan-India alliance led to replacing GDP concept

By Amit Roy EHSAN MASOOD is a 53-year-old sci­ence journalist and senior editor at the journal Nature who has written a book on why Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is no longer a good way of quantifying how well a country is doing economically. He points out that GDP does not…

US special climate envoy John Kerry to visit India this…

SPECIAL presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka from April 1-9 to discuss the climate crisis. Kerry would travel for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of US president Joe Biden's Leaders' Summit on Climate from April 22-23 and the 26th Conference…

UN human rights council adopts resolution to investigate Sri Lanka’s…

UN human rights council adopted a resolution on Tuesday (23), spearheaded by Britain, to investigate war crimes during Sri Lanka's civil war against separatist Tamil Tigers. The chief of the Geneva-based rights council, Michelle Bachelet's office will now have new staff, powers and a £2.0 million budget to look at…

Dia Mirza finds the younger generation far more environment conscious

By: Mohnish Singh It is no secret that Bollywood actress Dia Mirza’s heart beats for the environment. She has been using her celebrity status to help protect the environment for many, many years now, and is very involved with several environmental causes as the United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador. Talking…

‘Renewed vigour in UK to engage with India’

  By Rithika Siddhartha BRITISH INDIAN ties are “under leveraged” for the benefit of both sides and there is a real fo­cus in the UK on the Indo-Pacific region, a senior minister said as he embarked on a visit to the south Asian country. Lord Tariq Ahmad is the minis­ter…

Bangladesh court orders probe into cartoonist torture claims

A court in Bangladesh on Sunday ordered a probe into claims by a formerly jailed cartoonist that he was tortured before police detained him under the country's harsh internet laws, his lawyer said. Ahmed Kabir Kishore, 45, was arrested in May 2020 under the controversial laws and charged with carrying…

US envoy meets Pakistan army chief to discuss Afghan peace…

The US special envoy for Afghanistan and the commander of NATO forces there met Pakistan's army chief on Monday to discuss the Afghan peace process at a pivotal juncture for the stalled negotiations. Pakistan is the third country that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has visited in the last week…

UK MPs ‘should rethink support for India farmers’

By Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North IMAGINE the outcry if the UK government was to tell farmers what crops they must sow and how much they were allowed to produce. Or if it forbade farmers from selling their pro­duce to anyone they choose and forced them to sell…

Ten million doses from India won’t impact poor nations’ vaccine…

UK vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended a shipment of ten million doses of Covishield en route from India amid some concerns that it would impact supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for poorer nations. The minister in charge of overseeing the UK's vaccination programme said the vaccine doses developed by…

Celebrity chefs join NHS to boost Covid-19 vaccine uptake

FAMOUS chefs from UK’s favourite cookery shows have joined  with the NHS to tackle Covid vaccine hesitancy and boost uptake. Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain, MasterChef’s Saliha Mahmood and Asma Khan from Netflix’s Chef’s Table are all backing the vaccine drive focused on the British Bangladeshi community. They…

Bangladesh cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore gets bail after protests

A prominent Bangladeshi cartoonist was granted bail on Wednesday (3) as several hundred people staged more protests over the death of a fellow government critic also arrested under the country's harsh internet laws. Ahmed Kabir Kishore, 42, was detained in May after he drew cartoons mocking a powerful businessman close…

Sri Lanka’s plan to bury Muslim Covid-19 victims on islet…

A plan by Sri Lanka to bury Muslim coronavirus victims on a remote islet was slammed on Wednesday (3) by locals and the minority community. Colombo banned burials of Covid-19 victims in April, despite expert assurances they would not spread the virus, implementing a policy of forced cremations. Sri Lanka's…

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit

Sri Lanka on Friday ended forced cremations of people who have died of coronavirus, after visiting Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to respect the funeral rites of the island's minority Muslims. The government first banned burials in April over concerns -- which experts said were baseless -- by…

Indian-origin employee launches campaign to become the next secretary-general of…

AN Indian-origin employee at the UN has launched a campaign to become the next secretary-general of the world organisation. Arora Akanksha, 34, launched #AroraForSG campaign against incumbent Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a second five-year term in January 2022. Currently, Akanksha is working as an audit coordinator for the United…

Bangladesh to move more Rohingya Muslims to remote island, despite…

Bangladesh is moving 3,000-4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island over the next two days, two officials said on Sunday, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site. Dhaka has relocated around 7,000 to Bhasan Char island since early December from…

Johnson to meet G7 leaders virtually on Friday

UK prime minister Boris Johnson will host a virtual meeting of the leaders of the group of seven countries on Friday(19) ahead of the G7 summit in June. The virtual meeting will be part of the UK's G7 presidency this year and the first gathering of G7 leaders since April…

‘Hansa Mehta made human rights truly universal’

  by SHALINA PATEL WHEN you see the letters UDHR, I’m sure you know what they stand for – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But did you know that it was an Indian reformist called Han­sa Mehta who is credited with rephrasing Article 1 from ‘all men’ to ‘all…

UN seeks ‘maximum restraint’ as India farm protesters widen blockade

THE United Nations human rights office called on Indian authorities and protesting farmers to exercise "maximum restraint" hours before the growers impose a nationwide road blockade on Saturday(6) seeking a repeal of new agricultural laws. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped out on the outskirts of New Delhi for…

Fire destroys homes of thousands in Rohingya refugee camps

A huge fire swept through the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh in the early hours of Thursday (14), the United Nations said, destroying homes belonging to thousands of people. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 550 shelters home to around 3,500 people were either totally or partially…

Boris Johnson invites Narendra Modi to UK for G7 summit…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the G7 summit as he confirmed details on Sunday (17for the high-level meeting to be presided over by Britain in the coastal region of Cornwall between June 11 and 13. Johnson had extended an invitation to Modi…

Pakistan government announces new instant digital payment system

Pakistan has announced a new government-run instant digital payment system in a bid to boost financial inclusion and government revenue in the country where only a fraction of economic transactions occur on the books. The new system, called "Raast" or "direct way", will be rolled out in three phases culminating…

UK cracks down on Chinese imports over Uyghur Muslim rights…

The UK government on Tuesday (12) announced sanctions on sourcing from Chinese businesses in retaliation of the “harrowing” human rights violations being perpetrated in the Xinjiang province of the country against the Uyghur Muslim minority. UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said in a House of Commons statement that the United…

Alok Sharma becomes full-time COP26 president

BRITAIN has appointed business minister Alok Sharma as the full-time president of the United Nations COP26 climate conference to be held in Glasgow this November. The government said the event would be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together representatives from nearly 200 countries. "The biggest challenge…

Pakistan jails leader of group linked to Mumbai attacks

A Pakistani court on Friday (8) sentenced a militant leader accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks to five years in jail for terror financing. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior figure in the banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday where he was…

Bangladesh moves biggest group of Rohingya to isolated island

Four Bangladesh navy ships on Tuesday took the second and biggest group of Rohingya Muslims yet from crowded refugee camps to an uncertain future on a bleak island three hours from the mainland. The government insisted that the 1,800 refugees, who have been in camps since fleeing a Myanmar military…

Covid has indeed ‘shone a light on structural racism’

By Amit Roy MURSHEDA CHOWDHURY, who has been a doctor for 25 years and is of Bangladeshi origin her­self, has highlighted some shocking health statistics – especially for Bangladeshi men – that have been exposed by the pandemic. What Covid-19 has done is to shine a light on structural racism…

‘What choice do we have?’: Rohingya women face odyssey of…

Stay in a squalid refugee camp -- hopeless, starving, and made to feel a burden -- or leave, risking death, rape, human trafficking and months at sea to reach a husband you've never met. This is the bleak choice many Rohingya women, already scarred from fleeing violent persecution in Myanmar,…

UK police probe mercenaries from Sri Lanka’s civil war

London police said on Monday (30) they have launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by British mercenaries who trained a security force accused of brutalising Tamil people during Sri Lanka's civil war. The war crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police said it was acting on a referral received in…

India denies Pakistan’s allegations over funding of militant groups

India on Sunday denied allegations by its arch-rival Pakistan that New Delhi had helped fund militant groups on Pakistani soil, with a foreign ministry spokesman dismissing them as "fabricated" and "figments of imagination". Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday the country would present its evidence to the…

Harris’s historic win ‘will be first of many’

by LAUREN CODLING THE historic election of Indian American Kamala Harris as vice-president elect in the US has been praised as a breakthrough moment of hope in America and abroad, as the first woman voted to the post said she “would not be the last”. Harris, 56, who is of…

UK invites Narendra Modi to Climate Ambition Summit

The UK has invited India prime minister Narendra Modi to the Climate Ambition Summit scheduled next month, according to a British government statement on Thursday (5). The December 12 Climate Ambition Summit will provide a platform for leaders who are ready to come forward with announcements of new, more ambitious…

Pakistani police rescue Christian teen forced to convert, marry

Pakistani police have rescued a missing Christian teenager who was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a 44-year-old Muslim man, her family said on Tuesday (3) after the case sparked street protests and outrage on social media. A court in the city of Karachi ordered police to free…

Imran Khan says he will upgrade status of part of…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said on Sunday (1) his government will give provisional provincial status to part of Kashmir, drawing condemnation from India, which has long objected to any such changes by Islamabad. Khan's proposal would apply to Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan's only land link to China, which is the northern…

India, US ask Pakistan not to allow its soil to…

India and the US on Tuesday (27) strongly condemned cross border terrorism in all its forms and asked Pakistan to take "immediate, sustained and irreversible" action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terror attacks. The issue of cross-border terrorism figured in the third edition…

Trump had offered me post of secretary of state: Nikki…

Popular Indian-American Republican politician Nikki Haley on Saturday (25) revealed that Donald Trump, soon after winning the November 2016 US presidential election, had offered her the position of secretary of state which she politely refused. However, 48-year-old Haley, who at that time was the South Carolina Governor, said she could…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan accuses Macron of ‘attacking Islam’

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan accused French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (25) of "attacking Islam", after the European leader criticised Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Khan's comments follow statements Macron made last week after a French teacher was beheaded near Paris after he…

Aid conference raises $597 million for Rohingya refugees

International donors on Thursday (22) stumped up an additional $597 million in humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees languishing in camps in Bangladesh after they fled ethnic violence in Myanmar. The UN had appealed for more than $1 billion this year to meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh,…

UN ‘dismayed’ at India arrests, NGO restrictions

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced her dismay on Tuesday (20) at the arrest of activists in India and restrictions to the work of non-governmental organisations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to New Delhi to safeguard the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs. Bachelet regretted…

Indian star on sticky wicket over Sri Lanka legend Muralitharan’s…

A Indian film star is at the centre of a political storm after agreeing to play the lead in a biopic of Sri Lanka's legendary cricket spinner and national hero Muttiah Muralitharan. Vijay Sethupathi is under pressure in his southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu not to accept the role…

India provides one million dollars for palestinian refugees

India on Wednesday (14) contributed one million dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to support Palestinian refugees who have been facing extreme challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a move hailed by the UN body as "timely help". The Government…

UN to Bangladesh: do more to end child marriage

Bangladesh must do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by 2041, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday (7). "This human rights violation...(is)robbing children of their childhoods," said Veera Mendonca, a spokeswoman for the UN's children agency.…

Bangladesh sends troops as seven dead following fight between rival…

DAYS of fighting between rival Rohingya drug gangs, in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, left seven people dead. Bangladesh police on Wednesday(7) said it has sent more troops to bring the situation back to normal. Two armed gangs of refugees from Myanmar are waging a deadly turf war…

India police book hundreds over ‘foreign involvement’ in gang-rape protests

Indian police on Tuesday (6) accused foreign human rights groups and Muslim organisations of inciting caste tensions after widespread protests against their handling of a gang-rape and murder of a young Dalit woman. The assault last month of an "untouchable" Dalit teenager has sparked outrage across the country against rampant…

UK court overturns high court Judgment recognising Guaidó as president…

THE English court of appeal on Monday(5) overturned an earlier high court ruling on who the UK recognised as Venezuela's president in a case which involved €1.8 billion ( £1.63 billion) worth of Venezuelan gold stored at the Bank of England. The court granted the Nicolas Maduro-backed Banco Central de Venezuela’s…

Sonu Sood conferred with Special Humanitarian Award by UNDP

Renowned Indian actor Sonu Sood, who caught the entire world’s attention with his humanitarian work during the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The award was presented to the actor at a virtual ceremony on Monday…

India’s vaccine capacity will help ‘all humanity’: Modi

India as the world's biggest vaccine maker will use its resources "for all humanity" in the battle against coronavirus, prime minister Narendra Modi told the United Nations on Saturday. In his address to the virtual UN General Assembly Modi made no direct mention of climate change or of India's current…

Modi seeks greater role for India at UN, vows vaccine…

NARENDRA MODI pledged at the United Nations on Saturday (26) that Indian vaccine production capacity would be made available globally to fight the pandemic as he sought a greater role for India in the global body. "As the largest vaccine-producing country of the world, I want to give one more…

India along with three others renew bid to reform UN…

AN attempt which started 15 years ago has been renewed by four nations including India. Brazil, Germany, India and Japan have relaunched their bid for permanent seats in an expanded UN security council, which experts say 'would not happen'. "We commit to instill new life in the discussions on the…

Girls tackle child marriage on the football pitch in India

When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls' soccer initiative…

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reach Indonesia ‘after seven months at…

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reached Indonesia early Monday claiming to have been at sea for seven months, United Nations officials said, in one of the biggest landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years. The migrants -- including more than a dozen children -- were spotted at sea on a…

Tuk-tuk warriors: the abuse victims who rode to women’s rescue…

As the coronavirus kept virtually everyone at home, Talat Jahan was busily crisscrossing the slums in her black-and-yellow rickshaw - on a lockdown mission to help women suffering abuse and hunger in her central Indian city. Jahan, 29, a domestic abuse survivor, and about a dozen other women who recently…

Innovation trends see ‘movement towards Asia’ as pandemic hits global…

THE coronavirus pandemic is expected to take a heavy toll on funding for innovation, and may well accelerate the shift in research towards Asia, the United Nations said on Wednesday (2). "The great risk... is that innovation expenditures and the means to finance innovation will spiral downwards as the global…

UK reviews overseas aid strategy under new merged ministry

The UK government has launched a review of its overseas aid budget allocations to ensure greater value for taxpayer funds as part of its new ministry merging its foreign and aid ministries. The new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which formally launches on Wednesday, combines the Foreign and Commonwealth…

Rohingya hold ‘silent protest’ on anniversary of exodus to Bangladesh

Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh held a "silent protest" on Tuesday (25) to mark the third anniversary of clashes between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar security forces that set off a huge movement into Bangladesh of people seeking safety. More than 1 million Rohingya live in the world's largest refugee settlement…

Garment workers to graduates: Bangladeshi women aim to shake up…

Five years ago, Sadeka Begum was working 12-hour shifts in a garment factory as the main earner for her family in Bangladesh. Today the 23-year-old is one of the first graduates of a special university programme that aims to inspire female workers to become leaders and boost women's rights across…

Kailash Budhwar: Tributes paid to first Indian head of BBC’s…

By Amit Roy KAILASH NATH BUDHWAR, a broad­caster, writer, director and presenter who died last Saturday (11) at North­wick Park Hospital in Harrow, aged 88, was head of Hindi and Tamil at the BBC from 1979-1992, the first Indian to be appointed to the post. In those days, when the…

World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN…

EARTH will be home to 8.8 billion souls in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published Wednesday (15) that foresees new global power alignments shaped by declining fertility rates and greying populations. By century's end, 183 of 195 countries -- barring an influx…

Angelina Jolie joins £5.3 million UK initiative to help educate…

HOLLYWOOD star Angelina Jolie on Monday (13) backed the £5.3 million UK drive to help kids and teachers in 10 of the poorest countries hosting refugees, including Pakistan, South Sudan and the Yemen. She joined Baroness Liz Sugg, the UK’s special envoy for girls’ education, in urging other countries to…

Bangladesh says Rohingya refugees can’t leave island

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees on a flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal will not be allowed to leave unless they agree to return home, Bangladesh authorities said Thursday. The 306 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar were put on Bhashan Char island in April after being taken off two boats trying…

Buddha’s teachings vital to tackle ‘tremendous fragilities of world today’:…

THE BUDDHA's message of solidarity and service to others is more important than ever, believes UN chief Antonio Guterres, noting that nations can deal with the consequences of the pandemic that only through global cooperation. The UN secretary general's remarks came during a belated commemoration of the International Day of…

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Three Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced on Tuesday (30). The rare action against military members came as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown…

Bangladesh sex workers face hunger, abuse as coronavirus hits trade

THOUSANDS of sex workers in Bangladesh are going hungry and many face abuse because they are unable to pay their brokers due to the coronavirus pandemic, charities working with them have warned. Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling…

As world marks Yoga Day, Modi says ancient practice ‘brings…

MILLIONS of people across the globe marked the International Yoga Day (IYD) on Sunday (21) as they joined virtual gatherings and shared online their pictures and videos highlighting the importance of the ancient practice for the world as it battles the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations…

Narendra Modi promotes yoga against coronavirus

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has extolled yoga as a way of building a "protective shield" of immunity against the coronavirus, as his nation battles a surge in infections. Modi, a keen yoga practitioner who has long espoused the benefits of the ancient Indian practice, gave the advice in a…

Number of extreme poor could rise to 1.1 billion due…

THE economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic could plunge an extra 395 million people into extreme poverty and swell the total number of those living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide to more than one billion, researchers said in a report on Friday (12). The report - published by…

Face masks, health checks and long check-ins: the future of…

Cabin crew in protective suits, health certifications for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times. This is the new reality of mass air travel. As people dream of taking to the skies once more, they face the prospect that changes to curb the spread of coronavirus will be even…

Malaysia to ask Bangladesh to take back Rohingya refugees found…

MALAYSIA will ask Bangladesh to take back about 300 Rohingya refugees detained after a boat carrying them entered its waters this week, the southeast Asian nation's defence minister said on Tuesday (9). Malaysia does not recognise refugee status but has been a favoured destination for ethnic Rohingya, most of them…

Bangladeshis killed in Libya were abducted and tortured, foreign ministry…

The 30 migrants slain by traffickers in Libya on Wednesday had been abducted while crossing the country in search of work and then tortured to extract a ransom, Bangladesh's foreign ministry said on Friday, citing a survivor. Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) said on Thursday it had…

Cyclone toll hits 95 as Bangladesh and India start mopping…

INDIA and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 95 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms…

Cyclone toll hits 84 as Bangladesh and India start mopping…

INDIA and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up Thursday (21) after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 84 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked…

UK honours India’s chief hydrographer with prestigious maritime award

India's National Hydrographer Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar has been honoured with the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and across the Indian Ocean Region, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) said on Monday (18). The award, which was initiated by the UKHO in 2006,…

Pakistan readies for second battle against a ‘much bigger problem…

TO many farmers in southeast Pakistan, an impending locust attack when summer crops of cotton, sugarcane and rice are being sown, and fruit and vegetables are ready to be picked is a much bigger problem than the COVID-19 pandemic. "If the crops are eaten up by the locusts, we will…

UN warns of mental health crisis due to ‘psychological distress’…

A MENTAL ILLNESS crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday (14). "The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil - they all cause…

Perfect season for an acting comeback

WHY POPULAR MOVIE STAR CELINA JAITLY HAAG DECIDED TO STEP BACK IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA by ASJAD NAZIR BEAUTY queen turned Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly shone globally and then decided to walk away from the spotlight to start a family. She became a wife and devoted mother, but remained…

Pompeo praises India for lifting export restrictions on critical medical…

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (29) praised India for lifting export bans on critical medical supplies including pharmaceuticals used to treat COVID-19 patients, saying it was an example of working together with partner countries to tackle the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. "We're working with our…

South Asia faces fresh health crisis as children miss vaccinations

South Asia could face a further public health crisis as children miss routine vaccinations, the UN warned on Tuesday (28), spurring fears that the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic might reverse hard-earned gains in the region. The United Nations children's agency UNICEF said hundreds of thousands were at risk…

WHO warns over virus immunity as global death toll nears…

The World Health Organization warned on Saturday recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic approached 200,000 around the globe. Governments across the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation unleashed by the virus, which has infected nearly 2.8 million people…

Nikki Haley launches ‘Stop Communist China’ campaign

INDIAN-AMERICAN politician Nikki Haley has launched an online petition seeking to hold China's communist government accountable for "lying" about the coronavirus pandemic. More than 40,000 people had signed the 'Stop Communist China' petition on Friday (24), hours after being initiated by the former South Carolina governor who set a goal…

Oxford University pushing science to the limit in vaccine hunt

Oxford University is launching a human trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine, with the daunting aim of making a successful jab available to the public later this year. Of the more than 100 research projects around the world to find a vaccine -- described by the United Nations as the…

India seeks equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

INDIA bats for a for a fair, transparent and equitable access to essential medical supplies and any future vaccines developed to fight COVID-19. The country co-sponsored a UN general assembly resolution in this regard. The 193-member assembly adopted the Mexico-drafted resolution 'International cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines…

Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather…

Countries from India to the Philippines, already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, are likely to also battle weather-related crises, from heat waves to cyclones, in coming months, disaster experts warned on Thursday (16). In India - currently under lockdown with more than 12,000 confirmed cases of the virus - the…

Trump says WHO ‘must be held accountable’, halts US funding

DONALD TRUMP has halted US funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic as the country registered over 600,000 cases of Covid-19 and 28,300 deaths. Trump, who has reacted angrily to criticism of his administration's response to the worst epidemic in a century, has become…

Virus mars Easter holidays as death toll nears 100,000

Hundreds of millions of people around the world will spend the Easter holiday at home as lockdown measures intensify to combat the coronavirus, a pandemic with a global death toll rapidly approaching 100,000. Governments have forced businesses to close and limited the movement of half the world's population, halting economic…

Tilda to run ‘Helping Mums Together’campaign in Bangladesh for the…

POPULAR rice brand Tilda and the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) are taking part in an initiative to provide nutritious meals for underprivileged families. Asian chef Cyrus Todiwala is part of the ‘Helping Mums Together’ campaign which sees specialised meals aimed at combating low birth weight in Bangladesh for…

US and Spanish deaths surge as world virus toll breaks…

The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths accelerated past 50,000 on Friday (3) as the United States, Spain and Britain grappled with their highest tolls yet and the world economy took a massive hit. The human scale of the pandemic has never been more stark -- experts warning that more than…

Humankind faces ‘most challenging crisis’ since WWII, says UN chief

THE coronavirus pandemic is the most challenging crisis the world has faced since World War II, one that is killing people and will also lead to an economic recession without any parallel in the recent past, warns UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. According to the estimates by the Johns Hopkins University,…

Coronavirus forcing parents to skip kids’ vaccinations: UNICEF

The novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced billions of people across the globe to stay home is making parents skip routine immunisations for their kids, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF warned Thursday. The phenomenon is being aggravated by overburdened health services where medical workers are being diverted from giving…

Virus panic grips Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

THE sewage-soaked alleys and cramped canvas and bamboo shacks that house one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are a horrifying scene for experts watching the coronavirus pandemic creep closer. The wretched conditions in the camps, where most of the stateless Muslims arrived in 2017 to escape a Myanmar military clampdown…

UN hails India’s eco-friendly measures on plastic, Clean Seas Campaign

The UN has hailed India for "championing" the phase-out of single-use plastics, and its engagement in the Clean Seas Campaign among other programmes, including marine litter, air pollution, environment and health. In a letter to Environment Secretary CK Mishra, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Secretary Joyce Msuya commended India…

India’s response to pandemic ‘comprehensive and robust’, says top WHO…

The United Nations has backed India's 21-day nationwide lockdown, and a top WHO official termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic "comprehensive and robust". Globally, the death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 18,915 with more than 422,900 cases reported in over 165 countries and…

No soap, no water: billions lack basic protection against virus

As nations around the world fight the coronavirus pandemic with mass lockdowns and travel bans, UN experts warn that some three billion people lack even the most basic weapons to protect themselves: soap and running water. The outbreak has infected some 200,000 people and killed 9,000, scorching through populations across…

US names IS chief on terror blacklist

The United States on Tuesday (17) placed the new leader of the Islamic State group on its blacklist of terrorists, naming him as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that al-Mawli was named leader of the ultra-violent group after an October raid by US commandos…

Tilda to support new, expectant mothers in Bangladesh

TILDA has announced the return of ‘Helping Mums Together’ campaign, as the rice brand extended its partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme for the sixth year. The campaign will see Tilda funding an equivalent of one nutrition-boosting meal for new and expectant mothers in Bangladesh for every specially…

COVID-19 might impact India’s trade worth $348 million: UN report

THE trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about $348 million, said the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report. India is among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade. For India, the trade impact is…

UN appeals for £686m to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

THE United Nations on Tuesday (2) appealed for nearly $900 million to help hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and vulnerable host communities in Bangladesh this year. The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration and other partners launched a joint appeal for $877m (£686m). The money would…

Will be meeting Taliban leaders soon: Trump

US president Donald Trump on Saturday (29) said he planned to meet Taliban leaders in the "not-too-distant future", asserting that it was time that the war against terrorism was fought by someone else, particularly the countries in the region. "I will be meeting personally with Taliban leaders in the not-too-distant…

Bangladesh rethinks plan to move Rohingya refugees  

BANGLADESH is reconsidering a plan to relocate Rohingya refugees to a flood-prone island located hours by boat from its coast, junior minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman told on Wednesday (26). The proposal to move 100,000 people to Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal to ease overcrowding…

Do not rush to conclusions, India tells UN body

INDIA has asked the UN's human rights body to develop a “better understanding and appreciation” of  ground realities in the “vibrant democracy” before concluding on issues such as its amended citizenship law and administration of Kashmir. India's strong statement came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on…

Pak PM says 200 million Muslims are being targeted in…

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the world community to "act now" on the deadly violence against Muslims in India on Wednesday (26). "IOJK [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] was the beginning. Now 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted. The world community must act now,” Imran Khan tweeted. Communal violence in…

Sri Lanka says will not honour UN pledge on war…

Sri Lanka prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who oversaw a brutal end to a decades-long conflict with Tamil separatists, said on Wednesday (19) the country was withdrawing from a United Nations resolution investigating alleged war crimes. Rajapaksa was president when Sri Lankan troops defeated Tamil Tiger guerrillas in 2009, but rights…

Sri Lanka takes objection to US ban on Army Chief

SRI LANKA has taken a "strong objection" to the US imposing a travel ban on its Army chief Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, saying the move is based on "unverified information", after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the allegations of gross human rights violations are serious and credible. The Sri…

US blacklists Sri Lankan army chief

THE US has imposed sanctions on Sri Lanka's army chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, for alleged human rights violations including extrajudicial killings in 2009 during the country's civil war, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday (14). "The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented…

Prison ‘not the best way to prevent extremism’

  By Barnie Choudhury Former BBC journalist IN MARCH 2005, I was having coffee with an officer from the National Crime Squad, and she asked me what my biggest fear was post-9/11. I knew children as young as seven were being groomed to sell drugs, and I had heard chatter…

Ambassador Sandhu presents his credentials to Trump

INDIA'S ambassador-designate to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Thursday (6) presented his credentials to president Donald Trump in his Oval Office of the White House. Trump, during the Oval Office credentials ceremony, warmly welcomed Sandhu, a career foreign service official, back to Washington DC and wished him success in…

Malaysia seeks end to Palm Oil tension with India

MALAYSIAN prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has dialled back his criticism of India after it sparked a boycott of Malaysian palm oil, his chosen successor Anwar Ibrahim told on Thursday (6), urging New Delhi to note the change in tone. India, the world's biggest buyer of edible oils, last month imposed…

Taranjt Singh Sandhu arrives in US as ambassador designate

TARANJIT SINGH SANDHU, a career foreign service official, arrived here Monday (3) as India's ambassador-designate to the US. "Ambassador of India to the United States" Sandhu "arrived this morning and assumed charge," the Indian Embassy said in a tweet soon after his arrival. He was given a warm welcome by…

India is big emitter after US: UN Chief

THE European Union, the US, China, India, Japan and Russia are the world's "big emitters" who must respect and meet their commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the UN chief has said, underlining that their failure to do so will undermine global climate action…

Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed India’s ambassador to US

Seasoned diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu has been appointed as India's Ambassador to the US, replacing Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Ministry of External Affairs said. Shringla is set to take over as the next foreign secretary on Wednesday. Sandhu, a 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently posted as High Commissioner…

Hope Indian government will address concerns on Citizenship Act: Dominic…

Amid anti-CAA protests in India, the UK on Thursday (30) said it hopes that the Indian government will address concerns of the people over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as its manifesto commitment is "with all, development for all and trust of all". Outgoing British High Commissioner to India Dominic…

UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top court on Thursday (23) ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people. The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice "is of…

Will Gul Makai release in Pakistan? Here’s what director H.E.…

Gul Makai is a biopic on Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, who fought against the Taliban for the education of girls. Malala became a household name and won many international awards for her bravery. Well, we all know that from the past few years, Indian films are not allowed to…

India suffers hottest decade on record

THE last decade was India's hottest on record with the national weather office calling the impact of global warming "unmistakable" and extreme weather killing more than 1,500 people last year. India, home to 1.3 billion people, is at the forefront of climate change suffering devastating floods, dire water shortages and…

Bangladesh to ban use of single-use plastic in hotels and…

Bangladesh's High Court on Monday ordered the government to ban single-use plastics in coastal areas and in hotels and restaurants in one year to combat pollution. In 2002 the south Asian nation was among the first countries to ban the use of plastic and polythene bags in an effort to…

UN urge Pakistan to clear scholar of blasphemy, lift death…

United Nations human rights experts called on Pakistan's high court on Friday (27) to clear liberal academic Junaid Hafeez of blasphemy charges and overturn his death sentence. In a joint statement, they described Hafeez's condemnation by a lower court last week as a "travesty of justice" and said senior judges…

India, US urge Pakistan to take ‘immediate action’ against terrorists

India and the US on Thursday (19) asked Pakistan to take "immediate and irreversible action" to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorism against other countries and to prosecute the perpetrators of cross-border terror attacks, including Mumbai and Pathankot strikes. The two countries also asked Pakistan…

Mumbai attacks accused faces terror financing charges

A PAKISTANI anti-terrorism court indicted Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, on terror financing charges on Wednesday (11), a government prosecutor and defence lawyer said. Defence lawyer Imran Gill said his client pleaded not guilty. The charges were read as the 70-year-old Saeed was present…

India climbs one spot to 129 in UN human development…

INDIA climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 human development index, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday (9). In 2018, India's human development index (HDI) value of 0.647 had put it at 130 rank. In India, 27.1 crore…

Indian fugitive holy man creates new ‘cosmic’ nation

A HOLY man wanted by Indian police on sex assault charges has said he has created a new country for Hindus that will fight global warming, offer free healthcare, and promote gender equality and vegetarianism. Nithyananda Swami, who once had thousands of followers that included film stars and politicians in…

Priyanka Chopra receives UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award

Priyanka Chopra has been honoured with UNICEF's Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award. The India star was named the 2019 recipient of the Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Children's Fund in June this year and received the award at the Snowflake Ball in New York on Tuesday night. "Giving back is…

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