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Actors, authors, academics and artists win big at annual ACTAs

SOME of the brightest talents from the British Asian community were recognised for their achievements in the arts at the annual Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs) at the Mayfair Hotel in central London last Friday (17). One of Britain’s most accomplished and versatile artists, Osman Yousefzada, won…

ACTA awards 2024: ‘We must tell Asian stories’

TRAILBLAZING playwright Tanika Gupta believes there is an “invisibility cloak around British Asians” on getting community stories commissioned in the arts. In a career spanning more than three decades, Gupta has written award-winning plays such as The Waiting Room and Sanctuary at the National Theatre, The Empress at the Royal…

University of Leicester builds on higher education partnership with India

The University of Leicester is enhancing its higher education partnership with India, highlighted by a visit from the consul general of India in Birmingham, who met with Indian students and university academics. Consul general Dr Venkatachalam Murugan recently visited the university and met with vice-chancellor and president Professor Nishan Canagarajah;…

Why ‘forced marriage figures are tip of the iceberg’

CAMPAIGNERS have questioned if the government department supporting victims of forced marriages is “fit for purpose” after official data suggested that there has been a significant drop in cases in the UK in recent years. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint initiative between the Home Office and the Foreign,…

Women’s cricket gets a big boost

ENGLAND bowler Lauren Bell had no women role models in cricket while growing up, so she gets a kick out of the young female fans she meets who tell her they plan to wear their hair in plaits like she does on game days.  Building on the success of last…

Jaguar Land Rover reports highest profits since 2015

Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed its highest pre-tax profits since 2015. JLR credited the production of Range Rover and Defender models at its Solihull factory for achieving pre-tax profits of £2.2 billion, reported the BBC. "The foundation of this performance was the sustained global demand for our…

Infant sleep deprivation tied to adult psychosis risk: study

CHILDREN experiencing a chronic lack of sleep since infancy could be at an increased risk of having psychosis in early adulthood, a new study has found. Analysing the sleep durations of nearly 12,400 children from when they were aged six months to seven years, researchers found that those persistently sleeping…

Woah! Dr Zeus is in the house

THERE is no denying that Dr Zeus has been unstoppable since bursting onto the music scene 25 years ago. One of the greatest British Asian music producers of all time, he has entertained all ages around the world with top tracks that have become a part of popular culture. Having…

Comment: Sunak has to offer a competitive election to avoid…

MY DAD still plans to vote for Rishi Sunak at the general election. He mostly feels that somebody should. He sees the prime minister as a decent man, trying his best in difficult times. Because dad arrived in Britain during the week after Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech,…

EXCLUSIVE: Street calls on Tories to unite

THE West Midlands mayor Andy Street has called on the Conservative Party to come together and back prime minister Rishi Sunak despite admitting the pair previously “fell out”. Sunak’s position has been under scrutiny in recent months, with former home secretary Suella Braverman on Monday (22) refusing to rule out…

Labour’s Richard Parker defeats Andy Street in West Midlands mayoral…

LABOUR capped off the local elections on Saturday evening (4) with a narrow win for Richard Parker in the West Midlands mayoral race, defeating Conservative incumbent Andy Street by just 1,508 votes. Earlier this evening, Labour's Sadiq Khan was re-elected as London mayor for the third consecutive term, after he…

How Manoj Kerai made Mrs Kapoor a firm family favourite

HIT theatre comedy Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding 2: Mauritius recently returned for another successful UK tour.  The story of a dysfunctional family planning a destination wedding has been delighting audiences nationwide and gearing up for a history-making performance in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre on July 16.  …

Sunak celebrates Vaisakhi at Downing Street

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak invoked the Sikh principle of service (sewa) as he hosted a reception to celebrate Vaisakhi at Downing Street last Wednesday (17). More than a hundred guests – including politicians, community and faith leaders and members of the military – gathered to hear the prime minister pay…

Tory mayor keeps distance from Sunak to avoid election wipeout

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak faces heavy losses in a swathe of local votes next week, and one of the best hopes for success for his Tories is a prominent mayor who is loath to even mention his party or its leader in his campaign. Andy Street has been mayor of…

Gold jewellery warning as thieves target Asian homes

POLICE forces across the UK have warned Asians to keep their gold jewellery in a safe or bank deposit box after a spate of burglaries in recent months. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Merseyside Police are among the forces that have seen a number of thefts targeting members of the…

FA chief Yasir Mirza says football needs more south Asian…

ROSS COUNTY midfielder Yan Dhanda stressed the importance of tackling stigma against south Asians to improve ethnic representation at the highest levels of English football. Dhanda and Birmingham City loanee Brandon Khela made history last Sunday (14) when they helped Ross County beat Scottish football giants Rangers for the first…

Exclusive: Asians still fear “dangerous racism”

BRITAIN is as racist as it was in the 1970s, and some politicians of colour are making matters worse, anti-racism campaigners have told Eastern Eye. Their comments follow a landmark series on Channel 4, Defiance, which tells the story of how south Asian and black people fought right-wing extremists in…

BBC’s star reporter Charles Wheeler ‘believed in multicultural Britain’

SHIRIN WHEELER has talked to Eastern Eye about the book she has written about her father, Sir Charles Wheeler, who was once the BBC’s star foreign correspondent. He had served in Delhi, Berlin and Washington, before returning home to report on the multicultural Britain in which he always believed and…

Nimesh Sanghoi brings back magic of Mohammed Rafi and Kishore…

MUSIC has been a constant companion to Nimesh Sanghoi from the moment he sang his first note and had a profound impact on his life. Every song learned by the singer and each live performance has been a stepping stone in his growth as an artist and person. The countless…

Stop scaring the public, says Lord Bilimoria on visa restrictions

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

Birmingham teacher fired for Islam dominance claims and anti-feminist views

A Muslim teacher in Birmingham, who suggested Islam was going to take over and claimed Westernised girls were “lunatics,” has been sacked. Aqib Khan was dismissed for allegedly "undermining fundamental British values," as determined by a professional misconduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency, reported The Telegraph. During his tenure…

BAPS volunteers participate in community cleanup campaign over Easter weekend

As many as 216 volunteers from 13 BAPS Swaminarayan mandirs (temples) and centres across the UK participated in the Great British Spring Clean, the nation's largest environmental cleanup campaign, over the Easter bank holiday weekend. These volunteers managed to collect an impressive total of 138 bags of litter, contributing to…

Exclusive: Asians need better cancer services

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

Fans select their favourite Sonu Nigam hits ahead of UK…

SONU NIGAM, one of the greatest Indian singers of all time, is renowned for his wonderful voice, huge catalogue of hit songs, numerous accolades, and millions of fans globally. He is also an exceptional live performer who delivers sold-out arena shows around the world. Nigam returns for another UK tour,…

Aditi Mangaldas’ bold dance duet defies age taboo

WHEN Aditi Mangaldas headlines a show, it is certain to be dynamically, artistically and creatively different from anything that has come before. She continues that path-breaking journey with the new production Mehek, which embarks on a hotly anticipated UK tour in April. The Indian Kathak legend has teamed up with…

SMASHBengali and Guranisha Randhawa to host BBC Asian chat show…

BBC Asian Network on Friday announced the launch of new chat show in a podcast format, One More Chai, coming to the station on Wednesdays (22:00 – 23:00) from 17 April. One More Chai will be hosted by SMASHBengali and Guranisha Randhawa, who will team up to chat through various…

Princess of Wales undergoing chemotherapy after cancer diagnosis

PRINCESS OF WALES said on Friday (22) she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy after tests taken after she had major abdominal surgery in January revealed that cancer had been present. The Princess, 42-year-old wife of heir to the throne Prince William, called the cancer discovery a "huge shock". The news comes…

Top 25 comedy heroes from India

WHILE it’s true that stand-up comedy first gained prominence in western culture, India’s comedy scene has emerged as one of the fastest-growing in the past decade. In recent years, there has been an influx of top talents who have presented humour in a unique way and risen to prominence with…

Indian shuttler Sen’s impressive run cut short at All England…

ANOTHER impressive week ended with a semi-final finish for star shuttler Lakshya Sen, who narrowly lost a three-game battle against Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie at the All England Championships in Birmingham last Saturday (16), prolonging India’s wait for the coveted trophy. In a game of fine margins, the 22-year-old, who had…

Slowed speech potential indicator of cognitive decline, says study

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, involved 125 healthy adults spanning ages 18 to 90. Participants were tasked with describing a scene in detail, with recordings of their descriptions analysed using artificial intelligence (AI) software to assess speech speed, pause duration, and vocabulary diversity. While difficulty…

Nina Wadia to lead ‘Now That’s What I Call A…

Nina Wadia is set to star in the world premiere of NOW That’s What I Call A Musical, a new British musical featuring iconic hits from the NOW music brand. Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, the show will celebrate 40 years of NOW music with chart-topping hits and…

Indigo Giant: New play exposes colonial atrocities in undivided India

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

Top 10 moments of Atma Ahir

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

Channi Singh: Return of the godfather

BRITISH music hero Channi Singh has been entertaining audiences for nearly 50 years as a singer, songwriter and composer.  The frontman of the iconic bhangra group, Alaap, has achieved many milestones in his career, including countless hit songs, game-changing albums and pathbreaking collaborations with legends such as Asha Bhosle.  …

Aakash Odedra: Story of love and longing

BRITISH dance maestro Aakash Odedra consistently leads boundary-breaking projects and Mehek adds to his impressive repertoire. He has teamed up with Indian kathak legend Aditi Mangaldas in this magnificent dance drama that narrates the love story of an older woman and a younger man. The world-renowned performers will embark on…

India plays vital role in shaping Commonwealth’s work: Baroness Scotland

INDIA not only shaped the birth of the Commonwealth, but will also continue to play a vital role in shaping its work, the organisation’s secretary general, Baroness Patricia Scotland, said on Monday (11) on the occasion of Commonwealth Day. Baroness Scotland, who was scheduled to visit India later this week,…

TOP 10 British Asian women entertainers

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

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

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

Nitin Sawhney says he suffered heart attack recently

The Award-winning British Indian musician Nitin Sawhney, who had to withdraw from Australia’s premier world music festival WOMADelaide due to a medical emergency, has revealed that he ‘had a heart attack’ a few days ago. Known for musical scores in over 70 films, including for a screen adaptation of Salman…

Birmingham approves service cuts, tax hikes to avoid bankruptcy

COUNCILLORS in the UK's second-largest city Birmingham on Tuesday (5) approved tax hikes and deep cuts to public services including arts funding and rubbish collection, as the city fights to avoid bankruptcy. The city council, which needs to save £300 million over two years to survive, voted to increase local…

Lord Gadhia scoops top honour at GG2 Leadership Awards

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

Braverman labels Tory Islamophobia row as ‘hysteria’, demands action

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman has denounced the ongoing controversy surrounding Islamophobia within the Tory party as "hysteria," urging prime minister Rishi Sunak to address Islamist extremism promptly, reported The Telegraph. Braverman believes stripping Lee Anderson, the former Tory party deputy chairman, of his party privileges was an overreaction to…

Unite to end race hatred, says Sadiq Khan

THE mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has told Eastern Eye he believes communities will come together to stand up against “politics of extremism, division and blame”. His comments came amid an escalating row after Lee Anderson, the former deputy chairman of the Conservative party, last Saturday (24) claimed “Islamists had…

Tributes paid to Mike Allbut who presented Asian content on…

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

Tower Hamlets residents reject Scully’s ‘no-go’ area comment

Conservative party MP Paul Scully's remark that parts of the London borough have become a “no-go” zone has upset the residents and businesses in Tower Hamlets. The former London minister, who represents Sutton and Cheam, on Tuesday said he regrets sparking a controversy by claiming that parts of Tower Hamlets…

Citi hires Viswas Raghavan as new banking head

Citigroup has appointed Viswas Raghavan as its new head of banking. Raghavan spent over two decades at JPMorgan and was recently appointed as head of global investment banking. He is expected to join Citigroup in the summer and will replace Peter Babej, who is due to retire later this year.…

Death threats have become a norm, says Labour MP

An Asian-origin Labour party MP has said receiving death threats seems to have become "a norm" for her, reports BBC. While sharing her experience on a BBC programme, Preet Gill, who represents Birmingham Edgbaston, said her job worried her "in a way I've never been worried before". This comes in…

British Indian doctor’s rock band embarks on nationwide tour

A 25-year-old British Indian doctor, who combined his passion for music with his medical career by forming a band with fellow healthcare professionals, has kicked off his first nationwide tour in the UK with the launch show in London recently proving a sell-out. Gulzar (Gulz) Singh Dhanoya started the indie-rock…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop condemning us for fighting racism

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

Vaccination urged as measles cases soar in West Midlands

HEALTH experts have urged West Midlands residents to get the measles vaccine as cases in the region are spreading in “disproportionately high rates”. Figures published earlier this month showed 329 of 465 (71 per cent) cases across England from October to February were in the region. The sharp rise over…

University of Birmingham apologises for social media post confusing Sikhs…

The University of Birmingham has apologised after it removed a social media post that seemed to confuse Sikh students with Muslims. According to a report in ‘The Birmingham Mail', the university post implied that a 20-year-old “Langar on Campus” event organised by the university's Sikh Society earlier this month was…

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

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

Indian legal battle drives UK appetite for butter chicken

WHO really invented butter chicken? The competing claims of two rival restaurants in Delhi – Moti Mahal and Daryaganj – have now gone global. The dispute has ended up in the courts with the owners of Moti Mahal also demanding £200,000 in damages. Foreign correspondents based in the Indian capital…

NHS apologises following suicide of Dr Vaish Kumar

NHS England's top medical training official has issued a heartfelt apology to the relatives of Dr Vaish Kumar, 35, who took her own life. Dr Kumar faced undue stress after being incorrectly informed that she had to undergo an additional six months of training before she could commence a new…

Labour set to weather storm of dwindling Muslim support

Labour's Sir Keir Starmer finds himself navigating a challenging political landscape, marked by a noticeable shift in support from Muslim constituents due to his stance on the Gaza conflict. But despite this, analyses suggest that Labour's robust lead may mitigate the potential impact on election outcomes, sparing the party from…

Opheem creates history as it gets two Michelin stars

AN Indian restaurant in Birmingham has made history by becoming the first in the city to be awarded two Michelin stars. Opheem, a Birmingham curry house, has made culinary history despite having just one Indian chef among its kitchen staff of 15. Chef and owner Aktar Islam, originally from Aston,…

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

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

Pakistan seals plan to sell national airline

AHEAD of elections next week, Pakistan's caretaker administration is making binding plans for a new government to sell loss-making Pakistan International Airlines, according to the minister in charge of the process and other officials. In the past, elected governments have shied away from undertaking unpopular reforms, including the sale of…

South Asian Sounds Festival attracts megastars for inaugural festival

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

Boy, 15, charged for killing 17-year-old in Birmingham

A 15-year-old boy has been accused of murder by West Midlands police following a fatal stabbing incident in Birmingham's city centre. Muhammad Hassam Ali, 17, was discovered gravely wounded in Victoria Square, Birmingham, just before 3.30 pm on Saturday (20). Despite being rushed to the hospital, Ali succumbed to his…

Lakshmi Persaud leaves behind shining legacy

PSYCHIATRISTS have developed a reputation for seeking to blame patients’ mums for psychological problems during therapy. So, what then of the psychiatrist’s own mother? In fact, it was she who encouraged me to consider psychiatry, then a deeply unpopular speciality, while I was at medical school. Our beloved mum, Dr…

Measles outbreak concern after falling vaccine rates

THE UK’s public health protection agency last Friday (19) sounded a “national call to action” for more measles jabs for children because of falling vaccination rates and fears that a current outbreak could spread. Jenny Harries, head of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), warned that measles was spreading among…

Chand Ali Khan: ‘Qawwalis are spiritual conversations’

DESPITE being centuries old, qawwali music remains massively popular with live audiences around the world. One of its top British exponents, Chand Ali Khan Qawwal and Party, is set to embark on another UK tour in February. The Midlands-based group has already sold out some shows, and their Dillagi tour…

MP seeks Home Office intervention over worker visas for Hindu…

GARETH THOMAS MP has written to the home secretary seeking his intervention over Tier 5 religious worker visas, which enable UK temples to recruit priests, saying such places of worship face closure over staff shortages. In a letter to James Cleverly on Wednesday (17), the Labour MP for Harrow West,…

Sikhs in UK receive ‘threat-to-life’ notices amid growing tensions

MANY Sikhs in the UK have received "threat-to-life" notices from the police, intensifying concerns over rising tensions related to the separatist movement in India, reported The Times. The threat-to-life warnings, known as Osman notices, issued by West Midlands police have fuelled apprehensions among recipients who fear potential connections to alleged…

Sohm Kapila joins the cast of musical ‘Bhangra Nation’

Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming UK premiere of Bhangra Nation – A New Musical, presented by Birmingham Rep in association with Mara Isaacs, Tom Kirdahy, and Peggy Koenig. Sohm Kapila will take on the role of Rekha. She has joined the previously announced cast members Zaynah Ahmed…

Blue Peter announces Shini as new presenter

The world’s longest-running children's TV show has today unveiled Shini Muthukrishnan as its newest Blue Peter presenter. Shini will co-host alongside Abby Cook, Joel Mawhinney, and Henry the dog on her first live show airing Friday 19th January on CBBC and BBC iPlayer at 5.00 pm. Shini is a content…

West Midlands ‘delighted’ to host Kabaddi World Cup 2025

WOLVERHAMPTON will host the 2025 Kabaddi World Cup final, after being awarded £500,000 from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund to help with costs. Originating in India some 5,000 years ago, the contact sport sees teams broken down into raiders and blockers. Points…

Concerns raised over Sikh activist’s sudden death

A senior Conservative MP, Neil O’Brien, has raised concerns about the sudden death of Sikh activist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham last year. Writing to Home Secretary James Cleverly, O’Brien who is the MP for Harborough questioned the circumstances surrounding Khanda’s death, particularly as it coincided with reported plots to…

24 entertaining things to look forward to in 2024

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

Stafford Arima: Exploring cultural identity through new dance moves

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

Rooney needs time to get over Birmingham City ‘setback’

Wayne Rooney said it would "take some time to get over this setback" after he was sacked as manager of Championship side Birmingham City on Tuesday following a disastrous spell in charge. The 38-year-old former Manchester United and England star was appointed in October but oversaw just two wins in…

Comment: Elections around the world will shape politics in 2024

DEMOCRACY is the theme of 2024. Around half of the world’s population has the chance to go to the polls. This weekend’s vote in Bangladesh, boycotted by the opposition to Shekih Hasina, is an inauspicious start. Pakistan in February holds its first elections since 2018. More than 600 million will…

British Asian man alleges racial bias by Liverpool FC

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

Romesh Ranganathan reveals how much weight he lost from ‘diet…

Romesh Ranganathan, who will be appearing in the upcoming Christmas special episode on The Jonathan Ross Show alongside Willem Dafoe, Ariana Debose, Katherine Jenkins, Kevin Bridges, Boy George, and Claudia Schiffer, opened up about how much weight he has lost. He revealed that he has lost three stone in weight…

Family of Sikh activist urges fresh investigation into his death

The family of the late Sikh activist Avtar Singh Khanda has urged the Home Office to appoint a police force for a comprehensive and impartial investigation into his sudden death last June, which took place at the same time as a murder and an attempted murder of Sikh separatists in…

Fresh £4bn boost ‘not enough for cash-strapped councils’

BRITAIN plans to increase funding for local government councils by £4 billion to £64bn to address inflation-driven pressures after Birmingham and Nottingham councils effectively declared bankruptcy. The settlement for 2024-25 marks a 6.5 per cent rise from 2023-24, the government said in a statement on Monday (18) in an attempt…

50 things we learned about Bollywood in 2023

BOLLYWOOD celebrities unveiled various details about themselves this year, ranging from unique personal anecdotes to past experiences. Keeping our ears to the ground, we learned more about the lives of well-known stars than just their on-screen personas. Eastern Eye looks back on the events of the last 12 months to present…

Best British Asian moments of 2023 in music

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

Government allocates £64bn boost for local councils

BRITAIN plans to increase funding for local government councils by £4 billion to £64bn ($81bn) to address inflation-driven pressures, after cities Birmingham and Nottingham effectively declared bankruptcy. The settlement for 2024-25 marks a 6.5 per cent rise from 2023-24, the government said in a statement in an attempt to ease…

24,000 people in West Midlands will spend Christmas without a…

New data released by Shelter UK reveals a harrowing reality for many in the West Midlands this Christmas: over 24,000 individuals, including 12,590 children, will experience homelessness, marking an 18% increase in one year. Analysing official homelessness figures and data obtained through Freedom of Information requests, Shelter's comprehensive study exposes…

Entertainment industry’s most epic fails of 2023

WHETHER it has been top talents making a mark, path-breaking moments, superb songs, fabulous films, brilliant books, or audience-delighting entertainment, there has been a lot to celebrate in the past 12 months. Next week, there will be a roundup of these magnificent moments in Eastern Eye’s annual review of the…

Indhu Rubasingham becomes first woman to lead National Theatre

ONE of the top jobs in the arts has gone to Indhu Rubasingham, who has been appointed director and joint chief executive of the National Theatre in London. She will succeed Rufus Norris who will be stepping down from the post in spring 2025, when his second term ends. Rubasingham,…

Author Sheela Banerjee chronicles changing cultural identity in diverse Britain

IN HER book, What’s in a Name? Friendship, Identity and History in Modern Multicultural Britain, the author Sheela Banerjee deals with the question which confronts all British Asian parents. What should they call their newborn? Most want the name to reflect the child’s ethnic and cultural heritage, but at the…

Why Zephaniah was a prophet of Britishness

I FELL in love with Benjamin Zephaniah and performance poetry both at the same time. It was as a young teenager that I first saw and heard him on the 1990’s British Asian television programme Network East. In his Jamaican-inflected Brummie accent, this dreadlocked Rastafarian took viewers on a tour…

Campaign aims to ‘secure legacy of Windrush story’

A NETWORK and website have been launched to “deepen public conversation about race in Britain and press for future change”. Dozens of race and equality campaigners, community organisations and politicians gathered in parliament last Thursday (7) at an event to acknowledge the efforts of the 75th Windrush anniversary this year.…

Gangster jailed for smuggling drugs

A 34-year-old man, who was part of a four-member drugs smuggling gang, was sentenced to three years of imprisonment at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday (8). The gang was busted and convicted for their role in conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis from the Netherlands to the UK and Ireland.…

Greenwich event brings together SS Tilawa tragedy survivors, descendants

Survivors of a sunken ship and their descendants came together for a commemoration at London’s National Maritime Museum in Greenwich last month. It has been 81 years since the passenger-cargo ship, SS Tilawa, sank after it was torpedoed twice by the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Indian ocean during the…

Talking about and tackling racism in mental health care

Racial justice is essential in all democracies and progressive societies, which seek to learn from historical examples of persecution, incarceration, and enslavement on the basis of race. Anti-slavery and civil rights movements in the North America and Europe led to greater freedoms, alongside campaigns to tackle gender disadvantage and discrimination.…

‘Migration curbs will damage UK’

ANY “drastic” measures to cut immigration to the UK have the potential to “kill the economy”, a leading businessman has told Eastern Eye. Annual net migration hit a record of 745,000 last year and has stayed at elevated levels since, data showed last Thursday (23). Prime minister Rishi Sunak came…

Should schools respond to the current conflict between Hamas and…

ONLY a few years ago schools were proud of their every child matters policy. It was all the rage. But then, all of a sudden, without rhyme or reason, it vanished into thin air. For some educationalists, the recent Hamas/Israel conflict is a clear-cut singularity of rhyme. It’s the reason…

Stand up for comic Faizan Shah

THE booming British Asian comedy scene has more fabulous stand-up talents than ever before and Faizan Shah falls firmly into that category. The Manchester-based comic entertains audiences with relatable jokes based on personal experiences and provides plenty of laughs. He will be part of the ensemble Desi Central comedy shows…

Indian students rush to secure UK visas before dependents ban

THERE is a surge in Indian students accelerating visa applications to bring their dependents to the UK ahead of the government-imposed ban in January, The Telegraph reported. Education agents are capitalising on this trend, charging inflated prices to secure spots at UK universities before the impending Home Office deadline, which…

Sunak to revive Rwanda asylum plan after court setback

Despite a significant setback in the country’s highest court, prime minister Rishi Sunak is attempting to revive his flagship immigration policy. However, legal experts express doubts about its ability to surmount the existing legal hurdles. The UK Supreme Court on Wednesday (15) ruled the government's scheme to send asylum seekers…

Kumar Sanu: A special kind of music romance

MAGNIFICENT songs, multiple awards and amazing musical achievements mean Kumar Sanu needs no introduction. The massively popular music star ranks among the most celebrated Indian playback singers of all time and is the voice behind songs that defined a generation. The once-undisputed ‘king of romance’ is currently judging the 14th…

Britain’s Sikh community appeals for support on long-term issues

BRITAIN's Sikh population, whose ancestors first migrated from the Punjab more than a century ago, have long been admired as a model of integration and for maintaining a strong identity. Lauded in their country of origin and beyond for their valour, industriousness and charity, Sikhs took those values to Britain,…

Cameron helped strengthen India-UK ties

MY INSTINCT is that the return of David Cameron as foreign secretary is good for Rishi Sunak, for the government and for the country. Let’s not forget that Rishi was elected an MP in 2015 during Cameron’s last year as prime minister. Cameron has disagreed with Rishi’s decision to cancel…

Sport fails to inspire Asian women

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

Jashaan Gill: From working-class background to world’s fashion capitals

BRITISH ASIAN designer Jashaan Gill has urged youngsters to start pursuing their dreams, assuring them that they will ‘find their way’ in the process. Birmingham-based Gill’s journey into the world of fashion commenced with a dream that his teachers dismissed and mocked. Now, aged 26, this resilient designer from Oldbury…

Guneet Monga, Vikas Khanna collaborate for OSCAR-qualified ‘American Sikh’

Ace Producers Guneet Monga and Vikas Khanna are set to come up with an OSCAR-qualified animated short film American Sikh. The amazing true story of Vishavjit Singh, a Sikh man who was born in America and wears a turban, who, after a lifetime of violence, self-doubt, and bigotry, eventually finds…

NHS England’s Dr Nikki Kanani to step down next month

PROMINENT British Asian GP, Dr Nikki Kanani, has announced that she will step down from her current role at NHS England next month after serving six years. She worked as the medical director for primary care overseeing the establishment of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and the formulation of a fresh…

British Asian designer Jashaan Gill urges youngsters to dream big

BRITISH ASIAN designer Jashaan Gill has urged youngsters to start pursuing their dreams, assuring them that they will 'find their way' in the process. Birmingham-based Gill's journey into the world of fashion commenced with a dream that his teachers dismissed and mocked. Now, aged 26, this resilient designer from Oldbury…

Former firearms officer wins sex discrimination case, awarded £30,000

A former firearms officer who was stripped down to her underwear during a training exercise has been awarded £30,000 by an employment tribunal. Rebecca Kalam said she felt "vindicated" by the decision, which found she had been subjected to sexist and derogatory language and harassment, sex discrimination, and victimisation at…

Man who set fire to mosque worshippers found guilty of…

A MAN who set alight two men who were walking home from mosques in two British cities earlier this year was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, police said on Tuesday (7). Police said they found no evidence that Mohammed Abbkr, 27, was motivated by a particular ideology…

How to make this Diwali a memorable celebration

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

Boom Shack Apache Indian

AN INCREDIBLE career has seen Apache Indian become a great British music icon. Whether it has been creating a new musical genre, monster hits like Boom Shak-A-Lak, world-class collaborations, trailblazing moments or setting up an academy for new talent, he has had three decades of brilliance. The singer, songwriter and…

‘Diwali celebrates best of Britain’

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

Comment: How the Middle East conflict impacts UK domestic politics

WITH the Israel-Palestine conflict escalating so dangerously, its impact on British politics seems a rather local difficulty. When prime minister Rishi Sunak flew to Israel to tell prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu “we want you to win”, he could not really claim to be speaking for his much more ambivalent country.…

NHS trusts exploit overseas doctors for cheap labour, investigation reveals

FOREIGN doctors received lower pay and reduced benefits compared to their UK counterparts under a controversial scheme in English hospital trusts, an investigation has revealed. Doctors from outside the UK arrive at NHS trusts as ‘fellows’ under the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ medical training initiative (MTI) scheme, spending two-years…

‘American Sikh’ qualified to be considered for 2024 Academy Award

Animated short American Sikh inspired by the life of Vishavjit Singh — the ‘Sikh Captain America’ — has qualified to be considered for a 2024 Academy Award. The film, which had its world premiere at the Oscar-qualifying Tribeca Film Festival in June, was created to bring more Sikh representation to…

Childhood obesity among British Asians a growing concern

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

Jaivant Patel: New spiritual worlds and spaces

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

West Midlands welcomes creation of 1,000 new jobs

THE West Midlands, England's second biggest metropolitan area, is set to be boosted by the creation of 1,000 new tech sector jobs, the local economic development agency said on Wednesday (18). The West Midlands Growth Company, which covers an area containing England's second city Birmingham, said the jobs would be…

Labour MP slams Muslim group for not condemning Hamas

LABOUR MP Khalid Mahmood has criticised a top Mulsim group of the UK for not condemning Hamas which committed atrocities in Israel earlier this month. Hamas gunmen sneaked across the border into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, killing about 1,400 people and abducting dozens. In its…

The world’s legendary casinos: success stories and scandals

A casino is a place where dreams can come true in an instant and where passions boil on the edge of excitement. The history of american slots in the UK is littered with successes and scandals that have created wealth and fame, but have also drawn attention to the downside…

Indian students receive guidance and support for life in UK

The High Commission of India in London hosted a welcome event for newly arrived Indian students, aiming to provide them with guidance and counsel regarding life in the UK. The event aimed to extend support to the students as their “home away from home.” After completing a registration drive supported…

MY TOP 10 with Gubzy Singh Lackhanpal

MASTER percussionist Gubzy Singh Lackhanpal has had a magnificent career filled with magical moments. The dynamite dhol player and tabla maestro has performed in over 46 countries, with leading artists that include Malkit Singh, DCS, Apache Indian, Beverly Knight, AS Kang, Sukshinder Shinda, Hans Raj Hans, Surinder Shinda, Balwinder Safri,…

Sukh Kaur: Flirting, falling in love and fun ways to…

DATING apps may provide more options for single people than ever before, but many have been left frustrated with swiping across to find a life partner. Being unsatisfied with apps led Sukh Kaur towards setting up her company Some Single Thing. The British entrepreneur organises unique events for singles looking…

UK and Ireland to host Euro 2028

THE UK and Ireland will co-host Euro 2028, while Italy and Turkey will be joint hosts of the 2032 tournament, UEFA announced. Both bids ran unopposed but still needed official approval from European football's governing body, which they received at a meeting in Switzerland. Turkey last week withdrew from the…

Kiln Theatre appoints Amit Sharma as artistic director and CEO

Amit Sharma has been confirmed as the new Artistic Director and CEO of the Kiln Theatre. Sharma, who is currently Associate Director at Kiln Theatre, and also works as a freelance director, will take up his new role on 1 December 2023. Sharing his excitement, Sharma said today, “Over the…

Cricket to feature in 2028 Olympics after more than a…

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

West Midland Mayor invites Preity Zinta to be part of…

Preity Zinta, one of the leading actresses of Indian Cinema, is coming to Birmingham in November to be a part of Diwali celebrations. She will be welcomed by the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and both Andy and Preity are set to preside over a weekend of events…

Suella betrayed her own culture, says Tory parliamentarian

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

Diwali Foundation gears up to share the spirit of the…

The Diwali Basket Brigade, an initiative organised by The Diwali Foundation, operates as a voluntary campaign dedicated to providing food hampers to vulnerable families from various faiths and backgrounds. These families, nominated by local charities and community organisations, are identified as those facing severe financial challenges, struggling to provide food…

Championing support for bereaved dads

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

It’s time for change and we are it: Sunak at…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak portrayed himself as a tough decision maker and an agent of change on Wednesday (4), seeking to break with the scandals and chaos of his Tory predecessors and show the party he can help it win an upcoming election. In a speech lasting more than an…

Sunak cancels HS2 rail line from West Midlands to Manchester

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has scrapped the HS2 high-speed rail line from the West Midlands to Manchester during his Conservative Party conference speech on Wednesday (4). The cancellation includes everything beyond the London-Birmingham route, with the £36 billion saved set to be reinvested in transport initiatives across the North, Midlands,…

Music preview of live UK concerts, featuring top talents, in…

AN ACTION-PACKED year of live music has seen blockbuster concerts from huge international names and despite there only being three months left, there is still plenty to look forward to before 2023 ends. With that in mind, Eastern Eye prepared a preview of some great live music events to look…

Tories ‘need to widen appeal among all ethnic minorities’

A PROMINENT Conservative party commentator believes the Tories have become “complacent” in reaching out to ethnic minority politicians and voters. With Rishi Sunak as prime minister and ministers such as Suella Braverman, Kemi Badonech and James Cleverly, the Tory administration has one of the most diverse cabinets in history. However,…

Regulator closes Axiom Ince through intervention

THE Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has shut down the embattled law firm Axiom Ince with immediate effect, the regulator said on Tuesday (3). Axiom’s managing director Pragnesh Modhwadia was suspended in August on the suspicion of "dishonesty” after a £64 million hole had been detected in the firm’s client account.…

We are ‘underdogs’ at polls, Tories say as conference opens

CONSERVATIVES opened their annual conference on Sunday (1), with the party's chairman conceding they were "the underdogs" heading into a general election expected next year amid widespread economic woes. The gathering in Manchester will be prime minister Rishi Sunak's first since he became Tory leader last October, and likely the…

North Indian state seeks UK investment in infrastructure

Investing in infrastructure to develop the tourism potential of Uttarakhand is a priority for the north Indian state, its chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, has said. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Dhami revealed the state government’s plans to work with the hospitality sector to enhance the appeal of…

Indian women win cricket gold at Asian Games

FRINGED by forested mountains in eastern China, the Zhejiang University of Technology might seem an unlikely battleground for cricketing powers with Olympic ambitions. But on Monday (25), it was the focus of much of south Asia as India’s women beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the Asian Games final,…

Tory conference set to see ‘real Rishi Sunak’ relaunch

RISHI SUNAK was not at last year’s Conservative Party conference. Having lost the party leadership election, he kept a low profile in his Yorkshire constituency to not distract from then prime minister Liz Truss’s chance to set out her vision. A chaotic week of u-turns trying to contain the implosion…

Drummond Street traders claim HS2 hit them harder than Covid

LONDON's Drummond Street, known for its immigrant-owned businesses, is facing a severe economic challenge due to the HS2 high-speed rail project. Originally intended to improve connections between London, Birmingham, and Manchester, HS2's delayed and over-budget construction near Euston station has disrupted the once-thriving area, reported the Times. For many local…

Conservatives fear Sunak’s high-risk policy blitz could ‘end badly’

There is growing concern among the Conservative party regarding Rishi Sunak's recent policy surge amid ongoing political challenges. Many within the party wonder if the sudden flurry of initiatives constitutes a coherent strategy or is a sign of panic. As world leaders convened at the UN climate summit in New…

Canada-India rift deepens

CANADIAN prime minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation on Tuesday (19) that the Indian government was behind the killing of a Sikh leader in Canada led to an escalating war-of-words and diplomats being ejected from both countries. India described as “absurd” Trudeau’s claims that “credible allegations” linked Indian agents to the June…

UK backs Canadian probe into Sikh leader’s murder allegations

FOREIGN SECRETARY James Cleverly said that his government backs a Canadian investigation to determine whether India was involved in the killing of a Sikh leader, in a case that sent ties between Ottawa and New Delhi nosediving. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said Monday (18) that "credible allegations" linked Indian…

British Sikh MPs ‘concerned’ over Trudeau’s allegations against India

BRITISH Sikh members of Parliament Preet Kaur Gill and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi have reacted to “concerning” reports emanating from Canada, after prime minister Justin Trudeau alleged Indian involvement in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in the country. The opposition Labour MPs, who represent heavily Sikh constituencies in England,…

Government commissioners could run Birmingham council for five years

A LETTER from the government to Birmingham City Council’s chief executive outlines “serious” finance and governence concerns – and reveals commissioners could be in place for five years, writes Kate Knowles. It states that government commissioners will take over the running of the council for as long as five years…

Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury auction nets millions

QUEEN frontman and rockstar Freddie Mercury’s Parsi heritage was celebrated more than 30 years after his death, as Sotheby’s in London conducted the first of six auctions of his belongings last Wednesday (6). A 16th-century Indian miniature depicting A Prince on Horseback With His Entourage sold for £266,700, against an…

Export to the UK with Amazon Global Selling

India, one of the largest nations on earth, is a well-known center for the industrial and service industries. People in urban regions work in the IT industry, the food processing industry, the jewellery industry, and many other industries, even though agriculture is the main source of income for those who…

Leicester sari shop to close after almost 60 years

After nearly six decades in operation, a family-owned business specialising in traditional Asian dresses is set to close its doors as the owner, Kishor Chauhan, plans to retire. Milans, originally established in Leicester's Highfields area in 1964 to cater to the needs of newcomers from India and Pakistan, later relocated…

Protection officers accused of racist remarks towards Malala Yousafzai

A former detective inspector has accused West Midlands police protection officers tasked with safeguarding Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai of using derogatory language towards her, the MailOnline reported. Rebecca Kalam alleged that the officers referred to Malala as 'Tikka Masala,' a deeply offensive term, on multiple occasions. This disturbing…

Opposition hits out at ‘bankrupt’ Birmingham city council

THE West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, has hit out at Birmingham City Council’s leadership in a statement after the local authority admitted it is effectively bankrupt. The city council announced on Tuesday (5) morning it could no longer balance its books and issued a Section 114 notice. The deputy leader,…

Asha Bhosle, who changed face of Indian commercial music, turns…

IN TERMS of ability, longevity, versatility, body of work and global impact, Asha Bhosle is regarded by most as India’s greatest singer of all time.  Born on September 8, 1933, the most recorded artist in history changed the face of commercial music in India and entertained countless people across different…

Shabana Mahmood promoted as Starmer reshuffles top Labour team

LABOUR MP Shabana Mahmood said she was honoured to be appointed shadow secretary of state for justice after party leader Sir Keir Starmer carried out a reshuffle on Monday (4). Days after prime minister Rishi Sunak’s mini reshuffle last week, Sir Keir named Birmingham Ladywood MP Mahmood to the shadow…

Driver orders fast food an hour after fatal crash killing…

A court has heard that a dangerous driver, Mohammed Sullaiman Khan, 27, ordered a burger and chips at a fast-food restaurant just an hour after causing a fatal car crash that resulted in the deaths of two brothers, aged 10 and 23 months. The horrendous crash took place at about…

How to enjoy gardening without outdoor spaces

THE Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recognises that it has become difficult for young people to own their own homes – which is why it is holding a show devoted to indoor plants. Those with access to outdoor gardens during the pandemic lockdowns were lucky, but others who own or rent…

‘No serious impact’ on Air India flights after UK air…

THE UK government was working with airlines on Tuesday (29) to help ensure passengers stranded in airports across Europe, after an air traffic control glitch the previous day caused widespread disruption to flights that is expected to last for days.   More than 1,500 flights were cancelled on bank holiday Monday…

Ulez expansion: Sadiq Khan alleges ministers are ‘weaponising air pollution’

London mayor Sadiq Khan has accused government ministers of “weaponising air pollution and climate change” alleging that they are not endorsing the expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), The Guardian reported. As the Ulez expansion is set to encompass all London boroughs, Khan has expressed his dissatisfaction with the…

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

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

Labour scraps plan to roll out Ulez-style zones across country

LABOUR has ditched plans to roll out clean air zones across the country aimed at cutting carbon emissions after Uxbridge by-election defeat, reported The Telegraph. A narrow by-election loss last month in outer London has been blamed on London mayor Sadiq Khan's expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez),…

Report: Pakistan children suffer stunted growth after devastating floods

AN estimated 40 per cent of children in Pakistan are suffering from stunted growth as families struggle to access food and healthcare, a year after the devastating floods, according to a report by a UK-based charity. The report by Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide, published last week, added that 80 per…

MPs call for direct Heathrow-Gujarat flights

THE Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, who is also the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Gujaratis (APPG), joined other parliamentary representatives as they called on airports and airlines for more direct flights to Gujarat from Heathrow. The group met Heathrow airport policy lead Richard…

Alia Bhatt opens up about her British citizenship

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who is presently basking in the huge success of her latest release Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, is also going all out to promote her much-awaited film Heart Of Stone, which marks her debut in Hollywood. Helmed by Tom Harper, the spy action thriller film…

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

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

Watchdog shuts down legal firms involved in false asylum claims…

Three law firms facing accusations of misconduct in handling asylum applications have been closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The affected firms are Rashid & Rashid in South Wimbledon, Kingswright Solicitors in Birmingham, and Lincoln Lawrence in Hounslow. The closure follows an undercover operation carried out by the…

Lata Mangeshkar magic at London Proms show

LATA MANGESHKAR, the “Nightingale of India”, died in February last year, aged 92, but her songs definitely live on. This became apparent when a 31-yearold singer from Mumbai, Palak Muchhal, and her brother, Palash Muchhal, three years younger, sang many of her golden oldies at a proms concert at the…

Adnan Sami: A playlist of his greatest hits ahead of…

POPULAR singer Adnan Sami returns for another UK tour in August with big arena shows in Leeds next Friday (11), London next Saturday (12) and Birmingham next Sunday (13). The singer and master musician will be performing his greatest hits, with a full live orchestra and putting a unique live…

Heat takes unequal toll on Britain’s ethnic minorities

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

Indian-American engineer fired for speaking Hindi to dying relative

A 78-year-old Indian-American engineer was fired from his long-time job with a missile defence contractor in Alabama, US, for speaking in Hindi with his dying relative in India over a video call, a media report quoted a lawsuit filed by him. Anil Varshney, a senior systems engineer with Huntsville missile…

Niaz Caan: Cooking restaurant ready vegan dishes

COOKING became a calling for Niaz Caan at a young age and led him towards working in professional kitchens as a 14-year-old. Despite taking a break to secure a first-class degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, the 22-year-old is now the executive chef at City Spice in London’s…

Tata plant a vote of confidence, says Sunak

INDIA’S Tata Group confirmed it will build an electric vehicle battery plant in Britain to supply its Jaguar Land Rover factories, delivering a major boost for a UK car industry in need of domestic battery production to help secure its future. The announcement marks Britain’s biggest move in the car…

Full cast announced for the return of ‘The Father And…

The National Theatre has announced the full cast for Anupama Chandrasekhar’s critically acclaimed The Father and the Assassin, directed by the Kiln Theatre’s Artistic-Director, Indhu Rubasingham.  This gripping new play by one of India’s most exciting playwrights, returns to the Olivier Theatre from 8 September. Mahatma Gandhi: lawyer, champion of…

How music shaped British Asian identity

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

Terrorist who travelled to Syria to join extremist group released…

A “DANGEROUS” terrorist from Birmingham, who was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison after returning from Syria, has been released early on licence.Yusuf Zubair Sarwar’s release came more than a year after the Parole Board heard his application.In 2014, Woolwich Crown Court jailed Sarwar and his childhood friends Mohammed…

Ulez expansion: Danny Beales wants scrappage scheme ‘to be done…

THE Labour candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Danny Beales, has caused a stir by going against London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Ulez expansion plan. The Ulez zone expansion is due to go ahead in August and will see the most polluting vehicles have to pay a £12.50-aday toll. But a…

British Indian driver gets seven years in jail for drug…

A disqualified British Indian driver who was caught with more than £1 million worth of cocaine after being stopped by officers has been sentenced to seven years and four months. Sukhchain Dale was found with a large stash of Class A banned drugs after his van was pulled over by…

Exclusive: Church of England victimises whistle blowers

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

Woman sentenced to jail for murder of elderly Indian-origin patient…

A 56-year-old woman, who admitted to the manslaughter of an elderly Indian-origin patient while they were both receiving medical care at a hospital in the UK, has been handed a seven-year prison sentence. Philomena Wilson, known as Brenda, was a patient at City Hospital in Birmingham in January 2021 when…

Rushdie wants arts to be free from government interference

Celebrated author Sir Salman Rushdie expressed his support for keeping the arts free from government interference at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards on Sunday (02). The discussion arose amid criticism surrounding the English National Opera's (ENO) relocation away from London. Rushdie echoed comments made by Melvyn Bragg, who highlighted…

Katharine Birbalsingh accuses Labour MP of racism

THE former chairwoman of the Social Mobility Commission, Katharine Birbalsingh, has accused a Labour MP of 'racist and bullying behaviour', reports said. The head teacher of Michaela Community School in northwest London, Birbalsingh alleged that her race urged Jess Phillips MP to 'whip up a social media mob' against her,…

Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan receives major university honour

The globally acclaimed singer, composer and actor Shankar Mahadevan has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU) in recognition of his outstanding services to music and the arts. Mahadevan, who has been described as one of the greatest ever Bollywood vocalists, was given the award at a…

Wimbledon 2023: Venus Williams among wildcard entries

SEVEN-TIME Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and former world number three Elina Svitolina were handed wildcard entries into Wimbledon, the organisers announced last Wednesday (21). Williams, 43, has won the third major of the year five times and returned to action this month after a five-month injury layoff. Currently ranked…

Live performances and tours to look forward to in the…

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

My Playlist with AS Kullar

AFTER announcing himself with cutting edge Punjabi singles, talented music producer AS Kullar has gone in a different direction by teaming up with MC Beant for his debut EP The Rules Of Engagement. His first purely hip hop release in English brings out the best in Beant and shows of…

Indian student dies after being pulled from Birmingham canal

A 25-year-old student from India died after being pulled from a canal in Birmingham, police said on Monday (26). Jeevanth Sivakumar, from Tamil Nadu, who was pursuing his postgraduate degree at Aston University was found in the Worcester and Birmingham canal at Matrons Walk, Selly Oak on Wednesday (21). The…

Windrush flag raised in 200 locations across Britain to mark…

MAJOR events will be held across Britain this week to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Windrush on Thursday (22), a statement said. As part of the celebrations, the Windrush flag is being raised in more than 200 locations across England and Wales, including at the Houses of…

Get ready for Proms tribute to Lata Mangeshkar by Palak…

Are you ready for the Proms tribute to the ‘Queen of Melody’ Lata Mangeshkar, whose voice was the soundtrack for generations of cinema-goers? Proms, the world’s greatest classical music festival, is taking place from July 14 to September 9 at Royal Albert Hall in London, and Prom 18: Lata Mangeshkar:…

If Sunak wants to regulate AI, racism should be his…

When prime minister Rishi Sunak met US president Joe Biden on June 8, one of the overriding themes of their talks was how the world’s leading governments should guard against risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Ultimately, Sunak wants an international organisation established, based in London, to effectively be an…

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

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

Pro-Khalistani activist Avtar Singh dies in UK

AVTAR SINGH PURBA alias Khanda, a prominent pro-Khalistani activist, died at a hospital in Birmingham on Thursday (15) morning after a prolonged illness, a UK-based Sikh organisation said in a statement. Sikh Federation UK said Avtar Singh was terminally ill with blood cancer. He was on a life support system…

Moeen Ali says one-word message prompted Ashes return

IT took a one-word message from England captain Ben Stokes for spin all-rounder Moeen Ali to come out of his test retirement and join the squad for the Ashes series against Australia beginning at Edgbaston on Friday (16). Moeen played the last of his 64 tests nearly two years ago…

About:Energy secures £1.5m in seed funding to expand its Voltt…

London-based battery software company, About:Energy, has secured £1.5 million in seed investment from various investors, the company said in a statement. The latest funding will be used for the rapid commercialisation and development of its software platform, the Voltt, which significantly reduces the cost to design new battery products through…

I joined the British Army to create my story, says…

When Iqra Shazadi found out that no soldier had ever worn the hijab in the British Army, she was shocked, and this motivated her further to achieve her desire to join the army and do something more. She realised it was her chance to create “her story”. “There is a…

Ammy Virk: The Punjabi history maker

An amazing all-round ability has seen Ammy Virk balance a music and movie career like a boss. Having started off as a chart-topping singer, the popular star has acted in a string of successful Punjabi films and is also a producer. Entertaining audiences with hit songs, live shows and marvellous…

Windrush 75: Stitching the story into British history

“IT has been an extraordinary journey,” said Alford Gardner, once a 21-year-old former Royal Air Force (RAF) serviceman returning to seek work in Britain and now navigating, in his mid-90s, becoming a crucial living link to an iconic moment in the making of modern Britain. Gardner is one of the…

Young Asian men most at risk of nerve damage from…

A new study has said that male and Asian young people most likely to experience nerve damage from the use of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. The study of patients admitted to hospital in England has revealed a predominance of young men of Asian ethnicity among those experiencing…

Birmingham gets first British Indian Lord Mayor

Birmingham has recently appointed its first British-Indian Lord Mayor, Councillor Chaman Lal, following the decision of local councillors in the West Midlands city of England. Representing Birmingham as its first citizen, Lal hails from the Ravidassia community of British Sikhs and was born in the village of Pakhowal in Hoshiarpur.…

Muslim activists disrupt The Kerala Story screening in Birmingham

Toplined by Adah Sharma, filmmaker Sudipto Sen’s The Kerala Story has been hitting headlines ever since entering cinemas on May 5, 2023. Despite facing opposition from several states and political leaders, the film has been performing exceptionally well in India and some key international territories. Resultantly, it has managed to…

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

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

Aishwarya Nagar: Tributes to ‘beautiful angel’ who died in Tamworth…

Tributes have been paid to a young woman who died in a car crash in Tamworth, north east of Birmingham. Aishwarya Nagar, 20, the driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa, died when her car collided with a white BMW on Coleshill Road on May 4. She died on the scene.…

Comedy preview: Laughter-filled live UK stand-up shows to look out…

Whether it is solo headline tours, ensemble shows featuring top names or something a little different, there are great stand-up comedy shows on the UK live scene. With that in mind, here is a quick list of some fabulously funny tours and shows you can look forward to, in no…

Man who praised French teacher Samuel Paty’s murder jailed in…

A man who praised the killer of French teacher Samuel Paty and posted images of his severed head was on Thursday (11) sentenced by a UK court to five and a half years in jail. Ajmal Shahpal, 41, was convicted in March at Birmingham Crown Court for posting tweets which…

Areas with large Asian population have more adults living with…

Parts of London with a large Asian population have more adult children living with their parents in 2021 compared to a decade ago, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. Published on Wednesday (10), the survey showed more than one in four (26.8 per cent) London…

Pomp and protests as UK poised for first coronation in…

Britain's first coronation in 70 years takes place on Saturday (6), with Charles III crowned king in an elaborate Christian ceremony steeped in solemn ritual and more than a millennium of history. The coronation - the first of a British king since 1937 - is the religious confirmation of his…

Patrick Baladi joins Parminder Nagra on the cast of ITV…

Actor Patrick Baladi, who is best known for playing Neil Godwin in the BBC sitcom The Office, Michael Jackson in the Sky 1 drama Stella and Stephen Holmes in the ITV thriller Marcella, has joined Parminder Nagra on the cast of the second season of her hit crime drama, DI…

Freddie Mercury’s ‘shortest, tightest’ hotpants worn at 1980 Birmingham gig…

A pair of skintight leather hotpants worn by Freddie Mercury has sold for £18,000 ahead of a huge auction featuring 1,500 items from the rock legend’s personal collection. Mercury, then 34, wore the tailored black shorts, which ‘didn’t leave much to the imagination’, on several occasions, most noticeably during an…

Jaag Festival to celebrate Panjabi and Pahari-Pothwari language and literature

Jaag Festival, a unique celebration of Panjabi and Pahari-Pothwari Language and Literature, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 10 am to 8.30 pm. This festival marks the first-ever of its kind in the world. With nearly 40 speakers, performers, and facilitators, the event promises to…

Cricket, music mark Vaisakhi celebrations at Edgbaston

Cricket and music marked the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in central Birmingham over the weekend. Around 80 people, including women and children, took part in the softball Vaisakhi Cricket Cup tournament - a fun competition - organised by the Club at Edgbaston’s indoor centre.The action was accompanied by traditional Punjabi…

Prince William takes booking for Indian restaurant in Birmingham

Prince William helped out an Indian restaurant during a royal visit on Thursday (20) by taking a phone reservation from an unsuspecting customer. The heir to the British throne and his wife Kate were visiting the family-run restaurant Indian Streatery during their trip to Birmingham in central England, when he…

Ramadan: Midlands police attacked during operation to remove illegal stalls

An inquiry is on after West Midlands police officers were assaulted with a bottle as they took part in an operation to crack down on illegal street market stalls during Ramadan. The incident took place at 01:30 am last Sunday (16) as a large crowd gathered in Small Heath, Birmingham.…

England and Wales attract most students from India: Census

India is the top country of origin for international students studying in England and Wales, official figures show. Analysis of Census 2021 data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Monday (17) showed 43,175 Indians were studying on campus across England and Wales two years ago, accounting for…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop putting Asians in danger

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

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

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

Best British Asian movies across the decades, ahead of Polite…

Polite Society, the kung fu-inspired comedy-drama, in cinemas now, revolves around an aspiring stunt woman who decides to commit a wedding heist and finds herself up against a formidable fighting foe. To mark its release, Eastern Eye put together a list of the top 10 British Asian movies, in chronological…

Hellmann’s partners with UK charity Human Appeal to launch ‘Iftar…

Hellmann's is offering free 'Iftar for All' food parcels in partnership with UK charity Human Appeal, to provide families in need with a week's worth of tasty Iftar meals during Ramadan. The initiative aims to address concerns about the increased costs of food for Ramadan celebrations, with research showing that…

West Midlands Police to encourage diversity, says chief constable

The West Midlands Police promised to encourage more diversity in its ranks as the force launched an overhaul of neighbourhood policing on Monday (3). Chief constable Craig Guildford told the BBC that under the new policing model the force has pledged to give local commanders better resources to make officers…

Wanis wins prestigious charity award

East London-based food wholesaler Wanis International Foods has been honoured by the Business Champions Awards for its community and charity work. They won the Business Community Award, presented by BBC news legend Huw Edwards. Trading for nearly six decades, Wanis has been recognised for their strong record of charitable and…

Farhana Islam: ‘Noor is a shining, guiding light’

The delightful debut from Farhana Islam is a celebration of Muslim women, diversity, and inclusivity, which opens, up new worlds for young readers and parents alike. The book gorgeously illustrated by Nabila Adani, brings bright colour and lovable characters to the young readers. Eastern Eye caught up with the Birmingham…

Report reveals toxic work culture and bullying at NHS trusts

A review of one of England's largest NHS trusts has revealed a toxic work environment and repeated instances of bullying. The Bewick report was commissioned after BBC Newsnight reported that staff at University Hospitals Birmingham felt a culture of fear had compromised patient care. Among the report's criticisms was the…

Air India launches new services from London’s Gatwick

Air India has launched four new services from London’s Gatwick airport as it has embarked on a major expansion. The latest service started by the Tata Group-owned airline on Tuesday (28) connects the British capital with Goa, one of India’s top tourist destinations. Three other services it launched since Sunday…

Police charge man after two attempted murders near mosques

Police on Thursday (23) charged a 28-year-old man with the attempted murders of two elderly men who were set on fire after they left mosques, in separate attacks in England. West Midlands Police said Mohammed Abbkr, 28, from Edgbaston in Birmingham would appear at the city's magistrate's court. He was…

Chinese pip Indians to become largest short-term stayers in England…

China has overtaken India as the most common country of birth for non-UK-born short-term (under 12 months) residents in England and Wales, according to the latest data released on Wednesday (22). The changing picture of short-term international migration, England and Wales, report from the Office for National Statistics has said…

Man set on fire near Birmingham mosque, police probe terrorism…

A man walking home from a mosque in Birmingham was set on fire by a male suspect, prompting an investigation by the police. West Midlands Police is leading the investigation, with support from the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), and has arrested a person on suspicion of attempted murder in connection…

PV Sindhu crashes out of All England Championships

India's PV Sindhu crashed out of the first round of the All England Championships after losing to Zhang Yi Man of China in straight games in Birmingham on Wednesday (15). Sindhu, a double Olympic medallist and ranked world number nine, lost 17-21 11-21 in the 39-minute women's singles contest. This…

Zareen, Borgohain to lead India at boxing world championship

NIKHAT ZAREEN and Lovlina Borgohain will be in the spotlight as India looks to put on a show worthy of their growing stature in women's boxing when the World Championship, which has been marred by controversy, kicks off in New Delhi on Thursday (16). In the absence of six-time champion…

Bangalore vocalist Radhika Balakrishnan appointed to Birmingham chair

A Bangalore-based Carnatic classical vocalist has been appointed a visiting professor for the Chair of Indian Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.Radhika Balakrishnan will be in the role for one semester and she is scheduled to participate in a public seminar on the Nadaswaram - a wind instrument popular in…

Eye Spy: ‘Beauty gets the attention, personality gets the heart’

AN IMPACTFUL appearance on the recently concluded reality TV show Bigg Boss 16 combined with winning performances in drama serials has given rapidly rising TV star Priyanka Chahar Choudhary great momentum. The multi-talented actress has seen her fan base skyrocket and is now looking forward to taking on more challenging…

Preet Kaur Gill MP beefs up security after receiving ‘direct…

LABOUR MP Preet Kaur Gill said she was forced to step up her security after receiving a “direct threat” by email asking her to “watch your back”. The Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston told GB News last Saturday (4) she was worried about her family’s safety as she went about…

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

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

‘Treason bill will allow terror suspects to be tried in…

FORMER home secretary Priti Patel has reiterated her stance that Shamima Begum remains a “threat to our country” as she hit back at suggestions that the UK has become an “outlier” to its western allies over its stance to not allow the former Daesh member to return to the country.…

Indian student killed in fatal collision in Leeds

AN Indian student was killed in a fatal road traffic collision in Leeds last week. Athira Anilkumar Laly Kumari, 28, from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, was pronounced dead at the scene at the junction of Stanningley road and Cockshott Lane in Leeds on Wednesday (22). According to reports, Athira, who was waiting…

Complaint against Preet Gill MP for undermining Sikh victims of…

SIKH members of Labour have complained to the party against shadow development secretary Preet Kaur Gill after she sent a series of WhatsApp messages undermining victims of sexual violence within gurdwaras, according to a report. In the messages, Gill said that those who are calling gurdwaras unsafe are using a…

EYE SPY: Why less is not more for Bollywood stars

LAST year I had written extensively about how some Bollywood stars seem to be rushing to do as many movies as possible before producers find out their time at the top is over. This has resulted in Hindi cinema being dragged down to the kind of depths that it has…

Birmingham family recounts how its member died waiting for ambulance

A Birmingham family shared the anguish and trauma it went through as its beloved member died waiting for an ambulance in December last year.Samina Rahman said desperate calls were made for ambulance service after her husband Iqbal, 58, complained of breathing difficulties on Christmas Eve. When an ambulance finally arrived…

From Tom Cruise to Lady Gaga, here’re some Hollywood celebrities…

It has just been a couple of days since Hollywood star Paul Rudd admitted his love for Indian food. His pictures gorging on an Indian meal with his friend Dan Levy in London set the internet on fire. And when the actor was reminded about one of the pictures, he…

Pizza delivery driver who sexually assaulted teens jailed for 22…

A pizza delivery driver of Solihull who groomed three teenage girls and raped one of them has been jailed for 22 years.Wahid Bik, 43, befriended and picked up the teenagers in his car between December 2021 and January 2022. He drove them around in Solihull and Shirley and gave them…

The pride of Punjabi films

PUNJABI films are thriving globally, and Jimmy Sheirgill played a large part in making that happen. He was one of the first frontline Bollywood stars to take on lead roles in Punjabi cinema and helped an industry that was at a standstill, with winning performances. The in-demand actor carries on…

Sampad annual dance show Asian Spring to be held on…

The annual dance show of Sampad, a leading cultural organisation in the UK helping to establishing south Asian arts across the country -- Asian Spring -- will take place on February 26. It will be a special occasion this year as Sampad's community dance showcase will be entering its 25th…

More could have been done for Oldbury couple killed by…

More could have been done to protect an Indian-origin couple murdered by their son by taking note of early warning signs about his violent behaviour and poor mental health, according to a new report this week into the fatal attack in Oldbury in 2020. Anmol Chana was sentenced to life…

Woman, who lived in fear of knife-obsessed son & killed…

A woman's years of fear about her knife-obsessed son came to be true as he murdered both her and his step-father at their home in Oldbury in a frenzied act. It has also been revealed that authorities failed to save the lives despite the family's repeated pleas for help against…

Cyclist ‘bed-bound’ after gruesome hammer attack in Birmingham park, police…

A man has been struggling to move around months after a violent attack in a Birmingham park but the police have closed the case saying they could not find the thugs.Mohammed Iftikhar, 46, said masked thugs struck his head twice with hammers when he was cycling through Aston Hall Park…

Former West Midlands Police officer face jail for sexually assaulting…

A disgraced former West Midlands student police officer is facing jail for sexually assaulting teenager. Haider Siddique, 22, admitted grooming, abducting and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday (31), The Independent reported. He also pleaded guilty to inciting a child to commit a sex act.…

Bolton Student teacher, 21, who died from rare cancer honoured…

Family of Bolton teacher who died from rare cancer has started a fundraising for Cancer Research UK ahead of world cancer day on Saturday (4). Jenna Patel, 21, who wanted to become a primary school teacher, died of Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare but aggressive form of cancer, last year, reported Manchester…

Sadiq Khan launches biggest vehicle-scrappage scheme to aid businesses, charities,…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday (30) launched the biggest scrappage scheme worth £110 million to help charities, sole traders and business with 10 or fewer employees or those city dwellers on lower incomes or disabled, to replace or retrofit their old, polluting vehicles. To accompany the scrappage scheme, Khan and…

Watch: Indian diaspora protest against BBC over controversial documentary on…

Hundreds representing different Indian diaspora organisations gathered outside the BBC headquarters in central London on Sunday to protest against what they branded as “fake news” behind the broadcaster’s controversial series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The “Chalo BBC” protests were coordinated across BBC studios in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and…

Man convicted of strangulating, raping woman in Birmingham woodland

A man has been convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman in a woodland of Birmingham in broad daylight last summer.Mustafa Hakim from Quinton is also found guilty of strangulating the woman when she was trying to resist the sexual assault in July last year.The 30-year-old man approached the woman…

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…

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

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

Derby man who shot dead businessman in botched Birmingham robbery…

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

Harry Takhar: Body of missing Telford father found in isolated…

The body of a man who had been missing since last autumn was discovered in an isolated woodland in Telford.West Mercia Police confirmed it was the body of Harjinder ‘Harry’ Takhar, who had last been seen running towards a wooded area in the Shropshire town on October 2 after having…

Photo artist puts focus on Asian female identity and heritage

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

Yorkshire mum tracked down sexual predator who assaulted daughter

A perv who sexually assaulted a teenager has been jailed for one year at Hull Magistrates Court on December 1. Mahmood Noor Ibrahim, 39, was tracked down by the victim's mother soon after the incident, reported Birmingham Mail. He will also be registered as a sex offender for 10 years…

Junior doctor Vaishnavi Kumar’s note blamed Birmingham hospital for her…

Junior doctor Vaishnavi Kumar who took her own life in June last year blamed Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), where she worked, for her extreme step, according to her suicide note.“I am sorry mum, I can blame the whole thing on the QEH,” she said in the note revealed by…

Mother of 5 has sleepless nights over racist death threat…

A petrified mother of five has been living in fear with her family after unidentified racists sprayed appalling death threats on their city council home in Birmingham, BirminghamLive reported. She also said that the attack prompted her children to ask her whether someone was planning to hurt them. Vile graffiti,…

Birmingham cop Shaukat Zaman cleared of sexual assault on woman…

A police officer in Birmingham has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman after going to her home to repair her gas cooker. It had been alleged that the cop named Shaukat Zaman forced his tongue into the mouth of the woman, a mother, after asking her about matters that…

Bhavik Haria: My mission is to make bhajan music more…

The UK live music has been thriving since lockdown was lifted, with singers from all genres entertaining audiences. One of the most unique has been British Asian singer Bhavik Haria. The talented vocalist has taken bhajans to the live arena, connecting spiritual music rooted in Indian tradition with cross-generational audiences,…

Not cricket: India-England test series in table tennis likely this…

Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) is mulling a marquee Test series between fierce rivals India and England this year as part of its measures to promote the racket sport in member countries. The CTTF, led by chairman Vivek Kohli, was not able to organise events in the last three years…

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

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

EYE SPY: Why gambling on one-hit wonders is risky business

WHETHER it is a genre, a musical trend or a supposed hot new star, Bollywood loves jumping onto a bandwagon, and most of the time it just doesn’t work. In terms of ideas, this has been apparent with the awful number of cover versions of classic songs that keep ruining…

‘Overworked’ junior doctor says he has no time to eat…

A junior doctor in Birmingham has said that he sometimes 'doesn't have time to eat' during demanding 13-hour shifts as thousands of doctors plan going on strike over pay and conditions. Dr Shivam Sharma is one among many who is willing to vote in favour of industrial action saying this…

Standing up for talented females

BBC ASIAN NETWORK listeners will know about the winning personality of popular radio presenter Noreen Khan. The radio and TV host has taken that infectious energy onto the live circuit as a stand-up comedian and entertained audiences around the UK. Her biggest triumph has been spearheading the path-breaking Ladies Of…

Dangerous driver who killed young mum while showing off to…

Netizens expressed outrage at the court's decision to award just six years jail term for Hashim Aziz, who killed a young mum in Walsall while showing off to 'impress his cousins'. Aziz, 23, struck Baljinder Kaur Moore at 62mph as she was turning into a junction of Broadway and Magdalene…

Anahat Singh clinches U-15 British Junior Open title

Indian squash prodigy Anahat Singh clinched the girls under 15 squash title at the most prestigious British Junior open tournament on Sunday in Birmingham. The 14-year-old defeated Sohaila Hazem of Egypt, 3-1 in the final. The British Junior Open is held in January every year in the UK where all…

Royal family has ‘dark history of occupying Muslim lands’ says…

British extremist Anjem Choudary has called Prince Harry a ‘Muslim killer’ after his revelations in memoir and said that the Royal family has a 'dark history of occupying Muslim lands, the MailOnline reported. In his highly personal book 'Spare', Harry said that he had killed 25 people in Afghanistan when…

Anakh Singh death: Taxi safety screens in Wolverhampton come under…

Licensing bosses will review taxi safety screens in Wolverhampton following the tragic death of driver Anakh Singh in October last year. Singh, 59, was was found with fatal injuries in Nine Elms Lane, Park Village, on October 30, and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was an employee with…

Birmingham doctor saves man’s life twice on flight to India

A British Indian doctor battled for five hours to save a man’s life after the passenger went into cardiac arrest twice on a flight to India. Dr Vishwaraj Vemala, a consultant hepatologist at University Hospitals Birmingham, responded when the cabin crew on board the 10-hour-flight frantically started calling for a…

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

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

Robbery conspirator on the run after temporary release from Sudbury…

A robbery conspirator has been on the run following his temporary release and Derbyshire Police have appealed for information to find.Faruk Suleman, 52, convicted in 2018 of plotting to commit robbery and possess a firearm, was lodged in HM Prison Sudbury, serving a jail term of 13 years and six…

‘Who will it be tomorrow?’, asks daughter whose father died…

A 58-year-old Birmingham man died after waiting for three hours for an ambulance on Christmas Eve. His daughter, Minnie Rahman, took to Twitter to describe the tragedy and said that he died with his presents still unwrapped only ten feet away. After no beds could be found in the Midlands,…

Man who attacked son-in-law with meat cleaver jailed

A Birmingham man who grievously attacked his son-in-law with a meat cleaver due to a 'festering feud' over a trip to India has been jailed for eight and a half years.Bhajan Singh was under the influence of alcohol when he swung the weapon at the victim in the offender’s family…

Unsolved murder: Mystery continues to shroud Surjit Takhar’s death years…

It has been eight years since delivery driver Surjit Takhar was found dead near Shifnal but there has been no conclusive answer as to what led to his death.In 2015, road workers discovered human remains at the side of a motorway near Shifnal in Shropshire, some 30 miles from where…

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…

Asian artists hit high notes this year

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

West Midlands: First woman County Lines drug dealer, Heena Ashra,…

The West Midlands’ first convicted woman county lines operator has been jailed for three and a half years.Henna Ashra from Harborne, Birmingham, made “significant gains” from her drug deals and became rich enough to spend £500 for a single haircut. She also flaunted her ill-gotten wealth by posting photos of…

Waiting time for Indian visas eased considerably to facilitate travel…

The post-pandemic travel demand spike resulting in long delays for travellers seeking Indian visas has considerably eased in time for the busy Christmas travel period, visa facilitation service VFS Global said here this week. The restoration of the electronic visa (e-visa) facility for UK travellers earlier this month is expected…

Preet Gill MP seeks public inquiry into patient safety at…

Birmingham Edgbaston’s MP Preet Gill has urged the health secretary to hold a public inquiry into the alleged “toxic culture” at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) that has had an “alarming impact” on staff and patient care. In a letter to Steve Barclay, Gill said she was “inundated” by messages from…

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…

‘Technology is cold comfort for parents who need a hug’

“MY FATHER died on Sunday, November 20, at 5:55 pm at home, in his own bed, in New Delhi. “At the end, death came to him like a mother and lifted him up gently, tenderly, to carry him through the exit to the other side. It was sandhya, dusk, when…

NoriZite nasal spray blocks infection with Omicron variant of Covid-19…

Laboratory studies have proved that NoriZite nasal spray can block the infection of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Birmingham Biotech announced on Thursday (15). The research confirmed the complete inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 infection for up to 48 hours when exposed to the unique blend of carrageenan and gellan gum. The…

Dr Kiran Shankla wins best young dentist at Dentistry Awards

British Indian dentist Dr Kiran Shankla has won the best Young dentist at The Dentistry Awards for the South East. There were 12 finalists in the category. "This is an extremely prestigious and distinguished award. It hasn't been won by a female Asian dentist for many years and is the…

Sanjeev Bhaskar and others to mentor Sky Comedy Rep’s eight…

Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, Danielle Ward, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Liam Williams, Morwenna Banks, Laurence Rickard, Nathan Foads, and Paul Doolan have come on board to mentor eight new comedy writers of Sky Comedy Rep, the new talent partnership between Sky Studios and Birmingham Rep. These new writers, who hail from different…

Preet Kaur Gill MP seeks independent review into claims of…

Preet Kaur Gill MP has sought an independent inquiry into the allegations of historic toxicity and bullying at University Hospitals Birmingham.She said reviews already announced by the NHS Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board (ICB) would not go far enough.The MP Birmingham Edgbaston MP and shadow cabinet minister for international…

Birmingham’s Labour leadership faces call for action after internal survey…

There have been calls for the Labour leadership of Birmingham to take corrective action after a leaked internal survey revealed racism and inequalities in the distribution of funds to various wards.Some Labour councillors belonging to Asian and black communities claimed there was a ‘toxic culture' within the political group, which…

VR play recreates experiences of women in Bangladesh war

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

Lancashire pacer Saqib Mahmood eyes return to England team by…

Lancashire’s fast bowler Saqib Mahmood hopes to return to the England team before the next summer as he is recovering from a stress fracture of the back suffered in May this year.The 25-year-old cricketer, who made his Test debut against the West Indies in March is now training in the…

Cricket made more inclusive and diverse post Azeem Rafiq racism…

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

The Kirtan Band plays live devotional songs

LIVE PERFORMANCE PADMAVATI - AN AVATAR When: Saturday December 10 Where: The Bhavan, 4A Castletown Road, London W14 9HE What: Renowned artist Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents a dance drama interpretation of an immortal classic from Gita Govindam. This production gives glimpses into the character of Padmavati, the divine consort of…

Indian ‘plogger’ starts 30 city clean-up tour of UK

An Indian environmentalist who won a special award from then prime minister Boris Johnson has started a 30 city clean-up tour across UK. Vivek Gurav and his volunteers have picked up 5,000kg of rubbish, including 3,000kg of plastic while out running in Bristol in the past year. Gurav began plogging…

Birmingham schoolboy dies after his e-scooter hits bus

The West Midlands Police have urged the public to provide more information about an accident in which a 12-year-old schoolboy died after his e-scooter rammed a bus in Birmingham.Mustafa Madeem was riding the Voi machine to his Saltley High School when the accident took place just before 8 am on…

Family pays tribute to ‘cheerful’ taxi driver Mohammed Istakhar who…

Police have so far arrested two men in connection with the murder of taxi driver Mohammed Istakhar, 44, who was found fatally stabbed in Solihull on 29 November. A 19-year-old man was detained in the Creswell area of Derbyshire on Tuesday (6) following a widespread public appeal for information. Last…

EXCLUSIVE: Shame of ‘All-White’ BBC newsrooms

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

Bringing people together in a changing Britain

HOW should we talk about a changing Britain? The 2021 census gives us the facts about who we are today. It is up to us to decide how to respond. Any constructive argument about how to respond to our changing demographics would need to meet three simple tests. Does it…

India restores e-Visa facilities for UK travellers: ‘Welcome back’, says…

The Indian High Commission in London on Monday announced the reinstating of the electronic visa (e-visa) for UK travellers, a move that will be widely welcomed amid a massive rush for visas to India in recent months. The Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami, said the service will…

Trial of TikTok star Mahek Bukhari, mother over murder scrapped…

The trial of TikTok star Mahek Bukhari, her mother and six others for murder has been scrapped due to “ jury irregularity”.All defendants in the case would be tried again before a fresh jury next year, Justice Pushpinder Singh Saini said in a statement at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday.The…

Salford’s international drug conspirator and firearms supplier jailed for 18…

A drug conspirator and firearms supplier from Salford who moved thousands of pounds of dirty money across the world has been jailed for 18 years. Sidaquet Sadiq who used the encrypted communications network EncroChat to trade in cocaine and heroin was also involved in the purchase and supply of firearms…

Watch: Moment gunman extradited from Pakistan is nabbed on UK plane…

A gunman who killed a Digbeth businessman in a botched robbery in 2016 now faces life in jail. Tahir Zarif, 31, was convicted on Wednesday (30) for murdering Akhtar Javeed, 56, six years ago. Zarif was arrested by the British police in 2020 on UK plane after being extradited from…

Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth performs at Kings Place

LIVE PERFORMANCE MALKIT SINGH When: Friday December 2 Where: Arleston Hall, Arleston Lane, Derby DE24 3DH What: Bhangra legend Malkit Singh headlines a dinner and dance with his full live band. There will also be musical performances from Panjabi MC and HMC. www.eventbrite.com ANIRUDH When: Friday December 2 Where: OVO…

EXCLUSIVE: “Ticking time of disparities”

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

Neil Basu terms Braverman’s comment on migrants ‘horrific’

Britain’s former counter-terrorism head Neil Basu has criticised home secretary Suella Braverman’s “inexplicable” and “horrific” comments on migrants, drawing a parallel between her remarks and the ‘rivers of blood’ speech. “I find some of the commentary coming out of the Home Office inexplicable,” the most senior British Asian police officer…

Guyana president will be chief guest for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas…

The 17th edition Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention will be held from January 8 to 10 next year in Indore, Madhya Pradesh with the theme 'Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India's Progress in Amrit Kaal'. Guyana president Mohamed Irfaan Ali will be the chief guest for the event. The convention celebrates the…

Father pays tribute to ‘dedicated and selfless’ Dr Vaishnavi Kumar…

The father of a junior doctor has paid tribute to his 'dedicated and selfless' daughter who took her own life due to 'work stresses and a family bereavement', according to reports. Dr Ravi Kumar told Birmingham Coroner's Court on Monday (28) that his daughter Dr Vaishnavi Kumar, 35, felt the…

Parminder Nagra to return to screens for a second series…

Parminder Nagra, best known for portraying Jess Bhamra in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the NBC medical drama series ER, is set to return to headline the second series of her hugely popular and thought-provoking crime drama DI Ray. Parminder stars in the…

Classical Indian concert by Pooja Angra

LIVE PERFORMANCE BOLLYWOOD VOICE OF LEGENDS EXTRAVAGANZA When: Friday November 25 Where: Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 109-113 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AG What: British singer Navin Kundra headlines a high energy production with a full live band, where he performs everything from all-time Bollywood classics to western…

Dance maestro Parambir Samrai discusses his Ultimate Bhangra classes and…

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

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

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

British Indian singer Jaz Dhami launches fundraising for brother who…

British Indian singer Jaz Dhami started a fundraising appeal for brother who had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer and was given just 'six months to live'. Dhami's brother Harvey has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an incurable and the most aggressive brain cancer, three months ago. "Harvey has a…

Days of low pay and cheap labour must end: Keir…

Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for an end to Britain’s dependence on immigration for its economic growth as he warned "the days of low pay and cheap labour" should be over.At a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, he said training up the British…

Recession-hit UK needs more migrant labour: Business Group

Britain needs more migrant labour to boost productivity as it faces a toxic mix of soaring inflation and shrinking growth, the country's main business lobby group warned Monday. The verdict from the Confederation of British Industry came at its annual gathering in Birmingham, Britain's second-biggest city. The CBI conference comes…

‘We cannot allow the world’s top AI talent to be…

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday unveiled a new scheme for the world’s 100 most talented young professionals in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) as part of his vision to make the UK a "beacon" to attract the “brightest and best” from around the world. Addressing the Confederation…

Security guard praised for saving abuse victim’s life

A security guard working at an Asda store in Walsall has been praised for saving the life of a slavery and assault victim. The guard who has chosen to remain anonymous spotted the victim being beaten by two offenders in a Nissan Micra car. As he saw bruises on the…

NHS medic set to become first UK surgeon to perform…

Some 21 months after becoming paralysed waist-down and having undergone multiple spinal operations, an NHS surgeon is creating history on Thursday. Mohammed Belal is set to become the first doctor in the UK to conduct surgery after being paralysed. The neuro-urology surgeon, who suffered spinal injuries when he was hit…

TikTok star Mahek Bukhari’s mother tells court she slept with…

TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari’s mother Ansreen claimed a young man who was killed in a high-speed chase earlier this year had blackmailed and harassed her during their relationship. Saqib Hussain, 21, and his friend of the same age were killed after their Skoda Fabia was hit by one of the…

40 per cent of Londoners could default on their rent:…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday (14) said 40 per cent of Londoners think that they will struggle to meet their rent payments as he sought to bring together private renters, charities, advocacy groups, and politicians to call on the government to tackle the capital's spiralling rental crisis urgently, a…

Single mum who mowed down pedestrian in Birmingham avoids jail…

The single mum status of a woman helped her to avoid prison as she was given a suspended sentence after the mother-of-two mowed down a pedestrian at a Tesco car park in Birmingham, reports said. Aimee Palmer, 28, from Coleshill, crashed her Ford Fiesta into complete stranger Paramjit Malhi after…

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…

Ethnic minority accents rank lowest in prestige hierarchy: Research

Accents associated with England’s industrial cities and ethnic minorities including Indians are ranked the lowest in the prestige hierarchy, new research has revealed. People from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to be mocked or singled out because of the way they speak, the study by academics from the Accent…

RSS, Hindutva not involved in Leicester riots: Think Tank

After investigations into the recent clashes involving some Muslims and Hindus in the city of Leicester, a UK-based think tank has debunked the narratives that RSS and Hindutva groups played part in the violent clashes, putting the wider Hindu community at risk from hate, vandalism and assault. https://twitter.com/HJS_Org/status/1588588731040411648?s=20&t=YGWMu5HCwDePRTaElFyxfQ Charlotte Littlewood,…

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street calls for lower goods tariffs…

Britain's trade negotiations with India should prioritise reducing tariffs on manufactured goods to benefit sectors like the automotive industry, the mayor of England's second biggest metropolitan area told Reuters. Britain and India are seeking to strike a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA), but missed a late October deadline set by…

Mahek Bukhari trial: Crash victim made over 1,700 calls to…

In a sensational revelation made during the hearing of a murder trial on Thursday (2), it was said that one of the two men who were killed in a car crash on the A46 in Leicestershire in February this year had made over 1,700 calls to TikTok star Mahek Bukhari's…

Aya Hachem murder: Accused middleman Louis Otway says ‘he had…

A Manchester man accused of being 'middleman' in a shooting which killed Salford student Aya Hachem has denied the charges saying that he was unaware of the murder plot. Louis 'Junior' Otway, 42, is accused of sending hitmen Anthony Ennis and Zamir Raja to shoot Pachah Khan, who owned the…

New Indian visa centre opens in London to boost capacity

A new Indian visa centre has been set up in central London to boost capacity for processing applications alongside other measures, such as a doorstep service and document verification facility, to address high travel demand from the UK. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami inaugurated the new India…

NHS body launches internal review trust after staff members get…

A row has broken out over a Diwali message that was sent on the morning of the festival on October 24 to the employees of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) and the trust has launched an internal review of the matter. The controversial email, which made reference to the…

Young man who died in car chase was ‘head over…

A young man who died in a high-speed car chase in southern England earlier this year had been madly in love with TikTok star Mahek Bukhari’s mother, more than twice older than him. Saqib Hussain and his friend, both aged 21, were killed after their Skoda Fabia was hit by…

Woman murdered by partner had feared social services would take…

A young Syria-born woman, murdered by her controlling partner in the UK, had feared losing access to her baby if she had reported the full extent of domestic violence directed at her, an inquest heard. Raneem Oudeh and her mother were stabbed to death outside the latter’s home in the…

Taapsee Pannu, Anushka Sharma laud BCCI’s decision of equal pay…

Bollywood stars Taapsee Pannu and Anushka Sharma on Thursday welcomed the BCCI's landmark decision of equal match fee for its centrally-contracted female and male players in a bid to promote gender equality in cricket. As per the newly introduced system, the Indian women cricketers will now receive Rs 15 lakh…

‘Queen of Botox’ cleared to work after probe

Dr Nyla Raja a skin specialist who had faced an investigation by the General Medical Council and dubbed the "Queen of Botox" was cleared by a medical watchdog to work without conditions following an investigation launched by the General Medical Council (GMC), the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) reports. Last year,…

Closures in the Hospitality Industry Continue to Rise

The number of restaurant insolvencies has risen by around two thirds from 856 in the financial year 2020/21 to over 1,400 this year, largely due to soaring inflation and severe staff shortages.  In the current economic climate, many different types of business from large retail companies facing administration to hauliers…

Conservative Friends of India & Indian High Commission host joint…

The Conservative Friends (CF) of India and the Indian high commission in London recently hosted a joint reception at the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham which was attended by more than 400 guests, including many high-profile ones. The event celebrated the importance of strong ties between the UK and…

EXCLUSIVE: Police chief: “We’ll keep Diwali revellers safe”

Leicestershire’s chief constable has promised to punish anyone who threatens to spoil Diwali celebrations in his city. In a wide ranging exclusive Eastern Eye interview, Rob Nixon warned troublemakers to stay away from Leicester or feel the full force of the law. “If people from outside of Leicester are trying…

Jury sworn in to try TikTok star Mahek Bukhari, seven…

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of TikTok star Mahek Bukhari, her mother Ansreen and six others in connection with the death of two young men in a car crash in southern England earlier this year.The trial, scheduled to begin on Thursday is expected to last about…

Jubin Nautiyal concert in London and Leicester

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

‘We feel like a community that is under siege’: 180…

Several British Indian organisations have collectively urged prime minister Liz Truss to ensure security for the Hindu community which is “living in a state of fear” following the recent violence in the country. Some 180 entities, including the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha UK, said the Hindus “feel like a community…

Leicestershire car crash: Murder trial involving TikTok star Mahek Bukhari,…

TikTok star and social media influencer Mahek Bukhari is set to go on a trial for murder next week along with her mother Ansreen Bukhari and six other people in connection to the deaths of two young men, reportedly cousin brothers, in a deadly car crash on the A46 in…

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

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

Rafiq, Gale reprimanded for historical social media posts

Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq and ex-head coach Andrew Gale are among five players who have been reprimanded by England’s Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) for historical social media posts, the country’s cricket board (ECB) said. Rafiq, who spoke out last year against the racism he faced at Yorkshire, apologised for…

Classical Indian music festival features finest live performers

LIVE PERFORMANCE DARBAR FESTIVAL 2022 When: Until Sunday October 16 Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS What: The annual classical Indian music festival featuring the finest live performers. This year’s line-up includes Shubha Mudgal, Sabir Khan, Ramana Balachandran, Satyajit Talwalkar, Wahane Sisters, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar, Eeshar Singh, Yashwant…

After joining Navratri festival, Labour leader Keir Starmer visits Bhaktivedanta…

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour Party, on Tuesday (11) visited the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Hertfordshire to mark the beginning of the Hindu holy month of 'Kartik'. The visit came a week after the politician took part in 'Navratri' festivals in London. He was given a warm…

Malala Yousafzai arrives in Pakistan days after 10th anniversary of…

Days after the 10th anniversary of Taliban shooting in Malala Yousafzai's head, the Nobel Prize laureate arrived in her home country Pakistan on Tuesday, according to local media. The Express Tribune reported that Malala and her parents reached Karachi through Qatar Airways' flight 604 and were taken to her residence…

UK-India FTA discussed at Conservative Friends of India conference

The UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was the major topic of discussion at the Conservative Friends of India (CFI) conference reception at Tory conference in Birmingham last week. Home secretary Suella Braverman, environment secretary Ranil Jayawardena, foreign secretary James Cleverly and international trade secretary Kemi Badenoch have participated in the…

Bengali community celebrates Durga Puja parade on Thames

The Bengali community celebrated Durga puja with a parade on the Thames and participated in the annual Diwali event of the Mayor of London. The Durga parade saw Golden Sunrise and an accompanying yacht carried the idol of Camden puja and Durga cutouts of Midlands Bengali Association, Birmingham and Bengali…

Seema Malhotra MP and Labour Leader Keir Starmer hold talks…

The British Chambers of Commerce hosted Labour leader Keir Starmer and shadow business and consumers minister Seema Malhotra MP for a roundtable at the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre, a statement said. During the event on Thursday (6), which was supported by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, the leaders heard…

Couple contest conviction over selling unsafe hand sanitiser during Covid

Directors of a Birmingham-based wholesaler have contested their conviction over supplying “unsafe” hand sanitiser during the Covid-19 pandemic.While the product supplied by Big Living Ltd was advertised to have 80 per cent alcohol, some containers allegedly had less than 30 per cent of the ingredient.Birmingham Crown Court heard that the…

Three charged with murder of man outside Coventry mosque

Three people have been charged with the murder of a Handsworth man who was fatally stabbed outside a Coventry mosque earlier this month. Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz, 52, was found with severe injuries after a fight reported outside the Jamiah Masjid & Institute on October 2 and he died in…

This Llanelli imposter made £28,000 by taking 150 driving tests…

A woman was jailed and has been ordered to pay a penalty of more than £27,000 for taking 150 illegal driving tests in England and Wales, according to reports. Inderjeet Kaur of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, took driving tests for other people in Swansea, Carmarthen, Birmingham and London and earned more than…

Keir Starmer vows to combat ‘Hinduphobia’ as Labour loathes hate…

In its first direct reference to the term "Hinduphobia", the UK's opposition Labour Party committed itself to fight against hate crimes of all kinds following communal clashes in Leicester and Birmingham in the wake of an India-Pakistan cricket match in August. Addressing one of Europe's largest 'Navratri' celebrations in London…

Suella Braverman blames Leicester riots on new migrants: ‘Unexamined drive…

Britain’s Indian-origin Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, has blamed the recent “riots” in Leicester following an India-Pakistan cricket match on uncontrolled migration into the UK and the failure of newcomers to integrate. In her first speech since being appointed home minister at the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham on Tuesday…

Return of musical icons of the nineties

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUSIC OF INDIA: ROOPA PANESAR When: Sunday October 9 Where: Curve Theatre, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB What: The British sitar maestro, accompanied by tabla master Yashwant Vaishnav, presents an evening of the very best of Indian classical music. www.curveonline.co.uk DARBAR FESTIVAL 2022 When: Thursday October 13-Sunday…

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

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

Suella Braverman condemns plotting ‘coup’ against PM Liz Truss

Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Tuesday accused her Conservative Party colleagues of plotting a “coup” against Prime Minister Liz Truss, forcing the party leader into a U-turn over plans to abolish the top rate of income tax for the country's highest earners. On the sidelines of the governing party's…

Suella Braverman proposes to give ‘anonymity to suspects’ to stop…

British home secretary Suella Braverman may ensure suspects anonymity before they are charged in a radical change to the existing criminal justice system, according to reports. The minister told a Young Conservatives event on Monday (3) that the government is considering such a proposal due to concern over the identification…

80 years on from the ‘Indian Titanic’ – it’s time…

November 23, 2022 marks 80 years since the S.S. Tilawa ship was sunk in the middle of the Indian Ocean during World War 2. A commemoration has been organized on this date at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Mumbai, India. This will be the first time the incident is officially…

Cockroach alert! Dixy Chicken restaurant in Edgbaston fined £3,000 for…

A company has been fined £3,000 for a host of hygiene-related issues at a Dixy Chicken restaurant in Edgbaston. The Acocks Green-based firm 349 DDR, which admitted nine hygiene offences, is also ordered to pay a further £2,423 in costs after the defects discovered in July last year. Birmingham’s City…

Preet Kaur Gill MP elated as her campaign to increase…

Preet Kaur Gill, the British shadow secretary of state for international development, has welcomed Air India's plan to increase flights between Birmingham and India from one a week to six. Reacting to the Indian carrier's decision to add more weekly flights to the UK, the MP for Birmingham Edgbaston said,…

Leicester remains ‘violence free’ as police step up ‘reassurance patrols’;…

Leicester city has remained calm for the past two days as no new untowardly incident was reported on the streets of East Leicester, according to reports. According to police, the Navratri observations are going on peacefully and Diwali celebrations are likely to take place as planned. A spate of communal…

Leicester violence: Lord Popat urges Braverman to ‘restore the ability…

Conservative Peer Lord Dolar Popat has written to British home secretary Suella Braverman seeking immediate action to ease tension in Leicester. In his letter, Lord Popat, the first Gujarati to represent the Tories in House of Lords, has urged the minister to "restore the ability of people in the country…

“WE MUST REMAIN A BEACON OF UNITY”

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

False claims about kidnap and attacks on mosque fuelled Leicester…

Unfounded rumours on social media - about an attempted kidnap of a teenage girl and attacks on a mosque - fuelled trouble in Leicester earlier this month, a media report said. Tensions flared up between Hindu and Muslim groups leading to disorder on September 17 and further protests the next…

Labour Party debunks baseless narratives on Leicester violence

UK's opposition Labour Party has debunked baseless narratives pushed out by radical groups behind the recent clashes involving some Muslims and Hindus in the city of Leicester, including baseless allegations of interference by political forces in India. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Labour Convention of Indian Organisations (LCIO)…

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…

Leicester disorder: Independent review to find out what went wrong

An independent review will be conducted into the recent unrest in Leicester, the city's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has said. The exercise aims at finding out the reasons for the disorder last weekend and what can be done to prevent confrontations in the future. However, no appointment has yet been…

Claudia Webbe MP says Leicester violence left people traumatised

While calm has been restored in Leicester amid “proactive patrols”, local MP Claudia Webbe has said people in her constituency left traumatised by the recent violence are too “scared” to go out. Community tensions in the English city, apparently sparked by a cricket match between India and Pakistan in Dubai…

VHP raises concern over violence against Hindus in UK

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday stressed on the need to take prompt action against the continued violence against Hindus in Leicester and Birmingham. In a letter to British Prime Minister Liz Truss, VHP said they are alarmed at the ongoing violence in Leicester in which a large number…

Watch: 200 masked men gathered outside Hindu temple as Leicester…

A minor disorder during a protest outside a Hindu temple in the city of Birmingham involving fireworks targeted at police officers has resulted in a man's arrest and stop and search powers being deployed, UK police said on Wednesday (21). Videos of Tuesday's (20) protest outside Durga Bhawan temple on…

Lincolnshire celebrates India Day

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

Leicester violence: Hindus and Muslims make joint appeal for harmony

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

Leicester Violence: 20-year-old armed man sentenced to 10 months prison;…

A 20-year-old man arrested during the disorder in East Leicester over the weekend has been sentenced to 10 months in prison even as calm returned to the area after unsavoury incidents. Amos Noronha of Illingworth Road who appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday pleaded guilty to possession of an…

Moeen Ali ‘proud’ to lead England in Pakistan T20s

Allrounder Moeen Ali said Sunday that captaining England against Pakistan -- where his family have roots -- was a "huge and proud moment". England are on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, and will play seven Twenty20s. The first T20 will be played in Karachi on Tuesday. Captain…

15 arrested over East Leicester violence as police appeal for…

Fifteen people have been arrested in East Leicester in response to public disorder “fanned by distorted social media” over the weekend. Policing operations continued on Monday although there were no further reports of disorder. The arrests came after Sunday’s protest which followed large-scale disorder the previous day amid tensions involving…

Racially and religiously aggravated crimes hit record high in England…

Racially and religiously aggravated crimes have hit new record in England and Wales, according to the latest figures from the Home Office. Police are investigating more than 80,133 crimes motivated by either racism or religious intolerance in the year ending March 2022, reported the Wales Online. There were 76,884 offences…

Baluji Shrivastav plays ancient and majestic melodies

LIVE PERFORMANCE RUPI KAUR When: Friday September 16, Sunday September 18, and Monday September 19 Where: Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB; and Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD; and Gillian Lynne Theatre 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PF What: The acclaimed poet continues her UK tour…

Birmingham City University professor says Queen represented ‘white supremacy and…

A Birmingham City University professor of British African-Caribbean heritage said he was not saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II who “represented white supremacy”.Kehinde Andrews said the longest reigning British monarch’s popularity was rooted in the white supremacist world which “came from the colonial era.”On the MSNBC channel’s special…

Dedicated band offers a spiritual evening of devotional songs

LIVE PERFORMANCE ALWAYS AND FOREVER When: Saturday September 10 Where: Elliot Hall in Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Middlesex HA5 4EA What: A charity concert tribute performance to legendary Bollywood singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar, delivered by British music act KayKay and Co, in aid of Dementia UK.…

Bucks Sikh’s three challenges in memory of ‘three gems’ lost…

A Buckinghamshire man has completed the first of three gruelling challenges inspired by ‘three gems’ who died within 20 months of each other. Suki Sandhu, from Milton Keynes, took part in the London Duathlon on Sunday (4 September) in aid of the charity Brain Tumour Research, running 10km, cycling 44km…

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…

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

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

Life and times of a great British bhangra pioneer

MUSIC LEGEND KS BHAMRAH ON HIS MAGICAL JOURNEY AND MEANINGFUL NEW SONG Brilliantly talented bhangra legend KS Bhamrah is one of the greatest heroes of British Asian music. The legendary singer-songwriter has entertained audiences around the world as a respected solo artist and lead singer of iconic band Apna Sangeet.…

The P Word explores parallel lives of two gay men

LIVE PERFORMANCE USTAD ASHRAF SHARIF KHAN, SHAHBAZ HUSSAIN, AND FRIENDS – IN CONCERT When: Sunday September 11 Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA What: Master sitar player Ashraf Sharif Khan and tabla maestro Shahbaz Hussain, along with special guests, will perform live on stage. www.richmix.org.uk RUPI…

Indian restaurant owner in Birmingham hits back at customer who…

An Indian restaurant owner in Birmingham has hit back after a diner left an 'insulting' one star review about the outlet on Tripadvisor, media reports said. Raja Monkey on the Stratford Road received a one-star rating from an unnamed reviewer who had visited the restaurant earlier this summer. The diner…

Silence gives voice to Partition stories

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart-breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Friday August 26 and Sunday August…

Special playlist of sensational singer Neha Kakkar’s greatest hits ahead…

Indian pop superstar Neha Kakkar will headline two arena concerts this week in London (28) and Birmingham (29). The big blockbuster tour presented by leading promoters Rock On Music will see the sensational singer deliver her greatest hits and all-time classics with a full live band. Eastern Eye decided to…

At Birmingham husting, Rishi Sunak attempts to catch up with…

As the result of the UK Prime Minister race nears, Rishi Sunak made his last bit of efforts to salvage the contest for the Conservative party leadership that most surveys favour Liz Truss to win. During the 10th round of hustings in Birmingham, Sunak pitched values like patriotism, family, hard…

Having sex twice a week can boost heart health, lower…

We have all heard that regular sex brings with it many benefits, however, you may just be surprised at the range of benefits this act of intimacy is capable of bringing about, from lowering your risk of heart problems or cancer, to boosting your immunity and even helping you fight…

UK intelligence agencies tipped off India about Jagtar Singh Johal…

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

The power of peace, prayers and finding common ground

BRITISH ARTIST MOHAMMED ALI UNVEILS HIS IMMERSIVE NEW THEATRE PROJECT Having travelled the world from New York to Bangladesh, with his murals, performances, and installations, aw­a­rd winning street artist Mohammed Ali returns to his home city of Birmingh­am for a deeply meaningful new project. His immersive theatrical experience Waswasa –…

Most Wanted comedy show by Vir Das

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip sha­k­ing dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuis­i­ne. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Saturday August 20; Friday August…

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s magical voice and his 12 greatest…

Singing sensation Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns for another major UK tour later this month and will be looking forward to entertaining audiences with his greatest hits. Although he has sung iconic qawwalis, delivered solo singles, performed Pakistani film/TV songs, and done stunning collaborations, like the Coke Studio classics, the…

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

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

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

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

Artist explores What is Seen and What is Not in…

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

Events like Commonwealth Games, Jubilee can bridge social divides: report

Events such as this summer’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Women’s Euros and Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games have a very important role to play in breaking down prejudice and stereotypes in society, according to a new report by think tank British Future for a major Inquiry by Spirit of 2012, published on…

Players prioritising T20 leagues hardly a Boult from the blue

Trent Boult giving up his New Zealand Cricket contract is another sign of a revolution sweeping through the game -- a change happening not at the leisurely pace of a test match but at the breakneck speed of a Twenty20 inning. A key figure in the teams that won the…

Olympic diver Tom Daley blames Britain’s colonial legacy for homophobic…

Britain's Olympic diving champion Tom Daley has blamed colonialism behind homophobic laws still in place across many Commonwealth countries. Daley visited 'the most homophobic countries in the Commonwealth' for a new BBC documentary. In the documentary, Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me, he claimed that he discovered the colonial legacy…

Life and signs of an Asian deaf artist

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

Counting and Cracking: A Sri Lanka migrant story

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Friday August 12 Where: The…

Ten Sri Lankans missing from Commonwealth Games: Official

Ten members of crisis-hit Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games contingent in Birmingham have disappeared in a suspected attempt to remain in Britain, a top sports official told AFP on Sunday. The nine athletes and a manager vanished after completing their events, the Sri Lankan official said, requesting anonymity. Three of them…

Fear losing the 50-over format in a couple of years…

ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali has warned that other players could follow teammate Ben Stokes in quitting one-day internationals and that the format could become completely obsolete if nothing is done to fix the game's hectic calendar. Stokes, England's test captain, announced his shock retirement from 50-over cricket at the age…

Outrage as nude photos of England sportswomen are leaked on…

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is currently taking place in Birmingham. Sportspersons from England are making the country around with around 150 medals in total. Recently, England women's football team was crowned as European champions. But, the sports world is now discussing an unfortunate event in which nude pictures of England…

Chris Hemsworth says CWG gold medallist Mirabai Chanu is worthy…

Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth, who is popular for portraying the Norse god of thunder, Thor, has showered praise on Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, stating that "she is worthy" of his MCU character's hammer. The praise comes after Chanu recently clinched India's first gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022…

Commonwealth nations join hands to expand organ donation, tackle health…

As part of the Commonwealth Games legacy, 43 Commonwealth countries and 19 national and international organisations have come together to share expertise in organ donation and transplantation to save more lives. The Commonwealth Tribute to Life Project, led by NHS Blood and Transplant, is the culmination of three years’ work…

Cricket to make case for 2028 LA Games this month

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will make a presentation to the Los Angeles Olympics organisers later this month in its bid for the sport to return to the Games after a gap of 128 years, sources told Reuters. Cricket has been shortlisted for potential inclusion at the 2028 Los Angeles…

Samsara brings East and West together

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DILJIT DOSANJH When: Friday August 12 Where: The…

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood unfairly dismissed aide who was his…

An employment tribunal ruled that Labour MP Khalid Mahmood had dismissed former aide Elaina Cohen 'unfairly', according to reports. Senior adviser Cohen was dismissed a year after she raised serious concerns about alleged criminal behaviour by a work colleague, the tribunal heard. Meanwhile, the 61-year-old lawmaker for Birmingham Perry Bar…

Preet Kaur Gill and 11 other MPs writes to Air…

Following a positive response to her initial letter to Birmingham Airport Executives on increasing the number of flights from Birmingham to Amritsar, Preet Kaur Gill MP has written to Air India to demand the number of flights increase from one flight per week to six per week which were flying…

Counting and Cracking: A moving story of love, political strife…

An international theatre production about a family's journey through love, heartbreak, civil war, and migration touches down in UK in August for epic performances at Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh from August 8-14 and The Birmingham Rep from August 19-27. The multi-generational play, Counting and Cracking, follows a Sri-Lankan Australian family over four generations from…

Team India receive special Birmingham welcome ahead of Commonwealth Games…

MEMBERS of India’s elite athletic squad were on Thursday (28) given a rapturous welcome by fans on arrival in the UK, as part of a special event organised by the Indian High Commission and hosted by Birmingham City University (BCU). Hundreds of supporters from across the Indian diaspora -- drawn…

Indian High Commission, FICCI UK play friendly T20 cricket match…

THE Indian High Commission in the UK and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), UK, organised a friendly T20 cricket match at the Indian Gymkhana in London on Sunday (24) to celebrate 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', an initiative of the Indian government to celebrate the 75th…

Daley condemns homophobia across Commonwealth nations ahead of Games

Britain's Olympic diving champion Tom Daley has condemned homophobia across Commonwealth nations on the eve of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday.Homosexuality is a criminal offence in 35 of the 56 nations that make up the Commonwealth, with many still enforcing colonial-era laws from the British empire.…

Take a journey through Indian culture, dance, and music with…

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com RIZWAN-MUAZZAM QAWWAL When: Saturday July 30 Where: St…

India to host 2025 Women’s ODI World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday finally unveiled the host countries for the next major ICC tournaments in the women's category, with India to host the marquee 50-over 2025 World Cup. The next ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in 2025 will be hosted by India and Sri Lanka will…

Neeraj Chopra expresses disappointment on being ruled out of CWG…

After being ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra expressed disappointment about not being able to represent the country at the prestigious event at Birmingham. Neeraj Chopra sustained a groin injury in the finals of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on Sunday, where…

BBC receives more than 200 ‘racism’ complaints over presenter’s comment…

THE BBC received more than 200 'racism' complaints over comments made by one of its football presenters about England's Euros 2022 women’s team, The Telegraph reported. TV broadcaster Eilidh Barbour said that England’s all-white Lionesses highlights the lack of diversity in the women’s game while discussing the team's 8-0 win…

Birmingham taxi driver jailed for having sex with teen after…

A taxi driver of a Birmingham suburb has been sentenced to six years of imprisonment for having sex with a vulnerable teenage girl after deliberately getting her to drink alcohol.Mohammed Zubair is also put on the sex offender register for life.Birmingham Crown Court heard that the married 58-year-old man took…

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

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

New play explores lives of a working-class Muslim family

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com AN EVENING WITH PARRY & REKHA When: Friday…

Comedy star Kai Samra gets Native with new stand-up show

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the presence of rule-breaking newcomers and rising stars like award-winning comedian Kai Samra. The exciting British talent follows up his critically acclaimed debut Underclass – recorded for Amazon Prime – with his new stand-up show Native, which runs…

People of colour bear the brunt of deadly heatwaves in…

ONE in three people from minority ethnic groups in the UK are living in areas most exposed to extreme heat, compared with just one in 12 white people, experts have warned. According to researchers at the University of Manchester and Friends of the Earth, almost 6 million people in the…

Birmingham bhangra star Balwinder Safri made a ‘miracle’ recovery from…

BRITISH INDIAN bhangra artist Balwinder Safri has been discharged from the hospital after being in a coma for 86 days following heart surgery, according to reports. His wife Nikki Davitt called the recovery 'a miracle' as Safri's family had been told to prepare for the worst. "He is incredible -…

Where is Home? Leicester exhibition explores answers

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

Virat Kohli meets his U-15 teammate Ravi Teja in UK:…

INDIAN cricketer Virat Kohli met his former U-15 teammate Dwaraka Ravi Teja in London. Teja shared the picture of their meeting on Twitter. Indian cricket team is in UK for the ongoing India vs England ODI series. Teja played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League…

UK rail workers announce July 27 strike in pay row

British rail workers and station staff will strike this month in disputes over pay and conditions, two unions said, announcing the latest in a growing catalogue of industrial unrest as workers demand wage rises to cope with soaring inflation. The 24-hour walkout by members of the RMT and TSSA will…

Exploring the significance of the ‘sacred’ seven

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com DARBAR FRINGE: JASDEEP DEGUN When: Sunday July 17…

MP Preet Kaur Gill writes to CEO of Edgbaston Cricket…

BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston MP Preet Kaur Gill has written to Warwickshire's chief executive Stuart Cain regarding racist abuse being directed at Indian fans at Edgbaston stadium recently. "Racism is cancer in our society and we all have a duty to act when it raises its ugly head," the MP wrote in…

Amazon Prime’s new series will centre around disgraced ‘King of…

Controversial journalist Mazher Mahmood, who exposed many celebrities but ended up in jail himself for breaching the law, will be the subject of a new series on Amazon Prime.Mahmood, who had won several awards for investigative journalism, would often disguise himself as a rich Arab man because of which he…

Muslim mom pulls her kids out of Birmingham school after…

An upset Muslim woman has pulled her children out of a Birmingham school alleging they were given pork sausages during lunchtime.Muslim religious text does not approve of consuming certain food, including pork, considered haram (forbidden).Mussrat Bibi, 41, claimed Hollyfield Primary School in Sutton Coldfield where her children Rayhaan and Sufiyaan…

Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes first bowler in T20I history to bowl…

INDIA star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar wreaked havoc on the England batting lineup as he went on to become the first Indian bowler to bowl 500 dot balls in the T20s powerplays with his stunning spell. Bhuvneshwar gave India a perfect start defending 171 as the 32-year-old senior pacer removed English…

Eng vs Ind: Police arrest fan after racism allegations during…

Birmingham Police on Friday said that a fan has been arrested for a 'racially aggravated public order offence', following reports of racist behaviour during the fifth rescheduled Test match between India and England at Edgbaston. A number of allegations were made on social media following the close of the Day…

‘Scale up the frequency of direct flights to Amritsar, Punjab…

PREET KAUR GILL along with 11 other West Midlands MPs with large Punjabi and Sikh diaspora have written to Birmingham Airport CEO Nick Barton about more regular direct flights to Amritsar, Punjab from Birmingham. Direct flights resumed in August last year as Covid travel restrictions were relaxed. But there is…

Bereaved mum’s mission to make British roads safe

DEV’S LAW is a legislation that Meera Naran would rather have not been associated with, but tragic circumstances have made it an important part of her life and one that she is proud of. From Wednesday (6), all cars all new cars across mainland Europe and Northern Ireland will have…

British Indian woman jailed for taking 150 driving tests for…

A British Indian woman from Llanelli has been jailed for eight months for taking about 150 theory and practical tests for other drivers, Police said. Inderjeet Kaur, 29, admitted to driving test fraud on behalf of candidates between 2018 and 2020. According to Police, she committed the offences throughout England…

Time will tell whether loss at Edgbaston will have an…

India are defeated and deflated now. But skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said only "time will tell" how the crushing loss at Edgbaston impacts the side in the long run India let slip a golden opportunity to record their first series win in England since 2007 as the hosts, in…

Reinterpreting Frida through Indian classical music

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN When: Saturday July 9…

We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is played…

Following his side's seven-wicket win over India in the fifth Test, England captain Ben Stokes said that his team is trying to re-write how Test cricket is played in England. A 269-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped England create history, with the side completing their highest successful…

Preet Kaur Gill and 11 other MPs bat for more…

Birmingham Airport authorities have urged the region’s parliamentarians to prevail upon Air India to operate more direct flights between the West Midlands city and India’s Amritsar.The airport chiefs said fleet shortages and spare part issues have hindered the efforts of two airlines’ to link the international destinations better.They, however, said…

We could not maintain intensity with bowling, could not bat…

Following his side's seven-wicket defeat to England in the fifth Test, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that the team could not seize its opportunities fully and maintain intensity in bowling. He also said the team could not bat well in the second innings. A 269-run partnership between Joe Root…

Not afraid of failing, just want to put pressure on…

Following his side's seven-wicket win over India, England batter Jonny Bairstow said that he is not afraid of failing and just wants to put pressure on the opposition. A 269-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped England create history, with the side completing their highest successful run chase…

Ronan Kanda: Man, 2 teenagers charged with murder

A man and two teenagers have been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Ronan Kanda, who tragically died last Wednesday after he was reportedly attacked with a knife. According to West Midlands Police, the results of the post-mortem revealed that the school boy had died after being stabbed twice. The…

Smelly p**’, ‘Paki bas****s’: Indian fans allege racist abuse at…

While India and England were involved in an intense battle on the fourth day of a test match at Edgbaston on Monday evening, several fans in the stands allegedly faced racist slurs and complained of inaction by stewards.India supporters took to social media claiming they were called ‘smelly p**’, ‘curry…

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

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

‘Easily the best WK batter in Tests right now’: Former…

Flamboyant India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant's sublime counter-attacking ton on the opening day of the rescheduled fifth Test against England earned praise from the cricket fraternity, which described the knock as "a special one under pressure". India was staring down the barrel at 98 for 5 before Pant (146 off 111…

NHS nurse, Roopa Kumar, jailed for ‘almost killing’ pedestrian while…

An NHS nurse who was driving at more than double the speed limit has been jailed for causing a “dreadful” crash that left a pedestrian in a coma for three weeks and lingering trauma.Wolverhampton Crown Court sentenced Roopa Kumar to 18 months behind bars and handed her a 28-month driving…

EXCLUSIVE: End our cost of living crisis suffering

The chancellor must do more to help families and business. The call comes from Lord Karan Bilimoria, who is stepping down as the president of the Confederation of British Industry after two years at the helm. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, the peer said the cost of living…

Dancing Nikita Company presents an array of Kathak dances

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN When: Friday July 1…

Rohit not yet ruled out of England Test: head coach…

Ahead of the upcoming fifth Test against England beginning July 1, India head coach Rahul Dravid has said that skipper Rohit Sharma is yet not been ruled out. Rohit Sharma tested COVID-19 positive following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. Since then there has been speculation about him…

Croydon best place for first-time flat buyers in UK: Research

Croydon in south London is the best place in the UK for first-time buyers to look for flats, according to the online property guide Zoopla.Its new research found that flat prices across the UK have risen by 1.2 per year over the last five years compared with 4.2 per cent…

SBI UK unveils new interest rates across its range of…

AFTER the recent announcement by the Bank of England to increase the base rate, the State Bank of India (UK) Ltd has hiked interest rates on its range of products. The rate of increase is from 35bps to 100bps. The new rates are effective from June 22, 2022. The new…

Former Wimbledon champions eyeing up window of opportunity in open…

While the fortunes of world number one Iga Swiatek and home hope Emma Raducanu are set to dominate the early headlines at Wimbledon this year, a quartet of former champions will be eagerly eyeing the wide-open women's draw. French Open champion Swiatek arrives at SW19 in a rich vein of…

UK unveils new support for Commonwealth LGBT rights campaigners

THE UK on Friday (24) announced further funding to support grassroots human rights defenders and advance equality and freedom across the Commonwealth. Several from the LGBT communities in the Commonwealth countries continue to face discrimination and criminalisation despite welcome progress made in recent years. The £2.7 million package announced by…

Bollywood singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan returns to UK

LIVE PERFORMANCE MUMBAI MASALA When: Until Sunday August 28 Where: Proud City, 1 Mark Lane, Opposite Fenchurch Street Station, London EC3R 7AH What: Spicy new immersive Bollywood musical experience, featuring hip shaking dances, heart breaking romance, hilarious comedy, and delectable cuisine. www.proudcabaret.com JUBIN NAUTIYAL When: Saturday June 25 and Sunday…

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

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

Birmingham Labour councillor apologises for ‘anti-semitic’ remarks, says ‘There is…

A Labour councillor of Birmingham has apologised for her historic anti-Semitic comments on social media.In her Facebook messages, Shabina Bano had accused waste collector Veolia of being a 'Zionist supporter' and wished a child cancer survivor had died, Birmingham Live reported.Apparently referring to Veolia, a 2014 message posted on her…

The Little English movie treasure

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

Robert Downey Jr. facetimed Johnny Depp to congratulate him on…

Congratulatory messages are pouring in for Johnny Depp from not only his fans from across the globe but also his colleagues in the film industry. According to reports, Hollywood biggie Robert Downey Jr. congratulated Depp via video call after he won the defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. As…

‘Stop playing the victim’: Piers Morgan slams Amber Heard after…

Piers Morgan has told Amber Heard to "stop playing the victim" after she gave her first sit-down interview since losing a high-profile defamation case brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp. In the exclusive conversation with a news channel, the 36-year-old shared her thoughts about the six-week trial that took place…

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

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

Amber Heard on her verdict against Johnny Depp says ‘My…

Amber Heard for the first time after the trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, says 'You cannot tell me that this has been fair' in a recent interview. According to Variety, Amber Heard recently gave her first interview after her verdict. The interview is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday and…

Accent discrimination have profound negative social, economic implications: Research

As the British Academy’s annual two-day Summer Showcase will be held later this week, a research team will explain how a regional difference in English accents could lead to prejudice.According to the team which will set up a stall at the event, its exhibit will map the “deeply embedded prejudices…

Nightmares exhibit earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease: Study

According to a new study by the University of Birmingham, older adults who start to experience bad dreams or nightmares could be exhibiting the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease, say researchers at the University of Birmingham. A new study, published in eClinicalMedicine, showed that in a cohort of older men,…

Producer of ‘Blasphemous’ film ‘The Lady of Heaven’ blasts protesters

THE producer of the movie The Lady Of Heaven has blasted Muslim protesters and accused them of 'poisonous rhetoric, bullying tactics and propaganda', according to a report. Executive producer Malik Shilbak asked his critics to 'take their heads out of the clouds' in a heated discussion with Roshan Salih, editor…

Cineworld drops ‘blasphemous’ film about Prophet Mohammed’s daughter

UK cinema chain Cineworld has pulled all screenings of a film about the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed after Muslim groups protested outside theatres, calling the movie "blasphemous". Cineworld, the world's second-largest cinema chain, said it will cancel all showings of "The Lady of Heaven" due to safety concerns. "Due…

Women show the power of community in Lotus Beauty

LIVE PERFORMANCE PRIYA PURUSHOTHAMAN – LIVE When: Saturday June 11 Where: Rose House, Barningham Way, off Kingsbury Road, London NW9 8UP What: An Indian classical and semiclassical vocal concert headlined by an upcoming music star, who has received specialised training. www.eventbrite.com BOTOWN: THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday June 11…

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

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

Johnny Depp had a £50,000 feast at an Indian restaurant…

ACTOR Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck had a £50,000 feast at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham following the actor’s win against ex-wife Amber Heard in the high-profile defamation case, according to reports.  On Sunday (5), Depp and Beck fully booked the Varanasi restaurant, as they were reportedly joined by 20…

Bangladesh Hindu Association (UK) celebrates 20th anniversary

The Bangladesh Hindu Association (UK), an organisation dedicated to promoting Bengali culture, celebrated its 20th anniversary in Birmingham recently.Outstanding achievers were honoured at the event held at Aston on May 29 where Swornaly Chanda, the political counsellor of the Bangladesh High Commission in Birmingham was the chief guest. A recitation…

Upcoming singer Priya headlines classical concert

LIVE PERFORMANCE KATTAM KATTI When: Friday June 3 Where: Theatre Royal, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR What: The Pagrav Dance Company presents a contemporary Kathak production that taps into the competitive chaos, creativity, and colour of Uttarayan, the world-famous international kite festival of Gujarat. www.theatreroyal.com AIMA BAIG, SAJJAD ALI AND…

Atreyee: The concert is a most humble tribute to my…

CARDIFF-BASED singer Atreyee has made a name for herself on the UK live circuit and delivered unforgettable performances powered by her impressive voice. She will next headline the Awaaz Hi Pehchaan concert taking place on June 11 in Penarth. The Arts Council of Wales-backed tribute to Lata Mangeshkar sees her…

Pakistan’s Maroof to stay with daughter in Commonwealth Games village

PAKISTAN women's team captain Bismah Maroof and her family will be accommodated at the Commonwealth Games village in Birmingham, England in July so she can be with her infant daughter during the event, the country's cricket board has said. The Commonwealth Games Federation drew flak after media reports said Maroof's…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

Author Sir Salman Rushdie and cricketer Moeen Ali are among a number of British Asians honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Wednesday (1). With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 13.3 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, this list showcases…

Thank You, Your Majesty

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

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

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

Two new trustees – Divya Chadha and Amanda Farnsworth –…

Alzheimer’s Research UK has today announced that Biotech clinical development leader and former UK Vaccines Taskforce member Divya Chadha Manek OBE and former BBC executive Amanda Farnsworth have joined its Board of Trustees. In their voluntary roles they will provide strategic leadership, governance, and insight into the charity’s running, and…

Ex-lover of Khalid Mahmood MP wants her job back

AN ex-lover of a Birmingham MP has told a tribunal that she was unfairly dismissed by her old boss as she made serious criminal claims about a female colleague, according to a report.  Elaina Cohen, 62, the former parliamentary aide of Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr Khalid Mahmood, 60,…

Flower shows are not exclusive preserve of the English upper…

THE British Asian landscape designer Manoj Malde has spoken of “creating connections” as part of his new role as an ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with a remit for “inclusivity” that was announced at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (23). That was the day the Queen, who…

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

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

The people of the Indian diaspora strengthen our economy, culture…

The inaugural edition of the Ideas for India conference ended on Friday after three days of rich discussion on public policy. The three-day event on 18-20 May was held to celebrate India’s 75th anniversary of Independence, with speakers providing their vision for where they see India in the coming 25…

Suspended teacher charged with sexual exploitation

A SUSPENDED teacher of Birmingham has been charged with sexual exploitation of schoolgirls.Muhammad Taimoor, 28, is accused of sexual activity while in a position of trust and two counts of trafficking within the UK.Taimoor, who was released on conditional bail after his initial arrest on May 9, has been arrested…

Counting and Cracking: Staging a Sri Lanka migrant story

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

Sadiq Khan: London can host the greenest Olympics ever

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said that discussions were held to host the “greenest” Olympics and Paralympics ever in the city, according to a report.  Khan said that his team were in discussions with the International Olympic Committee over Britain staging the world’s biggest sporting event for the fourth time,…

Anurag Kashyap’s Dobaaraa to open London Indian Film Festival

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

Raducanu to play in WTA tournament in Birmingham

BRITAIN's Emma Raducanu will make a first competitive appearance in front of a home crowd since her remarkable triumph at the US Open as she entered next month's Women's Tour Association event in Birmingham. The teenager's only previous WTA tournament in Britain was in Nottingham last year prior to her…

Dea-John Reid’s family plans to campaign for diverse juries

THE FAMILY of a schoolboy who was stabbed a year ago is planning to launch a campaign for making juries ethnically diverse.Dea-John Reid, 14, was chased down by a “lynch mob” in Kingstanding, Birmingham where he was stabbed to death in May 2021.Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (6) sentenced a…

Queer Britain museum opens in London

QUEER BRITAIN, the UK's first LGBTQ+ museum, opened its doors in London this week, promising to bring the history and culture of the community to a wider audience. Housed in a 19th-century building in a redeveloped area behind King's Cross railway station, the museum has been four years in the…

Taz Stereo Nation: Impressive legacy of an iconic pop fusion…

TRIBUTES poured in for British music icon Taz from Stereo Nation after he tragically passed away, aged 54. Those who praised the late singer ranged from fans entertained by his songs to major names in music, who followed in his footsteps and those who worked with him. It is no…

UK local elections facts

Local elections for councils and cities will be held in England, Scotland and Wales on Thursday, and polls for the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast. Here are details about the voting and what's at stake: - When does voting take place? - Polls open at 0600 GMT on Thursday…

Study reveals profound impact of Brexit on UK citizens in…

A NEW Brexit study has revealed that many UK citizens living in the EU expressed serious concerns over their loss of free movement and voting rights, and a very different perception of Britain, according to a report. The survey, of 1,328 British nationals across the continent, showed that Brexit resulted…

Javid warns hospitals against clinging to restrictions

BRITISH health secretary Sajid Javid has warned of action against hospitals which refuse to return to normal despite the government significantly lifting the pandemic restrictions.Last month, fresh guidelines were issued to the healthcare sector to enable hospitals to attend to patients on waiting lists - which crossed 6.2 million in…

Satinder Chohan’s ‘Lotus Beauty’ to be premiered at Hampstead Theatre…

The world premiere of Satinder Chohan’s new play, Lotus Beauty, directed by Pooja Ghai will stage on 13 May 2022 at Hampstead Downstairs, in association with Tamasha Theatre Company. It will be running until 18 June 2022. Lotus Beauty follows the intertwined lives of five multigenerational women.  The cast features Anshula Bain (Tartuffe, Birmingham Rep; (This Isn't) A…

Munjal Birmingham innovation centre opens in Punjab

INDIA's Hero Group has partnered with Birmingham City University to open the Munjal Birmingham centre for innovation and entrepreneurship (MBCIE) in Punjab.  A ceremonial plaque has been unveiled at a renovated former school building to mark the first phase of the project. Birmingham City University vice-chancellor Professor Philip Plowden, deputy…

Charities slam rogue landlords for ‘abusing migrant women’

MIGRANT women from south Asia are being sexually exploited due to being in legal limbo in the UK over their immigration status, charities have warned. They have supported victims who have been pressured into intimate relationships with an employer or landlord who have threatened with reporting them to the Home…

Mum convicted of neglecting her son

A MOTHER who repurposed her asthmatic son’s inhaler to feed her drugs habit and neglected his health has been found guilty of manslaughter. Laura Heath, 40, of no fixed address, was found guilty of causing her son’s death through not keeping his asthma under control. The court heard how she…

The Age of Russell Peters

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

Vijay Bhola: Audiences want great entertainment by brilliant performers

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

Poll fraud seen on son’s campaign trail in Birmingham

A FORMER Birmingham councillor, found guilty of electoral malpractice, has joined the Labour campaign trail in local elections to canvass for his son.Ayaz Khan and five other Labour councillors were found guilty of corrupt and illegal practice in the 2004 elections.The councillors and a party worker were all accused of…

Twenty facts to celebrate Arijit Singh’s birthday and huge UK…

POPULAR singer Arijit Singh turns a year older on April 25 and then returns to UK the first week of May for two huge arena concerts, where he will be performing his greatest hits. To celebrate India’s most popular solo star returning for a British tour and his 35th birthday,…

Why healthy Asian food kits can be recipe for success

Sakshi Chabbra Mittal thought she was health-conscious. She ate well, worked out regularly and meditated everyday. So it came as huge shock when during her first pregnancy she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease which can be linked to premature or stillbirths. Told by doctors that there was no…

UK MP Dhesi seeks conducive environment for investment in India’s…

BRITISH MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi met Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann in Chandigarh as they discussed policy changes required to bring investment into the north Indian state.They also exchanged their views about enhancing trade and tourism in Punjab through greater connectivity, especially direct flights from London and Birmingham to the…

Airline chiefs say they warned Patel about Easter travel chaos…

THE trade body for UK airlines warned home secretary Priti Patel in March that a lack of Border Force workers could spark massive passenger queues at terminals during Easter week, according to a media report. Airlines UK in a letter to Patel last month said that urgent action was needed…

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

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

Banned Pakistani film Javed Iqbal to premiere at UK Asian…

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

The joy and flavour of a henna night

LIVE PERFORMANCE SEVENS When: Saturday April 2 Where: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY What: An ensemble cast of UK-based Indian classical dancers and musicians share the stage in this triple bill show conceptualised by award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Nina Rajarani MBE, which explores the sacred, and…

Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello perform ‘Bam Bam’ song at fundraising…

Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello were among the leading music stars who performed on Tuesday night at a televised concert aiming to raise funds for a Ukrainian humanitarian appeal. Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran joined forces to perform their new collaboration “Bam Bam” live together for the very first time.…

Eight teams to participate in British Kabaddi League

THE British Kabaddi League has been launched in Wolverhampton to mark the prominent role of the Midlands in British Kabaddi, a statement said. Eight teams including, Birmingham Bulls, Wolverhampton Wolfpack, Walsall Hunters and Leicester Warriors, alongside London Lions, Edinburgh Eagles, Glasgow Unicorns and Manchester Raiders will participate in the league…

Exploring the ‘sacred’ number seven

LIVE PERFORMANCE MID-DAY MANTRA SPRING SERIES FINALE: SWATI NATEKAR When: Saturday March 26 Where: Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA What: Acclaimed singer Swati Natekar will present a special collection of songs celebrating Holi, ranging from semiclassical to film songs. She will…

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…

Lakshaya Sen stuns world number three Antonsen

World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen stunned world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight games to progress to the men's singles quarterfinals of the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday. The 20-year-old from Almora, who had claimed his maiden Super 500 title at India Open in January…

UK unveils ‘Inclusive Britain’ action plan to tackle racial disparities

UK has unveiled an ‘Inclusive Britain’ action plan with changes to policing, health and education to address racial disparities in the country.  The plan, as a response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic disparities chaired by Tony Sewell, has more than 70 measures including greater scrutiny over the way…

Arun Ghosh to launch new album

LIVE PERFORMANCE KATTAM KATTI When: Tuesday March 22 – Wednesday March 23 Where: Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX What: The Pagrav Dance Company presents a contemporary Kathak production that taps into the competitive chaos, creativity, and colour of Uttarayan, the world-famous international kite festival of Gujarat. www.junction.co.uk NITIN…

Swati Natekar: During live performances, you get one chance to…

SWATI NATEKAR has delivered everything from deeply classical music to huge commercial songs with effortless ease. Although she has released acclaimed albums and collaborated with worldclass artists, the versatile singer is at her best live and delivers concerts globally. The British talent will deliver a free concert as part of…