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Five facts about Britain’s new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi

HERE are five facts about Britain's new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, appointed by prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (5) following the resignation of Rishi Sunak. Zahawi, 55, was born in Iraq and moved to Britain in the mid-1970s when his Kurdish family fled the rule of Saddam Hussein. A…

The important thing is to get inflation under control: Britain’s…

Britain's new finance minister, Nadhim Zahawi, set out his priorities for the economy in a series of interviews early on Wednesday, hours after he was appointed to replace Rishi Sunak.Below are the highlights:ON HIS PRIORITIES"I've got to rebuild and grow the economy. We've just come out of the equivalent of…

If UK PM Boris Johnson is ousted, who could replace…

Britain's finance and health ministers resigned in quick succession on Tuesday, in moves that put the future of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in peril after a series of scandals that have damaged his administration.Below is a summary of some of those who could be in the frame to replace him…

The final blow? UK PM Boris Johnson loses Rishi Sunak…

Britain's finance and health ministers resigned on Tuesday, in what looked to be the final blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's premiership after he had tried to apologise for the latest scandal to dog his administration. Both finance minister Rishi Sunak and health minister Sajid Javid resigned in what appeared…

NHS to trial the use of drones to fly cancer…

In a move to mark the 74th anniversary of the NHS’s creation by the postwar Labour government on July 5, drones will be flown to deliver chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients in England, to help avoid long journeys required to collect them. In the trial run, the devices will reportedly…

Priti Patel urges police to use new powers to counter…

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel has urged police to use new powers to shut down protests after fuel price campaigners held up highways around the country. According to reports, at least 13 protesters were arrested on Monday (4) for driving too slowly when blocking roads. Protesters called for fuel duty to…

Postal workers in the UK suffered more than 1,600 dog…

According to Royal Mail, postal workers have suffered more than 1,600 dog attacks in the last year leaving the posties with permanent and disabling injuries. The British multinational postal service and courier company has reported that a total of 1,673 attacks were recorded with an average of 32 every week…

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

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

Paradise Lost?

When does a person become rich enough to declare that they have all that they need and require no further material enhancement? What happens when the layer below the most powerful declares that they too have been blessed with riches beyond their wildest dreams and are happy with the houses…

A third of young British men want to change their…

A survey conducted by health and fitness company, Origym comprises more than 2000 people in the UK confirms that social media negatively affects body image. The survey claims to have found that unrealistic expectations about how you should look, encouraged by the “picture perfect culture” on social media is affecting…

UK Pubs central to British communities for centuries are shutting…

The number of pubs in England and Wales has plunged to its lowest ever level, according to analysis published on Monday which blames the coronavirus pandemic and soaring costs. In the first half of this year, pub numbers dropped below 40,000 -- a fall of more than 7,000 since 10…

Visionary British theatre director Peter Brook dies aged 97

Peter Brook, one of the world's most innovative theatre directors who perfected the art of staging powerful drama in bizarre venues, has died aged 97, his publisher said on Sunday. The British director used the world as his stage mounting productions ranging from challenging versions of Shakespeare through international opera…

I can testify to the openness, fairness, and warmth, with…

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has opened up at length about his Indian heritage and growing up in Britain in a hard-working British Indian family at an awards ceremony celebrating Indian diaspora achievements across different fields. The 42-year-old finance minister, born in the UK to National Health Service…

UK bird reserves closed after suspected avian flu outbreak

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

WikiLeaks’ Assange lodges appeal against U.S. extradition

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the United States to face criminal charges, his brother said on Friday, the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade. Assange, 50, is wanted by…

UK government proposes VAT cut to ease pain of rising…

Britain has proposed a cut in value-added tax, or VAT, to help households with the cost of living, The Times reported on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief of staff Steve Barclay suggested reducing the 20% headline rate of the tax, the report said, adding a temporary cut would reduce…

With a dash of spice, Reliance and Britain’s Pret bet…

British snack chain Pret will adapt its menu to local tastes when it opens in Indian cities and airports under a partnership with retail giant Reliance to try to satisfy the nation's growing appetite for upmarket refreshment. As part of its broader plan to target the most affluent 50 million…

Striking Criminal barristers turn down fee hike offer

Senior criminal lawyers in England and Wales on Thursday vowed to plough on with strike action, despite a government commitment to raise their fees. Barristers began a series of escalating walkouts on Monday, planning to stop work by one extra day a week until a full five-day strike from July…

British lawmakers should not bring babies into parliamentary debates: Report

British lawmakers should not bring babies to parliamentary proceedings and debates, a committee reviewing the rules said on Thursday. The decision stirs a debate about whether the working culture in parliament acts as a deterrent to some potential candidates. That has in recent years encompassed not only whether it is…

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…

Lord Boateng urges Church of England to ‘contribute to national…

LORD Boateng has urged the Church of England to contribute towards a £4 million national memorial to victims of the slave trade in Hyde Park, the first of its kind in Britain, according to a report. The report by an independent group led by the Labour peer, the Archbishops’ Racial Justice…

UK taxpayers became shareholders in a sex party organising company

Britain’s taxpayers have become shareholders in the women-led sex party organiser Killing Kittens as the government converted its loan to the company into equity.Founded by Emma Sayle in 2005, the company calls itself a sextech firm and has hosted parties in Europe, North America and Australia for its members with…

Monkeypox cases in Britain pass 1,000

The latest data released Tuesday by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Britain has reached 1,076. According to UKHSA, up to June 26, 2022, there were 1,076 laboratory-confirmed cases in Britain. Of these, 27 were in Scotland, five in Northern Ireland, nine…

‘Backfiring’ UK response to strikes must change, union chief urges

Britain's heavy-handed approach to industrial relations has backfired as employees reject its "nonsense" demands for pay restraint and increasingly join unions, the head of the country's biggest trade union umbrella group said. Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, told Reuters that unions had seen surging interest in…

Explainer: The issues surrounding a Scottish independence vote

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans on Tuesday for a second referendum to be held on Scottish independence in October 2023.  In a referendum in 2014, Scots voted 55%-45% to remain in the United Kingdom, but both Brexit and the British government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis have bolstered…

UK Shoppers shift to cheaper grocery options as cost-of-living worsens:…

Britons are shifting to cheaper food alternatives in their supermarket shopping as they try to navigate a worsening cost of living crisis, industry data showed on Tuesday. Market researcher NielsenIQ said that over the four weeks to June 18 sales of frozen poultry rose 12% year-on-year, sales of rice and…

Britain’s Norrie eases through after rain delay

Ninth seed Cameron Norrie made light work of Spain's Pablo Andujar to give Britain its first win at this year's Wimbledon, easing through 6-0 7-6(3) 6-3 on Monday. With the home spotlight very much on Centre Court where fellow Britons Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray were in action later, Norrie…

Britain’s trial lawyers stage walkouts over legal aid funding; teachers…

British lawyers involved in criminal trials will stage a walkout on Monday in a dispute over government funding, refusing to take on new cases or cover cases for colleagues which have overrun. Barristers voted for action earlier this month with more than 80% of its 2,055 members backing walkouts, the…

Prince Charles followed rules accepting suitcase of cash from Qatar…

Charity donations accepted by Britain's Prince Charles were handled correctly, his office said after a newspaper reported that he received 3 million euros ($3.2 million) in cash from a former Qatari prime minister, some of it in shopping bags. The Sunday Times said that Charles accepted three lots of cash…

UK bill to override N.Ireland Brexit deal back in parliament,…

A UK government bill proposing an overhaul to a post-Brexit deal in Northern Ireland returns to parliament on Monday, despite EU warnings it is illegal and could spark a trade war. Brussels threatened legal action after the UK government earlier this month introduced the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to unilaterally…

UK body to recommend 4-5% pay rise for 1.5 million…

British public-sector health workers should receive an annual pay rise of 4-5% this year, a government advisory body plans to recommend, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday. Surging consumer price inflation, which hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in May, means workers are pushing for bigger…

Commonwealth Summit: Prince Charles expresses ‘personal sorrow’ over suffering caused…

Prince Charles told Commonwealth leaders Friday that the choice to become a republic or abandon the queen as head of state was theirs alone, and expressed "personal sorrow" at Britain's legacy of slavery. The British heir to the throne addressed the opening of a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)…

Decoded: Is Dominic Raab’s Bill of Rights an attack on…

THE UK government introduced legislation allowing it to override rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), after a judge in Strasbourg blocked flights removing asylum seekers to Rwanda. Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab said the new 'Bill of Rights' would 'restore a healthy dose of common sense' to…

‘We cannot carry on with business as usual’: Britain’s Conservative…

Oliver Dowden, the chairman of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party, resigned on Friday, saying it could not carry on with business as usual after two crushing by-election defeats and someone had to take responsibility."Yesterday's parliamentary by-elections are the latest in a run of very poor results for our…

No ranking points on offer but Wimbledon no exhibition

Wimbledon starts on Monday without Russia's world number one Daniil Medvedev and Belarus's former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka but the grasscourt Grand Slam will hardly feel like an exhibition event despite no ranking points on offer. The 2022 edition of the world's most prestigious tennis tournament will be held without points…

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

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

British Airways staff at Heathrow vote to strike this summer

British Airways staff at London's Heathrow airport voted on Thursday to strike over pay, threatening disruption at one of Europe's busiest aviation hubs during an already chaotic summer for air travellers. Air passengers across Europe have already faced lengthy delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights in recent weeks as…

Prince William and Kate’s first official joint portrait released: The…

A new portrait of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate was released on Thursday, the first official artwork to feature the couple destined to be king and queen. The painting, by artist Jamie Coreth, shows William, second in line to the throne behind his father Prince Charles, in a…

Why Britain must rethink its Rwanda refugees plan

FOLLOWING high drama last week, a group of frightened, traumatised men seeking asylum in the UK received a last-minute reprieve from being shipped thousands of miles across the globe to Rwanda. But even with a legal injunction from the European Court of Human Rights, the UK government still hopes to…

Explainer: What is polio, how does it spread and are…

A type of poliovirus derived from vaccines has been detected in London sewage samples, the WHO and British health officials said Wednesday (22), adding that more analysis was underway. No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was fully eradicated two decades ago. The…

Leaping debt costs add to UK government borrowing in May:…

SURGING debt interest costs triggered by the leap in inflation forced the British government to borrow more than expected in May at £14 billion ($17.14 bn), according to official data published on Thursday (23). Economists polled by Reuters had a median forecast of £12bn for borrowing excluding public sector banks.…

Boris Johnson to meet Prince Charles in Rwanda amid sharp…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said he was looking forward to visiting Rwanda on Thursday (23) to help people shed their "condescending attitudes" to Rwanda after criticism of the government's plans to deport asylum seekers to the country. Johnson will meet with Prince Charles in Kigali on Friday (24) on…

Strikes cripple Britain’s railways, unions stick to their demand of…

STRIKES crippled Britain's rail network on Thursday (23) as union bosses, train operating firms and the government faced off over demands that workers' pay increases keep pace with surging inflation. A spike in the cost of food and fuel is pushing many household budgets to the brink and is driving…

Economic crisis is forcing Brits to opt for gambling, crypto:…

Britain's worsening cost-of-living squeeze is pushing some people into gambling and cryptocurrency investments in last-ditch attempts to make ends meet, a gambling charity warned on Thursday.GamCare said it had increasingly received calls from people receiving state welfare payments who had gambled in the hope they could cover soaring energy and…

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

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

Number of women having an abortion reaches record high in…

THE latest annual abortion statistics report has revealed that a record number of abortions took place in England and Wales last year, according to a report.  There were 214,869 terminations in 2021, the highest number since the procedure became legal in Great Britain through the 1967 Abortion Act. Almost nine…

UK MPs join call on government, institutions to make 75th…

AS a new national monument was unveiled on Wednesday (22) marking the anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving in Britain, actor Lenny Henry, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, broadcaster Trevor Phillips, London mayor Sadiq Khan and cross-party parliamentarians including Steve Baker, Diane Abbott and Baroness Doreen Lawrence have joined a public call…

Moderna to open vaccine research and manufacturing centre in UK

Moderna and the UK government on Wednesday announced a deal for the US biotech firm to build a cutting-edge centre to develop and produce mRNA vaccines for respiratory diseases, including Covid.The company and the health ministry said in a joint statement that work could start on the manufacturing and research…

UK inflation hits new 40-year high of 9.1%, set to…

British annual inflation has hit a fresh 40-year high, official data showed Wednesday, further eroding workers' wages and pressuring the Bank of England to keep on raising interest rates.The rate edged higher to 9.1 percent in May from 9.0 percent in April, remaining at the highest level since 1982, the…

UK to bring in new Bill of Rights to sidestep…

Britain will begin legislating on Wednesday for a new Bill of Rights to give the government the power to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which last week blocked ministers' plans to send migrants to Rwanda.Last Tuesday, the ECHR issued last minute injunctions to prevent a…

UK police seize drug worth £17.5 million at Channel Tunnel

British border police seized cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £17.5 million ($21.5 million) at the Channel Tunnel border, the government said Tuesday. A 68-year-old Belgian man and a 60-year-old Dutch man were arrested on June 10 in Coquelles, on the French side of the undersea rail…

Rolls-Royce to offer its 14,000 employees almost $2,500 each for…

British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings RR.L said it was offering a cash lump sum of 2,000 pounds ($2,458) to about 70% of its UK workforce to help them navigate high living costs. Britain's economy initially rebounded strongly from the COVID-19 pandemic but is now battling high living costs worsened…

Rail strikes: ‘People who physically need to turn up for…

RUSH-HOUR commuters in the UK faced chaos on Tuesday (21) as railway workers began the network's biggest strike action in more than three decades, with a cost-of-living crisis threatening wider industrial action. Last-ditch talks to avert the strike broke down on Monday, meaning more than 50,000 members of rail union…

Britain’s biggest rail strikes would make travel a nightmare

Britain faces its biggest rail strike in 30 years this week when tens of thousands of staff walk out in a pay dispute that unions warn could lead to coordinated action across other industries due to the mounting cost of living crisis. British households are already experiencing the biggest economic…

I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter…

Prince William evoked his late mother Princess Diana's work for charity, as he described as "eye-opening" selling copies on a London street of a magazine that helps to combat homelessness, saying he was committed to highlighting the problem. William, second in line to the British throne, was spotted in early…

Did UK commit blunder by lifting pension age? Report finds

THE UK’s decision to increase the age at which people can avail pension benefits has ended up pushing 100,000 more people into poverty with one-in-seven of those hit by the change, Bloomberg reported. The finding, which has been reported by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Centre for Ageing…

52,000 people tried to cross the English Channel in 2021:…

THE number of migrants seeking to cross the Channel from France to England rose 68 per cent in the first half of 2022, the French interior ministry said Monday (20). From January 1 to June 13, there were 777 attempted crossings involving 20,132 people, up 68 percent on the same…

‘It’s not acceptable, it represents unilateralism of the worst kind’:…

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Sunday a new British law to change part of a Brexit deal to try to ease trade with Northern Ireland was "unilateralism of the worst kind" and urged the government to resume talks.The European Commission launched two new legal proceedings against Britain this…

I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement: British…

Britain's double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes has revealed she is gay, saying she was nervous and excited about coming out in a move that could have saved her years of heartache.The 52-year-old, who won gold in the 800 and 1,500 metres at the 2004 Games in Athens, said on Saturday…

‘I couldn’t be party to potential law-breaking’ – Boris Johnson’s…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson's former ethics adviser said that he resigned his post because he "could not be a party to advising on any potential law-breaking". In a letter published by Sky News, Christopher Geidt, the second ethics adviser to quit under Johnson in two years, said he wanted…

Offered president Zelenskiy a major new military training programme that…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson offered to launch a military training programme for Ukrainian forces on Friday (17) as he met president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on his second trip to the Ukrainian capital since Russia's invasion. Johnson, who survived a no confidence vote earlier this month, was greeted by…

More railway staff to be balloted for strikes over pay…

Britain’s rail travel chaos could get worse this summer if workers at Southeastern choose to go ahead with industrial action seeking their employment guarantee and a pay increase adequate to absorb the cost of living shocks. Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) has served notice to ballot hundreds of workers at…

Basket sizes coming down a little bit, customers opting for…

Britons are buying less, switching to cheaper products and shopping more often as they try to cope with soaring inflation, supermarket giant Tesco said on Friday, describing the market environment as "incredibly challenging".Pessimism weighing on Britain's households has hit unprecedented levels, as wages struggle to keep pace with inflation that…

15,000 millionaires trying to leave Russia – UK ministry

DATA suggests thousands of millionaires are trying to leave Russia, and a continued exodus of its business and oligarch community will likely exacerbate the war's long-term damage to its economy, Britain's defence ministry said on Friday (17). "Migration applications suggest that 15,000 Russian millionaires are likely already attempting to leave,"…

Priti Patel approves Julian Assange extradition to US over espionage…

Britain on Friday approved a US government request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face trial over the publication of secret military files, prompting outrage from his supporters.Home Secretary Priti Patel's interior ministry said Assange had 14 days to appeal the decision, which comes after a UK court issued…

Russia will never take control of Ukraine, would emerge a…

RUSSIA has already "strategically lost" its war with Ukraine, suffering heavy losses and strengthening NATO, the UK's chief of defence staff said in an interview published on Friday (17). "This is a dreadful mistake by Russia. Russia will never take control of Ukraine," said Tony Radakin, the country's highest-ranking military…

Small businesses don’t need Data Protection Officer, tougher fines for…

Britain will set out a new data protection regime on Friday that diverges from EU regulations, which it says will ease the burden of compliance on businesses and reduce the number of annoying cookie pop-ups that plague consumers online.The government said it believed the new rules would not stop the…

Apple faces £750 mn lawsuit in UK for slowing down…

Apple is facing a £750 million (878 million euros, $918 million) lawsuit in Britain after a consumer rights champion on Thursday filed a claim accusing the US tech giant of secretly slowing down older iPhone models.Justin Gutmann says Apple "throttled" the performance of older iPhone handsets after users installed upgrades…

We need just to finish these b******ds off: Russian lawmaker…

Two Britons sentenced to death by a separatist regime in eastern Ukraine will be executed with UK-made a gun and bullets, according to a hardline Russian lawmaker.Aleksey Zhuravlyov, who called the British nationals “b******s”, said the weapons to be used for their execution would be sent to their relatives who…

UK ranks second for business startup financing: Data

UK startups raised more cash in early 2022 than counterparts in China, France or India, and were surpassed only by the US, data showed. The figures from data provider Dealroom were published alongside the UK government's new digital strategy on the first day of London Tech Week. UK startups raised…

Bank of England raises interest rates to 1.25%: How do…

FACED with the highest inflation in four decades, central banks in the US, eurozone and UK are hiking interest rates in order to contain inflation. The reversal in monetary policy will have a tangible impact on the real economy for consumers as well as businesses in these countries, and elsewhere…

Social mobility plan ‘in denial’ about inequalities

KATHARINE BIRBALSINGH, the head of Michaela Community School in west London and Boris Johnson’s social mobility chief, made her first major speech last Thursday (9). She said society should stop fixating on getting poor children to university and celebrate “small steps up the ladder” instead of “rags to riches” stories…

Once darling of UK right, Patel’s future on line in…

BY her own admission, home secretary Priti Patel's hard line on immigration would have stopped her own parents coming to Britain but it has made her a darling of the right. However, she is now in danger of alienating her conservative base after her plan to deter illegal crossings of…

‘We do not consider living in Rwanda a punishment’ –…

Rwanda insisted Wednesday it was still ready to take in asylum seekers being deported by the UK under a controversial deal after a first flight was cancelled following a court injunction."We are not deterred by these developments. Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work," government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo…

UK to deliver rocket launchers to Ukraine soon: Defence secretary

Britain will soon deliver multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukraine in response to its request for heavy arms to repel the Russian invasion, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Wednesday. Following in the footsteps of the United States, London had announced on June 6 that it would send Ukraine its Guided…

No fixed date for when UK will send first migrants…

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

Britain’s job vacancy crisis could last 3-5 yrs: Expert

As Britain's economy grapples with the impact of a record number of job vacancies, a labour market expert has warned that the problem may continue for another three to five years. The impact of Britain's departure from the European Union, and of the COVID-19 pandemic, have sparked one of the…

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

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

How did a European court halt Britain’s Rwanda deportation flight?

A European court ruling sparked an embarrassing climbdown for the British government by forcing the cancellation of Britain's first deportation flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda. The British government expressed fury at the decision. But it is legally obliged to implement rulings by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights…

EU takes legal action against UK for breaching N.Ireland agreement

The European Commission launched new legal action against Britain on Wednesday, accusing London of putting peace in Northern Ireland at risk by trying to overhaul the post-Brexit trade deal."The UK government tabled legislation confirming its intention to unilaterally break international law," EU commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said."More precisely to break…

UK scraps subsidies for electric plug-in cars

BRITAIN on Tuesday (14) axed its £1,500 subsidy for buyers of new plug-in cars as it focuses on other types of electric vehicles, but the news drew anger from the auto sector. "The government is today closing the plug-in car grant scheme to new orders after successfully kickstarting the UK's…

Shares in UK bus operator Go-Ahead surge on global takeover

Shares in Go-Ahead, which operates London's famous red buses on behalf of the capital's transport authority, jumped 14 percent to £15.50 in late morning deals.Go-Ahead revealed Monday that it would recommend a consortium takeover from Australian peer Kinetic and Spanish infrastructure investor Globalvia, who are both backed by a Canadian…

EXCLUSIVE: Fight to save Commonwealth

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

PM has to go, he lacks intelligence: Boris Johnson’s new…

THE businessman appointed by Boris Johnson as Britain's 'Cost of Living Business Tsar' said six months ago that the prime minister was not blessed with intelligence and should quit. Late on Monday (13), the government announced that David Buttress, former founder and chief executive of online food delivery company Just…

UK confident it can overturn legal ban on Rwanda plan

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

Thousands of trade union members to decide on rail strike…

Britain is staring at the prospect of wide rail traffic disruptions this summer as a prominent trade union said it has served notices to ballot over 6,000 staff at Network Rail.Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said its members will vote on whether to go on strikes over pay, work conditions…

UK airport chaos due to Brexit ‘shambles’: Ryanair boss

AIR travel chaos in Britain is purely down to Brexit "shambles" by hobbling recruitment at airports, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said on Tuesday (14). The CEO of Europe's biggest airline also dismissed threats of summer strike action by what he called "Mickey Mouse" unions in Belgium and Spain covering some…

We will not be deterred from Rwanda asylum plan: Boris…

THE UK government on Tuesday (14) defended its controversial policy to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, even as the entire senior leadership of the Church of England branded it shameful and immoral. According to Daily Mail, opening Cabinet this morning, prime minister Boris Johnson said, "What is happening with the…

Pakistan finance minister warns of default if fuel subsidies not…

PAKISTAN will default if the government does not abolish the subsidies on petroleum products, finance minister Miftah Ismail has said, warning that the cash-strapped country's economy could be in a similar position as that of Sri Lanka if tough decisions were not taken. Ismail claimed that the government was still…

‘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…

UK unemployment edges higher as inflation slams wages; Rishi Sunak…

BRITAIN's unemployment rate has risen slightly while soaring inflation is causing the value of wages to fall at the fastest pace in more than a decade, official data showed Tuesday (14). Unemployment rose to 3.8 per cent in the three months to the end of April, but remained close to…

UK transport union warns of ‘summer of discontent’ as further…

A British union warned on Tuesday the country could face a "summer of discontent" across its railways as thousands more workers are balloting for strike action in an escalating dispute over pay and conditions.The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) said on Tuesday it had issued notice of a ballot to…

Foreign secretary Liz Truss expects first migrant deportation flight to…

BRITAIN expects the first flight of asylum seekers to depart for Rwanda on Tuesday (14) and any person who avoids that flight due to legal proceedings will be put on a later one, foreign secretary Liz Truss said.  London's High Court is due to hear final legal challenges against the…

EU threatens legal action over UK’s N.Ireland trade bill

The EU threatened legal action against Britain after the UK government on Monday introduced legislation proposing a unilateral overhaul to the post-Brexit trade deal it signed for Northern Ireland."It is with significant concern that we take note of today's decision by the UK Government to table legislation," European Commission Vice…

As inflation soars, Lloyds to give staff £1,000 to ease…

THE rocketing inflation in the UK saw Lloyds, the country’s biggest domestic bank, telling its staff members on Monday (13) that it would provide a one-off £1,000 to a vast majority of them to make their living a little better. The offer has been made to around 64,000 of the…

House of Commons will be ‘menopause-friendly’, says Speaker

Britain’s House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is expected to pledge to make the lower house of Parliament “menopause-friendly”.He said the parliamentary village should open up about menopause as he sought to “break the taboo” about it.Sir Hoyle is set to sign the Menopause Workplace Pledge, a move which…

‘An Indian in the House’, Lord Mohamed Sheikh’s book on…

MAY 26 marked a special day for Lord Mohamed Sheikh as his book ‘An Indian in the House’ was released in the presence of Lord Meghnad Desai and many other dignitaries at a grand event held at the Nehru Centre in London. The book details the lives and times of…

Putin TV stooge mock Brit prisoners facing death penalty

Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin have been accused of mocking the potential execution of two British fighters captured in Ukraine and claiming the UK was not doing anything to help them out.A court in the breakaway republic of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine had last week sentenced the Britons -…

‘Bureaucratic simplifications’, Britain to defy EU with new N.Ireland law

Britain will set out plans on Monday to override some of the post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, changes that will inflame tensions with the European Union but were dubbed mere "bureaucratic simplifications" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Britain has been threatening for months to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol,…

UK courts to hear last-minute appeals to stop first Rwanda…

London's courts will hear two last-minute legal challenges on Monday to block the British government's controversial policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda before the first removal flight scheduled to leave on Tuesday.Britain has agreed a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda in return for an…

No pardon for Britons sentenced to death, pro-Russian separatist leader…

The leader of the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk region of Ukraine said on Sunday there was no reason to pardon two British nationals who were sentenced to death last week after being captured while fighting for Ukraine.A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic on Thursday found Aiden Aslin and Shaun…

Security trumps obesity in Britain’s first food strategy

Britain will set out its first national food strategy on Monday, focused on increasing domestic production to boost food security rather than on tackling obesity after a recommendation to tax salt and sugar in processed food was rejected.The government said Russia's invasion of Ukraine had hit food supplies and caused…

Transport department denies UK mulling visas for EU workers to…

BRITAIN's department for transport denied a report that the government was considering issuing temporary visas to workers from the European Union to ease a staffing crisis at airports. The Telegraph newspaper on Saturday (11) reported that transport secretary Grant Shapps has discussed plans to issue baggage handlers and check-in staff…

Prince Charles slams UK’s Rwanda plan: Report

Britain's Prince Charles has called the government's plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda "appalling", a report said Saturday after it cleared a legal challenge. The UK government intends to fly the first planeload of 31 claimants to Rwanda on Tuesday -- shortly before Charles is due to represent his mother…

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

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

Ukraine President Zelensky praises British ‘leadership’ in Ukraine war

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday praised British leadership and its support for Kyiv's fight against Russia during an unannounced visit from UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace."Words turn into actions. That's the difference between Ukraine's relationship with Great Britain and other countries," President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video statement."Weapons,…

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

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

Meet Karenjeet Kaur Bains: Britain’s first female Sikh powerlifter

Whether you are a sports enthusiast or not, you might very well know Karenjeet Kaur Bains, Britain’s first female Sikh powerlifter. In case you do not know much about her, you have landed at the right place to know a thing or two about her and how she is encouraging…

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

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

UK military too weak to prevent war, lack equipment and…

A former top military commander has warned that Britain's armed forces are too weak to prevent war or protect the nation during conflict due to 'chronic underfunding', according to a report.  Labour peer Lord West of Spithead, who served as First Sea Lord from 2002-06, has said that there may…

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

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

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

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

Rishi Sunak accused of squandering £11bn of taxpayers’ money, here’s…

BRITAIN's oldest independent economic research firm has alleged that chancellor Rishi Sunak wasted £11 billion of taxpayers’ money by paying too much in interest on UK debt, according to a report.  The national institute of economic and social research (NIESR) has said that the losses were the result of Sunak's…

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

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

UK court hears latest libel suit, Prince Harry’s lawyers says…

A libel lawsuit brought by Prince Harry against one of Britain's biggest newspaper groups had its first court date Thursday (9) in the latest legal action taken by the US-based royal. The Duke of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers -- which publishes the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline…

Toxic cocktail of sluggish growth and high inflation darkens outlook…

A toxic cocktail of sluggish growth and high inflation, plus Brexit and fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, is set to weigh on the pound in the coming months, economists warned. Since the start of the year, the sterling has fallen by more than seven per cent against the dollar, which…

Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month with Manchester Museum

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

In Britain, LGBTQ migrants fear being sent to Rwanda

As Britain pushes ahead with plans to send migrants to Rwanda, Hadi, a gay asylum-seeker who fled Iraq, said he would rather be sentenced to death.Under a controversial law passed in April, the UK plans to send asylum-seekers deemed to have arrived illegally on British soil to Rwanda, an East…

Katharine Birbalsingh urges rejection of the “old view” of social…

THE STRICTEST headteacher in Britain has urged people to reject the “old view” of social mobility in her inaugural speech as the chair of the Social Mobility commission. Katharine Birbalsingh, 48, is the founder and head teacher of Michaela Community school in Wembley, north London. In a speech yesterday (9),…

Reliance-Apollo makes £5bn joint bid for UK pharmacy chain Boots

INDIA's Reliance has submitted a binding bid for Walgreens Boots Alliance’s UK retail pharmacy business in a consortium with Apollo Global Management for £5 billion, the Bloomberg reported. A purchase would mark a pivot overseas for the Mukesh Ambani-owned conglomerate and will enlarge the black box around its retail operations.…

Labour’s Lisa Nandy offers support to rail workers ahead of…

LABOUR party's shadow levelling up secretary of Lisa Nandy has caused chaos in the party after she backed June's rail strikes and praised the unions for helping the 'struggling' workers, according to a report. Britain's unions vowed to bring the country to a standstill with railway and Tube workers set…

Campaigners launch court bid to prevent UK-Rwanda asylum flights

CAMPAIGNERS on Wednesday (8) launched a court bid to block the UK government's plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as it attempts to stop migrant boat crossings from France. The government in London said last month that it intends to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda on…

UK economic growth will ‘grind to a halt’, warns British…

THE British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned that the economic growth in UK will "grind to a halt" in 2022 before briefly falling into negative territory, according to a report. It downgraded the growth forecast to 3.5 per cent from from 3.6 per cent, and said inflation would reach…

Authority shaken, Boris Johnson pitches new plan for UK economy

ROCKED by a major revolt against his leadership this week, British prime minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday (9) promise to rejuvenate a flagging economy and make it easier for young people to buy homes. Johnson will pledge "fiscal firepower" to help ease a worsening cost-of-living crunch for households, in…

Boris Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Wyatt says he ‘is now seen as…

Boris Johnson’s former girlfriend has predicted that the “people-pleaser” prime minister cannot win the next election.Petronella Wyatt told the Good Morning Britain programme on ITV that Johnson was not tough enough unlike his predecessors Margaret Thatcher and John Major.The journalist, who was in a relationship with Johnson when he was…

India tops Lankan tourist market despite slump due to ongoing…

India has emerged as Sri Lanka's top inbound tourist market in May, even as there is a slump in the cumulative arrivals of holiday makers due to the ongoing economic and political situation in the country, the tourism authority here said on Tuesday. As many as 5,562 tourists from India…

Missing British journalist’s wife issues tearful plea to find ‘love…

RIGHTS groups and families of a British journalist and Brazilian Indigenous expert who went missing deep in the Amazon after receiving threats pleaded for authorities to accelerate the search operation. Veteran freelance journalist Dom Phillips, 57, and respected Indigenous specialist Bruno Pereira, 41, went missing early Sunday (5) while travelling…

AR Rahman named ambassador of Indo-UK culture platform

MUSIC great A R Rahman has been named the ambassador of the British Council's 'India-UK Together Season of Culture', which aims to boost collaboration among emerging artists. The 'Season of Culture' marks the 75th anniversary of India's independence. It was officially launched on Tuesday (7) by Britain's deputy high commissioner…

Britain will soon face the biggest rail strike in decades:…

Britain's railway network faces its biggest strike action in more than three decades later this month in a row over pay as inflation erodes earnings, a union has announced. Rail union RMT said more than 50,000 workers will take part in a three-day national strike coinciding with major events including…

Styles notes with Neelam: East meets West

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

Tory backbenchers may make Johnson face another confidence vote in…

Britain’s governing Conservative Party backbenchers are mulling over changing party rules to allow another confidence vote against prime minister Boris Johnson within six months.Currently, the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs does not allow such a vote against the party leader within a year of surviving one.Senior Conservative backbencher Tobias Ellwood…

Bomb disposal experts blow up suspicious package found in Westminster

Police in London on Tuesday said road closures and cordons had been lifted in Westminster, Britain's political district around parliament, after dealing with a suspicious package.Police were called earlier to investigate a suspicious package found at Parliament Street, London's Metropolitan Police said."The item was found to be non-suspicious," City of…

Ryanair under fire over Afrikaans tests for S. Africans

Irish budget airline Ryanair is being accused of discrimination after it admitted Monday that it required South Africans flying to Britain and Ireland to fill out a questionnaire to test their knowledge of Afrikaans."Due to the high prevalence of fraudulent South African passports, we require passengers travelling to the UK…

Edible oil supplier KTC acquired by private equity firm Endless

Private equity firm Endless LLP has acquired KTC EDIBLES, one of the UK’s largest distributors of edible oil. The family business, which was founded in 1972 by Jernail Singh Khera, supplies over 250 million litres a year to manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers across the UK and globally. Based in Wednesbury,…

No-confidence vote: How to oust a Conservative leader

If he loses, his successor would take over in Downing Street. If Johnson wins, under the current rules he will be immune from further challenge for a year -- and in all likelihood until the next election, due in 2024. Here is how the process works:  54 letters A vote…

Confidence vote chance for Johnson to ‘draw a line and…

A Conservative Party confidence vote later Monday (6) in UK prime minister Boris Johnson is a chance "to draw a line and move on", a Downing Street spokesperson said. "The PM welcomes the opportunity to make his case to MPs and will remind them that when they’re united and focused…

Platinum Jubilee celebrations come to a close: What happens next…

While millions watched the Platinum Jubilee festivities to thank Queen Elizabeth and reflect on her 70 years on the British throne, for the monarchy itself, the four-day celebrations have also very much been about looking to the future.From parades in London and a party outside Buckingham Palace to a Service…

Boris Johnson was jeered because people are fed up: Keir…

Britain’s opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said the jeering faced by prime minister Boris Johnson reflected the public sentiment about the government.Johnson was booed when he arrived at St Paul's Cathedral in London for a Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth on Friday. But the prime minister, who was accompanied…

History on wheels: Queen’s iconic Gold State Coach to appear…

THE 260-year-old Gold State Coach will lead a procession in London on Sunday (5) for the first time in two decades as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, according to a report.  It carried a young Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on her coronation day…

Party, horse race take centre stage at Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee

A pop concert, featuring the likes of singers Alicia Keys and Diana Ross, and the Epsom Derby horse race take centre stage on the third day of Britain's nationwide celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. However, the 96-year-old monarch, a huge horse-racing fan and owner of many thoroughbreds, will skip…

Ed Sheeran to crown queen’s four-day jubilee party

British pop superstar Ed Sheeran was on Sunday set to bring the curtain down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee.The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter will perform at the finale of a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch's record seven decades on the throne,…

‘Unlawful’ for Britons to fight in Ukraine: UK military head

The head of the UK armed forces Admiral Tony Radakin said on Sunday that it was "unlawful and unhelpful" for Britons to go and fight against Russia in Ukraine. His comments contradict British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who said she supported anyone who wanted to volunteer and followed an appeal…

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

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

Asylum seekers go on hunger strike as UK prepares to…

More than a dozen asylum seekers detained in southeast England reportedly went on a hunger strike after it was revealed that they would be sent to Rwanda as part of the UK government’s border control measure.Britain last week said it intended to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda…

Cheers and some jeers as Prince Harry and Meghan return…

CHEERS greeted Prince Harry and his wife Meghan outside St Paul's Cathedral on Friday (3) as they made their first public appearance in Britain for two years. But opinions were split among the throng of fans waiting at the London landmark to catch a glimpse of the royals, reflecting a…

How the Queen’s vision has shaped the Commonwealth

THE platinum jubilee of the Queen offers a unique and valuable opportunity for us to express our gratitude for her unparalleled service. Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has been the epitome of duty, stability and wisdom, inspiring profound global admiration and affection. The modern, connected Commonwealth of 2022 reflects the…

The Queen the Jubilee and the Commonwealth

June 2nd 2022 marked the 70th Anniversary since Queen Elizabeth II became the Queen. This occasion was marked with the Jubilee celebration across the United Kingdom and her other realms and territories including the British Commonwealth from Australia to Zimbabwe, from the Global South to the Global North and from…

Asda chair says proposed return of pounds and ounces is…

British plans to revive the traditional system of imperial measurements including pounds and ounces are "complete and utter nonsense" at an intensely difficult time for industry, a leading retail boss has said.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has proposed changing the law on weights and other measurements in what it says…

World leaders pay tribute to Britain’s Queen

AS thousands converged on central London to mark the historic milestone, messages of congratulation poured in for the 96-year-old queen. The US  "Jill and I wish Your Majesty a joyful Platinum Jubilee celebration. On behalf of the United States, congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on an unprecedented 70 years of…

Turning crisis into opportunity: Test makers target monkeypox market as…

DIAGNOSTIC companies are racing to develop tests for monkeypox, hoping to tap into a new market as governments ramp up efforts to trace the world's first major outbreak of the viral infection outside of Africa. The scramble started last month, much like early 2020 when companies rushed to make kits…

Queen Elizabeth gets Jubilee gift of a horse from France’s…

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, known for her love of horses, will receive one of French President Emmanuel Macron's prize thoroughbreds as a gift to mark her 70 years on the throne, Macron's office and the British Embassy in Paris said on Thursday. The 7-year-old horse, called Fabuleu de Maucour, escorted Macron…

Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe hopeful of IMF assistance by June…

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also the finance minister, said on Thursday that the government was targeting USD 5 billion this year for repayments, plus a further USD 1 billion to bolster the country's reserves. He also said that the ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary…

‘This is a chance to help bridge divides, if we…

SEVEN decades is a long time in history. As Britain pauses for four days to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, the longest reign in British history symbolises how much can change within one lifetime. The Queen spoke of her sense of “extraordinary progress, socially, technologically and culturally that has benefited us…

Health agency confirms community spread of monkeypox in England

MONKEYPOX appears to be spreading from person to person in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.  The usually mild viral disease, which is endemic in west and central Africa, is understood to spread through close contact. Until early May, cases rarely cropped up outside Africa and were…

Platinum Jubilee: How UK papers covered Queen Elizabeth II’s 70…

Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday began four days of celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee, the first British monarch in history to achieve such a feat. As thousands converged on central London to mark the historic milestone, messages of congratulation poured in for the 96-year-old queen.Most of Britain’s print media…

UK regulator probes Royal Mail’s failure to meet delivery targets

Britain's communications regulator Ofcom launched a probe on Tuesday into Royal Mail's failure to meet targets in the past year, the latest hurdle for the post and parcel delivery firm as it also grapples with union disputes. Royal Mail said earlier this month it did not meet delivery targets for…

Russian TV presenter exhorts Putin to invade Britain and take…

A Russian TV presenter has suggested his country should invade Britain next and take Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, according to a report. Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Vladimir Solovyov, who has close ties…

How women have managed periods throughout history

From rags to tampons, menstrual cups and free-bleeding, take a tour of the history of period products on this Menstrual Hygiene Day. Not always taboo  For most of human history, menstruation was very poorly understood. In ancient times, it was often thought of negatively, the blood considered impure and periods…

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: in numbers

HERE is a rundown of the four days of festivities that start Thursday (2) to commemorate the 70-year reign of Britain's longest-ruling monarch: Troops and horses Around 1,500 soldiers, 400 army musicians and 250 horses will take part in the traditional "Trooping the Colour" parade Thursday, which returns after a…

UK ‘very unlikely’ to hold early election: Deputy prime minister…

BRITAIN is "very unlikely" to hold an early election, deputy prime minister Dominic Raab said, as speculation swirls about the future of the government following growing criticism of prime minister Boris Johnson. Johnson is facing a mounting threat of a confidence vote from his own lawmakers, prompting some commentators to…

Stop selling flights you can’t deliver: Transport secretary Grant Shapps’…

BRITAIN's transport secretary Grant Shapps has told airlines to stop selling tickets for flights they cannot staff after a spate of airline cancellations caused widespread disruption for holidaymakers. Airports across Europe have struggled to cope with the rebound in demand but British airports are facing a particularly difficult week as…

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…

Explained: Travel chaos at airports across UK and Ireland and…

Cancelled flights, long queues and staff shortages have disrupted the travel plans of British holidaymakers during the half-term break, a grim sign of possible summer strife for a global sector battling to rebound from a two-year COVID slump. The next few months will be the first time since 2019 that…

UK’s data watchdog calls for end to digital ‘strip search’…

Britain's data protection regulator called on Tuesday for police and prosecutors to stop treating rape victims as suspects and end excessive scrutiny of their personal information which critics have likened to a digital strip search. The UK Information Commissioner John Edwards said victims of attacks were being forced to hand…

UK immigration laws from 1950 to 1981 were designed in…

A leaked government paper has revealed that 'racist immigration legislation' over 30 years, framed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, led to the Windrush scandal, according to a media report.  The 52-page analysis, in a Home Office commissioned paper, by an unnamed historian, describes how “the British Empire depended on…

Inside an assassin’s mind: Why Godse killed Gandhi

THE National Theatre’s new play, The Father and the Assassin, examines why Nathuram Godse, initially a supporter of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, turned against the Mahatma and shot him dead at a prayer meeting in New Delhi on January 30, 1948. Eastern Eye readers will appreciate this is a multi-layered play,…

Explained: UK’s new ‘High Potential’ Visa and what it means…

GRADUATES from the world's top 50 non-UK universities, including Indian students, can now come and work in Britain through a new High Potential Individual (HPI) visa route launched in London on Monday (30). In a joint announcement, Indian-origin UK cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel said the new "exciting"…

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

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

UK aims to send the first group of asylum seekers…

BRITAIN aims to send a first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda in two weeks' time as part of a policy which the government says is designed to break people-smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel.In April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government announced plans to send…

Cost of pasta and bread surges for Britain’s poorest

Britain's cheapest brands of pasta and bread have surged in price over the past year, but overall the cost of lower-priced food and drink staples has risen at a similar pace to average prices, the Office for National Statistics said.Anti-poverty campaigners have pointed to sharp price rises in the cheapest…

World Bank to disburse USD 700 million to crisis-hit Sri…

The World Bank is planning to disburse USD 700 million to crisis-ridden Sri Lanka by re-purposing its existing loans, a move that will help the island nation grappling with an unprecedented economic crisis much-needed breathing space till a bailout package with the IMF is worked out, media reports said on…

Priti Patel’s ‘high potential visa’ scheme: UK opens up for…

BRITAIN has opened its borders for “brightest and best” young graduates from top-notch foreign institutions to work in the UK for at least two years.Under the “High Potential Individual” visa scheme launched on Monday (30), applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the top 50 non-UK universities can seek…

FACTBOX-Notable quotes of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

Here is a selection of extracts from speeches, addresses and contributions to documentaries given by the queen: "It's inevitable that I should seem a rather remote figure to many of you, a successor to the kings and queens of history. "I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give…

Prince William holds future of British monarchy in his hands

WHILE nearly all attention will be focused next week on Queen Elizabeth as she celebrates her 70th anniversary on the throne this year, for those with eyes on the future of the British monarchy, attention is switching to her grandson Prince William. The British royals have suffered a bruising couple…

UK fans say ‘treated like animals’ at Champions League final

British football fans and officials on Sunday condemned French police for using tear gas on Liverpool supporters ahead of Saturday's Champions League final in Paris, saying they were treated "like animals".One fan, Paul Machin, said in a YouTube video that what he witnessed in Paris was "unlike anything I've seen…

Decoded: What’s Sri Lanka’s 21st Constitutional Amendment aimed to curtail…

Sri Lanka’s senior political leaders held a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (27) and discussed key constitutional amendments and agreed that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution aimed at curbing the unfettered powers of the President had to be passed as soon as possible. What is the…

‘Do I have rashes from Monkeypox?’: NHS 111 is being…

The UK’s non-emergency medical helpline NHS 111 is flooded with phone calls from anxious people who have rashes, as the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in England has crossed 100.Mateo Prochazka of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said people could get local sexual health services instead of resorting to…

Trouble mounts for Boris Johnson: Tory MP Bob Neill submits…

A Conservative lawmaker has submitted a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson and another quit a role as an assistant to Britain's interior minister, putting new pressure on the prime minister over illegal parties at his Downing Street residence during Covid-19 lockdowns.Bob Neill, the chair of parliament's justice committee,…

Tory lawmaker quits government over ‘partygate’ culture

A Conservative lawmaker quit his role as an assistant to Britain's home secretary on Friday (27), saying his work had been tarnished by the "toxic culture" in Downing Street that was detailed by investigations into lockdown-busting parties. A damning official report on Wednesday (25) documented a series of illegal Covid-19…

As more Monkeypox cases get detected in UK, here’s all…

THE UK's health security agency (UKHSA) has procured more than 20,000 doses of a smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic as cases of monkeypox rise in Europe and beyond, it said. There are now 90 recorded cases in the UK, and eight additional cases have been detected in England, bringing…

End of a British tradition: A third of fish and…

AT west London's Hooked Fish and Chips, Bally Singh is struggling to keep the tills ringing for a British tradition, with prices sky-rocketing for fish, potatoes, cooking oil and even the flour used for the batter the dish is cooked in. Cranking up their bubbling oil friers only to see…

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson: Nearly 20 Tory MPs have…

FOUR lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives have pulled their support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a damning report that detailed a series of alcohol-fuelled parties at 10 Downing Street that broke Covid-19 lockdown rules. A day after the report was published, describing a boozy culture at his Downing Street…

Chelsea FC sale gets UK government nod: Roman Abramovich won’t…

The UK government announced Wednesday (25) it had approved Todd Boehly's £4.25 billion purchase of Chelsea football club from the sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.The Premier League club was put on the market in early March, days before Abramovich was sanctioned by Britain following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.The billionaire, also…

‘Partygate’ report out: PM Boris Johnson’s staff got drunk, brawled…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson defiantly rejected calls to resign after an internal inquiry on Wednesday (25) found he presided over a culture of lockdown-breaking parties that ran late into the night and even featured a drunken fight among staff.Johnson is among dozens of people in Downing Street to have…

Neil Basu urges police chiefs to admit institutional racism to…

BRITAIN's most senior minority ethnic police officer has urged police chiefs to admit institutional racism to "win back trust", according to a report.  Neil Basu, an assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan police and former head of counter-terrorism, added that “positive discrimination” should be introduced to boost numbers of minority ethnic…

‘Partygate’ inquiry report prompts renewed calls for Johnson’s resignation. Will…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson presided over a culture of lockdown-breaking parties that featured drunken fighting among staff, according to a long-awaited inquiry Wednesday (25) that prompted renewed calls for his resignation. "Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen," the report by senior civil servant Sue…

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…

To curb racial abuse, Police officers to be given mandatory…

THE head of a new scrutiny board has urged police officers to embrace the label “woke” as a report on Monday (23) said that officers will be taught black history to curb racism, according to a report.  Abimbola Johnson, chairwoman of the scrutiny panel that will hold forces to account…

Sadiq Khan: Met Police must answer why Boris Johnson wasn’t…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the Metropolitan Police must “explain” why prime minister Boris Johnson was not fined for attending a party during the Covid lockdown, according to a report.  Khan's comments came after Britain's ITV news channel on Monday (23) published new photographs of Johnson drinking at…

Eateries desperate to hire Chefs from outside of the UK

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

UK asylum seekers to arrive in Rwanda soon

THE first batch of asylum seekers sent to Rwanda from the UK under a controversial new deal will likely arrive in the East African nation "in the next few weeks", officials in Kigali said.  Since being announced last month, the agreement enabling Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to…

Rishi Sunak, Akshata Murty make UK rich list debut with…

BRITAIN'S chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty are among the richest people in the UK with their combined fortune estimated at £730 million.The couple made their debut in the annual Sunday Times Rich List on Friday (20), ranked 222. Indian-origin Hinduja brothers are at the…

UK Tamils seek justice for civil war victims

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

Patel says ‘meritless’ legal claims saved more than 100 criminals…

UK home secretary has said that a series of last-minute legal challenges have helped more than 100 killers, rapists and paedophiles to avoid deportation to Jamaica, according to a media report. Priti Patel called the claims 'meritless' and blasted ‘political interventions’ for stopping the deportations, reported the MailOnline. It is…

Sunak on inflation: State cannot protect people completely

BRITISH chancellor Rishi Sunak has insisted that the state "cannot protect people completely" as he warned the next few months "will be tough"after inflation rate has surged to a 40-year high.  Reacting to Wednesday's (18) data, he blamed the situation on "global challenges" and noted Britain was not alone in…

Right-wing terror group co-founder convicted

THE CO-FOUNDER of the fascist group National Action has been convicted of being a member of a proscribed organisation.Alex Davies, 28, had advocated the deportation of ethnic minorities to establish an “overwhelmingly white Briton”. National Action was jointly founded by Davies in 2013 and it joined the list of extremist…

Britain ready for Asian PM

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

Priti Patel seeks review of London mayor’s police powers

BRITAIN’S home office has commissioned an independent review of the London mayor’s police powers, according to a media report.Sir Tom Winsor, who recently retired as Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary, will examine whether the mayor should have less influence on the appointment and removal of the capital’s top police…

Why Britain needs to reflect and bridge divides

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

Immigration rules: Hundreds of overseas-born trainee GPs face deportation

THE leader of NHS GPs has written to the home secretary Priti Patel demanding to scrap “bureaucratic” hurdles as hundreds of overseas-born trainee GPs are at risk of deportation because of immigration rules, according to a report.  Prof Martin Marshall, the chair of the Royal College of GPs, pointed out…

UK cost of living crisis to peak later this year

BRITAIN'S worst cost of living crisis in three decades won't peak until the tail end of this year but the Bank of England will be more aggressive in raising interest rates than was thought as it battles soaring inflation, a Reuters poll found.Renewed coronavirus lockdowns in China and Russia's invasion…

UK unemployment hits 48-year low but inflation squeezes pay

BRITAIN'S unemployment rate fell to its lowest since 1974 in the first three months of this year, but soaring inflation led to the biggest annual fall in real earnings for most workers since 2013, official figures showed on Tuesday (17).The jobless rate dropped to 3.7 per cent from 3.8 per…

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

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

Cost of living crisis: UK to delay ban on promotion…

BRITAIN will delay by a year new rules banning multi-buy deals on foods and drinks high in fat, salt, or sugar (HFSS), with the government saying on Saturday (14) it needed more time given the cost of living crisis. The ban on the deals, including "buy one get one free"…

Carillion collapse: KPMG fined £14.4m

ACCOUNTANCY giant KPMG has agreed to pay a £14.4 million fine for giving false information to regulators prior to the collapse of construction group Carillion, it said after hearings concluded. The penalty was agreed by Britain's Financial Reporting Council regulator and KPMG, according to a spokesperson for the auditor. Carillion…

Britain: Russia has lost momentum in Donbas

RUSSIA has probably lost around a third of the ground forces it deployed to Ukraine and its offensive in the Donbas region "has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule", British military intelligence said on Sunday (15). "Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over…

Tracking upward trends of Indian investment in the UK

THE shadow foreign secretary David Lammy and his Labour front-bench colleague, Preet Gill, the shadow international development secretary, have both dismissed Boris Johnson’s recent trip to India as being of little consequence. But Grant Thornton’s report, India meets Britain Tracker: The latest trends in Indian investment in the UK 2022,…

Charities say UK’s Rwanda plans impact health of asylum seekers

TWO major charities have raised red flags over Britain’s controversial plans to deport unauthorised immigrants reaching its shores to Rwanda.Under the new scheme announced by prime minister Boris Johnson, people claiming asylum in the UK are to be relocated to Rwanda, where their cases will be processed. If they are…

Rising student debt: Young Britons in deep crisis

RISING student debt is severely affecting students across Britain, who are already struggling with a cost-of-living crisis. Britons heading to university next year face major changes that critics argue will worsen the financial pain. The pressure is "exhausting, especially for someone in their 20s who has just started thinking about…

How Sri Lanka’s economy went into a tailspin

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

Tata Motors losses shrink on improved demand despite chip woes

Improved demand helped India's Tata Motors narrow losses, the carmaker reported Thursday, even as chip shortages continued to hurt sales at British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. The Mumbai-headquartered automaker reported its fifth straight quarter of losses for the three months ended March 31, but said it was able to manage…

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,…

Why Asian artists must take up portrait painting

THIS year’s annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painting, with over 200 works on display, drives home that this is a genre where British Asian artists appear to be missing out. There are a few, to be sure, such as Shanti Panchal, Suman Kaur and Akash Bhatt but…

Johnson signs new security deals with Sweden, Finland

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said he had agreed new deals with Sweden and Finland to bolster European security, pledging to support both countries' armed forces should they come under attack. Johnson on Wednesday (11) signed the new declarations, described by Britain as "a step-change in defence and security cooperation",…

Rishi Sunak ‘not naturally attracted’ to windfall tax idea

PRIME minister Boris Johnson warned that a windfall tax could deter investment by energy companies, amid the indications that the government could choose to be practical about such a levy.Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, said he was "pragmatic" about the idea of a windfall tax on the profits…

Supreme Court suspends India’s British-era sedition law

INDIA's Supreme Court on Wednesday (11) suspended a colonial-era sedition law that activists say is often used by prime minister Narendra Modi's government to target free speech and dissent. Modi's critics say that the law, which was once used by Britain to target independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, has been abused…

Fascist group founder Alex Davies aims for ‘white Britain’

A FASCIST group co-founder has said he wants to see a pre-World War era Britain when it was “overwhelmingly white”. Alex Davies, who set up the now-proscribed outfit NS131, told Winchester Crown Court that his goal can be achieved by "compulsorily deporting" ethnic minorities from the UK “along the lines…

Queen misses parliament opening for the first time in nearly…

HEAD of state Queen Elizabeth II missed Tuesday's (10) ceremonial opening of the UK parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years, handing the duty to her heir Prince Charles in a clear sign of the looming transition of power. The 96-year-old monarch usually presides over the pomp-filled event…

GFG risks insolvency as ‘Credit Suisse talks end’

GFG ALLIANCE faces insolvency hearings after Credit Suisse ended settlement talks with the troubled British metals and renewable energy group, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday (10).The holding company of British Indian billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, which was rocked by last year's collapse of its main lender, Greensill Capital, owes more…

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…

Dame Sara Khan urges to ban Patriotic Alternative for racially…

A top government adviser on extremism has urged to ban Britain’s biggest far-right organisation Patriotic Alternative for racially abusing the England footballer Raheem Sterling, according to a report.  Dame Sara Khan, the first counter-extremism commissioner and No 10’s independent adviser for social cohesion and resilience has made the demand as footage…

Queen to miss UK parliament opening

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

Insync Bikes among fastest growing Indian-owned companies in UK

INSYNC BIKES has been ranked seventh among the fastest-growing Indian-owned companies in the UK after registering a 43 per cent growth last year.The Manchester-headquartered company, owned by India’s Hero Cycles, the world’s largest pedal bike manufacturer, received a Tracker Award in London, having appeared in Grant Thornton’s annual India meets…

Morrisons beats Issa brothers to take over McColl’s

UK SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons announced on Monday (9) it had agreed a rescue deal for British convenience store chain McColl's that will preserve all 16,000 jobs.Morrisons, Britain's fourth-largest supermarket chain, beat off competition from forecourt giant EG, whose co-owners - the billionaire Issa brothers - also run UK supermarket group…

UK-India task force launched to facilitate free trade deal

A NEW UK-India Industry Task Force, a joint commission to increase cross-industry collaboration and push the UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) over the line, was launched on Monday (9).The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have created the new task force as part of…

Starmer to ‘offer to resign if fined for Covid rule…

BRITAIN'S opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer will offer to resign if he is found by police to have broken Covid rules at a gathering last year, Sky News reported on Monday (9) without citing sources.The 59-year-old, who previously served as the country's top prosecutor, has led calls for prime…

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…

Sinn Fein urges to start united Ireland debate after historic…

SINN FEIN, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), hailed its first victory in a Northern Ireland Assembly election as a "defining moment" for the British-controlled region and called for a debate on a united Ireland. Sinn Fein was ahead of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)…

Sterling falls to fresh lows against dollar

BRITAIN'S battered pound fell to its lowest level since June 2020 for a third straight day on Monday (9) against a broadly robust dollar. The British currency also depreciated against the Indian rupee from Rs 100 levels about a month ago to Monday’s 95.28. News that Irish nationalist party Sinn…

April Footfall improves, but remains below pre-pandemic levels

BRITAIN has shown an uptick in month-on-month footfall as the weather improved, although the number of store visitors remains way below the pre-pandemic levels three years ago.According to BRC-Sensormatic IQ data, the total UK footfall decreased 13.1 per cent in April year-on-three-years (Yo3Y), but there was a 2.3 percentage point…

Why child victims of crime ‘need more real-life superheroes’

IT WAS another day and another story for me to cover, as a trainee reporter, for a regional television audience hungry for more “news from where you are”. Words that the BBC One news presenters still say before handing viewers to a more local team for stories closer to home.…

Paul Kent explains Wodehouse’s ‘subversive’ appeal to Indians

OUTSIDE of the UK, there is no country where PG Wodehouse is more popular than India, it has been suggested by Paul Kent, who has just published the final part of a trilogy of books on the great English comic writer. This is possibly because of the “subversive” element in…

Indian firms ‘register revenue and job growth in UK’

THE NUMBER of Indian-owned companies operating in the UK grew in the past year, up from 850 to 900, with a corresponding hike in revenues and job creation figures, according to the latest research released in London.The 2022 India Meets Britain Tracker, launched on Thursday (5), revealed these companies employed…

Sinn Fein eyes watershed win in N Ireland

SINN FEIN sought to become the first Irish nationalists party to win the most seats in Northern Ireland at an election on Thursday (5) set to test the stability of the British region's power-sharing governance and talks on post-Brexit trading rules. Victory for a party wanting Northern Ireland to leave…

Prince Charles praises pharmacy sector’s work during pandemic

PRINCE CHARLES has praised the “dedication and professionalism of pharmacy staff” at an event held in London to celebrate the work of community pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic.Some 200 pharmacists, pharmacy staff and other health service representatives were invited to attend a special reception hosted by His Royal Highness at…

France and India call for immediate end to Ukraine hostilities

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

UK voters head to polls with historic N.Ireland result predicted

Polls opened across the UK on Thursday in local and regional elections that could prove historic in Northern Ireland and heap further pressure on embattled prime minister Boris Johnson. The contest for the devolved assembly in Belfast could see a pro-Irish nationalist party win for the first time in the…

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…

How English test ‘cheats’ were wrongly deported

STUDENTS from south Asia who were accused of cheating in an English test have revealed how the ordeal has wrecked their lives and health. More than 2,500 people were deported and at least 7,200 more were forced to leave Britain since 2014 after international testing organisation ETS alleged they had…

Soaring UK finance salaries ramp up inequality: study

SALARIES in Britain's financial sector have surged in recent months, widening inequality amid the nation's cost-of-living crisis, a study showed on Wednesday (4). Average monthly pay in the industry jumped 31 per cent in February from December 2019, propelled by high-earners, the Institute for Fiscal studies (IFS) said in a…

Local polls: Embattled Johnson faces mid-term test

VOTERS go to the polls in Britain on Thursday (5), in a mid-term test for the Conservative government that could determine beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson's future.The local election results will be seen as a barometer of support for the Conservatives nationally, as well as an indicator of whether the…

Election watchdog “concerned” as government passes new law

UK's election watchdog has said that it is “concerned” about its independence after the government passed a new law to place it under ministerial control. Changes to the Elections Bill, which passed the House of Lords on Wednesday (27), will hand the government significant powers to direct the Electoral Commission's…

Johnson thrilled with posters

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

Senior police officer arrested over Sri Lanka protest death

A top Sri Lankan police officer was arrested Wednesday after ordering his subordinates to fire on anti-government protesters, in clashes that left one man dead and nearly 30 others wounded. Last week's demonstration in the town of Rambukkana was one of many around the country protesting a rise in fuel…

B&M looks for new boss as Arora quits

BRITAIN’S billionaire businessman Simon Arora will step down as the CEO and director of B&M after steering the discount retailer for 17 years. In a filing to the London Stock Exchange, the company announced that Arora will retire in 2023, meaning that B&M has a year to find his successor.…

Nicola Walker excels in tender revival of The Corn is…

WE ALL know how our lives can be transformed by an inspirational teacher. Miss Moffat is just such a teacher in The Corn is Green, which is running at London’s National Theatre. She is an Englishwoman who turns up on a bike in Glansarno, a small village in a remote…

Comedy cancel-culture has Pal second guessing

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

Tennis legend Becker faces possible jail term

FORMER tennis star Boris Becker will learn on Friday (29) whether he faces a lengthy jail term after he was found guilty by a British court of charges relating to his 2017 bankruptcy. The six-time Grand Slam champion, 54, was convicted over his transfer of huge amounts of money from…

Minister Trevelyan to male colleagues: Keep your hands in your…

BRITISH trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said all women working in parliament had been subject to inappropriate touching or sexist language and advised her male colleagues to keep their hands in their pockets. The behaviour of lawmakers is in focus after the ruling Conservative Party said this week it was investigating…

India ‘Trade Deal by Diwali’

AN Indo-British bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October, prime minister Boris Johnson said in New Delhi last week, as he concluded his much-delayed visit to India. Britain and India also agreed to step up defence and business cooperation, Johnson said, adding that London would support Delhi’s goal…

India says talks with Pakistan only after ‘terror’ stops

New Delhi on Thursday ruled out any formal talks with Pakistan unless India's neighbour stops supporting "cross-border terrorism", as a new government comes to power in Islamabad. The recent appointment of Shehbaz Sharif as Pakistan's new prime minister has raised hopes of an easing of tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals,…

UK wants to grow ties with India ‘for Network of…

BRITAIN wants to keep growing its ties with India as part of efforts to work more closely with allies to create a so-called Network of Liberty, foreign secretary Liz Truss said.She used her keynote address at the Lord Mayor's Easter banquet in London on Wednesday (27) to issue a stark…

Fraud investigators raid GFG Alliance offices

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

Young solicitor dies from rare blood clot after AstraZeneca jab

AN East London solicitor died from a rare blood clot weeks after taking the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, an inquest heard this week. Oli Akram Hoque, 26, from Ilford, received a dose of the vaccine on March 19 last year before suffering increasingly 'excruciating' headaches, reported the MailOnline. After a seizure,…

Sunak cleared of ethics breach

The British government's ethics advisor said on Wednesday he had cleared embattled chancellor Rishi Sunak of breaching ministerial codes after investigating his family's tax affairs. Sunak earlier this month asked the adviser on ministerial standards, Christopher Geidt, to review whether he followed all the rules after revelations about his family's…

UK to set up new authority to ‘chase down’ frauds

BRITAIN said on Wednesday (27) it will set up a new authority to crack down on financial frauds as chancellor of exchequer Rishi Sunak admitted that the government’s pandemic assistance schemes were abused.The announcement comes amid a series of reports that economic offenders milked the government’s low-interest loan scheme at…

Survey: Nearly a quarter of Britons struggle to pay bills

ALMOST a quarter of people in Britain said it became harder to pay household bills even before increases in regulated energy prices took effect, according to an official survey that underscored the breadth of a cost-of-living crisis. Some 23 per cent of people surveyed in March by the Office for…

Riz Ahmed terms nationality and borders bill as ‘racist and…

ACTOR Riz Ahmed has branded the UK government’s nationality and borders bill as “racist” and “immoral” in a video. Last week, Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the bill proposed by the House Of Lords which would have softened some of its measures. In a video posted on Twitter, Ahmed called for…

Regulator: One in 10 UK firms do not provide modern…

MANY companies are failing to spell out clearly whether they comply with modern slavery laws, Britain's corporate governance regulator said, partly for fear of triggering a public backlash. Human rights have become an important consideration for investors putting billions of pounds into assets that tout their environmental, social and governance…

‘We need diversity heroes rather than mentors’

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

Britain launches urban port for delivery drones, flying taxis

A pop-up urban port for delivery drones -- and one day, potentially flying taxis -- launched Monday (25) in Britain, lifting a box of prosecco for a brief celebratory test flight hailed as groundbreaking. Air-One, a so-called "vertiport" for drones and future electric vehicles taking off and landing vertically, was…

Asda, Morrisons cut prices of key items amid spending squeeze

ASDA and Morrisons said they would cut the prices of essential items, ratcheting-up competition in Britain's food retail sector against a backdrop of soaring inflation. Surging prices are causing the biggest squeeze on household incomes since at least the 1950s in Britain, where grocery price inflation hit 5.2 per cent…

Priti Patel accuses BBC of xenophobia

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel has slammed the critics of her government’s controversial immigration deal with Rwanda and the BBC’s “xenophobic” overtones in reporting the matter.She was "taken aback" by the tone of BBC journalists' references to Rwanda after the agreement with the African country was announced, she told The…

Simon Arora announces retirement from B&M

BRITAIN'S billionaire businessman Simon Arora will step down as the CEO and director of B&M after steering the discount retailer for 17 years.In a filing to the London Stock Exchange, the company announced that Arora will retire in 2023, meaning that it has a year’s time to find a successor.B&M…

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

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

Skilled Indians can ‘make a difference’ to UK, says Johnson

British prime minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that skilled workers from India could plug labour shortages in sectors such as information technology in the UK, even as he reiterated that immigration would continue to be controlled. Britain has made getting a trade deal with India one of its post-Brexit…

Police watchdog calls for safeguards from stop and search

BRITAIN’S police watchdog has called for safeguards from the stop and search powers to ensure that they are not disproportionately used against the people of ethic minority backgrounds.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which has jurisdiction over England and Wales, said an insensitive stop and search encounter can leave…

Ministers ‘playing to racist tropes’ with Rwanda plan

IT HAS been called illegal, immoral, and unworkable. So what does the UK government’s Memorandum of Agreement with Rwanda actually say, what are its stated objectives and what is the politics behind it? The agreement is about “the prevention and combating of illegally facilitated and unlawful cross-border migration by establishing…

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

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

Johnson backs under-fire chancellor Sunak

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson gave his backing to his under-fire chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying he will remain in his job as the country's second most powerful politician after the next cabinet reshuffle expected later this year. Sunak, once seen as a strong candidate to succeed Johnson, has faced a…

Britain and India agree new defence and security deal: Johnson

Britain and India agreed a "new and expanded" defence and security partnership on Friday, British prime minister Boris Johnson said in New Delhi. Johnson is visiting India just as he faces criticism from his own Conservative MPs and the embarrassing prospect of a probe into whether he lied to parliament…

UK parliament triggers contempt probe into prime minister Johnson

Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson faced stinging criticism on Thursday from his own Conservative MPs and the embarrassing prospect of a probe into whether he lied to parliament over the "Partygate" scandal. Lawmakers agreed to launch an investigation by a parliamentary committee into his past denials to the House of…

Johnson’s visit: UK and Indian businesses confirm deals worth £1bn

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson will announce new investments and export deals worth more than £1 billion by UK and Indian businesses on Thursday (21) as part of his ongoing India visit, according to a statement. These agreements in areas from software engineering to health would create almost 11,000 jobs across…

Johnson seeks to delay decision on Partygate probe

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson hopes to defuse a parliamentary showdown on Thursday (21) by asking lawmakers to delay a decision on whether he should be investigated over accusations that he misled parliament about breaches of Covid-19 rules. He faces a test of Conservative party loyalty on Thursday when MPs vote…

No pomp or grandeur as Johnson visits India

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

UK watchdog sets diversity targets for firms’ top leaders

WOMEN should make up at least 40 per cent of boards at British listed companies and one director should be a person of colour, the country's financial watchdog said as it set a range of diversity targets for firms' top leaders. At least one senior position such as company chair,…

Johnson calls Gandhi an ‘extraordinary man who changed world’

VISITING British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (21) termed Mahatma Gandhi an "extraordinary man" who mobilised the principles of truth and non-violence to change the world for better. Johnson became the first prime minister of the UK to visit the Sabarmati Ashram, the place from where Gandhi led India's…

Johnson to urge Modi to back Western action against Russia

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

Johnson faces calls to apologise for Pal-Dadhvav massacre

British prime minister Boris Johnson faces calls to apologise for a colonial-era massacre during his visit to Gujarat on Thursday, 100 years after as many as 1,200 people were killed protesting against imperial rule. Last month saw the centenary of the Pal-Dadhvav massacre, when Indian historians say around 2,000 tribal…

Inflation: Growing number of Britons use personal finance apps

A growing number of Britons are using personal finance apps to budget as rising energy and food costs push inflation to a 30-year high. Rising outgoings appear to be driving thousands of people to try money management apps for the first time. Tools such as Monzo app, Emma, which was…

Johnson not to ‘lecture’ Modi about Russia ties during India…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will offer to help India cut reliance on Russian oil and defence equipment when he begins a two-day visit this week that will test his diplomatic skills and provide brief respite from a row raging at home. On his first trip to India as prime…

Johnson gives Partygate apology, Starmer calls him ‘a man without…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Tuesday (19) apologised to MPs after he became the first British leader fined for breaking the law, but faced opposition calls to quit for the sake of integrity in politics. Addressing parliament for the first time since the April 12 fine, he reiterated that he…

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

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

Johnson signals visa flexibility with India to win trade deal

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson indicated he was ready to offer more visas to India in return for this year clinching a free-trade deal that could boost annual bilateral trade by billions of pounds.Speaking on the plane on his way to the world's second-most populous country, Johnson signalled he was…

Katharine Birbalsingh: ‘Being strict means keeping standards high for students’

“LOOK at me. Look at me. Look at me!” Katharine Birbalsingh is describing one of the many soft skills taught to students at Michaela, the exemplary community school she set up in Wembley, northwest London, in 2014. Birbalsingh – described by the UK media as Britain’s strictest teacher or headmistress…

Johnson to visit New Delhi via Gujarat

BORIS JOHNSON will become the first British prime minister to visit Gujarat when he lands in Ahmedabad this week for a two-day visit to India for “in-depth” talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.Johnson's visit will begin on Thursday (21) with a trip to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, which is Modi's…

Russia bans entry to Boris Johnson

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

Johnson backs decision to send migrants to Rwanda despite outcry…

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

Landmark moment as Sunny Singh Gill and Sam Allison officiate…

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

Fajila Patel bids to become first niqab-wearing Tory councillor

A niqab-wearing mother-of-four will contest Blackburn's Bastwell and Daisyfield ward in May’s local council elections as a Tory candidate, according to reports.  Fajila Patel, 36, says she wants to 'inspire' more women to get into politics - including those who adopt the full veil, reported MailOnline. She is backed by…

Rwanda to host migrants and asylum seekers headed to the…

Rwanda has inked a multi-million-dollar deal with Britain to host asylum-seekers and migrants to the UK, the East African country announced on Thursday, as part of the British government's bid to crack down on illegal migration. "Rwanda welcomes this partnership with the United Kingdom to host asylum seekers and migrants,…

Valneva’s Covid vaccine gets UK approval

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

‘Skipping Sikh’s family ‘excited about post-lockdown Vaisakhi’

I AM so excited the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi is back this week after two years of Covid. Vaisakhi, also called Baisakhi, falls on Thursday (14). It is often mistaken as the Sikh New Year, but in actual fact, is a celebration of the founding of the Sikh community, the…

Bankrupt Sri Lanka begs diaspora to send cash

Sri Lanka urged its citizens overseas to send home money to help pay for desperately needed food and fuel Wednesday after announcing a default on its $51 billion foreign debt. The island nation is in the grip of its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, with severe shortages of…

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…

Rishi Sunak’s wife set to receive £6m from Infosys

AKSHATA MURTY, the wife of Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak, is set to receive a dividend payment of £6 million from the Indian IT major Infosys in which she has a 0.93 per cent stake.The company, founded by her father NR Narayana Murthy, has declared a dividend of…

Call for evidence opens for 10-year mental health plan

THE UK on Tuesday (12) started a call for evidence to form a new 10-year mental health plan to level up mental health across the country and put mental and physical health on an equal footing. People with lived experience of mental health conditions and those who support people with…

‘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.”…

UK inflation strikes 30-year high

BRITAIN'S annual inflation rate soared to the highest level in three decades last month as energy prices rocket, official data showed Wednesday (13), worsening the cost-of-living crisis.Inflation surged to 7.0 per cent in March from 6.2 per cent in February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement."Broad-based…

REVEALED: Judges’ Anger at “Whitewash” Hiring Review

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

Sunak subjects himself to scrutiny

PRIME minister Boris Johnson has agreed to a request from the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, for a review to determine whether he stuck to the rules on ministerial declarations.The move caps days of criticism over the financial arrangements of Sunak’s family and the allegation of “political hypocrisy” as questions emerged over…

Russian diamond miner ‘Alrosa’ to default on Eurobond payment

RUSSIA's state-owned diamond miner Alrosa said that it cannot make a payment on a eurobond after Washington imposed blocking sanctions, the Interfax news agency reported. The company said that for "technical reasons" it cannot pay a $11.6 million coupon on a dollar-denominated eurobond, the agency reported. The US Treasury on…

Johnson agrees to Sunak’s investigation request

British prime minister Boris Johnson has agreed to a request from his chancellor Rishi Sunak for a review to determine whether he had stuck to the rules on ministerial declarations following criticism over Sunak's family financial arrangements. Sunak said on Sunday he had written to the prime minister asking him…

Shehbaz Sharif elected as Pakistan’s new prime minister

PAKISTAN lawmakers on Monday (11) elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who resigned from the National Assembly along with most of his party members.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, paving the way for an unlikely…

Ram Charan thanks UK audiences for the huge success of…

Telugu actor Ram Charan thanked fans in Britain for the success of his latest release RRR, which has registered strong numbers at the UK box office during its opening weekend.      The period drama, which translates as “Rise, Roar, Revolt”, is a multilingual action film, which sees Ram Charan take on…

Sunak requests independent review of his financial declarations

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said on Sunday he had asked prime minister Boris Johnson for a review to determine whether he had stuck to the rules on ministerial declarations following criticism over his family's financial arrangements. Sunak said he had written to the prime minister asking him to refer Sunak's ministerial…

Rishi Sunak under new attack over Green Card

BRITAIN's embattled finance minister Rishi Sunak stood accused of political hypocrisy as new questions emerged over offshore tax havens reportedly held by his Indian wife. Sunak was also criticised for a lack of transparency, after he admitted to holding a "Green Card" for US permanent residents until last year. Sunak's…

Shehbaz Sharif likely to become Pakistan’s new prime minister

SHEHBAZ SHARIF, expected to become Pakistan's new prime minister Monday (11) after leading the opposition alliance that ousted Imran Khan, is a tough administrator with a penchant for quoting revolutionary poetry. Sharif is the younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was dismissed then jailed on corruption charges…

CEO John Holland-Kaye: Heathrow airport coming back to life after…

THE PASSENGER traffic at London's Heathrow Airport in March this year was the highest since the pandemic began, driven by outbound leisure travel and the removal of all Covid restrictions.Heathrow, however, said in a statement on Monday (11) that inbound leisure and business travel had remained weak due to high…

Richer than the queen: Rishi Sunak’s mega-wealthy wife and in-laws

Akshata Murty, the Indian wife of embattled British chancellor Rishi Sunak, is richer than the queen as the daughter of a self-made tech billionaire and a no-less-formidable engineer and philanthropist mother. Sunak, once seen as a future prime minister, has seen his popularity sink because of surging consumer prices, while…

Sunak’s wife to pay UK taxes on worldwide income

AKSHATA MURTY, wife of Britain's chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced on Friday (8) she will start paying UK tax on "all worldwide income," amid controversy over her non-domiciled status.Sunak has accused critics of mounting a "smear" campaign against his wealthy Indian wife, whose substantial foreign earnings have been shielded from UK…

Rishi Sunak hits out at ‘smear’ campaign over wife’s tax…

Britain's chancellor Rishi Sunak has accused critics of mounting a "smear" campaign against his wealthy Indian wife, whose substantial foreign earnings are shielded from UK taxes. The Labour party has accused Sunak of "breathtaking hypocrisy" after he raised taxes on ordinary Britons in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis. But…

Sabina Nessa’s killer Koci Selamaj jailed for at least 36…

A man was jailed for life on Friday for the brutal murder of a female teacher found dead a short walk from her London home in a killing that fuelled public anger about violence against women in Britain. Sabina Nessa, 28, was attacked and killed after leaving her home in…

Sailesh Mehta: Judiciary will improve when ‘it reflects the diverse…

THE Law Society of England and Wales, which represents 140,000 solicitors in the country, recently stated that there is virtually no chance of achieving a judiciary that mirrors diverse Britain, because the very recruitment process that claims to deliver that goal has failed. The first black president of the Law…

Boohoo’s newly acquired brands to be made in Leicester factory

ONLINE retailer Boohoo has said that products for its newly acquired brands would be made in the new factory in Leicester, according to a report.  The manufacturing of Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams and Wallis clothes moved overseas nearly 30 years ago. Boohoo chief executive John Lyttle, told The Times that it focused…

Sunak under scrutiny over wife’s tax dealings

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, once a leading contender to become prime minister, faced new criticism on Thursday after it emerged his Indian wife holds non-domiciled status, shielding her from UK taxes. Akshata Murthy, daughter of Indian billionaire NR Narayana Murthy, confirmed she "is treated as non-domiciled for UK tax purposes"…

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh takes part in Green Canopy

BRITAIN’S arm of the charity Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) participated in a tree planting event at Whalebone Park in the London borough of Barnet as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.Green Canopy is a pro-environment initiative undertaken to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee by inviting communities across the UK…

Bucha killings: India’s Jaishankar backs ‘independent’ probe

INDIA's foreign minister said he was "deeply disturbed" by civilian deaths in the Ukrainian city of Bucha but stopped short of blaming Russia, calling for an independent probe. New Delhi has historically close ties with Moscow and has refrained from condemning its invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbour, abstaining in several…

Chancellor Sunak’s wife is non-domiciled for tax purposes

The wife of Britain's chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak is treated as non-domiciled for UK tax purposes but pays taxes in Britain on all her UK income, her spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Akshata Murthy is the daughter of Narayana Murthy, the billionaire co-founder of IT services company Infosys, and…

Johnson likely to visit India by month end

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is planning to visit India by April end with a focus on strengthening bilateral ties, according to official sources. The visit, which is expected around April 22, is long overdue after Johnson was forced to cancel planned visits to India twice last year due to…

UK launches Vitamin D review for south Asians

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

Pakistan’s Shadab Khan signs for Yorkshire as Ballance takes a…

Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has signed to play for Yorkshire in the Twenty20 Blast, the English county announced Friday. The 23-year-old leg-spinner will be available for the club's first five and last six fixtures of the domestic T20 competition. Shadab has represented Pakistan in all three international formats, including 64…

Top Sri Lanka cricketers back anti-government protests

Some Sri Lankan cricket stars are backing protests sweeping the island nation over a spiralling economic crisis, with former Test captain Mahela Jayawardene urging government leaders to resign. The country is suffering severe shortages of food, fuel and other essentials -- along with record inflation and crippling power cuts --…

Plans to help Afghan and Ukrainian refugees ‘should be linked…

"WE WERE never asked” has been the persistent lament of those who objected most vociferously to immigration in Britain.  For more than half a century, stretching back to the deep foreboding of Enoch Powell, migration sceptics have invariably blamed governments for opening Britain up to migration without the consent of…

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

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

Law set to end child marriage in England and Wales

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

Sri Lanka protesters defy curfew after social media shutdown

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

Ramadan: A time for renewal

THIS week marks the start of Ramadan, a unique and special time for Muslims in Britain and across the world. It’s a time to reflect on and renew their faith, through devotion and spirituality while fulfilling the five pillars of Islam. The strength of devotion exemplified in fasting as the…

Have spring booster jab this Ramadan, urge GPs

LEADING Muslim doctors have urged those eligible to have a spring booster jab this Ramadan as it does not break the daylight hours fast, NHS said in a statement.  Resident TV doctor Dr Nighat Arif, a GP in Buckinghamshire, and Dr Farzana Hussain, a senior GP in East London and…

600,000 more catch Covid in UK in a week

RATES of Covid infection have hit a record high in the UK, official data showed, just as free government testing ended for millions in England. Some 4.9 million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending March 26, or 600,000 more than the previous…

It’s wrong to attack my wife: Rishi Sunak

BRITAIN’S chancellor of exchequer Rishi Sunak said his wife was unfairly attacked over her connections with Indian IT major Infosys.A news channel had last week asked Sunk if he was “giving advice to others you’re not following in your own home”, referring to his wife Akshata Murthy’s reported stake in…

SBI UK chief awarded Freedom of the City of London

STATE BANK OF INDIA’S UK regional head, Sharad Chandak, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of the bank's historic ties with the financial hub of Britain.Chandak received the honour at a ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of London, Vincent Keaveny, at the Mansion…

Russia praises ‘friend’ India, hopes to bypass sanctions

RUSSIA will increase its use of non-Western currencies for trade with countries such as India, its foreign minister said on Friday (1), as he hailed India as a friend that was not taking a "one-sided view" on the Ukraine war.Sergei Lavrov visited India on a mission to shore up support…

Plans to help Afghan and Ukrainian refugees ‘should be linked…

“WE WERE never asked” has been the persistent lament of those who objected most vociferously to immigration in Britain. For more than half a century, stretching back to the deep foreboding of Enoch Powell, migration sceptics have invariably blamed governments for opening Britain up to migration without the consent of…

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

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

Truss calls for stronger ties during India visit

STRONGER ties with India are more important than ever before in view of the crisis in Ukraine, British foreign secretary Liz Truss said Thursday (31), but she said the UK would not tell India not to buy discounted Russian oil. Her comments came after talks with India’s external affairs minister…

Plenty of fish but no catch as Sri Lanka economic…

The sky and seas off Sri Lanka's coast are crystal blue but a worsening economic crisis has kept fishermen moored at Negombo harbour, out of gas and unable to reel in the day's catch. The waters nearby are a tropical bounty of fist-sized prawns and mackerel that normally find their…

Chris Rock’s first public comments since Oscars slap by Smith:…

Comedian Chris Rock, in his first public comments since he was slapped in the face by actor Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday, said he is “still processing” the incident that made headlines around the world. “How was YOUR weekend?” Rock asked on Wednesday night of a sold-out crowd…

Diverse casting has given Bridgerton global success

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

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…

Truss presses India on Ukraine ahead of Lavrov visit

Britain's foreign secretary was in India on Thursday (31) to press for tougher action on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ahead of a visit by Moscow's top diplomat likely aimed at urging Delhi to do the opposite. India has abstained from UN resolutions censuring Russia, calling only for a cessation of…

UK to continue free Covid tests for healthcare workers, vulnerable

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

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

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

Uber, Bolt may hike prices this week to help drivers

UBER and Bolt are contemplating passing the high fuel costs to customers as the ride-hailing firms seek to help their divers.Uber’s UK arm said last week that it remained focused on offering drivers “the benefits and protections they deserve”.RAC Foundation data showed that the pump prices of unleaded petrol in…

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

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

Sri Lanka fuel prices soar as economy reels

One of Sri Lanka's biggest fuel suppliers hiked the price of gasoline by nearly 20 per cent on Saturday, the second increase in as many weeks, as the country struggles to import oil without dollars. Lanka IOC, a fuel retailer which accounts for a third of the market, said it…

Infosys plays down Russia ties

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

Uber gets 30-month license for London

UBER TECHNOLOGIES said it has received permission to operate in London under a new 30-month license, ending a years-long battle with the city transport regulator over safety concerns. "Uber has been granted a London private hire vehicle operator's license for a period of two and a half years," a spokesperson for…

Mass rally in London in solidarity with Ukraine

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

US asks Sri Lanka to end detentions, improve rights

The United States urged Sri Lanka on Wednesday to end detentions under its draconian anti-terror laws and ensure justice for wartime atrocities. Sri Lanka's rights record has drawn the ire of the international community with Colombo accused of carrying out war-time atrocities against its Tamil minority during the decades-long civil…

Rising star Sunak loses some of his shine

British chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak is being accused of being out of touch with ordinary voters, in a sudden fall from grace just months after he was tipped as the next prime minister. The star of the 41-year-old had been in ascendancy for his handling of public finances…

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

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

New Inclusive Britain plan ‘could be more ambitious’

WHETHER race unites or divides depends on how the public conversation is led. The hyper-polarised response sparked by Tony Sewell’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Dispari­ties last spring showed us how not to talk about race. Commissioned by the prime minister to re­spond to the Black Lives Matter anti-racism pro­tests…

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

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

Sri Lanka papers run out of newsprint

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

Asian leaders warn of growing pressure on healthcare and the…

AN INFLUENTIAL doctors’ leader has raised concerns about the pressure GPs are likely to face as the imminent cost of living crisis bites, while a leading business figure said higher taxes will stifle economic recovery as he also urged ministers to continue free lateral flow tests beyond March. Dr Chaand…

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

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

New exhibition at Migration Museum starts on April 9

A new exhibition on the role played by migrant entrepreneurs in shaping Britain will start on 9 April at the Migration Museum in Lewisham.  The immersive exhibition 'Taking Care of Business' will highlight migrant entrepreneurs past and present across a wide range of sectors, from fashion to tech, finance to…

Growing Rift over Ukraine: UK cancels high-powered delegation to India

THE UK has called off a high-powered delegation to India over the latter's stand on Ukraine invasion, the BBC reported. The cross-party UK delegation to India led by the Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and his deputy was cancelled at the last minute, the report added. It is largely viewed…

Kashmir remarks: India rebukes China’s foreign minister

CHINA's foreign minister Wang Yi drew a rebuke from the Indian government ahead of his expected but unconfirmed visit to New Delhi on Friday (25), upsetting his hosts with remarks made in Pakistan this week concerning the disputed Kashmir region. Relations between the two nuclear-armed Asian powers turned chilly two…

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…

Lord Dholakia questions government’s levelling-up agenda

LORD DHOLAKIA has questioned the government's commitment to levelling up and equal opportunities for ethnic minorities in the Parliament.  According to him, the actions set out by the government's levelling-up plan do not go nearly far enough to create a more inclusive society. While responding to the minister for work…

Tata Steel sponsors innovation forum Bessemer Society

TATA STEEL'S UK arm has joined hands with the Bessemer Society as the sole metals industry sponsor of the technology and innovation forum.Britain's largest steelmaker said the tie-up is a “win-win” for the company as the new technologies which the “Society brings to the fore” could help it become a…

Chinese foreign minister to make first visit to India since…

CHINA's foreign minister will visit New Delhi for talks on Friday (25), an Indian official said, though neither side has formally announced what would be the purpose of the highest-level visit since border clashes soured relations two years ago. Foreign minister Wang Yi attended a conference of the Organization of…

Spring Statement 2022 : Sunak cuts fuel duty as UK…

BRITAIN'S economy will grow more slowly this year than previously predicted and inflation will be much higher, chancellor of exchequer Rishi Sunak said as he gave a budget update which included measures to ease a cost-of-living squeeze.Sunak, announcing forecasts drawn up by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), said on…

COVID-19 health disparities within ethnic communities

The release of the government’s response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was warmly welcomed by doctors and medical professionals across the country like myself. I was delighted to see the government finally getting to grips on addressing health disparities within ethnic minority communities. The report titled “Inclusive…

Post Office scandal victims to get more compensation

BRITAIN said that it would increase compensation to postal workers wrongly convicted of fraud in one of England's biggest ever miscarriages of justices. Hundreds of Post Office workers were prosecuted between 2000 and 2014 after a software glitch in the IT system Horizon left holes in accounts. Some were sent…

Rishi Sunak unveils a mini-budget aimed at ‘cost-of-living’ crisis

BRITAIN unveils on Wednesday (23) a mini-budget update aimed at easing a cost of living crisis, as data revealed inflation spiking to a three-decade high on soaring energy prices.Annual inflation accelerated to 6.2 per cent in February from 5.5 per cent in January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said…

Alleged killer of David Amess was ‘Islamist terrorist’, court hears

BRITISH lawmaker David Amess was "assassinated" while meeting constituents last year by a "fanatical, radicalised Islamist terrorist," a court heard as the accused killer went on trial. Veteran Conservative MP Amess was stabbed to death at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea in southeast England in October. Ali Harbi Ali, 26,…

Ethnic minority drivers pay more for motor insurance in Britain

DRIVERS living in areas of Britain where there are a higher proportion of people of colour pay at least £280 more for their annual motor insurance, consumer charity Citizens Advice said on Tuesday (22).The charity carried out research on insurance premiums in eight postcode areas.Everyone in those postcodes pays the…

Russian diamonds remain unscathed amid sanctions

DIAMONDS from Russia will continue to be imported to India where they will be processed and sold to the rest of the world, a top expert has been quoted as saying. Russia is an important link in the world’s diamond industry supply chain - the country is the largest producer…

Homes for Ukraine: 150,000 people register to take part

NICK BEEVER proudly shows off the pristine spare bedroom at his home in the London suburbs, one of thousands of Britons ready to take part in a government programme to host Ukrainian refugees. "So this is currently our guest room actually, but we hope to have one, maybe two Ukrainian…

SBI-FICCI Economic Conclave: India and UK banking on trade deal…

THE chairman of the State Bank of India (SBI) has announced plans to use the imminent UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to expand its FinTech and green financing plans, as the bank celebrates the centenary of its operations in the UK. Dinesh Kumar Khara made the comments at the SBI-FICCI…

UK police flag concern over children involved in far-right terrorism

BRITAIN's head of counter-terrorism policing has said that the police had serious concern about a rise in the number of young people and children becoming caught up in far-right extremism. Matt Jukes said youngsters, mainly boys in their early teens, were becoming self-radicalised online and then progressing to actually planning…

Russian imposters blamed for fake calls to Wallace and Patel

DEFENCE secretary Ben Wallace ordered an inquiry on Thursday (17) after an impostor claiming to be the Ukrainian prime minister was able to contact him, an incident he blamed on Russia. The video call was set up after an email was sent to a government department, purportedly from an aide…

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

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

England to roll out fourth Covid shot: NHS

ENGLAND will begin rolling out its fourth coronavirus vaccine shot this week, the National Health Service (NHS) announced Sunday (20), with millions of the country's most vulnerable people being offered jabs.The latest booster shot will be made available to care home residents, people aged over 75 and the immunosuppressed.Around five…

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka seeks IMF bailout

SRI LANKA will seek an International Monetary Fund bailout, president Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Wednesday (16), to battle record inflation and unprecedented food and fuel shortages as the country runs out of dollars to finance imports.The south Asia nation is in the throes of its worst economic crisis since independence…

Rochdale sex offender says he was treated ‘like a political…

ONE of the Rochdale sex offenders has protested his deportation to Pakistan by claiming he is barely surviving on benefits and has been treated 'like a political football', reported the MailOnline.  Adil Khan, 51, was told he will be sent back to Pakistan for the public good, after he was…

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…

Britain approves antibody-based Covid-19 treatment

BRITAIN's medicines regulator has approved AstraZeneca's antibody-based Covid-19 treatment for adults with poor immune response, marking a major step in the fight against the pandemic as infections surge globally amid the spread of the Omicron variant. The decision to grant approval for the treatment was endorsed by the government's independent…

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…

Sri Lanka offers cash to families of civil war dead

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

Indian kabaddi player shot dead during tournament

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

Covid vaccine IP waiver text: Key countries reach consensus

THE US, European Union, India and South Africa have reached a consensus on key elements of a long-sought intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines, according to a proposed text.  Sources familiar with the talks described the text as a tentative agreement among the four World Trade Organization members that still…

Queen urges the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times

QUEEN Elizabeth II has called on the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times, as she sat out a major event for the organisation after a period of fragile health. The event on Monday (14) with some 1,500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London had been due to be…

Homes for Ukraine : Website to house refugees in UK…

A website for Britons interested in housing and sponsoring Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion went live on Monday (14) as the government steps up its efforts to deflect anger over its response to the refugee crisis. Prime minister Boris Johnson has sought to portray Britain as helping lead the global…

Johnson meets Saudi, UAE leaders as war roils oil prices

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson began lobbying Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to pump more oil to calm markets roiled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine as he met the Gulf states' leadership on Wednesday (16).Johnson arrived in Abu Dhabi for talks with crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed and…

UK issues advisory on Sri Lanka travel amid supply concerns

SRI LANKA'S ongoing forex crisis may further hit its tourism industry as the UK and Canada have warned their travellers to be aware of the current economic situation in the island nation.According to the latest advisory issued by the British government, the economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka with…

UK to lift all remaining Covid-19 travel rules

THE UK government will lift all its remaining Covid-19 pandemic-related international travel restrictions from Friday (18), including the requirement for travellers to fill in a compulsory Passenger Locator Form prior to entering the country.From 4 am GMT on Friday, arrivals into the UK will no longer be required to submit…

Historian tries to track down relatives of soldiers of British…

A public historian in England is trying to track down relatives of soldiers of the British Indian Army held as Prisoners of War (PoW) in Germany, Italy and France during the Second World War. Dr Ghee Bowman in South West England and author of the book The Indian Contingent: The…

UK commits to enhanced India ties in Indo-Pacific talks

BRITAIN and the US have committed to coordinating the implementation of their Indo-Pacific strategies, with a focus on enhancing ties with India, Downing Street has said.At “high-level consultations” on the Indo-Pacific held in London last week, officials from both governments resolved to broaden and deepen their alignment and cooperation in…

Elon Musk challenges Putin to fight, with Ukraine as the…

ELON MUSK, the world's richest man, on Monday (14) challenged Russian president Vladimir Putin to a fight, with nothing less than the fate of Ukraine, scene of Moscow's brutal invasion, at stake.The eccentric billionaire and founder of aerospace company SpaceX took to Twitter, where his messages are notoriously erratic, to…

Support for Ukrainian refugees underpinned by warming attitudes to immigration

The Ukraine war has seen a surge in pro-refugee public sentiment. British Future’s six-monthly tracker of migration attitudes, conducted by Ipsos, offers conclusive evidence that this is underpinned by a long-term softening of attitudes to immigration. Most striking of all is the shift in people’s views on overall numbers. In 2016,…

IMF officials in Sri Lanka to discuss economic crisis

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

SBI’s UK arm celebrates centenary

INDIA’S largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is celebrating the centenary of its presence in the UK and the silver jubilee of its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).The bank’s chairman Dinesh Khara opened the exchange on Friday (10) as part of the celebrations.Previously known as the Imperial…

Britain offers £350 a month to people to house Ukrainians

BRITAIN will pay people to open their homes to Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion as the government moves to deflect anger over its response to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two. The new scheme called "Homes for Ukraine" will let refugees from the war come to…

UK man gets life term in jail for plot to…

A WOULD-BE hitman was jailed for life in Britain after being convicted of plotting to kill a prominent exiled Pakistani blogger, prosecutors said on Friday (11).Muhammed Gohir Khan, 31, was told he would serve at least 13 years in jail for conspiring to murder Ahmad Waqass Goraya last year, the…

Prices spike as local currency plummets in Sri Lanka

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

Britain outlines inquiry terms as Covid-19 prevalence rises

Britain has outlined the terms of reference of its planned inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic, looking into the preparedness of the country as well as the public health and economic response to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, England's Covid-19 prevalence rose to 1 in 25 in the week ending March 5, Britain's…

Heathrow says Ukraine, fuel prices ratchet up uncertainty

LONDON'S Heathrow said concerns from US travellers over the war in Europe, longer flight times to avoid closed airspace, and higher fuel prices had added to lingering worries about Covid-19, creating "huge uncertainty" over the recovery in flying.The UK's largest airport said it had not seen as many passengers return…

Ukraine aid: UK eases customs rules

BRITAIN said that it was easing customs processes for aid donations being exported to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Local media have reported lorries full of charity donations bound for Ukraine and its neighbours being stuck at British ports because of complex post-Brexit…

UK launches girls’ education drive for India on Women’s Day

THE UK government launched a girls’ education drive aimed at developing countries, including India to mark International Women’s Day.  The government will work with UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited (GenU) to implement the new Girls’ Education Skills Partnership which will be funded by Accenture, Standard Chartered, Unilever, Microsoft, and United Bank for Africa.…

TUC: BME workers are overrepresented on zero-hours contracts

THE new Trades Union Congress (TUC) report published on Wednesday (9) revealed that black and minority ethnic (BME) women are twice as likely to be on zero-hours contracts as white men (4.7 per cent compared to 2.4 per cent). Overall, BME workers are overrepresented on zero-hours contracts compared to white…

Novel initiative pushes for more women to head Britain’s top…

A former investment banker's organisation wants to change the low numbers of female business leaders in FTSE-100 firms.  Tara Cemlyn-Jones' organisation 25x25 has set itself an ambitious target: to get 25 women at the head of the 100 biggest businesses in the UK by 2025. Currently, there are just nine…

Bina Mehta among inspirational women recognised at the GG2 Leadership…

A NUMBER of remarkable women were amongst the winners at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Tuesday (8). Bina Mehta took home the coveted GG2 Hammer Award, presented to a BAME person who has smashed the proverbial glass ceiling, for her rise…

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

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

Andy Murray to donate prize money to help Ukrainian children

FORMER world number one Andy Murray said he would donate his prize money won from tennis tournaments in 2022 towards aid efforts for children affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Two million people - mostly women and children - have now fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion…

GG2 Power List shows rise of Asian female high-fliers

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

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy urges Britain to ‘do more to help’

UKRAINIAN president Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to Britain on Tuesday (8) to do more to help his country battle Russia and punish what he called a "terrorist state", striking a defiant tone that Ukraine would fight on, no matter what the cost. Addressing Britain's parliament and greeted by a standing ovation…

Indian entrepreneur donates £25,000 to Migration Museum

The Migration Museum in Lewisham on Monday (7) received a donation from an Indian entrepreneur to support its ongoing work and help fund costs for exhibitions, a statement said.  Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia donated £25,000 to the facility and urged the Indian diaspora to back the Museum. He has been appointed…

Winding-up petitions against Liberty Steel subsidiaries withdrawn

LIBERTY STEEL received a shot in the arm as the UK’s tax department has withdrawn liquidation petitions against its subsidiaries.HM Revenue and Customs had moved the court last year seeking to wind up the company’s four subsidiaries - Speciality Steel UK, Liberty Pipes, Liberty Performance Steels and Liberty Merchant Bar…

Ukrainian president to address British parliament

UKRAINIAN president Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address British lawmakers via videolink in the House of Commons on Tuesday (8), the first time a president of another country has addressed the main Westminster chamber. Zelenskyy, who has spoken to British prime minister Boris Johnson on several occasions since Russia invaded his country,…

Russian oil delivery faces resistance from UK workers

BRITAIN’S import of Russian energy faced resistance from workers who refused to unload oil shipped from the Eurasian country.A German cargo ship - Seacod - with oil from Primorsk in Russia - was moored in Liverpool from where Stanlow Refinery, operated by Essar Oil gets its supply.Last week, the UK…

Goldy Notay: Being party to an exploration of race, class…

BRITISH actress Goldy Notay has played diverse roles in film and television, but she is perhaps at her best delivering a power-packed theatre performance. She returns to the stage with a lead role in a new adaptation of acclaimed Mike Leigh theatre play Abigail’s Party. The Pravesh Kumar-directed revival of…

OneWeb suspends Baikonur launches

GLOBAL satellite communications company OneWeb has announced that its board had voted to suspend all launches from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. With this, OneWeb has joined a growing list of companies snapping or suspending ties with Russia. Russia's space agency Roscosmos has sought guarantees from OneWeb and Europe's Arianespace…

Contemporary Kathak production by The Pagrav Dance Company

LIVE PERFORMANCES BOTOWN - THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday March 5 Where: Mystique Banqueting Suite, 928a Melton Rd Brittania Way, Leicester LE4 8GR What: Concert featuring the acclaimed multicultural soul band that reboots Bollywood classics with a unique soul funk twist, which takes you on a musical trip from…

Jaguar Land Rover ‘pauses’ Russia deliveries, ArcelorMittal ‘slows’ in Ukraine

JAGUAR LAND ROVER has said it is pausing deliveries of its cars to Russia due to “trading challenges”, while leading steelmaker ArcelorMittal announced a reduction in its production in Ukraine.A statement from Britain-based JLR, owned by India's Tata Motors said on Tuesday (1), “the current global context... presents us with…

Fuel crisis cripples Sri Lanka’s transport

SRI LANKA'S public transport was crippled on Wednesday (2) as buses ran out of diesel, officials said as the country's foreign exchange crisis worsened with no dollars to import fuel.The Private Bus Owners' Association said they were able to operate only about a quarter of their fleet of 20,000 vehicles,…

No compulsory vaccination for health staff in England

NHS and social care workers in England will no longer have to have a Covid jab as a condition of employment from later this month, the government said. The UK government announced on January 31 that it intended to revoke the regulations that made vaccination compulsory, subject to the results…

Sunder Katwala: Public opinion supports helping Ukrainian refugees

HALF a century ago, it was the Ugandan Asians who needed sanctuary. Given just 90 days to get out by the dictator Idi Amin, it was not clear where they would go. At the height of the Powellite era, some MPs floated hare-brained schemes to send them all to the…

India steps up evacuation of its nationals from Ukraine

INDIA has stepped up efforts to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine as new Delhi confirmed on Tuesday (1) that a student had died in shelling in Ukraine.Prime minister Narendra Modi has directed the Indian Air Force to bring back stranded citizens, most of whom are students pursuing medicine in Ukraine’s…

Novavax’s vaccine shows long-term protection against Covid in UK study

AN extended analysis of a late-stage study conducted in the UK showed that Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine provided long-term protection against the coronavirus. The protein-based vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, continued to provide protection and maintained overall efficacy of 82.7 per cent over a six-month period, the company said. Additionally, vaccine efficacy of 82.5…

Modern love driven by Good Intentions

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

Sajid Javid launches England’s rare diseases action plan

HEALTH secretary Sajid Javid on Monday (28) launched England’s first rare diseases action plan which aims to speed up diagnoses and care.The initiative will allow the healthcare workforce to support patients better by leveraging the UK’s technology, Javid said.There are more than 7,000 rare diseases, affecting an estimated 3.5 million…

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

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

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t stop Covid tests

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

Queen is a ‘fan’ of grandmum in The Kumars at…

SHE IS a great grandmother herself, but it turns out the Queen is a fan of the grandmum portrayed by Meera Syal in The Kumars at No 42.Phil Jones, a former BBC journalist has revealed that the monarch could “recite some of the one-liners from the grandma character”.The Emmy award…

India has proud history of religious tolerance, UK Parliament told

INDIA is home to a vibrant faith-based civil society and among the world's most religiously diverse societies with a “proud history of religious tolerance”, the UK government said during a parliamentary debate.Responding to the debate entitled ‘Christians and Religious Minorities: India' at Westminster Hall in the House of Commons complex…

Ukraine: Virgin Atlantic to reroute Delhi-London flight

VIRGIN ATLANTIC's Delhi-London flights will have a slightly longer flying time as the Russian government has banned all British planes from crossing its airspace. In response to the Russian military offensive in Ukraine, Britain announced that Russian national carrier Aeroflot will not be allowed to land in the UK. Consequently,…

Johnson unveils UK’s largest-ever sanctions against Russia

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson unveiled Britain's largest-ever package of sanctions against Russia on Thursday (24), targeting banks, members of president Vladimir Putin's closest circle and wealthy Russians who enjoy high-rolling London lifestyles. Western nations are coordinating action to impose tough sanctions against Russia in response to its all-out invasion on…

Sunak extols lower taxes as UK tax burden heads for…

BRITISH finance secretary Rishi Sunak underscored his faith in low taxes on Wednesday (23) ahead of an increase in social security contributions in April that will take the government's tax take to the highest since the 1950s. "I firmly believe in lower taxes," Sunak, widely seen as a possible future…

Johnson chairs crisis meeting after Russia’s Ukraine attack

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (24) condemned Russia's "unprovoked" and "horrific" attack on Ukraine, as he prepared to chair an emergency meeting of top ministers and officials. Johnson spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky overnight and vowed "the West would not stand by as (Russian) president (Vladimir) Putin…

Primary school exclusions in Birmingham twice national rate

THE rate of exclusions among primary school pupils in Birmingham was twice the national rate and twice the rate of core cities. There were 53 primary aged children excluded in the 2019/20 academic year – double the number Birmingham would have it was consistent with comparable cities. The permanent exclusion…

Social media abuzz as British diplomat marries ‘love of her…

SOCIAL media went abuzz following the wedding of a British diplomat with an Indian filmmaker last week.As Rhiannon Harries, the UK’s deputy trade commissioner for South Asia, posted a photo of her wedding with “the love of my life”, congratulatory messages flooded on Twitter. As a smiling Harries is seen…

Johnson scraps Covid restrictions in England

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday said he would end all coronavirus restrictions in England including mandatory self-isolation for people with Covid-19 and free testing, drawing scepticism from some scientists and political opponents. Johnson's "living with Covid" plan has sparked alarm that it is premature and will leave the…

Report: Women comprise 40 per cent of board members of…

Women now make up nearly 40 per cent of the boards of Britain's biggest 100 companies, compared with just 12.5 per cent a decade ago, with recommendations in place to enable more female representation in top management, a government-backed report said on Tuesday (22). Researchers reviewed women's representation in about…

Getting Leicester’s Ugandan Asians to tell their own stories

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

Sri Lanka completes return of illegal waste to Britain

SRI LANKA shipped out to Britain on Monday (21) the last of several hundred containers filled with thousands of tons of illegally imported waste, officials said.Several Asian countries have in recent years been pushing back against an onslaught of refuse from wealthier nations and have started turning back unwanted shipments.The…

Queen catches ‘mild’ Covid

THE Queen tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday (20) but her symptoms are "mild" and the 95-year-old  intends to continue with light duties at Windsor Castle, aides said. The news comes after Prince Charles tested positive on February 10, two days after meeting his mother at Windsor. No information was…

Britain to set out plans to scrap Covid self-isolation laws

PRIME minister Boris Johnson intends to set out plans next week to remove self-isolation requirements for people infected with Covid-19, his office said on Saturday (19).Britain would become the first major European country to allow people who know they are infected with Covid-19 to freely use shops, public transport and…

‘Partygate’ probe: Johnson responds to police questionnaire

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has submitted his response to a police questionnaire relating to Downing Street parties that may have breached coronavirus regulations, his office said.  Police are investigating claims Johnson attended gatherings that may have violated Britain's strict distancing and virus prevention rules. Public outcry over the so-called "partygate"…

Storm Eunice: 150,000 British homes still without power

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

Storm Eunice batters Britain, knocks out power

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

Britain’s new ‘anti-woke’ schools guidance attracts controversy

Britain's government stoked controversy by issuing new schools guidance that urges teachers to avoid "contested" areas in history, anti-racism and climate change. The guidance, which singles out the activist group Black Lives Matter, comes with prime minister Boris Johnson fighting for his political survival and accused of trying to distract…

UK scraps ‘golden’ visas to curb illicit finance

BRITAIN has scrapped its so-called "golden visas" for wealthy investors amid concerns about the inflow of illicit Russian money at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.Hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed into London and Britain's overseas territories from Russia since the fall of…

UK retail sales recover more than expected from Omicron knock

BRITISH retail sales grew faster than expected in January, recovering about half the losses suffered when a wave of coronavirus cases caused many shoppers to stay at home during December. Retail sales volumes rose by 1.9 per cent in January after a 4.0 per cent decline in December, the largest…

British health chiefs urge Johnson not be to be ‘gung-ho’…

ENGLISH medical leaders on Friday (18) urged Boris Johnson not to be too "gung-ho" with the nation's health when he moves to end all pandemic restrictions with his plan to live with Covid-19 next week. Having scrapped virtually all Covid-19 restrictions in England already, Johnson on Monday (21) will set…

London police hit by new ‘offensive’ messages scandal

THREE London police officers were charged on Thursday (17) with sharing "grossly offensive" messages, prosecutors said, in the latest scandal to hit the UK capital's increasingly tarnished force. The messages were posted in a WhatsApp group chat that also included former officer Wayne Couzens, who was last year jailed for…

India objects to Singapore prime minister’s remarks about ‘criminal’ MPs

INDIA has complained to Singapore about a remark its prime minister made on the number of Indian parliamentarians facing criminal charges, an Indian official said on Friday (18), in a rare instance of friction between the Asian allies. Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong made the remark in Singapore's parliament on…

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

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

UK watchdog bans Boohoo ad ‘for objectifying women’

A T-shirt advertisement by online fashion retailer Boohoo showing a model wearing thong-style bikini bottoms has been banned by Britain's advertising regulator for objectifying and sexualising women. The watchdog said the ad was irresponsible and likely to cause serious offence, noting that neither the partial nudity nor the bikini bottoms…

UK threatens to block Russian companies raising money in London

BRITAIN threatened to block Russian companies from raising capital in London and to expose property and company ownership if Russia invades Ukraine, saying the West must remain united on the cost to Moscow of any conflict. Russia has massed troops and military equipment on the Ukrainian border, drawing warnings from…

UK speaker warns of social media ‘abuse’ risk to female…

BRITAIN's parliamentary speaker Lindsay Hoyle warned that "relentless abuse" on social media targeting female lawmakers was damaging the democratic process and driving women out of politics. Hoyle on Tuesday (15) said the reason female MPs had quit parliament was not due "to the long hours, time apart from their families,…

UK annual inflation hits fresh 30-year high

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

Top Indian universities plan British campuses

LEADING Indian universities are in discussions to open campuses in Britain, it has emerged as a Conservative peer and former education minister called on the UK to “roll out the red carpet” for India’s top institutes. The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) should be allowed to can open their…

Public inquiry opens into UK Post Office scandal

A public inquiry opened Monday (14) in Britain to probe the Post Office's role in a flawed IT system that led to one of the country's worst miscarriages of justice. The scandal saw the Post Office prosecute hundreds of people running small local branches for alleged false accounting and theft,…

Gunmen attack high-profile Sri Lanka TV journalist

Armed men stormed the home of a high-profile Sri Lankan television journalist critical of the government Monday, police said, sparking condemnation by local media rights groups. Chamuditha Samarawickrama, who had criticised the powerful ruling Rajapaksa family and their allies in recent broadcasts, including on YouTube, was shaken but unhurt after…

Squeaky-clean Sunak: chancellor tipped as UK’s first Hindu prime minister

Britain's chancellor Rishi Sunak is on a meteoric trajectory that could, if Boris Johnson is forced out, propel him next door to 10 Downing Street to become Britain's first Hindu prime minister. It would mark a historic landmark, for a descendant of immigrants from Britain's old empire in India and…

Communities urged to join Platinum Jubilee Beacons

SENIOR faith leaders in the UK have urged their communities to take part in Platinum Jubilee Beacons.Beacons will be lit in the Commonwealth on June 2 to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth.In the run-up to Accession Day on February 6, leaders from the nine faith…

One death from Lassa fever in Britain

ONE person has died in Britain from Lassa fever, health authorities said, as they announced the first three cases of the disease in the country since 2009. The patient died on Friday (11) at a hospital in Bedfordshire, north of London. All three people infected were from the same family…

Khan ignites war of words with Kell Brook

THE war of words has again started ahead of the grudge fight on February 19 and this time Amir Khan calling Kell Brook was "always smoke, always talk". Khan and Brook's long rivalry since teenage years will be settled at Manchester's AO Arena in one of Britain's biggest fight in…

Tax authorities seek ‘liquidation of Liberty units’

BRITAIN'S tax authorities have requested the liquidation of several subsidiaries of British Indian billionaire Sanjeev Gupta's Liberty Steel due to £26 million in unpaid debts, media reported Thursday (10).The Financial Times, citing documents filed in court this week, said authorities are seeking the liquidation of the Speciality Steel UK, Liberty…

Company backed by Rishi Sunak’s wife is on the verge…

A company backed by Rishi Sunak's wife is on the verge of collapse due to the challenges faced by Covid-induced lockdowns, reported The Telegraph.  Gym chain Digme Fitness, in which the chancellor’s wife Akshata Murthy holds a 4.2 per cent stake, has filed a notice of its intention to appoint administrators…

Quad address Indo-Pacific ‘coercion’, climate, Covid

THE United States, Australia, Japan and India on Friday pledged to deepen cooperation to ensure the Indo-Pacific region was free from "coercion", a thinly-veiled swipe at China's growing economic and military expansion, as their top diplomats convened to also tackle climate change, Covid and other threats. Foreign ministers of the…

Lata will live for ever

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

Amazon announces major UK film studio investment

AMAZON streaming service Prime Video announced a major "long-term" deal for the exclusive use of new production facilities at studios near London, further boosting Britain's booming film industry. The "landmark multimillion-pound... contract with Shepperton Studios" was for "original TV series and movie productions", its owner Pinewood Group said in a…

Johnson’s Savile slur incited the mob, blames Starmer

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer has blamed prime minister Boris Johnson’s slur about Jimmy Savile for inciting a mob that accosted him outside parliament on Monday (7), according to a media report. In an interview with the Times, Starmer said he had never before been accused in public of being a ‘paedophile…

Empowering brown women

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

UK summer flight bookings edging towards 2019 levels

SUMMER holiday bookings at TUI were approaching pre-Covid levels on pent-up demand, the world's largest holiday company said on Tuesday (8), with a steady recovery in Britain since restrictions and testing rules were lifted. TUI, which runs hotels, airlines, cruises and travel agencies, said 3.5 million customers had booked a…

Peer outlines how UK Asian firms can boost exports

'UK export finance provides attractive funding terms to companies' POST Brexit, we are now in a new sovereign United Kingdom with enormous opportunities for free trade, which we must realise to jump start our economic recovery. In doing so, the government has announced an ambitious target for UK exports to…

Quarter of UK employers cite long Covid as driving absences:…

A quarter of British employers have cited long Covid as the main cause of long-term sickness absences, a survey by a professional body found on Tuesday (8), adding that it raised questions over how workers with the condition were being supported in their jobs. British prime minister Boris Johnson is…

Johnson faces renewed pressure to apologise to Starmer

PRIME minister Boris Johnson faced renewed pressure on Tuesday (8) to apologise to opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer for what critics have called a misleading "Trumpian" attack on him last week.Johnson - facing calls to step down after months of scandals - accused Sir Keir of failing in 2013 as…

Asda to ensure wider availability of its cheapest food ranges

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has said that it will make its cheapest food ranges more widely available across all 581 food stores and online, according to a media report.  The announcement came after anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe raised concerns that low-income shoppers were facing price increases because they could no longer get…

After Labour leader hounded, Johnson under pressure over slur

AFTER protesters hounded Britain's Labour leader Keir Starmer, prime minister Boris Johnson faced pressure on Tuesday (8) to withdraw a claim that the opposition leader had failed to prosecute one of the country's most notorious child abusers "Jimmy Savile". Johnson, who won a landslide in a 2019 election, is facing…

Sunder Katwala: Is the UK ready for Rishi Sunak?

As the volatile Westminster mood shifts daily, predictions are perilous. But the bookmakers odds capture the fragility of the prime minister’s position, giving Boris Johnson a one in three chance of remaining in office to the end of this year, and only a one in five chance of fighting a…

Lawmakers urge focus on tackling cost crunch to end Johnson…

SENIOR members of Boris Johnson's Conservative Party urged challengers to the prime minister to rein in their ambitions and focus instead on steering Britain through the biggest plunge in living standards in a generation. Johnson is battling for his political career amid a crisis which has gripped his government over…

Sunak admits attending Downing Street lockdown party

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has admitted to attending prime minister Boris Johnson's lockdown birthday party in 2020 but refused to say what happened when he entered the room and claimed that he was there for a meeting to discuss the Covid-19 situation. His comments came after Johnson's five aides, including longstanding…

Nick Gibb MP calls on Boris Johnson to resign

CONSERVATIVE Member of Parliament (MP) and former schools minister Nick Gibb has called on British prime minister Boris Johnson to resign in an opinion piece published in The Telegraph newspaper on Friday (4). Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said his constituents are "furious about the double standards" exposed…

UK to make tech firms take faster action against criminal…

BRITAIN'S government has said it would add to the list of criminal content which tech firms will have to combat actively under a new law, or risk fines of up to 10 per cent of their global turnover.Under previous plans for the legislation, search engines, social media and video-sharing platforms…

Sri Lanka calls for diaspora investment

SRI LANKA marked its Independence Day on Friday (4) with an appeal to its diaspora to send money home to overcome the island's worsening economic crisis and a pledge to protect foreign investments.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged millions of Sri Lankans abroad to invest their savings in their home country, which…

Five companies fined over price surge for NHS nausea pill

BRITAIN'S competition watchdog on Thursday (3) fined five drugs firms and private equity groups more than £35 million for impeding competition in the supply of some anti-nausea pills to the NHS. The firms, which include Alliance Pharma and private-equity group Cinven, paid a competitor to cancel the launch of a…

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

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

Johnson launches plan to tackle regional inequality

BRITAIN vowed to repair the economic and social fabric of its "broken heartlands", as the government set out a long-awaited plan to flesh out promises that helped prime minister Boris Johnson win a big parliamentary majority in 2019. With Johnson now reeling from public anger over lockdown parties held at…

UK-India trade deal: There has to be give and take,…

SENIOR cabinet members from Boris Johnson’s team, including the prime minister, are expected to travel to India this year as both countries step up their bilateral engagements, India’s high commissioner to the UK has revealed. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Gaitri Issar Kumar also said New Delhi was…

How Coventry’s Masterji captured immigrant life

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

NHS race observatory welcomes plan to revoke mandatory jabs for…

BRITAIN plans to revoke its decision to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for health workers in England after warnings that an already-stretched service could face serious staff shortages. The NHS race and health observatory, which raised concerns last year that any mandatory Covid vaccination policy could be potentially discriminatory, welcomed the…

UK youth return to insecure jobs after pandemic, says study

BRITAIN'S young people were disproportionately hit by unemployment during the Covid-19 pandemic and many have since returned to work in more insecure jobs, a think-tank said on Monday (31). Three-quarters of Britons aged 18-24 who lost their jobs during the early stages of the pandemic returned to work by October…

Tata Motors in the red over chip shortages

INDIA's Tata Motors, the owners of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, reported a fourth consecutive quarterly loss, weighed down by higher commodity prices and the global chip shortage. Microchips are a key component in car manufacturing but automakers around the world have been hamstrung by limited supplies due to…

Johnson sorry for ‘partygate’ but vows to stay on

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

Riz Ahmed takes viewers on a disturbing dystopian journey in…

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

Four top aides desert embattled Johnson

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson suffered four staff defections on Thursday (3) as pressure intensified on the embattled leader over lockdown parties and his loose-lipped style of politics.One of the departures – that of the head of policy Munira Mirza - was linked to an inflammatory remark made by Johnson,…

Life after boxing scares Amir Khan

THE thought of not boxing scares Amir Khan as many predict the grudge fight against Kell Brook on February 19 will be his last. But the former world champion is not sure and will take a call after the bout. "It does scare me, it does because boxing is what…

Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff in England under review

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

Blogger claims Pakistan behind attempted contract killing

AN EXILED political blogger has accused Pakistan of being behind a plot to kill him after a would-be hitman was convicted in a British court.Supermarket worker Muhammed Gohir Khan, 31, was found guilty of plotting to kill Ahmad Waqass Goraya after being recruited by middlemen apparently based in Pakistan.The judge…

Britain to offer Covid vaccinations to vulnerable children aged 5-11

BRITAIN will this week begin offering vaccinations to children aged between five and 11 who are most at risk from coronavirus, the state-run National Health Service (NHS) said on Sunday (30). Britain has been slower than some other countries in offering the shots to 5-11-year-olds, and is not planning to…

Arora brothers, Boparan family among UK’s 50 biggest taxpayers

LEADING Asian businessmen – brothers Simon, Bobby and Robin Arora – as well as Ranjit Boparan and his wife Baljinder are among the UK’s 50 biggest taxpayers, according to The Sunday Times. The Arora brothers are the biggest shareholders of budget retailer B&M, and according to The Sunday Times, their…

India, UK conclude ‘productive’ first round of trade talks

INDIA and the UK have announced the conclusion of a "productive" first round of free trade agreement (FTA) talks, held virtually between officials of both governments.Britain’s department for international trade (DIT) said on Friday (28) that during the two-week round, technical experts from both sides came together for discussions in…

Shamima Begum urges Johnson to allow her back to Britain

SHAMIMA BEGUM has urged prime minister Boris Johnson to consider her plea to return back to the UK where she can help tackle terrorism. When Begum was 15, she had left Britain along with two other Bethnal Green schoolgirls to join Daesh (Islamic State group) in 2015. "I think I…

‘Tories, leave the BBC alone’

FOR anyone who has had to move cities for a new job, you have my heartfelt sympathies. That is exactly the situation I faced this month. Finding a rented place. Moving in. Getting the bills set up. Make sure everything works. The worst part for me is having to buy…