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‘Britain’s future relies on the people in the workforce’

LIKE millions across the country, I have been closely observing this general election, which comes at an important crossroads in our country’s future. The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and a cost-of-living crisis have impacted us all, and it has never been more important to look forward to our…

India election: Why Ayodhya rejected BJP’s temple politics

THE opening of a grand Hindu temple three months ahead of India’s general election was supposed to be a crowning moment for prime minister Narendra Modi that would carry his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a dominant victory.  It didn’t work out that way. Instead, the BJP lost the seat…

Zara Aleena’s killer accused of prison attacks

THE inquest into Zara Aleena's death revealed that her killer, Jordan McSweeney, had been accused of multiple offences during his imprisonment the previous year. McSweeney, a sexual predator with 28 prior convictions, murdered the 35-year-old law graduate as she walked home in Ilford, east London, in June 2022. He had…

Tories unveil plan to tighten sickness benefit rules

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's Tories, facing an election next month, has announced details of its plan to tighten sickness benefit rules, which it said would eventually save £12 billion a year. Sunak, who has previously said he wants to change welfare rules to counter a rise in people dropping out…

‘I’m playing an assassin’, Anushka Sen on international project ‘Asia’

Anushka Sen has gained widespread recognition for her recent success in Dil Dosti Dilemma, where she portrayed the character of Asmara. Her performance has garnered praise from her well-wishers nationwide. The actress is now venturing into new territory by taking on the role of an assassin in her upcoming international…

Sheherazaad: Cultural roots connection

WITH her deeply meaningful album Qasr, Sheherazaad beautifully explores displacement, the complexities of diaspora, the struggle to reclaim lost cultural roots, human experiences, and deep human emotions.  Grammy award winner Arooj Aftab has produced the genre transcending five-track LP that enables American composer and vocalist Sheherazaad to show off her…

London road fatalities last year second lowest on record, shows…

THE number of people killed on London’s roads last year was the second lowest on record, according to the latest data. Fatalities fell from 102 last year to 95. The lowest figure was seen in 2021, when 75 deaths were recorded – though that year was affected by the lower…

Former curry house owner ordered to pay £36,000 for loan…

A 24-year-old Asian-origin restaurateur from Derbyshire, who was jailed for misusing a taxpayer-backed loan scheme introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, has now been ordered to pay more than £36,000. Syed Hussain, who formerly owned a curry house in Matlock, was in August 2023 jailed for 18 months and banned as…

Popular singer Bhavik Haria on his new bhajan album and…

PERFORMING live has had a huge impact on Bhavik Haria as an artist and shaped him as a person. Apart from filling him with joy, feeding off the energy of audiences has motivated the British bhajan maestro to create a unique sense of unity through live spiritual music. That special…

Kalki 2898 AD: All we know about the futuristic fantasy…

HOTLY anticipated film Kalki 2898 AD mixes up Hindu mythology with a futuristic dystopian setting. The star-studded science fiction epic is promising to be a path-breaking adventure filled with action, eye-catching special effects and a new kind of storytelling. Eastern Eye decided to get everyone ready ahead of its global…

Innovation report sparks major debate on policies

EARLY 2024 marked yet another successful Leicestershire Innovation Festival, followed by a stunning awards event, recognising some of the best and brightest innovators in our region. We’ve just marked the 20-year milestone for Medilink Midlands. This Midlandsbased life sciences innovation-enabling organisation continues to go from strength to strength. Many more…

Boohoo scraps £3m bonuses for top executives

FAST-FASHION giant Boohoo has decided to cancel £3 million in annual bonuses and abandon a new compensation scheme for top executives following discussions with shareholders amidst increasing losses, reported Financial Times. This move follows the company's recent announcement in its annual report to simplify its remuneration policy before the upcoming…

‘Anti-politician mood is deeper and more profound than before’

THE Labour MP, Lisa Nandy, believes whichever party wins the next general election faces a battle to overcome a public perception that politicians can no longer “transform people’s lives”. Prime minister Rishi Sunak shocked the nation last Wednesday (22) when he announced that the general election will take place on…

British workers taking more sick leaves than migrant staff, says…

Young British workers are reporting sick more frequently than foreign-born staff, a top official of a care home provider has said. Geoff Butcher, CEO of Blackadder Corporation, a care home provider in the Midlands, said there is a stark contrast between the sick leave patterns of British and overseas employees,…

Fewer top women earners since pandemic: Report

Women make up a smaller proportion of top earners in British financial and professional services than before the COVID-19 pandemic, research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) showed on Monday. Women made up 19.4 per cent of the top 1 per cent of earners in the…

Key issues in Britain as country goes to elections on…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has called for a national election on 4 July, ending 14 years of Conservative Party rule. Voters are expected to decide on key issues including the economy, healthcare, immigration, and climate policy as they choose the next government. High inflation, a struggling NHS, immigration concerns, and…

Sunak, Starmer begin election campaigns

UK political parties began jostling for position on Thursday, setting out their electoral battle plans after embattled Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election for July 4. Sunak ended months of speculation about the date of the vote in a rain-soaked speech Wednesday outside Downing Street, which some took…

Sunak calls election for July 4

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak called a national election on Wednesday (22), naming July 4 as the date for a vote his governing Tories are widely expected to lose to the opposition Labour party after 14 years in power. Ending months of speculation as to when he would call a new…

Movies and milestones of Karan Johar

A PROLIFIC cinema journey has turned Karan Johar into one of the most influential Bollywood filmmakers of this generation.   The producer, director and writer has also carved out a thriving career on TV as a judge and successful talk show host. The creative talent affectionately known as K-Jo turns…

Majority of Scots now identify as non-religious

A majority of people in Scotland now say they have no religion, according to details of the latest census published on Tuesday (21), in a first for any UK nation. The National Records of Scotland said more than half (51.1 per cent) of respondents in the 2022 census stated they…

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

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

Amina Khayyam: Tackling taboos through dance

WHETHER it is tackling taboos, finding new ways of telling stories or breaking existing rules, Amina Khayyam has always found innovative ways to present live dance performances.  Her leading dance company will present acclaimed shows You&Me and Bird in a Kathak double bill at The Place in London on June…

Brighton and Hove gets first south Asian Muslim mayor

BRIGHTON and Hove has its first South Asian Muslim mayor after councillors unanimously elected councillor Mohammed Asaduzzaman to the largely ceremonial role. Traditionally, mayors take up the chains of office after many years of service on Brighton and Hove city council – not least as they are required to chair…

Oldham man gets Points of Light award

Syed Ahmed from Oldham was given Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s daily Points of Light award for distributing over 8,000 portable Quran devices to over 300 hospitals. Ahmed came across this concept after his father was admitted to a hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. He provided him with a small, rechargeable…

Labour’s lead over Tories increases, says poll

THE opposition Labour Party’s lead over prime minister Rishi Sunak’s governing Tories has increased to 18 points, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday (18). A national election is expected later this year. The poll, conducted by Opinium Research, predicted Labour would take 43 per cent of the vote,…

Global life expectancy to improve by almost five years by…

Life expectancy worldwide is expected to increase by nearly five years for men and over four years for women between 2022 and 2050, according to a study published in The Lancet journal. Researchers noted that the most significant improvements are anticipated in countries with currently lower life expectancies, contributing to…

Teachers shortage acute for secondary classes: Panel

A House of Commons Education Committee report on teacher recruitment, training, and retention has found that while there has been an increase in the overall number of teachers, it has not kept pace with pupil numbers. The committee noted that while recruitment and retention remain a challenge at all levels,…

Private schools face crisis amid fee hike: report

FEES for private schools have gone up by eight per cent this year making it unaffordable for numerous middle-income families, with some schools increasingly depending on China, a new report said. The cost for day-school is around £18,060, and in London, it's about £22,000. Boarding fees have gone up by…

Barrister who fell asleep during virtual inquest cleared of misconduct

Barrister Ramya Nagesh, author of a book on sleepwalking, has been acquitted of professional misconduct charges following an incident where she fell asleep during a coroner's inquest. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) failed to demonstrate that Nagesh compromised public trust by nodding off during a virtual court hearing, as reported…

Easyjet CEO to step down in 2025

Easyjet said Thursday that chief executive Johan Lundgren would step down at the start of 2025 after seven years piloting the no-frills airline, notably through Covid turbulence. Easyjet, which flies mainly across Europe, added in a statement that it would promote chief financial officer Kenton Jarvis to the top post.…

Vaughan Gething: Racism resurging in Wales

WHEN he took office as First Minister of Wales in March, Vaughan Gething became the first Black head of government in Europe - yet he believes UK society is more overtly racist than a decade ago. "On virtually every piece of social media that went out for my campaign, there'd…

Barrister who wrote on sleepwalking falls asleep during inquest

A barrister who wrote a book on sleepwalking is facing professional misconduct charges after falling asleep during an inquest, reported The Telegraph. Ramya Nagesh, a member of commercial chambers 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, has been accused by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) of dozing off during a virtual hearing, missing…

India’s indies poised on the cusp of a new era…

With an entry in almost every major section of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on Tuesday evening with French musician-filmmaker Quentin Dupieux's Le Deuxieme Acte (The Second Act), India will have no dearth of action during the 12-day event. Never before in history have Cannes and its…

Pakistan army grants honorary rank to UK boxer Amir Khan

Retired British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan was recently granted the honorary rank of captain by the Pakistan army. The boxer clarified that it had nothing to do with Pakistan's political developments, Dawn reports. Khan thanked the army in a video shared on his Instagram account. The move comes shortly after Khan…

More people express dissatisfaction with their lives, data shows

THE proportion of people expressing dissatisfaction with their lives in the UK has increased to 5.8 per cent in the five years to October to December 2023, new data revealed on Thursday (9). More people are not working in the country due to long-term sickness, with 22.2 per cent of…

Boohoo’s net loss almost doubles

FAST-FASHION retailer Boohoo, whose brands include Karen Millen and PrettyLittleThing, reported Wednesday (8) a near-doubling of annual net losses caused by high inflation and weak demand. The online retailer announced a loss after tax of £140.9 million ($176m) in its financial year to the end of February. That compared with…

AstraZeneca withdraws Covid vaccine after admitting to rare side effects

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is withdrawing its Covid-19 vaccine globally due to an excess of available updated vaccines since the pandemic began. The company stated it would also move forward with withdrawing the marketing authorisations for the vaccine Vaxzevria within Europe. "As multiple, variant Covid-19 vaccines have since been developed, there…

Remittances outpace foreign investment in developing economies: report

INTERNATIONAL remittances have surpassed foreign direct investment in many low- and middle-income countries, a new report revealed. The World Migration Report 2024 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released on Tuesday (7) showed significant shifts in global migration patterns, including a record number of displaced people and a major…

Boparan’s firm reports ‘slight improvement’ on pre-tax loss

ASIAN entrepreneur Ranjit Singh Boparan's firm reported a £23.1 million loss last year, only a slight improvement on the £28.5m pre-tax loss the company recorded in 2022. The UK's largest poultry producer experienced a second consecutive year of losses due to the rapid increase in interest rates and unexpected inflation…

Prachi Desai: Success in the sounds of Silence

PRACHI DESAI is one of the few talents who have transitioned smoothly from from big TV success to film stardom. After getting significant attention in Ekta Kapoor’s popular daily soap Kasamh Se (2006-2008), she made an impactful Bollywood debut in the hit 2008 film Rock On. She hasn’t looked back…

Local elections could determine fate of Conservative party

THE ruling Conservative party is expected to suffer heavy losses in crunch local elections this week that are likely to increase pressure on beleaguered Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The polls are the last major electoral test before a general election that Sunak's party, in power since 2010, seems destined to…

Know more about TTS – the side effect caused by…

To develop immunity towards Covid-19, AstraZeneca, a big pharmaceutical company in the UK had developed the Covishield Vaccine. After the pandemic has subsided and the maximum population has taken the vaccine, the company has admitted that the Covishield vaccine can result in a rare side effect known as Thrombosis with…

Who could replace Yousaf as Scotland’s first minister?

SCOTLAND's first minister Humza Yousaf stepped down on Monday (29) saying he was not the right candidate to rebuild ties with other parties after he ended a coalition with the Greens and faced defeat in confidence votes this week. Here are some of the possible candidates to be the next…

AstraZeneca admits its Covid vaccine can cause rare side effect

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has admitted for the first time that its Covid-19 vaccine can cause a rare side effect. "AstraZeneca can, in very rare cases, cause TTS," the company acknowledged in legal documents submitted to a court in February, reported The Telegraph. TTS stands for Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome. It…

Scotland’s first minister to resign: Media

HUMZA YOUSAF is poised to resign as Scotland's first minister before he faces two confidence votes this week, British media reported on Monday. He is due to address a news conference at noon (1100 GMT). The BBC, The Times and other outlets said the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader was…

Tory MP Poulter defects to Labour in fresh blow for…

TORY MP Dan Poulter has defected from the ruling party to the opposition Labour party, in a blow to prime minister Rishi Sunak ahead of a set of local elections that could put further pressure on his leadership. Sunak's Tories are trailing Labour by around 20 points in opinion polls…

Life saving skin cancer vaccine being tested in UK

A clinical trial testing a novel cancer immunotherapy, which may prevent skin cancer from recurring, is currently on in Britain. The "personalised" mRNA vaccine is being tested against the deadliest form of skin cancer - melanoma. One of the first patients to sign up for the trial is Steve Young,…

UK leads in child alcohol consumption worldwide: Report

A recent report has unveiled that the United Kingdom (UK) holds the unenviable position of having the highest rate of child alcohol consumption globally. According to the findings, more than half of British children have tried alcohol by the age of 13. Conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the…

Labour plans to renationalise railways within five years

Labour has announced its intention to nationalise the country's rail network within five years without compensating private operators, as part of its strategy to address issues within the railway system. Since the privatisation of Britain's train services in the 1990s, several operators have been brought back under public ownership due…

Seaside saunas gain popularity across UK thanks to Covid pandemic

Seaside saunas were once just a distant dream, until 2018. Nowadays, strolling along a beach in one of the UK's main resorts might lead one to encounter a converted horse box offering head and steam as a refuge from gloomy skies and chilly winds. "Once you get down in the…

Rising tuberculosis cases in Leicester spark concern

LEICESTER has the secondhighest rate of tuberculosis (TB) of all council areas in the UK, the city’s director of public health has said. While precise numbers were not given, Rob Howard told Leicester city council’s public health committee there had been “a couple of hundred cases” locally in the past…

Drug shortages in UK worsened after Brexit: Report

Patients in the UK and European Union are facing shortages of vital medicines such as antibiotics and epilepsy medication, research published Thursday found. The report by Britain's Nuffield Trust think-tank found the situation had become a "new normal" in the UK and was "also having a serious impact in EU…

India’s unemployment rate to decline by 2028: report

INDIA's unemployment rate is likely to decline by as much as 97 basis points by 2028 as the country’s economy hits the $5 trillion mark, fuelling a rise in employment, a new report said. Unemployment rate — the percentage of people in the labour force who are without jobs —…

Middle East crisis: India asks airlines to carry out risk…

AMID escalating tensions in the Middle East, India's civil aviation ministry has asked airlines to carry out their own risk assessment on international flight operations. Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and various international airlines have opted for alternative flight paths to the West and are avoiding the Iranian airspace against the…

Researchers unveil Stonehenge’s mysterious connection to the Moon

For more than 5000 years, Stonehenge has intrigued historians, archaeologists, and visitors alike. This ancient monument and burial site in southern England is known for its enigmatic stone circle, but its true purpose has remained a mystery. A very recent research suggests a possible connection between Stonehenge and the Moon,…

Indian origin South African musician Barry Baldeo dies

Surabjit Jaybelly Baldeo, a noted South African musician of Indian origin, has died at the age of 66. Popularly known as 'Barry' Baldeo, the guitarist, who passed away on Sunday morning, was a key participant in almost every Indian musical show in South Africa, according to close friends and collaborators.…

Spring Covid booster vaccine bookings open in England

The National Health Service (NHS) in England is now accepting bookings for the free spring Covid-19 booster vaccine starting Monday, April 15. This booster vaccine is available to citizens aged 75 or older, as well as anyone in care homes for older adults and individuals who are immunosuppressed and aged…

Smartphones, social media main culprits in poor mental health of…

Young people today are facing a mental health crisis. Across the globe, reports paint a concerning picture of a significant rise in mental health issues among adolescents. While the reasons are complex and multifaceted, social media and smartphones frequently take the brunt of the blame. However, a closer look reveals…

JK Rowling says she won’t ‘forgive’ Daniel Radcliffe and Emma…

Renowned author JK Rowling, who has made several anti-trans statements in recent years, has said that Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson can “save their apologies” as their relationships continue to go downhill over their positions on trans rights. The author blasted the stars in the wake of…

Simon Harris becomes Ireland’s youngest leader

WHEN Simon Harris made headlines in his local County Wicklow newspaper in 2003 for criticising the government, the future Irish prime minister was described as "a well-known local activist". He was 16 years old. Now 37, Harris became Ireland's youngest ever premier on Tuesday (9), an ascent that while swift…

After Australia, New Zealand also tightens visa rules

New Zealand announced immediate changes to its employment visa program on Sunday in response to near-record migration levels last year, which it deemed "unsustainable." The adjustments include introducing an English language requirement for low-skilled jobs and implementing a minimum skills and work experience threshold for most employer work visas. Additionally,…

Can the ‘ripple effect’ of culture and kindness within business…

Kindness and culture shape all of our lives in ways so profound that we scarcely realise how they impact on our actions, attitudes and overall wellbeing, which is particularly poignant this April, as it’s Stress Awareness Month. Their influence stretches far beyond our own lives, as they are intrinsically intertwined…

Bird flu pandemic could be ‘100 times worse than Covid’,…

Experts have warned that a bird flu pandemic could be far deadlier than Covid-19, with the potential to kill up to half of those infected. The H5N1 strain of bird flu is causing concern, as it has been found in various mammals, including humans, raising fears of a global epidemic.…

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

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

Survey: Tories set for heavy election defeat

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's Tory party is set for a heavy defeat at a national election expected this year, according to a seat projection which showed the opposition Labour winning more than 400 seats. The YouGov model, which predicts results in individual parliamentary seats based on estimated vote share, projected…

Bangladeshi Hindus in UK celebrate Holi, Gour Purnima

In a historic milestone, the Bangladesh Hindu Association (UK) marked a momentous occasion by celebrating the Holi Festival and Gour Purnima at the prestigious House of Commons for the very first time. The event, which took place on Thursday, March 21, 2024, was graciously hosted by Sir Stephen Timms MP…

UK house prices see biggest rise since December 2022, says…

House prices in the United Kingdom (UK) surged in March, marking the fastest annual increase since December 2022, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Nationwide Building Society, the UK's second-largest mortgage lender, reported that house prices were up by 1.6 per cent compared to the previous year, reaching an…

‘NHS waiting times can be slashed by getting surgeries done…

NHS waiting times for operations could be slashed drastically if patients had their elective surgeries done at worldclass hospitals in India. This was one of the radical ideas put forward last Tuesday (19) by senior Indian corporate leaders at a business conference in London. Another was for undergraduates and postgraduates…

British film stars back Kolkata charity to give street children…

THE actress Shelley King, best known for playing Yasmeen Nazir in Coronation Street and Jay Harper in Angels, has talked to Eastern Eye about a children’s street charity in Kolkata which will be marking its 25th anniversary on November 9, 2024. King, who herself lived in Kolkata till the age…

Virtual Casino Floor: Where to Find Online Casino Games On…

Online casinos have become one of the best choices for digital entertainment in recent years. Their popularity has even spiked earlier in the decade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the numbers still remain higher than in ages past - like the days of the dot-com bubble. Of course, things have…

Royal health concerns spark renewed interest in Nostradamus prophecies

In recent developments concerning the health of members of the UK royal family, ancient predictions by the renowned 15th-century prophet Nostradamus have resurfaced, sparking intrigue and speculation about the monarchy's future. Nostradamus, known for his eerily accurate forecasts, had previously predicted significant historical events, including the death of Queen Elizabeth…

Bestway Group’s revenue increases to £4.74bn

THE Bestway Group has reported a five per cent increase in revenues to £4.74 billion for the year ended June 2023, a statement said. The group, founded by Sir Anwar Pervez, OBE H Pk, reported a pre-tax profit of £420.9 million during the period, Lord Zameer Choudrey CBE, group chief…

Australia tightens student visa rules

After Canada and the UK, Australia will enforce tougher visa rules for foreign students as official data showed migration hit another record high, which is likely to further exacerbate an already tight rental market. From Saturday, English language requirements for student and graduate visas will be increased, while the government…

British researchers develop first vaccine for lung cancer

British researchers are making a breakthrough in lung cancer treatment by developing the world's first vaccine for the disease. This vaccine, called LungVax, is being created by a team of scientists from the University of Oxford, the Francis Crick Institute, and University College London (UCL). It uses similar technology to…

Ireland prime minister Varadkar resigns

LEO VARADKAR said on Wednesday (20) he would step down as Ireland's prime minister and the leader of the governing Fine Gael party, in a surprise move, for "personal and political" reasons. Varadkar's departure as head of the three-party coalition does not automatically trigger a general election. He said he…

London population hits record high amid migration surge

LONDON's population has reached a new peak driven by a surge in migration, reversing the trend of people leaving the city during the Covid-19 pandemic, The Telegraph reported. According to recent research from the Centre for Cities think tank, the capital's population has likely surpassed its pre-pandemic level of 10.1…

Vaughan Gething becomes first black leader of Wales

VAUGHAN GETHING won the Welsh Labour party leadership contest on Saturday (16), marking a historic moment as he is set to become the first black leader of the country's semi-autonomous government. Gething, 50, will succeed Mark Drakeford, 69, who announced in December that he was stepping down. The new leader…

Amitabh Bachchan admitted to hospital in Mumbai

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been hospitalised in Mumbai, according to a media report. The 81-year-old actor was moved to the Kokilaben Hospital in the early hours of Friday, March 15. He reportedly underwent an angioplasty on his leg. Another report said that ‘doctors at Kokilaben Hospital confirmed that Amitabh Bachchan…

Economy returns to modest growth at start of 2024

Britain's economy returned to growth in January after entering a shallow recession in the second half of 2023, offering some relief to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of an election expected this year, official data showed. Gross domestic product grew by 0.2 per cent month-on-month - boosted by a rebound…

Medical devices can be prone to racial biases: Report

Pulse oximeters record higher readings in people with certain skin tones, or AI-enabled medical devices may have a bias against some population groups - these are some of the findings of an independent review of medical devices. The government has announced measures to tackle such biases in the design and…

Amitav Ghosh awarded 2024 Erasmus prize for pioneering writings on…

Renowned Indian writer Amitav Ghosh has been awarded the Erasmus Prize 2024 for his impactful writings addressing the planetary crisis and climate change. The prestigious award, presented annually by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation in the Netherlands, recognizes exceptional contributions in the fields of humanities, social sciences, or arts globally. Ghosh,…

Kerala offers answers to post-pandemic tourism demand, says state’s tourism…

SEVERAL states in India nowadays take the initiative to hold investors’ meets in a bid to lure investment in a competitive federal system. Irrespective of the ruling party, the states have made it a policy to hold such summits, particularly keeping in mind the areas where they can capitalise on. …

German man gets 217 Covid vaccine shots, study says no…

A 62-year-old German man has reportedly received 217 doses of the Covid vaccine against medical advice, as detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. The shots were obtained and administered privately over 29 months. Despite concerns, the man has shown no adverse effects, according to researchers from the University of…

‘No silver bullet’ but Conservatives hope for tax cut boost

British finance minister Jeremy Hunt's new tax cuts have given his struggling Conservatives slim hope of narrowing the wide gap with the opposition Labour Party before an election expected later this year, but the scale of the challenge remains huge. Hunt announced a two percentage-point cut in the rate of…

Growth in construction boosts India’s economy

INDIA’S economy grew 8.4 per cent in the December quarter, official data showed last Thursday (29), with a surging manufacturing sector helping defy more modest analyst forecasts. Thursday’s results were significantly higher than the seven per cent projected by India’s central bank and other, lower estimates by analysts. “Double-digit growth…

Charles Crowson: ‘Valuing time and spending it well is really…

TIME is money”, but what does the expression really mean, especially to British Asians? This is the question finance guru Charles Crowson is eminently qualified to answer. Speaking to Eastern Eye, the author of Jam Tomorrow? Why Time Really Matters In Economics recalled the Indian boys who had studied with…

Lord Gadhia scoops top honour at GG2 Leadership Awards

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

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

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

Accelerate reforms to stop violence against women, says Priti Patel

FORMER home secretary Dame Priti Patel has called for an “acceleration” in reforms to support those affected by violence against women in memory of the late Sarah Everard and other women. Findings of an inquiry into the rape and murder of Everard by a British police officer three years ago…

My dream is to work with Salman, says Pakistani actress…

Pakistani actress Sarah Khan, who has a huge fan following in India courtesy her shows Hum Tum, Khirkiyan, and Sabaat, says her dream since the time she began acting has been to star opposite Bollywood star Salman Khan. Sarah, 31, who currently features in Zindagi show Abdullahpur Ka Devdas, a…

British Asian Trust committed to tackle poverty, inequality and injustice…

Multiculturalism in the United Kingdom continues to play such a positive and important role throughout British society – from business and entrepreneurship to politics and culture. Our country’s Prime Minister is the first British Asian prime minister, whilst others are shaping the business landscape by infusing their unique perspectives, innovation…

Hunt downplays discussions of major tax cuts in pre-election budget

CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt sought to dampen speculation about big pre-election tax cuts in this week's budget, saying there had been a worsening in the economic outlook, but he hinted at some help for voters. The forecasts that underpin the budget "have gone against us," Hunt told the Sunday Telegraph in…

Red Fort, Qutub Minar top tourist draws in Delhi, survey…

The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Humayun's Tomb were the most popular historical sites among domestic tourists visiting India, according to a recent Delhi Economic Survey. These three historical landmarks in Delhi attracted the highest number of domestic visitors (Indians) as of February 2023. Red Fort received the most visitors…

New drive to boost childhood vaccination rates

BRITAIN on Thursday (29) launched a drive to boost childhood vaccination rates, health authorities said, seeking an "urgent reversal" to a fall in uptake as the country faces a worsening measles outbreak. Routine childhood immunisations in Britain for diseases including measles, mumps and rubella, diphtheria and polio, have been falling…

Foreign criminals face deportation to ease prison overcrowding

FOREIGN criminals who commit lower-level offenses in the UK will face deportation rather than prosecution, as outlined by justice secretary Alex Chalk. The move aims to alleviate prison overcrowding and prioritise the safety of British citizens, reported The Telegraph. Chalk explained that foreign offenders, including shoplifters, thieves, and drug dealers,…

Ramaswamy, Noem top straw polls to pick Trump’s running mate

As Donald Trump appears poised to receive a third presidential nomination from the Republican Party, according to media reports, a straw poll conducted at a significant conservative activists' gathering indicated that Indian-origin biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem were tied as the leading candidates to become…

British Indian doctor’s rock band embarks on nationwide tour

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

Indian court offers temporary protection for Byju’s

INDIAN edtech firm Byju's said Wednesday (21) a court had given it temporary protection in its fight against a group of shareholders trying to sack the company's billionaire founder. Byju's, which is controlled by CEO Byju Raveendran, was once one of India's most valuable start-ups as demand for its online…

Lillete Dubey’s new play portrays love in a time of…

THEATRE veteran Lillete Dubey’s new play is an ode to the human spirit and resilience – with a touch of humour and lots of love, as she puts it, exploring the dynamics of relationships during the Covid-19 lockdown. After receiving rave reviews and standing ovations across India as well as…

Vaccination urged as measles cases soar in West Midlands

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

HSBC shares tank on China impairment scare

HSBC on Wednesday posted soaring annual profits, largely thanks to ballooning interest rates, but its shares tanked after the banking giant revealed a massive impairment linked to property-sector woes in China. Net profit surged 56 per cent last year to $22.4 billion, the London-headquartered group said in a statement. Pre-tax…

‘NHS App helps people feel more in control of their…

More than 33 million individuals, comprising three-quarters of the adult population in England, have already registered with the NHS App. Enhanced with new features and functionalities, the App simplifies health management, and a fresh campaign by NHS England aims to boost its usage among more people. With options such as…

Commemorating a more inclusive history of Britain can bring us…

London’s Overground train lines have never before had the attention of the iconic underground. The tube map was a popular hit straightaway in the 1930s, a design classic copied the world over. The Overground lines have kept a low profile on the map’s periphery, with its 114 stations hiding behind…

NHS doctor suspended for treating private patients during pandemic

A physician responsible for managing several coronavirus admissions has been suspended for secretly attending to private patients during NHS hours at the peak of the pandemic. Dr Enson Thomas, 58, a consultant for nearly 21 years, from Bromham, near Bedford, was appointed as the Covid-19 Lead by Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS…

England witnessing surge in tuberculosis cases, says UKHSA report

The most recent TB annual report from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), published on Thursday (15), indicates a rise in tuberculosis (TB) cases in England. While the figures for 2022 were stable, with 4,380 reported incidents nearly mirroring the 2021 count of 4,411, provisional data for 2023 paints a…

Kavita Chaudhary of ‘Udaan’ fame dies due to cardiac arrest

Kavita Chaudhary, best known for playing an IPS officer in Udaan, a progressive show about women empowerment, which ran on Doordarshan between 1989 and 1991, died at a hospital in Amritsar, Punjab. She suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday night. She was 67. The actress, who was also popular as…

Overseas student applications to UK universities rise again

While the UK government has been tightening immigration norms, the number of international students applying to undergraduate courses in British universities has gone up for the second consecutive year, according to media reports. The latest data shows 115,730 students from outside the UK applied to start in September, up from…

Recession hits economy, increases Sunak’s election challenge

The economy entered a recession in the latter half of 2023, presenting a challenging environment in the lead-up to the anticipated election this year for prime minister Rishi Sunak, who has committed to boosting growth. Gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.3% in the three months to December, having shrunk…

NHS apologises following suicide of Dr Vaish Kumar

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

‘Geopolitical uncertainty to boost demand for gold’

GOLD demand will win a “pronounced” boost from geopolitical uncertainty this year, an industry report predicted last Wednesday (31), after the precious metal and haven investment hit a record-high price in 2023. The World Gold Council said the commodity would in 2024 continue to benefit from strong buying by central…

King Charles’ charity patronage ‘shows commitment to south Asia’

KING CHARLES’S cancer diagnosis has shocked the whole country, but will be felt especially keenly by the British Asian community, for whom he has cared as long as anyone can remember. He said as much when his private secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, attended the Hinduja Diwali party in October 2022…

Ayesha Singh: A heart full of dreams

A GLORIOUS run on the hit TV serial, Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin, propelled Ayesha Singh to greatness with a girl powerinfused character. The young actress made such an amazing impact that she helped turn the romantic drama into a huge ratings winner with audiences of all ages. She also…

Truss launches grouping to take Tories more rightward

Despite her shortcomings as the prime minister, Liz Truss continues to maintain her presence on the political stage. On Tuesday (6) she launched a new movement dedicated to steering the ruling Tories in a more rightward direction. Truss spent just 49 days in office before she was ousted by her…

Flying high with BAE Systems

FATIMA MUNSHI, 18, is a first year supply chain apprentice at BAE Systems in Samlesbury working on military aircraft programmes. “My role supports the development of Tempest, the UK’s next-generation fighter aircraft, at our cutting-edge research and development centre – FalconWorks,” explained Fatima. “I began working on Tempest in my…

Sunak admits failure in fulfilling health service promise

Prime minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged that his government had fallen short in reducing the significant backlog of patients awaiting hospital treatment within the health service, conceding a failure to fulfill one of his key promises ahead of an upcoming election. Sunak set out five major policy pledges at the start…

Navigating Uncertainty: Risk Management Strategies in Forex Trading

Discover insightful strategies for forex trading in 2024. Explore how geopolitical shifts, technology, and economic trends impact forex risk management and platform choices. Welcome to the world of forex and CFD trading online. This digital arena has evolved dramatically since the late 1990s with the advent of sophisticated trading platforms.…

Student cancer survivor aims to raise awareness of the disease…

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

Tata, Pegatron in partnership talks for iPhone assembly in India

TATA GROUP is in advanced talks with Taiwan's Pegatron to form a partnership to run an iPhone assembly plant the Indian company is building in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Tata is building the iPhone assembly plant in Hosur city,…

Labour will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if…

LABOUR will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if it wins the next election and will look to cut that rate if needed, the party's finance policy chief Rachel Reeves told business leaders on Thursday (1). Businesses have long complained about a lack of visibility on everything from tax…

Homosexuals are normal people, says director of ‘Kaathal’

It is a worrying trend that films in India today go through many forms of censorship, said Jeo Baby, whose recent film Kaathal – The Core shows Malayalam superstar Mammootty as a homosexual man, resetting the narrative of the gay community in popular cinema. The sensitive portrayal devoid of gay…

UK and India pledge ‘futuristic relationship’ on Republic Day

THE UK and Indian governments are striving to establish a modern relationship, Alex Chalk, the lord chancellor and justice secretary, said last Friday (26). He was speaking at the Guildhall in the City of London where the Indian High Commissioner, Vikram Doraiswami, hosted a reception to mark the 75th anniversary…

Martin Bashir felt racism fuelled backlash after Diana interview, new…

Numerous emails connected to the probe into Princess Diana's infamous 1995 Panorama interview with journalist Martin Bashir featuring claims that Bashir deceived the Princess into agreeing to the exclusive interview have been disclosed by the BBC. Responding to a Freedom of Information request, the BBC disclosed about 3,000 emails related…

Fans select their top Shreya Ghoshal track ahead of UK…

BOLLYWOOD queen Shreya Ghoshal excels in captivating live audiences, evident in the sold-out tours she has performed worldwide. The superb singer with a bank of brilliant songs returns to the UK in February for big arena shows in London (9) and Manchester (11). Ahead of the tour, Eastern Eye asked…

Did pandemic restrictions affect Asian students’ degree results?

THE number of students of Asian origin who achieved a first-class degree in the UK has fallen for the first time, new figures show. The percentage getting top honours was 27.5 per cent in 2021-2022 compared to 33.3 per cent the previous year, with experts highlighting the devastating impact the…

Higher non-Covid deaths found in diabetics, women: Study

New research published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal has revealed an increase in non-Covid-related deaths among individuals with diabetes, attributed to disruptions caused by the pandemic. The global review of studies comparing pre-pandemic and during-pandemic data found that the complication of sight loss in people with diabetes also…

Measles outbreak concern after falling vaccine rates

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

Labour unveils plan to save funds and reform NHS

THE Labour party said it would aim to save £10 billion by cutting waste and reforming the health service if in power, saying these measures could free up cash to spend on frontline care. The NHS emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic in crisis, crippled by long waiting lists, ambulance delays…

Lord Ahmad’s Indian states strategy aims to boost economic ties

THE minister of state at the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Lord Tariq Ahmad, has spoken to Eastern Eye about his recent trip to India, during which he tried to negotiate deals on such issues as climate change, pharmaceuticals, cyber and education with the prosperous states of Tamil Nadu…

Nearly 25 per cent teenagers from rural India cannot read…

According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) released on Wednesday (17) over 86.8 per cent of adolescents aged 14-18 in rural India are enrolled in educational institutions, but a quarter of them struggle to read fluently at a Class-2 level in their regional languages. The report also said…

Indian IT giants see revenues decline

INFORMATION technology firms TCS and Infosys, both signalled weak revenue growth in quarterly results last Thursday (11) as a slowdown in client spending deepened a seasonally weak time for the sector. Both companies, the second and fifth-biggest in India by market cap, respectively, earn more than 80 per cent of…

Manoj Gupta: Essence of conscious leadership

THE rise in popularity of self-help books has been illustrated by bestsellers such as New York to NEW YOU. Author Manoj Gupta has followed up that popular debut book for corporate leaders and entrepreneurs with The Consciouspreneur. His latest book is a more universal self-actualisation manual to help readers live…

Covid vaccination rates ‘plummeting’

LOW vaccination rates against the latest versions of Covid-19 and influenza are putting pressure on healthcare systems this winter, leading public health officials have said. In several European countries, the United States and other parts of the world, there have been reports of rising hospitalisations linked to respiratory infections in…

UK sees surge in maternal deaths, Asians doubly at risk

THE number of women in Britain dying during pregnancy or soon afterwards has reached its highest level in almost two decades, a new study reported last Thursday (11). The figures from MBRRACEUK, which monitors maternal deaths, stillbirths and infant deaths and their causes, showed black women and those from deprived…

I’m the Indian for all ages: Shah Rukh Khan

Calling himself "the Indian for all ages", superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday spoke about the personal and professional challenges he faced in the past five years and thanked fans for turning up in hordes to watch his films in 2023. The actor was speaking at the CNN-News18 Indian of…

Covid infection rates almost double among ethnic minorities in West…

PEOPLE from an ethnic minority background in Dudley, a market town in the West Midlands, were almost twice as likely to get Covid-19 during the pandemic according to a new report. The study, by the borough’s acting director of public health, also found living in deprived areas made residents more…

Natwest chairman’s housing comment sparks ire

THE chairman of Natwest was criticised for being out of touch last Friday (5) after he said it was not “that difficult” to be able to afford to buy a house in Britain. According to Office for National Statistics data, full-time employees in England could expect to spend around 8.3…

KBC finale sparks Amitabh Bachchan exit rumours

THE recent finale of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) Season 15 led to speculation, even among some in the media, that Amitabh Bachchan might be retiring from hosting the iconic quiz show. However, his emotional sign-off marked the end of another successful series, and it’s expected he’ll return for season 16…

Rajkumar Hirani’s streaming debut to star Vikrant Massey

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani says he is thrilled to foray into the streaming space with a series that will feature 12th Fail star Vikrant Massey. The 61-year-old director, who just directed Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dunki, said the show will be available on Disney+Hotstar. "I'm doing an OTT show, which we actually…

Movies that stood out in an action-packed 2023

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

Nearly three million urgent cancer tests conducted in England

In the last 12 months, new analysis from NHS England indicates that almost three million individuals underwent urgent cancer checks. This number represents a surge of over a quarter compared to pre-pandemic levels. The government emphasises the critical nature of early disease detection in enhancing survival rates. However, cancer charities…

Junior doctors start longest consecutive strike in NHS history

Junior doctors in England on Wednesday (3) commenced the longest consecutive strike witnessed in the seven-decade history of the NHS. Junior doctors -- those below consultant level -- started a six-day walkout, in a major escalation of their long-running pay dispute with the UK government. The industrial action comes at…

Tories shocked by ‘secret deal’ between Sunak and Cummings

Tories have expressed strong disapproval and concern over allegations that Rishi Sunak offered Dominic Cummings a secret deal to assist him in winning the election. One Tory MP said that Boris Johnson's former chief aide should have no role in the political sphere, following these claims. Within WhatsApp groups, other…

Flooded tunnels strand thousands before New Year

AT LEAST 14 Eurostar trains were cancelled on Saturday (30) after flooding in tunnels in southern England, stranding thousands of passengers just ahead of New Year's Eve. The tunnels near Ebbsfleet International station in Kent were inundated as the Met Office issued weather warnings for rain, snow and ice across…

Knighthood for Sajid Javid in New Year’s Honours List

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

British Indian doctor’s Indie band gains popularity

A British Indian doctor with the NHS decided to get musical during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, but what started as a one-man bedroom project has been gaining popularity with booked out shows. Gulzar (Gulz) Singh Dhanoya, 25, started the indie-rock band named Gulz during his university days as a medical…

Study seeks to expose reality of racism in rural England

LEICESTER UNIVERSITY is conducting a study on the extent of racism in rural England with the aim of changing attitudes and making visits to the countryside less intimidating for non-white people. It is being led by Neil Chakraborti, director of the Centre for Hate Studies and professor in criminology, who…

King’s charity faces repayment demand over unfulfilled NHS clinic

THE King's charity, formerly the Prince's Foundation, is under scrutiny as it is compelled to return £110,000 to the Indian government. The funds were earmarked for an NHS alternative medicine clinic championed by Charles, which never materialised. The proposed clinic, aimed at integrating Indian traditional medicine into the UK's healthcare…

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

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

Risk of death from Covid-19 decreases post-vaccination but wanes after…

A new study has found the risk of death from Covid-19 decreases significantly after vaccination but this protection diminishes after six months, highlighting the need for ongoing booster doses. The recent study was conducted by researchers at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and delved into over 10 million Covid-19…

India’s love of homegrown single malts shakes up Pernod, Diageo

OAK casks, once used to store bourbon and wine, are stacking up in a distillery near New Delhi, filled with ageing whisky as workers churn out almost 10,000 bottles a day of Indian single malt Indri, recently named the world's best whisky. Sugarcane and mustard fields, not peat bogs, ring…

Scientists uncover hidden Covid virus reservoir in human cells

Researchers have pinpointed a potential concealed reservoir of the Covid virus or the SARS-CoV-2 virus within body cells, shedding light on its persistence and potential for reoccurrence. The researchers at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, India explored extracellular vesicles (EVs)--microscopic particles released by cells--and uncovered an…

Indhu Rubasingham becomes first woman to lead National Theatre

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

UK economy shrinks in October, raises recession risk

BRITAIN'S economy shrank in October, official data showed on Wednesday (13), raising the risk of a recession and testing the Bank of England's resolve to stick to its tough line against cutting to interest rates from their 15-year high. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.3 per cent from September,…

EXCLUSIVE: Tory party told to “unite or die”

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

Covid inquiry: Sunak ‘deeply sorry’ for pandemic deaths

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday said he was "deeply sorry" for those who lost family during the Covid pandemic as he was quizzed about his actions as finance minister during the global health emergency. Sunak is expected to face questions at the public inquiry into the UK's handling of…

Dr Vinay Raniga selected as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Oxford

The Oxford West and Abingdon Conservatives have chosen Dr Vinay Raniga, an award-winning dental surgeon, as their parliamentary candidate, The Oxford Mail reported. Throughout the Covid pandemic, Dr Raniga was redeployed from the oral and maxillofacial surgery department at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, to the frontline ICU. Recognised for his…

Sunak to be grilled over Covid era scheme to help…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak faces questions Monday over whether his "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme to help the struggling hospitality sector during the pandemic spurred the spread of Covid-19. Sunak, who was finance minister at the time, is due to give evidence to the public inquiry into the UK…

‘KGF’ star Yash announces his next

After the massive success of KGF: Chapter 1 and KGF: Chapter 2 actor Yash is set to return to the big screen. On Friday, Yash announced the title of his next film with a special teaser video. Taking to X, Yash shared a post which he captioned, "'What you seek…

Boris Johnson denies he wanted to let Covid ‘rip’

In his testimony to Britain's Covid inquiry on Thursday (7), former prime minister Boris Johnson dismissed any suggestion that he aimed to allow the virus to "let rip" as "rubbish" and "completely wrong." Johnson, who was the prime minister between 2019 and 2022, faced a second day of questioning on…

Issa brothers attribute remote work to mounting losses at Leon

THE billionaire Issa brothers blame the surge in remote working for hindering the post-Covid recovery of their fast-food chain, Leon. Zuber Issa cited the combination of hybrid work models and rail strikes as significant factors contributing to Leon's recent struggles, reported The Telegraph. According to the report, Leon faced challenges…

Luis Garcia: ‘Indian footballers should aim to play abroad’

FORMER Spain and Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia believes that Indian football can touch global heights if the players are given exposure to different leagues abroad and young talents and coaches are trained methodically.  The 45-year-old, who was part of the ISL [Indian Super League] title-winning Atletico de Kolkata side in…

Why FT picked Alia Bhatt for its influential women’s list

THE Bollywood actress, Alia Bhatt, is the sole Indian to be selected by the Financial Times (FT) among its “25 most influential women of 2023” chosen from across the world. The paper’s selection is a little like Eastern Eye’s Power List (the next one will be published on March 5,…

Amid rising costs, Asian small businesses fear a bleak future

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

Johnson to defend pandemic response at Covid inquiry

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson will make a much-anticipated appearance before an inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday (6) with his personal reputation and that of the Tory government at stake. The inquiry has already heard damaging testimony about Johnson's handling of the crisis, including claims…

EXCLUSIVE: Government ‘failed whole generation’ of Asians

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

Talking about and tackling racism in mental health care

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

Hancock tells Covid inquiry earlier lockdown could have saved 30,000…

At the Covid inquiry, Matt Hancock asserted that tens of thousands of lives might have been spared had the UK implemented a lockdown three weeks earlier. He described Boris Johnson’s Downing Street operation as affected by a "culture of fear." Hancock detailed instances of his staff encountering mistreatment from Dominic…

Covid infections led to spike in preterm births, vaccines helped…

An alarming increase in premature births was attributed to Covid-19, but researchers, analysing birth records in California, US, have found that vaccines played a crucial role in restoring the premature birth rate to pre-pandemic levels. Maternal Covid-19 infection increased the probability of preterm delivery, which is birth occurring before 37…

Sunak pressed hard for easing covid rules, inquiry hears

During the Covid inquiry, it was revealed that in a meeting held in July 2021, Rishi Sunak advocated fervently for the lifting of all lockdown restrictions. Boris Johnson, during the same meeting, reportedly referred to individuals as "malingering" and "workshy," as detailed in a diary entry by the then chief…

Covid Inquiry: Hancock regrets following scientists’ advice over his own…

While giving evidence to the Covid Inquiry on Thursday (30) former health secretary Matt Hancock said his “single greatest regret” concerning the pandemic was not “overruling” advice from scientists who allegedly said that Covid could not be transmitted asymptomatically. The former health secretary revealed that advisers had informed him during…

Trust changes board to serve diverse communities

ONE of the largest charitable trusts in Britain has dismissed its entire board as part of an effort to enhance diversity and prioritise “social justice and anti-racism” in its mission, the Telegraph reported. The Tudor Trust, with a £288 million endowment, has been led by a family-dominated board for decades.…

Suspected fraud on Covid loans climbs in value

THE value of suspected fraud flagged by lenders across emergency state-backed loans granted to struggling businesses in the Covid-19 pandemic has increased by seven per cent to £1.8 billion, government figures showed on Tuesday (28). Banks handed out a total of £77 bn of state-backed funds to support companies hit…

Experts seek more funds to help south Asian pupils hit…

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

Charitable trust initiates board overhaul to boost diversity

ONE of the largest charitable trusts in Britain has decided to dismiss its entire board as part of a comprehensive effort to enhance diversity and prioritise "social justice and anti-racism" in its mission, The Telegraph reported. The Tudor Trust, with a substantial £288 million endowment, has been led by a…

First human case of swine flu strain detected in UK

A new strain of swine flu has been detected in a person in the UK for the first time and close contacts are being monitored to determine its potential to spread among humans, health authorities reported on Monday (27). The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the virus strain found…

I was ‘kept in the dark’ about early response to…

LONDON’S mayor Sadiq Khan has accused the government of keeping him “in the dark” about its early response to the coronavirus pandemic and claimed many “lives could have been saved” had he been in the loop then. He told the UK Covid-19 Inquiry on Monday (27) that Downing Street ignored…

Government struggled to address Covid ‘conspiracies’ during pandemic, says Kemi…

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, who served as the equalities minister during the pandemic, addressed the impact of the coronavirus on various communities during her testimony at the Covid inquiry on Monday (27). She highlighted ongoing challenges the government faces in combatting misinformation, emphasising the harm caused by conspiracy theories, Sky…

Covid may have affected bone health in young adults

Covid-19 may have adversely affected the bone tissues of young patients, impacting bone mineral density in the forearm and total bone mineral content, new research suggests. Assessing people during the pandemic and before, researchers at Comenius University, Slovakia, found that the disease caused a significant bone mineral density decrease in…

No unusual pathogens detected in China amid respiratory outbreaks

The WHO said on Thursday (23), that the Chinese health authorities have not identified any unusual or new pathogens, and they have provided the requested data regarding a surge in respiratory illnesses and documented pneumonia clusters in children. The WHO had asked China for more information on Wednesday after groups…

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

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

Braverman ‘confused’ by sacking

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman said she was “confused” at the manner of her sacking, claiming that prime minister Rishi Sunak had agreed for her to write a newspaper column which he then pointed to as the reason for her removal from cabinet. In an opinion piece published in the…

Covid inquiry: Whitty admits first lockdown came ‘a bit too…

England's chief medical officer, professor Sir Chris Whitty, shared with the Covid inquiry that the initial lockdown in March 2020 was enforced "a bit too late," acknowledging the government faced limited options during that period. He highlighted public health concerns such as loneliness, depression, and the risk of exacerbating poverty,…

My Top 10 by Muzz Khan

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

Spread of Covid-19 variant poses threat, says WHO

The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday (21) that Covid-19 virus variant continues to pose a threat as it steadily spreads across the globe. "This virus, SARS-CoV-2, is circulating in every country right now and it still poses a threat," WHO expert Maria Van Kerkhove said. "We have to remain…

Unicef ambassador Beckham encouraged by India’s changes

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

Disabled people must fulfill ‘their duty’ by working from home,…

Individuals facing mobility and mental health challenges will encounter a new policy requiring them to work from home or risk losing their benefits, a government minister said on Tuesday (21), underlining the concept of fulfilling "their duty." This initiative, to be unveiled during Wednesday's (22) autumn statement, forms part of…

Hunt to cut taxes to boost economy and election prospects

Jeremy Hunt will announce tax cuts for businesses on Wednesday (22) - and possibly some for voters too - as the chancellor of the exchequer tries to speed up Britain's sluggish economy and help his struggling party before an election expected next year. Buoyed by a fall in inflation, Hunt…

Adherents to UK Covid rules have worst mental health: Study

Researchers at Bangor University have discovered that individuals who strictly adhered to Covid lockdown measures during the pandemic are currently experiencing more pronounced mental health challenges. The study has revealed that those who initially followed the restrictions most closely when the pandemic began are now more prone to suffering from…

No link between Covid jabs and sudden deaths, say Indian…

INDIAN researchers found no evidence that Covid-19 vaccination was behind "unexplained sudden deaths", a medical organisation said on Tuesday (21), instead pointing to the disease itself, binge drinking and intense exercise as risk factors. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted a study following what it called "anecdotal reports…

Sunak vows to cut taxes ahead of Autumn budget

Rishi Sunak pledged on Monday (20) his readiness to "responsibly" reduce taxes after achieving his goal of halving inflation by year-end. However, he tempered expectations for the upcoming Autumn Statement budget scheduled this week, indicating that the government would not execute “everything at once.” Amid mounting pressure from sections of…

Sunak reportedly said ‘just let people die’, Covid inquiry hears

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak was quoted as saying the government should "just let people die" during the Covid-19 pandemic rather than impose a second national lockdown, the inquiry into how Britain handled the crisis heard on Monday (20). Patrick Vallance, who was the government's chief scientific adviser during Covid, made…

Madhuri receives ‘Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema’ Award

Actress Madhuri Dixit has been honoured with the 'Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema' award at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. She said that this kind of recognition and awards motivate and encourage artists to do better in their work. She said, "I am very…

Experts set to reveal discord and chaos within government at…

The official inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic is anticipated to disclose compelling evidence this week, regarding the tensions and disputes among the then prime minister Boris Johnson, his ministers, and the country's top scientific advisors. Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's former chief scientific adviser, is set to provide evidence during…

Hunt firm on avoiding tax cuts that fuel inflation

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, on Sunday (19) said that tax cuts raising inflation would not be implemented. This statement comes shortly before his scheduled unveiling of a major budget update, widely anticipated to contain tax reductions. The Sunday Times reported that Hunt was considering cutting income tax…

Hunt tightens unemployment benefit access to ‘tackle inactivity’

CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt has announced incentives and sanctions aimed at tackling the country's soaring levels of inactivity among working-age people, an increasingly acute economic problem. The "Back to Work" plan, billed as a way to help people "stay healthy, get off benefits and move into work", will form part of…

Canadian white nationalist found guilty of murdering Muslim family in…

A 22-year-old self-confessed Canadian white nationalist, who intentionally drove his truck into a Muslim family in 2021, was convicted of first-degree murder on Thursday (16). The killings shocked Canada, a country that encourages mass immigration and takes pride in its multiculturalism. The jury took around six hours to convict Nathaniel…

Pakistan cricket officials back ‘depressed’ Babar

PAKISTAN captain Babar Azam was described as “depressed” and under pressure to save his job last Sunday (12), after the team crashed out of the Cricket World Cup, failing to make the semi-finals for a second successive tournament. A 93-run loss to England sealed Pakistan’s fate, ending the 1992 champions’…

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

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

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

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

Starmer visits Neasden Temple to celebrate Diwali

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) in North West London to partake in the Diwali festival on Monday (13). During this busy period, the Labour Leader received a guided tour from senior swamis and trustees, interacting with volunteers supporting the temple as…

WHO revises its guidance on Covid-19 treatments

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised its recommendations on Covid-19 treatments, offering up-to-date and reliable guidance to aid doctors in making informed decisions regarding the management of the disease. The new recommendations published by The BMJ are part of a living guideline, developed by the WHO with the methodological…

Priti Patel acknowledges £10,000 Covid fines were excessive

During the Covid inquiry, Priti Patel, the former home secretary said that the £10,000 fines for violating Covid laws on large gatherings were excessively high. She said that the penalty, introduced before the August bank holiday in 2020, was not proportionate. Patel, along with her officials at the Home Office,…

Yousaf issues apology for deficiencies in Covid inquiry WhatsApp messages

Humza Yousaf issued an "unreserved" apology on Thursday (9) for deficiencies in the release of government WhatsApp messages, addressing new accusations of secrecy regarding legal advice and private emails during the Covid crisis. The first minister faced challenges about the accuracy of statements made last week by him and Deputy…

Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine challenged in High Court

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, recognised as Vaxzevria in Europe and licensed as Covishield in India, is confronting a legal challenge in the High Court in London, a media report said on Thursday (9). According to ‘The Daily Telegraph', UK-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca could face a number of further claims based…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘More Asians will die in future pandemics’

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

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

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

Passenger jailed for disruptive conduct on two flights

A PASSENGER who unleashed a series of racist and misogynistic verbal attacks towards women on two flights to Britain has been sentenced to 14 months in jail. Mohammed Shiraz Riaz, a 42-year-old father of three, insulted a female cabin crew member using derogatory language during a flight from Marrakesh, Morocco,…

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham a tribute to ethos of service

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

Amish Tripathi: ‘India becoming more influential’

BESTSELLING author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

NHS approves pill to help prevent breast cancer

Thousands of women facing a higher risk of breast cancer are set to receive aid through a risk-reducing drug, now approved for use by the NHS. The state-funded health service made the announcement on Tuesday (7), marking a significant step in preventing the disease. Anastrozole, a long-standing breast cancer treatment…

Author Amish Tripathi concludes term as director of Nehru Centre

Bestselling author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

Jail term for unruly passenger who shouted ‘white children are…

A passenger who unleashed a series of racist and misogynistic verbal attacks towards women on two flights to Britain has been sentenced to 14 months in jail. Mohammed Shiraz Riaz, a 42-year-old father of three, insulted an air stewardess, using derogatory language during a chaotic trip from Marrakesh, Morocco, to…

Return of community viewing important for Hindi cinema: SRK

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday said he hopes audiences come to theatres to watch his Christmas release Dunki as the return of the community viewing experience is important for Hindi cinema. The actor, who turned 58 today, was interacting with fans at the meet-and-greet which is held annually on his…

Boris Johnson asked about using hairdryer against Covid, claims Cummings

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson asked the government's top scientific advisors early in the pandemic if a "special hairdryer" could be used against Covid, it emerged this week. As the virus began to spread worldwide in March 2020, Johnson shared with officials a YouTube video of the dryer being used…

‘Ram’s victory over darkness is a teaching for our times’

DEAR divine souls, I hope that – by god’s grace – this finds you all in the best of health and happiness at this holy and divine time of Diwali. The festival of Diwali signifies the joyous return of Bhagwan Ram to Ayodhya. Its residents filled the streets with brightly…

Cummings: Johnson’s Covid handling was ‘widespread failure’

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson's ex-senior adviser on Tuesday (31) criticised his handling of the Covid pandemic, as an inquiry heard he believed claims that the virus was "nature's way of dealing with old people". Dominic Cummings, his former-top aide, painted a troubling picture of Johnson's attitude and response to…

Former aide slams Johnson’s handling of Covid pandemic

The Covid pandemic was the "wrong crisis" for the skill set of the scandal-ridden former prime minister, Boris Johnson, one of his most senior ex-advisers told the UK Covid inquiry on Tuesday (31). Lee Cain, Downing Street's ex-communications chief, said he became "exhausted" by Johnson's indecision and oscillation in dealing…

Pension size of ethnic minorities less than half of white…

ETHNIC minorities in the UK are significantly under-pensioned compared to white British people, according to new research. Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) found that at £52,333, the average minority ethnic person’s pension pot was less than half the size of the average white British person’s £114,941. Insufficient disposable income…

Long Covid more common in those bedridden for at least…

Those people who were bedridden for at least seven days during a Covid-19 infection experienced severe physical symptoms of the disease persisting for up to two years after diagnosis, new research in The Lancet Regional Health-Europe journal has found. A team of researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, discovered that these…

‘I might turn my Oscar trophy into a doorknob’: Resul…

Resul Pookutty, film sound designer, sound editor, and audio mixer who won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for Dev Patel and Freida Pinto-starrer Slumdog Millionaire, is presently in the news for his directorial debut film Otta, which opened in cinemas today. In an interview with Film Companion, Pookutty…

Covid raises Guillain-Barre syndrome risk despite rare occurrence: Study

Researchers have discovered that contracting Covid-19 could elevate the risk of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks after infection. They emphasise that while the disorder is exceptionally rare, (affecting up to 20 individuals in every one million people annually), this potential link is noteworthy. However, this increased risk could be…

Sunak nears first anniversary as prime minister

A first anniversary in office is normally a moment for a leader to celebrate, but Rishi Sunak hits the milestone this week with a mountain to climb to retain power in a general election expected next year. Two by-election losses to the main opposition Labour on Thursday (19) underscored how…

Doctor cleared to continue practice after illegal ICU visit during…

A doctor, who faced allegations of falsely entering an intensive care unit (ICU) during the Covid-19 pandemic to visit a critically ill relative, has been allowed to retain his job, according to reports. The decision came after trainee GP Ashbal Chaudhary claimed that he was unaware he was violating lockdown…

Goa tourism set to introduce homestay and caravan policies within…

Goa’s tourism minister Rohan Khaunte announced the upcoming rollout of a new homestay policy designed to immerse travellers in the genuine traditions of Goa, a state on the southwestern coast of India. This initiative, set to be implemented within a month, aims to position the state as a year-round destination…

Sunak faces ‘test of support’ as voting starts in two…

VOTERS went to the polls in elections to fill two vacant parliamentary seats on Thursday (19) that will be a test of how prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories are faring in his party's heartlands before a national election expected next year. The by-elections were triggered by high-profile resignations of two…

Aditya Prakash: Introspection and an immersive search for identity

WHETHER it was his first music class as a six-year-old, debut Carnatic music concert at 12, collaborating with world-class artists, releasing music and receiving wide acclaim, Aditya Prakash has had a career filled with memorable moments. The first great high was touring with music legend Ravi Shankar as a teenager.…

Winter vaccines ‘can protect people from serious illness’

AS THE weather cools, people tend to see more of their friends and family indoors, which increases the risk of catching colds, flu and Covid-19. This is why the NHS has once again offered vaccines to those most vulnerable to infection. Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and director of clinical…

‘Racism can affect mental health across generations’

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

Asians root for ‘grow your own’ amid scarcity of plots

AMARJIT SINGH GUDAIL, who is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), agrees there is now a shortage of allotments in the country. Last Sunday (15), he showed Eastern Eye around the Bixley Fields Allotments in Southall in west London, from where it is possible to see “up to…

Ahad Raza Mir becomes first South Asian to play Hamlet

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

Vivek Agnihotri reacts as ‘The Vaccine War’ accepted in Oscars…

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has shared a screenshot of an email in which he has received a request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library for the script of The Vaccine War. Vivek took to X to share the picture and wrote, "I am proud that the script…

Why British Indians find life worthwhile

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

Teenage Indian entrepreneur’s AI firm valued at $12 million

A TEENAGE Indian entrepreneur created ripples at a Miami Tech Week event where she disclosed that a firm she founded more than a year ago secured funding of $450,000.Pranjali Awasthi, 16, established Delv.AI in January 2022 to help academics quickly find specific information across internet resources. The startup, backed by…

Health secretary praises pharmacy’s key NHS role

THE shadow health secretary, Wes Streeting, said pharmacists were key to the modernisation of the NHS as he paid tribute to the sector at the annual Pharmacy Business Awards last Wednesday (4). Independent community pharmacists were in the spotlight at the event, which recognises the contribution of the sector in…

Five Indian states to go to polls in November

FIVE Indian states will elect new legislatures next month, an independent election panel said on Monday (9), beginning a process of regional polls ahead of national elections due next year. The elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram are expected to give an indication of voter mood, especially…

Starmer vows Labour’s ‘single defining mission’ for economic growth

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer said on Sunday (8) his party's "single defining mission" if elected to govern would be to spur economic growth, expressing confidence he could partner with business to achieve that "very quickly". At the beginning of his opposition party's annual conference in Liverpool, probably the last before…

Labour secures ‘seismic’ victory in Scottish election

LABOUR hailed a "seismic" victory in an election for a UK parliamentary seat in Scotland, beating the Scottish National Party (SNP) in a sign of its recovery in the country before a national election expected next year. Labour is leading prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories in the opinion polls, but…

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

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

Sunak cancels HS2 rail line from West Midlands to Manchester

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

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

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

Working from home ‘hampers diversity and inclusion efforts’

LAYOFFS, working from home and misguided tips on how to get ahead are hindering moves by financial firms on inclusion and diversity, British industry executives said last Wednesday (27). The Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of England last week set out proposals for the mandatory reporting of data on…

Covid rise sparks concern among British Asians

WE SHOULD not forget that Covid took a terrible toll on the Asian community during the pandemic – and now, ominously, a new variant, BA.2.86, is making the rounds. “Honestly, we don’t know too much about it,” said my local pharmacist. Should masks again be mandatory on the London Underground…

Health officials urge vulnerable groups to take flu & Covid-19…

In anticipation of the winter season, individuals are being encouraged to receive flu vaccinations to alleviate the strain on the NHS. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a stark warning, emphasising the serious effects of the flu. According to data, during the 2022/23 winter, deaths from flu surpassed…

SRK’s ‘Jawan’ becomes highest grossing Hindi film, surpasses ‘Gadar 2’

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s recently released action thriller Jawan continues to achieve new heights. The film has now emerged as the highest-grossing Hindi film in the country. On Thursday, the film collected an impressive figure, taking its total collection to £50.25 million. With this, SRK’s action thriller has surpassed…

England sees rise in tuberculosis cases in 2023

In the first half of 2023, cases of tuberculosis (TB) in England saw a 7% rise compared to the same period in 2022, according to data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). There were 2,408 notifications in the first two quarters of 2023, up from 2,251 in 2022. While…

Boohoo ‘keen to up investment in Pakistan’

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

Prolonged ‘abnormal state’ in India-China relations post Galwan Valley clash…

India-China relations have remained in an "abnormal state" since the 2020 Galwan Valley clash, which external affairs minister S. Jaishankar has described as a "possibly longer than medium-term issue". He has also emphasised that none of Beijing's explanations for the buildup of its forces along the LAC are truly justifiable.…

Mastering the art of making meaningful conversations

WITH more British Asian podcasts than ever before, there is a great variety of shows on offer for avid listeners. The popular medium is also giving those who have never thought about broadcasting an avenue to express their opinions to a worldwide audience. With all that in mind, Eastern Eye…

Study reveals organ abnormalities in long Covid patients

A THIRD of people hospitalised with Covid-19 have “abnormalities” in multiple organs months after getting infected, a UK study said last Saturday (23), potentially shedding light on the elusive condition of long Covid. Millions worldwide are estimated to suffer from long Covid, in which a range of symptoms such as…

Tory conference set to see ‘real Rishi Sunak’ relaunch

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

Drummond Street traders claim HS2 hit them harder than Covid

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

Higher TB prevalence linked to urban deprivation in England, data…

CASES of TB in England increased by seven per cent in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period last year, with 2,408 notifications compared to 2,251, data from the UK health security agency (UKHSA) has revealed. TB notification rates are primarily elevated among individuals from regions with…

Modi invites Biden to be chief guest for Republic Day

Narendra Modi has extended an invitation to US President Joe Biden to serve as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 next year, US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday (20). The invitation was extended to Biden during their bilateral meeting on September 8…

Chef Gary Mehigan on what keeps bringing him back to…

"Devout and divine" is how Australian chef Gary Mehigan describes his latest trip to India which took him to different parts of the country and introduced him to the inseparable connection between food and festivals. The culinary expert says he has been travelling to India regularly since 2010, but the…

Police apologise and pay damages to women detained during vigil

LONDON's police force has apologised and paid "substantial damages" to two women detained at a vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard who was raped and murdered by a serving officer, their lawyers said on Thursday (14). Marketing executive Everard was abducted off a street in London as she walked…

NHS to get extra £200m for winter

THE government said on Thursday (14) it would invest £200 million of extra funding in the NHS to help boost its resilience during the busy winter months. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has made cutting NHS patient waiting lists one of his five top priorities ahead of a national election expected…

Vivek Agnihotri on new film ‘The Vaccine War’: Enemies of…

Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri on Tuesday claimed his directorial The Vaccine War will "expose the usual suspects" who tried to sabotage the development of an indigenous vaccine during the Covid-19 pandemic for their political agenda. The film, according to the director, is India's "first-ever bio-science" movie. It is based on…

Activist Halima Begum slams government stance on institutional racism

A PROMINENT race equality leader has criticised the government’s continued denial of institutional racism, saying it has created credibility issues. Dr Halima Begum pointed out that shortly after the government released its contentious report on race, which claimed to find no evidence of institutional racism, several national incidents contradicted this…

Two Indian schools among finalists for World’s Best School Prizes…

Finalists for the 2023 World's Best School Prizes were revealed in London on Tuesday (12), including an independent international school in Gujarat and a charity school in Maharashtra, representing institutions from across the globe. The five World's Best School Prizes, which include categories such as Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation,…

Djokovic wins record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title

Novak Djokovic secured his fourth US Open title on Sunday (10) by defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, simultaneously clinching his 24th Grand Slam singles title, an achievement that solidifies his status as the greatest tennis player in history. The 36-year-old Djokovic won 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to become the…

Ayan Mukerji marks first anniversary of ‘Brahmastra’

Filmmaker Ayan Mukerji on Saturday marked the first anniversary of his 2022 blockbuster Brahmastra, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Titled Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, the movie was the beginning of a big-budget fantasy adventure franchise and Mukerji has already announced two follow-ups that will be released in 2026 and…

Vivek Agnihotri shares first poster of ‘The Vaccine War’

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on Saturday released the first poster of his next feature directorial venture The Vaccine War. The film stars Anupam Kher, Nana Patekar, Sapthami Gowda, and Pallavi Joshi in the lead roles. Agnihotri, known for directing films such as The Kashmir Files and Hate Story, shared the poster…

Joe Biden heads for divided G20 in India

US president Joe Biden headed for the G20 in India on Thursday (7) promising that the summit would "deliver" despite the absence of the Chinese and Russian leaders. Biden is hoping to seize on the no-shows by Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin to boost US influence, and show that the…

India’s G20 presidency is timely and appropriate says Sunak

Prime minister Rishi Sunak emphasised the significance of India's diversity and its remarkable achievements, asserting that it is the opportune moment for the nation to assume the G20 presidency. He praised prime minister Narendra Modi's leadership over the past year and highlighted that India's leadership in the G20 comes at…

Record drop in house prices since 2009 amidst rising interest…

British house prices have experienced their most rapid decline since 2009 over the past year, mortgage lender Halifax said on Thursday (7). The decline has been attributed to the growing influence of elevated interest rates. In August 2023, Halifax said that house prices were 4.6% lower compared to August 2022,…

Gita takes opera form in Mahabharata adaptation at Barbican

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

Surge in EU asylum applications from south Asia

Migrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan are among those seeking protection in Europe, official figures released on Tuesday (5) showed. Syrians and Afghans account for nearly a quarter of asylum applications received so far this year, followed by those from Venezuela, Turkey, and Colombia. Between January and the end of June…

Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta accused of lobbying to undermine environment regulations

In a new report, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has alleged that mining and oil conglomerate Vedanta conducted a "covert" lobbying effort to undermine significant environmental regulations during the Covid pandemic. Furthermore, the organisation, funded by George Soros, has accused the Indian government of approving these changes…

Dr Halima Begum criticises government’s denial of institutional racism

A prominent race equality leader has criticised the government's continued denial of institutional racism, stating that it has created a credibility issues, reported The Guardian. Dr Halima Begum pointed out that shortly after the government released its contentious report on race, which claimed to find no evidence of institutional racism,…

Vedanta lobbied to weaken green laws: Report

MINING and oil giant Vedanta ran a "covert" lobbying campaign to weaken key environmental regulations during the Covid pandemic, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) alleged in a new report. The George Soros-funded organisation in a new report said the Indian government approved the changes without public consultation…

Claire Coutinho appointed as new energy secretary

THE government on Thursday (31) named Claire Coutinho as secretary of state for energy security and net zero, replacing Grant Shapps who was named defence secretary. Coutinho, who is the first member of parliament elected in 2019 to be promoted to the cabinet, was previously a junior minister in the…

Grant Shapps replaces Wallace as defence secretary

FORMER energy minister Grant Shapps replaced Ben Wallace on Thursday (31) as Britain's defence secretary, a promotion for a man relied upon by the government as a good media communicator but lacking in direct experience of the military. An ally of prime minister Rishi Sunak, Shapps takes on the brief…

UK home sales estimated to reach lowest level since 2012

The number of house purchases in Britain for the current year is projected by property website Zoopla to decline by 21%, reaching its lowest point since 2012. This drop is attributed to the impact of increasing borrowing costs, Zoopla forecast on Wednesday (30). Zoopla forecast there would be 1.0 million…

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

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

NHS to offer blood pressure checks at barbershops

THE NHS announced plans on Tuesday (29) to expand blood pressure checks to more locations within the community, including barbershops and places of worship. It is part of a major drive to prevent strokes and heart attacks. The NHS said it would apply the learning from its Covid vaccination programme…

UK-India FTA at risk over drug patent dispute

THE trade deal between the UK and India is facing uncertainty due to disagreements over the former's request for stricter regulations on the manufacturing of affordable generic medicines, reported The Telegraph. India's negotiators have opposed the proposal to extend drug patents before allowing the production of less expensive alternatives. This…

The Vogue 25: Line-up of the powerhouse women of the…

The annual Vogue 25 list has been a platform to honour remarkable women who are driving British society forward since its establishment in 2018. According to British Vogue, this year's lineup is not only incredibly impressive but also features pioneering individuals achieving success on their own terms, including some renowned…

Yami Gautam: ‘If I like a script, I just go…

WITH her most recent films Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, Lost, Bhoot Police, A Thurs - day, Dasvi and Ginny Weds Sunny having streaming site premieres, Yami Gautam returned to cinema screens with the new release OMG 2 after a gap of four years.  The satirical comedy-drama sequel sees her star…

Jeremy Hunt won’t ‘alter course’ despite lesser borrowing

BRITAIN recorded a smaller than-expected budget deficit in July, official data showed on Tuesday (22), giving chancellor Jeremy Hunt a bit of hope that he can cut taxes later this year, before an election expected in 2024. Some economists warned, however, that an economic slowdown or a recession in the…

Praful Patel: Pioneer paved the way for Ugandan Asians

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

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

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

Beautiful to see world celebrating ‘Gadar 2’: Sunny Deol at…

Bollywood star Sunny Deol spoke of his joy over the successful box-office run of his latest release, Gadar 2, as he introduced a special screening of the film in London. Organised by the Indian High Commission in London and its cultural wing, the Nehru Centre, the packed screening at Vue…

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

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

‘Leicester’s health inequalities worsened by pandemic, impact yet to unfold’

The pandemic years will have exacerbated existing inequalities in health in Leicester, but the size of this impact still remains to be seen, the city’s director of public health has said, writes Hannah Richardson. Leicester was among the hardest hit by the Covid pandemic and strict lockdown rules as the…

Covid-19 pushed Malayalam industry to make bigger films, says Dulquer…

Covid-19 pushed Malayalam industry to make bigger films, says Dulquer Salmaan Superstar Dulquer Salmaan on Thursday said the coronavirus pandemic and the streaming boom has pushed the Malayalam industry to make big scale spectacle films. The actor, who stars as an alcoholic gangster in the upcoming period drama King of…

Share of top A-level grades dips almost to pre-Covid levels

STUDENTS across the country have been celebrating their A level results announced earlier this morning, with many getting into universities of their choice or taking up apprenticeships or starting work. UCAS said 79 per cent of students secured their first choice, two percentage points down from 2022, when exams were…

Akshay Kumar thanks audiences for ‘greatest week in Indian film…

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Thursday thanked viewers for giving the exhibition sector “the greatest week in Indian film history” following the positive response to his film OMG 2 and Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2, both of which were released on August 11. According to the Producers Guild of India (PGI)…

Priyanka Chopra steps away from her New York-based restaurant

Actress-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas is no longer associated with Sona, her Indian cuisine restaurant which was opened in 2021 in New York City. A spokesperson for the Citadel star confirmed the news to People magazine. “Priyanka has stepped away from her partnership at Sona. Bringing Sona to life will invariably…

WHO hosts first traditional medicine global summit

The first summit on traditional medicine was initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday (17) with the objective to gather evidence and data that would facilitate the secure utilisation of such treatments. Traditional medicines are a "first port of call for millions of people worldwide", the UN health…

MY PLAYLIST with Spectra

EXCITING new rapper Spectra is captivating audiences with electrifying live performances, turbo-charged tracks and explosive collaborations. Real name Shubham Pal, the young talent is injecting a different energy into the Indian hip hop scene and quickly making himself one to watch. Eastern Eye found out more by getting him to…

Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna brings Konark Chakra sculpture replica…

In celebration of India's 77th Independence Day, Times Square came alive with the vibrant colours of the Indian tricolour and an atmosphere of enthusiasm. The occasion also witnessed the unveiling of a significant symbol, a 1,800-kilogram 'Chakra' sculpture, modelled after the renowned Konark wheel. The unveiling of the Konark wheel…

How Life of Pi has done the impossible

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

Indian-American economist wins top Harvard University prize

INDIAN AMERICAN economist Raj Chetty has been awarded the coveted George Ledlie Prize for wielding big data to break myths about who achieves the American Dream and the obstacles faced by others. Along with Chetty, Biologist Michael Springer, professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, who created a better,…

NHS calls for volunteers to support vulnerable communities

NHS and Care Volunteers Responders urgently call upon compassionate individuals to volunteer their time in collecting and delivering food shopping and prescriptions to vulnerable people in their local communities. Accessing essential items has become a significant challenge for many vulnerable individuals, making everyday activities like grocery shopping difficult or impossible.…

Rani reveals she suffered miscarriage before filming ‘Mrs Chatterjee vs…

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji has been entertaining the audience for more than two decades now. She has some of the biggest blockbusters of Hindi cinema to her credit. The talented actress was most recently seen in Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway, which received an overwhelming response from critics and audiences alike.…

Economy posts surprise growth in second quarter

BRITAIN'S economy eked out unexpected growth in the second quarter, laying the ground for more interest rate hikes from the Bank of England (BoE), but it remained the only big advanced economy yet to regain its pre-Covid level. Official data on Friday (11) showed the economy grew 0.2 per cent…

Covid booster programme for over-65s to start in October

AS part of the October booster programme, free coronavirus and flu vaccines will be extended to individuals aged 65 and above, as well as to health and social care workers and adults with weakened immune systems. Eligible people can receive the vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. The eligibility requirements…

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

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

MPs call for direct Heathrow-Gujarat flights

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

Why the ECB is not fit for purpose despite damning…

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

First thing I wanted to do after getting out was…

INDIAN cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar pitched for a nutrient-rich diet and quality education for Sri Lankan children. During his school visits in the island nation as UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador, he also teamed up with people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the country's worst economic crisis since its independence. Addressing…

Twitter challenges India ruling on content blocking

SOCIAL media platform Twitter is seeking to quash an Indian court ruling that it was not compliant with federal government orders to remove content, arguing it could embolden New Delhi to block more content and broaden the scope for censorship. Twitter in July 2022 sought to overturn government orders to…

Vinay Patel, Milli Bhatia pay heartfelt tribute to Abdul Shayek

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

Praise be for Pooja Hegde

FROM being a beauty pageant queen to becoming part of multiple movie industries in India, it has been quite a journey for Pooja Hegde. After making her acting debut in the 2012 Tamil superhero movie Mugamoodi, she has flown to great heights by acting in multiple languages, which have also…

Margaret Ferrier’s removal triggers electoral test for Labour in Scotland

A Scottish lawmaker has been stripped of her seat in Britain's parliament for breaking Covid rules, triggering a by-election that will indicate whether the opposition Labour party is recovering support from Scotland's dominant pro-independence party. Margaret Ferrier is a former lawmaker for the Scottish National Party (SNP) who represented Rutherglen…

Medic Hasmukh Shah recognised by First Minister of Wales

First Minister of Wales, Prof Mark Drakeford MS, recognised Professor Hasmukh Shah BEM for his long-standing service to the NHS at a BAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) event in Wales last Sunday (30). Shah has worked for almost 50 years in NHS and was recognised for his…

Pakistan inflation eases for second month in a row

PAKISTAN'S headline inflation eased for the second month in a row in July, government data released on Tuesday (1) showed, but a fuel price hike announced overnight could see a fresh rise in August. Year-on-year inflation was 28.3 per cent compared with 29.4 per cent in June, the Bureau of…

Twitter challenges Indian court ruling on content blocking orders

SOCIAL media platform Twitter has sought to quash an Indian court decision that found it non-compliant with content removal orders, arguing the ruling could embolden the government to block more content. Twitter, rebranded now as X, sought in July 2022 to overturn some government orders to remove content from its…

Heat takes unequal toll on Britain’s ethnic minorities

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

ICICI Bank: Timings and holidays

Like other institutes, banks also have certain working hours for various services. From visiting the bank to making online transactions to calling customer care services, it is important to know the timings to avoid unnecessary long hours of wait. Almost all the banks in India have the same working hours…

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

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

Hirsh Vardhan Singh announces US presidential bid

INDIAN-AMERICAN Hirsh Vardhan Singh has announced his bid for the White House. He is the third person of Indian-origin after Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy to join the crowded Republican field of candidates vying to become US president in 2024. In a video message posted on Twitter, Singh, 38, said that…

Jaguar Land Rover sales lift profits for Tata Motors

INDIA'S Tata Motors on Tuesday (25) reported its third-straight quarter of profits, on the back of a strong showing by its British luxury subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. The Mumbai-headquartered automaker posted a net profit of Rs 32.03 billion (£303 million) for the three months to June 30, after recording a…

Starmer warns of complacency amid row over Uxbridge defeat

LABOUR’S failure to take former prime minister Boris Johnson’s old parliamentary seat in the by-election last week shows the party still has a long way to go to win power, leader Sir Keir Starmer said last Saturday (22). The party won in Selby and Ainsty, a once-safe Conservative parliamentary seat…

Singing praises of migrant workers

A NATIONAL exhibition celebrating the role of migrants in the NHS opened in Leicester in June and will tour the country later in the year. The Migration Museum’s Heart of the Nation aims to highlight the contribution of those who moved to the UK to work in the NHS, which…

Fear of racism drove BAME people away from formal services…

BLACK and minority ethnic (BAME) groups relied more on social networks and community support than formal services during the Covid-19 pandemic due to a lack of trust and a fear of racist responses, new research has found. The study, which formed part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s UK…

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

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

Sunak pledges one million new homes before election

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak is set to make a commitment to constructing 1 million homes before the upcoming national election. This plan aims to address the pressing issue of inadequate housing stock, which has resulted in the disillusionment of a significant portion of younger voters. Many of these young voters…

Respite for Sunak as Tories avert wipeout

The ruling Conservatives on Friday (21) held the former seat of ex-prime minister Boris Johnson but saw hefty majorities in two other seats blown away as scandals and high inflation took their toll. Rishi Sunak was expected to become the first prime minister to lose three parliamentary seats on one…

Union proposes 12% pay raise as solution to end NHS…

The British Medical Association (BMA) consultants committee chairman, Dr Vishal Sharma, has suggested that a pay rise of approximately 12% for NHS consultants could potentially end the ongoing strikes. Dr Sharma said that any offer above inflation would be sufficient to present to BMA members. The comments were made in…

Tamil actor Abbas on quitting films and driving taxis in…

Actor Abbas, who is known among Tamil audiences for playing a romantic hero in such films as Kadhal Desam, Padayappa, and Minnale, among others, has been missing from the scene for close to a decade now. He appeared in an interaction with a YouTube channel recently and opened up about…

Revolutionary Nitrile GloveTechnology for Maximum Safety and Protection

In today's world, safety and protection have become the utmost priority, especially when it comes to healthcare workers. The demand for high-quality gloves has increased, and the industry has evolved over the years. Nitrile gloves have gained immense popularity among healthcare professionals due to their advanced features like puncture resistance,…

Remote Work Solutions: How COVID-19 Changed The Way We Work

It has been almost 10 months since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and millions of people around the world have been living in quarantine over the same period. This new lifestyle has changed a lot of things, and how we work is one of them: suddenly, many of us started working…

Community pharmacy ready to play key role in NHS service,…

Politicians, researchers and pharmacy leaders called on the government to make community pharmacy a "fundamental" part of clinical services at an event at the House of Commons on Wednesday (13). At the launch of a research publication carried out by the University of Bath in conjunction with Sigma Pharmaceuticals, community…

How BBC local radio is failing diversity challenge

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

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

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

Pakistan gets $2 billion deposit from Saudi Arabia

PAKISTAN'S desperately low foreign exchange reserves were boosted on Tuesday (11) with a $2 billion deposit from Saudi Arabia, ahead of a key IMF meeting this month to approve a new deal. The economy has been stricken by a balance-of-payments crisis as it attempts to service crippling external debt, while…

Alcaraz survives Wimbledon test, Rybakina cruises

CARLOS ALCARAZ reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday (8) after a tough battle against Nicolas Jarry as defending women's champion Elena Rybakina snuffed out the hopes of Britain's final hope Katie Boulter. Rain returned to the All England Club, meaning play on Centre Court started under the roof…

‘Ethnic minorities less likely to receive optimal end-of-life care within…

Ethnic minorities in the UK have experienced disparities in end-of-life care, particularly during the Covid pandemic. Research indicates that existing policies have disproportionately affected individuals from ethnically diverse groups, leading to unfavourable outcomes, Care Home Professional reported. Contributing to these disparities is a lack of understanding among healthcare providers about…

UK, BioNTech collaborate to accelerate cancer vaccine trials

In a significant development towards advancing cancer treatments, the UK government has forged a major agreement with BioNTech SE, renowned for its collaboration with Pfizer in developing a Covid-19 vaccine. The primary objective of this agreement is to propel the development of revolutionary cancer treatments. Expanding upon a previous memorandum…

India’s women gamers fight rivals and abuse

A NEW generation of Indian women and girls are playing, earning and even dating via video games as the country’s $1.5 billion (£1.18bn) gaming industry grows rapidly and opens up. Cheap access to smartphones and the internet has brought mobile games to India’s masses and now their appetite is huge.…

Despite racism and career crisis, Khawaja quietly makes his mark

USMAN KHAWAJA has persevered through racism and a career crisis to emerge as the understated driving force behind Australia’s bid to retain the Ashes. Khawaja extended his fine start to the series in England with a typically efficient second-innings 77 as Australia won a pulsating Test match at Lord’s last…

Exclusive: Racism is costing NHS billions

RACISM within the NHS costs the health service an estimated £2.3 billion a year, the former head of the British Medical Association (BMA) has told Eastern Eye, as he warned such discrimination also led to patient safety being compromised. A recent BMA survey said racism is “widespread” within the medical workforce.…

Long Covid likely an immune response to ‘bystander’ virus, finds…

A recent study has discovered that long Covid may be attributed to an immune inflammatory reaction, not directed against covid-19 itself, but rather triggered by a common, harmless, dormant "bystander" virus found in the body. This reaction leads to a cytokine storm, resulting in the persistence of long Covid symptoms.…

Met Police reopen probe into lockdown breaches at Conservative HQ

MET POLICE will reopen an investigation into Covid-19 lockdown breaches at a December 2020 event held in the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party in London following an assessment of new evidence. However, police said other referrals, made to them by the government following an examination of former prime minister…

Lawmakers say new health agency had weak financial controls

THE UK Health Security Agency was set up with financial controls that were so weak parliament cannot establish whether it used funds in the way intended, a critical report by lawmakers said on Wednesday (5). The UKHSA, which was established in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic to take over responsibility…

Britain celebrates 75th anniversary of National Health Service

Britain celebrates 75 years of its National Health Service (NHS) on Wednesday (05), with royals, politicians, staff, and patients who all express pride in its past and a firm determination that it will endure in the future, despite the challenges it currently faces. Launched on July 5, 1948, by a…

500,000 Patients asked to give their views on care and…

More than half a million people in the UK are being asked to give their opinions on the healthcare they receive. Their answers will help shape the way treatment is delivered in the future. The IBD Patient Survey is available for anyone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to fill out…

Pakistan inflation eases for first time in seven months

PAKISTAN'S headline inflation eased for the first time in seven months in June, figures released Monday (3) showed, a bright spot for a beleaguered government that must call an election this year. Year-on-year inflation was 29.4 per cent last month, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics data showed, compared with a record…

Covid-related concerns affected daytime dreaming in patients: Study

A recent study examining the emotional impact of Covid-19-related concerns on daydreaming and nighttime dreaming revealed that individuals experienced more negative emotions during daydreaming on days when they had higher levels of Covid-19-related worries. Interestingly, the research also discovered a correlation between individuals who generally exhibited greater worry about Covid-19…

Celebrated yogi Sadhguru proclaims ‘the age of yoga has come!’

The globally acclaimed yoga instructor, Sadhguru, has a staggering online following of over 10 million devoted followers. With an optimistic outlook, he envisions an unlimited potential for the growth of his followers in the years to come. "I think in 25 years you will have probably 60 to 70 percent…

Johnson loyalists including Priti Patel ‘named and shamed’ in parliament…

A panel of British MPs on Thursday (29) accused diehard supporters of former prime minister Boris Johnson, including former home secretary Priti Patel, in parliament of waging a campaign of abuse and contempt against his "Partygate" investigators. Eight Johnson loyalists, including former ministers Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nadine Dorries, were named and…

Development banks have to find £157bn towards climate fund

MULTILATERAL development banks like the World Bank are expected to find $200 billion (£157bn) in extra firepower for low-income economies by taking on more risk, a move that may require wealthy nations to inject more cash, world leaders said last Friday (23). The leaders, gathered at a summit in Paris…

‘Dear England’: Striking at the heart of race and English…

WHAT does it mean to be English? This is the question that Dear England, a new play at London’s National Theatre, sets out to explore. It has been written by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold – with the actor Joseph Fiennes playing the lead role of the England…

Kavita Seth: Power, passion and finding perfection

WHETHER it is singing blockbuster Bollywood songs, composing, releasing awesome albums, or delivering mesmerising live ghazal and Sufi performances, Kavita Seth has done most things in music marvellously well. Instead of basking in the glory of her many impressive achievements, the music talent continues to offer new listening experiences and has…

Senior doctors in England to strike seeking better pay

SENIOR doctors in English hospitals are to stage industrial action for only the third time, forcing the cancellation of routine operations for patients, their union announced on Tuesday (27). Consultant doctors will strike on July 20 and 21 to press the government for better pay - just after a five-day…

Matt Hancock apologises over lack of Covid preparedness

FORMER health secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday (27) apologised for the country's lack of preparedness for the Covid pandemic, telling an official inquiry that long-term and global "doctrinal" failures were to blame. "The central failing that hampered the UK's response, common with the rest of the Western world, was the…

NHS anniversary tour exhibition celebrates contributions of migrants

The Migration Museum is set to launch "Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS," a national touring exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS). The exhibition will debut at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery on June 30, 2023. It aims to highlight the…

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

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

Report signals deep concerns surrounding UK health outcomes

A recently released report, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS), highlights that the UK's performance on crucial health metrics is a matter of "serious concern" and falls behind comparable countries. The report, conducted by the King's Fund charity, examined the health systems of 19 similar nations.…

Groundbreaking study finds vaccines can help treat tumours, prevent cancer…

Scientists and researchers are optimistic about cancer vaccines, a groundbreaking advancement in cancer treatment with the potential to revolutionise the field. These innovative vaccines aim to shrink tumours and prevent cancer recurrence, showing promising results in breast, lung, skin (melanoma), and pancreatic cancers, The Week reported. Understanding how cancer evades…

Gang who used ‘Thank you NHS’ van to transport drugs…

A WEST BROMWICH crime group which abused government-backed Covid loans to run a drugs empire during pandemic lockdowns has been jailed. The 10-member gang, led by Kamaljit Singh Chahal and his nephew Bhipon Chahal, used a ‘Thank You NHS’ van to transport heroin and cocaine across the West Midlands to…

Health officials warn about heart disease emergency in England

Health officials have issued a warning about a heart disease emergency in England, calling for prioritisation of NHS heart care due to the occurrence of nearly 100,000 excess deaths since March 2020. Disturbing figures from official government data indicate that more than 500 individuals are losing their lives unnecessarily each…

India rises eight spots to rank 127 in global gender…

India has made significant progress in terms of gender parity, climbing eight places to rank 127 out of 146 countries, according to the World Economic Forum's annual Gender Gap Report for 2023. In the previous edition of the report in 2022, India was ranked at 135. The country has shown…

‘Alarming’ rise in diabetes globally by 2050: Study

Every country worldwide is expected to experience an increase in diabetes rates over the next three decades unless appropriate action is taken, a recent global study led by researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington revealed. According to the study, the current number…

As Norris steps down, National looks for new artistic director…

RUFUS NORRIS has announced he will be stepping down in spring 2025 as artistic director and chief executive of the National, “arguably the most influential theatre in the world”. The search for his successor has started with no reason to think that an Asian, possibly an Asian woman, won’t apply…

BTS@10: Indian ARMY celebrate debut of K-pop band

There's a popular saying in the fandom of BTS, the South Korean music sensation celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut: "You don't find BTS, they find you when you need them most." Indian fans of the group who turned into an ARMY, a term used for the South Korean…

Airbus announces record 500-plane deal with IndiGo

AIRBUS announced a record 500-plane deal with Indian airline IndiGo on day one of the Paris Airshow on Monday (19), as strong demand for jets and missiles vied for attention with the industry's supply chain problems. The multibillion-dollar deal for single-aisle planes - the largest ever by number of aircraft…

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

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

Lawmakers set to punish Boris Johnson for ‘Partygate lies’

BRITISH MPs vote on Monday (19) on a damning report that found former prime minister Boris Johnson deliberately lied to parliament about lockdown-breaking parties, in what the government hopes will be the final chapter in the damaging "Partygate" scandal. The parliamentary vote is being held on Johnson's 59th birthday as…

Senior minister Michael Gove apologises for controversial lockdown-breaking party video

Michael Gove, a senior British minister on Sunday (18) expressed his dismay over a video showcasing a party that took place at the headquarters of the ruling Conservative Party during a Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, describing it "terrible." The government continues to grapple with the repercussions of rule-breaking gatherings, as…

Ethics body accuses Boris Johnson of new breach

FORMER British prime minister Boris Johnson, who quit parliament last week over a finding that he misled lawmakers about Covid lockdown parties, was accused of a new breach for taking a newspaper columnist job without waiting for required ethics vetting. Nine months after he left the premiership, Johnson's ethics record…

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

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

Election to replace Boris Johnson as MP set for July…

THE SUCCESSOR to Boris Johnson's seat in Britain's parliament will be chosen in a by-election vote on July 20, the local council said on Thursday (15), after the former prime minister quit over an investigation into his conduct. The Conservatives selected Steve Tuckwell to be their candidate for the vote,…

Bank of England set to raise rates to 4.75 per…

THE BANK OF ENGLAND looks set to raise interest rates by a quarter point to a 15-year high of 4.75 per cent on June 22, its 13th straight rate rise as it fights unexpectedly sticky inflation that risks making it a global outlier. Investors this week bet the Bank of…

Truss accepts responsibility for ‘mistakes’ but blames enemies

Former prime minister Liz Truss acknowledged "mistakes" on her part but attributed the failure of her policies to the economic "establishment" in her first televised interview since her short-lived tenure as prime minister last year. Truss, who was ousted after a mere 49 days in office, cautiously expressed regrets while…

Nottingham stabbing: ‘Words cannot explain our devastation,’ says Dr Sanjoy…

The city of Nottingham in central England is in mourning on Thursday (15) as it prepares for a second vigil in memory of three people killed in a brutal stabbing spree, including British Indian teenage medical student Grace O’Malley Kumar. The University of Nottingham on Wednesday (14) held a campus…

Chinese-origin man convicted of assaulting and abusing Indian woman in…

A Singaporean man of Chinese origin has been convicted of verbally insulting and kicking in the chest an Indian lady, who did not wear her mask properly while brisk walking to the workplace during Covid-19. Wong Xing Fong, 32, attacked Madam Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, 57, near the Northvale condominium in…

Covid-19 impacts human brain’s cerebellum more than other regions: Study

A recent study conducted by the Rotman Research Institute and Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that the cerebellum, a region of the human brain also known as the hindbrain, may be more susceptible to Covid-19 infections compared to other brain regions. The study utilised an innovative MRI technique…

British Asian votes crucial for Labour’s return to power

With the next UK general election looming over the horizon, upwardly-mobile British Indians will be a critical voter constituency in various parts of the country. In recent times, there has been a fraying of relations between the wider British Indian population and the Labour Party. In the 2015 general election,…

UK hospital doctors commence 72-hour walkout over pay

Hospital doctors in England have embarked on a new 72-hour strike over pay, commencing on Wednesday (14). This action has raised concerns among health officials, who anticipate significant disruptions to patient care and healthcare services. The strike, led by junior doctors below the consultant level, commenced at 7:00 am (0600…

How the Jaipur Literary Festival brand has gone global

Sanjoy K Roy has revealed how the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF), which he produces as managing director of an organisation called Teamwork Arts, has become an extraordinarily successful global brand. JLF began in a modest manner in 2006 in the Rajasthan capital of Jaipur which remains its mothership, but in…

Johnson ‘may yet have another scene to play

Enoch Powell once said: “All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” This is sadly true for Boris Johnson, who, to give him due credit, brought in the most diverse…

Johnson’s legacy will stand test of time, says Priti Patel

Former home secretary Priti Patel has been rewarded with a damehood as Boris Johnson awarded his political aides and allies with some of Britain’s highest honours to mark his resignation last year as prime minister. Kulveer Ranger, who served as director of transport when Johnson was the mayor of London,…

How to make exercise and better health easier

The Department of Health and Social Care described inactivity as the ‘silent killer’, and  it perhaps worsened after Covid-19 kept everyone locked indoors. This sedentary lifestyle affects the physical and mental health of many, including amplifying mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Exercise is a great remedy for inactivity…

Stop throwing hand grenades at Sunak, says Asian parliamentarian

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak standing up to Boris Johnson could be the making of him as a leader, an Asian parliamentarian told Eastern Eye. Sunak on Monday (12) revealed that his predecessor had asked him to “do something that I wasn't prepared to do,” in relation to the latter’s resignation…

UN report says biases against women remain unchanged over past…

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

Surprising surge in UK wages raises speculation of impending interest…

BRITISH wage growth soared and employment also jumped in the three months to April, raising expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates again, perhaps several times, to contain unrelenting inflationary pressures. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Tuesday (13) indicated the labour market was…

Launch of UK’s pandemic inquiry provokes outrage from victims’ relatives

The inquiry into the UK government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic is set to begin on Tuesday (13), but it has already been marred by controversy even prior to the first witness testimony. Heather Hallett, the retired senior judge appointed as the inquiry chair, has requested the unredacted WhatsApp messages…

India’s opposition demand probe into Covid vaccination data leak

The opposition parties in India called for an inquiry on Monday (12) into the alleged breach of data on the CoWIN platform, which contains information about registered citizens who took vaccination against Covid-19. They also urged the government to take necessary action to prevent such incidents in the future. The…

Nicola Sturgeon asserts innocence after arrest in SNP funding probe

Former Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was innocent following her arrest and subsequent detention for over seven hours on Sunday (11). The arrest took place as part of a police investigation into the allocation of funds for her pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP). The investigation centres around the…

Boris Johnson’s shock exit reverberates through Tory party

OLD rifts resurfaced in Tory party on Saturday (10) following former prime minister Boris Johnson's abrupt resignation from parliament, while the opposition Labour party sensed opportunity ahead of a general election next year. Johnson quit late on Friday (9) in protest against an investigation by lawmakers into his conduct as…

Priti Patel made dame as Johnson’s honours list includes aides

FORMER home secretary Priti Patel has been rewarded with a damehood as Boris Johnson awarded his political aides and allies with some of Britain's highest honours to mark his resignation last year as prime minister. Kulveer Ranger, who served as director of transport when Johnson was the mayor of London,…

Metformin, safe diabetes pill, shows 40% reduction in long Covid…

According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, a two-week treatment of metformin, an affordable and safe medication used for diabetes, following a positive Covid test, could potentially reduce the risk of long Covid by 40% over the following 10 months. The study specifically selected participants who…

Boris Johnson resigns from parliament citing ‘witch hunt’

Former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a sudden decision to resign as a member of parliament on Friday (09). His departure came as a strong and passionate protest against the lawmakers who were conducting an investigation into his conduct, reigniting deep divisions within the ruling Conservative Party just before the…

EU reaches long-stalled deal on refugee hosting

EU NATIONS have reached agreement on a long-stalled revision of the bloc's rules to share the hosting of asylum seekers and migrants more equitably. Sweden, which holds the bloc's rotating presidency, announced the breakthrough on Thursday (8) after a fraught day of negotiations between EU interior ministers in Luxembourg. The…

US lawmakers call on Biden administration to address visa wait…

Prominent US lawmakers have called on the Biden administration to prioritise the resolution of the visa wait time issue in the country. Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Michael Waltz, Co-Chair of the House India Caucus, have emphasised the significance of the people-to-people relationship…

The Future of NBFCs: Opportunities, Challenges, and Innovations in the…

NBFCs have been playing a crucial role in the Indian financial ecosystem for several decades now. They are known for their specialized services such as asset financing, investment banking, wealth management, and other financial services that are not provided by banks. What is an NBFC and NBFC Full Form? NBFC…

Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s Indian-origin CEO, passes away

SIR IVAN MENEZES, alcoholic drinks giant Diageo’s long-serving Indian-origin chief executive, has passed after surgery on a stomach ulcer. He was 63. His death came on Monday (5) with his family at his side, the maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka said in a statement, crediting him for…

How Britain is helping India with UN goals

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

Gonorrhoea, syphilis on rise in England: Health agency

England saw a record number of gonorrhoea cases and the highest level of syphilis in decades last year as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) spiked, the UK Health Security Agency said on Tuesday. There were 82,592 gonorrhoea diagnoses in 2022, a yearly increase of 50 percent and the largest annual number…

India ‘one of the bright spots in global economy’: IMF

India's GDP grew by 7.2 per cent in the year to March, official figures showed last Wednesday (31), boosted by services and consumption, putting it among the world’s fastest-expanding major economies. The country is the world’s fifth-largest economy, and recently surpassed China to become the most populous country. Its growth…

Gita Gopinath: Immigration can help reduce inflation in UK

IMMIGRATION can help reduce Britain's high inflation rate, the deputy head of the International Monetary Fund has told the BBC as the UK restricts the net amount of legal migrants. UK inflation is cooling slower than expected, in part owing to sectors including hospitality and farming paying higher wages to…

Airbus ‘nears 500-jet order from India’s IndiGo’

AIRBUS is closing towards a potentially record deal to sell 500 narrow-body A320-family jets to India's largest carrier IndiGo, industry sources have said. The European planemaker has emerged as front-runner for an order eclipsing Air India's historic provisional purchase of 470 jets in February, the sources said on the sidelines…

Long-term effects of Covid-19 found in 1 in 6 unvaccinated…

A new study published in The British Medical Journal reveals that one in six unvaccinated individuals continue to experience health effects related to Covid-19 up to two years after infection. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Zurich and other institutes, examined 1,106 unvaccinated adults who had a…

British teenager, who converted to Islam, jailed over terrorism plot

A British teenager who detectives believe may have been just hours away from launching an attack on police or soldiers, was on Friday (2) sentenced to a minimum of six years in jail for terrorism offences. Matthew King, 19, who converted to Islam during the Covid-19 lockdown and then became…

UK government initiates legal battle over messages during Covid pandemic

The UK government declared its intention on Thursday (01) to launch a legal challenge concerning the disclosure of documents to a public inquiry investigating its management of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cabinet Office revealed that it would pursue a judicial review of the directive issued by inquiry chair Judge Heather…

Indhu Rubasingham steps down as artistic director of Kiln Theatre

Kiln Theatre today announces that Indhu Rubasingham will step down as Artistic Director of the company, leaving early 2024, having led the company for over a decade. Indhu Rubasingham said today, “I never had an inkling of the journey ahead when I was first was appointed. I immediately felt the…

Johnson hands over Covid-era WhatsApp messages to government

Former British prime minister Boris Johnson has submitted his pandemic-era notebooks and messages to the government and has encouraged officials to transfer them to an independent Covid-19 inquiry, his spokesperson said on Wednesday (31). A stalemate has arisen between the inquiry and the Cabinet Office, the governmental body responsible for…

Lord Ahmad: Strong UK-India ties ‘already making a real-world difference’

I was born in South London, but like millions of British people, my family’s story embodies the “living bridge” that connects the UK and India. My father moved to Glasgow with only £5 to his name. He worked hard, initially on the railways, studied hard to become an accountant and…

Garden of Unity: Celebrating diversity at the flower festival

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)-Eastern Eye “Garden of Unity”, designed by Manoj Malde, appears to have been one of the big hits of the Chelsea Flower Show this year. Located prominently on Main Avenue and close to the Great Pavilion, Malde’s vivid colours attracted even King Charles and Queen Camilla.…

Vivian Dsena: What dreams may come

Concentrating on quality over quantity has given Vivian Dsena an impressive body of work on Indian television and that’s why there is always excitement when he agrees to be part of any project. Recently, the acclaimed actor added to his list of wonderful work by joining the cast of hit…

Government gets more time to deliver Johnson’s messages to Covid…

British ministers have been granted an extension to provide unredacted messages from ex-prime minister Boris Johnson to a public inquiry investigating the management of the Covid-19 crisis. Initiated in 2021, the inquiry was tasked with examining the nation's readiness, as well as the response to public health and economic challenges,…

‘Documented dreamers’ urge US lawmakers to pass America’s Children Act

A group of long-term visa holders in the US, commonly known as ‘documented dreamers’, are seeking an end to their uncertain future. Members of the group, a significantly large number of whom are Indian-Americans, have visited lawmakers seeking support for the recently introduced ‘America’s Children Act’. The ‘dreamers’ are basically…

Boris Johnson referred to police for potential violation of new…

Boris Johnson has been referred to police over further potential breaches of lockdown rules during the Covid-19 pandemic, a charge the former prime minister's office portrayed as "yet another politically motivated stitch up". The Cabinet Office, which is responsible for overseeing the operation of government, said it had made a…

Record net arrivals highlight UK’s post-Brexit migration dilemma

NET MIGRATION to Britain reached a record high of 606,000 last year, data showed on Thursday, drawing fresh promises from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to reduce arrivals, but underscoring the difficulty of doing so at a time of acute labour shortages. The increase was driven by people from outside the…

G20 event a chance to show Kashmir’s tourism potential

The Group of Twenty (G20) is now “the premier forum for international economic cooperation.” The G20 comprises 19 countries and the European Union. Founded in 1999 and upgraded after the 2007-08 financial crisis, “it plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international…

Trailer for Shahid Kapoor’s Bloody Daddy trailer out

The makers of the upcoming action thriller film Bloody Daddy on Wednesday unveiled the official trailer. Taking to Instagram, actor Shahid Kapoor unveiled the trailer which he captioned, "One hell of a BLOODY night...Trailer out now!" Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film is all set to stream on the…

How to attract property investors in London

London is known to be a hub of property investments, with its ever-growing population and diverse economy. As a result, the competition among property investors in London has become fiercer than ever. So how can you make your property stand out from the rest? In this blog post, we'll discuss…

Sadiq Khan says frequent death threats left him with mental…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that he is suffering from a 'cumulative' type of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to a combination of the regular death threats as well as dealing with the aftermath of disasters and terror attacks. Khan added that his doctor friend had told him about…

London mayor visits Neasden Temple to meet His Holiness Mahant…

London Mayor Sadiq Khan met prominent Hindu spiritual leader, His Holiness (HH) Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj, who is currently visiting the UK to inspire faith, service, and global harmony, at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in north London on Sunday (21). During their meeting, the mayor thanked HH Pujya Mahant…

Nick Jonas on being called ‘jiju’ in India

American singer Nick Jonas has acknowledged that a lot of people in India call him 'Jiju' post his marriage to Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra. Nick, 30, recently made an appearance on a BBC chat show, where the host asked him about being called 'jiju', the Hindi term for brother-in-law. "A…

Anas Sarwar terms SNP a ‘dysfunctional political party’

The Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has called the Scottish National Party (SNP) 'dysfunctional' after the party paused its selection process for a key by-election, reported The Times. During his visit to Glasgow Girls FC, Sarwar said that the SNP was too focused on its internal issues to address the…

Senior doctors in England begin voting on strike action over…

A trade union representing senior doctors in England said its members had begun voting on Monday (15) on whether to take industrial action after the government failed to put forward a "satisfactory" offer on pay. The British Medical Association (BMA) is urging consultant doctors to vote in favour of strike…

Link found between pandemic stress and altered placentas in pregnant…

Researchers at the Developing Brain Institute at Children's National Hospital in the US have discovered that the heightened stress experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the structure, texture, and other characteristics of the placenta. The placenta, a vital organ that forms during pregnancy to provide…

Amitabh Bachchan retrospective, Kennedy, Joram part of Sydney Film Festival…

A retrospective on screen icon Amitabh Bachchan, Anurag Kashyap's detective drama Kennedy, and Joram starring Manoj Bajpayee are some of the Indian films that are heading to the 70th Sydney Film Festival. In total the festival, which will be held in Sydney from June 7 to June 18, will play 90…

Aide claims Johnson ‘plotted to sack Sunak’ as chancellor

Rishi Sunak was accused by Boris Johnson loyalists of stabbing the then prime minister in the back when he resigned from the cabinet – but dramatic new evidence suggests the chancellor was acting in self-defence and was also morally in the right when he quit government. What exactly happened between…

New Indian visa rules: more time to travel to these…

The Indian government has changed the rules for obtaining the Indian visa. The aim is to support the tourism industry in the country. Tourists will be able to spend more time in India and discover new attractions, like for instance the filming locations of some of the most famous Bollywood…

Study identifies link between long Covid and self-reported cognitive difficulties

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) reveals that individuals with symptomatic long Covid may encounter cognitive difficulties, including memory problems. Long Covid refers to the persistent symptoms experienced by individuals for more than four weeks after the initial infection of the disease.…

Scientists use AI to create single test to detect hepatitis…

A team of scientists has utilised AI technology to streamline a single test that can detect both hepatitis C and the Covid-19 virus. The simplified test can be conducted within minutes in a small test tube, and with additional advancements, it could soon be available at doctor's offices and even…

Sunak expands role of pharmacies to cut GP waiting times

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who worked in his mother's pharmacy as a young boy growing up in Southampton, was back in his hometown on Tuesday (9) to unveil plans for an expanded role for pharmacists with the aim of reducing wait times for patients wanting to see a GP. Sunak,…

iPhone maker Foxconn buys large site in Bengaluru

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

Local SEO can boost your business prospects and make it…

Local customers are the stepping-stones for expanding the business and attaining a broader reach by implementing local SEO. Since search engines got the better of yellow pages and other directories, it has become mandatory for small businesses to embrace search engine optimization (SEO), which holds the key to success. Regardless…

Britons urged to get Covid vaccine before June 30 deadline

The government has urged those who have not yet received their first and/or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to do so before the offer ends on June 30. The NHS vaccination programme has already administered over 146 million Covid-19 jabs across England, with 40 million adults receiving both dose.…

Secondary bacterial infection, not cytokine storm, primary cause of Covid…

New research indicates that the deaths of Covid-19 patients are not caused by the widely believed "cytokine storm," but rather by secondary bacterial pneumonia that goes unresolved. The study showed that nearly half of the Covid-19 patients requiring mechanical ventilation also developed pneumonia. This secondary bacterial infection in the lungs…

Local elections 2023: Early results show Tories may have a…

Early results of the local elections in England on Friday (05) have indicated that Rishi Sunak's Conservative party lost a considerable number of seats. Voters have reportedly expressed their discontent over political scandals, sluggish economic growth, and high inflation. This result marks the largest, and potentially final, test of voter…

Indian minister says he wants to see ‘bigger presence of…

India's commerce and industry minister, Piyush Goyal, expressed his desire for US-based Boeing to increase their presence in India, following a recent large order of planes from Tata Group-owned Air India. In February, Air India placed one of the largest aircraft orders by an airline, purchasing 470 narrow-body and wide-body…

Coronation of King Charles III: Mumbai’s dabbawalas gift traditional headgear

The renowned dabbawalas of Mumbai have sent King Charles III special gifts in the form of the traditional 'Puneri Pagadi' headgear and 'Uparne' stole, ahead of his coronation ceremony in London on May 6. The 'Puneri Pagadi' or traditional headgear, a symbol of pride and honour, was introduced in the…

Shirley Abraham-Amit Madheshiya’s documentary on migrant workers exodus wins Human…

The Great Abandonment, a documentary by filmmakers Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya on India's migrant exodus during the Covid-induced nationwide lockdown in 2020, was on Wednesday announced as the winner in the 'Documentary English' category at the Human Rights Press Awards. The awards, announced on World Press Freedom Day on…

Why wifi-free ‘hotspots’ are new holiday heaven for Britons

Thousands of Britons are travelling to remote locations in India and Sri Lanka for a “digital detox”, research found. Sinharaja Rainforest in southwest Sri Lanka and the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. which is popular with hikers, have been named as among the most popular hotspots for people aiming to…

India’s move to drop Darwin’s theory of evolution from text…

A decision to exclude the discussion of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from the textbooks used by millions of ninth and tenth-grade students in India has sparked protests among scientists, according to reports. Over 4000 researchers and others have signed an open letter urging officials to reinstate the material which…

Steve Smith laughs off criticism over his county stint ahead…

Australian batsman Steve Smith has laughed off criticism in England about his county cricket warmup for the Ashes after some fans and media took exception to his Sussex signing. Australian cricketers have long warmed up for Ashes tours in England in the County Championship but some local pundits fear Smith's…

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha chief begins five-week trip to UK

A prominent Indian spiritual leader is on a five-week visit to the UK to promote “global harmony.” His Holiness Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj, who heads the spiritual organisation BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha), will participate in various programmes during his trip which began on Tuesday (2). Pujya Mahant…

Asian community leaders, experts to attend Coronation of King Charles…

A community volunteer from Wales, an Emerita Professor at Cardiff University, a Pune-born sustainability architect, a Bengaluru-based holistic physician and several Indian community workers are among the guests invited for King Charles III's coronation on Saturday (6). Harilal Narandas Patel, Meena Upadhyaya OBE, Sourabh Phadke, Dr Issac Mathai, Gulfsha and…

Decoding Oxford’s criteria for choosing ‘Word of the Year’

The process of selecting the "Oxford Word of the Year" was elaborated by Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Languages, in an interview with PTI from New York. Grathwohl explained that each year, a team of lexicographers from Oxford University Press reviews the evidence and selects the word of the year.…

Even mild Covid infection can have detrimental effects on heart…

A recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, warns that even mild cases of Covid-19 can have long-term harmful impacts on cardiovascular health. The study is the first to compare pre and post-Covid-infection levels of arterial stiffness which is a marker associated with the ageing and function of…

Rishi Sunak faces first test of comeback credentials in local…

Rishi Sunak faces his first big electoral test as the Prime Minister next week in local polls where the opposition Labour Party hopes to capitalise on a year of chaos for the governing Conservatives, ahead of a national election expected next year. Sunak has tried to restore the credibility of…

Buddha statue of ‘Roman era’ discovered in Egypt

A statue of the Buddha has been discovered in Egypt's ancient seaport of Berenice on the Red Sea, shedding light on trade ties with India under the Roman empire. A Polish-US mission discovered the statue "dating back to the Roman era while digging at the ancient temple in Berenice", an…

Joe Biden makes 2024 presidential run official

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (25) he will seek a second White House term in 2024, a decision that will test whether Americans are ready to give the 80-year-old Democrat, already the oldest US president ever, another four years in office. Biden made his announcement in a slickly produced…

Devi Sridhar: Preventing a deadly pandemic

Books like Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One become essential reading because they are so timely. The best-seller from Devi Sridhar, now available in paperback, highlights past pandemics and traces the Covid-19 outbreak, from its detection in Wuhan, China, to its devastating…

UN reports South Asia has highest number of child brides

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

Dominic Raab resigns after most bullying claims upheld

Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab on Friday (21) announced his resignation following allegations of bullying that were confirmed in a report. This has come as a surprise for Tories, creating a new political setback. Raab's resignation creates a challenge for prime minister Rishi Sunak, who now has to deal with…

India to become world’s most populous country by June

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

India, Russia to address trade deficit, market access issues

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

Ramadan: Luxury brands woo Middle East market with exclusive collections

Western luxury fashion brands are increasingly eyeing the affluent Middle Eastern market by launching exclusive collections for Ramadan, featuring flowing kaftans, fluid separates, and glamorous maxi dresses. Cosmopolitan Middle East magazine recently declared that with these collections, "You're about to be the best-dressed person at every iftar and suhoor that…

Bhavan’s Nandakumara, Wockhardt UK executive Limaye chosen for honorary British…

Wockhardt UK managing director Ravindra Limaye and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan UK’s executive director Mattur Nandakumara have been chosen for honorary British awards given to foreign nationals. Limaye gets the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honour for his contribution to health, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nandakumara has been selected…

Infosys forecasts revenue slowdown on uncertain outlook

Indian software giant Infosys reported a lower-than-expected profit rise for the March quarter on Thursday (13) and flagged softer revenue guidance on the back of global economic and financial uncertainty. Infosys, India's second-largest information technology firm, benefitted from an IT boom that made India the back office to the world…

Pfizer vaccine reduces risk of Covid-related death by 68% in…

According to a recent study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vulnerable individuals aged 65 and over who received the Pfizer bivalent mRNA vaccine booster dose experienced a 72% lower risk of Covid-related hospitalisation and a 68% lower risk of Covid-related death. The bivalent mRNA vaccine contains components…

Salman Khan: Undisputed ruler to the king of Eid flops

Major Hindi movies are usually not released during Ramadan because most Muslims won’t be going to cinemas. That lack of movies available means that audience numbers from other faiths decline during the same time. Audiences flocking back to cinemas on Eid combined with more screens being made available globally has…

Researchers use Twitter data and AI to create predictive model…

Researchers at the University of São Paulo are working on developing prediction models for anxiety and depression using Twitter and artificial intelligence (AI). The models aim to detect signs of these mental illnesses before clinical diagnosis. The researchers' preliminary findings suggest that a person's social media friends and followers could…

Adaa Khan: ‘Biggest and only power belongs to the almighty’

Deeply spiritual actress Adaa Khan believes in the power of prayer, helping the less fortunate and a higher power. The popular Muslim star embraces Ramadan every year and sees the holy month as massively significant. Eastern Eye caught up with the top television talent to talk about Ramadan, Eid, and…

Shayan Khan: ‘Money Back Guarantee’ a love letter to Pakistan’s…

He may be a respected actor, but Shayan Khan will announce himself internationally as the producer of hotly anticipated Pakistani film Money Back Guarantee. He has assembled a huge star cast for the comedy heist caper, headlined by popular actor Fawad Khan, and plays a key role in it. Born…

Study on antibodies reveal reinfection patterns, to help in immune…

A group of researchers, led by Brigham and Women's Hospital in the US, have discovered that humans generate antibodies targeting identical viral regions multiple times, despite being capable of producing a diverse range of antibodies. They believe that this finding may shed light on the numerous reinfection patterns observed during…

India to ramp up testing as Covid-19 cases climb

Indian government asked states to identify emergency hotspots and ramp up-testing for Covid-19, after the country recorded its highest daily case count since September, a Reuters tally showed on Friday (7). There were 6,050 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the federal health ministry said on Friday,…

Apple says ‘Hello Mumbai’ at first India store launch

Apple Inc on Wednesday (5) revealed the look of its first retail store in India, as several people tried to catch a glimpse outside the store's black and yellow artwork patterned after Mumbai's iconic taxis. The store is still in barricades and is likely to open this month, a person…

NHS launches campaign to vaccinate vulnerable populations against Covid

England has rolled out a spring campaign to vaccinate its most vulnerable population against Covid-19 as infections have increased to their highest level this year.Some five million people, including those aged 75 and more as well as anyone having a weakened immune system, are eligible for the jab, the NHS…

I want to be a global actor: Adarsh Gourav on…

Strolling around New York streets with a cup of coffee in his hand, visiting the iconic Central Park and just soaking up life on the go, The White Tiger star Adarsh Gourav says shooting for the sci-fi series Extrapolations in the US was a dream trip. The actor, who became…

UK puts off decision on increasing pension age to 68

The UK government has decided to postpone a decision on bringing forward the rise in the state pension age to 68 until after the next election, in order to conduct a further impact review. Currently, the state pension age is 66 and is set to rise to 67 between 2026…

UK economy avoids recession, grew 0.1 per cent in Q4

Official data released on Friday (31) indicated that the UK's economy expanded in the fourth quarter of the previous year. This growth was supported by increased business activity at travel agencies and state assistance to manage rising energy bills, which helped the country to avoid slipping into a recession. The…

Gujarat Titans face Chennai Super Kings in IPL opener

Gujarat Titans will commence the defence of their Indian Premier League (IPL) title against four-times champions Chennai Super Kings on Friday (31). The tournament will return to its original home-and-away format after a four-year hiatus. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition and the second half of the 2021…

Fans furious as ITV cancels medical drama Maternal after just…

It has been confirmed that ITV has cancelled its high-profile medical drama series Maternal after just one season. The show, which ran in January and February of this year, revolved around the lives of three medics as they returned to work at a hospital following their maternity leave. The six-part…

Ajay Devgn: A real blockbuster

IT will be double delight for Ajay Devgn this week with his latest movie Bholaa in cinemas on Thursday (30), followed by him turning celebrating his 54th birthday on Sunday (2). Bholaa is an action thriller, which is a remake of 2019 Tamil film Kaithi and sees him play a…

Pope Francis to be hospitalised for ‘few days’ for respiratory…

According to a statement from the Vatican on Wednesday (29), Pope Francis has contracted a respiratory infection, which requires hospitalisation for "a few days" for treatment. There is concern for the 86-year-old's condition, as he was admitted to Rome's Gemelli hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties over the past few days.…

IPL returns as Mumbai eye sixth title

MUMBAI INDIANS, armed with big-money signing Cameron Green, will bid for a record-extending sixth title when the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts on Friday (30), in what could be Chennai veteran MS Dhoni's swansong. The 16th edition also returns to its pre-Covid glory days, with 74 matches scheduled at 12…

Indian restaurants worldwide to offer increased millet-based dishes

A Singaporean Indian restaurateur has predicted that Indian restaurants around the world will increasingly offer dishes made with millet flour due to its health benefits and appeal to busy urbanites. The UN has declared 2023 as "The Millet Year," and the restaurateur, who has 40 years of experience in the…

Yoga World Cup in Canada: 12-year old Ishwar Sharma wins…

Ishwar Sharma, a 12-year-old yoga prodigy from Sevenoaks, Kent, has emerged victorious in the 5th Yoga World Cup & Festival held in Canada, securing three gold medals. The competition, organised by the Yoga Ministry of Canada, attracts the world's most talented and skilled yoga practitioners, showcasing their incredible abilities. Ishwar,…

Pooja Bhatt tests positive for Covid-19

After Kirron Kher, Bollywood actress Pooja Bhatt tested positive for Covid-19. Taking to Twitter, Pooja shared the news and wrote, "And exactly 3 years later, I have tested positive for the first time. Mask up, people! Covid is still very much around and can get to you despite being fully…

Vinu Bhattessa receives OBE from King Charles

Charity supporter and hotelier Vinu Bhattessa has received the OBE from King Charles III at Windsor Castle last month. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2022. A longstanding trustee of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in the UK, Bhattessa OBE has been serving BAPS for almost…

Just Eat to axe 1,700 jobs to cut costs

Food delivery platform, Just Eat Takeaway announced plans to cut over 1,700 jobs in the UK, mostly courier jobs, as it cuts costs in the aftermath of massive yearly losses. The UK company "is reorganizing and simplifying its delivery operation as part of the ongoing goal of improving efficiency," according…

Joe Biden presents 2021 National Humanities Medal to Mindy Kaling

Indian-American actor, screenwriter, and producer Mindy Kaling, among others, was presented with the 2021 National Humanities Medal by United States President Joe Biden at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, 21 March. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists, arts patrons, and groups…

Partygate: Boris Johnson fights to save career as he faces…

Former prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (22) will face tough questioning in parliament about the 'Partygate', the political scandal that led to his resignation from the post. The outcome of this inquiry could have a significant impact on his political future. In July, as Johnson's three-year tenure at 10…

‘Themes of sex and assault can easily stir up race…

In a case that ignited more racial tensions than had been seen for decades (in that particular region of the UK), Eleanor Williams, 22, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and jailed on March 14 for eight-and-a-half years. Preston Crown Court found that she had falsely claimed…

Actress Kirron Kher tests positive for Covid-19

Actor-politician Kirron Kher has tested positive for coronavirus. The 70-year-old veteran shared the news in a post on Twitter on Monday evening and urged all those who came in contact with her to get tested. "I have tested positive for Covid. So anyone who has come in contact with me…

A smart supply-side budget – but there’s more to be…

The Chancellor’s Spring Budget this week was a welcome breath of fresh air: sensible and measured policies to help steady the ship after years of choppy economic waters. Mr Hunt’s overarching message was that this was a budget to help deliver growth. To that end, he outlined a series of…

Allelujah for a bright new British talent

WITH their heroic work done during the Covid-19 pandemic and underfunding that has led to strikes, the National Health Service (NHS) has been at the forefront of people’s minds. More people than ever before have been appreciative of the amazing work done by the NHS and that is why heart-warming…

UK economy ‘set to avoid recession this year’

Britain's economy is set to avoid a recession in 2023, chancellor of exchequer Jeremy Hunt said on Wednesday (15) as he began a budget speech that was expected to include measures to speed up economic growth. Britain's economy had previously been seen contracting by 1.4 per cent this year under…

Sunaks’ Labrador roams free in Hyde Park, Akshata reminded of…

First, he broke lockdown law. Then he was fined for not wearing a car seatbelt. Now Britain's prime minister is again in trouble with the police - because of his dog. Rishi Sunak and his family were filmed walking Nova the Labrador in central London's Hyde Park, where signs clearly…

Massive cut in British-based diplomatic jobs in Indo-Pacific countries: report

NEW figures have revealed that around 50 per cent of British-based diplomatic jobs in countries like India, Pakistan and China have been cut in recent years, the Guardian reported. The numbers working for embassies and consulates in these key Indo-Pacific countries have all been diminishing over the last seven years.…

Akashdeep Sabir: ‘I’m enjoying the journey’

AUDIENCES will be seeing a lot of Akashdeep Sabir. Having started as a child actor, the Indian actor played supporting roles in recent film releases Selfiee and Shehzada, along with the acclaimed Indian adaptation of drama series The Night Manager. His other forthcoming projects include hotly anticipated web series Indian…

What Xi Jinping’s third term as Chinese president means

Xi Jinping has made history by securing a third term as China's president, cementing his status as the longest-serving head of state in the communist nation's history. The 69-year-old leader was the sole contender for the post and was unanimously re-elected by the 3000-member parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC)…

Nikki Haley calls Biden ‘ultimate socialist’, his budget a ‘disaster’

INDIAN-AMERICAN Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has said that Joe Biden's annual budgetary proposals were socialist in nature and a 'disaster for America'. She even called Biden an 'ultimate socialist president'. "We should be moving people from welfare to work. But Joe Biden is calling for no-strings-attached welfare checks with no…

UN Chief: Gender equality unlikely to be achieved for another…

According to an official statement from the UN, the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has stated that progress towards gender equality is diminishing rapidly and estimates that it will require 300 years to close the gap. While addressing the UN session of the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday (06),…

India becomes US’s preferred destination for ‘friend-shoring’ pharmaceutical supply chains

In 2022, lockdowns in China due to the Covid pandemic severely disrupted the global flow of crucial pharmaceutical products, prompting a reassessment of the structure of international supply networks. The resulting events have led to considerations of geopolitical competitiveness and macroeconomic pressures. According to the Hinrich Foundation, India could emerge as…

India witnessing ‘mad rush’ for luxury housing

INDIA'S DLF sold a $1 billion (£830 million) upmarket residential project in 72 hours while rival Godrej Properties is offering $3m (£2.5m) apartments to clients selected by invitation, two off-plan sales that are signalling a revival in luxury housing. Property developers say spacey high-price apartments that come with add-ons like…

World Bank signs $1 billion loan to bolster India’s health…

The Government of India and the World Bank signed an agreement today (05) to provide complementary loans worth $500 million each, totalling $1 billion, to bolster the development of India's health sector. The funding will be utilised to support the Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), India's flagship programme…

Seeta Patel: Dance feeds my soul and is how I…

ACCLAIMED dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel has made a name for herself with boundary-breaking work that shines new rays of light on the classical dance style of Bharatanatyam. The award-winning performer has collaborated with big names and continues that by partnering up with the full Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for…

Coming soon to a screen near you

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

The future of work and education in the era of…

Technology is changing the world. We are now able to communicate with each other, even though we are not in the same place. We are able to do specific tasks at a faster pace. We can learn at our own pace whenever we want it, from the comfort of our…

Several facets to my personality that I’d like to show:…

Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma on Wednesday said his portrayal of a food delivery person in the upcoming drama feature Zwigato will not disappoint fans who are familiar with his repartee and observational humour as a stand-up artist. Through Nandita Das' Zwigato, Sharma said he wants to present aspects of his personality…

UK house prices show first annual fall since 2020 –…

British house prices last month dropped in annual terms for the first time in nearly three years, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Wednesday (01) adding to signs of a slowdown in the housing market in the face of high inflation and rising borrowing costs. The 1.1 per cent fall was…

Feel like home in India, will definitely come back: Nigerian…

After his first and “amazing” visit to India, Nigerian singer-songwriter CKay – the international music sensation behind the hit single “Love Nwantiti” – said he would love to come back to the country which feels like “home” to him. Chukwuka Ekweani, better known by his stage name CKay, was in…

ONS data reveals drop in Covid death rate for most…

THE mortality rates for different ethnic communities continued to decline between January and November 2022, when Omicron was the dominant Covid variant, the new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data has revealed. During the period, mortality rates decreased for males and females from the Bangladeshi, black Caribbean, Pakistani and Other…

India’s growth slows in December quarter

INDIA's economic growth slowed further in the December quarter as pent up demand eased and weakness in the manufacturing sector continued. Asia's third largest economy recorded year-on-year growth of 4.4 per cent in October-December, down from 6.3 per cent in July-September, data released by the government on Tuesday (28) showed.…

US Energy Dept concludes lab leak caused Covid-19 pandemic

New intelligence has prompted the Energy Department to conclude that an accidental laboratory leak in China most likely caused the novel coronavirus pandemic, reported The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The shift by the Energy Department, which previously was undecided on how the virus emerged, is noted in an update to…

Modi calls for World Bank reform at G20 finance meet

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi added his voice Friday (24) to calls for the reform of global lenders such as the World Bank, as G20 finance ministers and central bank heads met. The talks in Bengaluru were expected to focus on the continuing damaging effects of the Covid pandemic and…

Hero Indian Open: Chawrasia returns to favourite hunting ground

TWO-TIME champion SSP Chawrasia will look to rekindle his love affair with the Hero Indian Open as he and Shubhankar Sharma eye glory at the country’s flagship golf event began at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram on Thursday (23). With a prize money of $2 million (…

Tackling taboos with Joyland

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

EU asylum claims soar to seven-year high

ASYLUM applications in the EU jumped last year after Covid travel curbs were lifted, surging 50 percent over 2021 to the highest level since a 2016 influx of refugees. The preliminary data, from the EU Agency for Asylum (EUAA), showed there were nearly one million asylum claims lodged in 2022…

UK government unlikely to tempt retirees back to work: report

BRITAIN's government is unlikely to be able to tempt back to work people who retired early during the Covid-19 pandemic, as most are better-off and few people return to work after lengthy periods out of the labour force, a think-tank said on Tuesday (21). The Resolution Foundation, which focuses on…

Debutant Moses Koul on playing Sharan Gujral in Class: ‘This…

Only a few shows mostly featuring a bunch of debutants have been as successful as the teen drama Class, one of Netflix’s most recent offerings which has been trending on the platform ever since premiering on February 3. The eight-part series stars Moses Koul in a very layered and complex…

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