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Amarjit Singh founder, CEO of India Business Group honoured with…

In a notable recognition of his contributions to fostering UK-India relations, Amarjit Singh, the founder, and CEO of the India Business Group (IBG), has been honoured with the Hind Rattan 2024 Award by the NRI Welfare Society of India, in New Delhi. This award, translating to "Jewel of India," celebrates…

Indian farmers want Parliament to discuss their demands

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on Tuesday said the Centre should convene a daylong Parliament session to bring legislation on the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, a key demand of protesting farmers. He also urged the Centre to accept the other main demands of the farmers, including farm loan…

India offers protesting farmers support prices on corn, cotton, pulses

The Indian government has offered guaranteed support prices for pulses, corn and cotton in a bid to break a deadlock with protesting farmers, trade minister Piyush Goyal said after week-long clashes between security forces and protesters. Tear gas and barricades were used to deter the farmers, who form an influential…

‘Dangal’ child star Suhani Bhatnagar dies at 19

Actress Suhani Bhatnagar, who played young Babita Phogat in Aamir Khan-starrer wrestling drama Dangal, has died at the age of 19. Suhani's father Sumit Bhatnagar said his daughter was suffering from Dermatomyositis, a rare inflammatory disease that causes skin rash and muscle weakness. She was admitted to All India Institute…

SpiceJet’s Ajay Singh, Busy Bee Airways, Sky One bid for…

Ajay Singh, the head of SpiceJet, together with Busy Bee Airways and the Sharjah-based Sky One, have submitted bids for the bankrupt airline Go First, which ceased operations over nine months ago. The announcement by Singh comes at a time when the crisis-hit SpiceJet is raising funds and rationalising costs,…

India’s Congress party says its bank accounts frozen by tax…

India's main opposition Congress party said on Friday its bank accounts with Rs 2.1 billion (£20 million) in deposits had been frozen by the income tax department in connection with a dispute, just months before general elections. The party called the action "a deep assault on India's democracy", adding that…

Fire at Indian paint factory kills 11

Eleven people died in a fire that engulfed a paint factory in India's capital, an official said on Friday (16) as rescue teams continue their search for survivors amidst the aftermath. The fire broke out on New Delhi's northern outskirts late Thursday, fire services director Atul Garg told AFP. "There…

Alia Bhatt launches trailer for ‘Poacher’

Actress-producer Alia Bhatt on Thursday said she decided to support the upcoming web series Poacher as it uncovers an important true-life story that's told with a lot of genuineness. Bhatt is an executive producer on the Prime Video series that marks director Richie Mehta's return to streaming space with a…

Delhi tense as farmers threaten to march again

Two key border points between Delhi and Haryana state remain closed for traffic as farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' agitation entered the third day on Thursday. Multiple layers of concrete blocks and metal spikes have been put in place at Delhi’s Singhu and Tikri borders with Haryana as well as at the…

India biggest US partner in South Asia: Afreen Akhter

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

A gym workout with weightlifter mummy

AN elderly Asian woman is inspiring those who have abandoned their fitness aspirations by joining younger individuals in the gym. Roshni Devi found renewed vitality in 2023 with the help of her devoted son, Ajay Sangwan, who trains her in the gym. From challenging planks to lifting heavy weights, she…

Indian legal battle drives UK appetite for butter chicken

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

Harmony in stone

IN the dynamic landscape of international relations, the influence of non-state actors, including transnational religious organisations, plays a crucial role in shaping a nation’s global standing. India, with its rich tapestry of religious diversity, has witnessed the emergence and growth of various such organisations that contribute significantly to the country’s…

A lotus blooms in the desert

THE Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is envisioned as a Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony. Rooted in the aspiration to promote love, harmony, and tolerance, the fundamental ethos of the mandir transcends borders. Each carving within the mandir tells compelling stories of…

London mugging spree alarms Indian business community

INDIANS are becoming victims of frequent muggings in London, especially for Rolex watches in Mayfair, with police allegedly doing little to respond to their appeals for help. The traumatic experience of senior lawyer Vijay Goel, founder of the Indo-European Business Forum, as relayed to Eastern Eye, appears to be fairly…

India and UAE strengthen ties with 10 collaboration pacts

India and the UAE have signed 10 agreements for cooperation in crucial areas such as energy, infrastructure, investments, and archives management during prime minister Narendra Modi's visit, aimed at enhancing the bilateral ties, announced foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Wednesday (14). Addressing a press conference on the second day…

EXCLUSIVE – Swami Brahmavihari: ‘Harmony is the way forward’

SWAMI BRAHMAVIHARIDAS is one of the most respected and admired of Swaminarayan figures who lead the global organisation that is BAPS today. He has led the project to build the spectacular Akshardham Temple in Abu Dhabi since its conception. In this exclusive and very special interview with Shailesh R Solanki,…

Police barricade capital against protesting farmers in India

Indian riot police deployed tear gas on Wednesday (14) against groups of farmers driving tractors who attempted to break through heavily fortified roadblocks in a bid to march on the capital, demanding guaranteed prices for their crops. Farmers in India this week launched the "Delhi Chalo", or "March to Delhi",…

Ukraine war spurs India to boost domestic defence production: report

THE UKRAINE war has forced India to focus its military spending more on fostering domestic industry - as Russia, its largest supplier - prioritised its domestic needs, a new report said on Tuesday (13). As a result of the conflict, New Delhi set aside a record 75 per cent of…

Pakistan political uncertainty continues

Pakistan's political stalemate after inconclusive elections last week showed no signs of ending on Tuesday as major parties struggle to cobble up alliances to pass the floor test. In the latest development, jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that independent members of parliament backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)…

Shots fired at Canadian home of Sikh separatist

Canadian police reported on Monday (12) that shots seem to have been fired at the Canadian home of a Sikh separatist activist, following recent claims by Ottawa and Washington that Indian dissidents residing abroad in both countries have been subjects of assassination attempts. Constable Tyler Bell-Morena said Peel Regional Police…

Indian police use tear gas against protesting farmers near New…

Indian security forces deployed tear gas on Tuesday (13) to halt the advance of thousands of farmers who, after unsuccessful negotiations with the government were marching towards New Delhi to demand minimum prices for their crops. Local broadcasters showed thick clouds of tear gas fired to disperse protesters near Ambala,…

India’s top court allows ArcelorMittal, Indian Oil to arbitrate Essar…

The Supreme Court on Monday permitted Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Limited (AMNSIL) to initiate arbitral proceedings to resolve their dispute relating to Essar Steel India Limited (ESIL). A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, which had reserved the judgment on the pleas on…

Ali Campbell to perform in Delhi on Feb 16

The nostalgia of the '80s and '90s is in the air as Ali Campbell, the lead voice behind the iconic band UB40, is set to perform in Delhi on February 16. The Delhi concert, a joint initiative of Eva Live, Hungama Digital Entertainment, and Ten Events & Entertainment, is a…

India trying to push watered-down trade deal: UK

The trade deal talks between India and the UK have run into a deadlock with both sides hardening their stands amid elections scheduled in both the countries. The UK has alleged that India was pushing for a watered-down trade deal as time runs out to conclude an agreement before negotiations…

India confirms release of eight navy veterans held by Qatar

The foreign ministry of India announced on Monday (12) that Qatar had released eight former navy veterans, whom it had previously detained and sentenced to death, reportedly on charges of spying for Israel. The foreign ministry has not given details on the eight Indian nationals or their alleged crimes, and…

Comment: Shreela Flather broke one glass ceiling after another throughout…

I was introduced to Baroness Flather exactly 30 years ago, soon after my wife Heather and I were married. At our wedding, Julie Barnes, the wife of one of my best friends from boarding school, who was a senior journalist working at the Maidenhead Advisor, said I must meet her…

India to host Miss World pageant from Feb 18 to…

The much anticipated 71st edition of Miss World will be held in India from February 18 to March 9, the organisers said on Friday. With its latest edition, the coveted international beauty pageant is making a return to the country after nearly three decades. The pageant will commence with "The…

Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha announce pregnancy

Actors Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha are expecting their first child. On Friday, the couple took to Instagram and shared the good news with their fans and followers. They posted an image saying 1 + 1 = 3, confirming the news with a caption that says, "A tiny heartbeat is…

Three killed in India after madrassa demolition triggers religious clashes

THREE people were killed in India and dozens more injured after religious clashes sparked by the destruction of a madrassa, officials said Friday (9), the latest in a spate of demolitions targeting Islamic structures. Hindu nationalist groups have been emboldened in their campaign against Muslim religious structures since prime minister…

Indian goods face boycott in Bangladesh

The anti-India sentiment is once again on the boil in Bangladesh amid allegations of interference by the Indian government in general elections held last month. Opposition party groups and Bangladeshi diaspora have given calls to boycott Indian goods in Bangladesh and are running social media campaigns in this regard. Last…

G-Eazy excited about his India tour

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

Indian businesses raise theft concerns with Lammy

INDIAN travellers feel they have to “look over their shoulder” in posh London areas as several businesspersons have had their expensive watches and bags mugged, according to a Delhi-based entrepreneur. The issue featured during discussions with UK shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who is in New Delhi for talks on…

Rishabh Pant feared for his cricket career after bad accident

INDIA wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant revealed he feared the amputation of his right leg after being involved in a horrific car crash 13 months ago. Pant was driving from Delhi to his hometown of Roorkee, in north India, to meet his family when his car crashed into the median divider on…

US-India armed drones deal clears Congress block

THE US State Department has approved the potential sale of 31 armed MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones, related missiles and equipment to India for nearly $4 billion (£3.17bn), the Pentagon said last Thursday (1), years after the two countries started discussing a deal. India has long expressed interest in buying large, armed…

Alia Bhatt to be executive producer for Richie Mehta’s ‘Poacher’

Streaming platform Prime Video on Tuesday announced that actress Alia Bhatt is turning executive producer for its upcoming Amazon original series Poacher. Emmy Award winner Richie Mehta of Delhi Crime fame has directed the crime drama, which is set to premiere on Prime Video on February 23. It is produced…

Labour party aims to boost trade ties with India

Labour party’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy and shadow business and trade secretary Jonathan Reynolds on Monday (5) began a three-day visit to India to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties. The Labour leaders will visit Delhi and Mumbai to meet senior Indian politicians and business leaders and discuss their party’s…

Marshmello to perform in India in March 2024

Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Marshmello is set to enthrall Indian fans at the Sunburn Holi Tour. As per a statement, Marshmello will begin his India Tour with his first stop in Bengaluru on March 22, followed by his acts in New Delhi on March 23, Mumbai on March 24, and…

South Indian superstar Vijay forays into politics

South superstar Thalapathy Vijay on Friday officially announced the name of his political party as ‘Tamilaga Vetri Kazham’ (TVK). Vijay, in a statement, said, “We are not going to contest the 2024 elections and we are not going to any party. We have made this decision on General and Executive…

Authorities demolish centuries-old Delhi mosque in forest reserve cleanup

BULLDOZERS have knocked down a centuries-old mosque in India's capital, a member of the building's managing committee said Thursday (1), during a demolition drive to remove "illegal" structures from a forest reserve. The demolition comes at a sensitive time in India with nationalist activists emboldened in their long campaign for…

Korean artists to showcase their work at India Art Fair…

Korean artists are set to showcase their work at the world's largest art fair, The India Art Fair, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Korean Cultural Centre India participates in the Institutions section of the India Art Fair 2024. Korean Cultural Centre India will represent world-renowned media artist Lee…

Labour launches new initiatives to win back British Indian voters

Amidst concerns of dwindling support from the UK's largest ethnic minority, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is implementing new strategies to reengage with British Indians. Recent initiatives include recruiting two community outreach volunteers, revitalising the Labour Friends of India group, and arranging a visit to India for senior shadow ministers David…

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…

Court has butter chicken lawsuit on menu as two eateries…

BUTTER CHICKEN – one of India’s best-known dishes globally – is delicious and apparently also contentious, with two Indian restaurant chains doing battle in court over claims to its origins. The lawsuit – which has become a hot topic in India – was brought by the family behind Moti Mahal,…

Global appetite for rice drives Pakistan exports to record high

PAKISTAN’S rice exports are likely to jump to a record high in the year ending in June as India’s decision to curb its own shipments forces buyers to purchase more from Islamabad. The record exports are helping to alleviate tight supplies following the restrictions imposed last year by India, the…

‘Indian Police Force’ review: Spin-off series of Bollywood cop universe…

THOSE familiar with the work of producer and director Rohit Shetty in Bollywood will know that his films are largely defined by stunning action and mostly poor storylines. While it’s easy to get away with a product that is style over substance in cinema, the same is not the case…

The Shahenshah of Bollywood

THE vigilante action drama, Shahenshah, generated a tidal wave of excitement when it was released on February 12, 1988. Amitabh Bachchan’s return to the big screen after more than two years away from it gave him another career-defining role and was the secondhighest grossing movie of that year. Tinnu Anand’s…

India cooperates with Canada on Nijjar murder probe

INDIA is cooperating with Canada and bilateral ties are improving after tensions spiked over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia, a top Canadian official told CTV in an interview published on Friday (26). Diplomatic relations soured after prime minister Justin Trudeau last year said Canada was…

India and France collaborate on defence equipment production

INDIA and France have agreed to work together on the joint production of defence equipment including helicopters and submarines for the Indian armed forces and production for friendly countries, New Delhi said. The deal was reached during a visit by French president Emmanuel Macron, who met prime minister Narendra Modi…

Survey reveals Gyanvapi mosque built over Hindu temple, claim petitioners

THE Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found that a 17th century mosque in one of Hinduism's holiest cities was built after destroying a Hindu temple that existed there, a lawyer for Hindu petitioners said, a possible new flashpoint in a decades-long dispute. Muslim lawyers in the legal case being…

India rolls out red carpet for Macron as France eyes…

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron arrives as the guest of honour in India on Thursday (25) with a sumptuous palace feast and colourful military parade, as France eyes lucrative deals with the world's fifth-biggest economy. Macron will be offered a red carpet welcome by prime minister Narendra Modi with dinner in a…

Drop in Canada study permits for Indians

THE number of study permits Canada issued to Indian students fell sharply late last year after India ejected Canadian diplomats who would process the permits and fewer Indian students applied due to a diplomatic dispute over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada, a top Canadian official told…

Understanding US politics

SOME of the old witticisms are the best. Take, for example, this observation on America in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” “Where do bad Americans go?” “They stay in America.” It seems nothing can stop Donald Trump from becoming…

Sculptor explains crafting black Ram idol as depicted in epic

THE new Ram idol consecrated at the temple on Monday (23) will be known as “Balak Ram” as it depicts the deity as a five-yearold boy in a standing posture. Arun Dixit, a priest associated with the consecration ceremony, said, “The reason for naming the idol of Lord Ram as…

Dev Patel, Mindy Kaling’s ‘To Kill A Tiger’ nominated at…

To Kill A Tiger, set in a small Indian village, was on Tuesday nominated for the best documentary feature at the 2024 Academy Awards. A Canadian production, To Kill A Tiger is directed by Delhi-born Nisha Pahuja, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto. Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel and actress-producer Mindy…

Indian labourers eye quick bucks as they queue for jobs…

THOUSANDS of men queued in India’s northern state of Haryana during a recruitment drive to send workers to Israel, where the offensive in Gaza, now in its fourth month, has caused a shortage of labour. Masons, painters, electricians, plumbers and some farmers said they were looking for jobs in Israel.…

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…

India’s stock market pips Hong Kong to become world’s fourth…

INDIA's stock market has edged out Hong Kong to become the world's fourth-largest, a milestone that underscores growing global investor optimism about New Delhi's economic prospects, Bloomberg said Tuesday (23). The total value of shares listed on Indian exchanges hit $4.3 trillion on Monday (22), slightly higher than Hong Kong's…

Dev Patel talks about his Oscar-tipped film ‘To Kill A…

Dev Patel is in the news for a special documentary film he is executive-producing along with Mindy Kaling. Titled To Kill A Tiger, the documentary charts the emotional journey of Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, India, who forces a social reckoning after his 13-year-old daughter is the victim of a…

What are the contentious events behind India’s Ayodhya temple?

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi led a ceremony on Monday (22) to consecrate a grand new temple to the Hindu god-king Ram, delivering on a campaign promise his political party made more than three decades ago. The construction, begun in 2020, had been a contentious issue as the temple stands…

British Sikhs urge Macron to ‘pull out’ of India’s Republic…

British Sikhs urged French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (18) to withdraw from India's Republic Day parade due to the alleged targeting of Sikhs in other countries. India announced last month that Macron had accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be guest of honour at the January…

Priyanka, Nick visit temple on daughter’s birthday

Celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas recently celebrated their daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas's second birthday. On Wednesday, the actress took to Instagram and shared a string of pictures from her daughter's second birthday celebrations. She captioned the post, "She is our miracle. And she is 2," followed by…

Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed twice in 2022, new data…

INDIAN and Chinese soldiers clashed at least two times in 2022 along their Himalayan frontier where they have been involved in a bitter standoff since 2020, according to new details that have emerged from the Indian Army's gallantry award citations. The incidents involved hand-to-hand combat and came as New Delhi…

Dhairya Karwa: From a 9-to-5 job to film star

DHAIRYA KARWA was working as a data analyst when the acting bug bit him so hard that he quit his 9-to-5 job and landed up in Mumbai. After a few successful modelling assignments, he notched up his first role in the critically and commercially successful film Uri: The Surgical Strike…

Rising costs curb India’s appetite for Russian oil

INDIAN purchases of Russian crude in defiance of Western pressure over the Ukraine war have fallen to an 11-month low as the price tag on the discounted oil rises, figures show. Since the invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago, India has bought hundreds of millions of barrels of cut-price…

Maldives sets March deadline for troops from India to leave

THE Maldivian president told India last Sunday (14) to withdraw its nearly 100 troops by March 15, a day after returning from China where he signed a raft of deals. New Delhi considers the Indian Ocean archipelago to be within its sphere of influence, but the Maldives has shifted into…

30 flights delayed; train schedules disrupted amidst dense fog in…

The dense fog and extreme cold that enveloped Delhi on Tuesday (16) disrupted air and rail travel, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. Approximately 30 trains, including the Rani Kamalapati-Hazrat Nizamuddin Vande Bharat and Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express, were delayed at New Delhi Railway Station. #WATCH | Delhi: Passengers face difficulty at…

Vir Das fires back as netizen suggests economy travel

The award-winning comedian-actor Vir Das, who is known for his witty responses to social media users, recently praised an IndiGo cabin crew member for standing up alone in front of a passenger who assaulted a pilot because the aircraft was delayed for 13 hours. However, his praise did not go…

Richie Mehta’s ‘Poacher’ to premiere on Feb 23

Emmy-award-winning director Richie Mehta, who was behind the hit series Delhi Crime, is returning to the streaming universe with new crime drama Poacher, which is set to premiere on Prime Video on February 23. The show, produced by QC Entertainment, the Oscar-winning production and finance company responsible for feature film…

Maldives stands firm against bullying; president declares amid row with…

After returning from China, Maldives president Mohamed Muizzu asserted that despite its small size, the Maldives would not tolerate bullying. The statement came following the signing of several deals in China as tensions with New Delhi intensified. New Delhi considers the Indian Ocean archipelago to be within its sphere of…

New crop of actors can’t read dialogues in Hindi script:…

Veteran lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar says he has to write Hindi dialogues in the Roman script for the new generation of actors today because "they can't read anything else". The 79-year-old poet was speaking at a session titled 'Hindi & Urdu: Siamese Twins', held on Thursday evening at the India International…

American rapper G-Eazy to perform in India

American rapper G-Eazy has a surprise for his fans in India. The 'Good Life' hitmaker is all set to perform in India in February. As per a statement, G-Eazy will first enthrall the audience of Bengaluru on February 10. After Bengaluru, he will perform in Delhi-NCR on February 11. His…

Over 150 armed CISF commandos to secure Ayodhya airport

Official sources have confirmed that the centre has approved a security deployment exceeding 150 CISF personnel for the Ayodhya airport, in anticipation of the upcoming consecration ceremony at the Ram temple on January 22. The "Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham" is the country's 68th civil airport terminal to come under…

Ayodhya set for daily influx of 300,000 visitors

In the foreseeable future, an estimated daily footfall of over 300,000 individuals is anticipated in the north Indian town of Ayodhya. The layout for the temple town has been crafted by Dikshu Kukreja, the chief architect overseeing the project, drawing insights from various global destinations like Vatican City, Cambodia, and…

Rajnath Singh starts UK tour with visit to Gandhi memorial

INDIA’s defence minister Rajnath Singh arrived in London on Monday (8) for a three-day visit focusing on the India-UK defence partnership as well as security and industrial cooperation. Singh has been accompanied by a Ministry of Defence delegation comprising officials from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Service Headquarters,…

‘India-Pakistan talks collapsed in 2001 due to Musharraf’s Kashmir views’

The Agra Summit in 2001 collapsed primarily due to Pervez Musharraf's public airing of hawkish Kashmir views, his insufficient actions against terrorism, and his insistence on linking overall progress to developments in Kashmir, not solely due to LK Advani's firm stance. This is what Ambassador Ajay Bisaria, who served as…

Manoj Bajpayee recalls being mocked for his poor English

Multiple Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee said that he was mocked mercilessly for his poor English when he first enrolled at Delhi University. The actor, who hailed from a small town in the Indian state of Bihar, said that he wanted to ‘transform’ himself into a whole new person after enrolling…

India’s Rajnath Singh to discuss defence, security issues with Shapps

INDIAN defence minister Rajnath Singh will discuss bilateral issues with his UK counterpart Grant Shapps during his official visit, the ministry of defence said in a statement. Singh arrived in UK on Monday (8) night. Notably, this marks the first visit of a sitting Indian defence minister to the UK…

Celebrities promote ‘Indian Islands’ amid Maldives controversy

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

India signs bilateral Haj agreement 2024 with Saudi Arabia

India and Saudi Arabia inked a bilateral agreement on Sunday (7), designating New Delhi a quota of 175,025 pilgrims for the 2024 annual Haj pilgrimage. Minority Affairs Minister Smriti Irani accompanied by Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan signed the Bilateral Haj Agreement 2024 with Saudi Minister of…

Gujarat riots: India’s top court reverses convicts’ early release

INDIA's top court ruled Monday (8) that 11 murderers convicted of a gang rape that drew global outrage but who were released early must return to jail. Bilkis Bano and two of her children were the only survivors among a group of Muslims attacked by a Hindu mob in the…

Ajay Devgn returns to headline ‘Raid 2’

Well-known Hindi film actor Ajay Devgn is officially returning to headline the sequel to his 2018 hit Raid, the makers announced on Saturday. Titled Raid 2, the movie is being directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, who also helmed the first part that saw Devgn playing the role of IRS officer…

A year of elections

BILLIONS of voters across south Asia, the UK and the US will go to polls in the next 12 months in what will be a test of democracy, analysits have told Eastern Eye. In the UK, prime minister Rishi Sunak has to call a general election by January 28, 2025,…

Indian Navy foils hijack attempt; rescues merchant vessel crew

THE Indian Navy on Friday (5) rescued the crew of a merchant vessel after its attempted hijack in the Arabian Sea and said it had not found any pirates on board. An Indian Navy warship intercepted the Liberian-flagged MV Lila Norfolk bulk carrier less than a day after it received…

Indian community members get ‘extortion calls’ in Canada

India expressed deep concern on Thursday (4) over reports indicating that certain members of the Indian community in the Canadian province of British Columbia received “extortion calls.” The comments by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal came in response to a question at a media briefing. "It is a matter…

Assam bus-truck collision kills 12 as dense fog grips India

A head-on collision between a truck and a bus claimed the lives of at least 12 people, leaving 38 others injured in Assam's Golaghat district on Wednesday (3). The collision occurred amidst dense fog that blanketed sections of eastern, northern, and central India, severely limiting visibility. Delhi experienced a bone-chilling…

Kavita to kickstart 33rd edition of Lakshminarayana Global Music

Music icons Kavita Krishnamurthy and L. Subramaniam are all set to enthrall the Delhiites with the 33rd edition of Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (LGMF). The couple will present music enthusiasts with a symphony of world music at the upcoming edition of LGMF, which will kickstart in the national capital on…

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…

PPP candidate pledges to foster better relations between Pakistan and…

Saveera Parkash, the first Hindu candidate vying for the general elections from the Buner constituency in the tumultuous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said she would facilitate diplomatic connections between Pakistan and India if she is elected. A doctor by profession, 25-year-old Saveera last week filed her nomination papers from the Pakistan…

Modi takes on critics in rare media interview

INDIA’S prime minister, Narendra Modi, does not give press interviews, so why did he choose to give one just before Christmas to the Financial Times, of all papers? The FT, a respected newspaper with digital subscribers all over the world, has been sustained in its relentless attacks on the ruling…

New and returning Hindi shows to stream in 2024

Streaming services Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, SonyLIV, and ZEE5 are packing ample programming, including new as well as returning shows to keep audiences entertained throughout 2024. Here are some of the most anticipated shows of the year: Netflix Killer Soup: The first new original series from the streamers stars…

India, Pakistan swap nuclear installations lists as per tradition

India and Pakistan on Monday (1) engaged in their annual practice of exchanging a list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement. This pact, initiated in 1992, prohibits either side from targeting the other's atomic facilities. The exchange of the list took place under the provisions of an agreement…

Sunak aims for Free Trade Agreement with India by April

According to a UK media report, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aims to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) with India by Easter, which falls at the end of March 2024. The India-UK FTA talks began in January last year, aimed at significantly enhancing the £36-billion bilateral trading partnership. A new…

Dua Lipa feels ‘beyond lucky’ to end 2023 in India

Pop singer Dua Lipa, who is on vacation with her family in India, on Sunday, penned a heartwarming note about ending 2023 in the country The Grammy winner, known for songs such as "Levitating" and "Houdini", also thanked the Indian people for extending their love and hospitality to her and…

Wealthy Indian American family found dead in US mansion

A wealthy Indian American couple and their teenage daughter were found dead in their $5 million mansion in the US state of Massachusetts in an apparent domestic violence incident, according to media reports. The bodies of Rakesh Kamal, 57, his wife, Teena, 54, and their 18-year-old daughter, Ariana, were found…

Modi to inaugurate BAPS temple in Abu Dhabi

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to inaugurate the Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi in February next year, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha said in a statement. Swami Ishwarcharandas, Swami Brahmaviharidas and other BAPS representatives visited the prime minister at his New Delhi residence to extend an invitation for…

Cow protectors turn politicians ahead of elections in India

SCORES of cow protectors in recent years have been accused of using violence to carry out extra-judicial activities in India, often finding themselves at odds with law enforcement, even as many won acclaim for defending the Hindu faith. Now some of these operatives are transferring their clout into grassroots political…

Qatar reduces death sentences for Indian Navy personnel

INDIA's foreign ministry said Thursday (28) that Qatar had reduced the sentence of eight ex-navy personnel, arrested reportedly for spying for Israel and put on death row. Indian media have reported that the eight Indian nationals -- among them former high-ranking and decorated officers, including captains who once commanded warships…

Putin invites Modi for Russia visit in 2024

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (27) invited prime minister Narendra Modi to visit Russia next year as external affairs minister S Jaishankar called on the Russian leader at the Kremlin. "We will be glad to see our friend, prime minister Modi in Russia," Putin told Jaishankar. Jaishankar, who is in…

Police suspect deliberate plan in attack near Israeli embassy

Officials examining the blast near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi that occurred on Tuesday (26) believe it was a well-coordinated plan. They suggest the perpetrators were aware of the absence of CCTV cameras on Prithviraj Road, police sources said on Wednesday (27). A low-intensity blast occurred in the area…

India may skip Davis Cup game in Pakistan

INDIA may be forced to forfeit a Davis Cup play-off hosted by rival Pakistan, with the local tennis association saying Thursday (28) that the team was waiting on government approval to travel. The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought several wars since winning independence from British rule in 1947, and sporting contests…

Robert Vadra linked to London property under money laundering probe

Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of former Congress president, Sonia Gandhi was accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday (26), of renovating and staying in a London property that is considered as “proceeds of crime” in a money laundering case involving alleged middleman Sanjay Bhandari. Bhandari fled to the UK…

Karan Johar pens appreciation post for Alia and Ranveer

Ace filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday penned a long appreciation post for the lead cast of his film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, Alia Bhatt, and Ranveer Singh. Taking to Instagram, Karan shared a new selfie with both the actors. About Alia, KJo wrote in his caption, "Before the…

Dua Lipa visits Bangla Sahib and Humayun Tomb in Delhi

Singer Dua Lipa is currently enjoying her vacation in India along with her family members. After recently visiting Rajasthan, she headed to New Delhi and sought blessings at the famous Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and visited the Humayun's tomb. Taking to Instagram, Dua Lipa's father Dukagjin Lipa shared a string of…

Indian navy bolsters Arabian Sea forces after attacks

THE Indian navy said it is deploying three warships and reconnaissance aircraft in the Arabian Sea to "maintain a deterrent presence" after a string of recent shipping attacks. Three guided-missile destroyers as well as P8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft were being deployed following "the recent spate of attacks in the…

India arrests two senior employees of Chinese company Vivo

India's financial crime-fighting agency has arrested two senior employees working for Chinese smartphone maker Vivo's India unit, a source directly involved with the case said on Saturday, which the company vowed to challenge legally. The arrests come two months after the Enforcement Directorate arrested four industry executives, including one Chinese…

Koreans and Indians similar in their love for movies: director…

South Korean filmmaker Kim Shin Ho-San, whose critically acclaimed short My Unnie (My Elder Sister) was screened in New Delhi recently, says she has always thought that Indians and Koreans share a common love for movies and are good at mathematics. The film, which won the grand prize at the…

Macron to attend India’s Republic Day parade

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron will be the guest of honour at India's Republic Day parade in January, New Delhi announced Friday (22), days after US president Joe Biden backed out. Macron "will be visiting India as the chief guest for the 75th Republic Day celebrations" on prime minister Narendra Modi's…

Fossilised dinosaur eggs ‘worshipped’ in Indian village

Villagers in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, residents had been worshipping stone balls they discovered as "Kuldevtas," only to later discover that these were fossilised dinosaur eggs. According to local beliefs, the villagers in Padalya, Dhar, regarded these stones, found during farming, as sacred entities named "Kakad Bhairav" or…

Sikh leader targeted in alleged Indian murder plot receives daily…

THE US Sikh man, who was the intended victim of a purported assassination scheme allegedly orchestrated by an Indian government official, has revealed that he continues to receive hundreds of threats daily, reported The Guardian. Despite India's pledge of investigating the murder-for-hire conspiracy, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun remains under the persistent…

Modi pledges probe into alleged plot to kill Sikh leader

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi said India will investigate any evidence provided regarding an alleged plot to kill a Sikh separatist in the US, the Financial Times reported Wednesday (20). The US Justice Department last month charged an Indian citizen with plotting to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader on US soil,…

Family of Sikh activist urges fresh investigation into his death

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

Trudeau sees shift in India relations after US plot revealed

CANADIAN prime minister Justin Trudeau said he senses a change in India's tone with Ottawa after the United States warned New Delhi about its involvement in a thwarted plot to kill a Sikh separatist leader on US soil, the CBC reported on Wednesday (20). "I think there is a beginning…

AI: a boon or a bane for Bollywood?

The Delhi Police on Wednesday tracked down four suspects who were involved in uploading Indian actress Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video online. However, the hunt for the creators of the wildly circulated video and the main conspirator behind it is still on. Mandanna, who is a popular name in India’s southern…

February deadline for India-UK FTA talks to allow for election…

A NEW round of discussions in the ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK will begin in the New Year after the 13th round was completed last week, a joint outcome statement issued by the British government said on Monday (18). The Department for Business and Trade…

Delhi Police tracks down suspects in Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake case

Four suspects involved in uploading a deepfake video of actress Rashmika Mandana online have been tracked and the hunt is on to nab the main conspirator, police said on Wednesday. However, the four suspects turned out to be uploaders, not creators, the police said, adding that they were looking for…

Indian MPs suspended over calls for parliament security breach debate

NEARLY 100 opposition MPs were temporarily barred from India’s parliament for demanding a debate into last week’s protest when a smoke canister was released in the legislature. The 92 suspended MPs include opposition leaders in both houses of parliament. Six people were arrested after the protest last Wednesday (13), when…

India and Oman adopt vision document, eye swift conclusion of…

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik on Saturday (16), adopted a vision document aimed at bolstering cooperation in approximately 10 crucial sectors. Their "productive" discussions focused on reviving India-Oman strategic ties and emphasised the need to swiftly conclude a comprehensive economic partnership…

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…

Japanese world champion Nozomi Okuhara shares travel ordeal in India

Former Japanese world champion and Olympic medallist shuttler Nozomi Okuhara recently recounted a challenging travel experience during her visit to India, where she fell victim to notorious taxi drivers in Delhi and faced a four-hour wait before being allotted a hotel room in Cuttack, Odisha. The 28-year-old Okuhara, took to…

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…

‘Legends’ Sreesanth and Gambhir in ‘fixer’ row

FORMER India fast bowler S Sreesanth last Thursday (7) alleged that ex-teammate Gautam Gambhir called him a “fixer” during a Legends League Cricket (LLC) match. The World Cup-winning players were involved in a heated exchange during an Eliminator match between Indian Capitals and Gujarat Giants. The umpires had to intervene…

Security breach in Indian parliament, man jumps into MPs’ area

A MAN jumped into the MPs' area of the lower house of India's parliament on Wednesday (13), in a major security breach on the 22nd anniversary of a deadly attack on the complex. TV channels showed a man wearing a black jacket jump from the visitors' area into the MPs'…

Australia’s Sutherland tops Women’s Premier League auction

SOME of the world's top women cricketers netted lucrative deals during Saturday's (9) Women's Premier League auction in India, with Australian all-rounder Annabel Sutherland snapped up for $240,000 by Delhi Capitals. Sutherland, 22, hails from a prominent cricketing family and was the equal most-expensive player at auction alongside Indian all-rounder…

Trailer for docuseries ‘James May: Our Man in India’ out

After visiting Japan and Italy, the third season of the Our Man In... series brings James May to India, with the popular presenter touring Mumbai, Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Darjeeling, and more scenic and vibrant tourist destinations. Prime Video on Tuesday dropped the trailer for James May: Our Man in…

Family of Kerala nurse on death row in Yemen seeks…

A court has asked the Indian government whether it was willing to grant permission to the mother of Kerala nurse, Nimisha Priya, who is on death row in Yemen, along with three others to travel to that country. They wanted to travel to Yemen to negotiate with the victim’s family…

Kissinger’s south Asia policies a ‘strategic fiasco’

DR HENRY KISSINGER, who died last Wednesday (29), aged 100, was an American diplomat of Jewish-German extraction who served as national security adviser and secretary of state to US presidents Richard Nixon and his successor, Gerald Ford. Kissinger’s long life was proof of the old adage, “You can fool all…

Indian American with Kashmir roots running for US Congress

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

Maxwell to play in IPL until he ‘can’t walk anymore’

AUSTRALIA all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been so good to him that he will play in the lucrative T20 competition until he "can't walk anymore". The IPL has been the perfect platform to showcase Maxwell's explosive batting and the 35-year-old is one of four foreign…

US official discusses plot to kill Sikh separatist during India…

A US delegation, headed by White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer, visited New Delhi on Monday (4). During the visit, Finer acknowledged India's establishment of an investigative panel to examine an unsuccessful plot involving the assassination of a Sikh separatist in the US. "Mr. Finer acknowledged India's establishment…

India orders probe into ‘cash-for-kidney’ allegations

INDIA has ordered an investigation into allegations of a cash-for-kidney scam against a prominent Delhi hospital, official sources said on Tuesday (4). It follows a report in the Sunday Telegraph (3) which claimed “desperate young villagers” from Myanmar are flown to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and “paid to donate their kidneys…

COP28: India, China refrain from signing renewable energy pledge

INDIA and China both on Saturday (2) refrained from signing the pledge at the COP28 climate summit to triple the world's renewable energy capacity by 2030 even though New Delhi already committed to it as part of its G20 presidency. During the UN's climate talks in Dubai, 118 countries committed…

Kissinger advocated strong ties with India during Modi’s leadership

HENRY KISSINGER, known for his disdain for India's leadership in the 1970s, has been advocating stronger US-India ties in the past decade under prime minister Narendra Modi. After Modi came to power in 2014, Kissinger, also the former US National Security Advisor, has been advocating strong ties with India. When…

European Union Film Festival to open on Dec 1

The 28th edition of the European Union Film Festival, which spotlights the best in European Cinema and offers an immersive experience with a focus on celebrating women's stories told by women filmmakers, is set to open on December 1, 2023, in New Delhi. This year’s line-up includes 28 films in…

Canada seeks greater cooperation from India amid US allegations

Canada urged India on Wednesday (29) to cooperate in an investigation regarding the murder involving a Sikh separatist in British Columbia. The request came after the US revealed it had prevented an assassination attempt against a Sikh separatist on its soil. The U.S. Justice Department said earlier on Wednesday it…

Indian national charged with plotting to assassinate Sikh separatist in…

An Indian national has been charged with conspiring to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader on US territory, the Justice Department said on Wednesday (29). The allegations suggest the involvement of an Indian government official in the planning process. The Justice Department unsealed murder-for-hire charges against Nikhil Gupta, 52, "in connection…

India honours WWII US servicemen with Himalayan museum

INDIA paid tribute Wednesday (29) to the hundreds of US servicemen killed during World War II with the opening of a museum near its strategic border with China honouring the dramatic Himalayan airlift dubbed "The Hump". Telling the story of how Allied pilots flew the perilous route to supply Chinese…

India opts for coal comfort in meeting power demand

INDIA last Tuesday (21) asked private firms to ramp up investments in new coal-fired power plants to meet a dramatic rise in electricity demand and bridge nearly 30-gigawatts of additional requirement by 2030, despite international pressure to stop building such facilities. India’s power and renewable energy minister, RK Singh, in…

Sirat Taneja: Dynamics of a dual identity

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

India to probe US concerns linking it to foiled Pannun…

INDIA will formally investigate security concerns aired by the United States in a warning to New Delhi about its links to a foiled plot to murder a Sikh separatist leader, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday (29). The issue comes at a delicate time for both India and the Biden…

Khalistani activists heckle Indian ambassador during visit to US Gurdwara

Pro-Khalistan activists heckled the Indian ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, during his visit to a gurdwara in New York on Sunday (26), forcing him to leave the premises. Videos circulated widely depicted the activists shouting and accusing Ambassador Sandhu of plotting the assassination of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep…

Afghan embassy in India announces ‘permanent closure’

AFGHANISTAN'S embassy in India announced its "permanent closure" on Friday (24), more than two years after the Taliban returned to power in Kabul following the collapse of the Western-backed government. Most foreign nations - including India - do not officially recognise Afghanistan's Taliban government, but acknowledge them as the de…

Ranbir gets daughter’s name inked on collarbone

There's no greater feeling than embracing parenthood and Ranbir Kapoor is no exception, as he got her daughter Raha's name inked on her collarbone. Ranbir, who is busy promoting his upcoming action thriller Animal, recently revealed his tattoo. A video of Ranbir went viral on social media in which he…

‘Farray’ Review: Imaginative, intelligent and features a starmaking performance from…

Jamtara director Soumendra Padhi is back to woo audiences with yet another intriguing tale in his new film Farray, which translates to chits. It is based on the Thai film Bad Genius, which in turn was inspired by true-life events. Farray has been in the news for quite some time…

Qatar court accepts India’s appeal against Navy personnel’s death sentence

A court in Qatar has admitted the Indian government’s appeal against the death penalty handed down to eight former Indian Navy personnel in that country, according to media reports. The Qatari court on Thursday (23) admitted the appeal filed by the Indian government and the next hearing is to be…

This industry requires patience and sacrifices: Ranbir

In his little over a 15-year career, Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor says many lessons have been learned but patience and sacrifice are the two key elements an aspiring actor should swear by. Ranbir made his debut with 2007's Saawariya and is regarded as one of the most talented actors of…

US foils plot to kill Sikh separatist; warns India

US authorities thwarted a plot to kill a Sikh separatist in the country and issued a warning to India over concerns the government in New Delhi was involved, a senior Biden administration official said. The US is treating the plot with utmost seriousness and has raised the issue with the…

I hope we all just get sillier: Vir Das on…

He is still "just a guy on a stool" for whom the audience's laughter will always be more precious than accolades, says Vir Das, the first Indian comic to win an International Emmy Award. Das won the award for his Netflix stand-up special Vir Das: Landing in the Best Comedy…

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…

Family of detained Scot appeals to Cameron for intervention

THE family of a Scottish man who has been detained in India for six years has appealed to the new foreign secretary to intervene and potentially save his life. Jagtar Singh Johal, a 36-year-old Sikh activist, faces terror charges in connection with political violence in India. His family has written…

‘News of ODIs’ demise has been exaggerated’

INDIA played the tournament’s best cricket for nearly six weeks but it was the familiar sight of Australia celebrating with the trophy when the 13th edition of the ICC World Cup came to a close last Sunday (19). Just five months after beating India in the World Test Championship final…

ICE’s first Indian-origin chief

THE Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), an independent professional association for civil engineers and a charitable body in the UK representing 95,000 members, has elected the first Indian-origin president in its 205-year history in professor Anusha Shah (top). As the institution’s 159th president, Shah took charge of her new role…

Maldives leader wants Indian troops out

THE president of the Maldives, Mohamed Muizzu, formally requested last Saturday (18) that India withdraw its troops from his strategically located archipelago, fulfilling an election pledge on his first day in office. In a conversation with a visiting Indian minister, Muizzu asked New Delhi to recall personnel deployed to operate…

Gandhi family’s assets seized in money laundering probe

INDIA’S money laundering investigators on Tuesday (21) said they seized properties worth ₹7.52 billion (£72 million) in a probe linked to a nine-year-old complaint against opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia. The complaint, lodged by an MP from prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…

India restarts tourism and business e-visas for Canadians

INDIA resumed issuing e-visas for Canadian tourists and business travellers on Wednesday (22), two months after it suspended such services following a row over Ottawa's accusation of possible Indian government involvement in the murder of the Canadian Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Though the move is likely to ease…

First video emerges of workers trapped in collapsed Indian tunnel

Indian rescuers on Tuesday (21), publicly released the first video footage featuring the workers confined within the Silkyara tunnel for the past ten days. The visuals were captured using an endoscopic camera sent in through the alternative 6-inch food pipeline. In the video, the workers, wearing yellow and white helmets,…

Vir Das wins first International Emmy Award

Actor-comic Vir Das has become the first Indian to win the International Emmy Award for his Netflix stand-up special Vir Das: Landing in the best comedy category and has dedicated the honour to his home country, India. The 51st International Emmy Awards Gala was held at the New York Hilton…

Women mostly donate kidneys to men in India

An evaluation of data from the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (Notto) in India has revealed that a significant majority of organ donors in India are women. Between 1995 and 2021, among the 36,640 patients who underwent transplants, approximately four out of five living donors were women. Correspondingly, four…

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

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

India urges Canada to uphold Vienna Convention for diplomatic relations

During a media briefing in Delhi on Thursday (16), India urged Canada to facilitate a conducive environment in accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, to enable its officials to perform their duties without impediments or security issues. India's fresh call to Ottawa came days after certain pro-Khalistani elements…

India urges FTA safeguards amid concerns over UK carbon tax

INDIA is worried about Britain's possible tax on imports of high-carbon goods like steel and wants a mechanism in their planned free-trade agreement (FTA) to address issues arising from such a measure, three Indian sources said. Earlier this year, Britain initiated consultations with domestic stakeholders on measures such as a…

Jaishankar seeks evidence on Canada’s allegations over Nijjar murder

INDIAN external affairs minister S Jaishankar has said that India is not ruling out an investigation into Canada’s allegations about the involvement of the government’s agents in the killing of a Khalistani separatist in that country but wants it to provide evidence to back its claims. Jaishankar made the comments…

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

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

Cameron helped strengthen India-UK ties

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

India-bound pigeon peas stranded in Mozambique fueling inflation worries

AT LEAST 150,000 metric tons of pigeon peas bound for India are held up at ports in Mozambique awaiting export permission from customs despite multiple requests from sellers over the past few weeks, five industry officials said last Wednesday (8). India, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pigeon peas,…

European Union Film Fest to return in Delhi in December

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will return with its 28th edition in New Delhi on December 1. The 10-day film gala, which aims to celebrate the cultural connect between India and the European Union through the world of cinema, will take place across three locations -- the Indian Habitat…

Charting the roadmap for UK foreign policy in India

DAVID CAMERON has replaced James Cleverly as Britain’s foreign secretary, but just how the job is done at the coal face is explained by Andrew Fleming, who took over last week as the new British deputy high commissioner in Kolkata. Just before leaving for India, Fleming sat in the Page…

China, Pakistan navies hold drills in Arabian Sea

THE Chinese and Pakistani navies are holding weeklong drills in the Arabian Sea days after the Russian Pacific Fleet and Myanmar practised repelling attacks in their first maritime exercise, while India and the United States pledged security cooperation. At a naval base in Karachi on Saturday (11), the Chinese and…

Trudeau says Canada not seeking ‘fight’ with India right now

Prime minister Justin Trudeau has emphasised that Canada does not seek a "fight" with India at the moment, but reiterated his allegations, expressing Ottawa's desire to "work constructively" with New Delhi on this "very serious matter". Addressing the media on Friday (10), Trudeau also alleged that India violated the Vienna…

Three Indian cities among world’s 10 most polluted after Diwali

TWO Indian cities joined New Delhi to be among the world's worst 10 for pollution on Monday (13) morning, with smoke heavy in the air a day after revellers let loose with firecrackers for Diwali - the annual Hindu festival of light. The capital New Delhi took, as it often…

Oman gaining popularity as preferred destination for Indian weddings

Officials have reported nearly a twofold increase in the number of Indian weddings hosted at star-category properties in Oman this year compared to the same period last year. A representative of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman said Omani officials began communicating with Indian wedding planners many…

India’s BJP enlists 25,000 Muslim community leaders for 2024 election

NAFIS ANSARI, a school principal who is Muslim, was enlisted this year by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a "Modi Mitr", or friend of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The resident of the central state of Madhya Pradesh promotes the party to neighbours and relatives at events such…

India and US strengthen defence ties amid global challenges

INDIA and the US announced progress on key defence deals and said they would expand their growing partnership in the face of geopolitical challenges as their top diplomats and senior ministers met on Friday (10). US secretary of state Antony Blinken and defense secretary Lloyd Austin met Indian foreign minister…

Allan Donald to quit as fast-bowling coach for Bangladesh

ALLAN DONALD will leave his post as Bangladesh's fast-bowling coach following the World Cup, officials and media said Friday (10), days after his public criticism in the wake of the "timed-out" row. Bangladesh will wrap up a disappointing Cricket World Cup campaign in India against Australia in Pune on Saturday…

First minister announces new Welsh, India economic initiative

WELSH first minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced a new Welsh and India economic initiative during the Indian government Diwali event in Cardiff, according to a statement. The Year of Wales in India 2024 plans to create greater economic and cultural ties between the two countries, the statement added. The official…

Delhi to induce artificial rain to combat air pollution

In an effort to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the Delhi government intends to artificially induce rainfall through cloud seeding this month, Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced on Wednesday (8). Rai held a meeting with scientists from IIT-Kanpur who explained that cloud seeding can only be attempted when there…

Sunak, Akshata celebrate Diwali at Downing Street

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, lit ceremonial lamps for Diwali at a special reception at 10 Downing Street, welcoming guests from the Indian diaspora, parliamentarians, entrepreneurs, and Hindi movie celebrities. The prime ministerial residence was decorated in a theme of vibrant marigolds and candles on Wednesday…

New Delhi’s Green War Room to fight rising air pollution

THE enemy is nearly invisible and there are no soldiers, but the Indian capital’s new “Green War Room” is battling air pollution that is cutting lives of residents by over a decade. “It’s a pollution emergency”, said Gopal Rai, environment minister for the rapidly expanding megacity of over 20 million…

Vicky Kaushal thought he wasn’t ‘handsome’ enough to play Sam…

Actor Vicky Kaushal said on Tuesday he initially thought he was not good-looking enough for the role of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in filmmaker Meghna Gulzar's Sam Bahadur. At the film's trailer launch event held at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, Kaushal said Gulzar told him about her desire…

Pollution forces city-wide closures of businesses, schools in Pakistan

HEAVY pollution-fuelled smog forced authorities to close schools and markets this week in Pakistan's most populous province, including the eastern city of Lahore which has risen to one of the world's worst cities for hazardous air quality. "The government has decided to close down markets for four days from 9…

Kavya Karnatac: ‘India’s geography is its biggest strength

THE rapid rise of educational content creators has taken social media users from scrolling for influencers, dance videos and comedy to something more enlightening. One of those reshaping that online landscape into something more informative is Kavya Karnatac. The rapidly rising Indian star has gained over million Instagram followers since…

Inhaling polluted air increases type 2 diabetes risk: Study

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

Nijjar death probe ‘tainted’ by Canada’s claim of India link,…

CANADA’S police probe into the June murder of a Sikh separatist in British Columbia has been damaged by a high-level official’s public statements, India’s high commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, told the Globe and Mail in an interview published last Saturday (4). Canada has alleged Indian involvement in the…

Blinken, Lloyd Austin to visit India for Indo-Pacific talks

US SECRETARY of state Antony Blinken and defence secretary Lloyd Austin will hold talks with India this week that officials say will focus on security challenges in the Indo-Pacific and concerns over China, rather than the wars in Gaza and Ukraine. The talks in New Delhi on Friday (10) with…

Hollywood star Charlize Theron reveals love for Bollywood films

AS A YOUNG girl being brought up in South Africa, Hollywood star Charlize Theron says watching Bollywood films was a Sunday routine as her native country has a sizeable Indian population. Theron, the star of countless and critically acclaimed Hollywood titles such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Blonde, Monster, The…

Angelo Mathews brands Shakib ‘disgraceful’ for ‘stooping so low’

SRI LANKA's Angelo Mathews branded Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan as "disgraceful" after he became the first player in 146 years of international cricket to be given "timed out" in a bitter World Cup clash. Mathews was adjudged to be out after failing to take strike within the two-minute time…

Air pollution affects brain, causes anxiety and cognitive decline: Doctors

The medical community in Delhi, India has raised alarms about the severe air pollution in the city. According to doctors, the polluted air not only impacts the lungs but also affects vital organs like the heart and brain in individuals of all age groups. There has been a sudden increase…

Pollution: New Delhi implements week-long vehicle ban

NEW DELHI will restrict the use of private vehicles for a week in a bid to offer residents some respite from the toxic smog choking the megacity, authorities announced Monday (6). Delhi, home to 30 million people, is blanketed in acrid smog at the onset of winter every year, primarily…

Canadian official damaged probe into Nijjar’s murder: Indian diplomat

CANADA'S police probe into the June murder of a Sikh separatist in British Columbia has been damaged by a high-level Canadian official's public statements, India's high commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, told the Globe and Mail in an interview published on Saturday (4). Canada has alleged Indian involvement in…

Growing up, I watched more Bollywood movies than American: Charlize…

As a young girl being brought up in South Africa, Hollywood star Charlize Theron says watching Bollywood films was a Sunday routine as her native country has a sizeable Indian population. Theron, the star of countless and critically acclaimed Hollywood titles such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Blonde, Monster, The…

Kangana Ranaut visits Somnath, Dwarkadhish temples

Actress Kangana Ranaut offered prayers at Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga and Dwarkadhish temple in Gujarat. She took to Instagram to share glimpses of her visit on Friday. She captioned the post in Hindi, "Today had darshan of Baba Somnath ji, and also went to Ram temple of Somnath with the help…

Rock band Deep Purple adds Gurugram stop to upcoming India…

British rock band Deep Purple, set to headline the Bandland music festival in December, will perform in Gurugram ahead of their show in Bengaluru, said online ticketing platform BookMyShow on Thursday. According to the organisers, the band has added a stopover in Gurugram after an overwhelming response from fans of…

Air pollution in New Delhi turns ‘severe’ days before Diwali

PEOPLE in New Delhi woke up to a thick layer of toxic haze on Friday (3), and some schools were ordered to be shut for two days as the air quality index (AQI) entered the "severe" category in several parts of the Indian capital. A filthy smog forms over Delhi…

India probing iPhone hacking complaints: IT minister

INDIA'S cyber security agency is investigating complaints of mobile phone hacking by senior opposition politicians who reported receiving warning messages from Apple, information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said. Vaishnaw was quoted in the Indian Express newspaper as saying on Thursday (2) that CERT-In, the computer emergency response team based in…

Mira Nair reveals she had recommended Irrfan Khan’s name to…

Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, known for films such as Birdman and The Revenant, was looking for an "Indian everyman" for a project, and filmmaker Mira Nair says she suggested Irrfan Khan's name, but it was not meant to be. According to Nair, Inarritu was looking for an Indian…

India won’t risk committing to costly cooling at COP28

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

Why Don’t We Have Direct Flights from India to UK?

Traveling between India and the United Kingdom is an experience that many people look forward to, whether it's for business, leisure, or visiting family and friends. However, there's a notable absence of direct flights connecting these two nations. If you've ever wondered why we don't have this convenient option, you're…

China starts joint ‘marine research’ with Sri Lanka amid India,…

SCIENTISTS from China and Sri Lanka are conducting joint “marine scientific” activities on board a Chinese research vessel, a senior official said on Tuesday (31), amid concerns voiced by India and the US. Scientists from the National Aquatic Research Agency (NARA), personnel from the Navy and the University of Ruhuna…

Cricket talent search on solid ground in Mumbai

IT IS not yet 7am and the sun has still to rise above a hazy Mumbai sky. But there is already a steady stream of cricketers of various ages heading into the city’s Oval Maidan, a large public park. Some are clad in traditional whites, with the children among them…

Manish Pushkale: Art inspired by the ‘bird whisperer’ of Andaman

AN UNUSUAL exhibition by Manish Pushkale, an Indian artist who has been inspired by a “bird whisperer” in the remote Andaman Islands, opened last week in Paris. The exhibition, in a series called Carte Blanche, will run at the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts until spring next year. The…

Indian opposition alleges ‘government attempt’ to hack lawmakers’ phones

INDIAN opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (31) accused prime minister Narendra Modi's government of trying to hack into senior opposition politicians' mobile phones, after they reported receiving warning messages from Apple. Some of the lawmakers shared screenshots on social media of a notification quoting the iPhone manufacturer as saying:…

Named after Raj Kapoor, Indian restaurant celebrates Uzbekistan’s love for…

In the heart of Tashkent, a city known for its rich history, stands an Indian restaurant celebrating the legacy of legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor and the love of the Uzbeks for him even 35 years after his death. Styled on the Bollywood theme, the 'Raaj Kapur' restaurant which is…

India vows to free its ex-navy personnel on Qatar death…

INDIA'S foreign minister on Monday (30) said the country would "make all efforts" to secure the release of eight ex-navy personnel sentenced to death by a court in Qatar, reportedly for spying for Israel. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said he had met the families of the detained Indians and told them the…

Vidhu Vinod Chopra says he didn’t have money, passport to…

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1979, for his 1978 documentary short, An Encounter with Faces, said in a recent interview that he had no money to attend the prestigious awards ceremony in the US. He also revealed that he did not have a…

Imperial College launches India Connect Fund for joint research

A NEW seed fund aimed at awarding grants for joint projects between scientists in India and the UK has been launched by Imperial College London. The India Connect Fund, to be formally announced at events in New Delhi and Bengaluru next week, is designed to back projects that have the…

England faces India amidst echoes of history in Lucknow battle

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

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne talks about India tour

It will be a couple of hours of letting your hair down, enjoying a night out, and reliving the special memories of teenage years, says Westlife member Nicky Byrne about the Irish band's upcoming three-city tour to India. The global best-selling pop band, comprising Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan, and…

Harrdy Sandhu announces maiden India tour

Singer-actor Harrdy Sandhu on Friday announced his first ever all-India tour titled In My Feelings. The musical tour, which will kickstart on November 18 and conclude in December, will travel to cities such as Delhi, Indore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Pune, and Bhubaneswar. Sandhu, known for songs such as "Bijlee Bijlee",…

India to resume visa services for Canadians amid diplomatic tensions

INDIA will reopen visa services for Canadians, its embassy in Ottawa announced, a move that could ease tensions in a high-profile dispute over the killing of a Sikh separatist on Canadian soil. Relations between India and Canada plunged after prime minister Justin Trudeau last month publicly linked Indian intelligence to…

India ‘shocked’ at Qatar death penalty for eight citizens

INDIA said on Thursday (26) that eight of its citizens had been sentenced to death by Qatar in a case that media reported involved high-ranking ex-naval officers accused of spying. New Delhi said it would "take up the verdict with Qatari authorities" and would continue to "extend all consular and…

Kangana Ranaut meets Israeli ambassador

Actress Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday met Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon and expressed confidence that the country will emerge victorious in its "war against terrorism". The actress, who is promoting her upcoming movie Tejas, shared photos and a video of her interaction, in which she discussed the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, with…

Cricket flaws raise big questions about India’s Olympic ambitions

INDIA’S competence to stage the Olympics, which prime minister Narendra Modi wants to do, has been questioned by Simon Wilde, cricket correspondent of The Times, who has written a blistering article about the alleged mismanagement of the World Cup currently under way. Wilde took the Board of Control for Cricket…

Ireland eyes enhanced trade ties with India

WHAT is the most important difference between Ireland and the United Kingdom? The answer is Brexit. Ireland is taking full advantage of its continued membership of the European Union – and seeking to attract new investment from India. This is why Ireland has opened a consulate in Mumbai, India’s commercial…

Dussehra 2023: Kangana Ranaut performs Ravana Dahan at Red Fort

On the occasion of Dussehra 2023, actor Kangana Ranaut, attended Delhi's largest Ramlila, organised annually at the historic Red Fort grounds for its iconic celebrations where she was given the honour to perform the Ravan Dahan. Apart from Kangana, CM Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena were also present…

Angad Bedi issues statement after demise of father Bishan Singh…

Legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi passed away on Monday at the age of 77 in Delhi after a prolonged illness. A day after his demise, his son Angad Bedi and daughter-in-law Neha Dhupia paid tribute to him via an official statement. The heartwarming note read, "Isn't it completely in Dad's…

Kangana to be first woman to burn Ravana effigy at…

Actress Kangana Ranaut is going to be the first woman to burn the Ravan effigy at the famous Lav Kush Ramlila, Red Fort ground, Delhi on the occasion of Dussehra 2023. Taking to Instagram, Kangana shared a video and made the announcement. She captioned the video, "In the 50 years…

Afghanistan send Pakistan crashing to shock defeat

AFGHANISTAN put on a superb batting and bowling display to hand Pakistan a stunning eight-wicket defeat in the Cricket World Cup on Monday (23). Chasing a 283-run target, Afghanistan were lifted by Ibrahim Zadran (87), Rahmat Shah (77 not out) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65) as they scored 286-2 in 49…

Indian cricket legend Bishan Singh Bedi dies at 77

Indian cricketing hero and spin great Bishan Singh Bedi has died aged 77, sports minister Anurag Thakur said Monday, calling it a "huge loss" to the sport. "Former captain of the Indian cricket team, a bowler who was always remembered by the nation, Bishan Singh Bedi, is no more," Thakur,…

Relations with Canada passing through difficult phase: India

INDIA on Sunday (22) said its relationship with Canada is passing through a difficult phase and there had been "continued interference" by Canadian personnel in New Delhi's internal affairs. The Indian government is angry that Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau last month suggested Indian agents might have been involved in…

England bowl first on Stokes return

BEN STOKES returned for faltering champions England on Saturday (21) as they made three changes before skipper Jos Buttler opted to field in a crunch World Cup clash against South Africa. The star all-rounder, who made 84 in England's 2019 World Cup final win, is playing his first game of…

UK and US strongly support Canada in diplomatic dispute with…

THE US and Britain urged New Delhi not to insist Canada reduce its diplomatic presence in India and expressed concern after Ottawa pulled out 41 diplomats amid a dispute over the murder of a Sikh separatist. Canada has alleged Indian involvement in the June murder in a Vancouver suburb of…

Bright future for India-UK business

THE outlook is very bright for British Indian businessmen (and women) if a UK-India Free Trade Agreement is signed – as prime ministers Rishi Sunak and Narendra Modi hope to do by the end of 2023 or at the latest by early next year. A senior Indian government source has…

Canada withdraws 41 diplomats from India

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Melanie Joly has announced the withdrawal of 41 diplomats and their family members from India. She said the decision was made following India's threat to revoke their diplomatic immunity. The move comes amidst a diplomatic dispute surrounding the killing of a Sikh separatist, escalating tensions between…

India concludes clinical trials for world’s first injectable male contraceptive

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has successfully concluded clinical trials for the world's first injectable male contraceptive. The trials demonstrated its safety and high efficacy, with no significant side effects reported. The results of the phase-III clinical trial, which involved 303 participants aged 25-40 years were published last…

Kashmiri singer speaks about his journey to Top 20 on…

What could be more satisfying than attaining your dream? The same thing happened to a young Kashmiri singer Afaq Shafi, who made it to the Top 20 of the singing reality show Indian Idol 14. Hailing from Shalimar, Afaq has longed to perform on the stage of the singing reality…

British mother gets death sentence for killing husband in India

A WOMAN who murdered her husband in a plot with her lover has been sentenced to death in India. Ramandeep Kaur Mann, 38, from Derby, found guilty of the murder of Sukhjit Singh whiile on a family holiday at his mother's house in north India in September 2016. Mann is…

Fourth Yellowstone International Festival to begin from October 22

The fourth edition of the Yellowstone International Film Festival (YIFF) is set to kick off on October 22 and will run through October 27 here, the organisers announced Wednesday. The gala, which aims to showcase independent cinema from around the world, will be held in a hybrid format. According to…

Delhi slams ‘flawed and malafide’ child malnutrition index

INDIA was ranked 111th out of 125 countries in the Global Hunger Index-2023, but the government rejected the measure as erroneous. The index, released last Thursday (12), also said India has the highest child wasting rate in the world at 18.7 per cent, reflecting acute undernutrition. India ranked 107th out…

‘Play on Words’ will celebrate Wodehouse’s legacy in India

PG WODEHOUSE’S step-great-grandson, Hal Cazalet, is going to India at the end of October for a month with a oneman show, Play on Words. Wodehouse’s brand of humour has special appeal for Indians. The show is meant to be “an evening of music, laughter, romance and glamour” to highlight Wodehouse’s…

India wants developed nations to be carbon negative by 2050

INDIA wants to push developed nations to become carbon negative rather than carbon neutral by 2050, arguing it would allow emerging market economies more time to use fossil fuels for development needs, two official Indian sources said. The country, which is resisting calls to commit to a deadline for phasing…

India’s high fixed basmati price hurts farmers and exporters

INDIA’S decision to maintain the current floor price for basmati rice exports will further hamper overseas sales of the premium variety and hit farm income, leaving growers saddled with large stocks of the new-season variety, farmers and millers said. India and Pakistan are the only growers of basmati rice. New…

‘Sultan of Delhi’ actress takes offence over ‘sex’ label to…

Actress Mehreen Pirzada says she feels saddened that a sequence in her debut streaming series Sultan of Delhi depicting marital rape has been labelled as a sex scene in sections of the mainstream media and social media. This kind of description "trivialises a serious issue that many women the world…

Allu Arjun shares memories from National Film Awards ceremony

Telugu star Allu Arjun, who was honoured with the Best Actor Award at the 69th National Film Awards on Tuesday, expressed his gratitude and shared several memories from the ceremony. He received the award for his role in Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1. President Droupadi Murmu conferred the award.…

Waheeda Rehman, Alia Bhatt, Allu Arjun and other winners honoured…

Indian President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday presented screen icon Waheeda Rehman with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award and honoured other winners of the 69th National Film Awards, including popular stars Allu Arjun, Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon. The National Film Awards were announced in August honouring the best in cinema…

Waheeda Rehman receives Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Screen icon Waheeda Rehman on Tuesday became the eighth woman artiste to receive the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema, an honour she dedicated to her "dear film industry" and its various departments. President Droupadi Murmu presented the award to Rehman, 85, during…

Kirti Kulhari to make international debut with ‘Sach is Life’

Actress Kirti Kulhari is set to make her international feature debut with a slice-of-life film Sach is Life. The movie is based on the true story of an Indian immigrant Munshi family based out of the US. It is written and directed by Harsh Mahadeshwar, who has earlier worked on…

New Delhi Nithari killings accused acquitted

An Indian court on Monday (16) acquitted two men jailed in relation to the murders of 19 children and young women nearly two decades ago due to a lack of evidence, their lawyers said. Police arrested businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender Koli, the prime suspect, in December…

Modi confirms India’s 2036 Olympics bid

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi has confirmed India would bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympics and become just the fourth Asian nation to stage the Games. The country has held a session of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, which has already resolved to include cricket - India's most popular…

Afghanistan defeat champions England in seismic shock

AFGHANISTAN pulled off one of the greatest World Cup shocks on Sunday when they defeated defending champions England by 69 runs in New Delhi. Chasing 285 to win, after opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz had hit a blistering 80, England were bowled out for 215 despite Harry Brook's 66 with spinners Mujeeb…

India, Pakistan clash sparks surge in airline and hotel prices

AS the bus crossed Usmanpura, a popular soft-drink brand’s electronic glow-sign board announced the temperature in an innovative manner — Ahmedabad city: 35 degrees. Motera: 37 degrees. By 11 am on Saturday (14), all roads led to the Narendra Modi Stadium for the World Cup’s most-awaited clash — India versus…

Japanese Film Festival India kick starts with ‘We Made a…

The sixth edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) India started in New Delhi with the screening of legendary screenwriter Yuji Sakamoto's upcoming venture We Made a Beautiful Bouquet, directed by Nobuhiro Doi. The four-month-long touring festival, organised in association with PVR INOX, will take place in seven cities across…

Impact of high interest rates will be felt more ‘next…

THE Bank of England’s actions to tame inflation have just begun to impact households and the effects will be felt to a greater extent next year, a policymaker has said. Last month, the central bank froze interest rates at 5.25 per cent following a surprise slowdown in inflation. Its decision…

Survey reveals 90 per cent Indians prefer to watch movies…

Big-screen cinema magic is still thriving in India, says a new survey by ticketing platform BookMyShow, which spoke to moviegoers in 650 towns and cities across the country to understand their preferred entertainment mode. The report, titled ‘The CineFiles’, was launched yesterday ahead of the National Cinema Day on Friday.…

Pakistan target ending World Cup jinx against India

BUOYED by a record run chase, Babar Azam's Pakistan are on the hunt for their first ever World Cup win over India in Saturday's (14) blockbuster match between cricket's biggest rivals in a 132,000-capacity arena patrolled by 11,000 police officers. India and Pakistan are bitter adversaries and only play against…

Indians caught up in Israel conflict recount attack as families…

THE first batch of around 200 Indians returned from Israel on Friday (13) with the sound of air raid sirens, rocket fire and screams ringing in their ears. Israel witnessed a surprise attack by Hamas in its southern parts on Saturday (7) morning. Hundreds of people have been killed in…

635 UK companies employ over 660,000 in India: Report

THERE are 635 UK companies operating in India with a combined turnover of approximately £51 billion and employing around 666,992 people, according to the 2023 edition of ‘Britain Meets India’ (BMI) report. The third edition of the report, launched by Grant Thornton Bharat in partnership with the Confederation of Indian…

Trailer for Mindy Kaling and Dev Patel’s production ‘To Kill…

The trailer for Mindy Kaling, Dev Patel, and Rupi Kaur’s production To Kill a Tiger is out now. Directed and written by Nisha Pahuja, the documentary charts the emotional journey of Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, who forces a social reckoning after his 13-year-old daughter is the victim of a…

Rohit flattens Afghanistan as India romp to second win

CAPTAIN Rohit Sharma on Wednesday (11) surpassed compatriot Sachin Tendulkar with a record seventh World Cup century to lead India to a crushing eight-wicket win over Afghanistan. Chasing 273 for victory in New Delhi, the hosts rode on Rohit's 131 to achieve their target in 35 overs for a second…

Canada seeks to safeguard booming Indian students business

UNIVERSITIES in Canada are reassuring Indian students of their safety and offering resources to deal with the uncertainty triggered by the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, as they seek to limit the fallout on a booming business. As Canadian colleges prepare to kick off another semester, some students are…

Chinese firms deny funding Indian news portal for propaganda

THE police in India have formally accused Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi Corp and Vivo Mobile of helping transfer funds illegally to a news portal under investigation on charges of spreading Chinese propaganda, documents showed last Friday (6). A Xiaomi India spokesperson strongly denied the accusation. A spokesperson from Vivo did…

Aamir Khan says he almost left movies; children and therapy…

If not for his children, superstar Aamir Khan says he would have quit making films as he was "angry and irritated" with himself for not being able to spend enough time with his family and loved ones. The 58-year-old said it was somewhere around 2.5 years ago when he realised…

Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir speech

BOOKER Prize-winning Indian novelist Arundhati Roy could be prosecuted for a 2010 speech about Kashmir after a top official signed off on the move, local media reported. Roy, 61, is one of India's most famous living authors, but her writing and activism, including her trenchant criticism of prime minister Narendra…

Vivo’s India troubles escalate with executive’s arrest

INDIA's financial crime agency on Tuesday (10) arrested four industry executives including one Chinese national working for smartphone maker Vivo in India in a case of alleged money laundering, according to legal papers and lawyers working on the case. The arrest adds to the legal troubles of the Chinese phone…

Muizzu pledges to end foreign military presence in Maldives

THE president-elect of the Maldives, Mohamed Muizzu, has marked his victory with a pledge to end the foreign military presence in his small but strategically placed atoll nation. Muizzu, 45, addressing his first public rally after winning the runoff election on September 30, stopped short of naming India, the only…

‘New Akshardham temple will bring communities together’

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

Air India waives ticket cancellation charges for Tel Aviv flights

AIR INDIA on Tuesday announced a one-time waiver of charges for rescheduling or cancellation of confirmed tickets on flights to and from Tel Aviv till the end of the month. The airline has cancelled flights to and from Tel Aviv till October 14 amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. In a post…

Dharamsala outfield not ideal for World Cup: Buttler

ENGLAND captain Jos Buttler is concerned with the outfield in Dharamsala, which he thinks is not ideal for World Cup matches. Former England batter and Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott questioned the condition of the outfield after spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman narrowly escaped injury after jamming his knee into the…

Sunak likely to visit India to finalise FTA

BRITAIN and India are looking at a possible visit to New Delhi by prime minister Rishi Sunak soon, but it may depend on whether the two sides can resolve the remaining differences to firm up the free trade agreement (FTA), people familiar with the matter said on Monday (9). Both…

Braverman’s uncle cautions her over immigration rhetoric

A DELHI-BASED Catholic priest uncle of UK home secretary Suella Braverman has cautioned her about some of her language around immigration and urged her not to forget that she is a child of migrants herself. According to a report in The Times on Saturday (7), Father Ayres Fernandes told the…

Indian students in Canada worried about limited job prospects

In the midst of strained India-Canada relations following allegations by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau against India, Indian students face another major challenge - a scarcity of job opportunities in the country. In 2022, a total of 226,450 Indian students arrived in Canada to pursue higher education, making India the…

British comedian Jimmy Carr announces his first India tour

Days after Emmy award-winning TV host and comedian Trevor Noah wrapped up his Off The Record Tour in India, now Jimmy Carr is set to perform in the country as part of his upcoming Terribly Funny show world tour. The British comedian has announced his India tour for January next…

Sanjay Garg’s Raw Mango to open upcoming edition of Lakme…

Raw Mango, the label by ace designer Sanjay Garg, will open the Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI on October 10 in New Delhi. The collection titled 'Children of the Night' is billed as a "celebration of carefree confidence and unapologetic elegance, drawing inspiration from the enigmatic world that…

I’m a little troubled by Shakespeare’s imprint on my work:…

The man behind Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider says he's a little troubled by Shakespeare's imprint on his work and might wait another 10 years to get back to the bard. But the Vishal Bhardwaj-William Shakespeare connect might just be too strong for that. A scene in Bhardwaj's latest film Khufiya,…

Man arrested in connection with Indian High Commission attack

THE Metropolitan Police has arrested a man on suspicion of “violent disorder” in connection with an attack on the Indian High Commission in London in March this year. The Met said the man, who was arrested during a protest outside India House on Monday (2), was held in connection with…

Grammy winner Ricky Kej slams comedian Trevor Noah

Three-time Grammy award-winning musician Ricky Kej on Wednesday slammed Trevor Noah, a few days after the comedian's Off The Record show in Bengaluru got cancelled due to "technical issues" which left his fans disappointed. Taking to X, Kej responded to Noah's farewell post and wrote, “While I do agree that…

Trevor Noah finishes India tour

Popular comedian Trevor Noah on Wednesday concluded his India trip that saw him perform at stand-up shows in Delhi and Mumbai, while his gigs in Bengaluru were cancelled due to "technical issues". Taking to microblogging site X, the South African comedian shared photos of his trip to the iconic Taj…

‘Tora’s Husband’: Rima Das nominated as best director at Asia…

National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das has been nominated in the best director category for her film Tora's Husband at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) 2023 alongside Past Lives filmmaker Celine Song. Filmmakers Darkhan Tulegenov (Brothers) and Liang Ming (Carefree Days) are also nominated in the segment. Das, known for…

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…

US calls for in-depth probe into Canada’s ‘serious’ allegations against…

In response to the Canadian allegations implicating India in the assassination of a pro-Khalistan separatist, The White House has said that the accusations are "serious" and warrant a comprehensive investigation. Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), was killed in Surrey, British Columbia on June…

Canada wants private talks with India to resolve diplomatic spat

CANADA wants private talks with India to resolve a diplomatic dispute over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader, foreign minister Melanie Joly said on Tuesday (3), after a report said India had asked the country to withdraw 41 diplomats. India has told Canada that it must repatriate the diplomats…

Indian police raid news portal amid foreign funding probe

INDIAN police raided the New Delhi office of a news portal and the homes of journalists and writers linked to it on Tuesday (3) as part of an investigation into suspected illegal foreign funding of the media company, two government officials said. Laptops and mobile phones were taken away as…

India ‘tells Canada to withdraw 41 diplomats’

INDIA has told Canada that it must repatriate 41 diplomats by October 10, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday (3). Ties between India and Canada have become seriously strained over Canadian suspicion that Indian government agents had a role in the June murder in Canada of a Sikh separatist leader…

Richa Chadha Interview: ‘I hope there is Fukrey 4 and…

Popular Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has once again hit the jackpot with her latest film Fukrey 3, the third instalment in the immensely successful comedy franchise Fukrey. The comic caper, which hit cinemas on September 28, has been doing excellent business ever since its release, with Chadha’s character Bholi Punjaban…

Modi and Sunak send wishes for Akshardham inauguration in New…

From September 30, the dedication celebrations of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey, have commenced, spanning a nine-day celebration in the presence of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj.  Leaders, including heads of state worldwide, have expressed their support. India's prime minister Narendra Modi and prime minister Rishi Sunak have…

Lakme Fashion Week, FDCI announce Delhi edition

The Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) and Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) have unveiled the schedule of the upcoming five-day Delhi edition, which will see ace designers Tarun Tahiliani, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri & Nainika, and Anju Modi among others showcase their creations. The upcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week X…

Raja Kumari excited to start ‘The Bridge World Tour’ from…

Grammy Award-nominated rapper Raja Kumari is set to kickstart her 'The Bridge World' tour from her ancestral hometown Hyderabad. "I am very excited to start the tour in Hyderabad, my ancestral hometown. The Bridge World Tour is a manifestation straight off my vision board. Paying homage to my roots by…

Canada denies Trudeau flew to New Delhi with cocaine

CANADA has denied the rumours that prime minister Justin Trudeau’s aircraft “was full of cocaine” during his trip to India for the recent G20 summit. The comment from his office follows a former Indian diplomat’s claim that “credible rumours” suggested Trudeau flew to New Delhi with the drug, banned in…

Jaishankar says Canada has ‘climate of violence’ for Indian diplomats

INDIAN foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has said there is a "climate of violence" and an "atmosphere of intimidation" against Indian diplomats in Canada, where the presence of Sikh separatist groups has frustrated New Delhi. "Because there is freedom of speech, to make threats and intimidate diplomats, I don't think that's…

Blinken urges India’s full cooperation in Canadian investigation

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

North Indian state seeks UK investment in infrastructure

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

UK-India trade deal to skip ‘binding commitments on labour rights,…

BRITAIN’S proposed trade deal with India will not include legally enforceable commitments on labour rights or climate standards, a key omission which UK businesses feel will hurt them, a media report said.The two countries are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the discussions have entered the 13th round. The…

ArcelorMittal’s Indian joint venture to commission project by 2026

ARCELORMITTAL executive chairman Lakshmi N Mittal has said his company’s Indian joint venture with Nippon Steel will commission its facility in Gujarat in three years. ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel (AMNS) India, formed in 2019 following the acquisition of Essar Steel, is scaling up the capacity of its integrated flat steel plant…

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.…

‘A huge validation:’ Shefali Shah on receiving Emmy nomination for…

Seasoned actress Shefali Shah is on cloud nine after bagging a nomination at the prestigious International Emmy Awards 2023 in the Best Performance by an Actress category for her portrayal of DCP Vartika Chaturvedi in the Netflix series Delhi Crime Season 2. Speaking to ANI, she shared her excitement about…

Trevor Noah announces cancellation of Bengaluru shows citing ‘technical issues’

Popular comedian Trevor Noah, who is in India for a comedy tour, called off two stand-up shows in Bengaluru due to "technical issues" and apologised to the audience members for the inconvenience. After three gigs in New Delhi last week, the 39-year-old comedian was scheduled to perform at the Manpho…

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle pose with Rishi Sunak in London

Popular Bollywood couple Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during their London visit. Twinkle took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a video of their visit to London. She captioned the post, “As much as I dislike wearing heels and dressing up, this evening was…

‘Britain eager to host IITs’ offshore campus’

BRITAIN is keen on welcoming one of India’s most prestigious education institutes to set up an offshore campus in the country, top British government officials said. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a premier university, with a presence in several Indian states and its graduates have gone on to…

Strong Asian presence at BFI London Film Festival

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

Canadian lentil sales to India slump amidst diplomatic tensions

CANADIAN lentil sales to India have slowed since prime minister Justin Trudeau said last week he suspected India of involvement in an assassination on Canadian soil, fearing reprisal from New Delhi that could limit trade, industry sources in both countries say. Trudeau said that Canada was "actively pursuing credible allegations"…

We are happy to see India being held accountable, say…

CANADA’S Sikh community is hoping Ottawa’s accusations against India – that New Delhi may have been involved in the assassination of one of their leaders on Canadian soil – will be just the first dramatic step taken against alleged “Indian interference.” Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion last Monday (18) that…

Shefali Shah, Jim Sarbh and Vir Das land International Emmy…

Actors Shefali Shah, Jim Sarbh and Vir Das have secured nominations for the 2023 International Emmy Awards, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on Tuesday. While Shah and Sarbh received nominations in acting categories for their shows Delhi Crime and Rocket Boys, respectively, Das landed a nod…

Indian flag burned as protesters march in Canada

HUNDREDS of Sikh protesters rallied outside Indian diplomatic missions in Canada on Monday (25), trampling pictures of prime minister Narendra Modi and burning flags a week after Ottawa said New Delhi had played a role in the killing of a prominent Sikh activist. About 100 protesters in Toronto burned an…

India’s BJP sets out to secure support ahead of 2024…

INDIAN activist Partha Chaudhury is on a war footing as he strides out of the ruling BJP’s regional headquarters in Kolkata armed with passion and pages of voter lists. “We need to meet each and every BJP supporter, and all of this has to be done in less than 300…

India willing to review Canadian evidence in Sikh separatist murder…

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

US, India, and allies hold talks on Asia-Pacific threats amid…

ARMY chiefs and senior officers from 30 countries, including the US, met in India on Tuesday (26) to discuss threats facing the Asia-Pacific region, in the face of concern at an increasingly assertive China. US Army chief Randy George said the region was "critically important", speaking to reporters alongside his…

US raises concern over planned visit of Chinese research ship…

America has expressed concern to Sri Lanka about the likely visit of a Chinese research ship in October that could also cause worries in India, which previously raised security concerns over docking by China's spy vessels, according to a media report. US under-secretary Victoria Nuland, who met Sri Lankan foreign…

Indian dressage team wins historic Asian Games gold medal

In a historic achievement, India's dressage team clinched its first-ever Asian Games gold medal, marking only the second victory in this discipline's history. The quartet of Sudipti Hajela, Divyakriti Singh, Vipul Hriday Chheda, and Anush Agarwalla successfully lived up to the high expectations on Tuesday (26) in Hangzhou. The Indian…

Copyright row in India sparks social media storm after Brandon…

A COPYRIGHT infringement case between two Indian photoblogs has caught public attention after Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton slammed the “profit motive” behind the art of storytelling. Humans of Bombay (HOB), launched in Mumbai in 2014, has sued its rival People of India, claiming infringement of intellectual property…

6 compelling LGBTQ+ narratives you can’t miss

Discover a world of captivating stories that shed light on the diverse facets of queerness on streaming platforms. These cinematic masterpieces delve into the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ experiences, fostering a celebration of identity and authenticity. From gritty dramas to heartwarming tales of self-discovery, here are 6 titles that push…

Sikh Canadians protest against India’s alleged involvement in killing of…

Hundreds of Sikh protesters gathered outside Indian diplomatic missions in Canada on Monday (25), demonstrating against the alleged involvement of India in the killing of a prominent Sikh activist. The protesters trampled pictures of prime minister Narendra Modi and burned flags. "We are not safe back home in Punjab, we…

India powers up for World Cup

INDIA target a third World Cup triumph when the country hosts cricket's seven-week global showpiece, buoyed by an economic boom and growing, international self-confidence. India shared hosting with Pakistan in 1987, then Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1996 before another three-way split with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011. This…

First pictures from Parineeti Chopra-Raghav Chadha wedding out

Actress Parineeti Chopra and MP Raghav Chadha on Monday posted pictures from their fairytale wedding in Udaipur. The couple which tied the knot on Sunday in the presence of their families and close friends today took to their respective social media handles to share the first set of wedding photos.…

Indian 10m air rifle team clinches Asian Games gold with…

Indian shooters made a significant impact at the Asian Games, securing three medals, including a team gold. They showcased their excellence with a total of five podium finishes in just two days of competition in Hangzhou, firmly establishing their prowess in marksmanship. A confident Indian 10m air rifle team led…

Canadian minister says relations with India ‘important’ amid tensions

Canada's defence minister Bill Blair on Sunday (24) underscored the importance of the nation's relationship with India. He said that Canada intends to maintain its pursuit of partnerships like the Indo-Pacific strategy, while the investigation into the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader continues. Tensions flared between India and Canada…

Nijjar case: Trudeau says Canada shared evidence with India ‘many…

PRIME minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada shared with India "many weeks ago" evidence that it may have been behind the killing of Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. Canada wants New Delhi to commit constructively with Ottawa to establishing the facts in the "very serious matter," he…

Nijjar’s killing: US provided Canada with intelligence

After the killing of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, intelligence was shared by the US with Canada, The New York Times has reported. However, according to NYT, Ottawa's interception of communications provided more conclusive evidence, leading Canada to accuse India of masterminding the plot. The report came on Saturday (23)…

India confiscates properties of Nijjar’s ally

INDIA'S top investigation agency has confiscated the properties of a prominent Sikh separatist and close ally of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, whose killing has sparked a diplomatic row between India and Canada. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a lawyer believed to be based in Canada, was designated as a terrorist by Indian authorities…

Delhi traffic, poor timekeeping and Trump: Trevor Noah hits right…

He came, he saw, he joked. Smiles and laughter filled the jam-packed auditorium of JLN stadium as celebrated stand-up artist Trevor Noah kickstarted the Indian leg of his 'Off The Record' tour in New Delhi. Performing his debut gig in India, Noah, who grew up in South Africa watching Bollywood…

Parineeti-Raghav wedding: Guests start arriving in Udaipur

Ahead of actress Parineeti Chopra and Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha’s wedding reported to be held in Udaipur city over the weekend, family and friends of the couple were seen arriving in the city on Saturday. Several guests including Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh arrived for the wedding…

Priyanka Chopra wishes Parineeti, Raghav for new beginnings

Actress Priyanka Chopra wished her younger sister and actress Parineeti Chopra and AAP leader Raghav Chadha for their new beginnings. Raghav and Parineeti will tie the knot at The Leela Palace in Udaipur over this weekend. According to certain media reports, there is uncertainty over whether Priyanka Chopra and her…

Nijjar murder: US urges India to work with Canada

THE US made clear that it expected the Indian government to work with Canada on efforts to investigate the possible involvement of New Delhi agents in the murder of a Canadian citizen in June. Prime minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday (18) that Ottawa had credible intelligence linking Indian agents…

Artificial Intelligence in its current form not threat to creativity:…

Amidst concerns by artists and other creatives that artificial technology would rapidly replace them, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar believes that the technology of artificial intelligence in its current form is unlikely to hurt or become a threat to the artistry of content creators. According to the prolific writer and poet,…

Anil Kapoor wins landmark judgement against AI

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday passed an interim John Doe order restraining social media channels, e-commerce websites, and people at large from infringing on the personality and publicity rights of well-known Bollywood star Anil Kapoor for commercial gain. The international media has termed his win as a landmark victory…

US says no ‘special exemption’ for India over Nijjar

THE US is in touch with Indians at high levels after Ottawa said Indian government agents had links to the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Thursday (21). Washington is giving India no "special exemption" in the matter,…

Parineeti Chopra, Raghav Chadha reach Udaipur for their wedding

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha and actress Parineeti Chopra reached Udaipur on Friday ahead of their wedding over the weekend. Top politicians and film personalities are expected to attend the pre-wedding functions on Saturday and the main ceremony on Sunday at The Leela Palace Udaipur. The 34-year-old actress…

China bars three Indian athletes from Asian Games: Reports

THREE Indian martial arts athletes from a region claimed by China have been forced to pull out of the Asian Games in Hangzhou after not receiving clearance from the host country, reports said Friday (22). The three women wushu fighters are from the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a…

Nijjar murder: India suspends visa services for Canadians

INDIA on Thursday (21) suspended visa services for Canadian citizens, a foreign ministry spokesperson said, citing security threats to its staff in its consulates in Canada. The announcement came hours after Canada's high commission in India said it would temporarily "adjust" staff presence in the country after some diplomats received…

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…

Nijjar murder: US urges India to cooperate in probe

THE White House is "deeply concerned" about allegations that Indian agents were potentially involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada and encourages India to cooperate in any investigation, said national security spokesman John Kirby. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday (18) that domestic intelligence…

Canada-India rift deepens

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

Canada dismisses India’s travel advisory, calls for calm

The Canadian government has dismissed India's travel advisory regarding security concerns in Canada, asserting that Canada is among the safest countries globally. They have also urged for calm amid the growing diplomatic dispute between the two nations surrounding the assassination of a Khalistani separatist leader within Canada. Prime minister Justin…

Trevor Noah spotted at Delhi Airport, to perform live for…

Global comedian Trevor Noah is in India. Yes, you read it right. The former The Daily Show host was spotted at Delhi Airport on Thursday morning. He is in the national capital for his 'Off The Record- India Tour’. Take a look at pictures of Trevor captured by ANI at…

India’s growing importance leaves Canada isolated in row over Nijjar…

CANADA this week divulged it had intelligence possibly linking Indian government agents to the murder of a separatist Sikh leader, the kind of news that usually sparks uproar among democratic allies. Not this time. India is being courted by the United States and others as a counterweight to China, and…

‘The Father and the Assassin’ stirs painful memories of Gandhi’s…

FOR younger members of the British Asian audience who had come to see The Father and the Assassin, the play was something of a revelation. “I didn’t know anything about this,” admitted a young woman who works in PR. But for a Punjabi woman in her 60s, whose family was…

UK backs Canadian probe into Sikh leader’s murder allegations

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

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Daring to have new dreams

AFTER entertaining cinema audiences for 23 years, Kareena Kapoor Khan is now stepping into the streaming world with the new Netflix thriller Jaane Jaan, which had its global premiere on her birthday on Thursday (21). Helmed by Sujoy Ghosh, the acclaimed director of Kahaani (2012) and Badla (2019), the film…

Canada’s Sikh community seeks ‘full investigation’ into Nijjar killing

CANADA'S Sikh community is hoping Ottawa's shock accusations against India - that New Delhi may have been involved in the assassination of one of their leaders on Canadian soil - will be just the first dramatic step taken against alleged "Indian interference." Prime minister Justin Trudeau's assertion on Monday (18)…

‘I hope it will be passed soon,’ Hema Malini on…

Veteran actress turned politician Hema Malini on Tuesday extended support to the Women's Reservation Bill after Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the Bill in the first sitting of Lok Sabha in the new Parliament building in New Delhi. Talking exclusively to ANI, Hema Malini said, “September 19 has…

Justin Trudeau: Seeking answers, not provocation from India over murder

CANADA is not trying to provoke India by suggesting it was linked to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader, but wants New Delhi to address the issue properly, prime minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday (19). Trudeau announced on Monday (18) that Canadian intelligence agencies were actively pursuing credible…

Government to continue trade talks with India despite Canada’s allegations

The government said on Tuesday (19) that the "serious allegations" over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada will not impact its own ongoing trade negotiations with India. Prime minister Rishi Sunak's spokesperson at 10 Downing Street was asked about the impact the issue may have on India-UK…

‘This is a wonderful idea’: Kangana on Women’s Reservation Bill

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who was among the special women invitees at the Parliament, on Tuesday extended support to the Women's Reservation Bill, which was introduced today in the first sitting of Lok Sabha in the new Parliament building in New Delhi. Talking to the media Kangana said, “This is a…

India rejects ‘absurd’ Canada accusations over Nijjar murder

INDIA on Tuesday (19) rejected the "absurd" allegation that its agents were behind the killing of a Sikh leader in Canada, after prime minister Justin Trudeau's bombshell accusation sent already sour diplomatic relations to a new low. Ottawa also expelled a diplomat it described as the head of India's foreign…

Sher-Gil’s Indian art ‘The Story Teller’ sets record

AVANT-GARDE artist Amrita Sher-Gil’s oil on canvas The Story Teller has unseated Sayed Haider Raza’s Gestation as the most expensive work of Indian art sold at auction worldwide. The 1937 artwork went for `618 million (£6m) in New Delhi last Saturday (16) at Saffronart’s Evening Sale: Modern Art. Featured in…

India-Canada row: What is at stake?

TRADE talks between India and Canada have taken a hit as tension rises after prime minister Justin Trudeau said authorities were investigating "credible allegations" linking New Delhi's agents to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader. On Tuesday (19), New Delhi dismissed the allegations as "absurd", and asked Canada instead…

UK closely coordinate with Canada on ‘serious allegations’ against India

BRITAIN said on Tuesday (19) it was in close touch with its Canadian partners about "serious allegations" from Ottawa that the Indian government was involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada. "We are in close touch with our Canadian partners about these serious allegations," a government…

Indian firms explore using $600m stuck in Russia to buy…

INDIAN oil companies are exploring the possibility of using close to $600 million (£484.73m) of their dividend income stranded in Russia to buy oil from that country, officials have said. India's top four oil companies - Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Oil India Ltd and ONGC…

C295 aircraft production will be ‘game-changer’ for India: envoy

THE production of 40 Airbus C295 medium tactical transport aircraft in India will be a "game changer" as it would facilitate the creation of a world-class aerospace ecosystem in the country, Indian ambassador to Spain Dinesh K Patnaik said. The Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first C295 aircraft on…

Bopanna secures victory in farewell match as India advances to…

Rohan Bopanna concluded his Davis Cup career with a comfortable straight-sets victory alongside Yuki Bhambri. Sumit Nagal too secured a win in the reverse singles match as India progressed to the World Group I playoffs with a 4-1 victory against Morocco in, Lucknow, the capital city of India’s Uttar Pradesh…

Canadian minister postpones trade mission to India

CANADIAN trade minister Mary Ng is postponing a trade mission to India planned for October, an official has said, reflecting increasingly tense diplomatic relations just days after India's prime minister snubbed his Canadian counterpart at a G20 summit in New Delhi. "At this time, we are postponing the upcoming trade…

‘Successful G20 summit can help India become leader of Global…

THE G20 Summit in New Delhi has positioned India as a key player in the global arena, edging closer to becoming the 'leader of the Global South,' according to analysts. The two-day summit, which concluded on Sunday (10), showcased India's leadership as it championed initiatives aimed at countering the ascendancy…

‘Rig Veda’ and ‘Ashtadhyayi’ showcased in G20 ‘Culture Corridor’ representing…

The Rig Veda inscriptions and Panini's grammar treatise 'Ashtadhyayi,' which were India's contributions to the G20 'Culture Corridor' exhibition held at the summit venue, have been exhibited under the name of 'Bharat.' The Rig Veda, an ancient Indian text representing the country's contribution to the international project in the 'symbols…

India warns automakers to become pollution free

INDIA’S road transport minister on Tuesday (12) said he will propose an additional 10 per cent tax on diesel vehicles and warned automakers of even higher levies to come to force them away from diesel-burners and cut fuel emissions and pollution. Nitin Gadkari made the comments at the Society of…

France is like my ‘karmabhoomi’, says Rahul Mishra after receiving…

His roots lie in India and over the years, France has become his 'karmabhoomi' or workplace, says fashion designer Rahul Mishra, who was conferred with the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Mishra, who debuted with his ready-to-wear collection at the Paris Fashion Week in 2014,…

Kashmiri saffron, Banarasi silk stole among curated gifts for G20…

Leaders from various countries, including heads of state, who participated in the G20 Summit held in Delhi, were presented with a carefully curated assortment of handcrafted artifacts and products that reflect India's vibrant cultural heritage, officials announced on Tuesday (12). They said a number of these gifts were painstakingly created…

Justin Trudeau leaves India for home after getting plane issues…

CANADIAN prime minister Justin Trudeau belatedly left India on Tuesday (12) after an aircraft breakdown forced a two-day extension of his rocky visit to New Delhi for the G20 summit. Trudeau arrived in India for the meeting of the leaders of 20 leading economies last Friday (8) and was due…

Experts concerned as India rolls out AI tools without safeguards

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

Nvidia strikes AI deals with Reliance and Tata

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

Sunak sets out India links in Commons update on Delhi…

THE prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday (11) told British lawmakers that he had “warm and productive” discussions with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi towards a free trade agreement (FTA) with India, as he updated parliament on his recent visit to New Delhi for the Indialed G20 summit. Addressing the…

India proposes tax hike for diesel vehicles

INDIA's road transport minister on Tuesday (12) said he will propose an additional 10 per cent tax on diesel vehicles and warned automakers of even higher levies to come to force them away from diesel-burners and cut fuel emissions and pollution. Nitin Gadkari made the comments at the Society of…

Sunak’s Indian escape

HEADING to New Delhi for the G20 summit might have felt like a great escape for Rishi Sunak, leaving behind crumbling concrete in classrooms and damning opinion polls for his first visit to India as Prime Minister. The Sunaks were greeted enthusiastically by the Indian media. A British Prime Minister…

‘UK-Bharat’ FTA would build on India’s G20 success

India’s yearlong presidency of the G20 came to a climax last weekend as world leaders gathered in Delhi for the annual summit of the world’s leading economies. Against the perceived odds, India was able to forge consensus among a group of nations increasingly divided along geopolitical fault-lines. The official communique,…

Film personalities congratulate Modi for success of India’s G20 presidency

Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar were among the film personalities who hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the successful presidency of G20, calling it a moment of "honour and pride" for every Indian. The G20 Summit came to an end on Sunday. The grouping of emerging…

Modi aims to secure India’s place on world stage through…

During his G20 presidency, Narendra Modi strategically enhanced his domestic and international reputation as a guardian of national influence and well-being, emphasising India's global standing in anticipation of the upcoming general elections next year. Over several months, the 72-year-old leader's presence has been pervasive throughout Delhi, as his image adorned…

UK, India agree pensions and insurance partnership

BRITAIN and India have agreed to launch a partnership to boost cross-market investment by the insurance and pension sectors, the Treasury said on Monday (11). It said the UK-India Pensions and Insurance Partnership would support the growth of the sector in both countries, focusing on knowledge sharing, growing bilateral investment…

Akshata Murty’s fashion fusion shines at G20 summit

The conclusion of the G20 summit marked important political milestones and offered a plethora of fashion moments for inspiration. Rishi Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murty’s wardrobe garnered much attention, making her elegant looks the talk of the town. She was seen at various events in India’s capital city showcasing her traditional…

Pop group Westlife to come to India with ‘The Wild…

Popular Irish music group Westlife is set to enthrall fans in India as the band travels to the country for its much-anticipated "The Wild Dreams" Tour this November. The global bestselling pop band, consisting of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, will perform live in Mumbai, Bengaluru,…

G20 leaders’ declaration ‘confirms’ Russia’s isolation over Ukraine says Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday (10) that the G20 leaders' declaration "confirms" Russia's isolation regarding the Ukraine crisis. He also noted that India's presidency of the bloc made significant efforts to convey a message of unity and peace to the world. At a media briefing, he also said…

G20 summit ends on a high note with India, Brazil,…

Narendra Modi concluded the G20 summit on Sunday, which notably downplayed significant disagreements regarding the Ukraine conflict and climate change. Despite the contentious issues, the summit afforded him a diplomatic moment in the spotlight. The ongoing Ukraine conflict has deeply divided G20 nations since Moscow's invasion last year, leading Russian…

India knocks the ball out of the park with G20…

I landed in Delhi on the 24th of August, the day after India successfully landed a spacecraft on the south pole of the moon, making it 1 of only 4 countries in the world to have landed on the moon. In his excellent speech at the B20, prime minister Narendra…

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

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

Modi hands over G20 Presidency to Lula from Brazil, vows…

Narendra Modi passed the G20 presidential gavel to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Sunday (10) and conveyed his confidence that India's successor would continue to promote global unity and prosperity. During the concluding session of the G20 Leaders' Summit, Modi transferred the ceremonial gavel to Lula, and…

Film Heritage Foundation announces two-day festival to celebrate Dev Anand’s…

A film festival celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of screen icon Dev Anand will be held later this month, the Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) announced Monday. Dev Anand, star of films such as Hum Dono, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, CID, and Guide, will be honoured ahead of his birthday on…

Modi raises Sikh protest issue with Justin Trudeau

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed strong concerns about protests in Canada against India to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi, according a statement by India. New Delhi has been long sensitive to Sikh protesters in Canada. In June, India criticised…

Beijing calls UK spying reports as ‘political farce’

China has lashed out at media reports alleging a man who was arrested on suspicion of espionage was gathering intelligence for Beijing, labelling the claim a "political farce". UK police said over the weekend that they had arrested a man in his twenties at his home in Edinburgh for spying,…

Bharat Mandapam and Konark Wheel replica major highlights of G20…

GLOBAL leaders have gathered in New Delhi for a two-day mega summit, with the G20 summit venue Bharat Mandapam taking center stage. The venue was officially inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi in July. This impressive convention centre, conceived in line with the prime minister's vision for state-of-the-art infrastructure to…

‘Hard work’ needed to secure India trade deal says Sunak

Prime minister Rishi Sunak expressed confidence in the possibility of securing a free trade deal with India but cautioned that there is still significant work ahead. Sunak and Narendra Modi met on Saturday (9) for what Sunak described as a "very warm and productive discussion." Their conversation included a wide…

Daniel Khalife: Escaped terrorism suspect arrested

Former British soldier suspected of terrorism offenses, who had escaped from prison earlier in the week, was arrested in London on Saturday (9), police said. The absconder, 21-year-old Daniel Abed Khalife, had fled from Wandsworth prison in London on Wednesday (6) morning. He managed to slip out of the prison…

India spends £400m for security and infrastructure for G20 summit

INDIA has reportedly spent £400 million on the just concluded G20 summit mainly on infrastructure and security, reports said. The landmark summit was held in Bharat Mandapam at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan on September 9 and 10. India assumed the presidency of the grouping in December last year. The city…

‘India’s strong leadership key to agreeing G20 message’

INDIA's strong leadership made it possible for G20 leaders to reach consensus in intense discussions on a summit message urging nations to shun use of force in territorial disputes, a senior European Union official said on Sunday (10). For weeks before the New Delhi meeting, the bloc struggled to agree…

G20 leaders pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi

G20 leaders, including US president Joe Biden, UK prime minister Rishi Sunak and UN secretary general António Guterres, paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat on Sunday (10). Prime minister Narendra Modi received the leaders at the rain-drenched Rajghat. Modi welcomed his guests to the site where the…

Sunak visits BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Delhi

Prime minister Rishi Sunak, accompanied by his wife Akshata Murthy, visited BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, on Sunday (10) as part of their official trip to the city for the G20 summit. They were warmly welcomed in a traditional Hindu manner symbolising goodwill and friendship. Sunak was then greeted…

Global leaders unveil transcontinental rail and ports project on G20…

GLOBAL leaders announced a multinational rail and ports deal linking the Middle East and South Asia on Saturday (9) on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi. The pact comes at a critical time as US president Joe Biden seeks to counter China's Belt and Road push on…

G20 declaration avoids condemning Russia, calls for peace

THE Group of 20 nations adopted a consensus declaration at a summit on Saturday (9) that avoided condemnation of Russia for the war in Ukraine but called on all states to refrain from the use of force to seize territory. Prime minister Narendra Modi of host India announced that the…

Modi says G20 leaders’ declaration adopted

THE G20 has adopted a consensus declaration on issues facing the bloc, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday (9) during a summit, signalling that negotiators had resolved deep differences over the wording on the war in Ukraine. He gave no details on the compromise wording. "On the back…

Sunak welcomed to India with ‘Jai Siyaram’ salutation

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak was greeted with the salutation of "Jai Siyaram" by Indian minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey who received the visiting dignitary upon his arrival in New Delhi on Friday (8) to attend the G20 summit. Choubey informed Sunak that he is an MP from Buxar which, he noted,…

Modi uses ‘Bharat’ for G20 nameplate, not India

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

G20 summit: African Union admitted as bloc’s permanent member

THE African Union was made a permanent member of the G20, comprising the world's richest and most powerful countries, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said at the bloc's summit in New Delhi on Saturday (9). The African Union, a continental body of 55 member states, now has the same status…

Delhi G20 Summit: India’s global presence takes centre stage

Over the past year, India has been buzzing with anticipation as the country prepares to host the G20 summit, an event that is being touted as one of the most high-profile in recent memory. With a budget exceeding $100 million, India has spared no expense in organising this prestigious gathering.…

What is G20 and who is attending the summit in…

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

Rishi Sunak says India trade deal ‘not a given’: report

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has said the country is working towards a trade deal with India but cautioned that reaching a final agreement was "not a given", the Daily Mirror reported on Friday (8). Sunak arrived in New Delhi on Friday for the annual gathering of the Group of 20…

Delhi visit for G20 summit ‘special’ as ‘son-in-law of India’…

Rishi Sunak said on Friday (8) that his trip to New Delhi for the G20 Leaders' Summit is "obviously special". He jokingly mentioned the nickname "son-in-law of India," as the first British prime minister of Indian heritage and being married to Akshata Murty, an Indian. Speaking to reporters in a…

G20 leaders begin arriving in Delhi for summit

Among the prominent leaders arriving in India’s capital city on Friday (8) morning for the G20 summit are Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni, Argentine president Alberto Fernández, and IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva. The G20 leaders will deliberate on pressing global issues at the grouping's annual summit on September 9 and…

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…

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

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

Modi calls on G20 to fund climate solutions for developing…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi said Thursday (7) that leaders of the G20 summit he is chairing this weekend must support developing nations to tackle climate change with more cash and by sharing technology. Against a backdrop of record-breaking temperatures and deadly heatwaves across the globe, climate scientists and activists…

Retired judges urge G20 leaders to discuss repatriation of Indian…

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

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…

Firdaus Hassan: ‘I’m a very positive person, but I lost…

Actor Firdaus Hassan got exposed to the magical world of cinema much later in his life, but once he saw a few films, he knew his calling. After honing his acting skills in theatre in Delhi, he moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in films. The actor can be…

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Mission Raniganj’ to release on Oct 6

Rescue thriller Mission Raniganj, headlined by Akshay Kumar, will hit the screens on October 6. The upcoming film is "inspired by a real-life incident at Raniganj coalfield and inspired from the heroic act of Late Shri Jaswant Singh Gill who led Bharat's coal mine rescue mission", said the makers. On…

Langur cutouts to combat monkey menace during New Delhi G20…

LIFE-SIZE cutouts of langurs have sprung up in several parts of New Delhi over the past few days, as officials look to prevent the smaller rhesus monkeys from playing spoilsport during the G20 summit that will take place next week.  Rhesus monkeys are a menace in many areas in India's…

‘Hugely’ proud of my Indian roots: Sunak

WHAT does prime minister discuss at the dinner table with his Indian parents-in-law? Is it Indian politics or the challenges of running Britain? Neither. It's cricket. "The most political we tend to get is in our discussion of cricket. I've agreed that my daughters can support India when it comes…

Will only agree India trade deal that works for UK:…

THE free trade agreement (FTA) talks with India are progressing and Britain will only agree to a pact that works for the whole of the UK, prime minister Rishi Sunak said. Ahead of his first visit to India as prime minister to attend the G20 World Leaders' Summit in New…

Xi Jinping missing G20 summit not unusual: India

CHINA'S president Xi Jinping skipping this week's G20 summit in New Delhi was not unusual and will not affect negotiations to produce a consensus communique at the meeting, Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said. The September 9-10 summit of leaders of the world's richest countries is being held in the…

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

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

Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Big B amid debate over ‘President…

"Bharat mata ki jai," megastar Amitabh Bachchan said on Tuesday as debate spiralled over a G20 dinner invitation which described Droupadi Murmu as "President of Bharat". Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan shared on X a G20 dinner invitation from President Murmu which described her position as "President of Bharat", leading to…

Rishi Sunak’s relatives to host feast in New Delhi in…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's family will prepare a banquet in New Delhi this week in his honour as the leader will be in India to attend the G20 summit. The family will host a feast with flower bouquets and "non-stop dancing" to Punjabi music in the Indian capital on Thursday…

Sunak rejects quick-fix trade deal with India

Rishi Sunak has dismissed the possibility of a swift trade agreement with India, effectively ruling out the likelihood of securing a deal before this week's G20 summit in Delhi or even before next year's elections, The Guardian reported. Multiple sources familiar with the negotiations have reported that the prime minister…

Naresh Goyal used Jet Airways funds for ‘personal enrichment’

JET AIRWAYS founder Naresh Goyal used the money borrowed by the now-defunct airline for his “personal gains and enrichment,” India’s economic intelligence agency has said. The Enforcement Directorate arrested Goyal on Friday (1) night following a complaint of a Rs 5.38 billion (£51 million) loan fraud filed by the state-owned…

India launches military drills near China border

INDIA launched major military drills on Monday (4), including along contested border areas with China, which will continue during the G20 summit in New Delhi that president Xi Jinping will skip. The 11 days of drills named "Trishul", or trident, were "an annual training exercise" in northern zones bordering Pakistan…

Biden-Modi meeting on September 8

US president Joe Biden will travel to India next week to participate in the G20 Summit and will have a bilateral meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi on September 8, the White House has announced. India, president of the G20, will host global leaders for the summit scheduled to take…

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

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

India vs Pakistan: Cricketers bonhomie ease the edge

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

China building military facilities along India border to face ‘eventuality…

CHINA has ramped up the construction of military facilities along its de facto border with India, which experts regard as Beijing’s preparations for an “eventuality of hostilities”. Satellite imagery from the American firm Maxar has shown Chinese infrastructure including bunkers and tunnels being built into the hillside in Aksai Chin,…

Last ‘Super Blue Moon’ until 2037 captured in India and…

Astronomy enthusiasts were treated to a delightful experience on Wednesday, August 30, as a rare celestial event, known as a Super Blue Moon graced the skies worldwide. [caption id="attachment_249758" align="alignnone" width="750"] The Super Blue Moon as seen in the sky above the India Gate, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug. 30,…

Vikrant Massey to be seen in Ruskin Bond’s story adaptation

Actor Vikrant Massey is on a roll. The actor who is gearing up for the release of his next film 12th Fail is set for another exciting venture. The Haseen Dillruba actor is collaborating with debutant director Niranjan Iyengar's film in which he is playing the lead in one of…

EXCLUSIVE: Mighty Indian moon mission

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

Cyrus S Poonawalla welcomes Miss World 2023 team in Pune

Industrialist and philanthropist Cyrus S Poonawalla welcomed the Miss World 2023 team in Pune. He expressed his excitement and said, “I am deeply honoured to extend a warm welcome to esteemed Ms Julia Morley, Chairperson and CEO Miss World Organisation, Mr Jamil Saidi, Chairman, PME Entertainment along with Current Miss…

EU concerned over Indian imports ‘helping Russia skirt sanctions’

THE European Union last Saturday (26) voiced concerns over a “rapid” rise in refined petroleum products made from Russian crude oil in India finding their way to the European market. Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU executive vice-president and commissioner for trade, said oil products processed from Russian crude oil were arriving…

Sunak could face transparency queries over Infosys link in trade…

THE prime minister, Rishi Sunak, could face some transparency questions related to wife Akshata Murty’s Infosys shares, which are worth an estimated £500 million, in a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with India, according to a media report.   The Observer last Sunday (27) claimed that Labour and trade experts were…

Gaurav Gupta on dressing up Beyonce for world tour

Fashion designer Gaurav Gupta says creating three strikingly glamorous looks for pop diva Beyonce for her ongoing world tour was an opportunity to put forth India's traditional designs that beautifully encapsulate the "aura and magnanimity" of the singer. Beyonce has been on a concert tour since May in support of…

Leander Paes says India will take time to produce singles…

Indian tennis legend Leander Paes has said it will take time for the country to produce a singles champion despite the progress in the game. Paes, who has a total of 18 grand slam titles in men's doubles and mixed doubles, said India will have to be realistic with its…

Miss World beauty contest to be held in India’s Kashmir

THE Miss World beauty contest will be held in Indian Kashmir as part of a month-long series of events across India, organisers have said. Miss World Organization chair Julia Morley said India will host a month-long series of events for the annual international beauty pageant from November to December, with…

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

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

Putin not to visit India for G20 summit

RUSSIA will be represented by its foreign minister at the G20 summit in New Delhi, president Vladimir Putin told Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in a phone call on Monday (28) where the two leaders also discussed bilateral ties. The two leaders also spoke about the planned expansion of the…

India, UK to continue FTA negotiations till end of August

INDIAN and UK officials will continue their negotiations till the month-end to iron out differences on the proposed free trade agreement (FTA), New Delhi has said. Following the G20 trade and investment ministers’ meeting at Jaipur, the progress of the negotiations was reviewed by commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal…

‘Gadar 2’ becomes first film to be screened at new…

Actor Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel starrer action-drama film Gadar 2 has caused a tsunami at the box office as the film has now entered the £40 million club. The makers of the film hosted a special screening of the film in the New Parliament House, New Delhi for the…

India hopes for G20 to develop amicable resolutions on geopolitical…

The G20 summit negotiator for India Amitabh Kant expressed the nation's intention to diplomatically persuade G20 member countries towards resolving geopolitical challenges. In response to a question concerning the Russia-Ukraine war, Kant said on Friday (25) that India seeks amicable solutions. The ongoing conflict, which began in February last year,…

World wrestling body suspends India after harassment scandal

THE Wrestling Federation of India has been suspended by the sports' world body for not holding elections after its chief was charged with sexual misconduct. India's top wrestlers staged weeks of sit-in protests in the capital New Delhi earlier this year demanding the resignation of WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh.…

69th National Film Awards: ‘Sardar Udham’ declared Best Hindi Film

The 69th National Film Awards were announced on Thursday evening at the National Media Centre in New Delhi. Shoojit Sircar's directorial Sardar Udham won the best feature film award in Hindi. The film was released in 2021 on Prime Video and starred Vicky Kaushal in the lead role. Sardar Udham…

69th National Film Awards: Alia, Kriti share Best Actress, Allu…

The 69th National Film Awards were announced at a press conference in New Delhi today. Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon share the Best Actress award for their performances in Gangubai Kathiawadi and Mimi, respectively. Telugu superstar Allu Arjun, on the other hand, was named Best Actor for his successful film…

Badenoch launches campaign to double trade with India by 2030

Business and trade secretary, Kemi Badenoch, introduced the "Alive with Opportunity" campaign on Thursday (24). The aim of the campaign is to facilitate the augmentation of trade with India by 2030, employing a range of focused trade missions tailored for UK enterprises operating within rapidly expanding industries. The cabinet minister,…

69th National Film Awards to be announced in Delhi today

The 69th National Film Awards will be announced on Thursday during a press conference by the Jury at the National Media Center, New Delhi. Many names are going around and the official announcement is awaited. This year Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut’s names are doing the rounds on social media…

Veteran actor Seema Deo dies at 81

Veteran actor Seema Deo, remembered for her roles in Anand and Kora Kagaz, died in Mumbai on Thursday morning due to age-related ailments, her filmmaker son Abhinay Deo said. She was 81. The actor, who acted in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films, passed away at her Bandra home. She…

India’s court directs legal community to avoid ‘gender-unjust terms’

INDIA’S Supreme Court released a glossary last week of “gender-unjust terms” it wants the legal community to avoid when preparing pleas, orders and judgments, and suggested some alternatives. Among the changes recommended by the court’s Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes are use of the word “woman” to replace terms such…

‘It’s time we got more British businesses into India as…

INDIA’S High Commissioner to the UK has expressed optimism that British and Indian officials will be “able to get something working” and find a “right fit” towards a mutually beneficial free trade agreement. Vikram Doraiswami said he was positive as both countries seem keen to make necessary adjustments, recognising the…

India creates history as Chandrayaan-3 lands on moon

AN Indian spacecraft landed on the moon on Wednesday (23), the space agency said, in a mission seen as crucial to lunar exploration and India's standing as a space power, just days after a similar Russian lander crashed. For India, the successful landing marks its emergence as a space power…

FTA talks ‘laser-focused’ as Kemi Badenoch heads to India

INDIA-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations are now laser-focussed on goods, services and investment, UK officials said on Wednesday (23) ahead of business and trade secretary Kemi Badenoch's visit to India. After the G20 trade and investment ministerial meeting in Jaipur, which is scheduled for Thursday (24) and Friday (25),…

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

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

IMF and World Bank reforms on US agenda

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden will urge reforms to the IMF and World Bank that will better serve developing country needs at the G20 summit in New Delhi next month, the White House said on Tuesday (22). White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the two institutions need to offer…

Chandrayaan landing will launch India’s space dreams

THE space race India aims to win this week by landing first on the moon’s south pole is about science, the politics of national prestige and a new frontier: money. If India’s Chandrayaan-3 succeeds in landing on the lunar south pole on Wednesday (23), analysts and executives expect an immediate…

IMF and World Bank reforms on US agenda

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden will urge reforms to the IMF and World Bank that will better serve developing country needs at the G20 summit in New Delhi next month, the White House said on Tuesday (22). White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the two institutions need to offer…

Science, politics, and economics behind India’s race to moon

The space race India aims to win this week by landing first on the moon's south pole is about science, the politics of national prestige and a new frontier: money. If India's Chandrayaan-3 succeeds in landing on the lunar south pole on Wednesday (23), analysts and executives expect an immediate…

Chinese research ship seeks approval for port visit in Sri…

Colombo announced on Tuesday (22), that China has sought approval for a research ship to anchor in Sri Lanka. This request comes after the visit of a spacecraft-tracking vessel last year, which had raised security apprehensions from India. Sri Lankan foreign ministry spokeswoman Priyanga Wickramasinghe said Beijing had sought permission…

‘Great move for India’: Kareena on Chandrayaan 3 moon landing

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan on Monday said like any other Indian, she too is waiting "with bated breath" for the Chandrayaan 3 to land on the moon's surface and she plans to watch the event with her children. The actress, who was in New Delhi to promote a brand, spoke…

Swami Brahmaviharidas updates Modi on BAPS’ activities

SWAMI Brahmaviharidas of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha briefed Indian prime minister Narednra Modi about major activities organised by the spiritual organisation across the world. During their 30-minute meeting in New Delhi, he updated Modi on the ongoing 'Festival of Inspirations' at the Sanstha’s Akshardham temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey. He…

India imposes 40 per cent export duty on onions

INDIA will impose with immediate effect a 40 per cent export duty on onions up to December 31 in an attempt to improve domestic availability of the vegetable, the ministry of finance said in a notification on Saturday (19). The duty imposed by the world's biggest exporter of onions will…

India’s Burger King outlets take tomatoes off menu as prices…

Soaring vegetable prices after a bad harvest have prompted Burger King's Indian outlets to take tomatoes off their menu items, following in the footsteps of other fast food giants. "Even tomatoes need a vacation!" read a notice at an outlet in the capital New Delhi on Thursday. "Due to unpredictable…

Hot beverage spill injures child aboard Vistara flight bound for…

Vistara announced on Wednesday (16), that a child who was a passenger on a flight from New Delhi to Frankfurt experienced injuries as a result of a hot beverage spillage last week. The airline has committed to covering all medical expenses related to the incident. The occurrence took place on…

‘Dream’ make-over for Indian arm-wrestling

ATHLETES flex muscled biceps before going hand-to-hand in a newly televised arm-wrestling league seeking to take the sporting spotlight in cricket-mad India with a glitzy Bollywood-style makeover.  Contestants fight under bright studio lights with a cheering audience as opponents push down the other person’s arm in the Pro Panja League…

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…

Why ‘Dil Se’ is a movie masterpiece

WHEN Dil Se was released in cinemas on August 21 1998, it surprisingly didn’t do well at the box office in India and received negative reviews. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the romantic thriller became a big hit internationally and the first Bollywood film to officially crack…

India’s G20 presidency empowers global South’s voice, says High Commissioner…

Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami has said, the Group of 20 (G20) stands as the foremost platform globally for fostering inclusive growth. He remarked that India's current presidency of the G20 has played a pivotal role in amplifying the perspectives of the Global South, contributing to the…

High Commissioner says trend line on India-UK FTA ‘very positive’

INDIA’S High Commissioner to the UK has expressed optimism that officials of the two countries will be “able to get something working” in their Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Vikram Doraiswami said both countries seem keen to make adjustments, recognising the complexities involved with the different structures of the two similar-sized…

Author Joya Chatterji explores the deadly price of love in…

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

Arora brothers of B&M may bid for collapsed retailer Wilko

THE billionaire owners of B&M are believed to be in the running to buy collapsed retail chain Wilko, which announced last week it was closing its doors, putting 400 stores and 12,500 jobs at risk. B&M, which is owned by brothers Simon, Bobby and Robin Arora, has been told by…

Security intensified at Indian Embassy in Washington

SECURITY was intensified outside the Indian Embassy in Washington on Tuesday (15) in view of the protests by pro-Khalistan groups on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. Pro-Khalistan groups have planned to stage protests outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC where a function was held on the occasion of…

Vinesh Phogat out of Asian Games with injury

INDIAN wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who helped lead protests demanding the sport's national chief step down over sexual harassment allegations, has pulled out of next month's Asian Games with a knee injury. Phogat, who won gold in the women's 50kg freestyle in the last edition of the Asian Games, injured herself…

Highs and lows of India at 76

INDIA on Tuesday (15) completed 76 years as an independent country.  The historian, Ramachandra Guha, provided a report card in a long article in the Sunday Times (13), headed, “Can India be the next superpower?”   Guha, known to be a critic of the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya…

Sunak: My Hindu faith guides me

RISHI SUNAK has said his upcoming visit to India for a G20 summit early next month will be “special” as Britain’s first Asian prime minister returns to the homeland of his grandparents. Sunak is scheduled to travel to New Delhi in September – his first as prime minister since taking…

India, UK make ‘huge progress’ in trade talks: official

THERE is a "huge" progress in the talks between India and the UK on the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) , a top official said in New Delhi. Commerce secretary Sunil Barthwal said the 11th round of talks in London was "very intense" and many issues were closed. Out of…

G20 Film Festival to open with Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’

Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali will be the opening film at the G20 Film Festival, aiming to celebrate and showcase the vibrant and collaborative partnership existing amongst the G20 and invited countries in the field of cinema. Organised by the India International Centre (IIC) and G20 Secretariat of the Ministry of…

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,…

Russia confirms timely delivery of S-400 air defence systems to…

Russia is set to meet its commitment to deliver S-400 anti-aircraft systems to India within the established timeframe, a senior Russian defence export official said on Monday (14). Being the largest arms importer globally, India relies predominantly on Russian technology for traditional weaponry. However, authorities in New Delhi have expressed…

Rescue efforts underway as floods and landslides kill 58 in…

Rescuers conducted searches on Tuesday (15) for individuals who were potentially unaccounted for in the wake of floods and landslides that have resulted in the death of at least 58 in India, including nine who were killed in the tragic collapse of a well-known temple in Shimla. Days of torrential…

Modi calls for peace in Manipur during Independence Day speech

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday (15) that his government was working to end ethnic clashes in the country's remote northeast that have killed more than 150 people since May. The federal government has deployed security forces to the hilly state bordering Myanmar governed by Modi's Bharatiya Janata…

From ‘Kill’ to ‘Dear Jassi’: All Indian films to be…

Toronto International Film Festival, which is less than a month away, boasts of an incredible line-up of films from India. Let’s take a look at which Indian films have made it to the prestigious film festival, which runs between September 7 and 17 in Toronto. Thank You For Coming Fronted…

Security minister ensures safety measures for Indian mission in London

The safety and security of the Indian High Commission in London, as well as its personnel, are being safeguarded through essential measures by the UK, British security minister Tom Tugendhat said. This initiative comes approximately five months subsequent to an attack on the mission by pro-Khalistani groups, which had introduced…

Chinese warship docks at Colombo following delay over Indian concerns

A Chinese Navy warship with surveillance capabilities has recently arrived at the Colombo port, marking its presence almost a year after a different spy vessel caused concerns in India by berthing at a strategic port in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Navy reported that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy…

New funding to tackle ‘pro-Khalistani extremism’

SECURITY minister Tom Tugendhat has announced a new funding of £95,000 to enhance Britain's capability to tackle "pro-Khalistan extremism". The announcement, coinciding with Tugendhat's visit to India, comes amid growing concerns in India over increasing activities of pro-Khalistani elements in the UK. Tugendhat is in India to bolster bilateral cooperation…

ICC World Cup 2023: India to play Pakistan on October…

THE marquee World Cup match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan will now be played on October 14, one day before the original slot, the ICC confirmed as the world governing body announced rescheduling nine games of the tournament. As per the latest update, Pakistan and England will have three of…

New bill on election commissioners’ appointment sparks row in India

THE Indian government on Thursday (10) introduced a bill to regulate the appointment, conditions of service and term of office of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners, with opposition parties strongly opposing the move. Law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the bill in Rajya Sabha, the upper house…

‘Modi is a very big influence on my life’: Grammy-award-winning…

Three-time Grammy-award-winning musician Ricky Kej, who is set to come up with his own interpretation of the Indian National Anthem along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the eve of Independence Day, spoke about how Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a ‘big influence’ on his music career. Speaking…

THE TOP 10 dance numbers of Vyjayanthimala

IN TERMS of ability, influence, magic moments, and stunning screen presence, Vyjayanthimala is regarded as the greatest Bollywood dancer of all time. The magnificent movie icon entertained different generations, influenced lead stars who followed in her fabulous footsteps and changed dance forever in India. Born in 1936, she turns a…

Gujarat-Britain air bridge must be modernised, says MP

THOUSANDS of people will head from the UK to Gujarat this October to enjoy the ICC Cricket World Cup; to celebrate Navratri and Diwali and for business, leisure and family visits. Without a rapid change in the attitude of some of our biggest airlines, for many the journey to and…

British artist on Manipur, a paradise found and lost

THE horror stories of ethnic violence emerging from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur have greatly distressed the British artist, Marcus Hodge, because the place had appeared like a peaceful paradise to him when he was there in November last year painting polo ponies. Hodge was in Imphal, the state…

‘India committed to finding lasting solution to Russia’s war in…

INDIA will remain an “active and willing partner” to find a “lasting” solution to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the country’s national security advisor said, after attending a peace conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last Sunday (6). Ajit Doval told delegates the responsibility to end the war was in the hands…

Separatist leader Yasin Malik virtually appears in Delhi court

SEPARATIST leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday (9) virtually appeared before the Delhi high court from jail in connection with the National Investigation Agency’s plea seeking death penalty for him in a terror funding case. Last week, the high court had directed that the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief, who…

India-Pakistan clash among nine World Cup fixture changes

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

India’s rice export ban raises fears of decline in planting

RICE planting in India could fall by five per cent as New Delhi’s decision to ban non-basmati white rice exports will cut farm income and encourage growers to switch to other crops, a leading farmers’ group with close ties to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has claimed.  The world’s biggest…

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…

Delhi University graduate heads Tesla’s finance team

TESLA’S Indian-origin accounting officer has been made the electric carmaker's chief finance officer. Vaibhav Taneja succeeds Zachary Kirkhorn who stepped down from the position after 13 years of association with the Austin-based company headed by billionaire Elon Musk. Kirkhorn, who had succeeded Indian-American Deepak Ahuja as the CFO in 2019,…

US lawmakers to attend Modi’s Red Fort address

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers will travel to India to take part in the Red Fort address of prime minister Narendra Modi on the country’s Independence Day on August 15, according to an official statement. The bipartisan Congressional delegation is led by Indian-American congressman Ro Khanna and congressman Michael…

India bars Chinese drone components citing security reasons

INDIA in recent months has barred domestic manufacturers of military drones from using components made in China over concerns about security vulnerabilities, according to four defence and industry officials and documents reviewed by Reuters. The measure comes amid tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours and as New Delhi pursues a military…

Rahul Gandhi reinstated as India’s MP

INDIA'S main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi was restored to parliament Monday (7) after the Supreme Court last week suspended his defamation conviction over political comments criticising prime minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi is the scion of India's premier political dynasty and his reinstatement was welcomed by other members of the Congress…

Three Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir by rebels

Three soldiers were killed in a clash with suspected rebels amidst the fourth anniversary of New Delhi's direct rule imposition in Indian-administered Kashmir. The confrontation occurred as an army patrol, searching for armed insurgents in the forests of Halan in the southern Kashmir valley, engaged in an exchange of fire…

Haryana: Authorities demolish alleged illegal houses linked to Hindu procession…

LOCAL authorities in India's northern state of Haryana have begun demolishing what they term illegal houses that were allegedly used in an attack on a Hindu procession earlier this week that sparked deadly Hindu-Muslim clashes across the state. The violence erupted in the Nuh district on Monday (31) and quickly…

Kajol speaks out on pay parity in Indian cinema

Bollywood actress Kajol feels that when a film like Wonder Woman is made for Indian audiences and turns out to be as successful at the box office as Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan, Indian cinema will witness pay parity. She was speaking on the sidelines of the 2023 Jagran Film Festival…

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…

India’s top court stays Rahul Gandhi’s defamation conviction

THE Supreme Court of India on Friday (4) suspended opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi's conviction in a defamation case, enabling him to return to parliament and contest national elections due next year. Gandhi was convicted in March in a case brought by a lawmaker from the ruling Bharatiya Janata…

Majid Majidi hopes to shoot another film in India

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi on Thursday said he hopes to shoot another film in India after 2017's Beyond The Clouds because he values Indian culture and cinema. The director, known for movies such as the Oscar-nominated Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, said he hopes the two…

India to join Ukraine peace talks hosted by Saudi Arabia

India will take part in the Ukraine peace talks to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on August 5 and 6, a spokesperson for India's foreign ministry, Arindam Bagchi, announced during a news briefing on Thursday (03). The talks have been initiated by Saudi Arabia, which extended invitations to Western…

India’s new import rules trigger concerns for Apple, Samsung

INDIA on Thursday (3) said it will impose a licensing requirement for imports of laptops, tablets and personal computers with immediate effect, a move that could hit hard the likes of Apple, Dell and Samsung and force them to boost local manufacturing. Current regulations in India allow companies to import…

Death toll in communal clashes in India rises to six

RIOT police were patrolling urban neighbourhoods near India's capital on Wednesday (2) following a second night of sectarian riots that have killed six people so far. The unrest began Monday (31) when mobs hurled stones at a Hindu religious procession and set cars alight in the predominantly Muslim district of…

‘It’s crazy to include students in net migration statistics’

OVERSEAS students who return home after three to five years in the UK should not be included in the migration statistics, Lord Simon McDonald, master of Christ’s, academically one of the strongest colleges in Cambridge, has said. “I think the idea that student numbers can contribute to overall migration numbers…

Witness in Indian wrestling body chief’s case to contest polls…

According to reports on Monday (31), Anita Sheoran, the gold-medal-winning wrestler at the Commonwealth Games and a witness in a sexual harassment case against the current head of India's wrestling federation, has submitted her candidature for the upcoming elections. Sheoran, aged 38, is the sole female candidate in the running…

India’s gold demand expected to fall to lowest in three…

India's gold demand in 2023 could fall 10 per cent from a year ago to their lowest in three years, as record high prices are dampening retail purchases, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on Tuesday (1). The lower purchases in the world's second-biggest gold consumer could limit a rally…

Communal clashes in India’s Haryana kill at least five

AT LEAST five people, including two police personnel, were killed in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in India's Haryana state, neighbouring capital New Delhi, on Monday (31), police officials said. The violence erupted when a Hindu religious procession passed through the Muslim dominated Nuh region, located around 50 kilometres away…

India Couture Week: Top Hindi movie stars turn showstoppers

Organised by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the 19th edition of India Couture Week (ICW) 2023 commenced in New Delhi on July 25, with Falguni Shane Peacock presenting the opening show and setting the tone for the glamorous event. Renowned designers like Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Tarun…

India Couture Week 2023: Ranbir exudes Punjabi vibes at Kunal…

Actor Ranbir Kapoor on Friday won everyone’s hearts with his ramp walk on Day 4 of India Couture Week. After a long time, Ranbir hit the runway, and that too for ace designer Kunal Rawal. The Barfi star donned a deep blue-coloured bandhgala embellished jacket that he paired with black…

Anurag Thakur to inaugurate 11th Jagran Film Festival

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the 11th edition of Jagran Film Festival in Delhi, the organisers announced Friday. The four-day film gala will be held in the national capital from August 3 to August 6 at Siri Fort Auditorium. It will screen over 55 films…

India, UK may sign trade deal ‘this year’

INDIA and Britain could sign a free trade agreement (FTA) this year as both countries have reached consensus on the broad contours of the proposed deal aiming to boost economic growth and jobs, a top trade ministry official said. "We want to finalise the deal at the earliest," Sunil Barthwal,…

‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ Review: Impressive cast and…

Filmmaker Karan Johar is known for making big-budgeted commercial potboilers which boast of an impressive cast, magnificent sets, lavish costumes, and elaborate song and dance routines. His latest directorial venture Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani ticks all the boxes that his fans will be hoping for. Rocky Aur Rani…

India’s rice export ban: Why it matters to global trade

INDIA has prohibited the export of non-basmati white rice with immediate effect, according to a government notice on July 20, after a late start to seasonal monsoon rains hurt the crop and raised fears of a production shortfall. Here are some facts explaining why India is crucial to the global…

India open to Chinese investment, says minister

INDIA is open to Chinese investment despite border clashes between the two countries, the deputy minister for information technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar told the Financial Times in a report published on Wednesday (26). "We are open to doing business with any company anywhere as long as they are investing and conducting…

Sri Lanka reflects on ‘black July’ tragedy 40 years later

FORTY years ago, mobs in Sri Lanka burned 13 people alive, part of a week-long pogrom that turbocharged simmering ethnic unrest into all-out civil war. Known in Sri Lanka as 'black July', the brutal violence triggered a 26-year conflict that killed about 100,000 people and set development back by decades,…

Sri Lankan president calls all-party meeting for Tamil reconciliation

SRI LANKAN president Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday (26) will hold an all-party meeting to discuss the thorny issue of ethnic reconciliation of minority Tamils in the island nation. The meeting was called by the president to discuss the government’s national reconciliation programme and the way forward. The all-party move comes…

Back on public view, Koh-i-Noor carries weight of UK’s colonial…

THE star of Britain's crown jewels, the Koh-i-Noor diamond, is back on view after a notable absence from King Charles's coronation that highlighted the nation's awkward ties with its colonial past. The massive stone has appeared at formal occasions for more than 150 years, but Charles's wife Camilla opted not…

Italy honours Indian soldiers who fought in Second World War

A MEMORIAL, in the form of a live sundial, has been unveiled in Italy as a tribute to the Indian troops who fought in the Italian campaign during the Second World War, officials said last Saturday (22). The motto of the memorial is “Omines Sub Eodem Sole” which translates to…

Father of Indian woman who travelled to Pakistan says she…

The father of a married Indian woman, Anju (34), who travelled to a remote village in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to meet her Facebook friend, Nasrulla (29), has said that she is "mentally disturbed and eccentric." However, he firmly denied any involvement in an affair. He expressed concern that it…