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Misconduct hearing for Metropolitan cop Shanoor Ali, accused of punching…

Metropolitan Police officer Shanoor Ali is set to face a hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London between February 22 and 24 in connection to an accusation of misconduct against a woman. It has been alleged that Ali assaulted the woman on June 27, 2021, at a place…

UK’s financial regulator watching Adani Group-Elara links: Report

Britain’s financial regulatory body is monitoring “potential links” between the investment firm Elara Capital and India’s Adani Group, a media report has said.Adani’s flagship firm Adani Enterprises last week abandoned its follow-on public offer (FPO) amid a crash in the share prices of the group companies triggered by American short-seller…

Judge sentences Scotland Yard ex-officer to 36 life terms for…

In a shocking case that has dominated headlines in the UK, an Indian-origin judge on Tuesday handed down 36 life sentences to a serial rapist convicted of violent and brutal sexual offences against a dozen women over a 17-year period as a Scotland Yard police officer. Justice Parmjit Kaur "Bobbie"…

Sadiq Khan urges Londoners to donate blood and save lives

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (7) urged Londoners to give blood as hundreds of new donors are needed every day to help patients in the capital, a statement said. Khan worked with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) to host the first ever blood drive at the Royal Docks on…

Yorkshire admit four charges after investigation into racism claims

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has admitted liability to four amended charges including a failure to address and take adequate action against racist and discriminatory language, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday (7). Yorkshire and a number of individuals were charged by the ECB in June after…

South Asians making the UK stronger: Starmer, Sadiq Khan

Labour leader Keir Starmer and London mayor Sadiq Khan have reaffirmed the party’s commitment to diversity while highlighting the contribution of south Asians to the UK’s growth. At a fundraising gala dinner hosted by Labour in London on Wednesday (1), they said inclusiveness made Britain a strong country where aspiration…

NHS launches cancer ‘bus-ting’ tour as double-decker bus aims to…

An NHS double-decker bus will be touring the country from Monday, to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and to encourage people to visit their GP for potentially lifesaving checks if they have a symptom. In partnership with Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus and coach operator,…

UK industry body leads first-ever India delegation to unlock FTA…

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has sent its first-ever business delegation to India on Monday aimed at unlocking opportunities from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) being negotiated between London and New Delhi. The industry body, which speaks on behalf of 190,000 UK businesses of all sizes and sectors, began…

London paedophile, 61, jailed for having sex with minor girl…

A paedophile in north London, aged above 60, has been sent to jail for having sex with a teenage girl. Anandarajah Bremakumar from Colindale, Barnet, abused the girl in 2010 when she was 16 but the police came to learn about the incident only in 2019 when a report was…

Consumption of ultra-processed food linked to Cancer

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

Rishi Sunak joins UK-India NSA meeting

As a special gesture, Rishi Sunak will join the National Security Advisor (NSA) Dialogue 'for a while' between Ajit Doval and Tim Barrow in London.The High Commission of India in London tweeted and informed about the same and said that the governments of both countries value strengthening strategic partnerships in…

Nitin Sawhney wins top honour at Eastern Eye’s annual Arts,…

ACCLAIMED musician Nitin Sawhney won the top award at Eastern Eye’s annual Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs), which recognise the achievements of Britain’s south Asian community in the arts, creative and media industries. Sawhney, whose latest album, Immigrants, examines the complexities of identities in modern Britain, was presented The…

The Bhavan students showcase talent across art forms at annual…

The Bhavan celebrated its annual founder’s day event in the last weekend of January and the occasion proved to be both a visual and artistic treat. Being the largest organisation for Indian classical arts in the UK, The Bhavan, London, boasts of more than 700 students who come to train…

Felt it was my dharma to take over as UK…

Rishi Sunak has spoken of his motivation behind taking on the top job at 10 Downing Street in the wake of intense political turmoil last year as his “dharma”. In a televised interview with ‘Talk TV’ host Piers Morgan at his Downing Street home to mark 100 days in the…

40 Afghan families with 150 children in London told to…

As many as 40 Afghan families with 150 children in Kensington, west London,were asked to settle over 200 miles away in Wetherby, Leeds, the Guardian reported. These refugees have been living in London for the past 18 months after fleeing the Taliban. The latest Home Office order came as a…

Jaswant Singh Chail who wanted to ‘kill’ late queen with…

A British Sikh man who wanted to “assassinate” Queen Elizabeth II on Christmas Day in 2021 and was caught on the grounds of Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow has admitted to committing treason. Jaswant Singh Chail, who identified himself as an “Indian Sikh”, wanted to kill the late monarch…

Shah Rukh Khan: Indian heartthrob and King of Bollywood

Shah Rukh Khan is Bollywood's most popular star and at 57 still its biggest sex symbol, whose silver-screen repertoire of dance, romance and shoot-em-up heroics made him the cinematic avatar of a changing India. "King Khan" -- whose moniker reflects decades of box office dominance -- is a rare unifying…

Jo Johnson, brother of Boris Johnson, resigns as director of…

Lord Jo Johnson, younger brother of former British prime minister Boris Johnson, has resigned his non-executive directorship of a UK-based investment firm linked with the now-withdrawn Adani Enterprises Follow-on Public Offer (FPO). 'The Financial Times' newspaper referenced UK Companies House records to reveal that 51-year-old Lord Johnson had been appointed…

Asian community mourns passing of community and spiritual leader Pujya…

BRITAIN’S Asian community is mourning the loss of a respected community and spiritual leader, Pujya Rambapa, following his passing on Tuesday (31), aged 102. Rambapa, as he was fondly known, dedicated his life to the spread of Hinduism, spirituality as well as charitable and philanthropic activities in the UK and…

Sadiq Khan, Martin Lewis come together to help Londoners tackle…

London mayor Sadiq Khan and MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis CBE have joined forces for a one-off live event to help Londoners tackle the cost-of-living crisis. On Thursday (2), Khan and Martin were set to be joined by an audience at City Hall to discuss everything from managing soaring energy costs…

EYE SPY: Return of the king

A FEW weeks before the release of the 2018 film Zero I went for dinner with a famous Bollywood actor friend, who was praising the trailer and saying it was a sure-fire blockbuster. I disagreed and predicted it would be a huge disaster, even if the movie miraculously turned out…

Londoner who ran escort agency website jailed for rape, prostitution…

A Londoner who preyed upon young women looking for jobs has been jailed for 31 years after being convicted of rape and sexual assault.Nuruzzaman Shahin of Camden who targeted women through an escort website was also found guilty of controlling prostitution for gain.The 40-year-old man, who committed the offences against…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Diversity is mission critical for the Royal Air Force’

FROM where Sir Mike Wigston sits, he can see the most famous address in Britain – 10, Downing Street. “It’s good I can see what’s going on,” he says with something of a wry smile, showing Eastern Eye his impressive office. Mike Wigston is how he was born, but today…

UK business and financial circles describe Indian Budget as very…

The Budget tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday has been widely welcomed in the UK business and financial circles as "very encouraging" for the bilateral partnership and also India's attractiveness as an investment destination. The highlights flagged by many include the enhanced infrastructure spending focus, which offers great…

LCCI policy & public impact head welcomes London mayor’s vehicle-scrappage…

James Watkins, head of Policy and Public Impact at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) welcomed the move made by London mayor Sadiq Khan to launch the biggest vehicle-scrappage scheme worth £110 million to help organisations and individuals to replace or retrofit their old, pollution-causing vehicles. He said the…

The Wellington, Tower Suites by Blue Orchid Hotels win 2023…

Blue Orchid Hotels group has added another feather in its cap in the travel industry as two of its finest hotels have been recognised with a prestigious award. Based on visitors' reviews, Booking.com has announced The Wellington and Tower Suites hotels by the group as the winner of the 2023…

Fake ‘blue plaque’ put up on Blackpool street to commemorate…

A fake commemorative ‘blue plaque’ has been spotted on a Blackpool street where prime minister Rishi Sunak was filmed in a moving car while he was not wearing a seatbelt.Sunak was fined last month for the breach of the traffic rule and he apologised for his “error of judgment”.But pranksters…

Speak out to bring offenders to justice, says London paramedic…

A paramedic who was sexually assaulted by a patient in London has spoken out about her ‘sickening’ experience and urged people to report offensive behaviours to seek justice.Ilford resident Naveed Ahmed, 35, who groped London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedic Charlotte Miller and exposed himself was jailed for nine months in…

Magic of India to organise Holi Colour Dance Festival on…

Magic of India, a social enterprise in London which brings Indian culture and language alive in fun-filled and engaging ways, including school workshops and festive events, will organise the Holi Colour Dance Festival at the Swiss Cottage Open Space on March 12 on the occasion of Holi or the festival…

Somerset House to unveil major outdoor installation by Indian artist…

Noted Indian contemporary artist Jitish Kallat will present in February Whorled (Here After Here After Here), a new courtyard commission by Somerset House and his first major public commission in the UK. The striking outdoor installation, over 30 metres in diameter, comprises two intersecting spirals that echo the signage of…

If I have an itch on my head, I have…

British writer Hanif Kureishi, who has been unable to use his arms and legs since his devastating fall in Rome on Boxing Day, said he is determined to write again.The author of the novel ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’, who collapsed after watching a Liverpool-Aston Villa match, described how he is…

Martyrs’ Day marked at Gandhi statue at London’s Parliament Square

Mahatma Gandhi’s 75th death anniversary, being commemorated as Martyrs’ Day the world over on Monday, was marked with tributes at the statue of the Father of the Nation at Parliament Square here. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami was joined by community leaders, parliamentarians and Indian diaspora representatives…

Thousands of UK investors anxious after investing £50 million in…

Eros Media World’s bondholders in the UK have become anxious as the India-based media and entertainment company has not come out with any update on its coupon payment.In 2014, it issued bonds worth total £50 million, offering an annual coupon of 6.5 per cent and thousands of investors in Britain…

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

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

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

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

‘I killed my dad’, said Southgate son who bludgeoned father…

A Southgate man was found guilty of murdering his father after bludgeoning him to death with a bottle of Champagne in October last year. Deekan Singh Vig, 54, was found guilty of murdering shopkeeper Arjan Singh Vig, 84, at the family home in Southgate, north London, on 30 October 2021.…

Leyton man jailed for life for murdering fellow hostel resident…

A Leyton man has been jailed for life for murdering fellow hostel resident following a row over text messages in August last year. Mahi Noor, 25, of Lea Bridge Road in Leyton, has been sentenced for killing Abdi Khadar Adan, 32, after the former was found guilty following a trial…

Serving member of British Army accused of terrorism offence remanded…

A judge on Saturday (28) adjourned legal proceedings against a serving soldier in the British army who is accused of terrorism and explosives-related offences and remanded the 21-year-old in custody, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. London's Metropolitan Police said on Friday they had charged Daniel Abed Khalif from Stafford…

Sophia Duleep Singh to get Blue Plaque

Sophia Duleep Singh, the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh – the last ruler of the Sikh empire – and the goddaughter of Queen Victoria, is to be honoured with a commemorative Blue Plaque in London. Princess Sophia was among the leading suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote in…

UK under fire over retreat from Windrush scandal reforms

Britain's government came under withering criticism Friday after retreating from reforms it had promised to prevent a repeat of the "Windrush" scandal affecting black immigrants. Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that three of the changes previously promised were unnecessary. Baroness Floella Benjamin, a former TV presenter who chairs the government's…

London serial flasher targeted schoolgirls in sex attacks on public…

A man in south London, accused as a sexual predator, targeted schoolgirls aged between 12 and 14 in a series of assaults that even led to him getting caught by police on more than one occasion. Goher Damani, 58, would often sit next to the girls he targeted on buses…

Charity boss accused of telling woman to drink his semen…

A woman has demanded justice after a “puppet master” who allegedly abused her was allowed to indirectly control a charity he previously headed.Lara Hall said it was “totally inappropriate” that Wilson Chowdhry was replaced by his wife as the boss of the Ilford-based British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA).Hall said Chowdhry…

Man in court over alleged plot to bomb Yorkshire RAF…

A 27-year-old student nurse from northern England appeared in court Friday charged with terrorism after allegedly being found with a pressure cooker bomb intended to attack an air base. Prosecutors told the court that Mohammad Farooq, 27, had carried out "hostile reconnaissance" of a Yorkshire Royal Air Force (RAF) base…

Racism ‘systemic’ in Britain: UN experts

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

50 per cent London homes now able to access full-fibre…

Full-fibre broadband means that homes can access speeds of up to a gigabit per second – more than 10 times faster than some speeds available on legacy copper connections. These faster speeds mean homes can support more devices at the same time, with much better reliability and performance. The Mayor…

Meet Navjot Sawhney and Khalid Raza – winners of Rishi…

Sikh engineer Navjot Sawhney, who created hand-cranked washing machine to support families worldwide and Glasgow charity founder Khalid Raza, who recycles wheelchairs for the disabled, have won the UK prime minister Rishi Sunak's Points of Light Award. Sawhney set up the Washing Machine Project four years ago which can be…

Indian envoy celebrates ‘remarkable’ Indian Constitution on Republic Day

The Indian High Commission in London hosted its annual Republic Day celebrations at the historic Guildhall with music, dance and glimpses from the Kartavya Path parade in New Delhi. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami addressed the gathering of British parliamentarians, community leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and members of…

Photo artist puts focus on Asian female identity and heritage

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

UK to offer £600m in pollution-cutting support for steelmakers: Report

Britain will offer grants to help its two largest steelmakers replace dirty blast furnaces with less carbon-intensive technology, media reported. The BBC reported that grants worth £600 million ($744m) will "likely" be unveiled this week for Chinese-owned British Steel and Indian-owned Tata Steel UK, to help slash damaging emissions, cut…

High-quality FTA with India a priority, says trade minister

Britain's trade minister in charge of negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with India says clinching a high-quality deal is among her top priorities for the year, while admitting the talks had hit a "bit of an impasse” which she broke by flying to New Delhi last month. In a…

Racist who killed Asian cellmate 23 years ago could be…

A racist who murdered Asian cellmate with table leg in 2000 could be freed in summer, the Mirror reported. Robert Stewart, who was 20, was sentenced to life for killing Zahid Mubarek, 19 then, in his sleep in March 2000 at Feltham Young Offenders Institution in West London. He then…

‘They have blood on their hands’: Family blames government and…

The family of law graduate Zara Aleena who was murdered by a violent misogynist last June has accused the government and the probation service of being responsible for the loss of life.“They have blood on their hands,” Aleena’s aunt Farah Naz said after a watchdog revealed the Probation Service “incorrectly…

Freedom fighter Netaji’s birth anniversary marked with tributes, exhibition in…

The 126th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Parakram Diwas, was marked with tributes and a special diaspora portrait exhibition at the Indian High Commission in London. The special event, hosted by the Indian High Commission in London on Monday evening, brought together community leaders and members of the…

Sadiq Khan allocates £75m funding for 800 new homes for…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (24) announced £75 million funding to deliver up to 800 homes for rough sleepers. The mayor announced the funding during a visit to a Crisis at Christmas service in Newham, where he met Crisis and St Mungo’s staff, people who have recently been sleeping…

Banknote printer De La Rue refutes corruption allegations in India

Banknote printer De La Rue, one of Britain's oldest listed companies, has said that it had been made aware of an investigation by Indian authorities into a former Indian finance secretary Arvind Mayaram in which the historical activities of De La Rue in India prior to 2016 have been implicated.…

‘We are stretched’ and A&E department is ‘on a knife…

Accident and emergency departments in UK hospitals are reeling under enormous pressure due to a shortage of beds and strikes by staff during the thick of flu season.A record 54,532 people waited for more than 12 hours once arriving at A&E in December, according to NHS England.The average wait for…

The Apprentice star Shazia Hussain says she felt ‘bullied’ by…

The hit show The Apprentice returned to screens on January 19 with the remaining 15 candidates hoping to impress Lord Sugar with their business acumen and taking one step closer to bagging his investment. Meanwhile, candidate Shazia Hussain, a technology recruiter from London, has said that she felt bullied by…

Issa brothers exploring £10 billion merger of Asda and EG…

Blackburn’s billionaire Issa brothers are considering a merger of EG Group with the supermarket chain Asda, which, if successful, will potentially create a retail behemoth worth £10 billion, media reports said.EG Group, which has grown into a major petrol forecourt chain since its establishment by Mohsin and Zuber Issa in…

Will get married when right girl comes along, bar ‘very…

Viewed as India’s most eligible bachelor by some, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says he’ll get married when the right girl comes along and part of the problem is that his parents' “really lovely marriage” has set the bar very high. In a free-wheeling, light-hearted chat on food and travel platform…

Rishi Sunak scores over Boris Johnson in new survey

Prime Minster Rishi Sunak is seen as more trustworthy, more economically competent and more likely to win votes than his former boss, Boris Johnson, in a new survey of voting intentions that was released on Saturday.The Savanta ComRes survey for The Independent newspaper found that Johnson’s perceived popularity as the Conservative…

Met Police ‘missed chances’ to save pregnant mother who was…

A new report has revealed that the Metropolitan Police missed many chances to protect a woman from her former husband in the six years before he killed her with a crossbow. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo fired an arrow into Sana Muhammad's, 35, stomach at her Ilford home on 12 November, 2018. Muhammad…

Sunak fined by police for failing to wear seat belt

Sunak, who apologised on Thursday (19) for a "brief error of judgement", had uploaded the video to Instagram during a trip to north west England. It was widely shared by other users who noticed that he had not buckled up. Local police had said later that day they would investigate,…

London family puts up £50k reward to hunt down killer…

Desperately hoping to hunt down their teenage son's murderer, a family in London has put up a reward of £50,000. It was on April 2, 2018, when Amaan Shakoor was shot in the head outside Walthamstow leisure centre after two men approached him. The 16-year-old succumbed to his injuries in…

Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan in February: Senior PML-N…

Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to return to the country next month to end his over three-year self-exile in the United Kingdom, some senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said on Thursday. Punjab province Governor Baligur Rehman of PML-N said Nawaz's daughter and PML-N chief organiser…

Beauty tips and trends to help you look your best

WHETHER it is sustainability, surprises or stepping out of your comfort zone, the beauty trends this year will offer something for everyone. Eastern Eye asked Dimps Sanghani, celebrity hair and beauty expert, entrepreneur and owner of the Tiara Organic salon in the heart of Chelsea, London, to give her 20…

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

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

Return of a music maestro

SHE has delivered stunning albums, sung superb songs, composed amazing music, and done great cross-cultural collaborations, but Bombay Jayashri has always been at her very best on stage. One of the world’s greatest live performers, she has been entertaining global audiences for decades and setting an undeniably high standard for…

Nurses in England stage new walk-out over pay

Nurses across England began two days of strikes over pay on Wednesday, threatening fresh disruption for patients in the creaking state-run health service, as new figures showed inflation still surging. The walkout comes after nurses held their union's first stoppage in more than a century last month, joining a wave…

Sharadkumar Parikh, former NCGO president & Geeta Foundation trustee, passes…

Sharadkumar Balmukund Parikh, former president of the erstwhile National Congress of Gujarat Organisations UK (NCGO); committee member and trustee of Sardar Patel Memorial Society UK; and trustee of the Geeta Foundation, passed away on Friday (13) after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 74 and is survived by wife…

Manish Tiwari receives The Freedom of the City of London…

Writer and host Manish Tiwari has been conferred with The Freedom of the City title at an event held at the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall, London on January 6, a statement said. Touted as ‘one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today’, the tradition of conferring the…

Indian Sarod maestro brothers Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayan Ali Bangash…

Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, renowned Indian classical Sarod players and brothers, presented an enthralling performance at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences on Wednesday (11) as part of the hotel's Rendezvous event series. The occasion was graced by members of Taj's own private members club, Taj,…

UK home secretary orders extradition of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari…

British Home Secretary Suella Braverman has ordered the extradition of Sanjay Bhandari, an accused middleman and consultant in arms deals, to India to face charges of tax evasion and money laundering. According to Home Office sources, the extradition was ordered last week and Bhandari now has 14 days until the…

Apollo Tyres (UK) announced Top Employer in UK: ‘It will…

Apollo Tyres (UK) Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Apollo Tyres Ltd, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tyres, has been recognised as a Top Employer in the UK. The certification, awarded by the Top Employers Institute, a global authority on HR excellence, was based on an in-depth survey of…

Hundreds of police face sack as part of clean-up –…

Hundreds of officers in London are likely be sacked for sexual and domestic abuse offences, Britain's most senior policeman said on Tuesday as he sought to regain public trust after an officer admitted being a serial rapist. London's Metropolitan Police, which has been rocked by scandals in recent years, was…

UK government to block controversial Scottish gender law

The UK government will block Scotland's controversial gender reform bill, Scotland Secretary Alister Jack said on Monday in a move that is likely to set up a legal showdown between the two governments. Jack said he was concerned that the move by the devolved legislature in Edinburgh to make it…

Lord Rami Ranger hosts special dinner in support of Maidenhead…

Long-time Tory supporter Lord Rami Ranger CBE has hosted a special dinner in support of the Maidenhead Conservative association at the Carlton Club in London on January 11. Former prime minister Theresa May MP was the guest of honour and Indian high commissioner Vikram Doraiswami was the special guest at…

Scientist sues King’s College London over painful pipetting work at…

A scientist has sued King's College London for £50,000 saying he developed repetitive strain injury after continually squeezing pipettes at the institute’s laboratory.Dr Syed Mian, 36, an award-winning research fellow, said his intensive laboratory work at the college’s Denmark Hill Campus in south London work left him with severe pain…

London comes together to raise awareness about changes to democratic…

The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Shout Out UK (SOUK) have launched an unprecedented and impartial public awareness campaign about forthcoming changes to the voting system to ensure every eligible Londoner can continue to access their civic and democratic rights. The campaign, which is backed by boroughs, civil society groups,…

London court allows appeal over UK’s Rwanda migrant plan

London’s High Court on Monday granted permission to a group of asylum seekers to appeal against a ruling that Britain’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda is lawful. Judges Clive Lewis and Jonathan Swift allowed a bid to take a legal challenge over Britain’s policy to the Court of Appeal.…

London police officer pleads guilty to 24 counts of rape

A serving London police officer has admitted carrying out 24 counts of rape in a near two decade-long campaign of abuse against women, making him one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders. The Metropolitan Police and the country's prosecution service said David Carrick, 48, had used his position of power…

UK got richer at India’s expense, Russia says, rubbishes British…

Amid its growing confrontation with the West, particularly in the wake of the intervention in Ukraine, Russia has slammed the UK saying the latter caused "real damage to the people of India" with its colonial policies and caused millions of deaths. Russia's foreign ministry said this on Saturday (14) while…

UN experts to tour UK to investigate ‘racial discrimination’

UN experts will investigate discrimination and examine the situation of people of African descent in the country.Beginning their visit with a meeting with equalities minister Kemi Badenoch in London, they will travel around Britain this week to collect evidence of racism, xenophobia and “Afrophobia”, The Telegraph reported.The experts seek to…

India, UK sign, exchange letters to formalise Young Professional Scheme…

High Commissioner of India to the UK, Vikram K Doraiswami and Matthew Rycroft, the permanent secretary at the Home Office of the UK signed and exchanged letters for formalising the Young Professional Scheme at an event in London on Monday. The event took place at the High Commission of India…

Man arrested after uranium found at UK’s Heathrow Airport

A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with an investigation linked to the discovery of traces of uranium found in a cargo package at London's Heathrow Airport, the UK Metropolitan Police said on Sunday. The man was arrested on suspicion of a terror offence on Saturday and…

Taste with a twist could be the real deal in…

TWISTS on classic dishes and a renewed effort to tackle waste are set to be among the trends in 2023 to give fans of south Asian cuisine food for thought. Leading chefs have predicted what they believe will be popular this year – with experimentation leading the way and a…

‘Asian pensioners need help to avoid slipping into poverty’

URGENT action needs to be taken to prevent more Asian elderly people being plunged into poverty, charities and MPs have urged. They have also backed calls to raise the state pension amount further, to lower the threshold for auto-enrolment in workplace pension schemes and for more education for workers of…

Documentary says Vishal Mehrotra, 8, may have been murdered by…

A new documentary provides evidence that strengthens the fears that the mysterious disappearance of schoolboy Vishal Mehrotra was linked to a notorious paedophilic gang led by fairground worker Sidney Cooke.Vishal, aged 8 at the time, vanished from London after watching the wedding procession of Charles and Diana on July 29…

Lakhman Arjan Vara, Conservative MP Shailesh Vara’s father, dies at…

Lakhman Arjan Vara, the father of Conservative parliamentarian Shailesh Vara, passed away in London on Tuesday (10). He was 98. He was born in Ranavav in Porbandar district of the western Indian state of Gujarat on September 7, 1924. The day of the funeral was yet to be known. The…

Wandsworth driver jailed for killing man while speeding to nightclub

A driver has been jailed for two years for killing a pedestrian while speeding to avoid red traffic light on his way to a South West London nightclub. Ibnu Rizwan, 28, of Brightwell Crescent, Wandsworth, had been on a night out with friends and was driving a hire car when…

Racist nurse who called colleague ‘the black one’ to be…

An NHS nurse in Croydon who called colleague 'the black one' to be struck off from service for misconduct and racist behaviour, according to a report. Katrina Mclaughlin, who was a registered nurse with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, was suspended with the intention of being struck off after the…

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

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

UK review of ‘golden’ visas for millionaires finds links to…

The British government said on Thursday that a small number of people who were granted so-called "golden visas" for millionaire investors might have obtained their wealth through corruption or organised crime. The government last year scrapped the visas, which offered a route to residency for those investing at least 2…

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

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

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

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

Imperial College London welcomes India high commissioner Vikram Doraiswami to…

The Imperial College London on Tuesday (10) welcomed the Indian high commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami, to discuss deepening ties between the UK and India. The College has been growing research connections with the South Asian nation in fields such as sustainability, public health, and water management.…

Standing up for talented females

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

Pakistan denies uranium-tainted cargo found at Heathrow Airport came from…

Pakistan on Thursday (12) rejected the reports in British media that a uranium-tainted cargo package that landed at London's Heathrow Airport last month originated from Karachi, saying the news is "not factual". The BBC reported on Wednesday that British counterterrorism police were investigating after border officers seized cargo contaminated with…

British linguist Ronald E Asher, ambassador of Tamil, Malayalam to…

Ronald E. Asher, a British linguist and educator specialised in Dravidian languages, has died of old age in London, his family sources said on Wednesday. He was 96. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London, Asher won a gold medal from Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Trichur, in 1983 and was…

Church of England says it knew of slavery links as…

The Church of England knew it was investing in the transatlantic slave trade during the 18th century, the head of its investment arm said on Wednesday, after it committed 100 million pounds ($121 million) to address the "shameful" wrongs of links to slavery. The Church Commissioners, who manage the church's…

More Black, Asian heritage donors needed to help patients seeking…

A new report published on Thursday (12) by NHS Blood and Transplant has shown that there is a significant requirement for more organ donors of Black and Asian heritage to help the growing number of patients seeking life-saving transplants. NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special…

‘I’m just so much more than Daesh’, Shamima Begum tells BBC…

Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join Daesh (Islamic State group) in Syria, has said that she understands the public anger towards her and admitted that she joined a terror group. She told the BBC podcast The Shamima Begum Story that public now see her 'as a danger, as…

Vile ex-GP Manish Shah handed two more life sentences for…

A former GP has been sentenced to two more concurrent life terms for sexually assaulting four women after persuading them to undergo unwarranted invasive examinations.The sentencing of Manish Shah to a minimum of 10 years in jail came nearly a month after he was convicted of 25 counts of sexual…

EastEnders fans greatly surprised to see Masood Ahmed actor ‘hasn’t…

Created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland, the immensely successful British television soap opera EastEnders has been entertaining the audience for several years now. A number of actors who have been a part of the show over the years have become household names and enjoy massive popularity among the fans…

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

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

Wife of SP Hinduja dies in London

Madhu Hinduja, the wife of Hinduja Group of companies chairman SP Hinduja, has died of old age. She was 82. In a joint condolence message, the Hinduja brothers — SP Hinduja, GP Hinduja, Prakash Hinduja, and Ashok Hinduja — said “the entire Hinduja family deeply mourns the death of Madhu…

Met Police steps up response to robbery: ‘We are not…

Officers across the Met are conducting proactive and high-visibility patrols to protect young people from robbery after sunset. It has been reported that school-going children are also being targeted by criminals as they return to their studies after the Christmas recess. On Thursday (5) night, Met commissioner Sir Mark Rowley…

‘I was doing more harm than good’, says Britain’s strictest…

Britain's strictest head teacher, Katharine Birbalsingh, has quit as the UK government’s social mobility head saying that her outspoken views meant she was 'doing more harm than good'. She said that her presence as chair of the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) undermined its impartiality, The Guardian reported. The New Zealand-born…

Keir Starmer lauds Pramukh Swami Maharaj & BAPS for inspiring…

British opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer on Friday (6) lauded former BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha) guru and president Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016) whose birth centenary celebrations are currently underway in India saying the spiritual leader had built more than 1,200 temples and the effort has been recognised across…

Trainee officer sacked over concerns about his hearing ability wins…

A trainee officer sacked from the Met Police has won a discrimination claim against the force.Shafi Karim worked as a probationary officer for five before he was dismissed in 2021 after his bosses raised concerns about his hearing abilities. He was advised to use a Rogers Pen wireless microphone as…

Top UK bosses earn average person’s annual wage in days:…

Britain's top bosses earned more in the first few days of 2023 than most ordinary workers will all year, a study showed Thursday, as many grapple with a cost-of-living crisis. Chief executives of London's FTSE 100-listed firms earn 103 times the median annual wage, the High Pay Centre think-tank said…

Woman faces UK trial for genital mutilation of girl, 4

A woman appeared in a London court Thursday accused of helping in the genital mutilation of a four-year-old girl, a common but risky practice in parts of Africa, the Mideast and Asia Amina Noor, 39, who required a Somali interpreter, pleaded not guilty to an offence dating back 16 years…

Sunak hopes for ‘constructive’ talks with trade union leaders

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday he was hoping for constructive talks with trade union leaders next week, as thousands of workers in industries from rail to healthcare take strike action in disputes over pay. "We want to have a grown-up, honest conversation with all union leaders about…

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

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

EYE SPY: Predicting entertainment highs and lows in 2023

LIKE every year, 2023 will likely be a rollercoaster ride for the entertainment industry, filled with highs, lows, excitement and unexpected twists. There will be artistic excellence, celebrity surprises, path-breaking moments, bad times, things that shouldn’t happen and so much more. With that in mind, Eastern Eye looked ahead to…

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

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My brother ‘knocked’ me to the floor during an argument…

Prince Harry has made a shocking revelation in his upcoming autobiography that his brother Prince William "knocked" him to the floor during an argument over his American wife Meghan Markle, according to a media report. Describing a confrontation at his London home in 2019, Harry says William called Meghan "difficult",…

Asian cinema gems that sparkled last year

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Varada Sethu opens up about playing Cinta in Star Wars…

Varada Sethu, a British actress of Indian Origin, has shown her acting skills in both shows and films. The 20-year-old is best known for playing DS Mishal Ali in the BBC apocalyptic TV Series Hard Sun and has also appeared in the heist thriller Now You See Me 2 (2016).…

Photography ‘rooted in colonial notions of blackness as otherness’, claims…

Photography is “rooted in colonial notions of blackness as otherness”, according to an art project backed by Transport for London (TfL).A lecture series to be run as part of TfL's art scheme ‘Art on the Underground’ will explore how photography, used as a tool of surveillance and documentation, influenced cultural…

Pakistani Taliban threatens to target top leaders of PML-N and…

The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday threatened to target the top leaders of the two major political parties in the ruling coalition if they continued to support tough measures against the militants. The TTP, which is believed to be close to al-Qaeda, has warned Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's Pakistan…

Kartik Aaryan spots his hoarding at London airport; fans comment…

There is no denying the fact that Kartik Aaryan is one of the most successful actors working in Bollywood today. He has delivered several blockbusters over the years and has some exciting projects lined up for release in 2023. Recently, the Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022) was on Christmas and New…

When Indian actor Satish Shah’s reply to racist remarks at…

He is one of India's favourite actors because of his comic timing on the screen. But Satish Shah recently proved that he is as good when it comes to delivering in reality and that too against what is presumably a serious act of racist mockery. The 71-year-old actor recently travelled…

University urges students to have ‘hard conversations’ over ‘white privilege’

A British university has issued a new guidance urging students to have ‘hard conversations’ with friends and family over 'white privilege'. On its guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion page, Imperial College London told students that they 'have white privilege' and asked them become a 'white ally' by contributing to…

Ranjeet Rathore, first Indian who became head of UK students’…

The first Indian and the first international student to win university student elections in the UK has urged people to call out 'systemic racism' in the country to eradicate it. Jaipur-born Ranjeet Rathore hopes that the future is immensely bright for the exchange of knowledge and business between India and…

Windrush 75th anniversary sees huge support from British society: ‘Like…

The 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush in the UK, which marked a key moment in the country's history of migration, is a "Diamond Jubilee for modern, diverse Britain", according to campaigners. Voices from across British society – from sport and culture to politics, faith and business…

Exploring the Benefits of Laser hair removal london: Is It…

Laser hair removal in London is a fast and effective way to reduce unwanted hair growth. This hair treatment can be a great option for those who want to reduce the time spent shaving, waxing, or plucking, or for those looking for a more permanent solution to their unwanted hair.…

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

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

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

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

London pharmacist jailed for 18 months for supplying illegal drugs

An Indian-origin pharmacist who supplied a drug addict with illegal under-the-counter drugs has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by a court in the UK. Dushyant Patel, 67, a London pharmacist with more than 40 years experience, had supplied Class C drugs, or drugs that are illegal under UK law…

Headteacher of illegal Islamic school says her students were ‘happy…

A headteacher, indefinitely prohibited from teaching, said the children at the school she ran were “happy”.In 2019, Nadia Ali and her father Arshad were convicted of running the Ambassadors Home School on Mitcham Lane in London illegally.Last year, Ali was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 120…

Sadiq Khan calls for renationalisation of building safety watchdog to…

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the renationalisation of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to restore public confidence.He said it was necessary to take the building safety watchdog back into the public hands to drive up industry standards and prevent another Grenfell Tower-like fire tragedy.In the UK’s deadliest residential…

Dubai court authorises British hedge fund trader Sanjay Shah’s extradition…

A Dubai court has granted the extradition of British hedge fund trader Sanjay Shah to Denmark to face the law in an alleged tax fraud in the Scandinavian country.However, his extradition is unlikely to take place immediately as Shah’s representatives said they would challenge the ruling of the emirate’s court…

Urgent need to develop antibiotics for newborns: Global experts

There is an urgent need to develop antibiotics for newborn babies, a population that is particularly vulnerable to antibiotic resistance, according to leading global public health experts including those from India. Recent estimates show about 2.3 million newborns die of severe bacterial infections each year while an increasing number are…

Racist thug avoids jail for throwing scalding hot water in…

The Metropolitan Police has questioned a court's decision to suspend the sentence of a man who threw scalding hot water over a police officer's face during a racist attack. Earlier this month, the Uxbridge Magistrates' Court suspended the 26-week prison term of Astric Mala, 47, who a attacked the officer.…

New rules allowing students to switch to UK work visa…

The recent easing of eligibility criteria for students to secure skilled worker visas in the UK is in line with the country’s goal of attracting the brightest global talent, a top immigration specialist has said.Britain’s new rules state that an applicant is not required to hold a degree-level qualification to…

Ex-Met officer who paid woman for sex during Covid lockdown…

A former Met Police officer, found guilty of misconduct during pandemic restrictions, has been barred from returning to any policing role.Hassan Mahmood visited a woman in her house in Mitcham in south London in January 2021 and paid her for sex. He was fined £660 at the City of London…

Court refuses to overturn Bury man’s conviction for filming teens…

London's Appeal Court has refused to overturn the conviction of a Greater Manchester man jailed for filming teenage girls having sex with men.Hashim Hussain was convicted in May 2021 of taking and possessing indecent images of girls aged 16 and 17. But his lawyer claimed the videos were “lawful', arguing…

‘There is no peace without justice,’ says grieving mother of…

The mother of Ricky Reel whose body was found in the River Thames 25 years ago has said 'publishing the book Ricky Reel: Silence is Not an Option and receiving a human rights award for her fight for justice' were the two positive things happened in her life in 2022.…

Indian High Commission hosts digital exhibition on two sahibzadas on…

The High Commission of India, London on Monday (26) hosted a digital exhibition on two sahibzadas of Guru Govind Singh on the occasion of Veer Baal Diwas. While all four sons of Guru Gobind Singh made their supreme sacrifice, the date is observed as the martyrdom day of the Sahibzadas…

Fatty liver disease adversely affects brain health: Study

Scientists at the Roger Williams Institute of Hepatology, affiliated with King's College London and the University of Lausanne, discovered in a study examining the link between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and brain dysfunction that an accumulation of fat in the liver causes a decrease in oxygen to the brain…

NHS wants interview panels to explain the selection of white…

NHS bosses want interview panels to prepare a report explaining why they hired a white person over someone from an ethnic minority background, according to a report. Staff at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in north London are told to prepare reports justifying why the successful candidate was 'suitable’…

Genisys Group founder Sir Ashok Rabheru, 70, dies

Prominent British entrepreneur and Genisys Group founder Sir Ashok Rabheru died on Friday. He was aged 70. The former trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is survived by his wife Harshida and children Nikita, Rishi and Shayan. Sir Rabheru was born in the eastern Tanzanian city of Morogoro on…

Opposition slams Rishi Sunak’s ‘excruciating’ exchange with homeless man

The UK Opposition Labour Party on Saturday slammed Rishi Sunak over a television clip showing an awkward exchange with a man while volunteering at a soup kitchen for the poor and homeless at Christmas.The British Indian leader was caught on camera during a visit to a shelter run by the…

Sunak thanks diplomats, and workers with surprise Christmas calls

Rishi Sunak surprised diplomats, military personnel, charity workers and other public servants working across the world this Christmas by calling them to personally thank them for their sacrifice and dedication in an "extraordinary" year. Downing Street said the British Indian leader’s calls on Friday to diplomats included one to Pakistan…

Indian-born entrepreneur Sharan Pasricha sells underlying assets of 2 ‘lifestyle’…

Indian-born entrepreneur Sharan Pasricha, who is behind Gleneagles and Hoxton hotel chain, has received an estimated €260 million (£230 million) by selling the underlying assets of the hotels in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Paris, France. According to The Times, Schroder Capital, which has bought the two properties, is thought to have…

Weekly subsistence allowance for asylum seekers to be hiked by…

Asylum seekers in the UK are set to get a 10 per cent jump in their subsistence allowance to compensate for high inflation after the high court in London admonished Home Secretary Suella Braverman for failing to fulfil her obligations. The increase will mean asylum seekers will get £45 a…

Sunak: Concerns about Scotland’s gender reforms should be examined

British Prime Minster Rishi Sunak said it was "completely reasonable" for his government to examine transgender reforms passed in Scotland on Thursday given concerns raised by campaigners about the impact on women's safety. "Lots of people have got concerns about this new bill in Scotland, about the impact it will…

London’s mayor powers could be reviewed: Report

Senior figures in the government are believed to favour a review of devolution for London amid concerns over mayor Sadiq Khan’s handling of the Met Police and the fire service.His recent announcement on the expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (Ulez) across the capital next summer has further ruffled the…

Sussex landlady who held vulnerable woman in domestic slavery jailed

A landlady of Worthing in Sussex who held a vulnerable woman in domestic servitude for seven years and deprived her of her liberties has been jailed for modern slavery.Farzana Kausar who subjected her victim to physical and psychological abuse also attempted to prevent the course of justice.Lewes Crown Court heard…

How A tantric massage in London Can Energize Your Whole…

Have you ever heard of a London tantric massage? There's a reason why so many people in the UK have. Tantra is not just some trend that will pass, it is a practice rooted in natural, normal parts of life that are known all over the world. Ancient cultures, such…

Scotland passes bill making it easier to change gender

Scotland's parliament on Thursday approved disputed reforms that make it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender, including removing the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and lowering the minimum age to 16 from 18. The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) bill passed by 86 votes to…

Asian artists hit high notes this year

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

Game plan for Asians to play top-level cricket and football

REHAN AHMED’S journey to becoming England’s youngest-ever male Test cricketer is amazing. He is, no doubt, an inspiration. The support he has received from his family, his immediate community and in particular, from Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has been immense. What he has achieved is just reward for the hard…

EYE SPY: The best of 2022

THE world of performing arts quickly moved on from Covid-19 with an amazing array of wonderful work. Whether it was films, songs, live performances, web serials, stage shows and everything else, top talents made up for lost time and entertained audiences with boundary-breaking projects that offered something new and cool…

Copper Ceylon: Bromley’s British Curry Awards winner

What is the Best Restaurant in the London Suburbs? According to the British Curry Awards 2022, also known as the ‘Curry Oscars’, it is the Copper Ceylon Restaurant in Bromley. The Copper Ceylon is also the first Sri Lankan restaurant to pick up a British Curry Award since they began…

Sadiq Khan to seek re-election as London mayor for record…

Sadiq Khan will seek re-election as the mayor of London as the Labour party has chosen him as its candidate for the 2024 election. If the incumbent succeeds in his bid to win a third term, he will be the first person to achieve the feat in the history of…

Navendu Mishra MP calls for direct flights between north England,…

Labour MP Navendu Mishra has called for direct flights between Britain’s third-largest airport in Manchester in northern England and key cities in India during a debate in the UK Parliament. Mishra told the House of Commons on Tuesday that it is vital that passengers get better connectivity between the north…

Waiting time for Indian visas eased considerably to facilitate travel…

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

Gravesend couple who fears their son could die if he…

A Gravesend couple is suing a GP whose negligence they believe has left their son with a now-irreversible heart complication. Azlan Chowdhury, 10, who loves football, could die if he goes for a kickabout due to Kawasaki disease which was not diagnosed in time when he was six months old,…

Police investigate Tory MP Bob Stewart for ‘racist’ comments on…

Conservative MP Bob Stewart is being investigated after being accused of racially abusing a Bahraini rights activist. Sayed Alwadaei, who had fled his native country in 2012 after being jailed and tortured for taking part in pro-democracy protests, complained to the Met Police that Stewart told him to “get stuffed”…

Pramod Mittal accused of being ‘unreasonable and obstructive’

The younger brother of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal was accused of being unreasonable and obstructive by a UK judge, according to a report. Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Briggs on Monday (19) denied permission to allow Pramod Mittal, 66, to appeal the revocation of his individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), the…

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

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

Mervin Noronha: ‘I want children to see someone like them…

ACTOR Mervin Noronha said he is determined to break the stereotypical representation of south Asian characters through his work so the younger generation can identify with someone on stage and screen, something which he didn’t get to see much in his childhood. Noronha is part of Curve theatre this Christmas,…

Racism ‘fundamental cause’ of Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy in ethnic minorities

Racism is the “fundamental cause” of Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy among ethnic minority groups, a new briefing has revealed, calling for policy intervention to “dismantle” the systems that cause and perpetuate inequities.While hesitancy within the white population is just over 10 per cent for white Britons, the proportion is about 30…

Design for new King Charles III bank notes unveiled in…

The design for the first set of bank notes to feature the new monarch of Britain, King Charles III, was unveiled by the Bank of England here on Tuesday. The 74-year-old monarch’s portrait will appear on the existing designs of all four polymer banknotes in the denominations of £5, £10,…

Braverman’s rhetoric is fuelling racism, ‘normalising’ the politics of Nigel…

British home secretary Suella Braverman's "crazy rhetoric" on the issue of immigration is fuelling racism and "normalising" the politics of Nigel Farage, a senior home office aide, who is on her way out, has alleged. According to a report by The Independent, Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation…

Hungry Sheffield thief orders two lamb burgers at the gun…

Four men have been jailed for burglary and firearm offences after one of them was caught telephoning a takeaway from the scene of the theft to order food.Musfer Jabbar, 22, and his three accomplices - Shabaz Ismail, Andrew Coy and Andrew Cross - struck a gun store in Sheffield in…

UK’s Rwanda deportation plan is lawful, court rules

Britain’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda is lawful, London’s High Court ruled on Monday but upheld eight asylum seekers' individual legal challenges. The policy, which was announced in April, would involve Britain sending tens of thousands of migrants who arrive on its shores more than 4,000 miles away (6,4000…

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

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

Supervisors close ranks to defend colleagues facing racism allegations: former…

A retired Met Police detective of south Asian heritage has said officers close ranks to defend their colleagues facing allegations of racism.Shabnam Chaudhri, who previously claimed an officer had held a weapon to her head while calling her a ‘P**i, said racism is disguised as banter in the police force.She…

Top 50 Asian stars of 2022

A GROUND-BREAKING year saw glass ceilings being shattered, greater heights reached, horizons expanded, and new paths created globally. There was also fresh creative work, international crossovers and exciting new artists announcing their arrival. Top south Asian talent from diverse fields were at the forefront of the moves being made and…

Varadkar to become Irish PM for second time

Leo Varadkar takes over for the second time as Ireland's prime minister this weekend, in a handover of power between the two main political partners in the three-party governing coalition. Varadkar, who is mixed race, openly gay and is still one of Ireland's youngest-ever leaders even in his second stint…

Economist Jeevun Sandher is Labour candidate for Loughborough in next…

Economist Jeevun Sandher has been chosen as the Labour candidate for the Loughborough parliamentary constituency for the next general election due in 2024. “It is the greatest responsibility of my life,” he said after his selection by a voice vote of local Labour functionaries at Charnwood College this week. Conservatives…

Modi hails Pramukh Swami Maharaj as reformer as he launches…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) hailed BAPS leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj as a reformer who devoted his life to selfless service of others and recalled his long association with the late saint, who he said, treated him like a son. Recalling his conversation with Pramukh Swami Maharaj when…

Paramedic allowed drunk woman to grope him in ambulance, court…

A male paramedic who was allegedly groped by a drunk woman in an ambulance 'allowed' her to do it, his colleague said.The colleague who was driving the ambulance when the alleged incident took place in July last year told Harrow Crown Court that the paramedic who as the target of…

Afghan journalists tell London court Britain has ‘betrayed debt of…

Eight Afghan journalists who worked for the BBC and other British media organisations are challenging the British government's refusal to relocate them, arguing that they are at high risk of being killed by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers. The journalists "worked alongside and in support of the British government's mission" in Afghanistan…

UK Visa, Settlement or Citizenship Exam: How to book and…

If you need to apply for a UK visa, a visa extension, Settlement, Leave to Remain or British Citizenship, you may need to sit and pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application. As well as it being a requirement of the visa and immigration…

How to prevent cold when everyone around you is sick

With the cold temperatures during winter, many may find that they are feeling under the weather due to colds, coughs, flu symptoms, and germs that seem to be all around. One way to avoid the dreaded winter lurgies is to ensure your immune system is ready to fight the germs…

Doctor convicted of sexually assaulting women after persuading them to…

A former GP who abused his trusted position has been convicted of sexually assaulting his patients after persuading them to undergo unjustified invasive examinations.Manish Shah, whose appointments would often be fully booked, is found guilty of 25 sexual assaults against four women at his Romford clinic in east London.He is…

Diamond magnate Nirav Modi loses bid to appeal against extradition…

Nirav Modi, the fugitive diamond merchant wanted in India to stand trial on fraud and money laundering charges, on Thursday suffered another setback in his legal battle against his extradition as the High Court here denied him permission to appeal against the move in the UK Supreme Court. In a…

UK nurses stage unprecedented walkout

UK nurses on Thursday staged an unprecedented one-day strike as a "last resort" in their fight for better wages and working conditions, despite warnings it could put patients at risk. Up to 100,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are stopping work…

Tycoon loses £1 million after claiming ‘bubble wrap popping noise’…

A wealthy businessman who complained of unbearable ‘bubble wrap popping noise’ in his London apartment faces a £1 million in legal fees after suffering ‘resounding defeat’ in a court case against the freeholder of the flat.Nazirali Tejani moved to the £2.6million apartment near Oxford Street in 2012 but found the…

Boohoo co-founder parts with 13.3 million shares to settle divorce

Fashion retailer Boohoo’s co-founder Carol Kane has parted with about a per cent of the group’s shares to settle her divorce.The entrepreneur transferred more than 13.3 million shares in the group worth about £5.4m to Mark White, an interior designer, who she had married in 2016 after 30 years together.Following…

JR NTR AND RAM CHARAN TOP GLOBAL ASIAN CELEBRITY LIST…

Popular actors Jr NTR and Ram Charan have jointly topped the 2022 list of the Top 50 Asian Celebrities In The World. The Pan-Indian stars beat off tough global competition to top the latest edition of the list, published annually by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper. The Telugu cinema icons…

Rishi Sunak would lose seat and Labour would cruise to…

Britain’s governing Conservative Party is facing a rout in the next general election expected in 2024, according to a new poll which shows prime minister Rishi Sunak is on course to lose his home constituency. Keir Starmer’s Labour will win 482 seats in the House of Commons if a vote…

The 10 Biggest Poker Players in Hollywood

The Power of Hollywood Hollywood is often characterized by its glamorous red carpets, its sunny days, and A-list celebrities. As the home of the Oscars and the biggest movie production companies in the world, it’s a huge sector when it comes to money and creativity. As one of the most…

‘Censored’ from reading out ‘racist and sexist’ messages from Met…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed that he was stopped from reading out sexist texts from Metropolitan Police officers at meeting, adding that he was being 'censored' from reading those messages. Khan claimed he was not allowed to read out horrific messages of racism and sexism from the officers in…

British Library celebrates India ties with exhibition on Hampi

The British Library in London is celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence with a special photographic exhibition on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka. ‘Hampi: Photography and Archaeology in southern India’ is made up of a display of photographs taken between 1857 and 1970 capturing the…

Sadiq Khan allowed to raise council tax to help Transport…

The government has granted mayor Sadiq Khan’s request to add £20 to council tax to help the struggling Transport for London (TfL). While Khan says the additional levy for three years is the only way to save the transport network from collapsing, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove called the move…

‘Enough is enough’: Sunak announces crackdown on illegal immigration

Britain on Tuesday (13) said it planned to bring in new legislation to prevent migrants who cross the English Channel from remaining in the country, as the government tries to control a surge in people arriving in small boats on its southern coast. The number of people arriving in England…

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

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

London mum with rare condition believed to give birth to…

A 28-year-old mum, Hira Ahmad, who has a rare recessive condition known as Bruck syndrome and who is from Wandsworth, London is believed to be the first in the world to give birth to a healthy baby. Hira gave birth to her daughter who is named Dua, on January 29,…

World Sindhi Congress thanks UK for sanctions on Pak cleric…

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

Met officer ‘unaware’ her lavish life was funded by husband’s…

A now-sacked Met Police officer who lived a “lavish life” claimed she was unaware that her Albanian husband was a drug dealer.Constable Rasvinder Agalliu was booted from the force last month after a police disciplinary panel rejected her claim that she did not know about Julian’s criminal activities that funded…

Nikita Pathakji wins MasterChef: ‘This is the peak, I think…

Nikita Pathakji was on Sunday (11) crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champions 2022 where she was pitted against 31 other professionals, all in the pursuit of culinary perfection, and eventually came out with flying colours at the end of the six-week affair. The 25-year-old, who became the 16th professional chef to…

Heavy snow disrupts UK travel; three boys die after falling…

Heavy snowfall blanketed parts of Britain on Monday, disrupting airports, train networks and roads, and three young boys died after falling into an ice-covered lake as the country recorded its coldest night of the year so far. Parts of London's underground network were suspended or faced delays, while motorways were…

London is full of foreign beauties; what are the benefits…

If you are tired of your rigorous work life and want to have fun on the weekends, you have come to the right article. In this article we’ll talk about how you can spend your time with hot divas of London. London is a diverse city and one can find…

Police will be forced to pay £25 per day under…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that police officers will be forced to pay £25 a day to travel to work under the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) expansion plans, according to a report. More than half of Metropolitan Police officers live outside of London, and many drive to…

Pak PM’s son returns home from self-exile to face graft…

Suleman Shehbaz, the absconding son of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, returned home in the early hours of Sunday after four years of self-exile in London to face corruption charges. Suleman had been in London with his family since 2018 when the National Accountability Bureau (FIA) registered multiple cases against…

Two teenagers arrested over London murder; police seek public help

Two teenage men were detained at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday (6) by police probing the murder of 21-year-old Omar Abdullah, who succumbed to his injuries after getting stabbed last month, along with another man who is receiving treatment in a hospital. The two accused, aged 18 and 19, were later…

Mian Abdul Haq, Pakistan cleric accused of converting Hindu girls…

The UK on Friday (9) came up with sanctions against 30 people across the world, including Mian Abdul Haq, a Muslim cleric from Pakistan, in a bid to target those it thinks are responsible for violation and abuse of human rights and perpetrate sexual violence in conflict. Mian Abdul Haq…

Bangladesh police arrest two top Opposition leaders

Police in Bangladesh on Friday arrested two top leaders of the main Opposition party BNP, a day before its planned grand rally in the capital to call for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's resignation. Bangladesh Nationalist Party's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas were picked…

VR play recreates experiences of women in Bangladesh war

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

Indian High Commissioner presents credentials to King Charles

Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami presented his credentials to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday (8), marking the formal start of his UK posting. Doraiswami is the first Indian envoy to be received at the palace by the King since the death of…

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of…

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide and has been an unprecedented global success as the top Original series for Prime Video in every region in its first season, has announced an additional eight new recurring cast members…

Record funding from Sadiq Khan to equip communities with hate…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Wednesday (7) announced a record £725,000 investment for grassroots community groups with the goal of empowering them to counter extremism; tackle the rise in hate crime offences; and protect Londoners from radicalisation. The investment is part of the mayor’s fund of more than £2 million…

Teenage girls should be taught about ‘fertility’

It has been noted that generally, by the time women in the UK have their first child they are over the age of 30 – this is up from 26.4 years in the mid-1070s. According to experts, women are most fertile in their twenties and fertility tends to decline after…

Cricket made more inclusive and diverse post Azeem Rafiq racism…

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

Manston man guilty of careless and dangerous driving that killed…

A Manston man has been found guilty of careless and dangerous driving which resulted in the death of two people and injuries to three others.Nitesh Bissendary was driving a black Alfa Romeo which mounted a kerb in Ramsgate, Kent and fatally hit Israel’s Tel Aviv University mathematics lecturer Yoram Hirshfeld,…

First King Charles 50 pence coins enter circulation in the…

The first coinage featuring King Charles III will start to appear in circulation at Post Offices around the UK from Thursday, with millions of the new 50-pence coins bearing the new monarch’s portrait given out as change to customers. The coin with the 74-year-old monarch’s image reflects a transition from…

Thugs who shot boy, 11, cut mum’s throat and stabbed…

Three thugs were jailed for shooting an 11-year-old boy when he tried to defend his parents during a terrifying robbery at his home in Upminster, east London in May 2020. Snaresbrook Crown Court jailed Antony Lascelles for 23 years for the vicious robbery. Other gang members Christopher Sergeant and Ajaypal…

Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Filmmaker with a golden touch

COUNTDOWN OF ACE PRODUCER-DIRECTOR SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI’S BOLLYWOOD FILMS A great body of work has turned Sanjay Leela Bhansali into one of the most successful filmmakers of the modern era. The multi-talented moviemaking genius recently commenced a BAFTA nomination campaign for his 2022 crime drama Gangubai Kathiawadi. This included a…

Raveena Mehta: Creating music for the heart and soul

POPULAR BELGIAN-BORN SINGER SPEAKS ABOUT HER UNIQUE SONG-FILLED JOURNEY A growing list of great songs like Yaadein, Tere Liye, Jab Tu Hai Wahi, Moonlight, Tujhse Milne Ki Aas and the recently released Bewafaa have elevated Raveena Mehta to great heights. The top tracks and big live performances have shown off…

Colourful portrait of a community’s Endurance

SHANTI PANCHAL ON HIS ART JOURNEY AND NEW PUBLIC WORK Venture into Brixton tube station in London and you will see a stunning piece of art by Shanti Panchal. The magnificent mural titled Endurance is a beautiful reproduction of a large-scale water colour artwork about the power of community, represented…

My playlist – Akhil Sahni

Great music continues to be produced by talented independent artists like Akhil Sahni. The singer, songwriter, and musician based between London and New Delhi recently released his fabulous fourth single Let Us Be Apart. The soulful song about trying to stay away from someone that isn’t good for you mixes…

The Kirtan Band plays live devotional songs

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

Too close for comfort: West London neighbours take parking space…

Two west London families have spent £100,000 in lawyers’ bills over five years as they are involved in a long-drawn dispute over parking space at their homes. Ivan Soares and Manish Kothari - both accountants - have been saying one is parking their car "too close" to the other's, branding…

British High Commissioner to India warns about visa scams on…

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis on Wednesday warned about the visa scammers making rounds on the internet, who are using his name to beguile Indian nationals seeking UK visas. British High Commissioner Ellis asked Indians to remain suspicious and advised people not to share their account or credit…

Nawaz Sharif would return to Pakistan next month from London:…

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would return to the country next month from London where he has been living since last three years, a senior party leader has said. The 72-year-old former three-time premier had left for London in November 2019 after the Lahore…

Birmingham schoolboy dies after his e-scooter hits bus

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

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

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

UN special assembly to mark centenary of Pramukh Swami Maharaj

The permanent mission of India to the UN and the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha will celebrate His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centenary at the UN in New York on Wednesday (7). The one-and-a-half-hour-long special programme titled ‘The World is One Family: Life and Message of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’ will combine live…

Only four Afghans brought to UK since Taliban took over…

Only four people who left Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the country have been resettled in the UK, official figures revealed amid the criticism of London’s “cold shoulder” to Afghans who “served British interests”. The government attributed the low number to challenges it faced in ensuring safe passage…

India submits reply in Nirav Modi’s UK extradition appeal

The Indian authorities have submitted their legal response to the application filed by fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi seeking permission to appeal against his extradition order in the UK Supreme Court. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which appears on behalf of the Indian government in the UK courts, had until Monday…

Bringing people together in a changing Britain

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

Asda to open 300 convenience stores in next four years

British supermarket group Asda said it planned to open 300 convenience stores by the end of 2026, aiming to become a player in the smaller shop market to help drive growth, and creating 10,000 new jobs in the process. The group, Britain's third largest grocer after Tesco and Sainsbury's, has…

Here is all you need to know about the Strep…

Six school children in the UK have died this winter after contracting Strep A as the outbreak of this life-threatening disease continues to spread across Britain. The Strep A bacteria can be life-threatening and lead to scarlet fever, which was widespread in the Victorian era, the Daily Mail informs. While…

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

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

Oxford Word of the Year is self-indulgent ‘goblin mode’

London, Dec 5 (PTI) Goblin mode, or a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations, has been chosen as the Oxford Word of the Year after a public vote on Monday. The slang phrase was one…

Former lawmaker Imran Ahmad Khan loses sexual assault conviction appeal

Former Member of Parliament Imran Ahmad Khan on Monday lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Khan, who was a lawmaker from the governing Conservative Party, was sentenced to 18 months in jail at London’s Southwark Crown Court in May after he was found guilty…

‘Pearls of Uganda’ winners shine at turning adversity into triumph

1. Dr Nik Kotecha OBE for outstanding contribution to business and philanthropy: Dr Kotecha established Morningside Pharmaceuticals to help developing countries get western medicines more easily. He launched the business from the garage of his home and with the help of his wife Moni and their family, grew the company…

Jewel-encrusted crown moved from Tower of London for King Charles

A jewel-encrusted crown kept in the Jewel House of the Tower of London has been removed to be re-sized ahead of King Charles III’s coronation next year. The St. Edward’s Crown, described as the “historic centrepiece” of the country’s Crown Jewels, has been removed from the world-famous tower to allow…

Duke of Gloucester pays visit to herald Queen Elizabeth’s School’s…

His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Gloucester on Tuesday (29) visited Queen Elizabeth’s School or QE, Barnet, as the reigning Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year prepares to celebrate its 450th anniversary in early 2023. While members of the school’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) flanked the main…

My turban reminds me to protect and serve: Met Police…

Met Police Sikh Association chair Ravjeet Gupta has said his turban reminds him to protect and serve. In a blog published on the Met Police website following the 25th anniversary of the Association, Gupta spoke about the role his faith plays in keeping London safe. He said Sikhism believes “in…

Subrang Arts helps Gujaratis in UK stay rooted to their…

MEMORY, belonging, culture, faith and identity are issues all individuals grapple with in life as they navigate through its various vicissitudes. These issues are not fixed but changeable and, depending on the context in which we live, we develop new affinities, new sensibilities, and new ways of relating to others.…

Wand to shed extra pounds? Try BACKWARD treadmill walking

A fitness researcher, Jack McNamara, who is also a lecturer in clinical exercise physiology at the University of East London, has claimed that spinning around and walking backwards on a treadmill may help you beat the bulge by helping you burn more fat, the Daily Mail reports. According to this…

Tower Suites by Blue Orchid Hotels bags 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’…

Tripadvisor on Friday (2) announced the Tower Suites hotel -- one of the Blue Orchid Hotels group -- as the 2022 Travellers’ Choice Award winner and one of the world’s best hotels, based on visitors' reviews. The award celebrates businesses that have received outstanding reviews from travellers around the globe…

‘Speaking to audiences at various events in London has been…

Celebrated Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is currently in London, attending a number of high-profile events as part of his BAFTA Awards campaign for his much-loved film Gangubai Kathiawadi, which featured Alia Bhatt in the titular role. Loosely based on the true story of Ganga Jagjivandas Kathiawadi, popularly known as…

Buckinghamshire child dies from Strep A infection as toll in…

A primary school child in Buckinghamshire died of Strep A as the total number of fatalities from the bacterial infection in the UK has gone up to four.Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, 4, died on November 14, following a cardiac arrest, his family confirmed, saying “nothing will replace” the loss.Ali’s grieving mother…

St John Ambulance trustee Mohan Mansigani honoured at Buckingham Palace

Finance trustee at St John Ambulance, Mohan Mansigani, has received his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from HRH The Princess Royal – the charity’s Commandant-in-Chief (Youth) – during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, November 30. St John Ambulance is England’s leading first…

Legendary Indian vocalist Bombay Jayashri to make rare visit to…

In March 2023, Milap is set to present one of India’s most celebrated and undisputed stars of classical music, Bombay Jayashri, as she returns to England for the first time in over a decade to perform two very special shows of Carnatic compositions and improvisations. Having performed her first concert in 1982,…

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

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

Air pollution linked with multiple long-term health conditions: Study

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution is associated with an increased risk of multiple long-term physical and mental health conditions, according to a study. This is the largest study worldwide -- conducted on over 364,000 (over 3.6 lakh) people in England -- to examine whether air pollution exposure is linked with…

‘Love Actually’ director feels ‘uncomfortable and a bit stupid’ about…

Writer-director Richard Curtis has admitted that the lack of diversity in his 2003 film Love Actually makes him feel “uncomfortable and a bit stupid”. For a special programme to celebrate 20 years since the release of the much-loved Christmas-themed romantic comedy film, the cast sat down with ABC News anchor…

Victim of London’s fatal stabbing identified as Omar Abdullah

A young man stabbed to death in London’s Westminster on Monday has been identified as Omar Abdullah, as the Met Police have appealed for information from the public to find out the attackers. Officers, who arrived at the spot in the vicinity of Lilestone Street, found Abdullah, 21, dead at…

East London man who posted his girlfriend’s nude photos online…

An East London man who stalked his girlfriend and posted her nude photos online has pleaded guilty to harassment. Anhar Hussain, 33, who has been remanded in custody, will be sentenced on December 19. Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that his relationship with the woman which began in 2020 soured the…

Brightsun Travel launches digital advent calendar competition

Brightsun Travel has launched this year's digital advent calendar contest to celebrate travel partnerships. The travel-themed competition offers a chance to win a different prize every day from the 1 December to Christmas Eve. There are fun quizzes or videos so participants can brush up on their airline knowledge and…

Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth performs at Kings Place

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

Work in curry house best training: Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has shared memories of his time doing shifts at an Indian food restaurant in Southampton in his student days as the “best training” he had for the top job. In a video message to the annual Curry Awards in London celebrating South Asian cuisine across…

Prince William’s godmother resigns from Buckingham Palace duties amid racism…

The godmother of Britain’s Prince William on Wednesday (30) resigned from her honorary duties at Buckingham Palace following controversial remarks made to a black British charity worker at an event that were perceived as racist. Lady Susan Hussey, 83, who had been an aide to the late Queen Elizabeth II…

EXCLUSIVE: “Ticking time of disparities”

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

‘My whole life changed after the crash’, says Wembley man…

A Wembley man who lost three fingers and sustained a brain injury following a tragic accident has said that his 'whole life changed after the crash'. In May 2016, Kaushik Chinchwadkar, 35, was riding in a taxi after his first day of work when it crashed with another vehicle and…

King Charles to inaugurate new gurdwara in eastern England

London, Nov 30 (PTI) Britain’s King Charles III is expected to officially open a new gurdwara and learn about its work within the local community during his first tour as monarch of the eastern England region of Bedfordshire. According to local media reports, the 74-year-old will inaugurate the Guru Nanak…

Meghan faced death threats as a royal: Neil Basu

The UK's most senior police officer of colour has said the duchess of Sussex faced "disgusting" threats to her life during her time in the royal family. Neil Basu said that as head of counter-terrorism, he had to deal with credible threats from far-right extremists against Meghan Markle and her…

Christian population in England and Wales falls below 50% for…

Less than half of people in England and Wales identified themselves as Christian for the first time, while the share of Muslims and Hindus in the population rose, Census 2021 data released on Tuesday showed. According to the figures, 46.2 per cent (27.5 million people) described themselves as “Christian” in…

England and Wales more ethnically mixed; nearly one in 10…

England and Wales' population has become more diverse now than a decade ago, with almost one in every 10 people identifying themselves as having Asian ethnicity, Census 2021 has revealed. According to the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Tuesday, the share of Asian, Asian British…

Every faith in Britain is a minority faith now

The census results offer a once-a-decade statistical snapshot of the society that we all live in. So it should be little surprise that they confirm that this is an ethnically diverse and more secular society. The census has run for two centuries, this 2021 edition is only the fourth to…

Prime Minister Sunak says UK’s ‘golden era’ with China is…

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday that the so-called "golden era" of relations with China was over, saying Beijing's systemic challenge to Britain's interests and values was growing more acute. In his first major foreign policy speech, Sunak said Britain's approach to China needed to evolve and Beijing…

Multilingual street champions to give advice on winter vaccination

Multilingual street champions will be present in the streets of London over the next few weeks to give free advice and information about Covid-19 and flu vaccinations, a statement said. The NHS, Department of Health and Social Care and UK Health Security Agency are working with local communities to share…

UK delivering on new FTA with India, says Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has reiterated the UK’s commitment to a free trade agreement (FTA) with India as part of the country’s wider focus on enhancing ties with the Indo-Pacific region and standing up to competitors with “robust pragmatism”. Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking charge…

London Fire Brigade chief promises to sack racist, sexist firefighters…

London Fire Brigade (LFB) commissioner Andy Roe has vowed to sack racist and sexist workers following an explosive inquiry that revealed 'dangerous levels of prejudice' within the biggest fire service in Britain. Promising a "zero tolerance" approach towards staff members who have been found to have "behaved appallingly", Roe said…

Nepali migrant workers recall dark days in Qatar as FIFA…

As the FIFA World Cup has started, Nepali workers who were involved in construction work in Qatar have recalled their experience of working in the Middle Eastern nation. Hari Bahadur Shrestha watched the football match between Costa Rica and Japan which was being held in Qatar, a country where he…

Envoy Doraiswami discusses key UK-India issues at Conservative Friends of…

The Conservative Friends of India (CF India) on Thursday (24) hosted an exclusive roundtable session for the UK's Conservative MPs with the Indian high commissioner to London, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami. Over 25 parliamentarians, including former ministers Dr Liam Fox, Ranil Jayawardena, Vicky Ford, Greg Clarke and regular supporters such…

Malala urges UK to ‘step forward more boldly’ to support…

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai has fervently urged the UK government to “step forward more boldly” to support girls’ education and gender equality in Afghanistan. At the Action for Afghanistan rally in central London on Sunday, she accused world leader of going “silent” over the gender discrimination in the…

Performers across age enthrall audience at The Bhavan’s Hindustani music…

The Bhavan's resident Hindustani vocal teacher Chandrima Mishra presented her students in a dazzling display of talent over the last weekend of November (26-27). In a two-day Hindustani music festival conceived and organised by Mishra, the audience were treated to solos, duets, and group performances by her students. [caption id="attachment_210689"…

Iran authorities bar Iranian filmmaker from coming to India for…

Iranian authorities have barred filmmaker Reza Dormishian from visiting the International Film Festival of India in Goa, where 'A Minor,' a movie he produced, was scheduled to play in the competition. According to Variety, he is the most recent representative of Iranian cinema to face sanctions from the Iranian regime…

London transport network blocks Qatar ads over LGBTQ laws

London's transport system is not allowing advertising that "portrays Qatar as a desirable destination" or encourages people to attend the World Cup, under a 2019 policy response to LGBTQ laws there. The stance by Transport for London (TfL) has reportedly angered Doha during its hosting of the football tournament, with…

Union ‘sceptical’ of reforms in institutionally misogynist and racist London…

The union representing UK firefighters said Saturday it was "sceptical" London Fire Brigade (LFB) leaders would implement reforms after an independent review concluded the service was institutionally misogynistic and racist. The LFB has promised a "zero tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment and bullying" and accepted around two dozen recommendations from…

PM Sunak’s daughter Anoushka remembers India roots at Kuchidpudi dance…

She might not be born in India like her entrepreneur mother but Anoushka Sunak, the younger daughter of British prime minister Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty, has a strong feeling for the country of her ancestors. The nine-year-old, who performed Kuchipudi, a major Indian classical dance form, along with many…

Setback for steel baron Lakshmi Mittal’s brother Pramod Mittal as…

The younger brother of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal had his deal with creditors – under which he agreed to pay 0.2% of his total debts of more than $2 billion – overturned in a London court on Friday. Pramod Mittal was declared bankrupt in June 2020 over an approximately $170…

Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded London-wide in anti-pollution drive

The UK capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) targeting the most polluting vehicles with a daily surcharge will be expanded London-wide from August 2023 as part of measures to clamp down on air pollution, the Mayor of London announced on Friday (25). Sadiq Khan claimed the move will mean five…

‘Tired and fed up’: UK nurses driven to join other…

"We're tired. We're fed up. We need a pay rise now to make a living," said Ameera, a senior nurse in a London hospital who is going on strike. Dates for the nursing's first strike in 106 years were announced on Friday, as union leaders and health workers blamed overwork,…

Millennials turning to puppy yoga to find balance in their…

Research shows that being around dogs can reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Some also believe that just looking at a puppy is enough to elicit a shot of dopamine, a brain chemical that influences feelings and moods. This is probably why millennials who are stressed are turning to puppy yoga…

Sadiq Khan urges government to increase benefits and provide free…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday (24) urged the government to immediately increase benefits and provide free school meals to all primary schoolchildren to help Londoners through the winter. During his visit to London’s Community Kitchen in Harrow, Khan said that the spiralling cost of living is leaving the most…

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

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

Asian Business Awards honour over a dozen business personalities; pay…

AN industrialist whose business encompasses textiles, fertilizers and PET resin, a hotelier who advocates for London and an accomplished healthcare entrepreneur were among top winners at the Asian Business Awards in London last night (23). Indorama’s Sri Prakash Lohia; Tony Matharu; and LycaHealth’s Prema Subaskaran were recognised for their high…

Seven former home secretaries urge Rishi Sunak to speed up…

Seven former home secretaries in UK on Thursday (24) urged prime minister Rishi Sunak to implement Martyn’s Law, a critical anti-terror reform, without delay. Named after Manchester Arena victim Martyn Hett, the Martyn’s Law requires public places like pubs to take basic security steps like training and evacuation plans. Plans…

Biggest ever UK fraud operation busts phone scammers who targeted…

UK police on Thursday said their biggest ever counter-fraud operation had disrupted an international criminal network targeting hundreds of thousands of victims in millions of spam phone calls. The Metropolitan Police spearheaded the 18-month global probe into the iSpoof.cc website, working with Europol, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies…

Shamima Begum would be hanged if sent to Bangladesh, court…

Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join ISIS in Syria about seven years, would face capital punishment if she were to return to Bangladesh, the country of her origin, a court heard. Born in east London to Bangladeshi immigrants, she travelled to Syria in 2015 when she was a…

Ameet Chana: ‘I’m focused on giving a voice and platform…

NOT enough of “our stories are being told and told correctly”, feels actor Ameet Chana, who is on a mission to offer voice to British south Asian artists by developing more authentic and relevant stories that portray “the real us”. Chana, best known for his roles in Bend It Like…

TikTok tongue scraping trend can boost oral hygiene – Experts…

There are plenty of videos on TikTok that advocate fads claiming to boost health and many experts have warned that these are either unsafe or ineffective. However, according to dentists, one TikTok trend, known as tongue scraping, actually boosts oral hygiene, the Daily Mail informs. Tongue scaping involves using a…

‘That is only remedy left..’: Legal expert on fugitive Nirav…

The only remedy left for fugitive diamond businessman Nirav Modi to prevent his extradition to India is to seek permission to appeal against his order in the country's top court, a legal expert has said. Nirav Modi has reportedly filed an application in the High Court in London, seeking permission…

Classical Indian concert by Pooja Angra

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

Five Victorian diseases that are making a comeback

According to data obtained from the NHS, Victorian-era diseases are making a comeback, reports the Mirror. The ‘Victorian’ or ‘Dickensian’ diseases that are remarkedly on the rise include scarlet fever and malnutrition. Over the past few months, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reportedly revealed that scarlet fever and…

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

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

Blow for Scottish nationalists as UK court rejects independence vote…

The UK's top court ruled on Wednesday (23) that the Scottish government cannot hold a second referendum on independence without approval from the British parliament, dealing a hammer blow to nationalists' hopes of holding a vote next year. In 2014, Scots rejected ending the more-than 300-year-old union with England by…

Fugitive diamantaire Jatin Mehta faces heat from London High Court

Diamantaire Jatin Mehta and his family continue to feel the heat of financial squeeze as the High Court in London has refused to discharge them from the Worldwide Freezing Order (WFO) for $932.5 million for now.Mehta, his wife Sonia and sons Vishal and Suraj have been accused of defrauding banks…

EXCLUSIVE: Sunaks join list of richest Asians

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty have made their debut on the Asian Rich List 2022, which profiles the 101 wealthiest Asians in Britain. Sunak and his wife – whose father NR Narayana Murthy co-founded Indian IT major, Infosys – are ranked 17th in the list, with…

Asian-origin family claims NHS’ racial stereotyping caused senior member’s death:…

A grieving family has alleged that racial stereotyping by a hospital in London led to the death of one of its senior members, whose Hepatitis C remained undiagnosed for decades, Channel 4 News reported. Sultana Chowdhury, who had moved to the UK from Bangladesh in the late 1980s, was allegedly…

The Londoner wins big at Europe hotel awards

The Londoner hotel owned by Edwardian Hotels has won big in the recently concluded Ahead Europe 2022 hotel awards. The Londoner won this year's Europe hotel award along with the best event spaces and hotel newbuild awards. "What an amazing evening ⭐️ #edwardianhotelslondon #thelondonerhotel won this years European Hotel of…

West London man jailed for 28 years for shooting lover’s…

A west London man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the attempted murder of his lover’s wife.Firad Muhammed of Ellison Gardens, Ealing, travelled to his victim’s home in Bromley in October 2020 and shot the 32-year-old man in his legs twice. He fled the scene leaving no…

Pakistani and Bangladeshi households face greater risks of homelessness: Study

A new study has revealed that Pakistani and Bangladeshi households in the UK are more likely to be homeless than Indian and other Asian households. According to the study by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, more than one in ten Asian people who have experienced homelessness have also faced landlord discrimination,…

Half of young people believe Britain was founded on racism:…

Nearly half of young people think Britain was founded on racism and it remains “structurally racist” today, research by a leading academic has revealed. The study by Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck, University of London, also raised concerns that children are being taught contested ideas as fact.…

HE Doraiswami’s speech, cultural performance light up The Bhavan’s Diwali…

The Bhavan on Saturday (19) organised its annual Diwali Gala which saw the presence of a warm and receptive audience of patrons, supporters, and artists. The event took place at the Biltmore hotel in Central London. The event saw the presence of His Excellency (HE) Vikram Doraiswami, the high commissioner of…

IS bride Shamima Begum likely trafficking victim, court told

A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State (IS) is challenging the UK government's decision to take away her citizenship, with her lawyers telling a London court that she was likely "a child victim of trafficking". Shamima Begum left London in 2015 aged 15…

Morningside Pharmaceuticals founder hopes to inspire students as professor

Morningside Pharmaceuticals founder Nik Kotecha has said he is looking forward to his new role as an academic at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to raise students’ aspirations. With 35 years of experience in medicine and business, he is set to be made professor of entrepreneurship, innovation and philanthropy at…

Pak defence ministry recommends five names to PMO as successor…

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence recommended five names to the Prime Minister's Office on Monday for the appointment of a new army chief who will succeed General Qamar Javed Bajwa and assume charge on November 29, according to a media report. Under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952, the Ministry of…

Chris Hemsworth reveals he’s at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s…

According to the NHS, the cause of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is not fully understood, but a few things are thought to increase an individual’s risk of developing the condition. Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he is at a high risk of developing Alzheimer's, The Sun informs. The 39-year-old…

West London man died of cancerous kidney transplant, inquest hears

A west London man died within a year of a kidney transplant as the doctors had not realised the organ the patient had received had been cancerous, an inquest heard. Parminder Sidhu, 49, who was working as a DHL airside loader, underwent the transplant at Hammersmith Hospital in April 2021.…

Differences intensify in Pak govt over appointment of new Army…

Differences seem to have intensified in the Pakistan government over the appointment of the new Army chief with top brasses of the ruling coalition making contradictory statements on the key issue. The appointment of a successor to Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, 61, who is set to retire on…

Indian teenager wins Queen’s Commonwealth essay prize for true story

A 13-year-old Indian schoolgirl travelled to London to receive her Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC) Prize from Queen Consort Camilla for a true story based on the Forest Man of India, Jadav Molai Payeng. Maulika Pandey from India's northern state of Uttarakhand was named the Junior Runner-up for her essay…

My playlist – Cozmic

Rising music star Cozmic recently released his sparkling new single By My Side. The London-based singer, songwriter, and producer, who grew up between Southern California and New York City, has mixed up multiple influences and languages on his top track. Eastern Eye got the multi-genre artist, aiming to create music…

Jordan McSweeney admits to murdering law graduate Zara Aleena

A sexual predator on Friday (18) pleaded guilty to the murder of the 35-year-old law graduate Zara Aleena. Jordan McSweeney, 29, also confessed to sexually assaulting Aleena as she headed home in the early hours of June 26 from a night out in Ilford, east London. Horrified onlookers discovered Aleena…

Belle Scar and the beautiful beginning

SINGER ON HER NEW SONG AND DEBUT ALBUM Whether it is her voice, music, lyrics, live shows or distinctive look, there is an interesting power in everything that Belle Scar does. The acclaimed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Montreal has been based in London for the last decade. She…

People of Asian backgrounds account for 8 per cent of…

People with Asian backgrounds accounted for nine per cent of all strip searches in police custody in England and Wales in the year to March 2022, official data released by the Home Office showed. This was slightly higher than the proportion of people of Asian ethnicities held in custody during…

‘A privilege directing this powerhouse,’ says Hansal Mehta on working…

Bollywood director Hansal Mehta has shared his experience of working with actor Kareena Kapoor Khan in his upcoming project. Taking to Instagram, Hansal shared the post which he captioned, "She is such a delight to work with. A privilege directing this powerhouse. Had as much fun and joy doing some…

Raj Poojara: I spent most of my life trying to…

The British Asian stand-up scene has never been more vibrant than now, and this has given rise to great homegrown comedy stars such as Raj Poojara. The fantastically talented funny man is part of The Indians Are Coming tour, which has been entertaining audiences around the country since October. He…

National Crime Agency pursues India-linked illegal steroid smuggling ring

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has ordered a busted drug smuggling ring led by the CEO of an India-based pharmaceutical company to hand over £2 million following an intensive proceeds of crime investigation. Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, the 38-year-old CEO of India-based Alpha Pharma, had been directly linked to illegal imports…

Around half of asthma-hit kids admitted in London hospitals are…

In a shocking revelation, it has been found that 50 per cent of the children who are admitted to hospital with asthma in London are from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as against 27.5 per cent white children and young people. In October last year, an analysis commissioned…

Teenager convicted of murdering knife bin campaigner

A teenager has been convicted of murdering a young knife bin campaigner in Slough. The 16-year-old boy admitted to stabbing Abdul Aziz in May this year and the victim, described by his family as a “community leader”, died a day later. Reading Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the boy, whose…

Retailers rewarded for resilience

INSPIRATIONAL grocers were recognised for their achievements during a period of economic challenges and personal loss for the sector at the 33rd Asian Trader Awards, which took place at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Hotel last Wednesday (9). The top award of the evening – the Asian Trader of the Year…

East London man pleads not guilty to Pakistani student’s murder

The boyfriend of a Pakistani student who was found murdered in East London in July this year has denied any role in her death. Hina Bashir, 21, who had come to the UK in November 2021 to study business management at Coventry University London was last seen alive on July…

NHS medic set to become first UK surgeon to perform…

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

Hate crimes: Tough action urged

RISING hate crime against Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs need to be tackled through tougher punishments for internet trolls and more action taken by social media giants, experts have urged. They have also called for further work in schools on racist speech and for the government to address poisonous rhetoric in…

Great step: New UK-India visa scheme hailed by industry, student…

The new UK-India Young Professionals Scheme, a reciprocal visa offer launched by Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, has been widely welcomed as a great step by industry and student groups in Britain. The scheme will be up and running from early next year to offer up to 3,000 visas annually to…

From net worth to his famous family, here’re some interesting…

British actor Navin Chowdhry, who has starred in dozens of successful films and TV shows in his long acting career, currently plays an important character in the hugely popular BBC drama EastEnders. The actor essays Nish Panesar in the BBC soap and has seen a meteoric rise in his popularity…

The Great Gatsby’s ‘last Daisy’ ready to blossom beyond stage

PLAYING “last Daisy” in The Great Gatsby – London’s longest running immersive play – is an honour in itself, feels actress Safeena Ladha, adding that while it saddens her to say goodbye to this “very complex” character, she is now ready to explore beyond the stage. The Great Gatsby is…

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

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

Workplace bias ‘hinders Asians’

ETHNIC minorities are being held back by “structural racism” and “discriminatory attitudes” in the workplace, according to trade unions and charities, after a damning report found minorities continue to lag in wages and wealth despite making sharp progress in education. The study, published by London’s Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS),…

Pay doesn’t reflect minority ethnic Britons’ academic success: Study

In a finding that would concern many, a study published by London's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said while most minority ethnic groups in the UK have made significant progress in terms of educational achievement, "clear evidence" of discrimination in their pay and careers has remained. The study found…

Suella Braverman signs pact with France to tackle illegal migration

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Monday signed a new agreement with neighbouring France, which will see enhanced French patrols to curb the rising number of illegal migrants crossing the English Channel into England in dangerous small boats. The Indian-origin minister is in France to finalise the new arrangement, which…

Ugandan high commissioner Nimisha Madhvani presents letters of credence to…

Nimisha Madhvani, the Ugandan high commissioner to the UK, on Thursday (10) met King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London and presented her letters of credence as the African nation's high commissioner in London. The monarch, who took over following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in…

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

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

Decision on next Pak Army chief being made in London:…

The decision for the appointment of the next army chief of Pakistan will be made in London, claimed former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday as he slammed both PM Shehbaz Sharif, who is in the UK to meet his elder brother Nawaz Sharif, and Nawaz himself. "Today, a spectacle…

UK economy: A crisis in the making for some time…

It has been anything but a smooth ride for the Rishi Sunak led UK government, with the latest official data released this week reflecting a shrinking economy and a looming two-year-long recession. The British Indian former finance minister, who took charge at 10 Downing Street last month with the promise…

Hinduja family agrees truce in legal battle

India's billionaire Hinduja family has agreed a worldwide truce in a long feud after a legal battle over the future of its global business empire, a London court ruling published on Friday showed. The Court of Appeal in London largely rejected an appeal over restrictions on reporting the dispute, which…

Inspiring a new generation

WHATEVER your politics, it is undeniably a remarkable moment in history that the UK has appointed Rishi Sunak as the first British Asian prime minister. My younger self would never have imagined seeing a brown man of Indian heritage in the highest political office in this lifetime. Growing up in…

An artistic approach to creating new looks

WHETHER it is beautiful brides, private clients, celebrities, models, or catwalk shows, Imrit Sira has used her hair and makeup skills to have a terrific transformative effect. An artistic approach, attention to detail, and product expertise has enabled the London-based beauty expert to create eye-catching looks across diverse platforms, along…

Sadiq Khan says tackling violence in London is ‘top priority’

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that tackling violence is his top priority as he will continue to lead from the front in the city by being tough on crime and its complex causes. Khan and the Met’s head of Frontline Policing Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe joined local neighbourhood police…

Sikh prayer books made available to British Sikh military personnel…

A specially designed waterproof prayer book filled with “tactical” hymns and prayers has been launched in London for British Sikhs to carry with them on duty and to the battlefield. The Nitnem Gutka Sahib, as the collection is known, is made of durable material with a camouflage design and was…

Farrokh Suntook’s Top 10 books

In his debut novel The People We Know, London-based author Farrokh Suntook has told a compelling story of a Sikh woman who finds her life transformed after a shocking discovery about her Parsi husband and a chance encounter with an English couple. Building on the author’s love for literature, the…

British Asians suffer largest fall in planned hospital care during…

British Asians experienced a much larger fall than other groups in planned hospital care during the pandemic, new analysis has revealed, highlighting how the health emergency worsened racial disparities. While age- and sex-standardised procedure rates fell by 44 per cent in the white group, the drop in elective procedure rates…

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt decide not to invite guests…

Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, one of the most popular couples in the tinsel town of Bollywood, welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Sunday. Ever since the couple announced the arrival of their baby girl, everyone is curious to know how she looks. But it seems fans have to…

India welcomes UK court’s decision to dismiss Nirav Modi’s plea…

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday (10) welcomed the decision of the UK High Court to dismiss fugitive diamond businessman Nirav Modi's plea against extradition back to India. "India has been vigorously pursuing the extradition of economic fugitives so that they face justice in India. We welcome the…

Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi begins BAFTA Awards campaign in all…

Directed by well-known filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bollywood film Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) has kick-started its awards season campaign. The period drama, which received a thunderous response upon its theatrical release and then global premiere on Netflix, is being nominated in every category for the prestigious British Academy Film (BAFTA) Awards…

Testimonies of two psychiatric experts were crucial in clinching case:…

Testimonies by two psychiatric experts during final hearings in the Nirav Modi extradition matter before the High Court of Justice in London were crucial in debunking his poor psychological state argument and clinching the case for India, officials said. The fugitive diamond merchant on Wednesday lost his appeal against extradition…

Pak PM heads to London to meet PML-N supremo Nawaz…

After concluding his trip to Egypt for the COP27 climate conference, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is headed to London to meet PML-N supremo, and elder brother Nawaz Sharif. This visit to London is the third such trip since he became Prime Minister in April. The Dawn newspaper reported that…

Met Police officer bombarded ex with homophobic, racist deportation threats…

A misconduct panel found a Met Police officer had sent dozens of “grossly obscene, racist and deeply distressing” messages to his former boyfriend. Police constable Mohammed Afzal’s text messages to his former partner in 2020 included “ur going back to P**iland I mean Karachi wasteland" and "go find the Hindu…

Odisha Tourism takes part in World Travel Market 2022; receives…

A delegation of Odisha Tourism led by Ashwini Kumar Patra, the eastern Indian state's tourism minister; and Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, its chief secretary, on Tuesday (8) took part in the World Travel Market (WTM) which is currently underway in London. The three-day global travel show which kicked off on Monday…

An Underground guard who refused to part with his turban

London has evolved as a diverse city over the decades with more than 300 languages spoken in the British capital now. While Transport of London allows its staff and others to wear any religious symbols today, the situation was different earlier. A look at its transformation as a multicultural city…

Nirav Modi loses appeal, UK High Court orders extradition to…

The High Court in London on Wednesday (9) ordered diamond merchant Nirav Modi's extradition to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering, amounting to an estimated $2 billion (£1.74bn) in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam case. Lord Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith and Justice Robert Jay, who presided…

EXCLUSIVE: MPs urge ministers stop demonising immigrants

The government must embrace immigrants who take risks setting up businesses, create jobs, and contribute billions of pounds to Britain’s economy. That is the call from MPs and business leaders who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They have told this newspaper that the home secretary, Suella Braverman, should be ashamed…

London school kids will be trained to call out sexism

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (8) said that a new ‘allyship training’ package will be available to every secondary school in the city to educate and empower youngsters to help prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), a statement said. Khan is investing £1million to produce and distribute the…

Indians make up largest foreign-born residents in England and Wales:…

Nearly one in six people living in England and Wales last year were born outside the country and Indians constituted the largest chunk at 1.5 per cent of residents, according to latest statistics based on the country's 2021 census data. The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that India…

Man guilty of stabbing Walthamstow dad-of-two to death while protecting…

A man was found guilty of murdering a Walthamstow dad-of-two following a stabbing in Brent in June last year. Abraheem Sikander, 24, of Dale Grove was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday (7) of murdering Mohammad Raza Gulzar, 29. Sikander was also found guilty of possession of an…

Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami inaugurates India pavilion at World…

India's High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami on Tuesday (local time), inaugurated the India pavilion and several state tourism pavilions at the World Travel Market (WTM) London. He made the inaugurations along with Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and state leaders from Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and…

The sisterhood of Muslim women uniting football and faith in…

On a soccer pitch in a central London park, Sisterhood Football Club - a Muslim women's team - is making a substitution. "Your hijab, tuck it in. It can't get in the way," a teammate calls out as the replacement player runs on. Despite the warmth of the afternoon, all…

Harris Bokhari becomes first Muslim elected member of National Trust…

Harris Bokhari OBE was on Saturday (5) elected by the National Trust as the first Muslim member of its council. In the election, which was held at the Bath Assembly Rooms, Bokhari received most votes for any new member elected to the council. He also polled more votes than the…

Sanjeev Bhaskar to headline drama series Inspector Singh Investigates

Indian-origin British actor Sanjeev Bhaskar has been tapped by BritBox International to play the central character in the drama series Inspector Singh Investigates. According to the entertainment website Deadline, the three-part crime drama will be shot in Malaysia. It is based on the novel of the same name by author…

Ethnic minority accents rank lowest in prestige hierarchy: Research

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

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

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

Court approves extradition of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari to India…

A London court on Monday ruled that Sanjay Bhandari, an accused middleman and consultant in arms deals, can be extradited to India to face charges of tax evasion and money laundering. The 60-year-old faced two extradition requests from the Indian authorities, the first related to money laundering and the second…

Complaint filed in London against ‘mastermind’ Nawaz Sharif for Imran’s…

A complaint has been lodged against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif by some overseas Pakistanis over the latter's alleged involvement in the attack on former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, ARY News reported on Sunday. Calling Nawaz Sharif a 'mastermind' behind the assassination attempt on the PTI chief,…

Cardiff head teacher Reena Patel hopes sharing her experiences with…

A head teacher from ethnic minority background has revealed that she was called racist names by children while working in Wales, according to reports. Reena Patel, who works at Kitchener Primary in Cardiff, now wants to make her school anti-racist by providing to white teachers, reported the BBC. Notably, nine…

Meet these two Indians who are among finalists for Prince…

Afloral waste project which converts flowers dispersed into the river Ganga into sustainable leather called Fleather and a greenhouse-in-a-box solution for small farmers are among this year’s finalists from India for Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, dubbed the Eco Oscars. Phool and Kheyti are among 15 worldwide projects in the running…

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street calls for lower goods tariffs…

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

Hyperama Foods to sell Nottingham, West Bromwich depots to Dhamecha…

HYPERAMA Foods has confirmed the sale of two depots at Nottingham and West Bromwich to Dhamecha Group and the announcement has come following the sale of Hyperama's foodservice business Tiger Foods to Unitas member Giro Foods last month, Unitas Wholesale said in a press release. Expressing his delight over the…

UK researchers cure man who had Covid for 411 days

British researchers announced Friday they have cured a man who was continually infected with Covid for 411 days by analysing the genetic code of his particular virus to find the right treatment. Persistent Covid infection - which is different to long Covid or repeated bouts of the disease - occurs…

Priyanka Chopra’s Miss World 2000 win was ‘rigged’ claims former…

Former Miss Barbados Leilani McConney, who also participated in the Miss World 2000 beauty pageant, has claimed that the whole event was “rigged and everyone knew Priyanka Chopra was going to win.” Chopra, who was 18 years old in 2000, won the prestigious crown at the pageant held at the…

Disco Dancer: 21 facts about the Bollywood blockbuster ahead of…

Bollywood movie Disco Dancer was a big blockbuster success when it released in 1982 and has become a cult classic largely thanks to the winning soundtrack. The story of a slum dweller dreaming of a better life for himself and hoping to dance his way to success while battling dark…

‘Budding beauty queen’ Rasvinder Agalliu removed from Met force after…

A 'glamorous' Met Police officer who wanted to be an actor has been removed from the service after police found narcotics, large amounts of cash and a cannabis farm at her London home, according to reports. PC Rasvinder Agalliu based at the Central West Command Unit was dismissed on Tuesday…

Two met officers jailed for sharing misogynistic and racist messages…

Sarah Everard's killer Wayne Couzens' colleagues in the Metropolitan Police were jailed for sharing misogynistic and racist messages on WhatsApp, according to reports. PC Jonathon Cobban, 35, and former PC Joel Borders, 45, were sentenced for three months by District Judge Sarah Turnock at Westminster magistrates court. They were members…

EXCLUSIVE: Starmer tells Asians: “Thank you for making Britain better”

LABOUR does not take the British south Asian vote for granted, party leader Sir Keir Starmer told Eastern Eye. He also revealed his determination to work as “grown up” partners with the communities and his ambition to be the next prime minister. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview prior to…

My playlist – Milan

Talented bhangra folk singer Milan recently released his second track Green Eyez. It follows on from his accomplished 2021 debut single Bai Chamkila and shows that he is a British talent to look out for. Eastern Eye found out more about the fast-emerging music star by getting him to select…

British PM Rishi Sunak committed to FTA with India says…

Intensive negotiations continue towards a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK and new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is committed to achieving a balanced deal, Downing Street said on Wednesday. Sunak, who took charge at 10 Downing Street last week, had a "very warm" introductory call with…

India UK discuss migration security issues as Indian envoy calls…

Cooperation on migration and security issues was on the agenda at a meeting between UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami in London. The envoy called on the British Indian cabinet minister on Tuesday (1) to discuss the India-UK security partnership and to "make progress" under…

New Indian visa centre opens in London to boost capacity

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

NUS president Shaima Dallali sacked over anti-Semitic posts

The National Union of Students (NUS) dismissed its president on Tuesday (1) over anti-Semitic allegations after an independent inquiry found 'significant breaches' of the policies of the union, reports said. Shaima Dallali was elected during the NUS's National Conference in March. At that time Jewish students raised concerns about her…

Bathing every day is ‘really not important’ – Hygiene expert…

As soon as we wake up, a shower in the morning is what most of us do to feel fresh. However, a hygiene expert states that bathing daily is not necessary and 'really not important – in fact, it does not need to be done ever. According to Professor Sally…

India-UK cooperation in sunrise sectors green economy, fintech

India and UK on Wednesday (2) held an All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) inaugural meeting and discussed cooperation in sunrise sectors such as green economy, fintech, etc. The meeting was attended by Greg Hands, UK's trade minister; Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow secretary of state for international trade and Welsh Labour MP for…

Damning UK report slams police for inadequate vetting of officers

A culture of misogyny and predatory behaviour is "prevalent" in many police forces across England and Wales, and fuelled by lax vetting standards, according to a report published Wednesday after a high-profile murder. Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens was last year jailed for life for the kidnap, rape and…

Councillor Fyeza Ikhlaq reveals she had her hijab ripped off…

Glasgow councillor Fyeza Ikhlaq has revealed that she experienced hate crime following 7/7 bombings in London in 2005. While debating a motion to tackle hate crime in the Scottish city, Ikhlaq said that she had her hijab ripped from her head on Argyle Street and was spat on after the…

Sadiq Khan demands rent freeze for London tenants

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a rent rebate to support vulnerable people as the cost-of-living outpaced earnings in the UK.While the overall price rise has topped 10 per cent, the rental inflation in the British capital shot up by almost 18 per cent by July.Khan said an effective…

Britain’s Hindus are ‘smart, rich and very well behaved’: Report

Hindus in the UK are “smart, rich and very well behaved” with just 0.4 per cent found in the country’s prisons in 2021, the lowest of any religious cohort, according to a media report, days after Rishi Sunak became Britain’s first Hindu Prime Minister. England and Wales are now home…

Time to invest in South Asian languages in UK: Gareth…

Gareth Thomas MP has called for investment in teaching South Asian languages in the UK to strengthen the country's ties with the Indian subcontinent. The Labour-Cooperative Party parliamentarian for the Greater London constituency of Harrow West said south Asian languages should receive the same state financial support as given to…

Jubin Nautiya – Portrait of a musical hit man

JUBIN NAUTIYAL SPEAKS ABOUT HIS BIG SINGING SUCCESS AND UK TOUR A rapid recent rise has resulted in a huge number of hits for Jubin Nautiyal in a relatively short space of time. The singing sensation has delighted music fans around the world with stunning songs such as Raataan Lambiyaan,…

Seemab Gul: Powerful Sandstorm of important stories about women

Award-winning short film Sandstorm has swept through international festivals and received wide acclaim for tackling the tricky terrain of internet dating in a conservative Muslim society. The Oscar qualifying short, executive produced by Jemima Khan, questions the objectification of the female body and its relationship to honour in Pakistani culture.…

Neetu Kapoor points out the funniest connection between her and…

As soon as it was confirmed that Indian-origin Rishi Sunak was set to take charge as the 57th Prime Minister of Britain, a host of Bollywood celebrities, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, took to social media to congratulate the politician. However, veteran actress Neetu Kapoor reacted to the news in a…

Rishi Sunak and family to move back to smaller flat…

Newly-appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his family will be returning to live in a smaller flat above No 10 Downing Street as they were “very happy there,” his spokesperson has said. No 10 Downing Street has been the residence of British prime ministers since 1735, says the government’s…

‘A source of pride’: Sadiq Khan on Sunak becoming prime…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that Rishi Sunak became the first British Asian prime minister in the country is a 'source of pride' for many in UK. British Pakistani mayor Sadiq Khan added that Sunak's ascend to the top post demonstrated that hard workers can achieve almost everything. While…

Festival frames the changing shades in south Asian cinema

THE recently concluded BFI London Film Festival returned in its “new normal” form with brilliant venue partners extending to 10 cities around the UK. Along with a vibrant selection of features, documentaries and shorts, the series and immersive programming have become an integral part of the festival. The films from…

Film Review: Goldfish

THE UK-set drama will have a premiere at this year’s Raindance Film Festival at Curzon Soho in London on November 5. Anamika reluctantly returns home after finding out her mother Sadhana has the early onset of dementia and may be a danger to herself. Their deeply troubled relationship quickly bubbles…

‘Pallo Latke’ fame Zain Khan signs solo film as a…

Music composer Zain Khan, who burst onto the scene with the blockbuster song “Pallo Latke” from the 2017 film Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, has added one more exciting project to his resume. The composer has signed on to score music for an upcoming Hindi film, titled Project Love. He will…

Akshata Murty, billionaire wife of Rishi Sunak, runs three companies.…

Indian national Akshata Murty, the wife of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and daughter of Narayana Murty, co-founder of Infosys, the software giant, was recently in the news for allegedly saving millions in taxes from British tax authorities by using her non-domicile status. However, in April 2022 the 42-year-old Indian-born…

Liberal Democrats call for probe into Braverman’s return to Home…

The Liberal Democrats have called for a Cabinet Office probe into Indian-origin Suella Braverman's re-appointment as the UK Home Secretary by Rishi Sunak, days after being forced to resign for breaching the ministerial code, a media report said on Wednesday. Braverman, 42, whose scathing resignation letter precipitated Liz Truss' exit…

Raghubir Sain Berry, Rishi Sunak’s grandfather, once nearly missed dinner…

Rishi Sunak formally became Britain's new prime minister on Tuesday (25) after meeting King Charles at Buckingham Palace. Decades ago, his grandfather Raghubir Sain Berry, nearly missed dinner with Queen Elizabeth II, it has emerged. Oadby-based Sain Berry was born in India and worked in Tanzania before coming to the…

Rishi Sunak, the Diwali PM who answered his country’s call

Rishi Sunak is already a marmite prime minister, writes Barnie Choudhury. Feted by his MP colleagues but rejected by the Conservative grass roots just six weeks ago (September 5). They accuse Sunak of causing Johnson’s downfall, rather than accept that it was the fault of his once next-door Downing Street…

EXCLUSIVE: “The best Diwali present ever” say Tory Parliamentarians

In a momentous day, Britain’s first south Asian prime minister, who became the Conservative Party leader on Diwali day [24], has vowed to unite the country and his riven party. Speaking on the steps of Number 10, Rishi Sunak, a practising Hindu, told the country that he would be a…

Akshata Murty: The Indian first lady who loves the UK…

Akshata Murty, the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy and author Sudha Murty, is famously less outgoing than her husband Rishi Sunak, but that is likely to change somewhat as she becomes the first Indian First Lady to the UK's first British Indian Prime Minister. The 42-year-old fashion designer and…

‘New dawn’ for UK, ‘Death of Democracy’: Britain’s new PM…

Indian-origin Rishi Sunak on Tuesday witnessed both bricks and bouquets from the UK media as he scripted history by becoming the first person of colour to become the Prime Minister of Britain, which in the past had colonised most of the world, with some news outlets acknowledging his leadership as…

Hundreds bid adieu to anti-racism activist and trade unionist Avtar…

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Indian-born equal rights activist Avtar Jouhl in West Bromwich over the weekend.Known for his lifelong campaign for equality, the veteran unionist who headed the Indian Workers' Association (IWA), died on October 7, aged 84. Jouhl’s son Jagwant Johal said his father was considered…

Hopes for India-UK FTA talks impetus with new PM Rishi…

As Rishi Sunak takes over as Britain’s first Indian-origin Prime Minister on October 25, 2022, there is renewed hope that the India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) will get a much-needed impetus after the Diwali deadline for draft completion was missed amid political turmoil in the U.K. While the October timeline…

‘Obama moment for British Hindus’: UK Temple set up by…

Rishi Sunak becoming UK's Prime Minister is "our Barack Obama moment," said the leader of a Hindu temple that was set up by the Indian-origin leader's grandfather. Rishi Sunak, 42, on Monday won the race to lead the Conservative Party and is now set to become Britain's first prime minister…

London gets resilience centre to shield capital’s small businesses from…

Businesses in London have been urged to join a new scheme which was launched on Tuesday (25) to protect them from the growing threat of cybercrime. The new measure was facilitated by funding from mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to make London the world's safest city to do business online.…

Sir Ashok Rabheru receives Knighthood at Windsor Castle

Sir Ashok J Rabheru received Knighthood at a ceremony at Windsor Castle on October 18, a statement said. Princess Anne carried out the investiture ceremony in the presence of Sir Ashok’s wife Harshida and triplets-Nikita, Rishi and Shayan. He received the rare title of Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian…

New NHS campaign urges South Asians to consider nursing as…

The NHS has launched a new campaign to encourage South Asian community to consider nursing as a career, the health service said in a statement. The ‘We Are The NHS’ campaign by NHS England, now in its fifth year, has been revamped to champion the extraordinary work of South Asian…

‘Queen of Botox’ cleared to work after probe

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

Less than five hours of night sleep increase the risk…

According to new scientific findings, getting less than just five hours of sleep each night could set your body up for disease. This is because when we sleep, our body goes through an intensive repair process and when sleep is cut short, this restorative process is disrupted. Based on the…

London Eye lights up to celebrate Diwali

The London Eye is set to come alive in a burst of colour to celebrate Diwal, the festival of lights, on Monday (24). From sunset to sunrise, the London Eye will light-up the London skyline with a special illumination of captivating colour and light patterns, inspired by the traditional rangoli…

Former UK home secretary Suella Braverman endorses Rishi Sunak

Suella Braverman, the former British home secretary who resigned the day before Prime Minister Liz Truss stepped down, has endorsed Rishi Sunak to be prime minister, she said in a Telegraph article published on Sunday (23). Backing Sunak, she said he can provide “unity, stability and efficiency" to the governing…

Sunak favourite to be UK prime minister after Johnson drops…

Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain's next prime minister after Boris Johnson withdrew from the contest on Sunday (23), saying that although he had enough support to make the final ballot he realised the country and the Conservative Party needed unity. Johnson had raced home from a holiday in…

India gets edge in global commercial launch market as ISRO…

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday (23) launched 36 satellites of London-based firm, OneWeb, in its heaviest rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota. Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of these satellites. He said that the latest initiative exemplified Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)…

Priti Patel endorses Boris Johnson as new UK PM

Priti Patel, who served as British Home Secretary in former prime minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet, on Saturday endorsed her ex-boss as the best-placed candidate to replace Liz Truss at 10 Downing Street. The Indian-origin MP, who had remained conspicuously silent over her choice of Conservative Party leader in the last…

Art on the Underground to present mural by Shanti Panchal…

Art on the Underground presents ‘Endurance’, a new large-scale public commission at Brixton Underground Station by Indian-born artist Shanti Panchal, launching November 10 and will be on view for a year. The work at Brixton will be Panchal’s first public artwork since his 1993 tiled mural for the London Borough…

Almonds are good for gut health: Study

According to a study, a handful of almonds every day greatly improves butyrate synthesis, a short-chain fatty acid that benefits gut health. A team of researchers from King's College London investigated the impact of whole and ground almonds on the composition of gut microbes. The study, published today in the…

Veteran economist Sushil Wadhwani invited to join UK government’s new…

Veteran Indian-origin economist Sushil Wadhwani has been invited to advise the UK government on the economy and financial markets as the country grapples with surging inflation and a weakening sterling. Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor of the exchequer in the outgoing government, announced the formation of the Economic Advisory Council comprising…

Kevin Spacey wins 1986 sexual assault civil lawsuit brought by…

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey can finally heave a sigh of relief as a New York court on Thursday dismissed a sexual assault case against him filed on a complaint by another actor Anthony Rapp. The trial had been underway for three weeks with testimonies from both sides. In 2017, Rapp,…

When TRS brought the taste of Diwali, to Trafalgar Square!

Each year, the Mayor of London's free annual family event is delivered in partnership with Diwali in London, at Trafalgar square. This year, TRS participated in the event as a proud sponsor bringing flavours, emotions, and the special tastes of Diwali to the event. TRS has been a household name…

Who are the candidates to replace UK PM Truss?

Liz Truss said on Thursday she would resign as British prime minister just six weeks after she was appointed. A leadership election will be completed within the next week to replace Truss, who is the shortest serving prime minister in British history. George Canning previously held the record, serving 119…

London’s mayor slams global leaders for ‘dragging feet’ on climate

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking at a climate summit in Argentina, slammed global policymakers on Thursday for "dragging their feet" on environmental policy, amid fears that momentum to tackle climate change has stalled in the face of economic turmoil. A report this week said the latest pledges by countries to…

Joginder Sanger praised for Bhavan’s growth

The Bhavan UK’s outgoing chairman Joginder Sanger was felicitated in recognition of the businessman's contribution to its growth.Sanger headed the largest Indian cultural and education institute outside the south Asian country since 2011. He was its vice-chairman from 1993 till he was elevated to the top role.In their facilitation speeches,…

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

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

Conservative Friends of India & Indian High Commission host joint…

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

How to avoid the dreaded ‘twindemic’ of Flu and Covid-19…

Experts warn that this winter could be the first time we see the effects of a so-called ‘twindemic’, with people catching both Covid and flu at the same time, increasing their risk of serious illness. Don't worry, Dr Harpreet Sood and Dr Madhvi Joshi provide vital tips... GPs Harpreet Sood…

Deal more important than date: Trade Secretary on India trade…

The free trade agreement (FTA) talks between India and the UK are "progressing well" and a deal that works for both sides is more important than the date when it is signed, Britain’s Trade Policy Minister Greg Hands said with reference to the now abandoned Diwali deadline for a draft…

Zara Aleena’s alleged killer to face trial in December

The alleged killer Zara Aleena will stand trial in December for murder, attempted rape and robbery, a High Court judge ruled on Wednesday (19). Jordan McSweeney, 29, reportedly attacked Aleena, 35, when she was walking home after a night out in Ilford, east London, on June 26. He is also…

Soaring food prices push UK inflation back to 40-year high

British inflation jumped back above 10 percent in September on soaring food prices, official data showed Wednesday, with the country gripped by a cost-of-living crisis bedevilling the government. The Consumer Prices Index accelerated to 10.1 percent on an annual basis, up from 9.9 percent in August, the Office for National…

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly says beating of protester at Chinese…

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Wednesday the treatment of a protester seen being pulled into the grounds of a Chinese consulate and beaten was "unacceptable", and the government was considering further action. The altercation occurred on Sunday during a demonstration against Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manchester, northern…

Eager to secure trade deal with India, says Home Secretary…

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said the UK is eager to secure a trade deal with India to boost both economies and that Brexit has meant that Britain no longer has a Eurocentric mindset towards trade or visas. Addressing a Diwali event organised by UK-based India Global Forum (IGF) in…

Thank God and Ram Setu will dim Diwali

HOW HORRIBLE HINDI FILM RELEASES ARE STARTING TO RUIN HOLIDAYS Major annual holidays are incredibly lucrative for film producers as it gives them a much bigger audience and that is why there is fierce competition to get one of those release dates. High-profile Bollywood banners will often book the big…

Jubin Nautiyal concert in London and Leicester

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

Tauseef Akhtar and the glory of performing great ghazals to…

World-class live performer Tauseef Akhtar being most at home in front of a live audience has been illustrated by the many concerts he has delivered. The superb singer and musician returns to the UK stage with the Ishq Karo - An Evening Of Ghazals concert at Beck Theatre in Middlesex…

Ugandan Asians – A Living History to organise Diwali event…

Ugandan Asians – A Living History, a group of British women of Ugandan-Asian heritage, will host on Sunday (23) an event at the Migration Museum in Lewisham in south-east London on the occasion of Diwali to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Asians from the east African nation…

White teachers must teach ethnic minority pupils national anthem, says…

The chair of UK's Social Mobility Commission has said that white teachers should teach ethnic minority students to sing the national anthem to nurture the sense of belonging, media reports said. Katharine Birbalsingh, known as Britain's strictest headteacher, also criticised the destructive identity politics molding school culture and efforts to…

Attack on Salman Rushdie forced Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka…

Sri Lankan’s award-winning writer Shehan Karunatilaka said the recent stabbing of celebrated author Salman Rushdie forced him into “self-censoring”. Karunatilaka, whose novel The Seven Moons Of Maali Almeida won the Booker Prize, said he chose to exclude a couple of his short stories from a book which was being published…

Sri Lanka’s Shehan Karunatilaka wins Booker Prize for afterlife thriller

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka has been named the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize for his second novel ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida', described by judges as a whodunnit and a race against time, full of ghosts, gags and deep humanity. Karunatilaka, 47, became only the second Sri…

Man, accused of stabbing 2 police officers, appears in court

A man appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday (14) on charges of stabbing two police officers in central London in September. The officers were carrying out their routine duties when the man attacked them. The incident happened in Leicester Square on September 16. The 24-year-old accused, Mohammed Rahman of…

Bangladeshi man ‘mauled by dog’ while on London holiday spends…

A Bangladeshi man experienced his worst ever holiday in life after he was allegedly mauled by a dog while in London last month. Businessman Md Mahbubar Rashid Jewel, 52, said that following the attack he couldn't sleep because of the pain. The Asian man also lost £700 on flights and…

Camilla might not wear Kohinoor to King Charles III’s coronation

King Charles III took over the reins of the British Monarchy after the Queen's demise last month. His coronation ceremony will be held on May 6, as per the official statement of Buckingham Palace. One question, however, that has garnered the most attention is whether Queen Consort Camilla will wear…

Bookie odds favour Rishi Sunak comeback amid turbulence for UK…

British Prime Minister Liz Truss, just over a month into the job, is already seen as increasingly unlikely to ride out the turbulence within her own Conservative Party and the financial markets, with her former leadership rival Rishi Sunak the odds-on favourite to make a comeback for 10 Downing Street.…

See you on the other side: Harry Potter actor Rupert…

British actor Rupert Grint is the newest cast member from The 'Harry Potter' movie franchise who has shared a heartfelt tribute for his late co-star Robbie Coltrane who recently passed away at the age of 72. According to Variety, taking to Instagram Grint shared an image of Robbie, who played…

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

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

Ricky Reel: Police issue fresh appeal as family allege ‘race…

The Metropolitan Police on Friday (14) made a fresh appeal for information regarding the tragic death of Ricky Reel in Kingston in 1997 as his family alleged that 'race played a role' in his death. According to the family, racism played a key role in the tragedy as he 20-year-old's…

Uttam Parmar and family want to sell £3m Cornish home…

A British Indian man who won a £3 million property in Cornwall in August with a £25 lottery ticket now wants to sell the property for £4m, according to reports. Uttam Parmar, 58, and wife Raki, 53, now want to return to their Leicestershire home. Their son Aaron, 26, is…

Daniel Radcliffe, JK Rowling share heartfelt tributes remembering late Harry…

British actor Daniel Radcliffe and JK Rowling, the author of the 'Harry Potter' books on which the films are based, have shared statements following the death of Robbie Coltrane at 72, who famously played the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the franchise. Coltrane and Radcliffe starred together in all eight…

Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in Harry Potter movies, passes…

Actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for playing Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid in 'Harry Potter' films, is no more. As per Deadline, Robbie died in hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland. The award-winning actor had been suffering from ill health for the past two years. He was 72. Robbie was…

Truss sacrifices finance minister, scraps tax plan in fight to…

British prime minister Liz Truss fired her finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday and scrapped parts of their economic package in a desperate bid to stay in power and survive the market and political turmoil gripping the country. Kwarteng said he had resigned at Truss's request after being forced to…

Kwasi Kwarteng: End of a short road for UK’s finance…

Kwasi Kwarteng became the second shortest-serving British finance minister, paying the price for weeks of UK market tumult prompted by his controversial tax-slashing mini-budget. His sacking represents a humiliation for the Cambridge- and Harvard-educated former Chancellor of the Exchequer -- who as recently as Thursday insisted that he was "not…

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

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

Indian High Commissioner promises to ramp up visa capacity in…

Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami took to Twitter on Wednesday (12) to explain steps being taken to ramp up capacity and address the difficulty in getting an Indian visa by travellers from Britain. There has been a mounting backlog for Indian visas in recent months, as applicants…

Met Police to record ethnicity of drivers during stops

Britain’s largest police force has said it is actively working on the commitment to record the ethnicity of drivers stopped by its offers.The Metropolitan Police ran such a pilot in London for six months last year after being asked by the Mayor’s Action Plan on Accountability and Trust in Policing.However,…

Camilla may not be crowned with Kohinoor at Charles’ coronation…

The controversial Kohinoor diamond is unlikely to be part of the royal spectacle during the upcoming coronation of the new monarch, considering the “political sensitivities” surrounding the Indian-origin gem. Media reports previously said Queen Consort Camilla would get to wear the crown containing the 105-carat precious stone held in a…

Renowned Indian Classical Music duo Mohan Brothers all set to…

Carrying forward the name and legacy of Indian classical music all across the world, Mohan Brothers- Lakshay and Aayush, who have shown their remarkable mastery over Sitar and Sarod, are now all set to perform in London. The brothers have performed at various prestigious events all across the globe, the…

Police launch urgent search for missing ‘high risk’ teenage girl

Police have launched a hunt for a missing teenage girl considered 'high risk' and appealed to people to help in the search mission. Tania Abbas, 17, went missing from Ilford and there is considerable concern for her safety, MyLondon reported. The girl is thought to be in the Gants Hill…

Should not pick holes in Indian assurances: UK High Court…

India is a “friendly foreign power” and the UK must honour its extradition treaty obligations by not picking holes in the government’s assurances that Nirav Modi will be provided with adequate medical care at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai while on trial for fraud and money laundering, the High Court…

Marvellous Mimmi and music with a meaning

SINGER RITVIZ DISCUSSES HIS RAPID RISE AND DEBUT ALBUM There is impressive momentum behind multi-talented music star Ritviz. He has followed up having the songs Sage, Thandi Hawa and Aavegi featured on globally successful Disney serial Ms Marvel with his newly released debut album Mimmi, which is a gripping nine-track…

From the pain of baby loss to finding hope

How Madhuri Bedi is providing support to affected families This month marks 20 years of Baby Loss Awareness Week in the UK. From October 9-15, everyone connected to the baby loss community comes together to commemorate much-loved and missed babies while raising awareness about the support that is available all-year…

DJ Lady G’s musical heroes

Whether it is delivering dynamic DJ sets, putting together winning playlists, or hosting her popular weekly show on Solar Radio, Gurpreet Mudhar is constantly surrounded by great music. Her show, The Midnight Mix, is quite popular on the long running UK soul music station. With that in mind, Eastern Eye…

Classical Indian music festival features finest live performers

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

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

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

Goa to lose £55m if visa rules not relaxed for…

A lawmaker in western Indian state of Goa has warned that the tourist hotspot will face a loss of Rs 500 crore (£55m) if visa conditions to UK tourists are not relaxed. Goa Forward Party (GFP) president and legislator Vijai Sardesai has urged the BJP government at the centre and…

Experts debate Nirav Modi’s suicide risk in UK High Court

The High Court in London on Tuesday (11) began hearing evidence from two leading experts in the field of psychiatry to determine the level of suicide risk faced by Nirav Modi if he is extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering, amounting to an estimated USD…

UK-India FTA discussed at Conservative Friends of India conference

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

Meet Shreena Patel, a passionate artist who is selling her…

She is a passionate artist from London who is also committed to raising money for a Hindu temple in the city and she is doing it by selling one of her beautiful art forms. Meet Shreena Patel, a full-time abstract artist who specialises in acrylics, metallics, sparkle. While she calls…

Sadiq Khan urges Londoners to take Covid, flu vaccines to…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (11) urged eligible Londoners to get their Covid booster and flu vaccine to reduce the threat of a ‘twindemic’ this winter. He received both vaccines at a pharmacy in Tooting on Tuesday morning after being invited due to his severe asthma, a statement said.…

Bengali community celebrates Durga Puja parade on Thames

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

Accord Honorary Knighthood to ‘Star of the Millenium’ Amitabh Bachchan:…

On the occasion of Amitabh Bachchan's 80th birthday, Keith Vaz, who is Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin MP, has written a letter to the British PM Liz Truss, suggesting that the Bollywood superstar be given an honorary knighthood, a privilege that in the past has been bestowed on film director Steven Spielberg,…

Indian High Commissioner holds ‘productive’ talk with Labour party leader…

Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami met Labour Party leader Keir Starmer on Monday and held a "productive talk" on all aspects of the strategic partnership between India and the UK. The discussion focused on the need to sustain people-to-people ties, including through regular dialogue. "HC @VDoraiswami met…

Tom Cruise set to become first actor to shoot a…

According to reports, Tom Cruise is in the process of inking a deal with Universal Films Entertainment Group (UFEG) for a high-profile film mounted on a lavish scale. If the deal materialises, the star with shoot his next film on the International Space Station. Yes, you read that absolutely right!…

Hundreds gather for Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square

Thousands gathered at Trafalgar Square in London on Sunday (9) to celebrate Diwali and to enjoy dance, music, activities and food. The celebrations started with 200 dancers in the main square followed by artistic performances from London’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. As part of the event, Neasden Temple’s Diwali…

India-UK FTA talks face deadlock over data: Report

Data localisation and UK companies being allowed to bid for Indian government contracts are among the issues causing a possible deadlock in the final stages of the India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations towards a Diwali draft completion deadline, according to a UK media report on Sunday (9). 'The Daily…

Indian mission in UK probes illegal visa handlers

The Indian High Commission here has said that it is investigating reports of unauthorised agents illegally charging fees to get visas processed for travellers to India, amid reports of a severe visa crunch faced by British tourists to the country.While British travellers booked to fly out to India in the…

Predator who raped teenager in London car park jailed for…

A 24-year-old man who raped a schoolgirl in a South London car park has been sentenced to more than 11 years in jail.Saqeef Riaz, grabbed the teenager and dragged her to a Lidl supermarket car park where he raped her in August last year. But during the assault, she managed…

Met chief says he will be ruthless in rooting out…

The Metropolitan police commissioner has promised that he 'will be ruthless in rooting out' racists from the force following the emergence of a WhatsApp group chat scandal involving serving and retired officers, according to reports. Former Met officer Rob Lewis, who created the group, was suspended this week for posting…

High-profile England cricketer being probed for using racist slur P***…

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is believed to be investigating a ‘high-profile’ player following claims that he hurled racist slurs at his former team-mate years ago.According to a Sportsmail report, the player in the eye of the latest storm hitting English cricket used the derogatory word P*** against…

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

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

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye cleared of assault

Former world champion boxer David Haye has been cleared in an assault case with a London court ruling that not every touch was unlawful. Nickesh Jhala had alleged that Haye grabbed him by the throat and threatened to kill him at a Paul Chowdhry comedy event at the Hammersmith Apollo…

Maryam Nawaz reunites with her father Nawaz Sharif after 3…

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has reunited with his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif in London three years after authorities returned her passport following a court order. Maryam, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president, who arrived in London on Thursday, was received by her brother Hassan Nawaz Sharif and son…

Joyland: Malala Yousafzai joins Pakistan’s Oscar submission film as executive…

Malala Yousafzai, who heads her own production company, Extracurricular Productions, has come onboard as an executive producer for Pakistan’s film Joyland. Pakistan’s Oscar Selection Committee has selected Joyland as its submission for the 95th Academy Awards in the International Feature Film Award category. Joyland is an Urdu-language film that revolves…

TRS adds a festive tadka to Diwali on the Square

Diwali brings with it the spirit of togetherness, family bonding and several occasions to savour the family’s favourite recipes. The Indian diaspora in the UK has gone through decades of evolution and that has led to the transformation of people’s food habits and how they celebrate festivals. Whether your cuisine…

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

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

Bestway Group CEO thanks donors for helping raise $2.3m for…

The Bestway Group on September 23 organised a fund-raising event at London's Intercontinental on Park Lane to raise money for the devastating floods that rocked Pakistan recently and the money which was raised eventually far exceeded the target. The event was attended by more than 650 guests, including the Lord…

Sadiq Khan endorses London Chamber’s report on curbing barriers for…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has publicly accepted the recommendations made by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (LCCI) report on removal of ethnicity-based obstacles hurting success in business. His endorsement of 'Ethnic Diversity in Business: Removing barriers impeding business success' is the first-ever instance of a public authority recognising…

YouTuber Mohammed Hijab accused of stirring Leicester violence says he…

British-Egyptian Mohammed Hijab, who has a sizable presence on social media platforms including YouTube and Twitter, responded to the accusation of mocking reincarnation, a key tenet of the Hindu faith. “I wasn't actually mocking reincarnation in that situation, I was saying that if I believed in reincarnation. I have to…

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

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

Nuhash Humayun: Moshari has a piece of my soul

Stunning Bangladeshi short film Moshari has received awards and acclaim at major festivals around the world. The unique story of two sisters seeking shelter from a mysterious threat has qualified for the Oscars and will have its UK premiere at the London Film Festival this month. Talented writer-director Nuhash Humayun…

Return of musical icons of the nineties

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

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

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

Charles hosts first South Asian diaspora event as King in…

Britain’s King Charles III hosted his first major event in Scotland for the South Asian diaspora since becoming monarch last month as a celebration of charity initiatives geared towards the region. The event for the British Asian Trust, founded by him as the Prince of Wales in 2007 to tackle…

Ethnic minorities likely to live in ‘highly air polluted’ areas…

A new study has revealed that minorities are over three times more likely to live in areas in England with ‘very high' air pollution, according to a report. The study by Friends of the Earth, by analysing government data on air pollution, focusing on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and small particulate…

Burger King UK acquires Salim Janmohamed’s Karali Group

Burger King’s UK arm has acquired its second largest franchise operator Karali Group which owns 74 restaurants. Financed by NatWest and Rabobank London and AIG, the deal takes Burger King UK’s directly-owned restaurant count to 266. The acquisition is part of the fast food restaurant chain’s ambitious plan to increase…

Sadiq Khan receives online abuse over Trafalgar Square statue issue

London mayor Sadiq Khan has become the subject of online abuse after media reports suggested he was blocking the installation of Queen Elizabeth's statue at Trafalgar Square.A sculpture depicting Malawi’s resistance icon John Chilembwe was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth of the famous square last month and Khan’s office had…

Billionaire Arora family diversified gains from B&M before a 50%…

While the cost-of-living crisis in the UK has hit hard B&M European Value Retail SA, the erosion of wealth has been relatively modest for the family that runs the company because of the trimming of their shareholding and diversification of investments. The market capitalisation of the Luxembourg-based company has halved…

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

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

‘Showing too much skin reflects inferiority complex’: Psychologist reveals what…

A Romanian life coach and psychologist based in the US has taken to TikTok to explain what your social media profile picture might reveal about your personality. Though many people put up the picture they feel they look the best in, according to life coach Francesca, the picture you choose…

Navinder, who couldn’t even run to front door, is set…

At one point of time, she could not even run to the front door but now, she is all geared up to run in a marathon, thanks to a special cause. Navinder Molyneux, a mother of two from Surrey, is all set to take part in the TCS London Marathon…

Preet Kaur Gill MP elated as her campaign to increase…

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

This woman has few months to live after doctors misdiagnose…

What medics thought was a urinary tract infection, tragically turned out to be a brain tumour for Jo Fletcher-Cross, a mother who is now given just months to live. Around three months ago Jo began to suffer some health issues and was eventually diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of…

Five Bangladeshi taxi drivers in east London charged with smuggling…

Five Bangladeshi mini cab drivers from east London has been charged with aiding people smuggling network in UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said in a statement on Wednesday (28). The group, all aged between 40 and 52, appeared before Barkingside Magistrates on Wednesday charged with attempting to facilitate breaches…

After Keir Starmer, Sadiq Khan too says Rupa Huq’s comments…

London mayor Sadiq Khan said Rupa Huq MP’s recent comment on the chancellor of exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng was “racist” and “wrong”. But he asserted that the lawmaker was not “not racist”. Huq earlier this week described Kwarteng as “superficially black” and said the way he spoke did not give an…

London Assembly ‘to grill’ Sadiq Khan over Cressida Dick resignation

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been summonsed to face London Assembly on his role in the resignation of former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier this year. Khan will be the first sitting mayor to be summonsed in this way through by the Assembly’s police and crime committee, reports said.…

Bridgerton star Charithra Chandran to lead Olivia Hetreed drama ‘Song…

Actor Charithra Chandran, who starred in season two of 'Bridgerton,' has been cast as the lead in the Olivia Hetreed drama 'Song of the Sun God.' According to Deadline, the six-part series, which is based on Shankari Chandran's novel and is being produced by The Cry indie Synchronicity Films and…

Danny Boyle to direct dance adaptation of ‘The Matrix’ titled…

Film-maker Danny Boyle is set to direct a dance adaptation of the 1999 sci-fi blockbuster 'The Matrix.' According to Variety, titled 'Free Your Mind,' the Warner Bros. The play billed as a 'large-scale immersive performance,' will make its world premiere at Factory International, a brand-new arts centre in Manchester, U.K.,…

Labour Party reaches out to Indian diaspora

The Labour Convention of Indian Organisations (LCIO) is aiming to close the gap between British Indians and the Labour Party by boosting the Indian diaspora connection. The party announced that it will bridge the gap between the Labour Party and British Indians and India by fostering inclusive sustainable growth for…

Racism and sexual harassment rife in UK music industry, reveals…

A survey of professional musicians has revealed 'devastating scale' of sexual harassment, racism and bullying in the music industry in UK, according to a report. As many as 66 per cent of the respondents to the 2022 report, titled 'Dignity at work 2: Discrimination in the music sector', said that…

England cricket board reports more progress to promote equity across…

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday (29) set out the continued progress that cricket is making in its commitment to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, at all levels of the game. Since the announcement of cricket’s game-wide action plan in November 2021, the ECB has continued to…

Braverman pursuing deal with France to tackle illegal Channel crossings

Britain’s home secretary Suella Braverman is pursuing a stalled deal with France that would allow joint patrols of beaches in northern France to prevent illegal migrants from taking small boats to the UK. Negotiations between London and Paris on tackling the English Channel crisis were reportedly derailed following Liz Truss’…

No statue of Queen at London’s Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth…

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office has said no statue of Queen Elizabeth II will be erected on the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square in the foreseeable future.A statue of Malawi’s resistance icon John Chilembwe has been unveiled on the platform, although there were calls for installing a monument in memory…

“WE MUST REMAIN A BEACON OF UNITY”

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

Half of adults in England and Wales receive ‘phishing’ messages,…

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that half of adults in England and Wales received a 'phishing' message for the year ending March 2022. According to results from the Telephone-operated Crime Survey of England and Wales (TCSEW), those aged 25 to 44 years are most likely…