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Barry Gardiner: ‘We must not allow identity politics to create…

IDENTITY politics is infecting our communities in the UK. Last week, some hate preacher decided it would be a good idea to try to organise a demonstration against a Hindu temple in my constituency. I responded immediately, pointing out that their inflammatory post was incitement to religious hatred and was…

‘Emphasize what PM Modi said, not an era of war’:…

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday (local time) emphasized the remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand, and said that he "could not agree more" with PM Modi's advice. On the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand on September 16,…

‘Hindu community in this country are seriously concerned about their…

British member of parliament (MP) Bob Blackman on Thursday (22) came forward in support of the Hindu community after violence between Hindu and Muslim communities have affected areas such as Leicester, saying he condemned "violent attacks on Hindu temples in Leicester and Smethwick" and cautioned that the Hindu festivals of…

PM Modi has influential voice on world stage, welcome his…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a powerful, influential voice on the world stage and the Russian leadership respects India’s position on the global arena, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has said, emphasising that London hopes President Vladimir Putin listens to those voices who are calling for peace amid the Ukraine…

“We won’t tolerate unrest in our city”

Outsiders are coming to Leicester to cause tensions among the city’s south Asian communities, sources have told Eastern Eye. In the past three weeks, police arrested 47 people following violence in the city. Last weekend (16-17), they arrested 18 suspects, and some of those were from outside the city, sources…

PM Narendra Modi was right, time is not for war:…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was right when he said that the time is not for war, France President Emmanuel Macron said at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. "Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India was right when he said the time…

International Gita Mahotsav celebrated in Canadian Parliament

International Gita Mahotsav was celebrated in Canada, during which Member of Parliament House of Commons of Canada Chandra Arya emphasized a bill to celebrate November as Hindu Heritage Month. According to a statement issued by Bharat Sevashram Sangha Canada, the Mahotsav was celebrated from September 16-18 in Canada's Parliament. It…

Queen Elizabeth II death: India declares one-day mourning on Sept…

India on Friday declared one-day mourning on September 11 on the passing away of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, passed away on Thursday. "As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there…

Queen Elizabeth’s death: Reaction from politicians and officials

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. Here is some reaction to the news: U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES "As the United Kingdom's longest-lived and longest-reigning Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II was widely admired for her…

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt face protests at Ujjain Mahakaleshwar…

Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt along with director Ayan Mukerji on Tuesday faced protests at the famous Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, for the 'Rockstar' actor's comment that he likes beef, in 2011. Ranbir, Alia, and director Ayan recently arrived in Ujjain to take the blessings of Lord Shiva…

Movement for Bangla language gave us Independence from Pakistan, says…

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while expressing her love for her mother tongue Bangla, said it was the large-scale language movement that gave Bangladesh its Independence from Pakistan five decades back. "When Pakistan was formed, Urdu language was imposed upon us. A language movement started across our country and we…

Sheikh Hasina lauds PM Modi for evacuating Bangladeshi students from…

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi led initiative towards rescuing students of her country who were stuck in eastern Europe following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a free-wheeling television interaction with ANI, Prime Minister Hasina, who is set to visit India on Monday, also…

Dr S Jaishankar appreciates BAPS Hindu Mandir: ‘Symbol of peace,…

On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, India's external affairs minister Dr S. Jaishankar visited the BAPS Hindu Mandir site in Abu Dhabi. He was accompanied by an esteemed delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, including the Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador Sanjay Sudhir, Joint…

India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar visits under construction first Hindu…

External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar who is on a three-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) visited the under-construction Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi said to be the first traditional temple in the Arabian Peninsula and expressed his happiness over its "rapid progress." On Wednesday, Jaishankar visited the site of…

Ishwar Sharma: Meet this 12-year-old yoga prodigy from Kent

Last month, Indian-origin yoga prodigy Ishwar Sharma was honoured by the government of the southern Indian state of Karnataka at the Yogathon 2022 event held at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, the state capital. He was honoured by the state's sports minister, C Narayanagowda. At 12, Ishwar is already an…

Labour defends Kashmir stance

LABOUR’S deputy leader Angela Rayner has defended the party’s decision to raise concerns over alleged human rights breaches in Indian Kashmir, saying, “we stand up for human rights and we will never shirk from that responsibility”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Rayner said Labour would be respectful in…

‘New prime minister will need a global outlook too’

EVERYONE now expects Westminster’s Game of Thrones to end with foreign secretary Liz Truss wearing the crown. The former chancellor and her opponent, Rishi Sunak, embraces his underdog status and pledges to fight to the end. The candidates’ fates are now sealed in the returned but unopened ballot papers. Top…

Modi leads plans to mark 150th birth anniversary of Aurobindo

By A fortunate coincidence, India marks its 75th anniversary as a free country at the same time as the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Aurobindo (1872-1950) was a poet, revolutionary, philosopher, mystic, and yogi par excellence. He was not interested in huge statues, grandiose projects, or big institutions in…

US: Indian diaspora sets two Guinness World Records at Madison…

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations in the US state of New York, the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) set two Guinness World Records respectively for the most number of different flags flown simultaneously and the largest ensemble of musical instruments Damru. https://twitter.com/PratikMathur1/status/1561531703612555264?s=20&t=Gny2qn_sr0yjK2J8nLlS6A People of the Indian diaspora…

India’s enviable economic boom

THE 1990s were a time of hope in India. One of my jobs at the Daily Telegraph was to travel regularly to India and do surveys of the Indian economy. While I would do the journalistic interviews, an accompanying colleague from advertising would try to persuade captains of industry to…

Modi outlines vision for self-reliant India

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi said India will aim to become a developed nation within 25 years as the country marked 75 years of independence on Monday (15), with the leaders of Britain, the US and France sending congratulatory messages. In his traditional address to the nation from Delhi’s historic Red…

PM Modi, French President Macron discuss Ukraine conflict and its…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed the Ukraine conflict with French President Emmanuel Macron in a telephonic conversation. "The Head of State and the Prime Minister of India exchanged views on the Russian-led war in Ukraine and its destabilising consequences for the rest of the world. The President of…

UK PM Johnson hails ‘thriving Living Bridge’ on India’s 76th…

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led India's 75th Independence Day celebrations in the UK on Monday with a throwback image from Sabarmati Ashram during his visit to Gujarat earlier this year. Congratulations to the people of India on 75 years of independence, he said. "During my recent visit to Gujarat and…

From £52 to £4.81 billion: Life of India’s ‘Warren Buffett’…

VETERAN stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, often referred to as India's Warren Buffett, died in Mumbai on Sunday (14). He was 62.Jhunjhunwala died early in the morning due to a cardiac arrest, a source in his newly set up airline said.Known as the Big Bull of Indian markets, his net…

PM Modi gives 5 pledges ‘Panch Prans’ to fulfil dreams…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on the people of India to take "panch pran" (five pledges) for a developed nation and aim to fulfil the dreams of the freedom fighters by the year 2047- the 100th year of India's Independence. The Prime Minister while addressing the nation on…

Mexican President proposes commission for a global truce, led by…

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning to submit a written proposal to the UN to create a commission, made up of three world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to promote a world truce for a period of five years, MSN web portal reported. "I will make the…

Modi’s party loses power in Bihar after alliance setback

A COALITION, comprising prime minister Narendra Modi's party has lost power in Bihar, the third most populous state in India after its partner pulled out on Tuesday (9). Bihar sends the fourth most number of elected lawmakers to parliament and is considered politically very important in the Hindi-speaking belt of…

Boycotting movies doesn’t make sense: Akshay Kumar on hashtags against…

Boycotting films in a free country like India doesn't make sense because cinema as an industry also contributes to nation-building, said Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar on Monday. The actor was speaking at a press conference where he was asked to comment on the boycott calls on social media against his…

India’s External Affairs Minister urges Indians living abroad to join…

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday urged Indians home and abroad to join the Har Ghar Tiranga Movement between 13th and 15th August and hoist the Indian Tricolour. "Har Ghar Tiranga" is an initiative by the Ministry of Culture to mark celebrations for India's 75th year of Independence. As…

UK varsities boosted by ‘landmark’ India agreement to recognise qualifications

THE UK and India on Thursday (21) signed an agreement to recognise each other’s higher education qualifications in a move welcomed by British universities. The memorandum of understanding, which is part of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) agreed by British prime minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra…

Bill Gates congratulates PM Modi for India achieving 2 billion…

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on yet another milestone of administering 200 crores (2 billion) vaccinations in India. Taking to Twitter, Bill Gates expressed gratitude for the continued partnership with Indian vaccine manufacturers and the government for mitigating the impact of COVID-19. "Congratulations @narendramodi for yet…

Meet India’s mango man, father of 300 varieties

Every day, Indian octogenarian Kaleem Ullah Khan wakes at dawn, prays, then ambles about a mile to his 120-year-old mango tree, which he has coaxed into producing more than 300 varieties of the beloved fruit over the years. His footsteps quicken as he draws nearer and his eyes light up…

Foreign countries are causing cloud bursts in some places of…

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday said that the floods in the state's Godavari region were triggered by the cloudburst which is suspected to be a "foreign conspiracy". Addressing the press at Badrachalam, KCR said, "A new phenomenon Cloud Burst has emerged. There is a conspiracy behind it.…

PV Sindhu thanks PM Modi for his wishes on her…

Indian ace shuttler and Olympic medalist PV Sindhu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his wishes after she clinched her maiden Singapore Open title on Sunday. Indian ace shuttler and Olympic medalist PV Sindhu clinched the Singapore Open 2022 title after defeating China's Wang Zhiyi in the final of the…

Sonia Gandhi acted through Patel to target Modi: BJP on…

The BJP on Saturday alleged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi was the "driving force" behind the "conspiracy" to implicate then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case in the state. In a press conference, party spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed that the late Ahmed Patel, who was Gandhi's…

‘I2U2’ good model for practical cooperation: PM Modi

Four-nation grouping 'I2U2' has established a positive agenda and its framework is a good model for practical cooperation in the face of increasing global uncertainties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at the first virtual summit of the coalition With US President Joe Biden, Israeli PM Yair Lapid and…

About 60 startups registered with ISRO since unlocking of Indian…

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that about 60 startups have registered with ISRO since the "unlocking" of the Indian Space sector recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and quite a few of them are dealing with projects related to space debris management The other startups' proposals vary from nano-satellite, launch…

Opposition slams PM Modi over unveiling of national emblem atop…

Opposition parties slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday over the unveiling of a cast of the national emblem atop the new Parliament building, hurling a slew of accusations ranging from the absence of opposition leaders, conducting a religious ceremony on Parliament premises and "subverting" the principle of constitutional separation…

He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and…

Prominent South Asian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday expressed shock and anguish over the assassination of Shinzo Abe, hailing the former Japanese prime minister for his contributions towards bolstering bilateral ties and regional economic development. Abe, 67, one of his nation's…

For the first time in India’s history, no Muslim MP…

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been left with no Muslim parliamentarians following the exit of union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. His resignation followed the expiry of his term as a member of the Rajya Sabha or the Upper House of Parliament. Naqvi, who headed…

Conservative Friends of India bids grand farewell to outgoing Indian…

THE Conservative Friends of India recently held a farewell reception in honour of the outgoing high commissioner of India, Her Excellency Gaitri Kumar Issar. High commissioner Issar began her service in May 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. She not only represented the high commission at the best…

PM Modi’s determination not to allow normalisation of cross-border terror…

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's determination that he would not allow cross-border terrorism to be normalised has helped in shaping India's Pakistan policy since 2014. Speaking at an event at Delhi University, S Jaishankar noted that Prime Minister Modi is perceived abroad…

Who is India’s freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju whose statue…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday unveiled the 30-feet tall bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju at a special program on his 125th birth anniversary celebrations in Andhra Pradesh's Bhimavaram. Born on July 4, 1897, Alluri Sitarama Raju is remembered for his fight against the British, in order to safeguard…

UK Parliament Honours Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra deputy CM

The British Parliament has awarded the ‘Indian of the World’ award to Amruta Fadnavis, the wife of Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Amruta’s visit to the UK coincided with the culmination of the political upheaval in Maharashtra – with Eknath Shinde becoming the chief minister and her husband  Devendra…

Boris Johnson slams ‘arbitary detention’ of British citizen Jagtar Singh…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has said that he raised the issue of the arrest of Scotsman Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi Johal with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during his visit in April. He added that Johal has been “arbitrarily detained” in a Delhi jail, the Indian Express reported.…

Norway welcomes India’s single-use plastic ban, praises PM Modi for…

Norway's charge d'affaires, Martine Aamdal Bottheim on Friday welcomed the Centre's decision of 'single-use plastic ban' in India and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the 'important step.' "I would really like to congratulate India and Prime Minister Modi for this important step of banning single-use plastic items. This…

India FTA by Diwali absolutely achievable’, says UK trade minister

Confirming that both sides are now getting on with the market access aspects of a trade deal, the minister in-charge of the negotiations on the UK government side said that some compromise and cooperation will be required on both sides to get a deal over the line. A free trade…

Pakistan reaches out to China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to…

Pakistan is reaching out to its close allies in the group of twenty - China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to boycott the G20 meeting in Jammu and Kashmir. "Pakistan to ask China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to boycott the G20 meeting in J-K," tweeted WLVN Analysis, geopolitics, defence, and national…

Indian diplomat Raj Aggarwal leads 1st Yoga Day celebrations since…

IN a first since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, Raj Aggarwal OBE, India’s honorary consul in Wales, recently led celebrations on the occasion of the International Yoga Day at Cardiff Castle. He was joined by several yoga enthusiasts on the occasion. Aggarwal, who organised the event, said, “It was a…

From Gulabi Meenakari to Kashmiri carpet: Here’s what PM Modi…

For foreign dignitaries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often chosen gifts that showcase India's rich cultural and artistic traditions, and it was no different this time as he picked a variety of products for the heads of governments at the G7 Summit. It was distinct artistic products identified with different…

New India-UK free trade treaty text advances at close of…

Detailed draft treaty text for a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK has been advanced across the majority of chapters at the conclusion of the fourth round of negotiations in London, the UK government said in a joint outcome statement on Monday. The Department for International…

The Indians living abroad are success story of India, brand…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the contributions of the diaspora in promoting India’s growth story and acting as brand ambassadors of the country’s success as he interacted with them in Munich in Germany. Addressing the Indian diaspora during a massive event at the Audi Dome indoor arena, he highlighted India’s…

Look forward to fruitful discussions with world leaders during the…

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Sunday (26) arrived here on a two-day visit to Germany during which he will attend the G7 summit and discuss issues like energy, food security, counter-terrorism, environment and democracy with the leaders of the powerful bloc and its partner countries. “Landed in Munich to participate…

Gujarat government did not delay calling the Army to quell…

There was no delay on part of the Gujarat government in requisitioning the Army to deal with post-Godhra 2002 Gujarat riots, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said and noted that former Punjab DGP KPS Gill had termed the state government's action as "prompt and neutral". He also attacked Congress over…

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

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

India’s digital sector valuations will cross USD 1 trillion by…

India supports innovation across every sector and its digital sector valuations will cross USD 1 trillion by 2025, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday as he underlined the role of BRICS countries amid the global focus on post covid recovery. The Prime Minister made these remarks at the opening…

Today yoga is becoming a mutual basis for global cooperation:…

ON the occasion of International Day of Yoga, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (21) said that yoga is becoming a way of life and has become a source of inspiration for health, balance and cooperation. The Prime Minister remarked that India is celebrating Yoga Day at a time when…

Whenever I visit her, she offers me sweets with her…

ON the 100th birthday of his mother Heeraben Modi, prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (18) penned an emotional blog and recollected some special moments from his childhood that he spent with his mother. He recalled several sacrifices made by his mother as he grew up and mentioned various qualities…

PM Modi does not understand what the people of the…

FORMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday (17) alleged that prime minister Narendra Modi does not understand what the people of the country want as he cannot hear anything except the voice of his "friends". He said this a day after the government raised the upper age limit to 23…

PM Modi to meet mother as she turns 100 on…

The Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) in Gujarat on Thursday withdrew its announcement about naming a road in the state capital for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother, Hiraba Modi Hiraba, who lives with the prime minister's younger brother Pankaj Modi at Raysan village on the outskirts of Gandhinagar, is set to…

Saira Banu says Dilip Kumar should get Bharat Ratna

Veteran actor Saira Banu says her late husband actor Dilip Kumar should be honoured with the Bharat Ratna as he is the "Kohinoor" of India. Saira attended the Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award on late Tuesday evening, where union minister Ramdas Athawale presented the honour to Dilip Kumar, who passed…

India will get 5G services by March 2023: Union Minister…

India will get a full-fledged 5G services by March 2023, said Union Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at Viva Technology 2022 event. In an exclusive interview with ANI, Vaishnaw said that the auction of the 5G spectrum will be completed by July end, adding, "Telecom is the primary source of digital…

Lord Buddha’s Holy Relics from India arrive in Mongolia

Buddhist devotees and the people in the Mongolian capital on Monday gave a rousing welcome to an Indian delegation led by Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju as they arrived here with the Holy Relics of Lord Buddha. The four Holy Relics - known as the 'Kapilvastu Relics' were…

India will have its first hypersonic missile in five-six years:…

India-Russia defence Joint Venture BrahMos Aerospace is capable of making hypersonic missiles and will be able to have its first such missile in five to six years, BrahMos Aerospace informed on Monday."BrahMos Aerospace is capable of making hypersonic missiles. In five to six years, we will be able to have…

Ranveer vs Wild: Ranveer Singh come together with Bear Grylls…

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who is known for his energetic persona and impactful onscreen performances, is all set to go on a wild ride with the king of the Wild - Bear Grylls in India's first interactive adventure special Ranveer VS Wild with Bear Grylls, which will exclusively stream on Netflix…

India’s biggest dairy group urges Modi to delay plastic straw…

INDIA's biggest dairy group Amul has written to the government urging it to delay a planned ban on tiny plastic straws, saying the move will have a "negative impact" on farmers and milk consumption in the world's biggest producer of the commodity. Amul made its appeal in a letter, dated…

India is considering curbing fridge imports, here’s why

India is considering restricting imports of refrigerators to promote local manufacturing, two industry sources told Reuters on Thursday, potentially freezing out shipments from Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics Inc in the $5 billion market.The sources, who declined to be named as the talks were private, said the government was…

Iran satisfied with India’s stance over Prophet remark row

Iran is satisfied with the efforts made by the Indian government in dealing with those responsible for comments on Prophet Muhammed, the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.Abdollahian, who is on his first visit to India since he assumed office last year, raised the issue of the controversial…

Here’s why #BoycottQatarAirways trended on Twitter over India’s Prophet controversy

AMID the growing backlash that India faced from the Gulf countries over the controversial remarks that a leader of its ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allegedly made on Prophet Muhammad, #BoycottQatarAirways started trending on Twitter on Monday (6) with many people targeting the Gulf country's carrier. There were also people…

I’m in favour of strong Oppn, people misunderstand my views…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said he favours a strong opposition in the country but slammed dynastic politics, saying it kills talent. He also said his statements on dynastic politics are often misunderstood by people, and added his criticism of "pariwarvad" was not aimed at any party or individual. "I…

Europe has to grow out of mindset that its problems…

INDIA has a difficult relationship with China but it is perfectly capable of managing it, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday (3). He rejected the European construct that New Delhi's position on Ukraine could impact global support to it if its problems with Beijing increases. In an interactive…

India assures Sri Lanka of fertiliser supplies to avoid food…

PRESIDENT Rajapaksa, while speaking with a group of irrigation officials on the next harvesting season's requirements, said prime minister Narendra Modi had assured him of fertiliser supply for the next cultivation season He said the supply to be delivered under the Indian Line of Credit and would be distributed within…

Samrat Prithviraj declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who attended a special screening of the period action drama Samrat Prithviraj with his cabinet colleagues, on Thursday declared the movie tax-free in the state. The screening of the movie was held at Lok Bhawan here, and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, female lead Manushi…

Journey of India’s cultural revival will take it back to…

ASSERTING that an era of cultural revival began in India in 2014, when prime minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to power, home minister Amit Shah has said this journey will take the country to heights of glory it enjoyed earlier. In a brief speech after watching Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Samrat…

Govt agencies do their job: Union minister Thakur on ED…

After the Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued summonses to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for questioning in a money-laundering case, Union minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said government agencies do their job.Responding to a question on allegations by the Congress that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using agencies to…

Bahrain formally grants land for BAPS temple as Crown Prince…

PRINCE Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, on Tuesday (31) met a delegation of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha as the administration formally granted a piece of land for the construction of a Hindu temple. The gift of land was announced in February in…

Thank You, Your Majesty

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

Singer KK dies at 53 after concert in Kolkata; PM…

Well-known Indian playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, died on Tuesday, May 31. He was in Kolkata for a concert at Gurudas College in the Ultodanga district. He was 53. According to initial reports, Kunnath felt chest congestion after the concert and was rushed to a private hospital…

Kashmiri Pandit employees threaten mass migration after teacher’s killing in…

Kashmiri Pandits, employed under the PM package, on Tuesday threatened to undertake mass migration from the valley if the government did not relocate them to safe places within the next 24 hours as employees from the community hit the streets at various places to protest against the killing of a…

Ban advertisement of tobacco products: Health experts to Indian govt

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, they also asked the Centre to ensure that tobacco control laws and policies are made stronger and implemented effectively. Noted epidemiologist and public health expert Chandrakant Lahariya pointed out that children and non-tobacco users too visit the point of sale (POS) and…

Abu Dhabi temple on course for inauguration in early 2024

A Hindu temple being built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in Abu Dhabi is expected to be completed within the next two years.The construction of the temple on a piece of land gifted by the UAE administration on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway, began in December 2019, some eight months after…

For 1st time, India Post delivers mail using drone in…

The Department of Posts has for the first time delivered mail using a drone as part of a pilot project in Gujarat's Kutch district, covering a distance of 46 km in 25 minutes, officials said on Sunday (29).The mail was sent by drone from Habay village in Bhuj taluka to…

‘India is neither Thackeray’s nor Modi-Shah’s, it belongs to…’: Asaduddin…

THE All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi has said that "India belongs to Dravidians and Adivasis", and not to him, or Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, NCP head Sharad Pawar and prime minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a rally in Bhiwandi town here in Maharashtra on Saturday (28) evening, the…

‘Indian startups created value, wealth even…”: Modi praises rise of…

IN his monthly Mann ki Baat radio broadcast, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said that the number of unicorns in India reached 100-mark. Noting that the number of unicorns in India has reached the 100-mark this month, Modi on Sunday (29) said that even in the phase of the Covid…

India-UK FTA could be ready by Diwali: Piyush Goyal

THE way things are progressing between the two negotiating teams, a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK could be ready by Diwali without the need for an interim early harvest agreement, said commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal during a visit to the UK.  The minister arrived…

Why is Gujarat becoming gateway of drugs?: Cong on 52kg…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat has become the "gateway of drugs" to the country under his watch, the Congress alleged Friday, questioning the "silence" of the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah and demanding answers from agencies tasked to control narcotics smuggling.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters…

Poor suffered due to indifference towards Tech use in Governance…

There was an environment of "indifference" towards the use of technology in governance before 2014 due to which the poor and the middle class suffered the most, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. He asserted the current government has ensured last-mile delivery of services with the help of technology, including…

Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment: Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif…

AN INDIAN court on Wednesday (25) ordered life in jail for Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik for funding "terrorist" activities and many other charges, prompting street protests outside his residence and condemnation from Pakistan's prime minister.Malik, head of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), had pleaded guilty to the…

PM Modi concludes Quad Summit in Tokyo: 6 key takeaways…

THE QUAD leaders have launched a slew of new initiatives, ranging from maritime security to healthcare, to benefit the alliance partners and the wider Indo-Pacific. During their Tokyo summit of the grouping, the member states - India, the US, Japan and Australia - vowed to deepen their long-term cooperation.The scope…

Congress-BJP spar over Modi, Rahul pics with controversial Labour MP…

INDIA's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday (24) questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's meeting with former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.  BJP’s Kapil Mishra slammed Gandhi and raised questions over the meaning of the meeting. Earlier, Corbyn was criticised for his ‘anti-semantic’ views and he has been a vocal…

‘Quad a force for good’, says Modi; Biden says, ‘China…

Leaders of the Quad alliance said on Tuesday (24) they opposed all attempts to "change the status quo by force, particularly in the Indo-Pacific".The statement, which followed a summit meeting of the four members of the grouping - India, Japan, Australia and the United States in Tokyo - comes with…

PM in Japan for Quad summit: Here’s all you need…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and other Quad leaders are set to demonstrate that the grouping is a "force for global good" and has a unifying commitment to a rules-based international order amid China's increasingly intimidatory behaviour.What is QUAD?The loosely organised Quad - comprising India, the United States, Australia and…

PM Modi’s 3Ts mantra for resilient supply chains at Indo…

The rollout of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) by the US came as part of Washington's efforts to push forward a strong economic policy for the Indo-Pacific to counter China's aggressive strategy on trade in the region."Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in an event in Tokyo today to…

Rahul Gandhi: Democracy in India is a central anchor for…

INDIA's Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi has said that democracy in India is a global public good and a central anchor for the planet.  "If that cracks, it is going to cause a problem for the planet," Gandhi said at the 'Ideas for India' conference in London on Friday (20).…

Mujib: Trailer of biopic on Bangladesh founder unveiled at Cannes…

Cannes Film Festival has always been the most sought-after platform to launch new projects. Making the most of the opportunity, India and Bangladesh on Thursday jointly launched the trailer of their co-production Mujib – the Making of a Nation on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in France.   Co-produced…

Disputes may test India’s communal harmony

FRESH bouts of legal battles over places of worship in India have raised concerns that they could potentially turn religious flashpoints in the Hindu-majority country.The disputes over the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi and another structure in Mathura – both in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh – are decades old.…

Supreme Court revokes ban on large prayer gatherings at Gyanvapi…

INDIA's Supreme Court overturned a local order to ban large Muslim prayer gatherings in a high-profile mosque in north India after a survey team said it found relics of the Hindu god Shiva and other Hindu symbols there. The top court on Tuesday (17) in an interim order stated Muslims'…

Indian insurance giant slumps after country’s biggest IPO

INDIAN state-owned insurance giant LIC slumped on its market debut on Tuesday (17) following the country's biggest-ever initial public offering, closing nearly eight per cent below the IPO price.Prime minister Narendra Modi's government raised $2.7 billion (£2.16 bn) by selling 3.5 per cent of Life Insurance Corporation of India as…

Clashes in Indian Kashmir after death of minority Hindu

Police fired tear gas and used batons Friday in Indian-administered Kashmir to break up a protest against the killing of a minority Hindu by suspected separatist rebels. Clashes are frequent in the divided territory, which is also claimed by Pakistan, but the police operation was the first in the Muslim-majority…

27 killed in fire in New Delhi

At least 27 people died and dozens more were injured in a massive fire in a building in the Indian capital New Delhi on Friday, emergency services said. "The fire has been put out now. The total number of dead is 27. Search operation is on," a fire department official…

Tracking upward trends of Indian investment in the UK

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

Air India appoints first foreign CEO

Air India has appointed its first foreign chief executive after a previous pick from overseas backed out because of local opposition, new owners Tata Sons said Thursday. The new boss will be New Zealander Campbell Wilson, the former head of Singapore Airlines' low-cost subsidiary Scoot, Tata Sons said in a…

Supreme Court suspends India’s British-era sedition law

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

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t Pit Asian against Asian

Racist, divisive politics which pit Hindus against Muslims and Indians against Pakistanis must stop, say MPs and the mayor of London. The issue is something Eastern Eye has reported several times. But it has reared its head once again after last week’s local elections (5 May). Sources have told this…

UN panel says British Sikh man’s detention in India ‘arbitrary’

A UNITED NATIONS working group’s ruling on the “arbitrary detention” of a British Sikh man in India is expected to mount pressure on the UK government to do more to secure his release.Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton in Scotland, was arrested by plain-clothes officers in the north Indian state of…

High cost of war

NARENDRA MODI is this week visiting Germany, Denmark and France, where the Indian prime minister will be pressed about his government’s decision not to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The West appears to have accepted that India has a longstanding relationship with Russia and that its import of Russian…

France and India call for immediate end to Ukraine hostilities

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

More flights likely between India and Canada

INDIA and Canada on Wednesday (4) discussed expansion of a bilateral air service agreement that will allow more flights between the two countries. Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is on a nine-day visit to the US and Canada, met Canadian transport minister Omar Alghabra on Wednesday. “I personally thanked…

Narendra Modi calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (3) appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, even as his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen hoped New Delhi will use its influence over Russia to end the war. The two leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis and several regional and global issues including increasing…

Modi pledges prosperity and jobs on Kashmir visit

INDIA’S prime minister promised peace and development for Jammu and Kashmir last Sunday (24), during his first public event in the region since it imposed a sweeping security clampdown nearly three years ago. Narendra Modi’s bharatiya Janata Party-led government has sought to quell a long-running insurgency in Indian Kashmir and…

Climate goals: Germany pledges £8.4bn for India

GERMAN chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged $10.51 billion (£8.4bn) to help India achieve its climate goals after meeting its prime minister Narendra Modi in Berlin on Monday (2), but the leaders remained far apart in their stance on the Ukraine war. In a statement to media, Scholz highlighted the countries' common…

Modi urges talks to stop Ukraine war

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi called for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine at the start of a European tour on Monday (2) but steered clear of condemning Russia over the invasion. India, which imports much of its military hardware from Russia, has long walked a diplomatic tightrope between…

Johnson thrilled with posters

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

India-EU to form trade and technology council

THE European Union (EU) and India agreed on Monday (25) to set up a trade and technology council (TTC) to step up cooperation, as the bloc’s chief held talks with officials in New Delhi. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen concluded a two-day trip to India’s capital, part of…

India’s poll strategist says Congress can bounce back without him

INDIA’S most sought-after election strategist said the Congress - the country’s oldest political party - is “capable of reviving itself” without his help.Prashant Kishor’s comment came in a television interview days after he turned down a “generous offer” to join the party and “take responsibility” for the next parliamentary elections…

Musk’s criticism against Vijaya Gadde triggers backlash

ELON MUSK's criticism of Twitter sparked a barrage of abusive tweets against the company's top lawyer, raising questions about his compliance with a non-disparagement agreement and the tone that the social media platform's incoming owner will set for its users. Musk tweeted he disagreed with a decision Twitter made in…

Ukraine conflict will impact Indo-Pacific region: EU chief

EUROPE will make sure that Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

India ‘Trade Deal by Diwali’

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

India says talks with Pakistan only after ‘terror’ stops

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

India’s open e-commerce network to take on Amazon, Walmart

INDIA will launch an open network for digital commerce (ONDC) as the government tries to end the dominance of US companies Amazon.com and Walmart in the fast-growing e-commerce market, a government document showed.The launch of the platform comes after India's antitrust body on Thursday (28) raided domestic sellers of Amazon…

Modi to travel Europe next week

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-day visit to Germany, Denmark and France from May 2, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) announced.  German chancellor Olaf Scholz will receive Modi in Berlin on May 2, a German government spokesperson said on Wednesday (27). Modi will then visit…

India reels under heatwave as mercury touches 44 degrees in…

AMID a punishing heatwave building up in large parts of India, Delhi saw a jump of two to three degrees Celsius in the maximum temperature at most places on Wednesday (27).Extreme heat continued to scorch large swathes of south Asia this week, offering no reprieve after the hottest March on…

India deal is ‘first step as UK eyes speedier growth’

I HAVE been present in India with every UK prime minister since 2005 – from Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron to Theresa May. Being in India last week with Boris Johnson and with Indian business leaders was a crucial visit. It was the first UK prime ministerial visit…

Eleven die after being electrocuted during temple procession

At least 11 people including three minors were killed on Wednesday after a temple chariot procession came into contact with a high-voltage wire in India, police said. Initial indications suggested that the crowd used water to contain an initial fire after the top of the chariot touched the wire in…

LIC: India slashes size of its biggest IPO

INDIA has slashed the size of an initial public offering (IPO) by insurance giant LIC but the share issue will still be the country's largest to date, with a targeted windfall of $2.7 billion (£2.15 bn), regulatory filings showed on Wednesday (27).Prime minister Narendra Modi's government is desperate for proceeds…

India-EU trade and investment talks to restart in June

INDIA and the European Union (EU) will formally restart in June the negotiations on the long-pending trade and investment agreements, a decision welcomed by prime minister Narendra Modi and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.The issue came up in wide-ranging talks between Modi and von der Leyen during which…

India, EU announce trade and technology council

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Monday (25) announced the setting up of an India-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), a strategic mechanism to tackle key trade, economic and technological challenges.India is the second country after the US to have such a…

What happens in Ukraine will have impact on Indo-Pacific: EU…

EUROPE will make sure that Russia's “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

US panel says India’s religious freedom worsens ‘significantly’

RELIGIOUS freedom has deteriorated "significantly" in India under the Hindu nationalist government, a US commission said Monday (25) as it again recommended targeted sanctions over abuses.It was the third straight year that the US Commission on International Religious Freedom asked that India be placed on a list of "countries of…

India, EU to set up council to broaden ties

INDIAN and the European Union (EU) agreed on Monday (25) to set up a trade and technology council to step up cooperation between them, the two sides said in a joint statement as the EU chief met government officials in New Delhi.European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is on…

Indian lawmaker arrested over tweet criticising Modi

A state lawmaker in India was arrested for criticising prime minister Narendra Modi in a tweet, officials said Friday, raising concerns over freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy. Jignesh Mevani, a prominent campaigner for India's marginalised low-caste Dalit community, accused Modi of idolising Nathuram Godse, the assassin of…

Modi to attend first Kashmir public event since clampdown on…

INDIA's prime minister will on Sunday (24) hold his first public event in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir since New Delhi imposed a sweeping security clampdown there more than two years ago. Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government has sought to quell a long-running insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir and…

Johnson: We have already raised Ukraine issue with Modi

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said that his country has already raised the Ukraine issue with prime minister Narendra Modi at a diplomatic level. Johnson added that everybody understands that India and Russia shared “very different relationships historically”. Johnson’s visit to India comes at a time when India has taken…

Indian finance minister meets heads of FedEx, Mastercard

INDIA’S finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday (21) met CEOs of large American firms like FedEx and Mastercard and discussed various opportunities for investment in the south Asian country.She is in the US to attend International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings 2022.FedEx president and CEO-elect Raj Subramaniam, during the meeting…

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

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

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

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

Britain and India agree new defence and security deal: Johnson

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

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar visits Pakistan-administered Kashmir

CONGRESSWOMAN Ilhan Omar made a rare visit by a US lawmaker to the Pakistan-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday (21) and said the issue should get more attention from the United States, prompting an angry response from India.The Muslim-majority Kashmir region has long been the…

Falguni Shah: Music-filled world of Grammy greatness

A MARVELLOUS musical achievement of 2022 has been Falguni Shah magnificently winning a Grammy award for her second children’s album A Colorful World. It follows on from her debut album Falu’s Bazaar getting a Grammy nomination in 2019 and adds to an impressive song-filled journey that took her from India…

No pomp or grandeur as Johnson visits India

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

Johnson calls Gandhi an ‘extraordinary man who changed world’

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

Johnson to urge Modi to back Western action against Russia

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

Johnson faces calls to apologise for Pal-Dadhvav massacre

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

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

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

WHO launches global centre for traditional medicine in India

THE World Health Organization (WHO) launched its global centre for traditional medicine (GCTM) at a site in India, aimed at unlocking its potential by blending ancient practices with modern science. The GCTM knowledge hub is intended to create a body of reliable evidence and data on traditional medicine practices and…

BAPS spiritual leaders meet Narendra Modi

TWO spiritual leaders of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sanstha met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently. The trio prayed for the welfare of Indians worldwide. HH Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami honoured Modi with a garland, while Brahmavihari Swami updated the prime minister on Sanstha’s Covid-19 pandemic…

Pakistan pitches for ‘meaningful engagement’ with India

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pitching for "meaningful" engagement between the two countries.Sharif's communication came in response to a letter from Modi congratulating him on becoming the prime minister, people familiar with the development said on Sunday (17).In his letter…

Johnson to visit New Delhi via Gujarat

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

If harmed, India will not spare anyone: Rajnath Singh

IN A strong message to China, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh has said that if harmed, his country “will not spare anyone”.He asserted that India under prime minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a powerful country and is headed to be among the top three economies of the world.Singh, in…

Boris Johnson’s India visit likely to propel free trade talks

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to arrive in India next week with a wide-ranging schedule in New Delhi, according to Indian government sources.The visit, which is yet to be formally announced by Downing Street, follows the successful completion of four out of 26 chapters in the ongoing India-UK…

Jaishankar, Tai discuss bilateral trade, barriers

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai met Indian external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday (12) and both agreed the newly relaunched US-India Trade Policy Forum could help boost bilateral trade and reduce barriers, Tai's office said. Tai and one of her deputies, Sarah Bianchi, discussed bilateral trade relations and the…

Blinken: India-Russia ties developed when ‘US was not a partner’

INDIA's relationship with Russia was developed over decades at a time when the US was not able to be a partner, secretary of state Antony Blinken.  Top officials of the Biden administration on Monday (11) showed an understanding of New Delhi's position on Ukraine war. "India's relationship with Russia was…

Biden, Modi discuss Ukraine war as India raises concern

AMERICAN president Joe Biden and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held a virtual summit on Monday (11), clouded by US frustration over New Delhi's neutral stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.The South Asian nation has tried to walk a tightrope between maintaining relations with the West and avoiding alienating Russia…

Scott Morrison celebrates India-Australia trade deal in kitchen

AUSTRALIAN prime minister Scott Morrison posted a picture on social media showing him preparing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's favourite dish to celebrate a new trade deal with India.On April 2, India and Australia signed an economic cooperation and trade agreement under which Canberra would provide duty-free access to its…

Glasgow to return seven ‘stolen’ artefacts to India

GLASGOW will send seven ‘stolen’ artefacts back to India as city councillors have backed a proposal in this regard, according to a report.  Officials from the High Commission of India lodged a request in January for the return of six artefacts “stolen” from Hindu temples and shrines in the 19th…

India rejects global firms’ demand to exempt some plastic straws…

INDIA has rejected demands from large global and domestic beverage firms to exempt some plastic straws from a ban that takes effect on July 1, fanning fears of disruption in a multi-billion-dollar industry. The ban on items such as straws packaged with small packs of juices and dairy products that…

Kashmir attracts record number of tourists post-Covid

INDIA's Kashmir region is attracting record tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses. Tourist arrivals are set to touch a ten-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said,…

Amnesty India’s former chief stopped from flying to US

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL's former India chief said Wednesday (6) he was stopped from flying to the US because of government legal action against the human rights watchdog. Prime minister Narendra Modi's administration has long been accused of trying to silence critics, and activists say they have been targeted for harassment since…

Johnson likely to visit India by month end

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

Massive tariff cuts likely as India, Australia sign trade deal

INDIA and Australia inked an interim free trade deal on Saturday (2) that cuts tariffs on billions of dollars of commerce as the two Quad partners bolster their economic ties. Both signatories are members of the Quad alliance with the US and Japan, which is seen as a counterweight to…

Truss calls for stronger ties during India visit

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

Ukraine seeks India’s mediation to end Russian aggression

UKRAINE has sought India’s intervention to stop Russian aggression on the eastern European country as peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv have not made any meaningful headway.Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said India should leverage its friendly ties with Russia and prevail upon its president Vladimir Putin to stop the…

India court bails students held for celebrating Pakistan cricket win

An Indian court granted bail Wednesday to three students jailed for celebrating India's defeat to arch-rival Pakistan in a T20 World Cup cricket match last year, their lawyer said. The students were arrested in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in October and charged with sedition just days after…

US deputy NSA Daleep Singh to visit India

US president Joe Biden's deputy national security adviser for economics Daleep Singh will be in New Delhi on March 30 and 31 to meet government officials to discuss Russia's war against Ukraine and develop an economic framework for the Indo-Pacific, the White House said. “Singh will consult closely with counterparts…

Liz Truss and Russian foreign minister Lavrov set to visit…

BRITISH foreign secretary Elizabeth Truss will visit India on Thursday (31) against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Ukraine.India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Monday (28) said Truss will hold consultations with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.Russian foreign minister…

After Covid, India tries to get on top of tuberculosis

When Covid-19 ripped through India in 2020-21, several million people are thought to have died. Desperate efforts to stem the pandemic hurt the battle against another huge killer: tuberculosis. India is the home to a quarter of the world's TB infections and an estimated half a million people died of…

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

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

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

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

India’s Russian arms explain its ‘shaky’ Ukraine stance

WHEN 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a 2020 border clash with China, the military hardware New Delhi sent to bolster its Himalayan frontier was mostly Russian-origin, showing not for the first time its closeness to "longstanding and time-tested friend" Moscow.Facing an increasingly assertive China closer to home, these ties…

Chinese foreign minister to make first visit to India since…

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

Boeing 737 planes of Indian carriers on ‘enhanced surveillance’

INDIA’S civil aviation regulator has put the Boeing 737 fleets of the country’s carriers on "enhanced surveillance" after a China Eastern Airlines aircraft of the same make crashed on Monday (21).Three Indian carriers - SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India Express - have Boeing 737 aircraft in their fleets.Directorate General of…

Ukraine: Modi, Morrison call for immediate end to hostilities

INDIA and Australia have underlined the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine.  Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison made the assertion during their virtual summit on Monday (21). According to a joint statement, both nations stressed that the contemporary global order has…

Ukraine: Biden says India ‘somewhat shaky’ on Russia

US president Joe Biden has said only India among the Quad group of countries was "somewhat shaky" in acting against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as India tries to balance its ties with Russia and the West. While the other Quad countries - the US, Japan and Australia -…

Modi thanks BAPS, other groups for helping India’s evacuation efforts

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi has thanked volunteer groups, including BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, who had supported the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine and neighbouring countries.In a video conference last week, Modi hailed the emergency response of the groups to help affected people as the war unfolded in Ukraine.Through its…

Japan to invest £32 billion in India in five years

JAPANESE prime minister Fumio Kishida has announced an investment target of Rs 3.2 trillion (£31.97 bn) in India over the next five years as the two sides concluded a raft of agreements to expand their special strategic partnership.Following talks between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Kishida at the 14th…

Suzuki to invest £990m in India electric vehicle production

SUZUKI MOTOR will invest $1.3 billion (£990 million) in electric vehicle and battery production in India, the Japanese carmaker said Sunday (20), as it accelerates long-term plans to achieve carbon neutrality.In a deal signed with the western Indian state of Gujarat in the presence of visiting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio…

Japan prime minister’s meeting with Modi to focus on Ukraine

JAPANESE prime minister Fumio Kishida will encourage a unified approach on Ukraine when he meets Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday (19), while aiming to strengthen security ties across the Indo-Pacific region. "Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine coincides with this trip, I'd like to emphasise…

Modi promotes brotherhood as India celebrates Holi

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi and other leaders on Friday (18) wished the country on the occasion of Holi. He called on Indians to promote brotherhood as millions celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, amid a sharp dip in Covid-19 cases in the country. The festival saw restricted celebrations last year…

Hardline Hindu groups demand wider India ban on hijab

HARDLINE Hindu groups are demanding restrictions on wearing the hijab in classrooms in more Indian states after a court upheld a ban on the traditional Islamic head-scarf in Karnataka state, worrying Muslim students who had protested against the ban. The Karnataka High Court decision on Tuesday (15), backing the southern…

Narendra Modi praises Anupam Kher’s The Kashmir Files

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files, a film based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s. He said the film is "bringing the truth in its correct form" and history has to be presented in…

Indian court upholds ban on hijab in classes

AN INDIAN court upheld on Tuesday (15) a ban on wearing the hijab in classrooms in the southern state of Karnataka, a ruling that could set a precedent for the rest of the country which has a big Muslim minority.The ban last month by the state sparked protests by some…

India’s opposition Congress leader ready for ‘any sacrifice’

INDIA’S opposition Congress has unanimously decided that Sonia Gandhi should continue as its president till organisational polls after she expressed readiness to "make any and every sacrifice" in the party's interest.The Congress suffered heavy losses in the recently held elections in five states, including in Punjab where the party was…

India’s ruling party leads in disinformation race, say experts

TOP officials of India's ruling Hindu nationalist party and an army of its supporters bombarded voters with disinformation as key states went to the polls, specialists say. The five state votes held over several weeks starting February 10 set the stage for the next general election in 2024, and the…

US congressional hearing questions India’s UN vote on Ukraine issue

US lawmakers have questioned India's UN vote on the Ukraine issue during a Congressional hearing on the Indo-Pacific on Wednesday (9). India, a non-permanent member of the powerful United Nations Security Council for a two-year term ending December this year, has repeatedly abstained on resolutions against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.…

Hugs and tears as families reunite with students evacuated from…

EMOTIONS ran high as Indian students, evacuated from the embattled Ukrainian city of Sumy, came out of the Delhi airport on Friday (11) and hugged their waiting parents.Some of the parents distributed sweets and garlanded their children while others welcomed them with bouquets and hugs as they arrived at the…

India’s Aam Aadmi Party gets election boost to take on…

AN upstart political party that rules India's capital has swept an election in Punjab state, a Thursday (10) vote-count showed, bolstering its hopes of becoming the main challenger to prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, was…

Modi’s party retains Indian mega-state; AAP sweeps Punjab

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi's party won India's most populous state with a big majority, according to the count on Thursday (10) of a state assembly vote that could offer clues to the national mood before a 2024 general election. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won or was…

Modi’s party predicted to win key Indian state

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party was set for a resounding victory but a reduced majority at elections in the country's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, exit polls forecast Monday. Exit polls are not always reliable in India, but an average of four indicated that the Bharatiya Janata…

Indian students in Sumy board buses to safer zone

SEVERAL Indian students stranded in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy hoped that they would be in a safe zone soon as their evacuation process started on Tuesday (8)."The evacuation from Sumy has started. There was finally some good news. All Indian students will be evacuated from Sumy on Tuesday…

Putin to Modi: Russia ‘doing everything’ to evacuate Indians from…

RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin on Monday (7) assured Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that his forces are “doing everything” to evacuate stranded Indian citizens from the war-torn eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy, according to his office.During a 50-minute telephonic conversation with Putin, Modi conveyed his "deep concern" over the safety…

Modi speaks to Ukrainian president, set for talks with Putin

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (7) spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and sought his "support' in the evacuation of Indian students stuck in Sumy.Modi is also expected to speak to Russian president Vladimir Putin later in the day, official sources said.Around 700 Indian students are stranded in…

India likely to raise fuel prices soon

INDIA will raise petrol and diesel prices soon for the first time in more than four months as global crude prices soar after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, three government officials said, amid growing concern about inflation. Asia's third-largest economy, which imports 80 per cent of its oil needs, faces retail…

Akhilesh Yadav claims his party will beat BJP in Uttar…

A regional Indian party has claimed it will unseat Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in provincial elections in Uttar Pradesh state, the most crucial test for Modi before a general election in two years. The Hindu nationalist BJP has maintained it will retain power in the bellwether…

Ukraine: No joint condemnation at Quad summit

US president Joe Biden on Thursday (3) met virtually with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India over Ukraine, but the "Quad" group failed to agree on condemning Russia's invasion, with New Delhi hesitant to censure Moscow. The impromptu meeting was held shortly after it was announced by Delhi.  Washington…

Virtual Quad summit likely to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

LEADERS of the Quad group of countries - the US, Japan, Australia and India - will hold a previously unannounced online meeting on Thursday (3), India and Australia said. US president Joe Biden, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida will…

Students as ‘human shield’ in Ukraine: India denies Moscow claims

INDIA denied on Thursday (3) Russian claims that Ukraine was holding Indian students hostage in Kharkiv, instead of thanking Ukraine for its help in evacuations from the embattled city. "We note that with the cooperation of the Ukrainian authorities, many students have left Kharkiv yesterday," said Indian foreign ministry spokesman…

Ukraine crisis: BAPS volunteers in Europe join relief efforts

BAPS volunteers in Europe have joined emergency relief efforts on the Polish, Romanian and Hungarian borders with Ukraine as instructed by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj.  Last month, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi had a video conference with Pujya Swami Brahmaviharidas seeking assistance from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in ensuring the…

Condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion, urges India’s opposition

INDIA's opposition on Wednesday (2) stepped up pressure on the government to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a day after an Indian student died during shelling in the eastern city of Kharkiv. India is yet to criticise long-standing arms supplier Russia publicly, instead urging both sides to cease hostilities,…

India steps up evacuation of its nationals from Ukraine

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

Ukraine crisis stretches Indian ‘neutrality’ to the limit

RUSSIA'S invasion of Ukraine has left India's traditional balancing act between Moscow and the West looking wobblier than ever, with experts saying New Delhi has few good diplomatic options.Last week India abstained on a UN Security Council resolution deploring Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine, winning praise from Moscow for its "independent…

India abstains on vote to call emergency UN General Assembly…

FOR the second time, India abstained on a UN Security Council resolution to convene a rare emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on Russia's aggression against Ukraine, even as New Delhi asserted that there is no other choice but to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue…

Modi says evacuating Indian students from Ukraine top priority

Prime minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis on Sunday (27) and asserted that ensuring the safety of Indian students and evacuating them is the government's top priority, official sources said. It was also decided at the meeting to further enhance cooperation with the neighbouring countries…

Ukraine: Russia praises India’s stand

RUSSIA has praised India's "independent and balanced" position after Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow's "aggression" against Ukraine. India, along with China and the UAE, did not vote on the resolution Friday (25), a move in line with the fine balance Delhi has sought to…

India abstains from UNSC resolution on Russia’s ‘aggression’ against Ukraine

INDIA abstained on a US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution that condemned Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine and demanded "immediate, complete and unconditional" withdrawal of Russian forces from the neighbouring country. The UN Security Council voted on Friday (25) on the draft resolution sponsored by the US and Albania and supported by…

India allows up to 20 per cent FDI in LIC:…

INDIA on Saturday (26) permitted up to 20 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) under automatic route in the IPO-bound Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) to facilitate disinvestment of the country's largest insurer, sources said.The decision was taken by the Cabinet, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi.The government has approved the…

India to Ukraine: Dialogue is the way out

UKRAINE’S foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday (25) spoke to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to discuss the situation in Ukraine, ahead of a vote at the UN Security Council on the Russian attack. Jaishankar said he emphasised that India supports diplomacy and dialogue as the "way out". "Received call…

Indians in Ukraine advised to ‘stay calm’

INDIAN nationals stuck in Ukraine should stay calm and remain wherever they are residing, Russian diplomatic sources said on Friday (25) amid India's moves to evacuate its citizens from the eastern European nation. The sources said president Vladimir Putin conveyed to India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (24) night…

Ukraine: Modi calls Putin as India seeks evacuation of nationals

INDIA is focusing on evacuating its 16,000 nationals still stuck in Ukraine, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, after Russian forces mounted a mass assault by land, air and sea on the former Soviet republic. Teams of Indian foreign ministry officials have been sent to Ukraine's land borders with Hungary,…

Biden: US-India talks on Russia ‘unresolved’

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden said Washington is in unresolved "consultations" with India over Ukraine. He was asked on Thursday (24) if Washington and Delhi were "fully in sync" over Russia's attack on Ukraine ahead of an expected UN Security Council vote. Biden did not elaborate, but his short response to a question…

UN experts slam online attacks on Indian journalist

UN rights experts have called for an end to "misogynistic and sectarian" online attacks against a female Muslim Indian journalist, asking the authorities to investigate the harassment. Rana Ayyub, a fierce critic of prime minister Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist government of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been…

Bill Gates praises India for supplying affordable vaccines globally

BILLIONAIRE philanthropist Bill Gates has praised India for its vaccine-manufacturing capabilities and applauded the country's manufacturers for supplying affordable vaccines globally.  Addressing a virtual roundtable on the India-US health partnership organised by the Indian embassy on Tuesday (22), Gates noted that India delivered over 150 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines…

Hindu activist’s murder sparks violence in Indian city

MOB violence broke out in a south Indian city, leaving several people injured, following the murder of a Hindu activist over the weekend.Harsha, 26, a member of the hardline outfit Bhajrang Dal, was allegedly stabbed to death by a group in Shivamogga, about 300 kilometres (186 miles) from Bangalore, on…

Imran Khan seeks televised debate with Modi

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday (22) he would like to have a televised debate with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to resolve differences between the two neighbours."I would love to debate with Narendra Modi on TV," Khan told Russia Today in an interview, adding that it would…

UAE, India sign ‘milestone’ pact to boost economies

The United Arab Emirates and India signed a "milestone" economic deal to boost trade and investment Friday, as the countries seek to bolster their economies after the coronavirus pandemic. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE's de facto ruler, and India's prime minister Narendra Modi held a…

Ahmedabad blasts: Indian court sentences 38 to death

AN Indian court sentenced 38 people to death on Friday (18) over a string of bomb blasts in 2008 that killed dozens in the city of Ahmedabad, in one of the country's biggest mass death sentences. Coordinated attacks in western Gujarat state's commercial hub in 2008 killed 56, launching shrapnel…

Indian army blocks award-winning director’s film on gay soldier

INDIAN filmmaker Onir wanted to direct a movie inspired by a gay army major who resigned and came out in a blaze of publicity -- but despite the country's democratic status the military stopped it being made. Prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist government has been repeatedly accused of ramping up…

Hijab row: Security tight in India as schools reopen

SCHOOLS reopened in southern India under tight security on Wednesday (16) with public gatherings banned following protests over Muslim girls wearing the hijab in classrooms. Tensions have been high in Karnataka state since late last year when at least four schoolgirls were prevented from wearing the Muslim headscarf, sparking protests…

India’s hijab dispute reaches its most populous state

A dispute over restrictions on the wearing of the hijab by female students in a southern Indian state has now reached India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with a group of youngsters asking a college to ban the head covering. Authorities closed colleges in Karnataka in India's south last…

ArcelorMittal: How Rahul Bajaj gave vital support to Indian steel…

INDIAN businessman Rahul Bajaj, who died in Pune last Saturday (12), aged 83, gave Lakshmi Mittal crucial support in 2006 when Mittal Steel’s takeover bid for Arcelor was almost blocked by the French government of president Jacques Chirac.Bajaj, one of India’s most prominent industrialists, built up the family’s business in…

Indian state re-opens some schools in wake of hijab row

A state in southern India re-opened some schools on Monday (14) that had been closed following protests last week over female students not being allowed to wear hijabs, or head-to-toe burqas, in class. The issue, widely seen by India's Muslim minority community as a bid to sideline it by authorities…

Ford, Suzuki to get incentives under India’s $3.5bn clean fuel…

AUTOMAKERS Ford, Suzuki and Hyundai are among 20 companies that will be eligible for incentives under India's $3.5 billion scheme to boost clean fuel vehicles, the government said.  The federal cabinet last year approved a plan under which it will give benefits to the automobile sector over a five-year period to…

Indian industrialist Rahul Bajaj dies at 83

VETERAN industrialist Rahul Bajaj, whose name was synonymous with road transport in India, died Saturday (12) aged 83, his company said.He "had not been keeping well", the Bajaj Group said in a statement, adding he would be cremated on Sunday in Pune, western India.Bajaj was born into the Indian elite…

The nightingale who soared high

WHEN Lata Mangeshkar passed away aged 92, a tidal wave of sadness swept across the globe in a way never seen before for an Indian music icon. A state funeral for the legendary Indian singer was followed by two days of national mourning. It is no surprise that so many…

School hijab row highlights India’s religious divide

Facing a choice between her schooling and her religious beliefs, A.H. Almas says she had no choice at all. The 18-year-old Muslim pupil at the Women's Pre-University College in Udupi in majority-Hindu India has been wearing the Islamic headscarf since she was a child. But in December, authorities banned her…

Lata Mangeshkar Music College to be built in Mumbai

The Maharashtra government announced on Wednesday that a music academy will be built in Mumbai in memory of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who breathed her last on Sunday at the age of 92. Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant while addressing a press conference at Savitribai Phule Pune University…

INCOMPARABLE LATA, INDIA’S NIGHTINGALE STILL SINGS

Health secretary, Sajid Javid and London mayor, Sadiq Khan, have led tributes to Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on Sunday (6). The Bollywood legend and playback singer died after a long illness caused by contracting Covid. She was afforded the sobriquet of the “Nightingale of India”, and the popularity of…

India’s biggest state holds election in key test of Modi’s…

INDIA's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh began voting on Thursday (10) in the first of a series of local elections that will be a key test of the popularity of prime minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party. With a population almost as big as that of Brazil, keeping…

49 convicted in India over deadly 2008 bomb attacks

INDIA convicted 49 people over a 2008 attack in the western city of Ahmedabad that left dozens dead, in what perpetrators said was retaliation for earlier deadly communal violence. The string of bombings killed 56 people and wounded more than 200 others as shrapnel ripped through markets, buses and other…

Malala: Ban on hijab in schools is ‘horrifying’

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE winner Malala Yousafzai has said disallowing the hijab (Islamic headscarf) in schools is “horrifying”, referring to a row over the controversy in a south Indian state. Yousafzai's observation comes amid protests in Karnataka after a college in the temple town of Udupi banned the hijab. Six students…

Yogi Adityanath seeking re-election touts record on jobs, crime

HINDU hardliner Yogi Adityanath, who is seeking re-election as chief minister of India's most populous state, touted his record on fighting crime and putting law and order above religion and caste in a rare interview with Western media. The 49-year-old monk from prime minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party…

Schools ordered shut in India as hijab ban protests intensify

Authorities in southern India ordered schools to shut on Tuesday (8) as protests intensified over a ban on Islamic headscarves that has outraged Muslim students. The stand-off in Karnataka state has galvanised fears among the minority community about what they say is increasing persecution under the Hindu nationalist government of…

Hyundai India faces boycott calls over Pakistan partner’s tweet

South Korea's Hyundai Motor faced calls on Monday (7) for a boycott of its cars from Indians incensed over a tweet from the account of its Pakistan partner that expressed solidarity for the people of Kashmir.The row erupted last Sunday (6), a day after Pakistan marked the annual Kashmir Solidarity…

Asha Bhosle remembers sister Lata Mangeshkar

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle remembered her elder sister and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who breathed her last on Sunday, 6 February. Sharing a black-and-white childhood picture of the duo on Instagram, hours after the 92-year-old melody queen was cremated with full state honours on Sunday evening, Asha wrote what a…

Ashok Leyland to supply 200 trucks to Bangladesh

COMMERCIAL vehicle maker Ashok Leyland said it will supply 200 trucks to Bangladesh as part of a $2-billion (£1.48 bn) line of credit announced by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.As part of the order, 135 trucks have already been delivered to Bangladesh, the Hinduja Group-owned company said in a statement…

Lata Mangeshkar obituary: India’s nightingale is mourned by a billion…

By Asjad Nazir How the Indian nightingale went from working to feed her impoverished family as a 13-year-old to becoming a global singing sensation and music icon! When Lata Mangeshkar passed away aged 92, a tidal wave of sadness swept across the globe in a way never seen before for…

Lata Mangeshkar: India bids farewell to icon with full state…

MILLIONS of music fans are mourning the loss of Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on Sunday morning (6). The legendary singer  was laid to rest at Shivaji Park maidan in Mumbai with full state honours on Sunday evening. Prime minister Narendra Modi flew down from Delhi to pay his respects…

‘India has lost its voice’: Tributes pour in for Lata…

TRIBUTES poured in from all corners of the society after legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday (6) at a hospital in the western Indian city of Mumbai. Indian president Ram Nath Kovind and prime minister Narendra Modi mourned the artiste’s death who was put on ventilator support…

Beloved Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar dies at 92

BOLLYWOOD superstar singer Lata Mangeshkar, known to millions as the "nightingale of India" and a regular fixture of the country's airwaves for decades, died Sunday (6) at the age of 92.She passed away in a Mumbai hospital after being admitted to its intensive care unit on January 11 with Covid-19…

India’s Covid deaths cross 500,000

INDIA's official Covid-19 death toll crossed 500,000 on Friday (4), a level some data analysts said was breached last year but was obscured by inaccurate surveys and unaccounted dead in the hinterlands, where millions remain vulnerable to the disease. The country, which has the fourth-highest tally of deaths globally, recorded…

India seeing Covid vaccination fraud, say health workers

IN a shocking development, frontline health workers engaged in India’s Covid vaccination drive have said that people are being officially certified as double vaccinated even when they have not completed the course of two jabs in order to meet government targets. According to a report by The Guardian, the workers…

Fake news: India seeks tougher action from US tech giants

INDIAN officials have held heated discussions with Google, Twitter and Facebook for not proactively removing what they described as fake news on their platforms, sources said, the government's latest altercation with Big Tech. The officials, from the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B), strongly criticised the companies and said their…

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

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

India to launch state-backed ‘digital rupee’, tax crypto

INDIA will introduce a state-backed "digital rupee" and impose a 30 per cent tax on profits from virtual currencies, the government announced on Tuesday (1). The plans are a blow to one of the world's fastest-growing cryptocurrency markets, which has remained unregulated despite burgeoning local trading platforms and glitzy celebrity…

India spurs spending on infrastructure in growth budget

INDIA unveiled a bigger budget of Rs 39.45 trillion($529.7 billion) for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday (1), stepping up investment on highways to affordable housing to put growth on a firmer footing as the economy recovers from the pandemic. The government has projected slower economic growth of 8 to…

Rahul Gandhi says Twitter ‘curbing free speech’

The de facto head of India's main opposition party has complained to Twitter about "strange" activity on his account, accusing the US giant of being the "unwitting" ally of the government in curbing free speech. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress party told Twitter's CEO in a letter that growth in…

Air India sold to Tata after 69 years in government…

INDIA'S beleaguered national carrier landed back in the hands of its founders on Thursday (27), decades after it was nationalised and following years as a monumental burden on the public purse.Tata, a sprawling family-owned conglomerate with interests ranging from tea to software, is back in charge of Air India after…

Rishika: Picture perfect portrait painter

A SELF-TAUGHT portrait artist from Jaipur in India has impressed high profile names and taken social media by storm. [caption id="attachment_173373" align="alignleft" width="257"] Portrait of Shreya Ghoshal[/caption] With 109,000 Instagram followers, Rishika has had her work appreciated by celebrities, including Alia Bhatt, Shreya Ghoshal, Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan, Tiger Shroff,…

India showcases military might in Republic Day parade

Lumbering tanks and the deafening roar of fighter planes echoed through New Delhi on Wednesday as India's military showcased its might on Republic Day. The annual January 26 event marks the adoption of India's constitution with missile launchers, jet flyovers, motorcycle stunts and the brass band of the camel-mounted Border…

Mobs burn Indian train carriages in rail jobs protest

Angry mobs in eastern India set fire to train carriages on Wednesday in protests over access to railway jobs that have seen police violently disperse crowds with tear gas and baton charges. Bihar state has been on edge since the start of the week over claims by young job applicants…

Bubble wrap painting featuring Modi sets Guinness record

YOUNGSTERS from Britain and India have achieved a Guinness World Record by creating the “world’s largest bubble wrap painting” in London.The painting, prominently featuring Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, measures 16.01 square metres (172.33 square feet). It aims to inspire the “next generation” to help the Covid-affected families in India…

Indian ‘eternal flame’ in memory of war dead is extinguished

An "eternal flame" in memory of soldiers killed during the India-Pakistan War of 1971 at one of Delhi's most symbolic landmarks was put out Friday, 50 years after it was first lit. The Amar Jawan Jyoti or flame of the immortal soldier was installed at the India Gate in New…

India extends curbs on international flights till Feb 28

INDIA has extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till February 28, the country’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday (19).Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020.However, special passenger flights have been operating between India and approximately 40 countries since July 2020 under air…

Indian Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj passes away

RICH TRIBUTES have been paid to renowned Indian classical dancer Brijmohan Nath Mishra Maharaj, popularly known as Birju Maharaj, who died late last Sunday (16) night, his family said on Monday (17). In a career spanning nearly six decades, Maharaj performed and taught Kathak, one of India's eight major classical…

India defence chief’s pilot ‘disoriented by weather’: inquiry

A pilot disoriented by a sudden change in weather conditions crashed the helicopter carrying India's defence chief General Bipin Rawat last month, killing all 14 people on board, an official inquiry found Friday. The 63-year-old Rawat was travelling with his wife and other senior officers in the Russian-made Mi-17 chopper,…

Actor Siddharth apologises to Saina Nehwal

INDIAN actor Siddharth on Tuesday (11) issued an apology to ace badminton player Saina Nehwal after being accused of making sexist remarks against the latter in response to her observation on the recent controversy around the alleged compromise of the security of prime minister Narendra Modi in Punjab. Taking to…

India saw at least 3m people dying from Covid, says…

OFFICIALLY, India’s coronavirus death tally is told to be less than 500,000 but if a new study by a leading global epidemiologist is to be believed, the country has seen approximately three million deaths due to the pandemic by September last year, making it the worst-hit nation in the world.…

Elections in India’s five states from Feb 10-Mar 7

UTTAR PRADESH, India's most populous state and a key battleground for prime minister Narendra Modi and opposition groups, will hold elections in seven phases starting from Feb. 10, chief election commissioner Sushil Chandra said on Saturday (8). The outcome of the election in the northern state, currently ruled by Modi's…

Seven decades after extinction, cheetahs set to return to India

SEVEN decades since they were hunted to extinction by the British colonists, cheetahs are set to return in India, thanks to their reintroduction in the country’s wild from southern Africa. The action plan for the project, which was conceived in 2009, was released last week. According to The Telegraph, the…

Restrictions imposed in India as Covid-19 cases surge

INDIA reported 159,632 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (9), as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in the country, nudging several state governments to impose fresh restrictions. India's richest state, Maharashtra, said on Saturday (8) it would close swimming pools and gyms from Monday (10) while…

UK-India trade talks to begin in Delhi on Wednesday

BRITAIN'S secretary of state for international trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan will launch Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations during a visit to New Delhi starting on Wednesday (12), the UK government has said.The schedule for the two-day visit to India will include bilateral talks between Trevelyan and the south Asian nation’s commerce…

India raises growth forecast to 9.2 per cent despite Covid…

INDIA on Friday (7) raised its growth estimates for this financial year to 9.2 per cent despite a surge in coronavirus infections threatening the country's recovery. The National Statistics Office (NSO) forecast Asia's third-largest economy will bounce back strongly from a 7.3 per cent contraction last year when it saw…

Exclusive: UK and India will kick off FTA talks to…

By Amit Roy and Sarwar Alam HAVING achieved Brexit, Boris Johnson’s new year’s resolution is to “Get FTA done” – a reference to the Free Trade Agreement that the British prime minister is pursuing with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. Although no dates have been announced, the international trade secretary…

Omicron: India fears another Covid catastrophe

HAUNTED by the spectre of last year's crisis, India is bracing for a deluge of Covid-19 cases, with authorities of various megacities bringing in restrictions in a bid to keep infections in check. Case numbers have yet to match the enormous figures seen last spring, when thousands died each day…

Omicron surge: India cancels election rallies

ELECTION rallies were cancelled in India's heartland Thursday (6) as authorities fret over a sudden Covid surge, driven by the Omicron variant, which has seen confirmed infections nearly triple in two days. Teeming crowds have thronged campaign events for next month's poll in Uttar Pradesh -- the country's most populous…

Shillong Chamber Choir founder Neil Nongkynrih dies at 51

RENOWNED Indian pianist Neil Nongkynrih, the founder and conductor of the Shillong Chamber Choir, passed away following a surgery in a hospital Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra on Wednesday (5) after a brief illness. Nongkynrih, who was fondly called 'Uncle Neil', was 51. In a statement condoling Nongkynrih’s…

Omicron spreads in India’s big cities but hospitalisations still low

INDIAN megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases, although without a corresponding rise in hospitalisations, but fears are growing about a spread to rural areas in coming days. India reported 90,928 new daily Covid-19 cases on Thursday (6), up nearly four-fold since the start of…

Online abuse of Muslim women: Three arrested in India

INDIAN police said on Wednesday (5) they had arrested three people involved in an online app that shared pictures of Muslim women for a virtual "auction" in an apparent case of communal harassment. Pictures of dozens of women had been used without their consent and doctored to create an open…

India’s foreign funds ban will hurt us severely: Oxfam

OXFAM India has said that restrictions on its access to international fund flow will "severely hamper" its humanitarian work and affect provision of much-required medical equipment to fight the current Covid-19 pandemic. The charity group’s arm in the country said the decision made by the home ministry meant that it…

India: Panel to examine women marriage bill has only one…

THE parliamentary panel in India which has been assigned to examine the landmark bill, which seeks to increase the legal age of marriage for women to 21 years, has only one woman member of parliament (MP) out of 31 members. The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, which will have…

Covid: India launches drive to vaccinate children aged 15 to…

INDIA started vaccinating children aged 15 to 18 against the coronavirus on Monday (3) as it quickly expands its inoculation effort to cover the world's largest adolescent population amid fears the Omicron variant will drive a new surge of infections. Authorities on Monday (3) reported 33,750 new Covid-19 cases and…

India will not allow Covid to dampen development, says Modi

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi has said that the country needs to accelerate the pace of development in the new year and will not allow the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to dampen the growth process. He stressed that the country will continue to fight the pandemic with “full…

Stampede at India religious shrine kills 12

TWELVE people were crushed to death in a stampede at an Indian religious shrine in the early hours of Saturday (1) as tens of thousands of pilgrims massed to offer prayers, officials said. The disaster unfolded in darkness at around 3:00 am (2130 GMT) on the packed route to the…

Modi lays foundation stone for India’s sports university

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (2) laid the foundation stone for a sports university in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Major Dhyan Chand Sports University will be established at Salawa and Kaili villages on the outskirts of the Sardhana town of Meerut district at an estimated cost…

UK plans visa deal to lure India into trade negotiations

BRITISH ministers are eager to ease immigration rules to make it easier for Indians to live and work in the UK as part of trade talks that are due to start between the two nations within weeks. According to a report by The Times, international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan is…

Indian tax authorities seize $30m in cash ahead of state…

Indian tax officials have seized more than $30 million in cash and gold in raids on suspected tax evaders this week including a record haul of 1.94 billion rupees ($26 million) and 23 kg of gold ahead of assembly elections in five states. The raids triggered a flurry of accusations…

India extends security law after botched army ambush

THE Indian government extended on Thursday (30) a special law giving armed forces sweeping powers in the north-eastern state of Nagaland, days after a botched army ambush killed 14 people. The killings triggered protests against the law which gives the armed forces sweeping powers to conduct raids, warrantless searches and…

India restricts foreign funding for Mother Teresa charity

INDIA has moved to cut off foreign funding to a charity founded by Mother Teresa. The Missionaries of Charity was founded in 1950 by the late Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted most of her life to helping the poor in Kolkata. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and…

After its solar success, Cochin airport in India starts hydro…

THE world’s first airport fully powered by solar energy has boosted its capacity to produce solar power in the past three years and has now also ventured into hydropower, its managing director said. The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) in Kerala won the Champion of Earth Prize by the UN…

India to use only Covaxin shot to those aged 15…

INDIAN health ministry has said that Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, will be the only shot available to children aged 15 to 18 when inoculation begins for them from next Monday (3).  "This (Covaxin) is the only vaccine with emergency use listing for the age-group 15-18," said the guidelines released by…

Hindu vigilante groups disrupt Christmas celebrations on Modi territory

HARDLINE Hindu vigilante groups disrupted Christmas mass in parts of India, including in prime minister Narendra Modi's core territory ahead of local elections in the coming months, media reported on Monday (27). The disruption of Christmas celebrations at the weekend and last week included the vandalising of a life-size statue…

India to start Covid-19 vaccines for ages 15 and up…

INDIA will open its Covid vaccination drive for adolescents and start administering booster doses to its at-risk adult population, prime minister Narendra Modi said. The highly-infectious Omicron variant has gained a foothold in the country, and the health ministry has raised concerns about its onward spread. "Omicron is a matter…

India to give Covid-19 booster shots to healthcare workers from…

INDIA will start administering Covid-19 booster shots as a precautionary measure to healthcare and frontline workers from January 10, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday (25), as cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant rose across the country. In a national address, Modi also said those aged 15-18 would start…

Modi tells states to ramp up health facilities amid Omicron…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (23) asked chief minister of states to ramp up oxygen supplies and strengthen health infrastructure to contain a possible surge of Omicron cases ahead of the festive season, as gatherings in public spaces and markets grow in size. India has recorded 236 Omicron…

Indian court urges delay in state elections as Omicron spreads

AN Indian court urged prime minister Narendra Modi's government to suspend political rallies and election campaigns in poll-bound states amid the rising number of Omicron cases, a variant of Covid-19. Judges of the Allahabad High Court in the country's most populous Uttar Pradesh (UP) state said on Thursday (23) the…

Indian man fined for wanting Modi’s face cut from vaccine…

AN Indian man went to court to complain about prime minister Narendra Modi promoting himself as the face of the nation's Covid vaccination drive - but walked away on Tuesday (21) with a fine for wasting the judge's time. Modi has been the focus of a massive advertising blitz touting…

Bangladesh marks 50 years since liberation war victory

Huge crowds paid tribute to Bangladesh's war heroes on Thursday as the country marked 50 years since its triumphant victory in a devastating independence war. December 16 is celebrated each year as Victory Day for the moment Pakistani soldiers surrendered en masse to Indian and Bangladeshi forces, bringing an end…

UNESCO adds India’s Durga Puja to ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added Durga Puja, one of India’s major festivals, to its ‘Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ in a first of its kind move in Asia. In a tweet, the world body wrote, “Celebrations of city of joy -…

Fixing Indo-UK defence ties

CURRENTLY, an unprecedented, politically driven commitment towards the transformation of the India-UK relationship is taking place. This began with the virtual summit between the two prime ministers Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi on May 4, 2021. The new UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, visited New Delhi and Mumbai in late…

Biden nominee for India envoy says will raise rights, Russia

ERIC GARCETTI, the nominee for US ambassador to India, promised on Tuesday (15) to raise human rights and arms purchases from Russia as lawmakers said the concerns clouded the growing relationship with New Delhi. The Los Angeles mayor told his Senate confirmation hearing that he will "actively raise" human rights…

Two dead as militants ambush Indian police bus in Kashmir

SUSPECTED rebels ambushed a police bus in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday (13), leaving two officers dead and a dozen others wounded, officials said -- just hours after government forces killed a pair of militants in a shootout. Shortly after darkness fell, gunmen sprayed the bus -- which was transporting an…

Modi inaugurates Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in grand Varanasi event

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (13) inaugurated the renovated Kashi Vishwanath Dham, which has expanded the temple's premises in Varanasi, the constituency he represents. Following his arrival in the holy city from Delhi, Modi paid obeisance at the Kaal Bhairav Temple and then took a dip in the…

India’s top syringe maker asks Modi to lift factory shutdown…

INDIA's largest syringe and needle manufacturer has urged prime minister Narendra Modi to revoke an order to suspend production, part of a broader factory shutdown imposed by a state regulator to curb heavy pollution in the region. Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices (HMD) has shuttered its factories on the outskirts…

Modi’s personal Twitter handle ‘briefly compromised’

INDIA's prime minister Narendra Modi's personal Twitter handle was "very briefly compromised," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet early on Sunday (12). The matter was escalated to Twitter and the prime minister's personal twitter handle @narendramodi was immediately secured, PMO India's tweet said, adding any tweet shared…

Johnson says UK, India are ‘natural partners’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (14) described the UK and India as "natural partners" who are working together on many "fantastic projects". He said the partnership between the two countries will transform people's lives and promote the principles of freedom, openness and peace. In his special address to…

Tata firm partners with Lockheed to make F-21 aircraft wings

TATA Advanced Systems has partnered with Lockheed Martin to manufacture wings for F-21 aircraft in India. The joint venture - Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd (TLMAL) - between the Tata group company and the American aerospace and defence hardware major comes after the Indian firm produced parts for a fighter…

Indian farmers end year-long mass protests against Modi reforms

Indian farmers formally ended year-long mass protests on Thursday (9) after prime minister Narendra Modi abandoned his push for agricultural reforms, defusing one of the biggest challenges faced by his government. Thousands of people have been camped on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi since last year to campaign…

India’s Balkrishna Doshi to get 2022 Royal Gold Medal for…

THE Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has decided to honour noted Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi with the Royal Gold Medal 2022, one of the world’s most prestigious awards in the field. The medal, which is approved personally by the British queen and is awarded to a person or group…

Last respects paid to India’s defence chief

THE bodies of India's defence chief and 12 others who died in a helicopter crash laid draped in the Indian flag at a defence cantonment on Thursday (9), before being flown to New Delhi, where the general will be laid to rest with full military honours. General Bipin Rawat, his…

Bipin Rawat: a soldier’s general

India's Bipin Rawat was an outspoken, polarising but hugely popular "soldier's general" who was wounded in a border battle and survived an aircraft crash before dying in a helicopter accident on Wednesday (8). The military in the world's largest democracy has traditionally stayed well clear of political debates, unlike neighbouring…

India defence chief among 13 dead in helicopter crash

INDIAN defence chief General Bipin Rawat and 12 other people were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday (8), with one survivor being treated for his injuries. Rawat was India's first chief of defence staff, a position that the government established in 2019, and was seen as close to prime…

Indian farming union to evaluate latest government offers

India's protesting farmers have received a proposal from the government addressing some of their demands, including minimum support prices for all produce, not just rice and wheat, farm union leaders said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of farmers have staged long-running protests to persuade prime minister Narendra Modi to repeal…

India signs deal to make 600,000 Kalashnikov rifles as Putin…

Russian president Vladimir Putin lauded India as "a great power" in New Delhi on Monday as the traditional allies bolstered their military and energy ties, despite Washington's increasing courtship of the world's largest democracy. India confirmed that Russia this month began deliveries of its long-range S-400 ground-to-air missile defence system,…

In Indian cities, Muslim prayers and meaty snacks squeezed out

Friday afternoons are a time for communal prayer for Muslims in the northern Indian city of Gurugram, who over the years had negotiated with local authorities to pray in parks and empty plots of land as they outgrew their mosques. But recent protests by Hindu groups, sometimes preventing prayers as…

Gita Gopinath’s journey from Kolkata to global role as economist

GITA GOPINATH will take on a larger role in shaping the policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from January 21 as its first deputy managing director. Her elevation as the second-ranking official of the global lender is a recognition of her “exceptional intellectual leadership” as its first woman chief…

India sees impact of Omicron blunted by vaccination, prior infections

INDIA expects the Omicron variant of coronavirus to cause less severe disease, the health ministry said on Friday (3). The reasons behind this are vaccinations and high prior exposure to the Delta variant that infected nearly 70 per cent of the population by July. Junior doctors protested to demand that…

UK secretary concerned over ‘Indian food safety standards’ ahead of…

DIFFERENCES have cropped within the UK government ahead of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India, according to a media report. Britain’s environment secretary George Eustice raised concerns over food safety standards in India, City A.M. reported, citing Whitehall sources. “George is certainly in favour of free trade, but he…

Omicron variant: India issues new guidelines for international passengers

INDIA will make on-arrival Covid-19 testing mandatory for flyers from more than a dozen countries, including South Africa and Britain where the Omicron variant has been detected, the health ministry said. The decision will be effective from Wednesday (1) and comes after a man who recently returned from South Africa…

India parliament votes to scrap farm reform laws

INDIA'S parliament voted on Monday (29) to scrap agricultural reform laws that sparked a year of huge protests by farmers, after a surprise U-turn by prime minister Narendra Modi. Thousands of farmers have been camped out on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi since last year - one of…

India steps up Covid testing for international flyers

INDIA will make on-arrival Covid-19 testing mandatory for flyers from more than a dozen countries, including South Africa and Britain where the Omicron variant has been detected, the health ministry said on Monday (29). The decision will be effective from Dec. 1 and comes after a man who recently returned…

India-UK free trade agreement talks starting ‘imminently’: Lord Bilimoria

FORMAL negotiations for an India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) are set to begin “imminently”, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) president Lord Karan Bilimoria said. He said the negotiations will be as comprehensive as possible to cover all aspects of the bilateral relationship. Addressing the CBI's annual conference on Wednesday (24),…

India’s cryptocurrency legislation: what we know

The Indian government wants to ban all private cryptocurrencies, with some exceptions, to pave the way for a digital money controlled by the central bank. But this may not be as drastic as it sounds. The details of the planned legislation remain unclear, leaving cryptocurrency investors hoping they will by-and-large…

India announces bill to ban private cryptocurrencies

INDIA's government will introduce a bill to ban private cryptocurrencies and create a framework for a central bank-backed digital money, parliament said in a shock announcement late Tuesday (23). The proposed bill "seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India", the Lok Sabha said, and comes after prime minister Narendra…

Kamal Haasan tests positive for Covid-19, hospitalised

Makkal Needhi Maiam president and actor Kamal Haasan on Monday said he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to a hospital. “I had mild cough following my return from the USA. When I tested, the coronavirus infection was confirmed. I have isolated myself in hospital. Everyone should…

Modi repeals farm laws after mass protests by farmers

INDIA will scrap three agricultural reform laws that sparked almost a year of huge protests by farmers, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Friday (19) in a stunning and rare U-turn by his government. Thousands of farmers have been camped out on the borders of the capital New Delhi since…

Modi urges democracies to cooperate to make cryptocurrencies safe

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi urged cooperation between the world's democracies to ensure cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin do not "end up in the wrong hands", delivering the comments while his government drew up new rules for digital currencies. Modi did not elaborate on those fears in his speech delivered virtually to…

Riz Ahmed disgusted by Akshay Kumar’s film Sooryavanshi

INDIAN filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s latest offering, Sooryavanshi (2021), has been a huge hit in the country, but British Asian star Riz Ahmed has expressed his disgust at the ‘Islamophobic’ Bollywood film, which stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles. Journalist Rana Ayyub recently wrote an article in…

Indian Hindu hardliners attack Muslim ex-minister’s home

HINDU hardliners attacked and set fire to the house of a former Indian overseas minister, police mentioned, within the newest incident of spiritual violence that critics say has been infected beneath prime minister Narendra Modi. Salman Khurshid, a Muslim from the primary opposition Congress party, has written a book in…

India-led International Solar Alliance signs pact with UN

THE India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed a memorandum of understanding at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Friday (12). They agreed to collaborate and support countries in the implementation of ambitious national climate action in line with global efforts.…

India’s Samajwadi Party launches a perfume to woo voters

A left-wing Indian opposition party has launched a perfume with what it calls the "fragrance of brotherhood, love and socialism" that will "end hatred". The product was unveiled by the Samajwadi Party in the hopes of wooing voters in elections in early 2022 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.…

COP26: US backs India-UK led solar Green Grids Initiative

US has partnered with the UK and India-led Green Grids Initiative of a global energy grid launched by prime minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. At a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Green Grids Initiative – ‘One Sun One World One Grid' (GGI-OSOWOG) earlier…

India Covid hospital fire kills 11

FIRE tore through a hospital in western India on Saturday (6) killing at least 11 coronavirus patients, officials said. The blaze was the latest to hit pandemic wards across India. There were about two dozen patients at the intensive care unit in the hospital in Ahmadnagar district, Maharashtra state, when…

Diwali leaves Delhi wheezing in dangerously unhealthy air

THE morning after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, residents of New Delhi woke up under a blanket of toxic smog and breathed in the most dangerously polluted air of the year so far, after revellers, as usual, defied a fireworks ban. New Delhi has the worst air quality of…

Diaspora delight as Modi meets Indians in Glasgow

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (1) interacted with members of the diaspora in Scotland who gathered in Glasgow to honour him and also unveil a bust of him. Modi, who arrived in the Scottish city last Sunday (31) night to cheers from a group of diaspora delegates, met…

We’ll lead even if you don’t: Indian schoolgirl to world…

AN INDIAN schoolgirl, whose solar-powered ironing cart project was a finalist of Prince William's inaugural Earthshot Prize, addressed the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 conference in Glasgow with a clarion call for them to act and save the planet. Vinisha Umashankar, 15, from Tamil Nadu, was part of the…

India can help save the planet

CLIMATE finance to fund technology innovations will be key to India delivering its goal of ‘net zero’ emissions by 2070, academics, policy experts, business leaders and politicians have said. They were speaking as they welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s announcement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow this week. India…

UK, India plan to connect world’s green power grids

BRITAIN and India introduced a plan on Tuesday (2) to improve connections between the world's electricity power grids to accelerate the transition to greener energy. Linking the grids would allow parts of the world with excess renewable power to send it to areas with deficits. For instance, countries where the…

Modi calls for ‘One sun, one world, one grid’

EMPHASISING that everything is created from the sun, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (2) called for ‘One sun, one world, one grid' to improve the viability of solar power. He also announced that India's space agency ISRO will soon provide the world with a calculator that can measure…

India backs UK plan to provide affordable, clean technology

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi along with 40 world leaders on Tuesday (2) backed UK's 'Glasgow Breakthroughs' international plan to deliver clean and affordable technology everywhere by 2030. India has joined the US, European Union, China, among others representing more than 70 per cent of the world's economy and every…

Johnson hails Modi’s net zero climate commitment

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has welcomed Narendra Modi's climate commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions and for half of India's energy to come from renewables by 2030. Delivering India's national statement at the World Leaders' Summit in Glasgow on Monday (1), prime minister Modi for the first time…

Air quality in India’s capital likely to drop sharply, authorities…

INTERMITTENT rain and winds led to a rare drop in pollution in India's capital last month, with residents breathing the cleanest air in at least four years, but authorities warn that air quality is set to drop sharply in November. A delayed end to the monsoon and a sharp pick-up…

India will become carbon neutral by 2070, Modi says at…

INDIA's economy will become carbon neutral by 2070, the country's prime minister announced at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. "By 2070, India will achieve the target of net-zero emissions," Narendra Modi told more than 120 leaders at the critical talks on Monday (1). India is the last of the…

Muslim woman’s Krishna art ‘a symbol of social harmony’

A MUSLIM woman from Kerala in southern India, who paints pictures of Sri Krishna, has said she wants to be a symbol of communal harmony at a time when tensions among religions are rising. Jasna Salim, 28, from Koyilandy near Calicut, has made more than 500 paintings of little Krishna,…

Songs of the Earth film sounds note of caution

SOUMIK DATTA’S animation film, Songs of the Earth, which he has written and directed, and for which he has also composed the music, is due to premiere at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow and the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a preview for delegates at 10 Downing…

Modi to present India’s climate action agenda at COP26

INDIA prime minister will be presenting the formal position on India's climate action agenda and lay out the best practices and achievements in the sector at the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday (1). During the high-profile segment of the World Leaders' Summit, Narendra Modi is scheduled to deliver a…

Modi’s visit marks threshold of new era for India-UK ties,…

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK comes at a time when India-UK bilateral relations are on a positive trajectory and potentially at the threshold of a new era, India’s High Commissioner to the UK Gaitri Issar Kumar has said. Modi will attend the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) of…

Modi to arrive in UK for COP26, to meet Johnson

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi was set to arrive in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday (31) for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). He will also hold bilateral talks with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the climate summit. Modi will reach the UK from Italy where he…

Indian minister visits BAPS temple construction site in Abu Dhabi

INDIA’S minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan visited the construction site of the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. Muraleedharan, who was greeted by Brahmavihari Swamiji and other swamis, observed the ongoing construction of the temple and witnessed the installation of an intricately carved marble pillar, central to the…

Dozens detained in India for disrupting Muslim prayers

Dozens of people, many from Hindu right-wing groups, were arrested Friday in India for disrupting Muslim prayer gatherings, local media reported, in the latest sign of growing sectarian tensions in the country. Hindu groups have been pressuring authorities for weeks in the northern city of Gurgaon on the outskirts of…

Modi meets Pope Francis, invites him to India

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he had a "very warm meeting" with Pope Francis and discussed a wide range of issues and also invited him to visit India at an early date. Modi, who is the first Indian prime minister to meet Francis since he became Pope…

Cop26: Action must replace lofty statements, says former India minister…

HUMANS live on hope. We begin another march towards the hope of clinching a deal that would save the planet and impending catastrophe of all living beings getting extinct. We are in the midst of a real crisis. Temperatures have already increased by 1.1℃ over the pre-industrial revolution levels. Almost…

Actor Puneeth Rajkumar dies of heart attack at 46

KANNADA star Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on Friday (29) afternoon after suffering a heart attack. He was 46. The youngest son of the late super star Rajkumar was taken to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru this morning in an “unresponsive” condition. Later, in the afternoon, Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said…

Inflation threatens to dent demand in India

INDIAN manufacturers are raising prices to pass on to consumers some of the burden of costlier energy and raw materials, which threatens to dent demand as well as a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, business leaders and economists say. Prices of items from tea, coffee and biscuits to toothpaste and…

Modi to meet Pope Francis for first time

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will meet Pope Francis in Rome for the first time this weekend when he visits for the G20 summit, officials said Thursday, in what could be a thorny encounter. Activists say that religious minorities in Hindu-majority India have faced increased levels of discrimination and violence…

India’s central bank chief Shaktikanta Das gets 3-year extension

THE government has extended the term of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das by three years till December 2024. Das was appointed the RBI's 25th governor on December 11, 2018, for three years after the abrupt resignation of his predecessor Urjit Patel. An official order said the government…

India rejects net zero carbon emissions target

INDIA on Wednesday (27) rejected calls to announce a net zero carbon emissions target and said it was more important for the world to lay out a pathway to reduce such emissions and avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures. India, the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China…

India probes Kashmir students for cheering Pakistan cricket win

Police have launched an investigation after several hundred students in Indian-administered Kashmir celebrated India's recent defeat to Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, officials said on Wednesday. Anti-India sentiment is widespread and deep in the Muslim-majority territory where an armed rebellion has raged for decades by Kashmiris wanting independence or…

Mosques vandalised in India in protest against Bangladesh violence

Indian security forces guarded mosques in the northeastern state of Tripura on Wednesday (27) after right-wing groups attacked Muslim targets in apparent revenge for deadly violence against Hindus in neighbouring Bangladesh. Authorities have banned gatherings of more than four people in the most tense northern parts of the state while…

Annaatthe trailer: Rajinikanth’s fans are in for a treat this…

Rajinikanth starrer Annaatthe is undoubtedly one of the most awaited Tamil films of the year. The movie also stars Nayanthara and Keerthy Suresh, and on Wednesday (27), the trailer of the film was released. Sun Pictures tweeted, “Aaravaramai Akroshamai Anandhamai #AnnaattheTrailer: ▶ https://youtu.be/zyVX8g71TGo @rajinikanth @directorsiva #Nayanthara @KeerthyOfficial @immancomposer @prakashraaj @IamJagguBhai…

India’s top court orders probe into Pegasus snooping

INDIA’S Supreme Court on Wednesday (27) ordered an independent investigation into the alleged government use of Pegasus spyware on journalists, opposition politicians and activists, with the chief justice calling the implications "Orwellian". India was one of 45 countries where tens of thousands of phone numbers were targeted by the spyware…

Balancing safety with ‘unique’ UK traditions

VIRENDRA SHARMA and other Asian-origin MPs in Britain have spoken about the threat facing them following the murder last week of Sir David Amess, the Conservative member for Southend West, who was stabbed 17 times in a frenzied attack. British politicians have to decide whether their traditional approach of freely…

Facebook failing to contain hate speech in India, say reports

Facebook was well aware that hate speech was spreading on its site in India which could exacerbate ethnic violence, and did not deploy resources to curb the phenomenon, US media reported, citing internal documents. The so-called Facebook Papers, leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen, have already revealed the impact of Facebook…

Facebook failing to contain hate speech in India: reports

FACEBOOK was well aware that hate speech was spreading on its site in India which could exacerbate ethnic violence, and did not deploy resources to curb the phenomenon, US media reported, citing internal documents. The so-called Facebook Papers, leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen, have already revealed the impact of Facebook…

Timing of climate summit ‘probably worst’: Devi Sridhar

AN Indian American health expert has warned that the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow could potentially risk a spike in coronavirus cases. Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at Edinburgh University and member of the Scottish government’s Covid-19 advisory group, said the event where…

UK forges stronger defence and security partnership with India

IN her current trip to India, the UK's foreign secretary Liz Truss in order to forge stronger security and defence links with India, visited HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mumbai on Saturday (23). The ship is the spearhead of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG), and on its visit to Mumbai is…

Truss says Britain and India must deepen defence, economic ties

BRITAIN and India must step up their economic and security ties, foreign secretary Liz Truss said ahead of a visit to Delhi where she will announce a green tech investment and pitch her vision of Britain's new role in the world to senior Indian ministers. Truss, who was appointed as…

Modi to attend Glasgow climate meet, environment minister says

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will attend the UN climate summit in Glasgow, the environment minister said on Thursday (21), in a boost for efforts to agree steeper emissions cuts in the fight on global warming. India is the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and Modi's participation in…

India administers 1bn Covid jabs; 100 monuments to be lit…

INDIA administered its one billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose on Thursday (21) as it fights its way back from a devastating surge in cases that brought the health system close to collapse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the feat as a "triumph of Indian science", but authorities remain on guard for…

Kerala on high alert as many reservoirs open

THE India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday (19) sounded an orange alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and other districts for Wednesday (20) in rain-battered Kerala. Other districts that have been issued with an orange alert include Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts. A yellow alert has…

Indian festival crowds return as Covid horrors fade

India's main religious festival season is back in full swing with huge noisy crowds thronging markets and fairs for the first time in two years, barely six months after a devastating Covid-19 surge. The coronavirus is still claiming over 200 lives daily in the nation of 1.3 billion people but…

India resorts to power cuts as utilities grapple with coal…

INDIA has asked power producers to import up to 10 per cent of their coal needs amid fuel shortages and warned states that federal companies will curb their power supplies if they are found selling electricity on power exchanges to cash in on surging prices. India is the world's second…

India allows power plants to blend imported coal with local…

INDIA has allowed power producers to expedite imports of coal to use for up to 10 per cent of blends with the domestic grade to meet increased power demand in a move that could push up already high global prices. Asia's third-largest economy is facing large-scale outages as several power…

UAE deputy prime minister visits BAPS temple model at Expo…

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, last week visited the BAPS Hindu temple display at the India Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai with consul general Dr Aman Puri. He is the latest dignitary to visit the display after…

Modi, Johnson discuss Taliban, vaccines, trade and climate

INDIA prime minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Monday (11) discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and agreed on the need to develop a common international perspective on issues regarding extremism and terrorism as well. Following a telephonic conversation between Modi and Johnson, the UK government,…

OneWeb collaborates with ISRO to launch satellites from India

BHARTI Enterprises-backed OneWeb on Monday (11) said it has entered an arrangement with Indian space agency ISRO to launch its satellite from the south Asian country from 2022. A statement said the arrangement has been made through a letter of intent (LOI) with ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL)…

Police arrest Indian minister’s son accused of killing farmers

ASHISH MISHRA, son of junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations he ran over and killed four protesting farmers last week, a senior police official said. The farmers, killed on Oct. 3 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, were part of India's longest-running agricultural protest,…

Air India sold to Tatas

INDIA’S tea-to-software giant Tata is buying back Air India, 89 years after founding it as Tata Air and half a century following its nationalisation, the government said on Friday (8). The Rs 180-billion (£1.76 bn) deal marks the end of a lengthy effort to privatise the heavily indebted flag carrier that according to…

Modi mourns demise of Ramayan actor Arvind Trivedi

VETERAN actor Arvind Trivedi, known for his performance as Raavan in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, passed away on Tuesday (5) due to a heart attack. Kaustubh Trivedi, the actor’s nephew, said, "He had a lot of age-related health issues and was not keeping well. He was in the hospital earlier and…

Indian farmers step up protests after eight killed in clashes

FARMERS in India have vowed to intensify their months-long protest against laws aimed at liberalising agriculture as tension flared a day after eight people were killed in clashes between growers and ruling party supporters. Four of the eight were killed when a car linked to a senior ruling party official…

US deputy state secretary Wendy Sherman reaches India

WENDY Sherman, the US deputy secretary of state, on Tuesday (5) arrived in New Delhi to review her country's bilateral agenda with India and discuss regional and global issues with the Narendra Modi government During her visit till Thursday (7), Sherman will hold talks with India’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam…

BJP wins majority in Gujarat civic polls

RULING BJP on Tuesday (5) registered a landslide victory in Gujarat's Gandhinagar municipal corporation (GMC) elections by winning 41 seats out of 44. Following the victory of the party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude towards the people saying that it has reaffirmed the deep-rooted bond between the people of Gujarat…

Church claims attack by Hindu mob in India

Some 200 men armed with rods and sticks stormed a church in northern India during Sunday (3) prayer service, police said, in the latest anti-Christian violence in the officially secular country. At least five people were injured in the attack allegedly carried out by members of hardline Hindu vigilante groups…

No decision on Air India yet, India clarifies after reports…

INDIA's finance ministry said on Friday (1) reports suggesting the government has picked a winning bid for the debt-laden state-run airline Air India were incorrect. Earlier on Friday, Bloomberg reported that a panel of ministers accepted a proposal from officials recommending salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Sons ahead of an offer from…

India prime minister Narendra Modi wishes Lata Mangeshkar on her…

INDIA'S prime minister Narendra Modi extended birthday greetings to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on Tuesday (28). He rang Mangeshkar, the iconic singer and inspiration for generations of singers, who turned 92, in the morning to wish her, officials said. On Twitter, the prime minister said, "Birthday greetings to respected Lata…

Can’t predict when Biden will call Imran Khan: White House

A SENIOR White House official has said she cannot "predict" when president Joe Biden would make a call to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan though there have been engagements between the two countries. Khan during recent interviews with the American media has complained that a "busy" president Biden has not…

India to export 8m Covid-19 jabs in October

INDIA will export eight million coronavirus vaccine jabs by the end of October after ending its ban on sending doses abroad, a top foreign ministry official has said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to resume exports at a meeting of leaders from the so-called Quad in Washington as India, Japan,…

Modi meets Biden; discusses Indo-Pacific, climate and Covid

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Friday (24) described as "outstanding" his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden who said the Indo-US relationship is destined to be "stronger, closer and tighter" as the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including combating Covid-19, climate change, trade and the…

Biden hosts India, Australia, Japan for Quad summit

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Friday (24) would look to deepen his bid to strengthen the American leadership of the Indo-Pacific against a rising China by hosting the maiden in-person summit of the regional Quad summit. Biden will be joined by the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia for…

Kamala Harris ‘suo motu referred to Pakistan’s role in terrorism’

US vice president Kamala Harris, during her maiden meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, has "suo motu" referred to Pakistan's role in terrorism, saying terror groups were working in that country. She asked Islamabad to take action so that it does not impact America and India's security. Modi held…

Harris stresses importance of free and open Indo-Pacific during meeting…

US Vice President Kamala Harris met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (23) and stressed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region at a time when the US is trying to solidify its pivot toward Asia and strengthen ties with allies to take on China's growing influence in…

New security treaty win-win for India

THE new security treaty, signed last week by the US, the UK and Australia and aimed at confronting the menace of China’s growing naval fleet in the Indo-Pacific region, is a “welcome development” for India, influential political, foreign policy and defence experts have told Eastern Eye. AUKUS, an acronym denoting…

UK says vaccine certification for travel must meet ‘minimum criteria’

THE UK government has said that COVID-19 vaccine certification from all countries must meet a 'minimum criteria' and that it is working with India on a 'phased approach' to its international travel norms. It follows Covishield, the Serum Institute of India manufactured Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, being added as eligible to an…

Submarine dispute: India, France to deepen partnership in Indo-Pacific region

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have vowed to "act jointly" in the Indo-Pacific region, as a row intensified with Australia and the US over a ditched submarine contract. Macron's telephone talks with Modi were timed conspicuously as French anger over an Australian cancellation of a…

Indian seer found dead in UP math, disciple arrested

MAHANT Narendra Giri, president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the largest grouping of sadhus in India, was found dead on Monday (20) at Baghambari Math in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The police said a seven-page ‘suicide note’ was found in which the…

Modi-Biden meet will strengthen ties between the two countries, says…

THE first bilateral meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on Friday (24) will strengthen the relationship between the two countries and will give momentum to the Quad, a White House official has said. Biden will host Modi at the White House on Friday. Later, the…

Manchester India summit focuses on free trade pact

Mayor Burnham emphasises need to build trust and people-to-people ties MANCHESTER, which is apparently “the most liveable city in the UK”, is taking the whole business of attracting inward investment from India very seriously. Last Thursday (9), it held an “in person” Manchester India summit which was attended by more…

India gives record 22m Covid shots for Modi’s birthday

INDIA on Friday (17) made a record 22 million coronavirus jabs in a day as part of a special vaccination drive for the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Authorities set up special vaccination centres in stadiums, shopping malls, clinics and other venues as it sought to boost the lagging…

India withdraws e-visa facility for Canada, UK nationals

IN what seemed to be a reciprocal treatment for citizens of Canada and the UK, the Narendra Modi government has withdrawn the e-visa facility for them, sources said. According to a senior official in the country’s ministry of home affairs, Canada and the UK posed a lot of restrictions over…

Raids on Modi critic Harsh Mander’s premises spark outrage in…

AN official raid on the offices and residence of a noted human rights activist in India critical of its Narendra Modi government has created an outrage in the country. The enforcement directorate (ED), a government agency in India that tackles financial crime, searched the premises of Harsh Mander in Delhi…

Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, and other Bollywood celebs wish Prime…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates his 71st birthday on Friday (17). Many Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, and others took social media to wish the Prime Minister of India. Akshay Kumar tweeted, “आप ने मुझे हमेशा बहुत अपनेपन से हौसला और आशीर्वाद दिया है। मैं आप…

What led to Vijay Rupani’s exit as Gujarat chief minister?

AS Bhupendra Patel took charge as the chief minister of Gujarat from Vijay Rupani, there was speculation as to what led to the change of guard in the western Indian state. The perceived “mismanagement” of Covid-19 by the Rupani government and his differences with other leaders of the ruling Bharatiya…

Modi to attend the first in-person Quad summit Biden hosts…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will take part in the first in-person summit of leaders of the "Quad" countries - Australia, India, Japan and the US, which President Joe Biden will host in Washington on September 24 India's ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday (14) that Modi will also…

Bhupendra Patel is the new chief minister of Gujarat

SENIOR BJP leader Bhupendra Patel will become the next chief minister of Gujarat. He will succeed Vijay Rupani who resigned on Saturday (11) in a surprise move. Patel along with Rupani and state BJP president CR Paatil handed over the government formation claim to governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday evening.…

India, US to explore opportunities in emerging fuels

INDIA and the US have agreed to expand their energy partnership in emerging fuels as well, an official statement said. The decision was taken at a ministerial meeting of the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) earlier this week. "Minister Hardeep Singh Puri co-chaired a virtual ministerial meeting with US…

Ford latest automaker to exit car manufacturing in India

Ford will stop manufacturing cars in India and expects to record a $2 billion restructuring charge after failing to find a "sustainable path" forward, the American auto giant said on Thursday (9). The announcement is the latest blow to prime minister Narendra Modi's efforts to urge foreign businesses to manufacture…

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani resigns

VIJAY Rupani resigned as the chief minister of India’s state of Gujarat on Saturday (11), more than a year before the state goes to the polls. Elections are due in December 2022 to elect 182 members of the Gujarat assembly where prime minister Narendra Modi’s party BJP has been in…

Ferry accident kills one in Assam

ONE woman is dead and dozens more are feared missing after two ferries, each carrying up to 90 people, collided on the Brahmaputra river in northeastern India on Wednesday (8), causing one vessel to capsize, officials said. A wooden passenger boat departing from Nimati Ghat in Assam state's Jorhat district…

India picks its commerce minister Piyush Goyal as G20 Sherpa

INDIAN commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal has been picked as the country’s Sherpa for the G20 group that brings together the planet’s major economies. The ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Tuesday (7) announced that India will hold the bloc’s presidency starting December 1 next year and will convene…

New Modi book defines India’s ‘ethnic democracy’

THE author of a new book on Narendra Modi has warned that India's transformation to an “ethnic democracy”, in which religious minorities are relegated to second class citizenship, may reach the “point of no return”. Christophe Jaffrelot, a Frenchman who is professor of politics and sociology at King’s college London, has…

Young Indian women write to Modi to raise age for…

Facing pressure from their own families to marry before completing education, several young women in India have started writing letters to prime minister Narendra Modi to raise the marriage age for girls to 21 from 18, as it is in case of the country's men. One such woman is Sonam…

India to launch plastics pact as first Asian country

THE Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has come together with the World-Wide Fund for Nature – India (WWF India) to develop the ‘India Plastic Pact’ -- a platform to promote a circular system for plastics. It was launched on Friday (3) by British High Commissioner to India Alexander Ellis in…

UK, India sign $1.2bn investment package in green projects

THE UK and India on Thursday (2) signed a $1.2bn package of public and private investment in green projects to tackle climate change. Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and UK chancellor Rishi Sunak have cleared the agreement at the 11th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) held via video conference.…

Modi unveils coin to honour ISKCON founder’s 125th anniversary

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (1) released a Rs 125 commemorative coin to honour Srila A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on his 125th birth anniversary. Modi, who unveiled the coin through a video conference, praised Srila Prabhupada’s effort…

Veteran actress Saira Banu hospitalised

Veteran actress and late actor Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu has been admitted to the hospital. She is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. News agency ANI tweeted about it, “Actor Saira Banu, wife of late veteran actor Dilip Kumar, was admitted to Hinduja Hospital…

‘History being erased’: Jallianwala Bagh memorial revamp prompts outrage

A BRITISH Sikh MP is among those who have criticised the revamp of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in India. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, as it is known in India, saw British troops fire on thousands of unarmed men, women and children in the northern city of Amritsar on the afternoon…

Taliban opens diplomatic channels with India

INDIA’S ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader on Tuesday (31), the Indian foreign ministry said, the first formal diplomatic engagement since the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan. The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha,…

Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win gold at…

SHOOTER Avani Lekhara scripted history on Monday (30) as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event in Tokyo. The 19-year-old from Jaipur, who sustained…

Kerala’s Covid-19 lessons for India and Modi’s government

Vilified by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's party for its high COVID-19 cases, Kerala's apparent poor record may actually hold crucial lessons for the country in containing the outbreak as authorities brace for a possible third wave of infections. The opposition-ruled, densely populated southern state is currently reporting the most…

Kaushal Kishore: Striking a patriotic chord with Indians

ACE LYRICIST DISCUSSES HIS POPULAR NEW ANTHEM ON INDIAN Independence Day earlier this month, a lot of people shared the newly released patriotic anthem Vande Mataram, including prime minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood superstar Tiger Shroff, who sang it. The superb song’s biggest hero is lyricist Kaushal Kishore, who conveyed sentiments…

India hurries teacher vaccinations as some physical classes resume

India will supply millions of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to its states to try to inoculate all school teachers by early next month, the health minister said on Wednesday (25), as the country gradually resumes physical classes. The pandemic has hit the country of 1.35 billion people particularly hard and…

Exclusive: Afghanistan ‘will become terror base’

BRITAIN’S top counter-terrorism police officer has warned that Afghanistan will again become a base for exporting terrorism, and predicted lone-wolf attacks “probably within two years”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan earlier this month will…

India to raise $81bn by leasing state assets

INDIA announced plans to lease state-owned assets to the private sector in a bid to raise Rs 6 trillion ($81bn) to repair public finances battered by the pandemic and fund new infrastructure. Asia's third-largest economy was left reeling from a Covid-19 surge and strict lockdowns enforced to contain the virus,…

Sturgeon seeks Raab help for Scottish Sikh held in India

SCOTLAND first minister Nicola Sturgeon has asked foreign secretary Dominic Raab to meet the family of Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish Sikh man from Dumbarton who is being held under anti-terror laws in India and imprisoned there for almost four years. Johal, who was held in the northern Indian state…

In Indian Kashmir, few now dare to speak out

Public protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir were once an almost weekly occurrence but two years after New Delhi imposed direct rule on the region, locals say arbitrary arrests and intimidation by security forces wielding batons and snatching phones have left many too scared to voice dissent. A week before the region's…

Indian defence minister worried over rising national security challenges

INDIA'S national security challenges are increasing and becoming “complex” in view of the changing geopolitical situation across the globe, the country's defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday (19) said and pitched for a strong, capable and completely “self-reliant” domestic defence industry. Singh said this amid growing concerns in India and…

Bangladesh’s firebrand Islamist leader Junaid Babunagari dies

TENS of thousands of people attended the funeral of the firebrand leader of Bangladesh's hardline Islamist outfit just hours after he died in the port city of Chittagong, police said. Junaid Babunagari - who in November took over as the chief of the fundamentalist Hefazat-e-Islam, the largest Islamist group in…

Fake Covid jabs found in India, Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday (16) said it has identified counterfeit versions of the India-made Covid vaccine Covishield at the patient level in Uganda and India, claiming that the Indian producer has also confirmed that listed products are fake.   "The genuine manufacturer of Covishield (Serum Institute of…

New $1.35tn infrastructure plan will create jobs and help attain…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (15) said that the country will launch a Rs 100 trillion ($1.35tn) national infrastructure plan that will help generate jobs and expand the use of cleaner fuels to achieve the country's climate goals. During his speech at the Independence Day celebrations in New…

10 dead, 60 people feared trapped in India landslide

Rescuers were working to clear tonnes of rocks and mud on Wednesday (11) after a landslide buried about 60 people in India's Himalayan north, killing at least 10. A bus carrying between 20 and 25 people had been buried under rubble, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is involved…

New era beckons for UK-India relations

INDIA marks its 75th Independence Day at a moment when the whole world is yearning for a sustainable route out of the Covid pandemic. The country has risen to the current challenges through the resilience and sacrifice of its people – the very traits which secured its freedom as an…

India needs £72 bn FDI annually to become £3.6tn economy,…

TO achieve the target of a $5 trillion (£3.6tn) economy, India would need at least $100 billion (£72 bn) of foreign direct investment (FDI) every year, the head of a top India-centric American business advocacy group said. The group made the observation that a major chunk of this FDI would…

Indian prime minister Modi pushes businesses to boost exports

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi asked businesses on Friday (6) to explore ways to boost exports to $400 billion (£288bn) this year, which could help in employment generation and help the country’s economy recover from the pandemic-induced slowdown. "At present our exports are about 20 per cent of GDP (gross…

Shops shut in Kashmir to mark ‘black day’ anniversary

HUNDREDS of extra police and troops were deployed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday as separatist groups called for a shutdown to mark a "black day" on the second anniversary of New Delhi ending its special status. Prime minister Narendra Modi's government scrapped the Muslim-majority region's partial autonomy on August 5,…

Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic medal

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu awaits a meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi after she became the country's first woman to win two individual Olympic medals. Sindhu beat China's He Bingjiao in Tokyo and swooped a bronze medal. The world champion's victory on Sunday came five years after she finished…

India’s Covid toll likely to be ’10 times the official…

Study says pandemic worst human tragedy since partition A RESEARCH paper in the US estimates the number of excess deaths in India during the pandemic so far is somewhere between 3.4 million and 4.9 million. This compares with the government’s figure that about 400,000 have died from Covid in a…

Chanu’s Tokyo silver earns her free movies, pizza for life

Winning an Olympic medal is reward enough for any athlete, but Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's silver at the Tokyo Games has earned her the added bonus of a lifetime's supply of free pizza and movie tickets. Chanu finished second in the women's 49kg event on Saturday, claiming the country's only…

US, India must stand together to fight ‘democratic recession’, says…

IN his first official visit to India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday (28) issued a veiled warning about Indian democracy backsliding. Blinken told civil society groups -- his first appointment before meeting Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Modi -- that the US and India are "connected by…

Influential British-Indian leader Lalubhai Parekh passes away

ONE of the founders of the UK-based Overseas Friends of the BJP, Lalubhai (Dhirubhai) Parekh, passed away on Monday (26).   Parekh was also a leader of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and a former president of the National Congress of Gujarati Organizations and a trustee. A native of Rajkot, Gujarat,…

Hariprasad Swami of Sokhada passes away

HARIPRASAD Swami, founder of Yogi Divine Society and the head of Haridham Sokhada Swaminarayan Temple, passed away around 11 pm India Time on Monday (26). He was undergoing treatment for kidney ailments at Bhailal hospital in Vadodara in the western Indian state of Gujarat where he breathed his last. He…

India urges UK to review travel ban

INDIA has briefed the Foreign Office about the pandemic situation in India and encouraged UK ministers to consider a review of the travel ban on visitors from India, Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said last Saturday (24).   India remains on the red list although Shringla said many big…

Modi, ministers condole the death of Swami Prakashananda

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi, Indian home minister Amit Shah, minority minister  Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who condoled the demise of former head of Sivagiri Mutt, Swami Prakashananda. One of the oldest spiritual leaders of the southern state of…

India foreign secretary lauds progress on UK-India roadmap

The UK-India dialogue on the roadmap towards accelerated talks between the two countries on a free trade agreement (FTA), with an interim agreement factored in, is “going well” and will see “good progress” in the coming months, Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday (24) said. Shringla, who was…

Heavy rain kills at least 125 in India

THE death toll in India from landslides and accidents caused by torrential monsoon rain rose to 125 on Saturday (24). Rescue teams struggled through thick sludge and debris to reach dozens of submerged homes in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Maharashtra is being hit by the heaviest rain in July in four decades,…

Blinken to meet Modi, Jaishankar next week

US state department on Friday (23) said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India next week. It will be Blinken's first visit to the world's largest democracy and an important US ally in Asia. Blinken will also visit Kuwait and meet senior officials there at the end of…

‘Dahyabhai helped people live better lives’

Family lead tributes to entrepreneur and inspiring community leader Alka, Ranna, Nisha and Miraj Patel: Our pappa accomplished tremendous things in various sectors – in industry, Hindu religion, community affairs both in the UK and in India, but at the same time, he was a loving and exciting family man.…

Narendra Modi faces backlash over income tax raids against India…

THE Narendra Modi government came under fierce criticism on Thursday (22) after India’s tax authorities conducted raids against a popular newspaper and television channel that have been critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. While there was no official remark on…

Nirav Modi extradition appeal: Suicide, Mumbai jail Covid risks in…

FUGITIVE Indian businessman Nirav Modi could face a “substantial risk” of suicide amid an “overwhelming” impact of Covid-19 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where he will be put on being exiled, the High Court of London was told in an extradition appeal hearing on Wednesday (21). The 50-year-old disgraced…

Ministers, election commissioner, foreign diplomats, health experts on Pegasus list

INDIA’s information technology (IT) minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has also been reported to be on Pegasus list as one of the potential targets of Israeli phone hacking software, media reports claimed. More prominent Indian names- including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, election strategist Prashant Kishor, and Trinamool…

Israeli spyware used to target Indian activists, journalists, political leaders:…

SPYWARE Pegasus, which is sold by the NSO Group of Israel, may have been used to conduct surveillance on about 300 Indians, including 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, two cabinet ministers along with several prominent officials and businessmen, reports claim.   As per Paris-based outlet Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International,…

Mumbai landslide kills at least 25 people; crushes several homes

AT LEAST 25 people were killed after several homes were crushed by a collapsed wall and a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India's financial capital Mumbai, authorities said Sunday (18). A falling tree demolished a wall in the eastern suburb of Chembur during Sunday's early hours, burying nearby…

Clash in parliament over Johnson-Modi handshake picture used in leaflet

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer clashed in the House of Commons over a controversial by-election leaflet, which had been branded “divisive” and “anti-India” by Indian diaspora groups in Britain. During a heated debate over the issue of racism at the prime minister’s Questions (PMQs) session…

UK minister lauds British apple exports to India for first…

UK INTERNATIONAL trade secretary Liz Truss has lauded exports of apples from England to India, for the first time in half a century, as a sign of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership in action. Truss said on Twitter over the weekend that the exports of the fruits from a farm…

Biden picks Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India

US President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the US has an increasingly close relationship. Garcetti, who has led the country's second-largest city since 2013 with a focus on improving transportation and sustainability,…

Learning to live with anti-lockdown Tories

POLITICAL analysts have detected a dangerous jihadi strain in the Conservative party first detected in Westminster. Those infected with this deadly mutation say: “We want all Covid restrictions lifted, no matter what the cost. Raising alarms about the 25,000 people a day testing positive for the Delta strain from India…

Bhima Koregaon: Evidence planted on devices of two activists, says…

AT A time when an outrage erupted across India over the death of veteran tribal activist Stan Swamy, The Washington Post on Tuesday (6) reported that a US-based digital forensics firm has revealed that evidence was planted on the computers of two activists arrested in connection with the 2018 Bhima-Koregaon…

Is New York Times anti-Modi?

Recruitment ad for India-based journalist sparks anger and support in equal measure THE New York Times, one of the world’s most influential newspapers whose motto since 1896 has been to publish “all the news that’s fit to print”, itself made headlines last week when it was accused of being biased…

‘Leadbeater, not Labour, won Batley and Spen’

“BATLEY and Spen” were the words on the rosette of a pumped-up Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, and “Battered and Spent” on a frazzled prime minister Boris Johnson’s. The Times cartoonist had clearly prepared his material so it could be flipped, either way, depending on the actual result. And by 323…

India prime minister Narendra Modi expands cabinet: 43 ministers take…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi effected a major cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday (7) whereby some prominent names were brought into the government at the expense of some big names. Former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and heavyweight leader from the central Indian state of…

Narendra Modi cabinet expansion today, to have more youth, women

ALL eyes were set on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (7) over an impending cabinet reshuffle in his government. This will be the first reshuffle since Modi took oath as the prime minister for the second time in 2019 and the final decision was expected to come around…

Batley ‘warning’ for Labour

LABOUR has been urged to engage with Asian communities and “treat them as individuals”, as polls suggest its popularity with Muslim voters is dwindling. The call comes after the party’s victory in the Batley and Spen by-election last week, with candidate Kim Leadbeater, the younger sister of Jo Cox, who…

Narendra Modi cabinet reshuffle soon? All eyes on new faces

PRIME minister Narendra Modi is likely to make the first cabinet reshuffle in his second term in office soon and the exercise could see the induction of more ministers, sources said on Monday (5). According to the sources, the central cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place keeping in mind…

Indian priest, 84, held under anti-terror law dies

An 84-year-old rights activist and Jesuit priest detained for nine months without trial under Indian anti-terrorism laws died on Monday (5) ahead of a bail hearing, officials said. Father Stan Swamy, who campaigned for marginalised tribal communities, was arrested last year for allegedly inciting violence between different Indian castes in…

Modi, Imran Khan feature in advocacy group’s ‘Predators Gallery’

FOUR top south Asian leaders including Narendra Modi and Imran Khan have been accused of being "predators" who are “cracking down on press freedom”. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a global free media advocacy group, has featured the duo in their 2021 "Press freedom predators gallery – old tyrants, two women…

George Galloway eyes possible future by-elections in east London and…

WORKERS party leader George Galloway is now planning to contest on more seats, including east London and Leicester, media reports said, claiming that he has said that his party will fight more possible future by-elections, after losing Batley and Spen seat last week. Collecting more than one-fifth of the votes…

Labour must “apologise” for using controversial leaflet featuring Johnson and…

LABOUR peer Shami Chakrabarti has criticised the party for using a leaflet, featuring British prime minister Boris Johnson shaking hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the Batley and Spen by-election campaign, saying it was a mistake for which “the party must apologise”.   Claiming that she holds “no brief for the…

French judge to probe Rafale jet sale to India

A FRENCH judge has been tasked with investigating a controversial multi-billion-dollar sale of Rafale fighter jets to India on "corruption" suspicions, the national financial prosecutors' office (PNF) said on Friday (2). The €7.8 billion (£6.7bn) deal for 36 planes between the Indian government and French aircraft manufacturer Dassault has long…

Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe to release on Diwali; makers unveil a new…

Rajinikanth’s movies are always a celebration for his fans. The superstar will next be seen in Annaatthe and the movie is slated to hit the big screens on Diwali (4th November) this year. However, due to the lockdown, and the delay in the shoot, it was speculated that the film…

Britain’s parties fight for votes in northern England

VOTERS in Batley and Spen in northern England are casting their ballots today (1) in a new test of whether prime minister Boris Johnson can extend the Conservative Party's control over traditionally opposition-supporting areas. The constituency, which has voted Labour since 1997, could hand another victory to Johnson, whose pursuit…

Batley leaflet ‘dog whistle racism’

By AMIT ROY THE Labour Party has dragged India’s prime minister Narendra Modi into Thursday’s (1) Batley and Spen by-election by issuing a leaflet which says prime minister Boris Johnson has failed to condemn the Indian leader for his policies in Kashmir. The literature has been widely condemned by many…

Batley leaflet ‘dog whistle racism’

The Labour Party has dragged India’s prime minister Narendra Modi into Thursday’s (1) Batley and Spen by-election by issuing a leaflet which says prime minister Boris Johnson has failed to condemn the Indian leader for his policies in Kashmir. The literature has been widely condemned by many of Labour’s Indian…

Huge improvement in India’s vaccine supply

INDIA has administered more Covid-19 vaccine doses in the last two weeks than the number of people who signed up for shots during the period, government data showed on Tuesday (29), signalling improving supplies after widespread shortages. Indians struggled to book scarce inoculation slots after Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened…

India overtakes US in administering Covid vaccines, says its health…

INDIA has overtaken the United States in administering Covid-19 vaccine doses, the country's health ministry said on Monday (28). After launching its vaccination drive on January 16, the country has administered over 323.6 million doses so far. The US, on the other hand, started its drive in December last year…

India probes suspected drone attack at Jammu air base

IN what was called a drone attack by Pakistan-based terrorists for the first time, two bombs were dropped at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday (June 27), officials said. The airport where the blasts took place is used for VVIP movements…

Modi urges India to get COVID-19 shots amid Delta variant…

India's prime minister Narendra Modi urged people on Sunday (27) to overcome their hesitancy and get COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible, as concerns grow about the highly infectious Delta variant being detected in some states. After a fall in infections from May's daily peak of 400,000, India has redoubled…

Pakistan seeks ‘even-handed’ relationship with US: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN is seeking a "civilised" and "even-handed" relationship with Washington like the one that existed between the US and the UK or with India "right now", prime minister Imran Khan has said, underlining the role Islamabad could play in the region, including in Afghanistan after America leaves the war-torn country.…

Reliance to invest £7.2 billion in renewable energy

INDIAN billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries unveiled plans to invest $10 billion (£7.2bn) in renewable energy over the next three years. Ambani made the announcement on Thursday (24) during a virtual address to shareholders, adding the new business aims to "bridge the green energy divide in India and globally". India…

Modi discusses Kashmir elections in first talks since autonomy revoked

INDIA prime minister Narendra Modi told leaders from Jammu & Kashmir that elections would be held there after the region's constituencies were reconfigured following the revocation of its semi-autonomous statehood, meeting participants said. The talks on Thursday (24) were the first between Modi and Kashmiri leaders since the government scrapped…

India vaccinates record 8 million in a single day as…

INDIA on Monday (21) saw a record eight million vaccines being administered as a major boost to its battle against the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The country’s health ministry revealed the data on the first day of revised guidelines for the country's vaccination drive. The number of doses administered on Monday…

Modi praises Bangladesh for making international yoga day a success 

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude to Bangladesh for making the international day of yoga "a resounding success" every year. On the seventh anniversary of the International Yoga Day on Monday (21), Modi said, "I remain optimistic that humanity shall overcome the pandemic very soon." In a letter…

Modi government backtracks on payments to families of Covid victims

Narendra Modi's government will not be able to pay the Rs 400,000 (£3,892) it promised to the families of those who died of Covid as the country's finances are "under severe strain". In an affidavit filed before the supreme court, the Ministry of Home Affairs said it had taken several…

Sprint great Milkha Singh dies at 91

INDIA'S sprint great Milkha Singh also called the 'Flying Sikh' passed away at the age of 91 on Friday (18) night. Singh ran at three successive Olympic Games and finished fourth in the 400 metres in 1960 Rome Games. His death due to Covid-19 complications comes days after his wife,…

Wealthy residents and workers jump vaccine queue in India’s financial…

Between taking orders and handing over parcels of sushi and papaya-mango salad to delivery boys, Indian restaurant manager Padam Vibhushan has fruitlessly hunted online and in hospitals for a COVID-19 vaccine slot since he became eligible on May 1. The 43-year-old is among many in Mumbai who are stuck at…

China is ‘pacing challenge’ for US, says defence secretary Austin

CHINA is a "pacing challenge" for the US and it is “really important” for America to improve relations with its allies in the Indo-Pacific region, defence secretary Lloyd Austin said. “China is, in fact, our pacing challenge and it is my priority focus,” Austin told members of the Senate Appropriations…

Seven takeaways from G7

By Lord Jitesh Gadhia IN THE run-up to last weekend’s G7 meeting in Cornwall, expectations were running high. The first physical gathering of world leaders since the start of the pandemic provided an opportunity to address a whole series of pressing policy issues, ranging from vaccines and post-pandemic recovery to…

Sri Lanka gets £83m line of credit from India for…

SRI LANKA received a $100 million (£83m) line of credit (LOC) from India on Wednesday (16) for solar energy projects. An agreement signed between the Sri Lankan government and the Export-Import Bank of India was exchanged by the high commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, and secretary to the treasury,…

Indian Prime Minister Modi calls for reducing pressure on land…

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (14) said the country is on the right track to achieve its target of land-degradation neutrality. The leader said this while delivering a keynote address at the United Nations’ “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” via a video call. “We are…

Modi, Amit Shah have run out of agenda, Aam Aadmi…

THE Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has always been an ambitious outfit. After having done well in its first-ever election in Delhi in 2013, the party of Arvind Kejriwal came to power but thereafter, it failed to keep up the momentum. The party could not stay in power in Delhi for…

UK and India to work closely on global issues including…

ACTING British High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson on Monday (14) expressed pleasure over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually joining the recently held G7 Summit in the UK and said the host nation will continue to work closely with the Asian power on global issues, including on the path…

Exclusive: Our alliance with BSP is more a social coalition…

THE Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has recently joined hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections and both parties described the move as “historic”. This is not the first time that the two outfits have come together to fight an election. In the 1996 Lok…

India a natural ally of G7, says prime minister Modi

INDIA is a natural ally for the G7 countries in defending the shared values from threats like authoritarianism, terrorism and violent extremism, disinformation and economic coercion, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday (13). In a virtual address at a session on 'open societies and open economies' at the G7…

Congress needs big organisational reforms to show it’s still a…

WITH problems multiplying for India’s century-old Congress party, senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal has said that the party must bring widespread reforms across all levels of its organisation to prove that it is still a viable political alternative to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sibal has…

India holds vaccination drive for people with disabilities

Authorities in an Indian city have organised a special drive-through vaccination camp for disabled people in a bid to address low vaccination rates, especially among more vulnerable members of society. Organisers of the weekend campaign in Ahmedabad, the biggest city in Gujarat state, aim to vaccinate 500 disabled people, who…

Exclusive: China underestimated India’s strong response that triggered Galwan clash,…

THEY both are promising economies and with mammoth populations on either side of the border, these two neighbours can aspire to be world beaters in decades to come. But in reality, India and China have been more at odds than in unity. From border to political to geostrategic, the two…

Amazon, Flipkart face investigation by India’s Competition Commission into their…

THE Competition Commission of India (CCI) has relaunched an investigation into Amazon’s selling practices in the country after an Indian court dismissed pleas by Amazon and the Walmart-owned Flipkart to quash the investigation. Originally announced in January 2020, it will also examine the company’s £1 billion-a-year joint venture with UK…

Filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta passes away

National award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta passed away at his residence in Kolkata today. The 77-year-old died due to old-age-related ailments. According to PTI, the family members said that he was having kidney ailments for a long time and was undergoing dialysis twice a week regularly. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata…

Patel brothers raise funds for Covid patients in their Gujarat…

A LEADING Asian businessman and philanthropist has emphasised the “urgent” need for aid in India to help the healthcare system tackle the Covid-19 crisis, as the toll continues to rise across the country. Coronavirus has ravaged India in a devastating second wave in recent months, with more than 350,000 deaths…

India offers free Covid vaccines for all adults after bungling…

INDIA will provide free Covid-19 vaccines to all adults, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Monday (7), in an effort to rein in a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands and led to the world's second-highest tally of infections. Modi's announcement on national television came after weeks of criticism…

India warns Twitter to comply with new IT rules

India on Saturday (5) issued "one last notice" to Twitter to comply with new IT regulations that the social media giant says threaten privacy guarantees. Digital rights activists say New Delhi's latest rules could be used by the government to identify authors of critical posts on social media sites. But…

Indian states ease lockdown restrictions as cases fall

SOME of India's states are easing lockdown restrictions as coronavirus infections subside, with the world's second most-populous nation on Saturday (5) logging its lowest daily case count in nearly two months. India saw 120,529 new coronavirus infections emerge over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,380. The country's…

Asian boy, 11, gets Point Of Light award

AN 11-year-old boy has this week become a recipient of the Point of Light award for conducting daily yoga classes for about 40 children across 14 countries during the lockdown. Ishwar Sharma was recognised for his dedication to yoga and his efforts to help other children through this practice during…

India to soon make available 10m Covid-19 vaccine doses per…

INDIA could have as many as 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines available per day in July and August, compared with just under three million now, the government said, trying to allay concerns about shortages and mishandling of the programme. The world's second most populous country has suffered a disastrous…

India’s island cluster simmers with tension over new regulations

LAKSHADWEEP, a normally tranquil group of islands off the southwest coast of India, has been simmering with tension over a slew of rules proposed by its administrator Praful Patel. Critics said the proposals are "anti-people" and threaten the livelihoods of the islanders. The opposition to the rule that started as…

India’s economy shrinks 7.3 per cent in 2020-21, worst since…

INDIA'S economy contracted 7.3 per cent in the financial year ended March 2021, its worst recession since independence as pandemic and subsequent lockdowns left millions jobless. However, the country’s growth rate picked up in the fourth quarter to 1.6 per cent, after exiting its first "technical recession" since 1947 following…

Huge swathes of farm land swamped in eastern India after…

MORE THAN 96,000 hectares (237,221 acres) of agricultural land has been inundated in parts of an eastern Indian state hit by a powerful storm this week, officials said, a year after the coastal region was ravaged by a super cyclone. Cyclone Yaas swept in from the Bay of Bengal on…

US and India will tackle the Covid-19 pandemic together, says…

US secretary of state Antony Blinken has said  that the US and India are united in trying to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic together and Washington is determined to help India with its coronavirus crisis. Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who has spent the past week in the US seeking help…

Indian capital announces tentative easing of lockdown as cases fall

INDIAN authorities Friday (28) announced a tentative easing of the lockdown in the capital New Delhi as coronavirus infections fall in major cities after weeks of restrictions. Rural areas of the country are now seeing the brunt of a surge in cases that has overwhelmed the health care system and…

India says Twitter undermining law over opposition to new IT…

India's government on Thursday accused Twitter of working to undermine its legal system, escalating a battle between authorities and social media giants over new IT rules. The US company accused police of "intimidation" after they visited its offices in the capital New Delhi to serve a notice over an inquiry…

India scraps local trials for ‘well-established’ foreign Covid-19 vaccines

INDIA scrapped local trials for "well-established" foreign coronavirus vaccines on Thursday (27) as it tries to accelerate the vaccination rollout to counter the world's worst surge in infections. India this month recorded its highest Covid-19 death toll since the pandemic began last year, accounting for just over a third of…

India apparel industry seeks essential services status and carry on…

May 26, 2021 INDIA' S Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), an industry body, said it wants to be classed as essential services and therefore be allowed to carry on exporting as cities across India are in lockdown. “We request the Central government should issue necessary instructions to all the state…

WhatsApp files lawsuit against India’s new guidelines for social media

May 26, 2021 WHATSAPP has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (25) against guidelines introduced by the Indian government that would break its privacy guarantees. The lawsuit has been filed in Delhi High Court and is likely to be taken up for consideration today (26). WhatsApp did not give details of…

Indian farmers observe ‘black day’ to mark six months of…

INDIAN farmers agitating at three Delhi border points observed 'black day' on Wednesday (26) to mark the completion of six months of their protest against three new agriculture laws. They raised black flags, shouted anti-government slogans, burnt effigies and took out protest marches at the three border points -Singhu, Ghazipur…