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Kremlin says Johnson’s claim about Putin missile threat a ‘lie’

The Kremlin on Monday dismissed as a "lie" accusations from former British prime minister Boris Johnson that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally threatened him with a missile attack. "What Mr Johnson said is not true. More precisely it's a lie," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "Moreover, this is either…

Why making migrants feel welcome matters

DOWNING STREET had a make-over last week. There were hanging lanterns in the staircases alongside the portraits of former prime ministers. Cherry blossom and auspicious orchids decorated the reception rooms. Rishi Sunak was celebrating Lunar New Year, noting that the year of the rabbit’s traditional association with peace and prosperity…

India’s PM Modi can play key role in facilitating talks…

There is a need for someone who can bring Ukraine and Russia to the table for talks and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can play a key role in facilitating the negotiations between the two warring neighbours, a veteran French journalist said. However, at this moment it looks "extremely difficult"…

Google to axe 12,000 workers; CEO Pichai says ‘sorry’

Google will lay off 12,000 jobs across the globe, its CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Friday, becoming the latest tech giant after Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon to retrench staff en mass amid the global economic downturn. In an email to employees, the Indian-origin CEO said: "I have some difficult news…

Bradford professor who uses facial recognition technology to nab assassins…

Renowned computer scientist Hassan Ugail has used his facial recognition technology to solve the longstanding mystery surrounding the de Brécy Tondo.The Tondo is a circular painting of the Madonna and child. But there is little on record to authentically conclude as to who created the artwork although it is believed…

Rinat Akhmetov Is Building Shelling-Resistant War Shelters

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Rinat Akhmetov‘s Metinvest Group has made every effort to provide the defenders of Ukraine with tactical equipment, vehicles, protective gear, and special shelters. Among other efforts, the assistance is provided as part of Akhmetov’s Steel Front military initiative. Now, Rinat Akhmetov, the owner…

Former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi wanted Putin to defuse India-Pakistan…

Italia’s former leader Silvio Berlusconi suggested to world leaders in 2002 that Russian president Vladimir Putin could be used to broker peace between India and Pakistan, according to the UK’s now-revealed confidential papers. Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister at the time, put forth the idea at a lunch organised for world…

‘I count on India’s participation in peace formula implementation’: Zelenskyy…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought India's help in the implementation of a peace formula with Russia. "I had a phone call with PM Modi & wished him a successful G20 presidency. It was on this platform that I announced…

Putin’s critic Pavel Antonov found dead in India was on…

Russian lawmaker Pavel Antonov, who was found dead in Odisha's hotel, has booked the trip to India under 'India Tribal Tour,' Delhi-based travel and tour company Trip India Private Limited said on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with ANI, Pragya Chandra, director of operations of Trip India Private Limited said,…

Genisys Group founder Sir Ashok Rabheru, 70, dies

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

Modi’s views on nuclear weapons impacted Russia amid Ukraine war:…

Prime minister Narendra Modi's views on the use of nuclear weapons had an impact on the Russians and could well have averted a global disaster in the context of the Ukraine war, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Bill Burns said, according to PBS. "I think it's also been…

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

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

2022: A year of ‘sugar rush’ politics

2022 was a year when decades happened. The year of three Prime Ministers and a Royal funeral, war in Europe and recession at home could fill many pages in the future history books. Boris Johnson was sure he could survive the pressure over rule-breaking in Downing Street. For six months,…

UK government could bring in military to ease strike action,…

The British government is looking at bringing in the military to help keep public services running if key workers, including in the state-run NHS, take strike action, the chairman of the governing Conservative Party said on Sunday (4). Britain is already grappling with industrial action in a range of sectors,…

Ex-climate chief Alok Sharma backs bid to overturn ban on…

Former cabinet minister Alok Sharma has joined a growing number of Conservative MPs calling for an end to the moratorium on onshore wind farms in England.Sharma, who led the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last year, has backed an amendment to the Levelling UP bill to reverse the ban…

Indian state revokes ban imposed on products of yoga guru…

A state in northern India will revoke its previous order banning five products made by billionaire yoga guru Baba Ramdev's company after the firm alleged an 'anti-Ayurveda drug mafia' behind the decision. Earlier, the Uttarakhand Ayurveda and Unani Services authority banned the production of five drugs-Divya Madhugrit, Divya Eyegrit Gold,…

UK reputation has taken a knock, admits Rishi Sunak

The UK's international reputation has taken "a bit of a knock" this year, Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday, as he vowed to restore economic stability. In an interview with the BBC in Bali on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Sunak said tax rises and spending cuts in Thursday's Autumn…

Modi, Biden review India-US ties during their meeting in Bali

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday reviewed the state of India-US strategic partnership including in sectors like critical and emerging technologies and artificial intelligence. It is understood that Modi and Biden also touched upon the Ukraine conflict and its implications in their meeting that took…

Watch: Rishi Sunak, Modi meet for first time at G20…

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (15) met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after assuming office for the first time on the sidelines of the 17th edition of the G20 Summit in Bali (Indonesia). "Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @RishiSunak in conversation during the first day of the @g20org Summit…

UK, India need each other now more than ever: Boris…

Ties between the United Kingdom and India will remain on a “phenomenal upward trajectory” under Indian-origin UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, that country’s former premier Boris Johnson said on Saturday. The two countries need each other now more than ever as “we live in dangerous and turbulent times”, he said.…

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

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

Sunak says he has been elected to fix ‘mistakes’ made…

Rishi Sunak made his first speech as Britain's prime minister on Tuesday (25), acknowledging the mistakes of his predecessor Liz Truss while vowing to fix the economy, lead with integrity and fulfil the promises of the Conservative Party's 2019 manifesto. Below are the highlights from Sunak's speech: ON THE ECONOMY…

Sir Ashok Rabheru receives Knighthood at Windsor Castle

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

Boris Johnson loyalist Priti Patel comes out in support of…

Priti Patel, a loyalist of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on October 24 came out in support of Rishi Sunak to take over at 10 Downing Street as the Conservative Party leader after her former boss withdrew from the leadership contest. The Indian-origin former Home Secretary, who resigned from…

Rishi Sunak crosses minimum nomination threshold of 100 Tory MPs…

Conservative British politician of Indian descent Rishi Sunak is quick off the mark to bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the British Prime Ministership having secured more than a hundred nominations - which is the minimum requirement to contest for the post. Sunak, late Friday became the…

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

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

FTA well on track, will wait and see: India’s Commerce…

Noting that the free trade agreements with the UK are well on track, Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal Thursday said India will wait for the change in leadership before formulating a strategy vis a vis the UK. "We will have to wait and see whether they have a quick change…

Liz Truss resigns as UK prime minister after 45 days

Liz Truss said on Thursday (20) she was resigning as British prime minister, brought down by her economic programme that sent shockwaves through the markets and divided her Conservative Party just six weeks after she was appointed. A leadership election will be completed within the next week. Speaking outside the…

‘One of the most dangerous nations in world…’ US President…

In perhaps the most candid statement made against it, US President Joe Biden described Pakistan as "one of the most dangerous nations" in the world which holds "nuclear weapons without any cohesion." The US President made these remarks at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Reception in Los Angeles (California), during…

Rise in tax-free cash bursaries for candidates aspiring to train…

Graduates applying to train as teachers in high-priority subjects are set to receive a rise to tax-free cash bursaries and scholarships from next year under the government's plans to recruit and retain top talent. For aspiring teachers starting their training in September next year, bursaries worth £27,000 and scholarships worth…

Pitt ‘choked’ one child, hit another in Jolie plane fight:…

Brad Pitt allegedly hit one of his children in the face and choked another during a fight with Angelina Jolie on a private plane, according to court papers filed Tuesday in the United States by his ex-wife. The former couple, once one of Hollywood's highest profile pairings, have been embroiled…

‘Plunder of India…’Putin rails against Western powers in his speech

Accusing the West of provoking colour revolution in any country for geopolitical gains, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that the West has "plundered" countries like India in contradiction to the values of "truth, freedom and justice," according to Reuters translation of Putin's speech. "The West ... began its…

‘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,…

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…

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…

Who’s invited — and who’s not — to Queen Elizabeth’s…

Hundreds of foreign royals and leaders are expected to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday in one of the biggest diplomatic gatherings in decades. Westminster Abbey has space for around 2,000 people, so only heads of state and one or two guests have reportedly…

Key quotes from Liz Truss’s victory speech after winning UK…

Liz Truss won the ruling Conservative Party's leadership contest on Monday and will become Britain's new prime minister after replacing the ousted Boris Johnson. Below are key quotes from her victory speech: "I campaigned as a conservative and I will govern as a conservative. My friends, we need to show…

Zahawi ‘deeply concerned’ people could freeze this winter

British Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has said that he is 'deeply concerned' that people could freeze this winter, media reports said. He revealed that the Treasury has been finalising plans to extend support to people to help pay their energy bills. Meanwhile, Liz Truss, the frontrunner to replace Boris Johnson as…

Public should cut back on energy use, says Nadhim Zahawi

British finance minister Nadhim Zahawi said more help was on its way for consumers and businesses struggling with the soaring cost of energy, after the regulator said on Friday (26) bills would rise by 80 per cent on average from October. Zahawi said he was working on support options for…

‘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 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…

Rushdie attack a ‘wake-up call’ on Iran, says UK PM…

Rishi Sunak, one of two candidates seeking to become Britain's next prime minister, said Friday's attack on author Salman Rushdie should serve as a wake-up call to the West over Iran, the Sunday Telegraph reported.Indian-born author Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him over…

Boris Johnson hosts world Climate Activist at Downing Street to…

British prime minister Boris Johnson hosted world activists across the UK at Downing Street including 7-year-old climate activist Aleesha Gadhia During the meeting on Tuesday (9), Johnson exuded confidence that his successor will have the fiscal firepower and the headroom to continue to look after people. Gadhia from Nottinghamshire, who…

What Is Chargeback, And How Does It Work?

Chargebacks occur when a customer successfully disputes an item on their account statement or transaction report. Asides from Debits or Credit Cards, services like Payday Depot can be charged back for several reasons. Some of these reasons will consider later in this article. But for now, let's understand how chargeback…

Natasha Vasandani: Politics with plenty of comedy

Politics has been a red-hot topic of conversation and takes centre-stage in the comedy sketch show NewsRevue, which is enjoying a run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival until August 28. The satirical show, which looks at everything from climate cha­nge and disgraced roya­ls to Vladimir Putin and party-ga­te, is…

Google introduces ‘Simplicity Sprint’ to step up efficiency as Sundar…

Google has asked its employees to improve their productivity after the tech giant’s parent Alphabet reported a drop in its profit last week. With the global macro-economic environment looking uncertain, Google launched “Simplicity Sprint”, an initiative to crowdsource ideas for quicker product development from its 1,70,000 full-time employees.   It’s an…

What is Digital Transformation?

A strategy to reinvent businesses around the globe, Digital Transformation no longer remains a choice but has become a necessity to survive. When choosing between innovation or extinction, you know what’s the right choice to make. Digital transformation is about creating an entirely new business model and redefining the entire…

‘Cricket match’ in UK created pitch for Imran Khan’s political…

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the party formed by former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan whose political rise has stemmed from anti-corruption rhetoric, had received funding via a private cricket tournament organised by a Pakistani tycoon, the Financial Times reported. The report said that Pakistani tycoon Arif Naqvi, founder of Dubai-based Abraaj Group,…

China was stealing our technology and infiltrating our universities: Sunak…

Rishi Sunak on Sunday promised to get tough on China if he becomes Britain's next prime minister, calling the Asian superpower the "number one threat" to domestic and global security.The former finance minister's pledge comes after his rival in the final two of the race to lead the ruling Conservative…

UK to arm Ukraine with artillery guns, drones and anti-tank…

UK defence secretary has revealed that the country will supply scores of artillery guns, hundreds of drones and hundreds more anti-tank weapons to Ukraine soon, an official statement said. Ben Wallace told the British Parliament that more than 20 M109 155mm self-propelled guns and 36 L119 105mm artillery guns will…

In final two, Britain’s foreign minister Liz Truss burnishes her…

If it's not the pictures of her standing atop a tank in a nod to Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, it's the meme-defining moment when she vented her anger over cheese imports into Britain that made Liz Truss something of a household name.For many, she was a figure of fun, but…

Policy views of final two candidates in race to succeed…

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister was on Wednesday (20) reduced to the final two candidates, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, who will go forward for a summer of campaigning to win over the around 200,000 Conservative Party members who make the final decision. Below is…

Rivals, Johnson’s loyalists launch frontal attack on Sunak as Conservative…

Frontrunning Conservative leadership aspirant Rishi Sunak has come under frontal attack from his rivals and prime minister Boris Johnson’s loyalists as the intra-party contest has hotted up.Brexit opportunities minister Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the former chancellor of damaging the reputation of the ruling party with his mismanagement of the country’s economy…

World reacts to Boris Johnson’s downfall

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision on Thursday to step down as leader of his Conservative Party, paving the way for a new premier to take over, drew a spectrum of reactions from leaders worldwide. Johnson, who quit as Tory leader following a series of scandals and an exodus of…

No one is remotely indispensable: Johnson’s resignation speech

Here are some of the highlights from his six-minute resignation speech delivered outside No 10 Downing Street. On resigning  "It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore a new prime minister... the process of choosing…

Prime Minister, you know in your heart what the right…

BRITAIN's newly appointed chancellor of the exchequer, Nadhim Zahawi has urged prime minister Boris Johnson to 'go now' in a letter. He also clarified that he took the new role ‘out of loyalty', adding that he is willing to 'shoulder the criticism' for his decision. In his letter, Zahawi said…

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

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

Pakistan’s future is tied up with Russia: Imran Khan

Even as the Western bloc continues to impose sanctions on Moscow, former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan's future is tied to Russia. In an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), the beleaguered PTI chief, said it was good to take a moral stand on the…

A Guide On a How SIP Calculator Can Help You…

Today, you can find several investment instruments and financial products on the market. In the current economic atmosphere, conventional instruments like FDs are losing their popularity. Interest rates are low, and investors find that they don’t get adequate returns on investment with these fixed instruments. A great way to save…

Tory donor Mohamed Amersi reveals why he is not suing…

A Tory donor has revealed that he is not taking legal action against former MP for mid-Sussex, Sir Nicholas Soames, grandson of former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, because of his 'close proximity to the Prince of Wales', according to media reports. Mohamed Amersi said that a former Parliamentary colleague…

New online cost of living tools launched to help Britons…

Workers across the UK will be able to go online, input their salary and see how much they could save thanks to the tax cut which comes in on 6th July.New Financial Support and Benefits Checker Tool will also help people find the government support they’re eligible for.A NEW online…

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

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

Russia blacklists 49 Britons, including journalists

Russia on Tuesday said it was blacklisting 49 UK citizens, including defence officials and prominent reporters and editors from the BBC, The Financial Times and The Guardian. London has been one of the most vocal supporters of Kyiv after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. "The…

Putin TV stooge mock Brit prisoners facing death penalty

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

Chancellor Sunak launches review of UK’s advanced computing at London…

CHANCELLOR of the exchequer Rishi Sunak on Monday (13) launched the Future of Compute Review during the opening address at London Tech Week, which kicked off the same day, as part of the UK government’s new Digital Strategy which was also unveiled at the event. The review will be led…

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

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

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

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

What you must Know about Colocation

If you want your business to succeed, you must facilitate it with the best services. Check out below to learn more about colocation. Definition Colocation involves renting space for your computer hardware and servers from a third-party data center provider facility. Colocation services primarily include the building where everything is…

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…

Charity supporter and IT chief Ashok J Rabheru awarded Knighthood

Charity supporter and IT chief, Ashok J Rabheru, has been awarded a Knighthood in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He becomes Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his work for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which he has supported in various capacities for over twenty-five…

Russian TV presenter exhorts Putin to invade Britain and take…

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

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

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

‘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…

‘A Russian President with nothing to loose is more dangerous’

THE health of Vladimir Putin is a double-edged weapon. A British tabloid is reporting that Putin is “very ill with blood cancer”. If the Russian president really is going down, he may calculate he has nothing to lose by taking everyone else down with him. The source for the claim…

Johnson signs new security deals with Sweden, Finland

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

Indian American becomes dean of Stanford University’s new school

AN Indian American material scientist has been named the inaugural dean of Stanford University's new school on climate change and sustainability. Dr Arun Majumdar is an internationally recognised expert in advanced energy systems, new materials, electrical grids, and renewable energy. He will assume the new position on June 15, the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

Putin, Pakistan leader ‘quietly exchange letters to enhance ties’

PAKISTAN'S new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and Russian president Vladimir Putin have quietly exchanged letters to strengthen bilateral relations, a media report has said. The letters were exchanged after the election of Shehbaz as the prime minister but both the sides kept development away from the media glare in what seemed to be a move aimed at…

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…

India slams WHO over report claiming four million Covid deaths

India has sharply criticised a forthcoming World Health Organization study which reportedly claims coronavirus killed four million people nationally, the latest analysis suggesting a significant undercount of the pandemic's death toll. The New York Times reported last week that New Delhi had stalled the study's release after disputing that India's…

Russia bans entry to Boris Johnson

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

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…

Russian diamond miner ‘Alrosa’ to default on Eurobond payment

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

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

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

Sunak under scrutiny over wife’s tax dealings

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

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…

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…

Infosys plays down Russia ties

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

Mass rally in London in solidarity with Ukraine

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

Rising star Sunak loses some of his shine

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

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…

Sunak denies family benefiting from Putin’s regime

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak denied his family is benefiting from Russia when his government has imposed sanctions on Moscow.Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy is the daughter of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy. She is believed to have a stake in the IT services company which has operations in Russia.“I don’t think so,"…

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…

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 -…

Imran Khan praises India’s ‘independent foreign policy’

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday (20) lauded India for following an “independent foreign policy”.Addressing a public rally in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he said India, which is part of the Quad grouping, has imported crude oil from Russia despite American sanctions on Moscow.The Quad grouping has the US, India,…

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

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

‘Ukraine’s refugee crisis replays the journeys of Ugandan Asians’

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Homes for Ukraine : Website to house refugees in UK…

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

Johnson meets Saudi, UAE leaders as war roils oil prices

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

Ukraine: India again calls for direct negotiations

INDIA once again renewed calls for a halt to the fighting in Ukraine and urged Moscow and Kyiv to resolve their hostilities through diplomatic dialogue and not violence. India’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador R Ravindra said Delhi has been and will continue to remain in touch with…

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

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

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…

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

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

Ukrainian president to address British parliament

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

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…

Imran Khan slams Western envoys’ letter on Russia

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan has hit out at Islamabad-based Western envoys who last week urged the south Asian country to condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine, asking them if they thought Pakistan was their "slave".The heads of 22 diplomatic missions, including those of European Union member states, released a joint…

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…

Russia announces humanitarian corridors in Ukraine

RUSSIA announced humanitarian corridors would open in several Ukrainian cities on Monday (7) after terrified civilians came under fire in two previous attempts and with Moscow's forces pummeling cities across the country.The announcement came after another night of relentless bombardment by Russian forces from the air, land and sea, and…

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…

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…

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Netflix pauses future projects, acquisitions from Russia

Netflix has reportedly put on hold all future projects and acquisitions from Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.   According to Variety, the streaming service had four Russian originals in the pipeline, including a crime thriller series directed by Dasha Zhuk, which was shooting and has been postponed. [caption id="attachment_177103" align="aligncenter"…

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…

Lord Desai: I’m surprised and worried by India’s Russia decision

INDIA’s abstention on the UN Security Council Resolution over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is a significant yet surprising decision. Given that India has moved so much closer to the US by joining the Quad, is actively negotiating the EU India Trade Treaty and that Indian stock markets are receiving lot…

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,…

Sunder Katwala: Public opinion supports helping Ukrainian refugees

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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…

FIFA expels Russia from Qatar World Cup

RUSSIA has been expelled from the Qatar World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions "until further notice", FIFA and UEFA announced in a joint statement, while European football's governing body also ended its partnership with Russian energy giant Gazprom. The men's team had been due to play in…

Indian student killed in Ukraine shelling

AN INDIAN student was killed on Tuesday (1) in shelling in Ukraine, New Delhi said as it urged Moscow and Kyiv to secure safe passage for around 12,000 of its stranded nationals."With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning," Indian…

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 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…

Johnson unveils UK’s largest-ever sanctions against Russia

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

Imran Khan, Putin discuss Ukraine and south Asia

RUSSIA'S president Vladimir Putin met Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in Moscow on Thursday (24) in his first face-to-face talks since the start of a special military operation in eastern Ukraine. During their meeting in the Kremlin, the leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and current regional topics, including developments in south…

Ukraine crisis: India calls for immediate de-escalation

INDIA on Thursday (24) called for an immediate de-escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine as president Vladimir Putin launched a 'military operation' in eastern Ukraine. India also warned that the situation is in danger of spiralling into a major crisis. Russian forces fired missiles at several cities in Ukraine…

Johnson chairs crisis meeting after Russia’s Ukraine attack

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

US sanctions on Russia: Indian American economic advisor plays crucial…

AN Indian American economic advisor is playing a crucial role to impose punitive sanctions on Russia over its actions against Ukraine. Daleep Singh, deputy national security advisor for international economics and deputy director of the national economic council, made his second appearance in the White House press room in a…

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…

Imran Khan’s first visit to Russia from February 23

PRIME minister Imran Khan will travel to Russia on Wednesday (23) on a two-day visit - the first by a Pakistan premier in more than two decades.Khan will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin and review the bilateral ties including energy cooperation besides exchanging views on major regional and…

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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…

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…

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The Covid-19 pandemic is currently the biggest adversity at hand, posing unprecedented challenges across all aspectsof life, especially the economy. However, there was a profuse increase in thedemand for colocation data centre services, owing to the complete shift to an online way of life. But not only did data centres…

UK joins US and Australia’s diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Britain on Wednesday (8) joined Australia and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February, prompted by what the Western allies argue are widespread rights abuses by China. The UK will not send ministers to the Winter Games in the Chinese capital Beijing, prime minister…

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,…

India seeks to build digital identity systems across world

INDIA is looking to collaborate with foreign countries and international organisations to build digital identity systems across the world, a top official said on Friday (3). Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Saurabh Garg said that the agency is also exploring emerging technology to enhance security and increase the…

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Oxford Nanopore raises revenue guidance after UAE deal

BRITAIN’S new age gene sequencing company Oxford Nanopore Technologies has raised its revenue guidance after it struck a $68-million (£50.8m) deal with the UAE-based G42 Laboratory. Under the contract, the Oxford University spin-out will provide devices, consumables including flow cells and kits and other support services to G42 Laboratory for…

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…

Banking on Asian staff to improve diversity at work

BRITISH Indian workers are now dominating the finance industry in the UK, official figures have revealed. Some 20.5 per cent of employees of Indian origin are in the banking or financial sector, the highest proportion of any group. The figure was 14.6 per cent for those of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin…

‘Afghanistan unlikely to be America’s finest hour’

MANY wonder what the current catastrophe in Afghanistan will mean for the wider world order, and particularly how the withdrawal will affect the United States’ image on the global stage in terms of its position as an international leader. What can be said is that the pullout has certainly done…

Imran Khan calls for positive engagement with Afghanistan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and asked the international community for positive engagement with Kabul. Khan made the comments during his meeting with the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, in Islamabad on…

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…

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STUDENTS have celebrated the release of their GCSE results on Thursday (12) after a second year of cancelled exams due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alike to A-Level results on Tuesday (10), teachers submitted grades for pupils using their mock exams and coursework as estimates. According to data, top grades (7/As…

Freedom of internet is under attack, warns Google boss Sundar…

GOOGLE CEO Sundar Pichai has said that he believes that the ideology of a free and open internet is under attack in many countries around the world. He, while speaking with a media outlet, said that the flow of information is being restricted and is being looked at as a…

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…

Microsoft becomes second US company to join £1.4 trillion club

TECH giant Microsoft became the second US company to join the exclusive $2 trillion (£1.4tn) club, beating Amazon, the Telegraph reported. The Seattle-based software firm climbed just above the mark on Tuesday (22) backed by strong expectations for its booming cloud computing business. Apple was the first US company to…

Buckingham Palace pledges to ‘do more’ as data shows low…

BUCKINGHAM PALACE has admitted that it “must do more” as it came to light for the first time on Thursday (24) that Britain's royal family employs a very low proportion of ethnic minority staff, amounting to just 8.5 per cent.   "It is not that we have not been progressing…

Amazon to create 10,000 more jobs in Britain

E-COMMERCE giant Amazon has said that it will create another 10,000 jobs in Britain, a day after announcing a US hiring spree as online shopping booms during the pandemic. The expansion, equal to more than one-fifth of its current UK workforce, will lift its staff amount in Britain to 55,000…

Infosys to hire 1,000 workers in UK

IT firm Infosys on Tuesday (4) said it plans to hire 1,000 workers in the UK over the next three years as part of efforts to support the country's economic recovery and growth. The new hires will work in the digital space, including cloud computing, data and analytics, artificial intelligence,…

Russia to deliver ’emergency’ virus aid to India

Russia will deliver emergency aid to coronavirus-hit India, resident Vladimir Putin told prime minister Narendra Modi in a phone call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. India has become the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, recording 360,000 new infections -- a world record -- and more than 3,000 deaths on…

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With the recent development in the world economy & world trade, India holds one of the top position for growth markets. Also, technological advancement has boosted foreign direct investments in a country. Recent technologies like, Data mining, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, crypto, and so many more have impacted how business processes…

US special climate envoy John Kerry to visit India this…

SPECIAL presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka from April 1-9 to discuss the climate crisis. Kerry would travel for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of US president Joe Biden's Leaders' Summit on Climate from April 22-23 and the 26th Conference…

Trading on Indo-UK ties

By Lord Dolar Popat I WAS delighted to read the joint statement on the enhanced trade partnership made during our international trade secretary Liz Truss’s re­cent visit to New Delhi. India is a country with which we have a huge amount in common, and deepening ties with vast and attractive…

New battle to save historic India Club

By Amit Roy IN THE age of Black Lives Matter, why is Marston Properties causing such distress by seek­ing to oust leaseholders Yadgar Marker and his daughter Phiroza who run the India Club at 143-145 Strand in London? In the last few years, they have kept on and on, the…

Shoojit Sircar’s unreleased film Shoebite starring Amitabh Bachchan to get…

By Murtuza Iqbal Shoojit Sircar and Amitabh Bachchan have worked together in movies like Piku, PINK (Sircar produced it), and Gulabo Sitabo. But, before Piku, in early 2000, the filmmaker and the actor had collaborated for a movie titled Shoebite which has not yet released. The movie has been stuck…

Patel says Trump comments led to US Capitol violence

DONALD TRUMP'S rhetoric in disputing his loss of the US presidential election led directly to the "terrible" violence at the US Capitol and he should condemn the scenes in Washington, home secretary Priti Patel said today (7). Hundreds of Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol yesterday (6) in a stunning…

Barber charts Modi’s journey as leader who inspires millions

  By Amit Roy IN HIS just-published diaries, Lionel Bar­ber, who enjoyed a long stint as editor of the Financial Times from 2005 to 2020, has written about three trips to India and meeting some of the country’s most pow­erful figures, including Narendra Modi. The first time was in 2013…

Next three decades will be ‘more exciting’ for Indian IT,…

THE next 30 years will be more exciting for the information technology(IT) sector in India, an industry veteran said on Thursday(19). The co-founder of Indian IT giant Infosys Kris Gopalakrishnan has predicted increased outsourcing business for India in his virtual address to the Bengaluru Tech Summit. "In spite of the…

After India backlash, Amazon takes down underwear, doormat listings with…

Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday (10) it had taken down listings of products such as briefs and doormats with Hindu sacred symbols, which were being sold on its overseas websites, following a furore on social media in India. #BoycottAmazon was one of the top trending topics on Twitter in India,…

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WORLD LEADERS voiced their condemnation Tuesday(3) over the multiple shootings in Vienna that killed four people. British prime minister Boris Johnson said that he was 'deeply shocked' by the incident. He added that the country stands united with Austria 'against terror'. "I am deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in…

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‘Something wrong with her’, says Trump as he mocks Harris’…

US president Donald Trump on Monday (26) mocked Senator Kamala Harris and said her frequent bursts of laughter at serious questions suggests "there's something wrong" with the Democratic vice presidential candidate. Trump, 74, who is seeking his re-election, is campaigning intensely in Pennsylvania, a state that he narrowly won in…

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Trump lauds Modi as ‘great leader loyal friend’ on his…

US president Donald Trump greeted prime minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday, praising him as a "great leader and loyal friend". Prime minister Modi, born on September 17 in 1950, turned 70 on Thursday. "I would like to extend best wishes and a very happy 70th birthday to the…

China will release five Indian nationals detained at border –…

CHINA will release five Indian nationals it detained earlier this month in a region bordering Tibet, state-back tabloid Global Times reported on Saturday(12), citing unnamed sources. The five were Indian intelligence agents dressed as hunters, the paper said, disputing claims that they had been kidnapped. Bilateral relations have been unusually…

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Leicester student ‘hacks’ tech giants to keep them secure

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On India’s COVID-19 frontline, female health workers push for fair…

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WW II spy Noor Inayat Khan becomes first South Asian…

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More disadvantaged students qualify for higher education in the UK

MORE disadvantaged students than ever will be going for higher education this year in the UK. The results announced on  Thursday (13) using the robust grading system implemented by Ofqual shows that students have not been disadvantaged due to their background. In another highlight, a record number of 18 year…

Putin says daughter was part of ‘experiment’ as Russia approves…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai had a special message for the graduating class of 2020, urging them to be open, hopeful and "impatient", and exuded confidence that they have a "chance to change everything". Amid the coronavirus pandemic, on-ground graduation ceremonies are giving way to virtual ones. Google''s video platform YouTube…

Russia postpones BRICS, SCO summits in July over pandemic

Russia has announced that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced it to postpone two international summits set for Saint Petersburg in July. Officials responsible for the BRICS and SCO summits "decided to postpone" both events scheduled for July 21-23 in Russia's second city, according to a statement on the Kremlin website.…

India’s Reliance Jio gets fourth investment in less than a…

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‘Never give up, never despair’, the Queen tells UK in…

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THE US private equity firm Silver Lake has invested $747 million in Jio Platforms, the technology arm of India's Reliance Industries. The deal values Jio Platforms at $64 billion, a company statement said on Monday (4). On April 22, Facebook announced an investment of $5.7 billion to acquire 9.99 per cent stake…

UK virus lockdown extension looms as Johnson’s health ‘improves’

British prime minister Boris Johnson's health "continues to improve" on his fourth day in COVID-19 intensive care, his spokesman said Thursday, while the government prepared to extend a nationwide lockdown. "The prime minister had a good night and continues to improve in intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital. He's in…

Boris Johnson stable as lockdown extension looms

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (9) began a fourth day in intensive care "improving" in his battle with coronavirus, as his government prepared to extend a nationwide lockdown introduced last month. Johnson is the most high-profile world leader to become infected with COVID-19 and his transfer to intensive…

Boris Johnson ‘stable’ in intensive care

British prime minister Boris Johnson was battling the coronavirus in intensive care on Tuesday (7), raising deep concerns about his health as the country recorded its highest daily death toll. "The prime minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits," his official spokesman told reporters. He said the…

CCTV exposes scammers in Indian call centres

THE full extent of phone scammers in India has been exposed by a UK hacker, as CCTV footage uncovering the criminals at work has been released online. Each year, thousands of people from the UK fall victim to phone scams – many of which are held in phone centres abroad,…

UK to invest £1.2 billion in supercomputer for accurate weather…

THE UK government will invest £1.2 billion for a state-of-the-art supercomputer to improve severe weather and climate forecasting. Data from the supercomputer will be used to inform government policy as part of leading the global fight against climate change and meeting net zero-emission targets, Business and Energy Secretary and COP26…

Arvind Krishna named new CEO of IBM

American tech giant IBM has named IITian Arvind Krishna as its next CEO. He succeeds Virginia Rometty, who described him as the “right CEO for the next era at IBM”. Rometty, 62, who will retire on April 6, described Krishna, 57, as a “brilliant technologist who has played a significant role…

How the world is reacting to US killing of top…

The world reacted with alarm on Friday after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Baghdad, with many governments appealing for restraint. The attack was praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans and close ally Israel, but elsewhere there were sharp warnings it could inflame…

Use of facial recognition in Delhi rally sparks privacy fears

Police in Delhi used facial recognition software to screen crowds at a recent political rally - a first for India - raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance amidst nationwide protests against a new citizenship law. The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software that the Delhi Police had installed to…

Indian-American to lead National Science Foundation in US

US president Donald Trump has picked Indian-American computer scientist Sethuraman Panchanathan to lead the prestigious National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a US government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes…

India’s NBA trailblazer Satnam Singh fails dope test

Satnam Singh, the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, has been provisionally suspended by India's anti-doping agency after failing a drugs test last month. Singh, who joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2015, failed an out-of-competition test last month and was handed a temporary ban on November 19, according…

Modi hopes BRICS summit will boost economic, cultural links

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (13) hoped that the BRICS summit will enhance the economic and cultural linkages between the member nations as he arrived in the Brazilian capital to take part in the two-day meeting. "Reached Brazil to take part in the BRICS Summit. Will also meet…

Trump: Haley says aides tried to subvert him

Two top advisers to president Donald Trump ignored or undermined him because "they were trying to save the country," former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley writes in a new book. She says both then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson and White House chief of staff John Kelly sought her help in…

Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system

As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology experts on Thursday warned of the risks to privacy from increased surveillance. Use of the camera technology is an effort in "modernising the police force, information…

UK-India robot encourages handwashing among school kids 

AN INDIA-UK joint research collaboration has yielded a robot that encourages kids to wash their hands at a remote primary school in southern India. The hand-shaped robot, dubbed ‘Pepe’, is the product of a collaboration between researchers from the University of Glasgow and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in India. Pepe…

Ethnic winners lead the way in GG2 Leadership Awards 2019

‘INSPIRATIONAL’ leaders at the GG2 Leadership Awards 2019 showed that minorities can reach their full potential. GG2 Hammer Award: Nitin Paranjpe, COO, Unilever AS COO, Nitin Paranpje heads one of the world’s major consumer business giants. Paranjpe, 56, started as a trainee working for Unilever’s Indian subsidiary. He was appointed…

‘Close friends’ Putin and Modi vow to boost military, trade…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi praised his "close friend" Russian president Vladimir Putin Wednesday as the pair said they would work to boost military, trade and energy ties. The leaders met on the first day of Russia's economic forum in the Pacific coast city of Vladivostok, an annual event since…

India to start production for Russian defence equipment

IN a major breakthrough in Indo-Russian defence ties, India will start manufacturing spare parts and components for the Russian military equipment, as the two strategic partners tried to transform their existing buyer-seller relationship into one of collaboration. This was agreed during wide-ranging talks between prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian…

Russian president hosts Modi at start of Far East economic…

RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for talks on investment and trade Wednesday (4), as the Kremlin chief played host to Asian leaders in the country's Far East. Putin and Modi toured a naval shipyard after the Indian leader arrived for Russia's three-day Eastern Economic Forum.…

UAE honours Modi with highest civilian award ‘Order of Zayed’

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's highest civilian award, on Saturday (24) as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian president Vladimir…

India’s Modi bears all, sniffs dung with Grylls

Prime minister Narendra Modi hit Indian television screens like never before on Monday, talking about his life and the environment -- and smelling elephant dung -- with Bear Grylls. The Discovery Channel programme Man Vs. Wild saw Modi seek to burnish his credentials as a protector of nature, telling his…

Reliance Jio announces partnership with Microsoft for cloud service in…

INDIA’S Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) said today (12) it will launch pan India block-chain network for industries and has also partnered with Microsoft to distribute cloud services in the country. The Indian business giant made the latest announcement at its annual general…

Facial recognition technology at India airports raises privacy concerns

THE launch of facial recognition technology at two Indian airports and plans to place it in police stations have stoked fears over privacy and increased surveillance among human rights groups in the country. The "paperless biometric technology" launched in Bengaluru airport this week identifies passengers by their face, doing away…

Britain’s new leader Boris Johnson says: “We are going to…

THE Brexiteer, Boris Johnson, who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday (23). His convincing victory catapults the UK towards…

Regent Group celebrate as Great Titchfield Street university campus opens

BY LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN businessman has outlined his vision to welcome students of all backgrounds as his company’s newest higher educational institute opened in central London last Friday (12). Dr Selva Pankaj is the CEO of the London-based Regent Group, with interests in education. The family-owned business saw their new Great…

Goncharova and Takis exhibitions show contrasting styles at Tate Modern

  By Amit Roy AT TATE MODERN there are two exhibitions facing each other on the same floor but they could not be more different in character. One features 170 works by the Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962), while the other, with 80 objects, is devoted to the innovative…

Reports on prime minister Khan’s participation at Russia economic moot…

PAKISTAN today (9) described as ‘speculative’ media reports that prime minister Imran Khan will attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia where his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will be the main guest. Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited prime minister Modi to take part in the EEF in the…

Grand Slam, Wimbledon Women’s Singles First Round Results

Results from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon Women's Singles matches held on Monday (1). First Round Elina Svitolina (UKR)     beat  Daria Gavrilova (AUS)       7-5 6-0 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)   beat  Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)    6-4 6-4 Marie Bouzkova (CZE)        beat  Mona Barthel (GER)          6-3 6-3 Maria Sakkari (GRE)      beat  Bernarda Pera (USA)         7-6(4)…

Trump to meet Modi on sidelines of G-20 summit in…

US President Donald Trump will hold a number of meetings with world leaders, including India prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of G-20 meeting in Japan this week and is expected to discuss several issues, including trade. Trump is scheduled to leave for Japan…

My top ten books- Shilpa Agarwal

Beloved by Toni Morrison: While working on my doctorate in comparative literature, I became fascinated by the literary figure of the infanticidal mother. In Beloved, an American runaway slave kills her infant rather than condemn her to slavery. So, Greece’s Medea, Mexico’s La Llorona, and India’s Putana, who fed Lord Krishna poisoned…

UN panel lauds India’s digital initiatives for economic inclusion

INDIA has been lauded by a high-level panel on digital cooperation launched by UN chief general Antonio Guterres for undertaking revolutionary digital initiatives to ensure economic inclusion for its 1.3 billion citizens. Launched in July last year by the UN secretary general, the 20-member panel, co-chaired by billionaire philanthropist Melinda…

Ready to help India’s defence but buying S-400 would limit…

THE US is ready to help India's defence needs with the latest technologies and equipment, but New Delhi purchasing long-range S-400 missile defence system from Russia would limit cooperation, the Trump administration has cautioned. The statement came weeks after an identical warning from a senior state department official who had…

Four major challenges for India’s victorious Modi

WITH prime minister Narendra Modi and his party re-elected in a landslide, here is a look at the challenges facing his government over the coming five years. Jobs Modi in his first term fell short on creating jobs for the more than a million Indians entering the labour market every…

World leaders congratulate Modi

ISRAELI prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena are among the first few leaders to congratulate India's Narendra Modi for scripting an "impressive victory" in the general elections. Taking to Twitter, Netanyahu vowed to strengthen their "great friendship" as well as bilateral ties. "Sincerely greetings to you,…

Microsoft tops $1 trillion as it predicts more cloud growth

MICROSOFT CORP on Wednesday (24) briefly topped $1 trillion in value for the first time after executives predicted continued growth for its cloud computing business. The Redmond, Washington-based company beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit and revenue, powered by an unexpected boost in Windows revenue and brisk growth in…

‘Horrific’, ‘cruel’, ‘sad’: World leaders react to Sri Lanka blasts

RELIGIOUS and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Sunday (21), including dozens of foreigners -- with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them. Hospital sources also said Japanese citizens were among those injured by the…

Modi gets Russia’s highest state award for promoting bilateral ties

PRIME minister Narendra Modi has been honoured with Russia's highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, for his role in promoting deeper cooperation between India and Russia. The Russian government said Modi was conferred with the highest state decoration of Russia for "exceptional services" in promoting special…

NZ prime minister Ardern tackles tragedy with empathy, and resolve

Scarcely 18 months in office, Jacinda Ardern faces an era-defining tragedy for her country -- and is winning praise for meeting the moment with a deft mix of empathy and resolve. Tragedies like the murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch can shape nations. They can also derail political careers…

Reports say India signs £2.29bn submarine deal with Russia

INDIA has signed a £2.29 billion ($3bn) deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean, media reports said. The deal which according to the reports took months to negotiate comes as tensions run high between India and Pakistan following…

Government Investment In UK To Help Businesses To Make Better…

INNOVATIVE new projects in the UK are set to receive government investment to help businesses make better use of technology and modern management practices.  Fifteen unique projects – including digital dairy farming, AI chatbots and cloud computing trials - will benefit from £2 million from the Business Basics Fund, under the modern industrial…

UK Takes New Steps To Eradicate Most Damaging Cyber Security…

The UK is set to become a world leader in the race to eradicate some of the most damaging cyber security threats facing businesses and better protect consumers, business secretary Greg Clark announced on Monday (28). Businesses and consumers will benefit from increased security and protections built into digital devices…

Trump to have trilateral meeting with Modi and Abe in…

US president Donald Trump will have a trilateral meeting with India prime minister Narendra Modi and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30 and December 1, the White House said on Tuesday (27). The G-20 Summit in Argentina is…

Israel’s IAI Wins £601.18 Million Indian Missile Defence Order

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said Wednesday (24) it won a £601.18 million ($777m) order from India to buy defence systems for its navy. The deal with India's state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited to supply the marine version of the Barak 8 air and missile defence system for seven more warships follows…

India will soon find out: Trump on US sanctions for…

US president Donald Trump has said India will soon “find out” if the CAATSA sanctions apply to it over its $5 billion deal with Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA is a US federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia and last…

Russia Inks Pact for Six Nuclear Reactors on New Site…

India and Russia on Friday (5) signed a pact to build six more nuclear reactors at a new site in India following summit talks between their leaders in New Delhi. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi also agreed to cooperate on India's plan for a manned…

Hugs As Russian President Putin Clinches India Defence Deal

Russia and India's leaders announced on Friday (5) a raft of deals worth billions of dollars including for a military defence system, as New Delhi walks a tightrope between Moscow and Washington with a wary eye on China. The flagship accord announced during a visit to India by President Vladimir…

Eight Agreements Inked After India, Russia Summit in New Delhi

India and Russia signed eight agreements including on co-operation on India’s human space project, Gaganyaan. The agreements were inked after an annual summit held between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Friday (5). The official sources informed that two powers have also…

India Seals Missile Deal With Russia Despite US Warnings

India agreed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 surface to air missile systems on Friday (5), the two sides said, as New Delhi disregarded US warnings that such a purchase could trigger sanctions under US law. Although there was no public signing, the deal was sealed during president Vladimir Putin's ongoing visit…

Nhlanhla Nene: South Africa’s Zuma Fired Me for Blocking Russian…

South Africa's finance minister Nhlanhla Nene told a judicial corruption inquiry on Wednesday (3) that he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve a £76.69 billion nuclear power deal with Russia in 2015. Nene is the highest profile figure to give evidence at a probe into alleged influence-peddling…

Russian President Arrives in New Delhi on Two-Day Visit

Russian president Vladimir Putin, accompanied by a high-level delegation has arrived in New Delhi on Thursday (4) on a two-day-long visit to India to hold an annual bilateral summit with prime minister Narendra Modi. Putin was received by India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. The 19th India-Russia annual bilateral meeting will be held here…

Tech Giants Plan to Fight Against India’s New Data Law

Leading global technology giants plan to oppose a new law in India which would ask Facebook, WhatsApp, Paypal, Google, and many others to store user data in the country. The business who oppose the law said that the legislation could spoil the investment and business models of international and domestic…

US, India to discuss sale of drones, exchange of satellite…

The United States and India will seek to finalise a number of defence agreements during high-level talks this week that aim to draw their two militaries closer and counter-balance China's influence in the region. US defense secretary Jim Mattis and secretary of state Mike Pompeo will hold talks with India's foreign minister Sushma…

UK’s unemployment rate tumbles to lowest since 1975

Britain has recorded lowest unemployment rate and acute shortage of migrant workers from European Union (EU). Country’s unemployment rate was at its lowest at 4.2 per cent since 1975, according to the data released for the month of July by UK’s Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) on Wednesday (8). Most…

5 most expensive hotels in India

1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now a hotel, located 5 miles (8.0 km) outside the walls of the city of Jaipur on Bhawani Singh Road. This hotel in Jaipur offers India’s most expensive hotel suite…

Hotspot home truths

by HOWARD ROBIN INVESTORS EYE HIGH RETURNS IN CITIES SUCH AS EDINBURGH AND MANCHESTER THE UK property market may be cooling off, but it is still offering hot opportunities for smart investors. According to the latest report from Halifax, prices dropped by 3.1 per cent, or an average of £7,140,…

ISIS threatens to blow up football stadiums in Russia

In a shocking propaganda, terror outfit ISIS has threatened to blow up football stadiums in Russia to seek revenge on Putin. One chilling photograph shows the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi engulfed in flamed. "We're watching you. We have drones, we're scouting out locations and we'll attack," the voice-over in an…

Modi and Putin hold ‘extremely productive’ talks on bilateral, global…

India prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (21) said he had "extremely productive" discussions with Russian president Vladimir Putin and they reviewed the com plete range of India-Russia relations as well as other global subjects during their first ever informal summit in this Black Sea coastal city. Modi said friendship…

India’s Modi among top 10 most powerful in the world:…

India's prime minister Narendra Modi has found a place in Forbes' top 10 most powerful people in the world. Modi is in the ninth position and he is placed behind Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, who rank number one and two respectively. Forbes stated in the…

US denies entry to son of former Sri Lankan president

A controversial Sri Lankan opposition legislator said US authorities prevented him from taking a flight to Texas from Moscow where he was an observer for the Russian presidential election. Namal Rajapakse, son of former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse, said the airline had been instructed not to allow him to board…

Hasan Minhaj joins Netflix family, becomes first Indian-American to host…

Netflix has offered actor and comedian Hasan Minhaj a 32-episode deal, making him the first Indian-American to host a weekly comedy show. The new show will give Minhaj, a senior correspondent on The Daily Show, an opportunity to explore modern cultural and political landscapes with depth and sincerity, The Hollywood…

Indian origin activist places giant inflatable ‘Trump chicken’ near White House

A giant inflatable chicken with a Donald Trump hair style has been placed near the White House by an Indian origin activist to protest the president’s standon releasing his tax returns, dealing with North Korea and engaging with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Taran Singh Brar, a documentary filmmaker, placed "Chicken Don” in the lawn, just south…

May says “enough is enough” after London attackers kill seven

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday (4) for a stronger response to Islamist extremism after three attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. The attack occurred five days before a parliamentary election and was the…

London attackers plough van into crowd and stab revellers, kill…

Assailants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed on London Bridge on Saturday (3) night before stabbing revellers on nearby streets, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens in what police suspect was a terrorist attack. Armed police rushed to the scene and, within eight minutes of receiving the…

Modi and Putin talk up trade at Russia’s economic showcase

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Indian premier Narendra Modi looked to bolster declining trade Thursday, as the defiant Russian strongman sought to burnish a fragile recovery at the Kremlin's economic showcase despite tensions with the West. Among the deals Modi and Putin oversaw on the third leg of the Indian…

British start-up Improbable attracts $500m investment from SoftBank

A BRITISH technology start-up set up by Cambridge graduates and which specialises in virtual simulation has raised $502 million from Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, it said today (12). The investment gives SoftBank a non-controlling stake in Improbable, and, according to the Financial Times, values the British company at over £1…

China’s New Silk Road: Hammond to attend, Modi will skip…

CHINA will gather its friends and allies together for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend but only one from a G7 nation, the Italian prime minister. President Xi Jinping has championed what…

Kansas hate crime survivor ‘grateful to be alive’

"I am just grateful to be alive". This is how Alok Madsani, an Indian engineer who was critically injured in a hate crime incident in Kansas city in which his colleague Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed by a white American, described the chilling episode. Madasani, 32, continues to wrestle with why he…

FBI chief confirms probe of possible Russia links to Trump…

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time admitted that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election and notably Moscow's possible collusion with president Donald Trump's campaign. He also rejected Trump's claim that predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower in New York, saying both…

Cyber security ‘hottest subject’ with British Asian students

With businesses, government departments and defence installations needing to protect themselves increasingly against hacking and industrial espionage, the study of cyber security has become the “hottest” subject among British-Asian students at Wolverhampton University. This was revealed on Friday (September 23) when British-Indian industrialist Lord Swraj Paul presided on graduation day…

Barclays survey: India leads the way in new digital age

Workers in emerging countries such as India and Brazil are more confident about digital skills than those in developed markets, a survey has found. Research carried out by Barclays also showed that while 38 per cent of British workers said their employer offered training in digital skills, that figure is…

Rivals close on security bloc entry

INDIA and Pakistan inched closer last Friday (24) to joining a regional security and economic bloc led by Russia and China, a move seen to boost the importance of the organisation. “We expect that our partners will be able to accede as quickly as possible, by our next meeting in…

Father of dead Muslim American soldier calls Trump a “black…

Khizr Khan, the father of a slain Muslim American soldier, said United States presidential candidate Donald Trump was as a “black soul” Sunday in an impassioned exchange with the Republican presidential candidate over the qualities required in a US leader. Khan electrified the Democratic convention last week with a tribute…

India prime minister Modi calls Pakistan “mother-ship” of terrorism

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of the BRICS nations on Sunday (16), testing the cohesion of a group whose heavyweight member China is a close ally of its South Asian arch-rival. Modi’s remarks to a meeting of leaders from the BRICS…

Modi hosts BRICS leaders as bloc beset by economic woes

Prime minister Narendra Modi will look to reinvigorate the BRICS group of emerging nations at a summit this weekend, with India seen as a bright spot in a bloc whose clout has been undermined by economic woes. BRICS – a club made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South…

Indian American Nikki Haley to be US ambassador to UN

INDIAN American Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, was today named by US President-elect Donald Trump to be country’s ambassador to the United Nations. The daughter of Indian immigrants, the 44-year-old politician is a rising star in the Republican Party’s right wing. She has been governor of South Carolina…

World leaders take stock of Donald Trump win

Politicians worldwide took stock on Wednesday (November 9) of Donald Trump’s shock US election victory, with the president-elect winning praise from far-right figures and cautious welcome from key US allies. In a message of congratulations to Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin “expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US-Russia relations…

Trump is Time magazine’s Person of the Year 2016 as…

US President-elect Donald Trump was on Wednesday (7) named by Time magazine as its Person of the Year 2016 for his stunning upset victory in the presidential election while India Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the readers’ poll for the same award. “It’s a great honour. It means a lot.…