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Kate set to attend Wimbledon men’s final

KATE, Princess of Wales, will attend the men's singles final at Wimbledon on Sunday (14), her office said on Saturday (13), set to mark her second public appearance since surgery six months ago revealed the presence of cancer. The 42-year old princess, who is undergoing preventative chemotherapy, is an avid…

British Indian MPs take oath on Bhagavad Gita, Gutka

NEWLY elected British Indian MPs to the House of Commons have been pledging their allegiance to the British Crown as a symbol of loyalty to the country, choosing to swear on holy texts or affirm their oath during the first week of a new Parliament. A new copy of the…

ANALYSIS: Asians shift allegiances

LOOK closely at last Thursday’s (4) general election results, and you’ll have noticed a political tremor when it came to south Asian voters. A tremor which could become an earthquake at the next general election, and all the mainstream parties should think the unthinkable. These polls have shown that even…

Sikh, Hindu and independent MPs in class of 2024

The 2024 UK general election results saw a significant influx of MPs from diverse backgrounds. The new MPs for the House of Commons this year include a good mix of Sikh, Hindu, and independent representatives who have made history with their victories. A record number of around 26 Indian-origin members…

Overcrowded prisons an early crisis for Starmer

THE SCALE of the challenge facing Prime Minister Keir Starmer's new government is writ large in Britain's prisons, which are within weeks of being too full to accept new inmates. Britain has western Europe's highest rate of incarceration, according to the World Prison Brief database and faces a crisis after…

Will work ‘constructively’ with Scottish government: Starmer

PRIME Minister Keir Starmer vowed to "work constructively" with Scotland's nationalist government as he kicked off a trip aimed at improving ties between London and the UK's devolved nations. Starmer met with Scotland's First Minister and leader of the pro-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) John Swinney in Edinburgh on Sunday…

Saving jobs at Tata Steel a priority: Minister

THE NEW government is prioritising avoiding job losses in talks with Tata Steel over government backing for a transition to lower-carbon technologies, business minister Jonathan Reynolds said on Sunday. Tata, Britain's biggest steel producer, started closing one of its carbon-intensive blast furnaces on Thursday while the shutdown of its other…

England to tour Pakistan for Three Tests in October

England will tour Pakistan for the second time in two years, announcing a three-Test series in Multan, Karachi, and Rawalpindi in October. England's first Test tour of Pakistan in 17 years took place in 2022, where Ben Stokes’s team won the series 3-0 at the same venues they will visit…

Britain elects historically diverse parliament

PRIME MINISTER Keir Starmer will oversee a parliament more ethnically diverse and more female than ever after securing a landslide victory in the election. Black, Asian and ethnic minority lawmakers will represent around 13 per cent of the House of Commons, up from 10 per cent in 2019, when Britain…

First blast furnace to close in Port Talbot

ONE of the blast furnaces at Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant in Wales will close down by Friday (5), BBC reports. The furnace has been operational since 1959 and will make way for a greener electric arc furnace. Engineers have been preparing to decommission Blast Furnace 5 (BF5) from the…

Starmer – an enigma for many voters

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer is a former human rights lawyer turned state prosecutor whose ruthless ambition and formidable work ethic look set to propel him to Britain's highest political office. The 61-year-old, named after Labour's founding father Keir Hardie, is the centre-left opposition party's most working-class leader in decades. "My…

Johnson tries to fire up flagging Tory campaign

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson tried to rally the Conservative party faithful as UK politicians on Wednesday spent a final day campaigning ahead of the general election. The Brexit stalwart, ousted by his own Conservative lawmakers in 2022 after a string of scandals, made a surprise appearance at a party…

Cooking safety warning issued for Asian families

ASIAN households have been urged to take extra precautions when cooking for family gatherings this summer after a spate of fires. Cooking is the number one cause of accidental house fires in the UK. Of the 24,083 accidental dwelling fires in the year ending March 2023, 44 per cent were…

Pressure mounts on social media to address fake news

SOCIAL media firms have been urged to do more to tackle conspiracy theories and false information being posted on their platforms. These include messages and videos speculating about tragedies such as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1984 and the 2017 Manchester Arena bombings. There are also false allegations about vaccines,…

Sunak’s struggles as leader

AT THE time of writing, the result isn’t in from the general election. But it is fair to say that Rishi Sunak had to endure an undercurrent of racism, not only during the election campaign, but even before he became Conservative party leader. Some of it is overt. When Rishi…

Postal ballot delay worries voters

The delays in the delivery of postal ballots to the voters have evoked widespread concern as thousands fear they may not be able to cast their vote in the July 4 general elections. The Telegraph claims that voters in 91 constituencies, including those of Cabinet ministers, have raised concerns about…

Tata Steel workers suspend strike action

A proposed strike next week at Tata Steel UK's Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales has been called off, unions said on Monday (1), citing a resumption of talks with management. As a result, the owner of the steelworks, Tata Steel, has cancelled plans to begin shutting down both of…

Tata Steel workers suspend strike action

TATA Steel workers in Britain have suspended a planned all-out strike and overtime ban after the company agreed to negotiations about future investment, the Unite trade union said on Monday. Around 1,500 Tata Steel workers at Tata's Port Talbot and Llanwern sites were due to begin an indefinite strike from…

Law Society hosts Indian Bar Council in London

THE Law Society of England and Wales hosted the Bar Council of India at its premises in Chancery Lane in London on Thursday (27). The Bar Council of England and Wales also participated in the discussions, building on a joint Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening legal exchange, transitional legal…

Tata threatens early shutdown of Port Talbot blast furnaces

TATA STEEL UK has threatened to close its two blast furnaces in Port Talbot in south Wales earlier than planned due to an upcoming strike, sparking concern among politicians before next week's general election. The Indian-owned giant had planned to start shutting the first furnace in late June and the…

Clive’s legacy at Powis Castle to be made ‘culturally sensitive’

AS WITH Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the National Trust is keen for British Asians to visit Powis Castle in Welshpool in Wales, because it is taking a critical look at how Britain came to establish colonial rule in India. From the Asian point of view, they are perhaps two of…

UK police race reform plan loses key support

POLICING in the UK is grappling with a significant race crisis as the National Black Police Association (NBPA) has withdrawn support for the chief constables’ primary plan to eliminate discrimination within the force, reported the Guardian. The NBPA, representing thousands of minority ethnic officers, accused police leaders of failing to…

Post Office scandal: Over 20 law firms under investigation

THE Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has initiated probe into potential professional misconduct involving more than 20 law firms and individual solicitors connected to the Post Office scandal, reported The Times. The watchdog's statement last week marked first official confirmation of the number of firms and lawyers potentially facing disciplinary action.…

Starmer’s reset of Labour ‘risks alienating ethnic minorities’

SABIA AKRAM has spent most of her life campaigning for Labour party but she will not celebrate if it wins the July 4 election, having quit over leader Keir Starmer's handling of issues around the war in Gaza and race. The Labour holds a commanding lead in opinion polls after…

Police officer arrested over election betting scandal

A POLICE officer working in a special protection unit has been arrested over alleged bets made on the timing of Britain's national election next month, London police said. The BBC reported the officer worked as part of prime minister Rishi Sunak's close protection team. The Metropoliton Police said it was…

Police face ‘race crisis’ as minority officers end support for…

POLICING in the UK is grappling with a significant race crisis as the National Black Police Association (NBPA) has withdrawn its support for the chief constables’ primary plan to eliminate discrimination within the force, reported The Guardian. The NBPA, representing thousands of minority ethnic officers, accused police leaders of failing…

Tata Steel workers to start indefinite strike

AROUND 1,500 Tata Steel workers in Britain will begin an indefinite strike from July 8 over the company's plans to close two blast furnaces and cut up to 2,800 jobs, the trade union Unite said on Friday (21). The strike action, described by Unite as the first strikes by British…

Nurse accused of faking qualifications

AN ASIAN-ORIGIN woman is facing trial for lying about her educational qualifications and experience to get a top nursing job, according to media reports. Tanya Nasir from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, was accused of lying and providing misleading information in her CV to get appointed as a senior nurse to manage the…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Judge me on my record’

THE first south Asian MP elected to parliament in post-war Britain is urging voters to judge him on his record rather than what they may have heard or read about him in the media. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Keith Vaz said he wanted to run so he…

‘We will take bold action to deliver for British Asians’

THERE are approximately 5.5 million British Asians in the UK. From serving in our NHS and community pharmacies, to flying the flag for Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit – they make a wonderful contribution to our national life. Indeed, British Asians help make Britain the most successful multi-ethnic democracy in the world.…

Farage’s election ‘contract’ promises border security, tax relief

Nigel Farage, whose entry into the election has impacted Rishi Sunak's slim chances of victory, laid out his policy plans on Monday. He described them as the first step towards becoming the dominant party on the right of British politics. Farage acknowledged that the earlier-than-expected election had come too soon…

Taylor Swift confirms wrap up of Eras Tour in December

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has made an announcement about the conclusion of her ongoing sixth concert tour. During her 100th show at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, the pop superstar shared with the audience that she is going to wrap up the Eras Tour at the end of the year, reported…

Fernandes Vaz Solicitors wins UK-India immigration law award

Fernandes Vaz Solicitors has received the "Excellence in UK India Corridor Award 2024" in the immigration law category. The award was given to the firm, recognising its contributions to the UK-India business corridor. Maria Fernandes, principal of Fernandes Vaz Solicitors, received the award from the former chief justice of India…

Accountant acts as auditor for 34 years sans registration

An Asian-origin chartered accountant has been fined £10,000 and excluded from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for acting as an auditor for a limited company without an audit registration for the past 34 years, AccountingWEB reports. Shahid Shafiq from Bolton carried out audit work since…

Commons set to be most diverse ever

BRITAIN is on course to have the most diverse parliament in history no matter which party wins the general election, according to research by leading race and diversity thinktank British Future. Analysis of final candidate selections suggests there will be an increase of at least 20, and as many as…

Tata says £500m subsidy delay puts south Wales steelmaking at…

Tata Steel has said that steelmaking in south Wales could be at "significant risk" if a £500 million subsidy is delayed. This follows shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds' call for Tata to engage with a potential Labour government. Tata expressed concern in a statement to the London stock market that…

Record number of candidates standing in general election

AN unprecedented number of candidates are running in this year's general election on 4 July. Over 4,500 people are vying for positions across the 650 constituencies in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, the BBC reported. This represents a 35.7 per cent increase from the 2019 election. The surge in…

Survey: One in three Asda staff attacked at work

ONE in three Asda employees have faced attacks at work, according to a survey which revealed incidents where workers were stabbed, punched, and threatened with syringes. The GMB union conducted the poll among nearly 1,000 of its members, uncovering accounts of delivery drivers being pursued by cars and store workers…

Ethnic minority MP numbers to surge this election: Study

A RECORD number of ethnic minority MPs are expected to be elected on July 4 and the parliament will be closer to representing the diversity of the electorate, race and diversity thinktank British Future said on Monday (10). The thinktank's analysis of final candidate selections projects that there will be…

Skipping D-Day event: Rivals attack Sunak despite apology

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was roundly criticised by political rivals on Friday, hours after apologising for leaving D-Day commemorations in France early in the latest self-inflicted setback to his stuttering general election campaign. Political opponents at a live TV debate derided Sunak's decision to skip the major ceremony with…

Tata Steel says job cuts in UK plants ‘inevitable’

ABOUT 2,500 workers at Tata Steel’s operations, which are in a transition phase, will lose their jobs, the company’s CEO, TV Narendran, has said. India-based Tata Steel owns the UK’s largest steelworks of three million tonne per annum (MTPA) at Port Talbot in South Wales and employs around 8,000 people…

Royal reward for driving change

A TEENAGE rickshaw driver from an Indian village expressed her delight after meeting King Charles at Buckingham Palace last month, when she collected a prestigious women’s empowerment award. Arti, 18, from Bahraich in the country’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, won the Amal Clooney women’s empowerment award, named after the high-profile…

Starmer attacks Tory deal with Tata Steel

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer has attacked the controversial rescue deal thrashed out by the Sunak government to help Tata Steel transition to a less polluting furnace at its Port Talbot plant in the UK. Tata Steel had struck an agreement with Rishi Sunak earlier this year in which £500…

Venki Ramakrishnan: Anti-ageing industry lacks scientific foundation

THE rush to commercialise longevity research, driven by "hype and anxiety" over increasing human lifespans, is outpacing scientific understanding, Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan has warned. Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, Ramakrishnan, a former president of the Royal Society, cautioned that while scientists are just beginning to unravel the…

Tata Steel union to go ahead with industrial action

ONE of the Tata Steel workers' unions has announced plans to proceed with industrial action at Port Talbot and Newport Llanwern plants in Wales to protest job cuts associated with the closure of old blast furnaces. Unite said on Thursday (30) that its 1,500 workers will begin “working to rule”…

Jhumpa Lahiri: Obsession with origin is a global danger

PULITZER PRIZE-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has said that people's obsession with origin is a global danger, reported the Guardian. The author frequently encounters inquiries about her true origins, with people often asking her, "Where are you really from?" According to Lahiri, the question arises so regularly that it has become…

EXCLUSIVE: “Don’t take Asian voters for granted”

POLITICAL PARTIES must go after the south Asian vote in this general election or face a backlash in future polls, parliamentarians and experts have told Eastern Eye. They are warning candidates in every party that they ignore brown voters “at their peril”. With Labour currently 20 points ahead in the…

Labour gains support from 120 business leaders: Report

Labour has garnered the support of a coalition of 120 business leaders who advocate for a "new outlook" to propel the UK out of economic stagnation, according to a report. In a letter addressed to The Times, the executives stress the necessity for change, asserting that the country needs to…

Arti, rickshaw driver from Indian village, wins UK’s royal award

An 18-year-old rickshaw driver from a village in India met King Charles at Buckingham Palace after receiving a prestigious women's empowerment award in London this week. Arti, from Bahraich district in India's Uttar Pradesh state, was awarded the Amal Clooney Women's Empowerment Award at the Prince's Trust Awards in London.…

Children in UK among the most inactive: WHO

A World Health Organisation (WHO) study covering 44 countries has said that children in England and Wales are among the most inactive in the world. The survey studied children aged 11, 13 and 15 living in Europe, Central Asia and Canada and found that those from England, Wales and Scotland…

Majority of Scots now identify as non-religious

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

‘Post Office inquiry is ignoring racism’

WATCHING the human impact section of the Post Office Inquiry, I wept as soon as the subpostmasters opened their mouths to tell their stories. They look so disturbed. Their bodies and faces, years on, showing the physical effects of injustice and trauma. The inquiry seems to be in excellent hands.…

A time to reflect on Buddhist ideals

AROUND 40 years ago, under the shadow of nuclear war, a Japanese Buddhist order gifted Londoners a Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park to promote world harmony. Built by monks, nuns, and volunteers, this shrine to world peace, overlooking the Thames, became an instant talking point. Britain has been home to…

Tata Steel pact with National Grid for energy supply to…

TATA Steel has reached a deal with the UK’s electricity grid to supply power for new furnaces in south Wales from 2027, as it plans to install electric arc furnaces at its Port Talbot plant, The Guardian reports. As per the agreement, the National Grid’s electricity supply operator will provide…

Why ‘forced marriage figures are tip of the iceberg’

CAMPAIGNERS have questioned if the government department supporting victims of forced marriages is “fit for purpose” after official data suggested that there has been a significant drop in cases in the UK in recent years. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint initiative between the Home Office and the Foreign,…

Barrister who fell asleep during virtual inquest cleared of misconduct

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

Women’s cricket gets a big boost

ENGLAND bowler Lauren Bell had no women role models in cricket while growing up, so she gets a kick out of the young female fans she meets who tell her they plan to wear their hair in plaits like she does on game days.  Building on the success of last…

Vaughan Gething: Racism resurging in Wales

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

Tatas won’t change stance on job cuts: Gething

Tata Steel's firm stand on replacing both blast furnaces at Port Talbot plant with electric furnaces, which could result in job losses, has now triggered a war of words between Wales First Minister Vaughan Gething and the Welsh Conservatives. Gething, who returned from Mumbai after meeting Tata Steel officials said…

Barrister who wrote on sleepwalking falls asleep during inquest

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

King becomes patron of leprosy charity

Charity organisation Lepra has welcomed the announcement that King Charles will provide patronage in its fight against leprosy. The organisation, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, received a letter in this regard on May 7. Lepra’s relationship with the royal family began in 1924, when the Prince of Wales, the…

Brothers arrested for fatal stabbing of Indian student in Australia

Two Indian-origin brothers, Abhijeet Abhijeet, 26, and Robin Gartan, 27, have been apprehended by Australian police following the fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old MTech student from India. The incident unfolded during a dispute at a residence in Melbourne's southeast. "Navjeet's friend (another Indian student) had asked him to accompany him…

English cricketers voice concern over gruelling schedule

A BIG majority of professional cricket players in England and Wales have expressed concern about the demanding county cricket schedule, research published on Monday (6) by the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) has shown.   This year’s County Championship will run from April to September, with breaks to accommodate the T20 Blast…

What’s holding up UK-India FTA?

RESEARCHERS have described the prospect of the UK and India concluding a free trade agreement as “prolonged optimistic caution”, adding that issues the ongoing general election and immigration visas will play a major part in how any deal is concluded. Last month, a delegation led by a senior UK government…

Trading Standards warn public over harmful illegal cosmetic products for…

The allure of saving money on cosmetic treatments by taking a DIY approach is understandable, especially in today’s economic climate. Professional salons and services can be expensive, and unregulated products, often available through online prices at a fraction of the cost, can be attractive. But when it comes to cosmetic…

Blast furnaces at Port Talbot not sustainable: Tata Steel chief

The chief executive of Tata Steel, TV Narendran, is proving to be a tough negotiator for union leaders at the Port Talbot plant. The India-headquartered steelmaker is adamant about closing down two blast furnaces at Britain’s biggest steel plant and converting to environment-friendly electric arc furnace (EAF) production. The move…

Prince William and Kate release photo of daughter Charlotte on…

Prince William and his wife Kate released a picture of their daughter Charlotte to mark the princess's ninth birthday on Thursday. In the photograph taken in the last few days by her mother, the Princess of Wales, Charlotte, the couple's second child, was pictured smiling happily in the garden of…

Welsh first minister to ask Tata bosses not to shut…

The first minister of Wales is set to travel to India next week to engage with Tata executives regarding the future of steel production in his country. Vaughan Gething said that he plans to visit Mumbai to advocate for retaining the blast furnaces at Port Talbot, as reported by the…

English cricket board hosts Vaisakhi at Lord’s

THE Sikh festival of Vaisakhi was celebrated at Lord’s last Wednesday (24) for the first time at the hallowed cricket ground. Organisers, the England and Wales Cricket Board, said the event “was a wonderful evening, celebrating Vaisakhi in the Lord’s Long Room for the first time.” Guests from the Sikh…

Polls open for key local elections

Polling stations opened across England early Thursday for a host of crunch local elections likely to increase the pressure on embattled Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The polls - a mix of council, mayoral and other local contests as well as a parliamentary by-election - are the last major electoral…

First asylum seeker sent to Rwanda

BRITAIN has sent its first asylum seeker to Rwanda under a voluntary scheme, The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday, saying the unnamed migrant was flown out of the country on Monday (29). The voluntary scheme is separate from a forced deportation programme that Britain is about to embark on in…

EXCLUSIVE: “Institutionally racist” police losing public’s trust

THE police are losing the trust of their communities because of weak leadership, “wilful blindness”, and politicians “bullying” chief constables, the country’s former top south Asian cop has told Eastern Eye. In a wide-ranging interview for this paper, Neil Basu, former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner and head of counter terrorism,…

Prince William, Kate Middleton release unseen wedding photo on 13th…

The Prince and Princess of Wales shared a stunning and previously unseen wedding picture from their private album to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. Prince William and Kate Middleton married on April 29 2011 after an eight-year relationship, marking their anniversary on Monday by sharing a never-before-seen black and white…

Wales first minister takes part in Holi festivities

WALES first minister Vaughan Gething took part in a gathering in Cardiff Castle to celebrate Holi festival, ITV reports. Holi is the Hindu Festival that is celebrated to mark the start of spring. Participants throw gulal (coloured powdered paint) at each other, accompanied by singing and dancing. Gething said Holi…

King Charles resumes public duties

King Charles III on Tuesday makes his first official public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer, after doctors said they were "very encouraged" by the progress of his treatment. The British head of state and his wife, Queen Camilla, were expected to tour a cancer treatment facility to meet medical…

King Charles to resume public duties following cancer treatment

King Charles is set to resume his public duties next week after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday. In February, it was disclosed that the 75-year-old monarch had been diagnosed with cancer following a medical procedure for an enlarged prostate. Despite continuing with official…

Tata Steel to close blast furnaces at Port Talbot plant

Tata Steel's move to modernise its Port Talbot plant in south Wales, to reduce carbon emissions and trim losses, has angered steel unions as they fear thousands will lose their jobs. The Mumbai-headquartered steelmaker plans to close two old blast furnaces at Britain's biggest steel plant as part of its…

Yousaf to lead minority government as coalition collapses

THE leader of Scotland's pro-independence SNP party on Thursday (25) ended a coalition deal with the Greens, leaving him at the head of a minority government in Edinburgh. The announcement by First Minister Humza Yousaf came a week after the devolved government abandoned an ambitious climate pledge sparking tension with…

Novels shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024 delve into…

The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist for 2024 represents a diverse range of narratives that delve into the complexities of women's lives, from intimate family dynamics to broader historical contexts. As one of the judges alongside Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Laura Dockrill, Indira Varma, and Anna Whitehouse, I am honoured to have…

Travel-acquired malaria: Health agency advises precaution

AHEAD of world malaria day on Thursday (25), the health security agency has urged travelers to take precautions to minimise the risk of the disease as cases have been confirmed in individuals who recently returned from overseas. Data from the UK health security agency (UKHSA) showed an increase in malaria…

Lawyers raise concerns as budgets plummet and legal aid is…

LEADING lawyers have warned about the crisis in legal aid affecting people seeking justice. They have voiced concerns after a damning report said government spending on legal aid plummeted by £728 million between 2012-13 and 2022-23. The findings by the National Audit Office (NAO) also criticised the Ministry of Justice…

Gold jewellery warning as thieves target Asian homes

POLICE forces across the UK have warned Asians to keep their gold jewellery in a safe or bank deposit box after a spate of burglaries in recent months. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Merseyside Police are among the forces that have seen a number of thefts targeting members of the…

Rising tuberculosis cases in Leicester spark concern

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

King Charles elevates British Indian medic among top personal honours

KING CHARLES III on Tuesday (23) unveiled a set of top royal honours, elevating senior medic Lord Ajay Kumar Kakkar and musician Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as his new Knight Companions of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Lord Kakkar, 59, has been chosen for one of the country's…

Photo of Prince Louis taken by Kate released to mark…

Kate Middleton and Prince William have released a heartfelt photograph to give their youngest son, Prince Louis, a special shout-out on his sixth birthday. “Happy 6th Birthday, Prince Louis! Thank you for all the kind wishes today,” read the caption, alongside a portrait of Louis taken by Kate. Happy 6th…

Government bans wet wipes due to their adverse impact on…

The British government announced on Monday, coinciding with Earth Day, that wet wipes containing plastic will soon be prohibited from sale in the UK. Environment Secretary Steve Barclay revealed that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will present the legislation for England to Parliament before the summer…

Regent group to acquire TClarke for £90.56m

BRITISH INDIAN entrepreneur Deep Valecha-owned Regent Group will acquire building services group, TClarke, for £90.56 million, subject to regulatory approvals, a statement said. Regent is currently an existing shareholder in TClarke, holding approximately 21.5 percent of the stake. Established in 1889, TClarke provided electricity to Windsor Castle and lit up…

Mysteries unearthed: Explore the enigmatic history and timeless allure of…

Located on the historic Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is a prehistoric marvel that enchants visitors with its towering stones and enigmatic history. The monument, a stunning example of ancient architecture, consists of an outer ring of vertical sarsen standing stones, each around 13 feet high, connected by horizontal…

England’s oldest Test cricketer, Raman Subba Row, dies aged 92

RAMAN Subba Row, former England Test batsman, passed away at the age of 92, announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday. At his passing, he held the distinction of being the oldest living men's Test cricketer from England. Subba Row's cricketing journey began at Cambridge University…

Yorkshire, Leicestershire, and Kent disappointed over ECB snub

Yorkshire, Leicestershire, and Kent have voiced their disappointment after not being granted Tier 1 status by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for hosting professional women's cricket teams from 2025. This decision, reported by the BBC, has led to a notable backlash from these counties. While Yorkshire and Glamorgan…

Prince William returns to public duties for first time since…

Prince William returned to his royal duties for the first time since his wife, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, was diagnosed with cancer last month. William, 41, started his engagements on Thursday by visiting Surplus to Supper, a food redistribution organization where he met with volunteers and helped load…

FA chief Yasir Mirza says football needs more south Asian…

ROSS COUNTY midfielder Yan Dhanda stressed the importance of tackling stigma against south Asians to improve ethnic representation at the highest levels of English football. Dhanda and Birmingham City loanee Brandon Khela made history last Sunday (14) when they helped Ross County beat Scottish football giants Rangers for the first…

Sunak’s ‘smoke-free generation’ bill opposed by Tories

Prime minister Rishi Sunak was met with vehement opposition to his proposal aimed at effectively prohibiting smoking for individuals aged 15 and under, as a fresh bill was introduced for a vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Sunak introduced the Tobacco and Vapes Bill to effectively ban the…

Spring Covid booster vaccine bookings open in England

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

Pakistani man among those killed in Sydney attack

A 30-year-old Pakistani man was named on Sunday as the security guard killed in a weekend knife attack in a Sydney shopping mall, according to two local community groups. The Australian Pakistani National Association and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said Faraz Tahir was killed by a knife-wielding man who also killed…

Tata Steel workers in Wales vote to strike over job…

Workers at Tata Steel's facilities in Port Talbot and Newport Llanwern, Wales, have voted in favour of strike action in response to the company's proposal to close its blast furnaces and cut approximately 2,800 jobs. This decision was announced on Thursday after around 1,500 employees participated in the ballot. Tata…

‘Zombie drug’ xylazine linked to 11 deaths in UK

The potent animal tranquiliser xylazine, commonly referred to as the 'zombie drug,' has emerged as a significant concern in the United States and is now associated with 11 deaths in Britain, caution researchers. Xylazine, also known as "tranq" or "tranq dope," induces a dangerously slow heart rate and severe skin…

Study finds drinking water in Europe, US contains dangerous chemicals

A study has revealed a list of dangerous chemicals that have been found in surface and groundwater worldwide, according to a study released Tuesday that showed Australia, the United States, and Europe as hotspots for these chemicals. A paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience analysed data from 45,000 water…

Sunak announces £35 million investment to boost grassroots cricket in…

Rishi Sunak, known for his love of cricket, has announced a £35 million investment plan to boost grassroots cricket facilities and enhance access to the sport in schools. The British Prime Minister shared his excitement about harnessing the "magic of cricket" to engage more young people in physical activity by…

Sadiq Khan pledges to build ‘rent control homes’ across London

LONDON mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has pledged to build 6,000 new affordable homes with capped rents linked to keyworker incomes. Khan also called for a revolution in renters’ rights, with far-reaching reforms to improve the position of those renting their home in the city. He proposed a new funding of…

Former top court judges call for halting arms sales to…

Three former Supreme Court justices have joined more than 600 members of the British legal profession in calling for the government to halt arms sales to Israel, saying it could make Britain complicit in genocide in Gaza. Echoing the growing number of opposition politicians who have called for a halt…

ECB chief denies plans to cut first-class counties as ‘conspiracy…

ENGLAND and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Richard Gould has dismissed suggestions the governing body wants to cut any of the 18 first-class counties adrift as a "totally mad conspiracy theory". With the global growth of lucrative franchise leagues and their knock-on effects on the domestic schedule, fears have been…

‘Need zero-tolerance approach’: Humza Yousaf speaks out on racist graffiti

Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf has spoken out after being targetted with Islamophobic graffiti near his family home. He emphasised the necessity of a zero-tolerance approach to hatred. Yousaf said the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 will deal with the "rising tide of hatred," reported BBC. Scotland’s…

TikTok troll harasses Bangladeshi women in UK, leaves them ‘suicidal’

Women from the Bangladeshi community in the United Kingdom (UK) are facing severe distress due to relentless harassment from a TikTok troll. Despite reaching out to authorities and social media platforms, many feel helpless as the abuse continues unchecked, a BBC investigation has found. The troll, Hasan Syed, inflicts psychological…

Scotland’s hate crime law, opposed by Musk and Rowling, comes…

Scotland's new hate crime law, which has been criticised by many including the likes of Elon Musk and JK Rowling, came into force on Monday. The new law, called the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act, aims to make Scotland safer by strengthening laws against hate crimes. However, its…

Conservatives may win less than 100 seats: Survey

Rishi Sunak's Conservative party is set to win less than 100 seats in the general election and draw a blank in Scotland and Wales, according to a survey published in The Sunday Times. Around 15,000 people were surveyed by Survation, on behalf of Best for Britain. It indicated that the…

Exclusive: Asians need better cancer services

CANCER screening services must be more culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of south Asians - especially women, a leading doctor has told Eastern Eye. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the first person of colour to lead the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA), said south Asian women were less…

King Charles to hail friendship in his Easter message

King Charles III will stress the importance of acts of friendship, "especially in a time of need", in an Easter message Thursday that follows his and the Princess of Wales's cancer diagnoses. The pre-recorded audio comments will be broadcast in his absence at a Maundy Thursday service in Worcester Cathedral…

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

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

National Trust’s role is to spark debates, says Beard

THE National Trust, which has come under sustained attacks from the far-right of British politics, has been defended strongly by the classical historian Dame Mary Beard, who last week delivered the Octavia Hill Lecture. Her theme was, “Who owns the past?”   The trust, founded in 1895 by three people…

Public satisfaction with NHS at all-time low, says survey

Public satisfaction with the NHS has plunged to a historic low with long waiting periods and staff shortages cited as main concerns, according to the British Social Attitudes survey. Just 24 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with the NHS in 2023, and this is five percentage points…

Royal health concerns spark renewed interest in Nostradamus prophecies

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

King Charles to make public appearance since cancer diagnosis for…

Britain's King Charles III is set to make his first major public appearance since his cancer diagnosis was revealed last month. Buckingham Palace announced today that the 75-year-old monarch will attend the traditional royal Easter service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Sunday, signalling his gradual return to public…

Princess of Wales ‘touched’ by support after cancer announcement

CATHERINE, the Princess of Wales, and her husband, Prince William, have been "enormously touched" by the messages of support received following her shock announcement that she is being treated for cancer, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said on Saturday. Catherine said on Friday she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy after tests done…

Country in shock after Princess of Wales’ cancer announcement

AFTER weeks of wild speculation, the country was on Saturday (23) digesting the shock news that the Princess of Wales has cancer, with many praising her courage and others criticising those who spread conspiracies. The Princess revealed the news on Friday (22) in a highly personal video, which came just…

Princess of Wales undergoing chemotherapy after cancer diagnosis

PRINCESS OF WALES said on Friday (22) she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy after tests taken after she had major abdominal surgery in January revealed that cancer had been present. The Princess, 42-year-old wife of heir to the throne Prince William, called the cancer discovery a "huge shock". The news comes…

This refurbished mine in Wales is the world’s ‘deepest’ hotel

The rugged peaks of Snowdonia National Park in Wales are a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Lush valleys unfurl beneath dramatic mountains, promising breathtaking vistas and crisp mountain air. But for the truly adventurous, a different kind of escape awaits—an escape costa rica surf camp not into the wild,…

Photo agency flags second photograph of royal family as digitally…

A second photograph featuring members of the royal family has come under scrutiny after being flagged by a global picture agency for being "digitally enhanced at source." This revelation follows the recent controversy surrounding an image of the Princess of Wales released for Mother’s Day, which prompted several picture agencies…

Tata Steel to shut Port Talbot coke ovens

TATA STEEL UK, owned by India-based Tata Group, announced the closure of the coke ovens at its Port Talbot steel plant in south Wales, with operations ceasing this week, marking an earlier shutdown than originally planned. The company on Monday (18) said that the plant is “significantly deteriorating operational stability”.…

Vaughan Gething becomes first black leader of Wales

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

Victoria Beckham swears by apple cider vinegar to help her…

A recent study seemed to support Beckham's claim, suggesting that apple cider vinegar could indeed help with weight loss. The study found that people who drank diluted apple cider vinegar daily lost around 6 kilograms in 12 weeks, compared to less than 1 kilogram of weight loss in the placebo…

Three Indians among winners of Diana Award

A New Delhi-based innovator whose low-cost electric invention helps overcome power cuts, a mental health campaigner from Haryana and a student from Dubai who helps to empower girls across the developing world are the Indian winners of the Diana Legacy Awards this year. Uday Bhatia, founder of Uday Electric, Manasi…

Powerful play portrays how NHS was nearly killed off before…

ANY Asian doctor, nurse, or indeed anyone who has worked for the National Health Service (NHS) should go and see Nye at the National Theatre. The play tells of the battles that the Welsh Labour politician, Aneurin (“Nye”) Bevan, had with Winston Churchill and the Tories, some people in his…

Surfing the tides, thrilling tale of the Severn Bore phenomenon

Surfers and kayakers eagerly anticipate an extraordinary natural spectacle known as the Severn Bore, transforming the typically serene Severn Estuary into a surfer's paradise. Contrary to its name, this event is anything but boring, captivating water enthusiasts from around the world. What is the Severn Bore? The Severn Bore is…

New UK residents could unlock up to £300 in car…

Sponsored by Marshmallow Insurance There are numerous challenges that recent migrants to the UK face, but one that is frequently overlooked is the process of driving, obtaining a vehicle, and securing car insurance. Understanding the costs associated with car insurance and the driving regulations in the UK can be bewildering…

Princess of Wales apologises for editing Mother’s Day photo

The first officially released photograph of the Princess of Wales, following her abdominal surgery two months ago has sparked controversy as some of the world's major picture agencies, including Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters, have recalled it amid claims of manipulation. The image, intended to commemorate Mother's Day in…

Can technology enhance customer rewards?

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, companies are continually seeking innovative ways to foster customer loyalty and satisfaction. Embracing technology has become a cornerstone strategy for achieving these goals. From retail to entertainment industries, businesses are leveraging cutting-edge technology to transform the customer experience and enhance rewards programs. In this…

Post office ‘not fit’ to run pay-outs for victims: Report

The UK parliament's Business and Trade Committee has listed a lot of shortcomings in the compensation plan for the postmasters wrongly prosecuted in the infamous Post Office Horizon IT scandal, according to media reports. In its report issued on Thursday (7), the committee said the post office was not fit…

Community pharmacists can play key role in integrated NHS: Bharat…

COMMUNITY pharmacists can play a key role in an integrated NHS and help improve patient care, an influential business leader in the sector has said. Bharat Shah, who co-founded Sigma Pharmaceuticals, said stronger collaboration among primary healthcare providers can provide patients with the best possible care by fostering a unified…

Wales first minister visits India to strengthen ‘close collaboration’

THE First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, was at the Indian High Commission in London last Thursday (29) to announce that 2024 would be a year of close collaboration between his country and India. “Wales in India”, his government said in a formal statement, “is a 12-month series of events…

Princess of Wales captured on camera for first time after…

The Princess of Wales has recently been spotted for the first time since December, marking her emergence into public view after undergoing abdominal surgery in January. The photos, captured and released by Backgrid, show her riding as a passenger in a vehicle near Windsor Castle, driven by her mother, Carole…

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

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

Princess of Wales ‘doing well’ after abdominal surgery

The Princess of Wales has temporarily stepped back from her royal duties to undergo scheduled abdominal surgery, the spokesperson for the Princess informed. The spokesperson added she is "doing well". The anticipated return is set for post-Easter, contingent upon her health. Since the announcement on January 17, the public and…

Labour launches outreach to connect with Indian diaspora

The UK's opposition Labour Party has launched a new diaspora outreach organisation to connect with British Indians and also to strengthen its interactions with India in a year when both countries are preparing for general elections. The party's shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, marked the launch of “Labour Indians” in…

‘ECB should have called out Botham for dissing report on…

ENGLAND cricket chiefs have been criticised for lacking a “morale backbone” for not questioning Lord Ian Botham over his claims that a report into racism, sexism and class-based discrimination in the game was “nonsense”. Cindy Butts, the chair of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket which produced the report,…

Tony Jayawardena who plays Churchill hails inclusion progress in theatre

PLAYING Winston Churchill in a play at the National Theatre is another step towards inclusivity in the arts, actor Tony Jayawardena told Eastern Eye. The 45-year-old will be seen playing the iconic former British prime minister in the play, Nye, which is based on the life of Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan…

Citi hires Viswas Raghavan as new banking head

Citigroup has appointed Viswas Raghavan as its new head of banking. Raghavan spent over two decades at JPMorgan and was recently appointed as head of global investment banking. He is expected to join Citigroup in the summer and will replace Peter Babej, who is due to retire later this year.…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop condemning us for fighting racism

VICTIMS of racism are being attacked for speaking out and highlighting the problem, former chief crown prosecutor, Nazir Afzal, has told Eastern Eye. His comments come as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has asked Afzal to head a panel to investigate its internal culture. The 61-year-old is no stranger…

Vaccination urged as measles cases soar in West Midlands

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

Former chancellor Sajid Javid Knighted as ‘proud family’ watches on

FORMER chancellor Sajid Javid was honoured with a knighthood by the Prince of Wales for his contribution to politics and public service on Wednesday (21). Javid described his knighthood as a “tremendous honour” after he was recognised for his achievements in the New Year’s Honours List announced in last December,…

Prince William calls for end of Israel-Hamas war in Gaza

Prince William on Tuesday (20) called for an end to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, emphasising the "sheer scale of human suffering" as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for peace in the region, which has seen a high number of casualties. In an unusually direct…

BAFTA 2024: Prince William calls himself ‘big fan’ of Christopher…

Prince William, who attended the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on Sunday, said that he is a "big fan" of Christopher Nolan and he liked Oppenheimer. "I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan so I'll be pleased if he wins ... I loved Oppenheimer," Prince William said. He made…

ECB rejects Lalit Modi’s offer to revamp The Hundred

English cricket has turned down a billion-dollar offer from Lalit Modi to revamp The Hundred tournament, The Telegraph reports. Modi had earlier founded the hugely popular Indian Premier League but is currently at loggerheads with the Indian cricket board. His representatives met with the top officials of the England and…

Lalit Modi urges ECB to revamp The Hundred for revenue…

THE former chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Lalit Modi, has presented a proposal to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), offering a blueprint that could revolutionise the cricketing landscape, the Cricbuzz reported. While the specifics of his plan remain undisclosed, Modi's vision aims to inject substantial revenue…

Labour set to weather storm of dwindling Muslim support

Labour's Sir Keir Starmer finds himself navigating a challenging political landscape, marked by a noticeable shift in support from Muslim constituents due to his stance on the Gaza conflict. But despite this, analyses suggest that Labour's robust lead may mitigate the potential impact on election outcomes, sparing the party from…

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

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

Asian-origin waste plant boss fined for obstructing Environment Agency officers

An Asian-origin owner of a waste treatment plant in east London was fined after she barred UK Environment Agency inspectors from entering the site unless they handed over thousands of pounds in bogus fees. Gurjit Athwal, director of Keep Green Ltd, has been fined £3,000 with more than double that…

Asians rally round King

THE British Asian community, which has long been supported by King Charles from the days he was a young Prince of Wales, is now rallying round the 75-year old monarch following his cancer diagnosis on Monday (5). Since the King is also head of the Commonwealth, just as Queen Elizabeth…

Yorkshire former chairman vows ‘inclusive culture’ after racism scandal

THE senior official accused of downplaying allegations of racism made by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq called for a “line in the sand” to be drawn last Friday (2), after members approved his return as chairman of the financially stricken English county club. Colin Graves, Yorkshire’s chairman from 2012- 2015,…

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

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

Cultural factors, mental health drive drug use in minority ethnic…

A new study has revealed that drug use in minority ethnic groups is shaped by a complex mix of cultural norms, mental health issues, gender, and migration experiences. The study was conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), in collaboration with RSM UK Consulting, and published on January…

King Charles diagnosed with cancer

KING CHARLES has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will postpone public engagements to undergo treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday (5), but added he remained "wholly positive" about the scare less than 18 months into his reign. Charles, 75, who became king in September 2022 following the…

Former chairman accused of downplaying racism allegations returns to Yorkshire

THE senior official accused of downplaying allegations of racism made by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq is set to return for a second stint as chairman of the financially stricken English county club. Colin Graves, Yorkshire's chairman from 2012-2015 having first saved the club from commercial collapse in 2002, was…

Labour gears up for swift transition as it sets sights…

Should the main opposition Labour Party secure victory in the next UK general election, as current opinion polls suggest, a familiar scene is expected outside the prime minister's official residence the following day: removal vans. The overnight transition, unique in major Western democracies, contrasts with the roughly two months' preparation…

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

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

British Asian families suffer as poverty increases in UK: Report

MANY British Asian families are badly affected as poverty has increased in the UK to around pre-pandemic levels, a new report said. The UK poverty 2024 report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation published last Tuesday (23) said Asian households also have higher rates of child poverty, very deep poverty and persistent…

King Charles discharged from hospital, Catherine recuperating at home

King Charles and his daughter-in-law, the Princess of Wales, Catherine, were both discharged from the hospital and returned home on Monday (29), following their respective planned medical treatments. Charles, 75, who had spent three nights in hospital after undergoing a corrective procedure for an enlarged prostate, smiled and waved to…

British Asian Trust initiative to focus on education for 4…

The British Asian Trust is spearheading a major educational initiative, LiftEd, aiming to enhance foundational literacy and numeracy skills for four million Indian children. This five-year project, focusing on children in grades 1-3, has garnered a significant $20 million investment from a consortium of 26 partners, including notable names like…

Sunak announces ban on disposable vapes

The government is set to implement new legislation to prohibit single-use e-cigarettes or vapes as a measure to address the increasing trend of vaping among young people, prime minister Rishi Sunak announced on Monday (29). "As any parent or teacher knows, one of the most worrying trends at the moment…

Marriage figures in England and Wales hit record low

THE proportion of people in England and Wales who are married or in a civil partnership has fallen below 50 per cent for the first time, latest figures show. Figures from the Office for National Statistics, published on Thursday (25), estimate that in 2022 only 49.4 per cent of the…

‘Doctor Who’ reveals first look at Varada Sethu

Varada Sethu is set to be a part of Doctor Who, a popular British science fiction television series broadcast by the BBC since 1963. She will star in season 15, which is scheduled to hit the airwaves in 2024, alongside Ncuti Gatwa (the Fifteenth Doctor), taking over from Millie Gibson.…

Finolex Industries, Mukul Madhav Foundation to sponsor India-England physical disability…

FINOLEX Industries Limited, a leading player in the Indian PVC pipes and fittings industry, along with its CSR partner, the Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) has announced the title sponsorship for the upcoming physical disability Cricket T20i Trophy 2024 between hosts India and England. The two teams will contest in five…

MPs examine ground rent cap plan

FREEHOLD property owners have been accused by MPs of establishing a “rentier structure” in England and Wales, as it has been claimed they impose “exorbitant” ground rents while, in some cases, providing no service. Labour MP Barry Gardiner called it “nonsense” that pension funds would need to be used to…

Shruti Haasan to headline Indo-UK film ‘Chennai Story’

Actress Shruti Haasan is set to headline Chennai Story, an upcoming Indo-UK co-production that will be directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Philip John. The movie, which is co-produced by Guru Films (India), Ripple World Pictures (UK), and ie ie Productions (Wales), is based on author Timeri N Murari's bestseller The Arrangements…

Labour unveils plan to save funds and reform NHS

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

MPs criticise freeholders for exploitative rentier structure

IN a parliamentary hearing on Thursday (18), MPs scrutinised freeholders for establishing a "rentier structure" in England and Wales, accusing them of imposing "exorbitant" ground rents, reaching £8,000 annually in some instances. The scrutiny unfolded as a freeholder group resisted proposed changes to leasehold laws amidst the ongoing parliamentary examination…

Tata Steel to shut down UK blast furnaces, up to…

Tata Steel announced on Friday (19), the closure of its two blast furnaces in Britain by the end of this year, potentially leading to the loss of up to 2,800 jobs at its steelworks plant in Wales. The closures are part of India-owned Tata Steel's plan to turn around its…

Tata Steel to cut 3,000 jobs in Wales: source

INDIAN-owned Tata Steel is to cut about 3,000 jobs at a plant in Wales, a source said Thursday (18), as the industry struggles to finance greener production of the metal. The company will on Friday (19) confirm the closure of two blast furnaces at the Port Talbot steelworks, resulting in…

REVEALED: Asian subpostmasters faced racist abuse and injustice

ASIAN sub postmasters have described the devastating impact of the Post Office Horizon scandal as they revealed the consequences of the injustice on their families as well as their health and finances. In interviews with Eastern Eye, some post masters recalled the fallout of discriminatory and racist behaviour by Post…

The Met to initiate war crimes probe against Israel

The police announced on Tuesday (16) that specialist officers will evaluate whether to initiate a war crimes investigation into Israel's conflict with Hamas, following a referral from an advocacy group for Palestinians. The Metropolitan Police said its small war crimes team, which is hosted within its counter-terrorism command, would determine…

Queen left sealed death-bed letter for son Charles, new book…

Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96 in September 2022, reportedly left a sealed death-bed letter for her son and heir, King Charles III, a new book has claimed. According to a report in ‘The Daily Telegraph' on Saturday, biographer Robert Hardman has written about the…

Sri Lanka’s president backs India’s proposal for Tamil autonomy

SRI Lanka’s president Ranil Wickremesinghe said last Friday (5) he backed a proposal by India to provide political autonomy to the island’s minority Tamil community. India has urged Colombo to implement the 13th Amendment, following the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1987, which can be a solution for the devolution of…

Priya Hall: The new Welsh comedy wonder

AN exciting star lighting up the UK comedy sky is sparkling new talent Priya Hall. The fabulously talented stand-up comic from Wales is fast making a name for herself on the live circuit with laughter-filled performances. Having also appeared on radio and television, the one-to-watch comic will hit a higher gear this…

Innovative gardens to feature at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

Amidst the vibrant showcase at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the All About Plants category, supported by Project Giving Back, brings a unique twist to gardening, spotlighting innovation, health, inclusivity, and the joy of plants. Setting an unprecedented example, the Planet Good Earth Garden by Betongpark & Urban Organic…

2024 election set to deliver UK’s ‘Most diverse parliament ever’

THE General Election is unlikely to be held until close to the end of this year, with the Prime Minister saying his ‘working assumption’ is the election in the second half of 2024. Despite Labour’s large poll lead, the results will depend on the campaigns to come. One thing we…

Right-wing upstarts threaten Tories with ‘Make Britain Great’ vision

Ahead of the upcoming general election this year, the ruling Conservatives find themselves once again challenged by a fringe right-wing political party, originally founded by the eurosceptic populist Nigel Farage. Reform UK -- formerly called the Brexit Party and whose current leader admires former US president Donald Trump -- rails…

New charity role for finance expert Nikhil Kamath and mental…

INDIAN entrepreneurs Nikhil Kamath and Dr Neerja Birla have been appointed to the India Advisory Council of the British Asian Trust, a charity founded by King Charles when he was the Prince of Wales. Kamath is a co-founder of one of India’s largest stockbrokers, Zerodha, a wealth management firm True…

Mumbai exhibits art of sharing great treasures

SOME of the great art treasures of India are on display in the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai. Like the city itself, which was called Bombay until 1996, the museum was renamed something a lot simpler in 1998 in an upsurge of nationalism – it is now called the…

Junior doctors start longest consecutive strike in NHS history

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

Extended NHS strike threatens Sunak’s waiting list pledge

Health chiefs warned this weekend that Rishi Sunak's goal for the NHS, aiming to eradicate wait times surpassing 65 weeks by March, might fall short due to impending NHS strike action. The health system braces for an unprecedented six-day national strike by junior doctors in England starting Wednesday (3) at…

Almost 8,000 NHS appointments cancelled due to last week’s junior…

After last week's junior doctor strike, almost 88,000 NHS appointments had to be cancelled, predominantly comprising over 86,300 hospital check-ups and operations. Additionally, around 1,500 community and mental health appointments were affected by the strike, the BBC reported. This strike marks a part of ongoing disruptions, with over 1.2 million…

Concerns mount over UK’s preparedness for deepfake-affected general elections

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been utilised globally to interfere with elections, sparking concerns among senior politicians and security services about potential risks in the UK. Former Justice Secretary Sir Robert Buckland is advocating for stronger governmental action against what he perceives as a pressing threat to UK democracy. As chair…

Slough home to one of largest Sikh populations, census shows

FIGURES from the 2021 census showed Slough hosted 3.4 per cent of England and Wales’ Sikh population, writes James Moules. Around 11.3 per cent of people in the borough listed Sikhism as their religion, the census report confirmed. It also had the largest proportion of the country’s Sikh population outside…

UK extradites Indian man arrested in terror funding case to…

British authorities announced on Tuesday (19) that an Indian man, arrested in London under a provisional American warrant amid a US-UK coordinated operation targeting terrorism financing, has been extradited to the US after consenting to face trial in America. Madurai-born Sundar Nagarajan, 65, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police's National…

Diversity ‘slowly improving’ in legal profession

DIVERSITY is improving “slowly” in the legal profession in England and Wales with the proportion of lawyers of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds going up by a percentage point since 2021. A Solicitors Regulation Authority report revealed that 19 per cent of lawyers working across all firms were…

Top accountancy body under fire for lack of diversity

THE Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is under scrutiny for its failure to appoint black and minority ethnic directors to its board, reported ThisIsMoney. The top accountancy body, representing one of the industry's largest sectors, is also facing criticism for its apparent lack of diversity in…

Diplomat Raj Aggarwal organises celebration of 554th birthday of Guru…

An Indian Government celebration by Asian diplomat Raj Aggarwal to commemorate the 554th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the revered spiritual founder of Sikhism was organised last week in Cardiff. Orchestrated by Aggarwal, the Honorary Consul for India in Wales, the event at Cardiff University drew hundreds of attendees. Aggarwal…

Indian Mission embraces Christmas with carols and millets

The festivity of the Christmas season was brought to life at India House, adorned with radiant decorations and trees. The renowned Choir of King's College orchestrated the carol singing, filling Gandhi Hall with the spirit of the season. The celebration at the Indian High Commission on Tuesday (12) evening, which…

New Tory visa rules lead to anger and outrage

Public discontent surged on Saturday (9) night, over the new Tory visa rules and the government's perceived love only toward the rich, which could compel numerous British families to face the tough choice of separation or leaving the country. The announcement by home secretary James Cleverly last week outlined that…

The Ugandan Asian Expulsion: Role of the Aga Khan family…

THE year 2022 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Ugandan Asian expulsion which saw the uprooting and resettlement of some 80,000 Ugandan Asians when Idi Amin Dada, the self-styled dictator of Uganda, declared on 4 August 1972 that he had had a dream in which he was enjoined by God…

Asian groups missing from labour market in UK

AROUND a third of individuals from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities broadly have no one earning any income through work, the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed. Almost half of all women in both these ethnic groups are not economically active either – meaning they are…

Educated minorities ‘now more likely to vote Tory’

GRADUATE ethnic minority voters are more likely to vote for the Conservative party, a new survey has found. Lead researcher James Kanagasooriam, from FocalData, said the voting intentions of ethnic minority graduates is in contrast to their white counterparts. They are more left-leaning and more likely to vote Labour, although…

Yousaf says ‘dark day for devolution’ as court rules against…

THE UK government's blocking of a controversial Scottish gender recognition law was ruled lawful by Scotland's highest civil court. The legislation, passed by the Scottish parliament in December, would have made it easier and faster for people to officially change their gender, dropping the requirement for a gender dysphoria medical…

Essex cricketers faced racist abuse: report

SEVERAL cricketers who played for English county side Essex were subject to racist abuse and discriminatory treatment, according to an independent report released on Friday (8). References to players' ethnic, racial and religious origins were "entirely normalised and tolerated behaviour" within the dressing-room culture between the mid-1990s and around 2013,…

ECB sets up new regulating body after allegations of racism,…

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday (4) announced it had set up an independent cricket regulator after a damning report revealed racism, sexism, classism and elitism in the sport. The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) published its findings in June, revealing “widespread” discrimination in the…

Indian-origin Dave Sharma takes oath as Australian senator

Dave Sharma, Australia's first Indian-origin lawmaker in Parliament since 2019, was sworn in as a Senator on Monday (4) following his win in the New South Wales Liberal Senate race. Sharma, who represented the Sydney seat of Wentworth until his defeat at the 2022 election, beat former New South Wales…

Racism row: Dutch author denies naming UK royals

THE author at the centre of renewed racism claims against Britain's royal family has denied naming members alleged to have asked about the skin colour of Prince Harry's son. Copies of the Dutch language version of Omid Scobie's "Endgame" had to be pulped after the names of two senior royals…

Rubicon Drinks founder Naresh Nagrecha dies at 73

Naresh Nagrecha, who founded the exotic soft drinks brand Rubicon four decades ago, died peacefully in London on Tuesday (28), after a courageous battle with illness, the family said. He was 73. Nagrecha has been a pioneer in the exotic food and beverage industry as co-founder of Rubicon Exotic Drinks…

‘Om Shanti Om’ one of my favourite films: Catherine Zeta-Jones

She has seen it multiple times, her son has watched it, and his school friends too... Catherine Zeta-Jones says Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Om Shanti Om is one of her favourite films along with The Lunch Box. The Hollywood star on Monday attended the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in…

RSPCA expects ‘winter crisis’ as animal abandonments rise

The RSPCA is preparing for a ‘winter crisis,’ due to escalating rates of animal abandonments, revealing a surge in incidents across several regions in England. Figures from Surrey alone show a concerning 27.4% increase in animal abandonments compared to 2020. Among the recent cases, a bearded dragon and two tortoises…

‘I hope more Asians will engage with the National Trust’

BRITISH ASIANS are being encouraged to visit National Trust properties as the organisation is striving to improve diversity among its members, volunteers and staff, its director general Hilary McGrady told Eastern Eye in an exclusive interview. As Europe’s premier conservation charity, the trust safeguards more than 500 historic houses, castles,…

Prince William ducks question on ‘bank balance’

A YOUNG boy questioned Prince William about his “bank balance” during his visit to the Hideaway Youth Project in Manchester. Amir Hassan, 11, asked the Prince of Wales, “How much do you have in your bank account?” The royal responded with a laugh, confessing, “I didn’t know.” Members of the…

Coping with cash worries

THE recent cost of living crisis has created a wave of anxiety among many, with around three in four adults reporting feeling overwhelmed about their financial well-being, according to ONS. Although it’s natural to experience such worries, excessive concern can become all-consuming, leaving you unable to function in daily life.…

Adherents to UK Covid rules have worst mental health: Study

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

Religious Britons ‘significantly happier’ than atheists: study

RELIGIOUS Britons are “significantly happier” than atheists and non-religious people, new research has revealed. People for whom religion is an important part of their identity “are also more optimistic and more resilient than atheists and non-religious people,” the study commissioned by the research forum Institute for the Impact of Faith…

British Asian boy’s ‘bank balance’ query puts Prince William on…

A British Asian boy boldly questioned Prince William about his 'bank balance' during a visit to the Hideaway Youth Project in Manchester. “How much do you have in your bank account?," Amir Hassan, 11, asked the Prince of Wales. The royal responded with a hearty laugh, confessing, "I didn't know."…

More women to gain access to contraceptive pills from pharmacies

From next month, nearly half a million women in England will gain access to the contraceptive pill directly from pharmacies without requiring a GP appointment. The Pharmacy First scheme will also extend its services to include treatments for urinary infections and various common conditions, the BBC reported. NHS England highlighted…

UK cancer care crisis can lead to fatal outcomes warn…

In the UK, the state of cancer care has reached a critical point, and experts in the field are warning that patients may face fatal consequences due to the government's decision to eliminate a dedicated plan aimed at addressing the disease. With waiting times for NHS cancer treatment hitting a…

Sport fails to inspire Asian women

CAMPAIGNERS have expressed disappointment over new research showing that one in four women feel they cannot progress in sport due to a lack of role models. The study, by the London Lions basketball team, found that 25 per cent of females believe becoming a professional player or at management level…

Fewer non-white members in Sunak’s cabinet now

THE number of non-white cabinet ministers has come down from five to four after prime minister Rishi Sunak reshuffled his core team on Monday (13). Suella Braverman was sacked as home secretary and former prime minister David Camaron was made foreign secretary as part of the exercise. While Sunak -…

Priti Patel acknowledges £10,000 Covid fines were excessive

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

Charity of Charles III officially renamed The King’s Trust

Following his ascension to the throne, King Charles III's charity, The Prince's Trust, has been officially renamed The King's Trust, Buckingham Palace on Friday (10). The head of state, who turns 75 next week, formed the Prince's Trust with his Royal Navy severance pay in 1976 when he was Prince…

First minister announces new Welsh, India economic initiative

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

British Steel seeks government help for modern furnaces as job…

BRITISH STEEL is in talks with the government about funding for a shift to cleaner manufacturing, which would include shutting blast furnaces and probable job losses. Owned by China's Jingye Group, Britain's second-biggest steelmaker on Monday (6) outlined a £1.25 billion ($1.55bn) plan to make steel in a less carbon…

London Assembly urges Met to encourage Hindus to report hate…

THE London Assembly has called on the Metropolitan Police to work with local Hindu communities to encourage them to report hate crimes targeting them. Hindus are the second most likely group to have been victims of religiously motivated hate crime, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. However,…

Dementia cases expected to double by 2040

The prevalence of dementia in England and Wales is anticipated to nearly double, reaching 1.7 million by 2040, according to a study by University College London. This rise is occurring at a much faster rate than previously expected and is linked to widening social inequalities, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyles, The…

Asda pledges to cut prices as it plans to raise…

ASDA, owned by billionaire brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa, has pledged to reduce prices for customers by generating up to £412 million to alleviate the debt burden of its petrol station empire. Following a £2 billion acquisition deal of EG Group's UK and Ireland operations, Asda aims to extend its…

Britain’s domestic dilemma over Israel-Palestine conflict

VERY few people in the Middle East will be familiar with Sir Keir Starmer, so whether or not the Labour leader calls for a ceasefire in Israel’s military action on Hamas in the Gaza strip is pretty much irrelevant. Even prime minister Rishi Sunak is not really a player. Starmer’s…

Braverman condemns pro-Palestine demonstrations, calls them ‘hate marches’

Suella Braverman has described the individuals participating in street demonstrations advocating for a Gaza ceasefire as participants in "hate marches." Braverman expressed her dismay at the large gatherings, involving "tens of thousands of people," where chants advocating for the elimination of Israel were heard. Speaking after a Cobra meeting chaired…

Dev Patel’s first look from ‘Rabbit Trap’ out

The first look of Dev Patel from his upcoming film Rabbit Trap is out. The film also stars Rosy McEwen in the lead role. Set in 1973, the film follows a married couple who are both musicians, Daphne and Darcy Davenport. The duo has decided to move from London to…

Gaza: Sarwar, Khan pressure Starmer over ceasefire

TWO senior Muslim politicians in Labour have urged party leader Sir Keir Starmer to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Revealing the growing unrest within the opposition party over its position on the conflict, London mayor Sadiq Khan called on Friday (27) for a ceasefire in the conflict.…

Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK overall winner of RHS’s Britain in Bloom Competition…

Newcastle-under-Lyme has clinched the RHS gold award and the title of Overall Winner in the UK finals of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition 2023 which stands as the largest community gardening competition in the UK. Out of 44 community gardening groups nominated to represent their region…

British lawyers weigh pros and cons of extradition treaty with…

LEADING lawyers are split on whether Britain should have an extradition treaty with Pakistan so suspects can be questioned by police quicker. The two countries do not currently have any formal agreement, but there have been cases of people being brought back to the UK to be quizzed. Last year,…

Families split by war

BORIS JOHNSON’S sister, Rachel Johnson, who has a weekend slot on LBC, spent an hour last Sunday (22) discussing how families can be split by politics. She revealed that when Boris came to dinner, Brexit was off the menu. Boris’s siblings didn’t agree with him. One man rang LBC to…

New multilingual resources aim to bridge menopause information gap for…

In an effort to bridge the information gap surrounding menopause experiences for ethnic minority women in the UK, Besins Healthcare has launched new multi-language resources, “Language of Menopause” aimed at fostering better conversations about menopause within diverse communities. Launched on World Menopause Day 2023, (18 October) these digital resources including…

Dev Patel to headline horror film ‘Rabbit Trap’

Dev Patel has signed on to star alongside Rosy McEwen in an upcoming horror film, titled Rabbit Trap. If reports are to be believed, Rabbit Trap is set in 1973 and will star Patel and McEwen as Darcy and Daphne Davenport, married musicians who relocate from London to an isolated…

Issa brothers refute claims of withdrawing funds from Asda

THE billionaire co-owner of Asda has rejected claims of withdrawing funds from the company, and also justified the supermarket's complicated ownership structure, reported The Telegraph. Mohsin Issa's rebuttal comes in response to allegations that he and his brother Zuber had paid themselves dividends from Asda following their £6.8 billion takeover…

Labour councillor ‘disappointed and alarmed’ at Starmer’s Middle East comments

A FORMER Labour councillor has told Eastern Eye he decided to quit the party over leader Sir Keir Starmer’s “grotesque” comments over the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Gaza-based Hamas fighters broke through Israel’s heavily fortified border on October 7, killing more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians. [caption id="attachment_256205" align="alignleft"…

Indian Heritage Centre UK launched in Cardiff

THE Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) UK was inaugurated in Cardiff with a soft launch held at Llanishen Baptist Church Hall last week, a statement said. Tripti Megeri, the founder and CEO of IHC, and co-founder Pradeep Jois, have extended a warm welcome to the attendees. Captain Raj Aggarwal, India’s honorary…

Royal Mint unveils coin designs inspired by King Charles

The Royal Mint has revealed eight new coin designs, showcasing King Charles' dedication to conservation and the natural world. Overseen by the king, the eight designs showcase the flora and fauna from different regions of the UK. The 1p coin displays a hazel dormouse, the 2p coin depicts a red squirrel,…

Family law firm Vardags launches essay competition for university students

The family law firm, Vardags, has launched a law essay competition open to all university students across the UK, aiming to discover exceptional young legal minds in the country. The winner of this competition will receive a £2,000 prize, along with an exclusive one-on-one session with Vardags’ founder and president,…

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

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

Exclusive: “Stop demonising muslims” say community leaders

MINISTERS and the media are contributing to hate crime against British Muslims, according to politicians and community leaders. Last week (5) saw a nine per cent year-on-year increase in reported religious hate crime figures. Politicians, religious leaders and campaigning groups are urging them to stop demonising Muslims. Of the almost…

Hindu Council of Wales celebrates Gandhi Jayanti in Cardiff

The Hindu Council of Wales (HCW) commemorated International Non-violence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's 154th birthday on October 2, at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Cardiff Bay. Since its unveiling in 2018, HCW has marked the day each year, with this year's event attended by dignitaries and the local community. This…

Kiln Theatre appoints Amit Sharma as artistic director and CEO

Amit Sharma has been confirmed as the new Artistic Director and CEO of the Kiln Theatre. Sharma, who is currently Associate Director at Kiln Theatre, and also works as a freelance director, will take up his new role on 1 December 2023. Sharing his excitement, Sharma said today, “Over the…

British Asians least likely to live in care homes

BRITISH ASIANS in England and Wales are least likely to be living in care homes, according to an analysis of Census 2021 data. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Monday (9) showed that less than one per cent (0.95 per cent) of the care home population…

Man, 74, denies involvement in Beshenivsky murder

A 74-YEAR-OLD man accused of being involved in the killing of police constable Sharon Beshenivsky 18 years ago has pleaded not guilty to her murder. Piran Ditta Khan, extradited from Pakistan, however, admitted to one charge of robbery on the day of the West Yorkshire Police officer’s murder but denied…

Expert highlights insufficient training for investigators at Post Office

POST OFFICE is facing criticism for failing to provide sufficient guidance and training to prosecutors involved in investigating branch operators accused of misconduct in the Horizon IT scandal, reported The Guardian. This revelation comes from criminal prosecutions expert, Duncan Atkinson KC, as part of the ongoing inquiry into the scandal.…

Two in five hate crimes in England and Wales target…

MAJORITY of hate crimes in England and Wales in the year ending March 2023 were directed at Muslims, the latest data revealed. There were 3,452 attacks against Muslims, accounting for 39 per cent of all reported hate crimes during the period, the Home Office data published on Thursday (5) stated.…

Worker jailed for defrauding employer

A PENARTH man has been jailed after defrauding his employer to repay the money he had stolen from a company he had previously worked for. Mayur Gaglani, 48, has also been ordered to pay back £78,000 to the power systems consultancy firm PSE 2 following his admission of his offence.…

Stop and searches of British Asians 1.4 times higher than…

STOP and searches of British Asians by police in England and Wales were 1.4 times higher than those from a white group for the year ending March 2023, figures show. In England and Wales, there were eight stop and searches of individuals from an Asian background per 1,000 population during…

National Trust enjoys public confidence: survey

HERITAGE conservation charity National Trust has gained public confidence compared to the previous year, according to a survey. A poll conducted by think tank More in Common and University College London’s Policy Lab showed that 71 per cent of 2,000 respondents - British adults - trusted the National Trust, a…

Tata Steel CEO sets three year target for UK plant’s…

TATA STEEL aims to complete decarbonisation journey at its plant in the UK in the next three years, the company's CEO, T V Narendran, said. As part of its decarbonisation plan, the company will shift to low-emission electric arc furnace (EAF) process from the blast furnace (BF) route which is…

North Indian state seeks UK investment in infrastructure

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

Teen faces court appearance after stabbing schoolgirl

A teenager is scheduled to appear in court on Friday (29) to face charges of murdering a 15-year-old schoolgirl, bringing attention once more to the issue of knife crime in the UK. Elianne Andam was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London, as she went to school on Wednesday (27).…

We want cricket to be our most inclusive team sport:…

AN INDEPENDENT regulator and investment in talent pathways for children from disadvantaged backgrounds are among the initiatives that will be implemented by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in its efforts to make cricket more inclusive, after a report found widespread discrimination across the sport. The ECB published its…

Glasgow approves UK’s first supervised drug consumption site

BRITAIN's first official supervised drug consumption room was approved on Wednesday (27), seeking to reduce infectious diseases and overdoses in Scotland which suffers from the highest level of drug-related deaths in Europe. Following similar projects in Europe, Canada and Australia, Glasgow city council, which runs the largest city in Scotland,…

Military support no longer required after firearms protest says police

The largest police force in the country announced on Monday (25) that it would no longer require military support, following an incident where armed officers protested by laying down their weapons due to a colleague being charged with murder. A decision to charge the officer from London's Metropolitan Police over…

South Asians among migrants most likely to have religious affiliation

MIGRANTS from Bangladesh are more likely to report a religious affiliation than any other group living in England and Wales, according official figures. Analysis of the 2021 Census data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that 94.9 per cent migrants from the south Asian country reported a…

ECB to establish independent regulator to make cricket more inclusive

THE England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will establish an independent regulator and increase investment in the women's game as part of efforts to make cricket more inclusive after a report found widespread discrimination across the sport. The ECB published its response on Monday (25) after the Independent Commission for…

Braverman initiates review of police firearms regulations

Home secretary Suella Braverman has initiated a review of the legal protections for police officers engaged in firearms duties, in response to a rebellion within the ranks of Scotland Yard following the murder charge brought against a Metropolitan Police officer who discharged his weapon while on duty. The Ministry of…

Sunak may ban cigarettes for future generations: report

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is considering introducing measures that would ban the next generation from ever being able to buy cigarettes, The Guardian reported on Friday, citing government sources. Sunak is looking at anti-smoking measures similar to laws New Zealand announced last year, which include a ban on selling tobacco…

Jobs still at risk after Tata Steel’s £500m ‘green grant’

Britain is to pump £500 million into Tata Steel to decarbonise its Wales site, in a deal aimed at securing the future of the country’s steel industry, but which puts as many as 3,000 jobs at risk. The £1.25 billion total funding package for Britain’s biggest steel works includes £750m…

Small shop owners demand action on rising shoplifting menace

SMALL SHOP owners across the UK are voicing growing concerns over an alarming increase in shoplifting incidents, with many citing a lack of police response and a rising sense of impunity among criminals as the root causes of the issue, reported the BBC. Benedict Selvaratnam, a convenience store owner in…

Nurse Lucy Letby convicted of killing seven babies in UK…

Lucy Letby, the British nurse sentenced to life in prison for the murder of seven newborn babies and the attempted murder of six others has filed a legal request to appeal her conviction, court officials said Friday (15). Staff at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales confirmed an…

Five key events from Charles III’s first year as king

Charles III commemorates his first year as king today (8). Here are five pivotal moments from his first year on the throne. - Inaugural address - Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on September 8, 2022, Charles assumed the throne. During his…

King Charles thanks public of their ‘love’ on the Queen’s…

King Charles expressed gratitude to the public for their "love and support" on Friday (8) the first anniversary of his mother Queen Elizabeth's passing and his ascension to the throne. He echoed her sentiments, pledging to be of service to all. Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning sovereign, died aged 96 on September…

‘Bridgerton 3’ star Banita Sandhu on her depression diagnosis

Banita Sandhu always wanted to be an actress and she realised her dream by landing the lead role in the 2018 Bollywood film October, opposite Varun Dhawan. The film, directed by noted filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, received great reviews from critics. Sandhu, who grew up in Caerleon, South Wales, is now…

Tributes paid to pilot who sacrificed life to save children…

TRIBUTES have been paid to a pilot who sacrificed his life to save two children from Welsh waterfall. Mohananeethan Muruganantharaja, 27, lost his life last week while rescuing his two young nieces from the treacherous waters of Sgwd Y Pannwr falls at Ystradfellte, reported The Telegraph. “It is with heavy…

‘We must speak out about the judicial system’s faults’

IN 2019, in the Supreme Court, I won whistle-blowing rights for judges. Rights which are guaranteed under human rights law, but were denied to me by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). I had whistleblown about courts being made unsafe working environments, which was traceable to budget cuts in the recession.…

Tata Steel ‘close to securing £500m funding from government’

TATA STEEL is believed to be close to securing a £500m funding from the UK government to modernise its plant in Wales.Whitehall officials and the steelmaker are close to agreeing a deal that would also result in the company’s Indian parent committing about £700 in capital expenditure over a period…

Braverman orders review into police ‘political activism’

HOME Secretary Suella Braverman said on Saturday (2) she has ordered a watchdog to review "political activism and impartiality" in the police after an independent review found the force racist, sexist and homophobic. Braverman, who has earned criticism since taking up the post nearly a year ago with her "anti-woke"…

Britain mandates ‘whole life orders’ for most horrific killers

THE government said on Saturday (26) that judges will be required to impose mandatory "whole life orders" on killers who commit the most horrific types of murder, meaning they will die in prison, under planned legislation. It said the change would protect the public from the most dangerous offenders by…

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

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

We need diversity among key film and TV decision makers:…

KRISHNENDU MAJUMDAR has called a wrap after three years as chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta), to be succeeded by his deputy, Sara Putt. Majumdar was the first nonwhite person to occupy the post since Bafta was set up 76 years ago on April 16,…

Police conclude cash-for-honours probe involving King’s charity

BRITISH police said they would not take any further action following an investigation into media reports that honours had been offered in return for donations to one of King Charles's charities. Metropolitan Police's Special Enquiry Team (SET) began investigating in February last year after the Sunday Times reported a Saudi…

India most common birth country for non-UK-born mothers: ONS

INDIA replaced Romania as the most common birth country for non-UK-born mothers in England and Wales in 2022, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed. There were 17,745 live births to women born in India, a 16.3 per cent increase from 15,260 in 2021, the data…

Exclusive: Out of touch Sunak needs to speak with us,…

A former cricketer has criticised the prime minister’s decision not to intervene on Lord Botham’s comments about racism in the sport. The peer told a podcast that he thought the England and Wales Cricket Board’s inquiry into racism, misogyny and elitism was a “waste of money”. Eastern Eye reported earlier…

‘Common sense’ decision on gender-neutral toilets

GENDER-NEUTRAL or unisex toilets, where men and women mingle sometimes in intimate spaces, are not for British Asians, given they are conservative in such matters.   The National Portrait Gallery in London, which had separate toilets, has come back after its £41.3 million renovation with unisex toilets. They have also been…

Several cancer waiting time targets to be scrapped

Aiming to enhance early cancer detection, NHS authorities are set to eliminate approximately two-thirds of their cancer waiting time targets. The intention is to streamline the existing nine targets down to three, with the support of renowned cancer experts and the objective of modernising outdated standards, the BBC reported. However,…

Captain Raj Aggarwal visits HMS Cardiff in Govan

CARDIFF businessman, pharmacist and public health expert, Captain Raj Aggarwal, has visited HMS Cardiff in Govan, Scotland. HMS Cardiff is the second of the Royal Navy’s next-generation submarine hunters. Currently, workers have started joining the two independently constructed sections of the ship together in River Clyde, a statement said. Following…

Why the ECB is not fit for purpose despite damning…

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

Watchdog shuts down legal firms involved in false asylum claims…

Three law firms facing accusations of misconduct in handling asylum applications have been closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The affected firms are Rashid & Rashid in South Wimbledon, Kingswright Solicitors in Birmingham, and Lincoln Lawrence in Hounslow. The closure follows an undercover operation carried out by the…

Saviour or racist? Studying ‘controversial’ Churchill

“WHO was Winston Churchill – the saviour of his nation or a racist imperialist?” This is the rather blunt question that will be examined in the opening session of a debut literary festival next month, to mark the 70th anniversary of Churchill winning the Nobel Prize for literature. It was…

Medic Hasmukh Shah recognised by First Minister of Wales

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

Exclusive: ECB “too scared” to confront Ian Botham

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has failed to step up and investigate why Lord Ian Botham trashed an independent report which found cricket to be racist and misogynist, according to those close to the sport. Eastern Eye has spoken to several prominent cricket sources who have accused the…

George Alagiah and the story of who we are today

WHO were the first Asian faces that you remember featuring regularly on television? Beyond the specialist Asian community programmes on a Sunday morning, there were pretty slim pickings across the ‘eighties. The Eastenders portrayal of everyday East London life would depict one Asian family at a time in Albert Square,…

Mystery object found on Australian beach is ‘most likely’ from…

A MYSTERIOUS object that washed up on an Australian beach has been identified as debris from an Indian rocket, officials said Monday. The bulky barnacle-encrusted cylinder was first spotted in mid-July near remote Jurien Bay, a coastal region two hours' drive north of Perth in Western Australia. Amateur sleuths speculated…

Uber wins London court ruling over tax on rival apps

UBER on Friday (28) won a ruling from London's High Court that other ride-hailing apps should also face a 20 per cent tax charge on their profit margins. The company brought the case following a 2021 decision by the UK's Supreme Court, which ruled that Uber drivers were workers, which…

Yorkshire punished over Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club were slapped with a huge 48-point deduction in the English County Championship on Friday (28) after admitting four charges related to the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal. The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) also fined the club £400,000, out of which £300,000 is suspended for two years.…

Watchdog for solicitors probes firms for alleged false asylum claims

THE UK’s watchdog for solicitors said on Thursday (27) that it is investigating legal firms and individuals suspected of breaching rules in advising clients on making false asylum claims. The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) said it is looking to take “urgent action” after UK justice secretary Alex Chalk wrote to…

Sacha Dhawan on his ‘Wolf’ role: ‘It’s something I haven’t…

Actor Sacha Dhawan has impressed audiences with an array of characters in his acting career, and now he is set to woo them with yet another powerful role in the much-anticipated BBC show Wolf, bankrolled via Hartswood Films, the production company behind Sherlock and Inside Man. Wolf features him in…

New photo released to celebrate Prince George’s 10th birthday

A new photograph of Prince George, second in line to the throne, was released in celebration of his 10th birthday today (22). The picture depicts him seated on a set of steps at Windsor, wearing a smile. This year, the photograph was taken by Millie Pilkington, marking a change in…

Open Door announces applications for acting and behind-the-scenes programmes

Award-winning charity Open Door has announced applications for their Acting and Behind the Scenes programmes are open, with auditions and interviews set to take place in September and October. Boasting 178 offers at leading drama schools so far and with a growing number of Open Door participants securing roles across television, film…

Indian court wants parliament to rethink age of consent

The Bombay High Court has highlighted the need for India and its Parliament to be aware of international developments, where several countries have reduced the age of consent for adolescents to engage in consensual sexual relationships. A single bench of Justice Bharati Dangre in an order passed on July 10…

Terror financing: Indian arrested in UK to challenge extradition

AN INDIAN national arrested in the UK on a provisional US warrant as part of a coordinated action targeting terrorism financing will challenge his extradition on human rights and dual criminality grounds, a court in London was told last Wednesday (12). Madurai-born Sundar Nagarajan, 65, appeared via videolink from prison…

Vondrousova’s victory at Wimbledon leaves Jabeur in tears

After completing one of the most unexpected runs to the Wimbledon title, Marketa Vondrousova punched away a volley and fell to the ground, probably leaving her with a whirlwind of thoughts running through her head. On Saturday (15), anticipation had built up for Tunisian sixth seed Ons Jabeur, who was…

Major League Cricket makes big hitting start in US

THE Major League Cricket got underway in Texas on Thursday (13), and the most serious attempt yet to establish a domestic competition in the US provided all the ingredients of a modern Twenty20 league. Fans at the purpose built cricket stadium, just a 15-minute drive from Dallas Fort Worth airport,…

Extradition trial of Indian national arrested in UK to start…

AN Indian national who was arrested in the UK on a provisional US warrant as part of a coordinated action targeting terrorism financing will challenge his extradition on human rights and dual criminality grounds, a court in London was told on Wednesday (12). Madurai-born Sundar Nagarajan, 65, appeared via videolink…

Latest data calls for swift action on judicial diversity

THE new statistics published by the ministry of justice on Thursday (13) indicated the need for accelerated efforts in enhancing diversity within the judiciary. According to the new data, women now make up 37 per cent of judges in courts, compared to 54 per cent of tribunal judges. There are…

Major League Cricket aims for US breakthrough

THE most ambitious attempt yet to establish professional cricket in the US started on Wednesday (12) when wickets will be pitched for the start of the inaugural season of Major League Cricket. With backing from four franchises in the Indian Premier League, including the league's most successful teams the Mumbai…

How BBC local radio is failing diversity challenge

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

Police chief urges law change for positive discrimination

THE chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, John Robins, has called for a change in the law, allowing police forces to engage in positive discrimination to increase the number of ethnic minority officers, reported The Telegraph. Robins has become the first in England and Wales to address this issue. He…

Buckingham Palace fails to meet diversity target for staff

BUCKINGHAM PALACE has failed to meet its staff diversity goal, as the proportion of employees from ethnic minority backgrounds remains stagnant at 9.7 per cent, according to reports. The original target was 10 per cent by the end of 2022. The King's household has now introduced a revised objective of…

Doctors push for stricter drink-driving limit for safer roads

In a bid to enhance road safety, doctors are calling for a tighter drink-driving limit in England and Wales,The Times reported. The current legal limit of 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood, set in 1967, is considered the highest in Europe. The British Medical Association (BMA), which deems the existing law…

Multi-faith prayers commemorate King Charles III’s Coronation celebration in Scotland

In a historic ceremony held in Edinburgh, Britain's King Charles III and Queen Camilla were presented with the crown jewels of Scotland on Wednesday (05). The event, commemorating the Coronation of the new monarch, featured blessings from leaders representing various faiths, including a Hindu priest. This multi-faith format was similar…

Police seize £130m worth of cannabis; arrest 1,000 in major…

IN a largest ever crackdown on organised crime, police confiscated cannabis plants worth around £130 million and arrested nearly 1,000 people across the country, the BBC reported. As many as 182,422 plants worth around £115m-£130m were seized in raids across England and Wales in June. According to the report, officers…

A snapshot of UK history at National Portrait Gallery

STANDING in front of the vast painting of the House of Commons in 1833 by Sir George Hayter at the National Portrait Gallery brought home how much Britain has changed. Perhaps someone should execute a similar canvas with Rishi Sunak at the centre of things, with the chamber dotted with…

‘It stings’: Sunak says he experienced racism growing up

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak has acknowledged having experienced racism while growing up in Southampton. Reacting to last week’s damning report that claimed discrimination in English cricket, he said racism “stings” and “hurts”. Sunak, son of an Indian-origin couple who migrated to the UK from east Africa, told the BBC: "Of…

Indians among winners of Diana awards 2023

SEVERAL youth activists, humanitarians and entrepreneurs from India were among the worldwide winners of the Diana Awards, created in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Among the Indian winners is Sanya Sharma, founder of ‘Scarlet Udaan’, a global youth organisation that raises awareness on female genital cutting (FGC)…

NHS to get more than 300,000 staff under ‘historic’ workforce…

THE National Health Service (NHS) in England will get more than 300,000 staff under a new plan announced by the government on Friday (30) to deal with a chronic shortage of doctors and nurses. The publicly funded NHS, which marks its 75th birthday on Wednesday (5), is facing an estimated…

Family condemn Tik Tok amateur sleuths after UK woman’s ‘accidental’…

At an inquest held on Tuesday (27), a coroner determined that Nicola Bulley, a British woman whose unexplained disappearance earlier this year generated significant attention from online sleuths and conspiracy theorists, had accidentally fallen into a river and drowned. The incident occurred in January when Bulley, after dropping off her…

Ben Stokes ‘deeply sorry’ after cricket report exposes racism and…

ENGLAND captain Ben Stokes on Tuesday (27) said he was "deeply sorry" to learn of the scale of discrimination in the sport after a damning report revealed "widespread" racism, sexism and classism in the game. His comments followed the publication by the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) of…

English cricket on a sticky wicket

THE head of English cricket has admitted to Eastern Eye that the game is in an “appalling position” after a damning report found the sport was beset with racism and misogyny. Cricket boards were accused of failing to prevent “structural and institutional racism, sexism and class-based discrimination,” in a report…

Cricket racism: ECB recommends £500,000 fine for Yorkshire

ENGLAND cricket chiefs have recommended that Yorkshire be fined £500,000 and given hefty points deductions over their handling of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal. Pakistan-born bowler Rafiq, 32, went public with allegations of racism and bullying in September 2020, related to his two spells at the English county. The sanctioning…

Eid rush: UK barbers charge £100 to beat the queue

EID has become such a hectic time for barbers that some are charging people £100 to beat the queue for a haircut, it has emerged. Salons across the UK were set to be open overnight ahead of the Islamic festival which falls on Wednesday (28). And, with thousands of people…

Racism ‘entrenched’ in English cricket: Report

ENGLAND cricket chiefs have promised to "reset" the game after an independent report on Tuesday (27) said not enough had been done to tackle institutional racism and sexism in the game. The England and Wales Cricket Board set up the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket in 2021 to look…

Exclusive: Apologise to Azeem

CRICKET owes Azeem Rafiq and Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford an apology for the way they were treated in exposing and trying to overcome racism in cricket, the chair of an independent inquiry has told Eastern Eye. After a two-and-a-half-year review of the sport, the Independent Commission for Equity in…

Yousaf vows to put IndyRef2 in election campaign

THE Scottish National Party (SNP) will fight the next UK general election with independence "front and centre" of its campaign, first minister Humza Yousaf said on Saturday (24). At a party conference in Dundee, Yousaf vowed he would seek fresh negotiations with the government about independence if the SNP wins…

Harry Styles stops concert for pregnant fan to use washroom

British singer Harry Styles is winning hearts with his super sweet gesture during the "Love on Tour" show at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The 'Watermelon Sugar' hitmaker on Tuesday stopped his concert to let a pregnant woman use the restroom. The heartfelt moment between Harry Styles and the…

Windrush flag raised in 200 locations across Britain to mark…

MAJOR events will be held across Britain this week to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Windrush on Thursday (22), a statement said. As part of the celebrations, the Windrush flag is being raised in more than 200 locations across England and Wales, including at the Houses of…

Met commissioner warns against ‘bad execution’ of stop-and-search tactic

THE Metropolitan Police commissioner has said that badly executed stop-and-search tactic can burn trust in the force. Sir Mark Rowley told the News Agents podcast that stop-and-search is in the police 'armoury' but can burn through trust. Recently, home secretary Suella Braverman urged police leaders to 'ramp up' stop-and-search to…

Scholarship student jailed after raping intoxicated woman

AN INDIAN scholarship student has been jailed for raping a woman by taking advantage of her intoxicated state. Preet Vikal, 20, carried the woman in his arms and on his shoulders to his flat in Cardiff and took a photograph of her in his bed before attacking her in June…

Protestors in England demand legalisation of abortion

Thousands of protesters marched through London, advocating for the decriminalisation of abortion on Saturday (17). The demonstration was sparked by the recent case of Carla Foster, who received a 28-month prison sentence for having a late abortion. The marchers chanted "Free Carla Foster" while displaying signs proclaiming "abortion is healthcare"…

Teachers in England schedule two additional strike days in July

Teachers in England will engage in a strike on July 5 and July 7, the National Education Union (NEU) Britain's largest education union, announced on Saturday (17). The industrial action is part of an ongoing pay and funding dispute with the government. These newly added dates supplement the previous at…

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

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

Sue Carr appointed as England’s first female Lord Chief Justice

Sue Carr has become the first woman to be appointed as the highest-ranking judge for England and Wales in a historic announcement on Thursday (15). Carr, 58, a distinguished UK lawyer with a veteran status was named as the successor to the current Lord Chief Justice, Ian Burnett, who is…

Tata Steel seeks subsidies to decarbonise Port Talbot steelworks

Tata Steel UK chairman, Henrik Adam, has urged the UK government to provide subsidies to decarbonise the Port Talbot steelworks of the company. He said that European competitors were receiving huge amounts from governments to transition to greener operations. According to reports, ministers offered Tata £300 million for decarbonisation. Port…

British Asian votes crucial for Labour’s return to power

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

UK hospital doctors commence 72-hour walkout over pay

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

Doctors criticise lack of patient translation services

Leading doctors have called for all hospitals to start providing appointment letters in other languages to prevent patients whose first language is not English getting a delayed diagnosis. It comes after a report found that NHS trusts often send letters about radiology appointments only in English and expect a patient’s…

Stop saying that racism is banter, say England cricket chiefs

The former Yorkshire chairman, Colin Graves, has been criticised by England cricket chiefs for claiming that incidents of racism at his former club were “banter”. Last month, six former Yorkshire players who were found guilty of using racist language in the Azeem Rafiq case, were fined by the Cricket Discipline…

I joined the British Army to create my story, says…

When Iqra Shazadi found out that no soldier had ever worn the hijab in the British Army, she was shocked, and this motivated her further to achieve her desire to join the army and do something more. She realised it was her chance to create “her story”. “There is a…

UK law firms sign MoU with Bar Council of India

The Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Council of India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday (5) to strengthen cooperation and legal exchange, a statement said. By signing the MoU, the Bar Council of India has committed…

Royal Academy’s exhibition celebrates human connections

Eastern Eye readers who  missed out on the Chelsea Flower Show have a chance of catching up on something else that heralds the start of summer (although we haven’t exactly had a heat wave in the past few days). This is the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Out of 15,000 submissions,…

Rushdie reveals plan to write book about on-stage stabbing incident

Author Salman Rushdie revealed at the Hay literary festival (May 25 to June 4) which recently took place in Wales that he is currently working on a book recounting the incident in which he was stabbed on stage in New York last year, resulting in the loss of vision in…

Single blood test can now detect over 50 types of…

A major NHS trial has shown promising results for a blood test that can detect over 50 types of cancer, researchers from Oxford University said. According to media reports, the test accurately identified two-thirds of cancers among 5,000 individuals who had visited their GP with suspected symptoms in England or…

National Trust indicates openness to restitute colonial artefacts

Britain's National Trust has indicated its openness to restitute colonial artefacts, raising hopes that Robert Clive’s treasures could be returned to India. The Clive Museum at Powis Castle in Wales managed by the heritage conservation charity houses the UK’s largest private collection of south and east Asian artefacts amassed during…

Anti-racism police team accused of racism: Report

Allegations of racism have emerged within an initiative aimed at combating racism in policing in England and Wales, with some ethnic minority staff involved raising concerns, according to a report. Former members of staff at the Police Race Action Plan told the BBC that their perspectives were ignored. The Action…

Illegal migration law strips people’s right to safety, say charities

Britain's proposed illegal migration law will lead to more people missing vital medical treatment for fear of detention, large bills and deportation, say charities and health workers. The Illegal Migration Bill, currently making its way through parliament, would prevent tens of thousands of migrants arriving in the country via irregular…

RHS-Eastern Eye Garden of Unity unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show

Landscape designer Manoj Malde has spoken of the highlights of the RHS-Eastern Eye Garden of Unity which was unveiled on Monday (22) at the Chelsea Flower Show. “It’s a very colourful garden – pinks, oranges with hints of aubergine and alabaster,” said Malde. Even amidst the riot of colour, his…

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston: ‘Diversity in the RAF…

The head of the Royal Air Force (RAF), Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, has said increased diversity in the armed forces is “mission critical” in future battles as he vowed to attract the “brightest and best of every single community”. Currently, 2.1 per cent of all RAF service personnel…

Bar Standards Board (BSB) seeks interim Director of Standards

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking to recruit an interim Director of Standards on an initial year-long contract to join its Senior Management Team and to lead its strategic and operational work to sustain high standards of professional practice at the Bar. The BSB is the independent regulator for…

Queen Camilla’s Indian holistic expert dishes on coronation and tea…

A wellness expert who runs a holistic care centre in Bengaluru, which has been frequented by Queen Camilla, has spoken about his experience attending the coronation of King Charles in London last weekend. Dr Isaac Mathai and his wife Suja head Soukya, on the outskirts of the south Indian city,…

Areas with large Asian population have more adults living with…

Parts of London with a large Asian population have more adult children living with their parents in 2021 compared to a decade ago, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. Published on Wednesday (10), the survey showed more than one in four (26.8 per cent) London…

Asian and faith leaders hail king’s service vow

British Asian leaders have praised King Charles for using his coronation  an essentially Christian ceremony which also showcased Britain’s “diversity of faith and communities”  to pledge his life to service. Last Saturday’s (6) coronation of the King as monarch of the UK and 14 Commonwealth countries was the first in…

Jofra Archer doubtful for Ashes after injury during IPL

England fast bowler Jofra Archer was ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League on Tuesday (9) in a fresh injury blow ahead of the Ashes. His franchise the Mumbai Indians said the 28-year-old will be replaced by England team-mate Chris Jordan. Archer only returned to international cricket in January…

Katy Perry, Lionel Richie attend King Charles III’s coronation

American singers Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on Saturday, attended the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey in London. Several pictures of the celebs from the ceremony went viral on social media. In the pictures, Perry could be seen dressed head-to-toe in a lilac outfit. She wore a…

Photos from the Coronation of King Charles III

The much-awaited British coronation, after a 70-year gap, was an impressive spectacle. The ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey, where members of the royal family, politicians, global leaders, and the public gathered to witness the coronation of King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, the queen consort. Among the attendees…

Coronation an ‘interesting moment’ for India, says envoy

The Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami has described the coronation of King Charles III as an "interesting moment" for India due to the special affiliation the Indian people feel towards the British monarch. He also mentioned the presence of India’s Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in the UK…

Royals & King Charles meet and greet well-wishers ahead of…

King Charles welcomed enthusiastic crowds gathering for his coronation and later hosted a reception for world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Friday (05). The upcoming event, which will feature ancient traditions dating back 1,000 years, promises to be the largest ceremonial occasion in Britain in seven decades. The monarch and…

Sydney’s BAPS Swaminarayan Temple vandalised by anti-India Khalistani group

Anti-social elements vandalised the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney, on Friday (5) with anti-India graffiti and a Khalistani flag hanging on the gate. It is the latest incident in a series of attacks on Hindu temples in Australia ahead of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's visit later this…

The King must unite Britain, say British Asian community leaders

King Charles has been urged by prominent community and business leaders to use his reign to tackle inequalities within British society. More than 2,200 people will attend the coronation at Westminster Abbey on Saturday (6), among them international representatives from 203 countries as well as community and charity workers. The…

Coronation of King Charles III: Teen cancer survivor, food writer…

For the hundreds of guests at the event, Saturday (6) will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a day that they are unlikely to forget. More than 850 people have received a special invitation to King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey in London. Over 450 recipients of the British Empire Medal…

Yorkshire racism scandal: Cricket chiefs want guilty players fined

England cricket chiefs on Wednesday (3) recommended fines totalling £37,000 for players charged in connection with the explosive Yorkshire racism scandal. Pakistan-born bowler Azeem Rafiq, 32, went public with allegations of racism and bullying in September 2020, related to his two spells at the county. A Cricket Discipline Commission panel…

King Charles wants to visit India ‘at the earliest opportunity’

King Charles III would like to visit India “at the earliest opportunity”, a prominent British Indian businessman has said. Lord Karan Bilimoria who met the King at a reception in parliament ahead of Saturday’s coronation ceremony, said the monarch “genuinely” wants to make a state visit to India which he…

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

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

King Charles III’s Coronation to welcome Indian charity champions as…

The upcoming Coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday (06) will host a congregation of 2,200 attendees, including royal figures, global leaders, and several Indian community workers who have been involved with the monarch's charitable initiatives during his tenure as the Prince of Wales, Buckingham…

Coronation of King Charles III: Meet the royal and political…

The upcoming coronation of King Charles III will involve numerous historical roles, many of which have been adapted to suit the present day. Buckingham Palace stated that those chosen for these roles were selected to acknowledge, thank, and represent the nation for their notable contributions. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin…

King Charles approves Royal Mail’s Coronation stamps collection

Four new postage stamps have been approved by the King to commemorate his Coronation, showcasing the rise of secularism in the UK. Royal Mail has produced the stamps, each representing a different theme, to celebrate the multi-faith and environmental causes that King Charles has dedicated his life to, The Telegraph…

Faith communities in UK unite to support the Big Help…

FAITH communities across Britain have come together to organise volunteering initiatives on Coronation Bank Holiday on next Monday (May 8) as part of the Big Help Out. The Big Help Out is one of the official projects of the Coronation weekend to promote, champion and showcase volunteering, a statement said.…

Coronation of King Charles III: Pope donates fragments of the…

A new processional cross, gifted to the Church in Wales by King Charles to mark its centenary last year, will feature fragments from the True Cross, gifted by Pope Francis. The cross, made from recycled silver, Welsh slate, and reclaimed wood, will lead the coronation procession of King Charles at…

Small boat migrants ‘at odds’ with British values: Suella Braverman

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said many migrants who have illegally crossed the Channel to the UK’s shores are “at odds” with British values. Her comment came after the House of Commons on Wednesday (26) passed the Illegal Immigration Bill which aims at barring the entry of asylum seekers arriving…

Indian man arrested in UK on US extradition warrant denied…

Sundar Nagarajan, 65, an Indian national with addresses in the UK and Belgium, was arrested by Scotland Yard in London on a US extradition warrant as part of a coordinated UK-US action against terrorism financing. During his appearance via video link at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (25), Nagarajan's lawyer…

6 Best Flipped Classroom Benefits for Teachers and Students

As the world moves forward with the invention of various technologies and resources, we adapt to changes! These changes are supposed to make our life easier, more comfortable, and better! One similar classroom approach that has appeared is flipped classroom! So, what exactly is it? What are the benefits of…

Coronation of King Charles III promises a treasure trove of…

The upcoming coronation of King Charles III promises to display a remarkable collection of artifacts and the most exquisite gems from around the globe. These items not only captivate the eyes but also establish a tangible and symbolic connection with the bygone era. Here's a sneak peek of some noteworthy…

The multiculturalist King

WATCHING the funeral of the late Queen, I wondered why her son Charles, the new King, somehow seemed to resemble an actor playing the role. This was partly simple unfamiliarity. Nobody aged under seventy can remember there actually being a King before. It may have been a function of familiarity…

UK government moves court to block nurses’ strikes

The UK government on Monday (24) said it was applying for a court order to stop a strike by nurses in the state-run National Health Service from going ahead. Health Secretary Steve Barclay said he was acting on a request from NHS Employers, which represents hospital groups in England and…

Coronation of King Charles: Asian peers and faith leaders will…

ASIAN peers representing the Hindu and Sikh faiths are likely to be joined by Muslim and Jewish House of Lords representatives in carrying key pieces of coronation emblems to add a multi-faith touch to the Christian religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, it emerged on Saturday…

Indian man on US extradition warrant arrested in London

As part of a joint UK-US operation against financing terrorism, a person of Indian nationality with address in the UK and Belgium was apprehended in London by Scotland Yard. He was on an extradition warrant from the US. Sundar Nagarajan, who also goes by Nagarajan Sundar Poongulam Kasiviswanathan Naga and…

Limits for U25 gamblers to be expected amidst UK gambling…

As the UK government prepares to make significant changes to the gambling legislation, young online gamblers under the age of 25 may soon face strict limits on the amount they can bet. Ministers are said to be considering caps on online slot game bets, ranging from £2 to £15, with…

Bestway Group’s Well Pharmacy to acquire Lexon UK and Asurex

One of Britain’s leading pharmacists has announced the acquisition of Lexon UK Holdings and Asurex Limited, a family-owned pharmaceutical wholesaler with a presence in England, Scotland and Ireland. Bestway Group subsidiary Well Pharmacy said the deal would benefit both community pharmacists and patients. Lexon has five depots in Redditch, Leeds,…

England and Wales attract most students from India: Census

India is the top country of origin for international students studying in England and Wales, official figures show. Analysis of Census 2021 data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Monday (17) showed 43,175 Indians were studying on campus across England and Wales two years ago, accounting for…

Talks still on with UK government on financial package: Tata…

Tata Steel is still pursuing its request for the financial package with the UK government, the company's CEO TV Narendran said. Narendran who is also the managing director of Tata Steel made the remarks in reply to a question on stance on exiting the UK business. "Tata Steel is still…

India ‘trying’ to bring back Shivaji’s sword from UK

A minister from India’s Maharashtra state government said they are trying to bring back warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s sword from the UK. Records show that the sword, named 'Jagdamba’, made its way to St James’s Palace in London after the Maratha ruler’s descendant presented it to Albert Edward, then…

ICC World Cup preparations clouded by soured India-Pakistan relations

Six months out from the likely start of the Cricket World Cup in India, the match schedule for the tournament is still under wraps as geopolitics cloud the buildup to the showpiece event. The delay is in stark contrast to the 2019 event, when the dates and venues for the…

Swansea Bay Health Board to hire 900 overseas nurses

Nearly 900 nurses could be recruited from overseas in just four years by Swansea Bay University Health Board to plug workforce shortages and staff new operating theatres. A report said the health board was on track to employ 350 overseas nurses in 2022-23, having hit a target of 130 the…

Soaring prices dampen UK Ramadan celebrations

Despite the enticing produce in their windows, Muslim-owned retailers on east London's Brick Lane are unusually quiet as a cost-of-living crisis bites into Ramadan earnings. The historic street is the hub of London's Bangladeshi community, and normally a vibrant destination for shoppers during the Islamic holy month, which in Britain…

Elderly Asians in England and Wales least likely to be…

Elderly Asians in England and Wales are least likely to be living alone, according to official data. Higher proportions of men aged 65 years or more who identified as Asian, Asian British or Asian Welsh were married or civil-partnered than men belonging to any other ethnic groups, 2021 census figures…

Yorkshire racism: Michael Vaughan cleared of charges due to lack…

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has been cleared of using racist language towards ex-Yorkshire team mate Azeem Rafiq in verdicts released by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel today (31). The panel said it found the charge against Vaughan was not proved, after the case against him and five other…

Issa brothers hatch £8bn plan to takeover Subway

British Indian billionaire Issa brothers are eyeing to takeover fast food chain Subway for around £8 billion, according to reports. The Asda owners and EG Group founders- Mohsin, 51, and Zuber Issa, 50, feel that the global restaurants chain will be an 'ideal fit' for their business empire, The Sun…

Ben Stokes to participate in IPL solely as batsman for…

Mike Hussey has revealed that England's Test captain, Ben Stokes, received a cortisone injection in his problematic left knee before the Ashes, and as a result, he will only be playing as a batsman in the Indian Premier League. The Chennai Super Kings signed Stokes for an impressive fee of…

Sunak to unveil measures to check anti-social behaviour

Prime minister Rishi Sunak will unveil new measures on Monday to crack down on antisocial behaviour by focusing on policing in several areas of England and Wales, as he works to win over voters in the run-up to an election expected next year. Sunak, who has seen a small tick…

Hindus healthiest group in England and Wales: Census data

HINDUS are the healthiest people in England and Wales and are more likely to have high-level education than any other religious group, according to the most recent census. Figures from the 2021 census released last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also reveal that Sikhs (77.7 per cent)…

Chinese pip Indians to become largest short-term stayers in England…

China has overtaken India as the most common country of birth for non-UK-born short-term (under 12 months) residents in England and Wales, according to the latest data released on Wednesday (22). The changing picture of short-term international migration, England and Wales, report from the Office for National Statistics has said…

EXCLUSIVE:- Basu: I don’t trust police chiefs to reverse institutional…

THE current crop of Britain’s chief constables cannot be trusted to reverse institutional racism in their forces, according to the country’s former top south Asian cop, and the National Black Police Association [NBPA]. Ex-assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, made his comments during a wide-ranging interview for the Ramniklal Solanki Pioneers Project…

‘Disruption in UK pharmacy sector is frightful and awful’

BRITAIN’S pharmacy sector is in crisis and at risk of a significant collapse, according to Janet Morrison, chief of the team that negotiates pharmacy’s national contract with the government.   Pharmacy, which relies heavily on income from prescriptions, cannot afford to “carry on with the current format of a contract…

Law Society hails India for opening up legal services sector

A TOP association of solicitors in the UK has welcomed India’s decision to open up its legal services sector.The Bar Council of India has decided to allow overseas lawyers and law firms to practise foreign laws and international arbitration matters in the south Asian country.The statutory body which regulates law…

UK budget: Working parents in England offered 30-hour free childcare

Jeremy Hunt, chancellor of the exchequer, announced on Wednesday (15) that most working parents in England will be offered 30 hours of free childcare for their under-fives, to ease cost-of-living pressures on families. The policy, part of the government's tax and spending plans unveiled in the budget, will eventually apply…

Home ownership highest among Indians in England and Wales

Home ownership was the highest among Indians at 71 per cent in England and Wales, followed by white British at 68 per cent, revealed the latest data by the Office for National Statistics. The ONS report on ethnic group differences in health, employment, education and housing shown in England and…

William and Kate visit Muslim centre, commend ‘amazing’ community fundraising…

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited a Muslim community centre on Thursday (09) to thank the “amazing” volunteers involved in aid and fundraising for survivors of the February 6 earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Prince William and Kate, who wore an Alexander McQueen black pleated dress and a black…

Muslims had lowest rates of suicide in England and Wales,…

MEMBERS of the Muslim community had the lowest rates of suicide in England and Wales in the past decade, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. A survey published on Monday (6) also found that the rates of suicide were lower across the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish,…

Vaughan did not use racist slur, cricket hearing told

MICHAEL VAUGHAN's lawyer said allegations of racism made against the former England captain by Azeem Rafiq are "word against word" at a hearing in London on Thursday (2). Pakistan-born Rafiq, 32, first raised allegations of racism and bullying in September 2020, related to his two spells at Yorkshire County Cricket…

Yorkshire racism: Bresnan accused of making racist comment towards Rafiq’s…

FORMER England international Tim Bresnan is accused of making a racist remark towards the sister of Azeem Rafiq, according to allegations made in a hearing into the racism controversy at Yorkshire County Cricket Club that began on Wednesday (1). Rafiq claimed he experienced racial abuse while playing for Yorkshire county…

Legal age rises to 18 in England and Wales to…

A NEW law raising the legal age for marriage in England and Wales to 18 years came into force on Monday (27), aimed at protecting vulnerable young people from being forced into weddings against their will. Until now, those aged 16 or 17 could get married with parental consent as…

Green needs and high operational costs: UK’s steel sector stare…

UNCERTAINTY has gripped the UK’s steel industry amid job cuts and investment-intensive decarbonisation requirements. Traditional steel production, relying on coal to produce iron, is regarded as incompatible with the UK’s legally binding climate action commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the coming decades. The government is reported to be willing…

Yorkshire admit to losing documents relating to racism allegations

YORKSHIRE have confirmed documents and data relating to allegations of racism against the county cricket club were deleted or lost during the tenure of a previous regime. Yorkshire had admitted to four amended charges brought by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after an investigation into racism claims by…

British police face struggle to clean up sexist culture after…

BRITAIN's police force is under unprecedented pressure to reform after the conviction of officers for murder and rape, alongside evidence of widespread sexism and misogyny in its ranks. London's Metropolitan Police has been hardest hit: After years of saying serious misconduct cases were isolated incidents, it now says it must…

Sadiq Khan hears as youngsters share views on London’s biggest…

Hundreds of youngsters on Thursday (16) put forward ideas and solutions to some of London's biggest challenges in a special 'Voice of Young Londoners' report for Sadiq Khan, the capital's mayor. More than 250 young participants gathered at the iconic London Stadium along with the mayor for the 'London Hope…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘They tried to destroy me’

A “small and privileged” unnamed racist group has cost Yorkshire County Cricket Club millions of pounds in sponsorship and legal fees, and it is one of the reasons why Lord Patel of Bradford is walking away from the game he loves. In an exclusive interview, Patel told Eastern Eye that…

Why Jemima looked to the royals for her new rom-com

WRITER and producer Jemima Khan said she drew inspiration for her new film, What’s Love Got To Do With It? from the royal family to tackle the stigma around arranged marriages. Directed by Shekhar Kapur, the story centres around Kazim, played by Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery, Penny Dreadful) who…

Sunak hails multi-billion-pound Air India, Airbus, Rolls-Royce deal

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (14) hailed a multi-billion-pound deal by Airbus and Rolls-Royce to supply new aircraft to Air India as a landmark moment for the country’s aerospace sector and reiterated his commitment to continue building ties with India. The agreement, which involves the Tata Group-owned Indian…

Vinesh Kotecha, owner of shut 50s American Diner, fined for…

Vinesh Kotecha, owner of much-loved 50s American Diner which has now been shut, has been slapped with a fine of £1,000 after he was caught driving a Lamborghini Aventador at 113 miles per hour (mph) while heading to a supercar rally. Caernarfon Magistrates' Court in Wales heard that Kotecha, who…

Cost of living impacts access to prescription medicines – RPS…

The results of a survey conducted by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have revealed that pharmacists in England are reporting that the rising cost of living is affecting patients' ability to pay for their prescribed medications. According to the RPS, the survey was conducted among its community pharmacist members in…

Why Sikhs in England, Wales at risk of facing ‘unlawful’…

Unlawful ban from entering courthouses of tribunals in England and Wales may greet practising Sikhs under prevailing security guidelines over kirpans, a case which was heard on Thursday (9) by the lord chief justice and the vice president of the court of appeal said. According to a report by The…

Indian mission reaches out to students after five Keralite care…

The Indian High Commission here on Friday appealed for students to contact the mission for help and counselling amid fears that over 50 of them may have become victims of modern slavery while working at care homes in North Wales. The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), a UK government…

Princess of Wales hails record-breaker ‘Polar Preet’ calls her ‘an…

Captain Preet Chandi MBE was highly praised as "incredible" following her encounter with the Princess of Wales at the Landau Forte College in Derby today, in celebration of her successful solo expedition across Antarctica, iTv News informs. The local army officer from Derby reportedly accomplished a remarkable feat by surpassing…

Defendants of colour have higher charge rate than white suspects:…

BLACK and minority ethnic defendants were charged at higher rates than white counterparts for similar offences, a new study found, providing evidence of disproportionality in the outcomes of legal decision-making in England and Wales.With 69.9 per cent of their cases resulting in a charge, white British suspects had the lowest…

Michael Vaughan offers to bear Adil Rashid’s travel expenses for…

Former England star Michael Vaughan has offered to bear the travel expenses of Adil Rashid to enable the leg-spinner to appear for the upcoming hearing of Yorkshire’s racism scandal.Vaughan chose to defend himself against the allegation of racism made by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq while five other individuals charged…

Michael Vaughan set to be only charged person to appear…

Former England captain Michael Vaughan will defend himself against racism allegations made by his former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq while other individuals have opted out of the disciplinary hearing next month.Former Yorkshire player and bowling coach Richard Pyrah conveyed to officials he would not attend the hearing by the Cricket…

Yorkshire admit four charges after investigation into racism claims

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

British Steel mulling 1,200 job cuts: union

Chinese-owned steelmaker British Steel, currently in pursuit of UK state aid, is mulling up to 1,200 job cuts according to the Unite trade union. The company wants to "make up to 1,200 workers redundant" at its steelworks in the northern English town of Scunthorpe, Unite said in a statement on…

Actor Alan Cumming hands back UK medal in anti-empire protest

Scottish actor Alan Cumming said on Friday he had returned a UK state honour in protest at the "toxicity" of the British Empire, 14 years after receiving the award. Cumming, who is largely US-based, was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009 in recognition…

Charity boss accused of telling woman to drink his semen…

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

Racism ‘systemic’ in Britain: UN experts

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

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

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

Tata Steel ‘studying’ UK government support package

Tata Steel said on Monday that it is studying the British government’s support package plans for the steel industry and will consider it carefully before arriving at strategic decisions on the future of its UK business. It comes amid British media reports that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is set to sign…

Kuldip Singh Dhillon, who was infamously nicknamed ‘Sooty’ by polo…

Kuldip Singh Dhillon, a property developer in Britain and a polo-playing friend of King Charles III who had controversially nicknamed him 'Sooty', has suddenly passed away at 72 during a visit to India, where he was born. The man, who owned a big estate in Gloucestershire countryside, found himself at…

Mental health racial bias ‘still persists’ and on some key…

The joint committee on the draft mental health bill has said that mental health racial bias still persists and may even be getting worse. The report urged ministers to use legislation to address racial disparity which is prevalent in the mental health sector in England and Wales, The Guardian reported.…

Nurses in England stage new walk-out over pay

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

UK government to block controversial Scottish gender law

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

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

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

This is why Prince Harry urged wife Meghan Markle not…

The new memoir of Prince Harry has made the headlines, thanks to a series of explosive accusations he has brought against members of his family, including private confrontations with other senior royals, but the book also has details about some witty incidents. For example, the Duke of Sussex has revealed…

1.5m in England and Wales identify with LGB+ sexual orientation:…

More than a quarter of a million people in England and Wales identify with a different gender from their sex registered at birth, the countries' first such census data showed on Friday. The once-a-decade questionnaire, conducted last year, also revealed around 1.5 million people gave their sexual orientation as LGBTQ,…

Lord Patel to step down as Yorkshire chairman in March

Lord Kamlesh Patel will step down from his role as Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman in March, the club said on Friday. Patel, 62, took over from Roger Hutton in November 2021 with the club in crisis and was tasked with navigating them through a racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq.…

Cryptocurrencies gain trust of charities as giving goes digital

MORE charities doing life-saving work in south Asia have revealed that they are ready to accept donations via virtual cryptocurrencies. A crypto currency is a digital form of payment that can be used as a currency and a virtual accounting system. On GivingTuesday in 2021, crypto 렛저 지갑 donating increased…

Sunak hopes for ‘constructive’ talks with trade union leaders

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

These are the 20 most painful health conditions, according to…

There are many illnesses and ailments that can leave us feeling debilitated and interfere with the way we go about our daily lives. In fact, we all feel different kinds of physical pain in our lives from time to time. However, certain conditions can cause severe pain which can affect…

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

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

UK brings in negative COVID test requirement for travellers from…

The UK has joined a growing list of countries, including India, to introduce curbs on travellers from China amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country after Chinese authorities relaxed the strict "zero-COVID" rules. Passengers arriving from China to England from January 5, 2023, will need to show a…

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

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

Minority Faith leaders are leading the way to build a…

The Office for National Statistics recently published figures which showed for the first time that fewer than half of people in England and Wales describe themselves as Christian. The usual extremists used this as a way to try to divide our communities however the New Year Honours have highlighted again…

Hate crime inquiry after man defecates in Azeem Rafiq’s garden…

The South Yorkshire police on Thursday (29) issued the CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a hate crime inquiry launched after a man defecated in cricketer Azeem Rafiq's garden. The incident happened in the front garden of an address on Gawber Road in…

UK will require over 10m tonnes of steel to become…

The UK will require more than 10 million tonnes of steel in the coming years to become more energy self-sufficient, according to new figures published. Earlier this year, the country's government set out plans to secure ‘clean and affordable’ energy in its Energy Security Strategy. Achieving greater self-sufficiency has become…

Yorkshire racism trial to be held in public as ECB…

The trial into the allegations of racism in Yorkshire cricket will be held in public, a key demand from the club’s former player Azeem Rafiq.Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard and five other former England stars accused of racism had opposed a public hearing of the case, but the Cricket Discipline…

UK cricket exports eye boost with India free trade deal

Cricket bat and pad exports from the UK to India could be in line for a big boost if a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries gets finalised, the UK government has said. The Department for International Trade (DIT) issued the update on Saturday following the sixth round…

England reports 94 deaths due to scarlet fever so far…

England reported 94 deaths, including those of 21 children, from scarlet fever and invasive strep A infections so far this season the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Thursday. The British government last week said it was enacting protocols to ease shortages of penicillin medicines used to treat strep…

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

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

Use common sense as ambulance workers strike, says Health Secretary…

Britain's health minister Steve Barclay on Wednesday said people should use their common sense as the healthcare system will be under pressure as ambulance workers strike on Wednesday. "I think just use their common sense the system will be under very significant pressure," he told BBC News. "I think people…

Retiring chair says racism still runs through Derbyshire NHS

Derbyshire’s Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust chairman Prem Singh who is leaving office on Thursday has said bullying and racism still run through the state-funded organisation.His retirement caps his 47-year-long health service, having started as a nurse in 1975 around the time he relocated to the UK from Malaysia…

Me and my family have been driven out of the…

Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq said cricket is still "in denial" over racism which drove him out of the UK.Rafiq, 31, appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Tuesday more than a year after he gave evidence about the racism he faced when he was playing…

Progress has been made in tackling discrimination and making sport…

The hearing of evidence by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee on Tuesday (13) demonstrated why a big overhaul in cricket is required and why achieving that lasting cultural transformation will need sustained action over many years. In a press release the same day, the England and…

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,…

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

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

Care home assistant who put his private part in woman’s…

A care assistant at a residential home in Neath Port Talbot has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing a vulnerable resident. Samuel Shaheen, 46, kissed the woman, touched her breasts and backside and put his penis in her mouth. The offender told the woman not to…

VR play recreates experiences of women in Bangladesh war

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

Cricket made more inclusive and diverse post Azeem Rafiq racism…

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

First King Charles 50 pence coins enter circulation in the…

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

Sunak pledges further action on strikes to ‘protect lives’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday he would take more action "to protect the lives and livelihoods" of Britons during months of planned strikes by rail, health, and postal workers. Britain, already grappling with industrial action across a range of sectors, now faces strikes by thousands of public-sector nurses…

EXCLUSIVE: Shame of ‘All-White’ BBC newsrooms

THE BBC should be ashamed that it has radio and television stations where newsrooms are entirely white and not representing the communities they serve. That is the feeling of current staff and former employees who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They said they warned the BBC that it would not…

More than 10,000 people in UK given defective knee implants

More than 10,000 patients have been given a faulty knee replacement, thereby doubling the risk of joint failure, the Telegraph reveals. In October, the manufacturer of the implant which has been in use since 2003, reportedly withdrew it from the market. Apparently, the UK health regulator the Medicines and Healthcare…

Here is all you need to know about the Strep…

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

Royal watchers in UK divided over ‘Harry & Meghan’ Netflix…

The new teaser trailer for a hyped Netflix docu-series on Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has divided opinion in the UK among royal watchers and commentators. "Harry & Meghan", the first volume of which will drop this Thursday, shows clips of the…

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,…

Indian greenhouse-in-a-box startup Kheyti among the five winners of The…

Indian startup Kheyti, which provides ground-breaking yet simple farming solutions, has been named as one of the five winners of this year’s prestigious Earthshot Prize, an initiative of Prince William that rewards each winner with 1 million pounds. Kheyti, won in the category Protect and Restore Nature which offers a…

Funding worth £700k to address organ shortage, blood & stem…

As part of the UK government and NHS's commitment to tackle health inequalities for those in need of life-saving transplants or regular blood transfusions, funding worth £700,000 to address the shortage of organ, blood, and stem cell donors from Black, Asian and mixed ethnic backgrounds has been announced. In a…

Buckinghamshire child dies from Strep A infection as toll in…

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

Cardiff’s New Theatre changes La Bayadère ballet following protest from…

One of the principal theatres in Cardiff, Wales, has announced changes to a ballet over 'culturally insensitive' content following protest from a Hindu leader, according to reports. The New Theatre in Cardiff has said that the production company behind La Bayadère ballet will find an alternative piece to open their…

EXCLUSIVE: “Ticking time of disparities”

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

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

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

Diphtheria infections rise in Britain: All you need to know…

According to health officials, compared to a single case of diphtheria in 2020, there have now been 50 confirmed cases of the disease discovered in migrants in the UK since the start of 2022. The 50 cases of this disease this year is a significant increase from last year, as…

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK observes Parliament week

The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) UK has hosted activities in 44 shakhas (branches) across the country as part of the UK Parliament week observations for the sixth year, a statement said. UK Parliament week, which takes place in November, targets to involve the entire young population, including members of the…

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

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

Every faith in Britain is a minority faith now

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

Advik Mittal, 8, becomes Britain’s youngest to complete mental maths…

A eight-year-old Glasgow school student has become the youngest in UK to complete Abacus mental maths programme, one of the most advanced mental arithmetic programmes in the country. Chess prodigy and Glasgow’s St Patrick’s Primary School pupil Advik Mittal, 8, has been selected to represented Scotland in the under 12…

Woman with down syndrome loses legal challenge to abortion law…

Media reports inform that under the current legislation for England, Wales, and Scotland, there is a 24-week time limit for having an abortion, however, the law allows up until birth if "there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental…

Sharing ‘deepfakes’, explicit images online to be outlawed in UK

Under a planned amendment to the UK’s new Online Safety Bill, people who share so-called “deepfakes”—explicit images or videos which have been manipulated to look like someone without their consent—will be among those to be specifically criminalised for the first time and face potential time behind bars. The UK government…

Experts list ‘camel flu’ among eight disease threat during the…

Around 5,000 fans from England and Wales are believed to be travelling to Qatar to attend the group stages of the FIFA World Cup – but this is just a fraction of the 1.2 million supporters who are expected to visit Qatar for the celebrated event. Thus, there is apprehension…

Three Gwent Police officers suspended over racist message claims

Gwent Police suspended three officers after a watchdog launched an independent investigation into claims of sharing offensive messages. The probe by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) follows the revelation last week of the alleged racist, misogynistic and homophobic messages on the phone of the deceased police officer Ricky…

Rehan Ahmed may become England’s youngest Test player

Leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed will become England's youngest men's Test cricketer if becomes part of the team’s playing XI against Pakistan in December.Ahmed, who has been added to the England squad for the three-Test series beginning on December 1, is aged 18 years and 103 days. If he gets the cap…

EXCLUSIVE: Sunaks join list of richest Asians

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

UK’s alcohol problem leading to increased strain on relationships

In the UK, the misuse of alcohol is estimated to cost the NHS £3.6 billion a year. Also, crime related to alcohol in England and Wales was estimated to cost society about £11.4 billion a year. At present, a report has suggested that an increasing number of relationships are breaking…

Sports nutritionist shares health tips followed by Fifa World Cup’s…

The 2022 Fifa World Cup has kicked off in Qatar and the UK team has brought with them their favourite health foods like Jaffa Cakes and baked beans to make themselves feel at home. The South Korean squad too has packed 200 kilos of the gut-healthy food, kimchi to the…

Sport sparks identity and inclusion debate

ENGLAND winning consistently at cricket still feels a little bit out of character. Yet last weekend’s World Cup victory makes England champions in both the 20-over and 50-over formats, after a sweeping defeat of India in the semi-final was followed by a strong bowling performance that put the final beyond…

Doctor claims 30 seconds of morning sun reduces cancer risk…

Dr Mohammad Muneeb Khan, an NHS doctor and consultant clinical oncologist at Queen's Centre for Oncology and Haematology has claimed that spending 30 seconds every day in the early morning sun could cut the risk of getting cancer. According to the doctor who is based in Yorkshire, spending just 30…

People of Asian backgrounds account for 8 per cent of…

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

Hate crimes: Tough action urged

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

Workplace bias ‘hinders Asians’

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

Teenager jailed for peddling cocaine for Manchester drugs gang

A teenager has been sentenced to 28 months for peddling cocaine for Manchester drugs gang, media reports said. Talha Chaudry, 20, of Park Road, Prestwich, Bury, was detained by police when they observed him acting suspiciously outside a café in Swansea, South Wales, in January 2020. He had a distinct…

‘Local hero’ Indian-Origin Sikh volunteer wins Australian of the year…

A 41-year-old Indian-origin Sikh volunteer, who experienced ethnic slurs because of his beard and turban, was honoured along with three others with the prestigious 2023 New South Wales Australian of the Year Award for supporting the community during floods, bushfires, drought and the pandemic. The New South Wales government made…

EXCLUSIVE: MPs urge ministers stop demonising immigrants

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

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

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

Over 300 doctors attend BAPIO annual conference & awards dinner…

More than 300 doctors representing diverse specialties took part in the annual conference and gala awards dinner of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) UK was held at the City Hall in Cardiff, Wales, between Friday (4) and Sunday (6). BAPIO represents Indian-origin doctors working in the…

Academic’s research paves way for legal support for victims of…

Landmark research by a university professor has helped victims of transnational marriage abandonment to avail crucial legal support. The study by Prof Sundari Anitha, professor of gender, violence and work at University of Lincoln, has established a pattern of domestic abuse and controlling behaviour in transnational marriage abandonment cases for…

Sri Lanka Cricket suspends Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of…

Sri Lankan batter Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended from all forms of cricket by the Sri Lanka Cricket board after the batter was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a woman in Australia during the T20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday. "The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket decided…

SL cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka arrested in Sydney for alleged sexual…

Sri Lanka cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka, who was with the national squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia, was arrested on charges of sexual assault here on Sunday. It has been learnt that the 31-year-old Gunathilaka was arrested and taken to Sydney City police station in the wee hours of…

Cardiff head teacher Reena Patel hopes sharing her experiences with…

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

Nine police officers under investigations over racist conversations on duty

A top watchdog has opened investigations into the allegations that police officers responsible for guarding nuclear facilities and materials were engaged in racist and other offensive conversations. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said its two probes would look into the accusations that nine officers of the Civil Nuclear…

Meet these two Indians who are among finalists for Prince…

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

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

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

Damning UK report slams police for inadequate vetting of officers

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

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

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

Sunak criticised for planning to skip UN climate summit

Rishi Sunak’s decision to skip the upcoming Climate Summit in Egypt and the government preventing King Charles III from attending it has been criticised by many across the world who have accused the new UK Prime Minister of washing his hands of Britain’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis. COP27…

Based on his track record, it is clear Rishi is…

Being the first ethnic minority in any job brings a lot of pressure and becoming Prime Minister, particularly in the current climate, is no easy feat. As the first woman of colour in the Welsh Parliament, I have no qualm in saying that any role where a person bears the…

Full representation of women, Black, and Asian people in judiciary…

New research by the Law Society of England and Wales has today discovered that if things are to continue the way they are, it will take more than 120 years for the judiciary to be fully representative. The Law Society is an independent professional body that works globally to support…

Kate Middleton turns patron of Polar Preet’s solo trek across…

Princess of Wales Kate Middleton is formally supporting the upcoming expedition of Captain Preet Chandi across Antarctica. The latter, who is an officer and physiotherapist serving in the British Army currently, hopes to become the first woman to cross all of the ice-covered continent on her own. Buckingham Palace confirmed…

“Succeed or fail, Sunak will be held to a higher…

I’m a patriot, I’m proud to be British, but I’m also realistic, writes Barnie Choudhury. It pains me to have to justify myself. Yet I feel I must. Why? Because I am a brown man, who was not born in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. I am an immigrant,…

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…

Leicestershire Police apologise after Braverman slammed it for hate crime…

Leicestershire Police apologised for using a stock image and fictitious quote on a tweet in a campaign to encourage transgender people to report hate crime after home Secretary Suella Braverman criticised it, media reports said. The force now deleted the tweet which was posted during the National Hate Crime Awareness…

Survey reveals ‘institutional racism’ in courts of England and Wales

More than half of legal professionals have said that judiciary is 'institutionally racist' in England and Wales, according to a new report published on Tuesday (18). Respondents to the study by the University of Manchester and barrister Keir Monteith KC, also revealed that they have witnessed at least one judge…

Tata Steel says actively engaged with UK govt for financial…

Indian steel major Tata Steel is actively engaged with the UK government for financial support for its business there, a company spokesperson said, amid reports of the Tatas looking to divest their steel business in the UK. "Tata Steel is seeking support from the UK government in two forms. In…

Woman assaulted by stranger while she slept in Wales hotel…

In a horrific incident in a hotel in Wales, a woman was attacked by a stranger who sneaked into her room while she slept late at night and took advantage of her vulnerable state. The man was given a jail term of four-and-half years. The incident proved to be so…

Wales launches anti-racism training to boost ethnically diverse faculty

In a bid to counter the challenge of racism, teachers in Wales are being trained in anti-racism after students have spoken in detail about the uncomfortable experience they faced -- in terms of racist bullying and feeling isolated at their places of study. The government of Wales on Wednesday (12)…

Met Police to record ethnicity of drivers during stops

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

More than 600 domestic and sexual abuse allegations against Met…

The Metropolitan Police has formed a specialist team to investigate domestic and sexual abuse allegations against police personnel, reports said. It was reported that the new Domestic and Sexual Offences Unit, nicknamed the Daso team, has received 625 complaints so far. The unit resembles the fictional unit, AC-12, in BBC…

Lubna Shuja becomes first Asian and first Muslim president of…

Lubna Shuja became first Asian, first Muslim and seventh female president of the Law Society of England and Wales. She assumed office on Wednesday (12) as the 178th president of the 200-year organisation that works globally to support and represent solicitors, promoting the highest professional standards, a statement said. Shuja…

Met officer Nadeem Patel charged after woman run over and…

Two Metropolitan Police officers, including a British Indian personnel, were charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a woman was killed in an accident. Shante Daniel-Folkes, 25, from Norwood, died at the scene after being struck by a police car in Stockwell Road, Brixton, on June 9 last year.…

Leicester: Welsh police drafted in to beef up security for…

A Diwali lights switch-on event passed off peacefully in Leicester over the weekend as police officers from South Wales patrolled the city’s Belgrave area which had witnessed group clashes recently.The celebrations, marking the arrival of the festival of lights, began on Sunday evening at Cossington Recreation Ground which hosted the…

MP Preet Kaur Gill calls for ‘urgent action’ over anti-Sikh…

Preet Kaur Gill, a British Sikh member of Parliament for the Opposition Labour Party, has written to UK ministers calling for “urgent action” over a spike in anti-Sikh hate crimes in the country. In her role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Sikhs, Gill has…

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

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