Hair artist Ilmaas says styling Ashanti during UK tour was a ‘dream come true’

Hairstylist Ilmaas, who runs own salon ‘Hair By Ilmaas’ in Rochdale, describes his working experience with grammy award winning singer Ashanti just before the lockdown as a ‘dream come true’. He worked with the singer for her UK tour first in Manchester and then in Leeds. “I have always respected and loved Ashanti not only […]

Amazon mistakenly tells workers to take TikTok app off phones

AMAZON mistakenly sent workers an email telling them to dump the TikTok mobile application from their cell phones because of security concerns on Friday (10). The internal message told workers they could still access the popular video-snippet sharing platform using laptop web browsers, but would lose access to company email on smartphones that have TikTok. […]

UK, India ”energetic champions” of free trade, says Dominic Raab

Britain and India will be the “energetic champions” of free trade to boost small businesses, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday (10)as he pitched the two nations as leaders in tackling challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Raab acknowledged India’s help at the height of the coronavirus pandemic with “vital supplies of paracetamol”. […]

India becomes second-largest source of foreign investment in the UK

India invested in 120 projects and created 5,429 new jobs in the UK to become the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) after the US in 2019, according to new UK government figures released on Friday. The Department for International Trade (DIT) inward investment statistics for 2019-2020 found India moving up from its previous […]

AirAsia’s future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

The future of top regional budget carrier AirAsia is in “significant doubt” after the collapse in travel demand caused by coronavirus, its auditor warned, sending the airline’s share price tumbling nearly 18 percent on Wednesday. The aviation industry is facing its biggest-ever crisis due to the pandemic, with airlines worldwide going out of business or […]

BP pays India’s Reliance $1 billion to set up petrol station venture

BP has paid Reliance Industries $1 billion (£792 million) to set up a joint network of thousands of petrol stations across India to tap the country’s rapidly growing energy demand. BP will hold 49 per cent and Reliance the remaining 51 per cent in the new company called Jio-bp, which will expand Reliance’s current 1,400 […]

Changes to Sunday trading hours ‘will hit small stores’

By Nadeem Badshah EXTENDING Sunday trading hours would boost supermarket sales but devastate smaller com­munity stores, some Asian shop owners and MPs believe. Retailers and politicians are split over the latest plan to relax trading rules, which is believed to have been part of the govern­ment’s coronavirus recovery bill. The proposal is now being kept […]

Sri Lanka slashes key interest rates to aid virus-hit economy

SRI LANKA’s central bank on Thursday (9) cut interest rates for the fifth time this year in a new bid to breathe life into the coronavirus-stricken economy. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka monetary board reduced its lending rate by 100 basis points to 5.5 per cent. The deposit rate was cut by the same […]

Indian banks pursue Mallya bankruptcy order in UK court

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) are pursuing their bankruptcy order against liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya in the High Court in England, as they seek to establish that any settlement offer made by him is now “dead in the water”. In a hearing in the insolvency division of […]

India’s Cipla set to undercut rivals with generic remdesivir -sources

INDIAN drugmaker Cipla Ltd has priced its generic version of Remdesivir, Cipremi, at 4,000 rupees ($53.34) per 100 mg vial, according to several sources, making it among the lowest priced versions of the Covid-19 treatment available so far globally. Cipla had earlier said pricing would not exceed 5,000 rupees. On Tuesday (7), Sovereign Pharma, which […]

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