Unilever’s India unit to rebrand ‘Fair & Lovely’ cream to ‘Glow & Lovely’

THE Indian arm of global consumer giant Unilever said on Thursday (2) it would rebrand its skin-lightening cream ‘Fair & Lovely’ to ‘Glow & Lovely,’ after facing backlash that the name promoted negative stereotypes towards darker skin tones. The move comes a week after the maker of Lipton Tea and Dove soap announced that it […]

Hinduja family split ‘saddens’ Britain’s Indian community

  By Amit Roy REPORTS of a split in the Hinduja fam­ily, hitherto regarded as one of the most united and respected Indian dynasties in the world, have shocked and sad­dened the global diaspora. A high court case, in which Mrs Justice Falk delivered judgement last Tuesday (23), listed the claimant as “Srichand Par­manand Hinduja […]

Owners reveal plans as hospitality sector reopens for business

by LAUREN CODLING LEADING hoteliers have revealed safety measures being put into place in their establishments, as the hospitality industry prepares to reopen this weekend following the ease of lockdown measures. The sector is set to open up across England on Saturday (4), after the government announced the UK’s coronavirus alert level had reduced to […]

Shiva Hotels bags £230mn financing for Marylebone luxury project

THE Shiva Hotels group has clinched a £230-million development financing package for the construction of a 199-room luxury lifestyle hotel in Marylebone, London. The transaction — involving realty finance firms Cale Street Investments and Crosstree Real Estate Partners — was agreed during the lockdown, and was branded a “vote of confidence” in one of the […]

Lakshmi Mittal’s brother Pramod Mittal declared bankrupt with £130 million debt

PRAMOD MITTAL, brother of Lakshmi Mittal, who runs the world’s biggest steel manufacturer Arcelor Mittal, has been declared bankrupt with £130 million debt. Mittal, who once spent £50 million on his daughter’s wedding, lost a fortune while becoming embroiled in an investigation into organised crime, reported The Times.  He was acting as a guarantor in […]

West Midlands-India new partnership to boost trade and investment in the region

A new West Midlands-India Partnership (WMIP) launched on Friday (26) to enhance UK-India relations with a special focus on tourism, trade and investment in the region. The partnership, led by the West Midlands Growth Company, will support the region’s long-term economic growth plans as part of a five-year programme of activity with the Indian market. Invest […]

Unilever to rename ‘Fair & Lovely’ skin products for a ‘more diverse portrayal of beauty’

UNILEVER will drop the word “fair” from its “Fair & Lovely” brand of skin lightening products which are popular in South Asia but have long been criticised for promoting negative stereotypes against people with darker skin. Companies face a mounting backlash on social media in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Products marketed […]

Indians lead the way in UK private sector

By Nadeem Badshah BUSINESS leaders have welcomed new fig­ures showing that British Indians are out­performing other minority groups to land top jobs, but have warned more work is needed on equality. Eleven per cent of professionals of Indian heritage were in “manager, director and senior official” roles, the joint highest percentage, along with those who […]

Covid-19 crisis to sink global economy in 2020; India’s GDP to shrink 4.5 per cent, says IMF

KEY emerging market economies are taking a severe hit to GDP amid the coronavirus pandemic, with India seeing the first contraction in decades, the IMF said. The updated World Economic Outlook shows India’s GDP will fall 4.5 per cent this year, far worse than expected in April just after the pandemic first took hold outside […]

Asia garment workers find aid via fashion app

by LAUREN CODLING THE founder of a UK-based fashion app has spoken of their efforts to support some of the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh during the Covid pandemic. Mallzee is a fashion shopping app which allows users to browse over two million products from more than 100 fashion brands across the world. In light […]