Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18

THE death toll from an Indian passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday (8). The Air India Express plane, which was repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic, overshot the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy […]

BREAKING: Air India plane crashes in Kerala

FATALITIES were feared after a passenger jet carrying nearly 200 people from Dubai crash-landed at an airport in southern India on Friday (7) and broke in two, officials and reports said. The Air India Express jet crashed at Kozhikode airport in Kerala. The aircraft skidded off the runway at the airport upon landing, local media reported. […]

Landslide kills 15 in southern India, more than 50 feared trapped

A landslide caused by torrential rains killed at least 15 tea garden workers in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Friday (7), and rescue workers were searching for more than 50 people thought to be trapped under soil and debris, officials said. The landslide hit in the early hours as workers slept, in Idukki […]

Two Indian children caught up in foster care in UK amid parental row

Two minor children with Indian nationality, aged 11 and 9, are caught up in the foster care system in England, with local authorities wanting to change their citizenship status to British amid a legal row with their parents, which has landed in the UK’s Court of Appeal. In a judgement handed down by a three-judge […]

Imran Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India on Kashmir anniversary

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan branded India an “oppressor and aggressor” on Wednesday (5), a year after New Delhi imposed direct rule on Indian-administered Kashmir. Solidarity marches were held in all major Pakistani cities to mark the anniversary of New Delhi stripping Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status, a move that outraged Islamabad. Kashmir, […]

Author pledges book proceeds to charity to honour uncle who died of cancer

by LAUREN CODLING A DENTAL graduate who is giving away all sale proceeds from his new book to a blood cancer charity has revealed the motivations behind his donation. Zain Rizvi, 25, from Walton-onThames, will donate any profit from Know the drill: How to succeed at dental school to blood cancer charity DKMS to honour […]

EXCLUSIVE: Concern over Asians’ mistrust of Covid data

   By Barnie Choudhury THE government is concerned that south Asian people do not trust its test and trace system, and so will not divulge any infor­mation regarding who they have been in contact with, Eastern Eye can reveal. Scientists have also warned that the cur­rent system is inadequate to prevent a sec­ond wave of […]

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Don’t blame Asians for lockdown’

  By Barnie Choudhury  SENIOR Asian and black leaders have condemned a Conserva­tive MP for his “despicable racist views”, accusing him of “dividing communities” after he blamed the rise in Covid-19 infections on “Asians and immigrants”. Craig Whittaker, the MP for Calder Valley told LBC last Friday (31), “What I have seen in my constituency […]

Ayodhya, India’s flashpoint holy site

THE holy site Ayodhya in Northern India has been the spark for some of India’s worst sectarian violence. Here is a look at the history of the three-acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between India’s majority Hindus and minority […]

Modi fulfils long-standing promise, launches construction of Ayodhya Ram temple

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off the construction of a Lord Ram temple in the north Indian city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago. The event fulfils a long-standing promise by Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, and marks the first anniversary of another commitment […]

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