‘Losing my brother and mum has not been easy’

by LAUREN CODLING A MOTHER-OF-TWO with an inherited heart condition has vowed to raise awareness of the disease in memory of her mother and brother, who have both died from the illness. Thanieth Khan was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) when she was 14 years old. According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), around one […]

New Tara Arts boss strives to make culture accessible

by LAUREN CODLING THE new artistic director of Tara Arts theatre in south London has promised to engage with the local community, describing the Covid-19 crisis as a “real moment  to listen and think about where we are”. Abdul Shayek was last week announced as the new leader of the arts institution, known for its […]

EXCLUSIVE: Commissioner’s concerns over ‘failed’ Asian abuse victims

By Barnie Choudhury SANDEEP KAUR* never wanted to get married. She was happy with her own family and had a wonderful job in Punjab, India. But then Manjit Singh* came on the scene, and promised her family he would take care of her, painting a picture of a blissful married life in the UK. That […]

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris to be first black woman vice-president

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden named Senator Kamala Harris, a former rival in the White House race, as his running mate on Tuesday (11), marking a historic first for American women of color. Biden’s announcement capped a months-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge president Donald Trump in November. Harris, who would become America’s first […]

Partition survivors recall fleeing home amid riots

by LAUREN CODLING and PRAMOD THOMAS TWO survivors of India’s Partition have recalled the experience of fleeing their homes in 1947, ahead of Indian Independence Day on Saturday (15). Padam Rosha, 97, and Rajini Rosha, 87, were both in Lahore, now Pakistan, at the time of Partition. The couple, who did not know one another […]

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt diagnosed with lung cancer

A day after getting discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has reportedly been diagnosed with lung cancer. According to reports, the actor will soon be flying to the US for his medical treatment. Earlier today, the 61-year-old actor announced that he was going on a brief sabbatical because of health issues. “Hi […]

Indian airline IndiGo to fight virus woes with $534 million share issue

India’s largest airline IndiGo hopes to raise $534 million by issuing shares to try and boost liquidity after the coronavirus pandemic sparked record losses and job cuts. Airlines worldwide have reported steep falls in revenue because of a slump in demand as governments impose sweeping travel restrictions to battle COVID-19. IndiGo last month reported its […]

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India’s holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city. Today, little of the ancient construction remains, except for mounds of rubble that tannery workers pick through for bricks to build shanties atop what was once […]

‘Holy warrior’ selfies: Pakistan teen feted for killing US blasphemy suspect

Faisal Khan, a 15-year-old Pakistani, beams for selfies with lawyers and police. Thousands hail him in the streets as a “holy warrior.” His claim to adulation? Allegedly gunning down in open court an American accused of blasphemy, a capital crime in this Islamic republic. Khan is charged with murder, which also carries a death sentence. […]

Misbah adamant Pakistan can ‘come back’ in England series

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq has insisted his side can “fight back” from their agonising defeat by England in time for the second Test starting on Thursday. The tourists, following six months on the sidelines because of the coronavirus, were on course to go 1-0 up in the three-match series after dominating the majority of the first […]

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