‘Stop using ethnicity when deciding who needed help’, says Dr Raghib Ali

Dr RAGHIB ALI, who advises Britain on ethnicity and Covid, has said that ‘structural racism’ is not a ‘reasonable explanation’ for black and south Asian people’s greater risk of illness and death. He added that it is time to stop using ethnicity when deciding who needed help, and urged the government to focus on factors […]

UK launches £25m ‘Community Champions’ scheme; will record ethnicity on death certificates

THE UK on Thursday(22) announced new measures to understand and tackle Covid-19 disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background. As part of this a new ‘Community Champions’ scheme worth up to £25 million was launched to enhance existing communication strategies in the most at risk places, and fund work with grassroots advocates from […]

Daesh supporter convicted for encouraging terrorism in UK

An Islamic State (Daesh) supporter, who promoted the global terror group on social media including through a video that called for an attack in central London, has been convicted of terrorism-related offences following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. Shehroz Iqbal, 29, from east London, was found guilty at the Old Bailey […]

At least 11 Afghan women killed in stampede near Pakistan consulate

At least 11 women were killed Wednesday in a stampede in an Afghan football stadium where thousands had gathered to apply for visas at a nearby Pakistan consulate, officials said. Many people were trampled at the stadium in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, with 10 women and three men injured, […]

‘Will celebrate next birthday at the White House’, says Biden as Harris turns 56

WHILE greeting Kamala Harris on her 56th birthday, US presidential candidate Joe Biden said that they would celebrate her next birthday at the White House. Harris, who was picked by Biden in August as his running mate, turned 56 on Tuesday(20). Biden took to Twitter to post a photograph showing their hands clasped together. “Happy Birthday, […]

EU says ‘ready to negotiate 24/7’ with Britain as a deal is ‘within reach’

EXPRESSING its willingness for talks the EU said on Wednesday(21) that an agreement was still ‘within reach’ with 10 weeks to go as the union is ready for ‘negotiations 24/7’. The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the European Parliament an agreement was still “within reach”. “Time is of the essence … Along with our […]

UK imposes tougher virus measures in northern England

SOUTH Yorkshire in northern England will move into the very high lockdown tier on Saturday(24) to tackle rising levels of Covid-19 infections, the mayor of the Sheffield city region Dan Jarvis said on Wednesday(21). The area has agreed a funding package worth  £41 million($53.5 million) to support businesses that will have to close and for […]

Wearing mask will shield passengers from Covid-19 on planes, says study

A NEW study has revealed that passengers wearing masks are at a very low risk of contracting Covid-19 on planes, even during packed flights. The study, conducted aboard United Airlines Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft, showed that masks helped minimize exposure to infection when someone coughed, even in neighboring seats. When a seated passenger is […]

Minister urges Asian adopters to give children ‘forever home’

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN families have been encouraged to consider adoption, as figures show children from ethnic minority backgrounds often wait the longest to be placed. Data from the Department of Education shows that 240 children from BAME backgrounds waited more than 18 months to be adopted since entering care. Many of these children are […]

Fury as ‘selfish’ Tory MPs relaunch Kashmir group

by LAUREN CODLING AN INFLUENTIAL Asian peer has criticised the re-launch of the Conservative Friends of Kashmir (CFK), saying it could cause “immense damage” to Indo-UK ties as he described the MPs responsible for the group as “selfish”. Conservative peer Lord Rami Ranger’s comments come as seven Tory MPs representing constituencies with a substantial Pakistani […]