UK offers grace period for visa extensions until end August

The UK government on Thursday (30) issued fresh guidance offering a one-month grace period for all expiring or expired visas of foreign nationals unable to return to their home countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, until August 31. The extension, initially announced until May 31 and then extended to July 31, has been extended by […]

India’s fugitive ‘Dr Death’, accused of dozens of murders, arrested

An Indian traditional-medicine doctor jailed for life for murdering truck drivers and feeding their remains to crocodiles has been caught after jumping parole while on release for good behaviour, Indian police said. Devendra Kumar Sharma, 62, was arrested by Delhi police in the capital late Tuesday. In January he failed to return from a weeks-long […]

Profits at India’s Reliance jump 31 per cent, beating estimates

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries reported a 31 percent jump in quarterly profits on Thursday, due to a one-time gain from British oil giant BP’s investment in its fuel retailing business and a strong performance by its telecom arm Jio. The Mumbai-based firm, which is owned by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, said its consolidated net […]

Priti Patel calls for crackdown on racist abuse in football

UK home secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday (29) issued a call for social media companies to rid their platforms of racism after hearing about the real life impact on footballers who are targeted with racist abuse, both on and off the pitch. During a visit to Wembley Stadium in London ahead of the FA Cup […]

Blasphemy suspect gunned down in Pakistan court

A Pakistani man facing charges of blasphemy was shot dead in court on Wednesday as he awaited the start of his hearing, police said. Tahir Ahmad Nasim, 47, was a member of a persecuted sect whose faith has been deemed heretical in Pakistan because they challenge the succession of the Prophet Mohammed. He had been […]

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Stop playing politics with Asian lives’

By Barnie Choudhury LEICESTER’S mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has accused the government of playing politics with lives and livelihoods by lock­ing down his city based on ‘inconsistent and sketchy data’. Eastern Eye can reveal that the mayor has sent two letters to ministers asking for per­mission to spend £13 million of government money to help […]

Mixed reaction to ending use of ‘Islamist’ in terror attacks

by LAUREN CODLING COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed the recent claim that police are considering dropping the term “Islamist terrorism” when describing terror attacks, asserting that such language did “not help community cohesion.” According to reports last week, the term could be changed to “faith-claimed terrorism” or “terrorists abusing religious motivations”. The suggestion was highlighted by […]

Artist Imran Perretta captures Muslim angst in post 9/11 world

by LAUREN CODLING AN AWARD-WINNING British Asian artist has expressed his delight at receiving a £10,000 prestigious bursary prize, admitting he is “thrilled to be recognised for his work”. Imran Perretta was one of 10 creatives who received the one-off bursary in place of the 2020 Turner Prize, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 […]

Air pollution ‘greatest risk’ to global life expectancy

Air pollution cuts life expectancy for every man, woman and child on Earth by nearly two years, according to data released Tuesday which experts said showed poor air quality is “the greatest risk to human health”. The Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) said that as the world races to find a vaccine to bring the […]

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan slams ‘virus death’ trolls

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has threatened to unleash his legion of fans on online trolls wishing him death from the coronavirus, after earlier speaking out about the stigma suffered by patients. Bachchan and his actor son Abhishek have been in a Mumbai hospital for over two weeks with COVID-19, while his actress daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai […]