Six Britons released from Indian prison

SIX British men have been released from an Indian prison on Tuesday (28) after a high court overturned their five-year jail sentences on Monday (27). The men were acquitted by a court, alongside 29 others, of illegal possession of arms while they were on a US-operated anti-piracy boat. The men were collected from prison by […]

Additional UK aid given to Rohingya refugee crisis

ADDITIONAL British aid will be given to the Rohingya refugee crisis, the international development secretary Penny Mordaunt announced on Monday (27). She said £12 million from the UK will provide “urgently needed food and essentials” to those affected by the crisis, ensuring lives will not be put at risk once international funding begins to run […]

Airport-style security at Ahmadi mosques in UK after threats

The Ahmadiyya community in the UK is introducing airport-style security at its many mosques and centres across the country after receiving death threats from other Muslim groups. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK (AMC), which represents an estimated 30,000 Ahmadis, launched walk-through metal detectors, identity checks and bag searches to screen visitors and worshippers for knives […]

Pakistan-born man jailed for UK terror plot

A 22-year-old Pakistan-born man has been jailed for six years in the UK for preparing acts of terrorism after being arrested in an undercover police operation last year. Mubashir Jamil, a warehouse worker for the online retailer Amazon, had told an undercover police officer he wanted to wear a suicide vest and “press the button”, […]

Oxford Circus station in central London evacuated after incident

BRITISH police said they were responding to an “incident” at Oxford Circus in central London this evening (24) and have evacuated the Underground station, in an area thronged with people on a busy shopping day. “Officers are responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus station,” British Transport Police said on Twitter. “The station […]

Sharif a traitor for seeking peace with India, says Hafiz Saeed

  THE US said today (24) it was “deeply concerned” after Pakistan freed one of the suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks despite months of pressure from Washington over militancy. The statement came as firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who heads the UN-listed terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and has a $10 million US bounty on […]

Three dead as Indian train derails

Thirteen coaches of an express train derailed in northern India early Friday (24) throwing sleeping passengers from their seats in a new disaster that left three dead and nine injured. The Vasco Da Gama Express flipped off the tracks in thick fog soon after leaving Manikpur station in Uttar Pradesh state, police said. The train […]

Merger with Tata Steel best solution, says ThyssenKrupp CEO

GERMAN heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp today (23) defended its disputed merger with India’s Tata Steel, saying its restructuring plan and the tie-up would help to secure tens of thousands of jobs. The tie-up, announced end-September to form Europe’s second biggest steel works after ArcelorMittal, has sparked fears for 4,000 jobs in production and administration that […]

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal for Rohingyas’ return

  MYANMAR and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding today (23), a senior Myanmar official said, for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to the neighbouring country to escape a Myanmar army crackdown. “We are ready to take them back as soon as possible after Bangladesh sends the forms […]

Death and the discount rate: UK companies weigh pensions tweaks

Some of Britain’s biggest companies are considering wiping millions or even billions of pounds from their pension deficits by changing a couple of key assumptions, including when staff are expected to die. Retailer Tesco paved the way last month by slicing more than three billion pounds from the pensions deficit in its accounts, citing data […]