Indo-Chinese eatery marks UK-India Year of Culture

One of London’s first-of-its-kind Indo-Chinese restaurants is marking the UK-India Year of Culture with its own first-year anniversary celebration. Hakkaland was set up by Indian-Chinese chef Steven Lee to bring the distinct flavour of Chinese food from his birthplace of Kolkata alive in the UK. “This fusion cuisine represents Indian food at its best and […]

Diageo sued Mallya for 40 million dollars payout

On Friday Diageo, the UK-based producer of Johnnie Walker scotch and Smirnoff vodka, said that it filed suit this week in the UK High Court against Vijay Mallya, the Indian tycoon and founder of Diageo’s Indian subsidiary, United Spirits. Diageo Plc sued to recover a $40 million payment made when he was ousted from United […]

Gates meets Uttar Pradesh chief minister, discusses clean water

Microsoft founder Bill Gates Bill Gates who is currently in India met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday morning and discussed the repercussions of lack of clean water. They also agreed to extend and expand welfare projects being carried out by the charity that Gates runs along with his wife Melinda Gates. Principal […]

UK will double visas for skilled digital tech workers outside EU

BRITAIN will double the number of visas offered to non-EU nationals who “show promise in the field of technology, art and creative industries”, prime minister Theresa May has said. Hosting digital entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK at 10, Downing Street last evening (15), the prime minister said the visa hike was part of […]

Final death toll of Grenfell Tower is confirmed as 71

The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in London in June is 71, police said on Thursday (16) after five months of painstaking search and recovery operations. The devastating blaze spread rapidly through Grenfell Tower on June 14, with 293 people inside as the only escape route […]

Warning of far-right threat following release of Home Office extremism report

By Lauren Codling A FORMER chief crown prosecutor has warned of a rise in extremism prompted by far-right views in Britain, as the Home Office released statistics from their Prevent strategy for the first time. Launched in 2003 to combat extremism after the September 11 attacks in the US, Prevent is a key strand of […]

Comic Sindhu Vee believes humour speaks a universal language

by LAUREN CODLING COMEDIAN Sindhu Vee has asserted that her heritage should not be an aspect of her comedy that makes her “different” or more relevant to one community than another. The stand-up performer, who is of Indian heritage, said she does not stop to think if certain audiences will “get” her material concerning her […]

Grenfell Tower: Council failing in duty of care to residents, says Labour MP

HUNDREDS of residents displaced by the Grenfell Tower fire that killed about 80 people in in June are still living in hotels or friends’ houses because of a failure by local authorities to rehouse them, the Labour MP representing the London borough said on Monday (13). The 24-storey social housing block in the wealthy borough […]

UK parliament to vote on final Brexit deals

BRITISH government will offer parliament a take it or leave vote on any final EU departure agreement, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced on Monday (13). The move by Davis was seen as an attempted concession to Conservative rebels who may defy the government this week by voting against separate Brexit legislation transferring existing EU laws […]

‘Don’t panic’ says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens

India’s environment minister has said the country’s filthy air is no cause for alarm, claiming only “routine precautions” were needed to cope with what doctors have called a public health emergency. Harsh Vardhan contrasted the pollution choking large swathes of north India, including the capital, with the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal that killed at […]