India to create individual bilateral bubbles to resume international flights

EYEING to restart international flights, India is all set to create individual bilateral bubbles which will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate flights. The country is in talks with the US and Canada and the countries in European and Gulf regions, said Arvind Singh, chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI). He revealed […]

India coronavirus cases hit record high amid monsoon rains

INDIA recorded its highest singe-day spike of coronavirus cases on Saturday (4), with over 22,000 new cases and 442 deaths, as infections rose in the western and southern parts of the country amid heavy monsoon rains. The western state of Maharashtra, home to the densely packed financial capital Mumbai, has the country’s highest total, recording […]

22 pilgrims killed as train rams van in Pakistan

AT LEAST 22 Sikh pilgrims — 19 from the same family — were killed on Friday (3) when a train smashed into a van in eastern Pakistan, authorities said. The vehicle was going through an unmanned level crossing when it was hit by an oncoming train near the small city of Farooqabad. “The crossing was […]

UK needs to ‘relearn what it’s like to go out again’ to beat virus woes, says Rishi Sunak

RISHI SUNAK has urged people to “eat out to help out” as the economy claws its way out from a historic slump sparked by the coronavirus crisis. The chancellor’s comments came on the day England reopened its beloved pubs and the rest of the hospitality sector after more than three months of lockdown. This morning […]

Bangladesh shuts jute mills, lays off 25,000 workers

Bangladesh has shut its loss-making jute mills and laid off 25,000 employees, saying the state-owned plants could not compete with the private sector. Jute, a vegetable fibre spun into coarse threads, grew in popularity over the past decade after a long decline, as it became an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. But the state-run […]

Man jailed for “devastating” arson attack in Leicester shopping centre

A man has been sentenced to 34 months” imprisonment after pleading guilty to arson following a fire at a shopping centre in Leicester last year. Parvinder Singh, 28, was jailed this week after he admitted “arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered” when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court in April, in relation […]

Special events held to promote organ donation within the Hindu and Jain community

AS MANY AS 211 events were held by organisations within the Hindu and Jain community to address the urgent need for black, Asian and minority ethnic organ donors between November 2018 and June 2019. As a result of these initiatives around 900 people recorded their decision to donate, said a statement. The leading organisations were […]

Naughty Boy reveals Asian-influence on his upcoming album

by LAUREN CODLING AWARD-WINNING record producer Naughty Boy has appealed to Eastern Eye readers to help him on a new Asian-inspired track for his hugely-anticipated new album, due out later this year. The musician – whose real name is Shahid Khan – is due to release his latest record in December. The star, known for […]

India’s Modi makes surprise China border visit after clash

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to India’s northern frontier region with China on Friday (3) in his first trip to the area since a deadly border clash last month. The incident in the Galwan Valley saw 20 Indian troops killed and was the first time in 45 years that soldiers had […]

Buddha’s teachings vital to tackle ‘tremendous fragilities of world today’: UN

THE BUDDHA’s message of solidarity and service to others is more important than ever, believes UN chief Antonio Guterres, noting that nations can deal with the consequences of the pandemic that only through global cooperation. The UN secretary general’s remarks came during a belated commemoration of the International Day of Vesak, which celebrates the birth, […]

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