Death toll climbs to 20 from India building collapse

THE death toll from the building collapse in western India climbed to 20 on Tuesday (22) as the search for survivors is on. Officials said that more bodies are likely to be recovered from the rubble of the building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai. Emergency workers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have pulled 20 […]

Marsha de Cordova wants Labour to ‘move away’ from using ‘a blob of the term BAME’

By S Neeraj Krishna LABOUR MP Marsha de Cordova believes the party should “really move away” from using “a blob of the term BAME” to describe minority ethnic groups in the UK Speaking at online Labour meet on Sunday (20), the shadow women and equalities secretary said the blanket categorisation under “BAME” (black, Asian and […]

Indian man accused of slashing pregnant wife’s stomach ‘to check gender’

A man has been arrested in northern India after slashing his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle, leaving her critically ill and causing the death of their unborn baby boy, police and her relatives said. The woman was in intensive care in a hospital in the capital, New Delhi, said police in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh […]

Eight Indian MPs suspended after chaotic parliament protests over farming legislation

Eight Indian lawmakers were suspended from parliament on Monday (21) for “unruly behaviour” after opposition to contentious new farming legislation sparked some of the most chaotic scenes in recent years. MPs in the upper house had on Sunday torn up copies of the legislation, broke microphones, hurled copies of the parliamentary rule book and staged […]

Sadiq Khan slams UK’s ‘identity kit version of history’, backs equality renaissance

By S Neeraj Krishna SADIQ KHAN has accused the British education system of offering “one-dimensional, identity kit version of history”, while urging people to “go around” it to tackle racism. The London mayor said in a virtual discussion on Sunday that the anti-racism protests following the custodial death of black American George Floyd served as […]

UK furlough scheme ends in 40 days; employers return £215m ‘unwanted’ cash

AS the UK furlough scheme officially ends on 31 October many firms in the country have voluntarily returned £215m which they did not need or took in error. Some firms claimed smaller payouts the next time they were given furlough cash. According to HMRC figures, some 80,433 employers have returned the money so far. Under the […]

Newly formed Pakistan democratic movement targets Imran Khan

OPPOSITION parties in Pakistan have launched an alliance to oust prime minister Imran Khan. Half a dozen major opposition parties have joined forces to denounce the military which they accuse of meddling in politics and rigging the 2018 elections to bring Khan to power. The six parties and some smaller groups signed a statement late […]

Study says over 500,000 people in the UK could have ‘undiagnosed’ diabetes

By Pramod Thomas A NEW STUDY has revealed that over 500,000 people in the UK, one per cent of the population, could be living with type 2 diabetes ‘without knowing’ it. The study by the University of Exeter has suggested that a national screening programme should be brought in to improve diagnosis. For the study, scientists […]

At least 10 dead in building collapse in India, dozens feared trapped

At least 10 people were killed on Monday (21) and dozens were feared trapped when a portion of a three-storey residential building collapsed on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, officials said. Some residents were trying to get out of the building, in the industrial town of Bhiwandi, 40 km (25 miles) northeast […]

Kailash Satyarthi fears Covid-19 may push children into slavery, trafficking, child labour and marriage

INDIA’s Nobel laureate and prominent children’s right’s activist fears that Covid-19 will have detrimental impact on the lives of children. Kailash Satyarthi, who won Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with Malala Yousafzai, for his efforts to combat child labour and child trafficking in India, fears that the global pandemic might ‘reverse’ all his efforts […]

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