Indian royal dynasty keep control of one of world’s richest temples

INDIA’s Supreme Court has uphold the right of a former royal dynasty to run the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the world’s richest places of worship, after the state government tried to take it over when the family patriarch died. When one of the vaults of the towering centuries-old Hindu temple in Thiruvananthanpuram in Kerala […]

UK set to purge Huawei from 5G network, bans purchase of components

BORIS JOHNSON has ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, risking the ire of China by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West. Britain’s National Security Council (NSC), chaired by the prime minister, decided on Tuesday (14) to ban the purchase […]

UK announces measures to transform higher technical education to plug skill gaps

UK education secretary Gavin Williamson on Tuesday (14) announced measures to boost the quality of higher technical education to help plug skill gaps, level up opportunities and support the country’s economic recovery. These steps as part of a long-term plan will make sure more people can access high-quality courses and employers can unlock the future […]

Labour demands ‘basic answers’ on Boris Johnson’s new racial inequality commission

THE LABOUR PARTY has accused the government of announcing “review after review” but doing “precious little with recommendations” as it called for clarity on Boris Johnson’s new racial inequality commission. In mid-June, following massive anti-racism protests, the prime minister had announced “a new cross-government commission to look at what is going on for black and minority ethnic […]

Indian IT hub Bangalore locks down again

INDIA’s IT hub Bangalore will go back into lockdown Tuesday (14) as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged towards a million with about 500 people dying daily. After imposing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March, India has been steadily easing rules to lessen the huge economic impact. But infections […]

‘We are just getting started in fight to rid this evil’, says Priti Patel on modern slavery

PRITI PATEL has termed exploitation of workers a “modern-day scourge”, after reports highlighted that thousands of people were working in modern slavery in the UK. The home secretary’s observations came as a new study said Britain was home to at least 100,000 modern slaves — 10 times more than the official estimate. Taking note of […]

Virus-hit Hajj cuts deep for Pakistan pilgrims and businesses

Quran tutor Muhammad Asim should have been packing to leave his Karachi home for Mecca next week to perform one of the most sacred, once-in-a-lifetime obligations for Muslims, the Hajj pilgrimage. But that was before the coronavirus hit. Asim, 30, is one of 2.5 million Muslims globally, almost 180,000 from Pakistan, whose plans were upended […]

US regulators downgrade Pakistan’s air safety rating

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded Pakistan’s air safety rating after the agency raised concerns about pilot certifications. The decision, disclosed on an FAA spreadsheet dated July 15 that was posted on an agency website and confirmed by an agency official, means the US air safety agency determined Pakistan does not achieve international […]

Sikh community in US pledges to work for development of Punjab

The Sikh community in the US has vowed to work for the development of Punjab, particularly in areas of education and environment, as they hailed the outreach efforts of the Indian Embassy in resolving their issues. The Sikhs in America are willing to invest in the development of Punjab, eminent Sikh American businessman Gary Grewal […]

People must ‘open their eyes’, says Jessica Patel’s family as report aims to curb domestic abuse

DOMESTIC HOMICIDE victim Jessica Patel’s family has urged people to “open their eyes, ask questions and never assume everything is okay” to root out the “act of evil” as an independent review called for measures to curb domestic abuse and honour-based violence. The Domestic Homicide Review, which primarily focused on how local services responded to […]

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