Sunak set to unveil £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ to help up to 300,000 youngsters get jobs

RISHI SUNAK is set to announce a new scheme to stave off youth unemployment as he attempts to revitalise the economy following its pandemic lockdown. The £2-billion “kickstart scheme” will enable employers to hire unemployed young people aged 16-24, using government funds to pay them the national minimum wage for 25 hours a week. “Young […]

India arrests South Korean CEO, 11 others for gas leak at LG Polymers

INDIAN police have arrested 12 LG Polymers officials, including its South Korean Chief Executive Sunkey Jeong, an officer said on Wednesday (8), two months after a gas leak at the company’s south Indian chemical plant killed 12. The arrests were made under a case of culpable homicide filed against the company, a unit of South […]

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Break the code of silence’ – police failing Asian victims of child sex abuse, say activists

By Barnie Choudhury SOUTH ASIAN children who have been sexually abused are being let down by police not being thorough in their investigation and having a “poor” grasp of the trauma that victims experience, campaigners said. Eastern Eye can also reveal that a women’s group has this week launched a ‘super complaint’ against the Home […]

Priti Patel says ‘will not tolerate’ crimes against shopworkers, promises crackdown

PRITI PATEL has vowed to initiate a “crackdown on abuse and violence against shopworkers”. The home secretary assured that the guilty will be made to face the law as her office published its response to a call of evidence regarding the issue on Tuesday (7). “As the daughter of shopkeepers, I know what a vital […]

Commonwealth must acknowledge ‘uncomfortable’ past, say Harry and Meghan

THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan said that the Commonwealth must acknowledge the ‘uncomfortable’ past as ‘everyone benefits’ out of it. They spoke of historical injustice, unconscious bias and racism in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. The couple were discussing justice and equal rights with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth […]

Johnson blames care homes for high death rate, gets accused of weaving ‘alternative reality’

BORIS JOHNSON has stirred up a growing storm after saying “too many care homes” didn’t follow procedures to stem the spread of Covid-19 deaths. The comments have sparked off an accusation that the prime minister was trying to rewrite history — weaving a “Kafkaesque alternative reality”. Britain has one of the highest death tolls in […]

US flexes military muscle by deploying aircraft carriers amid India-China standoff

THE US military “will continue to stand strong” in its stance on the conflict between India and China, a top White House official has said. The statement came after the US navy deployed two aircraft carriers to the strategic South China Sea to boost its presence in the region amid the India-China standoff. “The message […]

India’s coronavirus death toll hits 20,000 as infections surge

INDIA’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday (7) and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its almost two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts. The rate of both new virus infections and deaths are rising at the fastest pace in three months, as officials lift […]

After Indian ban, US ‘looking at’ barring Chinese social media apps such as TikTok

THE Trump administration is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, over allegations Beijing is using them to spy on users, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said. India has already barred 58 other Chinese apps, including the wildly popular TikTok, over national security and privacy concerns while other countries are […]

Wife of British-born ‘aid worker’ demands Syria jihadists release him

The wife of a self-described aid worker stripped of his British nationality has called for his release after he was detained by jihadists in Syria’s last major rebel bastion. Tauqir Sharif, 33, was detained on June 22 by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a dominant group in Syria’s northwestern region of Idlib, his supporters say. “We […]

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