Three killed in southern India in clashes over Facebook post

At least three people were killed in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru when police clashed with hundreds of Muslims who attacked a police station and set fire to vehicles during a protest over a Facebook post considered offensive to Islam, police said Wednesday. Senior police officer Kamal Pant said the protesters burned public and […]

More disadvantaged students qualify for higher education in the UK

MORE disadvantaged students than ever will be going for higher education this year in the UK. The results announced on  Thursday (13) using the robust grading system implemented by Ofqual shows that students have not been disadvantaged due to their background. In another highlight, a record number of 18 year olds from the most disadvantaged […]

India announces $500m for Maldives project to counter China influence

INDIA announced a $500 million package to fund a project in the Maldives on Thursday (13) to help it connect the capital Male to three nearby islands, stepping up New Delhi’s diplomatic efforts in a region China has also been focusing recently. The Indian Ocean island nation, popular with tourists for its beaches and turquoise waters, has […]

Priest who shared stage with India’s Modi tests positive for Covid-19

INDIA reported another record jump in its surging coronavirus cases on Thursday (13) with nearly 67,000 new infections, among them a religious leader who shared a stage with prime minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony to launch construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya. Nritya Gopal Das, an 82-year-old Hindu priest, was the latest public figure […]

Antibody testing reveals ‘far higher’ rate of Covid-19 infection among BAME communities

THE World’s largest home antibody testing programme for Coronavirus has revealed ‘far higher’ rates of infection in people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  According to the findings,  published by The Imperial College London on Thursday (13) people from Black (17 per cet), Asian (12 per cent) and other (12 per cent) had higher […]

Gandhi glasses set to go under the hammer

By Amit Roy A FEW people have quibbled about the decision by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to put Gandhi on a British coin as the first ethnic minority figure. In Leicester, there was even been a petition – now apparently abandoned – to remove the Mahatma’s statue in the wake of the Black Lives Matter […]

EXCLUSIVE: Contact tracing change welcomed

By Barnie Choudhury LEICESTER’S Labour mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has told Eastern Eye that he feels “vindicated” by the government’s U-turn on its test and trace system. Since May 28, people who tested posi­tive for coronavirus were being contacted so authorities could trace those with whom they had met. The government said it had now […]

Back in India, a proud uncle and aunt admire ‘very committed’ Kamala Harris

KAMALA HARRIS’S late mother left India in 1960, but half a world away from Washington the uncle and aunt of the US vice-president hopeful follow her every move — and are very proud. Harris was born in California in 1964 to a Jamaican father, economics professor John Harris, and breast cancer specialist Shyamala Gopalan. She was […]

Independent group of UK scientists questions government’s pandemic response

AS Britain navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic, the government insists that science is guiding its decisions. But a self-appointed group of independent experts says it sees little in Britain’s response that is evidence-based, especially after an upturn in new cases forced a delay in lifting more lockdown restrictions. Unlike in other European countries […]

‘Hard times are here’, says Sunak as UK records deepest recession among top economies

BRITAIN’s economy shrank by a record 20.4 per cent in the second quarter when the coronavirus lockdown was tightest, the most severe contraction reported by any major economy so far, with a wave of job losses set to hit later in 2020. “It is clear that the UK is in the largest recession on record,” […]