‘Losing my brother and mum has not been easy’

by LAUREN CODLING A MOTHER-OF-TWO with an inherited heart condition has vowed to raise awareness of the disease in memory of her mother and brother, who have both died from the illness. Thanieth Khan was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) when she was 14 years old. According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), around one […]

Birmingham 2022 scraps athletes’ village plan due to pandemic impact

ORGANISERS of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games have scrapped plans for an athletes’ village due to the impact of the pandemic, and will use three ‘campus’ sites instead. They said in a statement on Wednesday (12) that more than 6,000 athletes and officials will be housed at the universities of Warwick and Birmingham and in […]

Phoenix Fund to provide £1 million grant to BAME groups in England

EMERGENCY grants of £1 million will be provided to black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, it was announced on Tuesday (11). The Phoenix Fund, opened by Global Fund for Children (GFC) and The National Lottery Community Fund, will also look to support BAME leadership across England. Survey data from the Ubele Initiative revealed nine […]

No human pyramids in Mumbai’s ‘Lord Krishna’ festival due to coronavirus

THERE were no human pyramids in Mumbai’s Janmashtami festival celebrating Lord Krishna on Wednesday, which normally attracts thousands onto the streets, due to a surge in coronavirus in India, with more than 60,000 cases reported in 24 hours. “This year, the celebration will be symbolic,” said Ram Kadam, a state lawmaker who organises one such […]

Three die in India’s Bengaluru as Facebook post sparks clashes with police

AT LEAST three people died in clashes with police in the Indian city of Bengaluru overnight after a Facebook post offensive to Muslims sparked protests in which a police station was attacked, and a politician’s house and vehicles were torched. Unable to quell protesters using batons and tear gas, besieged officers opened fire as they […]

Biden ‘nailed this decision’ in picking Harris to be his running mate: Obama

Former US president Barack Obama has joined top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, to praise Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris” selection as the party”s vice presidential candidate in the November election, saying Joe Biden has “nailed this decision”. Presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Biden on Tuesday named 55-year-old Harris as his vice presidential running mate, making history […]

EXCLUSIVE: Commissioner’s concerns over ‘failed’ Asian abuse victims

By Barnie Choudhury SANDEEP KAUR* never wanted to get married. She was happy with her own family and had a wonderful job in Punjab, India. But then Manjit Singh* came on the scene, and promised her family he would take care of her, painting a picture of a blissful married life in the UK. That […]

Priti Patel’s ally calls ice cream company ‘overpriced junk food’ brand in Channel crossings row

PRITI PATEL’s allies have hit out at Ben and Jerry’s after it railed on social media against her tough talk on Channel crossings. The ice cream company seemed to target the home secretary via Twitter on Tuesday (11), commenting that the “real crisis” was “lack of humanity”. “People wouldn’t make dangerous journeys if they had […]

Indian-Americans hail historic selection of Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate

Leading Indian-American groups and individuals, including former Pepsico chief Indra Nooyi, have hailed the nomination of Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as Democratic vice presidential candidate, saying it was a “great choice” and a “moment of pride” for the entire community in the US. However, there were also some community members who questioned Harris’ contribution towards […]

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris to be first black woman vice-president

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden named Senator Kamala Harris, a former rival in the White House race, as his running mate on Tuesday (11), marking a historic first for American women of color. Biden’s announcement capped a months-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge president Donald Trump in November. Harris, who would become America’s first […]