Rajapaksa brothers seek to consolidate power in virus-delayed Sri Lanka vote

Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers to vote in parliamentary elections on Wednesday (5) despite the coronavirus pandemic, as the ruling Rajapaksa brothers sought a fresh mandate to cement their grip on power. The parliamentary election had been postponed twice due to the virus epidemic, but finally got under way at 7:00 am (0130 […]

Imran Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India on Kashmir anniversary

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan branded India an “oppressor and aggressor” on Wednesday (5), a year after New Delhi imposed direct rule on Indian-administered Kashmir. Solidarity marches were held in all major Pakistani cities to mark the anniversary of New Delhi stripping Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status, a move that outraged Islamabad. Kashmir, […]

‘Ayodhya temple will be unique example of Indian architecture’

THE porposed Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya will be a unique example of Indian architecture, says the trust formed to look after the construction. The trust, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, was set up by the Indian government to construct the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. It is entrusted with the construction and management of the […]

Wait of centuries is over, says Modi, as Hindu temple construction begins

Modi calls launch a historic moment Muslim group says land wrongly taken for temple INDIAN prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (5) said that the wait of centuries is over as he kick-started the construction of the Hindu temple in Ayodhya. “The whole country is thrilled, the wait of centuries is ending,” Modi said in […]

Author pledges book proceeds to charity to honour uncle who died of cancer

by LAUREN CODLING A DENTAL graduate who is giving away all sale proceeds from his new book to a blood cancer charity has revealed the motivations behind his donation. Zain Rizvi, 25, from Walton-onThames, will donate any profit from Know the drill: How to succeed at dental school to blood cancer charity DKMS to honour […]

EXCLUSIVE: Concern over Asians’ mistrust of Covid data

   By Barnie Choudhury THE government is concerned that south Asian people do not trust its test and trace system, and so will not divulge any infor­mation regarding who they have been in contact with, Eastern Eye can reveal. Scientists have also warned that the cur­rent system is inadequate to prevent a sec­ond wave of […]

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Don’t blame Asians for lockdown’

  By Barnie Choudhury  SENIOR Asian and black leaders have condemned a Conserva­tive MP for his “despicable racist views”, accusing him of “dividing communities” after he blamed the rise in Covid-19 infections on “Asians and immigrants”. Craig Whittaker, the MP for Calder Valley told LBC last Friday (31), “What I have seen in my constituency […]

Ayodhya, India’s flashpoint holy site

THE holy site Ayodhya in Northern India has been the spark for some of India’s worst sectarian violence. Here is a look at the history of the three-acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between India’s majority Hindus and minority […]

India’s long Ayodhya dispute as temple construction starts

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (5) started the construction for a Hindu temple on a site in northern India where a 16th century mosque was demolished by supporters of his Hindu nationalist party in 1992. The events in Ayodhya sparked communal riots in several parts of India. About 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were […]

Modi fulfils long-standing promise, launches construction of Ayodhya Ram temple

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off the construction of a Lord Ram temple in the north Indian city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago. The event fulfils a long-standing promise by Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, and marks the first anniversary of another commitment […]