UK, US return stolen antiquities to India in London

TWO rare artefacts with origins in Southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu handed over to the Indian commissioner in London on the occasion of India’s 73rd Independence Day on Thursday (15). The two rare items were stolen from India. They were found after a joint probe by the American and British authorities. The […]

Pakistan observes ‘Black Day’ over Kashmir with march by militant group

Pakistan observed a ‘Black Day’ on Thursday (15) to coincide with India’s Independence Day celebrations, as one of the main militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir led a protest through Pakistan’s part of the disputed region. India’s decision this month to revoke special status for its portion of Kashmir, along with a communications blackout […]

Malaysia to question Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik over remarks on religion

Malaysian authorities will summon Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for questioning after he allegedly made racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation, the government said on Thursday (15). The move comes after several ministers demanded Naik’s expulsion on Wednesday after he said Hindus in Malaysia had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in […]

Man stabbed outside UK Home Office

A man was taken to hospital after being stabbed on Thursday (15) outside Britain’s Home Office headquarters in London. One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, the city’s Metropolitan Police said. The Home Office is responsible for tackling crime and the government has recently launched a campaign to deter people […]

UK students celebrate as A-Level results released

BY LAUREN CODLING STUDENTS across the country have been celebrating as thousands received their A-Level results today (15). Many gathered to collect results this morning to see if they had been accepted to their university of choice, as it was announced the proportion of students achieving the top grades at A-level had fallen to its […]

Protest in London for Kashmir

THOUSANDS of people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday (15) in support of Kashmir. India’s decision to revoke special status of Kashmir, along with a communications blackout and curbs on movement, caused fury in Pakistan, which cut trade and transport links and expelled India’s envoy […]

Activist slams anti-extremism policy as toxic amid row over ‘British values’

  By Nadeem Badshah MINISTERS have been criticised by a prominent expert for turning the strategy to tackle extremism into a “toxic brand” which communities are shunning. Hanif Qadir, the founder of the Active Change Foundation (ACF), has worked with around 300,000 young people over 17 years, including more than 120 “medium to high-risk individuals”. […]

“India-US friendship flourished into strategic partnership in two decades,” says Pompeo

The friendship between India and the US has flourished into a strategic partnership in the last two decades and the two countries now cooperate on many important issues from defence and counter-terrorism to freedom of navigation, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said. Greeting the people of India on the eve of the country’s […]

Indian prime minister calls for family planning measures

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi warned Thursday (15) of the risks of an “unchecked population explosion” in the nation of 1.3 billion people, the first time he has raised the issue, and called for family planning measures. India is the world’s second-most populous country behind China with 1.4 billion, and its population is set to […]

Modi trumpets Kashmir move in Independence Day speech

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day speech on Thursday (15) in New Delhi as part of the country’s 73rd independence day celebrations that spotlighted a decision to remove the special rights of the Himalayan region of Kashmir among the bold moves of his second term. Modi talked about his aim to turn India […]