Care home that ‘sacked’ Labour MP for raising PPE woes admits it faced shortage

By S Neeraj Krishna A CARE HOME that “sacked” Labour MP Nadia Whittome over her “media appearances and speaking out about a lack of PPE” has acknowledged that it did face dearth of supplies. The Labour lawmaker from Nottingham East had voluntarily returned to care work at Lark Hill Retirement Village as the coronavirus rattled […]

More children wed, risk trafficking in Rohingya camps in pandemic, UN

CHILD MARRIAGE is on the rise in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a recent UN-led study. Bangladesh scaled back activities in the refugee camps in April and mainly focused on providing health and emergency food to prevent the spread […]

Facebook to curb private groups spreading hate, misinformation

FACEBOOK on Thursday (17) said it was cracking down on private groups where hate or misinformation was being shared among members. The move comes amid a wider crack down on malicious and false content at the social networking giant which has led people to turn to private groups of like-minded members who can share content […]

US provided ‘strong and unambiguous support’ to India during border crisis with China

The US provided “strong and unambiguous support” to India during its current border crisis with China, which is engaged in increasingly aggressive behaviour throughout the Indo-Pacific even during the coronavirus pandemic, a senior White House official said on Thursday. From a bilateral perspective China’s recent actions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India […]

Pakistani students back in school after more than six months

Millions of students in Pakistan returned to classes on Tuesday (15) after a break of six months, as schools and colleges began to reopen for the first time since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Educational institutes were closed in March as the coronavirus began to spread in Pakistan, but, with daily infection numbers falling, […]

Pakistan opens criminal probes into 50 pilots, five civil aviation officials -sources

Pakistan has opened criminal investigations into 50 pilots and at least five civil aviation officials who allegedly helped them falsify credentials to secure licences, according to two senior government sources and cabinet meeting minutes seen by Reuters. The probes comes roughly three months after Pakistan grounded dozens of pilots over allegedly dubious qualifications. At the […]

Indian cabinet minister quits over farm legislation

India’s minister for food processing resigned on Thursday (17) over her opposition to planned laws to allow farmers to sell produce directly to bulk buyers and make contract farming easier, saying the legislation will hurt millions of the country’s farmers. “Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal said in […]

Hindu man jailed in Bangladesh for insulting Prophet Mohammed

A Hindu has been jailed for seven years in Muslim-majority Bangladesh for insulting the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook, a prosecutor said on Thursday (17). Although Bangladesh is officially secular, criticism of Islam is taboo in the conservative nation of 168 million people and violent protests have previously erupted over social media posts deemed blasphemous. Jibon […]

Road less travelled: Take a bus from London to Delhi

  By Nadeem Badshah IT IS the world’s longest bus route, spanning 12,000 miles to link the UK with Delhi in India. And the 70-day trip through 18 countries, set to be launched in May 2021, has been met with ap­proval by leading Indians in Britain. Passengers will be able to hop on in London […]

Health experts want India to emulate UK’s cycling strategy to fight obesity

HEALTH EXPERTS have called on the Indian government to emulate UK’s cycling strategy as a means of combating obesity, which has been linked to an increased risk of coronavirus complications. A recent report by Public Health England said severely overweight people faced a greater risk of death from Covid-19, and are more likely to need […]