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Pope set to embark on first visit to Pakistan

POPE Francis is set to visit Pakistan this year on his first-ever trip to the Islamic nation, officials said on Thursday (March 3). The invitation by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Head of Catholic Church was extended by Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael – the only Christian minister in the current government – […]

India court grants bail to student in sedition row

AN Indian court on Wednesday (March 2) granted bail to a student leader whose arrest on a controversial sedition charge last month sparked major protests and a nationwide debate over free speech. Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on February 12 over a rally at Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at which anti-India slogans were chanted. […]

Indian media magnate charged with murder

ONE of India’s leading media magnates has been formally charged with murder over the death of his stepdaughter, an investigating officer said on Wednesday (February 17), the latest development in a case gripping the country. Peter Mukerjea, an ex-chief executive of media behemoth Star India, has also been charged with abduction, destruction of evidence and […]

“Minority roles models needed” in Met police

The lack of female role models from diverse communities within the Met police is hindering efforts to recruit Asian and black officers, Scotland Yard’s deputy commissioner has claimed. Over the past year, the proportion of minority officers working in the organisation has increased by just one per cent, and the figure stands at 12 per […]

Cancer Research UK head says Asians need to break the taboo

THE boss of the world’s largest independent cancer charity, who has just been knighted, believes Asian communities are hampering their survival chances by avoiding talking about the deadly disease. Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) – who was honoured with a knighthood for services to cancer research last week – told Eastern […]

Government says accepts Congress demands on GST bill

THE government said on Thursday (January 7) it agreed to accept demands set by the Congress party to back a landmark tax reform, raising hopes a political standoff that blocked the measure throughout last year might be resolved. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu also said the government was willing to bring forward the next parliament […]

Kashmir chief minister and Modi ally Sayeed dies

THE leader of Jammu and Kashmir and an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi died on Thursday (January 7), bringing political uncertainty to the disputed region at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 79, died of a respiratory infection after spending the last two weeks in hospital in New Delhi, […]

Labour leader, seeking party control, sacks dissenters

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has sacked his EU policy chief for disloyalty and moved his pro-nuclear defence spokeswoman to another job in an attempt to tighten control over his rebellious parliamentary party. Corbyn, a veteran left-wing activist, was overwhelmingly elected party leader last year after tapping into a desire for change among grass-roots party members, […]

Top court allows Gujarat police to file charge sheet against Hardik

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 5) allowed Gujarat police to file a charge sheet by Friday (January 8) in a trial court in a criminal case lodged against quota stir leader Hardik Patel for allegedly instigating Patel community to kill policemen and adopt violent means to “wage war against Gujarat government”. The apex court’s […]

Odd-even passed litmus test, says Delhi government

OVER 1,200 motorists were fined for flouting odd-even norms on Monday (January 4) – the first full-fledged working day after roll out of the scheme – leaving public transport packed to the capacity even as Delhi government claimed the vehicular restrictions passed the “litmus test”. Hundreds of personnel from traffic police and enforcement wing of […]