Birmingham activists want police to name officer sacked for racist comments

ANTI-RACISM activists in Birmingham have urged the West Midlands Police to name its officer who was sacked for making “racist and inappropriate comments” about some of his colleagues. An independent misconduct panel had given the officer “a final written warning” in September last year, but the force legally challenged the decision, resulting in another hearing […]

Keir Starmer warns of unemployment ‘we have not seen for many years’ due to Covid-19

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer has said that the Covid-19 pandemic had a disproportionate impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities as it has picked away at inequalities which were already there. He opined that the coming economic challenge will be ‘profound’, and warned of unemployment on a scale that has not ‘seen for many […]

Kunjlataben Patel, wife of prominent Gujarati entrepreneur VM Patel, passes away aged 78

THE wife of a prominent Gujarati entrepreneur passed away aged 78 on July 7, in Orlando, Florida.  Kunjlataben Patel, the widow of VM Patel, who founded Universal Mortgage. Her son Jayesh V Patel, who currently heads Universal Mortgage, said the funeral will he held on Saturday (11). Born in Vadodara, Gujarat, on March 23, 1942, […]

Counter-terrorism police arrest four men in east London and Leicestershire

FOUR men reportedly linked to extremist Islamist ideology were arrested on Thursday in London and central England on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. Armed officers arrested three men aged 17, 27 and 31 at two addresses in east London, while unarmed colleagues detained a 32-year-old man in the county of Leicestershire. Reports said people living […]

UK police watchdog launches probe into allegations of racial bias among officers

BRITAIN’s police watchdog has announced a review into whether the forces discriminate against ethnic minorities. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Friday (10) that the probe, to begin in the coming months, will initially look into the use of stop and search powers and the use of force. It comes amid growing […]

Former Uber driver jailed for life after plotting terror rampage at London tourist sites 

A FORMER Uber driver cleared of planning a terror attack at Buckingham Palace was on Thursday jailed for life after plotting a gun and knife rampage at London tourist sites. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was found guilty in February of planning to target popular attractions, including the annual Gay Pride march last year using a gun, knife […]

Met Police officer accused of conspiracy to steal cash

A serving Metropolitan Police officer is accused of joining a conspiracy to steal cash being handed between crime gangs. Kashif Mahmood, 31, from Harlow, Essex appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (8) along with four others. He is charged with conspiracy to acquire criminal property, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977. It was […]

UK to ‘tear up’ the earlier target to send 50 per cent of young people to university, embraces further education

UK education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that the government plans to ditch the earlier goal to have at least half of England’s young people going on to higher education. The target was introduced by Tony Blair in 1999. In a virtual speech hosted by the Social Market Foundation on Thursday (9), the education secretary […]

Rishi Sunak warns of significant recession and jobs crunch in UK

Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Thursday (9) reiterated his previous warnings that he would not be able to save every job and that the UK was headed towards a “significant recession” hit by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. A day after he tabled a mini-budget in Parliament, Sunak admitted that despite his £30 billion package of […]

Cipla chief offers clarity on Remdesivir supplies

By Amit Roy ONE of the best informed on drugs for coronavirus is Yusuf Hamied, chairman of the Indian pharma giant Cipla, who expresses concern that the numbers in­fected in India are “going up and up”. He says: “It has not yet peaked. Probably the peak will come in August, September.” And his prognosis? “I’m […]

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