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Sunak plans mandatory national service for youth

In one of his first major election pledge announcements on Sunday, prime minister Rishi Sunak said he will introduce a “bold new” form of mandatory National Service for young people if the Conservatives win another five-year term in the July 4 polls. The British-Indian leader said his plan would see…

Fire at Delhi hospital: Six babies dead

Six newborn babies have died after a fire tore through a children's hospital in the Indian capital, with people charging into the blaze to rescue the infants, police said Sunday. "All the 12 newborn babies were rescued from the hospital with the help of other people," senior police officer Surendra…

Payal Kapadia’s film wins Grand Prix award at Cannes

Payal Kapadia has scripted history by becoming the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film "All We Imagine as Light". The film bagged the award, the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d'Or, which went to American…

27 dead as fire rips through amusement park in India

Four young children were among 27 people killed when a fire in India ripped through a crowded amusement park, a top local official said Sunday, as rescuers scoured the site the morning after the blaze. Survivors reported having to kick down doors and leap out of windows to escape the…

Birthday Special: 5 films that prove Karan Johar is master…

As Bollywood's beloved filmmaker Karan Johar celebrates his birthday, it's the perfect time to revisit some of his most iconic love stories. Johar, who has been at the helm of Dharma Productions, has given us films filled with love, heartbreak, and the complexities of relationships. Here are five films that…

Paula Vennells ‘halted review’ that would have exposed Horizon scandal

FORMER Post Office boss Paula Vennells has faced scrutiny over her role in halting a review that could have shed light on the Horizon IT scandal more than a decade ago. Despite allegations that she played a part in suppressing information, Vennells denied any cover-up during her testimony at the…

Amit Shah: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir belongs to India and we will…

PAKISTAN-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and "we will take it", Indian home minister Amit Shah asserted on Saturday (25) as he castigated the Congress for trying to "frighten us" by saying that the neighbouring country possesses atom bombs. "The PoK hamara hai, hamara rahega aur hum ise…

Narinder Kaur describes ongoing trauma over ‘upskirt photo’

TV presenter Narinder Kaur has opened up about the distressing aftermath of actor turned Reclaim Party politician Laurence Fox's posting of an upskirt photograph of her on social media. Kaur expressed her anguish over the continuous bombardment of the image, describing the experience similar to being "assaulted every day." “[I’m…

India’s first Palme d’Or contender in 30 years emerges as…

One of the final few main Competition titles to premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Payal Kapadia’s All We Imagine as Light has instantly emerged as a frontrunner for the Palme d’Or. No Indian female director has ever competed for Cannes’ top prize nor has any filmmaker from the…

Anasuya Sengupta becomes first Indian to win Best Actress at…

In an unprecedented and momentous event, Anasuya Sengupta has become the first Indian actress to win the prestigious Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. This historic achievement was for her remarkable performance in The Shameless, a gripping film that competed in the Un Certain Regard section of the…

‘NASA to provide advanced training to Indian astronauts soon’

NASA is set to offer advanced training to Indian astronauts in preparation for a collaborative mission to the International Space Station, said a senior US diplomat. Eric Garcetti, the US Ambassador to India, disclosed this development during the "US-India Commercial Space Conference: Unlocking Opportunities for US & Indian Space Startups,"…

Five-year-old boy dies after falling from flat window in London

A five-year-old boy, Aalim Ahmed, died after falling from a kitchen window on the 15th floor of a tower block in east London, an inquest heard. Aalim, also known locally as Aalim Makail, fell and landed on a railing at the bottom of the residential block in Plaistow on May…

Michael Gove’s departure adds to Tory exodus before election

Michael Gove, a prominent member of Rishi Sunak's government, announced his resignation on Friday, becoming the highest profile Conservative lawmaker to leave parliament ahead of the July general election. Gove, who has held various ministerial roles including education, justice, and environment, is the 77th Tory MP to declare they will…

Kurdish authorities repatriate woman, children to Britain

KURDISH authorities in northeast Syria said they had handed over a woman and three children to British representatives for repatriation, with a source saying they had been held in a camp for jihadists' relatives. Five years after the Daesh (Islamic State group) was driven out of its last bastion in…

Ajay Banga open to managing G7 Loan for Ukraine

WORLD BANK president Ajay Banga said that he is "absolutely" open to the idea of managing aG7 loan fund for Ukraine backed by the earnings from frozen Russian sovereign assets - at least for non-military purposes. Banga, attending a meeting of G7 finance ministers who are hashing out the concept…

India votes in penultimate phase of elections amid heatwave

India proceeded to the penultimate phase of its general election on Saturday, with over 111 million people across 58 constituencies in eight states and federal territories eligible to vote. Despite sweltering conditions in New Delhi, voters turned out in force to participate in this pivotal stage of the election. Narendra…

Claudia Webbe to stand for re-election in Leicester East

LEICESTER EAST MP Claudia Webbe on Friday (24) said that she will stand for re-election as an independent candidate. “My independence means I’ll listen to local people and put them first. I’ll place people and planet over profit and vote for humanity and never against. I will work for justice…

Hyderabad beat Rajasthan to set up final with Kolkata

Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals by 36 runs on Friday, securing a spot in the IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders. Spinner Shahbaz Ahmed played a key role with three wickets. Heinrich Klaasen scored 50 off 34 balls to help Hyderabad reach 175-9. Their bowlers then limited Rajasthan to 139-7,…

Scotland central to our campaign, says Starmer

Electioneering is off to a flying start in Scotland after prime minister Rishi Sunak decided to go ahead with a snap general election on July 4. Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer reached Glasgow on Friday (24) and pledged to make Scotland "central to the mission" of a Labour government,…

Google plans to buy minority stake in India’s Flipkart

Google has proposed investing in Flipkart, the Walmart-controlled Indian online retailer. Flipkart said on Friday that the tech giant wants to acquire a minority stake during the company's new funding round. The round will be led by Walmart, Flipkart's biggest shareholder. "As part of the latest funding round led by…

Record number of Conservative MPs to stand down before election

Several Conservative MPs announced on Friday that they will not seek re-election in the upcoming UK general election, bringing the total to 75, a post-war record for the party. This surpasses the previous high of 72 MPs who stepped down before Tony Blair's 1997 Labour landslide, raising concerns about the…

Unveiling the Summer Skincare Survival Guide: Your Path to Radiant,…

As the sun's warmth beckons us outdoors, embracing the joys of summer, it's vital to remember that our skin requires special attention during these sun-kissed months. Increased sun exposure, higher temperatures, and humidity can wreak havoc on our skin if not correctly cared for. Fear not; armed with the proper…

GenAI adoption won’t lead to job losses: Infosys CEO

Infosys CEO Salil Parekh has said that Generative AI (GenAI) will not result in job losses at the company. He told CNBC-TV18 that Infosys was not looking at rightsizing, downsizing, or any kind of job cuts due to GenAI as has happened with others in the industry. Parekh said Infosys…

Post Office: Sushma Blaggan’s conviction overturned after 20-year battle

FORMER sub-postmistress Sushma Blaggan has had her conviction overturned this week after a 20-year fight for justice stemming from the Post Office Horizon scandal. Blaggan, 62, operated Dale Acre Post Office in Litherland, Merseyside, while her husband, Narrinder, 58, managed the connected retail shop. The couple encountered issues with the…

First post-election date poll: Labour leads Conservatives by 17 points

The Labour Party has a 17-point lead over prime minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party in the first poll since the July 4 election date was announced. The poll was conducted by More in Common, a member of the British Polling Council. The poll surveyed just over 2,000 people and showed…

Sunak ‘disappointed’ as smoking ban won’t become law

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election means his flagship smoking ban will not pass before the current parliamentary session is suspended on Friday (24). The Tory party leader had pledged to create a "smoke-free generation" by introducing a law preventing young people from ever being…

Significant progress on new loan for Pakistan: IMF

AN International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission and Pakistan have made significant progress towards reaching a staff-level agreement for an extended fund facility, the global lender said on Friday. The IMF has opened discussions with Pakistan on a new loan programme after Islamabad last month completed a short-term $3 billion (£2.36bn)…

Arti, rickshaw driver from Indian village, wins UK’s royal award

An 18-year-old rickshaw driver from a village in India met King Charles at Buckingham Palace after receiving a prestigious women's empowerment award in London this week. Arti, from Bahraich district in India's Uttar Pradesh state, was awarded the Amal Clooney Women's Empowerment Award at the Prince's Trust Awards in London.…

British Indian is Pakistan football team’s new assistant coach

Trishan Patel, a British Indian, has joined the Pakistan football squad in Islamabad as an assistant coach and performance analyst. The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) announced that Patel, a UEFA A-level coach, had previously provided online coaching to the Pakistan team. "He will be assisting head coach Stephen Constantine in…

UK tightens student visa rules, but Graduate Route remains unchanged

The Graduate Route scheme, favoured by Indian students for post-study work, will remain unaffected for now. The government announced on Thursday that the scheme will be kept “under review” as it introduced proposals to tighten student visas to prevent them from being used as a “gateway to immigration”. These measures…

Buxton business fined for selling knives and vapes to under-18

A business has been fined £6,000 for acknowledging the sale of knives and a vape to underaged people. Buxton Bargains, situated on Spring Gardens in Buxton, had vape machines that were not in accordance with UK laws, revealed Derbyshire county council. Maryam Rahman, the director of Buxton Mega Pound Store…

Hyderabad take on Rajasthan for a spot in IPL final

IPL's top power-hitters Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma will face a different challenge against spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin when Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the second Qualifier on Friday. The duo, nicknamed 'Travishek' by fans, have excelled in power-hitting this season. Head (533…

Singapore Airlines turbulence: 22 suffer spinal cord injuries

Twenty-two passengers from a Singapore Airlines flight that was hit by severe turbulence on Tuesday have spinal cord injuries and six others, including a two-year-old child, have brain and skull injuries, according to media reports on Friday. Geoffrey Kitchen, a 73-year-old British passenger, died likely due to a heart attack…

Sunak’s snap poll move puts trade pact with India on…

The prospect of an India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) has been kicked into the long grass after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak surprised many this week with a snap summer poll on July 4, exactly a month after India's election results on June 4. While political analysts and strategic experts…

Brin Pirathapan wins BBC MasterChef 2024

The MasterChef 2024 champion has been announced after eight weeks of increasingly tough challenges. Veterinary surgeon, Brin Pirathapan, has won the 20th series with dishes that included octopus and venison. Pirathapan, who grew up in Chelmsford, Essex, and now lives in Bristol, beat his fellow finalists at French fine dining…

Post Office scandal victims sceptical of Vennells’ apology

FORMER Post Office boss Paula Vennells' appearance at the Horizon IT inquiry sparked mixed emotions among those impacted by the scandal, reported The Daily Mirror. One of the Asian victims, Seema Misra, a former sub-postmistress, expressed frustration, saying that Vennells' tears did little to alleviate the suffering of those affected.…

Farage won’t stand in election, Corbyn set to run against…

Reform UK founder and leading Brexit campaigner, Nigel Farage, announced on Thursday that he will not stand in the upcoming UK general election after months of speculation about his potential run. "I will do my bit to help in the campaign, but it is not the right time for me…

Politicians urged not to target Muslims for electoral gains

With Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calling for the general election on July 4 and political parties wooing the electorate, a prominent organisation for UK Muslims has urged political leaders not to use minorities as a “punching bag” to score points during campaigns. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is calling…

Google teams up with Foxconn to manufacture Pixel phones in…

Google is planning to manufacture its Pixel smartphones in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu through a collaboration with Taiwan's Foxconn, as revealed by two sources with direct knowledge of the matter to Reuters on Thursday. "It will be producing the latest models of its smartphones in the state...…

From Zika to West Nile: Understanding Emerging Threats and Innovations…

In recent years, the emergence and spread of vector-borne diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, such as Zika virus and West Nile virus, have highlighted the importance of effective pest and mosquito control strategies. As these diseases continue to pose significant threats to public health and well-being, researchers, policymakers, and pest management…

Beyond Clean: The Hidden Benefits of Regular Commercial Window Maintenance

Windows are often considered a building's eyes, offering a glimpse into its soul and character. Yet, beyond their aesthetic appeal, windows are vital in commercial spaces, influencing everything from energy efficiency to employee productivity. While many businesses prioritize routine maintenance for their interiors, the significance of regular commercial front window…

When to Seek Dermatological Care: Signs It’s Time to Consult…

Introduction In the fast-paced world we live in, our skin often bears the brunt of environmental, lifestyle, and health-related factors, which can manifest in various ways. Understanding when to address these issues with a professional can make a significant difference to your health and well-being. This blog explores the key…

7 top tips to stay fit and healthy in 2024

With overwhelming stress and responsibilities, people often put their health in the backseat. However, if you want to live long and avoid contracting ailments as you age, you must prioritize fitness. And no, it doesn’t imply you have to start a crash diet. Instead, good health and fitness needs a…

Exploring the Enchanting World of a Weeklong Catamaran Adventure

Embarking on a week-long catamaran charter from Goa, India, offers a unique opportunity to explore the diverse and picturesque coastline of the Arabian Sea. With its blend of pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and historical significance, the Goan coastline and its neighboring regions provide an array of exciting destinations. A week-long…

Labour readmits Tanweer Khan in Redbridge

REDBRIDGE councillor Tanweer Khan has rejoined the Labour party after a month-long suspension over allegations he made antisemitic remarks. Khan had sat as an independent councillor since March while an internal investigation was carried out by Redbridge Labour. The allegations related to posts on the social media app Labayk, a…

Dinesh Karthik retires from IPL and international cricket

Dinesh Karthik's international career was shaped by the emergence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but on Wednesday, he announced his retirement at the end of his team's IPL campaign, leaving a lasting mark over the past 17 years. The Eliminator between his Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Rajasthan Royals was Karthik's final…

Children in UK among the most inactive: WHO

A World Health Organisation (WHO) study covering 44 countries has said that children in England and Wales are among the most inactive in the world. The survey studied children aged 11, 13 and 15 living in Europe, Central Asia and Canada and found that those from England, Wales and Scotland…

Key issues in Britain as country goes to elections on…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has called for a national election on 4 July, ending 14 years of Conservative Party rule. Voters are expected to decide on key issues including the economy, healthcare, immigration, and climate policy as they choose the next government. High inflation, a struggling NHS, immigration concerns, and…

India has potential to compete with China: Infosys co-founder

INFOSYS co-founder N R Narayana Murthy feels India has the potential to catch up and even surpass China’s economy in the future if it follows a three-point growth formula. In an interview with Economic Times, Murthy said India should focus on creating a favourable business environment for entrepreneurs, increasing the…

Adani Group market cap hits £157.48 billion amid coal scam…

Adani Group's market capitalisation reached £157.48 billion (£1.49 billion) on Wednesday as its listed firms gained £106.62 million. This follows the company's denial of any wrongdoing in supplying coal to a Tamil Nadu power company. With the £106.62 million gain on Wednesday, the conglomerate has increased its market capitalisation by…

Man dies after friends ‘force’ him to drink two bottles…

A 35-year-old Asian-origin man died after being 'forced' to drink two bottles of liqour for losing a game of cards, on the eve of his sister's wedding, an inquest at Bradford Coroners' Court heard. The incident happened three years ago in Bradford, Daily Mail reports. Umar Aziz was allegedly made…

Migration drops to 685,000 in 2023 from record high

ANNUAL net migration to Britain fell to 685,000 last year, from a record high of 764,000 in 2022, but officials said it was too early to declare a downward trend in what will be a major battleground in Britain's July 4 election. Sunak, who surprised the nation on Wednesday (22)…

India, Bangladesh probe suspected murder of lawmaker

INDIAN police are working with detectives from neighbouring Bangladesh to investigate the suspected murder of a lawmaker from Bangladesh's ruling party, police officials said Thursday (23). Mohammad Anwarul Azim, a member of Bangladesh's Awami League party, disappeared in Kolkata this month while seeking medical treatment in the Indian city, according…

‘US to send Indian astronaut to International Space Station by…

The United States will send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) by the end of the year, US envoy to India Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday. He also mentioned that the NISAR project, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and ISRO, is expected to launch by the…

Pannun case: Indian man’s extradition appeal rejected by Czech court

THE Czech Constitutional Court has rejected a petition by Indian national Nikhil Gupta, detained in a prison in Prague, against his extradition to the US to face murder-for-hire charges in an alleged assassination attempt on a Khalistani extremist on American soil. Gupta, 52, was charged by US federal prosecutors in…

Leicester textile company directors jailed for £1.3 million tax fraud

Hifzurrehman and Ehsan-Ul-Haque Patel, directors of a Leicester textile company, have been jailed for setting up fake sub-contractors to evade £1.3 million in tax. Their company, Midlands Trading Ltd, produced clothes for brands like Boohoo, Primark, and New Look. They used fake invoices from non-existent companies to avoid paying VAT…

Rajasthan beat Bengaluru by 4 wickets to face Hyderabad in…

Virat Kohli faced disappointment as Royal Challengers Bengaluru were eliminated from the IPL after losing by four wickets to Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Rajasthan held Bengaluru to 172-8, a target they reached with six balls remaining in the play-off at the world's largest cricket stadium. Bengaluru and Kohli…

I will vote for Trump, says Nikki Haley

Indian-American former presidential hopeful Nikki Haley has said that she will vote for her ex-opponent and boss Donald Trump in the November US election, breaking her silence on the matter since exiting the Republican presidential primary more than two months ago. Haley, 52, however, stopped short of an official endorsement.…

Sunak, Starmer begin election campaigns

UK political parties began jostling for position on Thursday, setting out their electoral battle plans after embattled Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election for July 4. Sunak ended months of speculation about the date of the vote in a rain-soaked speech Wednesday outside Downing Street, which some took…

Studies link stroke with extreme temperatures, night-time heat

Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, are associated with increased risks of death from stroke, with the link being stronger in low-income countries than high-income ones, new research has found. The study, led by Harvard University, analysed deaths due to stroke reported between 1979 and 2019 across 522 cities in…

Santosh Sivan to receive Pierre Angénieux tribute at Cannes

Renowned Indian cinematographer Santosh Sivan is to be recognized with the prestigious Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography honour at the Cannes Film Festival 2024. This accolade marks a significant moment for Sivan as he will become the first Asian to receive this honour, which celebrates outstanding contributions to the field…

Shah Rukh hospitalised in Ahmedabad after heat stroke

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad on Wednesday after suffering from a heat stroke, police said. He was admitted to multi-speciality K D Hospital, they said. Khan was in Ahmedabad on Tuesday to attend an Indian Premier League (IPL) match of his Kolkata Knight…

Record dividend from its central bank might trim India’s fiscal…

India's central bank has approved a record surplus transfer of £19.98 billion to the government for the fiscal year that ended in March, exceeding both analysts' and government projections. The government's interim budget estimates for the fiscal year 2024/25 anticipated a dividend of £9.61 billion from the Reserve Bank of…

What happens in a UK national election?

THE country will hold a national election on July 4 which opinion polls indicate will end 14 years of Tory-led government, spanning one of the most turbulent periods in the country's modern political history. HOW DOES THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM WORK? The country is split into 650 constituencies. In each constituency,…

Sunak calls election for July 4

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak called a national election on Wednesday (22), naming July 4 as the date for a vote his governing Tories are widely expected to lose to the opposition Labour party after 14 years in power. Ending months of speculation as to when he would call a new…

Vennells: I was ‘too trusting’ but I did ask questions

FORMER British Post Office boss Paula Vennells sobbed on Wednesday (22) after telling a public inquiry the wrongful conviction of hundreds of postmasters had been caused by errors not conspiracy, and if anything she had been "too trusting" of others. More than 700 local post office branch managers, who were…

Shuttlers Rankireddy and Shetty beat Yang and Yi of China

STAR India players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty last Sunday (19) won the Thailand Open Super 500 badminton tournament with a straight-game win over Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi of China.  Rankireddy and Shetty, the world No. 3 pair, prevailed 21-15, 21-15 over Yang and Yi, ranked 29th, for…

Lamichhane cleared to play after rape case quashed

FORMER Nepali cricket captain Sandeep Lamichhane had his conviction and eight-year sentence for rape dismissed on appeal last Wednesday (15) and was cleared to resume his sporting career despite the cloud cast by the case.   Lamichhane was accused of raping a young woman in a Kathmandu hotel in 2022 but…

Contaminated blood scandal survivor hails report

AFTER Judge Brian Langstaff's report on the decades-long contaminated blood scandal became public, the survivors felt vindicated but wanted the government to take prompt action. Around 3,000 people died and more than 30,000 people, including children, were infected with viruses such as HIV and hepatitis after being given tainted blood…

The world is within you

FIRST, I have a question for David: Have you ever studied someone who has observed himself or herself from outside?  And to Sadhguru – are there techniques to achieve that level of human intelligence that you can observe yourself from outside? David Eagleman: It depends what exactly you mean by…

Telford child sex offender sentenced to 12 more years

A Telford paedophile was handed a 12-year prison sentence for offences relating to child sexual exploitation. Murabek Ali, of HMP Hewell, was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday (20)for crimes he carried out between 2004 and 2008 against a girl who was 14-years old at the time. The 40-year-old…

Anisa Butt: Portraying a role that resonates with reality

ANISA BUTT has shown off her impressive range as a performer across theatre, film, TV and spoken word.   The versatile actress is looking forward to taking on the lead role in new theatre play Permission, which premieres at The Space Theatre in London next Tuesday (28). The feminist story…

No charges yet in 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that killed…

Criminal charges related to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, which killed 72 people, remain years away. British police and prosecutors stated on Wednesday that 58 individuals and 19 firms and organisations are under investigation. The fire, Britain's deadliest in a residential building since World War Two, sparked national…

Asian GP becomes Newcastle’s first Tory winner in 32 years

RETIRED GP Doc Anand made history this month as he claimed the Tories’ first election victory in the city since 1992, defeating the Liberal Democrats to win a seat in Gosforth. Breaking their 32-year duck in Newcastle was a rare election night highlight for the Tories, as Rishi Sunak’s party…

Tamil families wait for justice as Sri Lanka war anniversary…

SRI LANKA’S minority Tamil community marked 15 years since the end of the country’s civil war last Saturday (18) in an emotional ceremony that proceeded despite fears authorities would prevent its staging. Public events celebrating the Tamil Tigers separatist group, which fought a no-holds-barred battle to establish an ethnic minority…

Photos at ‘Fragile Beauty’ exhibition capture modern history

SIR ELTON JOHN and David Furnish have a collection of 7,000 photographs, out of which the V&A has selected 300 for an exhibition called Fragile Beauty.   The work of 140 photographers is represented, split into sections such as Fashion; Stars of Stage, Screen and Studio; Reportage; the American Scene;…

Pakistan girls’ school bombed amid threats

A VACANT girls’ school in Pakistan was partially damaged in a bomb explosion after militant groups demanded extortion money, officials said last Friday (17). It is the second attack on a girls’ school in just over a week, both located in the former tribal areas close to the border with…

Citigroup fined £61m for system breach

UK regulators fined Citigroup £61.6 million for controls failings in its trading operations, one of the biggest sanctions for systems breaches, which in one case saw the Wall Street firm cause a sudden fall in European stocks. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the markets watchdog,…

Daniel Radcliffe looks forward to new ‘Harry Potter’ adaptation, but…

Actor Daniel Radcliffe, famously known for his portrayal of the iconic wizard Harry Potter, has expressed his anticipation for the upcoming Harry Potter series being developed at Max. While attending the Drama League Awards, Radcliffe shared his excitement about the new project but remained tight-lipped regarding any potential cameo. In…

Will limit new laws for landowners if elected first minister:…

Anas Sarwar has promised to halt the influx of new laws affecting landowners if he becomes first minister, aiming to reset the relationship between landowners and the Scottish Government. Speaking at the Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) annual conference, the Scottish Labour leader criticised the SNP's approach of continually introducing…

Reliance ties up with Norway’s Nel to produce green hydrogen

INDIA’S Reliance Industries has signed an agreement with Norway’s Nel ASA to help generate green hydrogen as part of billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s pivot toward green energy. The agreement with Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, a fully owned subsidiary of Oslo-based Nel ASA, “provides Reliance with an exclusive license for Nel’s alkaline…

Mysore filmmaker bows in Cannes with Kannada folk tale

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) student Chidananda S Naik’s 16-minute short fiction film, Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know..., premiered at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday afternoon. The Kannada-language film, based on a folk tale about an old woman whose theft of a rooster plunges…

Magnificent Mollywood: Malayalam cinema has its best year

WITH all the attention being on the constant barrage of catastrophic Bollywood failures, along with big-budget Tamil and Telugu blockbusters, it has gone relatively unnoticed as to how much of a stunning 2024 Malayalam cinema is having.   The first five months of the year have been filled with some…

‘Hamlet’: From cast to plot, everything we know about Riz…

Riz Ahmed, the multi-talented actor and rapper who won an Academy Award for The Long Goodbye, is set to take on one of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles in an upcoming film adaptation of Hamlet. Directed by Aneil Karia, Hamlet promises to bring a fresh and contemporary perspective to the classic…

UK faces £4.7bn bill for delayed post-Brexit border measures

THE British government estimates it will spend at least £4.7 billion on implementing post-Brexit border arrangements after repeated delays in setting new rules, parliament’s spending watchdog said on Monday (20). Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, but the scale of the task to untangle supply chains and…

AR Rahman says his mom wrapped Oscars, Grammys in towel:…

Multiple award-winning music composer AR Rahman, who has two Oscars to his name, was recently asked where he keeps all his awards, and he shared that his mother would keep his international awards wrapped in a towel. In a conversation with Film Companion, the composer shared that his late mother,…

NHS expands ‘soup & shake’ diet plan to combat diabetes

MORE than 10,000 more people living with type 2 diabetes and obesity in England, many of them of south Asian heritage, are to be offered the NHS’s “soup and shake” diet plan to help them lose weight. The radical NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme is being rolled…

Movies and milestones of Karan Johar

A PROLIFIC cinema journey has turned Karan Johar into one of the most influential Bollywood filmmakers of this generation.   The producer, director and writer has also carved out a thriving career on TV as a judge and successful talk show host. The creative talent affectionately known as K-Jo turns…

Woman dies in attack by her XL bully dogs

A woman was killed by her American XL bully dogs at her house in east London. She has been identified as Angeline Mahal, aged around 50. She was attacked by her two dogs at the semi-detached home in Cornwall Close in Hornchurch on Monday aftenoon. Mahal's two sons found her…

Chelsea show offers sustainable solutions for a changing world

THIS year’s Chelsea Flower Show from May 20-25 had a great deal to interest British Asian visitors, ranging from the WaterAid Garden to a stall dealing for the first time with Indian orchids. King Charles, who toured Chelsea on Monday (20) with Queen Camilla, would have taken note of all…

Former lover takes legal action against Boohoo co-founder

ONE of the co-founders of Boohoo is facing a £20 million lawsuit from a former associate with whom he had a 'romantic affair' for two years. After stepping down as a Boohoo director in 2017, Jalal Kamani, 64, recruited Leanne Holmes, 41, to launch his new enterprise, I Saw It…

India among embassies owing millions in London congestion charge

Transport for London (TfL) is actively pursuing several foreign embassies, including the High Commission of India in London, for not paying the city's congestion charge spanning two decades. The congestion charge, a daily £15 fee for vehicles within central London, is part of the city's measures to combat pollution. According…

Chitra Soundar: Magic of the wonder years

BEING a voracious reader from a young age and growing up in a family of storytellers first connected Chitra Soundar to writing. This led her towards making up stories as a young child and being part of comedy plays directed by her improv dramatist mother during summer holidays.  Being able…

England community pharmacies grapple with medicine shortages

THE latest drug shortage crisis is part of a “perfect storm” that could lead to the collapse of the sector, community pharmacists have told Eastern Eye. A report released by Community Pharmacy England (CPE) found that pharmacies across England are grappling with medicine supply challenges and warned that this poses…

Black Banx: Shaping the Future of Digital Wallets and Fintech…

Since the start of the millennium, and especially in the last handful of years, digital wallets have emerged as pivotal elements in transforming how people manage money daily. Over the past few years, advances in digital wallets have revolutionized the financial sector, making transactions more accessible, quicker, and secure. At…

Asians in the media back Sangita Myska

I BEGIN by saying I enjoy listening to LBC, especially Iain Dale, except on the subject of Israel, on which he tends to be uncharacteristically intemperate. But LBC ought to be aware its reputation is being shredded as a broadcaster which welcomes contrasting points of view over the manner in…

Heart, healing and yoga

YOGA is an all-round practice, which works on many different layers of our being including the body, mind, heart and soul.   So why and how is yoga so good for these four parts of our being?   Strength: Yoga postures, also known as asanas in Sanskrit, such as downward facing…

Majority of Scots now identify as non-religious

A majority of people in Scotland now say they have no religion, according to details of the latest census published on Tuesday (21), in a first for any UK nation. The National Records of Scotland said more than half (51.1 per cent) of respondents in the 2022 census stated they…

Sbba Siddique: Finding strength and courage in dark times

LIFE was going great for Sbba Siddique until her world turned upside down in March 2022.  The devoted mother of three, wife, and host of a popular radio show was 53 years old when she received an ovarian cancer diagnosis. After surgeries and chemotherapy, she received an all clear and…

Migrant graduates to face annual English tests to stay in…

Migrant graduates on the Graduate Route visa in the UK may soon face annual English tests under a new proposal by the government. This scheme permits international students to work in the UK for two years post-graduation. Pending Cabinet approval, this policy aims to bolster the Graduate Route's criteria. Institutions…

New stage version of novel remains relevant

THE theatre adaptation of Hanif Kureshi's My Beautiful Launderette has shown that many of the writer’s themes still resonate today. That is perhaps why his acclaimed 1990 debut novel The Buddha of Suburbia has returned for another stage adaptation at Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The…

Sharp rise in diabetes among people under 40, says report

With two in three adults overweight in the UK, there has been a 39 per cent rise in the number of people under 40 being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the last six years, according to media reports. The new figures from Diabetes UK show that cases of type…

Actors, authors, academics and artists win big at annual ACTAs

SOME of the brightest talents from the British Asian community were recognised for their achievements in the arts at the annual Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs) at the Mayfair Hotel in central London last Friday (17). One of Britain’s most accomplished and versatile artists, Osman Yousefzada, won…

Amina Khayyam: Tackling taboos through dance

WHETHER it is tackling taboos, finding new ways of telling stories or breaking existing rules, Amina Khayyam has always found innovative ways to present live dance performances.  Her leading dance company will present acclaimed shows You&Me and Bird in a Kathak double bill at The Place in London on June…

ACTA awards 2024: ‘We must tell Asian stories’

TRAILBLAZING playwright Tanika Gupta believes there is an “invisibility cloak around British Asians” on getting community stories commissioned in the arts. In a career spanning more than three decades, Gupta has written award-winning plays such as The Waiting Room and Sanctuary at the National Theatre, The Empress at the Royal…

Matthew Perry’s death being investigated over acute ketamine effects

Friends actor Matthew Perry's death is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) more than six months after he was found unresponsive at his residence in October 2023. According to the authorities, the actor's death was attributed to acute ketamine effects. Perry died on…

Who is Paula Vennells?

FORMER Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells, who headed the Post Office from 2012 to 2019, apologised for the wrongful convictions of postmasters on Wednesday (22) during a public inquiry into the Horizon scandal. Hundreds of postmasters, who ran community post offices, were convicted after a faulty IT system from…

Accused of killing Nijjar, four Indians appear before Canadian court

Four Indian nationals accused of killing Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year in Surrey appeared before a Canadian court for the first time. The court ordered them to have no contact with several people in the community. Three of the suspects—Karan Brar (22), Kamalpreet Singh (22), and Karanpreet Singh…

Orchestral Qawwali Project: Finding the soul of Sufi music

PERHAPS the most path-breaking British Asian music act of recent years has been the brilliant Orchestral Qawwali Project. The culturally rich group, combining Sufi poetry with grand orchestral arrangements and a music rooted in centuries old tradition, have drawn in cross-cultural audiences of all ages with their performances.   A giant…

‘Post Office inquiry is ignoring racism’

WATCHING the human impact section of the Post Office Inquiry, I wept as soon as the subpostmasters opened their mouths to tell their stories. They look so disturbed. Their bodies and faces, years on, showing the physical effects of injustice and trauma. The inquiry seems to be in excellent hands.…

Greek court drops charges in migrant shipwreck case

A GREEK court on Tuesday (21) threw out charges against nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants off Greece last year, ruling it had no jurisdiction over the case as the disaster was in international waters.  Up to 700 migrants from Pakistan, Syria and…

‘Music transcends boundaries’: Pitbull on ‘Bridgerton 3’ song feature

Miami-born rapper Pitbull expressed his delight regarding the use of his song in the romantic carriage scene in the latest season of the Netflix hit series Bridgerton. The scene, which featured an instrumental rendition of Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything,' showcased the romantic scene between characters Colin and Penelope. In a…

A time to reflect on Buddhist ideals

AROUND 40 years ago, under the shadow of nuclear war, a Japanese Buddhist order gifted Londoners a Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park to promote world harmony. Built by monks, nuns, and volunteers, this shrine to world peace, overlooking the Thames, became an instant talking point. Britain has been home to…

Starc leads Kolkata to IPL final with big win over…

Mitchell Starc took three early wickets to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach the IPL final with an eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Kolkata, two-time champions, bowled out Hyderabad for 159 as Starc recorded figures of 3-34 in the first playoff, qualifier 1, at the world's largest…

Colombo reports deaths of 16 mercenaries in Ukraine war

AT LEAST 16 Sri Lankan mercenaries have been killed fighting in the war between Russia and Ukraine, the island’s deputy defence minister said last Wednesday (15).  Thousands of Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the invasion began more than two years ago, and Moscow has been on a…

Passengers land in Singapore after deadly turbulence

Rattled travellers and crew landed in Singapore on Wednesday after a terrifying high-altitude plunge on a flight from London during which an elderly British passenger, identified as Geoffrey Kitchen (73), died and more than 80 were injured. Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 hit "sudden extreme turbulence" over Myanmar 10 hours into…

Manisha Koirala meets Rishi Sunak

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala met Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at his residence to celebrate 100 years of United Kingdom-Nepal's friendship treaty. The Heeramandi star took to her Instagram to share a series of photographs from the celebrations at Sunak's official residence 10 Downing Street in London. "It was an honour…

Inflation slows to near three-year low

BRITAIN'S annual inflation rate dropped to a near three-year low in April as energy prices cooled further, official data showed Wednesday, easing a cost-of-living crunch and stoking rate cut expectations. The Consumer Prices Index slowed to 2.3 per cent from 3.2 per cent in March, the Office for National Statistics…

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Nadia Fall named new artistic director of Young Vic Theatre

The Young Vic Theatre has appointed Nadia Fall as its new Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive. She will join the organisation in January 2025, succeeding current artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who announced in February that he was stepping down. Nadia, who is currently the Artistic Director of Stratford East,…

Brighton and Hove gets first south Asian Muslim mayor

BRIGHTON and Hove has its first South Asian Muslim mayor after councillors unanimously elected councillor Mohammed Asaduzzaman to the largely ceremonial role. Traditionally, mayors take up the chains of office after many years of service on Brighton and Hove city council – not least as they are required to chair…

India elections: Polling station set up for remote Himalayan family

In a remote Himalayan village, a family of five participated in India's election at their own polling station after officials undertook a seven-hour journey and secured a power connection from the military for the occasion. The officials embarked on a 180-kilometre trip from Leh, the capital city of Ladakh, on…

London-Singapore flight hit by turbulence, one dead

A 73-year-old British man died and more than 30 others were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore was hit by severe turbulence near Thailand on Tuesday. The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft was diverted to Bangkok, where it made an emergency landing at 15:45 local time. Passengers said…

Sadiq Khan joins police patrols, vows to fight crime

Sadiq Khan joined Met officers on patrol in Westminster today to see how targeted policing is reducing robbery and theft in the West End. This effort is part of the New Met for London plan to improve frontline policing and rebuild public trust. The London mayor observed officers using data…

Cannes entries ‘All We Imagine as Light’ and ‘Santosh’ find…

All We Imagine as Light, Payal Kapadia's competition entry for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, has found a distributor for its release in North America. According to American news outlet Variety, two companies -- Sideshow and Janus Films -- have jointly acquired the North American (US and Canada) rights to…

Sir Keir Starmer whips up tandoori salmon on TV cookery…

Sir Keir Starmer appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and prepared a tandoori salmon meal on the cookery programme. The Labour leader was in the Channel 4 studio with Tim Lovejoy and former BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Simon Rimmer on Sunday May 19. Starmer repeatedly told the audience that…

Universities, Indian students urge Sunak to keep the post-study visa

Universities and Indian students group have urged prime minister Rishi Sunak to retain the country's post-study visa offer. This visa, primarily utilised by Indian graduates, allows them to gain work experience for about two years after their degree. Reports indicate that Sunak may restrict or end the Graduate Route to…

30 flamingos die after being hit by aircraft in Mumbai

A PASSENGER airplane arriving in Mumbai flew through a flock of flamingos, killing at least 30, before landing at the airport on Monday night. So far, carcasses of 32 flamingos have been recovered from the Ghatkopar area, a police official said. Pawan Sharma, from the Mumbai-based Resqink Association for Wildlife…

Birthday Special: 10 must-watch films starring Mohanlal

Mohanlal, often hailed as one of the best actors in Malayalam cinema, boasts an illustrious career spanning over four decades with numerous iconic roles. As the superstar turns 64 today, we celebrate his storied career by highlighting ten of his most iconic films. Each of these movies showcases his versatility…

Doctor faces inquiry for circumcising boy without adequate consent

AN Asian-origin doctor based in Nottingham, who was previously suspended for circumcising a baby without his mother’s consent, will again face inquiry after he circumcised a boy without his father’s agreement. The General Medical Council (GMC) will launch a new inquiry into the procedure carried out by Balvinder Mehat, of…

Comment: Sunak’s numbers challenge may soon pass to Starmer

There are probably still six months to go before the general election – but this Thursday’s (23) statistics from the Office of National Statistics are likely to be the final net migration scores of this parliament. They are likely again to show net migration over double the level that it…

Indian seafarers the most abandoned worldwide, shows data

Indian seafarers hold the unfortunate distinction of being the most abandoned nationality, according to figures released by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). So far this year, 411 cases of Indian seafarers being abandoned have been recorded, surpassing last year's total of 401. The ITF aims to highlight the dire…

‘Girls Will Be Girls’ to be screened under Cannes Ecrans…

Girls Will Be Girls, the debut production of actor couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, will be screened under the Cannes Écrans Juniors at the 2024 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The sidebar section is a selection of eight international films that present a particular interest to young people…

‘I didn’t think of ‘Fire’ as a queer film then’:…

Deepa Mehta’s film Fire, released in 1996, is a seminal work in Indian cinema and a landmark for the LGBTQ community. As one of the first mainstream Indian films to depict a romantic relationship between two women, Fire challenged societal norms and sparked significant controversy and dialogue about sexuality and…

Teenagers jailed for life for Luton double stabbing

A teenager who used a relative’s ID to purchase nearly 80 knives online before stabbing a man to death has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge o Monday (20) lifted reporting restrictions to allow 17-year-old Rayis Nibeel to be named alongside 18-year-old Umer Choudhury for the murder of…

Yorkshire must seek private funding to survive, says chairman

Colin Graves, the chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, has said that the club must transition to a private structure to ensure its survival. Graves, who resumed his position at the club earlier this year amidst financial challenges, issued a statement on the club's website revealing that Yorkshire incurred a…

Schools in Delhi shut amid heatwave

Indian authorities in the capital have ordered schools shut early for the summer holiday, after temperatures hit 47.4 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) with Delhi gripped by a "severe heatwave". Delhi city officials asked schools to shut with "immediate effect" due to the blistering heat, according to a government order…

Imtiyaz Shaikh sworn in as Swindon’s first Indian mayor

SWINDON has its first mayor of Indian, and Goan, heritage. The Labour member for Eastcott, Councillor Imtiyaz Shaikh, who was first elected in 2018, took up the chains of office at the borough council’s formal annual meeting in front of a chamber packed not only with councillors and local and…

Shein approaches Sajid Javid ahead of London listing: Report

AS online fashion giant Shein finalises its plans for an initial public offering at London Stock Exchange (LSE), it has approached former chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid to take up a role in the company, Sky News reports. Apart from Javid, some other senior city figures have also held…

Mohanlal turns 64; fans, colleagues extend wishes

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal turned 64 on Tuesday, with fans and movie colleagues flooding social media with heartfelt greetings for their favorite actor. Diehard fans shared pictures of the Drishyam actor on their social media accounts, adding touching captions to wish their beloved "Lalettan". Superstar Mammootty is one of his industry…

Over 60 per cent voter turnout in fifth phase of…

On Monday, over 60 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 49 constituencies across six states and two Union territories during the fifth phase of India’s elections. Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest-ever voting percentage. Scattered incidents of violence occurred in West Bengal, with electronic voting machine (EVM)…

Sikkim’s ‘Tara, The Lost Star’ shines at Cannes 2024

The 77th Cannes International Film Festival witnessed a cinematic marvel hailing from the serene landscapes of Sikkim as the much-awaited film Tara, The Lost Star, debuted at the prestigious event on May 20. This marks a historic moment for Sikkim, as its first-ever entry into the Cannes arena captivated audiences…

Asda reports revenue increase in first quarter

ASDA, owned by Blackburn’s billionaire Issa brothers, saw its total revenues, excluding fuel, increase by 6.6 per cent to £5.3 billion in the first three months of this year. Its like-for-like sales were up by 1.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2024. Its George children’s wear kidswear and…

AR Rahman set to perform in Malaysia

Music maestro AR Rahman is set to enthrall the audience of Malaysia with his concert. He will perform at the iconic National Stadium Bukit Jalil on July 27, 2024, read a statement from BookMyShow. The concert is being organised by Star Planet, Malaysia's premier entertainment company. Meanwhile, Rahman recently attended…

Two pharmacists sentenced to two years for illegal drugs supply

SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT last Thursday (16) sentenced two pharmacists to two years imprisonment each, suspended for 24 months, after they were found guilty of selling ‘industrial’ quantities of Class C controlled drugs. Mandip Sidhu (47) of Littleover, Derby and Nabeil Nasr (42) of Cheadle, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty at an…

Gaza war: British Asian prosecutor in limelight

THE British Asian lawyer and prosecutor who helped end a US policy against the International Criminal Court on Monday (20) requested an arrest warrant for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, putting his office back on a collision course with Washington. Karim Khan, who became chief prosecutor of the world's first…

Trust, customers’ respect essential for firms: Narayana Murthy

Infosys founder Narayana Murthy has stressed the critical importance of businesses earning the trust and respect of their customers to thrive and generate profits. During his five-day visit to Vietnam, the IT industry veteran engaged in a chat with Vietnamese IT firm FPT's chairman Truong Gia Binh on a variety…

Man City secure historic fourth Premier League title in a…

Manchester City made history on Sunday, defeating West Ham 3-1 to secure their fourth consecutive Premier League title, and ending Arsenal's hopes. Jurgen Klopp also marked an emotional exit from Liverpool. Phil Foden scored two early goals at Etihad, including one just 79 seconds into the match, setting the stage…

Kolkata take on Hyderabad for a spot in final

The two highest-priced players in the IPL, Australia's Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, will face off on Tuesday for a spot in the final as the Twenty20 league enters the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Cummins was bought for £1.97 million at auction, but Kolkata Knight Riders paid £2.35 million for…

Contaminated blood scandal: Sunak offers apology to victims

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak has apologised to thousands of people infected with contaminated blood in a decades-long scandal that a damning report concluded was covered up and largely could have been avoided. More than 30,000 people were infected with viruses such as HIV and hepatitis after being given the tainted…

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Nestled within the vibrant streets of Los Angeles, North Hollywood stands out as a culinary gem, offering an eclectic mix of dining experiences that cater to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. From beloved classics to hidden gems waiting to be discovered, here's a closer look at some of…

Iran president Raisi’s death shocking: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed shock and sadness at the demise of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi (63), and said his contribution in strengthening India-Iran bilateral relationship will always be remembered. The charred wreckage of the helicopter which crashed on Sunday carrying Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six…

Kamal Hassan announces release date for ‘Indian 2’

Actor-politician Kamal Hassan's Indian 2: Zero Tolerance will release in theatres on July 12. Haasan shared the news in a post on X where he dropped the first look from the movie which shows a silhouette of a man riding a horse. “Indian 2 releasing worldwide in cinemas 12th July…

Ship that destroyed Baltimore bridge towed away

The cargo ship that collided with a Baltimore bridge nearly two months ago, collapsing it and killing six highway workers, was refloated on Monday and was being towed back into port. Live television images of the operation showed a flotilla of tugboats pushing and towing the M/V Dali away from…

Zayn Malik performs first concert since leaving One Direction

After years of speculation and growing excitement, former One Direction star Zayn Malik finally performed his first concert, marking a significant milestone in his journey as an independent artist. The sold-out concert was held on Friday, May 17, at London’s Shepherd's Bush Empire. It was not only the singer’s first-ever…

Infected blood scandal was covered up: Report

A decades-long scandal in which thousands of people died in the UK after being treated with infected blood was covered up and largely could have been avoided, found a bombshell report published on Monday. More than 30,000 people were infected with viruses such as HIV and hepatitis after being given…

Arun Govil to Vivek Oberoi: 5 actors who played Modi…

Over the years, several Indian actors have portrayed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in various films and web series. As the news of veteran actor Sathyaraj, known for playing the popular character of Kattappa, playing Modi in an upcoming biopic emerges in the media, we take a look at 5…

Vennnels should come clean: Post Office victim

A VICTIM of the Post Office Horizon scandal has called upon former chief Paula Vennells to apologise and come clean during her appearance before the inquiry commission. Vennells, who was chief executive of the Post Office from 2012 to 2019, will be providing evidence to the inquiry on Wednesday. The…

‘Baahubali’ fame Sathyaraj to play Modi in upcoming biopic

Veteran Tamil actor Sathyaraj is set to portray Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an upcoming biopic, according to reports. This announcement has sparked significant interest among film enthusiasts, as it will be the second biopic on the influential leader, following the 2019 biopic featuring Vivek Oberoi in the titular…

Tata Steel pact with National Grid for energy supply to…

TATA Steel has reached a deal with the UK’s electricity grid to supply power for new furnaces in south Wales from 2027, as it plans to install electric arc furnaces at its Port Talbot plant, The Guardian reports. As per the agreement, the National Grid’s electricity supply operator will provide…

Focus Features buys international rights to Riz Ahmed’s ‘Hamlet’

Focus Features has bought international rights to Hamlet, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play of the same name. The film stars Riz Ahmed in the lead role, alongside Morfydd and Joe Alwyn. WME Independent and CAA are co-repping North American rights, while WME handles international sales. Hamlet reunites Ahmed…

Sindhi community campaigns for stronger knife laws

A NEW petition has been launched on Change.org calling for stronger legislation on knife crime following the fatal stabbing of Anita Mukhey (66) at a bus stop in London last week. The petition, started by Sanjeev Bhavnani, a member of the Sindhi Association of UK community, also calls for more…

Climate change likely to impact people with brain conditions, study…

Climate change is likely to negatively affect the health of people suffering from brain conditions such as migraine and Alzheimer's, new research published in The Lancet Neurology journal has found. Extreme temperatures, both low and high, and greater changes over the course of the day -- driven by climate change…

Oldham man gets Points of Light award

Syed Ahmed from Oldham was given Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s daily Points of Light award for distributing over 8,000 portable Quran devices to over 300 hospitals. Ahmed came across this concept after his father was admitted to a hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. He provided him with a small, rechargeable…

Ranveer, Deepika, Akshay and other celebs vote in Mumbai

Popular Hindi cinema stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar, and Tabu were among the celebrities who stepped out to exercise their right to vote for Lok Sabha Election 2024 in Mumbai on Monday. Polling was underway since 7 am in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies of Maharashtra, including…

Infected blood inquiry report to be out today

A report is set to lay bare on Monday a decades-long scandal in which thousands of people died after being treated with infected blood in the UK. Tens of thousands of people were infected with viruses such as HIV and hepatitis after being given contaminated blood between the 1970s and…

Kiara Advani attends Women In Cinema Gala in Cannes

It was "a night to remember", said actress Kiara Advani, who was honoured at the Women In Cinema Gala, which was held alongside the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Advani was one of the six women to be felicitated at the dinner, hosted by the Red Sea International…

Delhi-bred filmmaker in Cannes Critics’ Week with Estonian entry

Critics' Week is one of the few sections of the 77th Cannes Film Festival that do not officially include an Indian entry. But dig just a little into the selection of the parallel segment and one finds an Indian name attached to an exceptional short fiction film. The film is…

‘Headhunting to Beatboxing’: AR Rahman unveils doc-feature at Cannes

Academy Award-winning composer AR Rahman has unveiled the first look and teaser of his latest venture, a feature documentary titled Headhunting to Beatboxing. The unveiling took place at the Bharat Pavilion at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Headhunting to Beatboxing, directed by Rohit Gupta and produced by AR Rahman, delves…

Gopi Thotakura becomes first Indian space tourist

GOPI THOTAKURA, an entrepreneur and a pilot, on Sunday (19) became the first Indian to venture into space as a tourist aboard Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin's NS-25 mission. Thotakura was selected as one of the six crew members for the NS-25 mission, making him the first Indian space…

Migration Museum’s exhibition wins award

THE Migration Museum’s exhibition which features dozens of personal stories by migrant NHS workers has won the ‘Oscars of the Museum World’ last week, a statement said. The Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS national touring exhibition has won the temporary or touring exhibition of…

Suspected rebels kill Modi’s party leader in Kashmir

SUSPECTED rebels shot dead an activist from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's party in Kashmir, local authorities said Sunday (19) after the latest violent attack in the disputed region. Police named the victim as Aijaz Ahmad, a local leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who was fired upon…

Bengaluru complete IPL playoff lineup

ROYAL CHALLENGERS Bengaluru captain Faf du Plessis showered praise on the team's middle order after they grabbed the final playoff spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) following a stunning turnaround in the tournament. A top-four finish looked like a distant dream for the star-studded squad after they succumbed to…

Shapps: Stronger China-Russia ties threaten democracy

DEFENCE secretary Grant Shapps said on Sunday (19) he was very concerned about a recent strengthening of diplomatic relations between China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying it posed a threat to democracy. "I'm extremely concerned about this because, remember, these are two countries that do not believe in…

Labour’s lead over Tories increases, says poll

THE opposition Labour Party’s lead over prime minister Rishi Sunak’s governing Tories has increased to 18 points, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday (18). A national election is expected later this year. The poll, conducted by Opinium Research, predicted Labour would take 43 per cent of the vote,…

Godrej Woodscapes Launch Date: A Landmark Residential Project Set to…

Are you excitedly awaiting the launch date of Godrej Woodscapes? Your anticipation is almost over. Godrej Woodscapes, the newest project by Godrej Properties, is poised to make a significant impact on Bangalore's real estate market. Set across a sprawling 28.15 acres in Budigere Cross, OMR, Whitefield, East Bangalore, Godrej Woodscapes offers…

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Cannes 2024: Aishwarya walks in blue-silver gown in second appearance

In her second appearance at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan once again opted for a gown by designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock. Aishwarya wore a shimmery blue and silver gown as she walked the red carpet on Friday for the screening of acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' latest…

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Indian designers are undoubtedly taking global fashion by storm. Rahul Mishra is one of them. After creating waves at Met Gala 2024 with her floral outfit designed for Isha Ambani, Director, Reliance Industries Limited, Rahul's creativity once again got an international touch - all thanks to American singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani.…

Taiwan-India co-production ‘Demon Hunters’ first footage unveiled at Cannes

The first footage from the India-Taiwan co-production Demon Hunters was unveiled at the Cannes Film Market. It is backed by the Taiwanese government and marks a significant cultural collaboration between India and Taiwan. The action-horror-comedy film is directed by Chen Mei-Juin known for The Gangster's Daughter and produced by Taiwan's…

India, UK reaffirm commitment to free trade agreement

India and the UK have reaffirmed their commitment to finalising a free trade agreement (FTA) during the annual UK-India Strategic Dialogue. Both sides noted the "good progress" on the 2030 Roadmap since the last review. India's foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra, visiting the UK, held discussions with Sir Philip Barton, permanent…

University of Leicester builds on higher education partnership with India

The University of Leicester is enhancing its higher education partnership with India, highlighted by a visit from the consul general of India in Birmingham, who met with Indian students and university academics. Consul general Dr Venkatachalam Murugan recently visited the university and met with vice-chancellor and president Professor Nishan Canagarajah;…

India spice exports face sharp drop over ethylene oxide concerns

The Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) said on Friday that India's spice exports could decline by nearly 40 per cent in FY25 if the issue of ethylene oxide (EtO) contamination in export-bound spices is not resolved promptly. This follows the banning of popular brands MDH and Everest in Hong…

Kalki Koechlin to play American writer in John Keller’s ‘Her…

Kalki Koechlin will portray the role of American writer Olivia in the US novelist John Keller's debut comedy feature film Her Song. "Been a fan of Keller's books, Know your Baker, Abracadabrantesque, and Johnny Allan. He has a quirky and witty intelligence that is so reminiscent of New York and…

Kyrgyzstan violence: India, Pakistan urge students to stay indoors

India and Pakistan on Saturday advised their students in Bishkek to remain indoors following reports of clashes between locals and foreigners in the Kyrgyz capital. The Indian embassy in Kyrgyzstan stated it is in contact with Indian students and that the situation is currently "calm." The mission urged Indian students…

Cannes 2024: Shyam Benegal’s ‘Manthan’ gets standing ovation

Friday evening saw a French theatre in Cannes reverberating with the magic of Indian storytelling - courtesy of Shyam Benegal's classic Manthan. Starring the late Smita Patil and actor Naseeruddin Shah, Manthan, which was inspired by the pioneering milk cooperative movement of Verghese Kurien, who led 'Operation Flood' to transform…

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Manchester City are on the verge of a historic fourth consecutive Premier League title, with Arsenal hoping for a slip-up from the leaders on Sunday. Pep Guardiola's team enter the final day of the season with a two-point lead over second-placed Arsenal, backed by an eight-game winning streak. City, hosting…

Fury vs Usyk: Unbeaten champions clash in historic heavyweight bout

In a historic showdown labelled the fight of a generation, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are set to collide on Saturday, marking the first undisputed heavyweight bout in 25 years. Both undefeated, the British and Ukrainian fighters have landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the momentous event, aiming to claim…

New evidence spices up India’s butter chicken battle

With new photographic and video evidence, an Indian court battle over the origins of the world famous butter chicken is set to get spicier. Two Indian restaurant chains have been sparring since January at the Delhi High Court, both claiming credit for inventing the dish in a lawsuit that has…

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Bharat Parv celebrated at Cannes Film Festival

The 77th Cannes Film Festival, the grand celebration of cinema, commenced two days ago with a ten-day extravaganza of content and glamour. Amidst this cinematic splendour, Sanjay Jaju, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India, hosted the first-ever Bharat Parva, an evening to celebrate the rich culture, cuisine, and handicrafts…

Knife crime: Unending trauma for victims’ families

Families of knife killings want people to understand the tragic consequences and more stringent measures be taken to curb the menace. Barely a year ago, 25-year-old Ashish Nahar was stabbed at a park in Bedford. His mother Anita Nahar remembers him as a "fun, happy, cheerful and very caring boy",…

‘Christmas Karma questions people like Rishi Sunak,’ says producer

Producer Anushka Shah, whose production house Civic Studios focuses on creating civic entertainment content for Indian audiences, is next attached as the executive producer to Gurinder Chadha's much-anticipated directorial venture Christmas Karma. She said that being a producer is a big responsibility as each project involves a lot of capital,…

Man who killed pensioner in ‘Gaza revenge’ jailed for life

A Moroccan man who fatally stabbed a man in UK, claiming it was revenge for Israeli actions in Gaza, was sentenced to at least 45 years in prison on Friday. The judge described the murder as an act of terrorism. Ahmed Alid, 45, who had sought asylum in Britain, killed…

‘Prosecutions of around 100 sub-postmasters could be tainted’

PROSECUTIONS of around 100 sub-postmasters by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) might be "tainted" due to collaboration with discredited Post Office investigators in securing convictions, a Sky News investigation has revealed. These legal actions usually involved the cashing in of stolen order books from 2001 to 2006. The…

Global life expectancy to improve by almost five years by…

Life expectancy worldwide is expected to increase by nearly five years for men and over four years for women between 2022 and 2050, according to a study published in The Lancet journal. Researchers noted that the most significant improvements are anticipated in countries with currently lower life expectancies, contributing to…

Fast-track deportation deal for failed Bangladeshi asylum seekers

The UK has signed a fast-track returns deal with Bangladesh to streamline the deportation of failed asylum seekers, foreign national offenders, and visa overstayers, The Telegraph reported. The agreement signed by illegal migration minister, Michael Tomlinson, will streamline the returns process by removing a mandatory interview for cases where there…

Zayn Malik reveals his relationship status

Zayn Malik opened up about his current relationship status in a new interview. "I am really content and happy with being single for the first time in my life," he said. The 31-year-old singer continued, "It's not been too successful for me, I'll be honest. Everyone accused me of catfishing.…

Tory peer resigns whip after code of conduct breach report

PARLIAMENT's conduct committee on Friday (17) released its report into the conduct of British Sikh peer Lord Kulveer Ranger and found him in breach of the code of conduct on bullying and harassment following a drunken incident in the House of Lords. The 49-year-old parliamentarian, who has apologised for his…

Teachers shortage acute for secondary classes: Panel

A House of Commons Education Committee report on teacher recruitment, training, and retention has found that while there has been an increase in the overall number of teachers, it has not kept pace with pupil numbers. The committee noted that while recruitment and retention remain a challenge at all levels,…

China takes over US to become India’s largest trading partner

China emerged as India's largest trading partner in 2023-24, with £93.2 billion in two-way trade, slightly surpassing the US, according to data from the economic think tank GTRI. Bilateral trade between India and the US was £93.1 billion in the same period. Previously, the US was India's top trading partner…

It’s never too late to tackle addiction

DRUG and alcohol problems can affect anyone, with many people keeping it a secret, adding pressure to holding down a job and juggling family life. This can have a serious impact on the people around you, including those you love. Whether you have become dependent on drugs and alcohol, or…

Sadiq Khan meets Pope Francis during Vatican visit

Sadiq Khan presented Pope Francis with London tea during their meeting at the Vatican on Thursday. The mayor of London visited the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis on Thursday morning, before delivering a speech on his efforts to position London as a leader in tackling climate change. Khan…

India elections 2024: What we learned this week

The fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 13 saw a voter turnout of 69.16 per cent in 96 constituencies spread over 10 States and union territories. Incidents of violence and Electronic Voting Machines malfunctioning were reported in some States. As per the Election Commission, the cumulative turnout…

Private schools face crisis amid fee hike: report

FEES for private schools have gone up by eight per cent this year making it unaffordable for numerous middle-income families, with some schools increasingly depending on China, a new report said. The cost for day-school is around £18,060, and in London, it's about £22,000. Boarding fees have gone up by…

Sunak says he’ll remain as MP if he loses general…

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will "of course" remain an MP if he loses the next general election. The prime minister expressed his commitment to staying in parliament regardless of the election outcome, as reported by Sky News. Speculation had arisen that Sunak, who previously worked at a hedge…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji reflects on her journey

ONE of India’s leading spiritual leaders, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, the international director of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, was the keynote speaker at London’s One Woman Conference last weekend at the Victoria Park Plaza. Sadhviji was in discussion with the founder of the conference, Dr Joanna Martin, as an audience of hundreds…

Former Post Office IT head claims Paula Vennells ‘wanted to…

FORMER head of IT at the Post Office informed the Horizon scandal inquiry that she blocked Paula Vennells' number when the former CEO asked for assistance to avoid inquiry. Lesley Sewell's testimony, delivered in a written statement, outlined how Vennells contacted her on four occasions between 2020 and 2021, using…

Banita Sandhu debuts in ‘Bridgerton 3’ as Miss Malhotra

In an exciting development for Bridgerton fans, British-Indian actress Banita Sandhu has made her debut in the third season of Netflix’s hit period drama. Sandhu portrays Miss Malhotra, a character introduced to the Bridgerton universe in this season, based on Julia Quinn's beloved book series. Banita Sandhu, known for her…

Commonwealth chief lauds India’s technical assistance

India's technical assistance is critically important to the Commonwealth as it gives hope to many of the developing states, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has said. She said this on Thursday (16) while hosting the two-day 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers meeting in London on the theme of “Driving Resilience, Equity,…

Cannes 2024: Aishwarya dazzles in black gown by Falguni &…

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis in a stunning black gown by designers Falguni & Shane Peacock. A regular at the Cannes Film Festival for the past two decades, Aishwarya struck a pose in the monochrome gown adorned with…

Meryl Streep shines at Cannes 2024 in Indian designer’s jewellery

The 77th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday night with a dazzling display of glamour and talent at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. Among the esteemed guests was none other than Hollywood icon Meryl Streep, who was honoured with the prestigious Honorary Palme d'Or. As Streep graciously accepted the accolade,…

Anita Goyal, wife of Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal, dies

Anita Goyal, the wife of Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal, who played a significant role in managing the now-grounded airline, passed away on Thursday at the age of 70. She had been unwell for some time and breathed her last at a private hospital in Mumbai, according to sources cited…

Brazil to host 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Brazil will host the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup, marking the first time the tournament will be held in South America. The decision was made at a FIFA congress overshadowed by discussions on the conflict in Gaza. Following the successful hosting of the tournament by Australia and New Zealand last…

Why ‘forced marriage figures are tip of the iceberg’

CAMPAIGNERS have questioned if the government department supporting victims of forced marriages is “fit for purpose” after official data suggested that there has been a significant drop in cases in the UK in recent years. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint initiative between the Home Office and the Foreign,…

India braces for second heatwave amid critical election season

INDIA's weather bureau has warned the country was facing its second heatwave in three weeks, including in areas where millions of people are set to vote in the six-week election. Analysts have blamed a dip in turnout compared to the last national poll in 2019 on widespread expectations that prime…

Harsh punishment for cyclists causing death on cards

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has warned that dangerous cyclists will face the "full weight of the law" and will have to undergo the same punishment as dangerous drivers. Harper has promised to change the law and cyclists who kill people would face life in prison like other road users. At…

Man charged after anti-Muslim incidents in London

A man has been charged by UK police following a series of anti-Muslim incidents in London. Jonathan Katan, aged 61, from Ealing in west London, faces multiple counts of racially aggravated criminal damage. These incidents took place between October and November last year at various locations, including the office serving…

Barrister who fell asleep during virtual inquest cleared of misconduct

Barrister Ramya Nagesh, author of a book on sleepwalking, has been acquitted of professional misconduct charges following an incident where she fell asleep during a coroner's inquest. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) failed to demonstrate that Nagesh compromised public trust by nodding off during a virtual court hearing, as reported…

Easyjet CEO to step down in 2025

Easyjet said Thursday that chief executive Johan Lundgren would step down at the start of 2025 after seven years piloting the no-frills airline, notably through Covid turbulence. Easyjet, which flies mainly across Europe, added in a statement that it would promote chief financial officer Kenton Jarvis to the top post.…

Nearly half of NHS nurses consider quitting, survey reveals

NEARLY half of NHS nursing staff demoralised by poor care and low pay, and are planning or considering quitting, a new survey revealed. It also revealed that almost nine out of ten nurses in England report working while unwell, highlighting the immense pressures within the healthcare provider. A survey of…

Priyanka and Nick move back to renovated LA mansion

After facing a tumultuous start to the year due to water damage and mold infestation in their lavish Los Angeles mansion, power couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have finally returned to their luxurious abode. The renowned actress and the Grammy-nominated singer were forced to vacate their residence earlier this…

New guidance sets age limits for sex education

Sex education will not be taught to children under five, and parents will have the right to see the relationships, health and sex (RSHE) resources that are being used to teach their children. These are some of the recommendations made in the updated draft guidance provided by the Department for…

Mammootty harassed online over a role played in 2022 film

Malayalam cinema superstar Mammootty finds himself embroiled in controversy once again, this time over his portrayal in the 2022 film Puzhu. Despite his celebrated career spanning decades, Mammootty's role in the 2022 film has sparked fierce debate online, with some netizens accusing the film of being anti-Brahmanical and propagandist in…

Mahira Khan reacts after object thrown at her during an…

A day after a miscreant threw an object at her during a public event in Quetta city, Pakistani star Mahira Khan on Thursday condemned the incident saying she felt scared to be caught in a "mob-like" situation. The actress on Wednesday attended an event organised by the Arts Council of…

NHS expands ‘soup and shake’ diet plan to fight diabetes

OVER 10,000 more people living with type 2 diabetes and obesity in England, many of whom are of Indian and south Asian heritage, will be offered the NHS's “soup and shake” diet plan to aid weight loss. The radical NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission Programme is being expanded…

India’s TVS Motor starts operations in Italy

India's third-largest motorcycle company, TVS Motor Company Ltd, has commenced its operations in Italy, the company announced on Wednesday. The expansion into Italy is facilitated through its branch office, TVS Motor Italia, led by Giovanni Notarbartolo di Furnari, as per a regulatory filing by TVS Motor Co. Furnari, appointed as…

‘Air India-Vistara merger awaits regulatory approvals’

SINGAPORE AIRLINES group has said that the proposed Air India and Vistara merger, which is awaiting foreign direct investment and other approvals, will strengthen its multi-hub strategy. It added that the merger will allow it to continue directly participating in the fast-growing Indian aviation market. The group posted a 24…

Natalie Elphicke wouldn’t have been a Scottish Labour candidate: Sarwar

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has made it clear that he would not have permitted Natalie Elphicke to join the party, differing from Keir Starmer's decision. Sarwar described past comments by Elphicke as “reprehensible” following her defection from the Conservatives to Starmer's party last Wednesday. Elphicke has issued an apology…

Universities should focus on education, not immigration: Prime Minister

The Rishi Sunak government, which is keen to bring down migration, has urged the nation’s universities to focus on “education, not immigration”, The Telegraph reports. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that British students should be the priority for our education system and universities. Student visas must be used for…

Taylor Swift tour hands UK economy £1bn boost: study

Taylor Swift's worldwide Eras Tour will boost the UK economy by almost £1 billion as fans splash the cash to see the US music star, Barclays bank estimated Wednesday. A study entitled "Swiftonomics" said almost 1.2 million fans would each shell out about £848 on tickets, travel, accommodation, and merchandise…

Netflix drops Kate Hudson’s first look from Mindy Kaling’s ‘Running…

Netflix unveiled the title, release dates, and first looks for some of its upcoming shows during their upfronts presentation on Wednesday, including Mindy Kaling’s much-awaited comedy series, Running Point. The 10-episode series stars Kate Hudson in the lead role. It sees Netflix reteaming with Kaling, who works at Warner Bros.…

Shakil Ahmed sworn in as new mayor of Rochdale

ROCHDALE has officially sworn in their new mayor councillor Shakil Ahmed, who has taken the mantle from the outgoing councillor Michael Holly. Before passing on the mayoral chains to the Kingsway ward member, Holly declared how his time as ceremonial mayor had been an incredible privilege and enjoyable. With a…

Labour lists six key pledges ahead of polls

Labour party on Thursday set out its stall for this year's general election, outlining six key pledges to voters in a de-facto campaign launch. The vote is likely months away but the UK's two main parties are already positioning themselves to the electorate in what is looking like a long…

Rwanda plan to include failed asylum seekers

The Home Office has expanded the scope of the Rwanda deportation plan to include failed asylum seekers. Under the original plan, only those who arrived in the UK on or after January 1, 2022 were eligible for deportation. But now it has been expanded to include people who have already…

T20 fan Usain Bolt says cricket is in his blood

Usain Bolt, renowned for his speed and eight Olympic gold medals, revealed that T20 cricket is his favourite form of the sport. Growing up in Jamaica, cricket was a significant part of his life, largely due to his father’s passion for the game. Bolt, who once aspired to be a…

India’s Zoho to venture into chipmaking

INDIAN software firm Zoho is planning a foray into chipmaking and seeking incentives from the federal government, two sources with direct knowledge of the proposal said, with one of them pegging the investment plan at $700 million (£553m). Zoho, established in 1996 and now headquartered in India's Tamil Nadu, offers…

Greggs to increase ties with Issa-owned franchisees

Baker and fast food retailer Greggs will deepen ties with its major franchise partners, including those owned  by Issa brothers, as it plans to open 150 new outlets in 2024. The London-listed firm said it has already opened 64 new outlets this year, of which around a quarter were with…

Apple nabs rights to Tom Hiddleston’s Mount Everest drama ‘Tenzing’

Apple has made a significant acquisition in the world of cinema, securing the global rights to Mount Everest climbing drama Tenzing. As per The Hollywood Reporter, the film, which boasts a star-studded cast including Willem Dafoe and Tom Hiddleston, tells the remarkable true story of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who famously…

More Indian Americans should run for elected offices: Kamala Harris

US vice president Kamala Harris has said that the number of Indian Americans in elected offices does not reflect their growing population. She encouraged members of the minority ethnic community to run for elections more frequently. Harris, 59, who has both Indian and African heritage, spoke at “Desis Decide,” the…

Neeraj Chopra picks up javelin gold

INDIA's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra predictably won gold in his first competition at home in three years, but he refused to read too much into his below-par 82.27 metre throw as he prepares to defend his Olympic title in Paris. Chopra began his season with a second place finish…

Prateik Babbar to attend Cannes premiere of mother Smita Patil’s…

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will always hold a special place in actor Prateik Babbar's life as his mother Smita Patil's film Manthan is scheduled to be screened at the prestigious gala. During the early hours of Thursday, Prateik was spotted at the Mumbai airport as he…

Chhaya Kadam opens up about her journey from ‘Laapataa Ladies’…

Growing up, she wanted to be a Kabaddi player and then the dream shifted to opening a gym. Chhaya Kadam, who is winning hearts with her stellar performances as Manju Mai in Laapataa Ladies and gangster Kanchan Kombdi in Madgaon Express, says she came to acting late and by chance.…

Asian property owner admits planning enforcement breach

A property owner has admitted breach of a planning notice after uPVC windows were installed in a conservation area – but he said the building’s tenants were responsible for the work. Amran Khan added that the tenants were already occupying the commercial premises in Woodbank Street, Burslem, when he acquired…

India’s football legend Sunil Chhetri announces retirement

India captain Sunil Chhetri announced on Thursday that he will retire from international football at age 39, concluding a career that has spanned two decades. Chhetri has scored 94 goals in 150 appearances for India, ranking behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi among active international goal-scorers. He is also…

Curran leads Punjab to victory as Rajasthan suffer fourth straight…

Skipper Sam Curran led Punjab Kings to a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday, providing a consolation victory for the team. Punjab chased a target of 145 on a slow pitch, relying on Curran's unbeaten 63 to reach the target with seven balls…

Birthday Special: Dive into Vicky Kaushal’s best films on ZEE5…

As Vicky Kaushal celebrates his 36th birthday today on May 16, it is essential to acknowledge his incredible journey in cinema. Rising to mainstream fame with his standout performance in Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky broke stereotypes and showcased his versatility. Now, with his latest release, Sam Bahadur, which has…

Britain ramps up scrutiny of Indian spice imports

FOOD watchdog has applied extra control measures on all spice imports from India, it said on Wednesday (15), becoming the first to ramp up scrutiny of all Indian spices after contamination allegations against two brands sparked concerns among global food regulators. Hong Kong last month suspended sales of three spice…

SEO for Small Businesses: Budget-Friendly Strategies for Growth

A strong online presence is highly important for small businesses in the modern digital age, who want to grow and be sustainable. SEO appears to be a key tool here, as it provides an opportunity to improve visibility and direct relevant traffic without spending a fortune. This article is aimed…

Scaling Efficiently: Interpillar’s Guide on How to Manage Rapid User…

With the surge in virtual connectivity, companies like Interpillar Limited are witnessing exponential growth in user engagement. However, as user numbers escalate, the challenge of scaling efficiently arises. How can Interpillar and similar entities manage rapid user growth on communication platforms without compromising user experience or security? Let's delve into…

Imran Khan gets bail, but to remain in prison

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was granted bail in Islamabad on Wednesday on land corruption charges but will have to stay in jail to serve time in two other cases, his lawyer said. The former cricket superstar was indicted last week on charges that he and his wife were…

Seema Misra takes part in Post Office scandal show

A former sub-postmistress from Surrey, who was wrongly imprisoned while pregnant during the Post Office IT scandal, has participated in a national show, the BBC reported. Seema Misra from West Byfleet, Surrey, was eight weeks pregnant with her second child when she was sentenced to 15 months in prison in…

Ed Sheeran appears on ‘The Great Indian Kapil Show’

The upcoming episode of The Great Indian Kapil Show got an international touch with the presence of singer Ed Sheeran. On Wednesday, Netflix released the episode's promo and surprisingly, the 'Perfect' hitmaker could be seen speaking in Hindi. The clip features Ed Sheeran performing a desi version of 'Shape Of…

Indian citizenship given to 14 under controversial law

India granted citizenship on Wednesday to a first batch of 14 people under a controversial law that has been criticised for discriminating against Muslims, midway through general elections in which religious divisions have taken centre stage. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) grants citizenship to Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and…

Aishwarya Rai to Kiara Advani: Indian celebs set to shine…

The Cannes Film Festival, an illustrious event synonymous with glitz, glamour, and cinematic excellence, has once again rolled out the red carpet for the global film fraternity. And this year, the Indian contingent is set to make waves with a stellar lineup of Bollywood's finest, including the enchanting Aishwarya Rai…

Glitch led to sewage spill in England’s largest lake

Faulty pumps caused raw sewage to spill into Windermere, England's largest lake, for about 10 hours. The documents from United Utilities, viewed by the BBC on Wednesday, revealed that a telecoms glitch on February 28 halted the main pumps. Emergency back-ups then took over and pumped raw sewage intermittently over…

MAMI Film Festival to take place from Oct 19 to…

The 2024 edition of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will be held in the city from October 19 to 24, the organisers announced on Wednesday. Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), which organises the festival annually, has invited filmmakers to submit their films for the latest edition. The early bird…

First Muslim mayor for Solihull ‘wants to spread unity’

A councillor who has become Solihull’s first Muslim mayor says she is hoping her appointment will spread unity. Shahin Ashraf, the first person from an ethnic minority group to become mayor of the borough, received overwhelming support from councillors as she was appointed to the position on Tuesday (14). “I…

Magic of Frankie Goes to Bollywood delights audiences around the…

Rifco Theatre’s grand musical production, Frankie Goes to Bollywood, is story of a young woman from Milton Keynes making it big in the shark-infested waters of the Indian film industry. Frankie (Laila Zaidi) feels connected to her late mother through their shared loved of the opulent and melodramatic Bollywood films…

Priti Patel raises ‘bullying’ concerns about Essex school

A raft of “serious concerns” – including instances around bullying and self-harm – have been levelled at an Essex secondary school. The issues were raised by Witham MP Priti Patel in the House of Commons who said there were ongoing concerns raised by parents of children attending Maltings Academy around…

Woman injured after getting caught in crossfire

A woman bystander was shot in the leg after getting caught in crossfire between cars on a north London street, according to media reports. The woman said to be in her 30s, was hit by a stray bullet after getting caught between two vehicles whose occupants were firing guns at…

England plans to ban sex education for children under nine:…

England is planning to ban sex education for children under nine years old, as well as any teaching about gender identity, according to a news report. The move comes alongside a review of relationships, sex, and health education (RSHE) guidance. This new guidance, set to be announced on Thursday, would…

Mothers of beauty contest winners in US allege ‘their daughters…

THE mothers of former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA have spoken out about their daughters' resignations, alleging they were subjected to mistreatment, abuse, bullying, and isolation. Barbara Srivastava, mother of Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava, revealed that what initially seemed like a dream job turned into a nightmare for…

Women’s cricket gets a big boost

ENGLAND bowler Lauren Bell had no women role models in cricket while growing up, so she gets a kick out of the young female fans she meets who tell her they plan to wear their hair in plaits like she does on game days.  Building on the success of last…

India Pavilion opens in Cannes with a new name

The India Pavilion, rechristened the Bharat Pavilion, was formally opened on Wednesday morning at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Explaining the rationale behind the renaming, Mr. Sanjay Jaju, secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said: "It symbolises the country's assertion of its traditional storytelling practices while it actively…

Haaland heroics put Man City on verge of Premier League…

Manchester City took a decisive step towards a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Tuesday, courtesy of two goals from Erling Haaland. Haaland found the net early in the second half, tapping in a precise cross from Kevin De Bruyne for City's first-ever…

Non-transmissible HIV patients can be sperm, egg donors

Same-sex couples with non-transmissible HIV will now be able to donate eggs or sperm, giving more people the chance to become parents The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act will be amended via a statutory instrument to allow people with non-transmissible HIV – with a viral load low enough not to…

USA Cricket bats for T20 World Cup impetus

THE T20 World Cup will spread cricket awareness in the US, but eventually, it is the lure of competing in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics that will attract local Americans to the game that is mainly played by expats, USA Cricket chairman Venu Pisike said.  America is co-hosting the event…

Painful lessons in powerful play about Partition

THE powerful theatre production returned for a recently concluded UK tour after previously making an impact. The play adapted from Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories highlights moments from a harrowing event in history that displaced many millions of people.   That 1947 Partition, which birthed three…

Stunning new stand-up show is a comedy delight

MOST people have heard about the infamous ‘aunties’, from their questionable behaviour to gossiping natures. Despite many of these stereotypical older ladies being a part of popular culture, including appearing as characters in films and TV shows, there hasn’t been anything quite like The Aunty Years. Sukh Ojla takes a…

Tackle racial bias in AI to save labour market, say…

BRITAIN’S labour landscape risks turning into the “Wild West” if bosses fail to tackle racial bias in Artificial Intelligence (AI), experts have warned. It comes after an Uber Eats delivery driver received a payout for race discrimination after ethnically-biased facial recognition technology led to his suspension from the app. Pa…

Shabana Azmi’s work in films recognised at UK Asian Film…

CELEBRATED actress Shabana Azmi has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her prolific contribution to Indian cinema and as a campaigner for women’s rights. The 73-year-old actress, who was in London for a celebration of her 50 years in cinema at the annual UK…

New nepotism low

EVERYONE knows about the Bollywood nepotism of children of famous celebrities unfairly getting a cinema career break and how most will ultimately become failures. Film flop Arjun Kapoor, who is the son of producer Boney Kapoor and nephew of actor Anil Kapoor, is a perfect example of that. Perhaps the…

BlackRock aims to increase stake in India’s government bond market

BlackRock aims to increase its stake in India's £396 billion fully investible government bond market through newly introduced exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These bonds, accessible through the Fully Accessible Route (FAR) with no foreign investment limits, will be part of JPMorgan's emerging market debt index from June, attracting foreign money managers'…

Shailesh Vara urges accountability for lawyers over Horizon scandal

FORMER justice minister Shailesh Vara MP has said that Post Office lawyers responsible for prosecuting the sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon scandal should be held accountable for their actions. “The manner in which the sub-postmasters were treated is appalling and those responsible must be brought to account. There have clearly…

Navin Kundra: ‘There’s nothing else like Frankie Goes To Bollywood’

HAVING studied drama at school and carved out a successful career as a singer/songwriter, acting on stage was always going to be an inevitable next step for Navin Kundra.   The popular British music star has combined his acting, dancing and singing skills for brand new musical Frankie Goes To Bollywood.…

India’s top court orders release of journalist

India's Supreme Court has ordered the release of the founder-editor of a news portal accused by police of receiving illegal funding from China, saying his arrest was invalid more than seven months afterwards, his lawyers said on Wednesday. Police arrested Prabir Purkayastha early in October and raided the New Delhi…

Study: More female surgeons improve patient recovery

A recent study revealed that hospital surgical teams with a higher proportion of female members contribute to improved patient recovery, reducing the likelihood of post-operative complications. Conducted over a decade and encompassing more than 700,000 operations, this extensive research, published in the British Journal of Surgery, has underscored the significance…

Popular 1990s cinema pin-up Sonam Khan discusses her career and…

SONAM KHAN was so hotly in demand after being launched by legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra with 1988 film Vijay that she had more than 30 films released in the first four years of her career.   She starred opposite the biggest heroes in high-profile films in different languages and became…

Akshata Murty: Keeping life as routine as possible

While prime minister Rishi Sunak may be going through a politically turbulent period with the Conservative party facing a defeat in the recent local election and opinion polls favouring Labour in the forthcoming general elections, his wife Akshata Murty appears unperturbed and focused on the smooth running of the house.…

Nine out of ten artists in arts curriculum are white

TEACHERS and campaigners have expressed their disappointment at new research showing the lack of south Asian artists mentioned in the school curriculum compared to their white counterparts. Only 2.3 per cent of stand-alone artists referenced in GCSE art and design exam papers are from black or south Asian backgrounds. And…

Celebrating four decades of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Sharaabi’

DIRECTOR Prakash Mehra’s blockbuster hit Zanjeer (1973) had turned struggling newcomer Amitabh Bachchan into an overnight superstar and launched the greatest acting career in Bollywood. Not surprisingly, Bachchan would become the filmmaker’s favourite lead star and they would team up again in blockbuster hits like Sharaabi, which released in cinemas…

Bally Gill: ‘Theatre offers better roles for south Asians’

BALLY GILL has spent the last few years starring in the critically acclaimed shows Sherwood and Slow Horses, as well as the hit movie, Allelujah. Having made his name playing Romeo in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) production of Romeo and Juliet in 2018, Gill told Eastern Eye he is…

HSBC and Deloitte withdraw UK job offers due to visa…

HSBC and Deloitte have withdrawn job offers to foreign graduates in the UK due to stricter visa rules introduced by the government. Sources familiar with the matter told the Financial Times that the two companies informed dozens of incoming staff in recent weeks about the revocation of their job offers.…

Bangladesh court rules against solitary confinement for death row prisoners

A BANGLADESH court ruled on Monday (13) that death row prisoners could not be held in solitary confinement until their appeals had been exhausted, in what lawyers called a major rights victory for inmates. More than 2,500 convicts in the country have been sentenced to death, with most kept in…

Channel 4 licenses Indian director’s debut film ‘Bhagwan Bharose’

Channel 4 has licensed Indian filmmaker Shiladitya Bora’s award-winning directorial debut feature Bhagwan Bharose. The broadcaster will telecast it as part of their Indian film season later this year. Sharing the news on his X handle, Bora wrote, “UK Broadcaster Channel 4 licenses my directorial debut feature Bhagwan Bharose. Will…

Maninder Buttar: ‘The Punjabi music industry is thriving’

PUNJABI singer Maninder Buttar has gained popularity with hit songs that have collectively clocked up billions of views on YouTube and been streamed all over the world. He recently added to top tracks like Yaari, Ik Tera, Pani Di Gal, Laare and Sakhiyaan with recently released EP Panchatantra, which has…

‘Ramcharitmanas’ in UNESCO’s Memory of World Register

It was a proud moment for India and its culture as the Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahrdayaloka-Locana were included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register. The Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahrdayaloka-Locana are timeless works that have deeply influenced Indian literature and culture, shaping the nation's moral fabric and artistic…

‘It’s a cut off from Princess Diana’s dress’: Florence Hunt…

Actress Florence Hunt, who is known for her role as Hyacinth Bridgerton in the period drama Bridgerton, opened up about the royal connection to one of her looks at the premiere of season 3 of the show, reported People. Bridgerton’s current season's outfit draws inspiration from true royal history. Speaking…

Evolution of Asian miniature art

EXHIBITIONS mixing south Asian art from the past and present are like buses, it seems. There are none for ages and then two come along at the same time. At the Royal Academy, there has been Entangled Pasts 1768-Now: Art, Colonialism and Change, which displayed the work of 34 great…

Anas Sarwar backs England-based candidates for Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has defended the party's decision to select candidates residing in England for upcoming elections in Scotland. Sarwar said that while these candidates are based in London and Kent, their affinity for Scotland is what matters most, reported The Times. The candidates in question include Melanie…

Cannes 2024: Meryl Streep honoured with Palme d’Or

Legendary actress Meryl Streep was awarded an honorary Palme d'Or during the opening ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday night here, as per The Hollywood Reporter. Upon being called to the stage and handed the gold-plated emblem of the city of Cannes by French actress Juliette Binoche,…

Sri Lanka persecuted Tamils after war, claims new report

SRI LANKA’S security forces abducted men and women from the ethnic Tamil minority and tortured them in custody long after the end of civil war in the island nation, a human rights group said in a new report. The 26-year civil war between separatist Tamil insurgents and government forces ended…

Government approves grant after protests in Pakistani Kashmir

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif approved a grant of 24 billion rupees ($86 million/ £68m) on Monday (13) for Pakistani Kashmir where there have been several days of violent protests over inflation. A police official was killed and more than 90 people were injured when thousands of people clashed with…

Pakistan to privatise all state-owned companies

PAKISTAN will privatise all state-owned enterprises, with the exception of strategic entities, prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Tuesday (14), broadening its initial plans to sell only lossmaking state firms to shore up its shaky finances. The announcement came after Sharif headed a review meeting of the privatisation process of…

Stubbs powers Delhi to crucial win against Lucknow

Tristan Stubbs' unbeaten fifty, alongside Abishek Porel's solid knock, propelled Delhi Capitals to a crucial victory over Lucknow Super Giants in their last league match of the IPL. Despite the win, Delhi's playoff hopes hang by a thread due to their negative run-rate. Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant expressed optimism about…

The future belongs to Nitanshi

SENSATIONAL young star Nitanshi Goel has already done more at the age of 16 than most actors achieve in a lifetime. The Indian actress followed up starring roles in a series of hit TV serials and appearing in films in supporting roles, with her debut movie as a lead, Laapataa…

Vaughan Gething: Racism resurging in Wales

WHEN he took office as First Minister of Wales in March, Vaughan Gething became the first Black head of government in Europe - yet he believes UK society is more overtly racist than a decade ago. "On virtually every piece of social media that went out for my campaign, there'd…

Obesity drug could reduce heart attack risk, study finds

An obesity drug has been found to decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes, or heart failure in obese individuals regardless of the amount of weight they lose while on the medication, according to researchers. The study of the drug, Wegovy, revealed that participants maintained significant weight loss over four…

Former Post Office PR boss admits his emails ‘look ludicrous’

FORMER communications director of the Post Office, Mark Davies, acknowledged during a recent inquiry that his past emails denying problems with the Horizon IT system now seem "ludicrous." These emails were brought to light as part of an inquiry into the wrongful prosecution of hundreds of sub-postmasters due to accounting…

Vodafone annual net tumbles 90 per cent

UK mobile phone giant Vodafone reported a drop in annual profit on Tuesday but shares leapt as the group's ongoing overhaul takes shape. Net profit tumbled 90 per cent to € 1.14 billion (£980 million) in the financial year to the end of March, Vodafone said in a results statement.…

Asda to build ‘town centre’ with 1,500 homes in London

SUPERMARKET chain Asda, co-owned by billionaire Issa brothers, has announced plans to develop a 'town centre' in north-west London, which will include 1,500 homes, the Financial Times reported on Monday (13). This move marks Asda's entry into the residential property market, positioning it as the latest retailer to diversify into…

Arjun Mathur, Anshuman Jha win big at UK-Asian Film Fest

Actor Anshuman Jha bagged the Best Director award for his directorial debut Lord Curzon Ki Haveli at the prestigious UK-Asian Film Festival 2024. Also, Arjun Mathur won the Best Actor award for his performance in the black comedy thriller. The film, which has been having a wonderful festival run over…

Novel molecules identified to combat cancer relapse: Study

Researchers have identified three molecules that offer a promising solution that can prevent cancer relapse during treatment, according to a new study. In cancer treatment, DNA-damaging agents are commonly used to target cancer cells thereby killing them and causing cancer remission. However, over time, the effectiveness of these agents can…

Football clubs found to bridge social divides, new study shows

A recent study shows that football clubs play a crucial role in uniting communities and tackling social division. Conducted by the integration think tank British Future, the study highlights football's ability to foster pride across different social groups. Research for the 'Shared Goals' project, involving clubs like Brentford FC and…

Conservative party donor to fund Labour

An Asian-origin businessman who used to donate regulary to the Conservative party has now pledged to fund the Labour. Puneet Gupta, who co-owns PG Paper with his wife, has said that the country's economic growth has stagnated under Rishi Sunak and the overall performance of the government is 'hugely disappointing',…

Jaguar Land Rover reports highest profits since 2015

Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed its highest pre-tax profits since 2015. JLR credited the production of Range Rover and Defender models at its Solihull factory for achieving pre-tax profits of £2.2 billion, reported the BBC. "The foundation of this performance was the sustained global demand for our…

Freida Pinto boards animated series ‘Kiranmala & The Kingdom Beyond’

Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto and her Freebird Films Entertainment label have onboarded the animated kids TV show, Kiranmala & The Kingdom Beyond. The actress is set to lend her voice to the Moon Maiden, the biological mother to the lead character, Kiranmala. Additionally, she will executive-produce the series alongside…

Zayn Malik regrets leaving One Direction

Singer Zayn Malik has opened up about his time in One Direction, saying that he regrets his “teen angst” while in the band. In a May 8 interview with Zach Sang, the singer revealed he wished he appreciated that era more. “The main thing that I always feel bad about…

Graduate visa route should remain: Review panel

A review commissioned by Rishi Sunak government has concluded that the post-study visa route, dominated by Indian graduates, is helping the universities make up for financial losses on the domestic front and expanding the country’s research landscape. Home Secretary James Cleverly had tasked the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), consisting…

Football’s power to bridge divides 

The end of a football season can bring joy and despair. Leicester City fans saw their team relegated on the final day last season. A year on, thousands thronged the streets around the clock tower as the club celebrated promotion straight back up to the Premier League. Hamza Choudhary, who…

Nottingham victims’ families disappointed by ruling on killer’s sentence

THE families of Nottingham attack victims have expressed their 'deep disappointment' following the court’s decision to uphold Valdo Calocane's sentence. Criticising the criminal justice system, they said they now face a lifelong mission to ensure he is never released, media reports said. Three senior judges at the Court of Appeal…

Jennifer Lopez is a Dev Patel fangirl: ‘His eyes are…

American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has expressed her desire to work with the Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel. She was recently in conversation with the Indian portal, News18. When asked about her favourite Indian actor, she named Dev Patel. “I love Dev Patel. I just love his work. Every…

Immersive Competition in Cannes to showcase a South Asian female…

A superhero film at the Cannes Film Festival? It is not what you think. Maya: The Birth of a Superhero, a staunchly feminist playable artwork with a pronounced South Asian accent, is a 30-minute virtual reality (VR) piece. It is in contention for the Best Immersive Work prize in a…

Tatas won’t change stance on job cuts: Gething

Tata Steel's firm stand on replacing both blast furnaces at Port Talbot plant with electric furnaces, which could result in job losses, has now triggered a war of words between Wales First Minister Vaughan Gething and the Welsh Conservatives. Gething, who returned from Mumbai after meeting Tata Steel officials said…

US warns of ‘sanction risks’ as India inks Chabahar port…

India and Iran sealed a 10-year agreement on Monday, solidifying their partnership in developing and managing the Chabahar port. The port, located in Iran's southeastern region along the Gulf of Oman, has strategic importance for India as it provides a trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan's…

Collapsed Baltimore bridge blasted to clear wreckage

US crews in Baltimore set off controlled explosions on Monday to allow them to remove a portion of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge from the bow of the massive container ship that toppled the span in March. The detonations were meant to break the bridge's truss into small sections,…

Tabu to star in ‘Dune’ prequel series ‘Dune: Prophecy’

Fresh from the success of heist comedy Crew, actress Tabu has joined the cast of Dune: Prophecy, a prequel series to director Denis Villeneuve's blockbuster film franchise. Tabu will star in the recurring role of Sister Francesca, described as a "strong, intelligent, and alluring" character, according to a report in…

Mumbai billboard collapse kills 14

Police in Mumbai have opened a criminal case against the owner of a huge billboard that collapsed on a petrol station and killed 14 people, media reports said Tuesday. Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar has assured strict action against those responsible for the incident. The 120 x 120 square feet…

India elections: Modi files nomination from Varanasi seat

As the India elections head towards the fifth phase, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi submitted his candidacy for the Varanasi parliamentary seat on Tuesday amidst enthusiastic crowds. Varanasi, revered as the spiritual nucleus of Hinduism, holds profound significance, drawing pilgrims from across India for sacred rituals along the Ganges river.…

Asian student with high-IQ achieves four A*s

A British Pakistani girl has achieved four A*s in her ambitious effort to complete 28 A-levels, adding to her impressive record of 36 general certificate of secondary education (GCSEs). Mahnoor Cheema, 17, who has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, began her A-level journey in September after…

Barrister who wrote on sleepwalking falls asleep during inquest

A barrister who wrote a book on sleepwalking is facing professional misconduct charges after falling asleep during an inquest, reported The Telegraph. Ramya Nagesh, a member of commercial chambers 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, has been accused by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) of dozing off during a virtual hearing, missing…

Three men arrested after two women die in Wolverhampton house…

A third man has been arrested in connection with a house fire in Wolverhampton where two women died. Two men, aged 19 and 22, were previously arrested over the fire at a property in Dunstall Hill, reported Sky News. In an update on Sunday, West Midlands Police said a 46-year-old…

Rain washout ends Gujarat Titans’ playoff hopes

Gujarat Titans have been eliminated from the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff race due to rain halting their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad. Both teams earned one point each, securing Kolkata's top position in the table. Kolkata's top-two finish historically leads to success, having won the tournament in…

Indian man pleads guilty to White House truck attack

A 20-year-old Indian national living in the US as a permanent resident has pleaded guilty to attacking the White House last year with a rented truck with the intent to replace the democratically elected government with a dictatorship fuelled by the ideology of Nazi Germany, according to a US attorney.…

Sunak lays out food security plan to cut reliance on…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak will set out his plans on Tuesday (14) to improve food security and to cut reliance on imports from other countries. The government will also publish a new annual UK Food Security Index to track the impacts of external factors, such as the Russia-Ukraine war or…

Call for better allergy safeguards in schools

North West Cambridgeshire member of parliament Shailesh Vara has raised the issue of children suffering from allergies and the need for better safeguards in schools. During Prime Minister’s Questions last Wednesday, he cited the death of five-year-old Benedict Blythe, who attended a primary school in his constituency. Though a coroner’s…

Super League Kerala unveils inaugural franchise lineup

The Super League Kerala (SLK) has revealed its inaugural season's franchisees, marking a significant development in the state's football scene. Six franchises have been unveiled for the league's first season, set to kick off in early September. These include Kochi Pipers FC, Calicut FC, Thrissur Roar FC, Kannur Squad FC,…

Indian court frames sexual harassment charges against ex-wrestling body chief

An Indian court has informed Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, former chief of India's wrestling federation and a member of prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), about charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation against him. The court on Friday ordered the framing of charges against Singh in a…

Senior Tory leaders warn against curbs on student visas

Senior Conservative party leaders have warned that Rishi Sunak government's move to clampdown on international student visas could prove to be counter-productive. They pointed out that higher education institutions rely on overseas income and many of them are already facing financial crunch, The Guardian reports. University and industry leaders fear…

Glamour Galore: A fashion recap of BAFTA TV Awards 2024

London's Royal Festival Hall was adorned with glamour and excitement on Sunday night as British television’s finest gathered for the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The star-studded red carpet was a sight to behold, with renowned artists and emerging talents alike gracing the occasion with…

70 per cent of UK port stops under terror laws…

Recent data from police logs reveals that approximately 70 per cent of individuals stopped at UK ports since 2021 under anti-terrorism laws were from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Figures show that fewer than one in five individuals stopped during this period were recorded as white, reported The…

Dismantle gangs who bring asylum seekers in boats: Expert

A former counter-terrorism expert has called for decisive action to dismantle the gangs involved in human trafficking to bring down the influx of boat migrants to Britain. Neil Basu, former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner and head of counter terrorism, wrote in The Telegraph that though The National Crime Agency (NCA)…

Thousands of migrant care workers face deportation: Report

Thousands of migrant care workers in the UK are facing deportation following enforcement actions by the Home Office against their employers. Zainab Contractor, 22, and her brother Ismail, 25, from India, paid £18,000 to a recruitment agency for care jobs in the UK but found themselves scammed. They were instructed…

Mawaan Rizwan, Romesh Ranganathan win big at BAFTA TV Awards…

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2024 witnessed a remarkable celebration of diversity and talent, with some South Asian artists winning top honours and leaving an indelible mark on the prestigious event. Among the winners who stood out were Mawaan Rizwan and Romesh Ranganathan, both claiming…

India aims for long-term deal with Iran on Chabahar port

India's foreign minister expressed the country's expectation of securing a "long-term arrangement" with Iran regarding the management of the Iranian port of Chabahar. This announcement coincides with the departure of India's shipping minister for Iran. India has been involved in the development of Chabahar port on Iran's southeastern coast, aiming…

Indian spice maker MDH faced many US rejections: Report

Popular Indian spice brand MDH, under scrutiny for alleged contamination in some products, has faced rejections from the US authorities in the past, a Reuters analysis of U.S. regulatory data found. Since 2021, MDH has seen an average 14.5 per cent of its US shipments rejected due to the presence…

India’s indies poised on the cusp of a new era…

With an entry in almost every major section of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on Tuesday evening with French musician-filmmaker Quentin Dupieux's Le Deuxieme Acte (The Second Act), India will have no dearth of action during the 12-day event. Never before in history have Cannes and its…

Pakistan army grants honorary rank to UK boxer Amir Khan

Retired British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan was recently granted the honorary rank of captain by the Pakistan army. The boxer clarified that it had nothing to do with Pakistan's political developments, Dawn reports. Khan thanked the army in a video shared on his Instagram account. The move comes shortly after Khan…

Tributes paid to woman killed in London stabbing

Anita Mukhey, a 66-year-old medical secretary in the NHS, was stabbed to death by a man attempting to steal her handbag near a bus stop in Edgware, north London. In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police, her family said: “Anita Mukhey, 66 years old, was a married mother and…

Karan Johar ‘humbled and honoured’ to receive Gold Legend Honor

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has been honoured at the third annual Gold House Gala. He shared glimpses of the event and said that he is "humbled" to receive the Gold Legend Honour. Taking to his Instagram handle, Karan Johar shared a video in which he can be seen receiving the…

Alia Bhatt to attend Gucci Cruise Show in London

After stealing the spotlight at Met Gala 2024 in Sabyasachi sari, actress Alia Bhatt is now set to catch eyeballs with her presence at the Gucci Cruise show 2025 in London. Before boarding the flight to London, the Gangubai Kathiawadi star happily posed for the shutterbugs at the Mumbai airport…

Fifth straight win keeps Bengaluru’s playoff hopes alive

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) clinched their fifth consecutive victory to bolster their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff aspirations by defeating Delhi Capitals by 47 runs on Sunday. Posting 187-9, Bengaluru's Cameron Green's unbeaten 24-ball 32 proved crucial. In response, Delhi Capitals were dismissed for 140 in 19.1 overs at the…

India’s election enters fourth phase

INDIA's six-week election resumed Monday (13) including in Kashmir, where voters are expected to show their discontent with prime minister Narendra Modi's cancellation of their disputed territory's semi-autonomy and the security crackdown that followed. Modi remains popular across much of India and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is widely…

British climber, Nepali guide set Everest climbing records

A British climber and a Nepali guide have broken their own records for most climbs of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, hiking officials said on Sunday (12). Rakesh Gurung, director of Nepal's Department of Tourism, said Britain's Kenton Cool, 50, and Nepali guide Kami Rita Sherpa, 54, climbed the…

Police alert Asian communities amid surge in gold thefts

POLICE have issued a warning to Asian communities in response to a string of burglaries targeting family gold. According to Hampshire police, there have been 19 incidents in the Eastleigh area and Southampton this year. Gold carries significant emotional meaning for numerous Asian families, frequently handed down through successive generations.…

Kolkata book IPL play-off berth

SPINNER Varun Chakravarthy returned bowling figures of 2-17 as Kolkata Knight Riders became the first team to qualify for the IPL play-offs with an 18-run win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday (11), with skipper Shreyas Iyer hailing his side's "many game-changers". Two-time champions Kolkata posted 157-7 as Venkatesh Iyer top-scored…

Canada charges fourth Indian in Nijjar killing

A fourth Indian was charged by Canadian authorities Saturday (11) in the 2023 killing of a separatist Sikh leader in Vancouver. Amandeep Singh, 22, was already being held for unrelated gun charges before being charged with "first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder" in the slaying of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.…

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber expecting first child

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber are expecting their first child together — and have renewed their vows. The couple announced the news on their respective Instagram pages with corresponding posts. Both begin with a short, romantic video clip of the couple kissing. Hailey Bieber is draped in white lace; baby…

‘Maharaja’ to ‘Kill’: Line-up for 2024 Indian Film Festival of…

The 2024 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its lineup for the 22nd annual edition of the acclaimed film festival. Taking to its official Instagram handle, IFFLA dropped a promo video along with the lineup announcement. The festival will be held between June 27 and 30 at Landmark…

Arif Zakaria, Ira Dubey join Nikkhil Advani’s ‘Freedom at Midnight’

Seasoned actors Arif Zakaria and Ira Dubey have joined the cast of Nikkhil Advani's political thriller series Freedom at Midnight, the makers announced on Saturday. Zakaria has been cast as Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the SonyLIV series, which is co-produced by StudioNext and Advani’s Emmay Entertainment. It is based on…

Voters not yet fully convinced by Labour: Lord Kinnock

Former Labour leader Lord Neil Kinnock has warned that though the voters are upset with the Tories, they are not yet in love with Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party. He told BBC Radio Four’s Week that it was “fair” to say that voters were not fully convinced by his party,…

India’s cricket board searching for new men’s team head coach

India's cricket board is searching for a new coach for the men's cricket team post the T20 World Cup in June, while also offering Rahul Dravid the chance to reapply. Dravid, who took over as head coach in November 2021, received a short-term extension after his initial two-year contract ended…

Man convicted for trying to mislead FCA investigators

An Asian-origin man has been convicted for providing a forged document to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigators while they were probing a £1.3-million boiler room fraud. Taheer Sardar (46) was on Friday (10) sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court. He pleaded…

Leicester woman found dead was ‘backbone of family’, says tribute

In the aftermath of the death of an Asian-origin woman in a Leicester home, her loved ones described her as a "bubbly and caring" person who was "the backbone" of her family. Tarnjeet Riaz, 44, was found dead at Tarbat Road on Monday, sparking an outpouring of grief from those…

Athletes running 4-minute mile outlive others: Study

Athletes who run a mile in under four minutes are found to live for about five more years than their predicted life expectancy, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers tracked the longevity of the first 200 athletes ever to have run a…

Sikkimese director’s ‘Tara: The Lost Star’ to be screened at…

Sikkimese director Samten Bhutia's feature film Tara: The Lost Star has been selected for market screening at the Cannes International Film Festival. The film, directed by Bhutia, is produced by Sabitri Chettri, under the banner of SaDa Productions in association with Passang Mintok Films. "With its compelling narrative, Tara: The…

Peter Weir to receive lifetime achievement award at Venice Film…

Australian filmmaker Peter Weir, acclaimed for his directorial prowess in cinematic gems like Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, and Master and Commander, is set to be honoured with the prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the upcoming 81st edition of the Venice Film Festival. This announcement was made…

Gill, Sudarshan tons power Gujarat to 35-run win over Chennai

In the Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Titans secured a 35-run victory over Chennai Super Kings, thanks to a record-equalling 210-run opening partnership between Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan. Chennai, opting to field after winning the toss, couldn't contain Gujarat as they posted 231-3. Despite efforts, Chennai could…

IMF doubts Pakistan’s repayment capacity

The IMF has said that Pakistan faces major debt-repayment challenges and expressed serious doubts over the cash-strapped country's capacity to repay the global lender, according to a media report on Saturday. The Washington-based bank's assessment of Pakistan's economy came as an IMF support team reached the country on Friday to…

Northern lights on display across the UK following solar storm

The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, were visible across the UK, delighting observers nationwide. Excited onlookers shared images of the lights from various areas including Liverpool, Kent, Norfolk, Sussex, and parts of Scotland, reported the BBC. This impressive phenomenon is typically only seen from northern regions of the…

10 Strategies for Early Identification of Addiction

Addiction is a complex and insidious condition that can infiltrate lives without warning, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), substance use disorders cost the United States more than $600 billion annually in healthcare costs, crime-related expenses, and lost productivity.…

Bringing Light to Your Home: Essential Tips for Choosing Lighting…

Lighting is one of the most crucial elements in interior design, capable of transforming the ambience and functionality of any space. From creating a cozy atmosphere in the living room to enhancing productivity in the home office, the right lighting fixtures play a pivotal role. This comprehensive guide will delve…

Building Trust, Building Brands: The Importance of Website Design in…

In the dynamic business landscape of Brisbane, where competition is fierce and consumer expectations are high, brand's identity, building trust and establishing a solid brand presence are paramount for success. In this digital age, your website serves as your business's virtual storefront, making it crucial to prioritize effective website design…

Crafting Your Baby’s Dream Nursery: A Complete Guide with the…

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on designing the ultimate sanctuary for your little one—the nursery room! Whether you're a first-time parent or expanding your family, creating a nurturing space for your baby is an exciting journey. This guide explores extensive range of essential items and decor ideas and introduces you…

Vinay Patel and Nina Segal join Royal Court as associate…

David Byrne, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, recently announced that Vinay Patel (An Adventure), Nina Segal (Shooting Hedda Gabler), Mike Bartlett (Love, Love, Love), and Ryan Calais Cameron (For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy), will join the Royal Court as Associate Playwrights,…

Big Beds for Big Buddies: Finding the Perfect Pet Bed…

Finding the perfect pet bed is no small feat for those who share their lives with extra-large canine companions. Humans need a comfortable mattress for quality sleep, so our furry friends deserve a cozy spot to rest their weary bones. In this comprehensive guide to pet products, we'll explore everything…

Maximising Productivity: How Corporate Jet Charter Redefines Business Trips

In the dynamic landscape of global business, efficiency is paramount. Every minute counts, and nowhere is this truer than in business travel. Traditionally, commercial flights have been the go-to option for corporate travel. However, as companies increasingly prioritize productivity and time management, corporate jet charter has emerged as a game-changer, redefining…

Sweep Away Savings: Why Regular Solar Panel Cleaning is Worth…

Solar panels are a significant investment for homeowners and businesses, offering a clean and renewable energy source that can significantly reduce electricity bills and carbon footprints. However, to ensure optimal performance and longevity of solar panels, regular maintenance, including cleaning, is crucial. This blog post delves into the importance of…

Lawyer accuses Post Office of withholding crucial Information

A barrister who advised the Post Office to stop prosecuting branch owner-operators has alleged that the state-owned company likely tricked him by not providing important information. While speaking during the public inquiry, Simon Clarke, who worked for the law firm Cartwright King, said that the Post Office concealed a document…

Prince Harry, Meghan visit Nigeria for Invictus drive

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle visited Nigeria on Friday as part of his promotion of the Invictus Games, the sporting event he founded for wounded military veterans. The couple arrived Friday in the Nigerian capital Abuja and visited a school run by a local non-profit linked to their…

Media personalities back radio presenter Sangita Myska

MORE than 100 media personalities, activists, broadcasters, and lawyers have signed a letter supporting Asian-origin radio presenter and journalist Sangita Myska, who was taken off-air a few weeks ago from LBC. The signatories include musician Charlotte Church, Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana and James Mates of ITV News. The letter…

India’s response in Pannun case satisfactory, says Eric Garcetti

US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, has said that the US is "satisfied" with India's response to allegations regarding its officials' involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil. Speaking at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a think…

Infant sleep deprivation tied to adult psychosis risk: study

CHILDREN experiencing a chronic lack of sleep since infancy could be at an increased risk of having psychosis in early adulthood, a new study has found. Analysing the sleep durations of nearly 12,400 children from when they were aged six months to seven years, researchers found that those persistently sleeping…

Beshenivsky murder: Life term for mastermind

The mastermind of a 2005 armed robbery in Bradford, in which a woman police officer was shot dead, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 40 years. Piran Ditta Khan, 75, was last month found guilty of murdering West Yorkshire Police officer Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot…

NSA Barrow holds talks with Indian counterpart Doval

Britain's national security advisor (NSA), Tim Barrow, met with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, in New Delhi on Thursday. The talks were focused on boosting India-UK cooperation in the areas of critical technologies and security. During this meeting, discussions were held on the "Technology and Security Initiative, which will be…

India to host ‘Bharat Parv’ at 77th Cannes Film Fest

India is set to host a 'Bharat Parv' at the 77th Cannes Film Festival for eminent dignitaries and delegates from around the world to showcase the myriad creative opportunities in the country. At the prestigious film gala, a delegation consisting of representatives from central and state governments as well as…

India elections 2024: What we learned this week

THE third phase of India’s elections saw a voter turnout of nearly 62 per cent across 93 constituencies in 11 states and union territories. Assam state recorded the highest turnout at 75.53 per cent, followed by Goa at 74.47 per cent and West Bengal at 73.93 per cent. The lowest…

Pakistan’s maiden lunar orbiter sends first images

PAKISTAN'S maiden lunar orbiter sent the first images of the sun and the moon, days after it was launched as part of China's moon mission. The mini satellite ‘iCube-Qamar' was launched as part of China's Chang'e-6 lunar mission on May 3 from the Hainan province. The images were unveiled at…

Anuvab Pal: Modi is looming over all art and culture…

Comedian Anuvab Pal has said he is careful about what he posts on social media for fear of censorship in India. Pal, who is on tour in the UK with his new show this month, conceded that self-expression is “tricky” in an interview with the Telegraph. Referring to India’s prime…

Boost for opposition in India as Kejriwal gets bail for…

In a significant boost for the opposition alliance in the country, India's top court granted temporary bail to Delhi's chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, in a graft case, allowing him to campaign in the ongoing general elections. The bail is extended until June 1, the final day of voting, following which…

Meera Syal says racist abuse kept her away from football…

BRITISH ASIAN actress and writer Meera Syal has shared her experience of steering clear of football matches for decades after encountering racist abuse during her first and only visit to a game over thirty years ago. Syal, who shot to success with Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No…

John Lewis pruned 3,800 jobs in a year

RETAIL giant John Lewis Partnership has axed 3,800 jobs over the past year in its department stores and supermarkets, as it races to cut costs, The Telegraph reports. As per the new filings, the number of staff working at John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets has dropped to 70,500…

Asian business staffed with autistic people wins King’s Award for…

AN Asian business which employs people who have autism across the business is among 252 companies whose success has been recognised by the King. Chocolate maker Harry Specters from Ely, Cambridgeshire, has received the 2024 King's Award for promoting opportunity. Harry Specters was founded in 2012 by Mona and Shaz…

Fiji prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka meets King Charles in London

Fiji’s prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, met with King Charles at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. He was in the country at the invitation of the King. He also met with the Fijian diaspora community at the Fiji High Commission to the United Kingdom in London. Rabuka acknowledged the historical links between…

King becomes patron of leprosy charity

Charity organisation Lepra has welcomed the announcement that King Charles will provide patronage in its fight against leprosy. The organisation, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, received a letter in this regard on May 7. Lepra’s relationship with the royal family began in 1924, when the Prince of Wales, the…

Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez confirm ‘Red, White &…

Amazon MGM Studios on Friday announced a sequel to its romantic comedy movie Red, White & Royal Blue. Actors Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez will return for the sequel and reprise their characters of Prince Henry and Alex Claremont-Diaz, respectively. Red, White & Royal Blue, which premiered on streamer…

Asian schoolboy, 11, joins Mensa

An 11-year-old boy from south London has recently joined Mensa, the high-IQ society, after achieving a score of 162. Dhruv, a student at Robin Hood Junior School in Sutton, earned membership in April, reported the BBC. His father, Praveen Kumar, expressed his joy, stating, "As a family, we are very…

Heartening to see greater representation of queer people on screen:…

Filmmaker Kiran Rao says it is heartening to see LGBTQ stories finding space in mainstream filmmaking, even though the progress has been quite slow. The Laapataa Ladies director serves as a jury member for the narrative segment of the upcoming edition of the Kashish Pride Film Festival, South Asia's biggest…

Step-father convicted for murder of actress Laila Khan, five others

The sessions court in Mumbai on Thursday convicted Parvez Tak for the 2011 murder of his step-daughter and actress Laila Khan, her mother, and Laila’s four siblings. Tak was found guilty of murder and destruction of evidence among other offences under the Indian Penal Code. The court will hear arguments…

Rushdie urges Italy Prime Minister to ‘grow up’ over criticism

Writer Salman Rushdie has urged Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to be more tolerant of criticism, saying she should "be less childish and grow up", according to media reports. The Indian-born author was speaking to journalists at the Turin book fair, where he is due to appear alongside Italian journalist…

Journey to restore Air India’s glory well under way: CEO…

AIR INDIA CEO Campbell Wilson has said that the journey to restoring the airline to its former glory is well underway, as part of a five-year turnaround plan unveiled last year. In recent years, India’s national airline accumulated billions in losses and struggled with a reputation for being late and…

Labour vows strong mesures to stop boat migrants

The Labour party, widely expected to take power this year, will attempt to crack down on people-smuggling gangs bringing migrants across the Channel with new counter-terrorism powers, party leader Keir Starmer said Friday. The crossings from northern Europe in small boats will be a key issue during a general election…

Oldham Temple organises fundraiser for charity

OLDHAM's Shree Swaminarayan Mandir will host a garden party on Saturday (11) to raise money for a local domestic violence charity, a statement said. The annual event will take place from 12pm to 5pm on Copster Hill Road, with all proceeds being donated to the Saheli charity. Saheli, which means…

Kohli’s heroics keep Bengaluru’s playoff hopes alive

Virat Kohli's brilliant 92-run innings powered Royal Challengers Bengaluru to a commanding 60-run triumph over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, reigniting their faint hopes for a playoff berth. The 35-year-old Kohli's masterful display, complemented by valuable partnerships with Rajat Patidar (55) and Cameron Green (46), propelled Bengaluru to…

Air India Express crisis ends after two days of disruption

Air India Express employees have returned to work, ending a strike that caused disruptions in flight operations. The budget carrier had to cancel flights for two consecutive days due to cabin crew reporting sick. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by these unintended disruptions," said an Air India Express spokesperson…

Academy Museum to celebrate music of Indian cinema through ‘RRR’,…

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has organised a programme that will explore “musical tapestries” created by acclaimed soundtracks of three celebrated films from Indian cinema — RRR, Slumdog Millionaire, and Lagaan. The museum, under the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said the lecture will be held on…

UK emerges from recession with 0.6 per cent GDP growth

Britain's economy experienced its most substantial growth in almost three years during the first quarter of 2024, marking the end of the recent recession. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a 0.6 per cent expansion in gross domestic product from January to March, the highest since late 2021. Analysts…

Immigration not making country ‘richer’: Ex-minister

Former Tory minister Robert Jenrick said that immigration was not making Britain “richer” and called for reducing the number of people coming to the country to make it more cohesive and united. Jenrick had quit as immigration minister in December after prime minister Rishi Sunak defied his calls to go…

Asian man among three arrested in counter-terrorism investigation: report

AN Asian shopkeeper and father-of-two was among the three arrested on Wednesday (8) in northern England on suspicion of 'commission, preparation, and instigation of acts of terrorism,' reported The MailOnline. According to the report, he was arrested at The Warehouse Gym, in Hindley near Wigan and was tied up by…

Sri Lanka to hold presidential polls between Sept 17 and…

Sri Lanka's election commission has officially declared that the presidential election will take place between September 17 and October 16 this year. "In terms of the powers vested in the elections commission the presidential election will be held at a date between 17 September and 16 October," said election commission…

Tranquil escapes and timeless charm: Exploring Merrivale Gardens in Great…

Nestled within the heart of Great Yarmouth, the Merrivale Gardens stand as a beloved family attraction, beckoning visitors with its picturesque landscapes and delightful array of activities. Spanning over an acre of meticulously landscaped gardens, complete with tranquil streams, cascading waterfalls, and a serene lake adorned with graceful Koi Carp,…

Isabelle Huppert to serve as Venice Film Festival jury president

French actress Isabelle Huppert will serve as the president of the international jury of the competition at the 81st Venice International Film Festival, which takes place from August 28 to September 7, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The jury will decide on the Golden Lion for best film, as well…

Discover the depths: Enchanting underwater world of Great Yarmouth’s SEA…

Tucked away on Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth, the SEA LIFE Centre beckons, providing an engrossing expedition into the captivating world of the sea. Get ready to be mesmerised by a wide variety of marine life, including majestic sharks and delicate sea turtles, all shown in displays that have been…

Drug shortages putting patients’ lives at risk: Survey

Drug shortages in England have worsened and is even putting the health of patients at risk, says Community Pharmacy England (CPE), a trade body of pharmacists. Its survey of 6,100 pharmacies and 2,000 staff found that 99 per cent are encountering shortages once a week, while 72 per cent face…

More people express dissatisfaction with their lives, data shows

THE proportion of people expressing dissatisfaction with their lives in the UK has increased to 5.8 per cent in the five years to October to December 2023, new data revealed on Thursday (9). More people are not working in the country due to long-term sickness, with 22.2 per cent of…

Brothers arrested for fatal stabbing of Indian student in Australia

Two Indian-origin brothers, Abhijeet Abhijeet, 26, and Robin Gartan, 27, have been apprehended by Australian police following the fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old MTech student from India. The incident unfolded during a dispute at a residence in Melbourne's southeast. "Navjeet's friend (another Indian student) had asked him to accompany him…

Hina Bokhari to lead Liberal Democrats in London assembly

HINA BOKHARI is the new leader of Liberal Democrats in the London assembly, it was announced on Thursday (9). She becomes the first ethnic minority woman to lead a group at City Hall since its establishment in 2000, and also the first ethnic minority woman to lead a group in…

Monty Panesar quits Galloway’s party

Just eight days after announcing he was standing for parliament election, former England cricketer Monty Panesar has withdrawn as a candidate for George Galloway's Workers Party of Britain. The former left-arm spinner had intended to stand in Ealing Southall, held by the main opposition Labour party. Panesar, 42, who played…

Ramesh Bhutada donates $1m for ‘Hindu causes’ in US

INDIAN AMERICAN philanthropist Ramesh Bhutada has donated $1 million (£800m) to the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) for Hindu causes in the US. Houston-based businessman Bhutada during a recent gala of Hindu American Foundation committed the amount over the next four years to HAF. In March 2023, he donated $1m to…

Ali Fazal joins Kamal Haasan on Mani Ratnam’s ‘Thug Life’

Actor Ali Fazal is the latest addition to Thug Life, the upcoming movie from cinema veterans Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam. The critically-acclaimed filmmaker and the veteran actor are reuniting after 35 years for the Tamil star’s 234th feature film. They earlier worked together on the 1987 critical hit Nayakan.…

Rashmika Mandanna to star opposite Salman Khan in ‘Sikandar’

Animal actress Rashmika Mandanna will feature opposite superstar Salman Khan in the upcoming movie Sikandar, the makers announced on Thursday. Salman will play the titular role in the movie, which will be directed by A R Murugadoss of Ghajini and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty fame. Set to be…

Real Madrid stun Bayern, book Champions League final clash with…

Real Madrid orchestrated an remarkable turnaround against Bayern Munich, securing a berth in the Champions League final with a thrilling 2-1 victory. Joselu emerged as the unlikely hero, delivering two crucial goals in the 88th and 91st minutes to propel Madrid to a 4-3 aggregate win. Coach Carlo Ancelotti couldn't…

Seven workers shot dead near Pakistan’s Gwadar port

Gunmen shot and killed seven workers near southwestern Pakistan's Gwadar port early on Thursday, police said. Police official Mohsin Ali said the gunmen stormed into a house some 25 km (15 miles) east of the port city and shot and killed the workers in their sleep. The official said the…

Head, Abhishek star as Hyderabad thrash Lucknow by 10 wickets

Sunrisers Hyderabad secured a dominant victory over Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL match on Wednesday, winning by 10 wickets. The openers, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, were in sublime form and thrashed the opposition attack all over the park and chased down the target of 166 runs with 10.2…

The power of beauty: Enhancing your appearance and aura

In a world where charm is considered deceptive and beauty often seems fleeting, there are certain elements of art that endure, transcend trends, and outlive most passing fads. This element is everlasting, and that is why it will always be more important than fashion. How we look after ourselves isn’t…

UK’s first Asian mayor, Jagdish Sharma, completes 50 years of…

JAGDISH SHARMA, the councillor for Hounslow Council, completes a milestone this month as it was 50 years ago in May that he was elected as a councillor for the first time. The veteran has held several responsible positions since then, including cabinet member, chief whip, deputy leader, leader of the…

Labour surges to biggest polling lead since Liz Truss’s tenure:…

Labour has achieved its most substantial polling lead since the era of former Conservative prime minister Liz Truss. According to a YouGov poll, Labour is 30 points ahead of the Conservatives, marking the worst reading for Rishi Sunak since assuming the role of prime minister, reported The Times. The Conservatives…

How Should Medicare Advantage (MA) Organizations Approach HCC Coding?

Value-based care, where payment is based on patient outcomes rather than merely the amount of services rendered, is significantly changing the healthcare environment. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which primarily rely on CMS risk adjustment and Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding to determine beneficiary payments, are a prime example of this transformation.…

Are Online BCA Courses Worth the Investment?

On the digital scene that is growing and changing faster than you could have thought, the achievement of a Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA) degree is made more attainable by the advent of online learning. With technology persistently reshaping the ways work, studying and communication is being done, the requirement…

Neghat Khan to lead Nottingham council

COUNCILLOR Neghat Khan has been installed as the new leader of Nottingham city council. The former Robin Hood Energy chairwoman and Dales ward councillor will take over from Cllr David Mellen, who this year announced he would be stepping down after a “challenging” five years. Cllr Ethan Radford, who represents…

Sam Pitroda resigns from Congress after racist remarks

SAM PITRODA resigned as the chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress on Wednesday (8) after his controversial remarks on diversity in India spurred the ruling BJP to label the party "racist". Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on X that party chief Mallikarjun Kharge accepted Pitroda's decision. "Sam Pitroda has…

Charli XCX confirms she wrote music for Britney Spears: ‘She…

Despite Britney Spears’ denials, Charli XCX has confirmed that she did write some songs for the singer, though she admits Britney may not have been aware of it at the time. Appearing on the Watch What Happens Live! After Show, the 31-year-old singer was asked if there was any truth…

Mohit Ramchandani accused of being abusive racist in a lawsuit

Filmmaker Mohit Ramchandani, who has worked in films with stars such as Paul Rudd and Anne Hathaway and is known for directing indie feature Dreamer and City of Dreams, has been accused of being an abusive racist in a lawsuit filed by the mother of his child, Mexican citizen Patricia…

English cricketers voice concern over gruelling schedule

A BIG majority of professional cricket players in England and Wales have expressed concern about the demanding county cricket schedule, research published on Monday (6) by the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) has shown.   This year’s County Championship will run from April to September, with breaks to accommodate the T20 Blast…

New weight class suits my natural body frame: Lovlina Bogohain

INDIAN boxer Lovlina Borgohain will step onto the scales a bit heavier at the Paris Olympics. The boxer from Assam is set to compete in the women’s 75kg event this summer after the 69kg division, in which she won a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, was scrapped from the Paris…

India, EU pledge joint efforts for Indo-Pacific stability

India and the European Union (EU) have pledged to expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific to tackle shared security challenges and foster peace and stability in the region. This commitment was discussed during a security and defence dialogue held in Delhi on Monday. Co-chaired by Vishvesh Negi from India's defence ministry…

How writer Hunia Chawla found freedom in her play ‘Permission’

NEW theatre play Permission follows a newly arrived Pakistani woman in London as she wrestles the expectations of being ‘respectable’, while being torn between a love for community and rebellion in a foreign land.  The fiercely feminist production leaping between different worlds, looks at themes that include freedom and identity.…

Boohoo’s net loss almost doubles

FAST-FASHION retailer Boohoo, whose brands include Karen Millen and PrettyLittleThing, reported Wednesday (8) a near-doubling of annual net losses caused by high inflation and weak demand. The online retailer announced a loss after tax of £140.9 million ($176m) in its financial year to the end of February. That compared with…

Deviyani Sharma: ‘Save the Tigers’ is the perfect example of…

DEVIYANI SHARMA announced herself with winning performance in hit Hotstart serials Save The Tigers and Shaitaan.   The big streaming site successes have shown her superb range as an actress. The ambitious young star has set herself high goals and is looking forward to taking on bigger challenges, including international cinema. …

How Hindutva became popular among India’s diaspora

WITH Narendra Modi tipped to win a third term as India’s prime minister, there will probably be even greater interest in a new book, Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Diaspora: Transnational Politics and British Multiculturalism. This is because the assertive Hindu nationalism – labelled as ‘Hinduvta’ – is associated with…

Shoojit Sircar’s next to release on November 15

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar on Wednesday said his new feature film will hit the screens on November 15. The director made the announcement on the ninth anniversary of his film Piku, a heartwarming story about a father and daughter, played by Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone. Sircar, also known for Vicky…

ArcelorMittal accused of greenwashing ahead of Olympic flame arrival

ENVIRONMENTAL groups accused ArcelorMittal of greenwashing a day ahead of the arrival in France Wednesday (8) of the Olympic flame in a torch forged with low-carbon steel from the world's second-largest steelmaker. They said the firm, which alone emits as much carbon as a country the size of Belgium, is…

Priyanka Chopra finishes filming ‘Heads of State’

Priyanka Chopra has finished shooting for her highly anticipated film Heads of State. The Global icon shared a video featuring her daughter Malti Marie and her crew. Taking to Instagram, Priyanka treated fans with a BTS video including all the moments from the sets. From group pictures to playful moments…

Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke defects to Labour

Another lawmaker from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party defected to the opposition Labour Party on Wednesday, the second to do so in less than two weeks, criticising what she called broken promises of a "tired and chaotic government". Sunak's Conservatives trail Labour by about 20 points in opinion polls…

Top 10 films of Prakash Mehra

LEGENDARY filmmaker Prakash Mehra made a mark in Bollywood with his own brand of entertaining cinema and delivered hit films that entertained audiences, including one that changed the industry forever. The maverick producer and director did things his own way during an action-packed career filled with magical movie moments. Born…

Pakistan, Iran explore ways to complete gas pipeline project

IRAN and Pakistan are looking at ways to complete a long-delayed gas pipeline project between the two countries, Iran’s consul general to Pakistan, Hassan Nourian, said on Monday (6). “We see political determination from Pakistan to complete the project,” he told reporters in Karachi. Both countries signed an agreement to…

Selecting the right lashes for different eye shapes

THEY say your eyes are the windows to your soul, and what better way to accentuate them than with the perfect pair of lashes? Whether you have almond-shaped, round, hooded or any other unique eye shape, there’s a lash style out there that can enhance your natural beauty.   In…

‘Debt restructuring key to Sri Lanka’s recovery’

STRATEGICALLY placed Sri Lanka’s economic recovery was essential for stability in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan’s foreign minister said last Saturday (4), urging Colombo to swiftly restructure its foreign debt. Yoko Kamikawa said Colombo should secure agreements with bilateral lenders and international sovereign bondholders to unlock suspended foreign funding for the…

‘Indian Americans support third term for Modi’

MAJORITY of Indian Americans favour a third term for prime minister Narendra Modi as his government’s policies are transforming India, an influential community leader has said. Indians are part of the deep economic growth of the US and they’ve been working hard to contribute to the economic growth, Indian American…

Helpful hair hacks for a healthier glow

BUSINESS entrepreneur Jayna Kerai was motivated by personal experiences growing up to create her Ayurveda inspired haircare brand REIKA Botanics. A desire to make a difference led her towards developing powerful oils that nourish, condition, and protect all types of hair. That holistic approach with natural products has helped many…

What’s holding up UK-India FTA?

RESEARCHERS have described the prospect of the UK and India concluding a free trade agreement as “prolonged optimistic caution”, adding that issues the ongoing general election and immigration visas will play a major part in how any deal is concluded. Last month, a delegation led by a senior UK government…

How Nehru set a precedent to curb individual freedom

IN HIS decade in power, prime minister Narendra Modi stands accused of eroding Indian democracy down to its bones – suppressing dissent and freedom of expression, taking India into the grip of unbridled authoritarianism, and earning the country the tag of an ‘electoral autocracy’ from Freedom House. [caption id="attachment_294146" align="alignright"…

Sukh Ojla: All about The Aunty Years

MORE than 30 shows already scheduled of her newly commenced UK tour and many getting sold out well in advance, illustrates just how incredibly popular Sukh Ojla has become.  That success is a result of a stunning rise on the stand-up circuit in a relatively short space of time, which…

UK engineer and Whirlpool aim to plug the ‘laundry gap’

THE ASIAN founder of a start-up has revealed his ambition to bridge the “global washing divide” as he announced a collaboration with Whirlpool Foundation to help families in low-income and displaced communities. Navjot (also known as Nav) Sawhney is the founder of the Washing Machine Project, which aims to alleviate…

Bad year for Bollywood

BOLLYWOOD had been on such a horrible downward slide for several years that regional industries like Telugu films took over Indian cinema. After a long list of catastrophic failures, the Hindi film industry spectacularly turned things around in 2023 with super hit films like Jawan, Pathaan, Animal and Gadar 2. …

Muslim donations surge amid cost of living crisis

DONATIONS to British charities increased during Ramadan this year, with more £100 million estimated to have been raised, sector leaders said, despite the cost of living crisis. British Muslims have been praised for their generosity during the holy month, which came to an end in April, towards good causes in…

Nijjar killing: Three accused appear before court

Three Indian nationals accused of killing Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year have appeared before a Canadian court through video for the first time to face homicide charges in a case that has soured Canada-India relations. Karan Brar, 22, Kamalpreet Singh, 22, and Karanpreet Singh, 28, all Indian nationals…

My playlist with TRXBL

BRIGHT British music talent TRXBL has lit up the music scene with sparkling songs that have mixed up a melting pot of influences.   The Leicester based singer and rapper added to his growing reputation with recently released track Habibi (My Lover), which has received a positive response. Eastern Eye…

Robert Downey Jr to make his Broadway debut with Ayad…

Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr is set to make his Broadway debut with McNeal, a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar. Downey Jr, who recently won his maiden Oscar trophy for Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, will play the titular author in the play, which is being staged by Broadway giant…

RHS conference tackles water challenges in British gardens

WATER conservation at homes and gardens and tackling the cost of living crisis were key themes at the RHS spring conference in London last week, when speakers discussed adapting to the UK’s wetter winters and drier summers. At a day-long seminar, the Royal Horticultural Society also unveiled its plans for…

YSOBLUE: Creative colours of a new music artist

AN EXCITING generation of independent Indian artists like YSOBLUE are adding a new dimension to commercial music with songs that cross cool creative horizons. The multi-genre music producer has teamed up with eclectic artists for his accomplished debut album Shown In Blue, which has diverse songs with cross-generational appeal. The…

Woah! Dr Zeus is in the house

THERE is no denying that Dr Zeus has been unstoppable since bursting onto the music scene 25 years ago. One of the greatest British Asian music producers of all time, he has entertained all ages around the world with top tracks that have become a part of popular culture. Having…

Passengers stranded at airports as Air India cancels flights

AIR INDIA EXPRESS has cancelled more than 80 flights since Tuesday (7) night with a section of senior cabin crew reporting sick to protest against alleged mismanagement at the Tata Group-owned airline, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at various airports in the country. Scores of Air India Express passengers, mostly…

India arrests four for duping men to fight for Russian…

Indian authorities have arrested four people accused of "trafficking" citizens of the country to fight for the Russian army in Ukraine. They have been accused of luring young men to Russia with the promise of lucrative jobs or university admissions only to force them to fight in the war in…

Indians help to find solutions to global problems: Jay Chaudhury

INDIA is playing a very critical role in the IT sector and Indians are helping the world find solutions to global problems, the CEO of a top American cloud security company has said. Jay Chaudhury, CEO and founder of San Jose-based Zscaler also said the Modi government is playing a…

‘Bridgerton’ changed landscape of what is and isn’t allowed: Nicola…

Audiences are crying out for representation and Bridgerton has done just that by changing the landscape of what is and isn’t allowed on screen, says actor Nicola Coughlan, who is leading the third season of the Regency era series after staying in the shadows as Penelope Featherington. Coughlan’s co-lead Luke…

Council leader cites ‘toxic local politics’ for poor Oldham results

LABOUR lost its overall majority in Oldham Council for the first time in 13 years, and saw seven seats go to independent candidates, writes Charlotte Hall. Though Labour gained two seats in Hollinwood and Failsworth East, they were left with just 26 councillors when the final results were announced at…

Imran Khan’s wife moved to jail on her request: Lawyer

A court in Pakistan granted a request on Wednesday by Bushra Bibi, the wife of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, to be moved to jail, her lawyer said, instead of house arrest. In her petition to the Islamabad High Court, Bushra had accused authorities of violating her privacy and serving…

SS Rajamouli wants to make an animation film

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli on Tuesday said he has been toying with the idea of making an animation film for some time now. The director said he hopes to venture into "newer" territories in his future projects, much like his latest animation series Baahubali: Crown of Blood, which is set in…

Bangladesh’s decision to reopen schools welcomed

SCHOOLS in Bangladesh reopened last Sunday (5) and classes continued last weekend after a searing heatwave a week ago that suspended lessons, as the country baked in temperatures that surged to well over 40ºC. Bangladesh has wavered over reopening schools for some 33 million students amid pressure to prepare pupils…

London rejected politics of hate, says Sadiq Khan

RE-ELECTED London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the rest of the country to follow the lead of Londoners and reject the Conservative Party’s “racist” and “fear-mongering” politics at the next general election. Khan, 53, last Saturday (4) secured a historic third term in office, the first London mayor to…

Delhi Capitals get playoff push with 20-run win over Rajasthan…

Delhi Capitals continued their charge towards securing a playoff berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 20-run victory over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson's valiant 86 went in vain as Delhi managed to defend their imposing total of 221-8 at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.…

Heeramandi stars shine a light on Bhansali’s cinematic genius

REUNITING with acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was a key reason for the ensemble cast of Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar to come together, the actors told Eastern Eye. Billed as tale of love, power, revenge and freedom, the series explores the cultural reality of Heeramandi, a district in Lahore, through…

Pakistan mulls raising retirement age amid economic challenges

PAKISTAN is considering raising its retirement age to reduce burgeoning pension payments ahead of the annual budget and International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visit, the country’s finance minister Muhammad Aurangzeb said on Tuesday (7). An IMF mission is likely to visit Pakistan within the next 10 days to discuss a…

Care homes founder abseils down Empire State building, raises millions

THE head of a leading group of care homes abseiled down the Empire State Building as part of charitable cause that has, so far, raised £2.4 million for the development of young people. Avnish Goyal, chair of Hallmark Luxury Care Homes and founder of two charities – the Goyal Foundation…

Pakistan braved worst April rains in decades

PAKISTAN experienced its “wettest April since 1961”, receiving more than twice as much rain as usual for the month, the country’s weather agency said in a report. April rainfall was recorded at 59.3 millimetres, “excessively above” the normal average of 22.5 millimeters, Pakistan’s metrology department said late last Friday (3)…

AstraZeneca withdraws Covid vaccine after admitting to rare side effects

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is withdrawing its Covid-19 vaccine globally due to an excess of available updated vaccines since the pandemic began. The company stated it would also move forward with withdrawing the marketing authorisations for the vaccine Vaxzevria within Europe. "As multiple, variant Covid-19 vaccines have since been developed, there…

Around 62 per cent polling in third phase of India…

The third phase of India's elections saw a voter turnout of nearly 62 per cent across 93 constituencies in 11 states and union territories. Assam state recorded the highest turnout at 75.53 per cent, followed by Goa at 74.47 per cent and West Bengal at 73.93 per cent. The lowest…

Meera Syal, David Oyelowo and others to front U.K. National…

Meera Syal, David Oyelowo, Emma D’Arcy, and Tobias Menzies are among the actors leading a trio of fall productions at the U.K.’s National Theatre in London. At the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theater, Syal will lead the world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s A Tupperware of Ashes, a family drama about life,…

Remittances outpace foreign investment in developing economies: report

INTERNATIONAL remittances have surpassed foreign direct investment in many low- and middle-income countries, a new report revealed. The World Migration Report 2024 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released on Tuesday (7) showed significant shifts in global migration patterns, including a record number of displaced people and a major…

Sri Lanka seals 20-year power pact with India’s Adani Green

Sri Lanka has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with Adani Green Energy Ltd, an Indian company, for two wind power stations, stated a cabinet announcement on Tuesday. Adani Green Energy secured approval last February to invest £353.6 million in developing wind power plants in Mannar town and Pooneryn village,…

Court rejects Nirav Modi’s fresh bail plea

FUGITIVE businessman Nirav Modi, who has been in prison in London for over five years, on Tuesday (7) had his new bail application rejected by a UK judge who ruled that he continued to pose a “substantial risk" of absconding justice. Diamond merchant Modi, 52, lost his extradition battle to…

Fifth suspect arrested in Salman Khan residence firing case

In the latest development surrounding the shooting incident outside actor Salman Khan's residence, Mumbai Crime Branch has apprehended a fifth suspect. The individual, identified as Mohammad Chaudhary, was arrested in Rajasthan for his alleged involvement in aiding the shooters, Sagar Pal and Vicky Gupta. Chaudhary facilitated financial assistance and reconnaissance…

No relief for Kejriwal from India’s top court in money…

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal faced a setback in India's apex court on Tuesday as the two-judge bench adjourned without issuing a verdict. Kejriwal was seeking interim bail to participate in the Indian election campaigning. Kejriwal faces accusations of money laundering in connection with the alleged Delhi excise scam. Justices…

Who is Mona Patel who created sensation with her Met…

The Met Gala, an annual extravaganza that brings together the crème de la crème of the fashion and entertainment worlds, once again descended upon New York City with unparalleled glamour and grandeur. Hosted by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Gala 2024 was a celebration…

Boparan’s firm reports ‘slight improvement’ on pre-tax loss

ASIAN entrepreneur Ranjit Singh Boparan's firm reported a £23.1 million loss last year, only a slight improvement on the £28.5m pre-tax loss the company recorded in 2022. The UK's largest poultry producer experienced a second consecutive year of losses due to the rapid increase in interest rates and unexpected inflation…

Sunak interacts with Go Dharmic volunteers

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday (7) helped prepare meals in a community kitchen along with volunteers as visited the charity Go Dharmic in London. Sunak helped make vegan kichari, a nutritious and affordable meal that is part of Go Dharmic’s “feed everyone” initiative. The prime minister spoke to Go…

Alia Bhatt to Simone Ashley: 10 South Asian women who…

The Met Gala has always been a pinnacle of glamour, creativity, and cultural significance in the world of fashion. This year, it was even more dazzling as several South Asian women graced the red carpet, showcasing their unique style and heritage with poise and elegance. Among the divas who stole…

Expert not given vital info before recommending surgery that killed…

A national medical expert has said she wouldn't have suggested a procedure that tragically led to the death of a leading doctor, had she known crucial details about his health. Professor Amit Patel, a leading doctor at the Christie cancer hospital, became seriously ill and was admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital…

BJP’s video attacking Congress, Muslims sparks outrage

A few days ago an animated video targeting India's Congress party and the Muslim community was taken down from Instagram after many users flagged it over hate speech concerns. But the animated clip that depicts the Congress giving disproportionate benefits to the Muslim community, at the cost of certain disadvantaged…

Comment: Sunak has to offer a competitive election to avoid…

MY DAD still plans to vote for Rishi Sunak at the general election. He mostly feels that somebody should. He sees the prime minister as a decent man, trying his best in difficult times. Because dad arrived in Britain during the week after Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech,…

Asda invests £70m to cut prices of essential items

SUPERMARKET giant Asda – owned by Blackburn’s billionaire Issa brothers – is investing £70 million in cutting its prices for 126 essential household items. The retailer – taken over by siblings Mohsin and Zuber in February 2021 – says the move will cut the cost of the key products by…

Leicester disorder review panel calls for evidence

A call for evidence has been launched on Tuesday (7) as part of an investigation into the civil unrest in Leicester in 2022. Led by former Labour MP and minister Lord Ian Austin, the independent Leicester review panel seeks to understand the events, their underlying reasons, and explore strategies to…

Trading Standards warn public over harmful illegal cosmetic products for…

The allure of saving money on cosmetic treatments by taking a DIY approach is understandable, especially in today’s economic climate. Professional salons and services can be expensive, and unregulated products, often available through online prices at a fraction of the cost, can be attractive. But when it comes to cosmetic…

USA spinner Nisarg Patel eager to face Indian stars at…

Ahmedabad-born USA left-arm spinner Nisarg Patel can't wait to pick brains of his much experienced India counterpart Ravindra Jadeja and "run machine" Virat Kohli on the sidelines of their T20 World Cup fixture in New York on June 12. Nisarg, who attended school in India before leaving for the US…

People with two copies of APOE4 genes at higher risk…

A study discovered a particular gene called APOE4 is present in people who have increased chances of Alzheimer's disease. A research paper published in the journal Nature Medicine found that people who carry two copies of the gene are at a higher risk of getting this disease. They also found…

RSC’s The Buddha of Suburbia a relatively faithful interpretation

A day before I saw the RSC production of The Buddha of Suburbia, a private school principal and I were chatting in his office about some of author Hanif Kureishi’s themes – whether they still resonate with readers and audiences today. Kureishi’s debut and seminal The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) is loosely semi-autobiographical and…

Academic courses on race and colonialism ‘threatened by cuts’

ACADEMICS have warned that cuts to arts and humanities courses in UK universities could lead to a poorer understanding of race and colonialism. Petitions are being circulated to keep anthropology alive at Kent University, where it's at risk of shutting down. Also, Oxford Brookes has already closed its music programme…

BP sees sharp profit decline as gas prices fall

British energy giant BP reported a significant downturn in its net profit for the first quarter, attributing the decline to a drop in gas prices compared to the corresponding period last year. According to BP's latest financial statement released on Tuesday, profit after tax plummeted by a staggering 72 per…

Sabyasachi becomes first Indian designer to walk Met Gala carpet

It's a pride moment for all as ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee created history by becoming the first Indian designer to grace the prestigious Met Gala carpet. On Tuesday, he attended the fashion extravaganza wearing an “embroidered cotton duster coat from the Sabyasachi Resort 2024 collection layered with tourmalines, pearls, emeralds…

‘Freedom at Midnight’ ropes in five international actors to cast

The makers of the political thriller series Freedom at Midnight have added five international actors to the cast. The five actors -- Luke McGibney, Andrew Cullum, Richard Teverson, Alistair Finlay, and Cordelia Bugeja -- will play pivotal roles in the Sony LIV series, which comes from filmmaker Nikkhil Advani and…

‘Hinduja firm awaits regulatory approval for Reliance Capital acquisition’

HINDUJA group firm IndusInd International Holdings (IIHL) is yet to get a nod from India's insurance watchdog for its acquisition of Reliance Capital for £930 million, its chairman Ashok Hinduja has said. Stating that IIHL has been in touch with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) since…

Khan accuses India of carrying out killings in Pakistan

Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan, who is in jail, has warned that the situation in Balochistan province and on borders with India and Afghanistan was worsening. In a column for The Daily Telegraph newspaper, the 71-year-old cricketer-turned-politician wrote, "On Pakistan’s borders, India has already admitted to undertaking assassinations inside…

Sunita Williams-piloted Boeing Starliner test flight postponed

THE long-awaited first crewed test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft was called off for at least 24 hours over a technical glitch with the Atlas V rocket that was being readied to launch the new astronaut capsule to orbit on Monday (6) night. The CST-100 Starliner's inaugural voyage carrying astronauts…

Met Gala 2024: Alia Bhatt walks in floral saree by…

Bollywood star Alia Bhatt returned to the Met Gala carpet, this year opting for a floral saree by ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. In her second outing at the prestigious fashion gala, held annually at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the actor garnered the spotlight with her elegant saree which…

Suryakumar ton powers Mumbai to seven-wicket win over Hyderabad

Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten century to propel the Mumbai Indians to a resounding seven-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the latest IPL showdown on Wednesday. Despite a shaky start that saw Mumbai at 31-3, Suryakumar combined forces with Tilak Varma to guide their team to victory with a…

UK defence ministry hit by large-scale cyberattack

The UK's defence ministry has been hit by a significant cyberattack, confirmed by a government minister on Monday. Mel Stride, the work and pensions minister, described the attack as targeting a system managed by an external firm and stated that it was still a "very significant matter". According to Tobias…

Modi votes as India enters third phase of elections

In the third phase of India's general election, prime minister Narendra Modi cast his vote early on Tuesday, urging for a strong turnout despite the summer heat. The voting process that began on April 19 will span seven phases till June 1, with nearly a billion eligible voters. The counting…