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Delhi Chief Minister’s bail stayed

THE DELHI high court on Friday (21) stayed a lower court's order granting bail to opposition leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a liquor graft case. The court said the interim stay will remain until the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) petition is heard. The directorate had challenged Aam Aadmi…

Modi leads global celebrations on 10th International Yoga Day

Thousands of yoga enthusiasts worldwide gathered to celebrate the 10th International Day of Yoga on Friday. Recognising its universal appeal, the UN proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014, following a proposal by India endorsed by 175 member states. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi highlighted…

Trade talks with India: Whisky tariff to be hot topic

When the UK-India free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations gather steam after the July 4 general election, whisky tariffs will be one of the important issues. The UK wants India to drastically lower tariffs on its whisky exports, currently as high as 150 per cent. Tariffs have been a major stumbling…

Spain beat Italy to reach Euro knockouts, England held by…

Spain advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2024 with a 1-0 victory over Italy on Thursday. England, meanwhile, struggled in a 1-1 draw with Denmark. Spain, three-time winners, defeated reigning champions Italy at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen. Riccardo Calafiori scored an own goal 10 minutes after half-time, securing…

Former Fujitsu executive frustrated over Horizon Scandal’s impact on reputation

A FORMER Fujitsu executive expressed frustration at a public inquiry, saying that he felt "aggrieved" that the Horizon IT system, which he believed was good, had been tarnished by the scandal. Richard Christou, former chief executive of Fujitsu Services Holdings, argued that the primary issue was the mishandling of prosecutions…

Trump proposes green cards for foreign graduates in policy shift

FORMER president Donald Trump said he wants to grant green cards to foreign graduates from US colleges, in an apparent softening of his typically hard-line view on immigration, a key election issue. The Republican candidate made the remarks in a podcast published Thursday (20), days after president Joe Biden announced…

Riz Ahmed to star in comedy series from Prime Video

Riz Ahmed is set to headline an upcoming comedy series for streaming service Prime Video. The series was created by Ahmed and developed under his production company, Left Handed, through their first-look deal with Amazon MGM Studios. In addition to starring in the untitled half-hour series, Ahmed will serve as…

‘Ishq Vishk Rebound’ Review: A relatable journey through friendship, love,…

Helmed by Nipun Dharmadhikari, Ishq Vishk Rebound is a refreshing dive into the lives of four Gen Z friends navigating the complexities of friendship, love, and self-discovery. It is a spiritual sequel to the Shahid Kapoor-starrer 2003 film, Ishq Vishk.  Starring Rohit Saraf, Pashmina Roshan, Jibraan Khan, and Naila Grrewal,…

NHS probing claims hackers published stolen patient data

National Health Service said on Friday it was investigating claims that hackers had published confidential data stolen from several London hospitals in a cyber attack on a blood testing lab. Services at large London hospitals including Guy's, St Thomas' and King's services were still being disrupted following the attack by…

England eye redemption against South Africa in T20 World Cup…

England will aim for a change of fortune as they face South Africa on Friday in the T20 World Cup, hoping to move closer to the semi-finals after a heavy loss in their last encounter with the Proteas. Seven months ago in Mumbai, during their 50-over World Cup campaign, England…

T20 WC: Suryakumar, Bumrah lead India to victory over Afghanistan

Suryakumar Yadav hit a half-century, and India's bowlers limited Afghanistan's batsmen, securing a 47-run victory in the T20 World Cup on Thursday. Suryakumar's 53, his 19th fifty in the format, helped India post 181-8 in their second-round Super Eight opener. Jasprit Bumrah, along with spinners Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and…

Sunak ‘incredibly angry’ over election date betting scandal

Rishi Sunak expressed his anger over allegations that three party colleagues placed bets on an early announcement of the general election. On a turbulent day for the Conservatives, the party's campaign director took a leave of absence due to an investigation into bets on the election timing before it was…

Talkliv Review 2024: Features, Advantages and Disadvantages, and Users Feedback

Online dating platforms have become powerful tools for connecting people around the world. There is evidence of several long-lasting relationships that started with a simple “Hi.” Therefore, we cannot underestimate the power of dating sites in connecting individuals. One such dating website that we’ll review is Talkliv.   It’s a…

Gambling scandal: Tory campaign chief steps aside

THE CAMPAIGN chief for prime minister Rishi Sunak's Conservatives stepped aside two weeks before an election, the party said on Thursday, after reports he and his candidate wife were being investigated for betting on the election date. The rapidly escalating gambling scandal is the latest misfortune to unfold for Sunak,…

Bank of England holds rates at 5.25 per cent ahead…

The Bank of England held its main interest rate at 5.25 per cent, a 16-year high, in its final meeting before the UK election on 4 July. The decision, voted 7-2 by the Monetary Policy Committee, aligned with expectations from a Reuters poll of economists. Deputy governor Dave Ramsden and…

Zia Yusuf emerges biggest donor to Reform UK campaign

BRITISH ASIAN entrepreneur Zia Yusuf has emerged as the biggest donor to Reform UK's election campaign. Yusuf, co-founder of the luxury concierge app Velocity Black, has donated a substantial amount to Reform UK. He criticised the Tory government's immigration policies and advocated for stronger border control, reported The Telegraph. He…

French journalist leaves India after work permit refused

A FRENCH journalist said Thursday he had left India after more than 13 years because he was denied a work permit, a decision he called an act of "incomprehensible censorship". Critics say that media freedom in the world's most populous democracy is increasingly under attack, with journalists who touch on…

Sharp increase in child obesity in England: Report

Obesity among 10- and 11-year-olds in England has increased by 30 per cent since 2006, indicating a decline in children's health, according to a report published Wednesday. The study by the charity the Food Foundation called the rise in children struggling with their weight "deeply worrying." The report also noted…

Regular walk effective in relieving low back pain: Study

The simple exercise of walking is enough to bring relief to those having a history of low back pain, according to research published in The Lancet journal. Following around 700 adults who had recovered from a recent episode of low back pain, researchers divided the participants into three groups -…

Nurse accused of faking qualifications

AN ASIAN-ORIGIN woman is facing trial for lying about her educational qualifications and experience to get a top nursing job, according to media reports. Tanya Nasir from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, was accused of lying and providing misleading information in her CV to get appointed as a senior nurse to manage the…

Indian farm worker dumped with severed arm dies in Italy

AN INDIAN farm labourer working in Italy died Wednesday (19) after being left by the road following an accident that severed his arm, a minister said, condemning an "act of barbarity". Satnam Singh was injured on Monday (17) while working on a farm in Latina, a rural area south of…

Euro: Germany enter knockouts, Albania hold Croatia, Scotland stay alive

Germany advanced to the Euro 2024 knockout stage with a 2-0 victory over Hungary on Wednesday, becoming the first team to secure a spot in the next round. In other key matches, Albania snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw against Croatia in Group B, and Scotland kept their hopes alive with…

Air India puts elderly couple flying to US on different…

An elderly Indian couple planning to fly from New Delhi to Newark in the US by Air India were shocked to learn that they had been placed on different flights to separate destinations on different dates. The airline carried out these changes without informing the couple and they got to…

T20 WC: India take on ‘dangerous’ Afghanistan in Super Eight…

India coach Rahul Dravid emphasised the importance of not underestimating Afghanistan as India prepares for their second-round opener in the T20 World Cup in Barbados on Thursday. India advanced to the Super Eight, remaining unbeaten in the initial pool phase. Afghanistan also showcased their potential as semi-finalists. Despite a heavy…

Wives of Tory leaders hit campaign trail

RISHI Sunak, Jeremy Hunt, and James Cleverly’s wives hit the election campaign trail in Suffolk on Wednesday to help bolster the Conservative party's sagging fortunes. Almost all pollsters have been forecasting a rout for the Conservative party in the July 4 general election. Prime minister's wife Akshata Murty, was joined…

36 dead in India after consuming tainted liquor

AT LEAST 36 people died and more than 60 were being treated in hospitals after consuming tainted liquor in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a government spokesperson said on Thursday (20). Since Wednesday (19) over 100 people, suffering from vomiting, stomach ache and diarrhoea, have needed hospital treatment…

Baggy Shanker slams ‘coalition of chaos’ after losing leadership

LABOUR's Baggy Shanker slammed his rival councillors and a “coalition of chaos” after he was sensationally removed as Derby city council leader during an evening of political fall out and shouts from the public gallery. The Sinfin and Osmaston councillor lost a no-confidence motion vote on Tuesday (18) night due…

Boris Johnson’s wife gifts wooden elephants from India on his…

Former prime minister Boris Johnson celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday with a unique gift from his wife – three life-size wooden elephants supporting an Indian charity initiative. Carrie Johnson shared pictures on Instagram of the elephants being offloaded and placed on the grounds of their Oxfordshire home, with their…

Sunak urged to probe election date betting

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced calls on Thursday to launch an inquiry after one of his close protection officers was arrested for allegedly betting on the timing of the UK general election. London's Metropolitan Police said it was told by the Gambling Commission that an officer working for the prime…

Rajesh Agrawal: Championing change and community cohesion

Our editor-at-large, Barnie Choudhury, meets Rajesh Agrawal, one of the hopefuls to take a seat usually regarded as a Labour stronghold. Leicester is one of those cities in middle England which gets ignored in general elections. No big-name politicians really grace us with their presence – no Rishi, no Keir,…

Over 900 Hajj pilgrims dead in Mecca due to extreme…

Friends and family searched for missing Hajj pilgrims on Wednesday as the death toll at the annual rituals, carried out in scorching heat, surged past 900. Relatives scoured hospitals and pleaded online for news, fearing the worst after temperatures reached 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 Fahrenheit) in Mecca, Islam's holiest city,…

England and South Africa triumph in T20 WC Super Eight…

Phil Salt's unbeaten 87 and Quinton de Kock's blistering half-century led England and South Africa to victories in their respective T20 World Cup Super Eight matches on Wednesday. In St Lucia, defending champions England defeated the West Indies by eight wickets. Salt's 87 not out off 47 balls, which included…

Polls predict record Conservative defeat in July 4 election

THREE opinion polls on Wednesday predicted a significant defeat for the Conservatives in the July 4 election, forecasting a large majority for the Labour Party after 14 years in opposition. Polling by YouGov showed Keir Starmer's Labour on track to win 425 parliamentary seats in Britain's 650-seat House of Commons,…

Livebeam Review: Is This Place Reliable, and What Doors Does…

If you want to meet new people, you might wonder if Livebeam is a worthy place. As with all dating platforms, Livebeam has its strengths and weaknesses, which we will reveal in this Livebeam review. The desire for communication is what drives our nature. We long to make deep and meaningful…

Revolutionary Cheat Site Reinventing How Games Are Played

In the vibrant and rapidly evolving world of video games, players are continually seeking new ways to enhance their gaming experience. From advanced graphics to immersive storylines, the gaming industry has made incredible strides in recent years. However, one controversial yet undeniable aspect of gaming that has persisted through the…

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Essential Oil Diffuser

Introduction Essential oil diffusers are a popular and effective way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in your home or office. Choosing the right diffuser can enhance your well-being by promoting relaxation, improving air quality, and creating a pleasant atmosphere. This guide will help you understand the different types of…

‘Politically exposed’ bank clients: FCA puts off review

THE FINANCIAL Conduct Authority (FCA) will wait until after next month's national election to publish its review into how banks conduct mandatory extra checks on "politically exposed" customers and their families for money laundering risks. The review had been due to be published at the end of June but would…

Post Office sabotaged Horizon IT inquiry, investigator claims

THE ongoing public inquiry has revealed that the Post Office repeatedly undermined the efforts of independent investigators examining problems with the Horizon IT system. Forensic accountant Ian Henderson said that the Post Office improperly withheld documents from Second Sight, the company hired in 2012 to investigate the accounting software. According…

China criticises US lawmakers’ meeting with Dalai Lama

A group of senior US lawmakers including former House speaker Nancy Pelosi met Wednesday (19) with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile in India, sparking heavy criticism from China. The bipartisan group of US lawmakers, led by Congressman Michael McCaul and Pelosi, visited the 88-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader at…

SNP leader pitches for independence goal

Scotland's first minister John Swinney on Wednesday pledged to pursue another independence referendum if his party wins a majority of Scottish seats at the July 4 UK general election. The Scottish National Party (SNP) is expected to lose several constituencies north of the English border to a resurgent Labour party,…

Celesti Bairagey: Special new star is born

CELESTI BAIRAGEY quickly became a viral sensation after social media photos of her emerged, looking strikingly similar to Bollywood superstar Alia Bhatt. Instead of fading away like other celebrity doppelgangers, the top Assam talent, now based in Mumbai, has shown off her impressive acting ability in hit drama serials Udti…

Climate protesters target Stonehenge with orange paint

UK police arrested two people on Wednesday after environmental activists sprayed an orange substance on Stonehenge, a prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest England. The Just Stop Oil protest group stated that two activists had "decorated Stonehenge in orange powder paint" to urge Britain's next government to commit legally…

BFI’s Sight & Sound lists Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ among 25 films…

The British Film Institute’s prestigious Sight and Sound magazine has included the Tamil film Kaala in its list of the 25 Films of the Century. Directed by Pa. Ranjith, the film stars the legendary Rajinikanth in the lead role. To acknowledge the best film of the 21st century in terms…

117 seats to witness close race: Poll

A NEW poll has found that 117 seats will witness a close race on July 4 and 100 of them are held by the Conservatives, according to media reports. The latest poll by Ipsos gives Labour an unassailable lead by winning 453 seats, while the Conservatives will win 115. The…

Tackling barriers to girls playing sport in Pakistan

PAKISTANI student Aqsa Shabbir is hot, tired and frustrated. A keen field hockey player, she can no longer train during the day because of a brutal heatwave, she can’t sleep at night and she fears that she will not play well in a tournament at the end of the month.…

Nvidia becomes world’s most valuable company, surpassing Microsoft

Nvidia became the world's most valuable company on Tuesday, surpassing Microsoft due to the high demand for its processors, which are crucial in the race to dominate artificial intelligence technology. Shares of Nvidia rose 3.5 per cent to £106.71, pushing its market capitalisation to £2.625 trillion. This rise occurred just…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Judge me on my record’

THE first south Asian MP elected to parliament in post-war Britain is urging voters to judge him on his record rather than what they may have heard or read about him in the media. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Keith Vaz said he wanted to run so he…

Court gives nod for release of ‘Hamare Baarah’

The Bombay High Court has allowed the release of the film Hamare Baarah after the makers agreed to make some changes. The Bombay High Court had viewed the film and noted on Tuesday that it had nothing objectionable against the Muslim community. It had suggested changes to certain scenes. The…

Anuvab Pal’s stand-up show dissects the colonial impact

TOP stand-up talent Anuvab Pal is no stranger to dissecting the British empire with cutting edge comedy. Instead of using a scalpel, he wields a giant sword with his latest show and slices through all aspects of Britishness, from the colonisation of India to contemporary nuances of UK culture.   With…

Kuwait fire tragedy victims’ kin to get $15,000

THE KUWAITI government will give $15,000 (£11,792) each as compensation to the families of the victims of the devastating fire that killed 50 people, including 46 Indians, in the southern Ahmadi Governorate, according to a media report. The massive fire which occurred at a seven-storey building in the city of…

Will Smith in talks to play lead in thriller ‘Resistor’

Hollywood star Will Smith is reportedly in talks to star in Sony Pictures' upcoming project Resistor, following the success of his recent blockbuster Bad Boys: Ride or Die. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is being developed under the banner of Escape Artists and is based on Daniel Suarez's…

Nine ‘buried alive’ in Bangladesh landslides

TORRENTIAL rains in Bangladesh have triggered landslides burying alive at least nine people and forcing thousands to flee to higher ground, police and government officials in the low-lying nation said Wednesday (19). Schools have been turned into shelters for those abandoning their homes to rising river waters, while more than…

Qawwali group tackles a great range of genres

WHETHER it has been performing for the first minister of Scotland, in Trafalgar Square or at various concerts around the UK, the Chahat.  Mahmood Ali Qawwali Group have been a revelation, ever since they made a stunning debut for the Newham mayor’s South Asian Heritage month event last summer.  …

Biden eases citizenship path for non-citizen family members

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a significant immigration relief measure for non-citizen spouses and children of American citizens. This move will provide a path to citizenship for approximately half a million spouses of US citizens, including several thousand Indian-Americans. "This action will protect approximately half a million spouses of…

TOP 10 dance moments of Ashwini Kalsekar

ACCLAIMED Kathak exponent Ashwini Kalsekar is known for her expressive performances and ability to create magic on stage. The London-based dancer, choreographer and teacher is one of three leading female artists headlining the Utsav 2024 show taking place at Harrow Arts Centre in London on July 21. She joins sarod…

Gaurav Sharma: Stepping into a hit show

IT IS no surprise that Gaurav Sharma agreed to take over the role of Paritosh Shah in Anupamaa after previous actor Ashish Mehrotra left. Apart from the super hit drama serial being India’s top rated TV show in recent years, it gave him the chance to take on the new…

Jimmy Fallon calls Diljit Dosanjh’s performance on ‘The Tonight Show’…

Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh recently made a sensational debut on Jimmy Fallon’s popular show, The Tonight Show, where he performed on his hit tracks “G.O.A.T” and “Born to Shine.” He even treated viewers to a special snippet of “Main Hoon Punjab” from his recent film Amar Singh Chamkila. While his…

Annual tracker report finds Indian firms employ 118,430 in UK

LISTENING to Reform leader Nigel Farage and other politicians on the need to cut immigration, the average voter would have no idea of the extent to which the British economy is being propped up by companies from India. This is one reason why Vikram Doraiswami, the Indian high commissioner to…

Labour candidate shocked by Tory opponent’s letter

LABOUR party candidate for Dudley Sonia Kumar has expressed shock over the letter sent by her Conservative opponent to British Pakistani voters on the occasion of Eid. The NHS physiotherapist told the BBC she is “disappointed and shocked” by a “divisive” letter sent by Marco Longhi, who is seeking re-election…

Shobana joins cast of ‘Kalki 2898 AD’

As the release date of Nag Ashwin's highly awaited film, Kalki 2898 AD, approaches, the makers are ramping up their promotional efforts with a series of exciting announcements. Taking to their official X account, on Wednesday, makers unveiled a new poster featuring Malayalam actress Shobana, who will be joining the…

‘We will take bold action to deliver for British Asians’

THERE are approximately 5.5 million British Asians in the UK. From serving in our NHS and community pharmacies, to flying the flag for Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit – they make a wonderful contribution to our national life. Indeed, British Asians help make Britain the most successful multi-ethnic democracy in the world.…

Salman Khan starts shooting for ‘Sikandar’

Salman Khan has started filming for his upcoming film Sikandar, the superstar said on Wednesday. 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 released in theatres on…

Businessman runs for parliament with AI avatar

WHEN voters go to the polls in one English town next month they will get the chance to elect what is being billed as the world's first AI lawmaker. Businessman Steve Endacott is among hundreds of candidates standing to become a member of parliament at Britain's July 4 national election…

Euro 2024: Portugal win with a late goal, Turkey Beat…

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal secured a 2-1 victory against the Czech Republic in their Euro 2024 debut on Tuesday, with a 92nd-minute winner from Francisco Conceicao. Earlier, Turkey defeated Georgia 3-1 in Dortmund. Ronaldo set a record by playing in his sixth European Championship, and 41-year-old Pepe became the oldest player…

Is UK ready for next pandemic?

A leading disease specialist has questioned whether Britain is ready to tackle the next global pandemic. Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at the University of Leicester, was one of several south Asian doctors who alerted the government to the disproportionate deaths among communities of colour…

Record number of migrants cross channel in single day: report

MORE THAN 880 irregular migrants crossed the Channel to Britain on small boats on Tuesday (18), the government said, the highest number in a single day so far this year. The arrivals come as political parties in Britain campaign for a general election on July 4 at which immigration is…

Therapy to heal and find answers

LIFE has many unexpected ups, downs, twists, and turns. It can bring joy, sadness, adventure and loneliness. Even if you have the most wonderful support system, life can often be a struggle and we just need a little help.   That is where therapy, which I really believe in, helps.…

Neeraj Chopra wins gold in Finland

OLYMPIC javelin champion Neeraj Chopra won gold at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland on Tuesday (18) and while the winning throw was well short of his personal best the Indian said he is happy with his fitness ahead of the Paris Olympics. The mop-haired 26-year-old became India's first track-and-field…

Justin Timberlake arrested for drunk driving

Pop star Justin Timberlake was charged early Tuesday with drunken driving in a village in New York's Hamptons, after police said he ran a stop sign and veered out of his lane in the posh seaside summer retreat. The boy band singer-turned-solo star and actor was driving a 2025 BMW…

Met Police chief Rowley calls for tighter hate crime laws

METROPOLITAN Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has urged closing “outrageous” gaps in hate crime laws, which he claims permit individuals to legally incite racial and religious hatred. Rowley said he found it “startling” that such incitement is possible as long as people avoid being explicitly threatening or abusive. His comments…

Adani group plans £79 billion green push: Chairman

ADANI group will invest over $100 billion (£78.55bn) in energy transition projects and manufacturing capability to produce components required to generate green energy. The coal-to-ports conglomerate is building solar parks, wind farms, and facilities to manufacture solar panels, wind power turbines, and electrolysers for making green hydrogen. At an event…

Billionaire Tory donor John Caudwell to back Labour now

Billionaire John Caudwell, a major donor for the Conservative Party before the 2019 national election in Britain, announced on Tuesday that he will now support Keir Starmer's Labour Party in the upcoming July 4 vote. "I can declare publicly that I will vote for Labour, and I encourage everybody to…

‘I wanted to do something different,’ Anil Kapoor on hosting…

Actor Anil Kapoor, who has taken over the hosting duties of Bigg Boss OTT 3 from his friend Salman Khan, on Tuesday said it would be wrong to say he has "replaced" the superstar as both of them have their own standing. Colors TV reality show “Bigg Boss” is synonymous with…

‘We Are Lady Parts’ season two stays in the safe…

THE hit channel four comedy returned for a six episode second season. After having grown in popularity on the live circuit, the female Muslim punk band is ready to record their debut album. They need finance or the backing of a major record label and must make difficult decisions professionally.…

Lycamobile auditor refuses to sign off accounts

AUDITORS have refused to sign off on the accounts of mobile firm Lycamobile UK, run by an Asian-origin businessman, over discrepancies in the company’s latest annual filing. Lycamobile auditor PKF Littlejohn said it has not been able to find "appropriate audit evidence" in the company’s financial statements for the year…

‘Before Nikkah’ explore British Pakistani singletons’ experience using ‘Before Sunrise’

AN INTERESTING highlight from this year’s London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is the world premiere of Before Nikkah.    The romantic comedy set over one day in London, follows two British Pakistanis on a blind date, as they prepare for a prospective arranged marriage.   Talented young actors Sasha Vadher…

T20 WC: South Africa face USA, WI clash with England…

South Africa will take on the USA in their opening Super Eight match of the T20 World Cup on Wednesday, while hosts West Indies face defending champions England in another crucial encounter. South Africa has remained unbeaten so far, with their bowlers playing a crucial role. However, their batting lineup,…

Priyanka Chopra gets hurt on sets of new film ‘The…

Actress Priyanka Chopra sustained a minor injury while she was filming for her upcoming Hollywood project The Bluff. The 41-year-old actress, who recently started shooting for the film in Australia, on Wednesday posted a selfie, which showed a deep scratch on her throat, on her Instagram Stories. “Oh, the professional…

Sri Lankan veterans trapped in Ukraine plead for help

WHEN Sri Lanka’s economy crashed in 2022, people sought work abroad wherever they could, including ex-soldiers who joined forces fighting in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion.  Now the veterans, some of whom swapped their life savings for what they thought would be lucrative, non-combat jobs, are desperate to come back home.…

Threats from extremists mar Eid festivities for Pakistan’s Ahmadis

PAKISTANIS from the minority Ahmadi community said they were under increasing pressure from authorities and Islamist groups ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations on Monday (17). The Ahmadiyya sect, considered heretics by fundamentalist groups, has been persecuted for decades in Pakistan, but threats, violence, and intimidation have risen in recent…

Families seek answers a year after deadly shipwreck

A YEAR after the disappearance of his brother in one of the deadliest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, Suleman Tariq wants answers. But, like other young Pakistanis, he is also determined to make it to Europe. Dozens of families gathered at a wedding hall in the Punjabi town of Lalamusa last…

Sunak welcomes Boris Johnson’s support in poll campaign

Rishi Sunak, currently facing a challenging task in the campaign for the July 4 general election, has welcomed the support of former prime minister Boris Johnson. Johnson has backed several candidates from the Conservative Party through letters and videos. When asked about Johnson's involvement, Sunak said it was “coordinated by…

Inflation returns to two per cent target for first time…

UK inflation reached its 2 per cent target in May for the first time in nearly three years, data showed on Wednesday. Despite this, underlying price pressures remained strong, suggesting the Bank of England might delay cutting interest rates. The reduction in headline inflation in May will be seen as…

Modi to lead yoga day celebrations from Srinagar

THE main International Day of Yoga celebrations this year will be held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre in Srinagar on Friday (21) with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi leading the event, AYUSH minister Prataprao Jadhav said. It will be Modi's first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after being sworn-in…

US lawmakers in India to meet Dalai Lama

A group of US lawmakers arrived in India on Tuesday (18) to meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, with the head of the delegation saying president Joe Biden would soon sign a bill that aims to press China to resolve the Tibet dispute. The bill seeks to push Beijing…

Lawyer suspended for sexually exploiting juniors

AN ASIAN-ORIGIN lawyer has been suspended from practising as a solicitor for two years for pursuing a sexual relationship with numerous women. The solicitors' disciplinary tribunal found that Jasvinder Gill (50), a senior partner at a law firm Hatten Wyatt, had abused his “position of authority and influence” to exploit…

Starmer pledges judge-led inquiry into Nottingham stabbings

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer has pledged to initiate a judge-led inquiry into the Nottingham attacks if his party wins the upcoming election. He also highlighted numerous instances where victims and their families have been failed by the system. Last year, Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar, and Ian Coates were fatally stabbed…

Woman labelled Chinese spy by MI5 says claims ruined her…

A UK woman labelled a Chinese spy and a threat to national security by MI5 claims the "politically-motivated" decision has devastated her life and confined her to her home. In January 2022, MI5 issued an alert notice (IA) about lawyer Christine Lee, alleging she was "involved in political interference activities"…

Scientists develop facial recognition tool to detect stroke

A new smartphone application could come in handy for paramedics as it detects within seconds if a patient has suffered a stroke. Developers of the tool, which has an accuracy of 82 per cent, said it uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse facial symmetry and muscle movements to detect stroke.…

Igor Stimac sacked as head coach of India’s men’s football…

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has sacked Igor Stimac as the head coach of the senior men's football team after a disappointing run in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Stimac, who became head coach in 2019, was granted an extension by the AIFF last year. India failed to…

Cyber attack: NHS warns patients of blackmail risk

THE NHS has warned nearly 150,000 patients that following a ransomware attack their health records have been exposed and they could be targeted by criminals, The Telegraph reports. NHS Dumfries and Galloway, which covers an estimated 149,000 people, plans to send leaflets to all patients to advise them of the…

Sport can unite across party divides

We are now past half-time in a six-week general election campaign. It has somehow become both the most and least predictable of electoral contests at the same time. The answer to the central question – who will govern? – is less than ever in doubt. Everything else about this election…

Labour candidate Ravi Venkatesh questions ‘government’s integrity’

THE newly announced Labour candidate for Chippenham has said that that he is “appalled by the lack of honesty, integrity and decency at the heart of government.” Ravi Venkatesh moved to the UK in 2006 from southern India and recounted arriving with just £20 in his pocket. He created an…

Diaspora’s role vital in India-US ties, says Biden top aide…

Indian Americans have significantly contributed to the India-US relationship, according to Neera Tanden, a top White House official. Tanden, US president Joe Biden's domestic policy advisor, discussed this in a fireside chat with former US ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum's (USISPF) seventh annual…

Labour to plug gaps left by bank branch closures

Labour Party said on Monday (17) it would give regulators new powers to significantly increase the number of 'banking hubs' on high streets if voted to power. MPs have flagged concerns about the closure of branches leaving some people, particularly in rural areas, facing difficulties accessing cash as many customers…

India and US commit to overcome trade, tech barriers

INDIA and the US on Monday (17) committed to action to address barriers to bilateral strategic trade, technology and industrial cooperation. The commitment was made at a meeting between the national security advisers of the two countries, Ajit Doval and Jake Sullivan, during Sullivan's two-day visit to New Delhi. The…

Tory MP’s divisive Eid letter draws flak

An Eid message by a Conservative MP addressing the British Pakistani voters to vote for him over an Asian-origin Labour candidate has kicked up a political storm. In his public letter, Marco Longhi, who is seeking re-election in Dudley North, underscored how he has spoken against India's "atrocities" towards the…

India and US join forces for ISRO astronauts training at…

India and the US jointly announced on Monday the successful conclusion of the Strategic Framework for Human Spaceflight Cooperation, aimed at deepening interoperability in space. As part of this framework, both countries are actively working towards commencing advanced training programmes for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) astronauts at NASA's Johnson…

India to investigate deadly train collision in West Bengal

INDIA will launch an investigation on Tuesday (18) into a train collision that killed nine people in the state of West Bengal and injured more than 50, a day after a top railway official blamed the incident on driver error. The death toll was revised down to nine from 15…

British Asian philanthropist Dr Nik Kotecha OBE receives Uganda Red…

Dr NIK KOTECHA OBE DL, the Chairman of the Leicestershire-based Randal Charitable Foundation foundation, has received the Henry Dunant Award from the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). Dr Kotecha was invited to receive this year’s award because of the collaborative work between the society and the Randal Charitable Foundation to…

Euro: Narrow win for France; shock victories for Slovakia and…

France secured a narrow win over Austria despite losing Kylian Mbappe to a broken nose, Slovakia stunned Belgium with a 1-0 victory, and Romania triumphed over Ukraine in a 3-0 match at Euro 2024 on Monday. France secured their 100th victory under manager Didier Deschamps with a 1-0 win over…

Indian Police probe Som Distilleries over suspected child labour

INDIAN police said on Monday (17) they had launched an investigation into Som Distilleries after the government's child rights agency announced it had found children working at a distillery. The National Commission for Protection Of Child Rights (NCPCR) said last Saturday (15) it had found more than 50 children at…

Farage strikes a chord with Clacton voters

Nigel Farage's brand of politics has found a home in the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, where voters described the Reform UK leader as a straight talker who, unlike other candidates, understands their problems and wants to solve them. Britain's July 4 election will be Farage's eighth attempt to win…

Religion to influence voting preferences among believers: Survey

Half of the staunchly religious people, who believe their faith is the only true religion, claim it will shape the way they will vote in the 2024 general election, says a poll by the Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life (IIFL). While 24 per cent of all religious…

T20 WC: Ferguson stars in NZ victory; West Indies thrash…

In the final group matches of the T20 World Cup, New Zealand defeated Papua New Guinea, while the West Indies secured a commanding win over Afghanistan. New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson took a record three wickets, bowling four maiden overs, leading his team to a seven-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea…

Husband strangles wife over TikTok affair, court hears

A young mother was strangled by her husband in front of their children after he discovered her 'affair' with a man her age on TikTok, a court has heard. Aminan Rahman, 47, is charged with murdering 24-year-old Suma Begum in a Docklands flat in east London on April 29 last…

Indian man pleads not guilty in US court for plot…

An Indian man suspected by the US of involvement in a failed plot, allegedly backed by the Indian government, to kill a Sikh separatist on American soil pleaded not guilty on Monday to murder-for-hire conspiracy charges in federal court in Manhattan. Nikhil Gupta is accused by US federal prosecutors of…

Alka Yagnik announces rare hearing disorder diagnosis

Playback singer Alka Yagnik has revealed that she has been diagnosed with a rare hearing disorder. In a post on Instagram on Monday night, Yagnik said she has been diagnosed with "sensory neural nerve hearing loss" due to a viral attack. "To all my fans, friends, followers and well-wishers. A…

Daniel Radcliffe reflects on career journey after first Tony Award…

Daniel Radcliffe, renowned for his iconic portrayal of Harry Potter, has now etched his name in Broadway history with a victory at the Tony Awards 2024. He clinched his first Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Charley…

Diljit Dosanjh brings Bhangra beats to Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight…

In a historic moment for Indian music on the global stage, Diljit Dosanjh made his debut appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, delivering a sensational performance that left audiences mesmerized. Dosanjh performed his hit songs 'Born To Shine' and 'G.O.A.T.,' showcasing his signature blend of energy and charisma. The…

Priyanka cheers Angelina Jolie’s Tony win: ‘You’re a true inspiration’

In a heartwarming gesture, Priyanka Chopra took to social media to congratulate Angelina Jolie on her remarkable achievement at the Tony Awards, where the American actress-filmmaker's production The Outsiders clinched the prestigious accolade for Best Musical. Priyanka shared a touching message on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, extending congratulations not…

Tories call on Boris Johnson to tackle Reform challenge

The Tories are trying to bring in Boris Johnson to play a more active role in their election campaign to counter Reform UK. The Telegraph reported that tens of thousands of letters signed by Johnson will be sent to voters this week. The Conservatives warn that voting for Reform could…

India considering lowering personal tax rates: Report

The Indian government is exploring the possibility of reducing personal tax rates for specific categories of individuals, aiming to boost consumption in Asia's third-largest economy, according to two government sources cited by Reuters. This potential tax cut could be announced in July, when Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's administration presents…

Rajkumar Hirani to attend Shanghai Intl Film Fest

Ace filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been invited to the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) as a film representative. Interestingly, his last directorial Dunki will be screened at the festival, which kickstarted on June 14. As per the information shared by Rajkumar Hirani's team, there will be three screenings of Dunki,…

Priyanka Gandhi to contest seat vacated by Rahul in her…

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, who won from two constituencies in the recent general election, will surrender one of them to comply with the election laws. His younger sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the party's candidate for that seat. Rahul Gandhi won from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh state…

Farage’s election ‘contract’ promises border security, tax relief

Nigel Farage, whose entry into the election has impacted Rishi Sunak's slim chances of victory, laid out his policy plans on Monday. He described them as the first step towards becoming the dominant party on the right of British politics. Farage acknowledged that the earlier-than-expected election had come too soon…

Labour redoubles efforts to win back Muslim voters

While Labour party may be leading in the opinion polls for the upcoming general election, it appears uncertain about its performance in areas with sizeable Muslim populations. The party has redoubled its efforts by directing activists to campaign in these seats over fears that some voters have been alienated by…

Euro 2024: Bellingham stars as England beat Serbia; Dutch edge…

England started their quest for a first major tournament title in 58 years with a 1-0 win over Serbia, thanks to Jude Bellingham's header. On the same day, the Netherlands secured a late 2-1 victory over Poland. Christian Eriksen made a significant return to the European Championship by scoring the…

‘It’s a love story’: Anita Rani on her new book…

Anita Rani, the talented British-Indian radio and television presenter, recently sat down with Angela Scanlon on Virgin Radio UK to discuss her new book, Baby Does A Runner. Talking about the novel, she said, “It’s a love story. It’s about a woman who’s trying to find her identity and it’s…

Mood shifts heighten pleasure responses in people with bipolar disorder:…

Mood changes, even momentary ones, could profoundly heighten the brain's response to pleasure in people having bipolar disorder, according to a research. People having this mental condition, marked by extreme shifts in moods and energy levels, are more prone to this 'mood bias' - the term researchers used for when…

Simone Ashley hopes to reprise her ‘Bridgerton’ role in season…

Actress Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma in Bridgerton, says she hopes she and co-star Jonathan Bailey get an opportunity to return for season four of the popular Netflix series. In the third season of the period drama, Ashley and Bailey reprised their characters Kate and Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. Kate…

Singer Maithili Thakur performs at London’s Bhaktivedanta Temple

Singer Maithili Thakur captivated the audience in her debut performance at the Watford Bhaktivedanta Temple in London. The event on Sunday marked her first visit to the United Kingdom. The temple was filled with a large gathering of devotees and music enthusiasts, all of whom deeply enjoyed the spiritual ambiance…

Sharif vows to end Pakistan’s foreign aid dependency

PRIME MINISTER Shehbaz Sharif has pledged to end Pakistan's dependency on foreign aid and IMF bailouts and surpass neighbouring nations in economic activity, as he outlined a series of reforms to reduce the cash-strapped government's expenses and revive the economy. Sharif addressed the nation on Saturday (15) and expressed hope…

Asda to outsource 100 employees to TCS

RETAIL major Asda is outsourcing more than a hundred employees to Tata Consultancy Services as its new owner looks to cut costs, The Telegraph reports. The announcement was made 24 hours before private equity company TDR Capital took majority control of Asda by acquiring Zuber Issa’s 22.5 per cent stake.…

T20 WC: Bangladesh into Super Eight, Pakistan, Sri Lanka bow…

Bangladesh advanced to the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup with a 21-run victory over Nepal, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka both secured wins in their final group matches, but failed to progress further. Bangladesh struggled with the bat on a tricky surface at Arnos Vale, making 106 all…

Police car driver removed after hitting a cow

An officer who tried to intercept a fleeing cow by hitting it with a response vehicle in a small town in Surrey has been removed from duty, police said in a statement on Sunday. The incident occurred on Friday evening after police were called to a sighting of a cow…

Alia Bhatt turns author with children’s picture book

Actress-producer Alia Bhatt on Sunday announced she had turned author with The Adventures of Ed-a-Mamma: Ed Finds A Home, a children's picture book. The actress, who shares 19-month-old daughter Raha with Brahmastra co-star-husband Ranbir Kapoor, shared the update on her Instagram page. Ed Finds A Home is the first in…

Indian man, a suspect in plot to kill Pannun, extradited…

An Indian man suspected of involvement in an unsuccessful plot to kill a Sikh separatist on American soil has been extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic, according to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Nikhil Gupta has been accused by US federal prosecutors of plotting with…

Movies to watch with your dad on ZEE5 Global for…

Father's Day is a special occasion to honor and celebrate the remarkable fathers and father figures in our lives. This year, why not spend the day with some heartfelt movies that capture the essence of fatherhood? ZEE5 Global offers a fantastic lineup of films featuring memorable fatherly roles that are…

Fawad Khan’s ‘Barzakh’ to premiere on ZEE5 Global next month

Barzakh, a series featuring Zindagi Gulzar Hai stars Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, will have its worldwide premiere on Zindagi’s YouTube and ZEE5 Global on July 19. Asim Abbasi, known for Churails and Cake, has directed the much-anticipated show produced by Shailja Kejriwal and Waqas Hassan. The series follows the…

Nine killed, dozens injured in train crash in India

A freight train collided with a stationary passenger train in India's West Bengal state on Monday, resulting in at least nine deaths and dozens of injuries, according to police. Railway authorities attributed the accident to driver error. Media footage showed the aftermath of the collision, with containers from the freight…

Grenfell and other bereaved families lament government apathy

Families bereaved by the Grenfell Tower fire, the infected blood scandal and Covid-19 want the new government to take action after inquiry reports are published and not let them gather dust. Grenfell residents have marked seven years since the disaster with renewed calls for justice, and some pinning hopes that…

Visa applications fall following curbs

IMMIGRATION remains a hot topic in the upcoming election and finds prominence in the manifestos of both the Conservatives and Labour. The recent curbs on student visas by the Sunak government have led to a 30 per cent fall in applications. The number of students with dependents applying has dropped…

Election security: Cyber-attacks, bot farms, deepfakes pose threat

The UK general election is being watched closely after stark warnings that rapid advancements in cyber-tech, particularly AI, and increasing friction between major nations threaten the integrity of 2024's landmark votes. "These rogue and unregulated technological advances pose an enormous threat to us all. They can be weaponised to discriminate,…

Aussies beat Scots, England enters Super Eight

Australia broke Scottish hearts with a hard fought five-wicket victory in St Lucia on Saturday that sent the Scots home from the Twenty20 World Cup and title holders England through to the Super Eight stage. After England's rain-disrupted victory over Namibia in Antigua earlier in the day, Scotland needed a…

Young voters lament lack of options

Many young voters in the UK's upcoming general election have lived under a Conservative government for most of their lives, with the ruling party having been in power since 2010. Gen Z voters - those born after 1997 - only made up nine per cent of the electorate last time…

Badshah apologises to fans after Dallas concert stopped midway

Rapper Badshah on Saturday apologised to his fans after he had to cut short his concert in Dallas, US, due to a "discrepancy" between local promoters and the production company". The rapper is currently on a tour to the US and Canada in support of his third studio album, "Ek…

Chauffeur wins compensation as Indian embassy’s immunity claim fails

A chauffeur employed by the Indian Embassy in Dublin has been awarded more than £1,000 in compensation following allegations of unfair working conditions and denial of statutory leave. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) awarded compensation for Adrian Taranu for multiple violations of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 after…

T20 World Cup: India take on Canada amid rain threat

India will play against Canada in their final group match of the T20 World Cup on Saturday. There is concern about Virat Kohli's recent low scores as the team hopes for clear skies despite heavy rain in parts of Florida. India, with three consecutive wins, have already advanced to the…

Asian American writer wins Women’s Prize for fiction

ASIAN AMERICAN author VV Ganeshanathan has been awarded the 2024 Women’s Prize for fiction for her novel Brotherless Night. This evocative tale, which centres on a family torn apart by the Sri Lankan civil war, earned Ganeshanathan a £30,000 cash prize and a bronze statuette known as the “Bessie.” Monica…

Nida Manzoor on directing Malala and Meera in ‘We Are…

Created and directed by Nida Manzoor, the second season of We Are Lady Parts has turned out to be an instant success on Channel 4 in the UK and Peacock in the U.S. One of the major highlights of the new season was an appearance from the Nobel Peace Prize…

Modi holds separate talks with Biden, Trudeau

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (14) held a brief conversation with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau against the backdrop of severe strain in India-Canada ties over the case relating to the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year. On the sidelines of the G7 summit in…

Ahead of new CEO taking charge, Starling Bank nears stock…

Starling Bank is moving closer to a London stock market listing after higher interest rates boosted its profits for a third consecutive year. Interim CEO John Mountain said a potential flotation is being "extensively discussed" with shareholders, reported The Times. The bank reported a 55 per cent increase in annual…

Sunak says a vote for Reform gifts Labour the election

Rishi Sunak warned on Friday that voting for Nigel Farage's Reform UK party would lead to an electoral victory for Labour, following a poll that placed the right-wing group ahead of Sunak's Conservatives for the first time. Nigel Farage, known for his successful campaign for Brexit, leads the Reform UK…

Princess Kate to attend first event after cancer treatment

PRINCESS KATE announced on Friday (14) she will make her first public appearance in six months this weekend after "making good progress" in treatment for cancer. The 42-year-old future queen will attend King Charles III's annual birthday parade on Saturday (15) with other senior royals, which the British monarch is…

‘I love the whole look of this season’: Parminder Nagra…

As the highly anticipated second season of D.I. Ray approaches, fans are eager to see what lies ahead for Detective Inspector Rachita Ray, played by the talented Parminder Nagra. The British crime drama, which captivated audiences with its gripping first season, is set to delve deeper into complex narratives and…

Germany thump 10-man Scotland in Euro 2024 opener

Germany thrashed 10-man Scotland 5-1 as the Euro 2024 hosts launched the tournament in Munich on Friday, starting their journey toward a potential fourth continental title. Florian Wirtz scored the first goal 10 minutes in, followed by Jamal Musiala doubling Germany's lead with a decisive finish. "We couldn't have had…

Kerala chief minister honours team of Cannes winner ‘All We…

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan honoured the cast and crew of the film All We Imagine As Light for their remarkable achievement at the Cannes Film Festival 2024. The film, helmed by director Payal Kapadia, clinched the prestigious Grand Prix, bringing international acclaim to the Indian film industry and highlighting…

Damehood for Jasvinder Sanghera as British Asians recognised by the…

A host of leading figures from the British Asian community have been given awards in the King's Birth Honours List announced on Friday (14). Jasvinder Kaur Sanghera told Eastern Eye she was taken aback when she was awarded Damehood. Sanghera is the founded Karma Nirvana, a charity for south Asian…

Arundhati Roy to be tried under anti-terror law for her…

Delhi's federally-appointed lieutenant-governor (LG) VK Saxena has approved the prosecution of Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy and former professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), for comments made about Kashmir in 2010. The case began with a police complaint filed by social activist Sushil…

Taylor Swift confirms wrap up of Eras Tour in December

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has made an announcement about the conclusion of her ongoing sixth concert tour. During her 100th show at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, the pop superstar shared with the audience that she is going to wrap up the Eras Tour at the end of the year, reported…

Emily Blunt in talks for Steven Spielberg’s next project

Emily Blunt, who is known for her roles in films including Sicario, The Girl on the Train, and Oppenheimer, among others, is expected to collaborate with acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg for his next project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled Universal Pictures film is written by David Koepp. The…

Families of Nottingham attack victims demand action on anniversary

FAMILIES of Nottingham attack victims have demanded action and justice on the anniversary of the tragic event, actively pursuing a legal battle for answers and accountability, reported The Times. Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar, both 19, and Ian Coates, 65, were fatally stabbed by Valdo Calocane, 32, on June 13 last…

Bank of England rate cut unlikely, dampening Sunak’s pre-election hopes

The Bank of England is expected to delay any potential interest rate cut that Rishi Sunak may have been hoping for before the upcoming election. Scheduled for June 20, the Bank's meeting is likely to maintain current rates amid ongoing inflation pressures, pushing any possible reduction to after the election.…

Sir Mark Rowley urges to close ‘outrageous gaps’ in hate…

BRITAIN's top police officer has urged to close 'outrageous' gaps in hate crime laws, which he claims permit individuals to legally incite racial and religious hatred. Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley found it 'startling' that such incitement is possible as long as people avoid avoid being explicitly threatening or…

Boys who stabbed to death Shawn Seesahai could be named

A court may lift reporting restrictions to reveal the names of two 12-year-old boys who murdered Shawn Seesahai in Wolverhampton. Seesahai, 19, was stabbed to death with a machete on Stowlawn playing fields in November last year. The boys were convicted at Nottingham Crown Court on June 10, becoming the…

Modi meets Sunak during G7 summit

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (14) met his British counterpart Rishi Sunak and reaffirmed his commitment to further strengthen the India-UK strategic partnership in the third term of the NDA government and reviewed the progress made in the ongoing FTA negotiations. The two leaders greeted each other with…

Jr NTR-starrer ‘Devara’ moved to Sep 27

Alia Bhatt's upcoming film Jigra has been postponed and will now come in theatres on October 11 after Telugu superstar Jr NTR's Devara was moved to September 27. Jigra, which marks her maiden collaboration with filmmaker Vasan Bala, was earlier scheduled for September 27, while Devara from Koratala Siva was…

Germany aim for title as Euro 2024 set to kick…

Germany will start their quest for their first major title in a decade as they host the Euro 2024 tournament, beginning with their Group A opener against Scotland on Friday. The country hopes this event will turn into a month-long celebration for visiting fans. Germany, with four World Cup titles…

Former cop jailed for having sex with woman he met…

An Asian-origin former police constable was sentenced to four years in prison after he was found guilty of having sex with a vulnerable woman student he met while on duty, according to media reports. The Liverpool Crown Court heard that Shamraze Arshad, 38, met the woman in October 2020 after…

Lawyer advised Post Office to ‘avoid apologising’, inquiry hears

A LAWYER who advised the Post Office for more than seven years had suggested that issuing apologies to operators would be similar to acknowledging some level of fault, a public inquiry has heard. Andrew Parsons, a partner at the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, in 2013 reviewed drafts of letters…

Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary directed terror group from London, court…

Anjem Choudary, an Islamist cleric, directed an international terrorist group from his home in east London, a court heard. Choudary, 57, reportedly became the "caretaker" leader of Al-Muhajiroun in 2014 while its spiritual leader was imprisoned in Lebanon, reported The Times. He is accused of leading the group under the…

Adani group firm to acquire Penna Cement

GAUTAM ADANI-Adani Group said it will acquire Hyderabad-based Penna Cement at an enterprise value of Rs 104.22 billion (£980 million), which will add 14 million tonnes of annual capacity to the country’s second largest cement manufacturer. The deal will increase Adani’s market share in cement in southern India and give…

Robert Pattinson, Parker Finn team up for ‘Possession’ remake

There is good news for Robert Pattinson fans. The actor is collaborating with American horror film Smile director Parker Finn for the remake of Possession, which is a 1981 psychological supernatural horror movie written and directed by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be…

‘Jurassic World 4’: Dinosaur epic set to shoot in UK,…

The prehistoric excitement of Jurassic World 4 is set to unfold across international landscapes as the anticipated dinosaur movie ventures to Thailand, Malta, and the UK. Universal Pictures' latest instalment in the iconic franchise is expected to utilize stunning locations in Thailand, coupled with studio work in Malta and the…

‘Chandu Champion’ Review: Kartik Aaryan delivers his finest act

Chandu Champion is a biographical drama directed by Kabir Khan. It stars Kartik Aaryan as Murlikant Petkar, India's first Paralympics gold medallist. The film brings to life the inspiring journey of Petkar, highlighting his struggles, triumphs, and indomitable spirit. Born in a small village in Sangli, Maharashtra, Murlikant (Kartik Aaryan)…

T20 WC: England thrash Oman to keep their Super Eight…

England defeated Oman by eight wickets, reviving their T20 World Cup campaign with a record-breaking win in Antigua on Thursday. England needed a significant victory to boost their net run-rate in the race to qualify for the second round. They bowled out Oman for just 47 runs. England then scored…

T20 World Cup: Afghanistan advance to Super Eight, NZ eliminated

Afghanistan secured a place in the Super Eight phase of the 2024 T20 World Cup with a seven-wicket win over Papua New Guinea on Thursday, eliminating New Zealand from the tournament. Fazalhaq Farooqi took three wickets, bringing his tally to a tournament-leading 12, as Papua New Guinea were bowled out…

Gujarat court stays release of ‘Maharaj’ starring Aamir Khan’s son

The Gujarat High Court has stayed the release of Maharaj, the debut film of Bollywood star Aamir Khan's son Junaid, on Netflix after followers of Pushtimarg, a Vaishnava sect of Hinduism, claimed that it would hurt their religious sentiments. A single-judge bench of Justice Sangeeta Vishen on Thursday passed an…

Relatives grieve as bodies of 45 Kuwait fire victims return…

Grieving families kept a solemn vigil at Kochi airport on Friday as the bodies of dozens of migrant workers killed in a Kuwait building fire returned home. Wednesday's dawn blaze quickly engulfed a housing block home to some of the many foreign labourers servicing the oil-rich gulf state's economy. Fifty…

Reform UK pips Tories for first time in poll: YouGov

THE CONSERVATIVE party of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has fallen behind the anti-immigration Reform UK party for the first time in a poll by YouGov, which called the development a "seismic shift". The new poll, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, shows Brexiteer Nigel Farage's Reform with 19 per cent…

Brighton Festival announces Anoushka Sankar as guest director

Brighton Festival has announced Anoushka Shankar as next year's Guest Director. Established in 1967, the festival is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events in venues and locations across Brighton, Hove and Sussex. Anoushka Shankar will be Brighton Festival's 16th Guest Director, following…

Hot, cold exposure in early life linked with changes in…

Children and foetuses exposed to hot and cold environments impact their brain's white matter, responsible for connecting various brain regions and enabling communication, a new research has found. Researchers said that children are especially vulnerable to extreme environments as their bodies' temperature regulation processes are still immature. They also found…

Air India told to compensate for defective seats

A consumer court in Mumbai has ordered Air India to pay a compensation of Rs 100,000 (£939) to a business class passenger for allotting defective seats on an international flight, Economic Times reports. Rear Admiral (retired) Anil Kumar Saxena flew from Delhi to Toronto on June 3, 2023 and Toronto…

Kuwait makes arrests over deadly fire that killed 50, mostly…

Kuwaiti authorities announced on Thursday that three people had been detained for suspected manslaughter following a building fire that killed 50 foreign workers, mostly Indians, and left their families and friends in mourning. Officials in Manila reported that three Filipinos were also among the dead. The fire sent black smoke…

India calls for release of Indians serving in Russian Army

India's foreign secretary, Vinay Kwatra, said on Wednesday that they have been pressing Russia to ensure the safety and repatriation of its nationals employed by the Russian Army. This announcement came a day after India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reported that two more Indians serving with the Russian military…

Starmer pitches for wealth creation

Labour party launched a "manifesto for wealth creation" Thursday, pledging to get the economy firing again if it wins power in next month's election after 14 years in opposition. Labour has consistently led Rishi Sunak's Conservatives by around 20 points for nearly two years, suggesting its leader Keir Starmer will…

Kuwait identifies bodies of 48 fire victims; vows thorough probe

Kuwait said authorities have identified the bodies of 45 Indians and three Filipino nationals killed in the tragic fire incident in a building housing foreign workers. The Gulf Kingdom vowed to promptly investigate the incident and assured full support in repatriating the mortal remains of the victims. At least 49…

Fernandes Vaz Solicitors wins UK-India immigration law award

Fernandes Vaz Solicitors has received the "Excellence in UK India Corridor Award 2024" in the immigration law category. The award was given to the firm, recognising its contributions to the UK-India business corridor. Maria Fernandes, principal of Fernandes Vaz Solicitors, received the award from the former chief justice of India…

Tesco employee wins unfair dismissal case

AN EMPLOYMENT tribunal has cleared an Asian-origin Tesco employee of misconduct and pulled up his employers for lapses while investigating the case. The retail giant had sacked Shoaib Razaq, a store manager at its Peterborough branch, for giving a female colleague a vibrator as a “secret Santa” gift and a…

Poll shows Starmer did better than Sunak in TV election…

Labour leader Keir Starmer performed better than his election rival Rishi Sunak in live television debate broadcast by Sky News on Wednesday, a snap poll by YouGov showed. According to YouGov, 64 per cent thought Starmer performed better, while 36 per cent thought prime minister Sunak had done better. Sunak…

T20 WC: West Indies reach Super Eight, NZ face early…

West Indies have advanced to the T20 World Cup Super Eight stage following their victory against New Zealand, leaving the Kiwis facing potential early elimination from the tournament. Sherfane Rutherford played a crucial role in West Indies' 13-run victory against New Zealand in a Group C match of the T20…

Shein hikes prices ahead of IPO

Fast fashion retailer Shein, known for its China-made $5 (£3.91) tops and $10 (£7.82) dresses, has hiked prices by over a third on some core products, in a move likely to boost revenues ahead of its planned IPO, according to an analysis of its pricing strategy. Shein's average price hikes…

Disguised in hijab, US woman came to Birmingham for contract…

An American woman assassin's gun jammed during a contract killing attempt in Birmingham. Later, her identity was unmasked through social media posts and police investigations. Aimee Betro, 44, was hired by Mohammed Nazir, 30, and Mohammed Aslam, 56, to kill Aslat Mahamud or his family after a 2018 jewellery store…

India reach T20 World Cup Super Eight with seven-wicket win…

Suryakumar Yadav hit an unbeaten half-century and left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh claimed a career-best 4-9 as India defeated the United States by seven wickets to reach the T20 World Cup second round on Wednesday. Chasing 111 to win the Group A clash, India were at 15-2 and then 44-3 before…

Labour manifesto to promise growth

LABOUR party on Thursday (13) launches its general election manifesto, hoping that a promise to get the economy growing again will catapult it into power after 14 years in opposition. Labour has been consistently some 20 points ahead of Rishi Sunak's Conservatives for nearly two years, making its leader Keir…

Gurmeet Choudhary selected for National Sprinting Competition

Actor Gurmeet Choudhary on Wednesday took to social media to share that he has been selected for the National Sprinting Competition. In an Instagram post, Gurmeet wrote, "Thrilled to share that I got selected for the national sprinting competition! While preparing for Commander Karan Saxena, I worked so hard, training…

Karan Johar moves court against ‘Karan Aur Johar’

Bollywood director-producer Karan Johar has approached the Bombay High Court against the makers of the upcoming Hindi movie Shaadi Ke Director Karan Aur Johar, saying they have unlawfully used his name in the title. Johar, in his plea, sought a permanent injunction and restraining order against the movie's producers IndiaPride…

Sunny Deol announces ‘Border 2’

Bollywood star Sunny Deol on Thursday announced the sequel to Border on the 27th release anniversary of the 1997 blockbuster film. According to the makers, the upcoming movie is "India's biggest war film" which will be directed by Anurag Singh, known for Kesari and the first two films in the…

Biopic on Kiran Bedi announced

An upcoming biographical movie will chronicle the inspiring journey of Kiran Bedi, India’s first female IPS officer. Titled Bedi: The Name You Know. The Story You Don’t, the film will be written and directed by Kushaal Chawla, the makers said in a press release. It will be produced by Dream…

Sunak says he has not given up on election victory

Rishi Sunak has said he has "absolutely not" given up hope of winning the upcoming general election, despite warnings from Tory allies about the potential for a Labour "supermajority." Sunak cautioned against granting Keir Starmer a "blank cheque" if Labour comes to power, but maintained his confidence in a Tory…

Sunak recalls childhood without Sky TV, prioritising education

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak, whose family is estimated to be wealthier than King Charles, said he went without "lots of things" as a child, including Sky TV, when asked if he was in touch with the struggles of ordinary people. Sunak, the son of a doctor and a pharmacist, is…

Nobel laureate Yunus indicted, trial next month

A DHAKA court on Wednesday (12) indicted Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and 13 others for embezzling over $2 million (£1.56m). Special judge Syed Arafat Hossain rejected a plea for the dismissal of charges by the accused and ordered the indictment. The charges are related to Yunus' non-profit Grameen Telecom.…

Just 24 per cent of Britons want to remain outside…

Only a quarter of Britons believe the country should be outside the European Union (EU), according to a report published on Wednesday. This marks the lowest level of support for leaving the EU since the 2016 referendum. Britain will hold a national election on July 4, the first since formally…

‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ review: Cricket couple romance could have…

THE flood of Bollywood sports movies continued with this romantic cricket drama. Failed cricketer Mahendra (Rajkummar Rao) starts working in a sports shop and has an arranged marriage with Dr Mahima (Janhvi Kapoor).   Their love for cricket ensures the couple falls deeply in love. She encourages her husband to pursue…

Superb Royal Albert Show redefines Sufi music

THERE are special history-making concerts where everything comes together to create a perfect moment in time. One of those occurrences happened at the Royal Albert Hall in London recently.   The UK’s leading live music venue saw a melting pot of contrasting influences come together as a beautiful ball of…

Salman records statement over firing incident outside his residence

Mumbai Police has recorded statements of Bollywood star Salman Khan and his actor brother Arbaaz Khan in connection with the incident of firing outside the family's residence here in April, an official said on Wednesday. A four-member crime branch team visited Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, where Salman lives, on June…

Child smacking debate

FOR many who grew up in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, particularly in south Asian households, a smack on the bottom was a standard part of childhood discipline. For some, the violence was even worse and left lasting scars.  But times change, and what was once considered a harmless correction…

Content creator Shreyaa Kapoor on a cash-saving mission

GROWING up in an environment where financial discussions were commonplace, combined with her outstanding academic success, first connected Shreyaa Kapoor to a finance-focused career.  That natural inclination towards numbers and analysis further nurtured her interest in understanding economic dynamics and investment strategies. This has led towards a successful career and…

Jenna Mirza Mattison to adapt Anita Moorjani’s ‘Dying To Be…

Actress, screenwriter, and director Jenna Mirza Mattison is set to write the feature adaptation of Dying to Be Me, the international and New York Times bestselling memoir from Anita Moorjani, reported Deadline. Published by Hay House Inc. in September 2014, the memoir describes how Moorjani was miraculously healed of deadly…

Community leader Vinod Thakrar celebrates 70th birthday

Vinod Thakrar, a distinguished community leader, celebrated his 70th birthday on 31 May 2024, at the Dhamecha Lohana Centre, South Harrow. The event drew an impressive gathering of friends, family, dignitaries, and leaders from various organisations, underscoring Thakrar's extensive influence and network. Thakrar currently serves as a trustee at The…

Accountant acts as auditor for 34 years sans registration

An Asian-origin chartered accountant has been fined £10,000 and excluded from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for acting as an auditor for a limited company without an audit registration for the past 34 years, AccountingWEB reports. Shahid Shafiq from Bolton carried out audit work since…

Commons set to be most diverse ever

BRITAIN is on course to have the most diverse parliament in history no matter which party wins the general election, according to research by leading race and diversity thinktank British Future. Analysis of final candidate selections suggests there will be an increase of at least 20, and as many as…

‘I would love to portray an intense negative character’: Jason…

AN ACTION-PACKED career has seen Jason Tham balance reality TV with acting in films and top TV serials. The Indian actor of Chinese origin has shown off his range in diverse projects and carried that on with recently released JioCinema serial Ranneeti: Balakot & Beyond. He stars alongside acclaimed actors…

WHO confirms bird flu case in Indian child

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that a case of human infection with bird flu caused by the H9N2 virus was identified in a four-year-old child in West Bengal, India. The child was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit of a local hospital in February, experiencing severe…

Rising unemployment adds strain to Sunak’s campaign

BRITAIN’S labour market showed more signs of cooling in April as the unemployment rate rose, an awkward development for prime minister Rishi Sunak ahead of the July 4 election, despite another month of robust wage growth. The jobless rate for the three months to April rose to 4.4 per cent…

TOP 10 favourite films of Nazia Hussain

HAVING been a fan of cinema from a young age, it was always going to be inevitable that Nazia Hussain would pursue a career in acting. The Indian talent delivered an eye-catching performance in recently released Bollywood film Tipppsy and is looking forward to taking on more acting challenges in…

Richa Moorjani says it’s ‘so incredible’ to play Indian-American cop…

Richa Moorjani, best known for her role in the globally popular Netflix dramedy, Never Have I Ever, has won rave reviews for playing Indian-American cop Indira Olmstead in the fifth season of the popular series, Forgo. The Fargo franchise has a long history of strong female police officers and Moorjani…

50 years of Asian success in UK real estate market

IT HAS been interesting to see how sophisticated the Asian community has become in dealing with real estate over the past five decades. Looking back to the 1970s, when a large influx of Asians came to the UK, mostly from east Africa, after being expelled from Uganda, the community has…

Several Indians among foreign workers killed in Kuwait fire

AT LEAST 49 people, many of them Indians, were killed in Kuwait on Wednesday (12) after a fire broke out in a building housing foreign workers, with Kuwait's deputy prime minister accusing property owners of committing violations that contribute towards such incidents. The nationalities of those who died were not…

Labour commits to trade deal with India if it wins…

COMPLETING a long-awaited free trade agreement (FTA) with India would be a priority for Labour, should the party come into government, MP Jonathan Reynolds has told Eastern Eye. A 14th round of negotiations between India and the UK ended in March without an agreement being reached. Progress stalled further with…

Partition and British Asian history

MANY distinguished authors featured at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) at the British Library last weekend, but one of the stars was Mishal Husain who was interviewed by fellow BBC journalist, Anita Anand. In Broken Threads: My Family From Empire to Independence, Mishal talked about how her grandparents, born in…

‘Maharashtra leads in FDI from India to UK’

MAHARASHTRA, followed by Karnataka and Delhi, are the top three states of India bringing in foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK, according to a new joint report produced by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the High Commission of India in the UK. Indian Assets: Charting the Journeys…

Ethnic gaps in genomic medicine affecting health outcomes: Study

BLACK, Asian, and ethnic minority communities are “significantly underrepresented” in precision and genomic medicine research, leading to adverse health outcomes, a study has revealed. Inadequate ethnic representation in datasets also hinders the development of AI-based risk prediction tools used to estimate the likelihood of diseases or conditions, a report by…

People with disabilities hit hard by heatwaves: Study

People with disabilities are hit harder by heatwaves, according to a study that found increased hospitalisations from being exposed to extreme heat. Researchers from Pusan National University, South Korea, examined how exposure to heat impacted emergency admissions during warm seasons in the country - June to September. They looked at…

Labour MP impressed by Sigma Pharmaceuticals operation

SHADOW chief Secretary to the treasury, Darren Jones, visited Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Watford’s largest employer, last Thursday (6). A Labour team comprising of Jones and Matt Turmaine got a tour of the new Watford site and were shown how the drugs and medication prescribed from by doctors are processed, packed and…

Top Malayalam survival films

MALAYALAM cinema making great survival thrillers has been illustrated by Manjummel Boys breaking box office records earlier this year and becoming the highest grossing movie the industry has ever produced.  It is one of many powerful dramas produced by an industry that very much relies on clever writing and interesting…

‘Super majority’ for Labour can give Starmer ‘unchecked power’, warns…

Grant Shapps has cautioned voters against giving Labour a "super majority" in the July 4 general election, warning it would grant Keir Starmer unchecked power. The defence secretary said that a decisive win for Starmer could allow him to act without restraint, placing the country in a "dangerous place," as…

Mahesh Pailoor’s ‘Paper Flowers’ to open London Indian Film Festival

OPENING the annual London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is always a great honour and this year that has been bestowed upon American drama Paper Flowers.   The opening night movie of this year’s festival is based on the true story of a Gujarati American in a long-term relationship, who is diagnosed…

Will Nigel Farage’s rhetoric appeal to voters?

NIGEL FARAGE is richly entertaining, but he is getting a little ahead of himself. Before he becomes prime minister, there is the smaller matter of becoming an MP. Can he be certain he will be elected as the Reform MP for Clacton? He appears to have forgotten that he campaigned…

Voters without photo ID urged to get alterative

SEVERAL areas across Birmingham and Northamptonshire each have thousands of registered voters with no qualifying ID – potentially denying them a chance to vote in the upcoming general election. New laws requiring voter ID were introduced last year, with the local elections in England on May 4 last year being…

K S Bhamrah: Special tribute to dedicated fathers

BRITISH bhangra legend KS Bhamrah is celebrating Father’s Day this week with his newly released single Daddy.  The Apna Sangeet frontman has sung, written and composed the heartfelt solo song that expresses the inner feelings of a father, along with all they do.   What makes this family friendly track special…

GitHub partners with Infosys to open centre in India

MICROSOFT-OWNED developer platform GitHub has partnered with Infosys to launch its first GitHub Center of Excellence (CoE) in Bengaluru, while its user base swells in India. Addressing a gathering at Bengaluru on Monday (10), GitHub chief executive officer Thomas Dohmke said India’s growing developer community, combined with the newfound possibilities…

Three Rohingya die in clash between militant groups in Bangladesh

AT LEAST three Rohingya refugees were killed and seven others were injured after a clash between rival militant groups vying for control over relief camps in Bangladesh, police said on Tuesday (11).  Police said at least 100 members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Monday (10) attacked a…

Two Indian nationals recruited by Russian army killed in Ukraine

Two Indian nationals recruited by the Russian army were killed in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Indian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The Indian embassy in Moscow has contacted Russian authorities, including the ministry of defence, to ensure the prompt repatriation of the remains, according to a statement from the…

Khan and Malhotra support Dhesi at campaign launch

TAN DHESI stressed his support for Slough’s communities and his calls for a ceasefire in Gaza as he launched his campaign to be re-elected MP. His launch last Saturday (8) came just days after seven Slough councillors quit the Labour Party, criticising both him and the party. At the event,…

Riz Ahmed’s ‘Dammi’ set for digital premiere on MUBI

Riz Ahmed’s short film Dammi is set for its streaming release on MUBI. Directed by BAFTA Award nominee Yann Demange, the film will be available exclusively on MUBI globally starting July 12. The story follows a man, portrayed by Ahmed, who returns to Paris in search of a connection with…

Militant killed, seven security personnel injured in Kashmir clashes

A SUSPECTED militant was killed and seven security personnel were wounded in clashes in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Wednesday (12). The first incident occurred late Tuesday (11) night in Hiranagar, a village near the frontier with Pakistan which, like India, claims the Himalayan region in full. Security forces rushed to…

Ram Charan, Rajnikanth among celebs at Chandrababu Naidu swearing-in

Actor Ram Charan attended the swearing-in ceremony of TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday. The RRR actor was spotted in an all-black outfit for the event in which actor-turned-politician and leader of Janasena Pawan Kalayn also took oath as a minister in the Naidu government.…

Kartik Aryan: Rise of an unbreakable Champion

THERE perhaps isn’t a young Bollywood leading man under 40 with more momentum behind him than Kartik Aaryan. The 33-year-old has gone from being an outsider to becoming red hot property in Hindi cinema, with high-profile producers wanting to sign him for major movies. The self-made star adds to his…

Hunter Biden guilty of federal gun charges in historic verdict

A jury found Hunter Biden guilty on Tuesday (11) of federal gun charges in a historic first criminal prosecution of the child of a sitting US president. The 54-year-old son of president Joe Biden was convicted on all three of the felony counts stemming from his 2018 purchase of a…

Khayam Khan’s movie captures British student in Hyderabad journey

KHAYAM KHAN’S coming-of-age film allowed him to reconnect with Hyderabad – a city in south India he hadn’t been back to for 25 years, the director told Eastern Eye.  A Game of Two Halves follows the journey of Sanjay (Saaj Raja), a young British student who finds himself in India…

Saving India’s sacred rivers

SADHGURU: Like many other rivers around the world, India’s rivers – which have always been given a position of sanctity in the culture – have become polluted bodies of water.  But this is not an insurmountable problem. It can be addressed in a short period and with technologies that already…

Trust deficit in UK politics, election system widens: Survey

An analysis by polling expert Sir John Curtice shows that the trust and confidence in the UK's politics and election system is at its lowest and needs improvement, according to media reports. In his report for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), based on a survey done between September…

Illegal hajj pilgrims save money but risk arrest

TENS of thousands of Muslims try to complete the annual hajj pilgrimage on the cheap, officials and travel agents have said. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken at least once by all Muslims with the means. It involves a series of rituals…

‘Britain’s future relies on the people in the workforce’

LIKE millions across the country, I have been closely observing this general election, which comes at an important crossroads in our country’s future. The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and a cost-of-living crisis have impacted us all, and it has never been more important to look forward to our…

FIFA WC Qualifiers: Poor refereeing robs India of a chance…

Poor refereeing cost India a historic entry into the third round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as Qatar emerged 2-1 winners on Tuesday. India initially led through Lallianzuala Chhangte's 37th-minute goal, but the game changed when the referee allowed Yousef Aymen's 73rd-minute equaliser despite the ball appearing to go…

India election: Why Ayodhya rejected BJP’s temple politics

THE opening of a grand Hindu temple three months ahead of India’s general election was supposed to be a crowning moment for prime minister Narendra Modi that would carry his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a dominant victory.  It didn’t work out that way. Instead, the BJP lost the seat…

Holmes, Balwani want fraud convictions overturned in Theranos case

LAWYERS for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and company president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani on Tuesday (11) urged a federal appeals court to overturn their convictions for defrauding investors in the failed blood testing startup, which was once valued at $9 billion (£7bn). Amy Saharia, Holmes' lawyer, told a three-judge panel of…

Labour promises to fix a million potholes in England every…

Labour has announced plans to fund councils to repair up to a million potholes a year in England, aiming to provide multi-year funding settlements to local leaders to address broken roads. This initiative seeks to move away from the "sticking plaster approach" to road repairs, as reported by BBC. The…

Diljit Dosanjh to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’

Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh is set to make an appearance on American talk show The Tonight Show, presented by Jimmy Fallon. Fallon will host Dosanjh, a popular name in Punjabi cinema and music industry, on the June 17 episode of the long-running show which airs weeknights on the US broadcaster NBC.…

T20 WC: Australia into Super Eights; Rizwan, Babar keep Pakistan…

Australia advanced to the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup with a decisive victory over Namibia, while Rizwan and Babar kept Pakistan's hopes alive with a crucial win against Canada. Australia advanced to the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup with a dominant nine-wicket win over Namibia at…

India’s fizzling monsoon could prolong heatwave

India's monsoon rains have lost momentum after covering western regions ahead of schedule, and their arrival in northern and central states could be delayed, extending a heatwave in the grain-growing plains, two senior weather officials told Reuters. Summer rains, critical to spur economic growth in Asia's third-largest economy, usually begin…

World media analyses India’s poll result

NARENDRA MODI was sworn in as prime minister of India last Sunday (9) for the third time, but newspapers around the world have all been asking the same set of searching questions. Why did the exit polls get it so wrong in predicting a “super majority” of anything up to…

Economy stagnates ahead of general election

BRITAIN'S economy stagnated in April after emerging from recession in the first quarter of the year, official data showed Wednesday ahead of the country's general election next month. The zero growth in April followed an expansion of 0.4 per cent in March, according to the Office for National Statistics. Britain…

Richie Mehta, Alphonse Roy to take masterclasses at Mumbai Intl…

The upcoming 18th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will feature interesting panel discussions with filmmakers Richie Mehta, Nemil Shah, Alphonse Roy, and Georges Schwizgebel. The biennial film festival organised by NFDC, which focuses on short films, documentaries, and animation films will also see several interesting masterclasses and…

How to Apply for a Payday Loan: Step-by-Step Instructions

Financial struggles are a common part of most people's lives at one point or another. During these challenging times, payday loans can act as a lifeline. High utility bills, medical expenses, or a car repair, these loans could help bridge the gap between paychecks. In this blog, we will guide you…

Trailer talk: Diljit Dosanjh’s ‘Jatt & Juliet 3’ promises to…

Famous on-screen pair Diljit Dosanjh - Neeru Bajwa is back to entertain the audience with Jatt & Juliet 3. On Tuesday, the trailer of their comedy-drama was unveiled and it undoubtedly tickled the funny bone of the audience. In the film, Neeru and Diljit are both playing cops, where she…

2024 Academy Museum Gala to honour Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood will converge at the fourth annual star-studded gala at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles on October 19, as it honours the exceptional contributions of Paul Mescal, Rita Moreno, and Quentin Tarantino to the world of cinema. This fundraising event, celebrating the museum's third…

We need to normalise obsessive work culture: Kangana Ranaut

Stressing the need to "normalise obsessive work culture", actress and BJP MP Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday said Indians can't afford to be lazy as the country is yet to become a developed nation. Ranaut shared her thoughts in an Instagram Story, in which she posted a video clip of Prime…

Businesswomen endorse Rachel Reeves as first female chancellor

MORE THAN a dozen prominent UK businesswomen have signed a letter supporting the idea of Labour’s Rachel Reeves becoming the first female chancellor of the exchequer. They believe her appointment would bring a fresh perspective to economic policymaking, reported the Guardian. According to the report, the support follows long-term efforts…

Former trader sues Deutsche Bank for unpaid £2.6m bonus

A former Deutsche Bank trader is suing the bank in a London court for just over £2.6 million after she was not paid an individual bonus nearly a decade ago, though Germany's largest lender says it simply could not afford it. Shikha Gupta worked until 2017 for Deutsche Bank's non-core…

Imran Khan gives green signal for talks with govt

PAKISTAN'S jailed former prime minister Imran Khan has given a green signal for talks with the government and is "ready to forgive" what has happened to him, his party's chairman Gohar Khan said on Tuesday. "We told the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder that dialogue is necessary, as the distance is…

T20 World Cup: Rohit and team look to improve batting…

India's top batsmen will look to perform more freely against an impressive but inexperienced USA team in their T20 World Cup group game on Wednesday. India, already classified as A1 regardless of points, need one more win to secure their Super Eight spot. They will aim to avoid a repeat…

‘India prioritises resolving border issues with China’

INDIA will focus on finding solutions to the border issues with China that has long strained ties between the neighbouring countries, Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Tuesday (11) after assuming charge for a second straight term. India and China share a 3,800 km (2,400 mile) border - much…

The hidden wiring of Indian democracy

The exit polls and results of the Indian general election have attracted considerable attention recently. Using an analogy of electrical circuits, I also think the organisation and implementation of election processes should be considered as part of the hidden wiring of democracy. I was appointed in 2001 as one of…

American parent drops London listing plan for Boots

The American owner of Boots has dropped plans for a London float for the chemist and is reportedly scouting for potential buyers, according to media reports. The move has robbed the UK's ailing stock market of an anticipated listing. In recent years there has been a dearth of initial public…

Tata says £500m subsidy delay puts south Wales steelmaking at…

Tata Steel has said that steelmaking in south Wales could be at "significant risk" if a £500 million subsidy is delayed. This follows shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds' call for Tata to engage with a potential Labour government. Tata expressed concern in a statement to the London stock market that…

Man throws objects at Nigel Farage during campaign tour

Nigel Farage, leader of the Reform Party, faced another attempted assault during his campaign for next month's election when a man threw objects at him during an open-top bus tour on Tuesday. Farage was travelling through Barnsley in northern England, waving to crowds from the bus, when a man threw…

Ashok Elluswamy: The Indian engineer behind Tesla’s autopilot success

AN Indian American engineer has been lauded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his pivotal role in the development of Tesla's autopilot technology. Musk recently praised Ashok Elluswamy on social media, crediting him and the AI/Autopilot team for their groundbreaking work. "Thanks Ashok! Ashok was the first person to join…

Sunak woos voters with tax cuts, reduced immigration

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (11) sought to get his lacklustre general election campaign back on track by promising voters tax cuts and lower immigration as he launched his Conservative party's manifesto. Sunak channelled Tory heroine Margaret Thatcher by pledges of greater home ownership to woo a largely disaffected…

How custom sneakers can transform a simple outfit into a…

In the world of fashion, where personal expression plays a crucial role, custom sneakers have become an essential way to stand out and assert one's unique style. They allow the addition of a personal touch to any outfit, thus transforming a simple look into a true expression of creativity. But…

12-year-old machete killer was obsessed with blades

ONE of the 12-year-old boys who was found guilty of murdering a 19-year-old youth using a machete in a Wolverhampton park last November had an obsession with blades. Hours before the killing Shawn Seesahai, along with an accomplice, the boy had posed for a picture with the murder weapon tucked…

Akmal apologises for inappropriate comments about Arshdeep and Sikhs

A day after being criticised for making disrespectful comments about India pacer Arshdeep Singh, former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal apologised for his remarks. The comments were made while Akmal was analysing the recent T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in New York. In a viral video, Akmal was…

Record number of candidates standing in general election

AN unprecedented number of candidates are running in this year's general election on 4 July. Over 4,500 people are vying for positions across the 650 constituencies in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, the BBC reported. This represents a 35.7 per cent increase from the 2019 election. The surge in…

Passengers of turbulence-hit London-Singapore flight offered compensation

Singapore Airlines has extended compensation offers to passengers aboard a flight from London to Singapore that faced severe turbulence last month. The incident resulted in numerous injuries and a fatality. Passengers with minor injuries have been offered £7,874, while those with serious injuries can discuss offers tailored to their specific…

Survey: One in three Asda staff attacked at work

ONE in three Asda employees have faced attacks at work, according to a survey which revealed incidents where workers were stabbed, punched, and threatened with syringes. The GMB union conducted the poll among nearly 1,000 of its members, uncovering accounts of delivery drivers being pursued by cars and store workers…

Scotland gang boss killed three friends in high-speed M8 crash

Lee Docherty, a 38-year-old crime gang leader, caused a fatal crash on the M8 near Bishopton, Renfrewshire, Scotland, killing three friends and injuring four others. The accident occurred in the early hours of September 19, 2021, when Docherty fell asleep while driving a hired Audi Q7 at 127 mph (204.39…

UK, Schengen nations make millions off rejected visas: Study

Pakistanis applying for visas to visit the United Kingdom and Schengen countries have a rejection rate of 40 per cent and 50 per cent respectively, resulting in significant costs for the applicants, Dawn reports citing a research report. A Lago Collective study shows that Pakistanis spent £5.3 million on rejected…

Yunus: Bangladesh has become a ‘one-party’ state

BANGLADESH has turned into a "one-party" state as the ruling party stamps out political competition, Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer of the global microcredit movement, said in an interview. An election in January won prime minister Sheikh Hasina a fourth straight term, but it was boycotted by the…

Baltimore’s key shipping lane fully reopens after bridge collapse

THE Baltimore shipping lane blocked for more than two months after a cargo ship collided with a major bridge in March, sending it crashing into the water, fully reopened on Monday (10), authorities said. The US Army Corps of Engineers, along with Navy salvage divers, restored the channel to its…

Key ministers retain portfolios in Modi’s third term

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi unveiled his new cabinet on Monday (10), with key posts unchanged, signalling broad policy continuity. That includes Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) loyalists Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar - the defence, interior, transport, finance and foreign ministers respectively, staying…

T20 WC: South Africa beat Bangladesh in another low-scoring thriller

South Africa defeated Bangladesh by four runs in another low-scoring thriller at the T20 World Cup on Monday. This result may lead to more discussions about the suitability of the pitch used in New York. South Africa scored 113-6 in their 20 overs, with Heinrich Klaasen top-scoring with 46. Fast…

Alcohol can aggravate bipolar disorder: Study

Those suffering from bipolar disorder should either keep away from alcohol or control its intake. Drinking alcohol could worsen one's symptoms of bipolar disorder by destabilising mood and affecting efficiency at work, a new research has found. The researchers, including those from the University of Michigan, wanted to understand the…

Unemployment rate rises despite strong wage growth

BRITAIN'S labour market showed more signs of cooling in April as the unemployment rate rose, an awkward development for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of the July 4 election, despite another month of strong wage growth. Official data on Tuesday showed the jobless rate for the three months to April…

Sunak to release manifesto promising ‘financial security’

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak is due to unveil his Conservative party manifesto on Tuesday (11), promising voters "financial security" ahead of the July 4 general election as the Tories lag far behind Labour in polls. "We Conservatives have a plan to give you financial security," he will say, according to…

Latamvibe Review 2024: Features, Advantages, Disadvantages, and Users Feedback

Online dating platforms serve as crucial tools for bringing people together across vast distances. From fleeting connections to lasting relationships, these platforms facilitate myriad interactions. Among them is Latamvibe, a platform we'll examine closely in this review.   Latamvibe offers a free registration process and boasts a user-friendly interface, attracting…

Two 12-year-olds found guilty of murder

TWO 12-year-old boys were found guilty of murdering a 19-year-old youth using a machete in a Wolverhampton park in November last year. The pair, who cannot be named because of their age, are among the youngest convicted murderers in the UK. They are expected to be sentenced next month. They…

Cricket: Pakistan proposes Lahore as India’s base for Champions Trophy

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed Lahore as India's home base for the ICC Champions Trophy next year to ensure optimal security arrangements. A source in the PCB revealed to the PTI that this suggestion was included in the draft schedule sent to the ICC in late April. "Yes,…

Sunak rejects resignation rumours amid D-Day row

Rishi Sunak dismissed rumours on Monday that he would resign before the July 4 general election. This came amidst ongoing criticism of his early departure from D-Day commemoration events. The prime minister apologised following outrage from veterans' groups for his decision to skip an event in northern France marking the…

Ethnic minority MP numbers to surge this election: Study

A RECORD number of ethnic minority MPs are expected to be elected on July 4 and the parliament will be closer to representing the diversity of the electorate, race and diversity thinktank British Future said on Monday (10). The thinktank's analysis of final candidate selections projects that there will be…

Suicide case: India denies bail to South African businessman Ajay…

An Indian court has denied bail to Ajay Gupta, a member of the Gupta family linked to significant corruption in South Africa, in a case related to the alleged suicide abetment of a businessman. The Gupta brothers—Atul, Ajay, and Rajesh—originally from India, established a large business empire in South Africa…

13 ministers from South in Modi government, 6 from Gujarat

More than a dozen parliamentarians from southern states and six MPs from Gujarat were inducted into Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's third-term government. More than a dozen parliamentarians from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu were inducted on Sunday into the council of ministers led by Modi. This…

7 Pakistan soldiers killed; Sharif vows to ‘eliminate terrorism’

PAKISTAN Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday pledged to "relentlessly eliminate terrorism" from the country after seven soldiers, including a Captain, were killed in a terrorist attack in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province a day earlier. The incident occurred when the convoy of security personnel heading towards Kachi Qamar, Sarband…

Comment: Election will see biggest-ever rise in minority representation

SMETHWICK was once notorious in British politics, after the 1964 election saw an overtly racist campaign succeed there at the ballot box. Smethwick’s reputation as a hotbed of racism went around the world. Even Malcolm X visited the West Midlands town, just days before his assassination back in America. Yet…

Modi 3.0 ministers include 33 first-timers, 6 from political families

As the third Modi government formed on Sunday, 33 first-timers joined its ranks, with at least six from well-known political families. Narendra Modi was sworn in on Sunday, and his government comprises 71 ministers, including 30 cabinet ministers, five with independent charge, and 36 ministers of state. The specific portfolios…

Tributes pour in for Michael Mosley

TRIBUTES continue to pour in for TV and radio presenter Dr Michael Mosley who was found dead near a beach resort on the Greek island of Symi on Sunday, after being missing since Wednesday. His wife, Dr Clare Bailey Mosley, paid tribute to her “wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband”.…

Alcaraz defeats Zverev in five sets to win first French…

Carlos Alcaraz overcame Alexander Zverev in a five-set French Open final on Sunday, becoming the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all three surfaces. The 21-year-old recovered from 2-1 down in sets and battled cramps to win 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 after four hours and 19 minutes…

TV presenter Michael Mosley found dead on Greek island: Police

British health expert and TV personality Michael Mosley was found dead on Sunday on the Greek island of Symi, days after he went missing, police reported. "People on a boat saw a body close to the rocky coast," said Petros Vassilakis, police chief for the southern Aegean region. The body…

Cricket: Bumrah shines as India beat Pakistan in T20 thriller

Jasprit Bumrah played a key role as India defeated Pakistan by six runs in a low-scoring T20 World Cup match in New York on Sunday. India were bowled out by Pakistan for 119 in 19 overs. Mohammad Rizwan scored 31 for Pakistan, but Bumrah's 3-14 in four overs proved decisive…

Modi sworn in as India’s third-time prime minister

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was sworn in on Sunday (9) for a third term after worse-than-expected election results left him reliant on coalition partners to govern. In the new coalition government, there will be 71 ministers, 30 of them are cabinet ministers, five independent charge, and 36 ministers of…

Celebs extend wishes as Modi takes oath for third term…

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the oath of office for his third consecutive term, Bollywood celebrities took to their social media to extend their heartfelt wishes to him. Actor Sidharth Malhotra took to his Instagram Stories in the early hours of Monday to post a congratulatory message and…

Amitabh Bachchan to have cameo in Gujarati film ‘Fakt Purusho…

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is set to make a cameo in the upcoming Gujarati film "Fakt Purusho Maate", the makers said. Bachchan previously appeared in the first film of the franchise titled "Fakt Mahilao Maate" (2022), in which he served as the narrator. According to a press release, the 81-year-old star…

India doesn’t support ‘Cannes kind’ of cinema: Anurag Kashyap

India didn’t have any moment at Cannes, says filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, stressing that the victory of independent filmmakers at the European gala is theirs alone and the government doesn’t support that kind of award-winning cinema. India won an unprecedented three awards at the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival…

Zara Aleena’s killer accused of prison attacks

THE inquest into Zara Aleena's death revealed that her killer, Jordan McSweeney, had been accused of multiple offences during his imprisonment the previous year. McSweeney, a sexual predator with 28 prior convictions, murdered the 35-year-old law graduate as she walked home in Ilford, east London, in June 2022. He had…

Tories unveil plan to tighten sickness benefit rules

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's Tories, facing an election next month, has announced details of its plan to tighten sickness benefit rules, which it said would eventually save £12 billion a year. Sunak, who has previously said he wants to change welfare rules to counter a rise in people dropping out…

Oxford University to return 500-year-old sculpture to India

OXFORD UNIVERSITY will return a 500-year-old bronze statue of the Hindu saint Tirumankai Alvar to India, following a claim by the Indian high commission that the sculpture might have been looted from an Indian temple. This 16th-century artifact, previously displayed at the Ashmolean Museum, depicts the Tamil poet and saint…

Modi’s coalition partners in new government

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will take the oath of office on Sunday (9) for a third term in power alongside coalition allies after his party failed to win a parliamentary majority. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 240 seats in this year's poll, 32 short of a majority in…

Modi to take oath alongside coalition allies

INDIA's prime minister Narendra Modi is set to be sworn in Sunday (9) for a third term after worse than expected election results left him reliant on coalition partners to govern. With Modi yet to announce the makeup of this cabinet, the ceremony at the presidential palace on Sunday evening…

Trade union Unite refuses to endorse Labour manifesto

LABOUR party's biggest trade union backer Unite has refused to endorse its general election manifesto, but the party has decided to go ahead with it next week. At a meeting on Friday, the shadow cabinet, union representatives, and the national executive committee (NEC) approved the manifesto. While various party figures…

Nadiya Hussain to return to BBC with new cooking show

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is set to return to the BBC with an all-new cooking show. The broadcaster has confirmed the TV chef will appear in Nadiya’s Cook Once, Eat Twice, which will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later this year. In the new…

India aim to exploit Pakistan’s woes on tricky NY pitch

The much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup is set to unfold at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Sunday. While Pakistan are coming from a shock defeat against hosts USA, India will be confident after a thumping eight-wicket win over Ireland.…

Labour, Tory leaders clash over taxes, defence

THE SEVEN-PARTY BBC election debate saw a fierce clash between Tory minister Penny Mordaunt and Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner over taxes and defence policy Mordaunt repeated the controversial claim that Labour would raise taxes by £2,000 per household, which Rayner termed as "a lie". The UK statistics watchdog has…

East London man strangled wife, threw body in river, trial…

Aminan Rahman is on trial for allegedly strangling his wife, Suma Begum, before disposing of her body in a suitcase and throwing it into the River Lea. The body of 24-year-old Suma Begum was found in the River Lea on May 8, 2023. The Old Bailey heard that on the…

Looking forward to doing ‘exciting work’ in India: Elon Musk

Tesla boss Elon Musk has said he is looking forward to his companies doing "exciting work" in India, as he congratulated Narendra Modi on his victory in the Indian elections. Modi is set to take oath for his third consecutive term as India's prime minister on June 9. “Congratulations @narendramodi…

Indira Varma joins Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager 2’

According to reports, Season 2 of the much-loved British spy-thriller series The Night Manager has added Indira Varma, Paul Chahidi, and Hayley Squires to the cast. This news comes shortly after it was revealed that Daisy Jones & The Six star Camila Morrone had joined the cast, in addition to…

T20 WC: Afghanistan stun NZ, Bangladesh beat SL in thriller

In a dramatic day at the T20 World Cup, Afghanistan secured a stunning victory over New Zealand by 84 runs, while Bangladesh triumphed over Sri Lanka by two wickets in a thrilling encounter. Afghanistan defeated New Zealand by 84 runs to take the top spot in Group C at the…

Ramoji Rao no more; Rajamouli demands Bharat Ratna for media…

After the news of the demise of media mogul Ramoji Rao broke on Saturday morning, reactions from the fans, and members of the film, sports, and political industries flooded online. Filmmaker SS Rajamouli also penned a post on X to pay his tribute to Rao. In his condolence post, Rajamouli…

Modi swearing-in ceremony on Sunday

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday that president Droupadi Murmu had invited him to form a government. He promised that his new coalition of 15 parties would work towards unanimity and success. Modi made these comments after meeting with Murmu and accepting her invitation to head the National…

Skipping D-Day event: Rivals attack Sunak despite apology

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was roundly criticised by political rivals on Friday, hours after apologising for leaving D-Day commemorations in France early in the latest self-inflicted setback to his stuttering general election campaign. Political opponents at a live TV debate derided Sunak's decision to skip the major ceremony with…

Search for TV doctor Mosley continues on Greek island

Rescuers continued searching for British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the mountainous Greek island of Symi on Saturday, the third day of a wide operation launched after he was reported missing by his wife. The 67-year-old doctor and healthy living advocate, who has endorsed fasting and offered tips on sleep…

Interview: Sharvari, Mona Singh, and Abhay Verma talk about their…

Bollywood’s new horror comedy Munjya promises to be a refreshing concoction of scares and laughs. As the film hits cinemas today on June 7, we sit down with the three dynamic lead cast members – Sharvari, Mona Singh, and Abhay Verma - who bring this unique film to life. Our…

Sunita Williams dances on arrival at International Space Station

INDIAN AMERICAN astronaut Sunita Williams broke into an impromptu dance as she entered the International Space Station (ISS) and received the ‘Bell Rings’ welcome along with her colleague Butch Wilmore according to US Naval tradition. Williams, 58, flew to space for the third time on Wednesday (5) along with Wilmore,…

Leicester Council loses appeal in racial discrimination case

AN APPEAL filed by the Leicester City Council against an employment tribunal ruling that the council had racially discriminated against an Asian-origin employee has been dismissed. The tribunal had in April last year found that the decisions made by Ruth Lake, a senior member of staff at Leicester City Council,…

Oldham council boss hits back at Nigel Farage comments

The boss of Oldham council has hit back at the ‘stupid and inaccurate’ comments made by Nigel Farage, after the Reform UK leader said there were streets in the borough ‘where no one speaks English’. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Nigel Farage defended his claim that…

Labour ‘needs help’ holding Slough amid anger over war in…

Labour 'needs help' defending its seat in Slough at the general election next month it is telling activists – amid suggestions that anger at the war in Gaza could dent its support. Slough is among the places across Britain that Labour has singled out as ‘battleground’ areas it wants its…

Charli XCX’s new album ‘Brat’ earns critical acclaim

Charli XCX has once again taken the music world by storm with her latest studio album, Brat, a bold and defiant project that has garnered positive responses from various prestigious publications. The album showcases Charli’s evolution as an artist, blending elements of her past work with new and daring sounds…

Care home abuse: Rotherham Council ‘acknowledges failings’

ROTHERHAM Council has said it has ‘acknowledged failings’ after seven men were found guilty of abusing girls in the council’s care in the early 2000s. The trial of the men, at Sheffield Crown Court, was the result of a five-year investigation by officers from the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood.…

TDR Capital acquires Zuber Issa’s stake in Asda

PRIVATE EQUITY firm TDR Capital on Friday (7) announced the acquisition of Zuber Issa’s shares in supermarket chain Asda. With this transaction, TDR Capital will hold 67.5 per cent of Asda, while Mohsin Issa retains 22.5 per cent, and Walmart maintains a 10 per cent stake. The deal is expected…

Police bust migrant smuggling ring from Canada to US

CANADIAN police on Thursday (6) dismantled a vast migrant smuggling network accused of sneaking hundreds of people from Canada into the US. Four people were arrested while arrest warrants were issued for four others at large, said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which collaborated with American authorities in the…

Conservatives pledge to restore child benefit for higher earners

CONSERVATIVES said they would restore full child benefit payments for households with an income up to £120,000 helping 700,000 families if they win an election on July 4. The party, which is trailing Labour by around 20 points in opinion polls, framed the policy change as a tax cut worth…

T20 WC: England eye improved bowling show in game against…

Defending champions England aim to enhance their T20 World Cup campaign with a stronger bowling performance when they face Australia in a Group B match on Saturday. England's opening game against Scotland was interrupted by rain, with Scotland reaching 90 for no loss in 10 overs. Both teams took one…

Kangana Ranaut slapped by woman security official

Actress and BJP MP Kangana Ranaut said she was hit in the face and abused by a woman CISF constable during security check at the Chandigarh airport on Thursday, the ugly fracas breaking out two days after she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. The…

Kangana Ranaut to Salman Khan: Bollywood actors who were slapped…

Behind the scenes, many Bollywood celebrities have had their fair share of controversies and confrontations, some of which have unfolded in the most public and dramatic ways. The latest example is the award-winning actress-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut who was slapped by a CISF female jawan at the Chandigarh airport on June…

Sri Lanka upset over ‘different treatment’ at T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka has lodged a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding their treatment and conditions in the United States during the T20 World Cup. Sports minister Harin Fernando stated that Sri Lanka's team faced a seven-hour flight delay at a Florida airport and was given accommodation over 90…

My deselection was cruel: Faiza Shaheen

Former Labour candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green Faiza Shaheen said she decided to contest as an independent following an outpouring of support from her followers. Faiza announced her new campaign on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday (5) afternoon. She quit the Labour Party the previous day following her deselection…

Pei Pa Koa becomes talk of the town after Zayn…

The herbal remedy Pei Pa Koa has witnessed an unprecedented surge in popularity following a surprising mention from former One Direction member and pop sensation, Zayn Malik. For those not in the know, Pei Pa Koa, also known as Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, is a traditional Chinese herbal syrup…

EXCLUSIVE: Modi secures historic win

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi’s historic third term in power should be celebrated, analysts told Eastern Eye on Tuesday (4) as the results from the country’s mammoth general election showed his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the largest party, but was denied an outright majority. For the first time…

India central bank holds rates amid inflation concerns

India's central bank has kept interest rates unchanged for the eighth consecutive time on Friday, amid ongoing inflation concerns in the world's fifth-largest economy. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that its benchmark repo rate, the rate at which it lends to commercial banks, will remain at 6.50 per…

Poster for 18th Mumbai International Film Festival unveiled

The 18th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) is set to take place this month in Mumbai. The poster of the upcoming edition was unveiled on Thursday. The festival is scheduled to take place from June 15 to June 21. Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short Fiction,…

Air India announces non-stop flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick

Air India will start non-stop flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick from August 18. The airline will operate five weekly flights on this route, except on Tuesdays and Saturdays, using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner features 18 business class flat beds and 238 economy class seats. The flight (AI…

‘Munjya’ Review: Delivers laughter and jump scares in equal measure

Maddock Films’ latest horror comedy, Munjya, offers a refreshing blend of chills and chuckles, making it a standout addition to their horror comedy universe, which began with Stree (2019) and was followed up by Roohi (2021) and Bhediya (2022). Directed by Aditya Sarpotdar with a keen eye for both suspense…

High salt intake could raise eczema risk: Study

HIGH levels of sodium, commonly consumed through salt, could increase the risk of eczema, an inflammatory condition of skin marked by dry and itchy patches, a new study has found. Previous studies have found the sodium present in skin to be linked with autoimmune and chronic inflammatory conditions, including eczema.…

Modi gets backing of allies for third term

NARENDRA MODI was formally elected on Friday by the newly-elected members of Parliament (MPs) of his National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to be prime minister for a historic third consecutive term, as India returns to government by coalition. Modi will next meet President Droupadi Murmu later in the day and present…

T20 WC: Focus on India now, says USA captain after…

United States skipper Monank Patel believes their historic T20 World Cup win over Pakistan will open "many doors" for them but stresses the importance of staying focused for their next match against India. The USA, co-hosts of the tournament, defeated former champions Pakistan via a Super Over on Thursday. They…

Four Indian students drown in river near Russia’s St Petersburg

Four Indian medical students drowned in a river near St Petersburg in Russia. The Indian missions in the country are coordinating with Russian authorities to return their bodies to their families as soon as possible. The students, two boys and two girls aged 18-20, were studying at Novgorod State University…

Sunak apologises for leaving D-Day commemorations early

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak apologised Friday (7) for leaving the D-Day anniversary commemorations in France early to conduct a television interview about Britain's general election campaign. Opposition politicians accused Sunak of "a total dereliction of duty" by skipping a major international ceremony with fellow world leaders in Normandy on Thursday…

T20 World Cup: USA register ‘one of the biggest upsets…

IT WAS always going to take something big to make Americans pay any attention to cricket and Thursday's (6) stunning victory by the USA over established power Pakistan provided just that moment. The thrilling Super Over triumph in Dallas by the T20 World Cup debutants over the 2022 finalists and…

EXCLUSIVE: VAZ returns to fight for Leicester East

THE first post-war south Asian MP to be elected to parliament, Keith Vaz, is to run for his old seat, Leicester East – as an independent. The move will come as a big surprise to many in the world of politics, and it will cause fear among Labour ranks, sources…

Family visa rule change faces legal hurdle

Rishi Sunak government's move to hike minimum income for family visas to bring down migration is being challenged in the high court. An application for judicial review has been filed by Reunite Families UK (RFUK) on the grounds that it is separating children from their parents and discriminates against women…

Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri retires with Kuwait draw

Sunil Chhetri's final match for India ended in a 0-0 draw against Kuwait in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as thousands of fans gathered to bid farewell to the football legend. Nearly 59,000 spectators filled the stadium in Kolkata to witness the captain's swan song, a significant turnout in…

Probe sought into market moves during Indian poll results

India's opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has demanded an investigation into sharp stock market moves towards the end of the just-ended national elections, alleging on Thursday that prime minister Narendra Modi gave misleading investment advice. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party fell short of the majority, but along with its alliance partners…

Tories promise tougher sentences for murderers

TORIES have pledged to toughen sentences for murderers, aiming for a significant overhaul in homicide laws. This move comes following cases like the Nottingham killings, where Valdo Calocane received an indefinite hospital order rather than a prison sentence for fatally stabbing three people, The Times reported. The proposed changes include…

Indian firms created 8,384 jobs in UK: Report

Companies based out of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Delhi were the top Indian investors in the UK in 2023, says a joint report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian High Commission. In 2023, India was the second largest source market for the UK, bringing in 118 new…

India favourites in T20 WC clash against Pakistan: Rashid Latif

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has said that Babar Azam has a long way to go before becoming a captain who can handle pressure. Latif believes India will be favourites in their T20 World Cup clash against Pakistan on Sunday due to having a more balanced squad. The India-Pakistan match,…

Investors seek £100m from Boohoo over share price drop

INVESTORS in Boohoo are pursuing over £100 million in compensation from the online fashion retailer following a drastic share price drop in 2020, sparked by reports of worker mistreatment at its Leicester suppliers, reported The Guardian. The company's shares plunged by more than 40 per cent, slashing over £1.5 billion…

Australia cruise past Oman, Uganda claim first-ever T20 World Cup…

Australia began their bid for a grand slam of major cricket titles with a 39-run victory over Oman, while Uganda secured their first T20 World Cup win with a three-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea on Wednesday. Marcus Stoinis hit an unbeaten 67 off 36 balls to propel Australia to…

Asian group acquires Crosstown Doughnuts

AN ASIAN business group run by a father-son duo has acquired the artisan doughnut brand Crosstown Doughnuts, according to media reports. Karali Snacks Limited, an arm of Karali Group led by Salim Janmohamed and Karim Janmohamed, has acquired the business and assets of Crosstown Doughnuts, which operates from 27 locations…

India elections 2024: 280 MPs elected for first time

As the India elections are over, the 18th Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) in the country will include approximately 280 MPs elected for the first time, up from 267 first-time MPs in the 2019 elections. A total of 263 newly elected MPs have previously served as members of Lok…

Lack of jobs and high inflation hit Modi’s election appeal:…

A survey found that lack of jobs, high inflation, and falling income in India led voters to reduce support for Narendra Modi in the general election where his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not win a majority. However, Modi's leadership remained a significant factor in giving his alliance another term.…

Asif Kapadia, Al Rasheed among winners at inaugural Muslim Intl…

The first Muslim International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from May 30 to June 2 in London, saw Amjad Al Rasheed’s debut feature Inshallah A Boy taking the best feature award while veteran documentarian Asif Kapadia walked away with the festival’s honorary Trailblazer Award. The festival was launched by producer…

Sharif woos Chinese investors, assures security

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has assured to step up security for Chinese personnel working in his country in the wake of recent terrorist attacks targeting them. Sharif (72) is on a five-day visit to China since June 4 and is seeking investments from its 'all weather' friend to shore…

‘Former Post Office chair was told of IT issues in…

THE former chair of the Post Office, Alice Perkins, was alerted to possible issues in the Horizon IT system as early as 2011, an inquiry has heard. Despite this warning, the Post Office continued to prosecute hundreds of sub-postmasters for fraud, relying on inaccurate data from the Horizon accounting software.…

Drinking alcohol before flight naps could be bad for heart:…

A recent study has raised concerns about the common practice of drinking alcohol and then taking a nap during flights. German researchers have discovered that this combination, coupled with the low cabin pressure experienced during air travel, could strain the hearts of passengers. According to Sky News, the study highlighted…

Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel shares secrets behind her iconic swan wig

Bridgerton's Queen Charlotte, played by the remarkable Golda Rosheuvel, has been turning heads with her stunning portrayal of the Regency-era queen. However, it's not just her captivating performance that has fans talking. As per People magazine, during a recent appearance at an event, she shed light on the extraordinary creation…

Five jailed for money laundering IT scam proceeds

FIVE people who laundered £1.2 million proceeds of bogus computer service companies have been jailed by the Leeds Crown Court, according to media reports. The companies conned the elderly and vulnerable into paying thousands of pounds each to fix non-existent problems in their computers. Amanda Grigg, 66, of Truro, Gena…

Gurinder Chadha, Pan Nalin projects part of Civic Studios’ global…

Gurinder Chadha’s Christmas Karma and an untitled English-language feature by Pan Nalin are part of Civic Studios’ slate as the production house continues global expansion from its bases in Mumbai and London. Founded by Anushka Shah and incubated at the MIT Media Lab, Civic Studios works with the mission of…

Sunita Williams makes historic third trip to space

Sunita Williams embarked on her third journey to space on Wednesday, becoming one of the first astronauts aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft headed to the International Space Station (ISS). Williams and her colleague, Butch Wilmore, launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, US as part of Boeing’s Crew Flight…

‘Memoir of a Snail’ to open Melbourne Film Festival

Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot's Memoir of a Snail has been selected as the opening film for the Melbourne International Film Festival. The festival will run from August 8 to August 25 and is expected to comprise more than 250 titles. An early sneak peek, revealed Thursday, confirmed a high-quality international…

Anshul Garg teams up with Arabic artist Dystinct for new…

Anshul Garg has been bringing the best of global music to India by combining it with amazing Indian musical talent. He first teamed up with Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred for the chartbuster “Guli Mata,” then he created the viral sensation “Yimmy Yimmy” with French singer Tayc. Now, completing a hat…

‘I’m playing an assassin’, Anushka Sen on international project ‘Asia’

Anushka Sen has gained widespread recognition for her recent success in Dil Dosti Dilemma, where she portrayed the character of Asmara. Her performance has garnered praise from her well-wishers nationwide. The actress is now venturing into new territory by taking on the role of an assassin in her upcoming international…

Jitendra Kumar’s ‘Panchayat 3’ crosses 12 million views in a…

According to Ormax Media, Panchayat Season 3, starring the immensely talented Jitendra Kumar, has become the most-viewed series on Indian streaming platforms. This milestone is particularly significant as it has overtaken the epic Baahubali: Crown of Blood, the popular The Great Indian Kapil Show featuring Bollywood A-list actors, Illegal Season…

Aunt’s murder sent shockwaves through family: Tulsi Gabbard

Former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out about the murder of her aunt, Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, a 78-year-old poet in American Samoa, was allegedly killed by her protege, Papalii Sia Figiel, 57, following an argument at a theater. Police report that Figiel stabbed and beat Sinavaiana-Gabbard with a…

The best casino varieties people should give a go

Casinos have been around for hundreds of years, with millions visiting them both online and in person every single day. Whether you’re playing online or in person, there’s virtually unlimited choice in games you can play and enjoy. With the introduction of the internet, you’re able to play pretty much…

Rohit injury scare as India crush Ireland in T20 World…

India captain Rohit Sharma eased concerns about an arm injury after scoring 52 and retiring hurt as India defeated Ireland by eight wickets in their T20 World Cup opener in New York on Wednesday. India needed only 97 runs to win following a strong performance by their bowlers. Left-arm quick…

Modi to take oath for third term over the weekend

A DAY after the humbling election outcome for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), following a strong performance by the opposition 'INDIA' bloc, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's 15 alliance partners met at his New Delhi residence and named him as their leader. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 293…

Sunak to meet Modi at G7 Summit in Italy

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak spoke to India's Narendra Modi on Wednesday (5) to congratulate him on his election victory, which he said will see the bilateral relationship “thrive”. Both leaders agreed to stay in touch in the coming days before they meet at the G7 Summit in Italy, where Modi…

Asda now most expensive fuel retailer: report

ASDA has become the priciest provider of supermarket fuel in the UK, new research revealed. This change comes after the retailer's new private owners, the billionaire Issa brothers and TDR Capital, decided to depart from its longstanding promise of offering the cheapest fuel on the market. According to an analysis…

‘Boys from the Blackstuff’ explores joblessness

BOYS from the Blackstuff is a play set in Liverpool in 1982 about five unemployed men who are desperate to find work, but who cannot find any.  Directed by Kate Wasserberg, it is an adaptation by James Graham of the 1982 BBC TV drama by Alan Bleasdale, a playwright from…

‘It’s awesome’: Ishana on working with father M Night Shyamalan

Ishana Night Shyamalan, the daughter of celebrated filmmaker M Night Shyamalan, is gearing up for the release of her directorial debut, The Watchers. Adapted from the Irish novel of the same name by A.M. Shine, The Watchers has M Night Shyamalan serving as an executive producer. Sharing her experience of…

Break habits to live consciously

THEY say habits die hard. Do the qualities you develop early in the cradle only ever die when you do?  Sadhguru: Let us look at this from a different perspective. A habit is formed essentially because it brings a certain ease to your life – it makes parts of your…

Cannes Palme d’Or winner ‘Anora’ set for theatrical release

The indie studio Neon, which secured the North American rights to Sean Baker's acclaimed film Anora, winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, has set the stage for a fall theatrical release, as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. Anora, a screwball comedy featuring the talented…

Coach Stimac defines Indian football team’s goals

THE Indian football team coach Igor Stimac last Sunday (2) said the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kuwait could “change the careers” of his players, describing it as a “huge game”. India will take on Kuwait on Thursday (6) at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium in their penultimate second-round game.…

Sheherazaad: Cultural roots connection

WITH her deeply meaningful album Qasr, Sheherazaad beautifully explores displacement, the complexities of diaspora, the struggle to reclaim lost cultural roots, human experiences, and deep human emotions.  Grammy award winner Arooj Aftab has produced the genre transcending five-track LP that enables American composer and vocalist Sheherazaad to show off her…

‘I cried at the end’: Shonda Rhimes on ‘Bridgerton 3’…

Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, recently shared her emotional reaction to the upcoming season three finale. As the final four episodes, starring Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan, are set to release on June 13, Rhimes couldn't contain her excitement about what fans can expect.…

Pakistan’s Sufi festivals revived amid peace

RHYTHMIC drums and spirited dancing are once again bringing life to the shrines of Pakistan’s saints, where festivals were long stifled by jihadist violence.   As the harvest season ends and schools finish for the summer, villagers climb atop tractor trolleys, buses, and rickshaws to head to the celebrations at…

Hackney shooting: Police investigate links to Turkish gangs

THE Metropolitan Police on Wednesday (5) confirmed that they are investigating possible connections to Turkish organised crime networks in relation to the Hackney shooting. A week after the Hackney shooting that left a nine-year-old Indian girl in critical condition and injured three men, detectives have renewed their appeals for information…

Monsoon storms kill 30 in Sri Lanka

AT LEAST 30 people have died due to extreme rains and floods that have devastated Sri Lanka since May 15, state minister of defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon told Parliament on Wednesday (5). Heavy monsoon showers have destroyed 71 houses while another 9,300 suffered partial damage. Some 825 small and medium-scale…

Singer Chirag Rao celebrates Bollywood classics with a new UK…

CHIRAG RAO has shown off his impressive range with performances across diverse platforms.  The talented British singer has added to his musically rich life story with Bollywood Time Machine, which recently started a UK tour that runs through June with shows in Leicester on Saturday (8), Harrow (21 and 28),…

King Charles pays tribute to D-Day heroes

TRIBUTES were paid to those who took part in D-Day during the Second World War, promising to "always remember" the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers who invaded France by sea and air to drive out the forces of Nazi Germany. With guests waving British flags, appearances from veterans, recollections…

Cricket stars, football great win in India elections

Cricket stars Kirti Azad and Yusuf Pathan achieved significant victories, while football great Prasun Banerjee retained his seat. However, other sports figures faced setbacks in India's general elections. Para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia (BJP), a double Paralympic gold medallist in javelin throw, and former hockey captain Dilip Tirkey (BJD) conceded defeat in…

Aastha Gill: Special Buzz of performing live

A SERIES of global super hit songs turning Aastha Gill into hot property on the live music scene meant that a debut UK tour was always going to be inevitable for the popular Indian singer.   The talented performer is set to deliver shows at Athena in Leicester next Friday…

Labour accuses Sunak of lying about tax plans in election…

The Labour Party on Wednesday accused Rishi Sunak of lying during a pre-election debate by stating Labour would increase taxes by £2,000 for each family. Sunak, whose Conservative Party is struggling in opinion polls ahead of the 4 July vote, repeatedly used this figure in Tuesday's television debate with Labour…

Kangana to Hema Malini: India’s new parliament to have many…

With voters favouring many celebrity faces -- trusted and new -- this election season, eyes will be on the performance of first-time MPs like Kangana Ranaut and Arun Govil as they take their place in the 18th Lok Sabha along with returning star politicians Hema Malini and Manoj Tiwari. The…

How Rajasthan’s tent industry is blossoming again

TENTS made by skilled workers in Rajasthan have been shown at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. They have been imported from India by the Raj Tent Club, a company co-founded in the 1990s by Nicola Marks. One of the company’s employees, Davina, told Eastern Eye: “Nicky adores India. She is…

Essex face points deduction, heavy fines over racism claims

THE English county cricket team Essex face a possible points deduction and heavy fine after being charged with alleged “systemic” racist language and conduct over a nine-year period.  The charge, brought by the independent Cricket Regulator, has echoes of the racism row involving former Yorkshire bowler Azeem Rafiq that caused…

Marvellous rise of Malavika Mohanan

MALAVIKA MOHANAN has rapidly become one of the most in-demand actresses in South India. With a string of successful projects and collaborations with big stars like Rajinikanth, Thalapathy Vijay, and Dhanush, the 30 year old has proven herself to be a bankable sensation.   At first, this Malayalam actress had ambitions…

BJP-led alliance picks Modi as leader, swearing-in likely on June…

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) named Narendra Modi as its leader for a third consecutive term on Wednesday, a day after regaining power with a slim majority in the Indian elections. Modi, who has led Indian politics since 2014, will head a government reliant on regional…

Chelsea ‘grief garden’ to deal with love and loss

HOW does one go about creating a bereavement garden to help deal with grief at the loss of a family member or friend? British Asians can create such a garden by drawing inspiration from one of the entries at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The ‘Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden’,…

Solicitor struck off for seeking explicit images from client

AN ASIAN-ORIGIN solicitor who manipulated a client into sending explicit images by saying they were required for legal reasons has been struck off, The Law Society Gazette reports. The solicitor, Sunny Sidhu, was handling the divorce case for a woman, who had approached Warwickshire-based firm LDJ Solicitors in November 2020.…

Rohingya teacher, student killed for refusing to return to Myanmar

GUNMEN in Bangladesh killed a teacher and a student in a Rohingya refugee camp for refusing to return to Myanmar to fight alongside militants, their parents said last Thursday (30). Hundreds of Rohingya boys and young men have been seized from refugee camps in Bangladesh, where they had sought safety…

Tata Steel says job cuts in UK plants ‘inevitable’

ABOUT 2,500 workers at Tata Steel’s operations, which are in a transition phase, will lose their jobs, the company’s CEO, TV Narendran, has said. India-based Tata Steel owns the UK’s largest steelworks of three million tonne per annum (MTPA) at Port Talbot in South Wales and employs around 8,000 people…

Inquest reveals ‘delays in paperwork’ to recall Zara Aleena’s killer

DOCUMENTATION delays postponed the recall of Zara Aleena's murderer to prison, just days before he fatally attacked her, an inquest disclosed. Jordan McSweeney, who fatally assaulted the 35-year-old law graduate in June 2022, had breached the terms of his release from prison. The paperwork for his recall was initiated on…

Asian doctor who sexually assulted patient was let off with…

An Asian-origin NHS doctor who sexually assaulted a patient after promising he could cure her headaches with a 'specialist' massage was allowed to return to work with a written warning, Daily Mail reports. Dr Simon Abraham, 35, a Specialty Registrar in Rheumatology at Eastbourne District General Hospital, was suspended by…

Security concerns fuel ‘ongoing hostility’ in India-China ties

INDIA-CHINA relations are expected to remain antagonistic for the foreseeable future, a new report has said, citing a lack of trust as well as engagement. According to the 11th edition of the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment by the London-based thinktank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), New Delhi’s expanding…

Meera Syal, Toby Jones, Fiona Shaw to Star in ‘ECHO’

The Royal Court and London’s International Festival of Theatre have revealed the first five names to appear in the world premiere of ECHO (Every Cold-Hearted Oxygen). Meera Syal, Toby Jones, Fiona Shaw, Kathryn Hunter, and Rebecca Lucy Taylor are the first five artists who have been confirmed to perform in…

Sunil Chhetri to lead India one last time in game…

Sunil Chhetri will lead India for the last time in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Kuwait on Thursday. Chhetri, 39, hopes to propel his team into the next round as a parting gift after dominating the national football landscape for 19 years. Chhetri will retire at the…

Tan Dhesi worried over calls for block voting based on…

AN INDEPENDENT candidate standing to be Slough’s next MP has denied accusations that he is trying to ‘toxify’ Slough by asking Muslims to vote in a block. Labour’s Tan Dhesi, who is the MP for Slough, appealed last month for residents not to be “duped” by campaigners “going to people’s…

Successful Indian cinema sequels

FOR the longest time, Indian cinema didn’t do sequels very well or stayed away from them, but all that has now changed. That is perfectly illustrated by this year’s most anticipated films Indian 2 (Tamil), Pushpa 2: The Rule (Telugu), L2: Empuraan (Malayalam), Stree 2 (Hindi) and Singham Again (Hindi)…

Royal reward for driving change

A TEENAGE rickshaw driver from an Indian village expressed her delight after meeting King Charles at Buckingham Palace last month, when she collected a prestigious women’s empowerment award. Arti, 18, from Bahraich in the country’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, won the Amal Clooney women’s empowerment award, named after the high-profile…

Universities struggle with funding cuts, fewer foreign students

SEVERAL top British universities may become less attractive due to reduced funding and stricter regulations on overseas students, according to the annual QS 2025 university rankings. Despite these challenges, four British universities maintained their positions in the top 10 of over 1,000 institutions ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a key…

Priyanka shares adorable moments with daughter Malti Marie

Priyanka Chopra gave fans another peek into her life on the set of her new project The Bluff with a series of pictures featuring her daughter, Malti Marie. Currently in Australia, the actress is busy filming but finds time to share these sweet moments. In the photos that she dropped…

Cillian Murphy reprises his role in Peaky Blinders film

Cillian Murphy is all set to reprise the iconic role of Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders film. Netflix has officially greenlit the project, Variety reported. "Tommy Shelby returns. A Peaky Blinders Film starring Cillian Murphy is coming to Netflix," a post read on the official X handle of Netflix. Excited…

Tories instigating ‘culture wars’, Labour will deliver on pledges: Reynolds

THE Labour MP and shadow secretary of state for business and trade, Jonathan Reynolds, has accused the Conservative party of instigating “culture wars” to deflect from their failings as he insisted his party will deliver on its pledges. Ahead of the general election on July 4, Reynolds believes voters will…

Modi’s reduced majority to impact fiscal policy: Moody’s

The narrower victory margin for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's alliance in the elections will delay reforms that could have led to aggressive fiscal consolidation, an analyst at Moody's Ratings said on Wednesday. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 240 seats on its own, 32 short of the halfway mark…

FCA to scale back ‘naming and shaming’ plan amid backlash

THE Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is expected to scale back its plans to publicly name companies under investigation, following criticism from four lawyers who said that a government and industry backlash has labelled the proposals as misjudged and harmful to London's competitive standing. The anticipated decision by the markets regulator…

Will Britain spring a poll surprise too?

COULD what has happened in the Indian general election be repeated in Britain? It was predicted that prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would easily cross 350 in a 543-seat Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) and might even get to 400. Clearly, this hasn’t happened, and the…

India elections: Meet four of the youngest MPs

Four candidates, all 25, are set to become the youngest Members of Parliament (MPs) after winning in the India elections. Pushpendra Saroj, Priya Saroj, Shambhavi Choudhary, and Sanjana Jatav emerged victorious, representing the Samajwadi Party, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), and Congress, respectively. The Election Commission of India has declared results…

Late BBC anchor George Alagiah leaves just £49,000

Late BBC newsreader George Alagiah who passed away last year has left just £49,000 to his wife and family in his will, according to media reports. He passed away on the 24 July 2023 after a decade-long battle with bowel cancer. The will of the former News at Six presenter…

Najma Akhtar: The river of dreams

FUSION music perhaps played one of the biggest parts in shaping British Asian culture and one of the early pioneers was Najma Akhtar. Blending south Asian music rooted in centuries of rich culture with modern western contemporary sounds and performing on the biggest global stages enabled the path-breaking singer to…

Leicester Diwali lights to shine on amid fund crunch

LEICESTER City Council has confirmed that the annual Diwali lights, a prominent highlight in the city’s festival calendar, will continue this year. There were concerns about the future of the much-anticipated celebrations due to budget constraints. Leicester East Conservative candidate Shivani Raja and former Leicester East MP Keith Vaz started…

Life-affirming book about loss leaves a lasting impression

FOR those grappling with profound grief, The Loss that Binds Us is a lifeline in book form. Written with the raw honesty of a bereaved daughter and expertise of a therapist, this book offers a compassionate guide through the often messy landscape of grief. The journey begins with a foundational…

Sunak, Starmer spar over economy in first election debate

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour challenger Keir Starmer went head-to-head on Tuesday (4) over how to boost Britain's economy, with the PM accusing the opposition party of wanting to increase taxes if it wins power at a July 4 election. Sunak said he had "a clear plan for a…

‘Kalki 2898 AD’ trailer to be out on this date

The highly anticipated trailer for the sci-fi thriller Kalki 2898 AD, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas, and Deepika Padukone, is set to release on June 10. The makers on Wednesday took to their X account to announce the release date with a striking new poster, stating, “A new world awaits. Kalki…

India elections: Opposition deals big blow to BJP in Uttar…

As the results for all 543 seats in the India elections were declared, the opposition's INDIA bloc delivered a significant defeat to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The INDIA bloc parties won 43 out of 80 Lok Sabha…

Aliya Ali-Afzal: Countdown to wedding dramas

THE pressure of delivering best-selling debut novel Would I Lie To You doesn’t seem to have affected Aliya Ali-Afzal.  The talented author has followed up that fabulous first effort with her newly published book The Big Day, another immersive novel filled with relatable moments. The story of unexpected events leading…

India elections: BJP wins 240 seats, Congress 99 as all…

The Election Commission of India has declared results for all Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) constituencies, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 240 of the 543 seats and the Congress 99. The last result to be announced was that of Beed constituency in Maharashtra state, where NCP…

Will Britain’s India policy be shaped by poll results?

ONE of Britain’s leading foreign policy experts said he would urge the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to show “magnanimity” in the light of the results of the general election, in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not done as well as it had expected. Lord Simon McDonald,…

Modi set for tougher ride; key ally pledges support

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi faced Wednesday (5) the prospects of a far tougher-than-expected third term after his party failed to secure an outright majority for the first time since sweeping to power a decade ago. The release of the results on Tuesday (4) upended conventional wisdom throughout the six-week…

Set for third term, Modi says will work with everyone…

Preparing to take office for a third consecutive term, Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to work with all states to build a developed India, regardless of the party in power. In his first speech after the 2024 Lok Sabha election results, Modi emphasised significant decisions and the fight against corruption.…

Police officer sentenced for sharing pro-Hamas images

A POLICE officer from Bradford was on Tuesday (4) sentenced to 18 months of community service for sharing messages on WhatsApp supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Mohammed Adil, 26, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Terrorism Act for sending the messages in October and November last year. He…

India elections: Hema Malini gets 3rd term; newcomers Kangana, Arun…

Indian film stars shone brightly in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections with voters showing their trust in newcomers Kangana Ranaut and Arun Govil as well as returning MPs Hema Malini, Manoj Tiwari, and Ravi Kishan. The country went to the polls from April 19 to June 1 in seven phases…

Comprehensive Guide to Installing Your Own Private Power Pole

When it comes to installing your own private power pole, there are several crucial considerations to make. This is not just about connecting a pole, but rather involving a comprehensive range of electrical tasks. Many individuals may struggle with choosing the appropriate pole, understanding local building codes, and establishing a…

Mocked for a decade, Rahul Gandhi slows Modi juggernaut

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, mocked by Narendra Modi and his supporters for nearly a decade, marked a notable comeback on Tuesday, even though the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance appears set to form the government again. Modi looked set to retain power at the head of a ruling coalition,…

Cyber attack forces hospitals to delay surgeries

SOME of the major London hospitals cancelled some operations on Tuesday after a cyber-attack on a key service supplier had a "major impact", particularly on blood transfusions, according to internal memos to NHS staff. The attack on pathology partner Synnovis hit King's College Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' (including…

BJP concedes defeat in Ayodhya, where Modi opened grand Ram…

Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its alliance looks set to form the government in India, they have lost some crucial seats. The BJP conceded defeat on Tuesday in a constituency where Narendra Modi inaugurated of a grand Hindu temple just months ago. The BJP looks set for…

Mindy Kaling reveals if she will ever reprise her ‘The…

Mindy Kaling has opened up about whether she would ever revisit her character Kelly Kapoor from her hugely popular show The Office and how she is feeling about the new spinoff series. During a recent visit to PEOPLE in 10, she discussed the potential of returning to her iconic role.…

Alliance talks tomorrow, says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

As Narendra Modi's alliance was headed for a narrow majority in India elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said The INDIA bloc of opposition parties will convene on Wednesday to discuss potential outreach to former allies like the Janata Dal (United) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for government formation..…

Asif Kapadia’s documentary ‘Federer: Twelve Final Days’ trailer out

The trailer of a documentary capturing the sporting legend Roger Federer's final days before his retirement has been unveiled. Titled Federer: Twelve Final Days, the documentary will be out on Prime Video on June 20. Helmed by Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia and director Joe Sabia, Federer: Twelve Final Days…

Sanya Malhotra bags Best Actress award at New York Indian…

Sanya Malhotra's stellar performance in Mrs earned her Best Actress award at the New York Indian Film Festival 2024. Taking to its official Instagram handle, director Arati Kadav shared the news and wrote, "Thrilled beyond words. The Best Actress! @sanyamalhotra_ @nyindianfilmfest.”   View this post on Instagram   A post…

India a ‘thriving’ democracy: UK experts

As the results of India's mammoth general election trickled in on Tuesday, UK-based strategic experts and poll watchers were all praise for the country's “thriving and flourishing” democratic process. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is on course for a historic third term, the strong performance of the…

India results: Who are the big winners and losers?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to be the single largest party in the India elections, but the opposition has made significant gains. Despite the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) facing disappointing results in many areas, the BJP is expected to form the government with around 290 seats. However,…

Artists urge Starmer to halt arms sales to Israel if…

More than 100 British celebrities, including actors Riz Ahmed and Steve Coogan, have urged Labour leader Keir Starmer to “take a stand against the ongoing atrocities committed by Israel” in Gaza, The Guardian reported on Sunday. In a letter coordinated by Artists for Palestine UK, Starmer was urged to “demonstrate…

Britain should aim for net zero migration: Farage

Reform UK party leader Nigel Farage has said that Britain should aim for net zero migration - it should allow up to 600,000 migrants a year as nearly that many people annually leave the country. He said this after taking over as leader of the Reform party and announcing that…

Taz Singh stars with BTS’ Kim Namjoon in ‘Lost’

Tarsvinder Singh Sihra aka Taz Singh, who recently featured in Kim Namjoon aka RM's music video LOST, has opened up about his experience of working with BTS. “I gave an audition last year, but they kept it very confidential. I don’t think anybody had an idea about who we would…

India elections: Opposition alliance makes a comeback in Hindi heartland…

During the India elections, the opposition's INDIA alliance made a significant comeback in several crucial Hindi heartland states. Vote counting trends showed the alliance ahead in 42 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, with progress also noted in Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, and Jharkhand states. However, prime minister Narendra Modi's…

D-Day80: A moment to remember all who served

The general election arguments may be stilled, at least briefly, this Thursday (6) as the nation pauses to commemorate 80 years since the D-Day landings. This anniversary week has been marked by poignant gatherings of those who were once young soldiers of 19 and 20 when they landed on the…

Rahul Dravid to step down as India coach after T20…

Rahul Dravid announced on Monday that he will leave his role as India's coach after the T20 World Cup, ending his tenure of almost three years. Dravid's contract expires at the end of the month, and he will not seek to renew it. The BCCI has been advertising the position…

‘Recognise Commonwealth soldiers’ services during World War II’

Military veterans, politicians, historians, faith and civil society groups have written a joint letter on Tuesday (June 4) stating that while marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day this week, we should recognise the contributions made by the troops from various Commonwealth countries during the second world war. The D-Day marks…

Dev Patel’s ‘Monkey Man’ sets June streaming date

Dev Patel’s directorial debut Monkey Man is gearing up for its digital premiere on June 14 on Peacock, following a successful theatrical run. This film, which also stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Ashwini Kalsekar, Makarand Deshpande, Adithi Kalkunte, Sikandar Kher, and Sharlto Copley, marked a new chapter in Patel’s…

Varun Dhawan, Natasha Dalal welcome first child

Actor Varun Dhawan and his wife Natasha Dalal have become parents to a baby girl. The 37-year-old actor shared the news on Instagram, posting an animated video which stated that the baby was born on Monday. "Our baby girl is here. Thank u for all the good wishes for the…

BJP alliance winning in India but landslide unlikely

Prajwal Revanna, arrested in sexual harassment case, loses in Karnataka's Hassan. BJP minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar concedes Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. BJP's Raebareli candidate concedes defeat to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. BJP candidate loses in Ayodhya where Ram Mandir is located. Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah concedes defeat…

Sunak pledges annual caps on visas

The ruling Conservative party announced plans on Monday for new annual caps on work and family visas to cut immigration after the opposition laid out its plans for the key election issue. The plan laid out by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is predicted to lose to Labour's Keir Starmer…

India election results: Ruling party’s Kangana leading, Arun Govil trails

Actress Kangana Ranaut is on the way to become a parliamentarian as the BJP candidate from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi is leading by a margin of over 75,000 votes, according to Election Commission trends. Ranaut, the four-time National Award-winning actress, has been fielded against Vikramaditya Singh of the Congress. Ramayan actor…

Election results: India shares plunge

INDIAN stocks tanked the most in four years on Tuesday (4), as vote counting suggested prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance is unlikely to win an overwhelming majority as predicted by exit polls. Modi's bloc looked set to secure a majority in early vote counting in the…

India election results: Modi alliance short of landslide

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's alliance was winning a majority of seats in early vote counting trends in the general election on Tuesday (4), but well short of the landslide predicted in exit polls, TV channels showed. The trends spooked financial markets which had expected a hefty win for Modi,…

Charli XCX reveals that her song Von Dutch is a…

Charli XCX, who is currently gearing up for the release of her sixth studio album, Brat, has revealed her hit song “Von Dutch” is a diss track. Her confession has left TikTokers guessing over whether it's about another artist or Rishi Sunak. The 31-year-old posted a video on TikTok where…

MrBeast overtakes T-Series for most YouTube subscribers

Popular YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, known as MrBeast, has become the most subscribed YouTube channel, surpassing T-Series, the leading Indian music company. Donaldson, who runs the channel famous for its elaborate challenges and extravagant giveaways, posted on X that MrBeast had reached over 266 million subscribers, passing the popular Indian music…

Starmer attacks Tory deal with Tata Steel

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer has attacked the controversial rescue deal thrashed out by the Sunak government to help Tata Steel transition to a less polluting furnace at its Port Talbot plant in the UK. Tata Steel had struck an agreement with Rishi Sunak earlier this year in which £500…

Justice system contributed to Zara Aleena’s death, aunt alleges

ZARA ALEENA's family has expressed their anguish over her "preventable" death, as revealed in an ongoing inquest. Aleena, a 35-year-old law graduate, was killed by Jordan McSweeney while walking home in Ilford, east London, in June 2022. McSweeney received a life sentence with a minimum of 38 years in December…

FIH Pro League hockey: India men’s and women’s teams lose…

India faced defeats in both men's and women's hockey against Great Britain in the FIH Pro League matches held in London. India's men's hockey team suffered a 1-3 loss against hosts Great Britain in their second match of the FIH Pro League in London on Sunday. Bandurak Nicholas scored two…

Sharp rise in cancer cases among young adults: Study

MORE young adults in Britain are getting cancer than ever before and experts feel it is possibly linked to changes in western diets over the past 30 to 40 years, The Times reports. Cancer rates among adults aged 25 to 50 have increased by 24 per cent since the 1990s,…

Study: Minority heart failure patients face higher death risk

ETHNIC minority heart failure patients were found to have a 36 per cent higher risk of death compared to white patients over an average follow-up period of 17 months, according to a new study. The disparity is even more pronounced in patients who also suffer from atrial fibrillation, a common…

Tories propose NHS modernisation and pharmacy expansion

The Conservative party has announced a plan to modernise the NHS, focusing on expanding community care services. Key initiatives include the expansion of the Pharmacy First service to offer more treatments without a prescription, the construction of 50 new community diagnostic centres (CDCs), and the modernisation of GP surgeries. These…

Labour volunteers approached me for votes: Faiza Shaheen

Faiza Shaheen, who was disallowed by the Labour party to contest the general election, has accused party activists of knocking at her door while campaigning for the candidate who replaced her. She wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “Wow, the Labour Party just had the gall to knock on my door.…

Venki Ramakrishnan: Anti-ageing industry lacks scientific foundation

THE rush to commercialise longevity research, driven by "hype and anxiety" over increasing human lifespans, is outpacing scientific understanding, Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan has warned. Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, Ramakrishnan, a former president of the Royal Society, cautioned that while scientists are just beginning to unravel the…

Mediterranean diet may lower risk of death in women, finds…

Women consuming the largely plant-based Mediterranean diet were found to be at a 23 per cent lower risk of dying prematurely, according to a new research. The study following more than 25,000 US women for up to 25 years found that adhering to the diet reduced cholesterol, obesity, and insulin…

‘We need foreign workers’: Businesses and GMB union tell Starmer

Business groups and the GMB union have warned Keir Starmer that Britain needs foreign workers after he pledged to cut immigration. Starmer stated that the UK has become too reliant on foreign workers to fill skill shortages and said a Labour government would train Britons to fill these gaps. Businesses…

Anant and Radhika wrap up second pre-wedding ceremonies in Italy,…

The pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani, the youngest son of Indian business tycoons Mukesh and Nita Ambani, and Radhika Merchant, daughter of Viren and Shaila Merchant, continued with grandeur in the picturesque locales of Italy and France. Following their traditional ceremonies in India, the couple's second round of festivities blended…

Hackney shooting: Intended target wishes girl was spared

THE INTENDED target for the gangland shooting in Hackeny, which left a schoolgirl fighting for her life, wishes the bullet had hit him rather than the innocent child, The Times reports. Beytullah Gunduz (37), who has been linked to the Turkish underworld, was with friends outside a restaurant in Dalston…

Toby Jones hails Post Office accused as ‘hero’

Actor Toby Jones, who played the lead role in the TV series about the Post Office scandal, has labelled campaigner Alan Bates as a “hero”. Jones played Alan Bates in the ITV show Mr Bates vs the Post Office, which tells the story of hundreds of sub-postmasters who were wrongly…

Leeds Rhinos icon Rob Burrow dies aged 41

Former England rugby league star Rob Burrow passed away on Sunday at the age of 41 after a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease. Burrow had a remarkable career with Leeds Rhinos, winning eight Super League titles, three World Club Challenges, and two Challenge Cups. His retirement in 2017 was…

Yvette Cooper hopes skills overhaul will reduce net migration

LABOUR has announced plans to cut net migration to the UK if it wins the upcoming election, without setting a specific target. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said that improving the training of British workers would reduce the need for overseas labour. Cooper argued that not having a target was…

Indian stocks reach all-time highs ahead of election results

Indian shares surged to historic highs, the rupee strengthened, and bond yields fell on Monday as exit polls indicated a sweeping victory for prime minister Narendra Modi's party in the elections. The Nifty index jumped 3.59 per cent to a new record of 23,338.70 points, while the BSE index reached…

Netflix renews ‘Heeramandi’ for season two

Netflix on Monday ordered a second season for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, a month after the big-budget period drama series premiered on the streamer. Starring Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Richa Chadha, and Sharmin Segal, the first season of the pre-Partition-set show revolved…

Though based on a novel, it’s a universal story: Ishana…

Ishana Night Shyamalan, the daughter of acclaimed filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, is stepping into the spotlight with her debut film, The Watchers. Ahead of its release on June 7, the debutant filmmaker is busy promoting the film on various platforms. She recently spoke to an Indian entertainment portal and said…

Nick Clegg funds Lib Dems in Sheffield Hallam fight

FORMER deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has been providing financial support in his former constituency seat, the Financial Times revealed. He donated tens of thousands of pounds to his former Sheffield Hallam seat to boost its fight against the current Labour MP. Labour's Olivia Blake has…

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati Maharaj Ji’s 73rd birthday celebrated

A GREEN Birthday-Environmental Service Festival was held at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, on Monday (3) to mark the 73rd birthday of its president HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati Maharaj Ji. Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan, former Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and numerous other dignitaries participated in the festivities and…

Gautam Adani reclaims Asia’s richest title overtaking Mukesh Ambani

Gautam Adani has reclaimed the title of the richest person in Asia following a rise in the stock prices of his conglomerate's listed companies. This development has helped him surpass Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Industries. Adani, with a net worth of £87.4 billion, is now ranked the 11th richest…

Sonu Nigam receives NISAU’s honorary fellowship

Indian singer Sonu Nigam has been bestowed the Honorary Fellowship of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU). The honour was presented during his live concert at the iconic Wembley Arena, witnessed by thousands of ecstatic and moved fans. Sanam Arora, chairperson of NISAU, highlighted Sonu Nigam’s transformative…

Biopic on India’s first Chief Election Commissioner announced

Production banner Roy Kapur Films along with Trickitainment Media on Monday said they have acquired the rights to produce a biopic on the life of Sukumar Sen, India's first Chief Election Commissioner. The announcement comes a day before the vote counting of the 18th general election on Tuesday. A mathematician-turned-civil…

642 million voters cast ballots during Indian election

INDIA'S Election Commission said on Monday that 642 million of the 968 million registered voters cast their ballots in the general election that concluded on June 1. Although the number is higher than the 612 million voters who cast their ballots in the previous election in 2019, it is about…

‘I’ve been told for so long that I’m an outsider’:…

Pop sensation Charli XCX has recently opened up about how she has often been told that she is an outsider and that she never really felt accepted into the British music industry, despite her significant global success. In a candid interview with The Guardian, the singer-songwriter said, “The industry has…

‘Delhi’s record 52.9 Celsius temperature was a sensor error’

A record temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius (127.22 Fahrenheit) reported for New Delhi was too high by 3 C, the Indian government said on Saturday, attributing it to a weather sensor error. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) investigated the reading from the weather station at Mungeshpur, a densely packed area…

United States thump Canada by seven wickets T20 World Cup…

The United States overpowered Canada's bowling after a slow start to win by seven wickets in the opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup in Dallas on Saturday. Aaron Jones hit 10 sixes in an unbeaten 94 from 40 balls, leading his team to 197 for three from 17.4 overs…

Starmer: I will bring immigration numbers down

LABOUR party leader Keir Starmer pledged to cut the number of migrants entering Britain, in response to one of the key issues going into the country's general election. "Read my lips — I will bring immigration numbers down" Starmer, who is favourite to defeat the ruling Tories in the July…

Diane Abbott to run for Labour in July election

DIANE ABBOTT, the first black woman to become a British MP and a left-wing figurehead, on Sunday (2) said she would run for Labour in July's election after days of confusion. The internal ruckus over her situation exposed long-standing factional splits within the main opposition party, which is widely expected…

Hackney shooting: Nine-year-old Indian girl still in critical condition

A nine-year-old girl, identified as a schoolgirl from Indian state of Kerala on a day out in London with her Birmingham-based family, remains in critical condition after being shot in a drive-by incident by a motorbike assailant in east London. The city's Malayali community has named the victim as Lissel…

Netflix executive’s £1.4 million home illegally sublet on Airbnb

Nicholas Jarzabek, accused of illegally subletting a £1.4 million home in Los Angeles owned by Netflix executive Nikeeta Sriram, allegedly earned nearly £173,000 through unauthorised Airbnb rentals. Sriram discovered the scam when police found Airbnb guests at her property after an alarm was triggered in December, reported The Times. Jarzabek…

Indian-American’s drive for people with intellectual disabilities

A US-based non-profit announced a new initiative on Saturday to improve healthcare access for individuals with intellectual disabilities in India. The project aims to benefit 10,000 people in its first year by providing financial support for therapies and medical services. Under Project Hitarth, Voice of Specially Abled People (VOSAP) has…

Real Madrid beat Dortmund to win 15th Champions League title

Real Madrid withstood a barrage from Borussia Dortmund to win the Champions League for the 15th time. Late goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior secured a 2-0 victory at Wembley on Saturday. Carvajal headed in from Toni Kroos' corner in the 74th minute, followed by Vinicius scoring to cement…

Modi set for landslide win in India elections, exit polls…

Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance is projected to secure a significant majority in the general election that concluded on Saturday, according to TV exit polls. These polls suggest the alliance will perform better than most analysts expected. Most exit polls indicated that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA)…

Malala reveals why she agreed for a cameo in ‘We…

Malala Yousafzai makes her screen debut with a cameo in the second season of the popular British show We Are Lady Parts. The Nobel Peace Prize winner's first look from the series shows her donning a cowboy hat while riding a horse. Malala will feature in the season 2 episode…

India votes in final phase of elections, what next?

INDIANS voted in searing summer heat on Saturday (1) in the final phase of the world's biggest election, as prime minister Narendra Modi seeks a rare third term in a poll focussed on inequality and religion. More than 100 million people are registered to vote for 57 seats across eight…

New air cargo route between China and Pakistan

A NEW air cargo route has been launched between Pakistan and China ahead of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's visit to Beijing next week. According to the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, the new air cargo route inaugurated on May 28 linked Guizhou, China with Karachi, Pakistan. The route…

Priyanka Chopra starts shooting for ‘The Bluff’

Actress Priyanka Chopra is in Australia for the shoot of her new project The Bluff. On Friday, she took to Instagram, shared a picture of her script, and expressed excitement about the shoot. "It begins...," she captioned the post. One can also see "Om" written on the script. The Bluff…

Man awaits verdict on false confession to stealing from mother’s…

AN Asian man who claims he falsely admitted to stealing funds from his mother's Post Office to prevent her imprisonment is now awaiting a decision on whether his conviction will be overturned. Ravinder Naga admitted to taking £35,000 after auditors identified a deficit at the Belville Street Post Office in…

Saiyami Kher to participate in Ironman Triathlon in Germany

Actress Saiyami Kher is set to participate in the Ironman Triathlon in Germany in September and for it, she has been working really hard. Opening up about her training, Saiyami said, "I've always spoken about how sport has kept me not only physically but mentally fit. Preparing for the Ironman…

Asian doctor died after botched procedure: Inquest

A DOCTOR of Asian origin died after a botched surgery for a rare condition that he was an expert on, a coroner has ruled. Professor Amit Patel (43), a pioneer in stem cell transplantation, was admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital in August 2021 with flu-like symptoms suspected to be linked to…

Paris Hilton announces her second album

American media personality Paris Hilton has finally announced her new album Infinite Icon, which will be released on September 6, reported People. The album is releasing nearly two decades after her 2006 debut album Paris, which featured the hit single “Stars Are Blind”. The DJ also shared that the first…

Cleaner air in West Midlands could save lives: study

CLEANER air in the West Midlands has the potential to save approximately 2,000 lives annually, according to a recent study. Achieving the WHO air pollution standards in the region could prevent 2,000 new cases of asthma, 770 new heart disease diagnoses, 170 lung cancer cases, and 650 strokes each year,…

Tories to be shrunk to 66 seats: Survey

THE TORIES would be reduced to just 66 seats, from its current tally of 365, while Labour would bag a whopping 476 seats and the Lib Dems 59, the first MRP poll of the campaign suggests. A large-scale MRP polling by Electoral Calculus surveyed 10,000 people taking tactical voting into…

Adil Rashid confident as England aims to retain T20 World…

ADIL RASHID is optimistic about England's position before their T20 World Cup defence, following a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan at The Oval on Thursday (30). This win, securing a 2-0 victory in a rain-interrupted four-match Twenty20 series, has bolstered their confidence. Their journey to retain the title starts against Scotland…

Four gang members held for conspiring to attack Salman Khan

The Navi Mumbai police have arrested four members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang for allegedly plotting to attack Bollywood actor Salman Khan, a development coming in the wake of the recent firing outside his Bandra home, a senior official said on Saturday. The Navi Mumbai police launched a probe last…

London road fatalities last year second lowest on record, shows…

THE number of people killed on London’s roads last year was the second lowest on record, according to the latest data. Fatalities fell from 102 last year to 95. The lowest figure was seen in 2021, when 75 deaths were recorded – though that year was affected by the lower…

UK envoy to Mexico reportedly sacked after pointing gun

BRITAIN'S ambassador to Mexico was removed from his post after allegedly pointing an assault rifle inside a vehicle carrying embassy staff, reports said Friday. The UK government said it had taken "appropriate action" after the incident, without confirming that Jon Benjamin had been sacked. Benjamin was on a work trip…

Man sent to hospital sentence for killing Indian student

A 24-YEAR-OLD man of Brazilian heritage, who admitted to the manslaughter of Indian student Tejaswini Kontham and the attempted murder of her friend in London last year, has been sentenced to detention in a mental institution. Keven Antonio Lourenco De Morais appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday where he…

Hackney shooting: Police release image of motorbike

IN THE wake of the shooting incident in Hackney, the Metropolitan Police released an image of a motorbike on Friday (31) and appealed to the public for assistance in identifying the vehicle. Detective chief superintendent James Conway revealed crucial information about the perpetrator's mode of transport—a Ducati Monster motorcycle, stolen…

Documentary ‘Our Land, Our Freedom’ set for UK premiere

The highly anticipated documentary film Our Land, Our Freedom, directed by Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu, is gearing up for its UK premiere at Sheffield DocFest, an international documentary festival and Industry Marketplace held annually in Sheffield, England. This evocative documentary is poised to make its mark on British audiences…

India relocates 100 metric tonnes of gold from UK to…

India has transferred 100 metric tonnes of its gold stored in the UK to domestic vaults in FY24, PTI reported quoting sources on Friday. This is one of the largest gold movements by the country since 1991 when a significant portion of the gold reserves was pledged and moved to…