• Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Results for "london"

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma welcome baby boy

Star India batter Virat Kohli on Tuesday announced that he and his actress wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with a baby boy on February 15. Kohli and Anushka are already proud parents of a three-year-old daughter Vamika. "With abundant happiness and our hearts full of love, we are pleased to…

Akshata Murty wears suit by Samantha Cameron

Akshata Murty, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s wife, wore a suit designed by Lady Cameron at an event on the final day of London Fashion Week in a nod to one of her predecessors in Downing Street. The event was a lunch at Downing Street, which saw the presence of 20…

Bumrah rested for fourth test against England

INDIA seamer Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the fourth test against England, while wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul remains out due to fitness issues, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. The 30-year-old right-arm fast bowler, the leading wicket-taker of the five-match series with 17 wickets in six…

Charithra Chandran’s ‘How To Date Billy Walsh’ gets new release…

Prime Video has announced the new release date for its much-awaited Original British high school romantic comedy film How To Date Billy Walsh, starring Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran and Heartstopper's Sebastian Croft. Originally meant to stream on the platform back in September 2023, the film will now arrive on 5th April…

UK minister in India to assess progress in trade deal…

Britain's minister for South Asia in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Lord Tariq Ahmad arrived in India on Wednesday to participate in the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi and also discuss the progress made in the ongoing negotiations for an India-UK free trade agreement (FTA). Ahmad leads the British…

Babil Khan teams up with Glance for #YehSmartHaiBoss campaign

Glance, one of the world’s leading Smart Lock Screen platforms, has teamed up with new-age Bollywood actor Babil Khan for their latest #YehSmartHaiBoss campaign. The campaign is geared towards encouraging the adoption of Glance Smart Lock Screen, a platform that has already garnered a substantial user base of over 200…

Ameen Sayani: The man who romanced the radio, took it…

His was the voice that ruled the airwaves for decades and will forever echo through the winding roads of nostalgia. Ameen Sayani, who invited millions each week to tune into Binaca Geetmala, was India’s radio man for the ages - and will continue to be. Sayani, who died in Mumbai…

Vikrant Massey apologises for viral tweet featuring Ram-Sita cartoon

Bollywood actor Vikrant Massey, who is riding high on the huge success of his latest film 12th Fail, has found himself at the center of a controversy as a now-deleted tweet that he shared in 2018 has gone viral once again on social media. The said tweet is related to…

Bhumi Pednekar eyeing Hollywood post ‘Bhakshak’ success

Bhumi Pednekar has been generating buzz ever since the release of her film Bhakshak. Her compelling performance in the movie has garnered praise from both audiences and critics alike. And now if sources are to be believed, Bhumi is keen to venture into Hollywood. "Bhumi has been at the top…

HSBC shares tank on China impairment scare

HSBC on Wednesday posted soaring annual profits, largely thanks to ballooning interest rates, but its shares tanked after the banking giant revealed a massive impairment linked to property-sector woes in China. Net profit surged 56 per cent last year to $22.4 billion, the London-headquartered group said in a statement. Pre-tax…

Triptii Dimri joins Kartik Aaryan in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3’

Actress Triptii Dimri, best known for Animal and Qala, has boarded the cast of Kartik Aaryan-starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3, the makers announced on Wednesday. The upcoming horror comedy, is produced by Bhushan Kumar-led T-Series, and is directed by Anees Bazmee. In a social media post, the production house, T-Series shared…

‘NHS App helps people feel more in control of their…

More than 33 million individuals, comprising three-quarters of the adult population in England, have already registered with the NHS App. Enhanced with new features and functionalities, the App simplifies health management, and a fresh campaign by NHS England aims to boost its usage among more people. With options such as…

Government appeals against Nottingham killer’s ‘unduly lenient’ sentence

THE government approached the Court of Appeal over the “unduly lenient” sentence imposed on a 32-year-old man guilty of killing a British Indian teenage student, her friend and a school caretaker in Nottingham last year. Valdo Calocane was sentenced to a mental health order to be detained in a high-security…

Prince William calls for end of Israel-Hamas war in Gaza

Prince William on Tuesday (20) called for an end to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, emphasising the "sheer scale of human suffering" as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for peace in the region, which has seen a high number of casualties. In an unusually direct…

Indian restaurant manager banned for hiring 3 illegal workers

A manager of an Indian restaurant and takeaway in eastern England has been handed a seven-year ban as a company director for employing three illegal workers from Bangladesh. Ikbal Hussain, 51, hired the workers at the Taste of Raj in the Stanstead Abbotts area of Hertfordshire before the restaurant was…

Vidya Balan complains of attempts to impersonate her to cheat…

Mumbai police have registered a case after Bollywood actress Vidya Balan complained that someone was impersonating her using a fake Instagram account and email ID and cheating people from the film industry, an official said on Wednesday. According to the first information report (FIR) registered at the Khar police station…

Arrival of south Asian migrants on board boat sparks row…

DOZENS of migrants reportedly landed by boat in a remote part of Western Australia, igniting a political row over the country’s zero-tolerance border protection regime. About three dozen foreign nationals were found by locals last Friday (16) as they walked in separate groups by the coast in northwestern Australia’s Dampier…

Bajrang Punia demands action against Indian wrestling body

OLYMPIC medallist Bajrang Punia last Thursday (15) urged world governing body United World Wrestling (UWW) to reimpose suspension on the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), saying reinstating the Sanjay Singh-led body has again put wrestlers under “threat and harassment”. The UWW last Tuesday (13) lifted the provisional suspension imposed on…

Eight arrested for murder of Asian-origin restaurant manager

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the murder of an Asian-origin restaurant manager while he was cycling home after work in Reading on February 14. The victim, identified as Vignesh Pattabhiraman (36), was employed at an Indian restaurant Vel in Reading. He was involved in a collision late…

Modi promises to transform Kashmir into destination surpassing Switzerland

Prime minister of India, Narendra Modi on Tuesday (20) said that the revocation of Article 370 played a crucial role in promoting the overall development of Jammu and Kashmir. He further emphasised his government's commitment to transforming the Valley into a tourist destination capable of competing with Switzerland. Addressing a…

Mathews dazzles as Sri Lanka clinch T20 series against Afghanistan

ALL-ROUNDER Angelo Mathews starred with a quickfire 42 and two wickets as Sri Lanka secured the three match T20 series against Afghanistan by winning the second match by 72 runs on Monday (19). Sri Lanka wrapped up the series with a game to spare in front of a capacity crowd…

Police fire tear gas to stop farmers’ march in New…

INDIAN police fired tear gas on Wednesday (21) to scatter thousands of protesting farmers as they sought to resume a march to Delhi after rejecting a government offer on prices for their produce, while authorities offered a fresh round of negotiations. Fleeing the stinging gas and clouds of smoke, the…

Iconic radio presenter Ameen Sayani dies at 91

Legendary radio personality Ameen Sayani passed away due to a heart attack late on Tuesday, his son Rajil Sayani confirmed on Wednesday. He was 91. According to Rajil Sayani, the iconic radio presenter suffered a heart attack on Tuesday night, after which he was taken to the HN Reliance Hospital…

Haley backers see ‘last shot’ on Super Tuesday

BACKERS of Nikki Haley’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination are pouring money into states that hold early March nominating contests in a bid to keep her candidacy alive, regulatory filings and pro-Haley political operatives said. Those efforts have ramped up in recent days and reflect a growing belief that…

Indian legal doyen Fali S Nariman passes away at 95

LEGAL doyen and veteran advocate Fali S Nariman died in New Delhi on Wednesday (21) at the age of 95. He was suffering from multiple ailments, including cardiac issues. Born on January 10, 1929, Nariman was enrolled as an advocate at the Bombay High Court in November 1950 and was…

Commemorating a more inclusive history of Britain can bring us…

London’s Overground train lines have never before had the attention of the iconic underground. The tube map was a popular hit straightaway in the 1930s, a design classic copied the world over. The Overground lines have kept a low profile on the map’s periphery, with its 114 stations hiding behind…

Shehbaz Sharif returns as Pakistan prime minister as PML-N, PPP…

TWO Pakistan parties have reached a power-sharing agreement that will return Shehbaz Sharif to the premiership, leaving out politicians loyal to jailed former leader Imran Khan despite winning the most seats in this month's vote. The army-backed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said they had…

SRK wins ‘Best Actor’ at Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2024

It's a special night for superstar Shah Rukh Khan as a while ago he won an award in the 'Best Actor' category at Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards (DPIFF) 2024. SRK was honoured for his performance in Atlee's directorial Jawan. In an acceptance speech, he quipped, ‘I thank the…

Amarjit Singh founder, CEO of India Business Group honoured with…

In a notable recognition of his contributions to fostering UK-India relations, Amarjit Singh, the founder, and CEO of the India Business Group (IBG), has been honoured with the Hind Rattan 2024 Award by the NRI Welfare Society of India, in New Delhi. This award, translating to "Jewel of India," celebrates…

Olivia Colman says she loves using swear words

British actor Olivia Colman, reknowed for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, has a surprising confession: she loves a good swear word. As long as it’s used responsibly, of course. This revelation comes just in time for her latest film, Wicked Little Letters, a comedic whoudnit brimming with…

Asian business among 524 companies fined for flouting minimum wage…

ASIAN entrepreneur Ranjit Boparan’s 2 Sisters Food Group Limited is among 500 UK companies who failed to pay their employees the minimum wage. The Department of Business and Trade on Tuesday (20) named 524 employers - that include some high street names - who have been ordered to repay workers…

Sunak announces ban on mobile phones in England schools

In a decisive move to enhance the learning atmosphere in classrooms, prime minister Rishi Sunak announced a nationwide ban on mobile phones in schools across England. Through a video message shared on the X platform, Sunak underscored the disruptive influence of mobile phones on education, advocating for a more focused…

Modi acknowledges film ‘Article 370’ during rally in Jammu

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to actress Yami Gautam’s upcoming film Article 370 while he was addressing a gathering in Jammu on Tuesday. He said, “I have heard that a film on Article 370 is going to be released this week... It is a good thing as it will…

BAFTA issues statement after prankster crashes ‘Oppenheimer’ team’s speech

A BAFTA official said they are taking the security breach "very seriously" which saw a prankster crash the award stage while the Oppenheimer team was accepting their award. On Sunday, a prankster walked up to the stage and stood behind filmmaker Christopher Nolan and other Oppenheimer team members as they…

Indian farmers want Parliament to discuss their demands

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on Tuesday said the Centre should convene a daylong Parliament session to bring legislation on the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, a key demand of protesting farmers. He also urged the Centre to accept the other main demands of the farmers, including farm loan…

Oldham Temple to host mental health awareness event for south…

The Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Oldham is preparing to host a pivotal well-being event aimed at combating mental health stigmas in south Asian communities. Organised by the temple's youth group, Yuvak Mandal, known for their dedication to community service, this event aims to address the importance of mental health awareness…

Asif Kapadia’s doc on Roger Federer set at Prime Video

Oscar-winner Asif Kapadia is directing a Prime Video documentary about the last days of tennis legend Roger Federer's career, reported Deadline. The feature-length documentary will follow the final 12 days of the career of the man considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer talked…

Kiara Advani to star opposite Ranveer Singh in ‘Don 3’

Farhan Akhtar has revealed that Kiara Advani is joining the cast of Don 3 opposite Ranveer Singh. The director of the film took to Instagram to make the announcement. He captioned it, “Welcome to the Don universe, Kiara Advani.” Soon after Farhan shared the post, industry friends flooded the comment…

Haley says she will strengthen alliance with India if voted…

INDIAN AMERICAN Republican presidential aspirant Nikki Haley has said that if voted to power, her administration will not only strengthen the alliance with NATO but also with several other countries including India, Australia, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. Haley, 52, the former US ambassador to the UN, said that…

One in four foreign care workers violate UK visa rules,…

ONE out of every four foreign care workers in the UK is breaking visa rules by working in different jobs, a top immigration inspector has revealed. David Neal, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, found that some visas were given for non-existent care homes or to companies with very…

UK regulator to scrutinise baby formula market

Britain's antitrust regulator said it would scrutinise the country's infant formula market after prices soared by 25 per cent over the last two years. The rising cost of baby milk formula has been in the spotlight during Britain's inflation-driven cost of living crisis, with media reports saying that some struggling…

Indian delegation heads to London for FTA talks

With the negotiations for the proposed India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) reaching its last leg, a high-level Indian official delegation is heading for London to iron out differences on remaining issues, sources said on Tuesday. The chief negotiators of both countries would hold negotiations on different issues such as goods,…

Barclays focuses on Britain, cost cuts, buybacks to woo investors

Barclays laid out a three-year plan to revive its flagging share price on Tuesday, including axing £2 billion of costs, returning £10 billion to shareholders and investing in its high-returning UK retail bank. Shares in the British bank rose by as much as 7% after the announcement of the plan…

Gen Z Indian American runs for Georgia senate

ASHWIN RAMASWAMI has become the first Indian American from Gen Z to run for a state or federal legislature in the US, indicative of a new breed of young politicians emerging from the community. Ramaswami's parents immigrated to the US from Tamil Nadu in 1990. Generation Z (also known as…

University of Birmingham apologises for social media post confusing Sikhs…

The University of Birmingham has apologised after it removed a social media post that seemed to confuse Sikh students with Muslims. According to a report in ‘The Birmingham Mail', the university post implied that a 20-year-old “Langar on Campus” event organised by the university's Sikh Society earlier this month was…

Actor Rituraj Singh dies at 59

Noted actor Rituraj Singh, who appeared on Hindi television shows such as Anupamaa as well as several films, including Badrinath Ki Dulhania, passed away at his home in Mumbai early Tuesday following a cardiac arrest, a close friend said. He was 59. “He had been hospitalised due to some stomach…

‘Three Million’: BBC’s documentary on uncomfortable truth of the Bengal…

While the world remembers the colossal battles and heroes of World War II, another war unfolded far from the spotlight, claiming millions of lives: the Bengal Famine of 1943. In a powerful new documentary series, Three Million, BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service bring to light the devastating…

Naomi Campbell and Umar Kamani to launch talent management firm

British supermodel Naomi Campbell and the former CEO of PrettyLittleThing Umar Kamani are planning on opening a talent management firm in Dubai. Confirming the same, Kamani said, “Myself and Naomi are in the process now of starting a talent management company. We feel there is an opportunity to bridge some…

Watchdog probes impartiality breach in Sunak’s TV appearance

The independent media watchdog in Britain launched an investigation on Monday (19) to assess whether there was a breach of impartiality rules in a recent television appearance by prime minister Rishi Sunak, after receiving about 500 complaints from viewers. The Office of Communications (OFCOM) said its probe covers the ‘People's…

UN raises human rights concerns about Sunak’s Rwanda policy

Britain's new legislation regarding its controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing was criticised by the UN human rights chief, Volker Turk, on Monday (19), for undermining fundamental principles of rights. Turk said the moves to facilitate removals to Rwanda ran contrary to the basic principles of…

Sohm Kapila: ‘Bhangra Nation-A New Musical’ explores life of three…

Sohm Kapila, an internationally renowned actress (Aquaman 2, Never Have I Ever, Greys Anatomy, Small Town Big Story), born in India and raised in Nottingham, is back in the Midlands from her home of Los Angeles and spoke to Eastern Eye about her latest role on stage as Rekha in…

UK court convicts small boat pilot of migrant deaths in…

A man who piloted an "unseaworthy" boat across the English Channel was found guilty Monday of the manslaughter of four migrants who drowned during the crossing. Ibrahima Bah, from Senegal, took the helm of the poor quality inflatable carrying 43 people, which should have held no more than 20 passengers,…

Prince Harry and Meghan dine at Vikram Vij’s iconic Vancouver…

During their recent visit to Vancouver, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle experienced a fusion of British and Canadian cultures by dining at the esteemed Vij's restaurant, marking a memorable moment during their visit to the city last week. The restaurant, famous for its modern Indian cuisine, took to Instagram on…

BAFTA 2024: Prince William calls himself ‘big fan’ of Christopher…

Prince William, who attended the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on Sunday, said that he is a "big fan" of Christopher Nolan and he liked Oppenheimer. "I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan so I'll be pleased if he wins ... I loved Oppenheimer," Prince William said. He made…

Episode 6 of Karan Johar’s ‘Love Storiyaan’ banned in six…

The sixth episode of Karan Johar’s streaming show Love Storiyaan, titled Love Beyond Labels, has been banned in six countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Egypt. The series, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, focuses on the love story of six…

English test scandal students launch legal action against Home Office

A battle for justice has unfolded as international students, entangled in allegations of English language test cheating, take legal action against the Home Office. These students, wrongfully accused of fraud while seeking study visa renewals, are now fighting for compensation, claiming unlawful detention and lost wages among their grievances. Despite…

Prime Video hosts screening of ‘Poacher’ in London

Prime Video on Sunday hosted a special screening of its much-awaited crime series Poacher in London. Written, created, and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Richie Mehta and produced by QC Entertainment, Poacher features an accomplished ensemble cast including Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya. The series is a riveting…

Riteish Deshmukh to direct and act in a film on…

Actor-director Riteish Deshmukh on Monday announced his next directorial venture titled Raja Shivaji, based on the life of Maratha empire founder Shivaji. The Marathi-Hindi bilingual is set to bring to life the journey of a young Shivaji, who rebelled against the mighty powers and how he eventually went on to…

India offers protesting farmers support prices on corn, cotton, pulses

The Indian government has offered guaranteed support prices for pulses, corn and cotton in a bid to break a deadlock with protesting farmers, trade minister Piyush Goyal said after week-long clashes between security forces and protesters. Tear gas and barricades were used to deter the farmers, who form an influential…

Pakistan’s majority parties struggle to form coalition government

Pakistan's two major parties are set to meet on Monday to try and bridge differences over forming a minority coalition government after an inconclusive election, a top party official said, underscoring its political and economic instability. Analysts say the nuclear-armed nation of 241 million, which has been grappling with an…

BAFTA 2024: ‘Oppenheimer’ dominates – see full winners list

Director Christopher Nolan's biopic film Oppenheimer dominated the BAFTA Film Awards 2024 with seven wins including Best Director, Best Film, and Best Leading Actor awards. The ceremony was held on Sunday at London's Royal Festival Hall. Poor Things had a rich showing with five BAFTAs including Leading Actress for Emma…

Deepika Padukone stuns in saree at BAFTA Awards

Actress Deepika Padukone, who presented an award at the 77th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), ditched the usual award season gown look for a glittering saree. The actress presented filmmaker Jonathan Glazer with the Bafta for the film not in the English language category at a ceremony here on Sunday.…

Policemen face misconduct charges in Grace O’Malley-Kumar stabbing case

AN unnamed British policeman underwent a misconduct hearing after it emerged that he had shared details of injuries via WhatsApp following a stabbing attack on a British Indian teenager and her friend in Nottingham last year. According to a report in The Sun newspaper on Monday (19), a misconduct hearing…

NHS doctor suspended for treating private patients during pandemic

A physician responsible for managing several coronavirus admissions has been suspended for secretly attending to private patients during NHS hours at the peak of the pandemic. Dr Enson Thomas, 58, a consultant for nearly 21 years, from Bromham, near Bedford, was appointed as the Covid-19 Lead by Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS…

Protests erupt in Pakistan as Imran Khan supporters clash with…

SUPPORTERS of Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Imran Khan's party have clashed with police in various cities across the country as they staged protests against alleged rigging in the general elections held on February 8. In Lahore, supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) gathered outside the Lahore Press Club and the…

India crush England to lead Test series 2-1

YASHASVI JAISWAL's unbeaten double century and five wickets by Ravindra Jadeja helped India crush England by a record 434 runs in the third Test Sunday (18) to lead the series 2-1. Chasing 557 for victory, England batting fell like a pack of cards to lose eight wickets in the final…

Lyricist Gulzar conferred India’s highest literary award

Legendary lyricist and poet Gulzar and Sanskrit scholar and spiritual leader Jagadguru Swami Rambhadracharya will be honoured with the Jnanpith Award. According to the selection committee, the 58th Jnanpith Award for the year 2023 has been awarded to Swami Rambhadracharya for Sanskrit and Shri Gulzar for Urdu. Sampooran Singh Kalra,…

‘Dangal’ child star Suhani Bhatnagar dies at 19

Actress Suhani Bhatnagar, who played young Babita Phogat in Aamir Khan-starrer wrestling drama Dangal, has died at the age of 19. Suhani's father Sumit Bhatnagar said his daughter was suffering from Dermatomyositis, a rare inflammatory disease that causes skin rash and muscle weakness. She was admitted to All India Institute…

Rishi Sunak appeals Tory family to come together

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Saturday (17) made a direct appeal to voters to stick with his plan to turn things around as he made a plea for the Tory family to come together to beat Labour party in a general election later this year. Writing in The Daily Telegraph,…

NHS to offer new Produodopa drug for Parkinson’s patients

NHS England is set to introduce a groundbreaking treatment for individuals suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease, benefiting up to 1,000 patients. This innovative approach involves a wearable device that administers medication continuously throughout the day and night. The treatment, known as Produodopa, leverages a pump system to deliver a constant…

Mechanic running child sexual abuse site gets 16 years jail

A Cheshire-based mechanic has been jailed for 16 years for creating sites dedicated to child sexual abuse on the dark web, according to media reports. Nathan Bake, 28, was the second in command of the now-defunct site ‘The Annex’, which had 90,000 global members and they discussed extreme sexual abuse…

BBC issues statement after firing The Apprentice’s Dr Asif Munaf

The Apprentice contestant, Dr Asif Munaf, was booted out from the show on Thursday night after failing to impress industry experts in the virtual escape room challenge. This followed allegations of antisemitism that emerged during the filming of the show. The BBC subsequently refused to allow the contestant to appear…

SpiceJet’s Ajay Singh, Busy Bee Airways, Sky One bid for…

Ajay Singh, the head of SpiceJet, together with Busy Bee Airways and the Sharjah-based Sky One, have submitted bids for the bankrupt airline Go First, which ceased operations over nine months ago. The announcement by Singh comes at a time when the crisis-hit SpiceJet is raising funds and rationalising costs,…

Amitabh celebrates 55 years in films; drops pics in AI…

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has clocked 55 years in the cinema industry. The renowned actor has mesmerised audiences with his cinematic style and captivating aura ever since making his stage debut in 1969. On Saturday, Amitabh took to X and wrote, "T 4924 - 55 years in the wondrous world of…

Veteran actress Anjana Bhowmik dies at 79

Popular actress of yesteryears Anjana Bhowmick died in Kolkata on Saturday, family sources said. She was 79. Anjana who had been ailing for some time died at a private hospital in Kolkata at around 10:30 am, they said. She was admitted to the hospital due to respiratory problems on February…

Woman gets seven years jail for assisting in genital mutilation

A woman was sentenced to seven years in jail by a judge on Friday (16) for aiding in the genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl while on a trip to Kenya. Amina Noor, 40, was found guilty last year at the Old Bailey of assisting a non-UK person to carry…

Part-time immigration judge convicted of defrauding Legal Aid Agency

A barrister and part-time immigration tribunal judge has been convicted of defrauding the Legal Aid Agency, along with other legal professionals, in a £1.8 million scam, according to media reports. The barrister, Rasib Ghaffar, 54, along with Gazi Khan, 55, legal clerk; Azar Khan, 52, solicitor advocate, and Joseph Kyeremeh,…

Sunak blames by-election losses on low voter turnout

In the face of two significant defeats that cast a shadow over his leadership before the upcoming general election, prime minister Rishi Sunak pointed to "low voter turnout" on Friday (16) as the reason for the Labour Party's success in overturning substantial Tory majorities to win the by-elections in England.…

Gardening club cultivates hope for Bangladeshi women in London’s East…

Vulnerable women in the East End's Bangladeshi communities now have the opportunity to unite and cultivate their food in a nurturing environment, thanks to a generous grant from the independent charity donor, City Bridge Foundation. The grant, amounting to £35,760, has been awarded to the St Peter’s Community Wellbeing Projects…

ECB rejects Lalit Modi’s offer to revamp The Hundred

English cricket has turned down a billion-dollar offer from Lalit Modi to revamp The Hundred tournament, The Telegraph reports. Modi had earlier founded the hugely popular Indian Premier League but is currently at loggerheads with the Indian cricket board. His representatives met with the top officials of the England and…

Indian software engineer suspected in US family murder-suicide

Authorities in the US suspect Anand Henry, an Indian-origin former Meta software engineer, of murdering his wife and twin sons, then committing suicide with a gun, in a murder-suicide incident in California. Henry, 37, and his wife, Alice Benziger, 36, were found dead in the bathroom of their home in…

Jay Shetty, Janina Gavankar attend world premiere of ‘This Is…

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on Tuesday attended the world premiere of her film This Is Me...Now: A Love Story at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jay Shetty, who features in the film, was also in attendance at the premiere, along with Fat Joe, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Tony Bellissimo,…

Guru Randhawa’s ‘Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay’ garners praise from celebs

Saiee M Manjrekar and Guru Randhawa starrer Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay finally hit cinemas today. The much-talked-about film directed by G Ashok and produced by Amit Bhatia and Laveena Bhatia’s Mach Films is a modern-day rom-com as well as a rib-tickling family drama. With the initial screenings of the film…

Asian-origin man convicted for murder committed 30 years ago

An Asian-origin man was convicted for the gruesome murder of a Colombia-born woman almost 30 years after the crime, thanks to advances made in forensic science investigation methods, according to media reports. Interestingly, the crime took place near the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes - Baker Street, and a bloody…

‘Dange’: John Abraham launches trailer for Harshvardhan Rane’s next

Bollywood star John Abraham on Friday launched the official trailer for the upcoming bilingual film Dange. Helmed by Bejoy Nambiar, the film boasts of an incredible cast, including Harshvardhan Rane, Nikita Dutta, Ehan Bhatt, Sanchana Natarajan, and Kalidas Jayram. The makers first unveiled the trailer at a college festival in…

England witnessing surge in tuberculosis cases, says UKHSA report

The most recent TB annual report from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), published on Thursday (15), indicates a rise in tuberculosis (TB) cases in England. While the figures for 2022 were stable, with 4,380 reported incidents nearly mirroring the 2021 count of 4,411, provisional data for 2023 paints a…

Jr NTR-starrer ‘Devara’ postponed

The release of Devara has been delayed by six months. The film starring Jr NTR in the lead role will now hit the screens on October 10, the makers said on Friday. Billed as a high-octane action drama set in the forgotten coastal lands of India, the two-part film was…

Kavita Chaudhary of ‘Udaan’ fame dies due to cardiac arrest

Kavita Chaudhary, best known for playing an IPS officer in Udaan, a progressive show about women empowerment, which ran on Doordarshan between 1989 and 1991, died at a hospital in Amritsar, Punjab. She suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday night. She was 67. The actress, who was also popular as…

Pakistan’s PML-N, PPP continue power sharing talks

A second round of talks between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party is expected to take place on Friday on the power-sharing formula between them for the formation of a coalition government, according to a media report. The Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari-led PPP has promised to back PML-N in…

Two dead, scores injured after police open fire in Manipur

AT LEAST two people were killed and scores injured in India's northeastern Manipur state after security forces opened fire at a mob in Churachandpur district late on Thursday (15), a police official said, as sporadic violence continued in the region. Close to 200 people have died since fierce fighting broke…

Manoj Bajpayee ‘honored’ to be part of India Pavilion inauguration…

India's Ambassador to Germany Harish Parvathaneni inaugurated the India Pavilion at the 2024 Berlinale. Present alongside were actor Manoj Bajpayee, Director of the European Film Market, Dennis Ruh, and Director of the Tagore Centre Trisha Saklecha. Taking to X, Bajpayee shared a few pictures from the event and wrote, "Honored…

Sandeep Singh to helm Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj biopic

Filmmaker Sandeep Singh is all set to direct The Pride of Bharat - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a biopic of 17th-century Indian ruler Shivaji Bhonsle, reported Variety. Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari unveiled the poster and launched the film on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Singh has produced…

India’s Ashwin joins exclusive club with 500 Test wickets milestone

INDIAN off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday (16) entered an elite club of bowlers to take 500 Test wickets in a stellar cricketing career that includes a World Cup triumph. India's go-to bowler for more than a decade, Ashwin took his 500th wicket in the third Test in Rajkot by dismissing…

London Fashion Week marks 40th anniversary amid economic gloom

Creators, influencers, buyers, and celebrities are set to gather in London on Friday (16) to mark the 40th anniversary of the UK capital's Fashion Week with a five-day extravaganza. Organisers aim for the event to offer some cheer to young designers who have been affected by the gloomy economy. Around…

Ethnic minority areas in England face poor GP access: report

ACCESS to GPs in England is worse in areas where more ethnic minorities live, according to a recent analysis by The Guardian. The highest proportion of ethnic minority neighbourhoods have significantly fewer GPs per 100,000 patients compared to areas with a predominantly white British population, the report said. Experts attribute…

Gary Kirsten tries to transform one of the biggest slums…

NOTORIOUS for drugs and crime and afflicted by large-scale poverty, the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town is better known for being one of the biggest slums on the planet. But World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten is attempting to change the image for good through cricket. The idea struck him when…

India’s Congress party says its bank accounts frozen by tax…

India's main opposition Congress party said on Friday its bank accounts with Rs 2.1 billion (£20 million) in deposits had been frozen by the income tax department in connection with a dispute, just months before general elections. The party called the action "a deep assault on India's democracy", adding that…

‘Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaye’ Review: Guru Randhawa’s acting debut is…

Known for belting out such chartbusters as “Banja Tu Meri Rani”, “Naach Meri Rani”, and “Ishare Tere”, the well-known singer and songwriter Guru Randhawa makes his big screen debut with this week’s release Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay. Helmed by G. Ashok, the film also features Saiee Manjrekar, Anupam Kher, and…

Fire at Indian paint factory kills 11

Eleven people died in a fire that engulfed a paint factory in India's capital, an official said on Friday (16) as rescue teams continue their search for survivors amidst the aftermath. The fire broke out on New Delhi's northern outskirts late Thursday, fire services director Atul Garg told AFP. "There…

Former Goldman Sachs analyst convicted for insider trading

A former Goldman Sachs analyst was convicted in a London court of using inside information to buy shares in listed companies and make more than £140,000, a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) spokesperson said. Mohammed Zina, 35, was employed by Goldman Sachs International in its conflicts resolution group in London. Prosecutors…

England 31-0 after bowling out India for 445 in third…

ENGLAND reached tea unscathed at 31-0 after bowling out India for 445 on Friday (16) with fast bowler Mark Wood taking four wickets in the third Test at Rajkot. Zak Crawley, on six, and Ben Duckett, on 19, were batting at the break after surviving a hostile opening spell shared…

Pressure on Sunak as Tories suffer defeat in by-elections

LABOUR dealt a crushing blow to prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories on Friday (16), winning contests for two new lawmakers in votes that suggested the opposition party was on track to win a national election later this year. The double defeat underlined the flagging fortunes of the governing party and…

‘Dunki’ drops on Netflix; Shah Rukh says the film ‘close…

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki has made a huge impact on the audience and there is good news for King Khan's fans as the film is now streaming on Netflix. Calling it one of his most "special" films, SRK said, "Dunki is a special film and one that is very close…

Rishab Shetty celebrates five years of ‘Bell Bottom’

Rishab Shetty is one of the most visionary storytellers of Indian cinema. His directorial or acting projects enjoy a great fan following among the audience across India. The multi-talented personality has always left the masses in awe of his work and craft and one of his widely acclaimed films Bell…

Alia Bhatt launches trailer for ‘Poacher’

Actress-producer Alia Bhatt on Thursday said she decided to support the upcoming web series Poacher as it uncovers an important true-life story that's told with a lot of genuineness. Bhatt is an executive producer on the Prime Video series that marks director Richie Mehta's return to streaming space with a…

‘Historic moment’: Akshay Kumar on inauguration of BAPS Hindu Mandir

Actor Akshay Kumar, who attended the inauguration of Abu Dhabi's first Hindu stone temple on Wednesday, says he was "blessed" to be part of the ceremony. The BAPS Hindu Mandir, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been built using ancient architectural methods clubbed with scientific techniques. Kumar…

Salisbury’s first Muslim mayor expelled over alleged antisemitic remarks

THE first Muslim mayor of Salisbury, Atiqul Hoque, has been expelled from the Tory party after accusations of making antisemitic remarks on social media. The decision came following a thorough investigation by Tory officials in response to a formal complaint, media reports said. While specific details of the remarks remain…

Delhi tense as farmers threaten to march again

Two key border points between Delhi and Haryana state remain closed for traffic as farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' agitation entered the third day on Thursday. Multiple layers of concrete blocks and metal spikes have been put in place at Delhi’s Singhu and Tikri borders with Haryana as well as at the…

Ambreen Sheikh’s family who left her in vegetative state jailed

A family from Huddersfield has been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the severe abuse and mistreatment of a 29-year-old woman, Ambreen Fatima Sheikh in their home, resulting in her current vegetative state. The Leeds Crown Court handed down the sentences on Wednesday (14) to Asgar Sheikh (31), Khalid…

Lalit Modi urges ECB to revamp The Hundred for revenue…

THE former chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Lalit Modi, has presented a proposal to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), offering a blueprint that could revolutionise the cricketing landscape, the Cricbuzz reported. While the specifics of his plan remain undisclosed, Modi's vision aims to inject substantial revenue…

Indian expats from across the globe volunteer at Abu Dhabi…

A pregnant technology professional residing in Sydney, a couple from Boston, and a school teacher from the UK were among the numerous Indian expats from around the around who travelled to the UAE last year. Their journey aimed to participate in seva (service) at the first Hindu stone temple under…

Nursing regulator commissions review to address racism

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has commissioned a culture review by an external agency amid reports that its members were facing racism, sexism, and a lack of freedom to speak up. Former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal and Rise Associates have been appointed to lead the review and suggest corrective…

English test scandal students to pitch TV drama similar to…

Inspired by the success of the TV drama "Mr Bates vs the Post Office," a group of international students, unjustly accused of cheating by the Home Office, are creating a television drama pitch to shine a spotlight on their prolonged struggle for justice, mirroring a similar unresolved issue and scandal…

Overseas student applications to UK universities rise again

While the UK government has been tightening immigration norms, the number of international students applying to undergraduate courses in British universities has gone up for the second consecutive year, according to media reports. The latest data shows 115,730 students from outside the UK applied to start in September, up from…

FCA orders banks, insurers to report sexism, bullying cases

BRITAIN's markets watchdog has ordered more than 1,000 banks, insurers and brokerages to report how many sexual harassment, discrimination and other non-financial misconduct cases they have recorded since 2021 and how they have dealt with them. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promised lawmakers in January it would investigate how financial…

India biggest US partner in South Asia: Afreen Akhter

DESCRIBING India as its biggest partner in South Asia, the Biden administration has said it is working with New Delhi to deploy a multi-billion-dollar climate infrastructure and a new fund that will include a $500 million investment contribution from its development finance institution. “With India, which of course is our…

Rohit and Jadeja steady India after top order wobble

INDIA captain Rohit Sharma combined with Ravindra Jadeja in a 152-run stand for the unbroken fourth wicket on Thursday (15) to help the hosts weather a top-order wobble and reach 185 for three at tea on the opening day of the third test. Rohit suffered a blow to his helmet,…

Recession hits economy, increases Sunak’s election challenge

The economy entered a recession in the latter half of 2023, presenting a challenging environment in the lead-up to the anticipated election this year for prime minister Rishi Sunak, who has committed to boosting growth. Gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.3% in the three months to December, having shrunk…

India’s top court strikes down electoral bonds scheme, calls it…

In a landmark judgement, the Indian Supreme Court on Thursday annulled the electoral bonds scheme, saying it violates the constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression as well as the right to information.  Electoral bonds were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in 2018 to make political funding…

US voices concern to Sri Lanka president regarding new social…

The US on Tuesday (13), urged Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the issues raised by a new, strict internet censorship law, which has caused concern and alarmed tech companies. Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), raised the issue during a virtual meeting with…

Shankar Mahadevan, Madhur Bhandarkar attend BAPS Mandir inauguration

Musician Shankar Mahadevan and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Wednesday attended the inauguration of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir in Abu Dhabi. After attending the ceremony, Bhandarkar said that it is a proud moment for all the Indians. "It was great & there was a lot of excitement. Everyone-…

Exercise may help reduce intensity of cancer-related pain: Study

Those previously diagnosed with cancer frequently report persistent pain as a consequence. However, findings from a recent study suggest that an active lifestyle may contribute to reducing the intensity of the pain. The study is published by Wiley online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Although…

Bangladeshi families most affected by cramped housing

BRITISH Bangladeshis have told Eastern Eye of the “trauma” they face living in cramped housing, as data shows that more people from this community live in social housing compared to other south Asian communities. British Asians were overall least likely to live in social housing, but there were significant variations…

Shreela Flather best known for Memorial Gates

LADY SHREELA FLATHER, who has died, aged 89, came into her own when she entered the House of Lords in 1990, the first ethnic minority woman to be given a peerage. Her passing last week was announced by the Lord Speaker, Lord McFall of Alcluith, who said: “My Lords, I…

Going beyond intellect

THERE is a vast difference between surviving and living. Animals survive; they find food, they mate, they rest and they protect them selves from predators. And to help them survive, animals reason, too. Only humans, however, have the intelligence to think about matters beyond mere survival. Hu mans can ask…

‘Child abuse’ concerns over head injuries in rugby

THE risk of severe head injury in rugby union means it has become a form of child abuse and should be banned among under-18s, according to a new report. The sport has just celebrated its bicentenary, with folklore proclaiming the game started when William Webb Ellis ran with a football…

Asian Cup raises World Cup hopes for teams

AN Asian Cup that will be remembered for shocks and dramatic finishes has showcased the region’s strength in depth and raised hopes that its teams could reach new heights at the 2026 World Cup. Eight direct spots and one intercontinental playoff berth are up for grabs for Asian Football Confederation…

Sindhu back from injury to lead women’s team championship

THOMAS CUP champions India will look to recreate magic when they chase the elusive crown at the Badminton Asia Team Championships, which will mark the return of double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu from injury. The Indian men’s team, which lifted the Thomas Cup in 2022 and secured a first-ever silver…

Pakistan’s losers take all

PAKISTAN’S general election last Thursday (8) produced a surprise result. In the 266 seats contested in the National Assembly, independent candidates linked to Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf have won 101 seats. They are comfortably ahead of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Sharif), which took 75 seats, and the Pakistan People’s Party of…

Breakthrough brain implant offers relief for OCD

AMBER PEARSON used to wash her hands until they bled, terrified by the idea of contaminations – a result of her obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. But the repetitive rituals of her condition are largely consigned to memory, thanks to a revolutionary brain implant that is being used to treat both…

England captain Ben Stokes earns 100th Test cap with Rajkot…

BEN STOKES earned his 100th Test cap when he lead England against India in the third Test that began Thursday (15) in Rajkot, with both sides having to contend with the absence of key players. The five-match series is on a knife-edge at 1-1 after India’s 106-run victory in the…

Chemicals in plastics linked to premature births

ONE in 10 premature births in the US has been linked to pregnant women being exposed to chemicals in extremely common plastic products, a large study said last week. The chemicals, called phthalates, are used to soften plastic and can be found in thousands of consumer items, including plastic containers…

Muslim monument push seen as divisive

THE historian Kusoom Vadgama does not think Sir Sajid Javid’s plan to build a monument to honour Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain during the two world wars is a good one, because she feels it would be a divisive gesture. Her argument is that Hindu, Muslim and Sikh soldiers…

More female environment has changed me for better: Sadiq Khan

London's mayor Sadiq Khan, 53, known for his political achievements and as a figure of historical significance being the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital, reveals a more personal side, in a special Valentine’s Day episode of the new dating podcast called London Love Stories with Katie Strick, by…

Alom Shaha sparks the imagination of young minds with new…

BALANCING creativity with his roles as a secondary school science teacher and parent, Alom Shaha was inspired to write his new children’s picture book, How to Find a Rainbow. The Bangladesh-born British Asian writer, who was raised in London, has crafted a captivating tale set in the Himalayan mountains, blending…

British Pakistani girl credits mother for instilling ‘deep passion’ for…

A British Pakistani girl, studying for 28 A-levels, has credited her mother with instilling in her a 'deep passion' for learning and books. Mahnoor Cheema, 17, from Slough, with an IQ as high as Einstein’s, is currently undertaking 28 A-levels after completing 34 GCSEs. She is studying four A-levels at…

The ick and how to deal with it

HAVING been single for quite a while now, I thought it was time to venture into the dating pool. If you read my column regularly, I’m sure you’ll have heard me say this a million times, but, ‘here we go again’! Dating in your forties is a weird thing. You…

Depleted India out to gatecrash Stokes’s 100th test party

A severely depleted India will do everything they can to try and deny England captain Ben Stokes a victory in his 100th test when the teams clash in the third match of the five-test series in Rajkot on Thursday (15). India have not lost a test series on home soil…

A gym workout with weightlifter mummy

AN elderly Asian woman is inspiring those who have abandoned their fitness aspirations by joining younger individuals in the gym. Roshni Devi found renewed vitality in 2023 with the help of her devoted son, Ajay Sangwan, who trains her in the gym. From challenging planks to lifting heavy weights, she…

Sreerama Chandra seeks blessings at Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Sreerama Chandra, who is known for his soulful voice and amazing stage presence, visited the newly consecrated Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Tuesday to seek Ram Lalla’s blessings. The popular singer-turned-reality dance star Sreerama embarked on a spiritual journey with his visit to the Ram Temple. The actor can be…

Indian legal battle drives UK appetite for butter chicken

WHO really invented butter chicken? The competing claims of two rival restaurants in Delhi – Moti Mahal and Daryaganj – have now gone global. The dispute has ended up in the courts with the owners of Moti Mahal also demanding £200,000 in damages. Foreign correspondents based in the Indian capital…

Nutan: Bollywood’s timeless icon

WHEN lists of Bollywood’s greatest leading ladies are compiled, Nutan is always featured prominently. What set her apart from most other iconic heroines in Hindi cinema history was her acting prowess, which took precedence over more superficial aspects such as glamour, fashion, dancing and sex appeal. Her remarkable talent for…

Harmony in stone

IN the dynamic landscape of international relations, the influence of non-state actors, including transnational religious organisations, plays a crucial role in shaping a nation’s global standing. India, with its rich tapestry of religious diversity, has witnessed the emergence and growth of various such organisations that contribute significantly to the country’s…

Ashok Kotecha: “The temple project will bring civilisational change”

ASHOK KOTECHA, the chairman of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, has been a key figure in the herculean effort that went into the construction of the Abu Dhabi BAPS Mandir. Kotecha’s decades-long association with the Mandir dates back to the visit of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj to the UAE on April…

‘New housing developments must benefit communities’

THE UK housing crisis, a complex and multifaceted issue, has been decades in the making – primarily caused by a compounding effect of a chronic under-supply of new homes as a result of an extremely hard to navigate planning system, and an ever-increasing demand for homes fuelled by population growth…

Indian American family found dead in California; police suspect murder-suicide

AN Indian American family from Kerala was found dead at their home in California, the US, in an apparent case of murder-suicide. The family have been identified as Anand Sujith Henry, 42, his wife Alice Priyanka, 40, and their 4-year-old twin children Noah and Neithan. Police found the bodies after…

‘Muslim voters discontent with Labour more likely to be felt…

MARIA SOBOLEWSKA, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester, told Eastern Eye Muslim voters’ discontent with the Labour Party would more likely be felt in by-elections rather than the general election. She said although the Israel-Gaza situation was important to Muslim voters, during a general election, it…

Man extradited from Pakistan for 2005 armed robbery in Bradford

The mastermind of an armed robbery that took place in Bradford in 2005 has been captured and extradited from Pakistan, according to media reports. A police officer was killed and another seriously injured when they responded to reports of a robbery at the Universal Express travel agency in Bradford, West…

‘Asian talent at forefront of Cambridge tech-hub growth’

CAMBRIDGE does not need to become Britain’s Silicon Valley to be successful – as more talent from south Asia are being attracted to the city, according to experts. They highlighted Indian-origin entrepreneurs – such as Dr Sai Shivareddy, founder of battery firm Nyobolt – who are at the forefront of…

A lotus blooms in the desert

THE Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is envisioned as a Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony. Rooted in the aspiration to promote love, harmony, and tolerance, the fundamental ethos of the mandir transcends borders. Each carving within the mandir tells compelling stories of…

Modi inaugurates BAPS Mandir, first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi was inaugurated by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) amid devotional chants and in the presence of spiritual leaders of the Swaminarayan sect. #WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan…

Kumail Nanjiani reveals he sought therapy after ‘Eternals’ received bad…

Kumail Nanjiani has revealed that he was so affected by bad reviews for his 2021 Marvel film Eternals that it took a toll on his mental health and he had to go to counselling. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter said that he had transformed his entire physique and spent months in training…

Shah Rukh: I have never been offered a film in…

Shah Rukh Khan has opened up about dropping out of Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. For those not in the know, the superstar was offered to play the character of the antagonistic game show host in the film. However, he said no to the film as it was conscious…

Michael Jackson’s nephew recreates ‘Man in the Mirror’ look in…

The first look of the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic has been revealed, and it depicts one of the singer's most memorable outfits, Variety reported. In the biopic titled Michael, the late singer's nephew, Jaafar Jackson portrays the King of Pop. Set to hit theatres on April 18, 2025, the film is…

A lasting, green structure

INSPIRED by the sheer beauty of a lotus in the desert, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi seamlessly blends ancient architectural principles with modern technology. Crafted from pink sandstone and white marble, the mandir diverges from conventional building materials such as iron, steel or reinforced concrete. Guided by…

London mugging spree alarms Indian business community

INDIANS are becoming victims of frequent muggings in London, especially for Rolex watches in Mayfair, with police allegedly doing little to respond to their appeals for help. The traumatic experience of senior lawyer Vijay Goel, founder of the Indo-European Business Forum, as relayed to Eastern Eye, appears to be fairly…

NHS dentists to receive cash to accept new patients

DENTISTS in England will receive cash to accept new patients amid a critical shortage of state-funded dental care. Announced last Wednesday (7), the plan is backed by £200 million in government funding. It comes as the number of dentists providing care in the NHS stands at its lowest level in…

New temple a symbol of unity

IN the heart of Abu Dhabi, amid the modern skyline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stands the BAPS Hindu Mandir, a remarkable testament to the harmonious coexistence of diverse cultures in a globalised world. Beyond its architectural grandeur and spiritual significance, this temple holds a unique place in history,…

‘How Islamophobia harms visibly Muslim women’

IN her new book, author Nadeine Asbali reveals how her decision to wear the hijab led to an “overnight” shift from blending in to facing “racism and Islamophobia”. Born in the UK to an English mother and a Libyan father, Asbali looked like the quintessential white British teenager before putting…

Indian Hindu group’s strategy to win over Muslim voters revealed

A HINDU group closely linked to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is installing Muslims loyal to it in leadership positions at Muslim universities as part of a push to garner Muslim votes ahead of national elections, officials said. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which Modi joined in his youth and…

Indian state’s ban on polygamy evokes mixed reactions

SHAYARA BANO heaved a sigh of relief last Wednesday (7) at the enactment of a law banning polygamy in her Indian state, the culmination of a years-long effort, including her own case before the nation’s Supreme Court. “I can now say that my battle against age-old Islamic rules on marriage…

UK inflation holds at 4 per cent in January

Britain's annual inflation rate remained unchanged in January from the previous month, confounding expectations for an acceleration, official data showed on Wednesday.  The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) stood at 4.0 per cent last month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.  That was double the Bank of…

Labour party’s lead falls to lowest since June 2023: Poll

LABOUR'S lead over Tories has fallen 7 percentage points to its lowest since June 2023, a Savanta poll showed on Wednesday (14), after the opposition party scrapped a green spending target and struggled with anti-Semitism allegations. Polls over the past year have consistently shown Labour on course for victory in…

Opinion polls predict Modi’s party poised for third term victory

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will secure a clear majority in general elections this summer, a win that will ensure a comfortable third term for Modi, according to an opinion poll published last Thursday (8). Findings from the “Mood of the Nation Poll”, a survey…

Global governing body lifts Wrestling Federation of India suspension

UNITED WORLD WRESTLING (UWW) has lifted the suspension on the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Tuesday (13), nearly five months after placing it under provisional suspension for its failure to hold an election within a reasonable time frame. The WFI has been trying to recover from a sexual harassment…

India and UAE strengthen ties with 10 collaboration pacts

India and the UAE have signed 10 agreements for cooperation in crucial areas such as energy, infrastructure, investments, and archives management during prime minister Narendra Modi's visit, aimed at enhancing the bilateral ties, announced foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Wednesday (14). Addressing a press conference on the second day…

Ready to serve as leader, says Kamala Harris

US Vice President Kamala Harris said she was ready to serve as leader, in a Wall Street Journal interview published on Monday (12), as voter concerns mount about president Joe Biden’s age in an election year. Harris, 59, has faced growing scrutiny about her own abilities as the first in…

EXCLUSIVE – Swami Brahmavihari: ‘Harmony is the way forward’

SWAMI BRAHMAVIHARIDAS is one of the most respected and admired of Swaminarayan figures who lead the global organisation that is BAPS today. He has led the project to build the spectacular Akshardham Temple in Abu Dhabi since its conception. In this exclusive and very special interview with Shailesh R Solanki,…

Red Sea shipping crisis may hit tea supply in UK

BRITONS may have to brave a shortage of some lines of tea, after the supermarket industry warned of a risk to supply from shipping disruptions in the Red Sea. The British Retail Consortium said it had seen “temporary disruption” to some black tea lines, and an industry source said there…

UK imposes Serious Crime Prevention Orders on 9 Indian-origin criminals

A nine-member gang of Indian-origin criminals found guilty of smuggling goods and migrants have been placed under Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) by the UK authorities.  Swander Dhal, 38, Jasbir Kapoor, 36, Diljan Malhotra, 48, Charan Singh, 46, Valjeet Singh, 35, Jasbir Dhal Singh, 33, Jaginder Kapoor, 48, Jacdar Kapour,…

Labour will lose Muslim vote, say party MPs

LABOUR is “haemorrhaging” the Muslim vote, which will have a negative impact when Britain holds the general election, expected later this year, party MPs have told Eastern Eye. Late on Monday (12), Labour withdrew its support and suspended for its candidate for Rochdale, Azhar Ali, following criticism of remarks he…

Sri Lanka upbeat about fiscal plan

SRI LANKA expects to implement a debt restructuring framework within the first six months of 2024, the country’s president said last Wednesday (7), expressing confidence that the nation was recovering from its worst financial crisis in decades. President Ranil Wickremesinghe said the island nation was aiming to grow its gross…

Ashi Singh: ‘Being emotional helps an actor’

THE remarkable run of the hit drama, Meet: Badlegi Duniya Ki Reet, was one of the great television success stories in recent years. Ashi Singh was one of the driving forces who propelled the recently concluded girl power-infused ZEE TV serial beyond 750 episodes. She brilliantly portrayed the award-winning title…

Badshah excited to perform in Dubai

Rapper Badshah is set to perform in Dubai. As per a statement, Badshah will enthrall the audience at the Untold Music Festival in the forthcoming days. Excited about his gig, Badshah said, "I'm thrilled to be performing alongside some stellar acts at UNTOLD Dubai. Looking forward to taking India to…

Labour reforms key agenda for Modi’s possible third term

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi could make labour reforms, cleared by parliament in 2020, a priority if he wins the upcoming general elections as is widely expected, a spokesperson for his party said on Tuesday (13). Opinion polls suggest Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will easily win the next general…

Arjun Kapoor to play villain in ‘Singham Again’

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s upcoming film Singham Again has found its villain in Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor. Singham Again is the third film in the Ajay Devgn-led Singham series, which started with 2011’s Singham and was followed by Singham Returns in 2014. The two movies along with Ranveer Singh’s Simmba (2018) and…

Pakistan’s PML-N, PPP join forces, Shehbaz to be premier

Pakistan's two main political parties that joined forces to oust Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party founder Imran Khan as prime minister in 2022 have said they would form a new coalition to rule the country, after an election last week failed to produce a decisive winner. With the army-backed Pakistan Muslim…

How Dev Patel put India on the global movie map

INDIAN cinema can claim to be the biggest film industry in the world, but it has never reached its global potential. This is largely due to an inability to connect with non-Asian audiences. Despite constantly boasting of breaking records, none of the films have been as financially successful as the…

Haley to continue uphill battle despite poor performance in primaries

NIKKI HALEY finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Republican nominating contest and a distant second in New Hampshire, while in Nevada – where she was the only candidate in last week’s primary – she finished behind ballots marked “none of these candidates.” And if opinion polls are correct, the…

Priya Davdra: Theatre of love and kindness

BEING surrounded by music and films from an early age pushed Priya Davdra towards a career in acting. The versatile British Asian performer has found success across multiple platforms, including being a regular on the iconic soap EastEnders, starring in the Indian film, Naan Yaar, and acting in the TV…

English test scandal: Students seek to clear their names

THOUSANDS of international students are campaigning to clear their names over an English-language test scandal after fresh evidence was presented to the Home Office. The issue dates to 2014 when a BBC Panorama investigation revealed cheating on a compulsory language test that was required for a visa at two London…

Indian American hotelier gunned down in Alabama

AN ALABAMA HOTELIER, Pravin Raojibhai Patel, was shot and killed last week after a confrontation with a man asking for a room, according to the Sheffield, Alabama, Police Department. William Jeremy Moore, 34, was arrested in connection with the incident, which comes three years after a series of similar killings…

Javed Ali: Versatile voice of Bollywood

POPULAR Indian singer Javed Ali has consistently showcased his impressive range through songs in diverse genres, languages and styles. The marvellous musical numbers delivered by the naturally gifted singer have included Bollywood hits Nagada Nagada, Jashn-E-Bahaara, Guzarish, Araziyan, Kun Faya Kun and Tu Jo Mila. Having beautifully balanced top tracks…

‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha 2’ to hit theatres in April

Filmmaker Dibaker Banerjee's next directorial Love, Sex Aur Dhokha 2 will be released in theatres on April 19, the makers announced on Wednesday. Banerjee, who helmed the first part in 2010, is returning to the director’s chair for the follow-up. His last directorial was Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar in 2021. Producer…

NHS apologises following suicide of Dr Vaish Kumar

NHS England's top medical training official has issued a heartfelt apology to the relatives of Dr Vaish Kumar, 35, who took her own life. Dr Kumar faced undue stress after being incorrectly informed that she had to undergo an additional six months of training before she could commence a new…

Police barricade capital against protesting farmers in India

Indian riot police deployed tear gas on Wednesday (14) against groups of farmers driving tractors who attempted to break through heavily fortified roadblocks in a bid to march on the capital, demanding guaranteed prices for their crops. Farmers in India this week launched the "Delhi Chalo", or "March to Delhi",…

Bangladesh says it won’t allow entry for Rohingya refugees

BANGLADESH said last Wednesday (7) it will not allow any more Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to enter the country because supporting the huge numbers already there threatens its own security. Muslim Rohingya have faced persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar for decades and nearly a million of them live in crammed, bamboo-and…

Braverman slams claims of countryside racism as ‘ridiculous left-wing militancy’

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman has said it is 'wrong, dangerous, and disempowering' to claim the British countryside is racist. In an article for The Telegraph on Monday (12), Braverman added that white individuals should not be made to feel guilty for their race. The former home secretary’s comments follow…

Two Indian-origin men held for US visa fraud conspiracy

A federal grand jury has arrested two men of Indian origin for their involvement in orchestrating armed robberies as part of a visa fraud conspiracy. Rambhai Patel, 36, and Balwinder Singh, 39, were indicted on one count each of conspiracy to commit visa fraud in Boston, Massachusetts. Patel was arrested…

BBC Asian Network to launch first-ever Official British Asian Chart…

BBC Asian Network has announced the launch of the first-ever official British Asian Chart Show, coming to the station on Thursdays (9pm-10pm) from 18 April. Hosted by the station’s Jasmine Takhar, the weekly show will celebrate the best of British Asian music, with a one-hour rundown of the top 20…

Why Labour struggles to find its voice on race

HOW ambitious would a Labour government be in office? The party’s scaling back of its flagship green economy investment plan dominated the past week in Westminster. But this was also a week in which it sought to illuminate its plans on racial equality. Keir Starmer did two things to respond to…

Bilawal Bhutto withdraws from prime minister’s race

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday withdrew from the race for the prime minister, saying that his party would support Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's candidate for the premier's slot without being part of the government. The decision of Bilawal came hours after Pakistan's former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif…

6 must-watch thrillers on ZEE5 Global, Netflix, Amazon Prime and…

In a world of endless streaming options, finding the next pulse-pounding thriller to captivate your evenings can be a daunting task. Thankfully, across streaming platforms like ZEE5 Global, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, amongst others, there's a treasure trove of gripping, suspenseful narratives waiting to be explored. From mind-bending mysteries to…

Shah Rukh denies role in release of Indian Navy veterans…

Amid superstar Shah Rukh Khan's recent visit to Qatar, several reports claimed that the actor was involved in the release of Indian Navy veterans who were detained by the Middle East nation on espionage charges. However, on Tuesday, SRK's team issued a statement denying the actor's participation in the matter.…

‘I didn’t see myself as a romantic lead,’ says One…

Fronted by Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall, One Day on Netflix has turned out to be an instant fan favorite. While fans are waiting for the makers to announce the second season, do you know that Mod had initially turned down the part in the show? Yes, the 29-year-old has…

Tesco drivers benefitted from ‘stage-managed’ crashes

Supermarket giant Tesco has said it has unearthed a 'cash for crash' scam wherein some of its delivery drivers were staging accidents to help fraudsters claim hefty damages. A dozen drivers working out of Tesco’s depot in Greenford, west London, allegedly conspired with people outside the company to carry out…

Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi to inaugurate first Hindu temple…

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday (13) on a two-day visit, which will include the inauguration of the first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi. This is Modi’s seventh visit to the UAE since 2015. In his statement before his departure, Modi…

Shekhar Kapur’s cook writes ‘Mr India 2’ script in an…

Celebrated filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has revealed that his ‘11th fail’ cook wrote a script for Mr India 2 in less than an hour with help from an artificial intelligence tool. Shekhar, who has several successful films to his credit, took to his X account and shared a picture of his…

Archana Kochhar appointed as designer for 71st Miss World pageant

Famed fashion designer Archana Kochhar, who has been appointed the official fashion designer for the 71st Miss World pageant, said she is elated to collaborate with the event, which is returning to India after 28 years. Archana took to Instagram to post, "The 71st Miss World Competition is happening in…

Ganga and Yamuna holy water, Rajasthan sandstone to grace Abu…

Holy water from the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, pink sandstone from Rajasthan, furniture made from wooden trunks used to transport stones from India - the first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi has been built with contributions from different parts of India. Temple authorities said the place of worship features…

Ukraine war spurs India to boost domestic defence production: report

THE UKRAINE war has forced India to focus its military spending more on fostering domestic industry - as Russia, its largest supplier - prioritised its domestic needs, a new report said on Tuesday (13). As a result of the conflict, New Delhi set aside a record 75 per cent of…

Pakistan political uncertainty continues

Pakistan's political stalemate after inconclusive elections last week showed no signs of ending on Tuesday as major parties struggle to cobble up alliances to pass the floor test. In the latest development, jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that independent members of parliament backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)…

Ranveer promotes men’s sexual health with adult star

Actor Ranveer Singh on Monday left everyone surprised with an advertisement that features him alongside popular adult star Johnny Sins. Ranveer and Sins collaborated for a sexual healthcare brand. Sharing the ad on his Instagram, Ranveer wrote, "It's bold to care." The ad is a comical parody of a typical…

‘Scoop’ Trailer: Netflix film recreates Prince Andrew’s infamous BBC interview

A week after dropping the first look pictures, Netflix has released the first trailer for Scoop, its film which recreates Prince Andrew’s notorious interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC’s Newsnight in 2019. The interview saw the Duke talk candidly about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and…

Kate Winslet: Being famous after ‘Titanic’ release was horrible

Oscar winner Kate Winslet says she chose to do smaller projects after the global success of Titanic as life became "quite unpleasant" with fame. The 48-year-old star reflected on the media pressure and body image scrutiny she was subjected to after the release of James Cameron's 1997 romance tragedy epic.…

UK unemployment dips to 3.8% at end of 2023

Britain's unemployment rate dipped in the final quarter of last year, but wage growth eased as the country's inflation stays elevated, official data showed Tuesday. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 per cent from 3.9 per cent in the three months to the end of November, the Office for National…

Azhar Ali dropped by Labour in Rochdale over Israel comments

Azhar Ali, previously Labour's choice for the upcoming Rochdale by-election, has seen his candidacy revoked following his controversial remarks concerning Israel and Jewish individuals. Initially, Labour defended Ali after he suggested Israel had intentionally not prevented a Hamas attack on October 7 to justify an invasion of Gaza. However, Labour…

The best Bollywood filming locations to visit in Europe

Bollywood's love affair with Europe has given us some of the most memorable recent cinematic moments. As you plan your next holiday, why not travel to the enchanting landscapes of Europe and walk in the footsteps of your favorite Bollywood stars? From the romantic streets of Paris to the historic…

Shots fired at Canadian home of Sikh separatist

Canadian police reported on Monday (12) that shots seem to have been fired at the Canadian home of a Sikh separatist activist, following recent claims by Ottawa and Washington that Indian dissidents residing abroad in both countries have been subjects of assassination attempts. Constable Tyler Bell-Morena said Peel Regional Police…

Deepika Padukone to present honour at BAFTA Awards

Actress Deepika Padukone will present an award at the upcoming BAFTA Film Awards, set to be held on Sunday evening. Padukone, 38, shared the list of confirmed presenters issued by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on her Instagram Story on Tuesday. "Gratitude," she captioned the post.…

Indian police use tear gas against protesting farmers near New…

Indian security forces deployed tear gas on Tuesday (13) to halt the advance of thousands of farmers who, after unsuccessful negotiations with the government were marching towards New Delhi to demand minimum prices for their crops. Local broadcasters showed thick clouds of tear gas fired to disperse protesters near Ambala,…

Ed Sheeran to perform in Mumbai

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is set to perform in India once again with singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad. The gig will take place at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai, on March 16. Excited about the show, Kuhad took to his Instagram Story and wrote, "Excited to join @teddysphotos +-=/ x 2024 Tour! See…

Hampshire family doctor found guilty of sexual assaults on three…

Mohan Babu, 47, a family doctor from Emsworth has been found guilty by a jury of four offences of sexual assault against three of his female patients on Wednesday 31 January 2024, one of whom was battling terminal cancer. He now faces jail. According to The Daily Mail, the incidents…

India’s top court allows ArcelorMittal, Indian Oil to arbitrate Essar…

The Supreme Court on Monday permitted Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Limited (AMNSIL) to initiate arbitral proceedings to resolve their dispute relating to Essar Steel India Limited (ESIL). A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, which had reserved the judgment on the pleas on…

IMF team may visit Pakistan after new government formation

A delegation of the IMF may visit cash-strapped Pakistan once a new federal government is formed, negotiations for which are ongoing between major political parties after the general elections threw a hung Parliament, a media report said on Monday. The International Monetary Fund's review mission might visit Islamabad by the…

Labour set to weather storm of dwindling Muslim support

Labour's Sir Keir Starmer finds himself navigating a challenging political landscape, marked by a noticeable shift in support from Muslim constituents due to his stance on the Gaza conflict. But despite this, analyses suggest that Labour's robust lead may mitigate the potential impact on election outcomes, sparing the party from…

Reports: Mahira Khan quits Netflix show to welcome second child

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan has decided to walk out of two high-profile projects as she is expecting her second child this year, as per reports. Khan first got married in July 2007 to Ali Askari in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony and the couple welcomed their son Azlan in 2009.…

British American Tobacco to cut stake in ITC amid losses

Tobacco major British American Tobacco is looking to trim its £15 billion stake in the Indian cigarettes-to-hotel conglomerate ITC, according to media reports. The maker of Lucky Strike and Dunhill cigarettes announced this alongside a large annual loss of over £17 bn and a mixed outlook. BAT currently holds over…

Twinkle Khanna recalls relocating to London for Master’s degree in…

Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna recently added a new feather to her cap when she completed her master’s programme in fiction writing from the prestigious Goldsmiths, University of London. Sharing insights into her experience of moving to London with her daughter Nitara, she said that she ‘had to create a bio, stand…

Sikandar Kher reveals he first auditioned for ‘Monkey Man’ 10…

Actor Sikandar Kher, who is currently seen in the third and final season of Disney+ Hotstar’s Aarya, is looking forward to his Hollywood debut with Dev Patel’s much-anticipated film Monkey Man. In a recent interview, Kher opened up about how he landed the film and said that he first auditioned…

Foreign workers play pivotal role in NHS: 1 in 5…

In England, the NHS's dependence on international staff has hit a record high, with one out of every five workers hailing from outside the UK. This diverse workforce spans 214 nations, including countries as varied as India, Portugal, Ghana, and smaller states like Tonga, Liechtenstein, and the Solomon Islands. Analysis…

Pakistan’s two largest parties wrangle over prime minister post

Pakistan's two largest political parties are wrangling over who will take the prime minister's job after inconclusive elections last week forced them to join forces to gain a majority in a parliament dominated by independents backed by Imran Khan.  The squabbling is likely to deepen concerns about the stability of…

Shekhar Kapur: AR Rahman’s faith plays an important role in…

Praising AR Rahman, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said that the Oscar-winning composer is a “genius” with a remarkable level of humility. Opening up about working with Rahman on his Broadway musical Bombay Dreams, Shekhar said during a podcast, “AR Rahman had a name in the industry by the time I met…

Ali Campbell to perform in Delhi on Feb 16

The nostalgia of the '80s and '90s is in the air as Ali Campbell, the lead voice behind the iconic band UB40, is set to perform in Delhi on February 16. The Delhi concert, a joint initiative of Eva Live, Hungama Digital Entertainment, and Ten Events & Entertainment, is a…

Rochdale candidate Azhar Ali apologises for comments against Israel

Azhar Ali, Labour's Rochdale by-election candidate, has issued an apology following controversial comments about Israel, which were disclosed in a secret recording published by the Mail on Sunday. In the recording, Ali suggested Israel had intentionally “allowed” a deadly Hamas attack on October 7, remarks he now acknowledges as "deeply…

India trying to push watered-down trade deal: UK

The trade deal talks between India and the UK have run into a deadlock with both sides hardening their stands amid elections scheduled in both the countries. The UK has alleged that India was pushing for a watered-down trade deal as time runs out to conclude an agreement before negotiations…

Antoine Fuqua to direct feature documentary on Nelson Mandela

Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is set to direct a feature documentary on former South African President Nelson Mandela. The project is temporarily titled "Troublemaker: The Story Behind the Mandela Tapes", reported entertainment news outlet Variety. The documentary will feature the newly discovered audio interviews of Mandela -- fondly called Madiba --…

World Animal Protection announces Richa Moorjani as Global Celebrity Ambassador

Global animal advocacy nonprofit organization World Animal Protection has announced Richa Moorjani as its Global Celebrity Ambassador. The actress, who is best known for playing the character of Kamala on Netflix's hit series Never Have I Ever, will play a pivotal role in advancing the mission of World Animal Protection,…

India confirms release of eight navy veterans held by Qatar

The foreign ministry of India announced on Monday (12) that Qatar had released eight former navy veterans, whom it had previously detained and sentenced to death, reportedly on charges of spying for Israel. The foreign ministry has not given details on the eight Indian nationals or their alleged crimes, and…

Fujitsu won £1.4 bn government contracts since 2019

Fujitsu, the Japanese technology company entangled in the Post Office scandal due to its defective Horizon system, is confirmed to have secured contracts exceeding £3.4 billion with entities connected to the UK Treasury since 2019. This revelation comes despite a 2019 High Court finding that identified "bugs, errors, and defects"…

Sunak pledges tax cuts amid ‘improved economic conditions’

Rishi Sunak has embraced the challenge of narrowing the gap between the Tories and Labour in the current polls. Speaking to the Times, the prime minister emphasised his commitment to tax reductions, pledging to cut taxes when it becomes fiscally prudent. “At the beginning of this year there is a…

New AI model can predict onset of psychosis through brain…

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) model that can predict the onset of psychosis in individuals through brain scans. According to researchers, the model, trained on brain scans from people globally, could be helpful in clinical settings, as earlier intervention typically leads to better outcomes with less negative…

King Charles thanks supporters in first statement after cancer news

King Charles III expressed his "heartfelt thanks" to well-wishers on Saturday (10), in his first statement following his shock announcement that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Buckingham Palace said Monday that Charles had begun treatment, but did not specify what type of cancer he has. "I would like to…

British Indian academic awarded £450,000 in discrimination claim against university

A university has been ordered to compensate a British Asian academic with a minimum of £450,000 in damages following her victory in a racial discrimination lawsuit at a tribunal. Portsmouth University was found to have been influenced by 'pernicious and destructive' unconscious bias when it failed to reappoint Dr Kajal…

Sadiq Khan urges government to prevent Eurostar travel ‘chaos’

LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan called on Britain's government to take steps to prevent "chaos" on the Eurostar rail link with France when the European Union is expected to introduce a new system of biometric border controls later this year. The EU's checks mean that travellers from countries outside the bloc…

India’s Virat Kohli to miss remaining three England Tests

Star batsman Virat Kohli's absence from the India squad for undisclosed "personal reasons" will extend to the remaining three Tests against England, the country's cricket board said Saturday. The series is level at 1-1 after two matches that Kohli also missed, and will resume without him in Rajkot for the…

MCC Committee recommends at least three-match Test series

A minimum of three-match Test series and the home team footing the bill of the visiting side in a bilateral contest are some of the recommendations made by the Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) world cricket committee (WCC). The committee of the MCC, custodians of laws of the game, met in…

‘GoT’ stars Kit Harington and Sophie Turner onboard gothic horror…

Game of Thrones alums Kit Harington and Sophie Turner are set to reunite for an upcoming gothic horror movie. Titled The Dreadful, the movie will be directed by Natasha Kermani from a script she wrote, reported entertainment news outlet Deadline. The film is set against the backdrop of the War…

Sunak paid more than £500,000 in tax last year

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak paid £508,000 in tax in the last financial year after income from his investments dwarfed his official salary, a report by his accountants showed on Friday (9). Sunak is the wealthiest prime minister in British history through a combination of his past career in financial services…

Babil remembers father Irrfan Khan

Babil Khan often shares throwback glimpses of his late father and actor Irrfan Khan on social media whenever he misses him a bit too much. On Friday evening, he once again took to his Instagram account and penned an emotional post remembering Irrfan. Babil began his note with, "Nobody knew…

Pakistan army chief tells politicians to show ‘maturity’ after fractured…

Pakistan's army chief told feuding politicians Saturday to show "maturity and unity" after an election failed to produce a clear winner, leaving the military's favoured party having to cobble together a coalition in order to rule. The country faces days of political horse-trading after a strong performance by independent candidates…

Mithun Chakraborty hospitalised in Kolkata

Veteran actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty has been admitted to a hospital in Kolkata. Chakraborty, 73, reportedly expressed uneasiness on his return home from a film shoot and was rushed immediately to the hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. More details regarding his health are awaited. Chakraborty was recently named as a…

Wildlife charities allege racism in British countryside

BRITISH wildlife charities are ringing alarm bells by describing the countryside as a "racist, colonial" domain where non-white people often feel marginalised, media reports said. Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition comprising 80 organisations including the WWF, the RSPCA, and National Trust, presented their findings to MPs as part of…

Comment: Shreela Flather broke one glass ceiling after another throughout…

I was introduced to Baroness Flather exactly 30 years ago, soon after my wife Heather and I were married. At our wedding, Julie Barnes, the wife of one of my best friends from boarding school, who was a senior journalist working at the Maidenhead Advisor, said I must meet her…

London police failing over exploitation of kids: watchdog

London's police force is leaving children at risk of exploitation and should implement nearly a dozen reforms to improve, a damning report by Britain's law enforcement watchdog said on Friday. The Metropolitan Police's response to the criminal and sexual exploitation of children is "not currently effective", His Majesty's Inspectorate of…

India’s voter count reaches nearly 970 million

India’s Election Commission announced on Friday (9) that nearly 970 million Indians are eligible to vote in this year's Lok Sabha elections. It also said over 20 million young electors in the age group of 18 to 29 years have been added to the voters' list. There has been a…

India awards top honour to former prime ministers, green revolution…

THE decision to award India's Bharat Ratna to former prime ministers P V Narasimha Rao and Charan Singh and green revolution pioneer M S Swaminathan has taken the number of recipients of the country’s highest civilian award to 53, five of them within 2024, maximum in a year so far.…

Jameela Jamil, Simone Ashley among 40 ‘legendary women’ on British…

Jameela Jamil and Simone Ashley are among the 40 ‘legendary women’ on British Vogue’s latest cover. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Victoria Beckham, Linda Evangelista, Oprah Winfrey, Dua Lipa, and Miley Cyrus are also in the “farewell shoot” for the final issue by outgoing editor Edward Enninful. All 40…

Consultant’s lost diamond ring makes 100-mile journey back to owner

A diamond ring journeyed nearly 100 miles from Suffolk to the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) in London, where it was “miraculously” found in a set of scrubs, much to the relief of its owner, Radhika Ramasamy, a consultant anaesthetist at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Bury St Edmunds.…

India to host Miss World pageant from Feb 18 to…

The much anticipated 71st edition of Miss World will be held in India from February 18 to March 9, the organisers said on Friday. With its latest edition, the coveted international beauty pageant is making a return to the country after nearly three decades. The pageant will commence with "The…

What is India’s civil code and why does it anger…

Uttarakhand, a small northern Indian state governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party, is set to pass a bill to replace religion-specific civil laws with a Uniform Civil Code, which could be used as a template by other states. The bill, being debated by Uttarakhand's legislature on Wednesday,…

‘One Day’: Ambika Mod reveals how she and co-star Leo…

After winning critics and audiences’ hearts with her breakout performance in the acclaimed BBC miniseries This Is Going to Hurt, actress Ambika Mod is presently in news for her first leading role as Emma Morley in Netflix’s One Day, a TV adaptation of David Nicholls’ bestselling romance novel of the…

Barclays buys Tesco’s retail banking unit

British bank Barclays on Friday said it had agreed to buy the retail banking operations of Tesco, as the supermarket giant concentrates on its core food business. Barclays will pay up to £700 million for Tesco Bank -- handing it a portfolio of credit cards, other loans and deposits, according…

Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha announce pregnancy

Actors Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha are expecting their first child. On Friday, the couple took to Instagram and shared the good news with their fans and followers. They posted an image saying 1 + 1 = 3, confirming the news with a caption that says, "A tiny heartbeat is…

Oscars announces new award for casting directors

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the addition of a new category to the Oscars recognising the achievement in casting for films. The Academy Award for Achievement in Casting will be introduced to the Oscars beginning with the 98th edition…

Adarsh Gourav starts shooting for ‘Aliens’

Adarsh Gourav, who was recently seen in the movie Kho Gaye Hum Kahan alongside Ananya Panday and Siddhant Chaturvedi, has set foot in Thailand and started shooting for the highly anticipated TV series Aliens. He well bonded with the cast and enjoyed the vivid local cuisine. While expressing his excitement…

Cognitive behaviour therapy methods effective in treating fibromyalgia: Study

A new study from Sweden has discovered that both traditional and exposure-based forms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) significantly alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition characterised by fatigue, impaired sleep, and cognitive disturbances. CBT is a psychological treatment focussing on altering thoughts, attitudes beliefs, and behaviour linked with…

Tony Matharu’s Integrity International acquires two London landmarks

THE Integrity International Group, led by British Asian hotelier Tony Matharu, has acquired two properties in London - Atlas House and Crescent buildings for an undisclosed amount. Atlas House, a Grade II-listed building, is situated at the junction of King Street, Queen Street, and Cheapside, while the Crescent is located…

Pakistan polls: Imran Khan’s supporters emerge frontrunners

Supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan had the edge on Friday in Pakistan's election results from over 100 seats, after vote counts were hit by unusual delays that the government ascribed to a suspension of mobile phone services. A total of 265 seats were contested in Thursday's election…

I made a terrible mistake, shared false info on Kohli:…

Former South Africa captain A B de Villiers has said that he "made a terrible mistake" by sharing "false information" about the personal reasons that have forced star India batter Virat Kohli to take a break from international cricket, insisting that he has no idea "what's happening there". On his…

Amitabh seeks blessings at Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan visited the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Friday morning and offered prayers to Ram Lalla, weeks after attending its grand inauguration with son Abhishek Bachchan. After his recent visit, several images and videos surfaced online. In one of the images, Big B is seen worshipping the Lord…

Queen Camilla says King Charles ‘doing extremely well’

Queen Camilla, wife of King Charles III, disclosed on Thursday (8) that her husband, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is "doing extremely well" given the circumstances. King Charles has been "very touched by all the letters and the messages the public have been sending from everywhere", she said during…

Three killed in India after madrassa demolition triggers religious clashes

THREE people were killed in India and dozens more injured after religious clashes sparked by the destruction of a madrassa, officials said Friday (9), the latest in a spate of demolitions targeting Islamic structures. Hindu nationalist groups have been emboldened in their campaign against Muslim religious structures since prime minister…

Indian goods face boycott in Bangladesh

The anti-India sentiment is once again on the boil in Bangladesh amid allegations of interference by the Indian government in general elections held last month. Opposition party groups and Bangladeshi diaspora have given calls to boycott Indian goods in Bangladesh and are running social media campaigns in this regard. Last…

‘Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya’ Review: A clean, concise…

Maddock Films’ Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in lead roles, has hit cinemas. The film invites audiences to think about whether artificial beings can truly experience emotions akin to those of humans. The trailer and the songs received positive responses from the audience,…

Overwhelmed and humbled by outpouring of love: Zakir Hussain

It was a great day for India at the Grammys, says tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, who is overwhelmed by the love that has come his way for his triple win at this year's music awards. The veteran percussionist was India's big winner with three Grammys at the annual ceremony. Hussain,…

Anushree Mehta to helm remake of Rajesh Khanna’s ‘Bawarchi’

Filmmaker Anushree Mehta of Mrs Undercover fame will tackle the remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic film Bawarchi, starring Rajesh Khanna. The project is part of a three-film collaboration between Jaadugar Films and Sameer Raj Sippy Productions. The two studios will also develop retellings of the Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya Bachchan starrer Mili…

Opheem creates history as it gets two Michelin stars

AN Indian restaurant in Birmingham has made history by becoming the first in the city to be awarded two Michelin stars. Opheem, a Birmingham curry house, has made culinary history despite having just one Indian chef among its kitchen staff of 15. Chef and owner Aktar Islam, originally from Aston,…

No relief for Meghraj group pension scheme members

Former staff of Meghraj Bank face uncertainty after its Asian businessman founder told a tribunal he could no longer make a payment to The Pensions Regulator, according to a media report. Anant Shah and his brother Vipin set up the bank in 1972, and it closed in 2000. Meghraj Financial…

Women need to work extra two decades to match pension…

The latest data from the Pensions Policy Institute points to a wide gap in pensions for male and female workers. Women would need to work for an extra 19 years to retire with the same pension savings as men, says The Guardian. The research found women retiring at 67 –…

Australian Senator takes oath on Bhagavad Gita

VARUN GHOSH, a barrister of Indian descent, has become the first ever Australian senator to take the oath of office on the revered Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita. Ghosh, 38, of the Labour Party on Tuesday (6) filled the party’s senate seat, which was left vacant after the retirement of Patrick…

Oxford University friends to receive $100m from start-up sale

THREE former students of Oxford are anticipating a substantial windfall, potentially reaching $100 million ( £79m), following the acquisition of their start-up, Onfido, by a US competitor, reports said. Husayn Kassai, Eamon Jubbawy, and Ruhul Amin founded Onfido, which makes it easy for people to access services through digital verification,…

Cameron pledges to help Scot imprisoned in India

FOREIGN SECRETARY David Cameron has pledged to help Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish man imprisoned in India for over six years, and has vowed to push for an investigation into allegations of torture, reported The Times. Johal, 36, was detained in Punjab in 2017 after travelling to India for his…

Asian-origin waste plant boss fined for obstructing Environment Agency officers

An Asian-origin owner of a waste treatment plant in east London was fined after she barred UK Environment Agency inspectors from entering the site unless they handed over thousands of pounds in bogus fees. Gurjit Athwal, director of Keep Green Ltd, has been fined £3,000 with more than double that…

Bumrah becomes first Indian pacer to top ICC Test rankings

INDIA's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday (7) rose to the top of the International Cricket Council's Test bowling rankings, becoming the first-ever fast bowler from the country to achieve the feat. The 30-year-old played a key role in India's series-equalling victory over England last week, with a match haul…

India chess player’s Instagram post sparks sexism discussion

An Instagram post by an 18-year-old Indian chess player has sparked a conversation on attitudes towards women in the sport. Divya Deshmukh, who is an International Master (the second-highest title in chess), wrote the post after taking part in the recent Tata Steel Chess tournament held in the Netherlands. She…

Asians rally round King

THE British Asian community, which has long been supported by King Charles from the days he was a young Prince of Wales, is now rallying round the 75-year old monarch following his cancer diagnosis on Monday (5). Since the King is also head of the Commonwealth, just as Queen Elizabeth…

Diljit Dosanjh, Shreya Ghoshal to be part of ‘Coke Studio…

The lineup for the second season of Coke Studio Bharat has been announced and music aficionados are definitely in for a treat. As per a statement, singers like Diljit Dosanjh, Shreya Ghoshal, Neha Kakkar, Digvijay Singh, Kanishk Seth, Cyli Khare, and MC Square will feature in the second season. Ankur…

G-Eazy excited about his India tour

Rapper G-Eazy is super excited to perform in India. In a statement, he said, "I can't wait to come and perform for all my amazing Indian fans and take some time off to explore the sights and sounds of a country I have heard so much about! See you soon…

Pakistan suspends mobile services due to security threats

Mobile services in Pakistan have been suspended due to the "deteriorating security situation", the caretaker government said on Thursday (8) as the people were voting to elect a new administration, a day after twin terror attacks killed at least 30 people. The interior ministry said it has decided to “temporarily…

Indian businesses raise theft concerns with Lammy

INDIAN travellers feel they have to “look over their shoulder” in posh London areas as several businesspersons have had their expensive watches and bags mugged, according to a Delhi-based entrepreneur. The issue featured during discussions with UK shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who is in New Delhi for talks on…

Series of assaults on Indian students continue in US

IN a series of incidents, an Indian doctoral candidate was found dead at Purdue University in Indiana while another Indian IT student was brutally attacked near his house in Chicago. The back-to-back incidents since Sunday (4) were the sixth in the US in this year alone. According to The Purdue…

Sunak stalled deal to resolve doctors’ strikes, report says

Allegations have surfaced that prime minister Rishi Sunak is the primary obstacle in resolving the ongoing doctors' strikes in England, a situation that is exacerbating the NHS waiting lists crisis, an exclusive report in The Guardian said. Despite repeated warnings from health officials and NHS England, Sunak's apprehension about setting…

Rohingya flee Malaysia detention centre after riot

MORE than 100 Rohingya refugees escaped a detention centre in Malaysia after a riot broke out, with one man killed after being hit by a vehicle on a highway as he fled, police said last Friday (2). The Rohingya experience persecution in their predominantly Buddhist homeland of Myanmar. Many have…

Rishabh Pant feared for his cricket career after bad accident

INDIA wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant revealed he feared the amputation of his right leg after being involved in a horrific car crash 13 months ago. Pant was driving from Delhi to his hometown of Roorkee, in north India, to meet his family when his car crashed into the median divider on…

Yunus faces fresh fraud charges in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH’S anti-graft agency last Thursday (1) submitted fresh corruption charges against Nobel Prize winner economist Dr Muhammad Yunus, days after a court granted him bail in a case for violating labour laws. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) accused the 83-year-old economist and 13 others of misappropriating approximately $2.29 million (£1.82m) from…

Sadhguru speaks: Seeking purpose in existence

QUESTIONS such as “What is the purpose of life?” and “Why did god put us here?” keep coming up again and again. Fundamentally, what you are asking is: why creation? The same question keeps coming up in so many different ways. When it comes to creation, you never ask why,…

Sheeba Akashdeep: Art of living different lives

ACCLAIMED Indian actress Sheeba Akashdeep has combined a successful cinematic career that includes Bollywood hits such as Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani with winning turns on several top television dramas. She has been playing a key role in the drama serial, Baatein Kuch Ankahee Si, since it was launched in…

US-India armed drones deal clears Congress block

THE US State Department has approved the potential sale of 31 armed MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones, related missiles and equipment to India for nearly $4 billion (£3.17bn), the Pentagon said last Thursday (1), years after the two countries started discussing a deal. India has long expressed interest in buying large, armed…

India takes the divine path to boost tourism

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi last month inaugurated one of the holiest Hindu temples and his government has been spending millions of dollars to develop many others, boosting tourism and his appeal among the majority community ahead of elections. Apart from a $6 billion (£4.7bn) makeover of the northern city…

‘Geopolitical uncertainty to boost demand for gold’

GOLD demand will win a “pronounced” boost from geopolitical uncertainty this year, an industry report predicted last Wednesday (31), after the precious metal and haven investment hit a record-high price in 2023. The World Gold Council said the commodity would in 2024 continue to benefit from strong buying by central…

Sikh student Serene Singh awarded John Robert Lewis Fellowship

Serene Singh, a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, has been named the 2024-2025 recipient of the John Robert Lewis Fellowship, a distinction bestowed by the Washington-based nonprofit Faith and Politics Institute (FPI) to honour the legacy of the late civil rights leader and US Representative John Lewis from…

Sri Lanka’s ‘financial crisis gradually easing’

CASH-STRAPPED Sri Lanka is “gradually” emerging from its worst economic crisis after the austerity of an IMF bailout, the president said last Sunday (4) in a speech to mark independence day. Recalling the “indignity of being labelled a financially bankrupt country”, president Ranil Wickremesinghe dispensed with the customary annual address…

‘India’s women hockey team lack drag flickers’

A LACK of drag flickers is hampering the Indian women’s hockey team’s penalty corner conversion rate, chief coach Janneke Schopman has said. The inability to convert was one of the reasons the side struggled during the Olympic qualifiers in January, costing them a spot at the Paris Games. “We need…

Satwik: We are keeping our best game for Olympics

INDIA’s ace doubles shuttler, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, is confident he and his partner Chirag Shetty have enough in the tank to fire during the Paris Olympics later this year. Satwik, who regained the world no 1 doubles ranking following back-toback runners-up finishes in the Malaysia Open and the India Open, indicated…

Purab Kohli: Regrets can be converted into learning

With a career spanning a remarkable 25 years, Purab Kohli stands as a testament to perseverance, versatility, and undeniable talent. From gripping dramas to rib-tickling comedies, the seasoned actor has graced screens both big and small, leaving an indelible mark on audiences. Eastern Eye recently spoke to Kohli about his…

India to match increased funding to build roads near China…

INDIA’S government will maintain increased funding to build roads near its China border after spending 30 per cent more on them this fiscal year than planned, it said last Thursday (1), citing tension between the neighbours. Both countries have been in a military standoff since July 2020 when at least…

Indian hockey team eye title win to seal World Cup…

CAPTAIN Harmanpreet Singh spoke of his wish for India’s hockey team to seal a direct qualification for the 2026 World Cup with a title-winning run in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The men’s team arrived on Monday (5) to participate in the FIH Pro League scheduled at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium from Saturday…

Football clubs fall short of diversity code target

ENGLISH football clubs have been shown a yellow card by campaigners over a lack of progress after failing to meet their hiring targets for south Asian coaches. Recent data from the Football Association (FA) showed the 53 clubs signed up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code (FLDC) collectively failed to…

Yorkshire former chairman vows ‘inclusive culture’ after racism scandal

THE senior official accused of downplaying allegations of racism made by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq called for a “line in the sand” to be drawn last Friday (2), after members approved his return as chairman of the financially stricken English county club. Colin Graves, Yorkshire’s chairman from 2012- 2015,…

Azan Ahmed: ‘10 Nights has charm and heart which transcend…

THE acclaimed theatre play, 10 Nights, has returned for a UK tour, which runs at the Omnibus Theatre in London until February 21 before moving to Bristol, Hayes and Leicester. The story of a spiritual sleepover in a mosque revolves around topics of faith, friendships, forgiveness and the future. Azan…

Rowan Atkinson blamed for slow electric car sales

Comedian Rowan Atkinson of Mr Bean fame is now being blamed for poor sales of electric cars in the UK and damaging its reputation. According to Sky News, Atkinson's name figured in the House of Lords when a thinktank Green Alliance gave its views on the main obstacles the government…

Oxford, India biotech firm’s new malaria jab ready for rollout

A MALARIA vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India (SII) prevented around three-quarters of symptomatic malaria cases in young children the first year after they got the shots, results from a large trial showed last Thursday (1). The vaccine, which has already been approved…

Jameela Jamil to star in Brit rom-com ‘Lola and Freddie’

Jameela Jamil has added one more exciting project to her filmography. She is set to star in the upcoming romantic comedy film Lola and Freddie, billed as a British reimagining of 2012’s Celeste and Jesse Forever. In addition to Jamil, the film will also feature Naomie Harris, Joel Fry, and…

Embrace solo bliss on Valentine’s Day

VALENTINE’S DAY is a celebration of love, but for many single people it can be triggering, making them feel sad, left out and lonely. But that doesn’t have to be the case because for those not in a relationship, there are plenty of empowering things to do. With that in…

Trump’s failed immunity appeal may aid his delay strategy

FORMER US president Donald Trump faced a defeat in court, yet he managed to extract success from the ruling, turning it to his advantage in furthering his political ambitions, according to experts. A US appeals court on Tuesday (6) ruled that Trump does not have immunity from criminal charges accusing…

No regrets: Ankita Lokhande on her ‘Bigg Boss 17’ stint

Actress Ankita Lokhande, who emerged as the third runner-up on Bigg Boss 17, says controversial or not, she has no regrets about showing her true self on the popular reality series. Hosted by superstar Salman Khan, the latest season of Bigg Boss premiered on Colors channel on October 15, 2023,…

Praise for Sunak’s role in Belfast agreement

BREXIT complicated the already convoluted communal politics of Northern Ireland, but the role of the British prime minister Rishi Sunak in bringing about power sharing in Stormont has been praised by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). “Credit to Rishi Sunak, he delivered where others haven’t,”…

Pritam Singh: ‘I feel more fulfilled in my acting career‘

PRITAM SINGH’S fascinating journey unfolds from being a revered radio host to leaving an imprint on television and carving out a new career in acting. Affectionately known as Pritam Pyaare, Singh now showcases his acting prowess in films such as the recently released Punjabi musical, Munda Rockstar. He also hosts…

Love is in the flare

IF YOU want to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day, then look no further than my pick of the best flares this season. Showcasing 1970s nostalgia, flares are having a big moment. Love them or hate them, they work for most body shapes and can be dressed up or…

Black cops’ group urges ethnic minorities to boycott joining Met

The National Black Police Association (NBPA) has taken a historic stance by urging ethnic minority communities to boycott joining the Metropolitan Police (Met). This action comes in response to what they describe as discriminatory and unfair treatment towards Charles Ehikioya, the current chair of the Met Black Police Association (Met…

Redevelopment will add 1,240 new homes in Harrow

MORE new homes and a park are set to transform Harrow into a vibrant community after the latest plans were given the green light. Three sites in Harrow will be redeveloped as part of the scheme, including the former Civic Centre and abandoned driving school, which will also provide a…

Top Tamil movies of 2023 and where to watch them

IN 2023, Kollywood witnessed a notable shift compared to the previous year. Tamil cinema demonstrated that its identity extends beyond stars, heroes and box-office numbers, embracing a diverse range of films that left a lasting impact. For those seeking quality content on streaming platforms, here are some noteworthy Tamil films…

Former chancellor calls for memorial for Muslim soldiers

THE former chancellor, Sir Sajid Javid, has urged one of his successors to fund a memorial for Muslim soldiers who served and died fighting for Britain during the two world wars. Javid told the Commons this week that an estimated 750,000 Muslims fought for Britain during the first and second…

Hong Kong visa exposes immigration dichotomy

THIS was a tale of two anniversaries. As Big Ben chimed 11pm on January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom had formally left the European Union. Yet the fourth anniversary of that moment passed without a great deal of fanfare last week. The media sparring between the remnants of the referendum…

Arafat Jamal: ‘Book about expulsion was my father’s labour of…

ARAFAT JAMAL, a senior diplomat with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has called on Ugandan Asians not to lose their collective memories or their history. Speaking at the ceremony last week to wind down the India Overseas Trust, he referred to the work done by his late…

Differing identities of Haley and Harris

WALT WHITMAN wrote “I am large. I contain multitudes,” anticipating a multicultural America at its founding. Two of our politicians speak to the psychology of their multicultural identity in contemporary times. As the race for the 2024 US presidential election heats up, former South Carolina governor Nimarata ‘Nikki’ Randhawa Haley…

Imran Khan asks supporters to wait by poll stations after…

Jailed former Pakistani premier Imran Khan urged his supporters on Wednesday to wait outside polling booths after casting their votes, as rival political parties held large rallies to mark the end of the election campaign period. Pakistan goes to the polls on Thursday (8) with the jailing of popular Khan,…

Indian state to enact divisive uniform personal laws

AN INDIAN state where prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power is set to introduce contentious common personal laws that will apply across religions this month, a template other state officials said they will look to follow. Currently, India’s Hindus, Muslims, Christians and large tribal populations…

Russia turns to India for bananas amid trade tensions

RUSSIA has begun buying bananas from India and will boost such imports, its food safety watchdog said, after a spat with its biggest supplier Ecuador over the latter's decision to swap Russian-made military hardware with the US. The first batch of bananas from India was shipped to Russia in January…

‘The Kerala Story’ to stream on ZEE5 Global

Adah Sharma starrer The Kerala Story is set to begin its streaming journey on ZEE5 Global. Taking to Instagram, the actress shared the exciting news with her fans and captioned the post, which read, "FINALLY! SURPRISE! The most anticipated film is dropping soon on ZEE5! The Kerala Story premieres on…

Ugandan Asians invited to ‘invest in their motherland’

UGANDA’S president, Yoweri Museveni, has appealed to British Asians expelled by Idi Amin more than half a century ago to “build a living bridge between their newfound homes in the United Kingdom and the cherished homeland of their forefathers”. His emotional message was aimed at some 30,000 refugees – and…

We did it: Shankar Mahadevan on Grammy win

Dreams do come true, an elated singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan said after his fusion music group Shakti won the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album. The group, which also includes founding member, guitarist John McLaughlin, as well as tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram, won…

T20 World Cup a party with a purpose, says tournament…

THE Twenty20 World Cup in June will be an unforgettable party with strong Caribbean flavours that will help plant cricket firmly in the US sporting landscape, tournament director Fawwaz Baksh said. Six Caribbean countries will co-host the tournament along with the US, a market which cricket's powerbrokers see as crucial…

Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani announce separation

Bollywood actress Esha Deol and entrepreneur Bharat Takhtani on Wednesday confirmed their separation after 11 years of marriage. Rumours of their split were doing the rounds on social media for quite some time now. Esha and Bharat, who share daughters Radhya and Miraya, said the separation is "mutual and amicable".…

Popular Bollywood love story tropes

ALTHOUGH action is currently dominating the Bollywood box office, romance remains the most popular genre in Hindi cinema history. Not surprisingly, it has been explored in many different ways, including popping up unexpectedly in genres such as high-action thrillers, family dramas and even supernatural stories. With Valentine’s Day around the…

Tom Holland to make theatre comeback with new version of…

Hollywood star Tom Holland is set to return to the stage with a new iteration of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Holland, the star of multiple Marvel movies where he plays Spider-Man, will take on the role of the Bard's tragic hero Romeo in the West End production, to be…

CBI facing an existential crisis: New chief

The new president of the scandal-hit Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Rupert Soames, has admitted that he was trying to salvage the organisation from an existential crisis. He said the Guardian’s revelations about sexual misconduct at the lobbying group were “an appalling shock” that tipped it into a “near-death experience”.…

British Indian peer Baroness Shreela Flather passes away

PROMINENT British Indian peer Shreela Flather passed away after a short illness in the UK on Tuesday (6), her sons Marcus and Paul Flather said in a statement. She was 89. Known for her elegant sarees in the House of Lords, the teacher and politician was a life peer as…

King Charles’ charity patronage ‘shows commitment to south Asia’

KING CHARLES’S cancer diagnosis has shocked the whole country, but will be felt especially keenly by the British Asian community, for whom he has cared as long as anyone can remember. He said as much when his private secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, attended the Hinduja Diwali party in October 2022…

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: The fall of a qawwali king

THE late great singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan took qawwali to unimaginable heights before he prematurely passed away aged 48 in 1997. After his death, there was a void that had to be filled. His nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam, headed a qawwali group that should have been the natural…

Over 50,000 arrested in Sri Lanka’s major anti-drug operation

The government of Sri Lanka has announced that an extensive 50-day anti-drug operation in the country resulted in the arrest of over 50,000 individuals involved in criminal activities and the confiscation of narcotics valued at millions of rupees. Conceptualised by Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles and overseen by acting…

Ayesha Singh: A heart full of dreams

A GLORIOUS run on the hit TV serial, Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin, propelled Ayesha Singh to greatness with a girl powerinfused character. The young actress made such an amazing impact that she helped turn the romantic drama into a huge ratings winner with audiences of all ages. She also…

Bhangra Nation: Musical moves to its own beat in exploring…

THIS may seem a little ironic, but the Birmingham Rep’s new bhangra musical is an American import. Bhangra, a joyous harvest festival, first came to Britain from the Punjab with the first generation of Indian immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s, and developed British roots in and around Birmingham. And…

12 killed by blast near candidate’s office on eve of…

At least 12 people were killed and 25 wounded Wednesday (7) by a blast outside a poll candidate's office in southwestern Pakistan, officials said, on the eve of an election marred by violence and allegations of poll-rigging. The attack occurred near the office of an independent candidate in Pishin district,…

Truss launches grouping to take Tories more rightward

Despite her shortcomings as the prime minister, Liz Truss continues to maintain her presence on the political stage. On Tuesday (6) she launched a new movement dedicated to steering the ruling Tories in a more rightward direction. Truss spent just 49 days in office before she was ousted by her…

Greater Manchester launches tailored bilingual workshops to enhance maths abilities

In an innovative approach to adult education, Greater Manchester has rolled out a unique initiative offering budgeting and numeracy classes in Urdu and Punjabi, directly addressing the needs of its diverse community. This initiative is a part of the Multiply programme, introduced by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in…

British girl rescued from forced marriage to cousin in Pakistan

A 13-year-old British schoolgirl narrowly escaped a forced marriage to her cousin in Pakistan after her mother's desperate plea for help reached authorities back home in the UK, reported MailOnline. The girl's father had arranged the marriage without her consent, leaving her and her mother stranded in Pakistan under the…

Concern over Pakistan poll panel app’s safety

As Pakistan goes to the polls on Thursday, concerns are being raised over the safety of the new app promoted by the election commission. The Election Commission of Pakistan’s Election Management System (EMS) app is meant to swiftly transmit and tabulate election results, but some officials feel the software can…

UK patients first to participate in Moderna cancer vaccine trial

In a new development in the realm of cancer treatment, the UK has embarked on a pioneering journey by incorporating cancer patients into an international trial of an experimental mRNA therapy, known as mRNA-4359. This innovative approach, which is currently under evaluation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is at…

Charli XCX previews new song ‘Von Dutch’

Good news for the fans of Charli XCX! The British singer-songwriter has dropped a short preview of her new song ‘Von Dutch’. She took to the social media platform TikTok and shared a 20-second snippet of her forthcoming song with lyrics that ooze confidence, set to a catchy and high-energy…

Flying high with BAE Systems

FATIMA MUNSHI, 18, is a first year supply chain apprentice at BAE Systems in Samlesbury working on military aircraft programmes. “My role supports the development of Tempest, the UK’s next-generation fighter aircraft, at our cutting-edge research and development centre – FalconWorks,” explained Fatima. “I began working on Tempest in my…

Richa Moorjani: Audience calling ‘Fargo 5’ ‘woke garbage’ is ‘unfortunate’

Season 5 of the black comedy crime drama television series Fargo received favourable reviews from critics. However, a small minority of disgruntled viewers is calling it “woke garbage”. Reacting to the same, Richa Moorjani, who plays the Scandia deputy Indira Olmstead in the series, has said that she believes the…

Sunak relieved over early detection of King Charles’ cancer

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday (6) that he was “shocked and sad” upon discovering that King Charles was diagnosed with cancer, though he found solace in the fact that the condition was detected early. Buckingham Palace revealed on Monday evening that the King had commenced outpatient treatment for…

Sobhita Dhulipala: Dev Patel has exceptional taste in all things…

Actress Sobhita Dhulipala, known for her work in Amazon Prime Video’s critically acclaimed series Made In Heaven and Mani Ratnam’s two-part film Ponniyin Selvan, is set to foray into Hollywood with the upcoming film Monkey Man. The action thriller film also stars Dev Patel in the lead role. Monkey Man…

India hockey player accused of raping minor

Arjuna award-winning Indian hockey player Varun Kumar was on Tuesday (6) booked under the stringent POCSO act by the Bengaluru police after a woman accused him of sexually abusing her multiple times when she was a minor. The 22-year-old, in her complaint, said that she came in contact with Varun…

Teaser for Adah Sharma’s ‘Bastar-The Naxal Story’ out

Makers of the upcoming drama film Bastar- The Naxal Story, starring Adah Sharma, unveiled the film's official teaser on Tuesday. Taking to Instagram, Adah shared the teaser which she captioned, "A story coloured red with the blood of innocent people! Capture the untold story... Bastar - The Naxal Story. Teaser…

Indian embassy staffer in Moscow arrested for spying for Pakistan

A Lucknow court on Monday (5) sent an Indian embassy staffer arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI to judicial custody till February 7. The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday (4) said it arrested Satendra Siwal, a resident of Shahmahiuddinpur village in the…

Seven killed, 75 injured in explosion at Indian firework factory

A massive explosion at a firework factory in India on Tuesday (6) resulted in the death of at least seven individuals and injuries to 75 others, officials said. Video images on Indian broadcasters showed a tower of flame reaching high into the sky after the explosion at the firecracker plant,…

South Asian businesses in Canada hit by extortion threats

There has been a rash of extortion attempts on businesses run by the south Asian community across Canada and the police suspect the involvement of an organised crime racket located abroad, CTV news reports. The modus operandi of extortionists is as follows: make phone calls or send text messages demanding…

Sunak admits failure in fulfilling health service promise

Prime minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged that his government had fallen short in reducing the significant backlog of patients awaiting hospital treatment within the health service, conceding a failure to fulfill one of his key promises ahead of an upcoming election. Sunak set out five major policy pledges at the start…

Suparn S Varma to make courtroom drama on Shah Bano…

Filmmaker Suparn S Varma, best known for making courtroom dramas like The Trial and Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai, is now set to helm a film based on the court case of Shah Bano Begum. Suparn has locked the script and is in the process of finalising the cast and…

Happy and honoured to bring two Grammys home: Rakesh Chaurasia

It's surreal and overwhelming, says flautist Rakesh Chaurasia on his double Grammy win for "Pashto" and "As We Speak" with other musicians, including tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. "As We Speak", also featuring Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer, won in the best contemporary instrumental album category. The musicians also registered a…

Alia Bhatt to be executive producer for Richie Mehta’s ‘Poacher’

Streaming platform Prime Video on Tuesday announced that actress Alia Bhatt is turning executive producer for its upcoming Amazon original series Poacher. Emmy Award winner Richie Mehta of Delhi Crime fame has directed the crime drama, which is set to premiere on Prime Video on February 23. It is produced…

Cultural factors, mental health drive drug use in minority ethnic…

A new study has revealed that drug use in minority ethnic groups is shaped by a complex mix of cultural norms, mental health issues, gender, and migration experiences. The study was conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), in collaboration with RSM UK Consulting, and published on January…

Two killed in Bangladesh as fighting rages on Myanmar border:…

At least two people were killed in Bangladesh Monday after mortar shells fired from Myanmar during clashes there landed across the border, as terrified residents reported heavy fighting and medics treated several with gunshot wounds. Parts of Myanmar near the 270-kilometre (167-mile) border with Bangladesh have seen frequent clashes since…

King Charles’ cancer diagnosis comes just 18 months into his…

AFTER spending more than seven decades waiting to become sovereign, Britain's King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer less than 18 months since he ascended to the throne. Buckingham Palace announced that Charles, 75, would postpone public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment but was looking forward to…

King Charles diagnosed with cancer

KING CHARLES has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will postpone public engagements to undergo treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday (5), but added he remained "wholly positive" about the scare less than 18 months into his reign. Charles, 75, who became king in September 2022 following the…

Deepa Mehta to direct thriller about Indian woman serial killer

Known for helming such notable films as Fire and Midnight’s Children, acclaimed filmmaker Deepa Mehta is now set to direct her next film. Titled Troilokya, the thriller film revolves around an Indian woman known to be a serial killer. Bankrolled through pan-Asian film company Through The Lens Entertainment and India’s…

Militants attack police station in Pakistan, 10 officers killed

Dozens of militants launched an hours-long gun attack on a police station in northern Pakistan early Monday (5), resulting in the deaths of at least 10 officers, a senior commander reported. The assault comes just days before Pakistan votes in a general election that has already seen dozens of attacks…

Sri Lanka arrests 23 Indian fishermen for poaching

The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 23 Indian fishermen and seized two trawlers for allegedly poaching in the waters of the island nation, an official statement in Colombo said. The fishermen were arrested, and their two trawlers were seized on Saturday (3) north of the Delft Island, Jaffna, the Sri…

Cost-cutting Vodafone reports sliding revenues

British mobile phone giant Vodafone, which is slashing thousands of jobs, revealed Monday (5) that revenues fell in its third quarter on poor performance across Italy and Spain. Total revenues dropped 2.3 percent to 11.4 billion euros (£9.76 billion) in the three months to the end of December, compared with…

Navigating Uncertainty: Risk Management Strategies in Forex Trading

Discover insightful strategies for forex trading in 2024. Explore how geopolitical shifts, technology, and economic trends impact forex risk management and platform choices. Welcome to the world of forex and CFD trading online. This digital arena has evolved dramatically since the late 1990s with the advent of sophisticated trading platforms.…

Labour party aims to boost trade ties with India

Labour party’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy and shadow business and trade secretary Jonathan Reynolds on Monday (5) began a three-day visit to India to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties. The Labour leaders will visit Delhi and Mumbai to meet senior Indian politicians and business leaders and discuss their party’s…

Modi congratulates Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan for Grammy win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated musicians Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Rakesh Chaurasia, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Selvaganesh V for their Grammy wins. Taking to X, PM wrote, "Congratulations @ZakirHtabla, @Rakeshflute, @Shankar_Live, @kanjeeraselva, and @violinganesh on your phenomenal success at the #GRAMMYs! Your exceptional talent and dedication to…

Sunak family ties to Infosys spark Labour outcry over ‘VIP…

The Labour Party has asserted that Infosys received preferential "VIP access" following allegations in a media report that claimed the software services company was assured assistance for its expansion in Britain, a favour purportedly tied to prime minister Rishi Sunak's family relation with Narayana Murthy, a co-founder of Infosys. A…

Ambika Mod: Securing lead role in ‘One Day’ involved ‘rigorous…

Ambika Mod will shortly be seen in the lead role of Emma Morley in the Netflix adaptation of David Nicholls’ novel One Day. The 14-episode series takes the audience on a 20-year journey through the comedic romance of Emma and Dex, played by Leo Woodall. Each episode revisits the couple…

Labour proposes equal pay rights for BAME workers

Under a proposed race equality act, the Labour Party aims to broaden the scope of existing equal pay rights, currently afforded to women, for the first time, to include BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) workers, alongside individuals with disabilities, an exclusive report by The Guardian said. This initiative aims…

Aamir says he is ‘ready to work again’ after a…

Aamir Khan says he is back to movies after a short break that helped him reconnect with his family. The actor-filmmaker, who has produced former wife Kiran Rao's Laapataa Ladies, said the time away from movies helped him bond with his family. He revealed that he also started learning Hindustani…

Dev Patel set to marry long-time girlfriend Tilda

British actor Dev Patel, who shot to international fame with Danny Boyle’s 2008 drama Slumdog Millionaire, is set to get married to Australian actress, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, according to reports. A Reddit user recently announced that the actor will soon tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Tilda Cobham-Hervey. The user…

New US immigration bill to help kin of H-1B visa…

In a huge relief for H-1B visa holders, many of whom are Indian technology professionals, the new White House-backed immigration bill will grant automatic work authorisation to about 100,000 H-4 visa holders, who are their spouses and children. The National Security Agreement that was announced on Sunday (4) after long…

King Charles appoints his first female equerry

King Charles III has appointed his first female equerry, who will serve as the monarch's representative and assistant during most of his overseas visits and tours. Captain Kat Anderson, 33, is an officer with the Royal Artillery who has previously worked for prime minister Rishi Sunak. She will be the…

President of India to celebrate Swami Dayanand’s 200th birth anniversary

The president of India, Droupadi Murmu will be attending a ceremony on February 12 hosted by the Arya Samaj, to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, the organisation's founder, at his native place in Tankara within the Morbi district of Gujarat, the organisers said on Sunday (4).…

Grammys 2024 Winners list: Women dominate award night

From Singer Taylor Swift creating history at the Grammys 2024 by becoming the first person to win Album of the Year four times to Miley Cyrus winning the award for Record of the Year, women dominated the 66th Annual Grammy Awards. Check out the full list of winners: ALBUM OF…

Marshmello to perform in India in March 2024

Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Marshmello is set to enthrall Indian fans at the Sunburn Holi Tour. As per a statement, Marshmello will begin his India Tour with his first stop in Bengaluru on March 22, followed by his acts in New Delhi on March 23, Mumbai on March 24, and…

Grammys 2024: Five Indians bag awards, Zakir Hussain gets three

India shone at the 2024 Grammy Awards with five Indian musicians, including tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, picking up the coveted prize at a glittering ceremony in Los Angeles. While Hussain was India's big winner with three Grammys, Rakesh Chaurasia picked up two. Singer Shankar Mahadevan, violinist…

Bumrah stars as India down England to level Test series

FAST BOWLER Jasprit Bumrah took a match haul of nine wickets to lead India's 106-run win over England in the second Test on Monday (5) and level the five-match series. Chasing a record 399 for victory, England were bowled for 292 in the second session on day four in Visakhapatnam,…

Fusion band Shakti wins best global music album at Grammy

Shakti, a fusion music group comprising tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and singer Shankar Mahadevan, has won the 2024 Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album for 'This Moment'. The 2024 Grammy Awards were held on late Sunday night at Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena. 'This Moment' features Shakti founding member, guitarist…

Imran Khan, wife jailed for 7 years over illegal marriage

FORMER Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Khan were sentenced to seven years in prison and fined last Saturday (3)  by a court that ruled their 2018 marriage broke the law, his party said. It was the third ruling against Khan this week and comes ahead of…

Party with links to Mumbai attacks mastermind contests Pakistan polls

A new political party named Pakistan Markazi Muslim League, believed to be a new face of the banned groups of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, will participate in the February 8 general elections, according to a media report. A BBC Urdu report said some of the candidates…

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani gets India’s highest honour

LAL KRISHNA ADVANI, the BJP stalwart who catapulted the party into national reckoning with his Rath Yatra for Ayodhya's Ram Temple in the early 1990s, has been conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. "I am very happy to share that Shri LK Advani Ji will be conferred…

‘Turbans can lessen head trauma’

MORE research is needed to develop an advanced fabric for turbans, a scientist has said, as a new study last week revealed that such headgear can greatly reduce the risk of skull fractures. Researchers from the Imperial College, London and Sikh Scientists Network said last week that wearing Sikh turbans…

Irish nationalist makes history as Northern Ireland’s new first minister

NORTHERN IRELAND's parliament appointed an Irish nationalist as first minister for the first time on Saturday (3), a historic milestone in a state established a century ago to ensure the dominance of pro-British unionists. Michelle O'Neill's appointment, the delayed result of a watershed 2022 election, is the latest sign of…

Gill hundred helps India stretch lead to 370

SHUBMAN GILL overcame early jitters to smash 104 and help India stretch their overall lead to 370 on day three of the second test against England on Sunday (4). Gill was on four when he got an lbw decision against him reversed and an umpire's call on another appeal going…

Cine Workers Association demands FIR against Poonam Pandey

Model Poonam Pandey has created an uproar by faking her demise. From celebrities to doctors and politicians, people have been calling out the model-turned-actress for spreading false news about her death to create awareness about cervical cancer. The All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has also slammed Poonam. The body…

How to Withdraw Money From 1Win in India?

1Win provides a full range of services for withdrawing winnings. Below are all the requirements for withdrawing winnings, minimum limits, and processing times for transactions on 1Win. Guide to Withdrawing Money from 1Win in India 1Win offers a wide range of withdrawal methods popular in India. From traditional to electronic…

Available Sports for Six6s Betting

As you read through this review, you will learn about the many sports betting options and amenities that the Six6s bookmaker provides for bettors from India. When it comes to prominent sports disciplines and sorts of bets, the betting operator provides a variety of options. Attributes of the Bookmaker Known…

Mumbai event calls for more films on queer stories

Panellists at an event that seeks to empower LGBTQIA+ storytellers called for more films on queer stories driven by nuanced characters. The event on Friday was part of the culmination of the QueerFrames Screenwriting Lab. Led by The Queer Muslim Project, the Lab supports LGBTQIA+ storytellers with the tools, resources,…

Court dismisses case against Greta Thunberg and protesters

A public order case against climate activist Greta Thunberg and four other protesters was dismissed by a London court on Friday (2), with the judge criticising the "unlawful" conditions imposed by police at the time of their arrest. District judge John Law dismissed the cases against the 21-year-old Swedish campaigner…

Sunak reveals he ‘experienced racism as a kid’

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has shared insights into the challenges of growing up facing racism and the efforts his family made to ensure he assimilated into British society, including enrolling him in additional drama classes to eliminate any accent, The Guardian reported. "You are conscious of being different," Sunak told…

Indian Navy rescues 19 from hijacked ship off Somalia

The Indian Navy announced on Friday (2) that it had successfully rescued 19 crew members from a fishing vessel that had been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. This rescue operation marks the third of its kind this week, following a series of attacks on shipping in the region. A…

British teens sentenced to life for ‘sadistic’ murder of transgender…

Two British teens were sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday (2) for the "sadistic" knife murder of a 16-year-old transgender girl, an incident that shocked the nation. Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe, both 16, killed Brianna Ghey in Warrington, northwest England, in February last year, in what the judge called…

Poonam Pandey is alive, appears in cervical cancer awareness video

Poonam Pandey on Saturday made an appearance on social media and said she is "alive", a day after there were reports that the actor had died of cervical cancer. "I feel compelled to share something significant with you all - I am here, alive. Cervical Cancer didn’t claim me, but…

Pakistan seals plan to sell national airline

AHEAD of elections next week, Pakistan's caretaker administration is making binding plans for a new government to sell loss-making Pakistan International Airlines, according to the minister in charge of the process and other officials. In the past, elected governments have shied away from undertaking unpopular reforms, including the sale of…

Former chairman accused of downplaying racism allegations returns to Yorkshire

THE senior official accused of downplaying allegations of racism made by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq is set to return for a second stint as chairman of the financially stricken English county club. Colin Graves, Yorkshire's chairman from 2012-2015 having first saved the club from commercial collapse in 2002, was…

Imran’s party leads in women representation for Pakistan elections

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, which is under the leadership of former Prime Minister Imran Khan has allocated 53 seats to women, the highest number of tickets given to female candidates by any major political party in Pakistan for the elections set to take place on February 8, the media reported…

AR Rahman says using AI in music ‘has to serve…

The use of technology cannot be "gimmicky" and should be done with proper permissions, says music maestro AR Rahman, who has used AI software to recreate the voices of late singers Bamba Bakya and Shahul Hameed for a new track. Rahman is happy that artificial intelligence technology, which is a…

Alia Bhatt, Sharvari onboard next film in YRF Spy Universe

Alia Bhatt and Sharvari Wagh are set to lead the next Spy Universe film produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films, Variety reported. The Railway Men fame director Shiv Rawail will be helming the high-profile film. Alia and Sharvari will play super agents in the as-yet-untitled film. Rawail, who…

Britain needs 156,000 homes annually to manage influx of immigrants

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is under pressure to cut immigration as new figures indicate Britain must construct 156,000 homes annually to accommodate influx, reported The Times. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) predict that net migration will add an additional 6.1 million people to the UK population…

Student cancer survivor aims to raise awareness of the disease…

Faaiza Bashir, a 22-year-old student from Barking, has shared her journey of battling cancer at 18 to mark World Cancer Day on February 4. Her collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust aims to spotlight the critical signs of cancer in adolescents and young adults, particularly in the south Asian communities…

Spotify names Annural Khalid Pakistan’s first ‘RADAR Artist’

Rising singing sensation Annural Khalid has been named Pakistan’s first female RADAR musician of 2024 by Spotify, marking a significant career milestone in her career. Khalid has been acknowledged as Artist of the Year for 2024 by the leading audio streaming platform, under its RADAR Pakistan program. RADAR Pakistan, a…

Tata, Pegatron in partnership talks for iPhone assembly in India

TATA GROUP is in advanced talks with Taiwan's Pegatron to form a partnership to run an iPhone assembly plant the Indian company is building in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Tata is building the iPhone assembly plant in Hosur city,…

Big Jaiswal hundred steers India to 336-6 against England

OPENER Yashasvi Jaiswal produced a gladiatorial 179 not out to steer India to a commanding 336 for six on day one of the second test against England in Visakhapatnam on Friday (2). The 22-year-old smacked five sixes and 17 fours in his career-best knock, seemingly unfazed by his batting partners'…

India frees pigeon suspected of spying for China

A pigeon, held for eight months in Indian police custody, was finally released after being cleared of suspicions that it was spying for China. The bird was caught at a port in the financial capital Mumbai with "messages written in a Chinese-like script" on its wings, the Times of India…

Actress Poonam Pandey dies of cervical cancer

Actress and model Poonam Pandey passed away on Friday at the age of 32 due to cervical cancer, according to her media manager. A post on Pandey's official Instagram account read: “This morning is a tough one for us. Deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved…

Teaser for ‘Accident or Conspiracy: Godhra’ out

Makers of the upcoming movie Accident or Conspiracy: Godhra, starring Ranvir Shorey and Manoj Joshi, on Friday, unveiled the film's first teaser. Actor Ranvir Shorey took to X to reveal the teaser. #GodhraTeaser is all yours! Do tell us in comments if it was an Accident or a Conspiracy. #GodhraTeaser…

South Indian superstar Vijay forays into politics

South superstar Thalapathy Vijay on Friday officially announced the name of his political party as ‘Tamilaga Vetri Kazham’ (TVK). Vijay, in a statement, said, “We are not going to contest the 2024 elections and we are not going to any party. We have made this decision on General and Executive…

Haley takes on Trump at home turf of South Carolina

At a South Carolina barbecue joint, Nikki Haley attempted to inspire the crowd, despite polls indicating that Donald Trump is poised to significantly outperform her in the Republican presidential primary in her home state. "Head-to-head, Trump does not beat Joe Biden. I defeat Biden," the former South Carolina governor told…

Netflix unveils series and films slate for 2024

Streaming service Netflix on Thursday announced the list of old and new series as well as movies that will be released on its platform in 2024. The streamer is bringing back Squid Game with its much-anticipated second season in 2024, along with popular shows like Bridgerton, Emily in Paris, and…

Cyprus sham marriage ring busted, European police arrest 15

European police arrested 15 individuals in Cyprus linked to an illegal EU migration ring that facilitated sham marriages between Portuguese and Latvian women and men from India and Pakistan, Europol said. Two of the main ringleaders were arrested in Latvia and Portugal and 13 suspects were arrested in Cyprus, the…

Exploring the Study of Peptides in Gut Function

This all-encompassing guide delves into the most recent breakthroughs in animal-based research studies focusing on peptides that may have the potential to improve gut function, besides the following: Possibly lowering the inflammation in the intestines Possibly facilitating the repair and regeneration of the gut Possibly preventing the development of ulcers…

Labour gears up for swift transition as it sets sights…

Should the main opposition Labour Party secure victory in the next UK general election, as current opinion polls suggest, a familiar scene is expected outside the prime minister's official residence the following day: removal vans. The overnight transition, unique in major Western democracies, contrasts with the roughly two months' preparation…

Jay Shetty, Sadhguru to appear in Jennifer Lopez’s ‘This Is…

Jay Shetty and Sadhguru are set to appear in Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming musical film This Is Me…Now: A Love Story. The American singer and actress recently released the trailer for This Is Me…Now: A Love Story. The trailer has the Hustlers star journeying through dreamscapes and real-world hurdles in search…

UK at historic low in corruption index, India slips to…

The UK is at 71st position in the global corruption index out of 180 countries. India has slipped to the 93rd position, down from its 85th position last year. The position of UK is at historic low this year. The country also witnessed a significant decline among upper-middle and high-income…

India look for new ways to tackle England’s bazball attack

Facing pressure and limited resources, India must devise innovative strategies to challenge England's bold 'Bazballers' in the upcoming second Test, beginning in Visakhapatnam, on Friday (2). India is seldom stretched at home but following a dramatic loss in Hyderabad, they have plenty to ponder and the absence of injured Ravindra…

Priyanka-Nick ‘forced to move out’ of LA mansion

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have moved out of their Los Angeles home and filed a legal case against its seller. The couple paid a whopping amount of money in 2019 for their California mansion. They purchased the property right their big wedding in Rajasthan in December 2018. It boasted…

Sunak launches new business council for collaboration with top CEOs

Prime minister Rishi Sunak launched a new business council on Wednesday (31), establishing routine meetings with several of the country's top bosses, such as the chief executives of BT BT.L, Rolls-Royce RR.L, and Unilever ULVR.L. The newly-appointed council will be used to gain business perspectives on the global economic climate…

The Most Popular Sports to Bet on at Melbet BD

Find out what the most popular sports bets can be made on the Melbet site. What are the Melbet bookmaker's features and advantages for betting on sports. The instruction on how to quickly start betting at Melbet BD is written below. Popular Betting Options at Melbet in Bangladesh Want to…

Authorities demolish centuries-old Delhi mosque in forest reserve cleanup

BULLDOZERS have knocked down a centuries-old mosque in India's capital, a member of the building's managing committee said Thursday (1), during a demolition drive to remove "illegal" structures from a forest reserve. The demolition comes at a sensitive time in India with nationalist activists emboldened in their long campaign for…

Labour will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if…

LABOUR will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if it wins the next election and will look to cut that rate if needed, the party's finance policy chief Rachel Reeves told business leaders on Thursday (1). Businesses have long complained about a lack of visibility on everything from tax…

Ambassadors and diplomats from 42 countries visit Abu Dhabi’s BAPS…

In a remarkable display of intercultural solidarity, the Indian Embassy in the UAE hosted a special gathering on January 29, 2024, at the 27-acre construction site of the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. The event, attended by representatives from 42 nations, aimed to deepen mutual understanding and respect among…

‘Monkey Man’: Anupam Kher praises Sikandar Kher ahead of Hollywood…

Actor Sikandar Kher, who is best known for his work in Disney+ Hotstar series Aarya and The Freelancer, is gearing up to set foot in Hollywood with award-winning actor Dev Patel’s Monkey Man. Ahead of the worldwide release of the film, Sikandar Kher got a special shout-out from his father,…

Lewis Hamilton to leave Mercedes for Ferrari

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could be about to make a surprise switch to Ferrari for the 2025 Formula One season, according to several reports on Thursday. The Italian team want the 39-year-old Briton to partner current driver Charles Leclerc, according to the BBC, Sky, Autosport, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello…

Kate Hudson to lead Mindy Kaling’s new series

Hollywood A-lister Kate Hudson is set to lead Netflix’s upcoming comedy series inspired by the real-life saga of Jeanie Buss, President of the Los Angeles Lakers. Produced by Mindy Kaling, the 10-episode series promises a delightful exploration of family dynamics and ambition within the male-dominated world of professional basketball. “When…

Everything There Is To Know About Ipamorelin

Studies suggest one of the most selective growth hormone (GH) boosting peptides accessible for the study is Ipamorelin, a short synthetic agonist of the growth hormone secretagogue (GHS) receptor. Ipamorelin is popular among researchers studying the effects of GHS stimulation on development, muscular function, bone development, diabetes, and postoperative ileus.…

Korean artists to showcase their work at India Art Fair…

Korean artists are set to showcase their work at the world's largest art fair, The India Art Fair, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Korean Cultural Centre India participates in the Institutions section of the India Art Fair 2024. Korean Cultural Centre India will represent world-renowned media artist Lee…

Homosexuals are normal people, says director of ‘Kaathal’

It is a worrying trend that films in India today go through many forms of censorship, said Jeo Baby, whose recent film Kaathal – The Core shows Malayalam superstar Mammootty as a homosexual man, resetting the narrative of the gay community in popular cinema. The sensitive portrayal devoid of gay…

Age-related brain changes lead to increased pain sensitivity in older…

New research suggests that gender-specific alterations in brain regions responsible for pain perception due to ageing could be the reason why older women experience more pain. These modifications appear to increase pain sensitivity in older women compared to men, leading to heightened pain experiences. Researchers clarified that these gender-specific changes…

India budget focuses on fiscal consolidation in election year

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's government resisted the temptation of spending trillions of rupees on schemes for the poor in its last budget before an election and instead stuck to the path of fiscal consolidation to attract investors. The lack of social spending largesse is indicative of Modi's confidence in…

Labour launches new initiatives to win back British Indian voters

Amidst concerns of dwindling support from the UK's largest ethnic minority, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is implementing new strategies to reengage with British Indians. Recent initiatives include recruiting two community outreach volunteers, revitalising the Labour Friends of India group, and arranging a visit to India for senior shadow ministers David…

Indian American sentenced to nine years for healthcare fraud

AN Indian American was on Tuesday (31) sentenced to nine years of imprisonment for a $2.8 million health care fraud, the Department of Justice said. Yogesh K Pancholi, 43, a resident of Michigan, owned and operated Shring Home Care Inc. (Shring), a home health company. Despite being excluded from billing…

England’s Bashir to debut in second India Test

SHOAIB BASHIR will make his delayed test debut against India on Friday (2), while veteran James Anderson will replace Mark Wood as England's lone fast bowler in the second match of the series in Visakhapatnam, touring captain Ben Stokes said. Off-spinner Bashir missed the opening test in Hyderabad - where…

Chiranjeevi receives a tribute at Times square after Padma honour

Veteran Indian actor Chiranjeevi, who predominantly stars in Telugu-language films in India, was conferred the prestigious Padma Vibhushan Award for his contribution to Indian cinema by the Government of India on the eve of the 75th Republic Day. Expressing his gratitude for receiving the honour, the actor wrote on X,…

Netflix shares first look at Bhansali’s ‘Heeramandi

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's first streaming show Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar will premiere on Netflix in 2024 and the streamer shared the first look of the much-anticipated project on Thursday. Backed by Bhansali Productions, the upcoming show stars Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, Sharmin Segal, and Sanjeeda…

Zuckerberg apologises to US families for social media risks to…

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg who runs Instagram and Facebook issued a public apology in US Congress on Wednesday (31), where he and other tech chiefs of TikTok, Snap, X, and Discord faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers concerned about the risks children encounter on social media platforms. The executives convened by…

House of Lords approves first vote on Sunak’s Rwanda asylum…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak secured a victory in the upper house of parliament's first vote on his legislation aimed at reviving a plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda despite the bill facing several hours of criticism from lawmakers, who labelled it as unethical and unworkable. Under the Rwanda plan,…

EXCLUSIVE: Sadiq Khan: ‘I won’t let extremists stop me’

LONDON’S MAYOR, Sadiq Khan, has warned of dirty tricks to spread lies and misinformation about him during May’s mayoral race. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Khan said that those who do not like him will use deep fake artificial intelligence to try to discredit him. Last year (November),…

Boney Kapoor-backed firm wins bid to develop Film City near…

Bayview Projects, backed by filmmaker Boney Kapoor and real estate developer Bhutani Group, on Tuesday bagged a contract to develop the International Film City near the upcoming Noida International Airport in Uttar Pradesh, according to officials. The financial bid for the greenfield project was opened on Tuesday afternoon by the…

US to revamp annual H-1B visa lottery system to reduce…

The US has revealed plans for a significant revamp of its annual H-1B speciality occupation visa lottery, widely utilised by Indian IT professionals. This overhaul aims to reduce the likelihood of fraud and enhance the efficiency of the registration process. Separately, the US on January 29 has formally launched a…

Kangana Ranaut: ‘Tejas’ offers a profound insight into a soldier’s…

Kangana Ranaut’s ambitious film Tejas, which released in theatres on October 27, has found a whole new audience on ZEE5 Global. The action-packed thriller featuring the National Film Award-winning actress in the role of an Indian Air Force pilot landed on the streaming platform on January 5 and has been…

Hansal Mehta shares glimpse of series ‘Gandhi’

Makers of the much-anticipated biopic Gandhi gave fans a new glimpse from the sets. On the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday, production house, Applause Entertainment took to Instagram story, and shared a still from the series to pay homage. Directed by Hansal Mehta and starring Pratik Gandhi, the…

Leeds sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun shortlisted for two Royal Philharmonic…

Leeds-born sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun has been shortlisted for two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Awards: The Instrumentalist Award and the Large-Scale Composition Award. The RPS Awards, recognised as a significant event in UK classical music by The Sunday Times, highlight outstanding musical talents and initiatives that inspire…

‘Head of state’ security for India’s Davis Cup team in…

A BOMB disposal squad will sanitise the Islamabad Sports Complex every morning and two escort vehicles will shadow the Indian Davis Cup team as part of security arrangements, usually accorded to a head of state, to ensure the visiting tennis players’ safety and security. The national Indian tennis team has…

Airbus and Tata unveil India project to make helicopters

AIRBUS will build a helicopter assembly line in India with Indian conglomerate Tata, the European aircraft manufacturer said last Friday (26). The deal was announced during a two-day visit to India by French president, Emmanuel Macron. Airbus said the facility – which will take two years to set up –…

UK and India pledge ‘futuristic relationship’ on Republic Day

THE UK and Indian governments are striving to establish a modern relationship, Alex Chalk, the lord chancellor and justice secretary, said last Friday (26). He was speaking at the Guildhall in the City of London where the Indian High Commissioner, Vikram Doraiswami, hosted a reception to mark the 75th anniversary…

England Test victory ‘a wake-up call for India’

ENGLAND’S attacking “Bazball” style of play trumped India at home in the first Test, but pundits and cricketers on Monday (29) said the hosts remain favourites in the fivematch series. Rohit Sharma’s India lost the nailbiting opener by 28 runs in Hyderabad last Sunday (28) on day four of the…

Wealthy donors’ millions for Haley fail to deter Trump dominance

FROM Wall Street to Silicon Valley, wealthy donors have thrown tens of millions of dollars at Republican US presidential candidate Nikki Haley in an effort to keep Donald Trump away from the White House. They have learned a hard lesson – big money cannot win the Republican presidential nomination, at…

Court has butter chicken lawsuit on menu as two eateries…

BUTTER CHICKEN – one of India’s best-known dishes globally – is delicious and apparently also contentious, with two Indian restaurant chains doing battle in court over claims to its origins. The lawsuit – which has become a hot topic in India – was brought by the family behind Moti Mahal,…

Terrorist attacks kill 15 in Pakistan’s Balochistan province

In Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, heavily armed terrorists executed three coordinated attacks, including a strike on a high-security prison. The assaults resulted in the deaths of four law enforcement officers and two civilians. A subsequent gunbattle ensued, leading to the death of nine militants involved in the attacks. The attacks…

Imran Khan’s party fights to stay visible

FORMER Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan is popular in his constituency and ancestral homeland of Mianwali, but the political posters that line the streets do not bear his face and flags do not fly his colours. A relentless crackdown widely attributed to Pakistan’s powerful military has seen him and his…

Kavita Krishnamurthy: ‘Very scared of use of AI in music’

Even as some artists have started using Artificial Intelligence to push their music amid the debate over the challenges and opportunities it offers, legendary singer Kavita Krishnamurthy has said that there can be a lot of misuse of AI and she feels scared. In an exclusive interview with ANI, Krishnamurthy…

IMF revises growth rate for India while UK predicted to…

THE IMF announced on Tuesday (30) it has raised its 2024 global growth forecast to 3.1 per cent, citing unexpected resilience in major advanced and emerging market economies around the world, including the United States and China. The updated figure, released in the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, is…

Global warming reduces lifespan

CLIMATE change may take six months off the average human lifespan, according to a study which found that this phenomenon was disproportionately affecting women and individuals in developing nations. Average temperature, rainfall and life expectancy data across 191 countries from 1940– 2020 was evaluated for the study which was published…

Netflix drops trailer of Bhumi Pednekar’s ‘Bhakshak’

Streamer Netflix on Wednesday unveiled the trailer of Bhumi Pednekar's upcoming movie Bhakshak, about an investigative journalist who tries to expose a heinous crime. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's banner Red Chillies Entertainment has backed the crime drama, which is inspired by true events. The film is directed by Pulkit and…

Dentist shortage hits patients hard in UK

FINDING an NHS dentist is becoming increasingly difficult in the UK, forcing those who can pay to the private sector and those who cannot to avoid treatment altogether – or take matters into their own hands. Increasing numbers of dentists are turning their backs on the NHS in favour of…

Martin Bashir felt racism fuelled backlash after Diana interview, new…

Numerous emails connected to the probe into Princess Diana's infamous 1995 Panorama interview with journalist Martin Bashir featuring claims that Bashir deceived the Princess into agreeing to the exclusive interview have been disclosed by the BBC. Responding to a Freedom of Information request, the BBC disclosed about 3,000 emails related…

Fans select their top Shreya Ghoshal track ahead of UK…

BOLLYWOOD queen Shreya Ghoshal excels in captivating live audiences, evident in the sold-out tours she has performed worldwide. The superb singer with a bank of brilliant songs returns to the UK in February for big arena shows in London (9) and Manchester (11). Ahead of the tour, Eastern Eye asked…

Global appetite for rice drives Pakistan exports to record high

PAKISTAN’S rice exports are likely to jump to a record high in the year ending in June as India’s decision to curb its own shipments forces buyers to purchase more from Islamabad. The record exports are helping to alleviate tight supplies following the restrictions imposed last year by India, the…

Data collection for Adani-led Dharavi redevelopment scheme this month

A FIRM led by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani will this month start to collect the data and biometrics of up to one million residents as part of the redevelopment of a slum area in Mumbai that is considered one of Asia’s largest. The survey will be crucial in deciding who…

THE TOP 10 Abhishek Bachchan performances

ABHISHEK BACHCHAN has delivered a diverse range of performances in various genres across an acting career which began in 2000 with the cross-border drama, Refugee. As the popular actor celebrates his 48th birthday next Monday (5), Eastern Eye decided to mark the occasion by highlighting his top 10 performances, listed…

Pakistan central bank holds interest rates ahead of polls next…

PAKISTAN’S central bank on Monday (29) held its key rate at 22 per cent for the fifth policy meeting in a row and increased its full-year inflation projections. The governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said the decision was warranted due to “elevated” inflation – which was 29.7…

Indian national forfeits £118m from sale of drugs in Britain…

AN INDIAN national extradited from the UK pleaded guilty to operating a global dark web enterprise to sell “deadly and dangerous drugs to communities across America” and agreed to forfeit approximately $150 million (£118m) in cryptocurrency. According to court documents, Banmeet Singh – originally from Haldwani in India’s Uttarakhand state,…

Mumbai religious clashes spark demolition of Muslim shops

AUTHORITIES in Mumbai tore down several Muslim-owned makeshift shopfronts after religious clashes sparked by the inauguration of the Ayodhya Ram temple last week by prime minister Narendra Modi. Minor clashes broke out on January 21 in parts of Mumbai, including one provocative incident where Hindus chanting religious slogans passed through…

Nishant Malkani: ‘I have a long way to go’

DASHING actor Nishant Malkani has delighted audiences with diverse projects that have included dynamic roles in TV drama serials such as Preet Se Bandhi Ye Dori Ram Milaayi Jodi, Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega and Rakshabandhan - Rasal Apne Bhai Ki Dhal. The versatile talent is currently playing the lead…

Foreign residents challenge racial profiling by Japanese police

THREE foreign-born residents of Japan have filed a lawsuit against the government over alleged racial profiling by police, a case that would be the first of its kind, their lawyers said Monday (30). The three men – one born in Pakistan, an African American, and a Pacific Islander – have…

Muhammad Yunus to fight back against court cases

BANGLADESHI Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus vowed last Sunday (28) to overcome scores of court cases that his supporters say are politically motivated to achieve his environmental and economic policies. “Our dream is to create a new world,” 83-year-old Yunus told reporters outside court after he was formally granted bail…

Did pandemic restrictions affect Asian students’ degree results?

THE number of students of Asian origin who achieved a first-class degree in the UK has fallen for the first time, new figures show. The percentage getting top honours was 27.5 per cent in 2021-2022 compared to 33.3 per cent the previous year, with experts highlighting the devastating impact the…

Jasdeep Singh Degun: British star of Indian classical music

BRILLIANT British talent Jasdeep Singh Degun has been flying the flag for classical Indian music with world-class live performances, an acclaimed album, and global collaborations. The young sitar maestro has broken down boundaries with his artistry and new approach to composition without losing touch with his cultural roots. His impressive…

Sangeeta Dewan: Empowering parents to raise happy children

POPULAR BBC radio host Sangeeta Dewan is making a huge difference beyond broadcasting. The devoted mother of two has turned deep personal pain, including the loss of her husband and self-healing, into an inspiring journey of helping others as an award-winning life coach. She has created the Peaceful Parenting programme…

Walk away if you are not getting what you want

IT CAN be soul-destroying when you reach a certain age and find yourself still single, wondering what the hell is wrong with you. There are continuous questions such as, why does every guy I love dump me? What changes do I need to make in order for another human being…

Movie greatness of Gippy Grewal

IT WAS only a couple of decades ago when Punjabi cinema struggled, with few films being made and those produced facing challenges in global distribution. Music icon Gurdas Maan had been one of those who kept the sinking industry afloat with films like the acclaimed 1999 romantic drama, Shaheed-e-Mohabbat Boota…

Foreign tourists spend to attend Indian weddings

WESTERN tourists travelling to India are now adding Indian weddings to their itinerary, with some also paying for the cultural experience. Indian culture and traditions have fascinated westerners for ages and in recent times, movies, popular TV shows and social media have prompted visitors from the US, UK and Europe…

‘Indian Police Force’ review: Spin-off series of Bollywood cop universe…

THOSE familiar with the work of producer and director Rohit Shetty in Bollywood will know that his films are largely defined by stunning action and mostly poor storylines. While it’s easy to get away with a product that is style over substance in cinema, the same is not the case…

The Shahenshah of Bollywood

THE vigilante action drama, Shahenshah, generated a tidal wave of excitement when it was released on February 12, 1988. Amitabh Bachchan’s return to the big screen after more than two years away from it gave him another career-defining role and was the secondhighest grossing movie of that year. Tinnu Anand’s…

Comment: Tory flirtation with fascism is historic

THE far-right section of the Conservative party is plotting to get rid of Rishi Sunak. But, then, no one should be surprised. Fascism has always appealed to a section of the Conservative Party and indeed to many in English aristocracy. Here is a summary of a seriously regarded book, Hitler’s…

Hrithik Roshan: Special kind of Fighter

A STUNNING career filled with accolades, critically acclaimed performances and blockbusters has established Hrithik Roshan as one of the biggest movie stars of this generation. The Bollywood superstar has captivated audiences worldwide with his acting prowess, chameleon-like ability to transform into any character and magnetic on-screen presence. He has added…

Haley coins new slogan – ‘Make America Normal Again’

REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Tuesday(30) coined a new slogan - Make America Normal Again - ahead of the GOP's South Carolina Primary on February 23. "Our campaign has been flooded with notes and emails from folks across the country who want to make America normal again. They know that…

Nepal urges UK to consider demands of former British Gurkha…

Nepal's deputy prime minister Purna Khadka on Tuesday (30), appealed for a favourable response from the UK regarding the demands of Gurkha soldiers who retired from the British Army before 1997 and are seeking equal perks and pensions comparable to those of their British counterparts. Khadka, who is also the…

Badenoch says Post Office needs new direction

BUSINESS secretary Kemi Badenoch said last Sunday (28) that she had sacked the chairman of the Post Office amid tensions over the scandal of hundreds of subpostmasters wrongly convicted of theft due to faulty accounting software. An ITV television drama in early January that told the story of the subpostmasters’…

I don’t have a magic wand, says Indian football coach

INDIA ended their Asian Cup campaign pointless and goal-less and head coach Igor Stimac admitted his team needs players with confidence in front of opposition goal, a significant statement considering the likely retirement of talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri in the next few years. It’s no secret the Indian team lacks…

Imran, wife get 14 years jail in graft case

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan received a 14-year jail sentence on a graft charge on Wednesday (31), following a 10-year prison term issued the previous day, in verdicts that were handed down just a week before the country's national elections. Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were found guilty…

Charli XCX to be recognised at Billboard Women in Music…

Charli XCX is set to be honoured with the Powerhouse Award at 2024’s Billboard Women in Music Awards. Each year, the awards ceremony honours innovative artists who are successfully shaping the music landscape. The “Visions” singer will be honoured for her work alongside the LGBTQIA+ icons Kylie Minogue, Maren Morris,…

British Asian families suffer as poverty increases in UK: Report

MANY British Asian families are badly affected as poverty has increased in the UK to around pre-pandemic levels, a new report said. The UK poverty 2024 report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation published last Tuesday (23) said Asian households also have higher rates of child poverty, very deep poverty and persistent…

Rolls-Royce inks deal with Tendulkar-backed Indian firm

ROLLS-ROYCE on Monday (29) said it has signed an agreement with Azad Engineering for making complex defence aero-engine components in India. Hyderabad-based Azad Engineering is backed by legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. He also sits on the board of the company as an investor. As part of the deal, the…

Salman’s banner issues warning against fake casting calls

On behalf of actor Salman Khan, his production company, Salman Khan Films issued a statement clarifying that they are not associated with any third party for casting in films. The firm also threatened to take legal action against the fraudsters. "This is to clarify that neither Mr Salman Khan nor…

Avantika: Indian ‘films and stories feel very hero-centric’

Avantika Vandanapu, who plays the role of “bimbo” Karen Shetty in the 2024 revival of the comedy/drama Mean Girls, hopes that her being cast in the role is a chance to shut down prejudices for the South Asian community. In a recent interview with BBC Asian Network, the actress behind…

Ealing couple jailed for 33 years for smuggling cocaine worth…

A COUPLE in the UK, whose extradition was sought by India, has been sentenced for 33 years in jail for exporting more than half a tonne of cocaine to Australia. Arti Dhir, 59, and Kavaljitsinh Raijada, 35, from Hanwell in Ealing, west London, were identified by the National Crime Agency…

Sunak has not ruled out public inquiry into Nottingham attacks:…

FAMILIES of the victims of last June’s Nottingham attacks said prime minister has not ruled out a public inquiry into the incident after they met Rishi Sunak at Downing Street on Monday (29) evening. Barnaby Webber's father, whose son was fatally stabbed alongside Grace O'Malley Kumar, 19, and school caretaker…

South Asian Sounds Festival attracts megastars for inaugural festival

South Asia's finest musical stars are set to perform at the first South Asian Sounds Festival at London's Southbank Centre. From the 7th to the 10th March, a stunning programme of both classical and contemporary South Asian music features some mega stars of the South Asian music scene such as…

One Republic enthralls Mumbai crowd with their debut gig

The second day of the music festival Lollapalooza in Mumbai witnessed some captivating performances from One Republic, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, The Rose, Eric Nam, Keane, and Prabh Deep among others. It was One Republic's debut gig in India. The band members of the American band are Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins,…

Fans have told me not to take 4 year-break again:…

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was on a four-year hiatus before he returned to the movies last year, says fans' love for his three films Pathaan, Jawan, and Dunki is a sign that they don't want him to stay away from the big screen for a long time. Shah Rukh was…

AR Rahman recreates voices of dead singers using AI for…

Music composer AR Rahman has said that his team took due permission to use AI software for recreating the voices of late singers Bamba Bakya and Shahul Hameed for a track in veteran actor Rajinikanth's new film Lal Salaam. The two artists, who had worked with Rahman on multiple projects…

UK population set to reach 74 million in 2036

Immigration is expected to add 6.1 million people to the UK population by mid-2036, official projections that will add to pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak to reduce it in the run-up to an election. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday (30) the UK's population is projected…

Geraldine Viswanathan boards Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts’

Actress Geraldine Viswanathan has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' upcoming movie Thunderbolts after the departure of The Bear star Ayo Edebiri. Viswanathan, an Indian-origin Australian actor, has replaced Edebiri, who left the project due to scheduling issues, reported entertainment news outlet Deadline. The film, which was officially announced at…

Cancer: If something doesn’t feel right, speak to your GP…

CANCER RESEARCH UK analysis shows one in two people will develop cancer in their lifetime, with around 375,400 cases diagnosed each year. Cancer is when cells divide in an uncontrollable way, and if left untreated, these abnormal cells can spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms can be caused…

Indian Navy rescues 19 Pakistanis on Iranian boat from Somali…

The Indian Navy said on Tuesday (30) that it had successfully freed an Iranian fishing vessel that had been hijacked by Somali pirates. This intervention marks the second such instance within two days, following a recent surge in pirate attacks on shipping in the Indian Ocean. The warship INS Sumitra…

Sunak says 36-hour fasting every week part of his ‘balanced…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is known for his dedication to physical fitness, engaging in intense cycling workouts on his Peloton bike and having a weakness for mint chocolate and Mexican Coca-Cola. However, the Sunday Times (28) revealed that Sunak's self-discipline includes a weekly 36-hour fast, in accordance with his Hindu…

King Charles discharged from hospital, Catherine recuperating at home

King Charles and his daughter-in-law, the Princess of Wales, Catherine, were both discharged from the hospital and returned home on Monday (29), following their respective planned medical treatments. Charles, 75, who had spent three nights in hospital after undergoing a corrective procedure for an enlarged prostate, smiled and waved to…

Imran Khan sentenced to 10 years in jail for leaking…

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was handed a 10-year imprisonment sentence this Tuesday (30), a decision coming shortly before the country's forthcoming election, in which his party is notably hindered from competing effectively. Khan's sentence was handed down inside Adiala jail, where he has been confined for much of…

Virtual Data Rooms: Some Strategies for Smart Investment

Explore the economics of virtual data rooms and find a new way to optimize your investment. Here are some insights into selecting and managing VDRs for maximum efficiency and ROI. Virtual Data Room Economics: How to Optimize Your Investment Virtual data rooms (VDRs) are the silent power players in critical business…