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Grammy win an unforgettable memory: violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan

It was as if time had stopped, says violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan as he recalls walking up to the Grammy stage with his Shakti band members to receive the golden gramophone for ‘Best Global Music Album’. Shakti won the Grammy for "This Moment", the band's first studio album in over 45…

Bangladesh court steps in to save its wild elephants

Bangladesh's critically endangered wild elephants have received legal protection from the High Court, which has issued an order banning the adoption of these elephants and safeguarding them from exploitation. The court's decision suspends all licenses, preventing the capture of young Asian elephants for purposes such as begging, circuses, or street…

Tower Hamlets residents reject Scully’s ‘no-go’ area comment

Conservative party MP Paul Scully's remark that parts of the London borough have become a “no-go” zone has upset the residents and businesses in Tower Hamlets. The former London minister, who represents Sutton and Cheam, on Tuesday said he regrets sparking a controversy by claiming that parts of Tower Hamlets…

India unveils crew for historic ‘Gaganyaan’ mission

INDIA on Tuesday (27) introduced four crew members for its maiden 'Gaganyaan' space voyage, as it aims to become the world's fourth country to send a crewed mission into space just months after a historic landing on the south pole of the moon. Gaganyaan, or "sky craft" in Hindi, is…

Comment: Keeping politics and prejudice apart

Keeping prejudice out of politics is becoming increasingly fraught in polarised times. Taking to the streets to protest must be part of free speech – within decent democratic boundaries. That deal is broken if prejudiced placards, chants and slogans go unchecked – but undermined too when politicians declare every protestor…

Foreign criminals face deportation to ease prison overcrowding

FOREIGN criminals who commit lower-level offenses in the UK will face deportation rather than prosecution, as outlined by justice secretary Alex Chalk. The move aims to alleviate prison overcrowding and prioritise the safety of British citizens, reported The Telegraph. Chalk explained that foreign offenders, including shoplifters, thieves, and drug dealers,…

Abu Dhabi Hindu temple to open for public on March…

THE first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi, which was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi earlier this month, will be opened to the public from Friday (1), according to the temple authorities. The temple has been built by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) on a 27-acre…

Charithra Chandran to produce reality show based on ‘Kama Sutra’

Bridgerton star Charithra Chandran is set to produce a reality TV series based on the ancient Sanskrit-language text the Kama Sutra. Confirming the same, the actress said, “I am working on a reality TV show, which is inspired by the ‘Kama Sutra,’ for which I would be just behind the…

From guestlist to 2500 dishes, everything we know about Anant…

One of the world’s richest men, Mukesh Ambani is gearing up for the big fat Indian wedding of his younger son Anant Ambani with Radhika Merchant. The pre-wedding ceremonies are set to start on March 1-3 in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the home of Ambani’s massive oil refineries. Several high-profile personalities from…

British Airways supervisor on the run in India over visa…

British police are working with their Indian counterparts to trace a British Airways supervisor believed to be on the run in India after his role in an alleged £3 million visa scam from over five years came to light, according to a UK media report on Tuesday. ‘The Sun' newspaper…

British woman’s final words on social media highlights lack of…

In a post that made netizens sad, a British woman named Daniella T was detected with Cholangiocarcinoma cancer (bile duct cancer) and before she succumbed to it, she wrote a post on her social media. She published a heartfelt message on LinkedIn which garnered over 32,000 likes. Daniella T, in…

Ramaswamy urges mass deportation to address illegal immigrant crisis

INDIAN AMERICAN entrepreneur and politician Vivek Ramaswamy has called for the largest mass deportation in American history to address the crisis of illegal immigration in the US. While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event in Washington, Ramaswamy emphasised the seriousness of the situation, comparing it to war.…

Nottingham stabbing: Families accuse police of ‘ongoing mismanagement’

THE families of British Indian teenager Grace O'Malley Kumar and her friend Barnaby Webber, who were stabbed to death near their university in Nottingham last year, have accused the police of “ongoing mismanagement” in their handling of the case. Both the Kumar and Webber families issued a joint statement, reported…

Citi hires Viswas Raghavan as new banking head

Citigroup has appointed Viswas Raghavan as its new head of banking, according to media reports. Raghavan has spent over two decades at JPMorgan and was recently appointed as head of global investment banking. He is expected to join Citigroup in the summer and will replace Peter Babej, who will be…

Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan pay last respects to Pankaj Udhas

Ahead of the funeral of legendary singer Pankaj Udhas, several celebrities arrived at his residence in Mumbai to pay their condolences to the bereaved family. Musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Ustad Zakir Hussain were spotted arriving at the house of the singer, who passed away on February 26 after a period…

AI not just a threat to jobs, but to our…

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not just a threat to declining employment opportunities but also to the environment. In recent years, major technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Meta, have substantially increased their water consumption for cooling down data centres, raising concerns about environmental consequences. With millions of users relying on…

Rajinikanth and Sajid Nadiadwala team up for a film

Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala on Tuesday announced his collaboration with south superstar Rajinikanth, for a feature film. The filmmaker, known for backing movies such as Chhichhore, Housefull franchise, and Bawaal, shared the news on his social media account Nadiadwala Grandson. “It's a true honour to collaborate with the legendary Rajinikanth Sir!…

Maryam Nawaz takes over as first-ever woman chief minister in…

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, made history by becoming the first-ever woman chief minister of Pakistan's most populous Punjab province, a development described by her party as a "giant leap" for the country. The 50-year-old senior vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)…

I am a living proof that UK is not racist,…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has declared he is “living proof” that Britain is not a racist country as he sought to douse the Islamophobia row, The Times reports. He warned that all politicians had an obligation to be “careful” and not “unnecessarily inflame” tensions after the former deputy Tory chairman,…

Swords, headsets and Indian wedding for Zuckerberg’s Asia tour

Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg was in Japan on Monday on a mini-Asia tour involving sword-making, mixed-reality headsets in Seoul, and reportedly also lavish pre-wedding celebrations for an Indian multi-billionaire's son. Zuckerberg posted footage on Sunday on social media of a "special afternoon learning about making katanas" with a sword master,…

Ramaswamy, Noem top straw polls to pick Trump’s running mate

As Donald Trump appears poised to receive a third presidential nomination from the Republican Party, according to media reports, a straw poll conducted at a significant conservative activists' gathering indicated that Indian-origin biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem were tied as the leading candidates to become…

East Meets West Achieving: Home Décor Balance with British-Asian Fusion

Blending various cultural influences in home decor can result in a distinctive and harmonious living environment. A captivating fusion of British and Asian styles, combining East and West, presents an exciting chance to achieve balance and elegance in your living space. By seamlessly incorporating both cultures' traditions and design elements,…

UK launches competition probe into homebuilders

Britain's competition watchdog on Monday launched a probe into eight housebuilders, citing evidence that they may have shared information and "influenced" prices in a property market plagued by shortages. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had opened an investigation "into the suspected sharing of commercially sensitive information by…

Sunak warns of toxic political culture amid security threats to…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has issued a warning about the increasing toxicity in political culture, in light of reports that members of Parliament are encountering security threats due to their voting intentions in the House of Commons concerning the Israel-Gaza conflict. He issued a statement on Saturday (24) to condemn…

Tributes pour in for Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas

Celebrated ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, whose velvet smooth voice gave expression to the many colours of love, longing, and heartache in songs such as "Chitthi Ayee Hai" and "Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein", died on Monday after prolonged illness. He was 72. Udhas, who also made a mark as a playback…

Actors are not supposed to be crusaders, says Anupam Kher

Actor Anupam Kher says that while he has participated in protests in an individual capacity, he believes artists shouldn't act as activists. The negative impact of demonstrations and rallies is the subject of his next film Kaagaz 2. Directed by VK Prakash, the film highlights the hardships of an ordinary…

UK issues special coin to commemorate singer George Michael

The UK’s Royal Mint on Monday unveiled a new collectible coin celebrating British singer-songwriter George Michael, famous as a member of the group WHAM! and for hit singles such as ‘Last Christmas’. The new coin features Michael’s signature look and music from his debut solo album and second single ‘Faith’.…

Lahore crowd angered by a woman wearing print dress with…

A young woman went viral for wearing a dress with Arabic script printed but for the wrong reasons.  An angry mob charged at the woman who was spotted in Ichra Bazaar of Lahore city in Pakistan. A prompt action was taken by the police to save the woman as the…

Several Indian helpers in Russian army discharged: India

Several Indians who worked as support staff to the Russian army were discharged following India's demand, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday. It said India remains committed, as a matter of "top priority", to actively pursuing with the Russian authorities all the relevant cases of Indian nationals…

Air India’s new inflight safety video celebrates Indian classical dance…

Air India, recognised as India's foremost international airline, on Friday (23) launched 'Safety Mudras,' the airline’s new inflight safety video. This video combines essential safety guidelines with the vivid spectrum of India's rich cultural heritage. The project, a result of a collaboration among the distinguished trio of Prasoon Joshi from…

Priyanka onboards ‘To Kill A Tiger’ as executive producer

Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is excited to be part of the Oscar-nominated documentary To Kill A Tiger as an executive producer. The news comes as Netflix inks a deal to launch the film globally on its platform soon. On Monday, the award-winning actress took to her Instagram handle and treated…

India denies entry to Asian origin UK academic

A UK-based professor of Asian origin was denied entry by the immigration authorities at Bangalore airport in India on Friday (23) despite being an invitee for a function organised by the Karnataka state, according to multiple reports. Nitasha Kaul, who teaches at the University of Westminster, recounted her ordeal on…

Poor mental health among UK’s youngsters affecting their education, career

A recent findings from the Resolution Foundation highlight a significant shift in the landscape of workforce health in the UK. The report underscores a concerning surge in poor mental health among young people, adversely affecting their educational attainment and employment opportunities. Official figures reveal a notable uptick in mental health…

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas dies at 72

Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, best known for "Chitti Ayee Hai" and "Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein", died in Mumbai on Monday following prolonged illness, his daughter Nayab said. He was 72. Udhas, who also made a mark as a playback singer in many Hindi films, including "Naam", "Saajan" and "Mohra",…

Disney’s India unit to merge with Reliance: Report

India's Reliance Industries has signed a "binding pact" for a merger deal with Walt Disney's local unit, Bloomberg News reported Monday, a major shakeup for the country's multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. India's entertainment market is already one of the world's biggest, with the expected merger set to create a vast…

‘Laapataa Ladies’ to open IFFM Summer Festival

Kiran Rao's directorial Laapataa Ladies has been selected as the opening film of the second edition of the IFFM Summer Festival. The film will have its Australian premiere on 29th February at the festival ahead of its release on 1st March 2024, read a statement. Excited about the screening, Kiran…

‘Article 370’ banned in all Gulf countries

Actress Yami Gautam's action political thriller film Article 370 has been banned in the Gulf countries. While Article 370 has been riding high on success at the domestic and overseas box office, garnering praise from both audiences and critics alike, the ban in the Gulf is another dampener on the…

Conservative party not Islamophobic, says Sunak

British prime minister Rishi Sunak denied on Monday that his governing party has Islamophobic tendencies, saying comments by Conservative lawmaker Lee Anderson were unacceptable and that was why he had been suspended. Anderson said on Friday the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was under the control of Islamists in widely…

Indian-origin man arrested over deaths of Gujarati family trying to…

A man of Indian origin was arrested in Chicago related to an investigation of a human smuggling incident from January 2022. This case involves an event where a family of four, including two children from Gujarat, was discovered frozen to death. They were attempting an illegal entry into the US…

Buddha’s relics flown to Thailand from India for Makha Bucha…

A 26-day exhibition has been held in Thailand's Bangkok where a display of sacred relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples which are transported from India on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. Thousands of worshippers are paying a visit to this sacred relic housed at the Pagoda within the…

US Polo Assn announces Maharaja Padmanabh Singh as global brand…

U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has announced His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh (Pacho) of Jaipur, India as its new Global Brand Ambassador. Sawai Padmanabh Singh is a member of the Royal Family of Jaipur and is the current Maharaja of Jaipur.…

‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ to premiere on April 12 on Netflix

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's upcoming film Amar Singh Chamkila is set to premiere on April 12 on Netflix, streaming platform announced Monday. The upcoming drama will narrate the untold true story of the late Punjabi singer, who is referred to as the “Elvis Presley of Punjab''. Punjabi movie star-singer Diljit Dosanjh…

India beat England by five wickets to clinch Test series

India accomplished a nervy chase to secure a five-wicket victory against England in the fourth test in Ranchi on Monday and claim an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Chasing a modest 192 for victory, India cruised to 84 for no loss with openers Rohit Sharma (55) and Yashasvi…

Junior doctors begin new five-day strike over pay dispute

Hospital junior doctors in England started a five-day strike on Saturday (24), continuing their extended dispute over pay with the government which shows little indication of resolution. Junior doctors -- those below specialist, consultant level -- started joining picket lines from 0700 GMT, as part of a walkout that will…

India sniff series victory after spinners rout England

Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav combined to rout England in their second innings and put India on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth test in Ranchi on Sunday. Off-spinner Ashwin (5-51) and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep (4-22) shared nine wickets on a turning track to bundle out…

Sunak urges West to ‘be bolder’ in seizing frozen Russian…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said that Western nations should take a more assertive stance on confiscating Russian assets, which were frozen following the country's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Sunak, in an article in an early edition of the Sunday Times to mark two years since the start of…

Death threats have become a norm, says Labour MP

An Asian-origin Labour party MP has said receiving death threats seems to have become "a norm" for her, reports BBC. While sharing her experience on a BBC programme, Preet Gill, who represents Birmingham Edgbaston, said her job worried her "in a way I've never been worried before". This comes in…

Tories suspend MP Anderson over ‘Islamophobic’ comments

The Tories on Saturday (24) suspended their former deputy chairman Lee Anderson from the parliamentary party after he refused to apologise for claiming that London's Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, was controlled by Islamists. Pressure had been growing on prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories to act following lawmaker Anderson's contentious remarks…

5 Awesome Gift Ideas for Every Kind of Sister

Life might be full of challenges, but a good relationship can help you sail through the journey of life. Sister is one relationship who stands like a rock solid by your side and assists you during the ups and downs of life. Do you remember that day when you were…

British Indian doctor’s rock band embarks on nationwide tour

A 25-year-old British Indian doctor, who combined his passion for music with his medical career by forming a band with fellow healthcare professionals, has kicked off his first nationwide tour in the UK with the launch show in London recently proving a sell-out. Gulzar (Gulz) Singh Dhanoya started the indie-rock…

Nikki Haley loses home state, but refuses to quit

Indian-American presidential candidate Nikki Haley lost to former president Donald Trump in her home state of South Carolina, despite giving a better-than-expected fight in the Republican presidential primary. Refusing to give up, the 52-year-old two-time former governor of South Carolina on Saturday vowed to take the fight to the Super…

King Charles cheered by get-well cards

KING CHARLES was shown on Friday (23) reading and chuckling at some of the thousands of cards sent to him by well wishers since it was announced he was receiving treatment for cancer. Buckingham Palace disclosed earlier this month that Charles, 75, had been diagnosed with a unspecified form of…

V&A Museum London seeks Taylor Swift superfan for advisory role

London's prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has announced its search for a dedicated Taylor Swift superfan to join its advisory team. The museum is on a mission to tap into the insights of passionate fans, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of specific cultural trends and expand its connection…

Labour’s shadow minister criticised for lack of policy detail

SMALL business owners who attended an event in London were unimpressed by the lack of policy detail provided by Labour’s shadow small business minister. Rushanara Ali, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, primarily discussed the entrepreneurial spirit of her constituency and emphasised the importance of immigrant founders during…

BBC confirms a spin-off for hit legal drama ‘The Split’

The BBC has confirmed a spin-off series for its hit legal drama, The Split, nearly two years since the series came to a close with its third season in 2022. Starring Nicola Walker, The Split delved into the intricate world of family law, focusing on the lives and relationships of…

Khushi Kapoor remembers mother Sridevi on death anniversary

On actress Sridevi's death anniversary, her daughter Khushi Kapoor shared a heartwarming throwback picture in which her mother can be seen posing with her and sister Janhvi. Khushi took to Instagram stories to post the photo. The late actress looks beautiful in a blue saree and her hair is tied…

Indian artisans prepare gifts for grand Ambani wedding

Indian big fat wedding is scheduled for Anant Ambani, the youngest son of India's business tycoon Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and Radhika Merchant. The pre-wedding festivities are scheduled to unfold in Jamnagar, one of the biggest industries of Reliance in the Indian state of Gujarat, from March 1st to…

‘You have to learn to evolve with it’: Aamir Khan…

Superstar Aamir Khan on Friday said one cannot ignore the fact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking the world by storm and believes one should make the best use of the technology. “We will continue to see new kinds of technology (around us). AI is taking the world by storm,…

Indian American student in Illinois died from hypothermia, officials say

AN 18-year-old Indian American University of Illinois student, who was found dead last month, died due to hypothermia and acute alcohol intoxication with prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures significantly contributing to his death, authorities have said. Hypothermia happens when you have long exposure to cold weather and your body…

Shoaib Bashir triple strikes reduce India to 131-4

SPINNER Shoaib Bashir claimed three wickets in the post-lunch session to reduce India to 131-4 replying to England's first innings total of 353 on day two of the fourth test on Saturday (24). Joe Root led England's remarkable turnaround from a precarious 112-5 with an unbeaten 122 before the tourists…

Church of England mulls asylum seeker change amidst conversion debate

THE Church of England (CoE) is considering updating its guidance to clergy on supporting and ministering to asylum seekers, amid concerns that religious conversions are being exploited by people seeking to stay in Britain. The Church's role in the asylum system has been in the spotlight since media reports that…

Essential Tips to Wear Women’s Wedge Sandals

Wedge women’s sandals are a wardrobe essential– specifically in the summer season. They are more comfortable for you to wear a whole day long and easy to match with a number of clothes– such as trousers, dresses, shorts and a lot more. They are an ideal option of footwear for several…

Dentist who threatened to kill Labour MP detained

A dentist who had tweeted that he would kill his local MP has been detained in hospital, according to media reports. Amit Kerai, 34, had during a four-year campaign of harassment tweeted that Brent North MP Barry Gardiner would be "stabbed, shot, beheaded". Kerai appeared at the Old Bailey court…

Suresh Wadkar receives Lata Mangeshkar Award

Veteran playback singer Suresh Wadkar has been honoured with the Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award. Wadkar was felicitated with the award at an event in Mumbai on Thursday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presented him with special mementos. In 2021, he also became a recipient…

Manoj Bajpayee’s 30 years in cinema celebrated at Tagore Centre…

Actor Manoj Bajpayee, whose new film The Fable was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, celebrated 30 years in cinema at a special event organised by the Indian Embassy’s Tagore Centre in Berlin. The event, hosted by Trisha Sakhlecha, Director of the Tagore Centre, coincided with Bajpayee's presence in…

Braverman: Islamists and extremists taking charge of Britain

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman has claimed the UK is losing its identity as a great nation where different faiths and races co-existed peacefully because Islamists and extremists are taking charge in all walks of life. British Indian Braverman, with a Goan-origin father and Tamil-origin mother, writes in The Telegraph…

UK to access EU intelligence on gangs trafficking migrants

BRITAIN will gain access to the EU's intelligence on criminal gangs involved in human trafficking as part of a deal with the bloc's border protection agency, Frontex, in another sign of closer cooperation between the two sides after Brexit. The deal between Britain and the European Union will allow both…

Officer fired for watching dying Nottingham victims’ footage

A special constable has lost his job for watching footage of two students in their final moments after a brutal attack in Nottingham. Friends Grace O'Malley Kumar and Barnaby Webber lost their lives after a night out in June last year. The special constable viewed the footage on his police…

Indian company, 26 others face EU sanctions over exports to…

A company registered in India along with 26 others will face export restrictions under new European Union (EU) sanctions for their involvement in Russia's war efforts. The names of these companies have not yet been made public and will be later published in the EU's official journal. The other companies…

Netizens call out Google’s AI chatbot ‘Gemini’ for being racist…

Google’s AI chatbot released on 8th February called 'Gemini', received a lot of criticism from the netizens when they used it to create AI-generated images. The accusation of being racist towards the white people has been made by the users against Google's Gemini. The initial users who tried the chatbot…

Newlyweds Rakul Preet Singh, Jackky Bhagnani reach Mumbai

After a dreamy wedding in Goa, newlyweds Rakul Preet Singh and Jackky Bhagnani are back to the bay. On Friday, Mr and Mrs Bhagnani were snapped at the Mumbai airport. Rakul looked beautiful in a yellow Anarkali set with a golden dupatta. Jackky, on the other hand, opted for cream-coloured…

To come back to Bollywood with ‘Shaitaan’ is very special,…

Actress Jyotika on Thursday said she is thrilled to have made a comeback to Hindi cinema after over two decades with Shaitaan. The South star made her acting debut with the 1998 Hindi film, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, and went on to become one of the most loved female actors…

Onir’s ‘Pine Cone’ to be screened at BFI Flare: London…

Filmmaker Onir’s movie Pine Cone is set to be screened at the 38th British Film Institute Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival next month. The director said he is honored to have his movie selected for the festival, which is known as one of the world's most significant queer film events. It…

Islamophobia in UK tripled since Hamas attacks: report

ANTI-MUSLIM hate incidents in the UK more than tripled following the outbreak of the war between Israel and Hamas, a monitoring group said. Tell MAMA recorded 2,010 such cases in the four months since Hamas's deadly attack against Israel on October 7 sparked the conflict. That was the largest recorded…

Police make record drugs seizure in Southampton

British police said Friday that they had made what is believed to be its biggest-ever seizure of serious drugs. The National Crime Agency said that 5.7 tonnes (5,700 kg) of cocaine were found in a container at the port of Southampton on England's south coast on February 8. The drug…

Indian Bharatnatyam artist’s film on Brihadeeswara temple unveiled at UNESCO

Renowned Bharatanatyam artist and scholar, Bala Devi Chandrashekar, achieved a historic milestone at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris as her film centred on the Thanjavur Big Temple, also known as Brihadeeswara Temple, was unveiled in France. Titled Brihadeeswara – Form to Formless, the film provides a profound exploration of the…

Gopi Hinduja and the Reuben Brothers Continue to Dominate the…

Once again, the UK Rich List has a distinctly Indian feel to it. The Sunday Times newspaper has published their list of the wealthiest people in the UK, with Gopi Hinduja coming out on top with a whopping £35 billion fortune. The 84-year-old oversees the Hinduja Group, an international conglomerate…

Semiconductor consortium urges India to rethink digital duties

A global consortium of semiconductor industry groups has asked India to reconsider its plan to push for duties on cross-border digital e-commerce and data transfers at an upcoming global trade meeting, warning that India's stance will stifle its own chip design industry. Ministers from across the globe are convening for…

British energy bills to fall after 12 per cent price…

Most British household energy bills will fall from April after regulator Ofgem cut its domestic price cap by 12.3 per cent to its lowest level in more than two years. The drop, prompted by lower wholesale energy prices, will provide some respite for households struggling to contend with a cost…

Idli, rajma among top 10 dishes causing significant damage to…

Indian cuisine has always varied from region to region, the spices, the preparations and the ingredients are known for their uniqueness and their nutrition. However, a recent study led by Luis Roman Carrasco, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore, sheds light on the environmental impact…

Root leads England fightback in fourth Test

JOE ROOT hit an unbeaten 67 to rebuild the England innings after Indian debutant Akash Deep took three wickets to put the tourists in early trouble in the fourth Test on Friday (23). England, who are fighting to stay alive in the five-match series at 2-1 down, battled to 198-5…

Article 370 Review: Tells a worthy story powered by strong…

The film Article 370 has been in the news ever since the makers dropped its trailer a couple of weeks ago. Directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale and starring Yami Gautam and Priya Mani in central characters, the film delves into one of the most contentious and debated issues in Indian…

Shamima Begum loses appeal over citizenship removal

A woman stripped of her British citizenship after leaving the country as a teenager to marry a Daesh (Islamic State group) fighter lost her appeal against the decision on Friday (23). London's Court of Appeal rejected all five arguments presented by Shamima Begum, 24, although she can still take the…

Restaurant owner denies trying to spike woman’s drink

A man who operates two Michelin-starred restaurants has denied attempting to spike a woman's drink at an upscale club in Mayfair, London. Vikas Nath, 61, hailing from Kensington, faces allegations of trying to administer a substance with the intent of rendering a woman unconscious or incapacitated to facilitate sexual activity.…

Dr Samir Shah’s appointment as BBC chairman confirmed

India-born media executive Dr Samir Shah was on Thursday confirmed as the new BBC chairman after his selection cleared the stages of scrutiny to be approved by King Charles III this week. Shah, who has worked in UK broadcasting for over 40 years, was picked as the government's preferred candidate…

Nasa’s Odysseus mission honours Hindu spiritual leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Nasa's Odysseus spacecraft, part of the private IM-1 mission, is on its voyage to the Moon, bearing a special tribute to the revered Hindu guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, media reports said. This homage is manifested in an etching developed by Relative…

Massive leak shows Chinese firm hacked Indian govt offices: analysts

A Chinese tech security firm was able to breach foreign governments, including India, infiltrate social media accounts, and hack personal computers, a massive data leak analysed by experts this week revealed. The trove of documents from I-Soon, a private company that competed for Chinese government contracts, shows that its hackers…

What makes Biryani different from Pulao? Know the uniqueness of…

The rice preparations, Biryani and Pulao are two delicious dishes loved around the world, each with its special taste. Originating in the Indian subcontinent, these dishes have changed over the years, influenced by various cultures. Even though both are made with rice, the flavours, and their history make them unique…

Bas Javid: My background helps bring compassion to tackling illegal…

BAS JAVID, who has been tasked with policing illegal immigration, has said his immigrant background enables him to bring compassion to the role. Javid was appointed director general for immigration enforcement at the Home Office in November last year. With a budget exceeding £779 million and a staff of more…

Indian court offers temporary protection for Byju’s

INDIAN edtech firm Byju's said Wednesday (21) a court had given it temporary protection in its fight against a group of shareholders trying to sack the company's billionaire founder. Byju's, which is controlled by CEO Byju Raveendran, was once one of India's most valuable start-ups as demand for its online…

X takes down accounts related to farmers’ protest after Indian…

Social media platform X said on Thursday it took down certain accounts and posts following an order by the Indian government, which local media reports say are linked to ongoing protests by farmers demanding higher prices for crops. The platform formerly known as Twitter did not provide details of the…

India ready for turner in fourth Test after Stokes questions…

INDIA said Thursday (22) they are primed for whatever the pitch has in store for the fourth Test but expect it to favour spinners, after England captain Ben Stokes said he "had never seen anything like" the Ranchi wicket. Rohit Sharma's hosts are looking to seal the series in the…

King Charles ‘reduced to tears’ by support after cancer diagnosis

KING CHARLES said during a meeting with prime minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (21) he had been reduced to tears by messages of good will following his cancer diagnosis. King met Sunak in person for their weekly audience for the first time since announcing his diagnosis. The palace announced earlier…

Modi says committed to Indian farmers’ welfare

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday his government is committed to the welfare of farmers and is on a mission to make them entrepreneurs and exporters, amid a protest by thousands of farmers seeking higher prices for their produce. Modi's comments on farmers were his first since the…

Trump says Vivek Ramaswamy in his VP shortlist

Indian-American biotech entrepreneur-turned-politician Vivek Ramaswamy is amongst the names that former president and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is considering as his running mate for the 2024 presidential polls. During a Fox News town hall event on Tuesday, the host asked Trump about six possible choices for his vice presidential shortlist…

Chaos in parliament over Gaza ceasefire vote

DOZENS of lawmakers stormed out of Britain's parliament on Wednesday (21) with tempers flaring as the three biggest political parties sought to outmanoeuvre each other over a vote on a ceasefire in Gaza. The uproar followed a decision by the speaker to ignore precedent and allow a vote which helped…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop condemning us for fighting racism

VICTIMS of racism are being attacked for speaking out and highlighting the problem, former chief crown prosecutor, Nazir Afzal, has told Eastern Eye. His comments come as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has asked Afzal to head a panel to investigate its internal culture. The 61-year-old is no stranger…

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…

Lillete Dubey’s new play portrays love in a time of…

THEATRE veteran Lillete Dubey’s new play is an ode to the human spirit and resilience – with a touch of humour and lots of love, as she puts it, exploring the dynamics of relationships during the Covid-19 lockdown. After receiving rave reviews and standing ovations across India as well as…

Vaccination urged as measles cases soar in West Midlands

HEALTH experts have urged West Midlands residents to get the measles vaccine as cases in the region are spreading in “disproportionately high rates”. Figures published earlier this month showed 329 of 465 (71 per cent) cases across England from October to February were in the region. The sharp rise over…

Former chancellor Sajid Javid Knighted as ‘proud family’ watches on

FORMER chancellor Sajid Javid was honoured with a knighthood by the Prince of Wales for his contribution to politics and public service on Wednesday (21). Javid described his knighthood as a “tremendous honour” after he was recognised for his achievements in the New Year’s Honours List announced in last December,…

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…

Chila Burman’s tiger in shortlist for London’s Fourth Plinth

CHILA BURMAN, often lauded as the “Punjabi lass from Liverpool”, has been shortlisted along with six other artists for the much sought-after space on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Two winners will be announced next month and their works installed in 2026 and 2028, respectively. The Fourth Plinth, which…

Indian state sets Kathak dance record with 1,484 dancers

Khajuraho, situated in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, India, stands as a testament to cultural richness with its UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recently, the historic town witnessed an extraordinary spectacle during the 50th Khajuraho Dance Festival, as 1,484 Kathak dancers gracefully moved to the rhythm of ‘Raag Basant’, etching…

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…

Devi Sri Prasad: Master of rhythm and melody

DEVI SRI PRASAD made history in London with back-to-back arena concerts in Telugu and Tamil over an action-packed weekend in January,. The two blockbuster shows confirmed that the musician is one of India’s most popular and talented artists. It added to the singer, songwriter and composer’s impressive achievements, which include…

Garden club puts Bangladeshi women in touch with their lost…

THE Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be delighted to learn that Bangladeshi women in the East End of London are taking up gardening and growing vegetables and herbs that remind them of the green fields of Sylhet in the subcontinent. The RHS, which is working hard to increase diversity both…

Enduring legacy of ‘Kabhi Kabhie’

WHEN Kabhi Kabhie was released in cinemas on February 27, 1976, it took everyone by surprise. It was a great romantic movie made during an era dominated by action and presented a reigning superstar in a way thought unimaginable. By combining the rule-breaking approach with a strong storyline, a big…

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…

Tanishaa Mukerji: Dynamic dreams on the dancefloor

ACTRESS Tanishaa Mukerji stepped outside her comfort zone to participate in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 11 and captivated audiences with eye-catching dance performances. Though her stint on the show has come to an end, she described her pride at having embraced the challenge of the dance floor. Shortly after leaving…

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…

Asian substance use addicts ‘not supported’ by rehab units

RESEARCHERS have called for more equitable access to drug treatment and support for people in minority ethnic groups after a study found they faced barriers such as stigma and lack of culturally competent services or ones they have no faith in them. Funded by the Department of Health and Social…

Sumbul Touqeer: Finding that beautiful balance

SHE may be just 20 years old, but Sumbul Touqeer has already achieved remarkable success, portraying two title roles in hit drama serials. The gifted actress has followed up a winning performance in Imlie with her current show, Kavya – Ek Jazbaa, Ek Junoon. The television star has also become…

Tokyo’s new digital art museum draws tourists

IT’S immersive, interactive and, of course, Instagrammable – and now the digital art of Japanese collective teamLab, a major tourist draw, has a new home in the country’s tallest skyscraper in Tokyo. A shifting vortex of spotlights and a mirror room filled with ethereal “wobbling” orbs are among the brand-new…

‘Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya’ is an experiment gone…

A MAN accidentally falls in love with a remarkably life-like robot and tries to get her out of his system. When that doesn’t happen, he reconnects with the attractive cyborg and introduces her to his family as his fiancé. What follows is a comedy of errors and an extended family…

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…

‘Grandmother’s daughter’ review: Hilarious storytelling by a charming new comic

IF great stand-up stars mine comedy gold from their own lives, then Priya Hall has a treasure trove of sparkling gems to choose from. Whether it is being born into a mixed heritage family, coming out as queer, quitting her job to pursue a comedy career, dumping her long-term boyfriend…

Kanda: Musical power of meaningful songs

RISING British music star Kanda has garnered attention with top tracks like Latino Heat, his collaboration with Panjabi MC, and the poignant IHGYN. The singer-songwriter from Coventry has sustained that momentum with the release of his latest song, Unanswered Questions, which is a slower, emotionfilled number inspired by a break-up.…

Japan’s 1000-year-old ‘naked man’ festival comes to end due to…

"Jasso, joyaso" (meaning "evil, be gone") chants reverberated through a cedar forest in northern Japan's Iwate region. This age-old tradition, where men clad in loincloths jostle in a 1000-year-old celebration known as the Somin-sai festival, also known as the 'naked man' festival, was celebrated for the last time because of…

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…

NHS waiting list ‘will be revamped’

ENGLAND’S health service will move about 40,000 pending child consultations for ADHD, autism and other conditions from its main waiting list, a person with direct knowledge of the change said, trimming the politically sensitive list ahead of an expected election. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has vowed to reduce wait times…

Farhan Sattar: Life-saving urgency of organ donation

THE life-saving issue of organ donation, which is rarely discussed, has directly affected many within the south Asian community due to a shortage of donors and subsequent lack of matches. Farhan Sattar was one of those affected, who didn’t get a lifesaving heart donation in time and sadly passed away…

‘Dillagi’ UK tour review: British qawwali group delivers a performance…

LIKE an athlete, who puts in maximum effort and can barely walk after a race, Chand Ali Khan gave it his all in a high-intensity performance that lasted more than two hours without a break. The young British singer, backed by an equally hardworking group, enthralled a sell-out audience at…

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…

Navigating grief

A NEW YEAR often brings fresh hope, but sadness or memories from the past can also linger. As we have eased into 2024 and transitioned into new beginnings, consider sparing a thought for the many who hold the heavier weight of grief. Whether it’s the recent loss of a loved…

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…

Muhammad Yunus ejected from two firms he helped found

A BANGLADESH bank confirmed last Saturday (17) it had ousted Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus from two businesses he founded, weeks after his conviction in a criminal case his supporters say was politically motivated. Yunus, 83, is credited with lifting millions out of poverty with his pioneering microlender Grameen…

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…

Women’s team coach breaks down describing gender bias in Indian…

INDIA women’s hockey coach and former Olympic gold medallist Janneke Schopman has hit out at the gender disparity in the country, both in sport and society. Schopman, the first woman to coach an Indian national hockey team, broke down as she described the preferential treatment enjoyed by the men’s team. “I…

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…

GottaBe! Marketing champions inclusivity with multicultural marketing

TOMASZ DYL was just 17 when he founded GottaBe! Marketing Agency. His vision was clear from the outset; to create a bridge between brands and ethnic minorities, fostering a marketing model that is inclusive and accessible to all. Since its inception as a PR agency focused on the Polish community,…

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…

Sonia Gandhi steps down from frontline politics

SONIA GANDHI, one of the most prominent leaders of India’s main opposition Congress party, will not contest the upcoming elections, citing her increasing age and depleting health, according to a letter she has written to her constituency. She will continue to have a significant role in Indian politics though, as…

Delhi bolsters maritime defence with Airbus patrol aircraft order

THE INDIAN government last Friday (16) gave initial approval for purchase of 15 maritime patrol aircraft from Airbus and six air-refuel aircraft, officials said. The defence acquisition coucil, the top defence ministry body for arms acquisition, approved projects worth ₹845.6 billion (£8.07 billion) for the country’s armed forces and coast…

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…

England’s ‘Bazball’ approach at crossroads

ENGLAND’S hyper-attacking “Bazball” approach is coming under intense scrutiny after a crushing Test defeat in India but captain Ben Stokes appears determined to stick to his guns. The visitors slumped to a humiliating 434-run loss in the third match of the series in Rajkot – England’s biggest defeat in terms…

End to recession in sight as Britons begin spending again

BRITISH retail sales jumped by the most in almost three years in January as consumers recovered their appetite for spending, suggesting the economy could emerge quickly from its recession in the second half of last year. Sales volumes increased by 3.4 per cent from December and January’s jump was the…

Anmol Kharb seals historic gold for Indian badminton team

ANMOL KHARB yet again performed when it mattered, winning the decisive fifth rubber to lead Indian women to a historic Badminton Asia Team Championships title with a tight 3-2 victory over a depleted Thailand in Malaysia on Sunday (18). The young sprightly group of Indian women’s team, led by seasoned…

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…