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Salman Khan returns as host of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’

Missing the Bigg Boss drama? If yes, then Salman Khan is set to return with the third season of Bigg Boss OTT. Taking to their official Instagram handle, Endemol Shine India shared a graphic poster of Salman Khan announcing the upcoming season. Sharing the poster, they wrote, "Ready for the…

Sanjay Shah behind £1.44bn Danish tax fraud, UK court told

BRITISH trader Sanjay Shah and his Solo Capital hedge fund orchestrated the bulk of an alleged £1.44 billion fraud against Danish taxpayers, a lawyer for the Copenhagen tax authority told a London court on Monday (15). Laurence Rabinowitz said most of the 17 sets of co-defendants in the complex case…

Middle East crisis: India asks airlines to carry out risk…

AMID escalating tensions in the Middle East, India's civil aviation ministry has asked airlines to carry out their own risk assessment on international flight operations. Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and various international airlines have opted for alternative flight paths to the West and are avoiding the Iranian airspace against the…

Breast cancer may claim million lives per year by 2040:…

BREAST CANCER is now the world's most common carcinogenic disease, with the ailment likely to cause a million deaths a year by 2040, , a new Lancet commission has found. Around 7.8 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in five years till the end of 2020 and about 685,000…

Keanu Reeves to voice Shadow in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

Keanu Reeves has joined the popular franchise Sonic the Hedgehog for its third instalment, where he will voice the character of Shadow. This casting news was confirmed by Variety and marks a significant addition to the established voice cast, which already includes Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic and Jim…

Three Ways to Invest in UK Sport

When it comes to investments, tech and property are usually the go-to options. Yet entertainment, particularly sports, are big earners which can generate large sums of revenue each year. Inevitably, this means investment in sport can be particularly lucrative. Below, we discuss some of the options and companies available when…

Asian billionaire buys Queen Elizabeth’s car

FOR Yohan Poonawalla, a collector of classic cars, Queen Elizabeth’s blue Range Rover holds a special place as it comes packed with many surprises. While the car looks like any other Range Rover, what made Poonawalla shell out £224,850 was the fact that it retained the old number plate, The…

UK makes creating sexually explicit deepfakes without consent a crime

The UK government on Tuesday announced that the creation of sexually explicit deepfake images without consent will be criminalised under a new law currently moving through Parliament. Deepfakes are digitally altered videos and images made to look highly realistic, often without the subject's knowledge or consent. Individuals who engage in…

Sunak’s ‘smoke-free generation’ bill opposed by Tories

Prime minister Rishi Sunak was met with vehement opposition to his proposal aimed at effectively prohibiting smoking for individuals aged 15 and under, as a fresh bill was introduced for a vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Sunak introduced the Tobacco and Vapes Bill to effectively ban the…

Researchers unveil Stonehenge’s mysterious connection to the Moon

For more than 5000 years, Stonehenge has intrigued historians, archaeologists, and visitors alike. This ancient monument and burial site in southern England is known for its enigmatic stone circle, but its true purpose has remained a mystery. A very recent research suggests a possible connection between Stonehenge and the Moon,…

IMF raises India’s growth forecast to 6.8 per cent

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday (16) raised India’s growth projection to 6.8 per cent from its January forecast of 6.5 per cent citing bullish domestic demand conditions and a rising working-age population. With this, India continues to be the fastest growing economy of the world, ahead of China’s…

Nikki Haley joins Hudson Institute think tank

INDIAN AMERICAN politician and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has joined the Hudson Institute, the think tank announced. “Nikki is a proven, effective leader on both foreign and domestic policy,” Hudson president and CEO John P Walters said in a statement. “In an era of worldwide political upheaval, she…

Paris 2024: Olympic torch lit in ancient birthplace of the…

The Olympic torch for the Paris 2024 Games was officially lit in ancient Olympia on Tuesday, initiating the final phase of the seven-year preparations for the Games, set to begin on July 26. Due to overcast weather, Greek actress Mary Mina, portraying the role of a high priestess, used a…

Pakistan needs 2-3 years to implement IMF reforms: Finance Minister

Pakistan would need two or three years to implement structural reforms prescribed by the IMF, Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb has said, warning that the country would be looking for another bailout programme if it fails. The finance minister is currently in the US to attend the spring meetings of the…

Aamir Khan lodges FIR over alleged deepfake political ad

Actor Aamir Khan is the latest among a host of celebrities who have fallen victim to deepfake videos. Amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, a video of the actor purportedly promoting a political party recently went viral, evoking reactions from the audience. On Tuesday, Aamir's official spokesperson issued a statement,…

From Amitabh Bachchan to Salman Khan: 5 Bollywood superstars who…

Bollywood stars descending to the small screen has been in trend for a long time now. Several renowned actors stepped into the shoes of television hosts and entertained the audience on the small screen. Let’s take a look at the top five Bollywood superstars who rocked as TV hosts, adding…

Modi warns of ‘black money’ in politics after court scraps…

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that a recent Indian top court ruling eliminating a controversial political funding mechanism could drive party donations underground into "black money," or illicit finance streams. The Supreme Court of India ruled in February that "electoral bonds" — a system introduced seven years ago…

Controversial TikTok personality Kyle Marisa Roth dies at 36

TikTok personality Kyle Marisa Roth, known for her unvarnished opinions on celebrities and controversial Hollywood "blind items," has died at the age of 36. Her passing was announced on April 15 by her sister Lindsay, who shared the news with fans on Instagram. In her post, Lindsay Roth shared the…

Muslim school student in London loses court challenge over prayer…

A Muslim student's legal challenge against a ban on prayer rituals at a leading London school was dismissed by a court on Tuesday. The case, centering on religious freedoms within schools, attracted nationwide interest. The student, whose identity remains confidential, had filed a lawsuit against Michaela Community School in northwest…

Hundreds in Leicester celebrate Ram Navami

Leicester recently witnessed a vibrant celebration as hundreds of young people gathered to honour Ram Navami of the Hindu deity Lord Rama. The event, organised by the Youth Association Ramdoot Seva Sangh, Shree Sanatan Mandir Temple, and the Shree Hanuman Temple, brought the community together for a day of prayers,…

Two arrested for firing at Salman Khan’s house

TWO people were arrested in connection with the firing outside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's residence in Mumbai on Sunday morning. The duo - Vicky Gupta (24) and Sagar Pal (21) - both residents of Bihar state, were on the run after the incident. They were apprehended late Monday from a…

‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ first Asian American star…

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Crystal Kung Minkoff has announced her exit from the show after three seasons. Confirming the same in an Instagram video, she said, “I just wanted to share the news that I will not be coming back to film Season 14 of Real Housewives…

5 must-watch Bengali films on ZEE5 Global

As Bengalis around the world celebrate Poila Baisakh, the Bengali New Year, it is time to immerse in the vast library of Bengali cinema on ZEE5 Global. Here are the top picks for you to binge on this festive season with your friends and family. Shesh Pata Get ready to…

Indian American Congressman warns of rising anti-Hindu attacks

NOTICING a significant rise in assaults targeting Hindus in the US, an Indian American Congressman said that this marks the initial stage of an organised anti-Hindu offensive. Congressman Shri Thanedar made these comments during a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday (15), urging community members…

Defiance is required viewing for youngsters with higher expectations of…

THE history of British Asians has mostly been told in fragments. There is no similarly-storied moment of arrival, as that of the Windrush to symbolise the multiple journeys across the 1950s-1970s that made Asian communities Britain’s largest minority group. A potted history of race in Britain might often jump from…

‘I feel very lucky’: Johnny Depp on playing Louis XV…

Actor Johnny Depp shared his experience of being part of Jeanne du Barry and said he felt "strangely, oddly, perversely lucky" to have been offered the role of French King Louis XV at the U.K. premiere of his film, reported Variety. Jeanne du Barry is a historical drama film written,…

‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ set to return with Season 16

The popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati is set to return with Season 16. Registrations for the 16th edition of the Kaun Banega Crorepati will start from April 26, the show's team announced on Tuesday. Sony Television, which airs the long-running quiz show, hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, shared the…

Tesla laying off 10 per cent staff

ELECTRIC car maker Tesla plans to lay off more than 10 per cent of its global workforce, news site Electrek reported Monday (15), publishing an email from chief executive Elon Musk announcing the cuts. The job reductions are needed after rapid growth that has led to duplication of roles, Musk…

Need more research on inaccurate diabetes tests on south Asians:…

A COMMON type 2 diabetes test may be inaccurate for tens of thousands of south Asians in the UK, a new study has shown, prompting calls for more research. A genetic variant almost exclusive to people with south Asian heritage affects the accuracy of the diabetes haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test,…

India and UK aim to fast-track extradition requests

India and the United Kingdom on Monday engaged in discussions aimed at expediting actions under the mutual legal assistance treaty and prioritising extradition requests. The need to expedite the extradition of several fugitives from India, including former Kingfisher Airlines promoter Vijay Mallya, diamantaire Nirav Modi, arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, Punjab…

UK unemployment rises to 4.2 per cent as jobs market…

BRITISH unemployment has risen as wage growth has eased, official data showed Tuesday, leaving the door open for an interest rate cut according to analysts. The UK unemployment rate rose to 4.2 per cent in the three months to the end of February, up from 3.9 per cent in the…

Shah Rukh Khan to produce and star in ‘King’ with…

The 'King' of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, is making a grand return to the big screen after his upcoming film Dunki in 2025. He is set to star in the Sujoy Ghosh-directed film King, which also marks the big-screen debut of his daughter, Suhana Khan. The film is currently in…

‘Pakistan advanced nuclear programme despite economic challenges’

DESPITE economic challenges, Pakistan continued upgrading its nuclear capabilities, driven by its ongoing tensions with India, top US intelligence official told Congress. The remarks by Lt Gen Jeffrey Kruse, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency came during a Congressional hearing on China on Monday (15). Kruse told lawmakers that Pakistan…

Hyderabad beat Bengaluru as records shatter in epic IPL run-fest

Sunrisers Hyderabad set a new Indian Premier League (IPL) benchmark by scoring an all-time high of 287-3 in their match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, securing a 25-run victory. This game not only surpassed Hyderabad’s previous record of 277 but also marked the highest aggregate score in a T20 match, with…

Sunak calls for restraint in Middle East following Iran’s attack…

In an address to the parliament, prime minister Rishi Sunak strongly criticised Iran for launching an attack that sent 300 missiles and drones towards Israel, describing Iran as a nation "intent on creating disorder" in the Middle East. On Monday, he commended the Royal Air Force pilots who, in collaboration…

Akshay Kumar to make Telugu cinema debut with ‘Kannappa’

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has boarded the cast of the Vishnu Manchu-starrer Kannappa, the makers announced on Tuesday. While details about Kumar's role are unknown, the film marks the actor's Telugu cinema debut. Manchu, who plays the titular role in Kannappa, shared the news of Kumar's casting on his official…

Everything you need to know about the monumental India elections

India's general elections are set to begin in just three days, on April 19. Spanning six weeks, this monumental electoral exercise will involve 968 million eligible voters, making it the largest democratic vote in the world. As the nation prepares for this massive process, the focus is on the logistical…

Indian origin South African musician Barry Baldeo dies

Surabjit Jaybelly Baldeo, a noted South African musician of Indian origin, has died at the age of 66. Popularly known as 'Barry' Baldeo, the guitarist, who passed away on Sunday morning, was a key participant in almost every Indian musical show in South Africa, according to close friends and collaborators.…

Spring Covid booster vaccine bookings open in England

The National Health Service (NHS) in England is now accepting bookings for the free spring Covid-19 booster vaccine starting Monday, April 15. This booster vaccine is available to citizens aged 75 or older, as well as anyone in care homes for older adults and individuals who are immunosuppressed and aged…

FBI offers £200,000 reward for info on Indian wanted for…

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US has announced a reward of up to £200,000 for details that can lead to the capture of Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, a 33-year-old Indian national. Described as "extremely dangerous," Patel is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, accused of the…

Delhi airport is tenth busiest in world

DELHI airport has been named among the world's top 10 busiest airports for 2023, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) World. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital is ranked tenth while Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport tops the list, followed by Dubai and Dallas airports. Among the…

No relief for Kejriwal, India’s top court issues notice to…

India's top court on Monday did not grant any relief to Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, regarding his recent arrest. Instead, the Supreme Court has asked the probe agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) to respond by April 24 to Kejriwal’s challenge against his detention, which is connected to a…

FBI probing Baltimore bridge collapse: US media

THE US Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a criminal probe targeting the Singapore-flagged container ship that crashed into a major road bridge in Baltimore last month leading to its collapse, US media reported Monday. The Washington Post described it as a "criminal investigation," and cited two unnamed US officials…

AP Dhillon receives backlash for breaking guitar at Coachella

Indo-Canadian singer AP Dhillon's maiden performance at Coachella 2024 did not go down well with many. During the weekend, Dhillon tried his best to enthrall the audience with his gig at one of the most famous music festivals. However, his act of breaking the guitar left netizens disappointed. Taking to…

10,000 manual washing machines to help handwashing communities

In an effort to ease the burden of handwashing clothes, The Washing Machine Project in partnership with the Whirlpool Foundation has announced their plan to distribute 10,000 manual washing machines over the next five years. This initiative targets low-income and displaced communities in India, Latin America, Mexico, and Africa, aiming…

Deepika Padukone’s 82°E announces partnership with Reliance Retail’s Tira

Aside from astounding people with her cinematic creativity, Deepika Padukone has also achieved her entrepreneurial goals with her self-care brand, 82°E. Now, taking it to new heights, her self-care brand has entered into a strategic partnership with Reliance Retail’s cutting-edge beauty platform, Tira. This collaboration marks a significant expansion from…

Google unveils popular destinations for summer vacation 2024

Google recently revealed its top 20 destinations for summer vacations in 2024, showcasing both popular favourites and new additions. Based on flight booking data and search trends from Google Flights for travel between June 1 and August 31, 2024, the list offers insights into the destinations attracting the most interest…

Above average monsoon rainfall forecast for India

INDIA said on Monday it is likely to receive above-average monsoon rainfall in 2024, in a potential boost for the country which depends heavily on the summer rains for its farm output. The lifeblood of India's economy delivers nearly 70 per cent of the rain needed to water crops and…

Bollywood marriages are loveless, people get hitched for clout: Actor…

Actor-dancer Nora Fatehi recently shared her thoughts on the motivations behind certain marriages in the film industry, suggesting that many people get married for the sake of gaining "clout" rather than love. Nora Fatehi shared during an interview on BeerBiceps that she is aware of many individuals who attach themselves…

Sadiq Khan pledges to end rough sleeping in London

Sadiq Khan has pledged to eliminate rough sleeping in London which is now at the highest level in a decade. Announcing his latest manifesto commitment on Monday ahead of the mayoral election on May 2, Khan said he plans to spend an extra £10 million to tackle the growing humanitarian…

Google Doodle celebrates Lebanese-American visionary Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan, a pioneering Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist, was a creative force whose work transcended cultural and artistic boundaries. Born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon, Adnan's diverse heritage influenced her unique artistic style. Adnan's father, Assaf Kadri, was a Sunni Muslim-Turkish high-ranking Ottoman officer of Albanian descent, while…

Indian-American golfers Bhatia, Theegala secure solid Masters finishes

At the prestigious Augusta National, Indian-American golfers Akshay Bhatia and Sahith Theegala finished tied 35th and tied 45th respectively, while world number one Scottie Scheffler triumphed with a four-shot victory, claiming his second Masters title in three years. In his first appearance at the Masters, Bhatia scored 72, 75, 74,…

From Salman Khan to Deepika Padukone, 5 actors who received…

In the glitzy world of Bollywood, where fame and fortune often go hand in hand, there exists a darker side that sometimes casts a shadow over the lives of its biggest stars. Beyond the glamour and the applause lies a realm where threats and intimidation become a harsh reality for…

Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s killer attacked in Lahore

Amir Sarfaraz Tamba, an accused in the murder of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, was attacked by unidentified gunmen in Lahore on Sunday. Though some media reports claimed that Tamba was killed in the attack, Pakistan daily Dawn quoting some officials said he was alive but…

Tesla signs deal with Tata Electronics for semiconductor chips: Report

Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Elon Musk's Tesla has struck a deal with Tata Electronics to acquire semiconductor chips for its global operations. The Economic Times newspaper, citing sources, reported that the strategic deal between Tesla and Tata Electronics was executed discreetly a few months ago.…

Met Gala 2024: What to expect from fashion’s biggest night

Anticipation for this year's Met Gala, often dubbed the Oscars of fashion, has peaked with the unveiling of the star-studded guest list that promises an evening of glamour, style, and high-profile appearances. According to Page Six, among the luminaries set to grace the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of…

Last songs that were played while the Titanic sank

Mysterious things always attract people's attention, Titanic is a mystery, and history is something that people still read about. On this day, April 15, 1912, people are still reading of one of the greatest ship wreckages, the Titanic wreck after 112 years. There have been many stories of the survivors…

Rachel Riley apologises for controversial tweet ‘promoting Islamophobia’

Rachel Riley, the host of Countdown, has apologised after her controversial tweet regarding the Sydney mall stabbings, which led to calls for Channel 4 to dismiss her. Riley was accused of promoting Islamophobia when she incorrectly suggested the attack was a Palestinian uprising. The attack in Sydney, which resulted in…

Knife is dedicated to those who saved my life, says…

BRITISH-AMERICAN author Salman Rushdie releases his memoir Knife on Tuesday, recounting the harrowing experience of being stabbed at a public event in 2022 and how he overcame the near-fatal ordeal. Rushdie lost sight in one eye after the attack by a knife-wielding assailant, who jumped on stage at an arts…

Rohit’s century goes in vain as Chennai beat Mumbai by…

Rohit Sharma's brilliant century could not steer Mumbai Indians to victory as they fell short by 20 runs against Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Sunday. Chasing a formidable target of 207, Mumbai ended at 186-6 despite Rohit's unbeaten 105 at the Wankhede Stadium in…

Iran to allow Indian officials to meet crew of seized…

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has agreed to allow Indian authorities to meet with 17 Indian crew members of a cargo vessel that was seized by the Iranian military near the Strait of Hormuz. This development was communicated during a telephonic conversation with India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar on…

Padma Lakshmi reveals why she left ‘Top Chef’

Padma Lakshmi has opened up about leaving the popular cooking competition series, Top Chef, after hosting 19 seasons for nearly two decades. The 53-year-old also served as a consulting producer for three seasons, before becoming an executive producer for seven seasons. In June 2023, Lakshmi surprised fans as she announced…

FIR registered after firing outside Salman Khan’s home

The Mumbai police have registered an FIR after two motorbike-borne unidentified persons opened fire outside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s house in the city’s Bandra area early Sunday morning, an official said. The police have also recovered a two-wheeler, a little over a kilometer from the actor’s home, suspected to have…

Sunak’s Rwanda plan set to pass in parliament

The parliament is expected to approve a contentious law this week that would allow the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda, a significant policy spearheaded by prime minister Rishi Sunak. The law's passage appears imminent, yet it faces potential legal challenges that could delay or obstruct its implementation. Prime minister…

Five arrested after baby remains found

Five people were arrested after the remains of a baby were found at a house in Marsh Green, Wigan, according to media reports. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said they were arrested on suspicion of concealing a death and unlawful burial. They are aged between 20 and 70 and later released…

Firing outside Bollywood star Salman Khan’s home

Two motorbike-borne unidentified people opened fire outside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's house in Mumbai early Sunday morning leading the police to step up security in the area. They fired four rounds around 5 am outside the Galaxy Apartments in Mumbai's Bandra area, where the actor resides, and fled. The police…

Pakistani man among those killed in Sydney attack

A 30-year-old Pakistani man was named on Sunday as the security guard killed in a weekend knife attack in a Sydney shopping mall, according to two local community groups. The Australian Pakistani National Association and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said Faraz Tahir was killed by a knife-wielding man who also killed…

Modi promises to create jobs, boost infrastructure

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised on Sunday to create jobs, boost infrastructure and expand welfare programmes if it wins a third term, seeking to address key voter concerns ahead of next week's elections. The general election will be held in seven stages from April 19…

Hetmyer powers Rajasthan to top of points table

Shimron Hetmyer's explosive 27 runs off 10 balls helped Rajasthan Royals edge out Punjab Kings with a three-wicket IPL win on Saturday in Chandigarh, and cement the side's place at the top of the table. Hetmyer's spell at the crease, laced with three sixes, brought Rajasthan past Punjab's 147-8 with…

Gang sentenced to 122 years for Asian driver’s murder

FOUR Asian men in their 20s, who were found guilty of the murder of a 23-year-old delivery driver, were on Friday (12) sentenced to a total of 122 years' imprisonment. British Indian Aurman Singh was pronounced dead at the scene when the local West Mercia Police attended reports of an…

Daniel Radcliffe says he was ‘deathly afraid’ of Alan Rickman

Potter heads, here is a revelation of your favourite hero, Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe, known for his lead role as Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series, recently shared his experiences of being 'deathly afraid' of Alan Rickman, who portrayed Professor Severus Snape in the film series. Radcliffe spoke about…

India relocates consulate staff due to escalating tensions in Myanmar

In response to the worsening security conditions in Myanmar, India has shifted its consulate staff from Sittwe to Yangon. India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, on Friday said that India is closely monitoring the situation in Myanmar, and the consulate in Mandalay remains functional. During a media briefing, Jaiswal…

Whistleblowers expose safety concerns at Sussex Hospital

A scandal has erupted at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, with allegations of a cover-up involving a group of consultant neurosurgeons accused of suppressing warnings about patient safety, according to reports. According to whistleblower Mansoor Foroughi, who served as a consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, concerns regarding high death rates…

Shakira to Billie Eilish: Fun packed weekend at Coachella 2024

The first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2024 has come to a close, leaving festival-goers with unforgettable performances and surprise collaborations. Headliner Lana Del Rey took centre stage on Friday night, joined by special guests Billie Eilish and Jon Batiste. Meanwhile, Shakira and Becky G made…

Ukraine summit: India says open to ideas that can achieve…

INDIA said that it remains open to all ideas that could help achieve early restoration of peace in Ukraine. This week, the Switzerland government announced plans to host a high-level summit on Ukraine. External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said India has been consistently pressing for resolution of the Russia-Ukraine…

‘India ramped up China border infrastructure budget after Modi took…

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday that there was a significant increase in the budget for infrastructure along the India-China border after Narendra Modi took office as prime minister in 2014. He pointed out that prior efforts to improve border infrastructure had been stagnant since the 1962 war.…

Women quitting tech jobs worldwide due to gender disparity

Women worldwide are always criticised for not knowing the technical stuff, or it is either said that it is not their cup of tea, or we thought times had changed. But recently, women have quit their jobs due to gender disparity. A recent study shows a trend of 31 per…

‘So it’s you’: Salman Rushdie recalls first thought on attacker

Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has lived under the shadow of a death threat due to his controversial writings. When he faced a near-fatal stabbing, his immediate reaction was, "So it's you." Rushdie shared his reflections on this life-altering incident in his new book, "Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder," which…

Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Deol and other celebs extend wishes on…

Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) is an important festival for the Sikh community and marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year. It is a spring harvest festival that is majorly celebrated in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana. This festival brings positive vibes filled with warm wishes people offer each other.…

El Colacho, a baby jumping festival, a unique Spanish tradition…

We all know, that Spain, a country with the picturesque county is also popular for its unique festivals like La Tomatina, or the popular bull race the Pamplona encierro. One more such unique festival with a unique tradition is celebrated every year. Every year in mid-June, the small Spanish village…

IPL debutant Fraser-McGurk powers Delhi to 6-wicket win over Lucknow

Jake Fraser-McGurk marked his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut with a striking half-century, propelling the Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket victory over the Lucknow Super Giants on Friday. The win rekindled Delhi's prospects in the tournament. Fraser-McGurk, who turned 22 the day before the match, partnered with team captain Rishabh…

Historic Hindu temple demolished in Pakistan

A historic Hindu temple near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has been demolished, paving the way for the construction of a commercial complex in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The site had been dormant since 1947, when its original occupants migrated to India. The ‘Khyber Temple’ was situated in the border town of Landi…

Fortress Investment Group acquires Poundstretcher

Fortress Investment Group LLC, along with its affiliates, on Thursday (11) announced the acquisition of Poundstretcher Limited, a prominent variety discount retailer with 322 stores nationwide. The acquisition comes following the retirement of outgoing owner Aziz Tayub. Funds managed by affiliates of Fortress will entirely fund the acquisition, showcasing its…

Oat milk linked to high blood sugar levels

Oat milk has become a popular plant-based milk alternative due to its creamy texture and taste. However, concerns have emerged regarding its potential impact on blood sugar levels, especially for those managing diabetes or paying close attention to their blood sugar. Oat milk contains 2 to 4 grams of sugar…

AI, cloud contracts push TCS profits up

INDIAN IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) saw March quarter profits above analyst expectations, with growth in cloud computing and artificial intelligence projects, the company reported Friday (12). The Mumbai-headquartered firm earns more than 80 per cent of its revenue from Western markets. Net income rose to $1.5 billion (£1.2bn)…

Popular support for our government is increasing: Modi

As India heads towards another general election, prime minister Narendra Modi is confident of not just winning, but improving his party Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) tally in the Lok Sabha - the lower house of the parliament. While replying to Newsweek's written questions, followed up with a 90-minute conversation at…

India elections 2024: What we learned this week

It is just one week before India goes for general elections, the world's largest polls, and the campaigning is at its peak now. The tussle between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led government and the opposition has intensified with promises, accusations, and controversial statements being made from both sides. Nearly a…

New ad featuring Rajamouli and cricketer David Warner goes viral

Can CRED ads get more creative? CRED is more famous for the advertisement campaigns they have had since their launch. Be it taking Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra or casting the 90s singers in their advertisement, trending yet nostalgic, CRED has won the hearts of all generations. This time again,…

Kamala Harris visits Arizona after state upholds abortion ban

US vice president Kamala Harris travels on Friday (12) to Arizona, three days after a court there upheld a 160-year-old abortion ban, igniting a charged issue in one of 2024's most competitive election states. Arizona's conservative Supreme Court sent a shockwave through the narrowly divided state that could swing the…

Moana 2, Deadpool and Wolverine in the lineup of upcoming…

Well, well, are we looking at big smiles on the faces of Disney fans? Yes, the list of sequels of most beloved films of Disney will be released. CinemaCon 2024 unveiled a thrilling lineup of upcoming Disney films set for release in 2024, generating excitement among movie enthusiasts. One of the…

India advises against travel to Iran, Israel

India advised its citizens on Friday against travelling to Iran and Israel until further notice because of the "prevailing situation in the region". The advisory from the foreign ministry came amid Iran's threats to retaliate against a suspected Israeli airstrike on its embassy in Syria this month. Countries including the…

Seema Misra rejects apology from former Post Office boss

A former sub-postmistress who was wrongly imprisoned while pregnant has declined to accept an apology from a former Post Office boss who praised the team involved in her wrongful conviction. Seema Misra was eight weeks pregnant with her second child when she was sentenced to 15 months in prison in…

Man stabs two in France over drinking alcohol during Eid

A MAN in Bordeaux, France, fatally stabbed one person and injured another before being shot by police as he attempted to flee. The incident happened on Wednesday in a tourist-frequented central area of the southwestern French city. Frédérique Porterie, the Bordeaux public prosecutor, said that the Afghan migrant attacked the…

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce nonfiction series on Netflix

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced two new nonfiction series in collaboration with Netflix, produced under their Archewell Productions. These projects are in the early stages of development and form part of the couple's deal with the streaming platform signed in 2020. The first series, produced in association with…

Bradford stabbing accused appears in court

THE husband of Kulsuma Akter, who was stabbed to death in Bradford last Saturday (6), has appeared in court charged with her murder. Akter, 27, was attacked near Westgate in the city centre, while she was pushing her child in a pram. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital. Her…

Resolution in US Congress condemns hate crimes targeting Hindus

Indian-American Congressman Shri Thanedar has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives in the US that condemns Hinduphobia, anti-Hindu bigotry, hate, and intolerance. The resolution was presented on Wednesday and has since been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. The resolution reads that despite their positive…

Indian voters prefer strong leadership, study reveals

MAJORITY of people in India prefer a "strong" leader and express satisfaction with the national government's performance, a recent study spanning 19 countries, including three major democracies, has revealed. The report titled ‘Perceptions of Democracy: A Survey about How People Assess Democracy around the World’ was released by the International…

Tata Steel workers in Wales vote to strike over job…

Workers at Tata Steel's facilities in Port Talbot and Newport Llanwern, Wales, have voted in favour of strike action in response to the company's proposal to close its blast furnaces and cut approximately 2,800 jobs. This decision was announced on Thursday after around 1,500 employees participated in the ballot. Tata…

Baggage handler avoids jail after stealing jewellery

HEATHROW baggage handler has spared prison after stealing £29,000 worth of jewellery from a misplaced suitcase, reported MyLondon. Priti Sthankiya moved the bag from Terminal 2 and concealed beneath a carousel in January last year, the Old Bailey heard on Thursday (11). Subsequently, she retrieved designer handbags containing £500 in…

Landlady made to pay £200,000 for keeping woman in servitude

An Asian-origin millionaire woman in West Sussex was jailed and made to pay over £200,000 for keeping a vulnerable woman in domestic servitude for 16 years, Sky News reports. The landlady, Farzana Kausar, forced the woman to work unpaid in her home in Worthing, making her cook, clean and look…

Indian-American golfers Bhatia and Theegala off to slow start at…

In the rain-soaked opening round of the 88th Augusta Masters, Indian-American golfers Akshay Bhatia and Sahith Theegala had a subdued start. Bhatia, completing 16 holes, tied for 17th place at one-under, while Theegala, having played 11 holes, was tied for 42nd with a score of one-over. The challenging weather conditions,…

Bumrah’s five-for takes Mumbai to 5-wicket win over Bengaluru

Jasprit Bumrah's five-wicket haul, along with fifties from Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, propelled Mumbai Indians (MI) to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday. Bumrah's figures of 5-21 earned him the player-of-the-match award as RCB posted 196-8, following…

UK economy grows slightly in February, fuels recovery hopes

Britain's economy expanded by 0.1 per cent in February, fuelling modest recovery hopes after sinking into recession in the second half of last year, official data showed on Friday. The gross domestic product uptick followed an upwardly-revised 0.3 per cent rise in January, after an initial reading of 0.2 per…

‘All We Imagine As Light’ is 1st Indian film in…

Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia's All We Imagine As Light on Thursday scripted history by becoming the first Indian title in over 40 years to feature in the prestigious Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will vie for the top prize Palme d'Or. Iris Knobloch, president of the…

The successful Al Hilal SFC

Al Hilal SFC is one of the most powerful football teams from Saudi Arabia. Currently you can visit 1xbet.ie/en for online sports betting on this and many other football squads too. The team was born back in 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Since then, they've become a force to be reckoned…

Spin the Wheel of Fortune: Winner Casino Review

Winner Casino was founded in 2009 and has received a lot of praise. Winner Casino sets itself apart from the majority of online casinos with a design philosophy that prioritizes usefulness and simplicity above needless extras. This approach appeals to users seeking straightforward gaming experiences, evident in the prominently featured…

India ranks 10th in global cybercrime, finds study

India has been placed 10th in the world for cybercrime activities, with advance fee fraud being the most prevalent type, a new study involving cybercrime experts globally has revealed. The study, leading to the creation of the 'World Cybercrime Index,' ranks about 100 countries based on their involvement in various…

How south Indian cinema took over Bollywood

There was a time when Bollywood was hit and pumping good movies with maar-dhaad masala action. But gradually, this attention to action and stunts shifted to south Indian cinema, where the action was portrayed in a very unique manner, with punches and swooshes, unrealistic yet thrilling hero actions that made…

Asian scientist leads NASA’s mission during solar eclipse

The recent total solar eclipse witnessed NASA launching sounding rockets under the leadership of Aroh Barjatya, an Asian researcher. On April 8, as the solar eclipse cast shadows over North America, NASA deployed three sounding rockets to investigate the effects of the temporary dimming of sunlight on Earth's upper atmosphere.…

Kidambi Srikanth can be top again, says coach Kashyap

COACH Parupalli Kashyap feels Kidambi Srikanth’s best is yet to come and expects him to produce some good results this season having worked on his fitness and game. Former world number one Srikanth, who claimed four super series titles in 2017, has been struggling with form for quite some time.…

Why Expansion Might be Profitable During an Economic Downturn

The Asian business community has always been a boon to the British economy. Indeed, when you look back over the years, there has long been a strong entrepreneurial spirit within the community. For example, in a 2007 report by the Mayor of London’s office, 13% of all businesses in the…

Trudeau raises Nijjar’s killing in election interference inquiry

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought up the killing of Khalistani Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil last year during a public inquiry into foreign interference in Canadian elections, saying that his government stood up to defend the rights and freedoms of all its citizens. Speaking at the high-profile…

Kanwar Dhillon: ‘Udne Ki Asha is a breath of fresh…

TALENTED actor Kanwar Dhillon has continued the momentum of a star-making turn in hit drama serial Pandya Store with a lead role in new show Udne Ki Aasha. The versatile performer stars opposite Neha Harsora in the Star Plus serial set in Mumbai, about two distinctly different personalities being drawn…

Irfan Shamji: ‘Playing a new dad left me shaken and…

ACTOR Irfan Shamji is known for portraying intense characters in plays such as Chasing Hares and Hamlet. However, he admitted that his latest role in The Cord took an emotional toll, and he felt its impact for days. The Cord offers brutally honest insights into the challenging truths of family…

British passport rates hiked; second in 14 months

The price of a UK passport will go up on Thursday, the second hike in 14 months. This rise follows a 9 per cent rise in February 2023. Before that increase, passport fees had remained unchanged for five years. The cost of applying online to get a new or renewed…

Smartphones, social media main culprits in poor mental health of…

Young people today are facing a mental health crisis. Across the globe, reports paint a concerning picture of a significant rise in mental health issues among adolescents. While the reasons are complex and multifaceted, social media and smartphones frequently take the brunt of the blame. However, a closer look reveals…

MC Stan: From the streets to stardom

THE explosive hip-hop scene in India has delivered dynamite talents and incendiary tracks in recent years, which have collectively added an edge to commercial music in the country. Rap sensation MC Stan has been one of the standout talents, illustrated by his superb songs and him winning India’s biggest reality…

Tackling age-gap double standard in relationships

INTERESTING new dance production Mehek revolves around the love story between a mature older woman and a younger man. The taboo-busting show, headlined by world-renowned dancers Aditi Mangaldas and Aakash Odedra, embarks on a UK tour in April, offering plenty of food for thought. The passion-filled dance production shines the…

My personality and the way I am is very Northern:…

Zayn Malik, who shot to fame when he auditioned for The X Factor in 2010 and became a member of One Direction, was initially driven by a desire to help his family have a better quality of living, but as his ambitions grew, he wanted to be able to see…

Lindy Cameron named new British high commissioner to India

Lindy Cameron has been appointed as the new British high commissioner to India. She will succeed incumbent Alex Ellis. "Lindy Cameron CB OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of India in succession to Alex Ellis CMG who will be transferring to another diplomatic service appointment," a…

Dina Begum’s tribute to Bangladeshi cuisine

A PASSION for highlighting the recipes and food traditions of Bangladesh has led Dina Begum towards becoming an author of two widely acclaimed cookbooks. The British culinary expert has followed up Brick Lane Cookbook with the recently published Made in Bangladesh, which has also received a great response. The new…

Biden boosts election chest as he woos Haley supporters to…

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is appealing directly to supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who was the last major opponent to Donald Trump before she withdrew from the race last month. “Nikki Haley voters, Donald Trump doesn’t want your vote,” Biden said in a social media…

Vietnamese property tycoon sentenced to death for corruption case of…

Truong My Lan, a prominent Vietnamese property tycoon and chair of major developer Van Thinh Phat, has been sentenced to death in a large-scale corruption case that caused an estimated £21 billion in damages. A panel of three jurors and two judges in Ho Chi Minh City found Lan guilty…

Indian B-school among world’s top 25 for management studies: QS…

Indian B-school IIM-Ahmedabad has secured a spot among the top 25 global institutions for business and management studies, as revealed by the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta have also been ranked among the top 50 management institutes worldwide. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has been recognised…

Nimesh Sanghoi brings back magic of Mohammed Rafi and Kishore…

MUSIC has been a constant companion to Nimesh Sanghoi from the moment he sang his first note and had a profound impact on his life. Every song learned by the singer and each live performance has been a stepping stone in his growth as an artist and person. The countless…

Social media platforms failing trans Bangladeshis, says activist

TRANSGENDER people in Bangladesh say social media platforms must do more to tackle hate speech, warning that an increase in transphobia online could threaten their safety in real life – and set back rights progress. In the early days of blogs and platforms such as Facebook, trans Bangladeshis embraced the…

JK Rowling says she won’t ‘forgive’ Daniel Radcliffe and Emma…

Renowned author JK Rowling, who has made several anti-trans statements in recent years, has said that Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson can “save their apologies” as their relationships continue to go downhill over their positions on trans rights. The author blasted the stars in the wake of…

Ex-Post Office boss says sorry for celebrating jailing of pregnant…

A former Post Office managing director has told the inquiry committee he is ‘hugely apologetic’ for celebrating when a pregnant postmistress was wrongfully jailed in Britain's post office scandal. Seema Misra, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2010, after being wrongfully blamed for a £74,000 shortfall in…

Ganavya: Touching the sky

TALENTED vocalist, multiinstrumentalist and composer Ganavya has always offered something unique with her songs. The musical maestro continues that run of impressive music releases with her new studio album, Like The Sky I’ve Been Too Quiet. Released via Shabaka Hutchings’ Native Rebel Recordings, the album features contributions from leading artists…

Asian man gets Points of Light award

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has awarded an Asian-origin London resident for promoting cricket and making a positive change within the south Asian community. Himanshu Jain, who co-founded a charity cricket community for south Asian men, got the daily Points of Light award on April 10. The Prime Minister makes daily…

Acclaimed ‘The Color Purple’ filmmaker to direct ‘Black Samurai’ for…

Filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, renowned for his direction of the critically acclaimed The Color Purple, is set to direct the upcoming Black Samurai film for Warner Bros. The project will tell the story of Yasuke, a samurai of African origin who fought under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 1580s.…

Indian-origin Mehak Chandel in final round of Miss England beauty…

For 23-year-old Indian-origin student Mehak Chandel, who is in the running to be crowned Miss England 2024, the challenges she faced in tackling acne have motivated her to promote inclusivity for all skin types in the field of modelling. In an exclusive interview with ANI, Southall-born Mehak, who holds a…

‘Hope ‘LSD 2’ sets example for girls like me,’ says…

Transgender actress Bonita Rajpurohit, who is set to debut with Dibakar Banerjee's Love Sex Aur Dhokha 2, says she is proud to be one of the leads in the upcoming film which she hopes makes young women like her feel seen. The film, a sequel to Banerjee's 2010 film Love…

Darasing Khurana’s focus is to make therapy accessible and affordable

ACTOR Darasing Khurana said the death of his close friend, fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2020, led him to become a mental health campaigner. Khurana, 32, has been named the Commonwealth Year of Youth Champion, with his role focusing on mental health initiatives. He founded the Pause. Breathe.Talk…

TOP 10 performances of Vidya Balan

A SERIES of winning performances has established Vidya Balan as one of the finest actresses of this generation. She has won multiple awards and acclaim for memorable roles that have showcased her impressive range. She will add to that diverse body of work with the new movie Do Aur Do…

Apple warns of ‘mercenary spyware attack’ on users in India,…

Apple Inc has warned its users in India and ninety-one other countries that they were possible victims of a "mercenary spyware attack", according to a threat notification email that was sent to targeted users. The company, in a fresh alert, dropped the word "state-sponsored" it used in its previous alerts…

Green energy powers exhibits at Science Museum’s Adani Gallery

THE Science Museum has inaugurated an “Adani Green Energy Gallery” that was funded by an Indian business house. The gallery, which has been three years in the making, explores how mankind could combat the effects of climate change. One exhibit from India shows how water funnelled through terracotta pots can…

Modi aims to boost his party’s tally in southern states

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is expected to retain power in the multi-phase general elections starting this month, but the question is how far he will succeed in wooing the wealthier and better-educated south. After a decade in power, Modi hopes to significantly increase his Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) 55…

Immigration officers arrest 12 Indians in West Midlands

Eleven men and one woman, all said to be Indian nationals, have been arrested by immigration authorities in a series of raids in West Midlands on suspicion of violating visa conditions and working illegally. According to a statement from the Home Office on Wednesday, Immigration Enforcement officers descended on the…

Margot Robbie, Hasbro plan new movie based on ‘Monopoly’ game

The Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie, known for her roles in films such as Barbie and I, Tonya, will bring the long-awaited project to fruition with her production company, LuckyChap, and Lionsgate. In a statement, LuckyChap expressed enthusiasm for the project, referring to it as "a top property" and a major…

‘Looking forward to meeting Modi’: Musk confirms India visit

Less than a week after reports saying Tesla will send a team from the United States to India to study sites for an electric car plant in India, company CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that he is coming to the country. "Looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

Bradford stabbing: Man charged with murder

A 25-year-old Asian man has been charged with the murder of Kulsuma Akter (27), who was stabbed to death in Bradford city centre last Saturday (6). Habibur Masum, who hails from Bangladesh, was arrested on Tuesday at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire after a four-day manhunt. West Yorkshire police said Masum, of Leamington…

Asian students use AI more than their peers

STUDENTS from Asian backgrounds are “much more likely” to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help them with their studies than white or black people at university, according to new research. The survey found that the majority of undergraduates used AI in their assignments, but the proportion among those of south…

Bhamini Oza to play Kasturba Gandhi in ‘Gandhi’ series

Bhamini Oza will portray Kasturba Gandhi in filmmaker Hansal Mehta's much-anticipated series Gandhi, the makers announced on Thursday. Oza's actor-husband Pratik Gandhi is essaying the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the show, which is backed by Applause Entertainment. It is based on historian and author Ramachandra Guha’s two books —…

Anjaam: Behind the scenes of a Bollywood cult classic

SHAH RUKH KHAN took his first major steps towards global stardom by playing distinctly different villainous roles in quick succession in one year with Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam. Although it was the least successful of the three, Anjaam, released on April 22, 1994, perhaps doesn’t get the credit it deserves.…

Tackle Asian fertility stigma, says doctor

A LEADING fertility doctor has urged more British Asians to sign-up as sperm and egg donors after a recent report found the birth rates after IVF (vitro fertilisation) were lower among black and Asian patients than their white counterparts. Research found that while the average IVF birth rate per embryo…

‘Sikander’: Salman Khan announces his next film on Eid

Superstar Salman Khan on Thursday announced that his next film has been titled Sikander and will be released in theatres across the country on Eid 2025. Salman will play the titular role in the movie, which will be directed by A R Murugadoss. The project will be produced by Sajid…

Gujarat Titans end Rajasthan Royals’ winning streak in last-ball thriller

In a gripping Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday, the Gujarat Titans staged a stunning comeback to defeat the Rajasthan Royals by three wickets, putting an end to the Royals' unbeaten run in the tournament. The Titans' victory was secured on the final ball of the game. Rajasthan Royals,…

Sunak praises Muslims as Gaza casts shadow on Eid

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak paid tribute to British Muslims as Eid was celebrated on Tuesday (9) at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In his festive message, the prime minister also said Britain was making efforts to end the conflict in Gaza. Protests have been held for weeks…

Neeta Lulla: In pursuit of fashion excellence

A FABULOUS forty-year career in fashion has seen Neeta Lulla embark on a fantastic journey filled with many magnificent moments. The legendary designer has mixed couture creations and beautiful bridal outfits with award-winning work in hundreds of high-profile movies and dressing A-list celebrities. She has also become a strong symbol…

Family visa income requirement hiked to cut migration

The Rishi Sunak government on Thursday increased the income required to sponsor someone coming to the country on a family visa as part of the government's plan to cut immigration. From Thursday, the minimum income requirement needed to bring a family member to the UK will go up to £29,000…

NHS manager jailed for defrauding GP surgery

A former NHS manager has been jailed for three years for defrauding a GP surgery in High Wycombe. Nabeel Asghar, 43, of Brands Hill, High Wycombe, was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court last month. Asghar served as the Practice Manager at Hughenden Valley Surgery on Valley Road, working on a…

Bradford man jailed for 13 years for rape, sexual assault

A 26-year-old man from Bradford has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of offenses, including rape, sexual assault, and the production of indecent images of a child. Abdullah Mhana of Hirst Lodge Court, Bradford, admitted to 17 offences at Bradford Crown Court on…

World Athletics breaks tradition, to pay prize money for Olympic…

In a historic move, World Athletics has announced plans to award prize money at the upcoming Paris Olympics, marking the first time an international federation will do so at the Games. Gold medalists across the 48 athletics events in Paris will receive a substantial sum of $50,000 (£40,000) each. "While…

Air India to send pilots on deputation to Vistara

Tata Group-owned Air India is planning to send a set of first officers to Vistara, which is grappling with a pilot shortage, according to multiple sources. The pilots will be sent to Vistara, a Tata joint venture with Singapore Airlines, on deputation, subject to getting necessary regulatory approvals. Air India…

Sri Lanka’s Wickremesinghe likely to contest poll under new symbol

Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe is poised to join the presidential election later this year under a different symbol, said his top aide. Wickremesinghe, aged 75, is expected to represent multiple parties as a national candidate, senior presidential advisor and UNP senior leader Ashu Marasinghe told reporters on Tuesday. The…

Ancient art of mehendi, an element of eid celebrations

As Eid-ul-Fitr approaches, it's time to embrace the spirit of celebration, joy, and family gatherings. And what better way to enhance the festive atmosphere than with exquisite mehendi designs? Mehendi, also known as henna, has been a cherished tradition in Indian and Middle Eastern cultures for centuries, adding elegance and…

Karan Johar acquires distribution rights of Jr NTR’s ‘Devara’ in…

Filmmaker Karan Johar on Wednesday announced he will distribute RRR star Jr NTR's upcoming title Devara in north Indian territories through his banner Dharma Productions. The film, directed by Koratala Siva, will be released in two parts with the first installment set to be released on October 10 this year.…

BBC ‘Apprentice’ winner Harpreet Kaur to marry fellow contestant

2022 The Apprentice winner Harpreet Kaur and fellow 2022 candidate Akshay Thakrar are set to tie the knot at the end of next month, reports The Mirror. The couple met on the BBC series and are already engaged. They are planning three days of celebrations, including an English-style white wedding…

Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal’s ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ to screen…

Girls Will Be Girls, the debut production of actor couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, is heading to the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, the makers announced on Wednesday. Set to be held from April 11 to 14, the TIFF Next Wave Festival is an annual event organised by the…

Pakistan eyes fresh climate-focused IMF bailout: Report

Pakistan is gearing up to seek a fresh financial boost from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), emphasising on climate finance. According to a report by The News International, the government aims to secure a medium-term Extended Fund Facility (EFF) during the upcoming Annual Spring Meetings of Bretton Woods Institutions next…

PIA flight diverted to help Sharif, other VIPs disembark

An Islamabad-bound PIA flight carrying Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, and a high-level delegation returning from Saudi Arabia was diverted to Lahore to offload the VIPs, causing inconvenience to other passengers, according to a media report. Interestingly, the incident came close on the heels of…

India wins big at UN, Jagjit Pavadia re-elected to key…

India secured multiple victories at the United Nations, including the re-election of Jagjit Pavadia to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for her third term. Pavadia's re-election, running from March 2025 to 2030, marked a significant win with the highest number of votes. India also earned seats in other UN…

Drugs official flayed for inaction against Baba Ramdev firm

India's Supreme Court has admonished the head of a state drugs regulator for failing to take action against a popular yoga guru Baba Ramdev's firm which claimed its traditional ayurvedic medicines can cure diseases such as diabetes and asthma. The top court said on Wednesday the state drugs department had…

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs, passes away at 94

Peter Higgs, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist renowned for proposing the existence of the Higgs boson particle, has passed away at the age of 94. He died at his home in Edinburgh on Monday. Higgs received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013 for his groundbreaking work in 1964, which demonstrated…

George Lucas to receive honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes Film…

Hollywood veteran George Lucas will be felicitated with an honorary Palme d’Or at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, the festival organisers have announced. Lucas, best known for creating the long-running and smash hit franchises Star Wars and Indiana Jones, will receive the honour at the closing ceremony of the film…

Varun Sharma lends his voice to Garfield in Hindi version

Actor Varun Sharma has given his voice for the much-awaited Hindi version of The Garfield Movie. Taking to Instagram, Sony Pictures treated fans with this exciting news. Garfield, the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure! After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father…

Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff offer prayers at BAPS Hindu Mandir…

In a blend of spiritual reverence and promotional fervour, Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff took a break from their busy schedules to offer prayers at the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. The visit comes ahead of the highly anticipated release of their film Bade Miyan Chote Miyan…

Ukraine and Britain sign defence cooperation agreement

OFFICIALS in Kyiv have announced that Ukraine and Britain have entered into a framework agreement aimed at collaborating in the defence and arms manufacturing sector. This agreement is seen as a crucial component of Ukraine's efforts during wartime to enhance its domestic weapons industry by partnering with allies. The document…

Tesco’s profits soar as inflation eases

BRITAIN'S biggest retailer Tesco reported Wednesday that its annual net profit surged 61 per cent as easing UK inflation helped cost-conscious shoppers buy more products. Tesco's profit after tax rallied to £1.2 billion in the 12 months to February, the company said in a statement, while sales increased 4.4 per…

‘Zombie drug’ xylazine linked to 11 deaths in UK

The potent animal tranquiliser xylazine, commonly referred to as the 'zombie drug,' has emerged as a significant concern in the United States and is now associated with 11 deaths in Britain, caution researchers. Xylazine, also known as "tranq" or "tranq dope," induces a dangerously slow heart rate and severe skin…

Modi’s party ropes in influencers to woo young voters

Indian folk singer Maithili Thakur thought she was successful, with millions following her Hindu devotional tunes on social media - but then Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent her popularity into the stratosphere. With India's marathon general elections set to start on April 19, critics say Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party…

NHS review urges caution on gender identity healthcare

Healthcare for children and young people grappling with gender identity issues should be "holistic" and providers should exercise "extreme caution" around prescribing hormone treatments to older teens, an eagerly-awaited independent UK review said on Wednesday. The four-year probe of gender identity services for the cohort, led by retired paediatrician Hilary…

Simon Harris becomes Ireland’s youngest leader

WHEN Simon Harris made headlines in his local County Wicklow newspaper in 2003 for criticising the government, the future Irish prime minister was described as "a well-known local activist". He was 16 years old. Now 37, Harris became Ireland's youngest ever premier on Tuesday (9), an ascent that while swift…

WHO raises alarm over 3,500 daily deaths from hepatitis infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning regarding the escalating death toll from viral hepatitis, revealing that the disease stands as the second leading infectious cause of death worldwide, claiming 1.3 million lives annually, which is almost the same as tuberculosis-related fatalities. According to the WHO 2024 Global…

Dow shareholders urged to ensure justice for Bhopal gas leak…

Ahead of Dow's annual general meeting on April 11, Amnesty International has approached the company's shareholders to consider withdrawing their investment if it fails to meet its human rights responsibilities towards Bhopal gas leak tragedy victims. Amnesty has written to the US-based company's largest investors, sharing its recent report Bhopal:…

London Zoo welcomes three endangered Asiatic lion cubs

LONDON ZOO has recently welcomed three Asiatic lion cubs from an endangered subspecies. Born to seven-year-old mum, Arya, and 14-year-old dad Bhanu, these lion cubs arrived on 13 March. Their parents are residents of the zoo and integral members of its international conservation breeding programme, according to a statement. Asiatic…

Come to India to see the future: US Ambassador Eric…

US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti has said if anyone wants to see the future they should come to India. Speaking at an event, Garcetti was all praise for India and said that it was a “great privilege” to be the leader of the US mission in the country, reported…

‘Maidaan’ Review: An entertaining sports-drama featuring a match-winning performance from…

Maidaan marks Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn’s quick return to the silver screen weeks after the release of his recent film, Shaitaan. His new film depicts the inspiring journey of coach Syed Abdul Rahim and the golden era of Indian football during the 1950s and 60s. Directed by Amit Sharma, the…

Hyderabad beat Punjab by 2 runs in IPL thriller

In a nail-biting IPL encounter on Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to fend off a late onslaught by Punjab Kings' batsmen Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma, clinching victory by a narrow margin of two runs. Chasing down 183 runs for victory, Punjab Kings fell just short, scoring 180 for 6, with…

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ to release in…

Hollywood stars Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum's romantic comedy Fly Me To The Moon will make its debut in Indian theatres on July 12, Sony Pictures Entertainment India announced on Tuesday. Described as a "sharp, stylish comedy-drama set against the high-stakes backdrop of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing", the…

Tickets for Tom Holland’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ sold out in…

Tickets for the upcoming stage adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, starring Tom Holland, sold out within a mere two hours of going on sale. The production, presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, features the Spider-Man star as the iconic male lead and is set to run from May 11 to…

UK and Rwanda anticipate first deportation flights by spring

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame reiterated Tuesday (9) that they expect Britain to soon start sending undocumented migrants to the African country, despite fresh questions over the controversial scheme. Sunak hosted Kagame at his official residence in London just as a British newspaper reported that properties…

Indian tech experts embrace AI for development goals

TWO Indian sports tech innovators joined academics and other experts for the annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development in London, which concluded that artificial intelligence (AI) in sports can be harnessed and leveraged to meet the UN development goals faster. Rohn Malhotra, co-founder and managing director of Sports…

King Charles receives first UK banknotes featuring his portrait

King Charles III was presented with the inaugural set of banknotes featuring his portrait by representatives from the Bank of England at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday. The 75-year-old monarch, currently undergoing cancer treatment, was photographed alongside Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and Chief Cashier and Executive Director…

Kolkata graduate’s team wins ‘University Challenge’ quiz

The Imperial College London quiz team, which included computational science graduate from Kolkata Sourajit Debnath, has emerged as the winner of the champion’s trophy of ‘University Challenge’. The win in Monday night’s final aired on BBC makes the London-based university one of the most successful in the show’s history, winning…

Six novels shortlisted for International Booker Prize

Six novels, described as "implicitly optimistic" by the judging panel, have been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. The selected titles delve into a range of themes, from disintegrating relationships to societal divisions, offering insights into the current realities of racism, oppression, global violence, and ecological disasters. [caption id="attachment_288930" align="alignleft"…

Masters debutants Bhatia and Theegala raise hope for Indian Golf

Emerging from the ranks of professional golf, Indian-American players Akshay Bhatia and Sahith Theegala are all set to make an impact at the Augusta Masters, with hopes of igniting a surge in Indian golfing talent. Hailing from California, both in their twenties, Bhatia, fresh off his recent victory at the…

JLR retail sales up on strong demand

TATA MOTORS-owned Jaguar Land Rover on Monday (8) reported a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in its retail sales at 431,733 units for fiscal ended March 31, 2024. During the last fiscal, the company's wholesales rose 25 per cent to 401,303 units against 2022-23 financial year, Tata Motors said in…

Rajnath Singh questions China’s renaming efforts in Arunachal Pradesh

INDIAN defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday (9) rejected China’s attempts’ to rename places in Arunachal Pradesh and wondered if provinces in that country would become part of India if it changes their names. In an address at a public rally, Singh also asserted that if someone tries to hurt…

‘I wonder if I am being a responsible father’: Shekhar…

Acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur recently shared his innermost fears and anxieties regarding parenting. Known for his directorial masterpieces such as Masoom, Mr India, Bandit Queen, and Elizabeth, Kapur was speaking to his daughter Kaveri during a discussion on stage at a film festival in Chandigarh. When his daughter asked him,…

Hulu acquires Mindy Kaling’s new comedy ‘Murray Hill’

The Disney-owned streamer Hulu has secured the exclusive broadcasting rights to Mindy Kaling's highly anticipated comedy series, Murray Hill. The official logline for Murray Hill is as follows: “Five work-obsessed 20-somethings strive for professional success and, if they have time, personal happiness in Manhattan’s most glamorous neighborhood, Murray Hill.” Kaling,…

Ola to exit UK, New Zealand, Australia; to focus on…

Ride-hailing services provider Ola has decided to shut down operations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and will focus primarily on India, its promoter ANI Technologies said on Tuesday. The Softbank-backed company said that it sees immense opportunity for expansion in India. "Our ride-hailing business is growing rapidly, and…

Ankita Lokhande to lead streaming show ‘Amrapali’

After Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, actress Ankita Lokhande is set to come up with a web series Amrapali in collaboration with filmmaker Sandeep Singh. Lokhande has been roped in to portray Amrapali, the celebrated and glamorous 'nagarvadhu'. Taking to Instagram, Sandeep Singh treated fans with this exciting news and captioned the…

Grateful incredible opportunity to be part of ‘Monkey Man’: Singapore’s…

Mathi Alagan, an Indian-origin Singaporean actor, says it was an "incredible opportunity" to feature in Dev Patel's directorial debut Monkey Man. Inspired by the legend of Lord Hanuman, Monkey Man is set in Mumbai and features Patel as Kid, who is out to avenge a past wrong. Alagan expressed gratitude…

Antarctica’s diminishing sea ice can lead to ocean warming

Antarctica's sea ice has hit another low this year, marking a concerning trend in the Southern Ocean's behaviour. As the southern summer came to a close, the extent of sea ice, measured by the area of the ocean containing at least 15 per cent of sea ice, was slightly higher…

MakeMyTrip expands accessibility to over 150 countries

ONLINE travel firm MakeMyTrip on Monday (8) announced expansion of its global reach with its services becoming accessible in over 150 countries. MakeMyTrip has expanded its reach to several countries, including major travel markets like the UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, and many others, from previously being operational in India,…

‘We are old, but gold,’ Djokovic tells Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna, aged 44, boasts the distinction of being the oldest player to reach the top of the doubles rankings, while Novak Djokovic, at 36, recently eclipsed Roger Federer to become the oldest number one in the latest singles rankings chart. At the Monte Carlo Masters, veteran tennis players Bopanna…

Post Office tried to discredit me, says Alan Bates

FORMER sub-postmaster and campaigner Alan Bates has said the Post Office tried to discredit him during his fight for justice in the Horizon IT scandal. While giving evidence to the Post Office Horizon IT public inquiry, he accused the Post Office of lying about the accounting system. He said he…

ApexNexia reviews: valuable insights from actual traders

Today, it's possible to earn money from the comfort of your home, and it's an opportunity worth seizing. To get started, all you need is to connect your laptop to the internet and acquaint yourself with the principles of trading. Users worldwide are searching for the best investment platform, relying…

Brother-in-law of Humza Yousaf charged with abduction and extortion

Ramsay El-Nakla, the brother-in-law of Scotland's first minister Humza Yousaf, has been charged with abduction and extortion following the death of a man who fell from a flat's window. Ryan Munro suffered severe injuries after the fall on Morgan Street in Dundee on January 10, as reported by BBC. He…

Sobhita on playing a sex worker in ‘Monkey Man’: Those’re…

Known for her work in several successful films and streaming shows in India such as Ponniyin Selvan and Made in Heaven, actress Sobhita Dhulipala makes her Hollywood debut with the recently released film, Monkey Man, co-starring and directed by Dev Patel. In an interview with The New York Times, the…

Sunder Katwala: Middle east conflict puts faith and society in…

FROM one perspective, it could seem difficult to find another major democracy that is quite as relaxed about the role of religious faith in public life as Britain is today. As Eid this week brought the month of Ramadan to a close for several million British Muslims, it will provide…

Zuber Issa to step down as EG Group CEO

ZUBER ISSA, one of the co-founders of EG Group, is poised to step down from his role as co-chief executive of the multinational petrol station empire, clearing the path for his brother, Mohsin Issa, to take the helm, reported The Times. The shift in leadership will result in Mohsin Issa,…

Study finds drinking water in Europe, US contains dangerous chemicals

A study has revealed a list of dangerous chemicals that have been found in surface and groundwater worldwide, according to a study released Tuesday that showed Australia, the United States, and Europe as hotspots for these chemicals. A paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience analysed data from 45,000 water…

Indian court rejects plea challenging Kejriwal’s arrest

An Indian court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal against the arrest of Delhi chief minister and key opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal in a graft case. Kejriwal was arrested on March 21 by the financial crime probe agency Enforcement Directorate (ED). "The court is of the view that the arrest of…

Film on militant-turned-soldier Nazir Wani in the works

A film inspired by the life of the late Lance Naik Nazir Wani, a militant-turned-soldier who laid down his life fighting a group of terrorists in Kashmir, is under development at production house Baweja Studios. The action drama, whose title signifies brotherhood in the military, will showcase Wani's journey from…

US says won’t get in the middle of India-Pakistan dispute

Amid rising tensions over Pakistan's accusations against India, the United States has decided to stay out of it. The US has urged both countries to engage in dialogue instead of escalating the situation. US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller responded to questions about Washington's position on a recent UK media…

US witnesses solar eclipse

Eclipse mania swept across North America on April 8, 2024, as millions of people eagerly anticipated the rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse. From Mexico to the United States and Canada, excitement filled the air as the moon began its journey across the face of the sun, ultimately casting…

Bradford killing suspect arrested after manhunt

A MAN suspected of killing a woman in broad daylight in Bradford city centre last Saturday (6) has been arrested. Habibur Masum, 25, was detained early on Tuesday (9) in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The police launched a nationwide manhunt for Masum, after 27-year-old Kulsuma Akter was stabbed while she was pushing…

Cost-of-living crisis: FCA survey reveals improvement in financial struggles

PEOPLE from ethnic minority backgrounds and women are still struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis, along with other groups, though the situation has improved over the past year, a new survey released on Wednesday (10) revealed. The Financial Lives cost-of-living survey by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found that…

‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ & ‘Maidaan’ to now release on…

Action film Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, starring Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff, and Ajay Devgn-led Maidaan will now release on April 11, the makers have announced. The two films were earlier scheduled to make their debuts in theatres on April 10 but as the festival of Eid will be celebrated…

Billie Eilish reveals title and release date of new album

Music sensation Billie Eilish's third studio album is titled 'Hit Me Hard and Soft' and will be released globally on May 17, the singer has announced. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter has been teasing the album for the past few days and finally shared the details on her Instagram page on Monday…

New Hindu temple to come up in Dudley

DUDLEY COUNCIL planners have given the go-ahead for a new Hindu temple in a locally listed building. The three-storey building, on the junction of Stourbridge Road and Dudley Road in Lye, is currently occupied by an off-licence and restaurant. Planners have granted permission for a change of use to a…

DeepMind cofounder to lead Microsoft’s London AI hub

Microsoft has unveiled its plans to establish a new artificial intelligence (AI) hub in London, with a focus on both product development and research. Mustafa Suleyman, the London-born cofounder of Google DeepMind who recently joined Microsoft, will lead the unit. "Microsoft AI London will drive pioneering work to advance state-of-the-art…

Jadeja, Gaikwad power Chennai to 7-wicket win over Kolkata

Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's performances helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets on Monday and get back to winning ways in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Ravindra Jadeja returned bowling figures of 3-18 while Gaikwad made an unbeaten 67 as…

I had times in my life when I was suicidal…

Romesh Ranganathan, who is patron of the suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm), said that he had times in his life when he was suicidal. For those not in the know, the actor and comedian struggled badly after his father’s prison sentence, and when he did badly in…

Missing Indian found dead in US

A 25-year-old Indian student who was missing since March 5 was found dead in the US city of Cleveland, the second death within a week in the country and the eleventh such incident this year. Mohammad Abdul Arfath, hailing from Hyderabad, arrived in the US last year in May to…

After Australia, New Zealand also tightens visa rules

New Zealand announced immediate changes to its employment visa program on Sunday in response to near-record migration levels last year, which it deemed "unsustainable." The adjustments include introducing an English language requirement for low-skilled jobs and implementing a minimum skills and work experience threshold for most employer work visas. Additionally,…

Bournemouth remembers, reflecting on the total solar eclipse of 1999

As the world witnesses another solar eclipse today, April 8, 2024, portions of the US will witness the solar eclipse. In August 1999, the United Kingdom experienced a rare celestial event—a total solar eclipse. As the moon passed between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over the land,…

Safety concern over Spire hospitals

Private hospital chain Spire Healthcare, which often treats NHS-funded patients, is under scrutiny following the recent deaths of some patients under its watch, reports BBC. In one such case, Nafisa Khan was referred to Spire East London by NHS for a gallbladder operation in September 2021. The morning after her…

Ranjit Singh exhibition will open in London museum

LONDON’S Wallace Collection will unveil its latest exhibition dedicated to Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who emerged as the undisputed king of Punjab by the turn of the 19th century. His rapid ascent to power in an era marked by instability following Afghan invasions heralded the birth of the Sikh…

Uzbekistan Airways launches bi-weekly direct flights from Mumbai to Tashkent

Uzbekistan Airways has initiated bi-weekly direct flights from Mumbai to Tashkent, marking a significant milestone in air travel connectivity between India and Uzbekistan. The inaugural flight, which took off on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, was ceremoniously flagged off by Sardor Rustambaev, the Hon’ble Ambassador in the Embassy of the Republic…

Saudi prince meets Sharif, stresses on dialogue with India

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said dialogue was needed to resolve heightened friction between arch-rivals Pakistan and India during a meeting in Riyadh with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Sharif was making his first overseas visit since winning power in elections in February. He met with bin Salman…

From flame to fashion, the artisanal odyssey of Pakistan’s Eid…

In Pakistan, the tradition of adorning intricately decorated bangles has become synonymous with the Islamic Eid-al-Fitr festivities. These exquisite accessories, crafted with meticulous care, are not just ornaments but essential elements of cultural expression and celebration. Each bangle undergoes a journey involving numerous artisans, from the sweltering confines of factories…

Pegatron to sell its India-based iPhone plant to Tata

Pegatron is in advanced talks to hand over control of its only iPhone manufacturing facility in India to the Tata Group, said two sources with direct knowledge, marking the Taiwanese firm's latest scaleback of its Apple partnership. Under the deal, which has received the backing of Apple, Tata plans to…

Key European human rights cases and their potential impact on…

In Strasbourg, France, the European Court of Human Rights is poised to deliver rulings on three pivotal climate cases this week. These cases of climate litigation, with their groundbreaking implications, are set to establish a precedent for future climate-related litigation, reshaping the discourse on human rights in the context of…

Most British Muslims sympathise with Hamas: Poll

A poll conducted by a counter-extremism think-tank shows that most British Muslims are sympathetic towards Palestinian extremist outift Hamas, The Telegraph reports. Only one in four British Muslims believe that Hamas committed murder and rape in Israel on Oct 7, according to a poll commissioned by the Henry Jackson Society…

Obituary: Former Pakistan Cricket chairman and diplomat Shaharyar Khan

Shaharyar Khan, the former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman and esteemed diplomat, passed away at the age of 89 on March 23. A pivotal figure in the restoration of cricket ties with India in the early 2000s, Khan, born in Bhopal, was also a cousin of former India captain Mansur Ali…

Indian-American golfer Akshay Bhatia books Masters spot

Indian-American golfer Akshay Bhatia etched his name into golfing history with a thrilling victory at the Valero Texas Open, securing a coveted spot in the upcoming Augusta Masters, his maiden appearance at a Major championship. Bhatia's triumph was nothing short of sensational as he navigated through a tense playoff against…

Bradford killing: Suspect came to UK on student visa

THE man who fatally stabbed a woman in Bradford on Saturday (6) is from Bangladesh and came to the UK on a student visa. The police have launched a nationwide manhunt for Habibur Masum, 25, a resident of Oldham area with links to Burnley and Chester. West Yorkshire Police have…

Yash Thakur’s five-for powers Lucknow to 33-run win over Gujarat

Yash Thakur's five-wicket haul on Sunday powered Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) to a comfortable 33-run win over Gujarat Titans (GT) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match. This was Lucknow's first win over Gujarat in IPL history. The Gujarat side, chasing 164 to win, were all out for 130…

US to witness solar eclipse on April 8

Prepare to be captivated by an extraordinary celestial event as a total solar eclipse graces the skies across North America on April 8. These eclipses are awe-inspiring, casting darkness over the day, but they can only be seen from select locations. That's why witnessing an eclipse is often deemed a…

Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capital to register first win of…

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered their first win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 by beating Delhi Capitals by 29 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. An all-round batting performance helped Mumbai score a big total of 234/5, and in reply, Delhi could score only 205/8 in…

Delaporte resigns as Wipro CEO

INDIAN IT major Wipro has announced the resignation of Thierry Delaporte as CEO and named Srinivas Pallia as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. The announcement was made in a Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) filing on Saturday (6), and it comes days before the Bengaluru-headquartered company is scheduled…

Muslims in India face dwindling representation in parliament

More than half the voters in the Indian city of Rampur are Muslim, but its member of parliament is from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's muscular Hindu-first agenda. It is a situation repeated across Hindu-majority India, where many consider victory for…

Nicola Coughlan says her ‘Bridgerton’ contract includes a PG cut…

Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan says she had an alternate cut of the Netflix series, popular for its intimate scenes, included in her contract for her Irish Catholic family. Her comments came during an interview on the radio show SiriusXM Hits 1 after the hosts cited reports that she had asked…

Ektaa Kapoor’s ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha 2’ casts transgender woman…

Transgender woman Bonita Rajpurohit is set to star in a leading role in Dibakar Banerjee's upcoming film Love Sex Aur Dhokha 2, the makers said on Sunday. The film, a sequel to Banerjee's 2010 film Love Sex Aur Dhokha, will be released on April 19. It is produced by Ektaa…

‘Pushpa 2: The Rule’ teaser unveiled on Allu Arjun’s 42nd…

The makers of Pushpa 2: The Rule on Monday raised the curtain on the teaser of the much-anticipated film on the occasion of lead star Allu Arjun's 42nd birthday. Pushpa 2: The Rule, which is helmed by Sukumar, follows the first installment Pushpa 1: The Rise, which sets up a…

‘Widow of postmaster who committed suicide denied compensation’

POST OFFICE has denied compensation to the widow of a postmaster, who took his own life hours after Post Office investigators raided his branch, despite admitting that the audit resulted in his suicide. Government’s compensation advisory board is now calling for the case to be reopened. The father of two…

Pakistan slams India defence minister’s ‘provocative remarks’

PAKISTAN has denounced "provocative remarks" made by Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh in which he said India would enter Pakistan to kill anyone who escapes over its border after trying to carry out militant attacks. Singh's comments on Friday (5) came after the Guardian newspaper published a report stating the…

Edinburgh rape crisis centre faces tribunal over gender policies

AN Edinburgh-based rape crisis centre has found itself embroiled in controversy as an employment tribunal heard allegations of concealing the biological sex of its counsellors from victims of sexual assault, The Times reported. Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, helmed by Mridul Wadhwa, a trans woman and activist, was said to have…

Jos Buttler helps Rajasthan to remain unbeaten

JOS BUTTLER hit an unbeaten 100 to trump Virat Kohli's first century of the IPL season as Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by six wickets on Saturday (6). Buttler reached his ton, from 58 balls, with a six in his 100th IPL match when Rajasthan needed one for victory…

Sunak urges end to Israel-Hamas war

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak said the "terrible" war between Israel and Hamas "must end", six months on from the start of the conflict. "We continue to stand by Israel's right to defeat the threat from Hamas terrorists and defend their security. But the whole of the UK is shocked by…

Can the ‘ripple effect’ of culture and kindness within business…

Kindness and culture shape all of our lives in ways so profound that we scarcely realise how they impact on our actions, attitudes and overall wellbeing, which is particularly poignant this April, as it’s Stress Awareness Month. Their influence stretches far beyond our own lives, as they are intrinsically intertwined…

Alia Bhatt not headlining Disney’s Indian princess musical, clarifies Gurinder…

Social media was abuzz following reports of actress Alia Bhatt headlining Disney's Indian princess musical. However, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has now dismissed the rumours. Taking to X, Gurinder wrote, "This is not true. Not sure where this started. The script is still in the works. Alia and I had a…

Sandra Oh onboards Aziz Ansari’s comedy film ‘Good Fortune’

Canadian and American actor Sandra Oh, who is known for her roles in Killing Eve and Arliss has been roped in for Aziz Ansari's directorial film Good Fortune, reported Deadline. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Keanu Reeves, and Keke Palmer. Oh's role is being kept under wraps, as is…

WHO promotes slogan ‘My Health, My Right’ on World Health…

As the world marks World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has directed its attention to the theme of 'My Health, My Right.' In light of the myriad crises facing humanity, from diseases to disasters to conflicts and climate change, ensuring people's right to health has…

China may misuse AI to target polls in US and…

Microsoft has raised concerns about China potentially exploiting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to influence elections in countries like India, South Korea, and the US. "With major elections taking place around the world this year, particularly in India, South Korea, and the United States, we assess that China will, at a minimum,…

More employment protection for new parents

The government has introduced a new set of laws that will protect workers by strengthening redundancy protections to cover pregnancy and the period after parents return to work. Pregnant women and new parents will now receive special treatment in a redundancy situation, in line with the Government’s plan to support…

UK rail services hit as train drivers go on strike

Train drivers in the United Kingdom (UK) have gone on strike, affecting rail services across the country, including routes to key tourist destinations and airports. The strike, organised by the Aslef (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen) union, is due to cost-of-living pressures and high inflation. Union chief Mick…

‘Marry your best friend, love might not last’, Jaya Bachchan…

In a recent episode of What The Hell Navya, Jaya Bachchan shares her belief with Navya Nanda that marrying one's best friend is advisable, implying that romance may lose its lustre post-marriage. This sparks a conversation about the dynamics between friendship and romance in modern relationships. Navya questions whether it's…

Indian student dies in US, police probe underway

An Indian student has died in the US and the police investigations are underway, the Indian consulate in New York said on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Uma Satya Sai Gadde based in Cleveland, Ohio. The consulate said it is in touch with Gadde's family in India. “All…

New UK documentary examines racist attacks on British Indians

Driving around with hockey sticks in the boot of the car and stockpiling petrol bombs to defend themselves are among some of the gripping accounts that make up a new UK documentary chronicling racist attacks faced by British Indians in the 1970s and 80s. Defiance: Fighting the Far Right, a…

From Virat Kohli to Priyanka Chopra: Top 10 most-followed Indian…

In the digital age, social media platforms have become powerful tools for individuals to connect, engage, and showcase their talents and lifestyles to a global audience. Among these platforms, Instagram stands out as one of the most popular, with millions of users sharing photos, videos, and stories every day. For…

US, Israel on high alert as Iran vows revenge after…

The United States is on high alert, bracing for potential attacks by Iran on Israeli or American assets in the region, following Israel's recent strike on the Iranian embassy in Syria's Damascus. "We're definitely at a high state of vigilance," the official said in confirming a CNN report that said…

Do aliens exist? Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’ and its exploration…

There have been many studies and projects sent out in space to investigate the existence of aliens on other planets. But this Netflix sci-fi show, 3 Body Problem, shows the complications of the universe and the existence of aliens in different time parallels and other galaxies. The Earth is about…

Nora Fatehi calls her FIFA closing ceremony performance ‘life-changing’

Actress-dancer Nora Fatehi recently opened up about her experience of performing at the FIFA closing ceremony. In an exclusive conversation with ANI, the actress said, "It feels amazing; it's a fantastic, life-changing experience." "I think it was a mind-blowing experience when I was performing in front of billions of people.…

Asian neurologist’s UK study to revolutionise dementia diagnosis

An Asian-origin neurologist Dr Ashvini Keshavan is part of a research team in the UK that has been awarded a major grant this week for dementia research. The team will build on recent breakthroughs in potential dementia blood tests and generate the evidence needed for them to be used more…

Markram, Abhishek Sharma lead Hyderabad to 6-wicket win over Chennai

Chennai Super Kings' slow batting on a sluggish Hyderabad pitch cost them dearly as they suffered a six-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. Aiden Markram scored a half-century while Abhishek Sharma made a quick-fire 37-ball 12 as Hyderabad chased down the 166-run target with 11 balls to spare at…

Helping cancer-hit young people lead normal lives

Nimra Shahid (26) from Kingston-Upon-Thames, who was diagnosed with cancer six years ago, is sharing her experience to raise awareness of the long-term impact of cancer on young people. As April is Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, she is working with the charity Teenage Cancer Trust to advise…

US executes man convicted of killing two, including Indian

A 41-year-old man convicted of shooting and killing two people, including an Indian, in the US state of Oklahoma in 2002 has been executed, the state's first execution of the year. Michael Dewayne Smith was executed on Thursday (4) by lethal injection at the Oklahoma state penitentiary in McAlester town,…

“Would love to do it again”: Dev Patel after directorial…

Actor Dev Patel, who made his directorial debut with Monkey Man, said that he would love to do it again, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Patel wrote, directed, produced, and stars in the Universal action thriller. The film's plot revolves around a young guy who embarks on a quest to…

Sunak announces £35 million investment to boost grassroots cricket in…

Rishi Sunak, known for his love of cricket, has announced a £35 million investment plan to boost grassroots cricket facilities and enhance access to the sport in schools. The British Prime Minister shared his excitement about harnessing the "magic of cricket" to engage more young people in physical activity by…

Well-known doctor dies of rare ailment, family alleges negligence

One of the best doctors in the country died in a NHS-run hospital from a condition he was an expert in treating, his wife said during an inquest in Manchester Coroners Court, according to media reports. Professor Amit Patel was the first person to be qualified in stem cell transplantation…

Billie Eilish gains followers on Instagram after her ‘close friends’…

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish stirred up a frenzy among her 114 million Instagram followers by adding them all to her close friends list. This move, reportedly made on Thursday, was met with widespread excitement and speculation among fans. Shortly after the addition, followers received notifications about a cryptic Instagram story…

India elections: Congress manifesto promises jobs, support for farmers

The Indian National Congress unveiled its manifesto on Thursday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, outlining a slew of promises aimed at addressing various socio-economic issues across the country. Titled 'Nyay Patra', the manifesto emphasizes five key pillars of justice and 25 guarantees and was released at the All India…

Indian student group launches visa campaign

ONE of the prominent Indian student representative organisations in the UK began a new 'Fair Visa, Fair Chance' campaign in favour of the post-study Graduate Route visa. The National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK, which had originally campaigned for the visa that allows international graduates the chance to…

Chandrayaan success propels Ramesh Kunhikannan to billionaire status

The founder and CEO of Kaynes Technology, based in Mysore, India, has made his debut on the Forbes billionaire list this week. Ramesh Kunhikannan's ascent to this financial pinnacle, with a net worth totaling $1.2 billion, is attributed to his company's pivotal role in India's Chandrayaan-3 mission. Under the Chandrayaan-3…

Father sues Texas Hindu temple for branding 11-year-old son

AN Indian American man whose 11-year-old son was branded with a hot iron rod as part of a religious ceremony in 2023 has sued a Hindu temple in Texas, US, and its parent company seeking more than $1 million in damages. Vijay Cheruvu, a Fort Bend county resident, said his…

‘Kill’ Teaser out: Lakshya Lalwani’s debut film is a gory…

Makers of action-thriller Kill starring debutant Lakshya in the lead role have finally released its teaser. The makers on Thursday took to its official Instagram account to share the teaser. A regular train trip to New Delhi turns into a battleground as two commandos face a group of attacking bandits.…

Study predicts prostate cancer cases will double by 2040

A Lancet report published on Friday predicts a significant surge in new prostate cancer cases worldwide over the next two decades. The study forecasts that annual new cases will more than double from 1.4 million in 2020 to 2.9 million by 2040. Researchers attribute this rise to demographic shifts, particularly…

Prabhas, Deepika’s ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ postponed due to India polls

It looks like fans have to wait a little longer to watch Prabhas and Deepika Padukone-starrer Kalki 2898 AD on the big screen, as the film's release has been postponed because of the Lok Sabha polls 2024. As per a source, the film, which was supposed to be out on…

Senior doctors accept improved pay offer and end strikes

Senior doctors in England have voted to accept an improved offer from the government on pay and conditions, easing some pressure on National Health Service (NHS) after months of disruptive strike action. The British Medical Association (BMA) trade union said on Friday about 83 per cent of senior doctors, also…

Asda posts flat growth, market share shrinks

Supermarket chain Asda has slipped in terms of profitability and market share during the last three months, amid intense price wars in this segment. Promoted by billionaire Issa brothers and private equity firm TDR Capital, Asda's sales growth was flat at 0.8 per cent in the last three months when…

Bird flu pandemic could be ‘100 times worse than Covid’,…

Experts have warned that a bird flu pandemic could be far deadlier than Covid-19, with the potential to kill up to half of those infected. The H5N1 strain of bird flu is causing concern, as it has been found in various mammals, including humans, raising fears of a global epidemic.…

Burial with dictionaries, pets: Weird requests appall London’s funeral services

The act of burial dates back thousands of years, offering a final resting place for the departed. Even in the excavations of the Indus Valley civilisation, the burials used to take place, where a dead person was buried with pots of grains and necessary items that would help the person…

UNHRC passes resolution on discrimination against intersex people

The UN Human Rights Council made a significant stride on Thursday (4) by passing a resolution aimed at addressing discrimination against intersex people, despite encountering opposition from certain nations regarding the terminology used. The resolution received approval from 24 out of 47 council members, with none voting against it and…

India’s central bank holds interest rates

India's central bank kept interest rates unchanged for the seventh time in a row on Friday, as it sees both lingering inflation risks and strong economic growth. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said its benchmark "repo rate", the level at which the central bank lends to commercial banks, would…

Study attributes decline in academic freedom to restriction of free…

Academic freedom is on the decline globally, according to a recent index released in Paris, France. The Academic Freedom Index -- based on input from more than 2,300 experts in 179 countries, was published last month as part of a report on democracy by the V-Dem Institute at Sweden's University…

Sadiq Khan pledges to build ‘rent control homes’ across London

LONDON mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has pledged to build 6,000 new affordable homes with capped rents linked to keyworker incomes. Khan also called for a revolution in renters’ rights, with far-reaching reforms to improve the position of those renting their home in the city. He proposed a new funding of…

British billionaire Joe Lewis avoids jail in insider trading case,…

British billionaire Joe Lewis was fined $5 million (£4m) by a US judge for insider trading. The judge also ordered him to serve three years of probation. Lewis, founder of the Tavistock Group, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud. He admitted passing inside information on his portfolio companies to…

New laws to put British workers first come into force

UK businesses will now have pay more to overseas workers with skilled worker visas as the new laws to cut migration and put British workers first comes to force. The general salary threshold for those arriving in the UK on a skilled worker visa has now increased by 48 per…

Leaked footage of ‘Ramayana’ starring Ranbir Kapoor goes viral

The much-anticipated project, Nitesh Tiwari's Ramayana, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Lord Ram, has commenced its filming journey amidst a flurry of excitement. Netizens were treated to glimpses of the grandeur unfolding on set, with leaked footage offering a sneak peek into the project's ambitious vision. With Kapoor poised to take…

Jamming together: Rahman and Imtiaz Ali on music, movies and…

One is a director, the other a composer. And together Imtiaz Ali and A R Rahman, the duo behind hit albums of films such as Rockstar, Highway, and Tamasha, are just two music aficionados jamming together. The two, back together for Amar Singh Chamkila, say theirs is a connection that…

‘Monkey Man’: Critics hail Dev Patel’s directorial debut

Dev Patel, known for his captivating performances in such films as Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, takes on a new role both in front of and behind the camera in his latest project Monkey Man. The film, which also features Sobhita Dhulipala and Sikander Kher in pivotal roles, explores themes of…

Palmer’s hat-trick seal sensational Chelsea win over Manchester United

In a dramatic clash at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea orchestrated a remarkable comeback to snatch a thrilling 4-3 victory over Manchester United, with Cole Palmer emerging as the undeniable hero of the day with his hat-trick heroics. The match kicked off with Chelsea setting the pace early on, as they surged…

Shashank Singh 29-ball 61 takes Punjab to a thrilling win…

Shashank Singh's 29-ball 61 propelled Punjab Kings to a thrilling victory against Gujarat Titans in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday. Shashank's unbeaten fifty, coupled with Ashutosh Sharma's quickfire 17-ball 31, enabled Punjab to chase down the 200-run target with one ball to spare, overshadowing Shubhman Gill's 89…

Man extradited from Pakistan convicted of killing Sharon Beshenivsky

A 75-year-old man who was extradited from Pakistan was on Thursday (4) convicted of the murder of a police officer nearly 20 years ago. Piran Ditta Khan fled Britain after the shooting of police constable Sharon Beshenivsky who was killed as she tried to foil a robbery at a travel…

Muslim community members decline White House Iftar invite: reports

MEMBERS of the Muslim community in the US have declined the White House’s iftar dinner invitation this week, protesting the Biden administration’s continued support for Israel amid humanitarian concerns in Palestine, according to multiple media reports. “Many of the invitees, distressed over president (Joe) Biden’s support for Israel’s war in…

Superbug outbreak linked to eye drops from India

One person died and dozens were infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an outbreak linked to three types of eye drops manufactured by an Indian company, according to media reports. Health officials said at least 52 people had been infected by the burkholderia cepacia bacteria, a superbug that can be fatal…

M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ now available on Netflix

M Night Shyamalan’s Split, which premiered in 2016, is now available to stream on Netflix. The psychological thriller stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man struggling with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who kidnaps and imprisons three girls in a secret underground facility. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest…

After British Royals, Japan’s Imperial Family join the gram

Japan's Imperial Family recently made its debut on Instagram, joining the ranks of other royal households that have long embraced social media platforms. Led by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, the family's presence on Instagram marks a significant departure from tradition for the world's oldest continuing monarchy. While Japan's Imperial…

British actor Adrian Schiller passes away aged 60

Adrian Schiller, a seasoned actor whose career spanned more than three decades, passed away suddenly at the age of 60, leaving behind a legacy of memorable performances on both stage and screen. Best known for his roles in popular television series such as The Last Kingdom and Victoria, Schiller's untimely…

Reform UK drops two more candidates over racist comments on…

Reform UK has removed two more parliamentary candidates from their roster amidst allegations of racist remarks on social media. Campaign group Hope Not Hate uncovered tweets by Jonathan Kay and Mick Greenhough, where derogatory comments were made about Muslims and black individuals. Reform UK is a right-wing populist political party…

Air India revamps loyalty programme

Air India has launched a revamped loyalty programme that the airline claims has customer-friendly features and a simplified new structure. The Tata-owned airline has said its loyalty programme Flying Returns has moved away from the legacy model of miles-based collection of points to a spend-based approach. It will now be…

‘Monkey Man’: Dev Patel-starrer to release in India on THIS…

Dev Patel, who is best known for starring in the multiple Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, is making his directorial debut with the much-anticipated Monkey Man, which enters cinemas worldwide on April 5, 2024. The film was set to release in India on April 19. However, some media outlets reported that…

Virgin Atlantic announces fifth direct flight to India

WITNESSING "infinite demand" in the strong Indian aviation market, British carrier Virgin Atlantic said it will start an additional daily flight connecting Mumbai and London from October. The airline added that it will look to expand its codeshare partnership with IndiGo. Currently, Virgin Atlantic operates two daily flights to London…

Abu Dhabi Hindu temple sees 350,000 footfall in just one…

The temple, which is the first stone Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, saw maximum footfall, especially on the weekends, in just a month of inauguration. The temple, built with a similar architecture to India's Ram Mandir, was inaugurated by India's Modi in February and was opened to the public on…

Priyanka Chopra resumes filming ‘Heads Of State’ after vacation in…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who recently enjoyed her vacation with family in India, is back to work as she returns to the sets of her next Hollywood film Heads Of State. Taking to Instagram, Priyanka gave a glimpse of the script. The page had the film's title and mentioned that Harrison…

Olympic medallist Vijender Singh joins Modi’s party from Congress

INDIA's first Olympic medallist in boxing, Vijender Singh, who took a plunge in politics in April 2019 by joining the Congress, switched to prime minister Narendra Modi's party on Wednesday (3). Addressing a joint press conference with BJP leaders in New Delhi, Singh praised Modi and said that the respect…

Cambridge-educated former Indian prime minister retires

India's former prime minister and architect of India's economic reforms Dr Manmohan Singh has exited public life with his retirement from the Rajya Sabha. Soft-spoken, erudite, and modest, Singh (91) exited public life without any fanfare, somewhat akin to how this reluctant politician entered it 33 years ago. The man…

Elon Musk’s Tesla to scout sites in India for £2.4…

Tesla will send a team from the United States to India by late April to study sites for a proposed $2 billion to $3 billion (£2.4bn) electric car plant in the country. The Financial Times reported that Tesla would send a team to study sites for the plant, focusing on…

Bhumi Pednekar among five Indians part of World Economic Forum’s…

Actress Bhumi Pednekar is one of the five Indians who have been recognised as part of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Community: The Class of 2024. The international organization has come out with its list of nearly 90 changemakers under 40 who are shaping the future and accelerating…

Sobhita Dhulipala, Sikandar Kher head to US for premiere of…

Actors Sikandar Kher and Sobita Dhulipala are set for the premiere of their debut Hollywood film Monkey Man. The highly anticipated film is scheduled for a premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre followed by its release in the US on 5 April. The action-thriller follows the journey of a young…

How Cambodia’s ‘cyber slave’ industry exploits south Asians

Thousands are lured to Cambodia with promises of data entry jobs, only to find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world of forced labour. These "cyber slaves" are forced to run online scams that target people worldwide. These victims are held captive in high-security complexes, guarded by armed men. Their passports…

Singapore reports surge in scams targeting migrant maids

AS MANY AS 500 migrant maids working in Singapore fell victim to scams last year, an increase of 18 per cent from the 423 cases of duping reported in 2022, according to home affairs minister K Shanmugam. Most of the domestic workers in Singapore come from India, Sri Lanka and…

Kolkata graduate among finalists in BBC quiz contest

A London-based computational science graduate from Kolkata is part of the Imperial College London team that has entered the finals of BBC's 'University Challenge' quiz competition. Sourajit Debnath, 31, will join his four-member team as they go head-to-head with University College London (UCL) in the grand final to be telecast…

Survey: Tories set for heavy election defeat

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's Tory party is set for a heavy defeat at a national election expected this year, according to a seat projection which showed the opposition Labour winning more than 400 seats. The YouGov model, which predicts results in individual parliamentary seats based on estimated vote share, projected…

First batch of Indian construction workers leave for Israel

The first batch of 64 construction workers from Indian states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were flagged off by Israeli ambassador Naor Gilon and government officials on Tuesday. The Israeli ambassador hoped that the workers would become 'ambassadors' of the great people-to-people relations between the two countries. He said the…

Balmoral Castle in Scottish highlands to be opened to public…

This grand castle, exclusively used by the royal family, will be opened to the public this summer. King Charles has made this unprecedented decision for Balmoral Castle, where the public can explore the Scottish highlands. The tickets for guided tours of the castle will offer glimpses into royal quarters. The…

Former top court judges call for halting arms sales to…

Three former Supreme Court justices have joined more than 600 members of the British legal profession in calling for the government to halt arms sales to Israel, saying it could make Britain complicit in genocide in Gaza. Echoing the growing number of opposition politicians who have called for a halt…

Deepika Padukone’s ‘Deewani Mastani’ features on Oscars’ Instagram page

Deepika Padukone's fans can't keep calm as the actress' hit song 'Deewani Mastani' from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Bajirao Mastani recently featured on The Academy's official Instagram handle. Taking to Instagram handle, the Oscars' official page The Academy shared Padukone’s dance video and captioned it, “Deepika Padukone performing "Deewani Mastani"…

Warner Bros set to bring ‘Matrix 5’ helmed by Drew…

Sci-fi classic Matrix is getting a fifth installment, Warners Bros. announced on Wednesday. The film will be directed by Drew Goddard, known for writing movies such as The Cloverfield, World War Z, and The Martian. Former co-director-writer Lana Wachowski is serving as an executive producer. The plot details are still…

Indian-American lawmakers demand action on rise in hate crimes against…

Five Indian-American lawmakers have called on the United States Department of Justice and the FBI for a briefing regarding a surge in "hate crimes targeting Hindus" and vandalism of temples across the country this year. In a letter addressed to Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division,…

Amnesty creates museum on enforced disappearances in south Asia

Amnesty International has partnered with more than 20 human rights organisations campaigning against enforced disappearance in south Asia and created Footprints - a digital museum recording the stories of the victims. Enforced disappearance is a crime under international law, but is used by states across the world to silence dissent…

Had to unlearn a few things as musician: Diljit Dosanjh…

The best thing about acting is that one can start from zero, says singer-star Diljit Dosanjh who had to "unlearn" certain things to play the character of slain Punjabi musician Amar Singh Chamkila in the upcoming Imtiaz Ali film. Dosanjh, who is a popular name in not just Punjabi and…

Oxford, UCL conduct trial tests to study Alzheimer’s and dementia

The University College London and the University of Oxford are conducting research on Alzheimer's and dementia-oriented diseases in the UK, with a total of 5000 volunteers participating. The five-year project will take blood samples for the test of dementia, which will raise the hope that there will be better facilities…

Sunil Narine’s 39-ball 85 takes Kolkata Knight Riders top of…

If you thought 200 runs in a T20 game was a big deal, Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) batting performance on Wednesday will make you rethink about the format, especially in the Indian Premier League (IPL). West Indies' Sunil Narine scored a smashing 39-ball 85 to lead KKR to the second-best…

US seeks Indian refineries’ help to make Russia oil price…

THE G7 price cap on Russian oil shipments is cutting the revenue that Moscow has available to support its invasion of Ukraine, and the mechanism's effectiveness is helped by the recent actions of Indian refiners, US officials will say in New Delhi on Thursday (4), according to prepared remarks. The…

The Role of Technology in Modern Supply Chain Finance Management

Supply chain finance is a strate­gic method for managing working capital that aims to optimize cash flows throughout the e­ntire supply chain. It encompasses various financial te­chniques, including invoice discounting, factoring, and dynamic discounting, which assist businesse­s in enhancing liquidity and minimizing financing expense­s. Technology plays a vital role­ in…

Online Slots: Transforming Gambling

In the digital age, the clinking of coins and the mesmerizing whir of slot reels are no longer confined to the bustling floors of traditional casinos. Online slots have emerged as a powerhouse in the gambling world, captivating a global audience with their immersive gameplay and enticing rewards. This surge…

Mannat Noor: Small town dreams to stardom

SINGING sensation Mannat Noor shot to fame globally when her song Laung Laachi became the first commercial Indian music video to cross one billion views on YouTube in 2019.  However, the silken-voiced talent isn’t defined by the super hit track alone and has delivered marvellous music releases across a range…

White House asks NASA to create a standard time zone…

There are 24 standard time zones in the world, each approximately 15 degrees of longitude apart. But the White House now wants the Moon to have its own time zone and has directed NASA to establish a unified time standard for the Earth's only natural satellite and other celestial bodies,…

Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, and the Jonas Brothers demand protection…

Artificial intelligence is taking over all industries, boosting efficiency, but after DeepFake cases, of famous personalities. Famous artists are demanding protection against the use of AI in music. A coalition of over 200 prominent musicians, including industry heavyweights such as Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, and the Jonas Brothers, have united…

Spaces for prayers multiply across football stadiums and motorways

FROM Selfridges to motorway service stations, the number of prayer spaces in the UK has grown.  More rooms to worship or contemplate for men and women have opened in shopping centres, universities and football stadiums across the country.   Multi-faith prayer spaces include the fourth floor of Selfridges department store…

Is Britain really a Christian country?

EASTER brings the usual debate about whether Britain is a Christian country.  I saw one set of statistics from an Islamic organisation that says “more people in Britain attend mosques than the Church of England. It is for the first time that Muslims have overtaken Anglicans. According to figures, 930,000…

Vivek Murthy: Excessive screen time harms teenagers’ well-being

US surgeon-general has raised concerns about the impact of excessive screen time on British teenagers, warning that it's hindering their ability to engage in face-to-face conversations, reported The Times. Vivek Murthy added that prolonged screen time will also have a significant impact on the mental well-being of teenagers. During a…

Stop scaring the public, says Lord Bilimoria on visa restrictions

THE government’s decision to impose visa restrictions on international students to cut immigration figures is “anti-universities” and “economic illiteracy”, according to a peer and university chancellor. From January, the Home Office stopped postgraduate students from bringing their families with them when studying in the UK. When he announced the restriction,…

Mindy Kaling’s ‘Velma’ Season 2 announces premiere date

Max has announced the premiere date for Season 2 of its adult animated comedy series, Velma, which stars Mindy Kaling. The second season is set to premiere on April 25, 2025. Max announced on X that “all the new movies, series, and shows coming your way this April,” including Velma…

Akshaya Patra feted at UN for its four billionth meal

The Akshaya Patra Foundation's historic milestone of serving four billion meals was celebrated at the United Nations headquarters on Tuesday (2). Founded in 2000, this Indian non-profit runs 72 kitchens, and feeds 2.1 million children every day in 24,000 schools. The Permanent Mission of India to the UN hosted a…

Charithra Chandran attends premiere of ‘How to Date Billy Walsh’…

Charithra Chandran attended the premiere of her new rom-com How to Date Billy Walsh held at Conway Hall on Tuesday (April 2) in London. The 27-year-old actress was seen with her co-star Sebastian Croft. They were also joined at the premiere by other co-stars Daisy Jelley and Tim Downie. Tanner…

Finding peace at Ramadan’s end

AKTAR HUSSAIN, an accountant from Rochdale, has come to East London Mosque in Whitechapel, where he will spend the last ten days of Ramadan. It is known as itikaf, which in the Arabic language means to adhere or commit oneself to something. In Islam, it marks a particular person taking…

Bangladeshi Hindus in UK celebrate Holi, Gour Purnima

In a historic milestone, the Bangladesh Hindu Association (UK) marked a momentous occasion by celebrating the Holi Festival and Gour Purnima at the prestigious House of Commons for the very first time. The event, which took place on Thursday, March 21, 2024, was graciously hosted by Sir Stephen Timms MP…

‘I put people at the centre of everything,’ says Chanel…

CHANEL CEO Leena Nair has said she “really, really cares about people and puts them at the centre of everything” she does, adding that it isn’t about lip service for her. Nair, who became CEO of the luxury fashion house in 2021, also described how she has been a “champion…

Adarsh Gourav teams up with Oaff for a single

Actor Adarsh Gourav and musician Oaff have teamed up again for their latest song titled ‘Bechaini’. The duo, known for their creative synergy, has co-written and co-composed the track. The inspiration behind the song stems from their personal conversation about reminiscing childhood and teenage years of that quintessential 'butterfly' in…

Arsenal CEO proud of restoring Gunners’ glory and faith of…

ARSENAL chief executive officer Vinai Venkatesham took the decision to leave the club after feeling a sense of fulfilment as the team returned as one of the top sides in Europe.  Venkatesham, 42, has been with the north London club for 14 years, during which it experienced a number of…

Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman to lead remake of ‘War of…

British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman are set to headline Searchlight's adaptation of The Roses, a modern retelling of the 1989 dark comedy The War of the Roses, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Under the direction of Jay Roach, known for his versatility in blending comedy and drama,…

Bangladesh’s hijra community embraced at new mosque

KICKED out of other prayer services, members of Bangladesh’s hijra (as transgender women in south Asia are commonly known) community have been welcomed at a new mosque in the country with the promise of worship without discrimination. The humble structure, a single-room shed with walls and a roof clad in…

Higher child benefit payments for families from April 6

Millions of families who claim child benefit will automatically receive increased payments from April 6. Families with one child will now receive up to £1,331 a year – an increase of £83.20, and up to £881 a year per additional child – an increase of £54.60. There is no limit…

Classical celebration of cross-cultural composers

THIS year’s Leeds Lieder Festival, taking place from April 13 to 21, is filled with musically rich shows across the city that includes the world premiere of Punjabi Proverbs at the Sikh Centre. The brand-new work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad features soprano Nina Kanter, baritone Oscar Castellino and pianist Keval Shah.…

Home secretary Cleverly hosts community Iftar reception at 10 Downing…

In a noteworthy gesture of inclusivity and cultural appreciation, the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, James Cleverly MP, recently played host to a community Iftar at the iconic 10 Downing Street in Westminster. The event, held on Tuesday, March 27th, 2024, welcomed 30 distinguished Muslims from various corners of…

Sonal Panwar: ‘Comedy is a cool medium’

SUPER-HIT sitcom Happu Ki Ultan Paltan (streamin on ZEE) has been such a huge success that it recently crossed 1,200 episodes. The ensemble cast of the popular show includes the talented young actress Sonal Panwar, playing a devoted police officer. Her portrayal of the unpredictable title character’s honest daughter has…

Birthday special: Top 10 films of Ram Gopal Varma

RAM GOPAL VARMA has been entertaining audiences in various Indian languages ever since he made his debut as a writer/director with the hit Telugu film Siva in 1989. In a rollercoaster career filled with highs, lows and unexpected twists, the cinema maverick has delivered movies in a wide array of…

Sonakshi Sinha steals the show in ‘Tilasmi Bahein’ from ‘Heeramandi’

Celebrated Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday dropped the second song from his much-anticipated streaming show Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. Titled “Tilasmi Bahein,” the song has been composed by the director himself and features Sonakshi Sinha in her most ethereal avatar yet. It has been sung by Sharmistha Chatterjee and…

Mohsin Naveed Ranjha: Combining heritage with style statements

WHETHER it’s womenswear, menswear or wedding couture, Mohsin Naveed Ranjha has made a name for himself globally with his chic and stylish creations. The celebrated Pakistani fashion designer recently opened a standalone design studio in the heart of London, next to Regent’s Street. The London studio includes ready-to-wear, luxury capsule…

British man’s son criticises government over father’s India detention

THE son of a British man held in an Indian jail for more than five years awaiting trial on Tuesday (2) criticised the government over its response to the case. Arms dealer Christian Michel, 62, has been detained in India since December 2018 after being extradited from the United Arab…

Nature’s healing touch

NATURE has always been my sanctuary. A sense of calm washes over me the moment I step out in the open air. The rustling leaves, chirping birds and soft scent of earth act as a soothing balm for my soul. This profound connection with nature isn’t unique to me. Many…

Isha Ambani sells LA mansion to Ben Affleck and Jennifer…

Isha Ambani, daughter of India's wealthiest individual, Mukesh Ambani, has sold her opulent mansion in Los Angeles to the renowned Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. The staggering amount exchanged for the property amounts to £48 million ($61 million). The mansion, which served as a temporary residence for Isha…

ECB chief denies plans to cut first-class counties as ‘conspiracy…

ENGLAND and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Richard Gould has dismissed suggestions the governing body wants to cut any of the 18 first-class counties adrift as a "totally mad conspiracy theory". With the global growth of lucrative franchise leagues and their knock-on effects on the domestic schedule, fears have been…

Brief history of Bollywood break-ups

FOR many decades, divorce was such a taboo in Bollywood that many couples remained unhappily married – but that has all changed in spectacular fashion in the past 15 years. [caption id="attachment_287584" align="alignright" width="300"] Asha Bhosle and RD Burman[/caption] With actress Esha Deol recently separating from her husband of 11…

Indian economy to grow at 7.5 per cent this year,…

INDIAN economy is projected to grow at 7.5 per cent in 2024, the World Bank has said, revising its earlier projections for the same period by 1.2 per cent. Overall, growth in South Asia is expected to be strong at 6 per cent this year, driven mainly by robust growth…

Paintings at Royal Academy exhibition hold mirror up to race…

EASTERN EYE readers who want to discover how British artists have depicted colonialism and slavery over the centuries should visit the Royal Academy’s (RA) latest exhibition.   Entangled Pasts 1768-Now: Art, Colonialism and Change is the RA’s “brave” response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling of slave…

Parties use deepfake videos of dead leaders ahead of India…

Death has not extinguished the decades-long rivalry between two Indian leaders: both have now seemingly risen from the grave, in digital form, to rally their supporters ahead of national elections. As India goes to a staggered general election from April 19, political parties are harnessing powerful artificial intelligence tools to…

Saree cancer: Study finds prolonged draping of garment could cause…

The five- or six-yard beauty weaved in different parts of India, with unique designs and cultural and ethnic imprints on the fabric, the saree, has now become a global fashion. But in many villages and parts of India, many women drape sarees as everyday wear, which has been further revealed…

TV show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ fires its new…

THE most successful Indian TV serial of all time ran into trouble after an incredible run of more than 4,300 episodes. When it was launched in 2009, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai became a firm fan favourite with Hina Khan and Karan Mehra in the lead roles. Then, further generation…

‘Need zero-tolerance approach’: Humza Yousaf speaks out on racist graffiti

Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf has spoken out after being targetted with Islamophobic graffiti near his family home. He emphasised the necessity of a zero-tolerance approach to hatred. Yousaf said the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 will deal with the "rising tide of hatred," reported BBC. Scotland’s…

‘Role models and equal pay can drive more Asian women…

THE multi-billion pound technology industry needs to do far more to tackle the lack of Asian woman in the sector, experts have urged. Some 18 per cent of tech roles are filled by women and only a third of those are of Asian origin, according to research by jobs website…

Sonia Mehta on why she’s back with Salaam & Funk

LISTENING to music played on tape decks and vinyl as a youngster first connected Sonia Mehta to music. It enabled her to find safety, happiness, and a way to express emotions through the compositions and poetry of Indian film songs. Later, while pursuing her studies in London, she bonded with…

Bereaved Asian couple raise funds for cold cots

An Asian-origin couple from Coventry has launched a fundraiser to donate cold cots to hospitals, after a stillborn baby was born to them, BBC reports. A cold cot is a refrigerated infant bed that allows parents to spend more time with their deceased baby. Satveer Kaur Binning was more than…

India’s Savitri Jindal among world’s richest women

WITH a net worth totalling $33.5 billion, Savitri Jindal of the Jindal Group was ranked as India's wealthiest woman and holds the sole female position among the top 10 richest women globally on Forbes' 2024 list. She is the sixth wealthiest woman and 46th wealthiest person overall on the list.…

India still in fight for FIFA world cup qualifiers, says…

EMBATTLED Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac said his side can still progress to the third round of the FIFA world cup qualifiers, putting up a brave front despite an embarrassing defeat to Afghanistan last Tuesday (26). Ranked 158 in the world, Afghanistan shocked 117-ranked India 2-1 as the…

Pakistan seeks bids for majority stake in airline

PAKISTAN is putting on the block a stake ranging from 51 per cent to 100 per cent of lossmaking national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the privatisation panel said on Tuesday (2), as part of reforms urged by the IMF. The disposal of the flag carrier represents a departure from…

Diabetes patients in England to get artificial pancreas in a…

The National Health Service (NHS) in England is set to introduce an 'artificial pancreas', a groundbreaking device poised to benefit thousands living with type 1 diabetes. This technology continually monitors blood glucose levels and automatically adjusts insulin delivery via a pump. Backed by £2.5 million from NHS England, local systems…

Bopanna breaks own record at Miami Open

ACE Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna rewrote his own record to continue as the oldest ATP Masters 1000 champion as he and his Australian partner Matt Ebden clinched the men’s doubles crown at the Miami Open. Continuing their fine run this year, the 44-year-old Bopanna and Ebden fought back from…

Debt restructure deal imminent, says Colombo

SRI LANKA is optimistic about reaching an agreement soon with bondholders to restructure about $12 billion (£9.54bn) in debt, a top official said on Monday (1), a big step that will help the island nation emerge from its worst financial crisis in decades.   China, the world’s and Sri Lanka’s…

Taylor Swift declared an official billionaire by Forbes

The star pop singer, Taylor Swift, who has not just won the hearts of 2000s but 90s and 80s kids, has been declared a billionaire by Forbes. Her wealth, attributed to her music career, global tours, and multiple releases has solely contributed to her billionaire status. She once started with…

Pakistan to probe spy agency’s ‘intimidation’ of judges on political…

PAKISTAN will set up an inquiry commission to investigate accusations by six High Court judges of interference and intimidation by the country’s powerful intelligence agencies in judicial decisions, the law minister said last Thursday (28). Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar made the announcement at a news conference in Islamabad, saying the…

Mayank Yadav bowls quickest ball of the season as Lucknow…

New pace bowling sensation Mayank Yadav clocked the quickest ball of the new IPL season at 156.7 km/h in a fiery spell to power Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) to a 28-run win over Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) on Tuesday. Riding on Quinton de Kock's 56-ball 81 and an unbeaten 40…

82nd Golden Globe Awards’ date unveiled, check out

On Tuesday, CBS and the Golden Globes announced the date for the 82nd annual ceremony. The next edition of the Golden Globes will take place on January 5, 2025. As per The Hollywood Reporter, the show will air live coast to coast from 8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT on CBS…

Azam back as Pakistan captain ahead of T20 world cup

REAPPOINTED captain Babar Azam vowed to transform Pakistan into the best team in the world after replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi as the Twenty20 helm on Sunday (31). Azam stepped down as skipper in all formats only in November after Pakistan crashed out of the 50-over World Cup in the first…

Cinema can be mirror of our times, can’t start movements:…

Cinema alone can't bring about a revolution, says actor Manoj Bajpayee, who described the art form as a tool to kickstart movements. The actor reflected on the role of films in society at the trailer launch of his upcoming ZEE5 Global film Silence 2: The Night Owl Bar Shootout on…

Sunak calls for probe into Gaza strike killing charity workers

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (2) spoke with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to demand a probe into a strike that killed charity workers in Gaza, including British citizens, a Downing Street spokesperson said. The UK also summoned Israel's ambassador in London to hear its "unequivocal condemnation" of the killing…

Priyanka Chopra boards documentary ‘Born Hungry’ as producer

Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she and her production banner Purple Pebble Pictures are set to back Barry Avrich's new feature documentary Born Hungry. Chopra Jonas and Mary Rohlich, Head of TV and Film at Purple Pebble Pictures, will serve as producers, according to Deadline. Born Hungry is a gritty drama…

Ties with India could improve after polls: Pakistan minister

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has expressed hope that ties with India will improve after the general elections in the neighbouring country. Asif's comments came days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Singapore said that Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism almost at an "industry level" and the mood in India…

Akshay Kumar, R. Madhavan, and Ananya Panday starrer titled ‘Shankara’

Indian film fans are in for a treat as the highly anticipated film Shankara gears up for release. Starring Akshay Kumar, R. Madhavan, and Ananya Panday, and produced by Karan Johar, this period drama promises to be a compelling cinematic experience. Shankara narrates the relentless fight of a lawyer against…

Birthday Special: 5 most-awaited films of Ajay Devgn

As the sun rises on April 2nd, it marks not just another day but the birthday of one of Bollywood’s most celebrated actors, Ajay Devgn. With an enviable repertoire of films and a legacy that spans decades, he remains an indelible part of Bollywood, inspiring generations of actors and leaving…

Germany to redesign football jerseys after outrage over Nazi symbolism

Amidst growing controversy, German football authorities have announced plans to redesign the number "4" on the national team's jerseys due to concerns over its resemblance to a logo associated with Nazi paramilitary units. The decision comes after social media users utilised Adidas' online customisation service to create jerseys bearing the…

UK house prices see biggest rise since December 2022, says…

House prices in the United Kingdom (UK) surged in March, marking the fastest annual increase since December 2022, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Nationwide Building Society, the UK's second-largest mortgage lender, reported that house prices were up by 1.6 per cent compared to the previous year, reaching an…

India’s top court warns yoga guru Baba Ramdev of stern…

INDIA'S top court on Tuesday (2) warned the nation's most popular yoga guru and his company of stern legal action for not complying with its directive to stop advertisements saying traditional ayurvedic medicines can fully cure some diseases. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, dressed in a saffron-coloured robe, and his co-founder…

Rentokil to buy Indian pest control firm HiCare

Pest control and hygiene services firm Rentokil Initial wants to increase its footprint in India, which has one of the world's largest pest problems. The FTSE 100 company is set to buy HiCare, India’s second-largest pest-control company, from a private equity firm, The Times reports. HiCare has 30 branches delivering…

Entrepreneur claims his anti-ageing regimen reverses epigenetic age by 5…

The anti-ageing industry is blooming with increasing demand, and people obsessed with no-wrinkle, uplifted faces are the target audience for this industry's entrepreneurs. But Bryan Johnson, a 46-year-old entrepreneur, has came up with a ground-breaking anti-ageing regimen that has actually been curated by him and that reportedly reversed his epigenetic…

Sunak says polls will happen when people feel ‘things are…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has revealed his desire to call a general election when people "feel that things are improving," reiterating his intention to hold the polls in the latter half of the year, reported The Times. During a regional radio appearance on Tuesday (2), Sunak chuckled when faced with…

Amitabh Bachchan goes on ‘unique’ undersea tunnel drive in Mumbai

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan recently went on an undersea tunnel drive in Mumbai, and he appeared to relish this novel experience. He shared his enthusiasm by posting a video on social media, where he described it as a marvel and expressed his joy at the unique adventure. Bachchan on Tuesday took…

Dev Patel’s ‘Monkey Man’ lands in trouble in India

According to reports, Dev Patel’s much-anticipated film Monkey Man has been postponed in India. The film, which marks Patel’s directorial debut and features him in the lead role alongside Sobhita Dhulipala, was initially scheduled for a release in the USA and other major territories on April 5, followed by an…

Baltimore crash: Indian crew to stay onboard during investigation

THE crew of 20 Indians and a Sri Lankan of the crippled container vessel that collided with a key Baltimore bridge last week is busy with their normal duties and will remain on board until the investigation into the accident is completed, the company that owns the vessel has said.…

Review seeks to build stronger foundations for social cohesion

IF Britain is a more anxious, fragmented and polarised society than any of us would want, how could we change that? Dame Sara Khan’s review of social cohesion finds that two decades of inquiries have produced only “intermittent” government responses, with flurries of activity in response to crises, but a “continuing…

Birmingham teacher fired for Islam dominance claims and anti-feminist views

A Muslim teacher in Birmingham, who suggested Islam was going to take over and claimed Westernised girls were “lunatics,” has been sacked. Aqib Khan was dismissed for allegedly "undermining fundamental British values," as determined by a professional misconduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency, reported The Telegraph. During his tenure…

Beyoncé’s album ‘Cowboy Carter,’ smashes Spotify records in one day

Beyoncé's latest album, Cowboy Carter, has shattered records on Spotify within just a day of its release. According to Spotify's announcement on Friday (March 29), the album has become the most-streamed album in a single day in 2024, marking the first time a country album has achieved this feat this…

Russian diamond ban by EU, G7 hurting India: Minister

THE Indian government has taken up the issue of ban on imports of Russian-origin unpolished diamonds by the 27-member European Union (EU) and G7 nations as the measure will end up hurting the domestic diamond polishing industry, foreign minister S Jaishankar has said. The initial stage of an EU and…

India rejects China’s renaming of Arunachal Pradesh locations

INDIA rejected China's renaming of about 30 places in its northeastern Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday (2), calling the move "senseless" and reaffirming that the border province is an "integral" part of India. Beijing says Arunachal Pradesh, which its calls Zangnan, is a part of South Tibet -…

Election Commission of India ropes in Ayushmann Khurrana to urge…

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has been roped in by the Election Commission of India to urge youngsters to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The 39-year-old actor features in the ECI's campaign video that encourages the youth to exercise their franchise in the upcoming elections. Khurrana, known for critically acclaimed…

New scheme to help parents save childcare costs

Rishi Sunak government's expansion of the free childcare scheme aims to close the gap in support between the end of maternity leave and a child's third birthday. This is expected to benefit thousands of couples from having to choose between family and career. The prime minister said the new scheme…

TikTok troll harasses Bangladeshi women in UK, leaves them ‘suicidal’

Women from the Bangladeshi community in the United Kingdom (UK) are facing severe distress due to relentless harassment from a TikTok troll. Despite reaching out to authorities and social media platforms, many feel helpless as the abuse continues unchecked, a BBC investigation has found. The troll, Hasan Syed, inflicts psychological…

BAPS volunteers participate in community cleanup campaign over Easter weekend

As many as 216 volunteers from 13 BAPS Swaminarayan mandirs (temples) and centres across the UK participated in the Great British Spring Clean, the nation's largest environmental cleanup campaign, over the Easter bank holiday weekend. These volunteers managed to collect an impressive total of 138 bags of litter, contributing to…

Sushant Rajput drugs case: Court grants Sameer Wankhede relief till…

The Bombay High Court on Monday said no coercive steps shall be taken against IRS officer Sameer Wankhede till April 10 on notices issued to him on the NCB's preliminary inquiry over irregularities in a drugs case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) initiated…

Shakira says ‘Barbie’ is emasculating to certain extent, her sons…

Popstar Shakira says she and her sons aren't fans of Greta Gerwig's Barbie as they found the 2023 summer blockbuster “emasculating”. The singer, who shares sons Milan (11) and Sasha (9), with former husband footballer Gerard Pique, shared her criticism about the film. Regarded as a cultural phenomenon that explored…

Pendle Labour councillors resign over ‘draconian’ policy shift

A GROUP of 20 Pendle councillors resigned on Monday (1) from the Labour party, accusing it of a ‘draconian’ shift in policy, of bullying councillors, stifling free speech and hindering them from standing for election. They said Labour nationally no longer reflects their views and they were elected to represent…

Pandya gets booed again as Rajasthan hand Mumbai third loss…

Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by six wickets to register their third consecutive win in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. Pandya had another unforgettable evening after he met with boos at the toss by the home fans, prompting presenter…

Relief for Imran Khan as court suspends graft sentence

JAILED former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife had their 14-year prison sentences for graft suspended by a Pakistan high court on Monday (1), his party said. Khan has been tangled in more than 200 legal cases since he was ousted in April 2022, in what he said was…

Priyanka Chopra lends voice for new film ‘Tiger’, announces release…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the release date of her new project titled Tiger and shared how it was fun lending her voice to this incredible story and exploring the jungles through this film. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Priyanka treated fans with the film's poster along with a note. The…

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‘Panic is a huge form of creativity,’ says Shekhar Kapur…

Celebrated filmmaker Shekhar Kapur opened up about his hidden fears at the recently concluded Cinevesture International Film Festival in Chandigarh, India, and said that he finds panic is a huge form of creativity. Kapur, the director behind such notable films as Masoom, Mr. India, Bandit Queen, Elizabeth, The Four Feathers,…

Low-fat vegan diet reduces insulin needs and lowers heart disease…

A recent study has revealed promising results regarding the efficacy of a low-fat vegan diet in managing Type 1 diabetes and reducing the risk of heart disease. Conducted by researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the US and published in the Clinical Diabetes journal, the study sheds…

‘Burn wives’ sarees first’: Hasina slams opposition’s India boycott call

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina has criticised opposition leaders demanding a boycott of Indian products, questioning how many Indian sarees their wives own and why they aren't burning them. Speaking at a gathering of the ruling Awami League, she targetted Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders for their boycott stance, alleging…

Satyajit Ray showed us cinema can be social commentary: Ayushmann…

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana on Monday penned a note praising legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He wrote, "Satyajit Ray has inspired us all. You can keep discovering and rediscovering the layers every time you watch his cinema. He has shown how inspiring cinema can be as a medium and how it can…

VAT relief for small businesses comes into effect

Small businesses will receive a boost as the VAT registration threshold has been raised to £90,000 from £85,000, which would free 28,000 businesses from paying the tax. This is part of chancellor Jeremy Hunt's host of incentives announced during his spring budget that came into effect from April 1. The…

Mouth bacteria linked to colon cancer growth, says study

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. While some risk factors are well-established, such as diet and lifestyle choices, the exact causes of colon cancer are complex and not fully understood. A recent groundbreaking study published in the journal Nature has…

Pant’s 50 helps Delhi overcome Chennai

Rishabh Pant led from the front with his first IPL fifty since his comeback from a horror car crash as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs on Sunday. Captain Pant hit 51 off 32 balls after fellow left-hander David Warner smashed 52 and helped Delhi to 191-5…

Bankman-Fried’s former aides await sentences

With the crypto exchange FTX's former billionaire boss Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced on March 28, the focus is now on the fate of three former members of his inner circle. Caroline Ellison, Nishad Singh and Gary Wang admitted their roles in the fraud and provided testimony at Bankman-Fried’s trial in return…

‘I want to create an India in UK,’ says veteran…

“I want to create an India in the UK,” veteran producer Vashu Bhagnani's words efficiently sum up his dream of leaving a global footprint of the illustrious Indian cinema with his film studio in the UK. Touted as a "one-stop-shop", Bhagnani's Pooja Studios emerged as one of the most film-friendly…

Scotland’s hate crime law, opposed by Musk and Rowling, comes…

Scotland's new hate crime law, which has been criticised by many including the likes of Elon Musk and JK Rowling, came into force on Monday. The new law, called the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act, aims to make Scotland safer by strengthening laws against hate crimes. However, its…

Ram Charan, wife Upasana celebrate Easter in Thailand

Power couple Ram Charan and his wife Upasana are currently vacationing in Thailand. The official Instagram account for their pet Rhyme shared a picture wishing fans a Happy Easter and writing, "Happy Easter Sunday, adults only pic! Ok!" In the image, Upasana and Ram can be seen posing with their…

Congress ‘callously’ ceded island to Sri Lanka, says Modi

INDIA'S half-century-old decision to end a territorial dispute with Sri Lanka over a tiny island has become a hot-button election issue, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party accusing the rival Congress of compromising fishermen's rights. A 1976 agreement barred Indian fishermen from waters around the 285-acre (115-hectare) island Katchatheevu in…

Barclays faces investors’ ire over Eros bonds issue

Barclays is facing investors' anger for mishandling the bond issue of India-based Bollywood film group Eros, This is Money reports. The investors have approached the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Ombudsman claiming they incurred losses due to Barclays' tardiness in dealing with the Eros flip-flop over its bond buyback…

How The Guardian pulled off iconic San Serriffe hoax on…

On April 1st, 1977, The Guardian newspaper embarked on a whimsical journey, taking its readers to the fantastical islands of San Serriffe, a semicolon-shaped paradise nestled near the Seychelles. What ensued was a masterful blend of satire, journalistic experimentation, and social commentary that continues to captivate audiences to this day.…

Emirati artisans fight to safeguard embroidery tradition called Al Talli

Far from Dubai's glitzy towers, Mariam al-Kalbani's henna-dyed fingers weave brightly coloured threads in a skill she hopes young Emirati women watching her can preserve for the future. The art of hand-weaving braided shiny ribbons to adorn traditional clothing and bags is called Al Talli, and is on UNESCO's Intangible…

Reema Maya to direct digital version of ‘Student of the…

Producer Karan Johar says Reema Maya of Nocturnal Burger fame will direct the series adaptation of his Student of the Year franchise. The filmmaker made the announcement on the closing day of the Cinevesture International Film Festival (CIFF) in Chandigarh on Sunday. "Reema Maya will be directing the digital version…

Indian opposition leader sent to jail until April 15 in…

AN Indian court sent Delhi chief minister and key opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal to jail until April 15 in a liquor graft case on Monday (1), local media reported, less than three weeks before the country begins voting in national elections. India's financial crime-fighting agency had arrested Kejriwal in connection…

Aamir Khan my favourite, says Turkish envoy to India

Ambassador of Turkiye to India Firat Sunel is a fan of Bollywood movies, especially the Aamir Khan-starrer Laal Singh Chaddha, a film the diplomat says he has watched at least four times. Laal Singh Chaddha, which was an authorised remake of the Hollywood classic Forrest Gump, was "more successful" than…

India’s opposition parties hold joint protest rally

Indian opposition parties united on Sunday to hold a 'Loktantra Bachao' (save democracy) rally against the arrest of a prominent leader weeks before a national election, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party of rigging the vote and harassing them with large tax demands. "Narendra Modi is trying match-fixing…

King Charles attends Easter Sunday service

King Charles attended the annual Easter church service in Windsor on Sunday, his first appearance at a public royal event since his cancer diagnosis was announced in February. Charles, 75, waved as he and Queen Camilla arrived by car at St George's Chapel, the resting place of his late mother…

Conservatives may win less than 100 seats: Survey

Rishi Sunak's Conservative party is set to win less than 100 seats in the general election and draw a blank in Scotland and Wales, according to a survey published in The Sunday Times. Around 15,000 people were surveyed by Survation, on behalf of Best for Britain. It indicated that the…

Despite populism, Modi a hit among Indian elites: Report

Elites may usually dislike populist leaders globally, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeing increasing support among educated voters, The Economist has said. In an article titled 'Why India's elites back Narendra Modi', the publication said, "Three factors - class politics, economics, and elite admiration for strongman rule - help…

Lucknow registers its first season win

IPL debutant Mayank Yadav turned an unlikely hero after he picked up three crucial wickets to help Lucknow Super Giants to their first season win on Saturday. Lucknow beat Punjab Kings by 21 runs in their home ground after they posted 199-8, powered by Quinton de Kock's fifty and a…

Baltimore crash: Racist cartoon targeting Indian crew sparks outrage

In the aftermath of the devastating collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge, which claimed the lives of six individuals, including presumed casualties, a disturbing incident has emerged that has sparked widespread condemnation. A US-based webcomic, Foxford Comics, shared a cartoon that depicted the incident in a deeply offensive manner.…

British Indian teen first to receive NHS’ innovative cancer treatment

YUVAN THAKKAR,  a British Indian teenager diagnosed with cancer, says he is now able to enjoy the things he loves after life-changing treatment thanks to a fund set up by the NHS to make innovative therapies accessible to thousands of patients. According to NHS England, 16-year-old Thakkar from Watford near…

Counter-terrorism police probe stabbing of journalist

COUNTER-TERRORISM detectives are investigating after a journalist working for a Persian language media organisation was stabbed in London on Friday (29) amid fears he had been targeted because of his job, police said. Police said the man, aged in his 30s, was attacked and sustained an injury to his leg…

Sunak laments missing time with daughters as prime minister

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has admitted it is a hard balance for him to strike as the father of two young children and holding the top job of leading the country through various crises. In a friendly podcast interview for The Times with former Tory leader William Hague, the 43-year-old…

Biden assures Pakistan’s Sharif of continuous support

MARKING the first official communication with a Pakistani premier in years, US president Joe Biden has dashed off a letter to prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressing continuous support and highlighted that the ties between the two nations are critical for bilateral and regional peace and security. President Biden’s letter broke…

Dev Patel says Shah Rukh’s work inspired him to make…

Dev Patel, who was last seen in David Lowery’s epic medieval fantasy adventure film The Green Knight, is presently busy promoting his next film Monkey Man. What makes the project very special for him is the fact that he has not only played the lead role in it but has…

Alia Bhatt sings ‘Ikk Kuddi’ at her charity gala dinner…

As reported earlier, Alia Bhatt recently hosted her first charity gala in London. The actress organised the Hope Gala on Thursday evening to raise funds for underprivileged adolescents in India through the Salaam Bombay Foundation. The event was attended by many renowned personalities. Musician Harshdeep Kaur, comedian Rohan Joshi, and…

‘Oppenheimer’ releases in Japan after months of nuclear theme concerns

Oscar-winning film Oppenheimer finally premiered in Japan, where J. Robert Oppenheimer's nuclear weapons led to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. While the world cheered for the movie, Japan had been left out of the global screening until now. The film, however, made its way to the theatres…

Kolkata secure dominant victory over Bengaluru despite Kohli’s 83 not…

VIRAT KOHLI batted out the innings for Royal Challengers Bengaluru with his second straight Indian Premier League half-century on Friday (29) but Kolkata Knight Riders still cruised to a seven-wicket victory. Chasing the home side's 182-6, Kolkata reached their target with 19 balls to spare when skipper Shreyas Iyer hit…

Varun, Arjun & Diljit will star in ‘No Entry’ sequel,…

Actors Varun Dhawan, Diljit Dosanjh, and Arjun Kapoor will feature in the follow-up to the hit comedy No Entry, producer Boney Kapoor confirmed. Anees Bazmee, who helmed the 2005 film, featuring Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, and Fardeen Khan, is returning for the sequel. The original stars won't feature in the…

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2024 begins on 2nd…

As the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2024 prepares to grace the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace from July 2nd to 7th, anticipation builds for a showcase of gardens that celebrate anniversaries, draw inspiration from international landscapes, and promote biodiversity. One notable anniversary being honoured at this year's…

Indian Navy rescues 23 Pakistani crew from hijacked fishing vessel

THE Indian Navy has freed an Iranian fishing vessel that was hijacked by pirates and rescued its crew of 23 Pakistani nationals, following "intense coercive tactical measures" as part of an anti-piracy operation at sea that lasted for more than 12 hours, officials said. Following Friday's (29) operation, specialist teams…

Two sentenced for mortgage fraud

Southwark Crown Court has sentenced two individuals for committing mortgage fraud by cheating lenders and violating Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) norms. The FCA initiated criminal proceedings against the pair, Larry Barreto (69) and Tassib Hussain (45), in April 2021, and they were convicted in November 2023. Between January 1, 2015,…

Abhay Deol-PIA come together for Follow the Toad

Actor Abhay Deol teams up with rising international EDM artist PIA for the captivating music video titled 'Follow the Toad.’ Directed by filmmaker Joe Sill, the video was filmed in just one day. Using advanced production techniques, the stunning video transports viewers to a mysterious and ancient world where the…

Alia Bhatt hosts Hope Gala in London; Gurinder Chadha joins…

Actress, producer, and entrepreneur Alia Bhatt hosted her first charity event Hope Gala on March 28 in partnership with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. At the event, she raised money for underprivileged adolescents in India, to help the Salaam Bombay Foundation. “I am…

Sunak’s surprise honours list angers opposition

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak is being criticised by Opposition parties for a surprise honours list which confers a knighthood on an Egyptian-born businessman who is a major donor to the Conservative Party. The list, announced late on Thursday just before the long Easter weekend, honours Mohamed Mansour, a senior treasurer…

Espionage drama ‘Berlin’ to be screened at Red Lorry Film…

After a well-received performance at International Film Festivals across the globe, Atul Sabharwal's espionage drama Berlin will be screened at the Red Lorry Film Festival. This espionage drama unravels a tale of deception, betrayal, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Cold War era. It stars Ishwak Singh, Rahul…

Olivia Colman won’t be part of ‘Heartstopper’ season 3

Oscar winner Olivia Colman has announced that she won't be returning for the third season of Netflix's comedy-drama show Heartstopper. Featuring Kit Connor and Joe Locke in lead roles, the British series is written and created by Alice Oseman, and based on her webcomic and graphic novel of the same…

Will never come out of ‘Basanti’ shadow: Hema Malini

The shadow of Basanti still looms large and Hema Malini, who references her role as the feisty tonga puller from the 1975 classic Sholay in many of her rallies, says candidly she may never come out of it. The cinema icon and BJP MP is currently seeking a third Lok…

Hope people are able to vote freely in India: UN…

A SPOKESPERSON for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he hopes that in India people's "political and civil rights are protected" and everyone can vote freely during the forthcoming general elections that will kick off from April 19. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric made these remarks on Thursday (28) while he was…

Bhopal disaster: Amnesty wants Dow to provide relief

Amnesty International has called upon Dow to take long-overdue action to provide relief to the survivors of the deadly gas leak from pesticide plant in Bhopal, India nearly forty years ago. The world's worst industrial disaster killed more than 22,000 people and 500,000 continue to suffer its consequences. Ahead of…

‘Crew’ Review: A crime comedy that will make your day

This Friday's release Crew is a heist comedy, starring Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. The trailer and the songs of the film drew positive response from the audience, taking their expectation to a new level. But does the film do justice to their expectations? Let’s…

Baltimore crash: US authorities question ship crew

US authorities have begun interviewing personnel, including Indian crew members, onboard the crippled container ship 'Dali' that collided against a key bridge in Baltimore this week. The 2.6-km-long, four-lane Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Patapsco River, came crashing down after the 984-foot ship collided against it. Shipping company Synergy…

Govinda returns to politics after 14 years

Bollywood actor Govinda, who is known for his excellent comic timing and dance steps, on Thursday joined the ruling Shiv Sena in Mumbai, making a comeback in politics after a 14-year hiatus. The former Congress Lok Sabha MP joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath…

Allu Arjun unveils his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in…

Award-winning actor Allu Arjun, who has been busy with the upcoming schedule of Pushpa 2: The Rule, received an early birthday gift. The actor's wax statue was revealed at the Madame Tussauds Museum in Dubai on Thursday. The statue features Allu Arjun's iconic 'Jhukega Nahi Sala' pose from the blockbuster…

Four Asians found guilty of killing delivery driver

FOUR men of Asian origin were found guilty on Thursday (28) of the murder of a 23-year-old delivery driver, also of Asian heritage, last August in Shrewsbury, western England. Aurman Singh was pronounced dead at the scene when the local West Mercia Police attended reports of an attack in the…

Parag’s knock helps Rajasthan beat Delhi

Riyan Parag's unbeaten 45-ball 84 propelled Rajasthan Royals to 185-5 and sealed a 12-run win over the Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League in Jaipur on Thursday. Rishabh Pant-led Delhi won the toss and chose to field first and maintained a stranglehold over the game until the second half of…

Post Office knew about faulty software, says report

Former sub-postmasters have called for a police investigation following a BBC report that the Post Office knew about the flaws in Horizon IT system, but continued to argue against sub-postmasters in the court. A draft report accessed by the BBC shows that in 2017 the Post Office was shown evidence…

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AR Rahman to set-up a Broadway in Chennai; says, ‘I’m…

Celebrated music composer AR Rahman has unveiled his plans to establish a Broadway-style theatre in Chennai, and his team is already in the process of making it happen. Speaking at the ongoing Times Now Summit 2024 in Mumbai, Rahman said, “I don't see myself only in the movie world strangely,…

Ambani’s Reliance picks up stake in rival Adani firm

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries has picked up a 26 per cent stake in a power project owned by rival billionaire Gautam Adani and signed a pact to use the plant's electricity for captive use. Reliance will pick up 50 million equity shares in Madhya Pradesh-based Mahan Energen Ltd, a wholly…

Discrimination case against hospital dismissed

An employment tribunal in Leeds has cleared a hospital in West Yorkshire of religious discrimination and racial profiling accusations made by a consultant doctor, according to media reports. Fahrat Butt, an ophthalmology specialist, who wears a hijab and covers everything other than her hands, feet and face while in public…

Oxford English Dictionary adds 23 new Japanese words

The Oxford English Dictionary has recently expanded its lexicon with the inclusion of 23 Japanese words, ranging from culinary delights to cultural concepts. Omotenashi, which describes good hospitality, characterised by “thoughtfulness, close attention to detail, and the anticipation of a guest’s needs," was also added to the dictionary. Omotenashi is…

Blue Orchid Hospitality wins LUXlife magazine award

Luxury hotels and residences promoter Blue Orchid Hospitality has been declared the winner of the Best Business Travel Arrangements Company by LUXlife magazine. LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards are given in recognition of the excellence of the sector’s best enterprises from across the globe. Blue Orchid has been recognised for…

Lord Ranger wins lengthy legal battle against former employee

ASIAN businessman and peer Lord Rami Ranger has seen claims of discrimination made against his companies by a former employee dismissed by an employment tribunal last Thursday (21). Ramandeep Kaur claimed £673,000 from Sun Mark Ltd and Sea, Air and Land Forwarding Ltd, taking her case to the president of…

Ice Stupa: The innovative Indian technique to store winter water

When we read the word 'Ice Stupa', our first thought is that it is some monument, or some naturally made structure related to Buddhism. But this is actually manually constructed in a place called Ladakh in the north-most region of India, a popular tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. The…

Pakistan beefs up security for Chinese workers after attack

Pakistan has intensified security measures to protect Chinese engineers engaged in Beijing-backed projects in the nation's northwest following a deadly suicide bombing that claimed the lives of five workers, an official announced on Wednesday (27). China stands as one of Islamabad's closest regional allies, investing billions of dollars in various…

Ukraine’s foreign minister on two-day visit to India

UKRAINE'S Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba will arrive in New Delhi on his maiden visit to India amid the festering Russia-Ukraine conflict. His visit on Thursday (28) comes at the invitation of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. During his…

Many unaware of changes in flexible working norms: Survey

Seven out of ten employees are unaware of a change in the law that will make it easier for them to avail flexible working conditions, says a survey. The amended law, which will come into force from April 6, will provide employees the right to apply for flexible work from…

‘Great rewiring’ of childhood creating anxious adults, says new book

Technology is grasping and overtaking in all fields, be it industry or everyday life. But with the ease of work, certain disadvantages are surfacing because of the increase in usage of technology. In recent years, a concerning trend has emerged, a significant rise in mental health issues among teenagers, particularly…

Zayn Malik says he wants to collaborate with Miley Cyrus

Singer Zayn Malik wants to collaborate with Miley Cyrus. Ever since launching his solo career in 2016, the former One Direction star has collaborated with such artists as Taylor Swift, Sia, and Timbaland, among others, and now he is open to joining forces with the Wrecking Ball singer. In a…

‘Always been a glorious right-wing personality’: Kangana Ranaut

From delivering some path-breaking performances in Bollywood to starting a new journey as a politician, actress Kangana Ranaut is ready to play a new role in her life. Ranaut on Wednesday opened about her new role as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi for the upcoming…

Baltimore bridge collapse: Rescuers find two bodies

THE bodies of two construction workers were found near Baltimore harbour Wednesday (27), after a giant cargo ship slammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing a thunderous collapse on Tuesday. Maryland police told reporters the workers were filling potholes on the bridge and the bodies were found trapped in…

Spielberg hails Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune: Part Two’ a masterpiece

This is high praise coming from the director behind classics like E.T. and Close Encounters. Spielberg went a step further, placing Villeneuve among the ranks of cinematic 'world-builders' like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and Federico Fellini. Villeneuve's masterful world-building resonated deeply with Spielberg, who particularly admired the scene featuring Paul…

That was insane: Pat Cummins

"Insane" was the only word that Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Pat Cummins could think of to sum up the six-hitting slugfest against Mumbai Indians in the IPL played in Hyderabad on Wednesday. It was a game of many firsts as SRH smashed 277 for three, the highest total in IPL history.…

Exclusive: Asians need better cancer services

CANCER screening services must be more culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of south Asians - especially women, a leading doctor has told Eastern Eye. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the first person of colour to lead the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA), said south Asian women were less…

King Charles to hail friendship in his Easter message

King Charles III will stress the importance of acts of friendship, "especially in a time of need", in an Easter message Thursday that follows his and the Princess of Wales's cancer diagnoses. The pre-recorded audio comments will be broadcast in his absence at a Maundy Thursday service in Worcester Cathedral…

Sri Lankan Buddhist monk gets jail for Islamophobic comments

A firebrand Sri Lankan Buddhist majority hardliner monk was on Thursday sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment for Islamophobic comments made in 2016. Galagodatte Gnanasara, 49, was additionally fined Rs 100,000 by the High Court here. The monk, who was running an anti-Muslim minority campaign since 2012, was charged…

Aditi Rao Hydari, Siddharth tie the knot

Actor couple Aditi Rao Hydari and Siddharth tied the knot on Wednesday. Reports of the duo getting married were doing rounds on social media the whole day, but there was no confirmation from either of the actors or their representatives. The news of Aditi and Siddharth tying the knot was…

Bhansali’s ‘Heeramandi’ to release on Netflix on May 1

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious web series Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar will premiere on streaming service Netflix on May 1. The release date of the much-anticipated show was announced at a drone light show event held at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in South Mumbai. A sneak peek into the world…

We are monitoring Thames Water crisis: Hunt

Finance minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that the government would continue to monitor Thames Water "very carefully" after the company said its shareholders had refused to stump up new equity. "The Treasury will continue to monitor very carefully what's happening at Thames Water. Our understanding is that the company…

Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal to launch homegrown fashion label

Actor-couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal on Thursday announced they will soon launch a fashion label that will empower and place a spotlight on local artisans. The two stars share a strong affinity for handmade clothes and with their new endeavour, they plan to breathe new life into one of…

The Role of Music in Slot Games: Crafting Soundtracks for…

If you're a game developer, sound designer, or just an avid gaming enthusiast, have you ever paused to think about the role that music plays in slot games? It's an element that's often taken for granted, yet it holds a significant influence on the gaming experience. Dive into the world…

Baltimore crash: Minor injury reported among Indian crew

THE owners of the Singapore-flagged cargo ship, Dali, announced on Wednesday (27) that one crew member from India sustained minor injury when the vessel collided with a bridge in Baltimore. However, the other 21 crew members are safe. The collision happened early Tuesday (26), causing part of the Francis Scott…

Sadhguru discharged from hospital after brain surgery

SPIRITUAL leader Sadhguru was discharged from a private hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday (27), days after he underwent an emergency brain surgery after suffering "life-threatening" bleeding in the skull, the Isha Foundation said. The foundation issued a statement that quoted joint managing director of the Apollo Hospitals Group, Sangita…

December ban on onion exports extended despite fall in prices

INDIA extended its ban on exports indefinitely – a surprise move ahead of a general election and is set to exacerbate high prices in some overseas markets.   India is the world’s biggest exporter of the vegetable and the country imposed the ban in December. It was due to expire…

Dhamija urges diaspora to believe in ‘Indian century’

ENTEPRENEUR Dinesh Dhamija has told Eastern Eye he wrote The Indian Century because he wants the 30 million-strong Indian diaspora across the world, but especially in the UK, to invest back in the mother country. The interview about his new book, in which he gives an upbeat assessment of the…

Boat migrants hit new three-month high, pressure on Sunak

More than 4,600 asylum seekers have arrived in Britain on small boats so far in 2024, a record total for the first three months of the year. This is bound to put pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his 'stop the boats' plan. Provisional data from the Home Office,…

Trafalgar Square to host Vaisakhi celebrations

Trafalgar Square will host this year's Vaisakhi celebrations in London on 6 April, a statement said. The free family event, organised by the mayor of London and supported by the Vaisakhi community advisory group, will be co-hosted by DJ and presenter Tommy Sandhu and entrepreneur, disability specialist and speaker Shani…

‘NHS waiting times can be slashed by getting surgeries done…

NHS waiting times for operations could be slashed drastically if patients had their elective surgeries done at worldclass hospitals in India. This was one of the radical ideas put forward last Tuesday (19) by senior Indian corporate leaders at a business conference in London. Another was for undergraduates and postgraduates…

Kala Pani: The history of the dreaded Andaman jail

The people who have watched the Bollywood film Swatantra Veer Savarkar must have seen the Kala Pani punishment given to all the prisoners. The prisoners are held captive at Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in the South-east sea of India. This Cellular jail not only has…

National Trust’s role is to spark debates, says Beard

THE National Trust, which has come under sustained attacks from the far-right of British politics, has been defended strongly by the classical historian Dame Mary Beard, who last week delivered the Octavia Hill Lecture. Her theme was, “Who owns the past?”   The trust, founded in 1895 by three people…

Miami Open: Bopanna-Ebden reach semifinals

INDIAN tennis stalwart Rohan Bopanna and his Australian teammate Matthew Ebden advanced to their third men's doubles semi-final this year, defeating Dutchman Sem Verbeek and Aussie John-Patrick Smith at the Miami Open. The duo, who had won the Australian Open earlier this year, overcame several unforced errors in the first…

T20 World Cup lures Amir out of retirement

FAST bowler Mohammad Amir announced last Sunday (24) that he was coming out of retirement and making himself available for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, following changes to Pakistan’s selection process which made him feel “needed”. Amir’s stop-start career was halted in 2010 after he, along with then-Pakistan Test captain…

India summons US envoy after remarks on Kejriwal arrest

India on Wednesday summoned a top United States diplomat after Washington said it was "closely watching" events following the jailing of a senior opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal weeks ahead of parliamentary elections. The US State Department had urged India to ensure a "fair, transparent, and timely legal process" for Kejriwal,…

British film stars back Kolkata charity to give street children…

THE actress Shelley King, best known for playing Yasmeen Nazir in Coronation Street and Jay Harper in Angels, has talked to Eastern Eye about a children’s street charity in Kolkata which will be marking its 25th anniversary on November 9, 2024. King, who herself lived in Kolkata till the age…

Sindhu and Srikanth lead India charge in Madrid

TWO-TIME Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and ace men’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth continued their European season at the Madrid Spain Masters tournament, which began on Tuesday (26). Last year’s finalist Sindhu, seeded second here, will square off against Wen Yu Zhang of Canada in the round-of-32 contest, while seventh seed Srikanth…

Shekhar Kapur, Karan Johar to conduct masterclass at Cinevesture Intl…

The Cinevesture International Film Festival (CIFF) on Tuesday announced the line-up of panel discussions and masterclasses at its first edition, to be held in Chandigarh from March 27 to 31. The 20 masterclasses and panel discussions will feature Shekhar Kapur, Karan Johar, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tahira Kashyap, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal,…

Kohli and Babar can spark US cricket boom, says Plunkett

ENGLAND World Cup winner Liam Plunkett says cricket superstars such as Virat Kohli and Babar Azam can help bolster the game in the United States when it hosts the T20 World Cup. The Twenty20 showpiece, which starts on June 1, is being jointly staged by the United States and the…

Why a Taj Mahal in black was planned, but never…

One of the seven wonders of the world and also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan, in the Indian city of Agra. While everyone knows the monument and the love story behind it, nobody knows about this replica of this popular…

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise set for a reboot

If you loved watching Pirates of the Caribbean films, here's an update for you. The franchise is getting a reboot. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced each of the five Pirates movies that starred Johnny Depp as his iconic pirate character Captain Jack Sparrow, in a recent interview with ComicBook.com said…

Collaborating with Ridley Scott for ‘Alien’ is like a dream…

Actor Adarsh Gourav feels fortunate to receive an opportunity to work under the supervision of legendary director Ridley Scott in the Alien prequel series The Alien prequel show, helmed by acclaimed writer and director Noah Hawley, unfolds 70 years before the events depicted in the first Alien film released in…

Supermarket offers free snacks as food bills soar

MORRISONS has teamed up with Warburtons to offer free crumpets to customers facing rising food bills this Easter. The ‘Ask for Ellen’ campaign will provide free toasted crumpets with butter and jam to anyone who asks for Ellen - no questions asked. An estimated 100,000 portions of two crumpets will…