Well-deserved recognition for Ranbir Singh Suri
A record number of 20 new peers were announced on Friday 8 August, including ennobling jewellery tycoon Ranbir Singh Suri, who has donated more than £300,000 to the Tories. This boosts the total number of peers to 850, the highest level since most hereditary peers were removed following the House of Lords Act in 1999.
Mr Suri was the founder and chairman of the British Asian Conservative Link which was set up in 1998 to encourage Asians to participate more fully in political life and is worth £40 million. ?His elevation has caused some backlash from the Labour party, with some saying that Mr Cameron is filling the House of Lords with cronies, yet the majority of the Asian community is calling for even more Asians to enter the House of Lords as their number still remains at a record low. There are at the moment around 25 Asian peers out of 850, who have had the honour bestowed upon them.
Modi slams Pakistan for proxy war against India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed Pakistan for resorting to proxy war against India. Addressing Indian Army and Air Force personnel at Leh (in the state of Jammu and Kasmir), Modi said that the "neighbouring country was incapable of fighting a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism. He said that the Indian army was suffering more casualties from terrorism than from war.
Modi, during his day-long visit to Ladakh to inaugurate a clutch of power projects, told soldiers and officers that his government won't ever compromise on the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield India has controlled since 1984. Pakistan demands demilitarization of this strategically important glacier.
Janmashtami at Bhaktivedanta Manor Janmashtami is the birthday of all birthdays, that day when we can put everything from our busy lives to one side and gather together to celebrate the birth of the all-attractive, best friend of everyone, Lord Sri Krishna! ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor holds the largest Janmashtami festival in the world outside of India, and arguably the best organized of all. This year the two day festivities will be held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August (the actual Janmashtami day).
On those days pilgrims will eagerly queue to get a glimpse of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda in Their dazzling Deity forms on the temple room shrine. The charming cowherd boy will be celebrating His birthday with Radharani, His beautiful girlfriend, and His devotees were ecstatically singing and dancing!
Imam held for supporting ISIS Jihadists
Chennai: The Ramanathapuram police in Tamil Nadu arrested a Tirupur-based Imam, who had procured T-shirts and printed slogans in support of the Islamic State in Iraq and al Shams (ISIS) before sending them to the Muslim youths in Thondi, who had posed for a group photograph sporting the T-shirts in front of a mosque recently.
Haryana polls likely in mid-October
New Delhi: The Election Commission is set to announce assembly polls in Haryana within the next fortnight, with polling likely to be held in mid-October in a single phase. Sources indicated that the schedule for the state poll, the first after NDA's emphatic win in Lok Sabha elections, may be out around August 21.
A separate announcement for the other three poll-bound states of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir will follow later, possibly in late September or early October. This round of state polls will stretch over multiple phases from November to December. According to sources, polling for the three states may begin in mid-November and conclude in the second half of December. J&K, in particular, may witness polling over seven to eight phases.
DMK suspends Stalin loyalist
Chennai: The DMK has suspended its organising secretary P V Kalyanasundaram after he submitted his resignation demanding that M K Stalin be declared the chief ministerial candidate for the 2016 Assembly polls. Party general secretary K. Anbazhagan said that Kalyanasundaram was suspended from all posts, including the primary membership of the party, for indiscipline. Anbazhagan said legal wing secretary R S Bharathi had been appointed in Kalyanasundaram’s place.
Karnataka man hacks daughter's abductor to death
Bangalore: Riyaz Khan, a driver, has shocked everyone at the KR Puram police station when he walked in wearing a blood-soaked shirt and wielding a machete.
He told police that he killed Sadiq Bakash, the man who abducted his daughter and surrendered before the police. Riyaz carried the body of the youth in a gunny bag into the police station. Sadiq had allegedly abducted Riyaz's 14-year-old daughter on July 30. Riyaz was arrested and taken into police custody.
Rat scare in Air India flight
An Air India flight between Delhi and Kolkata was forced ground and fumigate after rats were spotted scurrying beneath the seats in the passenger cabin. When staff members spotted the rodents they raised an alarm and informed the pilots. Officials say rats on an aircraft pose an extreme danger because they can chew through vital electrical cables, disabling the aircraft’s control systems and leaving pilots unable to steer.
PM Modi shows his humanitarian side
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a personal agenda during his Nepal visit – to reunite his godson with his family there. So Modi was accompanied by his godson Jeet Bahadur on his Nepal visit. The boy is from Nepal but has been studying in India for years now. Modi took care of him and provided him with quality education. Jeet met Modi years ago but he had no knowledge about his parents and family.
India, US agree on arms deal
India and the US last week agreed to go in for co-development and co-production of advanced weapon systems, with Washington pushing New Delhi for early decisions on offers ranging from the next-generation Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
But India will not jump headlong into any venture without first ensuring the US sticks to its promise to provide "ground-breaking technology" on par with its closest allies, even though the Modi government is keen to strengthen the moribund domestic defence production sector.
Corporator flaunts gold shirt
On any other day, Pankaj Parakh flaunts gold ornaments weighing around 2.25 kg. It was natural for this NCP corporator from Yeola to wear a 4-kg gold shirt worth Rs 14 million to celebrate his 45th birthday last week. Though Parakh cut his birthday cake in the presence of state PWD minister and veteran NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, he avoided wearing the shirt in front of his senior. Bhujbal, who presided over the birthday celebration programme, had reportedly made it clear that he would not attend the event if Parakh flaunted the gold shirt.
Family don’t want Bharat Ratna for Netaji
?Amid speculation that India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna may be conferred on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his family members disapproved of the idea, saying icons like him were above the award and that the government must reveal the truth on his disappearance instead of honouring him with a “posthumous” award.
There were reports that the government had ordered five Bharat Ratna medallions from the RBI mint and that the names of Netaji and Atal Bihari Vajpayee were being considered. “Netaji and Gandhi are above Bharat Ratna. Vajpayee is a perfect candidate for Bharat Ratna, not Netaji. Don’t put forward Netaji's name,” the freedom fighter’s grandnephew, Sugato Bose, who is a Trinamool Congress MP said. Bose wondered how Netaji could be given Bharat Ratna after 43 people. “Keep Netaji out of partisan politics. His stature is bigger than Bharat Ratna.
Yorkshire mums’ mission to give voice to families with rare conditions
Two mums who tell how they experienced ‘immense isolation’ after their young sons were diagnosed with a devastating muscle-wasting condition are launching a support network in the hope of preventing other parents from facing the same plight.
Nazma Chowdhury from Bradford and Anisa Kothia from Dewsbury, who both have children affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, have joined forces with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Leeds General Infirmary to bring together families across Yorkshire living with muscular dystrophy and other muscle-wasting conditions.
Teenage activist Malala FaceTimes with pop singer Justin Bieber
She shot to attention when she overcome a brutal attack at the hands of the Taliban for daring to advocate for education for girls in her native Pakistan and won a Nobel Peace Prize for it. He went from being a child from a broken home in suburban Ontario to becoming one of the world’s biggest-selling and wealthiest pop stars in a mere four years. Though an unlikely duo, Malala and Justin Bieber nevertheless enjoyed a FaceTime chat together on Wednesday 6 August.
20-year-old Bieber, who is Canadian, took to his Facebook page on Wednesday to post that that he had caught up with Malala, 17, to chat about the her work campaigning for education for young girls around the world.
Warnings over extremism in Britain’s nurseries
Nurseries are at risk of being influenced by religious extremists, the new Education Secretary has warned, as she announced that toddlers will be taught ‘fundamental British values’.
In her first major speech since the reshuffle, Nicky Morgan highlighted the danger of extremism in Britain’s nurseries after the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal.
She said that local authorities will be obliged to use new powers to strip nurseries of their funding if they are found to “promote extremist views”.
Warsi predicts Conservatives will lose elections in 2015
With Britain’s first female Muslim Cabinet minister quitting last week, Prime Minister David Cameron is facing rebellion from amongst his peers. Saying that the Conservative party cannot win a majority at the next general election to be held in 2015, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has raised questions regarding Cameron’s policies towards Britain’s ethnic minority voters.
Baroness Warsi reportedly said, “I will be out there, vocally fighting for an outright Conservative majority. But the electoral reality is that we will not win outright Conservative majorities until we start attracting more of the ethnic vote.’’
Record number set to appeal A-level and GCSE results
Record numbers of appeals are expected over this year’s GCSE and A-level results amid a toughening up of the qualifications. Grades are likely to dip following major changes to the exams system in England which could see an unprecedented number of challenges from pupils unhappy at their results.
Exams watchdog Ofqual has already told schools to expect ‘particularly volatile’ GCSE and A-level results. This is now expected to have a knock-on effect on complaints to exam boards, which have risen every year since 2008. Last year 329,900 GCSE and A-level results were challenged by schools on behalf of pupils – a 13 per cent increase in a year.
Tory MP’s son quits Royal Marines over racial slurs
The son of Tory Sport and Tourism Minister Helen Grant MP, has quit the Royal Marines after admitting assaulting two men in a fight over racist language.
22-year-old Benjamin Grant quit the Armed Forces after a fight outside a nightclub for which he escaped immediate punishment following a judge’s finding he was provoked.
The judge gave him a conditional discharge because of the ‘very exceptional circumstances’ of the case.
Artist sets up greetings and wedding card business for Asians
A talented young artist from Birmingham has set up her own business selling stunning hand-designed range of cards and stationary aimed at the Asian market.
Anisha Chauhan, 25, spotted a gap in the market when she was working for one of the country’s biggest greeting cards companies - but had no idea how to turn her idea into a successful business. She said: “I was the only Asian designer at the very well know company I was working for and I realised no major retailers seemed to stock attractive, contemporary cards for Asian festivals like Eid or Diwali or aimed at the market in general.
British Sikhs demand a special monument to remember the fallen
August 4th marked the beginning of the First World War 100 years ago. The British government has paid homage to the Indian soldiers with a centenary celebration by the former Senior Minister of the State in the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and communities, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.
The Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have made special mentions about the Indian soldiers in their official speeches, but the Asian community, especially the British Sikhs strongly believe not enough has been done to remember their sacrifices in World War I
India’s finest young players battle it out at Wimbledon
On Monday 11 August, 148 junior tennis players had the opportunity of a lifetime when they were invited to the thirteenth HSBC Road to Wimbledon National Finals, to compete on the famous lawns of the All England Club. It marked the first time in the tournament’s history where players from outside the UK had the opportunity to qualify, with four talented stars from India entering the main draw.
Earlier this year, former Great Britain No.1 Tim Henman and Dan Bloxham, Head Coach at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, joined the players in India to spearhead the new initiative aiming to boost the development of junior tennis in the country.
Humiliating defeat at Manchester
Moeen Ali starred in a dramatic England victory for the second time in as many matches as they crushed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Saturday with more than two days to spare.
India suffered their second humiliating defeat by losing nine wickets after tea on the third day - including five for 13 in 21 balls - as England went 2-1 up in the five-match series ahead of next week's final at The Oval.
Lanka beat Pak by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka have advanced to a 1-0 lead over Pakistan in the two-match series after they defeated the tourists by seven-wickets in Galle in the first Test. Pakistan began the final day of the first match 78 runs adrift at 4-1 and were all out for 180, with Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath delivering impressive match figure of 6-48.
Sri Lanka needed 99 to win in 21 overs and Mahela Jayawardene, who will retire from Tests after this series, opened in his final Test innings at Galle. The former Sri Lanka skipper made 26 and Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 25 from 13 balls as Sri Lanka won with four overs to spare.
Indians win 5 medals at archery world cup
Deepika Kumari-led women archers clinched the recurve team gold after routing Mexico 6-0 in the final as India returned with five medals in the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland, on Sunday.
Deepika herself won three medals and bagged a bronze each in recurve women's individual and mixed team pair event with partner Jayanta Talukdar.
Gavaskar escapes unhurt in London car crash
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has escaped a car crash while travelling from Manchester to London on Sunday. The legendary batsman, who is in England now as a commentator for India's ongoing tour of England, was seated in a Jaguar on the left side of the back seat along with his friend Chandresh Patel and fellow commentator Mark Nicholas.
Fauja Singh calls for peace run in UK
?The 103-year-old Fauja Singh, the world's oldest marathon runner, has asked people of all faiths to join a peace marathon in the UK saying people should be fighting injustice, poverty and hatred, not each other. London's running club Sikhs in the City has organised the relay race to mark the centenary of World War I as message of "cooperation and harmony". The India-born British Sikh, the club's founding member who was three in 1914 when the conflict started, said: "I urge everyone to support the race as there is too much violence in the world today." He said Sikhs in London represents Britain in the Luxembourg Interfaith Marathon each year to show how all faiths can share a common effort for peace and harmony.
Nawaz Sharif regrets Pakistan's troubled ties with India
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regretted that Pakistan was having bad relations with key neighbour India and said it was time the two had good relations.
Addressing the National Security Conference here, which was attended by ministers, chief ministers, political leaders of all major parties, army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and other senior civil and military officials including ISI chief Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam, Sharif noted with dissatisfaction that his country was not having good ties with neighbours.
Saudi men banned from marrying Pak, Bangladeshi women
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has banned its male citizens from marrying women from four countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Myanmar - a police officer said. The announcement comes as a part of Saudi Arabia's efforts to prohibit Saudi men from marrying expatriates, a subject widely debated in the Gulf nation. There is an estimated 500,000 women from the four countries, residing in Saudi Arabia. Mecca Police Director Assaf Al-Qurashi said additional formalities have been placed before issuing the permission for marriage with foreigners, Dawnonline reported citing a local daily.
Indian invited to join Lanka probe panel
Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has roped in Avdhash Kaushal of Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK), a Dehradun-based NGO to a panel advising its Presidential Commission on missing persons, it is learnt. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to expand the panel of international experts, according to Presidential spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake. “Some names are being considered, but they have not been finalised,” he said.
ISIS has massacred 500 of Yazidi minority
Baghdad: ISIS militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, burying some alive and taking hundreds of women as slaves, an Iraqi government minister said. Human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani accused the Sunni Muslim insurgents - who have ordered the community they regard as “devil worshipper” to convert to Islam or die. No independent confirmation was available.ISIS' advance through northern Iraq has forced tens of thousands to flee, threatened the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region and provoked the first US air strikes in the area since Washington withdrew troops from Iraq in late 2011.
Sikh man, his mother attacked in NY
New York: Just days after a Sikh man was hit and dragged by a truck, another Sikh man and his mother were attacked by a group of teenagers who called them “Osama Bin Laden” in an apparent hate crime, sparking fresh outrage among the community members. The Sikh man, a physician scientist, said in a statement that he and his mother were attacked in a Queens neighbourhood on the night of August 7. He said that in accordance with Sikh religious beliefs, both he and his mother wear turbans and maintain uncut hair.
Imran tells Nawaz Sharif to quit
Islamabad: Demanding fresh elections under the new election commission, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, vowed that he wouldn't call off his sit-in protest until the Nawaz Sharif government quit. “Sharif should immediately resign and announce fresh elections. The mandate of this government is fake as it grabbed power through rigged elections,” Imran Khan said at a crowded press conference. “Barring the 1970 polls, no free and fair elections gave been held in the country. But the 2013 elections broke all previous records,” Khan said.
Indian couple arrested in New York for child abuse
New York: An Indian couple has been arrested in New York and charged with subjecting their 12-year-old daughter to “unspeakable physical abuse“ for months by starving her and beating her up. Rajesh Ranot, 46, and his wife Sheetal Ranot, 31, of Queens were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and together charged in a criminal complaint with first, second and third degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, district attorney Richard Brown said.