David Cameron focuses on business during China visit
Unlike his trip to Sri Lanka, where David Cameron raised the issue of human rights, the British Prime Minister strategically avoided an important issue during his visit to China. Another upsetting incident was ban on a British journalist to attend a press conference.
Study reveals Asians in Britain more likely to be jailed
A governmental study has recently revealed that official racism is still rampant in Britain, branding the judges and magistrates 'institutionally racist,' due to 'more lenient sentences to white defendants' than Asians or Blacks..
PM fails to attract Indian students to UK
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) quarterly report has revealed that though immigration in Britain has increased by – only a mere – 150,000 from 2012, there has been a significant decrease in the number of Indian students coming to the UK.
Winners of the coveted Asian Achievers Awards 2013 were announced at the esteemed award ceremony on Friday 6th September amid the fitting grandeur of Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Charity receives recognition for Religion roadshow
Leicester: A group of volunteers from St Philip's Centre, Leicester working to enhance inter-faith relations has just missed out on winning a national accolade.
The Religion and Belief Roadshow team was shortlisted for the Council for Learning outside the Classroom's innovation award. The roadshow educates children about matters of religion and belief in a fun way.
Andhra to move SC against Krishna Water award
Andhra Pradesh would approach the Supreme Court against a tribunal's final award on sharing of river Krishna waters and seek "justice" for the state, a minister said. Minister for secondary education K Parthasarathi said the government of Andhra Pradesh would definitely approach the Supreme Court to seek "justice" for the state on Krishna Water Tribunal award, which has evoked sharp criticism from Opposition parties.
Badal predicts 25-year exile for Congress
Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal is not going to lose power in the near future, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal believes. He is now telling Punjab Congress leaders to stop "daydreaming", saying it will not return to power for the next 25 years. In other words, Badal has suggested they go into political exile for a quarter century. "The Akali Dal-BJP alliance is bound to serve Punjab for the next 25 years and even beyond," Badal asserted at a rally.
Modi calls for debate on Article 370, BJP denies going soft on Kashmir
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's suggestion that the benefits of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir be debated has caused a political storm. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has clarified that the party is not "going soft" on the issue.
Modi said at a rally in Jammu on Sunday, ""As per Constitution, the debate will go on whether Article 370 will end or continue -- at least there should be debate whether Article 370 has benefitted Jammu and Kashmir or not."
Mumbai terror victim seeks UK compensation claim
A holidaymaker left paralysed after being caught up in the Mumbai terror attack has argued his compensation claim should be heard in the UK. Will Pike, 33, from north London, is in a wheelchair after falling nearly 50ft (15m) from his bedroom window.
26/11: USA sacrificed Mumbai to keep Headley in play
David Headley, an American citizen and a valued CIA proxy, who infiltrated the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a banned Pakistani Islamist outfit, planned the Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed, and more than 300 injured.
First Indian visa centre in Leicester officially opened
Congratulations to all winners of this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards. More than 300 guests attended the prestigious ceremony at the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall. Now in their fourth year, the Awards are the region’s only not-for-profit independent initiative for family businesses. The Awards’ chosen charity this year was The Outward Bound Trust, the educational charity for young people.
Indian origin man convicted of murdering a business woman
An Indian origin man has been convicted at the Old Bailey, following the death of business woman Carole Waugh.
Rakesh Bhayani, 41 of Wembley was found guilty of Carol's murder. He had previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Indian transexual appeals for asylum in Britain
An Indian transsexual has appealed the UK government to grant him asylum saying he will face discrimination at home if he is deported, the BBC has reported.
Sameer Neelam, who was born as a female, is said to have been a prominent public sector official in Hyderabad before fleeing to Bradford to seek asylum.
Tower Hamlets Council supports Small Business Saturday
December 7 is the Small Business Saturday and the Tower Hamlets council is showing its support for the initiative as part of its work to help the borough’s small businesses go from strength to strength.
Taking place in the UK for the first time, Small Business Saturday is about encouraging people across the country to support small businesses in their communities – both on the day and all year round. The celebration of the country’s great small businesses is happening on one of the busiest shopping days of the year – the first Saturday in December.
Brent's candlelit stand against domestic violence
The Civic Centre balcony in Brent was the dramatic backdrop for a moving, candlelit tribute and symbolic balloon release to honour the victims of violence on White Ribbon Day (25 November).
Lead by Brent's Leader, Cllr. Muhammed Butt, Cllr. Aslam Choudry and the Borough Commander, Matthew Gardner, the ceremony was the culmination of an afternoon devoted to raising awareness of violence against women; the highlight of which was a powerful performance of the play Hurried Steps by the New Shoes Theatre Company.
Dhawan powers India to series win over West Indies
India clinched the ODI series against West Indies 2-1 with a comfortable five-wicket victory in the third and final match at Kanpur, riding on Shikhar Dhawan's sparkling century. The Indians first restricted West Indies to 263 for five and then overhauled the target with 23 balls to spare to lift yet another ODI trophy at home.
Dhawan stole the limelight with an attacking 119 that came off 95 balls, his fifth ODI hundred, while Yuvraj Singh notched up a 74-ball 55 to seal the issue for the home side at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
Sachin takes different path to old school friend Kambli
You would, wouldn’t you? The best batsmen just want to bat and bat. And schoolboys are hardly known for their obedience. These two schoolboy batsmen were going rather well. So well in fact that they had both passed their double centuries.
On the boundary’s edge their assistant coach was waving his arms furiously. He was demanding their attention. It was time to declare. The team total had surpassed 500 after all.
Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Indonesia Open
Kapurthala lad Gaganjeet Bhullar scripted a brilliant chapter in India's golfing history, winning the Indonesia Open. Bhullar led after every round, only sharing the lead in the third round with Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond. Bhullar's power-packed performance at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course in Jakarta saw him take home $135,000 (over Rs 800,000) in prize money and jump two places to be placed fourth in Asia's Order of Merit with total earnings of $462,378.
Dhoni in ICC Test, ODI teams; Kohli misses out on ODI spot
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found a place in both ICC Test team of the year as well as the ODI side of the year but surprisingly Virat Kohli, who has been a consistent run-getter in the 50-over format in the last one year, didn't figure in the ODI team.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to bat for UNICEF
International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai. In this capacity Tendulkar will support UNICEF’s work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.
Known as the “Master Blaster,” Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. He is the first player to score a double hundred in a one-day international and holds the record for the highest number of runs in both formats of one-day international and test match cricket.
Indian shuttler Sindhu wins Macau Grand Prix gold
It has been a roller-coaster ride for the promising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu this year. The lanky 19-year-old, who has beaten eight of the top 10 players in the last one year, had become the first Indian woman to bag a bronze at the World Championship in August but thereafter she experienced a big slump.
Nato says Karzai failure to sign pact would end Afghan mission
Brussels: Nato would have to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security pact with the United States, alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
An assembly of Afghan elders, the Loya Jirga, last month endorsed the security pact intended to shape the US military presence in the country beyond 2014. But Karzai said he might not sign it until after elections in April.
26/11 mastermind Hafiz shapes Pakistan policy towards India
New Delhi: An intelligence assessment sent to South Block by the Indian mission in Pakistan says that 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed has intensified his anti-India propaganda and operations to the point of setting the tone of Islamabad’s policy towards India. All this is being done with the blessings of the Nawaz Sharif government.
Indian couple arrested for illegally bringing workers to US
New York: An Indian couple in Kentucky has been arrested for illegally bringing Indians into the US and making them work long hours for low wages at their fast food restaurants. Federal prosecutors have charged Amrutlal Patel and his wife, Dakshaben Patel, both 46, with housing, transporting and employing illegal aliens.
The couple operates four Subway restaurants in Lexington and employed undocumented Indian nationals who worked 10-12 hours a day throughout the week for little pay, a statement said.
Cambodian charity wins UK award for special education
London: On World Disability Day, the Stars Foundation announces Krousar Thmey (New Family) as 2013 Impact Award Winner for Education in Asia-Pacific.
Krousar Thmey is the only Cambodian organisation that offers a comprehensive special education programme for deaf or blind children and encourages their integration into wider society.
Osborne ready to extend business rate relief until 2015
London: George Osborne is set to cut business taxes this week after Tory MPs called on him to ease small firms’ burden. Some 37 influential Conservative MPs are publishing a report calling on the Chancellor to permanently grant small firms exemption from business rates. Tory sources said Osborne will heed their advice in his autumn statement on Thursday.
Indian -American honored for laser displays of Indian heritage
Chicago: Denver-based Manick Sorcar has been honored for introducing the younger generation in India and viewers in the West to Indian heritage through laser displays. Sorcar was given a Special Achievement Award for Cultural Enlightenment, at the International Laser Display Association (ILDA) conference held in Aalen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.