PM Cameron assures multicultural Britain for Asian electorate
On Diwali day, in an exclusive interview with Asian Voice, Prime Minister David Cameron ensured the Asian voters that the Conservative party is doing its best to bridge any gap between the ethnic minorities and his party. This was followed from the speculation that Conservative party may tie up with the UKIP, if it fails to secure a majority in the next election.
Fadnavis to be sworn in as BJP's first CM in Maharashtra
From his days riding a humble Vijay Super scooter as an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student group linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), across the colleges of Nagpur, Devendra Fadnavis has come a long way.
At age 44, he will now tour Maharashtra in the chief minister’s motorcade. Fadnavis was just 17 when he lost his father, Gangadharrao, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member in the state legislative council.
The winners of the 14th annual Asian Achievers Awards were announced on September 19th at a star-studded gala event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on London’s Park Lane. Winners included Hanif Kureshi CBE for Media, Arts and Culture; Mahmud Kamani, co-founder of boohoo.com for Business Person of the Year; and Wasim Khan MBE, the first British-Pakistani to play professional cricket in England, for Achievement in Community Service.
Modi’s America Visit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be leaving for US on September 25 is going to hold two comprehensive meetings with United States President Barack Obama, to address the roughness that has crept into the ties between both countries, reports said.
Jaya returns home after 3 weeks in jail
Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa reached Chennai on Saturday (October 18) evening to a huge welcome from party workers. Thousands of AIADMK workers thronged the airport to receive their leader.
Earlier, Jayalalithaa was released from Bangalore jail after 21 days, a day after Supreme Court granted her bail in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. Jayalalithaa stepped out of Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore shortly after special court judge John Michael D'Cunha issued the release order.
Badal wants back Punjabi speaking areas of Haryana
Pheruman: After BJP leadership in some districts of south Punjab has threatened to contest municipal elections without its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) if the latter refuses to increase the saffron party's share of seats, it's now latter's turn to reciprocate. On Monday, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal renewed his pledge to get back Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas of Haryana to the state even if party had to struggle for it, a statement that could further widen the gap between SAD and BJP.
Thieves make 100 feet tunnel to steal millions from Haryana bank
Chandigarh: Robbers tunnelled 100 feet under a street to break into the main branch of Punjab National Bank in Gohana town of Sonipat district and rob jewellery and cash. A special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to probe the robbery. The bank is located in a residential cum commercial area, near Old Bus Stand of Gohana city.
10-year-old becomes 'police commissioner' of Hyderabad
Hyderabad: A 10-year-old terminally-ill boy's dream to become Hyderabad police commissioner came true recently. Clad in khakis, sporting insignia and holding a baton just like the commissioner, the child played the perfect top cop for a day.
Rajiv Gandhi murder case: SC rejects Nalini's plea
New Delhi: The Supreme Court rejected Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini's plea for release from jail. Nalini, whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2000, had moved the Supreme Court challenging Section 435(1) of Criminal Procedure Code that mandated Tamil Nadu government to consult the Centre before releasing seven life convicts in the case.
Khattar sworn in as Haryana CM
Manohar Lal Khattar, a low-profile organisation man with active Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh background, was sworn in as chief minister of Haryana on Sunday where BJP has formed government for the first time on its own.
Sardar Patel's birth anniversary to be celebrated as National Integration Day
The Central government has announced to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary October 31 as "National Integration Day." "Awareness about Sardar Patel's contribution is very low...which is very unfortunate. Recently, I came to know that in the history book of Class X, there is mention of Sardar Patel only once," said Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Police hunt robber after gold chain is snatched from Dudley shop worker
Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a £2,000 gold chain was snatched from the neck of a staff member at a Black Country off-licence last month.
The robbery took place at the ‘7 til late’ Convenience Store in Bush Road, Netherton, Dudley, at around 11am on Friday, September 5. He then ran out of the shop and got into the passenger side of a stolen grey Seat Leon with two other men on board.
Woman fleeces granny out of £4,200 after being given a roof over her head
A granddaughter callously stole £4,200 savings from her grandma, who had kindly allowed her to stay at her home, a court heard. Nusaybah Al-Mansouri wept as she was sentenced to seven months detention.
James Varley, prosecuting, said: “The victim may have disabilities but she’s not stupid and when she saw her bank statement she realised money was missing. As a retired pensioner, it was money she couldn’t manage without. The defendant fleeced her grandmother’s bank account by using a number of stolen cheques, between February 8 and March 12.”
Teacher admits Syria terror offences
A chemistry teacher has pleaded guilty to two Syria-related terror offences.
Jamshed Javeed, pictured, of Levenshulme in Manchester, accepted he intended to travel to Syria to join rebels fighting against the government.
Death of Bradford family upsets local community
A father is believed to have killed his wife and two teenage daughters, before killing himself. Police launched a murder investigation after the family of four was found dead at their home in a Yorkshire village. Early indications suggested that the bodies may have been in the house for some time. This incident has left the Asian community in the locality shocked and upset.
Another boon for Dewani's Defence
Recent developments in the trial of Shrien Dewani have already complicated the matter of whether the wealthy businessman is guilty in the murder of his wife, Anni Dewani, while they were honeymooning in Cape Town.
Youth pleads guilty to murder
A teenager who lured a 17-year-old boy to a Brixton estate before launching a vicious and prolonged knife attack has admitted murder. The 17-year-old boy on Tuesday, 21 October, pleaded guilty to killing Alim Uddin following the start of his trial at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced on Friday, 21 November. The court heard how the youth murdered Alim following a dispute over the sale of a £90 bike.
India promises to push for UK-Gujarat direct flights
On the last day of Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the Indian diaspora was assured that the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs will push for direct flights between the UK and Gujarat. A number of representative groups for the Gujarati population in Britain expressed their joy at the assurance.
Indian Diaspora celebrates the first ever Dadabhai Naoroji Awards
On 17 October, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced the winners of the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards at a reception in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, bestowed by the British Government for services to UK-India relations, in presence of Indian External Minister Mrs Sushma Swaraj who also gave away the awards to the winners jointly with the DPM and Priti Patel MP.
Terry Walsh to remain as India's hockey coach
Terry Walsh may after all stay on as the chief coach of the Indian hockey team. In a development that could make the Australian change his mind and withdraw the sudden resignation, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said it was ready to meet the demands of the chief coach including giving him more freedom in the decision-making process.
SAI had a “lengthy, free and frank” discussion with Walsh, two days after he tendered his resignation, following which the body said it would come up with a renewed contract before November 19, the last day of Walsh's contract with the national team.
Sania Mirza-Cara Black pair wins WTA Finals title
The 27-year-old Indian glamour girl Sania Mirza, who partnered veteran Zimbabwean Cara Black won the season finale - the WTA Finals - in Singapore on Sunday. Sania who won the title in her maiden appearance at the event, said: “This title for India, my country. I've always had great support from my family, my parents in particular. My mother (Nasima), who was there with me, has been my lucky charm. My state Telangana has also been very supportive. There are so many emotions going through me right now, it's an amazing feeling and I'm truly grateful.
Senzo Meyiwa, South African goalkeeper, shot dead
The captain of South Africa's national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account. The three assailants then fled on foot, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly $14,000 for information leading to arrests in the case.
Gujarat's Parul makes history at Para Asian Games
Gandhinagar para-athlete Parul Parmar did India proud by winning a gold and a silver medal in the women's badminton event at the 2014 Para Asian Games that recently concluded in Incheon, South Korea. Top-seeded shuttler Parul's victory over Kamtam Wannaphatdeein of Thailand in the summit clash of the women's singles (SL 3 category) meant she became the first player from Gujarat to win a gold medal at the Para Asian Games. The 87-athlete Indian contingent finished 15th in the medal's tally with a total of 33 medals -three gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze. Besides Parul's gold, the two other gold medals came from Amit Kumar and Sharad Kumar.
Kohli to lead against Lanka; Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar rested
India's selectors have rested skipper MS Dhoni and seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, with Virat Kohli chosen to lead for the first three ODIs.
Bengal's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will keep wickets in place of Dhoni, while Jharkhand pacer Varun Aaron replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ishant Sharma, who replaced Mohit Sharma during the West Indies series, has been retained.
Offie R Ashwin, who was rested for the West Indies series, comes back into the squad. He replaces chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dropped without getting a chance to prove himself. Leggie Karn Sharma and talented keeper-bat Sanju Samson, who had travelled with the team to England, were also kept out of the frame.
Advani emerges World billiards champion
Pankaj Advani, the 29-year old Indian from Bangalore, set a record of sorts when he defeated Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the final of the World billiards championship (points format), at Leeds recently.
It was Advani's 10th individual World title and his third of the year in different formats of the game, having won the World 6-Red Snooker and the World Team Billiards titles earlier. "I'm in 11th heaven! I returned to India to focus on this very event and it has paid off.
'Modi Express' to take PM's fans from Melbourne to Sydney
New Delhi: In appreciation of Narendra Modi's humble beginnings, over 200 fans of the Prime Minister will travel 870 km by a special train dubbed "Modi Express" from Melbourne to Sydney for a diaspora event on Nov 17.
Carrying 220 Modi fans, the four-carriage train decorated with tricolour balloons will depart from Melbourne's Southern Cross station for Sydney at 8.30 pm on Nov 16, spokesperson Balesh Singh Dhankhar of the Indian Australian Community Foundation (IACF) said.
Musharraf rules out conflict with India
Islamabad: Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf rubbished the theory that the recent face-off between Indian and Pakistani forces began after India beat Pakistan in the Asian Games, calling it a "cock and bull story".
He said it would be stupid on the part of Pakistan Army to open a front with Indian forces at the LoC and International Border when they are involved in fighting terror in tribal agencies in Waziristan. "Pakistan Army at the moment is involved in fighting terrorism in the tribal agencies of North Waziristan. They are totally involved in that.
Pak tries to internationalise Kashmir issue again
Islamabad: Despite the UN’s indifference to its plea for intervention in J&K, Pakistan continues with its diplomatic offensive. Recently, it briefed the entire diplomatic corps in Islamabad about the LoC situation and told them that the credibility of UN is at stake over the J&K issue.
Iran shells Pakistan border town
Islamabad: Iran fired mortar shells at a small Pakistani border town to register its growing anger at Islamabad’s failure to curb terrorist attacks in its restive Sistan Baluchestan province. Its border troops fired six shells at Mashkail, causing widespread panic before Pakistani reinforcements returned fire.
Russian poetry lover gets 8 years for murder
Moscow: A 53-year-old former teacher and poetry lover from the Urals has been sentenced to eight years in a penal colony for stabbing his 66-year-old friend to death during an argument about literary forms. The teacher had paid a visit to his comrade in the town of Irbit, 1,200 miles east of Moscow, where the pair were soon downing shots of vodka.
Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades at key site
Hong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged their biggest raid yet on a pro-democracy protest camp before dawn last week, charging down student-led activists who have held an intersection in one of their main protest zones for more than three weeks.
The operation in the gritty and congested Mong Kok district, across the harbour from the heart of the civil disobedience movement near government headquarters, came while many protesters were asleep in dozens of tents or beneath giant, blue-striped tarpaulin sheets.
Indian in US sentenced to death for killing baby, her grandmother
Norristown (Pennsylvania): A man from India who said he'd rather accept the death penalty than sit through arguments over his fate after being convicted of killing a baby and her grandmother from India was sentenced to die. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that jurors agreed on the death penalty for Raghunandan Yandamuri in the sentencing phase of his trial after he was convicted in the 2012 slayings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and 61-year-old Satayrathi Venna in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He was convicted of first-degree murder.
American evangelist's comments anger Kenyans
Nairobi (Kenya): American evangelist Pat Robertson's comments in a recent TV broadcast in which he warned that towels in Kenya could transmit AIDS has angered the Kenyans. Robertson made the remarks last week while answering a question in his show “The 700 Club” from a viewer about whether a planned trip to Kenya is risky. Robertson responded: “You might get AIDS in Kenya.