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Ethnic minorities top job race
It doesn't come as a surprise that ethnic minorities, especially Indians, are doing exceptionally well in the UK, grabbing superior roles professionally and succeeding in the educational and economical ladder as well. Although the new government may come across as anti-immigration, limiting the number of immigrants into the UK, the ethnic minorities in the UK have struggled yet surpassed many natives in Britain.

Modi, Xi discuss ways to strengthen trust between two countries
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Xi'an and held summit-level talks during which the two leaders discussed a host of issues, including terrorism and the need to share information between the two nations.
"Discussions were wide ranging and detailed, atmosphere was very comfortable," India's foreign secretary S Jaishankar told reporters after the bilateral talks which lasted for about 90 minutes. India also raised the issue of trade deficit during the talks, Jaishankar said.

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Mumbai UK visa service will severely inconvenience tens of thousands
Mumbai, one of the largest cities in the world and busiest UK visa centres is having its visa staff reduced from 70 to 20, with decision-making being centralised in New Delhi, 850 miles away, despite receiving the same volume of applications every year.
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Jaya all set to return as TN CM
Chennai: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa is all set to return as Tamil Nadu chief minister following her acquittal from corruption charges by the Karnataka high court. She is likely to contest from R K Nagar constituency in north Chennai, as B Vetrivel, the party MLA representing the constituency, has submitted his resignation.

Swamy to move SC against Jaya's acquittal
Chennai: Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said he would move the Supreme Court next month against the acquittal of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in a grafts case if the Karnataka government did not do so by then.
"I have decided to file SLP (Special Leave Petition) in SC after June 1st if Karnataka govt does not file. So no need to go to KHC (Karnataka High Court)," he tweeted.

Retired SC judge to probe Vadra's land dealings
Chandigarh: The controversial multi-million-rupee land dealings of Robert Vadra, will be probed by a retired Supreme Court judge, said a senior minister in Haryana. Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Vadra, had been under the government scanner for some time for allegedly using his position to gain land deals with back hand dealings.

70-ft high 'Khanda' to be installed at Anandpur Sahib
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave its nod for the installation of a 70-feet high stainless steel 'Khanda', a double-edged sword regarded as a symbol for Sikhs, at Sri Anandpur Sahib on the 350th anniversary of the city's foundation.

'Plastic baby' born in Punjab's Amritsar
Amritsar: A woman here has given birth to what is known as a 'plastic baby', as per reports. The girl, a collodion baby, was born to a woman from Rajansansi area of Amritsar district. According to doctors, a collodion baby is one who has tight, waxy, shiny skin which resembles plastic. Further, the baby's mouth resembles that of a fish, and his/her eyes and lips are red hot. The reason behind such a condition is a rare genetic disorder known as Lamellar Ichthyosis.

SC denies relief to Ajay Chautala in teacher recruitment scam
New Delhi: The Supreme Court refused to interfere with a Delhi high court order upholding a 10-year jail term to INLD functionary Ajay Chautala in the Haryana teacher recruitment scam. A bench of Justices F M Ibrahim Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh, however, kept the appeal filed by Chautala pending in order to allow him to argue his petition for bail.

After being in a coma for 42 years, nurse Aruna Shanbaug passes away
World's oldest comatose patient, nurse Aruna Shanbaug, who had been in a vegetative state ever since she was raped, died in Mumbai's KEM Hospital on Monday morning after remaining in coma for almost 42 years. Doctors at Mumbai's state-run KEM Hospital, where she worked and was raped, said Shanbaug was suffering from pneumonia and was on ventilator support.

Rajasthan government delegation to visit London
A high-level team headed by the chief secretary of the state C S Rajan and four principal secretaries Ashok Jain (urban development and housing), Mukesh Sharma (medical and health), Veenu Gupta (industries) and Sanjay Malhotra (energy) will be in London between May 18-20 to speak about the state's favourable business climate and push British companies to invest here, the Times of India has reported.


UK News

Muslims angry as Aldi sells snack with wrong label
Budget retailer Aldi had to issue an apology, after its Indian snack of Black Pudding Pakora by Scottish company Punjab Pakora, was labelled 'halal' making it suitable for Muslims, who are actually forbidden to eat pork. Black pudding is generally made from pork blood and a relatively high proportion of oatmeal.

Man escapes death by seconds
A motorist escaped death by seconds, as he waited inside a Chinese takeaway, when an engine battery smashed through his Ford Fiesta driver window, parked outside the food venue just moments before a collision in Shirley.

Schoolgirl abused by Asian gang, had sex with 60 men
A schoolgirl was a victim of an Asian abuse gang and was used for sex by 60 men, after she was approached by a middle-aged father in a Woolworths store when she was just 12, in 2006.
The schoolgirl and her friend were allegedly abused by 11 men from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. They were groomed and made to believe that these men were their boyfriends and whatever they were being subjected to was normal.

Family of 4 found dead in East London
The Scotland Yard is investigating the death of a family originally from Kerala, India after the bodies of the wife and daughters were found in their house, while the husband was found hanging on Wednesday near a reservoir in east London.

Asda employee gives store information to robbers to help them steal £80,000
Parminder Bharji (30), has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery.
It is said that Bharji felt hostile towards his employers at Asda supermarket in Stamford Hill, North London after he was demoted as a cashier to a baker in store.

Nurse guilty of murdering patients by poisoning saline drips
Victorino Chua (49), a nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, has been found guilty of murdering and poisoning patients at the hospital.
Chua contaminated saline drips with insulin and has been convicted of murdering two patients while working at the hospital.

Family of missing British Indian woman seeks help
British woman Varsha Maisuria is still missing in Bay of Banderas off the coast at Las Glorias Beach, Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, after a plane crash during a skydiving incident, which saw Varsha (pictured) entangled with the aircraft’s undercarriage. Subsequently a parachute deployed which caused the loss of the aircraft over sea, resulting in it sinking to a depth believed to be 1000 meters.

Harbhajan Kaur Dheer becomes first Asian woman Mayor in Britain
Harbhajan Kaur Dheer (62), an Indian-origin councillor has become the first Asian woman to be elected as the Mayor of Ealing Council, London, after succeeding councillor Tej Ram Bagha.

Cameron promises thousands more GPs for seven-day NHS
In his first prominent speech since winning the general election on 7th May 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his “shock” at the death rates in hospitals at the weekends compared to weekdays. He pointed out how many severely ill patients arrive at the hospital at a time when NHS staffing is at its lowest.

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Pietersen left disappointed by another ECB rejection
India's one of the most favourite international cricket star, Kevin Pietersen, commented on his twitter that he was aware that there was no guarantee he would be recalled to the England side but hoped he had been offered a "clean slate".
The Sky reported that he made his comments in response to a statement released on Friday by the new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves.

Aston Villa boosts football for women in India
In December 2014, a football training camp and tournament was co-hosted by Aston Villa, in New Delhi. The training camp saw many girls from prominent schools and backgrounds, as well as underprivileged backgrounds participating. The girls played at the Delhi Dreams Girls Football Tournament and there was a turnout of more than 120.
22-year-old, Aston Villa Ladies Defender, Jade Richards was part of the club's community team. She spoke about the girls from different backgrounds in India who participated in the tournament with great enthusiasm.

Shooter Narang books berth for 2016 Rio Olympics
India's Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in USA, earning himself a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Narang, who won the bronze in 10m Rifle at the London Olympics, shot 185.8 overall to secure third place behind gold medallist Michael McPhail (208.8 points) of USA and Ole Kristian Bryhn (206.3) of Norway. Earlier in the competition, Narang and India's only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, had failed to qualify for the 10m Rifle final. Narang is the third Indian shooter to make the Rio cut after Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela.

Massive win helps Mumbai finish second
Mumbai Indians join Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals to book a place in IPL playoffs. Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan took 5 wickets for 33 from 8 overs to give Mumbai Indians the second place in the points table behind Chennai Super Kings, after a rousing nine-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mumbai finished the match with 6.1 overs to spare to complete a great comeback to the season, which began for them with four consecutive defeats. Sunrisers, though, hardly turned up in their own ground despite having a head start when David Warner called correctly at the toss.

Kohli gets into argument with umpire
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli along with glovesman Dinesh Karthik got into a heated argument with umpire Kumar Dharmasena after the match officials continued with final two overs of Sunrisers Hyderabad innings despite steady drizzle. Having already lost 2 hours and 40 minutes of play due to steady downpour, the match was curtailed to 11 overs-per-side.


World News

Modi is a social media wizard, says US study
Washington: A US study has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is turning out to be a social media superstar whose online postings are reshaping his public image as a technology-capable leader aligned with the aspirations of a new Indian modernity.

Four Indians among 14 killed in Kabul attack
Kabul: Four Indians were among 14 people killed in a suspected Taliban attack on a guesthouse in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul last week, an Indian embassy source said. Asked about the attackers, he said that they were "three to four" and suspected to be Taliban gunmen. All were killed in the seven-hour encounter.

Sikh man removes turban to save little boy's life
22-year-old Harman Singh, did not think twice before breaking Sikh religious protocol by removing his turban in order to save an injured child, who was lying on the street, bleeding.
The five-year-old boy was making his way to school in New Zealand when he was knocked down by a car. Harman Singh heard the accident take place outside his home and he came rushing out to see what had happened. He states, “I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him.

Come naked for exam, prof tells pupils
Washington: A University of California professor has asked the pupils to come naked to the finals of a visual arts paper if they want to pass. Professor Ricardo Dominguez of UC San Diego has been taking an elective course on “performing the self” for 11 years now with the same drill and he says no one had ever complained - until this week when the mother of a student flipped when she heard about it and went public.

Hindu population up in US, becomes fourth-largest faith
New York: Fuelled by immigration, America's Hindu population has reached 2.23 million, an increase of about one million or 85.8 per cent since 2007, making Hinduism the fourth-largest faith, according to estimates based on wide-ranging study of religions in the nation. The proportion of Hindus in the US population rose from 0.4 per cent in 2007 to 0.7 per cent last year, according to the Pew Research Center's "Religious Landscape Study.”

John Bercow plans divorce
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow (52), is set to announce that he is to divorce his wife, Sally Bercow (45) for have an affair with his cousin, Alan Bercow (57). The announcement will be an attempt to draw a veil over the painful chapter which has overshadowed his public role.
John Bercow is expected to be re-elected by MPs, despite the apparent hostility between him and the Conservatives, which concluded as a failed attempt to unseat him by changing Parliamentary rules before the General Election.

House of Lords to discuss growing Indian clout
Britain's House of Lords will be debating on one of the most prominent new trends in British politics - the growing number of the Indian vote and its importance, as witnessed in the recently concluded British Parliamentary elections.

 
 
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