More Women Yet Less
It seems the British Prime Minister David Cameron has finally taken his wife Samantha's suggestion seriously. During a trip to India in 2013, he admitted that he did not have enough women in his Cabinet, and now in the current reshuffle, he has introduced 7 women in prominent roles including an Asian MP- a significant improvement from his last reshuffle. However many hoped that there would still be more women promoted to the Cabinet. Regardless, Indian Diaspora Champion Priti Patel MP has been promoted to the Treasury as the Exchequer Secretary dealing with Tax policy in PM Cameron's recent Cabinet reshuffle.
Modi govt’s first budget woos foreign investors
First budget of Narendra Modi government has given a green signal for foreign investors to delve further into the country’s industries as a means of stimulating growth in the country’s sputtering economy. The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said that he would raise the cap on foreign investment in the defence and insurance sectors to 49 per cent from 26 per cent, a figure that would still bar non-residents from taking full ownership in projects that supply India.
Asian community kickstarts Summer with fantastic Anand Mela
Harrow Leisure Centre was buzzing with entertainment, determined shoppers and the aromas of Indian snacks at the weekend, as Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar successfully hosted the fourth Anand Mela in the last three years. Over 6000 people gathered at the Mela on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June to experience an excellent display of Indian culture, especially Gujarati, where the ambience was one of gaiety and excitement. Councillors and MPs were also present for the inauguration.
Dhoti issue rocks Tamil Nadu Assembly
Chennai: The opposition parties in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday asked the government to take action against the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club in Chennai for denying entry to a dhoti-clad judge into its premises. DMK leader and former deputy chief minister M K Stalin said that several clubs followed similar practices in the state and that the government should immediately intervene and establish the pride of Tamil culture.
Badal govt blamed for draconian anti-protest bill
Chandigarh: Peoples' Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal has criticized the state government for revival of draconian Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill saying the party would vociferously resist such "nefarious designs to impose dictatorship to curb increasing voices of dissent.”
Judge wants to chop off hands of forgers
Chennai: Justice S Vaidhyanathan of the Madras high court lamented that it is unfortunate that India does not have laws to chop off hands and fingers of fraudsters who forge property documents. "In Islamic countries, horrifying punishment of cutting hands and chopping off fingers for even petty thefts is implemented. For forgery, this court is of the view that such a stringent punishment of chopping off fingers should be awarded to the petitioner," the judge said.
Haryana House passes Bill for separate SGPC
Chandigarh: Amid protests by Opposition INLD and BJP, the Haryana government on Friday passed the controversial Bill for a separate Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. The Bill will pave the way for a separate gurdwara parbandhak committee for the management of Haryana gurdwaras. The House ignored the Amritsar-based SGPC’s decision to form a separate 11-member panel for Haryana. The Bill was passed in absence of both INLD and BJP members, as they walked out before it was put to vote. The INLD maintained that the Bill was not needed when the SGPC has already formed a separate sub-committee for Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is opposed to a separate SGPC.
Mobiles blamed for rise in rape, molestation cases in Karnataka
Bangalore: A house committee of the Karnataka legislative assembly has recommended that the state government ban mobile phones in schools and colleges, blaming the devices for rise in the number of rape and molestation cases. A report tabled by the women and child welfare committee in the legislative assembly said that there were several instances where mobile phones were used to lure girls to remote places and rape them. The report said that mobile phones are debasing the educational atmosphere in schools and colleges and wanted a ban on it.
Modi govt asks UN mission to vacate rent-free office in Delhi
The Narendra Modi government has asked the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to vacate the government bungalow housing its office in the heart of the Capital, in a sign of its toughening stand towards the UN mission.
India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir in its entirety, and India discourages any intervention or criticism in the dispute. The two countries fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Kashmir. A UN official confirmed that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan was asked to vacate the bungalow.
Chinese President invites Modi for APEC summit
Amid rivalry of the two most populous nations – India and China – over who would host the headquarters of a proposed BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group joint development bank, the Chinese President Xi Jinping invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend a summit of the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) trade group in November this year.
Amit Shah appointed as BJP president
Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's closest confidant and key election strategist who crafted an unprecedented victory in Uttatr Pradesh, was appointed as the next BJP president.
In the process, the controversial yet politically suave Shah, 50, scripted history by becoming the youngest president of the party in which veterans have called the shots since its inception.
Scottish Actress gives birth on hospital street
Actress Vivian Gray gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Saturday 12th July. Yet rather than a traditional birth in a hospital, Ms Gray has told how she gave birth on a burberry coat on a pavement, only yards away from the hospital doors she was aiming for.
She believed she had plenty of time to walk to her maternity unit when her waters broke a week before her due date.
Passport head denies Office is in “chaos” as another baby is stranded in India
The head of the Passport Office, Paul Pugh, has denied that his organisation is in “chaos” whilst admitting to MPs that the official backlog of applications was above 500,000.
Mr Pugh said the body was issuing more than 170,000 applications each week, a figure which will increase to 180,000 in coming weeks.
Appearing before the Home Affairs Select Committee, he reportedly said the “vast majority” of customers were receiving their documents within a “reasonable period”.
Twin schoolgirls fled to Syria to become jihadist brides
Twin sisters Salma and Zahra Halane, 16, who are feared to have left Britain to join fighters in Syria, are seeking to become “jihadist brides”, according to Police.
The Halane sisters are believed to be trying to join their older brother who allegedly is fighting with the extremist group Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
Tax fraudster pleads to come home and hand himself in
Tax evader Nasser Ahmed, who has been on the run for a decade after a £156 million fraud, is urging Britain to let him come 'home', after complaining that he cannot hand himself in because his passport has run out.
Nasser Ahmed, pictured, fled Britain only moments before a Bristol jury found him guilty of defrauding HM Revenue and Customs and he was sentenced in his absence to six years in jail in February 2005. Nine years later, Ahmed has decided that he wants to hand himself in after reportedly deciding that “life on the run isn’t as glamorous as it seems”.
British Imams condemn ISIS
Leading British Imams have strongly condemned the Islamist militant group ISIS in an online video published this week targeted at deterring young British Muslims from fighting in Iraq and Syria.
Their comments against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its self-proclaimed "caliphate" is considered to be the highest-profile announcement thus far from Muslim leaders in Britain to the extremist Islamist group that has taken control of large areas of Northern and Western Iraq and Eastern Syria. The British Imams appearing in the video reportedly described ISIS insurgents as “corrupt, evil, viscous cowboys and terrorists.”
Multi-million pound drive announced to boost diversity in creative industries
Government is joining forces with employers, charities and industry partners to develop new pathways into the creative industries for hundreds of people from underrepresented groups, especially ethnic minorities. The project will open doors for future filmmakers, designers and TV producers. Former Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock announced a further £4million of funding to match industry investment, in a major boost to the creative industries.
Staff at Muslim school filmed describing how clapping hands is Satanic
Footage obtained for a Channel 4 documentary at The Olive School in Blackburn allegedly shows teachers at the Muslim faith primary school referring to clapping hands as ‘Satanic’, discussing whether music in school might be un-Islamic, how ties could be turned into snakes and that gay people should be stoned to death.
Killer mother accused of punching and hiding son's body in a suitcase
When three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, pictured, went missing in January, it sparked a major search by the Edinburgh emergency services and members of the public, instigated by his mother, Rosdeep Adekoya. In a shocking turn of events, on Tuesday 8 July, Ms Adekoya, 34 appeared in court accused of murdering her son. She is charged with assaulting Mikaeel at her Edinburgh home in January and hiding his body in woodland in Fife.
Germany become world champions again
Germany became the world champions again after snatching victory against Argentina in the soccer showpiece with an extra-time goal by Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.
Hatched from the agony of their recent near-misses, Germany's triumph secured a fourth World Cup title - their first since the country was reunited 24 years ago - with a nail-biting 1-0 win in Sunday's final at the sprawling Maracana.
The win, sealed by substitute Goetze's brilliantly taken strike in the 113th minute, marked the first time a European country had won the sport's greatest prize in the Americas, although this World Cup was ultimately a triumph for all.
"We have been together for 55 days but the work started 10 years ago with (former national team manager) Juergen Klinsmann," said Germany coach Joachim Loew.
India, England first Test ends in draw
England and India drew the first Test at Trent Bridge as Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the second number nine in Test history to make two half centuries in the same match. Play ended on day five with Kumar undefeated on 63 - after 58 in the first innings - when India declared their second innings at 391-9 in the final session.
India led by 352 by the end but had resisted the temptation to declare earlier and have an outside chance of causing England any concern.
Indian cagers win over China in Asia Cup
Indian hoopsters scripted history in China. Keeping their focus mainly on post play, India put up a fine display of grit and character to upset world No. 12 China 65-58 and post their first major victory in the 5th Fiba Asia Cup at Wuhan, China, on Sunday.
It was India's maiden win over the more fancied rivals, that too in front of their home crowd and in an Asian
India may accept umpire review system
The International Cricket Council is pressing India to accept the Decision Review System and ICC is confident that India will accept the system by the end of the year and Matt Prior’s dismissal on Friday will surely convince them it is the right move, even if the incident helps them to win this Test.
With or without DRS in operation it courts controversy at Trent Bridge.
India at second place in latest ICC ODI rankings
India has been placed at the number two spot in the latest Reliance ICC ODI rankings that were released on Sunday. Australia has topped the ODI rankings, while South Africa's maiden ODI series win in Sri Lanka has helped the nation to rise up in the latest rankings. South Africa are currently at the number four spot behind third placed Sri Lanka and are followed by England in the fifth place. Meanwhile, India's archrival Pakistan is placed at number six, the report added.
Indian women to play one test, 3-match ODI series against England
The Indian women will take on their English counterparts in a three-match One Day International series as the two teams begin their preparations for the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup. The Royal London Women's ODI series gets underway at the famous Scarborough Cricket Club in Yorkshire where the first two matches take place on August 21 and 23 before the two sides travel to Lord's on August 25 for the third and final game.
Afghan presidential rivals reach deal to recount all votes
Kabul: US Secretary of State John F Kerry helped ease a major political crisis in Afghanistan on Saturday, persuading rival presidential candidates to agree to a full recount of votes cast in a runoff election marred by widespread fraud.
Emerging from at least 20 hours of talks over two days, Kerry said that United Nations and international observers, along with observers from each campaign, will preside over the inspection of all 8 million ballots, which international troops will transfer to Kabul from Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. The winner of the recount, which Kerry said could take “many weeks,” will then form a national consensus government.
Pakistan army seizes most of key city from Taliban
Miranshah (Pakistan): Missiles from a US drone slammed into a mud house and killed six suspected militants in Pakistan's rugged northwest, officials said, as the Pakistani military said it had seized control of 80 per cent of a key city from the Taliban.
Drone strikes in Pakistan resumed after a six-month hiatus, days before the military launched an air campaign on June 15 to drive Pakistani Taliban militants out of the remote border region of North Waziristan.
Dilip Kumar's ancestral home in Pak a national heritage
Peshawar: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared the ancestral home of Bollywood's legendary actor Dilip Kumar, as national heritage and directed the ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage to acquire the house in order to promote cultural relations between the people of India and Pakistan.
Vasectomies increase risk of prostate cancer
Boston: A study by Harvard School of Public Health in Boston revealed that those who undergo vasectomy have an increased risk of prostrate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of male cancer death. The researchers studied data from nearly 50,000 men in the US who were followed up for up to 24 years from 1986 to 2010. During that time, 6,023 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed, including 811 lethal cases. One in four of the men in this study reported having a vasectomy.
Church of England finally gives go-ahead to females bishops
London: The Church of England finally voted to let women to become bishops,a move that angers many traditionalists. The move was passed by a comfortable majority at a tense gathering of its parliament, the General Synod, in York.
It ended 14 years of faction-fighting, delighting Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and almost all of his fellow bishops. The decision freed the Church from the risk of intervention by politicians.
Ramdev aide Vaidik meets Hafiz Saeed in Pak
New Delhi: Ved Pratap Vaidik, a close associate of yoga guru Ramdev, has often visited Pakistan, where he has hobnobbed with top leaders like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. But the former journalist was at the centre of a controversy on Sunday when he revealed that he had met Lashkar-e-Tayyeba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on his latest trip across the border.
Malala pledges to help free kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai while on a trip to Nigeria has pledged to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants there.
She met parents of the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram from a school in the northeastern village of Chibok in April. Some of the parents broke down in tears as Malala spoke at a hotel in the capital Abuja. "I can see those girls as my sisters ... and I'm going to speak up for them until they are released," said Malala.