25 killed in Andhra cyclone
The death toll from a powerful cyclone which battered India's eastern coastline rose to 25 on Tuesday, as the storm weakened and moved inland, leaving a swathe of destruction and triggering fears that heavy rains would bring flash floods. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made an aerial survey of the affected areas announced an immediate assistance of 10 billion rupees.
Nobel peace prize for Malala, Satyarthi
Indian anti-child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai shared the Noble peace prize for “showing great personal courage and in their struggle against the suppression of children and for the right of all children to education.”
Secretary of State visits India to strengthen cultural ties
Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport visited India to promote business and tourism from 13-15 October 2014.
On Monday he addressed an audience made up of cultural entrepreneurs, media and arts people at the 'Culture is GREAT' reception.
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.
4 TDP MLAs, one MLC to join TRS
Hyderabad: In a major setback to the Telugu Desam Party in Telangana, four of its MLAs and an MLC have decided to cross over to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. Former Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav (Sanatnagar), Teegala Krishna Reddy (Maheswaram), Prakash Goud (Rajendranagar) and Ch.Dharma Reddy (Parkal) and MLC Gangadhar Goud met Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at the camp office.
SC agrees to hear Jaya's bail plea on Oct 17
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has agreed to hear former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's bail plea on October 17. The SC will also hear bail pleas of Jayalalithaa's co-convicts Shashikala and Sudhakaran.
Jayalalithaa was convicted and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment in the Rs 650 million disproportionate assets case. She has pleaded that she has been sentenced to only four years jail in the case and is also suffering from various ailments as grounds for her immediate relief.
Modi promises to transform 'scam Haryana to skill Haryana’
Mahendergarh (Haryana): Promising to transform "scam Haryana to skill Haryana," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the people of the state to elect a BJP government with clear majority, saying he wants to strengthen the state's ties with Delhi to transform its fortunes.
Parties using aggressive ad campaigns in Haryana
Chandigarh: The campaign by various political parties eyeing their share in the Haryana assembly elections has gained momentum, with each of them resorting to advertisements to woo voters and fire salvos at each other.
Besides Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), other players in the contest include former MP Kuldeep Bishnoi led Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) and former Union Minister Venod Sharma led Jan Chetna Party (JCP).
ED to attach Maran brothers' Rs 7.42 bn assets
New Delhi: Probing money laundering charges in the Aircel-Maxis case, the Enforcement Directorate will soon attach properties worth over Rs 7.42 billion belonging to former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his family members and associates.
Khap leaders enter poll fray
Chandigarh: Haryana’s khap panchayats, which often make headlines with their diktats on matrimony, women’s rights and personal freedom, have for the first time mobilised politically. Apart from a move to mobilise all khap panchayats to collectively support a pro-Jat party, several heads of khaps have also individually thrown their hats into the ring.
Vince Cable seeks to boost business ties with India
The UK is looking to strengthen business ties with India and also welcomes Indian students to study in the UK, Dr Vince Cable, Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said at Panaji in Goa. Cable was in Goa as part of his India tour to pursue the twin goals of business and education. Besides meeting Goa deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza, Cable met with several Goan businessmen including Sreenivas Dempo, Victor Albuquerque, Ashok Chowgule and others.
Husband attacks pregnant wife for withholding drugs
24 year-old Haroon Ashraf of Bordesley Green stabbed his wife after three years of marriage when she refused to let him have his cannabis. The mother, Neelam Ashraf wanted to protect her children. Judge Murray Creed ruled that 'she did not want you taking drugs in her presence or the presence of your son (…) you lost self control and lunged at her, she put her arm up to protect herself from the knife (…) you would have hit her in the face if she had not put her arm up.’
UKIP gains first seat in Commons
UKIP won the Clacton by-election on 9th October which now lands the party a seat in the House of Commons. The party's leader Nigel Farage, pictured, told the BBC that the outcome has 'shaken up British politics.' This also means that Douglas Carswell, who recently joined UKIP after leaving his Conservative seat as MP of Clacton in August, will now continue as the anti-immigration's party's representative in parliament.
Police and city praised for EDL calm
Birmingham police were commended for the way they handled the EDL demonstration which took place on Broad Street last week.
Unlike last year's abysmal protest which saw mass violence and numerous arrests on the grounds of public order, this year's protest was calm and controlled with police making only 5 arrests.
Birmingham school suspends teacher for racist jokes
A physical education teacher who was working at one of the schools linked with the Trojan Horse scandal was suspended after allegations of posting racist jokes online.
Jonathan Parker of Washwood Heath Academy, one of the Trojan Horse-linked schools, posted comments such as 'Muslims cause paedophilia’, and ‘Sainsbury have run out of pork chops.
Prime Minister celebrates Eid at 10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister praised British Muslims for their “enormous contribution” to the UK at an Eid celebration in Downing Street on Wednesday 8 October. David Cameron spoke of the “kindness and generosity” of British Muslims at the event where he was joined by over a hundred guests from Britain and overseas, including faith, community and business leaders and members of the British armed forces Muslim association.
Jobseeker names will be blanked out to avoid discrimination
Names of jobseekers could be hidden from employers in a bid to cut discrimination, the Liberal Democrats have announced. Unemployment rates among ethnic minority women have remained consistently higher than for white women since the 1980s.
An All-Party Parliamentary group on race and community published a study showing that women who "whitened" or "anglicised" their names on job applications had to send half as many job applications before being asked for interview.
Local talent shines on the mic
Sanjna Vekaria from Harrow has made it through to the Regional Finals of the prestigious Open Mic UK singing competition, and will now be performing in the live showcases of the competition.
Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK.
Sania, Seema clinch gold; India maintain 9th place
Tennis star Sania Mirza teamed up with Saketh Myneni to clinch the gold in mixed double while Seema Punia also brought glory with her gold-winning act as India maintained the ninth position in the overall standings on the 10th day of competitions in the 17th Asian Games. In hockey, India beat South Korea in the semifinal and will meet Pakistan in the final. Vikas Gowda won silver in the discus throw. Earlier, India caused a huge upset as the compound archery men's team of Rajat Chauhan, Sandeep Kumar and Abhishek Verma defeated world champions South Korea 227-225 to win gold. The Indian national anthem was Sunday played for the third time as Yogeshwar Dutt ended the nation's 28-year-old wait for a gold medal from Asian Games wrestling while race walker Khushbir Kaur won the silver medal on a day when India won eight medals.
Pujara slams maiden hundred in county cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara scored the 27th first-class century of his career and the first one in county cricket as his side Derbyshire beat Leicestershire in a Division Two encounter last week.
Pujara, who was given out for "handling the ball" in the first innings for 6 was at his fluent best as he hit 15 boundaries and a six off left-arm spinner James Sykes to remain unbeaten on even 100 as Derbyshire scored 372 for three in their second innings.
Shastri to continue as team director till 2015 WC
Ravi Shastri will stay on as team director of the Indian cricket team till the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, a BCCI statement said after a working committee meeting in Chennai.
"Ravi Shastri will oversee the activities of the Indian team as a director during the West Indies Home Series and the Test Series in Australia. He will be with the Indian Team on a full-time basis during the triangular series in Australia and also for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," the release said.
Banning doosra a great loss: Moeen Ali
England allrounder Moeen Ali believes that the suspension of Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal from international cricket is a major wake-up call for bowlers the world over, especially those with an inclination to bowl the doosra - the delivery that spins away from right-handed batsmen.
Having played alongside Ajmal at Worcestershire, and in the process gaining a few tips, Ali felt the ICC's clampdown on bowlers with suspect actions would force bowlers to refrain from employing the doosra, including himself.
Kapil Dev honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in the House of Lords. The award, constituted by the Indo-European Business Forum (IBEF), was presented to the former India World Cup-winning captain for his contribution to the sport and for his work in the field to uplift the poor and destitute communities through the Khushii society. "I am very proud to be Indian. Today India is ready to do business with anybody in the world," Dev said in his acceptance speech.
Afridi among 12 fined for being out of shape
Pakistan cricket authorities fined 12 players, including star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal, for failing to meet fitness standards. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set tough new fitness guidelines in June, warning that failure to stay in shape would lead to players having their salaries docked. A PCB spokesman said the players were assessed against the guidelines earlier in September, and the 12 who failed would lose 25% of one month's salary.
Lanka resumes train services to war-battered Jaffna
Jaffna: Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday launched train services to the battle-scarred city of Jaffna nearly 25 years after a bloody ethnic conflict destroyed the region's entire railway network.
Rajapakse boarded a special train from the town of Palai on the southern end of the Jaffna peninsula and travelled to the cultural capital of Sri Lanka's ethnic minority Tamils. His train stopped at three stations rebuilt as part of the reconstruction of 250-km of track across the former war zone, both in the Jaffna peninsula and the northern mainland.
Hong Kong police dismantle protest barriers, reopen major road
Hong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city's financial centre on Tuesday, reopening a major road for the first time since protests began two weeks ago.
Vara speaks for Britain at EU Meeting
Luxembourg: Justice Minister Shailesh Vara MP last week represented the UK at a meeting of EU Law Ministers in Luxembourg. Vara was attending it as his responsibilities include the EU aspects of Ministry of Justice business.
The meeting was attended by law Ministers from all EU countries and discussed various legal matters including whether to have a European Public Prosecutors’ Office, Data Protection, the Presumption of Innocence, Simplification of Public Documents as well as issues concerning the Freezing and Confiscation of goods.
First Ebola death reported in US
Dallas: The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, died at a Dallas hospital, a hospital spokesman said. Duncan became ill after arriving in the Texas city from Liberia on September 20 to visit family, heightening concerns the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record could spread outside the three worst-hit West African countries.
Indian embassy in Kuwait simplifies visa procedure
Dubai: The Indian embassy in Kuwait has simplified the visa procedure for Kuwaiti nationals as well as expatriates living in the country with an aim to enhance travel to India for business, tourism, medical treatment and study purposes. The embassy said it has issued 10,000 visas this year, as against 7,600 visas issued during the same period last year, registering a jump of 30 per cent.
Indian cop wins UN's international female peacekeeper award
United Nations: An Indian police inspector has been named recipient of a prestigious international female peacekeeper award by the UN's police division for her "exceptional achievements" in her duty with the UN mission in Afghanistan, including her efforts towards helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu & Kashmir Police, currently deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has been awarded the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014.
ISIS publicly executes scribe, 12 others
Samarra (Iraq): ISIS militants have executed an Iraqi news cameraman and 12 other people in several towns and villages north of Baghdad, officials, relatives and witnesses said. The jihadists on Friday shot dead Raad al-Azzawi, a 37-year-old cameraman for local news channel Sama Salaheddin, his brother and two other civilians in the village of Samra, east of the city of Tikrit, relatives of the journalist said.
Canadian Parliament authorizes air strikes in Iraq
Toronto: Following a request from the US, Canada's Parliament has voted to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group in Iraq. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party introduced the motion last week and it was debated this week. Harper has a majority of seats in Parliament so the vote was all but assured. The motion was later passed.