Clegg visits India with a 40 strong trade delegation
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited India for 3 days with a 40-strong trade delegation on Monday 25 August. The DPM met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at his official residence, the Panchavati in New Delhi and extended an invitation to visit the UK in the months ahead. He also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the delegation spent a day in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Seema makes it to the Shadow Cabinet
Seema Malhotra has become Labour's first ever Minister in the Shadow Home Affairs Committee for preventing violence against women and girls. Ms Malhotra will champion the needs of all victims of rape, domestic and sexual violence, as well as FGM, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution. She will also play an important role in shaping Labour’s Women’s Safety Commission, working with Vera Baird and Diana Holland, to develop proposals for legislation to tackle violence against women
Asian Voice revives campaign for London-Ahmedabad direct flights by public demand
On public demand, Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar have revived their campaign for London-Ahmedabad direct flight. Publisher/Editor of the leading newsweeklies CB Patel has written letters to Asian peers, Lord Meghnad Desai, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Lord Gulam Noon and Keith Vaz MP (amongst others) have pledged their full support for this just demand and to create a Committee in the UK along with Indian MPs.
Bollywood stars come together in London to support children's education in India
Bollywood actress and UNICEF India Goodwill Ambassador Sharmila Tagore and actress and UNICEF Celebrity Advocate, Kareena Kapoor Khan are pictured with former BBC war correspondent and UNICEF UK Ambassador, Martin Bell OBE, and UNICEF UK Deputy Executive Director, Anita Tiessen at The Ritz on Wednesday evening (20th August) for a dinner to support UNICEF’s education work for children in India.
Speaking at the event, Sharmila Tagore, who is celebrating ten years as a UNICEF India Ambassador, said; “Over the last ten years, I’ve seen first-hand, the work UNICEF does to ensure that the rights of every child are realised.
Cong wins 2, BJP 1 in Karnataka by-elections
Bangalore: The ruling Congress in Karnataka has registered a big win in the assembly by-polls. It has won two of the total three seats that went to polls on August 21. The BJP has won one seat. The Congress has wrested the prestigious Bellary Rural seat from the BJP. The seat was earlier held by MP B Sriramulu. The Congress candidate NY Gopalakrishna has won the seat by 34,000 votes. The defeat in Bellary Rural is being seen as a huge setback for the BJP.
DMK seeks Bharat Ratna for Annadurai
Chennai: At a time when various names being considered for the Bharat Ratna have stoked a controversy, DMK president M Karunanidhi has made a strong pitch for conferring India’s highest civilian award on C N Annadurai, party-founder and first non-Congress Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after Independence. “He is a great social reformer, great writer, orator and litterateur. His literary and political works, both in Tamil and English, have been acclaimed as one of the best in the State,” Karunanidhi said in a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
Film on Indira Gandhi’s assassination blocked
New Delhi: The Central Board of Film Certification in India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests.
Delhi boy wins gold at Informatics Olympiad
A New Delhi school boy Akshat Bubna has become the first Indian student to win a gold medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics in Taiwan. The 18-year-old Bubna passed his CBSE (12th) exam from Amity International School in New Delhi with over 96 per cent marks and is heading for the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to do a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science.
B.K.S. Iyengar who took yoga to world is no more
World renowned Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who founded the 'Iyengar Yoga' died at a private hospital in Pune last week, an aide said. He was 96. A widower, he was suffering from age-related ailments and breathed his last on Wednesday last and cremated later.
Author of several books on Yoga, its practice and techniques, Iyengar was conferred the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Padma Vibhushan in 2014 and was in 2004 named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential personalities, among his many other national and international honours.
Cong, Akali candidates win Punjab by-elections
Patiala: Former union minister and Congress leader Preneet Kaur has won the Patiala assembly constituency, while Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu of Akali Dal retained the Talwandi Sabo seat in Punjab where by-elections were held last week.
The Congress had pulled out all the stops to retain Patiala, a prestigious seat held earlier by Preneet Kaur's husband and Patiala royal Amarinder Singh, now a Congress MP. Amarinder defeated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Amritsar in the national election three months ago. Preneet Kaur won by a margin of over 23,000 votes, an election official said.
Teen’s hand chopped off for not showing ‘respect’
Madurai (Tamil Nadu): Three men allegedly severed the hand of a 17-year-old teenager in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu because he did not show “respect” to one of them - the husband of a village panchayat president. Police said Karthik apparently did not stand up when Krishnan, whose wife is the village panchayat president, crossed him two days ago. The two entered into an altercation, and villagers intervened and brokered peace. But, later they waylaid the yuth and chopped off a portion of his left hand.
Punjab to set up 10 more de-addiction centres
Phagwara: The Punjab government will set up ten more drug de-addiction centres in the state, taking their number to 31. Vikas Garg, Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Punjab, said this after visiting local de-addiction centre in Civil hospital and interacting with patients. He said five new centres, with each having 50-bed capacity, will be set up in state's Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals in Bathinda, Jalandhar, Faridkot, Patiala and Amritsar. The remaining five will be set up at other places which he did not specify.
British couple killed, daughter fighting for life in India
A British family have been torn apart after a couple were killed and their nine-year-old daughter was left critically injured while on holiday in India in a road crash which took five other lives.
The couple have been named as Rupesh Nawarkhele, 38, and Kavita Nawarkhele, 37, from Southampton.
The family had travelled to Dharamshala to meet Rupesh's brother and were travelling to meet another relative in Delhi in a luxury bus when tragedy struck on Saturday 23 August.
Two men charged over Tilbury container death
Two lorry drivers from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, have been charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, after an investigation by Essex Police, into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks
Timothy Murphy, 33, was charged alongside Stephen McLaughlin, 34, at Chelmsford magistrates’ court. They will be summoned to court again in November.
High Court awards Hindu volunteer £45,000 libel damages
In a judgement lasting almost 90 minutes, Judge Maloney of the Queens Bench division of the Royal Courts of Justice awarded Mr Satish K Sharma, volunteer General Secretary at the charity “National Council of Hindu Temples UK”, the sum of £45,000 in libel damages and also all legal costs totalling almost a further £25,000.
Tower Hamlets: Muslim voters told to 'vote for mayor or be damned’
Muslim residents in Tower Hamlets were reportedly told they would be rewarded in the afterlife if they voted for Lutfur Rahman.
The current mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman has been accused in the High Court of exerting unlawful “spiritual influence” over voters, who were allegedly told that it was their religious duty to vote for him.
Mikaeel Kular: Mother jailed for 11 years for killing son
Rosdeep Adekoya, 34, from Edinburgh, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing her three-year-old son Mikaeel Kular.
Ms Adekoya admitted, last month, to beating Mikaeel before stuffing his lifeless body into a suitcase.
She was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.
Chaos at UK Border Control
Thousands of illegal immigrants are disappearing through the UK’s borders every year, raising questions about Britain's ability to monitor jihadist terrorist suspects returning to the country from the Middle East, figures show.
The Home Office data show a dramatic increase in the proportion of immigrants who disappear after being stopped at border checks for carrying false passports or incorrect visas.
Conservatives need to woo young ethnic voters to win key seats
Over 50% of new voters in some Conservative constituencies will be non-white at the time of the next year’s general election, putting further pressure on parties to woo the ethnic minority vote, a data study shows.
Thirty-five out of the forty of the Tories’ target seats, along with 25 of the key marginals they already hold, will see an increase in the proportion of ethnic minorities among first-time voters, according to the data study by Ian Warren, the elections analyst.
Man whose nose was sliced off gives evidence in trial
A man whose nose was sliced off by a meat cleaver in a street fight, which left his rapper friend dying, has given evidence at the trial of four men accused of the murder.
Shajidur Rahman, 20, was left permanently disfigured with deep scars to his face and head in the attack which killed 19-year-old Isaac Stone on the evening of Saturday, January 25 in Bedford.
Nadia Manzoor brings 'Burq-Off' to London
As the debate about immigration and integration rages on in the UK, one young British-Pakistani Muslim woman is set to provide a unique insight into the challenges faced by immigrants themselves in an alien land.
'Burq-Off!' is an hilarious new one-woman show by writer and stand-up comic Nadia Manzoor, who is daring to explore the eternal migrant tussle between the need to better integrate and the religious and cultural demands of their own communities.
Turban ban: BFI lodges official complaint with Fiba
A day after Sikh cager Anmol Singh was humiliated at the Asian U-18 Basketball Championship in Doha, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has lodged an official complaint with the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).
Anmol was asked to remove his patka during India's preliminary round game against Malaysia. The incident led to many from the sports fraternity, including legendary athlete Milkha Singh and former Indian cricket team captain Bishan Singh Bedi, slamming Fiba Asia officials.
Asian Games gold medal within our reach: Sardar Singh
India have a strong chance of winning the gold medal at the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4, said India’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh. India have been clubbed alongside Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka and Oman in the 10-nation men's hockey competition. "We are one of the favourites for the Asian Games. However, we cannot take any team lightly. It's not going to be a cakewalk for us. Our aim is to take one game at a time," Sardar Singh said.
Boxer Amir Khan launches The Amir Khan Foundation
British boxer Amir Khan has launched The Amir Khan Foundation following his recent trip to Gambia. The charity aims to help youngsters from the deprived parts of the world with orphanages, schools and clean waters for starters.
"We are very fortunate to live in Britain and have a good life yet there are people around the world really suffering; they don't live under a roof, they don't have food or water and when you see the young kids going through that, it really does upset you," Amir said.
Squash great Hashim Khan dies
Hashim Khan, one of the greatest squash players of all time, died of congestive heart failure last week at Aurora, Colorado. He was believed to be 100. His youngest son, Mo, said in a phone interview that Khan died in his home with family by his side.
Pakistan stun India to level series in football
Pakistan's U-23 football side made a mockery of the world rankings as they thumped India 2-0 to draw level in the two-match series in a match which saw emotions run high in the packed stands and tempers fray in the field at the Football Stadium in Bangalore last week. In the end, there was no doubt that the visitors emerged deserving victors as they caught the Indian defence napping once in each of the two sessions. The defeat was a big set back for the Indian team preparing for the Asian Games where tougher opponents are expected.
BCCI puts Ravi Shastri in charge for ODI series
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) cracked the whip on Team India's support staff following the MS Dhoni-led squad's horror show in England.
It appointed player-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri as `director' of the team for the ODI series against Cook and Co. The move is aimed at clipping the wings of head coach Duncan Fletcher, who remains in his post but will now report to Shastri, who will be the overall in-charge of cricket affairs.
The U-19 assistant coach R Sridhar, who was previously part of the defunct National Cricket Academy (NCA) and fielding coach of Kings XI in the last IPL, will join as fielding coach for the ODIs in England.
Aaron keen to join county cricket
Indian pacer Varun Aaron is keen to play county cricket in England. He said that playing domestic cricket in England was “high on my priority list” although it would depend on his commitments with the Indian Premier League.
The fast bowler said: “If we have an early IPL next time, then I would definitely look forward to playing county cricket, at least for half a season. I think I’ve played enough in England so I have a decent understanding of English conditions.
Many than 1,500 UK Muslims fighting for jihad
London: When the British army has failed to attract more than 560 Muslims into its fold, more and more Muslims have joined the jihadists in Syria and Iraq. While the police claimed that 400 to 500 British Muslims were fighting Islamic state (ISIS), one MP said that more than 1,500 Britons were fighting to create a caliphate. The Muslim community leaders put the figure between 600 and 1,000. This shows that the jihadists were able to attract more to its cadre than the British army. The debate over the number intensified after it was revealed that a British jihadist had beheaded American journalist James Foley.
Extremists kill US journalist
Washington: American freelance photojournalist James Foley, who had been missing for nearly two years after he was believed kidnapped in Syria, has been beheaded by the so-called Islamic State extremists in Iraq.
Foley's family confirmed his death after ISIS released a video of the beheading and it was briefly posted on YouTube before being taken down.
ISIL demanded release of Pak scientist for Foley
Washington: The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly demanded the release of a female Pakistani scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley, the American who was killed by the jihadists. According to the New York Times, Isil sent the list of demands to the United States which included the release of Dr Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist currently incarcerated in a prison in Texas.
House buyers go for 30-year mortgages
London: As a result of spiralling house prices, a record number of people are going for 30-year mortgages. One in five of the 171,000 new loans sanctioned between April and June were for terms of more than 30 years, compared with 18 pc of 148,000 loans in the first quarter, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. The CML said the number of first-time buyers taking out a mortgage with a longer repayment period jumped to 28 pc of all new loans, from 26 pc in the first quarter.
Bedford is UK’s ‘most generous town’
London: Bedford has been named the most generous town in the UK based on donations given through charity site JustGiving. A total of 41,631 people in Bedford donated £1,145,970 to charitable causes on the JustGiving site in the year to May 2014. Bedford’s donations equated to 52 per cent of the town’s overall population, according to JustGiving.
111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man
Tokyo: A 111-year-old retired educator from Japan who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness Book of World Records. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in April at the age of 111 years, 164 days.
US diplomats banned from Ice Bucket Challenge
Washington: It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former US presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water. But American diplomats were banned from going for the challenge in support of Lou Gehrig's disease research.
Lanka bars entry to UN war crimes team
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa has denied visas to UN investigators of alleged war crimes on the island. Rajapaksa said UN officials would be barred from the country, stopping them from conducting face-to-face interviews with victims of alleged abuses conducted by both sides during a bloody civil war that ended in 2009.