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Afzal Amin resigns after allegedly plotting staged feuds
The Conservative candidate, Afzal Amin resigned on 23rd March as the parliamentary candidate for Dudley North after being accused of plotting a staged racial row with the English Defence League in order to garner votes. Afzal Amin denies any iniquity in this matter.
The Conservative party are now left in a lurch after his resignation and are swiftly trying to find an alternative candidate for one of the main target seats before 9th April, when the nominations closes.

Conservatives may have more Asian MPs than Labour
A new study suggests that for the first time the Conservatives could have more ethnic minority MPs elected in the next parliament, compared to the Labour Party.
The Conservative Party could see more new black and Asian MPs, with a possibility of three out of five being considered for the general election.

India, China agree to safeguard border peace
As India's national security adviser Ajit Doval and Yang Jiechi, China's state councillor, sat down for the 18th round of boundary talks in Delhi on Monday, peace on the border was as much an issue as the boundary

No role for third party in Kashmir talks: India
The government of India on Monday ruled out a role for separatists in resolving the Kashmir issue, saying there was no place for a third party in Indo-Pak ties,

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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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Karnataka CM agrees for CBI probe in IAS officer's death
Bengaluru: Bowing to public pressure over the mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi, the Karnataka government finally handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made the announcement in the assembly saying: “We are handing over the probe into Ravi's death to the CBI not because of the pressure from the opposition (parties) but keeping in view the feelings of his family.”

Brave schoolboy averts train accident
Davangere (Karnataka): Siddesh, a 9-year-old, class 4 student of Avaragere village, on the outskirts of Davanagere city, averted a railway accident. He not only alerted his father Manjunath about a crack in the track but also flagged down an approaching train with his red T-shirt.

Main accused in Hisar church attack case arrested
New Delhi: Haryana police arrested the main accused in the vandalisation of an under construction church in a village in Hisar district. "The main accused Anil Godara has been arrested from Hisar today," Hisar SP Saurabh Singh said.

Haryana makes sale of beef a non-bailable offence
Chandigarh: After Maharashtra, Haryana passed a much more stringent bill banning sale of beef. According to the legislation, the rigorous imprisonment for selling beef would be five years - same as that in Maharashtra - and the fine of up to Rs 50,000.

Senior Cong leader booked for allegedly taking bribe
Hyderabad: In an embarrassment to the Congress, the Hyderabad police have booked party's senior leader and former union minister Renuka Chowdhury for allegedly taking bribe of over Rs 11 million from an aspirant by promising him an Assembly election ticket, reports said.

Modi pips Xi in handling domestic, international affairs
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pipped Chinese President Xi Jinping to secure the top rank in handling domestic and international affairs in a global survey conducted by a Chinese firm.

Indian-origin author assaulted in SA for 'praising’ Rushdie
Johannesburg: Zainub Priya Dala, an Indian-origin author in South Africa was brutally assaulted and verbally abused after she praised controversial writer Salman Rushdie whose work has angered Muslims around the world.

TN CM seeks Modi's intervention in Cauvery issue
Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to advise the Karnataka Government not to proceed with their plan of construction of reservoirs at Mekedatu and also not to take up any scheme in the Cauvery basin without Tamil Nadu's prior permission.

US troops shown as Indian soldiers on Martyrs Day hoardings
Chandigarh: On a day which was meant to remember and salute the sacrifice made by India's three great sons on the occasion of Martyr's Day, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation ended up committing an embarrassing goof-up.


UK News

Jailed ex-mayor 'liar and a cheat'
A former mayor and Scunthorpe councillor who helped to organise the first visit of the Queen to a mosque in Britain has been jailed for three and a half years for "dishonesty on a grand scale" by a judge who called him a "liar and a cheat", a court has confirmed.

Tycoon’s son who left toddler brain damaged jailed for brutal fight
A multimillionaire’s son has been jailed for a second time after he got involved in a brutal fight. Antonio Boporan Singh, 28, was given a one-year prison sentence on Friday for punching and kicking a man when he was down after a night out.

Crooked sergeant exposed as a brothel boss has appeal rejected
A disgraced West Midlands Police officer who led a secret double life as a ringleader of a sex-and-drugs racket has been told by top judges he deserves every day of his seven years and two months jail term.

Nine British medical students flee Sudan for Syria
Nine British medical students have secretly fled to Syria to help treat jihadists at hospitals controlled by Islamic State. Five men and four women in their late teens and early twenties fled from medical school in Sudan where their families had sent them to learn more about their culture.

Protests held outside Parliament against closure of Upton Community Centre
On 17th March 2015, there was a protest held attended by many at the Houses of Parliament.
The unexpected closure of the Upton Community Centre, which was the heart and soul of the Indian community of Newham was protested.

Residents unite against parking permits
A parking scheme proposal has caused a great deal of upset amongst residents. Residents have hit out at plans to implement parking permits, extend double yellow lines and introduce parking bays.

UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration held in Central London
UN Anti-Racism Day was marked by many international demonstrators on Saturday 21st March 2015, where people stood up to racism and fascism. Parliamentarians, Trade unionists, Faith communities anti-racism activists, youth and students joined the national demonstration by marching through Central London.

Petition presented to Commons criticising downsizing of visa services
The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Britain’s longest serving MP of Asian origin, has presented a petition to the House of Commons, which was based on a petition signed by 250 residents in Leicester East. The petition expresses the deep concerns of the petitioners with the downsizing of visa services in Mumbai and Dhaka.

Slough man missing for over a week
Rajan Gill (20) from Slough has been missing for more than a week. He was last seen leaving his house in Manor Park at around 4pm on Monday 16th March 2015.

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Sania-Hingis win Paribas Open title
India's Sania Mirza and Swiss legend Martina Hingis began their partnership with a title win as they overcame Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 in the summit clash of the BNP Paribas Open.
Top seeds Sania and Hingis didn't drop a set en route to the title. The Indo-Swiss pair, who joined forces recently, was trailing 2-4 in the second set but went on to win four games in a row to clinch the issue.

Team India win at World Championships for Beach Ultimate
Team India put up an incredible performance at WCBU 2015 held in Dubai last week. The squad entered 3 divisions of the tournament, Masters, Mixed and Open. The tournament held every 4 years attracts teams from around the world; this year was no different with 25 countries participating.

Sachin leads cricket world in lauding Sangakkara, Jayawardene
Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar led the cricketing world in applauding Sri Lankan veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who bowed out of ODIs after their team's World Cup quarter-final loss to South Africa.Both Jayawardene and Sangakkara had announced that the World Cup would be their final ODI assignment and much to the dismay of the Lankan fans, it ended on a disappointing note for the much celebrated duo with Sri Lanka losing by nine wickets to the Proteas.

ECB pondering ways to promote one-day game
England’s poor showing at World Cup has rattled officials and ECB is pondering to have a shorter County Championship to bring to fruition its commitment to give greater priority to one-day cricket. A team of ECB executives is conducting a root-and-branch review of the game with a number of eye-catching suggestions, including four-day Test cricket, already contained in the “Strategy Conversation Summary” hatched from an initial powwow.

ICC President threatens to quit over umpiring in India-Bangladesh QF
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Mustafa Kamal has threatened to quit his post alleging foul play in the second quarter-final between India and Bangladesh that the defending champions won. The controversy over a no-ball decision, which gave a life-line to centurion Rohit Sharma.

New Zealand beat South Africa to enter WC final
New Zealand scripted history by managing their maiden cricket World Cup final appearance with a stunning four-wicket win in a nerve-wrecking last-four clash against the formidable South Africa.
Chasing a stiff target of 298 runs in 43 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis rule in the rain-curtailed game, New Zealand crossed the line when Grant Elliot (84) smashed Dale Steyn over long-on for a six with just one ball to spare in a thrilling showdown.


World News

Pak military holds first R-Day parade in 7 years
Islamabad: Pakistan held its first Republic Day parade in seven years on Monday, full of flag-waving pomp and aerial military expertise, a symbolic show of strength in the war against the Taliban months after a militant attack on a school killed 132 children.

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91
Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre.

Breastfed babies have more intelligence
Brasília: Brazilian researchers have found that babies breasted for a year will have more intelligence when they grew up which would help them earn more. They have an IQ about four points higher by the age of 30 and earned almost a third more than those nursed for less than a month.

Pak court rejects Lakhvi's plea against detention
Lahore: A Pakistani court dismissed the plea of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi against his detention under a public security act, keeping the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack in jail till next month. Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa dismissed 55-year-old Lakhvi's plea against his detention under Maintenance of Public Ordinance (MPO) by the Punjab government on March 14.

National anthem in Tamil sparks row in Lanka
Colombo: A decision by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to allow the singing of the national anthem in Tamil has sparked a row, with the move coming under attack from his own Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP). “This is nothing but a betrayal. A decision to please just a two million (Tamil) population,” Sarath Weerasekera, who was a senior commander of Sri Lankan navy before entering politics, told parliament. He said that in India, with over 65 million Tamil population, the national anthem is not sung in Tamil.

Terrorists kill 17 western tourists in Tunis museum
Tunis (Tunisia): At least 23 people, including 17 westerners, were killed when gunmen clad in military uniform and brandishing Kalashnikovs stormed the Bardo museum next to the Tunisian parliament. They rounded up hostages, holding them for two hours before security forces stormed the building, killing two men believed to be sympathisers of Islamic State, the Syria-based terrorist group.

Indian-American named dean of top US engineering school
Washington: Vijay Kumar, an Indian-American expert on robotics and cyber physical systems, has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science effective July 1. Kumar is recognized around the world for his ground breaking work on the development of autonomous robots and on biologically inspired algorithms for collective behaviour, the school said announcing his appointment.

 
 
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