The British government has approved applications for 15 new faith schools, including two Sikh schools. UK education secretary Michael Gove cleared the applications as part of 102 new 'free schools' which are to be opened from 2014 and beyond. Free schools are state-funded schools, independent of the local authority's control. As per rules, faith schools under the category are able to select a maximum of 50% of pupils on the basis of religion.
A Sikh bus driver in Finland is fighting for his right to wear a turban while at work. Gill Sukhdarshan Singh, who works at the Veolia bus company at Vantaa near the Finnish capital of Helsinki, is trying to set a precedent by making the authorities allow him to wear a turban at work.
Three men have been arrested on public disorder and assault offences after a brawl outside a gurdwara in England. Witnesses reported that about 10 worshippers at a weekly Sunday service at Gurdwara Shri Guru Ram Das Prakash on the Old Palace Road in Norwich were involved in the fracas. Local police in the Norfolk county town have ruled out any racist motivation behind the incident.
The British politician campaigning on behalf of an Indian-origin girl whose organs were removed at a hospital in Patiala on Sunday expressed shock and outrage that the organs were yet to be returned to the girl's parents, more than 45 days after her sudden death. Dipankar De Sarkar
A rare 19.88 carats cushion-shaped sapphire from Kashmir called "The star of Kashmir" has fetched a whopping USD 3.5 million, smashing all records after selling for the highest per carat price of a sapphire.
Refuting the allegations of the parents of a British Sikh schoolgirl, 8, authorities at Government Rajindra Hospital here have denied that it was for harvesting that her organs were extracted during autopsy.
The parents of an eight-year-old British Sikh school girl have alleged that their daughter was killed by health workers in India in a failed attempt to harvest her organs.
In a major victory for 4 lakh Dalits in the UK, a bill that will outlaw discrimination on the basis of caste in Britain has received the royal assent from the queen. The enterprise and regulatory reform bill made history in the British Parliament this week when the House of Commons bowed to reassure from the House of Lords to include caste as an aspect of race as part of the Equality Act 2010.
Amid protests by UK-based Sikhs against the death sentence of Delhi bomb blast accused Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, a prominent human rights group has called on the Indian government to establish a "moratorium" on capital punishment.
Former UK Prime minister Margaret Thatcher dies in London. She was 87.
A group of Sikhs in UK protested outside the Houses of Parliament as part of a campaign to end the death penalty in India.
Stirred by recent events, a British writer has come out with a frank and harrowing account of how she was gang-raped in India — nearly 40 years after the brutal attack Dipankar De Sarkar
Three NRIs and a Nottingham-based organisation have been honoured by the Indian High Commission here for their outstanding work in promoting Hindi in the UK. High commissioner Jaimini Bhagwati presented them with shields, shawls and citations last evening in connection with World Hindi Day 2013.
An Indian-origin eye surgeon has announced what is being described as a major advance in efforts to help the blind see. Dr Lyndon da Cruz said on Wednesday that clinical trials he had conducted over several years with a bionic eye had enabled his blind patients to read simple letters and words.
British Prime Minister David Cameron promised full cooperation with India and its police as a probe into alleged kickbacks in a helicopter deal clouded his meetings on Tuesday with leaders in New Delhi.