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Punjab Abroad- Britain

UK exempts Sikhs from wearing hard hats

Sikhs in the UK will be exempted from wearing hard hats at construction sites, British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. "From now on Sikhs don't have to wear hard hats at construction sites in our country," Cameron said last night at a Vaisakhi reception he hosted at 10, Downing Street.

NRI woman to appear in court for thrashing sister

An award-winning Indian-origin businesswoman in Britain will appear in court on Monday for assaulting her younger sister at a market place. Sharon Kaur, 46, a high-profile entrepreneur, allegedly attacked her younger sister Kulvinder by grabbing her hair from behind, spitting at her and clawing at her face outside a shop in Ilford, East London, which left her battered and bruised, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

Ajnala remains a sign of 1857 British panic: British professor

The recent discovery of remains of over 100 soldiers in a well at Ajnala in Amritsar district is a reflection of panic among British officials in Punjab during the 1857 revolt, according to a Cambridge historian with expertise on nineteenth-century India.

Elderly Sikh cleared of kirpan attack in UK

A 60-year-old British Sikh man has been cleared of the charges of stabbing a drinker with his kirpan on the streets of northeast London. Bagicha Singh was accused of attacking compatriot Pritpal Singh, 30, repeatedly with his ceremonial dagger during an altercation near Ilford.

British Sikh teacher in school job row

A British Sikh head of a school has alleged that he was pushed out of his post by the school's Muslim governors for opposing their move to ban sex education classes and allow only halal food.

Rare Maharaja Ranjit sword to be auctioned this March

A recently discovered early 19th century Indian sword bearing on its blade a silhouette of Maharaja Ranjit Singh – the legendary lion of the Punjab – goes under the hammer later this month in Ludlow, Shropshire (English midlands).

Elderly Sikh stabs compatriot with kirpan in UK

A 60-year-old British Sikh man has allegedly stabbed a compatriot, who was reportedly drunk, on the streets of north-east London with his kirpan. Bagicha Singh is accused of attacking Pritpal Singh, 30, repeatedly with his ceremonial dagger during an altercation near Ilford.

Punjabi man kills friend for insurance, gets lifer

An Indian-origin man in Britain has been sentenced for life for killing his friend in order to claim around Rs 2.71 crore in life insurance that he had taken out in the defendant's name.

UK to change work law on turbans

Britain is close to changing employment laws to remove an anomaly that meant Sikhs were exempt from wearing head protection in a high hazard industry such as construction, but were required to do so in lower hazard workplaces.

Probe UK's role in Bluestar, demand Sikh groups

Sikh groups in the UK have called for a full inquiry into alleged British involvement in the deadly 1984 Indian military attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Indian-origin scientist brings blindness cure closer to reality

An Indian-origin scientist has discovered an ultra-thin layer hidden deep in the eye that can help treat glaucoma, taking a step closer to curing blindness caused by the ocular disorder.

UK: Punjabi woman grows beard after baptism

An Indian-origin woman in the UK, who is suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome that results in excessive hair growth, has embraced her condition and growing a beard after being baptised as a Sikh.

Op Bluestar: British Sikhs threaten poll boycott

Sikhs in Britain have launched a massletter-writing campaign asking Prime Minister David Cameron to launch a large-scale inquiry into the country's role in the planning and execution of the 1984 Operation Bluestar by the Indian army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple. Strongly opposed Operation Bluestar: Capt

Sikh charity in UK diverts Third World countries aid to help Britain flood victims

An Indian charity which helps Third World countries to cope with the natural disasters has diverted aid to help families in flood-hit Britain.

Indian-origin 'chicken king' may cut thousands of UK jobs

British-Indian businessman Ranji Boparan, known as the "chicken king", is set to axe around 1,800 jobs in the UK as part of a major restructuring of his food business empire.
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