HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014


UK to have two new Sikh schools

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.

Parents seek answers in British Sikh schoolgirl's death 

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.

Royal nod for bill to outlaw caste in Britain

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.

Three NRIs honoured for promoting Hindi in UK

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.

Sikhs protest in London over death penalty for four community members in India

A group of Sikhs in UK protested outside the Houses of Parliament as part of a campaign to end the death penalty in India.

Indian-origin scientist gives gift of eyesight to visually challenged

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 PM offers to cooperate with India on graft probe

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.

British PM Cameron arrives in India

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in India on Monday to try to win new investment in the face of fierce global competition as a scandal engulfs an Anglo-Italian helicopter deal.

There will be substantial outcome from Cameron's visit: Sharma

Commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma has said that there will be substantial outcome from the forthcoming visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to India later this month. Sharma who was here to address the investor community said, "We have two incoming high-level visits within few days - in less than 12 days. First President Hollande of France and then Prime Minister Cameron."

Punjabi is UK's third most-spoken language

Punjabi is the third most-spoken language in England and Wales, as per figures of the 2011 census. English tops the list, followed by Polish. More than 92% of residents speak English as their main language, and the majority of the rest speak it as well, although 1.38 lakh residents less than 0.5% do not speak English at all, the Office for National Statistics said.

CM, Sukhbir condole UK Lord’s death

Lord Tarsem Singh, of Punjabi origin, died of a suspected heart attack on Thursday night. Tarsem, 75, a former mayor and leader of Sandwell Council in the UK, was a native of Kultham village from Nawanshahr

Sikh soldier becomes first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham palace wearing turban

A sikh soldier has become the first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham Palace wearing a turban instead of the famous bearskin. Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, is the first guardsman in 180 years of tradition, to choose to wear his turban on the famous forecourt.

Indian-origin Tory politician slammed for racist slur on Muslims

Britain's first female Asian peer has been slammed for claiming all Muslims are on benefits and vote Labour. Indian-origin crossbencher Baroness Flather made the comments while defending PM David Cameron's new Aussie campaign chief Lynton Crosby who had allegedly said that 'chasing Muslim votes was a waste of Tory time'.

Public inquiry into Savita's death not ruled out

A senior Irish government official has not ruled out a public inquiry into the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died due to pregnancy-related complications after being denied abortion in Ireland.

Punjabi 'Peeping Tom'banned from entering 1,200 McDonald's restaurants

An Indian-origin man in Britain has become the first person to be banned from all 1,200 McDonald's outlets in England and Wales, after being caught spying on two women in the restaurant's restrooms.
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