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Balvinder Singh Madan, 40, pleaded guilty to providing unregulated immigration advice to people in Southall between October 2017 and April 2018.(Representational photo)

Southall Punjab-origin man sentenced for wrong visa advice

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2020 03:55 PM IST
40-year-old sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work and fined after client complains of negligent service
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.(Bloomberg file)
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.(Bloomberg file)

Covid-19 leads to fewer UK visas to Indians

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 06:52 PM IST
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.
The ethnic group that had the lowest median hourly pay was Bangladeshi at £9.60 followed by Pakistani at £10.00, the analysis says.(Bloomberg)
The ethnic group that had the lowest median hourly pay was Bangladeshi at £9.60 followed by Pakistani at £10.00, the analysis says.(Bloomberg)

Indians earn more than white British employees in UK, says report

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 06:47 PM IST
The three ethnic groups with higher median hourly pay than white British are Chinese, Indian and Mixed/Multiple with hourly earnings of £15.75, £13.47 and £12.33 respectively, in comparison to white British whose median pay was £12.03.
In February 2014, BBC’s ‘Panorama’ investigation uncovered evidence of organised cheating in two English language test centres run on behalf of the Educational Testing Service (ETS).(HT Photo)
In February 2014, BBC’s ‘Panorama’ investigation uncovered evidence of organised cheating in two English language test centres run on behalf of the Educational Testing Service (ETS).(HT Photo)

Accused of cheating in UK Visa test, Indian students appeal to Sajid Javid

HT Correspondent | By Press Trust India
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 09:45 PM IST
Javid has previously said that he is reviewing the evidence related to the scandal and is expected to announce measures to address the issue in the House of Commons.
The former Supreme Court who charged Ranjan Gogoi will soon be filing an appeal, to the CJI, against her dismissal from.(Reuters/File Photo)
The former Supreme Court who charged Ranjan Gogoi will soon be filing an appeal, to the CJI, against her dismissal from.(Reuters/File Photo)

Complainant against CJI Gogoi set to file appeal — to the CJI

UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2019 01:11 PM IST
An employee, who was posted at the home office of the CJI, detailed charges of sexual harassment and persecution in an affidavit that was sent to 22 judges of the apex court on April 19.
The Supreme Court remains every citizen’s last hope. For now, India’s women are watching developments there very closely.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court remains every citizen’s last hope. For now, India’s women are watching developments there very closely.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

CJI case: All eyes on the proceedings in the SC

PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2019 06:20 PM IST
“I was not likely to get justice,” reads the press statement by the Supreme Court employee who has alleged sexual harassment by the chief justice. The Supreme Court remains every citizen’s last hope. For now, India’s women are watching developments there very closely
The way robots are designed can influence the tendency people have to project narratives and feelings onto mechanical objects.(Unsplash)
The way robots are designed can influence the tendency people have to project narratives and feelings onto mechanical objects.(Unsplash)

Be wary of robot emotions; ‘simulated love is never love’

Associated Press | By Associated Press, San Francisco
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 02:06 PM IST
Research has shown that people have a tendency to project human traits onto robots, especially when they move or act in even vaguely human-like ways.
The renewal application will now be listed in the high court based on its schedule in the coming days and weeks, officials said.(AP FILE PHOTO)
The renewal application will now be listed in the high court based on its schedule in the coming days and weeks, officials said.(AP FILE PHOTO)

Mallya files new petition against extradition order

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2019 11:59 PM IST
Facing charges in India of financial irregularities amounting to over 9,000 crore, Mallya has been putting forth his version of events through social media in recent weeks, most recently on March 31.
Facing charges of financial irregularities worth over Rs 9,000 crore, Mallya again took to twitter on Tuesday to reiterate his main contention that his inability to return bank loans was a result of genuine business failure, offering to repay them.(AP File Photo)
Facing charges of financial irregularities worth over Rs 9,000 crore, Mallya again took to twitter on Tuesday to reiterate his main contention that his inability to return bank loans was a result of genuine business failure, offering to repay them.(AP File Photo)

UK court set to decide on Vijay Mallya’s appeal against extradition

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2019 07:02 AM IST
Vijay Mallya’s extradition case has progressed through the Westminster Magistrates Court, which ordered his extradition in December 2018. An appeals court judge will now decide whether grounds cited in his application merit progressing the case to a full hearing.
As the number of EU citizens moving to the UK dwindles due to uncertainty over Brexit, new figures released on Thursday show more Indian citizens were granted visas across various streams during the year ending December 2018.(AFP)
As the number of EU citizens moving to the UK dwindles due to uncertainty over Brexit, new figures released on Thursday show more Indian citizens were granted visas across various streams during the year ending December 2018.(AFP)

More Indians got UK visas in 2018, after Chinese, shows new report

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2019 05:01 PM IST
As the number of EU citizens moving to the UK dwindles due to uncertainty over Brexit, new figures released on Thursday show more Indian citizens were granted visas across various streams during the year ending December 2018.
The surcharge has been levied on Indian and non-EU citizens seeking a UK visa valid for at least six months since April 2015. Now it has been raised from £200 to £400.(REUTERS)
The surcharge has been levied on Indian and non-EU citizens seeking a UK visa valid for at least six months since April 2015. Now it has been raised from £200 to £400.(REUTERS)

Hike in UK visa health surcharge ‘unfair, discriminatory’: Indian doctors demand withdrawal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 09:47 PM IST
The surcharge has been levied on Indian and non-EU citizens seeking a UK visa valid for at least six months since April 2015. Now it has been raised from £200 to £400.
An Indian man who was convicted of 23 counts of sexual abuse of a male child within his family has been stripped of his British citizenship and faces deportation to India.(AP)
An Indian man who was convicted of 23 counts of sexual abuse of a male child within his family has been stripped of his British citizenship and faces deportation to India.(AP)

Indian-origin man stripped of UK citizenship over rape conviction

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2018 09:28 AM IST
The man, who can only be identified as RSD for legal reasons, came to the UK from India in 1997 and was granted British citizenship in 2004. In 2011, he was found guilty of grooming and raping a 7-year-old child.
The Theresa May government has granted British citizenship to 303 Indians who arrived in the country between 1948 and 1988 but still had an uncertain residency status (File Photo)(Reuters)
The Theresa May government has granted British citizenship to 303 Indians who arrived in the country between 1948 and 1988 but still had an uncertain residency status (File Photo)(Reuters)

303 Indians who arrived in UK between 1948 and 1988 get British citizenship

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2018 11:50 PM IST
Indians are the second-highest number of citizens affected by the Windrush row after Jamaica, whose 1,438 citizens top the list. The latest figures were provided by home secretary Sajid Javid to the home affairs select committee of parliament on Monday.
Image for representation(Photo: unsplash)
Image for representation(Photo: unsplash)

UK’s ‘golden visa’ for super rich to continue, sparks outrage

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 08:33 PM IST
Last week’s announcement to halt the visa, under which the super rich could fast track residencies, came after a review was launched in May into applications since 2015, when the rules were tightened in the wake of concerns over foreign ‘dirty money’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart, Theresa May, at 10 Downing Street in London, April 18, 2018(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart, Theresa May, at 10 Downing Street in London, April 18, 2018(REUTERS)

UK student visas: A tough challenge for India-Britain relations

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 07:27 AM IST
It may well be the case that one government department (Home Office) does not know what the other is projecting (an unabashed woo-India policy on trade), but if the Conservative government is to realise its dream of a ‘global Britain’ after Brexit, it needs some joined-up thinking in Whitehall and Westminster.
Jazz up your workstation with colourful stationery, planters and innovative lamps.(iStockphoto)
Jazz up your workstation with colourful stationery, planters and innovative lamps.(iStockphoto)

No more greys: Spruce up your workstation with these easy decor tips

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 04:55 PM IST
Getting bored of the greys and whites of your office workstation? Here are some easy decor ideas which you can implement to lend a personalised touch to your desk.
(Representative photo)
(Representative photo)

Indians among key UK visa victims seeking change under Sajid Javid

London, Hindustan Times | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 12:10 AM IST
On Wednesday, hundreds of Indian professionals – such as IT experts, teachers and solicitors – joined the third such public protest outside Parliament since January against what they called “inhumane” policies preventing their stay in the UK.
An OISC tribunal found the conduct of Patel to be “reprehensible” and held that he had played a major role in deception.(Reuters File)
An OISC tribunal found the conduct of Patel to be “reprehensible” and held that he had played a major role in deception.(Reuters File)

Indian-origin adviser on UK visas banned, fined

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 02:16 PM IST
Patel, operating out of offices in West London in 2015, made Tier 2 visa applications for at least 16 complainants using a fake Certificate of Sponsorship.
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