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Rescuers look for bodies in the rubble of a building that collapsed in Dera Bassi on September 24. A report from the sub divisional magistrate Kuldeep Singh Bawa has revealed that the building owner had hired unskilled labourers for construction work in the building.(HT file photo)

Dera Bassi building collapse: Owner hired unskilled labour, says SDM’s report

Hindustan Times, Dera Bassi | By Hillary Victor, Dera Bassi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Initially, a contractor was hired for the construction work in the building in February this year, but later his services appear to have been discontinued as Hardev Singh hired unskilled labourers after the March lockdown
Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan(Reuters file photo)
Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan(Reuters file photo)

UK’s Labour to look at alternative financial package, says Lisa Nandy

London | By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 03:18 PM IST
Britain’s main opposition Labour Party will look into presenting alternative support packages for those areas facing tightened restrictions rather than voting down government coronavirus measures, its foreign policy spokeswoman said on Sunday.
Claudia Webbe was nominated for the Leicester East seat, represented since 1987 by Indian-origin veteran Keith Vaz.(Claudia Webbe/Twiiter)
Claudia Webbe was nominated for the Leicester East seat, represented since 1987 by Indian-origin veteran Keith Vaz.(Claudia Webbe/Twiiter)

Labour MP of UK’s ‘Little India’ faces criminal charge for harassment

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 07:22 PM IST
Claudia Webbe, whose candidature in Leicester East in the December 2019 election generated much resentment in the party, was charged with harassment against a woman and now faces a trial.
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU).(AFP)
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU).(AFP)

Labour’s 2019 Kashmir motion not party policy, says India group

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2020 10:48 PM IST
The resolution, adopted when Jeremy Corbyn was party leader, sparked a diplomatic row and cost the party many votes from the 1.5 million strong Indian community in the December 2019 elections. Under new party leader Keir Starmer the party has been keen to win back support.
The mistreatment of women in the labour room is fairly common, especially if you’re poor(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
The mistreatment of women in the labour room is fairly common, especially if you’re poor(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Women in labour must be treated with dignity

PUBLISHED ON JUN 26, 2020 07:29 PM IST
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted an old problem of the mistreatment of women in the labour room
The review into Labour’s worst election result since 1935 blames several factors for the defeat, including lack of clarity on its Brexit position, a ‘toxic culture’ of conflict within the party, and negative perceptions of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn.(File photo)
The review into Labour’s worst election result since 1935 blames several factors for the defeat, including lack of clarity on its Brexit position, a ‘toxic culture’ of conflict within the party, and negative perceptions of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn.(File photo)

More Indians turned against Labour, says 2019 UK poll review

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 10:27 PM IST
An internal review of the election debacle suffered by Labour in the December 2019 election suggests that more members of the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in the UK voted against it, reinforcing pro-Conservative trends in recent elections.
Research on migration shows there is significant under-migration compared to potential labour supply from rural areas, due to risk aversion. This will increase, for villagers can sustain themselves and rely on informal safety nets and social networks(Parveen Kumar/HT)
Research on migration shows there is significant under-migration compared to potential labour supply from rural areas, due to risk aversion. This will increase, for villagers can sustain themselves and rely on informal safety nets and social networks(Parveen Kumar/HT)

The indispensability of labour in reviving India’s economic engine | Opinion

By Maitreesh Ghatak
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 08:09 PM IST
To enable their return to cities, improve wages, living conditions, safety net. Coercion won’t work
Migrant workers on the banks of the Yamuna before they were moved to shelters.
Migrant workers on the banks of the Yamuna before they were moved to shelters.

Delhi govt says construction work can resume if labour is available on site

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ashish Mishra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 04:08 AM IST
A senior PWD official, on the condition of anonymity, however, said that a large number of workers have gone to their villages or towns.
A farmer harvesting wheat in a Mohali village amid the nationwide lockdown on Monday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
A farmer harvesting wheat in a Mohali village amid the nationwide lockdown on Monday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Costly labour, curbs on movement rock the boat for Mohali farmers in harvest season

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Shailee Dogra, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2020 12:14 AM IST
Labour is charging up to 6000 an acre; combines allowed only in the day from April 15
Gurinder Singh Josan(HT PHOTO)
Gurinder Singh Josan(HT PHOTO)

LABOUR LEADERSHIP POLL Front-runner Starmer visits gurdwara in UK

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2020 09:37 PM IST
Starmer, who was shadow Brexit secretary in the shadow cabinet of outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, is among three candidates in the fray; the others are Lisa Ray and Rebecca Long-Bailey. The election result will be declared on April 4.
Labour on Tuesday demanded that home secretary Priti Patel step down(AP)
Labour on Tuesday demanded that home secretary Priti Patel step down(AP)

Quit, Labour tells Priti Patel, as new ‘bullying’ charges emerge

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 06:25 PM IST
The Cabinet Office inquiry was announced on Monday after the top civil servant in the Home Office, Philip Rutnam, resigned publicly, levelling a series of allegations against her and announcing his intention to sue the government. Patel has rejected the allegations.
The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on December 31.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on December 31.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

No visas for low-skilled workers, says UK government

London | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2020 07:39 PM IST
The government wants to bring in a “points-based” immigration system, as promised in the Conservative election manifesto.
Indian high commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam addressing an event to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Guildhall, London, on December 19.(HT Photo)
Indian high commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam addressing an event to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Guildhall, London, on December 19.(HT Photo)

The good, the bad and the ugly: The story of UK Indians in 2019

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2019 04:48 PM IST
The new group of Indian-origin MPs after the December 12 election is the latest example of the diaspora’s growing participation in politics in various countries. It is also a British success story, despite continuing concerns about racism prompted by Brexit divisions.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair(Reuters file photo)
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair(Reuters file photo)

Tony Blair blames Corbyn’s ‘comic indecision’ on Brexit for defeat

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 05:26 PM IST
Seeking to retain the support of voters who voted to leave and remain in the EU, Corbyn consistently refused to say which side he favours during the election campaign.
HT Image(Reuters photo)
HT Image(Reuters photo)

Boris Johnson wins big; to fast-track Brexit by Jan 31

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 08:43 PM IST
The Conservative party won 364 of the 649 seats declared (the House of Commons’ strength is 650), comfortably passing the 326 majority mark that had eluded it in the 2017 mid-term election, sending the pound north against the dollar.
In this six photo combo image, showing dogs outside polling stations, as dogs and British people go out in the winter to vote, at various places during Britain's general election Thursday(AP)
In this six photo combo image, showing dogs outside polling stations, as dogs and British people go out in the winter to vote, at various places during Britain's general election Thursday(AP)

Rex the Labrador, Gemma the Spaniel queue up outside UK polling booths

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 10:14 AM IST
Pet owners took to Twitter to post photographs of their dogs next to polling station signs at schools and community centres across the country, using the trending hashtag #dogsatpollingstations.
After Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered milk and rustled up a pie for photo ops on Wednesday, a poll of opinion polls suggested two close scenarios: a slender Conservative majority or a hung parliament, both of which may not exactly resolve the Brexit imbroglio.(REUTERS)
After Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered milk and rustled up a pie for photo ops on Wednesday, a poll of opinion polls suggested two close scenarios: a slender Conservative majority or a hung parliament, both of which may not exactly resolve the Brexit imbroglio.(REUTERS)

UK goes to polls for third time in 4 years; Boris, Corbyn go all out

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 09:31 PM IST
The choice in effect is about real change in British society and direction: a bigger role for the state under Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, including nationalising services such as railways, and Johnson seeing the country through Brexit as per the agreement reached in October.
Jeremy Corbyn leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party gestures after voting in the European Elections in London.(AP file photo)
Jeremy Corbyn leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party gestures after voting in the European Elections in London.(AP file photo)

To Brexit or not to Brexit, that is the question in UK poll

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2019 05:21 PM IST
Former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair asking voters to vote against their own party candidates is one of several incongruities thrown up by the election that will determine the shape and form of Brexit by the deadline of January 31, if at all it happens.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to activists and supporters as he poses for a photograph at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters Call Centre in central London(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to activists and supporters as he poses for a photograph at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters Call Centre in central London(REUTERS)

UK votes on December 12: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, London | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 06:02 PM IST
Boris Johnson took over from May, but soon realised that despite getting the European Union to tweak May’s Brexit agreement, he did not have support in parliament. After repeated defeats, it became clear that only another election could resolve the Brexit imbroglio.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his partner Carrie Symonds in a sari in a London temple.(THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his partner Carrie Symonds in a sari in a London temple.(THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.)

UK PM Boris Johnson in London temple to consolidate British Indian vote

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Wooed by David Cameron since 2005 when he became party leader and later as prime minister after 2010, the 1.5 million-strong community has increasingly gravitated towards the Conservative party.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a televised debate with Conservative leader Boris Johnson ahead of general election in London, Britain, November 19, 2019.(REUTERS)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a televised debate with Conservative leader Boris Johnson ahead of general election in London, Britain, November 19, 2019.(REUTERS)

Labour losing support among British Indians, says new poll

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 09:59 PM IST
Large sections of the community, particularly the young, aspirational and upwardly mobile second and third generation British Indians, have gravitated towards the Conservative party in recent years, aided by the focus on India and Indians by former leader David Cameron.
Labour’s Navendu Mishra (left); Conservative Gagan Mohindra (right), are likely to win the December 12 election and join the growing number of British Indian MPs in the House of Commons.(SOURCED PHOTOS.)
Labour’s Navendu Mishra (left); Conservative Gagan Mohindra (right), are likely to win the December 12 election and join the growing number of British Indian MPs in the House of Commons.(SOURCED PHOTOS.)

Mishra, Mohindra tipped to win Dec 12 polls, boost number of UK Indian MPs

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 08:20 PM IST
The 2017 election saw the election of 12 MPs of Indian origin from Conservative and Labour parties, up from one in 1987, when Keith Vaz was elected from Leicester East. The December 12 election is likely to see an increase in the number.
Seeking to go beyond Brexit and focus on issues such as homelessness, health, poverty and taxing the wealthy, Corbyn hit out at deep funding cuts Conservative governments have made since 2010.(Reuters)
Seeking to go beyond Brexit and focus on issues such as homelessness, health, poverty and taxing the wealthy, Corbyn hit out at deep funding cuts Conservative governments have made since 2010.(Reuters)

New EU referendum in 6 months, promises Corbyn

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2019 05:42 PM IST
Launching the poll campaign, Corbyn, who has so far pursued an ambiguous policy on Brexit in view of the party’s anti and pro-Brexit supporters, he for the first time offered clarity in the choice voters will be offered: to leave with a ‘sensible’ agreement or remain in the EU.
Labour MPs of Indian origin and others with large number of voters from the community have faced a backlash over the resolution seen as anti-India. (Photo @jeremycorbyn)
Labour MPs of Indian origin and others with large number of voters from the community have faced a backlash over the resolution seen as anti-India. (Photo @jeremycorbyn)

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour faces more opposition over party’s Kashmir resolution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 06:15 PM IST
The growing protest from large sections of the 1.5-million strong Indian community is significant in the history of British politics. Rarely have so many community organisations made their views known on any single issue, putting one of the two main parties on the back foot before an election.
HT Image
HT Image

UK poll: Tories pick Punjab-origin entrepreneur Toor to take on Dhesi

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2019 11:17 PM IST
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.(Reuters file photo)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.(Reuters file photo)

UK PM Johnson will be held to account on Wednesday, says Labour’s Corbyn

England | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 09:44 PM IST
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament was unlawful, prompting several opposition leaders to demand that the prime minister step down.
Kendall Caver created a special book that contained the couple’s love story and words of encouragement for the then-mommy-to-be.(Facebook/Kendall Caver)
Kendall Caver created a special book that contained the couple’s love story and words of encouragement for the then-mommy-to-be.(Facebook/Kendall Caver)

Man helps wife through labour with book on their love story. Video is viral

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2019 03:50 PM IST
The video has collected over 2.5 million views - and still counting.
The EPF interest rate is determined by Central Board of Trustees (CBT), which is the apex decision-making body and the same is notified by the labour ministry after taking concurrence of the finance ministry.(HT file photo)
The EPF interest rate is determined by Central Board of Trustees (CBT), which is the apex decision-making body and the same is notified by the labour ministry after taking concurrence of the finance ministry.(HT file photo)

Government’s higher PF rate to benefit 6 crore employees

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 02:44 PM IST
At present, the EPFO is settling PF withdrawal claims at 8.55 per cent interest rate, which was approved for 2017-18.
Novelist Jeffrey Archer conducted an auction of cricket apparel that raised £150,000 for this year’s chosen charity organisation, Yuva Unstoppable, a youth movement in India that works towards educating underprivileged children.(HT image)
Novelist Jeffrey Archer conducted an auction of cricket apparel that raised £150,000 for this year’s chosen charity organisation, Yuva Unstoppable, a youth movement in India that works towards educating underprivileged children.(HT image)

Labour natural party for Indians, says London deputy mayor

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:54 AM IST
The awards, instituted by publishers of leading British Asian publications ‘Asian Voice’ and ‘Gujarat Samachar’, were given to leading individuals in various fields, including BBC broadcaster Faisal Islam, businessman Anil Agarwal, head coach Harjit Singh Bhania and surgeon Nilesh Patel.
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