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It is four years since Barack Obama left office, but he continues to be one of the most expensive speakers on the circuit(Hindustan Times)

How personal wealth shapes political lives | Opinion

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 09:12 PM IST
People in leadership roles have a lot to say once they move beyond the limitations of the constitutional oath of office and secrecy
Mani remembers how initially she used to fly to her hometown, New Delhi, with material for 30 suits and then carry the load to ucknow by train.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
Mani remembers how initially she used to fly to her hometown, New Delhi, with material for 30 suits and then carry the load to ucknow by train.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Nothing can beat craft from Lucknow: Mani Kohli

By Deep Saxena
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 03:49 PM IST
London-based designer Mani Kohli on what makes the various types of Awadhi embroidery a big draw.
A voter with her dog arrives at a polling station in Twickenham, England, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.(AP photo)
A voter with her dog arrives at a polling station in Twickenham, England, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.(AP photo)

UK votes again to decide fate, future of Brexit

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 09:53 PM IST
In the second so-called ‘Brexit election’ after the 2017 edition called by the then Prime Minister, Theresa May, voters in a United Kingdom divided by Brexit are essentially choosing between two options: a hard Brexit (Conservative) and a pro-EU Brexit + socialism (Labour).

Sikh couple not allowed to adopt white kids due to race wins UK court battle

Indo-Asian News Service, London | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 07:19 AM IST
The couple living in Maidenhead in Berkshire were told that only white British preschool children were available for adoption and their chances would improve if they looked to the sub-continent
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds the Conservative Party's Manifesto for the General Election campaign, in Telford, England.(Photo: AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds the Conservative Party's Manifesto for the General Election campaign, in Telford, England.(Photo: AP)

Eye on Indian community, UK poll manifestos mention Kashmir, Punjab

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2019 11:00 PM IST
A commitment to forge stronger links with India and the Commonwealth in the Conservative party manifesto released on Sunday set it apart from those of Labour and the Liberal Democrats, which have promised to focus more on caste, Kashmir and Punjab.
the December 12 one will decide whether Boris Johnson wins a majority, or another EU referendum is held.(Reuters File Photo)
the December 12 one will decide whether Boris Johnson wins a majority, or another EU referendum is held.(Reuters File Photo)

What the UK’s December 12 Brexit election is all about

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 12:35 AM IST
If Johnson leads the Conservatives to a majority in the 650-member House of Commons, the UK will leave the EU on the next exit date of January 31. If he falls short by 15 or 20 seats, Westminster will be in for another round of Brexit-related blood-letting.
After weeks of tortuous talks, British PM Boris Johnson’s government on Thursday reached an agreement with the European Union on leaving the bloc.(Reuters image)
After weeks of tortuous talks, British PM Boris Johnson’s government on Thursday reached an agreement with the European Union on leaving the bloc.(Reuters image)

Boris Johnson strikes Brexit deal with EU; Commons next

London | By HT Correspondent and Agencies
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 11:29 PM IST
The agreement announced in Brussels is an updated version of the December 2018 deal reached by former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposes Brexit deal that differs from Theresa May’s rejected deal.(Reuters Photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposes Brexit deal that differs from Theresa May’s rejected deal.(Reuters Photo)

How Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement with EU differs from Theresa May’s rejected deal

Brussels | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 05:14 AM IST
The proposed Brexit deal solves the problem by keeping Northern Ireland aligned with the rules of the EU single market for goods — so border checks are not needed — and also eliminating customs checks at the Irish border.
The Boris Johnson government on Thursday reached an agreement with the European Union on Brexit.(Reuters File Photo)
The Boris Johnson government on Thursday reached an agreement with the European Union on Brexit.(Reuters File Photo)

British PM Boris Johnson faces uphill task after reaching Brexit deal II

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 08:43 PM IST
The new Brexit agreement marks a compromise on the part of both London and Brussels on the key issue of Northern Ireland, with political and other implications on the geographically separated part of the United Kingdom on the island of Ireland.
Boris Johnson to face challenges to get Brexit deal past the UK parliament.(Bloomberg Photo)
Boris Johnson to face challenges to get Brexit deal past the UK parliament.(Bloomberg Photo)

Here is the math if UK parliament will back a Boris Johnson Brexit deal

Bloomberg | By Robert Hutton
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2019 11:14 PM IST
The last time Theresa May tried to get her Brexit deal through, in March, she had the support of 279 Conservatives. They’re mostly likely to back a Boris Johnson deal too, but there are some problems.
Shailesh Vara, a conservative MP from North-West Cambridgeshire, is among nine candidates in the fray to succeed John Bercow.(Photo: ShaileshVara/ Twitter)
Shailesh Vara, a conservative MP from North-West Cambridgeshire, is among nine candidates in the fray to succeed John Bercow.(Photo: ShaileshVara/ Twitter)

Indian-origin MP in race to be next speaker of House of Commons

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 06:15 PM IST
Vara, who has been an MP since 2005 and held various ministerial roles under the prime ministership of David Cameron and Theresa May, resigned as minister for Northern Ireland in November 2018 to oppose the EU withdrawal agreement reached by May.
The outgoing speaker of the House of Commons opened a new front against Prime Minister Boris Johnson(AP)
The outgoing speaker of the House of Commons opened a new front against Prime Minister Boris Johnson(AP)

Obey the law, House of Commons speaker warns Boris Johnson

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2019 06:48 PM IST
The law, as passed by parliament this week, is that the Johnson government must seek an extension to the Brexit date beyond October 31 if no agreement is reached by October 19.
File photo of Andrew Strauss.(Getty Images)
File photo of Andrew Strauss.(Getty Images)

Andrew Strauss appointed chairman of ECB cricket committee

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 12:33 PM IST
Strauss, along with Geoffrey Boycott, was given knighthood in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours list for their service to sport on Tuesday.
A cyclist rides a bicycle past Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, U.K.(Bloomberg Photo)
A cyclist rides a bicycle past Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, U.K.(Bloomberg Photo)

UK’s new visa offer to benefit thousands of Indian students

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 09:51 PM IST
The announcement means that Indian and other international students who join a UK educational institution from the 2020-21 academic year and complete a degree course in any subject will be able to stay for two years and take up any job.
File image of Geoffrey Boycott.(Getty Images)
File image of Geoffrey Boycott.(Getty Images)

Geoffrey Boycott, Andrew Strauss conferred ‘Knighthood’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 11:24 AM IST
Boycott is immensely respected among the cricketing fraternity as only four men have scored more than his 151 first-class centuries and remained the leading Test run-scorer for a long time.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need the opposition Labour’s support as part of a two-thirds majority required to trigger the mid-term election.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need the opposition Labour’s support as part of a two-thirds majority required to trigger the mid-term election.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Crucial Brexit week may spark another mid-term election in UK

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 07:04 AM IST
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for an election, while rebel Conservative MPs have been told by party whips that they face de-selection as candidates at the next election if they voted against the government, raising stakes and forcing them to choose between country and conscience.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Union Council President Donald Tusk at a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz.(Reuters photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Union Council President Donald Tusk at a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz.(Reuters photo)

UK PM Boris Johnson says 39 billion pound divorce bill not due in no-deal Brexit

Biarritz | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2019 10:44 AM IST
British media reported Johnson would use a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk on the sidelines of the G7 Summit to set out that Britain would pay less than 10 billion pounds of the settlement if it leaves without a deal.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the first Cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the first Cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London.(REUTERS)

Optimism or bluster? PM Boris kicks off with new team

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 08:37 AM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled a review of the immigration system during his first cabinet meeting. “No-one believes more strongly than me in the benefits of migration to our country,” he said.
Former British PM Theresa May with England’s World Cup winning cricket team at 10 Downing Street.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Former British PM Theresa May with England’s World Cup winning cricket team at 10 Downing Street.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Former British PM May prefers cricket to Boris Johnson in parliament

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 07:44 PM IST
May and her ministers who did not find a place in the Johnson government were conspicuous by their absence in parliament. Those who survived the cull include Sajid Javid, who was appointed chancellor, and Amber Rudd, who stays as minister for women and equalities.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the terms of the current draft Brexit deal as “unacceptable”.(Bloomberg Photo)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the terms of the current draft Brexit deal as “unacceptable”.(Bloomberg Photo)

Terms of draft Brexit deal ‘unacceptable’: PM Boris Johnson

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Boris Johnson said his new government would set as a “top priority” preparations for exiting without an agreement if there is no deal with the EU by the October 31 deadline.
Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May formally tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.(REUTERS Photo)
Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May formally tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.(REUTERS Photo)

British PM Theresa May tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 07:18 PM IST
Theresa May formally tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday as her successor Boris Johnson prepares to take over.
Theresa May became the prime minister in 2016 with the defining promise of delivering Brexit.(REUTERS photo)
Theresa May became the prime minister in 2016 with the defining promise of delivering Brexit.(REUTERS photo)

Thanks to Brexit, Theresa May had one of shortest tenures as PM

Hindustan Times, London | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 04:27 PM IST
May’s tenure (2016-19) lasted 1,106 days, little more than that of Gordon Brown (2007-10; 1,049 days) and Neville Chamberlain (1937-40; 1,078 days). It literally ended in tears, as May broke down, announcing her exit outside the famous door on May 24.
New Conservative Party leader and incoming prime minister Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019.(AFP file photo)
New Conservative Party leader and incoming prime minister Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019.(AFP file photo)

UK’s Boris Johnson pledges to get Brexit done on Oct 31 after winning race to be PM

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 06:38 PM IST
Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson says as prime minister he will “deliver Brexit, unite the country” and defeat the Labour opposition.
Faced with the task of uniting the party and country, as well as navigating the Brexit minefield, Boris Johnson, a former two-term London mayor, is likely to forego summer holidays.(AFP)
Faced with the task of uniting the party and country, as well as navigating the Brexit minefield, Boris Johnson, a former two-term London mayor, is likely to forego summer holidays.(AFP)

Borish Johnson chosen new UK leader, faces Brexit test

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 12:34 AM IST
Boris Johnson, 55, a former journalist educated in Eton and Oxford, won the leadership contest against foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt
Boris Johnson’s rival in the election is foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who put up a concerted challenge in live televised debates. The election was prompted by former PM Theresa May’s resignation due to her approach to Brexit.(AFP.)
Boris Johnson’s rival in the election is foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who put up a concerted challenge in live televised debates. The election was prompted by former PM Theresa May’s resignation due to her approach to Brexit.(AFP.)

All pointers indicate Boris Johnson will be UK’s next prime minister

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 05:48 PM IST
Johnson is almost certain to be the next prime minister, according to a poll of odds offered by various betting agencies. The latest poll by Conservative Home on Sunday also put Johnson polling 73 per cent votes of the 1.6 lakh party members.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May smiles as she stands with England cricket captain Eoin Morgan.(AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May smiles as she stands with England cricket captain Eoin Morgan.(AP)

World Cup 2019: Cricket loving UK PM Theresa May hails World Champions England

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 05:56 PM IST
The way England became champions on Sunday continues to be debated but euphoria did not leave 10, Downing Street, where the cricket-loving PM Theresa May welcomed the team on Monday evening.
Ben Stokes shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.(REUTERS)
Ben Stokes shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.(REUTERS)

Knighthood for Ben Stokes? UK prime ministerial candidates Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt have their say

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 04:39 PM IST
Ben Stokes scored an unbeaten 84 off 98 balls to tie the match for the hosts and then scored 8 runs in the super over that was ultimately won by England by virtue of hitting more boundaries.
Britain Prime Minister Theresa May(REUTERS PHOTO)
Britain Prime Minister Theresa May(REUTERS PHOTO)

Dancing queen? Theresa May boogies to Abba in final days as British PM

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 10:13 AM IST
In a video clip, she is shown dancing at the Henley Festival as her husband and other men in black tie swing their arms to the tunes.
The UK Foreign Office says Britain’s ambassador to the United States has resigned just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump were leaked.(AFP Photo)
The UK Foreign Office says Britain’s ambassador to the United States has resigned just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump were leaked.(AFP Photo)

UK ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables on Donald Trump

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 08:00 PM IST
Kim Darroch, who was branded “a very stupid guy” by Trump in Twitter tirades, said he wanted to put an end to speculation. The row raised questions over the ability of diplomats to report candidly to their capitals.
President Donald Trump(AP file photo)
President Donald Trump(AP file photo)

Donald Trump unloads anger with UK envoy on Theresa May

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 01:28 PM IST
The president also virtually declared the envoy, Kim Darroch, persona non-grata saying his administration will have nothing to do with him any more.
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