UK

  • Indian-origin academics in UK dread Modi in power, issue open letter 22-04-2014 11:03 PM

    London: Around 75 professors and other academics of Indian origin working at some of Britain's prestigious institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford university and London School of Economics on Tuesday issued an open letter, sharply attacking BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and saying, "The idea of Modi in power...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland' shortlisted for Baileys Prize 08-04-2014 12:04 PM

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Lowland" has been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. "The Lowland", which is about the lives of brothers Subhash and Udayan, their choices and their fate, was described by Helen...
  • Indian-origin honeymoon murder suspect Dewani extradited to S Africa 08-04-2014 07:07 AM

    London: UK-based Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani was on Monday extradited to South Africa to stand trial for allegedly plotting the 2010 murder of his Indo-Swedish wife while on their honeymoon. Dewani, 34, was put on a flight to Cape Town from Heathrow to face a charge for ordering the contract...
  • Missing Malaysian plane: UK submarine joins in search 02-04-2014 11:33 AM

    Perth: The prolonged search for the crashed airliner continued on Wednesday as a British nuclear submarine joined the multinational hunt in the Indian Ocean, ahead of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's visit. Razak will visit the RAAF Pearce air base - the departure point for the seven-nation search for the...
  • Dubai man sets world record for most bungee jumps in 24 hours 31-03-2014 01:08 PM

    Dubai: A 33-year-old professional fitness coach here has set a Guinness World record for most bungee jumps in 24 hours, by taking the plunge a nerve-shattering 151 times. Colin Phillips, originally from the UK, broke the world record for most bungee jumps in 24 hours by diving 151 times during...
  • At midnight hour, UK holds first same-sex weddings 29-03-2014 11:55 AM

    Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were among the first to tie the knot when Britain's new marriage law came into effect Saturday. The two...
  • MHA accuses Vodafone of secretly sharing data with British agency 11-03-2014 07:53 AM

    New Delhi: Major telecom player Vodafone has been accused by the Union Home Ministry of secretly sharing subscriber data with a British intelligence and security organisation, a charge denied by the company. According to documents of the Internal Security Division of the Home Ministry, Vodafone is alleged to have given...
  • Divorced woman in the UK has 'married' her pet dog who she says has all the qualities she needed in a life partner 10-03-2014 03:16 PM

    London: Puptial knot! A 47-year-old divorced woman in the UK has 'married' her pet dog because the canine had all the qualities she needed in a life partner. Apparently dismayed by men, Amanda Rodgers, from south London, married her loyal pet terrier called Sheba. The wedding ceremony took place in...
  • Rolls Royce to return to govt Rs 18 cr paid to commission agents 10-03-2014 12:36 AM

    Facing the heat of a CBI probe in an alleged bribery scandal, British firm Rolls Royce has written to the state-owned HAL that it was ready to return Rs 18 crore paid by it to its commission agents to the government. The Defence Ministry ordered a CBI probe into Rolls...
  • Controversy over swastikas carved on UK building 28-02-2014 06:47 PM

    Swastikas carved into the walls of a county hall building in a small town in the east of England have triggered a row, with a Hindu group claiming that Nazis "abused" the symbol of peace for selfish purposes. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by a member of public questioning...
  • DMRC refuses to comment on alleged bribery scam in metro project 26-02-2014 10:31 AM

    New Delhi: The Delhi metro which is touted as one of the major achievements of the Congress in the state could end up embarrassing the government. The Metro project is under investigation after United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office wrote a letter to the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) flagging off...
  • Scam in Delhi Metro? UK SFO asks CBI to probe bribe to officials 25-02-2014 06:36 PM

    New Delhi: After VVIP helicopters, another bribery scandal is set to explode in the government's face with the Delhi Metro project under investigation. United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office has written a letter to the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) flagging off possible irregularities in the awarding of a major contract...
  • BJP flays UK on terming Bhagat Singh a terrorist 23-02-2014 06:22 PM

    Reacting sharply to a UK based researcher's recent remark calling Bhagat Singh a 'terrorist', BJP on Sunday said it would pressurize the European country to regard him as a martyr. "I remembered Bhagat Singh when I came here today. It pains us when he was called a terrorist in England,"...
  • Uganda anti-gay bill draws church, donor battle lines 19-02-2014 07:59 AM

    Peter, 23, used to enjoy hitting Kampala's bars with his boyfriend until a draft bill dubbed "kill the gays" forced him into hiding. "I'm so, so afraid. I just live indoors," he says, sitting in the semi-darkness of the cramped two-room dwelling where he has lived since his family and...
  • Jaimini Bhagwati, India's former High Commissioner to UK to join Congress 18-02-2014 06:16 PM

    India's former High Commissioner to United Kingdom Jaimini Bhagwati will soon join the Congress and seek nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Assam. Bhagwati, who retired last year, is planning to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his native Tezpur constituency in Assam, sources close to him said....
  • 23-year-old Sikh woman in UK was bullied because of excessive facial hair, she decided to keep a beard 18-02-2014 11:07 AM

    A 23-year-old woman, who suffers from a condition that causes excessive hair growth, has learnt to accept herself for who she is and claims that her beard makes her feel more feminine. Harnaam Kaur, of Slough, Berkshire, has poly-cystic ovarian syndrome which causes her to have excessive hair growth on...
  • India-born millionaire's arrest shakes up UK politics 16-02-2014 10:15 AM

    London: The arrest of an India-born businessman and his son as part of a probe by the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into allegations of bribery at aerospace and defence major Rolls-Royce has shaken the corridors of power in Britain. Multi-millionaire Sudhir Choudhrie and his son Bhanu, well-known as major...
  • UK floods pose threat to animal welfare, farm investment 14-02-2014 08:38 AM

    London: The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment despite continuing global growth in demand for food. Floods have destroyed cattle bedding and feed in flood-hit regions such as southwest...
  • UK keen to offer Eurofighter to India 13-02-2014 09:30 PM

    Singapore: A UK trade body has said that it still sees the potential of supplying Eurofighter to India, which has postponed till the next fiscal its plan to buy 126 fighter planes from France's Dassault Aviation. "We are very keen, should the opportunity arise, to offer India a cost effective...
  • Torrential rain, wind hits flooded Britain 13-02-2014 12:08 PM

    Britain's weather service says it sees the tentacles of climate change in a spate of storms and floods battering the country, but has stopped short of saying that global warming directly caused the extreme conditions. The latest round of bad weather slammed into Britain's west coast on Wednesday with torrential...
  • David Cameron cancels Middle East trip due to flood crisis 12-02-2014 09:00 AM

    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron said the government would spend whatever was needed to deal with flooding in England as he cancelled a planned visit to the Middle East to handle a crisis which has left some homes under water for weeks. The damage caused by England's wettest January...
  • AAP activists caught in an immigration test fraud in UK: BBC 11-02-2014 08:34 PM

    London: The Aam Aadmi Party is yet again in the news for wrong reasons. Some AAP activists have been caught in an immigration test fraud in United Kingdom. The AAP leaders in UK have admitted to the association of the two men with the party. However, they have denied that...
  • London: River Thames floods riverside towns 11-02-2014 07:09 AM

    London: The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. Residents and British troops had piled up sandbags in a bid to protect properties from the latest bout of flooding to hit Britain. But the floods overwhelmed their defences...
  • Operation Bluestar: Lieutenant General Brar denies UK claims 05-02-2014 08:01 AM

    New Delhi: In what could turn into a headache for the Congress party, Britain has officially admitted that they had an advisory role in Operation Bluestar. The revelation comes even as Sikh groups are demanding an SIT probe into the 1984 riots. However, Lieutenant General Brar who led Indian troops...
  • Porsche-owning UK expat infuriates Singapore with "poor people" Facebook posts 30-01-2014 01:14 PM

    A British wealth manager in Singapore is facing death threats, government criticism and public anger after his social media posts about mixing with "poor people" on public transport and being reunited with his Porsche went viral. Anton Casey has been forced to hire a public relations firm in a bid...
  • Indira Gandhi 'quick to take offence': UK file on Operation Bluestar 15-01-2014 10:35 PM

    London: The newly-declassified file that has set off a storm over Britain's alleged involvement in planning Operation Bluestar in 1984 speaks about concerns over the attitude of Indira Gandhi who was "quick to take offence at slights". A background briefing document contained in the file PREM 19/1273 and marked 'UK/India...
  • Sikhs fume after new documents surface in UK on Operation Bluestar 15-01-2014 09:46 AM

    Chandigarh: The claims by a Sikh member of the House of Lords in London that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher helped in Operation Bluestar has created furore in Punjab and also within the Sikh community in the United Kingdom. British MP Indarjit Singh had demanded an explanation after recently...
  • Tata Group's Jaguar Land Rover taps global markets for record sales 12-01-2014 08:53 PM

    British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover sold a record volume of vehicles last year, when rising demand in markets such as Brazil, China, India and the United States helped it boost sales by sales by 19 per cent. The strong performance highlights the resurgence of the car manufacturing industry...
  • UK storms: More flood warnings after damaging tides and rain 08-01-2014 01:48 PM

    Large swathes of the UK were warned of the risk of floods as the Met Office forecast heavy rainfall for south and south-east England on Wednesday. Three severe - or "danger to life"- flood warnings were in place in Dorset, along with 100 or so lesser warnings in England, Scotland...