United Kingdom

  • Scotland votes on independence from United Kingdom 20 minutes ago

    Edinburgh: Scotland voted on Thursday in an independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia. Some 97 per cent of eligible Scots, nearly 4.3 million people -- have registered to vote, underscoring the passions that the historic decision has...
  • If Scotland votes 'yes', it will be the 35th new nation born since 1990 5 hours 41 minutes ago

    New Delhi: If Scotland votes for independence from the United Kingdom in Thursday's referendum, it will become the 35th nation to gain independence since the 1990. The end of cold war with the collapse of Soviet Union led to the creation of dozens of new countries in Europe and Asia. Lithuania...
  • Don't leave the UK: David Cameron's emotional appeal to Scotland 2 days ago

    Two days ahead of the referendum, UK Prime Minister David Cameron made an emotional appeal, begging the people of Scotland not to leave the United Kingdom. ...
  • Independence won't be a trial separation, but a painful divorce: PM Cameron to Scotland 2 days ago

    London/Aberdeen: Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the...
  • Scottish independence: Currency one of the campaign battlegounds 2 days ago

    In the final few days of campaigning for Scottish independence, currency is one of the big campaign battle-grounds. Scotland surrendered its coinage 307 years ago when it became a part of the United Kingdom. Now with the chance to reclaim its own sovereignty, there's one part of the UK pro-independence...
  • No confirmation yet if people found in shipping container in UK are Indians: MEA August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Sunday said that there was no confirmation whether people found in the shipping container were Indians. The remarks came in the backdrop of UK media reports suggesting that 35 illegal migrants trespassing into the United Kingdom via waterways in the...
  • Jagger, Hawking join big celebrity push to keep Scotland in the UK August 9, 2014

    Reuters: Singer Mick Jagger, actress Judi Dench and scientist Stephen Hawking are among 200 British stars who have signed a letter urging Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, six weeks before a historic referendum on independence. The letter, an attempt to sway Scots before the September 18 vote, was...
  • UKIP: Anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic party storms Britain’s political arena May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: This appears to be a season for electoral forces of nature around the world. While we mull over the BJP tidal wave that swept through India and Thailand tries to steady itself after a coup, Britain's polity is contemplating the 'UKIP earthquake' as it has come to be...
  • House of Commons to discuss EU's ban on Indian mangoes May 2, 2014

    London: The 28-member European Union's ban on the import of Indian mangoes will figure in a debate in Britain's House of Commons next week, amidst widespread criticism of the ban from exporters and consumers. "The Speaker of the House of Commons has granted a parliamentary debate on the EU ban...
  • Essar investors appeal to India, UK against takeover April 28, 2014

    London: Minority investors in Essar Energy have appealed to the Indian and British governments to intervene to head off a forced takeover by its majority owner at a price they say undervalues the company. Essar Energy is listed in London but remains 78 per cent-owned by Essar Group, an Indian conglomerate...
  • Snooker needs to move out of UK for Asians: Pankaj Advani April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Back in India after a challenging snooker season, India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani feels the game has to move out of the United Kingdom for Asian players to thrive and compete on a level playing field. "I think the sport needs to move out of the...
  • Watch: Prince William, Kate along with son George at a zoo April 21, 2014

    Britain's Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton are on tour to Australia with their new born Prince George. They visited a Sydney zoo, where the little George was introduced to his namesake. ...
  • Indian-origin honeymoon murder suspect Dewani extradited to S Africa April 8, 2014

    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...
  • India, Bangladesh, UK join hands to honour Tagore April 4, 2014

    India, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom joined hands to honour Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest poets of the Commonwealth, at the mother of parliaments - the House of Commons. Speaking at a landmark event Thursday evening at a packed committee room of the Palace of Westminster - as the houses...
  • London court refuses extradition of naval war room leak case accused April 1, 2014

    London: A London court on Tuesday turned down the demand of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the extradition of the accused in the Navy war room leak case Ravi Shankaran. Shankaran is a key accused in the case of leaking classified defence information from the war room to...
  • UK: Aircraft crashes into a field, 2 persons dead March 30, 2014

    London: Two persons, including the pilot, have been killed when a light aircraft crashed into a field in a rural area in the UK, officials said. Emergency services were alerted to a major incident that a plane had gone down in Essex, a home county north-east of London, last evening. "Two...
  • UK keen to offer Eurofighter to India February 13, 2014

    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 solution,"...
  • UK optimistic about India's retail policy, says UKTI January 15, 2014

    A lot of UK-based firms have taken advantage of foreign direct investment (FDI) in India's retail sector and people are quite optimistic about it, United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) said on Wednesday. "Many companies in the UK have taken advantage of India permitting FDI in retail sector and Britain's footwear...
  • Indian-origin boy inspires surge in bone marrow donation in UK November 23, 2013

    An Indian-origin boy has inspired a huge surge in bone marrow donation in the United Kingdom after his parents launched a campaign to find a life-saving donor for the two-year-old suffering from a rare type of blood cancer. There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of Asian donors after...
  • Open to meeting all elected leaders including Narendra Modi: UK PM November 14, 2013

    New Delhi: United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a one-day visit to India, on Thursday said he was open to meeting all elected leaders including Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Cameron explained why he was not...
  • UK: British teenage girl pleads guilty to assault on elderly Sikh October 18, 2013

    A British teenage girl caught on camera severely assaulting a 80-year-old Sikh man has pleaded guilty in a court. Coral Millerchip, 19, pleaded guilty at the Warwick Crown Court yesterday for an assault causing actual bodily harm on Trinity Street Coventry city centre in the West Midlands region of England on...
  • Scholars visit US birthplace of 'The Jungle Book' October 8, 2013

    Mention the name Rudyard Kipling, and images of tropical forests, mongooses and cobras come to mind — not the snowy vistas of Vermont. But that's exactly where many of the British writer's best-known tales, including "The Jungle Book," took shape. In honour of his connections to Vermont, a group of scholars...
  • Indian-origin teacher in UK gives birth in classroom September 17, 2013

    London: An Indian-origin teacher in the UK has dramatically given birth to a baby boy in a classroom after she went into labour while in school. Diane Krish-Veeramany, 30, went into labour, a week before her due date, and three of her colleagues at Manford Primary School helped deliver the baby,...
  • Over 3,00,000 attempts made to watch porn in UK Parliament: Report September 5, 2013

    Over 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites from the British Parliament in the past year, according to official figures. Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the 'Huffington Post UK', the House of Commons authorities acknowledged that users of the Parliamentary Network servers have repeatedly attempted to access...
  • Two Indian-origin men jailed for child prostitution in Leicester August 31, 2013

    Two Indian-origin men are among six persons jailed in Britain for paying or offering to pay a 16-year-old girl for sex. Leicester Crown Court heard how the "vulnerable and damaged" British Sikh girl had been used as a "sexual commodity". While 25-year-old Bharat Modhwadia was jailed for 16 months for paying for...
  • UK asked NY Times to destroy Edward Snowden material August 31, 2013

    The British government has asked the New York Times to destroy copies of documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden related to the operations of the US spy agency and its British partner, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), people familiar with the matter said. The British request, made to...
  • UNSC fails to agree on military action against Syria August 29, 2013

    The five permanent members of the Security Council have failed to reach consensus on military action against Syrian regime. ...
  • UK govt forces Guardian to destroy material leaked by Snowden August 21, 2013

    The British government has forced the Guardian to destroy material leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden on the NSA's mass surveillance program. ...
  • MEA calls assault on UK Sikh man a shameful incident August 19, 2013

    An 18-year-old man was punched in the face and shoved to the ground leaving him with a bloody nose and black eye by a 19-year-old girl in London. A video of the brutal attack went viral on social media sites which took place earlier this week. ...
  • Summon British High Commissioner over attack on elderly Sikh: Sukhbir Badal to Centre August 19, 2013

    Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Sunday night said the attack on an elderly Sikh by a British teenage girl had hurt feelings of the community and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately take up the matter with the UK government. The Union government should summon the British High...