A German court on Tuesday sentenced a Pakistan-born couple to life in jail for the “honour killing” of their 19-year-old daughter, who had had sex before marriage. The 52-year-old father was found guilty of strangling the teenager to death, and the 41-year-old mother was also jailed, as an accessory to …Read More »
Nobel Peace-prize winning rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi is to receive the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award, the first Indian to be selected for the honour.
The annual award by the prestigious Harvard University is given to an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives and have inspired us to greater heights.
The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, at Harvard University.
Previous winners of the honour include former UN Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros Ghali; South African rights campaigner Desmond Tutu and the Jewish writer and activist Elie Wiesel.
Mr Satyarthi’s charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) is credited with rescuing more than 80,000 enslaved children over the past forty years.
His work recently has focussed on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)one of which is to end modern-day slavery.
Although slavery is illegal everywhere, almost 36 million people are believed enslaved worldwide – many of those in India.
Mr Satyarthi took his message to the United Nations in New York last month and this week called on governments to allocate adequate budgets and design suitable policies to achieve the SDG’s.
"Freedom has always been considered a matter of human rights, but for the first time it has been acknowledged that without freedom there can be no development.
"Governments should now prioritise child-centred development goals and devise more holistic policies interlinking education, trafficking, slavery and child labour and violence against children because they are all connected."
The UKAsian spoke to Mr Satyarthi earlier this year to talk about his journey and what remains to be done.
Here’s the video of that encounter:Read More »
Acclaimed London-born, Indian-origin author Jhumpa Lahiri is to receive the American National Humanities Medal, which recognizes those who have deepened society’s understanding of the humanities. U.S. President Barack Obama will present the award to the author at a ceremony in Washington next week. Mr Obama, who appointed Ms Lahiri to …Read More »
Redhotcurry.com founder Lopa Patel has become the first woman of South Asian extraction to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. The annual award honours individuals who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. “It is a huge honour to receive the Queen’s Award for …Read More »
Trail-blazing British Pakistani TV and Radio presenter Mishal Hussain has won ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ at the London Press Club Awards. Husain, 42, beat out stiff competition from the BBC’s global health reporter Tulip Mazumdar, the Beeb’s Social Affairs correspondent Alison Holt and Channel 4 News’ Matt Frei. Husain is …Read More »
An asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. The NASA astronomer who discovered the asteroid in 2010 said she chose the name because she was so inspired by the 17-year-old who had been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban for campaigning …Read More »
A beautiful little film about an impoverished young Indian boy and his fascination with the apparent utopia of 'Umrika' has won the Audience Award for World Cinema at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
'Umrika' - a play on how 'America' is pronounced in parts of the sub-continent - was written and directed by ad executive-turned-social media-tycoon-turned-filmmaker Prashant Nair, the man behind the delightful 2011 comedy 'Delhi in a Day'.
The film stars 'Life of Pi' and 'Homeland' star Suraj Sharma in his Indian feature debut, as Ramakant.
As a young boy, Ramakant watches his beloved older brother Udai leave their small Uttar Pradesh village and travel in search of better prospects to 'Umrika'.
Over the years, Udai’s letters inspire Ramakant and breathe new life in to the workings of the brothers' village, encouraging new traditions, sparking community debate and providing the impetus for young men and women to learn.
However, following a family tragedy, Ramakant discovers a startling deception that sees him embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Critics have raved about the film, describing it as a "warm", "quirky" and "sobering" piece of cinema anchored by the outstanding Sharma.
Berlin-based Nair has said he was inspired to make the film by the disparity in how different cultures perceive each other as well as the issue of immigration.
The film was developed with funding from the Sundance Mahindra Lab for filmmakers, the same outfit that helped develop 'Margarita With A Straw'.Read More »
India’s first $100 million box office star Aamir Khan is to address the prestigious Harvard Business School. The 49-year-old actor has reportedly been invited to speak to students about the success of his latest release PK, a religious satire that has shattered all manner of Indian box office records. Although …Read More »
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has won the DSC Prize for South Asian fiction, the third straight year a writer of Indian origin has carried off the annual $50,000 prize that recognises the region’s top literary talent. Lahiri, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, was the best-known author …Read More »
India’s respected former Chief Election Commissioner Dr S Y Quraishi has been named the 2015 Visiting Fellow at the prestigious India Institute at London’s King’s College. Dr Quraishi, fresh from leading an Asian mission charged with monitoring Sri Lanka’s recent presidential election, will help develop programs aimed at helping British …Read More »