Aviation authorities in the United States have upgraded the safety rating of Indian airlines in a bid to increase the number of flights Indian carriers operate to the US. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded the rating last year over a range of concerns, including a inadequate training and …Read More »
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has teamed up with the Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s leading industry group, to increase joint investments between the EBRD and Indian corporations in regions where the development bank is active. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two organizations on …Read More »
A basketball player whose parents migrated from the Punjab to Canada and who stands taller than even the legendary Shaquille O’ Neal, is set to become the first man of Indian origin to play in America’s National Basketball Association. Sim Bhullar, who stands at a remarkable 7’ 5”, has just …Read More »
As the first anniversary of the biggest general election in history approaches, Supriyo Chaudhuri explores India’s unique brand of democracy. That India opted to be democratic, and remained so, goes to the credit of Pandit Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. Nehru was a democratic man, in rhetoric and in practice, …Read More »
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this week formally launched the UK subsidiary of India’s revered Union Bank of India.
The bank’s move into the UK signals the 96-year-old institutions global expansion plans – it plans to deliver 10% of overall business from overseas markets by 2019 as it looks to tap into the increasingly influential Indian Diaspora community whilst also providing banking services to companies and individuals queuing up to invest in India.
The bank, the 6th largest public sector bank in India with more than $59 billion in assets, will undertake retail and wholesale banking.
In retail banking the focus will be on current, savings, fixed term deposits and remittances while the wholesale banking arm will focus will be on syndicated loans, external commercial borrowings, SMEs, trade finance facilities and current accounts.
The UKAsian caught up with the bank’s chairperson Mr Arun Tiwari to find out more.Read More »
Another flight to India and a reminder of what it (sometimes) means to be Indian. The jostling, the usual chaos of not-quite queues and non-Indian passengers appalled at Indian co-travellers happily moving other peoples’ bags around in order to make room for all. “Thoda adjust kar lo ji”. A family …Read More »
A former police officer from the US state of Alabama has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian grandfather who was injured during a violent confrontation.
Officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel partially paralyzed.
Mr Patel, from Gujarat was visiting his son’s family in the town of Madison, Alabama at the time of the incident. The 57-year-old, who cannot communicate well in English, had been out for a walk on the morning of 6 February when he was stopped by two police officers responding to a call about a “suspicious person”.
Video later emerged of Mr Patel attempting to explain to the officers that he could not speak English and pointing to his son’s house nearby.
In a bid to restrain him, Mr Patel is handcuffed and then slammed to the ground. The incident left him bleeding from the face, temporarily paralyzed and in need of surgery.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley previously apologized to the Indian government for the treatment of Patel, calling it a case of "excessive force."
Parker will plead not guilty, his defense attorney says.
Police treatment of minorities has become a big issue in the United States over the past year, and U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said people "must be able to trust the police."
"Law enforcement officers who violate their oath to protect and use excessive force must be brought to justice," Vance said in a statement.
Mr Patel filed a civil lawsuit over the incident. The suit says his civil rights were violated and seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
Patel had been singled out by police after a caller said a "skinny black guy" was walking in the affluent neighbourhood. Recordings released later revealed the caller telling police that the man was “peeking into people’s garages” and that he was “afraid to step out of the house”.
Police arrived in patrol cars within minutes and found Patel walking near his son’s house. Video shot from inside one of the cruisers shows two officers walking toward the man on the sidewalk and attempting to talk to him.
"What's going on, sir?" asks one of the officers. "You're what? India?"
Mr Patel is questioned repeatedly but tells the officers “no English”. When he attempts to walk away, he is restrained by Parker who is said to have been undergoing training at the time.
Hank Sherrod, an attorney for Mr Patel, said the Patel family were "very pleased by the prompt and decisive action" of federal prosecutors.
Mr Patel has made "tremendous progress" and recently took a few steps using a walker but remains in a rehab center in Huntsville, Sherrod said.
Parker, 26, has since been fired and faces a state assault charge. The police chief in Madison also has apologized for what happened to Patel, saying he had committed no crime.
Mr Patel’s son Chirag told local news media that his father had only been to America once before the incident and was visiting to help care for his grandson.Read More »
The respected spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been tipped to become the country’s next High Commissioner to London. Syed Akbaruddin will vacate his post on 18 April and is “likely” to replace incumbent Ranjan Mathai when Mr Mathai completes his term at the end of 2015, …Read More »
Acclaimed ‘Haider’ director Vishal Bhardwaj has spoken out against India’s controversial film censor, comparing it to the Taliban. The Central Board of Film Certification has come under intense attack in recent months particularly under the leadership of its newly-elected chairman Pahlaj Nihalani. Bhardwaj said that the Board itself should be …Read More »
An Indian-origin Tory election candidate has been suspended by the Conservatives for allegedly trying to organize a far-right march against plans to build a mosque in his constituency in the West Midlands. The Mail on Sunday reports that Afzal Amin, a former British Army captain, was filmed telling members of …Read More »