India’s plans to allow children to work for family businesses and bar teenagers from employment in only a few hazardous industries are ‘regressive’, Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi says. The government wants to amend a three-decade-old law which bans children under 14 from working in 18 hazardous …Read More »
Thirteen-year-old Sumaila has no time to go to school. From six in the morning until 11 at night, she works with her mother in their one-roomed home, painstakingly pasting tiny fake gemstones onto fabric for the garment factory nearby. “I don’t much like doing this work. It hurts my …Read More »
The Shadow Europe Minister has hailed comments by a senior executive of India’s Tata Group who spoke of the importance of Britain’s continued membership of the European Union for international investors. Nirmalya Kumar – an executive council member of Tata Sons, which owns such iconic British brands such as Jaguar …Read More »
A well-known Indian community activist originally from the Punjab has become the UK’s first Asian woman elected mayor. Labour councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer, 62, was sworn in as mayor of Ealing Council at a ceremony at Ealing’s Victoria Hall on Tuesday. “It is a great privilege and challenge to be …Read More »
Labour leader Ed Miliband today vowed to not “denigrate” the contribution made by immigrants to Britain and but said his party’s stance on the issue of immigration had changed. Labour offers a “clear, credible and concrete plan on immigration”, Mr Miliband said but will not make “false promises” on capping …Read More »
The Conservatives and Labour agree on precious little these days.
However, this weekend has shown that the two big parties can agree on one thing – acknowledging the fact that Britain’s ethnic minority communities remain severely under-represented in most spheres of British life.
A day after Prime Minister David Cameron admitted that more needed to be done in the battle to ensure that British institutions represented the country’s diversity, his opposite number Ed Miliband waded into the argument, appearing at the Shri Swami Narayan temple in North London clutching a hymn sheet startlingly similar to the one used by Mr Cameron.
Quite apart from the hymn sheet, Mr Miliband also brought along the heavy artillery: the temple’s magnificent innards packed with Labour’s British Asian 155mm guns, including Keith Vaz, Virendra Sharma, Sadiq Khan, Seema Malhotra, Uma Kumaran, Sadiq Khan and Tulip Siddiq among others.
Despite the surfeit of ethnic minority talent, Mr Miliband admitted that representation of minorities – especially in Parliament – remained a “challenge” and called for a “truly representative set of representatives” to serve Britain.Read More »
Jury will get underway in New York on Monday in a trial in which US TV giant HBO is facing libel action over a news report which claimed that British sporting goods company Mitre was using child labourers in India. The trial in federal court in Manhattan is the culmination …Read More »
David Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion Priti Patel has called for a Labour election rival to be sacked after accusing him of sending her “racist” and “misogynistic” Twitter messages. Conservative Mrs Patel – MP for Witham in Essex – criticized her Labour opponent John Clarke after he compared her to the …Read More »
A former Labour Party MP who gave up his British citizenship to return to his native Pakistan as governor of the Punjab has resigned less than two years into his tenure. Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar tendered his resignation on Thursday claiming that the “system has failed to deliver to the masses” …Read More »
From sex workers to farm hands and maids, millions of forced labourers around the world generate $150 billion in illegal profits for their bosses every year, the UN’s labour agency said Tuesday. Nearly 21 million men, women and children are locked in forced labour — many coerced into working as …Read More »