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Pair of glasses worn by Mahatma Gandhi to be sold on auction in London: Owner to make thousands from sale

LONDON Aug 10: A “rare and important” pair of iconic glasses worn by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi look set to sell for tens of thousands of pounds after a British auction house put them up for sale on Monday. Continue reading “Pair of glasses worn by Mahatma Gandhi to be sold on auction in London: Owner to make thousands from sale”

British High Commissioner to India Sir Philip Barton promoted as UK foreign office minister

LONDON Aug 4: British High Commissioner to India Sir Philip Barton has been promoted as a minister in the newly formed Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Continue reading “British High Commissioner to India Sir Philip Barton promoted as UK foreign office minister”

India signs air bubble deal for operating international flights with United Kingdom

NEW DELHI Aug 3: India and the United Kingdom have inked air bubble deal for internationals air connectivity as air travel shows signs of recovery amidst COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of India has given a permit to UK carriers to operate flights between both the countries, news reports from India said. Continue reading “India signs air bubble deal for operating international flights with United Kingdom”

MOT test rules change from August 1: Driving without MOT will lead to £2,500 fine

LONDON July 28: A six-month exemption on MOT’s was granted in March as UK entered lockdown but is set to be removed in August. That means from Saturday, 1 August, driving with an expired MoT can result in you being pulled over and fined and possibly banned. Continue reading “MOT test rules change from August 1: Driving without MOT will lead to £2,500 fine”

Obesity can increase risk of coronavirus death by up to 90 per cent, says Public Health England

LONDON July 28: Severe obesity can increase the chance of dying from coronavirus by up to 90 per cent, new research shows, as Britons have been urged to shed the pounds. Continue reading “Obesity can increase risk of coronavirus death by up to 90 per cent, says Public Health England”

Indian consular officer briefs Queen Elizabeth about India-UK collaboration during Covid pandemic

KOLKATTA July 27: An Indian consular officer on Friday briefed Queen Elizabeth II about the close collaboration between the UK and India during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanjibita Tariang, who works at the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, narrated her experience of helping stranded British travellers get home during India’s lockdown, according to a statement by British High commission.

Sanjibita Tariang, who works at the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, narrated her experience of helping stranded British travellers get home during India’s lockdown.

She described how the “UK in India” team rose to the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid 19, through collaborative working between India and London, and with exceptional cooperation from the Indian authorities.

The UK repatriated nearly 18,000 travellers from India on 66 charter flights, from 11 Indian cities, between April and June.

Sanjibita Tariang, Regional Consular Development Officer at British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata said: “Organising the repatriation flights was a huge and complex operation involving thorough planning and coordination. We also had to obtain movement permissions during a nationwide lockdown – the main challenge was to organise transport from remote places like Meghalaya and Manipur for a journey spanning 32 hours. I used my local networks and Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Nepali language skills to organise a safe journey for some of the most vulnerable and elderly British nationals.

For example: arranging a bus all the way from Shillong to Kolkata; requesting assistance from police officers to help passengers cross borders; and getting hotels to open their restaurants for dinner and packing breakfast for long journeys – all so passengers could catch their flight in the nick of time.

It was with the support of the Indian authorities and great teamwork across the UKinIndia network that we could successfully organise this operation.”

During the engagement, Her Majesty spoke to staff who worked on the repatriation effort and also heard about the work the UK Government is doing internationally to develop a vaccine.

Sir Philip Barton, High Commissioner to India said: “The India repatriation effort was the biggest globally for the UK. I am delighted that Her Majesty had the opportunity to hear from Sanjibita, one of our excellent consular officers, about the huge amount of work and excellent UK-India collaboration that went into making it happen.

Beyond the repatriation effort, the UK and India are working together to combat the effects of Covid-19.  A vaccine – developed in the UK and manufactured in India, benefitting the whole world – is the ultimate goal.”

The engagement took place during a virtual unveiling of a new portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. The artwork, painted by artist Miriam Escofet, will be proudly on display in the refurbished reception of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

During the virtual engagement Her Majesty praised FCO staff members for their work in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signature campaign for award all Nursing Staff in the NHS a pay rise of 10 per cent backdated to 1st April nearing target

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON July 27: A signature campaign requesting the UK government to award all nursing staff in the NHS a pay rise of 10 per cent backdated to 1st April 2020 is nearing target. As of yesterday the signatures have reached nearly 83,000. Continue reading “Signature campaign for award all Nursing Staff in the NHS a pay rise of 10 per cent backdated to 1st April nearing target”

Face masks to be made compulsory in UK Shops from Friday 24th July

LONDON July 23: From Friday, all those entering a corner shop, high street store or supermarket will require a face covering or will risk paying a £100 fine. The new measures mirror the restrictions imposed in Spain and Italy and come into force two weeks after cover-ups and shields were made mandatory on all public transport. Continue reading “Face masks to be made compulsory in UK Shops from Friday 24th July”

All European citizens and family members in the UK asked to register for EU Settlement Scheme within a year

By Akhil Balagopal

LONDON July 22: The UK government has asked all European citizens in the UK to register with EU Settlement scheme before June 30, 2021. The European Union Settlement Scheme has been created for Swiss citizens as well as  EU, EEA citizens and their family members living in the UK who want to stay in the country after Britain leaves the EU.

The scheme grants eligible applicants with settled and pre-settled status, enabling them to continue living in the UK after June 30, 2021.

The government of the UK has stressed that the EEA citizens and their family members who have been granted pre-settled or settled status have secured their rights in UK law, ensuring that, whether in four or 40 years, they will have the evidence they need to continue living and working in the UK.

Those applying through this scheme will (if they are eligible) receive either Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status. Pre-Settled Status is awarded to applicants who have been in the UK continuously for less than five years.

Settled Status is given to those who have been in the UK continuously for five or more years, and hence already meet the criteria for permanent residence.

Family members of EU citizens

Non-EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 also need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future, as long as the relationship still exists.

Close family members are: spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners and dependent children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents. Family members do not need to be from the EU, they can come from anywhere in the world.

While the scheme is open for applications until 30th June 2021, this is only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who are living in the UK as of 31st December 2020.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “There have already been over 3.6 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme and, with a year to go, there is still plenty of time to apply.

The vast majority of people find it easy to apply online, but for those who need extra help a wide range of support has continued to be available seven days a week throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”

The official said applicants can phone the EU Settlement Resolution Centre for over-the-phone support while others can use an app designed for the identity stage of their application.

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

View and prove your settled or pre-settled status

https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/862459/EU_Settlement_Scheme_leaflet.pdf

In order to apply for the scheme and check your pre-settled status, please follow the guidelines issues in the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status
https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus

It is strongly advised that with a year left until the deadline, everyone eligible should apply now to secure their status in order to feel confident about their future in the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Govt to roll out free Covid antibody finger-prick tests with instant results

London July 19: The UK government is planning to roll out millions of free coronavirus antibody tests which generate instant results following finger-prick after successful secret trials, according to a UK media report.