UKIP names Sikh shopkeeper as candidate for British polls

London : A Sikh man has been unveiled as the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) candidate for Hull North in the British county of Yorkshire in the upcoming general election, media reported Monday.

Sergi Singh, a shopkeeper and the party's Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire branch vice-president, stood unsuccessfully as a councillor for the Holderness ward in 2014.

As the owner of Jackpot Wines in east Hull, Singh has been a prominent member of the small business community for several years.


Indian woman's Italian 'not good enough' for citizenship

Rome : An Indian national has been barred from completing the process towards gaining Italian citizenship by a mayor who argued that her language skills are not up to scratch, despite her living in the country for 15 years, a media report said Monday.

Pushpa Rani, 56, was blocked from citizenship by the mayor of Cairate, in northern Italy, who stopped her from swearing the oath of allegiance by arguing that her Italian was not good enough, The Local news portal reported.

Myanmar upgrades six major airports

Yangon : Myanmar has upgraded six major airports in terms of safety and security by installing new equipment, an official report said on Monday.

According to the transport ministry, Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated equipment and vehicles worth 1.23 billion yen ($12.33 million) for upgrading the six airports of Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei, Xinhua reported.

The donation is a part of bilateral aid programme between Myanmar and Japan, the ministry added.


North Korea fires short-range missiles

Seoul: North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters Monday when South Korea and the US launched their joint annual war games, a media report said.

A defence ministry official said that North Korea fired two missiles, estimated to be Scud ballistic missiles, between 6:32 a.m. and 6:41 a.m. from Nampo areas, South Pyongan province, said a report from Yonhap News Agency, according to Xinhua.


'Half of Americans disapprove of inviting Netanyahu to address Congress'

Washington: Nearly half of American voters think that US House Speaker John Boehner should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address US Congress without having consulted the White House, according to a new poll released Sunday.

A total of 48 percent of those surveyed believed Boehner's decision to invite Netanyahu without first notifying President Barack Obama was not appropriate, while 30 percent said Republicans should have done so, and another 22 percent said they didn't know enough to answer, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.


IS releases 19 abducted Christian Assyrians

Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants on Sunday released 19 Christian Assyrians they had kidnapped last month, a monitoring group reported.

The 19 people are the first batch of 29 Assyrians the sharia court of the IS exonerated on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Xinhua reported.

On February 23, the IS abducted 220 Christian Assyrians during an assault it had waged on predominantly Assyrian areas, mainly in the area of Tal Tamr and its countryside in Syria's northeastern province of al-Hasakah.

IS killer Emwazi linked to 2005 London bombing plot

London : Mohammed Emwazi, the masked Islamic State (IS) killer who has appeared in several execution videos, was part of a terrorist cell that was behind the failed bomb attack in London on July 21, 2005, according to media reports.

One member of the terrorist network was in touch with Hussein Osman, who was later jailed for life for placing an explosive at London's Shepherd's Bush underground train station, the Observer reported.

Another temple attack in US spreads concern among Hindus

New York : A Sanatan Dharam temple was vandalised in Washington state with windows broken and the word “Fear” painted on it, less than a fortnight after another temple was attacked.

Members of the the Sanatan Dharma Temple in Kent, about 30 km from Seattle, who came for worship Friday “were greeted by shards of broken glass after vandals targeted the building,” KING5-TV, a Seattle NBC affiliate, reported. According to the temple web site, “Amalaki Ekadashi” was to be observed Saturday.

Indian-origin man sues Canadian government over wrongful conviction

Ottawa : An Indo-Canadian man has sued the Canadian federal government over his wrongful conviction in a sexual assault case, a media report said.

Gurdev Singh Dhillon, a former Surrey resident who spent three years in jail for a rape he did not commit and who was subsequently deported, is now suing the provincial and federal governments, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Crown prosecutor Don Wilson and his former defence lawyer Sukhjinder Grewal, Canada's South Asian Observer reported Friday.

Six acquitted in British nationals’ killings in Guj 2002 riots

By Staff Reporter,

Ahmedabad/London: Exactly 13 years to the day when the post-Godhra communal violence began in Gujarat in 2002, all six accused in a case involving three British nationals of Indian origin and their Indian driver were acquitted for want of evidence.

A special court in Himmatnagar on Friday acquitted the six accused in the incident involving two family members, Sakil Dawood, Saeed Dawood and their childhood friend, Mohammed Aswat along with their Indian driver, Yusuf Palagar, at Prantij town in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.