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Indian, Pakistani minors forcibly married in Britain
London: Up to 400 children, including from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, were coerced into or threatened with marriage in Britain last year, a government report has said.

A girl aged five was the youngest victim, the Daily Mail reported citing figures from the Home Office's Forced Marriage Unit.

Ministers are considering whether to bring in new laws to make it possible to prosecute families who compel children to marry. The maximum penalty could be two years in ... Read More
Canadian lifestyle harmful to health of immigrants
- Nicholas Keung

Integration may not be all good for new immigrants to Canada, at least not when it comes to adopting a lifestyle prone to heart problems.

A new multi-ethnic study finds immigrants who have been in Ontario longer actually fare worse in their heart health than recent newcomers.

Of the four groups examined - black, Chinese, South Asian and white - immigrants of Chinese and European descent are the most adversely affected by Canadian lifestyle ... Read More
Don’t keep gold at home, UK Iindians told
London: Amidst a spate of robberies for gold items in homes belonging to people from the Indian subcontinent, the British police today issued specific crime prevention advice asking members of the community not to keep gold items at home. Such robberies have been reported from various parts of Britain, particularly from places with high concentration of the Asian community that traditionally saves and stores gold in their houses. These include parts of London, Reading, Leicester ... Read More
Oz MP tells immigrants to learn English to stop racism
Melbourne Australian Member of Parliament Teresa Gambaro who attracted criticism for her comment that migrant workers didn't know how to wear deodorant or queue politely little over a week ago, has come under renewed fire for telling immigrants to learn English if they want to stop racism in the country.
The Coalition multicultural affairs spokeswoman told The Australian that new arrivals to Australia should learn English as quickly as possible to encourage tolerance and understanding. ... Read More
6.7 percent ethnic Indians in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: Around 6.7 percent of Malaysia's total population of 27.5 million are people of Indian origin, according to the country's latest census report.

The decennial census report was released by the statistics department Thursday, Xinhua reported. Ten years ago, Malaysia's population was 22.2 million.

Of the 27.5 million people counted till 2010, ethnic Malays made up 50.1 percent, followed by ethnic Chinese at 22.5 percent, natives at 11.8 percent and ethnic Indians at 6.7 percent, the ... Read More
Facebook flooded with condemnation for Indian student's killing

London: Social networking website Facebook has been flooded with comments condemning the killing of Indian student Anuj Bidve in Manchester.

The 23-year-old Bidve, from Pune, was part of a group of nine men and women -- all Indian students -- visiting Manchester for a short break for Christmas. He was a postgraduate student in micro-electronics at Lancaster University.

Bidve was shot in the head while walking from his hotel in Salford area towards the Manchester city ... Read More
Quebec to allow prison guards to wear Islamic hijab
By Marianne White, Postmedia News

The Quebec Public Security Department passed the new rule after reaching a deal with Quebec's human rights commission, following a complaint made four years ago.

The ministry chose to enforce what it calls an "accommodation" rather than take the matter before the provincial human rights tribunal.

The Parti Quebecois lambasted the government Tuesday for caving in to this "excessive" demand. "This is completely unacceptable," said PQ critic for secularism issues Carole Poirier.

"The ... Read More
Malaysia 'bans Obedient Wives' Islamic sex guide'
Malaysian officials have banned a controversial book that offers sex tips to Muslim women, reports say.

The book, entitled Islamic Sex, is believed to have been read by a few hundred people.

It was published by a group known as the Obedient Wives' Club, which has been widely criticised for promoting polygamy and denegrating women.

Officials said anyone making copies of the book for sale could be jailed for three years.

The Obedient Wives' Club told journalists last month ... Read More
400 Child abuse claims at UK madrassas 'tip of iceberg'
By Fran Abrams

Britain's madrassas have faced more than 400 allegations of physical abuse in the past three years, a BBC investigation has discovered.

But only a tiny number have led to successful prosecutions.

The revelation has led to calls for formal regulation of the schools, attended by more than 250,000 Muslim children every day for Koran lessons.

The chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board said he would treat the issue as a matter of urgency.

Leading ... Read More
NRI held in UK for visa fraud ‘lessons’
LONDON: Britain's immigration officers have launched an investigation after an Indian-origin lecturer at a college was covertly filmed advicing students how to cheat at MBA exams and exploit loopholes to obtain visas.

Lecturer Surya Medicherla was filmed giving students tips on how to cheat in exams and how to deceive the United Kingdom Border Agency at the Rayat London College. A BBC undercover investigation showed Medicherla warning students not to be complacent about the UKBA ... Read More
Toronto libraries help newcomer youth after school
This fall, newcomer students in Grades 7-10 can check out the Toronto Public Library’s After School Newcomer Hubs. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, this pilot program gives youth a chance to participate in a variety of activities including: book clubs, English conversation circles and reading and writing workshops. Librarians and volunteers help newcomer students with their homework and provide coaching to enhance their computer skills. The Hubs are open between 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. ... Read More
Newcomer youth portray their immigration experiences through video
Amirali Paknahad (above) peers into his lens as he films a scene for his short feature, “The Real Deal.”

“Take your places. Hey Tony! A little to the left!” says Amirali Paknahad as he videos a new scene for his film, “The Real Deal.” Amirali is not a Hollywood director; he is a 13-year-old newcomer to Canada participating in a summer video course.

This dynamic program, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and delivered in partnership with ... Read More
Innovative program helps newcomer students
Changing schools can be hard for any student. Imagine attending a new school in a new country for the very first time.

Every September, thousands of newcomer students in Ontario face their first days of high school in Canada. Their challenges are as diverse as the countries they've come from: many have never used a combination lock or seen a Canadian class timetable before. Most newcomer students are nervous about meeting their teachers and almost all ... Read More
Indian family found dead in their UAE home, officials suspect suicide
Dubai: Three members of an Indian family have been found dead in their house in the Ras Al Khaimah emirate of the UAE, in what is suspected to be case of suicide over financial problems.

The deceased, including the father, mother and their daughter, were found hanging on the day of Eid, Emarat Al Youm an Arabic daily said.

''The bodies were discovered by the police after complaints by neighbours about an odour emitting from the ... Read More
Golden Temple tales chart course of Sikh history
By Divya Talwar

A traditional Sikh warrior outfit on display at the exhibition Continue reading the main story

Going back more than two centuries, nearly 80 historical artefacts are on display in central London at the world's first major exhibition on the Golden Temple of Amritsar, north India.

They include some of the earliest-known paintings and photographs of the temple, along with film footage and eye witness accounts from western travellers.

The 10-week show, organised by ... Read More

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