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Prof. Yadvinder Malhi to drive Natural History Museum agenda

2020-05-29T16:17:37+00:00May 29th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Global Indian academic and an expert in the field of climate change, Yadvinder Malhi, has been appointed as the Natural History Museum in London’s newest Trustee by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Malhi is Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford, Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Biodiversity and Conservation at Oriel College, Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests and the Oxford University Biodiversity Network. The 52-year-old professor will take on the unpaid advisory role for [...]

Former UK PM out for Sewa Day on Covid-19 frontline

2020-05-28T11:46:05+00:00May 28th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May joined Sewa Day’s west London team help deliver care packages to care homes in the local area on behalf of the charity’s younger volunteers. Due to government guidelines on volunteering during the coronavirus lockdown, children have not been able to participate in Sewa Day’s efforts to support keyworkers and the vulnerable at this time. But that only seemed to motivate the youngsters to think of innovative and creative ways to do their bit. Over [...]

Schoolboy fundraiser Dhillon Manku on a mission to give back

2020-05-27T11:56:45+00:00May 27th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Dhillon Manku weighed just 3lb 9oz when he was born prematurely at Kingston Hospital in London in 2013 and discovered the lifesaving care he received in the NeoNatal Unit (NNU) of the hospital when he was a little older. “Can we buy an incubator for other babies that come out of their mom’s tummies too early,” was the four-year-old’s question when his mother Sharn and father Jas explained why his little sister did not need to be a “glass box” [...]

NHS doctors crowd fund for legal fight over PPE dangers

2020-05-25T11:31:02+00:00May 25th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Two global Indian doctors on the frontlines of the National Health Service (NHS) fight against the coronavirus pandemic are taking their campaign for safe personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines to the High Court in London. Husband-wife couple, Dr Nishant Joshi and Dr Meenal Viz, have raised over £40,500 in pledges for their judicial review case against the UK government after receiving “unconvincing responses” to a pre-action legal letter last month. Their challenge is against the government's guidance on PPE, including surgical gowns, [...]

UK’s Big Curry drive to raise funds for India

2020-05-22T11:37:12+00:00May 22nd, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

The concept is an extremely simple one: deploy the UK’s favourite dish for a fundraising drive and get the nation cooking and ordering curries. The British Asian Trust’s “Big Curry Night In” is intended as a fun way to bring a locked down public together to support those most in need in India and across South Asia, and at the same time also help rejuvenate the UK’s local takeaway businesses, struggling through the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Cook off Richard Hawkes, [...]

Priti Patel offers renewed hope to NHS families

2020-05-21T14:15:06+00:00May 21st, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

The UK Home Office has extended its offer of indefinite leave to remain (ILR), free of charge, to the families and dependants of National Health Service (NHS) support staff and social care workers who die on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.  It marks an important step towards offering some residence certainty to hundreds and is likely to impact many Indian families who have sadly lost loved ones during the crisis. According to a recent Institute of [...]

Organ donation is the greatest form of sewa

2020-05-20T13:23:19+00:00May 20th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

The month of May marks a vital change in law in the UK. Organ donation will no longer follow an opt-in process. Instead, all adults will be deemed to have given consent to organ donation unless they have explicitly declined or been exempted. This law is known as Max and Kiera’s law after nine-year olds Kiera Ball and Max Johnson. Kiera’s parents’ decision to donate her organs helped save four lives including Max’s, who was able to undergo a life-saving [...]

Indian doctors stranded but not forgotten in UK’s Covid-19 crisis

2020-05-20T05:24:15+00:00May 19th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

In March, when India went into lockdown and grounded all international flights to combat the spread of Covid-19, there was a group of young Indian doctors in the UK for a crucial qualification examination who were among the thousands left stranded. Around 23 doctors from different parts of India were in Manchester to appear for the second part of a two-part Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test hosted by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC). The first part of the [...]

Dr Miss England on a housing mission

2020-05-19T12:51:17+00:00May 18th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Bhasha Mukherjee is a woman of many facets – a beauty queen, a health campaigner, a charity worker and a doctor. She recently put her pageant life on hold to return to the National Health Service (NHS) frontlines as a doctor at a hospital in eastern England and is petitioning the UK government to address exorbitant staff accommodation rates for medics fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Bhasha Mukherjee, who competed in Miss World 2019 as Miss England last year, was in India [...]