Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times

Prasun Sonwalkar

Hindustan Times

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Past articles by Prasun:

Kashmir situation of ‘great concern’: UK minister

Responding to an hour-long debate in the Westminster Hall of parliament on the ‘Political situation in Kashmir’, minister for Asia Nigel Adams called on the Indian government to lift remaining restrictions on assembly and communications in the valley. → Read More

Post-Brexit Britain better-off as a global broker: Report

“India is always on the list of countries with which a new UK government commits to engage. But it should be obvious by now that the idea of a deeper relationship with India always promises more than it can deliver,” said the report from Chatham House. → Read More

Vaccine scams, medical staff shortage hit UK; toll over 80,000

Covid-19 indicators at various levels have gone beyond the last peak of March-April 2020, with the Boris Johnson government unleashing another information campaign to encourage people not to relax vigil and to follow lockdown restrictions strictly. → Read More

UK court to deliver judgement on Nirav Modi extradition on Feb 25

Claire Montomery, Modi’s lawyer, and Helen Malcolm of the Crown Prosecution Service representing India, quoted from emails, witness statements, bank and other documents, and presented their versions on issues such as prison conditions, mental health treatment facilities and the possibility of a Modi receiving a fair trial, if extradited. → Read More

Covid-19 ‘out of control’ in London, mayor declares ‘major incident’

A ‘major incident’ is defined as an event or situation with a range of serious consequences which requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder agency. → Read More

British PM Boris Johnson calls off India visit, cites need to oversee response to Covid-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled the planned trip to India later this month, citing the need to personally oversee the pandemic response in the United Kingdom. → Read More

Covid-19: UK announces £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants

Michael Gove, UK cabinet minister, said on Tuesday the new lockdown may last until March. Parliament has been recalled on Wednesday to pass related legislation for the third lockdown since March 2020 → Read More

Tougher Covid curbs likely, warns British PM Boris Johnson

England currently has a four-tier pandemic alert system in which cities and regions are placed according to the prevalence of the spread of the coronavirus → Read More

Deal approved, post-Brexit era begins for UK and EU

Several aspects of life are likely to change as new post-Brexit realities unfold. This will include higher prices in supermarkets and changes to Britons visiting EU member states → Read More

UK: Royal honours for Indian-origin Covid-19 warriors

Indian-origin individuals named for some of the highest civilian honours such as OBE, MBE and BEM include popular actor Nina Wadia, who played various characters in films and TV programmes over the years → Read More

New spike in UK cases as Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is approved

There were renewed calls for another lockdown and stopping schools from reopening after the holiday period ends in early January, as the number of new day-cases touched 53,135 on Tuesday evening – more than 10 times that of the April-May peak. → Read More

Indian-origin UK company director banned over tax bill

Surinder Singh, 62, was the director of the company that was placed into compulsory liquidation in July 2019 after ceasing trading and failing to pay the tax bill which had accumulated from April 2018. → Read More

Queen Elizabeth hails Diwali in Christmas message, doesn’t mention pandemic

The widely-watched royal message recorded in mid-December in Windsor did not mention “pandemic” or “Covid-19”, but the UK queen said the year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought them closer → Read More

Europe isolates UK as Covid-19 cases touch new high

France banned freight traffic through Eurotunnel for 48 hours from Sunday night over concerns over the spread of the new Covid-19 variant, leading to the closure of the Dover port, which could result in what industry called a “devastating effect”. It also suspended air traffic with the UK for 48 hours. → Read More

Covid-19 is ‘out of control’ in UK, says British health secretary Hancock

Scotland banned travellers from England, while Wales went into another lockdown as health officials tried to grapple with a new variant of the coronavirus that is assessed to be up to 70% faster in transmission than the earlier strain - most evident in recent days in Kent → Read More

Alarm over new Covid-19 variant puts London in lockdown

UK PM Boris Johnson announced the creation of a new tier – Tier 4 – in the Covid-19 alert system under which towns and areas in England are placed. London has been in the top Tier 3 with the toughest restrictions, but has gone further in the lockdown-like Tier 4 → Read More

Another lockdown in England possible after Christmas, warns PM Boris Johnson

Relaxation in Covid-19 curbs across the UK from December 23 to 27 is expected to lead to spikes in cases and deaths, with the British PM, ministers and health officials repeatedly urging Britons to act responsibly during the celebrations → Read More

Covid-19: Pregnant women missing from most clinical trials

Pregnant women have been excluded from 75% of Covid-19 treatment trials, which puts potential effectiveness of treatment at risk, as well as the safety of pregnant women who may be at increased risk of severe illness, according to a new study published by the Lancet Global Health journal → Read More

Air pollution caused London girl’s death, says coroner in historic ruling

Ella Kissi-Debrah, 9, and her family lived near the South Circular Road in Lewisham, where levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution from traffic constantly exceeded the annual legal limit. → Read More

Novelist John le Carre, who defined Cold War era, passes away

Among his most popular works are: ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ and ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. He worked for the British intelligence services in the 1950s and 1960s. → Read More