Hong Kong ex-chief secretary found guilty of graft

Hong Kong ex-chief secretary found guilty of graft

Hong Kong, Dec 19 (IANS) Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan was found guilty Friday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Thomas Kwok and two middlemen.The nine-member jury convicted Hui of three counts of misconduct in public office, one count of conspiracy of misconduct in public office […]

Freed of murder charge, British-Indian businessman to return home

Freed of murder charge, British-Indian businessman to return home

London, Dec 9 (IANS) An Indian-origin businessman from Britain, Shrien Dewani is preparing to leave South Africa after a judge cleared him of arranging the murder of his wife on their honeymoon, media reported Tuesday.Dewani, 33, was accused of ordering the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anni Dewani, who was shot on the outskirts of Cape […]

British MP caught playing game on iPad in parliament

MP caught playing game

London, Dec 8 (IANS) A British MP was caught playing Candy Crush, a popular puzzle game, on his iPad while attending a parliamentary committee meeting.Conservative Party MP Nigel Mills was caught playing the hit online game Candy Crush Saga during a meeting of the works and pensions committee, of which he is a member, The Guardian […]

Scottish referendum opens Pandora’s box in Britain

Scottish referendum opens Pandora's box in Britain

  Things are very strange in Britain nowadays. People are talking politics. Pubs, supermarkets, hospitals, offices, everywhere people are more engaged in political debate than gossiping, thanks to the Scottish referendum. A record 85 percent of the electorate participated in the referendum to determine Scotland’s independence.North, South, East Anglia, Midlands, Wales, other parts of the […]

Cameron assures ‘more power’ as Scots reject freedom referendum

Cameron assures 'more power' as Scots reject freedom referendum

  London, Sep 19 (IANS) As Scotland Friday chose not to break away from the UK, with the Scots decisively rejecting a historic referendum on independence, the British prime minister said it is time for “our United Kingdom to come together, and to move forward”.David Cameron also assured delivering on his promise of “more powers” while […]

NATO respects Scotland’s decision to remain with UK

NATO Secretary-General Andres Fogh Rasmussen

  Brussels, Sep 19 (IANS/EFE) NATO Secretary-General Andres Fogh Rasmussen Friday expressed his respect for Scotland’s decision to stay part of the United Kingdom, and his confidence that Britain will continue as a solid ally.“The United Kingdom is a founding member of NATO and I am confident that the United Kingdom will continue to play a […]

Queen says sure Scots will come together after referendum divisions

The Queen said on Friday she was sure Scots will be able to come together in a spirit of mutual respect after the divisions of their independence referendum. "For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions – among family, friends and neighbours," she said in a rare statement. "That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country," she added. "But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others. Opponents of independence won 55 percent of the vote while separatists won 45 percent after a campaign which had provoked passions on both sides. "Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all," the statement went on. "Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country."

The Queen said on Friday she was sure Scots will be able to come together in a spirit of mutual respect after the divisions of their independence referendum. “For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions – among family, friends and neighbours,” she said in a rare statement. “That, of […]

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

Pro-union protestors chant and wave Union Flags during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow

Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom. A vote for the union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, […]

Scots spurn independence in historic vote but demand new powers

Scots spurn independence in historic vote but demand new powers

Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world […]

Glasgow bucks Scottish trend, votes for independence

Glasgow bucks Scottish trend, votes for independence

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, voted for independence from the United Kingdom, but only by a narrow margin, its counting officer said. The vote was split 53 percent in favour of independence, 47 percent against, not enough to buck the trend of results in other parts of the country. “It certainly isn’t good enough given results […]