UK okays Mallya’s extradition to India

The extradition of Vijay Mallya, accused of conspiracy to defraud banks and money laundering offences, has been approved by UK home secretary, the British government said on Monday, in a major blow to the liquor baron and boosting India's efforts to bring back the fugitive businessman.

Brits in Finland urged to get living permit

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is urging all British citizens living the Nordic country to immediately register at Finland's immigration service to make sure they receive a living permit in case of no-deal Brexit.

Sipila told Finnish news agency STT Wednesday that the temporary permit will be issued so that the 5,000 Britons currently living in the country of 5.5 million can continue their stay if Britain exits the European Union without a deal.

Extradite cricket bookie Chawla to India: UK court

A British court on Monday cleared the extradition of Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, a key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje in 2000, in a major boost to India’s efforts to bring back the alleged bookie to face match-fixing charges.
The Westminster magistrates’ court in London gave the go-ahead to extradite 50-year-old Chawla.

May says she will leave by 2022 election

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will step down before the country holds its next scheduled national election in 2022.

Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, May said “I think it is right that another party leader takes us into that general election.”

Late Wednesday May survived a no-confidence vote among her Conservative Party lawmakers, triggered by unhappiness in the party at the way she is handling Brexit.

Extradite Vijay Mallya, rules London court

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya (in pic)should be extradited from Britain to India to face fraud charges resulting from the collapse of his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, a London court ruled on Monday. India wants to bring criminal action against Mallya, 62, whose business interests have ranged from aviation to liquor, over $1.4 billion in loans Kingfisher took out from Indian banks, which the authorities argue he had no intention of repaying.

After Khashoggi murder, some Saudi royals turn against king’s favourite son

Amid international uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king, three sources close to the royal court said.

Dozens of princes and cousins from powerful branches of the Al Saud family want to see a change in the line of succession but would not act while King Salman - the crown prince’s 82-year-old father - is still alive, the sources said. They recognise that the king is unlikely to turn against his favourite son, known in the West as MbS.

Top Brexit supporter backs no confidence in May

A leader of the pro-Brexit faction in Britain's Conservative Party has confirmed that he's filed a letter of no-confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May and that he thinks former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would be a strong candidate to replace her. Speaking outside Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg said he expected enough letters to be sent to the committee that oversees Conservative leadership elections to trigger a challenge to May's leadership.

Anna Burns wins Man Booker for Milkman

Author Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish writer and the first woman since 2013, to win Britain’s reno-wned Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman.

Judges of the annual a-ward praised the work, an exploration of Northern Ir-eland's three decades of se-ctarian violence told thro-ugh the voice of a young woman, as “utterly distinctive”. “None of us has ever read anything like this before,” said Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of the 2018 judges.

Oil at $85 ahead of Iran sanctions

Oil traded near a four-year high on Wednesday, retreating from session peaks as top exporter Saudi Arabia said it increased output and after Reuters reported that Russia and Saudi Arabia had struck a deal to pump more.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom had raised output to 10.7 million barrels per day in October and would pump more in November.
The record high for Saudi output is 10.72 million bpd in November 2016.

Billionaire hires 12 to help daughter study at UK varsity

The daughter of an Indian billionaire has been dubbed the “poshest” student in the UK after it was claimed that her family is hiring 12 staff members to help her during her studies at a Scottish university.

The first-year student at the University of St Andrew on the east coast of Scotland will have a house manager, three housekeepers, a gardener, a lady’s maid and a butler on hand to help her, along with three footmen, a private chef and chauffeur, The Sun reported.