Skip to main content

Over half the British Asians not enthusiastic to vote: poll

Over half the British Asians are likely to give a miss to the May 6 general election, however, people of Indian-origin are the most enthusiastic to exercise their rights among the community, a survey indicated.

Just 44 per cent of Asians said they are likely to vote as against 55 per cent of the general population, according to an ICM survey by the BBC Asian Network.

Among the Asian voters who said they will head to the polling booths, people of Indian-origin are the most enthusiastic (51 per cent), followed by Bangladeshis (39 per cent) and Pakistanis (38 per cent).

This time around, there are more Asian candidates standing for the main parties -- 80 compared to 68 in 2005. But according to the poll, only 15 per cent of Asian voters will vote for an Asian candidate, with four in ten believing that Britain will never have an Asian Prime Minister.

The survey found that 56 per cent of Asians believe the elected Prime Minister should be tougher on immigration. When asked which political leader they would invite into their home for a curry, most chose Gordon Brown (35 per cent), with David Cameron at 28 per cent and Nick Clegg with just 8 per cent. ICM interviewed 500 adults aged over 18 from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds over the Easter period.


Popular posts from this blog

"Facebook Tests a New Feature To Let Users Enjoy Events Togather"

Facebook is testing a new feature to let users share events that they are interesting in attending to, on their "Stories" so that they can coordinate with friends and enjoy events together.

According to a TechCrunch report, the test will involve a new option to "Share to Your Story" that appears when you visit an event's page on Facebook.

"If shared, friends will see a tappable sticker within your Story that includes the event details and lets friends respond that they're also 'interested' right from the Story itself," the report added.

Friends also can tap on the sticker in the Story to visit the event page.

"There's also a link to the event page built in and a way to start a group chat on Messenger with friends who responded," said The Verge.

The test is currently rolling out to users in the US, Mexico and Brazil.

To use the new test feature, go to the Events page, click "Share" below the date and time of the eve…

Sudan Restricts Social Media Access to Counter Protest Movement

Since last year Internet freedom in Sudan declined due to a crippling economic crisis that made access to ICTs prohibitively expensive for everyday users. The government also exerted increasing control over the online sphere by arresting online journalists and activists and introducing new restrictive laws and also blocking access to social media used to organise nationwide anti-government protests triggered by an economic crisis.

Sudan has been rocked by near-daily demonstrations in the past over two weeks.

In a Northeast African country where the state controls traditional media, the internet has become an important information battleground. Of Sudan’s 40 million people, about 13 million use the internet and more than 28 million own mobile phones.

According to local media, about 13 million of Sudan’s 40 million people use the internet.
Hashtags in Arabic such as “Sudan’s_cities_revolt” have been widely circulated from Sudan and abroad. Hashtags in English such as #SudanRevolts have…

Largest Spike in Hate Crimes Since 9/11, Says a Report

The number of hate crimes reported in the United States jumped by 17% last year, the largest increase since 2001 when the terrorist hijackings on 9/11 fueled a surge in attacks on Americans of Muslim and Arab ancestry.

A total of 7,175 hate crime incidents were reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016, said the UCR Program's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, Xinhua reported.

It's the third year in a row the FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes. The number of hate crimes in 2016 rose about five percent from 2015.

The 2017 incidents encompass 8,437 total offences, meaning some involved multiple criminal charges.

According to the report, the most common bias categories in single-bias incidents were race/ethnicity/ancestry (59.6 percent), religion (20.6 percent), and sexual orientation (15.8 percent).

The victims represented a cross section of society, with African-Americans and Jews the most frequently targeted victims. Of 34…