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Indian-origin Brit starts own political party


London: An Indian-origin Brit, also a corporate banking worker, has set up his own political party and called for Britain to throw open its borders, a media report said.

Harjinder Singh, a former UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for Birmingham’s Perry Barr constituency, has set up the Open Borders Party as he disagrees vehemently with his former Eurosceptic party’s immigration policy, the Birmingham Mail reported on Saturday.

“I wanted to leave the EU, but I’m a libertarian and an Indian-origin corporate banking worker has set up his own political party and called for Britain to throw open its borders, a media report said. Belief in independence and freedom,” Singh was quoted as saying.

He added that he wants an open border, as long as new arrivals do not have a criminal record or contagious disease, pay an entry fee, are denied state benefits, and pay higher tax rates for several years.

According to him, the policy would bring huge economic benefits, boosting the economy with new labour and saving the taxpayer a fortune spent trying to keep migrants out.

He said UKIP did not entirely share his views. “I was a little bit naive with regard to some of their other policies, as they’ve bolted some on, and those don’t represent me.”

“That for me is where I draw the line, but with regard to the main core party view, which is to leave the EU, UKIP were the only party saying that, which is why I joined.”

Singh plans to contest in the next elections and hopes to attract some like-minded people to join his party and support him.

The 38-year-old made headlines during the British general elections campaign by waving at thousands of cars a day passing through the busy Scott Arms junction in Great Barr.

He finished third behind Labour Party MP Khalid Mahmood and Conservative candidate Charlotte Hodivala.

His unusual campaigning style secured 5,032 votes, which was an improvement on UKIP’s previous performance in the Perry Barr constituency. (IANS), (image courtesy: expressandstar.com)

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15,000 retiring Indian-origin British doctors to be brought back to India


Bengaluru: The Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) on Saturday said it was planning to bring 15,000 retiring Indian-origin doctors from Britain to provide expertise to short-staffed medical institutions in India.

“With huge shortage of doctors in India, we are trying to bring in services of about 15,000 retiring doctors from the United Kingdom to provide their expertise to the short-staffed medical institutions across the country,” Ramesh Mehta, president of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), said in a statement.

Mehta, who is also the vice president of GAPIO, said that out of the 1.2 million Indian doctors working across the globe, 50,000 work in Britain.

Non-profit organisation GAPIO calls Indian-origin doctors to interact and share their learning with each other annually at its conference.

The first day of the two-day event featured talks on “Changing trends in the management of Type 2 diabetes”, “Antibiotic abuse and how to minimise it”, “Advances in IVF treatment”, and “Progress in minimal invasive surgery in Gynaecology” among others.

Nearly 500 doctors are participating in the 2016 GAPIO international conference that will end on Sunday.

Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister Anant Kumar will release a special postal cover during the conference, the statement added. (IANS)