Kunal Dutta

Kunal Dutta is a news writer and reporter. He has written for The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, Independent Voices and More Intelligent Life.

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Britain’s five richest families worth as much as poorest 20 per cent, says Oxfam

The UK’s five richest families have accumulated more wealth than the whole of the bottom 20 per cent of the population, with the gap between rich and poor continuing to grow, according to research published today.

Nearly 4,000 senior nursing posts have been cut since the Coalition came to power

Cull of the matrons: thousands of senior nursing posts axed

The NHS is experiencing a “dangerous drain of experience and skills” with nearly 4,000 senior nursing posts cut since the Coalition came to power, a new report warns.

A minute amount of money is being used to combat childhood obesity, despite it being a top health priority, according to new figures

Less than 1% of public health budget is used to treat obesity in children

Only 2.5 per cent of local council budgets are used to treat adult obesity

Inspectors said Medway NHS Foundation Trust was in a 'crisis situation'

Blood-stained walls among a litany of ills at ‘crisis’ hospital

A hospital trust already placed in special measures and given three warnings over standards of maternity care is in a “crisis situation” according to inspectors, whose latest visit found blood-stained walls, severe overcrowding and a catalogue of potentially life-threatening practices.

Atena Yazdi as she appears in the BBC Panorama programme Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain?

'I blame UK Government' says wife of Anglo-Iranian Abbas Yazdi who disappeared in Dubai

The wife of an Anglo-Iranian citizen who disappeared in Dubai and is feared to have been taken to Iran and murdered has blamed British authorities of “putting his life in danger”.

Casting directors were looking for actors who could play an ‘orphaned boy living in a world of fantasy and dreams’

Peter Pan: Auditions held for the role that never grows old

Casting call for latest big-screen version of ‘Peter Pan’ draws hundreds of child actor hopefuls

Kercher's sister, Stephanie Kercher (L) and brother Lyle Kercher speak during a press conference in Florence, 2014

Meredith Kercher murder: 'Difficult to keep her memory alive in all this,' say family

The family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher has launched an impassioned plea for her memory to be honoured, claiming that the legacy of Kercher, who was murdered in 2007, is being drowned by the media storm surrounding convicted American student Amanda Knox.

Nobel prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs says that the working on the 'God Particle' saved his life

Working on the 'God particle' saved my life, says Peter Higgs

The Nobel prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs has described the fame he has endured since the discovery of his “God particle” as “a bit of a nuisance” – but admitted that it his was his work that “kept him alive” during the breakdown of his marriage.

Natalie Hynde with Simon Medhurst at the anti-fracking demonstration last July

Hynde 'superglued herself to protester' in anti-fracking blockade, court hears

Natalie Hynde, the daughter of The Kinks singer Ray Davies and The Pretenders’ star Chrissie Hynde, superglued herself to a protester during an anti-fracking demonstration, a court heard on Tuesday.

Theresa May said the discovery was of “grave concern”

Student visas acquired by ‘fraud’ - as undercover footage shows invigilator reading out the answers

Theresa May describes the findings as a matter of 'grave concern'

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
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Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
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The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn