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Budget 2015: “Walking tall again”

Bangla Mirror Desk: The chancellor claimed Britain was “walking tall again” after five years ofausterity while announcing the budget 2015 which has been dubbed as budget for savers.He also cut 1p from beer duty, 2% from cider and whisky and froze fuel andwine duty. Cigarettes will go up by 16p a pack as earlier planned.However, Labour leader Ed Miliband said ...

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Bangladesh High Commission observes Bangabandhu’s 95th birthday

Bangla Mirror Desk: Bangladesh High Commission in London organised a special event to observe Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 95th Birthday and National Children’s Day 2015. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK, Md Abdul Hannan started the day with placing wreaths at  the photo of Bangbandhu.  Messages from the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary were then read out to the ...

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UK to ease visa for business travelers

The UK Home Office has declared sweeping changes to the country’s visa system to attract greater foreign investment, reducing red tape and cutting down processing times. The reforms will reduce the number of visa types available to foreign business travelers and performing artists from 15 to four from April this year. The changes will allow business travelers to take a ...

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Syria-bound UK teens stopped in Turkey released on bail

Three young British men who were stopped from travelling to Syria from Turkey and arrested have been released on bail, the Metropolitan Police says. The three teenagers, two aged 17 and one 19, from north-west London were flown back to the UK on Saturday night. They were arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts and have been bailed pending further ...

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Three London teenagers arrested as they tried to travel to Syria

Three London teenagers who are believed to have been on their way to Syria have been arrested. One man, 19, and two boys aged 17, were held by officials in Turkey before being returned to the UK, according to Metropolitan Police.Scotland Yard revealed that the trio, all from north-west London, had been arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.Counter ...

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Tower Hamlets launches recruitment campaign for more foster carers

Tower Hamlets Council has today (Monday, March 2) launched a high-profile campaign to find more foster carers for children. For the next two weeks the council will be advertising across eight boroughs in East London. The adverts focus on the fun side of raising foster children. They feature images of Tower Hamlets foster carers in fancy dress with the tagline, ...

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UK votes to ban cigarette pack branding

Bangla Mirror Desk: Britain’s parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country’s $29 billion (19.43 billion pounds) tobacco industry. Aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, the measure is likely to crimp tobacco company profits and emulates Australia, which in 2012 enacted a ...

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Bangladeshi man shot dead

Bangla Mirror Desk: A Bangladeshi man has died after being shot in what police believe is a “targeted attack”.  Police say an ambulance was called to a shop on Markham Avenue where a man had gunshot injuries. They  believe he might have been shot in his car and then gone to the shop for help.  Five persons were  arrested including ...

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Campaign launched to make 7th March National day

By A Shahid 7th March should become an official National day and declared a public holiday in Bangladesh says a new initiative, which is spearheaded by a social research company, based in Bow Tower Hamlets. Agroni Social research is currently working on a groundbreaking socio educational study focusing on the significance of the famous speech given by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ...

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£70 billion of Tory spending cuts will put NHS at risk – Ed Balls

Conservative spending plans will mean £70 billion of cuts to public spending if the Tories win the election – more than double the amount admitted to by David Cameron and George Osborne – an analysis by Labour exposes today.  In a major speech in central London, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said that the unprecedented and extreme scale of these ...

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