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Progress made towards becoming carbon neutral by 2025

Tower Hamlets Council has achieved an 18 per cent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions compared to last year as its drive to become carbon neutral by 2025 continues. Progress has been tracked as part of a carbon management plan, which commits the council to a 60 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020, potentially saving more than £2 ...

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£2.7 million funding boost for 50 community bidders to improve people’s lives

  Applications worth £10 million received for a £2.7m funding pot. Over 50 local community groups take a share of the Tower Hamlets Local Community Fund. Council commits to dedicated community funding, which many others have ended. Recognition of the dedication and commitment of local organisations to serve the community. The scheme will start to deliver from later in the ...

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From Watney Market to the world wide web – council helps retailers make the most of online marketing

  Traders and shop owners in Tower Hamlets are taking their traditional sales technique online in an effort to attract new customers. Over the past three months, the council’s high streets and town centres team has arranged for 16 businesses in Watney Market to take part in social media and online marketing training. The programme, delivered by Social Streets, saw ...

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Bangladesh is working hard to promote communal harmony

Ansar Ahmed Ullah: Bangladesh government is working hard to promote communal harmony said Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P. Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs to a delegation from the UK based Secular Bangladesh Movement UK (SBM UK) on 2 August at a venue in central London. The SBM UK delegation led by its President Pushpita Gupta & comprising Advisor Nooruddin Ahmed, ...

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Failure to protect are the main reasons why Hindus are leaving Bangladesh

    Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   A UK based organisation Campaign for the Protection of Religious Minorities in Bangladesh (CPRMB) sighted those reasons for the exodus of Hindus from Bangladesh over the years. In a memorandum address to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is currently in the UK, it said recently there has been a huge uproar in the ...

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Kids’ grand designs on tackling plastic waste in Roman Road

Students at four schools have been creating a series of designs to be used on reusable bags to help reduce the use of plastic shopping bags in Roman Road. The council and community group Plastic Free Roman Road partnered up for the ‘borrow-a-bag’ scheme, which will see businesses handing out upcycled fabric bags made by members of the public for ...

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Tower Hamlets Labour sets out ambitious plan to tackle air pollution

At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council last week, councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of an ambitious plan to clean up our air and help tackle climate change. The plan, set out in a council motion, lists actions that the council will take to tackle air pollution over the coming months and years. The motion builds on a decision taken ...

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Thousands of free holiday meals offered to children

More than 21,000 free meals will be given to children at council funded school holiday activity venues this summer to tackle some of the pressures families face during the school holiday period when free school meals are unavailable. With over a third of school pupils in Tower Hamlets eligible for free school meals, food poverty is a large and growing problem ...

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UEL architecture graduate wins prestigious architecture award

  Charlotte Harris, a University of East London (UEL) graduate who is now a lecturer in the University’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE), has won a prestigious architecture award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). HASA Architects, of which Ms Harris is a founding director, have won a London Regional Award for their Highgate Bowl project, which involves the transformation ...

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Wendy Matthews OBE tells graduates: communication is the key to success

  Wendy, speaking at UEL’s graduation ceremony on 18 July, stressed how important it is to work together. “As you go forward from today into your chosen areas of work, always remember to support one another, look after each other, work collaboratively, embrace diversity and check in frequently with one another.” Shabir Randeree, chancellor of UEL, conferred the title of ...

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