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Memorandum to Sheikh Hasina to extradite all war criminals from the UK

On 17 August 2020 a three member UK Nirmul Committee team comprising of Syed Enamul Islam, Vice Chair, Harmuz Ali, Vice Chair and Jamal Ahmed Khan, General Secretary went to see Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to the UK, Saida Muna Tasneem at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kensington to hand over a memorandum addressed to Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of ...

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Time running out for private renters as eviction ban ends this week and Universal Credit claims soar

  The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has made a last-ditch appeal to the Government to bring in additional protections for private renters before the eviction ban is lifted at the end of this week (23rd August). Although the Scottish and Welsh governments have moved to increase protections for private renters, there have been no such plans from Westminster despite ...

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Mayor slams Government over plans to scrap Public Health England during a pandemic

  The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has branded the Government’s decision to scrap Public Health England (PHE) during the Covid-19 pandemic as ‘irresponsible and astonishing’. The Government’s plans, first announced in a Sunday newspaper, will see the ex-boss of the TalkTalk mobile phone company Dido Harding take control of a new agency called the ‘National Institute for Health Protection’ (NIHP). ...

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Pedestrian zones clear the way for outdoor dining on Brick Lane

  Parts of Brick Lane will be temporarily pedestrianised next week to provide safe spacing for walking and outdoor seating for restaurant customers. The temporary closure is being delivered by Tower Hamlets Council using funding from the Department for Transport. From Thursday 27 August, sections of the iconic street will be closed to vehicles to promote social distancing while providing a timely boost to restaurants facing some of the ...

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Bangladesh has many success stories to tell globally: Minister

Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury has said Bangladesh would have achieved higher growth much earlier if Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur were alive. However, he said, Bangabandhu’s killing could not deter the progress of Bangladesh as his visionary daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the country to an unprecedented height of development. “Now, Bangladesh has many success stories ...

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Council services prepared for Unison’s third round of strike action

    Measures in place to ensure our residents and businesses remain supported Previous three-day strike featured no more than 15% of workforce and services were not affected. Strike follows Unison’s reluctance to reach collective agreement for 18 months Tower Hamlets Council is prepared for a third round of three consecutive days (13th, 14th, 17th August) of strike action by Unison ...

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Mayor calls for government to step in to ‘save our sports’

Mayor John Biggs has written to the Prime Minister calling for the government to step in to ‘save our sports’ and provide a financial lifeline for council gyms and leisure centres. During the lockdown gyms and leisure facilities, which are operated in Tower Hamlets by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) under the ‘Better’ brand, were closed in line with government advice ...

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Faruque Ahmed’s latest book on Bengali settlement is out on Kindle

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   Migration of Bengalis from South Asia to the outside world started with taking up jobs as lascars (sailors) in the British East India Company’s ships which carried precious goods from the Indian subcontinent, such as spice, tea and cotton. In addition, from the second half of the nineteenth century, Bengali educated and wealthy gentlemen began travelling to England ...

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