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London Mission launches ‘Bangabandhu-Edward Heath Friendship Award’

Bangladesh High Commission in London had commemorated the 50th anniversary of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s maiden visit to the United Kingdom at a high-profile event titled “Bangabandhu in Britain: The Historic January” 8 where British ministers, cross-party senior parliamentarians, diplomats, academics and eminent members of the British-Bangladeshi community paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu and highlighted diplomatic ...

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Shahreen Selim gets MBE and Mohammad Afroz gets BEM

Muhammed Shahed Rahman : Prior to writing this report, two British Bengalis were reported to have received these awards from the Queen. Shahreen Selim gets MBE : Every year, on her birthday and in the New Year, the Queen awards people for their contributions in various fields of society. This year, Shahreen Selim Ripon has received the title of ‘MBE’ ...

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Essex baby given £1.79m drug has new lease of life

A baby who received the world’s most expensive drug has got a new lease of life, his mother said. One-year-old Edward, from Colchester, Essex, has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) which means he lacks a protein vital for muscle development. He was given the new gene therapy Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m, through the NHS in August. Megan Willis said her son ...

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Prof Saleemul Huq wins Order of the British Empire for climate fight

The UK has awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honour to Professor Saleemul Huq for his work to combat climate change in Bangladesh and build climate expertise in Bangladesh, in the UK, and around the globe. Prof Huq has dedicated his professional life to helping developing countries and vulnerable communities adapt to the impacts of ...

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Omicron dampens worldwide New Year celebrations, but London throws party on TV

The Omicron coronavirus variant dampened New Year festivities around much of the world, as cities from Paris to Kuala Lumpur cancelled civic celebrations, but London threw a last-minute party on television and Cape Town suddenly lifted a longstanding curfew. The midnight hour passed in Paris without a planned fireworks display or DJ sets, as city officials cancelled events planned on ...

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Abul Lais Shyamal’s “Bangladesh 50” photo album unveiled in London

Muhammed Shahed Rahman : On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Victory of Bangladesh and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the unveiling of photographer Abul Lais Shyamal’s “Bangladesh 50” album was held on 22 December in a community venue in East London organised by the London based Swadhinata Trust. Chief guest Cllr Ahbab Hossain, Speaker ...

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DEC Afghanistan Crisis Appeal raises £9.5 million in first 24 hours as well-known figures urge public to “act fast” 

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for desperate Afghan families facing extreme hunger this winter has raised £9.5 million in its first 24 hours. With donations still coming in, high profile supporters including Gillian Anderson have called on the public to act quickly so that urgent humanitarian aid can reach those who need it most.   Afghanistan is heading for catastrophe this winter. More ...

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The inner-city London borough with some of the nation’s best schools

* Seven schools from Tower Hamlets in the nation’s top 500 Seven schools from the inner-city London borough of Tower Hamlets have been named in the nation’s top 500 schools by Parent Power Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times on Sunday 5 December. The twenty-ninth edition of Parent Power identified the 1,600 highest-achieving state and independent schools in the ...

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Artist Mukta Chakraborty’s paintings on display at exhibition Five 50

Ansar Ahmed Ullah :   London Borough of Tower Hamlet has arranged a week-long art exhibition, starting from the 9th of December, celebrating the 50th year of Independence of Bangladesh along with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Victory Day. Nine paintings by British Bengali artist Mukta Chakraborty, would be showcased in the exhibition, known as Five:50, taking place in the ...

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Tulip Siddiq appointed as UK’s shadow economic secretary

Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, a member of British parliament and granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been appointed as the shadow economic secretary of the United Kingdom (UK). “After nearly six years as shadow early years minister, I’m pleased to be taking on the role of shadow economic secretary to the treasury (city minister),” Tulip said ...

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