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100,000 people vaccinated in Tower Hamlets

100,000 residents in Tower Hamlets have now received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in a landmark achievement for the council and its health partners in the borough.  The milestone was met on 9 May and more than 80 per cent of residents in vaccine priority groups one to five have now had their first dose. More than 30,000 ...

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Islamic Relief UK and Newham community project distribute 500 food packs to international students in London who are struggling financially during Covid-19

On Saturday 8 May, Islamic Relief UK partnered with Newham Community Project food bank to provide 500 food packs to international students and their families in London, who have been struggling financially during Covid-19. Food packs with big portions of items such as tinned tomatoes, chickpeas, lentils, tea bags and biscuits were given to over 700 students and nearly 70 ...

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ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE ANNOUNCES WASEEM AHMAD AS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  Waseem Ahmad has been appointed as the new CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW).  Waseem is currently the Director of IRW’s International Programmes Division, managing the design and delivery of the organisation’s global humanitarian and development work. Last year this work provided vital support to 9.5 million people in more than 40 countries – including life-saving aid for people affected by humanitarian crises; transformative water and ...

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“The Fast of Ramadan, Covid-19 pandemic: A Reflection

By Khaled Noor:     The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting during Ramadan is obligatory for every Muslim of full age who is mentally and physically fit. There are some exceptions, such as those who are travelling. The month of Ramadan has special significant in the Islamic calendar, as it is the month ...

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NEWHAM DECIDES: THE RESULTS MAY 6 2021 ELECTION GOVERNANCE REFERENDUM

  In the referendum on the future governance of Newham, voters have elected to retain the Directly Elected Mayor model. Newham residents had been offered a straight choice between the current model, where the Mayor is elected directly by the people and the Committee Model, where councillors elect the Mayor. The votes were as follows: Directly Elected Mayor model – ...

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Muslims navigate curbs during another pandemic Ramadan and Eid

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Muslims around the world will be celebrating Ramadan in the midst of a pandemic for the second year in a row.The spread of Covid-19 has impacted much of the world’s population, with governments imposing lockdowns and strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.While many have found ways to adapt to the new normal ...

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Poplar and Limehouse MP on Today’s Fire at New Providence Wharf

  Labour MP Apsana Begum said: “For years now, constituents at New Providence Wharf, where there are 1,500 apartments have been left vulnerable and unsafe due to numerous fire safety and building safety defects and the fact that ACM cladding remains on these buildings. “The fire this morning shows just how serious this issue is and why constituents have been ...

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Virtual panel discussion and film screening

Residents, community leaders, faith groups and voluntary organisations are invited to a virtual event to commemorate the life of Altab Ali, who was killed in a racist attack in 1978. Tower Hamlets Council will host a virtual film screening and live online panel discussion and Q&A session from 6 – 7.15pm on Tuesday 4 May. Altab, a 25-year old garment factory ...

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MPF calls for Muslims to take care when giving to charity

29th April 2021 Muslims in the UK will donate over £100 million to charitable and humanitarian causes during the Blessed Month of Ramadan this year. Donations go to those in need in the UK, but also to Muslim communities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and to persecuted Muslims all over the world. The Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) urges ...

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Coronavirus Second Wave is worrying, people need to be extra cautious

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   This was as true during the first nationwide lockdown last year as it is on the eve of the second, discounting the recent farce of a lockdown imposed on April 5. What will happen to the poor and marginalised when the all-out, lockdown goes into effect and they are forced to stay indoors and wait ...

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