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Bangla language, sacrifice for its recognition and ‘International Mother Language Day’

Barrister Nazir Ahmed Bangla is the state language of Bangladesh – more than 155 million people of Bangladesh speak Bangla.  It is the mother tongue of almost all people of Bangladeshi origin.  Although Bangla is one of the 23 official languages recognised by the Republic of India, it is the official language of the states [...]

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More than 60 people have graduated from parenting courses in Tower Hamlets

In a ceremony at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, on Tuesday (December 17), the Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Lesley Pavitt, presented certificates to the adults in recognition of their achievements. The recipients have completed various programmes aimed at helping them improve their parenting skills and better engage with their children. The programmes, including Strengthening [...]

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Thousands turn up for a glittering night of fireworks

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Tower Hamlets Council lit up the sky with its annual firework display at Weavers Fields on Sunday, November 3. The display gave residents of all generations the chance to absorb the burst of colours complimented by the spectacular flames and vibrant soundtracks. A playlist of popular superhero theme tunes captivated the crowd as the sky [...]

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Work on mataf stepped up with addition of 8,000 more workers

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The number of workers to expand mataf (the circumambulation areas around the Holy Ka’aba in Makkah) will be increased to about 8,000. The project began with 4,000 workers, Abdul Mohsen Al-Hamid, director of projects and studies at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques told Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper. He said this was [...]

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$388m IDB loans to boost Egypt economy

Islamic Development Bank President Ahmed Muhammad Ali has signed a number of loan agreements worth more than $388 million with Egyptian officials. IDB will give $250 million to finance a 1,950-megawatt electricity station in the country’s south, an official statement said. The new power plant will eventually be linked to Egypt’s national electricity grid with [...]

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United Airways received ‘Most Respected Company Award-2012’ in Aviation Sector

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United Airways (BD) Limited has received “Business Asia Most Respected Company Award-2012” for best aviation company of the year in the aviation sector for contributions to the growth of the domestic, regional and International routes. Sr. Advisor Mr. Syed Abdul Muqtadir of United Airways (BD) Limited received the award on behalf of the company from [...]

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UK delegation visits Jeddah

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British training and education organizations visited Jeddah to assess opportunities for developing new educational partnerships. Led by the UK trade and investment section at the British Consulate in Jeddah and the Training Gateway, they spent 2 days meeting with key public and private sector organizations. The organizations which were represented at the meetings offered a [...]

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Indian group to train Saudis

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Saudi businessmen of various business backgrounds intend to promote Saudi-Indian business relations, said Dr. Ghazi Binzagr, prominent business personality and President of the Saudi-Indian Business Network (SIBN). Speaking of a weeklong visit to India by a Saudi business delegation at a press conference at the Indian Consulate yesterday, Binzagr said that the private sector plays [...]

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King calls on scholars to follow Qur’an, Sunnah on new issues

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has called upon Muslim scholars to give their opinion on contemporary issues in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah. “Islam is capable of accommodating new changes on the lives of Muslims. This is a great blessing from God. It’s a religion of progress and development,” the [...]

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The Brotherhood and Mubarak

The story of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its emergence into the political arena after decades of suppression. For years the Muslim Brotherhood was officially banned by Egypt’s government, but following the 2011 revolution, the fall of Hosni Mubarak and the country’s first free parliamentary elections, the Brotherhood – with its political arm, the Freedom and [...]

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First ever South Asian Carrier’s Meet began today at Radisson Hotel

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“Government is to extend 3G facilities for the private mobile phone operators as well in the country”. This was said by Advocate Shahara Khatun, Post and Telecommunication minister today at the two-day South Asian Carriers’ Meet (SACM) 2012, a unique platform to meet wholesale telecom carriers, interconnect exchange operators, sub-sea and terrestrial cable operators and [...]

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Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement

Farid Ahmed Reza: Introduction: For decades educational researchers have been exploring how to raise the achievement of ethnic minority children. It is noted that in the UK the number of ethnic minority pupils in schools is increasing. It is a challenging task for schools and education authorities to provide appropriate learning opportunities for EAL pupils [...]

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Improving Community Faith Buildings in Tower Hamlets

Well maintained community faith buildings are vital in supporting Tower Hamlets’ vibrant and cohesive communities. Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s Community Faith Buildings Support Scheme (CFBSS) is a new programme offering grants of up to £300,000 towards the repair, adaptation and improvement of community faith buildings used by residents. Three different types of grant are available and [...]

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Deadline extended for the Voluntary and Community Sector strategy

Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups now have more time to give their views on the draft Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) strategy. Drafted in consultation with local organisations, the VCS strategy will guide the work of Tower Hamlets’ thriving voluntary and community sector from April 2013. The deadline for comments on the draft strategy [...]

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Gaddafi children transferred to third Arab country amidst official silence

By Khaled Mahmoud: Well-informed Libyan sources revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council [NTC] had concluded a “secret” agreement with Gaddafi’s widow, Safia Farkash, to allow her to return to her hometown in the Libyan city of el-Bayda under the protection of Libyan authorities. This confirms previous news [...]

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