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MCB’s One-day Conference on Terrorism and
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 25/11/2015

Extremism: How Should British Muslims Respond? Dr. Mozammel Haque Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools, organised a one-day conference on ‘Terrorism and Extremism: How should British Muslims respond?’ held at Regent Hall, Salvation Army, London, on Thursday, 12th of November, 2015. “This conference is organised to explore the i

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Tower Hamlets: a victory for democracy or a neocolonial coup?
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 23/06/2015

PAUL THOMPSON 23 June 2015 The ousting of Lutfur Rahman suggests that we expect different levels of behaviour from Bangadeshi politicians and those of the general white British political culture.  Flickr/Alan Denney. Some rights reserved. Now the general election is over, it’s worthwhile trying to understand the nature of political consent in Britain by looking into recent events in Tower Hamlets. In late 2014, Eric Pickles, then communities secretary, too

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Tower Hamlets election: New mayor John Biggs vows to clean up rotten borough following Lutfur Rahman scandal
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 13/06/2015

 Victor: John Biggs with Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali (Picture: Nigel Howard)   MATT WATTS, ï»¿JOSEPH WATTS, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT ï»¿ Updated: 11:06, 12 June 2015Published: 12 June 2015  He defeated his rival Rabina Khan following a bitterly fought campaign, marred by fresh claims of malpractice and a police investigation. New Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs today vowed to clean up the scandal-hit London borough after clinching a dra

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Tower Hamlets mayoral election re-run hit by claims of irregularities
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

Police assesses allegations of harvesting of postal votes, use of ‘ghost’ voters and improper distribution of election literature  Rabina Khan canvassing in her campaign to become Tower Hamlets mayor. Photograph: LNP/Rex Shutterstock  The election of a new mayor for Tower Hamlets, prompted by the ejection of the last incumbent for widespread fraud, is already the subject of 16 separate allegations of electoral irregularities, police have confirmed. Four days before vote

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Nerves and defiance in re-run Tower Hamlets mayoral race
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

Lutfur Rahman protege and independent candidate Rabina Khan is mounting a determined challenge to Labour’s experienced and able John Biggs     Rabina Khan address a rally in Tower Hamlets. Photograph: Dave Hill  ï»¿ï»¿ You’ll have heard of Lutfur Rahman. He’s the now former mayor of Tower Hamlets who was heaved out of the Town Hall six weeks ago after a legal judgement found that his unexpected victory at last May’s mayoral election had been tain

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Lutfur Rahman is toast. But picking up the pieces in Tower Hamlets will be hard
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

The troubled borough has been portrayed as a hotbed of villains and fanatics, and changing that will be no easy task for the next mayor  'Richard Mawrey QC slams Rahman as an evasive witness of ruthless ambition and a shameless player of the race card to silence opponents.' Photograph: Graeme Robertson  And so, after five years of allegations, investigations and complaints, Lutfur Rahman, the East End politician who defied the might of the Labour party that forsook him, the int

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After the scandal, what next for Tower Hamlets and Lutfur Rahman?
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

With the disgraced mayor ousted from power, Juliet Conway explains what happens before and after the new mayoral election on 11 June  Former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of bribery and corruption by the High Court. Photograph: Graeme Robertson    How does a council bounce back after its mayor is ousted from office? In the wake of Lutfur Rahman being found guilty of multiple corruption allegations by the high court, we look at what this means

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Lord Sheikh on Muslims, Extremism and Islam
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

Dr. Mozammel Haque   Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom delivered a speech in the House of Lords in which Her Majesty said that measures will be brought forward to promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism. There was discussion and debate on this speech at the House of Lords. Lord Sheikh and Lord Ahmed among others participated in this debate and discussion. I had the opportunity to interview Lord Sheikh on Islam, Muslims and Extremism. Lord

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It's not just the police - the whole of British society is institutionally racist, claims Britain's top officer
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

  Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said force must take racist allegations on the chin Argued judiciary, media and government all lack ethnic minority numbers Voiced his opinions at screening of new fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary Series is the work of film-makers given unprecedented access to the Met for 12 months until September last year     By CHRIS GREENWOOD, CRIME CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 18:03, 5 June 2015 | UPDATED: 20:18, 5 Ju

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Bangladesh-India joint declaration
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

Joint Declaration between Bangladesh and India during Visit of Prime Minister of India to Bangladesh "Notun Projonmo – Nayi Disha" June 07, 2015 1. At the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, paid a State visit to Bangladesh from 6-7June 2015. 2. During the visit, Prime Minister of India called on H.E. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid, Hon&r

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Tower Hamlets: the rise and fall of Lutfur Rahman
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/06/2015

As the London East End borough prepares for its re-run mayoral election, what really explains the rise to power of the man who was removed from the Town Hall by the courts two months ago? Lutfur Rahman and supporters at his 2010 mayoral election victory in York Hall, Bethnal Green. Photograph: Nigel Howard/Associated News/Rex   Last spring, in a rare break from its love affair with Nigel Farage, Britain’s political media turned their gaze to London’s East End. Like th

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Is it one rule for the Hindus and another for the Muslims?
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

Giles Fraser The different responses to a political endorsement from a Hindu leader and from imams show the UK’s law of undue spiritual influence is not consistently applied   David Cameron takes part in a ceremony at a Hindu temple. ‘The Conservative Friends of India even rewarded him with his own campaign song in Hindi.’ Photograph: Alastair Grant/Reuters  She describes her job as “to carry the hopes and aspirations of thousands of Hindu families

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Record numbers of female and minority-ethnic MPs in new House of Commons
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

Nearly a third of Commons now female and number of minority-ethnic MPs has doubled but Oxbridge still dominates choice of university and average age rises  Nearly a third of Commons now female and number of minority-ethnic MPs has doubled but Oxbridge still dominates choice of university and average age rises The new House of Commons will be more diverse than ever before, with more women and more minority-ethnic MPs than in any previous parliament. However, there is now no

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The Importance of Civil Society Organisations in National Conversation
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

Posted: 06/05/2015 11:56 BST Updated: 06/05/2015 11:59 BST Britain's leading civil society organisation, Citizens UK (CUK), hosted a large assembly in Westminster Central Hall recently ahead of the general election on May 7. In the presence of over 2,200 representatives from across the country, leaders from the three main Westminster parties answered a series of questions pertaining to four key areas of the CUK Manifesto. This year's general election, with a ve

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Why are the Conservatives ignoring the Muslim vote? - See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/turning-its-back-muslims-britains-conservatives-take-major-gamble-1352715168#sthash.Kp70PzcI.dpuf
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

Friday 1 May 2015 10:56 BST One of Britain’s leading political commentators excoriates the British party for turning its back on Muslims At the Conservative Party conference in Manchester 18 months ago, I was invited to chair a fringe meeting aimed at boosting Muslim participation in British politics. Sufyan Ismail, a successful businessman, made an eloquent presentation. He made the case that Muslims are naturally Conservative: hard-working, family-minded p

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Tower Hamlets: Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs on the East End, Lutfur Rahman and 'outward-looking politics'
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

The main challenger to the East End's independent mayor makes a trenchant yet measured case against the way the Town Hall in distinctive part of London has been run              John Biggs is Labour candidate to be mayor of Tower Hamlets, 2014 Dave Hill/Guardian   The first time Tower Hamlets voted for an executive mayor, in October 2010, theLabour candidate Helal Abbas was heavily defeated by his independent rival Lutfur Rahman. This time

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Campaigner who took Rahman to court plans legal action over former Tower Hamlets First councillors
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

    May 22, 2015 | Posted by: Katharina Schöffmann | Azmal Hussain seeks to suspend 17 Tower Hamlets councillors. Pic: Katharina Schöffmann Seventeen councillors from the disbarred Tower Hamlets First party are now facing a new legal challenge. One of the petitioners who launched the successful claim in the Electoral Court against Luftur Rahman, now wants to sue the Electoral Commission for not suspending the 17 councillors, who were elected in the&nbs

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Ten hopefuls line up in race for Mayor
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

 Ten hopefuls line up in race for Mayor Twenty-four hours after nominations closed, Tower Hamlets Council has announced the list of candidate in the coming election for mayor of Tower Hamlets. The leading two contenders are Cllr Rabina Khan and John Biggs AM. Cllr Khan has been Cabinet Member for Housing throughout Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s Administration and is recognised by many residents on social housing estates as a determined campaigner for tenants and leaseholder alike. John Big

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Is this the man who can halt the Labour shoo-in?
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 31/05/2015

Glyn Robins (right) with Mayor Lutfur Rahman and the Rev. Alan Green - out demonstrating against the EDL.  Is this the man who can halt the Labour shoo-in?   Are we on the brink of another Labour upset? Three weeks ago it seemed self-evident that the borough’s sitting Labour MPs would walk through to victory at the General Election. That was before the election court verdict in the case against Mayor Lutfur Rahman. Labour candidate Rushanara Ali seems reluctant to commen

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British Muslims and the UK General Elections 2015
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 26/05/2015

Dr. Mozammel Haque,   UK’s 2015 General elections is historic in so many respects. A number of histories has been made in this election, particularly with respect to Britain’s Muslim politics. Britain’s political landscape was transformed as David Cameron won the landslide victory by securing the first Conservative working majority since 1992 and forcing three of his rival party leaders to resign in the space of two hours. With the Conservatives winning an overall majo

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Community mobilised on unprecedented level
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 19/05/2015

Next week marks the 37th anniversary of the shocking racist murder of Altab Ali in May 1978. The late seventies are unceremoniously remembered for a number of high profile racial murders.  Tossir Ali was killed in the late 60s.  Ishaque Ali’s murder came within weeks in neighbouring borough Hackney. There were many non-Bengalis killed during those dark years. Teenager Gurdep Singh Chaggar or Blaire Peach defending Southall Asians against skinheads but the murder of Altab Ali in o

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Why I’m standing: Rabina
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 12/05/2015

London’s East End is full of people with a wealth of experience and ideas to change both their lives and the world, and yet most of them feel – and are – locked out of politics. In Tower Hamlets we’ve gone through the years being told what to do by Westminster (with our elections overturned and Commissioners being installed to run parts of the borough) while our local political class have lost touch with what it means to represent people. They’ve spoken for residen

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Tory donor dubbed 'King Prawn' gives party £12,000 - then claims it on expenses
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 08/02/2015

Multi-millionaire Iqbal Ahmed made a £12,000 donation to Conservatives He tried to claim money from British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce Mr Ahmed appointed to think tank by George Osborne after £14,000 gift He has estimated £90m fortune from Seamark - known for 'quality shrimps' By SIMON WALTERS and GLEN OWEN FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY PUBLISHED: 22:14, 7 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:00, 8 February 2015 A multi-millionaire Tory backer known as 'King Prawn' has become embroiled in an embarrassing row after trying to claim a £12,000 donation to the party on expenses.   Frozen food entrepreneur Iqbal Ahmed, appointed to a think tank by George Osborne after a separate donation to the Chancellor, tried to obtain the

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The badshah of Tower Hamlets
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 14/11/2014

 Bagehot The badshah of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman’s effort to import South Asian political ways to London is doomed Nov 15th 2014 | From the print edition SO PACKED was the East London Mosque on a recent Friday that the worshippers, mostly of the ethnic Bangladeshi community that has colonised the East End, spilled onto the narrow pavement of Whitechapel Road. There they performed the slow callisthenics of Muslim devotion, kneeling on scraps of newspaper or on the damp concrete while passers-by slalomed between them. Breaking stride, these Cockney pedestrians wore expressions of restrained bafflement or irritation. The scene said a lot about the generally polite, yet stark, polarisation of the communities in London’s multicultural East End. It was also evi

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Gough Whitlam and Bangladesh
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 29/10/2014

By Barrister Harun ur Rashid FORMER Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change, died in Sydney on October 21, aged 98. He was prime minister from 1972 to 1975. Australia was the first Western country to recognise Bangladesh (January 31, 1972).  Relations with Australia started on a very positive note. Australia's first High Commissioner to Bangladesh, James Allen, could speak Bengali. That gesture demonstrated the Au

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Tower Hamlets Taliban: Death threats to women who don't wear veils. Gays attacked in the streets. And all in a borough at the heart of Britain's capital...
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

By TOM RAWSTORNE 
UPDATED: 16:40, 13 May 2011    His promise to turn last month’s Royal Wedding into a ‘nightmare’ may not have materialised — but that won’t stop Richard Dart from peddling his views about Britain’s monarchy online. ‘Prince William, Prince Harry and the Queen of England are guilty of funding and supporting the terrorist attacks that take place in Muslim lands,’ he says adamantly in an internet video broadcast. A B

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Tower Hamlets spent £37k on lawyers over Panorama on Lutfur Rahman
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

  Mayor Lutfur Rahman   Adam Barnett, Reporter Tuesday, April 29, 2014 
5:29 PM EXCLUSIVE: Tower Hamlets Council spent almost £37,000 of public money on legal advice over a Panorama investigation into Mayor Lutfur Rahman, the Advertiser can reveal. Panorama timeline January Researcher leaves Panorama after four days with confidential documents Early March Taylor Wessing sends dossier of leaks to BBC on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council BBC refers leak to Information

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Tower Hamlets goes to the polls amid accusations of electoral fraud
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

Britain's first elected Asian mayor Lutfur Rahman seeks return to office fighting claims he used council funds improperly The Guardian, Wednesday 21 May 2014 10.01 BST Lutfur Rahman faces claims his administration sought to gain votes with grants to Bangladeshi and Somali-led organisations. Photograph: Graeme Robertson Tower Hamlets, the east London borough that borders the City and the Thames and includes Canary Wharf, will choose its directly next elected mayor against a tense backdrop o

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Lutfur Rahman: an election Labour chose to lose
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: May 24th, 2014 Lutfur Rahman, the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets, narrowly won re-election last night – by 52 per cent to 48 after second preferences – with the help of a repertoire of tactics for which the borough has become notorious. Promises of a police presence at every polling station were not kept, at least for the whole of the day, and even where police were present they were often ineffectual. Large and intimidating groups

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Lutfur Rahman: a defence based on lies
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: June 2nd, 2014 I’ve been marvelling at last week’s Guardian article by Richard Seymour and Ashok Kumar defending Lutfur Rahman, the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets. Ashok is the man who celebrated Rahman’s election victory under the headline: “The last outpost of the Raj falls.” There are also interesting things online about Richard which open, shall we say, new windows into his views on racism. With friends like

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Lutfur Rahman: 30 things you need to know about the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: May 21st, 2014   Tomorrow thousands of real voters – plus, if past Tower Hamlets elections are any guide, quite a few fake ones – will deliver their verdicts on the borough’s extremist-linked executive mayor, Lutfur Rahman. Rahman’s council is currently under investigation by both the police and an official inquiry ordered by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. In case anyone’s still wondering why, here (in no p

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Lutfur Rahman and Tower Hamlets — an example of why elected mayors don’t work?
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

1 April 2014 18:43 Sebastian Payne  Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Photo: PA. Is Eric Pickles about to send government troops into Tower Hamlets? Last night’s Panorama examined Lutfur Rahman, the borough’s independent directly elected mayor, who is accused (amongst other things) of mismanaging public funds to purchase influence within certain communities. The programme outlined how Rahman has allegedly ignored the advice of his own officials on distributing mone

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Lutfur Rahman adviser: there will be street violence unless people stop complaining about Tower Hamlets election
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: May 28th, 2014 You may not be familiar with Kazim Zaidi. He is the man who cost Exeter University substantial amounts in costs and damages after writing a chapter in a book it published which comprehensively libelled many people in the Tower Hamlets Labour Party. (Read the university’s grovelling apology to them here.) Mr Zaidi is now, as he was then, political adviser (a council appointee and publicly funded post) to the extremist-linked mayor

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Labour: London borough becomes 'Islamic republic'
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: October 22nd, 2010  Islamic republic? Tower Hamlets, east London (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty) Outside the Wellington Way polling station in Tower Hamlets yesterday, as at many other polling stations in the borough, people had to run a gauntlet of Lutfur Rahman supporters to reach the ballot box. As one Bengali woman voter went past them, we heard one of the Rahman army scolding her for her “immodest dress.” That incident is perhaps a t

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Labour rejects Mayor’s claim it has ‘admitted defeat’ in Tower Hamlets
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

 John Biggs with David Lammy MP by the Cable Street memorial   Adam Barnett, Reporter   Wednesday, May 21, 2014 
11:59 AM  The mayor’s team was accused of “desperation” by its political rivals just days before residents headed to the polls after it claimed Labour had “admitted defeat” in Thursday’s elections. Mayor Lutfur Rahman campaigning in Stepney Photo: Isabel Infantes Lutfur Rahman’s party Tower Hamlets First (THF)

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Labour 'on course' to evict controversial Tower Hamlets mayor
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 09/07/2014

(2:36PM, MON 19 MAY 2014) by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent- last updated Mon 19 May 2014   Labour is on course to evict controversial Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman, according to the latest analysis by election experts.  The study was carried out by London Communications Agency, a leading public relations consultant, ahead of Thursday's elections. LCA believes Labour will also take control of Merton Council while the Conservatives will gain Kingston from the Liberal Dem

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Jihadism/ Islamism and the problem in the Middle East
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 01/07/2014

Last Friday, 20 June, 2014, Lord Dykes introduce a question what is the Government’s assessment of the threats from the spreads of militant aggressive jihadism in the Middle East. So there was a debate on Jihadism and Middle East in the context of recent problems in Iraq after the ISIS attack on Iraq. I am going to look into the debate vis-à-vis the rising of ISIS. In this context, I would like to see the followings through the debate, such as definition of Jihadism; problem of Iraq

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DVEHILL’S LONDON BLOG
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 18/06/2014

Tower Hamlets: Lutfur Rahman on regeneration, education and Labour's 'Mr Biggs' The East End's independent mayor seems permanently embattled yet has a history of thriving on it and he defends both his policies and his administration's culture vigorously Lutfur Rahman. Photograph: Graeme Robertson London's East End has a turbulent political history and Lutfur Rahman's mayoralty forms the latest chapter of it. Born in Bangladesh but raised from an early age in the borough he has led si

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Borough of Tower Hamlets: a byword for sleaze
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 18/06/2014

Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman in line of fire over public grants in Tower Hamlets, East London  In 2012, Mr Rahman changed Tower Hamlets’ procedures to ensure that he personally decided all council grants over £1,000, with the help of his “adviser to the third sector”    By Andrew Gilligan 9:03PM GMT 18 Jan 2014  The Old Poplar Town Hall, in East London, has a secure place in British political history. It was here, in 1921, that radical Labour coun

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Does Bangladesh Parliament really need reserved seats for women?
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 18/06/2014

Barrister Nazir Ahmed  The provision for reserved women seats was initially incorporated in the original 1972 constitution of Bangladesh for a specific period of ten years.  The provision has since been extended by many constitutional amendments.  Initially the number for reserved seats was 15, but it was later increased to 30, then to 45 and finally to 50.  There has been a great deal of criticism of these reserved seats for women, right from the beginning.  Time and

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Pride and Prejudice- Military Officer
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 18/06/2014

By  Brig Gen (Retd) Nazmul Hussian The question has to do with the military’s effectiveness as a fighting force. Do officers who get a taste of civilian life, with its perks and privileges, remain fit to command troops in the field? Does their fighting spirit remain unimpaired? Soldering is a hard profession which requires single-minded devotion. Nothing blunts it so much as civilian distractions. Just as a conflict of interest leads to bad ethics, a conflict of pur

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Tower Hamlets: Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs on the East End, Lutfur Rahman and 'outward-looking politics'
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 05/06/2014

The main challenger to the East End's independent mayor makes a trenchant yet measured case against the way the Town Hall in distinctive part of London has been run John Biggs is Labour candidate to be mayor of Tower Hamlets, 2014 The first time Tower Hamlets voted for an executive mayor, in October 2010, the Labour candidate Helal Abbas was heavily defeated by his independent rival Lutfur Rahman. This time the contest could be much closer. Four years ago, the mayoral ballot took place in isolation. This time, it will be held on the same day as the votes for borough councillors and members of the European parliament. This should produce a much higher turnout, which, according to orthodox opinion, would help Labour's 2014 candidate John Biggs. Tower Hamlets politics, though, are

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Tower Hamlets mayor: the day I have to make cuts, it'll break me
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 05/06/2014

The elected mayor, Lutfur Rahman, stirs controversy, but says he's merely protecting frontline services for poor east Londoners Saba Salman, The Guardian, Tuesday 22 January 2013 15.31 GMT ‘What inspires and energises me is the community,’ says Lutfur Rahman. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian Lutfur Rahman's name is usually prefixed with the word "controversial". It is an apt description of the first directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, in east London. He is the council's ex-Labour leader turned independent mayoral candidate who won 2010's election amid political intrigue, mudslinging and alleged links to Islamic fundamentalist groups – allegations he has repeatedly and categorically denied. His win, with 51% of the vote, han

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At a glance, 43 years of Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By Sadequl Amin   Bangladesh has held its 10th parliamentary election under an elected government on 5 January 2014 and witnessed the most farcical election in its 43 years of history. The country is currently facing a toxic political struggle with an uncertain future.   Bangladesh has a population of nearly 160 million in a territory of just over 56 thousand square miles and is the 8th most populous country in the world. It is the 3rd Muslim majority country in the world with ar

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Lutfur Rahman: some facts the Guardian forgot to mention
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: January 27th, 2013   For reasons I can’t quite understand, the Guardian newspaper, “the world’s leading liberal voice,” has appointed itself spokesperson for some of the most illiberal forces in London, notably the extremist-dominated East London Mosque and the council leader closely connected to it, Lutfur Rahman (above).  Maybe the Guardian likes them simply because the Telegraph doesn’t like them – but e

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Lutfur Rahman: some facts the Guardian forgot to mention
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By Andrew GilliganPoliticsLast updated: January 27th, 2013   For reasons I can’t quite understand, the Guardian newspaper, “the world’s leading liberal voice,” has appointed itself spokesperson for some of the most illiberal forces in London, notably the extremist-dominated East London Mosque and the council leader closely connected to it, Lutfur Rahman (above).  Maybe the Guardian likes them simply because the Telegraph doesn’t like them – but e

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DIPLOMATS AND POLITICIANS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO TALK RUBBISH
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By F R Chowdhury In my retired life I do get some free time that enables me to write on some of the national issues that I feel very important and relevant. However, for last two weeks I have been busy with some of my professional work. It is after a long time that I have been given an assignment to go to Philippines to assist them in implementing the Seafarers’ Training and Certification Convention for which I have been undertaking some preparation. However, I could not keep my eyes a

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Murder most foul . . .
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By Syed Badrul Ahsan  LAWRENCE Lifschultz's reflections on the murder of Major General Mohammad Abul Manzur in June 1981 are, for the nation's political leadership as also for the people of Bangladesh, a broad hint that all past conspiracies should be investigated in their totality and the truth behind them revealed. The good part of our otherwise sad post-1975 history is that a beginning has been made, through bringing the assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to justice. The

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US stance on Indian elections and Bangladesh
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By M. Serajul Islam The broad smiles of Narendra Modi, the  Prime Minister candidate of the BJP in the Indian elections to be held in May and the US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell at their recent meeting was very significant. No one believed that Nancy Powell travelled to Gandhinagar merely as part of her routine duty to call on top Indian political leaders, the explanation that was given to the media by the US Embassy in New Delhi. There was little doubt that Washington was carefully

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The Fake Election in Bangladesh & the Existential Threat
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 03/06/2014

By Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal Hasina’s Coronation Democracy is now dead in Bangladesh. The fake election held on 5th of January, 2014 has successfully assassinated it. On its graveyard, Shaikh Hasina held her coronation for another 5 years. Although she failed to get even 10% of the votes, he congratulated herself as the great winner. People know autocracy, and also understand democracy. In autocracy, it does not need to get votes to be a ruler; military might is enough to do the job.

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Government orders investigation into Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 27/05/2014

Auditors sent to council and file passed to police after Panorama alleged mayor sought to shore up vote by diverting grants Peter Walkertheguardin.com, Friday 4 April 2014 12.30BST  Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian The government has ordered outside auditors to examine allegations that an east London mayor sought to shore up his vote by diverting £2m in public grants to Bangladeshi and Somali groups.

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Lutfur Rahman accuses BBC of racism amid Panorama storm
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 27/05/2014

London mayor under fire after programme claimed he increased taxpayer funding to Bangladeshi and Somali groups Robert BothThe Guardin, Monday 31 March 2014 22.00BST They added: "We can confirm that there has been a breach of data protection at an independent production company working with the BBC on a Panorama investigation as a result of unauthorised disclosure by a former researcher on the production team, in breach of her obligation of confidentiality. This breach includes material

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Tower Hamlets: The Last Outpost of the Raj Falls
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 27/05/2014

Politics | Tower Hamlets: The Last Outpost of the Raj Falls   While most of the national coverage of Thursday's elections has been about the surge of UKIP, one of the most remarkable upsets has gone unnoticed: the re-election of Britain’s first elected Asian Mayor, Lutfur Rahman, in the face of a virulent campaign by the political and media establishment. Ashok Kumar reports. NEW IN CEASEFIRE - Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:51  Lutfur Rahman at the 2011

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Lutfur poised for re-election in Tower Hamlets
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 27/05/2014

Lutfur poised for re-election in Tower Hamlets Star Online Report   Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman. Photo: The Guardian An independent mayor in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets was on the verge of a surprising re-election victory on Saturday morning despite an official government inquiry into his handing of the borough's finances. Lutfur Rahman, standing under a Tower Hamlets First ticket, was close to fighting off a challenge from Labour candidate John Biggs amid cla

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The truth about Andrew Gilligan
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 26/05/2014

Mehdi Hasan A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs   The truth about Andrew Gilligan BY MEHDI HASAN PUBLISHED 22 NOVEMBER, 2010 - 12:20 As predictably as night follows day, Andrew Gilligan has responded on hisTelegraph blog to my interview with the mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, last week. I suspected he wouldn't be able to resist. For those of you who haven't followed Gilligan's illustrious career since his role in "outing" Dr David Kelly, it's worth being aware that, these days, the former BBC reporter is obsessed with "Islamists" and, in particular, Rahman. By my count, he has published about 15 blog posts on Rahman on theTelegraph website over the past month: that's a ratio of one po

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Lutfur Rahman on Panorama's The Mayor and Our Money
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 24/05/2014

LUTFUR RAHMANPublished: 01 April 2014 Last night’s Panorama, The Mayor and Our Money presented by John Ware, was trailed as shining the spotlight on my mayoralty administration in the East End. Viewers will have been disappointed to have been treated to nothing more than half an hour of rehashed allegations, dredged up by my political opponents on the eve of the local elections. The principal allegation, that I had disproportionately and secretively channeled grant fundin

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The re-election of Lutfur would be a riposte against the current racist offensive.
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 20/05/2014

By Andrew Williams  The Mayoral election in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 22 May is of national significance because of the concerted campaign to unseat Britain's first and only Muslim directly elected Mayor. Lutfur Rahman is also the first and only Black directly elected Mayor. In the context of the current intensive media and political campaigns against Muslims and migrants, this is the most high profile fight defending diversity in British politics. The demographics of th

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Lapses in law and order maintenance
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 20/05/2014

BY  ENAYET RASUL BHUIYAN It is good to see the government waking up to the unacceptable series of law and order incidents in Narayanganj, a township in the outskirts of Dhaka which has witnessed lately a series of high profile kidnappings followed by murders. These incidents are continuing and understandably the people of the area have reasons to be perturbed specially in the backdrop of allegations (not to be dismissed off easily either) that law enforcers themselves in some cases are i

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SENIOR LABOUR FIGURES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BACK LUTFUR RAHMAN
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 20/05/2014

SENIOR LABOUR FIGURES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BACK LUTFUR RAHMAN  Ken Livingstone and TUC President among signatories to Guardian as Rev. Giles Fraser uses Mirror Column to say ‘Let Lutfur get on with the job” Mayor Lutfur Rahman today thanked a number of high profile Labour figures and local community leaders who signed a letter of support for him to the Guardian newspaper on 17 April 2014. The letter was signed by Ken Livingstone, TUC President Mohammed Taj, Labour National E

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Pakistan's state of Denial
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 12/05/2014

CONTRIBUTING OP-ED WRITER Pakistan's state of Denial by Tahmima Anam Published: December 26, 2013 DHAKA, Bangladesh — It was a Pakistani journalist, Anthony Mascarenhas, who gave the world the first detailed account of Bangladesh’s war of independence. In April 1971, soon after the army of Pakistan started suppressing the secessionist movement in what was then still the eastern part of the country, it invited Mr. Mascarenhas to report on the conflict, believing he would buttress the false propaganda of a just war. Mr. Mascarenhas promptly moved his family, and then himself, to Britain knowing that soon he would no longer be able to live in Pakistan. “For six days as I traveled with the officers of the 9th Division headquarters at Comilla I witnessed at close quarter

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Bangladesh Genocide
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 12/05/2014

 Genocide “…… we were told to kill the hindus and Kafirs (non-believer in God). One day in June, we cordoned a village and were ordered to kill the Kafirs in that area. We found all the village women reciting from the Holy Quran, and the men holding special congregational prayers seeking God’s mercy. But they were unlucky. Our commanding officer ordered us not to waste any time.” Confession of a Pakistani Soldier It all started with Operation Searc

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Muslim Vote Bank and Indian Elections 2014
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 06/05/2014

Muslim Vote Bank and Indian Elections 2014  by Dr. Mozammel Haque   The 16th Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) elections for the world’s largest democracy, India, will be held in nine phases from 7 April to 12 May, 2014. The nine phase vote began on Monday, 7 April and will conclude on 12 May and votes will be counted on 16 May, 2014. The total number of voters for this election is 815 million who are to cast their ballots in 120 constituencies across 12 states, from the

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The Prime Minister of Bangladesh – an all out powerful person
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 06/05/2014

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh – an all out powerful person  by Barrister Nazir Ahmed The Prime Minister of Bangladesh is so powerful that hardly any country can be found in the world which has a Prime Minister who has so much power.  Even the British Prime Minister or the Indian Prime Minister do not enjoy such and so much power.  The current Prime Minister of Bangladesh is the Head of Government, the leader of Parliament and the Chairperson of her own party.  

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Full interview with Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 04/05/2014

Full interview with Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets“I don’t believe we have extremist groups in Tower Hamlets”Published on 8 November 2010 How has your Bangladeshi heritage shaped you?I think it gave me a sense of collective responsibility and stability, and the importance of being part of a community, a society. But I soon became part and parcel of the East End of London, growing up here in the 1970s. What is your priority as Tower Hamlets mayor?My top priority is more housing, to help the 23,000 people on the housing waiting list. But what can you, as a mayor, do to solve the housing shortage?We have to continue to build more homes and work with various stake holders: with private investors, with developers and, yes, with central government, in terms of tr

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Tower Hamlets: Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs on the East End, Lutfur Rahman and 'outward-looking politics'
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 02/05/2014

Tower Hamlets: Labour mayoral candidate John Biggs on the East End, Lutfur Rahman and 'outward-looking politics'   The main challenger to the East End's independent mayor makes a trenchant yet measured case against the way the Town Hall in distinctive part of London has been run    John Biggs is Labour candidate to be mayor of Tower Hamlets, 2014   inShare0EmailJohn Biggs Tower HamletsJohn Biggs is Labour candidate to be mayor of Tower Hamlets, 2014The first time

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An ornamental Sangsad?
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 16/04/2014

An ornamental Sangsad? Own-party, own-government, own-opposition and own-parliament By Mahfuz Anam A parliament is the epicenter of people's power. It is the House set up by the people to guide the nation according to their wishes. It is where people's representatives meet to discharge their duties in the interest of those who elect them; where democracy plays out in full public glare; where through a process of contestations of ideas, opinions, and of personalities, the future policies o

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Story of a language soldier
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 16/04/2014

Story of a language soldier Z A M Khairuzzaman If you are in Nilphamari and you ask any civil society member, “Do you know Asir Uddin Ahmed?” the obvious answer would be, “Of course. Who doesn't know our Head Sir?” We all know Asir Uddin Ahmed as a life-long dedicated teacher, a committed social worker and an enlightened person. But how many among us know him as a language movement activist? Surely, during his lifetime, he kept the life force of his home town Nilp

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Rahman's media empire
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 10/04/2014

Published: April 8, 2014  Rahman’s media empire By Peter Golds Cllr Peter Golds is Leader of the Conservative Group on Tower Hamlets Council It is fair to say that Tower Hamlets Council, that is Lutfur Rahman for he is Tower Hamlets Council, operates a ferocious and very effective media operation. Last week the Rahman administration generated much publicity. On Friday the readers, watchers and listeners of influential media in Tower Hamlets were aware of the following major news stories. These included that the “BBC had apologised over racist Panorama”;  ”Lutfur Rahman welcomes Price Waterhouse Auditors”;” Labour’s Hate Campaign”, “Brave Lutfur Rahman” and the most investigative of all “Panorama allegatio

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Israel wants the Palestinians to leave the region
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 08/04/2014

Israel wants the Palestinians to leave the region   Denial of water is to encourage the Palestinians to go far away     This week the UN celebrated World Water Day – a day to remember the billion people who are unable to meet their needs for safe, clean water due to drought, poverty and official neglect.   But it’s also a day to remember, and fight for 2.1 million Palestinians who suffer something different, an artificial water scarcity del

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Information Commissioner investigating alleged data protection breaches in latest BBC Panorama investigation
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 02/04/2014

 IAN BURRELL, MEDIA EDITOR. Monday 31 March 2014 The Information Commissioner’s Office has been asked to investigate alleged breaches of Data Protection laws amid concerns that confidential sources of the BBC’s flagship Panorama programme may have had their identities revealed. Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, has been called in after a computer file containing the names of people said to have confidentially given information for a Panorama inv

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Poppy-burning Muslim’s father served 14 ‘proud’ years in the Navy
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 29/03/2014

Poppy-burning Muslim’s father served 14 ‘proud’ years in the Navy By Abul Taher UPDATED: 01:04, 13 March 2011 Devastated: Mohammed Miah thinks his son has been brainwashed The father of a Muslim extremist who burned poppies on Remembrance Day served in the Royal Navy as a police officer for 14 years, relatives have claimed. Mohammed Gouse Miah, 85, is said to be devastated by the actions of his estranged son Emdadur Choudhury, who was fined a paltry £50 by a j

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At a glance, 43 years of Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 26/03/2014

At a glance, 43 years of Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh By Sadequl Amin Bangladesh has held its 10th parliamentary election under an elected government on 5 January 2014 and witnessed the most farcical election in its 43 years of history. The country is currently facing a toxic political struggle with an uncertain future.  Bangladesh has a population of nearly 160 million in a territory of just over 56 thousand square miles and is the 8th most populous country in the world. It is the 3rd Muslim majority country in the world with around 90% of the population as followers of Islam, amounting to 9.2% of the world's Muslims. The majority of people (98%) are from the Bengali ethnic group, speaking one common language called Bangla. When the British left India in 1947, they cr

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Upazilla elections and the emerging political reality
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 25/03/2014

Upazilla elections and the emerging political reality By M. Serajul Islam  The upazilla elections as part of local government elections are showing all the signs of becoming more national than its framers wanted or could have imagined. These elections, as the electoral laws guiding them  have laid down unequivocally, are supposed to be local in every sense, completely outside the influence and purview of national politics. National political parties are by law prohibited from inte

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'March 1971'
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 25/03/2014

'March 1971’ By  Raqibul Mohammad Anwar 7th March 1971 had brought Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to a cross road, at a most critical moment in his life and in the lives of people of East Pakistan. His nation was in grave danger after winning a landslide in one of the very few democratic elections in Pakistan held in December 1970. The first Parliament session scheduled to be held on the first day of March 1971 was called off by the Military ruler of Pakistan without even informing the majority party Awami league, Mujib being the party’s supreme leader.  The entire East Pakistan had erupted in protest like a volcano and the province, it’s civil service, judicial service and police, banks, insurance companies and every other institution now followed instr

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RMG sector under tremendous pressure
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 25/03/2014

RMG sector under tremendous pressure By M. Serajul Islam BMGEA’s President Atiqul Islam made a statement in a seminar recently that the BGMEA organized. It t was attended by the Minister of Commerce. It summed up the serious situation that now exists in the export-oriented readymade garments (RMG) sector of  the country. The sector is well acknowledged as one that turned Bangladesh around from a country in despair to a country with a hope; from  “an international basket case” to an  “emerging Asian tiger.” Bangladesh’s RMG sector has been under tremendous pressures in recent times from western buyers; domestic political disturbances and demand for higher wages by workers. The pressures had been piling for quite sometime but neither the

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RMG sector in grave crisis : No room for complacency
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

 RMG sector in grave crisis : No room for complacency By M. Serajul Islam The New York Times carried a story recently on Bangladesh’s beleaguered RMG sector that the Prime Minister must read if she has not done so already. If she did, she would know that the complacency she showed in her interview with Christiana Amanpur of CNN was misplaced. In that interview, the Prime Minister had emphatically said that she was not worried for the future of the RMG sector in the world-wide upr

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Tarique Rahman - a Leader with a Vision
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

Tarique Rahman - a Leader with a Vision Dr M Mujibur Rahman “My Bangladesh of Gold” – this first line of our national anthem is still not achieved as we dreamt. The leader who dreams to make it after Shaheed President Zia is no one but Khaleda Zia and finally Bangladeshi people found Shaheed President Zia into Tarique Rahman. Every political party has its own aims and objectives based on an ideology which is Bangladeshi Nationalism for BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party). To

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The Atlantis Orb
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

The Atlantis Orb  This is an amazing story and might be a hoax – partial or total Time pressure arising from my work at this newspaper and the other job at the parking control company reduces my ability to research things for you to my full capacity. Sorry about that. Nevertheless, I want to bring to you my recent unearthing about a strange artefact (I think) that bears on old legends about Atlantis. Read on: Could there be a crystal pyramid in the waters off Bimini that is one of

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Time to focus on political development
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

Time to focus on political development By  M. Serajul Islam The Finance Minister recently, in his by now well-known manner of reaction to critics, expressed his utter exasperation at a particular think tank that we frequently see in the media making predictions on the country’s economy. His frustration was that this think tank did not reflect the successes of the government in economic development; spending most of its time finding faults with it and its policies. The Finance Min

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Tired of the Rat Race? Leave it all behind. Go to Mars!
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

Tired of the Rat Race? Leave it all behind. Go to Mars!  By Anwar Ali Fed up with the daily nine to 5 slog?  Tired of the Rat Race?  Feeling unhappy and stressed?  Well, this is your opportunity to get away from it all.  It’s an all-expenses paid trip of a lifetime.  Yes! You and a partner could be jetting off to the Red Planet.  Or Mars, to be precise.  So fasten your safety belts and keep your seats in a reclined position as you prepare for lift

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Mindless American support for Israel might be cracking
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

Mindless American support for Israel might be cracking  The legacy of the Zionist revolutionaries who once enraptured the parlours of Europe and America with talk of a Jewish homeland as a moral beacon in a benighted region has instead bequeathed to the Jewish world and the West a highly militarized dependency, a state that has achieved great feats of cultural and economic development but has failed to build strong enough institutions to balance its military zeitgeist with imaginative

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Mankind’s origins gradually come to light
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

Mankind’s origins gradually come to light It seems that early Man lived alongside huge humans of advanced culture Most of the readership of this organ follow Islamic instructions and some might be familiar with teachings about Jinn (‘clever foreigners’) who are of mischievous disposition, most of them, though of varying qualities and they teach people all manner of things. One of the chapters of the Holy Qu’ran is entitled ‘The Jinn’ and gives a short descr

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Joy's lacklustre start
By Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2014

Joy's lacklustre start  By Munir Ahmed Shajeeb Wazed Joy's inauguration to Bangladeshi politics seemed to have stumbled at the very outset. Awami League strategists got it wrong  to orchestrate a well  planned ceremonial induction for Joy. What they did was a total shamble that threw him into the deep end of controversy before he could barely set a foot in our politics.     However, our main disappointment is with Joy himself. We didn't find anything in him that wo

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The Iron Lady may be dead but her legacy lives.....
By Mahfuzur Rahman
- Last updated on : 18/03/2014

The Iron Lady may be dead but her legacy lives on… By Anwar Ali If this were some other Prime Minister I doubt very much that I would’ve put pen to paper to write about them.  But this is Margaret Thatcher and I identify with her because I grew up in the era when she reined as British Prime Minister back in the early 80’s and beyond.  We are labelled the so-called Thatcher’s Children. The connection, of course, is not biological but the rhetoric that describes the young generation that grew up during the period of Margaret Thatcher’s prime ministerial ‘regime’. Margaret Thatcher is famous for many and varied achievements.  Some constructive, others destructive.  Her very first achievement was to become Britain’s firs

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Ashulia: May it never happen again
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 10/12/2013

  By Tariq Iqbal, This morning, one of my co-workers showed me the label of his shirt -- it's made in Bangladesh, and smiled, "Look, I am wearing a Bangladeshi shirt!" He did not know about the recent tragedy in Ashulia; I told him about the death of more than hundred working, living, hopeful workers. He was sad, and simply said, "I feel terrible now, feel guilty about holding this shirt in my hand." So am I, and no doubt many others feel the same. Yahoo news article regarding this accident received tremendous amount of response from the readers living in the Western world. One common question they asked was if the major buyers of the garments industries were (and are) aware of the unsafe working condition of the factories. They also tried to hold some large purchasers like

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Identity and Exile
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 06/12/2013

Al Jazeera Correspondent Last updated: 06 Dec 2013 12:36 Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel examines why so many American Jews defend Israeli policies regardless of the issue or cost. In the 19th and 20th centuries, millions of Jews migrated from Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia to the US, settling across the country's big cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago where they found opportunity and established strong communities. Those communities continued to grow in the subsequent decades as more Jews fled anti-Semitism across Europe.  A growing number of Jews also migrated to Palestine at the turn of the century, part of a nascent Zionist movement. Migration to Palestine increased after World War I. At the end of World War II, following the horrors of the holocau

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What should Bangladesh Bank do about Islami Bank?
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 04/12/2013

By Nofel Wahid, Shahbagh protestors’ demand for a boycott of the Islami Bank (IB) appears to be having some impact (Islami Bank seeks help from central bank) indicating that IB has asked the Bangladesh Bank (BB) for assistance. It is not entirely clear what kind of assistance has been requested, but the report’s references to depositor withdrawals suggest that IB may be experiencing a liquidity crunch. How serious is this development?  What will happen next? Will BB provide assistance? The following facts may help answer some of those questions. Islami Bank is the third largest bank in the country by total asset value and deposits, with Tk 46,000 crores in assets and Tk 40,000 crores in deposits. The table shows the 5 largest banks in the country. Source: Bangladesh Ban

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Power flows from the barrel of a submachine gun
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 24/11/2013

Despite being almost three years into her time as Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali still faces criticism from sections of the Bengali community. Abdul Montaqim risks alienating himself by asking Britain’s first Bangladeshi MP about some of the controversies surrounding her progress to the very pinnacle of politics      Interview taken by Abdul Muntaqim    I thought it was a perfectly reasonable line of questioning, but her glare suggested I should steer clear of the subject. “I don’t wish to pursue this line of questioning,” she said sharply. “I think we should move on.” Rushanara Ali can be an intimidating woman, despite the smiles for publicity pictures. I had seen the Labour Member of Parliam

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Rushanara Ali MP : Power flows from the barrel of a submachine gun
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 24/11/2013

Despite being almost three years into her time as Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali still faces criticism from sections of the Bengali community. Abdul Montaqim risks alienating himself by asking Britain’s first Bangladeshi MP about some of the controversies surrounding her progress to the very pinnacle of politics      Interview taken by Abdul Muntaqim    I thought it was a perfectly reasonable line of questioning, but her glare suggested I should steer clear of the subject. “I don’t wish to pursue this line of questioning,” she said sharply. “I think we should move on.” Rushanara Ali can be an intimidating woman, despite the smiles for publicity pictures. I had seen the Labour Member of Parliam

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Our Independence Hither to Cconfined in Political Wilderness
By Selim Rahman
- Last updated on : 22/11/2013

  AUTHOR: MASHUK AHMED KHAN A Research Fellow and Member of:The University of Oxford Philosophical Society and The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.   In this article I would recourse to a teensy review of Bangladesh’s morbid political antecedents, so as to provide the readers, an illustration of unruly governance of the past and its emulation to our modern day political practices - incongruous to the philosophy of democracy and freedom.  The final battle for our independence began at midnight on 25 March [1971] when the military regime of the united Pakistan unleashed genocidal incursion in the darkness of night on sleeping innocent civilians of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). The random mass killing of men, women and children was authorised

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Shahena died after 'punishment' by members of her family
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

Shahena Uddin, found dead at her home last year had “suffered a regime of brutality and extreme punishment” at the hands of her family for years, a court heard today. The body of Shahena Uddin was found in the bathroom of her house in Leavesden Road, Watford, by paramedics shortly before 9.30am on Saturday, October 11, 2014, after a brother called 999. The 19-year-old student’s legal guardians, her oldest brother Suhail Uddin and his wife Salma Begum, appeared at St Alba

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Shelim Hussain MBE Wins London & South Entrepreneur of the Year Award
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

Shelim Hussain MBE, owner of the Euro Foods Group and Founder of Kukd.com won the EY London & South Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 last night at a ceremony at the Tate Modern.  Shelim Hussain MBE is a Bangladeshi-born British entrepreneur. He has worked in restaurants since the age of 11 and started the Euro Foods Group at the age of 17 with a £20 investment. Euro Foods Group is now a leading international manufacturer and distributor of frozen and fresh foods, with a UK tur

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Seamark’s Iqbal Ahmed wins Business Person of the Year in 2015
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

The global success of the Seamark organisation was recognised once again when its CEO and Chairman Iqbal Ahmed OBE won Business Person of the Year in the prestigious Asian Achievers Awards on Friday, 18th September, at the London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane Mayfair. Before a star-studded audience, Iqbal Ahmed was presented with his coveted award by the chairman of the judging panel, Sir Vince Cable, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Other  jud

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Bangladeshi Faith Healer murdered in Whitechapel
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

A faith healer was stabbed to death at a business centre in East London. Father-of-three Zakariya Islam was killed at the Ruqya Therapy Centre’s based in Whitechapel. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and found the married 46-year-old Islamic healer suffering critical injuries. Despite desperate attempts he could not be saved and was pronounced dead a short time later. A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He was treated in hospital for hand i

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Greater Lamakazi Welfare Association celebrates its 10 year anniversary
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

Greater Lamakazi Welfare Association celebrated its 10 year anniversary and fund raising dinner party at White House venue in East London on 29th October vibrantly in the presence of huge number of non-residence-bangladeshis. Community leaders and members enjoyed the whole event throughout which was present by a group of new generation young people. Najia Yasmin Miah and Jeba Mohammod jointly presented the event and organisation’s General Secretary Abdus Salam took care of everything.&nb

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Biman signs agreement with London Bangla Press Club
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

Biman Bangladesh Airlines and London Bangla Press Club have completed the signing of corporate agreement between them.  General Manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Mohammod Shafiqul Islam signed on behalf of his organisation while the President of LBPC Nabab Uddin represented London Bangla Press Club.  The co-signatories of this agreement were Reservation and Ticketing officer of Biman Mansur Ali Tuhin and Genreal Secretary of London Bangla Press Club Emdadul Haque Chowdhury. As a re

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BCA Essex Region decides to sigh agreement with Learn Direct
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

BCA leader called upon all caterers to maintain the highest quality, presentation and realistic pricing of their products.  The leaders requested this to all curry industry owners in a executive committee meeting held in Colchester on Thursday 8th October which was organised by Bangladesh Caterers Association Essex branch. President of Essex BCA and UK BCCI London President Jamal Uddin Moqoddus presided over the meeting and General Secretary Forhad Hossain Tipu.  Membership Secretary

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Celebrating the best of the British Bangladeshi community
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

The Bangla Mirror Group, publishers of the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who publication, held a press conference on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at the London Muslim Centre, to announce the launch of the much anticipated 2015 publication. The official launch of the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who 2015 publication and award is being held in the prestigiousMeridian Grand venue on Thursday 5th November 2015.Many high profile dignitaries, celebrities and guests are expected to attend. The fir

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Barrister Nadia Choudhury accuses BNP and Jamat for the attack on Shamsuddin Manik
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

A press conference was held in protest of the attack on former Supreme Court Judge A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, which took place on 21st October in a Puja Celebration in Bethnal Green.  Some unidentified men assaulted the ex-judge when he and his daughter were leaving the York Hall in Bethnal Green after visiting a Durga Puja Mandap there. In a press conference held on 26th October at Monte fiore Center, Barrister Nadia Chowdhury read out a written statement to the journalists and co

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Bangladeshi migrants get less for lack of language skill
News by Shaheed Khan
- Last updated on : 23/03/2016

Bangladesh’s migrant workers toil in foreign lands for longer hours compared to peers from other countries, but they earn much less as they lack skills and face a language barrier, depriving themselves of a better future and the country of remittance. Experts on Wednesday called on the government to equip aspirant migrant workers with the right set of skills and languages before they depart for jobs, so they can earn more and protect themselves from exploitation. Syed Manzur Elahi, a for

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