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JANUARY 2006 NEWS STORIES
 
MET CHIEF APOLOGISES TO SOHAM FAMILIES
Ian BlairThe Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair's comments that murders of white people, like murdered school girls Holly Wells & Jessica Chapman, generated more media interest than those of ethnic minorities, has created controversy. In a later radio interview, Sir Ian said: "I unreservedly apologise to anyone connected to the Soham murders". read more read more
 
NASSER HUSSAIN TO SPEAK AT NEW ASIAN FORUM
Nasser HussainSpecifically targeted at the UK Asian community, a series of groundbreaking new initiatives, 'Move Your Mind' Forums, are set to launch on 1 February 2006. Speakers at the inaugural event include former England Cricket Captain Nasser Hussain and actress Meera Syal. read more read more
 
DR ZAKI BADAWI PASSES AWAY
Dr Zaki Badawi Dr Zaki Badawi, one of the country's most influential Muslim personalities, has died. Founder of The Muslim College, Chairman of the Mosques Council of the UK, Founder of the Muslim Law Council and former Director of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent's Park, Sir Dr Zaki Badawi was a man of stature and a powerful voice of reason. read more read more
 
LORD PATTEN APPOINTED TO THE UK-INDIA ROUND TABLE
Chris PattenThe Foreign Secretary said today the Lord Patten has been appointed as co-Chair of the UK-India Round Table, a body established by the late Robin Cook and the then Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh in April 2000 to look for ways to regenerate and strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two nations. read more read more
 
WAS FARIA ALAM RIGHT?
Faria AlamBangladeshi-born Faria Alam, who became famous after spilling secrets of her affair with England Coach Sven Goran Eriksson, claimed that there would never be a Black or Asian winner of 'Big Brother', Channel 4's hugely successful reality TV show. Alam was promptly evicted by a public vote the following day (18 January 2006). read more read more
 
HIGH COURT CHALLENGE TO DRACONIAN MARRIAGE RULES
Hindu WeddingToday the High Court will hear a group of cases which challenge draconian Home Office rules on marriages. Under the rules, non-EEA nationals with less than six months’ leave to remain can be barred from getting married unless they obtain the permission of the Home Secretary at a cost of £135 per person. read more read more
 
DEFEND RUSSIAN HINDUS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
Ashok KumarThe 'Defend Russian Hindus' campaign, is launched on 18 January 2006 by Ashok Kumar MP in association with Hindus groups in the UK. The campaign aims to build awareness about the persecution and discrimination against Russian Hindus by a corpus of the Russian Orthodox Church despite support from the Central Government. read more read more
 
KIDS SEEK REALITY TV FAME INSTEAD OF EXAM PASSES
Jade Goody of Big BrotherFame hungry teenagers are planning to ditch education and live in dreamland according to new research. However, the odds of being picked for a Big Brother style reality TV show are around one in 30 million - worse odds than winning the lottery jackpot. read more read more
 
SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAMS FOR ALL OF LONDON
Safer Neighbourhood TeamMayor of London, Ken Livingstone today announced that the roll out of dedicated community police teams will be speeded up to ensure every neighbourhood has a full team during the next financial year. A safer neighbourhood team puts an extra beat police officer in each ward to tackle anti-social behaviour, racial abuse and petty crimes. read more read more
 
ISHA KOPPIKAR IN PETA ADVERT
Isha Koppikar in PETA AdvertDressed in a pleather catsuit, actor Isha Koppikar proclaims, "Cats Are Too Cool to Be in Zoos", in PETA's latest ad to raise awareness about the cruelty of zoos. Koppikar's advert comes in the wake of a Mumbai High Court order demanding improvements at the Mumbai Zoo as a result of a case filed by PETA-India. read more read more
 
SEWA'S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN JAMMU & KASHMIR
Sewa vehicle in Jammu & Kashmir. Image courtesy of Sewa International.Following the Asian earthquake on 8 October 2005, a team of volunteers from Sewa Bharti visited the inaccessible areas along the Line of Control (LOC) of Jammu & Kashmir State where over 1500 people lost their lives. Sewa International hopes to rebuild at least three of the most affected villages situated on LOC of India. read more read more
 
DEC PLANS TO SPEND £190M FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS IN 2006
Tharushika in a newly built playground in Galle, Sri Lanka.Since Boxing Day 2004, millions of survivors of the tsunami have been helped by Disasters Emergency Committee member agencies. The DEC plans to spend up to £190 million in 2006, this will include more than 20,000 permanent houses for around 100,000 men, women and children. Over six thousand will be in India and nearly three thousand in Sri Lanka. read more read more
 
BRITAIN IN STRONG POSITION FOR 2006 SAYS TONY BLAIR
Tony Blair"The UK begins 2006 in a strong position thanks to eight and a half years of a Labour Government" said British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. "Despite a more challenging context our economy is enjoying its longest period of growth while employment is high, interest rates and inflation are low. Hospital waiting lists and times are falling, crime is down and our children have had the best-ever exam results." read more read more
 

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