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MARCH 2006 NEWS STORIES
 
IDENTITY CARDS BILL RECEIVES ROYAL ASSENT
Specimen UK ID CardThe Identity Cards Bill received Royal Assent today. The Scheme will provide all UK residents aged over 16 with an ID Card at a cost of about £93, payable by the individual. But the penalties for not complying are severe too. The failure to register will be punished by a fine of £2,500. read more read more
 
EMPLOYERS FACE £2000 FINES UNDER NEW IMMIGRATION BILL
Tony McNulty, Immigration Minister Having received Royal Assent the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality (IAN) Act, will enable Government to tackle illegal working through a new civil penalties scheme for employers by introducing fines of up to £2,000 per illegal employee, custodial sentences of up to two-years and unlimited fines for those found knowingly to use or exploit illegal workers. read more read more
 
VINOD PATEL RECOGNISED FOR VOLUNTEER WORK
Vinod Patel, Senior Business Analyst at Alliance & LeicesterVinod Patel, Senior Business Analyst at Alliance & Leicester has been recognised by his colleagues for all his volunteering and fund-raising efforts by being voted ‘Volunteer of the Year 2006’. Last year, Vinod helped to organise fundraising events which raised over £10,000, and collected 200 blankets for Tsunami victims. read more read more
 
INCREASE DIVERSITY AMONG POLICE & TEACHERS SAYS POLL
Arun Batra of the London Development Agency (LDA) speaking at the State of Race Conference.An ICM survey has revealed strong support for policies to tackle race inequality in the capital and increase diversity within the public services, including the police and teaching. Eight out of ten people said they agree that London's police force should reflect the communities that it serves. read more read more
 
BIRMINGHAM CHARITY BRINGS SIGHT TO INDIAN VILLAGERS
Image by Matt Shonfeld, 2003.  Courtesy of Orbis.The Shree Prajapati Association(SPA), has raised nearly £6,000 to help bring sight to villagers in remote parts of India through the Rotary Eye Institute (REI)which uns a sterilised mobile operating theatre and temporary eye camps in Gujarat, India. read more read more
 
NEW REVIEW SHOWS INEQUALITY DAMAGES THE ECONOMY
Trevor PhillipsThe interim consultation report for the Equalities Review shows that persistent inequality could seriously damage the economy and cost society billions each year in lost income. This wide ranging independent review was announced last year by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Trevor Phillips was asked to chair it. read more read more
 
UK PARLIAMENTARIANS MEET COMMISSIONER OF BANGLADESH
Lord Avebury, Chair of the International Bangladesh Foundation.A meeting of the UK Parliamentary Human Rights Group organised by the Vice Chair, Lord Avebury, who is also Chair of the International Bangladesh Foundation, was held today, Monday 20 March 2006, for a discussion with H E Mr Sabiuddin Ahmed, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, expressing interest to meet a small group of British parliamentarians to discuss the human rights situation in Bangladesh. read more read more
 
FORCED MARRIAGE UNIT LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN
Meera SyalThe Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) has launched a national publicity campaign on forced marriage. The campaign supported by actors Meera Syal and Ameet Chana aims to increase awareness of the issues surrounding forced marriage and make it clear that forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and a form of domestic violence. read more read more
 
NEW MIGRATION SYSTEM TO DECIDE WHO WORKS IN THE UK
New immigration system to decide who works in the UKA new points based system to enable the UK to control migration more effectively, tackle abuse and identify the most talented workers was launched by the Home Secretary today. The points based system is to ensure that only those who benefit Britain can come here to work or study; to strengthen the UK's borders; to crack down on abuse and illegal immigration. read more read more
 
BOMB BLASTS IN HOLY CITY OF VARANASI
Varanasi TemplesBritish Foreign Office Minister, Kim Howells, has condemned the series of attacks earlier today in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi in Northern India. Blasts were reported in at least three locations in the Northeast Indian city: at the Sankat Mochan temple, where Hindus were gathered for devotions; inside a train that had stopped at the city's main train station; and near a ticket counter inside the station. read more read more
 
LORD PAUL TO BECOME UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR
Lord PaulIndian-born industrialist Lord Paul is to become the first Chancellor at the University of Westminster. The non-executive role will see him represent the university and promote its interests. He already has strong links with the university which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 1997. read more read more
 
MING CAMPBELL ELECTED LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEADER
Ming CampbellMing Campbell has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, taking over from Charles Kennedy. In his acceptance speech Ming Campbell said the challenge for Liberal Democrats now was to lead the party back towards government at the next general election. He said today was a victory, not just for him, but for all Liberal Democrats. read more read more
 
TACKLING RACIST BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

Jacqui SmithThe Department for Education and Skills has published new guidelines for schools on tackling racist bullying. The recently published Education and Schools Inspections Bill will give teachers a legal right to discipline pupils, strengthening their authority to take action on bullying. It will also send a strong message to parents and pupils that bullying will not be tolerated. read more read more

 
GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL APPEALS TO ASIANS
ResearcherGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children is launching the first ever public consultation on its future, and asks members of the Asian Community to play their part. The consultation, which is part of its application to become a Foundation Trust, will run from 27 February to 26 May 2006. 38% of the hospital's inpatients come from black and ethnic minority groups. read more read more
 
FIRST BRITISH SURVEY INTO HINDU IDENTITY
Hindu WomanThe Hindu Forum of Britain in partnership with the Runnymede Trust are conducting the first ever UK research project aimed at understanding the issues and aspirations of today's Hindu youth, women, elders and community organisations in areas including access to public services, education, health, employment, funding, regeneration, integration, cohesion and equal opportunities. read more read more
 

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