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Day: April 7, 2016

Celebrity with UK sex case gagging order is named in the US
ENGLISH, Life Style

Celebrity with UK sex case gagging order is named in the US

    A celebrity protected by a UK privacy injunction that prevents the media reporting on his extramarital activities has been named in America. The identity of the man, who is well-known and has children with his partner, also in the entertainment business, has been revealed in a US publication. But a privacy injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in London prevents the UK press revealing the identity of the man, who was involved in a "three-way sexual encounter". The Sun on Sunday had wanted to publish an account of the man's "sexual exploits" with others - but senior judges barred the tabloid from revealing the man's "extramarital activities". In the ruling, which was reported last month, Lord Justice Jackson said both the man, referred to as PJS, and his spouse, YMA, di...
Will you qualify for free £5 coin to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday?
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Will you qualify for free £5 coin to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday?

    To celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday on 21 April, the Royal Mint has produced a special commemorative £5 coin, and some people will be getting it for free. The coin, designed by artist Christopher Hobbs, was inspired by the heraldic rose, and the Queen's passion for flowers. It will cost £13, but there's one group of people who will be able to get their hands on a coin for free. They are being given out to anyone who shares their 90th birthday with the Queen. The coin issue follows a royal tradition. There were coins made for the Queen's 70th and 80th birthday, and a £5 coin released to mark the fact that the Queen became the longest reigning monarch last year. There are also numerous coins minted to celebrate a whole host of Royal events from jubilees to weddings and to...
When did private tuition become a crime?
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

When did private tuition become a crime?

Sharier Khan: The education ministry has drafted a new law that will ban private tuition and coaching with the provision of hefty fines up to Taka 2 lakh along with six-month jail for the guilty tutors. While one can understand that the draft Education Act, 2016 has good intentions, the idea may have unexpected implications. We all know that the country’s education system in general has not become so efficient that all students are being attended by teachers properly. The quality of teachers and teaching remains a challenge not to speak about teacher-student ratio in classrooms. Since when did private tuition become a crime? When did private tuition become synonymous to stealing, pick-pocketing or mugging that the ministry would think of putting a private tutor behind bars? Private tuition...
David Cameron personally intervened to stop tax crackdown on offshore trusts
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

David Cameron personally intervened to stop tax crackdown on offshore trusts

    David Cameron personally intervened to prevent EU transparency rules affecting offshore tax trusts despite warnings it could create a loophole for tax dodgers, it has emerged. The Prime Minister sent a letter that successfully argued for trusts to be treated differently to companies in anti-money laundering rules. Mr Cameron wrote to the then-European Council president Herman van Rompuy, claiming that it was "clearly important we recognise the important differences between companies and trusts". "This means that the solution for addressing the potential misuse of companies, such as central public registries, may well not be appropriate generally," the letter said, according to the Financial Times. Judith Sargentini, the Dutch MEP who led the European Parliament's work on t...
Brussels bomber had cleaning job at European Parliament
ENGLISH, Europe

Brussels bomber had cleaning job at European Parliament

    One of the jihadists who blew themselves up in Islamic State attacks in Brussels on March 22 briefly worked as a cleaner at the European Parliament several years ago, the EU body said Wednesday. "He held a summer holiday job cleaning at the Parliament for one month in 2009 and one month in 2010. Those were the only instances he worked at the Parliament," it said in a statement. It did not name the individual, but a source close to the inquiry told AFP it was Najim Laachraoui. Laachraoui and fellow suicide bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui blew themselves up at Brussels airport in coordinated attacks two weeks ago that also struck a Brussels metro station and killed a total of 32 people. Laachraoui is also suspected of being the bomb-maker for the Paris terror assaults last Novemb...