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Day: May 3, 2016

Nadiya Hussain defends the birthday cake she made for The Queen: ‘I don’t care what people think’
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Nadiya Hussain defends the birthday cake she made for The Queen: ‘I don’t care what people think’

    While the Queen seemed impressed with Hussain’s effort, many viewers took to Twitter to brand the three-tiered cake wonky. Speaking on Loose Women on Friday, the Great British Bake Off winner insisted that she ‘couldn’t care less’ about the criticism. If I cared about what people said, I would never leave my house, she told the panel. So you know what? Actually I couldn’t care less. Talking about what it was like to meet the monarch, Hussain admitted that she ‘freaked out’ a little bit. “It went really, really well…. I did say, ‘good morning, Your Majesty,’ then I said, 'happy birthday, Your Majesty, it’s afternoon!’” I did freak out a little bit. I only got two minutes with her but I thought in those two minutes she’s really nice. Hussain’s cake, which was presented to Th...
Bank of Mum and Dad propping up a quarter of 2016 mortgages
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Bank of Mum and Dad propping up a quarter of 2016 mortgages

    The Bank of Mum and Dad will help finance 25% of UK mortgage transactions this year, according to research. Parents are set to lend their children £5 billion in order to help their children on to the property ladder. If the lending power was of all these parents was combined, it would be a top 10 mortgage provider, the BBC said. Nigel Wilson, chief executive of financial services firm Legal & General, which carried out the research, said the data showed a number of issues, including house prices being "out of sync with wages". The research estimated that the Bank of Mum and Dad will provide deposits for more than 300,000 mortgages. The homes purchased will be worth £77 billion and the average contribution is £17,500 or 7% of the average purchase price, the BBC said. But...
Dhaka continues to reel under heat: Sylhet swims in water after heavy overnight rains
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Dhaka continues to reel under heat: Sylhet swims in water after heavy overnight rains

    While Sylhet swims in water after heavy overnight rains, Dhaka continues to sizzle under extreme heat and humid weather, with the Bangladesh capital recording 37 degrees Celsius temperature. Dhaka city had only traces of rain in its northern suburbs on April 16 and the city has been in the grip of a prolonged heat wave condition that saw its highest temperature of 39 degree C on Sunday since the current spell of heat set in on April 6. Meanwhile, Sylhet recorded heavy overnight rains measuring 109mm till 6am yesterday that further swelled its rivers Surma and Kushiyara causing flash floods in the low lands of Sylhet and Sunamganj, flooding Boro rice fields awaiting harvesting, reports available from the north east said. Heavy rains and water from the hills across the borde...
US Muslim woman sues police for removing her headscarf
America, ENGLISH

US Muslim woman sues police for removing her headscarf

    A Muslim woman launched a legal action on Monday against police in California alleging that her headscarf was forcibly removed after she was arrested on outstanding warrants. According to the complaint against the city of Long Beach and its police department, Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by two officers while driving home in May of last year. She was subsequently arrested on two outstanding warrants - one linked to her sister allegedly falsely using her identity and one in relation to a 2002 shoplifting incident at a grocery store. Powell, who is African American, alleges that while being booked at the police station, one of the officers forcibly removed her headscarf in view of other male officers and inmates, telling her she was not allowed to wear her h...
8 Bangladeshis held in Spore for planning terror attacks on return home
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

8 Bangladeshis held in Spore for planning terror attacks on return home

    Eight Bangladeshi men have been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) of Singapore for their alleged plot to stage terror attacks back home, Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Tuesday. The men, aged between 26 and 34, called their group the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) and intended to join terror group ISIS as foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, reports The Straits Times, an English-language daily based in Singapore. The ministry said a document, titled ‘We Need For Jihad Fight’, was recovered from Mizanur Rahman, which contained a list of Bangladeshi government and military officials who could be targeted. It included ‘media people’ and ‘disbelievers’. He also possessed documents on weapons and bomb making, as well as a significant amount of ISI...