Thursday, February 22

Day: March 3, 2017

MPs take 13 minutes to double Royal family income and approve £360m Buckingham Palace refurbishment
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

MPs take 13 minutes to double Royal family income and approve £360m Buckingham Palace refurbishment

    A tiny, temporary committee of MPs set up explicitly to consider doubling the publicly funded income of the Royal Family took thirteen minutes to decide that, yes, the Royal Family should indeed have its income doubled. The Seventh Dedicated Legislation Committee was only established to consider raising the so-called Sovereign Grant from 15 per cent to 25 per cent of the Crown Estates income, in order to fund the estimated £360m upgrade to Buckingham Palace, and now it has done so, it will be disbanded. Only the Scottish National Party, via its representatives Tommy Sheppard and George Kerevan objected to the decision. Mr Sheppard said: "We cannot support this decision and this statutory instrument being passed in this way. “It is not a suggestion that Buckingham Palace is...
Theresa May to warn SNP to stop playing politics over Brexit
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Theresa May to warn SNP to stop playing politics over Brexit

    to stop playing politics with Brexit and also condemn the Scottish National Party's record in government on education. In a speech at the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow, the Prime Minister will say "politics is not a game" and accuse the SNP of neglecting schools because of its obsession with independence. But the First Minister has already hit back, claiming her attempts to reach a Brexit compromise have been met by a "brick wall of Tory intransigence". The latest clash between Mrs May and Ms Sturgeon comes as the First Minister is expected to announce plans for a second independence referendum when the Prime Minister triggers Article 50 for the UK to leave the EU later this month. Mrs May claims it is "very clear" that people in Scotland do not want another vote on ...
Channel 4’s Extremely British Muslims lifts lid on life as a Muslim in Birmingham
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Channel 4’s Extremely British Muslims lifts lid on life as a Muslim in Birmingham

    A new documentary TV series starting tonight lifts the lid on life as a Muslim in Britain, after film makers had unprecedented access to Birmingham Central Mosque. The Channel 4 series Extremely British Muslims has spent a year following some of the 6,000 worshippers at one of the largest mosques in Europe. The cameras have captured their day-to-day lives to explore three themes – finding a partner, the identity crisis facing young Muslim men and the challenges faced by some British Muslims as they try to reconcile the rules of their faith with life in Britain. It also exposes the dealings of the Sharia Court, including following women who are trying to get a divorce. And it reveals that there is such demand from Muslims wanting to check the religion’s rules that the Mosqu...
News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London
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News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government undertook a series of projects for further development of the power sector considering the rising demand of electricity to meet the future need and illuminate every home of the country. She made the comment while inaugurating eight new power plants alongside transmission and distribution systems through video conferencing from her Ganabhaban residence in the capital yesterday. The Prime Minister also inaugurated Disbursement of Primary Education Stipend using Mobile Banking through video conferencing at the same time. Earlier, the Prime Minister witnessed a presentation on proposed integrated traffic management at Bijoy Sarani area of city. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that the government would rehabilitat...
Colorado man who claims he’s the rightful king of England and announced he intends to fly over and seize power
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Colorado man who claims he’s the rightful king of England and announced he intends to fly over and seize power

    A man from the US has taken out a giant advertisement in The Times stating that he is the rightful King of England and will claim his historic Royal estate, all lands, assets and titles within 30 days. In the feature length soliloquy Allan V. Evans from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, says he is a descendant of a royal Welsh line from the 3rd century. Mr Evans also asserts in Tuesday's paper that he is the descendant of Cunedda Wledig, the founder of the Kingdom of Wales. The future king? Mr Evans from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, says he is a descendant of a royal Welsh line from the 3rd century He writes: Allan V. Evans... is a direct descendant of an unbroken line of primogeniture line legally documented since the 3rd Century [Cunedda] married the Princess of Powys, whose direct desce...
Malaysia to deport man arrested in Kim Jong Nam killing
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Malaysia to deport man arrested in Kim Jong Nam killing

    Malaysia said it would release and deport a North Korean man arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother due to a lack of evidence, and announced it would scrap visa-free travel for citizens of the reclusive state. Ri Jong Chol was arrested four days after Kim John Nam died after an apparent poisoning at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13. Malaysian Attorney General Mohamad Apandi Ali said he will be deported because he does not have valid travel documents. He will not be charged here as there is insufficient evidence against him, Apandi told Malaysia’s Star Online. The Star Online reported that Ri, a chemistry expert, was suspected of having driven one of four North Korean men thought to have masterminded the assassination. The four are thought to...