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Day: November 23, 2017

Bounty offered for head of Bollywood actress
ENGLISH, Extras

Bounty offered for head of Bollywood actress

    The release of a Bollywood film has been put on hold after a $1.5m (£1.1m) bounty was offered to anyone who beheads lead actress Deepika Padukone and the film’s director. Suraj Pal Amu, a member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party, made the call against the actress, who previously starred alongside Vin Diesel in the xXx franchise, ahead of her latest project Padmavati over its alleged portrayal of a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim conqueror. According to local media reports, the party member, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana, declared that the film would not be allowed to release at all after it was scheduled to open to audiences on 1 December. It has already been banned outright in two states. There are now growing sec...
Jeremy Corbyn: budget shows Tories are unfit for office
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn: budget shows Tories are unfit for office

    Jeremy Corbyn has lambasted the budget, saying it completely fails to deal with a national crisis of stagnation and falling wages, and telling Philip Hammond it epitomised the woes of a government no longer fit for office. In a 25-minute response to the budget the Labour leader largely avoided direct comment on the chancellor’s announcement and instead focused on wider themes about the effects of austerity on public services, and people’s struggles with flat wages and benefit cuts. The test of a budget is how it affects the reality of people’s lives all around this country, Corbyn began. And I believe as the days go ahead, and this budget unravels, the reality will be a lot of people will be no better off. And the misery that many are in will be continuing. With pay lower ...
70 people rescued from floods after heavy rain and snow hit Britain
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

70 people rescued from floods after heavy rain and snow hit Britain

    Scores of people have been rescued from flooding as heavy rain caused widespread disruption across north west England and North Wales, with large parts of Scotland also braced for snow. More than 70 people were evacuated from their flood-hit homes in north Lancashire early on Thursday. Lancashire Constabulary said emergency services, the Environment Agency and Lancaster City Council had received more than 500 flood-related calls and attended more than 100 incidents. People were urged not to call emergency services unless there was a threat to life as crews continued to respond to a backlog of incidents. The Met Office said around 1.7in (4.3cm) of rain had fallen in 24 hours in parts of Lancashire, while further north in Cumbria around half a month's rain, 3.5in (8.9cm), wa...
Malia Obama’s Harvard boyfriend revealed to be British student Rory Farquharson who was head boy at Rugby School
America, ENGLISH

Malia Obama’s Harvard boyfriend revealed to be British student Rory Farquharson who was head boy at Rugby School

    Rory Farquharson, a former head boy at the prestigious Rugby School, was linked to Barack Obama's eldest daughter after footage emerged appearing to show them kissing during the Harvard v Yale American football game. Miss Obama started at the Ivy League university this Autumn, following in the footsteps of her parents, who both attended Harvard Law. Rory Farquharson Mr Farquharson began his studies at the university last year after completing his A-Levels, posting a picture of himself at the campus with the caption: So it begins. The 19-year-old, who attended the £11,584-a-term boarding school, was also a member of its chemistry club the Blue Bunsen Society. Mr Farquharson was selected 'head of school' at the private school for the school year 2015 to 2016 and was describe...
Putin puts Russia on war footing by telling businesses to be ready to switch to war production
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Putin puts Russia on war footing by telling businesses to be ready to switch to war production

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemingly put his country on a war footing by telling businesses that they should be ready to switch production to military needs at any time. Putin's words come just the day after he said his nation should aim to overtake the West in terms of military technology. Putin was speaking at a conference of military leaders in Sochi on Wednesday (22 November) at a time when western leaders have become more suspicious of a militarily resurgent Russia. The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security, Putin said according to The Independent. To this end, all strategic, and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership. Altho...
Jobs and training fair bridges gap between Somali community and opportunities
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Jobs and training fair bridges gap between Somali community and opportunities

More than 60 visitors and employers attended the Somali Taskforce jobs and training fair hosted by the council's Somali Taskforce and WorkPath, the council's partnership employment programme. Mayor Biggs set up and commissioned the Somali Taskforce last year, to investigate the challenges facing Somali residents in Tower Hamlets. The taskforce found that residents of Somali origin are more likely to suffer from economic inequality due to factors such as language barriers. Recommendations, by the taskforce include creating new employment opportunities, an internship scheme and improved targeted provision for English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL). The training and employment fair on November 13 was a major step towards improving the life experience of Somali residents in the borough...
Have your say on where charging points for electric vehicles should be installed across Tower Hamlets
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Have your say on where charging points for electric vehicles should be installed across Tower Hamlets

A consultation on where in Tower Hamlets on-street charging points for electric vehicles should be installed has launched today (Monday). This forms part of the council's climate change and clean air strategy. The decision to install more electric charging points was approved by the council's cabinet in September.With increasing demand for electric vehicle charging, the extra charging points will help to deliver the council priority of encouraging people to use cleaner vehicles. It will also help to reduce emissions from road traffic and help deliver the Mayor of London's target for a zero emission transport network by 2050. While private cars make up the majority of electric vehicles in the borough the council also wants to prepare for 1 January 2018 when new Transport for London regulati...