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Day: June 19, 2018

New Lords defeat for May: MPs meaningful vote if govt fails to reach Brexit deal
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New Lords defeat for May: MPs meaningful vote if govt fails to reach Brexit deal

    The meaningful vote amendment was passed by 354 votes to 235 a majority of 119 The government has been defeated in a landslide Lords vote which will set up another Commons showdown over an amendment to give MPs a meaningful vote even if the government fails to reach a Brexit deal. The House of Lords voted in favour of a new amendment, devised by Tory MP and pro-EU rebel Dominic Grieve and tabled by Viscount Hailsham, by a significantly bigger margin than the last time the issue was debated. The amendment was passed by 354 votes to 235 a majority of 119. Michael Heseltine, Chris Patten and Sayeeda Warsi were among the 22 Tory peers who rebelled and backed the amendment. Hailsham, the former Conservative cabinet minister Douglas Hogg, tabled the last-minute amendment...
Trump announces new Space Force to save Pentagon
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Trump announces new Space Force to save Pentagon

    Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new Space Force as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space. Trump envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want China and Russia and other countries leading us. Trump had previously suggested the possibility of creating a space unit that would include portions equivalent to parts of the Air Force, Army and Navy. But his directive will task the Defense Department to begin the process of esta...
Ban combustible cladding on high-rise buildings soon
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Ban combustible cladding on high-rise buildings soon

    The Government will ban combustible tower block cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. In a statement issued today, housing minister James Brokenshire said he would move to make it illegal to cover the outside of high-rises with flammable materials like the ones used on the west London block. But he failed to set a deadline, suggesting the decision would only be made after a consultation. I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation, he said. Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey London social housing block, was engulfed in flames after fire broke out in the middle of the night in June last year. Officials have said aluminium cladding wi...
Thousands of holidays could be cancelled after Brexit: EU ban no deal back up plan could ground UK flight
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Thousands of holidays could be cancelled after Brexit: EU ban no deal back up plan could ground UK flight

    Brexiteers accused Brussels of an 'outrageous' threat to holiday makers today after the EU risks chaos in the skies by banning aviation chiefs from preparing no deal continengcy plans. Tory Simon Clarke told MailOnline the tactics of EU negotiator Michel Barnier were an abuse of process that threatened the interests of passengers and business. Senior figures in the airline industry warned today there will be no chance of cobbling together a last minute deal if Brexit talks collapse in the run up to exit day on March 29, 2019. Flights over Britain and Europe are tightly regulated in Open Skies arrangements bound up in the UK's membership of the EU. A shut down of the skies threatens thousands of holiday bookings and would devastate routine business travel until a d...
Windrush scandal tip of iceberg
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Windrush scandal tip of iceberg

    British citizens of Indian, Ghanaian and Pakistani descent have been hit by the government’s hostile environment immigration policy forcing the Home Office’s Windrush scandal taskforce to step in, The Independent can reveal. In dozens of cases of alleged discrimination, people born in Commonwealth nations who have lived in the UK for decades have been left stranded abroad or threatened with deportation. Charities said growing numbers from outside the Caribbean had approached them in need of support with immigration issues and warned that the Windrush fiasco was the tip of the iceberg. Labour MP Virendra Sharma, who chairs the Indo-British all-party parliamentary group, said: The treatment of these hard-working and British citizens is appalling. While thousands were...
Three people killed who they photographers of graffiti at south London’s train station
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Three people killed who they photographers of graffiti at south London’s train station

    Spray cans were found near the bodies of three men who have died after being hit by a train at a station in south London. British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to Loughborough Junction station, near Brixton, shortly after 7.30am after reports of multiple bodies being found on the track. An investigation has begun to identify the men and the reason why they were on the tracks. Officers were seen taking photographs of graffiti as part of their inquiries. Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, from BTP, said: My team are now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway. My thoughts are with the family and friends of these three people. At this time, we are treating their death as unexpla...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London
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News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London

Expatriates‟ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam B.Sc yesterday informed the parliament that 10,08,525 Bangladeshi workers have been sent to 165 countries in 2017. More 47,027 have gone abroad for wage earning till May 2018, he added. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said, nearly 300 green readymade garment factories are under construction apart from existing 67 such factories in the country. A total of 67 RMG factories have so far been certified as „green factories‟ by the United States Green Building Council, and of them 17 factories are included as the platinum class, he said replying to a question in the Parliament yesterday. Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam has said, the country‟s food stock capacity has now stood at 21,18822 metric tons. The Minister said thi...