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Day: June 28, 2018

HO pays compensation £21m after wrongful detentions detaining 850 people
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HO pays compensation £21m after wrongful detentions detaining 850 people

    The Home Office mistakenly detained more than 850 people between 2012 and 2017, some of whom were living in the UK legally, and the government was forced to pay out more than £21m in compensation as a result, officials have revealed. Figures released to the home affairs select committee this week show there were 171 cases of wrongful immigration detention in 2015-16, triggering compensation payments totalling £4.1m, and 143 cases in 2016–17, triggering a further £3.3m in compensation. Between 2012 and 2015 a total of £13.8m was paid out to more than 550 people after a period of unlawful immigration detention. The document also reveals that bonuses were paid to both senior and junior Home Office staff according to whether targets for enforced removals from the count...
Torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11 revealed
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Torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11 revealed

    British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, according to two reports by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. The reports published on Thursday amount to one of the most damning indictments ever of UK intelligence, revealing links to torture and rendition were much more widespread than previously reported. While there was no evidence of officers directly carrying out physical mistreatment of detainees, the reports say the overseas agency MI6 and the domestic service MI5 were involved in hundreds of torture cases and scores of rendition cases. The committee says the agencies were aware at an early point of the mistreatment of detainees by the US and others. There were two cases in which UK ...
Sleeping Beauty tomb found in Russia
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Sleeping Beauty tomb found in Russia

    A mummified corpse discovered in Russia has earned the nickname “Sleeping Beauty” because she was laid to rest in luxurious clothing while clutching gifts for the afterlife, including a makeup box with a mirror. Scientists think the body could be more than 1,900 years old. The woman’s body was buried in the grave dressed in a silk skirt and with a pouch of pine nuts on her chest. Archaeologists think that several expensive items found in the grave, including a gemstone buckle on a beaded belt and the mirror, were placed there to help her in the afterlife, The Siberian Times reported. The body was accidentally mummified in the stone tomb, in a rare case of natural mummification by which the skin and organs of a dead person or animal are preserved, without the introdu...
Give volunteering a go in Tower Hamlets this summer
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Give volunteering a go in Tower Hamlets this summer

Do you live, work or study in Tower Hamlets?  Interested in finding out how you can help your local community by volunteering? Then get along to the Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH) Volunteering Fair in Bethnal Green on 9 July. Where:Tower Hamlets Professional Development Centre (PDC), 229 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6AB Getting there: The PDC is a short walk from Bethnal Green or Shoreditch High Street stations, and the number 8 and 388 buses stop just outside (Barnet Grove stop).  There are also plenty of cycle parking spaces available. When: Monday 9 July - 3.30pm to 6.30pm More than 30 charities of all sizes will be recruiting volunteers on the day for a wide variety of roles and opportunities.  Organisations recruiting volunteers at the event include Marie Cu...
Fourteen arrested in Tower Hamlets drugs raids
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Fourteen arrested in Tower Hamlets drugs raids

Police in Tower Hamlets have overnight and this morning carried out a series of raids – the third phase of raids this month - as part of an intelligence-led operation to crackdown on the supply of drugs in Whitechapel that was causing violence, knife crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the area. These arrests are part the Borough's ongoing operation called 'Continuum', a partnership operation between police and Tower Hamlets Council. 150 suspected dealers have been charged since the work began. Today's operation saw 15 search warrants executed at addresses across the borough and in Newham. More than 190 officers from across the Met were involved in the raids. A quantity of drugs and cash were seized during the operation. The men, aged between 17 and 40, were arrested for offences...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission in London
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News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission in London

The Finance Bill 2018 was passed in the Parliament with some changes, including lowering of VAT on internet services, continuation of VAT exemption on computer and its parts and increase the tariff of cigarettes. Finance Minister A M A Muhith moved the bill which was passed by voice vote in the House yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the budget for the upcoming fiscal was placed thinking the welfare of the people. The PM, while taking part in the discussion on budget for next fiscal yesterday evening, said the fate of the common people of Bangladesh has really changed as we have taken steps to give the people at all level a decent and economically prosperous life. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasised on undertaking a far-reaching plan for improving the life and liv...