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Tower Hamlets set for 20mph speed limit

Following a positive public consultation, Tower Hamlets Council is moving ahead to implement a 20mph speed limit across the borough. The 20mph limit will come into effect on Monday, April 13 and applies to all of the borough’s roads excluding red routes. 80per cent of respondents to the public consultation – which took place during



EU condemns online activist’s murder in Bangladesh

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, it said one month after the killing of blogger Avijit Roy, “this vile aggression again calls for the EU to reiterate its strong attachment to freedom of expression, which constitutes an essential element of a democratic society”. Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon also expressed his condolences to Babu’s family.



Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring ‘Black girls rock!’ at the annual awards show of the same name. The first lady wasn’t one of the honorees Saturday night but was the most heralded participant at the 5th annual event. It honored Jada Pinkett Smith,



2 new HSC examination centres in Sylhet board

The Sylhet Education Board (SEB) has added 2 new HSC examination centers this year in a bid to smoothly hold the exams. With these additions, a total of 75 centers under the Sylhet board are now ready for holding the HSC examinations scheduled to begin on April 1. Controler of Sylhet Education Board,Abdul Mannan said



Oil drops as Saudi output nears record, China demand worries drag

The flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped to 49.2 in March, below the 50-point level that separates growth in activity from a contraction on a monthly basis, stoking worries over the strength of the world’s No.2 economy. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 50.6. “Considering that the preliminary PMI figures for



Saudha’s Ghazal and Thumri Festival in London

‘Exploring to develop a Western Gharana of Indian classical Music’Ghazal and Thumri festival organised by one of the prominant promoters of Indian Classical Music of this country, Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music-‘made a true valentine treat’ for many Londoners at Morden Assembly Hall and Raynes  Park Library Hall. Leading musicians, poets from different