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A pet parrot is being hailed as a hero after the bird flapped its wings, squawked and scared away a man who assaulted its owner in a park here. A 25-year-old woman, who was taking her pet African Grey parrot for a walk in Sunny Hill Park in Hendon, last week, was saved by her unusual walking partner. An unknown man is reported to have grabbed the woman by the shoulders and pushed her to the ground with both hands. However, the attacker ran off when the bird, named Wunsy, flapped its wings and squawked, trying to defend its owner. “This was a random attack on a woman walking out of a park,” police said. “Although the parrot, Wunsy, came to her rescue, we are obviously very keen to trace the suspect and prevent him from attacking anybody else.” The woman and the parrot were unharmed by the assault, police said.

UK Culture Minister resigns

Maria Miller, the minister who oversaw future regulation of Britain's newspapers, quit her cabinet post earlier this month following a row over expenses linked to a mortgage. Miller said she took ‘full responsibility’ for her decision to stand down as culture secretary, saying she did not want to become a ‘distraction’ from the government's achievements. She had faced a week of pressure from the main opposition Labour Party, and growing criticism from her Conservative Party colleagues, over payments she had claimed were linked to a loan on a home in Wimbledon, south London. Prime Minister David Cameron had come under fire for giving Miller his backing over the issue, and in accepting her resignation said he was "sad that you are leaving the government in these circumstances.” Asked if she believed she had been the victim of a media witch-hunt due to her role in implementing the recommendations of the press standards inquiry, Miller said in a television interview: “I fully accept the findings of the parliamentary report. This is about that.”

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Girls send gifts to orphans in Somalia through Mo Farah By Anush Ansari

Pupils from Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College, Blackburn have dispatched 350 stationery bags to orphans in Somalia this week through the Mo Farah Foundation. Working in partnership with Tauheedul Relief Trust and Mo Farah Foundation, the bags were designed and created by the pupils over the past few weeks. Each bag was then filled with

stationery items. Commenting on the efforts of the girls, Creative Arts Teacher Rukaiya Issa said: “This was an amazing heartfelt effort from our girls. “They personally designed and personalised the bags and filled them with stationery, which will directly impact the life of disadvantaged children overseas. Each bag contains items which will help take care of the children’s educational needs”. Principal of Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School

and Chief Executive of the Tauheedul Trust, Mufti Hamid Patel said: “Our girls have once again demonstrated their commitment to helping disadvantaged children in the developing world. “As a school, we raise thousands of pounds for local and global projects. We are passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people across the world. We are grateful to Mo Farah Foundation for facilitating this project”. Chief Operating Officer of the Mo Farah Foundation Diana Nell said:“Entering into the next stage of this partnership

provides a key connection between pupils in the UK and students in Somalia further highlighting the importance of every child’s right to learn through the Mo Farah Foundation educational programmes. “Being able to deliver learning tools created with such personal care and attention further cements the importance of this relationship and all it strives to achieve.”

“They personally designed and personalised the bags and filled them with stationery, which will directly impact the life of disadvantaged children overseas.”

Train blast

Fourteen passengers were killed and about 50 wounded on Tuesday when militants bombed a train in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, hospital sources and officials said. The blast came a day after Pakistani security forces said they had killed 30 separatist militants in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province. The separatist United Baluch Army claimed responsibility, saying in a text message to Reuters the bombing was retaliation for the raids by security forces. The bomb went off on the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express in a carriage reserved for men, in the town of Sibi, 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Quetta. “Fire engulfed the (carriage) following the blast causing most of the deaths,” said a rescue worker. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique confirmed the death toll.

Tauheedul Islam Girls school receives third ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection A high school has received its third Outstanding Ofsted inspection in a row. Tauheedul Islam Girls School received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors who said the school was in the country’s top one per cent for improving students’ outcomes. Inspectors said the school was led by a ‘strong sense of moral purpose’ and praised the its focus on helping the less fortunate. Lead inspector Joan McKenna said the academic achievement in school was also of an incredibly high standard. She said: “Students achieve exceptionally well

in this school. The rates of progress made by all groups of students are truly impressive across all subjects. “Because of the outstanding progress, students reach high standards. GCSE results are consistently significantly above the national average in all subjects.” The school has been in the top one per cent of schools in the country for the extent to which it improved students’ outcomes for the last three years. Ms McKenna added: “Students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about their learning.” She said the school’s spiritual focus was a

inspection is a stressful were very impressed and successful element. She said: “Students’ experience but it was most we are proud of our school spiritual, moral, social and positive. The inspectors and what we have achieved. cultural development is of an exceedingly high order because it is regarded as extremely important by leaders and its promotion is integral to the life of the school. “It is the framework within which all else takes place and there are very many examples of students’ outstanding outcomes in these areas.They act to help those less fortunate than they are and have welldeveloped views on a wide range of ethical and moral issues.” Principal Hamid Patel welcomed the report. He said: “Having an Ofsted

Asian Express National - April Edition 2014  
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