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Communities come together to promote the Charity Walk For Peace

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) in East London held their second annual Pre Charity Walk for Peace Dinner in Stratford on Friday 3rd March 2017. They were joined by John Barber, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of London for the Borough of Newham, Mike Gapes MP for Ilford South, Councillor Peter Herrington Mayor of Waltham Forest as well as local police representatives, other local dignitaries and representatives from 60 charities based throughout the UK. The Charity Walk for Peace (CWFP Registered Charity Number 1161567) raises and distributes money to UK charities. Funds are raised through Charity Walks which have been held all over the UK. The first Walk in 1998 raised only £1,500 but the amount raised in 2016 was an amazing £504,000. The target for the 2017 Walk which is to be held on 14 May 2017 in Silvertown, London is £750,000 and cumulative funds raised stand over £3.5 million. As part of the promotion of the Walk regional dinners are being held so that charities can find out more information about the Walk and how they may be nominated as a beneficiary of the Walk. Following an introduction to the work of the Charity Walk For Peace presented by Mr Rafi Ahmad (National Vice Chairman of CWFP) various dignitaries including John Barber, Mike Gapes MP, Councillor Peter Herrington, Ian Larnder, Chief Superintendent of Newham Police, and Councilor Paul Sathianesan, East Ham Civic Leader spoke about their connection to the Charity Walk For Peace and the posi-

tive impact it and members of AMEA have had on the local community. Charity representatives, who had attended the Charity Walk in previous years, also spoke about their experiences and how funds raised from the Walk have helped the work that they are doing. All the various charity representatives who spoke said that they looked forward to participating in the Walk on 14 May 2017. Dr Ch Ijaz Ur Rehman, National President of AMEA thanked all the charities who attended and praised the work that they are doing. In the final address Mr Rafiq Ahmad Hayat, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, gave an introduction to the beliefs of the community and their motto of Love For All Hatred For None. He stated that there was a great responsibility on all Muslims to be loyal to their country and to engage with and help their local community through charitable works and fundraising.

with a three course meal prepared by volunteer members of AMEA. Some of the other guests who attended or spoke at the function included:➢ Mrs Patsy Robertson from The Ramphal Institute ➢ Unmesh Desai - Member of the London Assembly for City and East ➢ Councillor Gurdial Bhamra - Mayor of Redbridge ➢ Councillor Ian Payne – Mayor of Bromley ➢ Steve Howey - Ambassador at Richard House Children's Hospice ➢ Keith Fernett - Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House ➢ Helen Bigham from The Mill E17 ➢ Rose Adrahart from Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) ➢ Eleanor Harrison OBE from GlobalGiving UK Further information about the Walk and how to participate or be nominated as a beneficial charity can be found at

In total 300 guests attended the function held at The Old Town Hall in Stratford. Before leaving they were served or contact on

Clean energy industry growing faster than rest of economy – CCC report A new report by the Government’s advisory body the Committee on Climate Change highlights the benefits that wind and marine energy bring to the economy by growing new industries, and to consumers by providing insurance against volatile international fossil fuel prices. The study, “Energy Prices and Bills 2017 – impacts of meeting carbon budgets” states that having renewables on the system drives down bills by providing more competition among a wide range of energy sources. It notes that offshore wind costs have fallen dramatically and will continue to do so, and that onshore wind offers a cost-effective way

to keep bills down, so it is one of the technologies which can provide new generation in the 2020s. RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “This report highlights the fact that the UK’s low-carbon sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy, already employing hundreds of thousands of people and contributing 23% of GDP, which is comparable in size to energy-intensive manufacturing”. With Government looking to invest in industries of the future through the Industrial Strategy, the CCC’s findings clearly demonstrate that wind and marine energy should be priorities”.

'DNA sample confirms murdered Nam's identity' Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on Feb. 13, when Malaysian police say two women smeared super toxic VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. North Korea, which the United States and South Korea say orchestrated the murder, has denied the victim was Kim Jong Nam. He was carrying a passport under the name of Kim Chol when he was killed. "I again confirm that it is Kim Jong Nam... This is based on a sample taken from his child," Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told reporters. He did not say how Malaysia obtained the DNA sample or from which of Kim Jong Nam's children it came from. Kim Jong Nam had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau with his second wife under Beijing's protection after the family went into exile several years ago. He had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-

armed North Korea. Video footage of a man claiming to be the son of Kim Jong Nam appeared last week, in which he said he was lying low with his mother and sister. An official at South Korea's National Intelligence Service confirmed the man in the video was Kim Han Sol, the 21-year-old son of Kim Jong Nam. The murder has sparked a diplomatic meltdown between two countries with once strong ties. Malaysia refused North Korea's request to release the body without an autopsy and investigation, and then expelled the North Korean ambassador over his remarks questioning the investigations. North Korea then banned nine Malaysians - three diplomats and their six family members - from leaving the country, in what Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak described as taking Malaysians "hostage". The Southeast Asian country followed with a tit-for-tat action. Formal negotiations between the two countries began on Monday.

Bangla Post- Issue 669, Date 17 03 2017  

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