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Narendra Modi – A fool trying to make a fool out of the masses

by Mohammed Ajeeb, CBE “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi’s recent visit to Britain was marked by cheerful greetings, noisy and angry demonstrations, contempt, and some unfavourable and critical media reports. However, Mr David Cameron, our Prime Minister, received him on the rolling red carpet and showered him with factitious words of praise and admiration with the…

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Crime DO THE CRIME 

CCTV Appeal – Robbery on Park Grove, Heaton in Bradford

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery on Park Grove in Bradford on 19 November. The occupant of the house was hit over the head and sustained an injury. Five or six males wearing balaclavas then gained entry to the house and threatened other occupants before stealing property. This offence is linked to a similar offence earlier that evening on Thorncliffe Road in Batley. Detective Inspector Andy Howard from Bradford District CID said, “These serious incidents caused a…

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Urban Echo News 

Plans to transform Leeds Station into high-speed transport hub revealed

Ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Leeds Station into an integrated high-speed transport hub for the city and the Yorkshire region have been released today. The much-anticipated report by the chair of HS2 Ltd Sir David Higgins has revealed his recommended option for how to remodel the station to accommodate future high-speed rail as well as boosting through rail services in a single integrated hub. His recommendation to government would see the station redeveloped as a ‘Yorkshire Hub’ utilising a ‘T-shape’ design. This would see the existing east-west rail lines…

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Urban Echo News 

New Bradford city centre scheme to entice businesses to the top end of town is launched

A new Bradford city centre scheme to entice businesses to the top end of town has been launched. Entitled the Priority Streets Scheme it will offer a package of assistance to pay for property improvements and equipment along with business rate rebates, both subject to job creation. The scheme is available to property owners or tenants who want to bring vacant ground floor premises back into commercial use in Darley Street, Kirkgate, Ivegate, Rawson Square and Rawson Place. Businesses able to benefit include financial, legal, business and professional services; leisure…

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Urban Echo News 

Free parking from Bradford Council in the run-up to Christmas

Bradford Council is offering free parking at Council-run car parks to encourage people to shop locally and take advantage of late-night shopping in the city centre and at weekend across the district. People will be able to park for free in all Bradford city centre Council-run car parks after 4.30pm on Thursday in December 10, 17 and 24. This is in addition to the usual all day free parking on Sundays at these car parks and on-street free parking after 4.30pm Mondays to Saturdays and all day Sundays. People can…

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Urban Echo News 

‘Flash mob dance’ in Bradford as women dance to end violence

Bradford – Startled onlookers were met with over 40 women who swept into Centenary Square and burst into a ‘flash mob dance’ to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The dancers suddenly appeared from all four corners of the park dressed in orange, the colour of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Women from across the world have been encouraged to wear orange to express their support for the campaign which calls to the end of what it describes as a ‘global pandemic’….

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Urban Echo News 

Bradford City Football Club announce exciting new partnership with Leeds Bradford Airport

An agreement struck in the last few days between Bradford City’s Chief Operating Officer James Mason and Leeds Bradford® Airport’s Aviation Development Director Tony Hallwood will see the two parties working together over the next 12 months. Bradford City season ticket holders are set to benefit from regular competitions, chances to win flights and spe-cial offers as the airport continues to expand. As part of the deal, LBA® will undertake a much more visible presence around the Coral Windows Stadium as the official airport partner of Bradford City Football Club….

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Arts & Entertainment 

Legendary comic Ken Dodd coming to St George’s Hall in Bradford

It’s time to get those tickling sticks at the ready as we welcome back legendary comic Ken Dodd to St George’s Hall, Bradford on Sunday 20 December with his hugely popular Christmas Happiness Show. Described by Michael Billington, of The Guardian as “an astonishing phenomenon: the last in a line of great music hall comics that stretches back from Dan Leno and George Robey to Max Miller and Max Wall”, Dodd is celebrating over 60 years as a professional entertainer. A true comedy genius Ken Dodd continues to pack theatres…

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Urban Echo News 

Violence against women strategy boosts prevention

Bradford Council and its partners including the NHS and West Yorkshire Police will launch a new domestic and sexual violence strategy at Bradford City Hall on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. MP, Naz Shah and human rights, forced marriages and child sex exploitation advisor, Saima Afzal MBE will speak to local domestic and sexual violence prevention professionals at a special event in Bradford’s City Hall on 25 November. Representatives from across Bradford district will sign a public pledge to eliminate domestic and sexual violence. The…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

“Getting tested vital” in Bradford district during HIV Testing Week

People across the district are being encouraged to have a quick and simple HIV test during National HIV Testing Week (21-28 November) which also aims to reduce the stigma around having the HIV virus. A partnership of health and community organisations are coming together to raise awareness of the importance of testing including Bradford Council, British Red Cross, MESMAC, Locala, Equity Partnership, Step 2 Young People’s Health Project and the Red Ribbon Society from the University of Bradford. The week will end with events being held in the city centre…

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