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THURSDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 13

PUBLISHED: 18:12 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

COMMONS TO DEBATE POST OFFICE CLOSURES... TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FESTIVAL CHILD BRIDES SCHOOLGIRL TRUENCY SHOCK ... TUBE DISASTER SURVIVORS WANT TO MEET UP... TOWN HALL GOES TO LORDS OVER CROSSRAIL

NOW COMMONS TO DEBATE POST OFFICE CLOSURES...

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the threat to shut down hundreds of neighbourhood post offices have welcomed next week's Parliamentary debate on the controversial plans. It follows Wednesday's London Assembly debate condemning the axing of 169 sub post offices across the capital. Now a Commons resolution calling for the suspension of the closure programme is being thrashed out by MPs on March 19.

THE Advertiser is joining its readers to fight to save five East End sub post offices under threat, at 75 Whitechapel Rd, Watney St, Devons Rd, Heylyn Sq and The Quarterdeck. Join the Advertiser's online campaign:

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TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FESTIVAL

EMBARRASSED council chiefs have been forced into a humiliating U-turn by admitting that this year's Baishaki Mela celebration may still take place in London's East End after all. It came just four days after sending the Advertiser a statement that Europe's biggest Bangladeshi New Year celebration would not go ahead in May "for safety reasons." Tower Hamlets council today (Thurs) backtracked and said it had 'made a mistake.'

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'CHILD BRIDES' SCHOOLGIRL TRUENCY SHOCK ...

FEARS have been raised that children as young as 14 are being taken out of schools in East London to become 'child brides' in forced marriages abroad. Tower Hamlets was named in a Government report as having some of the highest numbers of forced marriages in Britain.

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TUBE DISASTER SURVIVORS WANT TO MEET UP

A SPECIAL reunion is being planned to bring together as many survivors of the 1943 Bethnal Green Tube disaster as possible to retell their own stories for posterity. Organisers of the planned memorial are looking for a Saturday afternoon venue they can use free or hire at low cost, after thye success of their 65th anniversary service.

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TOWN HALL GOES TO LORDS OVER CROSSRAIL

TOWN Hall bosses have addressed the House of Lords Select Committee examining the unresolved issues surrounding the massive excavations planned for London's proposed Crossrail project. Tower Hamlets council has submitted a petition setting out objections to several issues which have not yet been settled.

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OLYMPICS RADIOACTIVE SOIL BEING REMOVED

RADIOACTIVE soil discovered at the 2012 Olympics site is being taken away in the next few weeks, the Olympics Delivery authority has confirmed. Contaminated soil from years of industrial pollution has been stockpiled on the site before it can be disposed of safely.

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BY-ELECTION LOOMS AS COUNCILLOR STEPS DOWN

TOWER Hamlets councillor Louise Alexander has resigned. The Lib Dem member for Weavers ward in Bethnal Green stood down on Monday for 'personal reasons.' A by-election is expected to be held on May 1.

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CURRY TOUTS 'NAMED & SHAMED' BY TOWN HALL

TOWN Hall bosses have issued a list 'name and shame' list of restaurants they say have flouted the law banning street touting along Brick Lane's 'Curry Mile' who have breached the byelaw. They have so far prosecuted 16 eateries since the ban came in 18 months ago.

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