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India gives $5-billion aid to Africa

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At the second India-Africa Forum Summit in the capital of Ethiopia Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a multi-billion dollar aid package indicating closer ties between to the two continents.

The announcement was met with applause from leaders and representatives of the 15 African countries at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. Prime Minister Singh announced the $5 billion to ‘help achieve the development goals of Africa’. Commenting on the changes happening on the African continent he said:

World conference on Hindi language

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Aston University is to host an historic the three-day symposium that will focus on the cultural and political aspects, home and abroad of Hindi, India’s most common language.

The conference to be held from the 24-26th June has been organised by Gitanjali Multilingual Literary Circle (GMLC) in association with Aston University along with other UK and European organisations.

Muslims call for action against hate crimes

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Britain’s biggest Muslim organisation the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has called for ‘robust action’ to counter Islamophobic attacks amid the growing violence and under-reporting of hate crimes again British Muslims.

The MCB aims to challenge the ethnic profiling of members of its community citing that minorities are 42 times more likely to be targeted under the Terrorism Act.

Black Men in the Community

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Black men living in Britain are under acute social and economic pressure. The evidence of that is replete and is for all intents and purposes self evident. That’s why I am particularly pleased to attend this much needed conference.

I hope that as well as facilitating a dialogue among black men about how best to respond to the crisis we face as a community, the conference could also offer the opportunity to produce an overarching narrative of how we arrived at this point and the lessons we need to learn to move forward.

Congratulations to Winsome-Grace Cornish MBE

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Operation Black Vote’s (OBV) Winsome - Grace Cornish has been honoured by the State for her services to the Black community. An honour richly deserved. As Editor of the Voice, the newspaper not only witnessed its highest circulation figures ever, she also ensured the paper became the campaigning voice for Black Britons everywhere.

Remembering civil rights activist Clara Luper

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Clara Luper, one of the most well-known civil rights activists in the United States, died Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Clara was 88. She was well known for her non-violent protests and is credited for the development of the sit-in.

Clara Luper was the first black student to enrol in the history department at Oklahoma University. She taught American History for 41 years in Oklahoma City schools.

ACLT: Beverley De-Gale awarded OBE

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Saturday June 11th 2011 marks the day that co-founder of leading UK Leukaemia charity, African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), Beverley De-Gale, is awarded with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday 2011 Honours List by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary in recognition For services to Healthcare.

Black students and English Baccalaureate

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Black Caribbean students are half as likely as white British students to achieve the new English Baccalaureate benchmark in their GCSEs, analysis by the Runnymede Trust and the Institute of Education has found.

The new measurement, recently introduced for schools in England, requires pupils to achieve A* - C grades in maths; English; two science subjects; a foreign language; and either history or geography. Only 6.8 per cent of black Caribbean students taking their GCSEs in 2010 would have met these requirements, compared to 15.4 per cent of white British students.

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Malcolm X: a life of reinvention

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Sorry that this has come so late but you have less than a week to listen BBC 4's book of the week: Malcolm X: A life of Reinvention by Manning Marable.

I only caught the last episode today and will now back track and listen to the other four 15 minute episodes in this fascinating series.

As is well documented some of Marable’s facts about Malcolm are hotly disputed, that said this book has be an important document to understand one of America’s iconic Black political figures.

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