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New immigration rules pose threat to industry

A cap on non-European Union immigra- tion introduced on July 19 by Britain’s new coalition government has put the future of the curry industry into uncer- tainty, claims the trade association Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs (GBR).

Mr Sayedur Rahman Renu, the owner of Cinnamon Tree Group and Vice President GBR said “You cannot train people to be chefs overnight. That is why you have no other choice but to bring in chefs from the home coun- try who have the cultural background needed for the job. The previous gov- ernment made a mess of the whole situation.”

Mr Rahman warned that it would seri- ously affect the industry, by shortages of skill chefs, which the GBR estimates at about 9,500. GBR believes UK or EU citizens cannot fill the gap without more training unless facilities are available in the local colleges and universities and government offer incentive in the form of training to the unemployed.

Immigration Minister Damian Green has suggested these courses will help train the chefs of the future and has indicated that the government expects employers to make the most of them.

A family event to float your boat

Rowing boats is a popular water sport for Bangladeshi villagers especially in the monsoon season. The events are festive with river banks lined up with spectators and there are plenty of colourful decorations and music.

Aziz -Ur Rahman, the owner of Aziz Restaurant in Oxford, has been orga- nising an annual Nowka Bais - or boat race - for three years. It has built up a great deal of popularity and success over the years, as the community as a whole has come to appreciate Mr Aziz’s

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sporting initiative. This year the Nowka Bais will be held from 2pm on 26th September in the magnificent surroundings of Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire, a much bigger venue than in previous years. Twenty four teams from all over the country are due to compete and, as in previous years, the rowers will be wearing full traditional Bangladeshi costumes. Mr Aziz says, ”This year the location very much resembles a Bangladeshi lake, so people can feel almost at home and enjoy the great day out with family.”


The heats, quarter finals, semi finals, and finals will all be completed on the same day. Then there will be a presen- tation ceremony with first, second and third prizes of £1000, £500 and £250 respectively and medals for all the participants. The programme will con- tinue into the evening with a cultural celebration of traditional music and dancing. It promises to be be a real family day out, with children’s enter- tainment throughout the day and food served in a marquee. For more infor- mation please visit www.nowkabais. com or phone Aziz Restaurant, Oxford 01865 794 945

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