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Blackpool footballers in Lal Qila

After a dream start to their first season in the Premier League, fired- up Blackpool players celebrated with a modest curry. The footballers might have been expected to hit a nightclub and toast their 4-0 win at Wigan - but manager Ian Holloway sent them off to Lal

Qila Indian restaurant in Rusholme, Manchester.

One customer said: “They all seemed in great spirits and it’s not surprising after that win. A few obviously didn’t fancy anything hot and chose non- curry meals. Most were sipping soft drinks.”

BRAC plans to eradicate blindness from Sylhet

The international non government development organisation BRAC and Sightsavers, through a project called ‘Vision Bangladesh’ want to eradicate blindness from Bangladesh by 2020. The founder and chairperson of BRAC Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in the formal press launching of Vision Bangladesh in London informed that as a part of the project initially about 1 million cataract patients in Sylhet will be given treat- ment. There will be an outlay of 3 mil- lion pounds in the implementation of the project. Sir Fazle Hassan believes it will be possible to do it if the expatri- ate Bangladeshis here come forward to help. There are about one million blind people in Bangladesh, about 80 pct of them have developed blind- ness from cataract. In Sylhet out of the population of 13 million sixty thou-

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sand have already gone blind. These poor people can get back their sight only after a cataract operation costing only 25 pounds. Sir Abed has sought the help of the British Bangladeshis in this noble mission of giving back sight to these hapless people. Even though BRAC receives funds as development aid from the British government each year, Sir Abed believes it is only with the help of the British Bangladeshis that this project can see the light of the day. Most of the expatriate Bangladeshis in Britain are from Sylhet and this proj- ect has started from Sylhet. That is why Sir Abed called upon the Sylhetis here to come forward and help their poor and handicapped brothers and sisters back home. If each expatri- ate takes on the responsibility of one cataract operation this project will


become much easier. About one thou- sand poor patients have already been treated under this project. BRAC UK director Sandra Kabir, John Byne of Sightsaver International, W. Salim, proprietor of Pride of Asia, a spon- sor of the Vision Bangladesh Project and Monchab Ali, Chairperson of the Greater Sylhet Council were present in the press conference. President of the London Bangla Press Club Belal Ahmed said in his speech that London Bangla Press Club has extended its cooperation to this project and hopes other mass communication organisa- tions will follow suit. Prior to this in his visit to London the founder of BRAC Sir Fazle Hasan Abed received honorary doctorate in law from the University of Bath for the worldwide development work of BRAC.

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