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Kamal’s personal insight into quest for freedom A NEW book,


‘Bangladesh: Quest for Freedom and Justice’ has been published as part of the University Press Road to Bangladesh series, which presents various accounts of the background to the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country. Written by Dr Kamal


Hossain, who served in the Government of Bangladesh under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman between 1972 and 1975, and who was a prominent member of the Awami League until the 1990s, the book gives an insider’s account of the political developments that led to independence. The post independence challenges of state building described here are a valuable source of information about these troubled times.


Swansea City star is Mint-ed


WALES football captain Ashley Williams recently opened a new restaurant, Mint Masala, in Neath. The latest venture of director Amin Shah, a Swansea-based restaurateur, Mint Masala has opened after an extensive 8-week refurbishment which effectively rebuilt the premises. Mr Shah says, “It has created 10 new jobs, so


we are very pleased about that and it was great to get the Swansea City star on board. Ashley is a good friend and he does a lot of good charity work.” n


Kamal Hossain gives


the reader a vivid eye witness account of his own involvement in the events leading up to, during and after the war of independence. He offers thoughtful analysis as to how the country’s constitution was developed and provides critical insights into the processes of state formation in these initial years.


The official launching of the book in the UK was attended by a number of prominent persons, including Rushanara Ali MP, Shafiqul Islam, Muhaimin Miah, Foysul Chowdhury and representatives of the media. Copies of the 293 page book can be ordered online at: www. uplbooks.com/book/ bangladesh-quest- freedom-and-justice n


ASHOKA EXPANDS INTO EDINBURGH MARKET


SCOTTISH curry boss Sanjay Majhu has opened a new Ashoka restaurant in Edinburgh’s Hanover Street, expanding the business from his Glasgow stronghold. He is reported to be considering setting up further restaurants in the city based on the success of this pilot. Mr Majhu says,


“Ashoka World Buffet restaurant is our first venture into the capital and our east coast expansion has definitely whetted our appetite for further growth throughout Scotland.I’m looking forward to making as much of an impact with Ashoka in the east as we have in the west.” The Ashoka world


buffet concept combines Indian favourites with speciality Italian and Chinese dishes under a set-price menu. In partnership with his wife, leading Indian author and chef, Jiggy Majhu, Sanjay has diversified the Ashoka’s offering beyond its traditional Indian restaurant roots. He adds, “Despite the difficult economic climate we’re confident this is the right time to grow the business beyond our current locations. Diners are eating out less frequently so in line with the changing requirements of our customers we have developed into an exciting new area.” n


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