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NEWS Parvez Ahmed is new Mayor of Brent


Councillor Parvez Ahmed was elected Mayor for London Borough of Brent. Cllr Ahmed was officially appointed as First Citizen of Brent at the Mayor Making Ceremony recently, which was witnessed by fellow councillors, MPs and representatives of voluntary and community organisations from across the Borough. Among the guests were Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP, Barry Gardener MP, Dawn Butler MP, HM Queen representative Lieutenant Miss Mei Sim Lai OBE abd Press Minister of Bangladesh High Commissioner Nadeem Qadeer. Cllr Ahmed has been a Councillor in Dollis Hill since being elected in 2014 and lives in Dollis Hill with his family. He is the first person of Bangladeshi origin to be elected as Mayor of Brent. A successful businessman and community activist, he has lived and worked in Brent for over 30 years. His chosen charities for the year are Brent Centre for Young


People, Sufra North West London and Community Action on Dementia Brent. His wife, former Brent Councillor - Lena Ahmed, will be taking on the role of Mayoress. Mayor of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed, said: "I'm honoured to have been elected Mayor of Brent and I'm looking forward to championing our great Borough during my Mayoral year. "Brent really is a fantastic place to live and work and I'm looking forward to working with a variety of voluntary and community organisations, raising money for great causes and meeting residents. "I accept this role with great honour and pride and will carry out my duties with care and diligence." Cllr Parvez Ahmed, is also well known for his work with Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA), representative organisation of 12 thousands Bangladeshi and Indian Restaurants in the UK, for which he was a General Secretary in the past.


Nadiya set to star in TV show


The winner of The Great British Bake Off 2015, Nadiya Hussain, is to star in her own TV cookery programme exploring the food of Bangladesh. Announcing the news, Nadiya tweeted how excited she was to be “sharing the journey with everyone”. The two-part travel food show named The Chronicles of Nadiya, will see the exuberant 31-year-old journeying from her home town of Luton to her parent’s home village in Biyanibazar in Sylhet. Nadiya, who last visited Bangladesh for her own wedding 10 years ago is looking forward to exploring her culinary roots and discovering the changes that have taken place on the Bangladeshi food scene. In the words of Patrick Holland, who commissioned the documentary for the


BBC: “Nadiya’s story on Bake-Off touched the hearts of a nation. We are delighted that she will be using her cooking skills to take us on a journey to such an extraordinary and changing land.” Since becoming the first British-Asian winner of Bake-Off, Nadiya has been riding the wave of success. With her wit and bubbly charm, she has been credited with changing more prejudiced perceptions of hijab-wearing women, and has been described as a positive role model for young British Muslims. She recently baked a special cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday, and delivered it personally. She has also launched a new career as a magazine columnist and has written a book, Nadiya’s Kitchen which, reportedly, is selling like hot cakes.


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