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Angry Bangladeshi community rallies after Mijanur Rahman’s murder, proposes renaming Forbell Avenue to Mijanur Avenue

Uncategorized August 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

Bangladeshis in New York rallied for peace on Aug. 18 after the murder of renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Mijanur Rahman. He was killed by a group of Hispanic men on Aug. 11 in Brooklyn. Many Bangladeshis and members of other community organizations attended the Sunday peace rally. The sentiment was, “MijanRead More

Nanny may be jailed in death of ward

Uncategorized August 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

For weeks now, Filipino babysitters and nannies in the New York-New Jersey area have been talking about a young colleague whom, they say, was jailed after the death of her seven-year-old ward who reportedly fell in a Manhattan playground and knocked his head on a concrete. The problem is, noRead More

A day of hope: Farmingdale day laborers earn diplomas for learning English and their rights as laborers

Uncategorized August 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

The situation for two day laborers from Farmingdale—who were nearly killed two years ago when two white men attacked them—seems to be looking up. Thanks to the hard work of activists like Irma Solis of the Center for Labor Rights (CDL), about 15 day laborers from Farmingdale have received diplomasRead More

Jamaica launches probe into allegations of corruption at Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

With a plethora of allegations of corruption swirling around Jamaica’s Tourist Board’s (JTB) office in New York, Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Sport has moved to get to the bottom of the charges. The claims in a lengthy unsigned letter included: suggestions of criminal behavior by some top tourist boardRead More

Say no to juvenile gangs

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

The recent shooting of a young girl in the Bronx after a gang stormed a private party is evidence of a resurgence in gang violence in New York. The gang members responsible appear to have ties to powerful Mexican gangs in Los Angeles, where whole neighborhoods and supposedly under theirRead More

Butt out, Bloomy: Bar owners slam smoking ban; vow to fight Bloomberg plan

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

Irish bar owners are hopping mad and banding together citywide to tell New York’s mayor to butt out of their businesses and not to impose a smoking ban on their premises. Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for a tough new law banning smoking in bars, company cars andRead More

Councilman Jennings supports Indo-Caribbean political initiative

Uncategorized August 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Sunday, Aug. 11, City Councilman Allan Jennings from Queens joined political leaders in the Indo-Caribbean and South American Queens community in celebrating the formation of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Americans for Political Progress, Inc., (SAICAPP). At an event held at the Santoor India Restaurant in Glen Oaks, Queens,Read More

The Times will announce same sex marriages

Uncategorized August 19, 2002 at 12:00 am

Homosexuals in the Big Apple will soon see one of their biggest aspirations come to fruition: the announcements of weddings between gays and lesbians in the mainstream press. Yesterday, the New York Times newspaper revealed that as of September, it will publish announcements of weddings and ceremonies between couples ofRead More

No sane New Yorker will eat in Chinatown? Customers and Chinese restaurants owners disagree

Uncategorized August 19, 2002 at 12:00 am

No sane New Yorker would eat in Chinatown? A New York City Department of Health restaurant inspector’s comment about Chinatown’s restaurants offended Chinatown’s regulars and irked the restaurants’ owners. Nicolle Woods, a 33-year-old restaurant inspector, was quoted in “The New Yorker” magazine. The story, “Everyone Lies” by Elizabeth Kolbert, coversRead More

Coyotes deceive Ecuadorian immigrants in New York

Uncategorized August 19, 2002 at 12:00 am

Freddy Sánchez León, 56, hails from Seguro in Guayaquil, Ecuador. For the hundreds of Ecuadorian immigrants who knock at his door, Sánchez is their “last hope.” Sánchez, who is the commissioner of la Defensoría del Pueblo (People’s Defense), an office set up by the Ecuadorian Congress to aid Ecuadorians inRead More

Indian motel owner in ratty dilemma

Uncategorized August 17, 2002 at 12:00 am

Call it a difference between spotting and smelling a rat. An Orthodox Jewish family accused an Indian American motel owner of Day’s Inn in the town of Catskill, near Albany, of forcing them out of his place because they reportedly complained about spotting a rat. But owner Mathai George, originallyRead More

Bangladeshi photojournalist killed and four others hurt when attacked by a group of Hispanic men in Brooklyn

Uncategorized August 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

Outstanding and promising Bangladeshi photojournalist Mijanur Rahman was killed on Sunday night by a group of Hispanic men. Four other Bangladeshis were hurt in the attacks and are now in the hospital. Mijanur Rahman, 37, was the senior photojournalist for the Daily Inqilab of Bangladesh before he came to theRead More

Small businesses work together to oppose Bloomberg’s policies

Uncategorized August 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

Korean interest groups are joining together to pose unified resistance to some of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies, which they call anti-small business. Moreover, Bloomberg is losing support in the Korean community, mainly because of the tobacco tax increase and his proposed ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. As aRead More

Fracas about deportation of a Bangladeshi: INS forced to bring him back during asylum application

Uncategorized August 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

The INS was forced to bring back a deported Bangladeshi from Bangladesh after long battle surrounding the deportation. Mohammed Arif Rashid is the Bangladeshi man who is at the focal point of this bubble. Arif Rashid, 26, resident of Gendaria of Dhaka, arrived at the Los Angeles airport with aRead More

Yeshiva University changes housing policy: Medical school to allow same-sex couples to share housing

Uncategorized August 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

After a four-year battle to maintain control over who can share living quarters at its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University quietly changed its policy this month, avoiding a trial in the lawsuit brought by lesbian students who claimed discrimination. Under the previous policy, unmarried couples were allowed toRead More