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Originally published by Telangana Today: https://telanganatoday.news/telugu-association-london-celebrates-ugadi

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Hyderabad: The Telugu Association of London TAL organized its 13th Ugadi Celebrations in Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, London on Saturday with hundreds of Telugu families from the region participating in the colourful event.

TAL Ugadi 2017 convenor Srinivas Reddy inaugurated the celebrations in the presence of chairman Sri Satyendra Pagadala, vice chairman Sri Sridhar Medichetty, trustees Mallesh Kota, Nirmala Dhavala, Bharathi Kandukuri, Sridhar Somisetty, Srinivas Rao Kornepati and Kiran Kappeta.

The celebrations began with a presentation by Tal Culture Centre (TCC) music students and went on with a variety of dances and songs. A Carnatic vocal music performance by TCC Music teacher Veena Pani, a violin recital by Jyotsna and dance sequences by Sijju and Arunima were among the programmes, which were followed by a sumptuous spread that included the traditional Ugadi Pachadi and other delicious dishes.

Singers from Telugu film industry Gopika Purnima and Mallikarjun entertained the audience with a variety of songs while comedians Abi and Avinash too performed.

Chief Guest and actor Praneetha praised the work TAL is doing in preserving and promoting Telugu culture in the UK. Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South and Soumendra Mahapatra from the Indian High Commission were also present.

A ‘Maa Telugu’ magazine, edited by Hema Macherla, too was released on the occasion. The celebrations were followed by the formal launch of the TAL Premier League 2017 cricket championship.

Mike Gapes MP joins Telugu Association of London Ugadi celebration

Originally published by Telangana Today: https://telanganatoday.news/telugu-association-london-celebrates-ugadi

Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South) has signed the Labour Campaign for International Development statement on the chemical attack by the Syrian regime in Idlib.

We believe civilian protection should be at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy. The UK is a signatory to the UN’s Responsibility to Protect civilians agreement, and it is time for that to be recognised. Where a government is responsible for mass murder, genocide or war crimes, the international community has a clear obligation to intervene, choosing timely and decisive action from a wide range of approaches, including diplomatic means, sanctions and in the most extreme cases, military operations.

The horrific chemical weapons attack in Idlib, undeniably committed by the Syrian regime, is yet another act of barbarity in the conflict which shows no sign of ending. For too long, the international community has stood back and done nothing, whilst hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, tortured, or forced to flee their homes.

The US missile strikes on a Syrian government airbase should only be the start of a wider and coherent strategy to protect civilians, and ultimately to help Syrians to establish a democratic, free and socially just country. In the short term, an internationally-led no-fly zone should be set up in Idlib province as soon as possible to prevent further civilian deaths. In addition, whilst DFID’s support for refugees in Lebanon and Jordan is welcome, we, and other European countries, must take our fair share of Syrian refugees too, something this government has so far failed to do.

Where chemical weapons are used, and where civilians are harmed, we must demonstrate to the perpetrators that such actions will not be tolerated. Inaction has consequences too, and we cannot allow the slaughter to continue, and that is why we support immediate action to prevent further atrocities.


Rachel Reeves, LCID Co-President
Alison McGovern, LCID VP
Gareth Thomas, LCID VP
Lord Jack McConnell, LCID VP
Stephen Doughty, LCID VP
Chris Leslie
David Lammy
John Woodcock
Liz Kendall
Luciana Berger
Maria Eagle
Mike Gapes
Neil Coyle
Ruth Smeeth
Stella Creasy
Tracy Brabin
Virendra Sharma
Wes Streeting

For a full list of signatories or to sign the LCID statement please visit: https://lcid.org.uk/2017/04/07/syrias-people-deserve-our-protection/

Mike back LCID plea over Syria crisis

Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South) has signed the Labour Campaign for International Development statement on the chemical attack by the Syrian regime in Idlib.


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