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Das Sreedharan tells Emma Bartholomew how he underwent a “born again” moment in Rasa, the veggie curry house he set up 23 years ago which launched his cooking empire and vision to save the world.

A “hidden education crisis” is looming unless the government pulls its finger out over special educational needs (SEN) funding, according to the deputy mayor of Hackney.

Each week, the Gazette takes to the streets to unearth something being manufactured right here in Hackney. This week we speak to the guys at Yard Sale Pizza, hot on the heels of their national award.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week we catch up with two friends planning to take over the world of male grooming.

A structural engineering company has won a prestigious award for its strong track-record of employing apprentices.

Former Newcastle United winger pleased with his current form, but insists a lot more is to come ahead of Real Madrid clash

The number of young people in Hackney being arrested or convicted for the first time has increased – but less are being given custodial sentences.

Arsenal U23 delivered an efficient, if unspectacular performance, on Monday night to see off Sunderland U23 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

Plans to rip up and redraw Hackney’s electoral constituencies have remained untouched in the Boundary Commission’s latest report, despite “susbtantial opposition” from people in the borough – and the town hall itself.

The O’s couldn’t break down their east London rivals, but importantly managed to not concede for the first time since August 28

BBL Cup first round: London Lions 103 Leeds Force 54

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s telling lack of suitors sees Arsene Wenger hold the cards on new deal.

The O’s will be without James Brophy and Mark Ellis for east London derby

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has aimed a jibe at former Gunner Paul Merson.

Clubbers dropped to their knees, shielded their faces with clothing, and rubbed ice on blistered skin after acid was thrown over a packed dance floor at the Mangle E8 nightclub, a court has heard.

A woman showered with acid in Mangle E8 nightclub recalled her skin “blistering straight away” after hearing a “hissing sound” like a can of Coke being opened.

Mike Bartlett’s marital break-up thriller Doctor Foster has had the nation gripped these past weeks. Actress Victoria Hamilton tells Bridget Galton that his latest work is a Chekhovian play probing British identity in the wake of the Brexit vote

A club-goer has described the moment his breathing stopped when acid was hurled over him on a packed dance floor, injuring 16 people.

Producer Katy Lipson tells Zoe Paskett about the 50th anniversary production of Hair: The Musical and its legacy, and following in Sonia Friedman’s footsteps

The old Passing Clouds venue could reopen as a music spot after plans were submitted by the landlord – complete with an extra storey on the roof.

Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will meet at the O2 Arena on January 11

Leyton Orient have signed midfielder Zain Westbrooke from Brentford on a 93-day loan contract.

Leyton Orient will be looking to bounce back in their FA Cup clash with local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Tim Smith speaks to Emma Bartholomew about his father’s photos of the Caribbean – a window into a world that no longer exists, which he believes will stir up memories for migrants who moved to Hackney decades ago



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