Gurmat Learning Zone – Gurdwara closed in Belgium

Posted to GLZ by Jagpal Singh Tiwana <>

Brussels, 21 October 2014. The mayor of the town of Vilvoorde in Belgium, Hans Bonte, has ordered the closure of the local gurdwara, Guru Nanak Sahib, for one month.

Belgian media Tuesday charged that the Sikh temple “appears to operate as a magnet for Indians staying in Belgium illegally”.

The Flanders news and radio VRT website said that during a recent police raid 11 illegal immigrants were discovered in the cellars of an empty building in the neighbourhood of the gurdwara in Vilvoorde which lies outside Brussels.

Bonte was quoted saying that: “This is the same hiding place used by people-traffickers who were convicted at the end of last year. In total, they received prison sentences totalling 54 years and six months. The Sikh temple provided food and accommodation for the illegal immigrants during daytime.”

On October 13, Bonte had a meeting with representatives of the gurdwara. He asked them to formulate constructive proposals aimed at tackling the problem of the illegals.

“They told me they were aware of the situation but could not do anything about it. Meanwhile, I have not heard anything” said the mayor.

Representatives of the gurdwara say that the Sikh worship house offers langar (free food) to anybody who comes there without demanding their identity papers. (ANS)

Jagpal Singh Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Sahib
Lange Molensstraat 14
B-1800 Vilvoorde
(Vlaams Brabant)

There is a protest today, but the information given on the Gurdwara website is not clear

Gurdwaras – Gurdwara Sahib Austin, Texas, USA

106.a.Austin Gurdwara
Austin Gurdwara

106.b.Austin Gurdwara
Stained glass khanda

Gurdwara Sahib Austin
5104 Avispa Way
Austin, Texas 78738 USA

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The Tribune – Captain, Ramoowalia back BJP demand on Chandigarh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22. Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh today welcomed the Punjab BJP’s demand for transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab and its support for the Rajiv-Longowal accord.

Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, SAD’s senior vice-president, said the accord would benefit the state if implemented in letter and spirit, “I was privy to discussions that led to the signing of the accord. It’s main thrust was transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab.

Captain Amarinder Singh said it was only right that Chandigarh was given to Punjab as it was built as its capital. “It is the best time to give Chandigarh to Punjab since there is a BJP government at the Centre, in Haryana and in Punjab where the BJP is a partner in the government.”

He said it was to be seen if the BJP sincerely pursued its demand with the Centre. He cautioned the party against its alliance partner (SAD). He said the Akalis were likely to sabotage any move they saw as an intrusion into their political space.

Captain Amarinder Singh said it suited the Akalis not to allow the contentious issues to be resolved.

The Asian Age – BJP hints it won’t take NCP support

Uddhav Thackeray-Amit Shah talks likely on Thursday

Sanjay Basak

New Delhi, 23 October 2014. Ruling out any official truck with the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, the BJP in Mahrashtra will be staking claim on its own if its negotiations with the Shiv Sena fail.

The top brass of the BJP and RSS has virtually ruled out any official truck with the NCP in forming a government in the state. “If talks with the Shiv Sena fail, we are likely to stake claim on our own and then we’ll see how events unfold”, a senior BJP leader said.

On the eve of talks between Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and BJP president Amit Shah, the BJP gave indications that it “will not succumb to any arm-twisting” by its former ally.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley, though, reiterated that the Sena was a “natural ally”, and said on Wednesday that “we will need an ally to form the government”.

On the chief ministership in Maharashtra, the BJP central leadership has more or less zeroed in on MLA Devendra Fadnavis, but if for some reason Mr Fadnavis fails to make it as a consensus candidate, Nitin Gadkari is likely to move in and take charge of the state, sources said.

In Nagpur, Mr Gadkari received a boisterous welcome on his arrival there from New Delhi, and a group of newly-elected party MLAs from the Vidarbha region assembled outside his residence on Wednesday and raised slogans hailing his leadership.

It was learnt that two Shiv Sena leaders, Anil Desai and Subhash Desai, met senior BJP leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday. The BJP is said to have made it clear to these leaders that it would not “succumb to arm-twisting of any kind”.

Playing the role of big brother, the BJP is learnt to have said it would take the final decision on distributing portfolios to the Sena if the allies decided to reunite to form a coalition government.

While the post of deputy chief minister for the Sena remains on the bargaining table, the BJP has ruled out giving the home portfolio to its former ally.

Sources said that in the event of the BJP forming a minority government, there is a strong possibility of the NCP staging a walkout during the floor test. But with the NCP offering unconditional support from outside and a possibility of it helping a minority BJP government by staging a walkout, the Shiv Sena seems to have stepped on the gas to strike a deal with the BJP quickly.

There is a feeling in the saffron camp that the Sena will soften its stand and latch on to the BJP wagon.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh will visit Mumbai after Diwali to speak to party legislators.

Istria sangat – Havelock Road Southall – Shoreditch – Aldgate East – South Road Southall

A beautiful picture of something I have never seen
Why is in gurdwara most seva for men only ?
Is that the way we practice Guru’s teachings ?

Havelock Road Southall – Shoreditch – Aldgate East – South Road Southall
Bus, Overground, Walk, Underground, Bus
28 September 2014

Commercial catering van outside Gurdwara

Bus H32 from King Street to Great West Road (Heston)

Vicarege Farm Road / Great West Road
From here I took H91 to Gunnersbury

To see more UK Trains, Underground and Buses pictures :

To see more Southall, Middlesex, UK pictures :

More UK pictures to follow
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Tribune – Badal unveils Golden Temple plaza

Perneet Singh/Manmeet Singh Gill, Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 22. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal today dedicated the first phase of the Golden Temple entrance plaza to the people here this evening. This will pave the way for easy movement of the pilgrims at the main entrance of the holy shrine.

Dedicating the plaza, the CM termed it as an architectural marvel which was a tribute by the state government to add to the glory of Darbar Sahib.

The CM said the SAD-BJP government was committed to perpetuate the glorious history of the state.

He said the government had constructed world-class monuments such as Virasat-e-Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib, Chapparchiri War Memorial at Mohali, memorials of big and small holocaust at Sangrur and Gurdaspur, besides the upcoming Jang-e-Azaadi memorial at Kartarpur. Likewise, special focus was being laid on the development of religious towns of state.

The plaza’s features include 8,250 square metre of marble paved area for hassle-free movement of devotees, increased public amenities at ‘jora ghar’ (shoe-keeping facility) and ‘gathri ghar’ (baggage room), shaded peripheral colonnade compatible with the holy shrine’s character, perforated stone screen walls, aesthetically designed architectural lighting, entrance gateways and a fountain at its centre.

The work on the second phase entailing a string of facilities in the basement is yet to start.

Among these amenities would be a state-of-the-art interpretation and information centre for tourists, VIP lounge, bank, ATM, airlines and railway inquiry, a multipurpose hall, security and services area, toilets and other public conveniences.

The work on the plaza started in May 2011 and was supposed to be completed by Diwali last year. Talking to the mediapersons, the CM expressed hope that the Union Government would soon start the work on the ‘Smart City’ project for Amritsar.

Dawn – Eight Hazaras gunned down in Quetta bus attack

Syed Ali Shah

Quetta, 23 October 2014. Unidentified armed men killed eight members of the ethnic Hazara community and injured six others in the Hazar Ganji area of Quetta, the capital of the volatile Balochistan province, on Thursday morning.

Imran Qureshi, a senior police officer told Dawn that the armed men opened fire at a Mazda bus and killed eight members of the Hazara community.

“The assailants sprayed bullets over the bus and managed to escape unhurt from the spot,” Qureshi said.

The bodies were brought to the Bolan Medical Complex hospital where a large number of people had gathered.

Qureshi said initially six people had been killed, however, two more succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital.

“This is an act of targeted killing,” he said.

Panic prevailed among locals after the killings.

The predominantly Shia community whose members stand out on account of their Central Asian features has come under increasing attacks by extremist groups such as the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ).

Estimates provided by Tahir Hussain Khan, president of the Balochistan chapter of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan(HRCP), earlier this month show that the violence has driven as many as 200,000 Hazaras to relocate to other major cities of Pakistan or move abroad.

Published in: on October 23, 2014 at 6:52 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , – SAD (B) Leaders Fear BJP May Break Ties

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh, India, 19 October 2014. After breaking ties with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Haryana Janhit Congress in Haryana, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Punjab have begun to flex their muscles making their old coalition partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led by Parkash Badal, nervous.

Huge success received by the saffron party has encouraged its leaders furthermore to go alone in Punjab. This development haunts SAD top brass.

Although SAD leaders claim all is well with its partner and they are sure the SAD-BJP alliance will continue to rule over the state, they admit that they will have to prepare for any possible occurrence.

They hope the BJP will not break the coalition at this moment despite pressure of its state leaders since the SAD helped BJP in making its image secular at the national level.

These days, BJP is talking tough on issues of governance and demanding an equal say in running the government in the state.

Such developments worry SAD, and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal is upset over the way his government is being snubbed by the Modi-led government at the Centre as if it were dealing with an opposition-ruled state although the BJP is a partner in the state government.

Leaders of SAD apprehend that the BJP would contest Punjab assembly general elections due in 2017 alone. However, Badal’s son and deputy CM Sukhbir Badal does not like to be pressurized by the junior alliance partner. He is confident to win the elections on his own if need arises.

Systematic efforts being made by the SAD to bring Congress MLAs into its fold, make them resign and win the by-elections can be seen in this context.

These are to ensure its government has no problem if the BJP suddenly snaps the ties. The SAD has 57 legislatures, two short of a majority in the 117-member Assembly. Whereas the BJP has 12 MLAs in the House.

The traditional section of the SAD is suggesting to return to the Panthik agenda to retain its vote bank in the rural areas to combat the BJP’s quiet attempts for a reverse polarisation to consolidate the non-Sikh votes.

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Gurdwaras – Gurdwara Babe Ke, Soho Hill, Handsworth, West Midlands, Birmingham, UK

Gurdwara Babe Ke
234 Soho Hill, Handsworth
Birmingham, West Midlands B19 1AA

The Tribune – Maharashtra’s government formation decision after Diwali

New Delhi, 21 October 2014. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Mumbai after Diwali to meet the newly elected BJP MLAs and decide on the leadership issue and government formation in Maharashtra.

“I am not going today. I think I will visit Mumbai after Deepawali,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Singh will visit Mumbai as BJP observer along with senior leader JP Nadda to help the MLAs chose the leader of the BJP legislature party.

Singh and Nadda were supposed to visit Mumbai yesterday as part of the decision of the BJP Parliamentary Party but they decided to defer the tour.

Asked whether there was any hurdle in the process of electing the BJP legislature party leader, Singh said, “There is no hurdle”.

So far, BJP has not taken any decision on the chief minister of Maharashtra.

The name of BJP’s Maharashtra chief Devendra Fadnavis has emerged as the possible choice for the Chief Minister’s post overcoming challenge from other veterans, including Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde.

Singh, who is said to be close to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, is expected to meet the erstwhile ally.

BJP, which got 123 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, needs at least 22 MLAs to reach the halfway mark in the 288-member state Assembly.

Shiv Sena won 63 seats. The BJP and Shiv Sena alliance broke down on the eve of the polls on the issue of seat sharing. (PTI)


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