Alice Gross Case – A statement from Commander Graham McNulty

“Last night, 30 September, a search was carried out in the River Brent, as part of our ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Alice Gross.

Following this search we have sadly recovered a body from the water.

This is obviously a significant development and Alice’s family has been informed.

We are unable to make a formal identification at this stage, but clearly this news is devastating for everyone involved in the search for Alice.

At this time my thoughts are with Alice’s family and friends. I would ask you to respect their privacy and allow them space. This is now a murder investigation and I need the public’s help to find whoever is responsible.

I would urge anyone who may know something to come forward. Even if you have not yet spoken out it is not too late to tell us what you know.

I would like to thank the local community of Ealing who have shown huge support and patience during the course of our investigation. This discovery will have a significant impact throughout the borough.

You only need to walk around the surrounding streets to see the effect that Alice’s disappearance has had on the whole community.

Our work at this scene is crucial to ensure we capture all the available evidence allowing us to identify who is responsible for this dreadful crime.

This may take some time, and I ask people to remain patient with us.

I can confirm that significant efforts were made to conceal the body.

At this point I do not wish to speculate any further on what has happened.

Finally, I would like to reiterate my request that Alice’s family and friends are given the time to come to terms with this news. My thoughts, and those of all of us in the Metropolitan Police, are with them at this difficult time.”

Commander Graham McNulty
Commander Ealing Borough Met Police

This moves police activity into a news phase however the current reassurance and community engagement patrols and activity will continue for the foreseeable future. This is also the case in respect to the areas currently cordoned off near the Canal and River Brent, we are aware this impacts greatly with the local community and will try to keep this disruption to a minimum whilst balancing the needs of the investigation.

Once again thank you for your support.

Regards

Inspector Susan Hayward
Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
Ealing Cluster
susan.hayward@met.pnn.police.uk
Ealing Police Station, 67-69 High Street, Ealing W5

NSO Press Release – Lord Singh speaks in debate on Islamic State

London, September 29 2014: In a motion to take note moved by Baroness Stowell of Beeston in the Lords on Friday, Lord Singh of Wimbledon spoke on plans for military action against Islamic State, (IS) whilst reflecting on Sikh teachings. Please see full text of speech:

‘My Lords, Sikhism teaches that we should resort to the use of arms only when there is no other option to stop the killing of the weak and innocent. This situation has now been reached and we must give military support to the Iraqi Government in their fight against the brutal behavior of the Islamic State.

However, we must be clear about our objectives, both short and long-term, and, importantly, make these clear not just to the Government but to the people of Iraq and adjoining countries.

Yes, there must be targeted air strikes, but air strikes alone are not enough. Parallel support for action on the ground will be needed to destroy ISIS.

However, at best this can only bring us back to the instability that followed the defeat of Saddam Hussein.

The Middle East has for decades been one of the most unstable and fractured regions of the world, with national boundaries that split communities carved into countries by the West following the demise of the Ottoman Empire.

For too long, initially Britain and France and more recently the United States and Russia, have propped up one dubious dictator after another, turning a blind eye to brutal repression in return for trade and political advantage.

It was not too long ago that I was invited to a reception at No. 10 for President Assad, who was being heralded as a torchbearer for peace and religious freedom in the Middle East. Today, the situation has been made worse by new players such as China looking for trade and strategic interest before human rights.

A paradigm shift to new criteria is needed, which must be honoured by those seeking our military support. They must pledge themselves to uphold freedom of religion and belief, gender equality and protection of minorities as a condition of our support.

These rights must trump all considerations of trade and supposed strategic advantage in the cradle of civilisation and in the rest of the world.’

Notes to Editors:

1.The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) is a registered charity that links more than 130 Gurdwaras and other UK Sikh organisations in active cooperation to enhance the image and understanding of Sikhism in the UK.

2. Link to Hansard: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/140926-0002.htm

Hardeep Singh
Press Secretary
The Network of Sikh Organisations
http://www.nsouk.co.uk/

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Gurdwaras – Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

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Gurdwara Yaadgar Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed
4 Holyhead Road, Handsworth
Birmingham, West Midlands B21 0LT

The Tribune – Gujjar leader calls for Governor’s rule in J&K

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 30. Gujjar leaders today called for imposing Governor’s rule in the flood-hit state. They accused the state government of discriminating against the community and not being able to provide relief to the victims.

They demanded dissolution of the Omar Abdullah-led government and to place the state under the Governor’s rule so that he could take over the relief and rehabilitation work.

“The state leaders of political parties have been indulging in discrimination regarding the relief distribution work which is underway in the flood-hit areas.

The present government has not undertaken any initiative to count the exact bodies of the flood victims,” said Eshfaq-Ur-Rehman Poswal, state president of the Bharatiya Gujjar Mahasabha.

Highlighting the apathy of the present government, the leaders alleged that the relief fund being donated by the people of the country was not reaching the victims.

“The people of the Gujjar community in the state and those living in the border areas of Rajasthan have helped by providing relief to victims and rescued those who were stuck in the floods.

The government should, therefore, launch a recruitment drive for the Gujjar community in the paramilitary forces and the police,” said Jagdish Lohiya, president of the Akhil Bhartiya Gujjar Sabha.

The leaders also urged the government to place the Gujjar community in Rajasthan under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category.

“We have been fighting for reservation since 2002. The condition of our community in Rajasthan is getting worse as they are most illiterate and poor people. We want the state government to give us reservation in the ST category and in government jobs,” said Mohan Lal Verman State President of Rajasthan Gujjar Mahasabha.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20141001/j&k.htm#6

The Asian Age – Nanavati panel gets extension till October 31

Ahmedabad, 1 October 2014. The Gujarat government on Tuesday granted yet another extension of one month till October 31 to the Justice Nanavati Commission, the 24th since it was set up, probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

“The Nanavati Commission has today sent their proposal seeking one-month extension till October 31, which was granted by the Gujarat Government,” state law secretary V P Patel said.

This is the 24th extension granted to the commission by state government, which is reportedly in the final stages of preparing a report and may submit it after a month. Earlier in August, the panel was given the 23rd extension till Tuesday. The commission comprises Justices (retd) G.T. Nanavati and Akshay Mehta.

In 2008, the inquiry panel had submitted one part of its finding with regard to the Godhra train burning incident concluding that the burning of S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station was a “planned conspiracy”.

The commission had been constituted by the state government on March 3, 2002 under the Commission of Inquiry Act, comprising Justice K.G. Shah in the wake of Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002 and the subsequent riots. (PTI)

http://www.asianage.com/india/nanavati-panel-gets-extension-till-october-31-458

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Southall, South Road, Railway Station, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Bus stops

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Southall – South Road
Park Avenue bus stop closed due to roadworks

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Sri Guru Singh Sabha Park Avenue
New toilets underconstruction
Temporary smelly toilets in containers

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Construction work at the Park Avenue Gurdwara

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Southall Station, Bus stop closed

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More UK pictures to follow
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Tribune – It’s time to set new agenda: Modi, Obama

Ashish Kumar Sen

Washington DC, 1 October 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have set an ambitious agenda that seeks to reinvigorate the US-India relationship that some analysts say has stagnated in recent years.

In their meeting at the White House on Tuesday, the two leaders had a wide-ranging discussion that included ways to expand collaboration in trade, investment and technology; boost manufacturing and expand affordable renewable energy; US support for the “Clean India” campaign, which will include leveraging private and civil society expertise to improve sanitation and hygiene in India, a cause Modi has championed; and the environment. Outer space was, literally, the limit of the discussions.

Modi’s election and the large mandate he received from the Indian electorate is seen in Washington as a unique opportunity to broaden and deepen the bilateral relationship. Obama alluded to this sentiment over dinner with Modi on Monday night, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in Washington.

While the dinner was the first time the two leaders met face to face, both were busily coordinating a joint editorial online in the days before the dinner.

Noting that it is time to set a new agenda that realises “concrete benefits” for Indians as well as Americans, the two leaders wrote in the editorial published on The Washington Post’s website that this agenda should be one that “enables us to find mutually rewarding ways to expand our collaboration in trade, investment and technology that harmonise with India’s ambitious development agenda, while sustaining the US as the global engine of growth.”

“While our shared efforts will benefit our own people, our partnership aspires to be larger than merely the sum of its parts,” they said.

“As nations, as people, we aspire to a better future for all; one in which our strategic partnership also produces benefits for the world at large.

While India benefits from the growth generated by US investment and technical partnerships, the United States benefits from a stronger, more prosperous India. In turn, the region and the world benefit from the greater stability and security that our friendship creates.

We remain committed to the larger effort to integrate South Asia and connect it with markets and people in Central and Southeast Asia,” they added.

Modi and Obama reaffirmed the commonalities and mutual interests shared by India and the US that first prompted Atal Behari Vajpayee to declare the two nations natural allies.

A separate statement released by the White House, “Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go,” declared “vision that the United States and India will have a transformative relationship as trusted partners in the 21st century.”

“Our partnership will be a model for the rest of the world,” it added.

The White House vision statement identified areas of India-US collaboration that include security, including combating terrorist threats and the spread of weapons; coordinated responses to climate change and humanitarian crises; partnership to ensure affordable, clean, reliable, and diverse sources of energy, including through efforts to bring US-origin nuclear power technologies to India; joint research and collaboration on space; and a commitment to open markets, fair and transparent practices that will allow trade in goods and services to flourish.

The vision statement also reaffirms US support for a greater role for India at the UN Security Council.

These positive signals come at a time analysts and officials say the relationship, once buoyed by the lofty expectations of a US-India nuclear deal, has run adrift.

In their editorial, Modi and Obama address such opinions by describing the US-India partnership as “robust, reliable and enduring, and it is expanding.”

“Our relationship involves more bilateral collaboration than ever before, not just at the federal level but also at the state and local levels, between our two militaries, private sectors and civil society,” they write.

The editorial also gives a nod to the contributions of the Indian-American community, which the two leaders describe as a “vibrant, living bridge between us.”

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20141001/main3.htm

Dawn – India criticised for sabotaging efforts for Siachen peace

Islamabad, 1 October 2014. The Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, has criticised the Indian military establishment for sabotaging all efforts for peace in Siachen.

India, he said, had consistently rejected all proposals made by Pakistan for peace in Siachen, even in the aftermath of the Giyari tragedy.

He was addressing the troops during a visit to Siachen along with members of the committee.

About two and a half years ago, an avalanche had killed 140 soldiers and officers of the army in Giyari.

The delegation laid a wreath at the monument for the martyrs of Giyari.

According to a press release, Mr Hussain expressed concern over consequences of climate change and global warming which has adverse consequences in Siachen because of freak weather incidents like the Giyari avalanche.

He urged India to cooperate with Pakistan and other South Asian countries to jointly formulate a regional strategy to cope with the climate change threat.

Mr Hussain presented to army officials a media manual on climate change prepared by the committee.

The senators’ visit was for expressing solidarity, on behalf of parliament and political forces, with the valiant soldiers and officers defending the motherland on the world’s toughest terrain.

Mr Hussain lauded the valour, morale and determination of the troops in performing their duty under extremely difficult conditions when in the peak of winter temperature falls to minus 50 degrees centigrade.

He said the people of Pakistan were proud of their armed forces and could never forget their sacrifices in defending every inch of the country despite being outnumbered by an adversary superior in numbers and weaponry, but not in fighting spirit, morale and motivation.

He told the troops that members of the committee were their voice in parliament and would do their utmost to protect and promote the good name and image of the armed forces, especially their committed role in Siachen.

During their two-day visit, the senators first landed in Skardu where they were briefed army officials before flying to Giyari.

They flew to a strategic military post in Siachen, located at Bilafond-la, at a height of about 17,000 feet, not far from where the Indian army is based at the Line of Actual Contact.

After their return from Bilafond-la, they received another briefing at the brigade headquarters at Goma at a height of about 10,500 feet.

Sabir Ali Baloch, acting chairman of the Senate, and Haji Adeel also addressed the troops and expressed solidarity with and support for the armed forces.

Other members of the delegation were Mohsin Leghari, Abdur Rauf and Dr Saeeda Iqbal.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1135413/india-criticised-for-sabotaging-efforts-for-siachen-peace

Sikh24.com – Two Sikhs Elected to New Zealand Parliament

Wellington, New Zealand, 25 September 2014. Two Sikh-Kiwis have been elected to New Zealand’s parliament in the just-concluded general elections.

Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi and Dr Parmjeet Kaur Parmar have successfully made it to the 121-member parliament.

Kanwaljeet Singh and Parmjeet Kaur fought the elections as the candidates of the ruling National Party, and are now part of the governing party.

While Kanwaljeet is all set to begin his third term in the parliament, Parmjeet is ready to make her debut.

Kanwaljeet is both New Zealand’s first South Asian and the first Sikh member of parliament. He was first elected in the 2008 elections.

The National Party, led by Prime Minister John Key, won 61 seats as compared to 59 in last elections, claiming 48.06 per cent of the total votes cast from 47.31 per cent in 2011.

Kanwaljeet immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with his family.

Parmjeet, who lives in Auckland, immigrated in 1995. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, as well as Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Pune.

Originally published by Sikhchic.com

http://www.sikh24.com/2014/09/25/two-sikhs-elected-to-new-zealand-parliament/#.VCmEiRZh1EM

Gurdwaras – Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

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Gurdwara Yaadgar Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed
4 Holyhead Road, Handsworth
Birmingham, West Midlands B21 0LT

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