The Indian Express – CPEC row: Congress calls on PM Modi to question China over ‘threat’

Baloch and Sindhi leaders held a joint protest against the ongoing CPEC in Balochistan outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

New Delhi, 29 August 2016. With a think tank from Beijing stating that China would have to get involved if India threatens the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan, the Congress on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to question the Chinese Government over the ‘meaning’ behind the warning.

Speaking to ANI here, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if ultimately the CPEC is going to threaten India, then the Centre needs to stand up to it.

“PM Modi should ask the Chinese that what exactly do they mean by ‘intervene’. After all, the think tank which has written this article is closely related with the Chinese state and the Chinese establishment. So PM Modi should ask the Chinese government that what the meaning of this threat is,” he said.

Earlier, the director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) revealed that Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day address is the latest concern for China.

Stating that China fears India may use “anti-government” elements in Balochistan where Beijing is building the $46 billion project, the director stated that if the ‘plot’ causes any damage to the CPEC, then they will have to get involved.

Meanwhile, Baloch and Sindhi leaders held a joint protest against the ongoing CPEC in Balochistan outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

They claimed that thousands of people were displaced to facilitate a wide array of projects under the CPEC without a proper plan of rehabilitation or providing any compensation.

World Sindhi Congress Chairman Laku Luhana told ANI that the CPEC was not an economic project, but rather a matter of life and death for the Baloch and the Sindhis.

“It is a project of capture on our land and coastal lines. This is not an economic project. It is a matter of life and death for the Baloch and the Sindhis. We will never agree to this project,” he added.

The USD 46 billion economic pact has been projected as a major boost for the economy by the Pakistan government, but locals in Balochistan say they have not benefited one bit from the CPEC.

The Tribune – Kin of youth in Kuwait jail seek Modi’s help

Hoshiarpur, 29 August 2016. Families of nine out of 10 state youth arrested in Kuwait two years ago have urged the Union Government to help them bring their wards back.

They were arrested by the Kuwait police after the death of two Egyptian citizens in a scuffle among labourers for a seat in a bus. Family members of Amandeep Singh, Vijay Kumar, Tarsem Lal, Gurpreet Singh, Satpal Singh, Surjit Pal, Rulda Ram, Santokh Singh and Roop Singh addressed mediapersons here.

They said for the past two years, the youths had been in prison and they had been running from pillar to post to get them released. They said no help was being provided by the embassy.

They said the persons who had died, had died because of heart attack, which was confirmed in the post-mortem report too. Even then, they were not being released and were not provided any legal help too, families said.

They have now appealed to PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help them secure the release of these youths from Kuwait prison.

Hayes – Dawley Road, Lake Farm Country Park, Gurdwara

Hayes – Dawley Road
05 June 2016


Crossrail works
Stockley airport junction


Crossrail project
West Inner Office, Stockley

Hayes Lake Farm Country Park
05 June 2016


Hayes Lake Farm Country Park


Hayes Lake Farm Country Park

Hayes Gurdwara
05 June 2016


Golden Crescent


Gurdwara building behind the wall
This building also belongs to the Gurdwara

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Hindu Council UK Press Statement – Ethnic Cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh

I would encourage the Hindu Council UK to equally condemn the attacks on religious, caste and ethnic minorities in India, and on those from within the Hindu community who are critical of the Hindu dharm !

From: Hindu Council UK Admin <>
Sent: 09 July 2016

Hindu Council UK strongly condemns the recent spurt of violence against the minority Hindu population in Bangladesh.

The recent escalation of senseless killings is alarming and inhumane. Whilst Bangladesh has a secular constitution and prides itself on its diversity the fact remains that the Bangladeshi Hindu population has declined from approx 30% to 8% since the partition (1947) and still further in the aftermath of the freedom struggle and liberation of Bangladesh in 1972.

This in itself summarises the “continual ethnic cleansing” the Hindu community is subjected to.

Bangladesh’s Hindus have faced a constant onslaught of government tolerated murder, rape, abduction, forced conversion, land grabs, and more. Regrettably, not only are these heinous incidents barely covered by the international media, also, we hardly witness leaders across the globe taking this issue up.

Sneha Roy, Hindu Council UK’s Executive Officer said “Religious violence, of late, has been on the rise in Bangladesh.

The brutal and brazen killing of liberal thinkers, bloggers, journalists and minorities has been a cause for concern for some time now. It is time to address the issue.

We understand that Bengali Hindu festivals like Poila Boishak (New Year) and Durga Puja are continually being disrupted and there have been unrest and protests in several pockets of the nation.

It is only since the latest atrocity – the Café attack in Dhaka in which the terrorists targeted and systematically killed foreign nationals has the world decided to take note of the worsening human rights situation in Bangladesh for non-Muslims.

Islamic Extremist declared responsibility but the Bangladesh government denies this; their version is home grown outfits”.

So which is it? Is it foreign extremists or is it “Home grown”? Whichever it is the Bangladesh government is still in denial mode.

Speaking to CNN News18 Gowhar Rizvi, Advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “We live in a secular atmosphere. They are our brothers. The situation is not that bad and our government is committed to safeguarding their interests”.

Gautam Banerji Director of Governance for Hindu Council UK said “Hindu Council UK calls upon the World Governments, international community and Human Rights Agencies to take immediate action with practical solutions to end this brazen act of ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh.

We firmly believe that it does not pertain exclusively to the Hindu community. In fact, it concerns the entire human race. The situation will escalate further if Bangladesh does not address issues of human rights violations as a priority.

Hindus from all corners of the globe should stand together to form a pressure group to lobby the Bangladesh government to avert such ethnic cleansing of Hindus”.

Hindu Council UK has had reports that within the last 24 hours, a continuation of the communal attack on Rathayatra in Ramganj (Islampur), and a more serious communal disturbance has occurred in the adjacent Chopra Block in the Hindu minority North Dinajpur district.

Hindus have been attacked, their houses gutted, properties looted by armed Muslim mobs. A number of Hindus have been shot at and injured.

The Nainital Colony has been ransacked and gutted. Hindus have no defence at all there as the Police are totally incapable of controlling the extremists and they do not even try to stop the Muslim rioters in fear of escalation of violence.

We understand that the Police and administration is trying their best to suppress the news by putting pressure on local media representatives.

Hindu Council UK remains strongly of the view that the Hindu minority of Bangladesh must be protected and the Bangladesh Government should prevent its territory from being used as a safe haven for terrorists. We request the Bangladesh government to:

1. Ban the Jamat-e-Islami party

2. Provide protection of minorities in Bangladesh as a constitutional right

3. Address human rights violations and provide stringent punitive action

4. Re-build destroyed temples and other historic buildings

Sanjay Jagatia Director/Secretary General of Hindu Council UK said “Hindu Council UK together with Bengali Hindu groups and individuals are working together to raise the issue of ethnic cleansing of Bangladeshi Hindus with the UK Government, Political Parties, Members of Parliament, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Religion & Belief, the High Commission of India & the High Commission of Bangladesh.

In addition, we are in constant touch with our sister organisations in USA, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Europe and India to ensure that the Hindu voice is heard globally.

We also ask Hindu professional networking bodies to research their industries and organisations to see how and what trade is conducted with Bangladesh and make their organisation bodies aware there are growing concerns with Bangladesh”.

Hindu Council UK Secretariat Office
492 Beake Avenue
Coventry CV6 2HS

Dawn – Misplaced patriotism

Editorial, 29 August 2016. Across much of South Asia, there is a growing strain of state-sponsored nationalism that is worrying and potentially dangerous in its consequences.

From India to Bangladesh, and from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, political dissent of various hues is being branded as anti-state and clamped down on viciously.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed has marched her country to a deadly place in her quest to vanquish her political enemies, while in Sri Lanka, the civil war may be over but great prejudice and discrimination are rampant against ethnic Tamils.

Meanwhile, Kashmiri dissenters have once again caused India to bare its teeth while the political opposition in the restive northeast of that country has for decades now been labelled as militants, anti-nationalist and veritable traitors.

The unmistakable rise of a narrow, state-sanctioned version of patriotism is evident in far too many places in South Asia against far too many oppressed groups.

Yet, it is Pakistan that must remain of the most immediate and serious concern.

Misplaced patriotism, encouraged, sponsored and directed by sections of the state, is dominating the political discourse at present. Be it Baloch separatists or even nationalist politicians like Mahmood Khan Achakzai, there is wholesale condemnation of swathes of the political spectrum taking place.

Even a thoroughly regrettable speech by Altaf Hussain has been turned into an opportunity to shoehorn all political opinion into a narrow, sanctioned version of nationalism.

No right-thinking Pakistani would oppose the essence of ‘Pakistan zindabad’, but a patriotism test, demanding of everyone to express allegiance to the Pakistani state before countenancing their political views, is a development that militates against good sense and political rights.

Perhaps a brief tour of history may help here. Once upon a time, the Khan of Kalat was arrested for sedition, a charge that echoes uncomfortably decades later in the plight of Baloch activists today.

East Pakistan was lost in the civil war, a conflict situation exploited by India, arguably, the roots of separation were laid by the state-led West Pakistani campaign to label Bengalis and their principal representative party, the Awami League, as anti-state.

Soon after, in a truncated Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto banned the National Awami Party of Wali Khan. Today, its successor, the ANP, is a mainstream political party and its cadres have been decimated by the banned TTP.

The story continues with ugly allegations against G M Syed of Sindh and Sardar Ataullah Mengal, and arrives in the present day with the demonisation of Mr Achakzai, whose father faced similar accusations before his death in a bombing.

There is one Pakistan, but there is no one idea of what that Pakistan should be. The state has neither the right nor the authority to dictate to the people what Pakistan ought to be to them.

The political realm is best served by a robust debate among competing ideas and philosophies. Coercion and artificial homogeneity are the real threats.

The Statesman – Teresa’s canonisation portends more conversions: VHP

Mother Teresa’s canonisation portends more conversions to Christianity, an issue that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have considered before deciding to send a delegation to the Vatican, the VHP said on Sunday.

“The canonisation of Mother Teresa is an alarm bell that now there would be more conversions in India and more funds (for conversions) would be routed to India,” Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said here.

He said granting of sainthood to a person based on miracles attributed to them was not “practical” in today’s times.

“Do you expect miracles to happen in this age,” he wondered.

Jain warned that with more conversions, there would be more unrest in the society.

He said Modi should have considered the issue before deciding to send an official Indian delegation to the canonisation ceremony at the Vatican.

“The issue of Mother Teresa’s services vis-a-vis religious conversions is not new. We have been raising it for years. I think the Prime Minister should have thought over it before he decided to send an official delegation to the Vatican,” Jain said.

An official Indian delegation led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to attend Mother Teresa’s canonisation ceremony at the Vatican on September 4.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address paid tributes to the late Catholic nun for her services to the poor of India, saying that Indians should be proud that Mother Teresa is being officially declared a saint.

The nun founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that runs hospices in India. She died in 1997. – High Court Bench Refuses To Hear Bibi Jagir Kaur’s Petition On Daughter’s Mysterious Murder

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh, Punjab, 28 August 2016. A bench compiled of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Justice TPS Mann and Justice Gurmit Ram refused to conduct a hearing on the petition filed by Bibi Jagir Kaur seeking a suspension of punishment.

Bibi Jagir Kaur was held guilty in the mysterious murder of her daughter Harpreet Kaur, who died under mysterious circumstances. Bibi Jagir Kaur was held guilty for forcible abortion of her daughter, wrongful confinement, abduction and criminal conspiracy.

The HC bench of Justice TPS Mann and Justice Gurmit Ram said that the matter is to be put up before some other bench after obtaining the necessary orders from the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Notably, on July 26 another division bench compiled of Justice SS Saron and Justice Lisa Gill had also recused from hearing the matter.

Bibi Jagir Kaur moved a petition in the Punjab and Haryana Court seeking a suspension of punishment addressed to her by the Court.

Bibi Jagir Kaur stated in the petition that being the MLA from Bholath and the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s ladies wing, she wanted to contest the assembly polls of 2017 but the punishment addressed by the Court in the murder of her daughter was an obstacle in her way.

High Court Bench Refuses To Hear Bibi Jagir Kaur’s Petition On Daughter’s Mysterious Murder

Hayes & Harlington – Paddington – Ealing Broadway – Hayes, Dawley Road

Hayes & Harlington
04 June 2016


Hayes & Harlington station
Left: Heathrow Connect to Heathrow
Right: GWR to Paddington

04 June 2016


Paddington Station


Paddington Station
Metropolitan Railway

Ealing Broadway
04 June 2016


Ealing Broadway
– Tracks for GWR local and Heathrow Connect Trains
– Central Line
– District Line


New GWR livery – westbound train

Hayes – Dawley Road
05 June 2016


Hayes – Dawley Road
Crossrail Stockley Airport Junction

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Hindustan Times – Cows get 10 ambulances as humans wait for luck in Jharkhand

Vijay Murty

At a time when the holy cow has become a political hot potato in India, a Jharkhand-based industrialist-cum-social worker, R K Agarwal, has come up with India’s first of its kind ambulance service for bovines giving right wing Hindu groups another reason to cheer.

Come Friday, in all ten Tata 407 mini-trucks, remodeled and specially designed in the shape of ambulances, would hit the Jharkhand roads lifting cows lying injured in the streets, sick, or rescued from slaughter houses and transporting them to the nearest gaushalas (cow shelters).

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, currently in Ranchi for a Yoga session for Ranchiites, would officially hand over the keys of the 10 ambulances to heads of 10 goushalas from across the state.

The ambulances redesigned at Jamshedpur’s Pebco Motors, a motor vehicles body building facility, will come with safety equipment that will lift the cows, no matter how heavy they are, with ease and ensure that the animals do not get hurt in the process. It will have a driver and technician, who will be trained in giving first aid to ailing cows.

“It was my dream to do something for ailing, injured cows which are often abandoned as lifting and transporting them to a veterinary hospital is a cumbersome process,” said Agarwal. He added, “Serving cows is like serving your own mother and hence no matter how much you spend, you want to see you mother healthy and happy.”

Agarwal declined to reveal the total amount he has spent in building the ambulances. He said it will give him inner satisfaction if the vehicles are of use to the cows.

Agarwal is also president of Jharkhand Pradeshik Goushala Sangh (JPGS) that has been fighting for stricter implementation of cow slaughter ban in the state. “There is a law but it is not being implemented strictly. Jharkhand remains a hub for trafficking of cows to neighbouring country, Bangladesh.

Hundreds of illegal slaughter houses are running under the nose of law enforcement agencies but to no avail,” he said.

Known by Hindus as “Kamdhenu” that fulfils human needs, the cow has a central place in religious rituals and also has free rein to roam in the streets. It is this free roaming that makes them vulnerable to accidents.

According to the plan, the 10 ambulances will go to goushalas at Jamshedpur, Chakulia, Chaibasa, Ranchi, Dhanbad, Deoghar, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Katras and Madhupur. Initially for a year, JPGS will pay for fuel, maintenance, and salary of driver and technician.

“Drivers have been trained to reach the spot within two hours of the call to pick the cows,” he said.

In Jharkhand the doctor-patient ratio is low, there is only one hospital for one lakh population and the 108 emergency ambulance service is yet to see the light of day.

The Hindu – Be on side of people, join their just struggle: Hurriyat to CM

The Hurriyat was reacting to PDP chief spokesman Mehbooba Beg’s appeal to Mr. Geelani to treat Ms. Mehbooba as his daughter and help her restore peace in the valley.

Srinagar, 28 August 2016. The hardline Hurriyat Conference on Sunday asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to be on the side of her people and join their just struggle, a day after the ruling PDP appealed to its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to give her a chance to address the grievances of the people.

“We have three-pronged relation with Mehbooba, human, national and religious, but she has utterly failed to uphold any of these,” a Hurriyat spokesman said.

“Humanity teaches us to respect and honour human beings irrespective of their caste, creed or culture, but she, by her barbaric armed forces and uncontrolled police, has turned this heavenly land into the hell.

Here every house is mourning the demise of their loved ones, thereby tarnishing the very fabric of this honourable and pious relation,” the spokesman said.

The Hurriyat was reacting to PDP chief spokesman Mehbooba Beg’s appeal to Mr. Geelani to treat Ms. Mehbooba as his daughter and help her restore peace in the valley which has been under the grip of violence for over 50 days following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

He said regarding the national relations, it demands of her at least to be on the side of her people and join their just struggle but “for the petty power and to please her masters, she has been competing in killing and maiming her own people”.

On the religious connections with Ms. Mehbooba, the Hurriyat said the killing of eight CRPF personnel in June brought shame on her Muslim identity, but daily killings of youths fail to appeal to her conscience.

“Geelani is the leader of this nation and he treats every woman as his daughter, but what kind of daughter is this who feels happy to confine her fatherly figure in his house for years together but does not hesitate to emotionally blackmail him to call for his help whenever her position is threatened,” the spokesman said.

“As a father, Geelani advises the daughter not to ruin herself hereafter for the comfort and luxury of those who kill and destroy us… Time will come when your inner [self] will curse you for being so, but time may not be on your side,” the Hurriyat said.


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