The Hindustan Times – Malerkotla Quran sacrilege: One of 3 arrested men is VHP Punjab secretary, BJP MLA backs ‘framed’ cry

Vishal Rambani

Patiala, 29 June 2016. A day after the police announced the arrest of three men for the June 24 Quran sacrilege incident in Malerkotla that had led to violence, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said one of them was the radical outfit’s Punjab unit secretary (organisation) and was being framed.

Police had claimed that none of three was affiliated to any organisation and that the trio had acted out of “hatred for Muslims and Pakistan” with the intention to start a riot in Punjab’s only Muslim-majority town. The town did see arson but no communal riot.

The affiliation of Nand Kishore ‘Goldy’, whose son Gaurav too is under arrest along with the alleged mastermind, Delhi businessman Vijay Kumar, became known when the VHP’s state vice-president Devinder Kumar and other functionaries held a press conference in Sangrur. “Police have framed our leader Goldy, who is totally innocent.

The cops picked him up from his residence at Begowal village in Pathankot district, and showed his arrest from Sanaur in Patiala. It’s a farce. We will not tolerate it,” alleged Devinder. He said Goldy had never visited Malerkotla and was present at his native place on June 24. He said even BJP’s Bhoa MLA Seema Kumari knew it was a frame-up.

Kumari, when contacted, said, “Yes, I am aware that Nand Kishore (Goldy) was picked up by the police on June 25. I had called the SSP (senior superintendent of police), Pathankot, who said Nand Kishore’s son Gaurav was needed in a case and they would let him go after interrogation.

Now I have come to know that they have shown his arrest from Sanaur from Patiala, while he was picked from his residence and even some villagers travelled with him up to Gurdaspur, where he was kept in a lockup. It’s wrong. Nand Kishore is not such a person.”

Devinder said Goldy’s son was employed with the businessman Vijay Kumar. “I don’t know about the background of Vijay, but he has misled the police by naming Gaurav, who is also innocent. Gaurav was a mere employee for Vijay.

If he has indeed committed the act, Vijay kept Gaurav in the dark,” he said, adding that he ahd taken up the matter with the VHP’s central leadership.

However, Patiala range inspector general of police (IG) Paramraj Singh Umranangal, who held the press conference where the three were paraded, stood by the police version, and said the trio was indeed nabbed from Patiala.

“I am not aware of what the MLA and VHP are saying, but the three men have confessed to the crime,” he claimed, adding that the police had taken Vijay to Delhi to search his house. Police claim the trio wanted to “avenge” the Pathankot and Dinanagar terror attacks through riots here.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/malerkotla-quran-sacrilege-one-of-3-arrested-men-is-vhp-punjab-secretary-bjp-mla-backs-framed-cry/story-97muhVjEXmNa8nUcEEdtCN.html

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The Tribune – Sikh World War II veteran dies in Canada

Toronto, 29 June 2016. Pritam Singh Jauhal, a 95-year-old World War II veteran and a prominent figure in the Sikh-Canadian community who fought and won a high profile battle to allow Sikhs wearing turbans into the Royal Canadian Legions, has died.

Lt-Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal passed away in Surrey on Sunday, his daughter was quoted as saying by The Globe and Mail newspaper.

Jauhal spent 38 years in the Indian Army and the Central Reserve Police Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel before immigrating to Canada to be with his children in 1980.

He shot to prominence in 1993 when he was prohibited from entering the Newton Legion on Remembrance Day. At the time, the establishment would not allow turbaned Sikh veterans on the premises.

Legion officials insisted that Jauhal and other Sikh veterans who had served the British Empire in the Second World War could only come in after removing their turban as rules forbade veterans from wearing headgear.

This was despite the fact that female veterans from England were allowed to go in wearing their berets.

He wrote an open letter listing turban wearers who had won the British Empire’s highest military decoration. “Good enough for the Victoria Cross. Not good enough to earn a seat among the heroes of the Newton Legion,” he wrote.

But the national headquarters of the Royal Canadian Legion issued a formal apology and condemned the actions of the local officials.

Jauhal was the eldest of the four children of farmers in the Jalandhar district of Punjab. He is survived by his son and a daughter. (PTI)

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/community/sikh-ww-ii-veteran-dies-in-canada/258989.html

Gent Gurdwara – Profundoschool visits – Station Gent Sint-Pieter

Gent Gurdwara
Profundo school visits
21 March 2016

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Students and sevadars
Picture from Gurdwara FB page

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Students and sevadars
Picture from Gurdwara FB page

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

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We also had groups from this Go school

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Koninklijk Lyceum
Old building next to new building on previous picture

Gent – Sint-Pieter NMBS Station

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Diesel unit

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Diesel units

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Man in Blue

Sky News – This is how politicians could block Brexit, according to a constitutional expert

Matthew Nitch Smith

London, 28 June 2016. The House of Commons and the House Lords could block Britain from leaving the European Union because there is no mandate on how the so-called Brexit should be carried out, a constitutional expert has told Business Insider.

“The detail of a Brexit is totally unclear,” Dr. Peter Catterall of the University of Westminster said Monday in a Facebook Live interview with Lianna Brinded at Business Insider.

“We know that the civil service has done absolutely no planning for a Brexit and are not in a position to advise the present government or the incoming government on how this could be done.”

The main problem, Catterall said, is that the referendum result, which itself is not legally binding, stated only that a Brexit should happen, leaving out exactly how it should happen:

“On the one hand, the legislation which set up the referendum did not specify what value we have to place on it or a road map of what happens thereafter. All it did was offer a binary choice: leave or remain. The reason it did that was because you couldn’t have specified the detail of all that a Leave vote would require. So it couldn’t be binding. But MPs on both sides of the Commons say they regard this vote as a mandate.”

The problem with that, Catterall said, is that the method of leaving the EU was not on the ballot paper:

“Now we will get a change of government in the autumn to something people didn’t vote for,” he said. “It looks like we’re going to get a more hardline Tory government, and if that had been on the ballot paper, it probably wouldn’t have succeeded.”

So what does this mean? Quite simply, that in a parliamentary constitution, elected members of Parliament have every right to ignore the outcome of a referendum.

“It is perfectly legitimate for MPs in Parliament on the Remain side to say that they don’t reject leaving the EU but we reject the terms on which you are trying to do it,” Catterall said.

Some MPs, including David Lammy for the north London constituency Tottenham, have already called for the government to ignore the referendum.

The House of Lords will be a problem

But assuming the Commons does somehow agree on a method of Brexit, the House of Lords, the upper house of the UK Parliament that can veto laws from the Commons, will also be a major hurdle. This is because it may see the Commons as having no mandate for a method of Brexit without a General Election, Catterall said:

“You can get [a Brexit] thought the House of Commons. The House of Lords, however, where the Tories do not have a majority, nor does the Brexit side, could certainly block it on the grounds of there being no mandate for it. You could then have a parliamentary standoff, an implication of the Parliament Act.

“The Commons might try and ram it through over two sessions just by overruling the House of Lords. But given the difficulties of not having a mandate to do it, and you’re only doing this because you claim to have a mandate, it gets into very murky politics.

How can you do something you don’t have a mandate for when you’re only doing it because you claim you have a mandate? And in the case of Boris [Johnson] it looks like he doesn’t actually want to do it anyway.”

And Scotland may not play ball

And what about Scotland, where residents voted overwhelmingly to Remain (62% versus 38% for Leave) and where Nicola Sturgeon hinted at another independence referendum?

“She cannot block Brexit, but what she’s doing is more clever,” Catterall said. “She’s the only politician who sounds like she has a plan. She’s sending out a signal to the Scottish people, to Westminster and Brussels.

Risk is that the EU, particularly the Spanish, will not like to see Scotland succeed because it might send a message to the Catalonians.

“The British constitution doesn’t have written rules set in stone about what actually happens in this situation. Sturgeon has no constitutional right to block a Brexit as the Scottish Parliament doesn’t have that power. But customarily, Scotland is involved with things that will affect them. And this affects them big time.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/politicians-could-block-brexit-according-090633763.html

The Hindu – SC Bench refers plea seeking decriminalisation of gay sex to Chief Justice

The apex court had, a few months ago, indicated that Section 377 of the IPC deserves a re-look and agreed to post a batch of curative petitions filed before a Constitution Bench.

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi, 29 June 2016. A Supreme Court Bench on Wednesday sent a plea seeking quashing of a penal provision that criminalises consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex before the Chief Justice of India to decide whether a Constitution Bench should hear the appeal.

Arguing before a Bench, led by Justice S A Bobde, senior advocate Arvind Dattar said this is the first time individual members of the community have moved the Supreme Court directly to appeal for their right to sexual freedom.

The Court pointed out that a Bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur had, a few months ago, already indicated that Section 377 of the IPC, which criminalises gay sex, deserves a re-look and agreed to post a batch of curative petitions filed by NGOs like Naz Foundation before a Constitution Bench.

Justice Bobde observed that the fresh petition by the celebrities be referred to Chief Justice Thakur for a decision on whether it should be tagged along with the curative petitions and further referred to a Constitution Bench.

The petition has been filed by well-known persons, including dancer N S Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur. They contend that Section 377 is unconstitutional and a constriction on their right to sexual preferences.

Earlier observations [bold]

The fight for removing Section 377, earlier upheld by the apex court in a judgment, found a second lease of life when a Bench led by the senior-most judges of the apex court led by Chief Justice Thakur decided that the curative petitions need to re-heard in depth and has various dimensions to it.

Chief Justice Thakur and Justices Anil R Dave and J S Khehar had given credence to arguments that the threat imposed by Section 377 amounts to denial of the rights to privacy and dignity and results in gross miscarriage of justice.

Chief Justice Thakur had said the petitions pose several questions with “constitutional dimensions of importance” while dictating the order of reference to a Constitution Bench he would be setting up shortly.

Rebelling against its own procedural conventions in dealing with curative pleas, the Supreme Court had indicated its openness to re-consider the constitutionality of Section 377 with new eyes.

Chief Justice Thakur had told senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for petitioner Naz Foundation, that the new Bench may not limit itself to the narrow confines of the curative law, the Curative Bench will only entertain if petitioners prove that its review verdict violated principles of natural justice and the judges were biased, and opt for a comprehensive hearing of the arguments placed for the protection of the dignity and rights of the LGBT community.

The indication came when Mr Grover asked whether the three judges would also be present in the “curative Bench”. As per the apex court’s Rupa Hurra judgment in 2002, the Bench considering curative pleas should necessarily have the three top judges of the Supreme Court.

“Your Lordships, a person’s sexuality is his or her most precious, most private of rights… Any provision that penalises an adult persons’ expression of consensual sexuality in private is significantly unconstitutional,” senior advocate Kapil Sibal had said in his opening argument before the Chief Justice’s Bench.

The open court hearing had been the fruit of two years of waiting since the batch of eight curative petitions was filed in March 2014 by parents, civil society, scientific and LGBT rights organisations against a January 28, 2014 apex court verdict dismissing their review petitions on the ground that Section 377 is Constitutional and applies to sexual acts irrespective of age or consent of the parties.

The Review Bench, in January 2014, had agreed with its original appeal judgment on December 11, 2013, setting aside the historic and globally accepted verdict of the Delhi High Court. The High Court had declared Section 377 unconstitutional, and said it was in violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.

The High Court, led by its then Chief Justice A P Shah, had read down Section 377 to apply only to non-consensual, penile, non-vaginal sex, and sexual acts by adults with minors.

“Your past judgments not only affect the present but will bind future generations to a life of indignity and stigma,” Mr. Sibal submitted. “If not corrected now, your verdicts may result in “immense public injury”, he argued.

Mr. Sibal, joined by Mr. Grover, argued that the apex court struck down the 2009 Delhi HC judgement despite the Centre not challenging the lower court’s verdict.

“The matter is of such importance that it should go to a five-judge bench,” Chief Justice Thakur responded. Meanwhile, when Chief Justice Thakur asked if there was anyone opposing the petitioners, the Apostolic Churches Alliance made it clear that “homosexuality is an abomination in the Bible” and decriminalisation of Section 377 would lead to legalisation of homosexuality.

It argued that such a situation would make the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act redundant.

The petitioners had contended that homosexuality was not a mental disorder, but a normal and natural variant of human sexuality.

Even the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the globally accepted standards for classification of mental health, no longer considered non-peno-vaginal sex between consenting adults as mental disorders or illness.

Their expert opinion to the court included that “homosexuals had no choice in their attraction to persons of the same sex and criminalisation of LGBT persons adversely affected their mental health.”

“By penalising the only form of sexual intercourse available to LGBT persons — that is, non-peno vaginal — Section 377 entirely denies sexual intercourse to the class of LGBT persons,” they had argued.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sc-refers-plea-seeking-decriminalisation-of-gay-sex-to-cji/article8787750.ece

The Indian Express – Haryana: Gita, religious lessons to be taught in schools

The introduction of book in the curriculum has received strong criticism from opposition parties

Teachings of other religions along with Bhagavad Gita will be taught in state-run schools in Haryana in the current academic session, Haryana government said on Tuesday after it had faced flak from opposition parties over its proposal to introduce the book in the curriculum.

“A book, which will include a chapter on ‘Gita’, will be rolled out on July 5 in Kurukshetra,” Gurgaon-based State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) Director Sneh Lata said.

“The book is ready and it will be launched on July 5,” she said, adding that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma will also be present on the occasion.

http://indianexpress.com/article/education/haryana-gita-religious-lessons-to-be-taught-in-schools-2881950/

Sikh24.com – Interpol Withdraws International Arrest Warrant of India’s Most Wanted “Terrorist”

Sikhs for Justice

New York, 28 June 2016. The government of India is facing a daunting task to extradite Paramjeet Singh Pamma since Interpol has also withdrawn the arrest warrants against the Sikh nationalist who has been living in the UK since 1999 as a refugee.

Communiqué from the “Commission For the Control of Interpol Files” regarding Pamma’s case states that “After a careful study of all the elements in its possession, the Commission concluded that the data registered in Interpol’s files concerning Mr. Singh was not in compliance with Interpol’s rules.

Consequently, the Commission recommended that Interpol delete the data concerned. Following the Commission’s recommendation, these data were deleted from Interpol’s files.

“In application of recommendations made by the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files, the General Secretariat has destroyed the information relating to Mr. Singh”, the Interpol’s letter issued by the “Commission For the Control of Interpol Files” from France, further stated.

“Interpol’s corrective action exposes how the Indian Government provides forged information to international agencies to frame Sikh nationalists as terrorists with the intent to stop them from campaigning for the right to self determination,” stated attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the legal advisor to the human rights group “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ), which coordinated Pamma’s legal defense.

“SFJ will continue to work with Interpol to delete the names of other Sikh nationalists who are being targeted by India for their support to create a separate Sikh country Khalistan”, added attorney Pannun.

Triumphant at the Interpol decision, Pamma stated that “Truth prevailed and he will continue his campaign for Sikh rights to self-determination for the creation of a separate Sikh state Khalistan”.

Pursuant to Interpol’s Red Notice, Pamma was arrested in Portugal in Dec 2015, but the Portuguese Government denied India’s request to extradite citing that the acts of violence as India claimed occurred while Pamma was living in UK as a refugee.

GOI is seeking extradition of Pamma on the charges of the 2009 murder of RSS Chief “Rulda Singh” and 2010 twin bombings in Patiala.

Interpol Withdraws International Arrest Warrant of India’s Most Wanted “Terrorist”

Gent Gurdwara – Profundoschool visits

Gent Gurdwara
Profundo school visits
21 March 2016

Most of these pictures are from the Gurdwara FB page

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Cha Pakore (and Coca Cola) for the students

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All standing around the Guru Granth Sahib

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Group photo

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Group photo

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

To see all my pictures:

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Man in Blue

Sikh Federation – Snap General Election in the UK is now inevitable

Posted to Sikh News Discussion by Sikh Federation <sikhfederationuk@yahoo.co.uk>

It is looking increasingly likely the UK will face a snap General Election that will focus the minds of politicians on the task of the UK leaving the EU.

The new Conservative leader could be in place as early as 2 September and is likely to want to go to the country quickly in order to unite the Conservative Party behind a detailed plan for Brexit, as well as to secure a personal mandate.

At the moment the Labour Party could be crushed unless it quickly resolves its infighting and dilemma concerning a leadership and policies that will appeal to the majority of voters.

The Fixed-term Parliament Act designates the next General Election should take place in May 2020, but this can be over-ridden by politicians uniting to activate a clause permitting two-thirds of MPs to spark an early contest.

An alternative is the Government, given it has a majority, could propose a motion of no confidence in itself and then after a two-week waiting period, the House of Commons has to be dissolved and an election held. Some have even mentioned party conferences being cancelled and an election being held as early as 13 or 20 October.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“The Sikh Federation (UK) is already making preparations for a snap General Election, which we think is inevitable with a new Conservative leader. The manifesto on which David Cameron was elected last May is now not relevant as we are now in a different Britain.

A General Election would allow each of the political parties to set out in their manifestos how they envisage the new relationship with Europe will work, which will also put the country in a better shape to begin negotiations.”

“The Sikh Network, a collaboration and collective of like minded professional Sikhs who developed the Sikh Manifesto before the last General Election that proved to be an excellent initiative will have a crucial role to play in the comings months. We need to push Sikh issues with the leadership of each of the main parties.”

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

Dawn – Two Christians among three sentenced to death for blasphemy by Punjab court

Imran Gabol

Lahore, 28 June 2016. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala on Tuesday sentenced three convicts to death, including two Christians and a Muslim, over charges of blasphemy.

ATC Gujranwala Judge Bushra Zaman handed down the death penalty to Anjum Naz Sindhu, Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali for committing blasphemy. Javed Naz and Ali have been sentenced for an additional 35-year imprisonment each.

Anjum Naz and Javed Naz are Christians, while Jaffar Ali is Muslim by faith.

The judge has also imposed a fine of Rs 5 million on Anjum and Rs 8 million each on Javed Naz and Ali.

Gujranwala city police had arrested Anjum Naz, Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali an year ago over blasphemy charges.

Editorial: Blasphemy cases

Anjum Naz, a resident of Farid Town some 80 kilometres from Lahore, runs a chain of Locus Schools System in Gujranwala and has been associated with teaching profession for the past 20 years.

Sindhu’s younger brother Asif told Dawn, “Javed Naz was employed at one of his schools. When his brother fired Naz for leaking metric examination papers, he turned against him.”

“Later Javed Naz, with the help of his friend Jaffar Ali, started blackmailing Sindhu and started demanding extortion by claiming that they had his voice recorded in which he had committed blasphemy,” he said.

He said Sindhu did pay Rs 20,000 as extortion but they did not stop demanding money and again demanded Rs 50,000 from him.

“Sindhu, after consulting with different religious elders and friends, went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali for demanding extortion.”

Asif said the police conducted raid and arrested both Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali and also booked his brother and registered a case of blasphemy against them on behalf of the state.

“They uttered blasphemous words in my brother’s voice to get revenge for taking action against Javed Naz and later started demanding extortion”.

He said without any forensic checking of the voice recorded by Javed Naz, his brother was sentenced to death over a false allegation.

“My brother had thousands of Muslim students and they never complained about his behaviour”.

He said “my brother lodged the complaint against Javed and Jaffer for demanding extortion but instead he was booked and later sentenced to death over a fake charge of blasphemy”.

FIR available with Dawn states that Anjum Sindhu approached a police patrolling team and reported that two persons Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali had demanded extortion from him. He paid them Rs 20,000 and they asked him to arrange Rs 50,000 more.

The copy of FIR available with Dawn states that Anjum Sindhu had approached a police patrolling team and reported that two persons Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali had demanded extortion from him. “He paid them Rs 20,000 and they asked him to arrange Rs 50,000 more.”

It further states that the patrolling team had accompanied Anjum raided at a street from the rare side of Rex Cinema and arrested both Javed Naz and Jaffar Ali and also recovered Rs 20,000 from them.

They had told police that Anjum Sindhu committed blasphemy during his sermon at Locus School which was recorded by Javed Naz in his phone, the FIR reads.

Policemen went to Javed’s house and recovered the memory card and a mobile phone.

Police later booked Anjum Sindhu and Javed Naz for committing blasphemy and recording it on mobile phone while Ali was booked for demanding extortion.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1267876/two-christians-among-three-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-by-punjab-court