The Indian Express – Punjab: fearing hung house, parties woo independents

Both SAD and Congress feel that Bains brothers did not join AAP, which was an advantage for them to choose any party that comes closer to majority.

Kanchan Vasdev

Chandigarh, 11 February 11 2017. Independents who contested this Assembly election in Punjab, are the cynosure of all parties ahead of the results on March 11. Parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the strong Independents as fears of a hung Assembly loomed large over the parties as the election was a fiercely fought triangular contest.

While all parties have officially claimed that they would get absolute majority, their leaders are either on the job to woo Independents or trying to keep them in good humour.

Several Independents, including Congress rebel Naresh Puri from Sujanpur, Rajdeep Kaur, sister of former gangster Jaswinder Singh Rocky, from Fazilka, and Tarlochan Singh Soond, sitting Congress MLA from Banga, who contested as rebel after being denied ticket, are being considered strong by all parties.

Ludhiana MLA brothers, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains, who floated their own Lok Insaaf Party (LIF) and aligned with the Aam Aadmi Party, are also considered strong Independents. AAP had left five seats, four in Ludhiana and one in Amargarh, for them.

A SAD leader said, “We are in touch with each one of them. In case we get close to the winning mark and are short of a few seats, we will have plenty of Independents in hand.”

Congress sources also claimed that Puri and Soond were already associated with Congress and if the need arose and they won their respective seats, they would go with the party.

Rajdeep Kaur, too, was a strong contender for the party ticket from Fazilka. But she was denied nomination after SAD MP Sher Singh Ghubaya’s son, Davinder Singh Ghubaya, joined Congress and contested from Fazilka.

Both SAD and Congress feel that Bains brothers did not join AAP, which was an advantage for them to choose any party that comes closer to majority.

“They had five members, who contested on their symbol. Even if only two win, we will have two Independents. A deal will them would not be loss making at all,” said a Congress leader. In a House of 117 seats in Punjab, 59 are required for any party or alliance to form government.

“Why should Bains brothers have any issue? They can go to any side. They are not part of AAP,” said a SAD leader.

As for Congress, the party has its MLA from Ludhiana West, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who is considered very close to the junior Bains.

Simarjit Singh Bains told the Indian Express that he considered his alliance with AAP as a “dharma”. “We have not been approached by anybody. If they are planning to do so, I want to tell them that it would be a waste of their energy and time. I am strongly with AAP. We are winning 100 seats for sure.

These two parties would not be in a position to reach close to the winning mark. They can themselves predict how many seats out of the remaining 17 they would get,” said Bains, adding that even if AAP was on the edge, they would go with AAP.

“We would not even mind sitting in the opposition. We are with AAP for an ideology and not for any position.”

Soond said, “If I win, my next course of action would be decided by the people of my constituency. They asked me to contest. Now, they will only tell me which side to go to.”

Punjab: Fearing hung House, parties woo Independents

Advertisements – Professor Badungar undergoes closed door meeting with Giani Gurbachan Singh

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Ludhiana, Panjab, 9 February 2017. On the eve of antim ardas (final prayer) of former SGPC President Avtar Makkar’s son, current SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar and SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh underwent a closed door meeting.

The meeting between two temporal Sikh leaders underwent in an isolated room in which Giani Gurbachan Singh was seen red faced. It is learnt that the duo were talking in loud manner to each other.

It is being speculated that Giani Gurbachan Singh is outraged over Shiromani Akali Dal’s act of demanding support from controversial anti-Sikh Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Earlier, Giani Gurbachan Singh had signified that he will take action against Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal for violating the edict passed against Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim directing Sikh masses to boycott him and his disciples.

It is important to note that Giani Gurbachan Singh had asked Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar to formalise a panel to probe the visit of Akalis to Dera Sacha Sauda. However, the latter hand picked prominent Akali Dal supporters to carry out the probe.

Other senior Akali leaders Dr Daljit Singh Cheema (Cabinet Minister), Amarjit Singh Chawla (SGPC General Secretary), Maheshinder Singh Grewal and others were also present on this occasion.

After the conclusion of the meeting between Professor Badungar and Giani Gurbachan Singh, media reporters tried to talk to them but they refused to answer any media query. Meanwhile, the security persons successfully let them to the exit from venue.

Later, SGPC General Secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla said that the two leaders refrained from talking to media as it was a funeral.

Gent-Zuid – Brugse Poort – Gent-Sint-Pieters

08 January 2016


The library, which is moving from this building to De Krook


Gent-Zuid, bus and tram stops

Brugse Poort
10 January 2016


Tram 4 to Muide (Tolpoort)


Tram 4 to Muide (Tolpoort)
I am waiting for a tram 4 to Gent-Sint-Pieters


Tram 4, stop for trams to Muide (Tolpoort)

10 January 2016


Construction work over the platform for track 9 and 10

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Outlook India – Tytler Alleges ‘Misuse of Law’ in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot Case, Says No Reason for Lie Detection Test

New Delhi, 10 February 2017. Congress leader Jagdish Tytler today told a Delhi court that CBI has not given any reason in its plea to conduct lie detection test on him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Tytler, who did not appear before the court personally, filed an application through his lawyer stating that the CBI plea was a “gross misuse of law” and it was filed with “malafide intention”.

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who was also issued notice by the court on the CBI plea, appeared before the court and said he stands by his statement given to the probe agency earlier and was ready to join the investigation.

Advocate Maninder Singh, who represented Verma, also said CBI has not given any reason to conduct lie detection test on him and he was ready to record his statement before a magistrate unser section 164 CrPC.

He also sought a week’s time to file his reply on the plea.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma granted time to Verma to file his reply and listed the matter for February 23 for hearing arguments on CBI’s application.

Senior advocate Harinder Singh Phoolka, who represented the riot victims, said Tytler had earlier given a statement to the media that he was ready to undergo lie detection test.

The court had on February 8 issued notice to Tytler and Verma on CBI’s plea.

The case pertains to death of three Sikhs in the aftermath of the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Tytler has been given a clean chit by CBI thrice in the case but the probe agency has been directed by the court to further investigate the matter.

Verma has made several statements to CBI against the senior Congress leader that he allegedly pressurised witnesses in the case.

During the hearing, Verma told the court he was facing threats and should be given protection. (More) CBI in its plea has said, “For the purpose of further investigation, polygraph test (lie detection test) needs to be conducted on Abhishek Verma and Jagdish Tytler”.

It has cited the court’s 4 December 2015 order in which it was mentioned that lie detection test may be conducted, if required.

“The presence of these two persons namely, Abhishek Verma and Jadgish Tytler is necessary before this court to accord their consent about the polygraph test (lie detection test),” the plea while seeking the court’s direction to Tytler and Verma to appear before it.

The court had earlier held that Verma in his statement to CBI disclosed an “active role” played by Tytler in extending a “helping hand” to a witness against him.

It had noted that the statement given by Verma to CBI in which he has claimed that Tytler had sent the son of Surinder Singh Granthi, a key witness against him, to Canada cannot be a “sheer coincidence” and the agency should probe if it is true.

The case pertains to riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

The court had in December 2015 directed CBI to further investigate the matter and had said it would monitor the probe every two months so that no aspect of the matter is left uninvestigated.

CBI had re-investigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report. CBI has filed three closure reports in the case.

Dawn – Members of UK ‘sex gang’ face deportation to Pakistan

London, 10 February 2017. Four men convicted of grooming girls for sex in a case that fuelled racial tensions in Britain face deportation to Pakistan after a judge upheld a government decision on Thursday to strip them of British citizenship.

The ruling by an immigration tribunal clears the way for the men, all of Pakistani nationality, to be removed from Britain. They acquired British citizenship by naturalisation.

They were among nine men of Pakistani and Afghan descent convicted of luring girls as young as 13 into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs. They were based in Rochdale, in northern England.

Among the four facing deportation is ringleader Shabir Ahmed, sentenced in 2012 to 22 years in jail. The other three are Adil Khan, Qari Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz.

Ahmed, who was convicted of rape as well as other charges, remains in custody, while the other three men have been released on licence.

Khan, Rauf and Aziz were convicted of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation charges. Aziz was not convicted of having sexual intercourse with any child.

The judge at the hearing in the upper tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, Mr Justice McClosky, described their crimes as “shocking, brutal and repulsive”.

His decision rejected claims concerning human rights laws and a complaint of “disproportionate interference” with their rights.

The case centres on a decision by Prime Minister Theresa May, when she was home secretary, to strip the men’s citizenship “for the public good”.

The five victims of the gang who gave evidence in the 2012 trial were all white, and spoke of being raped, assaulted and traded for sex, being passed from man to man, and sometimes being too drunk to stop the abuses.

The men, ranging in age from 22 to 59, used various defences, including claiming the girls were prostitutes.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said the four men who appeared at the tribunal on Thursday should be deported “as soon as possible” saying “foreign-born criminals should not be able to hide behind human rights laws to avoid deportation”.