The Asian Age – India seeks ‘strongest’ US action in Kansas shooting

Venkaiah Naidu meets family of slain engineer, assures all assistance.

Hyderabad, 27 February 2017. India demanded the “strongest action” from the US government Sunday after Hyderabad’s engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and his colleague from Warangal wounded in an apparent hate crime in Kansas City.

“USA should respond to this incident. American President and people of America should come out openly to condemn such actions… and then take the strongest action,” Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said. He and his Cabinet colleague Bandaru Dattatreya met the slain engineer’s family in Hyderabad Sunday.

“Such incidents involving racial discrimination are shameful,” Mr Naidu said. “They will dent the image of USA. So the US President, administration and civil societies should unequivocally respond and condemn such incidents.”

Kuchibhotla’s body will arrive at his home on Monday evening, a state minister in Telangana said.

“It is shocking that Kuchibhotla was shot dead in an alleged (case of) racial discrimination. It caused mental agony to all Indians. I express my sympathies to the bereaved family,” he said.

Alok Madasani who was injured in the shooting has now been released from hospital. His parents were due to leave for the US late Sunday. His father Jagan Mohan Reddy, a chief engineer with the Telangana government, told AFP they would spend at least a week in the US before “taking stock of what to do (next)”.

“They lost a dear friend (Kuchibhotla) in the attack but somehow, by God’s grace, my son survived,” Mr Reddy said.

According to reports, the shooter who has been arrested, yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire on 32-year-old Kuchibhotla and his Indian colleague Wednesday night. An American who tried to intervene also received injuries in the firing in Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe in Kansas City in the US state of Missouri.

Meanwhile, former Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao wrote separate letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj requesting them to send an all-party delegation to talk to the Trump administration and instill confidence among Indians about their safety.

http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/270217/india-seeks-strongest-us-action-in-kansas-shooting.html

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Sikh24.com – 1984 Sikh Genocide: Arms dealer Abhishek Verma expresses conditional consent for Lie Detection Test

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New Delhi, 25 February 2017. Following the Court’s direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct ‘Lie Detection Test’ on Jagdish Tytler and Abhishek Verma on March 16 in a case of killing three Sikhs during 1984 Sikh genocide, the arms dealer Abhishek Verma has expressed conditional consent to undergo the test.

He has said that he was ready for a lie-detection test if Congress leader Jagdish Tytler also agrees to it.

Verma, who apprehends threat to his life and to his family, told the Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Shivali Sharma on February 23 that he had no objection in undergoing the polygraph test if he would be provided adequate security and the process will be shot visually.

“If Tytler agrees for the test, I have no objection on it. But if I am going for the test, adequate security should be provided to me and my family as I am under threat. Asking me for the lie-detection test is more of pointing fingers at me rather than the accused. I am a witness and I am coming forward to help the prosecution,” Verma submitted.

Advocate Maninder Singh, who appeared for Verma, said he had been made a witness by the CBI in the case and it would be proper if the agency records his statement before a magistrate under Section 164 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) as he would not be able to retract from it.

It is pertinent to note here that the case pertains to killing of three innocent Sikhs near a Gurdwara Sahib in Pulbangash area of Northern Delhi in which Jagdish Tytler was accused of inciting Hindu mobs.

Although the probing agency CBI had acquitted Jagdish Tytler thrice in this case but later the arms dealer Abhishek Verma had deposed before the Court that Tytler had bribed the chief witness in this case by remitting Rupees 50 million on his son’s name to Canada.

Verma had told the Court that initially the remitted amount was freezed by the Canadian government but later he had helped them in defreezing the remitted ransom.

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/02/25/1984-sikh-genocide-arms-dealer-abhishek-verma-expresses-conditional-consent-for-lie-detection-test/#.WLPEYH_RHY8

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Tracks leading to new Tram 1 terminus

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Temporary terminus for Tram 1

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Tracks leading to new Tram 1 terminus

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Tracks from new Tram 1 terminus

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India Today – Delhi SGPC poll underway, AAP backed party in fray: All you need to know

Polling is underway for the election of members on the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee. The DSGPC (?) manages nine places of worship, 18 schools and six colleges in Delhi and is considered a powerful Sikh body in the national capital.

New Delhi, 26 February 2017. About 3.75 lakh Sikh voters are voting today to elect new members of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGPC)(?).

The DSGPC(?) manages nine places of worship, 18 schools and six colleges in Delhi and is considered a powerful Sikh body in the national capital.

A keen contest is expected between Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (SADD) and Shiromani Akali Dal Badal (SADB) in the election. SADD president Paramjit Singh Sarna and SADB chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa are in direct contest at West Punjabi Bagh seat.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa is the general secretary of the outgoing management committee.

Delhi SGMC(!): Things to know :

– The DSGPC(?) represents roughly eight lakh Sikhs living in New Delhi. The committee is headquartered at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi.

– The DSGPC(?) manages nine historical Gurudwaras in Delhi including those at Rakab Ganj Sahib, Bangla Sahib and Sis Ganj Sahib. The DSGPC(?) has an annual budget of over Rs 100 crore to manage the institutions including colleges and schools.

– The elections are being held to elect 46 of the 51 committee members. The rest five are nominated by different bodies.

– One member is nominated by the Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee- the umbrella body(?). Two others are co-opted and the rest two are nominated by Singh Sabhas of Delhi.

– The elections are conducted and managed by the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections, which functions under the direction of the Delhi government as the provisions of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971.

– The elected members remain in their office for four years before fresh polls are held.

– Only those Sikhs, who have not cut their hair and follow the religious code of conduct in disciplined manner including observance to the five tenets, are eligible to vote in the DSGPC election.

– Till now, the elections were bipolar with SADD and SADB engaging in direct fight. But, this time the AAP supported Panthic Sewa Dal (PSD) is also in the fray and is expected to have a bearing on the election. The PSD was formed by AAP MLA Avtar Singh last year.

– The candidate contesting the DSGPC election must have completed 25 years of age, be an amritdhari (one who does not cut hair) Sikh, not take alcoholic drinks and be able to read and write Gurmukhi script.

– A total of 335 candidates including 184 independents are standing in the DSGPC election. About 560 polling booths have been created for casting votes.

Note: As far as I know the Delhi Gurdwara body is called Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC)
Note: An Amritdhari Sikh is a Sikh initiated into the Khalsa and committed to wear the turban and the 5 Ks, and to following the Sikh way of life as taught in the Guru Granth Sahib
Note: The SGPC is the body that manages the Gurdwaras in those parts of pre-partition Panjab that are now part of the Union of India. It is not an umbrella body and has no authority in New or Old Delhi !

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/delhi-sgpc-election-all-you-need-to-know/1/891815.html

Dawn – Asfandyar Wali Khan deplores racial profiling of Pakhtuns

Faiz Muhammad

Charsadda-Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 27 February 2017. Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan has warned of ‘forcible eviction of Punjab people’ from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if what he called unjust treatment meted out to Pakhtuns in Punjab is not immediately stopped.

He was speaking at a meeting in Wali Bagh on Sunday. A former union council nazim and others announced their decision to join the ANP.

The ANP chief said his party would boycott meetings convened by the government until harassment of Pakhtuns in Punjab came to an end. He warned that racial profiling of Pakhtuns could create a dangerous situation, recalling the circumstances that led to the country’s dismemberment.

Mr Khan said that his party would take part in a sit-in on March 12 to call for merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with KP. “We will accept only one Pakhtunkhwa after Fata’s merger with it. There will be no northern and southern Pakhtunkhwa,” he declared.

He called for implementation of the merger plan and allocation of five per cent of national resources and a share in the National Financial Commission award to Fata to bring it at par with other provinces.

The ANP president said strained relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan had benefited their enemies.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1317281/asfandyar-deplores-racial-profiling-of-pakhtuns