The Indian Express – UK election results 2017 live updates: Britain headed toward hung Parliament, Conservatives leading with 289

UK election results 2017: Prime Minister Theresa May had called for the snap elections in April.

The Conservative Party is now leading the UK general election with 246 seats, Labour party close behind with 228 seats. The snap elections were called by Prime Minister Theresa May.

This result will decide whether it will be Conservative Party leader May or her Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn who takes control of Britain’s exit from the European Union, a two-year negotiation which will plot a new course for the $2.6 trillion economy.

May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party.

While May’s campaign has relied on “strong and stable leadership” and a hard exit from European Union, Corbyn has emphasised the party is for the many and not the few. Exit polls predicted the Conservative Party securing the maximum seats but a hung parliament with neither party securing majority.

On prediction of May’s losses, Sterling saw its biggest daily fall since January before recovering some ground on Friday.


The Tribune – Sikh jatha denied travel via Samjhauta Express

G S Paul, Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 8 June 2017. A group of 80 pilgrims heading for Pakistan to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev had to return disappointed as they were not allowed to board the Samjhauta Express at the Attari railway station today.

According to information, 68 pilgrims had obtained their visas through Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society while the remaining 12 were sponsored by the SAD (Delhi). They alleged that despite possessing ‘valid’ documents, they were not allowed to proceed due to lack of communication between the railway authorities and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Society president Harpal Singh Bhullar said, “We were told that the visa documents were valid for a ‘special train’, not for the Samjhauta Express. Hence, it stood invalid. For a sheer official snag, pilgrims had to suffer disappointment.”

It is learnt that another group of 14 pilgrims, sponsored by Haryana-based Sukhmani Sahib Society, crossed over to Pakistan taking the Attari-Wagah road route.

Attari Railway Station Superintendent A K Gupta said they did not allow the pilgrims board the Samjhauta Express as they were not satisfied with the documents they possessed. “There were clear-cut directions that unless we get the green signal from the MEA about any jatha, we cannot allow them to cross over to Pakistan.

The pilgrims’ visa documents mentioned travel by special pilgrimage train, and not Samjhauta Express,” he said.

Gentbrugge Pirennelaan to Dienstencentrum

Gentbrugge Pirennelaan to Dienstencentrum Driebeekstraat
01 May 2017

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum
Tram 22 to Kouter via Sint-Pieters

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum
Driebeekstraat – Stelplaats

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum
Driebeekstraat – Stelplaats

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum
Driebeekstraat – Stelplaats Bus & Tram

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum
Driebeekstraat – Stelplaats Bus & Tram
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Metro – ‘History made’ as Britain elects first female Sikh MP

The first female Sikh MP and the first turbaned Sikh MP have been elected to parliament.

Both Labour, Preet Kaur Gill, 44, will represent Birmingham Edgbaston and Tan Dhesi will represent Slough.

The results have been celebrated as ‘historic’ in an election where Labour did much better than many had expected.

It was heralded as ‘victory for Sikh representation in the UK parliament’.

Ms Gill won over 6,000 more votes than the Tories, while Mr Dhesi won a huge majority of 16,998.

‘More good news from the Sikh community in the UK,’ American professor Simran Jeet Singh tweeted. ‘Inclusion and representation matter.’

He described it as ‘a long overdue achievement for the Sikh community in England and an incredible step up for Sikh women everywhere!’

The Hindu – Are cattle trade rules good in law?

Question before Supreme Court is if they override animal cruelty Act

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi, 9 June 2017. One of the primary questions the Supreme Court will have to settle when it starts hearing the challenge to the government’s new notifications banning the sale and trade of cattle in livestock markets for slaughter and animal sacrifices is whether these rules override the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.

The court has agreed to hear Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi, a Hyderabad-based lawyer and president of All-India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, who contended that the restrictions are “unconstitutional” and outside the purview of the 1960 Act.

He has argued that the Centre is only empowered by the Act to notify rules which are in furtherance of the purposes of the 1960 Act, cardinally that no animal, not just cattle, is caused unnecessary pain and suffering.

The Supreme Court has consistently said that rules that contravene or rewrite the parent law, in this case the 1960 Act, should be rendered invalid for arbitrariness and unreasonableness. However, the burden to disprove the presumption that these rules are constitutional and valid lies with the petitioner.

Mr. Qureshi has to prove that the government lacked legislative competence to make the subordinate legislation. That the rules are a violation of the guaranteed fundamental and constitutional rights.

Caution required

“Where a Rule is directly inconsistent with a mandatory provision of the statute, then of course the task of the court is simple and easy. But where the contention is that the inconsistency or non-conformity of the Rule is not with reference to any specific provision of the enabling Act, but with the object and scheme of the Parent Act, the court should proceed with caution before declaring invalidity,” the Supreme Court observed in its State of Tamil Nadu versus P Krishnamoorthy judgment.

In the Indian Express Newspapers case, the court held that “a piece of subordinate legislation does not carry the same degree of immunity enjoyed by a statute passed by a competent legislature”.

In the Employees Welfare Association case, it held that Rules are liable to be declared invalid if they are manifestly unjust, oppressive, outrageous, violative of the general principles of the law, vague, unreasonable or discloses bad faith.