The News – Nawaz, Shahbaz staged ‘drama’ before JIT: Imran Khan

Islamabad, 17 June 2017. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif had staged a drama before the JIT.

While referring to Shahbaz Sharif without taking his name, the PTI chief said, “Whom are they befooling by wearing hat and mafia suit”.

Speaking to the media, Imran said leaders are always held accountable in a democracy and with the Sharif family appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), it does not mean they are being victimised.

He said that 12 corruption cases were pending against Nawaz Sharif. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also been implicated in a case.

The Sharif family had not appeared before the court themselves but they had been called in to appear, the PTI chief said.

Imran reiterated that the entire nation stands by the Supreme Court and the JIT.


The Tribune – Twenty thousand trees being axed along Ropar-Phagwara highway

Aakanksha N Bhardwaj, Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, 18 June 2017. As many as 20,977 trees and 1,213 plants are being axed in the name of the development along the Ropar-Nawanshahr-Banga-Phagwara stretch.

The trees are being cut for the diversion of 109.9 hectares of forestland in favour of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the four-laning of the stretch.

Vishal Chauhan, District Forest Officer (DFO), Nawanshahar, said almost every variety of tree was being cut, but majority were eucalyptus, sheesham and drek.

For compensatory afforestation, 219.8 hectares will be covered where a total of 21,98,042 trees will be planted in one year.

However, official sources said no plan had been made yet for compensatory plantation and it could take another year to start the process.

The areas where compensatory plantation will take place are Chandiani Kalan (91 hectares), Balowal Saunkri (44 hectares), Banah (45 hectares) and Raipur (40 hectares) under the Nawanshahr forest division.

Besides, 17,400 saplings will also be planted on the both sides of the above stretch.

Sources also informed that the trees are being cut at faster pace because National Green Tribunal (NGT) is going to impose ban on felling of trees in a day or two.

Kuldeep Kumar, principal Chief conservator, forests said that NHAI has given funds and soon the plantation work will started on the degraded land.

Expressing concern, Balbir Singh Seechewal, a renowned environmentalist and Padma Shri awardee, said: “I have observed that trees are being axed for development, but no new trees are planted, which will prove detrimental to the environment. The authorities should plant 20 times the number of trees getting axed.”

Van Beverenplein: Order of Malta – Gent-Sint-Pieters – De Reep

Van Beverenplein – Gent
Order of Malta
23 May 2017

Shower, laundry facilities and children play area

Shower, laundry facilities and children play area
Aimed at homeless families

25 May 2017

Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw – Tram 4 to Gentbrugge Moscou

Gent – De Reep
25 May 2017

De Reep

Scaldis Locks

Scaldis Locks
Now the locks to nowhere, but the work proceeds to reopen the connection to the Muinkschelde

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ITV News – Bradford Sikh Temple [Gurdwara] overwhelmed by Grenfell Tower donations

Bradford, 18 June 2017.

A Sikh Temple [Gurdwara] in Bradford says it is overwhelmed by the number of donations it has received following an appeal for the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

At least 58 people are now confirmed or presumed dead after the devastating fire last Wednesday.

The Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara only started collecting on Thursday but has taken hundreds of bags of clothes and toiletries, as well as cash donations from the whole community.

The Hindu – One arrested after vehicle rams worshippers near London mosque

Van “intentionally” runs over people leaving night prayers for the holy month of Ramadan, according to head of Muslim Council of Britain

London, 19 June 2017.

One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said on Monday. Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque.

Police said in a statement that there were “a number of casualties”, and added that they were called to reports of “a vehicle in collision with pedestrians” at 00:20 am (4.50 am IST).

“We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left Finsbury Park Mosque. Our prayers are with the victims,” the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body, said on Twitter.

Harun Khan, the head of the MCB, said the van had “intentionally” run over people leaving night prayers for the holy month of Ramadan.

An AFP reporter could see a helicopter and many emergency vehicles at the scene, which was closed off by a large police cordon.

Traffic was shut down on a section of Seven Sisters Road, where the incident happened.

“We saw lots of people shouting and lots of people injured,” David Robinson, 41, who arrived just after the accident, told AFP.

The London Ambulance Service said it had sent “a number of resources” to the scene.

The mosque is near Seven Sisters Road and was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed under new management.

Its former imam Abu Hamza was jailed for life in New York on terrorism charges in 2015. He preached there from 1997 to 2003 before being jailed for inciting violence. He was later extradited to the United States.

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following Islamist-inspired attacks in Paris.

Despite the change in leadership and new focus on community relations, the mosque received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.