The Statesman – Mandir will be built when Lord Rama wants it, PM Modi will not build it: Sibal

New Delhi, 7 December 2017. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ram Mandir will be built “when Lord Rama wants it and Modi will not build the temple”.

“As far as Ram Mandir is concerned (Modiji), it will be built when Lord Ram wants it to be built,” said Sibal.

“We believe in the Lord, we don’t believe in you (Modiji). You are not going to build that temple..If you think that you are, then you are mistaken…

“It’s when God wants it. When Lord Ram wants it the temple will be built wherever, whenever. And that the court will decide,” Sibal added.

Sibal had in the apex court said that the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be heard after the 2019 general elections, which triggered a major political storm.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress and congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for distancing itself from Sibal’s plea.

However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case.

“Our PM comments without knowing things sometimes. Amit Shah and the Prime Minister said I represented Sunni Waqf Board. I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer. I can understand your President (Shah) saying such a thing because I don’t expect anything better from him.

“The PM did not check the fact that actually I never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the Supreme Court and yet he thanked them. I request the PM to be a little more careful before making such public comments. It doesn’t behove the status of a Prime Minister.”


The Tribune – Rein in illegal travel agents: HC to states

Saurabh Malik, Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, 5 December 2017. Taking cognisance of advertisements by travel agents to lure susceptible people for sending them abroad even for studies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the DGPs of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to find out whether the advertisers were registered.

The order by Justice A B Chaudhari came more than four months after Punjab and Haryana were held culpable for not warning people against contacting unregistered or unlicensed agents while seeking greener pastures abroad.

Justice Chaudhari has already asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to initiate suitable action against TV channels and advertisers in case broadcast ads were not by registered agents.

As the case came up for resumed hearing, Justice Chaudhari observed that the compliance report on the previous order was not there. He added that advertisements were visible at the rear of auto-rickshaws and at several places for attracting gullible people.

Issuing directions to the DGPs, Justice Chaudhari also called for details of action taken in case the agents advertising were not registered. For the purpose of compliance, Justice Chaudhari fixed the case for third week of December, while making it clear that further adjournment would not be granted.

Justice Chaudhari, on a previous date of hearing, had directed the states to issue immediate instructions to district magistrates in each district to publish “a list of registered agents and to warn the citizens against unauthorised agents”.

The list was required to be made public on a regular basis through TV, radio, newspapers and any other modes of communication.

Justice Chaudhari had observed that agents, not registered or licensed by the government, were taking money and sending people abroad, and gullible citizens were falling in their trap.

He had asserted: “In my opinion, one of the reasons appears to be the failure on the part of Punjab and Haryana in not warning the people at large not to contact any unregistered or unlicensed person/agent and not to give any amount to them.”

Oostende NMBS station – Brussel Sint-Goedele and Koningstraat

Oostende NMBS station
7 November 2017

The west (Oostende) east (Eupen) connection
Visiting all four components of the Belgian Federation

Brussel Sint-Goedele
8 November 2017

Sint-Goedele Cathedral
Near Brussel Centraal

Koningstraat MIVB Trams
8 November 2017

MIVB Tram 93 to Legrand

MIVB Tram 93 to Legrand

MIVB Tram 93 to Stadion

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CBS Sacramento – Yuba City swears in first female Sikh mayor

Kelly Ryan

Yuba City-California-USA, 6 December 2017. A local city is celebrating and making history with the swearing-in of its new mayor.

A Sacramento State graduate and former vice mayor, Preet Didbal is being elevated to a top position, one that’s making history.

Tuesday evening started with the first-ever Girl Scout color guard, part of a night of firsts.

There was standing room only inside, with an overflowing crowd outside, as the new mayor of Yuba City was sworn in.

“Thank you for letting me be mayor. I am grateful, absolutely grateful to represent our city,” Dibal said.

Earlier in the day, Didball spoke about how she was feeling before her historic swearing-in ceremony.

“I’m still blown away by what’s happening,” Didbal said.

She says she’s honored to be the first Sikh woman elected mayor of a USA city. But this isn’t new territory for her. She was the first Sikh woman elected to a USA city council here in 2014.

“I’m paving the way, but there are women in front of me who paved the way as well,” Didbal said.

Yuba City has one of the largest Sikh populations in the country. Founded in India’s Panjab region, Didbal says that “service” is an important part of the Sikh religion. Her parents came to Yuba City from India working as farm laborers. She was born here in a local hospital.

“That was the whole point to emigrate from India to here to have a better life,” Didbal said.

She says this new position goes along with her continued effort to give back to a community which has given her and her family that better life.

“If you look around our society, there’s crazy stuff going on, so I want to reflect the positivity, the hand of kindness, and get rid of hate.”

Yuba City Swears In First Female Sikh Mayor

Dawn – Mayor of London brings peace tidings from India to Pakistan

Intikhab Hanif

Lahore-Panjab-Pakistan, 7 December 2017. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrived in Lahore via the Wagah border on an official visit on Wednesday, with the message that many Indians wanted good relations with Pakistan.

This is the first time a mayor of London has visited Lahore. Mr Khan is on a six-day mission to India and Pakistan to strengthen cultural and economic ties with the British capital. He had earlier stayed in India for three days where he met politicians and other important personages in Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar.

Accompanied by a delegation of investors and officials, London’s mayor was received warmly at the Wagah border by Mayor of Lahore retired Colonel Mubashar Javed and senior officials of the Punjab government.

Earlier in the day, while visiting the Golden Temple at Amritsar in India, Mr Khan called on the British government on Wednesday to make a formal apology for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in which nearly 400 people were shot dead by British Indian army soldiers.

He called the massacre one of the most horrific events in Indian history. “It is wrong that successive British governments have fallen short of delivering a formal apology to the families of those who were killed,” he said.

Mr Khan later called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at the latter’s Model Town residence and attended a luncheon there. British High Commissioner Thomas Drew was also present on the occasion.

The delegation included London’s Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agrawal, Turkish Consul General Serder Deniz and US Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy.

Prior to Mr Khan’s arrival in the city, CM Sharif had tweeted: “We welcome Mayor Sadiq Khan from the historic city of London to the historic city of Lahore.” Mr Khan had a one-on-one meeting with the chief minister and later visited the Badshahi Mosque and the Lahore Fort, before attending a dialogue at Alhamra.

According to a spokesperson for the Punjab government, Mr Sharif said that Pakistan accorded great importance to its relations with the UK.

A large number of Pakistanis were settled in London, playing an important role in enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, he said, adding that promoting cordial relations between the UK and Panjab was the need of the hour.

The chief minister was quoted as saying that Pakistan had achieved great success in its war on terrorism, and would win it by introducing various socio-economic reforms. The government, in collaboration with the Department for International Development of the UK, had already introduced far-reaching reforms in education, healthcare and skills development sectors. “We appreciate the cooperation of British people,” he said.

Earlier while meeting CM Sharif, the delegation of British investors had expressed interest in investing in projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The chief minister said that the CPEC had opened new avenues of foreign investment in Pakistan and British investors should fully avail the opportunity.

Mr Khan said that the cities of London and Lahore enjoyed good relations and expressed the desire to enhance cooperation and investment with Lahore in various sectors.

Speaking at a dinner reception given by the mayor of Lahore, Mr Khan said he was impressed by the hospitality of the people of Lahore. He was happy to note that Pakistan and its society were progressing.

“I am happy to know that Pakistan’s economy is growing,” he said, while thanking the mayor for according him a warm welcome. “I found Lahore as I had heard of it. It is the heart of Pakistan and is certainly the hub of Pakistani culture,” he said.

Lahore’s mayor thanked Mr Khan for visiting and shared that he wished to strengthen social and cultural ties with London.

Gifts were exchanged, owner of Peshawar Zalmi Javaid Afridi presented Mr Khan Shahid Afridi’s cricket bat, cap and shirt. Mr Khan was scheduled to leave for Islamabad after the reception, and to later visit Karachi.