The News – Indian media outlet forced to retract report confirming Kulbhusan as spy

New Delhi-India, 6 January 2018. Hours after confirming that Kulbhusan Jadhav is an operative of Indian intelligence, an Indian news site on Saturday retracted the story on the convicted spy who was handed down death sentence by a military tribunal in Pakistan.

“The story on Kulbhushan Jadhav has been retracted. The Quint is rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article” said of the report titled “Two Ex-RAW chiefs did not want Kulbhushan Jadhav recruited as spy.

The media outlet drew strong backlash for the story with some of extremist Hindu activists calling for boycott of the Quint.

“Hurt them where it hurts the most. Go after the businesses that advertise with “The Quint”. Boycott events where they’re a sponsor partner. Never share their article links,” said a user.

“Quint takes down story. Truth is stranger than fiction” tweeted Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal with a screenshot of the page that carried the story.

“Update as reported: Journalist Chandan Nandy who filed the story is “missing/gone in hiding”, was last spotted at Khan Market Delhi and since then has been untraceable for family and friends. Freedom of press ?”, he said in another tweet.


The Tribune – Scheduled Caste girl alleges harassment by school staff; probe ordered

Sanjay Bumbroo, Tribune News Service

Tohra-Patiala-Panjab-India, 6 January 2018. A scheduled caste (SC) girl, Veerpal Kaur, who is a student of Class XI at Government Senior Secondary School, Tohra, has alleged harassment at the hands of some of her schoolteachers.

Veerpal, a resident of Sahinwal village, alleged that schoolteachers and other staff made casteist remarks against her, besides mistreating her. She alleged that despite being the topper in the school, she was being forced to sit on last benches in the classroom.

She alleged that all of this was being done on the behest of some villagers after she refused to help a boy copy during the Class X examinations last year. The boy is a relative of the school clerk.

She alleged that despite being the topper in the school, her name was not mentioned in the school merit list even as schoolteachers honoured other students.

Veerpal had attempted suicide after being allegedly beaten up by school students. Her family had managed to save her.
After this incident, the Principal informed the police and the police had arrested the accused students and the clerk. The victim girl alleged that she was told to take her complaint back and reach a compromise with the school staff if she wanted to pursue her career.

Meanwhile, a five-member team headed by District Education Officer, Kanwal Kumari, today visited the school to hold an inquiry. The officer said she would submit her report to the higher authorities after hearing both parties.

Principal Jagjit Singh said the student and her family were levelling baseless allegations. He said he had briefed the DEO about the case.

Heverlee – Leuven NMBS

29 November 2016

Heverlee Broekstraat for PARCUM museum
De Lijn Bus 4 to Haasrode – Brabanthal

Heverlee Broekstraat for PARCUM museum
De Lijn bus 630 to Wijgmaal Station

Leuven NMBS
29 November 2016

Track 1 All station train to Ottignies
Track 2 IC train to Brussel and Quiévrain (Henegouwen)

IC train to Brussel and Quiévrain (Henegouwen)

IC train to Brussel and Quiévrain (Henegouwen)

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Huffington Post – Simran Jeet Singh on ‘Congregation’: Sikh professor and activist talks racism, running and his faith

He runs along New York City streets partly so people can see him

Emma Prestwich

Sikhism and Islam are two different religions, but according to one scholar and activist, people sometimes can’t tell the difference between practitioners of the two faiths.

Simran Jeet Singh is clearly Sikh, he wears a turban and has a beard, but he says Sikhs have still been targeted for Islamophobic hate.

“We very much fit the stereotype of what a Muslim terrorist might look like,” he says.

And at least one recent American survey backs up that idea. When shown a photo of a turbaned man, 20 per cent of respondents said they thought he was Muslim, according to research published in 2015 by the National Sikh Campaign.

But Singh isn’t bothered that he might be mistaken for someone else. He thinks it’s his duty as a Sikh to stand up against hate wherever he sees it.

“I’m very proud of the Sikh tradition of standing up for injustice, and essentially absorbing injustice for other oppressed communities,” he told HuffPost Canada’s “Congregation” podcast.

A dad in his early 30s, Singh is someone who isn’t content to quietly follow his tradition.

He’s an award-winning scholar and religion professor who is often asked to comment on social and political issues. He was part of a “Daily Show” segment in 2016 about Sikhism.

This recent tweet even got attention for his response to racist trolls:

My mom just joined Twitter and saw all the racist messages where people tell me to “go home” and “go back to where I came from.” She wanted me to thank you all. She really wants me to move back to Texas.

Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 5, 2017

On an episode of “Congregation,” he talked with news editor Emma Prestwich about his faith, how growing up religious can make it hard to be assertive, and how he reacts to racist comments.

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The Hindu – Fodder scam case: Lalu Prasad sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail

RJD chief fined Rs 10 lakh, to move Ranchi High Court for bail

Amarnath Tewary

Ranchi-Jharkhand- India, 6 January 2018. Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three-and-a-half years jail in a fodder scam case by the Special CBI court in Ranchi. The court also slapped a Rs 10 lakh fine on Mr Prasad.

“The court has awarded three-and-a-half years jail to Lalu Prasad and Rs 10 lakh fine to him. If he fails to deposit the penalty money, it will amount to six more months of imprisonment to him,” Prabhat Kumar, counsel for Lalu Prasad told media persons.

“Now we’ll move Ranchi high court for bail on Monday,” added Mr. Kumar. The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence to all 16 convicts in the fodder scam case through video conference.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years. The case pertained to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district (now in Jharkhand) treasury during the period 1991-94.

In Patna, the RJD held a meeting of party leaders at the 10 Circular road residence of Rabri Devi, in which party leaders imposed faith in party chief Lalu Prasad.

“The BJP, RSS and Nitish Kumar had got threatened with Lalu Prasad’s effort for opposition’s unity against BJP and Narendra Modi after the party had organised BJP bhagao, Desh bachao rally in Patna, so they conspired to send him to jail… but we’ll not be cowed down with Lalu Prasad in jail but will come out more stronger,” said Tejaswi Yadav.

“Lalu Prasad lives in our heart,” echoed other party leaders.