The Times of India – CKD management cancels executive, general house meetings

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 7 January 2018. A day after former president of Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) Charanjit Singh Chadha got interim bail in the sexual harassment case, its management cancelled the executive committee meeting slated for January 10.

Earlier, it had cancelled the general house on January 2. The meetings were convened with a single-point agenda to approve the suspension of Chadha and his late son Inderpreet Singh Chadha from the primary membership of CKD.

“We have postponed the meetings and will announce new dates soon,” CKD secretary Narinder Singh Khurana told TOI on Saturday. He said that meetings had been postponed due to death of Inderpreet, who had committed suicide on January 3.

“Technically Chadha is still CKD president since he appointed Dhanraj Singh as the officiating president due to his absence,” Khurana said, adding that CKD office-bearers had only recommended suspension of both Charanjit and Inderpreet but it was the 31-member executive committee that had to approve recommendations by three-fourth majority that was to be approved later by general house before actual suspension of both.

Sources added that a group of CKD executive members aligned with Charanjit were actively pursuing to get suspension recommendation proposal dropped in executive committee meeting so that he remained a member and could later on decide about the presidentship, besides there would be no need for the general house.

When asked how to control the damage done to CKD’s reputation after four of its members, namely Surjit Singh, Inderpreet Singh Anand, Hari Singh Sandhu and Nirmal Singh, were booked by police following suicide by Inderpreet, Khurana replied, “They could have business interests with the Chadhas but CKD has nothing to do with their personal and business life.”

According to sources, a group led by senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders was in a bid to wrest control of the CKD management even as Akal Takht jathedar has already announced that the high priests would take decision on running the Sikh body.

The Takhat had already summoned Chadha to appear before Sikh high priests following an objectionable video of his with a woman that went viral on the internet on December 26, 2017.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/ckd-management-cancels-executive-general-house-meetings/articleshow/62397779.cms

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Sikh24.com – Pakistani Sikhs celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Parkash Purab with Fervor

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib-Panjab-Pakistan, 8 January 2018. The 351st birth anniversary of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh Ji was celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee on January 5 at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib (Pakistan).

Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib on January 5, various local Raagi Jathas addressed and delighted the present Sikh masses with recitation of Gurbani verses in melodious tones and addressed the religious discourse.

A special competition themed on Sikh religion was also held among the students of Guru Nanak Ji Public School by Yang Singh Sewa Society.

Speaking to Sikh24, Sardar Harmeet Singh informed that the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee had been marking the Gurpurabs as per basic Nanakshahi calendar and will keep on following the similar trend in future too.

Entire portion of Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib (Pakistan) was beautifully decorated with flowers and special lighting was done to make it shine in the night. All the devotees enjoyed the various dishes cooked in the Langar of Gurdwara Sahib.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/01/08/pakistani-sikhs-celebrate-guru-gobind-singh-jis-parkash-purab-with-fervor/#.WlMbPDdG3IU

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Leuven NMBS
29 November 2017

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1 December 2017


Snow and ice on the roof behind our apartment


Schooldreef houses


Braemstraat : Farys and Stad Gent works & snow

Hand in Hand
Tarbotstraat
1 December 2017


Children being creative

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Scroll.in – How Pakistani Sikhs fleeing the Taliban made the city of Nankana Sahib a cultural hub

Pakhtun Sikhs have revived many festivals that had not been celebrated since Partition

Nankana Sahib-Panajb-Pakistan, 8 January 2018. The only time I attended Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti celebrations at Nankana Sahib was on January 10, 2011, a few days after the assassination of Salman Taseer, then governor of Punjab. In an empty ground next to Guru Nanak Janamasthan Gurdwara, the city’s Sikh community had organised a cricket tournament.

Sikh boys, almost all of them of Pakhtun descent, sat near the edge of the ground, watching the final match. Another group of boys sat on a raised platform, giving live commentary of the match over a loudspeaker.

An assortment of vendors, mostly Muslim, looked on, joined by other members of the local Muslim community. There was a separate tent for women.

Traditionally, on Guru Gobind Jayanti, mock battles are enacted to honor the warrior spirit of the tenth and last Sikh Guru. But in Nanakana Sahib, they had organised a cricket tournament. One of the organisers, a young Pakhtun Sikh, said they wanted to have tournaments for hockey, volley ball and other sports too, but there was not enough time.

Many of the Sikh boys lived in Gujranwala, Sialkot and Lahore, some studying and others engaged in business, and they had returned to Nankana Sahib for the festival. A few days later was the winter festival of Lohri, after which they would go back.

In the couple of years before 2011, Nanakana Sahib, about an hour’s drive from Lahore, had emerged as the centre of the Sikh community in Pakistan. A handful of Sikh families had moved to the city from tribal areas along the country’s northwestern frontier following the wars of 1965 and 1971, when members of the community were attacked by jingoistic mobs who took them to be representatives of the belligerent Hindu/Sikh neighbour they were fighting.

A few more families arrived after the destruction of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, in 1992, led to attacks on several Hindus and Sikhs as well as their places of worship around Pakistan. The arrival of most Sikhs who now live in Nankana Sahib, however, was precipitated by the Talibanisation of the northwestern frontier region during the 2000s.

Hundreds of Sikh families had for generations lived peacefully in the tribal region. Even the riots the accompanied the Partition and burned the social fabric of Punjab did not affect them. But when the Taliban took control of their homeland, they demanded jizya, a tax levied on non-Muslims living in a Muslim state.

The consequences of failing to pay the tax were severe. In 2009, the Taliban destroyed the houses of 11 Sikh families in Orkazi Agency for refusing to pay jizya. In 2010, Jaspal Singh, a young man from Khyber Agency, was beheaded after his family failed to pay the hefty amount demanded.

In Nankana Sahib that day, I was introduced to a 16-year-old boy. His family had come from Khyber Agency, he said. “We had a small cloth shop at Ghariza, Jamrud, set up by my grandfather,” he added. “One day, these men with long beards and modern weapons came in a jeep and parked in front of our shop.

I was there with my father. They told my father that if we wanted to continue working there we had to pay them two crore rupees within a month. We knew it was time to leave. We locked our shop and house and left that very night.”

There were many such stories. Forced to abandon their homes and property overnight, hundreds of Sikh families from the tribal areas settled in cities with considerable Sikh population, Peshawar, Hassanabdal and Nanakana Sahib.

In Nanakana Sahib, the Sikh population went from a few families at the turn of the century to a significant minority of a few thousand people in 2011.

Togetherness brought a sense of empowerment, such as they had perhaps never experienced before. Sikh festivals which had been confined to prayers inside a gurdwara became major public events. There was a heightened sense of Sikh identity, particularly among the youth who took the lead in reviving religious traditions that had been abandoned for generations.

The cricket tournament on Guru Gobind Jayanti was part of this religious revivalism.

I returned to Nankana Sahib for the Lohri celebrations. Gathered in the courtyard of Gurdwara Patti Sahib, young Sikhs threw sticks into a fire as they sang and danced. I was told this too was a recent phenomenon.

In popular imagination, Nankana Sahib remains associated with Guru Nanak Gurpurab, the celebration of the birth of the first Sikh guru which is attended by thousands of people every November. But thanks to the efforts of young Sikhs whose families have been forced to settle in the city, Nankana Sahib is now also home to many other festivals that had not been celebrated since the Partition.

Haroon Khalid is the author of 3 books, Walking with Nanak, In Search of Shiva and A White Trail.

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Dawn – Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) urges Supreme Court to take notice of Nawaz’s diatribe

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

Lahore-Panjab-Pakistan, 8 January 2018. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Ejaz Chaudhry has demanded that the Supreme Court of Pakistan should take notice of disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s attack on Pakistan’s superior judiciary.

Nawaz Sharif had failed to give any evidence so far that could prove his innocence, he said in a statement here on Sunday. He said Nawaz Sharif was now fearing his imprisonment.

He said a visa was a permit to enter a country while Iqama entitled a person to do a job or business. He said the Sharif brothers had been exposed and would be held accountable for every penny they had squandered. He said Nawaz Sharif should restrain himself from putting country on the path of anarchy and internal confrontation.

Membership

At a party membership campaign camp, PTI leaders Shafqat Mahmood and Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed said it was party chairman Imran Khan’s personal matter to marry or not. However, Mr Rasheed said, when Imran Khan would marry again, he would throw a walima party for media persons.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1381529/pti-urges-sc-to-take-notice-of-nawazs-diatribe