The News – Sedition charges filed against Mani Shankar after his KLF session

Karachi-Sindh-Pakistan, 17 Feberuary 2018. Former Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has been indicted with sedition and defamation by a BJP leader after he reportedly praised Pakistan and insulted India.

At the ninth Karachi Literature Festival held last week, Indian diplomat Mani Shankar had stated during a session placed around India-Pakistan relationship that he values Pakistan’s policy of seeking to reconcile through dialogue, an approach that he believed India had not yet espoused.

The statement has caused enormous backlash in Shankar’s home country, with one BJP leader going as far as filing a case of sedition and offense against the eliminated leader.

The case filed by BJP’s head of Kota district OBC wing, Ashok Choudhary, has been admitted by the additional chief judicial magistrate court in Kota, with the hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

The case has been filed under sections 124(A), 500 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, with Shankar’s statements described as an expression of love for Pakistan and pride for Islamabad not instigating talks with New Delhi.

In the petition filed against Shankar, Chaudhary states, “the statements in favor of Pakistan have deeply hurt my patriotism and passionate sentiments for my country.”


The Tribune – Can’t meddle in gurdwara affairs: Australian envoy

Neeraj Bagga, Tribune News Service

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 17 February 2018. Replying to a query on some gurdwaras in Australia restricting the entry of Indian government officials, Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu said the (Australian) government could not intervene as it was the prerogative of the gurdwara management.

Talking to mediapersons during her visit to the Golden Temple today, Harinder said that there was only one gurdwara in her country which did so.

Responding to another query about racial attacks on Punjabis in her country, she said such incidents were reported some 10 years ago and the Australian Government swiftly swung into action. Thereafter, no incident was reported, she claimed.

She said the people of Punjabi origin and the Punjabi language were growing at a fast pace in Australia. “My government wants to work in close cooperation with Punjab in agriculture and dairy farming,” she said.

She said she would work to consolidate bilateral relations between Australia and India in different spheres.

On her visit to the Golden Temple, she remarked: “I feel honoured and deeply pleased over my first official visit to the holiest Sikh shrine. Since I was raised in a Sikh family, I am familiar with its tenets and importance of the shrine”.

SGPC officials, led by its chief secretary Dr Roop Singh, felicitated the Australian High Commissioner with a siropa, a model of the Golden Temple and a set of religious books.

On her four-day visit to the state, she would visit the Partition museum here tomorrow. She is also scheduled to visit Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana.

Den Haag Apeldoornselaan – Dierenselaan – Holland Spoor

Apeldoornselaan – Dierenselaan
28 December 2017

Apeldoornselaan – Dierenselaan
Left: Apeldoornselaan – RandstadRail 4
Right: Dierenselaan – HTM Tram 6

RandstadRail 4 to Zoetermeer Javalaan

RandstadRail 4 to Zoetermeer Javalaan

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Den Haag Holland Spoor – Rotterdam Centraal – Capelle Schollevaar
31 December 2017

Den Haag Holland Spoor
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The Times of India – Behbal Kalan firing probe shifted to Ferozepur police from Faridkot

Neel Kamal

Bathinda-Panjab-India, 18 February 2018. The Punjab Police have handed over the investigations into the killing of two Sikhs in police firing on October 14, 2015, at Behbal Kalan village in Faridkot to Ferozepur senior superintendent of police (SSP). The duo were part of the protest held against sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib.

Ferozepur police would reinvestigate the incident after forming a special investigation team (SIT). Bathinda zone inspector general (IG) M S Chhina confirmed the shifting of investigations to Ferozepur from Faridkot.

Sources said the Faridkot police had failed to solve the case even after 28 months of the incident. The Ferozepur police have now sought the relevant record from registration of the FIR to investigation report from their Faridkot counterpart.

Sources also said bullets fired from police weapons had been kept for many days at the Bajkakhana police station before these were provided to the central forensic science laboratory (CFSL) at Chandigarh.

Torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib were found scattered outside the gurdwara at Bargari village on October 12, 2015. Nearly 200 persons were holding protest at Behbal Kalan when police had fired on them on October 14, in which Sarawan resident Gurjit Singh and Niamia Wala resident Krishan Bhagwan Singh had died and others had sustained injuries.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had formed a commission led by Punjab and Haryana high court former judge Justice Ranjit Singh (retired) to look into the incidents of sacrilege in the state and the Behbal Kalan incident. The commission has sought time from the CM to hand over its probe report.

The investigations into the case till now were being conducted by Faridkot police through an SIT under superintendent of police (investigations).

IG Chhina told TOI, “The bureau of investigations has handed over the probe into Behbal firing to Ferozepur police, which will investigate the matter by forming an SIT.” He declined to give reasons behind shifting of the investigations to police of another district.

When contacted, Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh said, “An SP-level officer of Faridkot was investigating the case. Now, it has been shifted to Ferozepur police. We have no idea of handing over the probe to another district. It is the prerogative of the DGP.”

Ferozepur SSP Pritam Singh said, “I have not received the formal orders yet to investigate the matter. Anything could be said about the matter after getting the orders.”

The Hindu – Shutdown call by separatists affects life, restrictions imposed in Srinagar

Srinagar-Jammu & Kashmir-India, 17 February 2018. Life in Srinagar was affected due to a strike called by separatists to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to stay an FIR against Army personnel in the Shopian firing, while restrictions were imposed in parts of the city to maintain law and order.

According to a police official, strict restrictions under CrPC Section 144 have been imposed in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gunj police station areas of the city, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.

Restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of the strike called by separatists, he said.

Life was affected elsewhere in the city as most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations were shut, while public transport was off the roads, the official said.

However, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in many areas of the city where there were no restrictions, he said, adding similar reports were received from other district headquarters of the Valley.

Separatist groups on Thursday had called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir on February 17 to protest against the apex court’s decision.

The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammed Yasin Malik, had issued a statement criticising the apex court for restraining the Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any coercive steps against Army officers accused in the Shopian firing case.

Three civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian on January 27, prompting Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry into the incident.

The FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Aditya Kumar, under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code.

The father of Major Kumar, the officer named in the FIR, had approached the Supreme Court seeking the FIR be quashed.

The Supreme Court on February 12 restrained the Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any “coercive steps” against Army officers and asked the State government to file a response within two weeks.