The News – Imran Khan says FIA documents prove Maryam beneficial owner of companies that own Sharifs’ London flats

Saturday, 10 March 2018. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Saturday posted on Twitter a set of documents from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which he said prove Maryam Nawaz is beneficial owner of companies that own Sharif family’s London flats.

Khan wrote that Maryam Nawaz had no source of income “so money (was) stolen from Pakistan and laundered by Nawaz Sharif in Maryam’s name”.

In another tweet he says the documents expose the lies of the Sharif family from the Qatari letter to Trust deeds to the Calibri font [???].

He also posted a clipping of one of Maryam Nawaz’s TV interviews and said “Brazen lies of Maryam Nawaz simply to protect family properties because they were acquired with corruption money”.

The Tribune – Stop free electricity: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Ludhiana – Panjab – India, 09 March 2018. Noted economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Friday stressed on stopping free power and reduce subsidy on fertiliser over the next five years.

“We need to consider quantity rationing of water usage by stopping free electricity and curb the subsidy on fertiliser over five years,” said Ahluwalia, who is also a former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.

He was delivering his talk on “Challenges in Agriculture: Some Policy Options” at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today.

Ahluwalia emphasised on the need to have an educated and informed electorate so that government leaders could be held accountable for relevant targets.

He also pointed out the absence of a risk mitigating system in agriculture that which was one of the chief reasons of farm distress.

While stressing on the need for pro-farmer policies, Ahluwalia recalled the period from 2004 to 2011 when the country reported increase in farm income and biggest decline in poverty.

“The factors responsible were better land productivity, supportive prices for farmers, boom in construction investment and increase in farm product prices,” he said.

Ahluwalia further stressed on the need to diversify from cereals to horticultural crops and setting of transformational targets to capture these changes over a period of 10 years.

“Diversification to maize can be an important change for Punjab as also dairy if the CM’s objective of getting out of paddy is to be achieved,” he observed.

While suggesting the development of integrated value chains as a part of the ‘plough to plate’ approach, Ahluwalia appealed for conviction on the part of the policy makers towards eliminating policy constraints.

He highlighted the imminent need for judicious use of water which he said can be achieved by having public sector pumps responsible for quantity rationing.

Voicing his concern in the field of research, the economist said, “we need to think about institution structures and vested interests in the system that deny flexibility to the academia to do ground breaking research.”

He called for shift in attitude and more clarity towards the requirement of GM crops. (PTI)

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The Print – Ahead of Macron’s visit, Sikhs write to Modi & Swaraj against ‘unjust’ French law

The law in question bars Sikhs from wearing turbans on every official ID, and was discussed with ex-President Sarkozy on his visit to India too.

Sanya Dhingra

New Delhi – India, 9 March, 2018. As French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in India for a three-day visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj have received letters from the Sikh community to address an “unjust law” hurting the Sikh diaspora’s identity in France.

In a letter written to PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, general secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, has sought to draw their attention to the “unjustified law for mandatory removal of dastaar (turban) of Sikhs living in France on every official ID”.

Arguing that the turban and the Sikhi kakaars – five items that Guru Gobind Singh commanded Khalsa Sikhs to wear at all times – are not “fashionable items for Sikhs”, and are instead an “inseparable part of Sikh culture and the Sikhi way of living”, Sirsa has requested the Prime Minister to discuss the issue with the French President during the visit.

“The issue was taken up earlier during (former French President Nicolas) Sarkozy’s visit to India as well, but nothing was done. Even earlier, we have conveyed to the French government to not see our issues as those of other religions,” said Sirsa, the MLA for Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, representing the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance.

In his letter to Swaraj, Sirsa has raised the issues of wearing turbans and other Sikh symbols in schools and workplaces as well. “Even Sikh children are not being allowed to wear dastaar and other Sikhi kakaars in French schools. Furthermore, there are no jobs for Sikhs wearing dastaar in France,” the letter states.

However, the issue of removing turbans for official IDs is the “most important”, Sirsa told ThePrint. “Even if I say we won’t send our kids to French schools, for example, we can’t not have ID proofs,” he said.

In 2016, the French embassy in New Delhi clarified that there was no ban on wearing turbans in public spaces. Even then, a charge was made by a Sikh organisation that the community had been fighting for its right to wear religious symbols in France.

The Hindu – Jaspal Atwal came on valid visa, admits MEA

Reverses stand on Sikh separatist’s visit

Kallol Bhattacherjee

New Delhi – India, 10 March 2018. Sikh separatist Jaspal Atwal visited India last month on a valid visa, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed on Friday.

The Ministry’s statement marks a significant departure from its earlier position where it had stated that the Government of India had “nothing to do” with Mr. Atwal’s visit.

The presence of the Khalistan activist at an official event in honour of visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mumbai, had sparked a major diplomatic controversy.

“Jaspal Atwal has travelled to India on a valid visa. This was not his first visit to India. He has visited India on earlier occasions since January 2017,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said during the weekly press briefing here.

The Ministry also said, “Established procedures for grant of visa to foreign travellers” were followed in case of Mr. Atwal.

Mr. Atwal’s presence had nearly wrecked the Canadian leader’s trip. Mr. Trudeau had indicated that he would hold an official inquiry into how the Khalistani activist’s visit to India coincided with his own.

India’s announcement is a reversal of its earlier stand that had placed the onus of Mr. Atwal’s presence in India with the Canadian government.

“Let me categorically state that the Government of India, including the security agencies, had nothing to do with the presence of Jaspal Atwal at the event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner in Mumbai or the invitation issued to him for the Canadian High Commissioner’s reception in New Delhi.

Any suggestion to the contrary is baseless and unacceptable,” the official spokesperson had said on February 28.

India’s acknowledgement also raises questions on the exact reasons for the resignation of Liberal MP Randeep Sarai from the Pacific Caucus of Canada. Mr Sarai had earlier taken responsibility for inviting the former militant to India. The MP was also part of the Canadian premier’s delegation to India.

Mr Atwal’s visit also prompted “conspiracy theories” inside the Canadian establishment boosted by Ottawa National Security Advisor Daniel Jean’s statement that “rogue” Indian officials were responsible for issuing the visa. Subsequently, Mr Trudeau himself had supported the version of the events from his top officials.

According to the MEA’s, “The Government of India has a conscious policy of outreach to the Indian Diaspora, including misguided elements, who in the past may have harboured anti-India sentiments, which they have since renounced.”

The visit of the Sikh separatist has already become a major political issue in Canada where he was the cause of minor controversies earlier.