The Asian Age – Panjab: Dalit groups strike, government suspends transport, mobile internet

The order to suspend mobile internet services has been taken to prevent spread of misinformation and rumours through social media platforms.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 April 2018. Several Dalit organisations have called for a ‘bandh’ on Monday expressing concerns over the alleged “dilution” of SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act following which the Punjab government has ordered the suspension of bus services and mobile internet services.

In view of the Bharat Bandh call on April 2, the Punjab government has decided to suspend the services of public transport across the state, an official spokesperson said in Chandigarh.

The PRTC, Punjab Roadways and PunBus buses would not ply on roads and the services of these buses would remain suspended on Monday, he said.

The state government also ordered suspension of services on mobile internet (2G/3G,4G/DCMA), besides all SMS services and dongle services provided on mobile networks except voice calls from 5 pm on Sunday until 11 pm on Monday, the official said.

The order to suspend mobile internet services has been taken to prevent spread of misinformation, rumours, through social media platforms and to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in Punjab, Secretary (Home) Rahul Tiwari said.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to the people of the state, especially the members of the scheduled castes community, to maintain restraint and maintain law and order in the larger public interest.

“The government respects the sentiments of all people and their rights to express their views in a legitimate and peaceful manner, nothing should be done to endanger the hard earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state,” Singh said in a statement earlier.

The chief minister said the Punjab government was already committed for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, “which was evident from the fact that the Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously adopted a resolution to express solidarity with our SC brethren during its recently concluded budget session seeking the NDA Government’s intervention to legally pursue the case in which a Supreme Court verdict had diluted provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act”.

Singh further urged the SC Community and different associations to maintain peace, harmony and amity during the ‘bandh’.

The Supreme Court on March 20 diluted the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, in a bid to protect honest public servants discharging bona fide duties from being blackmailed with false cases under the Act.

The apex court said government servants should not be arrested without prior sanction and private citizens too should be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.

But Dalit organisations, including the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch, and some political parties fear the dilution of the provisions might lead to increase in violence against Dalits. – SGPC passes Rupees 12 Billion Budget for 2018-19 with Focus on Religious Preachment

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 31 March 2018. The General House of the Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today passed annual budget worth Rupees 11.59 trillion for the next financial year 2018-19 with special focus on intensifying religious preachment, healthcare, education and social welfare.

In the General House meeting held today at Teja Singh Samundari Hall, the SGPC’s General Secretary S Gurbachan Singh Karmuwala presented the budget and all the SGPC members endorsed the budget’s preferences by raising their hands.

The General House meeting begun under patronage of Sri Guru Granth Sahib after recitation of initiation ardas by Bhai Salwinder Singh. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh read hukamnama (sacred order of Sri Guru Granth Sahib) on this occasion.

Following this, the SGPC’s Chief Secretary Dr Roop Singh invited the SGPC president S Gobind Singh Longowal to begin meeting following which Longowal read condoling resolution about the demise of SGPC member Surjit Singh Kalaboola, S Manjit Singh Calcutta and Bhai Gurbakhsh Singh Khalsa.

Interacting with media, the SGPC president S Gobind Singh Longowal said that special provision for helping the cancer victims has been made in the budget for next year. He clarified that the net budget of SGPC is Rupees 9.38 trillion which is sum up of the budget of all the 233 SGPC run institutions.

Elaborating the main details of budget, Longowal informed that the SGPC has kept Rupees 160 million for intensifying the religious preachment wave in Punjab as well as in other north Indian states.

He added that the religious preachment wave of next fiscal year has been dedicated to 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nana Dev Ji in Sultanpur Lodhi six beautiful gates are being built.

“Rupees 9 million have been kept for purchasing new medical vans for providing medical facilities in backward areas and Rupees 2.5 million have been kept for medicines. Also, Rupees 8 million have been kept for helping the Sikligar Sikhs” he added.

Other major allocations made in the budget are as follow:

Rupees 95 million for helping cancer patients

Rupees 6.3 million organising Khalsa Sports Meet and encouraging the Sikh players with rewards

Rupees 6.5 million for research in Sikh history and publishing of research papers

Rupees 2.5 million for modernizing, computerizing and installing CCTV cameras in the Sikh Reference Library

Rupees 5 million for honouring Sikh Intellectuals and other religious personalities

Rupees 3.5 million for the families of martyred and injured Sikhs

Rupees 3 million for providing higher education to the kids of 1984 Sikh Genocide victims

Rupees 15 million for providing aid to students pursuing Masters and Doctorates in religious study

Like earlier, the SGPC has also announced to honour GurSikh candidates with Rupees 100000/- if they clear the IAS/IPS (Indian Administrative Services / Indian Police Services) exam and Rupees 75000/- if they clears the PCS (Punjab Civil Services) exam.

Similarly, if a baptised (amritdhari) Sikh secures a position in one of the top 20 positions in any state or central exam, he/she would be given reward worth Rs. 51000/- by the SGPC.

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Ani News – Khalistani separatists in UK making ludicrous demands on Pakistan’s behest: Experts

Chandigarh-Panjab / Jammu-J&K – India, 01 April 2018. The pro-Khalistan secessionists based in the United Kingdom and other foreign countries demanding an independent Sikh state are working on the behest of Pakistan, allege experts in India.

They call it a desperate attempt by Islamabad to hamper peace and harmony in the country, where the country’s constitution gives equal rights to its people.

Professor Parikshat Manhas of Jammu University said, “We cannot give a special status to one religion or one place, within one region of our country and denying that to all other religions. Our constitution allows us to respect each religion in an equal manner”.

He added, “We are not in a position where we can say that one religion has a special status and others don’t have and that is totally a laughable thing, if some radicals are thinking of providing that status, I think that is not appropriate”.

According to the experts, a group of radical Sikhs based in the UK, who are working as stooges of Pakistan-based militants, including Wadhwa Singh of Babbar Khalsa International are demanding to have a sole objective to conduct acts of terror against the Indian state.

Manhas said, “Pakistan’s agenda is to have, to build-up, to propagate, to fuel anti-India sentiment around the world and also within our country, that is in India also, an international organisation also wherever they get space or time, they try to fuel anti-India policies to build anti-India sentiment”.

“Similarly they use European countries also as their launching pads.

They see to it as any disgruntled element or any disgruntled citizen of the country, they will try to influence them and try building anti-India sentiment and now also a lot of NRIs, especially one of them who was UK based, has been arrested and he was actually being funded and supported through various Pakistani agencies only”, added Manhas.

Recently, a group of pro-Khalistan Sikhs issued a diktat to ban entry of Indian officials in gurdwaras in the UK and Canada. However, the move was widely condemned by the Sikh diaspora.

Punjabi media channels in the UK and Canada have repeatedly condemned it on various debates and discussion platforms, calling it a part of a bigger and nefarious plot created and shaped in the territory of Pakistan.

Gurmeet Singh Babloo, Chairman of Bhagat Singh Youth Front said, “It is saddening to know that people are doing such things that are against the principles and values of gurdwaras. It is a place where people, cutting across all religious lines, come together and sit under one roof to eat community meal (Langar).

When everybody can eat together then how can you say that one cannot enter especially Indian diplomats? Only a few people talk like this and it is very disappointing”.

A group of British Sikhs along with Kashmiri separatists recently held a meeting to conduct an anti-India campaign during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK later this month.

They have been planning to hold anti-India protests outside the venue of Commonwealth Summit on April 18.

The heads of 53 Commonwealth nations, including Prime Minister Modi, will attend the summit from April 16-20 in London and Windsor. (ANI)

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