The Times of India – ‘Drive against illegal travel agents may not yield desired results’

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 04 April 2018. As the bodies of IS victims returned from Iraq, the Punjab government claims to have begun tightening its noose around the travel agents who illegally recruit youths on false promises of well-paying jobs abroad. Those in the trade, however, said the drive could be of little help.

“Till date, the illegal travel agents send youths on visitor visas to Dubai from where they are further sent to other destinations with the help of local handlers,” said a registered recruitment agent from Amritsar, who didn’t want to give his name.

All the travel agents are supposed to get themselves registered under the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act, 2012 by paying a fee of Rs 1 lakh for ticketing and immigration consultation. However, they don’t need to register for recruitments.

“There will not be any significant change in the scenario. The youths would continue to be tempted to go abroad, and illegal travel agents will also continue to exploit them,” said sources, adding that only safe way for the youths to go abroad was through registered recruitment agents having certificates issued from the Union ministry of external affairs.

Pathankot deputy commissioner (DC) Neelima told TOI that with the efforts and awareness drive by the administration, number of registered travel agents had risen from earlier two to six.

“The no objection certificate (NOC) issued by district administration doesn’t allow them to recruit people but only for ticket booking or facilitation for visa,” she said.

Gurdaspur DC Gurlovleen Singh said the administration had also disposed of pending applications for the registration of travel agents and claimed that no agent would be allowed to operate illegally. – SGPC begins use of eco-friendly carry bags at Sri Harmandr Sahib

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 03 April 2018. The apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee today begun the use of degradable carry bags replacing the non-environmentally friendly polyethene bags. The new degradable carry bags are learnt to be eco-friendly as they are made up of potatoes and corn.

The SGPC’s executive panel had decided to begin use of these carry bags in its meeting on March 16 on the suggestion Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Interacting with media on this occasion, the SGPC’s chief secretary Dr Roop Singh said that the SGPC was continuously making efforts for making the environment pollution free. He added that this initiative is part of SGPC’s efforts to reduce pollution in our environment.

“Use of degradable carry bags at the holiest Sikh shrine Sri Harmandr Sahib will encourage the common masses to adopt them in their corresponding areas,” he added.

Dr Roop Singh informed that the first quantum of these degradable carry bags worth 18 quintals has been provided by the Punjab Pollution Control Board. He added that around 15 quintals of these carry bags will get used every month by the Sikh sangat for carrying Prasad.

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Granthi Singh reciting from Guru Granth Sahib

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The Express Tribune – Minority harassment: Guards assault Christian boy and Sikh friends

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Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 04 April 2018. The guards of the family park severely tortured a Christian boy and his Sikh friends, including a girl when these children went to the park for Easter celebrations on Monday night.

Talking to The Express Tribune the Christian boy Shahmeel said that it was Easter and he and his Sikh friends decided to celebrate the occasion by going to the family park.

“We were three boys and two girls. We wanted to celebrate but the guards stopped the ladies at the entrance saying that taking girl friends to the park is not allowed,” Shahmeel said, adding that the guard also questioned the girls about their relationship to the boys, which enraged them.

Easter celebrations turn violent as three wounded in squabble with guards of Peshawar’s Chacha Younus Park [centre/italics]

He further added that at this point the guards started slapping one of the girls and then eventually started attacking him and his other friends too, leaving one of them with a dislocated shoulder and another with a head injury.

Soon after, more guards came and physically assaulted them but no one came to their rescue, despite the police being deployed nearby.

However, according to the police, once they reached the spot, they arrested all three guards at the main entrance.

The Hindu – Poor success rate in cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

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New Delhi – India, 04 April 2018. As many as 47,338 cases of crimes against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were registered across the country in 2016, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said as per the information provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 40,774 cases were registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and other sections of law over alleged crimes against SCs and STs in 2016.

Of these, charge-sheets were filed in 78.3% cases, and the conviction rate was 25.8%, he said in reply to a written question.

As many as 6,564 cases were registered over alleged crimes against the Scheduled Tribes in 2016, in which charge-sheets were filed in 81.3% cases where the conviction rate was 20.8%, the Minister said.

Mr Ahir said in 2015, a total of 38,564 cases were registered for alleged crimes against the SCs in which charge sheets were filed in 73.8% cases and the conviction rate was 27.2%. He said altogether 6,275 cases were registered for alleged crimes against STs in 2015 in which charge-sheets were filed in 74.3% cases, and the conviction rate was 19.8%.

The Minister said Rule 3 (v) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, 1995 specifies that with a view to prevent atrocities on members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the State government, if deemed necessary, can provide arms licenses to members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

“Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects under the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution. The responsibilities to maintain law and order rest primarily with the respective state governments,” Mr Ahir added.