The Statesman – Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests

Geelani and Mirwaiz continue to remain under house arrest while Malik has been lodged at the Srinagar Central Jail

Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 06 April 2018. Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city and some other places in the Kashmir Valley on Friday to prevent separatist called protests.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has called for peaceful protests after Friday’s congregational prayers.

Geelani and Mirwaiz continue to remain under house arrest while Malik has been lodged at the Srinagar Central Jail.

The restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar’s old city areas while sufficient security deployments were made in other sensitive areas, the police said.

After widespread protests by students on Thursday, authorities ordered closure of all schools, colleges and universities in the Valley on Friday.

Exams scheduled for the day have been postponed by the Kashmir University.

Train services between the valley’s Baramulla town and Jammu region’s Bannihal town have been suspended. – Chief Khalsa Diwan’s internal issues taken to Akal Takht; prominent member alleges voting anomalies

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 4 April 2018. Chief Khalsa Diwan’s member Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, who was defeated by Dr Santokh Singh in by-poll for presidency of Chief Khalsa Diwan, on April 3 submitted a memorandum to the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh seeking cancellation of CKD’s by-poll held on March 25.

He accused that his rival faction used inappropriate tactics like voting by apostate members to win the election.

S Rajmohinder Singh Majitha also apprised Giani Gurbachan Singh about voting by 70 CKD members who didn’t attend 12 CKD meeting continuously and deserved suspension from CKD’s basic membership.

S Rajmohinder Singh Majitha was accompanied by the his 11 accomplices including S Nirmal Singh, Honorary Secretary S Surinder Singh Rumalian Wale, Professor Hari Singh, S Swinder Singh Kathunangal, Dr Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, S Jatinder Singh Bhatia, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhiasi.

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Pakistan Observer – DPO orders foolproof security for Baisakhi

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Attock – Panjab – Pakistan, 06 April 2018. The District Police Officer (DPO) Attock Ibdat Nisar on Thursday reviewed arrangements for the upcoming Sikh religious festival, ‘Baisakhi’, to ensure tough security for the Gurdwara and its pilgrims.

The three-days festival will begin on April 12 at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal. Over 10,000 Sikh pilgrims will participate in the festival, out of which about around 2,000 will be coming from India and the remaining from Canada and the UK.

During his visit, the District Police Officer (DPO) directed the officials to adopt extraordinary security measures during the celebrations keeping in view the current wave of terrorism hitting the country.

According to the plan, a multi-layer security cover will be provided throughout the pilgrimage. Over 1,200 policemen will be deployed, including five deputy superintendents of Police, ten inspectors, 121 upper subordinate officers, 77 head constables, 665 constables, 37 women constables and over 100 plainclothes officers besides 19 different sections of elite force.

Moreover, female police commandos are being deployed for the first time for the safety of the women pilgrims. Over 50 security cameras and walkthrough gates have been installed at the Gurdwara as well as 12 walkthrough gates, 40 metal detectors and luggage scanners at the entry points.

Security arrangements also include surveillance plans for nearby markets and bus and railway stations. Certain local shops will be closed during the festival, and traffic around the Gurdwara will be diverted.

Rescue 1122 officials, ambulances and fire department officials will also be deployed. The pilgrims will not be allowed to leave the Gurdwara during their three-day stay and accommodation will be provided within the premises.

The Hindu – GST on langar: Congress MP’s colourful protest makes heads turn

New Delhi – India, 04 April 2018. Sporting a kurta imprinted with a demand for the rollback of GST on langar, the free community kitchen at the famed Golden Temple, Congress MP from Amrtisar Gurjeet Singh Aujla stood out in the Lok Sabha on April 4.

Amid the din in the House with AIADMK members demanding immediate constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board, Mr Aujla made many heads turn with the colourful message printed on his white kurta.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, which is the holiest of all Sikh shrines, runs one of the largest community kitchens in the world feeding freshly cooked food to 50,000 devotees on weekdays and over 1 lakh on weekends and festivals.

The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, which manages all gurdwaras, has been urging the Centre to exempt the free kitchens at the Golden Temple and other Sikh shrines from the purview of the Goods and Services Tax.

Earlier, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to exempt all purchases made by the SGPC for the langar service from the GST.

After implementation of the GST, the Golden Temple reportedly shelled out over Rs 2 crore extra in 2017 as GST for purchasing ration for the langar. Under the new GST Act, there is a provision for exemption to institutions and businesses on the recommendation of the GST Council.