The Hindustan Times – Sushma calls on Myanmar President, Rohingya refugee crisis on the plate

An estimated 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August last year after large-scale violence following a military crackdown.

Nay Pyi Taw – Naypyidaw Union Territory – Myanmar, 10 May 2018. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday called on Myanmar President U Win Myint soon after she arrived in Nay Pyi Taw for talks with the country’s top leadership on key bilateral and regional issues, including the Rohingya refugee crisis.

An estimated 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August last year after large-scale violence following a military crackdown. The exodus of refugees in large numbers has resulted in a major crisis in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Swaraj is in Myanmar on a two-day visit for discussions on a number of bilateral and regional issues, including the situation in the Rakhine State from where lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbours and it shares a 1,640 km border with a number of northeastern states, including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

On her arrival in Nay Pyi Taw, Swaraj was warmly received by India’s ambassador Vikram Misri and permanent secretary of ministry of foreign affairs of Myanmar U Myint Thu.

In December, India had announced a development assistance of $25 million for Rakhine State.

India on Wednesday sent to Bangladesh its second relief consignment to help tens of thousands of displaced following a military crackdown.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sushma-calls-on-myanmar-president-rohingya-refugee-crisis-on-the-plate/story-EthQ0bord0s4b3f2HX8AmL.html

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The Tribune – Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu escapes bull attack outside Amritsar temple

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 10 May 2018. Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had a narrow escape when a stray bull attacked a group of people standing with him outside a temple here on Wednesday, police said.

The minister had gone to inspect the ongoing beautification project at Durgiana temple here when the incident occurred.

He was chatting with some media-persons when the stray bull attacked them, the police said, adding that Sidhu was unhurt while two media-persons got minor injuries. (PTI)

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/punjab-minister-navjot-sidhu-escapes-bull-attack-outside-amritsar-temple/587206.html

Gentbrugge: Braemstraat – Gent De Krook

Gentbrugge Braemstraat
25 March 2018


Nice houses on the ‘new’ Braemstraat


The final layer of asphalt is still missing


Our pavement is ready
Works still going on at the Schooldreef/Braemstraat junction


Sardar Jasbir Singh (Gentbrugge wala) hard at work

Gent De Krook
26 March 2018


The Krook library has been in full use for more than a year
Works around it are still not finished


De Krook , Gent’s central library

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Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Times of India – Preserving Panjabi culture: Sikh body to organise biggest summer camp

New Delhi – India, 09 May 2018. To teach people about the glorious history of the Sikhs and to encourage the use of Punjabi, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak (Management) Committee is set to organise its biggest-ever summer camp this year.

At ‘Maa boli’, to be held in Gurdwaras and Singh sabhas, people would be taught about Sikh Gurus’ history and the culture of Sikhism. There would be a separate workshop for parents to teach them how to tie pagri (turban) too. The camp would be open for all; anyone who wants to learn Punjabi can enroll.

“The history of the Sikh is very dignified. But today, people are not interested. More importance is given to other languages than Punjabi. School children are not opting for Punjabi language due to which they are getting away from Punjabi history and culture. So, it has been decided to spread Punjabi history through the camp.

Local Singh Sabaha Gurdwaras too have been asked to join the camp. Letters are written to them so that along with children, elderly people can also join the camp,” said DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa.

Citing a report from the United Nations, Sirsa said that Punjabi is among 4000 languages that are going to be extinct in the next 50 years. “Thus it’s our responsibility to spread it as much as we can,” says Sirsa who has appealed to parents to talk to children in Punjabi at home.

They have been asked to tell their children about Sikh history, Gurus and Gurbani.

The camp will be organised in May and June. The committee is yet to finalise and announce its dates.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/preserving-punjabi-culture-sikh-body-to-organise-biggest-summer-camp/articleshow/64096385.cms

The Hindu – Supreme Court Collegium to meet on Justice K M Joseph elevation

The Collegium would also discuss the names of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the “concept of fair representation”.

New Delhi – India, 10 May 2018. The five-judge Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is scheduled to meet on May 11 to decide on the government’s objections to the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court.

The Collegium, which met on May 2, had parted on an inconclusive note.

The Collegium is expected to finalise its response to the government on Justice Joseph and would also discuss the names of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the “concept of fair representation”.

The meeting would also consider whether Justice Joseph’s name, after reiteration, should be sent back separately or in a batch along with the other recommendations from the three high courts under consideration.

The Collegium meeting comes in the backdrop of a letter written by Justice Chelameswar, the number two judge of the Supreme Court, to the Chief Justice, strongly backing the reiteration of its recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph.

If the Collegium reiterates its recommendation of Justice Joseph, the decision would have a binding effect on the government.

The Collegium, also comprising Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, had unanimously recommended Justice Joseph as apex court judge in a resolution on January 11.

After a three-month hiatus, the government cleared Indu Malhotra’s name while returning Justice Joseph’s file to the Collegium for reconsideration even though both names were sent to the government together as a batch. Justice Malhotra is already functioning as a Supreme Court judge.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supreme-court-collegium-to-meet-on-justice-km-joseph-elevation/article23840504.ece?homepage=true