The Hindustan Times – Congress to observe ‘Save Democracy Day’ on Friday to protest Karnataka governor’s decision

State Congress chiefs have been asked to address press conferences and give memorandums to respective governors to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to “safeguard democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution”.

New Delhi – India, 17 May 2018. The Congress will observe ‘Save Democracy Day’ across the country on Friday to protest Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s “collusion with the BJP” and his “partisan” action of inviting BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as chief minister following a split verdict in that state.

The Congress will hold protests at state capitals and district headquarters.

State Congress chiefs have been asked to address press conferences and give memorandums to respective governors to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to “safeguard democratic principles and the sanctity of the Constitution”.

In a letter to party state units, Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said that the party along with the Janata Dal-Secular had submitted a list of Karnataka MLAs, with the numbers more than the required number to form the government.

“The Governor has not only undermined the dignity of his office, he has also acted in an unconstitutional manner. This dangerous precedent strikes at the very heart of India’s democracy and portends grave consequences for all coming elections,” Gehlot said.

The state units have been urged to use “evocative slogans and innovative techniques to highlight the travesty” and also seek the support of civil society organisations.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a press briefing that the party will expose the misdeeds of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and highlight the fact that democracy has been murdered in broad daylight by none other than the Karnataka governor who had taken the oath to protect the Constitution. – DSGMC Also Lodges Police Complaint Against Narayan Dass

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New Dehi – India, 17 May 2018. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the General Secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, on May 16 lodged a complaint against Narayan Dass who had hurt Sikh sentiments by accusing Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji of distorting verses of Bhagats.

Sirsa lodged this complaint with SHO of Delhi’s North Avenue police station seeking registration of an FIR against Narayan Dass for hurting Sikh sentiments by using derogatory remarks against fifth Sikh master Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

It is pertinent to note here that a video of Narayan Dass, who portrays himself as a disciple of Baba Sri Chand Ji, had gone viral over social media in which he could be seen accusing Guru Sahib of distorting verses written by the Bhagats.

Furthermore, he had also insulted the great martyrdom of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji by saying that Guru Sahib was punished for his sin of distorting verses of the Bhagats.

Apprising the SHO about Narayan Dass’ attempt to spread hatred among society, Sirsa wrote in the complaint that Narayan Dass intentionally did so to hurt Sikh sentiments and create communal tension in the society.

Meanwhile, a campaign urging Sikhs to lodge police complaint against Narayan Dass in their respective police stations has come to fore over social media.

The news item does not explain in what way Guru Arjan is supposed to have distorted Bhagat bani !
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Gent Gurdwara – Sint-Pietersplein – Melle Leeuw

Gent Gurdwara
01 April 2018

Sunday Divan – Kirtan Darbar

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Sint-Pieters Plein
01 April 2018

Sint Pietersplein – O L V (Our Ladies) Sint-Pieterskerk

Sint Pietersplein

Sint Pietersplein

Melle Leeuw
04 April 2018

Melle Leeuw is where Gentbrugge and Stad Gent end
It is the terminus of tram 2 and four bus services enter Gent here

The main road through Gentbrugge is the Brusselsesteenweg,
but the main route to Brussel is the E40 motorway

No buses or trams go in this direction

This is the least busy road leading from the junction
Bus 27 to Heusden, Wetteren and Dendermonde uses this road
Bus 28 to Dendermonde via Melle and buses 94 and 96 continue on the Brusselsesteenweg

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The Times of India – Preachers from UK in high demand in Thailand

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 17 May 2018. To help the English-speaking younger Thai Sikh generation imbibe Gurbani (hymns) and teachings of Sikh Gurus, community members of Thailand have started inviting Sikh preachers from the UK instead of India since the former preach both in English and Punjabi.

While talking to TOI on Wednesday, a prominent Thai Sikh activist, Charanjit Singh Kalra, said from this year they had started inviting UK-based Sikh preachers and their groups, including Nirvair Khalsa Jatha, Veer Manpreet Singh, Bhai Satpal Singh, Bibi Avneet Kaur and Bhai Jagjit Singh, to Thailand to deliver sermons, explain Gurbani and preach the teachings of Gurus to the young Sikh generation of Thailand.

“Sikh youths here want to understand Gurbani and know the teachings of Sikh Gurus as enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib, but they want someone to preach and make them understand in English and not in Punjabi since they don’t understand Punjabi very well.

So we have started inviting Sikh preachers from the UK,” said another Sikh Thai national Dalvir Singh Narula.

Thai Sikhs not only have their Sikh names but they have also adopted Thai names for the sake of their Thai identity and keep themselves on official government records. In Thailand, the Sikh population is spread in various parts, including Pattaya, Phuket, Hatyai, Ubo, Udorn, Pattani, Chang Mi and Chiang Rai.

Charanjit whose Thai name is Prasert Sakchiraphong Chan informed that a few Sikh preachers take their fee, which range from Rs 2 lakh-Rs 3 lakh for three to four days, while a few preach the teachings of Sikh Gurus and explain Gurbani in English as ‘sewa’ (voluntary service).

“Sikh preachers from the UK say every line in both English and Punjabi, whereas preachers from Punjab hold discourses only in Punjabi,” he maintained. Charanjit further said there was immense demand of English speaking Sikh preachers in South-East Asia, especially in countries having sizeable Sikh population, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Dawn – Influential politician Sardar Ghulam Abbas quits PML-N over ex-PM’s interview

Nabeel Anwar Dhakku

Chakwal – Punjab – Pakistan, 16 May 2018. Already having grim chances of getting two tickets of his choice, Sardar Ghulam Abbas, the most influential politician of Chakwal, took Nawaz Sharif’s recent interview to Dawn as a chance to quit the PML-N.

At a press conference on Monday evening, Mr Abbas announced that he could not defend Nawaz Sharif during the election campaign due to his recent interview. “From today I have nothing to do with PML-N. We are leaving the party and from today our group is independent”, he added.

With his exit from the PML-N, the politics of Chakwal returned to its old course that was Sardar Group vs Anti-Sardar Group or PML-N.

Explaining his decision, Mr Abbas said he listened to the discussion of various analysts on TV channels and read Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s statement about the Mumbai attack trial in which the latter declared that the trial was stalled due to India’s non-cooperation. This led him to make up his mind to quit the party.

In the interview published in Dawn on May 12, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his concern over what he alleged isolation of Pakistan on global front and said: “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”

His remarks stirred a political storm in the country and he is being labelled as a “traitor”.

Mr Abbas registered himself as the first politician to have left Mr Sharif.

“Many questions were raised regarding Mian Saheb’s interview. I found a paragraph very bizarre of which answer was supposed to be given by the government but the question was put before a journalist,” he maintained.

“I read those four lines repeatedly. I cannot satisfy the voters during election campaign on this issue,” he maintained.

When asked what different thing Mr Sharif had said than statements given by former national security adviser retired Major General Mahmud Ali Durrani and Rehman Malik, Mr Abbas said: “I failed to understand two things given in the interview.

First, he mentioned the court (trial) which is the responsibility of the government of Pakistan. India has not cooperated in this case and I am saying this after listening to Chaudhry Nisar. The present government has been in office for about five years.

Why couldn’t it fulfil its responsibility? The second thing is that phrase which begins from “should” (should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?). This means that you are declaring Pakistan a culprit”.

On the other hand, since Mr Abbas joined the PML-N in September 2016, he faced severe opposition from MNA Tahir Iqbal, MNA Sardar Mumtaz Tamman and MPA Zulifqar Ali Dullah as these three lawmakers opposed Mr Abbas’ inclusion in the ruling party.

Now Mr Abbas wanted to get two tickets: one for NA 64 and another for PP 23 while Tahir Iqbal and Zulifqar Ali Dullah are already candidates in these two constituencies.

A few days ago when Shahbaz Sharif visited the District Headquarters Hospital Chakwal, Mr Abbas was not present at the ceremony which was attended by all local MPs. Furthermore, when a few weeks ago Nawaz Sharif addressed political leaders of Rawalpindi Division in Islamabad, Mr Abbas was also not present there.

When hopes to get the tickets faded, Mr Abbas issued a video message to voters stating to contest the elections at any cost, be it as an independent.

Mr Abbas was first elected to the Punjab Assembly in 1985. He was elected MPA in 1993 under the banner of the PPP and made a minister. When Pervez Musharraf founded the PML-Q, Mr Abbas joined the party and was twice elected as the district nazim.