The Statesman – Delhi may be hit by strong winds, mercury to touch roof

Respite from the heat is unlikely for the next five days as the India Met Department (IMD) predicts a period of dry spell till 26 May.

New Delhi – India, 22 May 2018. The temperature in Delhi and nearby areas is likely to go up by around four notches above normal on Tuesday. Strong surface winds with speeds of around 25 km per hour are also likely to hit the capital.

“The wind speed will be around 20-25 kms/hr and after this there will be mainly clear sky with temperature soaring up to 43 degrees Celsius,” PTI quoted a MET official as saying.

Only yesterday the national capital recorded the hottest day of the season with the mercury touching 44.2 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature recorded in the morning was 26.2 degrees Celsius, according to the official. Partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder and lightning has been forecast for tomorrow.

Respite from the heat is unlikely for the next five days as the India Met Department (IMD) predicts a period of dry spell till 26 May.

Thunderstorms and gusty winds are likely to hit isolated places across India’s eastern half from southern Tamil Nadu to Sikkim and parts of Chhattisgarh, eastern Uttar Pradesh and eastern Madhya Pradesh on 22 May. Heavy rains are likely at some of the places.

Rough weather conditions in these parts will peter out in the following days.

Meanwhile, the IMD has also issued a dust storm and thunderstorm warning at isolated places over Rajasthan.

The Tribune – Dalit youth beaten to death for opposing liquor sale

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Abohar – Panjab – India, 21 May 2018. A Dalit youth was allegedly beaten to death and his hands crushed on Sunday night for opposing open sale of liquor in Mirzewala Mer village near Hanumangarh.

Jan Kranti Morcha convener Pooja Chhabra said she had informed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria about the incident. “Kataria has assured suitable action against the accused. I will meet him on Tuesday,” she said.

Security has been beefed up with the Station House Officers from six police stations and around 100 other police personnel camping in the area.

In the FIR lodged at 3 am on Monday, Hakim Nayak, brother of the deceased, alleged that a dozen jeep-borne persons had barged into the house of Mohinder Nayak, 33, at 8 pm on Sunday and started beating him up as he had opposed the sale of liquor on the village streets. When his wife Suman intervened, she was also reportedly attacked.

The miscreants had allegedly dragged Mohinder out of the house and thrashed him to death. Before leaving, they allegedly ran the vehicle over his hands. Some of the accused were identified as Dholu Bhadoo, his brother Naresh Bhadoo, Bhim Jakhar and Sonu.

Villagers alleged that they carried lathis, iron rods and a pistol. Mohinder’s relatives and other villagers sat around his body and refused a post-mortem till the accused were arrested.

Zila Parishad ex-vice chairperson Shabnam Godara, BJP Mahila Morcha district president Gulab Sinwar, CPM leader Jagjit Jaggi, Dalip Birat of the Bahujan Samaj Party and some other senior activists reached the village to express solidarity with Mohinder’s family.

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11 April 2018

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IC train to Kortrijk

The 12:23 to Eupen via Brussel and Leuven

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09 April 2018

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The Express Tribune – PHC summons government officials over lack of Sikh crematoriums in K-P

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Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 22 May 2018. The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday directed two government officials to appear before court to explain why no crematorium had been built in the city for the Sikh and Hindu population despite release of funds by the government.

Deputy commissioner of Nazim Town 1 and an administrator from the Auqaf Department have been summoned in the case. A two-member bench of the PHC comprising of Justice Ikramullah Khan and Justice Musarat Hilali heard the petition filed by Babaji Guru Gurpal Singh.

The petition urged the court to direct the provincial government to build a crematorium in the provincial capital for religious minorities. Rs 30 million has already been released by the government, but authorities are reluctant to construct a crematorium.

Counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Mohammad Khurshid, argued that despite the allocation of funds, the religious communities are compelled to take bodies to Attock in Punjab which costs them a lot. Majority of the community members cannot afford the journey to Punjab to cremate their dead.

Khurshid added that the K-P government even released Rs 2.7 million for ambulances but the amount was in the custody of the nazim of Town 1 who failed to spend it according to allocation. He added that Hindus have now started burying their dead due to non-availability of nearby cremation center, which is against their religious beliefs.

However, counsel for the Auqaf department argued that even though the funds have been released, the differences between the elders of both Sikh and Hindu community hindered the process.

“They haven’t even agreed on a venue for the crematorium,” the defense counsel argued.

But this failed to satisfy Justice Ikramullah, who directed defense lawyers to name all the differences between the groups, stating that the court will assist in resolving their differences. However, the lawyers were silent.

“This is so sad. They have been demanding for so long, but you haven’t even provided them with a single crematorium,” Justice Hilali remarked. “We will recover all the funds allocated for the project from your pockets”.

The defense counsel requested the court for time to file comments, but the request was rejected by court and the respondents were directed to appear before court in person on May 31 and explain their positions.

Pakistan’s Sikh community fights off Indian allegations on lack of crematoriums

Sikh leader Gurpal Singh, the petitioner, while talking to media said that as many as 60,000 Sikhs live in K-P, including 15,000 who live in Peshawar alone. There are even higher numbers of Hindus who also cremate their dead, but no crematorium in sight, he added.

He added that wrong messages are being circulated in the international community that Hindus and Sikhs are not getting basic rights despite the fact that government has released funds, it is the inadequacy of the government department which isn’t utilising the funds accordingly.

The Hindu – Parameshwara to be Karnataka Deputy CM

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Bengaluru – Karnataka – India, 22 May 2018. Congress will get 22 Cabinet berths, and Janata Dal (S) 12

After eight days of political upheaval in Karnataka, Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party leader H D Kumaraswamy will be sworn in as Chief Minister on Wednesday, pending formation of a full-fledged Ministry and allocation of portfolios.

Meanwhile, after several rounds of meetings and consultation during the last week, an understanding was reached on sharing of berths in the Ministry between the Congress and the JD(S).

With the size of the Ministry fixed at 34, the Congress will get 22 berths, including that of Deputy Chief Minister, while the JD(S) will get 12, including the Chief Minister.

On Wednesday, Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Kumaraswamy on the steps of the Vidhana Soudha at 4.30 pm in the presence of a galaxy of national leaders who are in the forefront of an effort to form a united non-BJP coalition.

Mr Kumaraswamy, 58, will be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second time. He was the Chief Minister for 20 months in the JD(S)-BJP coalition government during 2006-07. G Parameshwara (67), the Dalit face of the dominant partner Congress, will also be sworn in on Wednesday. He will be the Deputy Chief Minister.

K C Venugopal, who is AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, said that given that the Congress number (78) in the Assembly double that of the JD (S) (36), the Congress will get the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly while the Deputy Speaker will go to the JD (S).

Thirty two Ministers and portfolio allocation will be decided after the floor test of the coalition government headed by Kumaraswamy on May 24. There are 221 elected members in the Legislative Assembly and the coalition partners have 117 members, including one BSP and two independents.

The Ministry expansion and allocation of portfolios will be delayed since both parties have decided to take into account factors such as caste, region, experience, service to the party and age, for giving ministerial berths to legislators.

Co-ordination committee

The Congress – JD (S) have also reached understanding on formation of the coordination committee comprising members of both parties to evolve common minimum programme. “Within one or two days the coordination committee too will be announced,” Mr Venugopal said.

Besides former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, prominent leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chief Ministers of Kerala, Odisha, Delhi, West Bengal and Puduchery are expected to participate in the event.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to observe Wednesday as black day, arguing that the formation is a subversion of the people’s mandate.