The Asian Age – Man, his father, friends kill 15-yr-old girlfriend asking for marriage

On January 12, the minor’s body was found in the jungle near Mohiuddinpur area of district Meerut

Ghaziabad – UP – India, 15 May 2018. Five people were arrested on Monday in connection with the alleged rape and killing of a 15-year-old girl who was missing from her house in the Krishna Nagar area in Ghaziabad since December 2017, police said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said that on December 27, a missing report was lodged by the parents of the girl at Modinagar police station.

On January 12, the minor’s body was found in the jungle near Mohiuddinpur area of district Meerut, he added.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the police arrested prime suspect Sumit Kumar, 21, his father Ramesh, 60, his friends Arif, 21, and Rajeev, 26, and driver Sonu, 26, whose Swift car was hired to take the girl to Meerut to execute the murder.

“The prime accused Sumit confessed he was in love with the girl and on December 26 he took her in Vijay Nagar area and cohabited with her after which she was mounting pressure on him for marriage. Upon rejection of the proposal she threatened to lodge an FIR against him,” a police official said.

The prime accused then decided to eliminate the girl, police claimed.

According to police officials, on January 9, Sumit and his friends took the girl for a ride in a Swift car, consumed alcohol at Ganga Canal, Murad Nagar and then strangulated her, using her stole, in the Mohiuddinpur area.

They also crushed her under their car, police added. Police recovered a motorcycle, a car, 2 country-made pistols, four live cartridges and the stole from the accused, officials said.

“All these things were used in the commission of the crime. Her earrings and clothes were recovered from a sugar cane field where her body was thrown. The accused have been sent to jail in connection with the case registered under sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and other sections of IPC along with POCSO Act,” SSP Krishna added. – June-1984 Holocaust: Sikh activists to take out religious procession on 27 May

By Sikh24 Editors

Faridkot – Panjab – India, 24 May 2018. In commemoration of the martyred Sikhs of June-1984 holocaust, a religious procession has been scheduled to be taken out on May 27 in village Bhana and other villages situated in its vicinity.

Notably, hundreds of Sikhs had attained martyrdom while battling against Indian army’s invasion into Sri Harmandr Sahib in June-1984.

Sharing the development with media, the SYFB’s senior vice president Bhai Ranjit Singh Damdami Taksal informed that the procession will commence under the patronage of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and leadership of Panj Piares from Gurdwara Patshahi Shevin in village Bhana.

“It will conclude back at village Bhana after traversing through villages Dhuddi, Mand Wala, Dhoorkot, Bhaloor, Nathu Wala, Nathe Wala, Demru, Rode, Lande, Jioon Wala, Baggeana, Kot Sukhia, Nangal, Chameli etc.” he added.

He further informed that the writers and lyricists working for the high spirit of Punjab and Sikhism will be specially honoured on this occasion beside the Sikh freedom fighters and families of martyred Sikhs.

Sikh activists Bhai Gursewak Singh Bhana, Bhai Sarabjit Singh Ghuman, Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udoke, Manwinder Singh Giaspura, Bhai Damandeep Singh, Bhai Baljit Singh Dhuddi, Bhai Sukhchain Singh Sikhan Wala, Bhai Angrej Singh Khalsa, Bhai Sewak Singh, Bhai Arshdeep Singh Tilla etc. were also present on this occasion.

To Zelzate and Sas van Gent (NL)

Sas van Gent (NL)
12 April 2018

Bolwerk Generaliteit
Looks like an old windmill to me

Bolwerk Generaliteit
Former stronghold

A fierce ‘Singh’

The Old Gent – Terneuzen canal

The Old Gent – Terneuzen canal

The new canal making Gent into a seaport
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Man in Blue – The-hero-we-need: In Uttarakhand, Sikh cop saves Muslim man from angry-mob

Shalini Ojha

Ramnagar – Uttarakhand – India, 25 May 2018. What could have turned into another tragic incident of mob-lynching was averted, all thanks to a Sikh cop deployed in the area.

An angry mob attacked a Muslim man in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, after he was found meeting with his Hindu girlfriend at the famous Girija temple.

When the mob tried beating the man, sub-inspector Gagandeep Singh hugged him and took him away.

Locals learnt couple belonged to different communities.

The Girija temple is frequented by couples because it is situated in a secluded area.

On May 22, when this Muslim man met his girlfriend at the temple, somehow locals got a whiff about their religions.

Soon the couple was surrounded by a furious mob who intended to hurt the boy. The presence of police and most importantly, Gagandeep Singh saved his life.

Cop attempted to save man, mob criticized him

A video of the incident, that has gone viral on social media, shows how Gagandeep fought hard against the group to save the man.

As the crowd heckled the man and even slapped him, Gagandeep held on to him tightly and took him away from the spot.

When the mob’s greed couldn’t be fulfilled they started yelling ‘Police prashasan murdabad’.

Mob alleged they found couple in compromising position

Speaking about the incident, Ramnagar police station in-charge Vikram Rathore said members of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) were a part of the crowd.

They alleged they found the couple in a ‘compromising’ position.

“By the time our team reached, the crowd had started manhandling the youth and his friend,” he said.

Officer Singh can’t be thanked enough for his bravery.

Dawn – In spite of the narrative

Asha’ar Rehman

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 25 May 2018. The question has by and large been ignored: is PML-N’s current appeal among the people in Punjab because of Mian Nawaz Sharif’s current anti-establishment narrative or in spite of it?

There is some evidence that the people are able to express their support for PML-N’s supreme leader without giving up their old love for those who were responsible for propping up Mian Sahib in the province’s, and later the country’s, politics all those years back.

Mian Sahib now wants to drum up support as an ideological politician out to cut his old masters in the establishment down to size.

He had in recent times intensified his campaign, leading some of us to believe that he was more concerned about the personal fight, over and above any desire to salvage the situation in favour of his party, which is now led by, in his own right, a very well-entrenched Shahbaz Sharif.

It will be appropriate to make two important points here. One, Punjab’s love affair with the Sharifs may be running today as a parallel to the province’s old and trusted relationship with the establishment, through those who are elected to the assemblies from here.

Two, it has very frequently been said that it is primarily the Nawaz vote bank in Punjab, and that despite his fame as an efficient administrator and development supervisor, Shahbaz does not quite command similar respect from the voters and those they elect directly. This notion can hardly stand the most rudimentary of tests in the people’s laboratory.

This is how it goes. Shahbaz has repeatedly got power in Punjab on the back of his elder brother’s success in general elections. On the other hand, Nawaz finds it easier to take his case to the people in the province on the basis of the heroics people largely believe Shahbaz has been able to perform.

This makes it rather difficult to separate the two. It would be a little premature, and should we say a wee bit unfair as well, if an analyst was to preemptively penalise Shahbaz for going for a public endorsement of his abilities and work directly instead of relying wholly or chiefly on the services of Nawaz to run the campaign for him.

Shahbaz can succeed since it is first and foremost his work that draws people to the rallies to listen to Nawaz’s narrative.

The two brothers have done it so well in tandem. Shahbaz has quite a lot of his own to flaunt and may persist with doing it for as long as he is allowed to, even if at some stage Nawaz is not too effective to do the promotion for the company.

It would be rather harsh to predict that the people will not like to hear and respond to Shahbaz coming up with tales of his exploits and would make their vote for the PML-N conditional on the presence in the field of Mian Nawaz Sharif.

Maybe Mian Sahib would not want to be reminded of it at this charged moment in his political career, but a fact check at this moment will be handy. It is true that Mian Sahib has been commanding large gatherings during his ‘mujhay kyun nikala’ or ‘why was I ousted?’ jalsas.

But what was the rallying cry here? Has it really been his call for a fight against the powers who, he says, threw him out? Or is it that the people gather to greet Mian Sahib out of respect for the work that they believe his governments have done over time?

It is likely that the people are turning up in large numbers to hail the development model that Mian Sahib and his younger brother Shahbaz have come to symbolise together.

Whereas Mian Sahib may attempt to portray the attendance at the jalsa as a vindication of his narrative, the crowd gathered in front of him may be under no compulsion to give approval to the narrative he has been desperately trying to sell.

The PML-N is no revolutionary outfit. The party consists of veteran politicians who know how it is and what it takes to be around. Shahbaz Sharif is also, it seems quite proudly, aware of the value of the brand that he has been jointly marketing under the Sharif company’s banner.

He understands that, notwithstanding the revolt taking shape inside his elder brother’s mind, his own strategy has a better chance of succeeding as realism prevails over all other isms in Pakistani power politics.

He will go on asking Mian Sahib to lower the intensity of his attacks on the establishment in favour of the Shahbaz brand, a mix of tough political talk that aims to deflate political rivals in a very personal manner backed by solid, eye-catching development activity in the street.

To those who must downplay Shahbaz’s political prowess, it can be argued that the celebrated chief minister of Punjab deserves to be heard out separately, as a more refined, more pragmatic, a more old PML-N-like voice from within the party.

He may yet be able to convince the other, shall we say the left? plank in his party to see reason and accept that a safer route to rescue Mian Nawaz Sharif would be where PML-N, under Shahbaz, is able to first make up with its old sponsors in the establishment.

Shahbaz could as yet succeed to make a fist of it, so long as he is allowed to be in the fray and does not suffer the ignominy of a summary ouster from a race which is purely political. Shahbaz can succeed since it is first and foremost his work that draws people to the rallies to listen to Nawaz’s narrative.

We have electoral proof that people like the visuals that the Shahbaz development model has thrown up. There is no guarantee on the other hand that asked to choose between their two known loves, the people will opt for Nawaz over those who painstakingly worked to turn him into Mian Sahib.

The writer is Dawn’s resident editor in Lahore