The Times of India – Eco-Sikh launches compostable bags to tackle rising pollution

Ludhiana – Panjab – India, 27 May 2018. In a crucial step to spread awareness about the use of eco-friendly plastic bags, members of Eco-Sikh, a US-based environment organization, on Saturday launched compostable bags made out of potato and corn/bio-based starch, to control rising pollution levels aggravated by the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags across India.

The eco-friendly starch bags were introduced at an event in Gurdwara Sri Dukhniwaran Sahib on Saturday, where heads of all major religions gathered to send out a message of peace and harmony, and create awareness about the use of eco-friendly products in day-to-day life.

Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) members also shared the stage with Eco-Sikh members and heads of different religious groups.

Eco-Sikh India president Supreet Kaur, while addressing a packed gathering, said: “Eco-friendly plastic bags are the future, as pollution levels are increasing every day with the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags. These bags play a crucial role in controlling pollution levels across the globe”.

They have the capability to decompose naturally in 180 days when exposed to water or sunlight, or disposed of in garbage. Even if they are consumed by animals, they are not harmful to them.

Moreover, the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in religious places has increased in the recent past.

Because of this, we have started this service from the gurdwara, so that people take this issue seriously, and make an effort to bring these bags into their daily use.

The eco-friendly starch plastic bags were introduced at an event in Gurdwara Sri Dukhniwaran Sahib on Saturday, where heads of all major religions gathered to send out a message of peace and harmony, and create awareness about the use of eco-friendly products in day-to-day life.

Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) members also shared the stage with Eco-Sikh members and heads of different religious groups.

Speaking on the occasion, PPCB chief engineer Pradeep Gupta said: “Next month, India is hosting the World Environment Day on 5 June, under the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

PPCB will make all efforts to popularize the manufacturing and sale of bio-degradable bags on a large-scale, to overcome rising pollution levels due to the use of plastic bags. We are supporting every effort being taken to save the environment and future of the earth by different organizations.”

Extending his gratitude to PPCB and the religious bodies, including Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar, Jama Masjid (Field Ganj), Durga Temple, Gyan Sthal, and Sri Krishna Mandir, Eco-Sikh Board member Jaspreet Singh said: “The use of plastic bags has brought Punjab on the top in terms of pollution.

According to past PPCB reports, Punjab produces about 4,300 tonnes of garbage every day, most of which is not recycled and ends up polluting the rivers and our soil. Looking at all statistics, these bags are the need of the an hour. Eco-Sikh has taken up the matter bio-degradable plastic bags, which will conserve nature and preserve our future.”.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/eco-sikh-launches-compostable-bags-to-tackle-rising-pollution/articleshow/64335487.cms?

Sikh24.com – Rulda “Singh” Murder Case: Bhai Tara and Bhai Goldy appear before Patiala Court

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Patiala – Panjab – India, 25 May 2018. In a case pertaining to the murder of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) state chief Rulda “Singh”, political Sikh prisoners Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara and Bhai Ramandeep Singh Goldy were produced before the session court of Patiala on May 24 amid tight security.

Statement of Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara was recorded by the Court during this hearing. On being asked about his legal counsel by the Judge, Bhai Tara said that he will represent himself in the Court and Advocate Barjinder Singh Sodhi will serve as his assistant.

Sources have informed that only one out of three witnesses of the case appeared before the Court on May 24 but the statement of present witness couldn’t be recorded due to his ill physique. It is learnt that the Court has bound the present witness to appear on 5 July while issuing warrants against the rest two absent witnesses.

Rulda “Singh” was the state chief of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) in Punjab. He was shot at outside his home on July 28, 2009 immediately after his return from England. He was rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) where he succumbed on August 18, 2009.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/05/25/rulda-singh-murder-case-bhai-tara-and-bhai-goldy-appears-before-patiala-court/#.WwrV_iC-nIU

To Zelzate and Sas van Gent (NL)

Zelzate (Be)
12 April 2018


The Gent – Zelzate – Terneuzen goods-line


Bus 55 – De Keyserstraat


The Gent – Zelzate – Terneuzen goods-line


Bus 55 – Tweede Gidsenlaan


Connexxion Bus 6 – Klein Rusland


Connexxion Bus 6 – Klein Rusland

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Scroll.in – USA – Sikh man shot at in Ohio dies of injuries

The man arrested for the shooting was indicted on felony murder.

Monroe City – Ohio – USA, A Sikh truck driver who was shot at on May 12 in the United States died of his injuries, PTI reported on Sunday. Jaspreet Singh was shot at by Broderick Malik Jones Roberts while sitting in his car in Ohio’s Monroe city, reported local newspaper Journal-News.

On May 14, the Hamilton Ohio police department arrested Roberts on charges of felonious assault. He was initially indicted for aggravated robbery, felonious assault and possessing weapons under disability.

After Singh’s death on Thursday, prosecutors Michael Gmoser re-presented the case to a grand jury, who indicted Roberts on felony murder, reported local newspaper India West.

A judge of the Hamilton Municipal Court set a bond of $1 million (Rs 6.7 crore), substantially increasing it from the initial amount of $ 1,25,000 (Rs 84 lakh). Roberts is scheduled to be back in court on May 31.

Roberts has a criminal history and was sent to prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to trespass, unlawful restraint and assault, reported PTI.

Advocacy group The Sikh Coalition said no evidence has been released to suggest there was any bias involved in the incident. The group’s legal team has been in contact with relevant authorities in Cincinnati and continues to monitor the case.

Singh had been living in the US for about eight years.

https://scroll.in/latest/880444/us-sikh-man-shot-at-in-ohio-dies-of-injuries

Dawn – Many injured during protest against new Gilgit-Baltistan law

Jamil Nagri

Gilgit – Gilgit-Baltistan – Pakistan, 27 May 2018. Dozen of protesters, including a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) member in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Raja Jahanzeb Khan and Awami Action Committee chairman Maulana Sultan Raees, were injured during a clash with police here on Saturday.

Opposition parties in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), PTI, Islami Tehreek Pakistan and Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), lawyers, civil society organisations, Anjuman Tajran and Awami Action committee had given call for a sit-in outside the assembly’s building where Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is scheduled to address a joint session of GB Legislative Assembly and GB council to announce formal enforcement of the GB Order 2018 on Sunday.

The police blocked all roads leading to the building by parking containers on it.

A large number of activists led by opposition leader in GBLA Shafi Khan and the assembly’s members from the PTI, PPP, MWM, started moving from Etihad Chowk towards the building.

According to eyewitnesses, the police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters who hurled stones at police personnel.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1410203/many-injured-during-protest-against-new-gilgit-baltistan-law