The New Indian Express – State legislature has exclusive powers on preservation of cattle: Centre

“All states/UTs have legislations on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny except five states viz Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and one Union Territory that is Lakshadweep,” the minister said.

New Delhi – India, 10 August 2018. Preservation of cattle is a matter on which state legislatures have exclusive powers, the government said on Friday, asserting that it was up to them to enact laws on cow slaughter.

In a written reply, Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma told the Lok Sabha that all states and union territories, except Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep, have legislations on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny.

The reply comes in the backdrop of rising incidents of lynchings in the country over transportation of cattle.

“Under the distribution of legislatives powers between the Union of India and states under Article 246(3) of the Constitution, the preservation of cattle is a matter on which the legislature of the states have exclusive powers to legislate. “Therefore, it is up to the states to enact laws on slaughter of cows,” he said.

The minister said, “All states/UTs have legislations on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny except five states viz Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and one Union Territory that is Lakshadweep.”

He was also asked about the number of cases which came to the notice of the government regarding selling of beef by illegally slaughtering cows in abattoirs and the action taken in such cases.

State legislature has exclusive powers on preservation of cattle: Centre – Pakistani Sikh pilgrims barred from starting pilgrimage to Sri Hemkunt Sahib

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Rishikesh – Uttarakhand – India, 09 August 2018. A group of 39 Pakistani Sikh pilgrims, headed by Bhai Himmat Singh, was reportedly barred by the Indian administration at Rishikesh from departing for having a glimpse of Sri Hemkunt Sahib on August 8.

Notably, these Pakistani Sikhs have gone to India to pay obeisance at the hilly Sikh shrine Sri Hemkunt Sahib.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, the officials of Sri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust informed that 39 Sikhs had arrived at Gurdwara Hemkunt situated on Lakshman Jhoola Road of Rishikesh on August 7.

They added that all these Pakistani Sikhs were suddenly barred by the administration on August 8 when they were about to begin their journey for paying obeisance at Sri Hemkunt Sahib.

“We approached the Pakistani Consulate in India and they asked for sending the names of these Pakistani Sikh pilgrims. But despite making available the names of all pilgrims, there is no response from the Pakistani consulate” he added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Sikh pilgrims have said that they are eager to begin their journey for Sri Hemkunt Sahib but the deprivation of permission has made them upset.

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ANI News – Protest staged outside British High Commission against ‘Referendum 2020’

New Delhi – India, 10 August 2018. Scores of people gathered outside the British High Commission in the national capital to protest against the ‘Referendum 2020’ campaign organised by a US-based separatist Sikh organisation that is slated to be held in London on August 12.

Demonstrators from the Sikh community and civil society under the banner of All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) chanted anti-UK and anti-Pakistan slogans and were seen holding banners that read, “UK supporting ISI project code name ‘Express'” and “Don’t shelter ISI and Pakistan sponsored elements”.

Amid slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, AlATF chairman MS Bitta termed the Referendum 2020 campaign “a mere drama”, and claimed that Pakistan’s ISI was fueling anti-India and pro-Khalistan activities.

“The UK government should hand over terrorists and extradite separatist leaders of such organisations to India. This fight will go on until the UK government take such actions. We have submitted a memorandum to the governments. India is one country,” he added.

A five-member delegation of the AIATF also submitted a memorandum to the British High Commissioner.

A day ahead of the protest, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the Referendum 2020 rally would promote communal disharmony and propagate secessionism, adding that India has already issued a couple of demarches to the UK over the upcoming pro-Khalistan meet in London.

It added that most of the Sikh communities abroad had “good relations” with India.

The separatist Sikh organisation, Sikhs for Justice, is organising a campaign on ‘London Declaration on Referendum 2020’, seeking a separate Khalistan state.

Many Sikh politicians and organisations have condemned the pro-Khalistan meet that is to take place this Sunday.

Dal Khalsa, a Punjab-based radical political group, which has for years been advocating, supporting and campaigning for a separate homeland for the people of Punjab termed ‘Referendum 2020’ as an opinion poll being conducted amongst the Sikhs living abroad.

Kanwarpal Singh, the spokesperson of Dal Khalsa told ANI that the event had not garnered any support from the people and groups of Punjab as they were not taken into the loop before such a decision was taken.

Meanwhile, the British High Commission in a statement made it clear that while there is freedom of protest and expression in the UK, the government would not allow any groups spreading hatred or violence.

“People in the UK have a right to protest and demonstrate, provided they act within the law. Should a protest contravene law, police have comprehensive powers to deal with activities that spread hate or deliberately raise tensions through violence or public disorder.

This does not negate the right to a peaceful protest. The use of these powers and the management of demonstrations are an operational matter for the police,” the British High Commission said. (ANI)

Dawn – Rochdale grooming gang members to be stripped of UK citizenship, face deportation to Pakistan

Three men convicted of grooming girls for sex in a case that fuelled racial tensions in Britain face deportation to Pakistan after an appeals court upheld a government decision to strip them of British citizenship, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.

London – UK, 09 August 2018. The ruling by the Court of Appeal clears the way for the men, all of Pakistani nationality, to be removed from Britain and be possibly deported to Pakistan. They had acquired British citizenship by naturalisation.

Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men of Pakistani and Afghan descent convicted of luring girls as young as 13 into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs. They were based in Rochdale, in northern England.

The three men were jailed in May 2012 but were later released on licence. The gang’s ringleader, Shabir Ahmed, was sentenced to 22 years in jail and remains in custody.

Aziz, Khan and Rauf were convicted on conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation charges. Aziz was not convicted of having sexual intercourse with any child.

The case centres on a decision by Prime Minister Theresa May, when she was home secretary, to strip the men’s citizenship “for the public good”.

The men had challenged the government decision at two immigration tribunals, arguing revoking their citizenship would violate their human right to a family life, as they have children living in the UK. Their appeals were dismissed.

The convicts then approached the Court of Appeal, senior judges of which ruled on Wednesday that the previous tribunals had made a “proper and lawful assessment” of the likelihood of deportation.

A person can be deprived of British citizenship for the public good on the grounds of “involvement in terrorism, espionage, serious organised crime, war crimes or unacceptable behaviours”.

After serving their sentences, the three convicts will have a further legal right to appeal their deportation and the process could take months, according to the BBC.

It quoted a Home Office spokeswoman as saying: “This was an appalling case. We welcome the court’s finding and will now consider next steps.”

The five victims of the gang who gave evidence in the 2012 trial were all white, and spoke of being raped, assaulted and traded for sex, being passed from man to man, and sometimes being too drunk to stop the abuses.

The men, ranging in age from 22 to 59, used various defences, including claiming the girls were prostitutes.