The Asian Age – Professor assaulted by mob for criticising Vajpayee in Bihar

The professor was dragged down from his flat and thrashed, following which the attackers tried to burn him alive

Motihari – Bihar – India, 18 August 2018. An academician, working at Mahatma Gandhi University, was allegedly thrashed by an angry mob on Friday afternoon for a comment on a social media platform criticising former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who took his last breath on Thursday, following a prolonged illness.

The professor was attacked and dragged down from his flat, situated on the third floor. The attackers also attempted to burn him alive.

Reportedly, his comment on a critical post against the late BJP Veteran read, “Fascivad ke ek Yug ki samapti. Atal ji anant yatra par nikle (End to an era of fascism. Atal ji embarks on an journey to eternity).”

The professor was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital and later was referred to Patna’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for advanced medical treatment.

Speaking to ANI, the victim however claimed that he was not only attacked for commenting on the post criticising Vajpayee, but also for raising his voice against his university’s Vice Chancellor’s (VC) decisions in the past.

“The people, who attacked me were all backed by the present VC. I also received a threat call from the attackers, who warned me to not protest against the VC,” he added.

A face-off between the VC and the professors started on May 29, after scores of teachers sat on dharna, protesting the decisions taken by the university administration pertaining to reservation and appointment of new faculty members.

The Tribune – Promising Czech visa, couple dupes 5 youths of Rs 39 lakh

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Moga – Panjab – India, 17 August 2018. A couple running a travel agency in Moga city has duped five youths of Rs 39 lakh on the pretext of sending them to the Czech Republic.

The police after conducting a preliminary inquiry have registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 120-B of the IPC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Human Smuggling Act, 2012, against the couple identified as Gurdhir Singh and his wife Avneet Kaur.

Investigation officer Inspector Lakhwinder Singh told mediapersons that the couple had shut down their office and their whereabouts were not known. “We have conducted raids at their house, but they were not present there. We are making all efforts to nab them,” he said.

Baltej Singh of Sukhanand village, one of the victims, said he was working as a radiographer at a private hospital in Moga city where Avneet came for a medical check-up a few months ago.

She told him that she was running a travel agency that helped to send skilled workers to European countries. She promised to send him to the Czech Republic.

Baltej went to her office where she took his passport and filled certain forms for obtaining visa. He gave her Rs 7 lakh by transferring it through bank.

On February 22, Avneet and her husband asked him to visit Delhi for obtaining visa, but he did not get it. When he visited the couple’s office, it was found locked. He tried to locate them, but in vain.

Later, he gave a complaint to the SSP who marked an inquiry into it. The anti-human trafficking cell of the police conducted an inquiry and found that many youths were duped by the couple.

During the inquiry, it came to light that the couple duped Amandeep Singh of Gulab Singh Wala village of Rs 7.5 lakh, Sohan Singh of Mehna village of Rs 7.5 lakh, Laljit Singh of Gulab Singh Wala village of Rs 7.5 lakh and Harjit Singh of Sukhanand village of Rs 9 lakh. The police did not rule out the possibility of many other youths having been duped by the couple.

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The Modesto Bee – In wake of attacks, Sikh-led town hall urges unity and awareness

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Modesto – California – USA, 17 August 2018. About 150 people gathered Thursday in Modesto to denounce hate crimes and urge acceptance for people of all backgrounds.

The town hall meeting was prompted by recent reports of two separate attacks on turban-wearing Sikh men, near Keyes and in Manteca. But organizers also hoped to “create awareness and unity,” said Jaspreet Kaur, 209 community organizer for Jakara Movement, the nation’s leading nonprofit for Sikh youth.

Several young Sikhs led the charge Thursday, urging peaceful but firm response to disturbing acts.

Ranjot Kaur, a California State University, Stanislaus, student from Livingston, said she was “shocked and stunned, but unfortunately not surprised” to learn of the attacks.

“We fear what we don’t know, or don’t understand,” said Jagjot Singh of Ceres, who studies biology at Stanislaus State. He praised the evening’s “beautiful turnout.”

Gursimar Kaur, a Livingston High School student, called for all people to “practice kindness and generosity.”

Jaspreet Kaur said she was impressed at support from groups other than Sikhs, including the NAACP; the Modesto, Turlock and Manteca city councils; state Senator Cathleen Galgiani and representatives of other state and national office holders.

Naindeep Singh, executive director for a valley chapter of Jakara Movement, said 118 hate crimes were reported to authorities in Stanislaus County from 2007 to 2017, and 121 in San Joaquin County. Most victims were black, he said.

Thursday’s gathering helped “lift and amplify voices that are often neglected,” he said.

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The Hindu – Pakistan Minister Syed Ali Zafar’s message would have left Vajpayee happy

Visiting acting Law and Information Minister says there is a thaw in India-Pakistan relations.

Suhasini Haidar

New Delhi – India, 18 August 2018. The decision to send a Pakistani delegation to attend former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral was taken by “all stakeholders” including Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan, said visiting acting Law and Information Minister Syed Ali Zafar.

“This was an occasion where all felt that Pakistan must be present and share your grief,” Mr. Zafar, who is part of the caretaker government demitting office, said in an interview to The Hindu.

Positive move

“A very positive move and hopes of a thaw came during Mr Imran Khan’s speech after the election and then the call by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi [to congratulate Mr. Khan] changed the mood positively.”

Mr Zafar met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, one of the very few meetings she has had with Pakistani officials since her visit to Islamabad in December 2015, after which the Pathankot airbase attack derailed ties.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said the two leaders had remembered a “visionary (Vajpayee) who dreamed [of a] terror-free and prosperous subcontinent,” a reference to India’s demand that Pakistan end support to terror groups.

Recites poem

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr Zafar, who recited Mr. Vajpayee’s poem from his visit to Lahore in 1999, “Jung nahin hone denge (We won’t allow a war)”, also said that he hoped there would be other “less sad” meetings when “[India-Pakistan] issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, will be resolved through dialogue.”

Asked if tensions between the two countries had been discussed in his meeting with Ms Swaraj, Mr. Zafar replied, “This was not the occasion to discuss issues of a political nature.”

“Our meeting was positive, and I sensed a feeling from both sides that there could be progress, and I hope that in the coming days we could see more such meetings and progress,” Mr. Zafar, who flew back to Islamabad on Friday night, added.