The New Indian Express – Alwar lynching case: Pehlu Khan’s sons attacked on their way to court

Irshad and other key witnesses of the 2017 lynching case were on their way to a court in Behrod for a hearing, when unidentified assailants opened fire at their car.

Rajesh Asnani

Jaipur – Rajastan – India, 30 September 2018. The two sons of Alwar lynching victim Pehlu Khan were allegedly attacked by unidentified assailants on Saturday afternoon when they way on their way for a court hearing at Behror town in Rajasthan.

Khan was killed by cow vigilantes in Alwar district last year.

Brothers Irshad and Arif, along with two other witnesses Ajmat and Rafiq, were travelling in a car when the assailants fired at them. Their lawyer was also accompanying them.

In their complaint to the Alwar SP, Irshad and Arif said a SUV without registration number plate tried to stop them on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway before shooting at them. The SUV then sped towards Behror, they said.

The family asked for security and demanded the case be now heard in Alwar itself. The brothers also claimed that they were being stopped from giving their statement regarding the lynching case in the court.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police, Alwar, Rajendra Singh said the family members and witnesses of the Pehlu Khan case have met him. “They will be given ample security from day one of the case, and we have assured them of this. The firing incident is being investigated,” he said.

Kavita Shrivastav, president of human rights organization People’s Union for Civil Liberties, expressed concern on the development. “This incident is very serious and is an attempt to terrorise the witnesses and the family.

The trial of the case should be transferred from Behror. There has been a problem in the past as well. Even Harsha Mandar was threatened when he was travelling from Behror with his ‘Caravan of Mohabbat’,” she said.

Pehlu Khan was killed when he was transporting cows on April 1 last year. The police had lodged cases against Azmat and Rafiq for cow smuggling along with the driver of the vehicle, Arjun Yadav, and his father who owned the vehicle All of them were travelling in the car with Pehlu when he was attacked.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/sep/29/alwar-lynching-case-pehlu-khans-sons-attacked-on-their-way-to-court-1878854.html

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The Tribune – Physical education no more must in Punjab

Educationists take umbrage to Punjab school board decision

Sanjeev Singh Bariana, Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 28 September 2018. Punjab, that has introduced ‘Tandarust Khelo Punjab’ to promote physical fitness among schoolchildren, has strangely done away with physical education as a compulsory subject for Classes IX and X.

Students will now appear for seven compulsory subjects instead of eight, Punjabi or Punjab history and culture, English, Hindi/Urdu, math, science, social science and computer science. However, they may pick an elective subject from a list of 36, including physical education.

DPI (Elementary Education) Inderjit Singh explained: “We merely intend to reduce the load on seniors. It will certainly not translate into fewer on-campus sports activities.” But some teachers and school heads have taken umbrage to the government decision.

Democratic Teachers Front secretary Davinder Singh Punjab said it was a move to cut down posts of Physical Education Instructor (PTI).

“There has been no appointment of PTIs in schools for the past seven or eight years. What kind of a society will we build if we don’t care to have our children physically fit?” he asked.

The Director, Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS), Sukhbir Singh Grewal, however, welcomed the Punjab School Education Board decision.

“Despite being a compulsory subject for decades, there have been no noteworthy results in terms of medals. Instead of cramming textbooks on physical education, students must be encouraged to spend more time on the playground, and you will see the difference”.

Yoga expert Professor Akshay Anand (PGI) warned that the move would be disastrous. “Exercise keeps the body fit. Children will now be spending even more time before TV/video screens. This will clog their minds and affect their growth. We are doing our children a great disservice”.

Describing sports as an important “building blocks in a child’s life”, a school principal in Amritsar district pointed out: “Diseases such as obesity and diabetes are on the rise among schoolchildren. With physical education no more compulsory for them, things will only turn worse. The government needs to rethink”.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/physical-education-no-more-must-in-punjab/660532.html

Leuven NMBS – Gent Korenmarkt – Gentbrugge/Ledeberg

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Sikh Relief victorious at India’s Supreme Court

  Panjab and Haryana High Court ordered to be ignored

Posted to Sikh News Discussion by
Kashmir Singh <british.sikh.federation@gmail.com>

Sikh Relief’s legal team has secured a judgement from India’s apex legal and judicial body for the charges brought against Arvinder Singh aka Mitha Singh of Village Rahon, in Panjab’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar District, to be ignored and struck from the record.

The Supreme Court has agreed that the frightening interpretation of the law used to justify the detention of a young man for allegedly stating his opinion on social media in favour of independence for Panjab does not amount to “preparing to wage war against the Union States of India”.

The Panjab and Haryana High Court had, without the prosecution making the case for it, decided of its own accord to add charges to the case against Arvinder Singh when hearing his bail application, adding that in their opinion not only was advocating for an Independent Panjab seditious, so was the daily Sikh prayer couplet “Raj Karega Khalsa” and therefore both should be treated as “waging war against India” as per Indian Penal Code section 121 and 121a.

The decision of the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana High Court has effectively ended the setting of a precedent that could potentially have criminalised all Sikhs regardless of political affiliation and sentiment but simply for repeating a prayer couplet recited by almost all Sikhs on the planet.

The Court declared that any directions and charges introduced by the Panjab and Haryana High Court in this case been dismissed and ignored.

The nature of the appeal and its possible ramifications was apparent from the outset as the Panjab and Haryana High Court had constituted a team of ten Senior Advocates to represent them at the Supreme Court, alas with The Almighty Waheguru’s Grace the law was upheld leaving sense and reason to win the day.

Also as part of its judgment, the Supreme Court ordered that the case be expedited and disposed within 3 months, realising that the case is one that has no merit and could otherwise see Arvinder Singh in custody for upto 3 years awaiting trial for no more than writing words on the Internet, words that he denies ever writing.

As one can imagine this case has had many in the Panthic arena abuzz with discussion, with some even casting doubt on the seriousness of what was about to become new law via precedent circumventing both state and national law making processes, and perhaps more dangerously any media scrutiny.

Surprisingly, there were even some who claim to be legally qualified solicitors of advice and representation that not only hadn’t bothered to appraise themselves of the facts in this case but were completely oblivious to its potential ramifications.

We urge all Sikhs of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj to pray for the Panthic prisoners in the ‘care’ of such learned individuals. Rab Hi Rakha Ohna Da.

We will continue our mission of gaining the release of all Sikh Prisoners of Conscience and will not rest on our laurels until the last cell of an innocent prisoner is empty.

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Dawn – Minister’s suspicious visit to Kot Lakhpat Jail shocks officials

Asif Chaudhry

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 29 September 2018. Another case of political interference in official matters surfaced after Punjab Minister for Prisons Zawar Hussain visited the Kot Lakhpat Jail on Thursday and allegedly unlocked high security barracks.

The minister, along with ‘six suspected civilians’, allegedly held a secret meeting with the militants of banned terror outfits involved in suicide attacks in Lahore and under-trial sectarian inmates.

Through his visit to the high-profile prisoners, he created a risk of security lapse as he allegedly unlocked the barracks, housing 109 dangerous terrorists in sheer violation of Pakistan Prisons Rules 1978.

Presently, the jail houses 3,700 convicts and other inmates, including 300 death row prisoners, 45 foreigners, 70 high-profile/sectarian prisoners and those convicted by army courts, besides 2,200 other dangerous convicted inmates.

Minister Zawar Hussain allegedly forced his entry into the jail in the wee hours and stopped the jail superintendent and other senior officials from accompanying him as he went to meet the prisoners, says a detailed report dispatched to the home secretary by the prisons department.

Holds ‘secret meeting’ with terrorists, accompanied by six civilians; report of six-hour long visit sent to home secretary

It says the minister allegedly forced all the jail officials to leave the premises and made them wait outside it. He directed the officials not to enter the jail until he completes his ‘work’ as he seized the keys to the cells/barracks of the high-risk prisoners, unlocked the cells and met and interviewed the prisoners in violation of rules.

On resistance, he locked the official guards of the high-security blocks of the dangerous prisoners in a cell for ‘not cooperating with him’.

In his meeting with the under-trial militants of the banned terrorist outfits involved in suicide attacks in Lahore, he was accompanied by six civilians. The minister remained in the prison for six hours.

Superintendent of the Kot Lakhpat Jail Ijaz Asghar made these stunning revelations in his detailed report, available with Dawn, sent to Punjab Inspector General of Prisons Mirza Shahid Saleem Baig.

Mr Baig brought the matter to the knowledge of the secretary interior who ordered high-level investigation into the issue.

Earlier, incidents of political interference in the official affairs involving the PTI parliamentarians surfaced in Pakpattan and Chakwal, causing embarrassment for the party that has remained quite vocal against political interference in official matters.

In the fresh scam, the superintendent of the jail, in his report, mentioned serious violations of the prisons rules and the ‘mysterious activities’ of the minister and his six civilian companions. He took help of the CCTV cameras in the jail to prepare the report.

“According to the prisons rules 1978, the prisons guard is the custodian of the keys of jail corridor and it happened for the first time that the minister snatched keys from him and handed them over to a suspected civilian who was accompanying him,” the report says.

The six civilians who came with the minister took into custody the official walkie-talkie sets from all the deputed jail employees, it alleges.

According to the section 924 of the prisons rules, no one is allowed to enter the jail after it is locked at the specified time but the minister violated the laws and entered the premises without prior intimation.

The minister violated the section 925 of the rules, got the barracks unlocked and met high-profile prisoners along the civilian men, it says.

He violated the section 725 of the rules by locking the night officer and security guards, unlocking the Barrack 4 of the high value targets (prisoners), creating a serious risk for their escape.

According to the section 963 (ii) of the rules, no visitor is allowed to enter the jail without the assistance of the authorised prison officials.

“The minister stopped the superintendent of the jail to accompany him and also disallowed him to enter the jail,” says the report.

IG Prisons Punjab Shahid Baig refused to comment on the issue.

The spokesperson for the prisons minister denied the allegations of violation of rules by the minister.

Talking to Dawn, the spokesperson said the minister had paid a surprise visit to the Kot Lakhpat Jail for routine inspection and he had received many complaints against the jail officials from the prisoners who told him that the jail officials took bribe from them to facilitate them.

“The mobile phones service was also working. During the inspection, the minister found some prisoners of routine cases locked with the dangerous inmates.”

The spokesperson added that the prisoners told the minister that they were being served low-quality food and medicines were not available while 40 inmates were found asleep out of 69.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1435671/ministers-suspicious-visit-to-kot-lakhpat-jail-shocks-officials

Tolo News – Uzbek President to invite India to join Afghan railway project

Tashkent – Uzbekistan, 28 September 2018. The Uzbek president is scheduled to visit New Delhi on Sunday and will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

India will be invited to help with a key railway project in Afghanistan during Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit to New Delhi in the coming week on Sunday.

The railway, almost 650 km in length, which will connect Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat cities and will later be extended to Kabul, is a major project agreed to by President Ashraf Ghani and President Mirziyoyev last year.

Many of the preliminary surveys for the project have already been completed.

“We support a greater presence of India in Central Asia, and hope for some benefits of that for Afghanistan. I hope that negotiations with PM Modi will open a new page in our bilateral relations,” Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs Ilhom Nematov said as quoted in a report by The Hindu.

“If India would be involved in [the railway line] construction, we would welcome them because of India’s proven record and experience, and because of its contribution to bringing peace to Afghanistan,” he said.

He said Uzbekistan has an interest in opening trade and connectivity routes all the way to the Indian Ocean.

The project, for which Uzbekistan has already pledged $500 million, could become another major regional connectivity project for India, after its construction of the Zaranj-Delaram Highway in Afghanistan and the Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar, Iran.

India is also committed to building another rail route, from Chabahar to Zahedan on the Iran-Afghan border, and President Mirziyoyev is keen to join the transit trade agreement signed by India, Afghanistan and Iran.

The rail route to Herat, if extended to Kabul, would also link to India’s “air corridor”, allowing trade, especially dry fruits and agricultural produce to travel along the routes from India to Central Asia and back in much shorter time.

Uzbekistan has held talks with Iran, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and China, which is already running a rail route into Uzbekistan under the Belt and Road Initiative, for the same project in the past few months.

Making a pitch for talks between India and Pakistan, Nematov said Uzbekistan’s role in regional security is likely to grow as it will take over the Secretary Generalship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in January 2019, the report said.

“I think that SCO is a good platform for India and Pakistan to talk at and to maybe work with other countries on how to bring peace,” he said as quoted by The Hindu.

President Mirziyoyev will also discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan and his offer of mediating talks between the Ghani government and the Taliban, during his visit to India, the report said.

In August, a Taliban delegation visited Tashkent and held talks with the president’s representative.

The report quoted officials as saying that more than 30 documents and agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

https://www.tolonews.com/business/uzbek-president-invite-india-join-afghan-railway-project

Sikh24.com – Killer cops convicted for life in a 26 years old fake encounter case

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 27 September 2018. An Additional Sessions and District Judge of Mohali representing Special CBI Court on September 26 convicted two retired Police cops for life in a case pertaining to extra-judicially killing a teenage Sikh boy.

Beside it, the Court has also imposed a penalty of Rupees 61,000/- on each convict so that the mother of victim, Balwinder Kaur, could be compensated.

It is notable here that 15 years old Harpal Singh was killed in a fake encounter at village Nijjar (District: Amritsar) on September 18, 1992 by the Punjab police.

Addressing sentence to the guilty cops Raghbir “Singh” and Dara “Singh”, the Additional Districts and Sessions Judge NS Gill said that the duo cops will spend rest of their lives in jail.

Sikh24 has learnt that the duo guilty cops Raghbir “Singh” (the then SHO of Beas Police Station) and Dara “Singh” (former sub-Inspector) are 81 and 78 years old respectively.

Four Police cops namely Ram Lubaya (former Sub-Inspector) Nirmaljit Singh, Jasbir Singh and Paramjit Singh were sued in this case. Ram Lubaya, who had kidnapped the victim from his house in Palla village in the district, 8km from the encounter spot on September 14, 1992, died during the trial while the other three have been acquitted.

“God has finally punished them. He was my only son and they killed him. Though delayed, justice has been done,” said Balwinder Kaur, the mother of victim Sikh boy.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/09/27/killer-cops-convicted-for-life-in-a-26-years-old-fake-encounter-case/#.W6361PZoTIU

Gentbrugge – Gent-Sint-Pieters – Leuven Mechelsestraat

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IC to Leuven via Mechelen


IC to Leuven via Mechelen

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De Lijn bus 4, 5 and 6 to Leuven NMBS


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NDTV – Navjot Singh Sidhu alleges Rs 500 crore fraud in Punjab civic bodies

He said during the last 10 years of rule of the SAD-BJP alliance, these civic bodies including the municipal corporations and improvement trusts were transformed into “den of corruption where irregularities and scams were the order of the day”.

Jalandhar – Panjab – India, 28 September 2018. Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Thursday the audit conducted by his department has detected irregularities worth Rs 500 crore in civic bodies of Amritsar and Jalandhar during 10-years of previous SAD-BJP regime.

After a surprise visit at the Jalandhar Improvement Trust, he said while irregularities worth Rs 225 crore had been detected in an audit of Amritsar civic body, discrepancies of over Rs 250 crore unearthed in Jalandhar, an official release said.

He said during the last 10 years of rule of the SAD-BJP alliance, these civic bodies including the municipal corporations and improvement trusts were transformed into “dens of corruption where irregularities and scams were the order of the day”.

Citing example, the minister said the civic bodies were still following old single entry system.

Likewise, he said that in complete violation of the norms, no daily, weekly and monthly cash books were maintained by the civic bodies.

Mr Sidhu said prime properties in these cities were either allowed to be encroached or were given on lease to benefit few people at “throwaway prices without any proper agreement”.

The minister said that the “biggest fraud” was misinterpretation of demarcation made by the state government to benefit affluent people.

The minister said this was just tip of iceberg as Rs 500 crore discrepancies pertain to only 40-50 per cent record which was available for the audit whereas the remaining record has not been provided to the audit company, which was undertaking this work.

He warned officials who were not submitting the record that stern action would be taken against them if they do not submit the record in coming days.

Mr Sidhu categorically said that no one found guilty for these discrepancies, would be spared at any cost and strict action would be taken against them.

Listing measures to be initiated by the state government in checking such discrepancies in future, the minister said that e-governance was the ultimate solution for this.

He said that complete satellite mapping of all the buildings in the state was on the cards, adding that all government properties would be computerised very soon.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/navjot-sidhu-alleges-rs-500-crore-fraud-in-punjab-civic-bodies-1923430

The Hindu – Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Ottawa had given the long-detained democracy advocate and Nobel laureate the rare honour in 2007.

Ottawa – Ontario – Canada, 28 September 2018. Canada’s parliament has voted unanimously to effectively strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over the Rohingya crisis.

Ottawa had given the long-detained democracy advocate and Nobel laureate the rare honour in 2007.

But her international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal to call out the atrocities by her nation’s military against the Rohingya Muslims minority, which Ottawa last week declared a genocide.

“In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the status of honorary Canadian citizen. Today, the House unanimously passed a motion to remove this status,” said Adam Austen, spokesman for Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, on Thursday.

A brutal military campaign that started last year drove more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, where they now live in cramped refugee camps, fearful of returning to mainly Buddhist Myanmar despite a repatriation deal.

Many have given accounts of extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and arson.

The military has denied nearly all wrongdoing, justifying its crackdown as a legitimate means of rooting out Rohingya militants.

But after a fact-finding mission, the United Nations on Thursday set up a panel to prepare indictments against Myanmar’s army chief and five other top military commanders for crimes against humanity.

Ms Suu Kyi’s democratically-elected government remains in a delicate power balance with the generals, whose presence in parliament gives them an effective veto on constitutional changes.

Mr Austen cited Ms Suu Kyi’s “persistent refusal to denounce the Rohingya genocide” for the withdrawal of the Canadian honour, which is symbolic and comes with no special privileges.

“We will continue to support the Rohingyas by providing humanitarian assistance, imposing sanctions against Myanmar’s generals and demanding that those responsible be held accountable before a competent international body,” he added.

Honorary Canadian citizenship has only been granted to five others including the Dalai Lama, girls education advocate Malala Yousafzai and Nelson Mandela.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/canada-strips-aung-san-suu-kyi-of-honorary-citizenship/article25067947.ece?homepage=true