The Hindustan Times – India, Pakistan discuss implementation of Indus Waters Treaty projects

The 115th meeting of the India-Pakistan Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) was held in Lahore on August 29-30

New Delhi – India, 31 August 2018. India and Pakistan have discussed the implementation of various hydroelectric projects under the Indus Waters Treaty during the 115th meeting of the India-Pakistan Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) in Lahore on August 29-30, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

“As per the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty 1960, technical discussions were held on the implementation of various hydroelectric projects, including Pakal Dul (1,000 MW) and Lower Kalnai(48 MW) in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“Both the countries agreed to undertake the Treaty-mandated tours of both the Indus Commissioners in the Indus basin on both sides,” it said.

“Deliberations were also held on further strengthening the role of the Permanent Indus Commission on matters falling under the Treaty purview.”

The treaty was signed in 1960 and involves the Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum rivers.

Brokered by the World Bank, the treaty gave the right to use waters of the first three rivers to India and of the other three to Pakistan.

India has said it has the right under the treaty to set up hydroelectric plants on the tributaries of the rivers flowing through its territory. Pakistan fears this might reduce the water flow into its territory.

During the Lahore talks, the Indian side was led by P K Saxena, the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters. – Anti-Badal protests erupt in Punjab, fear of protesters made Harsimrat Badal and Majithia run back

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 30 August 2018. A day after the tabling of Justice Ranjit Singh’s investigation report in Punjab assembly, anti-Badal protests have erupted across Punjab. Sikh activists along with common masses were spotted staging protests in various localities on August 29 by burning the effigies of Badal clan.

It is noteworthy here that the Congress led Punjab government had tabled Justice Ranjit Singh’s investigation report in the Punjab assembly on August 28 in which Badals have been held guilty of shielding Sirsa cult disciples who had committed the sacrilege and ordering the Punjab police to open firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Kotkapura.

On August 29, the activists of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) headed by S Navdeep Singh Amritsar burnt an effigy at Bhandari bridge of Amritsar on which photos of Parkash Badal, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal and recently appointed Akal Takht Sahib’s head granthi Gurmukh “Singh” were pasted.

Reacting to SAD’s move of depicting discourtesy towards Justice Ranjit Singh’s investigation report by selling it for Rupees 5/- at a virtual shop in Punjab assembly, the activists of SAD (Amritsar) manifested placards displaying the sale of various SAD (Badal) ranks at a very cheap cost.

Similarly, the AAP activists also burnt an effigy of former CM Parkash Badal in Muktsar on August 29 while blaming him for sacrilege incidents. They also flayed CM Captain Amarinder Singh for not taking immediate action on the basis of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s report.

It has also come to the fore that the Union Minister Harsimrat Badal and her brother Bikram Majithia faced a major embarrassment on August 29 when they couldn’t attend a religious function at village Musse Wala (District: Tarn Taran) fearing of Sikh protesters waiting for them with polythene bags filled with cow dung, black flags and anti-SAD placards.

Sources have informed that the duo brother-sister preferred to step back from Jhabal i.e. 8 Kilometers prior to their destination.

Leuven: Simran’s birthday

Simran Kaur’s Birthday
20 July 2018

Simran Kaur now 13 years old
Arashdeep Kaur 8 years old

Proud papa and his two daughters

All ready to cut the cake

Arashdeep Kaur

Arashdeep Kaur

Swaran Singh & Simran Kaur

I messed up the sequence of the pictures
We jumped back to 20 July and will return to August
in due course.
Man in Blue

To see all my pictures:

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Edinburgh Evening News – Leith rallys in show of support for Sikh community

Edinburgh showed its true colours as hundreds of people turned out to show support for two places of religious worship which were attacked on Tuesday.

Edinburgh – Lothian – Scotland, 31 August 2018. Organised by the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh, a peaceful vigil brought together the community outside the Gurdwara in Leith.

The Sikh community of Edinburgh held a peaceful vigil alongside local councillors and community members outside the Gurdwara.

The response was to an early morning petrol bomb attack on both the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Sheriff Brae and the Methodist Church on Junction Street. A 49-year-old man was in court yesterday on malicious fireraising charges.

The Hindu – We have evidence establishing links between arrested activists and Maoist organisations: Maharashtra police

The arrested accused played an active and crucial role in a conspiracy to overthrow the lawfully established Indian government, says ADGP.

Sharad Vyas

Pune – Maharashtra – India, 31 August 2018. The Maharashtra police on Friday said they have evidence that clearly establish links between Maoist organisations and the rights activists arrested on Tuesday.

At a media briefing, Additional Director General (law and order) Parambir Singh displayed letters allegedly exchanged by some of the arrested activists.

“There was a larger conspiracy by Maoist organisations to overthrow the lawfully established Indian government using weapons procured from Russia and China. The arrested accused played an active and crucial role in this conspiracy,” he said.

“The meetings of the arrested accused were held even in Paris and other international organisation, and funds were being organised from there,” he said. The arrested accused “were in touch with separatists and extremists from Manipur and Kashmir.

They wanted to emulate stone-pelting activities in Jammu and Kashmir in rest of the county and urban areas.”

There was an active propaganda to discredit the investigation. “But we have a very very strong case. “The evidence being disputed has been videographed and recorded. It is with the forensic lab. We have not tampered with it.

This is as strong a case as we had against Delhi University professor G N Saibaba who was convicted by the court for Naxal activities,” he said.

Urban Naxals not a new term

Term ‘urban Naxal’ was not new and had been used for past 20 years. “I remember using it myself when carrying out operations many years ago,” he said, adding, “Urban Naxals are the overground cadre in touch with the central committee of the banned Maoist organisations.”