The Statesman – Justice Ranjan Gogoi to be 46th Chief Justice of India

Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring on 2 October.

New Delhi – India, 01 September 2018. Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring on 2 October. Justice Gogoi is likely to take oath on 3 October.

As per Supreme Court’s protocol, the outgoing CJI needs to recommend the name of successor to the Ministry of Law.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had asked CJI Misra to recommend the name of his successor. Once the recommendation by CJI Misra is approved, Justice Gogoi will become the 46th Chief Justice of India.

While Gogoi’s appointment is on expected lines, a press conference addressed by him along with three other top SC judges on 12 January had created some confusion.

At the press conference, the four judges, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar, had released a letter they wrote to Justice Misra a couple of months ago, conceding that he was the master of roster but that was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.

Asked specifically if they were upset over reference of the matter seeking a probe into the suspicious death of Judge Loya, Justice Gogoi said: “Yes.”

The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.

Justice Chelameswar told the media that they were “convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintains its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country… The hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges.

“Since all our efforts failed… Even this morning, on a particular issue, we went and met the Chief Justice with a specific request. Unfortunately we could not convince him that we were right.”

Justice Gogoi said they were “discharging debt to the nation that has got us here”.

Justice Chelameswar, who retired on 18 May this year, was the senior-most judge after Misra.

Born on 18 November 1954, Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of a little more than one year before he retires in November 2019.

Justice Gogoi had joined the bar in 1978. In 2001, he was appointed as permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court and was later transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court in September 2010. On 23 April 2012, Justice Gogoi was elevated to the Supreme Court.

The Tribune – Sidhu: Let’s be positive on Kartarpur corridor

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar – Panjab – India, 31 August 2018. Following reports of the visit of Indian High Commissioner to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and resuming of bilateral talks on the Indus Water Treaty, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is quite hopeful over the opening of the Kartarpur corridor.

Almost two weeks since he visited Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony, Sidhu said, “I do not see this corridor as a passage, but a means of opening avenues between the two countries.

Amritsar, which was once the Asia’s biggest mandi, can be revived. Even other countries have been looking forward to opening of this corridor, which can extend up to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Moscow, Central Asia and even Europe.”

He said, “I just want that if Pakistan shows a little positivity, we should respond with double positivity. We should not spread any negativity on the issue and those speaking against this new bonhomie need to just go silent”.

Asked if he was saying all this for Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, he replied, “I am mature enough for all this. I have never said a word on this”.

Regarding the recent debate in the Vidhan Sabha over the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report, he said, “The Congress and the AAP showed complete unanimity as both were concerned about Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege.”

Over Chief Minister not naming former CM and SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal for sacrilege, he tried to evade reply. “Almost everybody named him. Even the former DGP has given an affidavit that has embroiled him,” he said.

Leuven – Keizerberg – Gent Dampoort – Gentbrugse Meersen

20 July 2018

Giant statue of Mary with the child Jesus

Arashdeep and Simran



Gent Dampoort
21 July 2018

Gent Dampoort NMBS Station

Gentbrugse Meersen
21 July 2018

Brown grass due to drought

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We jumped back to 20 July and will return to August
in due course.
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Reveal News – Sikh Americans continue being targeted in hate crimes

Will Carless

USA, 31 August 2018. In the space of three days earlier this month, two Sikh American men were attacked and beaten in California’s Central Valley in seemingly random hate-fueled attacks.

Surjit Singh Malhi said two men grabbed him from behind as he was putting up political signs in his neighborhood. They threw sand in his eyes, he told The New York Times. And, Malhi said, they hit him with a stick and a belt in the head and back.

“You don’t belong here,” the men screamed at him, he said.

The very thing that drew the attackers attention — his turban — ended up protecting him from the beating, Malhi said.

Malhi later found that his truck had been vandalized with what’s become a regular anthem of hate: “Go back to your country.”

Thirty miles or so northeast, and a couple of days later, 71-year-old Sahib Singh said he was enjoying his daily walk around his neighborhood in Manteca when two teenage boys approached him and allegedly asked him for money.

During the attack, which was caught on video, the boys shouted at Singh, knocked him to the ground and kicked him. In the video, one then appears to spit on him while he’s lying on the floor. One of the assailants was the 18-year-old son of the local police chief.

The two unprovoked attacks are the latest in a long history of hate against Sikhs in America. (A trend detailed by ProPublica last year.)

Since then, the attacks and threats have kept coming. In February, an Uber passenger in Illinois allegedly pointed a gun at his Sikh driver and said “I hate turban people.”

Soon after, Hoboken City Hall had to beef up security after New Jersey’s first Sikh mayor, Ravi Bhalla, received death threats. Documenting Hate, a database hate incidents run by ProPublica, has received 11 reports of anti-Sikh incidents since launching in January 2017.

“Sikhs remain hundreds of times more likely to experience bias, bigotry, backlash, hate crimes and everything in between than the average American,” said Mark Reading-Smith, a spokesman for the Sikh Coalition, a national organization that advocates for the American Sikh community.

Sikhism, a religion that originated in India, is observed by an estimated 500,000 people in the United States. Many Sikhs grow their hair long naturally out of respect for God, a practice known as Kesh. Some Americans see their long beards and turbans and incorrectly believe they are Islamist terrorists.

Part of the reason Sikh men, especially, are targeted is that some Americans associate turbans and long beards with Islamist terrorism, he said. But Reading-Smith stressed this isn’t always the case.

“Sikhs are targeted in many cases simply for being categorized as ‘other,’” he said.

The most heinous example of hate against Sikhs happened in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012, when neo-Nazi Wade Michael Page burst into a temple and fatally shot six people. Wade, a musician in the white power music scene, had long professed a hatred for all non-white people.

In the hometowns of the two California men attacked this month, residents already gathered to show their opposition to hate attacks against their neighbors. In Turlock, Malhi said a group from his crossfit gym showed up soon after the attack to plant flowers and tidy up his yard.

On the Sunday after Singh was beaten in Manteca, hundreds of people showed up to join him in his daily walk around a neighborhood park.

Dawn – 4.3-magnitude earthquake jolts Punjab

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 September 2018. Lahore, as well as other parts of Punjab, were rocked by a 4.3-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, DawnNews TV reported.

Tremors were felt in various parts of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Jaranwala, Gujranwala, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Multan, Khanewal and Chiniot.

Panic arose among citizens due to the jolts, prompting them to quickly vacate their homes and offices and stand under the open skies to wait out the episode.

According to the Regional Seismic Monitoring Centre, Lahore the earthquake was recorded at 4.3 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was 30 kilometres to the South of Nankana Sahib at a depth of 10 kilometres.

In May this year, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked Afghanistan and various parts of Pakistan, sending people racing out of buildings in the two capitals and injuring at least 13 people and damaging dozens of homes in both countries.

Earlier in January, a minor girl was killed and at least 15 others injured as a 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted various parts of the country.