The New Indian Express – Punjab CM Amarinder Singh vows to go after Parkash Singh Badal and fix him

Reiterating that there was no question of going soft on the former CM, Amarinder Singh told the media here that it was not possible that Parkash Singh Badal was not aware of the police firing.

New Delhi – India, 04 September 2018. Blaming the Akali Dal veteran for ruining Punjab and holding him responsible for the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing incidents, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday vowed to “go hammer and tongs after Parkash Singh Badal and fix him”.

Reiterating that there was no question of going soft on the former Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh told the media here that “it was not possible that Badal was not aware of the police firing”.

“The SIT (special investigative team) probe report into the incident would go to the courts and the truth would come out,” Amarinder Singh said.

He said the decision to withdraw the investigation from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and hand it over to a Punjab Police SIT was taken by the state Assembly which felt the BJP-led government at the centre could influence the central agency as the BJP was an ally of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

“The Ranjit Singh Commission set up to probe the sacrilege cases and the firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura had suggested further investigation, which was why the SIT is being set up,” Amarinder Singh said.

Reacting to Badal’s assertion that he was ready to swear that he did not know about the firing, the Chief Minister dismissed it as a “gimmick to divert public attention from his role in the incident”.

“How many times has he falsely sworn at the Akal Takht,” asked Amarinder Singh.

“How is it possible that the CM did not know about the firing? Former DGP Sumedh Saini had clearly stated before the Ranjit Singh Commission that Badal had asked him to disperse the crowd forcibly,” Amarinder Singh said.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/sep/04/punjab-cm-amarinder-singh-vows-to-go-after-parkash-singh-badal-and-fix-him-1867518.html

Sikh24.com – Captain sidelines CBI on sacrilege row; SIT to probe Behbal Klan and Kotkapura firing Incidents

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 August 2018. On the request of Congress as well as the AAP legislators, the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on August 28 announced to take back the probe of sacrilege cases as well as the Behbal Klan and Kotkapura firing incidents from the CBI and appoint a Special Investigation Team of Punjab police for concluding the cases at the earliest.

Interestingly, the environment of the Punjab assembly seemed a Panthik congregation on August 28 in which the legislators didn’t refrain from exposing the anti-Panthik activities of Badals and the violation of human rights carried out by the notorious Police officer Sumedh Saini.

Speaking in the assembly, the Cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa shed light on the several extra-judicial murders committed by the former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini during his whole service period. He said although he was cautioned not to talk about the Ex-DGP Sumedh Saini but still he couldn’t hold himself back.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/08/29/captain-sidelines-cbi-on-sacrilege-row-sit-to-probe-behbal-klan-and-kotkapura-firing-incidents/#.W46w4bh9jIU

Gent – Gurdwara – Korte Meer & Vogelmarkt

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
22 July 2018


Ragi Jatha


Ragi Jatha

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Korte Meer & Vogelmarkt
22 July 2018


Korte Meer – Tram 1 to Korenmarkt


Korte Meer – Tram 1 to Korenmarkt


Vogelmarkt – Tram 2 to Zwijnaarde


Vogelmarkt – Stop for trams to Melle Leeuw

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

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Sikh Federation – UK Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations meet and unanimously back separate Sikh ethnic tick box in Census 2021

London – UK, 03 September 2018. The Sikh Council UK facilitated an open community wide Panthic meeting inviting all Gurdwaras, Sikh organisations and individual members of the Sikh community.

The urgent meeting called with just a couple of days notice was necessary following revelations in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission Report.

Over 50 Gurdwaras and organisations were represented and unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution condemning the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Those present from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations were also provided an update on the campaign for a Sikh ethnic tick box for the Census 2021 and a handful of individuals trying to undermine the community demand.

A resolution was passed affirming Sikhs are a distinct Quom (Nation) as well as a religion and supported the call for a Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021.

The resolution made reference to the historic Mandla v Dowell Lee case 35 years ago and the law of the land being incontrovertible that Sikhs constitute a distinct ethnic group.

The meeting resolved for a submission in support of a Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021 on behalf of Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations in attendance to be sent to the UK Statistics Authority, Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Cabinet Office and copied to the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs before a final decision is made for the census White Paper 2018.

Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“The UK Statistics Authority and ONS are well aware of the demand for a Sikh ethnic tick box from over 83,000 individuals in the last Census, 93.5% of respondents to the UK Sikh Survey and unanimous support from all 112 Gurdwaras that completed returns for MPs to submit to the ONS.”

“The resolution at the Panthic meeting simply reinforced what they already know. They have taken legal advice regarding Sikhs and Jews constituting ethnic groups. Their submission to the Cabinet Office for the Census White Paper 2018 cannot ignore the legal position, community demand and cross-party political support.”

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)
Sikh Federation <sikhfederationuk@yahoo.co.uk>

The Hindu – CJI Dipak Misra recommends Justice Ranjan Gogoi as successor

Justice Gogoi will be sworn in as the next CJI on October 3

Legal Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 04 September 2018. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday recommended the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next and 46th Chief Justice of India.

Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of 13 months till 17 November 2019. He is scheduled to assume the office of the Chief Justice of India on October 3.

Chief Justice Misra has stuck to the convention of recommending the senior most Supreme Court judge, Justice Gogoi, as his successor.

Justice Gogoi, who was elevated to the Supreme Court in April 2012 after a tenure as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, is 63 years old and a native of Assam.

He would be the first CJI from the north-east region of the country. He is the son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi, a former Assam chief minister under the Indian National Congress regime 1982.

Justice Gogoi was one of the four senior most Supreme Court judges who held the January 12 press conference blaming the selective assignment of sensitive cases of national importance to certain Benches by recent CJIs in the Supreme Court.

In a recent lecture, Justice Gogoi said the country needs independent journalists and “noisy judges”.

Justice Gogoi is heading the Bench monitoring the sensitive Assam NRC case.

It may be noted that last week, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote to the incumbent CJI Dipak Misra to recommend the name of his successor.

Justice Misra retires on October 2 and as per the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) governing the appointment of the CJI, the Law Minister asks the outgoing Chief Justice of India to recommend the next CJI.

Chief Justice Misra is retiring on October 2. Convention demands the recommendation letter from the incumbent be sent at least a month before his date of retirement. Convention also requires the senior most judge of the Supreme Court be appointed Chief Justice of India.

The recommendation letter of the incumbent is the first step in the process of appointment of the next Chief Justice of India.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cji-dipak-misra-recommends-justice-ranjan-gogoi-as-successor/article24861744.ece