Tolo News – Explosion targets Takhar election rally; Twelve killed

Takhar police said the incident took place in Rustaq district on Saturday afternoon.

Rostaq – Rustaq District – Takhar – Afghanistan, 13 October 2018. At least 12 people were killed in an explosion at an election campaign rally in Rustaq district in the northeastern Takhar province on Saturday afternoon, security officials confirmed.

A motorcycle bomb was detonated just before 2 pm local time targeting the campaign rally of Nazifa Beg, a candidate from Rustaq district of Takhar.

Takhar police said at least 12 people were killed and 32 others wounded in the explosion.

According to the provincial police, two security force members are also among those killed in the explosion.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack in a statement, saying that the enemies of Afghans cannot weaken the will of the nation for the success of the democratic process of elections.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Kabul John Bass condemned the attack and called on the Taliban to condemn it. He said if the group is serious about peace process it will do the same and punish those responsible.

This is the third attack against the election campaign process this month. The parliamentary elections are scheduled for next Saturday.

The latest attack comes after an attack at a campaign office in Helmand province on Tuesday which claimed the lives of eight people including the election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai.

On October 3, an explosion targeted an election rally in Nangarhar, killing 14 people.

At least eight candidates have been killed in insurgent attacks since the beginning of July, soon after the candidate registration process was finalized.

On September 25, Nasir Mubarez, a candidate for the Kochis, from Kandahar, was killed by unknown armed men in a shooting in Kandahar City’s PD2.

On September 2, Anwar Niazi, a Parwan candidate, was killed and two others wounded when a magnetic IED was detonated against the vehicle they were traveling in. The incident took place in Kabul city center, in Shirpoor, in PD10, at about 7pm local time.

In August, Jalal Salehi, a candidate from Kabul, was killed during a security forces operation in Kabul’s Shakar Dara district.

Another candidate, former member of Ghazni provincial council, Sayed Obaidullah Sadat, was killed in Ghazni on July 14 by unknown armed men.

On July 1, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu community leader, Ottar Singh Khalsa, who was running for parliamentary elections, was killed in a suicide attack in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province.

And on July 30, another Nangarhar candidate, Hayatullah Khan Rahmani, was killed when a suicide bomber targeted him in Rodat district in the province.

More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 parliamentary seats in the October 20 elections.

https://www.tolonews.com/index.php/afghanistan/explosion-targets-takhar-election-rally-12-killed

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Sikh24.com – 484th Birthday Celebrations: 200 hotel rooms to be provided free of cost to pilgrims

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 October 2018. Keeping in view the upcoming 484th birth anniversary of fourth Sikh master Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji, the SGPC underwent a meeting with the owners of hotels situated in the vicinity of Sri Harmandr Sahib on October 12.

SGPC secretary Dr. Roop Singh took up the issue of accommodation deficiency for the pilgrims coming to pay obeisance at sanctum sanctorum from distant areas.

Understanding the situation, the hotel owners promised to reserve 200 rooms for providing free of cost accommodation to devotees. The Hotel owners have also promised to offer rooms at discounted rates to the pilgrims.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, Dr Roop Singh informed that the SGPC is making robust arrangements for providing luxurious pilgrimage to devotees this year. He added that the school and college campuses will also be used to provide accommodation to devotees arriving in the holy city on this auspicious eve.

Dr. Roop Singh further informed that the SGPC will celebrate the birthday of Guru Ram Dass Ji with a focus on creating social awareness.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/10/13/484th-birthday-celebrations-200-hotel-rooms-to-be-provided-free-of-cost-to-pilgrims/#.W8IJ8vZoTIU

Gentbrugse Meersen – Henri Pirennelaan

Gentbrugse Meersen
03 September


Along the main path from the Braemkasteelstraat
Rain has come, the grass is green again


Take a rest in tranquil surroundings


Flowers abound in the Gentbrugse Meersen


On our way back to Braemstraat

Henri Pirennelaan
05 September 2018


Tram  2 from the Braemkasteel bus and tram depot
Near the former tram 22 stop


The tram passes underneath the rail and motorway viaducts

To see all my pictures:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12445197@N05/

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Art Daily – Lion of Punjab treasure leads Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale in London

London – UK, 13 October 2018. A gold-thread-embroidered, velvet-clad leather quiver and bow holder almost certainly made for Maharajah Ranjit Singh, Lion of the Punjab, is among a wealth of Sikh treasures to be offered at Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale in London on Tuesday, 23 October. It is estimated at £80,000-120,000.

Archery played an important role in Sikh military culture. Long after bows and arrows were superseded by more modern weaponry, they retained a ceremonial and symbolic significance, especially among the nobility who would appear in public wearing an embroidered quiver at their side.

It is believed that the Maharajah commissioned a quiver in 1838 to wear at the wedding of his eldest son and heir Kharak; and he appears to be wearing the one in the sale – or one extremely similar to it, in a painting of the same year by the French artist Alfred de Dreaux, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Ranjit Singh died in 1839, plunging the Punjab into years of instability which prompted the East India Company to invade and annex the state. At the conclusion of the First Anglo-Sikh war in 1846, the victorious Company acquired the Royal Treasury in Lahore, including the Koh-i-Noor and the Timur Ruby which were sent back to London as gifts for Queen Victoria.

At some point, the quiver passed into the hands of the First Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor General of India 1847-54. The Treasury also served as a workshop making luxury items for the Court and it seems certain that the quiver for sale was produced there.

Bonhams Head of Indian and Islamic Art, Oliver White, said, “This is a wonderful piece from the fabled Treasury of Lahore, and all the circumstantial evidence points to it being the one made in 1838 for Ranjit Singh, Lion of the Punjab, the state’s greatest and most famous leader.

The quiver was made purely for ceremonial purposes, and appears to have been rarely worn. As a result, it is in excellent condition.”

Other highlights of the sale include:

• An important Mughal emerald seal made for, and bearing the name of, Marian Hastings, estimated at £20,000-30,000. Marian Hastings was the second wife of Warren Hastings, the first Governor General of India (1773-1785).
They met and fell in love during a voyage from Dover to Madras in 1769, but Marian was already married and was unable to obtain a divorce until 1777. During this period, she divided her time between her husband and Hastings.
This unorthodox arrangement largely escaped censure and, before and after their marriage in both London and Calcutta they were welcomed in society, where Marian acquired a reputation for her bejewelled appearance.

• The Lockwood Kipling Album, estimated at £100,000-150,000. Compiled by artist, curator and school administrator Lockwood Kipling, father of the poet and novelist, Rudyard Kipling, this collection of 120 photographs provides a fascinating insight into India, particularly the Punjab, in the last quarter of the 19th century.

Kipling lived and worked in India from 1865 until his retirement in 1893, and the album was put together while he was serving as principal of the Mayo School of Art, now the National College of Arts in Lahore (1875-1893), and curator of the adjacent Lahore Museum.

• An important emerald and seed-pearl necklace from the Lahore Treasury, estimated at £80,000-120,000. It was owned and worn by Jindan Kaur, the final wife of Maharajah Ranjit Singh and the only one not to commit Sati or ritual suicide on his death.

As Regent to her five-year-old son Duleep, who was proclaimed Maharajah in 1843, Jindan organised armed resistance to the British invasion but was captured and imprisoned.

Escaping to Kathmandu, she was kept under house arrest by the King of Nepal, before eventually moving to England where she was reunited with her son and her jewellery, including the necklace in the sale.

A pair of Jindan Kaur’s earrings was sold at Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale in April 2018 for £175,000 (estimate £20,000-30,000).

• The Samsara Collection of Indian Paintings, being sold without reserve comprising 44 miniatures which cover two main schools, Pahari and Rajasthani, from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries, and also some Mughal works.

They depict a range of subjects from episodes in the key works of Hindu mythology – the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana, for example, – to depictions of court life characteristic of Rajasthani artists.

http://artdaily.com/news/108258/Lion-of-Punjab-treasure-leads-Bonhams-Islamic-and-Indian-Art-sale-in-London#.W8IIRfZoTIU

Dawn – TLP threatens to paralyse country if Aasia Bibi is acquitted

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 13 October 2018. The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has warned of paralysing the country within hours if the Supreme Court sets Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, free.

The TLP directed its local leaders across the country on Friday to start holding sit-ins within hours without waiting for a decision by the central leadership, if she is freed.

“Judges’ remarks have sown doubt among the party leaders and fears that she would be released soon,” Pir Afzal Qadri, patron-in-chief of the TLP, said while addressing a rally taken out to protest the possible acquittal of Aasia Bibi.

Reading out a four-point resolution approved by the party leadership, he said the possible acquittal would be deemed an attack on Islam, the Constitution and blasphemy law.

Responsibility for the subsequent law and order situation would rest with the judges, the government and all institutions supposed to protect the Constitution, he warned.

“The central leadership has already decided about a countrywide protest and local leaders should not wait for any message from the central leadership and start their sit-ins immediately,” Mr Qadri said, adding that these “nationwide sit-ins should continue till all those responsible for [Aasia Bibi’s] release are punished, even if the central leadership is incarcerated or killed”.

A number of TLP workers gathered on The Mall in Lahore and other major cities in the country, including Karachi, Multan and Gujranwala, to “pre-empt the acquittal”.

Police, unlike previous rallies, did not block Charing Cross till the last moment and even when the rally arrived at the venue, the road was blocked by the party workers who dragged barriers put up to block access to the Punjab Assembly building and encircled the crossing.

Addressing the rally later, firebrand TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi not only seconded the decisions announced by Mr Qadri but also took on the judiciary, inviting the judges to a debate on the blasphemy law and its violations on television.

He concluded his speech by asking the workers to be ready for nationwide sit-ins. “Stay ready and wait for Tuesday when another important announcement would be made,” he said.

In Karachi, the TLP held a big rally warning the government against showing any flexibility in cases pertaining to blasphemy. The participants of the rally demanded the execution of Aasia Bibi and action against those pursuing a campaign in her favour.

Hundreds of participants marched from Hasan Square to Numaish intersection where leaders of the party addressed the rally. Traffic on main University Road and then on M A Jinnah Road remained badly affected.

The TLP leaders asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to come up with a clear policy on blasphemy laws and satisfy the people who had voted him to rule under the Constitution.

The charged participants of the rally on motorbikes, buses, cars and pickups chanted slogans vowing to protect the blasphemy law.

A TLP statement said the rally was part of its countrywide movement against the “possible acquittal of blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi”.

“There is a growing campaign for the release of Aasia Bibi and the recent steps coupled with statements from the people of the ruling party suggest that the government is considering a kind of relief for Aasia Bibi,” said Allama Razi Hussaini while addressing the rally.

These people are wicked and stupid and lack humanity
Man in Blue

https://www.dawn.com/news/1438699/tlp-threatens-to-paralyse-country-if-aasia-bibi-is-acquitted