The Hindustan Times – Navjot Singh Sidhu, wife summoned by commission probing Amritsar train tragedy

Navjot Kaur, a former legislator and ex chief parliamentary secretary, was the chief guest at the Dussehra festival near Joda Phatak when the DMU train crushed those standing on the railway tracks.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 31 October 2018. Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur have been summoned by a one-man commission conducting an inquiry into the Amritsar train tragedy in which 60 people were killed on October 19.

Senior IAS officer B. Purushartha, who is conducting the inquiry in Amritsar, has asked the Sidhu couple to appear before the commission on November 2 (Friday).

Navjot Kaur, a former legislator and ex chief parliamentary secretary, was the chief guest at the Dussehra festival near Joda Phatak when the DMU (diesel multiple unit) train crushed those standing on the railway tracks.

Sixty people lost their lives and an equal number were injured in the train tragedy.

Opposition leaders and locals alleged that Navjot Kaur fled the scene after the train mowed down the people.

There are allegations that the event was organised without mandatory permissions, which had to be given by the municipal corporation which falls under the local government department headed by Sidhu.

The main organizer of the event, Saurabh Madan Mithoo, is a close political aide of the Sidhu couple.

Mithoo, his family members and other organizers were questioned by the inquiry commission in Amritsar, over 250 km from here, on Tuesday for over four hours.

The commission has been asked to submit its report within four weeks. – East Coast Sikhs join candlelight vigil in support of the Jewish Community

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New York – State of New York – USA, 31 October 2018. Sikhs joined the Queens’ community in New York to honor the victims of the shootings that took place on October 27 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, PA.

The candlelight event was dubbed “Queens Against Hate: Candlelight Vigil” and was attended by members of various faiths to honor the victims and express solidarity with the Jewish community.

“Members of the Sikh community are here today to express their solidarity with the Jewish community. What happened in Pittsburg was awful and we want to let the Jewish community know that we are all here to support them in any way possible,” said Gurpreet Singh from New Jersey who traveled here to attend the vigil.

“In times of such darkness, may our unity light the way,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in a statement as she called upon all faiths and backgrounds to stand together in solidarity.

Representing the Sikh community, members of the World Sikh Parliament, Sikh Cultural Society Richmondhill NY, Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and The Sikh Center of New York attended the candlelight vigil.

“Six years ago a similar hate crime occurred at a Sikh place of Worship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sikhs condemn such hate crimes and will always stand with the victims,” said Himmat Singh of SCCEC.

Expressing solidarity with the Jewish community, United Sikhs, a humanitarian organization, shared the following statement:

“We strongly feel that we, as a society and a nation, have the responsibility to make sure that no community in this country should feel unsafe. No child should have to go through the trauma of seeing their own community members mowed down in hate.

This is extremely hurtful for all of us. All churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and gurdwaras should be a safe place for all faith communities. The political rhetoric in this country lately is not helpful and the leadership of this country ought to send signals which give solace to all communities.”

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LeicestershireLive – Road closures as 10,000 Sikhs take part in parade this weekend

Streets around the city centre and the Spinney Hills area will be closed during the event

Tom Mack, Senior Reporter

Leicester – East Midlands – England, 31 October 2018. Roads across Leicester will be closed on Sunday as about 10,000 Sikhs take part in the annual Nagar Kirtan procession.

There will be rolling road closures as the sea of people makes its way from East Park Road, Spinney Hills, to the Sikh temple in Holy Bones, near St Nicholas Circle.

The procession is due to set of some time between 11am and midday, arriving at the Holy Bones temple at about 3pm.

The route will include St Peter’s Road, Sparkenhoe Street, East Park Road, Swain Street, St George’s Way, Charles Street, Northampton Street, Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates, High Street, St Nicholas Circle and Holy Bones.

Information signs will be going up on main routes into the city ahead of the procession to warn drivers, while Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control team will be providing regular traffic and travel updates to help people coming into Leicester.

Nagar Kirtan celebrates the birth of Sikhism’s first Guru and founder, Nanak Dev Ji.

The event has been celebrated in Leicester for more than 20 years, and involves people in the procession walking from temple to temple, singing hymns and filling up on food.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Piara Singh Clair, said: “Nagar Kirtan is a major event and one of the most significant in the Sikh calendar, which is why it is always so well attended.

“In order to ensure the safety of spectators and people taking part in the procession, there will be a series of rolling road closures as it passes through the city.

“We want to be sure that people planning to visit the city centre on that day are aware of this event and can plan accordingly.”

Dawn – ‘Do not clash with the state’: PM Khan issues stern warning to agitators after Asia Bibi verdict

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday issued a stark warning to religio-political groups that have been agitating against the Supreme Court verdict to acquit Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of committing blasphemy.

Islamabad Capital Region – Pakistan, 31 October 2018. The premier addressed the matter in a short video message that solely focused on the Asia Bibi verdict and its aftermath. The message was broadcast on state-run PTV.

He said he had been “compelled” to communicate with the nation due to the reaction given and language used by a “small segment” in response to the SC verdict.

He sharply criticised the protests that broke out, and are still underway, across the country in response to the judgement, saying people’s livelihood was being harmed through the roadblocks and demonstrations.

“The kind of language used today… and the narrative that there should be opposition against the judiciary… It is my belief that the principles on which Pakistan was founded, if they are not adhered to Pakistan has no future.”

“Our faith is incomplete if we don’t love our Prophet [PBUH],” he said.

“Which government can function when people say that kill the judges, do away with the army?

“We are already facing such tough economic hurdles. We have yet to take a day off… we are struggling continuously to uplift the people [and] to improve the conditions of the underprivileged.”

Referring to the protesters who have disrupted routine life across the country, he said: “If the Supreme Court does not issue a verdict according to their wishes, will they come out on the roads?

“The people are to bear the brunt of this. The labourers who are reliant on daily wages… how will they survive?”

He urged the nation not to allow themselves to be “provoked” by the agitators.

“This is not a service being done for Islam. This is enmity taking place against the country,” Khan observed.

In a stern warning to the extremist elements, the prime minister said: “I appeal to these elements… do not clash with the state.

“I appeal to you, don’t harm this country in order to [increase your] vote bank.

“If you continue doing this… let me make it clear to you… the state will fulfil its duty [and] protect people’s properties and lives.

“We will not allow any vandalism [or] blockage of traffic.

“I appeal to you… do not take the state to a point where it has no option but to take action,” he concluded.

Prime Minister Khan’s address comes as supporters of various religio-political groups burnt tires and blocked roads across various parts of the country in reaction to the SC verdict.

For hours the acquittal was met with near silence on the country’s airwaves as broadcasters appeared to steer clear of covering the controversial topic.

One of the most vocal groups, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), called for “mutiny” against the army’s top brass and the assassination of the top court’s justices.

Severe traffic jams ensued, causing great diffculty to commuters who reported being stuck on the roads for multiple hours.

The Punjab home department as well as the Sindh and Balochistan governments imposed Section 144 across the respective provinces citing “threats to the law and order situation, sectarian harmony and public peace”. Paramilitary troops were deployed in Islamabad to prevent protesters from reaching the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl has announced that it will hold countrywide protests on Friday in opposition to the SC ruling.

Twitter lauds PM’s ‘bold’ speech

The reaction to Prime Minister Khan’s address was overwhelmingly positive, with social media users describing it as “bold”, “no-nonsense” and a “clear message”.