The Statesman – CBI Director Alok Verma appears before Central Vigilance Commission

New Delhi – India, 09 November 2018. CBI Director Alok Verma met Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary on Friday in connection with an inquiry into the corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy Rakesh Asthana, officials said.

Verma appeared before the panel headed by Chowdary and comprising Vigilance Commissioners Sharad Kumar and T M Bhasin among others, added the officials who did not divulge other details regarding the meeting.

Verma had met Chowdary and Kumar on Thursday also in connection with the inquiry. He reportedly presented his side over the allegations of bribery raised against him on Thursday.

The officials had on Thursday said the Commission had recently examined some of the CBI officials who were part of the team probing crucial cases that figured in Asthana’s complaint against Verma.

On Tuesday, Verma refuted all allegations of corruption against him and said his actions were in the interest of the probe against Asthana.

In his reply to the CVC, Verma has responded to all the eight allegations levelled against him by Asthana.

On August 24, Asthana in his complaint to the Cabinet Secretary had alleged that Satish Babu Sana, an accused in the Moin Qureshi case had paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to Verma.

On October 24, in a dramatic midnight action, Verma was divested of his powers.

On October 26, the Supreme Court directed the CVC to complete its inquiry into the allegations against Verma, who has challenged the government’s decision divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, and appointed one agency’s former judges, Justice A.K. Patnaik to supervise the probe, to be concluded in two weeks’ time.

The war in the country’s premier investigating agency came to the fore after lodging of a FIR against Asthana and others on the statement of Hyderabad-based businessman Sana.

The CBI had on October 15 registered a case against Asthana for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Sana which was given through two middlemen Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad to sabotage the probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/cbi-director-alok-verma-appears-cvc-1502706232.html

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Sikh24.com – Giani Harpreet Singh faces sharp protest by Sikh masses on Bandi Chhor Diwas

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Chandigarh – Punjab – India, 08 November 2018. The newly appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh come across a major embarrassment on the pious eve of Bandi Chhor Diwas as soon as he started reading a pre-drafted message.

The Sikh masses strongly reacted to Giani Harpreet Singh by showing black cloths to him and shouting slogans against him as soon as he positioned before the mike to deliver a customary speech.

The wording of the slogans shouted by the Sikh devotees made it clear that there is a widespread anger among the Sikh community about the appointment of marionettes of political bosses on the temporal Sikh post.

It is noteworthy here that the SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh was given the additional charge of Sri Akal Takht Sahib by the SGPC on October 22 after relieving Giani Gurbachan Singh.

Giani Harpreet Singh was officially given the charge to head the supreme Sikh institution in a religious ceremony on October 30.

The Shiromani Akali Dal leadership had brought forward Giani Harpreet Singh to calm down the outrage among Sikh masses against the party due to the exoneration of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in 2015 by the former Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh but it seems like all their efforts are going in vain.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/11/08/giani-harpreet-singh-faces-sharp-protest-by-sikh-masses-on-bandi-chhor-diwas/#.W-Uuf-JRfIU

Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein – Gent-Sint-Pieters – Veergrep – Boedistisch Centrum – Tram bridge and Tolpoort

Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein
18 October 2018


Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw

Gent-Sint-Pieters
19 October 2018


Waiting for the Welkenraedt train to take me to Leuven

Veergrep
Filmpjes voor Ad Rem
20 October 2018


Stijn the filmer and Parmeet Singh the ‘victim’

Boedistisch Centrum
Zebrastraat
21 October 2018


According to what I heard, it is not in use anymore

Tram bridge and Tolpoort
22 October 2018


The bridge was meant to connect the network
with a new tram depot that never happened.

Now it is only used by cyclists and pedestrians.


Tolpoort – Neuseplein
Temporary terminus for the UZ – Tolpoort section of Tram 4
More pictures on this subject tomorrow

To see all my pictures:

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

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

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CBC News – Meet Private Buckam Singh, one of the first Sikh soldiers to serve Canada

Private Buckam Singh served in combat on the fields of Flanders in 1916

Carmen Ponciano/CBC

Canadian historian Sandeep Singh Brar rediscovered Private Singh’s story when he found his war medals in a British pawn shop and then went on to locate his grave in a Kitchener, Ontario cemetery.

Not every person worth remembering made it into the history books. Each month, the Secret Life of Canada shouts out a Canadian or Indigenous person that has had a lasting impact worth celebrating. These historical figures may not be on money or monuments but their legacies live on.

Private Buckam Singh’s military contributions to Canada weren’t widely known until almost 100 years after his service, but he has since been recognized as the first Sikh man to enlist with the Canadian army during the First World War.

Private Singh volunteered to fight for Canada despite the government’s restrictive immigration policies against South Asian people.

Here are five things we learned about the soldier, whose service and sacrifice we celebrate this coming Remembrance Day.

1) He was unable to immigrate with his family

Singh was born in India and moved to Canada when he was 14 years old. When he arrived in 1907, it was a tumultuous time in the country for South Asian people.

At this time over 98 % of South Asian immigrants to Canada were Sikhs. They became a target of hate groups like the Asiatic Exclusion League.

The Canadian government resisted South Asian immigration, but due to a labour shortage, British Columbia accepted Sikh labourers. Unfortunately the immigration restrictions meant Sikh men like Singh were not allowed to immigrate with their families, a deterrent to discourage their migration.

2) Sikh Canadians were some of the earliest South Asian immigrants

In 1908, the Canadian government passed a law that stipulated all immigrants had to come to Canada by “continuous journey and through tickets from the country of their birth or nationality or citizenship.”

This meant coming to Canada would be almost impossible for most Sikhs, as there were no direct ships that sailed between India and Canada.

Sikh immigration fell from 2,623 people in 1907 to just six the following year, and the impact on the community’s immigration numbers would be felt for the next 40 years.

3) He was wounded twice

Despite the forced separation from his family due to restrictive immigration policies, Singh enlisted to fight in the First World War in 1915. He would become a member of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. He as one of just nine Canadian Sikhs to fight in the war.

Singh was shipped out very quickly. He served with the 20th Canadian Infantry Battalion in the battlefields of Flanders in 1916, and was wounded twice in separate battles.

4) He was treated in the hospital run Doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Injured from a gunshot wound, Singh was treated at a hospital run by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, the physician who would go on to write one of the most famous wartime poems: In Flanders Fields.

By 1917, as he was waiting to be sent back to the frontline, Singh developed tuberculosis. He was admitted to the a Canadian-run military hospital and underwent surgery to remove fluid from his lung.

5) He was laid to rest with full honours, but never saw his family again

Singh was sent back to Canada to recover after his surgery. After arriving in Halifax, he made the long train journey to try to recover in Ontario. Sadly, he succumbed to his tuberculosis on August 27, 1919, in Kitchener, Ontario.

He had no family or community around him.

Singh was buried by the Canadian military with full honours and laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener. His grave is one of the only resting places of a Sikh Canadian soldier from the First World War.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/secretlifeofcanada/meet-private-buckam-singh-one-of-the-first-sikh-soldiers-to-serve-canada-1.4894613

Dawn – No innocent person be harmed over blasphemy issue, says Alvi

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Multan – Panjab – Pakistan, 09 Novrmber 2018. President Arif Alvi has said all the Muslims were ready to scarify their lives for the honor of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), however no innocent person should be harmed over the blasphemy issue.

Addressing the participants of a one-day Sufi conference organised by the Bahauddin Zakariya University’s Islamic Studies Department here on Thursday, the president said Islam propagates protection of rights and the message should be highlighted.

“People should get their rights, and the facilities of justice, education, health, employment and housing should be provided to all the people in Naya Pakistan,” he said.

Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there was a need to follow the teachings of saints to improve the country’s image.

He said the PTI government wanted the seminaries’ students to have skill-oriented education to enable them to play a role in the country’s development.

He said the Ulema’s recommendations should be sought to fight extremism.

“The academia from various universities should also be contacted for the same purpose,” he suggested.

Later, talking to the media, the foreign minister said his recent visit to China was fruitful and meetings with the top Chinese leadership were encouraging.

He said the next phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was discussed at length with the Chinese leadership. He said a review petition had been filed against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi by Supreme Court.

“According to my information, Aasia Bibi has not been sent abroad. However, the ministry concerned could provide accurate information in this regard,” he said.

He said without considering any internal or external pressure, the legal aspects of Aasia’s case should be focused.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1444437/no-innocent-person-be-harmed-over-blasphemy-issue-says-alvi