The Telegraph – World asks India, Pakistan to show restraint

In India’s and Pakistan’s immediate neighbourhood, too, there were similar calls

Anita Joshua

New Delhi – India, 28 February 2019. After the diplomatic offensive and outreach by both India and Pakistan since the Pulwama terror attack, it was the turn of countries across the world on Wednesday to reach out to the two nuclear-powered neighbours with just one message: Exercise restraint.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, who was in session with his Indian and Russian counterparts at the RIC trilateral in Wuzhen when word came of Pakistan’s retaliation to India’s “pre-emptive” strike on Tuesday, said Beijing was worried about the growing tensions and urged both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid further escalation.

“As a common friend of India and Pakistan, we hope that the two sides can find out the truth through dialogue, control the situation, solve problems and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” he said, offering to play a constructive role.

Russia, according to the media secretary of President Vladimir Putin, is closely monitoring the situation and is concerned about the “aggravation of relations” between India and Pakistan and calls on both sides to show restraint.

In a related statement, the Russian foreign ministry also called on both sides to step up efforts to resolve problems through political and diplomatic means, offering Moscow’s help in strengthening the counter-terrorism potential of both New Delhi and Islamabad.

British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the issue in Parliament; expressing deep concern and calling for restraint by both sides to avoid further escalation.

“We are in regular contact with both countries, urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability. We are working closely with international partners, including through the UNSC, to de-escalate tensions and are monitoring developments closely,” she said.

Expressing anxiety at the “deteriorating situation”, France urged India and Pakistan to de-escalate and said its embassies in both countries were being mobilised to help French citizens.

The US, which was busy with President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, was the only P-5 country to not react officially to Wednesday’s developments.

But secretary of state Mike Pompeo had spoken to the foreign ministers of both countries after India’s pre-emptive strikes and advised restraint while asking Pakistan to take urgent action against terrorists operating from its soil.

From India’s and Pakistan’s immediate neighbourhood too, there were similar calls, with Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Iran worried about how further escalation could affect the region.

“As the current Chair of Saarc, Nepal, while underlining the importance of peace and stability in South Asia, calls on both sides to exercise utmost restraint and not engage in actions that would threaten peace and security in the region.

It also urges them to seek solution through dialogue and peaceful means in order to ease tension and normalise the situation,” Nepal’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Iranian news agency IRNA quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi as expressing deep regret over spike in tensions and the military showdown between India and Pakistan.

He said the two countries should keep in mind the complicated conditions in the region, marked by increasing insecurity and instability and foreign intervention.

Condemning terrorism in all its manifestations, the Maldives urged both countries to exercise utmost restraint and preserve peace and stability in the region. “It is important to seek a speedy resolution to the current crisis through diplomacy and dialogue,” the Maldivian foreign ministry said in a statement.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/world-asks-india-pak-to-show-restraint/cid/1685910?ref=india_india-page

Sikh24.com – Supreme Court’s judge recuses from hearing Sajjan Kumar’s appeal against his conviction

Sikh24 Editors

New Delhi – India, 25 February 2019. The Supreme Court of India couldn’t take up the petition of Sajjan Kumar for hearing today as the Judge Sanjiv Khanna, who was appointed to take up the petition, recused himself from the hearing. Notably, Sajjan Kumar had moved this petition against the life sentence addressed to him by the Delhi High Court.

On being approached by the media, the Chief Justice of India Mr Ranjan Gogoi said that they have deliberated on the matter but can’t reveal what transpired between them. “Now, I will constitute another bench to take up the Sajjan Kumar’s appeal,” he informed.

73 years old Sajjan Kumar had challenged the Delhi High Court’s verdict of convicting him till death on December 23 last year. The prosecution lawyer Advocate H S Phoolka was informed about the Sajjan Kumar’s petition by the Supreme Court via registered post.

It may be recalled here that Sajjan Kumar was imprisoned for life by the Delhi High Court on December 17 in a case pertaining to brutal killing of five members of a Sikh family in the Raj Nagar of Delhi’s cantonment area on November 1, 1984.

He had surrendered before a Delhi trial court on December 31 last year to serve life sentence awarded to him by the Delhi High Court.

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/02/25/supreme-courts-judge-recuses-from-hearing-sajjan-kumars-appeal-against-his-conviction/#.XHf8JLh7nIU

Zwijnaarde De Lijn Tram 2 – Gentbrugge-Moscou-Kortrijksepoortstraat

Zwijnaarde Bibliotheek
16 February 2019


Poster that is part of a campaign by UGent
According to the Sikh Guru God is in all and everything


Zwijnaarde – Terminus of Tram 2


Tram 2 – Zwijnaarde terminus
Zwijnaarde – Melle Leeuw

Via Moscou to the Kortrijksepoortstraat
17 February 2019
On Sunday morning I often go on foot to the Gurdwara
It takes a minimum of 45 minutes


The Moscou terminus of tram 4
Trams have been replaced by buses between here and Ledebergplein


Probably an Oostende – Antwerp train
There used to be a rail station here


Information about the bus that replaces tram 4

To see all my pictures:

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More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Indian Express – Panjab: Flight operations in Amritsar hit, farmers not allowed in fields across border fence

Flights operations were declared as ‘resumed’ in the afternoon, but on the ground the last flight that take off from Amritsar was of an Air India flight for Delhi at 11 am, and after that no flight landed or took off from Amritsar through the day.

Kamaldeep Singh Brar

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 28 February 2019. Commercial operations at Sri Guru Ramdas Amritsar airport were suspended Wednesday morning causing inconvenience to a lot of passengers who came to know about cancellation of their flights after reaching the airport.

Total 26 flights were affected at Amritsar airport due to suspension of flights. Flights operations were declared as ‘resumed’ in the afternoon, but on the ground the last flight that take off from Amritsar was of an Air India flight for Delhi at 11 am, and after that no flight landed or took off from Amritsar through the day.

“Most international flights come to Amritsar after crossing Pakistan airspace and that airspace is closed for now. So flights have to re-route and it is delaying operations at airport,” said an official.

A flight from Tashkent to Amritsar, scheduled to reach Amritsar airport at 10:30 pm Wednesday, was to be first ground operation after the resumption of flights.

The BSF and Army, police and other security forces remained on high alert in the border belt comprising Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran.

The Delhi-Lahore Bus between India and Pakistan stuck to its schedule, even as trade was affected on the Integrated Check Post Attari due to the recent sanctions imposed by Centre. Officially, however, trade was not closed on Wednesday.

At the Wagha border, the retreat ceremony was also held in routine manner by BSF and Pakistan Rangers.
“There was no affect on retreat ceremony. Visitors were allowed like other days,” said a BSF official.

Meanwhile, farmers were not allowed to visit their field across the fencing on second day in row. An announcement was also made in some Tarn Taran villages for the farmers against approaching entry gates to seek permission to visit their fields.

An DIG-level BSF officer said, “We have eyeball to eyeball contact with the Pakistan army, which is standing on the other side. We have not been taking any risk at this moment and we have not allowed farmers to visit their fields yet.

We had a meeting with civil administration yesterday and they are ready with a plan in case we are required to evacuate villagers living on the border. So far we do not need evacuation so there is no need to spread the panic.”

Punjab Police also increased security on the border with Jammu in Pathankot.

“There is no panic among the people so far. People are curious, but they are not afraid,” a security official said.

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/city-others/punjab-flight-ops-in-amritsar-hit-farmers-not-allowed-in-fields-across-border-fence-5603955/

The Hindu – Thousands of Belgian students protest for more climate action

Brussel Hoofdstedelijk Gewest – België, 28 February 2019. Greta Thunberg has become her generation’s voice on climate change after inspiring students around the world to go on strike to express their anger and angst over global warming.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has led thousands of Belgian students in a climate change march, the second she’s led in as many weeks to draw more attention to the topic.

It was the eighth week in a row that school kids have skipped school to protest. Numbers have come down from the tens of thousands recorded earlier there was one march of about 3,000 in Antwerp on Thursday, and several thousand in Brussels and provincial centers.

Thunberg has become her generation’s voice on climate change after inspiring students around the world to go on strike to express their anger and angst over global warming.

Student leaders are planning another march next week.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/thousands-of-belgian-students-protest-for-more-climate-action/article26398118.ece?homepage=true