The Asian Age – Indian-origin leader makes history in Canada Parliament

Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh launched his first question in the Canada Parliament about housing in Burnaby-South.

New Delhi – India/Ottawa – Canada, 20 March 2019. Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh created history in Canada when he made his debut in the House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country.

The arrival of the leader, wearing a turban, into the house on Monday, cheered by all members, coincided with the induction of a senior woman member into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

Singh, 40, the leader of the New Democratic Party, placed his hand over his heart as he walked into the House of Commons, the lower of house of Parliament, before the daily question period.

He was elected in federal by-elections held on February 25.

Singh, as an elected lawmaker, talked about last week’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

“I want to begin by expressing our solidarity with the people of New Zealand who are mourning the attack on Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch,” he said.

About 50 people were killed last week in the Pacific country’s worst-ever mass shooting.

He then launched his first question about housing in Burnaby-South.

“I met a mom in Burnaby. She bought a home, but cannot afford to live there anymore. Her daughter has a good job, but only gets by because she lives in the basement. Her son does not see a future. Like too many Canadians, he has lost all hope,” Singh said.

“However, the prime minister is telling families like theirs to wait for help. I believe that better is possible. Will the government commit to building half a million new affordable homes?” he asked.

Prime Minister Trudeau responded by congratulating Singh for his entry into the Commons, before touting the government’s record on fighting poverty.

Singh’s remarks echoed the mood of the House on a crucial day when the prime minister was beleaguered by the resignations of his two key cabinet colleagues.

http://www.asianage.com/newsmakers/200319/watch-indian-origin-leader-makes-history-in-canada-parliament.html

Sikh24.com – New Zealand Mosques Attack: Polarization of World Community Dangerous, says Dal Khalsa

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 16 March 2019. Saddened at the killings of 49 innocent people in the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand on March 15, the Dal Khalsa has condemned the terror act in the strongest words.

In a letter addressed to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and sent through its High Commission, the party Spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh shared grief and condolences with the people of New Zealand in general and victims’ families in particular.

He said the target was the particular place of worship with the clear agenda of nurturing hate against that particular religion. “The barbaric act was carried out by the terrorist with right-wing leanings having Australian citizenship,” he added.

He said post 9/11 the anti-Muslim narrative was unleashed and the world community is now getting polarised day by day. He hoped that New Zealand government will act with iron fist against the perpetrators of the crime against humanity to set an example for others.

“The real test for the world powers is to address and change this mind-set that is making the world a dangerous place to live,” said Kanwar Pal Singh.

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/03/16/nz-mosques-attack-polarization-of-world-community-dangerous-says-dal-khalsa/#.XJKNIbh7nIU

Leuven NMBS – Gent Zuid

Leuven NMBS
05 March 2019


Mostly I leave from Leuven at 16.20
I’ll be back with Evi in time to go to the ‘Frietstop’


The train to the Brussel European quarter


EMU

Gent Zuid
06 March 2019


Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw


Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw and Tram 4 to Gentbrugge Stelplaats


Tram 2 to Zwijnaarde

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The Khaama Pres News Agency – Final parliamentary election results for 5 provinces and Hindus/Sikhs community

Kabul – Kabul Province – Afghanistan, 20 March 2019. The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan on Tuesday announced the final parliamentary election results for Ghor, Balkh, Herat, Badghis, Paktika, and Hindus/Sikhs community.

Hawa Alam Nuristani, the Independent Election Commission Chief, told reporters Narendra Singh Khalsa has made it to the final list of the elected Parliament Member from Hindus/Sikhs community during last year’s parliamentary election.

Nuristani further added that Mohammad Ibrahim Malik Zada, Ata Mohammad Dehqanpur, Keramuddin Reza Zada, Gul Zaman Nayib, Fatima Kohistani, and Roqia Nayil are the elected MPs from Ghor province as per the final results.

Similarly, Ghulam Abbas Ibrahim Zada, Ahmad Shah Ramazan, Alam Khan Azadi, Abdul Hamid Sharifi, Syed Zahir Masroof, Mohammad Ali Mohaqiq, Gul Rahman Hamdard, Raees Abdul Khaliq, Saifura Niazi, Fawzia Hamidi, and Breshna Rabi have been elected from Balkh province.

Mohamamd Mirza Katawazi, Nadir Khan Katawazi, Khalid Asad, and Suraya Akbari have been elected from Paktika province.

Habib Ur Rehman Pedram, Mohammad Reza Khoshak Watandost, Omar Nasir Mojadedi, Haji Mohammad Sadiq Qaderi, Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, Ustad Hamidullah Haneef, Munawar Shah Bahaduri, Haji Shahpoor Popal, Syed Azim Kabirzani, Alhaj Ghulam Farooq Nazari, Syed Tahir Sadiq, Rahima Jami, Masooda Karokhi, Nahid Ahmad Farid, Semin Barekzai, and Shahnawaz Ghousi have been elected from Herat.

Four people MPs including Ziauddin Akazai, Abdul Basir Osmani, Amir Shah Nayibzada, and ustad Farida Bekzad have been elected from Badghis province.

https://www.khaama.com/final-parliamentary-election-results-for-5-provinces-and-hindus-sikhs-community-03529/

The Hindu – Pedestrians crossing Ring Road face another hurdle

As Maharani Bagh foot overbridge closes down due to dilapidated condition

Staff Reporter

New Delhi – India, 20 March 2019. The closing down of the Maharani Bagh foot overbridge (FOB) due to its dilapidated condition has created a dangerous situation for pedestrians seeking to cross the busy Ring Road.

The FOB which connects Maharani Bagh, Kalindi Colony to Sunlight Colony, Sidharth Basti on the other side, was closed soon after the Mumbai pedestrian bridge tragedy that claimed six people and injured over 33 others.

Unsafe zebra crossing

As an alternative arrangement for pedestrians, the authorities have created a zebra crossing below the bridge. But there is no traffic light to stop vehicles on either side of the Ring Road.

As a result, this has turned into an accident-prone zone for people seeking to cross the road.

Sanjay Kumar, a Buddhist Studies student at Delhi University, said the closing of the FOB has made crossing the road unsafe.

“I have been seeing the FOB in a dilapidated condition for the past two to three years. The authorities should have thought about the people before closing it though,” Mr. Kumar said.

A group of students from a local school who were trying to cross the road said the government should make a new FOB. “The new FOB should have facility for disabled,” said a young student from the group.

A Public Works Department (PWD) official told The Hindu that they have sent a request to the Election Commission to give permission to carry out the dismantling of the FOB.

Traffic light [

On being asked why the zebra crossing created for pedestrians does not have a traffic light till now, the official said installation of traffic light does not come under them.

Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Taj Hassan said, “Till the time we get any information regarding the demolition of foot overbridge at Maharani Bagh, we have deployed traffic policemen at the spot to help pedestrian movement”.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/pedestrians-crossing-ring-road-face-another-hurdle/article26585169.ece