The Hindustan Times – Tax raids on properties of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath’s close aides

In a 3 am raid, the officials searched the house of Praveen Kakkar, OSD to Kamal Nath. The house is located at Indore’s posh locality Vijay Nagar.

New Delhi – India, 07 April 2019. The Income Tax department on Sunday conducted raids on residences and offices of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew and two close aides.

Those raided were CM’s nephew Ratul Puri, officer on special duty (OSD) to Nath, Praveen Kakkar and a close associate R K Miglani.

The raids in Madhya Pradesh that began at about 3 am on Sunday are said to be a part of IT department’s nationwide raids on 50 locations, sources said.

Ratul Puri, who is chairman of board of directors of Hindustan Power Projects Pvt Ltd is under scanner for an alleged money laundering case related to Augusta Westland VVIP chopper scam.

The raids were conducted at four properties of Kakkar in Indore and two places in Bhopal of Kakkar and Miglani.

“I am in Chhindwara right now. I don’t know about the raids,” Miglani said while Kakkar couldn’t be reached for comments. Chief minister Kamal Nath too couldn’t be reached for his comments.

As per a report by news agency ANI, Ratul Puri had denied his involvement in the money laundering case and has in a written statement said, “I have no connection in the AgustaWestland case or defense. I run an independent business. I have no business dealings with any relative of mine.”

The properties raided in Indore include Kakkar’s bungalow at Scheme no. 74 at Vijay Nagar, his office at BCM Heights, Jalsa Marriage Garden and another flat.

The Bhopal properties raided include Kakkar’s Nadir Colony bungalow, Miglani’s residence, an NGO director’s residence and a relative of Kakkar.

The IT team that conducted the raids came from Delhi, sources said.

Though the recovery during the raids is yet to be known, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted, “Black money worth crores has been recovered from the office of KamalNath’s personal secretary.”

Miglani, who has been associated with Kamal Nath for many years, was appointed an advisor to Kamal Nath when he took over as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in 2018.

Kakkar has been associated with former union minister and sitting MP of Congress from Ratlam Lok Sabha seat Kantilal Bhurai and was also his OSD.

Miglani resigned from the post of advisor on February 23 this year to help Kamal Nath in the ensuing by-poll to the Chhindwara assembly seat from where Nath is to contest to continue in his chair of CM.

The Tribune – Interpol no to ‘Red Corner Notice’ against Pannun

Tribune News Service

Moga – Panjab – India, 05 April 2019. The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has turned down the Indian government’s request to issue international arrest warrants against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal adviser to the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), who is spearheading Referendum-2020, a secessionist campaign for Khalistan.

The Indian government, on the request of the Punjab government has already banned the organisation. At least 15 persons owing allegiance to the SFJ had already been arrested by Punjab Police during the past one year.

The Indian government has been making efforts for the extradition of Pannun to Punjab and putting him on trial for disturbing peace and persuading the innocent Sikh youths to carry out secessionist activities in the country, particularly, in Punjab.

Meanwhile, reiterating that the Referendum-2020 was a peaceful democratic campaign for the right to self-determination through “ballot not bullet”, Pannun in a statement stated, “Our legal team proved to Interpol that the Referendum-2020 is a peaceful campaign and is being managed under the UN Charter.”

In December 2018, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a request with the Interpol for issuance of “Red Corner Notice” against Pannun, who had been declared a proclaimed offender (PO) in a sedition case registered at Mohali by the Captain Amarinder government.

The CBI has also sent a dossier on Pannun’s involvement in anti-India activities and alleged ties with the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency indirectly involved in terrorist activities in the country.

Gent – Ghent – Gand

28 March 2019


Kouter – Beautiful building

Kouter – bandstand

Kouter – Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw

Zonnestraat – Korte Meer – Tram 1 to Wondelgem

Korenmarkt – Many tracks
Bus 3 to Mariakerke Post – Tram 4 to Muide

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My London News – A massive colourful Sikh festival is to take place in Southall this Sunday

The event takes place every year and has seen as many as 100,000 attendees

Southall – Greater London – UK, 06 April 2019. You can experience a vast array of cultural events in London, from Chinese New Year to Notting Hill Carnival, but one you may not have heard of is the Nagar Kirtan Sikh street procession – part of Vaisakhi, a festival to celebrate the birth of the Khalsa.

The colourful parade includes weaponry martial-arts displays, free food, hymn singing and drum playing, all led by a five-man sword carrying team and the Sikh scriptural Guru on a giant float.

Tens of thousands of Sikhs are expected to be part of the celebrations in Southall this Sunday, and around 20 more processions are to take place across Britain.

The event is set to start at 10am in Park Avenue, continuing through The Green, King Street, Norwood Road and Norwood Green Road before finishing at Norwood Hall.

What is it all about? [bold]

Sikhs believe that on 14 April 1699 Guru Gobind Singh called all Sikhs to the Indian city of Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.

At the gathering he asked all those in attendance to uphold their faith and preserve the religion.

The Guru is then said to have lifted his sword and asked the crowd who was prepared to die for their faith.

One by one five men stepped forward, and they were all taken into a tent separately. After a short while Guru Gobind Singh reappeared with a bloodied sword, and the five of the men reappeared behind him, they were all dressed in blue garments.

Guru Gobind Singh called the five men the ‘Panj Pyare’, which means the Five Beloved Ones.

After they reappeared from the tent, the Panj Pyare were baptized. It’s thought that once the Guru had finished the rituals, he lent down and asked them to baptize him.

To this day the five men are known as the first members of the Khalsa.

The Hindu – What are the issues over NaMoTV, a NaMoTV?

Anuradha Raman

New Delhi – India, 06 April 2019. As the identity and ownership of the entity is shrouded in mystery, it violates broadcasting norms and regulations governing the ownership of content providers.

On March 31, NaMo TV made its début on Direct to Home (DTH) platforms, raising several questions about its identity, ownership and content. Opposition parties asked the Election Commission to take action as the channel was launched after the model code of conduct came into effect ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

The Election Commission has sought an explanation from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

Why is it problematic?

As the identity and ownership of the entity is shrouded in mystery, it violates broadcasting norms and regulations governing the ownership of content providers. These norms fall under the categories of uplinking and downlinking policies that came into force in 2005 and that have been amended since.

These policies lay the groundwork for channels that wish to uplink content through satellites and later downlink them to television-viewing homes.

In this regard, there are channels that uplink from outside the country, such as the BBC and CNN, and downlink in India, for which permission is sought and licences are given by a clutch of government ministries that include the Ministries of Home and Information and Broadcasting. NaMo TV falls in a grey area.

What does that mean?

Well, DTH platforms claim that NaMo is a Value Added Service (VAS) that every DTH operator offers to its subscriber. For example, TATA Sky could offer a series of cookery shows or fitness programmes as add-on services to viewers for subscription. The number of VAS channels on offer varies from one DTH operator to another with as many as 35 VAS services made available.

Can VAS be live?

For want of specific guidelines, VAS can be live. Channels like Astha have often shown their Guru’s spiritual discourses live. NaMo TV goes live with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies.
Is VAS paid for?

Technically, the DTH operator is paid by those who wish to show their content on the DTH platform. The carriage fee for content on DTH platforms for VAS is between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh and is negotiable.

Why is the Opposition upset?

As it is the platform of the ruling party’s leader, it gives an unfair advantage to the BJP. Traditionally, time is allotted for propaganda/advertising on government channels: All India Radio and Doordarshan. There are other issues. If NaMo TV is the BJP mouthpiece, it will have to declare it as an election expenditure to the Election Commission.