The Asian Age – People have forgotten Jallianwala Bagh, says Manjinder Singh Sirsa

Hundreds of people were killed at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival on 13 April 1919.

New Delhi – India, 14 April 2019. There is no one in the national capital to remember those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, said Manjinder Singh Sirsa, chief of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, ruing over the lack of initiative in the city to mark 100 years of the incident on Saturday.

Hundreds of people were killed at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Army under the command of General Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd holding a pro-independence demonstration.

“Our countrymen have forgotten the thousands of martyrs who died in the massacre. It is with great sadness that I say this, while the commemoration is happening at India Gate where the names of the martyrs of the World War are etched, but unfortunately, in the capital city of this country, there is no one to remember those who died in the massacre,” Mr Sirsa said.

“We have never forgotten the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh and we will not let anyone forget them,” he added.

The Tribune – Beheadings in Saudi MEA failure, says Panjab Chief Minister

Tribune News service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 17 April 2019. Condemning as barbaric and inhuman the recent beheading of two Punjabis in Saudi Arabia, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he would seek a detailed report from India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the matter.

Expressing shock and grief over the vicious act, which has been confirmed by MEA to have taken place on 28 February, Capt Amarinder said it was atrocious that such incidents continued to happen in civilised nations in this day and age.

The Chief Minister flayed the MEA for failing to prevent and then not disclosing the execution of the two men, identified as Satwinder Kumar of Hoshiarpur and Harjeet Singh of Ludhiana, till it was forced to do so by a petition filed by Satwinder’s wife in Hoshiarpur district.

Captain Amarinder said he would approach Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to secure details about the execution of the two allegedly in connection with a murder case. He would seek from the MEA information regarding the charges and would also question them on whether due legal representation was provided to the two.

If the executions were undertaken without prior information even to the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia, with the victims not provided legal counsel, it amounted to a grave violation of the international human rights, the Chief Minister said.

Pointing out that just days before the reported beheadings, India had hosted the Saudi Crown Prince, whom PM Narendra Modi had received personally, the Chief Minister said given the friendly relations between the two leaders, getting the bodies of the two men back to India should not be difficult for the MEA.

Bosnia – Sarajevo

Archangels Michael and Gabriel Orthodox Church
08 April 2019

Listening to the guide and to Ilber’s translation

08 April 2019

The group listening to explanations
More pictures of this beautiful masjid will be published later

Sephardic Synagogue
08 April 2019

Menorah – seven armed candelabra

From here the Torah was read
The Torah scrolls are kept in the cupboard behind

The outside of the Synagogue
It was founded by Ladino speaking Jews who fled to the Ottoman Empire from Spain after the reconquista  of 1492

Jesus Sacred Heart RC Cathedral
08 April 2019

Its door was firmly closed

More Bosnian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Money Control – Jet Airways shutdown: Booked a Jet Airways flight? Here’s what you can do

Jet Airways will offer a refund for all passengers affected by the suspension of flight operations

New Delhi – India, 18 April 2019. Cash-strapped airline Jet Airways flew its last flight on the Amritsar-Delhi-Mumbai route on 17 April and announced a temporary shutdown as lenders refused to provide it with the much-needed emergency funding.

As of Thursday, 18 April, all domestic and international flights of Jet Airways stand cancelled. This has led to confusion and panic among the customers who had booked flights with the carrier. The airline has said that it will inform all guests about the suspension of flight operations through text messages or emails to the respective contact details in the bookings.

If you have a booking with Jet Airways for a later date than April 18, you will receive a text, email or phone call from Jet Airways authorities. The airline will offer a refund for all passengers affected by the suspension of flight operations.

Passengers have to call the airline or visit its office in case their flights have been cancelled within 72 hours of departure. A list of all Jet Airways offices across the country is on their website.

If the flight has been cancelled beyond 72 hours, passengers have to fill the form on the Disruption Assistance page of the website, if booked directly with Jet.

In case a passenger has booked the flight through an agent, they will have to contact the agent directly. If a ticket has been booked through travel portals like MakeMyTrip, ClearTrip, Yatra, etc, they will have to cancel their tickets on those websites of apps and seek a refund for their tickets.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has said that the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and other regulators are monitoring the situation carefully to ensure that all existing rules regarding refunds, cancellations, and alternate bookings are followed strictly.

“Any passenger complaints or issues should be promptly reported to the AirSewa portal or on its mobile app. We will follow up immediately.

Our overriding priority remains the safety, convenience, and affordability of our Aviation system. We are assisting airlines and airports to bring in capacity rapidly to ensure that fares remain stable and competitive,” it said on Twitter.

A meeting between the secretary of MoCA with airports is underway and airlines will coordinate and address any emerging issues on capacity, slots and passenger convenience.

Jet Airways has for years been the main carrier from Brussel and later from Amsterdam to New Delhi for the Benelux Sikhs.
Man in Blue

The Hindu – Supreme Court admits for consideration plea for lifting ban on Muslim women’s entry into mosques

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi – India, 16 April 2019. Bench orally says it is accepting the plea because of the judgment on the Sabarimala temple issue

The Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted for consideration a plea by a couple to lift the ban on Muslim women’s entry into mosques across the country.

“The only reason we may hear you is because of our judgment in Sabarimala temple,” a Bench of Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer remarked orally. The court issued notice to the government and various bodies, including the National Commission for Women.

In September last, a Constitution Bench of the court lifted the age-old ban on women of menstrual age, between 10 and 50 years, entering the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The decision created an uproar.

Multiple review petitions were filed, heard and reserved for judgment. The court had held that the Sabarimala ban amounted to discrimination and even the practice of untouchability. Women had equal right to worship in a “public” temple.

The court had also played a key role in facilitating the entry of women into the sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai. Justice Bobde asked whether a petition seeking right to equality can be filed against individuals and non-State actors like people who pray in and manage mosques.

The fundamental right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution was available only against the State, he observed. “Is a mosque a ‘State’? Is a church a ‘State’? Is a temple a ‘State’? We are not talking about the cement and mortar that make mosques but the people in them.

Can the fundamental right of equality be imposed on another human being,” he asked.

When the lawyer in the case raised objections, the Bench asked him to read out Article 14. “You must be referring to a different Article 14 that we do not know about. The Article 14 starts with the words ‘State shall not deny…’ The relief is against the State only,” Justice Bobde addressed the lawyer.

At one point, the lawyer said women were not allowed to enter mosques to pray despite several letters to imams. The petitioner had even sought police help to enter mosque, the lawyer claimed.

“You do not want someone to enter your house. Can that person then get police help to enter your house? If persons in mosques don’t want you [women] to enter, can you agitate right to equality against them? Fundamental right to equality is only available against the State and not individuals,” Justice Bobde retorted.

The Pune-based couple, Yasmeen Zuber Ahmad and Zuber Ahmad, told the court that the ban was illegal, unconstitutional and a violation of their dignity.

“There should not be any gender discrimination and Muslim women should be allowed to pray in all mosques, cutting across denominations. There is no such gender discrimination to offer worship in Mecca, the holy city. The faithful, both men and women, together circle the Kaaba,” their petition said.

Presently, women are allowed to offer prayers at mosques under the Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid denominations. Women are barred from mosques under the predominant Sunni faction. Even in mosques where women are allowed, there are separate entrances and enclosures for worship for men and women.

The petition argued that such a bar on Muslim women was “violative of Article 44 of the Constitution of India, which encourages the State to secure a Uniform Civil Code for all citizens, by eliminating discrepancies between various personal laws currently in force in the country”.