The Hindustan Times – Bride among 4 killed in Punjab road accident, groom critical

The accident occurred after their Mahindra Bolero crashed into a stationary combine machine, which is used for harvesting crops, on the highway.

HT Correspondent

Ludhiana – Panjab – India, 29 April 2019. A 22-year-old bride was among four people killed in a highway accident in Punjab’s Ludhiana on Monday, hours after her wedding, police said.

The dead include Heena Ansari, the bride from Krishan Vihar in Ludhiana, her sisters-in-law Husna Bano, 30, Zarina Khatun, 27, and another relative Jamshed Ansari, 27, who was driving the vehicle they were travelling in. The groom Anjum Ansari, 23, and Heena’s twin sister Ruksana, 22, were seriously injured in the accident at around 7am.

The accident occurred after their Mahindra Bolero crashed into a stationary combine machine, which is used for harvesting crops, on the highway. The assistant of the driver of the combine machine has also suffered injuries.

The family was returning from Yamunanagar after the wedding. – No clean chit to Akali leaders in Behbal Klan firing case, clarifies SIT

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 April 2019. In an immediate reaction to media reports claiming clean chit to Akali leaders, the Special Investigation Team has clarified that it didn’t give clean chit to anyone in Behbal Klan firing case.

The SIT has said that it has filed charge-sheet against only one accused Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma and the investigation of some aspects was still underway against him.

Interacting with media, a spokesperson of Punjab police said that how the SIT could give clean chit to anyone when the investigation in this case was still underway.

He clarified that the 792 page charge-sheet was filed against Ex-SSP Charanjit Sharma only and solid evidences have been presented in the charge-sheet. “The SIT will file a supplementary charge-sheet against anyone found guilty in this firing incident,” he added.

He further said that if there is not any illustration about someone in the charge-sheet it doesn’t mean that he has been given a clean chit until unless the investigation concludes.

Meanwhile, Sikh24 has learnt that the SIT filed charge-sheet against the Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma in a hurry because if the SIT won’t have filed it then Charanjit Sharma might have become eligible for bail.

Charanjit Sharma was arrested on January 27 this year and it is mandatory for Police to file charge-sheet against the accused within 90 days of his arrest in cases under-trial of Sessions Court.

No clean chit to Akali leaders in Behbal Klan firing case, clarifies SIT

Bosnia – Sarajevo – Gazi-Husrev-Bey-Masjid

Walkabout in Sarajevo
10 April 2019

The clocktower


The Masjid’s dress code

Prayer time
Women on the left of the main entrance
Man on the right of the main entrance

The men at prayer

The masjid’s courtyard

More Bosnian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Birmingham Live – Mayor Andy Street in TV gaffe after calling Sikh gurdwara a mosque during Vaisakhi

West Midlands Mayor later apologised for ‘muddling my words’

Ashley Preece

Smethwick – West Midlands – UK, 29 April 2019. The Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has issued a public apology, after stating a Sikh gurdwara was a mosque on live TV.

The embarrassing gaffe was aired during an interview with Akaal, a Sikh TV channel, as vibrant Vaisakhi celebrations unfolded at the huge Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick on Sunday.

When interviewed about Vaisakhi, Mr Street said: “It’s brilliant to be able to join the nagar kirtan here from the Guru Nanak Mosque in Smethwick, which is my opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Sikh community for their brilliant contribution across the West Midlands.”

The religious blunder was uploaded onto social media – and the 55-year-old was criticised for calling a gurdwara a mosque

Jay Singh-Sohal, though, defended the Mayor, saying: “Can we afford to not forgive those who’s mistakes are genuine?”

Following the live broadcast, Mr Street apologised for what he described as muddling his words.

He said: “Vaisakhi in Birmingham and Smethwick was yet again an amazing experience.

“All places of worship and festivals of all religions should be respected.

“I’m sorry I muddled my words.

“I hope no offence was caused, particularly as the Guru Nanak Gurdwara has always offered me a characteristic warm welcome.”

Mr Street’s gaffe comes in the week of heightened tension between the Sikh and Muslim communities after an event to celebrate Vaisakhi at Birmingham’s central mosque had to be cancelled.

The Vasaakhi at the Mosque event, a first for the UK, had been arranged for April 24 by anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate.

The event was cancelled due to concerns over the safety of attendees.

Dawn – Well ‘discovery’ at Guru Nanak’s enclosure

Abid Mehmood

Narowal – Panjab – Pakistan, 29 April 2019. The caretakers of Gurdwara Baba Guru Nanak at Kartarpur, Shakargarh tehsil, claim that a 550-year-old well has been discovered while digging the enclosure of the sacred place.

The well is considered a boon for the Sikh pilgrims who flock to the place from far and wide for Baisakhi and on other occasions.

The 20-foot well (made of small bricks) is said to be built during the life of Baba Guru Nanak. The water used to be sweet and clear and the Sikh pilgrims used it in the belief that it’s the gift of the founding leader and could rid them of ailments.

The news of the discovery, “a marvel of Baba Guru Nanak”, has brought elation to the pilgrims. It is being cleared and used after its repair and decoration.

Giani Sahib Sardar Gobind Singh said: “This well was in fact discovered three years ago on the basis of information and the pilgrims visiting the holy place consider its water amrit jal (sacred water). They have a firm belief that the water has the healing quality.”

The gurdwara administration says further information is being gathered about the well.