The Hindustan Times – Southern railways withdraws circular on Hindi usage after Stalin’s warning

The Southern Railway had issued a circular asking station masters and train operation controllers to communicate in Hindi or in English and not in regional languages to avoid any miscommunication. On Friday, the circular was withdrawn.

Chennai – Tamil Nadu – India, 14 June 2019. Last month, the Southern Railway had issued a circular asking station masters and train operation controllers to communicate in Hindi or in English and not in regional languages to avoid any miscommunication.

The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) had opposed the move as a backdoor imposition of Hindi in Tamil Nadu.

The SRMU had also asked whether the travelling public in Tamil Nadu would also be asked to learn Hindi or English to communicate with the station masters.

In its revised circular, the Railways has asked its employees to communicate in such a manner so as not to result in any misunderstanding of the messages.

Reacting to the original circular, DMK President M K Stalin said it is arrogance on part of the Railways to say that communication should not be in Tamil in Tamil Nadu.

He said, the instruction not to speak in Tamil in Tamil Nadu but only in Hindi is not just imposition of Hindi but language dominance.

Stalin warned railway officials to stop such “silly” orders or “his party would put a stop to it”.

The Tribune – SGPC team asks Meghalaya government to stop Shillong Sikhs’ relocation

Ready to build 6-storey structure for Punjabi Lane residents

Shubhadeep Choudhury, Tribune News Service

Shillong – Meghalaya – India, 13 June 2019. A SGPC team from Amritsar today met Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma here and urged him that attempts being made to “relocate” the Sikh residents of Shillong’s Punjabi Lane must be stopped.

In a memorandum, the SGPC said the Sikh residents of Punjabi Lane were being harassed for the past 20 years in the name of relocation and removal. A fresh attempt is underway, they said.

The SGPC said this would be gross injustice since the Sikhs were staying in this area for over 150 years, a fact which has been acknowledged by the Syiem (the tribal chieftain) of the area.

The SGPC urged Sangma to intervene and direct the administration to refrain from taking any “unlawful action”. The Sikh families, whose forefathers had come here with the British as sanitation workers, have been contributing to the betterment of Meghalaya with their hard work, it added.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma is visiting Delhi tomorrow and SGPC representatives will meet him there. The SGPC team said the Home Minister assured full protection to residents of Punjabi Lane. “If granted permission, the SGPC will build a six-storey building for the Punjabi Lane residents,” SGPC’s Bhagwant Singh said.

Gent: Gravensteen – Gent-Sint-Pieters – Veergrep

27 May 2019

The square next to the Gravensteen

Stop for tram 1 to Flanders Expo

Northbound Tram 1

29 May 2019

Tram 4 to UZ

29 May 2019

Tram 1 to Wondelgem
New stop for north-bound trams

Tram 1 to Wondelgem and Evergem
New stop for north-bound trams

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Argus – Hindu and Sikh veterans trek to Chhattri memorial for service

Veterans made their way up the South Downs on Sunday to hold a poignant memorial service.

Samuel Brooke

Hindus and Sikhs walked two kilometres to the Chattri memorial on Steep Bottom hill near Patcham to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the First World War.

Brighton and Hove mayor Alex Phillips attended the service.

The Chhattri memorial was built in 1921 on the site of a funeral pyre used to burn the bodies of Hindu and Sikh soldiers who had died fighting for Britain.

Three makeshifts hospitals were set up in Brighton during the war to treat wounded Indian soldiers, including one in the Royal Pavilion.

A memorial service is held at the Chhattri every June.

Dawn – PM Imran Khan vows to go after ‘the thieves who put country badly in debt’

PM Imran Khan on Tuesday night addressed the nation and vowed to go after the “thieves who left the country badly in debt”.

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 11 June 2019. The address followed a noisy budget session in the National Assembly and two major arrests, Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and MQM founder Altaf Hussain by London police, earlier in the day. On Monday, former president Asif Ali Zardari was also arrested by NAB.

The premier announced that after putting to rest the initial focus of the government to stabilise the economy, his attention would be more targeted towards bringing the ones to task who had caused the country to fall into such dire straits.

“Pakistan is stable now. That pressure [to stabilise the economy] has been relieved. Now I will go after them [the corrupt politicians],” declared the prime minister.

“I’m making a high-powered enquiry commission with a one-point agenda: how did they raise the debt to Rs 24,000 bn in 10 years?”

He said that the commission shall comprise the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency), IB (Intelligence Bureau), ISI (the Inter-services Intelligence Directorate), FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) and SECP (Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan).

“All those in power will be fully investigated by this commission which will prepare a report so that no one dare leave the country in tatters ever again.”

The premier said he could not be “blackmailed” with protests. “Even if my life goes, I will not leave these thieves alone. I had prayed to God to give me one chance, I will not leave them.”

“They were raising a hue and cry that the rupee has fallen. Were they not worried that if the economy is in such bad shape, they should help the new government trying to stabilise the economy.

“They tried their best to destabilise the economy. Three ambassadors expressed interest in making investments but remarked that there is no stability in the country.

“Were they not worried? I will tell you why. All their money is stashed abroad. The three big households only bring money to Pakistan when they need it.”

“When our rupee falls, their assets go up in value. Their interest is not aligned with the interest of Pakistan,” the premier added.

“For 22 years, I was saying our biggest problem is corruption. The people should know what happens when a corrupt leader comes. Their assets are all abroad, their Eids are abroad, their treatment is abroad, a three-time prime minister whose sons are sitting abroad are saying we are not citizens and are not answerable.

“They didn’t make one hospital where the Sharifs could seek treatment.”

The premier started his address by speaking about Riyasat-i-Madina. “My naya [new] Pakistan will be based on Riyasat-i-Madina. Remember my words: Pakistan will be a great nation.

“They say Riyasat-i-Madina is a 1400-year-old model, it was a modern state,” he said. “Minorities were part and parcel of the state, everyone was equal in the eyes of the law.”

“Ever since we came into power, I hear [the question]: ‘where is the new Pakistan?’

“The state of Madina wasn’t this way from day one, there was a process in turning it into a welfare state.”

Turning to the recent arrests of the bigwigs, Prime Minister Imran said: “I am grateful to Allah, the big figures who are now jailed, no one could have imagined [it could be done].

“The judiciary is free today. The NAB chairman is not ours, we didn’t appoint anyone. This is the new Pakistan and you will slowly see the independence in institutions.

“The NAB cases are old. I didn’t start them. We weren’t in power when Panama or the case against Shehbaz Sharif was started.

“So why are they, raising a hue and cry since day one?

“My mistake is I didn’t cave in under pressure and give them an NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance]. The country fell into debt because of two NROs.

“People are crying that Sharif and Zardari have been jailed, both of them used to call each other corrupt. Mian Nawaz Sharif jailed Zardari twice during his two tenures.

“The problem we are facing is how to run the government, this is the price we are paying for the NROs.”

The prime minister added that they [Nawaz and Zardari] came to an agreement that each would rule for five years and “not say anything to each other”.

“The debt from Rs 6,000bn has ballooned to Rs 30,000bn. What happened to the money that was borrowed? Were dams built? What was done in Pakistan? What happened that the debt got out of control?

“These three households saw their wealth rise. After 2008, the debt has risen; the biggest reason was corruption.

“When the debt was increasing, their wealth rose by 85%.

“A woman who was caught at the airport carrying $500,000, hers and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s money are being channelled through the same fake account,” the premier said. “The leaders of the state were doing all this money laundering, but who would stop who?”

The address, which was earlier slated for 9:15pm, was moved to 10:30pm but started a little before midnight.