The News – Sikhs Yatris return to India

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Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 07 July 2019. Some 440 Sikhs Yatris returned to India on Saturday after celebrating birthday ceremonies of Ranjeet Singh here.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Secretary Tariq Wazir Khansaw saw the Sikh Yatris off and presented them gifts.

The Yatris’ leader said they were going back with pleasant memories. Gurdwaras of Sikh were secure in Pakistan. Sikhs would never forget the respect and love shown by Pakistanis, said the Sikh leader while speaking at Railway Station.

The message of love and peace will be spread in India after reaching there, he said. Another Sikh leader said Pakistan was Sikhs’ second home. – Indian government’s refusal to scrap sedition law is a blot on democracy, says Dal Khalsa

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 05 July 2019. Terming the sedition law as anachronistic, the Dal Khalsa has strongly criticized the Indian Government for refusing to scrap it despite its widespread misuse and abuse.

Notably, the minister of state for Home Nityanand Rai in an answer to Parliament on July 4 has stated that section 124-A (sedition law) won’t be scrapped as it is still needed to combat secessionist elements.

The former Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also during the electioneering campaign whipped up this point and had said that, “the new BJP government will make the sedition laws more stringent.”

Describing it as highly objectionable and obnoxious, party head Advocate H S Cheema said it’s a tool in the hands of authorities for harassment and to stifle dissenting voices.

It’s a matter of shame that India has failed to scrap the colonial-era law so far whereas Britain and many other countries have abolished their sedition laws long back.

He said all pleas to do away with this archaic law by human rights organizations, civil rights groups and Amnesty International, have fallen on deaf ears. Instead of joining ranks with those countries who have abolished this draconian law, the Modi dispensation has shown its adamant attitude to retain it.

He said in the recent past, provincial Government in J&K, Punjab, Meghalaya, Assam, Haryana, Delhi, MP, Karnataka and many other states have misused and abused the provisions of this anti-people law to silence voices of dissenters and political adversaries.

Indian government’s refusal to scrap sedition law is a blot on democracy, says Dal Khalsa

Gentbrugge De Naeyerdreef – Ledeberg Standaertsite – Sluis Nederland

Gentbrugge De Naeyerdreef
24 June 2019

Why can’t we even walk here anymore ?

Ledeberg Standaertsite
24 June 2019

There used to be a DIY store here, now it is a community centre

Sluis Nederland
25 June 2019

The Belfort of Sluis

With bus 42 you can get from Brugge to Sluis using De Lijn tickets

Sluis – Damse Vaart

Sluis – Sint-Annastraat

More Netherlands and Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Ekklesia – Transforming politics and belief

WCC hosts Sikh-Christian dialogue on peace building

Agency Reporter

Geneva – Canton of Geneva – Switzerland, 07 July 2019. The World Council of Churches (WCC) hosted a Sikh-Christian dialogue on 5 July 2019 with the theme ‘Pursuing Peace in a Pluralistic World’ to commemorate the 550th birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first guru of the Sikhs.

The event brought together about 40 religious leaders, scholars and independent activists from the Christian and Sikh traditions.

WCC General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed great joy for the first official WCC-hosted Christian-Sikh dialogue. “This is an important year in the Sikh calendar as it marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak”, he said.

“Therefore, initiating this formal encounter between Christians and Sikhs during this year is a special way of commemorating the life and work of Guru Nanak.”

“We are reminded each passing day in poignant ways of the growing need for lasting and sustainable peace.The rise of xenophobia, violent extremism and populist nationalism attest to the urgency of faith communities to redouble our efforts and imagine new models for building peace.”

We can no longer afford the luxury of thinking and working as isolated entities, continued Tveit. “Rather, recognising the interdependent nature of our common existence, the time is ripe for us to think and act collaboratively, confronting and overcoming any divisive tendencies among and within us.

In a world sharply divided by hate and fear the best way for religions to not be part of the problem, but be part of the solution, is to be part of the solution together.”

Guru Nanak emphasised universal kinship as the highest of religious aspirations and urged his followers to treat all human beings as brothers and sisters. This dialogue was centered on a holistic understanding of peace which is intrinsic to the Christian and Sikh faith traditions, bearing in mind that peace without justice is incomplete.

The gathering is attempting to foster a new partnership that can effectively decipher the signs of the times and offer responses which are courageous and committed.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches

Dawn – 37 PML-N MPAs have almost formed a forward bloc, claims Rashid

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Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 07 July 2019. Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid has hinted at more arrests from the opposition, including former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in the coming days.

He also claims that former finance minister Ishaq Dar would be brought back to Pakistan from the UK in the next seven days.

“Whosoever is crying these days is about to be arrested. Ishaq Dar too will be brought back soon to Pakistan from the UK. He will be here before my next press conference next week,” he told journalists at a press conference on Saturday.

The minister also faced reporters’ anger over the misbehaviour of Pakistan Railways (PR) chief executive officer (CEO) with a senior journalist last week over the reporting of a derailment at the Lahore railway station.

As soon as the minister started the press conference, the journalists urged him to summon the CEO for tendering an apology.

Although the minister tried to pacify the journalists by apologising on behalf of the CEO, they did not agree and boycotted the press conference. However, they returned after sometime and condemned the minister for not behaving with them appropriately.

Continuing his presser, the minister said a forward bloc of 37 PML-N MPAs was almost formed in the Punjab Assembly. However, the bloc in the National Assembly only had a handful of members so far. “In the PA, the bloc still needs seven more members to be effective,” he added.

Rashid criticised PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz for creating troubles for her family. “Maryam Nawaz Sharif is the person who put the PML-N government into great troubles. If she wants to do a public meeting, she can, as it doesn’t matter for the government,” he added.

Talking about the ongoing development in the railways, he said several chunks of benami property worth billions belonging to the PR had been detected. On the instructions of the prime minister, the Mianwali Express would be launched on July 19 between Lahore and Mianwali.

He further said the PR had taken over administrative and functional control of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club on Saturday. “There will be no problems for the club members, as they can carry out their routine activities there. We have also issued a direction against allowing entry of any person, including non-member PR officers, to the club.”

The minister revealed that the PR would soon send corruption references to the National Accountability Bureau about launch/operation of Business and Shalimar express trains.