The Pioneer – Tamil Nadu and Tamils in danger, warns Vaiko

Kumar Chellappan

Chennai – Tamil Nadu – India, 10 July 2019. Vayapuri Gopalasamy, known as Vaiko, has alleged that both Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Eelam are in danger as the BJP and the RSS have chalked out a plan to destroy the Tamils. He also lambasted the Congress government for betraying the Sri Lankan Tamils in their fight for a separate country.

Speaking to reporters at Chennai on Tuesday after his nomination form for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election was accepted by the Returning Officer, Vaiko said it was the then Congress Government at the Centre that betrayed the Tamils in Sri Lanka which resulted in the defeat of the LTTE in the hands of the island nation’s defence forces.

The MDMK general secretary, who has been nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha as an act of goodwill by the DMK president M K Stalin said that he would raise his voice for the Tamils and the formation of a separate Tamil Eelam. Though Vaiko did not name the Congress for betrayal of Tamils in Sri Lanka, he came down heavily on BJP for its efforts to destroy the natural resources and wealth of the State.

He said though the State was being robbed of its natural resources and environment, he was aghast that there were no uprisings in Tamil Nadu. “Tamil Nadu is in danger and that is reason why I agreed to be a member of the Rajya Sabha. I’ll fight against the BJP and its Hindutva politics,” said Vaiko.

Vaiko, the LTTE’s Tamil Nadu face, does not miss any opportunity to praise the volunteers of the terrorist organisation and its slain leader V Prabhakaran, He is also in the forefront in the agitation to set free the seven assassins of Rajiv Gandhi who are undergoing life term in a Chennai prison.—tamils-in-danger–warns-vaiko.html

The Tribune – SGPC invites Pakistan PM for event at Nankana Sahib

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 09 July 2019. The SGPC has extended an invitation to the Pakistan Prime Minister, Pakistan Punjab Governor and Chief Minister, Evacuee Board Chairperson and PSGPC president to take part in the international nagar kirtan, dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, that has been scheduled to commence from Nankana Sahib on July 25.

Besides this, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has been given a formal invitation to receive the nagar kirtan at Attari.

To discuss the preparations of this first-ever international nagar kirtan, a meeting was also conducted by SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal with officials.

Longowal said it was decided during the meeting to invite Pakistan dignitaries and the Punjab Chief Minister. “We have invited Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Usman Ahmad Khan, Governor Chawdhary Mohammad Sarvar, Evacuee Property Trust Board Chairman Dr Aamir Ahmad and PSGPC president Tara Singh formally to be part of this grand nagar kirtan.”

A group of 550 devotees will be part of a jatha that would leave for Nankana Sahib to start the nagar kirtan.

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Lotenhulle

02 July 2019

All station train to Zeebrugge via Aalter

More like a tram than a train

02 July 2019

Cows and calves

My two friends

The Castle


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Sputnik News – Pakistan to issue visas to Indian journalists for Sikh pilgrimage corridor talks

New Delhi – India, 09 July 2019. Pakistan has offered visas for Indian journalists willing to cover the talks on Kartarpur Corridor that would connect two key Sikh religious centres in that country and India. The next talks are scheduled to take place on 14 July 2019 at Wagah, the border point between the two countries along the state of Punjab.

Kartarpur Corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartapur (West-Panjab) with the Dera Baba Nanak gurdwara in the Gurdaspur district of the East-Punjab. It seeks the visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who would need to obtain just a permit. Darbar Sahib was set up in 1522 by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev.

Pakistani Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted that Indian journalists could apply for the visa at his country’s diplomatic mission in New Delhi.

The upcoming event on 14 July is the second meeting between Indian and Pakistani officials on a draft agreement to finalise the modalities of the corridor.

The two countries have been working for the past one year on construction of the Corridor to be ready ahead of the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth in November 2019.

The developments on the project would be significant for the Sikh community and also lead to a thawing of the prevailing tensions between the two South Asian rivals.

Relations between the two reached a new low in February, when 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. It led to the Indian Air Force launching an air strike on an alleged secessionist training camp in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on 26 February in retaliation.

The two nuclear-armed nations reached a near war-like stage when Pakistan retaliated on the following day and brought down an Indian fighter jet.

Despite the border escalations, New Delhi and Islamabad did not interrupt the deliberations on the Kartarpur Corridor project.

The Hindu – What happened to law against mob lynching, asks BSP

In Lok Sabha, party MP Danish Ali says the incidents are ‘an assault on democracy’

Special Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 09 July 2019. Leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party legislature party in the Lok Sabha, Kunwar Danish Ali, on Tuesday raised the issue of mob lynching in various parts of the country, specifically mentioning the case of Tabrez Ansari who was killed in Jharkhand. During Zero Hour, he demanded to know what the government was doing in terms of framing a law against mob lynching.

Mr Ali, a first term MP from Amroha, said the incidents of mob lynching were “an assault on democracy.” “Even after a clear direction from the Supreme Court in 2018 that there should be a law against mob lynching, I want to ask the government, with the Deputy Leader of the House present, whether any such law is on the anvil,” he said. There were disturbances during the submission and it was cut short.

A Supreme Court Bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra said “people must realise that mob violence and taking of law into their hands will invite the wrath of the law.” The Bench also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

The court had also asked the Union Home Ministry and State Home Departments to file replies on what they had done to curb mob violence.