The Asian Age – Rahul calls Priyanka’s arrest ‘disturbing’ while she continues dharna

Section 144 has been imposed in the area because of which she was stopped and sat in dharna

Varanasi – UP – India, 19 July 2019. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) and party workers sat on a dharna for the second time at Chunar Guest House in Mirzapur, UP on Friday.

She was taken there by the UP police who detained her earlier in the day.

“I will go to Sonbhadra and meet the victims. I will not move from here till I meet victims and deceased kins,” Priyanka Gandhi said.

She arrived in Sonbhadra earlier today and sat on a dharna which was against the state government for not allowing her to meet the kin of those killed in firing over a land dispute on 17 July.

Police detained her citing violation of Section 144, which was imposed in the area. The section prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area.

Reacting on her arrest, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for the “illegal arrest” of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Sonbhadra, saying this “arbitrary application of power” to stop her from meeting those injured in a clash that reveals the BJP dispensation’s increasing insecurity in the state.

“Yes, we still won’t be cowed down. We were only going peacefully to meet victim families. I don’t know where they are taking me, we are ready to go anywhere,” she told ANI on being asked if she was arrested.

Priyanka was detained from Varanasi and was not allowed to move ahead to Mirzapur.

“Just want to go and meet families of victims (Sonbhadra firing case), I even assured that I will take only four people with me. Yet the administration is not letting us go there. They should tell us why we are being stopped. We will continue to sit here peacefully,” Priyanka said while speaking to media persons here.

“Officers told me that they have received an order from higher authorities, I want them to show me such notice,” she added.

She was escorted amidst heavy police security.

According to police, nine people were killed in the firing.

On the day of the incident, Priyanka had criticised the state government over the law and order situation.

Taking to Twitter, she had said, “In the BJP ruled state, the confidence of criminals is so high that broad day-light killings are continuously happening. The killing of 9 Gond tribesmen, including 3 women, by the land mafia in Umbha village of Sonbhadra is heart-wrenching.

Administration and Chief Minister are all sleeping. Is this how the state will be crime-free?”

The incident took place in Ubbha village of Ghorawal where the village head went to take possession of his land purchased two years ago. However, he met with opposition from the villagers which triggered the firing allegedly by his aides leading to the deaths.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the incident and expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased. He directed the district magistrate of Sonbhadra to provide immediate medical attention to the injured,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office had stated.

Besides asking the Director General of Police (DGP) to personally monitor the case, Adityanath had told the officer to ensure effective action to catch the culprits.

Five people were arrested on July 18 in connection with the case. – Sikh students top Lahore Board’s matriculation exam in Pakistan

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Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 19 July 2019. The Sikh students, resident of Nankana Sahib, have topped the matriculation examination taken by the Lahore based Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) in Pakistan.

Sharing the development with media, the head granthi of Gurdwara Baal Leela Sahib Bhai Sukhbir Singh Sukhi and Babar Jalandhari informed that three Sikh boys and two Sikh girls have scored ‘A’ and ‘A+’ grades in the matriculation examination.

They further informed that these Sikh toppers will be honoured by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Punjabi Sikh Sangat for their achievements.

Sikh students top Lahore Board’s matriculation exam in Pakistan  

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Man in Blue – Sikh community challenges council’s refusal to allow new temple [Gurdwara]

The present Hawke’s Bay Gurdwara

Marty Sharpe

Hawke’s Bay – North Island – New Zealand, 19 July 2019. The Hawke’s Bay Sikh community is challenging a decision by Hastings District Council that prevents them from building a temple on agricultural land.

The New Zealand Sikh Society (Hastings) Incorporated sought resource consent to build the temple and associated buildings in an area in Hastings zoned ‘Plains Production Zone’.

The society said the Hawke’s Bay Sikh community had grown substantially since the first 3-4 families arrived in the region in the late 1980s to about 1,500 people now, and the current temple [Gurdwara] on Eastbourne Street in central Hastings was no longer big enough.

Their application noted that places of assembly were not permitted in the zone, but nor were they prohibited.

The society had analysed a number of sites before selecting a property on Richmond Road, near the Tomoana/Whakatu area.

In January the council refused the application.

The council said that while the adverse effects on the environment were likely to be no more than minor, the proposal would result in the loss of high quality soils and represented “ad hoc development” that would “individually or cumulatively reduce the life-supporting capacity and economic use of the soil resource and its availability for future generations.

It represented a creep of urban activities where there was a clear urban boundary, the council said.

The council said the site chosen by the society was within an area identified for future wet industry growth once capacity had been reached at Whakatu.

The society objected to the council’s decision.

It said the council relied on objectives that maintained the life-supporting capacity of the soil as grounds to decline consent, yet it’s long-term intent was for further industrial growth in the area.

“It is incongruous to deny the Sikh community the opportunity to develop a place of worship in this location on the basis of preserving the land in question for some future and speculative wet industrial activity,” the society said in its objection.

“What makes this application unique is that it is for a place of assembly and it will be the only Sikh temple [Gurdwara] in the region. There will be relatively few, if any, similar such applications before the council in the future,” it said.

The objection will be heard by the council’s hearings committee on July 29.


Dawn – ICJ rejects India’s plea for Jadhav’s return, grants consular access

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, ruling that Jadhav be allowed consular access immediately and asking Pakistan to ensure “effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences”.

Den Haag – Zuidholland – The Netherlands, 17 July 2019. The ICJ, however, rejected all other remedies sought by India, which included the annulment of the military court decision convicting Jadhav, restricting Pakistan from executing the sentence, securing Jadhav’s release and ordering his return to India.

Accompanied by Queen’s counsel Barrister Khawar Qureshi, a 13-member Pakistani delegation, led by Attorney General Anwar Mansoor along with the Foreign Office’s Director General South Asia Dr Mohammad Faisal and comprising officials of the ministries of law and foreign affairs, was present in the courtroom.

The ICJ said that even though it had found Pakistan in violation of Article 36 the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), “it is not the conviction and sentence of Mr. Jadhav which are to be regarded as a violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention.”

The most the ICJ said it could do was to order Pakistan to cease violation of Article 36 and review the case in light of how that violation may have affected the case’s outcome.

“The Court notes that Pakistan acknowledges that the appropriate remedy in the present case would be effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence,” it observed.

To this end, Pakistan was directed to immediately inform Jadhav of his rights under Article 36, grant India consular access, and then review the case while considering, under the laws of Pakistan, how not doing so earlier may have impacted the case’s outcome.

Pakistan had argued that Article 36 is not applicable to persons believed to be involved in espionage.

“The Court considers that the violation of the rights set forth in Article 36, paragraph 1, of the Vienna Convention, and its implications for the principles of a fair trial, should be fully examined and properly addressed during the review and reconsideration process,” the court directed.

“In particular, any potential prejudice and the implications for the evidence and the right of defence of the accused should receive close scrutiny during the review and reconsideration,” it said.

“The Court notes that the obligation to provide effective review and reconsideration can be carried out in various ways. The choice of means is left to Pakistan,” it added. However, it stressed that, “Pakistan shall take all measures to provide for effective review and reconsideration, including, if necessary, by enacting appropriate legislation.” While that matter is decided, Pakistan has been directed to suspend the execution of the death penalty awarded to Jadhav.

Looking at it from the Pakistani side the ICJ ruling does not really look like a victory for India. I had hoped that the ICJ would have disallowed the military court and that it would have been critical about the death sentence.
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