The Indian Express – Feud in MP Congress worsens, Scindia says Kamal Nath must listen to Digvijaya, Singhar

Scindia’s statement came after the party claimed that differences between Singhar and Singh have been sorted out.

Milind Ghatwai

Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh – India, 05 September 2019. Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday virtually opened a new front against the Kamal Nath government by throwing his weight behind Forest Minister Umang Singhar and putting him on par with former chief minister Digvijaya Singh.

“The CM should listen to both sides (Singhar and Singh) and find a solution. We have toiled hard for 15 years to form the Congress government.

It’s not even six months, the government should work to fulfil aspirations of people and not brook outside interference,” the former Union minister said in Gwalior, where his supporters continued to demand that he be made the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee chief.

Singhar has accused Singh of interfering in the government. “The government should work freely and outside interference should not be allowed at any cost,” Scindia said, demanding that the CM call both Singhar and Singh to sort out differences.

Scindia’s statement came after the party claimed that differences between Singhar and Singh have been sorted out. The CM had called Singhar to his house late on Tuesday after he accused Singh of interference and blackmailing the government.

Refusing to elaborate, Singhar on Wednesday said he has shared his views with the CM and the party. The party claimed differences have been ironed out and leaders told to air grievances only on party forum.

Scindia, who lost the recent general elections, stressed that he and other workers have struggled for 15 years to bring the Congress to power. Only the day before, he had said that it was unfortunate that illegal mining was still taking place in the state.

“If there are differences it’s the CM’s responsibility to bring the two sides together and find a solution,” he said, adding, “The CM should listen to Umang-ji and act on what the truth is. He should also listen to Digvijaya Singh.”

Even as Congress media cell in-charge Shobha Oza was telling reporters that all was well within the party, a group of party workers burned Singhar’s effigy outside his house demanding his apology for remarks on Singh or the party should crack the whip against him.

Despite Congress general secretary in-charge of MP Deepak Bavaria threatening party workers and leaders with disciplinary action for going public with their comments, many, including ministers, defied the gag order.

Scindia confidant and labour minister Mahendra Sisodia said the BJP had fought the Assembly elections on the theme of “Maf karo Maharaj” and yet the Congress won. He alleged that Digvijaya Singh could not be seen when workers struggled on the streets.

Rahul Gandhi should never have appointed Kamal Nath as CM
Kamal Nath soon became the problem instead of the solution
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The Tribune – CM seeks fresh tribunal on river waters, writes to Modi

Says groundwater scarce, canals state’s lifeline

Rajmeet Singh – Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 03 September 2019. Even as Punjab got temporary relief today when the Supreme Court gave four more months to Punjab, Haryana and the Centre to find an amicable solution to break the deadlock between the two states over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal, the state government has made a fresh bid before the Centre for a reassessment of the volume of river waters.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a fresh tribunal for reassessment of river waters in Punjab. While giving a background of the sensitive issue, the CM, in his two-page letter, has also touched the law and order implications on the sensitive issue.

The CM is reported to have also raised the issue at today’s meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, though there was no official statement on this.

Punjab has been contesting that the availability of surface water has drastically changed over the years and the state is facing a severe shortage of groundwater due to its over exploitation.

Demanding that a tribunal be set up for a reassessment of river water in Punjab, including the Ravi-Beas basin, Punjab has stated that it has been 30 years since the assessment of Ravi-Beas waters was done by the Eradi Tribunal (set up in 1986).

The amount of water coming in the basin has fallen drastically, hence the need for its reassessment. Initially estimated at 17 MAF (million acre feet), the Eradi Tribunal had put its estimates at 19 MAF. Now, the flow in the rivers has come down from17.17 MAF to 14.34 MAF.

The state has stated that in case the canal was constructed, 10 lakh hectares of agricultural land in Punjab would turn into a desert. Total agricultural land in Punjab is 105 lakh acres, compared to 80 lakh acres in Haryana.

Besides, the state, at its meeting with the officials of Haryana and the Centre, has staked its claim to Yamuna waters. Punjab argues that if Haryana stakes claim to water on the plea that it was also a part of Punjab before reorganisation in 1966, then Haryana should also share Yamuna waters.

As Haryana draws 4.65 MAF through the Yamuna, 60 per cent of it should be shared with Punjab, says the state.

Gent: Zuiderlaan – Watersportbaan

19 Augustus 2019

De Lijn stop Roeivereniging (Rowing Club)
Bus 41 and 43 to Blaarmeersen

Zuiderlaan left
Noorderlaan right

The end of the Rowing course

Here was a cormorant,
but it dived under just before I took the picture
Aalscholver = Cormorant

There it is again, it came up and flew away

Drying their wings in the wind
Typical cormorant behaviour

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
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The Globe and Mail – Jagmeet Singh addresses turban head-on in new Quebec NDP advertisement

Kristy Kirkup

Ottawa – Ontario – Canada, 04 September 2019. Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is including his identity as a turbaned Sikh in his pitch to voters in a province immersed in debate over separating the state from religious symbols.

Mr Singh, who is expected to face a fierce battle in Quebec in the forthcoming campaign, is featured in a new advertisement that begins by showing the leader with his hair down, a marked difference from his usual appearance, where his hair is concealed under coloured turbans.

The ad release comes as Mr Singh is dealing with challenges such as slumping fundraising, naming a roster of candidates and the Tuesday announcement that 14 former candidates from the New Brunswick NDP are now joining the provincial and federal Green parties.

Mélanie Richer, a spokesperson for Mr Singh, played down the announcement from the Greens on Tuesday, adding the NDP will soon be announcing a full slate of candidates in New Brunswick and that “people change their mind for who they would like to support.”

The party is also hoping that through its Quebec advertisement, set to be circulated online and on television, that it can deliver a message that its leader may look different but that he shares progressive values on issues such as climate change.

Intense debate has played out in Quebec over a law barring public-sector employees such as teachers from wearing religious symbols in the workplace.

For his part, Mr Singh said he will not shy away from talking about his turban.

“What I want to achieve with that is assure folks that I kind of get Quebeckers have had to fight, for respect, for space, for their language, for their identity,” he said.

“It has been tough. I’ve had to as well, fight for a lot of things in my life and I get that it is not easy.”

The advertisement amounts to a show of authenticity for the leader, said NDP Quebec lieutenant Alexandre Boulerice, adding Quebeckers will appreciate that he is being genuine about who he is.

The Hindu – Kartarpur corridor: India, Pakistan agree on visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims to gurdwara

Vijaita Singh

Attari – Panjab – India, 04 September 2019. India and Pakistan reached an understanding on visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims based on their faith but no formal agreement could be signed.

“However, owing to certain differences on a few key issues, an agreement could not be finalised. Pakistan has insisted on charging a service fee for allowing pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is not agreeable in the spirit of smooth and easy access through the corridor.

Pakistan has also shown its unwillingness to allow the presence of Indian consular or protocol officials at the gurdwara premises. Pakistan side has been urged to reconsider its position,” a government source said.

The third round of talks on the modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor was held at Attari checkpoint in Punjab on Wednesday.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Pakistani delegation led by Director General (South Asia and SAARC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Persons of Indian origin holding OCI card too can visit Holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor. 5,000 pilgrims can visit Holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor every day. Additional pilgrims, over and above the figure of 5,000, can visit on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion by Pakistan side.

Pakistan has conveyed its solemn commitment to increase this number to the maximum possible,” the source said.

The corridor will be operational throughout the year, seven days a week, an understanding was reached and pilgrims will have a choice to visit as individuals or in groups, and on foot.

“Both sides agreed to build the bridge at Budhi Ravi Channel. Pending the construction of the bridge on the Pakistan side, both sides agreed to the crossing point coordinates of the temporary service road being built,” the source said.

Both sides also agreed upon emergency evacuation procedures, especially medical emergencies. A direct line of communication between Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers will be used for the same, the source said.

Both sides also agreed to ensure safe and secure environment for the movement of pilgrims.

Pakistan has been requested, once again, to allow protocol officers from India to accompany pilgrims every day for facilitating their visit, the source said.

The Pakistan side has agreed to make sufficient provision for preparation and distribution of ‘Langar’ and ‘Prasad’ for the pilgrims.

All the facilities on Indian side would be ready for the pilgrimage through Kartarpur Corridor on the auspicious occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak.