The Indian Express – Explained: Ex-Khalistan supporters can now enter India. Here’s why

Being on the Adverse List meant that these people, who have now either taken asylum in foreign countries or are their citizens, could not get a visa to visit India.

Angad Singh Brar

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 September 2019. As many as 312 Sikhs who had fled the country at the height of the militancy in Punjab have been taken off the central government’s “Adverse List”. The list that was originally 314-strong, now has just two individuals on it.

Being on the Adverse List meant that these people, who have now either taken asylum in foreign countries or are their citizens, could not get a visa to visit India. The government’s move on Friday will allow them to return to meet members of their families here, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.

The two individuals who continue to be on the list are suspected to still have links with “forces inimical to India”, the sources said. They said the review is a dynamic process, which is carried out periodically.

So, what is the Central Adverse List?

The MHA maintains a list of individuals who supported the Khalistan movement in the 1980s and 90s, but left India to take asylum in foreign countries.

On this list were some “hardliners” who were in favour of a separate Sikh state, and who had strongly opposed Operation Bluestar. Many of the Sikhs on this list fled India to escape the authorities.

However, the Adverse List is not restricted to just Punjab or the Khalistan movement. The list has names of those individuals who are suspected to have links with terrorist outfits or have violated visa norms on their previous visits to India.

It also includes names of persons who have indulged in criminal activities, or have been accused of sexual crimes against children in their countries. The broader list contains more than 35,000 names.

What is the purpose of such a list?

This list is constantly used by all Indian Missions and Consulates to stop these individuals from entering India. Thus, visa requests by these persons are refused. It is an internal security measure; it is also intended to make it difficult for suspects wanted for crimes in other countries to escape to India.

The MHA, which maintains the list, gets inputs from all state governments. Various intelligence agencies review it constantly, and add new names to it. Both central and state intelligence agencies contribute to the information that helps determine whether an individual should be part of the list.

Law and Order being a state subject, state police forces play an important role in intelligence gathering in order to keep the list updated.

What does the recent action mean?

The 312 Sikhs whose names have been removed from the Central Adverse List will now be able to visit India. Most of these individuals are of fairly advanced age, and have not been in the country for perhaps four decades.

Their presence on the list sometimes had the effect of their relatives being denied visas by other countries, so the relief will extend beyond just these 312 individuals.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on May 29, 2001, directed the Government of India to facilitate the entry into India of the leader of the Khalistan movement, Jagjit Singh Chauhan.

The Tribune – Archbishop’s apology incomplete: Greater Kailash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi – India, 11 September 2019. Manjit Singh Greater Kailash, former chairman of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managament Committee (DSGMC), today termed Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as incomplete. Welby had apologised for the incident during his visit to Amritsar on Tuesday.

GK said whatever happened on April 13, 1919, at Jallianwala Bagh was on the orders of General Reginald Dyer, on the basis of ideology followed by the British monarchy. He said the British monarchy and government were equally guilty for the incident.

“If Welby is really ashamed of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, will he also apologise for the death sentence given to Udham Singh on July 31, 1940, at Pentonville Jail after killing Micheal O’ Dwyer,” he said.

He further questioned whether Welby would apologise for the conspiracy by the British government to end the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh or for the conversion of Duleep Singh to Christianity or for theft of Kohinoor diamond.

British Government must follow suit: Sukhbir

Chandigarh – SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday demanded a formal apology from the UK government for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which led to the killing of more than 400 people. Appreciating the apology offered by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during his visit to Amritsar, Sukhbir said it was high time the British government apologised too.

Gentbrugge – Gentbrugse Meersen

Gentbrugse Meersen
Walking with Pyar Kaur
21 August 2019

In the bush-bush

On the right is a low-lying area which is normally a wetland

The cattle seeking shade and the only bit of water left

Leaving the area with the ‘free-range’ cattle

There seemed to be a path here, but after getting past the cow there were too many nettles and thistles on our way

There is some water left in spite of the drought

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
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Hindustan Times – Next Punjab cabinet meeting at Dera Baba Nanak on 19 September

Dera Baba Nanak – Panjab – India, 13 September 2019. To ensure that it can monitor preparations for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the first Sikh master, Guru Nank, the Punjab cabinet will hold its next meeting in Dera Baba Nanak on September 19.

This historic town in Gurdaspur district, along the India-Pakistan international border, only 7 km from Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur in Pakistan, was the last resting place of Guru Nanak. The celebrations that began a year ago are to culminate with a grand event in November at Sultanpur Lodhi.

“The chief minister has scheduled the next cabinet meeting at Dera Baba Nanak,” said Punjab co-operation and jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa during his visit to Government Senior Secondary School for Girls in the town on Friday.

He added that the 700-strength school will be converted into a smart, model school at a cost of Rs 40 lakh.

On the cabinet meeting, he added, “We will review the progress of projects such as the Kartarpur corridor and also of work done on sprucing up Dera Baba Nanak.”

He added, “Beautification projects are in full swing in the town; a park is being developed. A metallic statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will also be erected in the main chowk of the town. Another Rs 7 crore have been sanctioned for the development of the main-street.”

He added the town was being developed as a city of fragrance by planting different kinds of flowers. “After completing his Udasis (religious journeys), Guru Nanak gave the message of doing kirat (work honestly to earn) and even cultivated land here. To commemorate this, we want a skill development centre to be established here.”

On the row between the state government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) over joint celebrations of the anniversary, Randhawa said, “I will not indulge in religion-based politics. This politics is done by Badals through the SGPC.

I will continue to do sewa (service) assigned to me.”

The Hindu – Bhima-Koregaon case: Bombay High Court extends Gautam Navlakha’s relief from arrest for three weeks

Pune police had earlier contended that activist Gautam Navlakha is a member of CPI(Maoist).

Sonam Saigal

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India, 13 September 2019. The Bombay High Court on Friday extended activist Gautam Navlakha’s interim relief from arrest for three weeks. Mr Navlakha has been charged with having Maoist links in the Bhima Koregaon violence.

A Division Bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr Navlakha seeking to quash the FIR filed by Pune police against him. The court rejected the plea, but it granted a stay in order to appeal against it in the Supreme Court.

Pune police had earlier contended that activist Gautam Navlakha is a member of CPI(Maoist).

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai had previously said that based on the material recovered from other accused, Rona Wilson and Surendra Gadling, it can be proved that Mr Navlaka had Naxal links and was in contact with terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and Kashmir separatists.

Advocate Yug Chaudhary had also contended that simply presenting some documents in Mr Navlakha’s name does not prove that he is a “terrorist”. He went on to say that there is no evidence against him and the only available material is what was recovered from the laptops of other accused.

The Additional public prosecutor should also have included Babar Khalsa, Sikhs for Justice and Assam, Nagaland and Manipur rebel groups.
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