The Telegraph – MEPs’ visit to Kashmir: Modi’s assault on the sovereignty of Parliament

While opening Kashmir’s doors to international evaluators, he has chosen to deny this right to Indian party leaders

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Kolkata – West Bengal – India, 31 October 2019. The veneration of guests is an Indian tradition. But Narendra Modi and his government seem to have taken the mantra of ‘atithi devo bhava’ a bit too much to heart. Twenty Over 20 members of the European Parliament, the bunch was carefully pruned to include mainly right-wingers, had been invited to Kashmir to assess the situation on the ground.

The guests, evidently, have reciprocated the warmth of the hosts, parroting the Centre’s rhetoric in spite of the terror attack that took the lives of migrant labourers from Bengal. The issue, though, is not about such orchestrated harmony. The blatant double standards adopted by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government as well as its convoluted strategy on a region as sensitive as Kashmir merits serious examination.

By extending an invitation to an unofficial delegation of foreign dignitaries, a professed ‘international business broker’ was given precedence over the external affairs ministry in arranging the meeting, Mr Modi, it can be argued, has contradicted his assertion that developments in Kashmir are an internal matter only. If this was indeed the case, what was the need for an assessment from visitors from Europe?

Opening up an internal matter to the scrutiny of lawmakers from the Continent could, in fact, strengthen the shrill voices demanding international arbitration on restive Kashmir. Could the BJP’s capitulation be attributed to the hostile international reactions to the prolonged lockdown in the Valley?

After all, the human rights situation in Kashmir had made it to Congressional hearings in the United States of America.

Moreover, a fair appraisal of the prevailing situation must include the people of Kashmir as a stakeholder in the dialogue. Interestingly, the invitation to a Liberal Democrat lawmaker was withdrawn when he insisted upon his right to engage freely in Kashmir.

What is unacceptable and shocking is that while opening Kashmir’s doors to international evaluators, Mr Modi has chosen to deny this fundamental right to leaders of Indian political parties. Should not this hypocrisy be seen as an assault on the sovereignty of Parliament, the repository of the will of a democratic people?

This discrimination is, in fact, worthy of legal scrutiny. Each of these transgressions on the part of an elected government is indicative of an inertia in policy. This is only to be expected when narrow ideology begins to colour the strategic vision. The BJP is not being careful with its narrative on Kashmir. That could explain this public relations disaster. – 550th Prakash Purab: A Road will be renamed as “Guru Nanak Street” in Brampton Canada

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Brampton – Ontario – Canada, 30 October 2019. The 550th Prakash Purab (birthday) of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is not being celebrated in Punjab only but in all corners of the world.

The Brampton city council in Canada has unanimously decided to rename a road to Guru Nanak Street.

A regional councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon and city counsellor Harkirat Singh had presented this resolution for renaming the road situated in a suburb of Brampton. Peter Robertson Boulevard’s section between Dixie Road and Great Lakes will be renamed after Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

In official documents, will read the name of this road as ‘Guru Nanak Street’ or ‘Guru Nanak’.

Gurpreet Singh Dhillon told Sikh24 that Brampton is home to a large Sikh population. He added that Canada is a country with cultural diversity and people belonging to different religions, ethnicities and castes live here with unity and harmony.

Mr Dhillon further told that after the approval to get the road renamed, other initiatives would be taken to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Prakash Purab.

550th Prakash Purab: A Road will be renamed as “Guru Nanak Street” in Brampton Canada

Gentbrugge – Gentbrugse Meersen

Gentbrugse Meersen
20 October 2019

Real nature – Man made

Here man rules and nature is subjugated

Here cattle manages nature

Grazing cattle

Ink Mushroom

Close up of grazing cattle

More Belgian pictures to be published
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India Today – Navjot Singh Sidhu accepts Imran Khan’s invitation to Kartarpur Corridor inauguration

Sidhu said the Sikh community all over the world looks forward to visit the holy shrine associated with their spiritual leader Baba Guru Nanak.

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 31 October 2019. Former Indian cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has accepted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s invitation to attend the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on 09 November.

According to a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) press release, Sidhu thanked the Pakistan Prime Minister for inviting him to the inauguration. “I’m grateful to the prime minister for inviting me to the historic inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor,” he was quoted as saying.

On the directives of Imran Khan, PTI Senator Faisal Javed had contacted Sidhu and extended the invitation. Sidhu said the Sikh community all over the world looks forward to visit the holy shrine associated with their spiritual leader Baba Guru Nanak.

“The Kartarpur Corridor agreement sends a positive message to millions of Sikhs around the world,” he is quoted as having said by the Pakistani media.

Dawn – Smog blamed on Indian farmers begins to hit Lahore

Intikhab Hanif

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 31 October 2019. Moderate smog has started developing in Lahore because of the lowering minimum temperature, humidity and calm wind at night that is allowing the contributing pollutants, being generated mostly by Indian Punjab farmers by burning massive crop residue, to penetrate the bordering areas.

“We have already taken adequate steps to prevent local contributions to smog, and are ready to combat those from Indian Punjab,” said Environment Protection Secretary Salman Ejaz on Wednesday.

He contradicted reports suggesting development of hazardous level smog in Lahore. “This is false as our authentic data shows much lower levels that are not dangerous at all as yet,” he said.

Chief Meteorologist in Lahore Sahibzad Khan said there was no smog. It was merely smoke and haze, he said, indicating chances of rain and strong westerly winds on Saturday and Sunday.

This would provide relief, though temporary, against smog or whatever, he said.

Human rights group Amnesty International earlier said that the Air Quality Index in Lahore had reached 484 at 10am, adding that the threshold for hazardous level of air quality was 300.

It blamed the Punjab government for exposing people to hazardous air risks in violation of their human rights to life and health. Smog was witnessed in the bordering areas of Lahore and those in the south along the canal on Wednesday morning.

Haziness, and nose and eye irritation was a clear indication of the beginning of the phenomenon which is pestering Lahore and other Punjab cities in October and November for the past few years.

The main cause is stated to be the burning of crop residue mainly by Indian Punjab farmers. Smog that develops as a result causes worst health threatening conditions in the Indian side up to Delhi.

The Environment Protection Department (EPD) observatory at the Met department’s Jail Road observatory on Wednesday recorded 128 AQI (Air Quality Index) at 12.50pm.

The AQI at Wagah was 280. According to the EPD smog policy, AQI ranging between 101 and 200 indicates slight, 200 to 300 moderate and 400 to 500 hazardous air pollution.

Mr Salman Ejaz said Punjab did not witness smog during most parts of the current month because of extended monsoons and some strong westerly weather systems that pushed back the pollutants from the fields of Indian Punjab.

“NASA Satellite pictures are showing huge crop residue burning in the east Punjab cities Amritsar and Jalandhar. The local contribution is 20 per cent. And we are not having full impact of the smog causing pollutants from the Indian side because of the (favourable) wind direction,” he said.

Pollution caused by Panjab and Haryana farmers reaches from New Delhi to Lahore !
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