The Asian Age – ‘Congress-NCP should be open to form government with Shiv Sena’: Dalwai

In a letter written to Sonia Gandhi, Dalwai urged her to consider the prospect of Congress-NCP forming government with Shiv Sena.

New Delhi – India, 02 November 2019. Amid delay in formation of new government in Maharashtra due to differences in the ruling alliance, Congress MP Husain Dalwai has said Congress-NCP should be open to joining hands with Shiv Sena to form a government, saying it will prevent poaching and consolidate party’s base.

In a letter written to party chief Sonia Gandhi, Dalwai urged her to consider the prospect of Congress-NCP forming government with Shiv Sena. He also said Shiv Sena has been taking a “more inclusive” stance on issues.

“As BJP-Shiv Sena are struggling to come together to form government, section of supporters of Congress are of opinion that Congress- NCP should be open to the prospect of forming the government with Shiv Sena,” Dalwai said.

He alleged that Congress MLAs were “poached” by BJP before the assembly polls and it can happen again if BJP forms the government.

“In the run-up to assembly elections, many of our MLAs and other political leaders were poached by BJP, if they are able to form a government they will again start doing this.

But if we are able to form a government with Shiv Sena, this can be prevented and we will be able to solidify our base,” the letter said.

Dalwai in the letter talked about minorities and “agendas of BJP government” and said though Shiv Sena has shared power with BJP, it is not viewed in the same light.

“Shiv Sena is not viewed in the same light as BJP though they have shared power together in the past and this may be an opportunity from preventing this from happening again,” he said.

He said BJP has not got an absolute majority on its own in the assembly polls.

“We must remember that BJP has consistently followed RSS’s doctrine of one nation, one leader, one party, one religion but Shiv Sena has been seen to be taking a more inclusive stand recently. It is therefore imperative to prevent BJP from coming to power since the voters have also denied them a clear majority,” he said.

The BJP and Shiv Sena, who are part of ruling coalition in Maharashtra, fought the assembly polls in alliance.

While the Shiv Sena has been insisting on a “50-50” power-sharing agreement, the BJP has said that there was no agreement between the two parties on sharing the post of chief minister for two-and-a-half years.

The BJP won 105 seats and Shiv Sena 56 seats in the 288-member assembly.

The NCP and Congress also fought the polls in alliance with the former winning 54 seats and the latter 44 seats respectively in the 288-member assembly. – 35 Years of Injustice: Candle March taken out in Delhi to pay homage to the victims of 1984 Sikh genocide

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New Delhi – India, 01 November 2019. A candle march was taken out in Delhi to pay homage to thousands of Sikhs killed by the fanatic Hindu mobs during November-1984’s Sikh genocide.

SAD president Sukhbir Badal, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal led this candle march, which began from Gurdwara Sri Bangla Sahib and concluded at Gurdwara Sri Rakabganj Sahib.

Interacting with media, SAD president Sukhbir Badal said that the Sikhs have been striving for justice since the last 35 years in this largest of “democracy” of the world. “All the perpetrators of this carnage were honored with important constitutional posts like Governor,” he added.

Sukhbir Badal further said that the Congress will forever be known as a traitor of the Qaum for orchestrating the bloodbath and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, who sings paeans of the murderers, will be just as culpable.

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that she feels proud to be a part of government which sent Sajjan Kumar behind the bars. “Other perpetrators like Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath will also be behind the bars soon,” she claimed.

Beside it, an exhibition of the photographs pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide was also organized by the DSGMC in Connaught Place of Delhi.

35 Years of Injustice: Candle March taken out in Delhi to pay homage to the victims of 1984 Sikh genocide

Gentbrugge – Gentbrugse Meersen – Schelde

Gentbrugse Meersen
20 October 2019

Bridge across the Rietgracht

Path into the area where cattle grazes

Path through woodland

I do not know which plant this us, but I love the leaves

Passion flower – Passiebloem

Branch of the Schelde along the Scheldekaai
23 October 2019

Ducks – three females three males

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Pakistan Today – India denies passage of Sikh religious procession into Pakistan

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 November 2019. Indian authorities at the Attari border crossing tried to stop the passage of golden ‘Palki’ Sahib to Pakistan after it denied permission to the bus carrying the palanquin to cross over to Pakistan.

The Nagar Kirtan (religious procession reciting holy hymns) was returning to Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, along with a gold plated ‘Palki’ Sahib to be installed at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, in connection with the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev.

The ‘Palki’ Sahib, a gift from Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, was being transported to Pakistan on a specially designed bus to house the ‘Palki’ Sahib and the Guru Granth Sahib.

Pawan Singh Arora, PRO to the Punjab governor, told APP that Indian authorities refused to allow the bus cross over to Pakistan on its way to Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur.

Upon refusal by Indian authorities, Sikh Yatrees carried the golden ‘Palki’ Sahib on their shoulders along with the Guru Granth Sahib and entered Pakistan via Wagha border crossing.

Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, alongside officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Rangers, and Pakistani Sikh leadership welcomed the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ and ‘Palki’ Sahib and the Sikh Yatrees on the Pakistani side of the border.

Pawan Singh Arora said the Sikh leadership and Yatrees condemned the Indian decision to deny permission to the holy bus to enter Pakistan, adding that the interior of the bus had been decorated as a Gurdwara.

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The Print – Increase in wind speed drops pollution levels, a day after Delhi records worst air quality

The SC-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared public health emergency Friday, following which Delhi government decided to shut all schools.

New Delhi – India, 02 November 2019. Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities dropped marginally on Saturday with a slight increase in the wind speed, a day after the region recorded its worst air quality forcing authorities to shut schools, ban all construction activities and declare a public health emergency.

The city’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 407 at 10 am. It was 484 at 4 pm on Friday, according to official data.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Ghaziabad and Greater Noida recorded AQIs of 459 and 452, respectively, at 10 am on Saturday. On Friday, they had an AQI of 496 at 4 pm, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

Weather experts said there is a significant improvement in wind speed and it will increase gradually. Winds gusting up to 20-25 kilometers per hour are likely in the region from Sunday to Tuesday, they said.

Scattered rainfall in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi is likely on November 7 and 8 under the influence of Cyclone Maha and a fresh western disturbance, the weather office said.

This rainfall, however light, will be significant in terms of reducing the effect of stubble burning, and will wash away pollutants, they said.

On Friday, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared the public health emergency, following which the Delhi government decided to shut all schools.

The EPCA also banned construction activities in Delhi-NCR till 05 November.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed Delhi a “gas chamber” and blamed stubble burning in neighbouring Haryana and nearby Punjab for the apocalyptic haze shrouding the city.

The share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution stood at 46 per cent on Friday, the highest so far, according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR.

The AQI entered the ‘severe plus’ or ’emergency’ category late Thursday night in Delhi, the first time since January this year.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’. Above 500 falls in the ‘severe plus’ category.

Increase in wind speed drops pollution levels, a day after Delhi records worst air quality