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Harjinder Singh Amritsar – Theodorus Singh Teekgur
Almere Gurdwara 29 December 2019

Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Sahib
Brongouw 57, 1352 EG Almere
Flevoland – The Netherlands

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The Asian Age – Modi, Shah ‘chieftains of liars’: Mallikarjun Kharge on NRC

By contrast, the BJP was trying to strip the citizens of the rights conferred upon them by the Constitution.

Sonu Shrivastava

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India, 29 December 2019. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge Saturday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). Claiming that both were the chieftains of liars, Mr Kharge said that the duo was misleading the country.

Mr Kharge participated in the “Bharat Bachao, Desh Bachao” (Save Bharat-Save Constitution) rally on the Congress’ 135th foundation day in Mumbai. Thousands of party workers and citizens participated in the rally which transformed into a Sabha near Wilson College, where the preamble of the Constitution was read by everyone.

Addressing all those gathered, Mr Kharge said that the BJP leaders had promised Rs 15 lakh to each person’s account and employment to two crore youths every year, but had failed in fulfilling any of the promises.

Hoisting the national flag in the same Gokuldas Tejpal hall where the Congress was founded, Mr Kharge recalled that the Congress party was founded in Mumbai, the Quit India movement was started in 1942 in Mumbai, and after a lot of struggle the country got independence.

“Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar gave the country its Constitution. The Congress had always run the country as per the Constitution, which made democracy even deeper rooted in India. The Constitution offered equal rights to all citizens, but the BJP government that was run by the RSS, was trying to change the Constitution,” Mr Kharge alleged.

The introduction of the CAA, NRC and NPR were all part of the same attempt, he added. “Mr Modi and Mr Shah were trying to walk over the Constitution and divide the country on the basis of religion and caste. This flag march had been organised to tell Mr Modi and Mr Shah to ‘Chale Jao’,” Mr Kharge stressed.

Maharashtra Congress president and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said that since the day the Congress party was formed, it had always worked for everyone without bearing in mind the distinctions of religion, caste or region.

By contrast, the BJP was trying to strip the citizens of the rights conferred upon them by the Constitution. However, the Congress would not allow them to be successful. In order to free the country from Mr Modi and Mr Shah’s dictatorship, the Congress had launched this new freedom struggle, Mr Thorat claimed.


The Tribune – Shift from paddy to other crops on 7.5 lakh acres

Aimed at conserving water, says CM

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 December 2019. Under crop diversification, the area under paddy cultivation has been considerably reduced, with nearly 7.5 lakh acres shifted from paddy to alternative crops during the 2019 kharif season. Notably, the area under non-basmati paddy during this season was 57.27 lakh acres as compared to 64.8 lakh acres during the 2018 kharif season.

Lauding the efforts of the Agriculture Department, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said this initiative would go a long way in conserving water as paddy was a water-guzzling crop.

He said the government wanted to shift 7 lakh acres more from paddy to cotton, maize, basmati, fruits and vegetables with a view to restoring the water balance in the state.

He said the Agriculture Department had already shifted 7.5 lakh acres from paddy to other crops this year. This included about 3 lakh acres under cotton, 1.27 lakh acres under maize, 2.95 lakh acres under basmati and 17,500 acres under fruits and vegetables.

Drive to reduce use of agrochemicals

Highlighting the major initiatives undertaken by the Agriculture Department this year, Viswajit Khanna, Additional Chief Secretary (Development), said in addition to the crop diversification, the department had also launched a vigorous campaign in kharif-2019 to motivate farmers to reduce the use of agrochemicals, especially nine agrochemicals that had a negative impact on the quality of basmati.

This had brought encouraging results as the chemical residue level in basmati was found to be below minimum residue level (MRL), he said.

Following this initiative, the state farmers had produced high quality basmati crop and got remunerative prices of their produce despite weak international sentiment owing to restrictions on export to Iran, which is a major market for Punjab basmati.

To ensure judicious use of fertilisers, 24.30 lakh soil health cards had already been issued to farmers after testing their soil health and the farmers were requested to apply need-based fertilisers as per PAU recommendations, informed KS Pannu, Secretary Agriculture, Punjab.

Pointing to the drastic reduction in consumption of urea and DAP, Pannu said the consumption of urea in the kharif season was 13.75 lakh tonnes as compared to 14.57 lakh tonnes in 2018, thereby saving Rs 49.20 crore of farmers on this count.

Similarly, the consumption of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) had also registered a decrease of 33,000 tonnes, which was 1.42 lakh tonnes during the season this year as compared to 1.75 lakh tonnes in the 2018 kharif season.


Den Haag (NL)

Den Haag Netherlands
Delftselaan Tram 6, 11 and 12
23 December 2019

Tram 6 on its way to Leyenburg

Tram 12 to Duindorp

Tram 12 to Duindorp turning left

Tram 6 to to Leidschendam Noord

HTM Tramstop Delftselaan
Tram 6 to Leidschendam Noord
Tram 11 and 12 to NS Station Holland Spoor

Tram 12 to NS Station Holland Spoor

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The Statesman – 55 Sikh devotees booked for violating Section 144 in UP

The devotees have been booked for taking out a religious procession from Kiratpur Gurdwara in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district on Sunday to commemorate the Shahidi Diwas

Pilibhit – UP – India, 30 December 2019. About 55 Sikh devotees have been booked for violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) by taking out a religious procession from Kiratpur Gurdwara in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district on Sunday to commemorate the Shahidi Diwas (martyrdom of the sons of Guru Govind Singh).

The FIR names five accused and 50 unidentified persons.

The police said that the procession was taken out without seeking permission from the administration and hence, amounted to violation of Section 144, which prohibits unlawful assembly of four or more persons in an area.

In countries like the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands you do need to apply for permission for any procession or demonstration, mainly to prevent two manifestations taking place on the same day in the same area. But for such a small procession permission will always be given.

55 Sikh devotees booked for violating Section 144 in UP

The Hindu – Five Kashmiri political leaders released after four months of detention

Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 30 December 2019. The leaders released belong to the National Conference, the PDP and the Congress, and were kept under preventive detention, officials said.

The J&K administration started a phased release of detained mainstream leaders on Monday. Five politicians and former legislators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Conference (PC) and the National Conference (NC) were released after five months of detention.

According to an official, the NC’s Ishfaq Jabbar, a former legislator from Ganderbal, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, PDP’s Bashir Mir from Kangan and Zahoor Mir from Pampore, also a former minister; and Peoples Conference’s Yasir Reshi, also a former legislator, were released on in the afternoon.

They are among the over 270 political leaders who were detained during the clampdown launched on mainstream regional parties on 05 August, the day the Centre revoked J&K’s special status. The politicians were initially held in the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar and later shifted to the MLAs Hostel, a former legislators’ residence-turned-sub-jail in Srinagar.

Top official sources said more political leaders are likely to be released in the first fortnight of the new year “as Kashmir has by far remained peaceful”.

An official said around 27 political detainees, including senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar, PDP’s Naeem Akhtar, PC chief Sajad Lone and J&K Peoples Movement president Shah Faesal, continue to remain behind bars, under Section 107, an apparent threat to peace and public tranquillity.

However, NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah, and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti remain in detention in separate sub jails in the city.

Monday’s release of politicians comes more than a month after the November 25 release of two mainstream regional leaders.

None of the detained leaders have been charged with any crime or trespass, not even those who are detained under section 107. Very odd, not very legal, no justice !
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BBC News – Samoa lifts state of emergency over measles epidemic

Samoa has lifted a six-week state of emergency, which was put in place amid a measles epidemic that killed 81 people and infected more than 5,600. Just 200,000 people live on the South Pacific island nation, and vaccination rates are far lower than in neighbouring countries.

Most of those killed in the outbreak were babies and young children. Infection rates slowed earlier this month after a vaccination drive pushed immunisation rates towards 95%. According to aid agencies, this is the level required in order to have “herd immunity” against the disease.

Under the emergency orders put in place last month, schools were closed, travel and public gatherings were restricted, and red flags were placed outside the homes of people who hadn’t been vaccinated.

How did the disease spread?

Globally, measles cases are on the rise, including in the US and Germany, as parents forego life-saving vaccines because of false, repeatedly debunked theories linking childhood immunisation with autism.

Earlier this year a measles outbreak hit Auckland in New Zealand, a hub for people travelling to and from many small Pacific islands.

In Samoa, low vaccination rates are in part due to the deaths of two children in 2018.

The deaths were wrongly attributed to the vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), but were actually caused by nurses mixing the vaccine with a muscle relaxant instead of water.

But this raised local fears around vaccines, and were exploited by anti-vaccination campaigners, also known as “anti-vaxxers”.

Prominent anti-vaxxer Edwin Tamasese was arrested in Samoa earlier this month and charged with incitement against a government order.

Mr Tamamese had posted false theories about measles on Facebook, and instead promoted the use of ineffective remedies to treat the deadly illness, such as using papaya leaf extract and vitamin C.

He also called the government’s vaccination programme “the greatest crime against our people”.


Sikh24.com – Amit Shah threatening dissenting voices, say SAD (Amritsar) and Dal Khalsa

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 December 2019. To pay glowing tributes to Mata Gujri and younger sons (Sahibzade’s) of Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) held a conference in which representatives of Dal Khalsa also participated.

The speakers eulogized the supreme sacrifices of Sahibzade Fateh Singh and Zorawar Singh to uphold the truth, righteousness and principles of religion.

Joining the countrywide demand of withdrawal of CAA and NRC, the speakers fired salvo against Narendra Modi government for enacting divisive and dangerous law. They said the present day Government was dragging the situation leading to another Emergency.

The organizers of today’s conference stood rock behind the students of Jamia, AMU and other universities who had taken to streets to protest against the fascist policies of the Modi-Shah Government. They praised girls and boys students who have borne the brunt of the state repression.

SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann said the spirit of martyrdom exemplified by great Sikh Gurus and Sahibzade’s serves as a beacon light for Sikhs to stand up to tyranny and subjugation of successive governments over the last 550 years of Sikh history.

Taking the Union Government to task for not releasing the Sikh prisoners, Mann said the Modi/Shah duo were playing double game with Sikhs. He targeted the chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh for misleading the people of Punjab by failing to prosecute Sukhbir-Saini-Sauda Sadh.

Dal Khalsa chief Harpal Singh Cheema blamed government for deceiving the Sikhs. On one hand, they issued notification for the release of eight Sikh prisoners, on the other, the government gave ample time to the likes of Maninderjit Bitta to approach the SC to obstruct the path of release.

Party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said that the tenth Guru sacrificed his sons for the sake of the Panth but today’s leaders were sacrificing Panthik interests for the sake of their sons.

Referring to Amit Shah calling the students of various universities protesting the divisive CAA and NRC, he said the language of Home Minister threatening the protesters was that of ‘goonda’. It doesn’t behave well for the office of the HM of the country.

Kanwar Pal Singh also slammed the statement of Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat in which he said students being led to violence while protesting against the new law. He said the statement was clearly political in nature. He said the Narendra Modi government has allowed the army chief to meddle in civil and political affairs, which was in a bad taste.

Amit Shah threatening dissenting voices, say SAD (Amritsar) and Dal Khalsa

Den Haag (NL)

Den Haag Netherlands
Paul Krugerlaan/plein
Tram 12 and Tram 6
23 December 2019

Tram 12 to Duindorp

Krugerplein Tram 6
On the left to Leyenburg
On the right to Leischendam Noord

Den Haag Netherlands
Delftselaan Tram 6
23 December 2019

Tram 11 to Den Haag Station Holland Spoor

Stop eating animals !

Tram 6 to Duindorp

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Hindustan Times – Canada, Oz gurdwaras start free langar tiffin service for students

The 24-hour service is underway at Surrey, to be launched at Plumpton in Melbourne today

Surjit Singh

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 28 December 2019. In a noble gesture, Sikh organisations and gurdwara managements in Canada and Australia have started free packed langar service for students from India.

The service is underway at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, Surrey, in Canada since October and students of all faiths are availing it. Special arrangements have been made to prepare food packets at the langar hall of the gurdwara so that students can carry them easily to their residence, school or place of work.

“Students, especially from Punjab, study overseas away from their families for bright future. They have to face a lot of hardships here. So, our committee has decided to help them, which is the mission of our faith,” said Hardeep Singh Nijjar, president of the managing committee of the gurdwara.

He said: “Most of these students don’t know how to make roti. Ready made dishes such as pizza or burger prove costly for them. Secondly, they are short of time to prepare meal for themselves since they have to cover long distances to attend classes and also go for work for earning money.

Sometimes, many of them sleep without food. Keeping these problems in view, free tiffins are being provided to the needy students as per their requirement.”

“These students are our future and it is our duty to help them,” said gurdwara secretary Bhupinder Singh.

The langar hall is open round the clock and students come here to collect food packets even at night after they get free from work. “We distribute around 100 food packets to students on a given day.

Not only Punjab, students from other states across India are availing this facility,” said Charanjit Singh Sujjon, caretaker of the gurdwara, who also serves food in the langar hall. “Ever since the gurdwara started this service, sangat has increased contribution for the langar,” he added.

Other gurdwaras in Canada are also planning to start this service.

This idea of serving the international students has now been adopted by Sikh bodies in Australia too, where this service will be started at Gurdwara Dal Baba Bidhi Chand Jee Khalsa Shaoni, Plumpton, in Melbourne on Sunday to commemorate the martyrdom of Chaar Sahibzaade (four sons of Guru Gobind Singh) and Mata Gujri (mother of Guru Gobind Singh).

A Sikh organisation, Sikh Volunteers, will also join the humanitarian cause on January 5, the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

Gurdarshan Singh, a representative at Plumpton gurdwara, said: “Considering busy study and work schedule of international students, the service has been launched with the cooperation of sangat.”

“An online system and mobile application has also been introduced to register the needy students for this service,” said Gurtej Singh, a community activist in Melbourne.