The Hindustan Times – Impossible, says NCP on Anant Hegde’s Rs 40,000 cr claim; Fadnavis agrees

Devendra Fadnavis, whose second term is the second shortest tenure of a chief minister in Maharashtra, said the state government’s role in the bullet train project was limited to acquiring land for the ambitious project.

Ketaki Ghoge

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India. Anant K Hegde, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s five-time MP from Karnataka, has come up with a bizarre theory around Devendra Fadnavis’s 80-hour-long stint as chief minister.

Hegde claimed that Fadnavis’ record tenure of just a little over three days was designed to divert Rs 40,000 crore from the state treasury back to the central government, a claim that forced Fadnavis to stand in front of the television cameras to issue a firm denial.

“I deny the statement and reports that I returned money sent by the Centre to Maharashtra,” the former chief minister said.

Fadnavis, whose second term is the second shortest tenure of a chief minister in Maharashtra, said the state government’s role in the bullet train project was limited to acquiring land for the ambitious project.

The former chief minister also pointed that everyone who understood how funds move between the Centre and the states would realise that the statement was baseless. He did not name Anant K Hegde in his rebuttal.

“Anyone who understands how Central and state governments accounting systems work will not make such statements. The state finance department can probe this. I think those who make such statements and others who are giving reactions to them are both in the wrong,” Fadnavis said.

Fadnavis had hoped to have a longer stint when he quietly took oath as chief minister in a surprising turn of events on 23 November. He had the support of Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar.

But his new partner, its pre-poll ally Shiv Sena had walked out on him over the chief minister’s chair, wasn’t able to get other NCP legislators to switch their loyalties.

Shiv Sena boss Uddhav Thackeray finally replaced him last week, in Maharashtra’s first-of-its kind partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress. Anant Hegde’s claim was so bizarre that the Nationalist Congress Party’s Nawab Malik appeared reluctant to believe it either.

“It is not possible,” Nawab Malik said. But he didn’t let the opportunity to jab the BJP and Fadnavis either. If it has happened, it exposes the BJP’s face, the NCP leader said as he attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded his resignation for the transfer of funds.

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut was unforgiving. In a tweet, he flagged Anant Hedge’s comment that Fadnavis had moved the money to the Centre before mounting his attack. “This is treachery with Maharashtra,” he said, tagging chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s handle.

This isn’t the first time that Anant Hegde has embarrassed his party. Like when in 2017 he claimed that the BJP would amend the constitution to exclude secularism from the preamble. That row had led to a major uproar in parliament too.

Right ahead of the national elections this year, the BJP leader had tweeted in support of Pragya Singh Thakur over her comments describing Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a patriot. He was then told by his party to delete the tweets.

The Tribune – New SGPC team favours tech to propagate religion

G S Paul Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 01 December 2019. The newly elected SGPC team comprises a majority of academically sound members having progressive approach who advocate propagating religious activities with adoption of modern ways.

The general house held on 27 November has nominated four office-bearers, including the president, senior vice-president, general secretary and junior vice-president, besides the 11-member executive body for the next annual term.

While there are eight members who possess post-graduate degrees, one JBT degree-holder, two have passed higher secondary and three are matriculate.

While president Gobind Singh Longowal and senior vice-president Rajinder Singh Mehta are post-graduates, general secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami is a law graduate. The junior vice-president Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa had passed second year graduation.

Longowal has already prioritised to raise the education standard bar of the SGPC-run institutes, besides propagating religious activities.

Mehta said digital techniques worked wonders if taken in a right perspective. “The dharma parchar goals will have wider reach, especially among the new generation through animated technology. On the lines of the animated film, Char Sahibzaade, which was widely admired and reached globally, encouragement should be given to make more such films of religious episodes,” he said.

Similarly, he said steps need to be initiated to explore the content of udasis (travels) of Guru Nanak. Also, the upkeep of out of state gurdwaras like Gurdwara Gyan Godri, Gurdwara Dangmaar and Jagan Nath Puri which were directly associated with Guru Nanak also need due attention for their upkeep and sanctity.

Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa also said besides raising the education standard, more schools should be built.

Brustem – Celebration of the 550th Janam Din of Guru Nanak Sahib

Brustem – Sint-Truiden – Limburg – België
Brustem vliegveld – Divan in hangar !
17 November 2019

Many sitting, many queuing up to pay respect to the
Guru Granth Sahib and/or to enjoy some cha/pakore

Join the queue !

Plenty beards and pagris !
Ladies sat on the other side of the queue

Kirtan: Dilruba – Sarangi – Tablas

It was getting a bit too busy to my taste

The hangar transformed into temporary Gurdwara

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Yorkshire Post – Sikh statue unveiled in Yorkshire to honour soldiers

Lucy Leeson

Huddersfield – West Yorkshire – UK, 01 December 2019. A statue of a Sikh soldier has been unveiled in Yorkshire to commemorate the thousands who fought and died in both World Wars.

As well as being symbolic to those who fought in both World Wars, the statue also recognises the role Sikh soldiers continue to play in the armed forces to this day.

The statue, which has cost in the region of £65,000, has been made possible thanks to generous donations from members of the public and was commissioned by the Sikh Soldier Organisation (SS0), with the support of the Army, the Royal British Legion and Kirklees Council.

A special ceremony was held to unveil the statue on Saturday and it now takes pride of place in West Yorkshire.

The SSO revealed Huddersfield had been chosen to display the monumental statue due to its “vibrant” Sikh community.

More than 83,000 Sikhs were killed and many more wounded during both World War One and World War Two.

Kalvinder Bhullar, of the SSO, described the artwork as an “emotional piece” and a “stunning sculpture”.

He also praised the public for their support.

He said: “We’ve accomplished our mission to get the statue put in place and the support we have had has been overwhelming.

“Huddersfield’s vibrant Sikh community is one of the reason’s whey the town has been chosen for the perfect location of the statue.

The statue, which is around 6ft high, was unveiled to dignataries from across the county on Saturday with a special ceremony to mark its permanent home in the West Yorkshire town.

The Hindu – Country shares Rahul Bajaj’s sentiment: Congress

Special Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 02 December 2019. In the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at an event in Mumbai, Mr. Bajaj said people feared criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Industrialist Rahul Bajaj’s remark on the atmosphere of fear is a sentiment shared by the entire country across all sectors, the Congress said on Sunday.

In the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at an event in Mumbai on Saturday, Mr Bajaj said people feared criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), one could criticise the government without fear, he said. “if we criticise you, there is no guarantee that you will appreciate that.”

Palpable fear

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera welcomed Mr Bajaj’s comments. “What Mr Rahul Bajaj has said is a sentiment shared by the country across sectors. The atmosphere has been vitiated in the last five years. If there is no harmony in society, how do you expect investors to put up their money,” he asked.

At event on Friday, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said there was a “palpable climate of fear”.

The Congress said the Modi government could not find a cure for the ailing economy since it was not willing    to acknowledge the “pathogens” that infected it. “They don’t know what are the mistakes which led to this situation. The first fatal blow to the economy was demonetisation, followed by a badly implemented Goods and Services Tax,” Mr. Khera said.

He also asked why the government was patting its back on the GST collection for November, at Rs 1,03,492 crore, after it dipped below the Rs 1 lakh crore mark for three successive months. “This was the collection target in 2017.”