The Telegraph – CBI registered 14 cases of economic offences against 18 serving, former lawmakers

The ED has registered 82 cases against the public representatives, he added

New Delhi – India, 09 December 2019. The CBI has registered 14 cases of economic offences against 18 serving and former lawmakers, minister of state for finance Anurag Singh Thakur informed the Lok Sabha on Monday.

“Out of these 18 persons, two are sitting members of Parliament; nine ex members of Parliament; five members of Legislative Assemblies and 2 ex members of Legislative Assemblies,” he said in a written reply.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered 82 cases against public representatives, including former public representatives across the country, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999, he said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) (CBIC) has registered three cases of economic offences across the country against public representatives, he said. Of these cases, two cases have been registered against a former MP and one case againsta former MLA, he added.

He further said that these cases presently are at various stages of investigation and the probes are conducted on the merits of cases without any fear or favour.

“Disclosure of details of these cases at this juncture may not be in larger public interest as the same may hamper the ongoing investigations. Further, disclosure of information in respect of specific assesses is prohibited except as provided under Section 138 of the Income Tax Act, 1961,” he said.

In another reply, Thakur said 15th Finance Commission chairman has presented the first report pertaining to financial year 2020-21 to the President of India on 05 December.

“The recommendations made by the finance commission will be examined in the ministry in consultation with various departments and approval of the cabinet will be sought,” he said.

In accordance with the approval of the cabinet, an explanatory memorandum as to the action taken on the recommendations made by the 15th finance commission will be laid on the floor of both the Houses in Parliament during the Budget Session, he said.

Replying to another question, Thakur said against the Budget estimate of Rs 6.63 lakh crore, the net GST collection between April and November is Rs 3.98 lakh crore. – CBI reopens investigation into sacrilege cases of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 04 December 2019. Around five months after filing a closure report on sacrilege cases, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reopened three sacrilege cases related to Burj Jawahar Singh and Bargari.

It is learnt that six CBI sleuths reached Burj Jawahar Wala on 03 December and recorded statement of six persons including Gora Singh, the granthi of the gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, cashier Pritam Kaur, one Ranjit Singh and three other villagers.

It is noteworthy here that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a closure report in sacrilege cases on 04 July in three cases pertaining to the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Later, the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has nullified the CBI’s closure report.

These three cases pertain to the theft of a holy saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from village Burj Jawahar Singh in June-2015, pasting of provocative posters in Bargari and committing sacrilege by scattering the sacred Angs of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in Bargari.

On being approached by media, Gora Singh informed that the CBI team repeated all those questions which were asked by different investigating agencies and judicial commissions in the past four years.

While a SIT of the Punjab Police had nominated three followers of Dera Sacha Sauda: Mohinder Pal Bittu (who was killed in Nabha Jail on June 22 this year), Sukhjinder Singh and Shakti Singh, the filing of the closure report by the CBI in this case had led to a lot of political uproar.

In this political and religious upheaval over the sacrilege incidents and the filing of the closure report by the CBI, in August this year, the agency had taken a U-turn and approached the CBI Special Court in Mohali, saying it wanted to carry on the probe in these three cases.

CBI reopens investigation into sacrilege cases of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari

Antwerpen Berchem – De Lijn & Gent-Sint-Pieters

Antwerpen Berchem
De Lijn & NMBS
25 November 2019

Tram 4 to Hoboken

Tram 4 to Hoboken, Tram 9 to Antwerpen Linkeroever

Tram 4 to Silsburg, Tram 9 to Ekstelaar
Tram 11 terminates here

The square in-between the NMBS and the De Lijn station

NMBS Station –  Waiting for the train to Gent

27 November 2019

IC Train to Eupen via Brussel, Leuven and Luik (Liège)

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Man in Blue – Hindu mandir in Britain hosts politically motivated speech, calling Labour Party ‘anti-Modi’

A clear call to action to the ‘Indian’ vote in the coming UK elections.

In a video from a Hindu mandir in Britain, a man is seen giving a speech urging British Hindus and Sikhs to vote in favour of Britain’s Conservative party, led by current UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The National Hindu Council of Temples in the UK has previously come under fire for material on its website and sending out emails to its members that openly praised and supported Theresa May, and expressed strong distaste for Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party.

“The trustees [of NHCT] have assured us that the charity is politically neutral and will not seek to or indicate that it supports a particular political party or candidate,” said a spokesperson for the Charity Commission at the time.

However, the recent speech delivered on the mandir’s premises (above) supports the Conservative Party, and disavows the Labour Party, once again mentioning Jeremy Corbyn.

The speech also asserts that the Labour Party is “anti-Modi,” and are “supporters of separatist jihadis,” apparently drawing upon Indian politics to motivate Hindu voters in Britain. This speech came the same day that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu mandir in London and vowed to support Narendra Modi.

The Print – Over 1,000 scientists oppose citizenship bill, say it violates spirit of Constitution

Read full text of statement signed by more than 1,000 scientists & scholars who say they find it troubling that bill uses    religion as a criterion to determine citizenship.

Bengaluru -Karnataka – India, 09 December 2019. In a statement circulated online, more than 1,000 Indian scientists and scholars from the country and abroad have released a statement opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill tabled Lok Sabha by the Narendra Modi government Monday.

The 2019 bill, which was approved by the Union cabinet on 4 December, seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there.

In the statement, the scientists have argued that the “use of religion as a criterion for citizenship” would be a “radical break” with the idea of independent, post-colonial India. The bill is a proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act 1955 and would reduce the residence period in India from 11 years to six years to obtain citizenship.

Drafted over the weekend, tT. These include scientists and research scholars from institutions such as various IITs, the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS, Bengaluru), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR, Mumbai), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Indian Statistical Institute, and different IISERs as well as international institutes such as Harvard University, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, Nikhef Amsterdam, and Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics.

Signatories also include directors of major research institutions, such as Rajesh Gopakumar of ICTS, Sandip Trivedi of TIFR, and Atish Dabholkar of International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy.

We are a group of Indian scientists and scholars

We are issuing this statement in our personal capacity as concerned citizens to express our dismay at the reported plans to table the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in the parliament. We do not have access to the exact text of the current version of the Bill.

Our statement is based on media reports and the text of the previous version of the Bill that was passed by the Lok Sabha in January 2019. Nevertheless, we feel compelled to issue this statement already at this point of time in view of the reports that the Bill may be tabled in parliament early next week and may be taken up for voting in both houses soon after.

We understand that the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The stated intent of the Bill is to provide refuge to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries.

While we support this laudable objective, we find it deeply troubling that the Bill uses religion as a legal criterion for determining Indian citizenship.

The idea of India that emerged from the independence movement, and as enshrined in our constitution, is that of a country that aspires to treat people of all faiths equally. The use of religion as a criterion for citizenship in the proposed bill would mark a radical break with this history and would be inconsistent with the basic structure of the constitution.

We fear, in particular, that the careful exclusion of Muslims from the ambit of the Bill will greatly strain the pluralistic fabric of the country.

We note that article 14 of the Indian constitution prohibits the State from denying “to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.” While it is the job of legal experts to determine whether this draft bill violates the letter of the constitution, it seems certain to us that it violates its spirit.

For the reasons mentioned above, we call for the immediate withdrawal of this bill and as its replacement request for appropriate legislation that will address the concerns of refugees and minorities in a non-discriminatory manner.

Over 1,000 scientists oppose citizenship bill, say it violates spirit of Constitution