The News – Grant for smart city control system for Nankana Sahib approved

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 January 2019. the Panjab government Tuesday approved the supplementary grant for the smart city control system for district Nankana Sahib and lifted a ban on hiring technical cadre officials in special branch.

The approval was given in the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Cabinet for Finance chaired by Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat attended by Punjab Minister for Industry and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal, adviser to chief minister Dr Salman Shah, Chief Secretary Azam Suleman, Chairman Planning and Development Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh and other officials of the departments concerned.

The meeting also approved the sharing of the Fisheries Department in accordance with the KP in Mianwali Chasma link canal, bypass road construction between Dijkot Samundri to Canal Rekh Branch Dijkot, inclusion of Wazirabad Cardiology Institute in IRMNCH&N in ongoing annual development plan, construction of hostels for teachers and students in DG Khan Teaching Hospital, release of funds for Anmol Hospital Lahore, and resale of funds for maternity ambulances in the deprived areas.

The meeting orders the social welfare department to justify the appointment on vacant seats, reasons of increase of PKLI cost, performance of Safe City Authority along with its overall financial plans.

The meeting also reviewed to bring the Safe City Authority under Home Department and conversion the safe city into smart city.

Later, chairing another meeting to review the Annual Development Plan, it was informed that out of total Rs 350 billion ADP, planning and development department approved Rs 175 billion worth schemes while Rs 169 billion were released by the Finance Department against approved schemes. However, only 53 percent was released budget was utilised.

The chief secretary instructed the departments to complete the district development selection committee by January 15 and Provincial Development Working Party by February 29.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/591688-grant-for-smart-city-control-system-for-nankana-approved

Sikh24.com – Madhya Pradesh: Administration devastates 9 houses and 200 acres wheat cultivated land of Sikhs

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Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh – India, 01 January 2020. On December 30, the Madhya Pradesh administration devastated 9 houses of Sikhs and 200 acres of wheat in Patari, Gothra, Panwada and Lehroni villages of Tehsil Karhal (District Sheopur). Notably, these Sikhs had been living here for more than three decades after migrating from Punjab and Haryana.

Sharing the details with media, victim Sikh farmer Gulzar Singh Bajwa informed that the Sikh farmers had inhabited the land in these forest villages after migrating here more than three decades ago. “We are living here by constructing houses and cultivating land from a long time. We even have registries of this land except some public land,” he added.

Bajwa further informed that around 150 Police cops reached into their villages under the patronage of SDM on Monday morning and devastated their houses and wheat cultivated land with JCB machines and tractors within few hours. The cops didn’t even refrain from throwing out crying children, women and old aged members of their families.

“When we asked the administration not to destroy our legal homes, they didn’t listen to us instead they arrested Rajwinder Singh, Subhash and Sonu for opposing them,” Bajwa informed while adding that he has also been booked along with Jobanpreet Singh under the charges of hindering public work.

It is pertinent to note here that the Congress party is ruling in Madhya Pradesh and the 1984 Sikh genocide culprit Kamal Nath is serving as a chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

Meanwhile, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa has strongly condemned this move of Madhya Pradesh administration and has sought Union Home Ministry’s intervention to save lives and livelihood of Sikhs. “A delegation of Sikhs will soon depart for Madhya Pradesh to take stock of the situation and every possible assistance will be provided to the victim Sikh families,” he added.

Madhya Pradesh: Administration devastates 9 houses and 200 acres wheat cultivated land of Sikhs

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News18.com – Gurdwara Body Chief alleges forceful expulsion of Sikhs from MP Villages, seeks Home Minister’s intervention

Alleging that Kamal Nath is patronising the violent protests against the Sikhs in some villages in Karhal Tehsil of Sheopur District. Sirsa, who is also spokesperson of BJP’s ally SAD, said in a statement that a DSGMC delegation will meet the affected families.

New Delhi – India, 01 January 2020. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Tuesday sought the intervention of Home Minister Amit Shah claiming that Sikhs are being forcibly expelled from some villages in Madhya Pradesh and demanded strong action against Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

Alleging that Kamal Nath is patronising the violent protests against the Sikhs in some villages in Karhal Tehsil of Sheopur district, Sirsa, who is also spokesperson of BJP’s ally SAD, said in a statement that a DSGMC delegation will meet the affected families.

The DSGMC demands immediate intervention from Home Minister Amit Shah in the matter and the Union government should act fast to protect lives and property of the Sikhs residing in these villages, Sirsa said.

Action should also be taken against CM Nath for “patronizing” these protests, he added.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/gurdwara-body-chief-alleges-forceful-expulsion-of-sikhs-from-mp-villages-seeks-home-ministers-intervention-2441873.html

Scroll.in – Jammu and Kashmir: SMS services, blocked since August, to be restored at midnight

The Union Territory’s administration has also decided to restore internet services in hospitals.

Jammu – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 31 December 2019. Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said on Tuesday that SMS services will be restored in the Union Territory from midnight, ANI reported.

SMS services, along with mobile internet and all other forms of communications, were shut down on August 5, when India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has also decided to restore internet services in hospitals, Scroll.in has learnt.

The Ladakh administration on December 27 restored 4G mobile internet connectivity in Kargil, after a gap of 145 days. However, mobile internet services remain blocked in the Kashmir Valley. Postpaid mobile phone services were restored across all networks in the Kashmir Valley on October 14.

Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Ram Madhav said on December 27 that internet connectivity can be restored in the Kashmir Valley based on the assessment of security. “I’m expecting that things will be restored soon,” he said.

The Centre, apart from imposing a lockdown in the erstwhile state, had also put mainstream political leaders like National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest.

Farooq Abdullah was later detained under the Public Security Act, and his detention extended on December 14 by three months. On Monday, India released five political detainees, two from the National Conference and three from the Peoples Democratic Party.

India has faced increasing international pressure to bring Kashmir back to normalcy. On October 25, the United States had asked India to provide a road map for the restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, including the immediate release of all political detainees.

“We continue to press for the release of detainees for the full restoration of everyday services, but most importantly, for a roadmap for the restoration of political and economic normalcy,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said.

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