The Statesman – Kolkata’s tram fleet to be expanded, plans already on

Kolkata’s tram system operated by the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC).

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The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) is working on plans to roll out ten more air-conditioned trams within this year.

Kolkata – West Bengal – India, 10 January 2020. The city’s iconic transport system, its tramways, which has become quite an attraction after undergoing a cool makeover recently, is soon to have a larger fleet.

The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) is working on plans to roll out ten more air-conditioned trams within this year. The existing fleet, according to sources in WBTC, has around 33 new and old trams running on different routes of the city.

The ten new trams being manufactured in the Nonapukur Workshop will soon trundle along the city routes. The first fleet of AC trams was rolled on the tracks in the month of March last year and since then have become one of the choicest transport systems on their route.

The 36 ft long single-bogie tram running in Shyam Bazar and Esplanade, one of the busiest routes of the city, became a huge draw among commuters. Despite higher fares than non-AC trams, the cool bogies became a star, attracting large numbers of passengers while generating better revenues.

Since their maiden journey, the single-coach trams have brought new hope not only for WBTC, but also for the lovers of the city’s most iconic vintage transport. As the single bogies do not add to the traffic, are faster and require fewer manpower to run, the WBTC has schemes of reviving some of the routes in the city.

According to sources, the WBTC started the revamp work of a 800 m stretch of tracks in various directions from Esplanade, which is a major junction of tram services. Once completed, the network will enable connectivity to and from Nonapukur tram depot, Shyam Bazar, Belgachhia and so on.

Kolkata’s tram fleet to be expanded, plans already on


The Tribune – Sikh man’s murder in Pakistan was plotted by fiancée as she didn’t want to marry him: Police

Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 10 January 2020. The death of a 25-year-old Sikh man in Pakistan has turned out to be a “contract killing”, according to police, who have arrested his fiancee, who did not want to marry him.

On Saturday, Parvinder Singh was shot dead by unidentified gunmen weeks before his marriage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. His killing drew sharp condemnation from India which demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.

The blind murder case of Singh had been cracked and his 18-year-old fiancee Prem Kumari arrested for her alleged involvement in plotting the murder, police said.

A senior security official told The Express Tribune on Thursday that it was a “contract killing” paid for by Prem, who didn’t want to marry Singh, a resident of the remote Shangla district of the province.

“She promised the hitmen Rs 7 lakh for his murder,” the official added. “Part of the committed money was paid in advance, while the rest had to be paid after the murder.”

The investigation team, led by Peshawar’s capital city police officer, cracked the case after four days of arduous investigation in which officials from other investigative and intelligence agencies also provided valuable clues, the report said.

Their marriage was fixed for 28 January.

The police in its initial report said Singh and Prem loved each other, their engagement was done with their consent and both had started preparations for their marriage. However, Prem later befriended a Muslim youth who happened to be the brother of her friend’s.

The police said Prem called Singh to Mardan and took him to a home where Prem’s friend with other accomplices killed Singh.

The killers shifted the body from Mardan to Peshawar and threw it in the open fields near Chamakani, a rural area of Peshawar district, where police found the body on 05 January.

Prem even agreed to convert to marry the Muslim friend, police said, adding that they were trying to arrest the other accused. Prem’s family lives in Mohalla Sherdad Abad in Mardan district. Her father is a Hindu and mother a Sikh.

Parvinder Singh had returned to Pakistan after working in Malaysia for six years.

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Geo TV – Sikh girl from Nankana Sahib tells LHC she married Muslim man by choice

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 10 January 2020. A young Sikh woman from Nankana Sahib in Punjab on Thursday said that she had married a Muslim man of her own free will and converted to Islam for him, reported The News.

Jagjeet Kaur, while appearing in the hearing of a case related to her conversion and marriage at the Lahore High Court, said in the courtroom that she had married Muhammad Hassaan and wished to stay with him.

Jagjeet Kaur had been brought to the court from Darul Aman under strict security arrangements to attend hearing of a petition by her brother seeking determination of her age.

The petitioner claimed that his sister was not of age to take decisions about her marriage or religious conversion of her own accord. Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi also allowed petitioner Manmohan Singh to have a meeting with his sister in the court.

After the meeting, Kaur told the court that her brother tried to persuade her to go back home but she did not want to go with him. The girl was given the name of Ayesha after her conversion.

Singh claimed that his sister was under pressure and needed to be given more time to make a final decision. The investigating officer in the case also asked the court to adjourn proceedings in light of the law and order situation in the area.

Angry protesters had last week had become embroiled in a scuffle with the police in Nankana Sahib over the arrest of some unidentified individuals in a case involving the marriage of a young couple. The protesters had dispersed after negotiations with the government who assured them of justice.

The main culprit accused of orchestrating a demonstration near the Sikh holy site in the small town of Nankana Sahib in Punjab was arrested for his role in the affair, according to a representative of the provincial government.

The judge hearing the case related to the marriage of the young couple has adjourned further hearings till January 23 and sent the girl back to the Darul Aman.

Dawn – EU diplomats reject Indian invitation of ‘guided tour’ to occupied Kashmir

Srinagar/Jammu – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 09 January 2020. Ambassadors from European countries have rejected India’s invitation for a two-day visit to occupied Kashmir, seeking instead the “freedom to meet the people unescorted”, several Indian media outlets reported on Wednesday.

According to Associated Press, envoys from 15 countries including the United States are visiting occupied Kashmir starting from Thursday (today) for two days, the first by New Delhi-based diplomats since India revoked the special status of the region and imposed a harsh crackdown in August 2019.

The diplomats are expected to meet civil society members and government officials during their visit to Srinagar and Jammu, officials said. Details are not immediately available, but they are expected to receive a briefing on the security situation from various agencies.

The Press Trust of India news agency said diplomats representing Bangladesh, Vietnam, Norway, the Maldives, South Korea, Morocco and Nigeria will be part of the delegation.

According to NDTV, European diplomats said they didn’t want a “guided tour” of the occupied territory and “would visit later and meet the people they want to meet”.

Quoting diplomatic sources, The Hindu reported that diplomats from the EU had decided not to accept the invitation and asked for “more freedom to travel and meet people unescorted”.

Consequently, the Indian government has decided to organise a separate visit for the European envoys at a later date, the report added. The report says Australia, Afghanistan and the Gulf countries were also invited for the visit but declined due to “other commitments”.

“While many ambassadors are still on winter vacations and have not returned to Delhi, some are dealing with the fallout of US-Iran tensions on the region,” the report said, quoting diplomats.

“When asked, government sources denied any suggestion that EU envoys had pulled out due to restrictions in the programme, saying the government was unable to accommodate all 28 countries on this trip,” The Hindu said.

In October of last year, a group of European Parliament members had visited occupied Kashmir. Nearly 30 Euro MPs, drawn mainly from extreme right-wing parties, were the first international delegation to visit occupied Kashmir since India imposed a security clampdown in August last year.

While the Indian government projected the visit as a sign of easing restrictions, the European parliament and European Union hierarchy were not involved, raising some diplomatic doubts.

The lockdown in the occupied region has crossed 150 days with the security and communication clampdown now in its fifth month.

With international pressure mounting to restore freedoms, Indian authorities claim they have ‘eased’ some restrictions, such as lifting roadblocks and restoring landlines and some mobile phone services. The scenario for 12.5 million Kashmiris, however, is far from normal.