The Telegraph – Goa church appeal to government to revoke CAA

Reverend Filipe also appealed to the government not to implement the NRC and NPR

Panaji – Goa – India, 10 February 2020. The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao, has urged the Centre to “immediately and unconditionally revoke the Citizenship (Amendment) Act” and stop quashing the “right to dissent”. He also appealed to the government not to implement the proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register.

Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media, a wing of the Goa Church, in a statement on Saturday said: “The Archbishop and the Catholic community of Goa would like to appeal to the government to listen to the voice of millions in India, to stop quashing the right to dissent and, above all, to immediately and unconditionally revoke the CAA and desist from implementing the NRC and the NPR.”

The CAA, NRC and NPR are “divisive and discriminatory”, the church said. “We have always taken great pride that our beloved country is a secular, sovereign, socialist, pluralistic and democratic republic.” The fact that the CAA uses religion goes against the secular fabric, it said.

“It goes against the spirit and heritage of our land which, since times immemorial, has been a welcoming home to all, founded on the belief that the whole world is one big family,” the church said.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/goa-church-appeal-to-government-to-revoke-caa/cid/1743788?ref=india_india-page

Sikh24.com – High intensity blast leaves three dead and more than 10 injured during Nagar Kirtan near Tarn Taran

By Sikh24 Editors

Tarn Taran – Panjab – India, 08 February 2020. A high intensity blast occurred in a tractor-trailer today that claimed three lives and left several seriously injured near Daleke village of Tarn Taran district. The tractor-trailer was a part of religious procession being taken out from Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh (village Pahuwind) to Gurdwara Tahla Sahib (village Chabba).

The deceased devotees have been identified as Gurpreet Singh (12), Manpreet Singh (18) and Mandeep Singh.

The injured devotees have been identified as Gurkirat Singh, Gursimran Singh, Gurnoor Singh, Harnoor Singh, Niravdeep Singh, Ajaypal Singh, Paramjot Singh, Gursharan Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Dawinderbir Singh and Sarabjot Singh.

“The procession had just reached Daleke when the blast took place in a trailer of a tractor in which a chemical was stored,” said Manjinder Singh, a villager.

Six to seven teenagers were on the trailer that was a part of the procession. “The teenagers were making sounds resembling gunshots during the procession by using the chemical stored in the trailer,” Manjinder Singh said.

All the victims were immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital and Guru Nanak Dev Super Specialty Hospital of Tarn Taran.

Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki immediately reached on the spot of incident and took stock of the situation.

High intensity blast leaves three dead and more than 10 injured during Nagar Kirtan near Tarn Taran

Den Haag – Den Haag Centraal

Den Haag Centraal
31 December 2019


Den Haag – Mini Manhattan


Either Tram 9 or 15


Either Tram 9 or 15


Den Haag Centraal – Low level tram platforms
Tram 9 to Scheveningen Noord


Tram 9 to Scheveningen Noord


Den Haag Centraal – Low level tram platforms
Viaduct to high level platforms

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Evening Express – Taking steps towards city’s new Sikh temple [Gurdwara]

Emma Morrice

Aberdeen – Scotland – UK, 08 February 2020. Plans to refurbish a former nursery into a Sikh temple [Gurdwara] have taken a step forward.

Aberdeen Sikh Sangat said that it hoped to open its new temple [Gurdwara] in the former Timber Kinder Garden nursery on St Ninians Place in Seaton this summer.

Now the building warrant to begin the £50,000 renovation for the gurdwara, has been submitted to Aberdeen City Council, which will allow the group to start refurbishing the site.

Under the proposals, the current building will be altered to allow it to be used as a Sikh Gurdwara.

Plans to refurbish a former nursery into a Gurdwara have taken a step forward.

Aberdeen Sikh Sangat said that it hoped to open its new Gurdwara in the former Timber Kinder Garden nursery on St Ninians Place in Seaton this summer.

Now the building warrant to begin the £50,000 renovation for the temple, or gurdwara, has been submitted to Aberdeen City Council, which will allow the group to start refurbishing the site.

Under the proposals, the current building will be altered to allow it to be used as a Sikh temple [Gurdwara], with a section of the building also planned to be converted to allow for accommodation for a live-in priest [granthi – not priest] to be included.

With the community originally beginning by getting together for prayers and kirtan (hymn singing) in homes, the charity was set up in 2012 with the view to moving into a dedicated location.

As well as providing a gurdwara for the 30 to 40 families that make up Aberdeen’s Sikh community, it would also be available for use for the wider public.

The congregation has already begun meeting in the building, with everyone welcome to come along.

Charity trustee Suki Pooni said the community was also getting involved in the renovation works. He added: “We’re trying to get people involved and engaged, they’re spending their weekends helping.

“For the project we’ll be doing a mix between contractors and doing what we can. “We really want to engage with the community and help out people in the Seaton area.” The group has also launched a fundraising page this week to raise money towards the refurbishment costs.

So far, more than £ 150 has been raised in the past few days.
Anyone interested in supporting the project costs can donate online at
bit.ly/31Acfsy

Taking steps towards city’s new Sikh temple

Dawn – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said India’s ruling Bhartya Janata Party (BJP) was facing imminent defeat in New Delhi polls due to premier Narendra Modi’s contentious moves concerning new citizenship laws.

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 10 February 2020. Addressing a gathering of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) in Islamabad, the foreign minister said several countries that had deepened their ties with India, were reevaluating their relationships after the government’s questionable moves in occupied Kashmir and its introduction of discriminatory laws.

“However, while it it true that everyone speaks of ethics and doing the right thing, their actions are always in line with safeguarding their own economic interests.”

He further said that India’s economic growth has halved since the BJP came back into power. “We are worried that India may try to stage a Pulwama-like false flag operation to move its own peoples’ focus on Pakistan, instead of on its own economic situation,” Qureshi said.

Speaking of economic growth and stability, Qureshi said, “The world will take Pakistan seriously when we are financially stable.

“That is why I am here today, so that we can come up with ways for the foreign ministry to facilitate the finance ministry and other ministries in establishing contact with other countries and forging better ties with them.

“This will help us learn from them and also work with them,” Qureshi said while adding that Pakistan has seen deindustrialisation in recent years.

“The question is about when this process started. If industries are shutting down now, something must have happened in the past few years to have triggered the process. No one sets an industry up with the feasibility of a year or six months in mind, they think years ahead of time.

“However, I am not here to place blame or play politics, I am here to find a way forward,” the foreign minister said.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1533610/modis-bjp-facing-defeat-in-delhi-polls-due-to-contentious-citizenship-laws-fm-qureshi