Tolo News – Four security force members killed in Kapisa province

The attack happened at an outpost of local police and public uprising forces in Kapisa.

Nijrab district – Kapisa province – Afghanistan. Four members of local police and public uprising forces were killed in a Taliban attack in Nijrab district, Kapisa province, on Friday evening, the provincial police spokesman Shayiq Shorish said.

Other sources said seven members of local police and public uprising forces were killed in the attack. The incident took place in Afghania village in Nijrab district, Shorish said.

The area has been embattled for the past 10 years. It was cleared of the Taliban last year and this is the first battle in the district after the US-Taliban deal and the weeklong reduction in violence back in February. Shorish said three Taliban militants were killed in the attack.

The Taliban has not commented on the attack. This comes a day after the Taliban attacked an outpost in Zabul province in the south of Afghanistan with the help of infiltrators, killing at least 17 members of the Afghan army and Afghan police.

The Ministry of Defense vowed to “avenge” the Zabul attack.

The fighting between government forces and the Taliban intensified after acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid last week announced a shift in the Afghan forces’ status from “defensive” to “active defensive.”

The Defense Ministry, in two statements on Friday, said that at least 19 Taliban fighters were killed in government forces operations, responding to Taliban attacks, in Faryab and Balkh provinces.

https://tolonews.com/afghanistan/4-security-force-members-killed-kapisa

VijfWindgatenstraat – Sint-Pauluskerk

Vijfwindgatenstraat
15 February 2020


De Lijn Tram 2 to Zwijnaarde


De Lijn Tram 2 to Zwijnaarde
Tram 1 from Depot to Evergem

Sint-Pauluskerk
16 February 2020


I love this church, also the interior looks different


Nice gateway underneath the tower


Those that know their churches recognise the building plan


Sint-Pauluskerk
Smidsestraat 1, 9000 Gent
Vaut un détour
as they say in the Guide Michelin

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Tribune – Martyrdom anniversary – The editor who refused to testify against Bhagat Singh, his associates

Vishav Bharti – Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 20 March 2020. “I consider it revolting to my conscience to answer any question or make any statement as a witness so long as the accused are not here to cross-examine me and scrutinise my statement,” replied prosecution witness No. 347 to the Special Tribunal constituted to try Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru in the Saunders murder case (later known as the Second Lahore Conspiracy Case).

The court wanted to know if revolutionary Bhagwati Charan Vohra had got the constitution of Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA) printed by The Tribune. The prosecution witness was shown draconian provisions of the Indian Penal Code, but he remained unfazed: “I am sorry I cannot answer the question.

I cannot disobey my conscience.” The brave witness was The Tribune Assistant Editor Rana Jang Bahadur Singh. He, like the legendary Kalinath Ray, later served as Editor of The Tribune.

The tribunal wanted to know whether the newspaper had helped in printing the HSRA constitution. The document was later hailed as a vital intellectual contribution of the revolutionary movement to the freedom struggle. Later, Singh recalled that his stand was in consonance with the demand of justice.

In an interview to The Cambridge University’s South Asian Archive in 1975, which was put in public domain recently, he said, “I appeared before the tribunal as a witness on behalf of The Tribune.

I had decided not to give evidence because I had learnt that Sardar Bhagat Singh and his comrades had, for certain very convincing reasons of their own, refused to appear before that tribunal.”

He said he had gone prepared to undergo whatever penalty the tribunal prescribed for contempt of court. “Came back home happy that I had been able to respect the dictates of my conscience.”

The simple episode, he said, was illustrative of the fact that everybody was then inspired by the wave triggered by the political action of these revolutionaries. “Even if I didn’t like the murder of the policeman, I could not reconcile myself to giving evidence against those who were on trial.”

Recounting his association with the revolutionaries, Rana Jang Bahadur Singh said many of them were frequent visitors to his house in Lahore’s Krishna Nagar. “Since I was a bachelor and my house was a very convenient place, they used to assemble there quite often.

And I also remember that they had left a box. I never knew what it contained but it was after years, when I was married, that it was revealed to me that the box had explosives.”

Sharing his bond with martyr Bhagwati Charan Vohra, he said, “These young men, among whom Bhagat Singh towered, had set their heart on propagating their views.”

Following her husband Bhagwati Charan Vohra’s death, Durga bhabhi stayed at Rana Jang Bahadur Singh’s house for three weeks, writes Kama Maclean, Associate Professor of South Asian and World History at University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Shortly after, Durga Devi left Lahore, disguised in a burqa. When Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were executed on 23 March 1931, there were mass protests across India.

“I feel the stellar role of Jang Bahadur Singh vis-a-vis martyr Vohra has gone unsung in history,” says Chandigarh-based chronicler of freedom movement Malwinderjit Singh Waraich.

“Vohra first took the manuscript to the editor of The Tribune for the purpose of being printed, but the editor concerned, having read its contents, declined to do so. Thereupon, it was taken to Lala Salig Ram, proprietor of Arorbans Press, Lahore, who printed it.

The manifesto was one among the incriminating documents recovered from various houses occupied by the revolutionaries,” says Waraich.

About Rana Jang Bahadur Singh

Hailing from UP, at the young age of 16 he joined Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement. He was initiated into journalism in 1924-25 by Maulana Mohd Ali. During 1925-27, he edited Nation, a weekly from Lahore. Later, he joined The Tribune and served the newspaper for 21 years. Taking over as Editor in 1946 during the turbulent days of Partition, he boldly stood against communal forces.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/the-editor-who-refused-to-testify-against-bhagat-singh-his-associates-58895

The Hindustan Times – Elderly Sikh man shoved out of UK store in corona-virus panic

The elderly Sikh man was filmed being shoved out of a supermarket in east London after an altercation with employees; incident comes as supermarkets across UK tried to curb stockpiling among customers.

London – UK, 20 March 2020. As a sign of the mounting chaos over panic buying amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom, an elderly Sikh man was filmed being shoved out of a supermarket in east London after an altercation with employees.

The unnamed man can be seen in the recording, which was widely shared on social media on Wednesday, being pushed out of the Iceland store in Ilford after an argument with members of the staff.

He is repeatedly seen saying that a staff member had pushed him. “You pushed me,” the elderly man is seen saying, before staff members demand that he should “get out” of the store.

The source of the film footage remains unclear but many on social media responded with anger and sided with the older customer, criticising the Iceland staff for using violence against an elderly man.

“This is not the time for Iceland staff to be assaulting elderly customers! We are in a national crisis and older people are struggling the most,” wrote one.

The incident comes as supermarkets across the UK took action this week to try and curb the increasing panic buying and stockpiling among customers, as the government began imposing strict quarantine measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The official death toll in Britain from the virus reached 104 on Wednesday, up from 71 the previous day, with London the epicentre of the outbreak.

Early hours for elderly

Iceland is among the stores that announced early opening hours for the elderly, said to be in the high-risk category and therefore being asked to strictly self-isolate. The company said that while it was not a company policy, it was allowing individual stores to decide how best to meet the needs of shoppers in their local areas.

Supermarkets have also collectively called on customers to be “considerate” as images of supermarket shelves being stripped of goods being widely shared online.

“In the face of unprecedented demand as a result of corona-virus, food retailers have come together to ask their customers to support each other and make sure everyone can get access to the products they need,” said Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The emptying of shelves has led some supermarkets to limit the sale of certain products, such as toilet paper, pasta and canned goods. Some have restrictions in place for customers to buy a maximum of four of each item, while others are limited to buying no more than five of certain goods such as anti-bacterial gels or long-life milk.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/elderly-sikh-man-shoved-out-of-uk-store-in-coronavirus-panic/story-mPwxQZal3c4DlSDa3meiJL.html

The Hindu – Halt use of capital punishment: UN on Nirbhaya convicts’ execution

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the world organisation calls on all nations to stop the use of capital punishment or put a moratorium on it.

New York – United Nations, 21 March 2020. The UN has called on all nations to stop the use of capital punishment or put a moratorium on it, a day after four men convicted of gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman were hanged in India.

Seven years after the rape and murder of the young medical student, who came to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’, sent shock waves across the country, the four convicts, Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31), were hanged to death on Friday at 5.30 am in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Responding to the hanging, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the world organisation calls on all nations to stop the use of capital punishment or put a moratorium on it.

“Our position has been clear, is that we call on all States to halt the use of capital punishment or at least put a moratorium on this,” Mr. Dujarric said at the daily press briefing on Friday.

The horrific gang-rape and murder of the physiotherapy intern on 16 December 2012, who came to be known as Nirbhaya (the fearless), had seared the nation’s soul and triggered countrywide outrage.

This was the first time that four men have been hanged together in Tihar Jail, South Asia’s largest prison complex that houses more than 16,000 inmates.

The executions were carried out after the men exhausted every possible legal avenue to escape the gallows. Their desperate attempts only postponed the inevitable by less than two months after the first date of execution was set for 22 January.

Only stupid countries like China, the USA, Pakistan and India still insist on murder as a form of punishment

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/halt-use-of-capital-punishment-un-on-nirbhaya-convicts-execution/article31126187.ece