The Hindustan Times – Prisoner being treated for Covid-19 escapes from Amritsar hospital

Asked policemen to open his handcuffs on the pretext of going to the toilet before breaking open the window and fleeing at 11pm on Monday

Mandeep Kaur Narula

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 12 May 2020. An inmate of the Amritsar Central Jail who was admitted in the isolation ward after he tested positive for Covid-19 escaped from the local Government Medical College and Hospital on Monday night, hospital authorities said on Tuesday.

“At 11pm on Monday, the Covid-19 positive patient, who was an under-trial, told the two policemen on duty that he wanted to go to the toilet. The policemen opened his handcuffs. The patient, however, escaped by breaking a window in the toilet.

When he didn’t come out for long, the policemen and hospital staff got suspicious and broke open the door to find that he had escaped,” said Dr Shiv Charan, the head of the medicine department at the hospital.

Police said the patient, Partap Singh, was jailed for carrying out a robbery in Tarn Taran district and was brought on production warrant by the Chatiwind police in connection with another murder case. He, however, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday and was admitted to the hospital.

Jaspal Singh, the station house officer of Majitha Road police station, said, “Police teams have been deployed and efforts are being made to catch the absconding patient.” – S P Singh Oberoi comes forward to send financial aid for descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji

Bhai Mardana with his rabab

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 11 May 2020. Considering the financial hardships being faced by the descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji amid lockdown, UAE based Sikh businessman Dr. S.P Singh Oberoi has announced to send Pakistani Rupees 40,000/- every month till prevalence of normalcy.

Sharing the development with media, Dr S P Singh Oberoi informed that one of the descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji was already working in his Dubai based company.

Interacting with media, Bhai Lal Ji’s son Bhai Naeem Tahir informed that the SGPC has also assured them to convey the committed amount of money soon.

It may be recalled here that Bhai Naeem Tahir, the 17th generation descendant of Bhai Mardana Ji, had earlier highlighted the financial hardships being faced by the descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji due to unavailability of monthly financial aid by the SGPC and DSGMC for the last five months.

S.P Singh Oberoi comes forward to send financial aid for descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji

Gent – Gentbrugge to Korenmarkt

Gentbrugge to Korenmarkt
Achervisserij – Brabantdam
26 March 2020

Human waste polluting the canal

Fuut – Great crested grebe

Footpath along the canal

Footpath along the canal – north of ‘twee bruggen’


Strange street name !
Schepen = Alderman / Vijver = Pond

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Daily Times – First female Sikh journalist from Peshawar nominated for UK award

Manmeet Kaur, the first woman journalist from Sikh community from Peshawar, has been nominated for an award in UK.

Web Desk, 11 May 2020. Kaur said that ‘The Sikh Group’ in UK has nominated her for an award for highlighting problems of Sikh community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She said 100 people from around the world have been nominated in the first phase and some of them will be shortlisted for the award.

She said The Sikh Group is a global organisation which awards people from Sikh religion from different parts of the world who serve the people in different ways. Manmeet Kaur said she has worked for promotion of inter-faith harmony and rights of minorities in Pakistan.

She said Indian singers Ammy Virk and Gaurav Randhawa have also been nominated along with her for the award. She said the institution also awarded Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and her nomination for this award is a great achievement for her.

While violence against religious minorities, particularly Christian and Shia Muslims, has been a painfully familiar story in Pakistan, Sikhs have long been considered one of the country’s most protected minorities.

In Peshawar, they have lived peacefully among Muslims for over 250 years, working mostly as traditional healers, and running pharmacies and cosmetics and clothing stores.

But a spate of killings in the last four years has raised worries Sikhs might be the latest target of Pakistan’s religious extremist groups, leaving community members unsure of their future in the country.

Sikhs were not included in last year’s population census and there is no hard data on their numbers but social worker Radesh Singh estimated that more than sixty percent of Peshawar’s 30,000 Sikhs had left for other parts of Pakistan or migrated to neighbouring India in the last four years.

However, Manmeet Kaur said her nomination for the award will encourage other women to work hard in their respective fields and serve humanity. She said if she is lucky enough to eventually get the award, she will represent the whole country in UK and tell others that women in Pakistan never lag behind in any field.

First female Sikh journalist from Peshawar nominated for UK award

The Hindu – Trade unions may move ILO against labour law changes

This move was the second phase of anti-worker policies, they allege.

Special Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 11 May 2020. Ten central trade unions on 11 May said they were considering lodging a complaint with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) against the “anti-worker” changes in the labour laws in some States, which they said was at the “instance of the Central government”.

In a joint statement, they said the recent blanket exemption given to establishments from the employer’s obligations under several labour laws for three years by the Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments was a retrograde and anti-worker move.

While the UP government had brought an ordinance for this, the MP government had reportedly said it would also do the same. The Gujarat government was also reportedly working on a similar exemption.

“As the mass of the working people have been subjected to inhuman sufferings owing to loss of jobs, loss of wages, eviction from residences etc reducing them to hungry non-entities in the process of 45 days lock-down, the government of the day at the Centre has pounced upon those working people.

Now the government at the Centre has taken the strategy of letting loose their pliant state governments to take such anti-worker and anti-people autocratic measures, many other state governments are expected to follow suit,” the statement said.

This move was the second phase of anti-worker policies after six State governments increased the working hours from eight to 12 hours, it stated.

“Central trade unions consider these moves as an inhuman crime and brutality on the working people, besides being gross violation of the Right to Freedom of Association [ILO Convention 87], Rights to Collective Bargaining [ILO Convention 98] and also the internationally accepted norm of eight hour working day, espoused by core conventions of ILO.

The ILO Convention 144 in regard to tripartism has also been undermined by the government,” it said.

The unions added that they were “seriously considering to lodge a complaint to the ILO on these misdeeds of the government for gross violation of labour standards” and that they would soon give a nationwide call to action.

The statement was signed by representatives of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, the All-India Trade Union Congress, the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the All-India United Trade Union Centre, the Trade Union Coordination Committee, the Self Employed Women’s Association, the All-India Central Council of Trade Unions, the Labour Progressive Federation and the United Trade Union Congress.