Gevangenpoort – Kneuterdijk – Hofvijver – Parkstraat

Gevangenpoort
Hofvijver, Kneuterdijk
26 December 2018


Gevangenpoort


Museum de Gevangenpoort


Hofvijver – Houses of Parliament


Gevangenpoort


Monument commemorating Johan de Witt

Parkstraat
26 December 2018


Parkstraat – Tram Tracks – No Tram

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The Telegraph – Sabarimala: ‘Women’s wall’ could play formative role in future politics

BJP-RSS efforts to subvert the law, evidently to create disorder so that the BJP can step in, should be firmly stopped.

The Editorial Board

Sabarimala – Kerala – India, 08 January 2019. Change may happen in spite of prejudice. Not that the taking over of the issue of temple entry by a political agenda in Kerala is a mark of change.

Yet one memorable event, which could become a formative element in Kerala’s, or the country’s history, emerged out of the resistance that followed the Supreme Court’s direction last September to lift the ban against the entry of women of reproductive age into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

That event was the amazing 385-mile long ‘wall’ created by women, between three-and-a-half million and five, — in order to take a pledge of gender equality on January 1.

It was not a spontaneous move, certainly, but the result of mobilization by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which heads the state government.

Also, most important in the temple-entry context, not all the women supported the court’s directive or were interested in whether or not they would be allowed to see Ayyappa while they were still of reproductive age.
Yet what was striking was their conscious participation in a pledge of equality, many men too had turned out in support of their women, and the sense that what they did that day might make the way easier for their daughters.

This alone is the glimmer of change in an environment of renewed violence that has caused at least one death and more injuries, much property damage and targeted attacks on the houses of political leaders mostly by stone- and bomb-pelting mobs purporting to be the defenders of tradition.

The violence began with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and others calling a hartal after two women entered Ayyappa’s temple and the chief priest felt compelled to purify the holy space.

While the CPI(M)-led government accuses the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party for organizing the violence, and the Congress accuses the CPI(M) for failing to stop the BJP from doing so, certain issues demand attention.

One, the clash of religious faith and equality of rights should not be obscured by political chicanery but be resolved with fairness and diplomacy.

Two, the BJP-RSS’s efforts to subvert the law and blackmail the judicial process, evidently to create enough disorder so that the BJP can step in either as party or as government in the Centre, should be firmly stopped. Not just the state government, but all stakeholders in equality, freedom and the rule of law should collaborate in this.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/sabarimala-temple-entry-women-s-wall-could-play-formative-role-in-future-politics-in-kerala-and-india/cid/1681106

Grote Kerk – Rond de Grote Kerk – Gravenstraat

Grote Kerk
Riviervismarkt
25 December 2018


Tracks from Prinsengracht to Gravenstraat
These are used when the tunnel underneath Grote Marktstraat and Kalvermarkt is unavailable


Left tracks from Prinsengracht
Right tracks from Torenstraat


Turn left to temporary terminus of tram 1


Kerkplein – Tram 1 at temporary terminus


Tram 16 to Statenkwartier


Gravenstraat – Tram 1 and 16

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Noord-Westbuitensingel – Grote Kerk

Noord West Buitensingel
Lijnbaan
25 December 2018


Lijnbaan
Tracks to/from Den Haag Centraal
Tram 2 and RandstadRail 3 and 4


RandstadRail 3 to Loosduinen


RandstadRail 3 to Loosduinen


RandstadRail 3 to Zoetermeer Centrum


RandstadRail 3 to Zoetermeer Centrum

Grote Kerk
Riviervismarkt
25 December 2018


Tram 1 to temporary terminus

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The Telegraph – Tears that drowned temple thugs

Camerapeson Shajila Ali Fathima recounts how a BJP mob threatened to kill her if her video footage was shown

K M Rakesh in Bangalore

Bangalore – Karnataka – India, 05 January 2019. Shajila Ali Fathima, the cameraperson whose tears of agony on being attacked by Sabarimala vandals and resolve to complete her assignment in the face of a murderous BJP mob has moved the nation, vividly recalls several male voices baying for her blood if the visuals were broadcast.

“Like the other camerapersons, I was busy filming BJP workers ripping (possibly CPM) banners when they turned on us,” the 34-year-old Shajila who works for the popular news channel Kairali TV, told The Telegraph while recounting the horror in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

The BJP workers had gathered outside the secretariat to enforce the shutdown organised by a Sangh parivar outfit to protest the entry of two women of childbearing age into the Sabarimala temple.

“I could hear several voices screaming at me, that I would be killed if the footage I had captured went on air. But I continued to film what was happening in front of me. Then several men began attacking every cameraperson around,” Shajila said over phone.

Shajila was among the many journalists who had rushed to the BJP protest site outside the state secretariat when they got information about an oncoming protest march of the party.

“I have been a cameraperson for almost five years, but I had never witnessed what I saw in the next 30 minutes,” she said.

“It’s as if they had pre-planned the attack on journalists since there were six to eight men around each one of us. When someone tried to snatch my camera, I held on with all my strength, but in the process sprained my neck,” Shajila said.

Then the camera stopped working. “That was when emotion overtook my resolve. I restarted the camera with some difficulty and began shooting again. By then I was crying,” she said.

That was when a photographer of a Malayalam newspaper clicked the picture of a teary-eyed Shajila holding her video camera to her eye and capturing the violence. The picture has since been shared widely on social media.

“I did feel a bit ashamed that I was crying while on duty. But somehow I couldn’t control my tears,” she said.

Advised to wear a cervical collar and rest for five days, Shajila wants to get back to work at the earliest.

The journalists at the spot have filed a joint complaint with police, who are yet to make an arrest.

Sangh parivar activists had assaulted about 100 media personnel over Wednesday and Thursday.

The Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram district units of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists had boycotted media conferences of BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai and general secretary K Surendran on Thursday.

The boycott has since been lifted after the duo apologised.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/tears-that-drowned-sabarimala-temple-thugs/cid/1680900?ref=top-stories_home-template

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Visserij/Portus Ganda

Gent-Sint-Pieters
28 November 2018


To Brussel and Eupen via Leuven


To Landen via Brussel Luchthaven


The Landen train

Gent Visserij/Portus Ganda
30 November 2018


Visserij


Visserij – Herberg Macharius – St Baafs Abdij – Macharius Kerk


Portus Ganda

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Gent: Lousbergpark – ‘t Scheldt – Gentbrugge: Jan Samijnstraat

Lousbergpark
18 November 2018


Lousbergpark – Rainbow church


Lousbergpark

‘t Scheldt
18 November 2018


Schelde Locks

Gentbrugge – Jan Samijnstraat
18 November 2018


Gentbrugge urban pigs


They seem to enjoy life in their muddy enclosure

Gentbrugge – Burvenichstraat
18 November 2018


De Zuidkant – a very pleasant place

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The Tribune – Security up as two masked men spotted near mandr in Patiala

Turbaned suspects were seen distributing liquor among beggars

Aman Sood, Tribune News Service

Patiala – Panjab – India, 26 November 2018. Security near religious shrines has been beefed up after two turbaned bike-borne men with covered faces were spotted moving suspiciously around Kali Mata Temple here late on Sunday night.

The move follows a written complaint to the Punjab DGP by local Hindu leaders, led by Hindu Takht leader Panchanand Giri, who sought “enhanced security cover in the wake of the recent ISI-backed terror threat” in the state.

“The two men also distributed liquor to some beggars who sleep near the temple. Devotees offer liquor in the temple every Saturday. However, their covered faces raise suspicion,” the complaint to the DGP read.

“We are attaching photographs of the two accused seen suspiciously moving around the temple and we demand a high-level probe into the case,” the complaint added.

A top official said: “Considering the recent ISI-backed terror modules foiled in Patiala and Amritsar, we are not taking chances in case of religious leaders.”

AS Rai, IG, Patiala zone, said the matter had been discussed with the seniors. “We will review the security of religious shrines as per the standard operating procedure,” he said.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/security-up-as-2-masked-men-spotted-near-temple-in-patiala/689572.html

The Hindu – An uneasy calm in Ayodhya

Some Muslim families leave temple town ahead of VHP meet

Ayodhya – Uttar Pradesh – India, 25 November 2018. The congregation of right-wing activists in Ayodhya for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s mega event to push for the construction of a Ram temple has triggered painful memories of the 1992 tragedy among many residents, with a few Muslim families temporarily leaving the town fearing for their safety.

Some Muslim families had left the pilgrim town for good after the large-scale violence that had erupted here with the demolition of the 16th-century Babri Mosque 26 years ago on December 6, and now many others have temporarily left their homes, say local residents.

Despite high security deployment in Ayodhya and the twin town of Faizabad, many families from minority communities have decided to move out, feeling uncomfortable amid the “din and provocative speeches” surrounding the VHP’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ that is being touted as the largest congregation of “Ram bhakts” in Ayodhya since the 1992 ‘kar seva’, they said.

An uneasy calm prevailed in Muslim-dominated areas such as Dharam Kanta, Qaziana and Katra.

“I live here and, many of my Muslim neighbours, who were here till a few days ago, have now left, either to their relatives’ places nearby or temporarily shifted out of Ayodhya,” Nisha said, pointing to a locked house in her neighbourhood in the heart of the city.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/spectre-of-1992-haunts-ayodhya/article25591867.ece

Gent Gurdwara: Bandi Chhor Divas – Gent-Sint-Pieters/Leuven NMBS – Ieper Armistice Day

Gent Gurdwara
Bandi Chhor Divas
02 November 2018


Somnath managing the candles

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Gent-Sint-Pieters
Leuven NMBS
09 November 2018


Gent-Sint-Pieters – IC to Brussel and Eupen via Leuven


Leuven NMBS – IC from Eupen to Gent via Brussel

Ieper Armistice Day
11 November 1918 – 11 November 2018


Frenchlaan – Menen Gate
Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres


Menen Gate


Grote Markt – Lakenhal – Sint-Maartenskathedraal

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