FirstPost – Indians missing in Iraq: Families asked to provide DNA samples to Amritsar’s government medical college

Chandigarh, 21 October 2017. The families of the 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq’s Mosul in June 2014 have been asked to provide their DNA samples, but no reason has been given, the kin said on Saturday.

The families of some of the missing Indians from Amritsar district were on Saturday asked to come to the Government Medical College in Amritsar to give DNA samples. However, the samples were not taken on Saturday.

“We were told to come to the Government Medical College and provide DNA samples, We have no idea why this is being done. We have not been told anything. We got a message from the SDM office regarding this,” Sarwan Singh, whose brother is among the 39 missing Indians, said.

The families have been asked to come back on Monday to provide the DNA samples.

“No one from the administration is telling us why the DNA samples are being collected,” a woman relative of one of the missing men said.

It has been over three years that 39 Indians, mostly from Punjab, went missing in Iraq’s Mosul town when it was overrun by the Islamic State. Their families continue to swing between the hope of the men being found alive and fear that they will hear the worst.

After Mosul was freed from the clutches of the Islamic State in July, there was hope that the missing Indians will be found. However, Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, during his India visit in July, said he was not sure if the men were alive or not.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier assured the families, who have met her several times, that all efforts were being made to trace the missing men, who had been held hostage in Iraq’s Mosul town by terror outfit Islamic State in June 2014.

The affected families, who are all from poor backgrounds mostly from rural areas of Punjab, say they can do nothing else but pin hope on the government’s and the minister’s assurances.

A man from Punjab, Harjit Masih, who escaped from the clutches of IS in June 2014 had claimed that all 39 Indians had been killed.

However, Sushma Swaraj has maintained that there was no information confirming that the Indians were dead.

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Sikh24.com – Punjab Update!

UPDATES:

Curfew in 10 cities of Punjab
– Over 30 dead and more than 200 injured.
– Military prescience in Punjab extended by 60 days
– An increased military presence of a 150 Companies requested by Punjab
– Two railways stations set alight
– Riot police in Delhi

Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 25 August 2017. Riotous behavior and violence by Sirsa cult disciples in Punjab and Haryana has stepped up which has caused the Punjab & Haryana High Court to issue a seizure order of the Sirsa cult’s entire property.

The High Court has said that the expenditure of all the demolition caused by Sirsa cult disciples will be compensated by the selling of Ram Rahim’s property.

Within few hours of the declaration of verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Sirsa cult disciples have manifested a sharp commotion in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Haryana violence

Over 25 people have been killed so far by the violent mobs, and over a hundred people have been injured. Public property and vehicles are being targeted by the mobs.

Curfew has been imposed in Bathinda, Mansa, Barnala and Ferozepur. Mobile internet has been suspended for the next few days.

Meanwhile, numerous incidents of violence at petrol pumps, telephone exchanges, and public vehicles have been targeted by the violent mobs.

The High Court has accused the BJP led Haryana’s state government and administration of internally supporting the Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim as it fails to stem the increase of violence across northern India.

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Firstpost – Operation Bluestar: UK MP seeks inquiry to probe Margaret Thatcher government’s role in army raid

Chandigarh, 29 July 2017. A British member of parliament (MP) on Saturday pitched for an independent inquiry into the role of the UK government in Operation Bluestar, an Indian Army action in 1984 to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple.

The UK’s first turban-wearing MP Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi is in Chandigarh on a private visit to India.

“As far as 1984 Operation Bluestar is concerned, you know that all felt pain. But we never knew that there was any role of the UK government in it. We always thought it was an action taken by the Indian government,” Dhesi said addressing media in Chandigarh.

He claimed that some journalists in the UK while analysing secret documents found “involvement of the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.”

“Whether the role was in advisory capacity or something more but when we learnt about it, we were sad because we never thought our government would have any role in it,” the British MP said.

“That is why we are demanding that a independent inquiry should be held to establish the extent of then Thatcher government’s involvement in 1984 Operation Bluestar,” the Labour Party MP said.

Dhesi said the Conservative Party-led government had earlier ordered an inquiry in this regard. But it was “an eyewash”.

“Neither anything came out of that inquiry nor any document was released. That is why the demand for an independent inquiry is growing to put pressure on the UK government,” he said.

The onus for ordering inquiry is entirely on the present UK government, Dhesi said, adding “If the UK government makes any delay in ordering independent inquiry then it will be called as justice delayed, justice denied.”

Dhesi, known as Tan, won his Slough seat to become the UK’s first turban-wearing MP last month.

On the issue of ‘Kirpan’ and Sikhs not being allowed to wear turbans in some counties, the British MP said that he would continue to raise such issues at appropriate platforms.

“It is a matter of great sadness that people cannot practice their faith as they cannot freely wear ‘kirpan’ or turban. In France, more than 80,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives in order to liberate that very country. And now that very county does not allow turbans. Sikh students cannot go to schools with a turban,” he rued.

On being asked about students from Punjab now preferring other countries over the UK, Dhesi criticised the Conservative party led-UK government for being “too harsh” as far as immigration rules were concerned and said immigration rules should be “balanced”.

“We are in favour of having immigration rules which benefit Britain and which are fair. At the moment, the Conservative party is being too harsh as we are actually losing out the potential of so many intelligent students (who want to come to the UK). … the Conservative party has harmed our economy,” he said.

Asked about ‘Khalistan’ sympathisers in the UK, Dhesi said “It is not a question of supporting any particular ideology.”

He said like in India, people get a chance to express their views and follow any ideology in the UK also, “there is freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

“Each party, like Congress, SAD, AAP has support base in the UK. It is not correct that people living in UK follow only one ideology,” he stressed.

http://www.firstpost.com/world/operation-bluestar-uk-mp-seeks-inquiry-to-probe-margaret-thatcher-govts-role-in-army-raid-3871211.html

Sikh24.com – 550th Guru Nanak’s Birth Anniversary: Punjab government announces to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi

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Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 17 June 2017. The Congress led Punjab government on June 15 announced to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi town in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh made this announcement in the Punjab assembly while answering to MLA Navtej Singh Cheema’s query seeking construction of a new guest house in Sultanpur Lodhi during the question hour.

He announced that the basic infrastructure of Sultanpur Lodhi town will refurbished in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Replying to another question, Captain Amarinder Singh said that the Punjab government was going to issue a white paper on the state’s financial crisis due to misrule in Punjab SAD-BJP led government in last 10 years.

Answering a query pertaining to shortage of manpower in Health Department of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said that not only Punjab instead every department was facing shortage of manpower as the Punjab government lacks sufficient funds.

In Sultanpur Lodhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent more than 14 years and in 1497 Guru Sahib disappeared in holy Rivulet (Kali Bein) flowing along the North end of the city and then re-appeared after three days with the teaching of “na koi hindu, na koi muslman” (no one is Hindu, no one is Muslim) which led to the birth of a new religion, Sikhi.

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