Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
PARIS: Extreme right wing leader Marine Le Pen is one of the two top contenders in the French Presidential elections. The first round of voting is due Sunday.
The European refugee crisis and the recent terror attacks in France have given the far right leader just the fuel she needed. She has been rallying for a "Frexit' and wants to put an end to free border policy under Schengen.
Le Pen (22%) is in second place just behind Emmanuel Macron (25%), the centrist leader who resigned as Economy minister last year and launched a new party "En Marche."
But Marine Le Pen fell out with him, expelled him from the party he had founded, toned down the rhetoric a bit and now has a strong appeal among French voters.
In her last public meeting in Paris before the Sunday polls, Le Pen declared that her first measure as President of the Republic would be to close France's borders.
There are many young voters among her supporters, including Florian Pecheux, 30, who is unemployed. "I expect Marine to put France into order by making people respect our values and traditions and restore a certain pride that we have lost."
Elisabeth, 45, a nurse tells NDTV, "She is the only one who will restore France's greatness. All these years of the right and left wing have put us in bad shape."
In a recent interview to American television, Le Pen said Sikhs living in France would not be allowed to wear turbans in public if she were to be elected.
Le Pen's advisor, Gilbert Collard, told NDTV, "We are in a secular country. In your home you live as you want. But in ours we live as we want. I absolutely respect the lifestyles of all countries but in France we have the right to live by French laws."
with thanks : NDTV : LINK : for detailed news.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Harjit Singh Sajjan is the first Sikh to hold the top defence job in a foreign land.
And this, says Monali Sarkar, is his first official trip to the country of his birth.
And this, says Monali Sarkar, is his first official trip to the country of his birth.
Photograph: Kind courtesy @HarjitSajjan/Facebook
Harjit Sajjan began his first visit to India as Canada's minister of national defence with a stop at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in New Delhi, one of the many around the world that are dedicated to soldiers who died in the two World Wars.
Eighteen Canadians lay among the fallen at this cemetery. He said the visit was a particularly 'poignant' one.
Sajjan was born in Punjab and migrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 -- incidentally a beneficiary of the immigration reform introduced under Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father, then PM Pierre Trudeau.
Photograph: Press Information Bureau
He also laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, noting, 'India's contribution to supporting peace has come at a great cost. Paying respects to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.'
Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Sajjan was accorded a guard of honour during his ceremonial reception in New Delhi.
He has served in the Canadian army's reserve force with deployments in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan. He also became the first Sikh to command a Canadian reserve regiment.
Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
'India's Tri-Service Guard of Honour makes a lasting impression,' Sajjan tweeted.
Photograph: Kind courtesy @ArunJaitley/Facebook
A key engagement during the trip was Sajjan's meeting with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley. He said they had 'a great discussion… about opportunities to strengthen Canada-India defence relations.'
Photograph: Kind courtesy @HarjitSajjan/Facebook
On April 20, his last day in New Delhi, Sajjan met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
'The Canada-India bilateral relationship is strong and I look forward to further growing the ties that bind us together as two countries dedicated to peace.'
He is also scheduled to travel to Punjab and Mumbai.
Sajjan's visit to Punjab -- where he will visit his native village in Hoshiarpur, inaugurate the Canadian consulate general's new office in Chandigarh, and pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar -- has became controversial.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has refused to meet him, dubbing him a 'Khalistani sympathiser.'
Asked about the allegation by the Indian media, Sajjan said, 'I don't want to be sucked into the internal politics of a province of a nation. My goal is to build relationships. I am proud of the fact that I was born here.'
with thanks : rediff : LINK
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Delhi Congress stalwart Arvinder Singh Lovely joined BJP. He said that he was being ignored since last two years while he was willing to serve the city. He was not included in the various committees formed by Ajay Maken. Even though he is an automatic member of the manifesto committee, as he was Ex President of the Delhi Pardesh Congres committee, he was not invited while declaring the manifesto. While joining BJP, he showed faith in the Leadership of Modi ji & Amit Shah.
Monday, April 17, 2017
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HEAVYWEIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOR MANJINDER SIRSA IN FINAL PHASE : SMRITI IRANI, PARESH RAWAL, SUKHBIR BADAL AND OTHERS PITCH IN ON LAST DAY
New Delhi, April 7 : Final day of the election campaign for Rajouri Garden assembly constituency saw heavyweight leaders of the BJP-SAD alliance campaign for the combine candidate Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa.
Union Textile Minister Mrs. Smriti Irani led the campaign battle by holding a road show and a public rally for Sirsa in the constituency. Addressing the rally Ms Smriti Irani said Mr Sirsa is struggling for the issues of the sikh community since long time and when he met her first time after assuming charge as Union Minister, he had brought several issues before her. She said that it was perhaps hard work of Mr Sirsa which resulted in solving those issues which was hanging on since last 30 years.
Lashing out at Delhi CM and AAP convener Mr. Arvind Kejriwal Ms Irani said that he was man who has betrayed the trust of the people and miserably failed to deliver on promises he made during the last assembly elections. He said that AAP will meet the same fate here which it had met in Goa and Punjab.
Ms Irani said similar will be fate of the Congress party which was facing successive defeats in elections due to it wrong policies adopted during the UPA tenure and running government in Delhi. She said that on the other hand Prime Minister Mr Narinder Modi is guiding the BJP to successive wins only because of its pro poor and welfare oriented policies of the government.
Addressing a hugely attended rally in favour of Mr Manjinder Singh Sirsa Senior Member Parliament and Bollywood celebrity Mr. Paresh Rawal said that Mr Narinder Modi is leading BJP who is the known for his commitments and selfless service for the nation. On the other hand Mr Kejriwal has taken oath of his children that he will not enter politics but forgot the commitment when the time came for becoming Chief Minister. He said that after becoming he started dreaming of becoming Prime Minister and went to Goa where he was duck out in the recently concluded assembly elections. He said that what happened to AAP in Punjab is known to everybody and these liars are now avoiding meeting public for their lies.
He urged the people to vote for Mr Sirsa to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Mr Narinder Modi and said that after the victory the BJP-SAD alliance will ensure completion of works which have been stalled because of AAP government since last over years.
Meanwhile the SAD President and former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal also addressed a rally in favour of Mr Sirsa last evening. He said that more than 37 candidates of AAP lost their security deposits in recently concluded elections AAP was only able to get 21 percent share. He exuded confidence that AAP and Congress will face similar fate in this election in Delhi.
PR : MS Sirsa
YAKIMA, Wash. - Kamaljit Singh has lived in Yakima for 11-years and said he had never heard of such an incident against a Sikh member in this community.
"I was pretty shocked, the guy just came from India he was new, got shot its terrifying," said Sikh temple member, Kamaljit Singh.
The 25-year-old male clerk who was killed during an armed robbery Thursday morning has been identified as Yikram Jaryal from Punjab, India.
Sikh community members said he had just arrived about a month ago, just looking to work his way up.
His family members looking for a way to take his body back to India.
Sikh community members ready to help.
"We are going to get together and hopefully support the family of the victim," said Singh.
But what shocks the community the most is that the suspects shot Jaryal even though he handed the suspects the money.
with thanks : YakTriNews : LINK : for detailed news
New Delhi: The Indian government on Thursday strongly rejected the motion passed by the legislative assembly of Ontorio in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
JALANDHAR: The legislative assembly of Ontario province of Canada on Thursday passed a motion recognizing the anti-Sikh violence of November 1984, as genocide. The motion was moved by Liberal member of provincial parliament (MPP) Harinder Malhi (Brampton-Springdale) and it received support from all three provincial parties.
Malhi also quoted Indian home minster Rajnath Singh's use of expression "genocide", at a public event in December 2014, for the massacre as she argued for the motion.
The motion read, "That, in the opinion of this House, the legislative assembly of Ontario, should reaffirm our commitment to the values we cherish - justice, human rights and fairness - and condemn all forms of communal violence, hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance in India and anywhere else in the world, including the 1984 genocide perpetrated against the Sikhs throughout India, and call on all sides to embrace truth and reconciliation."
with thanks : Times of India : LINK : for detailed news
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 7
Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots from Kanpur today moved the Supreme Court demanding setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the murders of over 125 people.
In a petition filed in the apex court, petitioners Manjit Singh GK and others demanded re-investigation of at least seven cases registered at Bazaria and Nazirabad police stations that had been closed by the police for want of evidence.
Complaining that no significant action had been taken by the authorities, the petitioners said: “There is mockery of criminal justice system as far as the case of riots victims is concerned.”
The petitioners alleged that even after 33 years there was no constructive action on part of the Uttar Pradesh Government and the police to provide them justice or to rehabilitate and compensate them.
“It’s an irony...that in the city of Kanpur, in the knowledge of the petitioners, 127 persons belonging to the Sikh community were brutally murdered/burnt to death in different police station areas. However, none of the police stations is even ready to acknowledge their deaths,” the petitioners submitted.
Petitioners’ counsel Prasoon Kumar told a Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that no action had been taken to prosecute perpetrators of the crime.
The Bench posted the matter for hearing on April 24 along with another PIL on anti-Sikh riots in Delhi where almost 3,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots that broke out following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
with thanks : Tribune : LINK : for detailed news
Friday, April 7, 2017
New Delhi, April 6 : Union Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi BJP President Mr. Manoj Tiwari and Member Parliament Mr. Parvesh Sahib Verma today led the impressive road show in favour of the Bhartiya Janta Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal combine candidate Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa from Rajouri Garden.
This road show started from Khayala and passed through different areas of the constituency.
Addressing enthusiastic supporters and workers of the BJP-SAD combine Mr. Naidu said that the huge response to the road show has made it ample clear that like the people of the country, residents of this constituency too have made up their mind to vote for the good work being done by the NDA government led by Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi. He said that pro BJP-SAD combine wave in the constituency is clearly visible and this victory in this bye poll will begin an era of victory of the BJP-SAD in the ensuing MCD elections and later in the assembly elections.
Union Minister said that ruling AAP and Congress are out of race in this bye election which is visible from poor response to their election programs. He said that the one point agenda of the Delhi CM and AAP convener Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is to use the public exchequer for his personal gains and the party has nothing to do with the welfare of the public or development of Delhi. He said that similar is the case of the Congress which is facing series of defeats due to its non performance while running the UPA government for 10 years and ruling Delhi for 15 years. Mr Naidu said that on other hand agenda of governance of the BJP led NDA government at the centre and in other states was a guiding principle for the government to work for welfare of people and development of nation.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Manoj Tiwari Delhi BJP President said that people of the Delhi had voted for AAP to get rid of the corruption of the Congress party but Mr. Arvind Kejriwal has created a new definition of corruption by legalizing the loot of the public exchequer and finding ways to use the public money for promotion of his party. He said that this party had increased salary of MLAs manifold after assuming power and spent huge amount of money of people of Delhi in Punjab campaign by giving advertisements worth crores of rupees with which Delhities had nothing to do. He said that now people here have realized their blunder and they want to make a new beginning and this new beginning will be in the form of victory of Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa from Rajouri Garden.
On the occasion Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa thanked entire leadership for canvassing for him and assured them that with the blessings of people and after emerging victorious he will immediately start working on the development of constituency and welfare of public as per the guidelines of Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi.
Other prominent who were present on the occasion included senior BJP leaders Sham Jaju, Vijay Goel, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, OP Babbar, Subhash Arya, Rajiv Babbar, Ramesh Khanna and Satya Narayan Dang besides others.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Three decades after the anti-Sikh riots, police have issued fresh summons to two people for their alleged involvement with the case pointing to India's crawling criminal justice system.
Thousands of Sikh men and boys were bludgeoned, slashed and burned to death by mobs in the days after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Activists have accused the then ruling Congress of having turned a blind eye and say some of its leaders helped orchestrate the violence.
That year, a mob allegedly killed and injured some Sikhs in south Delhi's Mahipalpur area. Among those who died were Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh. The then investigation officer had submitted an "untraced" report and the person, who was booked for rioting, was acquitted by the trial court in 1986.
Cops have booked two 54-year-old residents of Mahipalpur- Naresh Sehrawat and Yashpal Singh. Both are facing charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting, weapon possession, attempt to murder, murder, etc. They have been summoned to court on April 6.
with thanks : Yahoo News : LINK : for detailed report
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
ISSUE LESS AAP AND CONGRESS WILL GET BIGGEST DEFEAT IN DELHI IN BYE POLL AND MCD ELECTIONS : MANJINDER SINGH SIRSA
New Delhi, April 3 : The Bhartiya Janta Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal combine candidate Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa said today that issue less and non performers Aam Admi Party and Congress will get their biggest ever defeat at the hands of the people of Delhi in the present bye poll to Rajouri Garden Assembly seat and MCD elections.
Addressing different meetings in Rajouri Garden Assembly constituency, Mr. Sirsa said that this election is witnessing a contest between non performers versus star performers. He said that on one side is Aam Admi Party and Congress who are least cared to work for the betterment of people and development of Delhi and on the other is BJP-SAD combine which believes in working round the clock for the people. He said that people are amused to see the non performers seeking votes from them devoid of any issues and promising moon to them whereas on the other hand the BJP-SAD alliance is reaching out to people to know their problems and issues being faced by them because of non performance of AAP and Congress in Delhi, so that these problems can be solved after the elections are over. He said that people are already aware of the performance of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi.
Mr. Sirsa said that AAP and Congress are the biggest liars of the day and they have nothing to do with the development agenda or working for upliftment of poor and downtrodden. The maximum work they have done for upliftment and welfare is confined to themselves only. He said that AAP has considered government treasury as its own personal account whereas Congress has got fame for creating a records of sorts for corruption. He said that on the other hand BJP-SAD alliance believes in working for welfare of people and evolved their policies and programs based on this agenda.
The BJP-SAD combine candidate said that a clear waive in favour of BJP-SAD alliance is blowing in Delhi and people are more eager to see the victory of the BJP-SAD in Delhi as they also want to be part of nationwide enthusiasm among the people for the policies and programs being implemented by NDA government in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi.
PR : MS Sirsa
Washington, April 1
Sikhs in the US are reporting an increase in violent threats and harassment against the community amid rising incidents of hate crimes against Indian-Americans in the country.
Chairman of the Sikhs Political Action Committee (SikhsPAC), Gurinder Singh Khalsa, said so far there have been two death threats and two reports of vandalism against Sikhs in the state of Indiana, TheIndyChannel.com, an ABC Television Network affiliate, reported on Thursday.
One incident included a direct threat against a Sikh from a man carrying a handgun in Fishers city, according to the report.
"Somebody showed him the gun and asked him: 'Who are you? What country do you belong to?'" Khalsa said there have been other incidents too where Sikhs were threatened.
Sikh-American physician Amandeep Singh said he was directly threatened last week with a text message and doesn't understand why this is happening to Sikhs around the nation.
Singh said he felt a range of emotions after the threats, including fear for his family and his patients.
"Fear, especially if you have family, kids, the safety of your family and kids, that comes to mind first," said Amandeep. "Then you try to make sense of it." "I believe I've been living here 14 years and never experienced anything like that specifically," Singh said.
"My job is serving the people you know, everyday I'm there for the people and taking a stand with them and serving the community. It was hard for me to comprehend even something like that coming to somebody's mind." SikhsPAC has contacted the US Attorney General's Office and is working with law enforcement. The threats were under investigation.
Indiana is one of only five states in the US without a hate crime law, said the report.
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