Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Ahead Of Polls, Sikhs In France Are Worried

Ahead Of Polls, Sikhs In France Are Worried

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."

Marine Le Pen's father had made it to the final round of Presidential elections in 2002. Jean Marie Le Pen had earned a reputation as a hardcore far right leader. 

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

In photos: Canada's first Sikh defence minister returns to India

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.
Harjit Sajjan in India
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.
Harjit Singh Sajjan
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.'
Harjit Sajjan Guard of Honour
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.
Harjit Sajjan
Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
'India's Tri-Service Guard of Honour makes a lasting impression,' Sajjan tweeted.
Harjit Singh Sajjan and Arun Jaitley
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.'
Harjit Sajjan
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.'

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Canada minister at Harmandar Sahib, gets cold shoulder from government

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on Thursday paid obeisance at the Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar and visited other places in Punjab, but the Amarinder Singh government cold-shouldered the visiting dignitary.
No Punjab minister or senior state government official either welcomed Sajjan to his native state or accompanied him on his visits to various places, including to the Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) or to his native village Bombeli in Hoshiarpur district.
Sajjan — the first Sikh to become the defence minister of a western country — was, however, provided security as per the protocol.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh stirred a controversy last week when he said during the Canadian Minister’s Punjab visit he will not meet the “Khalistani sympathiser”. Amarinder Singh accused Sajjan and other ministers in Canada of having links with radical elements who demanded a separate Sikh state of Khalistan.
Amarinder Singh remained adamant on not meeting Sajjan despite the Canadian minister proposing a meeting.
Sajjan flew into the Sikh holy city of Amritsar on Wednesday evening. He was received at the airport by junior officers of the Amritsar district administration. Members of some radical groups were also present outside Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport with banners to welcome Sajjan.
The Canadian minister started his day early on Thursday with a visit to Harmandar Sahib to offer prayers at the holiest of the Sikh shrines.
Sikh radicals, belonging to hardline Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and other Sikh organisations, raised pro-Khalistan slogans and clashed with a task force of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee outside the complex as Sajjan arrived there.
However, the visiting dignitary avoided radical elements and was received by top SGPC functionaries, including its President Kirpal Singh Badungar, to a red-carpet welcome.
Sajjan remained at the shrine for over an hour, during which he prayed inside the sanctum sanctorum and listened to hymns. SGPC task force ensured the radical elements did not create any scene inside the shrine complex.
Sajjan, 46, was later honoured by the SGPC with a ‘siropa’ (traditional robe of honour) and presented a replica of the Golden Temple and a sword.
The minister then visited the Pingalwara Charitable Trust premises near Amritsar to meet destitute children housed there. He also visited an all-girls orphanage in Jalandhar city, 150 km from here.
Sajjan visited his family house in native village Bambeli, 15 km from Hoshiarpur. His father Kundan Singh Sajjan and other relatives were present to receive him.
Chaos prevailed as village residents and those from neighbouring areas thronged Bombeli to catch a glimpse of the Sikh Canadian Minister.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Delhi Congress stalwart Arvinder Singh Lovely joins BJP

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. 

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Tytler refuses to undergo lie detector test yet again

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Tuesday yet again refused to undergo a lie detector test in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
A Delhi Court has reserved its order till May 9.
Earlier in February this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had sought the court's permission for lie-detector tests on Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma.
Earlier, the CBI had in its plea requested the court to direct the duo to appear before it and accord their consent for conducting polygraph test so that further investigation can be conducted in the matter.
Tytler is accused of leading a mob in the 1984 Pul Bangash case in which three Sikhs were killed.
with thanks : 
Business Standard : LINK : for detailed news

EXCLUSIVE: Sikh taxi driver assaulted, turban stolen by drunken passenger in the Bronx

A drunken passenger roughed up a Sikh cabbie and snatched the turban off his head in an assault the NYPD is investigating as a possible hate crime.
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Harkirat Singh, 25, said the theft of his religious garb was the culmination of a scary encounter early Sunday with a belligerent boozehound and his three buddies that has made him too scared to drive another night shift.
“I'm so afraid. I don't want to work,” Singh told the Daily News at his home in Ozone Park, Queens.
"It's an insult on my religion, also,” he said. “An insult of my faith. It's horrible.”
The immigrant from Punjab, India, said he picked up three men and a woman - all in their 20s - around 5 a.m. at the corner of Eighth Ave. and 30th St., a few blocks south of Madison Square Garden.
The quartet said they wanted to go to E. 165th St. and Jerome Ave. in the Bronx. When the yellow taxi reached that intersection, the passengers complained that Singh took them to the wrong destination — but the drunks couldn’t give the cabbie a straight answer about where to go next, he said.
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