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The International News Weekly india 10 April 13, 2018 | Toronto SC to hear plea against Guru Nanak film - after its release Agency NEW DELH: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a plea by the Shromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) seeking to block the release of film "Nanak Shah Fakir". The film based on first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, is set for release on Friday (April 13). The court will take the matter up on Monday. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud told petitioner Satinder Singh Gulati that the Central Board of Film Certification has already cleared the film for release. It also said that outsiders cannot control freedom of expression of an artist. Gulati told the court that by a 2003 resolution, the SGPC has said that no one can act as any of the 10 Sikh Gurus, their family members and the Panj Pyaras. He mentioned the plea for an urgent hearing. The apex court was also told that till date -- in the last 550 years -- no one has depicted the role of the 10 Sikh Gurus. Gulati urged the court to hear the matter on Friday, but Chief Justice Misra said: "We will take it up on Monday." UP assures fair probe against MLA accused of rape Agencies Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday assured a fair probe into the alleged gang rape of a girl by a BJP legislator and the custodial death of her father, saying it was not trying to protect anyone. However, due to a pending Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe, the accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Unnao, has not been arrested, it added. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar and Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh said at a joint press conference that a free and fair probe has been initiated but action will be taken only after hearing both the sides. "Nobody is defending Kuldeep Singh Sengar. What we mean is that we have to hear both sides," DGP Singh said. Kumar informed that the case has been recommended to the CBI for further probe. An FIR will also be lodged against Sengar for conspiring to beat up the victim's father, who subsequently died in police custody on Monday, an official informed. Based on areport submitted on Wednesday night to the state government by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), the Circle Officer (CO) of Safipur Kunwar Bahadur Singh has been suspended for not entertaining the complaint by the gang rape victim. Three doctors of the Unnao prison have also been suspended for dereliction of duty. With the Allahabad High Court (HC) taking suo motto cognizance of the incident, the SIT is reportedly set to submit its preliminary report before the court later on Thursday. The family of the victim, home department officials informed, have been given adequate security also. Police has suspended six of its personnel, including station house officer of Makhi and five constables, and arrested Senger's brother Atul Singh and four of his aides -- Baua, Vineet, Shailu and Sonu -- for beating the girl's father to death. The girl tried to set herself on fire outside the Chief Minister's residence on Sunday, claiming inaction in the gang rape case. Later on Sunday, her father was picked up by police and allegedly roughed up by Atul Singh and his aides after which he died. The incident triggered a political storm and public outrage in the state. 27 schoolkids among 30 killed in Himachal accident Indo-Asian News Service Shimla: Thirty people, including 27 students, were killed on Monday when a private school bus fell into a gorge in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, police said. Superintendent of Police Santosh Patyal said all the killed students were in the age of 10 to 12, while the bus driver and two women teachers were among the victims. Local villagers had begun rescue operation even before officials could reach the spot, eyewitnesses said. Around 45 students of Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School were returning home when the bus skidded off road and fell into the 100-feet deep gorge near Gurchal village on the Nurpur-Chamba road, some 300 km from the state capital. Teams of local administration and the National Disaster Response Force were involved in the rescue and faced tough time in pulling out the victims from the mangled bus. Thirteen of the injured were referred to hospitals in Pathankot in Punjab. One of them died in a hospital, while 12 students were admitted with critical injuries. The rescue operation was almost over, said an official. "Prima facie, negligent driving and over-speeding are the main reasons for the accident," he added. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Governor Acharya Devvrat and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda condoled the deaths. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. The government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 500,000 to the next of kin of each of those killed and free treatment to those injured. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor along with local legislator Rakesh Pathania and Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar reached the spot to supervise rescue and relief operation. SFJ threatens legal action against senior Punjab cops' kin living abroad New York : US-based advocacy group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) may sue kin of some select Punjab police officers living abroad. The SFJ has ‘threatened’ legal action in protest against the recent arrest of four Sikh youth by the Punjab Police on charge of their connection with Pakistani spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). In a video message, legal advisor of the SFJ, Patwant Singh Pannu claimed that the foreign visits of political leaders from Punjab have already become difficult due to legal proceedings initiated against them, the Punjab-based police officers and their close kin living here would also be dealt in the same way. Pannu also claimed that they were in the process of preparing the lists of the police officers who have alleged been implicating the Sikh youths in false cases and being tortured in Punjab. So much so, a poster bearing photos of five senior Punjab police officers has been released by the SFJ in which a public appeal has been made to provide information to Pannu about these officers’ kin living abroad. It is learnt that these posters have been put up in some Gurdwaras in Canada and the US.

The International News Weekly india April 13, 2018 | Toronto 11 J&K Police wants two Sikh prosecutors to handle Kathua rape-murder case Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi : With the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakherwal Muslim girl in Kathua sparking outrage and the case being given a communal twist by a Hindu outfit and Jammu-based politicians and lawyers rallying in support of the accused, police in J&K, hoping to check further polarisation, have sought the appointment of two Sikh police officers as special prosecuting officers in the case. The J&K Police, sources said, want the Crime Branch case to be represented by Bhupinder Singh and Harminder Singh. While Bhupinder Singh is Chief Prosecuting Officer in the J&K Police prosecution wing, Harminder Singh is Chief Prosecuting Officer, Samba. BJP MPs stage hunger strike New Delhi : All seven Delhi BJP MPs staged a hunger strike here on Thursday against the washout of the second part of Parliament's budget session due to continuous disruptions, which the party blamed it on the Congress. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, who represents the Chandani Chowk constituency, East Delhi MP Maheish Girri, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, West Delhi MP Pravesh Verma, North West Delhi MP Udit Raj, South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri and North East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari participated in the day-long strike that will conclude at 4 p.m. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu would also visit and meet the fasting Delhi MPs and party workers. Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that he will continue his "indefinite hunger strike" to protest against the continuous biased neglect of development work in North East Delhi by the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fast while on a day-long visit to Tamil Nadu. BJP President Amit Shah will observe a hunger strike in Hubli in pollbound Karnataka, while party MPs will fast in their constituencies. The BJP's fast comes days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi led the party's day-long hunger strike at the Rajghat here on Monday over alleged increasing atrocities on Dalits, adivasis, and minorities. Director General of Police S P Vaid has already written to the Principal Secretary (Home) in this connection. “Yes, I have written to the Home department,’’ Vaid told mediaperson. “For me, they are police officers whose profession, and not religious identity, is important. In fact, the people who were opposing the Crime Branch investigation into the case were also trying to raise accusations against our team. I gave them the same answer.” Sources said the police “want to have prosecuting officers from their own ranks” but from a “neutral faith” to avoid further communal division. “So much communal politics has been played in Jammu over this case that the entire atmosphere is polluted. Those who are campaigning in favour of the accused have been questioning the Crime Branch probe only on communal grounds,’’ a police officer said. “The J&K Police is a nationalist force in Kashmir where it is at the forefront of counter-insurgency operations, but here (in Jammu), it is being considered anti-national because a few members of the Crime Branch investigation team happen to be Muslims. Ironically, the SSP monitoring the probe is a Kashmiri Pandit. We want to avoid unnecessary controversy. Our priority is to ensure that the eight-year-old gets justice,” the officer said. Modi opens IEF16, calls for responsible oil, gas pricing New Delhi : Noting that India will be a key driver of global energy demand in the next quarter century, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for "responsible" pricing in the hydrocarbons market so as to balance the interests of oil and gas producers and consumers. Inaugurating the 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) ministerial here, being held in India after a gap of 22 years, Modi said that a massive transformation has been underway in the energy market with consumption growth shifting from the developed world to the emerging and developing economies. "The world has seen prices on a roller coaster for much too long. We need responsible prices to balance the interests of both producer and consumer," Modi said. The Prime Minister said energy demand in India is projected to grow at 4.5 per cent in the next 25 years, while gas demand was expected to triple. "We need a transparent and flexible market... there has to be a mutually supportive relationship between producers and consumers. Efforts at artificially distorting prices are self-defeating as history has shown us," he said. "Let us build a global consensus on responsible pricing which will serve both producer and consumer. In a period of global uncertainty, India needs energy security," Modi added. Tytler, Sajjan leave stage at Rahul's fast at Rajghat Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi: The Congress' day-long hungerstrike at Rajghat on Monday to highlight "atrocities against Dalits, tribals and minorities" in the country began on a controversial note, with 1984-riot accused leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar leaving the stage before party President Rahul Gandhi joined the event. Tytler and Kumar were seen leaving the Mahatma Gandhi's memorial soon after their arrival for the Congress' anti-government protest, apparently after being told to leave due to their alleged links with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. Tytler, who was later seen in the crowd, has long been accused of instigating rioters against Sikhs following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh security guards. Kumar is also accused of his involvement in two cases related to the riots. The charges have, however, not been proved against either. On being asked by media persons, Tytler said: "Who is leaving? I will sit here with the workers. I am not going anywhere." Asked why did he leave the place which was meant for the leaders, he said: "I was sitting there. I am coming from there." Asked if his party did not accept his presence there, Tytler replied: "Who said this? Who said this?" Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Ajay Maken, however, clarified that the two leaders were not asked to leave. He said the stage and its enclosure at the venue were reserved for some Congress officebearers. "We are praying for togetherness and for brotherhood, for all religions and castes in the country, so that we can send out a message that all Indians are one and there is no division on caste basis," Maken said. Virsa Fine Indian Restaurant Niagara Falls GuMmx jf rhy ho? Indian Food The Falls a family Lodge D.Kang 289 296 5001 info@sherepunjabnf.com II www.sherepunjabnf.com 5677 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3L5

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