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Punjab NRIs attack Gujarat CM Modi for Sikh farmers eviction
Report dated 18/08/2013 @ 2:13 PM
The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in California, have launched an attack on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, for displacing Sikh farmers. They say Modi should withdraw the special leave petition from the Supreme Court against the Gujarat high court order. NAPA president Satnam Chahal said if Modi does not withdraw the petition before the hearing date of August 27 then the affected Sikh farmers of Gujarat will never forgive any politician from Punjab or Gujarat.
Thousands of Punjabi farmers of the Kutch area are also fighting a legal battle in the apex court to escape eviction from their lands at the hands of the Gujarat government which has frozen their land holdings by invoking various tenancy and agricultural land acts.
NAPA says the BJP government in Gujarat must amend the Bombay Tenancy and Lands Act, 1948 and delete the sections being imposed on the Sikhs. If amendments are not brought to help the Sikh farmers then both the Akali Dal and BJP state government should forget about any investment plans from their fraternity.
Canada bar fined for racially discriminating against NRIs
Report dated 18/08/2013 @ 2:08 PM
The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has found popular sports bar the Shark Club of Langley, British Columbia guilty, of denying three Indo-Canadians Surinderjit Rai, Manjit Gill and Manjinder entry to a graduation party in 2011, on the basis of their race and skin colour, thereby causing injury to their dignity and self respect.
The men claimed they were denied entry after they arrived 15 minutes late for the 9 pm party, even as Caucasians were allowed to go in ahead of them. The three men persisted and offered to pay for tickets if that was necessary, but they were still treated shamefully.
The tribunal has now ordered the Shark Club to pay C$10,000 to each of the three men in compensation.
UK fines Sikh TVchannel for inciting violence
Report dated 17/08/2013 @ 1:08 PM
UK media regulator Ofcom has imposed a fine of 30,000 pounds on Sangat TV, a Birmingham satellite channel that broadcasts in Punjabi and English, for seriously breaching its code.
Sangat TV will have to pay the fine for breaching Ofcom's code by broadcasting a programme that incited Sikhs to take violent action against Lieutenant General K S Brar and other members of the Indian armed forces. The discussion programme aired last October after an attack against Brar who led the Indian Army's Operation Blue Star against Sikh separatists at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. Some of the panellists on the show said Brar, 78, deserved to be attacked and congratulated the perpetrators.
Three men and a woman of Sikh origin were recently found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to retired Army officer Brar while he was on holiday in London in 2012.
Sangat TV is owned by Regis 1 Limited who said its channel was run mostly by volunteers and owned by the Sangat charitable trust, and anything more than a token fine would be 'crippling'. The TV channel however will now also have to broadcast the Ofcom findings in this case at a date and form to be determined by the regulator.
Canadian city names street after Mahatma Gandhi
Report dated 17/08/2013 @ 12:52 PM
Winnipeg city's street leading to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been named after Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of India's 67th Independence Day. It will now be known as Honorary Mahatma Gandhi Way.
At a ceremony, the Mayor of Winnipeg Sam Katz spoke to a crowd that included representatives from the Indian and aboriginal communities, and said it was appropriate the roadway be associated with an individual synonymous with the struggle for human rights, as Gandhi's teachings of non-violence and social change have given hope to millions facing oppression around the world.
The Mahatma Gandhi name was originally set aside for a new street in Transcona, but civic officials reversed themselves in 2010 after a request from the Mahatma Gandhi Centre that the name be attached to a street near the Museum.
Extra vigil to check gold smuggling after import duty hike
Report dated 16/08/2013 @ 1:36 PM
Setting up precautions against a spurt in attempts to smuggle gold into the country after the recent import duty hike, financial intelligence agencies and customs departments are keeping an extra vigil and carefully scanning suspected passengers and commercial consignments.
Officials of the Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence, mandated to closely check smuggling and evasion of customs duty attempts, are working with other agencies' staff posted at major transit points, including airports and international borders, to check gold smuggling.
Sources say customs departments are scanning credentials of suspected cargo coming from the Gulf countries and nations like Malaysia to foil any bids to smuggle the precious metal into the country, particularly since the recent import duty hike was announced.