Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s nephew killed by Punjab Police in 1980’s Sikh struggle


Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s nephew

killed by Punjab Police in 1980’s Sikh struggle
March 25th, 2010 Jaspal Singh
Chandigarh, Punjab: A nation that saw the younger sister of the man who brought them free- dom in death run between courts and offices and back for 21 years and still has justice elude her. Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s younger sister, Parkash Kaur, 95, has been fighting for justice to her kin Kuljeet Singh Dhatt, who was eliminated in Hoshiarpur district 21 years ago, allegedly by five Punjab Police personnel.
“My brother would have been shattered to see me run around courts in my sunset years. I may not live to see justice done,“ Parkash Kaur told HT over phone from Toronto, where she now lives with her son, Rupinder Singh.
She said the guilty cops were booked and even arrested on the directions of the Supreme Court. But, they moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and took the plea that the state was under the Punjab Disturbed Area Act, 1983, and only the Centre could grant sanction for their prosecution.
Justice Satish Kumar Mittal reserved his verdict in the case after hearing the arguments on February 3, 2003.
Harbhajan Singh, elder brother of the deceased Kuljeet, who is presently contesting the case on behalf of Parkash Kaur, revealed that Hoshiarpur was not even covered under the dis- turbed area Act which was appli- cable to border districts of Punjab. Justice Rajesh Bindal of the High Court dismissed a similar plea on February 13, in a separate case.
Harbhajan had moved a plea before former High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur in 2008, for transfer of the case to some other court as in seven years, the case had not come up for hearing even after final arguments. The cops kept seek- ing adjournment after adjourn- ment, 25 in all, on one pretext or the other.
On August 26, 2009, the case came up for hearing before Justice Rajan Gupta and before Justice A.G. Masih on September 4, 2009, but they recused themselves. The case was then listed for Justice K.C.Puri on October 7, who issued notices to the accused. However, when the matter came up on December 10, 2009, the case file was not put up in court.
On March 3, 2010, Harbhajan learnt that the case was listed in the court of Justice Mittal, who too withdrew and said that the same be transferred.
“Now the case file is in the court of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal,“ he said.
The Punjab Police person- nel indicted by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court for Kuljeet’s murder included late SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, who committed sui- cide in May 1997, DSP Jaspal Singh, serving life term in Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Sardool Singh, Sita Ram and S.S. Basra. Ram is serving out a life sentence in another case.t’s a case that would put a nation to shame. A nation that saw the younger sister of the man who brought them free- dom in death run between courts and offices and back for 21 years and still has justice elude her.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s younger sister, Parkash Kaur, 95, has been fighting for justice to her kin Kuljeet Singh Dhatt, who was eliminated in Hoshiarpur district 21 years ago, allegedly by five Punjab Police personnel.
“My brother would have been shattered to see me run around courts in my sunset years. I may not live to see justice done,“ Parkash Kaur told HT over phone from Toronto, where she now lives with her son, Rupinder Singh.
She said the guilty cops were booked and even arrested on the directions of the Supreme Court. But, they moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and took the plea that the state was under the Punjab Disturbed Area Act, 1983, and only the Centre could grant sanction for their prosecution.
Justice Satish Kumar Mittal reserved his verdict in the case after hearing the arguments on February 3, 2003.
Harbhajan Singh, elder brother of the deceased Kuljeet, who is presently contesting the case on behalf of Parkash Kaur, revealed that Hoshiarpur was not even covered under the dis- turbed area Act which was appli- cable to border districts of Punjab. Justice Rajesh Bindal of the High Court dismissed a similar plea on February 13, in a separate case.
Harbhajan had moved a plea before former High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur in 2008, for transfer of the case to some other court as in seven years, the case had not come up for hearing even after final arguments. The cops kept seek- ing adjournment after adjourn- ment, 25 in all, on one pretext or the other.
On August 26, 2009, the case came up for hearing before Justice Rajan Gupta and before Justice A.G. Masih on September 4, 2009, but they recused themselves. The case was then listed for Justice K.C.Puri on October 7, who issued notices to the accused. However, when the matter came up on December 10, 2009, the case file was not put up in court.
On March 3, 2010, Harbhajan learnt that the case was listed in the court of Justice Mittal, who too withdrew and said that the same be transferred.
“Now the case file is in the court of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal,“ he said.
The Punjab Police person- nel indicted by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court for Kuljeet’s murder included late SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, who committed sui- cide in May 1997, DSP Jaspal Singh, serving life term in Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Sardool Singh, Sita Ram and S.S. Basra. Ram is serving out a life sentence in another case.

Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Facebook se instala en la India


Facebook se instala en la India

La red social continúa su conquista de nuevos territorios en el mercado mundial y ahora le apuntó un país con 1.000 millones de habitantes.
El gigante de internet busca consolidar su presencia en la India. FOTO TOMADA DE RTVE.ES
MUMBAI, India.- Facebook continúa con su proceso de expansión comercial y ya anunció la apertura de sus instalaciones en la India, incorporándose a la lista de multinacionales que han convertido a la región de Bangalore en el Silicon Valley del mundo oriental.La red social abrirá su oficina en la ciudad de Hyderabad, donde ya se encuentran en funcionamiento espacios de otros gigantes de internet como Google y Microsoft. El alto nivel de capacitación de los indios, sumado al bajo costo de sus salarios, hacen de este un espacio soñado para los inversores occidentales.Los empleados locales trabajan en actividades que van desde escribir códigos de programas hasta servicios de atención al cliente. Además, Facebook cuenta con más de 8 millones de usuarios activos dentro de la India, entre los cuales se hallan grandes firmas que necesitan servicios específicos de publicidad y de comunicación corporativa. De este modo, la intención de la red social es consolidar su cobertura en la zona.
La oficina de Facebook en Hyderabad complementará las operaciones de Palo Alto (California), Dublín (Irlanda), y una instalación anunciada recientemente en Austin (Texas).

Monday, 15 March, 2010

SGPC releases amended version of Nanakshahi calendar


SGPC releases amended version
of Nanakshahi calendar

By Jagmohan Singh

AMRITSAR: Jatedhdar Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) Gyani Gurbachan Singh and President SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar here today jointly released the amended version of Nanak Shahi Calendar (separate Sikh calendar).
Speaking on this occasion jatehdar Akal Takht said that entire community all over the world should adopt and follow the amended version of Nanak Shahi calendar in letter and spirit.
Launching scathing attack on some Sikh organizations which vehemently denied following the amended version of calendar as they would follow the old one, jatehdar said that such people creating confusion among Sikh community and described them anti Sikh.
Jatehdar said that it was need of the hour to bring certain amendments in the calendar as various Sikh intellectuals brought in notice a range of short comings, since various religious days were clashing with one another. Hence, keeping in view all the aspects amendments were brought in practice, he added.
Dal Khalsa a radical Sikh Organisation spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh rued that the SGPC has killed the letter and spirit of the Nanakshahi Calendar by mixing it with Bikrami calendar, which had its roots in Hinduism.
“We had mentioned dates of Gurpurabs (Sikh religious days) according to original calendar adopted in April 2003 as we believe that the amended version has a imprint of RSS ideology”, Kanwarpal Singh said.
However, on January 3, this year, amidst chaos Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) Executive members had given final
approval to bring amendments in Nanak Shahi Calendar, following green signal from Akal Takht.
Leaders of various Sikh organisations said that while rejecting the SGPC decision said that the entire Sikh Diaspora would remain stick with the original Nanak Shahi Calendar which was adopted by the General House meeting of SGPC in March 29, 2003.
Earlier, Pal Singh Purewal, a Canada based Sikh intellectual who crafted the 'Nanakshahi, calendar had requested Akal Takht Jathedar to consult him before making any change in it but in vain. Purewal said that it was highly objectionable as any change in the calendar would reduce it to carbon copy of 'Bikrami Calendar'. He said that Nanakshahi calendar was based on religious, historical and scientific research of many years.

Sunday, 14 March, 2010

Punjab health minister supports pay parity demand of Ayurvedic doctors


Punjab health minister supports pay
parity demand of Ayurvedic doctors

CHANDIGARH: Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Punjab has strongly urged the centre govt. to hold a separate entrance test for Ayurveda stream and also to ensure complete pay parity for Ayurvedic Doctors in comparison to the other doctors of the Modern system of the Medicine. She reiterated that the new era would be the period of Ayurveda.
The Minister was in New Delhi, yesterday to inaugurate the 16th Convocation and National Seminar on “Preventive Cardiology in Ayurveda” organized by Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV). Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, MP (Rajya Sabha), S.Jalaja, Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Prof. P.N.V.Kurup, President of Governing Body and Dr.V.V.Prasad, Director, RAV also participated in the function.
Dr Rakesh Sharma, Director Ayurveda, Punjab here today informed that the full-packed audience comprising of Gurus, Sishya’s, Administrators and policy makers appreciated and applauded the concern and views of the Health Minister, Prof Chawla. He added that the function was well attended by many doctors from the field of Ayurveda and other medical sciences.
The highlight of the function was felicitating ‘Padma Vibhushan Rajvaidya Brihaspati Dev Triguna’ with the title “Living Legend of Ayurveda”, who is a doyen in the field of Ayurveda. During the occasion, RAV also felicitated 15 luminaries, who have achieved exceptional milestones in the field of Ayurveda
He added that Dr Dinanath Uppadhya, President Ayurved Mahasamelan Maharashtra also extended invitation to Prof Chawla for inaugurating the function scheduled to be held in Mumbai in the month of March.