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Evidence of Honeypreet’s hand in

Panchkula violence: Haryana Police

Chandigarh, October 7 - Haryana Police has found evidence of Honeypreet Insan’s hand in incidents of violence in Panchkula following the Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s conviction in a rape case on August 25, Panchkula Police Commissioner AS Chawla has claimed.
Chawla said 36-year-old Honeypreet, who claims to be the adopted daughter of jailed sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was misleading and not cooperating with the police during her interrogation.
Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, was arrested by Haryana Police on October 3 in connection with the deadly violence that had claimed 35 lives.
Asked if Honeypreet’s hand in incidents of violence had come to light, Chawla said, “According to the evidence we have gathered so far, she definitely has a hand in this.”
The police would put the evidence and other facts before the court, he said without elaborating.
A lookout notice had been issued earlier against Honeypreet.
However, she evaded the police by moving from one place to another in several states, including Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi, according to police.
The officer said Honeypreet, who is currently in police custody, was not cooperating in the investigation.
“Her attitude is not proper with regard to investigation being conducted. Initially, she tried to feign ignorance.
“When she was confronted with facts and evidence about what happened in Panchkula, she started misleading,” he alleged and hoped she would cooperate in the probe.
He said Honeypreet was taken to Bathinda to verify the information she had given to the police. “We found that the entire information given by her was turning out to be false after which we decided to return,” the officer said.
The police was keen to ensure that the entire conspiracy is unearthed. “We are hopeful that we will be able to dig out the truth,” he said.
Replying to a question, Chawla said if anyone’s role in Panchkula violence came to light during investigation, that person would be asked to join investigation irrespective of the individual’s stature.
If the need arose, the person would be arrested, he said.
Asked if any political leader had given shelter to Honeypreet when she was on the run, the police officer said, “At this stage, I do not think it will be appropriate to comment on this.”
Chawla said that during interrogation of some other arrested accused, it had been alleged that an amount of Rs 1.25 crore was distributed to some Dera members to arrange logistics for inciting violence in Panchkula on August 25 if the Dera chief was convicted in the rape case.
To a query, he said raids were on to nab Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan, the other key Dera functionaries accused of involvement in the violence. “Our raids are going on continuously and we are hopeful of making early arrests,” he said.
About Aditya Insan, Chawla said a lookout notice had been issued against him earlier. “There is no input that Aditya has fled the country,” he said to a query.
Meanwhile, Chawla appealed to the media to refrain from publishing or broadcasting any news pertaining to the ongoing investigation “that is speculative and not certified”.


Akal Takht excommunicates Langah

Amritsar, October 6- Akal Takht today excommunicated former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah from the community for hurting Sikh sentiments after his arrest in a rape case. The decision was taken at a meeting of the five High Priests in the light of complaints to Akal Takht.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh pronounced the ‘hukumnama’ (edict) from the podium of the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. “Langah has brought disrepute to the Sikhs with such immoral, disgraceful and blasphemous acts. Akal Takht has taken cognisance of the news reports and a number of complaints received against him from the Sikh Sangat after his video went viral and he was booked. An expert panel’s suggestion was sought and after deliberations, the five High Priests unanimously decided to excommunicate him,” he said.
The Jathedar cautioned that anyone who has been involved in such immoral activities must not be included in any religious organisation in future. He announced that though Langah had been discharged from all positions, be it with the SGPC or SAD, if he was still associated with any Sikh organisation, he should be immediately removed and no “ardas” should be performed in his name.
PPCC general secretary Amarjit Singh Tikka had forwarded the video clip to the Jathedar, seeking strict action against the senior Akali leader. Various Sikh organisations had also called for strict action.
Langah, a baptised Sikh, was in the race to become the SGPC president when Kirpal Singh Badungar occupied the coveted seat. He was a member of SAD’s core committee and district unit president of Gurdaspur until a case was registered against him by a lady police constable, who alleged that she was exploited for over eight years. He was arrested yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Akal Takht Jathedar, when asked if there was any provision under which the disgraced Akali leader could be brought back to the religious fold, said, “The tenets dictate that any Sikh who has been excommunicated could appear before Akal Takht and submit his apology, but ultimately it would be the sole discretion of the five High Priests to consider it or not.”


Geneva-based anti-nuclear campaign

ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, October 6- Nuclear disarmament group ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb as nuclear-fuelled crises swirl over North Korea and Iran.
”The organisation is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” said Norway’s Nobel committee president Berit Reiss-Andersen.
ICAN: staunch campaigners for an end to nuclear weapons
GENEVA: With the nuclear threat at its most acute in decades, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which on Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize, is urgently pressing to consign the bomb to history.
The Geneva-based organisation, known by the acronym ICAN, has for the past decade been sounding the alarm over the massive dangers posed by nuclear weapons and campaigning for a global ban.
It secured a significant victory in July this year when the United Nations adopted a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
But with actual disarmament of the world’s nuclear arsenal likely still far off, ICAN is not resting on its laurels.
“We’re not done yet...The job isn’t done until nuclear weapons are gone,” ICAN chief Beatrice Fihn told AFP this week.

Defence cooperation with India important

for Indo-US ties: Trump admn

Washington - The Trump administration has told US Congress that defence cooperation with India would be an important pillar in the bilateral relationship as it needs the country to be a net security provider in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Trump regime has informed the Congress that it “strongly supports” transfers of F-18 and F-16 fighter proposals put forth by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, respectively.
These proposals have the potential to take Indo-US defence ties to the next level, it said.
“The reason why defence cooperation with India is so vital to US interests is because we need India to be a net security provider in the Indo-Pacific, a region that serves as the fulcrum of global trade and commerce, with nearly half of the world’s 90,000 commercial vessels–many sailing under the US flag, and two-thirds of traded oil travelling through the region,” Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of state for the South and Central Asian Affairs told a Congressional Subcommittee in a written submission.
Wells is scheduled to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on ‘Maintaining US Influence in South Asia: The FY 2018 Budget’ on Thursday.
She said in her submission that the Indo-Asia Pacific region is also home to nearly half of the planet’s population and some of the fastest growing economies on earth.
“Working with like-minded partners, India has the strategic and economic potential to uphold the international order that has served so much of humanity over the past seven decades. The investments we make in our security partnership now will pay dividends for decades to come,” she said.
As fellow democracies, countering terrorism is the critical priority for both India and the United States, she asserted.
“India is situated in a dangerous neighbourhood, where terrorist attacks have killed both Indians and Americans alike. Joint training and capacity building are essential to expanding our CT cooperation,” she said, citing the State Department Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) program in which more than 1,100 Indian security personnel have received training from the US since 2009.
Wells said India is among America’s most important strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
“In the words of President Trump, the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, has never been better,” she said in the testimony.
“The President’s first meeting with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi in June set a positive tone and ambitious agenda for strengthening bilateral ties, particularly in the areas of defence, energy and trade,” she added.
Talking about the trade between the US and India in her written submission, Wells said the economic relationship had largely been on a positive trajectory and America needed to do more to balance the trade deficit between the two countries, which totalled nearly USD 30 billion last year.
“We are working closely with USTR and the Commerce Department to address the concerns of the US business community regarding India, including tariff and non-tariff barriers, subsidies, localisation policies, restrictions on investment, and intellectual property concerns that limit market access and impede US exporters and businesses from entering the Indian market,” Wells said.
“Our bilateral trade has more than doubled in the last decade from USD 45 billion in 2006 to more than USD 114 billion in 2016. US exports to India support more than 260,000 American jobs across all 50 states,” she said.
Last year alone, investment from Indian companies supported more than 52,000 jobs in the United States, she added.
She said the Trump administration is committed to ensuring that the trade relationship with India is fair and reciprocal, and continued to press India to further open its markets and create a level-playing field for US companies.
According to Wells, tremendous opportunities lay in India’s civil aviation market.
In early January 2017, SpiceJet, a private Indian airline, announced an order of 155 new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, taking its tally for the aircraft model to 205 total planes.
The final assembly of the MAX 737 takes place at the Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington.
“...these transactions have an estimated value of USD 23 billion and according to Boeing, would create or sustain more than 130,000 jobs in the US,” she said.
Another private Indian carrier, Jet Airways, ordered 75 737 MAX 8s in 2017, she added.
“We also see significant opportunities in the energy sector. India is the third-largest energy consumer in the world after China and the United States, and its large and growing population ensures it will remain one of the largest energy consumers for decades,” she added.
“India’s state gas utility, for example, signed a 20-year supply agreement with US-based LNG producer Cheniere Energy and has already taken delivery of multiple shipments of gas,” said the top American diplomat.

Modi suggests 10 commitments for BRICS

leadership in global transformation

Xiamen - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday suggested 10 commitments to be made by the BRICS nations, including counter-terrorism efforts, for their role in global transformation.
Speaking at the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries in the course of the 9th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit here, Modi said that the bedrock of India's development agenda laid in the notion of "sabka saath, sabka vikaas" (collective effort, inclusive growth).
Stating that India has mapped each of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to its own development programmes and scheme, he said: "Our programmes are geared to accomplish these priority goals in a time-bound manner. To cite just one example, our three-pronged approach of providing a bank account to the unbanked, providing a biometric identity to all, and using innovative mobile governance solutions, has enabled direct benefit transfers to almost 360 million people for the first time." Stating that the BRICS nations represented half of humanity, he said that for the bloc to play a role in global transformation, it should follow the "10 noble commitments".
"Creating a safer world by organised and coordinated action on at least three issues: counter-terrorism, cyber security and disaster management;" Modi said.
The Prime Minister called for creating a greener world by taking concerted action on countering climate change, through initiatives such as the India-initiated International Solar Alliance.
Another suggestion was for creating an enabled world by sharing and deploying suitable technologies to enhance efficiency, economy and effectiveness.
Reiterating his vision for a digital economic and financial system, Modi called for creating an inclusive world "by economic mainstreaming of our people including in the banking and financial system".
"Creating a digital world by bridging the digital divide within and outside our economies.
"Creating a skilled world by giving future-ready skills to millions of our youth." Modi also called for creating a healthier world: by cooperating in research and development to eradicate diseases, and enabling affordable health care for all.
In creating an equitable world, he said the BRICS nations should provide equality of opportunity to all, particularly through gender equality.
In terms of a connected world, he suggested enabling of free flow of goods, persons and services.
He also called for creating a harmonious world "by promoting ideologies, practices, and heritage that are centered on peaceful coexistence and living in harmony with nature".
"Through these agenda points, and action on them, we will be contributing directly to the welfare of the global community in addition to welfare of our own people.
"And in this, India stands ready as a willing and committed partner to enhance cooperation and support each other's national efforts," Modi added.

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