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Vol.8 , No. 1089
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Better Access For Skilled Newcomers McGuinty Government Demands Same Deal As Other Provinces
Ontario is stepping up efforts to help internationally trained newcomers, such as doctors, practice in their profession sooner. Newcomers will now have more opportunity to practise in their field and put their skills to work for Ontario's economy. To improve fair access to the labour market and professions, Ontario's Fairness Commissioner will work with government, professional regulatory bodies and other partners to:Review any proposed regulations prior to approval to help maximize opportunities for internationally
trained medical professionals.Review entry-to-practice requirements, including mandatory Canadian experience, to eliminate unnecessary barriers while protecting quality in health care and other sectors.The province is expanding community-based programs for International Medical Graduates, helping them proceed into their careers sooner to earn a living and help increase healthcare access for Ontarians.Ontario is also calling on the federal government to give the province more power to help newcomers contribute
to our growing economy. Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia are given more resources and more powers to help newcomers settle, train and succeed in their regions. Ontario wants the same deal to help new Canadians integrate, find jobs or go on to start their own business. Since 2003, Ontario has invested in more than 220 bridge training programs in over 100 different professions and trades to help over 42,000 newcomers find jobs consistent with their education and experience.Ontario welcomes more immi-
grants than any other province - more than all Western, Atlantic provinces and all territories combined.The Conference Board of Canada estimates that not using the skills of immigrants costs Canada between $3.4 and $5 billion a year.Ottawa has withheld $207 million owed to Ontario newcomers under the first Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement which expired March 31, 2011.ln December 2010, Ottawa unilaterally cut settlement funding to 35 Ontario community agencies by $44 million.
July 28, 2011
Sikh Press Special
Indian Army and Police Terrorism The following excerpt are taken from “Oppression in Punjab: Report to the Nation” published in 1986 by a team investigating the situation of Punjab and its people. The report shows how innocent Sikhs including women and children were oppressed, tortured, dishonored and killed in the name of “national unity”.
WOMEN: COURAGE IN THE FACE OF HUMILIATION AND DEATH "My world is lying in shambles all around me." J. P. had written while languishing in the loneliness of his prison. We understood the truth of these moving words when we met the women in the Punjab villages. J. P.'s word was the whole of India which he had loved and lived for, a woman's world is her home, her husband, her children, her land, her cattle and the golden corn. It is a small world which she loves and lives for, and that world today is laying in shambles all
ing his child for polio, he was waiting with his wife and the sick child. He has undergone inhuman torture. Swaran Kaur's 4th son who we interviewed has been living away from home because of police harassment. This is not telling you about the boys - it is about their suffering mother. Why are the young men - hundreds of them - find citizens of India not being allowed to live in peace and contribute to the progress of Punjab - is a very relevant question we should all try to answer. They are neither terrorist, nor extremist - but terrible torture inside the
lice station and kept there for 10 days every month. In all I have been detained seven times. Only yesterday on May 3, I was kept in the P.S. for 12 hours and dishonored. When I was detained in police custody in November - December 1984, they destroyed the little crop that we had grown. The Bhayas I had employed were beaten and driven away!" Gurdip Kaur's relatives who came to help her were rounded up; her old father, sister-in-law and her husband, her brother, and ever her brother's old mother-in-law were all dragged to the thana, and tor-
There was young Satwant Kaur, wife of Ranjit Singh again from Harchowal village, and agriculturist. She said, "My husband and I are both Amritdharis; my husband was arrested and tortured, he must have been killed which may be why I have not seen him since his arrest. I myself was arrested on November 26 by the SHO of Sri Hargovindpur, badly beaten up and abused and kept for five days in the thana and then sent to Ghuman Chowk, where the SHO himself conducted the enquiries. I was released since I was innocent and nothing was
around her. Lonely, overworked, harassed daily by the Army and the police, dishonored, beaten up for not being able to produce the men who have been missing - they came to meet us out in the open regardless of the fear of the police, woman after woman told us what they have been facing since the army action. Fifty-year-old Swaran Kaur, wife of the ex-MLA Harbans Singh Ghuman of Ghumankala village has her house raided 45 times by the army, BSF and the police; every time they come they destroy everything furniture, beads, they mix up different types of cereals with rice; they have taken away her tractor and driven away her servants. They come anytime, enter her bedroom, pull out sleeping children, clutch her at her throat, make her stand in the sun for hours - a high blood pressure patient not withstanding - till she faints. Of her four sons, two are in the Jodhpur Jail, one of them the youngest, a student, had gone to the Golden Temple on the 3rd to keep a vow in connection with some college test, the other had gone there to spend a night till the shops reopened and he could buy something (farmer implements, tools) for his farm. The 3rd son was pounced upon and literally lifted up and taken to CIA staff, Batala from the bus stand where, coming from the doctor, who was treat-
jail and the fear of torture if they are caught increasing their indignation which will justify violent action. Gurdip Kaur who had come out of the police clutches only tow days earlier has not met her husband Manohar Singh a young agriculturist of village Harchowal since October '84, this is what she told us; "My husband is an Amritdhari, so the police and the Army have troubled him a lot. Terrorized by the police, he might have run away. I do not know where, or he may have been killed by the police or by the Army. I have no information about him. The police are troubling me. For the first time on 26 November 84 the ASI of P.S. Sri Hargovindpur pulled me out of my house and pushed me into his van. They kept slapping my face and punched with their fist, they took me to the police station. They abused me in the filthiest language which I fell ashamed to repeat. There was no woman police there and the policeman started interrogating me themselves. I was detained at P.S. Sri Hargovindpur for five days, from November 26 to December 1, 1984 and then at the Ghuman Police Chowki from 1st December to 6th December. I was let off only after giving Rs. 1800 to SHO Amar Singh. "Since then, I am taken to the po-
tured. It was only after they could collect Rs. 3000 and give it to Amar Singh, SHO, of Sri Hargovindpur, they were released. "Even now the women fold among my relatives are often taken to the police station and slapped, pushed around and abused. The SHO himself does the interrogation. There are no women police. It is extremely fanfold for us that the policemen themselves should question us. The police lawlessness that prevails here must be brought under check." Gurcharam Kaur (40) of village Damodar, Vice President of Istri Akali Dal Distric Committee (Fatehgarh Churian) said, "I have not been able to till my 5 acre farm as I have been harassed by the minion of Santokh Singh Randhawa, till the other day PunjabCongress I President. As soon as the land is ploughed and seed sown, these gangsters come and destroy everything. We have complained to the police and even bribed them but to no avail. During the Army action, I was arrested on the grounds that I had failed in my duty to inform the authorities about the huge catch of sophisticated arms and ammunitions stored in the complex, because I was a frequent visitor to the Guru Nanak Niwas."
found against me. The SHO takes me to the thana every month and detains me there for five - ten days and I am dishonored. Only God knows what they do to me there. My tractor was taken away and kept at the police station from June 84 till December 84; my brothers had to pay Rs. 4000 to Amar Singh, the SHO of Sri Hargovindpur to get my tractor released. The only request of this poor woman is that "the dishonor to which I am constantly subject to must be forthwith stopped and the SHO Amar Singh transferred." The list is endless - so is misery and so is fortitude and magnificent pride - excepting once or twice when the memory hurts beyond human endurance there were no tears! Tears will fall only in the enveloping solitude where none can see. These are the women of Punjab. ATROCITIES ON CHILDREN A 12-year-old boy, Kalu, son of Harbans Singh of Village Agwan (P.S. Dera Baba Nanak) had been taken away at night to the dredged Interrogation Centre at Amritsar four days earlier. 'None knew what had happened to him,' his uncle Darshan Singh told us. In Kala Nangal, two boys had become mental wrecks after having been in Military custody. (Cont.. to page no 6))
July 28, 2011
SIKH GROUPS SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM TO U.N. FOR RELEASE OF PROF. BHULLAR
New York: (Gurinderjit Singh Peerjain)Thousands of Sikhs and members of other communities attended a justice rally in front of United Nation Headquarters in New York City to demand the U.N. intervention to stop India from executing Professor Devenderpal S. Bhullar. Professor Bhullar is son of a U.S. citizen, Ms. Opkar Kaur. In 1991, Ms. Kaur’s husband Balwant Singh (Professor Bhullar’s father) was tortured to death by the Indian Police. Organizers of the rally launched a Petition Signing Campaign in which a million signatures will be collected from around world on a petition urging UN intervention. A memorandum was submitted to the UN Secretary General demanding UN intervention pursuant to Resolution 62149 of 2008 calling for abolition and moratorium on the use of death penalty. The resolution calls upon all states that maintain the death penalty to completely abolish it reminding that the use of the death penalty undermines human dignity and any miscarriage or failure of justice in the implementation of the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable. According to attorney Gurpatwant S. Pannun legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice Professor Bhullar has been convicted on the sole basis of a confessional statement obtained from him through torture. It is a matter of record that India is not a signatory to UN Convention Against Torture and India practices torture on detainees. Use of torture is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees due process of law and protection of life to all human beings. Bhullar has been punished by Indian government for being vocal supporter of Sikhs’ demand to “self determination”. Bhullar’s case proves that when it comes to rights of religious minorities be they Sikhs, Muslims or Christians, India’s democracy, rule of law and judiciary all collaborate with the power to suppress the minorities, added attorney Pannun. Equating Bhullar's case with the cases of Mumia Abu Jamal and Troy Davis, Lawrence Hayes, former death row inmate, Co-Founder of the Campaign to
His Excellency Bon Ki-moon Secretary General United Nations
From: Sikh Cultural Society, Richmond Hill, NY; Sikhs for Justice (SFJ); Sikh Gurudawaras (Temples) across North America and other organizations. Sub: Intervene and save Professor Devenderpal Singh Bhullar from “judicial murder” in India. Re: Enforce UN Resolution 62/149 “Moratorium on the use of Death Penalty” Date: July 25, 2011 United Nations is called upon to intervene and save Professor Devenderpal Singh Bhullar from “judicial murder in India” pursuant UN General Assembly Resolution 62/149 of 2008. Resolution 62/149 adopted in the 76th plenary meeting of Sixty Second Session of the General Assembly calls upon all states that maintain the death penalty to completely abolish it reminding that the use of the death penalty undermines human dignity and any miscarriage or failure of justice in the implementation of the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable. Resolution 62/149 was reaffirmed by resolution 63/168 in Sixty Third Session of the UN General Assembly. In January 1995, Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, a former instructor of Guru Nanak Engineering Polytechnic College Ludhiana, Punjab, India was deported by German authorities and was taken into custody by Indian Police. During the custody, Professor Bhullar was tortured and was forced to sign on “blank sheets of papers” which were later used to engineer a “confessional statement”. During the trial, Professor Bhullar denied having signed the “confessional statement” and testified how he was forced to sign on the blank papers. Despite Bhullar’s denial, retraction and highly improbable and questionable authenticity of the “confessional statement”, he was sentenced to death solely on the basis of this “statement” and without any independent corroborating evidence or witness. Professor Bhullar was convicted under the notorious TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act of India, a law that has been condemned as disturbing and completely unacceptable by Honorable Nigel Rodely, UN Rapporteur on Torture (1993-2001). Professor Bhullar’s death sentence was upheld by a split decision of the Supreme Court of India. Bhullar’s conviction endorses extracting of confessions through torture and his continuous detention for the past sixteen (16) years violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and shocks human dignity. Professor Bhullar’s case warrants immediate intervention by the UN because India is determined to execute him.. Therefore, UN is urged to act pursuant to Resolution 62/149 by asking the Government of India to: Provide the United Nations with information relating to the circumstances of Professor Bhullar’s detention, trial and conviction. • Commute the death sentence of Professor Bhullar as per UN Resolution 62/149. Sign and rectify UN Convention Against Torture. Gurpatwant S Pannun Coordinating Committee Legal Advisor, Sikhs For Justice Sikh Cultural Society of New York T 718-938-7801 Richmond Hill, NY 11419 E: email@example.com
End the Death Penalty and member of Hands Off Cain (HOC), stated that “India is using its legal and judicial system as means of legitimizing the elimination of any form of opposition. That is to say anyone or anything that poses a threat to the system is labeled terrorist and their rights are ignored or compromised”. Jeffrey Deskovic, founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice which also addressed the rally. Jeffrey Deskovic was a victim of coerced confession and spent more than sixteen years behind bars before being exonerated based on DNA testing. Highlighting the parallels in his own case and that of Professor Bhullar, Mr. Deskovic stated that “The similarities in my case and Professor Bhullar’s case are revealing. My conviction was based upon a “coerced confession” while Bhullar was tortured to sign blank papers that used to fabricate his confession. There was no independent evidence against me and so is the case with Professor Bhullar. I spent sixteen years behind bars as an innocent man and so is Professor Bhullar who is detained for past sixteen years.” Urging the UN to ask the Indian Government for commutation of Bhullar’s sentence and release from custody, Mr. Deskovic stated that “the world will be watching to see whether the UN does the right thing and intervenes, or whether it will look the other way thus rendering themselves as guilty as the government of India, just as the entire court system declined to intervene on my behalf despite compelling reasons to do so. Addressing the rally, Tejinerpal Singh Bhullar brother of Professor Bhullar stated that my brother is an innocent man. He was falsely implicated in criminal cases because he was very vocal in organizing rallies to condemn extra judicial killing of Sikhs in Punjab. Tejinderpal also stated that “first my father Balwant Singh Bhullar was killed “extra judicially” in India by police and now my brother Professor Bhullar is being murdered through “judicial process”. There is no difference in my father and my (Cont.. to page no 7)
July 28, 2011
Spending billions for an imprisonmentbased crime program, an opportunity lost Professor Bhullar! Why every Sikh should spend every day to help him Professor Bhullar is son of a U.S. citizen, Ms. Opkar Kaur. In 1991, Ms. Kaur’s husband Balwant Singh (Professor Bhullar’s father) was tortured to death by the Indian Police. Professor Bhullar’s brother, Tejinderpal Singh Bhullar , who is also a U.S. citizen, will address the rally. Professor Bhullar was taken into custody in January 1995 by Indian authorities and was tortured and forced to sign blank sheets of papers which were later used to engineer his “confessional statement” which forms the sole basis of his conviction. Professor Bhullar was sentenced to death, by a split decision of the Supreme Court of India, solely on the basis of this fabricated “confession” and without any independent corroborating evidence or witnesses. He was tried and convicted under the notorious TADA -Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act – of India, a law that has been condemned as completely unacceptable by Sir Nigel Rodely, UN Rapporteur on Torture. Bhullar’s conviction endorses extracting confessions via torture; his 16-year detention and planned execution violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Resolution 62-149 of 2008 calling for a moratorium and abolition of the death penalty. Sikhs for Justice is submitting the memorandum to the U.N. Secretary General asking for its prompt intervention. Time is always of the urgency. You have little time for leisure, for your kids, your family, to become famous, to keep the roof over your head. When has any of this time ever, ever in the
evolution of our religion been applied in Gurubani or in our religious history fighting persecution? Do we wonder if people looked good a hundred years ago or if their children went onto have successful careers. Our religion is on the edge of a sword. The edge of the sword is this- We cannot sleep one day without knowing we have fought against persecution and helped victims. Not one day. Professor Bhullar is not a news article. He is the one major issue of a miscarriage of justice within so called democracy. Within so called democracy everywhere. Every sikh has to petition their members of parliament, their councillors, and then fax/email their own prime minister/president every single day. And Email/fax the Indian president and her entourage every single day. If you think there are elaborate groups, plentiful resourced sitting out there to fight against torture or anything else please don’t wait until you are the wrong person at the wrong time stuck in these terrible bureacratic systems that crush people. Our Gurus fought against the systems crushing people at their time. If millions of Sikhs were literally emailing/faxing/blackberrying which no doubt they would for their own personal leisure, business etc. for the Prof. Bhullar we would have public pressure growing. Professor Bhullar could be executed ANY TIME and still no one would lose any sleep. Please be a Sikh and help this person every day.
No “News of the World” by R.C. Rajamani YOUNG reporters are often told at the beginning of their career that “dog bites man” is no news but “man bites dog” is.In an interesting parallel of sorts, the 170-year-old popular British tabloid “News of the World” made news instead of carrying one earlier this month. It closed down amidst a hacking scandal involving its former editor Andy Coulson, its former Royal correspondent Clive Goodman and a few other senior editors. British Minister David Cameron who had appointed Coulson his communications adviser, was made to face relentless questioning by the opposition in Parliament over his “indiscretion”. So was NOWT boss Rupert Murdoch by a parliamentary committee. TV viewers around the world and saw Murdoch being grilled Cameron questioned on media ethics and government accountability. Parallels are being drawn between the scandal and other infamous ones, including Watergate that led to Republican Richard Nixon becoming the first US President to resign from office in 1974 for the bugging of the offices of the Democratic Party before the 1972 elections which he won. Interestingly, John Dean, adviser to Nixon during Watergate days, sees the parallel telling. According to him, Watergate was provoked by Nixon’s ruthless and shameless manner of doing business. News Corp. is now mired in a political and business scandal because of the brutal and coldblooded way its boss has conducted business.
Both may not have been directly involved in the scandals but the two created norms and standards within their respective organisations where such conduct was not only considered acceptable, but actually encouraged, says Dean. It may be tempting to see a parallel in India too in the Niira Radia tapes that exposed the media-corporatepolitician link. Yet, none apologised in this case. But there was a time when the editor-owner-politician team worked for the nation’s cause. One instance that springs to mind is the trio of Arthur Christiansen, Lord Beaverbrook and Winston Churchill during World War II years of 1939-45 in Britain. Christiansen was the editor of Daily Express and Beaverbrook its owner. In his celebrated book “Headlines All My Life”, Christiansen describes how the three would discuss the projection of the progress of the war in the newspaper every morning. No wonder, Daily Express carried many exclusives those years and proudly printed Churchill’s inspiring speeches in the House of Commons. No doubt, in this relationship, the role of the journalist is crucial and he should be a man of absolute integrity. At his 85th birthday celebration two weeks before he died in June 1964, Lord Beaverbrook gave his definition of a journalist: “First, he must be true to himself. The one who is not true to himself is no journalist. He must show courage, independence and initiative.”
by Martin Singh
This week’s article was supposed to be part 2 of the Time for Reflection article. To be sure, I plan to share that article with you in the future, but the revelation of dropping crime statistics by Statistics Canada and the plan of the Harper government to spend huge amounts of tax dollars on their crime fighting program despite all evidence from many jurisdictions that the government’s program will not reduce crime and may, in fact, increase crime has compelled me to write this article that I share with you today. The facts of this story have been well hashed out in the mainstream media. In Canada, we are fortunate to be experiencing a relatively continuous drop in the rate of crime to the point where we now have the lowest crime rate in Canada since 1973. For me, this is a very significant achievement given that I do not consider myself particularly young and we have, as a nation, managed to reduce the rate of crime down to a level not seen since before I was born. Given this significant achievement, one might expect that the government of the day would be looking to build on this success and implement programs that further reduce crime and decrease the prison population. Interestingly, the Harper government is planning to do the exact opposite. As I am a member of the NDP, you are probably not shocked to hear that I am speaking against the planned use of billions of dollars to build prisons and pay for the other expenses associated with the housing of what will be many more new prisoners. Despite that, I cannot help but point out the missed opportunity that this waste of billions of dollars represents. To begin, I should state that the Harper government is completely within its rights and mandate to spend this money on prisons. During the recent federal election, the Harper government ran on the plan to significantly increase spending on prisons and prisoners and Canadians elected them to a majority government. So, while the Harper government has been given full permission to spend the money on prisons and prisoners, the question is whether or not they should be spending this money in this area or are there other areas where this money could be better spent. The Harper government’s approach to crime is to put more people in prison and to imprison them for longer. They assert that this approach will reduce crime and make Canada a safer place to live. There would be some value in following this path of social experimentation if it had not already been performed and the results not already known. This imprisonment-based approach has been in existence in the United States for decades. The Americans’ experience with this approach has been so far short of the goal of reducing crime that even in their hard-line, dogmatic, right wing political environment, this imprisonment-based method is being discarded. Even in those states where the political class would like to continue the path of imprisoning more and more people and itis still politically acceptable to do so, governments are finding themselves being bankrupted in the process as a result of the costs associated with this approach. While the move away from this imprisonment-based approach has been occurring incrementally over the past decade in the United States, the most recent dramatic example of the failure of this method came this past May. On May 23, 2011, the Supreme Court of the State of California ordered the state government to release 46,000 inmates over the next two years. Yes, you read that correctly. People that the courts had previously determined should be jailed were going to be released en masse back into society because the imprisonment-based approach implemented by politicians had created so many criminals that the prisons were overfull and the state no longer had the funds to either build more prisons or to pay for the other costs associated with housing prisoners. In the title of this article, I wrote that the government’s decision to follow an increased imprisonment approach is an opportunity lost. The lost opportunity is twofold. The first opportunity lost is that the government could continue to decide that fighting crime is their priority and therefore place the billions of dollars into programs targeted towards rehabilitation instead of imprisonment. For those who dismiss this approach, consider the situation in the State of California mentioned above. In one of the prisons in the state, 54 prisoners had to use one single toilet. There will be those who would say that the prisoners deserve this kind of rough treatment to punish them for the crimes that they have committed. The difficulty with this line of reasoning, or lack of reasoning, is that these same prisoners who had to share their toilet with 53 others and the unsanitary conditions that come with that situation will one day be released back into society. Which prisoner will be more likely to reoffend and be a threat to society, the prisoner who had the opportunity to participate in a rehabilitation program (of the type that the government plans to cut despite the infusion of cash into the penal system) or the prisoner that has to live in inhumane conditions where the prisoners essentially learn to become better criminals? The second opportunity lost is the opportunity not to spend the billions of dollars on criminals at all, but to implement programs that will further reduce crime over the long term while benefitting Canadians now. Clearly, the current criminal justice system is achieving some level of success given that crime rates are dropping. The billions of dollars could be better spent ensuring that Canada’s children have sufficient food to eat so that they are not going to school hungry. Another part of the money could be spent improving services for the mentally ill. Again another part of the money could be used for services to youth at risk. Each of the three mentioned ideas require long-term thinking as the benefits of these programs on crime rate will not begin to have an affect for approximately 10 years, but at least they are proven to work. Martin Singh is a pharmacist and businessman who resides with his wife and three children in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. In the federal NDP, Martin is the President of the Faith and Social Justice Commission. Follow Martin’s new blog on politics and other issues when it begins at the end of July at www.martinsingh.ca.
July 28, 2011
Indian Army Chief’s ‘date of birth’ Indian Army Chief’s ‘date of birth’ shenanigans to dishonestly gain an extra year of service as Army Chief continue, making the institution of the Indian Army & India, objects of ridicule. Gen. V. K. Singh should remember that,“He that is shameless is graceless” -Thomas fuller M.D. in Gnomologia published 1732 by Dr. Amarjeet Singh The unheard of shenanigans of the current Indian Army Chief, General Vijay Kumar Singh, (a not-too-smart Haryana Jat) continue. The General is trying to dishonestly gain an extra year of service, in his present lucrative post, by juggling his date of birth and using the influence of his present position. These actions have not only made him an object of ridicule but it has vertically split the demoralized 1.3 million strong Indian Army - a mercenary force, with horrible British Colonial traditions/ uniforms which gobbles up over forty billion U.S. $. out of India’s national budget every year, while over seven hundred million ‘unwashed’ Indians are denied clean drinking water, schools, dispensaries, shoes and latrines etc. This disgusting date of birth ‘tamasha’ (spectacle) is still going on, according to the Indian media with planted stories, despite the decision of the Indian Ministry of Defence, announced on July 21, 2011, (after consultation with the Law ministry and the Attorney general) that the Army Chief will now retire, as slated, in May 2012, next year, as that ministry has decided that the General’s date of birth, May 10, 1950, will be considered for his superannuation, rejecting his dubious claim that he was born on 10 May 1951. Reports from New Delhi indicate that General Vijay Kumar Singh, the Indian Army Chief is going to appeal to the Armed Forces Tribunal or go to Court despite the fact that such unprecedented moves will embarrass the Army Chief himself, the
institution of the Army, the Manmohan Singh government and the country. It is obvious that over the years India has gradually become a country of shameless cons and crooks who have no shame! As was pointed out, six weeks ago in this column, Khalistan Calling of June 8, 2011, headlined, ‘Indian Army/Air Force hold another provocative exercise in Punjab, near the IndoPakistan border, in 114* F. weather, which endangers Indian occupied Sikh Punjab. Is the Indian Army Chief, Gen. V. K. Singh using these useless exercises to cover his ‘date of birth fraud’ controversy.’ That column said that, “perhaps these two unnecessary exercises are meant to divert attention from the public controversy about the age of India’s Army Chief, General Vijay Kumar Singh. The Army too has two different dates as Gen. V. K. Singh’s birthday. While the Army’s Adjutant General’s branch has May 10, 1951, as the date of birth, the Army Military Secretary’s branch records show it as May 10, 1950 as per the UPSC application form filled for entry into the Indian army’s – IMA (Indian Military Academy). Incidentally Gen. V. K. Singh was commissioned, as a 2nd Lt., on 14th June, 1970, in the 2nd Battalian of the Rajput Regiment at the age of nineteen. Accepting the May 10, 1951 date of birth, and ignoring the real May 10, 1950 birth date, General V. K. Singh gets an extra year as Army Chief at the expense of the next senior General, who probably is a Sikh
who will have to retire before the present Army Chief retires a year later. Only in the Indian dystopian demoNcracy one can get away with this kind of brazen fraud at the highest level! In any other country the General would be relieved of his command. According to a report in the Chandigarhbased TRIBUNE newspaper, “the Army has sought views of two former retired Chief Justices on the controversy surrounding the date of birth of its Chief, General Vijay Kumar Singh, after the Law Ministry and the Attorney General have given their opinions. The retired Justices J. S. Verma and G. B. Patnaik are understood to have opined that May 10, 1951 should be considered as Gen. V. K. Singh’s date of birth instead of May 10, 1950”. The report does not clarify under what rule/law the retired Chief Justices gave their decision or advice on the Army Chief’s age. Why have two retired judges been asked for a legal opinion when there are nearly thirty sitting judges in the Supreme Court of India who are qualified to answer such questions.” End quote from the Khalistan Calling of June 8, 2011. It is interesting that the entry for General Vijay Kumar Singh in the Wikipedia, the Free internet Encyclopedia has recently been updated. It used to show his date of birth as 10 May, 1950. Suddenly the entry has been updated a few days ago and it now shows General Vijay Kumar Singh’s date of birth as 10 May, 1951 – the date that he claims.
However a new Delhi-datelined report, dated 22 July, 2011, in the Times of India, by Rajat Pandit claims that, “Army chief General Vijay Kumar Singh will have to hang his boots next year, and not in 2013 as he wanted. In a major blow to the Army chief, the government has rejected his bid to officially get a year younger. After examining all records as well as the opinion of law ministry and attorney general Goolam E Vahanvati, defence minister A. K. Antony decided Gen Singh’s date of birth will stand at May 10, 1950, sources said. When Gen Singh took over as Army chief in March 2010, the appointment was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on the basis of 1950 being the year of his birth. This means, he will retire in May 2012. But if Gen Singh’s claim of his actual date of birth being “May 10, 1951” had been accepted, which he contended was not done earlier because of ‘vested interests’, his tenure as Army chief would have continued till March 2013. As per existing rules, a service chief can serve for three years or up to the age of 62, whichever is earlier. ‘I’ve not publicly reacted on this personal issue from the very beginning. I have no comments to make even now,’ Gen V. K. Singh said. The decks have cleared for the present Eastern Army commander Lt-Gen Bikram Singh to become the next Indian Army chief. There is no doubt that sooner the 28 million strong Sikh nation, the majority living in Indian occupied Punjab since (Cont.. to page no 7)
July 28, 2011
Indian Army and Police Terrorism The story of the children is the story of our shame. So gross and insensitive the political parties have become that not one of the 11 members of Parliament representing 10 political parties visiting Amritsar on August 1, 1984 felt like taking any action, when they were informed that 25 children between 4 and 12 had been detained in the Ludhiana jail under section 107/262 having been rounded up from the Golden Temple in the early July. It was Smt. Kamal Devi Chattopadhyaya - old and very sick - who moved in the matter and discovered the shocking fact some of the detained children were blind and there were in the jail several women and old men. Obviously, they had been found too dangerous by the Army to be allowed to remain outside. She moved to the Supreme Court with a writ petition. Supreme Court ordered the authorities to release "all children kept under detention in various jails and children's homes in the Stat of Punjab" immediately. The orders however were not carried out - minors continued to remain in jails and being questioned the jail Superintendent, Patiala, admitted that there were many children still inside his jail also. The story of ghastly torture of young boys as well as of other arrested people has been released full by Justice P.S. Cheema, Vigilance Judge, Sessions Division, Patiala, during his visit to Ladha Kothi (Sangrur Distt.) jail. Since violations of the rule of law is now the rule and the Armed Forces (Punjab and Chandigarh) Special Powers Act has made the Army supreme, Major Das picked up six children who were taking their examination in the Jaffarwal village School in September. They were taken to the Military Camp at Tibri and tortured there. He came back to the village again and raided houses of 5 other boys - 3 of them were arrested and tortured for 7 days. There was no FIR, no charge sheet, the only proof that the army had taken them and tortured them was the signs of the torture themselves; young Charan Singh who was a fine runner with ambition to represent his school in Punjab's Running Competi-
tion has become lame, he said, "I told them break my arm but don't twist my leg, they did not listen." TORTURE The Army tortured people only because they were religious Sikhs; 65year-old Swaran Singh, was the Sarpanch of Jaffarwal village; young Puran Singh, a technician of Gurdaspur, a highly respect farmer young Amrik Singh of Aulakh village and many others had to undergo the most sadistic, cruel and bestial torture. Young Puran Singh's, who was tortured so inhumanly by the Army and the Police, case is worth mentioning that it ought to be taken up by the Amnesty International. Puran Singh became an Amritdhari in 1977 and had no interest whatsoever in politics, but little did he know that because his motha, a Panchayat member did not help a Cong-I man to be elected as Sarpanch and who eventually got elected, it would make him suffer such inhuman torture. "Being told that I was busy with my prayer, they took my younger brother and made it clear that he would get released only after I presented myself at the police station. Next morning I went to P.S. Dhariwal from where I was taken to P.S. Gurdaspur where I was kept for 6-7 days and tortured. I was made to lie on my face. A thick log was placed from above on the back of my thighs and the legs were pressed upwards. It caused a lot of muscular pain. Sometimes, I would be forced to stand for long hours with knees bent to the extreme and hands raised upwards, till I felt exhausted and became unconscious. When I came to, they would give me a little water and again continue this torture till I fell unconscious. The third method was to make me sit on the ground , my hands tied at my back, one person would stand behind me with his knees to my back so that would be firmly fixed to the ground and then two other would stretch my legs apart to the very maximum. The pain at the groin was excruciating. Sometimes they would beat the soles of my feet with sticks. While torturing me they would repeatedly ask,
"What is your relationship with Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale?" What is you relationship with the Federation (AISSF)? And how many times have you crossed the border?" "There was no record of my detention. After a week or so, I was released. I was again arrested in July at night and taken to P.S. Dhariwal and mercilessly beaten with leather straps. They made me stand with hands ties and raised high while two persons would pull my legs apart, until I fell unconscious. This time also there was no charge and no record was kept. I was released after 4-5 days. "I was again taken to P.S. Dhariwal in August and interrogated about people who had absconded, some of who I know. I was again tortured by the same methods but with a little less intensity and was released after five days. "My agony was not over. On September 10, 1984, as I was coming home from duty I was taken at 11 p.m. at Kanuan (Electricity Substation) and this time by the Army. My eyes were blindfolded and my hands were tied behind my back. I was put inside a military vehicle and vulgar and abusive words were showered at me. The asked, "How many Hindus have you killed", "In how many actions have you been active?" "I was taken to an unknown destination and there I was hit on my chest and abdomen, and I was not allowed to sleep. I would be kicked whenever I would fall asleep. On September 16, 1894 the army handed me over to the Dhariwal police where I remained till 7th October when I was produced before the magistrate with a charge-sheet that I was shouting slogan of "Khalistan Zindabad u/s 124 A. I was given police remand up to 25th October. On 19th October I was shifted to Ladha Kothi in Sangrur Distt, one of the worst torture chambers. I was again produced before the Migistrate on 26th October, when the remand was extended up 1st November. "In 'Ladha Kothi' I would hear cries. The same question would be asked of us again and again and we would be told to say something. Not knowing what
to say, we would be confused and then we would be tortured separately. A rod would be pressed behind one's neck and hands tied high up and then the body would be bent. Another method applied was a log tied behinds one's back and passed between the arms and hinds ties up and then the legs being stretched to the maximum till one became unconscious. One day I was hung from the ceiling, my legs dangling in the air. "I was sent to Gurdaspur Jail on November 1st and was there up to December 7th when I was release on bail. I was acquitted in February 1985 as no evidence could be produced by the prosecution. I was suspended from service in September 1984 when I was picked up by the Army but I have been reinstated on 24th March 1985." IMAGE OF THE ARMY One of the painful things which we have to report is that today in Punjabâ€™s rural area which have given their sons to the Indian Army with such pride and love - the image of that Army lies shattered. The inhuman atrocities they have committed on innocent people - shot down little boys because they had black turbans, denied drinking water when prisoners were dying of thirst in the June heat so that they were ready to drink their own urine- the communal overtone in the brutal treatment that have administered to the Amritdaris, the way they have looted valuable and made money and of course their wanton destruction of the Golden Temple and shooting down of the common pilgrims inside the various Gurdwaras of Punjab have earned them the man of an 'Occupation Army' in the countryside of Punjab, and this name is going to stick. Yet, to be fair the Army is only carrying out orders. If they have tortured people in their various Camps, they had the green signal from the Central Government. India is the only county which did not sign the new UN convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as punishment.
July 28, 2011
Fourth alleged war criminal arrested: Toews Public tips have led to the capture of a fourth alleged war criminal as part of a federal crackdown on suspected fugitives, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. The Canadian Border Services Agency arrested Henry Pantoja Carbonel, a 52-year-old man from Peru, in the Greater Toronto Area. Carbonel's arrest comes days after the federal government launched a website listing the names of 30 suspected war criminals on July 21. From the House of Commons foyer, Toews told reporters that the online registry was proving to be an effective way to apprehend those suspected of being complicit in war crimes or crimes against humanity. "The focus of this is to remove individuals from Canada who are inadmissible," said Toews. "We do not want Canada to be a haven for those who have been implicated in war crimes." The list of suspected fugitives has been accused of convicting individuals in the court of public opinion and being put together without sufficient evidence. Toews defended the registry on Wednesday saying that it is meant to get
rid of individuals who are inadmissible to Canada, not to determine guilt or innocence. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has also rejected criticism of the list. At Wednesday's press conference he stressed the importance of apprehending individuals who have "taken advantage of our legal process." "We have to act on arresting and
deporting people who are involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity," Kenney said. Four alleged fugitives, in total, have now been arrested from the online list of 30 individuals. Cristobal Gonzalez-Ramirez, a 44-year-old man from Honduras, was the first suspect to be tracked down. One day
later, officials arrested Arshad Muhammad, a 42-year-old from Pakistan who is thought to be linked to an Islamic terrorist organization. Both Kenney and Toews have encouraged anyone with information on the 26 remaining suspected fugitives to call the CBSA Border Watch line at 1888-502-9060.
CN Tower's EdgeWalk opens Monday The CN Tower’s EdgeWalk will open to the public Monday, but Toronto’s latest attraction is not for the faint of heart or light of wallet. Thrill seekers can get the best view of the city from a 356 metre-high ledge – that’s 116 storeys above the ground. It costs $175 to strap in for an open-air walk along the 1.5-metre platform that runs along the tower’s highest pod. The entire experience will run 1.5 hours, with the walk itself lasting between 20 to 30 minutes. Up to eight people can make the hands-free trip at the same time, supported by a har-
SIKH GROUPS SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM brother’s case as they are both innocent victims of Indian state. Gurdev Singh Kang, President Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society, Richmond Hill, NY stated that “we want to expose the façade and pseudo democracy of India before the world community by showing them how India has been treating Sikhs and other religious minorities. Look at the case of Kashmir where innocent people are being killed by the Indian authorities only because they dem and rights”. Monday’s rally before United Nations was supported by Sikh Gurudwaras across North America; Campaign to End the Death Penalty; People of Faith Against the Death Penalty; Students Against Death Penalty; New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; Equal Justice, USA; Death Penalty Focus; WESPAC Foundation; World Coalition and Death Penalty and The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice.
Indian Army Chief’s ‘date of birth’ 1947, (with three million living free and prosperous in the Sikh diaspora all over the world) part company with the Indian ‘deMoncracy’ and carve a democratic, egalitarian, food and water-rich buffer state of Khalistan with light industry, located between Pakistan’s Eastern border and the Jumna river, South of Kashmir and South West of the Tibetan region of China, the better for all concerned. This new Sikh-majority buffer state (for which every Sikh prays every day – ‘Raj Karay Ga Khalsa’- Sikhs will rule) is destined to act as a bridge of intercontinental commerce and will have the facility (and tradition of good relations with its neighbors like Pakistan, Kashmir and China) to be able to provide transit facilities for trade and Oil/Gas pipelines between the eight ‘Stans’ of Central Asia and the seven countries of the subcontinent, which will bring peace and prosperity to the nearly one billion eight hundred million people of the South Asian region. Khalistan Zindabad
ness and pulley attached to an overhead rail. “We think it’s fitting that Toronto’s newest attraction in 18 years should be at the city’s most defining landmark,” said Mark Laroche, president and CEO of Canada Lands Company, in a statement earlier this year. Canada Lands owns and operates the CN Tower. “EdgeWalk is both thrilling and unique and will push visitors to their limits – literally and figuratively. This will be among Toronto’s, if not the world’s, greatest attractions,” Laroche added.
July 28, 2011
Tamil migrant from MV Sun Sea ordered deported Norwegian mass VANCOUVER — A Tamil refugee claimant who arrived off Canada's West Coast aboard the MV Sun Sea last year has been ordered deported over allegations he committed a war crime in his home country of Sri Lanka. The migrant, who can't be identified, appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board in April, and a written decision was issued this week. The man admitted he was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, which is considered a banned terrorist
organization in Canada. The written decision was heavily redacted and did not outline the specific allegations against the migrant, but he was accused of counselling others to commit a war crime. It also wasn't clear whether the migrant offered any type of defence. Geoff Rempel, the refugee board adjudicator in the case, wrote that his decision was based in large part on the migrant's own account of what happened in interviews with border officials and in testimony at his immigration hearings
Rempel wrote that statements the migrant made during the alleged incident "amounted to him deliberately urging or inciting" others to commit a war crime. "His statements, viewed objectively in context, actively prompted, advocated or encouraged the commission of the offence," wrote Rempel. The migrant was among nearly 500 men, women and children arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea last year. All were ethnic Tamils from wartorn Sri Lanka, and all
made refugee claims. Most have been released, but eight men, including the migrant in this case, remain in detention. The government has requested admissibility hearings for about 50 migrants to determine whether they are ineligible to remain in Canada, primarily because of alleged links to the Tamil Tigers or human smuggling. So far, six have been deported, while the refugee board refused to deport nine of them. Several of those cases are now the subject of appeals in Federal Court.
PM honours Veterans of the Korean War Prime Minister Stephen Harper today commemorated the 58th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and marked National Korean War Veterans Day by paying tribute to those who fought for democracy during the conflict. Prime Minister Harper laid a wreath at the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance and spoke about the importance of remembering the sacrifices of all Veterans who served in the Korean War. He was joined by Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, distinguished veterans and youth. “The selfless sacrifice of those who served in Korea helped establish Canada’s reputation as a nation that will fight against injustice and repression beyond its borders,” said Prime Minister Harper. “As we commemorate one of Canada’s most significant armed engagements of the 20th century, we also affirm that Canada will continue to stand fearlessly with its allies when the cause is just.” From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea,
fighting to restore peace and stability to the area. An additional 7,000 Canadians served between the signing of the armistice and the end of 1955. In proportion to its population, Canada’s troop contribution was one of the largest of the international force. In total, 516 brave Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice. The Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance, the location of today’s ceremony, honours all Canadians who fought in the Korean War.
killer's manifesto hails Hindutva Praveen Swami ========== Goals of Indian Hindu nationalists were identical to Justiciar Knights, Anders Breivik claimed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik hailed India's Hindu nationalist movement as a key ally in a global struggle to bring down democratic regimes across the world. ‘2080: A European declaration of independence' lays out a road map for a future organisation, the Justiciar Knights, to wage a campaign that will graduate from acts of terrorism to a global war involving weapons of mass destruction — aimed at bringing down what Breivik calls the “cultural Marxist” order. India figures in a remarkable 102 pages of the sprawling 1,518-page manifesto. Breivik's manifesto says his Justiciar Knights “support the Sanatana Dharma movements and Indian nationalists in general.” In section 3.158 of the manifesto, he explains that Hindu nationalists “are suffering from the same persecution by the Indian cultural Marxists as their European cousins.” “Appeasing Muslims”The United Progressive Alliance government, he goes on, “relies on appeasing Muslims and, very sadly, proselytising Christian missionaries who illegally convert low caste Hindus with lies and fear, alongside Communists who want total destruction of the Hindu faith and culture.” Even though Hindus who are living abroad “get an eagle's view of what's happening in India, Indian Hindu residents don't see it being in the scene.” Breivik's manifesto applauds Hindu groups who “do not tolerate the current injustice and often riot and attack Muslims when things get out of control,” but says, “this behaviour is nonetheless counterproductive.” “Instead of attacking the Muslims, they should target the category A and B traitors in India and consolidate military cells and actively seek the overthrow of the cultural Marxist government.” “It is essential that the European and Indian resistance movements learn from each other and cooperate as much as possible,” he concludes. “Our goals are more or less identical.” Lists websites Breivik lists the websites of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the National Volunteers' Organisation, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad as resources for further information. The manifesto pledges military support “to the nationalists in the Indian civil war and in the deportation of all Muslims from India.” This is part of a larger campaign to “overthrow of all western European multiculturalist governments” and evict “U.S. military per-
sonnel on European soil.” India is one of several countries — including Russia, the Philippines, China and Thailand — where Breivik hopes his successors will fight.He uses the work of historians K.S. Lal and Shrinandan Vyas to point to the threat posed by Islam to Europe, saying their work has established that millions of Hindus were killed in a genocide during 1000-1525 AD. N.S. Rajaram, another historian, is quoted as saying India's “political class have been so debilitating that they continue to live in a state of constant fear.” Breivik's manifesto envisages that this future organisation would hand out a “multi-cultural force medal,” which would be awarded for “military cooperation with nationalist Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and/or atheist forces (non-European) on Hindu, Buddhist or Jewish territory. These efforts must be directed against Jihadi or cultural Marxist forces, personnel or interests.” The medals would include a “Liberation of India Service Medal,” which would be awarded for “assisting Indian nationalist forces to drive out Islam from Indian territory.” Breivik's Indian-made combat badges, revealed by The Hindu as having been contracted to a workshop in Varanasi, were the first in this series of battle decorations. His manifesto acknowledges that lives will be lost in the war, and calls for the organisation to “provide and subsidise a standard edition of the Justiciar Knight tombstone” for those who fell in battle. Since a “European tombstone carver, preferably specialised in traditional tombstone architecture, is likely to charge more than 5000-10000 Euro in order to create the stone,” Breivik suggested that “producers in low-cost countries should be contacted for the task of creating one or multiple stones in the future.” He acknowledged that this “might sound hypocritical considering the fact that cultural conservatives in general oppose Indian or Chinese membership in [the] WTO and the fact that we generally prefer in-sourcing as many industries as possible. However, conserving our funds is a central part of our struggle.” Even though Breivik's Knights would fight shoulder to shoulder with Hindu nationalists, his vision for their rights in a post-revolutionary Europe is limited. The manifesto envisages the creation of a “servant class,” made up of non-Muslim individuals from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. “During their stay,” the manifesto envisages, “they will work 12 hours a day for the duration of their contracts (6 or 12 months) and are then flown back to their homelands.” “These individuals,” it goes on, “will live in segregated communities in pre-defined areas of each major city.”
July 28, 2011
The 2011 Volvo C30 T5 Review
2011 Volvo C30 T5 MSRP: $25,550 Engine: 2.5-liter five cylinder, turbocharged Horsepower: 227 Torque: 236 lbs¬–¬ft. Drivetrain: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic with Geartronic Fuel Economy: 21/29 mpg, 21/30 mpg Few cars have managed to remain as distinctive as Volvo. The U.S. lineup branched out in 2011 with the compact crossover
with a turbo-charged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that achieves 227 horsepower and 236 lbs.–ft. of torque. Matched to the six-
By: Valerie Menard
I don’t have a need for speed but the responsiveness of the throttle reconfirmed my appreciation for turbochargers, i.e. it’s quick and nimble. Handling with most cars tends to be average but on the C30, it’s exceptional, beginning with the steering wheel’s perfect girth—it just felt right in my hands. The C30’s diminutive exterior measurements add to its feeling of balance and responsiveness. The electrohydraulic steering delivers a constant and precise steering force. Like all Volvo’s, the C30 comes equipped
SUV, the C30 sport hatchback. While driving Volvo’s most affordable model, I had to appreciate that even at the entry level, this compact Volvo still combines utility with distinctive style. The most basic of Volvos is hardly that. The base model I drove, the T5, starts
speed manual, it should achieve a city/highway fuel economy of 21/29 mpg. The review model came with the five-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic, or simulated manual shifting that improves mileage by one mpg on the highway.
Six Tire Tips for Saving
With gas prices hovering around the $4/gallon mark, many people may be reconsidering taking that summer road trip. Decisive Latino brings you tips from the Tire Industry Association (TIA), one of the leading global authorities on tires, that drivers can use to stay safe, reduce fuel consumption, and thus make that getaway a reality. 1) Perform a visual inspection and check tire pressure. According to TIA Senior Vice President of Training Kevin Rohlwing, improperly inflated tires are one of the biggest contributors to a car's fuel inefficiency. Drivers should check the owner's manual or the placard on the inside of the driver-side door to determine the correct inflation, and always check the pressure first thing in the morning, when tires are "cold." Additionally, look for any cracking and/or irregular wear. 2) Be sure not to overload your tires. Many summertime activities involve a lot of luggage and equipment. And, when you fac-
with essential safety features like Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags, and the whiplash protection system. My favorite feature, the Blind Spot Information System or BLIS, is available. Technology like the Intelligent Driver Information System, an electronic key with remote control, Bluetooth hands-free telephone interface, and cruise control are standard. As a hatchback, it’s also versatile. The seat backs fold back for a near flat cargo surface and interesting storage compartments, like the one behind the slim center stack, provided an ideal spot for my garage remote control. The backrests can also be lowered from outside (with the hatch open). Like a well-tailored
suit, the Frenchstitched seats, in cloth or leather, give the interior a crisp, pressed appearance. Adult seating, however, is limited to four. Pricing for the Volvo C30 starts at $24,700 but the model I drove included several options like the Preferred Package ($1,800) that added a power moonroof. Leather seats cost an additional $1,200 and the Climate Package, that included heated front seats and electronic climate control, added $1,700. The astested price came to $34,090. For less than $40,000, the 2011 C30 T5 I drove offered a unique driving experience that only a Volvo can deliver. At less than $30,000, the C30, with a six-speed manual, also merits serious consideration.
you hundreds of dollars on replacement tires. Make sure to check the owner's manual to ensure the maximum allowable down. If the top of Lincoln's 7,000 miles. Rotating tires on tor in the weight of the passen- limit is not being exceeded. gers, it can be too much for your 3) Use the "penny test" to check head is visible at any point in this regular basis is one of the best ways to get the maximum life out of your tires. 5) If your tire is punctured, make sure the person who is repairing it performs the repairs off the wheel. The only proper way to repair tire damage is to remove the tire from the wheel. On-thewheel repairs are dangerous, because there may be more damage to the tire than what is visible when it is on the wheel. 6) Inspect your spare tire. Many people forget to regularly check the condition of their spare tire (including the inflation pressure) until one of their main tires is not working, and then, it's too late! "Most people don't realize that by following these simple tips, they can greatly increase their fuel economy, not to mention ensuring that they reach their destinations safely. And, with high gas prices, TIA hopes that all any major tread groove, it's a drivers will follow these safe & tires to safely handle. Over- for minimum tread depth. The loaded tires will also wear out old test still works - place a good sign that the tire needs to economical tips not just for summer, but all year long," said faster, and will not be as fuel-ef- penny in a major tread groove of be replaced. ficient, thus potentially costing a tire with Lincoln's head facing 4) Rotate tires every 5,000 - Rohlwing.
July 28, 2011
CIBC goes to bat for cricket as sponsor of Mayors’ Cricket Festivals TORONTO,– CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) today proudly announces that it will be a sponsor of the 2011 Corporate Canada Cricket Club’s Mayors’ Cricket Festivals taking place in three GTA communities this summer. The goal of the events is to promote, showcase and celebrate the game of cricket, a sport that connects diverse communities across the GTA and across the country. “Cricket is one of the most popular sports in many parts of the world – from the Caribbean, to Europe, to South Asia – so it’s no surprise that it has a huge following in a place as cosmopolitan as the Greater Toronto Area,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Communications at CIBC. “We are very committed to supporting events that are important to CIBC clients and employees and to the diverse communities we serve, including the FIFA World Cup, the
Year of India in Canada and the 2011 International Indian Film Academy Celebrations in Toronto. CIBC is proud to be associated with the Mayors’ Cricket Festivals – fantastic events that celebrate the diversity of our community and will help to introduce this sport to even more Canadians.” The cricket tournaments, hosted by the Mayors of each city, will take place in Ajax on Saturday, July 30, in Brampton on Saturday, September 17 and in Mississauga on Sunday, September 25. Charitable beneficiaries of the events are the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For more information, please visit www.corporatecricket.org. In addition to being a sponsor for the 2011 Corporate Canada Cricket Club’s Mayors’ Festivals, earlier this summer CIBC also sponsored the Celebration of Cricket – Toronto Mayor’s Trophy.
Parenting Style Can Prevent Diabetes In Children Parenting style can play an important role in i m p r o v i n g glycemic control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in the August issue of Diabetes Care and its accompanying editorial. Researchers found an association between fathers who parent authoritatively and improved glycemic control in their children, while a sense of helplessness in both fathers and mothers was associated with worse glycemic control and worse adherence to treatment among their children. In an accompanying editorial, Barbara Anderson, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, notes previous studies have shown that authoritative parenting styles (specifically having high expectations for child self-control) are also associated with having
a lower prevalence of overweight children; conversely, research has shown that children of permissive mothers were twice as likely to be overweight when compared with those of authoritative mothers. In other words, we should not overlook the critical role that a parent plays in creating a home environment and expectations that can seriously impact a child's health, Anderson said. Taken together, this research, she concluded in her editorial, implies that for optimal family management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as for prevention of overweight and type 2 diabetes in youth, clinicians must be trained to assist parents of all cultural backgrounds to strive for an authoritative parenting style with respect to management of diabetes and feeding, while remaining sensitive to other stressors impacting the par-
Mann detained in Gurudwara, asked to leave Srinagar Srinagar,: Police today put restrictions on the movement of Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) President Simranjeet Singh Mann along with other 15 Sikh leaders as they were planning to visit a Sikh village in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.An order by District Magistrate Srinagar, Meraj Kakroo, in the evening asked Mann to leave Srinagar as his presence was a threat to the law and order."As we were preparing to leave for Baramulla, two senior officers of police informed us that we cannot leave the Gurudwara premises," SAD (M) General Secretary Jaskaran Singh Kahansinghwala said. He said a large posse of police was deployed outside the Gurudwara at Baghat Barzulla in the city to prevent the Sikh leaders from moving out.Kahansinghwala said there was no democracy and rule of law in Jammu and Kashmir. “There is lot of suppression and stress due to imposition of black laws like AFSPA,” he said. SAD said the strike and
protest against rapes, custodial killings and large scale arrests in Kashmir were justified. “We appeal world community and international human rights organisations to take serious notice of such atrocities in Kashmir,” SAD said.The SAD also condemned the arrest of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Ahmad Shah. “It is important that Kashmir issue should be solved according to the aspirations of people to bring permanent peace in the region,” SAD said. In the evening, Police served Mann an order by District Magistrate Srinagar asking him to leave Srinagar.In the order, the DM has said that Mann’s meetings with ‘secessionists’ were a threat to public law and order and such “I, District Magistrate Srinagar in exercise of powers vested in me by virtue of Section 144
CrPC impose restrictions on the stay/movements of Shri Siramjit Singh Mann in District Srinagar.” Interestingly, earlier talking to Greater Kashmir, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Saddar, Shabir Ahmad said he “requested” Mann not to got to Baramulla today in view of the situation due to strike in the Valley. "There is no question of detaining him. He is on a peace mission," the officer said.Apart from Simranjeet Singh Mann, the SAD said 15 other members of party were
detained by the police. The detained include SAD (M) General Secretary Jaskaran Singh Kahansinghwala, Baba Amarjit Singh Quilla Hikima Vice president SAD, Gursewak Singh, Jawarke General Secreatry, Bhadur Singh Bhasour, Member Working Committee, Harbhan Singh, Jaspal Singh Mangal, Gurudev Singh, Gurpreet Singh Jhabar, Harminder Singh, Devinder Singh, Bikram Singh, Harjit Singh, Manjit Singh, Amanjit Singh and Narinder Singh. Mann has met several separatist leaders since his arrival in Kashmir. Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly condemned the detention of Simranjeet Singh Mann along with other Sikh leaders.He said Mann was scheduled to meet him on Sunday morning, ‘however he has been asked by the
government to leave the
WASIM KHALID state.’ “Mann called me on phone and said he has been asked to leave the state,” Mirwaiz said. “We strongly condemn the government action for not allowing Mann to meet us and visit different places.”He said Kashmir has been turned into a “Gestapo” state by the government. “They are ruling like the infamous Nazis. Even the people who have balanced approach on Kashmir are being either detained or asked to leave the state. It is very unfortunate and also points towards the political bankruptcy of administration. Kashmir has become a police state.” He said there is no respect of human rights and other civil rights. “On two Fridays we were not allowed to offer prayers. After Kulgam incident happened we have been kept under house arrest. They are so scared of public reaction. They do not allow people to go out,” Mirwaiz said.
July 28, 2011
two when it's over, that's the dignity that I have grown up with and the respect I deserve." The couple splitting after a eight years came like a shocker to the film industry. Bipasha tweets that they broke up "almost a year ago", and that she's "in a happy place" after the split. Speculations were rife about the actor retaliating to John's confession on a chat show. But the
Bipasha hits out
Actor Bipasha Basu, currently in Kolkata after her break-up with actor John Abraham, has been tweeting on the end of their relationship on Saturday. It is the actor's first reaction following John's appearance on a chat show, in which he came clean on their break up. She tweeted, "What happens between two people is supposed to stay between the
Jism star made it clear that she is not going to talk about their break-up on any talk show. "I don't need to be on a talk show to prove my goodness! My relationship with John Abraham is over for good, for reasons known best to the both of us," she tweeted. Bipasha was also linked to her Hollywood co-star, Josh Hartnett recently.
Surgery postponed Actor Shah Rukh Khan's knee surgery that was to take place on 25 July has been further postponed as he wants to Actor Shah Rukh Khan has postponed his operation for a week as he wants to complete pending work for his upcoming superhero film. "He's aware that the surgery would limit his physical activity. He has requested his physician Dr Ali Irani to postpone the surgery by a week as he wants to complete some shots for his film," says a source close to the star. Shah Rukh was to
undergo an operation in Mumbai tentatively on July 25; a team of doctors led by former Team India resident doctor Ali Irani was to conduct it. The star had previously cancelled his plans to go to the US for his knee surgery and reportedly opted to have it done at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital. Shah Rukh has decided that he will only be meeting people after his surgery, and not en-
gage in any activity that might put stress on his knee. The star has reportedly been asked not to move around for a week post the knee surgery. "Shah Rukh's physiotherapy team will consist of three specialists which will be led by Andrew Leipus as chief physiotherapist. We are expecting him to recover in a month," says a doctor, who is also expected to be in the team of doctors to operate on the
actor. The primary reason for SRK opting to stay back in India is because his kids are schooling in Mum-
bai. It would've been difficult for his wife Gauri to manage him in the US and the kids in Mumbai.
'I want to see Mumbai'
Pop singer Britney Spears is quite excited about having collaborated with Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam for a song I wanna go. This is evident from tweets that she's been posting, the most recent being about Sonu, "His vocals add such a different feel which I love". Excerpts of an interview with the singer: You seem to be high on Bollywood music... I have always liked the music and dance culture of Bollywood and that's the enticing part of it all for me. I wanted to do a Bollywood influenced number on my Circus tour and my show director Jamie King made it a reality. I loved it. What made you choose Sonu as the singer to croon a few lines in your song?
My management and label have been working with Desi Hits to bring you all of my most recent remixes and we consulted with them because I wanted to do something different with I wanna go. Sonu is an incredible singer, so he was a natural choice and when I heard what he created I loved it! Will you be marketing the album in India too? Yes, I love India and always have, so hopefully I will be coming to see all my desi fans all over the world very soon! Is there any place in particular you would like to visit in India? I have not been to India yet, but I would love to. I think I would like to visit the heart of the Indian film industry and see Mumbai.
Will there be any more Bollywood inspired songs from you? The funny thing is I never stopped being inspired by Bollywood, so yes there will be more!! Will you perform in India? Nothing confirmed yet, but our team is certainly looking at some opportunities that have been offered to usâ€Ś stay tuned! Talking about Bollywood, have you seen any Indian film? I have seen some clips, but I have not seen a whole movie yet. Is there a cause that you will like to work for in India? I have a special place in my heart for children especially since I am a mother myself. This is definitely something I will explore before coming to India.
Freida to turn producer
Actor Freida Pinto who's miniscule role in the multiple Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire got her Hollywood's attention, has reportedly admitted that she is not famous in her own country. The actor, however, has plans to turn filmmaker and produce films in India, one day. Her statement that she's not not done a film in India because she has got the right script has also come in for a lot of flak among Indian filmmakers, some almost reacting to it saying, 'what has she done that's so great in Hollywood.' "I haven't done a film in India because I haven't found a script that got my attention. I keep saying that I'm not at all famous in my own country, because people do not think I have done anything for India. I was upset initially," the star was quoted as saying. The actor said that one day she would like to return to her own country and make her own films. "The reason why I'm doing these things outside my country, bit by bit, is to be able to come back to India equipped with the knowledge and understanding of how to hopefully produce my own films some day," Freida added.
July 28, 2011
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