The man exonerated after serving 25 years for rape he did not commit
21.02.20 - Team PT

A man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1985 New York City sexual assault case has been cleared of all charges against him.

The Supreme Court of the State of New York granted a joint motion to vacate the conviction of Rafael Ruiz due to newly ...

Coronavirus: Director of Wuhan Hospital Dies From Virus
18.02.20 - Team PT

Dr. Liu Zhiming, a physician on the front line of the outbreak, is the most senior of the more than 1,700 medical workers who have contracted the virus.

Newly released data finds the new coronavirus is roughly 20 times deadlier than the seasonal flu.
The director of ...

CAA: European Union to move resolution against ‘dangerously divisive’ Act
27.01.20 - Team PT

In a scathing denouncement of the Citizenship Amendment Act, a powerful group of 154 European Union lawmakers proposed a resolution that terms contentious law "discriminatory” and "dangerously divisive” and may lead to the "largest statelessness crisis in the world and cause widespread human suffering”.
The lawmakers ...

A Sikh in Lahore
The bonds of blood, language and culture
26.01.20 - Sarbpreet Singh

"Asalaamualaikum”, the young immigration officer mumbles, as he slides into his chair. I am the first traveller at the Atari border crossing that day. The immigration counter is deserted and my elderly porter has to knock on the door behind the counter to roust the ...

Vandalism at Nankana Sahib and its 'between the lines' nuance
07.01.20 - Bir Devinder Singh*

The vandalism at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib in Pakistan is seemingly the covert operation of Indian intelligence agencies, because of their nervousness over the growing bonhomie among the Sikhs and Muslims after the opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
Intelligent people in the Sikh ...

China's economy: How close is it to a crisis?
04.01.20 - Markandey Katju

I HAD A long talk today with a middle aged Chinese who is presently in Toronto, Canada, where I am presently staying too. He lives and works in mainland China (for the sake of his security I will not mention his name or the name ...

A Bhutto, who was not that 'Benazir'
28.12.19 - Markandey Katju

IN THE VIDEO on YouTube titled ‘Remembering Benazir Bhutto’ Raza Rumi, whom I otherwise respect for his liberal and secular views,  and his colleague in Ailia Zehra made wholly inane comments on the 12th death anniversary of late Benazir Bhutto which I did not expect ...

The barbaric persecution of Ahmadiyas in Pakistan
23.12.19 - Markandey Katju

AHMADIYAS are a tiny peaceful community of about 5 million in Pakistan,(which has a total population of over 200 million) who have been treated barbarically by religious extremists since long, the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany.

The whole world celebrated Human Rights Day on ...

The death sentence to General Pervez Musharraf
21.12.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

PAKISTANI army officers and Pakistani Ministers seem enraged and are shouting themselves hoarse against the recent verdict of a 3 member Special Court in Pakistan sentencing former army chief General Pervez Musharraf to death for high treason.

To my mind there can be no manner of ...

So, Will It Not End With a Bang But a Whimper?
The Students Solidarity March
29.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

The Students Solidarity March in Pakistan has whipped up a lot of hoopla and brouhaha not only in Pakistan but also in the Indian subcontinent.
The sight of the leather jacketed Arooj Aurangzeb singing ‘Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai’ has created great ...

Salute to the Judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court
Jurists Foundation vs Federal Government
28.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

I AM STILL marveling at what the Pakistan Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Khosa has done by its order dated 28.11.2019 in the case of Jurists Foundation vs Federal Government.
I confess I simply could not believe they had the guts to do it, ...

A deeply philosophical observation: From ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’
19.11.19 - Jawed Naqvi

SPURRED by an unexpected breeze, the quality of air in Delhi ‘improved’ from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’. Some improvement, you would say, but do tarry a little.

The Delhi Met Bureau may have actually made a deeply philosophical observation with its imagery applicable to several facets ...

Conspiracy, vested interests behind low footfall at Kartarpur Corridor, alleges Bir Devinder Singh
14.11.19 - Team PT

An obnoxious effort is currently underway to negate and nullify the very concept, purpose and viability of the Kartarpur Corridor, with entrenched elements in the Government of India, deliberately sabotaging the venture and doing everything to suppress the footfall of Sikh Sangat, senior Punjab politician ...

Stop Right There! Kartarpur Corridor Needs No Indian, Pakistani Flags: Senior Punjab Politician Tells Modi, Imran Khan
31.10.19 - Punjab Today Bureau

IN A SCATHING CRITICISM of the Narendra Modi government's plans to hoist a 300-feet-tall Indian Tricolor at Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor leading to the shrine associated with Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Punjab's outspoken senior politician Bir Devinder Singh said both New Delhi and ...

Bir Devinder Singh writes a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan
31.10.19 - Punjab Today Bureau

Dear Prime Minister,

It is not easy for any Prime Minister to win the hearts and minds of a community in his own country, much less of a community in another country, that too one that is primarily located in a country widely perceived as an ...

Bir Devinder Singh writes a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
31.10.19 - Punjab Today Bureau

Dear Prime Minister,

The Sikh community appreciates the efforts and political courage that the Government of India as well as the Government of Pakistan has displayed in coming to an agreement that will finally allow Sikh devotees free access to the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) from ...

I want to say thank you to the Sikh community
24.10.19 - OMAR SULEIMAN

When Hurricane Katrina struck my hometown of New Orleans in 2005, I was tasked with leading a major Muslim relief effort. While Katrina brought many sights I won’t forget, one of the most enduring and treasured was members of United Sikhs, a humanitarian and civil ...

India must be wary of China's kiss of death
10.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

It is believed that if a mafia leader kisses you, you are marked for death (as in Godfather 2).

So also, if a Chinese leader approaches you, you should be sure it is with some evil design.

The Indian Prime Minister Modi is meeting the Chinese President ...

Need for religious minorities to find common cause in countering hate
05.10.19 - Tridivesh Singh Maini

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are supposed to have discussed the idea of setting up of a television channel to counter ‘Islamophobia’. In a tweet, ...

No qualms about ethics or respect for democracy
28.09.19 - VIPIN PUBBY*

United States President Donald Trump and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi are both great showmen and share several traits which have resulted in a wonderful chemistry between the two as both have no qualms about ethics or respect for democracy and can be brutal against ...

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