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CM Parkash Singh Badal condemns attack on Sikh in Birmingham

Chandigarh: The Punjab Chief Minster Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday strongly condemned the assault on a Sikh man on a crowded street in Birmingham in United Kingdom earlier in the day.

The Chief Minister said the attack was "inhuman, brutal and extremely worrying" and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the safety and security of minorities issue, especially of the law abiding members of the Sikh diaspora, with his counterpart in the UK.

"Their contribution to strengthening race and communal relations in multicultural societies is acknowledged and highly lauded by governments as well as political and social leaders in the countries of their adoption. As such, the attack is shocking and totally unacceptable," he said in the statement.

Badal has urged the Centre to press the Indian High Commissioner in London to push for a renewed awareness campaign in the UK about the role played by members of the Sikh community in building modern democratic and social institutions as well economic and intellectual progress in that country.

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal has directed the representatives of the party in England to gather all information on the incident and take every appropriate measure to help in bringing the guilty to book.

Badal has also directed his party leaders and workers there to offer "all possible help to the victims and their kin" and work in complete solidarity with them.

Union Minister Bibi Harsimrat Kaur Badal is in a constant touch with the Prime Minister's Office and with her counterpart in the Ministry of External Affairs to ensure prompt and effective governmental response to the painful development.

CBI officer convicted in graft case

Patna: A CBI inspector was on Tuesday sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment after a special court convicted him in a graft case.

"The special judge, CBI cases, Patna has today convicted Prabeen Kumar, then Inspector, CBI, ACB, Patna and sentenced him to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 20,000 under relevant Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in a bribery case," CBI said in a statement.

The agency said it had registered a case against Kumar on the allegations of demanding a bribe from a bank manager for showing favour in disposal of a complaint against him.

"CBI laid a trap on January 29, 2008 and caught the inspector while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant. After investigation, a charge sheet was filed against the accused," the statement said.

It said the trial court found Kumar guilty and convicted him.

Union Cabinet recommends re-promulgation of land acquisition ordinance

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday decided to recommend repromulgation of the land acquisition ordinance incorporating nine amendments that were part of the bill that was passed in Lok Sabha earlier this month.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the bill passed by the Lower House and is pending before the Rajya Sabha has no chance of being cleared before April 5.

Now the recommendation will go to President Pranab Mukherjee, who is expected to reissue the ordinance in time before April 5 when the previous ordinance will lapse.

Sources said that it will be a new ordinance that will incorporate all the nine amendments brought in Lok Sabha saying it cannot be different from the bill already pending.

The pending measure, titled Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, that was passed in Lok Sabha sought to replace the ordinance that was promulgated in December.

The ordinance should have been cleared by Parliament before April 5 if it was to subsist. But the government faced a hurdle in Rajya Sabha, where it could not get the bill to replace it cleared because of lack of numbers.

The Opposition was not in a mood to oblige the government and in fact mounted a strong campaign against it. Led by Sonia Gandhi, the Opposition parties demanded the passage of the original land bill that was passed during the UPA regime.

Brushing aside Opposition to the ordinance, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Friday decided to prorogue the current session of Rajya Sabha paving the way for reissuing it. On Saturday, the President prorogued the House.

Under the Constitution at least one of the Houses has to be prorogued for Government to issue an ordinance. Parliament is currently on a monthlong recess after the Budget session started on February 23.

The land ordinance was among the six executive orders issued by the government in the inter session period. While five of them were cleared by Parliament, the land measure is stuck.

Once it is repromulgated, it will be the eleventh ordinance to be issued by the Modi government.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat stresses on moral education

Kishanganj: Ruing that prosperity accompanied by material success has made the people selfish and selfcentred, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday emphasized on the dissemination of moral education to make the society a better place to live in.

"People have become selfish and selfcentred after attaining prosperity accompanied by material success... Newfound streak of selfishment has taken the people to such a level where there could be found no difference between them and animals," he said in a speech after inaugurating 12th standard Saraswati Vidya Mandir building in Tewagha locality in Kishanganj town.

Education is supposed to guide an individual to become a better person and his goal should be to help others and build a better society, Bhagwat said.

He also asked the people to put on a thinking cap to develop a better perspective of life than individual success otherwise there will be no difference between them and animals.

"It's the duty of a person to undertake education in such a manner that it helps one become a better citizen for good of oneself and the society at large," he said.

The RSS chief also spoke on environmental issues and appealed to the people to be sensitive about environment around them by minimizing conflict arising out of development.

"There is a conflict going on between development and environment," Bhagwat pointed out.

"There will be problems to environment due to development and there will be problems without development," he said and suggested a balancing act so that both environment and development could work together in mutual interest.

Recalling India's position as an apostle of peace, education and spiritualism, the RSS chief urged people to draw inspiration from the rich heritage and work collective to restore the country's pole position at global level.

"India has retained its position as a world leader by surviving through various difficulties in different ages," he said.

He also asked people to draw pride from the country's rich heritage and work hard so that India continues to shine at global stage for all the years to come.

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