The other day, a senior citizen from Indian community who is living in New Zealand for over 40 years, was pleased to share his experience that the country is going through such a dramatic change in environment, behaviour of people and the population which is indeed beyond one’s expectation.
I fully agree with him. Change is the sign of a growing country. New Zealand is a developing country and development brings change. Earlier big supermarket giants like The Warehouse, Neol Leeming, Food stuffs etc were following monopolistic practises.
Professor Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar who is awaiting execution since 1995 in Indian prison faces the greatest injustice in the world. Although he was deported from Germany to India on the undertaking of Indian government that he would not be awarded death sentence, he was charged with terrorist offence and sentenced to death by the Indian courts. All efforts to save him from gallows have been fruitless.
Now efforts to save him from possible secret hanging by Indian government is looming large and has worried the entire civil society in India and worldwide.
Canada's Leader of the Official Opposition, Mr Thomas Mulcair has written to the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr Stephen Harper to write to India's P.M. to review the case of Professor Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar immediately.
New Delhi, April 15 Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today petitioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking immediate stay on the execution of death row convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar in the “greater interest” of the country. Bhullar’s hanging may lead to an unpleasant atmosphere in Punjab, he cautioned.
Badal further questioned the rationale behind not hanging anyone for the 1984- anti-Sikh riots so far. The Shiromani Akali Dal in a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister said: “In the overall national interest and in the interest of peace and communal harmony in the country, death penalty may be commuted to life imprisonment.”
His plea for mercy on the grounds of delay may have been rejected by the Supreme Court last week but there is one more argument his lawyers can make in their final push to save Devender Pal Singh Bhullar from the gallows: the two judges who confirmed the death sentence in a 2:1 split verdict delivered in his original appeal before the Supreme Court on March 22, 2002 had indeed wanted the President to commute his death sentence.
DEVENDER PAL SINGH BHULLAR AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION
In the Indian justice system, a mercy petition is often the final opportunity for individuals to have their death sentences commuted by the executive, after the judicial appeals have been exhausted. In Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s case, the two judges in favour of the death sentence observed that the non-unanimous sentence could be a factor considered in the mercy petition process.
The Supreme Court of India on Friday rejected the petition of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, who was seeking commutation of his death sentence to life term because of inordinate delay in his execution.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said it was unfortunate that the Supreme Court had rejected Bhullar’s petition. He said it was a sad moment for the Sikh community. SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar termed the decision as “highly regretful and the one hurting the sentiments of Sikhs" while demanding that it should be reviewed. He said Bhullar had been behind the bars for years for a crime that he didn't commit. "
In bhullar's village in Bhatinda menfolk gathered at the local gurdwara on the Barnala road. They later blocked the highway in protest against the court ruling.
Bhullar's aunts, Mohinder Kaur and Jagir Kaur, and cousin Mukhtiar Singh stood outside his locked house. They looked shattered. They fondly recalled Bhullar's schooldays.
They spoke of the sacrifices made by his grandfather Jagir Singh during the freedom movement for which he was honoured with a Tamra Patra. ......
WASHINGTON: A US federal grand jury in Seattle has indicted a man from Washington on charges of hate crime against a 50-year-old Sikh.
Jamie Larson, 49, has been charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act that was enacted in October 2009, the Department of Justice said in a statement yesterday.
Larson faces a maximum of 10 years in jail if convicted......
Prime Minister John Key says he forgot about his initial phone call to public servant Ian Fletcher when asked what role he played in Mr Fletcher's appointment as New Zealand's top spy.
Opposition parties have made serious allegations on John Key appointing his childhood friend Mr Fletcher on the top job at the country's spy agency. Mr Key’s conduct points to a lack of transparency in the appointment process and created concerns over continuing accountability.
A leader of newly formed Supreme Sikh Society New Zealand, Manpreet Singh Grewal, has been arrested in India by Punjab police in connection with a terrorist case on March 22.
According to police sources in Punjab, Manpreet Singh was a proclaimed offender in a terrorist case in Distict Sangrur of Punjab in 1987.
Since then he was living in New Zealand until 2011 when he moved to Australia with his family.
On Friday 22nd March, when he arrived at IGI Airport, New Delhi from Australia, he was detained by Immigration officials and handed over to Punjab Police. The reason for the arrest was given that his name appeared in the Black List of wanted people.......
The trial relating to Papatoetoe voting fraud case in which Daljit Singh and 7 other Punjabis are facing allegations of registering over 300 voters in few Papatoetoe addresses will ultimately start on 14 October 2013.
Jagjit Singh, a famous astrologer of India and New Zealand was unanimously elected President of the Club. Nidhi Sharma of Panworld Travel Centre Papatoetoe was elected the General Secretary and Reeta Arora, an Indian lawyer was elected the Joint Secretary. Mr TDS Chadha and Sanjay Sethi were elected the Vice-President and General Secretary, respectively.
Eight years ago, the Supreme Court condemned Muhammad Afzal Guru to be hanged for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament House, saying, astonishingly, that “the collective conscience of the society will only be satisfied if the capital punishment is awarded to the offender.” Guru was walked to the gallows Saturday morning at the end of the macabre rite governments enact from time to time to propitiate that most angry of gods, a vengeful public. Through this grim, secret ceremony, however, India has been gravely diminished. The reasons for this are not just the obvious ones — among them, that Guru was a bit-actor in the attack on Parliament, and his trial marred by procedural and substantive errors. These arguments were examined by the highest court in the country and found wanting. There is one argument, though, that wasn't ever examined — which is precisely why Guru, like scores of other Indians, ended up on death row in the first place. The answer has a great deal to do with expedience, and nothing to do with justice.
After the December 13, 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament, the government said it was an attack on India’s sovereignty, and those involved would be shown no mercy.
On December 16 — barely three days after the attack — the police presented Mohammed Afzal, his cousin Shaukat Hussain, and S.A.R. Geelani to the media along with a stunningly detailed brief that was in sum the prosecution’s case.
Within six months, Mohammed Afzal and the others, including Shaukat’s pregnant wife Afsan, went on trial on charges of conspiracy to commit acts of terror and waging war against the state.
From 1 February, TTS, the third party company contracted by Immigration New Zealand as a collection agent for visa applications, will be increasing its visa service fee for applicants in India and Russia.
The fee for visa administration services in India will be NZ$18.69 or 860 rupees (INR) per application, an increase of NZ$5.11.
Immigration New Zealand has decided to refund the application fee to all the applicants who had paid the fee for Variation of Conditions on their temporary visas from November 2010.
Ina press note issued on 31st January, Immigration New Zealand stated that recently the department became aware that the fee for varying conditions of a temporary visa is not set out correctly in the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 (the Regulations).
As a result, the department has stopped charging the fee for this type of application.
Over the period, government was monitoring the interest of overseas workers in the work force in construction industry in Christchurch. Reports of many international students and work visa holders getting jobs in construction industry at the cost of local work force has worried the Immigration New Zealand. In order to tackle the overcrowding of foreign workers in clerical, general skilled jobs in Christchurch, Immigration New Zealand has introduced a new policy from 28 January 2013 in line with the Canadian Immigration department. Currently this policy has been introduced only for employers of Christchurch, but it is expected that soon this policy may cover the rest of the country.
International students who are either in New Zealand or off shore while applying for student visas to study in NZ Diploma in Business courses, have to meet more strict requirements.
Latest instructions by NZQA to private training establishments (PTEs) in New Zealand states that English language requirement for International students have been changed with effect from 21 December 2012. ........
A time limit will be introduced by the government for learners or restricted license holders to get full driving license.
From 2015, a learner and restricted driver will have to gain the full licence within five years, or be forced to resit tests, Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced on 10th January 2013.
At present, drivers can remain on their learner or restricted licences indefinitely, having to update their licence card only once a decade.
Currently, 37 per cent of learner drivers have held their licences for more than six years, as well as 32 per cent of restricted drivers. Three drivers in the country have held their learner licences for 25 years or more.
Jasdeep Singh married Kuljit Kaur, a New Zealand citizen on March 18 2008, in India. It was an arranged marriage Soon, he was granted work visa under partnership category. He came to New Zealand and started getting phone calls and txt messages of his girl friend in India. He started abusing his wife and told him that he will divorce her after getting PR and marry his girl friend which he had before marriage.
When Kuljit Kaur became pregnant, SINGH coerced her to support his application for Permanent Residence which she did reluctantly. Back at home in India, his parents demanded money for buying a house for their son in New Zealand. ................
Many holders of temporary visas in New Zealand often face difficulty in bringing their spouse into New Zealand to stay with them. Repeated applications and supporting documents generally fail to satisfy immigration officials regarding the relationship being “genuine” and “stable”.
New Zealand Immigration’s policy under WF instructions relating to applications by spouse of temporary visa holders state that the immigration officer must be satisfied that the relationship between the applicant and the sponsor is genuine and stable and sustainable for long term.
Majority of applications under family (partnership) category are declined on the sole ground of “non-satisfaction by INZ about the genuineness, stability and long term susta........
By C.L Garg
Science has confirmed that everything in the Universe, including you, is pure energy vibrating at different frequencies. Everything is made up of energy. Your body is made up of same energy.
All physical reality is made up of vibrations of energy. Everything in the Universe that exists, whether physical (seen) or non-physical (unseen , broken down into it’s simplest and most basic /purest form consists of vibrations of atoms and subatomic particles of energy.........
Disputes Tribunal is a very simple and effective tool to settle consumer grievance. It is not a court The tribunal hears disputes over faulty goods, poor workmanship, pricing, fencing of boundaries, car accidents, and loss or damage to other property, breach of Hire Purchase contracts, car repairs and even quality of ear piercing.
Even if you have been sued by an Insurance company for damages caused to their insured’s car and you don’t agree with that claim, you can approach Disputes Tribunal..................