Friday, 28 November 2008

Southall condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks

Residents of Southall condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks that have claimed almost a 150 lives.

As one prominent Muslim imam said on his friday sermon, we condemn all terrorist attacks, like the one in Mumbai, whether they occur in India, Pakistan or Kashmir.

We condemn terrorism, whether it is carried out by individuals against the state or by individusls with the full blessing of the state.

It is sad so many innocent lives have been lost, but it is nothing new.
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Thursday, 27 November 2008

Power station in Southall?

A local Southall councillor is opposed to the idea of a new power station in Southall.

Manjit Singh, ward councillor for Southall Broadway, is worried the planned Gasworks housing development and a new power station could result in overcrowding and may over burden the local infrastructure.

Energy provider Blue-NG is soon expected to submit plans for a £30 million power station at the old gas holder in The Straight.

Mr Manjit Singh, ward councillor for Southall Broadway, is opposed to idea of the power station and does not consider it to be a good idea for such a built-up residential area.

Would you live close to a power station?
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Southall Businessman In 'Bogus Visa' Trial

A businessman is on trial after being accused of supplying bogus information to support visa applications.

Joginder Singh Kaile, 48, a local businessman, promised to accommodate more than 60 nephews, nieces, cousins, uncles and aunts.

Joginder, of Western Road, Southall, is being tried at Isleworth Crown Court.

He was arrested in June 2007 and charged with 40 charges of breaching or attempting to facilitate a breach of immigration law by supplying false information to support visa applications for people from India, between December 2005 and August 2007.

That is over a period of 20 months. Yet that is equivalent of "two applications every week" according to prosecutor Anuja Dhir.

Something fishy somewhere.

Not as fishy as the following.

In October 1999, Indian Joginder Singh Kaile, 39, was jailed for six-and-a-half years after police uncovered a racket believed to have brought thousands of illegal immigrants into Britain.

He charged £7,000 per person upfront to fly them from India to Russia or Europe. They were then crammed into lorries or cars for the journey across Europe into Britain.

He then forced them to work in his sweatshops.
They had to pay extra for providing them with fake papers, cover stories or getting them jobs.

Many were found to be living in cramped conditions in a shed behind his house. They had to pay for the privilege.

The operation was run from his home in Southall. He lured the Indians with the promise of a better life in Britain through his company the Immigration Advisory Service.

The police described it as the biggest immigration racket they had come across.

Police believe that the scam, which ran from 1993, would have made him a millionaire, but they have not been able to track down his assets.

The last line is very deceptive.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration and one charge of deception at the Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court.
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Southall MP condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks

Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks that have claimed more than a 100 lives.

He said: "It is an attack on democracy, tolerance and equality."

"It is sad so many innocent lives have been lost, but it is nothing new."
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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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Four Southall box junctions are illegal

Ealing Council has finally accepted that 4 hotly disputed box junctions in Southall are illegal.

A lot more motorist fined for entering 4 box junctions in Southall are set to receive refunds after it emerges that the Council knew for a long time that they were illegal.

4 weeks ago, Ealing Council said it would no longer enforce 6 illegal box junctions and any one iissued with a ticket since October 30 would have the money refunded.

Ealing Council blamed the Department of Transport for taking nearly 8 months to reach a decision over the legality of these junctions.

It now emerges that an email was sent by the Department of Transport on 20th June stating that they would not authorise the use of box junctions in the 6 disputed locations, 4 of them being in Southall.

Now, Ealing Council will refund anyone issued with a ticket since 20th June 2008 to comply with the Department of Transports guidance.

Councillor Taylor said that the Council was unaware of the email. He is furious that the email was never brought to his attention and has ordered an immediate investigation on how this could have happened.

At the end of 2007, several drivers were successful at appeal hearings at the parking adjudicator. Some time after that the Council sought the guidance of the Department of Transport.

On October 29 2008, a bus company successfully appealed and was awarded £700 in costs. The lawyer for the council was still claiming the box junctions were legal.

This defeat and advice from the Department for Transport resulted in a change of Council policy. These junctions were no longer to be enforced and any one iissued with a ticket since October 30 was promised a refunded.

Cabinet Member for Customer and Community Services, Councillor Phil Taylor, said: "Following a meeting with the Department for Transport in June we understood that double width yellow boxes could be placed at the T-junctions, as long as there was sufficient traffic flow in the area."

"We provided additional data and fully expected the DfT to confirm they were happy. Now eight months after we originally approached them, they appear to be suggesting this is not the case, but have still failed to provide us with a report setting out their position, despite repeated requests."

"It is ridiculous that it has taken the Government department which sets the rules so many months to interpret its own manual and we still have not received a definitive response. This just underlines how unclear the regulations are. "

But they did reply on 20th June 2008 saying the box junctions were illegal.

No the Council will refund anyone issued with a ticket since 20th June to comply with the Department of Transports guidance.

In the last financial year, the single illegal box junction at South Road/St Joseph’s Drive in Southall generated the Council a cool £1 million.

According to Ealing Times, this year twice as many penalty tickets were being handed out on these illegal junctions. Over £3 million has been collected on these illegal box junctions in Southall and Ealing Broadway.

The South Road/St Joseph's Drive box junction generated more than £2.1m and the 3 near by junctions generated a further £1m.
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Friday, 14 November 2008

PM orders acquisition of land for Baba Guru Nanak University

Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani issues instructions for the acquisition of land for the Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib.

He told as a delegation of Sikh pilgrims representing various Sikh organisations based in Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and the Indian Held Kashmir, the Pakistan government would protect the rights of minorities.

He said efforts were being made by the government to make the Sikh pilgrims feel at home during their visit to religious shrines in Pakistan.

The prime minister told the delegation that the demands of the Sikh pilgrims, like commencement of direct PIA flights between Birmingham and Lahore, and the issuance of double entry visa to the Yatrees by Pakistan’s diplomatic missions abroad, had already been implemented.

He said the government was paying special attention to preserving religious and cultural heritage of Sikhs. The prime minister said special allocations were being made for the renovation and maintenance of their sacred places in Pakistan.

Sardar Manmohan Singh Khalsa, a leader of Southall based World Muslim-Sikh Federation, emphasised the need for Sikh-Muslim unity in the region. He said India-Pakistan relations had no effects on the ties between the Sikh community and the people of Pakistan.
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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Sikh yatrees arrive in Pakistan

Leaders of the Southal based World Muslim-Sikh Federation (WMSF) arrive in Lahore to celebrate the 540th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

As many as 169 Sikh yatrees from across the world arrived in lahore, Pakstan, on Sunday to celebrate the 540th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.

The Pakistan Sikh Gurdawara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) received them at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Chairman of World Muslim-Sikh Federation (WMSF), Manmohan Singh Khalsa and President Nazar Khan Lodhi expressed their delight at the reception and respect they got after arriving in Pakistan.

"It is a sacred land, they commented, adding it seems as if we are among our own people."
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