Vicious propaganda against Kashmiris by some TV channels affecting peace process, says Special Representative

first_imgThe Centre’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to convene a meeting with authorities of certain television news channels to ask them to be careful against spreading “vicious propaganda” against Kashmiris.A senior source said on Wednesday that at least four news channels routinely aired stories exaggerating events in the Kashmir Valley, defeating the dialogue and peace process initiated by the Centre. The meeting with the channel representatives would be convened shortly, the source said. Another official, however, said the Centre would tread cautiously on the subject as it did not want to impinge on the “freedom of the press”.“Sometimes these channels are just making a mountain out of a molehill. Many times, the debates are vitriolic and are distant from facts on the ground. This gives fodder to secessionist forces in the Kashmir Valley to sow hatred against the government,” a senior Home Ministry official said.Delegations’ protestsMr. Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, was appointed Special Representative by the Centre in October 2017 for carrying forward the dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. As reported earlier, several delegations that met Mr. Sharma complained that a few news channels were propagating a negative image of Kashmiris. The official said they would share Mr. Sharma’s concern with the television channels, adding that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had, on several occasions, asked the Centre to address the issue of news channels going overboard when it comes to reporting events in the Valley.Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “Understanding Kashmir” hosted by a Delhi-based think tank, BRIEF, last July, Ms. Mufti had hit out at television anchors based in the national capital for portraying Kashmir in a bad light.“I am sorry to say that this India that the [news] anchors are trying to project is not what India is and not the India I know. Few channels are showing Kashmiris in a bad light.”She said when she saw the retired “beard-wallahs” from the other side [Pakistan] and “mooch-wallahs” from this side screaming at the top of their lungs on television news channels, she felt they were airing their “frustrations” about the many wars that the two countries had fought. On stone throwingThe J&K administration have on previous occasions expressed similar concerns, and told the Centre that Delhi-based news television channels were portraying the State in a negative light. On the issue of reports of stone throwing by students, officials posted in south Kashmir had pointed out that schoolchildren from only four or five institutions had participated in the attacks on security forces.However, the national media had reported the incidents as if all the 50,000 school and college students were embroiled in violent acts in 2016 that erupted after Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.last_img read more

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Avoid politicisation of Parkash Purab: Minister

first_imgPunjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said politicisation of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations. The senior Congress leader asserted that the State government was committed to celebrate the occasion in full tandem with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) under the aegis of the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs). “The politicisation of the occasion as sacred and pious as the 550th ‘Parkash Purab’ of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided at all costs as the occasion is fast approaching and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations,” Mr. Randhawa said in a statement here. But the recent development in which SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal went with the delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal , led by its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi “smacked of politicising” the sacred occasion, he alleged. The Congress leader said it would have been better had the invitations been extended jointly on behalf of the Punjab government and the SGPC as the State government is duly-elected by the people . ‘Need for coordination’He also said the coordination between the SGPC and the State government was the need of the hour as it would send all the positive signals concerning the celebrations. On July 1, the SAD delegation had invited Mr. Modi to attend a function to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12 at Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab.last_img read more

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Why Pogba’s failed to reach Juve heights at Man Utd

first_imgWhen Andrea Pirlo departed the greatest stage of all, he did so with tears running down his cheeks and Paul Pogba’s arm over his shoulder.Juventus’ magnificent charge towards an incredible treble in 2015 had fallen at the final hurdle with Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in Berlin and it was just too much for the wonderful Italian maestro.But, as Pirlo said his farewells ahead of his last footballing hurrah with New York City, Juve fans were comforted by the knowledge that the man embracing him was maturing into one of the great midfielders himself. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pogba, then 22, appeared ready to deliver something every bit as memorable as the legacy which Pirlo had built over his 20-year career in Italy. As part of an unplayable midfield triumvirate with Pirlo and the blockbusting presence of Arturo Vidal, the Frenchman was identified as the man around whom Massimiliano Allegri could build his 2015-16 squad as Pirlo, Vidal and Carlos Tevez all said goodbye to the Old Lady.But that next campaign was to be Pogba’s last in the famous black and white stripes as he chose to head back to Manchester United just four years and four Serie A titles on from his acrimonious split with the club in 2012.Paul Pogba Andrea Pirlo Juventus v Barcelona Champions League final 2015It was considered that, at Old Trafford, Pogba would have a greater stage and a more capable supporting cast as he looked to make his next great leap into super-stardom having gone away and proved his point by winning so much and progressing so impressively with Juve. Yet, for many, Pogba has gone sideways – backwards even – since making the £89.5 million move which made him a record breaker more than two years ago.And, as he prepares to face the Bianconeri for the first time at the Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday, parallels are understandably being drawn between the Pogba who so brilliantly complemented Pirlo for three years in Turin and the one struggling to stamp his mark on United’s under-performing side under Jose Mourinho.It is undoubtable that conditions have to be more favourable to Pogba at United if he is to reproduce his best form on a consistent basis. At Juve he completed a perfectly-balanced midfield with Pirlo sitting in and orchestrating the play with ease and grace while Vidal provided the dynamism and tenacity over every single blade of grass. Whether as part of a 3-5-2 or the very occasional 4-3-3, the team was always based around their all-action midfield trioPogba’s job in Turin began in a higher starting position than he currently occupies, safe in the knowledge that Vidal had his back if he lost the ball and Pirlo would always find a way to give it back to him when the time was right.Paul Scholes recently told ESPN that Pogba was a “smaller fish” at Juve than he is at United, and there is truth in that when you consider the football colossuses he found to either side of him in the Juventus dressing room. Hugely forceful personalities such as Leonardo Bonucci and coach Antonio Conte, greats of the game like Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon, all complemented by Juve die-hards Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini who would soon set you straight if you forgot for one second what being Bianconero was all about.At Juventus, Pogba was always learning and at the same time was being served by players who suited his approach to the game so well he could hardly have hand-picked them better.Paul Pogba Juventus celebratingMarouane Fellaini Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedConversely, at United he has yet to find his true vocation. In his first season under Mourinho he was largely used as one of two deeper midfielders – alongside one of Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick or Marouane Fellaini – in a 4-2-3-1 which very rarely afforded him the opportunity to explore the space in which he’d thrived with Juve.And while during 2018 Mourinho has gradually reacquainted United with a 4-3-3 shape which better suits Pogba’s natural style, there remains a greater weight around the Frenchman’s neck in terms of defensive responsibility. Not for United the unbreakable back line that Pogba barely needed to consider protecting at Juve, nor a midfielder who thirsts on the dirty work as did Vidal.Instead, the Red Devils have a defence not even their manager trusts, a midfield cast that seems to change by the week, and an attacking vision which leaves a huge amount to chance as opposed to looking for ways to get Pogba probing in those positions in which he found so much joy in black and white.Roberto Pereyra has told Goal that it could just be a matter of time before Pogba replicates his best Juventus form in a red shirt.“Paul is a great player, of that there is no discussion. I have played with him and he has amazing quality. He does things which not just any footballer can do,” the Watford attacker said of his former Juve team-mate.“It is true that at Juventus he did very well and now at Manchester United he has struggled a bit but it is still early. I believe that if he is still here next year or in two or three years, if he stays with Man Utd, he will make history there.”Jose Mourinho Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19But, in truth, there can be no sitting and waiting for it to happen. There has to be a change in emphasis in so many different respects.United’s malaise has created an emotional negative to go with Pogba’s tactical constraints and the clear personal disconnect with Mourinho, a manager who has taken the vice-captaincy from the midfielder and fallen out with a string of other players at Old Trafford alone. Add in the persistent chopping and changing of the first XI and there is a constant need to perform, bringing its own anxiety. Even a player of Pogba’s stature and innate self-confidence has been affected following Mourinho’s repeated decision to mercilessly drop him at times in the last 12 months.Is there any wonder that Pogba is not performing to his highest level on a consistent basis given the marked differences between life at Old Trafford right now and the conditions under which he worked in Turin?If allowed to embrace his natural bolshiness and patrol the areas of the pitch in which he thrives, Pogba can be a world-beater. He has shown it in glimpses this season with United.But, whereas Pirlo once pulled the strings for Pogba, Mourinho’s United resembles an outfit more liable to tie him up in them. And not until the club’s ills on and off the field are addressed are they likely to get their money’s worth from a man who could still go on to be the player he looked set to become back on that tear-stained night in Berlin.last_img read more

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Camp Cloud numbers are small but tensions still simmering at Kinder Morgan

first_imgPipeline proponents, like federal Conservative MP Arnold Viersen, say Trans Mountain will bring jobs to First Nations communities. He represents 14 First Nations and three Metis settlements in his Peace River riding, “all of which have benefitted from the oil patch and forestry industry,” he said.“The industry coming in builds roads to the community, brings internet to the community, brings in power, water, provides construction jobs for roads, provides jobs for the actual servicing of the equipment that is up there, and so all of the communities in northern Alberta benefit immensely from having the oil patch and logging right in their backyards.”But Rose Deranger Desjarlais, who drove 19 hours from Fort McMurray to join the Camp Cloud group, said her home community of Fort Chipewyan has been destroyed by Alberta’s oilsands.“I am a victim of the tar sands,” she said.Up the road, a cedar watch-house offers a tiny glimpse into the fenced-in Kinder Morgan property. Despite the Texas-based company’s announcement that it would halt all non-essential spending, there’s still ongoing activity on the site. As recently as last week, Peter McCartney, of the Wilderness Committee, spotted trucks transporting pipes into Kinder Morgan’s New Westminster site.“It really put the fight into reality for me,” he said. “There’s this pipeline right here. It’s ready to be put into the ground in unceded territory where they do not have the consent of the First Nations.”Trucks are pictured carrying pipes travel into Kinder Morgan’s New Westminster site. Contributed/Peter McCartneyIn an emailed response, Kinder Morgan said some materials were ordered and in transit prior to the April 8 announcement that the company would halt all non-essential spending.“And some essential work that has already started may be continuing,” the statement reads.While the numbers have seemingly dwindled since Kinder Morgan’s announcement, Camp Cloud is physically growing.The site started as one trailer and expanded to a wooden enclosure filled with artwork and shelves of donated food. A handful of tents line the street, along with a small shelter recently built as a safe space for women and children.“If it’s downtime then we’ll fix the camp up and make sure that it’s ready for more people to come in … We’re always keeping track of what they’re doing at the same time,” said Bradley, eyeing another truck rolling up to the Kinder Morgan gate.Apart from volunteers, the odd passerby stops to ask questions, peeking over the “Stop Kinder Morgan” posters decorating the makeshift wooden frame.Camp Cloud started as one trailer but now includes several tents, shelves for donated food, artwork and a small wooden shelter for women and children. Lucy Scholey/APTNSome, like Burnaby resident Susan Cross, drop off food and firewood donations. Despite Trudeau’s claim that the Trans Mountain pipeline process has involved the “most extensive” consultation with First Nations communities ever, Cross said she takes issue with how Indigenous people have been “mistreated.”“When I’m watching the news, I’m just shaking my head constantly,” she said.Joe Ciccone, another Burnaby neighbour, recently walked past Camp Cloud with his dog and a couple of printed-off articles about Kinder Morgan for those occupying the encampment site.“These guys are the only hope for this bloody thing being stopped,” he said.lscholey@aptn.calhamelin@aptn.ca (“I am a victim of the tar sands, says Rose Deranger Desjarlais who drove 19 hours from Fort McMurray to join the Camp Cloud. Photo: Lucy Scholey/APTN)Lucy Scholey Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsJohnny Lee slams an axe into a piece of tree trunk, as the smell of fire wafts throughout the campsite near the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal, what has been ground zero for opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.He’s one of a handful of anti-pipeline activists living at Camp Cloud, a surveillance site built to monitor the trucks rolling up to the construction zone every day. Other volunteers come and go, lending a hand to cook, chop wood or feed the sacred fire that has been burning for about 140 days.“They call us eco-terrorists for protecting the land and they’re the ones that are destroying it,” said Lee, who travelled from Edmonton for the cause. He said he will stay as long as it takes to stop the pipeline.Johnny Lee, from Edmonton, chops wood at Camp Cloud near Kinder Morgan’s construction site in Burnaby, B.C. on April 18, 2018. Lucy Scholey/APTNIt’s less than a week since Trudeau said he would use financial and legislative means to salvage the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project, despite opposition from the B.C. government, the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver and First Nations.Since then, Alberta has tabled legislation aimed at reducing oil flows to B.C., sparking fears of spiked gas prices. Saskatchewan is now threatening to do the same.But some say the ultimate showdown will be here at Kinder Morgan’s gate – and along the pipeline route to Edmonton.“We’re here to stop it. That’s the bottom line,” said Dean Bradley, of Kwakiutl First Nation, who has been staying at Camp Cloud for almost a month, bundling up in two sleeping bags during the cold nights.Dean Bradley has been camping outside Kinder Morgan’s gate for almost a month. He says the pipeline project will be a “coastal killer.” He’s pictured here at Camp Cloud April 17, 2018. Lucy Scholey/APTNKinder Morgan has said 43 First Nation communities have signed mutual benefit agreements with the company, but a number of others have not, including Coldwater, B.C. Many fear irreparable environmental damage from oil spills and extracting more fossil fuels from Alberta’s oil sands. The Liberal government has pledged $1.5 billion to protect the country’s oceans from the project’s resulting increase in oil tankers along the west coast.Watch Laurie Hamelin’s story on Camp Cloudlast_img read more

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