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India accuses Hardeep Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh of running a terrorist camp in British Columbia

Nijjar in his letter to the president said that India’s allegation of him transporting ammunition is absolutely preposterous" and "more like a bad Bollywood movie plot."

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  • Indian government has accused a Canadian Sikh for being a pro-Khalistan extremist
  • Hardeep Nijjar writes a letter to Canadian president saying all allegations against him is just a a”bad Bollywood movie plot”
  • The Canadian Activist feels he is being targeted for his work against anti-Sikh violence 

Hardeep Nijjar is a Canadian Sikh activist who has been accused for running terrorist camp in mission city by the Indian intelligence agency. Nijjar has written a letter to the Canadian President Justin Trudeau saying that allegations made against him by Indian government is just  “fabricated, baseless, fictitious and politically motivated” and calling it a”bad Bollywood movie plot”.

Hardeep Nijjar says he has never been involved with any violent activity. (Sikhs for Justice). Image source: CBC news
Hardeep Nijjar says he has never been involved with any violent activity. (Sikhs for Justice). Image source: CBC news

Indian government has accused Nijjar for being a pro-Khalistan extremist and running a terror camp in mission city of British Columbia. Indian intelligence agencies believe that he is running these camps for carrying out attacks in Punjab. India has also requested to put his name on the Interpol’s wanted list.

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Nijjar in his letter to the Canadian President said that India’s allegation of him transporting ammunition is absolutely preposterous” and “more like a bad Bollywood movie plot.” “I have never believed in, supported or been involved with any violent activity.”

Hardeep Nijjar also claims that he has become a target. He is owner of a small plumbing business in british Columbia and he says that he is being targeted for his work against anti-Sikh violence.

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“I am a Sikh nationalist who believes in and supports Sikhs’ right to self-determination and independence of Indian occupied Punjab through a future referendum”. “My Sikh nationalist activities are peaceful, democratic and protected under the Canadian charter of Rights and Freedom.” He wrote in his letter.

“Because of my campaign for Sikh rights, it’s my belief that I have become a target of an Indian government media campaign to label my human rights campaign as “terrorist activities”, the letter further states.

His lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in his statement to CBC said “Indian authorities often label Sikh activists as terrorists, who are simply trying to raise awareness in Canada about human rights violations being committed against Sikhs in the Punjab.”

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran (with inputs from VOA), a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Shivang Goel

    This is absurd,on the part of lawyer basically;when quoting Indian authorities often target Sikhs;this isnt 1983;also claiming any1 terrorist isnt fair too;
    Moreover if Najjar gets a green signal from Canadian officials and they too deny the allegations against him than Indian shouldn’t see any prob in coping with the same

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Diesel Exhaust Converted Into Ink by Indian Innovators To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

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Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.

While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.

“Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.

The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.

It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi.

An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.
An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.

A new business

As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality.

According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.

After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies.

The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.

Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.

Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air.

Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.
Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.

“This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.

At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.

There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.

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Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. (VOA)