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Indian Weekender Issue#97

Indian Weekender Issue#97

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Vol 4/Issue 23
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Published by: Indian Weekender on Apr 04, 2013
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The leading Kiwi Indian fortnightly newspaper 
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www.iwk.co.nz | The Indian Weekender | April 05, 2013
 New Zealand Sikhcommunity leader has been arrested in India onterrorism charges.Manpreet Singh, a former  president of the New Zealand SikhSociety Auckland and a JP, facesmultiple charges including allegedinvolvement in seditious activities,masterminding a jailbreak andattempted murder of a jail staff,Punjab police said.Singh, 69, was arrested on hisarrival from Sydney at Delhi’s IndiraGandhi International Airport onSunday and declared a “proclaimedoffender”, the New Zealand Heraldreported this week.
A senior police ofcer told the
newspaper Singh had been chargedmore than a decade ago under India’sTerrorist and Disruptive Activities
(Prevention) Act but ed the country
when he was released on bail in May1999, Punjab News reported.Singh was also a member of theAll India Sikh Students Federation,which the Indian police claimedwas a militant organisation. Indian police said how Singh got a passportto leave the country was beinginvestigated.Grant Ogilvie, spokesman for the New Zealand Police, said they hadnot received any request from Indiato help with the investigation.Immigration New Zealandspokesman Marc Piercey said Singhhad never been the subject of anyimmigration investigation.In India, the All India SikhStudents Federation presidentKarnail Singh said the arrest was politically motivated.He believed the action againstManpreet Singh was an attempt tothwart the organisation’s campaignfor justice over the systemic killingof Sikhs in 1984, the Herald reportsaid.Daljit Singh, chairman of theSupreme Sikh Council of NewZealand, said Manpreet Singh had been living in Australia for the last18 months and had travelled to Indiawith his two NZ-born sons, aged16 and 13, to attend to “personalmatters”.This was Manpreet Singh’ssecond trip to India after spendinga month there in 2009 “without any problems”, Daljit Singh said.He described Manpreet Singh asa “good man” and said it was wrongfor Indian authorities to label him aterrorist or militant.“What we know is that Manpreethad already been acquitted of thosecharges, but he did not sign the
 papers before he ed from India,”
Daljit said.“That’s the only reason why hisname is still on India’s blacklist.”Daljit Singh said he spoke toManpreet on Tuesday night, and wastold that he will be in custody untilApril 8 when he was due to reappear in court.Several New Zealand Sikhorganizations are appealing to the New Zealand Embassy in Delhito ensure Manpreet received “fair treatment”, Daljit Singh said. National Party Sikh MP KanwaljitSingh Bakshi told the NZ Herald:“Obviously if there is a need for anyhelp, I will be happy to intervene.”
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NZ Sikh leader arrested onterrorism charges
Sikhs inNZ
ndians started arriving in NewZealand at the end of the 19
century, most immigrantsarrived from Punjab, and Gujarat.Most Indians settled in Auckland,Wellington, or Christchurch.Indians are often stereotypedas owning convenience stores in New Zealand. Also there are a largenumber of Indian Restaurants in New Zealand. Since 2003 Diwali iscelebrated in New Zealand as a bigfestival.With the Sikh community in New Zealand increasing. The NewZealand Sikh Society was developed
in 1964, and the rst New Zealand
Sikh Temple was built in Hamiltonin 1977 and another in 1986 inOtahuhu. With the increasingnumber of Sikhs in New Zealand anincreasing number of gurudwarasare being built.The number of Indians areincreasing rapidly in New Zealandas seen in the 2006 census compared
with the 2001 census, over the ve
years there was a 68.2% increasein the number of Indians in NewZealand.In the 2006 census there were9507 Sikhs in New Zealand.
www.iwk.co.nz | The Indian Weekender | April 05, 2013
 Airline passengersecurity chargesto increase
he increases, which takeseffect from 1 June 2013,will see the internationalcharge rise by $3.98 to $11.98(GST inclusive) and the domesticcharge rise by $0.90 to $4.60 (GSTinclusive) per departing passenger.These increases come after twoyears of reduced charges, introducedto eliminate a projected $27 millionaccumulated surplus by June 2013.“When the reduction wasannounced in 2011, the governmentsignalled that passenger securitycharges would need to increase againfrom 2013, once the accumulatedsurplus had been redistributed toair travellers,” said Civil AviationAuthority Chairman Nigel Gould.
“These new charges better reect the
actual cost of providing screeningand other security services at our airports,” he said.General Manager for the AviationSecurity Service Mark Everitt
said, “It has been a difcult trading
environment since 2011 and twoairports have ceased international
ights (Hamilton and Palmerston
 North) and we have not met our  budgeted passenger numbers as a
result of the global nancial crisis.
 Nigel Gould went on to say “For a mainly charges-funded business,this new economic environment has placed considerable stress on theorganisation and as such the.Board will undertake anindependent review this year of the Aviation Security Serviceoperating model and future fundingrequirements. “The AviationSecurity Service is committed toensuring the security of our airportsacross New Zealand and the safetyof the domestic and internationaltravelling public. These increasesensure this service will continue,”Mr Everitt said.
 Avsec is the ofcial provider of aviation security servicesin New Zealand. For moreinformation visit http://www.avsec.govt.nz 
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