GURU GOBIND SINGH JI – A SAVIOUR OF HUMANITY --- He, who mocked Sikh sentiments, objects against being mocked --- Pearl company MD NS Bhangoo arrested for Rs 45000 cr scam --- 2016: A year of moral reckoning --- Kejriwal may shift base for Punjab battle --- Punjab govt declares 1.14 lakh new jobs, life imprisonment for desecration of Guru Granth Sahib --- Thinking beyond the concept of SGPC to safeguard Sikh ethos --- ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ appoints Beant Singh assassin as Akal Takht Jathedar --- The Modi presidency is over --- Law & logic don’t work in Punjab; 2 brothers held in haste, let off under public pressure

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Let us give Indo-Pak peace a chance: Punjab Governor

AMRITSAR: Stating that the indiscriminate acts of terror along the international boundary had led to immense tragedies and inexplicable pain for the sea of humanity on both sides of the border, Punjab Governor Mr Shivraj Patil, while endorsing the need for establishing peace in the region, joined his voice with those of the Indian and Pakistani artistes, who shared the stage on the occasion of Saanjh:... 

Garbage grows across Amritsar as politicians fight over dump

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: In a stark contrast to the ‘Swachh Bharat Campaign’ initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holy city Amritsar is on path of becoming the dirtiest city in India thanks to the political tug-of-war between Amritsar based BJP leader Anil Joshi and Akali leader Inderbir Singh Bularia. With ongoing tussle between two Amritsar leaders – both from the SAD–BJP alliance... 

Punjab govt to plead for 39 Indians safe release from Iraq

Chandigarh: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the Punjab goverment would once again take up the issue of “safe and prompt release” of 39 Punjabis trapped in Iraq with the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. The Chief Minister said from the last few months the SAD-BJP government had been consistently taking up this matter with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and now again... 

AAP wants Punjab MPs to plead case of Indians taken hostage in Iraq

Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party Convenor, Punjab, Sucha Singh Chottepur said on Saturday that in view of the crisis of missing Indians  most of them belonging to  Punjab there is a requirement to send an all party delegation based on the MP’s belonging to Punjab as a measure to know the facts first hand on ground rather then form conjectures based on third party reports. He said that Aam Aadmi... 

Drug addiction problem in Punjab is very serious: NHRC

Chandigarh: Describing drug addiction in Punjab as a “very serious” problem, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today asked the state to immediately find the “source” of the menace and take effective steps to re-rehabilitate its victims.  A full bench panel of NHRC led by its chairperson Justice (retd) K G Balakrishnan held three-day confabulations ending today with members... 

Applications invited for Innovative Farmer Awards 2015

LUDHIANA: The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has invited applications from the Punjab farmers for the “Innovative Farmer Awards 2015.” The awards will be presented to the progressive and outstanding farmers, for their excellence in agriculture, horticulture and allied activities, during PAU Kisan Mela in March 2015. Divulging details, Dr R.S. Sidhu,... 

GNDU Amritsar declares BSc/BCA/BBA results

Amritsar: The result of Supplementary examination of B.Sc. (Bio-Technology) Part II, B.C.A. Part II, B.C.A, Part – III and B.B.A. Part II held by the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in September, 2014 has been declared and would be available on University website www.gndu.ac.in., said Professor Incharge (Examinations), Dr. Renu Bhardwaj.    Read More →

Pb bans sale of flavoured tobacco, e-cigarettes

Chandigarh: Punjab government today banned the sale of flavoured tobacco and e-cigarettes with immediate effect throughout the state. Notifications were issued in this regard, an official statement said here. At a state-level coordination committee meeting here, Punjab Health Secretary, Health, Punjab Government, Hussan Lal reviewed implementation of measures taken to control tobacco and said these... 

DCs authorized to grant temporary release to prisoners

Chandigarh: Punjab government has authorised all Deputy Commissioners to grant temporary release to prisoners lodged in jails located in their districts. In order to cut “red tape” as part of measures to usher in governance reforms in the jails department, the state issued a notification in this regard today. In a statement, Punjab Jails Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said Chief Minister Parkash... 

GNDU Teachers Association election on Dec 3

Amritsar: As per the Calendar of the Guru Nanak Dev University Dr.H.S. Saini, Professor, Department of Microbiology of the University has been nominated as Returning Officer of Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA) Election for the year 2014-15. This election would be scheduled to be held on Decmeber 3, 2014. Prof. Paramjit Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs of the University said that... 

Pak peaceniks arrive Amritsar for ‘Saanjh Festival’

AMRITSAR: Undaunted by disturbances created along the international border by random acts of terror, peaceniks from across the border marched into the Indian Territory with songs of love on their lips and a prayer for peace in their hearts, to partake of Saanjh: 11th Amritsar-Lahore Peace Festival, being organized by Punarjyot in collaboration with its Lahore-based counterpart Rafi Peer Theater Workshop... 

Capt seeks clarity on plight of Punjabi hostages in Iraq

AMRITSAR: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the government to clear the air about the plight of 39 Indians held hostage by the Islamic State in the backdrop of disturbing media reports saying they were allegedly killed in the month of June itself. Expressing grave concern over the reports quoting some secondary eyewitnesses about the hostages having allegedly... 

Messengers of God or merchants of immorality?

BY SL SHARMA: RECENT years have witnessed high visibility of unholy godmen and their dubious cults. It all began since 1970s with the rise of controversial gurus like Dhirendera Bhramachari and Chandraswamy, patronised by the late prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Narasimha Rao. The 1980s and 1990s was a period of controversies surrounding Acharya Rajnish and Satya Sai Baba among others. A more pernicious... 

BJP leader meets Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa

AMBALA: National BJP Leader Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal on Thursday met Bhai Gurubaksh Singh Khalsa who is on hunger strike at Gurdwara Sri Lakhnaur Sahib, 10th Patshahi near Ambala in Haryana. Grewal learnt about the health condition of Bhai Khalsa and shown solidarity with his struggle for the release of Sikh political prisoners who are languishing in jails of India. Grewal was accompanied by Avtar... 

Hit by bouncer Australian cricketer dies

Sydney: Promising Australian batsman Philip Hughes today died of a head injury sustained two days ago during a domestic match, leaving the cricket fraternity completely devastated over the “real-life tragedy”. The 25-year-old cricketer, who was in contention for a Test recall for the coming series against India, succumbed to his injuries at the St Vincent’s Hospital, where he was... 

Punjab cable mafia forces closure of another TV channel

Chandigarh: Failure to get access to cable TV carriage by the leading operator in Punjab has claimed another news channel as victim. Punjabi news channel ABP Sanjha announced to cease operations on Wednesday evening, affecting 200 employees. Management of the channel, a part of the Anandabazar Patrika group that runs leading channels including ABP News in Hindi, cited the virtual blackout as the primary... 

MBBS seats in Amritsar Med College to go up

Amritsar: The number of MBBS seats at Government Medical College, Amritsar (GMCA), will be increased from the existing 150 to 200 from the next academic session. College principal Dr Santokh Singh said, “As per a guideline of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the increase has to be of 100 seats. However, we pleaded our case before the MCI that we did not have the finances for the requisite increase.... 

SAD-BJP declare to contest MC polls jointly

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday declared that they would jointly contest the forthcoming civic elections in the state as per the existing arrangement. The two parties also decided to set up district-level coordination committees for any local adjustments and for streamlining the election campaign process. A state-level coordination committee has also been set... 

Sikh clergy can’t summon Sidhu, say scholars

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: Even as the demand that Akal Takht should initiate action against former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for alleged distortion of “gurbani” is gaining ground, most of the Sikh intellectuals say a “patit” (apostate) Sikh could not even be summoned by Akal Takht as it was against Sikh “rehat maryada” (code of conduct). Former Akal Takht Jathedar... 

Rs 6000cr drugs racket: Bajwa writes to Modi

Ferozepur: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Partap Singh Bajwa, in a strongly-worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has asked him to honour his commitment made to the people of the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to eradicate drug menace and “mafia raj”. Bajwa has asked Modi to order a CBI probe or initiate a judicial inquiry headed by a Supreme Court judge into the drug... 

Golden Temple to be under regular pollution scanner

Yudhvir Rana,TNN: AMRITSAR: Worried over reports about India’s most loved monument Taj Mahal turning yellow due to pollution, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has woken up to the imminent threat to Golden Temple, Sikhs’ holiest shrine. In an effort to keep the Golden Temple’s sheen intact, the PPCB is all set to install Punjab’s first continuous monitoring station... 

Dr Navjot Sidhu wants Majithia to resign

Aseem Bassi: Amritsar: After the crushing defeat of BJP leader Arun Jaitley from Amritsar, chief parliamentary secretary and BJP’s Amritsar East MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu has demanded that revenue minister Bikram Majithia, who had led Jaitley’s election campaign, should resign. Training guns at the SAD-BJP leaders, she demanded the resignation of all who had convinced Jaitley to contest from Amritsar.... 

Majithia need not to resign: Badals Sr & Junior

Chandigarh: Even as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is ready to summon Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, the SAD-led Punjab government is firmly behind the minister. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today came to the rescue of Majithia and denied he would be asked to step down after ED made it clear that it would summon Majithia in the Rs... 

AAP helps fake encounter victim family

Ludhiana: The Aam Aadmi Party Punjab Convenor Mr. Sucha Singh Chhotepur along with AAP Ludhiana Convenor Mr. Ahbaab Grewal handed over a cheque of Rs. One Lakh to Mr. Jaspal Singh, the father of the two Aam Aadmi Party volunteers who were killed in a fake encounter by the Punjab Police in Jamalpur area of Ludhiana in September 2014. “The family members of the two young brothers who were killed in... 

ED set to summon Majithia, has 50 questions ready

Jalandhar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has a list of questions ready for Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who would be summoned “within a short period” in a case of money laundering, as part of an ongoing probe into the multi-crore drug racket case that has rocked Punjab and the SAD-BJP regime over the past few months, it is learnt. Documents accessed by HT show that ED has completed... 

Nod to departmental exams for Assistant Commissioners posts

Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet today gave ex-post facto approval in respect of repealing of rules for the departmental examination of Assistant Commissioner, extra Assistant Commissioner and candidates for the post of extra Assistant Commissioner in Punjab by framing Civil Services (Departmental examination) Punjab Rules, 2014.  The Cabinet also gave approval to recruit National Kabaddi player Ms.... 

Sukhbir authorized to rationalize VAT on cotton

Chandigarh: In a bid to provide level playing field and offer competitive market to the local cotton spinners, the Punjab Cabinet considered rationalization of VAT on cotton and other types of yarn (excluding 100% polyester filament yarn) in the state. This decision would give boost to employment opportunities and would also expand spinning business in the state.  The Cabinet authorized the Deputy... 

Bill approved to fight cancer/drugs in Punjab

Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet today gave nod for amending section 6 of the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund Bill- 2013 to check the further spread of Cancer and rising tendencies towards drugs and also for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients suffering from such disease besides ensuring the up-gradation of Hospitals. The amendment stipulates that the cess... 

Govt approves Technical University at Bathinda

Chandigarh: In a move aimed at imparting high quality technical education to the students of the Malwa region, the Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to promulgate an ordinance for setting up Maharaja Ranjit Singh Technical University at Bathinda. The territorial jurisdiction of this university would be Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Mansa, Moga, Sri Muktsar Sahib,... 

VAT on heavy machinery lowered in Punjab

Chandigarh: In a major relief to the trade of heavy machinery including cranes and earth moving equipments in the state, the Punjab Cabinet today approved to slash the rate of VAT from existing 13% plus 10% surcharge to 5.5% plus 10% surcharge. Similarly the Cabinet also gave green signal for including these items in schedule B of the Punjab VAT Act 2005. With this move the VAT rates have been brought... 

Instead of PPSC, HC allowed to recruit 118 judges

Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the proposal to entrust the work of selection of 118 posts of Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Committee after taking these posts out of the purview of the Punjab Public Service Commission. Keeping in view the importance and urgency of the work load in the Finance department a new post of Director... 

Punjab’s ‘affordable houses for all’ policy

Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the setting up of Punjab State Affordable Housing Development Authority under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister for providing “affordable housing for all”. A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet in a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here at CMO, this morning. Disclosing this... 

PU announces MBA admission schedule

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has announced admission schedule for MBA at University Business School (UBS). Online Registration for two year full time management programmes, MBA, MBA (International Business) and MBA (Human Resource) for the session 2015-16 would start from November 26. PU Spokesperson said that the eligible students can apply online at the UBS website http://ubsadmissions.puchd.ac.in from November... 

Pb colleges teachers protest against anti-education policies

Chandigarh: The Teachers of affiliated Colleges from across Punjab proceeded on Mass Casual Leave and converged at Sector 17, Chandigarh to register their protest against anti-education policies of the State Govt.; Principals Federation supports the cause; PCCTU decides to educate students and their parents regarding callous attitude of the State Govt. towards Higher Education. On the call given by... 

EcoSikh worried over depleting water in Punjab, California

WASHINGTON: EcoSikh, a Washington based organization, has raised concern over the severe groundwater depletion of Punjab and other parts of Northern India. This week, 60 Minutes, a renowned news program from CBS News, showed the recent findings through satellite and newly developed devices which track the amount of groundwater. Punjab and rest of the India has lost groundwater at a alarming rate and... 

40 Indians captive with ISIS: Capt raises issue

AMRITSAR: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh has expressed grave concern over the safety of 40 Indians being held captive by the militants of Islamic State. He asked the government of India to issue a status report about these people as their relatives were being kept in absolute dark so far. He also criticised the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for failing in his... 

Amul India eyes to outdo Verka in Punjab

Ruchika M Khanna & PK Jaiswar: Chandigarh/Amritsar: Asia’s leading cooperative society Amul India today launched its operations in Punjab by processing milk at a leased plant at Batala in Gurdaspur district. Amul’s entry will not only challenge Verka of Milkfed, Punjab’s state-owned dairy cooperative, but also promise better returns for state’s dairy farmers. “The move will reinvigorate... 

Drug racket: Congress, PPP gun for Majithia

Chandigarh: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa today alleged that the Badal family held meetings with home Minister Rajnath Singh for protecting Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia from the investigation being carried out by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which reports to the Home Minister. The PPCC chief has also questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra... 
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Confusion ends, Gurpurb on December 28

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: Akal Takht today announced that Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary (Gurpurb) will be celebrated on December 28 as per the amended Nanakshahi calendar. Earlier, the Sikh clergy had decided to celebrate Gurpurb on January 7. “We have received a number of e-mails, saying preparations for celebrating the event on December 28 had already been made,” he said, clarifying... 

Declare “Chaar Sahibzaade” as an educational film, demands Punjabi Cultural Council

Chandigarh: Punjabi Cultural Council has appealed to the Punjab Government to declare animated 3D film “Chaar Sahibzaade” as an educational and historical movie depicting real history of the great sacrifices of four sons of tenth guru Guru Gobind Singh ji. Besides, arrange special shows of the film for students in all educational institutes to create awareness among themselves. In the...