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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Annual extravaganza GOONJ from Feb 26

Chandigarh: With just one day left for GOONJ, the annual extravaganza of University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET) Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh to begin the enthusiasm among the students has reached a fever pitch. This year GOONJ will be a three day event from February 26 to 28 which will provide a battleground for one and for all to prove their mettle in every sphere including... 

Inter-varsity Gatka tournament begins

Patiala: Punjabi University Patiala will host third all India Inter-University Gatka (Men & Women) prize money tournament-2015 from March 25 to March 27 at university campus in which more than two dozen university Gatka teams would vie for championship. Disclosing this here today Director Sports of Punjabi University Dr Raj Kumar Sharma said the team winners would be awarded cash prizes from Rs... 

NRI woman held with 25 live cartridges at Amritsar airport

Amritsar: An American woman was arrested at the airport in Amritsar after 25 live cartridges were allegedly recovered from her baggage during checking, police said. The woman identified as Manjita Kaur Dhillon (52), whose grandparents hailed from Punjab, was arrested at Guru Ram Das International Airport (Rajasansi Airport) in Amritsar when she was preparing to board a Jet Airways flight to Delhi,... 

Kejriwal govt implements power and water subsidy

New Delhi: The Kejriwal government today announced reduction in power tariff by 50% for consumption up to 400 units per month and launched a free water scheme in line with election promises made by Aam Aadmi Party. For families using 20,000 litres of water per month, Delhi government will waive off water and sewer charges, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said. The rates will come into effect from... 

H-1B visa holders spouses to get US work permit

Washington: In a move that will benefit thousands of Indians, the US has decided to provide work permits to professionally qualified spouses of H-1B visa holders from May 26. Under existing laws, spouses of H-1B visa holders, many of whom are Indians, are not eligible to work. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for work visas from H-1B spouses on May... 

Majithia force sweeps Majitha MC poll

Amritsar: Bikram Singh Majithia, General Secretary , Shiromani Akali Dal has thanked the people of Majitha for their enthusiastic participation in Municipal Council elections and ensuring resounding victory of Shiromani Akali Dal candidates in all 13 wards. Mr. Majithia pointed out that Congress was in habit of raising the bogey of violence or rigging in media on the eve of polls impending its drubbing... 

Plan to raise Sikh Regiment in British Army

LONDON: Britain is planning to have its first ever all Sikh regiment. UK’s armed forces minster Mark Francois has told the House of Commons that the head of the British army lieutenant general Sir Nicholas Carter is looking at proposals to recreate a Sikh regiment which would inherit many of the “proud traditions of Sikh regiments”. Responding to a MP who suggested that UK should... 

Fire in Jalandhar industry leaves 7 injured

Jalandhar: Seven workers, including a female, sustained injuries in a fire that broke out at a plastic pipe manufacturing unit of Industrial Estate here today. Four fire tenders were pressed in service to douse the flames, which were visible from a distance of even one km. Though the blaze was controlled within less than two hours but as a precautionary measure, one fire tender was kept outside the... 

AAP protests delay in opening flyover

Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party volunteers today held a protest at the flyover leading from Ferozepur Road towards Doraha and symbolically dedicated it to the people. AAP District convener Ahbaab Singh Grewal said that despite the structure being ready it has not been thrown open to the public as the authorities are waiting for some VIP to come and make a big show off inaugurating the same. Aam Aadmi Party... 

CM hails centre for raising states tax share

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today welcomed the decision of the Government of India (GoI) to enhance the states’ share in the devolution of Central Taxes from 32% to 42% in wake of the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission but added that this would have substance only if the funds meant for stated under the present Centrally Sponsored Schemes were also transferred... 

GNDU Amritsar declares some exam results

Amritsar: The results of the following examinations held by the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in December, 2014 have been declared and are available on University website www.gndu.ac.in. Bachelor of Tourism and Hotel Management SEMESTER – I Bachelor of Tourism and Hotel Management SEMESTER – V Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetology, Semester – I Diploma in Stitching & Tailoring... 

PAU horticulturist gets Scientist Award-2014

LUDHIANA: The horticulturist of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr W.S. Dhillon has been awarded “Distinguished Scientist Award-2014” for his outstanding contributions to the field of horticulture. The Hi-Tech, Horticultural Society presented the award to Dr Dhillon during iinternational conference on “Technical Interventions in Agricultural Sciences for Enhanced Productivity, Nutritional... 

NAPA slam Pb police for bullying NRI families

JALANDHAR: North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) took a serious note of threats to NRI families of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa who is on hunger strike unto death and is demanding the release of Sikh Prisoners who have already completed their Sentence in different jails throughout the country. Dalwinder Singh Dhoot Chairman of the Association said that as per the information received in our office Bapu... 

Alumni Meet held at GNDU Amritsar

Amritsar: First Joint Meeting of the Alumni Association, Guru Nanak Dev University was held at Guru Nanak Bhawan, Guru Nanak Dev University today. The meeting was attended by a large number of alumni of the University from different departments. Prof. Subodh Kumar, Dean Alumni Association, welcomed the Alumni of the University and discussed the significance of community culture amongst alumni and faculty,... 

Phoolka leads cycle rally in Ludhiana

Ludhiana: With a view to boost cycling and to promote it as alternative lifestyle choice Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Ludhiana organized a cycle rally today, which was led by Senior Aam Aadmi Party Leader Mr. HS Phoolka. Mr. Phoolka said that our message to the people of Ludhiana we should adopt cycling as a life style and the aim of the cycle rally is to promote a healthy way of life and to ease the traffic... 

Poor PM’s expensive suit fetches Rs 4.31 cr in open auction

Surat: Finally Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got out of the ‘expensive’ suit controversy by auctioning it off for a whopping sum of Rs 4.31 crore. Surat-based Diamond merchant Lalji Bhai got the possession of Modi’s suit by paying the hefty amount. Modi’s suit was auctioned amidst the controversy that from where such an expensive suit had come? Being portrayed as ‘Mr Clean’ and... 

Badal seeks central support to build SSC

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called on the Union Defence Mr. Manohar Parrikar  for seeking his direct intervention to early begin the construction on the upcoming Service Selection Center (SSC) North over 200 acres in Ropar. The Chief Minister called on Mr. Parrikar in his office at South block this afternoon. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief... 

Move to link Sikh shrines with national highways

New Delhi: Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari today apprised the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal that the Government of India (GoI) would soon declare the historic route Sri Anandpur Sahib- Talwandi Sabo- Nanded as the National highway project. An assurance to this effect was given by Mr. Gadkari to the Chief Minister, who called on the former in his... 

AAP alleges advt embezzlement in Ldh MC

Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party District Convenor Ahbaab Singh Grewal said that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has once again shown that when it comes to safeguarding vested political interests in awarding contracts they are second to none. Once again the Municipal Commissioner and the Mayor have proven that they are least bothered about protecting the interests of the corporation and the city and will... 

Centre would make Punjab skill training hub: Badal

New Delhi: Conceding the demand made by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, the Union Skill Development Minister Mr. Rajiv Pratap Ruddy today said that the Government of India (GoI) would prepare a master plan for emerging the state as hub of Skill training within a fortnight. The Union Minister, who called on the Chief Minister at Kapurthala house this morning, had detailed deliberations... 

Afghanistan delegation visits Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: A delegation from Afghanistan, comprising of 49 civil services officers and professors of public administration from the universities of Balkh, Heart, Kabul, Kandahar,  AND Nangahar visited Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Chandigarh between 18th and 20th February 2015 as part of an endeavour to strengthen public administration education in Afghanistan. Mrs... 

GNDU Amritsar declares more exam results

Amritsar: The results of the following examinations held by the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in December, 2014 have been declared and are available on University website www.gndu.ac.in.       B. Vocational (Financial Market Management), Semester – I      Master in Tourism Management, Semester – I      M.Sc. Biotechnology, Semester – III      M.Sc. (Information and... 
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Parminder Brar appointed SAD (IT wing) head

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today appointed Mr. Parminder Singh Brar as head of the IT (information technology) wing of the party. Mr. Brar is also Secretary General and office Secretary of the Youth wing of the party.  Now he would head the IT wing of the party. This was disclosed by the party Secretary and Spokesman and Punjab... 

PAU ex-VCs join incumbent at Dr GS Khush Foundation ceremony

LUDHIANA: A guest lecture and an award giving ceremony were organized by Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Foundation for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. On the occasion, the Chief Guest, Dr R.S. Paroda, Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, and former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi delivered a thought-provoking... 

Bihar CM resigns ahead of trust vote test

Patna: Leaving BJP and his ardent followers appalled, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today met the governor and resigned from his post just hours ahead of the trust vote. The shocked BJP MLAs stated that Jitan Ram Manjhi has betrayed them. When approached, Nitish Kumar stated that Manjhi should have resigned much earlier and the drama which he had put up all these days was not required. Reacting... 
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Toll-free number against corruption in Punjab

Chandigarh: Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Thursday launched a toll free helpline number and website where people can register complaints against corruption and irregularities in government offices. The toll free number 1800-1800-1000 and website  www.vigilancebureaupunjab.org has been made functional as a complaint panel, a spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau said here. He said, complaints against government... 

Kejriwal rejected role in Malika Sherawat’s ‘Dirty Politics’

New Delhi: With Mallika Sherawat’s `Dirty Politics` release date just round the corner, the maker has roped in Delhi CM Kejriwal’s name for publicity of the movie. Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who rose to power as Chief Minister of Delhi form the grass-root level had reportedly rejected the offer from the director to star in the film. Reports suggest that KC Bokadia had approached... 

AAP’s mass contact road show in Ludhiana

Ludhiana: AAP Ludhiana today carried out a Mass Contact Programme cum Road Show in Ludhiana West, which got an overwhelming response from the public. AAP District convener Ahbaab Singh Grewal said that following the party’s phenomenal performance in the Delhi Elections, it was decided that AAP would carry out road shows in all constituencies of the district and tried to reach out to the people. In... 

GNDU Amritsar declares several exam results

Amritsar: The results of the following examinations held by the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in December, 2014 have been declared and are available on University website www.gndu.ac.in. B.B.A., Semester-I B. Vocational (Journalism and Mass Communication), Semester – I B. Vocational (Retail Management & I.T.), Semester – I Master of Neurological Physiotherapy, Semester –... 

Plan to transport mortal remains of emigrants dying abroad

BATHINDA:  The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has launched a software module enabling family members of a deceased to apply online for transportation of mortal remains of deceased emigrant in any ECR country. The Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Dr Basant Garg stated that the issue of bringing back mortal remains of emigrants, who have died abroad, was brought to the attention of Ministry... 

Call to join National Military College Dehradun

Bathinda: The Commander (retd) Baljinder Virk, District Defence Welfare Officer Bathinda said that the national Indian Military College, Dehradun has invited applications for admission to January 2016 term entrance exam to be held at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan, sector 15, Chandigarh on June 1 and June 2, 2015. Only boys can apply for the admission. The applicant should be born between January 2, 2003 to... 

PAU Home Science convocation on Feb 24

LUDHIANA: The College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will hold its Convocation-cum-Prize Distribution Function on February 24 in the Pal Auditorium of the University. Dr (Ms) B Meenakumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi will deliver the convocation address while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, will preside over the function. Giving details,... 

Achchhe Din for whom? Anna asks PM Modi

Mumbai: Ahead of his protests in Jantar Mantar against the Land Acquisition ordinance, social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “thinking” about industrialists but not farmers and the poor. Taking a swipe at Modi, Hazare said “achchhe din (good days)”, which was a campaign theme of BJP during Lok Sabha elections, has come “only for... 

Barkha Dutt resigns as NDTV group Editor

New Delhi: NDTV’s Barkha Dutt has resigned from her Group Editor post to set up her own media house. According to NDTV founders Radhika and Prannoy suggests Dutt will continue serving as the consulting editor for the channel. Dutt has served the news channel for almost two decades and became popular after she covered the Kargil war and 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Dutt has also received many... 

PAU Ludhiana releases 9 new crop varieties

LUDHIANA: The State Varietal Approval Committee met on 16th February, 2015 at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana under the Chairmanship of Dr. M. S. Sandhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab.  Dr. Balwinder Singh, Director of Research, Dr. R. S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education, officials from Seed Certification Authority and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Punjab, Chief Agriculture... 

Post-Delhi-defeat PM Modi realizes the importance of minorities, vows to protect them

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to protect all religious groups stating that everyone has the right to retain or adopt religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence. Addressing a gathering of Christian leaders on the celebration of Elevation to Sainthood of Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Euphrasia at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, the PM said that his government... 

4 killed, 13 hurt in road mishaps in Punjab

Moga: Four persons were killed and 13 injured when their jeep collided head-on with a truck here. “The victims were returning from Dera Beas near Amritsar when their jeep collided with the truck coming from the opposite direction on the Dharamkot-Jalandhar National Highway last night,” the police said today. The police said the victims, three of whom were women, hailed from village Pakho... 

IPL auction: Delhi Daredevils buys Yuvraj for Rs 16 crore

Bangalore: Flamboyant all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Monday emerged as the costliest cricketer in the IPL 8 players’ auction, bought for a record Rs 16 crore (USD 2.57 million approx) by Delhi Daredevils here. Yuvraj, who carried a base price of Rs 2 crore, was sold for the highest ever price in IPL history after a fierce tug of war for his services between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers... 

NAPA seeks President Obama’s intervention to secure Sikh prisoners release

WASHINGTON: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA)  expressed its solidarity and support to one of its Director Mr Surat Singh Khalsa who is on hunger strike unto death  in Ludhiana in Punjab State of India  to demand the release of Sikh prisoners from different Jails of the country who had already completed their sentence under the rule of the land. Dalwinder Singh Dhoot Chairman North... 

Sikh bodies representatives meet Punjab CM

Chandigarh: Representatives of various Sikh bodies today met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at his official residence and discuss the issue of political prisoners who have not been released despite completing their jail term. The meeting was convened to discuss and deliberate on the issue by chief minister himself as veteran Akali Surat Singh is on fast unto death from the last 31 days. The...