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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BFUHS faces fury by suspending MBBS counselling

Balwant Garg: Faridkot: The government move to suspend counselling for MBBS admissions at seven medical colleges in the state this evening left over 2,000 aspirants and their parents high and dry. Affected students and their parents smashed windowpanes of the room where principals of various medical colleges were present. Students protested after Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) stopped... 

Slogans of ‘Saada Khwaab Navaa Punjab’ at AAP rally

The Aam Aadmi Party held a hugely successful conference at the Chhapar Mela today.  The conference addressed by AAP heavyweights like Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Jarnail Singh, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Prof Sadhu Singh and Bhagwant Mann drew overwhelming response from the people of Punjab. The jam packed venue and the resounding applause of the audience to every  word of the Aam Aadmi Party leadership... 

‘Clergy’s decision of pardoning Ram Rahim is painful’

“Though I am under hospitalisation at Mumbai, the decision of the so called Jathedars of letting Gurmeet Ram Rahim from the cardinal sin, have given me extreme shock and pain. At one stroke they have violated all the principles and age old traditions of Sri Akal Takht Sahib for serving their political masters. They have struck at the very roots of Sikh principles which govern the working of Akal... 

Sant Samaj seeks Akal Takht Jathedar’s removal

Ludhiana: Keeping going becomes nearly impossible for the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh as he loses the confidence of his ‘trusted outfit’ Sant Samaj. Riding the bandwagon Sant Samaj too sought Jathedar’s removal for pardoning controversial dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The Sant Samaj, which used to support every decision on religious issues by Jathedars of Takhts and... 

High Court stays agri-Director’s removal

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed operation of the order vide which Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu was removed from the post of Punjab Director Agriculture. One of the contentions raised by his counsel before the court was that an employee junior to Dr Mangal Singh was ordered to be given charge of the director’s post. Taking up the petition, Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia of... 

Manmohan Singh comes out clean in coal scam

New Delhi: Opposing the summoning of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the CBI today told a special court that there was no evidence suggesting that he was part of any conspiracy in the allocation of coal block to Naveen Jindal Group firms. Arguing on the plea of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who has sought summoning of Singh and two others as additional accused in a coal scam case,... 

India begins to show ways to the world: Modi

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the 21st century belonged to India and the world had begun to acknowledge the fact, as he addressed an 18,000-strong cheering crowd of Indian community members at the SAP Centre here. Modi heaped praise on the skill and commitment of Indian IT professionals, saying the magic created by their fingers on the keyboard has given India a new identity in the world. In... 

Heroin smuggler associate of KS Makhan gets 6 yrs jail

Toronto: An associate of Punjabi singer KS Makhan was sentenced to six years in jail for attempting to smuggle heroin into Canada from India, a media report said. In July, the British Columbia Supreme Court had convicted Hardev Sihota of attempting to smuggle heroin through the Vancouver airport when he arrived on a flight from India on April 22, 2010, the Voice Online reported on Thursday. He was... 

Fortis Vice-Chairman Shivinder Singh steps down to serve at Rasha Soami Dera

The Fortis Healthcare executive vice-chairman Shivinder Mohan Singh is all set to step down from his position of vice chairman in order to join the spiritual organization of Radha Soami Satsang Beas – which has its headquarters in Amritsar. Shivinder Mohan Singh is 40 years of age and he is the co-founder of this longest healthcare chain. With effect from January 1, 2016 he will be considered as... 

Congress fights Congress in Punjab House

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: The ruling Akali-BJP government was spared an onslaught by the Opposition Congress on the last day of the monsoon session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha today, with the Congressmen choosing to fight among themselves in the House. Though Congress MLAs managed to create their share of noise in the House — which led to one adjournment for 25 minutes and the session boycott later... 

Akal Takht pardons Sacha Sauda chief, angers Sikhs

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: The Sikh clergy today pardoned Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for his alleged blasphemous act of presenting himself in an attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh in 2007. The decision, taken during a meeting by the Akal Takht following a clarification from the sect chief, has angered a section of Sikhs. The agenda of the meeting was kept confidential as... 

CM seeks separate union agriculture budget like railways

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today categorically said that anyone found guilty of supplying spurious pesticides to the cotton cultivators in the state would not be spared at any cost. Winding up the discussion on the resolution moved by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal on current agrarian crisis in the state here at Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Chief... 

GNDU supplementary exams from Sept 26

Amritsar: The roll numbers to eligible candidates of supplementary examinations of September-2015 under annual system of Guru Nanak Dev University has been sent. These examinations would be commencing from September 26, 2015. Dr. Renu Bhardwaj, Professor In-charge (Examinations) said that those candidates who did not received their roll numbers should contact concerned examination branch of the university... 

HC disallows to amend selection criteria for NRI MBBS seats

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the decision made by the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, to revise the selection criteria for admissions to NRI MBBS seats. Two petitions had been filed by the four NRI candidates who had cleared the common entrance test. Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia set aside GMCH’s new selection criteria and asked the institute... 
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FIR sought against SAD MLA for thrashing two

PK Jaiswar: Amritsar: Akali MLA from Baba Bakala Manjeet Singh Manna Mianwind allegedly thrashed two persons, including a party leader, near the Khalchian police station in the presence of a Station House Officer late on Friday night. This comes days after a sarpanch of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) allegedly roughed up two policemen in Batala. Puran Singh, former circle president and general... 

Resigned due to Modi govt shielding 84 riots culprits: Phoolka

New Delhi: Advocate HS Phoolka said today that he had  resigned due to the attitude of Modi Government and its apathy towards Justice for victims of 84 Carnage. “I am informed that BJP has stated that I resigned due to attitude of kejriwal, which is absolutely false.” Phoolka said that the matter fact was that the Modi Government had gone back from its promise to punish the guilty, rather had... 

Summoning of Guru Granth Sahib decried

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa and SAD (Panch Pardani) today strongly condemned Patiala court order summoning Guru Granth Sahib in a land disputed case. Heads of both the parties H S Dhami and Jathedar Kulbeer Singh Barapind said the recent order by Patiala court judge was highly objectionable and painful. “We want to communicate to the executive and the judiciary that no court under any law could summon Guru... 

Pb to conduct own Med-PG entrance test

Chandigarh: The Punjab government will conduct its own entrance exam to fill post-graduate seats in medical colleges of the state for the 2016-17 session. For two years, the government has filled all seats through the national eligibility entrance test (NEET-PG) conducted by the National Board Examination. But the for the past sometime, postgraduate aspirants from the state have been representing that... 

Advocate HS Phoolka quits politics to take 84’ riots cases to logical end

(See below the text of an open letter written by HS Phoolka) I have always held the firm belief that every person should espouse a social cause and take it to a logical end. With this principle in mind, I took up the cause of securing justice for the victims of the Genocide of 1984 in Delhi and other parts of the country. I started doing their cases in 1984 as a young lawyer and am continuing to do... 

Akalis versus BJP in the Pb assembly session

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: On a day when the Vidhan Sabha session began, inner wrangling within the SAD and BJP came to the fore during joint and separate meetings held by their legislators. While three of the four BJP ministers — Madan Mohan Mittal, Anil Joshi and Surjit Jiyani — came under fire from own party MLAs, Akali legislators targeted  Adesh Pratap Kairon over deletion of over five... 

Court summons to Granth Sahib in property dispute!

Aman Sood: Patiala: A dispute over a piece of land has taken a curious turn in Patiala with a local court making a gurdwara and its Guru Granth Sahib as party in the case and summoning them for the next hearing on September 25. The case surrounds one kanal of land adjoining the gurdwara at Maddo Majra village, which was purchased by a resident, Baldev Singh, and donated for the shrine’s extension.... 

Capt clears his position on drugs demand by Cong leader

AMRITSAR: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today made it categorically clear that there was no question of allowing poppy husk vends in Punjab at any cost as suggested by some party leaders during a public rally in Khem Karan. Congress Tarn Taran district President Sukhpal Singh Bhullar had demanded to open poppy husk vends and allow rural people to manufacture limited quantity... 

Drugs issue: One ‘stupid statement’ puts Congress on back foot

Tarn-Taran: Through one ‘stupid statement’ that he made in his home district Tarn Taran in the presence of former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, district Congress Sukhpal Singh Bhullar not only put his party on the back foot, but, also deprived his party off a significant poll issue of drugs. Bhullar is in trouble after he promised to open poppy husk outlets and permission to brew hooch for personal... 

NAPA urges PM to introduce Amritsar–America direct flights

JALANDHAR: North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has made a passionate appeal and request to Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi for Introducing Direct flights between San Francisco and Amritsar ahead of their Scheduled California visit at the end of September, 2015.NAPA Executive Director Mr. Satnam Singh Chahal has reiterated that more than 6 lac Sikh’s and Punjabi’s living In... 

‘Beti Bachao, Beta Padhao’ campaign in drug–obsessed Muktsar

Archit Watts: Muktsar: Worried at prevalence of drug addiction among the younger generation in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s home district, the education authorities are pushing for boys’ education by rephrasing PM Narendra Modi’s slogan “Beti Bachao, Beta Padhao” as “Beti Bachao, Beta Padhao” (save girls, educate boys). Muktsar’s Deputy District Education Officer (DEO) Jaspal... 

Congress needs no alliance in Punjab: Capt

AMARKOT (TARN TARAN), September 15: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the Congress did not need any allies or alliance in Punjab as it was already in a strong position to wrest power from the Akali-BJP alliance on its own. Addressing a massive rally organised by the Tarn Taran district Congress Committee president Sukhpal Bhullar and Khem Karan assembly segment... 

Sacred Sikh Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib’s message for humanity

NS PHERUMAN:  Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji gave the gift of the compilation of gurbani of four gurus , to which He added His own baani and that of 15 saints,11 bhats and 4 gursikhs of different religions and castes and accomplished the task and installed the complied book called “POTHI”(later called SGGS) in Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar on 1st September 1604 AD and appointed Baba Budha ji as first... 

PU declares BSc, MA, PG Diplomas results

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has announced the results of B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics – 2nd Semester; B.Sc. (Hons.) Maths & Computing- 2nd Semester; M.A. Social Work- 4th Semester; M.Sc. (TYC) Chemistry- 4th Semester; Pre-Ph.D Course Work in Physical Education; PG Diploma in Guidance & Counselling (Re-appear)- 1st Semester; Diploma in Stock Market Trading and Operations-... 
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Dal Khalsa favours cow slaughter houses in Punjab

Amritsar- Sikh hardliner group Dal Khalsa has contested the move engineered by RSS-BJP to ban beef in J&K and other states wondering why liquor and cigarette were not being banned throughout the country. Talking to media persons, party head HS Dhami and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said ever since RSS sponsored Modi government has taken the reins of power, the Hindutva elements have intensified... 

Sikh NGO claims to have brought several Vanjaras into Sikhism

Jasleen Kaur Khalsa writes: Since many years, I have been reading about millions of Vanjaras & Lubanas who should be brought into the fold of Sikhism. During my trip to Muzaffarnagar, I planned to visit the Village Bawana, District Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India which is mostly inhabited by Vanjaras. As per information gathered during my field visit, I came to know that a Sikh NGO named Sewak... 

2 UK nationals killed as train derails in India

Solan: Two British nationals were killed and 13 others injured after two coaches of a chartered train carrying 37 tourists from the UK derailed on the Kalka-Shimla heritage link near Parwanoo, 3 km from Kalka, around 12:55 pm today. The cause of the accident was not immediately known but sources in the railways said over-speeding could be the reason. The deceased are Loraine Marie (55) and Joan Nicholas... 

Ludhiana police summon ‘Queen of Vulgarity’ Sunny Leone

Ludhiana: The Ludhiana police on Saturday have summoned bollywood actress Sunny Leone and a condom manufacturing company over TV commercial following a complaint of an NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation on Saturday. The NGO alleged that the TV commercial of a condom manufacturing company in which Sunny Leone is endorsing the brand is vulgar. The NGO has filed a criminal complaint with police commissioner... 

Mecca crane collapse kills 107 pilgrims

Saudi authorities on Saturday were investigating a construction crane collapse that killed at least 107 people during a storm at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, days before the annual hajj pilgrimage. Panic broke out as the massive crane came crashing down on the mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, as worshippers gathered for weekly Friday prayers. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have already... 

Cylinder blast kills 82 in Madhya Pradesh

JHABUA: At least 82 people were killed and 35 others injured when cylinders kept inside a building went off at Petlwad town in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh today, police said. Update: 82 people killed in Jhabua explosion, says Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arun Sharma Earlier, police had said that the explosion was caused by a cooking gas cylinder kept in the adjacent three-storeyed building housing... 

Sikh scholar & PGI ex-Director Dr Neki dies

Chandigarh: Dr JS Neki, an eminent Punjabi poet and former director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, passed away in Delhi on Friday afternoon. He was 90. His long-time associate and general secretary of Delhi’s Punjab Sahitya Sabha, Gulzar Singh Sandhu, confirmed the news. Besides his contribution to medical science, Dr Neki was a Sikh scholar... 

DSP Balraj Gill & Monica murderers get double life term

Rajneesh Lakhanpal: Ludhaina: The trial in the much talked about murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Gill (46) and a woman, Monika (38), ended with the awarding of rigorous double life imprisonment to three prime accused today. Harwinder Singh (alias Binder), Pritpal Singh (alias Ladoo), Umesh Karda, all residents of Talwara village, were pronounced guilty under Section 302 of the IPC for murdering the... 

Don’t visit our city again: Chandigarh to PM

  PTI3_15_2014_000032A Chandigarh: It was a day when 192 schools in the city were shut despite being the crucial examination time, a Kargil war veteran could not cremate his son at the Sector 25 cremation ground as it was literally out of bounds for the common man, patients had a harrowing time at the PGI, the functioning of the District Courts was affected and commuters bore the brunt of traffic... 

CM mourns the death of GK Chatrath

Chandigarh; Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Panjab University (PU) senator, former Advocate General and ex-MLA of Punjab Mr.  GK Chatrath, who passed away here at Chandigarh this morning. In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described Mr. Chatrath as a legal luminary and eminent jurist besides a noted academician... 

PM inaugurates Chandigarh airport new international terminal

Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated a new terminal at Chandigarh airport which will handle both domestic as well as international flights. Modi dedicated to the nation the modern facility, which is expected to boost the economic and industrial development in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The ambitious Rs 939-crore project, which is being seen as a “harbinger”... 

Sukhbir locks horns with Kairon in cabinet meeting

Ruchika M. Khanna: Chandigarh: It was a three-man army of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, Agriculture Minister Tota Singh and Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia against Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adaish Pratap Kairon in today’s Cabinet meeting, held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Upset over “interference” in his department, Kairon reportedly objected to...