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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All in memory of great Indian patriot spy

Ferozepur: Poster of 11th Mohan Lal Bhaskar Art & Theatre Festival was today released by V.K.Meena, Divisional Commissioner of Ferozepur and Faridkot on Friday at Ferozepur. It may here be re-called that Bhaskar was an Indian spy in Pakistan and was awarded death sentence there by a Pakistan Court. But after suffering six and half years of imprisonment in various Pakistani jails, he with the strong... 

Akali leader Ramuwalia joins SP to become UP Minister

LUCKNOW: Serving as the Samajwadi Party’s wild card entry on Saturday was Sardar Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former senior vice-president of Punjab’s Shiromani Akali Dal. Ramoowalia, who was sworn in as cabinet minister in the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government by UP governor Ram Naik caused a flutter within the ruling government and outside. Maintaining that it was not unusual for him to be... 

Facing $ 57 million fraud in Sydney NRI tarnishes India’s image in Australia

BY ERYK BAGSHAW: A private Sydney college is being accused of recruiting illiterate and disabled students to take out thousands of dollars in loans to fund courses they were never told they were being signed up for, documents lodged in the federal court allege. A joint investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the NSW Fair Trading Department will allege that the... 

Underworld don Chhota Rajan falls in CBI net

New Delhi: Underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, who is wanted in several cases of murders in India, has been arrested by the Indonesian police in Bali, CBI officials said today. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too confirmed the arrest, calling it a “major success”. Acting on a tip-off from the Australian police, Indonesian authorities detained the fugitive yesterday as... 

No lighting, fireworks at Harmandar Sahib this Diwali

Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to celebrate a subdued Diwali at the Golden Temple and other gurdwaras under its control this year in the wake of incidents of the Guru Granth Sahib’s sacrilege. Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, said, “Harmandar Sahib will not be illuminated in the manner it used to be on festive occasions nor will there any display of... 

Bhagwant Mann in trouble for showing ‘disrespect to Guru Granth Sahib’

Chandigarh: Slamming AAP Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann for showing disrespect to Sri Guru Granth Sahib by attending bhog of two Sikhs killed in police firing under the influence of liquor on Sunday, BJP today said that party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal should take an exemplary action against Mann. Tarun Chugh, the national secretary of the BJP, said that it was highly unfortunate that Bhagwant Mann... 

Suresh Arora replaces Sumedh Saini as Punjab DGP

Chandigarh: Punjab Police chief Sumedh Singh Saini was on Sunday shunted out of the position by the state government. He was replaced by Suresh Arora as Director-General of Police, Punjab. The move has reportedly come at the intervention of the Union Home Minister, who had last week spoken to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about the developments in Punjab in the wake of incidents of desecration... 

Kejriwal prays for Punjab peace at Harmandar Sahib

Yudhvir Rana: AMRITSAR: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal prayed for peace and communal harmony in Punjab. He was here on Saturday to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. During a brief interaction with mediapersons, Kejriwal said he was deeply hurt by the incidents of disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab recently. Firing by the police on people protesting peacefully against the sacrilege... 

Worst crime of its kind: beastly man in Pakistan rapes 48 dead women

A beastly man has been arrested by the Pakistan police on the charges of raping at least 48 dead women after taking them out from their graves. Click the link below to see video:  Read More →
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MLA Simarjit Bains arrested in Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Independent MLA from Ludhiana Simarjit Singh Bains was today arrested from his residence at Kot Mangal Singh area here, a day after a case was registered against him for allegedly hurting and obstructing policemen from discharging their duty. Station House Officer (SHO) Sumit Sood said that Bains would be produced in a local court tomorrow. The Police Commissioner of Ludhiana, Pramraj Singh... 

Melbourne based Sukhjit denies role in cases of sacrilege

Melbourne-based man accused of funding desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib at the Bargari village of Faridkot, which led to widespread protests in Punjab, has refuted all allegations. Sukhjit Singh Deol said that he had sent money to Rupinder Singh for his treatment and not for the sacrilege as claimed by the Punjab police, reported SBS Punjabi. Punjab police, on Tuesday, had released an audio clip... 

Singer Labh Janjua found dead under mysterious circumstances

MUMBAI: Singer Labh Janjua shot to instant fame by the song ‘Mundeyan toh bach ke rahi’ and after that he has sung popular numbers in Bollywood like Jee karda and Talli hua in Singh Is Kinng;London thumakada in Queen and Soni de nakhre in Partner. The Punjabi singer died at his residence in suburban Goregaon, Additional Commissioner of Police (north region) Fatehsingh Patil told PTI. Asked... 

High time to liberate SGPC from the clutches of Badal family

Bir Devinder Singh: With the overall erosion of age old cherished Sikh values and non-adherence to Sikh ethos in the administration of  SGPC, including the Sikh Takhats ( The temporal seats of authority of Sikh religion). it has become imperative that kakistocracy of Badal Family in SGPC affairs must end now. The monopoly of the Badal family has done unfathomable damage to the glory of the Sikh institutions... 

Panj Payare summon Jathedars at Akal Takht over Sacha Sauda issue

AMRITSAR: In an unprecedented incident in modern-day Sikh religious history, the Panj Payaras (five beloved ones) have summoned the Jathedars of the five Takhts at the Akal Takht on October 23 for submitting clarification on the Gurmata of pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and later revoking the same. Panj Payaras including Satnam Singh, Mangal Singh, Tarlok Singh, Satnam Singh and... 

Police uncover foreign hand behind sacrilege

Jupinderjit Singh & Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: The Punjab Police today said they had evidence to suggest international conspiracy behind the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Faridkot’s Bargari village on October 12. This comes on a day when the Centre deployed 10 Border Security Force companies, comprising 1,000 personnel, at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran. The police claimed... 

Paramilitary forces called in Punjab, Kabaddi Cup cancelled

Chandigarh: Sikhs protesting against the incidents of desecration of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib continued their agitation with road blocks in Punjab on Tuesday. In  view of deteriorating law and order situation the Punjab government has demanded 25 companies of paramilitary forces from the Centre, which has been accepted by the Union Ministry of Home. The additional  forces are likely to be... 

Hindu hardliners blacken J&K MLA’s face with ink

New Delhi: A day after a teenaged trucker — attacked in Udhampur on October 9 over cow slaughter rumours — died at a Delhi hospital, Kashmir shut down, while J&K MLA Abdul Rashid’s face was blackened with ink in the national capital. Rashid, who was in Delhi to brief the media on the attack on two truckers, had dubbed the incident as “Dadri 4”, a reference to September 28 attack on a... 

Over 100 villages boycott Akalis

Moga: The unrest among the Sikh community is yet to die down as series of protests were held in various parts of the district today. Almost all educational institutes in the area remained closed for the seventh consecutive day. However, several business establishments were open in the city. The national/state highways and many link roads were blocked at 17 locations in the district. Public transport... 

AAP demands Sukhbir Badal’s resignation

In a press release issued here AAP has raised the following demands: The people responsible for desecrating the holy Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji must be arrested immediately and given the strictest punishment.  The way that the police opened fire on innocent people who were protesting peacefully is highly objectionable. The police department comes under Home Minister Sukhbri Badal and it cannot... 

Capt’s bid to take mileage of sacrilegious issue

AMRITSAR: What appears to be a move to draw political mileage from the burning sacrilegious issue, Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today paid obeisance at Darbar Sahab and Durgiana Mandir praying for peace in the state. He said, nobody can be allowed to fiddle with the supreme authority of the Akal Takhat and any such attempt will be strongly defeated. Asserting that there... 

Granthi held for sacrilegious act in Amritsar

Amritsar: The Amritsar Rural Police has arrested one Jagdish Singh of Village Nangli of Amritsar for showing disrespect towards holy Sikh Scriptures. This person was deputed as a Granthi in a Gurdawara of Village Nijjarpura in Jandiala of Amritsar District. Interestingly, the arrested person himself called in the Control Room of Amritsar Rural Police that someone has entered into the Gurdawara of... 

Pb Cong MLA quits assembly in protest against sacrilege incidents

Tarn Taran: Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki has quit the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in protest against the recent incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib across the state. He sent copies of his resignation letter to the assembly speaker and the governor on Sunday. In the letter written in Punjabi, Sikki said, “Keeping in view the recent incidents of sacrilege and the current scenario,... 

Sukhdev Singh Bhaur quits Shiromani Akali Dal

Phagwara: SAD senior leader and SAD Political Affairs Committee member Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur resigned from the primary membership of the Akali Dal in protest against the sacrilege incident. Bhaur is also general secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee. This will be a major setback to SAD as Bhaur was a Tohra loyalist and also a Sikh scholar. Meanwhile, Charanjit Singh also... 

SAD worried as more SGPC members resign

Mansa: Disappointed over the alleged act of sacrilege at Bargari village in Kotkapura and subsequent killing of protesting Sikh youths, four more SGPC members announced to quit the religious body today. On October 15, as many as seven SGPC members had resigned from their posts. So, the number of SGPC members who resigned after the Kotkapura episode has swelled to 11. SGPC member from Budhlada (rural)... 

Ready to die for OROP, say ex-servicemen

Jalandhar: Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, chairman of the United Ex-Servicemen Front of India (UESFI), said they would not hesitate to make the supreme sacrifice to get the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme implemented. He said that equal pension for equal service was the right of each retired personnel and that they would not accept any dilution in the scheme. He said it was a ‘do or die’... 

Farmers’ Gehrao threat forces leaders to stay in ‘safe moles’

Aman Sood: Patiala: The police top brass has asked all district police chiefs to ensure safe and clear passage for all travelling ministers in view of the latest threat by farmer unions. Despite calling off their “rail roko” agitation, farmers have decided to gherao state ministers and MPs across the state. Farmer leaders said though they had ended their “rail roko” agitation, the protest would... 

“I signed the apology letter supplied to me from Amritsar, then why Akal Takhat took u-turn?”

Sushil Manav: Sirsa: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has said that it is perhaps for the first time that Akal Takht has withdrawn its edict. Addressing the media here today, the dera chief said he was not able to understand the reason behind the withdrawal of pardon granted to him. “I have always maintained that I respect all religions. I had signed the apology letter as per the text sent... 

Anarchy in Punjab, President’s role only option: Capt

Faridkot: Congress senior leader Capt Amarinder Singh today visited the families of deceased protesters, Gurjeet Singh and Bhagwan Krishan Singh at Sarawan and Niamiwala villages to express solidarity with their families. He also met Sikh activists protesting at Bajakhana, Bargari and Behbal Kalan villages in the district. He said a sense of anarchy was creeping into the state and the President’s... 

Sikhs protests create curfew-like situation on Punjab roads

Sarbjit Dhaliwal: Chandigarh: Five days after torn Guru Granth Sahib “birs” were found at a Faridkot village, tension continued to prevail across Punjab as Sikh activists today defied the “one roadblock per district” diktat issued by religious leaders on Saturday. The Moga district in Malwa belt alone witnessed 21 blockades, it is learnt. The situation was no different in neighbouring Faridkot—the... 

2 minor girls gangraped in Delhi, AAP seeks police control

 New Delhi: Making a strong pitch for handing over the Delhi Police control to the AAP government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought a meeting with the Prime Minister and Lt Governor in the wake of gangrape of two minor girls here. The Chief Minister hit out at the Delhi Police saying it had “completely failed” to provide safety to the citizens, while urging PM Narendra Modi to “either... 

NAPA wants Jathedars to resign for pushing Sikhs in crisis

JALANDHAR: USA Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has condemned the Wednesday killing of unarmed peaceful Sikh protesters in Punjab and prayed for those critically injured. Executive director Satnam Singh Chahal in a statement released here today  said that this was very unfortunate that many had been beaten and abused and hundreds of Sikhs have been arrested for simply demanding action... 

In damage-control mode, Badal govt suspends Moga SSP

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: Heads must roll and responsibility fixed for the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib. Peace and tranquility in the border state of Punjab cannot be compromised. This was the message conveyed by the members of the Akali Dal’s Core Committee that held an emergency meeting here this evening. The suspension of Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma with immediate effect for lapses in the... 

Akal Takht Revokes Pardon Granted to Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

AMRITSAR:  Amid pressure from the Sikh community and hardliners, the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, today withdrew its edict pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh in a 2007 blasphemy case. At a special meeting held at the Akal Takht, the Sikh clergy headed by Jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh decided to revoke its earlier edict issued on September 24 in which... 

Pb govt mishandled Kotkapura protests: US Sikhs

Washington: US Sikh leaders have condemned the recent Police action in Kotkapura which led to 2 deaths and several dozens injured seriously. Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education and Inderpaul Singh Gadh, Chairman of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation laid the blame squarely on the Punjab Government of Parkash Singh Badal for mishandling of a very sensitive religious... 

SAD urges Centre to release all TADA detainees, review black list

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today while welcoming the release of TADA detainee Waryam Singh from the Bareilly jail, urged the Union government to release all remaining Sikh detainees as well as review the black list as recommended by the Punjab government. In a statement here, senior SAD leaders Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema lauded home minister Rajnath Singh for... 

PU Chd declares several exams results

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has announced the results of M.Phil (Economics), 2nd Semester; Pre Ph.D Course Work in Pharmacy; B.Pharmacy, 3rd Semester; B.Sc. (H.S.) Botany, 2nd, 4th & 6th Semester, Special Examination; B.Sc. (H.S.) Physics, 4th Semester; B.Sc. (H.S.) Geology, 2nd Semester; B.E. (Bio-Tech.) 3rd & 5th Semester and B.E. (Civil) 1st Semester. The detailed results... 
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Badals intentionally spoiling Punjab atmosphere: Phoolka

New Delhi: AAP leader Advocate HS Phoolka said today that Kotkapura, and other incidents of last about a month clearly showed that Badals were totally shattered seeing hatred towards them by people especially in villages. “Badals are seeking refuse from the sects like Gurmeet Ram Rahim for their petty political gains; it appears that they are following the command of such people. When the protests... 

6 IAS, 12 PCS officers shifted in Punjab

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government today transferred 6 IAS and 12 PCS officers in the state with immediate effect. Of the IAS officers, Raji P Srivastva has been posted as Secretary, Personnel, in addition to Director, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration. Kumar Anugreh Prasad Sinha has been posted as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, in addition to Secretary, General Administration. Vikas... 

Akal Takht Jathedar condemns police for Kotkapura killings

Amritsar: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said the killing of protesters in Kotkapura was an administrative lapse which aggravated the already tense situation. He demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident. He also appealed to the masses to remain calm. The Jathedar demanded the arrest of culprits who were responsible for the sacrilege of ‘bir’. “The use of tear gas, water cannons,... 

Unrest in Punjab: Cong seeks President’s rule

Chandigarh: The Opposition parties in the state today condemned the police firing on protesting Sikh activists at Behbal village in Moga that killed two persons and injured a number of others. The parties demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and imposition of the President’s rule in the state. Punjab Congress president Partap Bajwa alleged the SAD-BJP government had started...