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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GNDU Amritsar examinations rescheduled

Amritsar: The paper of B.Com. (Professional) Semester-V (BCP-522 : Advertising and Sales Management (428) of Guru Nanak Dev University which was scheduled to be held on 11-12-2015 as per the datesheet issued earlier has been preponed due to some administrative reasons. Now this examination will be held on 09-12-2015 (Wednesday). Dr. Renu Bhardwaj, Professor Incharge (Examinations) said that paper of... 

Kejriwal may shift base for Punjab battle

Ravi S Singh: New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appears ready to go for broke in Punjab. Party strategists are learnt to be toying with the idea of shifting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s base to Punjab six months before the state goes to the polls in 2017. Kejriwal is also convenor of the nascent party. The party appears excited by the response it has received in 2014 Lok Sabha elections... 

Capt gets command of Punjab Congress

 New Delhi: Bringing to an end speculation of months over the leadership of the Punjab Congress, national party chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday appointed Capt Amarinder Singh president of the state Congress committee. Former Punjab finance minister Lal Singh was appointed senior vice-president, according to a press statement issued by the party. Ambika Soni was appointed chairperson of the party campaign... 

GURU NANAK DEV JI – THE LIGHT FOR HUMAN RACE

Er. Narinder Singh Pheruman: Before the appearance of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji in this world, the springs of true religion had been choked up by weeds of unmeaning ceremonies, debasing superstitions, the selfishness of priests and the indifference of people. The centuries of invasions, foreign misrule and persecutions had brought the greatest depression and spiritual demoralization in the people of ... 

Punjab govt declares 1.14 lakh new jobs, life imprisonment for desecration of Guru Granth Sahib

Ruchika M. Khanna: Chandigarh: The Akali-BJP government on Thursday embarked on a “sop culture” to change the course of politics towards development.  In spite of a low revenue growth, the Punjab Cabinet cleared the recruitment of 1.14 lakh people in various state government departments, besides enhancing social-security pensions and offering life and accidental insurance to a wide section... 

SpiceJet launches Amritsar-Dubai direct flight

Amritsar: SpiceJet on Sunday launched a direct flight service from the city of the Golden Temple to Dubai. The flight, which had a traditional flag-off at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, will operate on all days except Saturday. “In line with the aviation tradition to mark key milestones, SpiceJet’s Boeing 737NG aircraft deployed in this route was greeted with a grand water... 

Thinking beyond the concept of SGPC to safeguard Sikh ethos

N.S.PHERUMAN:  American Sikh Council has endorsed the resolutions passed at the SARBAT KHALSA 2015 held at village Chabba near Amritsar in Punjab and will associate, make all efforts for implementing these resolutions. Further,  ASC is of the view that the selection and appointment of JATHEDAR AKAL TAKHT and Jathedars of other TAKHTS be made from the competent Sikhs throughout the world and a procedure... 
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Should Haryana CM be booked for cow slaughter ban?

N.S.PHERUMAN: The utter bigotry and prejudice displayed by Mr. Khattar, CM Haryana in his open threats to the Muslim community under the guise of protection of the cow speaks for itself for his narrow vision and personality, which spreads hatred in society. As such not only that he should be made to resign but action should be taken against him under provisions of spreading communal hatred as per law.... 

Suicide bombers kill 120, injure 200 in France

Paris: Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday, killing at least 120 people in a deadly rampage that a shaken President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack. A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall.... 

Sukbir blames ISI for sacrilege incidents

Amritsar: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has termed the November 10 congregation an engineered political programme christened as Sarbat Khalsa. He along with his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur paid obeisance at the Golden Temple today. Without naming anyone, he said those appointed leaders during the congregation were facing charges of murder and other heinous crimes. “How could they... 

48 held post-Sarbat Khalsa, sedition charge against 20

Jupinderjit Singh & GS Paul: Chandigarh/Amritsar: The police today slapped sedition charges on 20 persons out of the 48 arrested since November 11 amid fear of law and order problem after the controversial Sarbat Khalsa and appointment of “parallel” jathedars. Those booked for sedition include 10 leaders of various outfits, who played a key role in holding Sarbat Khalsa and allegedly caused... 

SGPC Executive rejects ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ decisions

Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, on Friday rejected all the decisions announced at November 10 congregation called by Sikh hardliners, which included removal of three head priests. The Executive Committee of the SGPC today unanimously rejected all the decisions taken by ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. The meeting was chaired by senior vice-president... 

IHRO report suspects Dera Premis hand in sacrilegious cases of Gur Granth Sahib

Ludhiana: In the wake of Beadbi incidents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib starting from June 1, 2015, and related police lawlessness and excesses, including killing of protesters by the police firing, the International Human Rights Organization (IHRO) constituted a probe panel comprising of its Chairperson DS Gill, General Secretary Mohinder Singh Grewal and Secretary Public Relations Jatinder Singh Sandhu... 

PU date-sheet for 1st & 3rd semester exams

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has announced the date-sheets of 1st & 3rd Semester of undergraduate and postgraduate classes for December-2015 Examinations. PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh informed that the date sheets 1st & 3rd Semester of B.A., B.Sc. (Gen), B.Com., B.B.A, B.C.A., B.Sc.(Hons.)Bioinformatics/Biotechnology, M.A., M.Sc., M.P.Ed., M.Com. and... 
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SAD rejects ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ resolutions

Ruchika M. Khanna: Chandigarh: Rattled at the turn of events at the Sarbat Khalsa called in Amritsar and the secessionist agenda pronounced there, the Shiromani Akali Dal went into a huddle on Wednesday to deliberate on radicals’ nomination of ‘jathedars’ to head three important ‘takhts’ of Sikhism. The core committee of the SAD fully rejected the resolutions passed by the Sikh congregation... 

Sikh hardliners taken into custody

Chandigarh: The leaders of some Sikh outfits and hardline groups were taken into preventive custody early on Wednesday in anticipation of breach of peace after a call that the newly-appointed jathedars would address the community from the Akal Takht. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann and United Akali Dal leader Bhai Mokham Singh, the key organisers of yesterday’s ‘Sarbat... 

Badal, Makkar stripped off Panthic titles

Amritsar: The Sarbat Khalsa – a congregation of several hardliner Sikh organisations, passed a resolution stripping Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the “Panth Rattan — Fakhr-e-qaum” title bestowed on him in 2011 and nullified the “Shiromani Sewak” title given to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. Both Badal and Makkar are being painted as ‘villains’ of the Sikh community by the hardliner... 

Hardliners declare KPS Gill, Gen Brar ‘Tankhaiya’; Gill term them ‘bunch of thugs’

Amritsar: The Sarbat Khalsa – a congregation of several hardliner Sikh organisations, passed a resolution declaring Lieutenant General KS Brar (retd), Operation Bluestar commander, and former Director General of Police KPS Gill “tankhaiya” (guilty of religious conduct) and directed them to appear before Akal Takht on November 30. Unfazed at being declared a “tankhaiya” Gill termed the Sarbat... 

BJP old guards revolt against Modi, Amit Shah

Vibha Sharma: New Delhi: Two days after its embarrassing defeat in Bihar, there is an open revolt in the BJP. Relegated to the sidelines, veteran leaders LK Advani , Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha and Shanta Kumar today launched a scathing attack on the BJP’s top leadership and their management of party affairs. While the joint statement does not name anyone, it is quite clear who the veterans... 

‘Sarbat Khalsa’ appoints Beant Singh assassin as Akal Takht Jathedar

Amritsar: The ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, convened at Amritsar today removed the three Jathedars of Akal Takht, Takht Kesgarh Sahib and Takht Damdama Sahib and appointed former Chief minister Beant Singh’s assassin Jagtar Singh Hawara, Damdami Taksal leader Amrik Singh Ajnala and radical Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Khalsa (Daduwal) as the new Jathedars of three Takhts. The new Jathedars will converge... 

The Modi presidency is over

HARISH KHARE: The clever and the cunning among the Modi ‘bhakts’ were prescient enough to enter a caveat by way of  an insurance: the Bihar vote would not be a verdict on the Prime Minister. True, every analyst knew that whatever be the Patna outcome, the Lok Sabha numbers would remain unchanged. But there is a message way, way beyond Patna because he opted — so breathtakingly and so recklessly... 

Fresh sacrilege: Torn ‘bir’ pages found in Moga village

Sanjeev Singh Bariana: Malke (Moga): Amid ongoing religious tension in Punjab, torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib were today found on the streets of Malke village in Moga district. A cover of the holy book was also reportedly found in Bargari village of Faridkot, which witnessed the sacrilege incident on October 12, but the matter is under investigation. The pages found in Malke village were from an old... 

Protest over sacrilege incident in Kalanaur

Gurdaspur: Tension gripped the historical city of Kalanaur, 20 km from here, after some torn pages of a holy book were found near the grain market. Following the incident, the police swung into action and initiated measures to controlled the volatile situation. As the word spread about the incident early this morning, a heavy police force was deployed near the site. Nakas were laid and an alert was... 

Punjabi now third language in Canadian Parliament

Toronto: Four years after Punjabi became Canada’s third most common language, it attained the same status in the country’s new Parliament after English and French following the election of 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates to the House of Commons. Twenty-three Members of Parliament of South Asian origin were elected to the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada on October 19 parliamentary elections. Three... 

Law & logic don’t work in Punjab; 2 brothers held in haste, let off under public pressure

Balwant Garg/JPJI: Faridkot: Two brothers arrested by the Punjab Police on October 16 in haste without verifying evidence against them for their alleged role in the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari in Faridkot were released under mounting public pressure and anger. Judicial Magistrate Satish Kumar ordered the release of Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, residents of Punjgrain Khurd... 

PM Modi, Dr Manmohan Singh attend Harbhajan & Geet’s wedding reception

Rashmi Mishra: NEW DELHI: Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra’s marriage has been the talk of town. And it touched the all time high with presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wedding reception held at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi. The special occasion of newlyweds was marked by the presence of present PM Modi along with the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who blessed the couple.... 

CBI to probe sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: The Punjab Government today transferred to the CBI the investigation of three cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari in Faridkot district. The cases were registered at Bajakhana police station. These were related to: theft of the holy book at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in June; putting up of posters in September (at the village as well as Bargari), which... 

Punishing ’84 guilty would have averted Gujarat: Kejriwal

Ananya Panda: New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today distributed cheques for Rs 5 lakh each towards enhanced compensation to 1,332 families that were affected in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. With this, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief upped the ante against the Modi government at the Centre and the previous Congress-led UPA government alleging that both did nothing to ensure justice for... 

Sacrilege was political move to divert focus from dera case: Sarna

Amritsar: On the disturbed situation in Punjab following the sacrilege incidents, SAD (Delhi) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna has said that it was a political move to divert attention from the controversial decision of the five Takht heads to grant pardon to the Sirsa dera head. On his return from Pakistan today, the former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) said that the government...