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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GURU GOBIND SINGH JI – A SAVIOUR OF HUMANITY

Er.Narinder Singh Pheruman:  Due to a long spell of about 800 years of ruthless Mughal rule and tyrannical rule by Aurangzeb, Hindus and even brave Rajputs and kashatris had totally lost their power, glory and manliness. The time had come that the name of Hindus would have been eroded from Hindostan as happened with residents of Iran, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Turkistan and the Qureshies of The Arab. At... 

Modi announces pro-entrepreneur policy

Girja Shankar Kaura: New Delhi: In a big boost to start-up entrepreneurs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced major sops, including a three-year tax holiday and self-certification-based compliance system in respect of nine labour and environment laws. Addressing a large gathering of entrepreneurs from both within the country and abroad, the Prime Minister —while launching the “Start-Up... 

Amritsar family suicide: ex-SSP, DSP summoned as accused

Amritsar: The court of Additional Sessions Judge Monika Goyal has summoned former Amritsar SSP Kultar Singh and DSP Hardev Singh as additional accused in a case dating back to 2004. Five members of a family, Hardip Singh, his wife Romi, their children Imu and Sonu, and Hardip’s mother had then committed suicide. Found scribbled on the walls of the victims’ house at Chowk Moni were the names... 

India above all in diaspora population in world: UN

India’s diaspora population is the largest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015, according to a latest UN survey on international migrant trends. The survey conducted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said the number of international migrants — persons living in a country other than where they were born — reached 244 million... 
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Politically marginalised Manpreet holds Congress’s hand

New Delhi: Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Friday merged his political outfit Punjab Peoples Party PPP into Congress after meeting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Hectic parleys were held between the former Akali leader and Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and other senior party leaders before the decision was taken to merge Badal’s... 

AAP holds centrestage, even in Cong, Akali rallies at Maghi

Archit Watts: Muktsar: The Maghi Mela today proved to be an Aam Aadmi Party show with surging crowds at the party rally seemingly unnerving the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal. Even as the Congress and SAD dismissed AAP as a party of no consequence in Punjab, leaders of both the parties launched a vitriolic attack on AAP, and kept their focus on it during their speeches. Enthused by the large... 

6 GNDU student Clear PCS preliminary exam

Amritsar: Six Students of all India services pre Examinations Training Centre and Centre of preparation for competitive examinations of the Guru Nanak Dev University have cleared PCS (Preliminary Examination). This competitive Examination was held recently. Dr. Sudha Jatinder, Director of the centre said that Mr. Charat Singh, Paramjit Kaur, Satinder Roop Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Ralvinder Singh, and... 

Trouble mounts for SP and his mentor Langah

NEW DELHI: In yet another twist in the Pathankot airbase attack, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday revealed that investigators had also recovered a Chinese wireless set from Salwinder Singh’s vehicle. NIA officials recovered the wireless set while searching for evidence and clues in connection with its probe. According to the agency, the wireless set has been sent to the Central... 

He, who mocked Sikh sentiments, objects against being mocked

Chandigarh: Controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who himself hurt sentiments of the entire Sikh community by copying the dress up and style of tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, now finds faults with a comedian who copied his style to make people laugh during a famous comedy TV show. Dera chief got a police complaint lodged by one of his followers Uday Singh for action against... 

Majithia files defamation suit against AAP’s Sanjay Singh

Chandigarh: Punjab’s Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against Aam Aadmi Party national spokesperson Sanjay Singh in the Ludhiana court of judicial magistrate Bikramjit Singh. Majithia claimed that he was defamed by Sanjay who called him a “drug trader”, and said “when AAP will come to power, it will put corrupt Majithia in jail.” “Not... 

Khadoor Sahib battle on Feb 13, a test ahead of 2017

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: This could well be the beginning of a fierce political battle. Almost a year before Punjab goes to the polls, the stage is set for a keen fight between the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress, with the latter raring to turn around its political fortunes. The battlelines for the Khadoor Sahib byelection, scheduled for February 13, are clearly drawn. Apart from the... 

California Gurdwara fight tarnished Sikhs image: NAPA

JALANDHAR: Lashing out at those Gurudwara Parbandhak Committees in India and abroad who are indulging in  dirty power politics in Guruduwara, Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), said that the fighting in or outside in any Guruduwara Sahib was defaming the Sikh Community around the globe which is a major concern for all common Sikhs. Chahal’s reaction... 

“Badal’s biggest lie: Never interfered in SGPC affairs”

Amritsar: The biggest and naked lie of the recent years is that octogenarian Akali leader Parkash Singh Badal and his government has never interfered in affairs of the SGPC and the Akal Takhat. Stating this, Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said he hasn’t seen a bigger liar than Senior Badal in his 18 years of political life. Pertinently, CM Badal while talking with the reporters at a function... 

Farmer kills self hours before girl’s wedding

Aman Sood: Samana: Debt-ridden because of repeated crop failure, Jaswant Singh, 65, of Gajisalar village today committed suicide, hours before the wedding ceremony of his daughter. He was charred to death as he set the paddy stock in his fields on fire. The wedding was held amid stony silence. Shocked relatives first attended the wedding and then the funeral. Jaswant Singh owned 4 acres of land. Already... 

Vote AAP in 2017 assembly poll: appeals BJP MLA Dr Sidhu

Chandigarh: In what may irk BJP leadership in Punjab, the party’s MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu has overtly stated that she would advise electorate to vote for Aam Aadmi Party in the 2017 Assembly elections. In an interview to a newspaper TV network, Dr Sidhu said that if BJP will not go alone in the elections then she will advise people to vote for AAP. When asked how she sees AAP’s presence... 

PU scholar Sarwar Beg to get Young Scientist Award

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU) Senior Research Fellow Mr Sarwar Beg has been selected for one of the most prestigious “Ranbaxy-Sun Pharma Science Scholar Award 2015”. Mr Sarwar Beg is Research Fellow at University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS) at PU for his research work entitled, “Systematic Development of Optimized Oral Lipid-Based Nanostructured Delivery Systems of Cardiovascular... 

Saffron party MP terms Aamir Khan ‘traitor’

NEW DELHI: The controversy over the “Incredible India” campaign after actor Aamir Khan ceased to be its brand ambassador triggered a war of words on Friday at the meeting of the parliamentary standing committee for tourism, culture and transport, sources said. The panel, headed by Trinamool Congress MP K D Singh, asked the tourism ministry for a report on the entire issue in ten days. According... 

Kejriwal determined to expose Jaitley for DDCA fraud

NEW DELHI: Triggering another row, the Centre has declared the Commission of Inquiry constituted by the Delhi government to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), “unconstitutional and illegal”. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back, arguing the commission was set up as per law and the Constitution and claimed the Centre’s opinion was “not binding”... 

Pearl company MD NS Bhangoo arrested for Rs 45000 cr scam

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Friday arrested Pearl Group chairman-cum-managing director Nirmal Singh Bhangoo and three other top officials of the company in connection with the Rs 45,000-crore scam in which an alleged 5.5 crore investors were duped. Sleuths said they have arrested Bhangoo, CMD of  Pearl Agrotech Corporation Limited (PACL) and ex-chairman of Pearls Australasia Pty Limited, along with Sukhdev... 

‘The decision of sacking Panj Pyare is unholy’

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA: The decision of the SGPC executives in removing the Panj Pyaraas (The supreme Sikh seat of temporal and spiritual authority) is unholy, irreligious, against the basic tenets of Sikhism and its hallowed traditions. The Panj pyaraas from whom  the Sikhs partake the Khande Baateh da Amrit (Get Baptised) have been vested with Guruship. The concept of Paanj Pradhani enunciated in... 

4 militants, 3 cops killed in Pathankot terror attack

NEW DELHI: Four militants were shot dead and three Indian Air Force personnel were killed in a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab on Saturday morning. About an hour after the encounter reportedly ended, gunshots were again heard and security forces suspect a fifth militant might be holed up inside the base. * Security forces killed four terrorists following an attack on the Indian... 

Panj Pyare sacked by the SGPC Executive

Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)  Executive Committee on Friday dismissed four of the Panj Pyaras (or the five beloved ones) for demanding the dismissal of the heads of the five Takhts. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar dismissed Satnam Singh Khanda, Tarlok Singh, Mangal Singh and Satnam Singh for defying religious decorum, although two members of the executive opposed... 

Punjab police SP abducted by armed men

Gurdaspur: Security forces were put on high alert in Pathankot in Punjab’s frontier district Gurdaspur on Friday after a senior police officer said he and his associates were seized by five armed men in army fatigues. Talwinder Singh, a superintendent of police, said he and his associates were going in his multi-utility vehicle to a religious shrine on Thursday night when they were signalled... 

Kejriwal’s odd-even car formula works from today

Mukesh Ranjan: New Delhi: The odd-even formula for vehicles to check air pollution got off to an orderly start in the Capital on New Year’s Day, apparently helped by the fact that schools were closed and several people had taken the day off. People appeared to be voluntarily following the restrictions. Today was the day for vehicles with odd registration numbers. Traffic looked sparse in several... 

2016: A year of moral reckoning

HARISH KHARE:  A NEEDLESSLY unhappy and unproductive year is behind us. On the last day of 2015, we were subjected to a blatantly staged partisan confrontation between the Centre and the Delhi Government, a standoff that diminishes both sets of elected representatives. A few weeks earlier, we felt a strange satisfaction at seeing the Gandhis and Arun Jaitley — depending upon which side of the political... 

Farmers force Harsimrat to change route

Gurdeep Singh Mann: Bathinda: Member of Parliament from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal today visited various villages of Bathinda and Maur Mandi amid protests and heated arguments between villagers over the issue of development. While farmers in Jethuke village had already launched a vehement protest ahead of the MP’s visit, the residents of Rajgarh Kubbe village of Maur entered into heated arguments. The... 

Punjab gives fillip to Solar Energy: Majithia

KATHUNANGAL (AMRITSAR), December 31–Punjab New and Renewable Energy Minister Mr.Bikram Singh Majithia today said that Punjab has put new milestones in the area of Solar Energy with increasing power generation from 9 MW to 1550 MW in last three years. Stating this here Minister inaugurated 7.5 kilowatt capacity Solar Energy Power Plant for Street Lights started on Kathunanagal-Chawinda Devi Road at... 

Tota in trouble for mocking farmers suicides

Chandigarh: Strongly condemning the recent statement of Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh that farmers committing suicide is a routine affair and not worth botheration, the Aam Aadmi Party has demanded the resignation of the SAD Minister. In a joint statement issued by Capt. G. S. Kang and Ahbaab Singh Grewal, the President and General Secretary of AAP Kisaan and Labour Wing, they stated that...