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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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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‘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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

“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... 

2 killed, 50 injured as police opens fire in Kotkapura

Balwant Garg: Faridkot: Two Sikh activists were killed and over 50 others injured in clashes with the police following the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib ‘bir’ at Kotkapura early this morning. Among those injured was Inspector General of Police (Bathinda range) Jatinder Jain. The police resorted to canecharge, used water cannons and fired into the air to disperse more than 3,000 people who had... 

Orbit bus staff assault GNDU student

Nikhil Bhardwaj: Jalandhar: Orbit bus staff reportedly assaulted a youth here after he requested the driver to stop the bus at a particular place today. Orbit Aviation that is owned by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal was recently in the news after a 14-year-old girl was molested and thrown off its bus. She had died. Victim Maninder Saini (27) of Goraya was travelling from Amritsar to Jalandhar... 

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... 

Love-birds Bilawal–Hina stand chance to become Pakistan PM

The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) has released its own projection of political personalities that could take over command as the prime minister during the next 10-15 years. The PILDAT analysis is based on the promise and potential that the people on their list have shown. The compilation has been produced as a book, and has helped highlight the role that those... 

Time for Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, mentor for drug mafias, to go

Ferozepur: The BJP Punjab chief Kamal Sharma stands exposed as mentor of drug lords mafias, as another of his protégés and close aides from his home district Ferozepur, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges in the BJP ruled state Rajasthan. This development can lead to voices against Kamal Sharma more vocal, thereby, triggering the possibility of his immediate replacement as Punjab BJP chief. The... 

Migration leads to decline in Sikh count in India

Sarbjit Dhaliwal: Chandigarh: Of all communities, Sikhs have reported maximum decline in population, according to the religion-based census data (2001-2011) released by the Centre yesterday. The decadal growth rate in Sikh population was pegged at 24.3 per cent in 1991, which fell to 18.2 per cent in 2001 and further to 8.4 per cent in 2011. The fall in 2001-2011 is 9.8 per cent when compared with... 

Punjab can take Kejriwal to Indian PM’s chair

Kuldeep Mann: Chandigarh: Plundered by political parties and hopeless politicians since decades, Punjab is now pinning hopes on the immaculately-clean and visionary politician, Arvind Kejriwal, to change its fate and revive its pristine glory as number one state of India. None other than Kejriwal himself needs to take command of Punjab to liberate it from the shackles of real-rogues be it from SAD-BJP... 

WHY BIKRAM DUMPED BUDDY BOLARIA?

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: Having enjoyed close intimacy for couple of years two young prominent Akali leaders – Bikram Singh Majithia and Inderbir Singh Bolaria, have now become poles apart – to the extent that they do not want to see each other eye-to-eye. While, Bolaria is on warpath and consistently agitating against his own party government against the move to put up waste management plant in... 

Stop discrimination against Punjab: Badal to Modi

SAS Nagar (Mohali): Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today appealed the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to review the unending saga of discrimination and sheer injustice meted out to Punjab by successive Governments at Centre after independence, despite its enormous contribution in the country’s freedom struggle, safeguarding its security & sovereignty and making it self-reliant... 

Modi on path of destroying India’s secular democracy

N.S.PHERUMAN: Religious sensitivity has touched the highest level since the advent of MODI Govt at the centre. Parochialism is showing its ugly face. PM Narendra Modi claims a false principle of ‘Sarva Dharma’ to show to the international community, after being strongly reprimanded by President OBAMA on this issue, but the ground reality is otherwise. The US commission on international... 
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Bhullar row: PM Modi cancels Punjab trip

Namrata Biji Ahuja: New Delhi: Amid a raging controversy over dreaded terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s return to a prison in Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his scheduled visit to the state. The Bhullar controversy has once again put BJP-SAD ties under strain as the 1993 Delhi bomb blasts case convict was shifted to Amritsar Central Jail from Delhi’s Tihar Jail amid tight... 

Why farmers’ Messiah Badal not implementing Swaminathan Committee report?

Bir Devinder Singh: Patiala: In pursuance of the unanimous resolution of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha  adopted on March 25, 2015, exhorting the Punjab Government to approach the Central Government for the implementation of the farmers related recommendation of the Swaminathan Committee report, The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, if sincere to the cause of the farmers, is expected to take... 

MODI GOVT ON THE PATH OF RUINING THE FARMERS

N.S PHERUMAN: MODI Govt is following an Anti-Farmer and Anti-Labour policy, farmers and workers, who constitute about 70 percent of the population of India and are bread and bowl and foundation of our country. They are being ignored, harassed, squeezed and weakened by economic repression of the govt to be finally axed with the most anti-farmer amendments to UPA Govt. Land Acquisition Bill 2013 to... 

Sukhbir Badal’s Gurgaon hotel empire is worth Rs 4 billion, claims India Samvad

By INDIA SAMVAD: Any guesses? Who owns the newest most expensive luxury hotel in India? Is it the Ambanis, the Tatas or the Birlas. Neither of them. The best designed newly built 5 star hotel (the Oberoi Gurgaon) is owned by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Besides Oberoi’s, Badal owns another 5 star hotel Trident in Gurgaon. After capturing power in Punjab, Badal is now all set... 

Petition to drop the name of Sri Harmandar Sahib from World Heritage nominations list

Here is the copy of the petition by Amarjit Kaur of Belgium  To        Honorable Chairperson,       Prof. Maria Bohmer,       UNESCO World Heritage Committee.  Subject: Request to delete the name of Sri Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar Sahib from the world heritage nomination list sent by India Govt. in 2014. Respected Prof. Bohmer,         Your committee will be considering nominations in... 

BIRTH OF THE KHALSA – A MIRACLE OF SRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI

Er.Narinder Singh Pheruman: As Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji became popular among the people and the climax reached after He assured a deputation of Kashmiri “Pandits”,who came to Him to seek help against forcible conversion to Islam, to tell Aurangzeb that if he converts Guru Teg Bahadur ji to Islam, who is their Guru, and that they will all follow the Guru and convert to Islam, as millions of Hindus... 

More victims of cable mafia kingpin Sarabjit Raju come to fore

PK Jaiswar: Amritsar: Cable operator Jaswinder Singh Jassi was not the only one who underwent mental agony and lost his cable network business to alleged highhandedness of Sarabjit Singh Raju, local in charge of Fastway cable network. There were several others who had met a similar fate in their fight for justice. Those who stood against the might of Raju continue to struggle for over a decade now... 

Aam Admi Kejriwal turns party dictator, expels Yadav, Bhusan from national executive

New Delhi: AAP founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who had challenged Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership, were on Saturday removed from the party’s powerful National Executive by an overwhelming majority at the National Council meet, a move slammed as “murder of democracy” by the duo. Amid high drama, a resolution to remove the two dissident leaders was passed by... 

Why Majithia avoided escorting Modi during his Amritsar visit?

Amritsar: Under clouds due to Enforcement Directorate investigations pending against him in the Rs 6000 crore inter-continental drug racket, Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia avoided escorting the visiting Prime Minister Narndra Modi during his visit at the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Monday. However, Majithia, who holds Public Relations and Revenue portfolios, welcomed Modi... 

Drugs Scam: Majithia received Rs 35 lakh as election fund

Ravinder Vasudeva: Jalandhar: Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia had personally received about Rs 35 lakh as “election fund” from Jagjit Singh Chahal, the arrested pharma company owner and the kingpin of the synthetic drugs racket, according to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) chargesheet filed in the Patiala court on March 2. “Between 2007 and 2012, I gave Rs 35 lakh in cash to... 

Jaitley budget brings no cheer for common man

Nirmal Sandhu: While following the beaten track, Arun Jaitley’s budget differs in one respect from the past UPA budgets. It focuses on investment rather than consumption to accelerate growth. It is a budget made perhaps in the PMO as it aims to implement Modi’s agenda: more money/tax breaks for “Make in India”, Swachh Bharat, Ganga cleaning, Skill India, Digital India, tapping black money... 

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... 

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... 

Delhi voters reject Modi’s divisive politics, give landslide victory to Kejriwal

New Delhi: The wise voters of Delhi rejected the divisive politics of Modi-Shah duo and gave a massive mandate to Arvind Kejriwal led AAP. AAP decimated the BJP and the Congress by recording a landslide victory and is set to secure 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections, halting the Narendra Modi juggernaut in its tracks. Arvind Kejriwal, the former Revenue Service officer who led his party... 

Exclusive: HSBC Indian list just doubled to 1195 names. Balance: Rs 25420 cr

It is called Swiss Leaks— a trove of secret documents from HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm that reveals names of account holders and their balances for the year 2006-07. They come from over 200 countries, the total balance over $100 billion. But nowhere has the HSBC Swiss list touched off a more raging political debate than in India. That’s why to obtain and investigate the Indian names, The...