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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Time for Narendra Modi to abandon ‘Hindutava tag’

JPJI BUREAU: New Delhi: The man, who steered the BJP to a massive victory to occupy the coveted post of Indian Prime Minister 10-months ago, is no more cynosures country masses. His fast cascading charisma and credibility has alarmed the BJP rank and file. US President Barack Obama’s remarks about growing ‘acts of intolerance’ in India apart predicted Delhi voters’ mood to discard BJP have... 

Court cases hanging around his neck Dera Sacha chief announces support to BJP

Chandigarh: Facing plethora of criminal cases including latest one of forcing around 400 men to undergo castration, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim made another frantic move to buy ruling party’s support by announcing Dera support to the BJP during the February 7 Delhi state assembly poll. The announcement came at a crucial time when BJP is facing stiff challenge from Arvind Kejriwal led... 

How would Amit Shah face the challenge thrown by Capt Amarinder?

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: Immediately after the Delhi poll BJP chief Amit Shah would be faced with another major challenge – how to make his proposed anti-drugs Amritsar rally more successful than that of the sitting MP and senior Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh? During his ‘Lalkaar’ rally in Amritsar on Saturday, Capt Amarinder Singh declared that he would be holding similar rally on the day... 

Having ignored husband Kiran Bedi aspires to rule Delhi people’s hearts

Amritsar: Living a solitary life in the narrow lanes of an ordinary locality in Amritsar, Brij Bedi prays and gives all the best wishes to his wife Kiran Bedi, who is in the race for Delhi CM’s post. Having done every possible thing in the career of his spouse Kiran, Brij nurses no grudges for being rendered to spend the evening of his life in a rented house at Hukam Singh Road in the holy city. Entered... 

Shifting of ED Asst Director amounts to giving clean chit to Majithia in Rs 6000 cr drug smuggling case

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: What amounts to giving a clean chit to SAD chief Sukhbir Badal’s brother-in-law and Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, in Rs 6000 crore international drug smuggling case, central government has shifted the Enforcement Directorate Assistant Director and key Investigating Officer Niranjan Singh from Jalandhar to Kolkata. The Enforcement Directorate that falls under the union... 

Akali Dal reaps rich dividends from Aam Admi Party’s rise

KULDEEP MANN: Chandigarh: Normally political parties do not tolerate the rise of their opponents. But, Punjab’s ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal SAD has sufficient reasons to smile over the rise of Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Admi party AAP. AAP’s performance not only helped the SAD to save its grace during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, but, now its rise from fall in Delhi’s ongoing assembly poll, has... 

Capt stroke: Amarinder’s Amritsar rally announcement puzzles Congress, BJP both

 JPJI BUREAU: Chandigarh: By announcing a parallel rally in Amritsar on January 22, Punjab former CM and senior Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh has put his own party high command as well opposition BJP in a confusing situation. Capt’s masterstroke of Amritsar rally on January 22 has already sent a shocking wave in the Punjab BJP cadre, which would find it difficult to gather crowed for the... 

Dera Sacha Sauda chief spares himself, but imposes castration on 400 devotees

Chandigarh: The controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh does not practice what he preaches. Gurmeet Ram Rahim is married and has got three children. However, he reportedly renounced his family in 1990 to enter spiritual life. Despite claiming to be the spiritual person he himself did not underwent castration. His close associates are also not reportedly castrated. But, the Dera... 

PM Narendra Modi’s charisma & credibility start diminishing

KULDEEP MANN: Bhartiya Janta Party BJP led National Democratic Alliance NDA government’s honeymoon period seems to have over. The lead person in the regime, Narendra Modi, who despite his controversial past, commanded unflinching credibility by giving a hope to 125 million Indians, has now virtually put himself on a track of incredibility. Firmly following the path of Hindutava Modi appears unconcerned... 

SAD jugaad of Badals to fill family coffers: Manpreet Badal

After an extended hibernation since his none-too-impressive performance in the May Lok Sabha elections, People’s Party of Punjab founder Manpreet Singh Badal, estranged nephew of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, is back in action, doing what he is good at – railing against the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government on just about any issue that comes his way. In a renewed strategy to resurrect him... 

Not allowed to meet Badal, woman sets herself on fire

Chandigarh: A woman from Gurdaspur was admitted Friday to a government hospital with over 20 percent burns after she set herself ablaze outside the residence of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. Gurpreet Kaur, who hails from Gurdaspur district, came to the chief minister’s residence and wanted to meet him. Unable to meet Badal for nearly one week, she poured kerosene on herself and set... 

SAD fraudulently registered as political party: Claims PIL

New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had obtained its registration by “fraud” and this should be cancelled, the Delhi High Court has been told. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw was also informed by counsel for social worker and Socialist Party of India vice president Balwant Singh Khera, who filed the PIL seeking cancellation of registration, that... 

Messengers of God or merchants of immorality?

BY SL SHARMA: RECENT years have witnessed high visibility of unholy godmen and their dubious cults. It all began since 1970s with the rise of controversial gurus like Dhirendera Bhramachari and Chandraswamy, patronised by the late prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Narasimha Rao. The 1980s and 1990s was a period of controversies surrounding Acharya Rajnish and Satya Sai Baba among others. A more pernicious... 

I never knew you (Akalis) fall in category of looters: Navjot Sidhu

Amritsar: A day after the Shiromani Akali Dal asked BJP to “tame” its leader Navjot Singh Sidhu over his “outburst” against the ruling coalition partner, the former MP on Tuesday said his remarks were not directed at the Akalis but those who loot and plunder Punjab.   “What I had said was that the demons must be dealt with. Those who loot and plunder Punjab must go. If... 
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SAD saddened as RSS spreads wings in Punjab

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is spreading its wings far and wide in Punjab. With the help of its 20-odd front organizations (that owe its origins to the RSS), the right wing organization is aggressively using social welfare as a medium to reach out to people in the state. Much to the chagrin of the ruling SAD and the Congress, which is sitting in Opposition for... 

Sampla gets Ministry, Punjab BJP hope to contest 2017 poll alone

Hoshiarpur: The BJP today sprang a surprise by inducting first-time Member of Parliament from Hoshiarpur (reserved) seat Vijay Sampla in the Union Cabinet. 53 years-old Sampla has got the Minister of State berth in the Modi Cabinet. The move is apparently aimed at the 2017 assembly polls in Punjab, with the saffron party plans to go alone and keen to play the Dalit card to woo the Scheduled Caste community,... 

Guru Nanak Dev Ji – 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 prosecutions had brought the greatest depression and spiritual demoralization in the Indians to... 

Modi govt applies balm on Sikhs wounds: kin of 3325 victims to get Rs 5 lakh each

New Delhi: In a significant move, the Narendra Modi government on Thursday announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to be given to the kin of 3325 people killed during anti-Sikh riots in the national capital in 1984. The order was passed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who took the decision after a high-level meeting where the issue of compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal... 

Haryana poll results may cast shadow over SAD–BJP alliance

Chandigarh: With Akalis move of bringing OP Chautala led INLD in power in Haryana backfiring, SAD’s alliance with BJP in NDA and Punjab governments has touched a fringe line. The rolling BJP victory juggernaut by resisting poll alliances, has intensified speculations that the party can apply same formula in Punjab by opting to contest 2017 assembly polls by breaking poll-alliance with SAD. Political... 
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BJP’s Sidhu targets SAD for ‘Pappi-Jaffi’ in Punjab and ‘Kusti-Kabaddi’ in Haryana

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s blatant SAD-bashing during his whirlwind Haryana poll rallies if any indication, the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab is on collision course. TV personality and BJP leader Sidhu opened no-hold-barred attack on SAD leadership by accusing them for stabbing in the back. Without naming Badals, Sidhu said, “They like to do Pappi-Jaffi (kisses and hugs)... 

Adding Bilawal-Hina affair spice to Jammu & Kashmir issue

New Delhi: Pakistan Peoples’ Party PPP Patron Bilawal Bhutto might be repentant about his childish statement that he would take Jammu & Kashmir back from India, as ridiculing his statement people bumped in Twitter to call him ‘irresponsible sexual-maniac’ for his sex-scandal with Pakistan former External Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The love affair between Hina Rabbani Khar and young... 

Militants’ memorial fine, their victims’ memorial too to come up in Amritsar

AMRITSAR: People who fell victim to bullets of militants in Punjab will soon have a befitting memorial. The memorial, a concrete structure, will come up inside the Durgiana Mandir complex. The construction is set to begin soon with the Shri Durgiana Committee having given its go-ahead to the project. The proposal was cleared by the general house of the committee last year and by the executive a month... 

No takers of Khalistan in Punjab: says Simranjit Mann’s daughter

Chandigarh: “My father knows that there are no takers for Khalistan in Punjab now because he doesn’t get voted back into Parliament because of what he believes in,” says Pavit Kaur, daughter of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, on the ‘Fair & Square’ show of Chandigarh-based news channel Day & Night News. “But in a democratic set-up, he is entitled to... 

Punjab to review cases of NRIs declared POs during terrorism

Chandigarh: The Punjab government will re-examine all cases of NRIs who had been declared proclaimed offenders (POs) in previous years for their involvement in various cases of terrorism and other crimes.  Punjab’s NRI Affairs Minister Tota Singh said Wednesday the state government was collecting complete data of proclaimed offender NRIs to re-examine their cases. “The mechanism is being... 
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GURU GRANTH SAHIB – A LIGHT FOR HUMANITY

Er Narinder Singh Pheruman: Sikh Guru’s message in Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) is virtually the word (Shabad) revealed by GOD direct to the Gurus who were in direct communication with Him. It is a divine vision echoing divine/complete truth. SGGS is a unique composition containing verses of Sikhs gurus and thirty spiritually enlightened Saints of different casts of India. Guru says that he is telling... 

Remembering great Punjabi Scholar Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha

Dr Ravinder Kaur Ravi: Great Punjabi scholar Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha was supreme amongst the great personalities of his time (1861-1938 A.D). His ancestral village was ‘pitho’ in district Bathinda and he was ‘Dhillon Jatt. Born on 30th august, 1861 to Mata Har Kaur and father Narain singh , in village  Banera Khurd in the state of  Patiala. Bhai Kahan Singh’s ancestral culture matches with... 

‘Qudrat’ brings Charisma of organic products in Amritsar

Amritsar: People of the holy city, Amritsar and surrounding areas, who are worried about the health hazards of the eatables and cosmetics produced with the help of poisonous insecticides and synthetic fragrance enhancer ingredients, need not to worry anymore as a complete organic multi-commodity store named ‘Qudrat’ has opened up in the city. Located in the AlphaOne Mall in the city ‘Qudrat’... 

Punjabi film ‘Qaum De Heere’ on Indira’s assassins banned

New Delhi: The Government today barred the release of controversial Punjabi film ‘Kaum De Heere’ on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination tomorrow citing apprehensions of law and order problems in parts of the country. The decision was taken collectively by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Home Ministry and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after... 

Youth hurls shoe at Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal

Sangrur: An unemployed youth threw his shoe allegedly towards Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while he was on the dais during a political conference today at Issru, around 50 kms from here, police said.  However, the shoe fell a few metres away from the dais. It was thrown as the Chief Minister stood up to address the gathering.  The youth, identified as Vikram (23), is a resident of Dhanoula... 

Cultural Invasion on holy city, Amritsar

JPJI Bureau: Amritsar: Holy City, Amritsar, which has already earned a bad name for being hot destination of drug addicts, is now facing a serious ‘cultural invasion’ by none else but some local money greedy hotel and restaurant industry tycoons. Stars N Bars located in posh Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar is in the lead role for such ‘cultural invasion’. Although all the restaurants in the locality... 

Punjab police, civil officers’ nexus for real estate business stands exposed

Amritsar: A classic case of Punjab senior police and civil bureaucrats allegedly indulging into ‘Real Estate Business’ by forming housing societies, has come to light. These band of officers, who are already possessing residential and commercial properties worth crores of rupees, form housing societies, use their clout with government to get all sorts of approvals, then raise crores of rupees by... 

HSGPC chief Jhinda not allowed to enter the Akal Takht

Amritsar: Haryana SGPC leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda along with 34 members of the newly-formed ad hoc committee on Monday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. “Peace, religious harmony and sanctity of Sikh religion has to be followed strictly and nobody would be allowed to disturb the sanctity of any gurdwara in Haryana,” Jhinda told reporters here. When asked about taking charge and possession... 

Akal Takht orders to cancel Amritsar, Karnal Panthic conventions

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: In a significant development the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Saturday ordained to cancel the parallel Sikh Panthic conventions at Amritsar and Karnal. On confrontational path over the issue of separate Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee HSGPC, the Shiromani Akali Dal SAD and Haryana Sikhs had decided to hold parallel Panthic conferences at Amritsar and... 

Panthic Morcha a Badal ploy to elevate son Sukhbir as Punjab CM

By Bir Devinder Singh: Chandigarh: The proposed so-called “Panthic Conclave “in Amritsar by SAD (Badal) on 27th of July 2014 is nothing but an absurd opportunity to enact just a one act play, to swap places, between the father and  son. It is evident from the political developments taking shape for the past few weeks that Mr. Parkash Singh Badal is all set to assume the role of the... 
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Jaitley budget scripts ‘Bure Din’ saga for Badals

Chandigarh: Through his maiden budget, wherein he completely ignored Punjab, NDA government Finance Minister Arun Jaitley scripted a saga of Shiromani Akali Dal SAD’s fall. Arun Jaitley ignored all the demands raised by the Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal to put the border state’s economy back on track. Arun Jaitley budget which has got a stamp of PM... 

Sikhs’ apex body tag to SGPC under threat

JPJI BUREAU: Amritsar: With the announcement of formation of separate Haryana SGPC, the grandeur magnitude of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC which is better known as Mini Parliament of Sikhs or apex body of Sikhs, has been hooked to risk. Separate Haryana Committee means SGPC operations would be confined to controlling Sikh shrines only in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and UT Chandigarh.... 

Clerks Recruitment Scam: 82 BC Category seats illegaly converted, sold?

KULDEEP MANN: CHANDIGARH: Still recovering from its ruined image for recruitment scams during its 1997 to 2002 stint, the SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab is faced with another recruitment scam pertaining to the selection 1192 Clerks through the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board PSSSB. As per information accessed by Punjab’s first Investigative News Portal – Jago Punjab Jago India... 

SGPC withdraws order banning ‘Kirpan’ at Akal Takht

Amritsar: A day after ordering ban on carrying full-size sword at Akal Takht on the occasion of Operation Bluestar anniversary every year, SGPC withdrew the ‘anti-Sikh’ decision and clarified that that it had not imposed a ban on carrying ‘kirpan’ at Akal Takht during the Operation Bluestar anniversary commemorations. The clarification comes a day after reports in a section of the media that... 

SGPC bans Sikhs with full-length sword inside Akal Takht —for a day!

AMRITSAR: Sikhs may be fighting an all-pronged war to get the right to carry Kirpan (sword) anywhere in the world where they wish to move, but, community’s own apex religious body – SGPC, has decided to enforce ban on carrying full-size sword inside the temporal seat of Akal Takhat on the occasion of Operation Bluestar’s annual anniversary. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said despite their... 

Non-agricultural activities gulping Punjab’s fertile land

Pawan Sharma: Chandigarh: Every year, 10,000 hectares of fertile and irrigated land — almost the size of Chandigarh — is acquired for non-agricultural purposes in Punjab, according to the Punjab State Farmers’ Commission (PSFC). In the past 10 years, about 1 lakh hectares of agricultural land was acquired for non-agricultural purposes such as housing projects and industrial units. This was...