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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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... 

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... 

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... 

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”... 

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... 

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... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Akal Takht Jathedar & SGPC chief skip Sukha, Jinda anniversary

Amritsar: Under fire over the Sikh clergy’s decision to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC top brass were conspicuous by their absence at an event organised at the Golden Temple to mark the death anniversary of General AS Vaidya’s assassins, Sukha and Jinda, today. An ‘akhand path’ was organised at Akal Takht to mark the occasion. Sikh leaders... 

Manmohan Singh comes out clean in coal scam

New Delhi: Opposing the summoning of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the CBI today told a special court that there was no evidence suggesting that he was part of any conspiracy in the allocation of coal block to Naveen Jindal Group firms. Arguing on the plea of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who has sought summoning of Singh and two others as additional accused in a coal scam case,... 

Heroin smuggler associate of KS Makhan gets 6 yrs jail

Toronto: An associate of Punjabi singer KS Makhan was sentenced to six years in jail for attempting to smuggle heroin into Canada from India, a media report said. In July, the British Columbia Supreme Court had convicted Hardev Sihota of attempting to smuggle heroin through the Vancouver airport when he arrived on a flight from India on April 22, 2010, the Voice Online reported on Thursday. He was... 

Fortis Vice-Chairman Shivinder Singh steps down to serve at Rasha Soami Dera

The Fortis Healthcare executive vice-chairman Shivinder Mohan Singh is all set to step down from his position of vice chairman in order to join the spiritual organization of Radha Soami Satsang Beas – which has its headquarters in Amritsar. Shivinder Mohan Singh is 40 years of age and he is the co-founder of this longest healthcare chain. With effect from January 1, 2016 he will be considered as... 

Akal Takht pardons Sacha Sauda chief, angers Sikhs

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: The Sikh clergy today pardoned Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for his alleged blasphemous act of presenting himself in an attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh in 2007. The decision, taken during a meeting by the Akal Takht following a clarification from the sect chief, has angered a section of Sikhs. The agenda of the meeting was kept confidential as... 

Drugs issue: One ‘stupid statement’ puts Congress on back foot

Tarn-Taran: Through one ‘stupid statement’ that he made in his home district Tarn Taran in the presence of former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, district Congress Sukhpal Singh Bhullar not only put his party on the back foot, but, also deprived his party off a significant poll issue of drugs. Bhullar is in trouble after he promised to open poppy husk outlets and permission to brew hooch for personal... 

‘Beti Bachao, Beta Padhao’ campaign in drug–obsessed Muktsar

Archit Watts: Muktsar: Worried at prevalence of drug addiction among the younger generation in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s home district, the education authorities are pushing for boys’ education by rephrasing PM Narendra Modi’s slogan “Beti Bachao, Beta Padhao” as “Beti Bachao, Beta Padhao” (save girls, educate boys). Muktsar’s Deputy District Education Officer (DEO) Jaspal... 

Ludhiana police summon ‘Queen of Vulgarity’ Sunny Leone

Ludhiana: The Ludhiana police on Saturday have summoned bollywood actress Sunny Leone and a condom manufacturing company over TV commercial following a complaint of an NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation on Saturday. The NGO alleged that the TV commercial of a condom manufacturing company in which Sunny Leone is endorsing the brand is vulgar. The NGO has filed a criminal complaint with police commissioner... 

DSP Balraj Gill & Monica murderers get double life term

Rajneesh Lakhanpal: Ludhaina: The trial in the much talked about murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Gill (46) and a woman, Monika (38), ended with the awarding of rigorous double life imprisonment to three prime accused today. Harwinder Singh (alias Binder), Pritpal Singh (alias Ladoo), Umesh Karda, all residents of Talwara village, were pronounced guilty under Section 302 of the IPC for murdering the... 

Don’t visit our city again: Chandigarh to PM

  PTI3_15_2014_000032A Chandigarh: It was a day when 192 schools in the city were shut despite being the crucial examination time, a Kargil war veteran could not cremate his son at the Sector 25 cremation ground as it was literally out of bounds for the common man, patients had a harrowing time at the PGI, the functioning of the District Courts was affected and commuters bore the brunt of traffic... 

Sukhbir locks horns with Kairon in cabinet meeting

Ruchika M. Khanna: Chandigarh: It was a three-man army of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, Agriculture Minister Tota Singh and Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia against Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adaish Pratap Kairon in today’s Cabinet meeting, held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Upset over “interference” in his department, Kairon reportedly objected to... 

Now, deposit your gold in bank & earn interest

Sanjeev Sharma: New Delhi: In an attempt to reduce the demand for physical gold (around 300 tonne every year) and put surplus yellow metal (around 22,000 tonne) in Indian households to economic use, the Cabinet today cleared the Sovereign Gold Bond and the Gold Monetisation Scheme. India, along with China, is among top consumers of gold in the world. A study by the World Gold Council (WGC) said with... 

‘I am the messiah for farmers–what the hell you have to do with them?’

Chandigarh: Taking strong exception on the misleading propaganda of the Congress party over the whitefly attack on the cotton crop, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Congress leaders to refrain from shedding crocodile tears over this sensitive issue. In a statement issued here today, the Chief Minister, while expressing solidarity over the loss of crops, said that the... 

Ex-MLA Jagdish Sahni attacked with chilli powder

Ravi Dhaliwal: Batala: Former Batala BJP MLA Jagdish Sahni was today attacked with red chilli powder after a meeting of the Batala Municipal Committee (MC) was cancelled by MC president Naresh Mahajan without specifying any reason. Soon after the meeting was called off, many Akali workers and councillors walked up to Sahni’s office, 50 metres from the MC office, but were asked to wait outside the... 

‘AAP’s first task will be to arrest Majithia in 2017’

Surinder Maan: Sanjay Singh, in-charge of the Punjab affairs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a close aide of Delhi chief minister Arwind Kejriwal, said here on Saturday that the first task of the AAP would be to arrest Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia and send him behind the bars for his alleged involvement in selling drugs in the state if the AAP comes to power in Punjab in 2017. Addressing... 

Modi govt runs away from electoral committment on OROP

New Delhi: For the first time, the Union Government offered its own perspective on the contentious ‘one rank, one pension’ for the retired soldiers with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying the pension could not be revised annually. The Centre could not give “unreasonable concessions” merely on emotions, the minister said. Apparently laying down rules for implementing the scheme, a pre-poll... 

AAP suspends Punjab MPs Gandhi, Khalsa for anti-party activities

KV Prasad: New Delhi: Growing fissures in the Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today came out in the open with the party cracking the whip by suspending two of its four MPs—Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa—from its primary membership for “anti-party activities”. The party’s political affairs (PAC) committee, which includes Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, read... 

Ex-Akali Kulwant Singh elected Mohali Mayor without SAD support

Mohali: JLPL MD and Azad Group head Kulwant Singh has been elected as the first Mayor of Mohali. The former SAD leader was elected on Friday after Akali-BJP councillors boycotted the election. Kulwant Singh had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Fatehgarh Sahib on SAD ticket, but, had lost to AAP’s Harinder Singh Khalsa. Congress councillor Rishabh Jain was elected senior Deputy Mayor and Independent... 

Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh to be made smart cities in 5 yrs

Jalandhar: It’s official. Six cities, including Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, and the union territory of Chandigarh have made it to the list of 98 smart cities that will be part of the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious project for the next five years. Besides Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar in Punjab, Karnal and Faridabad in Haryana and Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh have found a place...