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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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... 

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... 

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... 

Underworld don Chhota Rajan falls in CBI net

New Delhi: Underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, who is wanted in several cases of murders in India, has been arrested by the Indonesian police in Bali, CBI officials said today. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too confirmed the arrest, calling it a “major success”. Acting on a tip-off from the Australian police, Indonesian authorities detained the fugitive yesterday as... 

Singer Labh Janjua found dead under mysterious circumstances

MUMBAI: Singer Labh Janjua shot to instant fame by the song ‘Mundeyan toh bach ke rahi’ and after that he has sung popular numbers in Bollywood like Jee karda and Talli hua in Singh Is Kinng;London thumakada in Queen and Soni de nakhre in Partner. The Punjabi singer died at his residence in suburban Goregaon, Additional Commissioner of Police (north region) Fatehsingh Patil told PTI. Asked... 

Hindu hardliners blacken J&K MLA’s face with ink

New Delhi: A day after a teenaged trucker — attacked in Udhampur on October 9 over cow slaughter rumours — died at a Delhi hospital, Kashmir shut down, while J&K MLA Abdul Rashid’s face was blackened with ink in the national capital. Rashid, who was in Delhi to brief the media on the attack on two truckers, had dubbed the incident as “Dadri 4”, a reference to September 28 attack on a... 

Kejriwal sacks Minister over bribery charge

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi took everyone by surprise on Friday by dramatically announcing the sacking of its environment and food minister, Asim Ahmed Khan, after a whistleblower accused him of corruption. Khan, MLA from Matia Mahal, was alleged to have accepted a Rs 6 lakh bribe from a builder for an unauthorized construction in his constituency. The government has referred... 

India begins to show ways to the world: Modi

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the 21st century belonged to India and the world had begun to acknowledge the fact, as he addressed an 18,000-strong cheering crowd of Indian community members at the SAP Centre here. Modi heaped praise on the skill and commitment of Indian IT professionals, saying the magic created by their fingers on the keyboard has given India a new identity in the world. In... 

Sacred Sikh Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib’s message for humanity

NS PHERUMAN:  Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji gave the gift of the compilation of gurbani of four gurus , to which He added His own baani and that of 15 saints,11 bhats and 4 gursikhs of different religions and castes and accomplished the task and installed the complied book called “POTHI”(later called SGGS) in Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar on 1st September 1604 AD and appointed Baba Budha ji as first... 

PM inaugurates Chandigarh airport new international terminal

Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated a new terminal at Chandigarh airport which will handle both domestic as well as international flights. Modi dedicated to the nation the modern facility, which is expected to boost the economic and industrial development in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The ambitious Rs 939-crore project, which is being seen as a “harbinger”... 

Gandhi exposes Mann for his greed to become AAP Punjab chief

Gagan K Teja: Patiala: Trouble continues within the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit. It has now landed in a fresh controversy with an audio clip allegedly of Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann criticising the party leadership going viral. The four-minute conversation between Mann and AAP’s suspended Patiala Member Parliament Dr Dharamvira Gandhi dates back to the eve of the oath-taking ceremony of party convener... 

Badal asks Modi to base MSP on Swaminathan formula

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a hiatus of over 11 months to put forward a string of demands, including the implementation of the Swaminathan formula to determine the minimum support price (MSP) of crops—an issue that has deep resonance with the Opposition. Badal last met Modi one-on-one at 7, Race Course Road, on September 22, 2014.... 
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Badal bats for fully-funded central schemes for states

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today forcefully pleaded with the Government of India to continue RKVY as a Central Sector Scheme with 100% funding and the existing sharing pattern of other flagships schemes viz. National Health Mission, National Food Security Mission should also be retained. These views were expressed by Mr. Badal during a meeting with the Union Agriculture... 

From Tihar jail to Bathinda jail – Chautala may find way for comfort zone

Pawan Sharma: Chandigarh: Former Haryana chief minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supreme leader Om Prakash Chautala, who is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail, is likely to be transferred to the Bathinda district prison in Punjab, according to the government sources. Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and he are close friends with strong family relations. Even though in Punjab, Badal’s Shiromani... 

North India running out of water: NASA

Sarbjit Dhaliwal: Chandigarh: The worst fears about the northern region of the country losing its groundwater have been confirmed. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) satellite imagery made available to the Centre warns of fast disappearing of subsoil water in these states. The NASA report forwarded to the Punjab Government by the Union Ministry of Agriculture says that “beneath... 

Dear PM: Your oratory charming, stand on corruption ugly!

Here is the unedited copy of the letter written by NAPA to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Honorable Narendera Modi Prime Minister of India, Government of India, New Delhi : Dear Prime Minister On behalf of North American Punjabi Association we would like to express our serious concern about the present political scenario in our Country for your timely consideration For over  a year Indian Diaspora ... 

Compare Delhi Budget with Punjab Budget: Phoolka

Ludhiana: Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and National Legal Head, Mr H.S Phoolka termed the first Delhi Budget presented in the Delhi Assembly as comprehensive, excellent and highly visionary. He labeled the budget as par excellence as compared to any Budget presented by any State Government or even the Centre. This Budget meant for welfare of all sections of the society in which not only the... 

Modi yoga drill to divert attention on performance?

Aditi Tandon: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today led thousands of people to observe the International Yoga Day at Rajpath as India broke two Guinness records for largest yoga assembly of 35,985 at a single venue and participation from 84 nationalities. Modi said yoga was not a commodity for sale, but a way of life that cut across religions. His remarks came a day after the Congress described... 

Gigantic task before EcoSikh to clean Amritsar

AMRITSAR: Three years ago, EcoSikh started the celebration of Amritsar Foundation Day to mark the day when Guru Ramdas ji laid the foundation of this sacred city 438 years ago. The effort was to engage residents and stakeholders of the city to take pride and responsibility to make the city sustainable and green. Hundreds of residents have come out to join this movement and they have become active to... 

No end to Kejriwal-Jung standoff as Delhi suffers

New Delhi: Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung flexed his administrative muscle on Wednesday, cancelling all bureaucratic appointments made by the Aam Aadmi Party government without consulting him in the past four days, deepening an unprecedented political stand-off in the Capital. The L-G’s move came hours after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, complaining... 

Supreme Court rtd Judge to probe Vadra land deals

Chandigarh: After dragging its feet for over six months, the Khattar Government is set to appoint a Commission of Inquiry, headed by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court, to probe alleged irregularities during the 10-year Congress rule in Haryana, including controversial land deals involving AICC chief Sonia Gandhi’s businessman son-in-law Robert Vadra. “A notification on the constitution of the... 

Mahatama Gandhi’s great grandson booked for calling Shaheed Bhagat Singh ‘criminal’

Jalandhar: The City Police have booked Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the people on a complaint from local BJP leader Kishan Lal Sharma. In his complaint to police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer, Sharma had accused Gandhi of insulting Shaheed Bhagat Singh at a function in Jaipur on May 8. Sharma said, “Gandhi’s... 

Court finds Salman Khan guilty in 2002 hit-nd-run case

Mumbai: Salman Khan has been proven guilty of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case. Bombay Sessions Court concludes that Salman was driving the car under the influence of alcohol. “All charges against you are proved,” says Judge DW Deshpande. Quantum of punishment is yet to be announced. Salman Khan was charged with killing one person and injuring four by ramming his SUV into a bakery... 

Delhi’s AAP govt to pass Lokpal Bill in June

New Delhi: The AAP government will table the Jan Lokpal Bill, over which Arvind Kejriwal had resigned from chief ministerial post after the proposed legislation could not be passed in Assembly in 2014, in Budget Session in June, 2015. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that government has started working on Jan Lokpal Bill. “Started working on Jan Lokpal Bill,” the Chief... 

MoneyGram ropes in Actress Diljot to attract people for Langar

Amritsar: MoneyGram, (NASDAQ: MGI) a leading global money transfer company, concluded its Baisakhi campaign in India by giving customers in Punjab a chance to win airplane ticket.  Actress Diljot along with MoneyGram customers made a social initiative by coming together and distributing tea to all the devotees coming to the Gurudwara Tala Sahib on this auspicious occasions to seek blessings. This... 

Kalpna Chawla excellence awards for noted achievers

New Delhi: Asian marathon gold medalist Sunita Godara and creative satirist Savita Bhatti received the prestigious 11th Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award from Kalpana Chawla’s father Sh BL Chawla at a Function organised at Islamic Centre, New Delhi on March 18, 2015 jointly by Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association (PECOBA) and cultural Society Sakha Also, in this Function, Pecoba... 

Alcohol is the major cause of domestic violence: NGO

Ludhiana: Belan Brigade Ludhiana based NGO members Shoba Vashisht and Sanjana visited slums areas where 90% people are liquor addicted in these localities alcohol is the major problems of domestic violence. On this occasion Belan Brigade’s president architect Aneeta Sharma told that the revenue policy of Punjab Government to access tax to sale alcohol in the poor locality is wrong. Today due to corruption,... 

Ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh summoned as accused in Coalgate Scam

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh and three others were today summoned as accused by a special court in a coal scam case, pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005, and asked to appear before it on April 8. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar summoned the six accused on April 8 for the alleged... 

Delhi High Court upholds 10 yrs-jail to Chautala

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today upheld the 10-year jail term awarded to former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and three others for corruption in a teachers’ recruitment scam case. Justice Siddharth Mridul also upheld the 10-year sentence of Sher Singh Badshami and two IAS officers Vidya Dhar and Sanjiv Kumar, saying they “vilified” the process of recruiting... 

In Modi’s presence Mufti sworn in as J & K CM

Jammu: Ending 49-days of Governor rule, Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday got a new government with veteran PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed taking oath as Chief Minister of a 25-member cabinet, which marked the entry of BJP for the first time in the state government. 79-year-old Sayeed was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor N N Vohra at Zorawar Stadium where the ceremony was attended... 

Kejriwal govt implements power and water subsidy

New Delhi: The Kejriwal government today announced reduction in power tariff by 50% for consumption up to 400 units per month and launched a free water scheme in line with election promises made by Aam Aadmi Party. For families using 20,000 litres of water per month, Delhi government will waive off water and sewer charges, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said. The rates will come into effect from... 

Afghanistan delegation visits Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: A delegation from Afghanistan, comprising of 49 civil services officers and professors of public administration from the universities of Balkh, Heart, Kabul, Kandahar,  AND Nangahar visited Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Chandigarh between 18th and 20th February 2015 as part of an endeavour to strengthen public administration education in Afghanistan. Mrs... 

Barkha Dutt resigns as NDTV group Editor

New Delhi: NDTV’s Barkha Dutt has resigned from her Group Editor post to set up her own media house. According to NDTV founders Radhika and Prannoy suggests Dutt will continue serving as the consulting editor for the channel. Dutt has served the news channel for almost two decades and became popular after she covered the Kargil war and 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Dutt has also received many... 

Manish Sisodia is likely to be made Delhi Deputy CM

New Delhi: Manish Sisodia is all set to be the deputy chief minister in Arvind Kejriwal government which is likely to have four new faces this time, Aam Aadmi Party sources said on Thursday. Barring Sisodia, who is a close confidant of Kejriwal, and Satyendra Jain, the rest four- Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni — who were in AAP’s earlier cabinet —  are... 

Don’t be arrogant: Kejriwal tells party leaders

New Delhi: Saluting the people of Delhi for doing a “wonder” in the Delhi Assembly elections by giving them a landslide victory, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal today asked party workers not to get carried away by the mandate and to become “arrogant”. “You have done a wonder. When you are on the path of truth, all the forces of universe come together to help you. I salute the people of Delhi. It’s... 

AAP is set to get clear majority in Delhi: Exit polls

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party seemed set for a clear majority in the Delhi Assembly elections, with exit polls on Saturday giving it between 35 and 43 seats in the 70-member House. The BJP were projected to get 23 to 29 seats. The Congress was being given three to five. As per the India Today Cicero exit poll BJP is expected to get 23-29, AAP 35-43 seats and Congress 3-5 seats. The... 

Would Kejriwal again wear the crown of Delhi CM?

New Delhi: Enjoying the overwhelming support of minorities especially Muslims, Sikhs and Christians; backed by the poor and downtrodden and having penetrated deep into the hearts of youths and those who want to change the corrupt system, Aam Aadmi Party AAP is all set to gain in the Delhi assembly poll. Blooming with confidence and energy, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is aggressively pitching... 

Ex-Minister J Natarajan holds Rahul responsible for her quitting Congress

Chennai: In a blow to Congress, former Environment minister Jayanathi Natarajan on Friday quit the party and mounted a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, claiming that she followed his directions on green nod to projects but was “vilified, humiliated and sidelined” by central leadership. A longtime Congress loyalist, Natarajan said she was ready to face probe into environmental clearance accorded... 

Harsimrat Badal invited US President Barack Obama to visit Harmandar Sahab

Bathinda: Union minister for Food Processing Industries Mrs.  Harsimrat Kaur Badal has invited United States President Barack Obama to visit the Harmandar Sahab in Amritsar. Interacting with the U.S. president during the banquet held in his honour, Mrs Badal urged the U S President to visit the unique religious and spiritual center at Amritsar to acquaint himself with the Sikh faith and its rich... 

Legal notice to Kejriwal for his self (honest) versus Kiran Bedi (Opportunist) comparison

New Delhi: BJP’s chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi on Tuesday sent a legal notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for using her photograph in the party’s poster campaign without her permission. “Yes, she has sent a notice to Kejriwal. He has been asked to ensure that the posters are removed,” Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) media convener Praveen Shankar Kapoor said. The...