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, Obama put India–US nuclear deal back on track

New Delhi: India and the US on Sunday reached a breakthrough on the stalled civil nuclear agreement by agreeing on commercial cooperation and decided to take defence cooperation to a new level, including on upgrading domestic defence industry and advanced technologies. The contours of the operationalisation of the nuclear deal, which has been in limbo for the last more than six years, were not immediately... 

Flawed Punjab, India policies caused tragic end of Indira, Rajiv

INDIRA GANDHI was devoured by the never-ending Punjab crisis which turned malignant sometime in the 1980s; her tragic end, which came on October 31, 1984, at the treacherous hands of her own armed bodyguards, showed that she stood no chance whatsoever against the furious forces of fundamentalist enmity and hatred and fanatical, extremist determination which had been unleashed, partly by a deeply flawed... 

Former Indian cricket Capt Sourav Ganguly may join BJP

New Delhi: Former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly is in talks with senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and is likely to join the political outfit soon, say sources. In the last few months, the BJP has been very aggressive in Ganguly’s home state of West Bengal and has taken on the Trinamool Congress government of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee head on on several issues including the multi-crore... 

CBI grills ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh in coalgate scam case

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to have been examined by the CBI in the coal block allocation case relating to Hindalco but neither he nor the agency was willing to confirm it. Sources said a team of CBI officials “examined” the former Prime Minister at his residence two days ago ahead of the filing of status report before a special CBI court by January 27. Manmohan’s... 

‘Arun Jaitely favoured drug mafia by dismantling ED team’

Bir Devinder Singh: Patiala: With the transfer of ED official Niranjan Singh from Jalandher to Kolkata at a critical juncture when ED was finalising its report, after the summoning of Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, the Revenue minister, Punjab; Mr. Arun Jaitley Union Finance Minister has finally buckled under the pressure of the ‘Drug Mafia’ operating in Punjab. Drug Trade of very high magnitude is... 

Kiran Bedi joins BJP, in race for Delhi CM?

New Delhi: Former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Thursday joined BJP and will contest the February 7 Delhi Assembly polls, a move seen as the party’s effort to contain Aam Aadmi Party in the national capital. The 65-year old former IPS officer was inducted into the party fold in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah and Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan, triggering speculation... 

Union Minister Naqvi jailed for one year

Rampur: A local court on Wednesday sent Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to one year in jail for violating prohibitory orders during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Judicial magistrate Manish Kumar held Naqvi guilty under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of IPC, 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act and Section 144 of CrPC. Eighteen others were also convicted.... 

Capt skips Congress working committee meeting

New Delhi: Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who has openly revolted against state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, on Tuesday skipped the meeting of the Congress Working Committee in Delhi. Capt Amarinder is a permanent invitee to the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body, which on Tuesday discussed its political strategy to counter the BJP’s recent moves to... 

BJP equally responsible for Punjab’s downfall: IYC chief

Amritsar: Indian Youth Congress (IYC) president Raja Amrinder Warring, who paid obeisance at Golden Temple here today during his maiden visit to the city after assuming the charge, held BJP equally responsible for the misdeeds of Punjab government in the last eight years. Talking to newspersons after addressing a gathering of youth workers at Amritsar Urban Youth Congress office, he said ‘how can... 

Mercedes Benz to launch 15 products in India

German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz India Friday said that as part of its 2015 growth strategy, it will launch 15 new products and increase dealership operations in the country. According to the company, it will introduce 15 products in 2015, including those with no predecessors in India. The new products introduction will be biggest launch initiative till date in the Indian market by the... 

Ex-union Minister Shashi Tharoor to be questioned in Sunanda murder case

New Delhi: A Special Investigation Team has been formed by Delhi Police to probe the mysterious death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar after registering a murder case based on a medical report. “We have formed an SIT to probe the Sunanda Pushkar case,” Delhi Police Chief B S Bassi said on Wednesday. The police commissioner also did not rule out questioning Tharoor,... 

Samsung India launches four new mid-segment smartphones

Samsung India today announced the launch of four new mid-segment smartphones – Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are slimmest smartphones with full metal unibody, slim design and a superior hardware to meet the style quotient of the product’s target group, youngsters. “India is the first country for the launch of Galaxy E5 and E7, reaffirming its position... 

Rajasthan govt cancels Robert Vadra’s 374 hectare land deal

NEW DELHI: BJP today described the Rajasthan government’s move of seizing about 374.44 hectares of land, a part of which reportedly belonged to businessman Robert Vadra, as a “victory of law” and hinted at more such actions in the days to come. The state government has taken back possession of about 374.44 hectares land in Bikaner’s Kolayat region after cancelling 18-mutations... 

Bajrang Dal exhorts Hindu boys for ‘Marriage Jihad’ to get Christians or Muslims wives

Agra: The Bajrang Dal has sparked off a controversy as it will start a campaign in Uttar Pradesh from February 17 to protect Hindu boys who marry Christian or Muslim girls. The Bajrang Dal has called it ‘bahu lao-beti bachao’ campaign. The campaign also aims to sensitise Hindu families against their girls falling in love or getting married to Muslim or Christian boys. Bajrang Dal’s... 

Bharat Ratna for Malaviya, Vajpayee not for Dhyan Chand

New Delhi: Hockey lovers and fans across India feel depressed as Modi government ignores their sentiments of bestowing the honour of ‘Bharat Ratna’ on hockey legend Dhyan Chand. However, government announced to confer the country’s highest civilian award on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and late freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya. “The President has been pleased to award Bharat... 

Bikram Majithia summoned in Rs 6000cr drugs scam case

Chandigarh: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majthia to its Jalandhar office at 11 am on December 26 for questioning in the Rs 6,000-crore drug smuggling case. The ED has prepared a detailed questionnaire for the minister who will reportedly be grilled for his alleged links with some accused and alleged relations with three NRIs suspected to have been... 

Taliban suicide bombers attack school, kill 132

Peshawar: The bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan in years, has ended in the death of at least 132 people, mostly children, on Tuesday, killed by heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers who stormed an army-run school here and took several hostages, a throwback to the 2004 Beslan school siege by Chechen rebels. The police around 7.30 pm (local time) said all attackers had been killed. A group of eight... 

Helmet not mandatory for Sikh women: Delhi HC

New Delhi: Public Interest Litigations seeking revocation of the city government’s notification to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmet while driving or pillion riding two-wheelers were today rejected by the Delhi High Court which observed that it is not feasible to make headguard mandatory for them. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also said that the Delhi government’s... 

Golden Temple to be under regular pollution scanner

Yudhvir Rana,TNN: AMRITSAR: Worried over reports about India’s most loved monument Taj Mahal turning yellow due to pollution, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has woken up to the imminent threat to Golden Temple, Sikhs’ holiest shrine. In an effort to keep the Golden Temple’s sheen intact, the PPCB is all set to install Punjab’s first continuous monitoring station... 

Plan for online registration for Wagha retreat

Amritsar: Following the terror strike at Wagah Border in Pakistan earlier this month, the BSF is now making concerted efforts to introduce the online registration system for the famous Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post that draws thousands of tourists from across the country daily. Talking to mediapersons in Attari, BSF (Punjab Frontier) Inspector General Ashok Kumar said, “Firstly,... 

SC removes CBI chief from 2G spectrum scam investigations

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday removed CBI director Ranjit Sinha from the investigation into the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Prima facie it appears that there is credibility in the allegations levelled against CBI chief Sinha, the SC said, referring to charges that he was helping the 2G accused. The seniormost officer in the investigating team of the 2G scam will take over the responsibilities... 

SAD tells BJP to tame Navjot Sidhu

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali dal officially lodged protest with the state President Mr Kamal Sharma against the utterances of former MP Mr. Navjot singh Sidhu against the coalition government in Ludhiana yesterday. Party Secretary and spokesman and Punjab Education Minister Dr Daljit singh Cheema rang up Mr. Kamal Sharma in the evening to apprise him about the derogatory remarks given by Navjot... 

Centre sends 14 CRPF companies to arrest controversial Godman

New Delhi: The Centre has sent 14 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) companies to Haryana’s Hisar district to monitor the situation around self-styled godman Sant Rampal’s ashram in view of the prevailing tension. Earlier this week, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Rampal, who has been accused of murder. According to reports, the CRPF personnel... 

IAF helicopters rescue woman & her newborn in Ladkah

Ladakh: in a daring rescue, the IAF helicopters successfully evacuated a mother and her new born baby from a remote and inhospitable region of Ladakh. The request for mercy mission was received from DC Leh, to evacuate a Ladakhi woman in Phuang Phirste area. Woman was reported suffering due to obstructed delivery. Life of both, mother and child was in danger. In this remote region, without any road... 

Construction of 84’ Sikh genocide memorial starts

New Delhi: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today started construction of November 1984 Sikh genocide memorial in the sanctum sanctorum of Gurdwara Rakhabganj Sahib. The start of construction is dedicated to the memory of thousands of innocent Sikhs killed in the massacre and those who laid their lives trying to save them and coincided with completion of 30 years of massacre of... 
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Modi govt deprives Babus from 1st class travel, 5 star stay

NEW DELHI: Issuing fresh directions to curtail expenditure, the Finance Ministry on Thursday asked the government departments to cut some non-plan expenditure by 10%. “In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimize available resources,” the Finance Ministry said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration banned bureaucrats... 

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Workshop begins in Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today mooted a proposal to form a working group of members of Commonwealth nations with a permanent headquarters in the state to create a mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and future strategies. In his keynote address during the inauguration of three days Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) workshop for Chairpersons and... 

Harsimrat Badal flags off ‘Dakshin Darshan’ special train

Chandigarh: Union Food Processing Industry Minister Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today flagged off ‘Dham Special with Dakshin Darshan’ train from Chandigarh railway station. The Minister also announced that Union Railways Minister Mr. D.V. Sadananda Gowda will dedicate the Bathinda-New Delhi Shatabdi Express to Punjabis on October 31st from Bathinda Junction. Interacting with media persons... 

Phoolka serves ultimatum to Sukhbir Badal on cases against Sajjan, Tytler

 Content of the letter that AAP leader and senior advocate HS Phoolka wrote to Sukhbir Badal:                                                          Sub: Cases against Sajjan Kumar & Jagdish Tytler before CBI Dear Sir, The 30th anniversary of 1984 carnage is approaching but most unfortunately the crucial cases of the perpetrators of this... 

Maruti launches Ciaz to counter Hyundai Verna

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki has today launched the much-awaited Ciaz sedan in India at a starting price of Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the petrol model and Rs 8.04 lakh for the diesel. First shown as a concept at the Auto Expo earlier this year, the premium Ciaz is Maruti’s fresh attempt at the midsize sedan segment after the Baleno and SX4. The new Ciaz is one of the most upmarket offerings... 

Maruti to recall 69555 cars for free of cost repair

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Limited is recalling 69,555 cars for inspecting and repairing the wiring harness. The recalled vehicles include 12,486 units of the Swift, 1,131 units of the Ritz and 55,938 units of the Dzire, manufactured between March 8, 2010 and August 11, 2013. These vehicles were only sold in the local market and were not part of the export lineup from Maruti. MSIL will contact... 
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Jayalalithaa challenges conviction in High Court

Bangalore: Jailed AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging her conviction and seeking bail in the disproportionate assets case against her. The 66-year-old leader sought relief two days after a Special Court here sentenced her to jail for four years, as a fallout of which she lost her Assembly membership and consequently Chief Minister’s post. Jayalalithaa’s... 

Railways starts e-catering service on 6 Amritsar-Delhi trains

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Railways today started the trial of its e-catering service in six pairs of trains, which do not have pantry cars, on the Delhi-Amritsar section. The Railways have entrusted the implementation of the service to the public sector Indian Railways Catering &Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). As part of the service, a passenger can place an order for a meal, to be served at... 

SC cancels allocation of 214 coal blocks

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday cancelled all the coal blocks allocated from 1993 to 2011 except four vested with the NTPC and other public sector undertakings. As a consequence of this order, 214 coal blocks stand cancelled. However, the apex court Bench, headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, in their order said as many as 42 coal blocks under production or about to commence production will... 
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Apple iPhone 6 sets new record of advance orders

NEW YORK: Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said today. The company said the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won’t be delivered until October. Phones will still be available Friday on a walk-in basis at Apple retail stores... 

High Court passes order to cancel DLF Gurgaon land deal

Saurabh Malik: Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the Haryana Government to cancel the allocation of 350-acre prime land in Gurgaon to real estate giant DLF. The land, acquired for “public purpose”, was transferred to DLF, which was developing air-conditioned apartments and villas, along with an 18-hole golf course, on it. The verdict was announced on petitions alleging... 

Listening to Modi’s Teachers’ Day address not compulsory: Smriti Irani

New Delhi: HRD Minister Smriti Irani clarified Monday that listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to students on Teachers’ Day Sep 5 was “completely voluntary”. “This particular activity is completely voluntary and if there has been any miscommunication over this issue and is (seen to be) politically contrived, I would say it is regrettable,” she said. According... 

Phoolka writes to HM, wants Z-security to Tytler & others withdrawn

Sh. Rajnath Singh Union Minister for Home Affairs Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block Central Secretariat New Delhi – 110001 Subject: Withdrawal of  Z Security provided to the accused of 1984 Riots. Sir, The issue of providing the Z-Security to the political leaders who are facing serious criminal charges of instigating riots and killing innocents has come into focus and media glare recently.... 

AAP popularity graph falls flat in Punjab

Bathinda: Having made a history of winning four Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, recently, Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Admi Party AAP has fast begun to loose its mass base. The alarming signal of AAP becoming one election miracle has been noticed in the by-poll results. AAP leadership would have to wake up to analyse that what was going wrong with the party and why there was delay in appointing state party chief? AAP... 

Pakistan don’t want normal relations with India: Arun Jaitley

Amritsar: Slamming Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said the “provocative” act of talking to Kashmiri separatist leaders and “deliberate” border ceasefire violations clearly show that the neighbouring country and “powers within” it do not want normal relations with India.  He asserted that it was for Pakistan to choose what kind of relationship it wants...