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Amritsar family suicide: ex-SSP, DSP summoned as accused

Amritsar: The court of Additional Sessions Judge Monika Goyal has summoned former Amritsar SSP Kultar Singh and DSP Hardev Singh as additional accused in a case dating back to 2004. Five members of a family, Hardip Singh, his wife Romi, their children Imu and Sonu, and Hardip’s mother had then committed suicide. Found scribbled on the walls of the victims’ house at Chowk Moni were the names... 

6 GNDU student Clear PCS preliminary exam

Amritsar: Six Students of all India services pre Examinations Training Centre and Centre of preparation for competitive examinations of the Guru Nanak Dev University have cleared PCS (Preliminary Examination). This competitive Examination was held recently. Dr. Sudha Jatinder, Director of the centre said that Mr. Charat Singh, Paramjit Kaur, Satinder Roop Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Ralvinder Singh, and... 

Majithia files defamation suit against AAP’s Sanjay Singh

Chandigarh: Punjab’s Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against Aam Aadmi Party national spokesperson Sanjay Singh in the Ludhiana court of judicial magistrate Bikramjit Singh. Majithia claimed that he was defamed by Sanjay who called him a “drug trader”, and said “when AAP will come to power, it will put corrupt Majithia in jail.” “Not... 

Khadoor Sahib battle on Feb 13, a test ahead of 2017

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: This could well be the beginning of a fierce political battle. Almost a year before Punjab goes to the polls, the stage is set for a keen fight between the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress, with the latter raring to turn around its political fortunes. The battlelines for the Khadoor Sahib byelection, scheduled for February 13, are clearly drawn. Apart from the... 

California Gurdwara fight tarnished Sikhs image: NAPA

JALANDHAR: Lashing out at those Gurudwara Parbandhak Committees in India and abroad who are indulging in  dirty power politics in Guruduwara, Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), said that the fighting in or outside in any Guruduwara Sahib was defaming the Sikh Community around the globe which is a major concern for all common Sikhs. Chahal’s reaction... 

“Badal’s biggest lie: Never interfered in SGPC affairs”

Amritsar: The biggest and naked lie of the recent years is that octogenarian Akali leader Parkash Singh Badal and his government has never interfered in affairs of the SGPC and the Akal Takhat. Stating this, Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said he hasn’t seen a bigger liar than Senior Badal in his 18 years of political life. Pertinently, CM Badal while talking with the reporters at a function... 

‘The decision of sacking Panj Pyare is unholy’

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA: The decision of the SGPC executives in removing the Panj Pyaraas (The supreme Sikh seat of temporal and spiritual authority) is unholy, irreligious, against the basic tenets of Sikhism and its hallowed traditions. The Panj pyaraas from whom  the Sikhs partake the Khande Baateh da Amrit (Get Baptised) have been vested with Guruship. The concept of Paanj Pradhani enunciated in... 

4 militants, 3 cops killed in Pathankot terror attack

NEW DELHI: Four militants were shot dead and three Indian Air Force personnel were killed in a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab on Saturday morning. About an hour after the encounter reportedly ended, gunshots were again heard and security forces suspect a fifth militant might be holed up inside the base. * Security forces killed four terrorists following an attack on the Indian... 

Punjab police SP abducted by armed men

Gurdaspur: Security forces were put on high alert in Pathankot in Punjab’s frontier district Gurdaspur on Friday after a senior police officer said he and his associates were seized by five armed men in army fatigues. Talwinder Singh, a superintendent of police, said he and his associates were going in his multi-utility vehicle to a religious shrine on Thursday night when they were signalled... 

Tota in trouble for mocking farmers suicides

Chandigarh: Strongly condemning the recent statement of Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh that farmers committing suicide is a routine affair and not worth botheration, the Aam Aadmi Party has demanded the resignation of the SAD Minister. In a joint statement issued by Capt. G. S. Kang and Ahbaab Singh Grewal, the President and General Secretary of AAP Kisaan and Labour Wing, they stated that... 

GNDU Amritsar examinations rescheduled

Amritsar: The paper of B.Com. (Professional) Semester-V (BCP-522 : Advertising and Sales Management (428) of Guru Nanak Dev University which was scheduled to be held on 11-12-2015 as per the datesheet issued earlier has been preponed due to some administrative reasons. Now this examination will be held on 09-12-2015 (Wednesday). Dr. Renu Bhardwaj, Professor Incharge (Examinations) said that paper of... 

SpiceJet launches Amritsar-Dubai direct flight

Amritsar: SpiceJet on Sunday launched a direct flight service from the city of the Golden Temple to Dubai. The flight, which had a traditional flag-off at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, will operate on all days except Saturday. “In line with the aviation tradition to mark key milestones, SpiceJet’s Boeing 737NG aircraft deployed in this route was greeted with a grand water... 

Suicide bombers kill 120, injure 200 in France

Paris: Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday, killing at least 120 people in a deadly rampage that a shaken President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack. A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall.... 

Sukbir blames ISI for sacrilege incidents

Amritsar: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has termed the November 10 congregation an engineered political programme christened as Sarbat Khalsa. He along with his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur paid obeisance at the Golden Temple today. Without naming anyone, he said those appointed leaders during the congregation were facing charges of murder and other heinous crimes. “How could they... 

48 held post-Sarbat Khalsa, sedition charge against 20

Jupinderjit Singh & GS Paul: Chandigarh/Amritsar: The police today slapped sedition charges on 20 persons out of the 48 arrested since November 11 amid fear of law and order problem after the controversial Sarbat Khalsa and appointment of “parallel” jathedars. Those booked for sedition include 10 leaders of various outfits, who played a key role in holding Sarbat Khalsa and allegedly caused... 

SGPC Executive rejects ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ decisions

Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, on Friday rejected all the decisions announced at November 10 congregation called by Sikh hardliners, which included removal of three head priests. The Executive Committee of the SGPC today unanimously rejected all the decisions taken by ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. The meeting was chaired by senior vice-president... 

PU date-sheet for 1st & 3rd semester exams

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has announced the date-sheets of 1st & 3rd Semester of undergraduate and postgraduate classes for December-2015 Examinations. PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh informed that the date sheets 1st & 3rd Semester of B.A., B.Sc. (Gen), B.Com., B.B.A, B.C.A., B.Sc.(Hons.)Bioinformatics/Biotechnology, M.A., M.Sc., M.P.Ed., M.Com. and... 
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SAD rejects ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ resolutions

Ruchika M. Khanna: Chandigarh: Rattled at the turn of events at the Sarbat Khalsa called in Amritsar and the secessionist agenda pronounced there, the Shiromani Akali Dal went into a huddle on Wednesday to deliberate on radicals’ nomination of ‘jathedars’ to head three important ‘takhts’ of Sikhism. The core committee of the SAD fully rejected the resolutions passed by the Sikh congregation... 

Sikh hardliners taken into custody

Chandigarh: The leaders of some Sikh outfits and hardline groups were taken into preventive custody early on Wednesday in anticipation of breach of peace after a call that the newly-appointed jathedars would address the community from the Akal Takht. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann and United Akali Dal leader Bhai Mokham Singh, the key organisers of yesterday’s ‘Sarbat... 

Fresh sacrilege: Torn ‘bir’ pages found in Moga village

Sanjeev Singh Bariana: Malke (Moga): Amid ongoing religious tension in Punjab, torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib were today found on the streets of Malke village in Moga district. A cover of the holy book was also reportedly found in Bargari village of Faridkot, which witnessed the sacrilege incident on October 12, but the matter is under investigation. The pages found in Malke village were from an old... 

Protest over sacrilege incident in Kalanaur

Gurdaspur: Tension gripped the historical city of Kalanaur, 20 km from here, after some torn pages of a holy book were found near the grain market. Following the incident, the police swung into action and initiated measures to controlled the volatile situation. As the word spread about the incident early this morning, a heavy police force was deployed near the site. Nakas were laid and an alert was... 

CBI to probe sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: The Punjab Government today transferred to the CBI the investigation of three cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari in Faridkot district. The cases were registered at Bajakhana police station. These were related to: theft of the holy book at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in June; putting up of posters in September (at the village as well as Bargari), which... 

MLA Simarjit Bains arrested in Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Independent MLA from Ludhiana Simarjit Singh Bains was today arrested from his residence at Kot Mangal Singh area here, a day after a case was registered against him for allegedly hurting and obstructing policemen from discharging their duty. Station House Officer (SHO) Sumit Sood said that Bains would be produced in a local court tomorrow. The Police Commissioner of Ludhiana, Pramraj Singh... 

Police uncover foreign hand behind sacrilege

Jupinderjit Singh & Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: The Punjab Police today said they had evidence to suggest international conspiracy behind the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Faridkot’s Bargari village on October 12. This comes on a day when the Centre deployed 10 Border Security Force companies, comprising 1,000 personnel, at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran. The police claimed... 

AAP demands Sukhbir Badal’s resignation

In a press release issued here AAP has raised the following demands: The people responsible for desecrating the holy Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji must be arrested immediately and given the strictest punishment.  The way that the police opened fire on innocent people who were protesting peacefully is highly objectionable. The police department comes under Home Minister Sukhbri Badal and it cannot... 

Capt’s bid to take mileage of sacrilegious issue

AMRITSAR: What appears to be a move to draw political mileage from the burning sacrilegious issue, Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today paid obeisance at Darbar Sahab and Durgiana Mandir praying for peace in the state. He said, nobody can be allowed to fiddle with the supreme authority of the Akal Takhat and any such attempt will be strongly defeated. Asserting that there... 

SAD worried as more SGPC members resign

Mansa: Disappointed over the alleged act of sacrilege at Bargari village in Kotkapura and subsequent killing of protesting Sikh youths, four more SGPC members announced to quit the religious body today. On October 15, as many as seven SGPC members had resigned from their posts. So, the number of SGPC members who resigned after the Kotkapura episode has swelled to 11. SGPC member from Budhlada (rural)... 

Ready to die for OROP, say ex-servicemen

Jalandhar: Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, chairman of the United Ex-Servicemen Front of India (UESFI), said they would not hesitate to make the supreme sacrifice to get the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme implemented. He said that equal pension for equal service was the right of each retired personnel and that they would not accept any dilution in the scheme. He said it was a ‘do or die’... 

Farmers’ Gehrao threat forces leaders to stay in ‘safe moles’

Aman Sood: Patiala: The police top brass has asked all district police chiefs to ensure safe and clear passage for all travelling ministers in view of the latest threat by farmer unions. Despite calling off their “rail roko” agitation, farmers have decided to gherao state ministers and MPs across the state. Farmer leaders said though they had ended their “rail roko” agitation, the protest would... 

Anarchy in Punjab, President’s role only option: Capt

Faridkot: Congress senior leader Capt Amarinder Singh today visited the families of deceased protesters, Gurjeet Singh and Bhagwan Krishan Singh at Sarawan and Niamiwala villages to express solidarity with their families. He also met Sikh activists protesting at Bajakhana, Bargari and Behbal Kalan villages in the district. He said a sense of anarchy was creeping into the state and the President’s... 

2 minor girls gangraped in Delhi, AAP seeks police control

 New Delhi: Making a strong pitch for handing over the Delhi Police control to the AAP government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought a meeting with the Prime Minister and Lt Governor in the wake of gangrape of two minor girls here. The Chief Minister hit out at the Delhi Police saying it had “completely failed” to provide safety to the citizens, while urging PM Narendra Modi to “either... 

NAPA wants Jathedars to resign for pushing Sikhs in crisis

JALANDHAR: USA Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has condemned the Wednesday killing of unarmed peaceful Sikh protesters in Punjab and prayed for those critically injured. Executive director Satnam Singh Chahal in a statement released here today  said that this was very unfortunate that many had been beaten and abused and hundreds of Sikhs have been arrested for simply demanding action... 

In damage-control mode, Badal govt suspends Moga SSP

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: Heads must roll and responsibility fixed for the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib. Peace and tranquility in the border state of Punjab cannot be compromised. This was the message conveyed by the members of the Akali Dal’s Core Committee that held an emergency meeting here this evening. The suspension of Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma with immediate effect for lapses in the... 

Pb govt mishandled Kotkapura protests: US Sikhs

Washington: US Sikh leaders have condemned the recent Police action in Kotkapura which led to 2 deaths and several dozens injured seriously. Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education and Inderpaul Singh Gadh, Chairman of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation laid the blame squarely on the Punjab Government of Parkash Singh Badal for mishandling of a very sensitive religious... 

SAD urges Centre to release all TADA detainees, review black list

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today while welcoming the release of TADA detainee Waryam Singh from the Bareilly jail, urged the Union government to release all remaining Sikh detainees as well as review the black list as recommended by the Punjab government. In a statement here, senior SAD leaders Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema lauded home minister Rajnath Singh for... 

PU Chd declares several exams results

Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has announced the results of M.Phil (Economics), 2nd Semester; Pre Ph.D Course Work in Pharmacy; B.Pharmacy, 3rd Semester; B.Sc. (H.S.) Botany, 2nd, 4th & 6th Semester, Special Examination; B.Sc. (H.S.) Physics, 4th Semester; B.Sc. (H.S.) Geology, 2nd Semester; B.E. (Bio-Tech.) 3rd & 5th Semester and B.E. (Civil) 1st Semester. The detailed results... 
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Badals intentionally spoiling Punjab atmosphere: Phoolka

New Delhi: AAP leader Advocate HS Phoolka said today that Kotkapura, and other incidents of last about a month clearly showed that Badals were totally shattered seeing hatred towards them by people especially in villages. “Badals are seeking refuse from the sects like Gurmeet Ram Rahim for their petty political gains; it appears that they are following the command of such people. When the protests... 

6 IAS, 12 PCS officers shifted in Punjab

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government today transferred 6 IAS and 12 PCS officers in the state with immediate effect. Of the IAS officers, Raji P Srivastva has been posted as Secretary, Personnel, in addition to Director, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration. Kumar Anugreh Prasad Sinha has been posted as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, in addition to Secretary, General Administration. Vikas... 

Akal Takht Jathedar condemns police for Kotkapura killings

Amritsar: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said the killing of protesters in Kotkapura was an administrative lapse which aggravated the already tense situation. He demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident. He also appealed to the masses to remain calm. The Jathedar demanded the arrest of culprits who were responsible for the sacrilege of ‘bir’. “The use of tear gas, water cannons,... 

Unrest in Punjab: Cong seeks President’s rule

Chandigarh: The Opposition parties in the state today condemned the police firing on protesting Sikh activists at Behbal village in Moga that killed two persons and injured a number of others. The parties demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and imposition of the President’s rule in the state. Punjab Congress president Partap Bajwa alleged the SAD-BJP government had started...