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Politically marginalised Manpreet holds Congress’s hand

New Delhi: Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Friday merged his political outfit Punjab Peoples Party PPP into Congress after meeting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Hectic parleys were held between the former Akali leader and Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and other senior party leaders before the decision was taken to merge Badal’s... 

Farmer kills self hours before girl’s wedding

Aman Sood: Samana: Debt-ridden because of repeated crop failure, Jaswant Singh, 65, of Gajisalar village today committed suicide, hours before the wedding ceremony of his daughter. He was charred to death as he set the paddy stock in his fields on fire. The wedding was held amid stony silence. Shocked relatives first attended the wedding and then the funeral. Jaswant Singh owned 4 acres of land. Already... 

Panj Pyare sacked by the SGPC Executive

Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)  Executive Committee on Friday dismissed four of the Panj Pyaras (or the five beloved ones) for demanding the dismissal of the heads of the five Takhts. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar dismissed Satnam Singh Khanda, Tarlok Singh, Mangal Singh and Satnam Singh for defying religious decorum, although two members of the executive opposed... 

Badal, Makkar stripped off Panthic titles

Amritsar: The Sarbat Khalsa – a congregation of several hardliner Sikh organisations, passed a resolution stripping Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the “Panth Rattan — Fakhr-e-qaum” title bestowed on him in 2011 and nullified the “Shiromani Sewak” title given to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. Both Badal and Makkar are being painted as ‘villains’ of the Sikh community by the hardliner... 

Sacrilege was political move to divert focus from dera case: Sarna

Amritsar: On the disturbed situation in Punjab following the sacrilege incidents, SAD (Delhi) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna has said that it was a political move to divert attention from the controversial decision of the five Takht heads to grant pardon to the Sirsa dera head. On his return from Pakistan today, the former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) said that the government... 

All in memory of great Indian patriot spy

Ferozepur: Poster of 11th Mohan Lal Bhaskar Art & Theatre Festival was today released by V.K.Meena, Divisional Commissioner of Ferozepur and Faridkot on Friday at Ferozepur. It may here be re-called that Bhaskar was an Indian spy in Pakistan and was awarded death sentence there by a Pakistan Court. But after suffering six and half years of imprisonment in various Pakistani jails, he with the strong... 

Kejriwal prays for Punjab peace at Harmandar Sahib

Yudhvir Rana: AMRITSAR: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal prayed for peace and communal harmony in Punjab. He was here on Saturday to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. During a brief interaction with mediapersons, Kejriwal said he was deeply hurt by the incidents of disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab recently. Firing by the police on people protesting peacefully against the sacrilege... 

Pb Cong MLA quits assembly in protest against sacrilege incidents

Tarn Taran: Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki has quit the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in protest against the recent incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib across the state. He sent copies of his resignation letter to the assembly speaker and the governor on Sunday. In the letter written in Punjabi, Sikki said, “Keeping in view the recent incidents of sacrilege and the current scenario,... 

Ludhiana MP surrenders before Bathinda court

Bathinda: Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today surrendered before the local court and was sent to judicial custody till October 19 in connection with a non-bailable offence under a case registered on September 30, when he along with his protesting supporters had tried to enter the office of the Deputy Commissioner. Addressing workers in the court complex (on way to the Bathinda jail), Bittu asked... 

Capt blames Badal for eroding the Akal Takht authority

Chandigarh: While the Congress has chosen to avoid commenting on the Akal Takht pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, party’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the “unease and unrest” among a section of the Sikh community and open defiance of a recent Akal Takht ‘hukumnama’ (edict). “With due deference and reverence... 

Slogans of ‘Saada Khwaab Navaa Punjab’ at AAP rally

The Aam Aadmi Party held a hugely successful conference at the Chhapar Mela today.  The conference addressed by AAP heavyweights like Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Jarnail Singh, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Prof Sadhu Singh and Bhagwant Mann drew overwhelming response from the people of Punjab. The jam packed venue and the resounding applause of the audience to every  word of the Aam Aadmi Party leadership... 

Sant Samaj seeks Akal Takht Jathedar’s removal

Ludhiana: Keeping going becomes nearly impossible for the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh as he loses the confidence of his ‘trusted outfit’ Sant Samaj. Riding the bandwagon Sant Samaj too sought Jathedar’s removal for pardoning controversial dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The Sant Samaj, which used to support every decision on religious issues by Jathedars of Takhts and... 

CM seeks separate union agriculture budget like railways

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today categorically said that anyone found guilty of supplying spurious pesticides to the cotton cultivators in the state would not be spared at any cost. Winding up the discussion on the resolution moved by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal on current agrarian crisis in the state here at Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Chief... 

Sikh NGO claims to have brought several Vanjaras into Sikhism

Jasleen Kaur Khalsa writes: Since many years, I have been reading about millions of Vanjaras & Lubanas who should be brought into the fold of Sikhism. During my trip to Muzaffarnagar, I planned to visit the Village Bawana, District Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India which is mostly inhabited by Vanjaras. As per information gathered during my field visit, I came to know that a Sikh NGO named Sewak... 

‘Jinda Sukha’ film banned in India, to be released abroad

Chandigarh: The Censor Board today banned Punjabi film “The Mastermind: Jinda Sukha” after objections were raised by the Union Home Ministry on its release on the grounds that it glorified the acts of the killers of General AS Vaidya who was the Army Chief during Operation Bluestar in 1984. The ban clamped on the Indian release of the film based on the life of Harjinder Singh Jinda and... 

CM flags off mobile science exhibition

Chandigarh: With the motive to inculcate scientific temper amongst the youth of the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today flagged off a bus depicting Mobile Science Exhibition highly decorated with equipment and state-of-the-art gadgetry to impart scientific knowledge about the celestial bodies and other universal operations. Talking to the media persons after flagging off... 

Confident of getting Pb Cong charge Capt meets Sonia

Aditi Tandon: New Delhi: Changes in the Punjab Congress seem imminent: For a second time in a fortnight, former state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today met party president Sonia Gandhi. Party sources said the talks focused on “Punjab affairs,” adding state party chief Partap Singh Bajwa has also been called for talks with Sonia tomorrow. The Captain has long been seeking replacement of... 

PPP chapter going to close as Manpreet Badal set to join Congress

Deepkamal Kaur: Jalandhar: If leaders in the state Congress are to be believed, Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of CM Parkash Singh Badal, is set to formally join the Congress. Manpreet, who was expelled from the SAD in 2010, had floated People’s Party of Punjab. The modalities of the merger of the PPP and the Congress have almost been finalised. While it was being said that Manpreet Badal could... 

AAP heads for split in Punjab

Amritsar: Fissures in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have once again come to the fore with a faction of the party all set to hold a parallel rally at Baba Bakala on the occasion of Rakhar Punya here on Saturday. The party’s official rally is being organised by its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur. Chhotepur feigned ignorance about the parallel rally. When asked whether any action would be initiated... 

Engage BARC to check underground water contamination in Punjab

By Bir Devinder Singh: Patiala: Ground water contamination in the Malwa region of Punjab is alarming and magnitude of problem demands immediate measures on war footing. Reports emanating from the reliable source confirm beyond doubt that the ground water contamination in this region, is not only by general pollutants but also contaminated with heavy metals and radioactive uranium in frightening proportions. A... 

Capt leads Dharna outside Badal’s residence

Chandigarh: Former chief minister and Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh along with other party leaders arrived at the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Friday morning to stage a dharna to raise demands related to the state, especially farmers. Capt Amarinder was accompanied by Sunil Jakhar and Rana Gurjit Singh among other Congress leaders and workers. The leaders were... 

BJP leader Navjot Sidhu ends fast-unto-death in haste

Amritsar: Like her husband and former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu,  Chief Parliamentary Secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu today ended her fast-unto-death in haste after Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi convinced her that the tenders of roadwork of another Rs5  crore in her constituency will be floated by Wednesday. Navjot Sidhu had kicked off her indefinite fast here yesterday. Earlier, Navjot Singh... 

BJP leader Navjot Sidhu sits on fast until death against own party coalition govt

Amritsar: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Saturday began an indefinite fast against the state government as the latter had allegedly failed to float tenders for road work worth Rs 10 crore in her constituency before August 15, as per an ultimatum issued by her. Talking to The Tribune on Friday, CPS Sidhu had said the government had promised that tenders for road work worth Rs 10... 

Capt attacks Bajwa, questions notices to three Cong leaders

Deepkamal Kaur: Jalandhar: Mounting a fresh attack on Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said the timing of issuing show-cause notices to the three Congress leaders a day ahead of the launching of his mass contact programme was reflective of his (Bajwa’s) poor leadership. The timing of the show-cause notices had raised suspicion... 

Dr Dhillon gets another extension as PAU VC

LUDHIANA: An internationally known Plant Breeder and Geneticist, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon has been granted extension as the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Giving this information, Dr P.K. Khanna, PAU Registrar, said “His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab and Haryana and the Chancellor of PAU, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki has appointed Dr Dhillon as Vice-Chancellor of PAU for... 

Belan Brigade finds faults with Punjab’s drugs abuse policy

Ludhiana: Belan Brigade an NGO against drug abuse has organized a camp to create awareness about the Anti Drug Abuse Day to be observed on June 26 every year. In this camp men and women took the pledge to fight the drug menace. According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opiates and hallucinogens and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December... 

Centre okays IIMs for Amritsar, Sirmaur

Girja Shankar Kaura: New Delhi: Two of the six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) today approved by the Cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, will be set up in Amritsar (Punjab) and Sirmaur (HP). The other four IIMs will come up at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Nagpur (Maharashtra) and Sambalpur (Odisha). All six institutes will start courses from the upcoming academic... 

Punjab faces ecological disaster: EcoSikh

Pope Francis has issued a major statement called the Encylical, which was directed to the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, and will most certainly have a significant social and political impact. The United Nations is convening a summit in December in which 180 heads of state are meeting in Paris to pass a binding agreement for the entire world on carbon emissions and climate change. EcoSikh... 

Devinderpal Bhullar shifted from Tihar Jail to Amritsar Central Jail

Amritsar: In a politically significant move, 1993 Delhi bomb blast accused Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar on Friday was shifted to Central Jail, Amritsar from Tihar Jail, Delhi following Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung’s approval. The Supreme Court had converted Bhullar’s death sentence into life imprisonment last year. Former Congress leader Manjinderjeet Singh Bitta had met Delhi chief... 

Arrangements reviewed as PM to attend 350th foundation day of Anandpur Sahib

Chandigarh: The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today held a series of meetings, here at Punjab Bhawan, with the senior leaders of the SAD-BJP included Cabinet Ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs besides the officers of the state government to finalize the arrangements for the celebrations of 350th foundation day of Sri Anandpur Sahib. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson... 

AAP campaigns pollution in Buddha Nalah, Sutlej River

LUDHIANA: The Clean and Green Ludhiana Team of Aam Aadmi Party Ludhiana lead by Col. C. M. Lakhanpal today held another “Awareness Campaign against Pollution of Water Bodies” and “Save Satluj and Buddha Dariya” at Bridge of the Budha Dariya at Tibba Road The Aam Aadmi Volunteers could be seen at the bridge creating awareness against the different causes of Pollution of the Water Bodies and... 

AAP holds candle light vigil in memory of Arshdeep

Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party Ludhiana’s “Clean and Green Ludhiana” team launched an awareness drive under its “Save Satluj and Buddha Dariya Project”. The team lead by Col.  C.M. Lakhanpal held an awareness drive on Ferozepur road near the sidhwan canal bridge near Verka Milk Plant. Aam Aadmi Party volunteers could be seen holding banners and placards creating awareness about how the pollution... 

80 per cent Punjab youths are drug addicts: Ramdev

CHANDIGARH: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday claimed that 80 per cent of Punjab’s youth were enslaved by drugs. “Eighty per cent youths in Punjab have fallen in the trap of drug menace. Whenever I travel abroad, people keep telling me to do something about this and save Punjab,” he said. Ramdev, who is Haryana’s brand ambassador for promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda, said that the state government... 

Bains brothers to launch new political party

ROPAR: Two independent legislators, who had been vocal against the policies of the Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab, on Tuesday announced to float a new political party . Balwinder Singh Bains, an independent MLA from Ludhiana South assembly seat, who has recently set up a social platform ‘Insaaf Group’, said here that he and his brother Simarjit Singh Bains, also an MLA from Atam... 
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Punjab govt bans ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ for 2 months

Chandigarh: The Punjab government today decided to suspend the  screening of the Punjabi film, Nanak Shah Fakir for two months following widespread resentment against the film among Sikh masses. There had been protests and demonstrations against the movie as it was perceived to go against the religious tenets and Maryada of the Sikh community. The suspension comes into force with immediate effect... 

100 talented Amritsari kids walked the ramp to celebrate Baisakhi

Amritsar: 100 super talented kids of Amritsar selected by Avaas lifestyle Hotel, Nishad Entertainers and 92.7 Big Fm from its wide search in Amritsar walked the ramp to become Cutest Gabru and Mutiyaar in Big BAISAKHI Mela. This event was organized on the occasion of Baisakhi and it took place at Avaas lifestyle Hotel Over 500 aspiring kids between the ages of 3-10 years went through a series of elimination... 

AAP’s anti-VIP culture cycle rally a big draw

Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party’s 100 Km Cycle rally from Ludhiana to Chandigarh against Badal Govts. VVIP Culture got an overwhelming response from the people of Punjab as it culminated in Chandigarh this afternoon. The Aam Aadmi Party Volunteers lead by Aam Aadmi Party Leader  Mr. H. S. Phoolka restarted the rally this morning from Morninda after a night halt. Mr. Phoolka himself cycled all the 100... 

National recognition for PAU Ludhiana VC

LUDHIANA: Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been felicitated by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources,  National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi on March 5, 2015 for receiving the “Dr B.P. Pal Memorial Award” of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS).  Dr Dhillon was conferred with Dr B.P. Pal Memorial Award... 

SGPC did fraud with Sikhs by killing Nanakshahi Calendar: Dal Khalsa

Amritsar: Stating that the cat is out of the bag, the Dal Khalsa today fired a salvo against the SGPC accusing the so-called premier institution of the Sikhs for playing a fraud on Sikhs. The organization has stated that committing sin, the SGPC has killed Nanakshahi calendar systematically and buried it secretly. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the SGPC has printed and released the new-year... 

Novel low of Punjab’s higher education, 20 govt colleges sans Principals

Bir Devinder Singh: Patiala: In the absence of any well defined education policy of the State Government the status of Higher Education is pathetically alarmingly and disgusting in Punjab. It is callous on the part of the state government that out of the 48 Government Colleges in the State, 20 colleges, that means almost half, are running without any regular principal. It sounds preposterous that the...