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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8 Bathinda college students get jobs in Dubai

Bathinda: Eight final year students of Government Polytechnic College Bathinda have been placed with Multi National Company Motherson Sumi Systems Limited for its plant at Sharjah (Dubai). Distributing appointment letters to the selected students, principal Yadwinder Singh congratulated them and asked them to work with dedication. The company would give free food, lodging, transportation and air ticket.... 

Sukhpal Khaira quitting Congress to join AAP

Chandigarh: Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Saturday confirmed that Congress spokesman and former MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira would soon formally join the party. Chhotepur, while addressing a group of mediapersons in Mohali, said the party had already conveyed it to AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was open to the idea of having Khaira... 

Majithia force sweeps Majitha MC poll

Amritsar: Bikram Singh Majithia, General Secretary , Shiromani Akali Dal has thanked the people of Majitha for their enthusiastic participation in Municipal Council elections and ensuring resounding victory of Shiromani Akali Dal candidates in all 13 wards. Mr. Majithia pointed out that Congress was in habit of raising the bogey of violence or rigging in media on the eve of polls impending its drubbing... 

PAU ex-VCs join incumbent at Dr GS Khush Foundation ceremony

LUDHIANA: A guest lecture and an award giving ceremony were organized by Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Foundation for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. On the occasion, the Chief Guest, Dr R.S. Paroda, Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, and former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi delivered a thought-provoking... 

Fasting on Sikh prisoners issue veteran Akali Surat Singh writes to PM

Ludhiana: Observing hunger strike from the last 28 days, the veteran Akali Bapu Surat Singh has written a letter to Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi seeking status of political prisoners for all Sikh prisoners sentenced in cases relating to the Sikh struggle and release of all prisoners who have completed their full jail terms and are legitimately due for release. Surat Singh, 83 in the... 

Supporters want Manpreet Badal to join Kejriwal

Chandigarh: After the stupendous victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections, disenchanted activists of the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) have started building pressure on party chief Manpreet Singh Badal to join hands with AAP. The Facebook page of Manpreet is flooded with messages requesting him to unite with the AAP. A number of PPP activists have even raised objections... 

Parneet Kaur maintains an account in Swiss Bank

Minister in the former UPA government and wife of former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Preneet Kaur is listed as an account-holder in the HSBC Swiss Bank data. However, the balance in her account is not mentioned. The only detail mentioned is her date of birth, which matches that in official records. In October 2014, she said the Income Tax Department had contacted her in 2011. ”In keeping... 

AAP’s Delhi performance wouldn’t impact Punjab politics: Sukhbir

Amritsar: Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal along with his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, paid obeisance at Golden Temple and partook in the Bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib. On the side lines of the visit, answering a media query pertaining to exit polls  conducted by major news organizations regarding the elections in the... 

CM envisions Punjab as Industrial hub of India

Basma (SAS Nagar): Envisioning the state as the ‘Industrial Hub’ of the country, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today said that with the stupendous efforts of SAD-BJP alliance government, the state would soon overcome the setbacks given by the successive Congress governments at the centre. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the state of the art unit of Sigma- Feudenberg-NOK... 

Capt to Modi: Fuflill your promise, do justice with Punjabi farmers in Gujarat

Chandigarh: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his broken promise to the Punjabi farmers in Gujarat which he had made during a public rally at Jagaraon about a year ago. He also condemned Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his silence and forgetting the plight of the Punjabi farmers who are being hounded out from Gujarat... 

Would the Padma Vibhushan honour bring some sense of maturity in Badal?

By BIR DEVINDER SINGH: Patiala: After receiving Padma Vibhushan the second highest civilian honor in the country after Bharat Ratna, there have to be a perceptible change, in the conduct and behavior of Mr. Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister of Punjab. He is now expected to address the large fraternity of human brotherhood rather than indulging in narrow political accusations and mudslinging against... 

Punjab is numb 1 state with 4G, 4/6 lane roads connectivity & surplus power: Sukhbir

Amritsar: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today gave a clarion call to Punjabis not to let anyone tarnish the image of the State. “We are number one and will remain number one”, he said while urging Punjabis to unite and face and vilification campaign launched by vested interest jointly. Addressing intellectuals, opinion makers and teaching fraternity at the Guru Nanak... 

Notices to 2100 ‘corrupt’ Punjab govt officers for not furnishing property details

Ruchika M. Khanna: Chandigarh: The state government has started issuing notices to 2,100 officers for their failure to upload details of their property returns on the state government’s new website. Sources in the Personnel Department confirmed that the process of issuing notices to the errant officers had been initiated. The idea is to bring transparency in the functioning of these officers. The... 

Governor’s message for Punjab on eve of Republic Day

On the eve of 65th Anniversary of our Republic, I extend my heartiest greetings to all Indians living in the country and abroad and brave personnel of our armed forces, who guard our frontiers on land, at sea and in the air, to defend the unity and territorial integrity of the Nation. We are grateful to our Kissans, mazdoors, industrialists and traders for their unstinted support in taking the State... 

Governor pays obeisance at Golden Temple Amritsar

CHANDIGARH:  The Governor of Haryana and Punjab & Administrator, Chandigarh, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki visited the holy city, today at Amritsar. He paid obeisance at Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir and offered floral tributes at the historic Jallianwala Bagh on his maiden visit to the city after taking oath as Governor of Punjab. Accompanied by his wife, both the sons Mr. Rajesh Solanki, Mr.... 

Batala SSP wants public to fund for police operations

Ravi Dhaliwal: Batala: While the police struggle to curb crime citing “financial constraints”, the Batala Senior Superintendent of Police has courted controversy by asking public to fund police activity to ensure they get security. The police officer, Inderbir Singh, last week held a meeting with prominent residents of the town asking them to pay for their security. He asked representatives of... 

Govt bans screening of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s movie MSG in Punjab

Chandigarh: Punjab Government today decided to stop screening of the controversial movie Messenger of God (MSG), featuring Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, “in view of reports of tensions surrounding its release in some other parts of the country”. “The decision has been taken in the larger and crucial interest of preserving peace and social harmony in the state and... 

Dal Khalsa demands code of conduct for five Sikh high priests

Amritsar: Stressing on the need of evolving a code of conduct for heads of all five Takht’s, the Dal Khalsa has stated that the Akali Dal through it extension counter the SGPC was going to commit another blunder by sacking Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Gaini Balwant Singh Nanadgarh from the post unceremoniously. Perturbed over the proposed move engineered by Sukhbir Badal, party spokesperson... 

Punjab plans one-time settlement of dairy farmers’ dues

Chandigarh: In a bid to provide major relief to the Dairy farmers who have not been able to repay the loans advanced from Central Cooperative Banks (CCBs) for reasons and circumstances beyond their control, the Punjab Government has decided to introduce One Time settlement (OTS) scheme- 2015 to provide them an opportunity to liquidate their over dues. Acceding to the request of the Dairy entrepreneurs... 

Spring Dale remembers its mentors

AMRITSAR: The Management, Staff and Students of Spring Dale Senior School paid nostalgic tributes to their beloved mentors late Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu and Mrs Manveen Sandhu, who melded with the Eternal Light on this day, six years ago. A personal ceremony organized at the private residence of the school’s managers witnessed an immense gathering as the whos-who of the city and even the staff and... 

Centre says ‘no’ to Sukhbir on Sikh detainees release

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reportedly turned down the Sikh delegation’s request of releasing Sikh militants, who have completed their jail term. A Sikh delegation led by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had on Thursday formally approached the Centre to seek the release of militants from the state “who have served their jail terms”. Rajnath Singh merely told the delegation that... 

Slain CM Beant Singh’s assassin arrested in Thailand

New Delhi: Former Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassin Jagtar Singh ‘Tara’ was arrested in Thailand on Monday. Tara was nabbed by Thai authorities on a tip-off about his movements by the Punjab Police. As per reports, he was arrested from the house of a man who was sheltering Tara at the behest of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. Self-styled commander of terror... 

Sukhbir Sena tells BJP to ban cultivation of opium, poppy husk

Attari: Scores of Punjabis led by SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal today braved intense cold wave conditions and congregated along the international border here to stand up for Punjabi pride and put an end to the vilification campaign launched against the entire community. They also demanded complete sealing of the border and ban on cultivation and sale of opium and poppy husk in Madhya Pradesh and... 

Badal silent about 96 Sikhs languishing in Punjab jails

Neeraj Bagga: Amritsar: The politics over freeing of Sikh prisoners who have completed their jail term is set to intensify following the SGPC today releasing a list that says most such inmates are lodged in Punjab jails. Accoring to the SGPC list, there are 119 Sikhs languishing in various jails of the country despite having completed their prison term. Of these, 96 Sikhs are lodged in jails of Punjab. The... 

Govt unmoved as Khalsa’s health begins to deteriorate on 44th day of hunger strike

AMBALA: Even as Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa’s hunger strike has entered the 44th day and his health has started deteriorating but authorities seemed unmoved to give a considerable look to his ‘genuine’ demand of securing the release of Sikh detainees, who have completed their jail term. Sources told Jago Punjab Jago India JPJI that Khalsa has lost 18kg weight since the day he has started his hunger... 

No proof Majithia is a Drug Lord: Sukhbir

New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal has claimed that there is no proof of his brother-in-law and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s involvement in the drug racket. Majithia has been described as the big drug lord of Punjab by many after he was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his alleged involvement in the drug racket. Supporting Majithia, Sukhbir Badal... 

I am innocent but subjected to media trial: Majithia

Jalandhar: Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who was quizzed by Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Rs 6,000-crore international drug racket case, today said he extended full cooperation to the ED but lamented that he was innocent but being subjected to “media trial”. Majithia said he had extended full cooperation to the Central agency “despite the short notice” given... 

Punjab BJP confronts ally Akalis on terror, drug links

Pawan Sharma: Chandigarh: Virtually playing the Opposition’s role in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday, an unusually furious Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a frontal attack on its alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), over Akali chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Virsa Singh Valtoha’s admission of his past ‘terror links’. The saffron party asked chief minister Parkash... 

HC orders PPSC to stall PCS recruitment process

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed stage three of the Punjab Civil Services (executive) and allied services examination-2013, being conducted by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). The HC order came on a bunch of petitions, wherein the petitioners had challenged the method adopted by the PPSC to prepare the result of the main examination, held in July this year, on the basis... 

Harsimrat Badal flags off Bathinda Shatabdi

Bathinda: Local BJP workers today boycotted the flag off ceremony of the Bathinda-New Delhi Shatabdi Express by Union Minister and local Member of Parliament Harsimrat Kaur Badal in the presence of Sukhbir Badal. They were angry that the government advertisements in various newspapers on today’s function did not carry the photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union railway minister Suresh... 

Suicide attempt by two women outside Amritsar Police Commissioner office

Amritsar: Blaming the police of booking their husbands under pressure of the local Bar Association, two women attempted self-immolation outside the office of the Commissioner of police here on Tuesday.  The women appeared at the place with bottles of kerosene and started pouring it over them while shouting slogans against the police. As they tried lighting a match, a policemen standing nearby grabbed... 

Bajwa urges Modi to dismiss Badal govt to make India drug-free

Khemkaran: The Punjab Congress President, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, while appreciating the serious concern expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the drug menace spreading its tentacles, he said he should dismiss the Parkash Singh Badal government as a first step to end this scourge and order CBI probe. In a statement, he referred to that part of the speech in which the Prime Minister had referred... 

Sikhs told to boycott Republic Day ceremonies to constitutionally earn distinct identity

Amritsar: Raising the pitch in the wake of an appeal made by Jathedar of the Akal Takht to sign online petition seeking amendment to Article 25 (b) (2) of the Indian constitution, the Dal Khalsa has come out with more radical step to address the long-pending demand what it termed as “constitutional wrong”. The hardliner organization has asked the Sikhs if they want to remove the “Sikhs are... 

Akali Dal spent crores on film stars, not a penny on martyrs: BJP

Jalandhar: BJP today hit out at the Punjab government led by its ally SAD, alleging that while the state ignored the martyrdom of soldiers, it “wasted precious money” on performances by film actors. Senior BJP leader and former cabinet minister in the Punjab government Laxmi Kanta Chawla said three jawans belonging to Punjab were killed in militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. “They were cremated... 

Let us give Indo-Pak peace a chance: Punjab Governor

AMRITSAR: Stating that the indiscriminate acts of terror along the international boundary had led to immense tragedies and inexplicable pain for the sea of humanity on both sides of the border, Punjab Governor Mr Shivraj Patil, while endorsing the need for establishing peace in the region, joined his voice with those of the Indian and Pakistani artistes, who shared the stage on the occasion of Saanjh:... 

Pak peaceniks arrive Amritsar for ‘Saanjh Festival’

AMRITSAR: Undaunted by disturbances created along the international border by random acts of terror, peaceniks from across the border marched into the Indian Territory with songs of love on their lips and a prayer for peace in their hearts, to partake of Saanjh: 11th Amritsar-Lahore Peace Festival, being organized by Punarjyot in collaboration with its Lahore-based counterpart Rafi Peer Theater Workshop... 

ED set to summon Majithia, has 50 questions ready

Jalandhar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has a list of questions ready for Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who would be summoned “within a short period” in a case of money laundering, as part of an ongoing probe into the multi-crore drug racket case that has rocked Punjab and the SAD-BJP regime over the past few months, it is learnt. Documents accessed by HT show that ED has completed... 

Declare “Chaar Sahibzaade” as an educational film, demands Punjabi Cultural Council

Chandigarh: Punjabi Cultural Council has appealed to the Punjab Government to declare animated 3D film “Chaar Sahibzaade” as an educational and historical movie depicting real history of the great sacrifices of four sons of tenth guru Guru Gobind Singh ji. Besides, arrange special shows of the film for students in all educational institutes to create awareness among themselves. In the... 

Congress ignores Lala Lajpat Rai, AAP commemorates his death anniversary

Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party commemorated the 86th death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai in Jagraon in a big way on 17th November, 2014 in Lala Lajpat Rai Park. The volunteers organised a Blood Donation Camp before the start of the Homage function. A March was organised from Lala Lajpat Rai Park to the house of the Martyr Lala Lajpat Rai and large number of AAP Volunteers participated in the March. AAP... 

Bharati Vidhyapeeth Award for PU Professor

Chandigarh: Professor & Chairman, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, Dr Bhupinder Singh Bhoop has been selected for coveted “Bharati Vidhyapeeth Award for the Best Pharmacy Teacher – 2014”. The award is considered one of the most coveted awards in the Indian Pharma Education and Research and is instituted by the Association of Pharmacy...