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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The Modi presidency is over

HARISH KHARE: The clever and the cunning among the Modi ‘bhakts’ were prescient enough to enter a caveat by way of  an insurance: the Bihar vote would not be a verdict on the Prime Minister. True, every analyst knew that whatever be the Patna outcome, the Lok Sabha numbers would remain unchanged. But there is a message way, way beyond Patna because he opted — so breathtakingly and so recklessly... 

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... 

Punjab farmers on warpath, block trains

Chandigarh: Passengers faced a harrowing time in Punjab as 27 trains were cancelled today due to the ongoing agitation by farmers, which entered third day today. Over 15,000 farmers blocked the rail traffic seeking higher compensation for crops damaged in white fly attack and also Rs 5 lakh financial assistance to the family of farmers who committed suicide. Yesterday, unions spearheading the movement... 

Centre announces 6% DA hike for Babus

New Delhi: Not leaving any stone unturned to lure the Bihar electorate ahead of the Assembly elections, the Central government on Wednesday announced an additional power package of Rs 1850 crore for the state. The Cabinet also gave a go-ahead of 6% hike in the Dearness Allowance for Central government employees and pensioners. The decision comes hours before the announcement of dates for the election... 

Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh to be made smart cities in 5 yrs

Jalandhar: It’s official. Six cities, including Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, and the union territory of Chandigarh have made it to the list of 98 smart cities that will be part of the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious project for the next five years. Besides Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar in Punjab, Karnal and Faridabad in Haryana and Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh have found a place... 

Why Majithia avoided escorting Modi during his Amritsar visit?

Amritsar: Under clouds due to Enforcement Directorate investigations pending against him in the Rs 6000 crore inter-continental drug racket, Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia avoided escorting the visiting Prime Minister Narndra Modi during his visit at the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Monday. However, Majithia, who holds Public Relations and Revenue portfolios, welcomed Modi... 

Sikh bodies representatives meet Punjab CM

Chandigarh: Representatives of various Sikh bodies today met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at his official residence and discuss the issue of political prisoners who have not been released despite completing their jail term. The meeting was convened to discuss and deliberate on the issue by chief minister himself as veteran Akali Surat Singh is on fast unto death from the last 31 days. The... 

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... 

Badal’s call for battle against social evils, drugs

SAS NAGAR (MOHALI): Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today appealed all the political parties, NGOs, voluntary and social organizations to launch a crusade against the social evils especially the drug menace thereby rising above the petty considerations of party affiliations and trivial interests to emerge Punjab as the leading state in the country. Addressing the gathering after unfurling... 

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... 

Kiran bedi is five-time richer than Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi chief ministerial aspirants, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and BJP’s Kiran Bedi declared their movable and immovable assets on Wednesday in the run-up to the Feb 7 assembly elections. Kiran Bedi with assests worth over Rs 11.65 crore is five times richer as compared to her former Team Anna member Kejriwal, whose total assets worth about Rs 2.09 crore.  Meanwhile, the AAP supremo... 

Chamar Sabha demands SC Governor in Punjab

Chandigarh: The Chamar Mahan Sabha has appealed to the Narendra Modi government to appoint the next Punjab Governor from the Scheduled Castes keeping in mind the large (almost 40 per cent) SC population in the state. The Punjab Governor retires onJanuary 21. “Even though the SC community constitutes a large chunk of the population the major political parties of Punjab ignore this section. So it would... 

Why not Bharat Ratna for Kanshi Ram? Asks Mayawati

Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday charged the NDA government with discriminating against Dalit icons like Kanshi Ram while awarding Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya. She also attacked the Narendra Modi government for adopting the “ordinance route” on key issues. “Just like the previous Congress-led UPA government, the NDA government is adopting... 

CM seeks PM intervention to end urea shortage in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for seeking his personal intervention to step up the supplies of urea to Punjab in order to make up the shortfall of 1,47,843 MTs. In a letter to Mr. Modi, the Chief Minister apprised him that the State Agriculture Department has time and again requested the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers,... 

Frustrated Sidhu harming SAD-BJP coalition: Majithia

Amritsar: Punjab’s information and public relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia has dubbed former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s comment against the Shriomani Akali Dal Badal (SAD) as uncalled for and extremely unfortunate. “A person who a few years ago credited his success to the sincerity and hard work of Akali workers is now making bizarre statements. People are smart; they... 

Modi govt applies balm on Sikhs wounds: kin of 3325 victims to get Rs 5 lakh each

New Delhi: In a significant move, the Narendra Modi government on Thursday announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to be given to the kin of 3325 people killed during anti-Sikh riots in the national capital in 1984. The order was passed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who took the decision after a high-level meeting where the issue of compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal...