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“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... 

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... 

Thinking beyond the concept of SGPC to safeguard Sikh ethos

N.S.PHERUMAN:  American Sikh Council has endorsed the resolutions passed at the SARBAT KHALSA 2015 held at village Chabba near Amritsar in Punjab and will associate, make all efforts for implementing these resolutions. Further,  ASC is of the view that the selection and appointment of JATHEDAR AKAL TAKHT and Jathedars of other TAKHTS be made from the competent Sikhs throughout the world and a procedure... 
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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... 

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... 

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... 

High time to liberate SGPC from the clutches of Badal family

Bir Devinder Singh: With the overall erosion of age old cherished Sikh values and non-adherence to Sikh ethos in the administration of  SGPC, including the Sikh Takhats ( The temporal seats of authority of Sikh religion). it has become imperative that kakistocracy of Badal Family in SGPC affairs must end now. The monopoly of the Badal family has done unfathomable damage to the glory of the Sikh institutions... 

Sukhdev Singh Bhaur quits Shiromani Akali Dal

Phagwara: SAD senior leader and SAD Political Affairs Committee member Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur resigned from the primary membership of the Akali Dal in protest against the sacrilege incident. Bhaur is also general secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee. This will be a major setback to SAD as Bhaur was a Tohra loyalist and also a Sikh scholar. Meanwhile, Charanjit Singh also... 

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)... 

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... 

Akal Takht Jathedar & SGPC chief skip Sukha, Jinda anniversary

Amritsar: Under fire over the Sikh clergy’s decision to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC top brass were conspicuous by their absence at an event organised at the Golden Temple to mark the death anniversary of General AS Vaidya’s assassins, Sukha and Jinda, today. An ‘akhand path’ was organised at Akal Takht to mark the occasion. Sikh leaders... 

Summoning of Guru Granth Sahib decried

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa and SAD (Panch Pardani) today strongly condemned Patiala court order summoning Guru Granth Sahib in a land disputed case. Heads of both the parties H S Dhami and Jathedar Kulbeer Singh Barapind said the recent order by Patiala court judge was highly objectionable and painful. “We want to communicate to the executive and the judiciary that no court under any law could summon Guru... 

Court summons to Granth Sahib in property dispute!

Aman Sood: Patiala: A dispute over a piece of land has taken a curious turn in Patiala with a local court making a gurdwara and its Guru Granth Sahib as party in the case and summoning them for the next hearing on September 25. The case surrounds one kanal of land adjoining the gurdwara at Maddo Majra village, which was purchased by a resident, Baldev Singh, and donated for the shrine’s extension.... 

Badals take Panthic route to divert public attention from Moga bus Kaand

PATIALA: In an apparent attempt to divert people from their outrage over the Moga bus horror, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has taken the old winning route of religion. A joint event of the Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the bringing of Sikh Gurus’ relics from Patiala to Anandpur Sahib after a journey across Punjab, began on Wednesday as the exclusive... 

NAPA challenges demand for ban on ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’

JALANDHAR: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) strongly slamed those Sikh organizations who are seeking a ban without watching on the upcoming film named ‘Nanak Shah Fakir”. Satnam Singh Chahal executive director of NAPA said that this is very unfortunate that some Sikh organizations are discouraging those  film producers who are trying to do something to preserve the history and... 

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... 

Cong gives memorandum to SGPC for AIIMS in Amritsar

Amritsar: District Congress Committee, Amritsar (Rural) president Gurjeet Singh Aujla and other Congressmen today handed over a memorandum to SGPC. The memorandum was received by S. Roop Singh, S. Manjit Singh, S. Bijay Singh and S. Balwinder Singh Jaura on the behalf of SPGC chief S. Avtar Singh Makkar who is at Patna Sahib.  Congressmen demanded that AIIMS must be allotted to Amritsar city and requested... 

Sikhism lesser known in America; what does the SGPC do?

Washington: Despite the tall claims of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC of propagating Sikhism worldwide, majority of Americans are unaware of what Sikhism is or what a Sikh looks like and this despite the country being home to more than half a million of them, a latest study has said. According to the report ‘Sikhism in the US: What Americans know and need to know’, many... 

SGPC plans censor board for films, books on Sikhs

Chandigarh: Films and books on Sikh religion may soon have to pass the test of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), which is planning to set up a ‘censor board’ for “moral policing” of the scripts. The move comes against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s movie ‘MSG’ and many Bollywood movies in which actors... 

Dal Khalsa slams Akali Dal for unprincipled politics

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa takes exception over the unceremoniously sacking of Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh and practice of appointing granthis as Takht Jathedar. Kanwar Pal Singh party spokesperson said it was really sad day for all who are fighting to uphold distinct identity of Sikhs. He said the disturbing role remains of jathedar, Akal Takhat, Giani Gurbachan Singh. “His... 

SGPC Executive unceremoniously removes Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar

Fatehgarh Sahib: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC Executive today removed Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo,  Jathedar Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh for allegedly violating religious principles and disobeying certain decisions of the apex religious body of the Sikhs.  SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar presided over the meeting. Late SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra loyalists... 

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... 

Dal Khalsa plans protest rallies on Republic Day

Jalandhar: While terming the India’s republic day as betrayal day for Sikhs, the Dal Khalsa has planned to organize public rallies at 4 different cities on Jan 26 to protest against “Constitutional injustices”. This announcement was made at a meeting of party senior leaders held here today. Informing the media about their proposed sit-in Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said their party... 

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... 

SYP holds pro-turban, anti-drugs march

Amritsar: While observing the Parkash Purab of Guru Gobind Singh, Dal Khalsa’s youth wing Sikh Youth of Punjab along with Sikh Youth Federation Bhindrawale today organized a march in the city to create awareness on respect for turban, drug abuse and issue of Sikh detainees who are not being released even after completion of their jail sentence. Led by SYP head Paramjit Singh Tanda, the activists... 

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... 

SGPC chief seeks ban on movie by Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Amritsar: After Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and other Sikh organizations seeking ban on screening of film MSG, SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar too joined the bandwagon asking for ban on the movie showing the Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in lead role. Dera chief is also producer of the film. While appealing the central government to impose ban on release of the movie Makkar... 

Sikh clergy can’t summon Sidhu, say scholars

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: Even as the demand that Akal Takht should initiate action against former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for alleged distortion of “gurbani” is gaining ground, most of the Sikh intellectuals say a “patit” (apostate) Sikh could not even be summoned by Akal Takht as it was against Sikh “rehat maryada” (code of conduct). Former Akal Takht Jathedar... 

Confusion ends, Gurpurb on December 28

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: Akal Takht today announced that Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary (Gurpurb) will be celebrated on December 28 as per the amended Nanakshahi calendar. Earlier, the Sikh clergy had decided to celebrate Gurpurb on January 7. “We have received a number of e-mails, saying preparations for celebrating the event on December 28 had already been made,” he said, clarifying... 

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... 

SGPC goes global, Sikh Centre opened in US

Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC, the highest religious body of Sikhs, goes global with its chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Friday laying the foundation stone of International Sikh Centre at Yuba City in the state of California in the United States.  A 5-member delegation, led by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar had gone to US to attend the ceremony. Others in the delegation included... 

Kairon stands exposed for ties with drug Smugglers: Congress

Amritsar: Senior Congress leader from Tarn Taran Harminder Singh Gill today accused Cabinet Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon of links with drug smuggler Sahib Singh. The latter was arrested from Patti in Tarn Taran yesterday. Sahib Singh, a former BSF jawan and a resident of Patti, was nabbed by the state’s special operations cell (SSOC) with 14 kg of heroin worth Rs 70 crore in the international... 

SGPC to honour 2 female Asiad medalists

Amritsar: The Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today announced that it would felicitate Amritsar’s Khushbir Kaur and Patiala’s Trisha Deb for bringing laurels to the country in the ongoing Asian Games. Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, said that the duo had made India proud by winning a silver and a bronze medal in the mega sports event. He said the SGPC had always promoted sports... 

Ex-SGPC chief & senior Akali leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi dies

Amritsar: Former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president and veteran Shiromani Akali Dal leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi died in Ludhiana on Friday. He was 85. Talwandi was ailing for the past few days and was admitted to the Hero DMC Heart Institute in Ludhiana. Doctors had said that his condition was critical and he was on life-support system. Talwandi was elected president of SGPC,... 

Shoe thrower on Chidambram was honoured by SGPC: Capt reminds Badal

CHANDIGARH: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today reminded the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of how his party controlled SGPC honoured one Jarnail Singh after he hurled a shoe at the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. “You are reaping what you sowed”, he told Mr Badal. “You also offered him a job for this act”, he reminded Mr Badal while asking him not... 

‘Green’ redefining Kar Sewa in Gurdwaras

Chandigarh: Under the aegis of Sri Ganga Nursery of Zirakpur the historical Gurdwara Nabha Sahib is all set to inaugurate its first ever green patch on 16th August, 2014 at 10AM. Jathedar Giani Mull Singh Ji of Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib will offer prayers and plant the ceremonial tree. Many Sikh delegations from SGPC and Punjab government are arriving grace the special environmental event at the Gurdwara...