Sikh group secures summons to Sonia Gandhi
New York: A Sikh rights group on Tuesday secured a summon from a US judge to be served on Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a hospital where she is believed to be under medical care,in a case filed against her for shielding and protecting party leaders allegedly involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A class action suit against Gandhi was filed by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ),a US-based human rights group,along with victims of the November 1984 riots. SFJ legal counsel Gurpatwant S Pannun said federal court Judge Brian M Cogans order further directs the hospital and security staff to give summons and complaint to Gandhi personally in the hospital.
Dal Khalsa laments confusion about Sikhs
JALANDHAR: Admitting that religio-political leadership of the Sikhs has utterly failed to create awareness about the separate and distinct identity of Sikhs,the Dal Khalsa has expressed its shock over the survey conducted jointly by the SALDEF and Stanford University that revealed that 49 per cent Americans believes Sikh is a sect of Islam. In a statement party head H S Dhami said it was most ironic. Terming it as a sorry state of affairs for Sikhs,Dhami asked the leadership of the community,including heads of Akal Takht,SGPC,DSGMC and SAD to ponder upon who was responsible for this mess.
Two IAS officers transferred
Chandigarh: The Haryana government has issued posting and transfer orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect. Vikas Gupta has been posted as Special Secretary,Revenue and Disaster Management Department,against a vacant post. Ashok Sangwan has been posted as Director and Special Secretary,Industries and Commerce and Mines and Geology Departments.
Man booked for raping niece
Chandigarh: A resident of Mandothi village in Kalanaur,Punjab,was arrested on charges of raping his six-year-old niece. The accused,Ajay,was booked on the complaint lodged by his sister-in-law who alleged that her daughter was raped by Ajay while she was not at home. The complainant alleged that Ajay took her daughter to a secluded place,raped her and even threatened her with dire consequences. A case was registered against Ajay and he was produced in the court on Tuesday. He was remanded to judicial custody.
Corruption will be eliminated from roots
Badni Kalan (Moga): Revenue and PR Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday claimed that corruption will be rooted out from the system in Punjab soon. Talking to mediapersons at Anand Ishwar Darbar Nanksar Thaat,where he came to pay obeisance along with his sister and MP Harsimrat Badal,he said: We have already initiated a special drive to ensure that corruption is eliminated from the roots and employees who harass public are served appropriate treatment. Working on this,10 naib tehsildars and 5 tehsildars have already been dismissed in the last one year. Meanwhile,Harsimrat said that soon the step-motherly treatment meted out to Punjab by the Centre will be over,as NDA will emerge as the winner in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Regulatory authority to look over varsities
BATHINDA: To streamline the functioning of various universities in the state,the Punjab government will soon set up a regulatory authority. An announcement to this effect was made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Monday while presiding over the foundation day function of Guru Kashi University.