Sikki alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was responsible for two Indian soldiers from Khadoor Sahib constituency losing their lives at the border earlier this year.
No clear reason was given by the government for the resistance at various levels, which eventually forced the SGPC and other Sikh bodies to cancel the trip at the last moment.
It is not clear how many people joined the dera for Ram Rahim’s guidance in giving up homosexuality. No representative of the dera was available for comments.
Dera had openly supported Congress. It was the first time that the dera openly supported any political party in elections. Dera was supposed to be strongest in Malwa region of Punjab where Congress managed to win 37 out of the total 67 seats.
Fauzia Manzoor, counseller, Pakistan High Commission in India, visited Amritsar central jail Monday to confirm the nationality of the trio as part of routine procedure before release of such prisoners.
He added, “I want to make an appeal to all those dera followers with Sikh background to admit their mistake and take corrective steps and return to the faith of Guru Nanak. We will welcome such followers with open arms.”
Initially, the whole of district Gurdaspur, with a Muslim population of 52 per cent, was supposed to be part of Pakistan. It was, however, awarded to India. But Chattpur tehsil of Gurdaspur, where the gurdwara is located, went to Pakistan.
Iqbal in Fatehabad village of Tarn Taran says his ancestors left the village in 1947 to live with relatives in Faridkot district, and returned when the fury of Partition subsided.
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“We conducted a raid in Sangal Basti. It was done to give a message to drug smugglers that their activities will not be tolerated. We didn’t recover anything during the raid. No arrests were made as most of the smugglers had fled after locking their house,” said Sohan Singh, DSP Patti.
The order to probe the deal was passed on a complaint by Amritsar-based petitioner Baldev Singh Sirsa. Badungar had replaced Makkar as SGPC chief, and both are reportedly not on good terms.
Police reached the village and arrested the accused. Some villagers, however, allegedly tried to whisk away the accused. When the police tried to thwart them, they allegedly thrashed SHO Vipin Kumar and took him away.
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Congress MLA from Patti, Harminder Singh Gill, confirmed both developments. Talking to The Indian Express, Gill claimed credit for the transfer of Mohit after the latter allegedly did not listen to the complaints of poor women from Sangal Basti against drug smugglers.
The decision will benefit around 8,000 sugar farmers in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency. Gurdaspur parliamentary seat had fallen vacant after the death of its sitting BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) Member of Parliament and veteran film actor Vinod Khanna.
During Harcharan Singh’s initial days in office too, his appointment was strongly opposed by former Hazuri Ragi Baldev Singh Vadala, founder of Sikh Sadbhavna Dal. Baldev Singh had strongly objected to the appointment of chief secretary on a salary of Rs 3 lakh per month and also levelled personal allegations on Harcharan Singh.
The most expensive commodity that the Golden Temple kitchen purchases is desi ghee — around Rs 4 lakh worth of desi ghee is used in the kitchen every day. At the rate of 12%, the GST on ghee alone will work out to Rs 1.75 crore, the SGPC has calculated.
The family has claimed to have found a suicide note from the pocket of Major Singh (40) in which he expressed disappointment over the “fake promise” of loan waiver allegedly made by the state government.
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After failing to get any response from the Centre, SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar has now approached Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for relief from paying GST on the purchase of materials to run the free community kitchen or langar at the Golden Temple.
The ministry’s press release further said some of the inputs and input services required for making ‘prasad’ would be subject to the GST. These include sugar, vegetable edible oils, ghee, butter and service for transportation of these goods
Tarn Taran has seen five suspected cases of farmer suicides being reported in last three weeks, despite the area not being know for such cases.
The Punjab government had provided these exemptions to SGPC and other religious bodies in Punjab. All these exemptions came to an end once the Goods and Services Tax came into force. Now, the state government has no power to exempt SGPC from paying any kind of tax.
Though individuals like Amritsar MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Amritsar (North) MLA Sunil Dutti, both from the Congress, have extended personal support to the textile traders, the party has kept a distance from the protest so far.
he construction work was jointly started by the Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, and SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar. The event was attended by many other heads of Sikh shrines.
On Tuesday, an Akhand Path will begin inside Blue Star Memorial Gurdwara which will lead to commencement of construction of the gallery from Thursday, the day the uninterrupted recitation of Guru Granth Sahib will end. It was constructed inside Golden Temple premises in 2013.
Jathas planned by different Sikh bodies, including SGPC, go to Pakistan under Shimla Agreement on four occasions in one year — birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Baisakhi festival, to observe martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev and the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Over the last few years, while overall trade through the Integrated Check Post (ICP), Attari has come down, most of it has been in form of import from Pakistan. Traders are now hopeful that cement imported from Pakistan will become cheaper for consumers in India after the GST comes into force.
Former Akal Takht Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode said that they have asked SGPC to probe allegations against Kuldeep Singh, adding that if he’s found innocent then Harcharan Singh should be removed as chief secretary
Sirsa alleged that under pressure, the district administration and the village panchyat silently had allowed the dera rights of farming on this land for years at very low bids.
“Selfless leaders like Master Tara Singh would continue to rule the hearts of the people. I thank CM Captain Amarinder Singh for organising this event. Master Tara Singh always put the interests of panth above his own,” Sidhu said.
“Captain Amarinder Singh is also responsible for not allowing us to pass a resolution against the disrespect cused to turban in the Assembly", said HS Phoolka.
The Deputy Commissioner said, “We have investigated the death of Dalbir Singh. He was under a debt of Rs 7 lakh...He committed suicide due to the financial burden.”
Gurdial demanded that the state government should now repay his loan, and also give jobs to his children. Amit Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Gurdaspur said, “I have asked chief agricultural official to submit report about the farmer’s death.”
The state government had framed a policy to provide job to a family member of every soldier killed in the 1999 Kargil War.
This is in addition to annual Rs 85 crore allocation provided under a centrally sponsored scheme under a similar programme in which the state share is Rs 40 crore.