Kamaldeep Singh Brar


Why the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee thinks GST is an unfair burden
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

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.

Farmer kills himself, blames ‘fake’ loan waiver promise
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

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.

Paddy straw burning: Punjab government bans harvesting with existing machines
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Manufacturers and machine owners told to upgrade equipment at a minimum cost of Rs 1.5 lakh

No response from Centre, SGPC chief writes to CM for GST exemption on langar
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

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.

No GST exemption on items for langar: SGPC again appeals to Centre, says quantity of food to be hit
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

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

Punjab Farmer suicide: In Tarn Taran, fifth farmer suicide claim in three weeks
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

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.

Punjab GST exemption request: Centre yet to respond, SGPC ‘optimistic’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

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.

Anti-GST textile traders rue lack of Congress support
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

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.

Work to build Bluestar gallery begins at Golden Temple
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

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.

With Akhand Path today, work set to start on Operation Blue Star gallery
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

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.

Third time in over a month, Sikh jathas not allowed to cross over to Pakistan
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

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.

GST rollout: Cement from Pakistan to be cheaper, dry fruits to cost more
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

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.

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s son accuses SGPC chief secy of harassing those close to family
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

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

Villagers up in arms after dera builds boundary wall over 70 acres of land
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

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.  

Sidhu attacks current Akali leadership at function to remember Master Tara Singh
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

“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.

HS Phoolka moves Akal Takht, wants Captain Amarinder punished for ‘dishonour to turban’
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

“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.

Farmer commits suicide: Family claims Rs 11 lakh loan, administration says Rs 7 Lakh
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

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.”

Gurdaspur farmer ends life hours after Captain Amarinder Singh’s loan waiver announcement
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

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.”

Job to former Punjab CM’s grandson angers family of soldiers
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The state government had framed a policy to provide job to a family member of every soldier killed in the 1999 Kargil War.

Punjab Budget 2017-18: Govt keeps Rs 440 crore for border belt
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

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.

Civic body, improvement trust spar over dumping of garbage in Amritsar
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Such garbage dumps can be seen across the city. Amritsar was ranked 258th among 434 cities in Swachh Survekshan 2017. The city lost huge points during annual survey as it has no solid waste treatment plant.

Navjot Singh Sidhu grounds Sukhbir’s pet water bus project
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The minister was on a visit to inspect the Harike water bus project when he made a sudden announcement about closing the project.

Apex body accepts Damdami Taksal’s demand
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The Damdami Taksal is also planning a light and sound show to explain how Operation Blue star was carried out in the basement.

SGPC lost focus on preaching, hurt SAD’s poll prospects, says Badungar
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Badungar also blamed former SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar for SGPC’s “failure in sticking to its main job of religious preaching.”

Prep school at border inspired by 1965 war hero sends its first three lads to NDA
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Dharampreet Singh belongs to a small village Kunto in Hoshiarpur. His grandfather, Lachman Singh, was a subedar in the Army. His father is a businessman.

SGPC joining SAD dharnas: Damdama Sahib head questions Akal Takht Jathedar’s advice
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Giani Harpreet Singh said that politics and religion run parallel in Sikhism and there was nothing wrong about SGPC participating in political activities

SGPC, langar panel spar over 161-acre plot in Bathinda
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Will participate in SAD dharnas today: Sikhs’ apex body

Tarn Taran proposes drug de-addiction centre at rehab clinic
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The DC and Congress leader Anoop Singh Bhullar, who runs the NGO, Fateh Foundation, and brother of Khemkaran Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, jointly visited the Bhagupur rehab centre in the second week of April this year

Amid human shield debate, a Tarn Taran village remembers its sons killed in encounter 25 years ago
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Villagers mark death anniversary of six who were allegedly used as human shield by cops and died

Operation Blue Star anniversary peaceful at Golden Temple: Radical Sikh outfits attend the event, some raise pro-Khalistani slogans
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

There was heavy security in the city ahead of the anniversary event. The shutdown call given by radical Sikh body Dal Khalsa remained peaceful and successful despite the appeal made by Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) to keep the shops open

‘Parallel’ Jathedars drop all conditions to keep June 6 Operation Blue Star anniversary clash-free
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

The decision, which was taken to conduct the event peacefully, was reached at the first ever meeting between SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar and the three ‘parallel’ Jatherdars appointed at a controversial ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ called by radical groups in 2015

Civil service exam: 2 Amritsar boys make the cut, rank 2nd, 76th
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi stood second in the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC), Rahul Sharma secured the 76th position

Govt pushes for heritage tag for Khalsa College, UNESCO team visits
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

College claims building can’t be a tourist spot, state government says they can be convinced later

SGPC ready to host Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars at Akal Takht event
Wed, May 31, 2017

Says it will make arrangements for all prominent leaders to participate in the event with respect

AAP Chief’s first Punjab trip after polls: Approach me directly if MLAs don’t listen, Arvind Kejriwal tells party workers
Tue, May 30, 2017

Kejriwal also asked party leaders and workers to start a movement against the newly formed Congress government in Punjab on issues like alleged irregularities in sand mining contracts.

A tale of two villages in Punjab: Dalits evicted from land, illegally & legally
Sun, May 28, 2017

Colony was planned for 50 Dalit families on the panchayat land and possession of plots were also given to beneficiaries. We have received complaints that they were removed from the land: Block Panchyat Development Officer (BDPO) Patti