The Tribune – EC tells Punjab, 4 other states to prepare for polls

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New Delhi, 28 December 2016. The Election Commission has shot off a letter to the Cabinet Secretary and the chief secretaries of poll-bound Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur asking them to strictly adhere to the code of conduct, likely to be announced anytime now.

With this, the EC has also indicated that it planned to conduct simultaneous elections in these states.

“Immediate action should be taken for enforcement of the code of conduct after the announcement,” it wrote.

The provisions to be followed include prevention of defacement of property, misuse of public space as well as official vehicles. The EC asked the authorities to remove political advertisements from public property within 48 hours and from private property in 72 hours after the announcement of the poll dates.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/ec-tells-punjab-4-other-states-to-prepare-for-polls/343164.html

Sikh24.com – Young activist Gursharan Singh Sohal finally released by Punjab police

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Amritsar Sahib, Panjab, 13 December 2016. Gursharan Singh Sohal (an activist of Youth Akali Dal Amritsar), who was abducted by the Punjab police from Amritsar on December 10, was reportedly released by the Punjab police yesterday.

According to sources, Sohal’s followers succeeded in tracing him 48 hours after his abduction, in Ferozepur. Although he was reportedly arrested by the police there, reasons for his arrest have still not been clarified by the police there.

Sikh24 attempted to contact Gursharan Singh but it was learnt that his phone remained in the custody of Ferozepur police.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that other activists of Youth Akali Dal Amritsar are also being targeted by the Punjab police due to their active participation in Sarbat Khalsa 2016.

The police are conducting raids to arrest YADA’s S. Papalpreet Singh (Chief Organizing Secretary) and Navdeep Singh Qazi (Amritsar) to indict them in fake cases. According to sources, the police haven’t managed to arrest them yet as they have not been located.

http://www.sikh24.com/2016/12/13/young-activist-gursharan-singh-sohal-finally-released-by-punjab-police/#.WFDdb1wSfY8

NDTV – Parkash Singh Badal dedicates 2nd phase 0f Virasat-E-Khalsa to nation

Anandpur Sahib, 25 November 2016. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today dedicated the second phase of the prestigious Virasat-e-Khalsa to the nation.

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the second phase of this historic monument comprised 13 galleries in addition to already existing 14 galleries at a cost of Rs. 77 crore.

This would showcase the history of the state from period surpassing the installation of Guru Granth Sahib to post independent Punjab, he said.

The blend of handicrafts with the ultra modern technology along with the three-D animation with marvellous audio-video content would be the main source of attraction of this architectural marvel, he said.

The first phase of this project was dedicated to the people by the Chief Minister on 25 November 2011.

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/parkash-singh-badal-dedicates-2nd-phase-of-virasat-e-khalsa-to-nation-1630275?browserpush=true

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Newsx.com – Movie review: ’31st October’ is a cathartic experience

“31st October”; Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil; Cast: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das, Lakhwinder Lakha, Deepaj Rana, Vineet Sharma, Nagesh Bhonsle, Daya Shankar, Maneet Vaghadia; Rating: **1/2

New Delhi – Film, 2 October 2016. This film pays tribute to the Sikhs killed after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 and those Hindus who helped some Sikhs survive the aftermath of the fanatics’ wrath.

With over 8,000 Sikhs reported killed after the assassination, this film is an indirect plea to prosecute those responsible for the mass killings.

The dramatized narrative, based on a true story of a family who experienced the nightmare, follows the lives of Davinder Singh (Vir Das) and his family which consist of his wife and three children, on that fateful day.

Narrated in a linear format, the screenplay is simple and effective with hourly updates, beginning from 6.30 am right till the assassination, giving glimpses of the various localities, inhabited by Sikhs in Delhi. How the tension and horror unfurls, forms the crux of the tale.

With a beard and a turban, actor Vir as the do-gooder, Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking employee with a low blood-pressure problem is sincere in his portrayal of Davinder Singh. But at times, his sincerity sticks out as an over-the-top act.

Actress Soha Ali Khan as Davinder’s wife Tejinder looks natural, performs ably and matches Vir in her histrionics. But she fails to be consistent in her accent.

Lakhwinder Lakha, Deepaj Rana and Vineet Sharma as their family friends – Yogesh, Pal and Tilak seem genuine and honest. Nagesh Bhonsle as Inspector Dahiya in a two scene role is impressive.

The script written by Producer Harry Sachdeva is blatantly straightforward and basic. It effectively shows the organised massacre along with plight and helplessness of the Sikhs. And it is astutely mounted with moderate production values.

On the technical front, Nandita Pandey’s costumes, Harish Kumara’s art direction with some, old film posters, radio and old television sets, replicate the period to the hilt.

The sepia tone frames add to the charm. But the visuals begin on a shaky note. Ramani Ranjan Das’ un-steady camera work is disconcerting, but nevertheless captures the setting and the tragedy with all sincerity.

The background score and the songs are soulfully rendered and add to the pathos of the narrative.

Overall, the film despite its earnestness, leaves much to be desired but for the makers it sure is a cathartic experience and the last scene says it all.

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The Times of India – Ten coaches of Jhelum Express derail in Punjab

Chandigarh, 4 October 2016. Ten coaches of the Jhelum Express derailed near Ludhiana early on Tuesday, leaving two passengers injured.

“Ten coaches of the Jhelum Express derailed between Phillaur and Ladhowal at 3:05 am,” Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ferozepur Anuj Prakash said.

He said the train was coming from Jammu and going towards Pune when it went off the tracks.

Two passengers have been injured in the incident, he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ten-coaches-of-Jhelum-Express-derail-in-Punjab/articleshow/54667436.cms

Sikh24.com – Punjab Police Continues Crackdown on Sikh Activists

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Bagha Purana, 18 July 2016. Over 200 Sikh activists were detained by the Punjab police prior to July 17 to bar them from taking part in culmination of an Akhand Path Sahib at village Bhagta Bhai Ka.

The Akhand Path was being organized to kick off a campaign to seek beadbi culprits arrested. Over a dozen beadbi cases came to the fore this past year putting the entire state of Punjab in a very tense situation.

Sikh24 has confirmed that Jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal, Baba Pardeep Singh Chandpura, Baba Jaswinder Singh Daduwal, Bhai Jasveer Singh Bhatti (HSGMC), Bhai Jeet Singh Khalsa (HSGMC) and a Punj Pyare Jatha of Singhs leading a protest march initiated from Daduwal were taken into custody.

Chief Organizing Secretary of Youth Akali Dal Amritsar Bhai Papalpreet Singh was reportedly arrested in the afternoon of July 17. He was taken into custody by a troop of Punjab police from the bus stand of Baghapurana.

Similarly, Senior leader of United Akali Dal Bhai Satnam Singh Manawa, Bhai Ranjit Singh Sanghera (President of Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar from Barnala) and a Jatha of Damdami Taksal (Ajnala) was also arrested by the Punjab police on July 17.

The Punjab police had earlier arrested several prominent Sikh personalities like Bhai Baldev Singh Wadala, Bhai Gurdeep Singh Bathinda, Jathedar Bhai Baljit Singh Daduwal and others in a massive crackdown on July 15 to prevent them from taking part in July 17 smagam at Bhagta Bhai Ka.

President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) S. Simranjeet Singh Mann was also put under house arrest. The police also raided on the houses of almost all active Sikh activists while some of them escaped the raids.

BREAKING: Punjab Police Continues Crackdown on Sikh Activists

The Indian Express – Will ensure work on Ram temple starts this year-end: Subramanian Swamy

Swamy was speaking at an event organised by Bhartiya Kisan Abhiya

New Delhi, 27 May 2016. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Friday said that one of his missions for the year is to ensure that work to build a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya begins by December.

Swamy also said he will actively pursue the National Herald case that involved Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi among others. The case is currently pending before the courts.

He was speaking at an event organised by Bhartiya Kisan Abhiya here. The BJP leader further said that he will take up issues related to the farm sector next year.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/will-ensure-work-on-ram-temple-starts-this-year-end-swamy-2822236/