The Tribune – Digital drive to apprise youth of Gurbani

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Bathinda – Panjab – India, 31 October 2019. Sikhs have launched the first-of-its-kind digital campaign to introduce Guru Nanak’s teachings to a younger audience in India and abroad. Marketing firm MSL based in New Delhi has been engaged to create awareness about the Guru’s philosophy ahead of his 550th birth anniversary.

As per a release issued today, Dr Rajwant Singh, co-founder of the National Sikh Campaign in the US, said, “An online portal named ‘The Script of Life’ has been designed to present Guru Nanak’s ideas of enriched life to all. Guru Nanak did not belong to one community.

We want people to discover Guru Nanak as a world teacher whose thoughts can bring people together and spark the joy that the world needs today. Polarisation and hate is on the rise and we need more messaging which builds harmony and love among all people.”

According to the release, the campaign will focus on driving conversations among younger audiences in the age group of 18-35 by revisiting Guru Nanak’s instructions on equality, environment, women’s empowerment, tolerance of religions and service to others. The portal will be available on social media platforms.

The Tribune – Threats to anti-drug panels, STF warns of tough action

‘Will felicitate victim Satnam on 15 August 2019, recommend his name for government job’

Tribune News Service

Bathinda – Panjab – India, 12 August 2019. A day after an anti-drug committee member was shot at in Kotli Ablu village of Muktsar district, Balkar Singh Sidhu STF, IGP, Bathinda zone, today expressed solidarity with those who are fighting the menace of drugs, saying that stringent action will be initiated against anyone trying to intimidate committee members.

Addressing a press conference here, Sidhu along with Bathinda SSP Nanak Singh and Muktsar SSP Manjit Singh Dhesi said they would felicitate Satnam Singh, who was injured during the 11 August attack at Kotli Ablu village, on 15 August and also recommend his name for a government job.

Sidhu said they were conducting raids to nab the accused involved in two recent instances of attack on anti-drug committee members in Muktsar. He said the police would ensure safety and security of the members. Besides, he said they had also briefed the committees on how to deal with the situation.

He said all the committees had their helpline numbers and they were just a call away. “We will not spare anybody trying to create hurdles in our anti-drug drive. We also want to assure anti-drug committees working in villages that they don’t need to bother about such elements, as the police always stand by them,” he added.

On the demand for arms licence by some of the anti-drug committees, he said they would decide on the issue on case-to-case basis.

Sidhu said the accused in Kotli Ablu attack case, Karanvir Singh alias Happy, had criminal background and was earlier also booked in a drug smuggling case. He was also awarded three-year jail term in 2016. He said they were verifying the properties owned by him and would initiate the process to attach the same soon.

Replying to a media query, the IGP said black sheep could be anywhere, including the police force, and they were not sparing anyone as and when identified. He denied that there was any leakage of information regarding the police search operations for drugs in the region.

Meanwhile, talking about the letter penned by Bir Talab village residents in which they sought “permission to indulge in drug trade”, Bathinda SSP Nanak Singh said they had taken a serious note of it. “We have already suspended an ASI and arrested 16 persons over the last two to three days. We will wipe out the menace from Bir Talab soon,” he claimed.

We will not spare anybody trying to create hurdles in our anti-drug drive. We also want to assure anti-drug committees working in villages that they don’t need to bother about such elements, as the police always stand by them, Balkar Singh Sidhu, IGP, STF, Bathinda zone.

The Tribune – US Sikhs collect $1 lakh for documentary on Guru Nanak

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Bathinda – Panjab – India, 20 March 2019. Sikhs from various parts of New York City area have raised $1,00,000 for the first-ever documentary on Guru Nanak Dev. The documentary will be shown on 200 TV stations all over America during 2019, when the Sikhs will be celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism.

As per a release, members of Gurdwara Baba Makhan Shah Lobana in New York showed their enthusiasm for this cause and they backed the plan presented by the National Sikh Campaign (NSC).

The NSC is spearheading this national project of the Sikhs in America and will be organising premier shows of this film in the US and other parts of the world. It has hired Auteur Productions to make this documentary to be shown on TV stations.

The fund raising event started with a gatka show by children. Second generation US-born Sikh youth expressed their enthusiasm and support for this project. Tarlok Singh Chugh, an internet sensation on Punjabi jokes, came from Calgary, Canada, and made every one laugh. Over 20 youth members displayed their gatka skills.

Dr Rajwant Singh, senior adviser, NSC, who gave a detailed presentation on the documentary’s plan, said, “The goal is to reach out to Americans. We are trying to make sure that we go beyond the traditional way of celebrating this important occasion.” – Won’t spare anybody found responsible for sacrilege and police firing incidents, reiterates Captain

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Bathinda – Panjab – India, 29 January 2019. Interacting with media in Bathinda on January 28, the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh stated that nobody found responsible for the sacrilege and police firing cases will be spared at any cost irrespective of the high position he holds.

He added that the probe of Special Investigation Team will reach to a logical conclusion soon.

Talking about the recent arrest of the Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma, Captain said that it’s sure that Charanjit Sharma must have received directions from the upper authorities to open fire. “The SIT would identify those factors and the ones found guilty will be brought to justice soon” he added.

Captain Amarinder Singh also lashed out at Akalis for failing to book the sacrilege culprits and not accepting the recommendations of the Justice Zora Singh led Investigation Commission set up by them to probe the incidents.

Captain also accused the former Akali Dal led Punjab government for ruining the state economy while claiming that the number of farmer suicides and drug trade in Punjab fell down dramatically since he started ruling Punjab.