– California State Assembly members pay obeisance at Sri Harmandr Sahib

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 15 December 2018. A group of California state’s legislators namely Ash Kalra, Mark Stone, Eloise Reyes, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Richard Bloom, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry etc. today paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandr Sahib.

Several other prominent personalities of America were also accompanying them on this occasion.

After paying obeisance inside the sanctum sanctorum, the group members partook of “langar” at the world’s largest free community kitchen Sri Guru Ram Dass Langar.

Highly impressed by the principle of equality imposed by the great Sikh masters in “langar”, the California state legislators also performed volunteer service of cleaning utensils.

All of them were honored with Siropa (robe of honor) and portraits of Sri Harmandr Sahib by the SGPC authorities.


The Tribune – Congress, SAD spar over Kamal Nath as MP CM

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 14 December 2018. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to name Kamal Nath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh triggered a war of words between Congress and Akali MLAs in the House today.

The SAD legislators alleged that the veteran Congress leader was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Raising slogans against Congress leaders whose names had figured in riot cases, Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and other SAD legislators stormed the Well of the House.

Majithia alleged that the Congress high command was rewarding Nath despite his alleged role in the riots. Countering the charge, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra said there was no FIR against the Congress leader, while flashing his mobile phone to show pictures of then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Parminder Singh Dhindsa presenting a bouquet to Nath during the latter’s tenure as Road Transport Minister.

“Nath served as Union minister for more than 10 years after the allegations first surfaced,” said Mohindra.

Backing Nath, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh accused the Shiromani Akali Dal of politicising the issue (1984 riots). Intervening during a call-attention motion in the Vidhan Sabha, the Chief Minister said the law was taking its own course as far as allegations against the former Union minister were concerned.

“A mere reference about the senior Congress leader in the Nanavati Commission report could not be construed as his involvement in the case. The law alone can decide the role of any individual,” the CM said, adding that nobody should exploit this sensitive issue for political ends.

Sukhbir Badal said the Congress had been protecting its leader, but the Narendra Modi government was giving justice to riot victims, citing the recent convictions in a Delhi court.

FirstPost – Congress ‘rewarding perpetrators of Sikh genocide’ by appointing Kamal Nath Madhya Pradesh CM, says Shiromani Akali Dal

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 December 2018. Opposing the move by the Congress to name former union Minister Kamal Nath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the Shiromani Akali Dal said on Thursday that the Congress was “rewarding the perpetrators of genocide against the Sikhs”.

“The Congress promotes and rewards the perpetrators of genocide against the Sikhs by proposing the name of Kamal Nath as chief minister,” Akali Dal leader Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said in a statement in Chandigarh.

“Apparently, the Gandhi family still rewards the leaders of Congress who were directly involved in the genocide in 1984, a period of shame for humanity as rioting against innocent Sikhs was perpetrated by the leaders of Congress,” Grewal said.

He alleged that Kamal Nath had led a mob against Sikhs in the Raqab Ganj Gurdwara area, where young innocent boys were burnt to death while he stood there.

The Congress is set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Kamal Nath was removed as the Congress in-charge for Panjab in 2016 after objections from Congress leaders in the Sikh-majority state. – Fanatic Hindu Group announces 10 million bounty for beheading Navjot Sidhu, ; Dal Khalsa asks Modi to rein in Hindutva extremist groups

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 10 December 2018. A fanatic Hindu organization named Hindu Yuva Vahini founded by the Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced a reward of Rupees 10 million for anyone who beheads Punjab cabinet minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu last week.

Although the Hindu Yuva Vahini claimed that the bounty has been announced on Navjot Sidhu’s head for “insulting” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath but the wording used for threatening makes it clear that these Hindu terror outfits are irking over Sidhu’s role in the opening of Kartarpur corridor.

HYV’s Agra President Tarun Singh announced that he would chop Sidhu into pieces if he ever visited Agra. “Either Sidhu should go to Pakistan, or we will not let him live in India,” he said, adding that heaping praises for the neighboring country and giving statements against his own is an “unpardonable” act.

Stating that Hindutva forces were stoking the communal cauldron in the garb of “nationalism”, the Dal Khalsa took serious note of the extremist group Hindu Yuva Vahini announcing a reward of Rupees 10 million for beheading Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The office bearers of the organization met to deliberate on the current political situation of the state in the backdrop of India-Pakistan agreeing to build Kartarpur corridor, Hindu extremist groups baying for Sidhu’s blood, Badals enacting drama for atonement of their sins besides trampling of human and fundamental rights in India.

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the language of violence has become a central feature of Hindutva politics. He said Hindutva elements were bringing the communal cauldron to a boil through sensational slogans.

Whether we like or dislike Sidhu for his political leanings or his association with Congress is a different matter, but as far as his role in making corridor dream turning into reality is concerned, the Sikhs appreciate his efforts.

“The Sikh people know how to effectively deal with unscrupulous elements that use foul language or threatens their co-brethren”, warned Dal Khalsa members.

The Hindu – Kartarpur game plan of ISI, says Amarinder Singh

‘The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor is clearly a game plan of the ISI’

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 09 December 2018. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said the fact that Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa had broken news of the opening of the “’Kartarpur corridor” to Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu even before Imran Khan was sworn in as their Prime Minister, was indicative of “a bigger conspiracy hatched by the Pakistan Army.”

An official statement, citing an interview of Captain Amarinder Singh to a TV channel, said, “The opening of the Kartarpur corridor is clearly a game plan of the ISI. A bigger conspiracy seems to have been hatched by the Pakistan Army against India.

Since Partition

Captain Amarinder said the demand for the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor had been pending since Partition as several holy Sikh shrines (Sri Nankana Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib) had been left in Pakistan.

Even former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh had taken up the issue. He said he himself had raised this issue with his Pakistan Punjab counterpart Parvez Elahi, and with the then President, Pervez Musharraf, during his previous tenure as the chief minister.

“The Sidhu affair was being unnecessarily hyped, and those raising it had clearly failed to see the ISI’s game plan,” he added.

Captain Amarinder said Imran Khan was undoubtedly making efforts to bring peace and harmony to India, but at the same time, he should also prevail upon the top brass of Pakistani Army, “to ensure that killing of our soldiers at the borders is stopped immediately.” – Punjab government approves Rs 1.59 billion to develop and beautify Dera Baba Nanak area

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 04 December 2018. Highly hailing the initiative of India and Pakistan on Kartarpur corridor, the Punjab government has termed the move as a historic step.

A resolution in this concern was passed by the Punjab cabinet on December 3 announcing constitution of a Dera Baba Nanak Development Authority for the development and beautification of the area in and around Dera Baba Nanak ahead of the 550th birthday celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

It is noteworthy here that the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has already announced a slew of development projects for upgrading the infrastructure and facilities for the millions of pilgrims expected to visit the area during the historic occasion, for which the year-long celebrations were kicked off by the state government on November 23 this year.

“The cabinet, at its meeting here, said with the laying of the foundation stone for the corridor, a long-pending demand of the Sikhs had been fulfilled, thus paving the way for opening the way for devotees to visit the historic Kartarpur Gurdwara, close to the Line of Control” reads a press release from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has sanctioned Rupees 1.59 billion for the beautification of Dera Baba Nanak town.

Sikh24 has learnt that these funds will be used for developing the road running through the main market of Dera Baba Nanak on the lines of the Amritsar heritage street. The project work is expected to begin later this week.

“A sum of Rupees 90 million has been earmarked for improving facilities, including the installation of street lights, within the Municipal Committee limits of the town” informed the local legislator Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

He added that Rupees 610 million have been reserved for implementing a project to draw water from the Uppar Bari Doab Canal for supplying the water to 40 villages of the constituency facing water scarcity.

The Statesman – Military Literature Festival 2018 begins with tribute to Indian soldiers of WWI

Open for all, the three-day MLF is being attended by military historians from India and abroad, authors, and serving as well as retired military personnel.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 07 December 2018. The second edition of Military Literature Festival kicked started on Friday with sessions by noted military historians, experts, and defence strategists during various panel discussions on topical subjects related to military history and literature.

Open for all, the three-day MLF is being attended by military historians from India and abroad, authors, and serving as well as retired military personnel.

The Festival is a joint initiative of distinguished military historian and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore, with full support extended by the Western Command, Indian Army.

Besides panel discussions and shows related to various wars and military, the MLF will also include martial dances, weapons display, medallion gallery, artists’ corner, cultural activities and exhibitions, food and cuisine, book fair, children’s Saragarhi Samvadh.

Inaugurating the MLF at the Lake Club Chandigarh, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore dedicated it to the valour of the over 74,000 Indians who had laid their lives in the First World War.

He termed the MLF as a befitting tribute to the unknown martyrs, to mark centenary year of the Great War.

Recalling the unparalleled sacrifice of the Indian soldiers in the two World Wars, the Governor said, “This year also marks the centenary of the Great War of 1914-1918, a time for remembrance of the 74,000 Indians who fell and 67, 000 others who were severely wounded, many of whom never recovered, and they lie in, or their ashes are interred in foreign fields”.

Badnore said that it was a matter of great pride for the country that sent 1.3 million soldiers in these expeditions. The Indian soldiers proved their mettle in these missions by winning 11 Victoria Crosses and significantly six more were won by British officers leading Indian troops, he added.

The Governor expressed satisfaction that during the festival, many important speakers would also focus on the known and unknown facets of these wars to make the younger generation aware of the unique role of Indian soldiers in these expeditions.

He appreciated the fact that the MLF was not confined to the World Wars but will also focus on the heroism and unparalleled courage of the great Maharana Pratap, Shivaji, and many other such warriors who have always been a great source of inspiration.

The MLF is also going to have deliberations on Mahabharata, the world’s longest epic, which was set in this very region, he noted.

Describing Punjab as the Sword Arm of the nation and the Tricity of Chandigarh as the retirement hub of military stalwarts, the Governor said that on assuming charge of Administrator UT, he found that approximately 90 Lieutenant Generals and 133 Major Generals were living in the City Beautiful after retirement.

“I found that no other city that I know of can boast of so many senior and distinguished retired and serving officers staying in one city,” he said.

The Tribune – ‘Panj Takht Express’ to start from 14 January

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 05 December 2018. The Centre has agreed to start Panj Takht Express from January 14 next to connect five sacred takhts of Sikh religion.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal informed this in a letter to Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Thanking the Railways Minister, Hasimrat Badal said the special train will be a boon for devotees wishing to visit the five holy takhts. – State excesses continue on Sikligar Sikhs

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 03 December 2018. Despite repeated efforts by the political Sikh outfits, the state excesses on Sikligar Sikhs are not coming under control in India.

It is learnt that the Madhya Pradesh police have recently arrested around 25 Sikligar Sikhs from village Sindoor of Khargon district (Madhya Pradesh). As per an estimate, around 120 million Sikligar Sikhs live in different states of India currently.

Sharing the development with media, Sikh preacher Bhai Mohan Singh Khalsa informed that the Madhya Pradesh police conducted a raid in Gurdwara Sahib of village Sindoor in the evening hours during a past day.

He added that the Police cops entered into the Gurdwara premises along with shoes and took away 25 Sikligar Sikhs from there. “The Police didn’t even refrain from committing atrocities on children and old aged Sikligar Sikhs” he said.

Bhai Mohan Singh Khalsa further informed that the apex Sikh body Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has still not offered any help to the Sikligar Sikhs despite its high claims.

He added that only the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and a few of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committees have come forward for helping the Sikligar Sikhs.

Bhai Mohan Singh Khalsa has appealed the worldwide Sikh community to come forward for helping the Sikligar Sikhs who have been serving the Sikh community from Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s era. – Peace between India-Pakistan directly linked to Kashmir dispute, not Kartarpur Corridor: Dal Khalsa

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 December 2018. The Dal Khalsa has stated that peace between India and Pakistan is directly linked to resolution of Kashmir dispute and the Kartarpur corridor can play only a limited role in facilitating the dialogue.

Spokesperson of the organization Kanwar Pal Singh in a statement said directly linking the opening of the corridor with India-Pakistan peace overtures is not only exaggeration of issue but sinister move to ensure that the project runs into rough weather.

He made it clear the setting-up of corridor by both Pakistan and India was a welcome step as it fulfills Sikh aspirations for direct access to Kartarpur Sahib that has been a long cherished dream of the Sikhs and that nothing more should be attributed to it.

Moreover, he said the peace in the region will only be restored once rights of struggling peoples, ethnic minorities and nations will be recognized and respected by New Delhi.

The Dal Khalsa was of the considered opinion that the peace between both the hostile and nuclear countries rests on finding political solution to Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of Kashmiris.

To drive his point home, he said Pakistan PM Imran Khan has categorically stated during groundbreaking ceremony that contentious issue between both the nuclear countries is Kashmir.

Referring to the statement of Indian PM Narendra Modi comparing the opening of the border through the corridor to the bringing down of the Berlin Wall and upping the ante, he said it’s the Indian leadership and the media that tried to create this perception only to downplay or ridicule later on.

Stating that fear looms amidst hope and prayer, he quoted Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu stating to the media that Kargil happened after visit by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lahore by bus.
“Sidhu appears apprehensive that after his visit something may happen to scuttle Kartarpur corridor project”, he said and echoed his fears.

He said this corridor is the outcome of Sikh prayers and that Imran-Bajwa-Sidhu troika has just become the medium to deliver it. He said it’s the Sikh nation’s case and that we have to be alert in our utterances and actions so that none can hinder the Kartarpur corridor becoming a reality in 2019.

He said the irresponsible media and petty politicians of all shades were playing the role of spoilsport and slammed those who had made Sidhu-Chawla meet an issue out of non-issue.