Sikh24.com – Five member panel constituted for appointing new jathedar of Takht Sri Patna Sahib

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 09 March 2019. In a meeting of Five Singh Sahibans held at Sri Akal Takht Sahib today, the SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has constituted a five member panel for the appointment of Jathedar of Takht Sri Patna Sahib. Details of the members nominated in this panel by the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh are as follow:

President of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee
President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee
President of Chief Khalsa Diwan
President of Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board
Any member of Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib Management Board

This five member committee will endorse two names to the Singh Sahibans following which the new Jathedar of Takht Sri Patna Sahib will be appointed.

It may be recalled here that on the directions of Giani Harpreet Singh, the Management Board of Takht Sri Patna Sahib had removed Giani Iqbal Singh as Jathedar of Takht Sri Patna Sahib on 05 March. Takht Sri Patna Sahib’s granthi Giani Rajinder Singh was temporarily appointed in place of Giani Iqbal Singh.

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/03/09/five-member-panel-constituted-for-appointing-new-jathedar-of-takht-sri-patna-sahib/#.XIqKk7h7nIU

Sikh24.com – Finally, polygamous “Jathedar” sent home by Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board

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Patna – Bihar – India, 05 March 2019. Following the directions of SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, the Management Board of Takht Sri Patna Sahib today removed Giani Iqbal Singh as “Jathedar” of Takht Sri Patna Sahib.

Notably, there was a sharp wrath among the Sikh community against Giani Iqbal Singh after his second wife had lodged complaint of homicidal violence against him.

This decision was taken during the crucial meeting held today by the board members Gobind Singh Longowal, Inderjeet Singh, Surinder Singh, Raja Singh, Kumikkar Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Tarlochan Singh, Harbans Singh and Jagjit Singh Sohi under the aegis of president Avtar Singh Hit.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Takht Sri Patna Sahib’s granthi Giani Rajinder Singh has been temporarily appointed in place of Giani Iqbal Singh.

It may be recalled here that Giani Iqbal Singh had revoked his resignation a few hours after submitting it on March 3. He had succeeded in making the Management Committee of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib (Patna) bow before him with the help of his supporters in the form of “Sikh Sangat”.

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/03/05/finally-polygamous-jathedar-sent-to-home-by-takht-sri-patna-sahib-management-board/#.XH-qDrh7nIU

The Statesman – It is time for renaissance for Muslim community in India, says former AMU V-C

He said modern secular school education for the community is a must for its development.

Patna – Bihar – India, 21 December 2018. It is time for renaissance for the country’s Muslim community to develop itself and the nation, said Lt General (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah, who was also Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, on Wednesday at a discussion on empowering young Muslims.

“I have been repeatedly requesting all to join us for the renaissance in the Muslim community,” said Shah in his keynote address at a day-long workshop on ‘Strategies and Approaches for Empowering Young Muslims, building Resilience, strengthening nation’ in Patna.

He said children belonging to the community must be given best school education and for this, the community should build schools with modern outlook with Islamic ethos on the lines of Christian missionaries-run institutions.

“We have set up a modern school in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. It is named Sir Syed National School. AMU students have donated Rs 51 lakh to build this school,” he said. “We hope to set up another similar school in Saharanpur”.

He said he was surprised when 40 Muslim families in Uttar Pradesh came forward to offer 2 acre each for setting up such schools in the state. “Government funds and other forms of assistance may come, but Muslims have to set up world-class schools for children. Other communities have done so,” he said.

Shah said the condition of the Muslim community today is similar to what it was in 1857. “The community is marginalised, impoverished, victimised and at the bottom of development indicators,” he said.

“But fault for this pathetic situation of the community lies with us. We have neglected the importance of education, particularly modern education.”

Others prominent people who addressed the workshop included Venkatesh Srinivasan of UNFP, Sadur Rahman of UNICEF, Amir Subhani, principal secretary Minority Welfare, Bihar, and Dr A S Nakdar, founder of American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin.

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/it-is-time-for-renaissance-for-muslim-community-in-india-says-former-amu-v-c-1502718205.html

Sikh24.com – DSGMC member Avtar Singh Hit elected to head Patna Sahib management board

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Patna – Bihar – India, 15 October 2018. The SAD(Badal) affiliated DSGMC member Avtar Singh Hit was elected to head the Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board on October 14. He has replaced the former SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar who was elected as president of the committee about two and half years ago.

Sources have informed that the DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa played a key role in the election of Avtar Singh Hit as the president of the Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board. Avtar Singh Hit ran unopposed in the election as no candidate appeared to challenge his election as president of the management board.

Sikh24 has learnt that the other office bearers of the management committee are also affiliated to SAD (Badal). Dr Gurmeet Singh has been elected as the senior vice president while Inderjeet Singh got elected as a junior vice president. Similarly, M S Dhillon and M S Chhabra have been elected as general secretary and secretary of the management board respectively.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/10/15/dsgmc-member-avtar-singh-hit-elected-to-head-patna-sahib-management-board/#.W8TI6_ZoTIU

The Hindu – Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

Not going to join any other political party, the former Union Minister said.

Amarnath Tewary

Patna – Bihar – India, 21 April 2018. Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha broke all ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday. He announced, “I’m breaking all my relations with BJP now and I’ll not take any position in the future.”

“I’m not going to join any other political party. I’ll set off a strong movement with all my friends and like-minded people in the country to save democracy. Media too is being suppressed, under pressure, managed from above. How will the country run in such a situation? My heart beats for the country,” he said.

Mr Sinha also slammed the present government for influencing the election commission and investigative agencies in the country, at the first convention of his newly floated Rashtriya Manch (National Forum).

Democracy in the country is in danger, he said, while addressing the gathering. He added that his “heart beats for the country.”

Disgruntled BJP leader and party MP from Patna Sahib, Shatrughan Sinha, AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav, RLD leader Jayant Chaudhury and others were also present at the convention.

The convention of Rashtriya Manch was held at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall at Patna. Rashtriya Manch is not a political platform, clarified Mr Sinha.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/yashwant-sinha-quits-bjp/article23626389.ece