Sikh24.com – Mode of access for Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib yet to be decided, says H S Puri

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 January 2019. On January 18, the Union State Minister Hardeep Singh Puri clarified that the access mode of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib for the Sikh pilgrims has not been decided yet by the India and Pakistan.

His statement came in response to the Captain Amarinder Singh’s demand of facilitating passport-free access of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib to the Sikhs residing in India.

Puri has said that it is yet to be discussed bilaterally whether Sikh pilgrims are given access of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib merely on passport or through visa system. “We have so far decided that the access from our side, the main road which goes up there and the specific corridor, we will complete in a time-bound manner,” he added.

Puri, however, lamented that the cartographer who drew the boundary between India and Pakistan after Partition, must have been insensitive as he carved out the place belonging to Guru Nanak Dev Ji from India.

It may be recalled here that the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had written a letter to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on January 15 asking him to put in place a simple procedure which would facilitate “Khulle Darshan Deedar” of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, as per the traditional Sikh Ardas (prayer).

He had demanded passport free access for the pilgrims aspirant of paying obeisance at the historic Sikh shrine via Kartarpur corridor.

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Sikh24.com – Nishant Sharma & two others get three years sentence for attempting attack on Jathedar Hawara

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Chandigarh – Punjab – India, 19 January 2019. A Chandigarh Court of Judicial Magistrate Gurkiran Singh on January 18 addressed three years imprisonment to three radical Hindu elements, including the Shiv Sena Hindustan’s chief Nishant Sharma for deterring public servants from discharge of their duty. Beside it, the Court also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on the trio culprits.

The case dates back to November 11, 2011 when Nishant Sharma, Ashutosh Gautam, Ramesh Kumar and Manish Sood had tried to attack Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara when he was being produced before the Court in Burail jail break case.

Nishant Sharma had tried to hit Bhai Hawara but he was given a befitted reply by Bhai Hawara with a hardcore slap.

Later, the police had registered a case against them under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and section 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

Manish Sood, one of these radical Hindu elements, had died during the trial of this case.

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Sikh24.com – Harvinder Singh Phoolka constitutes Sikh Sewak Army to end politicization of SGPC

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 January 2019. Advocate HS Phoolka on January 12 announced the formation of the Sikh Sewak Army (SSA) after holding “Ardas” at Sri Akal Takht Sahib. He was accompanied by his supporters belonging to the Sikh Sewak Sangathan (SSS) constituted by him few days back.

Interacting with media, HS Phoolka informed that the Sikh Sewak Army has been constituted to give an end to the politicization of the apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee and to work against the Drug menace in Punjab.

“The Sikh Sewak Army will have two units. One having members with untrimmed hairs will work for ending political influence on the SGPC and the second will work against the Drug menace in Punjab” he added.

He further said that anyone who believes in the ideology of the Sikh Sewak Army, can become its member.

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There are amritdhari and non-amritdhari Sikhs but both should be on the same path
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Sikh24.com – Manjit Singh GK and two others booked for embezzling Rs 5.1 Million

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New Delhi – India, 19 January 2019. In a case of embezzling Rupees 5.1 million from the DSGMC funds, a session court of Delhi reportedly dismissed the revision petition filed by the former general manager Harjeet Singh Subedar on January 9, who was also one of the accused in the financial irregularities case.

It may be recalled here that a Delhi based Court of Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat had ordered the Delhi police to register an FIR against the former DSGMC president Manjit Singh for embezzling foreign funds worth 1,00,000 Canadian dollars on December 13 last year.

Besides GK, the Court had also ordered the Police to indict the former general manager Harjit Singh Subedar and joint secretary Amarjit Singh Pappu in this FIR. The move had come in response to a petition moved by an independent DSGMC member Gurmeet Singh Shanty.

Later, the former general manager Harjeet Singh Subedar had challenged the Court’s direction while alleging that Shanty had submitted forged and fabricated documents of corruption against them. Even the ACP concerned had told the Court that further inquiry was needed to be conducted on account of certain new facts having been brought to the knowledge of the police.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Delhi police today registered an FIR against Manjit Singh GK, Harjeet Singh Subedar and Amarjit Singh Pappu in the North avenue police station of Delhi.

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Sikh24.com – Ban on photography draws flak, SGPC justifies decision

Says move aimed at maintaining sanctity of Golden Temple (Harmandr Sahib)

GS Paul, Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 08 January 2019. The SGPC’s move to ban photography and videography on the premises of the Golden Temple has not gone down well with Sikh scholars and devotees even as the religious body justified it saying that the decision has been taken to maintain serenity and spiritual ambiance of the shrine.

The SGPC clarified that the restriction is not applicable on photojournalists who cover visits by dignitaries and other events of religious or political significance inside the premises.

Similarly, professional documentary makers, too, could be allowed to shoot films that are religious in content subject to prior permission from the SGPC.

Nonetheless, warning boards in the parikarma of the shrine, carrying the prohibitory message in three languages, have been put up. The SGPC task force has been told to keep an eye on the violators.

SGPC chief secretary Dr Roop Singh observed that selfies clicked by most of the visitors in various poses and styles with Golden Temple in the backdrop appeared derogatory.

Dr Roop Singh said: “True devotees would seldom focus on clicking pictures as they revere the shrine with utmost devotion. Others consider the shrine as a tourist spot and capture their moments in a picnic mood.

We have imposed restriction on the second category of visitors. Also, hoards of visitors gather at the entrance to click pictures with their cameras and phones, thus creating hindrance in the movement of devotees at the parikrama,” he said.

The ban has drawn criticism from various quarters. Madan Lal of Solan, who paid obeisance at the shrine today, said he was unaware of the rule and was stopped by an SGPC staffer when he tried to click pictures.

“I am a mature person and came here with my family. How could they doubt my devotion towards the shrine? People take pictures for the sake of memory and it should be allowed,” he said.

Similarly, some students from Mumbai, who visited the Golden Temple for the first time, were a dejected lot. Deepak, an engineering student, said: “It is our hard luck that the orders were implemented on our maiden visit. Instead of a blanket ban of photography, the SGPC should keep a vigil on non-serious crowd.”

Former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Kewal Singh said the orders should be withdrawn immediately. “Rather, the SGPC should insist on the visitors to maintain the sanctity and maryada of the shrine. The ban order will be seen as a negative step,” he said.

Sikh scholar Ashok Singh Bagrian said it was a narrow thinking on part of the SGPC to implement such dictatorial orders.

Scribes exempted

The SGPC has clarified that the restriction is not applicable on photojournalists who cover visits of dignitaries and other events of religious or political significance at the shrine.

May review decision, says Roop Singh

Amritsar: Dr Roop Singh, SGPC chief secretary, however, softened his stance when apprised of the resentment among visitors who come from far off places. “We may think of allowing the visitors to click pictures, but only under strict supervision,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Roop Singh said: “True devotees would seldom focus on clicking pictures as they revere the shrine with utmost devotion. Others consider the shrine as a tourist spot and capture their moments in a picnic mood. We have imposed restriction on the second category of visitors.

Also, hoards of visitors gather at the entrance to click pictures with their cameras and phones, thus creating hindrance in the movement of devotees at the parikrama,” he said.

Sehajdhari party asks Takht to intervene

Moga: The Sehajdhari Sikh Party has requested Akal Takht to intervene and direct the SGPC to revoke its illogical move to ban photography at the Golden Temple. Parmjeet Singh Ranu, president, alleged that it was a well-planned move initiated by the RSS through the SGPC to lower the popularity of the sacred Sikh Shrine, which is a world famous monument.

The SGPC had always followed the RSS diktats and even barred lakhs of Sehajdhari Sikhs to vote in the gurdwara elections, he alleged. Ranu alleged that the ban would ruin the image and popularity of the Sikh religion across the globe. “People create memories by clicking pictures at the revered shrine. They will see it a negative move,” he claimed.

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Sikh24.com – Manjinder Singh Sirsa thrown out of Delhi Assembly

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New Delhi – India, 04 January 2019. The Delhi legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa was reportedly thrown out of the Delhi state assembly on January 3 for demanding removal of assembly speaker for dropping the line from the Resolution which read that “this House also resolved that Centre should withdraw Bharat Ratna from the then acting Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi”.

His turban reportedly went off during this manhandling but he again placed it on his head and kept on saving it.

A video of Manjinder Singh Sirsa’s manhandling in the Delhi state assembly by the marshals has gone viral over social media in which Sirsa could be seen as being lifted and thrown out of the assembly by the marshals on the order of AAP legislators.

It has come to fore that the ruckus began when Sirsa demanded a response to his request for the removal of the Speaker.

Notably, Sirsa had demanded removal of the Speaker in a notice submitted to the Secretary of the Delhi Legislative Assembly on December 24 for dropping the line from the Resolution which read that “this House also resolved that Centre should withdraw Bharat Ratna from the then acting Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi”.

Following the request, Speaker Mr. Ram Niwas Goel said he cannot accept it as such a notice has to be given 14 days in advance and he only received the notice on December 24.

BJP lawmakers, Vijender Gupta, Sirsa and Jagdish Pradhan, then questioned the House on the removal of the demand from the resolution.

When the Speaker turned down their request, Sirsa went near the Speaker’s podium, prompting Mr. Goel to order the three BJP legislators to be marshaled out and also their suspension. Thereafter, Mr. Goel adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

Interacting with media outside the Delhi state assembly, Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that the content of the resolution was changed as the AAP wants to forge alliance with the Congress in the upcoming parliamentary elections. He added that the AAP lawmakers encouraged the marshals to manhandle the elected members.

On the other hand, the AAP legislator Saurabh Bhardwaj said that the marshals were requesting Sirsa to go out after the House was adjourned.

“Sirsa abused the marshals and manhandled them. He also stuck his leg in the chair purposely. He started shouting that his turban was being removed forcefully, while no one was touching his head or turban” he claimed.

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Sikh24.com – Martyrdom festival concludes at Fatehgarh Sahib; Giani Harpreet Singh faces protest

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 December 2018. The 314th annual martyrdom festival commemorated to the martyrdom of Chhote Sahibzaades (younger sons) Baba Jorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh got concluded in Fatehgarh Sahib on December 28.

More than a million devotees from all over the world paid obeisance at the historic shrine Gurdwara Jyoti Saroop Sahib during these three days of martyrdom festival.

A religious procession was taken out from Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to Gurdwara Jyoti Saroop Sahib under the leadership of Panj Piares (the five beloved ones of Guru Sahib) on this occasion. Students of various schools, Kirtani Jathas, Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Societies and Gatka parties enthusiastically participated in this religious procession.

Gatka parties grabbed the attraction of common masses by manifesting their skills in this martial art taught by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Giani Raghbir Singh, Head Granthi of Sri Harmandr Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal, Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma, Baba Balbir Singh of Budha Dal and Nihal Singh Harianvelan of Tarna Dal also attended this religious procession.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh faced a protest by the Sikhs as soon as he started addressing the gathering. He called upon the Sikhs to wage a war against drugs and female infanticide in his speech.

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Sikh24.com – Tytler will also get punished for his sins, says H S Phoolka

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New Delhi – India, 24 December 2018. Senior lawyers Advocate H S Phoolka and Advocate Kamna Vohra, who have been contesting the 1984 Sikh genocide cases from a long time, have expressed hope that the genocide culprit Jagdish Tytler will soon get punished for his sins.

Notably, Tytler is at large even 34 years of brutally murdering Sikhs during the 1984 Sikh genocide.

Speaking with Sikh24, Phoolka informed that they were waiting for the lie detection test report of arms dealer Abhishek Verma which will probably prove fatal for Jagdish Tytler. He added that conviction of Sajjan Kumar has increased the hope among Sikh masses about the punishment to genocide culprits like Jagdish Tytler.

It is noteworthy here that Tytler is facing charges of bribing a key witness in a case pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide. Arms dealer Abhishek Verma had himself deposed before the Court that he helped Tytler in bribing the 1984 Sikh genocide victim by remitting money to Canada.

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Sikh24.com – Pakistan responds negatively to Panjab government’s proposal of land swap for Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 20 December 2018. Responding negatively to the Punjab government’s resolution seeking a land swap for the historic Sikh shrine Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, the Pakistani Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mohammad Faisal today said that there is absolutely no question of any land swap.

Notably, the Congress led Punjab government had unanimously passed a resolution seeking land swap with Pakistan to make Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib a part of Indian Territory.

“The Kartarpur Corridor was a gesture for the Sikh minority community made on their request to provide a visa-free corridor, facilitating their visit of a shrine of importance to them,” said Mohammad Faisal.

Although, the Punjab government was planning to take up this proposal with the Union government of India but the Pakistan’s negative response has given an end to this aspect of facilitating Sikh community a smooth access of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib.

The Punjab government had chalked out a plan of offering over 11,000 acres of land in exchange for the land on which Kartarpur Sahib is located on the banks of the Ravi River.

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Sikh24.com – Sarna threatening me to retract witness against Sajjan Kumar, says eyewitness Kohli

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New Delhi – India, 20 December 2018. Harvinder Singh Kohli, who is an eyewitness against Sajjan Kumar in a case pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide, has revealed that the SAD (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna is continuously threatening him to retract his statement against Sajjan Kumar.

He added that he approached the Delhi police in this concern, but the Police cops are also continuously ignoring his complaints.

Interacting with media, Harvinder Singh Kohli informed that he had even lodged a complaint against SAD (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna with the Delhi police but the latter didn’t register an FIR against Sarna.

“I am being threatened continuously by Paramjit Singh Sarna after airing of my interview on a TV channel” he said.

It is pertinent to note here that Harvinder Singh Kohli’s witness against Sajjan Kumar will help in getting him held guilty in another 1984 Sikh genocide case by the Court. Kohli had testified against Sajjan Kumar in March this year.

Harvinder Singh Kohli is an eye witness of the murders of his father Sohan Singh, his brother in law Avtar Singh and neighbor Gurcharan Singh by the Hindu mob led by Sajjan Kumar during the Sikh genocide.

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