The Sikh clergy here on Wednesday failed to resolve the controversy over militant preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s name inscribed on the Operation Bluestar memorial and the signboard in the ‘parkarma’ of the Golden Temple complex.
With the promise to turn Patti assembly constituency into a 'model of development', food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon is moving from village-to-village, canvassing for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidates in the zila parishad and block samiti elections slated for May 19.
The Sikh high priests are meeting on Wednesday wherein they will discuss the references made to former Damdami Taksal head Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on the 'Operation Bluestar' memorial in the Golden Temple complex. Indications are that the clergy will keep the issue pending for further discussions. No concrete decision is likely to be taken with the 29th anniversary of Operation Bluestar just round the corner (June 6).
The District Congress Committee (DCC) led by its president Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Tuesday staged a sit-in outside the office of the deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer to protest against the alleged highhandedness of the ruling party leaders and workers during the zila parishad and block samiti elections in the district.
With Lok Sabha election slated to be held in 2014, former union minister and cine star Vinod Khanna and as well as BJP national executive member Swarn Salaria are eyeing the party ticket from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency.
The district police commissionerate on Monday appealed to those with licensed weapons to deposit their firearms with the nearest police stations or gun houses so as to ensure free and fair zila parishad and block samiti polls on May 19. In case of non-compliance, the authorities warned, the licences would be cancelled.
Activist of the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) staged a protest in front of the office of Tarn Taran SSP on Monday to demand prompt police action regarding the murder of YC leader Sukhraj Singh in Patti recently.
In the wake of recent death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail, family members of other Indians languising in jails abroad have become fearful of their safety. Family members of two such prisoners appeared before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes on Monday to seek justice for their loved ones.
The hard work put in by three young scholars from the holy city has ensured their success in the Union Public Service Commission's civil service exam-2012.
Senior Punjab Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa on Sunday flayed chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and warned him against resorting to "political terrorism". He also claimed that the SAD-BJP alliance government would have to face the people's wrath.
The young girl from Usma village in Tarn Taran district who along with her father was mercilessly beaten up by Punjab Police personnel on March 4 appeared before National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes vice-chairman Dr Raj Kumar Verka on Sunday and complained about her security apparatus.
The Amritsar City Police have booked five persons including the parents-in-law, elder brother-in-law, elder sister-in-law and another person on charges of burning a woman on account of a property dispute in the family. The woman in question has reportedly sustained 60 percent burn injuries on her torso, but is said to be out of danger.
Though Congress leaders of Majha belt, including Punjab unit chief Partap Singh Bajwa, have chosen to maintain a stoic silence over the resignation of Ashwani Kumar from the union cabinet, they are definitely not saddened by the ouster of the only representative from their region in the central government.
City Police have arrested have booked five persons after a married woman complained of rape and dowry harassment charges against her husband and others. Police have since arrested Madhu Khanna, the mother-in-law of the complainant.