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Surjit Singh is a correspondent. He covers politics and agriculture, besides religious affairs and Indo-Pak border in Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

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Punjab Police arrest member of BKI-backed terror module in Amritsar

Module was being operated by US-based wanted terrorist Harpreet Singh, alias Happy Passian, an aide of designated terrorist Harwinder Singh, alias Rinda, along with his Italy-based associate Resham Singh.

Punjab Police recovered a pistol, two magazines, nine live bullets an empty shell after arresting a member of a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)-backed terror module during an intelligence-based operation in Amritsar on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jul 18, 2024 05:30 PM IST

Cross-border drug smuggling rackets busted in Amritsar, six held with 9.2kg heroin

Accused were directly in touch with Pakistan-based smugglers and were supplying consignments of weapons and drugs across the state after collecting consignments via drones

The accused arrested in Amritsar on Wednesday were in touch with Pakistan-based smugglers and had received the consignments through drones. (Representational photo)
Published on Jul 17, 2024 05:54 PM IST

Amritpal writes to Speaker seeking nod to attend Parliament session

Khadoor Sahib MP Amritpal Singh has written an email to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeking permission to attend the Parliament session from July 22

Khadoor Sahib MP Amritpal Singh has written an email to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeking permission to attend the Parliament session from July 22, sources said on Tuesday. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 02:51 PM IST

Akal Takht summons Sukhbir, seeks written reply on SAD rebels’ allegations

Akal Takht summons SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to clarify allegations made by rebel leaders in an apology letter; rare development in Sikh history.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 07:08 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Condemn crusades and force conversions by ‘prophets’: Catholic delegation to Akal Takht jathedar

A delegation of Roman Catholic churches on Monday called on Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and handed him a letter while extended solidarity with the Sikhs.

A delegation of Roman Catholic churches on Monday called on Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and handed him a letter while extended solidarity with the Sikhs. (HT)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 07:02 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht jathedar asks SGPC to put up portraits of Sikh separatists

Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh wants portraits of Hardeep Nijjar, Paramjit Singh Panjwar and Gajinder Singh displayed at Golden Temple museum in recognition of “their sacrifices”.

Giani Raghbir Singh (HT file)
Published on Jul 13, 2024 09:18 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht jathedar asks SGPC to put up portraits of Sikh separatists

Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh wants portraits of Hardeep Nijjar, Paramjit Singh Panjwar and Gajinder Singh displayed at Golden Temple museum in recognition of “their sacrifices”.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami honouring kin of pro-Khalistan leader Gajinder Singh in Amritsar on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Jul 13, 2024 05:14 PM IST

SAD rebels’ apology to be discussed at July 15 Akal Takht meeting

Apart from the apology issue, other Panthic discussions will also be taken up during the meeting that will be chaired by jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh.

All eyes are on the Akal Takht jathedar after the rebel Akali leaders handed over the letter to him on July 1 and apologised for the “four mistakes” committed by the SAD-led government of which they were a part during its two tenures from 2007-17.
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Movies, TV shows can’t show Sikh wedding scenes: Akal Takht

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh’s statement comes after a group of Nihangs forcibly stopped filming of a Sikh wedding scene for a movie at Gharuan, near Mohali, on June 9. The makers had set up a fake gurdwara to shoot the scene.

The SGPC, on directions of Akal Takht jathedar, has already banned photography and videography by artistes or actors for promotion of their movies in the Golden Temple complex.
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Fake arms license running in Tarn Taran sewa kendra busted, 8 held

The fake arms license racket was running from Tarn Taran sewa kendra under district manager identified as Suraj Bhandari, who is absconding, he added.

Eight persons held in fake arms license case in Tarn Taran. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Kin rejoice as Russian army agrees to discharge Indians

At least seven Indian nationals from the region are reported to be stuck in the Russia-Ukraine conflict after being forcefully recruited to serve as support staff, such as cooks and helpers.

A videograb showing the Indian youths in Russian army uniforms (Sourced)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, , Amritsar/karnal

Two drones with heroin recovered in border area of Tarn Taran

BSF and Punjab Police recover two drones with 550g of heroin in Tarn Taran district border area after vigilant troops neutralize and track their movement.

Two drones with heroin recovered in border area of Tarn Taran
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 08:26 AM IST
ByHT Correspondent/Surjit Singh, Tarn Taran

4 killed, 8 injured as groups clash over sharing canal water in Punjab’s Batala

Four people were killed in a shootout between villagers over an old enmity in Sri Hargobindpur, Batala district. Eight others were injured.

The bullet-riddled car after the clash in Batala. Around 50-60 gunshots were fired by both groups.
Updated on Jul 09, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Punjab Police bust inter-state crime syndicate, kingpin among 5 held

Two .32-bore pistols along with three magazines and eight cartridges recovered after arrests made from flat in Kharar

The Amritsar commissionerate police busted an inter-state organised crime syndicate with the arrest of its kingpin and four members from a flat in Kharar, Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav said on Monday. (Representational photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2024 05:48 PM IST

4 killed as groups clash over sharing canal water in Punjab’s Batala

Around 50-60 gunshots were fired by both the groups and a car was seen riddled with bullets; SHO’s vehicle was also hit by a bullet.

Four people were killed after two groups of villagers opened fire at each other over an old enmity in Batala on Sunday night, police said on Monday. (Representational photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2024 04:28 PM IST

Amritpal Singh's sharp reaction after mother says he is not Khalistani supporter

Video of Amritpal Singh's mother's statement went viral over social media, which invited criticism from the Sikh hardliners.

Amritpal Singh. (HT File)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 11:48 AM IST

NGT fines Amritsar chemical unit 1 crore, pulls up PPCB for inaction

Green tribunal orders criminal prosecution of directors of polluting chemical dye manufacturing unit and says PPCB failed to take appropriate action despite frequent, flagrant violations

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday imposed an interim penalty of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 crore on a polluting chemical factory in Amritsar and ordered its closure while pulling up the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for ignoring violations by industrial units. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 04:53 PM IST

Wanted Pro-Khalistan leader Gajinder Singh dies in Pakistan

A few days ago, he had suffered a heart attack, after which he was admitted to Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore, Pakistan.

Gajinder Singh
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 04:23 AM IST
By, Amritsar

SGPC to come up with photo-video guidelines at Golden Temple

Referring to fashion designer Archana Makwana whose photos while performing yoga at the Golden Temple had triggered a controversy, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami sais every religious place has its own rules and deliberate actions are not forgivable.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Harjinder Singh Dhami (left) addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Jul 05, 2024 09:24 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Wanted pro-Khalistan leader Gajinder Singh dies in Pakistan

A few days ago, he suffered a heart attack, after which he was admitted to Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore, Pakistan.

Pro-Khalistan leader in exile Gajinder Singh. (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 11:23 AM IST

Punjab govt forwards Amritpal’s plea for oath-taking to Lok Sabha Speaker

Punjab MP-elect Amritpal Singh, detained under NSA in Assam, seeks temporary release to take oath. Similar request granted to Kashmiri leader Rashid.

Amritpal Singh, who is detained under the National Security Act (NSA) in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail, has sought parole to take oath as Khadoor Sahib member of Parliament. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 01:21 PM IST

90 lakh Amritsar robbery cracked, kin of victim’s driver among 7 arrested

Police arrest 7 in sensational robbery of ₹ ₹90 lakh, 3-kg jewellery; main conspirators daughter of victim's driver and her fiancé.

Commissioner of Police Ranjit Singh Dhillon addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Monday. (HT photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 05:18 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Punjab: Rebel SAD leaders appear before Akal Takht to apologise for 4 mistakes

Hold Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh responsible for revoking case against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim; failing to punish guilty in Bargari sacrilege and Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing cases, appointing Sumedh Singh Saini as Punjab DGP and failing to deliver justice to fake encounter victims.

Rebel Shiromani Akali Dal leaders appearing before the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 04:39 PM IST

Now, other NSA detainees want to throw hat in poll ring

Dera Baba Nanak, Barnala and Gidderbaha assembly seats fell vacant after their representatives won Lok Sabha elections. Daljit Kalsi is set to fight from Dera Baba Nanak, Kulwant Singh Raoke Barnala and Pardhan Mantri Bajeke from Gidderbaha.

The victory of radical preacher Amritpal Singh from Khadoor Sahib in the Lok Sabha elections has enthused his aides who are detained in the Dibrugarh jail of Assam under the National Security Act.
Published on Jun 30, 2024 09:47 PM IST
By, Amritsar

3-kg heroin, 13 lakh drug money seized, 8 arrested in Amritsar

The Ranjit Avenue police have seized 2.1-kg heroin and ₹8.75 lakh drug money while the Amritsar rural police have seized 500-gm ice drug, 1 kg of heroin, ₹5 lakh drug money, three .12 bore rifles, two cars, gold ornaments and nine mobile phones.

The arrested persons in police custody on Sunday.
Published on Jun 30, 2024 09:30 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Sketch of ‘terrorist’ seen in Kathua released

Jammu and Kashmir Police release sketch of suspected terrorist in Kathua, possibly linked to armed men in Pathankot. Security forces on high alert in the area.

The sketch of a suspected terrorist released in Kathua and Pathankot districts. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2024 07:12 AM IST
By, Pathankot

Yoga at Golden Temple: Influencer urges SGPC to withdraw FIR, says her intent was not to hurt sentiments

According to the SGPC spokesperson, it seems Makwana is still not apologetic and is working under some nefarious and hateful agenda.

Fashion designer Archana Makwana recently performed yoga on the premises of the Golden Temple, triggering an outrage.
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Two killed, five injured in clash over land dispute in Amritsar

Two killed, five injured in land dispute clash at Kakkar Tarin village. Retired police inspector and aides opened fire. Four arrested, hunt on for others.

Policemen question people about the clash that took place in Kakkar Tarin village in Amritsar district.
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht jathedar: Golden Temple not for photography, film promotion

According to the jathedar, the devotees should keep their phones switched off on the premises of the holy shrine keeping in mind the maryada.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, Amritsar

No word on release, Amritpal may not take oath as MP today

The Punjab government is yet to decide on his temporary release from Dibrugarh jail where he is detained since April 23 last year under the stringent National Security Act.

Radical preacher Amritpal Singh.
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 08:10 AM IST
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