Surjit Singh

Surjit Singh

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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People gather near the site of a train accident at Joda Phatak in Amritsar on Saturday, a day after a train mowed down scores of people watching the Dussehra celebrations (AFP file)
People gather near the site of a train accident at Joda Phatak in Amritsar on Saturday, a day after a train mowed down scores of people watching the Dussehra celebrations (AFP file)

Amritsar train tragedy: Govt acts against 4 MC officials; too little, say victims’ kin

By Surjit Singh and Anil Sharma, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:42 AM IST
Secretary Sushant Bhatia and superintendent Pushpinder Singh have been debarred from getting any promotion for two years, while pension of former superintendent Girish Kumar and then inspector Kewal Krishan will be deducted by 5% for the same period.
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Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh being honoured at Godharpura village in Gurdaspur district during a function to mark Nankana Sahib massacre centenary on Sunday. (HT photo)
Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh being honoured at Godharpura village in Gurdaspur district during a function to mark Nankana Sahib massacre centenary on Sunday. (HT photo)

Highlight Centre’s denial of permission to jatha to Nankana Sahib, Akal Takht tells Sikhs

By Surjit Singh, Amritsar/gurdaspur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 01:12 AM IST
Jathedar says Union govt wants community to call back farmers protesting at the Delhi borders, but “that will never happen”
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Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh was to lead the Sikh jatha to the main event being organised at Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan. (HT Photo)
Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh was to lead the Sikh jatha to the main event being organised at Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan. (HT Photo)

Allow Sikh jatha to go to Pakistan, Akal Takht urges Centre

UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 04:32 PM IST
Acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh describes Centre’s move not to permit jatha to attend centenary of Nankana Sahib massacre on February 21 as a historic wrong, urges it to reconsider decision
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SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur (HT PHOTO)
SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur (HT PHOTO)

Day after Ministry stops Sikh Jatha from visiting Pak, SGPC chief writes to PM, Shah

By Surjit Singh, Amritsar
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:19 AM IST
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said the Centre had hurt Sikh Jatha’s sentiments by not allowing them to go for the week-long pilgrimage to Nankana Sahib
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Gharials set to be released into the Beas river in Hoshiarpur district on Friday. The number of gharials released under the conservation project has now reached 70. (HT Photo)
Gharials set to be released into the Beas river in Hoshiarpur district on Friday. The number of gharials released under the conservation project has now reached 70. (HT Photo)

23 endangered gharials released in Punjab’s Beas river

PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 11:30 AM IST
The gharials were transported in boxes from Chhatbir Zoo in Chandigarh, where they had been kept for a year after being brought from the natural hatchery at Morena in Madhya Pradesh
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Actor Deep Sidhu addresses farmers at Ghazipur in New Delhi. (PTI)
Actor Deep Sidhu addresses farmers at Ghazipur in New Delhi. (PTI)

Actor Deep Sidhu blamed for violence

By Surjit Singh, Neeraj Mohan, Zia Haq, Hindustan Times, Amritsar/karnal/new Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:16 AM IST
  • Farm leaders alleged Sidhu — who earlier publicly aired his differences with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha — tried to defame the farmers’ stir.
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Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society president Baldev Singh Sirsa (second from right) along with other Sikh activists, who have received summons from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), interacting with the media in Amritsar on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society president Baldev Singh Sirsa (second from right) along with other Sikh activists, who have received summons from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), interacting with the media in Amritsar on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

NIA summons farm union leader Baldev Singh Sirsa, Sikh activists for questioning in sedition case

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:37 PM IST
Sirsa says notice to nearly 40 from Punjab is attempt to stall tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day and derail the farm agitation.
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Dhadis or ballad singers performing during the daily Dhadi Darbar at Akal Takht in Golden Temple, Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Dhadis or ballad singers performing during the daily Dhadi Darbar at Akal Takht in Golden Temple, Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

SGPC airs Dhadi Diwan live from Akal Takht over FB

PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:53 PM IST
The ballads are sung at the highest temporal seat of Sikhs from 9am to 4pm daily under the tradition launched by sixth Sikh master Guru Hargobind, the founder of Akal Takht, to instil chivalry in the Sikhs and prepare them for fighting wars.
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The Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
The Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Footfall, donations improve but normalcy yet to return to Golden Temple

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 01:18 AM IST
Low footfall attributed to the fact that air and rail connectivity have not fully resumed due to which devotees from other states and countries are unable to visit.
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The Durgiana Temple in Amritsar.
The Durgiana Temple in Amritsar.
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Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal (fourth from left) and other senior leaders besides Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Bibi Jagir Kaur attending the bhog ceremony of the akhand path to mark the party’s centenary at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal (fourth from left) and other senior leaders besides Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Bibi Jagir Kaur attending the bhog ceremony of the akhand path to mark the party’s centenary at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Sukhbir accuses BJP of creating communal divide to torpedo farmers’ protest

UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:00 AM IST
At party’s 100th foundation day at Akal Takht, SAD chief says still stands by Anandpur Sahib resolution for stronger federal structure
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Then President Pratibha Patil conferring social worker Baba Sewa Singh with the Padma Shri for his contribution to environment conservation in 2010.(HT file photo)
Then President Pratibha Patil conferring social worker Baba Sewa Singh with the Padma Shri for his contribution to environment conservation in 2010.(HT file photo)

Social worker Baba Sewa Singh returns Padma Shri in protest against Centre’s farm laws

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2020 04:28 PM IST
In letter to the President, environmentalist and religious leader terms government’s attitude towards farmers worrisome.
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Jagir Kaur being felicitated after she was elected the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president in Amritsar on Friday. She replaces Gobind Singh Longowal, who remained the SGPC chief for three years.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Jagir Kaur being felicitated after she was elected the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president in Amritsar on Friday. She replaces Gobind Singh Longowal, who remained the SGPC chief for three years.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Bibi Jagir Kaur elected Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 04:29 PM IST
To head apex gurdwara body for third tenure after getting 122 of the 143 votes, defeating opposition candidate Mithu Singh Kahne Ke
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SGPC’s centenary celebration a low-key affair

By Surjit Singh, Amrtisar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:27 PM IST
A function is planned on November 17, for which an akhand path started at the Akal Takht on November 15, the foundation day of apex gurdwara body
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Indian pilgrims at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib after the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, 2019.(REUTERS)
Indian pilgrims at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib after the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, 2019.(REUTERS)

On first anniversary of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration, devotees in Punjab want it reopened at the earliest

By Surjit Singh, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 11:27 PM IST
The corridor that provides Indian devotees visa-free access to the final resting place of Guru Nanak in Pakistan remained operational for only four months before governments of both countries closed it in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic
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In November last year, the two countries threw open a corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in India with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative.(HT file photo)
In November last year, the two countries threw open a corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in India with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative.(HT file photo)

Role of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee at Kartarpur Sahib intact, says its chief

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 02:31 PM IST
Clarifies PSGPC will continue to control arrangements related to Sikh Rehat Maryada inside historic gurdwara, including langar, accommodation of pilgrims, distribution of parshad, holding Akhand Path Sahib and managing golak
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Injured Sikh activists after the clash with SGPC employees in Amritsar on Saturday.
Injured Sikh activists after the clash with SGPC employees in Amritsar on Saturday.

SGPC task force, Sikh outfits protesting over missing ‘saroops’ clash at Golden Temple, 15 injured

By Surjit Singh, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 02:28 AM IST
Incident took place when staff tried to evict the protesting activists from outside gurdwara body head office; journalists also attacked
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Farm activists of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee raising slogans against the Centre’s farm laws on a rail track at Devidas Pura village in Amritsar district on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Farm activists of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee raising slogans against the Centre’s farm laws on a rail track at Devidas Pura village in Amritsar district on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Farmers in Punjab’s Amritsar extend rail blockade till next week

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 04:30 PM IST
Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee differs with other farmer bodies, says agitation will continue till October 28 when its core team will meet to decide on the course of action
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Left leader Balwinder Singh, 55, who was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men, at Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district on Friday morning. (Right) Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police Dhruman H Nimbale at the crime spot.(HT Photo)
Left leader Balwinder Singh, 55, who was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men, at Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district on Friday morning. (Right) Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police Dhruman H Nimbale at the crime spot.(HT Photo)

Shaurya Chakra awardee and Left leader Balwinder Singh shot dead in Punjab’s Tarn Taran

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 09:00 PM IST
Balwinder was on the hit list of terrorist outfits yet his security was withdrawn last month, family suspects it’s a terror attack
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Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/)
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/)
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Smoke billows out of a field as a farmer burns paddy stubble near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar on September 28.((Sameer Sehgal/HT))
Smoke billows out of a field as a farmer burns paddy stubble near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar on September 28.((Sameer Sehgal/HT))

Punjab farmers resort to early stubble burning for sowing veggies

By Surjit Singh and Vishal Rambani, Amritsar/patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 03:59 AM IST
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Straw stubble burning in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Straw stubble burning in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Rules go up in smoke as farm fires rage in Punjab

By Surjit Singh and Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 12:02 AM IST
Compared to 159 farm fires reported in the state till September 28 last year, as many as 520 incidents, most of them from Majha, have been witnessed during the corresponding period this time.
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Punjab Congress MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo (in red turban) interacting with mediapersons at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Punjab Congress MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo (in red turban) interacting with mediapersons at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Centre must make MSP a legal right, say Congress MPs Bajwa, Dullo

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 12:56 PM IST
The two Congress leaders demanded that any purchase below the MSP should be made a punishable offence
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Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal along with other office-bearers doing(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal along with other office-bearers doing(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Akal Takht acting jathedar publicly punishes SGPC chief over missing Guru Granth Sahib saroops

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Senior vice-president Rajinder Singh Mehta removed from all SGPC posts for a year; committee staffers who tossed nihang’s turban summoned at Takht
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Farmers agitating in Amritsar against the passage of the agriculture ordinances.(Sameer Sehgal/HT file photo)
Farmers agitating in Amritsar against the passage of the agriculture ordinances.(Sameer Sehgal/HT file photo)

From rail blockade to shutdown, Punjab’s farmers intensify agitation to mount pressure on Centre

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 06:30 AM IST
PROTEST MODE Farmer groups to meet in Ludhiana on Saturday to chalk out protest plan for revocation of three agriculture bills passed by Parliament
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