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

Senior vice-president Rajinder Singh Mehta removed from all SGPC posts for a year; committee staffers who tossed nihang’s turban summoned at Takht

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal along with other office-bearers doing(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

Amazon courts controversy again, sells toilet covers with Golden Temple pics

Amazon, an e-commerce giant, has courted controversy again by displaying bathroom rugs, toilet seat covers and mats as goods to be sold online carrying images of Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine. Enraged over it, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday sent a legal notice to Amazon.

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Published on Jan 11, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

Gobind Singh Longowal re-elected SGPC chief; House passes resolution condemning Ayodhya verdict

Gobind Singh Longowal was unanimously re-elected Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president at the apex gurdwara body’s annual election on Wednesday afternoon. Longowal was expected to retain the post as he enjoys the blessings of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal who controls the body that manages the affairs of historic Sikh shrines in north India.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal (left) with Gobind Singh Longowal, who was re-elected president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 02:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Amritsar:

Plea for women to perform kirtan: SGPC slams assembly resolution, Akal Takht non-committal

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday slammed the resolution the Punjab Vidhan Sabha passed unanimously a day before asking the Akal Takht and the apex gurdwara body to allow women to perform kirtan at the Golden Temple. Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal-controlled gurdwara body president Gobind Singh Longowal criticised the assembly’s move, acting jathedar of the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of Sikhism, remained non-committal on the issue.

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Updated on Nov 08, 2019 11:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByAnil Sharma

‘HINDU RASHTRA’ REMARK Akal Takht jathedar demands ban on RSS

Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Tuesday demanded a ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) while terming as ‘divisive’ the statement of its chief Mohan Bhagwat that India is a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. Replying to a question, the jathedar said the RSS should be banned immediately for the benefit of the country.

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Published on Oct 15, 2019 06:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

Joint event row: SGPC calls meeting again, gives Punjab govt chance to send nominees

Amid row between SGPC and Punjab government over joint celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the former has called another meeting of the proposed coordination committee on September 17 to give the government another chance to send its nominees.

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Published on Sep 13, 2019 12:57 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Never knew who Chawla was: SGPC chief on photo with Khalistani leader

Chawla’s selfie with Longowal surfaced after leaders of the Akali Dal and the BJP had criticised Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu over his photo with Chawla which had also gone viral.

Attari: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Gobind Singh Longowal with SGPC members return after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Kartarpur Corridor, at the India-Pakistan Wagah Post, about 35km from Amritsar, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Published on Nov 30, 2018 10:14 PM IST
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SGPC emergency meet on Monday to take call on new Takht jathedar

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said they will also consider the resignation of Giani Gurbachan Singh in the meeting.

SGPC spokesperson and secretary Diljit Singh Bedi said Longowal had received Giani Gurbachan Singh’s resignation letter wherein he wished to be relieved from the post citing old age and health issues.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Oct 20, 2018 08:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

Apex gurdwara body elections to be held on November 13

Besides the president, a general secretary, senior vice-president, junior vice-president and 11-member executive committee are elected in the session held every year in November.

Gobind Singh Longowal(HT File)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 10:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

SGPC to publish book on Sikhs kept in Cellular Jail during freedom struggle

It will also publish books on the history of Sikh Morchas. Most of these books will be in Punjabi.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal chaired a meeting of the Sikh History Research Board, where this decision was taken on Wednesday.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 18, 2018 09:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

SGPC against pardon to Sirsa dera chief in blasphemy case, says Longowal

Says no plan yet to replace Akal Takht jathedar, to seek ‘holy city’ status for Sultanpur Lodhi, where the Sikh body plans parallel celebrations for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (2L) during a press conference in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 09:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

Online donation platform launched for Golden Temple

The new system will facilitate the donators to get the receipt with immediate effect.

Updated on Sep 19, 2018 08:52 AM IST
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SGPC, DSGMC leaders meet to plan Guru Nanak birth anniversary celebrations

Longowal said all Sikh organisations should be on board.

SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal (3R) along with DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK (R) addressing a press conference at Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Sep 18, 2018 09:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

SGPC to form help cell for Operation Bluestar Jodhpur detainees

The special cell will also extend legal aid to the detainees if need arises

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (R) and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (L) launching the ‘kar sewa’ at the Golden Temple Langar hall in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 09:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent

Revoke plea against relief to 40 kept in jail after Op Bluestar: SGPC to Centre

Forty Sikh men, who were arrested from Golden Temple complex during Operation Bluestar in 1984, were kept in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) jail till 1989.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2018 12:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent, Amritsar

Centre waives off GST on langar, SGPC welcomes move

The Punjab government has already waived off its share of GST on the purchase of langar items.

Longowal said the waiver will make the gurdwaras free from this financial burden and the amount, which was paid as GST, will be spent on social welfare.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 10:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

Former chief Badungar demands probe into removal of 500 SGPC employees

The employees were handed out termination letters and were asked not to report at their place of posting from April 1 onwards.

Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar(HT File)
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 10:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patiala | By

SGPC writes to Sushma Swaraj on building of chemical plant near Australia gurdwara

SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal has sought the minister’s intervention in stopping the planned construction of a gurdwara in Griffith city.

“If the plant is established, it does not only hit the environment of the area, but also inject harmful chemicals into the ground water and air thereby causing the pollution,” Longowal says.(HT File)
Updated on Mar 24, 2018 10:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By
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