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History book row: After Op Bluestar, it’s another attack by Congress on Sikhs, says SGPC

The SGPC committee members passed a resolution stating that if the government does not toe their line within 10 days, they will call a large gathering of all panthic organisations in the Golden Temple complex on May 19.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (Centre), Shiromani Akali Dal Women president Bibi Jagir Kaur (Right) and other SGPC members addressing a press conference at Teja Singh Samundri hall in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (Centre), Shiromani Akali Dal Women president Bibi Jagir Kaur (Right) and other SGPC members addressing a press conference at Teja Singh Samundri hall in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2018 10:21 PM IST
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Bikram Majithia’s aide recommended Kiran Bala’s name in Pak jatha: SGPC official

The SGPC is chief organisation that send names, passports and other required documents of Sikh pilgrims to the government for getting pilgrimage visas.
File photo of Kiran Bala who married a Pakistani(HT Photo)
File photo of Kiran Bala who married a Pakistani(HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2018 10:36 PM IST
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Modified version of Nanakshahi calendar again sparks controversy

Ever since the SGPC adopted it in 2003, the Nanakshahi calendar has been courting controversies on certain issues including the dates of religious festivals and ‘gurpurbs’.
As per the calendar released by the SGPC, the ‘Gurgaddi diwas’ falls on 25 Baisakh (May 8), while the martyrdom day of fifth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Arjan Dev falls on 3 Haarh (June 17).(HT File)
As per the calendar released by the SGPC, the ‘Gurgaddi diwas’ falls on 25 Baisakh (May 8), while the martyrdom day of fifth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Arjan Dev falls on 3 Haarh (June 17).(HT File)
Updated on May 05, 2018 09:22 PM IST
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‘Mistakes’ in Class-12 history book: Govt says will rectify errors, denies deletion of chapters on Sikh gurus

The ministers rejected allegations of the SAD and AAP that chapters related to Sikh gurus and their teachers were dropped from history textbooks, accusing the two parties of distorting facts for political benefit.
School education minister OP Soni speaks to the media in Chandigarh on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
School education minister OP Soni speaks to the media in Chandigarh on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on May 04, 2018 10:06 AM IST
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Punjab CM slams opposition over school history books row

He pointed out that it was during the Akali regime in 2014 that the decision to realign the courses with the NCERT syllabus was taken and the SGPC was party to all the discussions.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 11:42 PM IST
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SGPC terms Supreme Court query on turban unfortunate

The reaction came following an HT report “Is turban mandatory for Sikhs or just covering head will do, asks SC” on April 20.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal(HT FIle)
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal(HT FIle)
Updated on Apr 21, 2018 11:08 PM IST
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Sikh woman on Pak pilgrimage embraces Islam, marries Lahore man

Kiran Bala went to Pakistan on her Indian passport with Pakistan visa valid till April 21.
The woman, Kiran Bala, who left for Pakistan on a pilgrimage as part of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation on April 12, reportedly went missing on April 16.(HT File)
The woman, Kiran Bala, who left for Pakistan on a pilgrimage as part of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation on April 12, reportedly went missing on April 16.(HT File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2018 08:48 PM IST
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Nanak Shah Fakir row: Review panel that cleared movie was formed under pressure, says SGPC member

Senior SGPC member Rajinder Singh Mehta said the movie was cleared on Sikka’s request, who had promised to show the final print after removing objections. But he betrayed the SGPC by not showing the revised version of the movie before releasing it.
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 05:10 PM IST
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SC refuses to stay release of ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ based on life of Guru Nanak Dev

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee had opposed the movie, saying there could not be any portrayal of Sikh Gurus, their immediate family members and the Panj Payaras by any mortal being.
The apex court refused to interfere with its last week’s order directing the states to ensure that no obstruction was caused in the release and screening of ’Nanak Shah Fakir’.(HT Photo)
The apex court refused to interfere with its last week’s order directing the states to ensure that no obstruction was caused in the release and screening of ’Nanak Shah Fakir’.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 16, 2018 03:43 PM IST
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Nanak Shah Fakir movie row: SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh tenders apology to sangat

The chief secy had issued a letter on March 19 in which he directed gurdwaras to display the posters of ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ so that the devotees get aware of the film based on Guru Nanak.
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 09:46 PM IST
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SC refuses urgent hearing on plea against Nanak Shah Fakir’s release

The Supreme Court has refused to hold an urgent hearing in the plea made against the release of Nanak Shah Fakir.
A still from Nanak Shah Fakir. Guru Nanak is represented by a luminescent figure in the film.(YouTube)
A still from Nanak Shah Fakir. Guru Nanak is represented by a luminescent figure in the film.(YouTube)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 01:49 PM IST
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Despite SC clearance, Nanak Shah Fakir producer not to release film in Punjab

The film producer’s decision to not release the film in view of the “sensitivity of the issue and the public sentiment involved” came as a big relief for the state authorities.
Members of Sikh community hold placards during a protest against the screening of the film 'Nanak Shah Faqir' in Amritsar on April 7.(AFP)
Members of Sikh community hold placards during a protest against the screening of the film 'Nanak Shah Faqir' in Amritsar on April 7.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 11, 2018 09:27 AM IST
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As Akal Takht now bans ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, movie producer questions U-turn

The chief objection is that portrayal of the gurus or their family members in human form is a violation of Sikh tenets, though the movie claims to have only used graphic effects to outline Guru Nanak.
Giani Gurbachan Singh, Akal Takht jathedar, addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Giani Gurbachan Singh, Akal Takht jathedar, addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Apr 09, 2018 10:03 PM IST
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Akal Takht bans movie on Guru Nanak, plans a ‘Sikh censor board’

The producers have already refused to hold it back at this stage, citing a U-turn by the top Sikh bodies that had approved it and even appreciated it.
Updated on Apr 10, 2018 09:44 AM IST
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SGPC summons ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ producer; he says can’t come, ‘too late to stop release now’

The row is escalating even as the SGPC had first approved the movie and then backtracked after some organisations raise objections.
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 09:54 PM IST
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GST on Golden Temple langar: Punjab MPs rise above party lines, flay Centre

Jakhar accuses Modi govt of failing to understand sentiments of Punjabis, presses for immediate rollback
(From left) Punjab MPs Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Sunil Jakhar, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder during a protest outside Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT)
(From left) Punjab MPs Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Sunil Jakhar, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder during a protest outside Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Updated on Apr 05, 2018 11:13 AM IST
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Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla seeks GST roll back on langar

After implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST), the Golden Temple reportedly shelled out over Rs two crore extra in 2017 as GST for purchasing ration for the ‘langar’.
Congress MP from Amrtisar Gurjeet Singh Aujla sporting a kurta imprinted with a demand for roll back of GST on the ‘langar’, outside the Lok Sabha during the parliament budget session in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress MP from Amrtisar Gurjeet Singh Aujla sporting a kurta imprinted with a demand for roll back of GST on the ‘langar’, outside the Lok Sabha during the parliament budget session in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 05, 2018 11:12 AM IST
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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)
Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar(HT File)
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 10:08 PM IST
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Won’t allow screening of ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’: SGPC

The SGPC had issued this statement soon after noticing the rage of Sikh people on social media against the movie’s release
Updated on Mar 30, 2018 12:15 AM IST
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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)
“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
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‘Ardas’ at Akal Takht for peace in civil war-hit Syria

Before performing the ‘ardas’, all the religious personalities along with devotees recited the ‘mool mantar’, ‘gur mantar’ and ‘bani’ (hymn) of Chaupai Sahib.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh performing ardas at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh performing ardas at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2018 10:35 PM IST
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