Surjit Singh

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

Articles by Surjit Singh

Radical Sikh bodies object to Akal Takht Jathedar’s remark on Amritpal Singh

On Saturday, the acting jathedar had asked absconding ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh to surrender and cooperate with the police in their probe

Ahead of the Panthic gathering called at the Akal Takht on Monday on the Punjab Police’s crackdown, radical Sikh organisations have taken a strong exception to the latest remark made by acting jathedar of the highest Sikh temporal seat, Giani Harpreet Singh, and raised questions over the upcoming event. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 10:04 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht jathedar asks Amritpal to surrender

Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Saturday asked ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh, who is on the run, to surrender and cooperate with the police in probe.

The jathedar’s statement came a day after Punjab Police intelligence chief inspector general Jaskaran Singh held a closed-door meeting with him at his residence on Friday. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 12:36 AM IST

Op against Sikh hardliners: Punjab intel chief meets jathedar ahead of panthic gathering

Punjab Police Intelligence chief inspector general (IG) Jaskaran Singh on Friday called on Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh at his residence, three days before the special panthic gathering.

Punjab Police intelligence chief IG Jaskaran Singh leaves after meeting with Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh at his residence Golden Temple complex, Amritsar on Friday. ((Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times))
Published on Mar 24, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Initiate talks with Sikhs to stabilise Punjab:Akal Takht to govt

Issuing fresh statement on the operation against Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh,the Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Tuesday said the “governments must initiate talk with the Sikhs” to find amicable solution of their issues, if they want to stablise Punjab.

The jathedar said even Sikh youths of 16-17-year age are being detained by the Police. It is very necessary to stablise Punjab because it is a border state (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 09:31 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Refrain from creating atmosphere of terror in Punjab: Akal Takht to govt

Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Sunday said the governments should refrain from creating an atmosphere of terror in Punjab for “political interests”.

The jathedar’s statement comes a day after Punjab Police launched an operation against Amritpal and arrested 78 of his supporters. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 08:46 PM IST

Utilise G20 forum to deliberate on human rights: SGPC to delegates

The second round of meetings of G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) concluded on Friday, after all the delegates of G20 nations paid obeisance at Golden Temple and were felicitated by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Members of G20 delegation paying obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. (( HT Photo/Sameer Sehgal) )
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 10:15 PM IST
By, Amritsar

2nd day of G20 meetings in Amritsar: Consensus reached on research collaboration, life-long learning opportunities

On day-two of the three-day G20 EdWG event at Amritsar on Thursday saw priority areas, ‘Strengthening research and promoting innovation through collaboration’, ‘Building Capacities, Promoting Life-long learning in context of Future of work’ and ‘Ensuring Foundational Literacy and Numeracy especially in the context of blended learning’, took the centre stage

Delegates members during the G-20-2023 2nd Education Working Group Meeting in Amritsar on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 09:58 PM IST
By, Amritsar

‘Betrayal’ in relationship: Christian girl dies by suicide, Akal Takht forms panel to ensure justice

In a first case of its kind, Akal Takht set up a committee to ensure justice to a non-Sikh girl who had approached the highest Sikh temporal seat after being ditched by a man belonging to Jalandhar district.

After the man refused to accept the girl despite Takht’s intervention, the girl committed suicide on March 4 in a hotel of the city.e dead man's body. (Representational Photo (Getty Images/iStockphoto) )
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 11:23 PM IST
By, Amritsar

G20 education meet in Amritsar : Panelists underscore need to focus on research, innovation & collaboration

The second round of meetings of the G20 Education Working Group (EdWG), which is being organised by the Union ministry of education, kicked off in Amritsar with a seminar on ‘Strengthening Research and Promoting Innovation through Richer Collaboration.’

The seminar concluded with an address from chief minister Bhagwant Mann ((Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times))
Published on Mar 15, 2023 10:32 PM IST
By, Amritsar

2nd round of G20 summit meetings on education to begin in Amritsar

The holy city is all set to host the second round of meetings of G20 Education Working Group (EdWG), which are being organised by Union Ministry of Education, commencing on Tuesday.

College girls wearing Punjabi traditional Punjabi attire perform Punjabi folk dance Gidha for welcoming the foreign delegates who have arrived in Amritsar to attend the G 20 summit meeting, by performing Gidha, folk dance of Punjab. ((Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times))
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Amritsar

MBBS intern suicide: SGPC-run med college refutes caste angle, points to family problem

Days after the Amritsar City Police booked teachers and students after an MBBS intern committed suicide in a hostel of Sri Guru Ramdas Medical College here for abetment to suicide and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, college dean Dr AP Singh denied the allegations.

Students, parents and teachers on Monday gathered at Sri Guru Ramdas Medical College during a protest against the FIR registered against some of the teachers and students in the case of suicide by an MBBS intern in Amritsar. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2023 10:12 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Restrict carrying of Sikh holy book to protest sites: Panel submits report to Akal Takht

The carrying of the Guru Granth Sahib to the police station triggered a debate over a trend seen in recent years. While some scholars and leaders termed it as a kind of sacrilege, others dubbed it as using the holy book as a shield.

The issue came to light after Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistan leader, along with hundreds of supporters, laid siege to Ajnala police station in Amritsar on February 23to seek release of one of his aides, Lovepreet Singh alias Tufan, who was held in a kidnapping and assault case being probed by a special investigation team. (PTI)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 01:58 AM IST
By, Amritsar

After goof-up, GNDU cancels teachers’ eligibility test

In a major goof-up, Guru Nanak Dev University , Amritsar, on Sunday provided multiple choice question paper to candidates appearing in the Punjab State Teachers Eligibility Test (PSTET) with over 50 answers marked in bold.

Participants coming out from the exam centre after appearing in Punjab State teacher eligibility test in Ludhiana on Sunday. ((Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times))
Published on Mar 13, 2023 01:48 AM IST
BySurjit Singh and Jaspreet Singh

Carrying Guru Granth Sahib to protests: Panel submits report to Akal Takht

The panel formed by Akal Takht to decide on trend of carrying Guru Granth Sahib to the protest sites and disputed properties submitted its report to the highest Sikh temporal seat on Sunday.

On Feb 23, Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and his supporters clashed with Punjab Police personnel in Amritsar'a Ajnala, as they sought release of his aide who was arrested in a kidnap and assault case. (Sameer Sehgal /HT photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2023 04:46 AM IST
By, Amritsar

SAD should become a party of peasants again: Akal Takht Jathedar

Once again questioning the present leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Akal Takht acting Jathedar on Wednesday said it was once a party of mazdoors and kisans, not of the wealthy people and this fact is responsible for its current decimation

The head of the highest Sikh temporal seat has raised questions over the present structure of the party on a few occasions earlier as well, but the fresh remark is being viewed as a direct remark on the SAD leadership to date. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 11:07 PM IST
By, Amritsar

President Murmu pays obeisance at Golden Temple, tributes to victims of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

President of India Droupadi Murmu on Thursday paid obeisance at Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple and Ram Tirath shrine and visited historic Jallianwala Bagh to pay tributes to the victims of the massacre carried out here by the British troops in 1919.

At Golden Temple, the President offered Karah Prasad (holy communion) and listened to Gurbani Kirtan. ((Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times))
Published on Mar 09, 2023 08:22 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Amritpal calls on Akal Takht jathedar

Days after Akal Takht set up a panel to decide on the trend of carrying Guru Granth Sahib to the protest sites, Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh on Friday called on the Takht acting Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh.

The Sikh hardliner has a 2-hour meeting with Giani Harpreet Singh days after Akal Takht set up a committee to decide on carrying Guru Granth Sahib to protest sites (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 07:17 PM IST

Guru Granth Sahib to police station: Will appear before Akal Takht if summoned, says Amritpal

Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh asserted that they have been historical instances and references to prove that what they did at Ajnala was not a violation of maryada.

Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh at Golden Temple, in Amritsar on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 12:02 AM IST
By, Amritsar

War on drugs: My son was betrayed by his friends, says father of 18-yr-old victim in Khadoor Sahib

Mehakdeep Singh, 18, was the lone progeny and sole hope of 45-year-old bus driver Jatinder Singh. All hopes shattered when he heard over the phone that his son was found dead near the village

The parents don’t agree with the assumption that their son Mehakdeep Singh was a drug addict
Published on Mar 01, 2023 02:45 AM IST

War on Drugs: Widow struggles to support son’s pregnant wife, two kids in Amritsar village

Amritpal Singh, 24, met a similar fate recently. “Amritpal used to inject heroin. His arms and legs were riddled with the needle marks. We tried counselling him but in vain,” says Rajbir.

Widow Rajbir Kaur with her daughter in law Manpreet Kaur and grandchildren at her home in village Chattiwind near Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 02:40 AM IST

Punjab: After clash with police, Amritpal’s Instagram account suspended again

The 29-year-old separatist leader’s Twitter handle and Facebook account are already suspended in the country

Radical Sikh leader and Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh (right) along with his aide Lovepreet Singh at Golden Temple on Friday night. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 03:59 PM IST

Amritpal aide walks free as Punjab Police buckle

Amritsar Punjab Police gave in to protests on Friday and released a key aide of Sikh radical leader Amritpal Singh from jail, telling a court that he was found not guilty in an abduction case, as the separatist preacher’s unprecedented storming of a police station in Amritsar district sent shock waves through the state.

Amritpal Singh, head of Waris Punjab De (Sanjeev Sharma/ HT)
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 12:59 AM IST

Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal’s aide released after Punjab court order

Day after thousands of supporters of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh stormed the Ajnala police station, demanding his release, Lovepreet Singh, alias Toofan, walked free from Amritsar central jail

Radical Sikh leader Amritpal Singh’s aide Lovepreet Singh, alias Toofan, interacting with the media after his release from the Amritsar central jail on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 04:04 PM IST

Punjab: Sikh separatist leader Amritpal’s supporters clash with cops, lay siege to Ajnala police station

Tension in border town in Amritsar district after Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and thousands of his supporters descend on police station, protesting arrest of his aide in kidnap and assault case

Supporters of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh clashing with Punjab Police personnel on Thursday afternoon as they headed for the police station in Ajnala to protest the arrest of his aide in a kidnap and assault case. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 04:25 PM IST

3 years on, road connecting Amritsar to Kartarpur corridor in dilapidated condition

It’s been more than three years since Kartarpur corridor was opened, the road connecting Amritsar city to the corridor continues to be in dilapidated condition and turning into accident-prone stretch.

A view of the dilapidated condition of road that connect Amritsar to Kartarpur Corridor. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 19, 2023 09:38 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Amritsar getting facelift ahead of G-20 Summit

With less than a month left for the meetings being hosted by Amritsar under G-20 Summit, work has started to make the holy city, which is in a state of neglect for a long time, look better.

Workers preparing for the repair of road in Amritsar ahead of G-20 summit being hosted by Amritsar . (Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times) (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2023 08:08 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Love-struck Barmer man who fled to Pak repatriated

Gembara Ram Meghwal, 21, who was caught sneaking into his girlfriend’s house in 2021, fled to Pakistan fearing repercussions for his act; he was caught by Pak Rangers and jailed

Indian nationals Gembara Ram Meghwal (Right) and Raju (Left) who were in jail in Pakistan and repatriated through Attari-Wagah Border on Tuesday. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times) (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Two-time ex-MLA from Punjab’s Ajnala resigns from SAD

Amid the tussle with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) key leader Bikram Singh Majithia, two-time former MLA from Ajnala segment Amarpal Singh Bony on Saturday resigned from the primary membership of the party.

Bony addressed his supporters and sought their suggestions about the next course of action. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Helmets for Sikh soldiers: SGPC walks out of minority body meet

No consensus reached as other invitees too lodged their protest against move after SGPC walkout; terming the helmet a “safety headgear”, the commission had called a meeting with the representatives of Sikh community, including those retired from defence forces.

Amid row over the Union government’s plan to introduce ballistic helmets for Sikh soldiers, a meeting called by National Commission for Minorities (NCM) at its New Delhi office on Friday failed to foster consensus as the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation staged a walk out. (HT File)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 01:43 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Bhagwant Mann, Kejriwal launch 400 more Aam Aadmi Clinics in Punjab

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann along with AAP national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Friday launched 400 more ‘Aam Aadmi Clinics’ in Punjab.

Aam Aadmi Party National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann during launching of 500 Aam Aadmi Clinics at Putlighar, Amritsar on Friday. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times) (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, Amritsar
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