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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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Chief Khalsa Diwan polls: Dr Nijjar retains top post, oppn secures honorary secy post

For the presidential post, a total 397 votes were polled. With 247 votes, Dr Nijjar defeated his contender and former IRS officer Surinderjit Singh Pal by 97 votes. The election was also held for two posts of vice-presidents, two honorary secretaries and one resident president.

Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar, AAP MLA from Amritsar South, retained the top post in the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) elections held on Sunday, while the opposition succeeded in securing one of the key posts, honorary secretary. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:54 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Chief Khalsa Diwan elections today: Nijjar, Pal locked in tough fight for top post

The 120-year-old Sikh organisation runs over 50 institutions in the fields of education, social welfare, health and religious preaching across the state

Both groups made last-ditch efforts on Saturday to woo the 491 members of the organisation. Amritsar has nearly 250 members while Tarn Taran and Ludhiana districts also have sizeable strength. (Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht calls for eviction of paramilitary, police personnel from Haryana gurdwara’s serais

Akal Takht says has received complaints from the sangat that the personnel are consuming alcohol and tobacco inside the serais, which is in violation of Sikh maryada

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh on Thursday directed the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) to evict police and paramilitary personnel from their premises. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Bhagwant Mann, Arvind Kejriwal dedicate Goindwal power plant to masses

The state government recently purchased the plant earlier owned by a private company GVK Power, at a cost of ₹1,080 crore.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during a rally in Tarn Taran district on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Tarn Taran

Maharashtra govt meddling in Sikh religious affairs: Akal Takht, SGPC

The Maharashtra Cabinet’s decision to amend the Nanded Sikh Gurudwara Sachkhand Shri Hazur Apchalnagar Sahib (Amendment) Act, thereby reducing Sikh bodies’ representation and increasing nominated members, has sparked sharp reactions from the Akal Takht and SGPC

As per the amendment, which was passed on February 5, the state government has allowed direct nomination of 12 of 17 members of the Board (Representational Image/HT File)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 09:38 AM IST
ByHT Correspondent/Surjit Singh, Amritsar

Nijjar to face off against Pal in battle for control of Chief Khalsa Diwan

With the countdown starting for the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) elections, factions led by incumbent president and Amritsar South AAP MLA Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar and retired revenue official Surinderjit Singh Pal have begun electioneering for control of the 120-year-old Sikh organisation

The Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) runs over 50 institutions in the fields of education, social welfare, health and religious preaching across the state. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Darshan asthan facelift in Dera Baba Nanak: Devotees can now use high-range binoculars for darshan across Pak border

The beautification of the raised platform situated on the Ravi dhusi bandh has been done by the Punjab government through district administration in collaboration with the Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) and Border Security Force (BSF). Earlier, the platform was in dilapidated condition and lacked quality binoculars.

Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Himanshu Aggarwal at the darshan asthan. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 11:13 PM IST
By, Amritsar

Five from Punjab border district institute live the NDA dream

Maj Gen Balwinder Singh, VSM (retd), director of the wing, said, “Like previous years, once again the institute brings moments of cheer and pride for all. Five cadets have successfully cleared the SSB for training at the prestigious NDA.”

Five boys, four of whom are from a humble background in the rural belt of Punjab, have realised their dream of joining the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, near Pune. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 10:50 PM IST
By, Khadoor Sahib (tarn Taran)

Uproar at key Punjab Congress meet in Amritsar; Navjot Sidhu missing again

Rift in Punjab Congress unit as unruly scenes witnessed during meeting on Lok Sabha poll strategy. Tussle between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu continues.

Former Ajnala MLA Harpartap Singh trying to pacify Congress workers during a meeting in Amritsar on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Clash at Tarn Taran gurdwara over removal of Bhindranwale’s poster

The trouble started when a video of president of the gurdwara management committee Col Harsimran Singh (retd) went viral on social media.

Tension gripped Gurdwara Janam Asthan Baba Deep Singh at Pahuwind village in Tarn Taran district after a clash between Sikh youths and supporters of president of the managing committee of the shrine on the birth anniversary of Sikh warrior Baba Deep Singh on Sunday. According to reports, persons from both the sides were injured in the incident.
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 06:20 AM IST

Heritage Street turns into hotspot for pre-wedding shoots in Amritsar

But the public display of affection by couples during the shoot has irked several devotees and Sikh bodies.

A pre-wedding photoshoot underway at the Heritage Street in Amritsar on Friday (Sameer Sehgal/Ht)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 06:58 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Ram Temple consecration: Takht jathedar, SGPC head likely to skip event

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Harjinder Singh Dhami are likely to skip the Ram Temple consecration ceremony at Ayodhya on Monday (January 22).

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, however, made it clear that he won’t be attending the consecration event. In 2020, the then-acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had skipped the bhoomi pujan ceremony at Ayodhya. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 07:28 AM IST
By, , Chandigarh/amritsar

New PPCC affairs in-charge begins Punjab innings with Golden Temple visit

Amid ongoing tussle, Punjab Congress chief Warring and Sidhu accompany Devendra Yadav, while Bajwa calls on him separately

Newly appointed Punjab Congress affairs in-charge Devendra Yadav (right) with Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring with party leaders after paying obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 04:40 PM IST

SGPC observes death anniversary of former takht jathedar Kaunke

Addressing the gathering, SGPC head Harjinder Singh Dhami appealed to the Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh to consider honouring Kaunke

Addressing the gathering, SGPC head Harjinder Singh Dhami appealed to the Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh to consider honouring former acting jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke.
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 08:36 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Delayed winter: Initial estimates point to dip in avian guests’ count in Punjab wetlands

Annually, the department of forests and wildlife preservation collaborates with bird experts, enthusiasts, academic institutes, NGOs and volunteers to conduct a comprehensive waterbird census across these wetlands

The annual census of Punjab’s major wetlands will be held in January and February next year. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:04 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Eight years on, Sukhbir tenders apology for 2015 sacrilege case in Punjab

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday apologised to the Sikh community for failing to nab the culprits in the Bargari sacrilege case in 2015, when his party was in power

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal addresses a gathering at Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Gurbaksh Singh on the 103rd foundation day of the SAD in Amritsar on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 06:52 AM IST

Amritsar trade expo footfall crosses record 2.8 lakh: Officials

According to the organisers, they were forced to shut the gates of the venues in the evening as it was jam packed. In 2022, 2.6 lakh people had visited the expo, the then record.

According to a spokesperson of the PHD Chamber of Commerce of Industry, which organises the annual fair in collaboration with the state government, two lakh people attended the 15th edition of the expo in 2019. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Dec 11, 2023 06:42 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht asks Rajoana to end hunger strike, forms panel to talk to Centre

After meeting Sikh clergy, Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh asks Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to review its decision not to withdraw the mercy petition if the Centre does not commute convict’s death sentence till December 31

The Akal Takht on Wednesday directed Balwant Singh Rajoana, the death row convict in former chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case, to end his hunger strike in Patiala jail. (HT file photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 04:51 PM IST

SGPC executive meet: Take quick decision on Rajoana plea: SGPC to Centre

SGPC said it has decided to call a meeting of representatives of the ‘Panthic’ parties to discuss the issue of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a death row convict in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Harjinder Singh Dhami (C) addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 06:24 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Folk dancers from Bulgaria pay rich tributes to World War-1 heroes at Amritsar village

The delegation visited the historic plaque installed by the British, in the middle of the village, which honours the sacrifice and attempts of soldiers to preserve their legacy. They saluted the plaque and garlanded it, paying rich tributes to the martyrs

Bulgarian folk dancers paying Homage to the World War-1 heroes at Sultanwind village in Amritsar on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 08:32 AM IST
By, Amritsar

4 years after demolition, Tarn Taran gurdwara’s historic deori restored

Before initiating the renovation work, a meeting was held in this regard and experts of Directorate of Cultural Affairs Archaeology and Archives Museum Punjab, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, local intellectuals and members of Sikh organisations assembled for discussion.

Deori of gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Tarn Taran. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 06:26 AM IST
By, Tarn Taran

Bandi Chhod Diwas: Use ‘close ties’ with MHA to ensure decision on Rajoana’s mercy plea: Takht jathedar to DSGMC

In his customary address delivered from Darshani Deodi (entrance to sanctum sanctorum) of Golden Temple on the occasion of Bandi Chhod Diwas (Diwali), he said, “The DSGMC is directed to play meaningful role in this matter. The DSGMC must send a report of its efforts on this issue in 15 days to the Akal Takht”.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh on Sunday directed the office-bearers of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to make efforts to ensure early decision on the mercy plea of Balwant Singh Rajoana, death row convict in former CM Beant Singh assassination case, by using their “close ties” with the Union ministry of home affairs. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 05:40 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Dhami re-elected SGPC president for third term

Of the total polled 137 votes, Dhami bagged 118, his opponent Balbir Singh Ghunas bagged 17 while two votes were cancelled. The election session was conducted at the SGPC headquarters Teja Singh Samundri Hall. Of the total 152 members, 137 attended it. The opposition fielded Ghunas but its vote percentage dipped in comparison to last year when its candidate and three times president Jagir Kaur got 42 votes of the total 146.

Harjinder Singh Dhami was re-elected president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the third consecutive term during the annual General House session for the election of the SGPC office-bearers. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 05:48 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Harjinder Singh Dhami re-elected SGPC president

A total of 138 votes were polled, out of which a whopping 118 votes went in Harjinder Singh Dhami’s favour while his rival candidate Balbir Singh Ghunas could garner only 17 votes. Two votes were cancelled.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Harjinder Singh Dhami has been elected SGPC president for the third time. (ANI FILE)
Published on Nov 08, 2023 03:40 PM IST
By, Amritsar

SGPC annual polls: Harjinder Singh Dhami is SAD’s pick for top post, Oppn fields Balbir Singh Ghunas

Harjinder Singh Dhami will be the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate for the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the third time. The annual elections will be held on Wednesday. Dhami was previously elected in 2021 and 2022.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) incumbent president Harjinder Singh Dhami (File)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 09:44 AM IST
By, Amritsar

SGPC annual elections: Dhami vs Ghunas likely for the top post

Unlike last year, both the camps—one is controlled by Sukhbir Singh Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which is in majority, and other is opposition supported by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led splinter Akali group, SAD (Sanyukt)—are not seen so proactive for garnering the support

Teja Singh Samundri Hall the head office of SGPC
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 07:02 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Stubble burning: Amritsar continues to top charts, but overall count dips

Authorities expect the total count to be less than last year, say more farmers have opted for residue management methods

Farmers burn stubble after harvest on the outskirts of Amritsar on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, Amritsar

SGPC installs screen on heritage street for live telecast of gurbani

SGPC general secretary Gurcharan Singh Grewal said that soon more screens will be installed along the way to Darbar Sahib.

SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami inaugurating a screen to telecast live gurbani kirtan performed at the sanctum sanctorum of the Central Sikh shrine. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 06:58 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Gadkari inaugurates 418-feet national flag at Attari-Wagah border, tallest in country

The Union minister said a surveillance system has been fitted atop the flag which will help the BSF troops keep track of the activities near the border

Union minister Nitin Gadkari with Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann during the inauguration of the highest national flag - 418 ft tall - at the Attari-Wagah border, in Amritsar on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 09:34 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Akal Takht bans weddings at beaches, resorts citing religious norms

The Akal Takht on Monday banned destination weddings at beaches and resorts, citing the violation of maryada, the religious protocol of Sikhs

Akal Takht Jathedaar Giani Raghbir Singh held his first meeting since taking charge. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:08 AM IST
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