Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) : 2020-09-19

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05 CHANDIGARH SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 Region { } MISSING SAROOPS MISAPPROPR­IATION IN PUBLICATIO­N DEPARTMENT Takht jathedar publicly punishes SGPC chief P It was a rare occasion when the jathedar pulled up incumbent office-bearers, who appointed him How shameful it is that employees used to give the saroops illegally to the sangat (community), as has been found in the inquiry, and pocket the money. Dullo raises liquor mafia issue in RS BOOK ON PAK GURDWARAS LAUNCHED HT Correspond­ent Surjit Singh letterschd@hindustant­imes.com letterschd@hindustant­imes.com Pakistan federal minister for minorities’ religious affairs and interfaith harmony Noor ul Qadri on Friday unveiled a book on the country’s historic gurdwaras as well a website on the Kartarpur corridor. The book and the website, prepared by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), were launched in Lahore. Evacuee Trust Property Board( ETPB) chairman Aamer Ahmed, King Edwards Medical University, Lahore, vice chancellor Prof Khalid Masood and PSGPC president Satwant Singh were among those present on the occasion. “The book is an interestin­g journey of all the historic gurdwaras in Pakistan,” said an ETPB spokespers­on. AMRITSAR: Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh publicly punished Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal and executive committee members on Friday for failing to check the misappropr­iation in its publicatio­n department that led to 328 Guru Granth Sahib saroops going missing. The SGPC chief and executive members appeared before the highest Sikh temporal seat with folded hands to apologise for their negligence. It was a rare occasion when the jathedar has pulled up incumbent office-bearers, who appointed him, in the presence of devotees. As Longowal sought forgivenes­s, the jathedar said, “How shameful it is that employees used to give the saroops illegally to the sangat (community), as has been found in the inquiry, and pocket the money at the place where the saroops are published. The SGPC is not aware of this misappropr­iation? Is it not a blunder? The SGPC office-bearers never checked the records. Is it not negligence?” “Yes, it was our mistake,” Longowal replied. Pronouncin­g the punishment AMRITSAR: GIANI HARPREET SINGH, Akal Takht acting jathedar Press Trust of India letterschd@hindustant­imes.com Charging that a liquor mafia was operating in Punjab under political patronage, a Congress MP from the state on Friday demanded the Centre’s interventi­on and probe into the matter through the CBI or independen­t agencies. Congress MP Shamsher Singh Dullo raised the matter during the zero hour in the Upper House of Parliament, saying “no action” has been taken in the matter despite 136 people losing their life in the state recently after consuming spurious liquor. Dullo said, in the recent hooch tragedy in the state, 150 people were hospitalis­ed in addition to 136 deaths. While several people have turned blind after drinking spurious liquor, kidneys of many have been impacted but no action has been taken against the perpetrato­rs of the crime, he said, demanding compensati­on for the family of those killed and impacted. He charged that the “liquor mafia in the state was operating NEW DELHI: Three get Tankhah for pardon to Langah For playing a role in granting pardon to former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah, who was excommunic­ated for an immoral act by Takht, the Sikh clergy awarded tankhah (religious punishment) to SGPC member Gurinderpa­l Singh Gora, Rattan Singh Zaffarwal, the husband of an SGPC member, and Damdami Taksal media adviser Sarchand Singh. Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and other Sikh clergymen questionin­g and punishing the SGPC’S serving and former office-bearers in Amritsar on Friday. SAMEER SEHGAL/HT on the spot, the jathedar said, “Do parkarma of Darbar Sahib sarovar (Circumambu­late the holy tank) right now, chanting Satnam-waheguru and then be present here again. Don’t talk to each other and fold your hands while doing so.” Takht. When that Akhand Path would be going on at the Takht, the SGPC office-bearers and executive members will sweep the street leading to Darbar Sahib from Saragarhi Serai to Ghantaghar Chowk,” he said. Without mentioning the SGPC’S U-turn by revoking its resolution to file criminal cases against staffers indicted in the inquiry, the jathedar said, “Reversing decisions is not fair and it has hurt the reputation of the SGPC. The Akal Takht Sahib directs it to take decisions after consulting Sikh intellectu­als and scholars.” against agitating Sikh activists to disperse them and tossing the turban of a nihang, the jathedar termed the incident a “sacrilege of the turban” and summoned the employees involved. Hours after, Giani Harpreet Singh ordered the SGPC to remove senior vice-president Rajinder Singh Mehta from all the posts for a year, he resigned. The Akal Takht issued this direction for all those who were office-bearers and members of the executive committee in 2016 for not organising pashchatap­samagam (function to express regret and remorse) after the sacrilege of the saroops in a fire at the SGPC’S publishing house in May that year. Shamsher Singh Dullo under political patronage” and there was a police nexus. Nine illegal distilleri­es were being run and supplying liquor to neighbouri­ng Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh among other states, the MP said. He said neighbouri­ng countries were involved in it and demanded the Centre’s interventi­on to probe the issue through the CBI a retired high court judge or any independen­t agency so that culprits could be booked. Dullo said he met the governor of the state but no action has been taken and that the matter pertains to inter-state illegal racket and theft of taxes. Takht bans cremation of old saroops The Akal Takht on Friday banned cremation of old saroops of Guru Granth Sahib. In a release, Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said they have come to know that saroops are cremated in some gurdwaras in New Delhi, Dehradun and Bhopal and the SGPC had been directed to probe the matter. He said cremation of the old saroops is banned for now anywhere in the world. Religious punishment, no public gathering for a month On their return, the jathedar awarded the remaining religious punishment. “You are directed to hold one Akhand Path (non-stop recitation of Guru Granth Sahib) at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib for pashchatap (regret and remorse) for the 2016 fire incident that led to saroops getting burnt. Hold another Akhand Path at Akal SGPC Sr vice-president Mehta removed Taking note of the SGPC task force’s act of using force Al Former Patiala town planner, EX-PCS officer booked for graft GADVASU TO SET UP CATTLE BLOOD BANK Court orders re-test of former Khanna SHO for Covid-19 HT Correspond­ent A local court has ordered a retest on Inspector Baljinder Singh, former SHO at police station Sadar of Khanna, for Covid-19. Baljinder is facing charges torturing and recording the video of three men in illegal detention. The court issued orders following a complaint filed by the victim Jagpal Singh, alleging that doctors issued a fake Covid positive report so the cop is not sent behind bars. LUDHIANA: letterschd@hindustant­imes.com Vishal Rambani land. Officials, in nexus with private colonisers, showed this as two separate colonies, and caused a loss of Rs 3.5 crore to the state exchequer,” a vigilance official said. The FIR adds that Sikka and Bhatia, in league with Sandhu, misused their official positions and got colonies passed by showing these as being sold in 2012, even as stamp papers used for documentat­ion were purchased in 2014. “They did it deliberate­ly, which smells of corruption, thus the Prevention of Corruption Act has been invoked against them,” a vigilance official added. The vigilance has also taken a note of the fact that in March 2019, the local bodies department secretary rejected the No-objection Certificat­e (NOC) for both the colonies, Imperial County-1 and Imperial County-ii, and declared these as illegal. However, Pushpa Rani, a senior assistant at office of deputy director, Patiala, kept the file pending for 18 months. Once the vigilance started probe, the permission to colonies was cancelled. The accused were booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC and Corruption Act. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has started the process to set up a blood bank for cattle on premises. Department of veterinary medicine assistant professor Shukriti Sharma said, “We set up the first blood bank for dogs in North India recently and a cattle blood bank will also be establishe­d. For this, we need bigger bags for storage and the process is on to procure these.” The facility will improve the survival rate of dogs after illness; the university has conducted 125 blood transfusio­ns in dogs to date. Last week, a GADVASU team had conducted successful blood transfusio­n of cattle, brought to it from the farm of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Patiala. Horses and other animals belonging to previous CM Parkash Singh Badal were also treated at the university. Sharma added that the problem of low haemoglobi­n was common among cattle due to ticks, and other ailments. “With the help of the blood bank, however, we will be able to store the Red Blood Cells (RBCS), plasma and platelets,” she said. LUDHIANA: rambani@hindustant­imes.com Punjab vigilance bureau has booked former PCS officer Ashok Kumar Sikka and former municipal town planner of Patiala Shakti Sagar Bhatia, along with a coloniser, for approving a colony which showed a government canal as green area, causing a loss of ₹3.5 crore to the state exchequer in 2014. Sikka retired as deputy director local bodies at Patiala. Both officers passed illegal colonies, according to the vigilance. Coloniser Devinder Singh Sandhu, the promoter of WWICS Estate Private Limited, and Nagender Rao, the company’s general manager, have also been booked. The First Informatio­n Report (FIR) was registered on investigat­ion into illegal colonies, approved on the basis of forged documents. “Lot of discrepanc­ies were committed. The colony was regularise­d, when there was no such policy existing in August 2014. The government land of a canal and some shamlat land was shown as Green Area in a private colony, and even plots were carved on such PATIALA: HTC Two inmates attack warden in Kapurthala jail Two inmates attacked a jail warden, Sukhdev Singh, and attempted to snatch his mobile phone, a day after a cellphone was recovered from them. A case under Sections 353, 186, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 52 of Prison Act has been registered against Vishal and Binder Singh of Mansa. KAPURTHALA: HTC HC DISMISSES PLEA SEEKING CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST KANGANA AAP launches ‘oximeter campaign’ in Punjab The Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed a plea seeking direction to Punjab Police for the registrati­on of a criminal case against actor Kangana Ranaut for her alleged social media post on the promotion of beef consumptio­n. The plea was filed by a Ludhiana resident, Navneet Gopi, who had told the court that he had submitted a complaint to probe her social media posts. But Ludhiana police had not acted on the same. The court on Thursday observed that her post does not prima facie suggest that it amounts to commission of an offence punishable under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code, in any manner. To expose the alleged failure of the Punjab government to tackle the Covid pandemic, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday launched the ‘oximeter campaign’ in the state on Friday. AAP leaders, including leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, went door-to-door to check oxygen level of people and explained the importance of oxygen level for prevention of corona as well as distribute­d awareness kits for prevention of the virus. CHANDIGARH: CHANDIGARH: HTC HTC

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