Last-minute withdrawal by Norway leaves nine nations in frayCHANDIGARH: With the last-minute withdrawal of Norway, nine team will now compete for the Prize Money Pearls World Cup Kabaddi Punjab-2010 being hosted by the Punjab Government at different venues of the state from April 3 to 12. A fabulous prize money of Rs 2.2 crore is a stake in the 11-day sports meet. Announcing the draw, Organising Secretary Pargat Singh said that the teams have been divided into two pools. Hosts India have been placed in Pool A while their traditional rivals Pakistan are in Pool B. United States of America, Australia, Italy and Iran are in Pool A along with India. Canada, United Kingdom and Spain are in Pool B along with Pakistan. Pargat Singh said that the opening ceremony will be held at the Yadvindra Public School in Patiala on April 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. India have been drawn to meet United States of America in the inaugural match on the opening day. Deputy Chief Minister, who is also chairman of the organising committee and also holds the sports portfolio, will inaugurate the WCKP2010 amidst a riot of colours at the YPS Stadium in Patiala. Pargat Singh said that on the opening day only one match will be played. Three mathces will be conducted daily during the league phase of the tournament. Two top teams from each pool will qualify for semi-finals which will be played at the Sports Stadium in Bathinda on April 10. Classification matches for the third and fourth places and final will be played at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on April 12. Meanwhile, the organising committee, under the chairmanship of Secretary Sports PS Aujla, reviewed the arrangements for the mega event as the teams would be arrive tomorrow. The Pakistan team will be received at the Wagha Border in Amritsar. The Punjab Sports Department has deputed liasion officers and they are camping in Delhi to receive the foreign teams and escort them to Ludhiana while the Indian team is undergoing training in Ludhiana. The winning team will receive a cash award of Rs one crore besides a glittering rolling trophy. Runners-up will take Rs 51 lakh and third place winners Rs 21 lakh. The fourth position will be worth Rs 10 lakh. Besides, individual awards (tractors) and other prizes will also be given among the winners. Each team will also get a sum of Rs 5 lakh as appearance money. Groupings: Pool A: India, USA, Australia, Italy and Iran.Pool B: Pakistan, Canada, UK and Spain. Fixtures: April 3: India vs USA (9.40 p.m.) at YPS Patiala.April 4: Iran vs Italy (2.50 p.m.), Paksitan vs Canada (4 p.m.), United Kingdom vs Spain (5 p.m.) at War Heroes Stadium, Sangrur.April 5: Canada vs Spain (2.50 p.m.), USA vs Australia (4.05 p.m.), India vs Italy (5.05 p.m.) at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Jalandhar.April 6: USA vs Iran (2.50 p.m.), Pakistan vs Spain (4.05 p.m), India vs Australia (5.05 p.m) at Outdoor Stadium HoshiarpurAptil 7: Italy vs Australia (2.50 p.m.), Iran vs India (4.05 p.m), UK vs Canada (5.05 p.m.) at Government College Stadium Gurdaspur.April 8: Iran vs Australia (2.50 p.m), USA vs Italy (4.05 p,m) and Pakistan vs UK (5.05 p.m) at Guru Nanak Stadium Amritsar.April 9: Rest Day.April 10: Semi-finals: Winners of Pool A vs runners-up of Pool B (3.05 p.m), Winners of Pool B vs Runners-up of Pool A (4.35 p.m.) at Sports Stadium Bhatinda.April 11: Rest Day.April 12: Match for 3rd and 4th places (5.30 p.m.) and final (7.30 p.m.) at Guru Nanak Stadium Ludhiana.
killed by Punjab Police in 1980’s Sikh struggle March 25th, 2010 Jaspal Singh Chandigarh, Punjab: A nation that saw the younger sister of the man who brought them free- dom in death run between courts and offices and back for 21 years and still has justice elude her. Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s younger sister, Parkash Kaur, 95, has been fighting for justice to her kin Kuljeet Singh Dhatt, who was eliminated in Hoshiarpur district 21 years ago, allegedly by five Punjab Police personnel. “My brother would have been shattered to see me run around courts in my sunset years. I may not live to see justice done,“ Parkash Kaur told HT over phone from Toronto, where she now lives with her son, Rupinder Singh. She said the guilty cops were booked and even arrested on the directions of the Supreme Court. But, they moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and took the plea that the state was under the Punjab Disturbed Area Act, 1983, and only the Centre could grant sanction for their prosecution. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal reserved his verdict in the case after hearing the arguments on February 3, 2003. Harbhajan Singh, elder brother of the deceased Kuljeet, who is presently contesting the case on behalf of Parkash Kaur, revealed that Hoshiarpur was not even covered under the dis- turbed area Act which was appli- cable to border districts of Punjab. Justice Rajesh Bindal of the High Court dismissed a similar plea on February 13, in a separate case. Harbhajan had moved a plea before former High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur in 2008, for transfer of the case to some other court as in seven years, the case had not come up for hearing even after final arguments. The cops kept seek- ing adjournment after adjourn- ment, 25 in all, on one pretext or the other. On August 26, 2009, the case came up for hearing before Justice Rajan Gupta and before Justice A.G. Masih on September 4, 2009, but they recused themselves. The case was then listed for Justice K.C.Puri on October 7, who issued notices to the accused. However, when the matter came up on December 10, 2009, the case file was not put up in court. On March 3, 2010, Harbhajan learnt that the case was listed in the court of Justice Mittal, who too withdrew and said that the same be transferred. “Now the case file is in the court of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal,“ he said. The Punjab Police person- nel indicted by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court for Kuljeet’s murder included late SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, who committed sui- cide in May 1997, DSP Jaspal Singh, serving life term in Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Sardool Singh, Sita Ram and S.S. Basra. Ram is serving out a life sentence in another case.t’s a case that would put a nation to shame. A nation that saw the younger sister of the man who brought them free- dom in death run between courts and offices and back for 21 years and still has justice elude her. Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s younger sister, Parkash Kaur, 95, has been fighting for justice to her kin Kuljeet Singh Dhatt, who was eliminated in Hoshiarpur district 21 years ago, allegedly by five Punjab Police personnel. “My brother would have been shattered to see me run around courts in my sunset years. I may not live to see justice done,“ Parkash Kaur told HT over phone from Toronto, where she now lives with her son, Rupinder Singh. She said the guilty cops were booked and even arrested on the directions of the Supreme Court. But, they moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and took the plea that the state was under the Punjab Disturbed Area Act, 1983, and only the Centre could grant sanction for their prosecution. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal reserved his verdict in the case after hearing the arguments on February 3, 2003. Harbhajan Singh, elder brother of the deceased Kuljeet, who is presently contesting the case on behalf of Parkash Kaur, revealed that Hoshiarpur was not even covered under the dis- turbed area Act which was appli- cable to border districts of Punjab. Justice Rajesh Bindal of the High Court dismissed a similar plea on February 13, in a separate case. Harbhajan had moved a plea before former High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur in 2008, for transfer of the case to some other court as in seven years, the case had not come up for hearing even after final arguments. The cops kept seek- ing adjournment after adjourn- ment, 25 in all, on one pretext or the other. On August 26, 2009, the case came up for hearing before Justice Rajan Gupta and before Justice A.G. Masih on September 4, 2009, but they recused themselves. The case was then listed for Justice K.C.Puri on October 7, who issued notices to the accused. However, when the matter came up on December 10, 2009, the case file was not put up in court. On March 3, 2010, Harbhajan learnt that the case was listed in the court of Justice Mittal, who too withdrew and said that the same be transferred. “Now the case file is in the court of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal,“ he said. The Punjab Police person- nel indicted by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court for Kuljeet’s murder included late SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, who committed sui- cide in May 1997, DSP Jaspal Singh, serving life term in Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Sardool Singh, Sita Ram and S.S. Basra. Ram is serving out a life sentence in another case.
La red social continúa su conquista de nuevos territorios en el mercado mundial y ahora le apuntó un país con 1.000 millones de habitantes. El gigante de internet busca consolidar su presencia en la India. FOTO TOMADA DE RTVE.ES MUMBAI, India.- Facebook continúa con su proceso de expansión comercial y ya anunció la apertura de sus instalaciones en la India, incorporándose a la lista de multinacionales que han convertido a la región de Bangalore en el Silicon Valley del mundo oriental.La red social abrirá su oficina en la ciudad de Hyderabad, donde ya se encuentran en funcionamiento espacios de otros gigantes de internet como Google y Microsoft. El alto nivel de capacitación de los indios, sumado al bajo costo de sus salarios, hacen de este un espacio soñado para los inversores occidentales.Los empleados locales trabajan en actividades que van desde escribir códigos de programas hasta servicios de atención al cliente. Además, Facebook cuenta con más de 8 millones de usuarios activos dentro de la India, entre los cuales se hallan grandes firmas que necesitan servicios específicos de publicidad y de comunicación corporativa. De este modo, la intención de la red social es consolidar su cobertura en la zona. La oficina de Facebook en Hyderabad complementará las operaciones de Palo Alto (California), Dublín (Irlanda), y una instalación anunciada recientemente en Austin (Texas).
AMRITSAR: Jatedhdar Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) Gyani Gurbachan Singh and President SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar here today jointly released the amended version of Nanak Shahi Calendar (separate Sikh calendar). Speaking on this occasion jatehdar Akal Takht said that entire community all over the world should adopt and follow the amended version of Nanak Shahi calendar in letter and spirit. Launching scathing attack on some Sikh organizations which vehemently denied following the amended version of calendar as they would follow the old one, jatehdar said that such people creating confusion among Sikh community and described them anti Sikh. Jatehdar said that it was need of the hour to bring certain amendments in the calendar as various Sikh intellectuals brought in notice a range of short comings, since various religious days were clashing with one another. Hence, keeping in view all the aspects amendments were brought in practice, he added. Dal Khalsa a radical Sikh Organisation spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh rued that the SGPC has killed the letter and spirit of the Nanakshahi Calendar by mixing it with Bikrami calendar, which had its roots in Hinduism. “We had mentioned dates of Gurpurabs (Sikh religious days) according to original calendar adopted in April 2003 as we believe that the amended version has a imprint of RSS ideology”, Kanwarpal Singh said. However, on January 3, this year, amidst chaos Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) Executive members had given final approval to bring amendments in Nanak Shahi Calendar, following green signal from Akal Takht. Leaders of various Sikh organisations said that while rejecting the SGPC decision said that the entire Sikh Diaspora would remain stick with the original Nanak Shahi Calendar which was adopted by the General House meeting of SGPC in March 29, 2003. Earlier, Pal Singh Purewal, a Canada based Sikh intellectual who crafted the 'Nanakshahi, calendar had requested Akal Takht Jathedar to consult him before making any change in it but in vain. Purewal said that it was highly objectionable as any change in the calendar would reduce it to carbon copy of 'Bikrami Calendar'. He said that Nanakshahi calendar was based on religious, historical and scientific research of many years.
parity demand of Ayurvedic doctors CHANDIGARH: Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Punjab has strongly urged the centre govt. to hold a separate entrance test for Ayurveda stream and also to ensure complete pay parity for Ayurvedic Doctors in comparison to the other doctors of the Modern system of the Medicine. She reiterated that the new era would be the period of Ayurveda. The Minister was in New Delhi, yesterday to inaugurate the 16th Convocation and National Seminar on “Preventive Cardiology in Ayurveda” organized by Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV). Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, MP (Rajya Sabha), S.Jalaja, Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Prof. P.N.V.Kurup, President of Governing Body and Dr.V.V.Prasad, Director, RAV also participated in the function. Dr Rakesh Sharma, Director Ayurveda, Punjab here today informed that the full-packed audience comprising of Gurus, Sishya’s, Administrators and policy makers appreciated and applauded the concern and views of the Health Minister, Prof Chawla. He added that the function was well attended by many doctors from the field of Ayurveda and other medical sciences. The highlight of the function was felicitating ‘Padma Vibhushan Rajvaidya Brihaspati Dev Triguna’ with the title “Living Legend of Ayurveda”, who is a doyen in the field of Ayurveda. During the occasion, RAV also felicitated 15 luminaries, who have achieved exceptional milestones in the field of Ayurveda He added that Dr Dinanath Uppadhya, President Ayurved Mahasamelan Maharashtra also extended invitation to Prof Chawla for inaugurating the function scheduled to be held in Mumbai in the month of March.
Harbans Lal Tuesday, 16 February 2010 The proposed changes in Nanakshahi Calendar recently enacted by SGPC may jeopardize our important achievement in the Western World. Let me explain through a case report. Although Sikhs have been members of the North American communities for over a century it is only recently that, we are becoming a part of the Western pubic life. One aspect of our public life is the presence of our children in the public schools. That very fact presented many challenges. One of them was recognition of Sikh presence through the public holidays in the public school calendar. With the hope that something important was within our reach I accepted my nomination and later appointment on the Dallas Independent School District Religious Faiths Advisory committee in 2007. During this tenure, I was selected to serve as a member of the Dallas School Calendar Committee. In this role, I was asked to help develop a school calendar. After much deliberation and presentations over a period of several months, I succeeded in getting several Sikh historical days in the school calendar. Because of the large size of the Dallas School district, its leadership makes state wide impact. Thus, our holidays were copied in the calendars of almost all school districts in Texas. The Sikh holidays included Vaisakhi, Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, Gurtagadi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, and Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev; a higher panel dropped the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, though included in the original list. It was done perhaps to limit the number of potential holidays. Now I felt that the inclusion of our holidays in the school calendars in North America is a big achievement and it should not be jeopardized by offering dates that are not recurring as we may not continue to be represented when time comes to update calendars. The process takes long time and requires appropriate representations in important committees and task forces access to which is not guaranteed to us. The dates I gave to the Calendar Task Force were from Nanakshai Calendar. I was warned that they would stay as they were at the time of the proposal and dates would not change. Even the Guru Nanak Birthday would stay as it was printed in the Calendar of the year of its first publication. I had to accept that condition lest we lose the recognition of that event. I am detailing this account to illustrate the potential harm done to our identity in the Western world should we revert to the lunar calendar. Harbans Lal, Arlington/USA firstname.lastname@example.org
in foreign countries: Makkar Punjab Newsline Network Monday, 15 February 2010
AMRITSAR: In what could come as a major relief for Sikhs across the world, especially non-resident Indians (NRIs), the SGPC has said it is not averse to printing of the Sikh holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib in other countries provided certain conditions were fulfilled. The SGPC has said that it can allow the printing of the Granth Sahib in other countries. "We are open to the idea of allowing the printing of the holy scripture in other countries if the Sikh population in these countries can provide us the land and resources required for proper printing," said SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar. "If the 'sangat' (people) can assure us this, we are ready to seek clearance from the 'Singh Sahibaan' (Sikh high priests)," Makkar added. The 1,430-page Granth Sahib contains 'Gurbani' (Guru's teachings). It is seen by the Sikhs as the Guru incarnate. The holy scripture was originally installed at the Harmandar Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) in 1604 by the fifth Guru Arjan Dev. The 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, had installed the Granth Sahib as the timeless Guru. The Guru Granth Sahib is a sort of living Guru in the midst of the Sikhs. The SGPC controls all rights for the legal printing of the Granth Sahib which is now done only in Amritsar. The Sikh holy scripture, which is always in huge demand from Sikhs and Sikh institutions globally, is supplied and transported globally through the SGPC from Amritsar. In recent years, chartered flights have been arranged by Sikhs from countries like the US and Canada to get copies of the Granth Sahib from Amritsar. On each such flight, the holy scripture is kept separately on each seat of the aircraft after following the religious maryada (decorum). SGPC-appointed sewadars (volunteers) accompany the scriptures on such flights. The Granth Sahib, also called Adi Granth, contains compositions of the first five Gurus, the ninth Guru, 15 Bhagats (Jai Dev, Nam Dev, Trilochan, Parmanand, Sadna, Ramanand, Beni, Dhanna, Pipa, Sain, Kabir, Ravidas, Farid, Surday and Bhikhan) and 11 Bhattas (Mathra, Jalap, Harbans, Talya, Salya, Bhal, Kulh Sahar, Nal, Kirat, Gayand and Sadrang). The Guru Granth Sahib contains 5,894 hymns in 15,575 stanzas. Of them 974 hymns are written by the first Guru Nanak Dev, 62 by the second Guru Angad Dev, 907 by the third Guru Amar Das, 679 by the fourth Guru Ram Dass (founder of Harmandar Sahib), 2,218 by the fifth Guru Arjan Dev, and 115 by the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur. Among the remaining 922 hymns of Bhagats, the highest number of hymns (541) is by Kabir. Considered an authentic scripture, the compositions of the Sikh Gurus were preserved and subsequently collected by Guru Arjan Dev. When the original copy (which is now at Kartarpur in Pakistan) could not be obtained, Guru Gobind Singh dictated it to Bhai Mani Singh. The scripture is used by the Sikhs at the time of birth, marriage and death. The Guru Granth Sahib is regarded as the body of the Guru and is kept on a raised platform under a canopy, covered in clean clothes. Devotees have to be barefoot with their heads covered before bowing before the Granth Sahib.
cameras on all Bus Stands Punjab Newsline Network Sunday, 14 February 2010
CHANDIGARH: To keep eye on anti social elements, Haryana Police has decided to put Close Circuit Cameras on all Bus Stands in the state. While giving this information here Sunday, a spokesman of the Police Department said that Haryana Police was committed to maintain law and order situation in the state. He said that it had also been directed to immediately lodge FIR after getting information about the incident. He said that with a view to make police people friendly, a new Police Act was implemented in the state. He said that with a view to bring transparency and to make corruption free administration, toll free numbers 1800-180-2022 and 1800-180-2200 had been started at State Vigilance Bureau, Headquarters and Police Headquarters respectively. Besides this, police women cells had been set up in the state. He said that Haryana Government has taken a number of welfare decision to encourage police personnel’s in the state. He said the amount of ex-gratia being to the police personnel has been doubled from Rs. Five lakh to Rs.10 lakh. Seriously injured police personnel’s would now get Rs. Five lakh instead of Rs. Three lakh. Besides this, amount of ration money being given to police personnel’s had been doubled. With the concerted efforts of Haryana Police, criminals either flee from the state or joined the mainstream, he added.
Some people have created a stormy situation among Sikhs because of Nanakshahi Calender. Calender is an important landmark of a community that highlights important religious days, festivals, historical happenings and traditional heritage .But a calender in which dates do not match historical occasions will turn history into mythology. That was what present Nanakshahi calender was doing. This is particularly applicable to Sikhs who rightfully claim to have historical proofs of events in comparison to other religions. The fact is that makers of this calender have distorted and misrepresented Gurbani, Sikh history and principles. Displaying ego and stubbornness they have created deep divisions among Sikhs. We want to know while launching the calender in 2003 why Sikh scriptures and historical sources of 400 years were ignored. Bhai Gurdas ji writes ” Gurbani tina Gursikhan bhaiye bhagat Gurupurab karande”. it proves that Sikh sangat had been celebrating days connected with their Guru sahibans since Guru period . In light of this who gave authority to these persons to change the dates of Gurupurabs of Guru sahibans. By altering the real dates with self created dates they distorted Sikh history. Can these academics tell us about dates incorporated by them and from which historical scriptures these have been taken. We are sad to state that because of this faulty calender ardas of three to four Gurupurabs were being done from Harmandir sahib on the same day.Can these historians tell us if this really happened in Sikh history earlier.The fact is that four academics associated with this calender namely Dr Kirpal singh, Dr Balwant Singh, Dr Kharak Singh and Surjit Singh Gandhi wrote a book for SGPC ” History of the Sikhs and their religion”.In that book they themselves wrote dates that match with history and do not appear in their calender, That shows that they want to malign Sikh history by making a faulty calender. The calender they made was neither based on Gurbani nor on principles of Sikhism. This was devoid of historical facts. Those who are misleading Sikh sangat in name of Bikrami will they label our beloved Gurus also as wrong since their writings are written with reference to Bikrami samvat. Some examples are Given below: Guru Nanak sahib writes in SGGS ji ” Awan athatre jaan satanve hor bhi uthsi marad ka chela” Will they diown this reference from SGGS as it is in bikrami samvat. Barah Mahan is with reference to Bikrami samvat. Shall we discard that? Shall we discard such writings from gurbani? From sixth master to tenth master and after that Mata Sunder Kaur ji and Mata Sahib Kaur ji have sent Hukamnamas to their sangat in Bikrami Samvat. Shall we disown those now? On doors of Sachkhand Harmandir sahib, Goindwal sahib the dates are in Bikrami samvat. Do they want us to remove those? We have some surprising facts about this calender. In actuality Nanakshahi calender was based on Hindu calender that was known as Saka calender. Saka calender was old Hindu religious calender. This was modified by Govt of India in 1959 and adopted as Indian civil calender. Nanakshahi Calender is carbon copy of that calender.This has been confirmed by its makers in preface of Nanakshahi calender. Pal Singh Purewal has written this in his book “Jantri 500 years”. Sikh sangat should decide if Purewal is making a Hindu calender or some one else? On the contrary , Bikrami Samvat calender was of Iranian origin and adapted by militant tribes of Punjab who made their mark in world history by putting a strong resistance against Alexander the great. They adopted it in 57 BC. This was known as Malva calender. History states that its name was changed to Bikrami calender in 858 AD. History also states that Raja Bikramidittaya was a mythological figure only. Bikrami calender is followed both Indian and Pakistan Punjabs. In any religious calender world over there are no other festival and days but of that community. But this is not the case of Nanakshahi calender. Days associated with other communities are included in Purewal’s calender. 27 per cent dates in Nanakshahi calender have nothing to do with Sikh religious observations. Akal takhat jathedar sahib, SGPC president are thanked for correcting the mess created by these people.