Nikki Haley gets nostalgic after visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar

Nikki HaleyAmritsar, Nov 15 : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley got nostalgic and emotional after visiting the Golden Temple here today.

She said that she was seeing the temple after 40 years.

Haley is ona visit to Amritsar with her husband and an American delegation. She is on a ten-day trip to India.

After visiting the temple, and overwhelmed and emotional Haley could barely hold back her tears, and described her visit as "really special and emotional."

Jaitley: Up to Pak to decide what relationship they want

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, Aug 18 : Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asked Pakistan to decide what relationship the country wanted with India.

He said that the onus was on Pakistan to repair the relationship. "The powers that lie within Pakistan have to agree on what relationship they want with India."

Jaitley also accused Pakistan of deliberately breaking the ceasefire.

Amarinder seeks contingency plan for agriculture

Amarinder seeks contingency plan for agricultureAmritsar: Expressing concern over the drought-like situation prevailing in Punjab in view of "poor" monsoon, Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha and Amritsar MP Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the state government to draw up a contingency plan to save agriculture.

Singh, in a statement here, suggested that the government should order timely assessment of losses to farmers so that they can be adequately compensated.

Jaitley asks why Congress has stopped compensating border area farmers

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, Apr 18 : Addressing rallies in Amritsar District's Dhariwal, Bachiwind and Chogawan Villages on Friday, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) candidate Arun Jaitley praised the spirit of farmers for sacrificing their produce and earnings for the cause of the nation.

Jaitley, who travelled to the border areas to get a feel about farmer-related concerns, used his visit to these areas to express his solidarity with them and promised them full co-operation and compensation should he be elected by them.

He criticised the central government on the issue of stopping the compensation scheme started by the Atal Behari Vajpayee Government.

A house for Mr Jaitley; complaint with EC

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, April 14 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley's move to buy a house to establish his credentials with Amritsar's voters and prove he is here to stay could get him into trouble. His main opponent, the Congress' Amarinder Singh, has told the poll panel that the cost of the house be added to the election expenses of the BJP candidate.

Jaitley's response to the controversy was guarded, though he hit out at Amarinder Singh for his "unbeatable capacity to singularly lower the level of political discourse" and sought to know if people would have go to his place in Patiala to meet him.

Sukhbir Badal re-elected Akali Dal president

Sukhbir-Singh-BadalAmritsar, Sep 3 : Sukhbir Singh Badal was Tuesday re-elected as the president of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.

Sukhbir, 51, who is Punjab's deputy chief minister, was unanimously re-elected by 445 delegates of the Akali Dal who had assembled here at the Teja Singh Samundri hall at the Golden Temple complex of this Sikh holy city, 250 km from Chandigarh.

Akali Dal has no issues with BJP's PM candidate

Sukhbir-Singh-BadalAmritsar, June 14 : At a time when the Janata Dal-United seems all set to leave the NDA over the issue of prominence to Narendra Modi, the BJP's oldest ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, Friday said it has no issues over the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Interacting with media here, Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party "would go with the NDA as far as the choice of PM is concerned".

Badal rubbished all talk about a third front, saying that this was only an imaginary exercise.

Motive was to kill Sarabjit, say doctors

Sarabjit-SinghAmritsar, May 3 : Refuting the theory put up by Pakistani authorities that Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was fatally injured in a "scuffle" of prisoners, Indian doctors who conducted a second autopsy on him Friday said that the brutal assault was with the "motive to kill".

"The main motive was to kill the person. The face of the skull was completely smashed. Rather it was in two pieces. He died from massive head injuries," Gurjit Singh Mann, head of a medical panel of the Amritsar Medical College which conducted the second post-mortem examination after Sarabjit's body arrived in India, told media here.

Martyrdom Day being observed at Nankana Sahib near Lahore

Martyrdom Day being observed at Nankana Sahib near Lahore Amritsar, Feb 20 : Martyrdom Day, which is observed in the memory of those who died while fighting to protect the sanctity of the Sikh Gurdwaras before the partition of the subcontinent, is being observed at Nanakana Sahib near Lahore in Pakistan from Tuesday to Thursday.

This is as per the original Nanakshahi Calendar of 2003.

The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is participating in the program being organized by Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC).

Cameron calls Jallianwala Bagh tragedy shameful

Cameron calls Jallianwala Bagh tragedy shameful Amritsar, Feb. 20 : British Prime Minister David Cameron became the
first head of government from his country to visit Jallianwala Bagh on
Wednesday, and called the April 13, 1919 massacre of unarmed civilians
as a tragic and a "most shameful act in the history of Britain".

Cameron also visited Amritsar''s Golden Temple and paide his obeisance before moving on to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial.

was on April 13, 1919, that people, including women and children, who

To woo Punjabis, Cameron to visit Amritsar

David-CameronAmritsar, Feb 19 : British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Sikh holy city of Amritsar Wednesday in a clear message to woo Sikhs and Punjabis settled back home.

The British leader is scheduled to visit the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, n Amritsar. He will arrive here Wednesday morning and leave in the afternoon, police officials said here.

Cameron is the highest democratically elected leader from Britain to visit the Sikh shrine. British monarch Queen Elizabeth visited Amritsar in October 1997.

Qatar Airways All Set To Add 14 Additional Flights By Next Month

Qatar Airways All Set To Add 14 Additional Flights By Next MonthQatar Airways, on Monday, has declared that it would raise the frequency of its daily flights from the three Indian cities including Delhi, Amritsar and Cochin by the coming month (September 2010).

Gulf-based full service air carrier stated that it will start 14 extra flights from these cities.

It added that the occurrence of the flights from these stations would be augmented in phases, starting next month.

30 Kids Fall Ill After Taking Iron Pills At A School In Amritsar

30 Kids Fall Ill After Taking Iron Pills At A School In AmritsarAround 30 pupils reported feelings of nausea after consuming iron pills at a school in Amritsar on Friday.

The incident occurred at the Government Senior Secondary School situated in the neighborhood of Hakima Gate in Amritsar.

The young pupils complained of sharp pain in the stomach. Some vomited after taking the medications.

School authorities swung into action and admitted the children to the Civil Hospital.

Junior Bachchan Does Kar Seva At Golden Temple

Junior Bachchan Does Kar Seva At Golden TempleAs part of his kar seva, Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan washed dishes and cleaned the premises at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

According to ritual and religious belief, by doing manual work, it is a pure devotion to God.

The actor had gone to Amritsar to shoot for the television game show 'National Bingo Night.'

Abhishek's sister Shweta Nanda was also with him and they visited three well-known Gurdwaras.

Sikh Diaspora objects as SGPC makes changes in NanakShahi Calendar

Sikh Diaspora objects as SGPC makes changes in NanakShahi CalendarAmritsar, Jan. 11 : Heads of various Gurdwaras situated in the United States and Canada have expressed their resentment over the changes made in the NanakShahi Calendar, the only Sikh calendar, by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak committee (SGPC), the premier body of the Sikhs, in meet held at Fremont (San Francisco) on Sunday.

The meet lasted for three hours, during which the heads of various Sikh organizations expressed their objection to the changes made by SGPC recently in NanakShahi calendar.

BSF registers strong objection to Pakistan Rangers over rocket shelling incidents

BSF registers strong objection to Pakistan Rangers over rocket shelling incidentsAmritsar, Jan. 11 : Conveying a strong message over the issue of rocket shelling from the Pakistan’s soil, the Border security force has reportedly warned Pakistan’s Rangers against such incidents, as Border guards of India and Pakistan held a DIG level meeting at Attari land border on Saturday.

Notably after the third incident in six month, over 10 rockets were lobbed from the Pakistan soil in to Indian Territory. In retaliation Indian border gourds open fired with machine gun and mortar towards.

Pakistani rockets fired into India

Pakistani rockets fired into IndiaAmritsar, Jan 9 - Suspected terrorists fired seven rockets into Punjab's Amritsar district but there were no casualties, officials said Saturday.

The rockets were found in an agricultural field in Kangarh chowki (post) in Attari sector early Saturday. It is not clear when the rockets were fired.

A thick fog was hampering efforts by the Border Security Force to find out if more rockets had been fired, BSF sources said.

BSF officials held talks with the Pakistani Rangers and lodged a strong protest over the incident.

Punjab Police seize 8kg heroin from a Nigerian national

Punjab Police seize 8kg heroin from a Nigerian nationalAmritsar, Jan 8 : Punjab Police on Friday detained a Nigerian national with about 8 kilograms heroin worth 400 million rupees in the international market.

Acting on a tip-off, Punjab Police’s Special Operation Cell, detained international Heroin smuggler Felix Odemole resident of Nigeria near the Amritsar railways station.

344th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh celebrated

344th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh celebratedAmritsar, Jan. 5 : Devotees thronged to the Golden Temple on Tuesday in large numbers for a holy dip in the Golden Temple’s Sarovar or, the sacred pool on the occasion of 344th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

The Sikh fraternity holds the occasion, which marks birth anniversary of Sikhs’ 10th master, in high esteem.

Golden Temple, also known as Harminder Sahib, the most important Sikh shrine in the

world is illuminated for two days on this occasion. On Tuesday, fire crackers will

Pakistani 'smuggler' killed in Punjab border district

Pakistani 'smuggler' killed in Punjab border districtAmritsar, Jan 5 - A Pakistani "smuggler" who entered India early Tuesday was shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in a border area in Punjab while three others went back into Pakistan under the cover of darkness when the fighting started, officials said.

Contraband worth over Rs. 27 crore was recovered from his possession following the gunfight in Raja Taal area near Bhikiwind town, around 30 km from here.

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