Golden Temple

  • From Golden Temple to Delhi, Punjab families pray for Iraq hostages 20-06-2014 11:26 AM

    Chandigarh: Scores of families and relatives of men from Punjab who have been held hostage or are stuck in strife-torn Iraq are offering prayers and reaching out to officials and ministers to ensure the safe return of their loved ones. At least 40 Indian construction workers, mostly from Punjab, have...
  • 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star 06-06-2014 11:21 AM

    Amritsar: Billboards welcome tourists on roads leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest place for Sikhs. It is a symbol of peace and it is always festive here. But it was not so three decades back. On June 6, 1984, the area near the Golden Temple was under...
  • Sword fight breaks out between Golden Temple task force workers, several injured 06-06-2014 11:03 AM

    Amritsar: Clashes broke out within the Golden Temple premises in Amritsar between two groups on the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on Friday. The sword fight broke out between Golden Temple task force workers and supporters of SAD MP Simranjeet Singh Mann. Several people have been injured in the...
  • 30 years of Operation Blue Star: Chilling black and white photos of the day the Indian Army stormed the Golden Temple 03-06-2014 12:04 PM

    Thirty years ago, on this day (June 3, 1984) the Indian Army entered the holiest place for the Sikhs, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, to flush out militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Operation Blue Star was a military operation ordered by Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, to remove...
  • Need to improve connectivity, tourism infra in Amritsar: Arun Jaitley 08-04-2014 05:13 PM

    Amritsar: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday highlighted the need for improving connectivity and tourism infrastructure in Amritsar. "There is a need to upgrade the railway station, complete the road and highway development programme, and have more directly connected international flights," the party candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat wrote...
  • Deepika Padukone offers prayers at Golden Temple 12-03-2014 10:05 AM

    Amritsar: Actress Deepika Padukone visited the Golden Temple to seek blessings here today. Dressed in a white salwar suit, the 28-year-old actress offered her prayers inside the Temple and also donated Rs 1000, said ADCP Punjab police Parampal Singh who accompanied her inside the temple. The 'Chennai Express' star spent...
  • No evidence of British role in Operation Bluestar yet: Cameron 15-01-2014 10:59 PM

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said there was no evidence so far to suggest that elite British special forces played a role in the 1984 Operation Bluestar to flush out Sikh militants holed up in the Golden Temple. "I don't want to prejudge the outcome, but I would...
  • Indira Gandhi 'quick to take offence': UK file on Operation Bluestar 15-01-2014 10:35 PM

    London: The newly-declassified file that has set off a storm over Britain's alleged involvement in planning Operation Bluestar in 1984 speaks about concerns over the attitude of Indira Gandhi who was "quick to take offence at slights". A background briefing document contained in the file PREM 19/1273 and marked 'UK/India...
  • India to ask UK for details of claims of help during Operation Bluestar 14-01-2014 05:01 PM

    New Delhi: A Sikh member of the House of Lords in London has claimed that recently released top secret documents suggest former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped her the then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out terrorists holed...
  • British PM orders probe into Thatcher's link with Operation Bluestar 14-01-2014 06:53 AM

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has directed his Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Margaret Thatcher's government may have helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar in 1984. Labour MP Tom Watson and Lord Indarjit Singh had demanded an explanation after recently declassified documents indicated that Britain's Special...
  • Thatcher colluded with Indira for Operation Bluestar, claims Labour MP 13-01-2014 11:39 PM

    A British MP on Monday claimed that top secret documents suggested Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out militants from the shrine, an operation that left more than 1,000 people dead. Tom Watson, the Labour lawmaker from...
  • Former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassin released on parole for 28 days 26-12-2013 09:13 AM

    Chandigarh: Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's assassin Gurmeet Singh was released on Thursday on 28 days parole. His parole comes after the Punjab government gave in to the pressure mounted by Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, an activist who was on fast for the past 41 days. Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, a...
  • Akal Takht, Sikhs honour kin of Indira's assassin 31-10-2013 07:02 PM

    Sikh groups,on Thursday, observed the death anniversary of Beant Singh, one of the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1984, and honoured his son at a function held at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. Sarabjit, son of Beant, was honoured by the head of...
  • Sukhbir Singh Badal re-elected as Akali Dal president 03-09-2013 04:58 PM

    Sukhbir Singh Badal was on 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 in Amritsar at the Teja Singh Samundri hall at the Golden Temple complex...
  • Sukhbir Singh Badal approves revised Amritsar Master Plan 15-06-2013 02:08 AM

    Amritsar: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday approved the revised City Master Plan that aims to transform Amritsar into a world class city. Badal made a detailed review of all projects after he was given presentations by PWD, Municipal Corporation, Water Supply and Sanitation, Tourism and other...
  • Govt to provide security to Operation Blue Star veterans 11-10-2012 04:26 PM

    New Delhi: Alarmed by the attack on Lt Gen (retd) KS Brar in London and the widespread condemnation of it, the Centre on Thursday decided to provide security to all the veterans of Operation Blue Star. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after a security review meeting on Thursday also took...
  • SGPC honours ex-Army Chief Gen Vaidya's killers 10-10-2012 03:35 PM

    Amritsar: In a controversial move the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday honoured the killers of former Army Chief General AS Vaidya in the Golden Temple, calling the Khalistani terrorists Sikh martyrs. Even as a debate is raging over the raising of a Blue Star memorial in Amritsar and...
  • Lt Gen Brar assailants had 'long beards': Police 02-10-2012 04:32 AM

    London: Scotland Yard has appealed for information from members of the public on the Sunday night assault on Lt General KS Brar, and described the four assailants as wearing dark clothing, long black jackets and having "long beards". Stating that detectives were keeping an open mind on the motivation behind...
  • It was an assassination attempt on me: Lt Gen Brar 01-10-2012 11:17 PM

    London: Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar, who was attacked in London on Sunday night, has claimed that it was an assassination attempt on him. "There were lot of hate messages on net, there were online threats against me. There were pledges to kill me," said Brar, who is known for...
  • UK: Army officer who led Operation Blue Star attacked 01-10-2012 08:14 PM

    London: Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar, who led the Operation Blue Star against Sikh terrorists in 1984, was attacked and injured with a sharp-edged weapon outside a hotel in London at around 10 pm on Sunday night. He is reported to be out of danger now. The incident took place...
  • Operation Blue Star Memorial under watch: Govt 13-07-2012 06:10 PM

    Chandigarh: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Centre was keeping a close watch on the situation in Punjab in the wake of a move to set up a memorial in Golden Temple for those killed during Operation Blue Star. The Home Minister said that the Centre was...
  • Controversy erupts over Akalis' honour to militants 06-06-2012 11:50 PM

    Chandigarh: The Akalis have sparked off a controversy on the 28th anniversary of Operation Blue Star by raising a memorial for militants killed in the operation and honouring former chief minister Beant Singh's assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana. The memorial inside the Golden Temple complex glorifies militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale...
  • Controversy erupts as Akalis honour Sikh militants 06-06-2012 01:52 PM

    New Delhi: Akalis on Wednesday courted controversy in Punjab after glorifying slain militants on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of Operation Blue Star. The military operation, under orders from the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had killed separatist Jarnail Singh Bhindernwale and many others while trying to wrest back...
  • Black flags to PM not at our behest: Team Anna 01-01-2012 04:35 PM

    New Delhi: Team Anna on Sunday denied involvement of its members in showing black flags to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar and said it was the people's own reaction. "I don't think it was done at the behest of Team Anna but...
  • PM begins his New Year at the Golden Temple 01-01-2012 12:55 PM

    Amritsar: On a personal visit to the holy city, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began his new year by paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday morning. Singh along with his wife Gursharan Kaur reached the Golden Temple at 6.30 am and went to the sanctum sanctorum where...
  • Black flags waved at PM outside Golden Temple 01-01-2012 08:32 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was greeted with blag flags from Anna Hazare supporters after his arrival at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. The protest by some Hazare supporters caught the security agencies completely off guard. Though none of the protesters could reach anywhere near the prime minister,...
  • PM to begin 2012 with a trip to Golden Temple 31-12-2011 11:17 AM

    Amritsar: With his government having faced a tough year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to usher in the new year with prayers at the Harmandar Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines, popularly known as the Golden Temple. He is expected to arrive here on Saturday evening with his wife Gursharan...