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NSA Ajit Doval turns 77 today; all you need to know about the 'James Bond of India'
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NSA Ajit Doval turns 77 today; all you need to know about the 'James Bond of India'

Doval joined the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in 1972 and remained in the organisation for over three decades. On the birthday of the James Bond of India, here are some of his daring exploits that have earned him the sobriquet

The great Punjab paradox: Why state’s economic prosperity goes hand in hand with manufactured grievances
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The great Punjab paradox: Why state’s economic prosperity goes hand in hand with manufactured grievances

Punjab is currently at a crossroads, with concerted attempts being made to paint out any connection Sikhism had with Hinduism and the rest of the subcontinent

Golden Temple 'sacrilege' case: Unidentified accused man cremated in Amritsar
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Golden Temple 'sacrilege' case: Unidentified accused man cremated in Amritsar

Police said his last rites were performed after the post-mortem examination was conducted at a government hospital

With locals tight-lipped over suspected sacrilege attempt, police in Punjab's Kapurthala struggle to make headway
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With locals tight-lipped over suspected sacrilege attempt, police in Punjab's Kapurthala struggle to make headway

There are videos and other evidences but the local police are struggling to get witnesses, clear CCTV footage or the identification of the deceased and no case has been registered so far against those who killed the unidentified person

'Hang those guilty of sacrilege in public', says Congress' Navjot Singh Sidhu at Punjab rally
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'Hang those guilty of sacrilege in public', says Congress' Navjot Singh Sidhu at Punjab rally

Sidhu's remarks come at a time when most politicians in Punjab are treading very cautiously on the subject in the run-up to the crucial Assembly polls.

Punjab lynchings provoked by anger over govt inaction in 2015 sacrilege cases
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Punjab lynchings provoked by anger over govt inaction in 2015 sacrilege cases

Videos of the events in Kapurthala show that the crowd paid no heed to the police trying to take away the accused, with people saying the ‘Sikh Sangat’ will interrogate the accused and deliver justice

Two lynchings in two days in Punjab: Here's all you need to know
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Two lynchings in two days in Punjab: Here's all you need to know

The sacrilege cases have been at the heart of political conflicts in Punjab since 2015 with each party accusing the other of inaction and promising that if they were to be elected to power they would investigate the issues

Punjab: Second man beaten to death in 24 hrs over sacrilege allegation; three cops injured trying to save him
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Punjab: Second man beaten to death in 24 hrs over sacrilege allegation; three cops injured trying to save him

The Punjab Police DGP tweeted that he had taken 'serious note' of the unfortunate incidents

Punjab CM condemns sacrilege bid at Golden Temple, directs police to identify 'real conspirators'
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Punjab CM condemns sacrilege bid at Golden Temple, directs police to identify 'real conspirators'

A man was beaten to death by angry devotees after he allegedly attempted to commit sacrilege at the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar: Man beaten to death over 'sacrilege' attempt at Golden Temple
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Amritsar: Man beaten to death over 'sacrilege' attempt at Golden Temple

The incident took place when the man jumped golden grills inside the sanctum sanctorum, picked a sword and reached near the place where a Sikh priest was reciting the holy Guru Granth Sahib

Plea against Kangana Ranaut filed in SC seeking censoring of all her future social media posts
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Plea against Kangana Ranaut filed in SC seeking censoring of all her future social media posts

The plea filed by advocate Charanjeet Singh Chanderpal also sought direction to transfer all the FIRs filed across India, against the actor for her remarks on farmers' protest, to Khar police station, Mumbai

'Disrespectful': Gurdwara body urges Delhi govt to stop painting Golden Temple on walls of Ashram Chowk underpass
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'Disrespectful': Gurdwara body urges Delhi govt to stop painting Golden Temple on walls of Ashram Chowk underpass

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa termed the act as "disrespectful" to their religion according to the Sikh code of conduct.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Death Anniversary: Facts about the icon known as Sher-e-Punjab
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Maharaja Ranjit Singh Death Anniversary: Facts about the icon known as Sher-e-Punjab

Among other things, Maharaja Ranjit Singh is known for the beautification of the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara) in Amritsar

Firstpost Explains: Here's how you can avail of the Delhi government's Mukhyamntri Tirth Yatra Yojana
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Firstpost Explains: Here's how you can avail of the Delhi government's Mukhyamntri Tirth Yatra Yojana

The cabinet approved the Revenue Department proposal to begin the scheme titled Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana to enable 1,100 senior citizens from each Assembly Constituency per year to undertake free pilgrimages

On Operation Blue Star's 35th anniversary, examining its historical precedents for Sikhs
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On Operation Blue Star's 35th anniversary, examining its historical precedents for Sikhs

As we approach the 35th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, the Indira Gandhi-ordered attack on the Sri Harmandir Sahib and the Akal Takhat (where Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was headquartered), it is impossible not to place it on the context of Sikh history.

Over 3,000 security personnel to maintain vigil in Amritsar on Operation Blue Star anniversary
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Over 3,000 security personnel to maintain vigil in Amritsar on Operation Blue Star anniversary

Amritsar has turned into a virtual fortress ahead of the 35th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on 6 June, with more than 3,000 security personnel deployed and police maintaining a hawk-eyed vigil in sensitive areas

The Sikh: An Occidental Romance — Depictions of the community through a colonial lens
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The Sikh: An Occidental Romance — Depictions of the community through a colonial lens

The paintings which are part of the exhibition The Sikh: An Occidental Romance make it evident that this community enjoyed the kind of pageantry that other native Indians did not, during British rule

Furious over Amazon selling doormats, toilet seats with Golden Temple image, Punjab CM, Sikh Coalition, seek apology from e-tailer
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Furious over Amazon selling doormats, toilet seats with Golden Temple image, Punjab CM, Sikh Coalition, seek apology from e-tailer

The Sikh Coalition asked Amazon that the objectionable items with images of the Golden Temple be permanently prohibited from sale and hoped that Amazon will do more to ensure similar products do not appear on its platform.

Connecting Kartarpur: Real estate prices go north in town bordering Sikh shrine, hoteliers expect tourism boom
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Connecting Kartarpur: Real estate prices go north in town bordering Sikh shrine, hoteliers expect tourism boom

Large swathes of land in and around the town are now being seen as perfect spots to set up infrastructure that would be needed to cater to the tourists visiting Dera Baba Nanak from across the world.

Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh wedding: Sikh body objects to Anand Karaj ceremony performed outside gurudwara
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Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh wedding: Sikh body objects to Anand Karaj ceremony performed outside gurudwara

An Italian Sikh organisation has objected top Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh taking the Guru Granth Sahib outside the gurudwara for the Anand Karaj ceremony.