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Students’ team from USA study the concept of ‘langar sewa’

Getting up as early as 3.30 am, bathing and then heading to participate in ‘sewa’ at the [Darbar Sahib], the 16 undergrad students from Michigan University, USA, are trying to study one of the most efficient and largest community-kitchen programmes of the world.

Govt. says no plans to get UNESCO’s Heritage site tag for Darbar Sahib

The Central government of India has reportedly clarified that there was no proposal to get Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) declared as World Heritage. There were speculations that the Central government has been ‘conspiring’ to take over control of Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) after getting UNESCO’s World Heritage site tag for the Sikh shrine.

High Court summons Secretaries of Punjab Government & SGPC and PUDA officials in Corridor Project fraud case

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently summoned the Chief Secretary of Punjab Government to appear on May 8 with all documents of Corridor Sundrikarn Project. The project was launched in 1988 under the garb of providing beautiful appearance to Sri Harmandir Sahib Complex, but it concludes up with a big fraud.

Is there any conspiracies to enlist Darbar Sahib on UNESCO Heritage list?

Rumours are making around amongst Sikh circles worldwide that there were efforts to enlisting Darbar Sahib on UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World heritage sites list. Its being said that SGPC is plotting conspiracies to get Sri Darbar Sahib enlisted in UNESCO’s heritage list.

Indian state want to gain control of Darbar Sahib through UNESCO World Heritage status: Dal Khalsa UK

Dal Khalsa UK firmly opposes the proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Status/Site (WHS) for the Sri Harmandar Sahib Complex & Sri Akal Takht Sahib our supreme authority.The Sri Harmandar Sahib Complex being granted WHS would mean that the Central Government of Hindutva India would own the site & have full control over all aspects of the complex,including who comes in & what the conditions would be.

Theo-Political Status of Darbar Sahib [Article by Sirdar Kapur Singh]

[...] These are the four socio-political doctrines, which are implicit in the Sikh way of life, and it is these doctrines which impel a Sikh and the Sikhs to abhor personal rule or group domination. [...]

UK Sikh bodies oppose UNESCO’s ‘World Heritage’ proposal for Darbar Sahib, cite Its Theo-political status

Various UK based Sikh organisations, including United Khalsa Dal (U.K.), Charm Youth Jatha Damdami Taksal and International Panthic Dal, have opposed UNESCO proposal for ‘World Heritage’ status to Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

A view of fireworks at Darbar Sahib

Despite concerns from Eco-friendly NGOs, SGPC decides to carry on with fireworks

Amritsar, Punjab (Oct. 04): Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), yesterday said that the SGPC would continue with high-altitude fireworks at the Darbar Sahib on the Parkash Gurpurb of Guru Ramdas on October 9 and ‘Bandi Chhor’ Diwas on October 23.

SGPC restricts entry of hand bags in Darbar Sahib following an ‘extortion’ call

Amritsar, Punjab: Following an ‘extortion’ call, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has restricted the carrying of hand bags inside the Darbar Sahib complex.

Police surrounded outer entrance of Darbar Sahib for short period after clashes broke out on 30th anniversary of June 1984

Amritsar, Punjab (June 06, 2014): Mild altercation over handing over mic for making a speech turned into bloodily clashes between SGPC’s “Task Force” and some ...

SGPC want US-admin to act against Cafe Press for Deingrating Sikh Gurus, Darbar Sahib

The SGPC has issued a stern warning to Cafe Press, a US-based designer company, which has etched sketches of the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) and of the Sikh gurus on some of its products including under garments.

A view of Dukh Bhanjani Beri at Darbar Sahib (Amritsar)

Belgian expert takes stock of ancient ‘beri’ at Darbar Sahib Amritsar

Amritsar, Punjab (January 23, 2013): As per media reports an expert from Belgium, Sonian Hablox, met the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials at Amritsar on January 21 and put forth her suggestions for upkeep of the ancient ‘ber’ trees in the Darbar Sahib Complex.

June 1984 disclosures – Simranjit Singh Mann declares to move to International Criminal Court (ICC) against UK

Chandigarh/ Punjab (January 19, 2014): As per certain media reports Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann said (on Jan. 18) the revelation that the British Government under then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had lent support in the June 1984 attack on variosu Sikh Gurdwaras including Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) has hurt the Sikhs.

Darbar Sahib (Amritsar)

Eco -concerns: SGPC want ban on entry of heavy vehicles near Darbar Sahib

Amritsar, Punjab (January 18, 2014): It is learnt that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the authorities concerned have adopted a number of measures, including the deployment of electricity-operated four-wheelers to preserve the Darbar Sahib’s sheen.

Bhai Shamsher Singh Shera visit Darbar Sahib Amritsar

Bhai Shamsher Singh paid obeisance at Darbar Sahib Amritsar; After spending 18 years in Burrail Jail, got parole for 28 days

Amritsar, Punjab (January 02, 2014): As per information Bhai Shamsher Singh was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment for life in Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassination (1995) case, visited Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) today.

Aljazeera features Guru Ram Das Langar (Darbar Sahib, Amritsar) ‘in Depth’

Amritsar, Punjab (November 18, 2013): In it’s recent “In-Depth – In-Pictures” feature, Alzajeera has featured Guru Ram Dass Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar (known to western world as free kitchen of Golden Temple, Amritsar).

Darbar Sahib (Amritsar)

Restoration of interiors art Harmandar Sahib (Amritsar) to begin soon; SGPC engages private firm to restore artwork

Amritsar, Punjab (November 15, 2013): It is learnt that the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has hired a private firm to restore the interiors/wall-paintings at Darbar Sahib (Amritsar). It had earlier planned to entrust the work to Baba Kashmir Singh Bhuriwale, but after resentment from certain sections the Gurdwara management body reportedly decided to hire a specialized private firm for this purpose.

A view of fireworks at Darbar Sahib

Cause of concern: Pollution adversely affecting Darbar Sahib structure

Amritsar/ Chandigarh (November 14, 2013): It is learnt that the experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have submitted a report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in which it has been stated that pollution caused by industries, generator sets, 'tandoors' (clay ovens) of restaurants around the Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) and burning of crop stubble by the farmers is adversely affecting the structure and structural glory of Darbar Sahib (Amritsar).

Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale addressing the Sikh sangat at Manji Sahib Diwan [File Photo]

Manji Sahib Diwan Hall to go AC; Signs of June 1984 attack shall be preserved: Giani Gurbachan Singh

Amritsar, Punjab (November 13, 2013): It is learnt that the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has got clearance from Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to install air-conditioned system at historic Gurdwara Manji Sahib diwan hall near Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

Darbar Sahib Amritsar - fireworks show

Issue of fireworks at Darbar Sahib on Diwali caught in debate, however SGPC to go ahead with the show

Amritsar, Punjab (October 27, 2013): It is learnt that Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana who is confined in Central Jail Patiala had urged Akal Takht Sahib to issue a directive/message to the Sikhs that they should not play crackers on November 03, 2013 – the day of Diwali, celebrated by Sikhs as Bandi Chhor Divas; and deposit donate that amount for the welfare of victims of November 1984 Sikh genocide.

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