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BJP slams Pak Parliament resolution against Guru's hanging

New Delhi, BJP today slammed Pakistan Parliament's resolution condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru, saying there can not be normalization of ties with that country after its polity gave stamp of approval on the terror attack on Indian Parliament. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley asked the government to reconsider its engagements with Pakistan in light of yesterday's resolution. BJP and other Opposition parties demanded a resolution condemning Pakistan's interference in India's internal affairs. "Besides interfering in India's internal affairs, the resolution is an official statement by the entire polity of Pakistan endorsing the terrorist attacks," Jaitley said raising the issue when the House met for the day. New Delhi, he said, always suspected the hand of Pakistan in the Parliament attack. "Yesterday's resolution seems to have confirmed our fears," he said. Jaitely said the resolution was "an official stamp of approval on one of the worst terrorist attacks." "Government of India will have to seriously consider how to deal with Pakistan," he said, adding, "As long as this resolution remains, we should seriously forget normalising ...
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Attack on CRPF camp in J&K: Govt sees Pak hand, points finger at LeT

New Delhi, Parliament House attack case convict Afzal Guru's hanging appears to have given a new lease of life to terror in the Valley. Attack on a CRPF camp in Bemina area of Srinagar is a sign of Pakistan-based terror groups' successful attempt to carry out attacks taking advantage of the surcharged atmosphere. The attack on Wednesday was carried out despite the forces being on alert. The four terrorists, who sneaked in from across the border, could not have timed it better when the Valley has been observing a series of public protests — first against Guru's hanging and later while pitching for handing over the body of the Parliament House attack convict. Though the 'exact' identity of the 'fidayeen' (suicide attackers) could not be immediately known, the government agencies pointed their fingers at Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) — based on electronic chatters and other intelligence inputs. The officials also out-rightly rejected the initial claims where someone tried to pop up Hizbul Mujahideen's name for the attack. Though the Kashmir-based outfit later denied its role, officials said the earlier claim was deliberately made by some group to mask ...
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Afzal Guru body can’t be returned: Sushilkumar Shinde

New Delhi, The Centre on Monday ruled out handing over the body of Afzal Guru to his family members in Kashmir, reiterating that they would be allowed to pray at his grave in the Tihar Jail complex. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said "the body has been buried according to the jail manual and there was no way it could be handed over". Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Guru's family and political groups have demanded the return of the Parliament attack convict's body. He was hanged to death on February 9. Omar had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, demanding return of Guru's body as well as that of Maqbool Bhat who was hanged in 1984. Shinde, however, said Guru's family members could come and pay respects at his grave in Delhi. Asked about taking action against Jammu and Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik for sharing the dais with Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed in Islamaabd, Shinde said "the government has taken note of the development and action will be taken at an appropriate time". ...
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Guru Ramdas Sahib

Guru Ramdas Sahib (Jetha ji) was born at Chuna Mandi, Lahore (in Pakistan), on Kartik Vadi 2nd, (25th Assu) Samvat 1591 (September 24, 1534). Son of Mata Daya Kaur ji (Anup Kaur ji) and Baba Hari Das ji Sodhi Khatri was very handsome and promising child. His parents were too poor to meet even the daily needs and he had to earn his bread by selling boiled grams. His parents died when he was just 7 year old. His grandmother (mother's, mother) took him to her native village Basarke. He spent five years at village Basarke earning his bread by selling boiled grams. According to some chronicles, once Guru Amardas Sahib came village Basarke to condole with the grandmother of (Guru) Ramdas Sahib at the death of her son-in-law and developed deep affection for (Guru) Ramdas Sahib. Along with grandmother he left for Goidwal Sahib to settle there. There he resumed his profession of selling boiled grams and also began to take part in the religious congregation held by Guru Amardas Sahib. He also made active participation in the development of Goindwal Sahib. (Guru) Ramdas Sahib was married to Bibi Bhani Ji (daughter of Guru Amardas Sahib). She bore him three sons: Prithi Chand Ji, Mahadev ...
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Guru Amardas Sahib

Guru Amardas Sahib, the Third Nanak was born at village Basarke Gillan in Amritsar district on Vaisakh Sudi 14th, (8th Jeth), Samvat 1536 (5th May 1479). (Some chronicles mention the month of April 1479). His father Tej Bhan Bhalla and mother Bakht Kaur (also reffered as Sulakhani and Lakhmi Devi) were orhtodox Hindus and used to pay annual visits to the Ganges river at Haridwar. Guru Amardas Sahib was married to Mata Mansa Devi ji and had four childern: two daughters; Bibi Dani ji and Bibi Bhani ji (she was married to Guru Ramdass Sahib), and two sons; Mohan ji and Mohri ji. Once Guru Amardas Sahib heard some hyms of Guru Nanak Sahib from Bibi Amro Ji, the daughter of Guru Angad Sahib. He became too much impressed and immediately went to see Guru Angad Sahib at Khadur Sahib. Under the impact of the teachings of Guru Angad Sahib, Guru Amardas Sahib adopted him as his spiritual guide (Guru). Then he started living at Khadur Sahib. He used to rise early in the morning, bring water from the Bias River for Guru's bath and fetch wood from the Jungle for 'Guru ka Langar'. Guru Angad Sahib appointed Guru Amardas Sahib as third Nanak in March 1552 at the age of 73. This was a ...
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Guru Angad Sahib

Guru Angad Sahib, (Bhai Lahna ji) was born in the village named Sarai Naga (Matte Di Sarai) district Muktsar (Punjab), on Vaisakh Vadi 1st , (5th Vaisakh) Samvat 1561, (March 31, 1504). He was the son of a petty trader named Pheru ji. His mother 's name was Mata Ramo ji (also Kwown as Mata Sabhirai, Mansa Devi, Daya kaur). Baba Narayan Das Trehan was his grand father, whose ancestral house was at Matte-di-Sarai near Mukatsar. Pheru ji shifted back to this place. Under the influence of his mother Bhai Lehna ji began to worship Durga (A Hindu mythological Goddess). He used to lead a batch of worshippers to Jawalamukhi Temple every year. He was married to Mata Khivi ji in Jaunary 1520 and had two sons (Dasu ji and Datu ji) and two daughters (Amro ji and Anokhi ji). The whole family of Pheru ji had to leave their ancestral village because of the ransacking by the Mughal and Baloch militia who had come with Babur. After this the family settelled at village Khadur Sahib beside the Beas river, near Tarn Taran Sahib (A small town about 25 kmt.away from Amritsar City). Once Bhai Lehna ji heard the recitation of a hymn of Guru Nanak Sahib from Bhai Jodha ji (a sikh of Guru Nanak ...
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Guru Nanak Sahib

The Bounteous Lord heard the anguished cry and so, Guru Nanak. He sent to this world of woe. ( Bhai Gurdas Ji) Guru Nanak Sahib (the First Nanak, the founder of Sikhism) was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present distrect of Shekhupura (Pakistan), now Nanakana Sahib. The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib is celebrated on 15th Kartik Puranmashi i.e. full moon day of the month Kartik. On this day the Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib is celebrated every year. (But some other chronicals state that Guru Nanak Sahib was born on 20th October,1469) Guru Nanak's father, Mehta Kalyan Das, more popularly known as Mehta Kalu was the agent and Chief Accountant of Rai Bular. Guru Nanak 's mother was Mata Tripta, a simple, pious and extremely religious woman. Nanak had an elder sister, Nanki, who always cherished her younger brother. Nanak was an extra-ordinary and different child in many ways. God provided him with contemplative mind and rational thinking. At the age of seven, he learnt Hindi and Sanskrit. He surprised his teachers with the sublimity of his extra-ordinary knowledge about divine things. At the age of thirteen, he learned Persian and Sanskrit and at the ...
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No need to be ashamed of House attack: Afzal Guru's letter

New Delhi, Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru had in a letter purportedly written by him over four years ago said that there was no need to be ashamed of the December 13 attack on Parliament, but had stopped short of owning any responsibility for it. In the letter written to editor of a local Urdu weekly, Guru, asked Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin not to be "ashamed of December 13" and stop terming the attack as a "conspiracy". Editor of the Urdu weekly Shabnum Qayoom said that he has been receiving Guru's letters and articles and is sure that this letter was written by him. "I used to receive his (Guru's) letters and articles, so this was nothing new. The handwriting is the same as the previous letters and articles" he ...
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Hyderabad blasts could be a reaction to Kasab, Afzal execution: Shinde

Kolkata, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the twin blasts in Hyderabad could be a "reaction" to the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab. Shinde said the government was apprehending some sort of reaction from terror groups following execution of the lone surviving Pakistani gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attack and Afzal and it had been issuing alerts in this regard. "We were expecting that after the two executions, some reaction had to come," Shinde said on Sunday, referring to the executions of Kasab and Afzal. "We had been giving alerts throughout the country," he told reporters. Kasab was hanged in a Pune jail in November last year while Afzal was hanged in Tihar jail early this month. Shinde said the culprits involved in the Hyderabad blast last Thursday which killed 16 persons and left over 100 injured would be booked soon. "We have got some materials there (at the blast site) and tests are being done in the forensic laboratory. Soon we will get the results and the culprits will be booked," he added. Asked whether the Centre would push for setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) following ...
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Poor response punctures Hurriyat's strike call

Srinagar, The two-day general strike call given by the Hurriyat Conference faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to demand the return of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's mortal remains failed to find favour with Kashmiris on Day One. The response was in line with the lukewarm protests till now over Afzal's hanging in Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9. Barring the closure of shops in parts of Srinagar and major towns, routine life remained unaffected on Wednesday. With private and public transport plying, government and semi-government offices and banks functioned as usual. According to reports, minor boys pelted stones on private vehicles in several areas of Srinagar's old city, but police intervention ensured things did not get out of hand. The authorities, not expecting much violence, had not even deployed police in some vulnerable areas. Geelani's Hurriyat faction had given call for the strike on Monday to press the Centre to hand over Afzal's mortal remains to his family in Sopore so that his last rites could be performed in the proper manner. The indifferent response to Afzal's hanging could be attributed to local Urdu press reports about his connections ...
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Wait of Rajiv killer's mother continues

Chennai, A shiver runs down her spine every time 66-year-old Arputham Ammal recalls the hanging of Afzal Guru, convicted for the Parliament attack. Her son Perarivalan, one of the three convicts on death row in Vellore prison for his role in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, is awaiting a verdict from the Supreme Court as his mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee. The case is now pending for a different reason — the 11-year delay in execution. The fact that the letter informing Guru's wife about the hanging, sent by speed post, was delayed, is stuck in her mind. "I dread the morning news flashes or seeing the postman on the street," she said. When she met her son last Thursday, Perarivalan talked about Guru's hanging. A badge pinned on her sari that reads 'Marana Thandanai Ozhipom' (abolish capital punishment) says everything she feels about the death penalty. It's a badge she has decided to wear for the rest of her life. Ammal said she and her family are wedded to the ideals of Periyar and Dravida Kazhagam. "He (Perarivalan) was 19 when he was arrested, now he is 41. All I can do is meet him in prison and talk. I have done that for the last 22 years and ...
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Afzal Guru hanging: Curfew continues in Kashmir, 14 BSF companies rushed for law and order duty

Jammu, As many as 14 companies of BSF were rushed to Kashmir Valley to counter any law and order trouble even as the region remained under curfew for third day following hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Fourteen companies of Border Security Force have been rushed to Srinagar capital city for law and order duty and to ensure peace and tranquility, security officials told PTI. Five companies were withdrawn from some areas in Jammu frontier and sent to Kashmir Valley yesterday, while nine more BSF companies were rushed to the Valley today, they said. Kashmir Valley remained under curfew for the third day today even as mobile Internet services remained suspended and newspapers failed to hit the stands following hanging of Guru in Tihar jail in New Delhi on Saturday. Restrictions on the movement of people in the Valley were further tightened this morning in view of apprehension of widespread protests to commemorate the 29th death anniversary of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat. Two persons have died and at least 50 others, including 23 policemen, injured in clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies across the ...
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Narendra Modi on Afzal Guru's hanging: Better late than never

New Delhi, Welcoming the decision to hang Afzal Guru, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tweeted that the decision to hang the 2001 Parliament attack accused is better late than never. Modi tweeted: "Der aye, durust aye (It's better to be late than never)." Afzal Guru, the main accused in the December 13, 2001 terror strike on the Indian Parliament, was hanged on Saturday morning in Delhi's Tihar Jail. The Union home ministry confirmed the hanging of Guru this morning. Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that Afzal Guru was hanged inside the Tihar Jail at 8 am this morning. President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy plea on February 3. In the wake of his hanging, curfew has been imposed in several areas of Jammu and Kashmir in anticipation of protests. The army is on high-alert in the state. Guru was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court in 2004. His hanging was earlier scheduled for October 2006, but was suspended or stayed after his wife had filed a mercy petition on his behalf. Sources were quoted, as saying that President Mukherjee had informed the home ministry that he had rejected the mercy petition on January ...
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Afzal Guru hanged: Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir

Srinagar, Authorities on Saturday snapped the mobile internet services in Kashmir valley following hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru inside Tihar jail in national capital. All the mobile internet connections have stopped functioning this morning as the news about hanging of Guru broke out. Although, no reason has been given for snapping the services, it is believed that the step was taken as a preemptive measure to prevent any misuse of the internet. In the past, authorities had suspended internet and mobile services during the 2010 summer unrest in the valley as some people used the internet to mobilise protests. These services are suspended on every Republic day and Independence Day as a precautionary measure as ...
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Afzal Guru's hanging: Political parties say justice done

New Delhi, Political parties on Saturday said justice has been done with the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru even as BJP questioned the delay in carrying out the death sentence. Both Congress and the BJP said the hanging of Guru, a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, would send a message to terror outfits that India would not tolerate terrorism. "The law has taken its course. The Parliament attack convict has been hanged," Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said reacting to the execution of Guru in Tihar Jail here. "Justice has been done," another Congress spokesman Sandeep Dikshit said. Questioning the delay in Guru's hanging, BJP said it should have happened much earlier after the confirmation of the capital punishment by the Supreme Court in 2005. "The capital punishment awarded to Afzal Guru today is a part of legal and judicial process which ought to have taken place much earlier. The attack on the Indian Parliament happened in 2001, that is 12 years ago, which was an attack on India. "Why this sort of delay inspite of overpowering desire of the people of the country that those who are accused of such a heinous offence ought to be given the capital ...
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Lok Sabha disrupted over Afzal Guru hanging

New Delhi, Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena Thursday disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha as they noisily demanded the hanging of Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for the terror attack on parliament on this day 11 years ago. The house observed a minute's silence to pay tribute to the nine people killed in the Dec 13, 2001 attack. The bedlam began soon after as members of BJP and Shiv Sena gathered near the speaker's podium shouting slogans demanding that Afzal Guru be hanged. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's repeated requests to members to run the question hour fell on deaf ears. "I will not adjourn the house today. We have just paid tributes to people who gave their lives protecting parliament. Did they give life for this," she asked sternly. But this had little impact, and members of both parties continued with the sloganeering, forcing the speaker to first adjourn the house till 11.30 a.m. and later till noon. Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shahsi Tharoor expressed sadness over repeated disruptions. "Sad that we mourn those who gave their lives to defend this institution of parliament and then betray it daily by ...
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Former Army chief Gen VK Singh joins Ramdev's protest, calls government 'property dealer'

New Delhi, After sharing dais with Anna Hazare, former Army chief VK Singh today joined yoga guru Ramdev's protest here, dubbing the government as a "property dealer" which takes over farmers' land in the name of development. Singh participation in the protests came two months after he retired from service during which he had taken on the government on his age issue. Earlier this month, Singh had appeared at Jantar Mantar here on the last day of Hazare's fast. He was also one of the signatories to an appeal to Hazare asking him call off his fast and work towards a political alternative. Addressing the gathering at Ramdev's protest here this afternoon on black money and Lokpal issue, he claimed that over two lakh farmers had committed suicide since 1995 and accused the government of taking over their land in the name of development. "Problems of farmers will have to be taken to the forefront of this movement ... The government is taking land from farmers in the name of development. The government is working as a property dealer," he said addressing the crowd which was predominantly from the rural areas. The former Army chief alleged that a scam was being reported ...
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Tent being erected for Ramdev's protest collapses, 4 injured

New Delhi, A portion of a tent being erected for yoga guru Ramdev's protest at the Ramlila Maidan here collapsed on Tuesday morning due to rains, leaving four labourers injured. Organisers said the tent collapsed due to rain. The labourers suffered minor injuries, they said. Ramdev is scheduled to sit on an indefinite protest from August 9 demanding that black money stashed away abroad should be brought back to the ...
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