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SpiceJet security scare: Passenger to whom suspicious bag belonged, missed the flight
21.07.16 - team pt
SpiceJet security scare: Passenger to whom suspicious bag belonged, missed the flight



A suspicious bag found inside an Amritsar-bound SpiceJet flight on Thursday created a security scare, forcing authorities at the Amritsar airport to press a bomb disposal squad to asses the danger. All passengers were de-boarded safely.
 
SpiceJet, in a statement, clarified that the bag belonged to a passenger who cleared immigration and security check in Dubai, but failed to report for boarding. Dubai officials informed the pilot in Command about the unaccompanied luggage, said SpiceJet. As per protocol, the pilot requested the Amritsar Air Traffic Control officials for parking the plane at an isolated bay.
 
"The false alarm due to the miscommunication caused inconvenience to the passengers, which is deeply regretted,” said SpiceJet.
 
After landing, the aircraft was taken off the runway and parked in an isolated spot for search operations, according to news agency IANS. Flight operations were breifly suspended at the airport following the incident.
 
SpiceJet Flight 56, which departed from Dubai at 4.05 am, arrived today morning at 8.51 am in Amritsar. SpiceJet first launched direct flights to Dubai in October 2015. The flight carrier connects eight cities to Dubai, including connecting flights from a dozen more cities.




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Penalty against Pargat; SAD suspends Bolaria too
19.07.16 - pt team
Penalty against Pargat; SAD suspends Bolaria too



Trying to give a signal that indiscipline in the party will not be tolerated, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal suspended Pargat Singh and Inderbir Singh Bolaria (both MLAs) from the party today evening.
 
In a statement released to the media from the party head office in Chandigarh, the party Secretary and Spokesman Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that this decision was taken by the SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal in consultation with the senior members of the party. He said that after continuously watching the anti party behavior of both the leaders, all senior leaders advised the party president to deal indiscipline with a firm hand. He further said that the next course of action will be decided by the core committee of the party which is being convened shortly.




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Kejriwal apologizes for manifesto goof-up, performs sewa at Golden Temple
18.07.16 - TEAM PT
Kejriwal apologizes for manifesto goof-up, performs sewa at Golden Temple



Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal washed utensils at the Golden Temple and tendered an apology for showing disrespect to Sikh's one of most sacred and revered place of worship 'Golden Temple' and their holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib by his party.

Amidst heavy security cover thrown by police en route from Circuit House, where Kejriwal had stayed overnight, to the Golden Temple and by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee's task force inside the holy shrine, Kejriwal arrived at the Golden Temple at around 3.45 AM on Monday with his senior party leaders to tender the apology and perform sewa (voluntary service).

Kejriwal first went to Langar (community kitchen ) of the Golden Temple and washed utensils for  45 minutes following which he took Parikarma (circumambulations) and sat there with his colleagues for about half an hour before going to sanctum sanctorum of the holy shrine for paying obeisance.

The Delhi chief minister was accompanied by senior party leadership including Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Sanjay Singh, and H.S. Phoolka. Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann and spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira.

"While releasing the manifesto, we inadvertently made some mistakes. To repent for those mistakes, we performed sewa today. We also paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. We felt at peace after performing sewa,” Kejriwal said after spending around two hours inside the shrine.

Earlier this month, a complaint was filed against the party's spokesperson Ashish Khetan, who was accused of hurting Sikh sentiment by comparing the manifesto with religious books.

"This is our bible, our Gita and our Guru Granth Sahib," Mr Khetan had said while unveiling the 51-point manifesto at an event. Mr Kejriwal, who was also present at the time, was criticized on social media with hash tags like #KejriinsultsGoldenTemple.

Mr Khetan apologized saying he didn't mean to disrespect the holy books, but many Sikh leaders said it was not enough. Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had called it an "act of blasphemy".

The controversy has hit AAP at a time it is preparing for an aggressive election campaign in Punjab, hoping to emerge as a formidable third party in what has traditionally been a direct contest between the Akali Dal-BJP and the Congress.




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AAP’s Ashish Khetan booked for hurting religious sentiments
06.07.16 - TEAM PT
AAP’s Ashish Khetan booked for hurting religious sentiments



Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan has been booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

The case has been registered under Section 295-A (for hurting religious sentiments) at Civil Lines police station, Amritsar, on the basis of a complaint lodged by All-India Sikh Students’ Federation president Karnail Singh Peermohammad.

Police Commissioner Amar Singh Chehal said the case was registered late last night.

While launching his party's youth manifesto in Amritsar on Saturday, Mr Khetan had spoken about the booklet in the same breath as religious books like the Guru Granth Sahib and the Gita.

"This is our bible, our Gita and our Guru Granth Sahib," Mr Khetan said on the 51-point manifesto.

The booklet also used an image of the Sikh shrine Golden Temple along with a smiling Arvind Kejriwal and AAP's election symbol - the broom - which provoked furious objections from Sikh groups.

Khetan has already apologized, saying he had no intentions of hurting anyone’s sentiments and promised to change the manifesto cover that had the AAP symbol, the broom, on the photo of the Golden Temple, a famous Sikh shrine.

This is the second instance of police action against the AAP functionaries in recent times in Punjab.

AAP's Delhi lawmaker Naresh Yadav was recently questioned on an incident involving the alleged desecration of the Quran.

Mr Kejriwal has accused Punjab's ruling Akali Dal of going after his party men out of insecurity ahead of the polls.

Earlier, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal attacked AAP for using the image of the Golden Temple on the cover page of its manifesto with the party's election symbol of broom superimposed on it, saying it amounted to "desecration" of the holy shrine and sought an apology from AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal.




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