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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Aap Sab nu, Balla Pritam, Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji de Prakash Purab diyaan Lakh - Lakh Wadhaeyan Hovan Ji..

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Separate Sikh panel recommended for Haryana: Hooda

Separate Sikh panel recommended for Haryana: Hooda
Chandigarh, July 1 (IANS) Amid a growing controversy over the issue, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Tuesday said a committee set up by the state government on the issue of a separate managing committee for Haryana gurdwaras was in favour of a separate Sikh body for the purpose.
"The government would take a decision in view of the larger interest of Sikhs of the state," Hooda told reporters here.
The committee, headed by state Finance Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha, who is himself a Sikh from Haryana, has in its report submitted to the state government, recommended the setting up of a separate body to manage Sikh shrines (gurdwaras) in Haryana. The gurdwaras are presently under the control of the Amritsar-based Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Commitee.
The SGPC and Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal have strongly opposed the move by the Haryana government to create a separate body for Sikh shrines in Haryana.
There are 72 gurdwaras in Haryana under the SGPC and they contribute over Rs.300 million to the SGPC kitty.
Hooda said that the Chatha committee report was being legally examined.
The SGPC has warned that it will drag the Haryana government to court if a separate managing committee was set up in the state.

with thanks : IANS : LINK

Defamation case: Tytler offers apology, Phoolka refuses

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by a senior lawyer representing victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, today told a Delhi court that he was ready to tender "unconditional apology" to the advocate to settle the matter. 

However, senior advocate H S Phoolka, who is a complainant in the case, refused to accept Tytler's offer, saying "any compromise" in a serious matter like this would send a wrong message to the people. 

His response came after Tytler's counsel told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Gaurav Rao that his client has offered to tender unconditional apology as no public interest was involved in the complaint filed by an individual. 

"The (alleged) issue is of 2004. We are in 2014. Much time has expired. My client (Tytler) is in public life....And he has been not held guilty by any court...My client will tender unconditional apology," Tytler's lawyer told the court. 

The court asked Phoolka whether he was ready to settle the matter and accept the apology tendered by Tytler as "it is a defamation complaint and it has nothing to do with the riots." 

Phoolka, however, did not accept the suggestions of the court and said, "The matter is of great importance and any settlement will send a wrong message among the people. I can not settle the matter and any compromise is not possible." 

with thanks : business standard : LINK : for detailed news.

UK Sikhs reassure WA parents concerned over a pupil carrying a religious blade to school

A Sikh Kirpan, which is similar in size and shape to what is currently being worn by a Pe

BRITISH experts have moved to reassure WA parents concerned by a Perth pupil being given permission to carry a ceremonial blade to school for religious reasons.
Sikh children have been carrying Kirpans in UK schools for the past 50 years – and there has never been a single incident, The Sikh Federation (UK) says.
The comments came after a representative from Perth’s Sikh community addressed the parents and citizens committee at the public primary school last night about the significance of the Kirpan.
The ceremonial blunt blade, which is only 5cm long in this particular case, is one of five religious articles that must be worn by initiated Sikhs.
A spokesman for The Sikh Federation (UK) told PerthNow that WA parents have “nothing to fear”.
“The fact that there has not been a single case in a school in the UK for the last 50 years involving the Kirpan demonstrates parents of non-Sikh children have nothing to fear,” he said.
“We suspect there are incidents in Australian schools every week that involve some form of violence and possibly the use of weapons so this needs to be put into context.
“Sikh children have probably been wearing Kirpans in UK schools for up to 50 years.
“We estimate there may now be as many as 10-15,000 Sikh children in the UK who are practising (Amritdhari) Sikhs in schools.
“The Department for Education some 10-12 years ago gave specific guidance to schools pointing out practising (Amritdhari) Sikh children in schools were allowed to wear the Kirpan and teachers denying Sikhs this right could be prosecuted for discrimination under UK law.”

with thanks : perthnow : LINK : for detailed news.

US cable firm aims to reverse anti-turban bias

US cable distribution major Comcast will air a Public Service Announcement (PSA) throughout July recognizing Sikhs as a vibrant part of America's cultural tapestry and aiming to reverse Americans' anti-turban bias.
Featuring Waris Ahluwalia, a Sikh American actor and designer, the PSA demonstrates through words and images how Sikh Americans' values are America's values, including a love of service, family, and community.
According to Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF) which provided the script for the PSA, Comcast will donate $1 million in airtime on cable channels on Comcast to air it.
Comcast said it will air the PSA as part of the company's commitment to educate audiences on a variety of issues.
Eastward Films served as art directors and producers for the film.
"Sikhs have contributed to America's culture for the past 125 years, including helping to build the Panama Canal and railroads in California," said SALDEF executive director Jasjit Singh while talking about the history of Sikhs in the US.
In fact, the first Asian American to serve in the US Congress, Dalip Singh Saund, was a Sikh American, he noted.

with thanks : Business Standard : LINK : for detailed news.