Saturday, February 27, 2010

Punjab & Haryana on High alert

Punjab & Haryana are on high alert after widespread violence reported in Mansa, Kaithal, Jind, Sirsa, Abohar, Narwana, Fatehabad, Karnal, Moga, Barnala, Ludhiana, Ferozpur as well SriGanga Nagar & Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. A number of buses, three trains, a post office, a telephone exchange, a BDO office, a DC office have been burnt. The trouble started after CBI registered a case of Murder against Baba Ram Raheem Dera. Para Military has been asked by both the states. It is being said that some masked persons are involved in this violence.

more details awaited.

Friday, February 26, 2010

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Delhi High Court grants bail to Sajjan Kumar

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was on Friday granted bail by the Delhi High Court in connection with the two cases registered against him in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The Delhi Police earlier on Thursday suspended Kumar's personal security officer (PSO) after he informed his seniors that Kumar, accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, was "missing" for at least two days.

The PSO, Constable Ram Niroha, reportedly approached his seniors at Delhi Police's security wing on February 19.

The Karkardooma Court had on Tuesday (February 23) issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against Kumar and slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its failure to arrest Kumar and others accused in the case.Justify Full

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma had refuted the plea of the investigating agencies to issue a proclamation against the accused on the ground that he was absconding.

The CBI, which arrested one out of 12 accused, said that it conducted raids at Kumar's residence four times after the warrant was issued on February 17, but failed to apprehend him. It also asked the court to declare the former MP and other accused as absconders.

The court issued fresh non-bailable warrant against Kumar and 11 other accused for March 10.

The court said on Tuesday, "So far ground work is concerned; CBI does not seem to be serious enough to apprehend the accused. CBI wants to complete only paper work. These are all stereotype reports."

The harsh comments of the court came followed by the CBI acceptance that it failed to apprehend the accused despite conducting raids.

The CBI had on January 13 charge-sheeted Kumar and others in the two cases accusing them of making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12 persons in the riots that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. (ANI)

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SGPC spread wings to add corporate culture in management of Sikhs shrines

By Gurpreet Singh Mehak
The Shriomani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the supreme religious body of Sikhs would soon add flacourr of corporate culture to its headquarter at Amritsar with a dedicated team of Business Management professionals handling the key affairs.

This would be for the first time that SGPC has initiated process to induct MBA professionals to its team of about 3,000 employees.

It may be mentioned here that SGPC, a statutory body comprising elected representatives of the Sikhs concerned primarily with the management of sacred Sikh shrines under its control within the territorial limits of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Union territory of Chandigarh.
Apart from the management of Gurdwaras, the SGPC runs many prestigious educational institutions including Medical colleges, Hospitals and many charitable trusts.

SGPC which is also known as mini parliament of Sikhs had invited Gursikh and Amritdhari candidates to appear in the walk-in-interview for various posts in Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. The interviews for various posts held in the college premises. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has constituted a committee to select the candidates.

According to information received, SGPC Director Education Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, SGPC secretary Dilmegh Singh, a charted accountant S.S. Kohli, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib principal Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu and Khalsa College, Patiala principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha was member of the selection committee. The interview started around 2 pm and continued till late evening. Written test of the candidates were also taken.

For two posts of Supervisor (Store Purchase) the SGPC has preferred MBA in Material Management candidates. Sources said nine candidates have applied. For the one post of Supervisor/Accounts Officer the religious body fixed MBA finance qualification. Sources said nine candidates applied for the post.

For the ten posts of Supervisor Accounts the SGPC preferred B.Com/M.Com PGDCA qualification. Sources said 63 candidates applied for the post. For the three posts of Branch Supervisor the committee fixed M.A. English with atleast second division with proficiency in spoken and written. Sources said total 11 candidates applied for the post.

For the two posts of Supervisor publicity the SGPC fixed qualification MJMC/MMC with 5 years experience in English newspaper. Sources said only two candidates applied for the post.

Dr Walia informed that those Gursikh candidates who were not Amritdharis at present were also allowed to attend walk-in-interview. However, if selected they will have to partake Amrit before joining duty. While confirming that MBAs will be appointed first time in SGPC head office at Amritsar, claimed that today’s interviews have conducted in a transparent way.

SGPC did not allow patits (apostate) Sikhs candidates to appear in the interview.

The SGPC did not mention any age limit in the advertisements given in newspapers neither mention scale for the duty but it was mentioned that there is age relaxation for deserving candidates.

Not only male but a large number of female candidates also attended interview for posts.

When contacted SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar he said the committee wants to hire professional for providing better services to people and to get best result.

It may be mentioned that The Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925 was clear that the Shiromani committee or institutes being run by it could not be treated as an industry, corporation or a business house. The employees who were recruited got salary for the “seva” they rendered to gurdwaras or SGPC-run institutes.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Court denies bail to accused


A city court Thursday denied bail to an accused in an anti-Sikh riot case stating that the allegations levelled against him are serious.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar denied bail to Girdhari Lal, one of the accused from the Delhi Cantonment area, stating that the allegations levelled against him are direct and serious in nature.

'I have gone through the statement of complainant Jagdish Kaur. Taking into consideration the gravity of offence and heinousness of offence of crime, the accused is not entitled to bail. The application is thus devoid of merit and hence dismissed,' the court said.

Girdhari Lal is presently in judicial custody.

Lal was produced before a city court Monday after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) executed the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him.

The court had Feb 17 issued NBW against Lal, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others.

On the earlier hearing, the court had termed the arrest of Girdhari Lal as the catch of a small fish, and said: 'The investigating officers (IO) of the cases are not serious about arresting the accused. Their role is suspicious.'

The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Sajjan Kumar and others in two cases for allegedly instigating mobs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi Oct 31, 1984.

Over 3,000 Sikhs across Delhi were killed in the communal frenzy in the days following the assassination.

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Free Medical Health Check-up & Blood Donation Camp at SGND Khalsa College!

A Blood donation camp is being organised on 3rd March, 2010, between 10 am to 3 pm at Shri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110005. A common saying is that :

A Person who is from 18 to 60 years of age, having weight over 45 kg and hemoglobin level more than 12.5 gm can donate blood every after 3 months.

We have 5-6 litres blood in our body where only 350 ml blood is taken in once single donation.

One does not feel weakness after donating blood. The body replenishes blood within 24 hours of donation.

It takes only 15 minutes to donate blood and you can save 4 persons life.

Blood donation is absolutely safe since sterile disposable needles are used for blood donation.

Always be ready to donate blood wherever there is emergency.

A Health camp for Bone density, Hemoglobin, Blood pressure, Sugar, Orthopaedic disorder, Eye check up, Neuropathy, Roko cancer & Asthmatic tests will also be there. Thalassemia screening on request.

in association with :

Organised by :
Dr. Man Mohan Kaur, Principal
Dr. J S Arora, Gen. Secy. - NTWS
Dr. Gurdeep kaur, NSS Programme officer, ( Ass. Prof. Pol. Sc. )

With best compliments : Ayur Herbals

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sd. Bhupinder singh Kohli ji - now a member of the blog SikhsIndia

We are pleased to announce that Sd. Bhupinder singh Kohli ji has given his valuable consent to be a CONTRIBUTOR ( Team member ) of the blog SikhsIndia.

Working for the poor, the downtrodden the needy and the helpless is more than just a hobby for Sd. BHUPINDER SINGH KOHLI from Nerul. It is a daily ritual. Apart from his busy schedule as an employee of the State Bank of India at CBD Belapur , Mr. Kohli is immersed in social work and constantly attempts to find solutions to the problems of the helpless in his own unique ways.

Kohli’s jis latest idea has been to convert his own Santro Car to a vehicle for people in distress. Explains Kohli, “Four months back, I happened to see an accident nearUran Phata at around 7 pm. The victim was fatally wounded but he could reach the hospital only after precious time had lapsed, for want of timely ambulance services. This incident made me think of alternative sources to help people in distress. And that very night, I realised that I had one of these sources with me. I could help with my new car which I’d been using sparingly. I decided to use the car in emergencies for shifting patients from or to hospitals, free of cost. “ The very next day, Kohli ji sprung into action and inscribed ‘FREE HOSPITAL SERVICE WITHIN NAVI MUMBAI DURING THE NIGHT’ on his car. During the next three months, he helped seven patients to reach the hospital during medical emergencies.

As appreciation for his dedication, the local Gurudwara presented Kohli ji with a second hand ambulance.. Though my car would serve the purpose of dropping patient to the hospital, proper medical equipment is not available inside the car. Now, with the ambulance service available, I’m sure more lives will be saved. This ambulance service too comes at no cost,” he reveals.This devout Sikh has done seven first aid courses in various hospitals across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Says Kohli ji, “When I was studying, I happened to see many rich patients dumping expensive medicines, which were not past their expiry date, after they recovered from their illness. These medicines would have otherwise served poor patients.” From then on, Kohli started collecting unused and un-expired medicines as well as free samples given by doctors. The medicines collected thus were sent to charitable dispensaries.

Kohli ji also collects used equipments like walking sticks, saline stands and oxygen cylinders,among others, sterilises them, and gives them to poor patients. He also collects old and usable clothes, utensils, reading materials and toys for needy people in villages. The jewel in the crown of Kohli’s social work is his mammoth compilation of a computerised Blood Group Directory that has a list of around 4,800 donors’ names and addresses, collected individually. This social worker, who is responsible for organising many medical camps, is also a member of Civil Defence, Red Cross Society and Traffic Wardens.

Pleased to inform that through our blog Sd. Bhupinder Singh Kohli ji, is on Sikhnet News

with best regards & wishes

B S Vohra

Dr. Gurjit Singh ji - now a member of the blog SikhsIndia

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gurjit Singh ji from Chandigarh has given his valuable consent to be a CONTRIBUTOR ( team member) of the blog SikhsIndia. Dr.Gurjeet Singh, grand-son of legendary Sikh figure,late Prof.Sahib Singhji (who wrote Sri Guru Granth Darpan: Punjabi translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib along with its commentary and word meanings ) is a famous Eye-Surgeon in Chandigarh who completed his M.B.B.S & M.S. {Eye Surgery} Degree ,from Maulana Azad Medical College,Delhi,India in 1983.He started his career as an Eye Surgeon from Maulana Azad Medical College itself ;and then for five years , he worked along with World renowned ;Padma Shri Award Recipient Eye Surgeon,Dr.Daljit Singh in Amritsar. Since then ,he has been running his own Eye Clinic in Chandigarh.

Since last 25 years,he has been conducting/doing Eye Surgery Camps all over India & has been associated with many organizations for this noble cause to serve the society. Although he himself firmly believes in values & is one of those persons who never takes credit for anything & has never charged for his services but at the same time it always hurts him when he finds that ,in contemporary world,some of famous public figures; who proudly call themselves as social workers too have some vested interests in rendering their services for the society.

In his opinion Medical profession is the most noble profession where one can do social service as well. He has a vision for a welfare society (Halemi-Raj) & has an ultimate aim in his life to build a Hospital where everyone can get best Medical treatment free of charge.

irrespective of their status! Though today he finds difficult to fulfill his dream but ,at the same time ,fully aware of the fact that Every idea is a Dream before it becomes a reality.

He is hopeful & anxiously waiting for that Day..................

with best regards

B S Vohra

BJP differs with SAD on return of blacklisted Sikhs

Amritsar, Feb 23 (PTI) Differing with its ruling coalition partner Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, BJP today opposed the move to allow blacklisted Sikhs to India.

Addressing media persons here, BJP general secretary Balbir Singh Punj incharge of party affairs in the state said his party would oppose the return of blacklisted Sikhs to Punjab or India from abroad.

Earlier BJP had also opposed the return of Kashmiri youth from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to India following a nod from Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Taliban abduct one more Sikh in Pak's Swat Valley

New Delhi: One more Sikh has been reportedly kidnapped by Taliban in Pakistan's restive Swat Valley. The victim, Robin Singh, was kidnapped three days back.

Taliban have demanded a ransom of Rs 1.50 crore for his release.

Singh is an IT student in Mardan in Swat Valley.

On Sunday two Sikhs were beheaded by Taliban after their families failed to pay a ransom of Rs 3 crore.

Some more members of the minority community are still reported to be in the custody of the Taliban.

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Fresh non-bailable warrant against Sajjan Kumar

Kadkaddooma court on Tuesday issued again a fresh non-bailable warrant against Sajjan Kumar as he did not appear in the court to answer charges of the alleged involvement in the anti-Sikh riots. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar reissued the warrants, asking Sajjan Kumar to appear in court on March 10.


Krishna, political parties condemn beheading of Sikhs

NEW DELHI: The beheading of two Sikhs by Pakistan Taliban came in for severe criticism by the Indian leadership on Monday. Foreign minister S M Krishna called it “barbaric” and said it would “take us back to medieval times”.

There is now a lot of political pressure to raise the issue at the forthcoming foreign secretary talks on Thursday. Krishna said, “All issues concerning relations between the two countries depending upon time will be taken up.”

In London, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao condemned the incident separately. Speaking at the IISS, she said, “The beheading of two Sikhs is most unfortunate and tragic (incident) and we have sought facts from Pakistan.”

Two Sikhs, who were kidnapped for ransom, were found beheaded by the Pakistani Taliban in the country’s restive tribal belt. Some more members of the minority community are still in the custody of the rebels.



Monday, February 22, 2010

A Red fort in the Golden Temple complex

Golden temple has a Red fort in its complex. It has the Sil which was removed from the thrown of Mughal rulers at Red Fort in Delhi. The purpose was to finish the mughal rule. Plz view.


UK: Sikh shopkeeper stabbed to death

London, Feb 21: A shopkeeper of Indian-origin was killed after being injured in a robbery at his shop in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, police said.
63-year-old Gurmail Singh had sustained head injuries during the robbery by four teenagers at around 8.30 pm on Saturday night, Feb 20.The robbery at Cowcliffe Convenience Store was witnessed by a group of six people, who heard a commotion at the shop and went to help.
However, they were unable to prevent the gang of robbers from leaving. Detective superintendent David Pervin said, "Singh was a well-known and popular local businessman who had been in this area many years.
I appeal for anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency."Singh was admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and he died at 3.30 am on Sunday morning, Feb 21.A post-mortem will be held on Monday, Feb 22, to confirm the cause of the death, the police said.
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Taliban kill 2 Sikhs, send heads to Pak gurdwara

PESHAWAR/NEW DELHI: The Taliban has reportedly beheaded two Sikhs in Pakistan's lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan and sent the heads to a gurdwara.

Jaspal Singh and Mahan Singh, both businessmen, were kidnapped from Tira Valley, in Khyber agency, and Darra Adamkheil, in Orakzai agency, on January 19 and held for ransom. Sources in the area told TOI on Sunday that they were killed because they were paying `protection' money to a rival faction.

However, according to security sources in New Delhi, Jaspal and Mahan were reportedly told to convert to Islam or face death. When they refused, their heads were chopped off and sent to the Bhai Joga Singh gurdwara in Peshawar.

The Indian government has taken serious note of this and is in touch with the high commission in Islamabad. "This incident is shocking. We are looking into it," a source said.

The miniscule Sikh community in NWFP and Afghanistan has been under pressure from the Taliban to embrace Islam, official sources said. The Taliban, during their reign in Afghanistan, had imposed jiziya -- a religious tax -- on all minorities, mostly Hindus and Sikhs. They were made to wear a piece of yellow cloth on their breast pocket to identify themselves.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Two arrested with explosives, weapons in Punjab

PATIALA (Punjab): Two men were arrested on Sunday from this Punjab town for possessing explosives and weapons, police said. Both the arrested men belonged to the Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF), a terrorist organisation that was active in the state during years of Sikh militancy from 1982 to 1995, a police official said.

The police recovered nearly 8 kg of explosives and 40 gelatin sticks from their possession. Two pistols and some ammunition were also recovered from them, the official said. "They were planning for a major strike in the state. Further investigations are on," a police official said in Patiala, about 70 km from state capital Chandigarh.

The Punjab police have in the last two months recovered explosives from two places in Patiala district. Explosive material was recovered outside an Indian Oil Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refilling plant near Nabha town, 25 km from here, last month. Just five days later, two grenades were found by the police on a road leading to an Indian Air Force (IAF) station at Zirakpur, 20 km from Chandigarh.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Famous Sikh Personality: Dr.Gurjit Singh

Every idea is a Dream before it becomes a reality :
Dr.Gurjeet Singh,grand-son of legendary Sikh figure,late Prof.Sahib Singhji (who wrote Sri Guru Granth Darpan: Punjabi translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib along with its commentary and word meanings ) is a famous Eye-Surgeon in Chandigarh who completed his M.B.B.S & M.S. {Eye Surgery} Degree ,from Maulana Azad Medical College,Delhi,India in 1983.He started his career as an Eye Surgeon from Maulana Azad Medical College itself ;and then for five years , he worked along with World renowned ;Padma Shri Award Recipient Eye Surgeon,Dr.Daljit Singh in Amritsar. Since then ,he has been running his own Eye Clinic in Chandigarh.

Since last 25 years,he has been conducting/doing Eye Surgery Camps all over India & has been associated with many organizations for this noble cause to serve the society. Although he himself firmly believes in values & is one of those persons who never takes credit for anything & has never charged for his services but at the same time it always hurts him when he finds that ,in contemporary world,some of famous public figures; who proudly call themselves as social workers too have some vested interests in rendering their services for the society.

In his opinion Medical profession is the most noble profession where one can do social service as well. He has a vision for a welfare society (Halemi-Raj) & has an ultimate aim in his life to build a Hospital where everyone can get best Medical treatment free of charge.

irrespective of their status! Though today he finds difficult to fulfill his dream but ,at the same time ,fully aware of the fact that Every idea is a Dream before it becomes a reality.

He is hopeful & anxiously waiting for that Day..................

Friday, February 19, 2010

Government open to Sikh rebels' return: Chidambaram

India Friday said that it will look into the demands for facilitating return of 'misguided' Sikhs who went abroad and want to return to the country after denouncing their demand for Khalistan.

'I know the demand has been made and I will look into the matter. If misguided Sikh youths who have gone abroad want to come back after denouncing their demand for Khalistan, certainly we have to find the way to rehabilitate them,' Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters here.

He said the government has shown readiness to facilitate the return of Kashmiri youths from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PoK).

'Anyone who crossed over to PoK tries to infiltrate to India via Bangladesh or via Nepal on false paper. That's an unsound approach,' he said.

'And the correct ... if you denounce militancy and if you want to come over, you will be subject to identification, screening, facilitating legal travel to this part of Jammu and Kashmir, debriefing, rehabilitation and last step will be to integrating with the community,' he added.

Chidambaram said the trend is not new and it has been the practice for the last several years.

'In 1997-98, the Central Reserve Police Force raised a battalion of surrendered militants, the Border Security Force recruited 450 surrendered militants and in northeast even today, surrendered militants are being recruited,' he said.

The home minister said in Maoist-affected states, surrendered rebels were being welcomed to come and join the mainstream.

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Badal demands general amnesty for Sikh youths

Kapurthala, Feb 18 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today slammed the Centre for leaving Sikh youths who took political asylum abroad during the days of militancy out of the ambit of its proposed move to grant general amnesty to PoK-based Kashmiri youths who give up arms and return.

"When the country is one, what is the harm in giving general amnesty to Sikh youths who want to shun violence and join the mainstream," Badal told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.



Chidambaram no to return of Sikhs from PoK fuels anger in Punjab

CHANDIGARH/VALTOHA: Union home minister P Chidambram’s categorical no to including Sikhs in the ‘welcome-back’ call extended to Kashmiri youth who had gone over to PoK, has come as a rude shock for Punjab, where people are slamming the government’s stand as ‘‘discriminatory and unjust’’.

Soon after PC’s offer to PoK youths, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, in an exclusive interview with the TOI, had asked the minister to make the same offer to Sikh youths on February 13. On Thursday, Chidambram’s party colleague and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said he ‘‘did not agree with the (PC’s) decision’’.

‘‘There has to be some logic to it. When we are extending this offer to those who are still resorting to violence (in J&K), then why can’t we call back those who have shunned arms years ago and returned to the mainstream,’’ said Amarinder, who had, during his chief minister’s tenure, carried back a list of 50-odd such youths from Canada for having their names cleared from the High Commission, after taking clearance from Indian authorities. He also took up the matter with External Affairs ministry later.

BJP MP from Amritsar, Navjot Sidhu called the decision ‘‘a shocking violation of Indian constitution where Union government was indulging in discrimination on the basis of caste, colour and creed. Anybody, who violates the constitution should be made to face action,’’ Sidhu told The Times of India on phone from Indore.



Thursday, February 18, 2010

HC refuses to give relief to Sajjan Kumar

The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to give interim relief to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing threat of arrest in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases.

Justice A.K. Pathak, hearing Sajjan Kumar’s anticipatory bail plea, refused to restrain the CBI from arresting him till Monday as pleaded by the former MP’s counsel.

Advocate I.U. Khan, appearing for Sajjan Kumar, submitted that the court should restrain the CBI from arresting him as the matter is pending here.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Display names of 1984 riot victims denied compensation: CIC


The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Delhi government to display on its website names of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims whose claims for compensation have been rejected.

The decision came on an application filed by Amrik Singh Lovely, a resident of Tilak Nagar, who sought information on victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots claiming compensation on grounds of death, injury and commercial, industrial or domestic loss were.

The CIC has asked the names to be put up on the Delhi government divisional commissioner's website.

'The divisional commissioner is directed to put up the names of those claimants who have applied in 2006 and those whose claims are being rejected on the website. It should also give the categories of the claimants whose claims are for death, injuries, loss of property and commercial loss in discharge of the department's obligation under section - 4 (of the Right to Information Act), so that citizens do not have to file RTI application to get these details,' Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.

He directed the government to put up the information before March 15 and send a compliance report to the commission before March 20.

The commission also directed the authorities to give the information to Amrik Singh Lovely before Feb 25.

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Non bailable warrant against Sajjan Kumar

The Kadkaddooma court has issued today Non Bailable warrant against Sajjan kumar for his involvement in 1984 riots. As he was not present in the court, the court issued this order. He has to appear now by 23rd February before the court. He may be arrested any time now though his bail application is pending for hearing tomorrow in High Court.


Historical Gurudwara : Gurdwara San Sahib

Please view n listen the history of the Historical Gurudwara : Gurdwara San Sahib, near Amritsar.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CBI opposes bail to Sajjan in ’84 anti-Sikh riots cases

NEW DELHI: After 25 years, Sajjan Kumar is facing the heat of the anti-Sikh riots. The CBI on Monday opposed the anticipatory bail of the former parliamentarian, who is accused in two Delhi riot cases, saying he may influence witnesses.

Arguing that the case was sensitive in nature and people’s emotions were attached to it, CBI said, “although no complaint was registered against Sajjan and other accused in the case, the fact is that the witnesses are scared and did not feel safe.”

The court also dismissed similar pleas of six co-accused — Peru, Mahender Yadav, Brahma Nand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar and Ved Prakash. CBI had chargesheeted 13, including Sajjan Kumar, on January 13, for allegedly making provocative speeches leading to the killing of 12 persons.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Anti-Sikh riot case: Delhi Court likely to hear Sajjan Kumar's bail plea tomorrow


New Delhi:
A Delhi Court is likely to hear tomorrow the anticipatory bail plea of former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar, who along with others have been chargesheeted by the CBI in two 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

Special CBI judge PS Teji would take up Kumar's bail applicationwho has been issued summons by a court after taking cognisance of the CBI charge sheet against him.

In his application, the Delhi Congress leader contended that he has been co-operating with the investigating agency and never been arrested by it during the probe. He also claimed that he was granted anticipatory bail by the Delhi High Court in 1990 in similar cases.

The court had already reserved its order on the similar anticipatory bail applications of Kumar's co-accused Peru, Mahender Yadav, Brahma Nand Gupta, Balwant Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar and Ved Prakash.

The accused are required to take bail as they have been issued summons by a court on CBI's chargesheet against them. The CBI, which had chargesheeted 13 people, including Kumar, on January 13 in two separate 1984 riots cases for allegedly making provocative speeches, leading to the killing of 12 persons in the violence that broke out following the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The probe agency had filed the chargesheets in the court after concluding its investigation into the cases registered on the recommendation of Nanavati Commission in 2005.

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SGPC not averse to printing Guru Granth Sahib abroad

By Jaideep Sarin

Amritsar, Feb 14 (IANS) In what could come as a major relief for Sikhs across the world, especially non-resident Indians (NRIs), the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has said it is not averse to printing of the Sikh holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib in other countries provided certain conditions were fulfilled.

The SGPC, the mini-parliament of Sikh religion headquartered in this holy city and with an annual budget of nearly Rs.450 crore (Rs.4.5 billion/nearly $100 million), has said that it can allow the printing of the Granth Sahib in other countries.

“We are open to the idea of allowing the printing of the holy scripture in other countries if the Sikh population in these countries can provide us the land and resources required for proper printing,” SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar told IANS.

“If the ’sangat’ (people) can assure us this, we are ready to seek clearance from the ‘Singh Sahibaan’ (Sikh high priests),” Makkar added.

The 1,430-page Granth Sahib contains ‘Gurbani’ (Guru’s teachings). It is seen by the Sikhs as the Guru incarnate.

The holy scripture was originally installed at the Harmandar Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) in 1604 by the fifth Guru Arjan Dev. The 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, had installed the Granth Sahib as the timeless Guru. The Guru Granth Sahib is a sort of living Guru in the midst of the Sikhs.

The SGPC controls all rights for the legal printing of the Granth Sahib which is now done only in Amritsar. The Sikh holy scripture, which is always in huge demand from Sikhs and Sikh institutions globally, is supplied and transported globally through the SGPC from Amritsar.

In recent years, chartered flights have been arranged by Sikhs from countries like the US and Canada to get copies of the Granth Sahib from Amritsar. On each such flight, the holy scripture is kept separately on each seat of the aircraft after following the religious maryada (decorum).

SGPC-appointed sewadars (volunteers) accompany the scriptures on such flights.

The Granth Sahib, also called Adi Granth, contains compositions of the first five Gurus, the ninth Guru, 15 Bhagats (Jai Dev, Nam Dev, Trilochan, Parmanand, Sadna, Ramanand, Beni, Dhanna, Pipa, Sain, Kabir, Ravidas, Farid, Surday and Bhikhan) and 11 Bhattas (Mathra, Jalap, Harbans, Talya, Salya, Bhal, Kulh Sahar, Nal, Kirat, Gayand and Sadrang).

The Guru Granth Sahib contains 5,894 hymns in 15,575 stanzas. Of them 974 hymns are written by the first Guru Nanak Dev, 62 by the second Guru Angad Dev, 907 by the third Guru Amar Das, 679 by the fourth Guru Ram Dass (founder of Harmandar Sahib), 2,218 by the fifth Guru Arjan Dev, and 115 by the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur. Among the remaining 922 hymns of Bhagats, the highest number of hymns (541) is by Kabir.

Considered an authentic scripture, the compositions of the Sikh Gurus were preserved and subsequently collected by Guru Arjan Dev. When the original copy (which is now at Kartarpur in Pakistan) could not be obtained, Guru Gobind Singh dictated it to Bhai Mani Singh.

The scripture is used by the Sikhs at the time of birth, marriage and death.

The Guru Granth Sahib is regarded as the body of the Guru and is kept on a raised platform under a canopy, covered in clean clothes. Devotees have to be barefoot with their heads covered before bowing before the Granth Sahib.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Have you ever thought about it?

Why do we throw money in front of our most respected GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI?

I think our GURUS must not be liking it at all, because it is totally against the teachings of our GURUS. If we have to give some donations, then it can be silently given to the cashier.

To be frank we are bowing in front of that giant GOLAK and not to our GURUS.


Afghanistan's Sikh heroine fights for rights

She wanted to be a pilot as a child, but has now been recognised as a leading campaigner for the rights of Afghan women.

"It is difficult for a woman to be a pilot in Afghanistan. My father said it does not fit in with this country's culture," Dr Anarkali Kaur Honaryar tells me, sitting in her office at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

In some ways the high flyer has taken on a challenge much tougher than piloting planes.

She fights for women's rights in a society that remains staunchly patriarchal, and where many of her gender still breathe beneath their veils.

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Join SikhsIndia - let's try to save the Sikhi

We are really worried over the fate of Sikhi. Kids from Sikh families are trimming beards, wearing caps, consuming alcohal and other drugs. They can not speak or read Punjabi, can't even recite Gurbani.

Have you ever thought, where are we heading for ? If you have any ideas, suggestions, please share with us. If you wish to work with us, please let us know, about you with a pic & cell number.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gurupurab & Nagar keertan pics

Gurupurab pics : Sri Guru Nanak Sewak Jatha, Chand mohalla

Wrap up all anti-Sikh riot cases in 6 months, says HC

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought to quickly bring to a close 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases as it ordered that all pending trials, including that of Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, will have to be concluded within six months at the lower courts.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah said, “We direct the trial will be conducted as expeditiously as possible and will be completed within six months.”

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Punjab on boil again over removal of Sikh holy scripture from Ravidass temples

By Satinder Bains

CHANDIGARH: The move by a section of Ravidass community to disintegrate from Sikh religion and set up aseparate religion 'Ravidas dharma' has created a social and caste conflict in Punjab.

The members of Dera Sach Khand Ballan in Jalandhar district, brain behind separate religion has announced to replace Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture, with Amritbani Satguru Ravidas Maharaj, a new granth prepared by them. Tthe Doaba region of Punjab has strong presence of Ravidass community, now vrtically divided on the issue.

The Sikh clergy and the leader of community have also criticised the attempts to separate Bani of Guru Ravidass from Guru Granth Sahib. Certain deras within the Ravidass sect have started opposing dera Ballan's move.

Punjab police has also rounded up certain Bahujan Samaj Party leaders who were allegedly trying to instigate one section and mobilising public support against replacement of Guru Granth Sahib. Three persons, including Ambedkar Sena (Mool Niwasi) state president Harbhajan Suman, Sena member Brajesh Kumar Gauri and local BSP leader Sukhwinder Tony, have been booked.

The move to declare Ravidass sect an independent religion is considetred the aftermath of killing of Sant Rama Nand head of dera Ballan in Viena (Austria) by Sikh youth. The Sikhs there had accused Ravidass temple management for showing disrespect to Guru Grnath Sahib.

Followers at all the around 40 shrines of the Ravidassia sect in India used to pay obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib. Many Ravidas temples have also came up in other countries.

Police has suggested to the leaders of Ravidass community that they create parallel places of worship for the new scripture, instead of displacing Guru Granth Sahib, to avoid hurting Sikh sentiments.

Sant Surinder Dass head of Guru Ravidass dera Adda Kathar in Jalandhar, has opposed move of separate holy scripture for Ravidass community. He has told his followers to pay obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that state government would take every possible step to diffuse the situation and maintain peace and harmony. The government it is learnt is making secret parleys with Ravidass sect leaders to find a solution. It is feared that move of Ravidass community might have backlash in Sikh community, leading to conflict between two communities. Sikhs have been opposing removal of Guru Grnath Sahib from Ravidass shrines.

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Sikh religion is controlled by big POLITICIANS because of the BIG MONEY involved in the Gurudwaras

Dear Dr. Gurdeep,

Sat Sri Akal

Your writings are of a true intellectual who is trying to understand intricacies of Sikh religion.

Unfortunately everything is so complicated and Sikh religion is controlled by big POLITICIANS because of the BIG MONEY involved in the Gurudwaras nobody can solve the problems faced by Sikh religion today. Why I am saying this is because there is not even a single true Sikh as per the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. Everyone has his own personal interest involved because of so much MONEY involved.

As you know I have just finished reading Prof Sahib Singh s DARPAN 4th time completely and as per the teachings of GURUS not even one Sikh is following the teachings of our GURUS. I consider myself most fortunate to have read word by word meaning in my lifetime

Prof Darshan Singh started his career by doing KIRTAN in Greater Kailash around 30 years back when we used to stay there and I am a big fan of him. I considered him closest to GOD just like Prof Sahib Singh but of late something has gone wrong with Prof Darshan Singh I think he should forget about all and start KIRTAN again

I have so many things to tell you about SIKHS because you are the only one who can understand.

Sorry short of time


submitted by Dr. Gurdeep Kaur

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Turban pride day : 14th February, 2010

We are proud of the Dastar given to us by Guru Gobind Singh ji. If you are organising any programme related to Turban Pride Day on 14th February, 2010, please mail us the detailed report with pics for uploading on Sikh blog If you could mail us your pics in Sohni Dastar, we will be pleased to upload the selected ones in various designs on Sikh web portal in the new section TURBAN PRIDE DAY.


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New poster : Prof. Darshan singh Khalsa


Step taken in haste: Ballan head's deputy

What is happening is not what Sant Ramanad, whose killing in a Ravidass Temple in Vienna triggered the reaction, preached and practised. This (severing ties with Guru Granth Sahib) is certainly not what he would have liked, he pointed out. “Sant Ji would extensively quote from the Guru Granth Sahib during his discourses and teach Gurbani to students at Dera Ballan,’’ he added.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sikh web portal crosses 20,00,000 hits


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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

None can take 'bani' from Granth Sahib: Jathedar

AMRITSAR: The already sour relations between followers of Guru Ravidass and Sikhs could turn more bitter following Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh’s warning that no one would be allowed to take the bani (voice of Gurus) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib for scripting a separate religious book.

Talking to TOI on the issue of formation of separate religion, Ravidassia Dharm, by the followers of Guru Ravidass and release of separate granth (book), Amrit Bani Guru Ravidass, the jathedar said contemplation was still on for extending invitations to the Ravidass sect leaders to sink differences, if any.

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Sikhs defy Akal Takht edict against Prof Darshan Singh

CHANDIGARH: In a highly significant development, which could have far-reaching consequences within the Sikh community, a large number of Sikh organizations, intellectuals, panthic bodies, thinkers and individuals openly defied the hukumnama (edict) against former Akal Takht jathedar Prof Darshan Singh by the incumbent jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, though a symbolic gesture of sharing a meal with him on Tuesday.

Supping with the former clergyman at a city hotel was an action of blatant defiance of the edict, which had cautioned the Sikh community to sever “roti-beti di saanjh” (all social relations) with him. Going a step ahead, the gathering called for a revolution against the forces which were influencing the clergy and political rulers of Sikhs by silencing dissenting and rational voices. “With this meal today, we declare a no-confidence move against the jathedars and their political masters,” the speakers declared.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gatka at Nagar keertan on Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh ji at Krishna nagar


Your comments plz : Prof. Darshan singh ragi Excommunicated from Sikh Panth.

Sat Sri Akal,

In the history of Sikhs, this seems to be the first instance, when a person, that too, of the calibure of Ex Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, has been EX COMMUNICATED from Sikh panth. Yeah, we viewed the CD, learned versions from both the sides. Tried to understand various chapters of Dasam Granth sahib. But can not understand, why the Five Priests, refused to talk to Prof. Ragi in the open. If the matter was discussed in open & relayed live on PTC or other TV Channels, even the sikh masses could have heard the reality. But it never happened.

May we request you to add your valued comments, as all of us are willing to say something, may be in favour or against, but still, please say something, if you really wanna say.



Some of the comments we received were :
AMARJIT SINGH said..... It is a "black day in sikh history". I really very shocked that the person who always fight for truth was ex-communicated by Akal Takhat Sahib. The issue related to Dasam Granth, Nanakshahi calander, Arti & other maryadas performing by Patna Sahib & Hazoor Sahib Takhat was not considered. Sikh Rehat Marayada issued by SGPC & approved by Akal Takhat Sahib prohibts these maryadas but when the issued was taken by Singh Sahib Prof Darshan Singh ji, he was ex-communicated. Should we start these maryadas in other Gurdwaras or wait for the truth.


RAJINDER KAMBOJ said..... i thinh that professor Darshan singh was hundred persent right.please understand the he did not do anything wrong.that is why i fully support him.

harinder said..... i think this is sad turn of events where one of the most charismatic personalities was excommunicated from the sikh community.

Gurmat Gian Group said.....Its a sad day for all of us. Many must be laughing at us and making fun of us and considering Sikhs a backward class of people with old mind set. We are proving to the world that Sikhism is a religion of past. Our young generation would further get alienated from our culture.We are been driven by illiterate class of fools.I pray to Waheguru to given us Summat so that we stop taking this path towards self destruction.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur said..... Indeed excommunication of Charasmatic personality like Prof.Darshan Singh Ragi's from khalsa Panth will always be remembered as a black day in the Sikh History.

Though being a Sikh myself ,I am fully aware that the Akal Takht verdicts are held in high esteem by the Sikhs & in it is rooted their binding force.But can not understand,then why the Five Priests, refused to talk to Prof. Ragi in the open to form /involve public opinion(Sangat)also.
Being in academics, this decision from the highest Sikh authority somehow leaves me feeling very helpless and discouraged as it spoils the true spirit of Sikh religion.

There are so many unanswered questions to my mind which I dare to ask from our Sikh Panth leaders:

1.If Dasam Granth is banned & considered as not authentic,then why it has been equally adorned as Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Patna Sahib & Hazoor Sahib?

2.What about the Gadaipur's Gobind Sadan Asthan(near Mahipalpur in Delhi) where large number of sikhs perform Havan within the compound while receiting Jap Sahib?

3.In Academic Seminars ,we do discuss/quote Dasam Granth also!So are they going to accused us for this or curb our freedom of expression at academic level also?

3.Why Sikh Panth leaders don't pay attention to stop the evil practices prevailing & spreading in Sikh Panth at an alarming rate i.e. pressings the legs of the cot on which the Guru Granth Sahib is installed,rubbing nose/massaging against walls on plateforms,placing water below the Guru Granth Sahib seat ,doing shradhs when all these are irreligious & contrary to our Gurmat Maryada(Guru's Way)!

Sikhism is a religion which is not conventional & is away from superstitions ,ritualism, rigidity ,and fanaticism. It stands for the elimination of rituals but still majority of the Sikh population enslaved of superstitions/rituals.They do practice fast,women keep karva chowth fast with full sanctity,wear black thread/stones,do believe in Astrlogy, make/consult Janam Patris's also with Brahmins/Pandit,do chalia's ,making & installing statues,idols inside the Gurudwaras etc.Though we all know that Sikhism was formed against all these evils.Still we call ourselves Proud Sikhs!!

Gurus denounced the tendencies of those who worshipped and treated them as an incarnation of God.Then Why........???????????



For a cause, hot off press - V-Day dinner with reporter to help Haiti victims

London, Feb. 1: Inderdeep Bains, 26-year-old chief reporter on the Royal Borough Observer, a weekly newspaper in Berkshire, has brought new meaning to the expression, “hot off the press”.

She is offering a dinner date with herself on February 14 to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Her paper has pitched Inderdeep as the top prize among those who donate at least £20 to the cause.

“Single men looking for love this Valentine’s Day have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to date the Observer’s ravishing reporter Inderdeep Bains,” is how the tempting offer is billed.

The Observer adds: “Readers can win the opportunity to impress Inderdeep, known affectionately in the newsroom as Inders, during a romantic dinner which will raise vital cash for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal. The lucky man will wine and dine our hack over a slap-up three course meal at a luxury hotel.”



ATN broadcasts live from Canadian Sikh Temple

TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN) (TSX-SAT), Canada's largest South Asian broadcaster, is pleased to announce that it is now broadcasting live twice daily from the Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple in Mississauga, Ontario, on its two Canadian Punjabi-language television channels.

Gurbani discourses will be broadcast from one of Canada's largest Sikh temples from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time on ATN's MH1 Channel and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the ATN-Alpha ETC Punjabi Channel.

"We are honoured to be the first television broadcaster in Canada to offer daily Sikh spiritual and devotional programming live from a Canadian place of worship across Canada via cable and satellite," said Mr. Shan Chandrasekar, President and CEO of ATN. "It will complement the programming that we bring exclusively from the world renowned Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple) in New Delhi, India."

Gurbani is the sacred literature of the Sikhs and is of great spiritual importance to the large Sikh community in Ontario and across Canada. ATN will offer the broadcasts to its viewers with deep reverence and without commercial insertions.

Daljeet Singh Sekhon, President Sri Guru Singh Sabha, noted his community was highly appreciative of ATN: "ATN has made possible for us to spread the wisdom and inspiration of Gurbani to our brothers and sisters all across the nation. We are delighted to reach Sikhs who live outside Toronto and worshippers who cannot attend the temple."

The Sikh community is the largest Indian community in Canada. Sri Guru Singh Sabha is one the oldest Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) in Canada and it holds religious discourses every day of the year. The temple attracts thousands of worshippers every week.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

mumbai marathon of victims of cerebral plazy : B S Kohli

guru fateh,these are the photographs of mumbai marathon held on 17th january, 2010 wherein about 40 spastic children who are victims of cerebral plazy were taken on wheel chair to participate in the Dream Run,
thanks with regards
bhupinder singh kohli

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