Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Drunken thug, 25, ripped Sikh man's turban off his head for a joke causing the victim to be shunned by his own community

A man ripped a Sikh supermarket worker's turban off his head and told friends to film the incident and put it on YouTube during a drunken joke, a court has heard. 

Ashley Cicatello, 25, had spent the afternoon drinking beer and Jagerbomb shots when he spotted the victim in a Sainsbury's supermarket on December 27, last year.

Cicatello, from Dunkirk, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, told his friends: 'Get this on record. This is going on YouTube' before running up behind the victim and yanking the turban off his head.

The prank caused the victim to be ostracised from his own community, it was claimed. 

Cicatello sprinted off with the turban and was chased through the store before being wrestled to the ground by security guards.

He later admitted to police that he had 'been an absolute prat' and had done it because he wanted to be the 'class clown.'

with thanks : DAILYMAIL : LINK : for pics & detailed news.

Sikh shot at in USA in suspected hate crime

Press Trust of India 

WASHINGTON, 26 FEB: In an apparent hate crime incident in the USA, a Sikh man was shot at several times by truck-borne unidentified gunmen in Florida. 

Kanwaljit Singh, 46, was attacked by the truck-borne assailants near Daytona Beach on Saturday night. He was later admitted to a hospital where he is undergoing treatment. 

Mr Kanwaljit, who was accompanied by his son, received multiple bullet injuries in his thigh and torso, officials said. His son managed to escape unhurt. 

“Although no clear motive (behind the attack) has been established, initial indications are this shooting was not a random act. There was no previous confrontation between occupants of either vehicle,” Mr Wayne Miller, Port Orange's assistant chief of police, was quoted as saying by local daily Daytona Beach News Journal. 

Meanwhile, the authorities yesterday said that the incident will be probed by the agencies as a hate crime. 

Condemning the act, the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund and 'Sikh Coalition' called on the law enforcement officials and requested them to conduct a thorough probe into the incident. 

The shooting incident comes days after US lawmakers asked the department of justice and the FBI to track the hate crimes committed against Sikhs, Hindus and Arab Americans. 

So far more than 40 Congressmen have signed onto the letter addressed to the department of justice and the FBI, with lawmakers Judy Chu, Eliot Engel, Bill Pascrell, Adam Schiff, Gary Peters, Tulsi Gabbard, Ami Bera, Michael Honda, and Eric Swalwell being the original signatories. 

with thanks : THESTATESMAN : LINK

Manjit Singh GK is DSGMC chief, Sirsa general secretary

Manjit Singh GK (54) is new president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC). 

The new-elected members of the committee on Tuesday elected him president unanimously. GK, son of late jathedar Santokh Singh, had led the the Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) to victory in the committee's elections, defeating Paramjit Singh Sarna and his SAD (Delhi).

GK's election was held in the presence of the Akal Takht jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, who is ex-officio member of the committee without the voting right. The jathedars of Keshgarh Sahib, Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib are also ex-officio members of the committee.'

Manjinder Singh Sirsa (39), youth president of SAD (B) in Delhi, was obvious choice for the committee's general secretary, and he got his reward for defeating Sarna, outgoing president of the committee, in the election held on January 27. Sirsa is considered close to the Badals, whose family rules Punjab.
Party patron Parkash Singh Badal, who is also chief minister of Punjab; and party president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is deputy CM of Punjab, cleared the names of the committee president, general secretary and other office-bearers. As per the provisions of the DSGMC Act of 1971, the director of gurdwara elections, GP Singh, nominated Kulmohan Singh as house chairman, who asked for names for the post of the committee president.

Avtar Singh Hit proposed GK's name, which was supported by Onkar Singh Thapar first before all member gave their unanimous consent. The SAD (B) had bagged 37 of the 46 seats in the January 27 elections, ousting Sarna-led SAD-Delhi, which could win just eight seats (an Independent got one). Of the eight winners from the Sarna group, only two were present in Tuesday's meeting, where the 51-member house elected the president and other office-bearers. Of the 51 members, 46 were elected directly by 4.5 lakh Sikh voters in Delhi, while five were nominated.

Hit, who was DSGMC president from 2000 to 2002 and Delhi-unit president of the SAD (B) for many years, was in the race for the top post but failed to garner the support of his party leaders. Once close to Parkash Singh Badal, he was distanced from the party after GK was given reins in 2008. Other than Hit, Sirsa and first-time member Onkar

Singh Thapar also were contenders for the top post. The SAD (B) regained control of the DSGMC after an 11 years. It lost consecutively in 2002 and 2007.

The post of senior vice-president went to Ravinder Singh Khurana, while Dhanwant Singh became vice-president and Harmeet Singh Kalka secretary of the DSGMC. A 10-member executive committee was also named.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

Monday, February 25, 2013

The throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

The throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in all humility he never used it, instead prefered to sit on the floor next to it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sikhs protest outside French embassy in Delhi over turban ban

VADODARA: Sikh groups led by United Sikhs organization, Akali Dal (Delhi) and Sikh Forum held a peaceful protest outside the French Embassy in Delhi and submitted a memorandum addressed to French President Francois Hollande against the ongoing turban ban in French public schools.

"If there was any doubt about the legality of France's (turban ban) action, the eminent jurists of the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) recently pronounced that France had violated the human rights of both Bikramjit Singh and Ranjit Singh by denying them their religious right to wear a turban....The global Sikh community says that France is able to reverse the turban ban for a photo ID because France has since adopted biometric ID documents, in compliance with EU regulations, which rely on facial features and fingerprints and do not require a bare head for the photo on ID documents," Mejindarpal Kaur, UK based legal director of United Sikhs stated in the memorandum, that was submitted by a delegation led by protesters.

"Our argument against the turban ban in schools is that when a Sikh schoolchild removes his turban, his joora(top knot), which denotes that he is a Sikh, is visible. Hence, the French law that purports to ban the ostensible display of religious signs in schools should not apply to the Sikhs because it does not serve its purpose as a Sikh's religious sign (unshorn hair tied as a joora) will be ostensibly visible when the turban is removed," the memorandum stated.

United Sikh's India director Gurpreet Singh SAD's Manjit Singh GK and Onkar Singh Thapar, DGMC's Daljeet Singh and Sikh Forum's RS Chatwwal also held discussions with Jean-Marc Sere-Charlet, minister counsellor at the French embassy, after handing over the memorandum.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Deep Money Singh : Famous Punjabi Singer in SGND Khalsa College

Kite Flying Festival in SGND Khalsa College : Joy of women's liberation

NSS UNIT of SGND Khalsa College,Dev Nagar,University of Delhi,organised a Kite Flying Festival on 14th February 2013 with a purpose to promote feeling of Gender equality/Gender sensitization and spread message of Women's Liberation.

Female Students/ Female Staff members flew the kite and Male Students/ Male Staff Members helped them with holding Kite spool / Charkhi.

Event was highly appreciated by the students as well as the satff.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

KITE FLYING FESTIVAL : NSS UNIT SGND Khalsa College,University of Delhi

NSS UNIT of  SGND Khalsa College is organising a Kite Flying Festival with the display of Antardhvani 2013 ( DU Festival ) and with the slogans for the Gender Sensitization.

Female Students/ Female Staff members will fly the Kite and Male Students/ Male Staff Members will be helping them with holding Kite spool / Charkhi.

Purpose is to promote the feeling of Gender equality/Gender sensitization and Women' s Liberation.

Time : 10.30 AM to 11.30 AM
Venue: College Premises/Terrece

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

'Preachers should spare a month for Sikh Panth'

Akal Takht on Monday urged the'pracharaks' or preachers to "donate time" by sparing a month every year for the Sikh Panth in order to take the message and philosophy of Sikhism to every house. Gurbachan Singh, head of the top temporal seat of the Sikh community, made the call while addressing the valedictory function of the three-day 'Naam Simran Gurmat Samagam' here.

"Those 'pracharaks' who can afford to donate time and have fulfilled family responsibilities should volunteer to spare one month for Panth", Singh said.

"This type of donation of time, along with traditional donations, was necessary for carrying the message of Sikhism to different places the world over, saving our youths from apostasy, drugs and other evils and for respecting women, especially the girl child", he said.

He also urged the entire Sikh community to commit itself to Akal Takht, adding that the results of the recent elections of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) were a "slap on the faces of all those forces which had made sinister attempts to erode the supremacy of Akal Takht".

"Certain forces were always on the lookout to marginalise Sikh institutions, including Akal Takht, in order to weaken Sikh community but they will never succeed in the nefarious designs", he said. 

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

A Weekend at the Golden Temple : Pics : Huffingtonpost

With thanks : HUFFINGTONPOST : LINK : for more PICS. Must view.

Amritsar's Golden Temple Welcomes Tourists

Going off the beaten track can be intimidating and frustrating. But what if I told you there was a magical place in India with a one-of-a-kind attraction that not only houses you for free, but feeds you for free as well?

Welcome to The Golden Temple.
The Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib in Punjabi, is the holiest temple in the Sikh faith. The Sikhs number some 30 million and are the fifth largest organized religion in the world.

The faith was founded by Guru Nanak Dev and expanded upon by ten more gurus. Sikhs follow the five K's: kes (uncut hair), kangha (small wooden comb), kaṛa (circular steel or iron bracelet), kirpan (sword/dagger), and kacchera (special undergarment).

The Golden Temple offers stunning views at sunrise, sunset, throughout the day, and at night. You really can't go wrong, but each view offers something special.

The easiest way to take in all four views, and the friendliest to a budget traveler's wallet, is to stay on site at the temple. Sikh hospitality is renowned throughout India and their temples reflect this.

The Golden Temple offers Indians very basic, barebones accommodation in the form of a large, shared open space to sleep on with a shared bathroom to use.
There is a special room for foreigners. Though it would be rated 0 stars, if you're on a budget it won't be terribly different from a hostel in India. There are several beds in the main room and five adjoining rooms where a group could set up camp. Lockers are also available to keep your belongings safe, but bring your own lock. There is a shower there with warm water. The public bathrooms are among the cleanest you'll find in India. A donation is appreciated at the end of your stay.

Sikh warriors patrol the temple. You'll notice them right away in their blue uniforms carrying various weapons. They are friendly and if you're lucky they'll even pose for a picture.

As you explore the temple, I beg of you, let this be the only time in India when you accept the unsolicited help of a guide. The Sikhs are aware that they have an image problem. Many young people eager to practice English and teach foreigners about their faith will greet you and offer to take you on a tour of the temple. You'll get great explanations and discover areas not in a guide book. You'll also meet a local person!

Another way to meet local people is to eat at the public kitchen on the temple grounds. The temple, as well as just about all Sikh temples, serves free, warm meals throughout the day. It is standard Punjabi cuisine - chapatis, dhal, and raitha, or Indian flat bread, lentils, and yogurt with fried chick peas. All food put on your plate must be eaten, so if you don't want something or don't want seconds, just put your hand over your plate when the server comes around.

with thanks : HUFFINGTONPOST : LINK : for detailed news & pics

No ban on wearing Sikh turbans in public: France

Ahead of president Francois Hollande's visit to India on February 14 and 15, France has clarified that there is no ban on wearing the Sikh turbans in public. But displaying religious symbols - which include turban and the cross - have been banned in public schools, diplomatic sources said.

The Sikh organisations such as International Sikh Confederation have protested against the ban on turban and wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to take up the issue with the French president. The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) had also taken up the issue with the external affairs ministry.

The diplomatic sources said there were misunderstandings on the issue."There is no ban on wearing turban in public places such as streets. The diktat is that while being on the streets, no one should cover their faces. Turban doesn't fall under this category, the way burkha (veil) is," they explained.

But the sources said France has decided that there shouldn't be any display of religious symbols in public schools. "You cannot wear the cross as well."

"We have this policy in place for sometime now and French people are supportive of it. This is a policy in accordance with our secularism," sources said.On March 15, 2004, the then French President, Jacques Chirac, had brought an amendment to the French code of education that banned wearing clothing or symbols in state schools which "conspicuously exhibit a religious affiliation."

The French president will meet the Indian prime minister on February 14. Both sides are set to deepen their strategic ties, in which military, nuclear, space and counter-terrorism cooperation are vital. The French president will also visit Mumbai on February 15.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

France won’t overturn ban on Sikh turban

NEW DELHI: Days ahead of President Francois Hollande's visit to India; France has indicated that it is not going to overturn the ban on Sikh turban in its public or government schools. Clarifying that the ban on religious symbols in schools is not Sikh specific, diplomatic sources said that Paris is ready to explain its position - that irrespective of religion no student can wear any religious symbol to school — if the Indian side thought it fit to raise the issue with Hollande during his visit to India later this week.

"There is overwhelming support in France for ban on religious symbols in public schools, which prevents Sikh students from wearing turban but this is not specific to them,'' said a source.

"It's the same with the Jews, the Muslims or the Catholics who constitute 75% of France's population. If a Catholic student wants to wear the Cross to school, he has to hide it in his clothes. For a Sikh it is obviously difficult to hide his turban but the law is the same for everybody,'' he added.

According to sources, France had on its own taken up the issue with foreign minister Salman Khurshid when he visited Paris earlier this year, and made the same point before him. "France is open to dialogue over the issue and will encourage groups which have reservations to put forward their point of view so that French authorities can put things in the rights perspective,'' said the source.

The government has repeatedly taken up the issue with French authorities in the past saying that the turban was not just an ``obvious religious symbol'' but also formed the Sikhs' core identity. Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has again appealed to PM Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with Hollande and explain how the turban is "inextricably'' linked to the Sikhs. 

with thanks : TIMES OF INDIA : LINK : for detailed news.

Friday, February 8, 2013

SGPC to give free education, shelter to Sikh girls in J&K

To promote education among Sikh girls in Jammu and Kashmir, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to offer free education and accommodation to them in the institutions being run by the SGPC. 

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said that a committee would be formed to conduct survey of schools in J&K to enlist Sikh girl students.

During a meeting with the SGPC chief, Kashmir Sikh Sangat chairman. Dhanwat Singh said that the Sikh community in Jammu and Kashmir was facing a plethora of problems and nothing was being done address them. "J&K Sikhs have religious, social, political and economic issues. Sikhs are being ignored and not being given their due," Dhanwant claimed.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : link

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NSS FEST 2013 :SGND Khalsa College,University of Delhi

National Service Scheme Unit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College,Dev Nagar,University of Delhi is organising NSS FEST 2013 on 11th February in the College premises.from 10.30 am onwards.
Events : Cultural Perfomances,Gidha -Boliyan,Rajasthani Dance,Nukkad Natak,Debate,Sand Painting,Poster-Making competition
Attraction : Cash Prizes for winners and Certificates for Participants

Punjab approves Rs.250 crore Sikh tourism plan

Chandigarh, Feb 6 — To boost tourism in the state, Punjab's chief minister Wednesday approved a Rs.250 crore plan for Sikh circuit tourism for developing Sikh religious places.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sikh scholars, historians, representatives of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and officials of tourism and local government departments here.

Badal directed the state tourism department to submit a detailed report on the project to the union tourism ministry.

Explaining details of the project prepared by the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, Principal Secretary (Tourism) Geetika Kalha said that the project aims at developing the surroundings of prominent Sikh religious places in a holistic manner.

She said all the three Sikh Takhts - the Akal Takht (Amritsar), Keshgarh Sahib (Anandpur Sahib), and Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo) - would be covered under the Sikh circuit tourism for development and beautification.

Other gurdwaras and Sikh historic places at Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera Baba Nanak, Chhapar Chiri and other places would also be developed.

The holiest of the Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib - popularly known as the Golden Temple - in Amritsar, 250 km from here, attracts millions of devout and visitors every year.

With thanks : IANS

Sikh family, including two young children, found dead in suspected murder-suicide in Atlanta suburb

Police in Johns Creek, Ga., are still piecing together how Shindiver Grover, his wife Damanjit, and their two sons were killed. Their bodies were found on Monday morning after Damanjit didn't show up for work.

 The family found dead inside a Johns Creek apartment Monday has been identified--according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, the victims are Sindiver Grover, 52, Damanjit Kaur-Grover, 47, Gurtej Grover, 5, and Sartaj Grover, 12.

Sindiver Grover, 52, Damanjit Kaur-Grover, 47, Gurtej Grover, 5, and Sartaj Grover, 12, were found dead in their Johns Creek, Ga., apartment on Monday in what police said was a murder-suicide. 

A Sikh family found dead in an Atlanta suburb on Monday morning were the victims of an apparent murder-suicide, police say.

The bodies of Shindiver Grover, 52, his wife Damanjit, 47, and their two sons, Sartag, 12 and Gurtej, 5, were found in their first-floor apartment in Johns Creek, Ga., at around 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to local reports.

Police said one of Damanjit's co-workers alerted authorities after she didn't show up for work, local WSBTV reported.

Johns Creek police Chief Ed Densmore described the apartment as a "complicated" crime scene, and they weren't sure how the victims died.
It didn't appear that any shots were fired, Densmore said.

with thanks : nydailynews : LINK : for detailed news & pics.