Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Sikh Light Infantry is best marching contingent

New Delhi, Jan 28 (PTI) Army's Sikh Light Infantry has been awarded the best marching contingent among the three Services at the Republic Day parade this year while the CRPF contingent bagged the honours in the paramilitary and auxiliary forces category.

"In the Services category, Territorial Army (Sikh LI) has been adjudged the best marching contingent in the Republic Day Parade 2014.

With thanks : PTI News : LINK

Breaking News : 1984 Riots

Delhi govt will form an SIT on 1984 anti-Sikh riots after all discussion; justice will be done: Delhi Assembly Speaker M.S. Dhir.

With thanks : India Today : LINK

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Worshippers escape as lightning hits Sikh temple

Worshippers escape as lightning hits Sikh temple

London, Jan 27: Worshippers at a Sikh temple in the British city of Leicester had a lucky escape when its roof collapsed after being struck by lightning.
CCTV footage showed a group of elderly women were singing hymns at the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple in Leicester on Jan 25 afternoon when a bolt of lightning struck, blowing a hole in the roof and sending worshippers fleeing in panic.
The rear wall and roof of the temple collapsed, media reported.
One person who suffered minor injuries was discharged after treatment at a hospital.
Temple president Indy Panesar told Leicester Mercury that it could have been a lot worse as there were 250 people in the prayer room about half an hour before the strike.
"There were about 20 people in the main prayer hall, with some of them being the old women singing,” Leicester Mercury quoted Panesar as saying.
"It is a miracle no one was seriously hurt or killed," Panesar said. He said the temple's holy scriptures were not damaged in the roof fall.
"The scriptures were in the main prayer hall and could have taken a direct hit but did not,” he said.
"One of the women respectfully collected them and we put them in a safe place. That was another amazing piece of good fortune." 

with thanks : IANS : LINK

Relics of Guru Gobind Singh to be shifted to Takht Kesgarh Sahib

PATIALA: the Punjab government has finally declared that Nabha is not an "ideal location" to display the over 300-year-old relics of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh and these would be kept at Takht Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib. Residents of Nabha had given several representations in this regard and even fought a lengthy legal battle to convince the state government to display relics of Guru Gobind Singh in their town.

The state government has taken the decision on the basis of the report submitted by the five-member committee, which included officials of the Patiala district administration and department of archaeology and culture, set up to exploring suitability of a site for displaying relics at Nabha.

Acting on a petition filed by Gurmail Singh, who pleaded that sentiments of Nabha residents should be considered while deciding a site to display the relics, the Punjab and Haryana high court had on December last year directed the state government to examine the "suitability of the location of the place as suggested by the petitioner."

The petitioner had pleaded that the relics could be placed either at Gurdwara Sangat Sar Sahib or Gurdwara Deep Baba Ajaypal Singh (Ghorewala Gurdwara). However, the state government has decided that both sites are not suitable to keep the relics.

"The court had ordered us to select an appropriate site in consultation with the people of Nabha. Acting on the order, we had formed a committee that had the deputy commissioner and the director (culture affairs) as its members. After consulting all quarters, the committee has recommended that there is no ideal place in Nabha to display the relics. Hence, these would be shifted to Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib," said S S Channy, principal secretary, department of archaeology and cultural affairs.

Of the total 14 relics, some of those belonging to Guru Gobind Singh were handed over to the state government by Delhi-based descendants of Nabha royals after a court order in 2008. In December 2013, the descendants of Nabha royals had agreed to hand over the rest of the relics to the state government.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

Sikh businessman sues AAP's Vishwas for 'insulting community'

A video taken some years ago allegedly shows Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas making fun of the Sikh community

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas has once again landed in trouble, this time for allegedly insulting the Sikh community. 

Sikh businessman Manjit Singh Abrol, 56, has filed the case against Vishwas at the Chembur police station after watching a video that showed Vishwas allegedly making fun of the community during a show some years ago. 

"The video is clearly derogatory and has hurt the sentiments of our community," said Abrol. 

AAP leaders said complaints against Vishwas are completely "motivated" to prevent him from fighting the elections against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

with thanks : Dailymail : LINK

Pics : Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib : Delhi

With Thanks : Sd. Hardeep Singh Gurware

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Delegation from Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Religion & Worldview, K.U.Leuven, Belgium, at Golden Temple, Amritsar

Thanks Dr Gurdeep Kaur & K U Leuven, Belgium

Pentagon to relax rules on personal religious wear — including beards, turbans

The Pentagon on Wednesday is expected to announce widespread changes to rules governing religious items and religion-based physical attributes that service members can maintain while in uniform — including beards, some religious tattoos, and turbans.
NBC News obtained an early draft of the new Department of Defense instruction which states that the military will make every effort to accommodate “individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs” (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of service members.
It goes on to say that unless doing so could have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, good order and discipline, health and safety, or any other military requirement, commanders can grant service members special permission to display their religious articles while in uniform.   
Requests for religious accommodation can be denied when the “needs of mission accomplishment outweigh the needs of the service member,” the directive will explain.
Earlier this month, a major in the U.S. Army who is a Sikh American took his case to staffers on the Hill, explaining how he and other Sikhs should be able to serve in uniform and still maintain their religious beliefs, including wearing turbans and unshorn hair, including beards.
The new directive will explain that if the articles of faith or physical attributes interfere with the proper function of protective clothing and equipment, the request could be denied.  For example, a beard or unshorn hair cannot interfere with gas masks or helmets.
Jewish service members can request permission to wear a yarmulke while in uniform. Muslim service members can request to wear a beard and carry prayer beads. Even Wiccan service members, those who practice "Magick," can seek accommodation — the directive covers all religions recognized by the U.S. military.
The policy will also spell out that service members have the right to observe no religion at all.
According to Defense Department statistics, which are based solely on self-reporting, there are only a handful of Sikh Americans in the military (about 3).
There are nearly 3,700 Muslims, nearly 6,300 Buddhists, and more than 1,500 Wiccans.
The immediate commander can approve some of the religious accommodation, but some will have to be kicked up to higher headquarters.
In some cases wearing something that impacts the uniform (religious apparel), grooming (beards, longer hair), religious tattoos, and some jewelry with religious inscriptions.
The directive stresses that “the importance of uniformity and adhering to standards, of putting unit before self, is more significant and needs to be carefully evaluated when considering each request for accommodation.”
It goes on to say that “it is particularly important to consider the effect on unit cohesion.”
Each individual service member has to re-apply for new permission at each new assignment, transfer of duty stations, and for each deployment.
with thanks : USNEWS : NBCNEWS : LINK

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Delegation from Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Religion & Worldview, K.U.Leuven, Belgium ( 2014)

KU Leuven India Study Group 2014

From January 17th to February 16, 2014, a group of 20 European students ( Masters and Bachelors) along with Prof.dr.Bert Broeckaert from Faculty of Theology and Religiou Studies ( KU Leuven,Belgium) is to visit India for a India Study Course on Indian Religions.

During their one month stay in India they will study religious richness and cultural Diversity of fascinating sub-continent.They will visit religious & historical places in Delhi,Amritsar,Varanasi,Bodh Gaya,Sikkim/ participate in a wide variety of rituals/attend lectures deliver by local professors and specialists/ join-in discussions with representatives of various traditions to immerse in the world of Sikhism,Hinduism,BuddhismJainism,Christianity,Islam,Bhai & Iscon.

Prof.  Dr. Bert Broeckaert                                                                                                               

This study visit is an overall efforts of Prof. dr.Bert Broeckaert who (since 2002) has been organizing courses on Indian religions for students of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies,KU Leuven to build insights of number of world religions amongst Europeans to deal with religious and cultural diversity.

Delegation will stay in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib,New Delhi and in Goden Temple,Amritsar from 18th January till 22nd January 2014.

DSGMC President Mr. Manjit Singh G.K. will felicitate the group and Mr. Kulmohan Singh,Chief Advisor and PR of DSGMC will give them a lecture on "Sikh Prayers" in the Conference Room of Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on 20th January 2014

KU Leuven Students in Golden Temple in 2012                                                                                 

KU Leuven Students in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in 2009                                                                 

 KU Leuven Students at Humayun's Tomb ( New Delhi ) in 2012                                                            

Photos : courtesy of Prof. Bert Broeckaert.
Dr. Gurdeep kaur
SGND Khalsa College
University of Delhi

Friday, January 3, 2014

George Hine House to become Leicester Sikh free school

The site viewed from Gipsy Lane

Part of a former mental health hospital has been chosen as the site of the first Sikh free school in Leicester.
Falcons Primary School is expected to open in September 2014, taking children from all faiths.
The school aims to supply the demand for a Sikh education in Leicester, which it says is not currently met by the city's existing schools.
Planning applications have been submitted to use part of the Towers Hospital site in Gipsy Lane.
A school spokesperson said the Sikh faith was not represented "in the Leicester family of schools" which parents who wished their children to have an education "in a faith environment are at a disadvantage".
Towers Hospital, an institution for people with mental illness, closed its beds in 2000 and saw its last outpatients in 2013.
George Hine House, a Grade II listed building on the site, was later used as the headquarters of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
Architects propose converting George Hine House into the schoolbut the outside of the building would mainly remain the same.
Ward blocks behind the George Hine Building would be demolished.
Some parts of the site have already been developed into apartments.

with thanks : BBC News : LINK

Sikh driver shot dead by police in southern California

A 45-year-old Sikh truck driver was shot dead by police in the city of Bakersfield in southern California on Sunday morning. According to reports in the local media, the victim has been identified as Jaspal Singh. The police reportedly responded to a call about domestic disturbance from a home near Oswell Street on San Mateo Drive in Bakersfield.

When cops reached the spot, Singh reportedly had his gun pointed at them. He was fired at five times.

Detective Todd Farnsworth was quoted as saying by local news networks, “Upon arriving on scene, officers were encountered with a male subject with a gun. The subject pointed the gun at officers.”

He said Singh was hit by five shots fired by one of the two officers. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Singh, who came to California from Bharo Majra village near Phagwara in Punjab about a decade ago, was reportedly suffering from depression. No details about his family were known.

The officer who shot at Singh has been sent on leave as police continue their investigations.

Bakersfield is home to some very successful Sikhs in southern California, including Mehnga Singh Sangera who was the first Indian to own car dealerships (Mercedes, Volvo and Subaru) since the 1950s.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK