Sunday, December 25, 2016

Three held for cutting elderly Sikh man’s hair in Nahan

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Tension gripped Nahan after miscreants cut the hair of a deaf and dumb elderly Sikh man on Friday evening. When the victim reached his locality, Mohalla Govindgarh, people belonging to his community started agitating.
On their complaint, police arrested three persons — Kamlesh, Vikas and Vishal — for allegedly committing the crime. They were booked under Section 295-A (outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
more details : LINK : Hindustan Times

Nitish Kumar launches 125 hi-tech luxury buses for Sikh pilgrims visiting Patna

PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday launched altogether 227 high-tech luxury buses in the state capital here ahead of the five-day celebration of 350th birth anniversary of Sikh's tenth guru Gobind Singh Maharaj, beginning from January 1.

Of total 227 buses, 125 have been dedicated for free-of-the-cost ferrying of Sikh pilgrims who have already began arriving here to participate in the 350th Prakashvotsava which is being celebrated at grand level.

The high-tech buses are fitted with facilities like global positioning system (GPS), door censor, CCTV camera, reverse camera, information panel and emergency alarm.

more details : LINK : TOI

Keeping Families Warm This Winter

WEST MIDLANDS, UK: Meet the super hero squad from UNITED SIKHS. Unlike your typical community defenders, armed with weapons or magic powers, members of this community group show up with the items their neighbors most need - pillows, duvets, hats, gloves, scarves and coats.
According to a new report from Shelter, an increasing number of families in England are sleeping rough. The study found more than 255,000 families are without a permanent home. Out of the 50 English cities highlighted, Birmingham and West Midlands areas ranked as the 28th worst; 1 in every 119 people are homeless. Fully aware of the problem, members of UNITED SIKHS made it their mission to keep their neighbors warm this winter. Their strategy? The Rescue a Family Winter Warmer project.
As part of the project, local chapter members swept in with basic essentials to get families through the cold temperatures of the winter months. There are currently an estimated 9,560 homeless people in the West Midlands area alone.
"We knew there was a problem and we knew we had the capacity to help solve it. Rather than waiting for the calls for help, we approached the shelters. We requested lists of needs from each family." Sun Kaur, of UNITED SIKHS said. "We believe we are blessed. As Sikhs, as neighbors, it is our privilege and duty to serve our brothers and sisters who need us right now."
The shelters, Rocket Pool Youth centre in the West Midlands and the and Eastfield Strengthening Families Hub, were overwhelmed by the proactive outpouring of support .
"On behalf of the team here at Eastfield Strengthening Families Hub we want to express our gratitude for all the help and support provided to us in our aim to support families in our local community. The kind donation of gifts and food parcels have been distributed to families experiencing real difficulties and as a result are currently receiving support from the team to help them secure improved outcomes" said Sharon Leonard of Eastfield Hub.
In addition to financial poverty, many of the individuals served by UNITED SIKHS have also endured additional traumatic life experiences, ranging from domestic abuse and mental health issues to substance abuse.
"Thank you for what you have done for me and my children. I am a single mother and due to unforeseen circumstances me and my children do not have many items of clothing. I am really grateful to United Sikhs for the coats they have given to my children," one mother said of the organization.
"The Rocket Pool Strengthening Families Hub would like to say a big thank you to UNITED SIKHS for the wonderful donations of winter coats, bedding, and Christmas gifts. When distributing the donations our families have expressed that this assistance has eased the increasing pressures on them especially at this time of year." said Hayley Quintyne of Rocket Pool Hub.
To assist families in need this winter, contribute to the Rescue A Family project by donating online to
***Special thanks to HS Impex ltd , Birmingham, Mann Brothers, Birmingham and members of the community who donated winter goods.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A view of Anandpur Sahib !

A view of Anandpur Sahib. The gurdwara Keshgarha Sahib can be seen top right. This is where Guru Gobind Singh Ji administered the Amrit to the five Sikhs and created the brotherhood of the Khalsa.

Pic mailed by : Preet Singh

Sikhs in Singapore to mark 350th birthday of Guru Gobind Singh

Sikhs in Singapore to mark 350th birthday of Guru Gobind Singh

Singapore, December 23
A four-day festival is being organised by Sikh community in Singapore to mark the 350th birthday of Guru Gobind Singh.
More than 20,000 Sikhs from Singapore and Asia are expected to attend the “Naam Ras Kirtan Darbar”, a biennial festival being held since 2002.
Guru Gobind Singh is the 10th Guru known as a literary genius.
Renowned Sikh Ragis (hymn signers) from India and Asia will lead the Kirtan at the sprawling hall, turned into a darbar, at the Singapore Expo, The Straits Times reported.
The festival will also have an exhibition of artifacts, including a miniature replica of the Sikh Sanctum Sanctorum, Sri Harmandir Sahib, the iconic Golden Temple of Amritsar.
Also on display will be a sacred relic, a 300-year old pitcher used by Guru Gobind Singh.
A live feed will be streamed on Facebook for people who are unable to attend the four-and-a-half-hour festival, which begins today and is there till Monday, the report said.

More details : Link : TribuneIndia

Guru Gobind anniversary: Special transport to Patna for Punjab devotees

Guru Gobind anniversary: Special transport to Patna for Punjab devotees

Chandigarh, Dec 23 (IANS) At least 10 special trains and 300 buses will ferry, free of cost, over 25,000 devotees from Punjab to Bihar's Patna to participate in the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, early next month, a minister said here on Friday.
Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said that the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji would be celebrated on a large scale on January 5 in Patna, the birthplace of the Sikh guru.
He said that 10 special trains would take 10,000 devotees and 300 buses would ferry 15,000 devotees in the first week of January to Patna Sahib.
more details : LINK : IANS

Calgary Sikh gurdwara vandalized with swastikas and profanity


Members of Calgary's Sikh community are speaking out after a Sikh temple was spray-painted with hateful graffiti.

Early Thursday morning, the World Sikh Organization of Canada said swastikas and profanity were painted on the property of the Sikh Society of Calgary on 81st Street S.W.

On Friday, graffiti was visible around six locations in and around the building. Police confirmed a graffiti co-ordinator and a hate crime co-ordinator have been called in to investigate the vandalism.

More details at : LINK :

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Demonetisation and the Guru Ka Langar !

pic with thanks : Jansatta

Tata Hexa – A powerful machine with Luxury and comfort

I got the opportunity to visit the Hexa Experience Center in Gurgaon, formerly known as Gurgaon. The place is almost 40 KM from my home and it took me almost two hours to reach there due to heavy rush on the roads. Once there, I was pleased to find the entire range of Tata group in the same premises. There were also the fun zones such as GIF spot, Click a pick spot as well the magic show for kids. An NGO was having a Pet dog adoption centre.

After visiting all the Tata stalls I moved to have the Hexa Experience. I was asked if I can drive. They took a copy of my Driving licence and offered me a Hexa to experience the real luxury and comfort. It was a great time. The Hexa was really beautiful and powerful.

After having a great on Road experience, I moved towards the Off Road experience as me and my kids like the real thrill. We were asked to wait for an hour as some media teams were doing the shoot. After almost 25 to 30 minutes, we got a call for the event and we rushed towards the spot. A Tata Hexa was waiting for us.

The driver looked very experienced and he explained us about this power-packed, feature loaded and adrenaline pumped vehicle. The track was specially created and was having various types of hurdles, mud pools, wooden logs, inclines, slopes and the Tata Hexa ran very sharply. It was indeed very comfortable inside, though it looked very scary from outside. It took almost 10 minutes for the entire Off road experience, but I am sure it was a great experience for me and my daughters.

We were told that the car was available in both the Automatic as well as the Manual variants. The Automatic version has a six speed automatic transmission with selectable modes – sports and the auto – sensing Race car performance with manual shift option. It has been developed by Tata Motors in collaboration with its technology partners. It’s a power packed, feature loaded and adrenaline vehicle for the class which has an active and dynamic lifestyle. 

The Top 10 features of the vehicle are its Impact design, Varicor400 Engine, Super-Drive modes, New Gen Automatic Transmission, Comprehensive safety suit, 10 speaker JBL ™ system, Smartphone applications, 19 inch Alloy wheels, Sunblinds and the Ambient mood lighting.

Truly, it is based on a new versatile platform – a complete vehicle package, with an exceptional combination of Design, Luxury, Off road and On road experiences. I tried it On the Road and found it extremely suitable to our needs and when I experienced it Off road, it looked as comfortable as it was in the On road conditions.

The exteriors of the vehicle are quite impressive with its dual-coloured bumpers, Tata signature grille, stylish new projector headlamps as well the DRLs and a lot more. Similarly the Interiors are quite inviting with Sculpted seats, accentuated bolsters with Benecke-Kaliko ™ leather feel upholstery. It has a choice of eight colours for in-cabin ambient mood. I can say that we must go for the Tata Hexa as it’s the best.

Video used with thanks to Tata Motors.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib amidst severe SMOG a few days ago

#JetScreen – where entertainment never ends !

Viewing movies, listening music as well as playing games on a Wi-fi network on the Flight mode on my smart phone was a great experience for me. I had to go to Bangalore for a day and a friend told me about the #JetScreen on the Jet Airways flight.

As instructed, I downloaded the Airtime player on my mobile and boarded the flight in the early morning. It was a journey of around two and a half hours and I was really worried that in case #JetScreen was not up to my expectations, I will get bored.

Once in the air, I took my mobile and opened the Airtime player. Clicking on the Access button took me immediately to a Menu that gave me four options. The options were Movies, Music, TV shorts and the Games.

I clicked movies and a submenu opened with various options. I selected a movie and started watching. The video was quite clear. The sound was good. In fact, I had to slow down the volume of my mobile as my Co passenger was in a mood to sleep.

I also tried my hands on the Games section that also offered various options. I was playing various games, one after another, as a small child. Time was also flying, along with me in the plane, and it was not at all boring in any manner. In fact, it was a real entertainment while on-board.

I checked into the music section of the #jetScreen and there too, so many options were available. I listened to different types of songs and music for some time and enjoyed. Lastly, I viewed a few trailers in the TV short section. They looked really good and fun filled.

I was still busy on the #JetScreen when our pilot made the announcement to tighten the belts as we had to land in BangaloreIn the evening I boarded another flight for Delhi with an expectation that this will again offer me the Entertainment. But this time #JetScreen facility was not there. I checked my mobile so many times for the Wi-fi connectivity, but it was not available.

It was a sad feeling as while going to Bangalore, I had really enjoyed the movies and various games. But while moving back it was not available & was quite boring. It became quite difficult for me to pass those two and a half hours of the journey.

Anyhow, I have decided, that now onwards I will catch a flight with #JetScreen only and not otherwise as it is quite entertaining. If you don’t want to get bored while on-board, you too must try a Jet Airways flight with the #JetScreen. Believe me, it will be a great fun and entertainment for you and also for your entire family if moving together.

Please watch the Video ( by Mr B S Vohra ) embedded above for a glimpse of the entertainment that you can get while on-board on a Jet Airways flight. Just remember that entertainment does not stop when you are enjoying #JetScreen on your own device i.e. your smart phone. Please log on to the LINK for more details.

pics with thanks from Jet Airways & #JetScreen

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bollywood Actress Soha Ali Khan at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi

देश की पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री इंदिरा गांधी की हत्या एवं उसके बाद हुए सिखों के कत्लेआम के कारणों एवं परिणामों से रूबरू करवाती फिल्म ‘‘31 अक्टूबर’’ के अदाकारों द्वारा गुरुद्वारा बंगला साहिब में माथा टेका गया। दिल्ली सिख गुरुद्वारा प्रबंधक कमेटी के अध्यक्ष मनजीत सिंह जी.के. एवं महासचिव मनजिन्दर सिंह सिरसा ने फिल्म में कत्लेआम की पीड़ित सिख महिला का किरदार निभाने वाली बालीवुड की अदाकारा सोहा अली खान को सिरोपा देकर सम्मानित किया। 

माथा टेकने के बाद फिल्म की टीम एवं दिल्ली कमेटी के नेताओं ने गुरुद्वारा बंगला साहिब से ‘‘मोमबती मार्च’’ जन्तर-मन्तर तक ‘‘इन्साफ की आवाज’’ बुलन्द करने के लिये निकाला। जी.के. ने कहा कि इंदिरा गांधी के कत्ल के बाद सिखों का हुआ कत्लेआम दुनिया के सबसे बड़े लोकतंत्र पर बदनुमा दाग है। फिल्म के निर्माता हैरी सचदेवा द्वारा इस संवेदनशील मसले पर फिल्म बनाने के लिये गये फैसले की भी उन्होंने प्रशंसा की।
सिरसा ने कहा कि 1984 का सरकारी कत्लेआम सिख इतिहास का बड़ा दुखांत है इसलिए उक्त मसले पर सिखों के साथ हमदर्दी जताने वाले सही मायनों में सिखों के शुभचिन्तक हैं। यहां बता दें कि सोहा अली खान ने एक सिख परिवार की सच्ची कहानी पर आधारित उक्त फिल्म में कत्लेआम पीड़ितों के दुख को बाखूबी ब्यान करने की कोशिश की है। भारतीय जनता पार्टी के सांसद तथा भोजपुरी फिल्म के सुपरस्टार मनोज तिवारी ने भी इस अवसर पर गुरुद्वारा बंगला साहिब के दफ्तर पहुंच कर सोहा अली खान के साथ मुलाकात कर इस विषय पर कार्य करने के लिए सराहना की। 
हैरी सचदेवा ने कुछ राजनीतिक दलों द्वारा फिल्म के प्रदर्शन को रोकने के लिए की जा रही कानूनी कार्यवाही को गैरजरूरी बताते हुए फिल्म की कहानी पूरी तरह से मानवता की दर्द पर आधारित होने का दावा किया। इस अवसर पर दिल्ली कमेटी के उपाध्यक्ष सतपाल सिंह, धर्मप्रचार कमेटी चेयरमैन परमजीत सिंह राणा, कमेटी सदस्य तनवंत सिंह, परमजीत सिंह चंढ़ोक, जस्टिस फॉर विक्टिमस की प्रमुख निरप्रीत कौर, अकाली नेता खुशविन्दर सिंह मोनूवालिया, अवनीत सिंह रायसन तथा देवनगर खालसा कॉलेज छात्रसंध अध्यक्ष अभिषेक शर्मा भी मौजूद थे। 
With Thanks : Media DSGMC