Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vandals attack Sikh temple in Cambridge

24/06/13 CITY temple attacked24/06/13 Cambridge Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) vandalised overnight Sat / Sun. Window smashed . Picture by David Johnson .24/06/13 CITY temple attacked24/06/13 Cambridge Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) vandalised overnight Sat / Sun. Window smashed . Picture by David Johnson .
A temple was attacked by vandals in Cambridge.
A window was smashed when stones were thrown at the Cambridge Gurdwara, a temple and community centre for the county’s 700-strong Sikh community.
Police are treating the attack, which happened in Arbury Court, Arbury Road, overnight on Saturday, as criminal damage and do not believe it was a hate crime.
But officers are “open-minded” about how the damage was caused and who did it.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We received reports that a window had been damaged at the Gurdwara in Arbury Road, Cambridge, between 8pm on Saturday (June 22) and 6.15am yesterday.
“The matter is being treated as criminal damage.”
Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, a trustee of the temple, said he did not think it was a hate crime.
He added: “We do not know many details. We think it was some kids messing around. We know there were some children around there at the time. It’s one small window pane and we’ve contacted police.”
The Sikh temple is the first to be built in Cambridgeshire when it opened on the site of former pub The Grove at the beginning of the year.
Members at the centre, who discovered the broken window on Sunday morning, said it was the first time it had been attacked.
Nigel Gawthrope, who represents King’s Hedges on the city council and was at the opening in January, was upset when told of the attack.
He said: “It does seem like an act of wanton vandalism. If it was anything to with people like the EDL you would expect some sort of graffiti there too.”
Anyone who knows anything about the incident can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

with thanks : CAMBRIDGE NEWS : LINK

Sikh couple kicked out of theater due to religious item

EMERYVILLE, CA - A Sacramento man said he and his wife were asked to leave a movie theater because company policy considers his religious item a weapon.
Manjot Singh took his wife to see Man of Steel at an Emeryville AMC theater Saturday night. When he went to buy snacks, he said security guards watched him closely for several minutes.
Then, a manager approached him.
"He's like 'I understand you're carrying a weapon.' And you know I say, 'I have an article of faith, a religious symbol, it's not a weapon.' And he says, 'Yeah, I know all about Sikhs, but we have a zero-tolerance policy so I'm going to have to ask you to leave or relinquish your weapon,'" Singh described.
Singh said he was wearing his kirpan underneath his shirt, out of sight. A kirpan is a short cermonial dagger worn by baptized Sikhs and is one of five articles of faith worn by Sikhs.
An AMC spokesperson confirms the company asked Singh to leave because of the policy, but he said a security guard and the manager saw the kirpan unsheathed.
AMC released the following statement regarding the incident:
"Our 'no weapons' policy prohibits guests from carrying weapons of any kind into our theatres. This national policy is for the safety and security of our guests and staff.  The person in question was approached when our security team noticed the guest was wearing an approximately 5-1/2 inch unsheathed knife, in clear violation of our rules. We stand by our policy, as this matter is about the weapon alone and not at all about religious freedoms. The safety and security of all our guests and associates is our duty and responsibility, and we take it very seriously."
AMC said the manager asked Singh to follow the policy, or leave. Singh maintained he was carrying a religious item, not a weapon.
"I was surprised, not only did our night get ruined, but it felt kind of really racist, the way we were treated and kind of kicked out," Singh said.
AMC gave Singh a refund, but he hopes the company will apologize and change the policy to allow religious items like a kirpan into their theaters.
with thanks : News10/KXTV : LINK : for VID & Pics too.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Worried NDMC rehearsed 13-sec drill to paste riot memorial notice

Pasting a notice on a structure considered illegal by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) proved to be a daunting task for the civic body.

The notice had to be pasted at the site where the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) proposed to build a memorial to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. But NDMC officials were scared of stirring a row with the guards at the site inside Gurdwara Rakabganj. At the same time, they felt it would be unwise to take police cover before entering the gurdwara to paste a warning, asking the DSGMC not to build without permission.

After long and detailed deliberations, senior officials of the NDMC came up with an ingenious plan. A team of four members were selected to paste the notice. These men were then made to practice how the job could be done in the least possible time and without any friction with the guards.

An NDMC official said he, along with a driver and two staff members, rehearsed the whole procedure - of running to the structure, quickly pasting the notice, clicking a photograph for proof and then sprinting back to an already moving car to avoid any clash - for hours at a stretch.

with thanks : INDIAN EXPRESS : LINK : for detailed news.

Pakistan may declare Panja Sahib as a holy city

Arif Chaudhry, President of Pak-Indo friendship association and legal consulate ministry of interior on Friday hinted that the government may declare “Panja Sahib” as a holy city, Press Trust of India reported.
This decision was made known during Chaudhry’s meeting with the Indian Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandrigarh.
He said the government is looking to resolve the issues faced by Sikhs who live at the pilgrimage site, Press Trust of India reported.
Panja Sahib is believed to contain a rock with the hand prints of the founder of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak. It is considered to be a holy pilgrimage site for Sikhs all over the world.
During his visit, Chaudhry also extended an invitation to Badal to attend a function arranged by the association marking the occasion in Pakistan, the timings of which would be confirmed in accordance with his availability.
Badal accepted the invitation and stated that he has always upheld the cause of strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries and has been a strong proponent of opening the Fazilka and Hussainiwal border.
He hoped the newly elected government in Pakistan would help improve ties between the countries so that cultural exchange avenues could be explored between the two.
Officials from Pakistan said the forum would endeavour to resolve all issues faced by the Sikhs living in Panja Sahib.

with thanks : Tribune PK : LINK : for detailed news.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sikh pilgrim dies of heart attack in Pakistan

LAHORE: A Sikh pilgrim from India died of a heart attack while travelling in a train in this eastern Pakistani city, officials said.
Jaswinder Singh, a 69-year-old resident of Delhi, suffered a severe heart attack while travelling in the train at Chowki Shahdara Railway Station and died instantly yesterday, officials of a state-run rescue service said.

1984 anti-Sikh riot killing memorial: NDMC warns of action against DSGMC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today declined to grant stay on the construction of a memorial at Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib complex here for those killed in 1984 anti-Sikh riots as NDMC told the court that legal action will be taken soon if they go ahead with the project in violation of the statute. 

The court, however, issued a notice to Delhi government, NDMC, DDA, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee(DSGMC) and its President Sardar Manjit Singh GK and sought their replies by July 17 on former DSGMC President Paramjit Singh Sarna's plea to stop the construction as they have not got approval of competent authority.

Justice Jayant Nath recorded the submissions of NDMC counsel Vivek Sood that "action has been initiated. On June 6, a show cause notice was issued to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and its President Sardar Manjit Singh GK in which the legal consequences were also mentioned...It will take action as per law in 2/3 days." 


Press Release by Sd Param Jit Singh Sarna

New Delhi-12-06-2013 S. Paramjit Singh Sarna former President DSGMC in a press statement here today that the Writ Petition filed by me to built the memorial of 1984 Sikh Riots outside the historical Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib has been admitted in the Delhi High Court and notice is issued to the DSGMC, NDMC, Government of NCT of Delhi. He further said that the counsel of the NDMC has submitted to the Court that it is going to issue order within two days for the stoppage of construction of the memorial as the DSGMC has not replied to the show cause notice as well as has not obtained necessary approval/sanctions.

Mr. Sarna said that it is unfortunate and condemnable that the counsel of the DSGMC has given a false statement before the Court during the hearing of the Writ Petition that the DSGMC has not raised even a single brick in connection to the construction of the memorial. It is for the first time in history of the DSGMC that its president has asked the counsel to give false statement to mislead to Court to protect them from any adverse order. Despite the fact that DSGMC today i.e. 12-06-2013 has held a mega function of the foundation laying of the memorial. Structure, platform and the plaque (Foundation Stone) were clearly visible in the live telecast of PTC News.  

He further said that we have brought the facts and merits of the Writ Petition into the notice of the Court that no memorial of any kind can be built inside the historical Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

Mr. Sarna categorically said that we are not against the construction of memorial of 1984 Anti Sikh Riots, but it should be built outside the complex of historical Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib. We have already requested the Govt of Delhi for the allotment of land for it during my tenure as a president of DSGMC.

Mr. Sarna Said that if this memorial will be raised outside the historical Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, he will be the first person to provide all financial and other assistance for it. 

As received by E mail.

Foundation stone of 1984 Sikh genocide memorial laid

The foundation stone of 1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial being built in Gurdwara Rakabanj Sahib Complex was unveiled on Wednesday.

Hearing in a petition challenging construction of memorial in the Gurdwara premises was also listed for hearing in Delhi high court but the foundation stone was laid before the case came for hearing.

Before the foundation stone was to be laid, there was obvious tension at the site where foundation stone was to be laid. A large number of Sikhs carrying swords were guarding the site and movement of every person was closed watched.

It needs mention here that former president of DSGMC Paramjit Singh Sarna has moved Delhi high court against building of memorial in the Gurdwara premises.

Foundation stone was unveiled by head priests of Sikhs - Jathedar of Takht Shri Damdama Sahib Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh and Jathedar of Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Giani Tarlochan Singh.

Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal president and deputy chief minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, his MP wife Harsimrat Kaur, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK and Shiromani gurdwara parbandhak committee (SGPC) Avtar Singh Makkar were also present.

The foundation stone laying ceremony coincided with martyrdom day of fifth Guru Arjan Dev. A large number of Sikhs gathered at the site where foundation stone was laid.

Before the elections of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara management committee (DSGMC) in January earlier this year, building of a memorial to commemorate those Sikhs killed in 1984 riots, was part of election manifesto of Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal in the elections.

"We have fulfilled our promise," said Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal president Sukhbir Singh Badal after unveiling ceremony.

Later addressing the media-persons, Sukhbir Badal said that justice was denied to the families of innocent Sikhs killed in 1984 riots for past 29 years and now the congress party led government in Delhi was making attempts to stall construction of the memorial.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK : for detailed news.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Turban pride of Baramulla Sikh students restored

AMRITSAR: The administration of St Joseph's Higher Secondary School in Baramulla, 50 km from the state capital, Srinagar have allowed the Sikh students to wear turbans in classrooms after initially imposing a ban.
International legal director of UK based Sikh NGO 'United Sikhs', Mejinderpal Kaur told TOI over phone from UK on Monday that the 107 year old school, which had 300 Sikh students, had excluded turbaned Sikh students from classes saying that the turban was against the school's uniform code.
"Following a letter writing campaign by us to the school, state and national authorities, the school principal called a meeting with parents of the affected students and the Sikh community representatives and announced that the students may return to school wearing their turbans" said she.
She said that on May 16th some 40 Sikh students of the St Joseph Higher Secondary School were excluded from classes for wearing turbans. But the students took a strong stand against the school management's decision. She informed that on May 21st, on behalf of some parents and the Baramulla Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the 'United Sikhs' had written to the school principal, Father Sebastian Nagathunkal and Peter Celestine, the Bishop of the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar that runs the school, asking them to uphold the Sikh students' religious right to wear their turban.
"We also wrote to the education minister of Jammu and Kashmir asking him to intervene. These letters were copied to the Cardinal of the Indian Catholic Church of India, the National Human Right Commission and the National Commission for Minorities," said Kaur. She said on June 15th United Sikh's directors, Esher Singh and Gurpreet Singh would visit the Sikh community in Baramulla and honour the Sikh students and parents who stood their ground and made it possible for Sikh students to wear their turban at St Joseph's School. The will also conduct motivational workshops for Sikh youths and their parents.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

Man attacks Takht, Apprehended by sangat !

Surrey, BC, Canada (June 10, 2013)–On Sunday, June 9th, a man approached Guru Sahib’s takht at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara after the weekly program at 2 PM and attempted to disrespectfully pull out and attack Sri Guru Granth Sahib’s saroop. He was grabbed by the sangat and held for police. The man, whose identity remains unknown, pushed the Sevadaar doing Chaur Seva and attempted to pull the Manji Sahib off the Takhat.
Sikh24 has learned that the man was not easy to apprehend and sustained some injuries after he attacked sangat members and threw microphones at them. He is currently in hospital.
The motive for the attack is not currently known.
Update: The man was able to pull the manji sahib and the saroop of Guru Sahib almost fell but the Granthi Singh was able to stop this in time. The sevadars did sukhasan and ardas for forgiveness before doing parkash of another saroop.

with thanks : Sikh24 : LINK

Brossard team dons turbans in solidarity

Brossard team dons turbans in solidarity

MONTREAL — Soccer coach Ihab Leheta sees his role as not only instilling a love for the game in his young protégés, but also teaching them some life lessons — such as speaking out when they witness injustice.

The ban on turbans by the Quebec Soccer Federation, despite medical evidence that they pose no danger and a directive from the Canadian Soccer Association that they be allowed, offered Leheta, who coaches under-14 players in Brossard, such an opportunity.

The QSF move, and a suggestion by its director that Sikh children affected by it play soccer in their backyards, sparked outrage in the province, across the country and abroad.

A city councillor in Montreal plans to present a motion denouncing the federation; “disgusted” parents Donald Pinkerton and Philippa Settels have pulled their 6- and 11-year-old sons from Greenfield Park soccer in protest; and a member of the Sikh community in Switzerland has asked Sepp Blatter, president of Zurich-based FIFA, to intervene. Some of the 13 soccer clubs in the West Island are putting pressure on Lac St-Louis Regional Association to appeal to the QSF to reconsider.

Yet the provincial body appears to have dug in its heels, refusing to respond to questions on the issue and removing contact information about its board of directors from its website.

Saddened by it all, Leheta, 46, decided he couldn’t just sit back in silence. He had a chat with his undefeated team last Friday before Saturday’s big game against Granby.

“I asked them what was more important than this game,” Leheta said Monday in an interview. “One said school, another said family, and then someone said injustice.”

with thanks : montrealgazette : LINK : for detailed news.

Sikh community finds Quebec turban-ban puzzling

Quebec's Sikh community is reacting cautiously to the announcement late Monday by the Canadian Soccer Association that it is "immediately" suspending the Quebec Soccer Federation for "their non-compliance to the directive" that allows turban-wearing children to play the game.

"We're trying to figure out the implications of what this means," said Mukhbir Singh, vice-president of the World Sikh Organization for Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

"At the end of the day, are the children (who wear turbans) going to play this season or next season? That's the most important aspect of this story and what we're trying to understand."

Singh was reacting to the news release by the board of directors of the Canadian Soccer Association on the decision taken on the weekend of June 1-2 by the Quebec Soccer Federation to prohibit the wearing of religious headgear from pitches. The ban was aimed specifically at smaller turbans called keskis and patkas -- pieces of cloth tied on top of the head.

"The Canadian Soccer Association has requested on June 6 that the Quebec Soccer Federation reverse its position on turbans/patkas/keskis with no resolution," Victor Montagliani, president of the association, said in a statement following a meeting of the board of directors.

"The Quebec Soccer Federation's inaction has forced us to take measures in order to ensure soccer remains accessible to the largest number of Canadians."

with thanks : Vancouversan : LINK : for detailed news.

Irish court dismisses Sikh man's appeal for turban

London, May 31 (PTI) An Irish court has dismissed a Sikh man's appeal that he be allowed to wear turban while on duty in the country's police force.

The court of Justice Kevin Feeney dismissed the challenge by Ravinder Singh Oberoi to a refusal to allow those training for the Garda Reserve to wear a turban while on duty, The Irish Times reported.

with thanks : PTI : LINK

Sikh dancer performs Vilasini Natyam, a forgotten dance form

When Sikh dancer Dimple Kaur took up Vilasini Natyam, the forgotten classical dance from Andhra Pradesh, she hoped to spark an interest for the art form among the youth. 

Dimple, who has been practicing Bharatnatyam for long picked up Vilasini Natyam from Swapnasundari, a veteran dancer who has been instrumental in reviving the ancient dance form that was practised in the temples of the country before the Britishers imposed a ban on it. 

"I wanted to bring the lost form of the dance back. There are a lot of cultural aspects which have been forgotten and the current generation does now know anything about them," says Dimple who gave a performance here late last evening. 

Vilasini Natyam has been performed over the centuries as a part of the devadasi tradition in Andhra-Pradesh. It faced a decline during the socio-political changes that took place during independence era, especially when it is banned by "The Madras Devadasis (Prevention of Dedication) Act, 1947", which pointed out that devadasis were forced to adopt a life of prostitution. 

"Guru Swapansunadari has revived this dance form and coined the name 'Vilasininatyam' after 'Vilasinis' or 'Bhoginis', which refer to devadasi or hereditary female dancers in temples. And when I saw my guru Swapansundari dancing, I found it so engaging, so communicative that I really wanted to know more about it," says Dimple. 

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

'84 riots memorial design ready, inauguration as planned: DSGMC


The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, led by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), has prepared the design for the proposed memorial for 1984 riots in the Gurdwara Rakabganj complex.

Earlier, the New Delhi Municipal Council had served a notice against the construction of the memorial calling it an "illegal" structure.

DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Sunday claimed that the memorial was in complete compliance with building by-laws.

"On June 6, we met an NDMC official in the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police S B S Tyagi, and we showed our design to the official. We categorically told him that we are not constructing anything new and will be placing stones on the existing structure, which was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. We have also shown them the design (and it) does not flout the by-laws," Sirsa said.

According to the architect of the memorial, Rajiv Gandhi, the structure's diameter and height will be in conformity with the by-laws.

Gandhi said a lotus-shaped metal disc or dial will be placed in middle, signifying the sun. The dial will be floating on water, symbolising life. The design has been conceptualised on a mound.

Water will flow in from all sides into the structure of the dial, where names of martyrs will be engraved. Metallic lotus petals will be on the dial and in the middle will be laser beams that will go up to 300 feet in sky.

"The circle of life revolves around the three elements — Earth water and the Sun. The memorial will be a circular landscaped disc at an elevated level with a circular viewing gallery around a memorial displaying the lives of the martyrs. The center of the disc would be a large solar dial. Around the solar dial would be water, flowing over stone tableau that will have names of all martyrs engraved on it," Gandhi said.

with thanks : INDIAN EXPRESS : LINK : for detailed news.

Sarna brothers oppose building of memorial in gurdwara premises

Paramjit Singh Sarna and his brother Harinder Singh Sarna of Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi, have opposed the construction of a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots on the premises of at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib Complex near Parliament House in New Delhi, saying that the memorial is not acceptable on the gurdwara premises, and thus should be built somewhere else.
A day after Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit stated that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee was within its rights to construct the memorial as long as it did not violate building by-laws, Sarna brothers - in their first appearance since their whopping defeat in Delhi gurdwara polls - on Sunday held a press conference here over the issue.
The duo maintained that as per the traditions of Sikh religion, the memorial was not acceptable within the Gurdwara Sahib complex; however if it was being built at some other site they would have no objection.
Paramjit Sarna said the memorial on the Gurdwara premises would be disrespect to the Guru, in whose memory it was laid; and thus they were objecting the memorial inside the premises.
They added that during their term of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, they too had planned to a memorial on the gurdwara premises for beautification at an estimated cost of Rs. 350 crore, but Manjit Singh GK spoiled it.
The brothers said that they want a memorial to be built for Sikhs who died during in the Partition in 1947.
During a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, they demanded clemency for Devinder Singh Bhullar, they said, adding that the Congress president was quite positive on the issue.
Blaming Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal for acquittal of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-sikh riots case, they said the Badal government failed to bring the victims to justice.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the foundation stone ceremony of the proposed memorial by the top SAD and BJP leaderships, including BJP president Rajnath Singh and leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, has already been planned at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib Complex located near Parliament House in New Delhi.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

Thursday, June 6, 2013


ON 4th june 2013 I was at Takhat Shri KESHGARH SAHIB WHER I SAW GUNDA GARDI of Katha vaachak of the TAKHAT, bhai GURVINDER SINGH.

At morning time after completion of ASA DI VAAR kirtan , Gurbani vichaar Katha was done from 6:30 - 7:30 am by Bhai Guvinder Singh (katha vaachak of TAKHAT SRI KESHGARH SAHIB). After the completion of the katha an Amritdhari Gursikh of 62 yrs who was listening the Katha went to meet bhai saab to ask about some Gurbani Vichaar ,during that communication 5-8 more ppl from sangat also joined that conference and when Gurvinder singh was unable to answer his Gurbani question then he asked that Gursikh to walk alone with him to AKHAND PAATH room where he will help him to understand his Gurbani query with other Katha vaachaks.

After taking him to Akhand Path room he locked the room from inside and STARTED BEATING HIM AND EVEN REMOVED HIS TURBAN. seeing all this other sewadars came to intervene in the matter and stopped Gurvinder Singh.


AFTER this when some sangat started gathering there gurvinder singh ran away from that point. Then I accompanied that Gursikh old man and went to the manager of TAKHAT SAHIB. we complained him and narrated the whole incident to him.after hearing all the story he took us to SINGH SAAB JATHEDAAR OF the TAKHAT SHRI KESHGARH SAHIB and we narrated the whole incident to him too,after hearing our complaint SINGH SAAB asked us to give all this in writing and assured us that action will be taken against gurvinder singh. then I had written an application and gave it to the manager.

IS THIS THE ACTION OR JUST A MERE TALKING ? as he had not called the katha Vaachak gurvinder singh in front of us and clarified for the same.




after watching all this I am ashamed and my heart is broken.if this kind of incident can happen in the birth place of KHALSA then what will happen outside.

please give your help and suggestions and share it with all sikhs of the world

harjinder singh

Sunday, June 2, 2013

British town gets its first Sikh mayor

London, May 31: A Sikh man has for the first time become the mayor of the town of Warwick in England's West Midlands region.
Prabhjit Singh Dhillon, who has been elected the 280th mayor of Warwick, described it as a "privilege", the Coventry Telegraph reported Friday.

"I have become the 280th mayor, a privilege for a local Warwick boy and first Sikh since that time," Dhillon, a former local schoolboy, was quoted as saying.

"My mayoral year is a mere blip in the last 1,100 years of former mayors in this historic town."

After being sworn in mayor, Dhillon asked everyone present to observe a minute's silence in honour of Drummer Lee Rigby, the British soldier who was hacked to death at Woolwich in London May 22.

"I liken my year to the Olympic torch bearers of last year, in that I am picking up the torch of history from the outgoing mayor and carrying it forward, passing it on to the next mayor in a year's time," he said.

Dhillon said that this year's theme is celebrating the town's rich treasure trove and building a greater sense of community.

Warwick is the county town of the English county of Warwickshire.

with thanks : IANS : LINK

Sikh can't wear turban to work, says Irish court

LONDON: An Irish high court has dismissed a Sikh man's appeal to be allowed to wear a turban while on duty for the Garda Reserve, a volunteer group formed to assist Ireland's police force.
Judge Kevin Feeney dismissed Ravinder Singh Oberoi's appeal on Thursday under the country's Equality Act. Oberoi has completed all three stages of his training, but was told he has to take off his turban as it does not comply with the full Garda uniform.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

'Anti-Sikh riots were worse than '02 violence'

AHMEDABAD: He had caught the attention of the nation when he hurled his shoe at the then Union home minister P Chidambaram in April 2009 and brought the 1984 anti-Sikh riots back to public attention. Jarnail Singh, a journalist-turned-activist, is now trying to get justice for the victims of the Delhi riots by creating public consensus on the 1984 violence. On Sunday, he will take out a token march on SG Road.

Comparing the Gujarat riots of 2002 with the 1984 riots, Singh told journalists on Saturday that the latter were more horrific not only in the execution but also in their aftermath. "In the case of the 2002 riots, the media raised questions and the judiciary took note and set up an SIT which summoned even the state chief minister. But nothing has happened for the victims of 1984 riots as the government has always tried to belittle the issue. In Gujarat, a former minster is behind bars but, in Delhi, the accused have become ministers and held important positions again and again," he said. Singh has also penned a book on aftermath of the anti-Sikh riots.

He said that several commissions were appointed to probe the riots that killed over 3,000 Sikhs in a matter of three days but nothing has come out of them. No action has been taken against the political heavyweights or the 72 policemen named in various cases.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

First Sikh in Pakistani Assembly

Islamabad: In a landmark move, Ramesh Singh Arora, the first Sikh who was nominated by the Pakistan Muslim League (N), was sworn in as a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly in Lahore on Saturday.

Mr Arora has termed it an honour to be the PML (N)'s representative, adding he would now be able to raise critical issues related to the safety and well-being of minorities in Pakistan on a priority basis.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also nominated Swarn Singh, former president of the Pakistan Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) to the Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The Sikh diaspora has welcomed the move, saying appointment of Sikhs in Assemblies in Pakistan will go a long way towards safeguarding the rights of the Sikh community.

Newly elected members of the Pakistan’s National Assembly also took oath at the first session of the house on Saturday. Outgoing Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza administered the oath to the members.

Prominent personalities in the new assembly include Nawaz Sharif who has been elected as a member of the House after a period of over 13 years. Mr Sharif is expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister and appoint his Cabinet in the coming week.

Pict: historic day: Ramesh Singh Arora, second left, is greeted by well-wishers after taking oath as a member and the first Sikh of the Punjab Provincial Assembly on Saturday in Lahore. His role will be to ensure development of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan.

with thanks : DeccanChronicle : LINK