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100th birthday of Sikh temple to be celebrated – Abbotsford Times

100th birthday of Sikh temple to be celebratedAbbotsford TimesAs proclaimed earlier in the year by the City of Abbotsford and Mayor George Peary as the Centenary Year of the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple, built in 1911. Celebrations have been taking place throughout …and more »

10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference Meets in Malaysia

Source: BBC News

On October 13, 2003 the BBC News ran a story on the Islamic Summit Conference in Malaysia, “the biggest gathering of Muslim nations in three years,” which said “the Islamic world faces ‘unprecedented’ dangers” in the current global situation: “[Abdelouahed Belkeziz, secretary-general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference] said the 11 September attacks on the United States two years ago had caused the world to forget Islam’s message of peace and tolerance and to focus instead on the violence perpetrated by extremists. He said that as a result, Islam itself was facing false accusations, while joint Islamic action was unable to secure the Muslim world’s protection and pride.”

10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference Meets in Malaysia

Source: Yahoo! News

On October 18, 2003, Yahoo! News posted an Agence France Presse (AFP) article that reported, “The 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference’s two day summit at Malaysia’s administrative capital Putrajaya was the largest gathering of Muslim leaders since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The leaders — who represent 1.3 billion people — spoke of a Muslim world under siege due to the global focus on terrorism by Islamic extremists in the wake of the September 11 and other attacks such as last year’s Bali bombing. The OIC’s final communique strongly condemned terrorism, while making the point of including ‘state terrorism,’ a term usually used to refer to Israel’s crackdown on the Palestinians. Muslim leaders also rejected ‘selectivity and duplicity’ of standards in combating terrorism and attempts to associate terrorism with a particular religion or culture.”

11 Dead in Aftermath of Mosque Bombing

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

On May 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, “A mob angered by an al-Qaida-linked suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque set a KFC restaurant afire in overnight rioting, killing six employees and bringing the day’s overall death toll to 11, police said Tuesday.

Security in Karachi shifted into ‘high alert,’ said Rauf Siddiqi, home minister of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital.

‘These incidents are happening one after the other. We are trying to find a link between them,’ he told the private Geo television station. ‘This is a criminal and merciless attack.’

The bomber slipped into the mosque during a shootout with police that left another attacker and two officers dead, and blew himself up during evening prayers Monday, killing one worshipper and wounding 20.

An enraged crowd of about 1,000 Shiites, many beating their chests in mourning, rampaged afterward in this southern city, setting fire to cars and shops and killing at least six more people.”

11 Killed in Hindu-Christian Clashes in Manipur

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

MANIPPUR: Eleven people were killed in the clashes between Hindu and Christian tribes in an Indian state of Manipur.

According to a British tv channel, the series of clashes between the Hindu and the Christian tribes began in Morya, a city of Manipur. Due to tense situation, police imposed curfew in the entire city.

Manipur police chief J. Kumar Singh told the British television that these incidents of violence took place after the murder of a Hindu youth.

114 Grenades Found at Golden Temple

Source: The Washington Times

On January 10, 2006 The Washington Times reported, “A Sikh pilgrim found at least 114 grenades at northern India’s Golden Temple, the most revered Sikh shrine.
However, authorities do not view the grenades as a danger because they are rusting and old, the BBC reported Tuesday.
‘This is not being viewed seriously, because all the recovered grenades are old and unusable,’ Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told the BBC.
Police believe the grenades, which reportedly were found in two bags, were left behind in 1984 when Indian troops stormed the complex to drive out Sikh separatists.
The storming of the temple was seen by many Sikhs as a desecration of their shrine and led to the assassination later that year of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
That in turn triggered a wave of anti-Sikh rioting that left nearly 3,000 Sikhs dead.”