Sikhism

No Turban Ban for Sikh PSNI Officers

August 23, 2007

Author: Deborah McAleese

Source: Belfast Telegraph

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2886515.ece

Ethnic minorities in the PSNI will be allowed to wear a turban or other religious headwear on duty, provided it does not pose a safety risk, police have confirmed.

The PSNI verified its position on the use of religious or traditional headwear after a row erupted over a decision by An Garda Siochana...

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Concern Over Takeover of 18th Century Gurdwara in Lahore

August 23, 2007

Author: Special Correspondent

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2007/08/23/stories/2007082354820800.htm

JAIPUR: Rajasthan State Minorities’ Commission Chairman Jasbir Singh has expressed concern over reports that the 18th Century Bhai Taro Singh Jee Gurdwara at Naulakha Bazaar in Lahore has been taken over by a group of Muslims, and demanded that the Centre intervene immediately for restoration of the shrine to Sikhs in Pakistan....

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Sikh Girl in Catholic School Row

August 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/6955889.stm

The parents of a Teesside Sikh girl say they will convert her to Catholicism in order to get her into the best school in the area.

Maya Kaur, four, has attended a nursery at St Paul's RC School at Wolviston, near Billingham, for two years.

But her parents have been told there is no place for her at the school when she starts primary...

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Passport Canada Apologizes For Refusing Passports to Sikhs

August 18, 2007

Author: Kelly Sinoski

Source: The Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=943e8499-339c-4e68-ae57-dba57b0ec430

SURREY - Passport Canada will issue an apology -- and travel documents -- to three Sikh children whose passport applications were rejected because they were wearing religious headgear.

The federal agency will also offer remedial training...

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SALDEF to Train Entire Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

August 17, 2007

Source: SALDEF

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?a=1747&z=5&title=SALDEF%20to%20Train%20Entire%20Washington%20D.C.%20Metropolitan%20Police%20Department

Washington D.C. – August 17, 2007: The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) recently formed a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, DC, to train all 3,000 officers of their force...

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Sikh Member of the Reserve is Banned from Wearing Turban

August 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Independent.ie

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/sikh-member-of-the-reserve-is-banned-from-wearing-turban-1057548.html

A SIKH member of the Garda Reserve is banned from wearing his ceremonial headdress, the turban.

Integration Minister Conor Lenihan last night backed up the Garda Siochana ruling, saying immigrants to this country must accept our...

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Sikh Summer Leadership Program Concludes

August 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/465522A96C9B103F872573300042D5F4!OpenDocument

The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) concluded its fifth annual summer program, Sidak – Faith. Courage. Discipline., on 28 July 2007. The program commenced on 15 July 2007 in San Antonio, TX. This two-week program was attended by 23 participants from all over the...

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Man Pleads Not Guilty in Temple Ramming

August 7, 2007

Source: Redding.com

http://www.redding.com/news/2007/aug/07/north-state-briefs/

A Redding man accused of stealing a 25-ton front-end loader and ramming it into a Sikh temple in Anderson pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Monday in Shasta County Superior Court.

Michael Benjamin Rafferty, 39, will be evaluated by two court-appointed psychologists and is due to return to court Sept. 12 for a review of those reports and for the possible resetting of his...

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In a Rich White U.S. Enclave, the New Mayor Stands Out: A Turban-Wearing Sikh

August 1, 2007

Author: Paul Vitello

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/01/asia/indian.1-107082.php

LAUREL HOLLOW, New York: Harvinder Anand, the new mayor of this Long Island village of multimillion-dollar homes, private beaches and yacht owners, is, like many other residents, a successful business executive, a boater and a connoisseur of world travel.

His Sikh turban and beard drew double takes when he...

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India Concerned at Resurgence of 'Sikh Extremism' in Canada

July 31, 2007

Author: SUNIL RAO

Source: South Asian Focus

http://www.southasianfocus.ca/community/article/30683

Indian officials led the list of those expressing concern at the alleged resurgence of Sikh extremism in Canada.

"I'm very glad the mainstream media is now taking note of what's happening," Indian High Commissioner R.L. Narayan told South Asian Focus.

Asked about Air India Flight 182, he said: "Canada is a democratic country-- as...

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Young Sikh Student Promotes Cancer Awareness

July 27, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/9DB184AC765BFCAF87257326001EF396

The Shade Foundation of America was founded by Mrs. Schilling, wife of Red Sox Pitcher, Curt Schilling after her successful battle with melanoma. The foundation is dedicated to preventing melanoma through the education of children and the community in the prevention and detection of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety. It...

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Feds Not Forcing Sikhs to Adopt Second Surname

July 27, 2007

Author: Andrew Thomson

Source: CanWest News Service

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=2be66db5-e6bf-47fc-84cb-43c0fd1fe53a

The federal government hasn't forced potential Sikh immigrants to change their last names, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley said Thursday, blaming the recent controversy on ambiguous documents being circulated by the Canadian high commission in New...

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