Sikhism

Update: Sikhs at South Salem Gurdwara Claim Hate Crime was an Act of Terrorism

July 24, 2006

Source: Salem-News

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/july242006/temple_update_72406.php

On July 24, 2006 Salem-News reported, "People who worship at the Dashmesh Darbar Sikh Temple on Oakhill Ave SE in South Salem say the violent and destructive acts committed against their building over the weekend amounts to more than a hate crime, they say it was an act of terrorism.

The desecration of the former Lutheran church is definetely not the...

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Punjab Government to Take Action Against Illegal Publication of Guru Granth Sahib

July 23, 2006

Source: Tribune News Service

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060724/punjab1.htm#6

On July 23, 2006 the Tribune News Service reported, "Keeping in mind the sentiments of the Sikh community, the Punjab Government has decided that it will ask the Central Government to provide for a law to take action against a person who tries to publish the holy Guru Granth Sahib on his own accord or tries to conduct the 'Parkash' of the Guru Granth Sahib at an unauthorised place...

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Sikh Religious Flag Burned by Vandals at South Salem Gurdwara

July 23, 2006

Source: Statesman Journal

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060723/NEWS/607230316/1001

On July 23, 2006 Statesman Journal reported, "A flagpole at the Dasmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in South Salem was uprooted and the flag was burned Saturday morning in what temple members called a hate crime. Members found the remains of the flag about 6 a.m. The 4-foot-tall flag had a Khanda, the primary symbol of the Sikh...

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Government Announces Rehabilitation Plan for Victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

July 22, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1750574,000900010004.htm

On July 22, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Uttar Pradesh government has announced a rehabilitation package for the victims of 1984 Sikh riots in the light of the recommendations of the Nanavati Commission. Ex-gratia relief would be distributed among the riot victims under the package, official sources said on...

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Sikh American Legal Defense Education Fund Applauds Passage of Voting Rights Act

July 21, 2006

Source: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?&a=1507&z=1&title=SALDEF%20Applauds%20Swift%20Congressional%20Passage%20of%20the%20Voting%20Rights%20Act

On July 21, 2006 the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund reported, "The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Religious Holidays

July 21, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2006-07-21-schools-holidays_x.htm

On July 21, 2006 USA Today reported, "Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, and Christian � each faith has its holy days. Schools across the country are asking how to respect them all.

Consider the University at Albany, which canceled classes on major Muslim holidays. Faculty wanted the move out of concern for Muslim students after the Sept. 11...

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El Sobrante Sikhs Hold Peace March, Open to All Religions

July 21, 2006

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/15090001.htm

On July 21, 2006 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Sikhs in the East Bay and around the world are commemorating the martyrdom of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Ji, who was tortured to death by India's Mogul rulers 400 years ago for advocating a forbidden religion. The message of unity and tolerance of the sage, revered by Sikhs as the Embodiment of Peace, is particularly...

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Sikhs from Europe, America to Get Multiple Visas for Pakistan

July 19, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1190.shtml

On July 19, 2006 Sikh Sangat News reported, "Pakistan Federal Religious Minister Ejaz-ul-Haq has said the government was extending all possible travel facilities to the Sikh yatree (pilgrims) and has now decided to issue multiple visa to Sikhs visiting Pakistan from Europe and America. He was addressing a reception hosted in his honour by the World Muslim-Sikh Federation's chairman...

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Oxford Man Who Tore Sikh's Turban Off Convicted of Racially Motivated Assault

July 19, 2006

Source: Oxford Mail

http://www.oxfordmail.net/display.var.839442.0.racist_attacker_tore_off_turban.php

On July 19, 2006 the Oxford Mail reported, "An alcoholic thug who tore off a Sikh man's turban in Oxford has been convicted of racially aggravated assault.

Kenneth Pollard, 56, of Speedwell Street, Oxford, denied the attack on Rattandeep Singh Ahluwalia, 26, from India, but was found guilty after a trial on Monday.

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High Court Rules Against Full Turbans for Sikhs in Prison

July 18, 2006

Source: Monsters and Critics

Wire Service: IANS

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/india/printer_1182091.php

On July 18, 2006 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "The Punjab and Haryana High court has disallowed full-sized turbans for Sikh prisoners inside prisons, saying they would be permitted to wear only an under-turban or patka. The judgment came Monday on a petition moved by the Punjab-based Sikh Students Federation...

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Sikhs Upset Over Misrepresentation in Open-Air Cremation Issue

July 16, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1183.shtml

On July 16, 2006 Sikh Sangat News reported, "The Sikh Federation (UK), a leading Sikh organisation in the UK, has expressed shock at the handling and media coverage of the first open-air funeral in the UK for over 70 years. A Federation spokesman said: 'The authorities have made a major mistake in the way they have handled this matter. This type of cremation should not have been allowed. It...

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Europe's Largest Hindu Temple Holds Interfaith Memorial Service for Mumbai Victims

July 15, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5182438.stm

On July 15, 2006 BBC News reported, "On Tuesday bomb blasts on seven trains killed nearly 180 people in Mumbai. Four days later, in a corner of the English countryside, hundreds of British Indians gathered in prayer at a memorial service. Europe's biggest Hindu Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, on the outskirts of Watford, invited members of eight faiths - Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Judaism, Sikhism...

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