Sikhism

Diwali Celebrated the World Over

October 28, 2005

Source: National Geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1028_051028_diwali.html

On October 28, 2005 National Geographic reported, "On Tuesday, fireworks and festive lights will brighten the moonless night as an estimated billion followers of the Hindu religion around the world celebrate Diwali, the festival of light.

Diwali may be news to many U.S. residents, but 'it is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the...

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Diwali Lights To Dazzle Leicester

October 26, 2005

Source: Newindpress

http://www.newindpress.com/

On October 26, 2005 Newindpress reported, "On Sunday, a total of 6,000 bulbs will be switched on to mark the beginning of glittering Diwali celebrations along the Golden Mile on Belgrave Road, mainly inhabited by Asians of Gujarati origin. Amidst milling crowds of over 100,000, the garland of lights will be switched on by Ramanbhai Barber, president of Shree Sanatan Mandir temple, and his wife, Khushman. The Leicester City Council has spent...

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Liberal MP Calls Transport Ban on Kirpan “Unacceptable”

October 26, 2005

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=456574fe-c7ca-417f-815e-e8b2d07078b7

On October 26, 2005 The Ottawa Citizen reported, "Prime Minister Paul Martin's parliamentary secretary has condemned VIA Rail for ordering a Sikh student off a train for wearing a ceremonial sword, or kirpan, saying he intends to take the matter up with Transport Minister Jean Lapierre. Navdeep...

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Exhibit on Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest Opens at Washington Museum

October 25, 2005

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002576467_sikh22m.html

On October 25, 2005 The Seattle Times reported, "In the days following Sept. 11, 2001, Parminder Singh [a Bellvue Sikh] remembers how somebody yelled 'Go home!' to him at a gas station, and that security guards at an airport asked him to remove his turban — something deeply offensive to his Sikh faith. A Sikh motel owner in SeaTac was beaten with a...

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Sikh Film Festival Highlights the Discontent of the Diaspora

October 24, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1051024/asp/calcutta/story_5386586.asp

On October 24, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "The Spinning Wheel Film Festival, which concluded in Toronto last week, opened with Shonali Bose and Bedabrata Bain’s Amu, this year’s National Award winner for Best English Language Feature Film. Amu, a young NRI, is on a visit to India to retrace her roots and coincidentally stumbles upon the horrors...

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Sikh Exhibition Opens at Bedford Museum

October 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/TodaysNewsHTML/E4B086622AC61394872570A4006235CB!OpenDocument

On October 24, 2005 SikhNet reported, "Bursts of loud drumming welcomed honoured guests to the opening by the mayor of the Bedford, Sikh Awareness Exhibition at Bedford Museum, Castle Lane, on Saturday. This colourful and informative exhibition - the first for Bedford - has been put together by members of...

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New Gurdwara Opens Near U.S. Capital

October 24, 2005

Source: Guru Gobind Singh Foundation press release

On October 24, 2005 a Guru Gobind Singh Foundation press release reported, "In the bright sunny October morning on Sunday recently, Sikhs of the Washington area thronged the newly built gurdwara in the outskirts of [the] nation's capital in the city of Rockville, Maryland. [A] 1000 strong audience of Sikh men, women and children participated very proudly in the inauguration of magnificent white building with high arches and huge glass windows which would now be the largest structure of the Sikhs in the area...

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Sikhs Want More Representation in Surrey City Museum

October 24, 2005

Source: CBC News

http://vancouver.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=bc_surrey-museum20051024

On October 24, 2005 CBC News reported, "Some people in Surrey's Indo-Canadian community are upset because they say the city's new museum doesn't adequately reflect their history. They feel the museum doesn't have enough exhibits specifically devoted to the Sikh community, in a city where up to 35 per cent of the population is South Asian. The...

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Newark Sikh Community Donates $400,000 to Quake Victims

October 24, 2005

Source: ONLINE - International News Network

http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=88749

On October 24, 2005 ONLINE - International News Network reported, "[The] Sikh community in Newark has donated another $400,000 for the victims of [the] earthquake.

Sardar Manjeet Singh the leader of [gurdwara] committee handed over a cheque to the consul general of Pakistan Haroon Shaukat in a ceremony.

Sikhs in New York already donated... over 13,000...

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Parliament Celebrates Diwali

October 23, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1528249,004300140005.htm

On October 23, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Last Thursday, the festival of lights [Diwali] was celebrated in the Canadian Parliament where the prime minister, Paul Martin, and the Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Harper, joined the Indians on the joyous occasion.

In this sixth edition of this festival in the nation's Parliament, more than 300 people,...

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Sikh Leaders Urge Worldwide End to Dowries

October 20, 2005

Source: The Calgary Herald

http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=9b269957-088f-4683-b06f-2afdc7d0e5ea

On October 20, 2005 The Calgary Herald reported, "The Sikh religion's ruling committee has issued a worldwide appeal asking Sikhs to stop providing dowries -- a step it hopes will halt the growing number of Indian brides being left abandoned by foreign men. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak...

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Ministry of Defense Appoints First Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist Chaplains

October 18, 2005

Source: Ministry of Defence press release

http://news.mod.uk/news/press/news_press_notice.asp?newsItem_id=3652

On October 18, 2005 a Ministry of Defence press release reported, "The first Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh chaplains to the Armed Forces have been appointed, the Under Secretary of State for Defence, Don Touhig announced today. The appointments reflect the diverse nature of personnel serving in the Armed Forces and represent the largest of...

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Sikh Property in Lodi Vandalized with Graffiti

October 15, 2005

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2005/10/15/news/3_graffiti_051015.txt

On October 15, 2005 the Lodi News-Sentinel reported, "The crudely painted black, red and green swastikas and letters came as a shock this week to Lodi Sikhs who regularly gather at their property [in Lodi, California]... Who painted the swastikas and letters that stand for 'white power' is not known. The vandalism appeared this week on the Sikh property...

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