Sikhism

Plans for Sikh School in Berkshire Approved

January 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/3424115.stm

On January 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Plans for a Sikh primary school have been given the go-ahead. The school, to be built in Slough, Berkshire, would be only the second Sikh primary in England - the other being in Hayes, west London. Teachers on the local schools organisation committee had voted narrowly against the idea, feeling that the town has enough schools already. The case was...

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Sikhs Say They May Leave Country if Religious Symbols Ban Passes

January 23, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,11882,1129288,00.html

On January 23, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Last month, France barely knew its Sikh community existed. Next month, it may not exist: Sikhs have said they may leave if they are forced, under a planned ban on religious symbols in state institutions, to remove their turbans. 'We cannot take them off,' said Jasdev Singh Rai, a negotiator sent by the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the...

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Sikh Man Forced to Remove Turban to Enter Government Building

January 22, 2004

Source: Sikhnet.com

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/TurbanRemoved

On January 22, 2004 Sikhnet.com reported, "[A] 50 year old Sikh man was forced to enter a government building in Paris bare-headed after security guards refused to let him wear his Turban inside the building. Jagmohan Singh from Bobigny, a suburb of Paris, had gone to the Creama Perfecture in La Chapelle to extend his temporary residence permit with his family today when security officers refused to return his turban, after...

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UCLA Hosts Student Interfaith Dialogue

January 22, 2004

Source: Daily Bruin

http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=27009

On January 22, 2004 the Daily Bruin reported, "With religious strife prevalent across the world, a group of students has come together to offer a possible solution to seemingly perpetual conflict – mutual understanding. The first of four interreligious dialogues was held Wednesday evening at the University Religious Conference. The event brought together students of several...

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Sikhs Lobby Against French Ban of Religious Symbols

January 19, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SCFrance

On January 19, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On Monday, January 19th, the Sikh Coalition and over eighty Sikh organizations issued a letter to French President Chirac stating concerns about the French government's possible ban on religious articles of faith in public schools. The letter outlines the necessity of the turban for a Sikh and calls on Chirac to withdraw his endorsement of proposed ban. This letter is the first step in a three-point...

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San Francisco Rally Against French Ban

January 18, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7739835.htm

On January 18, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "About 250 Muslims, Christians and Sikhs marched on the streets of San Francisco on Saturday to protest a proposed ban of religious symbols in French public schools, including the hijab, the Muslim head scarf that many of the protesting women wore. The Bay Area protest, which started in front of City Hall and culminated...

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Sikh Community Rallies Against Ban of Religious Symbols

January 17, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3403775.stm

On January 17, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Hectic preparations are being made every day at the Gurdwara for chalking out a battle plan. Everyday, after school, students gather at the gurdwara to make banners for street demonstrations. One banner reads: 'Notre foi est non negotiable' (Our faith is non-negotiable). Another says 'Turban, Voile, Kippa ou Croix, laissez nous le choix' ('Turban, Scarf, Kippa or Cross,...

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Kathuria Speaks Out Against French Ban on Religious Symbols

January 16, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SenateCandidateResponse

On January 16, 2004 the Sikhnet reported, "On Friday, January 16th, U.S. Senate hopeful Dr. Chirinjeev Singh Kathuria issued a strongly-worded statement outlining his position on proposed legislation in France that would make it illegal to wear obvious religious signs in schools.

Dr. Kathuria, a turbaned and bearded Sikh currently running in the Illinois Senate Republican primary, said in his...

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White House to Host Gurpurb Celebration

January 12, 2004

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040113/punjab1.htm#10

On January 12, 2004 The Tribune reported that the White House will organize a special function to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib this year. Dr Rajwant Singh, founder president, Sikh Council On Religion and Education (SCORE), announced the event. This will be for the first time that White House would be organizing such a function.

Sikh Soldier Killed in Iraq Granted U.S. Citizenship Posthumously

January 9, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2061-2004Jan8.html

On January 9, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "From the first time he traveled to the United States as a teenager from his home in Chandigarh, India, Uday Singh knew he wanted to become an American citizen. The 21-year-old Army sergeant received his citizenship papers yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. The framed certificate was awarded posthumously,...

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Sikhs Planning to Build Village in Arizona

January 9, 2004

Source: Sify

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13355872

On January 9, 2004 Sify reported, "Imagine a Sikh village coming up in the US. Sounds a bit unusual, but around 1000 Sikh families are trying to build a village and gurdwara in Coronado historic district. The village concept is not a new one. Sikh villages near gurdwaras are located throughout the world, wherever a sizable community exists, according to Sikhnet, an online Sikh community. 'The idea is to try and...

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Indian Teen With HIV Receives Help from Indo-American Community

January 9, 2004

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1968~1880156,00.html

On January 9, 2004 The Argus reported on an Indian teenager with HIV receiving help from the Indo-American community: "In 2000, the doctors confirmed that her daughter, Mitra, has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. She contracted it 12 years earlier during a blood transfusion 20 days after her birth. Mitra Irani, now 15, is fighting for her life. She and her parents are...

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