Sikhism

MPAC Participates In Government Interagency Meeting

August 12, 2009

Author: Alejandro J. Beutel

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=875

"Engagement." That would be the word to describe what took place at the Department of Justice-sponsored interagency meeting between representatives of various government agencies and members of Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian organizations.

The purpose of the meeting was for various community and government groups to interact with one another,...

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Legal Action Looms After Calgary Concert Halted Over Kirpan

August 4, 2009

Author: Jason Van Rassel

Source: Calgary Herald

http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Legal+action+looms+after+halted+concert/1856823/story.html

The show went on Monday afternoon for fans of Punjabi singing star Gurdas Maan, whose concert was stopped amid controversy the night before.

But the dark clouds above Prairie Winds Park, where the outdoor makeup show was held, weren't the only...

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Hayward Approves Sikh Temple Expansion

August 2, 2009

Author: Eric Kurhi

Source: The Oakland Tribune

http://www.insidebayarea.com/hayward/ci_12974871

A Sikh temple on D Street was given the go-ahead last week to expand its facility and make it into more of a traditional prayer site featuring a larger dome.


It will be a larger facility, at 34,200 square feet compared with the current 21,400-square-foot building.


However, a staff report says it is not expanding to significantly...

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First Sikhs to Guard the Queen

July 29, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wiltshire/8174641.stm

Two Sikh soldiers have become the first of their religion to guard the Queen.

Signaller Singh, who is serving with 21 Signal Regiment, became the first Sikh to be given the honour of guarding the Queen, the Army said.

Family proud

The soldier usually works in the headquarters of the motor transport department...

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Retired Minister Works to Bring Religions Together

July 25, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News-Star

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20090725/LIFESTYLE/907240307/1024/LIFESTYLE

Almost always, when Protestants and Catholics are formally gathered under one roof in New Orleans — and when they are joined by Jews, Muslims and Sikhs — somewhere in the background will be a retired Presbyterian minister named the Rev. Will...

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Victims to Select Own-Faith Officers

July 22, 2009

Author: Catrin Nye

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8161547.stm

Sikh victims of crime in London are to be given the option of asking for a police officer of their own faith to work on their case.

This new service from the Metropolitan Police (Met) aims to make use of the officers' specialist knowledge of Punjabi culture to help with cases like forced marriage and so-called honour crime.

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US Lawmakers Urge Gates to Allow Sikhs [to] Serve US Army

July 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/World/Indians-Abroad/US-lawmakers-urge-Gates-to-allow-Sikhs-serve-US-army/articleshow/4801479.cms

Two US lawmakers have written a "dear colleague" letter asking other Congressmen to write to the US defence secretary to allow Sikh youths to serve in the military with their turban....

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Court to Decide On Aug 3 If Islamic Councils Can Intervene In Allah Suit

July 20, 2009

Author: Debra Chong

Source: The Malaysian Insider

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/32848-court-to-decide-on-aug-3-if-state-islamic-councils-can-intervene-in-allah-suit-

The High Court here will decide in the next two weeks whether to allow several state Islamic councils into a legal dispute moved by the Catholic Church which is fighting for...

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Bill Bars Religious Attire for Teachers

July 19, 2009

Author: Greg Bolt

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/updates/17227530-55/story.csp

Workers in Oregon will be able to wear a turban or yarmulke on the job under a bill passed by the state Legislature that protects religious practices for almost everyone, except public school teachers.

The bill, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, keeps in place a controversial...

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Dilemma for Sikhs Who Escaped Tribal Areas

July 19, 2009

Author: Isambard Wilkinson

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090720/FOREIGN/707199868/1103/ART

The Sikh community of north-western Pakistan faces an uncertain future after fleeing fighting between security forces and the Taliban.

Sikhs from across the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the tribal areas have taken refuge over the past three months within the...

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Blow to Sikhs: European Court Upholds French Turban Ban

July 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/4791396.cms

In a major blow to Sikhs in Europe, European Court of Human Rights has upheld French ban on turban by dismissing the first petition filed against it. France had passed a law in 2004, prohibiting religious symbols in schools.

The judgment, which came close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising the issue with French...

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