Sikhism

Sikhs In London Conduct Prayers And Religious Rites After Gurdwara Fire

March 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Punjab Newsline Network

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/15740/38/

Sikhs will congregate for prayers in London this weekend in the aftermath of a fire that gutted the Sikh Sangat Gurdwara ( Sikh place of worship) in Harley Grove, Bow, London, which housed eight Saroops of the Sikh eternal Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

The weekend programme will comprise continuous recitation of the Sri Guru Grant...

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Sikh, Hindu Minorities "Disappointed, Isolated And Oppressed"

March 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: IRIN

http://www.irinnews.org/HOVReport.aspx?ReportId=83524

"We feel disappointed, isolated and oppressed," said Ravil Singh, a Sikh leader in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan, adding that local people "are good to us".

He spoke to IRIN about the problems facing the Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan.

"Before the war [1979] there were 16,673 Sikh and Hindu families in Kabul, Nangarhar...

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Report Reveals Sikhs Share Rights Issues Around the World

March 17, 2009

Author: Anju Kaur

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnn.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=660&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

A comprehensive report on the state of civil rights of the Sikh nation shows the scope of shared discrimination that Sikhs face around the world is greater than previously thought.

The ‘First Global Sikh Civil Rights Report 2008,’...

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Sikhs Raise Awareness About Their Religion At TCU

March 13, 2009

Author: Gene Trainor

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/religion/story/1255823.html

Texas Christian University senior Brittany Heminger sat still as a symbol of the world’s fifth-largest religion was wrapped around her head.

Heminger said her turban and the accompanying discussion was a chance to change some of her misconceptions that people who wear turbans are likely from the Middle East.

"I think it...

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North Texas College Students Try On Turbans, New Perspectives

March 12, 2009

Author: Jessica Meyers

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/031209dnmetturbans.34a74fc.html

The line outside the University of Texas at Arlington's library this week wasn't for intramural sign-up, a spring break travel package or even hot dogs sold off the grill for a fraternity fundraiser.

Sikh volunteers swirled blood-red, neon orange...

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Courts, Jail Adjust to Religious Custom

March 8, 2009

Author: David Hench

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=243829

For many Muslim women, being seen in public with one's head uncovered is a violation of religious tenets as well as an embarrassing display of immodesty.

Head coverings also can be, to varying degrees, important to Jews, Sikhs and people of other faiths.

But that obligation has collided with security concerns and cultural...

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Hindu Families From Pak Seek Refuge In India

March 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Hindu-families-from-Pak-seek-refuge-in-India/articleshow/4239397.cms

Stating that they do not wish to return to Pakistan due to Taliban's tyranny in the tribal areas, a group 35 Hindus, nearly half of them women, from the neighbouring country have crossed over to India and asked the government to allow them to...

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Sikh Traveler Alleges Humiliation At LAX

March 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Journal

http://www.indiajournal.com/pages/event.php?id=6165

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund has called upon the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to investigate allegations of bias-based harassment and inappropriate touching of a Sikh American traveler by TSA officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on the night of February 5.

Mr. Singh, whose full name is being...

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‘Launch Programs to Educate People About Sikhism’

March 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Journal

http://www.indiajournal.com/pages/event.php?id=6163

US-based Sikh advocacy group has demanded instituting educational programs in schools, government offices and private sector to sensitize students and employees about Sikhism, as the community faces global discrimination for their articles of faith including Turban and Kirpan.

“The civil rights issues facing the Sikh community vary in...

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Sikhs Take Up French Turban Rights Issue

March 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=165786

Indian Sikhs urged the government on Wednesday to ask France to withdraw a ban on wearing turbans in public schools, officials said.

The Sikh religion requires followers to grow their hair and wear a turban, while children must wear traditional Sikh headgear called the “patka” or “dastaar” in school.

France banned...

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First Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference – Part I

March 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Global Sikh News

http://sikhsangat.org/1469/2009/03/first-global-sikh-civil-rights-conference-–-part-i/

Two weeks ago, the Global Sikhs News (SikhSangat.org) was approached by UNITED SIKHS for participation in a Sikh Civil Rights Forum telephone conference call. After having observed the output from the First Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference from December 13-December 15, 2008, we...

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Interfaith Gets First Sikh Woman Chief

February 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Global Sikh News

http://sikhsangat.org/1469/2009/02/interfaith-gets-first-sikh-woman-chief/

Interfaith Conference (IFC), a Washington-based organisation that represents 11 religions, has elected former Chandigarh resident Amrit Kaur, as its first Sikh woman president.

Created in 1978, Interfaith aims to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among people of diverse faith...

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California Lawmaker Works With Coalition to Propose Law Mandating Kirpan Education

February 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/CAKirpanBill.htm

A proposed law to mandate kirpan education for California's peace law enforcement officers was introduced by Assembly Member Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach) in the California State Legislature this week. Since November 2008, the Sikh Coalition has been working alongside state lawmakers and law enforcement representatives to draft this legislation....

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