Sikhism

Sikh Wounded In New Year’s Eve Hate Crime Assault

January 7, 2009

Author: Anna Gustafson

Source: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?&a=3678&z=4&title=

For Bellerose resident Balbir Singh, New Year’s Eve was not a time of celebration.

After a violent attack outside his home on 248th Street in Bellerose that left blood gushing from his right eye, Balbir Singh, 40, spent nearly nine hours on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center....

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Sikh Shrine To Be Rebuilt

January 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=2842

In a significant development, the Government of Iraq has decided to rebuild the 15th century Sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev's shrine which was destroyed in the 2003 war in Baghdad.

Talking to media here at his palace, Iraqi Vice President and senior politician Adil Abd-al-Mahdi has said that the government would rebuild the destroyed Guru Nanak Dev's shrine in...

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Sikh Inaugural Ball In Washington On January 20

January 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200901050945.htm

The Sikh community in the US will celebrate the historic swearing-in of Barack Obama as the US President with the first ever Sikh Inaugural Ball in Washington on January 20.

Being held a few blocks away from White House, Sikh Inaugural Ball would honour several Indian-Americans who played important role in the victory of Obama in the...

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World’s Biggest Sikh Youth Gathering

December 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/12/30/central/2890284&sec=central

The sleepy hollow of Rembau in Negri Sembilan turned into a hive of activity recently when some 1,200 Sikh youths converged at SM Teknik Dato’ Lela Maharaja to participate in the 45th International Gurmat Parchaar samelan or annual Sikh youth camp.

The samelan, held over a week...

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American Sikhs to Keep the Homeless Warm

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=2699

Sikh[s] in America stood shoulder to shoulder with the members of the community less well of[f] th[a]n themselves.

Nearly 200 of the area's underprivileged are a little warmer today thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Clamouring for coats, coffee and cake, many from Modesto's homeless community came together Sunday evening in Graceada Park at an...

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U.S. Airways Pilot Refuses to Fly Plane With Sikhs Onboard

December 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=509d0ada0ba1b2cc4ef5f4a6813b3ad4

In a disturbing incident reminiscent of widespread discrimination in 2001, three eminent Sikh classical religious musicians, Gulbag Singh, Davinder Singh, and Iqbal Singh were kicked off a U.S. Airways flight, and were told that the U.S. Airways pilot for the plane was...

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Houston Officials Aim to Regain Confidence Of Sikh Community

December 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Panthic Weekly News Bureau

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/4610/2008-12-19.html

In an attempt to regain the confidence of Sikhs located in Houston, local government officials have decided to start a diversity training program. Sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia has been the first official to participate in this program which has been partially designed to help console the outraged Houston Sikh community.
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Sikh Organizations Gather At UN, Agree On Global Civil Rights Agenda

December 19, 2008

Author: Jaspreet Singh

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/4616/2008-12-19.html

Sikhs from all over the world met last weekend at the First Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference in New York and adopted recommendations and declarations on crucial civil rights issues facing the Sikh community. Attendees included Avtar Singh, the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the Sikh parliament...

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Sikhs Take Turban Rights Case to United Nations

December 16, 2008

Author: Claudia Parsons

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24807079-12335,00.html

A Sikh rights group asked a UN human rights committee to declare that France violated a student's rights by expelling him for wearing a turban and to recommend repealing the law that led to it.

France passed a law in 2004 banning children in state primary and secondary schools from wearing...

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Sheriff-Elect Visits Sikh Temple

December 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6164882.html

Harris County Sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia visited a Sikh temple on Sunday, promising expanded diversity training and to investigate a complaint that deputies harassed a Sikh family during a burglary investigation.

Garcia removed his shoes and put on a head covering to enter the temple...

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Referee 'Told Sikh Boy to Remove Turban'

December 14, 2008

Author: Henry McDonald

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/dec/14/ireland-football-sikh-turban

Football authorities in Dublin are investigating allegations that a referee tried to force a Sikh boy to take off his turban during a schoolboy match.

The family of Karpreet Singh and anti-racist campaigners have contacted the Football Association of Ireland over the alleged incident at Ashbourne in...

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Gurudwara Holds Interfaith Meet In Chicago

December 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/4794/

Gurudwara Sahib of Chicago took initiative in organizing an interfaith meeting to remember and pay homage to the victims of Mumbai attacks. It was attended by over 200 from the cross section of society including local politicians and community leaders. Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, Alderman Joe Moor, Assistant State attorney Ketki Shroff, Sikh community leaders...

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B.C. Hospital Sorry for Shaving Sikh's Beard

December 11, 2008

Author: Darcy Wintonyk

Source: CTVBC

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20081211/BC_sikh_beard_shaving_081211/20081211?hub=BritishColumbia

B.C.'s Fraser Health Authority has apologized for shaving a 70-year-old man's beard -- something forbidden by his Sikh religion.

It happened during an overnight shift at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. The Health...

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