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Lobbying Continues Against Changes to Nanakshahi Calendar
nanakshahichanges_lede.png Nanakshahi became the first Sikh calendar in 2003. It is named after Guru Nanak and begins on his birth year. It is based on the tropical solar year and is astronomically correct. Nanakshahi months and years are perfectly aligned with it. For Sikhs, Nanakshahi fixes all gurpurab dates,..... → read more
Kenyan Vice President's Office Inaugurates Sri Guru Nanak Food Bank
Her Excellency sml.jpg UNITED SIKHS set up the first SRI GURU NANAK FOOD BANK in Kenya in response to a severe drought ravaging the nation. The food bank was inaugurated at the Vice President’s Office by Her Excellency Pauline Kalonzo, and is supported by the local Sikh Sangat and organizations...... → read more
Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity
longevity.jpg People living in remote villages in Ecuador have a mutation that some biologists say may throw light on human longevity and ways to increase it. The villagers are very small, generally less than three and a half feet tall, and have a rare condition known as Laron syndrome or Laron-type dwarfism...... → read more
Unique Partnership: Ghulam Ali & Bhai Nirmal Singh
GulamAli and NirmalSingh.jpg In what can be termed as a unique musical partnership venture, noted Pakistani Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali has joined hands with former Hazuri Raagi Bhai Nirmal Singh to record a CD of shabads which will come out sometime this year...... → read more
Sikh demonstrators deal heavy blow to the EDL
gallery.jpg Delegation of Sikhs marched proudly joining a big rally against the English Defence League (EDL) in Luton on 5th February 2011. Playing the Dhol, a Punjabi war drum, they entered the rally carrying a banner ‘Sikhs Against the English Defence League – Fighting Intolerance since 1699’..... → read more
"The Most Beautiful Man I've Ever Seen" Harvinder "Alexandra" Kaur
Alex-b-sqr.jpg The bride wore white. But that was about as traditional as Alexandra Aitken's wedding got. The socialite who once tumbled out of London nightclubs in daring dresses is a changed woman these days. And much to her parents' surprise, she is also a married woman...... → read more
UK Does Sikhi Pride
fauja-singh.jpg World's oldest marathon runner and a brand ambassador of sports brand Adidas, Fauja Singh who will turn 100 on April 1 today launched a campaign against drug addiction in Punjab by organising a marathon with the help of rural folk at Bir Raoke village...... → read more
Feeding the world at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara
del-gur-bs-7.jpg What I found was overwhelming. During my visit Bangla Sahib Gurdwara’s langar served an amazing 180 people every 15 minutes. At this historic Sikh shrine in central Delhi, everybody is welcome to a meal, and nearly everybody comes. Fascinated by stories of the extremely busy ‘langar’..... → read more
Guru Nanak's Foot-prints in Baghdad's sands
baghdad-thmnl.jpg A desolate courtyard surrounded by fields of mournful graves is all that remains of an ancient shrine to the Sikh faith's founder, Guru Nanak, inside a sprawling Muslim cemetery in Baghdad, Iraq War and indiscriminate bombing by U.S. forces, insurgents ..... → read more
Sikh-Malaysian Harjit Singh Hullon: TV News Icon
Harjit Singh Hullon.jpg A Sikh-Malaysian has set a new record as the 'longest serving television news presenter' after working 38-years with RTM. Harjit Singh Hullon, 57, who said that it has always been his dream to appear on television, was awarded the title by....... → read more
Haiti: One Year Later
Haiti-aa-sqr.jpg I squirm as I recall sitting as a hopeful candidate in the Medical School Dean's office and uttering some banal recitation of how I wanted to help people as the reason for wanting to become a physician. So when this latent desire resurfaced..... → read more
New Entrance for Harmandar Sahib
Plaza-aa.jpg The experience of visiting the holiest Sikh shrine in the world is set to change for the better with the state government finalising a design consultant for the prestigious Golden Temple Entrance Plaza project. The Harmandar Sahib attracts over 100,000 visitors..... → read more
Canada's 100-year-old temple
Gur-sikh-temple.jpeg The Gur Sikh Temple in Abbottsford, British Columbia is the oldest standing Sikh Temple in all of North America, and a host of celebrations are being planned to celebrate its 100th birthday. The temple was constructed in 1911..... → read more
Sikligar Sikhs achieve hole-in-one
Sikilgar-sqr.jpg This revolutionary win in golf has endorsed that there are 155 million Sikhs in the world. Four young men from the forgotten Sikh tribe Sikligar’s who live in the south of India have hit the headlines. Nadeem Inamdar describes..... → read more
WikiLeaks Exposes India's Barbaric Torture
Indiatorture sqr.jpg A leaked cable by the whistle blowing website Wikileaks on Friday revealed that 'India was systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir'. According to leaked cable on Wikileaks on its website and major international publications..... → read more
Grays Gurdwara agrees Akal Takhat directive
GraysGurdwara sqr.jpg In June 2010 it came to the attention of the UK Sikh community that the local community at Grays Gurdwara had voted to serve of meat and alcohol at parties being held at a Gurdwara owned Hall situated next to the Gurdwara building...... → read more
Human Rights Watch busts Indian basking on democracy
HumanRightsWatch.thumb.jpg The annual report for the year 2010 of Human Rights Watch took the air out of the high flying Indian balloon of democracy and respect for human rights and pointed out quite clearly at the bizarre state of worsening human rights..... → read more
Vancouver Announces Komagata Maru Memorial
KomagataMaru.thumb.jpg The City of Vancouver will erect a commemorative monument to the 1914 Komagata Maru ship incident involving denial of entry to its passengers from Punjab (India) into Canada. Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation..... → read more
Giving Back With A Passion: Surat Singh's Langar
surat-thmnl.jpg Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, Surat Singh wishes you nothing but glad tidings, good fortune and peace. Or, as they say in Punjab, "Aad sach jugaad sach ... and to all a good night."..... → read more
British Parliament Re-Discovers Its Sikh WW Heroes
Sikhs in WW.jpg A Coventry (UK) teenager has revealed how the heroism of his great-grandfather has helped him combat bullying. Jaspal Singh, 15, features in a new documentary film ‘Sikhs War' which explores the forgotten history of Sikh soldiers..... → read more
Hundreds to stay warm this winter, thanks to Tracy Sikhs
sikh.jpg Hundreds of residents braved the cold and rain Saturday morning to get a free coat for winter. The American Sikh Community spent $75,000 this year to offer more than 15,000 winter items such as coats, gloves, scarves, socks, hats and blankets...... → read more
Understanding Sikh Contributions to the Armed Forces
opening_ardaas.jpg Today I had a most remarkable experience. I spent a whole day with two groups of people I had not ever spent time with, nor had ever particularly thought about spending time with. These two groups were the Armed Forces and the Sikh community...... → read more
Gilani grants Sikh wishes
PM-sikh-s.jpg A delegation of Sikh representatives met with Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday and presented him with a list of their demands. The PM reiterated his government’s commitment to protecting the rights of minorities and women...... → read more
Eat, pray, give:Celebrate Guru Nanak birth anniversary
gurunanakdevji.jpg Guru Nanak appeared in India in one of the darkest periods of its history when the human scene was full of religious strife supported by long entrenched superstitions. He preached a religion of compassion, understanding, love and sacrifice, universal brotherhood, equality of women, tolerance and respect for all religions...... → read more
15-yr Old Sikh-Briton on England Hockey Team
ashpal-b.jpg Coach Bobby Singh said "What she has done is inspirational and I cannot yet convey in words how proud our family is of Ashpal. To get to this point we started the journey 10 years ago and through sheer hard work, dedication, focus and commitment we are here today. Was it worth it? You bet!"..... → read more
Brar Bells: Sunny Kaur Follows Her Bliss ... Into The Olympics
Sunny-thmnl.jpg A woman real estate agent has quit her job to pursue her dream of competing in the Olympics - as a weightlifter. Sunny Kaur Brar has only been pumping iron for 12 months now, but has already shot up to become the British number two in her class...... → read more
Parsing a Parable:The Final Resting Place
chaff-thmnl.jpg Some wheat, some chaff. That's life. These are high holy days for Sikhs as we mark the birth of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhi. Let's parse a parable of his life from the end of his days. We know that anything..... → read more
Keeping faith: Sikh Soldier graduates basic training
lamba-thumb.jpg When Spc. Simranpreet Lamba steps onto Hilton Field today for his graduation from Basic Combat Training, he will recite the same Soldiers' Creed as his fellow graduates, but instead of a beret, he will wear a turban with his uniform; and his face is distinctive by the beard he sports...... → read more
A taste of India
Woolgoolga-Curry-Festival sqr.jpg The Guru Nanak Temple, opened in 1970, is the most visible sign of Australia's largest regional Sikh population, a thriving pocket of India in the land of the Big Banana, 20 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour...... → read more
Blast kills five at Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan
Dargah baba farid sqr.jpg The blast at the shrine in Punjab province was the latest in a string of attacks targeting Sufi shrines in Pakistan. The dead from Monday's blast included at least one woman, said Maher Aslam Hayat, a senior government official in Pakpattan. .....read more
Queen's Award for Sikhs
QueenElizabeth 2sml.jpg Sikh organisation wins the Queens’s Award for Voluntary Services. The faith-based Sikh UK charity, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, is chaired by Bhai Sahib Dr. Mohinder Singh; it aims is to serve and uplift society through practice of core values - nishkamta, .....read more
Sikh family takes pride in rebuilding a Mosque
Small mosque-sml.jpg Proud Sikh family of Sarwarpur, near Ludhiana, cannot understand what the fuss is about. Ever since Sajjan Singh Ghuman, an NRI Sikh living in England, rebuilt a mosque in his native village that was damaged during Partition, the shrine .....read more