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Birmingham riots: Tariq Jahan's renewed appeal for calm
tariqjahan.jpg The deaths of Haroon Jahan and brothers Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir on 10 August as they stood protecting shops and homes in Winson Green could have sparked fresh violence all over the country. Instead, the quiet dignity of Tariq Jahan, Haroon's father, and Abdul Quddoos, the brother of the two dead siblings..... → read more
Lt Navdeep Singh cremated with full honors ~ R.I.P.
army_officer.jpg Joginder Singh, father of Lt Navdeep Singh, said, "Though he won the battle with terrorists, he offered his life for the nation. He is a great martyr. I would feel proud to send my younger son Sandeep Singh to serve in Indian Army."..... → read more
Three Deadliest Words - It's A Girl!
It's a girl.jpg Watch this video (only 3:11 mins long) of a great tragedy happening everyday... and ponder deeply. Isn't it time we changed our ways! In Punjab, India, China and elsewhere millions of girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls .....Watch, listen, read & ponder...
Bridging The Great Divide: Guru Nanak's Kartarpur
Divide-a-m1.jpg In the next few days, U.S. Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald will call on the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan to move forward with a confidence-building measure that would establish a peace corridor between two of the holiest Sikh religious sites..... → read more
Sikhs inaugurate the first Sikh Military Monument in Italy
sikhmemorial.jpg On 13th August 2011 thousands of Sikhs from all over the World gathered at Forli Indian Army War Cemetery in Italy for an inauguration ceremony to reveal the first Sikh military monument dedicated to the Sikh warriors who laid their lives in World War II..... → read more
Abbotsford celebrates Sikh temple's centennial with Harper
krisfoulds.jpg The buzz has been building all year for the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Gur Sikh Temple on South Fraser Way. To honor the anniversary, the Khalsa Diwan has organized an event each month leading up to the big celebration next weekend Aug 26 to 28..... → read more
Sangat TV's guerrilla journalism wins fans amidst riots
sangattv-thumb_0.jpg Armed with just a camera and microphone Sangat TV reporter Upinder Randhawa has become a well-known face during coverage of the riots and disorder in Birmingham this week. Darting around the city, broadcasting as events unfold, he has created a following among viewers and social media users alike...... → read more
Camp Miri Piri 2011 -Calgary, Canada August 18-21
cmp-thumb.jpg Camp Miri Piri was conceived with the aim to give the Sikh youth of today the true experience of the spiritual Khalsa lifestyle. The founding body of Camp Miri Piri is a Singapore based national non-profit youth organization named, Sikh Sewaks Singapore (SSS). With the grace from the divine, SSS has been serving the South-East Asian youth Sangat since 1979...... → read more
Southall Sikhs Defy Anarchy of London Riots
southall-2-thumb.jpg A combination of text messages, phone calls, social media postings and good old word-on-the-street canvassing, drew together crowds of Sikhs in their hundreds to protect the Gurdwaras, businesses and locals against the very real threat of mob opportunism from surrounding areas...... → read more
Halwara to East Timor, farmer’s daughter joins UN
ict.jpg Congratulatory messages have been continuously pouring in for Manreet Kaur and with good reason. The twenty five year old from Halwara, a village situated some 25 kilometres from Ludhiana, has become the youngest and the first woman from Punjab to work with the United Nations under its volunteer program...... → read more
Matrix QC becomes first Sikh High Court judge
Rabinder_Singh_QC_100.jpg "The appointment of Mr Rabinder Singh QC, a talented and highly respected barrister, to the High Court, represents a real landmark in the drive to create a more diverse judiciary which continues to attract the highest quality candidates."..... → read more
India, Pakistan vow 'new era' of ties
khar.krishna.jpg Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar met her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna in New Delhi in an engagement that saw no major breakthroughs over outstanding disputes but a commitment to pursue dialogue...... → read more
Home Sweet Home
gtexhibit-thumb_0.jpg Forget that the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab is the most beautiful building beyond the imagination. Forget that it is considered the Heart Chakra of this planet, probably the only place in the world where there is constant recitation of sacred texts..... → read more
Send text in Gurmukhi from your mobile phone
panini-thumb2.jpg Panini Keypad uses artificial intelligence to accurately estimate the characters that the user could be typing and places them to his fingertips. This approach is completely new and unique and results in sensationally simple usability to type on the phone for complex languages...... → read more
The Sardars Who Built New Delhi
NewDelhi_sml.jpg It would not be an exaggeration to say that most of New Delhi, the Capital of India, was built by a coterie of Sardar contractors of whom five did the lion's share of building. In Sikh circles, they were known as 'punj pyarey' - the 'five beloved', borrowing the term from the first five Khalsa of the Tenth Sikh Master, Guru Gobind Singh...... → read more
To beard or not to beard...
beard1.jpg Ever since I have gotten my beard when I was a teenager I was excited about it, it made me feel older, look older and was the beginning of ‘manhood’. Since it became longer I remember trying various products to tie it up, to make it look neat and tidy. Using pins, hairspray, mousse, or combinations of all of them I tried pretty much every product to see how it would work...... → read more
Sikhs integral part of Kashmiriyat: Omar
sikh-kashmir.jpg The Chief Minister said that the pluralistic ethos, cultural diversity, secular amity and brotherhood are the speciality of the State. “Kashmiriyat denotes tolerance, mutual amity, respect to each others faiths and equal opportunity to grow. It represents love, brotherhood and trust.” ..... → read more
The Many Facets of a Sikh Artist
shivdev-a1.jpg At every point in my life I have always chosen to challenge myself and take a different path in life. The way forward, if not certain, has always been a fascinating journey and it is with God’s grace that I have had the freedom to experience many different paths. Dr. Shivdev Singh, trained as a Paediatric surgeon, now a award winning artist..... → read more
Why Women Make Better Cops, Doctors and Leaders
pratibhapatil.jpg In his book, Abrams provides hundreds of studies and statistics to back up his claims that women best men in a lot of areas. Some -- like memory -- were already suspected, while others -- like driving -- were more surprising, considering the common view is to the contrary...... → read more
Sikh charity helps St Nick’s rise from ashes
church-5.jpg2_.jpg “People often look to the differences between religious groups for ways to set them apart, but this generous donation demonstrates that there are more similarities than differences, and that those involved are always looking for ways to help the local community.”..... → read more
Varinder Singh: World’s First Vegetarian Super Body-builder
varinder.jpg Have a good look at his photo, and tell me, honestly, would you have believed it! After all, we have been told or rather had it dinned into our heads that the guys and gals who ate meat vaulted over your average vegetarian shoulder easily...... → read more
Twelve animal rights activists arrested in Spain
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Do animals have any rights at all? Twelve animal rights activists were arrested this morning by the Spanish police, in a series of raids sanctioned by the judge from the Magistrate's court, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. Arrests and house searches of activists from the organisations Igualdad Animal..... → read more
Sikh Blockbuster Movie coming soon to Theatres
promo.jpg Sikhs are a unique group of people that don’t write their history in ink, they write it in blood and Martyrs, the movie, is a testament to that. Martyrs is a second a documentary created by Jagmeet Singh Samundri, after his awarding winning documentary called ‘Rise of The Khalsa’...... → read more
An Effort to Foster Tolerance in Religion
jp-patel.jpg A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, he has four honorary degrees. His autobiography is required freshman reading on 11 college campuses. He runs a nonprofit organization with 31 employees and a budget of $4 million, and he was tapped by the White House..... → read more
Sikh Metropolitan Police Special Constable, Raj Birk
rajbirk.jpg Working as part of a close knit team, special constables also enjoy a solid support network and often form friendships that last a lifetime. "I am a Sikh and we thrive on serving our community, so for me this is all part of giving something back and helping other people."..... → read more
Gurbani for e-Book Readers
Kindle-screen-capturesggs-103.jpg If you're like us and many other Sikhs around the world, you've been using the windows mobile/iPhone/other device to read gurbani with. Although reading bani is a very healing process, reading it on a traditionally backlit TFT screen is not good for your eyes...... → read more
Bulletproof Sikh
bulletproof-thumb.jpg Being a Sikh within the British police force in the 1980s was no easy fate, as Sergeant Kashmira Mann discovered when he became the third turbaned officer to join the Metropolitan Police Service. The Slough man was one of the few ethnic minorities in the force at the time and as a result, bore the brunt of its racism..... → read more
Early 20th Century Canadian Immigration Policy
side5.jpg Between 1905 and 1908 a little over 5000 Sikhs arrived in British Columbia. In the eyes of the British Columbians of the time this was nothing short of an invasion. After all, this was supposed to be a white man’s province and British Columbians were determined to keep it that way...... → read more
Contribution of Sikhs ~ Italian Campaign 1943-1945
italian_front_map.jpg India made its contribution to the Second World War by providing almost 2 million volunteers in a couple of years. At the outbreak of the Second World War, in September 1939, the Indian Troops, totaled 2,005,038. By 1941, India had recruited 9,000,000 soldiers. By August 1945 two million volunteer soldiers were fighting in Africa, Sidi Barrani,..... → read more
Tim Uppal first turbaned Sikh-Canadian Cabinet Minister
edmonton_mp_tim_uppal.jpg Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed his party’s first turbaned Sikh-Canadian MP Tim Uppal to a bloated cabinet. Uppal becomes the first-ever turbaned Sikh to become a Federal Minister in a country other than India. This move shows that Conservative feel that they need more colour around the cabinet table...... → read more
Shanghai's Secret Gurdwara
China-thmnl.jpg In an affluent neighborhood on the outskirts of Shanghai, a Sikh family has set up a gurdwara on the top floor of their luxurious house. The gated and guarded Western-style neighborhood is atypical of most in China where houses are rare and people rent or own small apartments. The residents of this neighborhood, about a 40-minute taxi ride from downtown, are foreign businessmen, as is the Sikh owner of this house...... → read more
For 95-yr-old woman, son, age just a number
gurdev_singh.jpg Gurdev Singh may be a 72-year-old, but he sprints like a man half his age. The septuagenarian can still complete the 100m sprint in an astounding time of 14.9 seconds, which even betters the minimum time kept by the Chandigarh Police for physical test during recruitments. ..... → read more
Bhai Harbans Singh Jagadhari wale passes away
Harbans Singh 2 sml.jpg Bhai Harbans Singh Jagadhari Wale, the renowned Raagi of Gurbani, died today, May 13 after a prolonged illness at the DMC hospital in Ludhiana. Bhai Harbans Singh (71) is survived by three daughters and a son. Family sources said his cremation would take place on Monday when his son would come back from US...... → read more
World wastes 1 billion tons of food a year
food-facts.jpg "Perhaps one of the most important reasons for food waste in rich countries is that people simply can afford to waste food," the report states. Food shortage, on the other hand, is mainly a problem in the developing world, where nations..... → read more
ACLU-NM Charges Española Hospital with Discrimination
khalsa.jpg “All I wanted was do my job helping people in my community get the urgent medical care they needed,” said Khalsa. “My Sikh religion did not prevent me from performing that job, but the prejudice of my supervisors did.” ..... → read more
Tanmanjeet Singh set to be youngest Sikh mayor
tanmanjeet-thumb.jpg Local lad Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, 32, is set to become the youngest Sikh mayor in UK after he was unanimously elected by majority Labour councillors in Gravesham council in the south-east county of Kent. He would be sworn in on May 17..... → read more
Gursimarjit Singh, only Sikh boy receives Hamdan Award
videoaward.jpg Gursimarjit Singh received his award from Sheikh Hamdan on 26th April 2011, at Rasheed Hall, World trade centre exhibition hall at Dubai for the Distinguished academic excellence Students, from various cities of GCC Countries are considered for this award...... → read more
My Daughter's Sikh Wedding
Aitken-thmnl.jpg My eldest daughter has just married a Sikh at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. I am rejoicing in the happiness of the newly-weds and have visited them at their matrimonial home in the foothills of the Himalayas. I enjoy the company of my new son-in-law, who is fast expanding my spiritual horizons...... → read more
Arizona Gov. vetoes bill seeking removal of name of Sikh victim
30sodhi2.jpg Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer invited the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi’s, America’s first victim of hate-crime after 9/11, to her office and vetoed the House Bill number 2230 in their presence which would have removed Sodhi’s name from state memorial built to mark the tragedy of 9/11 and its victims...... → read more
Labour MP takes up Sikh turban searching issue with European Commission
pat_-_copy.jpg The strength and vibrancy of our Sikh community in the UK gives us a special interest in the issue, an insight we can usefully share with our European partners, so we will be doing our best to lead the debate not only with the Commission but with other member states. Achieving the change we need will take time...... → read more
Steinberg and legislators honor Sikh victims of shooting
the_california_channel.jpeg "No Sikh should be afraid to wear this headdress. No Sikh should be afraid to practice their peaceful religion because they believe someone will attack them," the Sacramento Democrat, wearing a purple turban, said. Sen. Doug La Malfa, called on colleagues to support those impacted by the attack..... → read more
Warrant issued against Police Officer in Mohali Turban Case
turbanremoval.jpg “We are very concerned that the Punjab Police has not taken the incident of the willful removal of a Sikh’s turban seriously. It’s an affront to justice that the Police are prepared to ignore a judicial order. We call upon the Director General of Punjab Police to ......” said Mejindarpal Kaur, Legal Director of UNITED SIKHS..... → read more
Vegetarians may have lower risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke
heart.jpg “I was not sure if there would be a significant difference between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and I was surprised by just how much the numbers contrast,” he continues. “It indicates that lifestyle factors such as diet can be important in the prevention of metabolic syndrome.”..... → read more
New Gurbani Search Engine - GurbaniDB - in 52 languages
gurbanidbthumb.jpg The world’s first Gurbani database to correctly archive Guru Granth Sahib into all 60 Raags (moods/melodies) with pop-up descriptions of each Author and Melody. Melody data has been kindly provided by an expert in Indian Musicology, Professor Surinder Singh from Raj Academy...... → read more
Street Play in Pakistan Remembers Bhagat Singh
bhagatsingh.jpg “Jinnah sahib in his speech in the Central Assembly on Sept 12, 1929, said `the man who goes on hunger strike has a soul. He is no ordinary criminal, who is guilty of cold blooded, sordid wicked crime’. “It is clear that Jinnah Sahib considered Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev freedom fighters. If the father of the nation admires a freedom fighter, how can we ignore him?..... → read more
No FIR even after Dy CM Sukhbir’s order
mohali.jpg The release had stated that taking a serious view of the incident, Sukhbir has ordered registration of an FIR under Section 295-A of the IPC against both the police officers after receiving the report of a magisterial inquiry conducted by Mohali ADC Mohinder Singh Kainth into the “disrespect to the Sikh religion”...... → read more
Sikhs urge non-violence
vpp.jpg Shasta County’s Sikh community is placing fresh emphasis on its annual Vaisakhi Festival, a Day for Non-Violence, in the wake of an apparent hate-related drive-by shooting last month in Elk Grove, near Sacramento. That incident left Gurmej Atwal, 78, hospitalized with two gunshot wounds and still on a ventilator..... → read more
Exposure of Sikhism at national level in America
exposure.jpg Sikhs and Hindus are featured prominently in the nationwide PBS public television documentary “The Asian & Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America” which will be shown on over 300 public television stations nationwide in the USA...... → read more
Fingers of Magic: The Art & Craft of Joginder Singh
Embroidery-birds.jpg When what looked like a painting turned out to be embroidery under the lens, my eyes went to the name of the artisan, expecting it to be some woman ... It spelt - "Joginder Singh". There are 63 embroidery works by him in the Nature Gallery of the Government Museum and Art Gallery..... → read more
Pak media praises Manmohan Singh's initiative
healingtouch.jpg "If accepted, cricket diplomacy will provide a fillip to real time diplomacy, where the two countries are set to resume their bilateral dialogue when the Interior Secretaries meet just two days before their World Cup clash," the Dawn reported. In its report, The Express Tribune said:..... → read more
Desecration of Sikh turban by Punjab Police
Sikh's turban removed by Punjab police 2.jpg All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has demanded today the resignation from Parkash Singh Badal over the disturbing incident in Mohali, state of Punjab ruled by Akali Dal (Badal), when a young Sikh man’s turban was forcibly removed in broad day light by a police officer on the orders of another senior officer of Punjab Police. .....read more
Dishonour of Sikhs is a national insult says S M Krishna
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S M Krishna on Wednesday said that the dishonour of Sikhs is a national insult and that the government has taken a serious note of the incident in which golfer Jeev Milkha Singh's coach Amritinder Singh was forced to remove his turban at Milan airport last week. Assuring the Rajya Sabha, he said that the issue would be taken up with Italy..... → read more
Script Competition Winner
kivein-bhullan---directors.jpg SikhNet has just announced the winner of their Script competition. The winners are siblings, 13 year old Japman Kaur and 11 year old Triman Singh with their script "Team Khalsa: Save the Langar". The competition team was very impressed with the number of original ideas, inspirations, dramas, lessons and insights that we submitted...... → read more
Sadly Weep our Daughters in the 'Land of Five Rivers'
whathavidone.png The pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib are replete with many names for God, some are masculine in gender while others are feminine… But what remains a commonality is that all these names are used to describe God. A fair deduction drawn from this is that our Gurus did not consider God to be either male or female...... → read more
Summary of talk by Bibi Harvinder Kaur Khalsa
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Last Friday, Bibi Harvinder Kaur Khalsa, formerly known as Alexandra Aitken who used to be in the circle of celebrities and wealthy people but now is an Amritdhari Singhni, visited Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Cross Road, Coventry, to do a talk at the weekly inspirational class that is held every Friday, 7pm to 8.30pm. Bibi jee was accompanied by husband, Veer Inderjot Singh jee...... → read more
Indian men lead in sexual violence; worst on gender equality
women.jpg The findings of a recent International Men and Gender Equality Survey reflects a new low for Indian men. Only 2% of Brazilian males and less than 9% of men in Chile, Croatia, Mexico and Rwanda were found to have indulged in sexual violence. The survey was conducted in six developing countries across four continents to map attitudes and practices related to gender equality...... → read more
British Pakistani Christians and Sikhs meet HC for Bhatti’s condolence
bhatti.jpg In a show of unity and calling for peace, the British Pakistani Christian Association and British Sikh Council led a multi-faith delegation to the Pakistan High Commission and reiterated solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan in their efforts for overcoming multifaceted problems faced by the country including terrorism. ..... → read more
Two Elderly Sikh American Men Shot in Possible Hate Crime
sikhmenshot.jpg Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner said in a statement: "We have no evidence to indicate there was a hate or bias motivation for this crime; however, the obvious Sikh appearance of the men, including the traditional Dastar headwear and lack of any other apparent motive, increasingly raise that possibility."..... → read more
UK Sikh Lecture - Nadhra Khan on Sikh wall paintings in Lahore
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Join Dr. Nadhra Khan for a fascinating talk on Sikh wall paintings. The event will take place at V&A, London, UK on Friday, 18 March 2011 at 7pm. Tickets are FREE but hurry and BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment! The walls of the Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh..... → read more
Meditation Appears to Cause Changes in Brain's Gray Matter
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A mindfulness meditation training program can trigger measurable changes in brain areas associated with awareness, empathy and sense of self within eight weeks, a new study has found. Mindfulness meditation focuses on nonjudgmental awareness of one's feelings,..... → read more
Three teenagers in court on murder charge
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A teenage girl, Mundill Kaur Mahil and two teenage boys, Harvinder Singh Shoker and Darren Peters all aged 19 have been charged with the murder of Gagandip Singh, 21 after his body was found in a burnt out car. Gagandip Singh was CEO of Sikh TV...... → read more
CEO of UK based SikhTV Channel found dead in the boot of a burning car
gagandeep-2-thumb.jpg A man found dead in a burnt out car has been identified by police as Gagandip Singh, 21, from Bexleyheath, London, UK. The body was discovered at 0200 GMT on Saturday. Detectives have now begun a murder inquiry and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out in due course, the Metropolitan Police said...... → read more
In court, the girlfriend who 'lured Sikh TV chief to his death'
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A teenage girl has been charged with the murder of her wealthy TV executive boyfriend in a suspected love triangle. Mundill Kaur Mahil, 19, appeared in court yesterday after Gagandip Singh’s battered body was discovered in the boot of his burnt-out car. She is alleged to have..... → read more
CEO of UK based SikhTV Channel found dead in the boot of a burning car
gagandeep-thumb.jpg A man found dead in a burnt out car has been identified by police as Gagandip Singh, 21, from Bexleyheath, London, UK. The body was discovered at 0200 GMT on Saturday. Detectives have now begun a murder inquiry and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out in due course, the Metropolitan Police said...... → read more
Mass Graves of Sikhs killed in 1984 Sikh Genocide discovered after 26 years
fn4-d.jpg The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) today claimed to have discovered a village in Haryana’s Rewari district where Sikhs were killed in the 1984 riots and since then the homes inhabited by them and the village gurdwara have been lying in ruins. Responding to the claim, the SGPC said it would investigate into the matter...... → read more
First Sikh in US Army talks about his journey
Tejdeep singh rattan sml.jpg The first Sikh in the American army, Tejdeep Singh Rattan, interacted with students of Khalsa College and shared his experiences with them. He told them about the many ups and downs and the hardships he faced in the US, and how he finally emerged victorious...... → read more
Illegal detention and murder of Young Sikh...
ShaminderSingh sml.jpg Shaminder Singh (Shera) a young 24 year old Sikh from a poor family and the only Amritdhari Sikh in Bagguwal village was singled out for being an Amritdhari and picked by police in Nawanshahar district on 31st October 2010. Shaminder Singh was the only son, who supported his elderly mother (pictured) and two sisters...... → read more