Commemorating the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev ji

Commemorating the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev ji

On June 16 annually, members of the Sikh religion remember the martyrdom of Guru Arjan. Guru Arjan Dev Ji who is the fifth Guru and first martyr of the Sikhs died through torture after pursuing his task of preaching about God, solidifying the members and expanding the Sikh faith during its early years. The death of Guru Arjan also resulted to permanent changes in the faith’s tradition which is still practiced today. Guru Arjan Dev…

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Modesto Police Department hires first Sikh officer

Modesto Police Department hires first Sikh officer

Varinder Khun Khun, along with two other officers, graduated from the Napa Police Academy on June 11. He is one of 33 officers hired by the department so far this year. Khun Khun has lived in Ceres for the past 10 years, previously lived in the Bay Area and was born in India. He said he long wanted to be a police officer but didn’t know if he would be allowed to wear his turban…

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Seattle Sikhs Raise $150,000 for National TV Ad Campaign in US

Seattle Sikhs Raise $150,000 for National TV Ad Campaign in US

Since 9/11, Sikhs in America have faced many incidents of violence and prejudice due to ignorance about Sikh faith, their appearance and dress, especially the turban. This necessitated a need to launch a campaign to acquaint Americans, who have little to no understanding about Sikh faith, about the Sikh identity. Efforts of the Sikh community in US led to launching of National Sikh Campaign (NSC). In a release issued on Friday, NSC’s senior adviser and…

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Flying Sikh Milkha Singh to flag off mini-marathon on International Yoga Day

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh to flag off mini-marathon on International Yoga Day

Milkha Singh will flag off a mini-marathon on the International Yoga Day on June 21 here, an official statement said on Thursday. The 6-km marathon ‘Yoga Run for Peace and Unity’ will be start from the India Gate and also end there between 5 pm and 8 pm. “Starting from the India Gate, it will pass through the Mansingh Road Crossing via Rajpath-Rafi Marg, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, Janpath, Rajpath and will end at the…

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Sikh Americans get backing to serve in military with beards, turbans

Sikh Americans get backing to serve in military with beards, turbans

A group of 27 retired military leaders backed Sikh Americans’ long standing demand to be allowed to serve in the US military while keeping their turbans and beards. Sikh Coalition, an advocacy group, plans to deliver a letter from the military leaders, including a retired three-star US Army general, to defense secretary Ash Carter saying Sikh Americans “should be given equal opportunity to serve.” “The US Department of Defense has taken important steps towards recognising…

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Wolverhampton Gurudwara discrimination case on hold

Wolverhampton Gurudwara discrimination case on hold

A landmark case against alleged discrimination at Wolverhampton’s biggest Sikh temple has been put on hold for two months after a judge ordered both parties to thrash out a compromise deal Disabled and elderly worshippers at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Sedgley Street, Blakenhall, brought a legal action against the temple’s ruling committee over alleged discriminatory practices. They claim members of the congregation who are unable to observe the custom of sitting on the floor…

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Sikh community provide food for Exeter’s homeless

Sikh community provide food for Exeter’s homeless

MEMBERS of the Sikh community teamed up with the Midland Langar Seva Society over the weekend to provide food for the homeless people of Exeter. The act of hospitality took place as Sikhs across the globe celebrated the birthday of the religion’s founder Guru Nanak. One of the three pillars of the religion involves helping those in need, and on Sunday members of the Sikh faith did just that by hosting a community kitchen at…

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Akal Takht jathedar warns against idols of Sikh Gurus

Akal Takht jathedar warns against idols of Sikh Gurus

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has issued a warning against the manufacture and sale of idols of Sikh Gurus. He has also appealed to the Sikh masses to refrain from purchasing those as idol worship is against Sikh ethics. There were reports in the recent past of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar being presented with the idol of Guru Nanak Dev at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, run by the SGPC in Ambala. The matter was…

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Tent City for Sikh pilgrims at Nankana Sahib proposed

Tent City for Sikh pilgrims at Nankana Sahib proposed

In wake of ever increasing number of Sikh pilgrims consequently creating acute accommodation shortage, Pakistan government has proposed to erect a Tent City in Nankana Sahib, birth place of Sikh’s first master Guru Nanak Dev, on the lines of Tent City of Mina located near holy city of Mecca. Besides the Pakistan government has also constituted a committee for chalking out final plans of inauguration of proposed Baba Guru Nanak International University at Nankana Sahib….

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First Asian female High Court judge sworn in London

First Asian female High Court judge sworn in London

The first Asian woman to be appointed as a High Court judge has been sworn in at a ceremony in London. Bobbie Cheema-Grubb QC, 49, is one of just four “non-white” High Court judges, according to HM Courts and Tribunals Service records. Her appointment, which was announced in October, brings the number of female High Court judges to 23 out of 108. She is described in Chambers Bar UK as a “well-respected” barrister who “relishes…

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