JALANDHAR – World’s 6th Multimedia Sikh Museum authored, produced and created by world known encyclopaedist and museologist Dr Raghbir Singh Bains of Canada was inaugurated by Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib in presence of the elite gathering hailing from different parts of India and different regions of the world.
The building was constructed by Baba Shinder Singh Kar Sewa Fatehgarh Sabhra (Sabhraon). After defeat of the Sikh forces at the battles of Mudki, Pheru Shahar, Aliwal and Baddowal the last and fifth Anglo-Sikh war was fought on February 10, 1846 at Sabhraon where S. Sham Singh Attari sacrificed his life alongwith other Sikh soldiers to protect Khalsa Raj established by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Museum has been dedicated to Shaheed S. Sham Singh Attari to commemorate his priceless martyrdom to protect humanity.
AMRITSAR – The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) welcomed US President Barack Obama’s statement on Article 25 of the Indian Constitution that gave freedom of faith and right to propagate one’s religion.
AGPC president JS Hothi and coordinator Pritpal Singh said Obama “rightly warned” India if this provision was not followed in true spirit and substance it would curtail the right to freedom of religion and might lead to splintered society on religious grounds.
AGPC leaders said, “We are extremely thankful to the President for raising the issue of religious freedom on the Indian soil. He is right in saying that India must concentrate on religious freedom, if it wants to stay united.”
They said India had not been following the Constitution in the true spirit and the minorities were under attack in the country. They alleged the Sikhs had been facing the “worst-ever discrimination and their voices were being subdued”.
VANCOUVER - The World Sikh Organization of Canada has successfully assisted a Sikh student barred from wearing his kirpan into the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
Ishwer Singh Basra, an amritdhari (initiated) Sikh, was scheduled to write the LSAT on September 27, 2014. Upon arriving at the test centre in Burnaby BC, Ishwer Singh’s kirpan was spotted by a proctor. Despite being explained its significance, the proctor said the kirpan would not be permitted in the test centre. The proctor then proceeded to call the Law Society Admission Council (LSAC), the body that administers the LSAT, and said that there was a student carrying a “knife” and insisting it was for religious purposes. After a brief phone call, the proctor reiterated to Ishwer Singh that his “knife” would not be allowed.
Ishwer Singh was given the option of either removing the kirpan and being allowed to write the test or forfeiting the exam and writing another day in which he would once again be told to remove his kirpan.
THE World Sikh Organization of Canada has successfully assisted a Sikh student barred from wearing his kirpan into the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Ishwer Singh Basra, an amritdhari (initiated) Sikh, was scheduled to write the LSAT on September 27, 2014. Upon arriving at the test centre in Burnaby, Ishwer Singh’s kirpan was spotted by […]
THANKS to a report by the Globe and Mail newspaper a couple of weeks ago about how the City of Brampton had refused traffic-safety measures for a Sikh private school that was functioning where previously there had been a publicly-funded Catholic school, those common-sense measures are being put back in place. They include a new crosswalk, school zone signs and a crossing guard.
Marilyn Ball, Brampton’s chief planning and infrastructure services officer, told the newspaper that the measures were because this is a pressing public safety issue.
THE World Sikh Organization of Canada on Friday condemned the racist vandalism of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in south Edmonton. Two phrases, including “Leave Canada,” were found spray-painted on the outside of the gurdwara on Friday.
The WSO has been in contact with members of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara and offered its support and assistance in dealing with this incident.
THE World Sikh Organization of Canada said Wednesday it helped Master Seaman Wanda McDonald become the first Sikh woman to wear the turban while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). McDonald, a Sonar operator based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, joined the RCN in 1997 and became interested in the Sikh faith three […]
Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, on Wednesday participated in Langar on the Hill, which brought Canadians together to learn about Sikhism. “I would like to thank the many young Sikh volunteers from the Sikh Youth Foundation for their work to make this day possible,” said Uppal. “This is a wonderful opportunity for […]
TORONTO – Ontario’s openly gay premier Kathleen Wynne has no sympathy of other visible minorities as she this week refused to provide an exemption on the Helmet law for turbaned Sikhs which has been place in other Canadian provinces, including here in BC, as well as many other countries around the world.
In her haste decision, Wynne has washed all the hard work the Sikh community has done in getting the helmet law exemption in Canada down the drain.
By Awtar Singh
LOS ANGELES: When the Partition of India happened, I was 20 years old and our family lived in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) where my father was a rich contractor-cum-brick kiln owner.
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-- Canada's economic development minister Navdeep Bains at a Public Policy Forum economic summit