– Refusal To Exempt Ontario Sikhs From Motorcycle Helmet Law Disappointing: WSO

Toronto, Canada (August 25, 2014)—The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed by the recent decision of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to not provide an exemption from helmet requirements for Sikh motorcyclists in the province.

WSO Ontario Vice President Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria said today, “Sikhs in Ontario have been calling for a helmet exemption for turbaned Sikh motorcyclists for several years now.

The wearing of the turban is an essential part of the Sikh identity and is a public demonstration of the Sikh values of equality, and spirituality.

Exemptions for Sikhs who maintain unshorn hair and habitually wear the turban have been successfully implemented in other provinces in Canada and across the world including the United Kingdom, India, and elsewhere.

Carving out a narrow exception for Sikh motorcyclists would not compromise the objective of ensuring the reasonable safety of motorcyclists.

We would note that exemptions for turbaned Sikh motorcyclists in British Columbia, Manitoba and elsewhere have had no actual impact on road safety or resulted in any significant additional costs.

Without any evidence to the contrary, it is difficult to justify why a similar exemption cannot be provided in Ontario. We would encourage Premier Wynne to reconsider her decision.

Gurdwaras – West Midlands Gurdware, 25 March 2010, Bilston, Birmingham, UK

Guru Nanak Gurdwara
Arthur Street
Bilston, West Midlands WV14 0DG

The Tribune – Will quit politics if charges are proved: Rajnath

New Delhi, 27 August 2014. The government was faced with an embarrassing situation today over reports which claimed that Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj had been ticked off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an alleged “misconduct”, prompting the Home Minister as well as the PMO to issue strong denials.

Scotching the “rumours”, Singh asserted that he would quit politics if even “prima facie” it is proved that any of his family member had been involved in any misconduct.

His statement came in the wake of a report which said he was upset with stories that claimed his son was pulled up by Modi for an alleged “misconduct”.

Singh said rumours about alleged wrong doings by his family members have been floating around for the last fortnight.

“In the last 15-20 days, there have been continuous rumours in the air about me and my family. I thought rumours have no basis and these will end in some days.

“But I am seeing that these rumours are gaining momentum day-by-day. I want to assure the nation that the day allegations, even prima facie or even small, are proven against me or my family, I will quit politics and public life and sit at home,” he said in a hurriedly called interaction with journalists outside his office at the North Block.

The Home Minister said he has talked to Modi and BJP president Amit Shah about it and both of them expressed surprise and termed the rumours as completely baseless.

Simultaneously, the PMO also issued a statement, rubbishing the reports and dubbing them as “plain lies, motivated and malicious attempt” to tarnish the image of the government.

“This has reference to reports appearing in a section of the media over the past several weeks, mentioning the Prime Minister, and referring to the conduct of some Union Ministers, and alleged misconduct of the Home Minister’s son,” said statement.

“The reports are plain lies, motivated and constitute a malicious attempt at character assassination and tarnishing the image of the Government,” it said. (PTI)

The Hindu – Ceasefire violations: India-Pakistan to hold flag meet today

In the meeting, the BSF team is likely give Pakistan Rangers proof of their involvement in the firing and shelling on civilian areas

Jammu, 27 August 2014. A day after India lodged a protest with Pakistan over escalating ceasefire violations, the two sides will hold sector commander-level flag meeting today (Wednesday) to defuse the situation on the border.

“The flag meeting between BSF and Pakista Rangers is scheduled for today along the International Border (IB) in Pargwal forward belt in Akhnoor sector of Jammu”, a BSF officer said.

BSF will lodge a formal protest with Pakistan Rangers over the ceasefire violations, firing and shelling on border out posts and civilian areas, he said.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at Nikowal Border Out Post (BOP). In the meeting, the BSF team is likely give Pak Rangers proof of their involvement in the firing and shelling on civilian areas in Arnia, R S Pura,

Ramgarh, Akhnoor and Kanachak forward areas along IB in Jammu and Samba district during the last 45 days.

Two civilians were killed and 17 others including 4 BSF jawans were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops during the period. India had yesterday lodged a protest with Pakistan over escalating border ceasefire violations.

The protest was lodged during telephonic talks between the DGMOs (Director General Military Operations) of the two countries.

During the talks, the Indian side is believed to have raised the issue of increasing ceasefire violations and lodged a protest over the issue, Army sources had said. The two sides had also agreed to hold flag meetings at field levels by both Army and BSF to defuse the situation.

The DGMOs — Lt Gen PR Kumar from India and Major General Amir Riaz from Pakistan — discussed the border situation during their talks on the hotline which takes place every Tuesday.

The BSF had said the firing by Pakistani forces in the last 45 days was possibly the “heaviest” since the 1971 war. “Yes it is (the heaviest firing) for last so many years — I think may be after the 1971 war.

45 days is a very long period for this kind of thing to happen”, BSF Director General D K Pathak had said on Tuesday. Asked about the decision to hold flag meetings at field levels by both Army and BSF to defuse the situation, Pathak had said, “I hope peace prevails”.

Hays & Harlington – Southall Broadway and South Road, 22 August 2014

Keith Road – Pentecostal Church
From Dawley Road via Keith Road to Hayes & Harlington station

The Grapes – Uxbridge Road, Hayes
Bus E6 from Hayes and Harlington to the Grapes
Bus 607 from The Grapes to Trinity Road, Southall

Uxbridge Road – Southall
Two Nishan Sahibs of Miri Piri Gurdwara

Miri Piri Gurdwara
Mysterious hole in the ground !

Gurdwara Miri Piri Sahib
253-263 The Broadway
Southall, Middlesex UB1 1NF

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The Tribune – Pakistan continues to be a safe haven for terrorists: US

Washington, 27 August 2014. The Pentagon has said Pakistan continues to be a safe haven for terrorists while lauding the efforts of the country’s military to eliminate extremism, which it described as a “common threat” for both the countries.

“Extremists and the safe haven pose a challenge and the sanctuary that they continue to enjoy in Pakistan, but the Pakistani military has taken action against some of those extremist threats inside their own country. They’ve conducted operations not too long ago, just this summer,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

He said the US wanted to continue to work with Pakistan “to deal with what we believe is a common challenge and a common threat faced by both our countries and by Afghanistan, as well,” he said.

“It is important to remind everybody that they, too, have taken casualties in that fight, so it’s a common threat. We don’t always see eye-to-eye on how to address it. That remains to be the case today.

“But what’s different today is that we have better vehicles for dialogue and cooperation with the Pakistani military that we continue to enjoy and want to and continue to improve,” he said. (PTI)

BBC News – Afghan vote audit on hold over Abdullah claims of fraud

Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has withdrawn observers from an audit of votes in the disputed election, citing concerns over fraud.

“We will not join the process today, and maybe we will not re-join the process at all,” his spokesman said.

The UN-supervised audit to find a successor to Hamid Karzai has been suspended for now, officials say.

Both Mr Abdullah and his rival Ashraf Ghani have claimed victory and both have alleged widespread fraud.

The two candidates have agreed to form a government of national unity but have so far failed to reach a deal.

Auditing all eight million votes cast in the June run-off began a month ago and could take weeks to complete.

A UN spokesman in Kabul confirmed there was a “temporary pause” in the process, but did not anticipate significant disruption, the Associated Press reports.

Mr Ghani’s observers have also pulled out of the audit for now at the UN’s request, his team says.

Moses – Jesus – Mohammad

Mozes – Jesus – Mohammad

Jesus – We have all three of us delivered to them the same message of peace and love, haven’t we ?

Mozes – I confirm, the same message !

Mohammad – Yes Yes, completely similar

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Sikh Federation – Deputy PM Nick Clegg sidesteps justice for 1984 Sikh genocide

London, 25 August 2014. The Sikh Federation (UK) last year arranged a meeting of British Sikh representatives with Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Simon Hughes, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats at that time.

In a more detailed follow up meeting in his office at the Cabinet Office Sikh Federation (UK) representatives suggested in a future trip to India that the Deputy Prime Minister should try and visit Punjab, the Sikh homeland and Sri Harmander Sahib (often referred to as the Golden Temple Complex) in Amritsar.

The revelations in January this year under the 30–year rule that the Thatcher-led British Government was directly involved in assisting the Indian army in the military assault on the Sikhs’ holiest shrine in June 1984 that led to the Genocide of thousands of innocent Sikh pilgrims probably put paid to any chance of Clegg visiting Amritsar during this trip.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK), who has met the Deputy Prime Minister on more than one occasion said:

‘Even though time may have been limited in his 3-day visit to promote British business we believe the Deputy Prime Minister was either prevented or avoided visiting Amritsar fearing this may re-open the debate around UK Government assistance in the Sikh Genocide in Amritsar in June 1984.’

‘We suggested if he could not visit Punjab he should visit one of the historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Delhi. It was good to see him at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara today, which has been widely reported in the media.’

‘However, we believe he deliberately avoided consulting us on the exact arrangements for his visit given our criticism of the coalition government in recent months following the revelations in January and the way this has been handled by them.’

‘He may also have been nervous about our advice as we are approaching the 30th anniversary of the Sikh Genocide in Delhi and other cities throughout northern India in November 1984.’

‘He would not have been disappointed as we would almost certainly have suggested a more suitable Gurdwara for his visit was Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib opposite the Indian Parliament that is of huge significance to Sikhs.’

‘It was not only where the body of the ninth Sikh Guru who sacrificed his life for the religious freedom of others (the Hindu majority at that time) was cremated, but also one of the many sites where leading Congress politicians (Kamal Nath) led Hindu mobs who systematically burnt alive innocent Sikhs on 1 November 1984.’

‘UK Cabinet papers from November 1984 that are available under the 30-year rule show the extraordinary lengths the Indian Government took 30 years ago to threaten the Thatcher-led government with pulling out of a £5bn contracts unless British Sikhs protesting against the Genocide were silenced.’

‘Sadly 30 years ago the iron lady bowed to the Indian government pressure, not only in providing military assistance in the June 1984 Genocide in the Sikhs’ holiest shrine, but also silencing Sikh voices of protest in London following the second Sikh Genocide in November 1984.’

‘Today the British Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are still far more interested in trade and selling arms to India than ensuring justice for the 1984 Sikh Genocide.’

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

Gurdwaras – West Midlands Gurdware, 25 March 2010, Dudley, Bilston, Birmingham, UK

Guru Nanak Gurdwara
Arthur Street
Bilston, West Midlands WV14 0DG


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