– Pardon to Sirsa Chief: Sukhbir Badal Denies Allegations by Giani Gurmukh Singh

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Amrtitsar Sahib-Panjab-India, 29 April 2017. Former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Badal on April 28 paid visit to the sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandr Sahib along with his wife Harsimrat Badal. He was accompanied by his security personnel.

Interacting with media after paying obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib, Sukhbir Badal refuted the allegations leveled by former Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh of compelling the Takht Jathedars to grant pardon to Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

He said that he never interfered in SGPC or religious affairs of the Sikhs affairs.

Taking on the Congress led Punjab government for failing in delivering onto pre-poll promises, Sukhbir Badal said that the Congress was monopolising the liquor and grain trade in Punjab by overpowering their legislators. He claimed that the law and order situation in Punjab was deteriorating day by day in Punjab.

Sukhbir further said that the Congress had made promise to the Punjab masses of waiving farmers’ debts, raising old age pension to Rs. 2,000 and government job in every household in its poll manifesto but the government has still not fulfilled even a single promise.

Sukhbir Badal taunted that the Congress leaders were behaving like a starved lions who cross every line to satisfy their appetite. He said that the Congress leaders were looting Punjab like they were sure that they will not get back to power later.

The Tribune – Dera row: Political leaders perform ‘sewa’

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 26 April 2017. Abiding by the Akal Takht’s directions, Sikh political leaders performed “sewa” as part of the “tankhah” (religious punishment) pronounced upon them on April 17 for seeking support from the Sirsa dera ahead of the Assembly elections.

As many as 21 leaders swept the passage leading to the Golden Temple from Gurdwara Saragarhi. Tomorrow, they would clean up the “parikrama” of the shrine at 3 am. The next day, they would perform “sewa” at the Langar Hall for two hours and “joda” (cleaning shoes of devotees) for two hours, the other day.

After completing this sewa, they would offer Rs 5,100 to the “golak” and Rs 501 “karah parshad”.

Among the 21 leaders who performed “sewa” today included 20 of the Akali Dal. Prominent among them were Darbara Singh Guru, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Sikandar Singh Maluka, Surjit Singh Rakhra, Jeetmohinder Singh Sidhu, Ajit Singh Shant, Varinder Kaur, Inderiqbal Singh Atwal, Mantar Singh Brar, and Kanwaljit Singh Rozibarkandi. Congress’ Ajitinder Singh Mofar was also present.

Gent Gurdwara – Bhog of Akhand Path

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
02 April 2017

Reading of the final pages of the Guru Granth Sahib

A full reading of the Guru Granth Sahib takes 48 hours

Gurbani Kirtan
Singing of the poetry from the Guru Granth Sahib

Tabla player, two singers who also play
waja = small harmonium

Sangat : Men on the left – women on the right

The Granthi Singh has joined the singers

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

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KW – Petitie tegen mogelijke komst Sikh tempel [Gurdwara] in Blankenberge

Toekomstige Gurdwara in Blankenberge

The building the Sikhs want to take on rent for their Gurdwara

Some locals have started a petition against the gurdwara, which has been encouraged by the extreme right wing party Vlaams Belang. We have been contacted by another group of local people who want to welcome the Sikhs.
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Concreet vrezen enkele buurtbewoners voor overlast en problemen op vlak van mobiliteit.

Blankenberge, 26 April 2017. Buurtbewoners van de Schaapstraat in Blankenberge zijn een petitie gestart tegen de mogelijke herbestemming van de sportruimte naar een gebedsruimte voor de Sikh-gemeenschap.

Concreet vrezen ze vooral voor overlast en problemen op vlak van mobiliteit. Eigenaar Raoul Bruggeman (86) ziet geen probleem. “Dat zijn heel brave mensen. Ik zie niet in hoe zij voor overlast zouden zorgen.”

De aanvraag voor een stedenbouwkundige vergunning werd eind vorige maand ingediend. Of er in de toekomst effectief een Sikh-tempel komt, is nog niet zeker. Toch zijn ze er in de buurt niet gerust op. Vlaams Belang stak het vuur aan de lont en reageerde ongerust op de aanvraag.

Om hun woorden kracht bij te zetten, startten verschillende buurtbewoners met een petitie. Daarin vragen ze het stadsbestuur uitdrukkelijk om geen stedenbouwkundige vergunning toe te kennen voor een gebedsruimte. “We vrezen vooral overlast en een aantrekpool voor illegalen”, zeggen de initiatiefnemers.

“Daarnaast is de kans ook groot dat de komst van een gebedsruimte zal zorgen voor problemen met de mobiliteit in de straat. En vooral: de nabijheid van zo’n ruimte is volgens ons niet geschikt in de nabijheid van een school.” De petitie werd ondertussen al zo’n 400 keer ondertekend. Woensdag zullen ze ook postvatten aan de school in de Schaapstraat om nog meer handtekeningen te verzamelen.

Geen overlast

Raoul Bruggeman (86) kocht het pand vorig jaar op en gaf toestemming aan de gemeenschap, die in Blankenberge zo’n 40 leden telt, om het gebouw te huren. “Waarom niet? Dat zijn hele brave mensen. Ik kan me niet voorstellen dat ze voor overlast zullen zorgen.

Dat mensen bang zijn voor extremisten of illegalen? Het Sikhisme staat volledig los van de moslims of Allah. Geloof me: ik heb er alle vertrouwen in dat alles rustig zal verlopen.”

Burgemeester Patrick De Klerck (Open VLD) wil nog niet vooruitlopen op de zaken. “Ik wacht het onderzoek van de bevoegde diensten af om een oordeel te velden”, aldus de burgemeester. – BJP led Municipal Council demolishes Gurdwara in Indore; Police Takes Away Cash, Artifacts and Religious Books

Indore-Madhya Pradesh-India, 24 April 2017. The BJP led Municipal Corporation of Indore forcibly demolished a Gurdwara Sahib named ‘Kartar Kirtan Sahib’ in Indore on April 22. More than 400 Police cops manhandled the Sikh devotees to force them out of the Gurdwara building before demolishing it with the help of bulldozers.

Speaking with Sikh24, a local Sikh devotee Gurpreet Singh informed that on April 22, the police personnel forcibly started mobilizing the Holy Scripture of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji installed in Gurdwara Sahib.

He added that the Sikh sangat who opposed to this move, including women, were manhandled in a brutal way by the Police. In the process, an octogenarian Sikh woman was also seriously injured.

He informed that the Police completely demolished the building of Gurdwara Sahib and took away the 300 years old swords, two silver flower pots, cash of Golak (around Rs. 80,000) and locker (around Rs. 300,000). He added that the Police also took away more than 40,000 books of Gurdwara library.

Sources have informed us that the President of Gurdwara Management Committee Manjit Singh Bhatia was affiliated to BJP and he might be involved in the demolition of Gurdwara Sahib as he was in attempt to get ticket from saffron party for 2018 polls.

Meanwhile, the SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has strongly condemned the act of Indore Municipal Corporation. He has said that the Municipal Corporation should have provided an alternate place to rebuild the building of Gurdwara Sahib.

Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan to ensure sentiments of Sikh masses are not hurt.

He also asked the municipal council to provide an alternate place to rebuild the Gurdwara Sahib. He has said that the India was a secular country and sentiments of people belonging to different religions should be respected.

Gent Gurdwara: School visits – Sassekaai and Neuseplein

Gent Gurdwara
School visits
27 and 30 March 2017

27 March : group photo
With sevadar and Granthi Singh

30 March : Granthi Singh and Sevadars

30 March : Students having tea and ‘snack’

 Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Sassekaai and Neuseplein/Tolpoort
Works, no trams
31 March 2017

Sassekaai – no Tram service !
I suppose they are working on the drains
It looks like the drains empty out into the docks

You can just about walk past the works
Cars and trams have no hope getting through

Tram 4 Neuseplein – Two Tram 4 services
1) Moscou to Voormuide
2) UZ to Tolpoort

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The Times of India – Expel MP: UK gurdwara writes to Labour Party

I am no fan of the previous Gurdwara pardhan Himmat Singh Sohi, I am no fan of the present pardhan Gurmail Singh Malhi nor of committee member Harjit Singh Sarpanch or Virendra Sharma MP. I have lived in West London for about 13 years and I know that there are excellent people in the local Sikh community. Why are these not elected as MP, or member of the Gurdwara committee ?
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Chandigarh, 25 April 2017. There is a different fervour to snap general election campaign in Ealing-Southall this year with Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall, passing a resolution seeking expulsion of incumbent Member of Parliament, Virendra Sharma, from the Labour Party of Britain.

This resolution is a result of a social media messaging controversy involving some committee members of the gurdwara. Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall, is the largest gurdwara out side India with about 10,000 registered members. The controversy has become a talking point in the local Sikh circles.

Sharma on his part says that the campaign against him is politically motivated and is being stirred up by a small number of people driven by religion and the regions they come from. He insists the protests don’t represent the community’s feelings.

He had also written to the gurdwara’s general secretary, apologising for sharing a What sApp message that was against the gurdwara’s management committee.

It is alleged that during the annual Southall Baisakhi Nagar Kirtan earlier this month, Sharma passed on messages on social media that were allegedly defamatory and malicious that targeted some of the gurdwara management committee members, including its president Gurmail Singh Malhi.

Expressing concern during a specially convened executive committee meeting, gurdwara vice-president Harjit Singh Sarpanch said, “It is more serious because it has been done and being done by a public person like Sharma in collaboration with his supporters to spread hatred in the community”.

Sarpanch alleged that Sharma was not capable of representing the diverse people of Southall and Ealing and that he had been dividing communities.

“This is an act of political criminality. He has sent messages on WhatsApp relating to me and my colleagues’ personal matters. He must be suspended as an MP by the Labour Party”, claimed Manjit Singh Buttar, the gurdwara general secretary, who is also a Councillor in the London Borough of Hounslow.

The management committee has since passed a resolution planning to take action against Sharma.

The executive committee unanimously condemned “malicious, conspired, character assassination on the day of Nagar Kirtan to cause maximum harm to the reputation and character of our key committee members.” It was also resolved that the case be reported to the police and further civil action be initiated as per legal advice.

It was also decided that the committee would report the matter to the Leader of the Labour Party calling for action to expel Mr Sharma MP from the party as well as to approach the Speaker of the House of Commons requesting him to take appropriate action against him.

Sharma said, “The argument with Buttar and the gurdwara is all product of a misunderstanding. There is no real conflict between us and I have offered to meet with everyone concerned to clear up the issue.”

The April 20 letter written to the gurdwara general secretary by the MP, a copy of which has been provided to TOI, Sharma said, “On the 9th April I received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number.

This message contained numerous allegations about a number of highly respected members of our local community and people I consider to be pillars of society. I will not waste space on the scurrilous rumours and gossip in the message, but I told the sender that it was wrong to make such allegations anonymously…”

He added in the letter that when the first accusations were followed by further accusations, he shared the number and message with very few friends to try to ascertain the identity of the sender.

“In doing so I realise that I spread the gossip further and I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for this, and any accidental credence I lent the allegations, this was not my intention,” he said.

Ledeberg Internaat & kerk – Gent Korte Dagsteeg – Gent Gurdwara

Ledeberg Internaat & Kerk
23 March 2017

Technical Business School
Primary School – Kindergarten
Ledeberg – Langestraat

Our Lady’s presentation
Internaat – Welcome
Ledeberg – Zuidstraat


Gent Korte Dagsteeg/Brabantdam
26 March 2017

The hole in the ground has gone !
Tracks are being laid !

When will the new tram 2 start running ?

Gent Gurdwara
School visit
27 March 2017

Sevadar, Granthi, students and staff

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

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The Indian Express – Panel formed by SGPC in 2015 to remove, appoint jathedars nowhere in sight

Only one meeting of this panel was conducted, shortly after formation at Anandpur Sahib

Kamaldeep Singh Brar

Amritsar, 23 April 2017. An expert panel was formed by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to set the rules and regulations for the appointment and removal of jathedars at Sikh Takhts, immediately after the controversial unceremonious removal of then Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Balwant Singh Nagar in 2015.

However, this expert panel was nowhere in picture when Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Gurmukh Singh was removed and replaced by Harjeet Singh on Friday.

The expert panel was formed by the SGPC executive committee on January 21, 2015, to lay down rules and regulations for the appointment and removal of the jathedars. Only one meeting of this panel was conducted, shortly after formation at Anandpur Sahib. Since then, no meeting of the panel has been held.

The then SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh was coordinator of panel. “I had called first meeting of the panel after the formation. Only one member, Balkar Singh from Patiala, attended it. I had asked all the panelists to give their suggestions via e-mail on appointment and removal of jathedars.

I retired a month after this meeting and since then I have no information about any development.”

The incumbent SGPC Secretary Rup Singh said he was not aware of the panel.

Balkar Singh, a historian, said, “Yes, I had attended that meeting. But it was the only meeting that was conducted and I never got an invitation for any meeting after that. There has been no communication with SGPC on this issue since that meeting”.

“I have so many suggestions. But two most important things are that there should be no political interference in the appointment and removal of the jathedars.

Second, there should be a panel of names to select a jathedar. But again as they did yesterday, they adopted a pick-and-chose formula. I am not questioning calibre of the new jathedar, but the name should had come out of a panel of candidates.”

Gurmukh Singh is not the first jathedar to be removed unceremoniously. Eight others have been similarly removed and appointed in the absence of any regulations since 1988.

Panel formed by SGPC in 2015 to remove, appoint jathedars nowhere in sight