Sikh24.com – DSGMC member Avtar Singh Hit elected to head Patna Sahib management board

Sikh24 Editors

Patna – Bihar – India, 15 October 2018. The SAD(Badal) affiliated DSGMC member Avtar Singh Hit was elected to head the Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board on October 14. He has replaced the former SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar who was elected as president of the committee about two and half years ago.

Sources have informed that the DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa played a key role in the election of Avtar Singh Hit as the president of the Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board. Avtar Singh Hit ran unopposed in the election as no candidate appeared to challenge his election as president of the management board.

Sikh24 has learnt that the other office bearers of the management committee are also affiliated to SAD (Badal). Dr Gurmeet Singh has been elected as the senior vice president while Inderjeet Singh got elected as a junior vice president. Similarly, M S Dhillon and M S Chhabra have been elected as general secretary and secretary of the management board respectively.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/10/15/dsgmc-member-avtar-singh-hit-elected-to-head-patna-sahib-management-board/#.W8TI6_ZoTIU

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Sikh24.com – Australian Sikhs request New South Wales premier for representation and helmet exemption

United Sikhs

Sydney – New South Wales – Australia, 10 October 2018. New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, responded warmly to a request to address two pressing issues faced by Sikhs in New South Wales. She was visiting the Glenwood Gurdwara in Sydney yesterday and had a meeting with the Australian Sikh Association and United Sikhs representatives.

During the meeting the Premier was handed a letter which was signed by an ASA Trustee, Mr Balvinder Singh Chahal and Mejindarpal Kaur, the International Legal Director of United Sikhs, which made a request in relation to two pressing issues, which particularly affect Sikhs in New South Wales, namely:

1. The need for Sikh representation in the public sector and Parliament; and

2. The need for a helmet exemption for Sikh pedal cyclists.

Representation

In the letter, the Premier was informed that she leads a state where the first Sikh Gurdwara was built in 1968, in Woolgoolga, where today Sikhs comprise 50 percent of the population and own 90 percent of the local banana farms. Further, of the 19 Australian Sikh ANZAC members, five were enlisted in New South Wales.

Recent statistics reveal that Sikhism has grown over 500 per cent in Australia in the last ten years making it Australia’s fastest growing religion since 2011. However, Sikhs continue to be a visibly invisible religious minority.

“Even though Sikhs in New South Wales are hard-working active contributors to a broad range of community, industry, civil service and professional areas, regrettably, they are not appointed at senior levels to advisory boards, commissions, committees or other public authorities. As a consequence, Sikhs have had limited input in decision making in the public sector,” the letter pointed out.

“Equally, Sikhs feel that it is time that the New South Wales Parliament has its first upstanding Sikh male or female MP, who will also be the first Sikh MP in Australia. This can only be achieved if a political party, for e.g. the Liberal Party, fields a Sikh candidate,” the letter added.

“To this end, we request that appropriate persons from the Sikh community of NSW be identified and allowed an opportunity to participate in senior representative roles within the NSW government and as a first Member of Parliament,” the letter said.

Exemption

Secondly, the Premier was reminded of the New South Wales Sikh community’s long-standing request for an exemption for Sikh pedal cyclists, who are mandated by their faith to wear a turban at all times.

United Sikhs legal advisor, Ishita Kaur, apprised the Premier that apart from the ACT, New South Wales is the only Australian State or Territory do not have an exemption for Sikhs riding or being a passenger on a bicycle.

“This operates to effectively ban Sikh persons from riding or being passenger on a bicycle in NSW. This is inconsistent with the position taken by most other States and Territories in Australia and is also out of step with community expectations,” the letter re-iterated.

The letter further informed the Premier that according to legal advice obtained by United Sikhs about the validity of the relevant NSW road rule, it is likely that it will be found to be invalid pursuant to section 109 of the Australian Constitution to the extent that it restricts a Sikh person from riding, or being a passenger on a bicycle in NSW without penalty.

“It is safe to say that this is an issue that is close to the hearts of all Sikhs, persons of Indian descent and the broader Australian community. Given the strong community support for a helmet exemption for Sikh persons, we implore you to consider supporting an exemption,” the letter said.

It was suggested to the Premier during the meeting and again reiterated in the letter that words to the effect of those appearing in the South Australian road rules could be adopted in the State of NSW so to allow for an exemption to Sikhs in New South Wales.

The Premier warmly received the submissions put on both of the main issues and agreed that it would be appropriate to meet further to discuss an exemption for Sikh pedal cyclists.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/10/10/australian-sikhs-request-new-south-wales-premier-for-representation-and-helmet-exemption/#.W79BTPZoTIU

Gent: Gurdwara – Ketelvaart

Gurdwara Gent
02 September 2018


Reading of the last pages of the Guru Granth Sahib


The family I used to meet in the Vilvoorde Gurdwara


Indirpreet Kaur and friend

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

Ketelvaart
02 September


Bridge across the Ketelvaart – Grote Huidevetterstraat


Footbridge from the Krook library to the Brabantdam


The same bridge from a different angle

To see all my pictures:

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More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Gent: Kasteellaan – Gurdwara – Brusselsesteenweg/E17 – Gurdwara

Due to being very busy
I only upload a pictorial today
Man-in-Blue

Steinerschool
Kasteellaan
01 September 2018


Steinerschool

Gurdwara Gent
01 September 2018


Ranjit Singh aka Master-ji doing path

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

Brusselsesteenweg/E17
02 September 2018


Nature near the motorway junction

Nature near the motorway junction


Our favourite Zwijndrecht parivar
Informal


Our favourite Zwijndrecht parivar
formal

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

To see all my pictures:

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More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Tribune – CM reviews progress of SIT probe in sacrilege cases

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 09 October 2018. Amid growing concern within the ruling party over the delay in taking action in sacrilege cases and subsequent police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura, CM Captain Amarinder Singh today reviewed the progress of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

He also discussed with the Advocate General and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) the status of case regarding interim stay granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to five policemen, whose names figured in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report.

The state’s plea for vacation of the stay is coming up for hearing tomorrow.

It is learnt the party’s top brass has drawn up plans to come out with some action before November so that people’s faith in the Congress was restored. The party wants to use the issue to its advantage in the Lok Sabha polls.

A senior government functionary said the presence of hardcore radicals among the gathering at Bargari on October 7 is an area of concern for intelligence agencies. The October 14 gathering to be held at Bargari and Panthic assembly on October 20 and 21 is being closely watched.

The CM and the police officers discussed the scheduled gathering of the Panthic leaders on October 14, called to observe the third anniversary of those killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan. “The Congress wants to oust Badals from the SGPC, but not allow the radicals to take over,” said a senior leader.

Earlier in the day, Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Dhillon are learnt to have met the CM seeking timely action against those whose complicity have figured in the Ranjit Singh report.
Though both termed the meeting as a courtesy call, it is learnt that they have sought taking the sacrilege cases and subsequent police firing to its logical conclusion. More leaders are expected to meet the CM in the coming days over the issue.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/cm-reviews-progress-of-sit-probe-in-sacrilege-cases/665930.html

India Today – Badals rake up Blue Star operation, anti-Sikh riots after they are cornered in sacrilege cases

While addressing a rally, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Congress was hell bent on capturing Sikh shrines.

Patiala – Panjab – India, 07 October 2018. The miffed Badals on Sunday raised the bogey of Blue Star operation, anti-Sikh operation and anti-Sikh rights issue during a rally in Patiala, the home turf of CM captain Amarinder Singh. This comes after the Ranjit Singh panel report hinted at the then government’s failure to handle the sacrilege cases.

While addressing the gathering, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Congress was hell bent on capturing Sikh shrines as well as the SGPC, the committee which manages the Sikh shrines.

“Captain is a traitor and Sidhu is a ‘Piddu’. They have murdered democracy in the recent zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections. The next target is gurdwaras. They want to put Congress mahants (priests) in Gurdwaras,” Badal said.

Earlier Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said that after attacking the Golden Temple, Congress was now trying to cover its anti-Sikh face in the garb of religion.

“How can Captain Amarinder Singh talk about the Sikh religion when he did not pay a single visit to the golden Temple after becoming the chief minister. Forces are now out to break Shiromani Akali Dal.

No political party can match SAD. Can Congress become a religious party after attacking the Golden temple complex and killing thousands of innocent Sikhs?” Sukhbir Badal said.

Sukhbir also attacked Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and Aam Aadmi Party. He accused AAP of sourcing funds from hardline khalistani groups.

The ruling Congress organised a political rally to counter the Badals in their home turf of Lambi, Muktsar and tried to expose them.

Its leaders told people that the previous Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP government failed to solve the sacrilege cases and take action against the police officers who fired at protesters at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015 in which two people were killed.

Launching a scathing attack against the Badals, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh while addressing a rally in Lambi said action against them will be taken if found guilty.

“People are putting pressure on the Congress government to punish those who were responsible Nobody will be spared if others are found guilty,” Captain Amarinder Singh said.

Captain Amarinder Singh said Akali Dal has lost its political ground and whatever the Akali leaders were saying was because they were frustrated that people have rendered them irrelevant.

Meanwhile thousands joined a protest organised by senior AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khera in Bargari.

While only a few AAP leaders joined the protest march, a sizable chunk of hardliner Khalistan group members were also seen in the protest march.

Not only did protesters openly raise pro-Khalistani slogans but also raised their voices against former chief minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Slamming both the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal, AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira questioned the importance of political rallies organised by Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress.

“Congress and Akali Dal are playing a friendly match to prolong the action in cases of sacrilege. When the justice Ranjit Singh Commission report has made things clear why is the Congress shying away from taking action against the cops and instead only organising a political rally?” Sukhpal Khaira said.

https://www.indiatoday.in/politics/story/badals-rake-up-blue-star-operation-anti-sikh-riots-after-they-are-cornered-in-sacrilege-cases-1358087-2018-10-07

The Tribune – Amid recitation of Gurbani, Darshani Deori at Golden Temple gets new doors

Neeraj Bagga, Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 06 October 2018. Amid the recitation of Gurbani, new gates were installed at the Darshani Deori, an arch before the causeway to the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, here on Saturday.

Golden Temple’s head priest Giani Jagtar Singh performed the ardas. Earlier, a Gurmat programme was held in front of the Akal Takht in which Hazuri Raagi performed Gurbani Kirtan.

SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal commended Baba Kashmir Singh of Karsewa Bhuriwale and Baba Sukhwinder Singh for exactly replicating the doors installed by legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh about 200 years ago.

He assured that the Shiromani committee would steadfastly maintain the original doors and showcase to the visiting sangat.

Longowal said Sheesham wood was used in preparing the doors which were covered with 60 kg silver foil on a side and seashell on another.

Natural effects like trees, vines and birds were engraved on doors. Skilled artisans from Agra and the holy city were roped in to roll out desired designs. These doors are 118-inch high and 110-inch wide.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and other Sikh religious personalities apart from a large number of devouts were present on the occasion.

The original doors having sandalwood base with the ivory carving and golden screws, were unhooked for preservation in 2010. The wood was beyond repair and the government had already banned ivory trade. So seashells were replaced to give the desired effect.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/amid-recitation-of-gurbani-darshani-deori-at-golden-temple-gets-new-doors/664180.html

The Tribune – Hindu bodies to support Bargari march

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar – Panjab – India, 05 October 2018. Several Hindu organisations have decided to back the Kotkapura-Bargari protest march to be led by rebel AAP MLA Sukhpal Khaira and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) leaders on 07 October.

Addressing the media, LIP MLA Balwinder Singh Bains said former CM Parkash Singh Badal was trying to disrupt peace in the state by raising the bogey of a threat to Hindu-Sikh harmony on the Bargari sacrilege issue.

Former MLA Prem Mittal, representing the Hindu community, said, “Guru Granth Sahib is dear to all communities in the state. We will take part in the march in large numbers. We demand implementation of the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission’s recommendations”.

Among the others present included Balbir Gupta, representative of the Jagraon Durga Mata Mandir; Vijay Bhatia of Baba Lal Dyal temple; Ravinder Nayyar of Arya Samaj Mandir, Atul Kapoor of the Krishna Morcha Committee and Vipan Sood Kaka of the Jagannath Rath Yatra Committee.

In Muktsar, Sukhpal Khaira visited Burj Sidhwan village to mobilise people for the protest march.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/hindu-bodies-to-support-bargari-march/664003.html

Sikh24.com – Haryana Chief Minister forced to cancel visit to Sikh dominated village in Haryana

Sikh24 Editors

Dabri – Haryana – India, 04 October 2018. As Sikhs of Dabri village in Karnal announced the plan to protest Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s address, he was forced to cancel his scheduled address there.

Khattar was scheduled to address a programme at Dabri during his road show programme in six villages of Karnal district. However, as Sikhs announced to protest his visit, his office announced that Khattar would no longer be visiting Dabri.

Earlier, Khattar refused to pay homage at a gurdwara in Dachar village of Karnal on Friday, citing that the Gurdwara committee did not agree to remove a portrait of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale installed in the langar hall.

As news of Khattar skipping the visit to Gurdwara reached Sikh outfits, more posters went up in Dabri and Sikh groups announced to carry a protest. A large portrait has also been installed at Dabri’s village gurdwara.

“We were planning to hold a protest during Khattar’s address,” said a Sikh youth from Dabri. “We are proud of what Sant Bhindranwale stood for and his posters will never be removed from the Gurdwaras,” he added.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/10/04/haryana-chief-minister-forced-to-cancel-visit-to-sikh-dominated-village-in-haryana/#.W7ZTYvZoTIU

Southern Daily Echo – Langar Week is coming to Southampton between October 1 and 7

An international Sikh awareness week is coming to Southampton next week. Langar Week, which runs between October 1 and 7, will provide free meals for all across the city.

Aaron Shaw

Southampton – Hampshire – UK, 27 August 2018. The week is an annual campaign highlighting the free-food service concept of Langar through a variety of events. Southampton Sikh Seva charity group said they were hoping to teach more people about the practice.

Langar translates as ‘communal kitchen’ and is the practice of providing free food for all, regardless of faith, gender, age or status. It was started more than 500 years ago by the first guru of the Sikhs, Guru Navek Dev Ji.

Southampton Sikh Seva said: “We look forward to serving the local community and teaching them about this practice. Anyone is welcome to a Gurdwara. Where there are Sikhs, no-one should go hungry.”

Above Bar Church will be open to all between 6pm and 7.30pm on October 1, and at various other locations throughout the week, including Bargate, London Road and Shirley High Street.

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/16906667.langar-week-is-coming-to-southampton-between-october-1-and-7/