The Tribune – Akal Takht extends help to violence-hit people in Delhi

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 26 February 2020. Coming to extend helping hand to violence-hit people of the national capital, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Wednesday asked the Gurdwaras in Delhi to extend all kind of possible help to the victims.

Flaying the violence in Delhi, he said, in a statement, that “the principle of Sikhism is to take care of any victim who comes for help”.

“Violence in Delhi is condemnable. There are reports of deaths and injuries to people. It is principle of Sikhism to take care of any victim who comes for help. The situation in Delhi is serious and so the managements of all Gurdwaras in Delhi should help the victims of violence in this time of grief irrespective of their religion,” he added.

Gentbrugge – Braemstraat & Gent Gurdwara

Braemstraat – Turkish wedding
11 January 2020

Music and dancing in the street

Music and dancing in the street

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Khalsa Sewa Society
12 January 2020

Reciting Sukhmani Sahib

The Granthi reads one line
The women read the second etc

Now one of the women is taking the lead

Another Sikh from the Netherlands in the Gurdwara
Mera dost Theodorus Singh Teekgur
Khalsa Seva Society

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

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The Tribune – Malerkotla woman’s death brings communities together

Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus organise bhog ceremony after no one from kin came forward

Parvesh Sharma – Tribune News Service

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 23 February 2020. Muslims, with the help of Sikhs and Hindus, organised the “bhog” ceremony of a Sikh woman, Rani (55), in Malerkotla on Sunday. She passed away in her rented accommodation on 15 February. She was a divorcee and worked as a maid. After none turned up for the last rites, Muslims pooled in money cremated the body as per Sikh tenets.

“Rani got divorced 15 years ago. Since then, she had been staying at a colony in Malerkotla in a rented room owned by a Muslim family. With the help of our Sikh and Hindu brothers, we organised the ‘bhog’ and performed the ‘antim ardas’ at Gurdwara Sahib Baba Namdev in Malerkotla as per Sikh rituals,” said Aslam Kala, a Malerkotla resident.

After her death, the landlord, in whose house she was putting up, informed members of her family, but they refused to attend the cremation.

Sapinder Singh, a retired government employee, said: “Our Muslim brothers have made us proud and proved that we are united. But the attitude of Rani’s family has been shocking as they refused to perform her last rites. Her daughter had expressed her desire to come, but her husband did not allow her.”

“Aslam has followed Sikh rituals and we offered him support,” said Karnail Singh, another resident. – Terrorists are trained in Nagpur, not Kartarpur

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 23 February 2020. Strongly reacting to Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta’s statement about Kartarpur, the Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala has said that the terrorists are trained at RSS’ headquarters in Nagpur, not at Kartarpur Sahib.

The SYFB has cited names of notorious Hindutva terrorists like Colonel Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya who are being shielded by the Indian state machinery despite committing heinous crimes.

Speaking to Sikh24, SYFB’s senior vice president Bhai Ranjit Singh Damdami Taksal said that DGP Gupta has ultimately depicted the hate he is having towards Sikhs in his mind due to which the sacred Sikh shrine Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib also seems a center of terrorism to him.

“If paying obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib makes someone ‘terrorist’ then millions of Sikhs are going to become ‘terrorists’ proudly,” he said while adding that dubbing Sikhs and Muslims as terrorists was not a new thing in India.

Bhai Ranjit Singh Damdami Taksal has posed a question to Dinkar Gupta that does he also feel same about the Hindu pilgrims who return after having a glimpse of Maan Sarovar in China.

Bhai Ranjit Singh Damdami Taksal has sought immediate indictment of DGP Dinkar Gupta.

Terrorists are trained in Nagpur, not Kartarpur

The Asian Age – Donald Trump’s visit sparks fear among J&K Sikhs

Trump and First Lady Melania are scheduled to travel to Ahmedabad, Agra and New Delhi on 24 and 25 February.

Yusuf Jameel

Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 23 February 2020. The US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit of India has caused fear psychosis and panic among the Sikhs of Kashmir Valley as they are reminded of the ‘horror’ of the night of March 19, 2000 when as many as 35 members of the minority community were massacred by gunmen in Chattisinghpora village of southern Anantnag district during then President Bill Clinton’s official visit of the country.

Stating this, Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), an amalgam of J&K’s Sikh organizations, said that the Sikhs of the Valley have to face such fearful situation whenever a high profile foreign personality, especially, that from USA visits India.

“The whole of India seems to be busy in making preparations for Mr Trump’s visit, but for Sikhs of Kashmir, the visit has brought in fears that the members of community are yet again on the radar.

The Sikhs are feeling insecure and they fear that something untoward might happen on the eve of Donald Trump’s visit,” Mr. Raina said in a statement here on Saturday.

In 2000, on the intervening night of 19 and 20 March, when the then US President Mr. Clinton was in India, 35 Sikhs were shot dead by gunmen in Army uniforms after descending to Chattisinghpora. A local woman had also died of cardiac arrest on seeing piles of bullet-riddled corpses of the victims, raising the toll to 36.

The authorities had blamed the gory incident on separatist militants. Five days after the massacre, Army and J&K police had claimed that five perpetrators were killed in an encounter in Anantnag’s Pathribal area and all of them were foreign terrorists.

But later, it turned out to be a fake encounter and all the five slain men were unarmed civilians, who were picked up by the forces from different areas of the district earlier. Subsequently, at least ten persons were also killed after security forces opened fire on the people protesting against the fake encounter in Anantnag’s Brakapora area.

The CBI had in 2006 chargesheeted Brigadier Ajay Saxena, Lt. Colonel Brajendra Pratap Singh, Major Sourabh Sharma, Major Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan for killing five civilians.

However, in January 2014, the Army closed the Pathribal fake encounter case, asserting that the evidence recorded couldn’t establish a prime-facie case against any of the accused.

The Army had taken up the case from the civil court in 2012 following the directions of the Supreme Court before which it has earlier challenged the charge-sheet filed by the CBI, which had described the incident as staged encounter and the killing of the civilian as a cold-blooded murder.

Even after the lapse of nearly two decades the people of J&K particularly the Sikhs of the Valley are still waiting for the justice to be delivered. Mr Raina said that the scars inflicted on the Sikhs of the Valley during Mr Clinton’s visit “are yet to be removed even after 20 years as the people who carried out the crime are yet to be identified”.

He said, “It is highly unfortunate that neither the Government of India nor the successive J&K governments have reached to any conclusion with respect to identifying the killers of Sikhs at Chattisinghpora. The people at helm have just been making claims and truth of the matter is killers continue to roam free,” he added.

He said the Sikhs of the Valley were gripped by panic also during the India visit of (former) President Barrack Obama “but, fortunately, nothing untoward happened”. He, however, asked the Sikh living in village of north and south Kashmir “to remain alert and vigilant” during the Trump visit.

The Tribune – Will meet HM to push for SGPC polls: Rebel Akalis

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 20 February 2020. A day prior to holding a rally at Tarn Taran, Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa along with SAD (Taksali) secretary general Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Sikh Federation leader Manjit Singh Bhoma on Thursday visited Bhupinder Singh Khalsa at his residence here.

Bhupinder had recently resigned from the post of SAD (NRI wing) general secretary based at the US while revolting against the top Akali leadership.

The leaders emphasised that in the present scenario, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president as well as Takht Jathedars were left as ‘rubber stamps’ whereas the Badals-led Akali leadership had been misutilising them for political gains.

“We want to free the SGPC from the Badals. Before occupying any political platform, our first move will be to prepare the candidates for the SGPC polls,” Dhindsa said.

He said a delegation would soon meet the Union Home Minister, demanding to hold the SGPC polls that were long overdue. He claimed that a set of people had shown solidarity with their vision of the revival of sanctity of Akal Takht and the SGPC.

Deurne: Gurdwara and Bremweide

Deurne Gurdwara
09 January 2020

Palki Sahib

Sach Khand

Guru Har Rai Sahib Gurdwara
Bisschoppenhoflaan 638B
2100 Deurne – Antwerpen

09 January 2020

From Bisschoppenhoflaan into Bremweide Park

The park has both woodland and meadows

The path behind the buildings along Bisschoppenhoflaan

The Gurdwara seen from the park

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Man in Blue – UN chief pays obeisance, partakes langar at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib

Sikh24 Editors

Lahore – Panjab – India, 18 February 2020. Mr Antonio Guterres, the chief of United Nations, today paid obeisance at the historic Sikh Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, where Guru Nanak Sahib spent almost the last two decades of his life.

He also partook langar after traversing various parts of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib complex during the afternoon hours.

Highly hailing Pakistan government for opening the Kartarpur corridor, Antonio Guterres said that the Kartarpur Corridor is a practical example of Pakistan’s desire for peace and inter-faith harmony.

Interacting with the media, he said the opening of the corridor is a good step and it will promote tolerance and interfaith harmony. He also appreciated the facilities being provided to Sikh pilgrims at the complex.

He was honored by the PSGPC officials and other Sikh representatives of Pakistan as per Sikh traditions.

UN chief pays obeisance, partakes langar at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib

Gent: Lippensplein – Deurne: Gurdwara

05 January 2020

Lippensplein – New De Lijn tram/bus information

Lippensplein – Tram 2 and 4

Deurne Gurdwara
09 January 2020

Nishan Sahib – Sikh Flag

Guru Har Rai Gurdwara

Khanda – Sikh Symbol

Guru Har Rai Sahib Gurdwara
Bisschoppenhoflaan 638B
2100 Deurne – Antwerpen

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The News – Sikh pilgrims meet PBIT chairman

Islamabad – Pakistan, 20 February 2020. A group of 140 Sikh pilgrims, including socialites and investors living in England, met Chairman Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan at a breakfast here on Wednesday.

They discussed matters of mutual interest, investment and tourism in Pakistan with particular reference to religious tourism.

The Sikhs led by Sardar Ranjit Singh Rana, described the opening of the Kartarpur corridor by the incumbent Government as a great step for the Sikhs.

Sardar Ranjit Singh said that the way Pakistan was focusing on Sikh religious tourism, especially by Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan and his company Centaurus, Pakistan would surely become the best place for tourism. “I have been here three times this year and have been hosted by PBIT chairman”, he said.

He said that the Sikh community was grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan, his Government, and Chairman PBIT Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan for their gesture.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan said that the way in which Pakistan’s actions regarding religious freedoms are being appreciated in the world is the core spirit of religion of Islam.

Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasized on protection of rights of non-Muslims and made their lives easy,” he said saying that no one could find greater act of tolerance than that.

He said that the honesty and affection shown by Chief of the Army Staff for Navjot Singh Sidhu was widely criticized in India, but General Bajwa fulfilled his promise.” Thanks to their initiative, the dignity of Pakistan has increased in the world,” he said.

He said the Sikh community also stands with Kashmiris all over the world, while it is regrettable that the Modi’s Government attitude towards Muslims in the neighboring country is sad and condemnable.