The Tribune – Jatha to visit Pakistan on Baisakhi

New Delhi – India, 19 January 2020. The DSGMC has invited applications from devotees interested in undertaking a pilgrimage to Sikh shrines in Pakistan on Baisakhi.

Last date for submitting the application with passport is 15 February. It will be a 10-day pilgrimage.

Sikhs in the national capital and having a valid identity proof, can apply. This year, a total of 555 pilgrims will be covered. The pilgrims will be visiting Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, Dera Sahib (Lahore), Rori Sahib (Aminabad), Kartarpur Sahib (Narowal), Janam Asthan Guru Ram Dass, Shahi Kila etc.

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News18.com – Gurdwara Body Chief alleges forceful expulsion of Sikhs from MP Villages, seeks Home Minister’s intervention

Alleging that Kamal Nath is patronising the violent protests against the Sikhs in some villages in Karhal Tehsil of Sheopur District. Sirsa, who is also spokesperson of BJP’s ally SAD, said in a statement that a DSGMC delegation will meet the affected families.

New Delhi – India, 01 January 2020. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Tuesday sought the intervention of Home Minister Amit Shah claiming that Sikhs are being forcibly expelled from some villages in Madhya Pradesh and demanded strong action against Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

Alleging that Kamal Nath is patronising the violent protests against the Sikhs in some villages in Karhal Tehsil of Sheopur district, Sirsa, who is also spokesperson of BJP’s ally SAD, said in a statement that a DSGMC delegation will meet the affected families.

The DSGMC demands immediate intervention from Home Minister Amit Shah in the matter and the Union government should act fast to protect lives and property of the Sikhs residing in these villages, Sirsa said.

Action should also be taken against CM Nath for “patronizing” these protests, he added.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/gurdwara-body-chief-alleges-forceful-expulsion-of-sikhs-from-mp-villages-seeks-home-ministers-intervention-2441873.html

Sikh24.com – Forcing Sikh students to perform Hindu rituals is an attack on Sikhism, says SGPC

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 October 2019. The apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has taken a strong notice of the forceful imposition of Hindu rituals on Sikh students in Mata Jai Kaur Public School situated in Ashok Vihar of India’s national capital Delhi.

Notably, the Sikh students in Mata Jai Kaur Public School were forced to perform “Aarti of Lakshmi Mata” against the basic ethos of their inherent religion.

Terming the incident as an attack on Sikhism, the SGPC’s chief secretary Dr Roop Singh has said that this is an extremely sensitive issue and we have written to the DSGMC to investigate the matter.

Dr Roop Singh further said that the Sikhism has its own rituals and code of conduct so any attempt to mix it with Hinduism can’t be tolerated at any cost.

“What could be worse than it that the educational institutions, which are meant to infuse discipline in students, are violating the discipline itself,” he added.

Forcing Sikh students to perform Hindu rituals is an attack on Sikhism, says SGPC

The Tribune – Bangla Sahib to be differently-abled, senior citizen-friendly

New Delhi – India, 20 October 2019. As it prepares to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Delhi’s iconic Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is being made barrier-free to make it differently-abled and senior citizen-friendly, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjinder Singh Sirsa said on Sunday.

The Delhi SGMC has initiated the movement to maintain, provide, renovate and repair existing infrastructure to ensure that the elderly and differently-abled have easy access to the gurdwara complex.

The shrine has developed inclusive infrastructure to meet the special requirements of the people in respect of wheelchairs, battery-driven carts, wheelchair friendly-washrooms, tactile floors or pathways and railings, among others, to ensure easy accessibility.

“The gurdwara has three entry gates and four electric vehicles lined up to help the old and differently-abled reach the steps near the shrine and the stairs have a motor fitted sit-in lift on the side.

The gurdwara has 16 wheelchairs to meet the needs of differently-abled devotees at present and the management is likely to add another 20 wheelchairs by the year-end,” an official statement said.

Also, the gurdwara has set up permanent ramps to make for easier movemnent of wheelchairs.

Besides, the Delhi SGMC is constructing another lift between the gurdwara front and the main Darbar Hall to be made operational by the end of November.

“People from all faiths and communities visit the gurdwara and the steps will help them” Sirsa said.

“At present, around 35,000 devotees besides 2,000 domestic and foreign tourists visit the shrine on ordinary days and DSGMC has decided to create an environment that will attract even more worshippers,” the statement said.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/bangla-sahib-to-be-differently-abled-senior-citizen-friendly/849835.html

Sikh24.com – Plastic fully banned in Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

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New Delhi – India, 10 October 2019. On the eve of 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has completely banned the use of plastic in Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.

Sharing the development with media, the DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa informed that the use of disposable glasses, spoons, thermocol cups and plates have been completely banned in Gurdwara Sri Bangla Sahib with effect from 02 October and the devotees are being served langar in steel utensils.

“We have established a recycling plant of two tons capacity to recycle the remained items of langar and dry leaves,” he added.

Sirsa further informed that for the time being this plant has been installed just for testing and if it remained successful, then it will be installed as a zero waste model to recycle the waste in an eco-friendly way.

“We have started the use of natural gas through pipelines to cook langar while following the environment norms and to improve the air quality,” he added.

Plastic fully banned in Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

Sikh24.com – Shillong High Court upholds relief for residents of Punjabi Lane area

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Shillong – Meghalaya – India, 20 June 2019. Taking up the petition against Shillong Municipal Board’s move of serving notices to the Sikhs living in the Punjabi Lane area, the Shillong High Court has sought a reply from the Meghalaya state government in the form of an affidavit. The High Court has also upheld the relief granted to the Shillong resident Sikhs till next orders.

It may be recalled here that the Shillong Municipal Board had served notices to the residents of the Punjabi lane area asking them to produce documents proving their legal right over the respective properties, they own in concerned area.

Sharing the development with media, DSGMC’s legal cell head Advocate Jagdeep Singh Kahlon informed that the petition was taken up for hearing on June 18. “During the hearing, the advocate general of Meghalaya government told the Court that neither the Meghalaya state government is harassing residents of the Punjabi lane area nor they are being evacuated from there,” he said.

He further informed that the Court has directed the Meghalaya state government to submit its reply in the form of an affidavit.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Shillong High Court also conducted hearing on the review petition filed by the Meghalaya government against relief granted to the residents of Punjabi lane area.

During the debate over this review petition, the Harijan Panchayat Committee, the City Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the DSGMC told the Court that the Meghalaya state government doesn’t have any right over the land of Punjabi lane area as this land was allotted to these residents by the King around 200 years ago.

Shillong High Court Upholds Relief for Residents of Punjabi Lane Area

The Tribune – Manjinder Singh Sirsa: Centre has agreed to probe Kamal Nath’s role in ’84 riots

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New Delhi – India, 15 June 2019. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa today claimed that the Home Ministry agreed to ask the SIT to investigate afresh case against Madhya Pradesh CM and Congress leader Kamal Nath for his alleged involvement in the anti-Sikh riots.

The SIT was constituted by the Home Ministry to investigate closed cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said the name of Kamal Nath was deliberately not mentioned in the FIR (601/84) registered on November 1, 1984, for killing two Sikhs in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

Addressing the media, Sirsa said the DSGMC approached the SIT for FIR against Kamal Nath, but due to technical problems the FIR was not lodged. Now the Centre had agreed to initiate an inquiry.

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Sikh24.com – Investigation into DSGMC fund embezzlement case reopens against Manjit Singh GK

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New Delhi – India, 19 May 2019. DSGMC member Gurmeet Singh Shanty, who had filed a lawsuit against the former DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK for allegedly making corruption, has said that he won’t refrain from approaching the Supreme Court to get punished the one who made corruption in DSGMC.

He informed that the Court has annulled the closure report submitted by the Delhi police while raising questions over the investigation carried out by the Delhi police against Manjit Singh Greater Kailash, former Joint Secretary Amarjit Singh Fateh Nagar and former general manager Harjit Singh.

Shanty further said that he has been whistling about the Delhi police’s “understanding” with the guilty persons from the very first day.

“Now, the Court has ordered re-investigation of the case under the supervision of Delhi’s Police Commissioner while raising questions over the investigation,” he informed while adding that now the inquiry report will get signed by the Joint Commissioner rank officer on the 15th of every month.

He said that he has brought three cases of money embezzlement and financial irregularities in DSGMC before the court till date. Now, the Court will conduct next hearing in this case on June 3 to add more sections against the accused.

Investigation into DSGMC fund embezzlement case reopens against Manjit Singh GK