Sikh24.com – Sikh Community Protests Outside Indian PM Modi’s Business Event in USA

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chants and placards as business event takes places in Virginia USA

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Washington DC-USA, 26 June 2017. While the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a select gathering at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner earlier today, hundreds of Sikh rights activists were present displaying placards reading “Don’t Invest in India”, outside the hotel.

The rally focused on the atrocities of the Modi administration, whose practices have killed Sikhs, Muslims, Christians and other minorities living in India.

“Since religious freedom functions at the core of American values, we have asked the members of the Congress to stand against the persecution of Sikhs under Modi regime,” said attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ.

“Sikhs in India are targeted for campaigning to restore their separate religious identity and their inalienable rights to self-determination.”

Further awareness rallies will take place, particularly today, when Modi meets POTUS Trump at a summit at the White House.

Last week, SFJ representatives met with dozens of U.S. Congressmen, Senators and their staffs in an effort to urge the establishment of a Congressional delegation visit to Punjab to assess, report and apprise the U.S. Congress of the recent spate of human rights violations against the Sikh community.

In support of efforts to establish such a delegation, SFJ issued a full memorandum to every member of Congress.

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Sikh24.com – Canadian Sikh Group Seeks Investigations into 1985 Air India Bombing

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Toronto-Ontario-Canada, 24 June 2017. In a press note issued on June 23, the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (SADA) Canada said that it favours the demand for a new Commission to inquire the 1985 Air India bombing.

“We stand in solidarity with the victims and families of the 1985 Air India bombing to demand a new Commission of Inquiry aiming to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Sukhminder Singh Hansra stated in the press note.

“While there were arrests and a lengthy court drama, the authorities were never able to bring the people who funded and executed this horrific terrorist attack to justice,” said said Sukhminder Singh Hansra president of SADA Canada.
“Previous investigations and inquiries by the federal government have sought to identify gaps in Canada’s security and intelligence system, but scarce little has been done to truly identify the killers.”

On June 23, 1985, 329 innocent people, most of them Canadians, lost their lives in the worst-ever terrorist attack in Canadian history. In 2006 the federal government called a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the bombing.

The Commission’s final Report, Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy, is a damning indictment of actions taken before and after the tragedy. On the 25th anniversary, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians for the institutional failings and the treatment of the victims’ families thereafter.

“We’re calling upon the Trudeau government to offer up more than apologies,” added Hansra. “We want justice for the victims and families and the community who is suffering from such stigma for the past 32 years.

Demanding justice shouldn’t be seen as a political football to be avoided for fear of dropping the ball. We need courage from our leaders to dig deep, help us find the truth and bring real healing to us all,” the press note states.

“The Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar Canada will continue lobbying federal members of parliament on the need for a new Commission of Inquiry until action is taken.”

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Sikh24.com – Congress challenged to probe Badal’s mafia style influence in Punjab

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Chandigarh-Panjab—India, 22 June 2017. During the budget session meeting of the Punjab assembly on June 21, the Shiromani Akali Dal president, Sukhbir Badal, challenged the Congress led Punjab government to order a probe into links to misuse of transport, land and drugs.

He said this in reply to the allegations leveled by a Congress legislator Kuljit Nagra against the SAD of being mafia kingpins of transport, land and drugs.

Replying to Kuljit Nagra’s allegations, Sukhbir Badal said that the Congress should act wisely by ordering probes rather than leveling false allegations against the Shiromani Akali Dal. He added now that Congress had control over the police and Punjab’s entire administration, the government should order a probe against Akali leaders.

None of the Congress legislators in the Punjab assembly directly responded to Badal junior’s challenge, although continued leveling allegations in their speeches.

Sukhbir challenge to the ruling Congress party has sparked a debate among Punjab masses. Political analysts have noted that Sukhbir Badal has dared to make this challenge in the wake of under the table deals between SAD and Captain Amarinder Singh.

The Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had earlier signified that he was not in favor of vendetta politics in Punjab.

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Sikh24.com – Government Intervention in Bhai Roopa Land Issue

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Amritsar Sahib-Panjab-India, 20 June 2017. Following no response from the Punjab police in regards to illegal occupation of SGPC land, Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has once again brought up the issue.

In his second letter addressed to Captain Amarinder Singh, SGPC President Professor Badungar has asked for SGPC’s land to be freed from illegal possession of the local Bhai Roopa village committee. Professor Badungar had earlier written to the Punjab Chief Minister on May 25.

Speaking to Sikh24, Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar said that the Punjab government had mentioned of directing the Director General of Punjab Police to sort out the issue in reply to the earlier letter. He further said that the Police have taken no action in this regard.

Taking on the Congress led Punjab government, Professor Badungar said that the illegal possession over land of sacred Sikh shrines was highly condemnable and the Punjab government ought to take suitable measures to prevent such cases from happening.

Professor Badungar alleged that more than 100 acres land of a historical Sikh shrine in village Bhai Roopa (Rampura Phool) has been taken over by Congress affiliated elements after the formation of Congress government in Punjab.

Background

In May 2014, the clash between the Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and residents of Bhai Roopa village over 161 acres of land came to the fore as a violent clash took place between village residents and SGPC Task Force. Villagers blamed the SGPC for forcefully occupying empty land belonging to their village Gurdwara.

SGPC officials claim that the land in question was always theirs and Bhai Roopa langar committee had forcefully occupied the land.

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Sikh24.com – SGPC to launch ‘Dharam Prachaar Lehar’ from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib on July 1

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Talwandi Sabo-Panjab-India, 19 June 2017. The Apex Sikh body Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is going to launch a ‘Dharam Prachaar Lehar’ from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib on July 1.

SGPC general secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla held a meeting with SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh and other SGPC members in this concern. The meeting attendees deliberated upon the preparations for the ‘Dharam Prachaar Lehar’.

Interacting with media on this occasion, SGPC general Secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla informed that the SGPC president Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar and other renowned Sikh preachers will also take part in the ‘Dharam Prachaar Lehar’.

He further informed that an Akhand Path Sahib in this regard will be commenced at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib on June 29 and will be culminated on July 1.

“Our main goal is to start a grassroots movement to re-ignite Sikhi spirit throughout Punjab. We want to touch each and every Punjabi Sikh and bring them into Sikhi fold,” he told Sikh24.

Chawla asked upon Sikh organizations to provide assistance to the movement to make it successful. “We will be providing more details about the Lehar in the coming days,” he said.

Baba Buta Singh (Vice-President of SGPC), Bhai Mohan Singh Bangi (SGPC member), Bhai Amrik Singh Kot Shamir (SGPC member), Bhai Gurpreet Singh Jhabbar (SGPC member), Bhai Navtej Singh Kaoni (SGPC member), Bhai Paramjit Singh Khalsa (SGPC member), Bhai Jagjit Singh (Manager of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib), Bhai Jagtar Singh (Head Granthi, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib), Bhai Charanjit Singh, Bhai Kulwinder Singh, Bhai Surinder Singh Mander etc. prominent among the meeting attendees.

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Sikh24.com – 550th Guru Nanak’s Birth Anniversary: Punjab government announces to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi

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Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 17 June 2017. The Congress led Punjab government on June 15 announced to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi town in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh made this announcement in the Punjab assembly while answering to MLA Navtej Singh Cheema’s query seeking construction of a new guest house in Sultanpur Lodhi during the question hour.

He announced that the basic infrastructure of Sultanpur Lodhi town will refurbished in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Replying to another question, Captain Amarinder Singh said that the Punjab government was going to issue a white paper on the state’s financial crisis due to misrule in Punjab SAD-BJP led government in last 10 years.

Answering a query pertaining to shortage of manpower in Health Department of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said that not only Punjab instead every department was facing shortage of manpower as the Punjab government lacks sufficient funds.

In Sultanpur Lodhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent more than 14 years and in 1497 Guru Sahib disappeared in holy Rivulet (Kali Bein) flowing along the North end of the city and then re-appeared after three days with the teaching of “na koi hindu, na koi muslman” (no one is Hindu, no one is Muslim) which led to the birth of a new religion, Sikhi.

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Sikh24.com – UK Sikhs continue relief efforts for London fire victims at Grenfell Tower

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London-UK, 15 June 2017. Sikh volunteers, charities, businesses and Gurdwaras spent yesterday assisting the victims and families of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington.

Volunteers from Sikh Welfare & Awareness Team (SWAT), Khalsa Aid, Midlands Langar Seva Society, United Sikhs, Punjab Restaurant Slough and Central Gurdwara Shepherds Bush and others took part in the relief efforts providing food, drink, clothing and utilities during the course of day.

It is believed the fire started on the fourth floor and spread quickly. Forty fire engines and more than 200 firefighters went to tackle the blaze.

The fire affected all floors of the building, from the second floor up. Firefighters worked with the gas authority to isolate a ruptured gas main in the block.

Once it was completed, they were able to extinguish the fire with the help of a 40 metre aerial appliance.

Seventeen people have died, according to police, with the number expected to rise.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said fire crews only managed to reach the 12th floor at the height of the fire.

The flats were home to between 400 and 600 people, community leaders said.

Smoke continued to rise from the shell of the tower on Thursday morning, more than a day after fire engulfed the building in the early hours and turned it into an inferno.

Firefighters rescued 65 people from the building.

More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected by the fire, while volunteers and charities helped feed and shelter people who could not return to their homes overnight.

A wall of condolence was put up near the scene, with photographs showing dozens of messages left for loved ones.

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Sikh24.com – Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Management Board: President seeks suspension of four prominent members

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Nanded-Maharashtra—India, 13 June 2017. President of Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Management Board Sardar Tara Singh has written a letter to the Revenue Department of Maharashtra seeking suspension of four board members including ex-SGPC president Avtar Makkar.

The other three members are SGPC members Bhupinder Singh Minhas from Mumbai and Gurdeep Singh Bhatia from Indore, along with Raghuvir Singh Virk (appointed by Chief Khalsa Diwan).

On being contacted by Sikh24, an official of Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Management Board has confirmed the development. He informed that President Tara Singh has taken this initiative keeping in view the regular absence of these members in Management Board’s meetings.

Sikh24 has learnt that an Act passed in 1956 equips the President of Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Management Board with power to recommend suspension of Board members if they remain absent continuously for three meetings.

The Management Board of Takht Sri Hazur Sahib is comprised of 17 members.

Quota for Board membership is as follow:

Members to be appointed by SGPC 4

Members to be appointed by Chief Khalsa Diwan 1

Sikh Parliamentarians 2

Members to be appointed by Maharashtra state government 2

Members to be elected by Sikh sangat 3

Members to be appointed by Hazuri Khalsa Diwan 4

Member to be appointed by Sikh sangat of Hydrabad 1

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/06/13/takht-sri-hazur-sahib-management-board-president-seeks-suspension-of-four-prominent-members/#.WUC1qsYlHIU

Sikh24.com – SFJ Issues Defamation Notice to Indian High Commission In Canada

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Toronto-Ontario-Canada, 10 June 2017. A Canadian Human rights group served a demand letter on India’s High Commission in Ottawa seeking retraction and apology for its defamatory statement against “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) published in various newspapers on June 07-08.

The letter addressed to High Commissioner, Vikas Swarup, was served on June 09 at the office of Indian High Commission in Ottawa.

On June 07-8, various newspapers including Toronto Star and Ontario Herald published a story about CRPF Officer Dhillon’s visit to Canada.

According to the published news reports, “the High Commission of India in Ottawa would not comment on Ottawa’s treatment of Dhillon, but told the Star that the court petition brought by the Sikhs for Justice was “frivolous, malicious and baseless”.

SFJ’s June 09 demand letter claims that “the High Commission of India’s statement regarding Sikhs For Justice dated June 07-08 is defamatory per se. The Defamatory Statements were stated to discredit Sikhs for Justice’s reputation and undermine its ability to do its work.

Sikhs for Justice hereby gives notice pursuant to the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43 that absent timely retraction and apology, Sikhs For Justice will be filing defamation lawsuit”.

“Indian High Commission has accused SFJ of filing a frivolous case in the Canadian court which is a very serious allegation” stated Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ.

“If Indian High Commission did not retract its statement and apologize within 10 days of being served with the Demand Letter, we will file a defamation lawsuit under the Canadian laws”, added Pannun.

“Nothing causes more damage to the reputation of a not-for-profit organization, whose purpose is the advancement of the human rights of minorities, including Sikhs, than defamatory statement like the one which you made and published.

You used your position of influence among the Indian diaspora as High Commission of India who controls Canadian Sikhs visas to India, to accuse, without any basis in fact, of SFJ of filing “frivolous, malicious and baseless” petition seeking arrest warrants of CRPF Officer TS Dhillon”, SFJ’s demand letter further states.

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/06/10/sfj-issues-defamation-notice-to-indian-high-commission-in-canada/#.WT4Yn8YlHIU

Sikh24.com – Bhai Harminder Singh Mintu presented in Delhi court

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New Delhi, 10 June 2017. Bhai Harminder Singh Mintu, head of the Khalistan Liberation Force, was presented by the Punjab Police in the court of Judge Siddharth Sharma. High security forces was present during the court appearance.

Bhai Mintu was brought here in relation to FIR no. 66/16 registered for the Nabha jail break case along with a case of arms and ammunition recovered from his possession. Due to the judge being occupied with another case, he deferred the court hearing.

Bhai Mintu, after meeting with the press, said that current circumstances surrounding the Panth are very unfortunate. “Our enemies must be pleased that without any effort, the Sikh organisations are fighting against each other. This sets a bad example for our youth”.

Bhai Mintu called upon Sikh leaders to co-operate and join together. He also condemned burning of Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa’s effigy in Punjab by Shiv Seniks. “Punjab Police is responsible for allowing such acts to take place in Punjab. These hurt Panth’s sentiments”, he said.

“Instead of preventing such incidents, the Punjab Police was giving an impetus to destabilising the environment, which would disturb the prevailing climate of Punjab.”

The next hearing of Bhai Mintu case will be on July 11.

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