– June-1984 Holocaust: Sikh activists to take out religious procession on 27 May

By Sikh24 Editors

Faridkot – Panjab – India, 24 May 2018. In commemoration of the martyred Sikhs of June-1984 holocaust, a religious procession has been scheduled to be taken out on May 27 in village Bhana and other villages situated in its vicinity.

Notably, hundreds of Sikhs had attained martyrdom while battling against Indian army’s invasion into Sri Harmandr Sahib in June-1984.

Sharing the development with media, the SYFB’s senior vice president Bhai Ranjit Singh Damdami Taksal informed that the procession will commence under the patronage of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and leadership of Panj Piares from Gurdwara Patshahi Shevin in village Bhana.

“It will conclude back at village Bhana after traversing through villages Dhuddi, Mand Wala, Dhoorkot, Bhaloor, Nathu Wala, Nathe Wala, Demru, Rode, Lande, Jioon Wala, Baggeana, Kot Sukhia, Nangal, Chameli etc.” he added.

He further informed that the writers and lyricists working for the high spirit of Punjab and Sikhism will be specially honoured on this occasion beside the Sikh freedom fighters and families of martyred Sikhs.

Sikh activists Bhai Gursewak Singh Bhana, Bhai Sarabjit Singh Ghuman, Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udoke, Manwinder Singh Giaspura, Bhai Damandeep Singh, Bhai Baljit Singh Dhuddi, Bhai Sukhchain Singh Sikhan Wala, Bhai Angrej Singh Khalsa, Bhai Sewak Singh, Bhai Arshdeep Singh Tilla etc. were also present on this occasion.

Advertisements – GST on ‘Langar’ likely to get lifted during next days

Sikh24 Editors

New Delhi – India, 20 May 1981. Reliable sources have revealed that the Union government of India is all set to lift centre’s share in GST being imposed on ‘langar’. Notification in this concern might be issued any time in coming days.

Sources have informed that the Union Cabinet had already given nod to this move, but the issuing of notification in this concern was delayed due to engagement of the entire Indian cabinet in Karnataka’s state polls. It is learnt that Union minister Piyush Goyal is working on it in the absence of Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Sikh24 has learnt that the new amendment in GST imposition will not only exempt ‘langar’ being served by the religious bodies instead all the organizations serving free food daily to minimum 1000 persons from the last five years will also be availed this benefit.

If this notification gets released, then GST on ‘langar’ of Sri Harmandr Sahib will automatically get ended as the state government of Punjab had already waived off its share. – Punjab government annuls FIR registered against Sarbat Khalsa organizers

Sikh24 Editors

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 20 May 2018. On the recommendation of Justice Ranjit Singh led Investigation Commission, the Congress led Punjab government has annulled the FIR registered against organizers of ‘Sarbat Khalsa-2015’.

Notably, the Amritsar police had registered an FIR against around 20 Sikh leaders indicting all of them under sedition charges on November 10, 2015.

The District Police of Amritsar has submitted a detailed report in Court about cancelling this FIR against Sikh leaders.

Warmly welcoming the move, the SAD (Amritsar) president Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann has conferred the credit of this FIR cancellation to Justice Ranjit Singh.

The Sikh congregation named ‘Sarbat Khalsa-2015’ organized at village Chabba (situated on the outskirts of Amritsar Sahib) on November 10, 2015 had witnessed a record gathering of Sikhs. This Sikh congregation had annulled the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars while appointing Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara as new Akal Takht Jathedar. – High Court imposes ban on recruitment in SGPC

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 May 2018. Acting on the petition moved by dismissed employees recruited during the tenure of former SGPC president Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on May 18 imposed ban on fresh recruitment in place of these dismissed employees by the SGPC.

Notably, the serving SGPC’s executive committee had dismissed 523 employees recruited during the tenure of Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar.

Appearing on the behalf of dismissed SGPC employees, the petitioner’s lawyer informed the Court that the dismissed employees weren’t presented any reason by the SGPC for terminating them.

He added that the serving SGPC executive had presented an excuse in a press statement that these employees were recruited without giving any advertisement in newspaper however the SGPC’s service norms permit executive committee to directly recruit temporary employees with monthly salary less than 10000.

The petitioner’s lawyer further claimed before the Court that there was no provision in law for recruiting new employees on contract by terminating the existing ones without any reason.

Meanwhile, the serving SGPC executive committee has been served notice by the Punjab & Haryana High Court seeking reply on the issue. – DSGMC Also Lodges Police Complaint Against Narayan Dass

Sikh24 Editors

New Dehi – India, 17 May 2018. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the General Secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, on May 16 lodged a complaint against Narayan Dass who had hurt Sikh sentiments by accusing Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji of distorting verses of Bhagats.

Sirsa lodged this complaint with SHO of Delhi’s North Avenue police station seeking registration of an FIR against Narayan Dass for hurting Sikh sentiments by using derogatory remarks against fifth Sikh master Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

It is pertinent to note here that a video of Narayan Dass, who portrays himself as a disciple of Baba Sri Chand Ji, had gone viral over social media in which he could be seen accusing Guru Sahib of distorting verses written by the Bhagats.

Furthermore, he had also insulted the great martyrdom of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji by saying that Guru Sahib was punished for his sin of distorting verses of the Bhagats.

Apprising the SHO about Narayan Dass’ attempt to spread hatred among society, Sirsa wrote in the complaint that Narayan Dass intentionally did so to hurt Sikh sentiments and create communal tension in the society.

Meanwhile, a campaign urging Sikhs to lodge police complaint against Narayan Dass in their respective police stations has come to fore over social media.

The news item does not explain in what way Guru Arjan is supposed to have distorted Bhagat bani !
Man in Blue – SGPC seeks action against RSS for Distorting Sikh History

Sikh24 Editors

Amritsar Sahib – Panjab – India, 16 May 2018. Taking strong notice of the distortion of Sikh history in books published by RSS’ Nagpur based Sri Bharti Parkashan, the SGPC president Sardar Gobind Singh Longowal has asked the Indian government and Maharshtra government to take action against the responsible authorities.

Warning the RSS to put control over its anti-Sikhism actions, Longowal has asked them to immediately withdraw the books from the market and seek an apology from Sikhs.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, the SGPC president Sardar Gobind Singh Longowal informed that he has written letters to the Union Human Resource Development Minister Sri Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Sri Devendra Fadnavis seeking action against the RSS backed publishers.

Longowal has said that the Sikh community respects every religion but it doesn’t mean that the other religions are allowed to portray Sikhism as part of their religion.

He added that nobody would be allowed to distort Sikh history at any cost. “The SGPC is going to constitute a panel of Sikh intellectuals, Sikh educationalists and Sikh lawyers to tackle such attacks on Sikhism” he maintained. – Attack on Bhai Amrik Singh: Case registered against attackers in Slough police station

Sikh24 Editors

Slough – Berkshire – UK, 13 May 2018. On the complaint of the management committee of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Slough), a case has been registered against the attackers, who had attacked Bhai Amrik Singh Chandigarh.

The complaint has been registered in the police station of Slough. The Management Committee of Slough based Gurdwara Sahib has also sought permanent ban on entrance of the attackers into Gurdwara Sahib.

In a press note shared with Sikh24, President of Slough based Gurdwara Sahib Bhai Joginder Singh Bal has also objected over the role of management committee of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Southall) for neither calling the police on spot nor rushing Bhai Amrik Singh to the hospital.

It may be recalled here that Bhai Amrik Singh Chandigarh was attacked by some hooligans at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha of Southall on May 7. Interestingly, the Damdami Taksal has indirectly backed the attackers by lodging complaint against Bhai Amrik Singh Chandigarh to SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar. – Punjab Police arrests two Sikh youths to target Australia based Gurjant Singh

Faridkot – Panjab – India,11 May 2018. The Faridkot police on May 10 arrested two Sikh youths namely Sandeep Singh and Amar Singh by accusing them of being members of a “terror module”.

The police have claimed of having recovered two pistols and 40 cartridges from the duo Sikh youths. Sandeep Singh hails from Bangi Nihal village of Bathinda, while Amar Singh belongs to Chattha village of Sirsa district in Haryana.

Interacting with media, the Faridkot police claimed that the duo arrested Sikh youths have revealed during interrogation that they were in touch with the foreign-based Khalistani handlers on social media and using encrypted VoIP calls.

Interestingly, the Faridkot SSP Dr Nanak Singh claimed that they were provided the weapons to carry out targeted killings assigned to them by their handlers. “A case under Sections 17, 18, 19, 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the duo” he added.

While naming Australia based social campaigner Gurjant Singh, the SSP accused that Gurjant Singh had started “International Sikh Federation”, a radical website some time ago.

He further said that Gurjant Singh was involved in financing some terrorist module that carried out eight incidents of target attacks and killings in Punjab between January 2016 and October 2017.

Meanwhile, it is being said that the Punjab police have indicted these Sikh youths to robust its claims against Gurjant Singh in targeted killings occurred in Punjab during last two years so that Gurjant Singh could be easily extradited to India. – SGPC Announces Plan for ‘One Village, One Crematorium’ Campaign

Sikh24 Editors

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 02 May 2018. Speaking with Sikh24 earlier today, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said that the ‘One Village, One Gurdwara’ campaign begun by SGPC is receiving robust response from Punjab masses.

A campaign named ‘One Village, One Gurdwara’ was launched by the SGPC in February 28, 2018, to ensure existence of a single centralised Gurdwara Sahib in each village of Punjab. The initiative came into being over rising count of caste based Gurdwara Sahib in villages across Punjab.

SGPC President Longowal informed Sikh24 that under this campaign, Sikh masses of one village adopted the Gurdwara Sahib constructed by schedule class and closed other four Gurdwaras.

Longowal further informed that the SGPC is planning to launch another campaign named ‘One Village, One Crematorium’ to prosper affection among Sikhs irrespective of their caste. He added that there is no room for caste based discrimination in the Sikh community.

“People hungry of name and fame establish new Gurdwara Sahib in villages to use it as their personal property.

Sikhi was plaintiff of treating every human equally irrespective of caste, creed and colour but these villagers of Punjab have violated the Sikh tenets by naming Gurdwara as per caste names,” SGPC President Longowal had told Sikh24 at the launch of the campaign in February.