To commemorate the two-year anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at a Gurdwara, the Oak Creek Sangat is organizing the Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run and Walk to be held this Saturday, August 2, 2014.

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Punjab De-addition Banquet

by Sanjeev Singh on August 1, 2014

United Sikhs hosted the Gala as a fundraiser for addiction treatment in the Punjab, where drug- and alcohol use has reached epidemic proportions. United Sikhs already has one de-addiction facility in the Punjab that they hope will serve as a beacon for clean, healthy living.

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"Connecting with 1984" ~ Small Grants Pool

by Sanjeev Singh on August 1, 2014

Thirty years later, it is critical that we connect with recent history and empower Sikhs to create a better future for the community. The Sikh Coalition is announcing the “Connecting with 1984″ Small Grants Pool to support and encourage community activism.

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Patiala, Punjab (August 01, 2014): With the filing of 3 more nominations today, total 5 candidates have been in the fray in Patiala assembly constituency, while 3 nominations have been filed in Talwandi Sabo constituency till August 1, 2014.

Meanwhile there are reports that Aam Aadmi Party has cut-off the ticket of Singer Balkar Sidhu who was previously declared an AAP candidate from Talwandi Sabo. Educator Baljinder Kaur is declared new candidate of AAP from Talwandi Sabo. Baljinder Kaur would file nomination from Talwandi Sabo tomorrow.

Ballot BoxPunjab’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) V.K. Singh said that for the by-election of Patiala assembly constituency Harjeet Singh Adaltiwala has filed his nomination as the candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party, Balbir Singh as independent candidate and Amrik Singh as candidate of New All India Congress Party on August 01, while Bhagwan Dass of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Rajinder Singh Pawar as an independent candidate have already filed their nomination papers.

CEO further said that 3 candidates namely Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Harminder Singh Jassi and his wife Manmeet Kaur of Indian National Congress Party have today filed their nomination papers in Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency.

He reiterated that candidates could file their nomination papers before the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM)-cum-Returning Officers between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm till August 2, 2014. He informed that August 2, being Saturday, is not a holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, so nomination papers would be presented on that day.

V.K. Singh said that Voting for the by-elections on both seats would be held on August 21, 2014, while counting would be held on August 25, 2014.

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The turban turbo! Sikh who can tie headgear while riding a motorbike… and
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It's a religious requirement that Sikhs do not cut their hair so to keep their locks neat they don turbans, which they refer to as a Dastar. The headgear is not an easy item to arrange, which makes the ability of Bhupinder Singh Thind all the more
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Talwandi Sabo/ Bathinda, Punjab (August 01, 2014): As per information available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), Baljinder Kaur, a lecturer of English at Mata Gujari College, Fatehgarh Sahib and a Ph. D. research fellow of Punjabi University Patiala is new candidate of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Talwandi Sabo constituency. Polling is set to held in Talwandi Sabo on August 21.

Notably, Punjabi singer Balkar Sidhu was declared as party candidate from Talwandi Sabo few days back. The decision to grant AAP ticket to Balkar Sidhu was taken by AAP executive in Sunam meet. AAP MP and comedian-cum actor Bhagwant Mann was main actor for securing AAP ticket for Balkar Sidhu.

But, AAP executive during a meeting in Delhi decided to call-back ticket granted to Balkar Sidhu.

Baljinder Kaur, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for Talwandi Sabo bye-poll

Baljinder Kaur, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for Talwandi Sabo bye-poll

Baljinder Kaur, a young educator and a social activist, hails from a Sikh family of village Jaga Ram Tirath. Her family is very active in the region in socio-political sphere. She herself has played vital role in various social activities.

SSN sources revealed that Balkar Sidhu’s alleged links with a human trafficking incident where a girl was transported to Canada, who was allegedly kept servant at one of Balkar Sidhu’s relatives house, is considered to be main cause of taking back party ticket.

Baljinder Kaur, while talking to SSN over phone said that it was party’s decision to grant her this responsibility.

“I will try my best to fulfil the responsibility granted by the party and secure this seat for AAP”, she added.

Jeevan Singh Fauji, district in-charge of Aam Aadmi Party in Mansa and a state committee member told SSN that Baljinder Kaur had been taking part in AAP activities since November-December 2013. He said that by granting AAP ticket to Baljinder Kaur, party leadership can upheld the confidence of hard-workers of AAP.

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National Sikh Campaign To Hold Meeting of All Gurdwaras on August 16th
Sikh24 News & Updates
2014-08-01_-Sikh-Campaign WASHINGTON DC, USA (August 1, 2014)—The National Sikh Campaign will host a national meeting of all the Gurdwara Sahibs in Washington D.C. on August 16th. The purpose of the meeting is to engage the entire community …

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Kaithal, Haryana (August 01, 2014): In a crucial meeting the newly formed Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) on Thursday (July 31) decided to take first step towards takeover of historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Haryana from Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Except HSGMC’s senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalwi, all other office-bearers and members of the committee attended the meeting.

HSGPC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda and others addressing the media [July 31, 2014]

HSGPC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda and others addressing the media [July 31, 2014]

As per information Didar Singh Nalwi couldn’t attend reportedly due to the death of a relative. In attendance were committee vice-president Harpal Singh Pali, general secretary Joga Singh, joint secretary Bhupinder Singh, and members Baba Gurmeet Singh, Avtar Singh Chakku, Baljit Singh, Jagdev Singh, Swarn Singh and Mohanjeet Singh.

Though physical takeover remains contentious due to the reported gathering of armed SGPC task-force men, the HSGMC has decided to issue instructions to institutions managing the Gurdwaras’ bank accounts to dishonour any financial instructions from the SGPC, which has been opposing formation of the HSGMC.

Also, banks would be asked by the HGSMC not to entertain any cheques issued by the SGPC, according to a decision taken at the first meeting of the HSGMC (ad hoc) executive committee at Gurdwara Neem Sahib in Haryana.

According to Hindustan Times (HT) [t]he HSGMC’s president, Jagdish Singh Jhinda, reiterated that the committee was formulated by the state government and it was the “genuine entity” to manage Gurdwaras as well as their finances.

“We are informing bank authorities that now the HSGMC has come into existence, so only it has the right to operate the shrines’ accounts,” he said, adding that the committee also passed a resolution to seek financial statements from gurdwaras.

“Gurdwara managers have to submit account books and all other records to the HSGMC headquarters at Gurdwara Neem Sahib, Kaithal, by August 2 evening. Punitive action will be initiated against those who violate the instructions,” he said.

The executive body also condemned the siege of Gurdwaras in Haryana allegedly by supporters of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), which controls the SGPC, and the security task force of the SGPC.

HSGPC executive urged Akal Takhat Jathedar, the SGPC and the Badal Dal leadership to maintain sanctity of the Gurdwaras and vacate the premises in a peaceful manner.

“Sikhs of Haryana will not tolerate such forcible occupation of the Gurdwaras, and are ready to evict the illegal occupants,” he said, reiterating the HSGMC’s “full faith” in the Akal Takht.

Jhinda also said the state administration should intervene in evicting the illegal occupants.

The committee restated its demand for 40% share in SGPC properties in Chandigarh to ensure smooth functioning of the newly formed HSGMC.

It also demanded the road from Dhamtan Sahib in Jind to New Delhi be named after Guru Tegh Bahadur, and the raising of a “befitting” memorial.

Jagdish Singh Jhinda formally announced that henceforth Kaithal would be the headquarters of the HSGMC and all meetings of the committee would be held there.

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US Congressional resolution honours Sikh victims of Wisconsin shootout
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California Democrat Congressman John Garamendi, a co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, introduced the resolution which offers heartfelt condolences to those directly affected by the shootout that took place on August 5, 2012.
Congressman John Garamendi introduces Resolution commemorating 2nd The American Bazaar

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US Congressional resolution honours Sikh victims of Wisconsin shootout
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California Democrat Congressman John Garamendi, a co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, introduced the resolution which offers heartfelt condolences to those directly affected by the shootout that took place on August 5, 2012.
Congressman John Garamendi introduces Resolution commemorating 2nd The American Bazaar

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US Congressional resolution honours Sikh victims of Wisconsin shootout
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California Democrat Congressman John Garamendi, a co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, introduced the resolution which offers heartfelt condolences to those directly affected by the shootout that took place on August 5, 2012.
Congressman John Garamendi introduces Resolution commemorating 2nd The American Bazaar

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US Congressional resolution honours Sikh victims of Wisconsin shootout
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California Democrat Congressman John Garamendi, a co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, introduced the resolution which offers heartfelt condolences to those directly affected by the shootout that took place on August 5, 2012.
Congressman John Garamendi introduces Resolution commemorating 2nd The American Bazaar

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US Congressional resolution honours Sikh victims of Wisconsin shootout
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California Democrat Congressman John Garamendi, a co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, introduced the resolution which offers heartfelt condolences to those directly affected by the shootout that took place on August 5, 2012.
Congressman John Garamendi introduces Resolution commemorating 2nd The American Bazaar

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Centre to annul Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Act
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As the BJP-led Central government is expected to press for annulment of the Haryana Sikh Gurudwara (Management) Act that challenges the supremacy of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on maintaining it over Gurudwaras the …
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Sikhs mark slayings by assisting others
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The partnership here is reminiscent of the surge of support shown to the Sikh community after the 2012 shootings, when a lone white supremacist gunman entered what he thought was a Muslim mosque in Oak Creek, Wis., and opened fire on the worshipers.
Sikh community plans weekend of events to remember victims of temple shootingWDJT

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