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Rochester Gurdwara Trustees to Lift Ban on Kirpan

Defendants Also Want Them to Retract False Affidavits

With immense pressure from the Akal Takhat, the board of trustees at the Gurdwara of Rochester has asked the Supreme Court of New York, in Monroe County, to lift all restrictions on Kirpans at the gurdwara. The Kirpan ban was imposed about two years ago to stop Amritdhaaree members from entering the premises. The trustee-plaintiffs and the Amritdhaaree-defendants are involved in a lawsuit over the governance of the gurdwara. The defendants would not agree to lifting the Kirpan ban unless the trustees also retract false statements made to the court about the Kirpan and about Sikh practices.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Words: 1,144

Slug: KirpanLIft

DC Gurdwara Re-Opens

Also serves as The National Library and Museum of Pingalwara

The financially burdened gurdwara in Washington, known as the National Gurdwara, was transferred to a Maryland-based trust last week. After nearly two years, it will re-open its doors as the only gurdwara in the nation’s capital, and The National Library and Museum of Pingalwara.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 10:46 PM

Words: 944

Slug: NationalOpening

Oak Creek Officers Among Top Cops

Lieutenant Brian Murphy and the seven other police officers who responded to the Oak Creek shooting last year, were among more than 40 officers from around the country that were honored by President Obama on Saturday as winners of the National Association of Police Organizations' Top Cops award.

By: Sikh News Network

Dated: Monday, May 13, 2013 | 03:54 PM

Words: 620

Slug: TopCops

"Sadda Haq" Opens Everywhere

"Sadda Haq," a film that parallels the disturbing history of Punjab’s militancy and brutal counter-insurgency era during the late 1980s to mid 1990s, will be released nationally in India on May 10. The film was approved by the Indian censor board but several state governments, including Punjab, Harayana, Chandigarh and Delhi, banned it a day ahead of its international release on April 5. The Indian supreme court lifted the ban on April 26, after viewing the film.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, May 10, 2013 | 01:32 AM

Words: 1,355

Slug: Sadda Haq

No Hate Crime Charge Yet in Beating of Fresno Sikh

Gilbert Garcia, 29, plead not guilty yesterday to charges of attempted murder and elder abuse with a dangerous weapon for severely beating Piara Singh, 81, with a metal rod. He has not yet been charged with a hate crime. Piara Singh was taking his morning walk in his Fresno, California, neighborhood on Sunday when Garcia rode up to him on his bicycle and began beating him with a metal rod, he told police. Garcia, a homeless man, was arrested a couple of hours later, Fresno police told SikhNN.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, May 09, 2013 | 05:50 PM

Words: 539

Slug: FresnoBeating

Sikh American Groups Ask US and UN to stop India From Executing Bhullar

Amnesty International Also Raises Concerns

Sikh advocacy groups are lobbying the US government and the United nations to stop India from executing Devenderpal Singh Bhullar whose conviction was based on one coerced confession. The Indian government has set up an independent medical board to determine whether Devenderpal Singh’s deteriorated mental health would exempt him from execution.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 | 01:03 AM

Words: 1,416

Slug: BhullarExecution

Backstory: Sikh Caucus

It was 10 years in the making. Two Sikhs from California built the foundation for the American Sikh Congressional Caucus. And when they had a member of Congress to register the caucus, three of the national Sikh advocacy groups and many individuals joined them to garner support from 27 more members.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, May 02, 2013 | 11:16 PM

Words: 1,430

Slug: CaucusBackstory

Lego Turban

The Lego toy company had a turban that fits on top of its mini-figures. Only one store sell it in the United States. And when they are sold out, they are gone.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Monday, Apr 29, 2013 | 01:28 AM

Words: 338

Slug: LegoTurban

American Sikh Congressional Caucus

The American Sikh Congressional Caucus launched yesterday with 28 founding members from the US House of Representatives. California Sikhs began this initiative. Most of the members are from California, the state with the largest Sikh population. Its purpose is to voice the Sikh perspective on legislation that involves issues of concern to Sikhs, including hate crimes, airport security, school bullying and employment discrimination.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Apr 26, 2013 | 02:49 AM

Words: 1,217

Slug: CaucusLaunch

Sikh, Other Faith Groups Urge Stronger Gun-Control Legislation

A gun cannot be equated to be a modern-day Kirpan, and must be controlled by stronger laws to prevent mass shootings, a Sikh group said. About 30 representatives of different faiths came together in front of a field of crosses and other religious symbols, including the khanda, in Washington, to urge legislators to pass stricter gun laws.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 | 03:18 PM

Words: 978

Slug: WeaponsBan

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