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Historical Sikh Invocation at Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service

Scripted, Except for the Word: Waheguru

Sapreet Kaur, executive director of the Sikh Coalition, was the first Sikh to deliver an invocation at the presidential inaugural prayer service last month at the Washington National Cathedral. It was a scripted but historical moment.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 | 10:19 PM

Words: 838

Slug: InauguralArdaas

The First Sikh On American Idol

The entertainment industry took notice of a young Sikh man who won the first round of auditions on American Idol. Gurpreet Singh Sarin, of North Potomac, Maryland, told SikhNN that he was motivated to try out for the show because of his love for Western and Indian classical music, but also because he wanted to reach out to the American public and raise awareness about Sikhs. His audition aired on Jan. 16.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 | 11:02 PM

Words: 888

Slug: AmericanIdol

Power of Belief

What began as Kiran Kaur Ahluwalia’s eighth grade English project ended up as one of six films in the youth cluster of the 2012 Sikhlens film festival in Los Angeles.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 | 12:13 AM

Words: 375

Slug: KiranKaur

Sikhs at the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Some Sikhs were among the more than 800,000 who attended President Obama’s inauguration swearing-in ceremony this morning on Capitol Hill. Harpreet Singh Sandhu, of Richmond, California, came with three other Sikhs, coincidentally seated in the same area as SikhNN.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 | 12:36 AM

Words: 659

Slug: SwearingIn

Balpreet Kaur Named 2012's Religious Person of the Year

Balpreet Kaur, the college student who graciously disarmed online criticism of her unshorn facial hair, became an inspirational speaker at many Sikh events last fall, and was named Huffington Post Religion’s 2012 Person of the Year on Dec. 28. “For me, it was not about me, it was about Guru sahib,” she told SikhNN. “They weren’t praising me for being me. They were praising the Guru who chose to express itself through what I look like, through how I reacted. And, that was important. I felt a few people might have missed that.”

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 | 11:25 PM

Words: 1,373

Slug: BalpreetKaur

1.3 Million Students Have Access to Sikh Studies in Schools

At least 1.3 million grade-school students have access to Sikh studies in public schools. The Maryland-based Kaur Foundation’s “Cultural Safari” DVD and the accompanying Teacher’s Hand Books are approved materials by school districts across the country, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and California. State and local legislators, school administrators and educators praised the Sikh education resources at the foundation’s fundraiser gala last month. The foundation’s goal for 2013 is to reach 2.5 million students.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Monday, Jan 07, 2013 | 12:17 AM

Words: 972

Slug: KFCurriculum

Guru Nanak Praised at White House Celebration

Sikh organizations and representatives from the Department of Justice praised Guru Nanak’s teachings of equality and freedom in their oratories on the state of Sikh affairs and the Obama administration’s civil rights accomplishments at the White House gurpurab celebration last week.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 | 03:20 PM

Words: 615

Slug: WHGurpurab

FBI May Not Begin Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs Until 2015

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and its Community Relations Service have recommended that its other division, the FBI, begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs. Although the department’s witness at the Senate hate crimes hearing in September said the issue would be resolved in October, the FBI has only begun the process of considering a change to its data-collection form. If the FBI agrees, hate crimes tracking may not begin until 2015.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012 | 11:19 PM

Words: 936

Slug: JusticeRecommendation

President Honors Wisconsin Victims and Sikh American Contributions in Gurpurab Message

I send my best wishes to all those here in America and around the world who are observing the anniversary of birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.

By: Sikh News Network

Dated: Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Words: 100

Slug: none

Two Arrested For Stabbings at Yuba City Gurdwara

Two men were arrested and released on bail in the past week in connection with stabbings during a large brawl outside the Yuba City, California, gurdwara that emerged from an election dispute. Mangal Singh Sanghera, 43, is accused of stabbing Balbir Bains, 46, in the stomach. Parminder Singh Kooner, 47, is accused of stabbing Ajaib Malhi, 30, in the back. All are from Yuba City.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Nov 23, 2012 | 05:03 PM

Words: 582

Slug: YubaCity

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