New Delhi/ Ludhiana: Dr. Assa Singh, 96, was reportedly granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on 17 October, 2014. Bapu Assa Singh was convicted by a TADA court in November 2012 in a more than 25 years old case.
Sacramento, California: Media reports suggest that the Sikh genocide of November 1984 in India is turning to an issue of concern in California election race this year, as certain Sikh sections in California have developed reservations about Democratic Rep. Ami Bera as later he had refused to acknowledge the involvement of the Indian government in the brutal massacres of Sikhs 3o years ago.
New Delhi, India: Delhi police's move to present Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara being handcuffed and chained in a Delhi court has triggered outrage from various Sikh bodies. Jagtar Singh Hawara is undergoing imprisonment for life in Delhi's Tihar Jail. He was reportedly presented in a Delhi court today in relation to a case. Photos of Jagtar Singh Hawara that went viral today shows that he was chained by Delhi police while bringing him to the court complex.
New York, USA: Mr. Gurbhej Singh Sandhu, an elderly Sikh gentleman, had his religious freedom violated by the New York City Department of Correction (DOC). Mr.Sandhu visited Rikers Island Correctional Facility on numerous occasions since February 2012 to meet with his son, who was serving a sentence at the facility. Mr.Sandhu was made to remove his turban on every occasion he went to meet his son at Rikers Island, including on November 13, 2013.
St Truiden, Belgium: The Belgian Conseil d’Etat has upheld the freedom of religion of Sikh students by overturning the ban on the Sikh Turban in a GO school, which is part of a large group of schools attended by many Sikh students in the Flemish part of Belgium.
KP, Pakistan: Member of the Pakistan's Punjab Assembly Ramesh Singh Arora Sunday (Oct. 19) urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to provide security to the Sikh community in the province.
Amritsar, Punjab: Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa who has been demanding release of Sikh political prisoners languishing in Indian Jails despite serving the minimum mandatory terms of their sentences today said that he has handed over a list of 7 Sikh prisoners at Akal Takht Sahib Secretariat in Amritsar. Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa said that Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had called him to provide the list of concerned Sikh prisoners.
Edmonton/ Calgary: In the midst of the Canadian Sikh community lived a man who was responsible for the torture of thousands of Sikhs and the deaths of hundreds of Sikhs at a conservative estimate. His Name is Gurmail Bai (Gurmail Grewal). He recently died living easy life here in Canada. (Calgary/Edmonton). He was a regular caller at various radio station in Alberta where he presented himself as just and honest police officer. He would further proclaim his sympathy for various victim families and blamed all state atrocities on few bad apples in Punjab police. Which could not be furthest from truth.
With the screening of its theatrical trailer, Virasat Films & Punj-aab Creation on Tuesday (Oct. 14) gave a sneak peak into their Punjabi film, Rakhe Harimander De. Although being presented as a devotional film, this piece of cinema, with plenty of action, elaborate sets, special effects and rousing dialogues came across as a historical film.
Amritsar, Punjab: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has welcomed the decision of Belgium Supreme Court's allowing a Sikh student to wear turban in School.
Bathinda, Punjab: Residents of Kotshamir village have demanded that the district administration should intervene and stop SGPC member Amrik Singh from “illegally” taking over the control of Gurdwara Jandalisar Sahib.
Contemporary Sikh politics is passing through a phase of severe stagnation. Many Sikh political parties – (so-called) mainstream political parties and panthic political parties are there but they are not able to reflect Sikh ethos in their activism.
BJP state in-charge leader Shanta Kumar said the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) must take lessons from the poll outcome in Haryana. He said the SAD (Badal) should know that its experiment of having a coalition with other parties had failed to bring any harm to the BJP.
Ambala, Haryana: Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) joint candidate Balvinder Singh lasted at fourth place from Ambala City assembly seat. BJP candidate Aseem Goel won Ambala City seat with 60216 votes. Haryana Jan Chetna Party (V) candidate Venod Sharma positioned second with 35964 votes. Badal Dal candidate Balvinder Singh secured 22783 votes for fourth place.
Haryana, India: Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) joint candidate Balkaur Singh has won Kalanwali seat in Haryna. Balkaur Singh secured 54112 votes and defeated his nearest rival and Congress candidate Shashipal Keharwala who secured 41,147 votes. BJP candidate Rajender Singh Desujodha positioned third with 17005 votes.
Beas, Amritsar: BJP leader LK Advani is visiting Dera Radha Soami Beas to meet its head Gurinder Singh Dhillon. As per media reports the Hindutva leader arrived in Dera Beas yesterday (Oct. 17) and he is expected to stay in Dera till this (Oct. 18) afternoon.
New Delhi, India: Reacting to China's response to India's plans to build a road along India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that "no one could warn India". Rajnath Singh said that "India is a strong country and no one could warn us".
Sonepat, Haryana: It was a real neck to neck during Haryana Assembly election in Rai assembly segment of Sonepat district, as there was a winning margin of just 3 votes. The constituency was engaged in an intense triangular fight between Congress Party, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Bhartiya Janta Party.
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has attained clear majority in Haryana assembly. BJP secured 47 seats in 90 member state assembly. Two times ruling Congress party was able to secure 15 seats and lasted at third place. Indian National Lok Dal (INDL) secured 19 seats while it’s ally Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) also bagged 1 seat. Haryana Janhit Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party bagged 2 and 1 seats respectivly, while independent candidates won from 5 seats.
Haryana, India: The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has attained clear majority in Haryana assembly. BJP secured 47 seats in 90 member state assembly. Two times ruling Congress party was able to secure 15 seats and lasted at third place. Indian National Lok Dal (INDL) secured 19 seats while it's ally Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) also bagged 1 seat. Haryana Janhit Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party bagged 2 and 1 seats respectivly, while independent candidates won from 5 seats.
Haryana/ Maharashtra: The counting of votes in Haryana and Maharashtra are underway and trends show that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is likely to gain clear majority in Haryana. In Maharashtra the ruling party of India is emerging as the largest party but it is likely to fall short of majority there.
New Delhi, India: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has reportedly written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatening to launch an agitation if the black-money was not brought back to India. Anna Hazare also criticized the BJP government for telling the Supreme Court that all information on black money stashed abroad can't be disclosed.
Uttar Pradesh, India: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJPP president Amit Shah will be in Uttar Pradesh today for a two-day visit to attend a function of Hindutva fountain head Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). The state has witnessed more than 600 incidents of communal violence since the formation of BJP government in Center.
Chandigarh: A day after withdrawing Y plus security of former Amritsar MP and BJP leader Navjot Sidhu, the Badal government on Wednesday (Oct. 16) took you turn and restored his security cover. The security cover was withdrawn after Navjot Sidhu's verbal attacks on Badals during election campaign in Haryana.
The truth is Kashmir is a disputed territory. Still when Haider opens, a blatant lie is told to the audience. Srinagar, India. 1995. Such a statement makes the film deeply political. Lines are drawn. A stand is taken that Srinagar is (integral) part of India. What kind of truth is then Bhardwaj telling us? Or is he just telling us a selected version of truth?
One suspects the Twitter nationalist’s real problem with Haider is not that it shows the army in a bad light, but that it clearly shows Kashmiris wanting azadi, and being disenchanted with India. That’s a truth we try to hide. Yet, Haider shows this mildly. When a young Shahid Kapoor brings home a gun from school and confesses he wants to go across the border, he is not even allowed to explain why.
Thirty years ago, Maina Kaur was a young woman in Delhi all set to get married. Her modest home was filled with members of her extended family who had gathered for her wedding. It was then that a mob suddenly attacked her house. The attack was so brutal that it ended up in the murder of eight of her family members including father, brother, uncles and cousins. Maina herself was sexually assaulted and abducted by the mob and she returned home, ravaged and distraught, after three days. Her wedding was called off as the trauma wrecked her physically and mentally. As if all that suffering were not bad enough, the Indian state failed to deliver any semblance of justice to her. None of the accused persons identified by her and her mother have ever been convicted. In varying degrees and forms, such is the searing story of thousands of Sikhs affected by the 1984 carnage.