Sikh News

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New York Sikhs feel “under siege” in wake of multiple brutal attacks, Congressman Crowley

Queens, N.Y. (August 20, 2014): As per inforamtion available with the Sikh Siyasat News, a top US Congressman Joe Crowley, who had spearheaded the effort to encourage the Department of Justice and FBI to begin tracking and quantifying hate crimes against Sikhs, called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton to develop a comprehensive action plan to address the recent surge of attacks on members of the New York Sikh community.

Dr. Manmohan Singh answerable for alleged human rights abuses as Finance Minister: US Court

New York, United States (August 20, 2014): According to recent reports available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), a US court has held that former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh enjoys immunity in his capacity as Prime Minister of India (the head of the state), but not as the finance minister, a post he had previously held in Indian government.

Gurmeet Pinky was secretly released on May 24; Badal Govt. defends it’s decision

Chandigarh (August 20, 2014) The secret of Gurmeet Pinky's release was unveiled in response to an application under Right to Information Act. The application was moved by victim Avtar Singh @ Gola's father S. Amrik Singh.

Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa serves “ultimatum” on Giani Gubachan Singh on Sikh political prisoners’ issue

Amritsar, Punjab (August 18, 2014): Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who observed a 42-day fast seeking release of Sikh prisoners languishing in various jails last year, reached completed his foot journey and reached Akal Takht on August 17, where they submitted a memorandum at Akal Takht secretariat in absence of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.

British Sikh campaigners 35 Afghan Sikhs who arrived in UK were victims of persecution

London, United Kingdon (August 18, 2014): British Sikh campaigners say, the arrival of Sikh Afghan civilians at the UK’s Tilbury Docks in a container (east side of London); represents a potent example of continuing and chronic persecution of minority communities in Afghanistan.

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Sikh Basketball Players Receive U.S. Congressional Backing; FIBA may discuss Turban Ban in upcoming Spain meet

Washington, DC (August 20, 2014): Led by New York Congressman Joseph Crowley and California Congressman Ami Bera, 21 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter today to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) calling for an end to FIBA’s ban on Sikh turbans.

Long Island (New York) man arrested for Hate attack on Sandeep Singh

Queens, New York (August 20, 2014): As per information available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), the Police have arrested Joseph Caleca, a 55-year-old New York male, on charges of Attempted Murder as a Hate Crime and Assault as a Hate Crime on Sandeep Singh (29).

UK: Sikh Relief team extends helping hand to Afghan Sikhs

Tilbury, UK (August 20, 2014): According to information the Sikh Relief team extended helping hand for Afghan Sikhs who recently arrived in UK in a shipping container. Sikh Relief team members traveled to Tilbury Port, taking food, clothing and immediate necessities such as, to the Sikhs found trapped inside a shipping container.

Victim Avtar Singh Gola's mother Charanjeet Kaur (L) and father Amrik Singh (R)

Victim’s family expresses extreme disappointment over premature release of Gurmeet Pinky

Ludhaina, Punjab (August 20, 2014): “Though he was able to get mercy for himself from the Punjab government, he had showed no mercy while shooting our innocent son”, said parents of Avtar Singh Gola, after hearing news of premature release of infamous cop Gurmeet Singh Pinky. The Ludhiana couple whose only son was killed by police cat turned cop, Gurmeet Pinky, expressed disappointment over early release of killer of their son.

Dal Khalsa rejects Hindutva phenomenon, says Sikhs are unlike Hindus

Lashing out at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for once again repeating that India is a Hindu nation, all citizens are Hindus and Hindutva is its identity, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh warned the RSS and its leadership to desist from teasing and striking at the identical roots of the Sikhs and other minorities.

Kaum De Heere

Punjab Youth Congress opposes “Kaum De Heere”; Warns Modi with protests if film is released

Chandigarh/ Punjab (August 17, 2014): It is learnt that Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) has come out to oppose the the screening of Punjabi movie 'Kaum de Heere', saying that the movie 'glorifies' the assassins of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Picked up by Punjab Police two days back, Jasvir Singh Manki is now lodged in Malerkotla Jail

Barnala, Punjab (August 16, 2014): According to information available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Jasvir Singh Jassa of Manki village of Barnala, who was picked up by the police on August 13, 2014 has been lodged in Malerkotla jail.

Politics

Kaum De Heere

Congress, BJP, Shiv Sena echo demand for ban on Kaum De Heere Movie

Chandigarh/ Punjab (August 20, 2014): Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) have finally found some issue on which they seem united. The political parties that always remain in search of issue to hit each other, have demanded ban on Punjabi film Kaum De Heere, which is said to be based on life and sacrifice of Sikh martyrs Bhai Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh. The issue is also joined by Shiv Sena.

Recent appointments reveal that BJP turning proxy of RSS

New Delhi, India (August 18, 2014): It one looks at the composition of a new BJP team announced by party president Amit Shah on August 16, it becomes evident that it in essence is a RSS dominated saffron brigade. All 11 Vice-presidents, eight general secretaries and 4 joint-general secretaries are from RSS.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slams Mohan Bhagwat for calling India a Hindu nation

New Delhi, India (August 18, 2014): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today slammed Hindu supremacist body Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for calling India a Hindu nation. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said such remarks were "dangerous indication of things to come".

Jagmeet Brar alleges “Match-fixing” between Congress and Badal Dal

Chandigarh/ Punjab (August 18, 2014): Congress leader Jagmeet Brar, who has been suspended by the party for his alleged indiscipline continues to shot his fires. He said that present leadership of Congress party in state was engaged in “match-fixing with the SAD (Badal)” a new party leadership was needed that could end this “match fixing”.

Shoe Hurling incident: Police trying to target me and Aam Aadmi Party, alleges Bhagwant Mann

Ludhiana/ Punjab (August 18, 2014): Aam Aadmi Party's Member of Parliament from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann has alleged that the Punjab Police was trying to target him at the behest of ruling SAD-BJP government by dragging his name into the shoe-hurling incident.

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

Ahead of polling, Aam Aadmi Party’s Talwandi Sabo candidate attacked by SGPC member, Badal Dal activists

Talwandi Sabo, Punjab (August 20, 2014): Aam Admi Party (AAP) candidate Baljinder Kaur was reportedly attacked on Wednesday morning by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) member Gurdial Singh Koliyanwali and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers. Driver of the AAP candidate, identified as Udayvir Singh, was injured and was admitted to a hospital.

India: Political question likely to take judicial route as SCI to take up pleas against Art. 370 status in J&K

New Delhi, India (August 19, 2014): The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has been opposing implementation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which grants "Special status" to the state. It's a vital political question concerning the Indian politics concerning the issue of Kashmir.

Pakistan terms cancellation of mutual talks as setback to Indo-Pak ties

New Delhi, India (August 19, 2014): Pakistan has expressed concerns over cancellation of 25 August Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan. Talks were cancelled by India after Pakistan invited pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders for “consultations”. Pakistan has described the cancellation of next week's Foreign Secretary-level talks as a "setback" to Indo-Pak ties.

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India calls off Indio-Pak talks in wake of Pakistan’s invitation to pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders

New Delhi, India (August 18, 2014): Pakistan government's decision to invite pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders for a meeting ahead of 25 August Foreign Secretary level meeting between India and Pakistan has triggered major controversy in India. Opposition Congress party was taking dig at the Narendra Modi government for continuing talks despite Pakistan’s invitation to Kashmir leaders.

Dal Khalsa rejects Hindutva phenomenon, says Sikhs are unlike Hindus

Lashing out at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for once again repeating that India is a Hindu nation, all citizens are Hindus and Hindutva is its identity, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh warned the RSS and its leadership to desist from teasing and striking at the identical roots of the Sikhs and other minorities.

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Pakistan invites pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders for talks; Congress hits at BJP

New Delhi, India (August 18, 2014): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s invite to pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders for talks ahead of the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level meeting on August 25. Pak move has triggered a political debate in India concerning the purpose of upcoming mutual high-level talks between India and Pakistan.

Harsimrat Badal lures Talwandi Sabo with Centre’s promised sops for Punjab

Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda (August 17, 2014): India's Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Badal today tried to lure Talwandi Sabo voters with Centre's promised concessions for Punajb. She said BJP led NDA government at the Centre had promised to give adequate compensation to the Punjab farmers affected by deficient monsoon.