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Punjab Research Group convenes meeting on events of 1984 at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

London, UK (October 24, 2014): It is learnt that a meeting of Punjab Research Group with specific focus on the events of 1984 and beyond will take place at Wolfson College, University of Oxford on 25 October, 2014. Pritam Singh, Iftikhar Malik and Kaveri Qureshi are convening the meeting.

Eh Janam Tumahre Lekhe – an upcoming movie on Bhagat Puran Singh Ji’s life

Amritsar/ Chandigarh: Bhagat Puran Singh was a selfless person. Pawan Malhotra is acting in this movie as Bhagat Puran singh. The trailer of the movie is very inspiring. In this movie his selfless service towards humanity is shown. In the trailer of the movie this is shown that how Bhagat Puran Singh have accepted all his patients as his family member and fights for shelter so that they can live with dignity and die with dignity.

World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns Ottawa Parliament Shooting

Ottawa (October 23, 2014): The World Sikh Organization of Canada is saddened and shocked by yesterday's terrorist attacks in Ottawa. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a 24 year old reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment lost his life in the shooting at the Ottawa War Memorial. The attack was stopped in the Parliament Building by Parliament’s Sgt. at Arms, Kevin Vickers and other members of the Canadian security forces.

Sikh Genocide 1984: Amnesty Intl. India petition demands Justice for victims BUT terms it as ‘riots’

New Delhi, India: Amnesty International India has launched a petition demanding the Government of India to reopen each of the November 1984 Sikh massacre related cases that were closed by the Delhi police. The human rights body has further demanded that an independent team should be formed to reinvestigate the cases, and all those responsible for the massacre– whether they are political leaders, police or government officials, should be brought to justice.

Court notice to Bikram Majithia for distorting verses of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Chandigarh: A Chandigarh court on Tuesday (Oct. 21) issued fresh notices to Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) minister Bikram Majithia for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community by distorting a Shabad of Guru Gobind Singh Ji while campaigning for BJP leader Arun Jaitley during campaigning for the Lok Sabha poll.

Inamur Rahman (extreme left) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind interacting with other delegates at meeting for Sikh demonstration in Delhi on 20 Oct 2014

Muslims to support demonstration seeking justice for victims of Sikh genocide 1984

New Delhi, India: Several Muslim organizations are likely to attend the annual protest demonstration here in the National Capital next week seeking justice for the victims of the November 1984 Sikh Massacres. The event is being organized by civil rights group Lok Raj Sangathan on 1st Nov to commemorate 30th anniversary of the massacres in which thousands of Sikhs were killed in Delhi and other parts of the country in November 1984.

On stagnation in contemporary Sikh politics [Part 2] Must Watch Talkshow

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. This talkshow was an attempt to identify the basic reasons for this situation.

‘Char Sahibzade’ Movie – A tale of four sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Chandigarh: After a heart-touching four-minute trailer of Harry Baweja’s first animated feature film on Sikh history, the filmmaker justifies his choice of subject by saying, “Every other religious text was written with pen and paper. The Sikh history, however, was written by the edge of the sword, in the colour of blood.”

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Divali Keeping the Flame of Freedom Alight

Sikhs throughout the globe will celebrate Divali on 23rd October. Divas/lamps will be lit - a jovial festival atmosphere will prevail. Sweets and samosas will be enjoyed - fireworks will set alight the moonless sky. But why do we really celebrate? Apart from the annual calendar significance, what does Divali mean for us, as Sikhs?

Open Letter to Amnesty International India – On using term “riots” for the Sikh Genocide 1984

It is unfortunate to see Amnesty International India using term “riots” to refer to the systematic and widespread killings of the Sikhs in November 1984 in India. It's painful to see that a human rights body of an international standing was not able to see that the term 'riot' was most inappropriate term to refer to a series of organized massacres of a minority community.

Gurdwara representatives outside Gurdwara Guru Nanak Sahib, Belgium

Belgium: Gurdwara Sahib asked to close for one month down by authorities

Vilvoorde, Belgium: A Gurdwara Sahib in Belgium has reportedly been asked to close down after the Belgian media charged the Gurdwara Sahib for providing food (langar) to alleged illegal immigrants from India. Local sources told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that authorities of Vilvoorde area in Belgium have asked the Gurdwara management close the Guru Nanak Sahib Gurdwara for one month.

SGPC head Avtar Singh Makkar wants BJP govt. to review HSGMC Act

Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab: With the BJP getting absolute majority in the Haryana Assembly, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to urge the Haryana Government to review the Act passed by the previous Congress government for the formation of a separate Gurdwara management committee.

On stagnation in contemporary Sikh politics [Recommended Video]

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Indian paramilitary (CRPF) invokes Bollywood “Kick” to induce Tribals in Naxal/Maoist region

Chhattisgarh, India: Indian paramilitary force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPC) has decided to screen Bollywood Movies for tribal people in areas under Naxalite/ Maoist influence. Reaching out to tribals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, CRPF has launched screening Hindi movies in Indian state's efforts to being people from the remote backward region to the (so-called) mainstream of India.

Punjab BJP backs Longowal accord; Wants Chandigarh to be transferred to Punjab

Chandigarh, Punjab: Enthused by its electoral victories in Haryana and Maharashtra, state BJP chief Kamal Sharma said the BJP wanted Chandigarh to be transferred to Punjab. It also wanted an amicable solution to the river waters dispute with the neighbouring state. He was talking to a group of mediapersons at Chandigarh on October 23.

Pakistan will feel more pain, if it continues LoC ‘adventurism’, warns Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more “pain” if it continues to violate the ceasefire along the Kashmir border. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reportedly told NDTV it’s up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of talks.

SAD (Badal) must take lessons from Haryana results, says Shanta Kaumar

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.

Interesting! Congress bagged Rai assembly seat with just 3 votes (Haryana Results)

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.

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I am an RSS man, will remain so for life, says UP governor Ram Naik

Uttar Pradesh, India: Saffronization of Indian administration and constitutional posts in India is an open secret now, as the persons who are handy to the process have started openly admitting it. A week after hosting the Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Sewayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik said yesterday that he would always be a thorough RSS person irrespective of the political or administrative positions he might hold.

Pro-freedom Kashmiri leader terms Narendra Modi’s Divali visit as election stunt

Srinagar, Kashmir: The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday hit out at New Delhi for “playing politics on rehabilitation of flood victims in disputed territory of Kashmir.”

BJP must rethink ties with Badals, says Satpal Gosain

Ludhiana, Punjab: BJP leader and former Health Minister Satpal Gosain has said the BJP alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in the state needs a rethink. “A string of allegations against the Akali (Badal) Dal has not helped the BJP in any way,” he reportedly said while talking to The Tribune on October 22.

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BJP appoints new incharges for 28 states; Complete List of BJP State Prabharis

New Delhi, India: The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has appointed new incharges for 28 states. The list issued by the BJP today called incharges as “Prabharis”. It is notable that the Punjab state incharge Shanta Kumar has been replaced by Prof Ram Shankar Katheria, where as a Punjab BJP leader – Avinash Rai Khanna – is appointed in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir where assembly elections are due in November.

RSS-man, Manohar Lal Khattar, to be CM of Haryana

Chandigarh: A staunch RSS propagandist Manohar Lal Khattar, 60, all set to become Chief Minister of Haryana. Khattar has worked for almost 40 years as an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak is known in RSS ranks for his organisational skills.

Haryana State Assembly Results

Haryana Assembly Elections 2014: Complete List of Winning and Loosing Candates

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.

An overview of Haryana Assembly election 2014 results; Party wise winning list

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.