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USA’s First “1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial” to Come Up on June 1st 2019 in Norwich

Sikh Community of Connecticut along with City and State officials will be unveiling “1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial” which has been placed in Otis Library located at 261 Main St, Norwich CT 06360 on June 1st 2019 at 1:00pm.

Sikh Federation (UK)’s Reaction to British PM Theresa May’s Expected Resignation

British Prime Minister Theresa May set to give in to pressure and announce she is resigning as Prime Minister. The starting gun on a leadership race for the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister is expected to be fired today that could see a new Prime Minister in place by the end of July.

WSO Urges the Preservation of Guru Nanak Ji’s Fields in Kartarpur Sahib

WSO has requested that the Pakistan Government preserve the 104 acres of fields surrounding Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara where Guru Nanak lived and farmed for 19 years. Since the announcement of the Kartarpur Corridor in November 2018, there has been substantial construction resulting in the stripping of land around the Kartarpur Gurdwara in the name of religious tourism.

UK: Labour Leadership Make Pitch for Sikh Vote with One Eye on the General Election

Four days before the European elections Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Leader and John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor visited and addressed the Sikh community at Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Park Avenue, Southall to make a pitch for the Sikh vote.

Inderjit Singh Appointed as the Executive Director of Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI)

The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) has appointed Inderjit Singh as its new executive director. In a press release, the SikhRI said: Inni Kaur, who has served as the CEO of Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) since January 2016, has decided to shift her role to focus entirely on shaping the voice of SikhRI and leading all content production as SikhRI’s Creative Director.

Ghallughara June 84: UK Sikhs To Hold Remembrance March and Freedom Rally on June 2

Sikh diaspora in UK will be remembering Ghallughara June 1984 (attack by Indian army on Darbar Sahib, Amritsar and other Sikh Gurdwaras) in a series of events.

Simranjit Singh Mann Welcomes Accommodation of Kirpan in UK Legislation

Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) president and former member of Indian parliament Simranjit Singh Mann has welcomed the accommodation of Kirpan, small as well as 3-ft, in a recently passed legislation by British Parliament.

Gucci Faces Backlash Over “Indy Full Head Wrap”; Nordstrom Not to Sale Readymade Turbans

Chandigarh: Famed Italian designer, Gucci, faces backlash following the advertising of their new fashion head garment, “Indy Full Head Wrap.” This accessory which sells for ...

British Legislation Affecting Possession of Kirpans Becomes Law [SPECIAL UPDATE]

A proposed legislation in Britain had concerned Sikhs living there as it was affecting the possession of Kirpans. The legislation called Offensive Weapons Bill became a law yesterday.

India and Pak Should Resolve Issues Through Dialogue Involving Stateless Nations of the Region: World Sikh Parliament

Noting that the Sikhs, as a nation, are not a party to the Indo-Pakistan dispute and yet would suffer the most as Punjab would be the likely theatre of such a war, the World Sikh Parliament (WSP) has called for all would-be combatants to undertake that the Sikh population, homeland and holy sites will not be used or targeted in any military conflict.

WSO Makes Submissions on Quebec’s Bill 21 Ban on Religious Symbols

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has submitted its legal brief on Quebec’s Bill 21, "An Act respecting the laicity of the State", to the Quebec National Assembly’s Committee of Institutions. The Bill would ban the wearing of “religious symbols” for government employees in positions of authority such as judges, police officers, jail guards, teachers, principals and others.

Cyclone Fani: Sikh NGO Serves More Than 45,000 People in Odisha

Cyclone Fani, the first major storm hitting eastern parts of the Indian subcontinent in the last 43 years, had a devastating impact on the state of Odisha earlier this month. With winds at 200 kilometers an hour, the region is still coming to realize the extent of damage and the storm’s lingering effects. While the government was able to evacuate approximately 1.2 million residents prior to the storm, there are still millions who remain without water and power.

Sikhs in Norwich to Remember Ghallughara June 1984 Martyrs on June 1

Sikh community of Norwich city in Connecticut state of USA will be remembering Ghallughara June 1984 martyrs on June 1.

MLK Center Gandhi Statue Protested During Indian Consulate Celebration

On May 5, 2019 several activists gathered to protest Mohandas Gandhi as the Indian Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia organized a 150th birth anniversary celebration of the iconic figure at his statue in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.

USA: April Declared Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in Wisconsin

On the last day of the month of April, the state of Wisconsin passed a proclamation declaring April as Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month. On the occasion, Gov. Tony Evers honored the Sikh community of the state by delivering the proclamation to the worshippers of the Sikh [Gurdwara Sahib] of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek.

Sikh Taxi Driver Brutally Attacked in Melbourne (Australia)

A Sikh taxi driver was reportedly attacked by a man at the taxi rank at Crown Casino in Melbourne. Victim of the attack had to be hospitalised for a broken nose and bruises on his face following a vicious attack while he was doing his job.

Thousands Will Join Sikh Celebration in Kent, WA On May 4th

Thousands of people across Washington will come together for the 27th annual Khalsa Day Celebration and Parade on Saturday, May 4th. The day-long event will feature langar (free community kitchen), interfaith service projects, Sikh martial arts demonstrations, the singing of sacred hymns and a parade.

Sikh Council UK Selects Its New Executive Committee

The 18th General Assembly of the Sikh Council UK took place at Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall on Saturday 27th April in which over 100 delegates from across the UK met and selected the new Executive Committee, Sikh Council UK said in a written statement (copy available with Sikh Siyasat News).

CM Amarinder Singh & Punjab Police DGP Claims on Jagdish Gagneja Case Under Question After NIA Reply

More than a year-and-half after the Punjab chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh and the then Punjab DGP Suresh Arora claimed the August 2016 murder of state RSS vice-president, Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd) had been solved, no one is formally named in this case by investigating agencies.

The Sikh Struggle for Self Determination

Following the resolutions of the Sarbat Khalsa of 26 January 1986, the Sikh nation on 29th April 1986 declared the goal of peaceably establishing an independent, sovereign state in Indian-occupied Punjab where the Sikhs would live in security, freedom and dignity. On Khalistan Day 2019, the Sikhs will reaffirm their commitment to that noble, lawful and historic national decision.

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