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World Sikh Organization of Canada Releases Report on Bullying of Sikh Students in Peel Region

World Sikh Organization of Canada released a report today on issues faced by Sikh students in Ontario’s Peel District School Board (PDSB).

Turban Day: New York’s Times Square soaks in Sikh culture

The iconic Times Square was soaked in the colours and tradition of the Sikh culture on the Turban (Dastar) day organised by Sikhs of New York.

Amritdhari Sikh students asked to remove Kirpan on Yoga Day

As per media reports, Amritdhari Sikh students directed by the Chandigarh (U. T.) police to remove and keep their "Kirpans" at home while participating in Indian government sponsored Yoga Day in Chandigarh on June 21.

Banned from the ring, Sikh boxer fights religious discrimination

In 1999, Pardeep Singh Nagra was the Ontario flyweight amateur boxing champion. He was the best in the province, lightning-fast on his feet, and on his way to nationals.

Post Spike In Hate Crimes, US Sikh Community Launches New Tool To Report Incidents

Parminder Singh was driving across the country with his family. As he parked his truck near Knoxville in Tennessee, some White men approached him in the parking lot. They seemed angry and their anger was directed at him. "Why did you come here?" they shouted. "Go back to where you came from."

Major report on how Americans see Sikh religion & Sikhs to be released in Washington

A release by National Sikh Campaign (NSC) says that a major report on how Americans see Sikh religion and Sikhs is set to be released in Washington.

Sikh bodies to discuss hot issues, support Jathedar Nandgarh in 15 January meeting at Talwandi Sabo

Representatives of various Sikh organisations are expected to hold a meeting at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo on January 15.

Akal Takhat Jathedar Supports “Sikhs are not Hindus” Petition to US President Obama – Directs Community to Support Signature Campaign Till December 31

A press release by All Indian Sikh Students Federation (Peermohammad) says "Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh issued a “directive” to the Sikh community to continue signing the “Sikhs are not Hindus” petition till December 31 so that Obama be forced to raise “Sikh Issues” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After decades of ‘relationship’ with Hindutva, Now Badal ‘re-realizes’ that Sikhs have a distinct identity

Threat to the Sikh identity is apparent and real in India as the Hindutva forces are hell-bent to assimilate the Sikhs to Hindu fold, but Badals are known for playing petty politics on this sensitive and serious issue.

Divergent statements by Badals on Sikh identity issue exposes their return to ‘Panthic agenda’

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal, who also happens to be his son, recently expressed divergent views on the issue of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, which mentions Sikhs as a part of Hindus.

Not feasible to make helmet mandatory for Sikh women: Delhi HC

Public Interest Litigations seeking revocation of the city government’s notification to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmet while driving or pillion riding two-wheelers were recently rejected by the Delhi High Court which observed that it is not feasible to make headguard mandatory for them.

Sikh Correctional Officer Adopts Sikh Articles of Faith, Obtains Religious Accommodation

CO Hundal has been employed by the Yolo County Sheriff's Office as a correctional officer for approximately 16 years. The department’s strict uniform and grooming guidelines prohibited him from keeping his hair and beard unshorn and wearing a turban at work. For 16 years, CO Hundal did not believe he could practice his religion while building his career.

Michigan Sikh Youth Responds to ‘Towel Head’ Comments

Moving back has been great after a long and busy summer. I was thrilled to see my friends again, excited to meet my new residents in South Quad and both nostalgic and ecstatic to start my last year here. But new years and people also bring new problems, and unfortunately Labor Day evening was a testament to that.

US Gurdwaras Endorse the Campaign to change perception of Sikhs, claims National Sikh Campaign (NSC)

Washington D.C., August 20, 2014; Gurdwaras across the country convened in Washington D.C. this last weekend for an unprecedented grassroots meeting called by the newly formed National Sikh Campaign (NSC) to shape the Sikh image in America.

Over 50 Gurdwaras to meet in Washington to shape Sikh Image in America

As per inforamtion over 50 Gurdwaras are gathering for a meeting in Washington to chart a grassroots strategy that will raise the profile of Sikhs in America. Newly formed National Sikh Campaign (NSC) is holding this meeting of Gurdwara leaders from across United States to engage in the largest effort to change the perception of the community.

Volunteer Sunjeet Sidhu. SALDEF has assisted with identification issues

Sikh American drives away with legal victory in Minnesota; Turbans facilitated in driver’s license photos

Minnesota, United States (February 20, 2014): According to a statement released by Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) in a significant win for the Sikh American community in Minnesota, Jatinder Singh of Blaine, Minnesota and SALDEF succeeded in challenging the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services’ (DVS) driver’s license policy. The victory ensures that he and other Sikh Americans in Minnesota can wear their turbans in driver’s license photos.

Sikh Coalition reaches settlement in Federal Lawsuit for Sikh allegedly denied Job because of beard

New York, NY (November 19, 2013): It is learnt that the Sikh Coalition, Ravinder Bhalla, Esq. of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC., and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a settlement with Tri-County Lexus, a car dealership in Little Falls, New Jersey, on behalf of Mr. Gurpreet S. Kherha.

Quebec bans religious symbols

Quebec’s so-called Charter of values: Sikh body seeks Canadian PM Harper’s intervention

Amritsar, Punjab (November 09, 2013): The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has termed the move by Canada’s Quebec province to ban religious symbols as “unjust” and appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene in the matter.

European Parliament Human Rights Conference (November 04, 2013)

European Parliament Human Rights Conference discussed Sikh genocide 1984 & Sikh identity related issues

Brussels (November 05, 2013): As per information the Sikh Federation (UK) organised a successful human rights conference in the European Parliament on the 29th anniversary of the Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984. The conference was held on November 04, 2013.

UC Davis student Harsimran Singh

SGPC rues not allowing Amritdhari Sikh to board a bus at Davis city of California

Amritsar, Punjab (October 18, 2013): In a statement issued from it’s Amritsar based head office the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has said that not allowing an Amritdhari Sikh student board a bus at Amtrak in Davis city of US state California was distressing.

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