Vandals Spray Racist Graffiti Over Temple

March 14, 2007

Source: ABC News

Police are continuing their investigations into a vandalism attack at an Indian Sikh temple in Shepparton, in north-east Victoria, on Friday night.

Senior Constable Danny Colliver says racist graffiti was written on the inside and outside walls of the Doyle Road building, which is under construction.

He says the remarks are anti-Muslim, but the temple is actually for the Sikh...

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Punjabis Warn of Teen Violence

March 9, 2007

Source: THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS/Torstar Network

A recent Mississauga rally attracted more than a thousand young people who are worried that Peel's Punjabi community is about to explode in gang violence.

The rally was held at the Dixie Gurdwara, the largest Sikh temple in North America, and the crowd that gathered there were students, many from rival groups.

Many were...

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Keepers of the (Inner) Peace

March 8, 2007


Source: TIME Magazine,8599,1597656,00.html

Every weekday morning, a detachment of Indian soldiers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) embarks on an unusual kind of peacekeeping mission—one that doesn't require guns or ammo, or even shoes. Their focus, in fact, is on promoting inner peace as they operate what must be the first roving yoga ashram...

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Religion, Textbook Dispute Rekindled

March 8, 2007

Author: Laurel Rosenhall

Source: Sacramento Bee

A picture of the founder of the Sikh religion in a seventh-grade textbook has reignited what's become a common dilemma for California's education establishment: How much influence should contemporary religious groups have in crafting history lessons for the state's 6.3 million public school students?

The state Board of Education is scheduled to vote today on...

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New Sikh Temple Behind Schedule

March 5, 2007

Source: BBC News

Building work on what will be one of the largest Sikh temples in the UK is over budget and behind schedule.

Work began on the Gravesend site six years ago but it has now been revealed it may take two more years to finish.

The cost of the £9m gurdwara has also risen by £2m, which will have to be found by the local community in Kent.

Architect Teja Singh Biring...

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Sikh Head Teacher Wants Faith Mix

March 4, 2007

Source: BBC News

The head of a new Sikh primary school in Berkshire has pledged to take at least 20% of her pupils from non-Sikh backgrounds.

Harshindar Battar is the newly-appointed headteacher of the school, which is currently being built in Wexham Road, Slough.

The new school will take 420 pupils and Ms Battar wants at least 84 children to come from other faiths.


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Harvard University Sikh Scholarship

March 2, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

The Sikh Scholarship Foundation was started in 2002 to provide scholarship grants to Sikh students at Oxford University, UK. Building upon the success of the program there, the Foundation is glad to announce the availability of a US $10,000 annual scholarship award to one Sikh student who has been duly admitted to Harvard University,...

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Sikhs Join in Tribute to a King of Civil Rights

March 1, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

Israel Baptist Church in Washington was filled to capacity with hundred of people of all faiths who came to celebrate the birthday of America’s legendary civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among the many youths who spoke at the interfaith service was a Sikh girl named Sabrina...

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Soccer Officials Should Learn Their Own Rules on Headgear

February 28, 2007

Source: Vancouver Sun

For the second time in less than than two years, the reputation of amateur soccer in Canada has been needlessly tarnished by referees, administrators and politicians who misunderstand the rules, yet expect players to follow their faulty directives anyway.

The latest debacle occurred in Quebec,...

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Australian Sikh

February 25, 2007

Source: Malaysia Sun

A Sikh has been given the 2006 lifetime achievement award in volunteering by the New South Wales (NSW) government.

Bawa Singh Jagdev became the first Sikh to receive the prestigious award for volunteering which was handed to him by NSW Speaker John Aquilina at the NSW Parliament recently.

Jagdev who arrived in Australia in...

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Peace, Love and Sikhism

February 23, 2007

Author: Maxim Kniazkov

Source: The Washington Times

ESPANOLA, N.M. -- For all intents and purposes, Peter the long-haired counterculture firebrand has died to be born again. Faded jeans, rainbow-colored T-shirts, and sandals and beads went into a trash bin along with LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, pot and other traditional paraphernalia of hippie life.

Out went his birth...

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Sikh Student Attacked in Scotland

February 22, 2007

Source: Hindustan Times,00050003.htm

A Sikh student in Scotland was punched and kicked by a group of thugs who accused him of having a bomb in his turban.

The group battered Lakhivar Singh, 22, a student of Paisley University, as he was waiting for a bus after finishing work as a part-time supermarket shelf stacker.

The thugs ripped off Singh's turban, punched him in the face and kicked him as he lay...

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Speaking Arabic, Other Eastern Languages, is High on FBI's Wish List

February 19, 2007

Author: Moustafa Ayad

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Standing in the main prayer room of the ornate Pittsburgh Sikh Gurdwara in Monroeville, the FBI's special agent looked out at a sea of turban-wearing worshippers with dark beards.

The clean-cut agent, armed with brochures and a short video extolling the virtues of Sikhs to the worshippers gathered for prayer services, was playing an...

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