Sikhism

Aussie Army Welcomes Sikhs

June 30, 2009

Author: Eleni Hale

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/aussie-army-welcomes-sikhs

Special helmets that accommodate turbans and uniforms incorporating burkas are part of a push to build a more diverse Australian Army.

Army chiefs are hoping to attract bigger numbers of multicultural recruits, especially those of Arabic and Indian descent.

Among the changes being considered are specially designed helmets that fit turbans...

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New York City Council Majority Demands End to MTA's "Turban-Branding" Policy

June 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/TurbanBrandingPressConference.htm

On Tuesday, a majority of the New York City Council called on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to end a policy requiring Sikh workers to brand their turbans with the MTA logo. 27 of the Council's 51 members sent a letter to Howard Roberts, president of MTA New York City Transit, charging that the...

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Australia: Sikh Man Refused License Over Turban Conflict

June 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Religious Freedom News

http://becketinternational.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/australia-sikh-man-refused-license-over-turban-conflict/

Mandeep Sing, an Indian Sikh, has taken his case to the Equal Opportunity Commission in Australia after being denied the chance to get his motorcycle license, as his religious beliefs dictate that he cannot remove his...

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Mass. Man Looks for Love In Arranged Marriage

June 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Channel

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/19812199/detail.html

Like any man about to walk down the aisle, Boston restauranteur Shingara Singh had some last minute jitters before his wedding ceremony.

“My whole family go through same; I want to do same thing too,” Singh said.

Unlike the majority of grooms-to-be, however, Singh had never seen or spoken to his fianc...

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Church Apologizes to Sikh Family

June 19, 2009

Author: Neil Corbett

Source: Abbotsford News

http://www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/abbynews/news/48637287.html

The family that was denied access to Sevenoaks Alliance Church for a Sikh funeral ceremony has received an apology from the church for the way the issue was handled.

Jim Braich said church officials met with him and “offered a formal apology – for the impact on our family, and what we went through....

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Sikhs Preserve Their Legacy At the Library of Congress

June 18, 2009

Author: Anju Kaur

Source: SikhNN

http://www.sikhnn.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=679&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Behind the glitter of the Kaur Foundation’s events this week to celebrate the Sikh Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington is an extraordinary initiative to preserve Sikh American history and heritage at the national institution.

The...

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Sikh Funeral In Christian Church Denied

June 15, 2009

Author: Neil Corbett

Source: Abbotsford News

http://www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/abbynews/news/48112377.html

Abbotsford’s Sevenoaks Alliance Church has drawn ire from the Indo-Canadian community, after refusing to allow a Sikh funeral to take place there.

Jasmer Singh ‘Sher’ Braich, a successful farmer in Abbotsford for more than 45 years, and with extended family in the Abbotsford-Mission area,...

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Sikhs Organize Nationwide Blood Drive

June 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20090615043330zzzz.nb/topstory.html

Starting on June 21, Sikh Youth of America will organize the "First National Sikh Blood Drive" to help overcome the blood shortage faced by the nation. In order to achieve this goal they have joined hands with various blood collection agencies including American Red Cross and Blood Centers of America.

Sikh Youth of America is a...

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California Police Chiefs Reaffirm Acceptance Of Sikh Identity

June 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/yuba-city-police-chief-reaffirms-acceptance-sikh-identity

Late last week, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) received confirmation that observant Sikhs are still welcome to join the Yuba City Police Department in Yuba City, California.

On January 23, 2007, former Yuba City Police Chief Richard Doscher corresponded...

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Sikhs Challenge US Army's Ban On Turbans, Beards

June 14, 2009

Author: Deepti Hajela

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/14/AR2009061401080.html

Military service is in Capt. Kamaljit Singh Kalsi's blood.

His father and grandfather were part of India's Air Force. His great-grandfather served in the army in India under the British. So when U.S. Army recruiters talked to...

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Williams Zoners Say Sikhs Can Turn Cheese Factory Into Place Of Worship

June 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Sikh News

http://worldsikhnews.com/10%20June%202009/Williams%20zoners%20say%20Sikhs%20can%20turn%20cheese%20factory%20into%20place%20of%20worship.htm

A small group of practicing Sikhs plan to bring the teachings of devotion, equality and social justice to Williams Township by converting a former cheese factory near Interstate 78...

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