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  1. SOURCE: MELBOURNE – A five-year-old Sikh boy has been denied school admission in Australia for wearing patka (small turban) as it does not align with its uniform policy, despite a landmark ruling in 2008 against a private institution on the issue. “It is disappointing that my son has been forced to abandon his religious practices and identity to access to an education in Melbourne’s Melton Christian College (MCC),” Sagardeep Singh Arora was quoted as saying by the SBS Radio. “We have lodged a claim with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).” “I believe having a common school uniform is important in promoting school identity and integration,” Arora said. “Students should be able to wear their significant religious symbols and articles of faith. It’s immoral for a school to not allow students to practice their beliefs.” “We were in discussions regarding the importance of hair & turban in Sikhism and acceptance of turban as uniform by different organisations (like schools, army, and police) in Australia and the other countries,” says Arora. “Yet, the college has refused to review their uniform policy.” Given the long history of the Sikh community in Australia, Arora says it’s disappointing that they still struggle with issues such as this. “While practising our religious beliefs, we wish to show an expression of solidarity with the wider Australian community,” he added. MCC has provided a written response to the VEOHRC in which the school refused to include any additional items amid the existing permitted uniform protocol, the report said. “Our college’s history represents over thirty years of inclusive religious tolerance. For thirty years our children have been in classrooms and playgrounds, learning, growing, and playing side by side wonderfully oblivious to their families’ extensive religious diversities. We are proud of that heritage of inclusiveness. “We acknowledge the disappointment that Sagardeep and his family feel. We respectfully recognise his disappointment that the uniform protocol of this school mean that non prescribed items are not permitted to be worn in addition to the school uniform. The result is that we have agreed that college uniform will be maintained as it is, without permitting additional items.” Sikhism is a small but growing minority religion in Australia that can trace its origins in the nation to the 1830s. Australia is home to more than 72,000 Sikh, a population that is expected to rise in this year’s census. In a landmark case in September 2008, a Brisbane private school was forced to back down on a strict uniform policy that would have forced a Sikh boy to cut his hair and remove his turban.
  2. In a boost to Aam Aadmi Party, Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, former general secretary of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) tonight joined AAP with his supporters in presence of its national Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal announced appointment of Jathedar Bhaur as Senior Vice President of Aam Aadmi Party. Addressing a gathering of Bhaur’s supporters at his residence at Banga, 22 kms from Phagwara, Kejriwal welcomed him into party fold and declared his appointment as state’s senior vice president of AAP. ALSO READ: Big jolt to Akali Dal Badal as Amritsar district chief resigns Kejriwal promised the state’s people to take action against those guilty of desecrating the Sikh holy book- Guru Granth Sahib at various places in Punjab, particularly at Bargari, if elected to power in the February 4 Assembly polls. He also assured them to rid the state of drug menance. Jathedar Bhaur, who had remained SGPC general secretary for sixteen terms as well as its acting president thrice, said he had quit SAD and SGPC because of desecration issue, failure of the ruling Akali Dal to arrest the culprits, killings of two innocent youths in Bargari firing by police and the malaise of family rule. SOURCE:
  3. Ardas imitation row: Sri Akal Takht declares SAD minister Maluka ‘tankhaiya’, hands out punishment ਸਿਕੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਮਲੂਕਾ ਤਨਖ਼ਾਹੀਆ ਕਰਾਰ, 'ਜਥੇਦਾਰ' ਨੇ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਬੇਅਦਬੀ ਮਾਮਲੇ 'ਚ ਦੋਸ਼ੀ ਠਹਿਰਾਇਆ
  4. SOURCE: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the sacking of a Muslim Air Force personnel for sporting a long beard and confirmed that except Sikhs, No Indian Air Force Man Can Keep Beard. The panel remarked that armed forces’ regulations are meant to ensure discipline and uniformity. The apex court ruled that unless keeping a beard was an integral part of one’s religion, as it is must in the Sikh community, no personnel can be allowed to grow a beard. Moving the Supreme Court against an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which upheld the Air Force’s August 2005 decision to discharge him for his ‘defiance of IAF rules’, Airman Mohammad Zubair had asserted his right to retain a beard as a ‘facet of his fundamental right to freedom of religion’. He moved the Supreme Court asserting that keeping a beard was his fundamental right to freedom of religion and demanded equal rights as Sikhs who were in fact given permission to sport unshorn hair and turban. The current Defence Ministry policy of ‘hair, beard and wearing turbans’ as notified in 2003, allow only those Muslim personnel to keep a beard, who had kept beard along with moustache at the time of joining/enrollment prior to January 1, 2002. Those who have grown a beard after joining service must shave it off.
  5. The Sarbat Khalsa scheduled to be held at Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda) on November 10 has been postponed indefinitely. The decision to postpone the Sarbat Khalsa came hours after Simranjeet Singh Mann withdrew petition against denial of permission to hold the congregation. The organisers alleged that the State Government was hell bent on not allowing Sarbat Khalsa to be held. The organisers of the congregation, including the parallel Takht “Jathedars” and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Simranjit Singh Mann, took this decision at an undisclosed location in Haryana late this evening. The decision was announced by the organisers by issues a ‘hand-written’ press statement in Punjabi on the letter head of ‘parallel’ Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo. It read that the Sarbat Khalsa programme stands postponed, and no new date has been announced as yet. The statement was signed by signed by Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, who was appointed Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar by the previous Sarbat Khalsa. To decide the next course of action, a meeting of the panthic representatives of the organisers has been called on November 10, which will be held at Gurdwara Baba Budha Johar in Rajasthan at 12 noon. SOURCE:
  6. Just 4 days before the announced Sarbat Khalsa, The Punjab Government today denied permission for organising the second ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda on November 10. In a related development, it intensified crackdown against the organisers by taking 190 persons in preventive custody, while detaining hundreds of others. FULL NEWS:
  7. SOURCE: Three Nihangs were killed and seven injured in firing between two factions of the Shiromani Panth Akali Baba Budha Dal over the control of a gurdwara at Mallan village in Muktsar district on Wednesday. The two groups exchanged at least 70 gunshots and torched two vehicles during the clash that lasted for around 45 minutes at Gurdwara Sri Ramsar Sahib. Four policemen present at the spot failed to avert the incident. The deceased have been identified as Naib Singh, 65, his grandson Ranjit Singh, 27, and Amritpal Singh, 37, all belonging to the Shiromani Panth Akali Baba Budha Dal faction headed by Balbir Singh. The clash took place when Makhan Singh, belonging to the rival faction headed by Joginder Singh, reached the gurdwara along with his supporters to wrest its control on Wednesday morning. Makhan Singh, who had been overseeing the gurdwara affairs for the past several years, was allegedly threatened and thrown out of the premises by Naib Singh and his aides the previous night. The gurdwara owns six acres of land in Mallan and three acres in Rammania village. As Makhan Singh’s group wielding arms and sharp-edged weapons attacked the rival group around 10am, Naib Singh and his men tried to take shelter inside the gurdwara premises, but three of them were killed, while six others received multiple bullet injuries. Muktsar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Gill said a cop present at the spot managed to lock the main gate, but the attackers scaled the boundary wall and entered the gurdwara premises. By the time additional police force reached the gurdwara, the assailants managed to flee. Cops, however, were able to recover weapons used in the crime. “We are probing the matter. There is no previous record of any conflict between the two factions over the control of the gurdwara. We are still verifying the facts,” said Gill. No case had been registered till the filing of this report.
  8. Amritsar – After nearly one year, prominent kathavachak Bhai Pinderpal Singh has been invited to resume katha at Manji Sahib, Amritsar. Last year, Bhai Sahib’s katha diwaans were cancelled after he requested sangat to attend Shaahedi Samagam being held in the remembrance of two Sikhs who were killed by Punjab Government & his recent involvement in protests in Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s sacrilege cases, SGPC has cancelled his scheduled diwans. Bhai Pinderpal Singh will start katha as of 21st October at Diwan Manji Sahib hall in Darbar Sahib complex, Amritsar. Source:
  9. Chandigarh – As per the directions of Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Five Singhs under the leadership of Bhai Satnam Singh Khandewala, held a meeting with representatives of various jathebandis at Gurdwara Sahib (Shahpur) in Sector 38B, Chandigarh, on October 18 to plan for the proposed Sarbat Khalsa at Talwandi Sabo on November 10. Prominent Jathebandis which took part included the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, HSGPC, Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Akali Dal 1920, Singh Sabhas, Gurdwara Parmeshar Dwar, Panthik Talmel Sangathan, Akali Dal Delhi, United Sikhs, Missionary colleges and seva societies. Several Sikh scholars and panthic leaders, including Giani Kewal Singh and Balwant Singh Nandgarh, both former jathedars of Takht Damdama Sahib; Bibi Jagdish Kaur, 1984 victim, Paramjit Singh Sarna, former president of former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, and Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, SGPC, General secretary, also took part in this meeting. More...
  10. So far in Punjabi film industry, this is the best ever teaser released. No doubt its a Hollywood level of movie. Worldwide release on 15th July. WATCH NOW -
  11. Respected All Sorry for such a delayed response - we did not get any notification reg any reply on this topic via email. Anyways, the above post was written after speaking to the attendies of the meeting held at California. Dhunda verbally confirmed to the points written in the above post (regardless it was captured on the video or not) Sikh24 has also written the meeting points - pls check : and read the points. We have just mentioned the verbal outcome of the meeting. Whether Dhunda accepts it from heart or not, its upto his internal awastha. We have just put this report forward taking input from Singhs who attended and the video.
  12. London, UK – Following the recent panthic divide between Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma, a panthic meeting was held on 30th May at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick, to discuss the ongoing issues. The meeting was mainly attended by Damdami Taksal supporters, Jagowala jatha, Sikh Youth Birmingham and a few others. The meeting was chaired by Bhai Kuldeep Singh Chiheru. Among those, who addressed the meeting were Jathedar Charan Singh (Tividale), Bhai Gurjinder Singh (Student, Damdami Taksal), Jogowale, Bhai Manjit Singh (Khanowal), Bhai Amrik Singh (Student, Damdami Taksal), Bhai Lovshinder Singh Dallewal, Bhai Harjit Singh Sarpanch (South Hall), Bhai Kaptan Singh, Bhai Jaswinder Singh (GNG Willenhall), Bhai Paramjit Singh (GNG Wednesfield), Bhai Sohan Singh (Damdami Taksal) and Bhai Jaswinder Singh (GNP, Conventory). Various Sikh spokesmen mostly belonging to Damdami Taksal group, held Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale for promoting Missionaries group stating them as Guru Nindaks and Anti Dasam Granth detractors. WATCH VIDEO -
  13. Prof Bhullar gets first parole after 23 years
  14. MILPITAS – In a recent meeting held at the Milpitas Gurdwara Sahib, Prof. Sarabjeet Singh Dhunda has negated the changes made to Ardas, Nitnem banis and Amrit Sanchar Maryada by other parcharaks including Prof. Darshan Singh. and his followers The meeting was held between Prof. Dhunda, Bhai Sukhdev Singh (Tracy), Dr. Harbhajan Singh, Bhai Navjot Singh (Sacramento), Bhai Jasjeet Singh and Bhai Ravinder Singh. On being questioned about the changes made to Nitnem Banis, Ardas and Amrit sanchar ceremony, he clearly stated that he follows the maryada of Akal Takht Sahib and recites all 5 banis in his nitnem including Jaap Sahib, Tve Parsad Swayie and Chaupai Sahib. Sarbjeet Singh Dhunda agreed that the nitnem banis from Sri Dasam Granth have been penned by Guru Gobind Singh Ji and there is no question about their authenticity. Furthermore, Dhunda agreed that it is wrong to change the first pauri of Ardas “ਪ੍ਰਿਥਮ ਭਗੌਤੀ ਸਿਮਰ ਕੈ..” Prof. Dhunda stated that he is not answerable to the views casted by Ragi Darshan Singh or Inder Singh Ghagga and sangat should question them for any violations they are doing with Akal Takht Sahib Maryada. READ FULL NEWS:
  15. Sikh Political prisoner, Devinderpal Singh Bhullar was on Monday acquitted in a 1992 Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) case registered against him at the Batala Sadar police station. Charges under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and the Explosives Act were also slapped on Bhullar in the case that pertains to an encounter after a police party was ambushed by a group of militants. The designated TADA court of Surinder Singh which heard the case, dismissed the chargesheet filed by the Batala police and discharged Bhullar for want of evidence. The court accepted the plea of Bhullar’s counsel that there was no direct evidence to suggest his client’s involvement and neither were there any witnesses in the case. The chargesheet was filed by police in February and the former militant was granted bail by the TADA court in March in the case. The verdict by the designated TADA court will pave the way for Bhullar to apply for parole that was denied to him as he had not been acquitted in the Batala case. Bhullar can now move an application before the government seeking parole. He has remained behind bars since his deportation to India in 1995 followed by his arrest in a blast case. Bhullar had already sought parole after he was granted bail in the case on March 3 on surety bond of Rs 50,000. Bhavandeep Singh Sidhu of the United Akali Dal and Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa Sangharsh Committee welcomed the verdict by the court. “We expect Prof. Bhullar to be released from jail within a few days now,” he said. “This will allow Prof. Bhullar to apply for parole, however we hope that the 1993 case against him by Maninderjeet Bittu does not cause hurdles,” he added. Despite his acquittal in the TADA case, Bhullar will continue to remain under detention for his involvement in the September 1993 blast outside the headquarters of the All India Youth Congress (AIYC) in New Delhi, resulting in death of eight persons. He was sentenced to death by a Delhi court in the case. His plea for parole will be considered after he moves an application seeking the same. Though the Supreme Court had upheld his death penalty but later it was commuted to life term on medical grounds. Bhullar is currently undergoing treatment at the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here. He was not present in the TADA court that heard his bail application. He was admitted to the psychiatry ward of the hospital on June 12 last year after he was transferred on medical grounds from a hospital in New Delhi. He had complained of depression and other psychological problems. He was under detention at the Tihar Jail and was subsequently shifted to a hospital on the directions of the Supreme Court which took note of his mental condition Full News: