President Obama's Call with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | August 09, 2012

President Obama spoke with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday morning to "express condolences for victims of the senseless attack at the gurdwara in Wisconsin, which took the lives of Indian nationals as well as Americans, and to convey the solidarity of the American people."

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President Orders Flag at Half-Staff

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 06, 2012

President Obama signed a proclamation today to fly the flag at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Oak Creek gurdwara tragedy.

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Victims and Gunman Identified in Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting

Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 06, 2012

Officials have identified the gunman in the Oak Creek gurdwara shooting as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, a neo-Nazi white supremacist who lived about five miles from the gurdwara.

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Statement by President Obama on the Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | August 05, 2012

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin.

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Shooting at Milwaukee Gurdwara

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | August 05, 2012

5:15 p.m. - News Conference
The fist 911 call was made at about 11:30 EST. One of the police officers was ambushed by the gunman and shot, said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. A second officer engaged the gunman and shot and killed him. They "stopped a tragic event that could have been a lot worse," he said.

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Sikh Books Gifted to Rutgers University

Panthic, Education, Community, Minority Report | July 12, 2012

Rutgers University received a collection of Sikh books for its libraries last month, a gift initiated by one of its Sikh students and donated by a Sikh advocacy group.

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Film Spotlights Children of Farmers Who Commit Suicide

Every Farmer Counts, Every Child Dreams

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | June 18, 2012

Reporting from Rockville, Maryland - She sings softly, beautifully, a song about the bond between a mother and a daughter, a bond she will never know. Jasvir Kaur’s mother committed suicide when she was seven. And her father is among the more than a quarter-million Indian farmers who have been driven to suicide since 1995.

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U.S. Capitol Wants Sikh Police Officers

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | May 30, 2012

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington this month announced that it wants to hire Sikhs, with their five Ks and Dastaar, as police officers.

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Yogi Bhajan’s Dharma to Receive at Least $30 Million

The Fight for Yogi Bhajan's Empire

Panthic, Community, People | May 16, 2012

A circuit court last month ordered the food company, Golden Temple of Oregon, be turned over to a court-appointed administrator and the company’s management returns more than $30 million dollars of bonuses and perks to the religious community founded by Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa.

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Pat-down Complaints? There’s an App For That

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | May 04, 2012

A Sikh advocacy group this week launched FlyRights, a new smart-phone application that enables travelers to file complaints regarding airport security searches, which the Transportation and Security Agency will consider as official passenger complaints.

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Fifth Death Threat for Sikh Family

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | April 11, 2012

Five death-threat letters, the last of which arrived in February, have followed a Sikh American family during the last decade as they moved to various neighborhoods in metropolitan Washington.

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Green Gurdwaras and Beyond

Pavan Guru Paanee Pitaa Maataa Dharat Mahat

Panthic, Community, People | March 25, 2012

Reporting from Rockville, Maryland - Gurdwaras in United States and India are adopting solar energy, using recyclable materials and considering organic foods for langar as a result of a push from EcoSikh, an environmental advocacy group initially funded by the Norwegian government.

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Sikhtoons Book Goes Digital

Panthic, Education, Community, Minority Report, People | February 08, 2012

Inspired by positive response from schoolteachers at a couple of large cartooning conferences to the paper version of 'My Headcovering is Downright Sikh,' author Vishavjit Singh recently released a digital version, which is free to view on any computer, tablet or smart phone.

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Previous Leno Jabs Not Found

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | January 31, 2012

A thorough search of Jay Leno’s monologues show that claims by two California Sikhs that the comedian insulted the community with his monologues in 2007, in which he allegedly called Sikhs ‘diaper heads,’ and in 2010, in which he allegedly embellished about the president’s cancellation of the Darbar Sahib trip because he had to wear a turban, were inaccurate.

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Sikh Joke, Over Reaction Or Political Play

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | January 30, 2012

A libel lawsuit filed last week by a California Sikh against comedian Jay Leno is being called an over-reaction by some Sikhs, but Sikhs on both sides of the controversy agree the incident is being exploited by Indian politicians during this election season.

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Charlottesville Elects Sikh Mayor

Politics, Panthic, Community, People | January 16, 2012

Satyendra Singh Huja is the new mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Annual Kirtan at the National Cathedral

Panthic, Community | November 18, 2011

Reporting from Washington - Gurbani kirtan filled the gothic arches of the Washington National Cathedral as a Sikh jatha sang Guru Tegh Bahadur’s shabad.

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Litigations Increase: Yogi Bhajan’s Wife vs. His Secretaries

The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Panthic, Community, People | November 11, 2011

Inderjit Kaur Puri, widow of Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, stands to win 100 percent of the couple’s living trust, without having to split any of it with her husband’s Caucasian female assistants.

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President's Wishes on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Politics, Panthic, Community | November 10, 2011

I send my best wishes to all those observing the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.

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Bandi Chhor Divas at the White House

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | November 07, 2011

President Barack Obama conspicuously recognized the Sikh gurpurab, Bandi Chhor Divas, during the official celebration of Divali, a Hindu festival, and for the first time welcomed a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee representative to the White House, Sikh groups said.

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California Governor Considering Reward in Sikh Shootings

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | November 04, 2011

Sikhs in Elk Grove, California, are still awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s decision on posting a reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the shooting deaths of two elderly Sikh men on March 4.

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Phoolka: Evidence Against Nath Well Documented

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | November 02, 2011

Harvinder Singh Phoolka, a human rights lawyer working for justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, said he has evidence of Indian Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath’s involvement in the massacre.

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U.S. State Department Considering Nath Immunity

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | October 29, 2011

Reporting from Washington - The U.S. Department of State is still considering providing a statement of diplomatic immunity for Kamal Nath, Indian minister of urban development, who is facing a civil lawsuit in New York for his alleged participation in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms in New Delhi.

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Golden Temple Loses Tea to Bibiji

Panthic, Community, People | October 20, 2011

Inderjit Kaur Puri, widow of the late religious leader Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, is now the proud owner of the trademarks ‘Yogi’ and ‘Yogi Tea,’ and she is not licensing them back to Golden Temple of Oregon, the Eugene food company that partially funds his nonprofit organizations, including the religious organizations, Sikh Dharma International and 3HO (Happy, Healthy, Holy Organization), a group that teaches Kundalini yoga.

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For Sikhtoons-walla, It's All About the Dastaar at Comic Con

Sikhtoons to Launch T-Shirts

Panthic, Community, People | October 06, 2011

Vishavjit Singh, creator of Sikhtoons, will be the first Sikh at the largest comic convention on the East coast, showcasing the dastaar.

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