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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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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Litigation Continues in the First Yogi Bhajan Trial

The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Politics | September 03, 2011

The trial phase of the first major lawsuit, which will decide the future of Yogi Bhajan's Empire, has ended but the litigation process continues with the addition of a new defendant.

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NYC Sikhs Give Boost for Federal Workplace Religious Freedom Law

Politics, Minority Report | August 26, 2011

A new bill, initiated by Sikh activists and enacted by the New York City council, to protect workers against religious discrimination, adds momentum for such legislation at the federal level, a U.S. senator said.

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Minimal Progress on Bullying Prevention in NYC Schools

Politics, Panthic, Education, Community, Minority Report | July 22, 2011

On his way home from school, Sanjeet had stopped by a local deli to grab a bite to eat when some boys came from behind and pulled off his dastaar. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, who was a teacher at the time, saw the incident and tried unsuccessfully to stop the perpetrators.

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NY Court Ejects Gurdwara President

Politics, Panthic, Community | June 10, 2011

The management dispute that resulted in the disturbing Youtube video of a brawl at the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in New York ended yesterday with a court decision to disqualify the current president and name the person designated by the gurdwara’s selection committee as its rightful president.

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Appeal to Adopt Nanakshahi 2003

Politics, Panthic, Community | May 23, 2011

A coalition of American gurdwaras is appealing to the global Sikh community to adopt Nanakshahi 2003 as its legitimate calendar, forgoing any changes made last year by the Akal Takht.

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How He Went Down

Politics | May 03, 2011

The following statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at 6 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room, describes the assault on Osama bin Laden and his burial. The narrative was provided by the Department of Defense.

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Implications of Kirpan Ban in Rochester Gurdwara’s Lawsuit

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | April 08, 2011

What began last year as a commonplace lawsuit about control of the Gurdwara of Rochester, New York, has turned into a case with possible implications about the ability of Sikhs to freely carry Kirpans in the United States.

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California State Senator to Don Turban in Solidarity With Sikhs

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | March 15, 2011

A top California state senator expressed his solidarity with the Sikh community Sunday by proposing that he will wear a turban for a day.

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U.S. Senator to Support Sikh Councilman at Fundraiser

Politics | March 10, 2011

Senator Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, will be the special guest Saturday at the first annual Sikh community fundraiser for Hoboken, New Jersey, Councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla.

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Austin Gurdwara Asks Texas Supreme Court to Stop Its Destruction

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | March 02, 2011

Religious intolerance was allegedly the motivation behind a Texas couple’s court battle to stop the construction of a gurdwaaraa in their neighborhood, which ultimately resulted in an appellate court ordering the total destruction of the completed building, according to a United Sikhs’ filing in the Texas Supreme Court.

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Most American Gurdwaras Will Not Follow New Nanakshahi Calendar

Politics, Panthic, Community | February 18, 2011

American gurdwaras representatives formally declared that they will not institute changes made last year to the Nanakshahi calendar by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Akaal Takht, and instead continue with the original 2003 version.

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Lobbying Continues Against Changes to Nanakshahi Calendar

Losing Our Identity

Politics, Panthic, Community | February 16, 2011

Reporting from WASHINGTON - A representative from the California gurdwaras, and Pal Singh Purewal, architect of the Nanakshahi calendar, are in Punjab lobbying against the changes made to the Sikh calendar last year, ahead of its next release on Chet 1 (March 14).

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National Gurdwara Withdraws Lawsuit

Politics, Panthic, Community | January 31, 2011

Reporting from Washington - In light of a damaging video and pressure from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the National Gurdwara unconditionally withdrew its lawsuit on Friday against a Virginia couple.

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Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | January 28, 2011

Civil rights groups this week urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reconsider her position in court of not accommodating a Sikh man who wanted to work as a prison guard with a beard, noting that the U.S. Army now has three Sikh soldiers that have successfully worn gas masks over their religiously-mandated unshorn beards.

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President Obama's Statement on India Republic Day

Politics | January 26, 2011

On behalf of the American people, I send my best wishes to the people of India and to those here in the United States and around the world who are celebrating India Republic Day.

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Court Says California Man Can Sue Punjab Times for Libel

Politics, Panthic, Community, People | January 24, 2011

In perhaps the first libel lawsuit in the United States against a Punjabi-language newspaper, a California appeals court judge denied the Punjab Times’ request to dismiss the case, paving the way for the plaintiff, Hardev Singh Grewal, to go to trial.

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TSA: Body Scanners Cannot See Through Turbans

More screenings for Sikhs

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | January 13, 2011

The Transportation and Security Administration will use secondary screening measures for turbans, such as a hand-held metal detector and pat-down chemical detection, even after travelers successfully pass through full-body scanners, because the new scanners being deployed across the country cannot see through the layers of a standard Sikh turban, TSA told Sikh advocacy groups.

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SGPC Office and Printing Facility a Possibility in US

Politics, Panthic, Community | December 15, 2010

Reporting from WASHINGTON - Representatives of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in Amritsar on Monday surveyed the financially troubled National Gurdwara here to possibly take over as its management.

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FBI Unclear About Monitoring Sikh Americans

Apologizes For Linking Sikh Americans to Subversive Groups

Politics, Minority Report | December 13, 2010

Reporting from WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert Mueller apologized for linking Sikh Americans with subversive Muslim groups, and clarified that the bureau does not have “fishing expeditions” in American gurdwaras.

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Gurdwara Trustee Arrested in FBI Sting

Politics, Panthic, Community | November 19, 2010

A trustee of the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Foundation of America, in Silver Spring, Maryland, and her husband, were arrested Monday in a federal corruption investigation that also involved the arrest of the county executive on the previous Friday.

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President Obama's Remarks to Indian Parliament

Politics | November 08, 2010

The following is President Obama’s address to the Indian Parliament.

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Statement by President Obama on Diwali

Politics | November 04, 2010

Tomorrow, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, here in America and around the world, will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights.

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