Justice and FBI to Consider Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Decision Expected in October

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | September 21, 2012

Reporting from Washington - The federal government will consider collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs, a justice department official said Wednesday at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing.

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Sikhs Initiated California’s Employment Law

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | September 13, 2012

California employers will have to bear the burden of proof to show significant economic hardship in denying turban and beard accommodations for employees, and they will no longer be able to hide Sikh workers from public view as a means of accommodation.

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An Historic Invocation

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | September 10, 2012

With little time to prepare and last-minute changes by convention officials, Ishwar Singh’s invocation at the Republican National Convention may not have been perfect, but it again brought Sikhs into the limelight, experts said.

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First Lady Visits Families of Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting Victims

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 24, 2012

Reporting from Oak Creek, Wisconsin - First lady Michelle Obama met Thursday with victims and families of those killed in the Aug. 5 massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in a private gathering at Oak Creek High School.

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Wisconsin Gurdwara Opens, Memorial Service Today

Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 10, 2012

Many public officials are expected to speak at the memorial services for the Wisconsin gurdwara victims, which began this morning at 9:00 Central time.

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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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Presidential Campaigns Address Sikh American Issues

Politics, Minority Report | August 02, 2012

Reporting from Washington - Representatives of the presidential campaigns last month addressed Sikh, Asian and Pacific Islander American issues at a town hall in Washington.

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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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Kara Exception for Restaurateur

Minority Report | April 25, 2012

In an unusual advocacy case, a Sikh restaurant owner won an exception last month to the Georgia state health regulations that allows him to wear his kara while cooking in the kitchen.

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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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Shooting Victim Described Suspect Vehicle

Minority Report | February 22, 2012

Gurmej Singh Atwal, one of two Sikh men gunned down in California nearly a year ago, gave a partial description of the suspect vehicle just before his death, which has lead to a composite picture of the pick-up truck allegedly involved in the unsolved double homicide.

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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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Six-Figure Settlement But California Prisons Keeps No-Beards Policy

Politics, Minority Report | December 02, 2011

Trilochan Singh Oberoi, a retired Indian naval officer who is now an American citizen, was working at Walmart before the California state prisons system offered him a settlement he could not refuse: A $61,000-a-year job and $295,000 in damages.

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