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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Facebook Polices Religious Intolerance

Millions Have Viewed Pages Offensive to Sikhs

Minority Report | December 22, 2010

’How long are these turban jokes on Faceboook gonna curry on for?’ is an example of a hate-mongering Facebook ‘page’ that has been taken off the most popular social networking Web site in the world.

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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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Video Prompts Possible Settlement in National Gurdwara Lawsuit

But Case Moves Forward

Panthic, Community | December 10, 2010

Reporting from WASHINGTON – Secret video footage showing that an alleged assault by a Virginia couple never happened may have prompted the board of trustees at the National Gurdwara to attempt to settle a lawsuit it brought against the couple, but the settlement fell apart yesterday, a day before their court appearance.

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First Enlisted Sikh Soldier Moves Forward With Army Career

Sikhs Anticipate Army Policy Change

Minority Report, People | December 06, 2010

Specialist Simran Preet Singh Lamba, who recently became the first enlisted Sikh soldier in more than two decades to complete basic training while maintaining his Sikh identity, began the next level of training this month to become a combat medic.

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Suspects Arrested in Cab Driver Assault

Minority Report | December 02, 2010

Pedro Ramirez and Johnny Morales turned themselves in to the West Sacramento police last Thursday night after a five day manhunt in connection with the assault of taxi driver Harbhajan Singh.

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Nirvikar Singh is Sikh Chair Holder at University of California, Santa Cruz

Panthic, Education, Community, People | December 02, 2010

Nearly 10 years after Hardit Singh Aurora donated money for the endowment of a Sikh chair, the University of California in Santa Cruz has appointed Nirvikar Singh, an economics professor at the same university, to the Sarabjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies.

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Liquor Store Owner and Gurdwara Trustee Pleads Not Guilty in Corruption Probe

Panthic, Community | December 01, 2010

Reporting from Greenbelt, Maryland - Ravinder Kaur Melhi, 49, who with husband Amrik Singh Melhi, 51, has ownership interests in Tick Tock Liquors in Langley Park, was released Wednesday morning under a strict set of conditions that include a mental health evaluation, 24-hour electronic monitoring, no new travel plans and no purchases over $1,000.

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SGPC to Build Printing Facility for Guru Granth Sahib in US

Panthic, Community | November 29, 2010

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will receive a donation of land and building in Charlotte, North Carolina, which it will convert into a facility for printing Guru Granth Sahib saroops.

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White House and Vatican Congratulate Sikhs on Prakaash Divaas Guru Nanak

Panthic, Community | November 21, 2010

The following are letters of congratulations on the Prakaash Divaas of Guru Nanak.

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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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Targeting Sikh Americans (TSA)

Minority Report | November 15, 2010

Sikh passengers will always be singled out for secondary pat-downs and tertiary hand held metal-detector screenings at airports, even after first passing through newly implemented full-body scanners, advocacy groups said.

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National Gurdwara Goes to Court

Panthic, Community | November 10, 2010

Financially strapped National Gurdwara is asking a Washington court to bar from its premises a Virginia couple that its trustees have accused of assault and rabble rousing.

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First Lady Empowers Girls During Delhi Museum Visit

Panthic, Community | November 08, 2010

Amid the neem and banyan trees and colorful tribal Worli art wall-paintings, Michelle Obama held hands with schoolgirls touring the rooms today at the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum in New Delhi.

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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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Arbitration Needed For Gurdwara Disputes

Panthic, Community | November 03, 2010

A group of American gurdwaras initiated a plan this month to create a venue for settling disputes that would reduce the large number of court cases that funnel out gurdwara resources.

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Sikhs Slighted by President Obama

Politics | October 28, 2010

Feeling sidelined by President Obama, who chose as cultural outreach in India a celebration of Divali with Hindu students in Mumbai and a visit to a Muslim tomb in Delhi, Sikhs are looking to the president to make amends for ditching his visit to Darbar Sahib in Amritsar.

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Obama Skips Amritsar

Politics | October 27, 2010

It's official, President Obama will only be going to Mumbai and New Delhi next week, said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communication, at a White House news conference this afternoon on the India trip.

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Incremental Progress in NYC Public Schools

Education | October 25, 2010

The lawsuit that began with a media blitz in June 2008 regarding the violent harassment of a Sikh student at a New York City public high-school, which resulted in significant amendments in September 2008 to bullying regulations, ended with modest concessions in March 2010 for Sikh kids at Richmond Hill High School and a modest settlement this month for the student’s family.

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SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | October 18, 2010

Founded in 1996 as a volunteer organization, SALDEF portrays itself as the oldest Sikh civil rights group in the United States. It’s focus on media analysis and education expanded in 2000 to include legal services. The advocacy group has a full-time staff in Washington and Southern California, which works on civil rights, legislative, employment and accommodation issues.

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Federal Employment Commission Cannot Handle All Discrimination Cases

Minority Report | October 10, 2010

WASHINGTON - While the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed two lawsuits on the same day last month regarding the discrimination of two Sikh men, it also recently rejected a third case, which is now being taken up by a civil rights group.

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Joint Seva

Panthic, Community, People | May 05, 2009

Julio Ore Perez lay awake under local anesthesia at a hospital in Lima, Peru, while a Sikh surgeon worked to replace his knees, for free. Perez could only see the curtain between him and the surgical team. But when they finished and pulled the curtain back, he could not believe his eyes. His legs were straight again, after more than six years.

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