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Sergeant-at-arms hailed as Canadian hero for shooting dead terrorist. 23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
Canada: Kevin Vickers has vocally supported Canadian Sikhs right to wear Kirpan in Parliament.
The man being hailed as a hero for reportedly shooting a gunman in Canada’s national parliament is Kevin Vickers, who, as the holder of the post of sergeant-at-ams, is officially responsible for safety and security within the grounds of the building.
The role’s ceremonial element has resulted in something of a public profile for Vickers – in black robes, he carries a ceremonial gold mace into the House of Commons before every sitting. But he also has very real powers in relation to controlling access to the building.
Court notice to Bikram Majithia for distorting verses of Guru Gobind Singh Ji 23 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
Chandigarh: A Chandigarh court issued fresh notices to Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) minister Bikram Majithia for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community by distorting a Shabad of Guru Gobind Singh Ji while campaigning for BJP leader Arun Jaitley during campaigning for the Lok Sabha poll.
The court was told that the previous notices were not served. The court asked Bikram Majithia to submit a reply on the issue raised by advocate Mandeep Kaur. The case will now come up for hearing on December 10.
Bikram Majithia had appeared before the Akal Takht after the controversy broke-out over his conduct. He was...
Bhai Gurbakhsh Singh Submits list of 101 Sikh detainees to Akal Takht Jathedar 22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
Amritsar, Punjab: Sikh rights crusader Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who had last year observed a fast for 44 days demanding the release of Sikh political prisoners, on Sunday submitted a list of 101 Sikh detainees to Giani Gurbachan Singh, appointed Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. Bhai Khalsa, along with his aides, met the Jathedar here during which he made an appeal to the Jathedar to take measures for the release of the Sikh detainees who have been languishing in jails despite the expiration of their terms.
Bhai Khalsa said he was accountable to the Sikh community over the culmination of his protest....
Sikh Network UK Sets Out Sikh Manifesto, Encourages UK Sikhs to Help Develop and Finalize 22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
London, UK: A Sikh Manifesto will be published in January 2015 for the General Election and the next five years setting out specific demands of the Sikh community and the vision for British Sikhs. The initiative for a Sikh Manifesto was launched on Sunday 21 September. Many have commented positively about this development and made useful suggestions, based on which an outline Manifesto is being drafted. The Sikh Manifesto will be officially launched in January 2015 in the UK Parliament and we are keen to hold several consultation meetings in the South, Midlands and North in the next 3-4 weeks to...
Gurdwara in Belgium asked to close down 22 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
Belgium: The mayor of the town of Vilvoorde in Belgium, Hans Bonte, has ordered the closure of the local Gurdwara, Guru Nanak Sahib, for one month.
Belgian media Tuesday charged that the Sikh Gurdwara “appears to operate as a magnet for Indians staying in Belgium illegally”.
The Flanders news and radio VRT website said that during a recent police raid 11 illegal immigrants were discovered in the cellars of an empty building in the neighbourhood of the gurdwara in Vilvoorde which lies outside Brussels.
Bonte was quoted saying that: “This is the same hiding place used by people-traffickers who were convicted at the...
SGPC okays Rs 2 cr for J&K Sikh families 22 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
Amritsar, Punjab: The SGPC executive committee has decided to extend a financial aid of Rs 2 crore to the Sikh families affected by floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision was taken at the SGPC executive meeting in Fatehgarh Sahib today. As per a release issued here, the amount to be provided to these families was decided on the basis of recommendations made by the sub-committee constituted to take stock of loss of life and property in the flood-hit state.
The beneficiaries have been divided into three categories. Those in the first category will receive Rs 1 lakh, second category Rs 50,000 and...
Harmandir Sahib Hukumnama : Thu 23 October, 2014
O my mind, the world comes and goes in birth and death; only the True Name shall emancipate you in the end. When the True Lord Himself grants forgiveness, then one does not have to enter the cycle of reincarnation again. He does not have to enter the cycle of reincarnation again, and he is emancipated in the end; as Gurmukh, he obtains glorious greatness. Imbued with love for the True Lord, he is intoxicated with celestial bliss, and he remains absorbed in the Celestial Lord. The True Lord is pleasing to his mind; he enshrines the True Lord in his mind. Attuned to the Word of the Shabad, he is emancipated in the end. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Naam, merge in the True Lord; they are not cast into the terrifying world-ocean again. || 1 || Emotional attachment to Maya is total madness; through the love of duality, one is ruined. Mother and father all are subject to this love; in this love, they are entangled. They are entangled in this love, on account of their past actions, which no one can erase. The One who created the Universe, beholds it; no other is as great as He. The blind, self-willed manmukh is consumed by his burning rage; without the Word of the Shabad, peace does not come. O Nanak, without the Name, everyone is deluded, ruined by emotional attachment to Maya. || 2 || Seeing this world on fire, I have hurried to the Sanctuary of the Lord. I offer my prayer to the Perfect Guru: please save me, and bless me with Your glorious greatness. Preserve me in Your Sanctuary, and bless me with the glorious greatness of the Lords Name; there is no other Giver as great as You. Those who are engaged in serving You are very fortunate; throughout the ages, they know the One Lord. You may practice celibacy, truth, austere self-discipline and rituals, but without the Guru, you shall not be emancipated. O Nanak, he alone understands the Word of the Shabad, who goes and seeks the Lords Sanctuary. || 3 || That understanding, imparted by the Lord, wells up; there is no other understanding. Deep within, and beyond as well, You alone exist, O Lord; You Yourself impart this understanding. One whom He Himself blesses with this understanding, does not love any other. As Gurmukh, he tastes the subtle essence of the Lord. In the True Court, he is forever True; with love, he chants the True Word of the Shabad. Within his home, he finds the home of his own inner being; the True Guru blesses him with greatness. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Naam find the Mansion of the Lords Presence; their understanding is true and approved. || 4 || 6 ||