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Sikhs disappointed at basketball body’s headgear move 19 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
Washington, USA: Two US lawmakers and Sikh community bodies have expressed disappointment over the international basketball federation’s (Fiba) decision to allow athletes to wear religious headgear, such as patkas, only as part of a “trial period”.
“We are deeply disappointed with Fiba. It shouldn’t take two years to make what should be a simple decision to eliminate a discriminatory practice,” lone Indian American Congressman Ami Bera and fellow Democrat Joe Crowley said in a statement.
“There is no evidence that turbans or religious headgear pose a threat to players, and it’s time for Fiba to do what the rest of the sporting world...
Extortion call to SGPC: Hotels around Golden Temple searched 18 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
Amritsar, Punjab: Taking no risk over an extortion call received by the SGPC from an unidentified person a couple of days ago, the Amritsar police on Wednesday searched hotels around the Golden Temple.
Though the police remained mum over the details, and played down the issue terming it a routine check, Amritsar commissioner Jatinder Aulakh admitted that the place was searched and the call was being investigated.
“Surrounding hotels were searched as a precautionary measure. We are looking at things closely,” added the commissioner. A police official told that the exercise was done to keep out suspicious visitors.
Police officials also held a meeting...
Golden Temple inspires US students to organise langar 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
Washington, USA: Inspired by the “langar” of the Golden Temple, where they visited early this year, a group of US students are organising their free meal day at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Students of the University of Michigan who are back in Ann Arbor after their summer trip to the Golden Temple, where they spent part of their summer learning how to pull off a logistical miracle, feeding 60,000 people every day with a staff of volunteers, will be cooking chickpeas, chutney and salad in shifts with help from the community at Gurdwara Sahib.
“The food will be packaged by...
US lawmakers disappointed over FIBA decision on Sikh players 18 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
Washington, USA: Two leading US lawmakers have expressed disappointment over the decision of FIBA to continue with its policy to ban players from wearing headgears in international matches, even though it allowed them to sport religious headgear as part of a “trial period” for two years.
“We are deeply disappointed with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). It shouldn’t take two years to make what should be a simple decision to eliminate a discriminatory practice,” Congressman Joe Crowley and Ami Bera said in a joint statement.
The two Democratic lawmakers said there is no evidence that turbans or religious headgear pose a threat to...
Security around Golden Temple up 18 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
Amritsar, Punjab: To strengthen security at the Golden Temple in view of the recent threat call, the SGPC has made it mandatory for the pilgrims to produce their identity proof for getting accommodation in its “sarais” (inns). There are five major SGPC “sarais” in the vicinity of the Golden Temple. Though the norm regarding the identity proof was already there, it was not strictly implemented in the past.
The SGPC has already banned handbags on the Golden Temple complex. The guards deployed at the gates ask pilgrims to deposit such bags in the baggage room. The guards also keep a close eye...
SGPC sets up camp in Srinagar 18 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
Amritsar, Punjab: A five-member medical team sent to the flood-hit Kashmir valley by the SGPC today set up a camp at Badgam to extend aid to the needy. As per a press note issued here today, around 100 patients were examined and medicines distributed to them at the camp on the first day. Additional SGPC secretary Daljit Singh Bedi, who is camping in Srinagar, said they had formed committees of local residents in various colonies to coordinate with them for the distribution of ration among the flood-hit. He said they had kicked off the process to assess the loss of life...
Harmandir Sahib Hukumnama : Sun 21 September, 2014
Give me a message from my Beloved tell me, tell me! I am wonder-struck, hearing the many reports of Him; tell them to me, O my happy sister soul-brides. || 1 || Pause || Some say that He is beyond the world totally beyond it, while others say that He is totally within it. His color cannot be seen, and His pattern cannot be discerned. O happy soul-brides, tell me the truth! || 1 || He is pervading everywhere, and He dwells in each and every heart; He is not stained He is unstained. Says Nanak, listen, O people: He dwells upon the tongues of the Saints. || 2 || 1 || 2 ||