Two Sikh bodies claim to have discovered another site of Sikh genocide in Haryana

AMRITSAR: While investigations into the killings of Sikhs at village Hondh-Chillar is yet to begin and within days of Justice Garg’s visit to Hondh-Chillar, All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) claim to have unearthed another Sikh genocide site at Haily Mandi, Pataudi, in Haryana.

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Komagata Maru Anniversary

The Komagata Maru, a Japanese freighter carrying Sikh immigrants from India, was forced to sail from Vancouver after sitting for weeks in the city’s harbour. Under Canada’s strict immigration laws, the passengers were not allowed to land.

The ship, chartered by Singaporean Sikh Gurdit Singh, arrived in Vancouver on May 23, 1914, with 376 British subjects from India aboard. The ship’s point of origin in Hong Kong violated a 1908 Canadian law that required a continuous passage.

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Sikhs of Shanghai

Everyone is well aware about the presence of the Sikhs in western countries such as UK, US and Canada. But very little has been documented about the Sikh community in other parts of the world. Khushwant Singh explores the history of the Sikhs of Shanghai.
Recently, someone tweeted me a link to an article on the Sikhs of Shanghai. Written by Meena Vathyam, a US-based sociologist of Indian origin, the article, Heritage Trails, offered valuable insight and information about the earlier Sikh community in China’s financial capital, Shanghai.
According to the author, her quest for researching on the Sikhs started while browsing through a local travel guide, where a gurdwara was mentioned as one of the relics of the old Shanghai town.
Unfortunately, the gurdwara that the author mentions in her article is also no longer a gurdwara but a multi-family dwelling.

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US court reserves order in anti-Sikh riots case

A US judge has reserved his orders on submissions by the Congress party that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case filed against it by a rights group here be dismissed as the Manhattan court does not have jurisdiction over the case.
Judge Robert Sweet of US federal court reserved the orders yesterday on submissions on issues of effective service of summons and personal jurisdiction in the case filed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) against Congress.

Jones Day, the law firm representing the political party, had on July 13 filed a motion to dismiss all the charges against Congress saying the party was not served the court summons properly by SFJ and that the US federal court did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

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UNITED SIKHS launches a Toll Free Helpline to Assist Immigrant Communities

FREMONT, CA, USA (July 16, 2012)–UNITED SIKHS launches UMEED (Hope) - National Family Resource Center with a toll free hotline – 1-855-US-UMEED (1-855-878-6333) to assist with Community Empowerment and Education.

The Sikh community in the United States has been dealing with issues of Bullying, Racism, Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence and poor care of seniors with little or no means to combat them. Realizing the need for assistance and outreach needed for the community, UNITED SIKHS Western Regional office was established in 2011. As he inaugurated the office, D. Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of Community Relations at White House commented “Whether it is mentoring young kids, whether it is feeding needy people, or helping other countries in natural disasters and whether it is protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all the people, UNITED SIKHS work should be saluted”.

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New place of worship for city’s Sikhs

Palmerston North’s growing Sikh community is hoping its new temple will become an asset for the whole city.

The temple, called Gurudwara Fateh Sahib Palmerston North, was opened during the weekend with prayer, music and speeches.

Located next to Awatapu College, it is the first Palmerston North Sikh Society-owned temple in the city.

Society president Sonpreet Ghumann said about 100 Sikh families now lived in Palmerston North, a number which had grown substantially since he moved to the city several years ago.

“A lot of students are settling in Palmerston North, then getting married.”

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