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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sikh festival comes to life with colourful procession in Doncaster

The Vaisakhi Sikh Parade in Doncaster from the Guru Tegh Bahadur on Balby Road to the Guru Kalgidhar Gurdwara on Catherine Street.

The Vaisakhi Sikh Parade in Doncaster from the Guru Tegh Bahadur on Balby Road to the Guru Kalgidhar Gurdwara on Catherine Street.

The Vaisakhi Sikh Parade in Doncaster from the Guru Tegh Bahadur on Balby Road to the Guru Kalgidhar Gurdwara on Catherine Street.

The Vaisakhi Sikh Parade in Doncaster from the Guru Tegh Bahadur on Balby Road to the Guru Kalgidhar Gurdwara on Catherine Street.

with thanks : thestar : LINK : for detailed news report.

Festival celebrates Punjabi culture

Bright colors swirled across the stage to the vibrant, up-tempo rhythms of Bhangra music at the 21st annual Punjabi American Festival.
The celebration of Punjabi culture began with Bhangra and Giddha teams from around the North State and closed with international music acts as an estimated 12,000 people attended the event on Sunday at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.
Headlined by Miss Pooja, one of the best-selling female Bhangra artists in the world, and fast-rising singer Ammy Virk, the festival aims to have something for everybody, said Tej Maan, Chairman of the Punjabi American Heritage Society.
"Everyone has a different reason for being here," Maan said. "Some come for the music, food, shopping or because they know somebody performing."
Another big draw this year is a visit from Brian Murphy, a police officer who was shot 15 times defending a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., in 2012. A documentary about the shooting, which left three worshipers dead, was shown at the festival.
Through his interactions with the Sikh community after the shooting, Murphy began raising awareness for a faith many Americans know little about. That message goes hand-in-hand with the purpose of the Punjabi festival, Maan said.
"When we started the festival, we had two purposes in mind," Maan said. "To pass the culture on to the youth and to bridge the gap in the mainstream community."
with thanks : appeal-democrat : LINK : for detailed report

Saturday, May 23, 2015

MYNTRA is the MANTRA of doing shopping !

You may be a man, women, a student, an office goer, a professional or a business personality. Every one of you has to do some shopping, regularly or once in a blue moon. But do you have enough time to go to the market, shop to shop, brand to brand, selecting the products of your choice, with a big wallet and on a strict, no return basis ?

The time has changed a lot as you don’t have the precious time, any more. Now you just require a Smart phone and the Myntra App loaded in it. If you have it, you can start your shopping anytime, anywhere.

Now you can do shopping from your home, office, car or even a bullet train. Now you can shop from your bedroom or dining room. Now you can shop from a playground or a burial ground. Now you can shop while under a shower or  in the swimming pool. Now you can shop privately with your wife, with your Girlfriend or even with your  Ex one. You can shop while sitting in between your family members or from the private corner of your home.

Myntra offers Fashion and casual lifestyle products. It has  over 2,00,000+ Styles and 1,000+ bestselling Brands i.e. the largest collection of the latest fashion and lifestyle products in India!

Just download the Myntra App on your smart phone & that’s all. No need to carry cash. No need  to hold the big and heavy carry bags. Just do your shopping using Myntra App & pay via smart money & the pack is sent to you at the designated place with a warranty to return / refund in the prescribed time limit.


Remember, this is the wonder world of smart phones & those not using mobile apps are the outdated personalities. Now, you have to decide whether you are an outdated personality, who still want to go to the crowded market places for shopping and that too at the exorbitant prices or an upcoming great personality who can shop from anywhere, any time and that too at the discounted prices.

Come on ! Have MYNTRA in your smart phone. I am selling it at no cost to you. I am offering it absolutely Free.  Just have it. Download it and start using it.  Myntra is now App Only. It has shifted to the sales via Myntra App, only, as this is the present trend of the market worldwide. Join this bandwagon for a true fashion experience. Remember, MYNTRA is the MANTRA of doing shopping in the present world. It’s the fashion. It’s the lifestyle. It’s the latest trend.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sikh breaks religious protocol to help injured child

Wellington: A young Sikh did not hesitate to break religious protocol by removing his turban to help an injured child bleeding profusely after an accident in New Zealand`s largest city of Auckland, media reports said on Saturday.

Harman Singh, 22, did not think twice before removing his turban to help the five-year-old who was hit by a car on way to school, New Zealand Herald reported. 
"I wasn`t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, `He needs something on his head because he`s bleeding.` That`s my job -- to help," the daily quoted him as saying.
with thanks : zee news : LINK : for details

Violence erupts at Wolverhampton Sikh temple meeting

Trouble flared at Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Sedgley Road, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton. It happened during the selection of the committee to run the temple.
Witnesses said the vice president had his turban torn off - a grossly disrespectful move - during the fracas and two people were hurt. One needed hospital treatment.
It was said that trouble flared in the prayer room as the names of those chosen to sit on the 25-strong committee were disclosed to a congregation estimated at more than 1000-strong.
Hecklers interrupted proceedings with shouts of protest at the proposed make up of the powerful group, the membership of which is changed every two years.
The disturbance reportedly got worse as it spilled downstairs into the office used by senior officials of the temple. Witnesses said too many people tried to cram into the room and a fight broke out during which a man allegedly drew a knife.
Punches were also reportedly thrown as groups representing rival factions clashed on Sunday afternoon.
with thanks : expressandstar : LINK : for details.

New Army Rule Eliminates A Hurdle To Sikh Service

'It doesn't concern anyone what religion you are - I bleed the same color': Simranpreet Singh Lamba First Sikh to become U.S. army soldier for nearly three decades.

WASHINGTON DC (TIP): In April 2015, the U.S. Army released new rules that will make it easier for observant Sikhs to request religious accommodations for their articles of faith. The prior procedures forced turbaned and bearded Sikh recruits to violate their religion while asking for a religious exception to serve – a Catch-22. Now observant Sikh recruits can continue to practice their religion while the Army decides whether to accommodate their religious articles of faith. The new process allows observant Sikh recruits to first contract with the U.S. Army and then submit a request for a religious accommodation. While the request is pending, the Sikh recruit will not be sent to training or receive any official U.S. Army assignments. If the religious accommodation request is granted, the Sikh recruit may serve without compromising his/her articles of faith; if it is denied, the Sikh recruit may then request a departure from the Army without penalty in order to avoid violating religious beliefs. It is the Sikh Coalition’s understanding that this rule change only applies to the U.S. army at this time. Despite these changes, the presumptive ban on Sikh articles of faith still remains and accommodation requests are still being decided on a rarely-granted case-by-case basis. In other words, while it is now easier to request a religious accommodation within the U.S. Army, it is still difficult to actually obtain one.

with thanks : TheIndianPanorama : LINK : for details.

Chicago Sikhs Raise $34,000 for National Sikh Campaign

CHICAGO — Last week 200 Sikhs attended the first major fundraising event for the National Sikh Campaign, raising a total of $34,000. The NSC aims to promote national awareness of Sikhism and Sikh identity through the media, said a press release.

At the event, NSC representatives presented their media plan to place specially crafted ads about Sikhs on national and local TV channels and websites. “This will help to educate Americans on the Sikh community and identity of wearing a turban and beard,” explained the organizers.

with thanks : indiawest : LINK : for details

Australian Sikh community outraged over smoking cartoon

Canberra: Sikhs in Australia have expressed outrage after a daily published a cartoon of a Sikh man smoking a cigar, a media report said on Friday. 
"You would never see a person of Sikh faith smoking -- not even a cigarette, let alone a cigar, so it just seems out of context," Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) quoted the executive producer of its Punjabi programme Manpreet K Singh as saying.
"Obviously people who follow the religion feel outraged about it," she added.
The cartoon was published in the Herald Sun on Thursday.
with thanks : Zee News : LINK : for details

SGPC to Sikh boys: Wear turban if you want to be Mr Singh

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Wearing a dastaar or a turban has its uses. That distinct Sikh identity, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is telling young Sikhs in schools across the state, will help them stay away from drugs, earn them “respect” in society every time they are addressed as “Mr Singh”, increase their height and keep them away from “infectious diseases” that spread through visits to the hairdresser.
Since December 2014, more than 100 preachers of the Amritsar-headquartered SGPC, the apex representative body of Sikhs that is dominated by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), have visited at least 1,000 schools across the state, “counselling” the patit or “fallen” Sikhs to start following Sikhism’s tenets and stop cutting their hair. As part of an ongoing drive called Sikhi Saroop Mera Asli Roop (Being Sikh is my real identity), SGPC preachers say they have identified 14,000 Sikh youths in Punjab who have cut their hair and who, they believe, need to be counselled against this deviation from faith.
with thanks : Indian Express : LINK : for detailed news.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Secure the future of your loved ones with MyLife+

Life is quite uncertain & there is none who can predict the death of any human being. The minute a person finishes his journey on this earth, is the minute, when the hardships start upcoming in the life of the loved ones, who are left behind. Therefore, if we could give a little thought in our lifetime, we can do a lot for our loved ones, even when we are not physically present or even after the death.

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We have to decide a substantial amount, that we think is suitable for our family as per our status (minimum sum assured is 25 Lakh) and start paying a small premium every year. If something happens to the insured person, the family gets the Sum insured in three easy ways. The family can choose the death benefit as a lump sum payment, the family can choose a monthly payout of 1% of the sum insured for 130 months or the family can choose a combination of both.

Even though it has the minimum & a maximum entry age limit of 18 to 60 years, once entered, it provides us the flexibility to choose a cover for up to the maximum maturity age of 80 years with Tax benefits for premium & claim amount. It also gives the insured person a comprehensive cover through various riders in certain cases. The best part is that everything can be done very easily through their website where we can check every single detail and can proceed to calculate the premium & make the payment.

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