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The thrust of the report and the political turmoil engulfing Toronto are no coincidence, says Michael Shapcott, a social policy researcher at the Wellesley Institute in Toronto. Cities find their finances strained by years of downloading from other levels of government, he said. And at the same time, mounting poverty among a growing population of immigrants increases the pressure. The federation's policy proposals are "an enlightened response" to the pressure, while the turmoil in Toronto "is a much more sharpened response," Shapcott said. Newcomers take longer and longer to catch up to the standard of living of the rest of the population at a time when the country's labour force needs fresh blood, the paper points out. A traditional, short-term policy focus is no longer sufficient, the researchers argue. Federal settlement plans usually assume a three-year time frame, but in reality, newcomers need five to 10 years of help before they find their feet, the report

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OTTAWA — The federal emphasis on integrating immigrants through language training and recognition of foreign credentials is far too narrow, says a new paper. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is proposing a new strategy for integration that would broaden the focus to include affordable housing and public transit. "Federal and provincial settlement programs have not caught up with changing immigrant settlement patterns, including a growing shift to suburban communities," the report says. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is in the midst of public consultations on how to best reshape the intake of immigrants, so that the country attracts the kind of people it needs to sustain its workforce. The federation hopes to play into that process with its paper, released Wednesday after months of research. But the paper also comes as Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, the country's largest city, eyes cuts to some of the key services newcomers rely on -- social housing, libraries, transit and childcare.

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in the 1980s, before she married Todd. Rice went on to have a very successful NBA career and was a three-timer All-Star. "In the book, McGinniss quotes Rice as confirming the one-night stand," stated the Enquirer report. The book claims that Palin was seen snorting cocaine off the top of a 55-gallon drum while snowmobiling with friends and also alleges she smoked marijuana with a professor while at Mat-Su College in Alaska. The book apparently quotes a Palin family friend as alleging that Palin's husband, Todd, also used cocaine and that he was "on the end of the straw plenty." McGinniss' biography also claims that Palin had a six-month affair with her husband's business partner, Brad Hanson, which led to Todd ending the business deal when he learnt of the affair.

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A new book about Sarah Palin makes shocking allegations that could jeopardize the Tea Party politician's political aspirations. Joe McGinniss' book titled "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," alleges that the former republican Vice Presidential candidate had an affair with then-University of Michigan star basketball player, Glen Rice, in the 1980s, snorted cocaine, had an affair with her husband's business partner for six months and smoked pot in college with a professor, according to a report in the National Enquirer. Whether these claims are indeed in the book as reported by the National Enquirer is yet to be seen when the book is published on Sept. 20 by Crown, a division of Random House. The Enquirer reported that McGinniss claims that Palin had a one-night-stand with basketball star Glen Rice

says. Plus, settlement services are often concentrated in urban cores, far from their targeted population and they don't focus enough on the immediate needs of the newcomer population, the paper argues. It points out that newcomers are far more likely than longtime Canadians to be "core housing need" -- spending more than 30 per cent of their income on shelter. That's because almost twothirds of newcomers are renters and they often say it's difficult to find and qualify for affordable housing. The paper points to research by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp., showing that 44 per cent of recent immigrant renters are considered to be in core housing need. For non-immigrant renters, less than a quarter are in that danger zone. "Without stable housing, immigrants and their families experience even greater difficulties finding jobs, enrolling children in school, participating in language training and becoming part of community life," the paper explains.


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Sikh Press Special

Discovery UK Looks at the Sikh Chakram, US Premiere in October

nique for deploying these from the second or third ranks behind the front line when engaged in hand-to-hand fighting they are thrown almost vertically to descend on the heads of the enemy’s front line.” A traditional Indian blacksmith also tells Loades the metalworking techniques of making a chakram. “I traveled to Patiala where I met the brothers Harinder and Mobinder Singh who showed me how to make a chakram in a traditional forge.” In each hour-long episode, Loades travels to a different international location to examine a particular ancient weapon and learn about the cultures where the weapon was used. He also has an expert demonstrate the techniques behind each weapon. He then challenges his co-host and master craftsman, Chad Houseknecht, to improve upon it using modern manufacturing techniques and materials.

parents. However, in most Diaspora Punjabi communities, this does not occur. Newly-married couples set up their homes wherever they choose. Marriages can still be arranged by parents, but this is rarely done without extensive discussions. Among the Punjabi, there is no overall system of social control. Instead, each institution (such as business, home, civil administration, religious organization, or political organization) has its own set of laws and disciplinary measures. It is commonly said among the Punjabi that "land, women, and water are the sources of all conflicts." This simply means that they deem it necessary to control the means by which a person perpetuates his family and property. What are their beliefs?

The Diaspora Punjabi reflect the three major religions of their homeland: Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. Most of the Diaspora Punjabi speakers are Sikhs, except for those in Myanmar who are mostly atheists. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that was founded in northern India during the sixteenth century. Its teachings have combined the elements of both Hinduism and Islam in an attempt to find one god who transcends all religious distinctions. What are their needs? Although there are many Christian resources available in the Punjabi language, very few Punjabi have been reached with the Gospel. Even in predominantly Christian countries, such as Tanzania and Kenya, the Punjabi have a very small Christian population. In other countries, such as Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma), no missions agencies are currently working among the Punjabi. There is a great need for church planting teams to begin focusing on the Punjabi. Their search for 'one god who transcends all religions' can provide the open door to share Jesus - the one true God and Savior - with them. --------------

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Nidar Singh, an expert in Indian martial arts, demonstrates many different techniques for throwing the chakkar, as the chakram is more commonly known in the Punjab. The tajini method of spinning it on the index finger is the most well known but there are other methods, such as bowling it underarm as the warrior approaches an enemy, throwing it on the move or the more powerful diagonal throws from left to right and right to left. “As well as the different types of throw, there are many different types of chakram,” Loades blogs. “From the standard ones around nine to10 inches in diameter to small bracelet-sized ones worn on the forearm and flicked at an enemy's face at close quarters, with an action similar to flicking a deck of cards. At the other end of the scale are the large chakrams of two-feet diameter, which are worn around the neck. “Nidar Singh showed me a tech-

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meet with Nidar Singh Nihang, a master swordsman who has spent the last 20 years researching the history, philosophy, and unique warrior traditions of the Akali-Nihang Sikhs. “In India I met the Akali Nihangs, a nomadic sect of Sikh warriors, from whom I learned various techniques for throwing the chakram – a razor-edged steel battle quoit – both on foot and from horses and elephants!” Loades writes in his blog. “Although it was my first experience with the chakram, I managed to throw one 40 yards with no trouble at all. The chakram has an airfoil cross-section and you can see it working - it really does fly.” Loades actually had its aerodynamics tested in a wind tunnel at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, which is shown in the episode. “And it is surprising how quickly one can become accurate with it at shorter ranges.”

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In a groundbreaking new series, technology and history collide head-on in ten action-packed episodes in which we witness first-hand the power of pivotal world changing weapons, like the Sikh chakram. ‘Weapon Masters’ explores the history and science of ten weapons of the ancient world. The series premiered Sept. 1 in the United Kingdom on Discovery Knowledge, and Sept. 7 in the United States on Discovery Military. Hosting the series is internationally known weapons expert and historian, Mike Loades. In the final British airing on Sept. 13, 2 p.m., of the ‘Chakram’ episode, Loades explores the history of the steel quoit, a weapon used by the Sikhs and known as the chakram or chakkar. The American premiere is scheduled for Oct. 26, 9 p.m., a Discovery Channel spokesman said. Loades traveled to Punjab to

A vast majority of the Punjabi live in India and Pakistan; however, large Punjabi communities can also be found in nearly thirty other countries. While the living conditions of the Punjabi differ greatly from country to country, they have retained much of their traditional culture and lifestyle. The name "Punjabi" is used to describe both those who speak Punjabi, and those who inhabit the Punjab region in India and Pakistan. Punjabi is an IndoEuropean language that is divided into six main dialects. It is primarily spoken in the major regions of India and Pakistan. There are many different social classes and occupational sub-groups among the Punjabi. For this reason, it is difficult to adequately describe their lifestyle. Modern Punjabi culture was largely shaped by the partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947. This event resulted in massive migrations that separated the Muslims from the Hindus and Sikhs. (Sikhism is a combination of Islam and Hinduism.) The incorporation of new government policies also had farreaching effects on the lives of the Punjabi. What are their lives like? The "caste" system is India's strict organization of social classes. The Punjabi are divided into castes called jati. For the Punjabi, a caste is described as a group of families in an area, with common ancestry, who marry among themselves, and have a common traditional occupation based upon a common type of inherited productive property. Castes generally have origin stories that explain how they came into an area, and/or their present occupational position. Caste divisions vary according to region, but they generally range from the upper castes of Brahmans (priests, scholars, landowners, and skilled artisans) to the lowest caste

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of laborers and servants. Various artisan castes include those who are skilled as carpenters, masons, blacksmiths, barbers, and weavers. The jati are further divided into clans, villages, and families. The caste system in India is not fully supported by religion, as it is specifically rejected by Islam and Sikhism. Most of the Diaspora Punjabi who are Hindu, are of the higher castes and are usually well educated. For this reason, they have easily assimilated into the various communities in which they now live. The Punjabi immigrants have taken on a variety of occupations. Many of the Sikhs, who are characterized by their neatly wound turbans, have excelled as mechanics, construction workers, and business professionals. Other Punjabi have found work in retail and trade, particularly through small family businesses. In traditional Punjabi culture, the men are responsible for overseeing the family possessions such as land, shops, or other business assets. The women are responsible for overseeing the homes. They cook, care for the children, manage the household finances, and take care of any domestic animals. Marriage is highly desired among all Punjabi, whether Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh. Traditionally, residences were patrilocal, which means that young couples lived in the husband's village near his


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The Party is Over for Dalton Tim Hudak Will Help Keep Families Safe From Sexual Predators McGuinty’s Fancy eHealth Consultants LEAMINGTON — Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak was joined by Ontario PC candidate for Chatham – Kent – Essex, Rick Nicholls, to announce his commitment to develop a public website of Ontario’s sex offender registry to help keep Ontario families and children safe.There are currently more than 14,000 registered sex offenders living in Ontario, but there’s no way for families to know if any of them live in their neighbourhood, near their child’s school, or next to the park where they play. For example, convicted sex offender Sarah Dahle – who is deemed ‘likely to re-offend’ – was recently found living in Leamington next to

LONDON — Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak announced that a government he leads will crack down on the unprecedented waste of health care dollars by the Dalton McGuinty Liberals. Hudak was joined by Ontario PC Candidates Nancy Branscombe (London North Centre), Ali Chahbar (London West), Cheryl Miller (London – Fanshawe) and Jeff Yurek (Elgin – Middlesex – London).Over the past eight years, money that should have gone to nurses, emergency rooms, and frontline patient care was instead diverted to bloated salaries and outrageous expenses for fancy health care consultants – many of whom were connected to the Liberal party. Examples of McGuinty eHealth waste range from the $10 million in

an elementary school. Last week, she moved to the London area, but families will not be given her exact whereabouts. A Tim Hudak government will provide parents with a website that lists the name and address of every registered sex offender living in Ontario. On October 6th, Ontario’s families will have a clear choice between Dalton McGuinty – who opposes a public sex offender registry and believes a sex offender’s right to privacy trumps a law-abiding family’s right to safety – or a Tim Hudak government, who will protect hard working families and children against those who would harm us.

sole-sourced deals directed to the Liberal-connected Courtyard Group, to the stories of the $1.65 cup of tea and a $3.99 Choco-Bites snack that were expensed by an eHealth consultant already getting paid nearly $3,000 a day.An Ontario PC government will put patients at the centre of the health care system by increasing annual investments in health care by $6.1 billion by the end of its first term. Tim Hudak will crack down on Dalton McGuinty’s waste by reviewing eHealth and Ontario’s other 630 provincial agencies, boards, and commissions to root out waste. Each agency will be subject to a simple test: If it works, keep it. If it’s broken, fix it. If it can’t justify its existence, it goes.

Dalton McGuinty Wastes Tax Dollars Horwath unveils job on Affirmative Action Subsidy While plans on campaign trail Tim Hudak Will Give All Ontario Workers An Equal Chance To Succeed

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less than five years. This latest edition of Dalton McGuinty’s divisive policy deliberately disadvantages every Ontario worker who has lived in Ontario longer than five years.While Dalton McGuinty plays favourites and practices divisive politics, a Tim Hudak Government will treat all workers with fairness, equality, and respect. The Ontario PC Party has a real jobs plan that will give all workers an equal chance to succeed by making Ontario’s business taxes more competitive, eliminating job-killing red tape, fixing the apprenticeship system, and strengthening small business.

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MISSISSAUGA — Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak was joined by Ontario PC candidates Wafik Sunbaty for Mississauga Streetsville, Ben Shenouda for Brampton West, Karm Singh for Etobicoke North and Sanjeev Maingi for Bramalea-Gore-Malton to highlight how Dalton McGuinty’s affirmative action subsidy undermines the Canadian values of equality and fair treatment.According to the latest panicky rewrite of the Liberal 2011 platform, Dalton McGuinty will provide businesses with a $10,000 affirmative action subsidy for hiring employees who have lived in Ontario for

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is taking her campaign promise to protect Ontario jobs to the next level by promising to create a position focused on that specific task. Horwath announced Wednesday that she would create the position of jobs commissioner should she win the Oct. 6 provincial election. Horwath said her jobs commissioner would work independently of the government and would have the authority to push for alternatives to layoffs. "When good jobs are at risk we don't have to sit on the sidelines, we can roll up our sleeves and do something different," Horwath said during a campaign stop at a Ford assemble plant in St. Thomas, Ont. The Talbotville Ford Assembly Plant is set for closure, leaving

some 1,200 employees searching for jobs. "The jobs being lost by these women and men didn't just feed families; they built our province and our economy. We can do more to protect these jobs." Horwath has been pushing a job-creating agenda through the first two weeks of the election campaign, promising to provide tax breaks for companies that hire workers to newly-created positions. The NDP leader has also challenged her competitors to a face-to-face debate on job creation – an issue which has quickly become a centre piece of the campaign. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak confirmed on Wednesday that he would join the debate, whether or not Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty decided to take part.


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The Rules Have Been Set Martin Singh is a pharmacist and businessman who resides with his in children three and wife Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. In the federal NDP, Martin is the President of the Faith and Social Justice Commission. Follow Martin’s new blog on politics and other issues at www.martinsingh.ca.

So What if....

by Martin Singh

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On September 9th, the Federal Council of the NDP set the rules for the upcoming leadership campaign. On first look, they appear to be remarkably similar to the rules that were in place for the 2003 campaign. The basic things for each candidate to consider are the length of the campaign, the money available (i.e. the cap on spending of $500,000), the ability to raise funds, mobilising membership drives, and gaining support of elected officials. Other considerations for this campaign will be the policy ideas on which the leadership candidate should base their campaign, who their opponents are, and running a positive campaign. The date for the leadership convention vote will be March 24. This makes the campaign approximately 7 months long. Given the length of the campaign, there should be sufficient time for each candidate for build their profile, share their policy ideas, and sign as many members as they can. An important consideration is pacing. It will be important not to expend all of the campaign resources too soon or too late. The candidates will be able to take a look back on the 2003 NDP leadership campaign as a reference given that it was approximately the same length of time. The funding cap will be a consideration, but of greater importance will be the need to raise funds. There were some in Federal Council who were concerned that candidates may outspend their ability to raise funds. This is a legitimate concern as the Liberal leadership race of 2006 has seven candidates whose campaigns still owe substantial amounts of money. There are three candidates whose campaigns owe more than $100,000 and yet another campaign that owes over $300,000. Even the campaign winner, Stéphane Dion, still has an outstanding campaign debt. The NDP does not want to have any of their candidates similarly burdened. In fact, this may be a good opportunity for the NDP to show itself to be more fiscally responsible than the liberals if the NDP candidates are able to run campaigns and remain debt free. Mobilising of membership drives will be crucial to the winning campaign. This will be most difficult for candidates having their base of support in Quebec as the party has very little infrastructure present on the ground. The leadership race will provide the still rookie NDP MPs with the opportunity to get out into their ridings and engage the electorate. For candidates from British Columbia, they may have an easier time given that there were a number of membership drives completed recently as a result of the provincial NDP leadership race. Many of these members will likely have to be resigned, but at least the candidates will know who they are from past membership lists. Gaining the support of their colleagues will also be helpful, but not essential to the campaign. When Jack won in 2003, he had far fewer MPs support him than his rival Bill Blaikie. Another example of how caucus support is useful, but not essential would be the recent British Columbia Liberal leadership campaign. The eventual winner, Christy Clark, had the backing of only one member of the BC Liberal caucus. This campaign will be unlike any other of the past NDP campaigns in that the membership will be voting for a potential Prime Minister. Given this is the case, the membership will factor in considerations that they have not done previously. Given that the winner will become the leader of the opposition, there is a greater chance that this campaign will become acrimonious. As a result of this, running a positive campaign will be important for the candidates, but also for the NDP as a whole. Irrespective of the final result, this will be the most exciting federal NDP leadership race in history.

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So you move from overseas, come to Canada and you need to support your family. You get fully re trained at Sennica College or Goerge Brown, then when you go to get a job, more business owners don’t want to hire you because there is no incentive. So you call up “that” uncle in the family with all the connections and say “uncle can I drive your friends cab” Congratulations, your now a engineer that specializes in driving a Taxi. “It should be based on your qualifications, how hard you work, not based on a Liberal government playing special favorites,” said Hudak, who is promising a $400 tax credit for employers giving new Canadian workers language training specific to their jobs. New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath chastised her rival leaders for ignoring bigger problems in Ontario in their “war of words,” which saw Hudak demand McGuinty apologize for a scheme that would “pick one worker over another.” “While they are hurling insults at each other, the real problems that people are facing day in and day out are not being addressed,” Horwath said in Toronto. Come one Mr Hudak smell the foreign chai tea. Ontario deserves this new tax credit, Andrea Horwath understand this, why don’t you get it, is it going to take a few more polls for you to understand that Foreign trained professionals are great people who deserve a chance at survival. Let bring Ontario together and not divide the people with the foreign vs. domestic. So WHAT IF….. WE ARE ALL CANADIAN

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It`s not “so what if” McGunity Government is going to waste 12 million dollars of tax payer`s money. It is “SO WHAT IF”. Mr. Hudak! every Ontarian does not think the way you think, there are those who think otherwise. And who feel that Newcomers to Canada, who are fully trained professionals are just that professionals. Does it really matter where they come from or if their training is foreign or not, we beg the question does Mr. Hudak really think that foreign workers are not worth of this tax credit. After more than a week talking about “foreign workers” and “affirmative action” at every possible opportunity, the Progressive Conservative Leader has dropped his attacks on the Liberals’ plan to create a $10,000 tax credit for employers who hire new Canadians. His campaign has instead launched a bid to reignite its base and get away from an issue that dominated the debate but stalled support for the party in key regions. Here we are again, talking about the key regions, Peel has become a political football field on more then one occasion, whether it is the Peel memorial hospital or that wrestling match of an election with the Bollywood politician and the robot candidate from the last federal election. This time its not that different, we see giant buses and rv’s ruining the environment driving up and down the streets having the famous lawn chair meetings with people who were dragged out of their homes to act as supporters. Most really just don’t have a lot to do or just retired or grandmas and grandpas. Well I guess it’s a good constellation if there are warm samosas. Hmmmm. Samosas and Politics…that’s a whole different story.

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Economist London report says the BJP opposition struggles to gain Retired Indophile BBC correspondent Mark Tully authors an interesting new book on India, “The Road Ahead” in which he discovers many Indians who feel they are not better off than before by Dr. Amarjeet Singh

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position, the leaders of the ruling Congress Party are floundering in response. Manmohan Singh, the prime minister, by turns denies scams and is forced to act against allies or colleagues. BJP parliamentarians quip that Mr. Manmohan Singh seems such a liability for Congress they are anxious lest he resign. Sonia Gandhi, the matriarch holding the real power in the Congress party, has been away ill. Her son and likely heir looks timidly ineffective. Mr. Jaitley even sneers that “Rahul Gandhi is an empty suit. He is just family charisma, not coupled with wit or competence.” With no decision on a leader, voters struggle to detect which strand of the party predominates. Modernisers say blunt old ideas of Hindu nationalism are fading. A columnist close to the party dismisses the RSS as a “bunch of bloody fools who can’t appeal to the young, especially given the growth of the middle class”. Mr Jaitley talks of the BJP as a “natural party of government” and lists economic development and national security as his party’s main priorities, before mentioning “pride in our civilisation”. The BJP will not win in Uttar Pradesh, says the Economist, but it hopes to knock Congress into fourth place. That would hurt Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who fronts his party’s U.P. state election campaign. A good showing, BJP strategists say, would do much to lure allies in India’s south and east, where the BJP itself has no chance. Together with other state elections, notably in BJP-run Gujarat, 2012 has the makings of a “mini-general election year”, predicts one party man. For the BJP, a shift from identity

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footed the government, the BJP ‘party’ backed him last month. BJP leaders loudly point out that their year-long protests and demands in parliament for inquiries into official scams have brought resignations and arrests. Their (BJP) strategy may be paying off, although rather slowly. The BJP fared dismally in five state elections in May, and the party is mired in filth of its own, notably in a mining scandal in Karnataka state that led to arrests this week. Yet, as a strategy, pinning success on the back of Congress party’s current unpopularity has flaws. The BJP has yet to tackle its own shortcomings. The most obvious is its baffling cast of leaders, who make the party a multi-headed pantomime horse. Nobody knows if the urbane Mr. Jaitley, who leads the party in Parliament’s upper house, or the pugnacious Ms. Sushma Swaraj, in the lower house, is really in charge. The 83-year-old L.K. Advani, who led the party in the 2009 election, also lingers, ghostlike, hoping for another pop at being prime minister. And Gujarat’s hardline Hindu-nationalist, a NeoNazi fascist, Narendra Modi, if he wins a fourth consecutive term as chief minister next year, might also claim a right to run the country. The Economist magazine poinrs out that on September 4th the first national opinion poll after Mr Hazare’s protests showed that BJP had support of 32%, up from 23% in May. Backing for the Congress party slumped by ten points to a dismal 20%”. A single poll should not be taken too literally, says the Economist, especially as respondents were all urban (Congress gets lots of rural votes). But it fits a pattern. Better yet, for the op-

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The evil nexus of the Brahmin and the Bania, under different political banners (or colors), has ruled India ever since the British Colonials passed on the instruments of state power to the evil cabal, under Prime minister Pundit Jawahar Lal Nehru, and quit South Asia in August 1947 after World War II. For the unfortunate Billion + people of India there is hardly any difference between a Congress-led coalition of the Brahmin-Bania or a BJP led Brahmin/Bania coalition. However, The Economist, London, the prestigious weekly news magazine (read all over the world by every body who is anybody) in its latest issue of 10 September, 2011, has tried to focus on the current disenchantment with the Sonia Gandhi led Congress coalition government of Dr. Manmohan Singh. In a New Delhi-datelined report headlined, “Indian Politics: Slow Movers: The opposition struggles to gain from disenchantment with the government”. The Economist magazine reports that Arun Jaitley, a leader of India’s main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sips coffee at his desk and breaks into a rare smile. Well he might. The past few months have seen the ruling Congress party coalition walloped repeatedly. Economic growth is stuttering, the public is angry over inflation, and middleclass voters are furious over a string of huge corruption scandals. The Economist points out that, two years after an unexpectedly bad thumping at a general election, the BJP sees glimmers of electoral recovery. Though it was slow to grasp the intensity of public support for Anna Hazare, an anti-corruption ‘crusader’ who has twice this year fasted and wrong-

politics and the party’s association with high and medium-caste Hindus makes sense for tapping voters, of whatever religion, who worry most about good governance. The model is the BJP’s part in a successful ruling alliance in Bihar, which even manages to draw Muslim votes. Yet older leaders, and the likes of Ms. Swaraj, who appeal to poorer voters beyond cities, have no wish to weaken the party’s strong Hindu identity. The RSS, which claims to be the world’s biggest voluntary group, remains powerful, able to turn out vast Khaki-knicker-clad numbers in Hindu-dominated states. Bashing Congress’s “secularism”, and accusing the government of being soft on Islamist terror, remains a kneejerk reaction for many of the party’s leaders. However a revival of the BJP does not mean its transformation – it will remain a NeoNazi fascist organization! Adding to the confusion, the party (BJP) also has a president, Nitin Gatkari, pushed into his job by a powerful Hindu-revivalist group, the fascist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, who prances about in khaki shorts. Mr. Gatkari, at least, is clear that he is “not at all interested” in leading any future BJP government. His task is to make his party electable, though his claim that “there is no lesson to be learned from the 2009 electoral defeat” suggests he has not yet given the matter much thought. In a related development an interesting book on India has been published which should be of interest to South Asian readers of Khalistan Calling. Over the years some of the best writers on (Cont.. to next page)


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Economist London report says the BJP opposition struggles to gain India have been British - hundreds of them - from civil servants to Viceroys to game hunters to journalists, to social workers to railway employees to tea plantation managers to retired soldiers to political agents and administrators. All of them – men and women - took the trouble to research the subcontinent and its history which most local writers have not bothered to understand in depth. The excellent 2009 book, “Nine lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India”, by a Scot historian, William Dalrymple, (b. 1965) comes to mind, in which the authors study of the people and beliefs of India ranks with the very finest travel writing… Nine Lives is also a travel book, but it displays deep knowledge of the culture in a series of biographies which focus on the rich religious heritage of the subcontinent. It makes its political points more powerfully than any newspaper article ever could. Now comes British journalist Sir William ‘Mark’ Tully (born Calcutta 1936), the former Chief of the BBC Bureau, New Delhi, who reported from the subcontinent for over thirty years – till his retirement from the BBC in 1994 - with his new 300 page book on India, “The Road Ahead”. For the last seventeen years, since his retirement from the BBC, Tully, with

vast knowledge of South Asia – but widely known as an Indophile - has been working as a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in New Delhi. He is also currently the regular presenter of the weekly BBC Radio 4 program, ‘Something Understood’. One may agree or not with Mark Tully – he has never showed any sympathy for the cause of the Sikhs, or the Kashmiris or the Nagas - but one cannot question his half century long experience of the South Asian subcontinent. He knows how to let characters tell stories, and with these he weaves his gentle astute analysis. Mark Tully in his latest book, ‘The Road Ahead,’ says that he asked many Indians he met if they are better off than before and mentions that he found plenty who were not. He talks of ‘Forest dwellers’ who lament being caught between Maoist ‘bandits’, exploitative miners and thuggish security men. Tiger conservationists have related to him a disheartening tale of years of painstaking successes wiped out by poachers and corrupt forest officials who want to sell the animal skins. Those struggling to keep alive in urban India have always talked with him about the corruption - the overwhelming corruption in everything.

Best of all he does remember the value of honest reporting although sometimes he gets carried away. For his latest book, “India: The Road Ahead”, he strolls happily in the muddy mountains of the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh on the Chinese border, sweats out daylong election rallies, and breaks bread with lowcaste villagers in Rajasthan. To his credit, Tully does prefer to tramp the dust and listen to people. According to all the reviews of Tully’s latest book (‘India: The Road Ahead’) Sir Mark Tully is known to often ask his interlocutors if they are better off than before. He reports that he found plenty who are not. He talks of corruption and mentions forest dwellers who lament that they were being caught between Maoist bandits, exploitative miners and thuggish security men. Tiger conservationists have related to him a disheartening tale of years of painstaking successes wiped out by poachers and corrupt forest officials. As is his wont in his writings he sounds always hopeful. He sees a spirit of jugaar, or muddling through, all over the place, exemplified by cars, cows, rickshaws and other traffic meeting at an unmanned crossroads. Somehow, despite chaos, they all manage to flow through. As India’s econ-

omy grows and the country modernizes he sees some improvement, even if ‘it is irredeemably messy’. Mark Tully is no romantic about disappearing rural life. Hearing from Dalits, (the Untouchables) who long sat at the bottom of the heap in nastily hierarchical villages, he learns that as more of them get a job, money or land, some of the old ‘caste’ oppression is beginning visibly to lift. Mark Tully’s book is NOT one of those gung-ho arguments for why India will soon be an economic superpower, nor is he trapped in gloom by the mass of poverty (seven hundred million Indians who live on US 30 cents a day without clean drinking water or sanitation or modern medicine) he sees living in squalor under the ‘shadow’ of overwhelming corruption and disorder. The book’s ten chapters at times feel disjointed (neither stitched into an explicit single theme, nor comprehensive by geography or subject) but the author’s presence, just about, holds them together. Readers of Khalistan Calling are urged to read Sir William ‘Mark’ Tully’s 300 page book, “India the Road Ahead”, published by Rider available from www. Amazon.co.uk for Nineteen English pounds – it is a good read. Khalistan Zindabad

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Since all of Ontario's political parties say they want to create jobs, Environmental Defence executive director Rick Smith doesn't understand why some want to scrap, or amend, the Green Energy Act -- which he says does just that. "Very clearly, windmills and solar panels are the way of the future," Smith recently told CTVNews.ca. "By some estimates, trillions of dollars in potential green energy investments are looking for a home right now around the world. The question is, are

those investors going to come to Ontario? Are we going to create those jobs here or let those jobs be created in Germany and China?" A zoologist by training and head of Environmental Defence since 2003, Smith was part of a task force that worked for years to help develop the act. It streamlined the process for launching renewable energy projects, entrenched energy efficiency into the building code and allowed small energy producers.


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Should Toronto stores be open on holidays? Toronto residents with a hunger to haggle and a love of store lineups could be in luck if Toronto city councillors decide to reopen the debate on holiday shopping. The city's economic development committee is considering a proposal to discuss whether to give store owners an option to stay closed or open up for business on statutory holidays. If the committee decides to go ahead with the consultation process, meetings will be set up with retail shop

owners, business improvement groups and labour organizations. Retail stores are currently required to be closed on six public holidays including Christmas, Good Friday and Canada Day. There are some exceptions; pharmacies and gas stations are allowed to stay open, as are stores located in designated tourist areas such as the Eaton Centre. A city staff report suggests there

may be the need for a level playing field for stores outside tourist areas, and recommends reopening a debate on the issue. "There was a day when Sunday shopping was unheard of, but I think we're moving in the direction that we are going to have many more shopping days than not," Coun. Mary Fragedakis agreed on Wednesday, saying the city might need to reassess its guidelines to balance the city's diversity with family values.

"Not everyone celebrates Christmas so the dynamics have changed," she said. "Certainly the demographic has changed. But at same time I think we need to be respectful of people wanting to stay and rest and be with their family." There are currently six provinces and territories in Canada that allow retailers to stay open on public holidays, including British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. ----------

Kennedy granddaughters 'horrified' by Jackie's views

Ottawa, September 14, 2011 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today called on the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) to do its utmost to ensure a smooth transition to the

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the new regulator of immigration consultants. “The ICCRC is the designated regulator of immigration consultants under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and it is crucial that all parties involved make sure that there is no confusion about who now regulates immigration consultants,” said Minister Kenney. On June 30, 2011, after a public consultation process, the ICCRC was designated, by regulation, as the new regulator of immigration consultants, replacing CSIC. These regulations also state that all CSIC members who were members in good standing on June 30 are now deemed to be members of the new governing body, the ICCRC, until October 28, 2011. During this 120-day transition period, these CSIC members are not required to pay fees to the ICCRC, which will provide them with

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Schlesinger to record her thoughts for fu- tivist a "tricky person" and points to ruture generations. The eight-and-a-half- mours that suggest he had trysts with various women. "I just can't see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man is terrible," she said, referring to allegations that King was a philanderer. Long viewed as a quiet sophisticate, Jacqueline Kennedy doesn't shy away from commenting on public figures in the tapes. At one point, she dismisses the capabilities of her husband's vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson. "Oh God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?" Jacqueline Kennedy said on tape. Presidential historian Allan Lichtman said the interviews are stunning because they collide with the public's long-held perception of Jacqueline Kennedy as a quiet, elegant figure behind her husband. "What was so remarkable about hour long set of interviews reveals the this is that she was much more immersed young widow's more outspoken side. in politics than anyone had suspected," he In one portion, Jacqueline told CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday. Kennedy mentions her disdain for Martin "She was not just this shallow person conLuther King. She calls the civil rights ac- cerned with fashion and appearance."

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ample time to register with the new regulator. CSIC has filed an application before the Federal Court for a judicial review of the decision to designate the ICCRC as the regulator of immigration consultants and this hearing will be held in October. In the meantime, Minister Kenney urges CSIC to in no way hinder the ICCRC’s work. Under IRPA, membership in CSIC is no longer required for individuals wishing to practise as immigration consultants under federal jurisdiction. The ICCRC, as the new governing body, is able to determine whether an individual, other than someone who was a member in good standing of CSIC as of June 30, 2011, may become a member of the ICCRC. If CSIC members are uncertain of their status, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) encourages them to contact the ICCRC. Minister Kenney also took the opportunity to remind CSIC that it would be in the public interest for this organization to act in good faith and transfer all relevant documents to the ICCRC, including all previous, outstanding and ongoing complaints and discipline matters related to their membership. The ICCRC has information on its website for immigration consultants about how to register with them. You may visit its website at www.iccrc-crcic.ca, call 1 877 836 7543 or send an e-mail to info@iccrc-crcic.ca.

In Lichtman's opinion, one of the most extraordinary portions of the interview comes when Jacqueline Kennedy talks about the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. At the time, the United States seemed to be on the verge of war with the Soviet Union. The president wanted members of his inner circle to be whisked away from the White House for safety. But Jacqueline Kennedy refused to leave her husband's side, even if it meant leaving her children in a possibly dangerous situation. "I'd said even if there's not room in the bomb shelter in the White House… then I just want to be on the lawn when it happens," she said. "I just want to be with you and I want to die with you. And the children do too." That, among other portions of the tape, reveal how complex the former first lady really was, said Lichtman. "These tapes are filled with these types of contradictions and the way human beings really are, they're not consistent with what they think and how they feel," he said. The interviews are being released Wednesday along with a book, "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy."


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Wisdom-driven Rebuilding in the UK London, UK – Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) spent the end of summer on a two week tour through the UK from 26 August to 4 September. Audiences in London, Birmingham, and Glasgow attended a wide variety of programming, and there were TV interviews which aired across the UK and Europe. Beginning in London, Harinder Singh participated in a live TV appearance on the “Savi Seeks Show” with Dr. Savinder Singh, on the Sikh Chan-

nel. Discussing contemporary issues in the Sikh community and ways to draw inspiration from historical figures and the lessons of Gurbani regarding education, the show proved so popular with audiences, that he was invited back for a second interview in Panjabi with anchor Rajinder Singh Rathour. Later in Birmingham, he also recorded two short programs on Sangat Television for the show “Sangat Arts,” hosted by Jasprit Singh.

Besides television, Harinder Singh engaged with the people of London at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall, the largest Gurdwara in Europe, which sponsored the London portion of the tour. Covering four separate topics over the long weekend, there was something for everyone who was interested in attending a SikhRI event. One hundred ten people, including married couples and those planning to marry soon, attended “Grihast: Deciphering the Guru’s Rec-

ommendations,” which explored love in Sikhi and emphasized the importance of building lasting relationships rooted firmly in the teachings and guidance of Gurbani. “This program encouraged me to both explore what love and marriage mean to me, but also, something I’ve not explored before, what it means in Sikhi,” said Ameet Singh. The following evening, Harinder Singh presented “1984: The Attempted Suppression of a Nation” to

an audience of over 500 at Singh Sabha Park Avenue. The topic covered the political, social, and economic persecution of the Sikhs in India since 1947, which culminated in the genocidal campaigns of 1984. He implored the audience to contrast the Sikh community’s reaction to the genocide of 1984 with those of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and to focus on connecting with the Guru for strength as individuals, families, and communities when

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minded people to reverse this trend. Sikh teachings are a unique blueprint of how to move in this direction.” Dr. Singh, 79, who is also vicechairman of the Inter Faith Network UK that promotes inter-faith understanding, became the first Sikh to address a major conference at the Vatican in 2008. He was given the UK Templeton Award for promoting religious understanding in 1989. Other honours include the Interfaith Medallion awarded jointly by the BBC and the Council of Christian and Jews for services to religious broadcasting; an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1996; and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009.

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work for greater social and political justice in society,” he told The Times. He added, “As Sikhs we have a glorious history of commitment and sacrifice for uplifting ideals. It is important that we see this as inspiration to work for a better present and future, not simply for ourselves, but for all people in line with our Gurus' teachings. The mantra of today's times to look after ourselves, because we are important, is creating a selfish and fragmented society. We saw the worst features of this in the recent riots. As Sikhs we see a wider society where the focus is away from an unhealthy obsession with self to the needs of wider society I would like, in my small way to work with like-

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A leader of Britain's Sikh community is to become the first turbaned member of the House of Lords. Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, who will sit as Independent, made it clear that he did not intend to be a “token Sikh.” He played a central role in a landmark case that led to Sikhs being allowed protection under the race relations laws for wearing their religious symbols in public. “I'm delighted to be the first turbaned Sikh in Parliament. It is an honour for the whole Sikh community. It gives me a new opportunity to do what I have always tried to do, to work with people of all beliefs to increase tolerance and understanding, and

responding to these events of the notdistant past. The final day in London held two events on the topics of “Nam” and “Inspiring Gurmat in You and Your Family,” attended by 100 people. Jaswinder Kaur, commented on the session on Nam: “This program brought me back to reality, about what I could change and how. It was very inspirational.” Kamaldeep Kaur, echoed similar sentiments after attending the session on Gurmat: “We always hear about Nam during Katha at the Gurdwara, but today was the first time I’ve ever heard it addressed in English, and I think I’ve got a much better appreciation of what it means to my everyday practice of Sikhi.” From London, SikhRI headed to Birmingham where Harinder Singh addressed over 200 attendees at the annual Khalsa Camp on the topic of leadership. He stressed that Sikhs should display the same leadership characteristics as our Gurus, as each Sikh

has a leadership role to play at some level in their world. On 3 September, Harinder Singh went north to Scotland for the final stretch of events. At the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Glasgow, he presented “Purpose of Life” and “Sikhi: The Revolution.” Attendees left comments afterwards full of praise and appreciation for the relevance of the topics to their daily lives. “The programme opened my thoughts on how to live as a Sikh, and how that is a very personal thing and not a structured way of doing things,” said Dr Jasmeet Singh. Another attendee, Harjinder Singh Gharyal, wrote that the talks were, “thought provoking on a personal level, which helped me focus on my life’s purpose and what I still need to learn and discover in order to effect actions in my life.” Later that afternoon, Harinder Singh presented a Grihast session on “Family Life” which was attended by 70 people. The final day in Scotland, Harinder

Singh iterated two sessions of an increasingly popular talk, “Guru Granth Sahib” to coincide with the recent anniversary of the Adi Granth. You can watch video of the Guru Granth Sahib talk from an earlier trip to New Jersey here. Jagdeep Singh, SikhRI’s UK Coordinator, summarized his impressions of the 10 day tour: “SikhRI has reached over a thousand people directly during this trip and many thousands via the Sikh TV channels. Everyone I spoke with was filled with inspiration, and brought up some way that the information presented at these events was the first time they’d heard such refreshing insights. With the help of Gurdwaras and other local organizations over the coming year I know we will bring more programming like this again soon, and we will look to regularly send young Sikhs to SikhRI’s annual Sidak program to encourage them to take up leadership roles in the UK.”

Sikh students locked out of Vancouver school As most British Columbian students returned to school Tuesday, children at one South Vancouver elementary school were faced with an unexpected lockout. Parents whose children were enrolled at Guru Nanak Elementary School, a private Sikh school, were shocked to find a padlock on the front gate when they dropped their children off this morning. For five years, the school was run by the Khalsa Diwan Society but on Monday night temple executive members suddenly voted to close the school down. The shutdown affects 73 students. Parent Sukh Gusal waited outside the facility with his daughter Hargunh for three hours waiting for answers. Gusal said Hargunh, who is entering Grade 4, had spent several days preparing for school and was disappointed that she couldn't get in. "She was excited to meet her teacher. When we came we saw everything was locked up. All the parents are frustrated," he said. Amar Singh Sandhu believes the decision to shut down the school has to do with money. News1 (50K)"I think they want a bigger income source than they have now, which is wrong, because the school shouldn't be shut down," Sandhu said. "The original founders of the society really promoted educa-

tion." Led by Principal Devinder Maan, many of the parents marched into the temple to speak to the society president, Kashmir Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal said the committee locked the building because the lease expired in July. He insisted that all of the parents were notified about the pending closure in 2009, an assertion that was answered with shouts of "no, no, no," from protesting parents. "They already have the notice that lease has expired," Dhaliwal said, adding that all the parents had been served with written notices. A memo from the Khalsa Society dated Sept. 16, 2009, does outline the July lease expiry, although it's unclear if the notice was received by parents. When asked where the lockedout students would go to school, society Secretary Ranjit Hayere said he is not responsible for the parents or children. "It is their problem. It is up to the parents and principal to tell them where to go," he said. "And if I am their position I would have arranged for my kid to go somewhere." The school, which offers specialized Sikh studies alongside traditional curriculum, was approved by the province to operate until at least 2014. The B.C. Education Ministry says Guru Nanak receives 50 per cent of its funding from the government


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Capt meets Khursheed on Anand Karaj Act Chandigarh, : After meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the introduction of the Anand Karaj (Marriage) Act, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh met the Union Law Minister Salman Khursheed in New Delhi last evening. He was accompanied by a delegation of senior party leaders, including Lal Singh, Sukhdev Singh Libra, Rana Sodhi, Rana Gurjit Singh, Harminder Jassi and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, from Punjab. Capt disclosed that Khursheed had also met the Prime Minister on the issue. He said the minister told him that the Congress-led UPA Government was taking necessary measures for the introduction of the Act. “We are expecting the things to move faster on the issue,” he

quite a fruitful meeting and the minister was quite in agreement with their viewpoint. “All the necessary measures had been initiated and the process will be completed very soon. Khursheed appreciated and understood the concern of the party leadership from Punjab and said that the Government of India was already seized of the matter,” added Capt. This was the second meeting of the PCC President in pursuit of getting the Anand Karaj (Marriage) Act passed and implemented. Earlier, Amarinder Singh led a delegation to meet the Prime Minister, who had also spoken to disclosed, while adding that the the Union Home Minister, P Chiprocess had already been set into dambaram, and Union Law Minismotion on the matter. ter Salman Khursheed on the The PCC President said it was matter.

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Sikh officer takes command of Canadian unit Chandigarh, After joining Canadian army as a trooper in 1989, Harjit Singh Sajjan, now a Lieutenant-Colonel, has became the first Indo-Canadian to take command of a Canadian regiment. He took over as Commanding Officer of the British Columbia Regiment yesterday at a glittering ceremony held at Beatty Street Armoury in Vancouver. He took over from Lieut-Col Bruce Kadanoff, who had been the Commanding Officer for three years. The British Columbia Regiment has been the oldest Regiment of the Canadian army.

Colonel Sajjan's appointment has come at a time when the Sikh community of Canada in general and British Columbia in particular is busy in the centenary celebrations of the oldest Sikh Gurdwara of North America at Abbotsford. It is symbolic and appropriate that for the first time a Canadian Sikh has been given the command of a Canadian army regiment. Two years after joining the army, Colonel Harjit Singh Sajjan was commissioned in the British Columbia Regiment in 1991. Four years later, he was promoted as Captain and later as a Major.

Dal Khalsa urges the electorate to go beyond group politics in SGPC elections HOSHIARPUR: Resolving to cast its vote on merit, the Dal Khalsa leadership has made a clarion call to the electorate to go beyond group politics in the best interest of the Sikh Panth in the coming SGPC elections scheduled for September 18th. The appeal was made in the form of resolution adopted at a meeting of working committee

members held under the leadership of Harchranjit Singh Dhami here today. “We appeal to 56 lac voters enrolled for the SGPC elections to elect candidates on merit keeping in consideration his or her good moral character, ability to further the cause of Sikhism and determination to uphold Sikh principles and ethos”.

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Sukhbir Badal Announces Rs 25 Lakhs For Indian Hockey Team Asks Union Government To Apologise For Humiliating The Champions With A "Ridiculously Petty Ward" Chandigarh -The Punjab deputy Chief Minster Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced a cash award of Rs.25 lakh to the Indian hockey team that won the Asian Champions Trophy defeating arch rivals Pakistan 4-2 in the final. In a statement, Mr. Badal thanked congratulated the "national heroes for bringing this rare honour to a nation starved of sporting glory. We are indeed very proud of our boys who toiled day and night to win back glory in hockey, the traditional Indian sport.I am all the more proud because seven members of the champion team belong to Punjab." Mr. Badal, who also holds the sports folio in the Punjab government, also lashed out at the government of India for "ridiculing and humiliating the hockey heroes by announcing a petty award of Rs 25 thousand which has been justifiably turned down by the victorious boys. If the center did not know how to honour the national heroes who turned back formidable chal-

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arena, the least it could have done was to just let the boys go home without insulting them. We will take care of them. They are our heroes and they heroes to the entire nation," said Mr. Badal. The Deputy Chief Minister also said that the Punjab government has taken concrete steps to boost this national sport. "We have set up seven new hockey stadium in the state. We organised a four nation hockey tournament in which the major hockey powers took part. We propose to take it further from there and organize another international hockey tournament."


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On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, The Sikh Community Must Move Beyond Mere Reflection, We Must Continue to Advocate, Educate, Empower, and Inspire!! UNITED SIKHS Releases Comprehensive Know Your Rights Toolkit for Community Members * Know Your Rights education materials available online for your local Gurdwaras, community centers, schools, and places of employment. These materials will soon be translated in Panjabi and similarly made available to the public. * UNITED SIKHS Board members, staff and volunteers will be participating in several community and interfaith events surrounding the 10th anniversary of September 11th; we encourage community members to get involved. * If you feel you have experienced discrimination and have questions about what to do about it, please contact law-usa@unitedsikhs.org. * Please Be Involved, Click here to get started!; To donate go to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate.

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Kirtan Darbar To Mark Seva Food Bank’s First Anniversary

Mississauga, – The Seva Food Bank, is holding a Kirtan Darbar (Sikh prayer ceremony) to mark the first anniversary of its opening. The Kirtan Darbar will take place on Saturday September 17th at the Halton Sikh Cultural Association (Oakville Gurdwara) located on 2403 Khalsa Gate, Oakville. The program will take place from 5:00 to 8:30 pm and is being hosted by the monthly Gurmat Sangeet Darbar organizers. The Seva Food Bank has had a tremendous first year. Over the past twelve months, more than 530 families have registered to receive a monthly supply of food. Over 175,000 pounds of food have been distributed to

clients. “Absolutely none of what we have accomplished would have been possible without the complete support of our community,” says board chair Gurmeet Singh Ahluwalia. “This really has been a team effort. Everyone including The Mississauga Food Bank, our dedicated Organizing Committee, our tireless volunteers, our exemplary donors and our friends in the media have all come together to make the Seva Food Bank a success story.” As the food bank continues to stabilize its operations the organization’s view is towards the future. “Just running a regular traditional food bank was never our goal. We want to attack the root causes

of poverty,” remarked board member Manraj Singh Pannu. “We want to make a transformational impact in the lives of our clients. As our clients get back on their feet, we would love for them to become volunteers and even donors themselves.” The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturallyappropriate food to low- income families living in Mississauga’s L5B and L5C postal codes. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service).

encourage you to take a look at the list of events below, happening across the country, and get involved. How can you help? Raise your voice! Educate others about Sikhism ! Contact us for material on Sikh Awareness by clicking here! Donate to our ongoing advocacy work by clicking here! Take a look at the calendar of events surrounding the 10th anniversary of 9/11 below. Please show your support by attending these events, also consider participating in these events to provide a Sikh perspective, to honor the victims of 9/11 and promote a peaceful tomorrow: * UNITED SIKHS Legal Director, Jaspreet Singh, will be speaking at a Conference, 9-11 After Ten Years: Cultural, Personal, and Historical Perspectives, hosted by at John Jay Law College on Sept. 9, click here for more information. * National Week of Action: Reflecting on Our Loss and Reclaiming Our Rights Hosted by Rights Working Group from September 11th -17th across the country, click here to view a map

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ucation and outreach, UNITED SIKHS is releasing Know Your Rights Materials, Sikh Awareness Powerpoints, and an Interactive Blog. Senior Staff Attorney, Hansdeep Singh, commenting on the the anniversary of 9/11 stated that "Ten years after 9/11, the Sikh community must move beyond mere reflection, we must continue to educate, we must continue to empower." The first release is of the Know Your Rights materials, in the form of informational pamphlets and cards. We encourage you to read these materials and learn about your rights and what to do when they are violated. Distribute these pamphlets and cards at your local Gurdwara, community center, places of work, and schools. Use these materials to host discussion sessions about Sikhs and Sikhism. Keep a lookout in the coming weeks for the release of Sikh Awareness powerpoints that you can use to host Sikh Awareness training sessions. In addition to the inter-faith events UNITED SIKHS is participating all over the U.S., we

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the civil & human rights of Sikhs. Because of their distinct external religious identity, Sikhs are still being targeted for biasbased and discriminatory treatment, even after 10 years.UNITED SIKHS is commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11th, not only by endorsing the Statement of Principles but by participating in interfaith memorial events throughout USA. Moreover, UNITED SIKHS Legal Director, Jaspreet Singh, will be speaking at a Conference, 9-11 After Ten Years: Cultural, Personal, and Historical Perspectives, hosted by at John Jay College. Additionally, we are commemorating the 10th anniversary with a call to the community to get more involved in education and awareness efforts. We encourage you to educate yourself about your rights and to educate others about Sikhism. Hate crimes and other forms of discriminatory behavior are rooted in fear and ignorance. We should do our part to educate ourselves and others and work towards a more peaceful world. To encourage this process of ed-

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New York, NY: Ten years after the tragic events of September 11th, many community and faith groups are coming together to commemorate this anniversary through recommitting themselves to the American ideals of mutual respect, partnership, and equality and to continue working to protect civil rights for all through co-signing a Statement of Principles drafted by members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (to read the statement, click here). For the Sikh community, the 10th anniversary of September 11th acts as a poignant reminder of not only the tragedy of the lives lost on that day, but of the lives lost and forever changed in the days and years following. After September 11th, the Sikh community experienced a sharp increase in discrimination in many forms, including increased reports of hate crimes, bullying, employment discrimination, racial and religious profiling. Since September 11th, UNITED SIKHS has formed the International Civil & Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) Directorate, whose primary focus is to protect

of events and find out more about how to get involved. * An America for All of Us Campaign led by South Asian Americans Leading Together, click here to view events taking place across the country and find out more about how to get involved. * Prepare New York is a coalition of interfaith organizations who are hosting a series of events surrounding the 10th anniversary of 9/11, click here to learn more and get involved in these events. * New York Civil Liberties Union 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the corner of Church Street and Park Place. * Inter-Faith Conference at Georgetown University from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10th. RSVP Required. Support advocacy work to put an end to discrimination against Sikhs. Volunteer with UNITED SIKHS, and Donate to our civil rights advocacy projects. Volunteer with UNITED SIKHS, and Donate to our civil rights advocacy projects.


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15mm lower over its 18-inch tire and wheel set than the standard S60. Over the road, the S60 R-Design is an absolutely brilliant car. While it handily displays outstanding balance when managed The 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design’s pricing starts competently, it will succumb to underat $43,375 with destination charges. steer if forced to its limit. But, the car's a small-block V8 vein of M, RS, and other S60s all Design is the highlimit is so far out than a turbo six. AMG cars, the R- you’ll find are a performance car for Torque is plentiful Design S60’s look pair of heavily bol- the self-assured and “lag” is not in is more well-ap- stered seats, alu- driver. Capable of this engine’s vo- pointed grand tour- minum pedals, and engaging you incabulary. Volvo ing sedan. Yes, a sport steering tensely, it won’t quotes a 5.5-second there are subtle wheel—in addition force you, or your 60. cues to its potential; to some merely companions to We do have compromise comslightly mixed fort or peace of feelings about the mind. The S60 Roverall sound of Design is for intelthe car though. lectually astute On the one hand, people who don’t there’s something need the world to magical about exknow what their car periencing the is capable of. The there you’d have to silken rush of acVolvo won’t balebeing going like celeration without fully trumpet the King Kong to get the guttural bellow a piano black grille cosmetic R-Design excesses of its there. Turn-in is one usually finds in up front, baffles in cues. But again, owner, but it will beautifully accurate a car with this the rear apron nothing overtly indulge them comand linear. The much potency. The framed by a pair of racy, just the proper pletely. And that’s brakes are deter- S60 R-Design's en- exhaust ports laced bits you need to get fine, because the mined, fade-free, gine is smooth, so- with additional trim the job done. type of individuals and exceptionally phisticated and out back, but there And frankly, none attracted to the S60 robust. Throttle re- seductive in its are no bulging of this is a deal- R-Design are persponse is both crisp power delivery. fender flares and breaker by any fectly comfortable and invigorating. And yes, when you deep chin spoilers means. knowing for themThough the car is give it full throttle screaming for your Ultimately, what it s e l v e s . W h i c h turbocharged, it ac- you do get a mildly attention. Inside, as comes down to is brings us to yet ancelerates more like visceral aural re- differentiators from the Volvo S60 R- other “S” word. sponse—it’s just not that significant an aspect of the overall experience. So while we’re definitely digging the swish and swoosh, we’re kinda missing the grumble and growl. Similarly, rather than flashing an overt sport sedan countenance in the

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“senses” it is about to strike a person. And, as brilliant as that is, there is one more “S” word now readily applicable to Volvo’s cars as well— speedy. Powered by a 325horsepower version of the company’s turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, the 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design has 354

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the primary word associated with Volvo’s cars was the much appreciated, but less than exciting “S” word—safety. In fact, Volvo’s cars were so ubiquitously bland, in the original motion picture version of Arthur, when asked to come up with a tag line for Volvo’s staid line of cars, the actor Dudley Moore, in character as “Arthur”, coined the phrase; “Volvo—boxy, but good.” Things change. Today, one can apply a number of “S” words to Volvo’s cars, leading off with the word sexy. Equally applicable are: sleek, seductive, svelte, scintillating, and yes, they are still safe too. In fact, they are safer than ever. A prime example: Volvo’s “City Safety” feature will apply the brakes automatically and actually bring the S60 to a full stop at parking lot speeds when it


September 15, 2011

Courageous Journalism

UNITED SIKHS WINS SIKH AWARD FOR CHARITY has the community at heart and has had a positive impact whilst improving the health and wellbeing of Sikhs”. The award was received by UNITED SIKHS

Award). To view a picture gallery of the Awards ceremony, click here. For details on winners and awards visit the Sikh Awards website at http://www.sikhawards.com/win ner.aspx The event, which was presented by BBC presenter Sonia Deol,

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Directors Ravjeet Singh and Harbans Kaur. “We have dedicated the accolade to Director and consummate volunteer, Gurmit Singh of Coventry, who sadly passed on after an illness last month,” said Ravjeet Singh, on receiving the Award. Gurmit Singh joined UNITED

SIKHS during our Right To Turban campaign against the turban ban in France and he became a dedicated sevadar thereafter. You can read more about Right To Turban and our other campaigns on our website at www.unitedsikhs.org/rtt The panel of 5 e s t e e m e d judges, comprising Sir Mota Singh QC, Mrs Harminder Kaur Mr. Peter Singh, Dr. Surinder Kaur and Mr. Ranjit Singh, selected the winners from nominees who have made a significant contribution to British society in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, charity, the media, service and education. The other awardees were: Bhai Fauja Singh, 99 year old marathon runner, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani OBE of Vitabiotics ( Sikhs in Business Award); Prof Tejinder Singh Virdee of Imperial College London and the CERN Institute Geneva, (Sikhs in Education Award); Dr Manjit Kaur Birdi (Sikhs and Seva Award); Dr Rabinder Kaur Buttar (Sikh Business Women Award); Mr Jaswinder Singh Sehmbi (Sikh Entrepreneur Award); Jaswinder Singh Bains orJazzy B (Sikhs in Entertainment Award); Dr Gurjeet Kaur Bains, Editor in Chief of Sikh Times (Sikhs in Media Award); Satnam Singh Dhillon, polo player (Sikhs in Sports

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“We have dedicated the accolade to Director and consummate volunteer, Gurmit Singh of Coventry, who sadly passed on after an illness last month,” said UNITED SIKHS director, Ravjeet Singh, on receiving the Award. London, UK, 15th October, 2010 – UNITED SIKHS received the ‘Sikhs and Charities’ Award at a prestigious Sikh Awards ceremony held at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, last Sunday. The Sikh Awards were presented by The Sikh Directory, who described the event as having the distinction of being the world’s first Sikh Awards ceremony. The ‘Sikhs and Charities’ Award was given to UNITED SIKHS for best demonstrating ‘that it

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was attended by about 600 prominent Sikhs and leaders of other communities from the UK and abroad, amongst whom was Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh ji of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha , Judge Sir Mota Singh QC, entrepre-

neur Gurbaksh Singh of the USA, Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship winner Mr Roop Singh, musician and producer Mr. Sukhshinder Singh Shinda, film maker Ms. Gurinder Kaur Chada, charity director Mr. Harbinder Singh and the first female Sikh Baroness in Waiting to the Queen Mrs. Sandip Kaur Verma. UNITED SIKHS is run by dedicated volunteers and we need your contributions to continue with the seva. Please donate now to help us continue to do our award-winning work in the fields of legal advocacy, humanitarian aid and education throughout the world by visiting our online donation page at www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or by posting a cheque or making a bank remittance to a UNITED SIKHS chapter nearest to you, whose details can be obtained at www. unitedsikhs.org/ contact.php


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