Tag - Sikh

India restores e-visa services for Canadians


New Delhi: India restored electronic visa services for Canadian nationals, an Indian foreign ministry official said Wednesday, two months after Canada alleged the South Asian nation was involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist in Canada. The electronic visa was back in order on Wednesday, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as...

Pakistan on the double edged sword of Khalistan


Intelligence agencies claim Amritpal Singh Sandhu's links to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and global Khalistan terror groups that were trained by the ISI in Georgia. Photographs of flags, emblems, currency, guns, and video clips of firing range were found on Sandhu's phone. It is an open secret that ISI is providing resources to extremists in...

Diwali: Faiths, Festival and Cultural Extravaganza


By Jasbir Singh    Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a widely celebrated festival in India and by people of Indian origin around the world. While Diwali has its roots in Hinduism, it is also observed by Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. In the context of Jainism, Diwali holds special significance and is celebrated for different...

Sikh teen in turban attacked on NYC bus


New York: A Sikh teenager was assaulted on a New York City bus over the last weekend, attacked by an unknown assailant who tried to remove his turban and face mask, police said. The incident happened last Sunday aboard a city bus as the 19-year-old travelled through the borough of Queens, according to NBC News. According to the police,...

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla got letters threatening to kill him, family


Hoboken, NJ: The Indian-origin Sikh mayor of Hoboken city in the US state of New Jersey has opened up about being the target of a series of letters that threatened to kill him and his family. The letters, which he received last year, first called on Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who is a practicing Sikh,...

Sikh man, co-worker under probe for ‘assaulting’ shoplifter


Stockton, CA: A Sikh man is among two convenience store workers, are being probed by the authorities for “assaulting” a suspected thief who tried to rob the shop, the video of which has gone viral. The incident took place on July 29 at a 7-Eleven store in California's Stockton city, according to news reports. In the...

California bill would allow Sikh motorcyclists to ride without helmets


Sacramento, CA.: Proposed legislation that would exempt those who wear religious or cultural headdresses — such as a turban or patka — from wearing helmets when riding a motorcycle has cleared the California state Senate. Sen. Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who introduced the bill, said he was approached by bikers in the Sikh community who said they...

Prominent Sikh community leader Jagir Singh Bains no more


Queens, NY: Prominent Sikh community leader from Queens Borough, Jagir Singh Bains has passed away. Bains had been known for coordinating in organizing the Sikh Day celebrations every year at the New York City Hall. Bains recently received Bharat Gaurav Award by Sanskriti Yuva Sansthan on May 13 at an event held at the British...

Musk settles defamation suit brought by Indian-American critic


New York: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a defamation case brought against him by Indian-American Sikh critic and independent researcher, Randeep Hothi.  Hothi, a doctoral student in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, had filed a defamation case against Musk in 2020, alleging that the billionaire businessman...