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The Saragarhi Polo Challenge Cup 2011 (UK Sikhs Vs. India Sikhs)

December 1st, 2011

The Saragarhi Polo Challenge Cup 2011 (UK Sikhs Vs. India Sikhs)
SOURCE: Saragarhi Polo

The Saragarhi Polo Challenge Cup is conceived by the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail and is dedicated to memory of the 21 Sikhs of the 36th Regiment, who died in the battle of Saragarhi, 12th Sept 1897.

ASHT spearheaded a National campaign to raise awareness of this battle and launched Saragarhi Day on 12th September, 2010.

The Battle of Saragarhi, was fought during the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between twenty-one Sikhs of the 4th Battalion (then 36th Sikhs) of the Sikh Regiment of British India, defending an army post, and 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The battle occurred in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, now part of Pakistan, which then formed part of British India.

The Saragarhi Challenge Cup – 3rd December, 2011

14:30 – Sherdils vs British Army Team, at Jaipur Riding and Polo Club, New Delhi
20:30 – Grand Reception , Imperial

Jasdev Singh has covered India’s Republic Day & Independence Day parade broadcasts for 47 years!

November 2nd, 2011

  1. Jasdev Singh is a renowned sports commentator.
  2. He has been the official commentator on India’s Independence Day and Republic Day parade broaodcasts since 1963 for state run media, Doordarshan and All India Radio
  3. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1985 and Padma Bhushan in 2004.
  4. He joined All Indian Radio Jaipur in 1955, and joined Doordarshan 8 years later, where he worked for over 35 years.
  5. He has covered 9 Olympic Games, 8 Hockey World Cups and 6 Asian Games, and was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic movement by the IOC.

Thalassemic’s Dream to Join Civil Services Comes True

August 21st, 2011

Thalassemia patient Sukhsohit Singh, who was denied final clearance even after securing 833 rd rank in Civil Services examinations, is all set to join the services after Prime Minister intervened into the matter.

“After I came to know through the media reports that the Prime Minister had stepped in and approved my selection, I got in touch with the Department of Personnel and Training, where the officials told me that my case was considered very seriously after which the go ahead was given. They told me that they will be communicating me the formal order very shortly,” Panchkula-based Sukhsohit told PTI today.

Rejected by the medical board at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital to join any branch of the civil services as he was suffering from the rare genetic disorder, 25-year-old Sukhsohit Singh said his appointment had been cleared following a fresh DoPT recommendation to the Prime Minister favouring his selection.

“After my case was rejected by the medical board, I had approached many Union Ministers including Dinesh Trivedi and Ambika Soni, who had extended all help to me,” he said.

“Ambika ji had earlier said the whole case needs to be dealt with a humanistic touch. She had also written a letter to the PMO in connection with my case,” said Sukhsohit, whose father M S Bawa is a wing commander in the Indian Air Force and brother Mukhmohit Singh is a doctor.

Sukhsohit Singh was diagnosed with the disorder at the age of two, after which he has been regularly undergoing transfusion.

Suffering from ‘thalassemia major’, Sukhsohit claims to be the first person with the disorder to have cleared the civil services examination in 2008, with a rank of 833 in the general category. The results of the examination were declared late last year.

Sukhsohit said that after his case, he was happy to learn that DoPT was reviewing nine other similar cases.

“Well, today I am extremely happy and delighted, but real victory will come when the new disability law will be passed in the Parliament. Under the law, Thalassaemia has been included as a disability and reservation in jobs proposed,” he said.

Sukhsohit Singh said while his case may set a new precedence for others suffering from genetic or physical disorders like him, but he would like the new law to come into existence soon.

“While I have been able to fight for my rights, there are others like me who get dejected as all may not get the same support from the system as I have got. We need to have this new law for them,” he said.

According to Sukhsohit, denying him entry into civil services, “will have been violation of my human rights and right to life and dignity and right to equal opportunities to public services.”

He said that he had made three preferences — Indian defence accounts service, Indian railway accounts services and Railways personnel services and had duly attached the relevant medical certificates when he applied for the UPSC examination.

“I was not declared as ineligible then,” he said.

He said that it was for the first time that DoPT had to deal with a candidate suffering from the disorder.

SOURCE: Outlook India

Guru Gobind Singh on infanticide

June 15th, 2011

Guru Gobind Singh issued orders forbidding the Khalsa from associating with those that practiced female infanticide.

Does God have a favorite Son or a Daughter?
We are all God’s children. The entire creation and existence is created in the image of the almighty. God does not have a favorite. We are all created equal.

“A soul immersed in remembrance of God (Naam), is God’s favorite.”

Guru Nanak, Page 581, Line 3

Sikhs pray for Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami victims

March 14th, 2011

Members of Sikh community gathered in large numbers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday to offer special prayers for the victims of tsunami that struck northeast Japan on Friday.

Gurbachan Singh, the high priest of the Golden Temple, said: “Sikh community here today prays for the people who lost their homes and businesses and for the peace of the souls who lost their lives in the disaster. We have to help victims and their families in whatever possible manner”. Japan is reeling under the devastating effects of a massive earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale. Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Sunday raised the magnitude of the earthquake to 9.0, making it the largest to hit the country in 140 years and fifth most powerful to hit the world in the past century. The country is facing a humanitarian crisis, with millions of people left without water, electricity, homes or heat.

Tens of thousands of people have taken shelter in schools and stadiums to escape near-freezing temperatures. The Japanese Government has mobilised a widespread rescue effort to deliver food, water and fuel, and pull stranded survivors from buildings and damaged homes.

In 1933, a magnitude 8.1 quake in Japan’s northeast Pacific coast, Sanriku had killed over 3,000 people. Last year fishing facilities were damaged by tsunami, caused by a strong tremor in Chile.

Japan is located in one of the world’s most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes. (ANI)

SOURCE: Sify News

Singapore appoints Sikh as Army chief

March 7th, 2011

SINGAPORE: Singapore has appointed Brigadier General Ravinder Singh as its next army chief, the first Sikh in nearly 30 years to be given the force’s baton.

Singh, 41, takes over from Major-General Chan Chun Sing on March 25, a news paper reported.

A Singaporean of Indian origin, Singh is currently Deputy Secretary (Technology) at the Defence Ministry. He joined the Singapore Armed Forces in December 1982.

Singh also served as assistant chief of General Staff (plans), head of Joint Communications and Information Systems Department and Chief of Staff – Joint Staff.

He is also the first non-Chinese Chief of Army in nearly 30 years. Colonel Mancharan Singh Gill was the first ever Sikh and non-Chinese to take up the post in 1982, the report said.

Though Major-General Chan is retiring as announced by the Defence Ministry, local media speculated that he would be standing in the coming general election for a parliamentary seat under the banner of the ruling People’s Action Party.

SOURCE : Times of India

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