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  1. The referee/// spoiled the World Cup Final today. How that was given as a penalty, I cannot understand. It ruined the dynamics of the game, and basically made Croatia more of underdog than when the match started.
  2. Ludhiana man’s quest to popularise Maharaja Ranjit Singh in France HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | Updated: Aug 25, 2016 13:00 IST French ambassador Alexander Ziegler and businessman Harjinder Singh Kukreja with the bust of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (HT Photo) The French government and the family of the French General Jean François Allard, who served in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, will install a statue of the Maharaja in St Tropez, France on September 17 and Ludhiana businessman, Harjinder Singh Kukreja during his last visit to Paris had initiated efforts to make the people of France aware of the great Sikh emperor. The statue will be of 2 feet and 8.68 inches tall with 110 kg bronze. The statue was presented to French ambassador Alexander Ziegler at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on July 12. In his last visit to Paris, Kukreja, who is a social activist too, cycled across Paris, starting his bike trip from Hotel de la Tremouille, where the last Sikh Maharaja, Duleep Singh died in October 22, 1893. Kukreja cycled across the French capital to top attractions such as Napoleon’s tomb and Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. He stopped at the spots along with his French speaking translator and spoke to groups of people about the installation of the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at St Tropez, France. Kukreja cycled to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed banks of the Seine River and stopped for a break among the trees in the pretty Tuileries Gardens. He distributed pamphlets to visitors at the Arc de Triomphe, the Orsay Museum and more, and shared information about the historical Franco-Punjab relations. “The French capital is widely considered among the prettiest cities in Europe and a bike tour of Paris is a wonderful way to engage with Parisians,” says Kukreja. “The Sikhs and France have an excellent historical past and I wished to celebrate that by creating awareness about it,” he added. Most don’t know that Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a French elite army called FaujE-Khas that was trained by the famous French General, JeanFrancois Allard. “Kukreja’s cycling activity has contributed to the awareness of turban and Sikhism in France, and also reminds the French of the great memories between Sikhs and France,” says Ranjit G Singh of Sikhs de France, an organisation which represents French Sikhs. Thierry Morel, a French diplomat in India, appreciated Kukreja’s efforts on behalf of the French Embassy in India for highlighting Franco-Punjab relations. http://m.hindustantimes.com/punjab/ludhiana-man-s-quest-to-popularise-maharaja-ranjit-singh-in-france/story-fK0E2vmGtVdNw271ckkuHI.html
  3. Now that an elderly catholic priest has been murdered by having his throat cut in a church in france by a teen islamic nutjob in an act of sacriliage and blashphamy against their religion. Will the christians finally chuck their hippy liberal sandles to the side and fight back or has secular atheists brainwashed christians into pacisfim which will lead to the final nail in the coffin of christians in europe? Seems they dont have any ankh, no courage, no willpower amoungst them to fight back against islam they too scared of the bipolar leaders in their atheist secular european goverments. Even the fool, the rich vatican bankster elite catholic pope was washing the feet of muslim arab refugee's who are laughing at kaffir non-muslims....
  4. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/290161/nz-student-mistaken-for-terrorist *facepalm*
  5. Why did the newspaper draw a picture of mohammed? How would us sikhs feel if derogatory pictures of our gurus was drawn? Why did the newspaper target muslims?
  6. CHANDIGARH: He renounced his French citizenship for embracing Sikhism, came to India, married here and settled in Punjab. Living here since past many years, he is disappointed with the current politicians of Punjab who, according to him, have completely diverted from the path shown by the Gurus. Darshan Singh Rudel, 57, a French national, earlier known as Michael Rudel, had converted to Sikhism and married a Sikh woman. Now settled at Nurpur Bedi in Ropar district, Rudel is doing organic farming for the past 17 years. Rudel had requested a French court in 1995 for changing his name from Michael Rudel to Darshan Singh Rudel, which was declined. Thereafter, he renounced French citizenship and became a UK national, which had issued him a passport in his new name -- Darshan Singh Rudel. In 1997, he became an amritdhari (baptized) Sikh at Anandpur Sahib - the place of birth of Khalsa -- and married Malvinder Kaur, who teaches English at a college in Nangal. The couple is living at Nurpur Bedi since then. He strictly follows the tenets of Sikhism and has even written outside his house that "drunkards are not allowed to enter." Darshan, a dedicated Sikh missionary with profound knowledge of "gurbani" and "gurmat", said that Sikhs were known for their honesty, integrity, hard work and bravery. But today's politicians have created an environment in Punjab where all such virtues are evaporating, he said. Harvesting wheat at his fields, Rudel told TOI, "Politicians in Punjab are confined to making money and fighting each other. They don't focus on larger social issues of the state and have almost forgotten the concept of 'sarbat da bhala' (welfare of all). Today, Punjabis have stopped working in farms, become drug addicts and distanced themselves from hard work and have become money-centric." He further felt that politicians in Punjab have stopped bothering about pollution in the rivers of the state and are promoting multinational companies (MNCs) due to which people of the state are forced to consume poison by using chemical fertilizers and pesticides for their crops. "Youth from Punjab, once considered a nursery for defence forces since British era, have stopped joining the Army and politicians are not even bothered about such issues," he stated. Rudel, who uses only organic methods at his farm, said Punjab needs "genetically modified corruption-free politicians", who are nowhere in sight. Darshan had to face the wrath of policemen in Delhi in 1991 for sporting a turban while coming to India. He was subjected to interrogation for several hours to ensure that he was not a militant or sympathizer of Sikh hardliners. He had also written to the then Union home minister, Shankar Rao Chavan that all Sikhs should not be treated as militants. However, no reply was ever received from the minister, he said. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/French-Sikh-convert-appalled-at-degeneration-in-Punjab-politics/articleshow/34131108.cms
  7. Ramaninder K Bhatia, TNN Feb 25, 2012, 04.42AM IST CHANDIGARH: Given the aggressive posturing of some Sikh organizations, including the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), in light of the latest defence deal of India with French government for 125 aircraft, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to once again take up the turban issue "emphatically" with France. NCM member H S Hanspal, referring to the messages that he was receiving from various Sikh groups, urged the PM to resolve the issue with the French government saying this was just the "right time" to do so because of the Rs 90,000 crore defence deal to buy 126 advanced combat aircraft that the two countries had entered into. Adding a note of caution in his February 22 letter, Hanspal asked the PM to give priority to the matter "before it gains momentum and takes an ugly turn. The government of India may assert for the issue of turban more emphatically with the French government," he wrote. This comes in the wake of demands made by Sikh organizations like Kendriya Singh Sabha, besides the SGPC that India should scrap the deal in view of the turban ban. United Sikh's India representative Gurpreet Singh said, "How can the country led by a Sikh PM continue to sign such deals with France where the religious rights of his own community are being challenged every day." Telling the PM, "the NRIs look to you as saviour of their religious rights," Hanspal added that the Akal Takht jathedar "had already taken up the matter seriously and appealed to the Sikh masses across the globe to intensify their struggle and build pressure groups on their respective countries to restore turban pride." The communication to the PM also mentioned a recent development in which the United National Human Right Committee (UNHRC) had already held that France had violated the religious freedom of a Sikh by asking him to remove his turban for an ID photograph, Hanspal told the PM that France was expected to submit its reply on March 15, to UNHCR query about what it had done to check the violation.
  8. Rohan Dua, TNN Feb 12, 2013, 04.43AM IST CHANDIGARH: The recent ordeal of a baptised Sikh student in a government school in Paris is likely to become the rallying point for Sikhs planning to protest against the ban on turbans in schools in France, during President Francois Hollande's visit to India this week. The incident happened on January 7, the day 16-year-old Amritpal Singh's school reopened after the winter break. "In front of 40 students and 30 teachers, I was asked to go to the bathroom and remove my keski (a small turban)," Amritpal told TOI over the phone. Some people, under the banner of the International Sikh Confederation, have already written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking him "not to allow intolerance of Sikh faith in France". A group of 300-odd Sikhs have pledged to gherao the French president's cavalcade in Delhi on February 14 to register their protest against the ban on turbans. A similar show of protest will be held by Sikh leaders, who will wear black bands and assemble outside Teen Murti Bhawan, where Hollande is scheduled to deliver a lecture. Members of the newly elected Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee have planned a candle-light march from Gurdwara Bangla Sahib to Teen Murti Bhawan. "When I protested, they rang up my parents," Amritpal said recalling the incident. "In the meanwhile, I starting showing them the documents of a judgment copy from the UN, but the principal told me that the French law of 2004 was supreme." Amritpal was referring to last year's UN judgment that supported Sikh students' right to wear the turban and other articles of their faith in school. On March 15, 2004, the then French president Jacques Chirac had brought an amendment to the French code of education that banned clothes or symbols in state schools which "exhibit conspicuously a religious affiliation". But last December, a UN rights body asked France to reverse the expulsion of a student from a public school for wearing a keski. "The student has the right to manifest one's religion and right to privacy and non-discrimination," the UN judgment had said. "The reply must be given to the UN within 180 days." Amritpal's parents, who have been staying in France since 2000, were forced to take him back home. For now, Amritpal goes to school with a tiny handkerchief wrapped around a knot of hair on his head. There are at least 8,000 Sikh students studying in France who have to either leave their hair open or face restrictions like in Amritpal's case. The incident took place days before Union foreign minister Salman Khurshid January 9-10 visit to France. "We went to Khurshid with a letter and photograph of our son while he was being asked to leave the school premises," said Amritpal's father Basant Singh Panjatha, an employee with a construction company in Paris. "Dozens of Sikhs had gathered around. We gave him a memorandum and copy of the UN judgment, but he did not act." Panjatha, a baptised Sikh himself, then came to India to meet minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur. "I submitted another letter to Preneet Kaur, who is from my hometown Patiala," he said. "However, no assurances were given."
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