Srinagar (July 28, 2011): The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) today released the report Half Widow, Half Wife? Responding to Gendered Violence in Kashmir. It examines the situation of women in Indian-administered Kashmir whose husbands have ‘disappeared,’ but not yet been declared deceased. Members of APDP who are themselves half widows released this report at SK Municipal Park, Srinagar.
Chandigarh (July 31, 2011): The Central Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) is reported to have “unanimously” authorized Party President Sukhbir Singh Badal and Patron Parkash Singh Badal to select candidates for the upcoming SGPC elections.
Chandigarh (July 30, 2011): As per certain media reports the Gurdwara Election Commission on Friday notified 40 election symbols for various parties. An Express News Service (ENS) report adds that notification fixing dates for various stages of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee elections would be issued on August 4, when the process of nominations would start. The Central Government of India has already fixed the date of poll as 18th September, 2011.
New Delhi (July 30, 2011): Objecting to the bestowing of “siropa” on Rahul Gandhi by Paramjit Singh Sarna of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee during the inauguration of a Sri Tegh Buhadur Memorial, Karnail Singh Peermohmmad President All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) requested Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to summon Paramjit Singh Sarna at Akal Takhat and admonish.
Fatehgarh Sahib (July 29, 2011): Bhai Daljeet Singh Bittu, Chairman of SAD (Panch Pardhani) has urged Sikh masses to elect Panthic Candidates, in general elections of SGPC, who oppose Badal’s control over the statutory body.
Chandigarh/Patiala (July 28, 2011): The election for the general house of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), considered to be mini-Parliament of Sikhs, will be held on September 18 this year, reports various media sources.
On the afternoon of Monday, July 25, approximately 800 protesters from Sikh organizations and human rights groups opposed to the death penalty and torture gathered opposite the United Nations to show solidarity with Sikh Professor Devenderpal S. Bhullar, whose execution by hanging is pending in India.
United Nations is called upon to intervene and save Professor Devenderpal Singh Bhullar from “judicial murder in India” pursuant UN General Assembly Resolution 62/149 of 2008.
London (July 28, 2011): The Sikh Federation (UK) that has over 180 affiliated member organisations, including Gurdwaras, local youth and women’s groups, groups for the elderly and other local Sikh organisations in the UK has sent a letter via email to the SGPC regarding the June 1984 Memorial.
New York (July 25, 2011): Hundreds of Sikhs held a protest demonstration near UN headquarters in New York seeking the world body’s intervention to stop India from executing Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, a Sikh nationalist who has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in a terror attack in New Delhi.
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