Former MPâs terminal cancer battle revealed
He has dedicated his life to standing up for his community. Now as MP Duncan Pegg battles terminal cancer it is the community rallying around him.
by Frances Whiting
They're praying for Duncan Pegg.
They're lighting candles at Our Lady of Fatima, they're burning incense sticks at the Chung Tian Temple, they're bowing their heads at the Gurdwara Sahib, and they're kneeling on prayer mats at the Kuraby Mosque.
All across the Brisbane electorate of Stretton - from Runcorn and Calamvale to Sunnybank Hills and Eight Mile Plains - Catholics and Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus are gathering in their churches, temples and homes to pray for Pegg, 40, the local Labor member who recently announced his resignation for health reasons.
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Clerics say Covid norms violation ‘a sin’
Updated May 5, 2021, 1:30 am IST
Referring to spiritual teachings and religious texts, they said one should not be a cause for other’s ill health
A health worker marks the hands of residents with home quarantine stamp. (PTI file)
Hyderabad: Religious and spiritual leaders expressed shock and concern over the lackadaisical attitude of people while the world is going through tough times. They condemned the lack of adherence to Covid safety norms by people at large and have equated such negligence to committing sin. Referring to spiritual teachings and religious texts, they said one should not be a cause for other’s ill health. Those indulging in violating these simple rules, will be answerable to God, they said.
Congress leader Manish Tewari (File Photo)
Congress' Manish Tewari writes to US President over FedEx shooting, urges him to ensure security of Sikh community
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 19:56 IST
Chandigarh [India], April 20 (ANI): Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari has written to the US PresidentJoe Biden urging him to ensure the security of the Sikh community living across the US which has been "repeatedly targeted in hate crimes" leading to several killings.
The Member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib constituency in Punjab, expressed his 'deepest condolences' to the US President over the shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that claimed the lives of eight people including four members of the Sikh community.
Generations of Sikh Hoosiers have worked at the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center.
For them, the operations center where eight people including four Sikhs were fatally shot last week wasn't just a place where they logged hours and earned a living.
"FedEx was a gathering place for them, almost like a community center," Gaganpal Sing Dhaliwal, who is a seasonal worker for FedEx told IndyStar. "It was much more than just a job for them."
They carpooled to work. They worked side-by-side with their friends and family. For Sikh immigrants new to Indiana, the type of assembly-line jobs at FedEx didn't require top-notch English language proficiency.
The Sikh community here is in mourning after four members were killed in the mass shooting at the FedEx warehouse.
The police department has identified Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; and Amarjit Sekhon among the eight deceased.
Amarjeet Kaur Johal
On Thursday night, Amarjeet Kaur Johal’s family was awaiting her to return from her late shift at the FedEx facility so they could cut a cake to celebrate her granddaughter’s birthday at midnight. She didn’t make it home.
“She was working a half shift that day so she could come home earlier, said Harmandeep Sidhu, 23, one of her grandsons. “She wrapped up her meal break sooner than the others she was car-pooling with. She told them she was going to warm up the car and wait for them outside.”
Dinesh And Sharvena
Of all her 29 years, 2020 would probably be the most memorable one for Sharvena D/O Gunasekaran. For starters, she and her sweetheart of seven years, Dinesh Dharminderpal Singh, got married in October after months of hectic planning for their flat purchase, home renovations and wedding. At the same time, she found herself working on the frontlines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as a staff nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Taken together, it makes for a compelling tale indeed. “I think we can all write a book about our 2020 experiences,” says Sharvena.
'Our family is in so much sorrow': Tributes paid to highly-respected Sikh priest and businessman
Family man and 'natural leader' Charandhur Singh Landa sadly died at his home
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Tributes have been paid to a pillar of the Middlesbrough Sikh community and much-loved family man.
Charandhur Singh Landa died at his home on February 26, surrounded by his relatives.
The 68-year-old was described as a "natural leader" and "a true gentleman who sacrificed many things in his life to put his family and beliefs forward in the most respected and dignified way."
:dateline:A holy Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji today got burnt in a Gurdwara Sahib situated in the Bajwa Patti of Barnala due to tempestuous fire. It is being claimed that this fire originated from short-circuit, but this fact has not been confirmed officially.
This fire's intensity was so h
By Minreet Kaur
image captionMembers of Northampton's Sikh community have been running a monthly food bank
A volunteer for a pop-up food bank run by a Sikh community has spoken of the "huge need" to help a "growing number" of people struggling in their town.
Raj Bassan helps run a monthly service from the Gurdwara Sahib in Northampton, which was set up when the town's night shelter shut due to the Covid pandemic.
Last year about 30 people attended each month, but it has since risen to 80.
He said it was "sad" to see so many in need, but added: "They would go without if there wasn't a food bank."
Patiala: Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) legislators Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, both brothers, reached Fatehgarh Sahib on Saturday to start their march towards Delhi. Balwinder Singh Bains, along with party workers and supporters, marched towards Delhi borders to join the farmers’ agitation while Simarjit started his cycle march under the banner of “Punjabiyo Delhi challo, othe ja ke morche mallo.”
“We will cover a distance of around 55 kms during our cycle march on Saturday. We will stay at the Gurdwara Sahib in Sahnewal, from where a large group of farmers along with my son, son-in-law and other relatives will march towards Delhi on tractor-trolleys, cars and other vehicles. To mobilise more people, we will take our cycle march further from Ludhiana to Phagwara on Sunday. From here, a caravan of farmers, along with my mother, brother’s wife and daughter will leave for Delhi. The next day, our caravan will leave for Delhi with my wife, daughter and sisters,” said Simarjit Bains, who will march towards Delhi from Amritsar on Wednesday.
CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has said that the Indian state’s outcry over hoisting of Kesri flag in Red Fort is totally baseless as the Kesri flag (aka Nishan Sahib) is a religious symbol.
In a video message released today, Giani Harpreet Singh has said that dubbing Kesri flag as a symbol of Khalsitan can’t be justified in any way.
“The Kesri flags are hoisted over the walls of Red fort every year when Sikhs celebrate Delhi Fateh Diwas. The Sikh regiment of the Indian army also hoists the Kesri flag along with India’s national flag i.e. tricolor,” he said.
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Updated Dec 23, 2020 | 18:02 IST
Whether it was the Bushfires in Australia, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the protests in America, Sikh groups have always found ways to serve food and necessities to the needy.
Sikh community delivers meals to stranded lorry drivers
Hundreds of lorry drivers in Kent who are currently stranded due on the French borders due to closure have received help from the Sikh community
The closure of the French borders has resulted in lorries getting stacked on the coastbound stretch of the M20. With no eateries or provisions nearby, the drivers are having to spend all their time on the road or at Manston airport. But now, they have received help from the Sikh community in Kent.