Prabhjot Kaur- Ex-Teacher of #AkalAcademy, Dakra Sahib imparts FREE COACHING for students!

As a tribute to Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his 550th Birth Anniversary, this Ex-teacher of Akal Academy has been imparting Free coaching in Maths to students of VI-VIIth grade at Sarabha Nagar Gurdwara in Ludhiana. She was honored and presented a memento for volunteering for this noble cause of education. ਰੋਟਰੀ ਕਲੱਬ ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਟੀਚਰ ਡੇ ਤੇ ਅਧਿਆਪਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਸਨਮਾਨਿਤ ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ, 6 ਸਤੰਬਰ: ਰੋਟਰੀ ਕਲੱਬ ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ ਨੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਮਿਸ਼ਨਰੀ ਸਕੂਲ ਸਲੇਮ ਟਾਬਰੀ ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ ਵਿਖੇ ਅਧਿਆਪਕ ਦਿਵਸ ਮਨਾਇਆ।ਰੋਟੇਰੀਅਨ ਹਰਵਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਰੋਟੇਰੀਅਨ ਰੇਨੂੰ ਛਤਵਾਲ ਰੋਟੇਰੀਅਨ ਐੱਸਐੱਸ ਕਟਾਰੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਦਿਵਸ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਅਧਿਆਪਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਨਮਾਨਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਪੂਰੀ ਲਗਨ ਨਾਲ ਬੱਚਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਦਿੱਤੀ।ਇਸ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਹਰਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਚੇਅਰਮੈਨ ਅਤੇ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਰਣਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਕੱਤਰ ਸਿੱਖ ਮਿਸ਼ਨਰੀ ਸਕੂਲ ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ ਇੰਜੀਨੀਅਰ ਸੁਖਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਮੁੱਕੇ ਸਮਾਜ ਸੇਵੀ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਇਸ ਸਕੂਲ ਨੂੰ ਸਥਾਪਤ ਕਰਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਫੀ ਯੋਗਦਾਨ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਵੇਚੇ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਇਨਾਮ ਵੰਡ ਸਮਾਰੋਹ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਣਾਇਆ ਗਿਆ।ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਪ੍ਰਦੀਪ ਕੌਰ ਪ੍ਰਿੰਸੀਪਲ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਸੁਖਵਿੰਦਰ ਮੈਥ ਟੀਚਰ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਗੀਤਾ ਜਨੇਜਾ ਸੈੱਸ ਟੀਚਰ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਬਰਿੰਦਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਵੀਨ ਸਾਇੰਸ ਟੀਚਰ ਨੂੰ ਇਨਾਮ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਗਏ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਪ੍ਰਭਜੋਤ ਕੌਰ ਬੇਦੀ ਸਰਾਭਾ ਨਗਰ ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ ਵਿਖੇ ਛੇਵੀਂ ਜਮਾਤ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਰ੍ਹਵੀਂ ਜਮਾਤ ਤੱਕ ਦੇ ਬੱਚਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਮੁਫ਼ਤ ਕੋਚਿੰਗ ਦਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਇਕ ਕੋਚਿੰਗ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ ਦੇ 550ਵੇਂ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਨੂੰ ਸਮਰਪਿਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਸਨਮਾਨਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਤੇ ਸ਼ਲਾਘਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ।

My journey to the home of Guru Nanak- Ramneet Kaur

Sikhism has been answering my questions which were creating turmoil in my mind and has transformed me into a better human being who is more emotionally mature and balanced. Being a PhD scientist, the convergence of Sikhism and Science was revealed to me and made me go deeper into the lives of our revered Sikh Gurus and their teachings. This journey on the path of Sikhism amazed me at every step and I was so impressed and touched that an ardent devotion for Sikhism was developed in me. I recognized the power of Guru Nanak’s sacred and divine shabad which has a transformative power and can convert devils into angels. The journey on the path of Sikhism unfolds the real aim of my life every day and instructs me every moment how to lead my life. Treading this path, a feeling of bliss and fulfillment fills my heart every day. Deciphering some enigmas, I have reached Guru Nanak’s home where I have found my own home and an epitome of spirituality which I was searching in this whole world. I have been raised by very decent and educated parents who have a firm belief in Sikhism. I was introduced to Guru Nanak Dev ji by my mother in my childhood and it was the first step towards my relationship with my Guru. The poetic divine bani of Guru Nanak Dev ji touches my heart and his enlightened personality is revealed to me. I value the precious gift he has imparted us. The precious jewels he possessed he gave us all freely and unconditionally. We are so fortunate that he has dedicated his whole life for us imparting us the divine knowledge he possessed. He enriches our lives with his bani every day. Guru Sahib is an immaculate love which radiates equally for the whole of humanity. Guru Sahib is a source of immense love and he showers his love every day upon us by showing us an impeccable way of life. When we follow his teachings and we are recognized in this world, our heart fills with gratitude for Guru Sahib and this quote feels so true. Bhule Marg Jine Bataya Aisa Gur Vadbhagi Paya When things do not go our way then we have Guru Sahib in our lives to answer the questions we are seeking for. It is amazing how Guru Sahib tells us again and again to accept the Hukam. Guru Nanak’s Sikhi entails accepting the Hukam of divine and having complete faith in the Hukam. Complete surrender to Hukam is one of the attributes of Guru Nanak’s Sikh. Following Guru Sahib’s advice, we feel so peaceful and courageous to face the tough times and come out of the darkness. Guru Sahib heals the wounds by giving the precious gift of Naam. There is no doubt that Guru Sahib is a radiance and who goes near his radiance also becomes radiant. Guru Nanak’s Sikh is humble in good times and in high spirits in tough times as Guru Nanak’s Sikh knows that this universe is functioning under the divine command and nothing is in our control. Accepting the divine command, the Sikh is in bliss and peace always. Guru Nanak Dev Ji has bestowed his Sikh with the most precious gift of bani which teaches us to accept divine Hukam. Gurbani is a treasure trove of the Gursikh. Through bani, Guru Sahib has shown his Sikh this world and the world beyond. Guru Sahib through his bani reiterates the omnipresence of divine. He makes us feel the presence of divine everywhere around us. Guru Sahib shows us the right path that leads to the house of Ek. Guru Sahib has imparted the gift of virtues to us. When we deal with this world with the virtues imparted by Guru Sahib we are honored and then we feel Guru Sahib is our spiritual father and he has given birth to our beautiful soul. When we deal with this world while walking on the path shown by Guru Sahib, we feel love and respect around us. Our life becomes beautiful and we feel more attached to Guru Sahib and our love and respect for him become our passion. Guru Sahib’s teachings and his bani echoes in our mind and touches our heart throughout the day. Guru Sahib encourages us to be a pure and virtuous person. To be truthful and pure at heart. Divinity is in purity. Guru Sahib inspires us to achieve higher standards in life and to strive for higher realms and higher goals in life. Everything that happens in life is according to Hukam and there is something great in Hukam. Guru Sahib tells us not to follow the mad race rather accrue pearls in life which never fades away and nobody can steal them. These pearls you cannot buy from the market, but you have to earn on your own. They can be achieved by having purity in thoughts, words and deeds. Guru Sahib through his bani answers our questions which upset our mind and acts as a driving force to move forward with more confidence and purposeful aims in our lives. Guru Sahib’s bani gives relief to our upset mind. It acts like a tranquilizer and soothes our upset mind. In Guru Sahib’s home, I have found my own home where I have got so much of happiness, bliss, peace and respect. I am so blessed to find my own eternal Guru Nanak’s home. The connection with Guru Sahib is through his bani and makes us go close to his philosophy, his thoughts and his teachings. Guru Sahib gives us the most precious gift by taking us close to Almighty Waheguru who is our creator and our sustainer. When our life revolves around Waheguru our life changes, our way of looking at things in life changes, our life transforms. Anxieties decrease as we surrender to Hukam of Waheguru. When we go close to Waheguru through Guru Sahib's bani we become stable and enter into the state of bliss. Guru Sahib has shown us a very pious way of living in which respect, peace and happiness is there. Guru Sahib has taught us to remember Waheguru every moment. Guru Sahib has taught us to be humble as everything we possess is the grace of Almighty Waheguru and nothing belongs to us. We are capable of nothing and everything is happening because of Hukam. We should be in gratitude at every moment. Everything we possess is Almighty Waheguru’s grace. Guru Sahib has taught us to help everybody around us as Almighty Waheguru is in his creation. Helping people around us help us in serving the creator and see the creator in everybody. Guru Sahib’s bani is my strength, my motivation and my inspiration. Gurbani has given me the steadiness of mind which does not fluctuate and is also fearless now. I do not depend on others now. I only rely on Waheguru and his Hukam. This is such a precious gift which I am not afraid of losing and it will be there with me all the times. Guru Sahib is the benefactor of the wealth which is above and beyond this world. I have been facing the ups and downs of life under the aegis of Guru Nanak’s teachings. My Guru Sahib is my light and has helped me in shining my light. Guru Nanak Dev ji is the best teacher ever who has an art of imparting education with love and compassion that turns to learn into a transformation. My Guru Nanak is the breath of my life and I breathe in the air of Guru Nanak. I am humbled to be one of his daughters and fortunate to have him in my life. -Ramneet Kaur

Rising sophomore at Boston College, Samrat Singh makes his own path to fame!

While the rest of his teammates left the locker room and headed to Chipotle for dinner, Samrath Singh sat alone tying his turban. “It’s definitely a process,“ Singh said. “I’m used to it by now.” Just hours before, teammates scrambled in front of the mirror to shave off any semblance of facial hair in accordance with the baseball team’s strict clean-shaven policy. Singh smiled as he stroked his long beard. “I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that.” Samrath Singh is a rising sophomore at Boston College. He is a Sikh. Already a minority in a predominately Catholic, white university, Singh has brown skin and a thick beard that his religion prohibits him from shaving. While his classmates wear pastel shorts and a polo shirt, Singh wears a turban (light blue is his favorite color) that adds a few inches to his 6-foot-4 frame. Singh believes he is the first Sikh to play college baseball, let alone in the ACC, a top tier conference. On top of all of this, he has a legitimate chance to become the first of his religion to make it to the professional ranks. His story is unique, yet started in a typical way. “My parents always pushed me to get involved in many sports,” Singh said, who played golf, tennis, and baseball growing up, and like many young kids, he gravitated to the activity in which he was most successful. “I always threw hard for my age, and I hit 30 home runs in my Little League career.” By the time he reached middle school, Singh was playing on elite travel teams across New Jersey and taking pitching lessons twice a week. Once Singh matriculated to New Jersey’s West Windsor High School South, he really began to excel on the diamond. As a freshman on the junior varsity team, Singh was named team most valuable player. “My parents encourage me to do more with everything,” Singh said. “That was probably the peak of my high school career.” It was at this time that Singh realized he had the talent to play in college. He attended the Stanford baseball camp, and after a strong showing, developed a silent confidence that he could use baseball to help him achieve his goal of attending an elite college. “Academics have always come first,” Singh said. “Excellence in school is a key part of Sikh culture.“ Singh’s father works in finance, and his mother is a dentist. One of his sisters graduated from Carnegie Mellon University; the other goes there now. From a very early age, the standard was set for Singh to achieve academic success in addition to his athletic pursuits. This is what drove him in the college recruitment process. He scored a 1510 (out of a possible 1600) on his SAT, and had his eyes set on an Ivy League school such as Princeton or Dartmouth. Singh admitted the college recruiting process didn’t exactly go the way he had planned. “It was really frustrating,” Singh said. “Coaches actually wanted me more because of the turban. It would just bring more attention to the team and the school. But I was a late bloomer, and the Ivy League schools already had their spots filled.” One school did have an open spot, however. Boston College pitching coach Alex Trezza had seen Singh twice at tournaments in New Jersey, and invited him to Chestnut Hill for a visit to the campus in the summer of 2017. Singh and his parents were immediately impressed with head baseball coach Mike Gambino, who opened their meeting by talking about Sikhism and how it related to Boston College’s Jesuit values. For instance, Sihks believe in the concept of “seva,” or selfless service. In their meeting, Gambino said that this core tenet was very similar to the Jesuit mission of “men and women for others.” “That definitely sold my parents immediately,“ Singh recalled. “He was the first coach I talked to that really took a deep interest in my religion and made me feel really comfortable.” Singh also liked BC’s Carroll School of Management, whichBloomberg Businessweek ranked sixth among undergraduate business schools in 2016. He fell in love with the Gothic architecture on the Chestnut Hill campus, too. Singh committed to attend Boston College on a baseball scholarship on his 17th birthday, July 7, 2017. Before he arrived on campus, Singh had the chance to forgo college and head right to the pros. During his senior season, Singh got calls and texts from MLB scouts and advisors. The lanky lefty with a 92 mph fastball attracted a lot of pro attention. There was a lot of pressure to perform, and for a lot of high school kids, this can be paralyzing. But Singh was never fazed. “Honestly, I had my mind set on going to college. Remember, academics have always come first,” Singh said. “Of course I’d love to play pro ball some day, but at that time I was very content with going to Boston College.” For some, college is that coveted escape from overbearing parents and a time to go wild. Others are more homesick and crave the comforts of their old lives. The majority of the BC student body is white, and Catholic. That’s not Singh, but he said he has had no problems fitting in. “I’ve found other ways to make connections with people,” Singh said. One of those ways is through singing. During his first few days on campus, Singh tried out for an a capella group, though he ended up not being able to join because of the time commitments of baseball. He’ll sing at parties, though, and if you walk into one of the dining halls at just the right time, you might overhear him singing “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse to hordes of attentive classmates. On top of all these challenges, freshman student-athletes have to adjust to the dynamics of new teams, new coaches, demanding schedules, and, for some, the first instances of athletic failure. Pitchers who are bound for Division I baseball routinely dominate their high school games, rarely ever challenged by more than a few hitters in any given line-up. But at the ACC level, they are humbled quickly. “It wasn’t what I expected,” Singh admitted. “It took me a little bit to get adjusted to the speed of the game and to the intensity of the workouts.” “I wasn’t used to the time commitment,” Singh continued, who was also nursing an injured elbow at the time. “I wasn’t used to the pace of practice. It was really tough to feel like I was a part of the team when I couldn’t even play.” In March, Singh got the diagnosis: a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The prognosis was that he needed Tommy John surgery, a devastating injury for an aspiring young pitcher that would leave Singh out of competition for at least a year. “It was crushing,” he admitted. “But it was also a huge weight off my shoulder. I finally knew what was wrong with me and was able to begin the healing process.” In addition to stiffer competition and injuries, Singh has dealt with more adversity as he has entered college baseball. He does not fit the profile of the stereotypical college athlete. And he doesn’t care. “I don’t want anyone feeling bad for me,” he said. “I just want to be one of the guys. And so far, I’ve felt that. … All the guys have been nothing but great to me. Even in my short time here, I’ve made some really close friendships with guys I would consider brothers.” The Boston College baseball program prides itself on a culture of brotherhood. Players past and present are always welcome back at practice and games. It’s a family, and it’s a dynamic Singh is proud to be a part of. And while Singh knows people stare at the turban, he doesn’t get upset. He understands. “I used to get angry because I thought Sikhism was well known,” he said. “Now, I see it as part of my responsibility to educate people on my religion. … Because I am Sikh, I feel I have to prove I belong. It drives me through a tough practice, an exhausting workout, or a late night studying.” Singh reacts to any sort of racial profiling with humor and grace. He has faced racial slurs when on the mound. In high school, an umpire came up to him and asked him if he was on the cricket team. He laughs about these incidents now, but one thing that does bother Singh is airport security. On trips, Singh is often the one “randomly selected” for a pat down or full body check. TSA agents may swab his hands and have occasionally taken him to a back room for further inspection. “I’ve been called a terrorist before by random kids and fans,” Singh said. “That is definitely frustrating and humiliating.” As for advice to the next generation of Sikh athletes, Singh kept it simple. “I would just say to find what you’re passionate about and chase that,“ Singh said. “My parents put me in a lot of different activities and baseball stuck. I’ve worked hard and made it because I enjoy it.” Singh acknowledges that one reason there aren’t more Sikh athletes in American sports is because there is a dominating focus on education among Sikhs. Most Sikh parents, he said, believe a deep involvement in sports will hamper their children’s chances of going to Ivy League schools. Singh said he faced this pressure, and saw it among his friends in high school. Families flock to West Windsor, New Jersey, so their children can attend the highly-ranked public school system with the “Ivy-or-bust” mindset. “I am grateful that my parents stressed balance,” Singh said. “Whenever I feel stressed by school work, I knew baseball was always there to take my mind off things.” Singh also said Sikhs prioritize music and the arts more than sports. “I was actually a good viola player once upon a time,” Singh said. “But after I tasted a lot of success with baseball, I kind of pushed the viola to the side. I was definitely different. I guess I still am.” While baseball has not gone as planned, Singh has done well in the classroom. He is a finance and computer science double major with a 3.75 GPA. “My cousins are my role models,” Singh said. “They both work at tech companies in California. Palo Alto is my favorite place in the world. I hope to end up there one day.” Despite a strong back-up plan, Singh’s ultimate goal is to make the MLB. He knows it will be a long road. He knows it will be difficult. But he knows he has an entire community supporting him. “I just want to inspire the next generation,” Singh said. “It’s perfectly fine for a Sikh kid to wish he was Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. But I want them to see another Sikh at the highest level. I want kids to see someone that looks like them.”

How this SIKH software engineer went out of his way to ensure that 32 Kashmiri girls reached home safely

After the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, there have been restrictions imposed on communication and the movement of people in the state, which has been a source of worry for the state’s residents living outside. But one software engineer from Delhi went out of his way to ensure that 32 girls from the state who wanted to get back home safely were able to do so. On August 5, Harminder Singh Ahluwalia went live on Facebook to tell all Kashmiris outside the state who were feeling unsafe that they could either contact him or take shelter in the nearest gurdwaras. The post went viral and 32 girls from Kashmir, who were trying to get back home, got in touch with him. “They were panicky,” he told over the telephone. “I got a call from a woman named Rukaya, She told me that there were 32 Kashmiri girls, all from underprivileged families, just waiting to get back home, because of the recent government moves in Kashmir.” The girls, who were between 17 and 22 years of age, were in Pune for a nursing training and placement programme as part of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. Ahluwalia said the girls told him that they just wanted to go back home as they couldn’t get in touch with the families due to all communication lines being disrupted. The coordinator of the contingent contacted the state government and was assured assistance from the Army once they reached Srinagar. But they didn’t have the funds to get there. Ahluwalia then sought donations to fund the girls’ journey back home with another Facebook live August 8. “A Sikh businessman was quick to contact me and sponsored the air tickets for the girls and four volunteers,” Ahluwalia said. On August 9, the group reached Srinagar, and with the assistance of the Army, all of them were escorted home and reunited with their families. Ahluwalia said he had decided to help because after the Pulwama terror attack, there were instances of Kashmiris outside the state being targeted and he didn’t want the same thing to happen to the girls. -Sikhnet

After four gallantry medals, CRPF Deputy Commandant Harshpal Singh awarded the Kirti Chakara.

38 yrs old Harshpal Singh, a Deputy Commandant in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has trouble remembering the dates of his awards. Perhaps it is understandable given the fact that he has won five gallantry awards since 2004 when he joined the CRPF. On the 73rd Independence Day, Harshpal was awarded the second-highest peacetime gallantry medal - the Kirti Chakara. Harshpal and his team eliminated three terrorists last September in Jhajjar – Kotli in Jammu. The encounter left him with a bullet and splinter injuries. “We were searching for them for over 24 hours. The day before the terrorist had managed to escape,” Harshpall said recalling the incident. “It was a close quarter battle. My team and I were just 15 meters away from where the terrorists were hiding”. The three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) fidayeen killed that day were trying to attack the headquarters of the India Army’s Northern Command of the Indian Army, investigations revealed. Harshpal Singh has also awarded three police medals for gallantry and a Jharkhand Chief Minister’s Police medal for gallantry. “It is extremely rare. We are extremely proud. This is a very well-deserved honour,” Director General CRPF RR Bhatnagar said. Deputy Commandant Harshpal now posted in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh received his first police medal for gallantry on 31 May 2008. “It was in Chundarmandu in Kunti District of Jharkhand. We had intelligence about a meeting of senior Maoist leaders in Kunti,” he said. Moving a large number of troops risked alerting the Maoist. So Harshapal and a small group of men sneaked into the forest and stormed the meeting. “We were badly out-numbered.” When the gun battle ended a few hours later five senior Maoist leaders lay dead and the rest of the cadre had scattered. Six years later on 7 July 2014, Harshpal, then an Additional Superintended of Police (Operations) would come to know that a senior Maoist commander trying to recruit people from a village called Lemba in Khunti. “The village was spread over large hill tract. Under cover of darkness we moved through the nearby forest but as we entered the village, we came under fire. We exactly knew where the senior commander would be resting. It was crucial to avoid collateral damage. The commander who had a price of Rs 2 lakh on his head was killed in the gun battle,” the CRPF officer said. A year later Harshpal would strike again. On 18 August 2015, he would lead another small team to eliminate the zonal Maoist commander of Khunti area and arrest his deputy. The same year he would receive the Jharkhand CM’s Police Medal for gallantry for sustained counter-insurgency work. “The Maoist are degraded but determined. They plan every move. In contrast, terrorist in J&K have more firepower and are more motivated,” he said when asked to compare the two theatres. - Hindustan Times

Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band emerged as champion at the World Championship in Scotland.

A Malaysian Sikh pipe band emerged category champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland. The amazing feat at Glasglow capped months of diligent training and a single-minded push to display their very best at the pinnacle of the competitive pipe band competition. Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band were named champs of Grade 4B and emerged as toppers for overall and drumming as well best parade. This is the second time the Malaysian band took part in the world series organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. The bands were from 13 countries: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Eire, the US, Belgium, England, Spain, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Sri Dasmesh is the only Malaysian pipe band at the event – was formed in 1986 by Sukdev Singh, a commercial pilot and a director of an international school by the same name, with his brother Harvinder Singh. The world championship-winning band was led by pipe major Tirath Singh (22-year old), drum sergeant Tripert Singh (25) and mid-section head Sukhpreet Kaur (22). Tirath Singh and Tripert Singh, who also happen to be brothers, are both pilots with national carrier Malaysia Airlines. Together, they led the band through 13 months of tireless practice. They met three times a week for two hours or more each session at the Sri Dasmesh International School in Kuala Lumpur. Tirath said that this was the band’s gift to the country for Merdeka and hope that all Malaysians will hold their heads high in pride because Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band raised the Jalur Gemilang in Scotland and brought home the Silverware. Source- AsiaSamachar

First-Ever Online TV Channel Run by Khalsa School Students in the USA

Paving the Way for the Panth's Future WESTBOROUGH, Mass., June 21, 2019 ( - New England Sikh Study Circle (NESSC) is furthering its media initiative by launching Nishkam TV ( The first-ever Online TV Channel run by Khalsa School Students in the USA, paving the way for the Panth's Future. Harbaldeep Singh, mentor of this TV channel said, "The the unique aspect of this TV channel is that it will be run exclusively by Khalsa school students. We have made a student body comprising of seven groups (Production and Operations, Content Writing, Talent, Website, Social Media Presence, Marketing, and Production Design) with a Team Lead, Vice Lead and supporting team members." Based on interest and their experience, the “The unique aspect of this TV channel is that it will be run exclusively by Khalsa school students. We have made following student body executive team is selected for the first year: Raunaq Singh a student body comprising of seven Mokha (Age 15, Production Lead), Amneet groups (Production and Operations, Content Writing, Talent, Website, Social Media Presence, Marketing, and Singh Bagga (Age 17, Production Vice Lead), Gurleen Kaur (Age 15, Content Lead), Production Design) with a Team Lead, Dilzafer Singh (Age 14, Content Vice Lead), Vice Lead and supporting team members.” Kiren Kaur Bagga (Age 14, Talent Lead), Danveer Singh Nijjar (Age 14, Talent Vice Lead), Mehrjot Kaur (Age 17, Website Lead), Meher Kaur Khanna (Age 16, Social Media Lead), Harneet Kaur (Age 17, Marketing Lead) and Agam Singh Kukreja (Age 13, Production Design Lead). This student body will collaborate to create content based on the mission statement. All team members collectively expressed, "Our mission of Nishkam TV is centered around the concept and spirit of Nishkaamta or selfless service. We aim to provide wholesome media content through Sikhi lens regarding building dialog, increasing understanding, and promoting interaction between different faiths and cultures to bring us closer as one humanity and enhance our lives." The New England Sikh Study Circle (NESSC), a nonprofit organization, was established in 1968 to serve as a Sikh center for spiritual growth, political understanding, community activism, and social gathering. Along the journey, NESSC opened its first Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) in Milford, MA (USA) about 30 years ago. At present, it actively governs the Gurdwara at 168 Flanders Road in Westborough, Massachusetts (USA). The NESSC is active in participation for diversified community awareness and interfaith events throughout New England. Baljit Singh Nijjar, current President of NESSC, states, "Of the many goals that New England Sikh Study Circle has adapted, the biggest priority has been informing the broader community about the Sikh identity. A significant factor within this goal is educating our children about Sikh values and working alongside law enforcement officials to educate them about the Sikh articles of faith." With all of NESSC service to the community, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker declared Sikh Heritage Day on April 14, 2018. To educate children, NESSC Khalsa School was established with the humble mission to provide comprehensive education and skill-building in the areas of Gurmat Sangeet (Spiritual Music), Gurmukhi/Punjabi (Language Arts) and understanding of Sikh history and culture. Harinder Singh Soin, Khalsa School Admin, said, "From the very inception, we strongly believed that this mission could not be achieved through a one-dimensional view of class instruction. We believe that this will be achieved by creating an ecosystem of class instruction, reinforcing learning through interactive dialog, and creating a solid support structure through comrade and mentor-ship. However, we were missing a critical component of having an audio-visual medium to continue towards the journey of learning and exploring the Sikh History, they were learning in the Khalsa School classes. The current media initiatives at NESSC is a big step forward in our continued journey to provide the students with an audio-visual platform to explore all aspects of Sikhi." To fill this gap, the Khalsa Film School incorporated a film program named Film Neev (Neev means Foundation - three years ago to allow students to express their ideas through the creative outlets of visual storytelling that talked about principles of Sikhi as they apply in our lives today. This program teaches kids all aspects of film-making (Screenplay Writing, Cinematography, Lighting, Acting, Editing, Sound Design, and Directing) by conducting a three-month workshop. An important aspect of this program is also to enhance student's capacity for collaborative problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and self-confidence. The program is led by Harbaldeep Singh, a media industry leader with extensive business, technology, and film/TV production background. Harbaldeep Singh said, "The primary aim of this program is to preserve the ethics of Sikh history using music videos and short films while inspiring the younger generations to the messages of the Sikh faith." Singh further added, "Over the past three years, the students have written, acted, and directed nine short films ( The club started with 15 students, and in this current year, the club has expanded to twenty-eight students". This year they have written, acted, and directed five short stories based on the theme of hate crimes, bullying, gun control, and selfless service." Harbaldeep Singh said, "Film Neev and Nishkam TV nonprofit ventures are only possible by tireless work of volunteers and by the generous support of donors. I would like to personally thank Amanpreet Khurana, Manpreet Singh, Manpreet Soin, Tanya Singh and the entire team of NESSC for bringing this dream to life." The launch event is sponsored by donations from Powerville Energy and Saffron Indian Grill. The CEO of Powerville Energy Suki Singh said, "We want to be part of this launch as we believe in the vision and talent of Nishkam TV team." Nishkam TV was officially launched on June 22 and June 23 at NESSC Gurdwara, 168 Flanders Road, Westborough, MA 01581 in the attendance of 700+ attendees. For more information contact: Kawaljeet Singh Mokha | NESSC Secretary | Harbaldeep Singh​I Media Relations | Additional Links New England Sikh Study Circle Nishkam TV Original Source:

Think Equal’ Samata Workshop at #AkalAcademy, #BaruSahib

The First day started with a brilliant morning session started with a burst of excitement by Mrs. Manjushree Patil. She introduced everyone to the rhythm of education. Each participant was hooked on to various vivid activities. The morning session ended on the melancholic reminder of the Nirbhaya case which stunned the World. Excerpts from the film India‘s Daughter shook the audience. Children were made to understand the concept of equality, compassion, and respect. The vision for a safe, free, equal World has become a priority for the educators. We need to stand together not letting another such incident happen. The movement emerging from this tragic incident was known as 'SAMANTA' with the major focus on social and emotional learning starting right from childhood. To make our children understand and feel emotional and social connect 'Samanta' has a great collection of storybooks. The use of language & voice modulation has become quite essential. The numerous storybooks with specific lesson plans will be the key in empowering children with problem-solving and will help them have a different mindset. During the second day, the topic of gender stereotypes was discussed in all its pitfalls. The need of the hour was to inculcate the value that everyone is to be treated with the same respect and equality. The mood meter was introduced in four primary colors and their discerning effect on the mood of a person. The RULER program was introduced which elaborated that while we cannot choose our feelings we can choose the responses of these feelings The project was critical for the teachers who hold the responsibility of defining moments for children in their early years. This introduced the beginning of a new thought process and mindset in learning beyond academics. It was a great step forward to bring major changes in the mindset of the future generations towards equality, compassion, empathy and critical thinking.

Sikh Youth of BC Celebrated Sant Teja Singh Ji Day

This past weekend, the Sikh youth paid tribute to a Saint Scholar, Principal, Sant Teja Singh Ji, (MA LLB Am Harvard University). A three-day program was organized, to remember the first Ambassador of Sikhism to the Western Hemisphere. Sant Teja Singh Ji established the Khalsa Diwan Society and had successfully proved to the Canadian government that all the Sikhs are highly capable people who constantly contribute to the economy, at the time when Government was planning to send all Sikhs to Honduras. Teja Singh Ji had a vision for the future of Sikhs in Canada and had laid out the foundation for us to carry his legacy forward. The event spanned over three days, starting on Friday, July 5th, with the Akhand path Arambh in the morning and in the evening there was a Katha Darbar and Kirtan. The main event was July 7th for Sant Teja Singh Day, with the Akhand path Bhog in the morning followed by Gurmat Samagam and then a conference on Teja Singh from 11 am to 1 pm. The Conference at Gurdwara Sukh Sagar, New Westminster, was highlighted with special appearances by Prof. Gurvinder S Dhaliwal, Bhai Sulakhan Singh & Bhai Mandeep Singh. The speakers spoke about Sant Teja Singh Ji’s legacy and contributions to the South Asian Community in Canada. The event was attended by many people from all over lower mainland. The event was enjoyed by the Sangat, with an opportunity to view a special exhibition on Sant Teja Singh Ji, hosted by the volunteers of Akal Academy Surrey. The exhibition on Sant Teja Singh Ji shed light on the lasting contribution to the Sangat of the lower mainland during his mission to the west in the early 1900s.

‘The Wheat basket of India’ PUNJAB is turning Toxic!

The road to Langroya village weaves its way through fields rich with crops that offer a vivid snapshot of India’s kitchens. There is wheat, rice, sugarcane, maize, mustard seed and a rich variety of vegetables that have made this corner of the country India’s most important agricultural region. Like the majority of their compatriots in Punjab, Langroya’s residents rely on farming for their existence. About three-quarters of the state’s 30 million-strong population is involved in agriculture, with wheat the number one commodity. But while Punjab is known as “India’s bread basket”, there are challenges amid the abundance. The list of concerns includes withering land, chronic illnesses, water shortages and an opioid drug epidemic that has wreaked havoc on village life. Over the past two years, more than 900 Punjabi farmers have killed themselves, and the state has the highest rates of cancer in India. A government survey estimates that more than two-thirds of households have at least one drug addict in the family. Added to this is the burden of paying off loans that many farmers take out from unofficial lenders at exorbitant interest rates. Locals blame it all on “zeher” – poison. “Our lives are being destroyed because of the contamination of the land and people,” says Surinder Kumar, the “sarpanch” or village head of Langroya. “There are so many problems facing us that I don’t even know where to begin. The politicians make a lot of promises, but the reality is that little is being done to help us. The very fabric of our existence is under threat.” In an attempt to address Punjab’s plight, a new film explores the roots of its problems. Directed by Rehmat Rayatt and Leva Kwestany, Toxification tells the moving stories of farmers at the sharp end of the chemical epidemic engulfing the state. Rayatt, a British-born film-maker of Punjabi origin, said: “The farmers are poisoning their bodies and their land. Our film makes a direct connection between the overuse of chemicals, which has damaged agriculture and pushed many farmers into debt, and drug addiction. Not only is farming becoming poisoned in Punjab, so is society.” The film traces the roots of Punjab’s demise to the state’s green revolution of the 1970s, when new farming practices were introduced to increase production and profits. This involved the sustained use of chemical pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers, which has continued unchecked and without adequate guidance from experts. Punjab utilises the highest amount of chemical fertilisers in India. Many of the pesticides sprayed on the state’s crops are classified as class I by the World Health Organization because of their acute toxicity and are banned in places around the world, including Europe. A range of studies have shown that the overuse of chemicals has found its way into Punjab’s food, water and soil and had a devastating impact on public health. There are at least 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 people in Punjab compared with the national average of 80. ’ Balbir Singh, a farmer, admits in the film to using illegal pesticides. “Some people use pesticides without understanding why, hoping that their crops won’t die,” he says. “We know we are killing our land and our people, but what can we do without them?” The film examines the role that more organic-based farming techniques, which were widely used in the state prior to the green revolution, can play in restoring Punjab’s agricultural fortunes. Some of the most moving testimonies featured in Toxification are made by farmers talking about their descent into drug addiction. Many take opium husk, known as “bhuki”, which helps to kill the appetite, enabling them to work for longer in the fields. Heroin is also widely used in villages. In 2017, a government study suggested that more than 860,000 men in the state aged between 15 and 35 take some form of drug. Punjab is not the only state in India affected by the excessive use of chemicals in agriculture. Nationally, the government’s response has been to establish pest management research centres, which provide guidance to farmers on how to minimise the use of pesticides. The centres have drawn criticism, however, for being underfunded and poorly staffed. Earlier this year, Punjab’s state government banned 20 pesticides deemed harmful to human health but did not provide details on how the edict would be enforced. The substances remain available across the rest of India. Toxification was shown at the Ottawa film festival and screenings are planned in Britain. Rayatt also hopes to show the film in India in the hope that it will prompt politicians to take action to alleviate the suffering of Punjabi farmers and their counterparts across the rest of the country. -