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1. Two senior lawyers fight in the presence of female judge From: J.S.Tiwana 2. SAD-Sant Samaj combine sweeps SGPC elections From: J.S.Tiwana 3. Dangerous portends for SAD, despite win From: J.S.Tiwana 4. ‘Ineligible’ voters have a field day From: J.S.Tiwana 5. 15-Yr Old Sikh-Canadian Tops 6000 Commonwealth Writers: From: J.S.Tiwana 6. The Spirit of Hola Mohalla: A Photo Exhibition From: J.S.Tiwana 7. When Will The Phoenix Rise? From: J.S.Tiwana
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Two senior lawyers fight in the presence of female judge

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:52 pm (PDT)

Two senior lawyers fight in the presence of female judge

Punjab Newsline Network

Sunday, 18 September 2011

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Two senior lawyers from the district courts of
Fatehgarh Sahib did fight intensively in the presence of a female
judge in the court premises recently .

As per the information available, one lawyer had gone to the court
with regard to the hearing of a case. Other lawyers were also present
in the court and the female judge was hearing the proceedings of the
case. The proceedings of the court got interrupted when a senior
advocate who is also the former president of the District Bar
Association entered the court at once and indulged in an abuse with
another senior lawyer.

The former, who was reportedly drunk, alleged that the latter has
stolen his Rs 10,000 . There was much hue and cry in the court
premises when the two advocates indulged in physical fight with each
other. The judge ordered the police to interfere and bring the fight
to an end. According to information received, the judge has started
the necessary action with regard to the fight. When contacted
District Bar Assocation, Fatehgarh Sahib president A.S. Dharni he
said it was an unfortunate incident. He refused to comment further.

http://www.punjabne wsline.com/ content/two- senior-lawyers- fight-presence- female-judge/ 33284

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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SAD-Sant Samaj combine sweeps SGPC elections

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:52 pm (PDT)

SAD-Sant Samaj combine sweeps SGPC elections
Bags 157 out of 170 seats; turnout 62%
Polling by and large peaceful
Naveen S Garewal/TNS

Chandigarh, September 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Sant Samaj alliance swept the Shiromani
Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) elections held today. The
alliance won 157 out of 170 seats spread across Punjab, Haryana,
Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

The alliance lost 10 seats in Punjab and three (out of 11) in
Haryana. It won both seats in Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. In the
last General House, SAD had won 140 seats, while 30 were bagged by others.

Though, the names of the winners will be notified on September 22,
the counting was done soon after the polling ended and results
declared thereafter.

Punjab witnessed 62.74 per cent polling. The highest voter turnout
was recorded in Nawanshahr (73 per cent) and the lowest in Amritsar
(51 per cent).

The combine lost Sirsa, Ambala and Ambala SC seats in Haryana. In
Punjab, it lost Joga, Garshankar, Hargobindpur, Phillaur, Dhuri,
Dhuri SC, Mohali, Baba Bakala, Jandiala and Dharamkot seats. The
smallest margin of votes was seen in Dharamkot (Moga) where a rebel
candidate Sukhjit Singh Kaka was declared winner by a margin of only 73 votes.

Barring an incident of firing in Kurianwala village of Gidderbaha and
some skirmishes across Punjab, including Buttarshri (Muktsar), the
poll was by and large peaceful, notwithstanding some allegation of
intimidation by non-alliance candidates.

Though, all 28 polling stations in Chandigarh were classified as
sensitive, there was no report of any untoward incident from
Chandigarh, Haryana or Himachal Pradesh.

Surprisingly, the alliance won some of the heavily contested
constituencies, leaving nothing to the share of the main opposition –
the Panthic Morcha and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), led by
Simranjit Singh Mann, who incidentally himself lost the poll from
Bassi Pathana. His son Eman Singh mann also lost from Bhagsar (Patiala).

Mann’s party won the Joga seat in Mansa district by defeating the SAD
candidate. Phillaur also saw a close finish with the SAD nominee
losing to the Panthic Morcha by a margin of 213 votes.

There are reports from Badal village that certain non-Keshdharis
caste votes in the poll. All candidates in the poll had to give an
undertaking that they were Keshdhari and did not shear any body hair.

A PPP worker was critically injured in a firing incident at
Kurianwala in Gidderbaha. He was reportedly protesting against
alleged booth capturing. He was taken to a hospital where his
condition was stated to be critical.

poll report

The Winners
* SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar
* Former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur
* Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekwan
* Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah
* Chandigarh ex-Mayor Harjinder Kaur

The Losers
* SAD (A) president Simranjit S Mann
* Haryana Sikh leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda

The smallest margin of votes was seen in Dharamkot (Moga) where rebel
candidate Sukhjit Singh Kaka won by 73 votes

http://www.tribunei ndia.com/ 2011/20110919/ main1.htm

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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Dangerous portends for SAD, despite win

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:52 pm (PDT)

Dangerous portends for SAD, despite win
Naveen S Garewal
TRibune NEws Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Despite Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s claims that the SGPC
elections were a “semi-final” before the assembly elections, to be
held in about five months from now, the events that took place during
the SGPC elections today, must have made Sukhbir a worried man.

For the first time in 85 years, when the SGPC elections were first
(1926) held, the SAD has had to face a serious opposition. The runup
to the poll was neither smooth nor without resistance.

The mood of jubilation in the Akali camp notwithstanding, realisation
must have dawned on Sukhbir and his father Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal that the assembly elections are going to be no cakewalk.
For the SGPC poll, the SAD faced limited opposition (fringe Akali
elements), but for the assembly elections, the opposition would be
larger and stronger. However, the SGPC elections have certainly
helped the Akalis mobilise their cadres for the big fight. A momentum
has been set in motion within the party, which the Congress lacks so
far. The sole activity visible in the Congress camp is Amarinder
meeting party men and addressing gatherings. At several places, these
meetings have seen ugly intra-party feud.

What will be of concern to the Badals is not the number of votes that
their candidates secured in the SGPC elections, but the number of
votes they did not. The Opposition vote in these elections is
extremely significant, especially in places like Gidderbaha.

http://www.tribunei ndia.com/ 2011/20110919/ punjab.htm# 13

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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‘Ineligible’ voters have a field day

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:53 pm (PDT)

‘Ineligible’ voters have a field day
Rajmeet Singh/Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
Contrary to the orders of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, a
large number of apostate (patit) Sikhs were allowed to cast their
ballot at different polling station across Mohali district.This
facilitated bogus voting, especially in rural areas, to the advantage
of the ruling SAD (Badal).

It rather appeared that the police and the polling staff acted as
facilitators. At the Landran and Kumbra polling booths, some
clean-shaven youths with their heads covered with a cloth were seen
casting their vote. When approached on the matter, musclemen
reportedly engaged by the ruling party tried to whisk away the
“ineligible” voters. At polling booths, there were complaints of
bogus votes having been cast in the morning hours. The polling staff,
on noticing mediapersons, stopped some apostate Sikhs from entering
the polling booth, only to be allowed inside after the mediapersons had left.

With no objection by the polling staff and polling agents of
different candidates in the fray, non-eligible voters had easy access
to the polling booths.The policemen posted in and outside the polling
booths remained mute spectators to the glaring violation. The
District Electoral Officer-cum- Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam had
said the election staff had been categorically instructed not to
allow Sehajdhari Sikhs to cast their vote. But those in charge of
polling booths at various places said they were allowing all those
whose name figured in the voters’ list to cast their ballot.

In Chandigarh, over 68 per cent polling was recorded from the lone
Chandigarh seat As many as 10,962 voters of the total of about 16,000
voters cast their vote.

Former Mayor Harjinder Kaur of the ruling SAD(B), Gurnam Singh Sidhu
and Rajinder Singh Badheri are in the fray.

http://www.tribunei ndia.com/ 2011/20110919/ punjab.htm# 4

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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15-Yr Old Sikh-Canadian Tops 6000 Commonwealth Writers:

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:53 pm (PDT)

15-Yr Old Sikh-Canadian Tops 6000 Commonwealth Writers:
Simran Kaur Sandhu

by JEAN KONDA-WITTE

Her poignant essay contrasts two girls, one with a disdain for the
printed page, the other willing to risk her life to steal a book in
order to teach others to read.

The fictional work of Simran Kaur Sandhu has won the Abbotsford
(British Columbia, Canada) teen the special prize for imaginative
writing in the worldwide Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Simran, 15, a Grade 10 student at Dasmesh Punjabi School, was the
lone Canadian winner, beating out stiff competition from more than
6,000 entrants from around the Commonwealth in this year’s
competition entitled Women as Agents of Change.

“I was kind of surprised. It was a great honour considering how many
entries there were,” said Simran.

“I was really proud. I couldn’t believe it. My teachers encouraged
me. Without them, I wouldn’t have even entered.”

Simran was rewarded with the special prize for her essay Running From
the Dust: Girl Power about a young female teacher bucking traditions
and the military in Afghanistan.

The judges were obviously impressed, saying: “This is an excellent
story which is well told. It is vivid, frightening and the writing
really flies in places. Simran offers a very thoughtful and engaging
comparison on how we value books in different circumstances and cultures.”

Simran said she researched the Taliban and Afghanistan before writing
her essay.

“I wanted to actually describe the cruelty. But there are still
people willing to stand up and change things for the better,” she
said of her fictional piece, which took just two days to write.

“Living in Canada, I’m completely blessed. I wanted to show two
people; a modern-day girl who doesn’t hold education and books above
technology,” she said. “And the other perspective where girls don’t
have a choice; a girl [in Afghanistan] who risks her life to steal a
book to teach others.”

Entrants were encouraged to think about the opportunities and
barriers faced by women around the world, as well as the role women
play in their families, communities and countries.

“The modern day girl still doesn’t realize what she has and what
other people are willing to give up to get it,” she said of her message.

The Essay Competition was founded in 1883, making it the world’s
oldest and largest school writing contest. It is part of the Royal
Commonwealth Society’s annual Young Commonwealth Competitions, which
also includes photography and film categories.

This year, the Royal Commonwealth Society is running two new
competitions, Me and My Net (www.meandmy. net), encouraging young
people around the Commonwealth to think about malaria prevention, and
the Jubilee Time Capsule (www.jubileetimecap sule.org) . The Capsule,
designed to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, will bring
together a collection of people’s stories and memories covering every
day of the last 60 years. There will be prizes awarded to the best
entries and prizes for schools involved in the project, known as
‘Super Schools.’

Following her success, Simran’s school – Dasmesh Punjabi School – has
been invited to become a Super School.

http://www.sikhchic .com/article- detail.php? cat=8&id= 2752

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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The Spirit of Hola Mohalla: A Photo Exhibition

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:54 pm (PDT)

The Spirit of Hola Mohalla:
A Photo Exhibition

by SHEVETA BHATIA

For more than 13 years, Ambala-based mechanical engineer and
entrepreneur, Maninder Singh Sodhi, has never missed Hola Mohalla, a
festival that’s also known as the Sikh Olympics. Maninder has seen
and documented every session of the festivities – up, close and personal.

The result: a collection of over 1,000 photographs. Forty of those
have found find their way to a photography exhibition titled “The
Spirit of Hola Mohalla”.

While one photograph evokes the enthusiasm and fervour with which the
festival is celebrated at Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib,
with people indulging in martial arts, another captures their
daredevil approach, with a man standing on a running motorbike.

“I have tried to summarise the event and bring out its best in this
photo essay exhibition,” says the 48-year-old, standing near the
photograph after which the exhibition has been named – it’s a
snapshot of nihangs as they climb on to a tree to get a glimpse of
the festival.

Amongst other works are those of simulated mock battles, gatka moves
and fun events. While a photo titled ‘Weapons of War’ showcases the
historical weapons used by the Sikhs, ‘American Dream’ zooms in on a
man with a scarf with an American flag on it. As for ‘Colours of
Joy’, the picture captures people playing with holi colours.

Also finding place in the exhibition are snapshots of the langar
(community kitchen), of men indulging in sword wielding, jousting and
other sports.

Maninder has earlier showcased these photographs in Washington, D.C.,
U.S.A. and also in Toronto, Canada. His short film by the same title
was selected and screened at the “The Spinning Wheel Film Festival”
in Toronto.

MANINDER SINGH SODHI – BIO

Maninder Singh, a mechanical engineering graduate from R.E.C
Kurukshetra did his early schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary,
Ambala Cantt., and high school from Punjab Public School, Nabha, Punjab.

A keen photographer, he credits his photographic skills to his father
Sardar B.S.Sodhi, a President of India awardee in ‘Excellence in
Photography’ . Ever since he was a child, the emergence of black and
white images out of nowhere in his father’s darkroom with a single
red bulb dangling – it was magic unveiled !

Maninder has been an avid traveler round the world. He has lived and
worked in North America as well as Japan. He believes in the adage
that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. It should be able to tell
a story howsoever miniscule – and it must generate a little bit of
curiosity in the viewer’s mind. It can be about its composition,
colour, the human touch, the foreground or the backdrop – it must
appeal to the eye.

Having been associated with the festival of Hola Mohalla for the last
13 years, he has a sense of satisfaction in documenting the sequence
of events at this festival in simple but meaningful images. He
believes it is his passion which has led to this exhibition.

The exhibition is on at the Alliance Francaise Art Gallery, Sector
36, Chandigarh, Punjab, till September 26.

[Courtesy: Indian Express]

September 18, 2011
http://www.sikhchic .com/article- detail.php? cat=1&id= 2751

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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When Will The Phoenix Rise?

Posted by: “J.S.Tiwana” tiwana@bellaliant.net

Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:54 pm (PDT)

When Will The Phoenix Rise?

by RAVNEET KAUR SANGHA

The building is broken down, paint peeling off. There are more plants
growing on the parapets and the nooks of the walls than in the so
called main garden. The path-way to the building no longer exists;
all there is is sand, more sand than the beaches of Bondi.

The rooms are cubby-holes smeared with a paint which is of a bygone
era, bleached of life, windows with iron bars as if blocking away any
ray of light or sunshine which might dare to creep in and spread some
warmth. The floor doesn’t exist. Uneven, it’s strewn with excuses of
desks and chairs. The black-board has no slate on it. The walls have
faded painted alphabets, both in English and Punjabi, but the lines
have disappeared as if the struggle to survive was too much .

The entire compound has a dead, neglected feel.

This is a senior secondary school run by the government in a
prominent village in Doaba, Punjab.

A rich state is in ruins now, fallen.

It is holding its S.G.P.C. elections today.

The polling booth was made for this electorate, each side fighting
for the panth, claiming to hold the keys to heaven and salvation.

The ideology is long lost. The only qualification considered
important and mandatory in this new environment is an open, flowing
beard. Yes, of course, I understand and appreciate and honour that
one must follow the discipline of the faith and honour the Punj
Kakkaars. But wherefore the additional rigidity, the rigor mortis,
that has set in within a faith of love and compassion.

Why have we become prisoners in the hands of a handful of corrupt
politicians who have shrouded themselves in an air of religiousity?
When convenient, they always fall back on religious extremism. I
worry that excess always positions itself for a fall, eventually. It
digs its own grave.

The scene at the voting booth is both hilarious and sad at the same
time (the pun is intentional) . Everyone is claiming his vote is for
the panth: a triangular contest is on the cards. One is “the true
son of the Guru-ghar”, the second is for “the real Akali Dal”, and
the third hails “the hard-core Akali Dal ( Amritsar)”.

All of them are clad in white kurta-pajamas, impressive with their
blue turbans and flowing beards.

I wonder which oil works for the long, right-colored salt-and -pepper
beards? And pray, how do all of them get them perfectly pointed at
the ends? Even Dumbeldore would be jealous of these beards, our
primary export to Holly wood … apart from Ms. Mallika and her ample bosom.

The battle is to be won on the platform of divinity, which of course
is closely guarded by the S.G.P.C., the same lot who will not allow
women to do kirtan in the Darbar Sahib. Nor is a Hindu or a Muslim
allowed to do seva – no truck is to be given to the memory of Bala
and Mardana.

Who appointed us the moral guardians of this faith which is the most
modern in the world – a religion which is the only one in the world
which treats all as equals. A tolerant faith. The keeper of the
community kitchen where no one is big, small, rich or poor, high or low.

But we have been overrun by buyers and sellers who trade our souls for votes.

I see the common man, woman voting … just because it is “for the
guru-ghar”. It effectively seals each question, every doubt ever
raised by any one. No one dare raise a voice of dissent because doing
so means questioning the Supreme One. No one ever wants to be caught
in that cross-fire.

The hour is nigh.

It is time for generation … and a new generation. A revolution. A
resurrection.

It is time for the phoenix to rise …

September 18, 2011

http://www.sikhchic .com/article- detail.php? cat=26

Jagpal S Tiwana
Dartmouth, Canada

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