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Human rights body asks India to renew moratorium

An eminent human rights body on Thursday asked India to immediately stop impending executions and renew its moratorium on capital punishment.

Silicon Valley entrepreneur launches technology initiative

An Indian American Silicon Valley entrepreneur has launched a unique initiative designed to get techies to volunteer their time to develop software and applications that will benefit people in India and other developing countries.

US: Decision on tackling of hate crimes welcomed by lawmakers

As the Sikh community in the US observed first anniversary of the Wisconsin gurdwara shootout, American lawmakers have welcomed decision of the Department of Justice to include crimes against Sikh community as hate crimes.

Sikh temple attack united victim's son, ex-racist

Six weeks after a white supremacist gunned down Pardeep Kaleka's father and five others at a Sikh temple in the US last year, Kaleka was skeptical when a former skinhead reached out and invited him to dinner.

US Senate remembers shooting victims

The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution remembering the six Sikh worshippers gunned down in a Wisconsin gurdwara by a white supremacist last year, ahead of the tragic incident's first anniversary.

Sikh rights body to serve US court summons on Badal

A Sikh rights body in the US has said that it will use provisions of the Hague Service Treaty to serve the summons of a US court on Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in a case accusing him of human rights violations.

US celebrates 100 years of Sikh arrival

The United States has acknowledged immense contribution of the Sikh community in its socio-economic fabric and cultural milieu as it celebrated the 100 years of the arrival of Bhagat Singh Thind, who led a life-long battle for the rights of Indians to gain American citizenship.

Sikh group hopes to sue Indian official in US

A Sikh group is offering $10,000 to anyone who serves an Indian head of state with federal lawsuit papers on his expected visit to Wisconsin next week.

Man pleads guilty to hate crime against US Sikh

A US national has pleaded guilty to the charge of hate crime against a 50-year-old Sikh taxi driver in the state of Washington, the US justice department has announced.Jamie Larson, 49, faces imprisonment up to 10 years for the racially-motivated assault. Sentencing is scheduled for November 5.

Man pleads guilty to hate crime against Sikh man in US

An American national has pleaded guilty to the charges of hate crime against a 50-year-old Sikh taxi driver in the state of Washington, US Justice Department has announced.

Sikh group challenges US court's dismissal of case against Badal

An American Sikh group has challenged the dismissal of human rights violation case against the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. A month ago, a US district court in Wisconsin had dismissed the case against that Badal was never served the summons by the Sikh for Justice (SJF) and SAD (Amritsar), which had filed the rights violations case.

Resolution in US Cong to recognise Ghadar Party centenary

A Congressional resolution recognising the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ghadar Party in the US has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Ami Bera and Mike Honda, the resolution notes that hundreds of Ghadar party members fought and died for the freedom of India.

India ranks 5th on US email spy network

India has emerged as the fifth most tracked country by the US intelligence which used a secret data-mining programme to monitor worldwide internet data.

FBI's move on hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus applauded

The Indian-American community has applauded the recommendation of a FBI panel this week to track hate crimes against Sikhs and Hindus in US, noting that this is the first step in the right direction. "I hope that the FBI will swiftly implement the board's recommendations and begin tracking these crimes as soon as possible," he said.

Attacker of elderly Sikh in US pleads not guilty

The transient accused of brutally attacking an 81-year-old Sikh man outside a gurdwara in the US May 5 has pleaded not guilty of attempted murder and elderly abuse.
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