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Sticks, swords and skill keys to Sikh martial art

Toronto, Canada: It was definitely love at first sight, Jacob Maxwell’s friends say. The 21-year-old York University student was having lunch at the student centre when he peeked outside and saw men in colourful turbans, holding sticks and swords, form a circle. He watched intently as they performed mock duels with acrobatics and a bit of wrestling. The same evening, ...

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Hate groups on the rise, panel says

Arizona, USA: A panel of experts on hate crimes said they remain optimistic about the direction the country is heading, but cautioned that the number of hate groups will continue to multiply. During a public forum in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday, Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center said about 600 hate groups existed in the country in 2000. ...

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Preet Bharara confirmed as Manhattan attorney

New York, USA: The US senate has confirmed India-born lawyer Preet Bharara as Manhattan’s next US attorney who will oversee some of the most prominent cases like the prosecution of Bernard L. Madoff for his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. “As a naturalised American citizen from India, Bharara also brings a diversity of background to the post,” said the New York Times ...

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Vancouver mayor to Punjabi youth: 'Learn Punjabi like I did'

Vancouver, Canada: “If I can learn Punjabi, why not Punjabi youth? They should not forget their roots and language. Learning another language creates better understanding. This is the beauty of our multicultural country,” said Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan in response to questions from the media about his message to the youth and his interest in learning Punjabi. Sam Sullivan said ...

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Sikh community thanks firefighters for their efforts

Vancouver, Canada: Firefighters, who saved a Sikh holy book from the burning ashes of a religious school in Vancouver last week, were rewarded for their efforts on Saturday. Members of the city’s Sikh community showed up at a number of fire halls to give fire crews a taste of their traditional meal. The holy book that was saved is the ...

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