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‘Leave Canada’ spray-painted on Sikh temple in south Edmonton

A south Edmonton gurdwara — or Sikh place of worship — was vandalized with phrases like ‘Leave Canada’ and a profane, racist comment.

“Today we discovered something very deeply saddening to us,” says Harman Singh Kandola, chairman of the gurdwara’s advisory committee. “Some graffiti that was put on the wall of the exterior of our facility.”

Two phrases — “Leave Canada” and “F**k Indians” — were spray-painted on the outside of the temple. Members have already started painting over the words.

Kandola says Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha in Mill Woods has been spray-painted in the past. He doesn’t believe this case is connected to the shootings in Paris.

“We’re saddened by it, we’re saddened that they would feel this way, however we believe they may just be misinformed.”

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A 15-year-old Pakistani Sikh girl has become the first girl from the Sikh community to top the matriculation exam in the country.

Manbir Kaur, daughter of Giani Prem Singh the head granthi at Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib, scored 1,035 marks of 1,100 and emerged on top.

Kaur’s accomplishment is no ordinary feat as Sikhs only comprise 1% of Pakistan’s population.

“She achieved what even boys of the community could not. I think Manbir’s hard work has paid off. She has always been a diligent student,” Kaur’s proud father said, while speaking to the Hindustan Times.

Further, her father said that the 15-year-old had taken admission in a pre-medical course at the Punjab Group of Colleges in Lahore as she wanted to grow up to be a doctor.

Regarding girls’ education in Pakistan, Kaur’s father said, “I think women should be treated no differently from men as they have as much a right to pursue their dreams. If they can run homes so efficiently, why shouldn’t they be allowed to conquer the world outside?”

Claiming that Kaur’s cousins had also done really well in the Class 10 exams, Giani Prem Singh said that the 200 Sikh families living in Nankana Sahib were encouraging their daughters to excel in every field.

After the result was announced, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee honoured Kaur with a siropa (robe of honour).

The Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education announced results of the secondary school certificate examination across Punjab last week.

Wedding day blur

“A lover asked his beloved,
Do you love yourself more
than you love me?

The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.

I’ve disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.

I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.

I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.

If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.”

  Book: The Essential Rumi by Rumi