5th October 2013 Home Secretary visit to the General Assembly Meeting of Sikh Council UK at Gurdwara Amrit Pirchar Dharmik Deevan Oldbury.
The Home Secretary was a guest of honour at the meeting. During the meeting the Home Minister announced that Sikh Council had been granted a £60k funding from the Home Office to support destitute panjabis who wish to voluntarily return back to India with appropriate support.
17th October the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hosted a reception of Faith leaders at Lambeth Palace. Mankamal Singh and Surinder Singh Jandu -representatives of Sikh Council and other Sikh representation such as Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Lord Inderjit Singh and Dr Jasdev Singh Rai also attended this prestigious event.
The event included an exhibition of religious artefacts from the British Museum and key note speech by its Directors Neil MacGregor celebrating the history of respect for religious diversity in Britain.
20th October Representative of Sikh Council UK visited and met with representatives of Brent Sikh Centre. 20th October 2013 following requests by Jathebandis, Gurdwaras and individuals, the Indian Sub-Continent Affairs Committee of Sikh Council UK facilitated an open Panthic meeting at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick.
Representatives of Sikh Council UK attended a consultation at west Bromwich Mental Health hospital in supporting dementia cognitive assessment tools in ensuring appropriate assessment terminology and visual images for the Panjabi Sikh Community when undertaking assessment.
Meeting has been organised between Giani Sukha Singh and 2 members of Board of Jathedars to discussed and collect files of evidence in relation to an allegation of a high profile individual.
Sikh Council formally wrote to welcome Esther McVey MP and also take the opportunity to highlight the current Hard Hat issue their predecessor was dealing with Sikh Council circulated widely the 1984 genocide petition organised by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and All India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF) with a view to submit the petition of 1million signatures or beyond at United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Geneva Switzerland on 1st November 2013 Following agreement with Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham for Sikh Council UK to sublease empty offices in their building, we have begun refurbishing and equipping the office. Gurinder Singh Josan, Head of Political Engagement at Sikh Council UK has provided support to a Sikh candidate who is seeking to be the Labour candidate in Brent Central constituency.
The candidate is Inder Singh-Nijhar and for more information his website is at www.inder4Labour.com.