US Congress Current Affairs - 2019

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Indian-American Gurinder Singh Khalsa Presented with Rosa Park Trailblazer award

Indian-American Entrepreneur Gurinder Singh Khalsa has been honoured with Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign to persuade US authorities to change policy towards Sikh headgear.

Fight for Justice and Faith

Gurinder Singh Khalsa was not allowed to board an aeroplane in 2007 due to his refusal to remove the turban. Determined to stand up for his faith and fight for justice, Gurinder Singh Khalsa took the issue all the way to the US Congress, compelling Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to change its headgear policy towards the Sikh community. As a result, Sikhs can now wear their turban through airport security in the US.

Turbans

There precise origin of Turban is unknown but there are references to Turban dating back almost 4,000 years from Mesopotamia and ancient India.

Turban is a type of headgear based on cloth winding and wearing turbans is most common among the Sikh Community.

Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last human guru of the faith initiated Khalsa and asked the members of Khalsa to maintain five articles of faith, referred to as the five Ks. The Turban (kesh: Uncut hair in Turban) is a part of five K.

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PM Narendra Modi to address US Congress on June 8

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to address a joint meeting of the United States (US) Congress on June 8, 2016 during his visit to the US.

He was invited by President Barack Obama for a bilateral visit during the fourth nuclear summit. It was announced by the Speaker of the US House of Representative Paul Ryan.

PM Narendra Modi will be the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005.

Earlier, Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985), P V Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000) and Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005) had addressed the joint meeting of the US Congress.

It should be noted that the tradition of foreign leaders and dignitaries addressing US Congress began with the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and military officer. He had addressed the House Chamber on December 10, 1824.

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