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New York, May 4, 2017: With an intent to proliferate awareness about the Sikh culture and tell the world about the significance of it, the Sikh community in America celebrated Turban Day. Non-profit group ‘The Sikhs of New York’ has organized the “Turban Day” at Times Square in the April end. It was a four-hour event.

Apart from denoting compassion, universal acceptance, humanity, and nobility, these colorful turbans carry the ethos of Punjab.
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To celebrate the day, people in New York have celebrated this Turban Festival on the streets and the entire city was into the fervor reflected by the festival. Not just Punjabis and Indians, but everyone participated in the event and enunciated how happy they were.

It was celebrated on April 15. It was started to raise awareness about Sikh culture and religion. Turban is a headwear symbol mandated by the 10th Guru of Sikhism- Guru Gobind Singh.

Turban Day in NYC, Photo: Jeet Singh (Facebook)

It has often been misconceived as being linked with terrorism particularly in the years post the 9/11 terror attacks. It is because former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been seen wearing the turban. It is donned by both men and some women.

Terms like “Dastar”, “Pagri” and “Pagg” are aliases of the turban in Punjabi or Hindi language that covers the head. It is a long scarf-like cloth wrapped around the head or inner hat or “Patka”.

Organisation’s founder Chanpreet Singh said the Turban Day was started in 2013 at Baruch College to promulgate and enlighten people about the Sikh religion and identity. “We are spreading awareness about the Sikh turban and culture. The turban is the crown of each Sikh and represents pride and valour. Turban Day provides an opportunity for those that do not wear a turban to experience a turban and learn about its significance first hand,” he stated.

Turban Day in NYC, Photo: Jeet Singh (Facebook)

Singh added that he had personally experienced antipathy during his school years and wanted to take the initiative to educate Americans that “Sikh values are American Values”.

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He said by inviting people from other nationalities and faiths to wear the turban, the event also intends to encourage them to evade discrimination and speak out against hate crimes targeting Sikhs in America going forward.

The organisation, which consists of 600 members, also unveiled a new video featuring Sikh physicians and businesspeople articulating a message that Sikh people have different backgrounds, they are not terrorists. The event also showcased cultural performances and prayers.

– by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Samsung Launched its Next AI Research Centre in New York

The company earlier announced a plan to boost its AI research capabilities and employ about 1,000 specialists by 2020

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Samsung Electronics Co has launched here its sixth artificial intelligence (AI) research centre which will focus on robotics research, the company said on Sunday.

The tech giant is seeking to strengthen its AI capabilities and has opened research institutes in South Korea, Britain, Canada, Russia and the Silicon Valley in the US, Yonhap news agency reported.

The new centre, which opened on Friday, is led by Daniel D. Lee, a leading AI and robotics scientist who joined the company in June.

“New York is one of the world’s great cities, and with this new facility, we will be able to leverage the tremendous talent in the area,” Lee said in a statement.

“We also look forward to collaborating with top universities and academic centres in the region.”

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The new centre, which opened on Friday, is led by Daniel D. Lee, a leading AI and robotics scientist who joined the company in June.

H. Sebastian Seung, a renowned neuroscientist, serves as the centre’s chief research scientist.

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“What we need now is to focus on creating new values that make people’s lives easier and more convenient by harnessing the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services,” said Kim Hyun-suk, President and Head of Samsung Research.

“To do this, our global AI Centres, including the New York AI Centre, must play a pivotal role.” (IANS)