Mr Singh International on the anvil Neeraj Bagga Influenced by the modern culture, many Sikh youths are giving up the tradition of tying turban. To counter the onslaught of the Western culture and persuade young Sikhs to tie turban, the Akal Purkh Ki Fauj (APKF) has chalked out a comprehensive year-long "Turban Pride Movement" programme. Mr Jaswinder Singh Advocate, member, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and Chief of the APKF, said that the year-long programme was also prepared to observe the 300 years of the martyrdom of Mata Gujri and Sahibzadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh. He said it would be a befitting tribute to the sacrifices of the young sahibzadas. The APKF has prepared at least six projects under the programme. The first project "Quami Dastarbandi Samagam" was organised on January 9 at Sant Singh Sukha Singh School, where as many as 21 Sikh youths were given lessons in tying turbans. The second project is about celebrating April 13 as the Sikh Dastar Divas. On this day, the Sikhs would be urged to wear saffron coloured headgear. The third project pertains to teaching Sikh tenets and history to youngsters. Under this project, 75 boys and 25 girls would be adopted. The APKKF would also open a turban clinic, in which Sikh youths would be trained in tying turbans that suit their faces. For this purpose, a special software has been developed. The fifth project is to crown Mr Singh International, who would be selected from all over the world. Mr Jaswinder Singh Advocate said that three selection centres would be opened at Kuala Lumpur, London and New York.