Friday, March 24, 2023


Indian-American appointed to Virginia advisory board for Asians

NEW YORK: Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has appointed Indian-American healthcare professional Srilekha Palle to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board (VAAB).

Arizona Gov's move on race-based hair discrimination fuels hope for Sikhs

NEW DELHI: Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs signed an executive order prohibiting race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and schools, a move that could help Sikhs who must wear turban and maintain uncut hair and beard.

Turban ripped, Sikh student dragged by hair in Canada: Report

TORONTO: A Sikh student from India was attacked by a group of unknown men who ripped off his turban and dragged him across the sidewalk by his hair in the Canadian province of British Columbia, according to a media report.

Canadian diaspora concerned over suspension of mobile internet in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Diaspora in Canada is concerned over the recent development in Punjab regarding the suspension of SMS and mobile internet services, except the voice call, in the interest of public safety as the police launched action against 'Waris Punjab De' chief and Khalistan ideologue Amritpal Singh and his aides.

Man who gave gun to kill Sikh grocer sentenced to prison in US

NEW YORK: A 22-year-old American has been sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release for selling a stolen handgun to a teenager who used it to kill an Indian-origin Sikh grocer in 2021.

In a first, Indian-American to serve as Assistant Secy of US Air Force

NEW YORK: Indian-American Ravi Chaudhary was confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and the Environment by a bipartisan vote of 65-29.

Indian family facing deportation over son's Down Syndrome allowed to stay in Australia

MELBOURNE: An Indian family that was asked to leave Australia due to their son's Down Syndrome has now been offered permanent residency after Immigration Minister Andrew Giles intervened.

Arun Subramanian confirmed as NY district court judge

NEW YORK: Indian-American Arun Subramanian has been confirmed as the District Judge for the Southern District of New York, US Senator Charles Schumer announced.

Indian-American Suhas Subramanyam to run for Virginia Senate

NEW YORK: Indian-American Democrat Suhas Subramanyam has announced his bid for Virginia's newly-drawn 32nd Senate District.

Italy’s Neos airline to connect Toronto & New York with Amritsar

Punjabi diaspora in North America have a reason to rejoice with the Italian airline Neos Air commencing flights connecting Amritsar with Toronto in Canada and New York in USA via its hub at Milan Malpensa Airport starting 6 th April 2023. Sharing the news Sameep Singh Gumtala, Global Convener of the FlyAmritsar Initiative, an advocacy group pushing for direct flights to Amritsar welcomed the launch of this new one-stop seamless connectivity between Toronto – Amritsar via Milan, that will also link Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar with New York as well.

With Banga nomination, top World Bank positions to be held by Sikhs

WASHINGTON: With US President Joe Biden nominating Ajay Banga, the former Indian American head of Mastercard, to head the World Bank, the top posts in the global financial institution will be held by Sikhs.

Indian-origin MP asks Canadian govt to take temple attack 'seriously'

TORONTO: Indian-origin MP Chandra Arya, reacting to the latest attack on a Hindu temple by vandals in Canada, on Tuesday called on the Ottawa government to take the matter 'seriously'.

Policy for Punjabi diaspora to be ready by Feb end, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal

CHANDIGARH: Punjab NRIs affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal has said that a the state Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is bringing a new policy for NRI Punjabi, which would be ready by February 28.

Sikhs call for probe after N Carolina gurdwara vandalised

NEW YORK: A recent string of attacks by vandals on a Sikh temple in the US has left the community worried with leaders asking for a thorough investigation into the incidents.

Canada-based NGO seeks syllabus on Gadar movement heroes in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi named 21 islands of Andaman and Nicobar after Param Vir Chakra awardees, the Canada-based Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation on Tuesday asked the Punjab government to start a syllabus in educational institutions as a tribute to the Gadar movement heroes for their sacrifice to free India.

Indian student dies after being struck by a police vehicle in US

NEW YORK : A 23-year-old student from Andhra Pradesh died after being struck by a police patrol vehicle in Seattle, a media report said.Jaahnavi Kandula, a student of Northeastern University campus in South Lake Union, was walking near Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street when she was hit by a Seattle Police vehicle on Monday, The Seattle Times reported.

Indian American Republican Party challenger picking up support to head party

NEW YORK : Indian American Harmeet Dhillon, who is mounting an insurgent campaign against the party's leadership, is picking up support in her bid to head the party at a pivotal moment when former President Donald Trump's future hangs in the balance.

US businesman Darshan Singh Dhaliwal paid obeisance at Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib

AMRITSAR: US resident non-resident Indians. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal paid obeisance at Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib today. Dhaliwal was honoured by the SGPC and the Head Granthi Giani Jagtar Singh Ludhiana wale abd Secretary Pratap Singh at information office Sri Darbar Sahib.

Making pitch for immigration reform, US lawmaker says Indians pay 6% of taxes

NEW YORK: Making a pitch for immigration reforms, a Republican lawmaker has cited the contributions of Indian immigrants, who, he said, pay 6 per cent of taxes in the US.

Surrey proclaims day in memory of Sikh victim of racist attack

SURREY (Canada): On the 25th anniversary of the brutal killing of Nirmal Singh Gill by the white supremacists, one of the fastest growing municipalities of Canada made a proclamation to recognize the incident.

Californian city gets its first Sikh mayor

NEW YORK: Mikey Hothi has been unanimously elected as the 117th mayor of Lodi city in northern California, becoming the first Sikh to hold the position in the city's history.

Fast track courts for NRIs soon in Punjab to address their issues promptly: Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal

CHANDIGARH: Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal on Friday said that Punjab Government would soon set up fast track courts in the state to facilitate Punjabi NRIs in addressing their issues in a short span of time.

Punjab-origin diaspora dedicates calendar to Tutu in Surrey

CHANDIGARH: Punjab-origin diaspora came together in Surrey in Canada to release a calendar featuring the towering leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

5 Indo-Canadians with Punjab roots inducted in British Columbia govt

TORONTO: Five Indo-Canadians with roots in Punjab have been sworn in as ministers in a recent cabinet reshuffle by British Columbia (BC) Premier David Eby. Harry Bains, Nikki Sharma, Jagrup Brar, Rachna Singh and Ravi Kahlon recently took oath at the Government House in BC capital Victoria.

NGO comes to aid of Punjabi girls in Canada

PHAGWARA: Punjabi NRI fraternity in Canada has formed an NGO named Sukhmani Heaven, to help Punjabi students, mainly girls, who are coming there to study.

Chicago Sikh Community Serves Thanksgiving Lunch to Needy at Salvation Army

CHICAGO:Members of the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago helped feed the needy visitors at the Salvation Army located at 825 Christiana Ave in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Food was packed and distributed to the families and individuals who came to pick up the food at the Salvation Army.

UK Bhangra Awards: Anita Lerche nominated for Best International Artist Award

INDIANAPOLIS: American-Danish singer-songwriter, composer and actress Anita Lerche has been nominated for the Best International Artist Award for the UK Bhangra Awards 2022.

Naati '' Folk Dance of Himachal Pradesh performed at Parliament Hill Canada

OTTAWA: First time in history "Naati '' Folk Dance of Himachal Pradesh was performed at Parliament Hill Ottawa in Canada during the celebration of Hindu Heritage Month . High Commissioner of India to Canada Sanjay Verma attended the event with grace. The event was organized by Hon'ble MP Chandra Arya.

Indo-Canadian appointed Principal, V-C of McGill University

TORONTO: Indian-origin academic H. Deep Saini has been appointed as Montreal-based McGill University's 18th Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and will begin his five-year, renewable term from April next year.

US varsity updates policy, allows Sikh students to wear kirpan on campus

NEW YORK: The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has updated its 'Weapons on Campus' policy to allow Sikh students to wear a kirpan, a religious expression of faith, on campus.