Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Diaspora

Indian-American artist joins California's anti-Covid campaign

SAN FRANCISCO: Indian-American artist Sunroop Kaur has joined California's "Your Actions Save Lives" campaign aimed at providing information about how to curb the spread of Covid-19, the media reported.

Punjabi man held for murdering wife in Canada

TORONTO: A 64-year-old Punjabi man has been arrested for the alleged murder of his wife in Brampton city in the Toronto suburbs.

Pentagon spokesman condoles death of India America Today editor

NEW YORK: Tejinder Singh, the founder editor of the Washington-based India America Today newspaper has died, according to a tweet from the publication.

Pakistan Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar visits Palatine Illinois Gurdawara in US

PALATINE, IL: The Governor of the Punjab province in Pakistan Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar accompanied by his wife, the first lady of Punjab (Pakistan) Mrs. Parveen Sarwar visited the Gurdwara in Palatine Illinois on May 28, 2021. Their delegation included the Counsel General of Pakistan in Chicago Mr. Tariq Karim, their staff and families, along with several local Pakistani American community members who joined the entourage for an opportunity to visit the Palatine Gurdwara Sahib.

Indian-origin man among 9 victims of mass shooting in California

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin man, who saved at least one person in a California mass shooting, was among the nine people killed by a railway worker who killed himself in San Jose, according to officials.

Sewa International to build 100 Oxygen Generation plants in India

Houston (TX): US-based Sewa International will be funding the installation of 100 oxygen generation plants in hospitals across India to ease oxygen scarcity in the country. It has ordered 20-tonn Zeolites (molecular sieves that absorb nitrogen and produce oxygen as a product) from Honeywell to establish up to 30 plants immediately.

Akal Takht has asked the Australian government to revoke its decision of banning the ‘kirpan’ in government schools

AMRITSAR: Akal Takht has asked the Australian government to revoke its decision of banning the ‘kirpan’Criticising the decision of Australian government for implementing it before having any community consultation, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said the decision of Aussie education minister Sarah Mitchell was an immature one.

Indian student shot dead by uncle in Canada

Indian origin man charged with assaulting, killing mom on Mother's Day eve

NEW YORK: An Indian origin man has been charged with assaulting and killing his own mom on the eve of Mother's Day, according to a New York prosecutor.

This doctor-turned-filmmaker is winning laurels in US

CHENNAI: Dr Lakshmi Devy, a doctor by profession has always been passionate about acting and filmmaking and her dreams have come true after she won the prestigious Gold Remy award for direction at the 54th World Houston International Film festival for her movie -- "When the Music Changes."

 HTCI grieves with families of those killed in Fed-Ex shooting

INDIANAPOLIS: The Hindu Temple of Central Indiana (HTCI) grieved with the families of all those who lost their lives in the Indianapolis Fed-Ex shooting. Four of the eight victims belonged to the Sikh Community, our brothers and sisters from our spiritual homeland and the other four victims were also our brothers and sisters from the fellow Hoosier families.

National and interfaith leaders join for prayer at Sikh Satsang Gurdawra in Indiapolis

INDIANAPOLIS:Shock-waves continue to ripple through Hoosier Sikhs and our friends across the USA and the other communities in American and around the world, following the mass shooting on April 15 night at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis that claimed eight innocent lives and injured several others. We pray for the departed souls to be reunited through eternity with the Highest Spirit. We pray for the departed souls to be reunited with the Highest Spirit through eternity. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers for healing to the families of all victims.

Sikhs Welcome the Verdict in George Floyd's Killing; Support the call for Police Reform in America

WASHINGTON: Sikh community has welcomed the verdict of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, being declared guilty of killing George Floyd, a black man. Chauvin kept Floyd’s neck under his knee for more than 9 minutes last year, killing George Floyd and sparking a national and global reckoning about race and police brutality in America.

Canadian Punjabi Diaspora seeks Direct Flights to Amritsar in commemoration of Guru Teg Bahadur 400th Birth Anniversary

AMRITSAR: Punjabi Diaspora in Canada and NGOs in India have put forth the call for introducing direct air connectivity from Vancouver & Toronto to Amritsar in order to facilitate travel keeping in view of the yearlong 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Teg Bahadur, the Ninth Sikh Guru who was born at Amritsar.

United Sikhs supports farm protestors, helps a martyr’s family in Bathinda with milk dairy

MOHALI: International social organisation of Sikh community – ‘United Sikhs’ has been providing financial aid to the needy farmers, who have suffered loss of life or property due to the ongoing farmers protest. Assistance of Rs 50,000 each is being given to many victim families.

NAPA Urge to extend date for OCI Card renewal till December 31, 2021

ALANDHAR: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) urged the Government of India to extend the date of OCI Card renewal till December 31,2021. Releasing this statement NAPA executive director Satnam Singh Chahal said that as per existing Indian Government guidelines, the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards required to be renewed each time a new passport is issued up to the age of 20 years of age, once between the age of 20 and 50 years and once again after the card holder completes 50 years which will remain valid for the rest of his/her life time.

NAPA urge Govt. to address issues and Concerns of Punjabi Diaspora

JALANDHAR: There are so many pending issues and concerns of Punjabi Diaspora which needs to be addressed by the Punjab Government. This was disclosed here by Satnam Singh Chahal Executive Director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a press release issued here today. This is very unfortunate that till today there is no NRI Act in Punjab passed by Punjab Assembly and a NRI Commission in Punjab is a teeth less body which has no Judicial powers to decide the case at its own.

Usha Rao-Monari appointed UN Under Secretary General

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed investment professional Usha Rao-Monari as an Under Secretary General and the associate administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Indian victims of Dubai warehouse blaze move Kerala HC

DUBAI: Indian expats who lost their life's possessions due to a fire at a warehouse in Dubai filed a plea with the Kerala High Court seeking legal assistance to recover their dues.

World needs economies to fully include nature, says landmark review

NEW DELHI: The world needs an urgent and radical change to the way economies operate to save nature and to avoid a catastrophic breakdown, a first-of-its-kind landmoark review for biodiversity by an Indian-British economist has concluded.

Indian-origin US officer arrested in connection with fake shooting

NEW YORK: An Indian origin law enforcement officer in California has been arrested in connection with allegations that he had faked a shooting incident and claimed that his body camera stopped the bullet, according to officials.

Punjabi diaspora welcomes Air India connecting Amritsar with Rome

AMRITSAR: The Punjabi diaspora, FlyAmritsar Initiative and Amritsar Vikas Manch, a non-government organization has welcomed the start of direct flight between Amritsar - Rome by the National carrier Air India, two historical cities in the World for the month of February, March and urged the airline to continue these flights after March 2021 as regular scheduled flights.

US Sikhs welcome Joe Biden’s inauguration

NEW YORK: Dr. Rajwant Singh, Founder of EcoSikh and Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), welcomed Biden’s inauguration today and said, “We are pleased that Joe Biden has become the 46th president of the United States. We are very confident that he will bring the nation together, a task which is critically needed in the face of pandemic and deep polarization in America.”

'Incredibly accomplished' Indian Americans on Biden national security team

NEW YORK: US President-elect Joe Biden, continuing to fill out top posts to align with a diverse country's shifting demographics, on Friday appointed to his national security council "incredibly accomplished" Indian Americans who will serve under National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Chicago Sikhs Serve Christmas Lunch at Salvation Army

CHICAGO: Despite the ongoing pandemic, in the Sikh spirit of “Langar” the Sikh youth of Chicago area, under the auspices of Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, served food to the needy families on Christmas day December 25, 2020 at the Salvation Army Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Salvation Army takes donations and provides basic human needs of food and shelter to the needy.

Another Indo-Canadian arrested over India call centre scams

TORONTO: Another Indo-Canadian man has been arrested and charged in connection with Indian call centre scams targeting Canadians. Abhinav Bector, 25, of Brampton, Toronto, has been charged with fraud over C$5,000, possession of proceeds of crime and laundering of the proceeds of crime.

Indian origin man killed in Chicago airport accident

NEW YORK:  An Indian origin man has been killed in an accident involving airport equipment in Chicago, according to news reports.

Punjabi diaspora Canada took out car rally in support of farmer protests

BRAMPTON: Canadian organized demonstrations and Car rally in different parts of City Brampton to support peaceful farmer struggle in India. The call was given jointly by ‘Sarokaran de Awaz’; ‘Alliance of progressive Canadians”; Indo- Canadian Workers Association; North-American Tarksheel Society, Ontario; GTA west club, Communist Party of Canada, Desh Bhagat Sports Cultural society, Brampton and others.

Dubai-based Indian expat beats compatriot to death

DUBAI: A Dubai-based Indian expat has been charged with assault after beating a compatriot to death over a dispute, a city court heard.
On Sunday, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard that the Indian victim was under the influence of alcohol when a fight broke out in a shared accommodation in International City in August, reports Gulf News.

US post office to be named after slain Sikh police officer

HOUSTON: A post office in the US city Houston will be named after Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, the first Sikh Deputy in Texas's Harris County who was shot dead while on duty in September 2019.

Guru Nanak Chair set up at Canada's Concordia University

TORONTO: To mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, the Concordia University in Montreal has set up a Guru Nanak Dev Academic Chair to promote studies of the religion.

Indian doctor cleared of molestation charges in Dubai

DUBAI: A 42-year-old Indian doctor has been cleared of the charge of molesting a woman after a Botox therapy session in Dubai.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that the 31-year-old American victim had earlier said in court that in August this year, she visited the clinic in Bur Dubai when the doctor put his hands on her cheek, kissed her twice and hugged her, Gulfnews reported.

Dubai-based Indian attacked by surgical mask wearing burglars

DUBAIL:A Dubai-based Indian has claimed that he was attacked by burglars wearing surgical masks at his home while he was sleeping, a media report said.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Sunday that in August, three Pakistani men broke into a villa in the Bur Dubai area and assaulted the residents with a metal bar to steal several items, Gulf News reported.

Indian American charged with pushing woman on to train track

NEW YORK: An Indian American man has been charged with randomly pushing a woman on to the rail track as a train was coming into a station in the city's underground system.

Harsh Vardhan holds policy consultation with scientific diaspora

NEW DELHI: Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday held policy consultations with Indian scientific diaspora in a virtual meeting and invited them to play active role in formulation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020.

Biden refers to Harris as 'South Asian', not Indian

NEW YORK: While praising his running mate Kamala Harris as "a fantastic Vice President", US President-elect Joe Biden avoided calling her "Indian" and instead referred to her as "South Asian".

Sikhs welcome the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON: Sikhs across the United States have expressed joy at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's election in the United States. Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) and Founder of EcoSikh, said, "We are pleased with the results of these hard fought elections. Finally the nation can come together and move towards reconciliation during this very difficult time."

Many Indian Americans are in race for Congress, state legislatures

NEW YORK: Kamala Harris, who is of part Indian origin, is at the top of the ballots as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, but there are several Indian Americans running for elected offices in the elections that conclude Tuesday.

On the brink of history, Kamala Harris goes flat out in Pennsylvania

NEW YORK: On the final day of campaigning before the US presidential election, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are pitching their tent in all-important Pennsylvania, shaping up to be one of the biggest prizes of 2020. Pennsylvania delivers 20 electoral votes in the race to 270.

Punjabi truck driver who killed 16 in Canada faces deportation

TORONTO: A Punjabi truck driver, who killed 16 Canadian junior hockey players and injured 13 others by jumping red light in April 2018, faces deportation to India.

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