Tuesday, April 13, 2021


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.

Indian charity organisation offers free school meals in England

LONDON: An Indian child poverty charity that feeds millions of poor children in India, has joined the drive to end holiday hunger in England and distributed its first meals from a new kitchen in Watford, northwest of London.

8 Indo-Canadians elected MLAs in British Columbia polls

VANCOUVER: Eight Indo-Canadians were elected to the 87-member Assembly of Canada's British Columbia province. There were 27 Indian-origin candidates in the fray in the elections held on Saturday.

Nearly 26642 Indians arrested for illegally entering U.S. during last five years: NAPA

JALANDHAR: Border Patrol Nationwide arrested 26642 Indians while crossing the US Border illegally during the last five years. This was disclosed here by Satnam Singh Chahal Executive Director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a press release issued here today.

Canada police hunt for Indian man Naman Grover wanted in call centre scams

TORONTO: Canadian police are yet to arrest a 22-year-old Indian man for his role in Indian call centre scams targeting Canada. The investigation has brought to light the involvement of international students on study visa here in these scams.

UNITED SIKHS seeks justice for Paramjit Singh Kang, murdered in Tracy, California

TRACY (California): UNITED SIKHS conducted a community press conference on October 15, 2020 attended by the Mayor of Tracy, California to call for answers in the on-going fight for justice for Parmjit Singh Kang who was murdered in a Gretchen Talley Park on August 25, 2019 in Tracy, California. The police arrested and held a white male without bail for a year in connection with the murder but the San Joaquin Court dismissed the case against the accused citing lack of sufficient evidence.

Burj Khalifa to display Mahatma Gandhi's images

DUBAI: Images of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India's freedom movement, will be displayed on Dubai's Burj Khalifa on Friday as a tribute on his 151st birth anniversary.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai in a tweet said it would telecast live through its social media pages a special programme on "Relevance of Gandhi's message in the 21st century" at 7 p.m., followed by a LED projection on Burj Khalifa at 8.15 p.m., reports Gulf News.

UAE expats make knitted prostheses for breast cancer survivors in India

DUBAI: A group of expats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have created a total of 517 pairs of knitted and crocheted prostheses for breast cancer survivors in India, a media report said.

UAE: Bedridden expat flies to India, hospital bill waived

DUBAI:An Indian expat who had suffered a stroke five months ago and since been bedridden in a hospital, was flown home earlier this week.

Indian expat students in UAE launch app, comic series

DUBAI: A 17-year-old Indian expat student has teamed up with his younger brother to launch a savings calculator and a comic series based on economic and market trends for the benefit of pupils and blue collar workers in the United Arab Emirates.

Global Sikh Council condemns the India’s new agricultural laws seriously disadvantageous for farmers

CHANDIGARH : While supporting the demands of farming community in India against the anti-farmer legislations, Global Sikh Council (GSC) condemned the laws passed by the Indian Parliament that will damage the financial standing of farmers, while providing leverage to larger conglomerates to rig the growers’ market to their advantage. Asking for linking the food grains prices with the national price index the GSC has lamented that Indian farmers even now were not getting a fair price for their farm produce.

The Indian royals who modelled for first vaccine in the world

LONDON: Krishnaraja Wodiyar III was the new ruler of the southern Indian kingdom of Mysore when Devajammani arrived at the royal court in 1805, to marry him. Both of them were 12 years of age.

Indian expat in UAE set to fly back home after 20 years

SHARJAH: An Indian expatriate cannot believe that he can finally go home after 20 years, with Dh750,000 of fine waived off by Sharjah authorities.