Monday, May 16, 2022


Big Boost to the Demand of Canada to Amritsar Direct Flights

AMRITSAR: The FlyAmritsar Initiative, global civil society advocacy campaign for connecting Amritsar airport to destinations around the world, has expressed its gratitude to the Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra for raising the issue of more direct flights to India including direct flights to Amritsar with the visiting Indian Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia during the recent bilateral ministerial level talks held between the two countries.

Shaminder Singh of USA declared 'Tankhahiya' by Akal Takht

AMRITSAR: The Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh today declared Shaminder Singh of USA as guilty and directed him to stop printing of holy scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib.

IAI hosts Holi 2022 with a bang

INDIANAPOLIS: Indian Association of Indianapolis Road the 2022 Holi Festival with a bang at the World Global Village, Lafayette Road here last Saturday. The turnout was encouraging.

UK MP Tanmanjeet Dhesi meets Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to discuss key NRI issues

CHANDIGARH: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP from Slough, UK met with the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann at his official residence in Chandigarh and discussed an array of issues pertaining to Non-Resident Indians. During the hour-long meeting Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha, Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar MLA Amritsar South and Dhesi’s father Jaspal Singh Dhesi were also present.

NY Police arrest two in alleged attacks on Sikhs

NEW YORK; The New York Police have arrested two men in connection with two separate attacks on Sikhs in the city amid rising fears in the community in an area with a prominent gurdwara.

Junior women's national hockey: 26 teams vie for top honours

NEW DELHI: Junior women's hockey players from 26 teams have a good opportunity to showcase their skills at the 12th Hockey India Junior Women's National Championship, which is set to begin on March 25 in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.

5 Indian students dead in Canada highway accident

TORONTO: Five Indian students in Canada have been killed in a highway collision in Canada's Ontario province.

Jaishankar mourns death of 5 Indian students in Canada

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Monday mourned the demise of five Indian students who were killed in a road accident near Toronto, Canada.

Demand of Canada to Amritsar direct flights voiced in the Parliament of Canada

AMRITSAR: FlyAmritsar Initiative has expressed gratitude to Canadian Member of Parliament Brad Vis (representing constituency of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon in British Columbia) and Shadow Minister of Pacific Economic Development for tabling a petition in the Canadian parliament requesting the Government for proactively advocating about direct flights between Vancouver/Toronto to Amritsar in India.

Punjabi Language Day Celebrated in Chicago

CHICAGO: Seven Punjabi community organizations from Midwestern USA and the office of the consulate of India in Chicago collaborated to organize a “Punjabi Mother Language Day” on February 27, 2022 at Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. More than 200 guests attended. The event was inspired by UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day which falls on February 21 every year.

Indian students in tight spot amid Ukraine-Russia tensions

NEW DELHI: Indian students pursuing higher education in Ukraine have been caught in an uncertain and difficult situation amid the eastern European country's growing tensions with neighbouring Russia.

Sikh bizman Sandeep Chahal named to Contra Costa Transportation Authority

JALANDHAR: Prominent Sikh Businessman in California Sandeep Singh Chahal has been named to a Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) for a four-year term through February 8,2026.

Amritsar Wins Tata’s Confidence: Air India Increases Frequency of London Heathrow - Amritsar to 3 flights per week

AMRITSAR: The FlyAmritsar Initiative, along with Amritsar Vikas Manch, SEVA Trust UK and the Punjabi Diaspora in UK has welcomed the decision of Air India under the TATA group to increase the frequency of its direct Amritsar-London Heathrow flight from 1 to 3 flights per week from March 27 onwards i.e., the start of summer season in airline travel industry.

Canada's Jagmeet Singh says no to Ottawa truckers, but backed protests in India

NEW DELHI: Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh-origin leader of Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP) who is now condemning a truckers strike in Ottawa, had staunchly supported the farmers protests in India last year.

Month of February is Punjabi language month in the state of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL: In recognition of the contributions of Punjabi speaking residents to the communities of the great state of Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker proclaimed the month of February as “PUNJABI LANGUAGE MONTH” in the great state of Illinois.

Gujarati family that froze to death on Canada-US border identified

TORONTO: The four members of a Gujarati family, who froze to death in minus 35 degrees temperatures on January 19 near the Canadian town of Emerson while trying to cross illegally into the US, have been officially identified after autopsies.

Canadian authorities yet to confirm names of Gujarati family that froze to death

TORONTO: Although some media outlets have identified the four members of a Gujarati family who froze to death on January 19 near the Canada-US border as residents of Dingucha village near Gandhinagar, authorities in Ottawa have refused to confirm their names.

Indian American Christians Strongly Condemn the Modi Government’s Decision to Remove a 73-Year-Old Tradition

WASHINGTON DC: The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) strongly condemns the Modi government of India’s Hindu nationalist (Hindutva) party, for removing Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite Hymn “Abide With Me”, from India’s Republic Day parade. This hymn has been a part of the official Parade played by the Indian Army Band every year for the past 73 years.

Canadian MP Brad Vis sponsors petition to the Canada Parliament for Direct Flights to Amritsar

AMRITSAR: FlyAmritsar Initiative, a civil society advocacy for connecting Amritsar airport to destinations across the world, has expressed gratitude to Brad Vis Canadian Member of Parliament representing Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon constituency of British Columbia and Shadow Minister for Pacific Economic Development for sponsoring a petition in the Canadian parliament and proactively advocating for direct flights between Vancouver/Toronto to Amritsar in India.

Local Sikh organizations to take the case of New Zealand youth trapped in India due to corona: Advocate Dhami

AMRITSAR: A large number of Punjabis from New Zealand who could not return due to  Corona epidemic today called on the President of the  Shiromani  Gurdwara  Parbandhak  Committee (SGPC) Mr Harjinder Singh Dhami and sought his cooperation in resolving the issue. 

SGPC president welcomes New Jersey Senate's declaration of 1984 Sikh genocide as Sikh genocide

AMRITSAR: Mr Harjinder Singh Dhami, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee , lauded the passage of a resolution condemning the 1984 genocide against Sikhs in several cities of the country, including Delhi, by the US Senate, declaring it a Sikh genocide.

Indian-Canadian actress Shreya Patel named among 'Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women'

TORONTO: Global artiste Shreya Patel, who has been working to change the cinematic narrative with her movies, was recently honoured as one of the ‘Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ by Women’s Executive Network under the Arts, Sports and Entertainment category sponsored by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). MLSE is a renowned company that owns teams like NBA’s Raptors and Toronto Maple Leaf’s hockey team.

Political Asylum in US Success Varies Widely Across Immigration Judges

JALANDHAR: The United States has received a large number of asylum-seekers in recent years, and the responsibility of deciding many of those cases falls on the shoulders of Immigration Judges. This was disclosed here by Satnam Singh Chahal Executive Director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) after getting the details from Transactional records access clearinghouse.

Christmas Nights of Lights at Indiana State Fairgrounds

INDIANAPOLIS: The Indiana State Fairgrounds is once again hosting the Christmas Nights of Lights . It was inaugurated on November 12 night and will continue till January 2, 2022 . The show will be on despite rain, shine or snow. It is the largest attractive drive thru light show.

Aparna to premier "Amma- Journey of a New Mother" on January 3, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS: Aparna Satheesan, the winner of the National Natya Shiromani Award is premiering her newest project “Amma- Journey of a new mother”, portraying the emotional postpartum journey of motherhood, in January 2022.

Bibi Jagir Kaur honored by World Peace Diplomacy Organization USA for her outstanding performance in the SGPC

AMRITSAR: The Shiromani  Gurdwara  Parbandhak  Committee was honored by the World Peace Diplomacy Organization with a medal and a letter of appreciation for its outstanding services to the welfare of the people.

Aparna Satheesan receives National Natya Shiromani Award in USA

INDIANAPOLIS: Indian Classical dancer Aparna Satheesan has been honoured with the prestigious National Natya Shiromani award for her contribution towards promoting multiple dance forms across the world and for the charitable work she does as part of “Transforming Life Through Dance” project helping the welfare of the society.

Sahaita partners with Atam Pargas to support 70 families of farmers who have passed away in Delhi protest

Fremont, CA: Fulfilling its commitment to empower the underprivileged, today Sahaita announced it is establishing a partnership with Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council. Under this partnership Sahaita will support an additional 70 families of farmers or farm laborers who have lost their life during or at the Delhi border farmer protest sites.

Sikhs Join Faith leaders Submitting Appeal to the US State Department on Climate

WASHINGTON, DC: EcoSikh represented Sikh community at a major prayer gathering of various faith leaders held, on Monday, outside the US State Department to amplify the issue of climate emergency ahead of the World summit on Climate change. The rally was held as a follow up to “Faith and Science” conference hosted by Pope Francis where faith leaders jointly issued an appeal to the world leaders for setting ambitious targets to address the issue of climate change.

HTCI invites nominations for Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

INDIANAPOLIS: The Hindu Temple of Central Indiana Nomination Committee is inviting nominations for the Board of Trustees for the four-year term from 2022 to 2025 and the Executive Committee for the two-year term from 2022-2023.

Rally against Lakhimpur Kheri killings in Canada

CHANDIGARH: South Asians in Canada's British Columbia came together to protest against the violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri district which erupted on October 3, claiming the lives of nine persons, including four farmers.

Bibi Jagir Kaur condemns the shooting death of a Sikh in Pakistan

AMRITSAR: Bibi Jagir Kaur, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has strongly condemned the killing of a Sikh youth in Pakistan.

Indian Overseas Congress USA stages protest against Modi policies at the United Nations

WASHINGTON: The Indian Overseas Congress, USA, an advocacy organization that promotes democracy, human rights, and equal justice together with its supporters and friends, held a protest rally in front of the United Nations on Saturday, September 25, 2021, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his address to the General Assembly.

US Based NRI Body sought NRI affairs portfolio for Pargat Singh

JALANDHAR: Hockey Olympian and MLA from Jalandhar Cantt constituency who has also won by a big margin of votes during the Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 should be allotted a NRI affairs portfolio for Pargat Singh.

USA based EcoSikh inaugurates Garden based on Sikh Scriptures To Inspire Climate Activism

MOGA: EcoSikh along with Petals Society inaugurated the first ever Garden based on Sikh scriptures. ‘Guru Granth Sahib Garden’ a 5 acre oasis of nature, is located in Patto Hira Singh village in Moga, Punjab yesterday.

ISL 2021/22 season to begin from November 19

MUMBAI:  The Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) on Monday announced fixtures for the first 11 rounds of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021/22 season, which will begin on November 19.

Hindus to hold chariot-procession in Harare

NEVADA: Hindu Society Harare (HSH) in Zimbabwe will reportedly organize “Rath Yatra” (chariot procession) through Harare streets on September five.  As part of “Nand Mahotsav” festivities, this procession will start from Ridgeview Shree Omkar Mandir (temple) on Anson Road after “Kesar Snan” rituals and end in Shree Omkar Mandir on Cameron Street; where bhajans, thaal, arti, prasad will be held.

3 Punjabi men arrested in Canada for sex trafficking

TORONTO: Three Punjabi men have been arrested from Brampton city in Canada for using an underage girl in sex trade. While Amritpal Singh, 23, Harkuwar Singh, 22, and Sukhmanpreet Singh, 23, have been arrested, the hunt is on for a fourth accused.

SGPC to set up printing presses in foreign countries for printing the holy scriptures

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to establish printing presses in foreign countries for printing the holy saroops (scriptures) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Indo-Canadians term Canada's ban on flights from India as 'discriminatory'

TORONTO: Canada's decision to ban direct flights from India till September 21 while allowing vaccinated family-class passengers and students from all other countries has not gone down well with the Indo-Canadian community.