Monday, May 29, 2023


Indian-American named dean of top B-school in South Carolina

NEW YORK: Indian-American Rohit Verma has been named dean of University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business, effective August 1.

Breaking the caste barrier, ex-Canadian Premier style

CHANDIGARH: A hard critic of the Khalistan movement and the survivor of a brutal attack in Vancouver in 1985, this 76-year-old former Canada's British Columbia premier of Punjab origin, who first emigrated to Britain at the age of 18 and then to Canada, has pain for a Dalit, the curse of the caste system.

Punjabi Virsa 2023 a roaring success in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS: Punjabi Virsa 2023, presented by Five River Entertainment and Rajvir Entertainment, turned out to be a roaring show, coupled with dazzling individual as well as team performances, at Garfield Park here today.

UK's Coventry gets its 1st Indian-origin turban-wearing Lord Mayor

LONDON: An Indian-origin Sikh councillor has made history after being appointed as the new Lord Mayor of Coventry, a city in the West Midlands, England.

Indian Overseas Congress, USA congratulates to People of Karnataka

NEW YORK: "It is a great victory for all Karnataka's freedom and peace-loving people. Having experienced the chaos, conflicts, and instability due to the communal agenda administered by the BJP over the last five years, the people of Karnataka have spoken that enough is enough," said George Abraham, Vice-Chair of the Indian Overseas Congress, USA.

Sikh temple staffer arrested in Canada for alleged sexual assault on teen

TORONTO: A 58-year-old staffer at a Sikh temple in Canada's British Columbia province has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15 year-old girl, the police said.

Indian-American doctor indicted for sexually assaulting patients

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin primary care physician in US' Georgia has been accused of sexually assaulting four of his female patients during routine check-ups over a 12-month period.

British aid to India does little for human rights: Aid watchdog

LONDON: Britain's aid programme to India lacks coherence and does very little to address negative trends in Indian democracy and human rights despite areas of strength in the relationship, a UK-based aid watchdog has said.

Two Indian expats killed in separate accidents in UAE: Report

DUBAI: Two Indian expats died in separate transport accidents during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays in the UAE, a media report said.

Drunk Indian-origin Punjabi driver kills 2 teenagers in US car crash

NEW YORK: A drunk Indian-origin pick-up truck driver slammed into a car killing two 14 year-old boys on the spot and injuring two others in Long Island, New York, police said.

Punjabi Indian Uber driver attacked in Canada, suspect arrested, victim to leave Canada for good

TORONTO: Police have arrested a suspect after an Indian driver was verbally abused and attacked for taking a wrong turn in Canada, sparking renewed calls for protection of gig and app-based workers in the country.

Indian-origin man convicted of murder in California teen prank gone awry

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin man has been convicted of murder for ramming his car into a vehicle resulting in the deaths of three teens who were fleeing after one of them allegedly exposed himself at his house as a prank, according to media reports.

Demand for Canada to Amritsar direct flight gets another boost, Conservative Party launches campaign

TORONTO: The long-pending demand for direct flights between Canada and Amritsar has got a welcome boost with the leader of the official opposition Conservative Party of Canada Pierre Poilievre announcing his campaign for establishing direct flights between Canada and Amritsar.

State of Utah honored Sikh Nation, recognizes Khalsa Sajna Divas (Vaisakhi) as Sikh Day

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Today another great news for Sikhs around the world came from America when the Utah State Senate and Assembly passed a joint resolution recognizing April 14 as Sikh Day every year. Similarly Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox issued a declaration establishing Vaisakhi as Sikh Day.

Baisakhi festival celebrated at Gudwara Sikh Satsang Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS: Sacred Recitations, Shabd Keertan, A Joyous Welcome and Fellowship Highlighted the 324th Khalsa Sirjana Divas and 2023 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Celebration in Indianapolis.

Police arrest 17 Sikhs for California gurdwara shootings

NEW YORK: Police have arrested 17 Sikh men from rival criminal syndicates for their alleged involvement in mass shootings across Northern California, including Sikh temples in Stockton and Sacramento, which occurred between 2022 and 2023.

Sikh Youth Symposium 2023, local level edition held at Cincinnati, Ohio

The local level edition of annual Sikh Youth Symposium 2023, a public speaking competition under the aegis of Sikh Youth Alliance of North America (SYANA) was organized at Guru Nanak Society of Greater Cincinnati Gurdwara Sahib in Cincinnati, Ohio. Youth between the ages of 6 and 20 years from Cincinnati and neighboring Dayton, participated in 5 separate age groups.

Anita Lerche hat-tricks at Global Music Awards

INDIANAPOLIS: Danish-American artist Anita Lerche made a hat-trick as she was honored as a Global Music Award for Outstanding Achievement as Female Vocalist for the third time in a row. "It is an amazing news," says delighted Anita.

Canadian Sikh facing assault, mischief charges turns himself in: Police

TORONTO: A 28-year-old Sikh, facing facing multiple charges including assault, uttering threats, and mischief, has turned himself in at Vancouver Provincial Court, police said.

Indian startups with 'strong fundamentals' will survive: Vinod Khosla

NEW DELHI: With Indian startups facing trying times amidst funding crunch and mass firings, ace Indian-origin venture capitalist Vinod Khosla says the ones with "strong fundamentals" will continue to be funded, though at lower valuations, a media report said.

With roots dating back to 1800s, April is Sikh Heritage Month in Canada

CHANDIGARH: With roots dating back to the 1800s, April is Sikh Heritage Month -- a time to celebrate and honour the rich history and culture of Canada's Sikh community.

Holi Festival hosted by IAI in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS: The India Association of Indianapolis celebrated its annual Holi Celebration 2023 at Global Village Welcome Center, Lafayette Road her on Saturday.

Indian-origin Sikh sworn-in as Connecticut's first assistant police chief

NEW YORK: Indian-origin Sikh Manmeet Colon has been sworn in as first assistant police chief of Connecticut's New Haven city, becoming the department's first Indian-American and second female assistant chief of colour to rise to the top position.

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.