Thursday, October 01, 2020


Anger simmering against Army in Pakistan after Sharif's comeback

NEW DELHI / ISLAMABAD:  Widespread anger is simmering among civilians in Pakistan against the top military leadership ever since former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took on the Bajwa-Khan partnership.

SFJ now announces $1 mn grant to farmers for Khalistan support

NEW DELHI:As thousands of Indian farmers protest against the three contentious agriculture-related Bills passed by Parliament, banned US-based secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is trying to fish in troubled waters, declaring a grant of $1 million for farmers in Punjab and Haryana in lieu of their support for Khalistan.

Kashmiri Pandit body backs Swamy's demand for genocide commission

NEW DELHI:The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) on Thursday hailed Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy for demanding a Judicial Commission to probe the genocide perpetrated against the community in Kashmir

SFJ plans door-to-door voter regd for Referendum 2020: Intel alert

NEW DELHI:Indian anti-terror agencies have alerted law-enforcement agencies in different states after the banned pro-Khalistan group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) on Wednesday announced to undertake a door-to-door drive for voter registration in Punjab for its secessionist agenda 'Referendum-2020'.

SFJ woos Punjab farmers with hiked grants ahead of 'Referendum 2020'

NEW DELHI:Undeterred by the attachment of properties of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) key leaders -- Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and Hardeep Singh Nijjar -- the banned outfit is now offering Rs 3,500 each as grant to woo Punjab farmers ahead of its anti-India campaign 'Referendum-2020', intelligence sources have said.

Centre orders attachment of properties of SFJ's key handlers

NEW DELHI:The Centre on Tuesday ordered attachment of Punjab-based immovable properties of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and Hardeep Singh Nijjar, key handlers of pro-Khalistan secessionist group -- Sikhs For Justice's (SFJ) -- who were designated terrorists in July.

Air India begins direct London flights to Kochi

KOCHI:A long-cherished demand of the Kerala diaspora and the business community here turned into a reality when an Air India non-stop flight from London landed here on Friday.

Intel alert over SFJ's call for 'Punjab Bandh'

NEW DELHI: Intelligence agencies have issued an alert after information was received that secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has given a call for a 'Punjab Bandh' at the end of this month i.e August 31, 2020.

Miffed over not being invited to I’Day celebrations former Minister and senior Congress leader Mann urges CM to reign in unbridled bureaucracy

PHAGWARA:Miffed over being ignored in extending invitation for the Independence Day celebrations in Phagwara, the former Punjab Minister and Chairman of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation S Joginder Singh Mann has urged the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to reign in the mindless bureaucracy by ensuring exemplary action.

Long wait ends today: PM chants 'Jai Siya Ram' in Ayodhya

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi who started his speech with Jai Siya Ram chant, said the entire country today is in the trance of Lord Ram. He said that a grand temple will now be built for Ram Lalla deity who had been living under a tent for many years.

Pakistan upper house passes resolution to laud Kashmiri separatist Geelani

ISLAMABAD:Senate of Pakistan, the upper house of parliament, passed a resolution, lauding Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, calling on the government to confer him with the countrys highest civil award "Nishan-e-Pakistan". This is a shocking affront to the Government of India and once again highlights Pakistans unequivocal support to Kashmiri separatist hawks like Geelani. It will obviously evoke a strong response from an already angry Indian government which has fulminated against Pakistans 30 year proxy war in Kashmir.

From Covid to gold, Vijayan's image takes a beating

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After months of hogging the headlines for 'effective' tackling of Covid-19 in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's image has taken a beating, first to the controversial gold smuggling case and now for the coronavirus spread across the state.

Sikh Coordination Committee in USA boycott Indian politicians in protest against arrests of Sikh Youth under UAPA

NEW YORK: The Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (AGPC) at an emergency teleconference here has decided to boycott the Indian politicians and stop funding them in elections besides continuing ban on Indian diplomats, political leaders and consular staff from speaking engagements in US Gurdwarason  in protest against alleged recent arrests of Sikh youth in Punjab under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

PM Modi to address global audience on Thursday

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be making the inaugural address at the India Global Week 2020 on Thursday, his first speech to a global audience in the post Covid-19 era.

NAPA chapter in United Kingdom condoles death of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan

JALANDHAR: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) today expressed grief over the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in a bus-train collision in Pakistan’s Punjab. While expressing condolence on this tragedy  Balraj Kaur  Chairperson of NAPA chapter in the UK  said that we are pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan.

Pinarayi Vijayan has badly let down Kerala diaspora: Cong

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:Senior Congress Legislator and former State Minister for Diaspora K. C.Joseph on Friday said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has badly let down the Kerala diaspora on all fronts.

Tackle corona scientifically, not by PR: Union Minister to Kerala CM

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:In a stinging remark against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan on Friday, asked the former to tackle COVID-19 scientifically and not through public relations excercise.

Kerala BJP attacks Vijayan on diaspora return issue

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was cutting a sorry figure because he failed to maintain a connect with the Centre, said the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) state unit, here on Thursday.

Now, Kerala CM asks foreign returnees to wear PPE kits

THIRUVANATHAPURAM:After drawing criticism for making it mandatory for the Kerala diaspora returning from abroad to possess Covid-negative certificates, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said the returnees will have to wear PPE kits.

Amritsar Airport 3rd busiest in the country during lockdown

AMRITSAR: Suspension of international commercial flights by India during lockdown has disclosed the real potential of Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport Amritsar. In a press release, Sameep Singh Gumtala, Global Convener of the FlyAmritsar Initiative said that even during suspension offlights in the month of April, Amritsar became the third busiest airport in the country. Many countries operated special repatriation charter flights from the Airport to fly its residents back to their home country of residence.

Be considerate to still-stuck Kerala diaspora: Chandy urges CM

THIRUVANATHPURAM:Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy on Monday urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to be "considerate" towards a large number of Keralites still stuck in Middle East countries and not to insist on Covid-negative certificates from them before they board home-bound aircraft from June 25 onwards.

I stand by what I said: Kerala Cong chief on 'Covid Rani' remark

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:For the second day, the remark of State Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran about State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja was the talk of the town, with the former reiterating that he has done no wrong at all.

Vijayan has badly let down Kerala diaspora :Congress

THIRUVANTHPURAM:The Congress in Kerala on Thursday slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan government which has badly let down the Kerala diaspora waiting to return from abroad.

Private health sector to join hands to tackle Covid in Kerala

THIRUVANATHPURAM:Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Thursday informed that following a discussion with the private health sector, they have pledged full support to tackle the state government's initiatives in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Congress asks Kerala govt to tighten Covid protocols

THIRUVANATHPURAM:The Congress-led opposition in Kerala on Monday demanded from the Pinarayi Vijayan government to ensure tightening of Covid protocols as the lockdown norms have been eased when the total number of cases has started to rise.

Congress asks Kerala govt to tighten Covid protocols

THIRUVANATHAPURAM:The Congress-led opposition in Kerala on Monday demanded from the Pinarayi Vijayan government to ensure tightening of Covid protocols as the lockdown norms have been eased when the total number of cases has started to rise.

Indian-American community leader dies of COVID-19

NEW YORK:Indian-American community leader Ramesh Patel, who was a moving force behind the New York City's India Day Parade, has died of COVID-19, according to the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). He was 78.

IMA objects to opening of malls, places of worship in Kerala

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:The Kerala unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday strongly objected to opening of places of worship and malls in the state.

Fresh row breaks out between Centre and Kerala over diaspora

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:The ongoing tiff between the lone Keralaite in the Union Cabinet -- V. Muraleedharan and the Kerala government on Tuesday took a turn for the worse when the former accused the latter of wanting to delay the return of the state diaspora from the Middle East.

No money for diaspora quarantine, but for Kerala govt publicity'

THIRUVANATHAPURAM:Hitting hard at the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government in Kerala, two-time former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said while extravagance continue, the government has no money to provide free Covid quarantine to the beleaguered diaspora returnees.

After row over paid quarantine, Kerala mulls changes

THIRUVANATHAPURAM:The row that began on Tuesday when Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that with the number of Covid-19 cases witnessing an upswing with arrival of Keralaites from abroad, and they will now have to pay for the quarantine, intensified on Wednesday with more top leaders coming against it.
It now appears that this outburst has made Vijayan to have a re-think.

Row as returned Kerala diaspora now asked to pay for quarantine

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday sparked off a row as he announced that with the number of Covid-19 cases witnessing an upswing with arrival of Keralaites from abroad, they will now have to pay for the quarantine.

Cong flays Kerala CM over Covid-19 crisis

THIRUVANTHAPURAM:Slamming arrogance of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for not taking the opposition into confidence on the Covid-19 crisis, the Congress, here on Tuesday, demanded an urgent all-party meeting to discuss the issues facing the state.

UDF, BJP playing politics with Covid-19 in Kerala: CPI-M

THIRUVANATHAPURAM:Kerala's ruling CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front on Friday slammed the way the opposition - the Congress-led UDF, and the BJP - are now playing politics to subvert the "hard work" of the Pinarayi Vijayan government to provide solace to the people after Covid-19 struck hard.

‘Boom, Boom’- A high octane Punjabi song by popular young rapper PiPi released

MUMBAI: 9X Media’s much sought after music label SpotlampE has launched an upbeat Punjabi track titled ‘Boom, Boom’ by singer, rapper and lyricist PiPi. Released on 8th May, the Song ‘Boom, Boom’ will be aired on 9XM, 9X Tashan and 9X Jalwa.

3.53 lakh NRKs from 201 countries register to return

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, here on Thursday, said 3,53,468 Keralites settled in 201 countries had registered on Norka-Roots portal to return, as and when the lockdown was lifted and airports opened.

Over a lakh Keralites register to return home

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Twelve hours after the Kerala government opened a website, on which all those who want to return from abroad would have to register, over a lakh of Kerala diaspora have registered expressing their desire to return, when the airports open.

We are ready to accept our diaspora: Kerala Minister

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: With the Centre now considering to repatriate the Indian diaspora who wish to return to Kerala, a State Minister said the government is ready to accept whatever the number is.

Not feasible to bring back Keralites stuck in UAE, Centre tells HC

KOCHI:The Centre on Friday informed the Kerala High Court that it will not be feasible at present to bring back Kerala diaspora holed up in the UAE.

Indian film maker promoting Sikh Culture, Art in US

CHANDIGARH: California based Sikh filmmaker - Hansjeet Duggal, hailing from Chandigarh, has been telling stories of the Indian & Punjabi diaspora and telling the stories of their contributions, achievements & struggles to the communities abroad and at large in the United States.