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India above all in diaspora population in world: UN

India’s diaspora population is the largest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015, according to a latest UN survey on international migrant trends. The survey conducted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said the number of international migrants — persons living in a country other than where they were born — reached 244 million... 
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Punjabi now third language in Canadian Parliament

Toronto: Four years after Punjabi became Canada’s third most common language, it attained the same status in the country’s new Parliament after English and French following the election of 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates to the House of Commons. Twenty-three Members of Parliament of South Asian origin were elected to the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada on October 19 parliamentary elections. Three... 

UK allows Sikhs to wear turbans at workplaces

LONDON: Sikhs across the UK will no longer face the prospect of disciplinary action for wearing turbans in workplaces after new rules come into force today. Sikh groups campaigned for years to close a loophole in UK employment legislation which meant that Sikhs were exempt from safety headgear only in high-risk areas, such as construction sites. An amendment was introduced to the Deregulation Bill... 

Elderly NRI Sikh brutally assaulted in US, called ‘Bin Laden’

NEW YORK:  An elderly Sikh-American man was brutally injured and allegedly called a “terrorist” and “Bin Laden” in an apparent hate crime case in Chicago, just days before the US commemorates the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Inderjit Singh Mukker was assaulted on Tuesday when the accused allegedly pulled up to his car yelling racial slurs, including, “Terrorist,... 

NRI Sikh named ‘Australian of the Day’

Melbourne: An Indian-origin Sikh migrant driver in Australia has been named ‘Australian of the Day’ for feeding the homeless in Darwin for the past three years. Tejinder Pal Singh has dedicated the last Sunday of the month to feed the poor and homeless locals of northern Darwin after he finishes his shift as a cabbie. He cooks up 30 kg of Indian cuisine to feed the homeless after his night shift.... 

68 Indians, Largely Punjabis, languish in US jails

Detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., gather for a Sikh prayer service. Seattle (US): As many as 68 Indians, largely Punjabis, held on charges of illegally entering into US, have continued to languish in the jails here. This fact has come to the fore on the basis of information provided by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department. Of them, about half were... 

International Yoga Day Celebrated in France

Paris: In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi urged the world community to adopt an International day of Yoga. Soon thereafter, on December 11, 2014, the 193 member UN General Assembly approved a resolution co-sponsored by a record 177 countries to establish June 21 as the “International Day of Yoga”. The resolution... 

UK poll contestant Sikh told to remove turban in Dubai

LONDON: Northern Ireland’s first-ever Sikh candidate contesting the UK general election has complained that he was allegedly forced to remove his turban by police at Dubai airport. Amandeep Singh Bhogal, a Conservative party prospective parliamentary candidate for the May 7 polls, was on his way back to Belfast when he was allegedly made to remove his turban and ‘kara’ (bracelet). Singh... 

PM Narendra Modi visits Gurdudwara in Vancouver

VANCOUVER: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a Gurdudwara after reaching Vancouver. He was accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.  At the Khalsa Diwan Society’s Sikh Gurdwara, located on the southern edge of Vancouver, a large crowd of supporters gathered at the temple before filing inside.  The president of the historic Sikh society, which has roots stretching back more... 

NAPA seeks President Obama’s intervention to secure Sikh prisoners release

WASHINGTON: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA)  expressed its solidarity and support to one of its Director Mr Surat Singh Khalsa who is on hunger strike unto death  in Ludhiana in Punjab State of India  to demand the release of Sikh prisoners from different Jails of the country who had already completed their sentence under the rule of the land. Dalwinder Singh Dhoot Chairman North... 

Presidential Philanthropy award for NRI Dr Parveen Chopra

New York: Americans are the most generous people in the world and some of the Indian Americans are catching up with that tradition. Dr. Parveen Chopra has been serving as Chairperson of Finance for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Nassau County Inc. for the last decade and he has contributed generously to the worthy cause of awarding scholarship awards to the scholarly and needy high school... 

754 NRIs on ‘wanted’ list of Punjab Police

Nikhil Bhardwaj: Jalandhar: As many as 754 NRIs are wanted by the Punjab Police, most of them from the Doaba region. Sources said 843 NRIs were declared POs (proclaimed offenders) by the state police last year. But the names of 89 were deleted for various reasons such as death and quashing of FIRs. The figure now is 754. Most of these offenders have taken shelter in Canada, the UK, the US, Germany,... 

NRIs can now vote in Indian elections without coming here

Dhananjay Mahapatra: NEW DELHI: Non-resident Indians (NRIs) will soon be able to cast their vote through electronic-ballots or through their nominees residing in India but will not be able to exercise their franchise through the novel method during the coming Delhi assembly polls. The Union government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it had accepted Election Commission’s recommendation... 

World Sikh Council castigates barbaric attack in France

OHIO: The World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) is extremely saddened by the barbaric act of violence on the Charlie Hebdo office in downtown Paris, France. Currently, at least 12 persons have been reported dead including 2 police officers in and around the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ office. The police are still trying to apprehend the main suspects who maybe on the... 

Sant Singh Chatwal sentenced to 3 years probation for violating poll laws

New York: Rejecting the prosecution’s demand for a jail term, a federal judge here has sentenced prominent Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal to three years probation and a USD 500,000 fine on charges of illegally donating thousands of dollars to political campaigns. 70-year-old Chatwal’s lawyers asked the court to weigh his age and “lifetime of contribution” to others and the impact... 

Polling report on enhancing Sikh perception in US finalized

Washington: A most comprehensive study of Sikhs in America has been completed and is set to be released in Washington this January 2015. The research was conducted by American notable pollster Geoff Garin, the Chief strategic Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and will be published by the National Sikh Campaign (NSC). The Campaign, launched earlier this year to help promote... 

NRIs can turnaround India through investments

Singapore: Cash-rich NRIs, who can invest in India for up to 20 years, are critical components for the transformation of the country and developing its economy, a top executive of PricewaterhouseCoopers said here today.  NRIs should take part in the development of Indian economy over the longer-term and provide their wealth and technology knowhow, Shashank Tripathi, executive director at PricewaterhouseCoopers... 

Meet Pardeep Singh Bahra, the Sikh Sartorialist

By JOANNA SUGDEN: Pardeep Singh Bahra says he never aimed to make the turban a fashion accessory.  The self-styled “turbaned fashion blogger” from the U.K. does though make the signature Sikh headdress a sartorial sine qua non for those who feature on his website. He teams it variously with sharp suits, bow ties, blazers, white slacks and leathers and features pictures of his outfits in entries... 

Decks cleared to erect Gandhi’s statue in UK Parliament

London: Plans to erect a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square here have received an official clearance. Westminster City Council granted planning permission for the sculpture commemorating the Father of the Nation, which will be placed close to the statue of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary. Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and UK Cabinet ministers William... 

NRI Prof Tejinder Virdee receives Professional of the Year award

LONDON: A leading NRI academic Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee, known for originating the concept and construction of Compact Muon Solenold that lead to the discovery of Higgs Boson, has won the ‘Professional of the Year’ award. At a glittering awards ceremony here, organised by the Asian Achievers Awards 2014, Virdee received the award for his outstanding achievements in the field of physics. Virdee’s... 

A rare genius NRI who invented e-mail

WASHINGTON: Email turned 32 today but how many of us know that this quick method of message transfer was invented by Indian American VA Shiva Ayyaduraj when he was just 14. In 1978, Ayyadurai created a computer programme, which he called “email,” that replicated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments, Address Book, etc. These features... 

Two NRI American boys get Sikh religious award

OHIO: Two Boy Scouts of the Sikh Faith, one an Eagle Scout and the other a Life Scout, recently completed the Sikh Religious Award created by the World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) and were awarded the medallions and certificates in the presence of the congregation at the Sikh Sabha Gurdwara, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Brothers Karanveer Singh (Eagle Scout) and Sherveer Singh (Life Scout)... 

Punjabi woman to contest Oz Assembly poll

Varinder Singh: Chandigarh: The Liberal Party of Australia (Victoria Division) has nominated a woman of Punjabi origin for the first time to represent the Bundoora seat in the state assembly elections scheduled to be held on November 29. Amita Gill had resided in Chandigarh before migrating to Australia in 2005. She is now based in Melbourne. Her husband hails from Rania village in Moga district. Her... 

Prestigious honour for NRI Punjabi woman

Melbourne: An Indian-origin woman in Australia has been honoured with an international radio award for her documentary exploring family and domestic violence. Manpreet Kaur Singh won the Silver medal at the New York Festival’s International Radio Programme Awards this year for her documentary feature ‘The Enemy Within’. Manpreet works as an executive producer at the SBS Punjabi Radio... 

Canadian govt to provide Rs 45 lakh for Sikh heritage museum

OTTAWA: A powerful and visually engaging exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the voyage of the Komagata Maru and exploring the contributions of Sikh immigrants to Canada will soon be displayed across the country, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), announced Inter-Action funding of up to $89,500 (around Rs 45 lakh) for the Sikh... 

NRIs in US hail Modi’s elevation as PM

Washington: The Indian-American community today greeted the elevation of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister with a series of celebrations across America and hoped that it would usher in a new era in India’s development. Celebrations took place in Silicon Valley, New York, New Jersey, Houston, Los Angeles and Tampa, during which supporters of Modi exuded confidence that India under his leadership would... 

US based Sikh body raises $330000 for Punjab’s poor bright students

Washington: Hundreds of Sikh community members gathered from across the Washington area and some traveled far distances to offer their support to Punjab’s poor but bright students in a fund raising event held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in the Washington area. A glittery gala gave a thumbs up endorsement to the program of assistance for financially strapped students... 

NRI with Punjab background becomes Mayor in Britain

LONDON: A Punjab-born Councillor has been elected as mayor in Erewash ward in Britain’s Derbyshire, a media report said. The Conservative Party’s Councillor for Wilsthorpe, Kewal Singh Athwal, became the first Erewash mayor to be elected by a casting vote at a meeting at Long Eaton Town Hall in Derbyshire, Nottingham Post reported Tuesday. The outgoing mayor, Councillor Val Clare, cast... 

Prestigious award of excellence to Indian-American doctor

HOUSTON: Indian-American cardiologist Mitul Kadakia has been granted the 2014 Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Foundation. The award, considered a tremendous prestige in the cardiology community, is given to one graduating interventional cardiology fellow per year, out of the thousands in the US. Kadakia is currently a... 

NRI jailed for life for cold-blooded murder of wife

Shyam Bhatia: LONDON: Cold and calculated murder of a young bride from Nawanshahr has resulted in her NRI husband being jailed for life by a British court. Local media reports have focused on how bank employee Jasvir Ram Ginday (29) killed his wife because he was afraid that she would expose his homosexual preferences. But little has been told about the promising future that beckoned for 24-year-old... 

Monica Gill is Miss India USA 2013

NEW YORK: Monica Gill, a 24-year-old clinical affairs associate, has won the Miss India USA 2013 crown, an annual pageant where young Indian-American beauties compete for the grand Miss India Worldwide crown.  Massachusetts resident Monica Gill won the crown in the annual pageant at a glittering ceremony in New Jersey where young Indian-origin girls from across several states in the US compete. ... 

Female Sikh journalist honoured in London

LONDON: Sikh Canadian television broadcast journalist, Prabjot Kaur Randhawa, whose journalistic work in the American media to highlight issues of crime, poverty, and justice, took the top prize at the World Sikh awards in London. The prestigious ceremony for the Sikh awards 2013 were held at Hilton Park Lane, London on Saturday 9th November 2013 and recognized the pivotal achievements and contributions... 

Ruby Dhalla combines fashion venture with social service

New Delhi: Dr. Ruby Dhalla, a trailblazer who made history as one of the first women of Indian origin elected to federal parliament in the world outside of India today announced the launch of the historic charity Dreams For You as a Brand Ambassador and the Ruby Red Fashion Label.  At the launch thousands of youth joined people from the worlds of Fashion, Entertainment & Decision Makers to support... 

NRI Sikh found dead in California

Milpitas (California): A Sikh male Paramjit Singh was found dead in Sunnyvale, California. Singh, 35, hung himself at his residence in Sunnyvale, a Silicon Valley suburb. Singh moved to the Bay Area from India six months ago, seeking a better economic future for his family. Satnam Singh Chahal the executive director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) stated that Paramjit came to the United States...